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  1. It is said that one should keep their ancestors happy. Once people leave from this body and go to another world, do they still feel happy or sad?

    When you meditate and you are in knowledge, that knowledge can pass on to them as well. There is a beautiful ceremony in India called Tarpan. Tarpan means fulfilling, satisfying. A son or daughter prays for their ancestors, who have pass ...
  2. How do we know whether we are progressing on the spiritual path or not?

    There are three points you should always bear in mind when you have come on the spiritual path. <p>The first is: God is mine. You should think that, ‘God is present right here, and is within me’. Have faith in that and simply rela ...
  3. How do we know whether we are progressing on the spiritual path or not?

    There are three points you should always bear in mind when you have come on the spiritual path. <p>The first is: God is mine. You should think that, ‘God is present right here, and is within me’. Have faith in that and simply rela ...
  4. Yoga Vasistha talks a lot about self-effort and you tell us to relax. I am unable to figure out what to apply when. In spirituality, when to do self-effort and when to relax?

    There are two things, Pravritti and Nivritti (action and relaxation). When you are in action, effort is needed and when you are in relaxation effortlessness is needed. They go hand in hand. But we do it the other way around. When we are ...
  5. How do we know whether we are progressing on the spiritual path or not?

    There are three points you should always bear in mind when you have come on the spiritual path. <p>The first is: God is mine. You should think that, ‘God is present right here, and is within me’. Have faith in that and simply rela ...
  6. Dear Gurudev, what is the significance of focusing on our nose?

    Just above the nose is the agyachakra, the commanding center of consciousness. The center between the eyebrows is called the commanding center which brings wakefulness in your mind. So bringing your attention to the nostrils is a prelude, it helps t ...
  7. I realize how attached I am to some of my desires and dreams, such as, having a family for example. Do I have to practice detachment to make it happen? Does the spiritual path involve detachment from all of our desires?

    Look, if you have too many desires that is a problem. it is too scattered. Focus on one desire at a time. Do you really want to get married? Why didn’t you do it so far? Are you being too picky and choosy? When the time comes you don’t go ahead, and l ...
  8. Gurudev, today, the sentiments of devotees and followers are misused in the name of Yoga and religion. In such a situation, how should people trust and whom should they trust?

    This is not a new thing. Ravana (the demon king of Lanka) abducted Devi Sita by force by cheating her in the disguise of a <i>Sadhu</i> (a wise sage or ascetic) asking for alms. Is it not so? He took advantage of her simplicity and pious nat ...
  9. Life Goes On

    Nov 23 2013
    Bangalore, India fear-and-love.jpg Gurudev, why does it feel that staying apart from my loved ones has now created a distance between our hearts and not just a distance between places? I feel scared of this distance between the hearts. Sri Sri ...
  10. Gurudev, often in meditation I find that I go to places I have never been to and meet people I have never met. I often also get the Déjà vu effect (the feeling or experience of having been in a place or event before in time). What do I do?

    Yes, all this is fine and it is correct. There is nothing wrong about it. These are all the latent impressions in your mind. Do not worry too much about all this. It is possible that during meditation, the latent impressions may come out. ...
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