We held a special programme on the ninth day. This was on a Thursday and therefore also the day devotees usually come to the Centre for weekly abhishekam. We performed an abhishekam to both the Centre Bhuvaneshwari statue and the …

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Q (A devotee from France:) Swamiji, earlier you said that we should not think about previous lives. Yet we all have previous lives. Do you not think it is good for us to know about our previous lives, as it …

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Swamiji, I would like to know whether God can get angry with us in our daily life, and if so, how? God doesn’t get angry in daily life. Why do you feel that God gets angry? I agree and accept …

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Q: Swamiji, someone once said never to trust an avatar… (Swamiji laughs:) Very good! Sometimes it seems everything Swami says is true; sometimes it seems otherwise. What is the correct attitude of the devotee to Swamiji’s way? A: This is …

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For the third year in a row, the French Premananda Youth group organized a Youth Summer Meeting during the summer holidays. They continued on their trip to Santiago De Compostella, starting where they left off last year. Through the years …

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For Guru Poornima this year we were joined by fellow devotees from the Centre in Grenoble and performed a pada pooja to Swamiji’s padukas – in 1998 Swamiji graciously agreed to place his sacred feet on these padukas! The pada …

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(By Surya, India) I grew up in the Ashram and was looking after an elderly bedridden devotee in the Ashram when I got married and moved to a house in the nearby village. My husband was then working in the …

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Q: Swamiji, what is the connection between our personality and our soul before we reach enlightenment? A: What do you mean by personality? The body and mind. Ah, so you want to know the link between the atma, the soul, …

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(by an Ashram resident) During the first year that I lived in the Ashram I was in charge of a larger department that also included the library (then located in the present-day Om Namah Shivaya or meditation room). As was …

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The Absolute Reality, which is called by many names, is truth and knowledge. The understanding gained by achieving the ultimate state of knowledge is called jnanam, which means wisdom. The spiritual path that searches for jnanam is another route to …

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