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  1. Gurudev, my family is very dedicated to God, then why do I have so many problems? I have dropped out of college, my health is quite bad. How much more should I lose to win?

    Well, you have come here, and that is a very good beginning.Firstly, when you have a problem in front of you, it appears to be so big because you are only concerned with your own problem. Open your eyes, when you see that others have bigger ...
  2. Gurudev, when I get close to my goal, suddenly something thing happens and I am not able to reach my goal. This happens every time. What to do?

    I want you to revisit your own life and see how many times you have succeeded. Whenever a problem comes in front of us, we eternalize and generalize it. We should stop this. If there is a problem and you say, I want you to say, ‘Oh, I will face this proble ...
  3. You have millions of followers all over the world. What are the biggest obstacles that they face in achieving personal happiness? Do these obstacles differ from country to country, or are the same reasons universally applicable to human kind. For instance, will it be different in India and the United States?

    Yes. As many different cultures or languages are there in the planet, that many challenges are there.Basically, you can put them into four categories:1. Employment or work related issues2. Financial problem3. Relationship problems4. ...
  4. Yesterday you told us to be like a lotus flower. How can we do this? I am doing my practices everyday and I meditate twice, but I don’t feel like a lotus flower at all.

    Okay, if you do not feel like a flower, at least feel like a leaf! (Laughter) That is why I said lotus leaf also! Sometimes you should just wake up and shake up!You should say, ‘Come on! The whole past is gone! Finished! What am I holdi ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. Gurudev, from the past 10 years I've been facing only 2 problems. When will I be relieved of them? At least there can be some change in the problems in life.

    If the problems are halved then there will be restlessness without problems! Okay, do some prayer and things will happen.  One who asks with a pure heart, God will definitely give him what he wants. If you ask in this way, 'I want this', an ...
  7. Gurudev, everyone in this world seems to be troubled with some problem or the other. Have we come to this world only to solve problems?

    If you consider them as problems, they will appear as problems to you. If you see them as a play (of the Divine), they will appear as a play to you. Many times we get so used to problems that without them we feel restless. If there are no problems the ...
  8. Gurudev, what is your message that we should take back home?

    Listen, this is like coming to a super market and asking, ‘What is it that I should take back home?’ (Laughter) What do you think the staff will say? They will tell you, ‘Take whatever you can’. So everything is available here (at the Ashram), ...
  9. Though India has all this spiritual knowledge, why are there so many problems here? Why are we lagging behind? Why are crimes increasing?

    If you turn back and see, 20 years ago, we didn’t have so many hospitals. Today, we have so many more hospitals, super specialty hospitals; still people are sick. Are the hospitals responsible for sick people? Certainly not. In spite of hospitals, people a ...
  10. Gurudev, I don’t know the question, but spirituality is definitely the answer every time. I want to know how spirituality can be the one answer to all the problems in the world?

    This is because the problem is created by human beings. The source of the problems is one, i.e., humans, then the solution can also be one, isn’t it? Spirituality is dealing with that basic aspect of human beings. If the foundation is not right, then ...
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