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  1. What is the meaning of ‘Pradakshina’ (circumambulation)?

    ‘Pradakshina’means going around. ‘Dakshina’ meansthat which is done with skill. The English word ‘dexterous’ has come from the Sanskritword ‘Daksha’. ‘Dexterous’ means skillful. ‘Pradakshina’ means ‘in a very special way, be ...
  2. What are the different types of Yagya and what is the importance of Yagya in one’s life? Which Yagya is the best?

    Dhyan Yagya, Japa Yagya, Dravya Yagya - all these are called Yagya.
    So among all these, Dhyan Yagya is best – meditation and group meditation.
    Then Gyan Yagya – sitting and listening to knowledge.
    Then Japa Yagya – ‘Yagyanaam Japayagyosmi’, ...
  3. I had my Upanayanam many years ago but I never quite understood the significance of the ceremony, the thread and Sandhyavandanam. Can you please explain? Isn’t Kriya enough, why Sandhyavandanam?

    Yes, you do Kriya, that is good enough and afterwards if you are being initiated, do the Gayatri Japa.
    Gayatri Japa means – Let my intellect be inspired by the Divine.
    It is our intellect which blocks the vast Divinity from e ...
  4. Gurudev, it is said that meeting the Guru on Full Moon Day is very good.

    Yes. Do you know the Moon affects the ocean? On Full Moon Day the waves are higher. The Moon affects water – this we all know. Our body is made up of water. Nearly 60% of our body is made up of water, and it has saline content, like the ocean. So your body ...
  5. It is said that we should not do any pooja during ‘Rahu kaal’. However, why does Sunday’s satsang always happen during Rahu kaal at the ashram?

    It is not said that we should not do pooja during Rahu kaal. In fact, it is good to do pooja during Rahu kaala. However, marriages and house-warming ceremonies must not be done during this time. It has only been said that one should not do any materialist ...
  6. There are twelve Jyotirlingas in our country. Please tell us their significance.

    To unite our country, Jyotirlingas have been established in different places. This way people will go to all these different places and when they travel through the country then they realize that our country is one. ...
  7. What is the purpose of performing a long pooja as opposed to a short pooja.

    Well, it is just like your daily meditations and your advance course with longer meditations. They all have their impact. Poojas don’t have to be too long, but these poojas are done for the masses. Not for one individual, but for the entire population.
  8. Gurudev, we do certain rituals for the departed. Is there any basis for these rituals?

    These rituals are there only to show your gratitude to the departed souls. But what has happened is that the Pundits and the Purohits have made it so complicated that sometimes you don't understand what they are saying. If they translate wha ...
  9. What is the signifiance of Mahalaya Amavasya?

    Actually this Amavasya is dedicated to the departed souls.
    When you leave this body you are guided into another world by a set of Devas or Angels. Pururava, Vishvedeva - these are their names. They come and guide you from o ...
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