What is Prayaschita? How can one become free of sins?

What is prayaschita? How can one become free of sins? ‘Prayas’ means getting back to the original state; ‘chitta’ means consciousness. We were all born innocent. How is the mind when you are a baby? Fresh, alive, innocent. Prayaschitta means, that act which takes you back to your innocence; makes your mind as pure as […]

Vaidya Narayana, Apath Narayana & Daridra Narayana

Who is Vaidya Narayana, Apath Narayana & Daridra Narayana? Narayana is not a person. Narayana is the consciousness which is present in the human nervous system. Narayana is made up of light; a body that is made up of light. When you become totally hollow and empty, you incorporate that light body within you, and that […]

How & When did the 12 Jyotirlingas (Dwadasha Jyothirlingams) come into existence?

How, When did the 12 Jyotirlingas (Dwadasha Jyothirlingams) come into existence? And what is the importance of Pilgrimage? To this doubt raised by one of the devotee in his Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar, the Founder of Art of Living, giving explanation in his own words… See, every Jyotirlingam has a different story behind how it came to […]

Cow Slaughter in India: Can any laws be passed in Parliament to ban it?

Gaumata - Cow Slaughter in India

It is unfortunate that the percentage of cows present in India today is just 20% of their number before independence. The animal wealth of our country has reduced to a great extent, and is much lesser today than what it used to be. We are facing a big shortage of milk in many places in […]

What is the Significance of the Shraadh ceremonies?

Shraadh is doing some good deeds with faith, in the memory of those who have crossed over to the other side. The tradition started as an activity related to feeding the poor, taking care of them, and giving them some gifts. However, any good deed done in the memory of those who have passed away, like […]

Mahalaya Amavasya Quotes by Sri Sri Ravishankar

Mahalaya Amavasya Quotes by Sri Sri Ravishankar – importance and significance of Mahalaya Amavasya.. Actually this Amavasya is dedicated to the departed souls. When you leave this body you are guided into another world by a set of Devas or Angels. Pururava, Vishvedeva – these are their names. They come and guide you from one level to another level. Mahalaya Amavasya is the […]

Lord Krishna forgave Shishupala’s 100 wicked deeds but on 101st wicked deed Krishna killed him with Sudarshan Chakra. Why did Shishupala committed 101st wicked deed?

Lord Krishna forgave Shishipala’s 100 wicked deeds but on 101th wicked deed Krishna killed him with Sudarshan Chakra. Why did Shishupala committed 101th wicked deed? Lord Krishna gave a warning every time a wrong deed was done. In fact, despite warning him the 99th time also, when Shishupala did not stop, Lord Krishna had to […]

Why we worship Lord Krishna as Man Mohana (the most attractive one)?

Wallpapers Of Lord Shri Krishna And Radha

Lord Krishna has many forms, gentle, beautiful, infinite, compassionate, but why do we always worship him as Man Mohana (the most attractive one). For the doubt raised by a devotee, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living explaining in his own words.. No, if you go to Gujarat he is worshiped as Ranchodrai. Some worship […]

Significance of Janmashtami

What is the significance of Janmashtami? Janamashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Ashtami is significant as it indicates a perfect balance between the seen and the unseen aspects of reality; the visible material world and the invisible spiritual realm. Krishna’s birth on Ashtami signifies his mastery of both the spiritual and material worlds. He […]

Did human life exist billions of years ago on this planet?

Did human life exist billions of years ago on this planet? To this question from a devotee in his Satsang of Art of Living, let us read the response from Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji… Who knows? I don’t know! One thing I can tell you is, the Panchang (Hindu calendar and almanac, which follows traditional […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tips to improve relationship with your Mother-in-law (for Daughter-in-law)

Please give me some tips to improve my relationship with my mother-in-law? This is a general question from any daughter-in-law to spiritual leaders, Guru and Yoga gurus. Listen, you have a different scale for your mother and a different scale for your mother-in-law. Now why do you do that? When your mother used to scold you, […]

Is there any Mantra to earn a lot of money without putting much effort

How can I earn a lot of money without putting too much effort? Is there any mantra? This is how the scams begin (laughter). You have heard about all the scams, isn’t it? There are plenty of them, one after another, every month. No, don’t go for quick money; you will lose it also that […]

Can ladies chant Gayatri mantra?

Can ladies chant Gayatri mantra? I heard that woman cannot chant Gayatri Mantra as they pass through the menstrual periods? Is it true? Yes. Nowhere it is said that ladies cannot chant. It is unfortunate that somewhere in the middle ages, these rights of women were taken away. We have reinstated this in the Ashram. Many […]

Paada Puja: Significance, Importance of Paada Pooja

Why do we do Paad Pooja (an ancient Indian ritual of welcoming a guest by washing his feet with water and flowers)? What is the significance of Paad Pooja? This question asked by a devotee at a Satsang of Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living.. Let’s hear/read what Sri Sri has said… In the olden days […]

Relation between Sandhya Vandanam & Gayatri Mantram

You know life is three states of consciousness – waking, dreaming and sleeping. When waking state ends and dreaming state begins; when dreaming state ends and sleeping state begins, and when sleeping state ends and waking state begins, at these junction points something fantastic happens. What is that? You get a glimpse of that which […]