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  1. I’m a teacher and I see lots of my students doing a forceful bhastrika (breathing exercise taught in Art Of Living programs), as it seems to give them a kick. Is it okay?

    No, it should not be forceful. I always say take the middle path. Don’t do it very slowly or gently but don’t use too much force also. ...
  2. If spirituality is about finding ourselves and in the process we keep changing ourselves then are we actually ever able to know ourselves, or is it okay to just keep on trying to find oneself?

    It is like peeling an onion, layer by layer. This is what Adi Shankaracharya said, 'Neti, Neti', I am not this, I am not this.
    You keep contemplating about yourself and at some point you will find that inner tranquillity. That is impor ...

  3. Moving Beyond Prejudice

    Thu, 21/08/2014
    I want to become a teacher and spread this wonderful knowledge, but I’m disturbed sometimes by the politics that I see on this path. Kindly guide me. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Wherever there are people there will be politics.Politics means everybody has their ...
  4. I want to become a teacher and spread this wonderful knowledge, but I’m disturbed sometimes by the politics that I see on this path. Kindly guide me.

    Wherever there are people there will be politics.
    Politics means everybody has their own tendencies, and human beings have many tendencies. In this world, in any field, on any path, anywhere you go you won’t find everybody to be a ...

  5. Gurudev, there are reservations based on class or race for many courses. Should Art of Living followers utilize these reservations or not?

    That is up to you. If you want to utilize it, do so. If you don’t want to, it is fine. All I want is that you be happy and make everyone around you happy. The best scenario is if there is no reservations, as everyone is equal. They do these for po ...

  6. Why is the percentage of autistic kids growing?

    The stress of the parents. Parents are very stressed and that affects the children. Stress is one of the main cause. The second is food, that can also have an effect.

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  7. Gurudev, after death can we donate our organs?

    Yes, after death we can donate the organs of our body. There is nothing wrong in it. People say, 'Oh, if you give your eye, you soul won't go to heaven', all this is not true. Didn’t Bedara Kannappa (a hunter who proves his extreme ...

  8. You say that we have to be thankful for all that we have, but I feel that whenever I feel thankful, whatever is done gets undone. So what do I do?

    Nothing like that. Don’t feel such things, it is only in your mind. The more thankful we are, the more things will happen.
    You are thirsty, somebody brings you water, you thank them and what happens after that? Thirst comes back. Thirst does no ...

  9. Gurudev, how do we stay self-motivated?

    Why do you have to motivate yourself? Just relax and be happy. When you are happy, you are already motivated. If others get happy because of you, do you become happy or not? You become happy right away! What more motivation do you need?

    Now, if y ...

  10. Gurudev, I don’t understand the relationship between the prana (life-force), body and soul. When an accident happens, the prana gets into problem. As soon as the Prana leaves the body the soul also leaves. So the soul is bound to the body and body to prana?

    Yes, you have said it. Prana connects the soul with the body. Prana leaves with the soul. Now, when there is smoke, there is fire. When there is fire, there is smoke. The relationship between soul and prana is like that of fire and smoke.

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