Day: July 30, 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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