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  1. What is the source of the mind?

    Okay, first you tell me the source of waves, then I’ll tell you this. Mind is like the waves on the surface of consciousness. Consciousness is like the ocean, mind is like the wave and they continue to be there. When the Sun comes, wher ...
  2. Gurudev, do you read books?

    Usually I don’t read books at all but last year when I was taking a long flight, from Japan to Canada, I read a book someone gave me called The Proof of Heaven. This was written by a doctor who went into coma for 7 days. People thought his brain wa ...
  3. (A member of the audience asked a question and it was inaudible)

    I want to tell you a story. A white cat put a label on its head that said, ‘I am a black cat’, as it kept moving around. Any amount of anyone telling, ‘Hey, come on, you’re not a black cat, you’re a white cat', it says, ‘No, I am a black cat.’ So ...
  4. Four Ways Of Looking At Hurt

    Jan 1 1970
    Bangalore, India hurt_1.jpg How to keep on loving without expecting. How is it possible? In love expectations arise and if not fulfilled, it hurts. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, you will have to go through these gymnastics. If you have wisdom, you ...
  5. Gurudev, can you please explain ‘Yogah Karamsu Kaushalam’ (excellence in action)? How can I apply it to my life?

    This very question indicates that you want to be skillful; that is it, you are already skillful. If you are wanting to be skillful, you are already skillful; just move on. If you want to learn, you are already learning. When you go to vote, you have alread ...
  6. Gurudev, is there something that God cannot do? What is it?

    He cannot be surprised! God cannot take revenge on you; it is impossible! ...
  7. Dear Gurudev, whenever I want to do some important work, or study, my mood comes in my way. I’m completely dependent on my mood for most of my actions. How to get rid of moods?

    First, the realization itself makes it half done. Now you have realized it’s the mood which sways you, that means the intellect is waking up. It says, ‘Come on, I’m not going to be so moody.’ You take that determination. The ...
  8. Gurudev, I am confused as to what is it that I really want. I come to the Ashram to ask for material things that I desire, but I end up asking for bliss and take it home. Bliss is good, but does that mean I won’t get material things in life?

    Many times you say that you want something, and then you cut your own wants, by saying, ‘No, I don’t want it!’ Your own sankalpa (an earnest wish or firm resolve) gets cut by your own vikalpas (doubts). When you really wa ...
  9. Why do we have to love a form to reach the formless? Hasn’t this whole idea distorted the truth and created more misconceptions rather than helping people find their path?

    Emotions can only flow towards the form. You cannot have emotions towards the formless. See, you can only communicate with me, you can’t communicate with the empty space next to me. If you say you are communicating with an empty space, then someth ...
  10. Gurudev, I don’t get the things I want the most. Is my want an impediment?

    Have patience. Three things are needed to achieve what you want. 1.Real intention - There should be a real need to have whatever it is you want. Our wants keep changing, but if it is our need, we will get it. The want has to become ...
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