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How do I meditate and how will that affect my daily life?

Just as you drift into sleep, you can glide into meditation (dhyāna in Sanskrit) naturally and easily. Commonly translated as meditation, the word “dhyāna” cannot be translated into English. The English word “meditation” is derived from the Latin verb meditari, meaning “to think, contemplate, devise, ponder, to exercise the mind.”

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What is the best way to manifest anything you want? Any tips?

The best way to manifest anything you want is to store good impressions (Samskaras) and wipe out bad impressions in your subtle body. Whatever thoughts one thinks, whatever words one speaks, and whatever actions one performs, get stored as impressions (called Samskaras) in the central nerve (known as Sushumna) of

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How do you keep yourself motivated to meditate?

Did you know that not even a single thought in you ever goes to waste? Whatever thoughts you think, whatever words you speak, and whatever actions you perform get stored as impressions (called Samskaras) in the central nerve (known as Sushumna) of your subtle body, not the physical body. Consequently,

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How might a “guru” bring about his/her own downfall?

The sure — and only — downfall begins the moment one forgets/does not revere/criticizes/betrays one’s own guru. According to Sri Guru Gita, a spiritual masterpiece that reveals profound secrets of the Guru Disciple relationship, “Continue to remember the Guru to the end of time. Never forsake the Guru, even after

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What would happen if an animal started meditating regularly?

Did you know an animal cannot meditate? The question of an animal meditating regularly does not even arise, my friend. A human being has a capability to experience all four states of consciousness including the meditation state (beyond the mind level) whereas animals can experience only three states of consciousness

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Why doesn’t meditation work for me?

You are the best person to know why meditation does not work for you. Let me ask you this question: Does sleep work for you? It may seem like a silly question, but meditation is an elder brother of sleep. No effort is needed for either sleep or meditation. When

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What is a guru’s role in Kundalini awakening?

Good question! Before understanding the guru’s role in Kundalini awakening, it is important to understand what a guru really is and how a guru is connected to God. First, we know that there are five functions of God: 1. God manifests, not creates, the universe 2. God maintains the universe

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How does prayer turn into meditation?

When one becomes deeply immersed in prayer, the “I-thou” duality merges into oneness, like in love where beloved and lover no longer exist; only love and love alone remains. That is how prayer turns into meditation. In real meditation (dhyana in Sanskrit), there is only oneness — the pure I-awareness

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What are the best books to practise kundalini?

A best book on kundalini is not merely a book; it is infused with the spiritual energy. I will suggest a couple of books on kundalini to you. But first, you must ask yourself what the goal of kundalini practice is. If someone were to ask me what the goal

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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

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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

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Heart is the abode of God. What is this heart?

Where does God live? The heart is the abode of God. What is this heart? To answer this significant question, first one must understand what God is. What is God? God is existence –total existence. In fact, existence and God are synonymous. Since existence is God, God exists. God not only

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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

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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

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What is sin according to Vedanta?

In Vedanta, Veda means knowledge and anta means last, final, conclusion. Simply put, Vedanta means the last knowledge beyond which no one can speak. For example, Upanishads, which form the final section of the Vedas, come under Vedanta. The core teaching of Vedanta is to experience one’s true nature. To understand sin in Vedanta,

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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

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Is there a logical proof for God’s existence?

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

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Do I have to give up my worldly life to meditate?

Let me answer your question with a question: Do you need to give up your worldly life — home, the family, wife, children, or work — when you go to sleep? Meditation is just an elder brother of deep sleep. Just as deep sleep lies beyond your waking state, so also

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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

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Who can give Shaktipat?

A guru who can give shaktipat initiation is rare. The word “shaktipat” might sound esoteric, but it is a sacred initiation, common to all religions. This initiation has been passed down from guru to disciple, called lineage or Guru Parampara, through the ages. To understand who can give shaktipat, it

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Am I supposed to chase my mind during meditation?

When you chase your mind during meditation, it is mentation, not meditation. Have you ever become aware of the gap between your two thoughts? A gap always exists between two thoughts. This gap is called the Self (atman in Sanskrit), Spirit, Consciousness, or I-awareness. If you can settle with full

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How is Kundalini Yoga different?

What makes kundalini yoga different is that the yoga that is best suited to your temperament begins to unfold spontaneously. After having the kundalini awakening as a result of shaktipat, meditation happens to you naturally without any effort on your part. In other words, meditation goes after you! In Sanskrit,

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What is Guru Purnima auspicious for?

Every year, Guru Purnima, the full moon day of July (the Hindi month of Ashadh), is celebrated to honor the Guru. The word, “Guru” has no exact translation in English. The literal meaning of the word “Guru” is the remover of psychic darkness. Just as the darkness is dispelled when

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Vision

Rama Tirtha’s Vision

Rama Tirtha’s vision 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

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Religion

Do I have to give up my religion to meditate?

Do I have to give up my religion to meditate? Allow me to ask you this question: Do you give up your religion to go to sleep? Meditation is an elder brother of sleep – it leads to a state similar to a conscious sleep. Just as sleep lies beyond

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Faith

What is the difference between belief and faith?

What is the difference between belief and faith? This is an uplifting question in spirituality. The meanings of the words “belief” and “faith” are not the same. To believe something, and to have faith in something are completely different. The word ‘belief’ has its root “lief,” meaning to desire. Belief means

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Success

How does one succeed at life?

How does one succeed at life? By staying in tune with the power of the Spirit within — beyond one’s body and mind, one can succeed at life. We know the elephant is a much larger animal than the lion. The elephant’s body seems to be much stronger than the

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Respect

Why should we develop love and respect for all people?

Why should we develop love and respect for all people? He/she who does not love himself/herself, how can he/she develop love and respect for others? Therefore, the first step is to love and respect oneself. For instance, if you throw a pebble into a calm lake, the first circle will form

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Best Known

Who are the best known spiritual masters?

Who are the best known spiritual masters? 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

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