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.

Very simply, the things which last eternally will give you eternal happiness. That which is transient, changeable, that which will die, that which will recede in time, will not give you lasting happiness.

The relation between the moon and the mind has been documented by the sages of ancient times. If the moon has the power to cause low and high tides; then it can surely have a strong effect on everything else in the nature, as well as on our mind. One of the names of Lord Shiva is Chandramouleshwar, which means the one who is the Lord of the moon, the Lord of the mind, who fully comprehends the functioning...

Abhinivesha refers to the strong desire to live and implies, fear of death. The deep desire to live, binds you to the physical body; thus, creating the emotion of fear. Abhinivesha is one of the afflictions of mind. And it is also the root of all our fears, that is why as long as we have abhinivesha in the mind, we will have all other fears as well. Some people are fearful of heights. Why? Because they know that...

Thoughts are a consequence of our senses, for they are the gates through which all information enters the mind. This gathered information, then, gets processed and stored by the mind. Some goes into short term memory and some into long term memory layer. Mind absorbs everything indiscriminately; the good, the bad and the downright ugly.

Dhi, dhriti and smriti are the prerequisites for any spiritual progress. The Sanskrit root word ‘dhi’ refers to the intellect. Whereas, ‘dhriti’ is the power to assimilate knowledge. And ‘smriti’ is the ability to retain the imbibed knowledge such that it can be accessed when one wants - something like a good memory.