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  1. Gurudev, please explain Opposite Values are Complimentary.

    In a movie there is a villain and there is a hero. Now because of the villain the hero becomes the hero. Somebody had to lose for you win. Just understand that much. You do not have to do anything with it, just listening is enough. ...
  2. Gurudev, you say opposite values are complimentary. Then how can we be happy during good times when we know that bad times will follow?

    There is a beautiful couplet in Hindi:
    ‘Dukh main sumiran sab karey sukh main karey na koey;
    sukh main jo sumiran karey dukh kahe ko hoye.'
    Everyone prays when they are miserable. When there is nowhere to go and when all the doors are shut, i ...
  3. I have experienced a lot of pain in my life. What is the solution for this?

    Life is like a river. There is both pain and pleasure. With the passage of time, friends become enemies and enemies become friends. All this keeps happening.
    Don't be sad that you have experienced pain. Move forward.
    Drop the past and move on. Th ...
  4. Gurudev, sometimes you tell us, ‘Karmanye Vadhikaraste’ (action) and sometimes you tell us ‘Vishraam mein Ram hai’ (rest). Should I be resting or should I be performing action?

    Opposite values are complimentary. If you work, you will be able to rest well; if you rest, you will be able to work well. Without doing any work, if you just lie around, you will not even be able to rest, and if you keep working without taking rest, you w ...
  5. Is it possible for the world to become free of evil? I have heard that even when the creation happened, there were Rakshasas or demons. Today I see we have to live with both the opposites – evil and good; darkness and light.

    I also heard that one lady from some spiritual organization saying, ‘Oh, that soul was very pure in Satyuga and eventually it became less pure, and in Kaliyuga it became impure.’ This is complete non-sense. It is not like that.
    In Satyuga ...
  6. Gurudev, according to Bhagavad Gita, everything that has happened, is happening and will happen is for the good. Then why is there a distinction between the good and bad?

    I will send two people to you and I will ask one to praise you a lot and I will ask the other to abuse you. You will come to know the difference between good and bad easily?
    One gives you pain. No one likes pain. Even an insect doesn’t want pain. That ...
  7. Why is there so much poverty in the world?

    So that you can feel for it and do something about it. If there are no opposites, you cannot even know them.
    Because there is sickness there is value for health. Because there is poverty, wealth has some value. Right? Opposite values co-exist and they ...
  8. Gurudev, what is the relevance of tapasya (penance or austerities) in Kali Yuga and how should we understand it?

    Tapa helps to purify all the organs of the body and rid them of impurities. The entire body gets cleansed and all the sense organs become stronger with tapa.
    Tapasya is not done to please God, or to attain self realization, but it ...
  9. Gurudev, how can I live my life to its full potential?

    That is exactly what you are learning here (at the Art of Living). It is the ability to accommodate the opposites in life: rest with activity. If you are simply active all the time, it will not work. If you are only resting it will not work then too. You h ...
  10. Gurudev, when opposite values are complementary, does it mean that when more people meditate, more people will express negative tendencies like jealousy and violence?

    You never know (laughter).
    All these negative emotions are distortions of love. They are off-springs of love. If there is no love, there can’t be jealousy. If there is jealousy that means there is love.
    Arrogance is too much love for onese ...
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