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  1. 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.

    See, you should know the history of Islam. How Islam was born, when it was written, and how it changed over period of time. What was said then and why; what is practical and what is not practical. In those days the women population was more, so a man wa ...

  2. What is the significance of karva chauth? What is the story behind it? Can only married women do it? Is it really a good time to meditate on this day?

    There are so many festivals in India, almost as many as the number of Sundays in a year.
    Karva chauth is one festival where women pray for their husband’s longevity, and there are stories associated with it. I don’t know much about these stori ...

  3. My dear Gurudev, I want to dedicate many more hours a day to The Art of Living but I have kids and I need to be with them as well. What should I do?

    You know, do not think kids are a hindrance. There are many who have had small babies and have still been doing tremendous work. We have many teachers who have very small children and still they are working.
    Janice is one such example. She has done so ...
  4. What should I do if people see my patience, compassion, kshama (forgiveness) and endurance as a weakness?

    Well, you cannot make someone else think differently, or change their perception. If they think that way, it is up to them. As far as you are centered and strong, you are fine. You go on.

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  5. Does the world need to get rid of borders and local governments and become one?

    No, they don’t need to get rid of local governments. They can have them but along with that they can have a bigger vision.
    See, you don’t have to get rid of your family responsibilities. You take care of your family, at the same time you can also tak ...

  6. The Circle Of Desires

    Tue, 14/10/2014
    desire.jpg (Below is a continuation of the post Finding Strength Through Faith) How to overcome desire? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: This is another desire! What we need to know is that a desire fulfilled takes you back to the same place you were befo ...
  7. Please tell me how to keep my connection with the divine in my everyday life, and in times of distress.

    This intention to keep the connection itself indicates that you keep feeling the connection again and again.
    Just make it a habit. As soon as you wake up, feel the connection. Before going to bed, thank the divine for all that you have received. Even ...

  8. How to overcome desire?

    This is another desire! What we need to know is that a desire fulfilled takes you back to the same place you were before the desire arose.
    Just imagine your state of mind before a desire arose in you, after all the circus of having a d ...

  9. What is the role of religion in promoting peace and global harmony? Is it an asset or an obstacle?

    For the intelligent ones, religion is an asset. But for the foolish ones, it is an obstacle. There are some unique specialties in every religion which can help uplift our life and can help us blossom in life. But if we are foolish, then we make the same ...

  10. What is the secret of a peaceful and successful life?

    That is what I have been telling you all this while. Accept the people and situations as they are. And always be in the present moment. Do not keep thinking of what happened in the past or what will happen in the future.

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