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  1. Gurudev, they say marriages are made in heaven, but why after this heavenly arrangement, does hell start on Earth?

    Contrast. Knowledge comes in opposition. Just like a baby cannot be created by one person, hell also cannot be created by one person. Whether heaven or hell, it needs two to create it. ...
  2. Gurudev, you ask people to vote for a better of India, but in the present scenario I am confused as I don’t find anyone fit for the job. It’s like selecting the least bad guy. What to do?

    You are correct. Less corrupt is what you should choose, as of now. But in five years, all the youngsters prepare and think of another alternative.For now, change has to happen and we should choose the least corrupt. Give them a chance and if they a ...
  3. I am very much confused about the caste system in our country. I belong to a Brahmin family from UP and I am in love with a person from a different caste. My father is opposing this. What should I do?

    You weigh the pros and cons. If your marrying is causing a huge turmoil and disturbance in the family and people are crying, wailing, yelling and creating a huge drama, then take a call on it and decide whether it is worth all that. Or make them underst ...
  4. Gurudev, in the Yogasutra, it is said, yoga is the restraint of the Chitta (consciousness). How can restraining the mind or memory bring freedom?

    It’s the mind that causes bondage. It’s the mind which clings on to things, or clings on to the dreams. Even after you wake up, the palpitation is happening in the body, because you had a nightmare. But when the mind realizes that it’s ...
  5. Gurudev, I feel free in certain areas, and in certain aspects I feel bound. The more efforts I put to be free, the more bound I feel. How can I be free?

    I think you have too much free time. Get busy and keep working for the betterment of the world and you will see that all your personal issues and emotional issues will get resolved by themselves.Don’t waste time in thinking, what about ...
  6. Gurudev, what actually is prayaschit? How can one become free of one’s sins? Can one ever become free of guilt, or is one doomed to live with that?

    ‘Prayas’ means getting back to the original state; ‘chitta’ means consciousness.We were all born innocent. How is the mind when you are a baby? Fresh, alive, innocent. Prayaschitta means, that act which t ...
  7. Being A Good Life Partner

    Fr, 02/21/2014
    Bangalore, India lifepartner_05.jpg   What makes one a good life partner? What attributes to look for in a good life-partner? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: I have no idea, or experience. You should ask people who have been successful in finding a good li ...
  8. In Narada Bhakti Sutra, you have said that measure your mind with your heart and understand your heart with your mind. I am unable to understand this, please explain.

    Just give them equal importance in life. Take both of them along with you, and remember that neither is lesser than the other. ...
  9. Gurudev, we have to bear the consequences for bad karma from previous lives. How do I know if the problem I am having right now is a result of karma from my previous lives or this life?

    Why do you want to sit and dissect it?They say ‘Gahano Karmano Gati’, the ways of karma are unfathomable.If something good is happening, then you must have done something good. If something bad is happening, then you must have ...
  10. How to be in a relationship without depending on the other, and without feeling possessive.

    Know that love is your nature. By nature you are loving, and relax. Give the person whom you love their freedom; their space.When you love somebody, you almost want to strangle them. You want to police them from morning till night. It may sound very ...
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