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Dear Guruji,

1) Does sharing a room with non practioners (due to need for saving electricity used by A.C) lead to loss of prana due to the concentration gradient? Contact during the day is kept to the minimum.

2) Are we commiting himsa (violence) if we calmly decline commiting actions detrimental to the practice eg. Shaving beard, white lies on the phone etc. This gets the other party EXTREMELY WORKED UP AND ANGRY.

3) What is the benefit of eating prasadam?

4) What other factors within a household with servants and other comforts lead to loss of prana?

Answer
1. If sharing a room with another is a part of one's destiny, at a certain stage in life, it cannot be sidestepped. One has to hold on to his Sadhana and focus on his objective alone.

2. No. However, one should not utter the untruth with a personal motive, for some selfish gain.

3. By offering food to God, a small portion of one's Ego is diminished and the resulting food is charged with a percentage of Supreme consciousness (based on the extent of the worshiper's surrender), however small it may be. Consuming this offering (Prasadam), therefore makes the mind tranquil to a certain extent and more aligned with one's Atman (pure self). This much is the benefit and not more.

4. Let go of these worries and accept what destiny offers as a result of your Prarabdha. The aim should be to kill the thief within (Ego) and not external things. To the one who is intent on Sadhana, who holds on to the self, external factors do not cause much trouble. They get realigned, to the extent deserved, by the higher power which runs the show.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)

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Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self, & the means required are dealt with here.

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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."

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