Month: July 2020

How is meditation superior to happiness derived from the five senses known as hearing, touch, sight, taste, and smell?

The happiness derived from each of the five senses – hearing, touch, sight, taste, and smell – depends upon external objects and lasts as long as the object of happiness is around. In other words, when the sense object is gone, happiness is also gone. An example will make this clear. Suppose you are listening …

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Can you suggest me a spiritual book that can change my life?

You can certainly change your life style for the better. First, please understand what life really is. This very moment, it is life in you that is regulating your breath, circulating your blood, and digesting your food. Life is eternal. It moves from one body to another. You are already the life. Discover it through …

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What is the best question and what is the best answer to the best question?

The best question: What is the nature of the supreme truth/Self as it really is? In the Yoga Vasishtha, the great sage Vasishtha answers his disciple Rama’s question about the supreme truth by becoming silent for a long time during which time his breath ceased and eyes remained closed. The supreme truth is answered only …

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I know that I am, but I do not know who I am. Do I have the capacity to know who I am, my intrinsic nature? How to know, who I am, my authentic reality?

The nature of the most fundamental question, Who am I?, is such that it can never be answered. However, one can experience one’s own true being through shaktipat. What is shaktipat? Shakti refers to energy and pat means to descend. So, shaktipat means the descend of energy on a worthy seeker through the medium of …

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What weakens us? What strengthens us? How to get rid of what weakens us?

When you are identified with your physical body and mind rather than your own inner Spirit (atman in Sanskrit), this weakens you. In reality, you are neither the body nor the mind. If you consider yourself to be something that you are not, that is impure ego (ahamkara in Sanskrit) — simply ego. If you …

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How is the power of meditation greater than the power of an atom bomb?

An atom bomb can destroy only a person’s physical body of one lifetime whereas meditation can open up the central nerve/channel that can destroy the accumulated karmas of a person’s countless lifetimes. Indeed, meditation is so powerful. The central nerve/channel is also known as sushumna nadi, madhya nadi, or the brahma nadi, which is located …

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What is kundalini rising and what does it feel like? How do you know it has happened?

The universal energy, called Shakti in Sanskrit, resides in every human being and is known as kundalini. Shakti is the active aspect of the Absolute (Shiva). When kundalini awakes, it rises from the base of the spine in the mooladhara chakra through the central channel (sushumna) and unites with Shiva at the top of the …

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How do you relax your nervous system through the Nadi Shodhana Prānayāma technique?

Nadi Shodhana Prānayāma is a simple, yet powerful breathing technique to relax your nervous system. Nadi Shodhana pranayama literally means purification of “nadis” where “nadis” cannot be translated into English. According to Swami Sivananda (1887–1963), a great spiritual master, “Nadis are the astral tubes made up of astral matter that carry the subtle Prana. It …

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Have you ever met a person whose Kundalini is awakened? How can I awaken the Kundalini?

Actually, it is my kundalini awakening experience that led me to write my book, Building a Noble World. Given below is the description adapted from my book, Building a Noble World, along with the following link to my previous answer on Quora: Shiv Jhawar’s answer to What is meant by a partial kundalini awakening and a full kundalini …

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Why is Kundalini yoga considered to be dangerous?

No, not at all! All fears are baseless. It is the rigors of one’s unusual spiritual practices that may cause insanity or disease, not Kundalini. Actually, it is divine Kundalini that removes one’s physical and mental diseases. If Kundalini awakens through the guru’s grace, there is absolutely no danger because the grace itself guides the Kundalini to reach the top of the head. Remember, mere …

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What is Kundalini awakening? What are your Kundalini awakening experiences? What are the dangers involved in Kundalini awakening?

Describing what a kundalini awakening is, Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902) writes in his masterpiece Raja Yoga: “When that Kundalini awakens, it tries to force a passage through this hollow canal [Sushumna], and as it rises step by step, as it were, layer after layer of the mind becomes open and all the different visions and wonderful powers come to the Yogi. When …

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How can I find a real spiritual master that can help me with my spontaneous awakened Kundalini?

Real spiritual masters are not rare. A real spiritual master will never tell that he/she is a real one! Even if someone mentions a certain spiritual master, how can you verify the truth of such an assertion? Unless a seeker is truly worthy, no benefit can accrue by meeting a spiritual master. What to do? Remember that …

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Can one have a spontaneous Kundalini awakening? How do you manage it after?

First, you must ask yourself what the goal of kundalini awakening is. If someone were to ask me what the goal of kundalini awakening is, I would say it’s to experience one’s own true being. This is the source of all happiness, peace, love, and contentment. Only by experiencing the innermost reality beyond the body-mind limitation can one become …

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Does God exist?

It is important to understand what God is before delving into God’s existence. What is God? God is existence –total existence. In fact, existence and God are synonymous. Since existence is God, God exists. God not only exists, but God alone exists. To see God as God truly is, one must see God as manifested in every form throughout …

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If Geeta says that God lives in every human heart and direct him/her for actions. Why do humans do bad things?

Let me first answer the first part: the Bhagavad Gita says that God lives in every human heart. Then, I will answer your second part: Why do humans do bad things? Here is the exact verse that states that God lives in every human heart: “God lives in the heart of every being” (Bhagavad Gita 18-61) ईश्वरः सर्वभूतानां हृद्देशेऽर्जुन तिष्ठति ॥ …

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What is meant by a partial kundalini awakening and a full kundalini awakening?

It is a partial awakening if the Kundalini becomes dormant again (the awakening is not sustained). It is a full awakening when the kundalini rises to the Sahasrara – the highest chakra located at the very top of the head and the goal of the Kundalini’s journey. Sahasrara signifies infinity where samadhi is experienced. After this samadhi experience, the Kundalini never becomes dormant again. The …

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Is service to humanity better than meditation?

To know whether meditation or service to humanity is better, you must first understand what meditation really is. The main purpose of meditation is to experience one’s own true being/Self — the source of profound peace. Just as in sleep you find new freshness, vigor, and peace, so also you find even greater peace in meditation. Meditation is …

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Could you give a clear example to show the difference between learning, understanding, and experiencing?

The difference between learning, understanding, and experiencing can be easily grasped from the following example: In her childhood, a little girl learns that this is my mother. After a few years, the girl grows up and understands that she is my mother because she gave birth to me. After her marriage, when the girl becomes a mother herself, she experiences that …

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How can I develop a personal relationship with a saint?

The only way to develop a personal relationship with a saint is to develop a relationship with your own innermost being (also called Self). Remember, the same saint also lives inside you. The saint (also called guru) and the Self are one and the same. How to develop a relationship with your own innermost being? Meditate on the …

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How does the universal Law of Periodicity (or Law of Rhythm) apply to countries?

The Law of Periodicity (or Law of Rhythm) states that everything in the universe moves in a circle. The sun moves from east to west, coming back to the east to begin a new cycle. More than a century ago in 1903, Rama Tirtha (1873 –1906), who was not only a renowned spiritual master but …

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Is your “I-awareness” completely separate from your body and your mind?

This is a super deep question about true identity. Most people live in delusion as they are not aware of their true nature. To realize one’s own true nature is the greatest experience in the world. Whatsoever can be watched is completely separate from you. You can watch both your body and mind. The “I-awareness” is …

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What is the secret of secrets to getting into meditation naturally and spontaneously?

The secret of secrets to getting into meditation naturally and spontaneously is Shaktipat. It is important to understand what happens in meditation. In meditation, the mind merges into its source, the innermost Self (atman in Sanskrit). What is Shaktipat? According to Shiva Sutra Vimarshini, “Guru paramesvari anugrahika shakti” (“Guru is the grace-bestowing power of God”). This bestowal …

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What incident at court made Sir John Woodroffe (1865-1936) interested in Kundalini?

Sir John Woodroffe (1865-1936), also known as Arthur Avalon, studied at Oxford University, England and became a judge of the High Court of Calcutta and Professor of Law at the University of Calcutta. His most influential book is The Serpent Power, which refers to the Kundalini energy. In his popular book, The Garland of Letters, he expounds on the non-dualistic Advaita …

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How do you explain the saying, “meditation teaches meditation”?

Meditation is a subjective science — it explores the inner world. Through meditation, the bliss of the innermost Self is experienced. Just start meditation by sitting quietly and turning your mind within. Let your mind think whatever it wants. Your goal is not to fight with thoughts whenever thoughts come. Your goal is to focus …

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What is the difference between Christ Consciousness and Guru Consciousness?

Both Christ and Guru refer to one and the same ultimate consciousness. Christ Jesus is the individual (a river) whereas Christ (ocean) is universal. Once a river merges into the ocean, the river is no longer there. The ultimate universal consciousness happened not only to Jesus but also to many great beings before Jesus as …

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What differences are there between terms like Cosmic Consciousness, Higher Consciousness, Christ Consciousness, Buddha Consciousness and others?

As far as the ultimate realization of every founder of a religion is concerned, it is the attainment of the same Absolute Reality. It is for this reason that the title “Christ” conveys exactly the same universal consciousness as does the title “Buddha.” Both Christ and Buddha refer to one and the same ultimate consciousness. …

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How has Lord Jesus’ birth become the most significant date in history?

Lord Jesus’ birth has become such a significant event in the history of humanity that we use B.C. (“Before Christ”) and A.D. (“Anno Domini” meaning, in the year of our Lord) to measure time. Lord Jesus was a fully enlightened being who inspired mercy, love, and humility. The ultimate statement of Jesus that, “I am …

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