Significance of Janmashtami

Krishna as Damodara

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 […]

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 […]

What is the relationship of Dharma (righteousness) with God?

What is the relationship of Dharma (righteousness) with God? To this query on the relationship between Dharma and the God, Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living, giving explanation in his words during a Satsang… With what does God not have a relationship, tell me this? God has a relationship with righteousness (dharma) as well as unrighteousness (adharma). […]

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. […]

The Concept of Avidya & Maya

How can we explain the concept of Avidya and Maya? Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji (Founder of Art of Living) explaining the concept of Avidya and Maya in his own words… Maya means all that can be measured. The English word measure comes from the Sanskrit wordMaya. ‘Miyate anaya iti maya’ Miyate means to be measured. Everything that […]

Can ladies chant Gayatri mantra?

gayatri mata

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

The Concept of Karma in Hinduism

The Concept of Karma in Hinduism, Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living explaining about the concept of Karma in his own words. Now Karma means what? You have heard so much about Karma. The real meaning of is Karma is Action. Action can be classified into three: The past, present and future. The past […]

Importance of Sandhya Vandanam

Sandhya Vandanam

I had my Upanayanam many years ago but I never quite understood the significance of the ceremony, the thread and Sandhyavandanam. Can you please explain? Isn’t Kriya enough, why Sandhyavandanam? To this doubt raised by a devotee in Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji of Art of Living, explaining the importance of Sandhya Vandanam… Yes, you […]

Significance of Panchamrita Abhisheka: Why were only these materials chosen?

Janmashtami Abhisheka to Krishna

What is the significance of Panchamrita Abhisheka: Why were only these materials chosen? To this doubt raised by a devotee in his Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar (Founder of Art of Living), explaining in his own words… These five are like nectar: Milk, Curd, Honey, Jaggery and Ghee. Though jaggery needs to be used, sugar is […]

Significance of Achamanam, What is Achamanam?

What is the significance of Achamanam and actually what is Achamanam. Since water is known as ‘Apa’ why it is called Achamanyam? The explanation for this doubt (raised by a devotee in Art of Living Satsang) is provided by Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji… Yes, water is also known as Achamanyam. This is a practice that has […]

In context of creation, Pralaya – What is Mahatattva & Tanmaatra

In context of creation, Pralaya – What is Mahatattva & Tanmaatra? Tanmaatra means a measure of any sensation or phenomenon that happens within our body (the minimum quantity of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch that can be perceptibly experienced by our five senses). It is a measure of anything that manifests at the level […]

Chanting Narayana Mantra at the death (last moments of life)

Yes, it is true. It is at the time of death that the mind separates from the body. So at this time, whatever impression one bears in the mind become the reason for the next birth. This is a scientific truth. You can see this for yourself. If you observe, the first thought on your […]

Three stages in Spiritual practice

What are the three stages in spiritual practice? Please explain us about the three stages in spiritual practice.. Yes, there are three stages in practice: The first level, Anva Upaya, which includes pranayama, meditation, mantra chanting, exercises, and yoga. The second level, Shakta Upaya. This is much more subtle; it is the stillness that you experience at […]

Planets & Health: How do the Planets have an influence on our health?

The macrocosm and microcosm have a big connection. Each planet is aligned with a particular grain, color, shape, bird and animal. All these are connected; it is also connected to a particular part of the body. Even your fingers! Do you know, every finger is connected to a particular planet? It is an amazing science of […]