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  1. What is the part played by destiny in our coming here and meeting you, and what is the role played by pure chance?

    Life is a combination of both (destiny and chance). There is a little role played by our destiny, and a greater part played by our free will also. So it is never either this or that alone. Like for any moment, there is both a past and a future also. The ...

  2. When I see beauty and talent in others, my mind either starts putting them down or feels jealous. I am complete in myself then why does mind reel in lack?

    Perhaps you don’t realize that someday everybody is going to die. All those beautiful people, they are also going to die. All those living in the past were beautiful, and wars were fought and they all died. Those who you are jealous about, they are also go ...
  3. Gurudev, my mind is very disturbed and I am not able to find a way out. What should I do? Where should I put my focus so that I can walk the path with conviction?

    Stop worrying. Just sit and relax. All your sorrow and sins will get washed away with Gaan (Satsang or singing devotional songs), Jnana (knowledge) and Dhyana (meditation).
    How many people here feel fresh after the Satsang? (Ma ...
  4. What is the source of the mind?

    Okay, first you tell me the source of waves, then I’ll tell you this. Mind is like the waves on the surface of consciousness. Consciousness is like the ocean, mind is like the wave and they continue to be there.
    When the Sun comes, wher ...
  5. Gurudev, what is the significance of applying tilak on the forehead (referring to the portion of the forehead between the eyebrows)? What does it represent? Married women in our country also apply the tilak. What is the reason behind it?

    The third eye is present there (referring to the center associated with alertness or awareness). So there is a custom of applying sandal paste or other things at the location of pineal and pituitary glands which have a great effect on our body and mind. On ...
  6. Gurudev, on the spiritual path I hear this term ‘presence’ very often. What is presence? Is it just a state of mind?

    See, presence is presence. If you ask me, what is the ear and how does it compare with the eyes, what can I say? Suppose someone is talking and your mind is elsewhere then you are not present. I can explain your absence. When you are present that means you ...
  7. Gurudev, life has come to a standstill before a major decision. I often wonder whether my decision will be right or wrong. How can I take the decision?

    Just look back at your life in the past. This is not the first time that your mind is confused in a dilemma. You have faced these types of questions and situations many times earlier as well; and every time you have received help to overcome it. And whenev ...
  8. What is more important, following you or following your word?

    I am my word.
    You decide what is important for you. I am not going to tell you. Just running behind me doesn’t mean you have followed my words.

    Be spontaneous. Sometimes when you feel like coming along, just come along. What’s the bi ...

  9. Though there is a realization, after so many years on the path, that the mind gets caught up in the world and the world looks so real. Is this natural, or one needs to put more effort?

    Yes, the mind gets caught in maya (illusion). You have to remind yourself again and again, and bring the mind back, and see that this is all maya (illusion). Turn the mind inwards. It is very interesting. The mind is so amazing. ...
  10. When faith is running low and I am not able to keep up with sadhana (spiritual practice), what do I do?

    Nothing, just wake up and see there is nothing, that’s it!
    However life is, you have to bear the cross. This itself is very good wisdom. It gives you strength.
    Whenever you want to escape from a situation, and you are finding a way to get out of ...
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