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Q. I don’t know how to pray, I understand meditation but I don’t understand prayer. How does one pray?

Sri Sri: Meditation is the finest form of prayer. Prayer is ‘Oh God give me this, give me that’ or ‘Oh, I am so thankful to you because you gave me that or this’.
But meditation is just reposing and that is the best form of prayer. Prayer happens when you are utterly helpless or when you are very grateful. There are two situations in your life. Either you are so helpless, when you have no other way. Like if you are very thirsty and you need water, you say please give me some water. Please help.

Asking for help is one form of prayer.
Thanking is another form of prayer.
And the third is just reposing, being quiet.

The third is the most supreme type of prayer.

You can be grateful for all that you have had, that is a sort of prayer. You don’t have to use particular sentences or phrases or verses for it.

The yagyas that are being done here is not just some sort of prayer. It is a technique, a procedure. You don’t need to understand what those chantings mean. The chantings, the vibrations have an impact on our whole body, mind and the environment. That is the most important thing about yagyas. It is not asking God for this thing or that. It is just chanting those shlokas. Hearing the chantings is even more beneficial. You don’t need to chant with them. Simply listening to it, itself creates the vibrations in the consciousness.

This attitude will help you go deep in meditation.
I want nothing
I do nothing
I am nothing

These are basic principles of meditation. We have to pay attention to this thing.

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‘Don’t fear’

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Q. There is insecurity at the workplace and a lot of tension about office assignments. Even when I am at the satsang, I am thinking about office. Why is it so?
Sri Sri: Ok, tell me have you been stressed before- were you stressed last year? You have lived through it, you didn’t die! Look back at your life- so many times you have gone through stress. Remember all that you have gone through and this will seem small in comparison. Have a look at yourself, you will understand that you have experienced this before. Don’t fear.
Q. In the Ashtavakra Geeta (an ancient scripture which documents the dialogue between Sage Ashtavakra and King Janaka), Sage Ashtavakra gives a lot of knowledge to Janaka but doesn’t clearly answer his question about what is real and unreal. Please explain.
Sri Sri : There are some questions that cannot be answered in words. Ashtavakra answered Janaka in silence.

Q. There is insecurity at the workplace and a lot of tension about office assignments. Even when I am at the satsang, I am thinking about office. Why is it so?

Sri Sri: Ok, tell me have you been stressed before- were you stressed last year? You have lived through it, you didn’t die! Look back at your life- so many times you have gone through stress. Remember all that you have gone through and this will seem small in comparison. Have a look at yourself, you will understand that you have experienced this before. Don’t fear.

Q. In the Ashtavakra Geeta (an ancient scripture which documents the dialogue between Sage Ashtavakra and King Janaka), Sage Ashtavakra gives a lot of knowledge to Janaka but doesn’t clearly answer his question about what is real and unreal. Please explain.

Sri Sri : There are some questions that cannot be answered in words. Ashtavakra answered Janaka in silence.

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Objects in the universe appear to be different but they all are linked. In our body, the eyes are connected to the sun. The nose is represented by Jupiter, forehead to Mercury, cheeks to Venus, and teeth to Saturn. Emotions are also similarly connected. Every part of the body is a part of the cosmos as well. It is an amazing science, there is amazing knowledge. The deeper you go into it, the more it unfolds.
Someone asked whats the difference between happiness and satisfaction. To begin with Guruji laughed it off. Then He continued by saying that it is possible to be happy and not satisfied
Even before Sudarshan Kriya came to me (Guruji), I was totally ‘mast’ (blissful), but somehow there seemed to be a small hitch to being satisfied, because I knew that there was something that i had to do for the World. Once Sudarshan Kriya and the Art of Living came, there was total satisfaction, and happiness and Bliss was anyways there.
So for satisfaction do things for others, do Seva, contribute to be happy, meditate.
Q. There is insecurity at the workplace and a lot of tension about office assignments. Even when I am at the satsang, I am thinking about office. Why is it so?
Sri Sri: Ok, tell me have you been stressed before- were you stressed last year? You have lived through it, you didn’t die! Look back at your life- so many times you have gone through stress. Remember all that you have gone through and this will seem small in comparison. Have a look at yourself, you will understand that you have experienced this before. Don’t fear.
Q. In the Ashtavakra Geeta (an ancient scripture which documents the dialogue between Sage Ashtavakra and King Janaka), Sage Ashtavakra gives a lot of knowledge to Janaka but doesn’t clearly answer his question about what is real and unreal. Please explain.
Sri Sri : There are some questions that cannot be answered in words. Ashtavakra answered Janaka in silence.
Q. Can the liver, eyes be donated after death?
Sr Sri: Yes, you can donate them, there is no sin in this, neither will you face any problem in heaven. Instead it will increase you prospects in heaven. You can definitely donate them.
Q. Can you speak about prana (vital energy) and apana (down breath)?
Sri Sri: Where the in-breath ends and where the out-breath begins is apana.
Where the out-breath ends and where the in-breath begins is prana.
By putting your attention on that turning point, the mind becomes quiet.

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Objects in the universe appear to be different but they all are linked. In our body, the eyes are connected to the sun. The nose is represented by Jupiter, forehead to Mercury, cheeks to Venus, and teeth to Saturn. Emotions are also similarly connected. Every part of the body is a part of the cosmos as well. It is an amazing science, there is amazing knowledge. The deeper you go into it, the more it unfolds.

Someone asked whats the difference between happiness and satisfaction. To begin with Guruji laughed it off. Then He continued by saying that it is possible to be happy and not satisfied

Even before Sudarshan Kriya came to me (Guruji), I was totally ‘mast’ (blissful), but somehow there seemed to be a small hitch to being satisfied, because I knew that there was something that i had to do for the World. Once Sudarshan Kriya and the Art of Living came, there was total satisfaction, and happiness and Bliss was anyways there.

So for satisfaction do things for others, do Seva, contribute to be happy, meditate.

Q. There is insecurity at the workplace and a lot of tension about office assignments. Even when I am at the satsang, I am thinking about office. Why is it so?

Sri Sri: Ok, tell me have you been stressed before- were you stressed last year? You have lived through it, you didn’t die! Look back at your life- so many times you have gone through stress. Remember all that you have gone through and this will seem small in comparison. Have a look at yourself, you will understand that you have experienced this before. Don’t fear.

Q. In the Ashtavakra Geeta (an ancient scripture which documents the dialogue between Sage Ashtavakra and King Janaka), Sage Ashtavakra gives a lot of knowledge to Janaka but doesn’t clearly answer his question about what is real and unreal. Please explain.

Sri Sri : There are some questions that cannot be answered in words. Ashtavakra answered Janaka in silence.

Q. Can the liver, eyes be donated after death?

Sr Sri: Yes, you can donate them, there is no sin in this, neither will you face any problem in heaven. Instead it will increase you prospects in heaven. You can definitely donate them.

Q. Can you speak about prana (vital energy) and apana (down breath)?

Sri Sri: Where the in-breath ends and where the out-breath begins is apana. Where the out-breath ends and where the in-breath begins is prana. By putting your attention on that turning point, the mind becomes quiet.

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Q-31 : Question: Guruji, in Mahabharatha Arjuna takes his bow against his own Guru Dronacharya. Is it correct to do that? What is your opinion about it?

Guruji: Even if anyone does something wrong can be a Guru. Because he is teaching you to do the right. In this case Dronacharya was a Guru but not a Satguru. Only Sri Krishna is the Satguru. He is the only Jagatguru. The one who only teaches an art or a skill, cannot be a Guru. For example, if your headmaster who taught you in your school, encroaches on your property, will you say, its ok he was my guru. Wont you by all means see to it that you get your property back? He was only teaching you some art, or some theories. He did not teach you the Atma-gnayan( self knowledge)..
You learnt driving from someone right? Then the one who taught you driving, also becomes your Guru. Tomorrow you find him involved with some underworld connection, would you say, Oh, no its ok he is my Guru!!
There is a vast difference between the west and the east. In the west we have linear thinking. Whereas in the east every thing is round about, golegol.. Here in South India, we do not go a full circle around a Shiva temple. We go semi circle and come back (laughter)!! ! That’s why in Sanskrit they say, “Gyanam ecchya Eshwaraha, Moksham Ecchya Janardana”. Which meams You can get the knowledge by the grace of the Shiva, but you can get Moksha (liberation) only by the grace of Krishna!!
Also I tell you the Guru becomes the happiest to see the disciple combating him at the battlefield. And he would always bless the disciple to win over him. Similarly when Dronacharya saw Arjuna at the battlefield, he was happy. He was happy because he thought that finally his teachings are showing up! He feels successful as a teacher.
In the case of Dronacharya, he was tied up to his dharma. He was the appointed teacher of the princes of Hastinapura. He has eaten their food for so many long years. That’s why he was tied up with Duryodhana. Because they paid him for so many years! But seeing Arjuna he was happy. Someone worth was created by him he thought. Arjuna is in the right place he thought.
But Arjuna was sad to be against Dronacharya, Bhishma and all the others at the battlefield. He was entangled. A satguru is both your friend and your well wisher. While Drona was only a teacher to Arjuna, who taught him an art, while Krishna was his Satguru, his Jagatguru. Then to destroy the entanglement in Arjuna, Krishna had to teach the Bhagwat geeta. Thanks to the entanglement of Arjuna also (laughter)! Because of the entanglement in Arjuna’s mind, the entire Bhagwat geeta happened.
Krishna says, Oh Arjuna! All the people you see are already dead! The history is already created! You just lift your bow and shoot. You will have done no sin since I am telling you to do it.
Then Krishna says, I am the only one in your life. There is no one else in your life. Dissolve in me. There is no you and me anyways. There is no difference in you and me. If you just do as I say, you will not be responsible for any sin. I am only one!!
Even then Arjuna was not ready to do what Krishna said! Then Krishna had to show Him is Vishal Swaroopa! He showed Arjuna that He is the beginning and the end of everything. He is the star, the sky… the entire creation is in Him!
Then Arjuna was shocked. He was taken aback. Then he says, “But Krishna, I thought you are my friend. I ate with you, I sang with you, I played with you, I slept with you. I thought you are like me!
Arjuna got frightened. He said, “You better come back to your original form.. I am not able to relate to you”.
He showed both the soft and the strict side of himself to Arjuna. That’s how we say opposite values are complementary.

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Q : Question: Guruji, in Mahabharatha Arjuna takes his bow against his own Guru Dronacharya. Is it correct to do that? What is your opinion about it?

Guruji: Even if anyone does something wrong can be a Guru. Because he is teaching you to do the right. In this case Dronacharya was a Guru but not a Satguru. Only Sri Krishna is the Satguru. He is the only Jagatguru. The one who only teaches an art or a skill, cannot be a Guru. For example, if your headmaster who taught you in your school, encroaches on your property, will you say, its ok he was my guru. Wont you by all means see to it that you get your property back? He was only teaching you some art, or some theories. He did not teach you the Atma-gnayan( self knowledge)..

You learnt driving from someone right? Then the one who taught you driving, also becomes your Guru. Tomorrow you find him involved with some underworld connection, would you say, Oh, no its ok he is my Guru!!

There is a vast difference between the west and the east. In the west we have linear thinking. Whereas in the east every thing is round about, golegol.. Here in South India, we do not go a full circle around a Shiva temple. We go semi circle and come back (laughter)!! ! That’s why in Sanskrit they say, “Gyanam ecchya Eshwaraha, Moksham Ecchya Janardana”. Which meams You can get the knowledge by the grace of the Shiva, but you can get Moksha (liberation) only by the grace of Krishna!!

Also I tell you the Guru becomes the happiest to see the disciple combating him at the battlefield. And he would always bless the disciple to win over him. Similarly when Dronacharya saw Arjuna at the battlefield, he was happy. He was happy because he thought that finally his teachings are showing up! He feels successful as a teacher.

In the case of Dronacharya, he was tied up to his dharma. He was the appointed teacher of the princes of Hastinapura. He has eaten their food for so many long years. That’s why he was tied up with Duryodhana. Because they paid him for so many years! But seeing Arjuna he was happy. Someone worth was created by him he thought. Arjuna is in the right place he thought.

But Arjuna was sad to be against Dronacharya, Bhishma and all the others at the battlefield. He was entangled. A satguru is both your friend and your well wisher. While Drona was only a teacher to Arjuna, who taught him an art, while Krishna was his Satguru, his Jagatguru. Then to destroy the entanglement in Arjuna, Krishna had to teach the Bhagwat geeta. Thanks to the entanglement of Arjuna also (laughter)! Because of the entanglement in Arjuna’s mind, the entire Bhagwat geeta happened.

Krishna says, Oh Arjuna! All the people you see are already dead! The history is already created! You just lift your bow and shoot. You will have done no sin since I am telling you to do it.

Then Krishna says, I am the only one in your life. There is no one else in your life. Dissolve in me. There is no you and me anyways. There is no difference in you and me. If you just do as I say, you will not be responsible for any sin. I am only one!!

Even then Arjuna was not ready to do what Krishna said! Then Krishna had to show Him is Vishal Swaroopa! He showed Arjuna that He is the beginning and the end of everything. He is the star, the sky… the entire creation is in Him!

Then Arjuna was shocked. He was taken aback. Then he says, “But Krishna, I thought you are my friend. I ate with you, I sang with you, I played with you, I slept with you. I thought you are like me!

Arjuna got frightened. He said, “You better come back to your original form.. I am not able to relate to you”.

He showed both the soft and the strict side of himself to Arjuna. That’s how we say opposite values are complementary.

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Q: How to get rid of bad thoughts?
G: Proper food & pranayama.

G: Om namah shivaya. 5 letters, very powerful. 5 elements- earth, water, fire air, & ether. Om indicates life force. That gives so much energy, protection to the spirit. From thousands of years people have been using it.

Food also plays an important role. Should not eat too much fried food. Drink more water. First thing in the morning drink half a litre- 500 ml.  to 1 litre, upto 11/2 litres of water on an empty stomach. Either warm or cold. It will keep you healthy, prevent diabetes, kidney problem, improve circulation. Water has a lot of benefit. You must all drink.

Morning bed tea- no good. No bed tea. First thing- water. It can have some lemon & ginger. After half an hour of water then you can drink your tea. Secondly, according to Ayurveda, hold your hand like a cup. Don’t ask me there is no upper limit! Your stomach can hold this much. Okay? Now avoid fried food, deep fried foods- no good. Once a month is okay. Not everyday. See how much fried food you use everyday- no good. & vegetarian food is best. Today world over people are saying we should turn to vegetarianism. That can keep you very healthy & strong.

Q: Why not to have garlic & onion?

G: Garlic & onion make you little dull. Creates tamogun. For meditators it’s not very good. For gastric problem- garlic, for heart problem- onion. But as a regular diet, take everyday I would not advise. It makes consciousness dull.

G: How this universe is filled with Prana, life energy. If you area good meditator, nothing can make you unhappy. Even if you are unhappy, it immediately gets removed.

Q: On migraine problem.
G: Alternate nostril pranayama will help in migraine. Plenty of water & meditation. So many people have gotten over it.

G: If your stomach is clear, everything is better. Triphala cleanses your system. 3 tablets with warm water or milk at night for 1-2 months. Your system
becomes very clean.

Q: If everything in your life is as per Karma what is the role of Grace?

Grace reduces true effect of bad Karma & raise the effect of good Karma. Parents went to an astrologer. He told them their son will be a great leader.
Many cars will move around him. The son become a traffic policeman! So the law is fulfilled, but good Karma remained very little. Atleast he got a job, he was not unemployed. If there is a Karma that a stone is hit your head, it didn’t hit, but took your cap or turban away. That which came to the head, came to the turban. Still the law gets fulfilled.

Q: I have no desire. My only desire is to go on a world tour with you. Is it possible & if yes in this lifetime?

G: Yes, yes. You can carry my asana & black bag.

Q: Do you exist in more than one place at a time?

G: Yes.

Q: If everything is God, what is your opinion about yesterday’s bomb blast.

G: These are man-made calamities. God is all goodness. When a person moves away form God, then all this happens. Everybody has something to do. If miracles could stop violence, it would have. The Mahabharata war would have stopped, but it didn’t.

Q: Do you sense any special vibrations on this island than different parts of
the world?
G: Bali has very good spiritual vibration, no doubt.

Q: Why are there so many religions? Does it mean that the newest is the best?
G: There are many religions, but one truth. Why don’t you ask me why there are so many types of vegetables & flowers? Don’t think that the latest
religion is the best. Oldest is as good as new. In fact, in Vedic Hindu Sanatan, it’s a way of life. They accept all. What happened thousands of years ago, people heard & what they heard became Vedas. So, 1,000 Rishis, whatever they heard & compiled all became Vedas. Vedas have all the latest Knowlegde in it.

You know, the Rishi who came to Bali, was Markandeya Rishi. All Balinese are descendants of Markandeya Rishi. There is a beautiful story about Markandeya. His parents prayed to God to get a son for them- a good , bright, brilliant son, they got a dream that God asks them what type of son you want? Very bright, intelligent, but his like will be only 16 years. Or you want a bad, ruthless, disobedient son whose life will be 100 years- you choose.Parents, even though 16 years lifetime said we want a good son. So the parents were worried. He was such a brilliant boy. On the 16th birthday, they were nervous. The boy prayed to Lord Shiva. When he was about to be taken away by the God of Death, Shiva came & said, No, you will live longer. So, devotion, prayer could change laws of Karma. So this is when the Mahamrityunjaya mantra was chanted by Markandeya which is very famous even today. There are lots of stories with Markandeya. There is a whole Purana. So, after several years in India, he came out to Indonesia & settled in Bali. That’s the story. More than 10,000 years ago. He was even before Sri Rama who was 7,000 years ago. Sri Krishna was 5,000 years ago. Markandeya also wrote the Durga Saptasati In India, Chandi, Durga chanting is all written by Markandeya.

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Q. By Head Priest: Om Swasti Rastu. I need not only the tourism of culture but also the tourism of spirituality. You are the Maharaja.

Guruji: Yesterday, I was describing that ‘Swasti’ means both “health & happiness” together. It’s very nice to be here in Bali with you. Last year in the Vishnu Yagna, thousands of people gathered together. This time due to the rainy season it had to be in a closed hall or there would have been so many more people. Bali has maintained ancient tradition. Yoga- Ashtanga Yoga. 8 limbs of Yoga. 3 days is too short a time. We will learn a little bit whatever we can. Yam , niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dhyana & Samadhi. So the 5
Yamas what are they- they are Ahimsa or non-violence, Satya- truth, Asteya-non-stealing, Brahmacharya- celibacy & then Aparigraha- non-accumulation. 5 Niyamas – Shaucha- cleanliness, Santosha- happiness, Tapas- forbearance of pleasant & unpleasant, Swadhyaya- self- study & Ishvara Pranidhana- surrender.

Here in Bali, already have lot of spiritual richness, very rich culture. Asana is something that integrates the whole system. Pranayama,Meditation.

You know we seldom think about our life. We think about our house,money relationships but we don’t think who am I? What do I need to be happy? What do we need to do now? Reflect on our life. Okay. Remember what is your age? How old are you? 38 years. How much longer will you live on the planet? Say another 50 years, 85 years. How do you want to spend that? What do you want? The very question kindles spiritual dimension. Afterwards, how would you like to be remembered? As an aggressive person who troubled everyone or someone who did a lot of good? What do I need to be happy? When will I be happy? 10
years later or right now? This is what you need to think. Not postponing being happy to some future date. Right now, right now. When we get ourselves rid of stress by meditation. We don’t make any effort. You simply sit comfortably, I will do it for you. Those having backache sit on a chair.

Q. Whenever I hear chants, I feel like crying.

G: It’s good. Devotion comes up. Heart chakra opens.Very good. There’s a saying by Kabira, Bin roye kit paaye perm piya ki reet” Tears will bring you close to the divine, so it is okay.

G: Everyday do 15-20 mins of Yoga, 15-020 mins of breathing & 15-20 mins of meditation. 40 mins – 1 hour everyday you keep it for yourself.

Q: Something about too many thoughts during meditation.
G: Some irrelevant thoughts may come. Some good or bad thoughts. If you try to chase them they bother you. When they come, allow them to come. Then you will see in a few minutes they disappear.

Q: Whenever I meditate, I feel some vibration.
G: That’s good. Vibration or sensation is normal. Don’t pay too much attention to it. Experiences change.

Q: Missed the question
G: Either you cling to the scriptures or allow the divine to take you around. Knowledge & devotion. Millions of years ago, people knew the psychology of animals & what they do. It’s not that Stone Age man was dull & didn’t know much. It appears they knew much more.

Q: I am scared to make any long- term plans.
G: You know greed stops you. Just go ahead.

Q: How do I stop myself from getting angry?
G: Why should you not get angry? Get angry. So what? Your this “I should’nt get angry, I don’t want to get angry’ ……….. Anger is because you love perfection. Create a little room for imperfection. In your house, don’t you have a dust-bin? In your mind also, keep a garbage can. Little acceptance about imperfection can bring patience. Inspite of that ………

Q: Guruji, do you know each of us here & also those who are not here?
G: Why you want to know all my secrets? Yes, I know some & I don’t know some.

Q: I feel everything around me is telling me something. Is it Maya?
G: Don’t see too much meaning. Maya means that which can be measured. The entire Universe is Maya. Light, sound, smell, taste, earth, water, fire, air-the whole world can be measure. So the whole world is Maya. Measure also is not the same. What weighs on earth is different on the moon & at the poles. What
can’t be measured? Truth, love, consciousness. Beauty can’t be measured- part of sat, chit, ananda. World is Maya, owner of the world is Mayavi. Don’t get stuck in Maya. Think something bigger. All human values are beyond Maya.

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Brilliant as usual

Q : If we have to die one day,then why to live?what is the purpose of life?

Guruji : Why you need to eat food anyway the stomach gets hungry? You eat food, and after four hours, you become hungry again. You have to get hungry again and again, then better to stay hungry. Why you keep eating? ( laugh)

Our body gets dirty, why needs cleaning it again and again? Let it gets dirty always! This logic doesn’t work, you know? You eat and after a while you eat again…

Like that, in this world, we needed some directions and time… Just be with it…

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