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  1. Gurudev what is the relevance of eating satvic and Ayurvedic food? Usually I like rajasic food more than satvic food.

    With rajasic food, you will have a similar rajasic mind-set as well. Do you know what a rajasic mind-set is? It is like a yo-yo. You jump up or you go down. Either you are too happy or you are too down, this is the impact of rajasic food. You can have i ...
  2. How can we control the mind?

    Through the breath. If you can control your breath then know that you can control your mind. Do pranayama and once you keep doing pranayama you will start gaining control on your mind. You cannot control the mind directly, it is not possible. When you l ...
  3. What really is the mind without thoughts?

    It is nothing. A bundle of thoughts is what the mind is. When the thinking stops, that is the no mind state. That is what happens. It happens for a few moments in meditation and then you feel very good. ...
  4. Gurudev, how can one experience the mind, intellect, memory and the Self as separate from each other?

    When you are listening to whatever I am saying, your mind is the one that is listening through your ears. When you listen to music, you hear it through your mind.But when you ask questions about something, you do so through the inte ...
  5. Gurudev, what is the best way to control the mind?

    Why do you want to control the mind? You want the mind to stay in one place, right. That is what you mean by control.Why is it going here and there? If there is a nice program on television, do you need to control your mind to watch it? You love a c ...
  6. When we are in a state of inner happiness and contentment, then why do we lose this state again?

    You are in this world, you are not on an island. You are in a pool of energy of so many people. Don’t sit and worry about 'Why I am feeling this way' or 'Why am I feeling that way'. Time and place have an influence on your mind. Th ...
  7. Can the mind continue its process of evolution between lifetimes as well? Does it need a body and situations for its evolution?

    Yes, it needs a body. That is why the human body is very precious. You know, in day to day life, when you do things, sometimes you lose energy. When the energy goes down, the mind also goes down. Haven't you had this experience? (Audience ...
  8. Gurudev, what is the purpose of the mind? I only see bondage and sadness associated with it. Do we really need that layer of existence?

    Just let it be! That is the secret to handle the mind. If you try to get rid of the mind, it becomes a monster. If you just let the mind be, it will vanish! When you are not aware of the tricks and the mumbo-jumbo going on in the mind, then life is m ...
  9. Could you advise on what is the best way of going into meditation. And is there any kind of special music which can enable you to access that space better? (Ritu Kumar: Fashion designer from India (Recipient of the Padmashree in 2013))

    Meditation is very simple, and it just takes a couple of days to learn. Once you learn it then you can do it on your own. Then you can do it anytime and anywhere you want. But only before meals, okay! What happens during meditation is our metabolism slows ...
  10. When I look around, I see only misery, hate, anger, greed and meaningless violence. How do you know there is a higher power?

    See, the nature of our mind is when we see misery we magnify it. If ten complements are given to you and one insult is given to you, what you usually do is, you catch hold of that one insult and blow it out of proportion.My dear, I wou ...
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