Please explain the significance of Go-daan (the custom of donating a cow as charity in India) and whether one should do it while being alive, or by someone else after his death. What is the reason behind doing this?
Let us first understand the meaning of the word 'Go'. What does it mean? There are four meanings to it: Go means jnana (knowledge), gaman (to travel to one’s final destination), prapti (the act of receivi ...
Gurudev, people tend to consult Vastushastra (the ancient Indian science of space and architecture) before starting the construction of a building or a new home. What is the relevance of these practices in the times of today?
See, there are many different shastras (body of science or knowledge) and not just one. Different methods and approaches are written and prescribed in different scriptures.
So it is okay to consult Vastushastra before you construct a ne ...
Gurudev, you spoke about Prapancha (meaning the play and interaction of the five elements). This universe seems to be full of numbers – like the three Gunas, the five Tattvas etc. What is the significance of numbers in our life?
One of the six philosophies of Vedic Wisdom, the second one is called Sankhya – which means the counting and analysis of the Universe (in terms of numbers). It is quite important.
There are numbers found in everything around u ...
Ram was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, then why was he born only with only 10 kalas when he could have been born with 16 kalas?
Don’t worry what Ram was born with, or not born with. All these great men have said some wonderful things, and the essence of it all is, honor nature, honor yourself and honor people around you. The essence of all the teachings in th ...
Gurudev, it is said that the relation of the Earth element is with our nose, or smell. Please tell us about the elements and our senses.Yes, the Earth element is related to smell, and hence the nose.
Water element is related to the taste, or tongue. There is saliva in our mouth, due to this we are able to taste something. So water element is related to taste.
The fire element is ...
Kaal Bhairava is the Lord of Time. Time itself is the Divinity.
Do you know what the vehicle of Kaal Bhairava is? It is Shwana (Dot). Shwa means Yesterday or Tomorrow, Na means Not. ...
Gurudev, in the context of creation and Pralaya (meaning the ultimate dissolution of creation), two terms are often used: Mahatattva (the supreme principle or element of creation) and Tanmaatra, which are both difficult to understand. Can you please throw some light on this?Tanmaatra means a measure of any sensation or phenomenon that happens within our body (the minimum quantity of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch that can be perceptibly experienced by our five senses).
It is a measure of anything that ...
Gurudev, did Om originate from silence, or did silence originate from Om? Which is the root, Om or nothingness?Om is the origin of everything.
If it is called the origin of everything, how can Om originate from silence? Silence is absence of sound, but Om is beyond silence. All sounds come from silence, but Om is not a sound like all other sounds ...
Gurudev, there seems to be a connection between Lord Shiva and the Rudraksha beads (seeds of a tree used as prayer beads). The Rudraksha has many faces like one face, two face, twelve face and so on. What is the meaning of that?
You don’t worry about that. It’s just a marketing technique used by those who sell Rudrakshas. The single sided Rudraksha bead is just bigger than the double sided one.
The important thing is that you should be Ek ...