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  1. How to get the strength to raise two young kids after losing my husband in a foreign land?

    You should know that there God is with you. There is a higher power that will hold your hand through the whole journey. You will be able to overcome the crisis and be successful in it.You know, I was in Kurdistan, in Iraq, and about 1.5 mil ...
  2. Gurudev, if Isha is the force that protects us, what about people who are in poverty, disease, losses and danger? If it is their karma, isn’t the divinity protecting people with karma?

    Protection is relevant only when there is a challenge. A doctor is relevant only when there is a sickness. Did you get it? You have to rethink your question. How do you even know that there is protection by your side? When there is an issue, then you ...
  3. Gurudev, I am beginning to lose faith in you, what do I do?

    That is good. Faith is not that which can come to an end, this is the first thing.You are trying to run away from something in your life, and you are using God or your Guru as a pretext or reason for doing so. Faith that is built in su ...
  4. How can a person build up faith? Or is it a talent with which one is born with?

    You cannot build up faith, you should simply become aware of your doubts and drop them. When you drop your doubts, faith is already there.A doubt is like a cloud hovering over the mind. Wake up and realize, 'What is this doubt? It is o ...
  5. What is faith?

    That which withstands all doubts is faith. Your doubt is always about something that is POSITIVE. You doubt the honesty of somebody, you never doubt the dishonesty of someone. You doubt the love of somebody, not the hate of anyone. You doubt your happin ...
  6. Dear Gurudev, what is the main mantra or key to happiness in life?

    The key to happiness in life is to not stay stuck in 'I…Me…Mine' (meaning one’s own personal desires or material gains). Dedicate your life to some larger goal, or to the service of others around you. The ...
  7. My faith is shaken. Can I as an individual help others to overcome this trauma?

    Come on! A flood cannot shake your faith. Then it is no faith at all. Simply know that in every moment of crisis, you will get help and you are helped. There is a power that stands with you, which helps you. That is all you need to keep in mi ...
  8. Gurudev, in the Mahabharata who was closer to guru, Eklavya or Arjuna? How did Eklavya get such profound knowledge just with his Guru’s idol. How is that possible?

    'Shraddhavan labhate jnanam matparassamyat indriyaha', (one with faith gains knowledge).When one has faith, knowledge flows to them. Faith brings the knowledge.Nobody needed to tell Eklavya to surrender, or to have f ...
  9. Gurudev, you have said that a devotee never questions anything (meaning a devotee’s total faith is in the Divine). But many questions arise in my mind. Does this mean that there is a lack of devotion in me?

    This you need to figure out for yourself. Do you feel that there is a lack of devotion in you? If you feel there is a lack, then there is a lack. If you are feeling hungry, how can I tell, whether you are hungry or not? Will you come and ask me, ‘Guru ...
  10. Gurudev, if faith is the only thing that matters, then a person who does not believe in God but only in himself is also correct, is that so?

    Yes, but, belief in self implies that somewhere inside there is a higher self and that higher self is what is called God. You may not label it, but you’ll definitely believe in a higher power. ...
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