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  1. Truth Stands The Test Of Time

    Wed, 12/11/2014
    Gurudev, this gross material world appears to be real, but it is actually unreal and temporary. It also appears to be full of misery and suffering. How can an object be both true and untrue at the same time? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You have right ...
  2. In Patanjali Yoga Sutra, you have talked about the five states of the mind. You say that when the mind gets into wrong knowledge, it often thinks that it is the right. If that is the case then what is the way out to come out of this wrong knowledge?

    Viparyaya (wrong understanding) is one of the modulations of the mind. It doesn’t stay too long. That’s why in Ashtanga Yoga (The Eight Limbs of Yoga) any one of the limbs will trigger the mind and say, ‘This is pramana viparyaya', ...

  3. Gurudev, this gross material world appears to be real, but it is actually unreal and temporary. It also appears to be full of misery and suffering. How can an object be both true and untrue at the same time?

    You have rightly said that it only appears to be real. In reality it is not.
    I will give you a simple example to understand this. Look at a flowing river. Would you call it ancient or new? Try answering this question for yourself.
    Now you w ...

  4. How to maintain happiness? When we receive our exams results, we go from being 100% happy to 0% happy.

    With the strength of knowledge happiness is sustained.
    Sorrow will come to you. Tell me one person to whom it has not come? How much sorrow came to Jesus Christ, to Lord Rama, and to Lord Krishna. But when you have the strength of knowl ...

  5. In Bhagavad Gita it is said that your Soul itself is the friend and the enemy. Isn’t enmity an action by another? Are we ourselves the reason for the enemy?

    Yes, enmity is an emotion which arises in our mind. If another person considers us an enemy then that is their doing, not ours. It is their headache; from our side we don’t consider anybody as an enemy.
    If it seems that somebody is an enemy, then act ...
  6. In Bhagavad Gita it is said that your Soul itself is the friend and the enemy. Isn’t enmity an action by another? Are we ourselves the reason for the enemy?

    Yes, enmity is an emotion which arises in our mind. If another person considers us an enemy then that is their doing, not ours. It is their headache; from our side we don’t consider anybody as an enemy.
    If it seems that somebody is an enemy, then act ...
  7. In Bhagavad Gita it is said that your Soul itself is the friend and the enemy. Isn’t enmity an action by another? Are we ourselves the reason for the enemy?

    Yes, enmity is an emotion which arises in our mind. If another person considers us an enemy then that is their doing, not ours. It is their headache; from our side we don’t consider anybody as an enemy.
    If it seems that somebody is an enemy, then act ...
  8. Gurudev, at what stages can you solve a problem by violence? Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed? (The four ways of making someone do a task as stated in Chanakya Niti)

    When nothing works then the final is Mahabharat. But only when nothing else works. Lord Krishna gave a thorough example of this: he went three times, not just once, but three times for mediation (between the Kauravs and Pandavas); he went ...

  9. Is That Really You, Who You Think You Are?

    Fri, 07/11/2014
    Gurudev, you mentioned that the trick is to cut the connection between thought and me. What makes us feel that the thought is mine? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: In Sanskrit this is called tadatma (identification).When you are watching a movie you are ...
  10. Gurudev, what if the person you love asks you to change your religion to get married?

    To that you should say, 'I shall follow mine, you follow yours'. There are some religions which accept everything, but there are some religions which say others are evil, and only mine is right. This is difficult.
    With such religions, you have to say ...

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