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Is this process of enlightenment slow and step by step or is it sudden and quantum jump? (Girdhar, Thane)
You have to start working on the path slowly to begin with. If you are living high-speed life, you naturally need to slow down and create some space within. This is necessary because, if you apply breaks to a car moving at very high speed, what happens? It may skid, right? Similarly, the safer option is to slow down your life slowly and come down to a point where you can spare some time for your self.Once you create enough time for yourself and give yourself the space for solitude, it becomes possible to move step by step towards your ultimate goal of enlightenment. At this stage, this goal is decided by your ego-mind, interested in achieving something in future. Your real sadhana begins when you start observing this mind, which is interested in achieving so many things, with aloof attention. As your intensity of witnessing goes on increasing, you start understanding the way your mind functions. This increase in understanding is slow and steady, like a bud becomes flower. Simultaneously, your awareness goes on increasing steadily. If at this stage, you move from lukewarm approach to more intense approach, the awareness becomes broader as well as sharper. With this it becomes possible to stay in multi-point awareness for some time.Up to this point, this process is slow and steady, the speed of which being decided by your intensity of alertness and watchfulness. This stage is like walking step by step to climb the stairs and come to the jumping board of the swimming pool!Beyond this point, there is nothing much in your hand, except staying into that state of multi-point awareness. The inward energy reservoir goes on increasing and at some point the quantum jump in consciousness happens which can not be described by words. So the entire process of enlightenment is step by step and a quantum jump!

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What is Enlightenment? (Shanti, Bhiwandi)
It is the existential understanding at the deepest level in your being, in experiential manner, that I am neither this body, nor this mind, nor the intellect. I am the consciousness, which is the substratum on which the modifications of the states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep take place. Any attachment to that, which is temporary, may it be body, mind or intellect; it creates the sense of identification, which is the ego. Going beyond this and getting rooted in innocence, which is egolessness, is the essence of enlightenment.Such a person stays in the world like a lotus in the pond. He stays in this world without any psychological attachment to any thing. He gets rooted into the witnessing of all that happens to him within and without.

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Many yogis talk about conserving sexual energy in name of celibacy or Brahmacharya. Is it really necessary for spiritual upliftment? Do you think it is possible for the modern man who is bombarded with sexual messages from media all the time? (Pravin, Mumbai)
Yes, it is true that it is the same cosmic energy that is present in living beings as the sex force. This energy is considered as sacred, something that is worthy of being worshipped, not frittered away. The normal logic is that any sense experience consumes prana. It is also considered logical that higher spiritual pursuits need lots of prana and hence any activity that depletes the pranic levels is not recommended. It is said that celibacy ensures the abundance of prana to the seeker.But, many modern sexologist laugh at this traditional view of conserving sexual energy, saying that it is an affluent that will find its way out, any way!For the modern man, it is better to trade the middle path. Indulge in it if you like, but without the guilt attached to it. Preserve it if it is possible for you. It is always better to control and discipline our senses gradually, only through understanding and not abruptly. In any case the truth is not in the extremes. It is always better to follow the middle path! It is true that all our Rishis were married and lived a balanced sex life, and still attained to greatest heights in spirituality.

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Is it possible to be spiritual while staying with the family, in the society and working in this commercial world? (Rajan, Mumbai)
Yes! It's definitely possible. You do not need to renounce the world to be more spiritual! Does someone object, if you slow down a bit and be more relaxed? In fact people around you will like you more if you are relaxed, because when you are relaxed, you become more loving and caring person. It adds to your effectiveness and you become more humane too.So, it's all in the mind! As within, so without. As the mind, so the world. To become happy and peaceful, you may renounce the world and go to Himalayas. You may find peace there, but that peace will be of Himalayas, not yours! What's the use of such a borrowed peace? While staying in the midst of the market place, if you remain quiet and tranquil within, nothing can disturb you. That, which is yours, remains with you. That, which is borrowed, goes away.While staying in this world, you can do better sadhana, simply because you get lots of opportunities to test yourself everyday. Does noisy neighborhood irritate you? Do you get angry if someone pushes you in the crowded train? Becoming more observant of the mind in such situations is the beginning of the spiritual journey for you! If you observe your mind while sleeping beside your wife and your child, what's the problem? Does anyone come to know about it? Who stops you from doing that? So begin from wherever you are. Right now is the best time to start!

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What is the difference between Spirituality and Religion? (Mohan, Pune)
Religions are many but spirituality is one. Religion helps you to cultivate character, amend your behavioral patterns to align with the existing tradition, to be moral etc. These are all peripheral changes. Unfortunately, majority of the religious people world over are caught in this aspect of decorating the periphery. Spirituality is all about the center, which is forgotten completely. In fact, if you go deep to find the real meaning of the word ‘religion’, it comes from its Latin root religare, which means returning back to the Source.Spirituality is an inner revolution. It is all about fundamental or core level transformation. When the change happens at the center, the peripheral changes happen as the by-product. You don't need to cultivate them. Our focus, therefore must be the core level inner transformation

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What is Meditation?
Meditation is the freedom from thought, a state of no-mind. It is a state of pure consciousness with no contents. It is the activation of natural 'seeing' activity, of the 'Self' or Consciousness. It is the finest way to increase one's personal energy by getting connected to the Source.

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Appreciate All, Criticize None, walk your own path, Be a Jivan Mukta (trans: Freed while living)

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Be vegetarian. Eat only when hungry and as per the requirement of the body. Once in a while give rest to your digestive system. Come out of your addictions, if any, at once!.....

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"My only mission is to help people to awaken to the divinity within. The Ultimate Secrets are very simple! Know the Secrets… Do Sadhana (Spiritual Practices) …and the door opens!

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In order to attract enlightenment from an enlightened being, the seeker must cultivate the following qualities:
• Simplicity: Simplicity is the first virtue on the path to enlightenment. Those who are overly educated, logical, learned, or intellectual will miss the point.

• Humility: One should be willing to receive the grace of divinity. When it is raining, one should hold the vessel straight to receive water. If it is upside down, will you get the water? No! So, be humble.

• Attitude of learning: Upanishad means sitting at the feet of the master ready to receive grace. Electrical energy flows from high-voltage to low-voltage. Similarly, spiritual energy flows from the master to the disciple. It is an important quality for the disciple to be able to sit at the feet of the master. An egoist cannot do that! Only the right disciple, who is willing to sit at the feet of the master, who is humble, simple, and receptive, will be capable of receiving that grace!

• Gratitude: If you have gratitude in your heart towards that enlightened consciousness, if you have a sense of appreciation for the profundity of the phenomenon, that very gratitude and appreciation will enable you to catch fire any moment.

Courage: The fifth and the most important quality of the right disciple is the courage to die, a willingness to let go. To use the metaphor of the lamp, the lamp should be ready to destroy its darkness. It should be ready to go near the fire to catch the fire. Most people are not willing to go near live fire, the living enlightened master, for it will burn you. Therefore, intellectual pundits will talk about the fire, will have study circles, will read books, but never approach the fire because they are not ready for it.

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As the intensity of witnessing is heightened by additional energy, now available as there are no thoughts to dissipate it, the energy reservoir keeps increasing. This results in a high intensity field of observation – where there are no thoughts – resulting in the ‘non-thought zone’. This state is so vibrant and dynamic that thought has no capacity to linger in this zone. This is the state in which one should be rooted with multi-point awareness. Staying longer and longer in this state is an invitation to the Divine. It makes it possible to touch upon that divine quality that brings about total transformation, from the very core of your being, through the explosion of the psychological instrument in the inner domain. As you remain alert, aware and vigilant throughout, there is no chance at all for the thought-mind to play tricks in the form of visualisation, hallucination and imagery. In fact, this state, being beyond the frontiers of thoughts, is free from the influence of thoughts.

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Enlightenment is for those courageous few who are willing to die completely. Enlightenment happens in the total death of the ego

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