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  1. What should we do for the mentally retarded people? Can healing be given to them?

    Some remand home should be made for them. There are mentally retarded homes owned by the government. They should be kept there.Don’t encourage the practice of giving them food on the roads. We should not make them beggars on the roads. Don&rsq ...
  2. Living With Equanimity

    Feb 12 2014
    Bangalore, India nature_02-02.jpg   Gurudev, in the Gita, Arjun asks Krishna about sthitapragnya. Does it mean being established in knowledge? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Correct, it means being stable. He described what sthitapragnya is;, the signs of ...
  3. Gurudev, the Vishalakshi Mandap is so wonderful to look at. Can you please explain the significance of the word Vishalakshi.

    Vishala means broad, akshi means vision, so it means broad-eyed vision. I thought people can come here, sit, meditate, and broaden their vision.Of course, it is my mother’s name also. It has a deep spiritual meaning. If you ha ...
  4. Gurudev, I think I am addicted to meditation. Is it bad to be addicted to something awesome like meditation?

    You can’t say that you are addicted to compassion, it is a wrong word to use since it is an integral part of your life. Similarly, you can’t say that I am so addicted to being clean; I am addicted to brushing my teeth. Just like brushing is ...
  5. Gurudev, the enthusiasm of one person can become an irritation for another. Should we express our enthusiasm and allow it to irritate others?

    Enthusiasm coupled with wisdom cannot irritate others. You need to be sensitive to others feelings and demands, and you need to respect them.Simultaneously, you cannot be oversensitive, because then you have to suppress yourself. Be somewhere on the ...
  6. Gurudev, in The Bhagavad Gita, Arjun asks Krishna to describe a person established in the Self. How does such a person walk, behave, etc. Does external behavior determine if a person is enlightened or not?

    Not really. This question can only be answered in affirmation or negation. If you ask me, does the love in someone’s heart reflect in their appearance and their behavior, the answer is yes. At the same time, appearances can be deceptive; sometimes ...
  7. Above Wordly Waters

    Jan 11 2014
    Bangalore, India intellect_01_0.jpg Gurudev, you talk about dispassion and equanimity, but when I let go of my defenses, I am becoming more sensitive. How to come out of it? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Read Yoga Vasistha. You have to see that the who ...
  8. Drop Judgments And Embrace All

    Feb 13 2014
    Bangalore, India relationship_04.jpg   Gurudev, what is the relation between God and Truth? And what should be the relationship between a master and a disciple? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: God is not somebody sitting in the heaven trying to give you a ...
  9. Who Is Responsible For Your Bad Experiences?

    Feb 20 2014
    Bangalore, India unnamed (1).jpg   Gurudev, what actually is prayaschit? How can one become free of one’s sins? Can one ever become free of guilt, or is one doomed to live with that? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: ‘Prayas’ means getting back to the origin ...
  10. Being A Good Life Partner

    Feb 21 2014
    Bangalore, India lifepartner_05.jpg   What makes one a good life partner? What attributes to look for in a good life-partner? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: I have no idea, or experience. You should ask people who have been successful in finding a good li ...
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