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Problems! Problems! Are they really problems? part 1
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 178th book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Part I — Attachment
Question: Guru, sometimes when I begin to meditate I feel overwhelmed by the pressure of all my attachments and I feel that my aspiration is dying. Shall I try to surrender them to you or shall I just try to aspire more?
Question: Do you have any suggestions as to how I can be happy doing things I don't want to do?
Part II — Careers
Question: Guru, I used to be very active in my work and I liked it very much. But now I feel that it is taking away from my duties as an aspirant.
Question: I find that lately I am doing so many things that my outer activities take up most of my energy and I feel that my spiritual life suffers.
Question: I work in a warehouse and the atmosphere is very unspiritual. How can I keep the undivine consciousness from my job and the outside world from interfering with my spiritual growth?
Question: On my job as a tour guide I find it difficult to stay in my best consciousness. I listen to what people are saying and I am affected by what they say. How can I keep my consciousness high in a situation like this?
Question: I am studying to be an actor. Is it possible for me to follow a spiritual path and also to have this outside activity?
Question: I know there are certain professions that are not ideal if you are trying to live the spiritual life. Is acting suitable for an aspirant?
Part III — Depression
Question: What causes depression?
Question: I know that frustration and feeling sorry are wrong forces; yet I feel sad quite often.
Question: Guru, how do we free ourselves from depressions?
Question: Will people who are depressed ever realise God?
Question: If we feel elated or depressed and we don't know why, can there be an inner reason for it?
Question: Sometimes when I am very happy because I have had a very good meditation, the next day I get depressed. Why does that happen?
Question: How can I prevent getting upset or depressed over small things, such as a car break-down or a screaming child?
Question: Guru, do you ever feel depressed?
Part IV — Desire
Question: If we are not able to extinguish our desires, is there any point in trying to meditate?
Question: Is watching TV a hindrance to the spiritual life?
Question: Why do you stress regularity in the spiritual life?
Question: Is pranayama necessary?
Part V — Drugs
Question: What is your opinion about the use of drugs?
Part VI — Spiritual dryness
Question: Quite often it happens that after I have high experiences, they are followed by the feeling that I am in a spiritual desert.
Question: I often find that in the spiritual life I go up and down. I always hope that I will not fall down again, but it happens constantly.
Part VII — Expectation
Question: What can we expect from the spiritual life?
Part VIII — Fear
Question: Can you tell me if I'm meditating correctly?
Part IX — Habits
Question: Is there a spiritual way to break bad habits?
Part X — Impatience
Question: In the beginning of my spiritual life I had a lot of enthusiasm but it has waned. How can I continue to make steady progress?
Question: Sometimes I feel that if I don't realise God soon, I shall commit suicide.
Part XI - Poems from the first edition
Hopeless, useless and helpless
He and his
No little enemy
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