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  1. You spoke about controlling emotions. Is it not better just to live with them?

    No, if emotions control you, you are a mess. You can express your emotions, I am not saying that you should suppress them. There are two different things; one is suppressing the emotions and another is being a victim of your own emotions. ...
  2. How does I control my emotions?

    Through the breath; the breath is the link between the environment, the body and emotions. If you learn some of the breathing techniques, i.e., pranayama, kriya, they will help you control your emotions. ...
  3. During meditation I am able to observe my breath patterns and the sensations in my body, and how it relates to feelings and thoughts. Yet, in the waking state, that power of observation diminishes. I get lost in the emotional experience. How can I stay more in the present?

    You can't directly handle emotions. You need to attend to the source of it. To harness an emotion, you need to attend the source of emotion. It's not that today you attain calmness and then you try to maintain it all the time. Don't do that. ...
  4. If appreciating a work of art or literature is emotional, i.e., it moves a person, then isn’t it more emotional than cerebral?

    Literature cannot be emotional only. If it is only mushy-mushy, then people will not like to read it. Reading is an intellectual job, it can’t be too dry, like reading a technical book, then it will be very boring. Literature should be a combination of a l ...
  5. Dear Gurudev, whenever I want to do some important work, or study, my mood comes in my way. I’m completely dependent on my mood for most of my actions. How to get rid of moods?

    First, the realization itself makes it half done. Now you have realized it’s the mood which sways you, that means the intellect is waking up. It says, ‘Come on, I’m not going to be so moody.’ You take that determination. The ...
  6. Gurudev, when we put our focus on others, we get weak. Like when Yudhistira (character from Indian epic Mahabharata) put his focus on the Pandavas (Yudhistira's brothers) he got weak, but Krishna told him to be centered. Does this mean we should not be sensitive to others?

    You must know the difference between being sensitive to others and getting caught up in the emotions of others. These are two different things. You can easily get caught up in someone else's emotion, and lose your centeredness. Then your ...
  7. How does one introduce emotional intelligence in kids and help them get better at that?

    You don’t need to introduce it to them. They already have it. It is not a tablet that you make them swallow from the outside. They do have it. First, there is emotional development in children, later on the intelligence comes. Emotion is already t ...
  8. Gurudev, in your discourse on the Kena Upanishad, you said- “Withdraw all your senses”. Are you saying that we should be in a state of abstinence all our life? Or is it just to control our emotions through a particular day, that you are saying the same?

    Emotions have their own place in life. But they should not control you. They should be under your control. But if you get into the grip of the emotions, then there is only misery in life. ...
  9. Gurudev, is sexual energy and meditative energy the same energy?

    Yes, it is only one energy in the body, but it manifests in different forms, in different chakras. Sexual energy, love energy, intellectual energy, sharpness, awareness, anger; all these are related. You would have heard about the seven chakras ( ...
  10. How to escape from emotions?

    There has to be firmness in between all emotions. There is no need to escape from emotions. Emotional upheavals will keep happening, but you have to become strong through them. ...
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