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  1. Dear Gurudev, you have said that once we are on the path we should just relax as you are doing all the work. What does this mean?

    I say many things at many times, don’t take it of out context. You should keep it in context. I have said, ‘Till you catch a train you have to run, once you have caught the train, relax with your luggage. Just by you running inside the train ...
  2. Gurudev, I have heard of this thing called Guru Mandala. What is Guru Mandala? Is it good for us sadhaks?

    Guru Mandala refers to the several circles (that you have to cross) before you reach the centre. It refers to the many attractions, many temptations, many repulsions and all that which makes you stronger. If you pass all that, you come to the cent ...
  3. Dear Gurudev, please can I do tantra sadhana. Do you mind it? I am doing one of the Dus mahavidya sadhanas.

    See, I tell you, there are not many people who know the ten mahavidyas. So you don’t need to do any of those. You simply relax and listen to some chanting. The Art of Living has released so many chants, and they are all a part of that only.Th ...
  4. Gurudev, I love spiritual practices and the atmosphere. It makes me feel balanced and fulfilled to be around spiritually evolved people and their activities. Is it possible to make a career out of spiritual practices? If yes, what would you advise me?

    You know, spiritual practices cannot be made into a career but The Art of Living does provide many opportunities. We have many schools, institutions, universities and we have an employment exchange bureau. So you are most welcome to come and register wi ...
  5. If spirituality is about finding ourselves and in the process we keep changing ourselves then are we actually ever able to know ourselves, or is it okay to just keep on trying to find oneself?

    It is like peeling an onion, layer by layer. This is what Adi Shankaracharya said, 'Neti, Neti', I am not this, I am not this.You keep contemplating about yourself and at some point you will find that inner tranquillity. That is impor ...
  6. I want to become a teacher and spread this wonderful knowledge, but I’m disturbed sometimes by the politics that I see on this path. Kindly guide me.

    Wherever there are people there will be politics.Politics means everybody has their own tendencies, and human beings have many tendencies. In this world, in any field, on any path, anywhere you go you won’t find everybody to be a ...
  7. Gurudev, when death is the ultimate truth of life, then why does one take the guidance of astrology?

    Are you asking this for yourself or for somebody else? If you are asking for yourself then just become aware that all of us are going to die, for sure. The important thing is that while we live, we shall be happy and have fun in all that we do.While ...
  8. How to get rid of my tendency to control everything everywhere and every time?

    You can control small things, that is why you have this illusion (that you are in control). Just try to control the big things: stop the war in Iraq, or stop the war in Syria. A couple came to meet me and they were talki ...
  9. Dear Gurudev, how can I devote more time to my spiritual growth when I am financially struggling?

    You don't have to devote more time, whatever little time you devote is good enough. Once or twice a year, a few days for an Advance Meditation Course is good enough. You don't have to go for one course after another for the whole year. If you do ...
  10. Gurudev, you have always taken care of me. I have only one wish: For as long as I am in this body and in my other births to come, please make me your disciple and liberate me. Show me the truth so that I can liberate others too.

    Recently, a saint came to see me in Rishikesh, and in our congregation he said a beautiful thing. He said, 'One who has learnt in this school will stay. One who has not learnt only will leave'.Usually, in a school, if you have learnt and you ...
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