FAQ About Spirituality

As part of our study of Spirituality, many immediate questions have been asked by young people that need to be answered promptly.

One needs to know that the answers to the questions may or may not appeal to you -- all depending on your samskars, background, beliefs and what you have been brought up with. But keep in mind that the answer to each question is based on spiritual values and that the solution to our problems lie in Spirituality -- not in religion, beliefs, or thoughts. Often religion creates more problems than solutions. One must have an open mind while studying the Gita. This is only to give you a fresh start.

To receive Spiritual knowledge one must have a pure body, mind and intellect or it will be like pouring fresh milk into a dirty vessel and ruining the milk. Try to listen carefully and contemplate. When you have learned the entire Gita, you will be able to appreciate and understand the answers better. At present accept what is explained as they are not any one person's personal views, but the views and experience of thousands of saints and Vedanta.

If you see a question not addressed that you would like an answer to, feel free to submit new questions. The answers will be based on Truth, even though sometimes you won't like it. Life is like that. There are lots of problems to be solved and that is one reason we are using the Gita to solve our problems. The things we learn take time to grow in us and to be useful to us. Soon you'll be on your own feet, and even then, stick to the Gita. You are very blessed.

--Swami Radhanandaji

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What's the point of religion?
Why should I study the Gita?
Why should I bother pursuing Self Realization?
What is Vedanta?
How will the Gita help me?
Why is the Gita singled out?
What can I do besides learn the Gita to improve my life?
How do you define Gita?
When people ask me about the Gita, how should I respond?
Why were humans put on earth? What are they here to accomplish?
What are the duties of humans?
Who am I?
Why was I born?
Where is God?
How do you know what God wants from you?
Why did God create us?
Why doesn't God make it easier for us to reach him?
Why do we pray?
How do you define God?
Why can't we see God?
Did the Ramayana and Mahabharata actually happen? Why do some people call them myths?
If God wants us to live a certain way in order to reach him then why doesn't he just tell us?
Meditation is hard. So how should I pray?
Why do we have to pray more than once a day?
What is karma?
Is Hinduism Polytheistic or Monotheistic?
Why are there so many Gods in Hinduism?
Why do we pray to murtis or statues?
Why are there so many Idols in Hinduism?
Why do we believe that there is God in everyone? Is it hard to find God in people who do bad things?
Why does one go to the temple?
Why do Hindus worship the cow?
How do I differentiate between Love and Maya?
Why do people lose their temper so frequently?
Why do Krishna and Arjuna have so many names?
How can I control my emotions?
How can I forget my past pains and move on?
What happens after death?
What is heaven and hell? What do people do there?
Is there such a thing as devil in Hinduism?


“Live in the midst of the batter of life. Anyone can keep calm in a cave or when asleep. Stand in the whirl and madness of action and reach the Center. If you have found the Center, you cannot be moved.” — Swami Vivekananda