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  1. You have millions of followers all over the world. What are the biggest obstacles that they face in achieving personal happiness? Do these obstacles differ from country to country, or are the same reasons universally applicable to human kind. For instance, will it be different in India and the United States?

    Yes. As many different cultures or languages are there in the planet, that many challenges are there.
    Basically, you can put them into four categories:
    1. Employment or work related issues
    2. Financial problem
    3. Relationship problems
    4. ...

  2. Gurudev, Yesterday you told us to be like a lotus flower. How can we do this? I am doing my practices everyday and I meditate twice, but I don’t feel like a lotus flower at all.

    Okay, if you do not feel like a flower, at least feel like a leaf! (Laughter) That is why I said lotus leaf also!

    Sometimes you should just wake up and shake up!
    You should say, ‘Come on! The whole past is gone! Finished! What am I holdi ...

  3. Gurudev, what actually is prayaschit? How can one become free of one’s sins? Can one ever become free of guilt, or is one doomed to live with that?

    Prayas’ means getting back to the original state; ‘chitta’ means consciousness.
    We were all born innocent. How is the mind when you are a baby? Fresh, alive, innocent. Prayaschitta means, that act which t ...

  4. Gurudev, from the past 10 years I've been facing only 2 problems. When will I be relieved of them? At least there can be some change in the problems in life.

    If the problems are halved then there will be restlessness without problems! Okay, do some prayer and things will happen.  One who asks with a pure heart, God will definitely give him what he wants. If you ask in this way, 'I want this', an ...

  5. Gurudev, everyone in this world seems to be troubled with some problem or the other. Have we come to this world only to solve problems?

    If you consider them as problems, they will appear as problems to you. If you see them as a play (of the Divine), they will appear as a play to you.
    Many times we get so used to problems that without them we feel restless. If there are no problems the ...
  6. Gurudev, what is your message that we should take back home?

    Listen, this is like coming to a super market and asking, ‘What is it that I should take back home?’ (Laughter) What do you think the staff will say? They will tell you, ‘Take whatever you can’.
    So everything is available here (at the Ashram), ...
  7. Gurudev, Though India has all this spiritual knowledge, why are there so many problems here? Why are we lagging behind? Why are crimes increasing?

    If you turn back and see, 20 years ago, we didn’t have so many hospitals. Today, we have so many more hospitals, super specialty hospitals; still people are sick. Are the hospitals responsible for sick people? Certainly not. In spite of hospitals, people a ...
  8. Gurudev, I don’t know the question, but spirituality is definitely the answer every time. I want to know how spirituality can be the one answer to all the problems in the world?

    This is because the problem is created by human beings.
    The source of the problems is one, i.e., humans, then the solution can also be one, isn’t it? Spirituality is dealing with that basic aspect of human beings. If the foundation is not right, then ...
  9. Gurudev, my father says that I don’t take stress,but end up giving a lot of stress to other people. If I give stress, I ask, why do they take it? Shouldn’t other people be managing their own stress?

    That’s another way to look at it too.
    Sometimes people say, ‘I am here only to test your patience. God has put me on this planet to test everybody’s patience.’
    There is an old proverb which says, ‘Nobody is the gi ...

  10. Gurudev, as a seeker, to keep our mind centered, should we make an effort to keep ourselves away from people’s problems, or should we help resolve their problems? How do we know where to draw the line?

    You should do it lightly. When you try to resolve the problems of others, see that you do not get muddled up. Do it with this little sense of detachment, then it works. ...
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