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  1. Gurudev, I was on anti-depressants for many years. I've been off anti-depressants for 2 years. I do my Sudarshan Kriya every day, but my concentration and sleep are not normal, and this affects my work. Sometimes I feel that I was better off on anti-depressants. Is it okay to take them on doctor’s advice if my job is at stake, or should I resist at all cost.

    I wouldn't say resist at all cost, but resist it. And do Yoga. Spend one hour in the morning stretching and balancing your body.
    It was good today (morning yoga session), wasn't it? How many of you enjoyed that? When you do it, concentration improves. ...
  2. Gurudev, I want to learn how to pray. Can you say a few words about how to pray?

    Prayer is a spontaneous thing. It happens on two occasions, when you are very grateful, and you are expressing your gratitude. And when you are totally helpless, and you beg for help.

    Prayer just happens, you cannot cultivate it. At the m ...

  3. Gurudev, After death what remains in me? Is it only the soul or is it mind as well?

    Your impressions of fear, cravings and aversions will always go with you. That is why we must do meditation. Meditation erases all these unwanted impressions. ...
  4. Gurudev, Sometimes years of effort results in failure. What to do in such circumstances?

    Just keep moving ahead. Every failure is a lesson to be learned.

    Meditate. A few minutes of deep meditation will connect you with the ocean of intuition deep within you.
    For every decision, it is essential that you are in touch with that in ...

  5. The Path to the Divine

    The Divine can only be found in deep rest (meditation). Do you know what the obstacles to deep rest are? It is the cravings and aversions in the mind. If the mind is filled with cravings and aversions, rest is not possible. And if there is no rest, the go ...
  6. Gurudev, how can we make utterly materialistic people realize the importance and urgency of meditation in today's gloomy economic situation?

    Here, memory of the past will help you.
    See in the past, after World War II or before that, the world was in such a big crisis. There was very little food and people had limited resources because everything was destroyed, but then people did survive. ...
  7. Meditation and the thousand headed cobra

      If you look at the mythological pictures, you will find Mahavir sitting with a five headed cobra behind him. Or Lord Vishnu is sitting in meditation and there is a cobra behind him. Even in the pictures of Rishis, you will find a cobra with its hood ope ...
  8. Gurudev, we’re told that meditation is relaxation, not concentration. So when we have thoughts during meditation, is it still relaxation?

    Yes! When you become aware of the thought, you take a deep breath in and let go, and you find that the thoughts have already passed.
    Meditation is not concentration. The more you try to chase away a thought, the more it comes. The best thing to do is ...
  9. Pravritti Nivritti

    Life is a combination of Pravritti and Nivritti. There are two attitudes that we have to pay attention to. One is, when we go inward, we say, ‘Everything is okay; anyway not a blade of grass moves without Divine intervention. God has kept us like this, so ...
  10. Impression And Expression

    Do not make an effort to impress others, or to express yourself. Your effort to express yourself becomes an impediment. Your effort to impress someone also becomes futile. If you do not try to impress, expression comes naturally. When you come from the se ...
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