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What is a Panchayat?

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You know our ancient people said Panchayat. It’s a very beautiful concept of Panchayat. All cases would be solved right there. In Panchayat, there are five types of people.

One who analyzes the past, another one who gives direction to the future, third one maintains the equanimity and the fourth one who adds some humour in the situation and fifth one some compassion. The Panch devatas.

These are four type of people we find in society, those who are very sharp and very creative, like the Sun, those who just maintain and manage like Vishnu and those bring transformation and drastic change like Shiva and those who adds some humour and lightness to the air, like Ganesha and the Devi, the ladies who also should be part of every Panchayat because the lady brings her own angle of compassion. So when these five people used to sit, they used to solve all the problems.

~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji

Can marriages take place within the same Gotra?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Answers

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji: This time when I went to Haryana, I met some scientists who had done some good research which showcased how their genes were so good because they did not marry within the same Gotra. They demonstrated how maximum medals in sports were won by sportsmen from Haryana. So this is what the research said. Even in animal science this is followed. Also you should not marry siblings or close relatives. So from a scientific point of view this looks logical but then our Gotras are so ancient and have expanded so much that I don't think it is right to put too much weight on it. For instance if you are from the same Gotra but are from Haryana and Tamil Nadu, then it makes no sense to talk about Gotras then. But yes, if your from the same region then it is better to avoid marrying in the same Gotra.

Ram navami special: Ram Janam from Sri Ramcharitmanas

छं0-भए प्रगट कृपाला दीनदयाला कौसल्या हितकारी।
हरषित महतारी मुनि मन हारी अद्भुत रूप बिचारी।।
लोचन अभिरामा तनु घनस्यामा निज आयुध भुज चारी।
भूषन बनमाला नयन बिसाला सोभासिंधु खरारी।।
कह दुइ कर जोरी अस्तुति तोरी केहि बिधि करौं अनंता।
माया गुन ग्यानातीत अमाना बेद पुरान भनंता।।
करुना सुख सागर सब गुन आगर जेहि गावहिं श्रुति संता।
सो मम हित लागी जन अनुरागी भयउ प्रगट श्रीकंता।।
ब्रह्मांड निकाया निर्मित माया रोम रोम प्रति बेद कहै।
मम उर सो बासी यह उपहासी सुनत धीर पति थिर न रहै।।
उपजा जब ग्याना प्रभु मुसकाना चरित बहुत बिधि कीन्ह चहै।
कहि कथा सुहाई मातु बुझाई जेहि प्रकार सुत प्रेम लहै।।
माता पुनि बोली सो मति डौली तजहु तात यह रूपा।
कीजै सिसुलीला अति प्रियसीला यह सुख परम अनूपा।।
सुनि बचन सुजाना रोदन ठाना होइ बालक सुरभूपा।
यह चरित जे गावहिं हरिपद पावहिं ते न परहिं भवकूपा।।
दो0-बिप्र धेनु सुर संत हित लीन्ह मनुज अवतार।
निज इच्छा निर्मित तनु माया गुन गो पार।।192।।

Meet Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Lucknow and Naimisharanya, 1,2,3 March 2015

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Meet Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji in Lucknow on 1 March 2015, 5-9pm. Includes Dinner.
Starts: 03/01/2015 5:00PM
Ends: 2015-03-01:00.000 Duration: 04:00
Jalsa Resort, Khurdai Bazar, Sultanpur Road,
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
India

Call Tanuj Narain: 9335927200 for your entry pass

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Sri SRi Ravi Shankar visiting Lucknow and Naimisharanya

Yagya with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji in Lucknow on 2 and 3 March 2015, All day. Join the ceremony for world peace, health and prosperity.
Starts: 03/02/2015 08:00AM
Ends: 2015-03-03:00.000 Duration: 18:00
Sri Ved Vyas Dham, Naimisharanya, District Sitapur,
Naimisharanya, Uttar Pradesh
India

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Mahanarayan Yagya is being performed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji to pray for peace, health and prosperity for the whole world. You are welcome to be a part of this prayer ceremony with Vedic chants in Sanskrit, including the Rudra Abhishek and Rudra Homa.

Naimisharanaya has the ancient seat of Maharshi Ved Vyas ji, who organised the Vedas and wrote the most famous Srimad Bhagwat Purana, and Bhagwad Gita. Naimisharanya has ashrams of many sages and Chakra Teerth.

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Invitation for Maha Shivratri 2015 Celebration at Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore

"When you sit and meditate, you are in the Shiva principle. And that Shiva principle is truth, benevolence and beauty. These three things together form Shiva." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mahashivratri is an annual celebration at the Art of Living International Center in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Sanskrit chants from the Vedas create a meditative and joyous aura in the place, overflowing with meditators.

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Don’t miss it. Register now at www.bangaloreashram.org

Sri Sri Yoga, level 2 with Kamlesh Barwal ji at Art of Living International Ashram, 5 to 9 November 2014

"When mind controls man, it's..s Bhoga (bondage). But when man controls mind, it's… Yoga." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Learn to control your mind in the Sri Sri Yoga Level 2 with Kamlesh Barwal, at the Art of Living International Ashram

Learn Special Advanced Yoga postures and meditations, designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, along with knowledge from Patanjali Yoga Sutra.

Dates: 5th - 9th November 2014
Register Online: www.bangaloreashram.org
For Details Call: 080 67262626/27/28

Advanced Meditation at Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore

"Love is the fragrance of a silent, peaceful, and meditative heart" – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Fill your life with the fragrance of love with Advanced Meditation Programs in presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, at the Art of Living International Ashram
1st - 5th November 2014 (with Kato Upanishad Video Sessions)
8th - 12th November 2014 (with Kena Upanishad Video Sessions)
Register Online: www.bangaloreashram.org
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