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  1. What is the solution for the Kashmir issue? Peace talks for the past 50 years have failed. Is war the solution? Lord Krishna also fought for truth. Has the Kashmir issue become an ego issue?

    In the recorded history of the world, the world has been peaceful for only 288 years. This is only 8% of the time! This is what the historians stay. That means conflicts have been there all through.
    For the India-Pakistan issue, people to people cont ...

  2. Gurudev, we have 33,000 slaughterhouses in our country, and everyday close to one lakh cows are slaughtered for their meat and hide. Please guide us as to what can we do to save and protect the cows.

    Yes, it is our sacred duty to save the cows. I too am greatly concerned about this. If we want to save and protect the heritage and culture of our country, then it is very necessary that we do everything possible to save the cows.
    You should go to th ...

  3. Gurudev, we were discussing about Kashi (the modern day city of Varanasi, India). It is said that if someone breathes their last in Kashi, or if the ashes of their dead body is cast into the River Ganga, their soul gets liberated. How true is all this?

    No, it is not like that at all. Kashi is also called as Varanasi, and it gets its name by being the meeting point of two rivers: Varuna and Asi.
    Kashi is actually not outside but within us. The Ajna chakra (the sixth metaphysical ...

  4. Gurudev, how can we keep our faith in Gods and Goddesses if we follow the knowledge of advaita?

    Advaita is knowing that everything is composed of and illumined by the same light (here referring to One Divinity or One supreme Consciousness).
    To worship and honor different Gods and Goddesses is similar to expressing the understandin ...

  5. Gurudev, sometimes it becomes a burden to even remember knowledge. How can we take the knowledge we receive from manana (to ponder over again and again) to nidhidhyaasa (complete assimilation of knowledge)?

    Why are you increasing your burden by asking this question too? (Laughter) Just relax and be silent for a while.
    The goal of knowledge is to transport the mind from its limited understanding and concepts to a more expanded state of aware ...

  6. In Rudra pooja, there are a lot of layers that we worship. Do these layers exist in the same space?

    Scientists say this universe is multi-dimensional. It is not a universe, it is multi-verse because it has many layers. Just like in the television there is not just one channel.
    In the 1960s and 70s there was only one channel called Doordarshan ...
  7. After completing the course I am very attracted to this picture. There is a Goddess and there’s Shiva on the left and Ganesha on the right. How to understand the picture?

    I also liked the picture and that’s why we have put it there. It is a picture of Kashi Vishalakshi. She has the son in one hand and the husband in the other. She also has a japa mala (rosary) and a kamandala (water pot).
    Kaman ...

  8. Isn’t it through science that we can actually identify this wrong understanding or wrong knowledge?

    Correct, that is why spirituality is a science. This is what people said thousands of years ago in the six darshanas (schools of thought).
    The six darshanas are:
    1. Samkhya (emphasizing on consciousness and matter)
    2. Yo ...

  9. In Patanjali Yoga Sutra, you have talked about the five states of the mind. You say that when the mind gets into wrong knowledge, it often thinks that it is the right. If that is the case then what is the way out to come out of this wrong knowledge?

    Viparyaya (wrong understanding) is one of the modulations of the mind. It doesn’t stay too long. That’s why in Ashtanga Yoga (The Eight Limbs of Yoga) any one of the limbs will trigger the mind and say, ‘This is pramana viparyaya', ...

  10. Gurudev, this gross material world appears to be real, but it is actually unreal and temporary. It also appears to be full of misery and suffering. How can an object be both true and untrue at the same time?

    You have rightly said that it only appears to be real. In reality it is not.
    I will give you a simple example to understand this. Look at a flowing river. Would you call it ancient or new? Try answering this question for yourself.
    Now you w ...

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