It’s no secret that the human body is like a natural machine. Isn’t it a wonder, how all the vital functions in the body gets regulated much like on an automated mode? The digestive system works to assimilate various types of foods we take, the respiration is going on, the brain heart, kidneys, lungs, intestines, liver, pancreas; and all the other tissues and organs-all, function in several ways and also in a well-coordinated manner. The level of...

We are what we eat, or rather, digest. Unhealthy food can ruin health whereas good food can make it stronger. Hundreds of years ago, in Bharat, people ate mixed grains, with more of millets. Slowly things changed and now it’s just wheat and rice which is giving rise to obesity, infertility, incontinence, diabetes and many more diseases. 

Dreams seem real while we are dreaming. While dreaming, one is totally oblivious to the waking state world. When we wake up, the very dream that seemed so real whilst dreaming, becomes unreal. But if we never woke up? What will be a dream and what will be the reality then? If our sleep continues endlessly, then dreams would become our reality. When you are in the dream world, you have absolutely no memory of the waking world and...

Anxiety comes when there is uncertainty in our life because mind is afraid of the unknown. What is known to us does not make us fearful. It is the unknown territory of the future that makes us fearful. Nobody knows what the future holds for us, and that is the main reason why many people are interested in astrology, tarot and palm readers. They want to know about their future; what will happen to them and their family. 

Everybody has fear in their life but some people are in denial and don’t accept it. It is like a stigma in our society to admit that you are feeling sad or worried. ‘You have a nice family, job and even a nice home, then why should you be sad? Are you mad?’ People will ask. But who says you can’t be sad? Our mind doesn’t require things and people to feel happy. Happiness comes from...

Ego has no real substance. It is just a shadow. Someone may be proud of their slim body, or a muscular body, but what is this body anyways? Our body is made of five basic elements: earth, water, air, fire and ether. How can we be proud of it then? The elements do not belong to us! Similarly, everything that we know through our mind and intellect has been acquired from somewhere. So, how can we be proud of...

I want to learn pranayama but know nothing about it. Could you please explain how should I start?

Ego is a false sense of attainment. It is a perfect example of viparya (wrong knowledge). For example, you say, ‘I go to satsang’. But who goes to satsang? It is the ego that takes you to the satsang. In the satsang you will listen to somebody speaking and you will get the viparya, that now you know! You have heard all these lofty things, like ‘I am Shiva’, ‘I am Brahman’ or ‘The world is an illusion, only...

To be able to meet a guru in your present life is a great fortune. Some people might take it lightly, however this is a result of past good karmas. There are millions of people on earth who have never even heard of a guru and might never meet one in this lifetime. It is the fruit of your karmas that a day comes when you start searching for a deeper meaning of your existence. Then you suddenly come...

Drawn from talk on ‘Relevance of Srimad Bhagavad Gita in daily life.’ At Siri Fort, New Delhi – 2016

Mind is not just the conscious mind that you know. There are deeper layers which you are ordinarily unaware of. Whatever is happening on the superficial level of the mind, is called the conscious mind. Underneath the conscious mind, is the subconscious and unconscious mind - in Sanskrit it is called ‘chitta’. It is the storehouse of all memories and past impressions.

Emotions and memories are strong forces, such that your mind is unable to cope with them. Now, being sentimental, being emotional is generally regarded as a positive attribute by society at large. But know that being emotional means handing over your remote control to others.