Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

030 – Q & A on God and Spirituality | Voice of Upanishads | Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

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0:00 - Introduction
0:28:35 - What is Spirituality?
0:39:45 - Does Spirituality differ for kids and adults?
0:48:43 - Impact of technology on current and next generation's life style, belief and culture?
0:51:08 - What is meditation? Why is it needed?
0:54:10 - Are there alternatives for meditation?
0:54:20 - What is devotion? What is the role of devotion in spirituality? Is it necessary to be devotional to become spiritual?
1:00:11 - How do we deal with our health issues since it seems to reinforce the body identity?
1:01:52 - How do we deal with the pain of death of a loved one?
1:02:51 - How do we deal with our guilt and helplessness when parents back home are sick and need our attention, when lack of leave, caring for our family here, or own health issues prevent us from being there for parents?
1:07:54 - Who is God? Why do I have to believe in someone I can't even see or interact with?
1:13:38 - Do we need to pray? If so how and when do we pray?
1:14:02 - Why do I need to visit temple if God is supposed to be everywhere?
1:16:40 - Do I need to be religious to be spiritual?
1:18:39 - If there is only one God, why are there so many religions?
1:19:41 - Why doesn't God intervene or help when there are so many problems in this world, some even in the name of God?
1:22:20 - Is spirituality to be taken up only in the old age, after family responsibilities are over?
1:23:56 - Who is a Guru? Do we need a Guru? If so, why?
1:25:00 - Are religious rituals and traditions necessary or are they imposed restraints?

Verses discussed:
Manusmrti 8.15
Mahabharata – Karna Parva 49.50
Bhagavad Gita 8.3
Ashtavakra Samhita 1.2
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.11

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