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  1. Gurudev, I don’t understand Sanskrit since I am from outside India. Could we have some session to understand Sanskrit better?

    You don’t need to understand much. In fact English language has got a lot of Sanskrit in it. Even the names of months are in Sanskrit only. November, December, January, all these months, the names are in Sanskrit (November – Nav Ambar (ninth sky), D ...
  2. Gurudev, today, while changing the sacred threads (during the Upanayanam ceremony) the pundits chanted the Rishi Vandana. Could you please explain the significance of this mantra?

    Today we remember the Rishis - the ancient sages and seers who have kept this knowledge alive and have brought this knowledge to you. They have given the great mantras of the Vedas. So, today when people change sacred thread they recite this Mantra. What d ...
  3. Gurudev, Can ladies chant Gayatri mantra?

    Yes. Nowhere it is said that ladies cannot chant.
    It is unfortunate that somewhere in the middle ages, these rights of women were taken away. We have reinstated this in the Ashram. Many ladies are learning.

    See it was a male dominated society. The ...

  4. Gurudev, the participants aspiring to do the Vedic Wisdom course want to know more about the Gayatri mantra and Sandhyavandanam. Can you please talk about this.

    You know life is three states of consciousness – waking, dreaming and sleeping. When waking state ends and dreaming state begins; when dreaming state ends and sleeping state begins, and when sleeping state ends and waking state begins, at these junction po ...
  5. Gurudev, I’ve heard Gayatri mantra being played on tapes in public. How important is it to get initiated?

    We will go into all those details some other time.
    Ga-ya-tri – there are three types of misery. We have three bodies, the gross body, the subtle and the causal body. And in all the three levels there is misery. The human life has to cross-over ...
  6. Gurudev, please talk about the sound vibrations and how do they operate through thoughts? Like how in meditation we take our Mantra.

    It works! That is it! How it works, we do not know.
    See, nowadays there are sensors on different objects, and when you touch them, the light comes on. Just your touch can open the locks.
    Your telephone works by a simple touch of yours. Your lapto ...
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