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  1. Gurudev, devotees who visit the Tirupati temple donate their hair as offering at the shrine. Also, in India there is a tradition of shaving off one’s head when a dear one passes away. Why is this so, and what does shaving off one’s head have to do with our mind and our actions?

    This is more of a conventional norm that has become a tradition over the years. It is not prescribed as mandatory by our scriptures anywhere.
    There are two aspects to any ritual in India. One is that prescribed as a norm or a social convention, the o ...

  2. Gurudev, what is the significance of using water in all our rituals?

    Well, more than sixty percent of your body is the water element. And water resonates with feelings and sounds. The mantras get absorbed in water. There is a beautiful slideshow on it, maybe someone can show it, it may be on our website as well, how water ...
  3. Gurudev, what is the significance of offering ghee in the flames of yajnas?

    Ghee is basically oil, clarified butter! The final product of milk. I have not heard anybody offering oil in the yajnas. (Laughter)

    There are different kinds of engines. Some require petrol, some require diesel. Similarly I think the yajnas tune in only ...

  4. Gurudev, What is the importance of Mundan Sanskar (referring to the Indian tradition of Shaving a babies’ head after a year of birth)? Please tell us something about it.

    Our ancestors have told that we have to shave off the first hair of a child. Then the new hair will come. It is the same as how the first teeth fall on their own and only then do new teeth come. But the hair has to be removed first time; it does not fall o ...
  5. Gurudev, you said in Sanskrit, the word for water and love is the same. In this context, is there some significance of offering water to the Shiva linga.

    Yes, it is a symbol.
    In ancient times people would take water in both hands, gaze at the Sun and offer the water. Sun gazing is very good, because our eyes are photosensitive. So Sun gazing can get the Sun’s energy in the body.
    Sun gazing is kno ...
  6. Gurudev, When one is with the Guru, and following the path, is it necessary even then to participate or conduct rituals?

    If you have unshakeable faith on the Guru Tattva, then there is no need for anything else. But if you feel that you should perform certain rites and rituals, then that is fine too.
    Also, doing anything without faith in the Guru Tattva, does not bring ...
  7. Gurudev, Would you advise us to do our duty properly or go after rituals?

    Duty should be done. However, to enrich yourself, to enable yourself to do your duty properly, you have to rejuvenate and energize yourself. So, a little bit of meditation, relaxation, music, and prayer; all these will help.
    Prayer is essential in lif ...
  8. Gurudev, What is the signifiance of Mahalaya Amavasya?

    Actually this Amavasya is dedicated to the departed souls.
    When you leave this body you are guided into another world by a set of Devas or Angels. Pururava, Vishvedeva - these are their names. They come and guide you from o ...
  9. Gurudev, we do certain rituals for the departed. Is there any basis for these rituals?

    These rituals are there only to show your gratitude to the departed souls. But what has happened is that the Pundits and the Purohits have made it so complicated that sometimes you don't understand what they are saying. If they translate wha ...
  10. Gurudev, What is the purpose of performing a long pooja as opposed to a short pooja.

    Well, it is just like your daily meditations and your advance course with longer meditations. They all have their impact. Poojas don’t have to be too long, but these poojas are done for the masses. Not for one individual, but for the entire population.
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