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  1. Dear Gurudev, kindly explain the meaning of Asangoham (a phrase often chanted by Gurudev in the advanced course).

    I am not this – that is what Asangoham means. For example, I am wearing the cloth, but I am not the cloth. The body is mine but I am not the body. I am not the thoughts, I am not the mind. Like this you go on to negate one by one all the layers ...
  2. Gurudev, I understand the importance of seva, but at the moment, nothing but knowing myself is important. And seva feels like a distraction to me. What to do?

    Does a baby want to know the mother? Does a baby want to make the mother an object of knowing? Does any baby ever ask the mother, ‘Mommy, where did you study? First tell me. Give me your introduction; show me your bio-data. Then I will love you.’ A ba ...
  3. I had an experience of oneness about five years ago. It lasted for about one full day.

    Forget about experiences. Don't worry about it; you might have had it, so what? It has gone and what has gone is not real. What is real will never leave you and it has never left you, it is there even now. We should not hanker for experiences. Experie ...
  4. There are few questions in the question basket about people who are emotionally dependent on other people. What to do?

    Life is dependent on many factors. When we were born we were dependent. When we grow old we will be dependent, not independent. In between, in these few years, we think that we are very independent. That is an illusion. Even at that time we are dependent o ...
  5. Dear Guruji, I know that you love me, but I don't love myself. I wish I was more comfortable within myself and with others around me. What to do?

    You are doing the right thing; Advanced Meditation Course. That is the first thing we do in the course, praise yourself and praise your partner. Didn’t you do that? Do that sincerely. Don't think that this is just another exercise and they are just asking ...
  6. These bodies don’t decay. They stay as they were.

    Yes, it is the devotion. The more devotion and love there is, it transforms every cell of our body and it creates such radiance. Wherever there is faith, miracles do happen. Don’t think the spirit is attached only to the body. The spirit is all permeating. ...
  7. Gurudev, in Kiev, there are bodies of more than a hundred holy men. Can you say something about it?

    Saint is not the body. Saint is the spirit. Body got formed out of all the vegetables, grains and all the food. It has been there from ages. Every atom of the body belongs to the planet Earth. It comes from it and goes back into it. But the spirit is very ...
  8. Guruji the soul is one, then what carries individual karma and takes it from one body to another?

    Yes, there are two levels of atma, one is Sarvatma and the other is Jivatma. Like inside a balloon also there is air but the air is encapsulated, right? That is Jiva. So the impressions form the Jiva, but the air is the same that is outside or inside the b ...
  9. Can the self exist without the other six layers of existence?

    Yes. Definitely! All other six layers are its own projection. Like the spider, it weaves the whole web from its own saliva. But, the spider can also exist without its web. A consciousness has created all the layers, yet it can exist without any of tho ...
  10. If this life is a dream, then how to know the real self?

    You cannot know the real self. What you can know is that everything is changing. Once you know everything is changing, one who feels that everything is changing is non changing. Without the non changing, you cannot recognize the changes. Without ...
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