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  1. Gurudev, Vedanta says let go of everything, but our scriptures advise to take everything. Which is the better option?

    To let go, you need to be holding on to something in the first place. So both are right. If one says get into the bus and the other says exit the bus, unless you get into the bus, you cannot exit. So you need to do both. ...
  2. Gurudev, you have talked about Solah Kalas (referring to the sixteen extraordinary abilities or Divine qualities). Which are these and what is their importance?

    The word Kala usually refers to the extent by which the moon waxes (or wanes) in one day. So by this understanding, the Moon possesses 16 different Kalas (different phases of the Moon). You can observe this from one Amavasya (No-moon ...
  3. Gurudev, Shiva is complete, then why does he get married to Parvati?

    This is like asking if God is complete, then why did he create this world. A spider is complete, yet it creates a web by its own saliva, and moves within its own web. Waves rise in the ocean, then where do they go? Are they going somewhere? Why do they ri ...
  4. Gurudev, are you Lord Krishna?

    Why? Are you going to bring some problems for me?Read Bhagavad Gita. Lord Krishna says, one who sees me in everything and in everyone, is really the intelligent one.'Yo mam pashyati sarvatra sarvam cha mayi pashyati tasyaham na pranash ...
  5. Gurudev, in the Agama tradition, it is said that the Asana (here meaning holy or revered seat of a deity) for the Devi (Mother Divine) is both Dharma (righteous conduct) and Adharma (immoral conduct or deeds). Can you please explain this?

    Yes, Shakti (here referring to the Mother Divine as the source of all energy) is present in both Dharma and Adharma. Otherwise, Ravana (the demon king of Lanka) would not have had the power to stand up against Lord Rama. He was stro ...
  6. Gurudev, what is the meaning of Sankhya Yoga?

    Sankhya Yoga is to wake up and see that all this does not exist. There is only One, and everything works through that. See that even thoughts are nothing, everything is just vibrations.Sankhya Yoga means the soul is eternal. Knowing that ther ...
  7. Gurudev, In The Ashtavakra Gita, we heard that we are not the doer. Is this not in conflict with self-effort? Please advise as to how self-effort should be utilized, especially in meditation.

    You will realize that I am not the doer only when you put your 10% in self-effort, not before. If you have not done anything, you are only sitting there with your hands folded, you can never realize that I am not the doer.Medit ...
  8. Gurudev, how could Krishna teach Dhyan Yoga (meditation) or Karma Yoga (Service) without actually making him do meditation?

    When one is a Yogeshwara (Lord of Yoga), the effect of that gets translated almost immediately. You don’t have to do much. Say it and it immediately registers. There is a saying in Sanskrit, 'Rishinaam yatchittanaam vaacham arthonu dhaa ...
  9. Gurudev, you have said that our ancient scholars never allowed our sacred scriptures to become limited or relevant only to one particular place or time. In that case, are these scriptures just stories told by these scholars, or are they real life events?

    They are all true events. But even while writing about these true events, our scholars did not allow the narratives to become specific or relevant to one place or time alone. This is the specialty of our scriptures. It is like how someone was asked to ...
  10. Gurudev, while expounding the Purushottam Yoga (The Yoga of the Supreme Being), Lord Krishna speaks about three Purushas or types of beings: Kshara, Akshara and the Uttam Purusha. Please throw some light on this.

    Kshara means that which keeps on changing. The whole world and everything in it keeps on changing. So that which is constantly changing is a kind of Purusha (person or being). Just observe within yourself, so many thoughts arise i ...
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