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  1. 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 ...
  2. Gurudev, how do we stay self-motivated?

    Why do you have to motivate yourself? Just relax and be happy. When you are happy, you are already motivated. If others get happy because of you, do you become happy or not? You become happy right away! What more motivation do you need?

    Now, if y ...

  3. I have seen you saying that we need more help from people and the Government. I know we need to do seva but how exactly do we go about it? Please guide.

    Yes, bringing change in society is a collective effort. So I said that everybody should participate. Don’t say, 'Gurudev, you do it. You take care of terrorists, you change them'. No! It is a collective effort. Each one of us has to ...

  4. Gurudev, what is the true meaning of seva? Does it mean to support someone, help them or give them some donation? And if our family opposes our doing seva, should we still continue to do seva, or instead serve our family alone and be happy with it?

    Seva means to do something for someone else without expecting anything in return. It means to do without the desire of any reward in return.
    You should do whatever you can do, whether it is by contributing your time, or by donating your money, or just ...
  5. Gurudev, we read about ordinary people doing extraordinary service. People with less education are visionaries. With all my education and my good intent, I see I am nowhere. How can I too become a visionary?

    You should believe you are one already. Okay? You are a visionary. To you this question has come that you want to be one, you are already one. ...
  6. Gurudev, it looks like corruption in India is doing lasting damage to society and the environment. Is it reversible? If yes, then how can expats like me living in the US help in the endeavor to reverse the damage?

    If you are interested in doing something back home in India, and want to know how to create awareness, how to use your talents to save the largest democracy on the planet, then you should definitely meet with the Art of Living (AOL) volunteers here, they ...
  7. Dear Gurudev, what is it about seva that makes people dynamic versus doing office work?

    See, we have to do something and we keep doing something. When we do something, we want something out of it for ourselves. Now if you do something for which you don’t want anything in return, but you just want to be useful in life, that is called seva.
  8. Dear Sri Sri, in Germany and some other parts of Europe we have had very recently experienced devastating floods. What is your message towards our environmental duty and how can social media support us in that?

    Natural calamities occur and human mistakes add to it. In terrains where we know that such calamities can happen, our preparedness is very low. That is something that bothers me a lot.

    In Kedarnath thousands of people have lost their lives in the most ...

  9. Gurudev, what is the significance of taking Sankalpa (an earnest wish or firm resolve) during Mahashivaratri?

    Sankalpa means taking our consciousness to the universe, to the infinite; and then bringing the mind to the present moment, and making a wish for something that you long for in your mind. That is what Sankalpa is.
    In taking Sankalpa, you ...
  10. Dear Gurudev, even though I read knowledge, do my spiritual practices and service, still my mind sometimes gets stuck on worldly objects like smart phones, clothes, etc. Please bless me to get rid of all this.

    It is okay. It takes time. If you are a little bit sticky, you need a little more heat to be stirred. You know, when we make the halwa (India pudding), the sweet first sticks, but as you keep stirring it on the fire, then it doesn’t stick anymore. ...
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