23 November 2013 - QA 3

Gurudev, you have said that a devotee never questions anything (meaning a devotee’s total faith is in the Divine). But many questions arise in my mind. Does this mean that there is a lack of devotion in me?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

This you need to figure out for yourself. Do you feel that there is a lack of devotion in you? If you feel there is a lack, then there is a lack.

If you are feeling hungry, how can I tell, whether you are hungry or not? Will you come and ask me, ‘Gurudev, am I feeling hungry?’

If you are feeling thirsty, then you are feeling thirsty. That’s it. You just know it when you are feeling thirsty, isn’t it? When you are hungry, you know it by yourself instantly, isn’t it? So this also you will have to find out for yourself.

See, questions do arise in the mind. But questions that arise out of curiosity or inquisitiveness are of a different kind. So inquisitive questions are of one kind.

Then there are the useless questions, which are merely doubts about something. There is a difference between doubt and curiosity. When you question out of curiosity, it is because you genuinely want to know about something.

Doubts put a question mark on what you know. This is the difference between doubt and curiosity. What is doubt? You know something, but you doubt that which you already know. Curiosity is when you want to know something that you do not know.

So questions that arise out of curiosity are alright. A devotee usually never doubts or questions that which he already knows.