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 […]

The purpose of Human birth (Manava Janma Uddeshya)

This precious human life is in variably wasted by many because they go about without any aim. On the other hand, it is necessary for everyone to take a form decision to think good, act in a positive manner and do only noble deeds. While political activities many result in creating divisive tendencies, and scientific […]

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 […]

Relevance of Vastu Shastra in Today’s times

What is the relevance of Vastu Shastra in Today’s times? People tend to consult Vastushastra (the ancient Indian science of space and architecture) before starting the construction of a building or a new home. What is the relevance of these practices in the times of today? See, there are many different shastras (body of science […]

Relation between Knowledge & Devotion: Can Devotion be fruitful without Knowledge?

What is the relation between knowledge and devotion? Can devotion be fruitful without knowledge? To this perplexing question, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living giving a description in his own words… Now suppose you are fond of Rasgullas (a sweet) only then you will have a desire to eat it, right? How can you desire […]

The permanent possession, Do we possess anything in this World

Everything that we possess is in mind but in actuality we don’t possess. Suppose I possess all this; as soon as I die, all possession will remain here. I’ll not take anything. So I don’t possess. But in mind I am thinking, “Oh, this is mine. That is mine.” If I leave this body, either […]

Why we Hindus shave our head in Temples?

Shaving head in Hinduism

Why we Hindus shave our head in Temples? 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 […]

Why does Shanmukha (Karthikeya) have six heads?

Shanumkha (Kartikeya)

Why does Shanmukha (Karthikeya) have six heads? The story behind Kartikeya’s six heads… So that he can recite all the Shad Darshanas (six Hindu philosophies) at once. Six faces – this has a significance. We say, ‘The four directions’, North, South, East and West. Brahma has four faces, which means that, he gets knowledge from […]

How can we define real happiness (How to let go of stress)?

To let go of stress, do some meditation, some breathing exercises and pranayama; this is the first thing. Second, look back and see, haven’t you had some challenges in the past? You have had, isn’t it? If you are anxious today (because of something), the same situation you have faced before also, haven’t you? This […]

Swadharma: What is Swadharma & How to know your Swadharma?

Swadharma is that action which is in accordance with your nature. It is acting in accordance with your skills and talents, your own nature (svabhava), and that which you are responsible for (karma) . Any action that does not make you feel afraid or restless is Swadharma. That action which you feel compelled to do, without which you feel restless […]

“Om krato smara kritam smara” verse in Ishavasya Upanishad

“Om krato smara kritam smara” verse in Ishavasya Upanishad… In the Upanishads there is a verse, “Om krato smara kritam smara” (Vedic Prayer, Ishavasya Upanishad). What does this mean? What is it that we should remember? It means you must recollect whatever you have done till now. When you remember and bring it into your […]

Did Om originate from silence, or did silence originate from Om?

Om is the origin of everything. If it is called the origin of everything, how can Om originate from silence? Silence is absence of sound, but Om is beyond silence. All sounds come from silence, but Om is not a sound like all other sounds. Om is the very vibration of all existence, that is […]

What is Shivaloka, Brahmaloka, Vishnuloka

What is Shivaloka, Brahmaloka and Vishnuloka? What makes them different from each other? This query is asked by a disciple in Satsang of Art of Living. Sri Sri Ravishankar replied to it as… There are many worlds and many dimensions of time. And so it is said, one human year is one day in Pitraloka. […]

Role of Spiritual Leaders

Shankaracharya

Whether God-believers beckon the Almighty or not, He is ever present among them and is ready to extend His help and provide them with succor  He is aware of their needs and so, does not expect or ask them to call Him at every stage. Why then should people offer prayers and Worship Him, it is […]

How different parts of the body are connected to the particular Devas (Gods)?

Each part of the body is connected to a particular Deva. They say, ‘Prajanane Brahma tishtatu’, meaning Lord Brahma resides in the genitals (the seat of procreation in the body). Then, it is said, ‘Padayo Vishnu tishtatu’, meaning Lord Vishnu is present in the feet. Like that, we say, ‘Hastayo Hara tishtatu’, Hara (a form of […]