Meditation

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  1. Gurudev, Gurudev I need your guidance. I am a mother and a wife, and I run a small school. There are times when things go wrong entirely, and I can’t concentrate or be myself at my workplace. How do I manage that?

    It is okay if it is only sometimes. But if it is often then we need to attend to it. First of all, know that as an individual, you have the capacity to multi-task. If you think, ‘Oh, I am a mother, I cannot be good at the office. It is not possib ...
  2. Gurudev, How can one improve the presence of the mind? One has such long hours and so much travel these days.

    Some breathing techniques, pranayama, and meditation would help you improve your presence of mind. Doing pranayama in the morning and evening keeps you really fresh. I work for about 19 hours every day, and I keep travelling quite a lot, also. Do I look ti ...
  3. Gurudev, What is the difference between meditation and realization? Is meditation a process towards realization?

    Yes, meditation is a process, and self-realization is the effect. See, you are asking me a question and I am answering you. You are hearing the answer, and you are nodding, saying, ‘Yes’, on the inside. That is realization. ...
  4. Gurudev, Can people with epilepsy do pranayamas?

    I would be a little careful with pranayama for epileptic patients, though it has benefitted many of them. First, we ask people if they have any history of epilepsy. If so, then they are asked to go slow, start with some simple pranayama and breathing exer ...
  5. Gurudev, Can meditation make people non-violent? Can it help people who are incarcerated?

    We have been doing our program in prisons around the world. If you can take some time to visit the website and read the experience of the prisoners, you will see the impact it has had on them. Nearly 40,000 prisoners around the world have done the program ...
  6. Gurudev, Does the body need sleep? Can sleep be substituted with meditation?

    Your body needs certain amount of sleep. If you have deprived the body of sleep, it will take it. After certain amount of sleep, meditation becomes deeper. First, you have to fulfill the body of deprived sleep. Profit is only counted after the debt is clea ...
  7. Gurudev, Is levitation something abstract or is it something that actually happens? What are the benefits of levitation?

    To be honest, I have not seen anyone floating. Definitely, there can be jerks in the body, and the body can jump off the ground. It can happen after a little longer practice of meditation. You suddenly feel the body is very light. This happens in every med ...
  8. Gurudev, From what you are saying, meditation is a state of mind. How do I know if I have been in that state of mind?

    It is similar to having a good nap. You know when you have had a good nap, right? And when you have had food, you know you have had food. It is as obvious as that. You feel so relaxed from within; it is hard to explain. You feel very good and pleasant. The ...
  9. Gurudev, Is there an advantage that Art of Living techniques have versus Transcendental Meditation (TM) or other techniques?

    I am not a good salesman! I don’t know how to tell you how to compare techniques. There are a number of meditation techniques; you should choose whatever suits you best. Some techniques, like Buddhist mediation techniques – Vipassana, long silen ...
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