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  1. 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 ...
  2. Can you please speak about the significance of Bhagavad Gita in our day-to-day life.

    You can analyze your mind, you 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) ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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). ...
  5. 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< ...
  6. Gurudev, Can you please tell us about Narayana. Who and what is Narayana?

    Narayana is not a person. Narayana is the consciousness which is present in the human nervous system. Narayana is made up of light; a body that is made up of light. When you become totally hollow and empty, you incorporate that light body wit ...
  7. Gurudev, It seems we are rag dolls. Could you please throw some light on this?

    Yes, it is a very big philosophical question.
    If you ask anyone who did very good work, or those who have done the worst crime, they say somehow they did not do it, it just happened through them. This is the experience of many people.
    There is so ...
  8. Gurudev, our scriptures are supposed to take us beyond the 'What am I going to get' type of thinking? Then why is it that in every scripture the Phalashruti (the benefit of the scripture) is so elaborately explained?

    Just to tempt you to do them! (Laughter) It is a marketing strategy. You know, there is a saying, ‘Without getting any benefit, nobody will do anything’. A dull person will not do anything unless he thinks he is going to get something out of it. ...
  9. Gurudev, often we read in the Puranas of Indra committing some sin. We never read of Agni, or Varuna, or Vayu, or any of the other Gods committing sin. There must be some significance or some learning from this as well, just like the story of Ganesha. Could you please explain the spiritual meaning of this?

    Indra is the mob psychology. What we call mob mentality?
    A group has a mind of its own. That group mind is called Indra.

    Indra is supposed to have one thousand eyes. One thousand eyes do not mean that somebody has eyes ...

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