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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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?

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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 […]

How do we balance our material & spiritual lives?

How do we balance our material & spiritual lives? To this doubt raised by a devotee in his Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living giving his clarification….. Do you know how to ride a bicycle? How do you balance it? Balance your life in the same way. Take both of them together […]

Jeeva & Atma: Before Birth, Difference..

Both are same. Life comes into the body at the time of conception, and sometimes at the time of birth also. The soul enters the body at the time of conception or the time of birth. Sometimes one soul stays up to birth and another soul comes at birth. Usually, it is the same soul that […]

What is Brahma Gyaan?

This is Brahma Gyaan (Supreme Knowledge). All this that we are talking about is Brahma Gyaan. Whatever you say has no existence, meaning it does not exist forever. Truth is that which transcends time – past, present, future. What is not truth? That which was yesterday, but is not there today, is not truth. What […]

How Moon, Stars and other heavenly bodies affect our mind?

The Moon, stars and heavenly bodies and other heavenly bodies affect the mind? If yes, how? To this perplexing question, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living, answering in his own words.. Yes. Do you know the Moon affects the ocean? On Full Moon Day the waves are higher. The Moon affects water – […]

Significance of offering Ghee in Yagnas

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What is the significance of offering ghee in Yagnas? Why only ghee is important to offer in any type of Yagna? Ghee is basically oil, clarified butter! The final product of milk. I have not heard anybody offering oil in the yajnas. (Laughter) There are different kinds of engines. Some require petrol, some require diesel. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Was Gautam Buddha an Atheist?


Was Gautam Buddha an atheist? As Buddha attained enlightenment he must have experienced what other masters experienced, yet he never spoke about God. Because of this some people even say that he was an atheist. On this question, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of living giving his views… Well, in Buddha’s time there were […]

Principle behind Shiva Linga

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What is the principle behind the Shiva Linga? On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, an interesting discussion between Sri Sri Ravishankar and one of his disciples at Satsang of Art of Living is given here… To the above question raised by one of his disciples, Guruji replied… Love is Shiva. The substance which is everywhere […]

Importance of Astrology in Marriage Matching (Choosing Life partner)

How much importance should one give to astrology, particularly when choosing a partner? For this perplexing question raised by a devotee, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living, giving an explanation in his own words…. It is good; you can compare the charts to see how much you naturally match with each other and […]