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  1. What do we do while we are listening to mantras? Is it necessary to know the meaning of the chants?

    Allow the mantra to shower on you. It is called ‘Mantra Snana,’ taking a shower of the mantras. Memories may come up from past lives. Akashic records can come, it is okay. Don’t make a big deal out of it, take it as it comes. ...
  2. Dear Gurudev, a few days back you spoke about the significance of Gayatri Mantra. Can you please tell us the importance of initiation that is done before chanting the Gayatri mantra?

    Yes, initiation before using a mantra is essential. Only then does the mantra get charged. You cannot merely chant a mantra by reading it from a book. It has to be received from someone who has already been chanting it. ...
  3. Gurudev, in your meeting with the Upanayanam batch, you told us to learn the Brahmayagna- the four Mantras from the four Vedas. Could you please tell us the meaning of these Mantras?

    The vibrations of Mantras are more important than the meaning of the Mantras.
    These Mantras were downloaded by the Rishis. They sat in meditation and they got something and they downloaded it and passed it on to people. So it was received as a vibrati ...
  4. Gurudev, when we chant the Gayatri mantra, does it matter how many times we chant? If we do a little more or a little less, does it have some negative impact, or does the feeling only matter?

    Yes, chant with feeling that is enough.
    You will not get any punishment. If anyone says something, tell them you have a lawyer. I will be your lawyer if anything happens.

    Many Pundits create misconceptions among people that something will happen, ...

  5. Gurudev, please talk about the sound vibrations and how do they operate through thoughts? Like how in meditation we take our Mantra.

    It works! That is it! How it works, we do not know.
    See, nowadays there are sensors on different objects, and when you touch them, the light comes on. Just your touch can open the locks.
    Your telephone works by a simple touch of yours. Your lapto ...
  6. When we chant mantras, how do they affect the surroundings, people and the whole world?

    Everything in the universe affects everything else. So, when you chant, when you do havan, the impact of that is very positive on the surrounding. It also brings good vibrations to you and it also enhances positive ions in the whole atmosphere. ...
  7. What is the importance of chanting mantras?

    When someone abuses you verbally, how do you feel? If someone says that you are a donkey, how do you feel? What does it do to you? What does it create? Anger! It shakes you. It creates some negative vibrations; you feel angry. You feel some sensations in ...
  8. Gurdev, if Art of Living has everything to do with spirituality and nothing to do with religion then why do we sing so many bhajans about Krishna and Hindu Gods in general?

    Now, singing is part of spirituality. And the ancient chants that we sing are called mantras, they have vibrations that have an impact on you. So it is just a way of life. Om Namah Shivya is called mantra, and chanting mantras is part of spirituality ...
  9. Gurudev, I’ve heard Gayatri mantra being played on tapes in public. How important is it to get initiated?

    We will go into all those details some other time.
    Ga-ya-tri – there are three types of misery. We have three bodies, the gross body, the subtle and the causal body. And in all the three levels there is misery. The human life has to cross-over ...
  10. Dear Gurudev, the participants aspiring to do the Vedic Wisdom course want to know more about the Gayatri mantra and Sandhyavandanam. Can you please talk about this.

    You know life is three states of consciousness – waking, dreaming and sleeping. When waking state ends and dreaming state begins; when dreaming state ends and sleeping state begins, and when sleeping state ends and waking state begins, at these junction po ...
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