From: Someshwar Koshti <email@example.com>
Date: Jan 14, 2008 6:00 AM
Subject: Guruji’s talk on the 12th Jan 2008
Question: Guruji, can you please explain the meaning of Gyatri mantra?
Guruji: Oh! Gyatri mantra encompases the whole universe. There are 24 letters that make gyatri mantara. There are 24 vertebra in our spinal cord. One is omkar, two becomes So hujm, then like wise 16 and then 24 becomes Gyatri Mantara. Gyatri Mnatra is the expansion of that one omkar. If one is instructed you can certainly chant the mantra. The meaning of the Gyatri mantra is let the divinity sink through my intellect. Let our life be purified. But again if you just say Ohm, that also means the same.
Question: Guruji, this mandap is like a Srichakra. Can you explain the essence of Srichakra?
Guruji: It is nice no?!?! Then just sit and meditate. Why do you want to know the meaning and the essence etc!?? I myself don’t know the meaning!!
Question: Guruji, the imbalances in the body, (vata, pitta, kapha) causes a lot of other problems. How does one handle the vata Imbalance?
Guruji: Consult a Ayurvedic doctor, and triphala, it will balance the imbalance. Also drink a lot of water. Eat food on time…. Do asanas… do pranayama, do Sudarshan Kriya. All this will help.
Question: Swami Ramakrishna had said that Vivekananda will have to go once he comes to know who he was. How did he know this?
Guruji: No… no that is not correct. It is not like that.
Question: Guruji why does congeneital disorder happen?
Guruji: I don’t know.
Question continues….: Why did God do this to the children?
Guruji: Will put up a complain against God. Sometimes because of improper food this may happen.
Question: Guruji, when interest starts developing towards devotion, what should one do?
Guruji: Good. Very good. But simultaneously you must take care of the responsibilities as well. One should not run away.
Question: Guruji, we are asking you questions everyday. Can you please let us know what have we missed out on asking you!?!
Guruji: You should only have one question. “Who am I?” And that question you should ask yourself. That question itself is good enough to get that. Dive in you to go inward.
Question: Guruji, is it ok to donate some body parts after we die?
Guruji: Yes.. yes. It is definitely ok.
Question: (Question asked by a physically challenged person) Guruji, what is moksha?
Guruji: Good .. good very good!! The desire to know what is moksha is a good thing. Are you doing better now? Yes! Wow!! How much better do you feel now? 75% Wow!! Very good!!
Question: Guruji, how do you become more discipline?
Guruji: Be less feverish. If you are attached to the benefits then you become feverish. But when you have a commitment, then you automatically become more discipline.
Question: Guruji what is prarubdha?
Guruji: I have spoken about it in ‘Intimate note to a sincere seeker’.
Question: Guruji is it necessary to go to temples periodically? Does not worship happen when we are doing seva and meditation?
Guruji: Yes yes… seva is a form of worship.
Question: Guruji, can you tell us about the swami who is sitting next to you?
Guruji: Swami yogananda ji is 99 years old. He does wonderful yoga. His teeth, his eyes, his stomach, everything is perfect. He has been with Bhagat Singh, during those times.. He wants to live for more 100 years. Ask him what he eats, and he will tell you, you should eat only once. (laughter!!)
Question: Guruji you have given so many techniques. Are techniques important to pursue in the path?
Guruji: The root meaning of the word technique is ‘tantra’…these techniques are there to help one overcome obsession and other things in the mind… It is not just a way of life.
Question: Guruji, we have so many profound experiences. What is its significance of experiences in our life?
Guruji: Don’t bent so much on your experiences. Commitment is more important. There is a connection between the mind and the mood etc. Like the moon waxes and wanes… you experience feelings accordingly. Pleasant feelings come and go, unpleasant feelings come and go… Who cares how you feel? Love is your very existence. Love is not just an emotion. Don’t get caught up with feelings. Become strong. Your smile should be so strong… you know. How many of you feel really strong? Many of you could not relate to the person who you were before? Isn’t it?
Question: What should be our goal in life? What does this hall (Referring to Vishalakshi Mantap) signify?
Guruji: Goal in life? Good question. Its good for you to ponder. This hall (laughter!!) Tell me something, you come from the city… how do you feel after coming inside this hall? You feel energetic, yeh you feel good right? That’s the objective. That’s the significance of this hall.
Question: Guruji, we are always smiling since the time we met you. How do we spread this smile around?
Guruji: You have to talk to people. Bring people to knowledge.
Question: Guruji what is the difference God and Guru?
God is like space, and space is everywhere. Inside you there is space, inside me there is space. God is the space… OK let me put it in this way. There are electromagnetic waves. But you cannot actually see them right? But you can experience through television. Do you see what I am saying? The electromagnetic waves manifest in the form of television. You can only see the sky through the window. You cannot see the sky if there is a closed wall!! Can you? No. We are all made up of love and the guru is the embodiment of love. That’s why they say, God, atman, Guru, self are all one and the same. That means we don’t have to worry about anything. You simply become compassionate and spread love….and smile.