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  1. Gurudev, you said that during shivaratri, the divine comes closest to this planet. Please elaborate.

    No, it is not like that. The whole planet is the Divine. What I had said was that on Shivaratri, the Shiva Tattva touches the Earth, meaning the Shiva Tattva becomes so alive, and one is able to experience it much more strongly. The ...
  2. What is the meaning of Naimisharanya? I heard you had gone there?

    Aranya means forest. Why forest? In a forest there is no fight or violence. Can you imagine, the name for forest is where there is no conflict and there is harmony? And that is how it is. In a forest, animals prey, and once their hunger is ...
  3. 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', ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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; ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
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