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  1. Gurudev, it is said that behind every suffering there is something good. How far is this true?

    Don’t sit and keep analyzing. Whatever happened in the past is all dead and gone, move on to the future. See the whole past like a dream. Till now whatever has happened is more or less like a dream. Look into the future, in the next 30 to 40 years what do ...
  2. Gurudev, people say chanting ‘Om’ is not good for women. Is that true?

    No. Men are afraid if women chant ‘Om’ they will become very powerful. Again only ‘Om’ is not advisable. You should chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ or ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’; something along with Om. There is a school of thought which says if yo ...
  3. Dear Guruji, I did the advanced course for the first time. During the advanced course I would compare myself with others. Is it necessary to compare myself with others?

    No, you don’t need to compare. One thing I want to tell you. You have to repeat the advanced course several times to have a deeper experience. Don’t think you have done it once and that is it. When you do it the second time you go a little deeper ...
  4. Gurudev, many times people appear to be something inside and outside they appear to be something else. How do you make out what is authentic?

    There is something called your internal feeling. Someone says you are most welcome but inside you feel that this person is simply saying you are most welcome but he is not really welcoming me. That is your internal feeling that can identify others’ intern ...
  5. Gurudev, what is the meaning of Om Namah Shivaya?

    Om Namah Shivaya is one who lives in all the five elements. ...
  6. What is a living being and what is a soul?

    The living being is a wave, the soul is the ocean. ‘Eeshvar ansh jeev avinaashi’, the living being is a part of God. ...
  7. Gurudev, I used to lose my temper so easily. But now it has stopped altogether. When my work does not get done, I do not react but when I get back home I look at your picture and get upset at you.

    Doesn’t matter. You are expressing your frustration in the right place and to the right person. That is a safe place; so safe that it won’t bounce back. ...
  8. Gurudev, please throw light upon the law of attraction.

    As you sow so shall you reap. Whatever you have inside, you attract similar things towards you. If you have a lack in the realm of the mind that is what happens. Like attracts like on the subtle level whereas in the gross the opposites attract. ...
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