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  1. In Patanjali Yoga Sutra, you have talked about the five states of the mind. You say that when the mind gets into wrong knowledge, it often thinks that it is the right. If that is the case then what is the way out to come out of this wrong knowledge?

    Viparyaya (wrong understanding) is one of the modulations of the mind. It doesn’t stay too long. That’s why in Ashtanga Yoga (The Eight Limbs of Yoga) any one of the limbs will trigger the mind and say, ‘This is pramana viparyaya', ...

  2. Gurudev, it is said that the meaning of Rudra is one who cries or howls. Is this correct?

    See, there are many meanings associated with Rudra. Yes, this is one of the many meanings of the word Rudra – meaning one who makes someone cry. See, any change makes you cry. There are many other deeper meanings to this, but we ...

  3. Gurudev, why did Lord Krishna cheat in the Mahabharata? Was that his dharma?

    Well, you can’t say he cheated. He had everything, why would he cheat? A student in the classroom cheats because he doesn’t know the answer. He is not capable. If he has not studied, then he cheats. A student who is thorough in his knowledge, why would he ...
  4. Gurudev, the yoga sutra says, 'Theevra samvegaanam asanah', having a strong desire, makes the path faster. Another aspect is contentment or relaxing. How can I be having a strong desire and be relaxed?

    This is like driving a car. Do you know how to drive a car? You have to see the rear mirror, side mirror and the windshield. How do you do that balance? The same way you do this. You should have an intense desire and at the same time not be in a hurry; ...

  5. Why is Lord Shiva called Bholenath?

    Lord Shiva is bhola (innocent) so He is called Bholenath (meaning the innocent One). He is easily pleased, and gives a boon to anyone who asks Him with love, and then He Himself gets caught into trouble (when the seeker of the boon misuses ...

  6. I’m confused as to why in the Vedic books there is mantra for success in gambling when Lord Krishna forbids gambling in the Bhagavad Gita?

    The ancient thought was that a king should know everything, even how to steal. So a prince, before he becomes a king, he was trained how to become a thief and steal, so that tomorrow when he becomes a king he understands a thief also.

    So all this ...

  7. Dearest Gurudev, could you please talk about Manu and his role in all our scriptures.

    Manu was one of the initial kings, like Adam and Eve. I don't know at what time period he was, but he has written the rules and regulations for society at that time.
    Manu has written many good things, but one of the reasons why he has been bitterly cr ...
  8. Can you please speak about the significance of Bhagavad Gita in our day-to-day life.

    You can analyze your mind, your intellect, and your whole system to see whether it is Sattvik, Rajasik or Tamasik. This knowledge is from the Bhagavad Gita.
    Bhagavad Gita gives you that much needed bridge between the inner (world ...

  9. In a practical and immediate way, what can we do to combat terrorism? Can people say special mantras or prayers to help erase the horrible violence?

    We need to bring unity in diversity. Terrorism is just lack a of education in spirituality. the root cause is that and it has to be nipped at the bud. Schools and colleges should have a broad spectrum of knowledge. Every child should know a little bit a ...

  10. Gurudev, these days there is a sitcom being shown about Lord Buddha on the TV. In that, they have shown that the King of Magadha (a kingdom in ancient India) and his Vedic priests had plotted a conspiracy against Lord Buddha. Can you please tell how true this is?

    See, it is quite possible that they may have conspired against Lord Buddha. But at the same time, many Brahmins also became the disciples of Lord Buddha. And if you watch or read further, you will come to know that his own brother and some of his disciples ...
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