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  1. Dear Gurudev, we learn about yoga, breathing and other Vedic practices. What about other religions and cultures? Don’t they have anything to contribute to our spirituality?

    These practices do not subscribe to only one religion as such. Hinduism is not a religion. It is only a way of life which people have been practicing for a long time. And if you go to the root of religion, definitely there will be somethin ...

  2. Why does Shanmukha (Karthikeya) have six heads?

    So that he can recite all the Shad Darshanas (six Hindu philosophies) at once.
    Six faces - this has a significance. We say, 'The four directions', North, South, East and West. Brahma has four faces ...

  3. Gurudev, yesterday you said that everything is Shiv Tattva (fundamental element or principle). So what is your message for the devotees of Krishna? Also, I don’t pray to Shiva but only to Krishna. Is it okay?

    Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva are the same. In Chapter 10 of the Bhagavad Gita, on Vibhuti Yoga, Lord Krishna himself says, 'Rudranam shankaras-chasmi vitteho yaksa-rakshasam. Vasunam pavakas chasmi meruh shikharinam aham' (10.23)
    Lord Krishna sa ...
  4. Gurudev, in the Iranian or Parsi tradition, Gods are called Ahura and demons Daiva, whereas in the Indian tradition, it’s exactly the opposite. Could you talk on this.

    Daitya is also in the Indian tradition. The Asuras are also called Daityas, and Devtas are also called Adityas (means those born out of Aditi).
    Devas and Asuras share the same father, their mothers were Aditi and Di ...

  5. Gurudev, Chanakya’s pain was that Hindu kings had no concept of a united nation. Their fighting allowed Alexander and the Mughals to rule India. Even today rulers are in the garb of secular politicians. How do we revive the pride of Hinduism?

    Actually Hinduism means universalism. It is not just any sect.
    The president of India Dr. Radha Krishan was asked, 'Who is a Hindu?' <br>
    He said by negating all the religions, i.e., one who is not a Muslim, one who is not a Chri ...

  6. Gurudev, Chanakya’s pain was that Hindu kings had no concept of a united nation. Their fighting allowed Alexander and the Mughals to rule India. Even today rulers are in the garb of secular politicians. How do we revive the pride of Hinduism?

    Actually Hinduism means universalism. It is not just any sect. The president of India Dr. Radha Krishan was asked, 'Who is a Hindu?'
    He said by negating all the religions, i.e., one who is not a Muslim, one who is not a Christian and so on, whoever i ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. Gurdev, if Art of Living has everything to do with spirituality and nothing to do with religion then why do we sing so many bhajans about Krishna and Hindu Gods in general?

    Now, singing is part of spirituality. And the ancient chants that we sing are called mantras, they have vibrations that have an impact on you. So it is just a way of life. Om Namah Shivya is called mantra, and chanting mantras is part of spirituality ...
  9. Gurudev, just being in your presence is so amazing. Why do we need all these meditation practices? Is it necessary to be regular with it?

    Yes, so that you have something to do and I have something to do.
    There are four levels. First is Sanidhya which means feeling the presence.
    Then Samipya, feeling close to the Guru or to the Divine. The feeling of clo ...
  10. It often feels and appears that yoga and Hinduism exclude women, and this makes me think that we are not yet ready for a spiritual revolution. What can you tell us about this, and the role women play? Why are mostly men around you, while women cook and clean?

    Listen, there is no such thing. In Yoga, Hinduism, and Vedic wisdom, they don’t exclude women at all. Men and women are given equal status.
    In India, the tradition is, mother comes first and then comes father. They say, ‘Matri Devo Bhava ...
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