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And how to
bring the Kundalini back to Muladhara through the various Chakras? Kindly let me know
the movements of the Kundalini.
You will have to take the Kundalini to the Sahasrara Chakra through the practice of Yoni
Mudra. If you become absolutely desireless, if the Vasanas are destroyed in toto, Kundalini will
ascend by itself without any effort, through the force of purity.
Kundalini will drop down by itself through the force of Prarabdha. It will stop at…
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I have got too rigid
orthodox principles. If I see an untouchable or a sweeper, even from a yard or so, I take a
bath and wash my clothes. I shall be glad to know whether these Niyamas should be
Pray to God to give you that day on which you will embrace a scavenger with joy, feeling
oneness. That day will be a blessed day. You have a very small, narrow, constricted heart. Try
to expand. Slowly give up the “Don’t touchism”. It will greatly bar your…
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Misery is the eye-opener in this world. Had it not been for the presence of pain and
misery, no one would attempt for salvation. Misery is a blessing in disguise.
Virtuous men treat suffering as a blessing as it develops the power of endurance and
mercy, and makes them remember God always. They welcome suffering. They do not want
worldly pleasure and prosperity. They have a changed vision. They always keep a balanced
mind in pleasure and pain. You cannot understand…
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Everybody does his actions properly. A thief must pilfer things. A scoundrel must do
wrong actions. These are Kartavya. Remember this world is Trigunatmic and relative. Every
movement of the foot, every step, is an attempt towards Sat-chit-ananda. The world is a relative
plane. Prostitutes, saints, rogues, beggars, kings are all doing their respective duties. Good and
evil are relative terms. Evil exists to glorify good. Hatred exists to glorify love. A rogue is…
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You should not reduce your sleep by the use of medicine. That will affect your system.
Sufficient rest must be given to the body through sleep. When you regularly enter into deep
meditation, the system derives considerable rest and automatically sleep can then be reduced.
That will not affect your health.
Sleep should be reduced gradually and cautiously. Now, for a month go to bed at 9-30
p.m. and get up at 4 a.m. After a month, go to bed at 10 p.m. and get up at…
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and that though he has ceased to be the
former’s disciple, he should have respect for him also. What is your view?
The vast majority of people do not enjoy the good fortune of coming into contact with a
God-realized saint. What happens in their case is this. Traditionally, each family has a Guru-
Parampara. Each sect has its own sectional Guru. The aspirant born in a particular sect has, by
that mere fact, to accept the Guru of the sect as his own Guru. This Guru is…
Now I have no money and I do not like to beg from door to
door, but I am very anxious to take Sannyasa. Will you kindly suggest a method to quench
There are beautiful Ashrams throughout India where Nishkamya Seva is carried out.
They are always in need of sincere and energetic workers. You can remain in any one of the
Ashrams and help in the Ashram’s activities. They will take care of your material wants. Do not
be changing from one Ashram to another.…
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Doctors and medicines are only instruments in the hands of God. Unless God wills, none
can cure, or get cured. Man should do his best, with initiative, enterprise and perseverance, but
depend on God’s grace for everything. To bear with suffering and accept it as a blessing of God
in disguise is great wisdom. Prayer invokes the inner potentialities of the individual, which flow
only from God, and they can certainly work miracles.
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Side by side with instructions on practical Yogic processes, place always stress upon the
great importance of Sadachara, Yama and Niyama. Inspire the students with noble idealism.
Spur them on to strive for a life of lofty virtue, active goodness and selflessness. You must stress
the need for self-purification and self-mastery. The true inner Yoga is the transformation of the
essential nature of man. The lower human nature should gradually give place to an…
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introspectionist themes and inspiring a small handful to do likewise.
How then do you regard the production of a seemingly supremely great book like
Aurobindo’s “The Life Divine”, which almost nobody reads, almost nobody understands,
or books like “Treatise on Cosmic Fire”, or your books, all of which seem so totally
unrelated to helping anybody individually or collectively, in a material sense?
It is not correct to think that Yogins merely write,…
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It is said to be a
Kumbhak without Purak and Rechak. This is not intelligible, for necessarily before the
Kumbhak there has to be either inhalation or exhalation.
Your query on the practice of Kevala Kumbhak is not surprising, for it seems to be
impossible to do Kumbhak without doing either Purak or Rechak. However, what is meant is
that for Kevala Kumbhak the retention is suddenly performed at any given moment when the
mind is just about to get…
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It is useless to convince a person about the validity of Nirvikalpa Samadhi when he
cannot understand it. Logical arguments may be advanced, but a rank skeptic has to evolve
further to be alive to this truth. The philosophical implications and mystic signification of
experience must be studied well before one can attempt to answer such skeptics.
From "May I answer that" by Swami…
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But when I consciously try
to recite the prayers, I sometimes miss the link, and have at times to repeat a Stotra from
the beginning. Thus, are there two minds? How to overcome this difficulty?
No. There are no two minds. But the mind gets concentration little by little, and the
portion of the mind which is spiritually inclined - call it the higher mind - engages itself in
Sadhana, whereas that part of the mind which is more aware of its worldly Samskaras runs…
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“And all these explanations explain
nothing”. Is there any point, then, any real benefit, in following through the thin thread of
In the ultimate sense, words do not explain Truth. But they give a hint by which one can
know Truth directly in experience. Words have a relative value and they must be made use of,
though they do not constitute our real aim. Relative obstructions to the knowledge of Truth can
be removed through relative means and thus…
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The Lord has given His ever-standing promise that He would appear on earth whenever
there is a danger to Dharma, whenever Adharma tries to vanquish Dharma. To fulfil that
promise He has appeared many times in the form of saints and sages who have protected Dharma
from decay and from the onslaughts of foreign oppression. They have instilled new elements of
vigour and perspective in Hinduism. Therefore, Hinduism continues to flourish. Whenever there
is a necessity,…
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No. There should be no exclusiveness to the love of Jesus, even though other Christian
saints may not be equal to him. They also could be worshipped, if you have devotion for them,
as expressions of the same Divinity which manifested itself in a most intense and complete way
through Jesus. All messengers of God deserve our respect and adoration. Someone may be
temperamentally and emotionally closer to an individual, but it does not mean that the latter
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I do not celebrate my birthday. It is the devotees who do it. Celebration of such birthdays
is equal to worship of Para Brahman. Worship of the Guru is worship of Para Brahman. The
devotees take delight in celebrating the birthday, and they are benefited, uplifted. A spiritual
wave is created year after year when the birthday is celebrated, and more and more people get a
chance of knowing the existence of the Divine Life Society and my teachings. The celebrations
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The interval between death and rebirth varies from person to person. It may be two years
or it may be two hundred years, or more. There is no hard and fast rule. If the attachment to the
world is very intense, a Jiva may be born again immediately after death. There is a girt in Dehra
Dun who has memory of her past life. She took her present birth four years after she died in her
previous life. Those who have done a lot of virtuous actions remain in heaven for a long…
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What! Having been born a Hindu, and having the blood of the great sages coursing
through your veins, do you entertain this doubt in your mind? Yes, undoubtedly there is rebirth.
First of all, you have several miraculous instances of young boys and girls suddenly
exhibiting great knowledge. A young girl, who has never studied any book, recites the Gita.
How do you account for it except by the fact that she had mastered the Gita in her previous birth,
and that by the…
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O, yes. The soul must undergo various experiences in different bodies. In the male body,
the soul experiences the qualities of boldness, strength, etc., and patience, mercy, kindness,
forgiveness, etc. in the female body. Moreover, neither a man is a full man nor a woman a full
woman. There is woman in man and man in woman also. There are animal traits also in man.
There is the dog in some men, there is the donkey in some, there is the jackal in some and the