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Each person struggles through

live. For some the trials are

overpowering, for others a bored

status quo prevails,and

for a minority mountains are

pounded to dust in

the search for meaning and joy.

Within the invisible depths of

each soul there is a yearning.

A need to know ‘Why?’.

‘Why do we live?’,

‘Why do we experience problems?’,

‘Why are we travellers on the

journey of life?’.

In the search for answers to

their uncertainties many turn to

the God-realised Saint.
    Travellers On The Journey Of Life
    From all walks of life

On a normal day, Pramukh Swami Maharaj meets men from all walks of life... lawyers, celebrities and even fishermen! There are those who have known him for years, and those who for the first time come to meet him in search of guidance...

In today’s India one can see the influence of Western culture slowly creeping in. Yet, from what I’ve read, I get the impression that here the relationship between a guru and his disciple is flourishing. Do you agree?

Swamishri : The more bhakti one has towards his guru the more peace he experiences, and the more the soul progresses on the road to redemption. On the spiritual path a guru is an essential guide. In Indian life the guru is the whole and sole; he is everything to the disciple. And the more bhakti the disciple has, the more peace he will experience here and in Parlok.

I have read that in Hindu families there is always a slight distance between a father and son. Could it be that such a gap leads to more dependence upon one’s guru?

Swamishri : The love that a disciple harbours for his guru stems from the belief that God Himself resides totally in the guru. Thus the guru is able to bridge the gap and thus the disciples are able to talk to him about family problems and other such personal matters.

So if a father and son follow the same guru, then family problems can be solved and unity in the home strengthened?

Swamishri : That’s correct.

With the passing away of Yogiji Maharaj you became the guru. It wasn’t so tough on the devotees, as they had you to turn to in their hour of need. Whereas with Yogiji Maharaj gone, you were left alone for the first time in your life with no guru. How did you adjust to that?

Swamishri : Where has the guru ‘gone’ ? I don’t consider him to be ‘gone’ at all. He is still very much here.

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