Understanding the Absolute Truth

At present, we are concerned primarily with two things: one, ourselves; and the other, the place where we live. In other words, we are concerned with two objects: namely, everything that is related to our gross and subtle bodies; and the world at large, with all its paraphernalia. But there are others above us, the […]

How to become a calmer, gentler, and less reactive person…

In order to become a calmer, gentler, and less reactive person, it’s essential to understand that your experience of life is created from the inside out – not the other way around, as it so often seems. Imagine many people stuck in a traffic jam. A vast majority of these people had just finished work. […]

Difference between Dvaita and Advaita Philosophy in Hinduism

“What is the difference between Dvaita Philosophy of Sri Madhvacharya and Advaita Philosophy of Sri Shakaracharya?” This is a question raised by a devotee at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s satsang. Let us read Guruji’s reply to him… ‘Advaita’ is like quantum physics and ‘Dvaita’ is like chemistry. In chemistry you say there are these many […]

Arishadvarga (Six Enemies of the Mind), How to overcome Arishadvarga?

Arishadvarga, the six enemies of the mind are: desire, anger, greed, attachment, pride and jealousy. How do we overcome the six enemies of the mind? To this perplexing question from a disciple, Sri Sri Ravishankar (Founder of Art of Living) replied in his satsang. Let’s read what he said… If you have nothing to do […]

Characteristics of an Intelligent Man

A small child walking with his father goes on inquiring constantly. He asks his father so many odd things, and the father has to satisfy him with proper answers. When I was a young father in my householder life, I was over flooded with hundreds of questions from my second son, who was my constant […]

The Concept of Karma in Hinduism

The Concept of Karma in Hinduism, Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living explaining about the concept of Karma in his own words. Now Karma means what? You have heard so much about Karma. The real meaning of is Karma is Action. Action can be classified into three: The past, present and future. The past […]

Put yourself in the shoes of the person you are asking or seeking help

I’ve written or called hundreds of people during my career who have never written back or returned my call. I’ve learned that people are often overwhelmed and overcommitted, and therefore unable or unwilling to help me. Instead of feeling defeated, I try to focus instead on how grateful I am that many other people have […]

Significance of Ayush Homa on birthdays, anniversaries

What is the significance of Ayush Homa performed during birthdays & anniversaries? The chanting of mantras creates an environment of positivity and sacredness. Mantras have an impact at the subtle level also. Our physical body is the gross body, while our subtle body is 1.5 times larger than the gross body. And the Karana Sharira […]

Srimad-Bhagavatam: The Transcendental literature

Religion includes four primary subjects, namely pious activities, economic development, satisfaction of the senses, and finally liberation from material bondage. Irreligious life is a barbarous condition. Indeed, human life begins when religion begins. Eating, sleeping, fearing, and mating are the four principles of animal life. These are common both to animals and to human beings. […]

Importance of Sandhya Vandanam

Sandhya Vandanam

I had my Upanayanam many years ago but I never quite understood the significance of the ceremony, the thread and Sandhyavandanam. Can you please explain? Isn’t Kriya enough, why Sandhyavandanam? To this doubt raised by a devotee in Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living, explaining the importance of Sandhya Vandanam… Yes, you […]

Significance of Prana Prathistha of idols

Yes, the aagama literature has a lot of knowledge about it, how the prana (energy) is induced into a statue or an idol. In a temple, there are statues all over, everywhere, but they are not really worshipped. The one which is worshiped is in the center chamber, and they do a lot of ceremonies. […]

What is Shiva Tattva? How to dissolve in Shiva Tattva?

What is Shiva Tattva? How to dissolve in Shiva Tattva? What is definition of Shiva Tattva and how to learn or understand Shiva Tattva? You ask what is the Shiva Tattva. I tell you, what is it that is not (encompassed or contained by) the Shiva Tattva? We are all immersed in the Shiva Tattva. […]

What is the purpose of this creation?

What is the purpose of this creation? For this doubt raised by a devotee in Art of Living Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji clarifying in his own words…. What is the purpose of any sports? (Answer: To win or entertain) Yes, just entertainment, or fun, isn’t it! Same way! It is just that the Brahman […]

Markandeya’s explanation on Nature of True gift

Alms-giving should be regarded as part of one’s duty, which it will be sinful to discard. A gift made in the expectation of name, fame or reward will be devoid of its value. Sage Markandeya commend to Yudhishtirar the example of King Sibi, who without even the slightest hesitation or displeasure killed his own son […]

Significance of Panchamrita Abhisheka: Why were only these materials chosen?

What is the significance of Panchamrita Abhisheka: Why were only these materials chosen? To this doubt raised by a devotee in his Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar (Founder of Art of Living), explaining in his own words… These five are like nectar: Milk, Curd, Honey, Jaggery and Ghee. Though jaggery needs to be used, sugar is […]

Easy Vs Difficult as per Krishna Consciousness

Here is a list of Easy Vs Difficult things as per Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON & Hare Krishna Movement)… Easy is to judge the mistakes of others Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes Easy is to talk without thinking Difficult is to refrain the tongue Easy is to hurt someone Difficult is to heal the […]

What happens after death, Garuda Purana Quotes

In the Garuda Purana, there is a very frightening description of what happens after death, but you say death is like a beautiful deep sleep. Please throw some light on this. A devotees asked this question during a Satsang of Guruji Sri Sri Ravishankar. Sri Sri giving explanation in his own words… Yes, we will […]

What are the Vedas?

What are the Vedas? The Sanskrit verbal root of Veda can be interpreted variously, but the purport is finally one. Veda means knowledge. Any knowledge you accept is Veda, for the teachings of the Vedas are the original knowledge. In the conditioned state, our knowledge is subjected to many deficiencies. The difference between a conditioned […]