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.
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 🙂
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 ?? 🙂 … and what to eat at what times of the day etc.. ?
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?
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 🙂 … tell him Line is busy until after marriage 🙂