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  1. Gurudev, is the direction of meditation important. I have heard that one should not sleep with the head in the north direction.

    Yes, because the magnetic currents are flowing in that direction therefore it is better not to sleep with head in that direction. But during meditation, you can sit facing the sun. If the sun has set, then you face to the north. It doesn’t ...
  2. Gurudev, I have the inquisitiveness to know more and go deeper in meditation. Is this contrary to relaxing?

    In meditation you do nothing. Just relax and you will go deeper. What will obstruct you to go deep is eating too much, or using any other sense too much. If you watch too many movies and then sit for meditation, do you notice that the meditation ...
  3. Dear Gurudev, what should we do if we want to go deeper in meditation?

    You are in the right place. Don’t be in a hurry. Do your practice and keep doing the Art of Silence program every 3–4 months, at least for a couple of years, and will start going deeper into meditation.Doing the Art of Silence course o ...
  4. What is meditation? While doing meditation here, I followed the instructions, but my mind wandered. But I did not feel that it went on for 25 minutes.

    That’s it. So this is the first experience. 25 minutes passed by and you did not feel the time. All the hovering thoughts somewhere became calmer, and you feel relaxed in the body. These are signs of meditation. You know, it will take longe ...
  5. You said that meditation should be done twice a day. I feel meditation should be for twenty-four hours. Twice a day is fine, but still after doing it twice a day, it does not stay with the external forces because life is so stressful!

    Shall we put the cart before the horse? In the beginning you start with twenty minutes a day so that you get into a practice, and then what happens is that the calmness and peace stays with you throughout the day. It becomes a meditation for twenty-four ...
  6. I have experienced that group meditation works better than sitting isolated and doing meditation. Can you talk on the group meditation verses individual meditation?

    Yes, it has some impact. See, we are all energy. So we catch energy from others also. We get influenced by others.If someone in the group is mad, you also get mad. I think everybody has experienced this. Suppose you come in a room where someone is ...
  7. I practice yoga about three times a week and we do a little meditation in the class. What I find most difficult, is dealing with my mind when lots of thoughts keep coming up. How should one deal with this?

    The biggest problem is that we try to eliminate thoughts, and we think that we should have no thoughts in the mind. Meditation is not concentration. Unfortunately many people give you this idea that meditation means that you need to focus your mind, and ...
  8. In difficult situations, what should we do in order to take control of our minds, or to reach a state of equilibrium. I would like to ask Gurudev for a very simple exercise we can practice to reach a state of equilibrium.

    I think you have already led us to meditation.Let us first clear the misconception that meditation is concentration. How many of you think that meditation is concentration? (Many in the audience raise their hands).You will be disappointed; < ...
  9. What is the first thing in the morning I should do or think of, and the last thing at the end of the day I should think of or do, so that I remain connected with the self throughout?

    Meditation. As soon as you wake up, you can brush and wash a little bit, then sit for meditation. First thing is meditation. The last thing is also meditation. Anything you do, do it with mindfulness, with awareness. ...
  10. Gurudev, how can I attain Moksha (salvation) and what does one get by meditation? All my friends ask me this same question many times.

    Meditation makes your body stronger and brings vitality. It sharpens the intellect, and brings happiness to the mind. It helps improve and enhance your behaviour and the way you deal with the people around you. It eliminates stress. What else does one n ...
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