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  1. Dear Gurudev, what are your thoughts on Western therapies for trauma, depression, and anxiety? Is it contradictory or complementary to The Art of Living path?

    I would say Western therapies are constantly changing and progressing. Whatever therapy the West was using several years ago, they are no longer valid today, they have discarded it all. I would always go for a holistic solution. There are some aspects t ...
  2. Dear Gurudev, can you talk about Maya? How can we get rid of Maya?

    Listen, the word “measure” in English comes from a Sanskrit root called “Maya”. Maya means that which can be measured. So, "all this is Maya", means "everything here can be measured". Wate ...
  3. Dear Gurudev, how do I satisfy my loved ones that are very demanding?

    Sometimes, it is okay to be little insensitive. When the demands are not justified or not logical, you do not have to feel obliged about those demands, but you don't have to get upset either.Suppose you are not a doctor and someone is coming a ...
  4. Dear Gurudev, how is your relationship with other gurus?

    What a question! My relationship with every human being is very good! (Huge laughter and applause) From my side, I have no problem with anybody; if someone has some problem with me, that is their problem. See, people who are genuine teache ...
  5. Dear Gurudev, I find it difficult to get the right balance of focus on earning income to support my family and doing seva. Is there a formula to this that you recommend?

    Do you know how to ride a bicycle? How do you balance? Exactly like that. If you are doing service for the society, and you are getting drowned in it, and you are neglecting your family, something will pinch you – listen to that pinch. Simi ...
  6. Dear Gurudev, how does a Guru find his disciples, and when does a Guru appear in someone’s life? Please share the secret with me.

    It is no more a secret. I am here and you are here, so it does not matter who meets who first.Every event has a bigger cause, and you cannot limit a particular logic to a cause, or a particular logic to an event, because life is much more than wha ...
  7. Smile And Make Smiles

    Jan 6 2015
    Dear Gurudev, you do so much for us, what can we do for you? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Keep smiling and spread the smile and happiness. There is so much work to be done in the world. There are conflicts in Syria, in Egypt, in Ukraine, in Pakistan, ...
  8. Dear Gurudev, how can we free ourselves from guilt?

    See, if you have done a mistake in the past, it was at the time when you had no knowledge, when you are ignorant. A mistake done in ignorance should not be considered at all – it is done, gone, finished. You are a new person now, move on. As long ...
  9. Dear Gurudev, what should we do if we want to go deeper in meditation?

    You are in the right place. Don’t be in a hurry. Do your practice and keep doing the Art of Silence program every 3–4 months, at least for a couple of years, and will start going deeper into meditation.Doing the Art of Silence course o ...
  10. Dear Gurudev, the spiritual path can be very confusing at times. How do I know I am progressing?

    Every confusion means one old set of norms and ideas have broken down, and something new is coming up, so it is good. Never mind – don't worry about your progress. You are progressing – there is no way of regression o ...
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