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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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. ...
  4. Dear Gurudev, I am shattered by the rape victim’s death in India. Why do such brutal rape crimes happen in India?

    Listen, it is not just in one place, and it is not only in India. This incident just caught so much publicity. There are so many such crimes happening all over the world. Not just on women, but on children, and even on old people! One of our volunteers ...
  5. Gurudev, it is said that chanting the name of Narayana (Lord Vishnu) in the last moments of our life brings one liberation. Is it true that the last act of life is the strongest in determining our way forward?

    Yes, it is true. It is at the time of death that the mind separates from the body. So at this time, whatever impression one bears in the mind become the reason for the next birth. This is a scientific truth. You can see this for yourself. If you obser ...
  6. What is a good way to accept the death of a beloved?

    Time will take its own course. Don’t try to accept or do anything. If the pinch is there, it is there, it will go away. Time is the biggest healer. As time moves it just takes you further and further. So don’t try to do anything, time will take care of it. ...
  7. Is our date of death predefined or during our lifetime, it can change?

    Yes, it can change. It is like when you are on the highway, you have some exit points wherein you can exit, isn't it?! Similarly, in everybody's life, some exit points come. If you miss one point, then go to the next exit point. ...
  8. Gurudev, why are the words, ‘Ram Naam Satya Hai’ (the name of ‘Rama’ alone is the eternal truth) chanted only after a person dies??

    So that at least people remember it when someone dies. People usually chant this when someone not related to them dies. When someone who is our own or related to us dies, then we do not remember this. It is good, that at the time of someone else’ ...
  9. Gurudev, what makes the Prana leave the body, and what decides when it comes in?

    Okay, I want to ask you a question! Why do you change your dress? What makes you change your dress? Why don’t you wear the same shirt all your life? You change your clothes, because of wear and tear, or whatever, isn’t it? Got the answer! ...
  10. What is the signifiance of Mahalaya Amavasya?

    Actually this Amavasya is dedicated to the departed souls. When you leave this body you are guided into another world by a set of Devas or Angels. Pururava, Vishvedeva - these are their names. They come and guide you from o ...
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