A. In the T.V. show, Magnum P.I., Tom Selleck, the actor, would often refer to his inner voice. We think we are able to listen to our inner voice for guidance and then follow it. However, the difficulty for the ordinary person is that it is the voice of the lower mind. The voice of the brutal instincts is often misunderstood as the voice of the conscience. As a result of such misunderstandings, guided by the animal tendency, we commit colossal blunders, involving danger to others. It requires a great degree of purity and calmness of mind to hear the true inner voice. It is the pure conscience itself that is the inner voice. Those who say God spoke to them are referring to this experience. So, how do you know which voice you are hearing? That’s simple. When the “I” has no say in whatever thought that comes. You are completely neutral. There is such a disparity between the two that it is easy to tell. If you are not sure, seek the advice of someone who you feel is able to listen to the real inner voice. Until then, take the inner voice with a pinch of salt. When you do get it, lawyers, friends, family members, psychiatrists, and priests, will no longer be needed. You will have a direct link to the ultimate Google. — Satish Daryanani

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