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  1. We have been talking for 5 years now about the value of work. Can you tell me your views about the value of work aside from its monetary advantages?

    Hard work keeps you out of trouble. If you don’t do anything then your mind runs too fast and goes where you don’t want it to go. Work is essential to keep yourself busy, to keep yourself sane and creative as well.
    There are ...

  2. Gurudev, as a meditator, I know that meditation has an impact on the people around me. So then is mediation the biggest Seva (Service)?

    Does it mean that you should just sit and meditate and don’t do any seva at all? No, I don’t accept that. You should do seva also, and meditation is also essential.

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  3. Gurudev, How can I fully accept and commit to my profession when I feel spending my life doing seva (service).

    You can balance between seva (service) and your personal and professional life. You can do both.
    At one point in time, when you feel you don’t want to do anything but just want to dedicate (your life) for the sake of the world, then do it.
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  4. Gurudev, Jai Gurudev. After coming to the Ashram I just feel like running behind you. I don't even feel like doing any seva the way I do in my hometown. What should I do?

    By the way, I'm not running anywhere! (Laughs) I'm very stable, you better be stable. I don't run after anything, it is better you also don't run after anything; just be! Know that whatever you have to get, you will get it. This is a place to just settle i ...
  5. Gurudev, do we need to have children to fulfill our marital duty? After my job and daily seva, I have very little time left. I do not want to reduce my daily seva or do injustice to marriage duties. What does dharma say in this respect?

    Do what you can do, nobody is asking you to do what you cannot do!
    If you can do more and you are not doing it, then it is laziness. If you cannot do, then do not do it. However, when you can do, but you are simply watching television for an hour, or ...
  6. Gurudev, which one is the best expression of being human- Dhyana (meditation) or Seva (service)?

    Both are needed. It is like asking, is it better to watch television or listen to it. What will I say? They both go together hand in hand. What is meant by Seva? It means that whatever little bit you can do, just do it. What you cannot do, don’t do. Did yo ...
  7. Gurudev, I have a lot of knowledge but very little devotion. How do I go from knowledge towards devotion?

    First stop thinking that you have little devotion. Who says that you do not have devotion? It is there and in abundance. It can never be less. If you want it grow more, read the Narada Bhakti Sutra (A scripture on aphorisms of Divine Love by Sage Na ...
  8. Gurudev, the desire for Moksha (liberation) is itself a desire itself and is a necessity too. But as long as there are desires, one cannot realize God. Please guide.

    It is very natural to have a desire for liberation. After all your desires are fulfilled, it is only this one that remains. In a state of total surrender; in a state of Samadhi (a sta ...
  9. Gurudev, I have often heard you say that when we come on the path and do seva, we find a family, belongingness and acceptance. This is not my experience. I feel like I do not belong here. I do not understand. Is there something lacking in me?

    When you feel distant from everybody that means you’re settling within yourself. It’s good, otherwise you get caught up with people around you.

    How many of you have good friends and then suddenly they become unfriendly? (Many raise their hands). ...

  10. Gurudev, for the past few months I find sadhana, satsang and seva a struggle and an effort. I have tried approaching it like I am doing it for the first time, but it still feels the same. What can I do to get past this feeling?

    Never mind, just relax and let go. Why do you struggle? You already struggle with other things, now you are struggling with sadhana also? Okay, stop, don’t do it. One day, you will find yourself saying, ‘Oh, I need to do it!’ It will feel like you are star ...
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