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  1. (A member of the audience asked a question which was inaudible)

    In meditation there is no ego; there are no boundaries. Boundaries come when the spirit attaches itself to a desire, and then ego comes up to protect that. It’s all the play of ego, desire and intellect. Three things obscure our spirit:
  2. What is the solution to an ego clash?

    When egos are there, they do clash. There is no way out. When there is wisdom, you will rise above any small-minded attitude, bickering and judgements. You judge people all the time, and if you turn back and look at your own judgements, I tell y ...
  3. What is the solution to an ego clash?

    When egos are there, they do clash. There is no way out. When there is wisdom, you will rise above any small-minded attitude, bickering and judgements. You judge people all the time, and if you turn back and look at your own judgements, I tell y ...
  4. Gurudev, you have often said that you are not the doer. Please help me understand this as I have been stuck in the self-blame game for past incidents.

    Come on, wake up! All that happened in the past is finished, it is like a dream, it is done! You did something wrong and you learnt a lesson from it, it is finished. Now, move on. Broaden your vision, and don’t worry about doership and non-doershi ...
  5. Can you teach us how we can drop our ego effectively?

    Why do you want to drop it? Just keep it in the pocket and do not show it to everyone. Show it only when it is necessary because it is very expensive. You do not show very expensive things to everybody around. Yes! Do not try to get rid of it for God&rs ...
  6. You once said that there is no cure for the subtle ego. I am panicking now because I might have that condition. Is there hope or no hope?

    There is hope, don't worry. Don't label yourself -- 'I am a very doubting person. I am bad. I am hopeless'. This sort of labels we put on ourselves is detrimental to growth. First, acknowledge you don't know yourself. That itself takes you to a di ...
  7. How to be in that space of wanting nothing because the ego always wants something?

    Even wanting nothing is a want! Got it? Just relax. Just remember when you have finished eating and you are so full, then even if someone comes and asks if you need more, you say 'No'. Don’t you say that? Remember that state. There are times when ...
  8. Gurudev, the self is God. The empty space we experience in meditation, which is called the soul, is it also called the ego, or is it something in between the ego and the self? Please enlighten me on this.

    Ego is that which needs somebody else to express itself. Ego needs two and there are many definitions of ego. One of the definitions of ego is, it is the antidote to being natural, and naturalness is the antidote to ego. Second, on anothe ...
  9. There are people who have done The Art of Living course yet they exhibit such angry and egoistic behavior. How to manage these people?

    Suppose these people would never have done The Art of Living course, then how would they have been? They would have been much worse. Some people do The Art of Living course, but they do not practice the exercises after the course ends. If they d ...
  10. Dear Gurudev, I want to surrender my ego, but I fear that in doing so, I will lose my self-respect. Please guide.

    If you find that there is ego, then let it be. Even ego belongs to the divine. Don’t try to surrender, don’t struggle. If you say that I have surrendered my ego, then it is bigger ego. It’s like saying, "I am the most humble perso ...
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