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  1. Do animals have a mind? How come they don’t have any mental issues?

    Animals do have a mind, they do have the feelings.
    There was an article on how a leopard helped a baby monkey survive, and how a dog was helped by a dolphin. These are such many amazing things.
    Usually we use the phrase ‘fighting like dogs and ...

  2. At what point in creation do things that are alive get souls? I am referring to mosquitoes, trees, bacteria, cells, and so on.

    Soul is in everything, right from an ant to bacteria; it is there everywhere. But a mature soul enters into your system at a particular stage, either during conception or in the fourth or fifth month, or even at the time of birth. These are the three po ...

  3. Gurudev, when we are all a part of the One consciousness, then how does the quality of the same consciousness vary in different souls?

    It does vary. You use the same flour to cook Samosa (an Indian savoury snack), Chappati (Indian flatbread eaten with meals), and Parantha (stuffed flatbread). So it is the same flour which is used to make all three, yet all three ar ...

  4. Gurudev, why was this world made?

    It was made for Me! (laughter) And if you ask why are there so many problems made in this world, then I would say they were made for you! (laughter again)
    These problems were made so that you don’t get stuck and attached to this w ...

  5. Beloved Gurudev, you often talk about multiple realities. Please tell us some more. Please tell us more about angels, guardians, devas, etc.

    Yes, it is altogether a very deep subject. As I said, the world is of multiple layers. On one level of quantum physics, everything is made up of just one thing. But when you come to periodic tables in classical chemistry, then it is different. There are ...

  6. What is nothingness filled with? Is it full of life and awareness?

    Nothingness is filled with energy. This is again quantum physics.
    They say, the empty space that you see around the Sun is not empty. In fact, the Sun is round because the energy surrounding it pushing it from all the four sides and making it round.< ...

  7. Dear Gurudev, what is the force that keeps the material things in their shapes? I go to sleep at night and when I wake up in the morning, all the furniture is still there. What is holding the outside world together? The explanation I found in Physics was not satisfactory.

    That is called intelligence. There is some intelligence that is making you ask this question; that is holding your brain together.
    That which is keeping the brain together is the same intelligence which is keeping the furniture together also! B ...

  8. Gurudev, why was the world created?

    For you to ask this question! If it was not created, how would you even ask this question?
    We are all thinking about the creation of the world. Is a mirage created? When was it created? Do you know what a mirage is? On a hot summer day, in the dessert ...
  9. Gurudev, one day you spoke about duality and non duality with examples of door and window and seeing all as wood. So where does the philosophy of Vishisht Advaita (a sub-school of thought of the Vedanta philosophy) fit in with the same example?

    Well, Vishisht Advaita says that both (the duality and non-duality of Creation and Consciousness) are true. So as per Vishishta Advaita, that is also true and this is also true. Advaita usually doesn’t consider the other things as tr ...

  10. When the purpose of life is to realize that we are part of the Supreme Consciousness and to ultimately merge with the Divine, then why did God divide Himself into many souls at the beginning?

    Well, God has His own logic and His own ways. What is the point of you asking this question now? It is too late! (Laughter) You know, you can think about it this way: if only air had different colours.
    In the olden days, you had these Shantara ...
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