Different Types of Speech, Different Types of Silence..

Are there different types of emptiness. Silence is silence, emptiness is emptiness. If a bowl is empty, you can’t ask what type of emptiness is it. But if it is filled you can ask what is it filled with. In speech, there are four different type of speech, Para, Pashyanti, Madhyama and Vaikhari. Vaikhari.is the gross level of […]

How to deal with Failure?

How to deal with failure? No learning, or advice is helpful in that state of mind. What do I do? Remember that you’re going to die one day. You are going to leave everything behind. All your degrees, awards, necklaces and diamonds, everything will remain here, of which you’ve been so possessive. So when you […]

Why are the rivers revered so much in India?

Why are the rivers revered so much in India? Sri Sri Ravishankar answers this question in his satsang at Art of Living. Well, in all ancient cultures around the world rivers, mountains and trees were all revered. There were considered sacred. Not just rivers, even trees are very holy. Like Peepal tree (or banyan tree) […]

Omnipotence of the Lord

Krishna can be in constant companionship with us because He is omnipotent. Therefore, He can be fully in touch with us by His words. His words and He are not different. That is omnipotence. Omnipotence means that everything relating to Him has the same potency. For example, here in this material world, if we are […]

Be Spiritual, Not Religious : Spiritual notes from ISKCON

“Be spiritual not religious”, it is a spiritual quote and the notes from ISKCON for all the devotees of God. Spirit is undying (eternal), internal and God’s fingerprint. Religion is temporary, external and man’s concoction. The Vedas teach “Sanatan Dharma” which eclipses religion and can restore the eternal soul to its pure original condition. The […]

Why was Spiritually Wealthy India invaded under the British Rule for centuries

Why was Spiritually Wealthy India invaded under the British Rule for centuries? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living, explained it with details during a Satsang with his disciples. Yes, the wheel of change takes over. When autumn comes, the leaves change colour and in winter the leaves drop from the trees, […]

About Yoga Vasishta (in brief)

Could you please talk a little on Yoga Vasishta in a simple manner? This is like asking to contain the ocean in a pot. Next to impossible. Yoga Vasistha is like the sky, like the ocean, you know. Time and again you should explore it yourself. It is self explanatory. It is more mystical and […]

Few Minutes of Silence, A short moral story

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching high and low in the hay for a long time, he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the […]

Criticism is something all of us must face

The truth is, critics are a fact of life, and criticism is something all of us must face. In fact, the only way to avoid criticism is to live an isolated life where people aren’t exposed to your work, personality, or behavior. Sometimes the criticism we receive is valuable, even helpful. If you think about […]

What is the Supreme Power of this Universe?

What is the Supreme Power of this Universe? Gurji (Sri Sri Ravishankar: Art of Living founder) explains about the supreme power of the universe. Supreme Power is the simplest power. See, atom is everywhere, right? The whole universe is covered by atoms. Everything is made up of atoms. But an atomic power station is different. […]

How to tackle laziness ?

To tackle laziness, you should take a vow for a limited period of time. Next 20 days I am not going to be lazy. In between, if you become lazy then from that day onwards for another 20 days take a vow again, ‘I am not going to be lazy.’ Whenever you break a vow, […]

Purpose of Siddhis (Paranormal Powers)

What is the purpose of Siddhis (paranormal powers)? Siddhis are the paranormal powers that are mentioned in Scriptures and ancient books. Okay, when you want something, before the want arises if it is available to you, that is called siddhi. Suppose you want to get married and you don’t get anybody till you become 70, what do you […]

Pratyahara in Ashtanga Yoga (by Maharishi Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras)

Pratyahara in Ashtanga Yoga (by Maharishi Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras)… Pratyahara means alternative food. It means to refrain or refuse from eating food that you usually have, and choosing something else to eat (referring to food more conducive to the body for spiritual practices). Our senses have a tendency to go outwards. To bring them […]

How to attain enlightenment (altered state of consciousness)

This is why we say, ‘Do meditation’. Why do we sing? So that there is activity in the right brain. And why do we discuss knowledge and logical things? So that there is activity in the left brain as well. That is why we have kept both, logic and music in satsang, so that there […]

Is there any real joyfulness? Joyfulness is an illusion in this material world

People think, “I can enjoy this material world very nicely. Everyone is having such a good time. There is no reason I can’t enjoy myself as much as they.” This idea is illusion because there is no real enjoyment in the material world. We may be very good-looking, famous, well educated, wealthy and powerful, and […]

Identity Crisis in Today’s world, Identity is a product of illusion

Everyone is seeking a common factor they can share with others of a similar mindset and in this way experience a sense of identity. The inherent problem in today’s modern society is that our identities are being defined by the body and mind. We live in a culture where our identity is established by the […]

How is Lord Krishna the greatest scientist?

How is Krishna the greatest scientist? Because He knows everything. Science means to know the thing correctly. A scientist is one who knows a subject matter thoroughly. Krishna knows everything. If I say that heat is the energy of Krishna, you cannot deny it, because it is not your energy. In your body there is […]

How can we keep our faith in Gods & Goddesses if we follow Advaita philosophy?

How can we keep our faith in Gods & Goddesses if we follow Advaita philosophy? 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 understanding that the one […]

Lord Ganesha, his two wives – Riddhi & Siddhi

Lord Ganesha, his two wives – Riddhi & Siddhi, story and significance of Lord Ganesha and his two wives Riddhi and Siddhi.. Gurudev, yesterday you spoke at length about Lord Ganesha. It is said that Lord Ganesha has two wives or consorts: Riddhi and Siddhi. What is the significance behind this? In our country, we […]