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  1. Today, in society, money speaks. Those who have money, are given a lot of respect. Those who don't have money are not treated well.

    Yes, that is true. Today those who are wealthy are given a lot of respect everywhere, whereas the poor and middle class people do not get that much respect and consideration. Many times it seems that people stick to the 'Might is Right' principle wh ...
  2. Dear Gurudev, it pains me a lot to ask this question to you. How can we eliminate the problem of casteism from our society?

    Just look back in history at all the things that used to happen in the name of caste in our country and compare it with the situation that you see today. You will realize that the evils and problems that arose due to casteism have greatly reduced since ...
  3. Gurudev, how do we stay self-motivated?

    Why do you have to motivate yourself? Just relax and be happy. When you are happy, you are already motivated. If others get happy because of you, do you become happy or not? You become happy right away! What more motivation do you need? Now, if y ...
  4. I have seen you saying that we need more help from people and the Government. I know we need to do seva but how exactly do we go about it? Please guide.

    Yes, bringing change in society is a collective effort. So I said that everybody should participate. Don’t say, 'Gurudev, you do it. You take care of terrorists, you change them'. No! It is a collective effort. Each one of us has to ...
  5. Why do people say words like, 'My Gurudev' or, 'My Master'? It is like saying, 'My Sun', or 'My Moon'.

    Don't log on to their words, it is a feeling. Language always has ‘My’ and ‘I’, you cannot speak without these words. Even if you speak without them, it doesn't make much sense. It doesn’t imply anything much bigger ...
  6. Dearest Gurudev, people are enjoying less personal freedom. The Government and the cooperation are taking over our lives more and more. What can the regular average people do?

    Rules and regulations are essential in any society, but it should not be too stifling. Individual and private life should also not be too stifling.When you feel life is getting boring and coming to a standstill, that is when you should engage in act ...
  7. In a practical and immediate way, what can we do to combat terrorism? Can people say special mantras or prayers to help erase the horrible violence?

    We need to bring unity in diversity. Terrorism is just lack a of education in spirituality. the root cause is that and it has to be nipped at the bud. Schools and colleges should have a broad spectrum of knowledge. Every child should know a little bit a ...
  8. Should social organizations be a part of politics? Will it not weaken its own strength?

    There is a table with four legs. Even if one leg gets broken, then the table still remains upright by the support of the other three legs, isn't it?In the same way, in society, if politics (or any other aspect of society) becomes corrupted and l ...
  9. Gurudev, I read recently that in India a new political party has come up that is against corruption and VIP culture, etc., in Delhi. I sometimes see this VIP culture in The Art of Living. Gurudev, do you encourage VIP culture?

    Absolutely not. There is no VIP culture, but does that mean everybody gets to do the same thing? No! They should play their roles properly.VIP culture is a preferential treatment that went on in Delhi. I even tell them in our satsangs that we should ...
  10. Gurudev, our leaders have advised girls and ladies to carry pepper sprays and chilli powder to keep themselves safe. Will the girls be safe by keeping chilli powder or by learning Karate? Isn't the government’s responsibility to provide safety. What can girls do for their safety?

    First believe that you are safe. If you move about in fear and believe that everywhere or every person you meet is wrong, then you will be trapped in this fear like some sort of disease. There are many good and noble people in our society even today. ...
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