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  1. Gurudev, When we meditate, you say don’t put any effort, but a part of you wants to put effort because there is a feeling that there is nothing to do. What to do with that?

    Do bhastrika, asanas. Put effort in that. When you sit for meditation, you don’t need to put any effort. See for catching a train, you need to make an effort, but once you are inside the train with your baggage, you needn’t keep running inside. That would ...
  2. Gurudev, How to get over lust?

    First off, don’t make a big deal out of it. To get over it, there are four things that really help a lot 1. Do some creative stuff, lust will simply not bother you when you have a hobby, you do Seva, you cook a meal for someone, or you organize a ...

  3. Gurudev, I was thinking since I was a small child that what the original sin is? I never got a satisfactory answer as it couldn’t be about the apple. I wanted to know if you could explain from your perspective what is it all about or is it all a lie?

    I am not a theologian in the first place, and so I haven’t studied the original sin concept. So, I cannot comment much on that. All I can say is that from Indian perspective sin is that which brings misery to many and merit is that which brings love, happi ...
  4. Gurudev, I have never been a spiritual or a true religious person. How can I learn to let go and believe?

    You don’t have to label yourself- I am spiritual, religious person etc. No need for it. Just be natural, beautiful, good human being. That’s it!

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  5. Gurudev, Guruji we have heard the terms spirituality and enlightenment so often. There are very abstract definitions of the terms. Would you please throw some light on these?

    (Jokingly) You want me to add more confusion to the words and give you one more definition! If I have a choice I would take away all the definitions and leave you in confusion because from that confusion something flowers up in you. My understanding is not ...
  6. Gurudev, We talk about serving humanity. As a human being I have limited knowledge and based on that I believe in a cause and work for that cause. But if later, down the line, I realize that the cause was not worthy, then being a person with limited knowledge haven’t I made this world a worse place than it earlier was? Can we serve the humanity before having perfect knowledge?

    If you wait till you get perfect knowledge, it’s not going to happen. When you do service, you gain merit and that merit helps you to go deep into yourself. So service helps you gain merit, merit takes you deep into sadhna(self-effort and practices) and sa ...
  7. Gurudev, Guruji I work in a hospital where people are dying and I am hoping to bring this yoga there. I am facing a little difficulty in understanding what is the difference between the yoga of living and the yoga of dying?

    You must have heard by now yoga has eight limbs. I don’t know how much of pranayama and asanas(postures) you can make someone do when they are sick and dying. It may not be possible at all. Some good bhajans(uplifting music), soft and instrumental music wi ...
  8. Gurudev, Why is the material world considered to be a world of misery?

    It is the mind which makes you feel it is a misery. This world is a part of the divinity. So, instead of blaming the world look inside. ...
  9. Gurudev, I want to understand the relation between spirituality and the material world? Do material prosperity and the spiritual world coexist?

    Spirituality and Prosperity coexist but greed and spirituality can’t coexist. Unethical means of earning money and spirituality simply cannot coexist. If you have a factory or a business, you can continue do that and still be very ethical. You don’t have t ...
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