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Ammaji my students asked me what are the four varnas and why are they still relevant in modern times?

Varnas are relevant today as they are nothing but the human nature which is a composite of the three gunas – Satva, Rajas and Tamas. When Satva predominates and Rajas is secondary in one's nature,...

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Ammaji, but isn’t Varna by birth?

In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna makes it clear that Varna is to be understood as 'guna-karma vibhagashah'. This means that Varna is four-fold through one's nature and also through one's birth. The second category...

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Ammaji my friend wants to know what are the four pursuits of life and benefit of each one?

In life, a human being has many pursuits which our tradition broadly groups them into four: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Artha and Kama are considered to be universal in nature, as they are meant...

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Ammaji my brother wants to know, what are the pancha maha yagnas and who should perform it?

Pancha-maha-yagnas is nitya karma, daily duties of a house-holder. They are Brahma-yajna, pitr-yajna, deva-yajna, bhuta-yajna and nr-yajna. These are offerings made to one's rishi-lineage, ancestors, gods, plants-animals, and human beings respectively. In fact, for cosmic...

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Ammaji my 8 year old daughter wants to know, why are there only 16 steps in the puja?

The pujas may start from five steps and can be performed upto 64 steps. Generally the 64 step puja is performed in the temples, for community worship. It is not practical to do the latter...

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