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  1. Gurudev, which one is the best expression of being human- Dhyana (meditation) or Seva (service)?

    Both are needed. It is like asking, is it better to watch television or listen to it. What will I say? They both go together hand in hand. What is meant by Seva? It means that whatever little bit you can do, just do it. What you cannot do, don’t do. Did yo ...
  2. Gurudev, I have a lot of knowledge but very little devotion. How do I go from knowledge towards devotion?

    First stop thinking that you have little devotion. Who says that you do not have devotion? It is there and in abundance. It can never be less. If you want it grow more, read the Narada Bhakti Sutra (A scripture on aphorisms of Divine Love by Sage Na ...
  3. Gurudev, the desire for Moksha (liberation) is itself a desire itself and is a necessity too. But as long as there are desires, one cannot realize God. Please guide.

    It is very natural to have a desire for liberation. After all your desires are fulfilled, it is only this one that remains. In a state of total surrender; in a state of Samadhi (a sta ...
  4. Gurudev, I have often heard you say that when we come on the path and do seva, we find a family, belongingness and acceptance. This is not my experience. I feel like I do not belong here. I do not understand. Is there something lacking in me?

    When you feel distant from everybody that means you’re settling within yourself. It’s good, otherwise you get caught up with people around you. How many of you have good friends and then suddenly they become unfriendly? (Many raise their hands). ...
  5. Gurudev, people sin in one life, why does God punish them in the next lives. Wouldn’t it be better to know the reason while you’re being punished.

    There are many different types of karma. Some things if you do today, it gives you result immediately. Suppose there is fire, and you keep your hand in it, will it burn today or tomorrow? It will burn now. But if you sow a mango seed, for it to grow an ...
  6. Gurudev, What is real seva? How can my every action become seva?

    Seva mean, doing like him. ‘Him’ means the creator. He does everything for you and he doesn't expect anything from you. So to do whatever you can, not expecting anything in return; is called seva. There is definitely a payoff. There is certainly a re ...
  7. Seva

    There are five types of seva. The first type of seva is when you do not even know that you are doing seva. You do not recognize it as seva because it is your very nature- you cannot but do it! The second type of seva is what you do because it is needed in ...
  8. Who wins?

    Many people quit doing seva as they put their self-image, prestige, respect, comfort and convenience ahead of their goal. That is how in groups people shy away from seva-- when they don't get a position, when they get insulted, when they feel they ar ...
  9. Success

    Q.: How was yesterday's program? Was it successful? Guruji: There is no question of success if you have nothing to gain. There is nothing to gain if you have only come to give and serve. Success indicates non-supremacy. Success means what? It indicat ...
  10. Intelligence

    The first sign of intelligence is not to begin anything! (Not to be born at all!). Having lost this first sign, the second sign of intelligence is- once you have started something, see it through to the end. The short-sighted ones look for short-term bene ...
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