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  1. Gurudev, in Nepal, Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of Pashupati Nath. What is the meaning of the word 'Pashupati'?

    Pashu (Hindi word for animal) means one that is tied down by something or is stuck in bondage. Paash is something like a rope; it is that something that ties you down or restricts you. There are eight kinds of Paash and so there are ...
  2. Gurudev, how does one get over attachment?

    Why do you want to get over attachment? It is because it gives you pain. If it did not bring you pain, you would never think of getting rid of attachment. Attachment gives pain because there is ignorance attached to it. Do not try to get out of attachme ...
  3. Gurudev, the mind gets disturbed on listening to the wrong deeds being performed by saints and religious leaders. Please guide us how to handle this.

    See, there are thousands of saints and religious leaders in the country. Out of this, if two or three are found to commit wrong deeds, or if they get stuck in wrong thinking, then one should not let their own mind get troubled and become negative becaus ...
  4. Gurudev, should the youth of the country enter politics?

    Yes of course, the youth must definitely enter politics. I would encourage this. In The Art of Living, we have started the College for Good Governance in Bhubaneswar. So all those who want to take up politics and work in the field should enrol there. I ...
  5. Gurudev, please speak about reincarnation.

    Reincarnation definitely exists. Just know this for sure. In Physics it is said that matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. The mind and the soul are pure energy, and they manifest again and again in different ways.I have been here ...
  6. How can we drop the ego?

    Why do you want to drop the ego? Just keep it aside and do not struggle with it. Often we want to get rid of the ego because it brings pain. But this desire to be free from the ego magnifies the ego even more. Being natural is the simplest way to ...
  7. Gurudev, a few months ago my personal Guru left his physical body. I am not able to bear the grief of his absence and the void because of his departure. How can I console myself and understand that the Guru is not a physical presence, but a Tattva (fundamental all-pervading element or principle in Nature). How do I live without him now and keep my mind at peace?

    Just relax and meditate. When you meditate more, you will realize that the Guru is a Tattva, the Guru is a light that is ever glowing and eternal. The Guru is not the (physical) body. The Guru is the Divine light that resides within the body; the ...
  8. Gurudev, please speak on the issue of female foeticide.

    I would say that it should not be practiced and should be done away with. I have heard that it is quite prevalent here in Haryana on quite a large scale. It is said that the ratio of female foeticide is 7 out of 10.How many doctors are here? I appea ...
  9. Gurudev, please speak about the dowry laws in the country.

    No one should take or give dowry in any form. I would ask all the youths here today to take a promise that they will not support dowry in any way. You should tell your parents that you will only bring a bride home to them as their daughter-in-law, and n ...
  10. Gurudev, are you in favor of divorce?

    No, not at all. But if your relationship comes to such a stage that it becomes difficult for both partners to continue ahead, if your lives become a living hell because of it, and if no amount of attempts can save your relationship, then I would ask bot ...
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