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  1. Gurudev, I feel very good doing meditation, but I don’t understand what is this hollow and empty. Is it necessary to understand this?

    No, it is not necessary at all. When you have already become hollow and empty, what remains to be understood then? If you are not hollow and empty, then perhaps there is something to understand. Isn’t it? You cannot hold on to an empty thing. Whatever is h ...
  2. Gurudev, which one is the best expression of being human- Dhyana (meditation) or Seva (service)?

    Both are needed. It is like asking, is it better to watch television or listen to it. What will I say? They both go together hand in hand. What is meant by Seva? It means that whatever little bit you can do, just do it. What you cannot do, don’t do. Did yo ...
  3. Gurudev, today the problem of Insomnia has become quite prevalent, especially in the developed countries. Is there some solution to this problem to be found through Yoga and meditation? I have started to experience this nowadays.

    Yes, of course there is a remedy to this through Yoga and meditation. You should practice Yoga Nidra and the Yogasanas (Yoga postures) regularly. It will definitely help. You also have Ayurvedic medicines such as Shankhapushpi and Medhya R ...
  4. Gurudev, how can we go from the Saguna (Form) to the Nirguna (Formless)?

    Every form is a manifestation of the formless Divinity. The body is characterized by the Guna (meaning has form or attributes; also meaning the is influenced by the three Gunas: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas); but the Atma (soul) is Nirgu ...
  5. Gurudev, the month of Shravan has begun. What is the importance of the Rudra Puja during this month?

    If you read the scriptures, you will find that every month has its own importance. Every month is good and auspicious in its own way. . There is a lot of rain during the Shravan month. During this time you should sit, meditate and reflect about God. ...
  6. Gurudev, you have said that awareness comes after meditation. Please explain whether one does or does not need to meditate later after enough practice?

    Yes, after enough practice Meditation happens automatically. Then after reaching that stage, when you sit and walk or talk or do anything, meditation continues to happen. ...
  7. Gurudev, Why sometimes blood pressure stays above normal even after daily Sudarshan Kriya, evening meditation and Triphala (ayurvedic herb)?

    Are you exercising properly? Are you doing some yoga? Are your food habits okay? Are you worried? Are you holding on to some knowledge in your mind? Or are you obsessed with some desires which you want to be fulfilled right away and have no patience?

    Y ...

  8. Gurudev, all my life I have been learning, exploring and analysing knowledge. When I came to the Art of Living, I was told to stop thinking, analysing and just meditate, which I am unable to do. Please help.

    Look, here we are thinking, analysing! You should analyse, but don’t use that machinery too much, it needs some overhauling time. Don’t you give your car for servicing, after driving it for too long? Meditation is taking your mind to the garage, for servic ...
  9. Gurudev, I am very sad. Once again, I am going to be physically away from you. How do I overcome this feeling of separation?

    No, no, no. I am like the wind, and Sun and Moon; you are part of me, I am part of you. Just be happy and keep doing some good work in society. Whatever you have, you give it to everyone around you. There are so many tears to be wiped; don’t sit and worry ...
  10. Gurudev, you found us in this lifetime. But since you visit this planet so rarely, or so I think, what happens to all of us until we meet again during all those other life times? Do we slip back somehow? Do we continue to grow in knowledge?

    There is no slipping back!
    This is what we celebrate on Guru Poornima; we look back and see how much we have grown, and how we cannot slip back, totally.
    If you walked 10 steps ahead, it may appear that you have gone back eight steps, but not qui ...
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