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  1. Dear Gurudev, I am suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and severe low self-esteem. I am unable to talk to anyone freely because I always feel I am not as successful or accomplished as the person next to me. I keep thinking people hate me because of this. I have begun to separate from reality and living in a negative world. I would like to seek your advice.

    First of all, know that life is like a river. You cannot put your feet twice in the same water because the water is changing. Like the flow of a river, your mind is changing all the time. You don’t get the same leaves in the maple tree for two sea ...

  2. Dear Gurudev, can you please explain what it means to let go. How do I let go of situations that are currently causing me pain which I have no power to change?

    How do you sleep at night? If you don’t let go, can you sleep? No! If you don’t let go of an event or situation, or objects, or anything around, you cannot fall asleep. That is letting go.
    Just wake up and see, the world has been like thi ...

  3. Why in life you are always tested and challenged when God wants to make us happy?

    Know that every test in an opportunity for you to grow. Don't take it as a test!
    A test is not to know whether you are strong or not, but it for you to realize that 'Yes, I am strong'. God is not ignorant that he needs to ch ...

  4. How do we free ourselves from the pain we have received till now, and what to do so that we do not receive the pain in the future?

    Yoga and meditation is the only way.
    Here everything is painful. Even an overdose of anything pleasant becomes painful.

    Wanting something pleasant causes pain. After having gotten what you want, then also there is pain because there is a fear ...

  5. When we undergo lot of suffering, it gives rise to weariness. And when this weariness sets in, there is an chance to get cheated by others. How to handle this adverse situation?

    Don’t run, stop. We need to move forward with confidence. There is no problem which you cannot resolve.
    Growing weary of everything is not a bad thing, but don’t let it take you to depression. It should take you ...

  6. Why is there poverty and suffering in this world?

    It is there so that your hearts can become open and you can do some good service to uplift others. Then you realize how truly fortunate you are.
    It is there so that you can do something to express your love and care for others. Suppose there is no ...

  7. Gurudev, great people have said that this world is a mirror. Whatever we do, the life will do the same to us. Then why do the good people have to suffer bad times despite doing good things in life?

    This is a very elaborate discussion. I have written about this in detail in the book Celebrating Silence. Good people do not suffer because of their goodness and virtues. There are many other reasons for this that we have to see. ...
  8. Gurudev, yesterday you said that the divine takes care of everyone, then why is there poverty, why there are floods?

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Imagine a situation when there are no problems in the world.
    You go to see a movie and in that movie there are no problems and no tension. A man gets up, eats, goes to work, comes home and goes to sleep, and does the same thing e ...
  9. Gurudev, we see daily images of violence, bloodshed, and people suffering. What can we do to help those people?

    It can be done only through wisdom. It is through knowledge that we can tackle this problem in the world. That is why we started The Art of living and IAHV.

    You know, I would be very happy just sitting and meditating all day. Happily I could have been ...

  10. It is said that getting a human birth is fortune. However, some people live very comfortable lives while others live miserably. Why this discrimination?

    Those who are happy must share with those who are unhappy. Those who are unhappy must have an attitude of sacrifice and work on developing inner strength.
    Knowledge gives you inner strength. Inner strength brings forbearance in life and gives one the ...
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