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  1. Gurudev, how can I overcome laziness? It took me one month to even come up and ask this question!

    I will answer this question next year! (Laughter) Why should I hurry in giving you the answer? Anyway there is no use of giving you the answer immediately. Stay lazy as long as you like to be. One day or the other you will get fed up of it. Man gets ...
  2. Gurudev, in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that ‘everyone is equally dear to Me’. But then a little later He tells Arjuna, ‘you are most dear to Me’. How is this contradiction possible?

    There is a lot of contradiction throughout the Bhagavad Gita at every step, in every chapter. That is why Arjuna at one point tells Lord Krishna, ‘O Lord! Tell me one way only (towards freedom from misery). Sometimes you suggest that Bhakti Yoga (th ...
  3. Gurudev, Lord Shiva never took a body (physical form), and possibly even goddesses such as Goddess Durga, Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Gayatri etc. also did not. So are all these different forms of the same energy? What is the difference among them?

    Yes, they are essentially one. All of them are different powers, and are different by virtue of their names, their forms and appearance; yet they are all one in essence. ...
  4. The Strength of Women

    Gurudev, If ever a devotee has to ask something from the Divine or from the Master, what is the best thing he can ask for? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Come on! Now do I also need to tell you also what you should ask? I don’t think there is any need of that. Your ...
  5. Gurudev, can you please talk about Sanyasa (referring to the act or intention of renouncing everything)? What does it mean to be a Sanyasi (a renunciate)?

    Sanyasa means being totally centered. It means to feel that ‘Everyone belongs to me, and I belong to everybody. I want nothing for myself and I’m ready to give everything’. ...
  6. Protection Of The Divine

    Gurudev, on the path of Yoga as we continue our practices, ‘HE’ (referring to the Lord) may simply manifest. Yet it also causes Yoga Maya (referring to being deluded when one acquires extraordinary abilities). How can people do their Sadhana (spiritual pra ...
  7. Love Unconditionally

    Gurudev, great people have said that this world is a mirror. Whatever we do, the life will do the same to us. Then why do the good people have to suffer bad times despite doing good things in life? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: This is a very elaborate discussion. ...
  8. Vastness of the Present Moment

    Gurudev, please explain in detail about parallel universes. Is it true that we exist identically in other universes? Do our actions in this universe will affect our twins in other universes? How can we gain access to other universes? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: ...
  9. You Are Relieved Of Your Past

    Gurudev, Though there is a realization, after so many years on the path, that the mind gets caught up in the world and the world looks so real. Is this natural, or one needs to put more effort? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, the mind gets caught in maya (illus ...
  10. I Am The Only Way

    Gurudev, after introspecting on the questions, ‘Who am I? Where am I?’ I realize that I am nowhere, and everywhere, as empty space. How to stay in this pure consciousness without drifting to body consciousness? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Trying to stay out of b ...
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