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  1. Dear Gurudev, I am involved in several community service projects, and have many leadership positions, and now the politics around me is bothering me and making me less effective. Please advice.

    Wherever there are people, politics is bound to be there. Don’t shy away from it and don’t worry about it, you be rock solid. What appears to be politics will find its own way out. Have faith that only the best will happen to you and you wil ...
  2. I feel that my wife and kids are moving away from spirituality. I do not want to push them. Is there anything I can do, except having patience?

    That’s okay. You don't push kids too much, but sometimes you should gently encourage them. Sometimes you feel too shy thinking that they might take it as pushing, so you don’t even encourage them. I would say, you need to encourage ...
  3. Dear Gurudev, how do I help my mother stop talking ill of her sister? My mother is 76 years old and her sister is 74.

    Don’t try to do that. Let her talk and empty it all out. If you want to play some games, write a nice card and say, "Your sister has sent you this!" Anyway, they both may not be able to read it properly so you say, "I will read it f ...
  4. How can we help friends who are experiencing trauma and have no interest in spirituality?

    I leave this question to you. You may find many ways and apply all those ways. Whichever way works, good luck to you! Once I had sent my teacher to talk to the Naxals. The teachers went and sat with them. They were with their guns. The teacher as ...
  5. Gurudev, can you please explain ‘Yogah Karamsu Kaushalam’ (excellence in action)? How can I apply it to my life?

    This very question indicates that you want to be skillful; that is it, you are already skillful. If you are wanting to be skillful, you are already skillful; just move on. If you want to learn, you are already learning. When you go to vote, you have alread ...
  6. Gurudev, how to be diplomatic and what is the art of getting your work done?

    Being diplomatic is seeing the point from the other person’s angle as well. Getting into the other person’s shoes and looking at the situation. Being a little more sensible. Diplomacy is being sensitive and sensible at the same time. Man ...
  7. I know a lot of people who are very skilled and successful at my work place, yet they do not practice yoga or meditation. Is yoga a prerequisite for skill in action? How does practicing yoga make one more skilled?

    Every baby is a yogi. A baby does all the yoga asanas, and has all those qualities. Now, you may say that this person does do any good deeds, yet he is having a good time! How do you know? He may have done something good in the past; he may have been a ...
  8. Dear Gurudev, how can I be grateful for a person, for all his help and care. How to say to him that I want to follow my own path, without hurting him?

    Do it skillfully. Now don’t ask me, what is the skill? Remember this one verse, it is very useful, Three doors to hell. There are three doors to hell – Lust, Greed and Anger. If greed takes over, it is going to put you ...
  9. Dear Gurudev, you have spoken about letting go. But if a person goes on making the same mistake day after day, what to do? I can let go the first time, the second time, but not the third time. So should I tell them, or teach them, or do something about it? Please help.

    Yes, you should tell them, teach them, but keep them out of your mind. Letting go does not mean keeping quiet. You know, if someone is committing a mistake and you tell them, ‘Do not do this, because it hurts me’, then they are never going to stop. Bu ...
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