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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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; ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...

  7. In a practical and immediate way, what can we do to combat terrorism? Can people say special mantras or prayers to help erase the horrible violence?

    We need to bring unity in diversity. Terrorism is just lack a of education in spirituality. the root cause is that and it has to be nipped at the bud. Schools and colleges should have a broad spectrum of knowledge. Every child should know a little bit a ...

  8. Gurudev, in Chapter-14, verse 27 of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that He is also the primal cause of the Para-Brahman (Supreme all-pervading Consciousness) and He is also its very existence. This became a point of confusion among many learned scholars. Sri Adi Shankaracharya also got confused when he read this. Please throw some light on this.

    Lord Krishna gave knowledge in three different ways: the pratham purush (meaning to narrate as first person), madhyam purush (meaning to narrate as second person) and uttam-purush (meaning to narrate as the detached Seer or the Self). ...
  9. Gurudev, Where is the Jeeva and the Atma before birth? What is the difference between Jeeva and Atma? How is a Jeeva born, and where does it come from?

    Both are same. Life comes into the body at the time of conception, and sometimes at the time of birth also. The soul enters the body at the time of conception or the time of birth. Sometimes one soul stays up to birth and another soul comes at birth< ...
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