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  1. How to maintain happiness? When we receive our exams results, we go from being 100% happy to 0% happy.

    With the strength of knowledge happiness is sustained.
    Sorrow will come to you. Tell me one person to whom it has not come? How much sorrow came to Jesus Christ, to Lord Rama, and to Lord Krishna. But when you have the strength of knowl ...

  2. In Bhagavad Gita it is said that your Soul itself is the friend and the enemy. Isn’t enmity an action by another? Are we ourselves the reason for the enemy?

    Yes, enmity is an emotion which arises in our mind. If another person considers us an enemy then that is their doing, not ours. It is their headache; from our side we don’t consider anybody as an enemy.
    If it seems that somebody is an enemy, then act ...
  3. Gurudev, at what stages can you solve a problem by violence? Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed? (The four ways of making someone do a task as stated in Chanakya Niti)

    When nothing works then the final is Mahabharat. But only when nothing else works. Lord Krishna gave a thorough example of this: he went three times, not just once, but three times for mediation (between the Kauravs and Pandavas); he went ...

  4. Is That Really You, Who You Think You Are?

    Fri, 07/11/2014
    Gurudev, you mentioned that the trick is to cut the connection between thought and me. What makes us feel that the thought is mine? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: In Sanskrit this is called tadatma (identification).When you are watching a movie you are ...
  5. Gurudev, what if the person you love asks you to change your religion to get married?

    To that you should say, 'I shall follow mine, you follow yours'. There are some religions which accept everything, but there are some religions which say others are evil, and only mine is right. This is difficult.
    With such religions, you have to say ...

  6. Gurudev, you mentioned that the trick is to cut the connection between thought and me. What makes us feel that the thought is mine?

    In Sanskrit this is called tadatma (identification).
    When you are watching a movie you are so identified with the movie that when something happens to the hero or heroine, you start crying. Doesn’t it happen?
    It used to happen in villages, ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...
  10. 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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