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  1. When and how can we achieve complete control on the five senses? Is total vairagya possible?

    Your experience and maturity shows. You don’t have to exercise control. You didn’t have to exercise any control to let go of cotton candies or lollipops. As you grew up, your interest in lollipops vanished.
    In young people there is a lot ...

  2. Gurudev, does a Guru punish a disciple?

    Why should a Guru punish? He doesn’t need to punish. If you do something wrong, you will face the consequences naturally. The Guru doesn’t have to do the job of punishing, he only wishes that you grow out of your misery. And if you do mistak ...

  3. Honesty Is The Best Policy

    Thu, 28/08/2014
    Gurudev, I have heard that we are enlightened until we realize it. What is the meaning of getting enlightened then? Is it just a realization? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, that is why it's called Pratya Bhigya which means Realizing.See the elephant that is h ...
  4. Gurudev, I have heard that we are enlightened until we realize it. What is the meaning of getting enlightened then? Is it just a realization?

    Yes, that is why it's called Pratya Bhigya which means Realizing.
    See the elephant that is here does not know its power. With great love, he holds your hand with his trunk and pulls you. He doesn’t know that he can break the p ...

  5. An Intimate Bond

    Mon, 18/08/2014
    We shall begin this Janmashtami’s celebration with silence, and let the festivities end in a celebrative and joyful silence. There are four main dimensions through which we should see our life.The first is Saamipya. It means to feel that those who are ver ...
  6. How can we know, according to astrology, that we are going through an obscure time in our life? How long does the planet Saturn affect someone?

    Astrology is a science pertaining to the connection between the macrocosm and the microcosm. It speaks about how the far away planets like Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto are connected to our planet, our human existence, and the entire creation, ranging ...

  7. Why do people say words like, 'My Gurudev' or, 'My Master'? It is like saying, 'My Sun', or 'My Moon'.

    Don't log on to their words, it is a feeling. Language always has ‘My’ and ‘I’, you cannot speak without these words. Even if you speak without them, it doesn't make much sense. It doesn’t imply anything much bigger ...

  8. Hate And Bitterness Will Destroy You

    Fri, 18/07/2014
    (Below is a continuation of the post The Spiritual Principle Of Honesty) Dear Gurudev, please say something about in-laws. Nowadays, people hate their in-laws. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, this is a very common thing. In India, we had a program with about 2 ...
  9. Dear Gurudev, please say something about in-laws. Nowadays, people hate their in-laws.

    Yes, this is a very common thing. In India, we had a program with about 20,000-25,000 people. I usually say that anyone who comes to the ashram should leave their worries and problems here, and go back home with a smile.
    One lady said, ‘My prob ...

  10. Dearest Gurudev, people are enjoying less personal freedom. The Government and the cooperation are taking over our lives more and more. What can the regular average people do?

    Rules and regulations are essential in any society, but it should not be too stifling. Individual and private life should also not be too stifling.
    When you feel life is getting boring and coming to a standstill, that is when you should engage in act ...

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