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  1. Dear Gurudev, is this real or is the worldly family that awaits me real?

    For now, this is real, and tomorrow that is real! This real helps you to deal with that real. (Applause from the audience) And when that real appears to be very difficult, remember you had another level of reality in which you lived, and ...
  2. Many times the ideals, principles and beliefs taught to us by our parents and grandparents are in conflict with the teachings of The Art of Living. We feel responsible to carry forward their teachings but are in confusion after listening to some of your knowledge. Please help.

    I don't see what you are referring to? How could this be confusing with any knowledge, or what parents have said about anything? Which parent will say no to celebrate life, or to adopt violence as the core value in your life? Which parent would ...
  3. Gurudev, the Gita says, "Wise is the one who doesn’t start anything". Could you speak about what Krishna means by this and the context of this statement?

    Krishna also says, "In the world, you cannot be without doing anything". Not even for a few minutes someone can be without any activity. At the same time he says that also. So you cannot just take one thing out of context and try to understand ...
  4. Gurudev, I feel like I have reached a dead end and it is so frustrating. What should I do?

    That's your karma, nobody can help you. Just understand this (indicating the way the ancient masters dealt with their disciples, as he responds in a similar manner) nobody can help, finished. You are trying to find an escape, but there is no ...
  5. Whatever we see, does not exist. And whatever exists is not seen by us. Then what are we and why do we exist? When we are nothing, then what is this entire world? I am confused.

    Very good. You can pat your own back. Every confusion takes you one step forward. When the belief in your mind got broken, it gave rise to confusion. It means that you have taken a step forward from your current beliefs. Now tell me, does your mi ...
  6. Gurudev, my mind wants one thing and my heart wants something else. How can I make them marry each other and want one thing?

    Oh, you are in confusion, pulled between the mind and the heart. There is a proverb in China; if you are confused, take a pillow and go to bed. It means everything will fall into place on its own.Our mind wants something new, it gallops on ...
  7. Gurudev, life has come to a standstill before a major decision. I often wonder whether my decision will be right or wrong. How can I take the decision?

    Just look back at your life in the past. This is not the first time that your mind is confused in a dilemma. You have faced these types of questions and situations many times earlier as well; and every time you have received help to overcome it. And whenev ...
  8. How do I get out of confusion? There are choices everywhere; for career, relationships, health. How do we know the best choice for us?

    Something will tell you, something will strike you deep inside that this is the best. Just go for it. ...
  9. Gurudev, earlier ignorance was leading me to fear, but now, sometimes, knowledge is bringing me more confusion. What should I do?

    That is good! The purpose of knowledge is to confuse you again, and again, and again. It is not to bring clarity. At every level of confusion, you jump one more step higher. So, never mind. When there is no confusion, it is like a ramp walk, where the ...
  10. I heard from one teacher that in order to live life 100%, you have to have clarity in your mind. How to eliminate confusion?

    Are you still confused? Every confusion is a step towards growth. What is confusion? Some old concept just broke apart. Old ideas simply vanished and new ideas started coming up. You couldn't grasp the new and the old is gone, that is confusion, and i ...
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