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  1. Gurudev, until now, we kept our eyes closed while meditating, so we could go inwards. What is the reason for keeping our eyes partly open during meditations?

    Many times, when you close your eyes, you have the tendency to go into your mental fantasies, or drift off into a dream, or sometimes fall asleep. This is called Mano Rajaya in yogic terminology.

    Mano Rajaya is a state where the mind star ...

  2. Gurudev, I have been told that a human soul can often take one to two million years to find liberation. Is it true that by doing Kriya and meditation every day, this liberation can be obtained even in one lifetime?

    Everything works with some strange karma. You must lift your eyes and look into this realm.

    There is a beautiful couplet that says, ‘This world has all the wealth, all that is needed, but one who has no karma, cannot get it.’
    So, whe ...

  3. Gurudev, I was on anti-depressants for many years. I've been off anti-depressants for 2 years. I do my Sudarshan Kriya every day, but my concentration and sleep are not normal, and this affects my work. Sometimes I feel that I was better off on anti-depressants. Is it okay to take them on doctor’s advice if my job is at stake, or should I resist at all cost.

    I wouldn't say resist at all cost, but resist it. And do Yoga. Spend one hour in the morning stretching and balancing your body.
    It was good today (morning yoga session), wasn't it? How many of you enjoyed that? When you do it, concentration improves. ...
  4. Gurudev, I want to learn how to pray. Can you say a few words about how to pray?

    Prayer is a spontaneous thing. It happens on two occasions, when you are very grateful, and you are expressing your gratitude. And when you are totally helpless, and you beg for help.

    Prayer just happens, you cannot cultivate it. At the m ...

  5. Gurudev, If somebody feels that if yoga, meditation and pranayama are non-secular, do you have any advice for them?

    People who think that yoga, meditation and pranayama are non-secular have not tried it and have a prejudice. An exercise or a technique is for everybody, it works on everyone. It helps to calm one’s mind and be more creative. So people should first try it ...
  6. Gurudev, What is peace and how can we implement the principles of peace in our life through our religion, culture and family and in our education system starting from kindergarten?

    We need to learn a lot from children. We need to make them understand that they should make one new friend every day.
    If you ask forty fifty kids in a classroom how many friends they have, they can usually count them on their fingers, and they stay wi ...
  7. Gurudev, When taking risk is so essential to be successful, how does one feel secure in life?

    Confidence, and you get confidence by going deep within. A few minutes of meditation will give you that confidence.
    Look back at your own life and see, you have had many incidences where you were anxious of how you would be able to overco ...
  8. Gurudev, The Art of Living is a 32 years old organization that spans across 152 countries and has touched the lives of 370 million people. What is the biggest challenge that you had to face?

    I do not really recollect or keep a count of these challenges. Many challenges do come but when your goal is clear to you, you keep walking.
    Fundamentalists don’t like this because it is eroding their base as people become more accepting and more broad ...
  9. Gurudev, what are the Panch Prana?

    The five types of prana in the body are Prana, Apana, Udana, Samana and Vyana.
    Prana is the energy in the upper part of the body, in the region above the heart. If prana is too high or is imbalanced you cannot sleep.
    Apana ...
  10. Gurudev, 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. ...
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