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!