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  1. Gurudev, you have said that in spirituality, faith comes first and then the experience, whereas for people with a scientific temper, it is the exact opposite. This feels a bit contradictory and I did not get it. Can you please explain?

    No, I feel you got it wrong somewhere. It is the difference between the oriental and the occidental way of looking at things. In the orient, we always say that first the experience must happen, only then do you fully understand and grasp the concept. Bu ...
  2. Why do you think attaining spirituality is necessary?

    It is because you want to be happy unconditionally; you want peace which does not get disturbed by small things. And this is quite natural.Wanting spirituality is as natural as wanting deep rest, as wanting to be loved, as wanting comfort and ...
  3. Different people have different notions of spirituality. Some think it is escapism, others think it is torturing oneself. What is spirituality according to you?

    Anything that uplifts the human spirit is spirituality. Anything that brings you peace, joy, love, comfort and motivates you to do service in society is spirituality.We are made up of both matter and spirit. Our body is made up of Amino acids, carbo ...
  4. Spirituality is the need of our country. The reality is that it is limited to the rich, and the ones who can afford it. What should be done so that every common person who may not financially be able afford it, gets to experience it?

    Spirituality has nothing to do with money; absolutely not! Poor people can benefit from spirituality as much as the rich people. In fact, we are doing programs in so many villages, nearly 40,000 villages in the country, and in slum areas. When poor pe ...
  5. Gurudev, spirituality has become a buzzword amongst many people. Everybody wants to say 'I meditate, I am spiritual'. What is spirituality?

    We are all made up of both matter and spirit, right? Our body is made up of carbohydrates, proteins, minerals. The spirit is made up of creativity, peace, love, joy, anger and all these emotions. Spirituality is attending to the spirit; who am I? Am ...
  6. Gurudev, if your perception is your reality, then what is truth?

    What is the truth, is a very individual journey. Nobody can even answer this question. If anyone answers, then the answer will not be correct.So, what is truth, is an individual personal journey that you have to go on. It is like, you have to have y ...
  7. Gurudev, yesterday you spoke about Indira Gandhi who was trying to bring together the Buddhist nations in India because India is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Is it still possible today and who can do that?

    I think all the countries in the world should come together. That is what we are doing in the Art of Living. We are bringing everyone together as a One World Family, which is why it is said, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (everyone belongs to one Family an ...
  8. Gurudev, spirituality is something that every person on this planet has his concept about. Some think that being religious is spiritual, or discarding this world is spiritual. How would you define spirituality?

    We are made up of both matter and spirit. In the sense of matter, we are carbohydrates, amino acids, protein and all this. As spirit, we are peace, love, joy, compassion, integrity, honesty and all these qualities. So anything that enhances these ...
  9. Dear Gurudev, spirituality is all about giving up, business is all about accumulating, how can being spiritual help me be a good businessman?

    When you want to shoot an arrow, what do you do? You pull the string backward, to make it to go forward. Similarly, the higher you need to construct a building, the deeper you need make its foundation. They all may seem opposite, but they’re complementary. ...
  10. Gurudev, can a person who doesn't believe in the idea or reality of God be spiritual?

    Yes, sure! One doesn’t need to have a particular belief system to be spiritual. One simply has to have the spirit of enquiry, then you are spiritual. You need to be bubbling with enthusiasm. If you are aware of the cosmic reality, that there is much m ...
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