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  1. Sri Sri, The Art of Living is a 32 years old organization that spans across 152 countries and has touched the lives of 370 million people. What is the biggest challenge that you had to face?

    I do not really recollect or keep a count of these challenges. Many challenges do come but when your goal is clear to you, you keep walking. Fundamentalists don’t like this because it is eroding their base as people become more accepting and more broad ...
  2. Gurudev, what are the Panch Prana?

    The five types of prana in the body are Prana, Apana, Udana, Samana and Vyana. Prana is the energy in the upper part of the body, in the region above the heart. If prana is too high or is imbalanced you cannot sleep. Apana ...
  3. 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, what can we do to improve our energy levels in winter?

    In winter, you can definitely do some pranayama, some breathing exercises. They say there is so much energy in the body that it is enough to supply electricity to the all of New York for six months, without interruption. To bring up that energy, we ...
  5. Gurudev I need your guidance. I am a mother and a wife, and I run a small school. There are times when things go wrong entirely, and I can’t concentrate or be myself at my workplace. How do I manage that?

    It is okay if it is only sometimes. But if it is often then we need to attend to it. First of all, know that as an individual, you have the capacity to multi-task. If you think, ‘Oh, I am a mother, I cannot be good at the office. It is not possib ...
  6. How can one improve the presence of the mind? One has such long hours and so much travel these days.

    Some breathing techniques, pranayama, and meditation would help you improve your presence of mind. Doing pranayama in the morning and evening keeps you really fresh. I work for about 19 hours every day, and I keep travelling quite a lot, also. Do I look ti ...
  7. What is the difference between meditation and realization? Is meditation a process towards realization?

    Yes, meditation is a process, and self-realization is the effect. See, you are asking me a question and I am answering you. You are hearing the answer, and you are nodding, saying, ‘Yes’, on the inside. That is realization. ...
  8. Can people with epilepsy do pranayamas?

    I would be a little careful with pranayama for epileptic patients, though it has benefitted many of them. First, we ask people if they have any history of epilepsy. If so, then they are asked to go slow, start with some simple pranayama and breathing exer ...
  9. Can meditation make people non-violent? Can it help people who are incarcerated?

    We have been doing our program in prisons around the world. If you can take some time to visit the website and read the experience of the prisoners, you will see the impact it has had on them. Nearly 400,000 prisoners around the world have done the program ...
  10. Does the body need sleep? Can sleep be substituted with meditation?

    Your body needs certain amount of sleep. If you have deprived the body of sleep, it will take it. After certain amount of sleep, meditation becomes deeper. First, you have to fulfill the body of deprived sleep. Profit is only counted after the debt is clea ...
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