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  1. You spoke about not stepping on the husband’s ego. Don’t you think the ego is the source of all sufferings and it is against the spiritual path?

    No, one has to work on one’s own ego; someone else need not work on your ego. If you find that your ego is your botheration, you have to work on it; your wife need not work on it. If someone else is trying to destroy your ego, it becomes worse.
  2. The feeling of ego leads us to dominate others, or be disrespectful. What is the message of The Art of Living that would help bring us together, and be more respectful of each other?

    One of the biggest crisis on the planet is the identity crisis. We identify ourselves as somebody, and those who do not belong to the same identity, we think that they are against us and we become afraid of them, or we want to dominate them and so we sh ...
  3. How can we drop the ego?

    Why do you want to drop the ego? Just keep it aside and do not struggle with it. Often we want to get rid of the ego because it brings pain. But this desire to be free from the ego magnifies the ego even more. Being natural is the simplest way to ...
  4. The ego is not dissolving into love or humility. It exhibits its idiosyncratic character. How do I handle this situation?

    These are all words. Don’t try to dissolve your ego. If you find you have one, just keep it in your pocket. It’s okay to have an ego. Let it be there. You try to dissolve the ego and that is what the problem is. Don’t try to dissolve i ...
  5. Does the ego help us to achieve?

    Yes, in the initial stages, then it becomes a noose around your neck. It should be there in the beginning to achieve something, but then you should know how to get out of it also. ...
  6. Gurudev, does the ego increases with self sufficiency?

    It is not necessary that the ego should increase with an increase in independence or with self- sufficiency. We should understand that in spite of being self sufficient, we are dependent on God; we are dependent on Paramatma, (referring to the Su ...
  7. Gurudev, why is your photo everywhere? What about the ego?

    I in fact, don’t want my photo to be everywhere. I tell people, but they do the same things, they bring it. Dr. Lawrence Carter also made a portrait of me in Atlanta (laughter). A huge big portrait and put it in the hall of fame there, in the universi ...
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    See, acceptance means what? What do you want to accept? Something that is beautiful, do you say, 'I accept, this is so beautiful?' <br> Acceptance has meaning when you cannot accept something. What is that you cannot accept? Imperfect ...
  9. Gurudev, an egoistic person drowns himself as well as his family due to his ego. You have said that love is the remedy to keep the ego away. But Gurudev, I do not feel any love arising within me for an egoistic person. Please give a solution for this.

    See, if someone is egoistic, then he is so because of his ignorance and lack of understanding. If you get angry at his ignorance and foolish behavior, then you too will become ignorant and foolish like him. That is why we should have compassion towards the ...
  10. Gurudev, King Janaka and Buddha both got enlightened. While King Janaka continued to be surrounded by all the wealth and comforts, Buddha lived the life of a monk, so is there a difference? Are there different levels of self-realization?

    Not at all. If there is a difference then it is not enlightenment at all. The mind does not depend on what clothes you wear. Whatever you wear on the outside, you will still remain the same inside. So self-realization is the inner awakening, it has n ...
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