Why should we preserve our Culture?

The fact that the Vedic revelations have survived the tides of time so long testifies to some divine phenomenon catering to the material and spiritual aspirations of the people. Institutions engaged in the analytical study of these divine statements have been fascinated by the wealth of information, touching all aspects of society as well as […]

Forgive yourself, you are a human

“To err is human, to forgive divine.” You might as well insert the word “yourself” into this all-so-true observation about being human. Let’s face it. We are human, and to be human means you’re going to make errors, at least some of the time. You’re going to make plenty of mistakes, mess up from time […]

Relation of Quantum Physics and Spirituality

Please tell me about the fifth to thirteenth dimension, and the relation of quantum physics and spirituality? To this query from a devotee in his Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living explaining in his own words… Vedanta is pure Quantum Physics. What Vedanta says, or the knowledge from the Vedas say is, the entire […]

Whom to worship first God or Guru?

Guru

Who should one honour or worship first – God, or the Guru? We just now sang a bhajan about this which says – “Do not see any difference between God and the Guru”. You should not see any difference between God, Guru and your soul. Despite knowing this, in our country, whenever we start any […]

Which Approach is preferable, Vairagya (dispassion) or Josh (Zeal, Passion)?

On the path of spirituality which approach is preferable between Vairagya (dispassion) and Josh (zeal/passion)? To this question raised at the Satsang of Sri Sri Ravishankar, Founder of Art of Living, he explained as said below.. Both are necessary. That is why Lord Krishna first aroused zeal in Arjun by saying, ‘Look, what will people […]

If marriages are made in heaven, then why so many divorces happen on Earth?

Hindu Marriage

If marriages are made in heaven, then why so many divorces happen on Earth? There is a general saying that the marriages are made in heaven… ‘If marriages are made in heaven, then why so many divorces happen on Earth?’ was a question asked by a devotee in the Satsang of Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji […]

Student should have 3 qualities – Aashishta, Balishta & Driddhishta

Student should have 3 qualities – Aashishta, Balishta & Driddhishta…Gurudev, when you were addressing the students at Sri Sri University, you mentioned that a student should have three qualities: aashishta, balishta and driddhishta. Can we nurture these three qualities while in school? Yes. Aashishta means having complete faith. Driddhishta means to have stability, and to […]

Is it auspicious to have Peepal Tree at Home? (Bodhi Tree)

Is it auspicious to have Peepal tree (Bodhi) at Home? Can you please explain it? To this doubt raised by a devotee in the Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living giving clarification in his own words…. Yes, it is very good and very auspicious. Having a Bodhi tree in front of your home is […]

Significance of Go-daana (Donating Cow), reason behind doing it…

Significance of Go-daana (Donating Cow), reason behind doing it… Let us first understand the meaning of the word ‘Go’. What does it mean? There are four meanings to it: Go means jnana (knowledge), gaman (to travel to one’s final destination), prapti (the act of receiving something) and Moksha (liberation). So the word ‘Go’ is synonymous […]

Steve Jobs’ Hinduism Connection, Founder of Apple believed in Karma

We all know Steve Jobs as the greatest businessman the world ever had. But the great fact behind his success and philosophy of business was his belief on Karma, result of our actions. Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple, who left the world on October 5, 2011, revealed this secret during his famous speech “Stay Hungry, […]

Significance of Arghya, offering water to the Sun

What is the significance of ‘Arghya’, offering water to the Sun? Read the article which explains the Arghya Mahatmya in Sri Sri Ravishankar’s words.. Water is symbol of love. In fact, in Sanskrit, it is synonymous to love. ‘Apa’ means water and it also means love. That is why, someone very close to you, what […]

What is Raj Yoga? Is it only for kings?

Raj Yoga means getting things without much effort. What you are doing is Raj Yoga. You are getting everything on a platter here. You didn’t have to do all that Lord Buddha did. How many years he walked miles and miles! What not he did! He fasted for so many months and did everything that everybody […]

Shiva is called Bhoothnath (lord of the ghosts). Do ghosts really exist?

If you ask me whether Shiva exists, I can answer, yes! But I don’t know about the ghosts around him (laughter). Yes ghosts do exist but they are not different from him. They are in him. The 5 elements are known as the Panchabhutas. So Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Space are collectively called the […]

Dharma, the Code of Virtue in Hindus’ Daily Life

Dharma is the Code of Virtue in Hindus’ daily life. The most widely used word “Dharma” is not exactly definable. But broadly, it can be said to connote righteous duties, Divine ordinances, customary usage, certain ideals before mankind, justice, equity, good conduct or morality. It is commonly understood that those who follow it are bound to […]

Tradition of donating a person’s valuables after their death

Tradition of donating a person’s valuables after their death…. We have a tradition of donating a person’s valuables after they die. Some people are able to do this and some cannot. How relevant is this in Hinduism? See, many priests nowadays exploit the sentiments of people in this way to make money. If you go […]

How to deal with Terrorism & Religious Extremism

How to deal with Terrorism & Religious Extremism? This is a big problem. As I said, the reason is the lack of understanding, the lack of a sense of belongingness, the lack of trust between people and between communities, and also probably the misinterpretation of scriptures. I feel that every child should know a little […]