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  1. Gurudev, While studying, how can I eliminate thoughts from my mind so I can concentrate better?

    Breathing! Pranayama will definitely help you. Okay! And then if they still come, don’t try to chase them, just embrace them. Negative thoughts are afraid of a hug from you. If you embrace them, they will all run away. ...
  2. Gurudev, we are told to give up desires, but on the other hand, we were advised to strive for moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death). Isn’t this also increasing our desires?

    Yes, increase your desires for the large things in life, not small things. It is the desire for small things that causes problems. If you have to have desires, ask for the highest, that is, the Supreme Being. Seek to make the whole Universe your own, desir ...
  3. Gurudev, I recently heard you mention that, 'You own mind is responsible for your bondage and your liberation.' I am confused, how is the mind responsible for liberation? Don't I have to go beyond the mind?

    Yes, the cause of bondage is the mind, isn't it? It is the disturbances in the mind which takes away the peace from you. Whenever you are happy and peaceful, your mind is in touch with your being. When you are disturbed because of thoughts and emotions, th ...
  4. Gurudev, what is the power of the subconscious mind and how do I utilize it?

    The conscious mind is in fact only one-tenth of your subconscious mind. So the subconscious mind has a lot of power.
    Suppose you are having a pyjama party and eight of you are sleeping and someone calls out your name, only you will respond. Others wil ...
  5. Gurudev, how to ensure that a person does not take you for granted in a relationship?

    Don't worry about it, it is quite natural.
    People take you for granted because they think you belong to them already, and so they only attend to people who are guests.
    You are a part of the family, why should anybody tell you, 'Have you had coffe ...
  6. Gurudev, it is said that chanting the name of Narayana (Lord Vishnu) in the last moments of our life brings one liberation. Is it true that the last act of life is the strongest in determining our way forward?

    Yes, it is true. It is at the time of death that the mind separates from the body. So at this time, whatever impression one bears in the mind become the reason for the next birth. This is a scientific truth.
    You can see this for yourself. If you obser ...
  7. Gurudev, you have said that we shouldn't give explanations to people. But if we have something on our heart that is heavy and feel the need to talk about it, then what to do?

    There is no one rule for it, sometime you want to speak and become calm and sometimes speaking doesn't help in any way.

    Wake up and see, the whole world is like a dream. All those thoughts have gone, the behavior of people will disappear. Some people ...

  8. The Nature of Mind

    The nature of mind is to waver, similar to how the nature of water is to flow. Now how do you reduce this wavering nature of the mind? It is through practice (abhyaasa) and dispassion (vairagya). What is dispassion? Sometimes, when you are disturbed, you ...
  9. Gurudev, when we sit for meditation, some thoughts pass by just like clouds, but there are others that make us go on such a long trip. Suddenly I realized I am on a trip. What is the mechanism that sends you off on that long trip, and why can they not all pass by like clouds?

    That is how they are. Some thoughts are like this, some are like that. Some bother you, some do not. That is why there are so many techniques and so many ways to bring your mind to the centre.

    See, in the recent poojas, why have they used so many musica ...

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