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  1. As Buddha attained enlightenment he must have experienced what other masters experienced, yet he never spoke about God. Because of this some people even say that he was an atheist. Can you talk about this?

    Well, in Buddha’s time there were many concepts of God. Many people had read all the Upanishad.
    You should remember all of Buddha’s followers were high intellectuals in contrast to the followers of Jesus; they were all fishermen; simple ...

  2. Dear Guruji, Sage Ashtavakra says in his Ashtavakra Gita that we are not the doer. Yoga Vasistha says that self-control is necessary for self-realization. This seems contradictory. Can you please shed some more light on this?

    Truth is contradictory. Truth is multi-dimensional. It appears to be conflicting and contradicting, but is really not.
    To come to this place, there could be one direction, which says, ‘Go straight and then turn left’. But if you come from another dire ...
  3. 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 ...

  4. What are the differences between various religions?

    Religion has three components: symbols, customs and traditions, and values. There is no difference as far as values are concerned, because all talk about oneness. Customs and symbols are all very different; they have to be. This is what makes the wo ...

  5. Why are there so many different philosophies?

    Why not? God loves diversity. What if there was only okra to eat? But you have potatoes, tomatoes, beans, all kinds of fruits, vegetables and flowers. God seems to love diversity. He has created so many of us in different shapes, features and colors. He ...

  6. What is the secret behind the notion of ‘Judgment Day’ in Christianity?

    Christianity says a judgment day will come. At that time all those below the earth, the dead bodies will rise and be asked about their right and wrong deeds. According to which they will be sent to either heaven or hell. The understanding changed from the ...
  7. Religion and politics

    The role of religion is to make one righteous and loving And politics means caring for people and their welfare. When religion and politics don't coexist then you have corrupt politicians and pseudo-religious leaders. A religious man who is righteous ...
  8. Worship

    Do not worship or idolize worship. Idolizing without a sense of belongingness is always futile. Such worship only causes fear and distance. And there are others who are paranoid about worship. They get irritated by seeing others worshipping. The modes of ...
  9. Gurudev, my mother says we should not eat rice on Ekadashi, otherwise our next birth won't be good. Is this true?

    No, nothing like that. Some people take a vow to fast on Ekadashi day. It is purely individual choice. ...
  10. Gurudev, when will you come to Sonegarh? A lot of conversions are happening there. What should we do?

    See, there should be no religious conscription (matantar). It is not good for the country. No one should leave one's religion.
    Ours is an ancient religion. It is so tolerant. It embraces everyone. Accept all knowledge. Why do you renounce your religion ...
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