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Benefits of Vipassana or Satipatthana

Benefits of Vipassana or Satipatthana

Question: I went for the 10 days retreat. The experience was very fulfilling. On day 4 of the Vipassana program during meditation, I was vividly seeing the events from my childhood more than 35 years ago which upset me very much and I was unable to sleep that night. I...
Why are Buddha’s Suttas not easily accepted?

Why are Buddha’s Suttas not easily accepted?

Question:Why are Buddha’s Suttas not easily accepted? I notice that NOT ONLY in Hindu monks but also in the Buddhist sects. Why can’t man accept the Truth?Answer:Your question is valuable and will help many others.Buddha’s original teachings are in the form of Suttas...
How to give it back to the evil people in life?

How to give it back to the evil people in life?

Question:I’m following the Buddha’s path of compassion but I need advice on how to treat people who treat you unfairly, cold-heartedly or are just evil people? I have been running into a lot of problems with it. I’ve been ignoring people. But I’m starting to feel...
Dealing with disrespectful people using Buddha’s principles of observing sensations!

Dealing with disrespectful people using Buddha’s principles of observing sensations!

Question:At work, few people are disrespectful in team meetings. I understand emotions arise due to1] my dvesha [I do not have a powerful physical voice or authoritative position, etc].2] my fear of “trump effect” that the authoritative figure is disrespecting,...
Want to spend an afternoon interacting with a fully enlightened person… How to find one?

Want to spend an afternoon interacting with a fully enlightened person… How to find one?

Question:I have a very deep thirst for knowing the Truth of ‘Who am I?’ I follow Ramana Maharshi’s teachings but it is so difficult to find a fully enlightened being to spend some time with and learn the Truth. I want to spend an afternoon speaking with a person who...
Are you ready for Buddha’s teachings on the Art of BEing with REALITY?

Are you ready for Buddha’s teachings on the Art of BEing with REALITY?

Question:I am confused whether I should start with the Vedic or Buddha’s knowledge sessions on the website http://www.gnyanasangha.com. How do I know if I am ready for Buddha’s teachings?Answer:First you must evaluate yourself by asking yourself – Why are you here?...
Apaatra Daanam – Charity to the unworthy!

Apaatra Daanam – Charity to the unworthy!

Question:Dear Ektaji,When do we call it Apatradanam? My husband and I helped on several occasions, our Indian temple priest by giving guru Dakshina in US dollars. Now there is a request for money for his daughter’s dental procedure. Because I can not help out of my...
Why is there a pinch experienced in doing right?

Why is there a pinch experienced in doing right?

Question:I have a question regarding the previous knowledge on Apaatra Daanam!We have faced that situation many times with extended family. Using my Viveka, it’s obviously ‘apaatra’! But why I still feel a pinch? Just the feeling that someone was not happy with me –...
Leave the mind alone!

Leave the mind alone!

Question: Dear Didi, in your signature and on your web site, there is a beautiful quote. “Leave the mind alone, it will quieten itself! Meditate!”I meditate, but it is more of a struggle and I always come out feeling not so good about my inability to become...
Stand up for what is right even if you have to stand alone!

Stand up for what is right even if you have to stand alone!

Question:Didi,I see that people around me do all kinds of corrupt and unwholesome things – lie, steal, twist facts, play games with me, do politics in office as well as at home. These people are very successful and rich. They seem to have a powerful position among...
Is there a benefit in knowing about planetary movements?

Is there a benefit in knowing about planetary movements?

Question:What is the point of knowing that it is the Mercury retrograde going on right now? I have only been on the watch since yesterday keeping a guard to prevent negativity. It makes me nervous. How is it helpful?Answer:Mercury Retrograde is just an apparent...
In sickness and in health!

In sickness and in health!

Question:Ekta ji, during Vyadhi, even as small as a headache, the Prana takes a hit and is focused only on the body. Should one wait for the phase to finish, and take it as tapas to come back and settle in the Self, what do you suggest?Answer:No dear, what’s the point...
Intellectualization of Spiritual Knowledge is a MAJOR obstacle!

Intellectualization of Spiritual Knowledge is a MAJOR obstacle!

Question:Ekta ji, can you point to any references in scriptures or your own experience on how to identify the symptoms of being half baked in vedanta knowledge or being caught up just in the theory of advaita?Answer:It is a big danger if you are caught up in the...
Overwhelmed by to-do’s? Naah

Overwhelmed by to-do’s? Naah

Question:You have so many people asking you so many questions from all around the world……I’m sure you could fill every free minute you have (waiting for an appointment, waiting in the grocery check-out lane, sitting in the bathroom) just writing out responses.  And as...
Dealing with Sexual desires on the spiritual path!

Dealing with Sexual desires on the spiritual path!

Question:What should be the effort from our side to get over sexual desire on the spiritual path, if we should not suppress it? If we express it aren’t we making those impressions stronger? What should be our attitude towards it?Answer:Have you played with a bow and...
How does a “thought” become an Agami Karma ?

How does a “thought” become an Agami Karma ?

Question:First one of the 5 elements or the senses hits us (it also depends on my doshas), then it goes to the memory bank & opens one file like, dislike with People, Situation & Thing. (Is there any other file gets opened?). Now what happens if I’m not aware...

Mind v/s Self !

Question: Sometimes these guided meditations (including today’s) talk about how our mind is bigger than our body and our body is surrounded by our mind, and says it like this is a good thing. But if that’s the case, it’s really undermining my ability...
Are you crazy or wise?

Are you crazy or wise?

Question:I met a guy for a matrimonial alliance but he left saying I feel a pull towards u so if it’s meant to be then destiny will get us back together! I don’t know how to deal with this. Is it really all destiny? Or it’s just a name given and we have to make...
How to deal with misbehavior?

How to deal with misbehavior?

Question:After working with a person, some habit/pattern and memory came up. It reminds me that she acted like my ex-boss who needs us to respect her and follow her lead; but at some points, my ego tells me: No, this is not right! I should do those things which I...
Surrender

Surrender

Question:I am trying to understand why we have to surrender our impulses/attachments to the Devas. We talked about asking forgiveness of the Devas and asking them to guide us, free us and help us so that we don’t get tripped by the obstacles they throw in our...
Stop struggling and float with Life!

Stop struggling and float with Life!

Question:At times I feel like I have dropped a desire, but again it pops up with more intensity. And at times I feel I am dropping the desire but doubt arises if I am just resisting it. How to differentiate between dropping a desire and resisting a desire?Answer:When...
The life of ‘maximum relief’

The life of ‘maximum relief’

Question: My friend somewhere read that the life before liberation is the toughest, is there any truth to this? Answer: I don’t think that the last life before liberation is the toughest. It is just that in that life, you will actually make efforts to understand your...
Beyond the realm of right and wrong…

Beyond the realm of right and wrong…

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A few questions on KARMA

A few questions on KARMA

Question:Is karma about keeping your intentions positive or is it about keeping your intention and thoughts neutral?Answer:There are two steps:Moving from negativity to positivityDropping the attachment to positivity = attaining neutralityQuestion:What about the...
What is the purpose of life?

What is the purpose of life?

Question:I keep wondering why we first broke away from our nature of infinite consciousness? Why did that subtle vibration even occur that led to the “I”/ ego and then to the projected consciousness that leads us to this cycle of samsara and then it is all about...
What is Personality?

What is Personality?

Question:Is personality born from the soul or is it created by the ego? When we see others who are acting very differently than we ever would like ourselves to, even though they are part of our same consciousness, does that mean that they have the same personality...
Spiritual but not Religious

Spiritual but not Religious

Question:Now a days it is becoming fashionable to say ” I am not religious but I am spiritual”. Could you help me understand the difference between the two. Isn’t spirituality a part of our religion? Does religion only mean to worship God as a form and follow certain...
Life is a flow of events on account of Karma

Life is a flow of events on account of Karma

Question:If life is a flow of events, where everything that is happening has to and we have nothing to do with it, then how does the karma theory play in with the above statement, where we alone are responsible for our prarabdh karma due to our sanchita...
Three paths for a Seeker!

Three paths for a Seeker!

Question:Good to meet you mam. Love being in a place where the knowledge is discussed..feels light and natural.One thought that passed me during today’s discussionLoving the God, consciousness in a idol form or even as a person like Guruji is beautiful. It gives the...
If everything is a play of Destiny, then what is Freewill?

If everything is a play of Destiny, then what is Freewill?

Question:I am still not clear on how Destiny and Freewill play a part in our lives. When do we have a freewill when it is all our destiny or a result of our past karma. If I am not the Doer, where is free will in the picture? Is free will just an illusion?Answer:There...
You are GOD! Only GOD is! You do not exist!

You are GOD! Only GOD is! You do not exist!

Question:Hi Ekta ji, Loved your analogy of white and green dress with body and soul. However, continuing with this analogy if the dress is the body and the body in white or green dress who did the action is the soul, then how come “I am not the doer” be said since “I”...
Resistance to meditation

Resistance to meditation

Question:Dear Ekta,I have a question. You told us on google hangout to give the divine the highest priority. For a few years I have been doing do my home kriya very day. Weekly I do the long kriya (if there is a teacher available in my little country). I never skip a...
Mind retaliates to your answer on craving for Guru!

Mind retaliates to your answer on craving for Guru!

Question:Ektaji, My bhakti kicked in and did a little revolt against the answer – https://ektabathija.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/craving-for-guru/Divine craving (for the physical guru or the tattva) is in my faith a blessing..does Mukti not happen through Grace? Once we...
Become Mortgage-free from relationship patterns

Become Mortgage-free from relationship patterns

Question:JGD Ektaji, I have been dumped by my boyfriend and I just cannot find the courage to let go and move on. My ego is hurt and I really want to know why? Why has this happened to me? I want to still make it happen but he just won’t listen. I keep begging him and...
Impressions related to body and sex

Impressions related to body and sex

Question:I have impressions on my mind for past so many years that this body is me. How do I get rid of this impression that is so strongly rooted in my mind? Will the impression of “I am the body” be the reason for my re-birth again as a human being?Answer:There is...
Is Ambition also a seeking?

Is Ambition also a seeking?

Question:One of yesterday’s Yoga Vasishtha knowledge points and homework, that you gave was ‘not to seek and just be and live effortlessly through whatever transpires because of Sanchita karma.’  How do we differentiate seeking from ambition?  Or are they the same?...
The greatest fear!

The greatest fear!

Question:Jgd didi, your recent post made me realize that the ego is the cause of my beginning. Now that I have taken a step towards liberation there is a strange fear of becoming no one again, the mind says-  what will happen to’me’ after liberation, there will be no...
Dusangha sarvathaiva tyajaha – Shun bad company at all costs!

Dusangha sarvathaiva tyajaha – Shun bad company at all costs!

Question:Di, there is tremendous change in the society in India…everyone is so much into alcohol and stuff. There are special afternoon get together of females where all of them go to pubs…I am always the odd one out not going or not drinking…as a result I feel cut...
Is there something like “too much spiritual knowledge”?

Is there something like “too much spiritual knowledge”?

Question:All who worship what is not real knowledge, enter into blind darkness: those who delight in real knowledge, enter, as it were, into greater darkness.This is excerpt from Ishavasya Upanishad, what struck me was that people who worship worldly knowledge are far...
Decision-making – Everything is a happening!

Decision-making – Everything is a happening!

Question:Should I stay here in the US or go back to India? Should I sell my home or keep it and rent it out and return back to the US in a few years? Is there still some karma to be taken care of in the US…..in this case where do I draw a line about destiny and free...
Have a ‘Pure’ Guru Poornima!

Have a ‘Pure’ Guru Poornima!

Question:What are the important things that a sincere seeker should understand about Guru Poornima? I was wondering how should a sincere seeker and disciple’s acharan [behaviour] be on the spiritual path especially in the presence of a Guru. Please guide.Answer:Guru...
How to do proper darshan of the Guru during Guru Poornima?

How to do proper darshan of the Guru during Guru Poornima?

Question:Ektaji Jai Guru Dev, Can you please give me tips on how to get a Proper True Darshan of Gurudev during this upcoming Guru Poornima. The mind gets swept away with the much fanfare and misses seeing the Guru in his full presence. How do we not get caught in...
Does a Guru or the Enlightened one feel sadness? Do they actually fall sick?

Does a Guru or the Enlightened one feel sadness? Do they actually fall sick?

Question:I have a question, although it may sound silly. I was wondering, do enlightened beings feel sadness? Do they actually feel sick? As I look at Guruji, I see consciousness and whatever is emanating from him is just natural. Since he’s in a human form, he’s not...
How to manage job, family, Seva without getting overwhelmed?

How to manage job, family, Seva without getting overwhelmed?

Question:Can you please give direction on how do you manage a job, family, personal endeavor, and Seva while not getting overwhelmed? I have a tendency to say yes to many things, but in the end, I’m just playing catch up on my to-do list. How to manage the tasks and...
From scenery to seer!

From scenery to seer!

Question:Ektaji, what is the scenery and what does it mean ‘not to get lost’ in the scenery? Who is the seer?Answer:Scenery: Everything around you is the scenery. The people, situations and things around you are all scenerySeer: You are the seer. The one who is seeing...
Karma affects both Material life and spiritual goals?

Karma affects both Material life and spiritual goals?

Question:We do not choose where we are born or what profession we choose, but we choose whom we get married to or have kids. Also, the kind of people who come into our life is a result of our past karmas – good or bad.If I did not have a choice in my education or the...
Birthday Message!

Birthday Message!

Question:JGD didi, many happy returns of the day. Please could you give us a message on your birthday about how to celebrate a birthday.Answer:Life is a school. We all are here to learn some lessons. There are several classrooms- relationship class, career class,...
Is being a witness and being 100% aware the same?

Is being a witness and being 100% aware the same?

Question 1:I was practicing 100% awareness for most of the day. But it seemed to me that as I was 100% aware, I was also totally aware of what I was experiencing through the senses – I was totally aware of what my body and mind were doing. It seemed to be an excellent...
What is the difference between Tolerance and Surrender?

What is the difference between Tolerance and Surrender?

Question:What is the difference between tolerance and surrender?Answer:Tolerance is like a potential volcano. There is a dislike hidden within which just churns and burns inside and can erupt at any time. Tolerance is just a temporary cover-up. When you are tolerating...
How do I experience Silence during meditation ?

How do I experience Silence during meditation ?

Question:“Drop the small mind”. I understand one way is to keep saying I am not the body, I am not the mind, I am not the ego etc. I do this during meditation, yet I am unable to TRULY drop the mind just does not go away.A few thoughts come then they stop but I am...
Who am I?

Who am I?

Question:Similar to what’s said in AG 4- I got caught in identifying with a talent and also with not having a talent & was/is suffering. What Guruji said still repeats in my ears. He said “you don’t know who you are”. I started thinking how and when will I know...
Dealing with Possessiveness

Dealing with Possessiveness

Question:What if it is not me who is possessive, but someone else is possessive of me , rather obsessive almost to the sick levels of possessing me, what is that I should or should not do.Answer:Recognize that it is just a play of the elements and that person’s karma...
Bhakti leads to the flowering of Gnyana

Bhakti leads to the flowering of Gnyana

Question: Hello Ektaji, I read on one of the Facebook post where Guruji says “Devotion destroys all the karma”.  Could you please explain this with reference to what we have learnt so far in Ashtavakra Gita? Answer: Ashtavakra is the path of Gnyana...
To Act, or Not To Act?

To Act, or Not To Act?

Question:With today’s knowledge, I know I should take life as a game but I was cheated in business. Should I drop it too, or should I pursue the case I filed with the lawyer?Question:I work for a profit oriented company and there is a lot of political stuff going on.I...
Your name does not belong to you!

Your name does not belong to you!

Question:Didi, I am 30 +. My Mom has nothing but to give advice every day and scold me. She always says negative about me and no encouragement. I cannot ignore them and I am getting angry at them and I decided not to call her for months. Even after many years they...
Free will is a misnomer!

Free will is a misnomer!

Question:Ekta Ji, Please can you elaborate on this. Is there no free will? I thought only few things like birth, death, longevity of life, source of birth are predetermined. Others, we can change our karmas. The statement below contradicts. Please share!“As long as...
What is seeking?

What is seeking?

Question:I quit my job and interviewed for another one. They offered me an entry level position with a pay less than half of what I am currently making. I did not accept the offer. My previous boss is working on getting me back at my old job. By me not accepting the...
The door that leads you ‘IN’ also leads you ‘OUT’!

The door that leads you ‘IN’ also leads you ‘OUT’!

Question: I am a very competitive and jealous person in the office, at home, with family & friends and especially in my volunteer activities. Now this competition is coming into my spiritual side also. In Art of living now, I want to be a teacher like you. Nothing...
Ego is a major pitfall on the Spiritual path!

Ego is a major pitfall on the Spiritual path!

Question :Dear Didi, I tend to be influenced by those who are having too much fun and less awareness and don’t take the spiritual path seriously. I feel that we are not even eligible to learn this beautiful knowledge from Gurudev. He is so compassionate towards us in...
What is Tapas?

What is Tapas?

Question:What exactly is tapas? Does it refer to a dissolved state? I understand that the words: burn, cook are used here as metaphor but what do they actually refer to?Answer:Tapas means endurance. Tapas is how strong are you mentally to be able to go through the ups...
Yardstick to measure spiritual progress

Yardstick to measure spiritual progress

Question:What is the yardstick to measure my spiritual progress? How do I know if I am progressing spiritually?Answer:The yardstick to measure your spiritual progress is: ‘Equanimity + Awareness’.*Equanimity = [Internal Non-Reaction + External Non-Reaction] in any...
How to work on erasing past patterns?

How to work on erasing past patterns?

Question:JGD Ekta di, we acquire certain belief systems and patterns from our past birth as a result of Sanchita karma and these are strong impressions embedded in us that makes us act and react in a certain manner. The objective is to develop awareness to clearly see...