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  1. Gurudev, I read the Namaz five times daily. I have joined the Art of Living since six to seven months. Can we do our meditation along with our Namaz or should we have a separate time for meditation?

    You can continue performing your Namaz as you always do, and thereafter you can do your meditation separately once you have finished. You can do it at the same time, or you can also choose to do it before or after performing the Namaz. ...
  2. Gurudev, can one’s basic personality or nature change by practicing sadhana and meditation?

    The answer to this depends on what is your understanding of one’s basic nature or personality. If you tell me that anger is your very nature, then I am not ready to believe that.A person’s essential behavior is determined by the three ...
  3. Gurudev, if sadhana is the wealth that goes with us when we depart from the world, then why do we not invest our whole time in it alone?

    You cannot, because your body cannot do it all the time. You can’t eat the whole year’s food in two days, or one month. Every day, you have to eat only a certain amount. Similarly, in sadhana also, you can’t hurry up and do a lot of sa ...
  4. Dear Gurudev, why do I go on and off in my sadhana (spiritual practice)? I hear that other people do this as well

    Well, it's natural. When there are fruits in the tree you enjoy the fruits and you forget to water the roots. And then when the tree starts drying out then you water it again. This is how we do. Once, twice or three times you go through this cycle a ...
  5. Gurudev, if my soul is thirsty for love, peace and contentment, then why do I find excuses not to do my sadhana?

    Yes, I would suggest that you reflect upon this question yourself. Then you will realize that you are making excuses to take your medicine (here indicating sadhana) which are for your own good.This is like going to the doctor to get medicines ...
  6. Gurudev, if I do not do sadhana, seva and satsang, are you still with me?

    Yes! However you are, I am always with you.But the real question is, will you always be with me? See, if you do sadhana then I am already with you, and you with me (referring to the union through the medium of sadhana ...
  7. Gurudev, it is said that sattva (purity) is needed for the attainment of karma (action). But is rajas not required for karma? In my case if I do a lot of sadhana then I don't feel like doing anything.

    There is another meaning of sattva – purity of intellect. Intellect is also called Sattva. But, to do any action rajoguna is required. The body cannot be stable without the three gunas (Rajoguna, Tamoguna and ...
  8. Gurudev, taking out time for Sadhana in everyday life becomes little difficult, whereas I enjoy doing Sadhana. How to make it an easy habit?

    Look, is it difficult to take out time to brush your teeth? You need to take time out to go to the washroom, isn't it? You bathe everyday or not? Do you run to the office after getting up from the bed? Without having breakfast, do you go? There ...
  9. Gurudev, when I do meditation in the ashram it is effortless but when I go home it is not the same. Is there any way I can cultivate the same aura at home?

    Yes you can, in a particular place at home, or in a particular room. That is why people used to have a pooja (prayer) room in their home. In a corner, the north-east corner they would devote for the pooja room. Like that you can place any one ...
  10. Gurudev, will doing Sudarshan Kriya and regular Sadhana (spiritual practices) solve all my problems?

    You first do it and see. If they get solved, then that is good. At least you will not be at any loss by doing sadhana. It will give you the strength to face those problems and overcome them. You are only going to benefit by doing sadhana. There is no ...
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