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  1. Gurudev, what is the significance of chanting the mantra 108 times? Is it better to chant a mantra 10 times with concentration than to speedily chant it 108 times?

    You already know this! If you can do it slowly and with concentration, it is better. Even if you do it fast, then also it is fine. At least you are doing it. Do it any way.

    Now why 108 times? Because there are nine planets and twelve constellations. Whe ...

  2. Gurudev, I don’t understand Sanskrit since I am from outside India. Could we have some session to understand Sanskrit better?

    You don’t need to understand much. In fact English language has got a lot of Sanskrit in it. Even the names of months are in Sanskrit only. November, December, January, all these months, the names are in Sanskrit (November – Nav Ambar (ninth sky), D ...
  3. Gurudev, 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 ...
  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, 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. ...
  6. Gurudev, what is the real meaning and importance of Rudra Pooja? And what happens to the people or the place?

    Rudrabhishek is an ancient chanting which was downloaded from the Aakasha (space). When the ancient sages and Rishis sat in meditation, they heard, and what they heard, they started transferring to other people. The effect of Rudrabhi ...
  7. Gurudev, There is one request Guruji, can we all please have Rudra Pooja with you tomorrow; Monday morning?

    Okay, we can sit together and listen to Rudra Pooja. We will do that.
    Those who are doing Advance Course for the first time you may not unde ...
  8. Gurudev, How much importance should one give to astrology, particularly when choosing a partner?

    It is good; you can compare the charts to see how much you naturally match with each other and how much you have to compromise.
    Usually in the Vedic astrology they say, ‘Out of 30 points, 20 matches and 10 you will have to
    compromise.’ So these ...
  9. Gurudev, what is the significance of chanting the name of God? In Maharashtra, it is said that if one keeps chanting the name of Vittala with all his heart, he gets all the benefits of doing yoga.

    We do it every evening in satsang, anyway! We are chanting the name of the Divine.
    Yes, as you by keeping on doing japa (chanting) you come to a state of ajapa (practice of japa without the mental effort normally needed to repeat the man ...
  10. Gurudev, What does Om mean when we chant it 3 times, what does it invoke in us?

    You know, somewhere in Boston during Guru Purnima in 2010, a lady from the Boston-Connecticut area had done a research where they recorded the sound Om, put it in the computer and found that the frequency of Om is exactly the same as the freq ...
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