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  1. 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 ...

  2. Gurudev, 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 ...

  3. 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. ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...

  6. Gurudev, 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 ...
  7. Gurudev, I am finding it very difficult to make ends meet and have been struggling since fifteen years. The astrologer recommends that I should perform some poojas to change my fortune. Kindly advice.

    Oh, so your expenses are more than your income.
    Take a sankalpa that you will get prosperity that is enough. Doing pooja is a good thing; some pooja is good, but too much pooja is not required. You should meditate; go for satsang, Rud ...
  8. Gurudev, after all these years, I am still struggling, why? Love you Guruji!

    You love me and then you are struggling. Struggling for what?
    You are struggling for money, then don’t sit and day dream, do hard work. If one business does not work, choose another b ...
  9. Gurudev, God is the operator of this creation and God is our Father. Then why does misery, poverty and ignorance exist?

    Someone asked a saint this same question, ‘Why does sorrow exist in this world?’ The saint said, ‘God has kept it for me. Why? Because in spite of there being sorrow I am unable to renounce this world, how would I renounce it if there was no sorrow? And if ...
  10. Gurudev, why do some people have to suffer throughout their life? Some people are born in slum areas and keep suffering, whereas some are born in good homes and lead a comfortable, happy life? I want to know. I see others, as well as myself, suffering.

    Are you suffering? Tell me if it is your suffering or others’ suffering.
    Ans - I am suffering too.
    You too? But you are smiling! Looking at your face, it doesn’t seem that you are in great suffering!
    Only this is needed! When you are doing s ...
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