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  1. Gurudev, we have a tradition of donating a person’s valuables after they die. Some people are able to do this and some cannot. How relevant is this in Hinduism?

    See, many priests nowadays exploit the sentiments of people in this way to make money. If you go to Haridwar or Kashi, the priests in the temples force you to make donations. They make you feel so guilty, or they induce a sort of culprit-c ...

  2. Gurudev, I have been very regular with my sadhana, seva and satsang for many years now. Despite this, I have been going through financial difficulties for the past three years and am very disturbed. Please advise.

    Everything will be alright in time. There may be some delay but it will surely happen. These difficulties will not last for long.
    See, the entire country is going through financial trouble. Our industrialists have been facing various financial diffic ...

  3. Gurudev, what is a Kundli (a person’s astrological chart), and are all the things written in the Kundli true? My mother-in-law says that according to her Kundli she will take Sanyas when she is 50 years old. So will she leave us when that happens?

    No, there is nothing like that. Astrologers say many things at times. Like I just explained, the Kundli simply gives you pointers or indications as to how things would happen.
    Take your mother-in-law for instance, it says that she will attain ...

  4. Gurudev, please elaborate upon the contradictory nature of truth.

    If you go to any temple in India, not only will you see idols of Gods and Goddesses, but you will also see the idols of many demons (representing negativity and delusion).
    Gods and Goddesses acquired their position because they were able to overcome ...

  5. Gurudev, is it destiny or our actions that decides our future? I have heard many times that whatever is going to happen is already pre-decided. Is it true? If that is so, then we should not be made responsible for our good and bad actions. I have been confused about all this for a very long time. Please help me understand this.

    This is a very deep subject. If everything was already predestined, then what is the need to do anything? Then doing Sadhana, chanting mantras or offering worship to God would all be useless activities.
    See, when it comes to animals and other living c ...
  6. Gurudev, The media always latches on to the negative stories. How can we make a good story sensational?

    This is one thing you should not do; generalize. You should not eternalize and generalize everything. You should not say that the media always, or every media does that. It is not the case.

    Here is one example. Annika Dopping from Sweden has made ...

  7. Gurudev, I come from a Christian background and feel the love for Christ reflected in your teachings. However, the Bible says that Christ is the only way.

    Love is the only way.

    Do you know the Bible was written 70 years after Jesus Christ? There are 72 sects of Christianity, all of which have their own interpretation of the Bible (similar to how there are 32 sects of Buddhism).
    If ...

  8. Gurudev, in the Yogasara Upanishad, you have said that thoughts arises when the mind stirs the memory. Does that mean that all thoughts are from the memory and no new thoughts arise?

    No, as I said earlier, perception (mind) and memory, both are responsible for the intellect to function. So, new thoughts are linked to old thoughts.
    Sometimes, the intuitive thought which come need not be linked to anything, it can just come as a ne ...

  9. Gurudev, when the six layers of our existence become transparent, then we are able to perceive the seventh layer, the self. Could you please talk about how to make the intellect transparent?

    Let us understand what the intellect is.
    Consciousness functions largely in four different modes, similar to the different modes or functions in a cell phone. The four different modes in the consciousness are:

    1. The Mind - The Mode of Pe ...

  10. Gurudev, Many of us are taking treatments at the Panchakarma (an ancient holistic system of Ayurvedic treatment) centre here in the Ashram. Do you think it is really beneficial and why?

    You tell me. Do you all feel good after it? It is a time tested technique that has been practised for thousands of years. People have found that Panchakarma is a cleansing process. For the first two-three days you may not feel too good because th ...

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