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  1. Gurudev, the month of Shravan has begun. What is the importance of the Rudra Puja during this month?

    If you read the scriptures, you will find that every month has its own importance. Every month is good and auspicious in its own way. . There is a lot of rain during the Shravan month. During this time you should sit, meditate and reflect about God. ...
  2. Gurudev, you have said that awareness comes after meditation. Please explain whether one does or does not need to meditate later after enough practice?

    Yes, after enough practice Meditation happens automatically. Then after reaching that stage, when you sit and walk or talk or do anything, meditation continues to happen. ...
  3. Why sometimes blood pressure stays above normal even after daily Sudarshan Kriya, evening meditation and Triphala (ayurvedic herb)?

    Are you exercising properly? Are you doing some yoga? Are your food habits okay? Are you worried? Are you holding on to some knowledge in your mind? Or are you obsessed with some desires which you want to be fulfilled right away and have no patience? Y ...
  4. Gurudev, all my life I have been learning, exploring and analysing knowledge. When I came to the Art of Living, I was told to stop thinking, analysing and just meditate, which I am unable to do. Please help.

    Look, here we are thinking, analysing! You should analyse, but don’t use that machinery too much, it needs some overhauling time. Don’t you give your car for servicing, after driving it for too long? Meditation is taking your mind to the garage, for servic ...
  5. Gurudev, I am very sad. Once again, I am going to be physically away from you. How do I overcome this feeling of separation?

    No, no, no. I am like the wind, and Sun and Moon; you are part of me, I am part of you. Just be happy and keep doing some good work in society. Whatever you have, you give it to everyone around you. There are so many tears to be wiped; don’t sit and worry ...
  6. Gurudev, you found us in this lifetime. But since you visit this planet so rarely, or so I think, what happens to all of us until we meet again during all those other life times? Do we slip back somehow? Do we continue to grow in knowledge?

    There is no slipping back! This is what we celebrate on Guru Poornima; we look back and see how much we have grown, and how we cannot slip back, totally. If you walked 10 steps ahead, it may appear that you have gone back eight steps, but not qui ...
  7. Gurudev, until now, we kept our eyes closed while meditating, so we could go inwards. What is the reason for keeping our eyes partly open during meditations?

    Many times, when you close your eyes, you have the tendency to go into your mental fantasies, or drift off into a dream, or sometimes fall asleep. This is called Mano Rajaya in yogic terminology. Mano Rajaya is a state where the mind star ...
  8. Gurudev, I have been told that a human soul can often take one to two million years to find liberation. Is it true that by doing Kriya and meditation every day, this liberation can be obtained even in one lifetime?

    Everything works with some strange karma. You must lift your eyes and look into this realm. There is a beautiful couplet that says, ‘This world has all the wealth, all that is needed, but one who has no karma, cannot get it.’ So, whe ...
  9. 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. ...
  10. 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 ...
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