Jun 4

QnA – 22

Q. Why do they say that the Narad Bhakti Sutras, Patanjali Yoga Sutras or the Ashtavakra Geeta should always be heard in a group? Is the energy so high (as in the case of long Kriya) that a single person can’t digest it? Or is there some other reason?

A. No, no, nothing like that. However, if you have ever sat in on any lecture of any sort with someone else, and later the two of you discussed what was said you will find both of you remembered different stuff. And when you both talk about it, the learning of that lecture will be enhanced for both of you.
These talks that Guruji has given are very profound, and so listening to them in a group and then discussing them with each other will enhance the learning experience for everyone.
Listen to these talks many, many times. You will be surprised how much you managed to miss. Each time, you will discover anew the depth and the profoundness of these brilliant talks. I have heard them so many times, especially the Bhakti Sutras which are my all time favourites and they never cease to amaze me.

Q. Bawa, I am an MBA student studying in Chandigarh. I did my YES!+ course in Feb 2009 and since then i have made up my mind that i want to be an art of living teacher but i am really in a fix about how to tell my parents about it they have lot of expectations from me. Bawa, you said if you’ll (here me) be a teacher you’ll be financially taken care of. Bawa can you please elaborate it little more as i want to support them financially even being a full time art of living teacher.
Awaiting for your reply.

A. Each teacher has his or her own financial arrangement with the Art of Living. Guruji recognizes that we have families and friends and that we do need money. I like to put it this way, your needs will be taken care of. But not your greeds. Actually some of your greeds too 🙂
Don’t come to Art of Living to earn money. If your focus is earning money, then do a job or a business. You come to Art of Living to serve, to do Seva. Have the faith in Guruji and the organization, that the money will come when it needs to. If your focus is money, know for sure, you will fail as a teacher. If your focus is to align with Guruji’s vision of a one World Family, of spreading the Knowledge and teaching and encouraging people to meditate, know that you will have more than you can ever dream of…

Q. My mom is suffering from stomach cancer, secondary has developed. The malignant fluid has spread all over her intestine, liver is not affected at all. I just wished to know whether it can be cured, if yes then please mail me how can I contact you, so that I can get the further information required. My family stays in Mumbai.

A. Pray for her and chant Om Namah Shivaya. You become very regular in your Sadhana, and do it at home. Other family members should also do the course and do their Sadhana at home regularly. Keep the atmosphere light and joyful, watch funny movies with her on TV. She should do chanting and listen to Guruji’s Knowledge talks. Reading Yoga Vasishtha will help too.
She shouldn’t wear any dark colours and under no circumstances eat non veg food ever again.
Talk to any teacher in Mumbai, they may be able to help more, especially if she can do the breathing required for Kriya.

Q. I have a question… I have listened to Guruji’s Ashtavakra Geeta VCD’s quite a few times. He has mentioned, “Everything is just happening, we are not the doer”.
Also, He has said that Mode and Time of death is also fixed. Then it can be straight away concluded that the preceding events leading to that sort of death are also fixed, otherwise the event of death as it is destined to be, cannot fall in place. In the same manner, if we move back in the backward direction in the course of events in one’s life, then all those events could also be said to be fixed…
I have heard enough about Free will and Destiny, even Guruji says Life is a combination of free will and destiny, and in other place, if we see “Free will” is really no free will at all as it appears to be.
As you know Guruji says, “When the happening falls in alignment with your thought process, you think it was your free will. When the happenings go against your thoughts, you think it is destiny. It’s all so confusing. With reference to the para I mentioned above regarding one’s time of death being a fixed, thing, could u please explain, what exactly is then free will and does “Free will” really exist as it appears to be?

A. Getting to know about Art of Living is destiny. Actually doing the course is free will. You have also quoted Guruji from different talks which were given in different contexts. If you read or listen to Him in the context of the talk he is giving, there is no contradiction. And just fyi, when you have a Guru, even the time and mode of death can change! ?

See the past as destiny, the future as free will and be joyful in the present. Unfortunately, most people see the past as free will, the future as destiny and are miserable in the present… don’t be one of those 🙂

Q. One more question related to this, if a person A is killed by another person B, then the mode of death of A was fixed as mode and time of one’s death is fixed. So how is B accountable for bad karma? Has not nature or God forced B through some compelling thought to kill A (which was inevitable and anyway had to happen in that way) I would look forward for a superb explanation from you.

A. Nature doesn’t force anything or anyone. The future is a probability. Sometimes a very high probability. Karma is a very deep and complex topic. But very simply put, there are going to be consequences to actions.  So even if some compelling thought in B happened, it happened because B caused it to happen through some actions in the past.

And finally, actions are utterly your own to do. If A is to die at a particular time, then he will… through B or someone else. Or he would not, if his Guru decides that he needs to be given an extension ?

Q: I am doing engineering in Pune. In college I met a girl, she is originally from Nashik and lives in a hostel in Pune. We became very good friends in just few days after college started. We spent a lot of time together. We used to chat on the phone for hours and hours. The thing is that she likes me a lot and even I like her a lot but she thinks that I am just flirting and I am not serious. But the thing is that I am very serious. I have talked to her and explained to her that I am serious and not flirting a lot of time, but she still thinks I am flirting. All my friends explained to her that I am not flirting and really serious. But I don’t know why she never thinks that I am serious, at times i just can’t think about anything and get depressed, due to which I have started smoking and drinking.
And now the thing is that I am trying to forget her but as we are in the same college it is impossible for me to forget her and for her to forget me. So now I have decided to quit engineering because if I continue in the same college I won’t be able to do anything seriously.
On top of that I am usually very depressed at home due to which my mom wants to take me to a psychiatrist. And the thing is that I cannot tell my problem to my mom. I am just thinking to quit engineering and tell all my friends in engineering college to not tell the girl anything about me, so that even she will forget me and will be able to concentrate in studies and live a happy life after that.
Please tell me Bawa, am I on the right track?

A. Totally wrong track! Are you going to run away from things every time something doesn’t go exactly the way you want it to?! Get real. Things in life may not work the way you want them to. You have to face up to them and go through them.
It’s an absolutely pathetic thing to even think about not completing your degree, because some girl doesn’t appreciate your advances.
Either use all your charms to get the girl, if that doesn’t work, ditch the girl and move on to the many others that should be there. In any event, focus on your studies and get your degree.
Stop thinking so much about yourself. That is the cause of your depression. Do your Sudarshan Kriya every day and get involved with some hard core Seva. Go to the gym and work out, do a lot of physical exercise. That will help a lot too in getting over your “trauma”. Watch your diet, see that you eat good vegetarian food and at the same time every day.

Finally come and do a few Adv courses on the Bangalore Ashram. There is one that starts here every Thursday!

Jai Gurudeva!



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25 Responses to “QnA – 22”

  1. Smita says:

    I would like to ask you such questions as you answered here, but via e-mail. Would you answer them with such confidence dear? I have a lot of questions that no one answers and seems you actually maybe can answer …. Let me know. You know my e-mail!

  2. Prakirtee says:

    u r an angel 🙂

  3. jayant says:

    Jgd Bau, when will u answer my question??:( i had mailed it to u bout 4-5 months back…it was regardin the “excessive use of abusive language among the youth these days”… u had said u’ll be answering it in your blog… i’m waitin for your answer…. plz reply soon… should i mail it to u again???

    • khurshed says:

      I am pretty sure i already answered that one … read up the old QnA … if not there mail me again and i will put it in the next QnA 🙂

  4. Archit says:

    Bauu !! Love your posts..I’ve just gotten off your DSN in Mumbai and I’m missing you real bad! I just wish I could go back 4 days in time and do the course again! Your talks were so mesmerizing…Back to the daily grind at work now, but something’s different, it’s a tad bit better now 🙂

    Lots and Lots of Love!


  5. bhawana says:

    what ..just 5 questions… 🙁
    An advance course every thursday…is it heaven we are talking about 🙂

  6. komal says:

    bawa, with regard to the answer for the 2nd question i’d like to say that even aol volunteers are very well taken care of irrespective of where they go whether financially , emotionally or otherwise also, i guess part of His Magic ad our hardwork , as Guruji always tells all of us whenever and wherever we face the most hardship , help will come from from the most unexpected source …. I guess those who are regular with seva and sadhna , things just fall into place foe them when they least expect things to happen or work out. Ask me. Ive been there these last few months….. And i think a lot of your answers are bang on.. One of the reasons i love reading your Qnd A posts- my views and everything just do a 360 turn….. thanks Bau and of course Dinesh da (only if he reads the blog).. JGD…

  7. Apu says:

    well… a great one as usual…Chilled out totally

    If i may suggest.. a book called Home With God by Neal Donald Walsch to the person who asked question about death and any body who wishes to get a glimpse of it. A light reading is preferred.

    Jai Gurudev

  8. pooja says:

    advance started today….oh i wish i could be there…i miss it all sooooo… much..only if there was something..like a camera or something..
    n i could see whats going on..what mood is Guruji in today..what will people make him wear at tonights satsang ;)..
    n what recipe did you cook today…n hows my dinesh bhaiyya doing…
    i wanna be there 🙁 🙁 🙁

  9. Monica Tiwari says:

    Very very cool ! 🙂
    Many of my doubts also got cleared ! 😀
    Thanks a lot.
    Love 🙂

  10. Siddharth says:

    Luv to both of you….

    Jai Gurudev,

  11. Sriram says:

    Brilliant! Simple and superbly brilliant!

  12. Sudha Pillai says:

    The world has been witness to the rise and fall of two major economic systems …. communism and the capitalist system. What next? What would be the most viable option?

    Thanks. Jgd


  13. Bhaskar says:

    Amazing answers Bau. Best part is, I had a question in my mind while opening this page. And it just popped up, its like You answered it for me. Feels WOW ! now.. just like reading Celebrating Silence!!
    Jai Gurudeva!!

  14. Swapnil says:

    That was just way too amazing the way you answered these questions Bau!!!!!
    You Rock Bau 🙂
    Jai Gurudeva 🙂
    Love,Swapnil 🙂

  15. Vishal says:

    wowowowowowow ..

    Your answers simply rock ..

    Now that i come to think of it .. these QnA are a discourse in itself .. 😀

    and ..

    “Unfortunately, most people see the past as free will, the future as destiny and are miserable in the present… don’t be one of those” ..

    Lol .. that was a awesome way to put things into right perspective .. 😀 ..

    i am one of them .. 🙁 ..

    but i will change .. 😀


  16. Ramakrishnan says:

    Superb answers Bawa…

    They are not just answers…life transforming words for youngsters across the globe…

    Bawa…I have a question after reading your blog..

    What type of seva fits into the category of ‘Hard Core Seva’ ?

  17. sudha says:

    Dear sir,

    ur answers have very profound meaning in a very simple language that’s y i keep repeating “HOW CAN I BE A TEACHER LIKE U?” both in AOL (now just a volunteer future coming teacher:)) and in school coolege in near future or right now i am working for a software organisation

  18. Sudha Pillai says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂 That calls for a paradigm shift… And .. Phew!!! The world is in safe hands!Jai Gurudev :-))


  19. Parimal says:

    The flower is so beautiful

  20. Anshika says:

    Marvellous! 🙂

  21. Nizam says:

    Q: I am doing engineering in Pune. In college I met a girl, she is originally from Nashik and lives in a hostel in Pune. We became very good friends in just few days after college started….

    >>i will suggest him to be flirty with that girl…! what’s wrong in being in the way she want him to be..! After all Love means to make your mate comfortable… if she think(believe) that he is flirting with her…its ok.. he should have to show his love in that way… i m sure she will realize his true love one day(if he really have :)..)
    Lve u Bawa..

  22. Amuthan says:

    Jai Gurudev Bawa, In this Q&A, for one question about ailing mother, you have mentioned “She shouldn’t wear any dark colours”, what is the signifincance? Is this applicable for all who is in path? If so please elaborate

  23. chintan says:

    BAWA ….jgd…love the smiles u put at the end of every answer, wat a way to express the thought “keep smiling” without showing the face!!!! every time i see it , it makes me smile toooo thanks…..for the smiles…

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