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  1. Gurudev, Sometimes I wonder, I have so many unending desires and you keep on fulfilling them. This makes me smile. How to get rid of hankering over desires Gurudev?

    You know your desires are getting fulfilled, that is enough. Be busy in fulfilling the desires of others, not your own desires.

    See, what is the significance of the Guru Disciple Tradition? It is for the Disciple to realize that desires are endl ...

  2. Gurudev, you are very generous. You have fulfilled all of my wishes, but I have not fulfilled all the commitments I made to you. I want to know whether, will you punish me, or will you keep fulfilling my further wishes.

    (Laughter) Why should I reveal it to you now? I will leave you guessing about it.
    You better fulfil your commitments before you wish for something more. I do not want to make you a greedy person. Otherwise you will become so greedy.

    When yo ...

  3. Gurudev, are desires created, and can they be removed? If so, how?

    Just look back and reflect on your life from your childhood. You had so many desires back then; some of which you fulfilled and many of which you dropped. You have not been able to fulfill every single desire that has arisen in your head as a child, as a ...
  4. Gurudev, Krishna says, ‘The desire that is not opposed to Dharma, is me.’ Can you please tell us how to identify which desires are in alignment and which are opposed to Dharma?

    The desires which are common, natural, and do not produce any guilt, fear or discomfort in you, or take you away from your naturalness is called Dharmic (in line with Dharma). Anything that shakes you, burns you, or makes you uncomfortable; t ...
  5. Gurudev, What is the significance of some of these ceremonies?

    In the Brahmin household, shraadhis an elaborate ceremony. Women would prepare food from early morning, and only certain foods are eaten. Then the pundits would come, and perform a ceremony where the Devas (angels or gods) would be invited t ...
  6. Gurudev, we are told to give up desires, but on the other hand, we were advised to strive for moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death). Isn’t this also increasing our desires?

    Yes, increase your desires for the large things in life, not small things. It is the desire for small things that causes problems. If you have to have desires, ask for the highest, that is, the Supreme Being. Seek to make the whole Universe your own, desir ...
  7. Gurudev, why one should not have the desire for the fruits or results after doing one’s karma? Is it not but natural to feel so?

    Ok, the go ahead and keep the desire (Laughter). It is not said that you should not have the desire or expectation for the result. But you do not have any control over the result. If you get a thing even before the need/desire for it arises, it is a ...
  8. Gurudev, there is a constant struggle between responsibilities and my personal desires. How do I create a balance?

    Well, when you say that is a constant struggle, then just let it be. When anything becomes constant, you get used to it. Then it is no longer a struggle. But anything is a struggle if you are not used to it.
    If you are used to something, then you cann ...
  9. Gurudev, I don’t get the things I want the most. Is my want an impediment?

    Have patience. Three things are needed to achieve what you want.

    1.Real intention - There should be a real need to have whatever it is you want. Our wants keep changing, but if it is our need, we will get it. The want has to become ...

  10. Gurudev, I am confused as to what is it that I really want. I come to the Ashram to ask for material things that I desire, but I end up asking for bliss and take it home. Bliss is good, but does that mean I won’t get material things in life?

    Many times you say that you want something, and then you cut your own wants, by saying, ‘No, I don’t want it!’ Your own sankalpa (an earnest wish or firm resolve) gets cut by your own vikalpas (doubts). When you really wa ...

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