Jun 15

QnA – 23

Q. Bawa, a friend of mine is proving to be a major pain in the neck. He is an excessively angry person. He was my boyfriend, though that was a very long time ago. He gets mad at me almost every three days and I cannot stand it. My friends hate him. One of them has gone and babbled to my elder brother. So my family is also convinced he is crazy and that I better get rid of him. Even I agree he’s crazy. He’s very insistent and childish and the criticism I can mete out to him is endless. But I have a very good rapport with him when he is not being a jerk.
We have been good friends since a very long time and I take an awful lot of time to bond with someone new. So somehow after a long period of no communication with him I start to miss him and the vicious cycle begins. This has been happening since I can remember and is getting way out of hand.
Please help.

A. Get him for a few Art of Living courses. That should fix him. If it doesn’t then either learn to live with him, knowing that he is like that or ditch him and move on πŸ™‚

Q. Wanted the support that Muslims have got being a part of the Art Of Living Family! Need this information as a motivation for my friend who believes he’ll get no support to do anything good for the country, being minority. Please help.

A. Not bothered if he is muslim or catholic or follows shintoism or is an atheist or whatever. If he wants to do something that is pro humanity, he will be welcomed to Art of Living with open arms and given ample opportunity and chances to do it.

Q. Bawa please write about food on your blog – effects of different kinds of food and what are the right foods to eat … and whether its the same for everyone … and if not … how do we know whats good and right for us ?? πŸ™‚ … and what to eat at what times of the day etc..Β  ?

A. There are so many, many recipes. This is the food I eat and am reasonably healthy ?.

You will need to see a good ayurved to figure out what exactly are the foods that are good for you, but as a rule of the thumb, avoid white sugar, and refined white flour (maida), and go easy on the chillies, onions and garlic. Eat on time everyday, meaning if you have dinner at 7:30 pm, have it earliest by 7:15 pm, latest by 7:45 pm.

Our body prefers alkaline food to acidic food, and so you should have 80% alkaline food and 20% acidic food. Here is a good source for figuring out what food is acidic and needs to be avoided and what is alkaline and should be consumed more. We will put up a very beautiful chart in the shop section of the site for you to buy in a while…

To loose weight, don’t eat after 8:00 pm, and don’t mix carbs and proteins in the same meal. Ayurveda says that after eating anything, even a biscuit, you should wait 3 hours before eating anything else, however you should not stay hungry for more than 6 hours. Sadhana, Seva and Satsang on a very regular, consistent basis will help a lot, as will some sort of cardio exercise, brisk, walking, jumping, jogging etc. No non veg food of any sort, no alcohol, no smoking, no drugs, etc will keep your system in top condition!

Q. Hello bhaiya. I think that I am quite addicted to crying. I just imagine things that never happened and cry over events I have only imagined.
When my friends hurt me. I am not able to put across the fact that I am upset in words. Even though, they might not have done some thing as big, I make it big in my thinking and cry over it. Is it a way in which my negative emotions are coming out or am I just pushing my mind into thinking negatively? Should I make an effort and not cry?

A. Why not laugh instead of cry? Laugh that people can upset you so easily. Laugh at their insensitivity. And most importantly, laugh at yourself!

Q. Hello Sir,
I used to watch your prog on ETV (in Yuva Bharat) It was really a great program. I used to wait for the same. The gentle humor, practical experiences , lessons were really great.I am wondering if there are any videos of same available? Thanks again for giving us such a wonderful lessons!

A. Videos coming soon, and we have recorded a whole new set of talks for ETV, they will be screening them in a few weeks time. Watch out for them ?

Q. Dear Bawa,
I believe in reincarnation, that the soul is immortal; we take rebirths to continue our spiritual journey, that we carry all our efforts made towards God into our next birth, and that after achieving enlightenment we are liberated from this cycle of birth and death. I was wondering that according to this theory of rebirths the number of souls should remain same (or decrease) but population of our planet is increasing at a very fast rate. From where are these extra souls coming?

A. Many animals are also going extinct.

Q. One more thing, do plants and all the micro-organisms also have soul? Does anything that has life have soul?

A. Yes.

Q. Jai Gurudev!!! I have been in a relationship since last seven months, we have wonderful chemistry and i am totally satisfied with how our relationship is shaping up. Me and my boyfriend have differences only in terms of expression of our love, he insists on having phone sex and making out in public which I am not comfortable with, how do you think i should handle him?

A. Put him on hold πŸ™‚ … tell him Line is busy until after marriage πŸ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!



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37 Responses to “QnA – 23”

  1. Monica Tiwari says:

    Haha πŸ™‚ I ofcourse loved the answers !
    And the one about animals getting extinct sent shivers down the spine !
    I never knew that ! It sounds so exciting πŸ˜€

  2. tanu says:

    ” many animals are also going extinct ” .. πŸ™‚ LOL

  3. Manasi says:

    Nice answers Bau!! πŸ™‚

  4. mukta says:

    jai gurudev bau!!!!!!!!!!

    it was amazing to read your sahaj story.i got late and read it today…so this is a late complement..i am not sure that you will read it after 82 comments…so, this is here..
    is it like that bau? when we are not having a strong desire to get something, all of a sudden it will come true?
    because i never go nearer to guruji or never even think to go and meet him..i feel whats the need of it? let him play freely….
    but out of 4 of advance courses,he was there 3 times…
    wow!!!!!!!not only this in my recent advance,i was shifted from aparna to tripura…….
    and guess what his room was next to our hall…….
    what else i want???????????//

  5. Apu says:

    Its not less that I…

    Jai Gurudev!

  6. bhawana says:

    WOW Mukta Beautiful πŸ™‚

  7. Ajay Sethi says:

    Jai Gurudev Bau
    Love you and the way you put up things.
    Following line made me lol…
    “Put him on hold πŸ™‚ … tell him Line is busy until after marriage :)”

    And I could imagine how beautifully and effortlessly you would have answered following if I would have been witnessing you saying this:
    “Many animals are also going extinct”

    Great Bau.

  8. RAMAN R says:

    Last week Guruji visited Delhi and he attended one of the satsang in East Delhi ….After the Satsang it was total chaos because ppl got on to the stage and broke that sofa where guruji was sitting it was difficult for the volunteers to keep the crowd away… Bawa , Here I ve a suggestion During the basic course why cant Art of Leaving teachers announce that and tell participants to refrain from such behaviour whenever Guruji visits that particular state and if they make a ‘Queue’ like in foreign countries then everyone will get a chance to meet Guruji

  9. Achal Premi says:

    You rock bau πŸ™‚
    Jai Guru Dev

  10. Pratibha says:

    I would tend to agree with Achal Premi….. I understand from your Q&A that more human souls may just about be a result of extinct animal species, but do we need to display our souls origin via animal behaviour to the GURU? Surely HE knows where we are from! πŸ˜‰ It would be a good idea for us to have some do’s and don’s announced in all courses… the way teh YES+ participants behave when Gurudev is around is fantastic! lets replicate them across other courses!

  11. Milan says:

    I can visualise You shooting those one sentence,one word,one letter answers πŸ™‚ What a blessing You are to all of us.Jai Gurudev

  12. pallavur hariharan says:

    Be a sport man. The phone sex and enticing part is good. I have never heard an yes from any girl the first time. The seduction part is a natural process, something art of living folks are missing out.

  13. Smita says:

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  14. Swapnil says:

    So Beautifully answered πŸ™‚

  15. Juhi says:

    a giant big hug..

  16. Bhaskar says:

    U rock Bau!! Simply Amazing.. BTW we started Narad Bhakti Sutras at my place from today. It is soooooo wonderful and profound. I am loving it !! Jai Gurudeva!!

  17. anonymous says:

    Agree with pallavur hariharan in concept.

    Celibacy is a natural state and not a pose. People should learn to respect their natural feelings. Merely repeating Guruji’s knowledge like a parrot does not mean being in knowledge.

    Many AOL people need to realize some things. Teachers like you have to help them to sort out their confusion along the way

  18. vishakha says:

    amazing answers…!!!!!!!!!

  19. Anir says:

    Q. One more thing, do plants and all the micro-organisms also have soul? Does anything that has life have soul?

    A. Yes.

    Strange, in that case doesn’t that mean that you or I must not have a soul as you or I are just collections of cells? that is a collection of souls.

    What are we truly? A collection of souls or a single soul?

    If, for whatever reason, we do have a soul, then Doesn’t this logically point to the conclusion that the whole earth itself has a soul, and we are all the cells that make it up?

  20. Sudha Pillai says:

    Crisp, succint, with a dash of humor πŸ™‚ Jgd


  21. Pradeep says:

    JGD Bau,

    Saw a question regarding the population and the number of souls, in rigveda it is said that before the creation there was neither existence or non-existence. there was only the supreme conciousness (popularly known as god) which started manifesting into many. It is said that the entire process of creation started because the supreme wanted to become many from one. The hyms of rigveda says this.
    Also, since knowbody knows when the creation actually started, most of te scientists assume 5 million years ago something like that… in vedas it is said that after each yuga (which lasts for several million years) there will be pralay (destruction) which we call as the Brahma, vishnu and shiva energies. So logically speaking the number of souls after each destruction remains the same where as the life process again starts (the souls may have to wait really long time before their turn comes :)) so there is always a fine balance between life and death which is very beautifully explained in vedas.
    This also tells us that we are not the only so called nuclear weapon generation, they say that there are chances of another ice age if nuclear war happens which makes me think the last ice age happened 5000 years ago the same time when the kurukshetra war happened (which was a nuclear war between pandavas and kauravas) and there is a legend that Ashwathama S/O Drona released the brahmastra (ultimate nuclear force) and the world was in the edge of destruction :).

    A very long comment.. hope you dont mind posting it :).


  22. Gautam says:

    “Many animals are also going extinct.” -Absolutely true. No wonder we come across and hear of people with animalistic tendencies.

  23. Bally says:

    In response to pallavur hariharan, when there’s true love, there’s no such thing as seduction. The physical aspect of a relationship comes after the emotional intimacy… Do more sadhna and you won’t even give so much importance to the physical aspect of the relationship… something to think about before you “seduce” someone… πŸ™‚ JGD

  24. anonymous says:

    Without physical aspect of relationship human species could be extinct πŸ™‚ we are born and got an opportunity to balance our karmas and do our sadhana because of of a couple’s physical relationship. So lets be grateful to that aspect of life.
    Why be so feverish about sadhana and have a die hard wish to ignore physical relationship? If celibacy has to happen it will happen definitely!! If it doesn’t happen so what? still enjoy!!
    Out there are some poor mortals-not so ‘spiritually evolved souls’ (unlike some who ‘think’ they are so evolved) Let such unevolved beings enjoy without having to feel inferior!!
    Doing sadhana doesn’t qualify sadhaks to advise others whats right and whats not?
    Why these so called sadhaks have this ‘I am above everyone else and what I say and do is right attitude?’ Live and let live.

    • khurshed says:

      Did u read the question?
      The girl was NOT comfortable with having phone sex and making out in public
      If the relationship has to continue and be healthy, then the boy needs to respect her wishes
      thats all i have said
      At no point have i said dont have sex, or be celibate… you are right celibacy happens all by itself and really cannot be forced
      wonder where you read that
      Jai Gurudeva!

      ps and why do you comment anonymously? If you feel so strongly, put your name there πŸ™‚

      • Varun says:

        Bawa when celibacy “happens”, do sex and seduction lose their charm? If yes, then does a celibate also CEASE to seek pleasure from eating delicious food or from beautiful fragrances? And if no, then why be a celibate or how does the “happening” happen in the first place?

      • Anshika says:

        This reply option is so cool!!
        And the counter comment is super cool πŸ™‚

  25. Bally says:

    Exactly the point… if the girl isn’t comfortable then why would you force her to do what she doesn’t want to do? Furthermore, don’t know who said to be feverish about sadhana and have a die hard wish to ignore the physical aspect… but if you read again what I said, it was that “physical aspect of a relationship comes AFTER the emotional intimacy”, therefore, to say a relationship can survive with a strong emotional intimacy and not so great or no physical aspect but it will not survive over the long run on the basis alone of a great sex life! And no I don’t think there are some poor mortals-not so evolved, I think we all have the potential to reach the same point. It’s just a matter of awareness and the desire to get there…and of course, seva, sadhana, satsang are your carriages… Jai Gurudev πŸ™‚
    PS And you’re right… celibacy can most certainly not be forced… nature takes its course… πŸ™‚

  26. Bally says:

    Oh and Bawu.. just wanted to say I just totally love your Q&A sessions on the site… they’re always so interesting.. Please keep them coming… JGD πŸ™‚

  27. avadhesh says:

    dear Bau i found this interesting article

    Guru and Teacher

    A teacher takes responsibility of your growth

    A Guru makes you responsible for your growth

    A teacher gives you things you do not have and require

    A Guru takes away things you have and do not require

    A teacher answers your questions

    A Guru questions your answers

    A teacher helps you get out of the maze

    A Guru destroys the maze

    A teacher requires obedience and discipline from the pupil

    A Guru requires trust and humility from the pupil

    A teacher clothes you and prepares you for the outer journey

    A Guru strips you naked and prepares you for the inner journey

    A teacher is a guide on the path

    A Guru is a pointer to the way

    A teacher sends you on the road to success

    A Guru sends you on the road to freedom

    A teacher explains the world and its nature to you

    A Guru explains yourself and your nature to you

    A teacher makes you understand how to move about in the world

    A Guru shows you where you stand in relation to the world

    A teacher gives you knowledge and boosts your ego

    A Guru takes away your knowledge and punctures your ego

    A teacher instructs you

    A Guru constructs you

    A teacher sharpens your mind

    A Guru opens your mind

    A teacher shows you the way to prosperity

    A Guru shows the way to serenity

    A teacher reaches your mind

    A Guru touches your soul

    A teacher gives you knowledge

    A Guru makes you wise

    A teacher gives you maturity

    A Guru returns you to innocence

    A teacher instructs you on how to solve problems

    A Guru shows you how to resolve issues

    A teacher is a systematic thinker

    A Guru is a lateral thinker

    A teacher will punish you with a stick

    A Guru will punish you with compassion

    A teacher is to pupil what a father is to son

    A Guru is to pupil what mother is to her child

    One can always find a teacher

    But A Guru has to find and accept you

    A teacher leads you by the hand

    A Guru leads you by example

    When a teacher finishes with you,

    you graduate

    When a Guru finishes with you,

    you celebrate

    When the course is over you are thankful to the teacher

    When the discourse is over you are grateful to the Guru.

    Jai Gurudev

  28. Suriya Shankar says:

    Beloved Bau
    Does the sperms and eggs also have souls. Or does soul only happen when sperm and egg join. If that is the case then millions of sperms and eggs are getting destroyed everyday. When does soul join sperm and egg at what time. what does guruji say about this.

    • Bawa says:

      Dont know, Dont care
      trillions of bacteria, viruses, microbes etc die every second
      thats life
      Jai Gurudeva!

  29. Kinjal Dalal says:

    hello Cute Bawa n dashing Dinesh Bhaiya!!!!
    JGD…. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    i wanted to ask 2 things….
    1. as we believe in law of attraction- im in relationship since a month….its gng nice…my parents have a lil idea abut it…however at times my mom insist me on looking for a guy..or for matching horoscopes….n so on…i do that to make her happy or rather not give he tenssion……n i feel that i shud wait for sme time to tell my parents…now the thing here is since im doing 1 thing of loving him n second of listening to my mom…i wonder if negative messages are passed on as to what do i actually require…..n since this realtion is by Guruji’s Blessings…i dnt have to worry abut it…but i also want to do everything that it goes on in a nice way……..

    2 thing i forgot….
    but as of now…if he gets a yes for AOL form his senoirs it wud b GR8!!!!!!

    will surely await for ur reply…..

    thanks…with lots of love…

  30. Vihal says:

    This one was the best for me…i got 2 learn something more about food, got wisdom and also nice dose of laughter….Animal going extinct and last one were specially nice…

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