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  1. Gurudev, you have said that at some point in time women were so powerful that even nature would listen to them. It doesn’t seem to be like that now. What changed?

    Well, you should ask the historians. Historians will be able to tell you why women lost their power when they had all the power once upon a time. But it’s not late now.Women should not ask for power. They should not say, ‘I want to be empowered’.
  2. Gurudev, what is the secret to happiness?

    The secret to happiness is in being without desires, and in focusing on how you can serve others. The more you serve, the more happiness you will get.Having this feeling, 'I don't want anything for myself, I am contented', bring happiness. An ...
  3. The Secret To True Happiness

    Thu, 12/04/2014
    Gurudev, is it practically possible to be ever smiling and happy in life you? What is your trade secret? I promise I’ll never compete with you. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: I want competition! I want everybody to compete with me! I don’t want that pro ...
  4. Gurudev, is it practically possible to be ever smiling and happy in life you? What is your trade secret? I promise I’ll never compete with you.

    I want competition! I want everybody to compete with me! I don’t want that promise from you at all. In fact, you should tell me that you will always compete with me. There is an ancient saying, 'Shishyat icchet parajayam’, a teacher always wishes ...
  5. To Err Is Human, To Forgive Is Divine

    Wed, 12/10/2014
    When you have that deep urge to get rid of any bad habit, deep prayer will can change it. How many of you have experienced this? (Many in the audience raise hands) What is the relevance of morality in the real world when divinity is considered ...
  6. Gurudev, a Guru should not stay away from a King or a King should not stay away from the Guru, which option is the right one?

    If you see form the eyes of a Guru everybody is part of him; it is all just roles that one plays. First, everyone should know that we are all part of one divine light, one human race. We cannot afford to be stuck in a role.Each role is like a coat, ...
  7. In Shiva Purana it is said that anyone who worships Lord Shiva is freed from all sins. Does this mean that corruption begins at the top?

    No! Do you know what corruption is? Corruption is doing that which you don’t wish to be done to you or to your kith and kin. You cannot link pooja (here meaning worshipping Lord Shiva) and corruption.Pooja is a feeling that comes to you out of fulln ...
  8. I have a habit of living in a fantasy world and I realized that it is a defense mechanism. In that world I don’t have any defects. Even when I meditate this happens, how to overcome it?

    The moment you realize it is a fantasy, you have already come out of it! If you were still in it you would think that that is the reality. The moment you labeled it as ‘My fantasy world’, you have already come to the shore. You are no longer drowning in it ...
  9. What is the criteria to consider anyone as an avatar (reincarnation)? Sri Krishna is not considered an avatar in many religions other than Hinduism.

    First you should understand what avatar means. Avatar means descending of the divinity, and wherever you find knowledge, divinity has descended there. It is seeing the formless in a form. In Srimad Bhagavatam it is said, the divine ha ...
  10. It is said that everything is a dream. In whose dream am I? Am I in your dream or are you in mine, or are we both are in a common dream? If it is dream, how does it have rules and patterns?

    What is a dream? It is an impression of a memory. Wake up and at this very moment you will see that the entire past appears as a dream. It is all just a memory. It is just an impression in the mind and nothing else! So, everything is an im ...
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