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  1. Gurudev, when we sit for meditation, some thoughts pass by just like clouds, but there are others that make us go on such a long trip. Suddenly I realized I am on a trip. What is the mechanism that sends you off on that long trip, and why can they not all pass by like clouds?

    That is how they are. Some thoughts are like this, some are like that. Some bother you, some do not. That is why there are so many techniques and so many ways to bring your mind to the centre.

    See, in the recent poojas, why have they used so many musica ...

  2. Gurudev, in your book titled Living the Mystery of Life, you have said, 'Work in this world but do not allow it to enter your head.' Can you please explain this once again. Is it the same thing as dispassion?

    This is exactly what we did now in meditation.
    When the eyes are open, we see the scenery, and when we close our eyes and our mind then there is another world. Did you notice this?
    So meditation is the way.

    See, suppose you are sitting and t ...

  3. Meditation and the thousand headed cobra

      If you look at the mythological pictures, you will find Mahavir sitting with a five headed cobra behind him. Or Lord Vishnu is sitting in meditation and there is a cobra behind him. Even in the pictures of Rishis, you will find a cobra with its hood ope ...
  4. Gurudev, often at the work place when there are a lot of pending things to do, the mind becomes restless and we feel lost and do not know what is happening. At such times what to do?

    Make a list of all that you have to do and then prioritize. And in between those priorities, keep meditation as one item.
    You must have the faith that all your wishes will be fulfilled, and with that feeling sit for meditation for a little while.

  5. Gurudev, is it necessary to visit temples if one has a direct connection with the Guru?

    Visiting temples is more of a cultural and sociological phenomenon. Of course there is a spiritual flavour to it also. But that is not essential.
    You can sit at home and feel the temple where you are.

    For the sake of keeping the culture and tradit ...

  6. Gurudev, What is the need for meditation and relaxation?

    When you relax, the mind expands.
    Have you noticed when you are happy what happens? Something inside you starts expanding.
    And when you are unhappy what happens? Something inside you starts shrinking.
    So when you relax the body, then the min ...
  7. Gurudev, Jai Gurudev! I would like you to talk on youth and spirituality.

    We are made up of both matter and spirit.
    Our body is made up of carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, etc., and our spirit is made up of generosity, love, compassion, energy, expansion, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, intelligence, sensit ...
  8. Gurudev, in deep meditation the breath slows down and even stops sometimes. How does the body function at that time?

    When the breath slows down, the activities in the body slow down, the entropy is low. Samadhi is almost zero activity. I won't say it is zero activity; almost zero. Still a little bit something will be happening. Little bit of breath will be flowing out at ...
  9. Gurudev, You encourage people to think freely but how is free thinking compatible with faith?

    Yes, this is the beauty. Usually you think faith means blind faith, or reason has no place in it. But that is not the case here.
    The Vedanta always talks about Vichara (deliberation) and Viveka (discrimination).
    Even in ...
  10. Gurudev, kindly explain the meaning of Asangoham (a phrase often chanted by Gurudev in the advanced course).

    I am not this – that is what Asangoham means. For example, I am wearing the cloth, but I am not the cloth.
    The body is mine but I am not the body. I am not the thoughts, I am not the mind. Like this you go on to negate one by one all the layers ...
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