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  1. The Nature Of Desire

    Thu, 21/05/2015
    (Below is a continuation of post The Company Of The Truth) All saints say that God is your very soul, and you too have said that God exists and resides within us all. Then why do we practice idol worship? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: See, there are tw ...
  2. The Company Of The Truth

    Thu, 21/05/2015
    Below is a continuation of post The Things We Cannot Change) It is said, “Trikaalabadhit tat Satyam” (Truth is that which is beyond the three phases of time). But whatever has happened in the past does seem to have an effect on the present. And ...
  3. Gurudev, we have the Rudra Puja and Vishnu Puja in our tradition, but why is it that we do not have any practice of Brahma Puja (worship of Lord Brahma)?

    Well, that is because Lord Brahma’s task of creating the Creation is over (laughter). Lord Brahma is present in Lord Shiva, and Lord Brahma is also present in Lord Vishnu. He (Lord Brahma) resides in everything. So when you worship Lord Vis ...
  4. Gurudev, many incidents or stories narrated in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata seem difficult to believe. For example, did Lord Hanuman really jump across the vast ocean? Are these real stories, a poet’s imagination or just literal metaphors indicating some deeper meaning? How do we understand this?

    See, even today you have people who are sailing around the world. Isn’t it? If people can sail around the world today, do you not think someone could have also done it in those ancient days? All possibilities exist.It is also said that Lord ...
  5. Gurudev, I do my sadhana regularly, attend satsang and do seva also. Yet there are many times in life when I am unable to make proper decisions. Why does this happen?

    See, there are two main reasons why you are unable to take decisions.1. When there is some feverishness of desire attached to it; or there is some greed. Then you find it difficult to take a decision2. When there is some fear in you, then al ...
  6. Gurudev, I am in a dilemma whether to continue working here in India, or take up a job offer that I have in Toronto. Please advise.

    See, there is no point in asking me these personal questions, such as, “Where should I go?” “What should I eat?” “Where should I work?” etc. Just remember this – the choice is yours and blessings are ...
  7. Gurudev, in the discourse on the Ishavasya Upanishad, you have mentioned that one can overcome and go beyond death through Avidya (deep knowledge of the material Creation through empirical or practical truths and observations). What does this mean?

    You should listen to the complete discourse on the Ishavasya Upanishad, where I have explained this in detail. I have not left out anything. See, when you fall ill then with the help of Ayurveda, you can take specific medicines and procedures to ...
  8. It is said, “Trikaalabadhit tat Satyam” (Truth is that which is beyond the three phases of time). But whatever has happened in the past does seem to have an effect on the present. And whatever does not exist in the present also seems to have some effect on life. Then how can we understand Truth to be beyond the three phases of time?

    Just think – the answer is hidden in the very question you have asked now. Situations keep changing all the time, and Truth is not that which changes with time (meaning: Truth stands the test of time). People also change with time. And thes ...
  9. How do we become a witness to our thoughts when we are facing challenges in life?

    See, when you face challenges, all that you need to do is look at the sensation that is produced.When the mind is stuck in a whirlpool, then at that time three things will help you: 1. Unshakeable faith that someone out there cares v ...
  10. Gurudev, some incidents have happened in my life which had never happened before but I felt that I have gone through them before also. How is this possible?

    This is alright. Such instances remind us that our Consciousness is very old and has existed much longer than what we may think. Just today itself, I got a text message on my cellphone in which it was said that – scientists today say that ev ...
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