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  1. Gurudev, What is the reason for 108 beads in a rosary? Is there any significance to this?

    There are 12 constellations and nine planets according to Indian astrology. Nine planets moving in the 12 constellations can bring about 18 different types of changes. So the 108 beads are to nullify any malefic effects of any changes. ...
  2. Tips To Improve Your Relationship With Your Mother-In-Law

    Gurudev, Please give me some tips to improve my relationship with my mother-in-law. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Listen, you have a different scale for your mother and a different scale for your mother-in-law. Now why do you do that? When your mother used to scol ...
  3. We Need To Care For Every Single Creature

    Gurudev, Please tell us about the importance of offering food (Prasad) to the Divine before eating. Also please tell us the authentic way of offering food. Is there any mantra needed? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: When a lady cooks food at home, the first thing s ...
  4. Gurudev, in addition to the earlier question, I have two other questions. First is: should we wear silk sarees, since silk worms die in the making of the sarees? Is it a sin?

    If you see it in that sense, then when you cut a banana plant or part of it to make the fabric out of it, then also you may think it is a sin, because it is also a jeeva (living being). What you really must strive for is to cause minimum amount ...
  5. Forbearance, A Quality Of Saints

    Gurudev, what is the relevance of tapasya (penance or austerities) in Kali Yuga and how should we understand it? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Tapa helps to purify all the organs of the body and rid them of impurities. The entire body gets cleansed and all the sen ...
  6. What Will Be Your Final Act Of Life?

    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? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, it is true. It is a ...
  7. Gurudev, wherever Lord Krishna used to go, there quarrels and fights would begin. But wherever you go, differences comes to an end.

    Yes, when people get the news that I am coming to their city or town, that itself creates so many fights between people. One will say, 'Gurudev will travel in my car.' Another will say, 'He will stay at my house.' The third will say, 'He will have food in ...
  8. How To Deal With Difficult People

    Gurudev, I try communicating with my father, I try to talk to him but he acts freaky. He gets high and creates chaos. I do not know what to do and how to communicate with him. I know he is in lot of pain and problem which is why he is not able to communica ...
  9. Gurudev, Being cynical makes me more pragmatic and helps me deal with the worst situations. Is this wrong?

    Cynicism was once considered fashionable, but today, cynicism has taken over intellectuals to such an extent that it is no longer palatable and it is no longer creative. It does not do any good to oneself or to society. Cynicism is okay if it is like ...
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