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  1. Gurudev, like there are different types of speech, are there different types of silence?

    Are there different types of emptiness. Silence is silence, emptiness is emptiness. If a bowl is empty, you can't ask what type of emptiness is it. But if it is filled you can ask what is it filled with.

    In speech, there are four different type of spee ...

  2. How does one come out of the cycle of birth and death?

    Why do you want to come out of it? Because you find it miserable, right? But when life is blissful, then you coming back to the planet will help a lot of people on this planet in the future. So why shouldn’t you come back?
    Suppose I come back next ti ...
  3. Gurudev, if a woman has lost her husband, is it okay for her to dress up again? Can she dedicate herself to serving and helping others? Can she lead a normal life as she did before?

    Yes, definitely. But first you have to come out of the sorrow of your loss. You should grieve only for 13 days, at the most for a year. After that you must come out of your sorrow.
    How much time your husband came to the planet for, he stayed for that ...
  4. Gurudev, When a person dies, it is said after 12 days the soul takes rebirth in some other place. If the soul takes rebirth, then why do we hang the picture as ancestor and worship them?

    If a person is reborn then why should one do shraadh? What you are saying is correct. In the ancient days, people were self-realized, so they used to know that so-and-so person has taken rebirth, and then they would stop doing shraadh.
    N ...
  5. After death what remains in me? Is it only the soul or is it mind as well?

    Your impressions of fear, cravings and aversions will always go with you. That is why we must do meditation. Meditation erases all these unwanted impressions. ...
  6. Gurudev, What is the significance of the last rite ceremonies?

    The last rites also have a purpose, they are very nice. A mantra is said in the ear of the corpse, because the soul is still there for some time, it has not gone. They are told, ‘Look, this body is going back to its original elements. You are not that. Yo ...
  7. Gurudev, What is the significance of some of these ceremonies?

    In the Brahmin household, shraadhis an elaborate ceremony. Women would prepare food from early morning, and only certain foods are eaten. Then the pundits would come, and perform a ceremony where the Devas (angels or gods) would be invited t ...
  8. Gurudev, For how long should shraadh ceremonies be performed?

    In ancient days, shraadh ceremonies were performed until the soul was re-born. So, they would do it for 15 years, and then they knew that the soul was re-born, so they would stop doing it.
    Today, since we have lost the ability to know whether they are ...
  9. Gurudev, What is the significance of the shraadh ceremonies?

    Shraadh is doing some good deeds with faith, in the memory of those who have crossed over to the other side.
    The tradition started as an activity related to feeding the poor, taking care of them, and giving them some gifts. However, any good d ...
  10. Gurudev, I have so much fear of my own death and of my loved ones. Please suggest something to overcome this fear.

    Nothing at all! Just be with the fear, and see how it evaporates. It is like a bubble. You try to get rid of fear, and it increases even more. Just breathe. Kriya and meditation are good enough. And all this wisdom is good enough to take you out of it. ...
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