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  1. Gurudev, you have often quoted a line from the bhajans by Saint Farid which is, “Sabb sayaane ek matt” (Meaning: The wise ones agree unanimously that there is only One Divinity). But if you look back at all the saints in Indian history, such as Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira; though they were born in the same land, they advocated and followed very different approaches. Why so much difference and contradiction when everything is one? Please explain this.

    at all the saints in Indian history, such as Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira; though they were born in ... being able to accept and honour them all is what makes one truly great and noble. In India, no gyani ... knowledge here? When you see all this, you should understand that Divinity loves diversity. Now why did you ...
  2. Dear Guruji, can you please comment on religious extremism? Why are people drawn to these narrow and dogmatic positions? How should we discuss with them, if at all?

    and dogmatic positions? How should we discuss with them, if at all? Lack of spirituality, lack of ... all the verses, in the end Lord Krishna says, ‘Now you reason out all what I have said. Take it only ... fanatics. Many times, I feel sorry for all those people who are in those countries that are war torn. They ...
  3. Gurudev, what do you think about the massacre of the journalist of Charlie Hebdo (French satirical weekly magazine) in France, and what is the cause of all these terrorist attacks in Europe?

    weekly magazine) in France, and what is the cause of all these terrorist attacks in Europe? Sri Sri Ravi ... work. This is what is motivating them to do all this nonsense. If only they had exposure to the right ... of this knowledge to every nook and corner of this world. Like how people all over the world know how ...
  4. Gurudev, in the Bible Christ says, ‘I am the only way’. The Koran says that it is the only way, and the Gita also says ‘Mam ekam sharanam vraja’? Is this the reason for all religious conflicts? How can we change this?

    and the Gita also says ‘ Mam ekam sharanam vraja ’? Is this the reason for all religious conflicts? ... else? What about other people who were born before him; are they not the children of God? How can we all ... going from one statue to another all the time. You are not closing your eyes and going within and ...
  5. Gurudev, I am a Muslim lady and I come from very far to listen to knowledge from you. The Koran is the base of our religion but I cannot identify myself with the Islam of today. But your words go deep into my being. Why?

    When something feels right in your heart just listen to that, and go with that. All other conditioning ... say you should discard them. They all have their place, but the spirit in you longs for the truth and ... that spiritual enrichment, so know that you have the blessings of everyone. All the prophets, all the ...
  6. Sometimes I feel like there is a conflict between being in The Art of Living and practicing Islam. Especially when I chant 'Shiva' or 'Ram'. Unfortunately, Islam has gained a bad reputation.

    point, Mohammad said all the string instruments should be done away with; no music. There was a ban on ... themselves. That is why you will see, in Islam there are no human face sculptures at all. There are no ... saying this is all haram, because one is not allowed to see human faces and pictures. So, what is Islam ...
  7. Gurudev, what if the person you love asks you to change your religion to get married?

    accommodating of all forms of thoughts and worship. That is much easier. If your religion says that everything ... else is bad and only mine is right, it constraints you. If your religion says that all paths are okay, ... Yazidis are there. They (volunteers) have put up some tents and are taking care of them. When you all have ...
  8. Dear Guruji, Sage Ashtavakra says in his Ashtavakra Gita that we are not the doer. Yoga Vasistha says that self-control is necessary for self-realization. This seems contradictory. Can you please shed some more light on this?

    asked me, ‘Gurudev, I have a serious question, a serious doubt. I have been asking this all my life and ... there are so many religions. How can all paths be correct? If the Truth is one, and one thing is right, ... then there can be only one right answer to a question. Then all other scriptures, everything cannot be ...
  9. Your Art of Living center in Pakistan was recently burned to the ground. Thank God nobody was hurt. Would you tell us the story of the strange premonition you had before you lost your Art of Living center in Pakistan.

    but all over. Fundamentalists, fantasist, terrorists are nurtured with this philosophy. I feel it’s ... everyone. The UNESCO should put this as a requirement all over the world. A multi-religious or ... a multi-cultural education a must for children all over the world. ...
  10. We know that each religion has two aspects, one aspect is the beliefs and the other is rituals. Which one is the unifying and which is the dividing factor?

    Values 2. Symbols and 3. Rituals and practices The values seem to be the same amongst all religions, like ... they all coexisted peacefully. Even in Iraq, Shias and Sunnis coexisted. When conflicts arise, it ... focus more on the spiritual values which can unite people of all religions. I would like to tell you ...
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