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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...
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...
How to make sure not to be born again?

How to make sure not to be born again?

Question:How to make sure not to be born again? How to stop the cyclical nonsense of birth and death?Answer:That’s an invaluable question, dear. But, It does not have a straight answer. There is NO way to ensure not to be born again. At the most, you can work hard on...
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...
Can a liar meditate?

Can a liar meditate?

Can a liar meditate?Answer:Buddha said that morality [Sheel] is more important than anything else.If your morals are loose, you will not be able to meditate.If you cannot meditate, inner wisdom will not arise.If inner wisdom does not arise, you will NEVER attain the...
Using restrain to practice celibacy, is it right?

Using restrain to practice celibacy, is it right?

Question:For Brahmacharya to happen, a maturity is required, before this maturity can one use restraint to be celibate?Answer:The act of “restraining the senses” belongs to the circle of sleep.What is the circle of sleep?We usually are living life...

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...

Principles of Law of Attraction

Question:I’ve noticed, it is said to ‘be positive’ or  to ‘think positive’ so you attract that kind of people or energies around you, but when thoughts are negative then those energies or situations arise sooner than the positive ones. It seems like it takes a...
Dealing with people of a different type than you

Dealing with people of a different type than you

Question: Hello Ektaji, how do we deal, on a day to day basis, with people who are relatively unconscious or ignorant?  For e.g. at work, my colleagues are ignorant about proper diet and healthy lifestyles, such as eating less refined sugar, meditating, contemplation,...

Observing the mind and getting out of problems!

Question:I understand that we have to maintain an observer’s attitude towards our mind. But sometimes, trying to observe what is going on in my mind creates more turmoil in my mind since an inner dialogue starts about whether these thoughts are useless etc. Is...
Who is God?

Who is God?

Question: What’s the easy way to be connected to divine. I was good at that but I got lost & cannot concentrate to get there again. Answer:How to be connected to the divine? Who is God? Most do not even know who is God. How can you be connected to whom you...
Abiding in the Self!

Abiding in the Self!

Question:There is a sort of ‘bond’ between the awareness and the mind. The awareness goes out every time (away from the self to the world). And this connection or bond must be broken. How can I break this connection? I know that I have to take a step back every time 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...
Does spirituality reduce the desire for sex?

Does spirituality reduce the desire for sex?

Question:Some have very strong desires and need sex anywhere between 2/3 times a week. Some have not had sex in months. Some are frustrated that one of the partner initiates all the time. Some have never had great need for sex right from a very young age. Some talk...
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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Dealing with Anxiety

Dealing with Anxiety

Question:Dear Ektaji,How should one deal with anxiety through Karma Yoga? I understand the role of gyana and bhakti/surrender when we are anxious about something in future but it is still prabhava gyana. Therefore I end up reasoning with my racing mind to settle down...
Dealing with Anxiety

Why do I feel stagnant in my spiritual growth?

Question:JGD Ektaji – As you are aware, I have been in knowledge for about 3 years now. I have also been involved with some seva and regular sadhana but I feel like I am not growing. I watch my self all the time (sakshi Bhaav) and as an outsider I see that I am still...
Journey from external to internal

Journey from external to internal

Question:Dear Ektaji, I have been with Guruji for 15 yrs now, have done courses, seva, satsang( less of seva though :-), could be better) … However, one question that has never been understood is going within. Journey from external to internal. I am referring to your...
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...
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”...
Buddha taught that there is NO SOUL!

Buddha taught that there is NO SOUL!

Question:Buddha taught that there is NO SOUL! Please, can you enlighten us on this?Answer:To understand Buddha first, we have to understand his basic teachings.Buddha was a prince, who saw riches/name/fame/relationships but did not find True Sukha in that. His did not...
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...
Baby dying in womb attains liberation or not?

Baby dying in womb attains liberation or not?

The key to liberation is ‘awareness’. Being ‘Aware at the point of death is the secret code!For an ‘unenlightened soul’, birth and death both happen in a ‘deep sleep state devoid of awareness’. Because of this lack of awareness, one is stuck in the vicious cycle of...
Meditation is not for me!

Meditation is not for me!

Question:While meditating, not even once have I listened to the whole meditation, there are variety of things happening every single time:1. As soon as I close my eyes, even when I am paying attention to the voice, my mind starts drifting.2. or a dreamlike state comes...
Mahaa Maaya, Moha Maaya and Yoga Maaya

Mahaa Maaya, Moha Maaya and Yoga Maaya

Question :The ball is rolling and we are not the doer. Whatever will happen will happen. How does free will fit in?  You have explained free will earlier, but somehow I am not able to connect it. We have the free will not to create agami karma but what has to happen...
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...
How to be motivated when you know everything is incapable of satisfying?

How to be motivated when you know everything is incapable of satisfying?

Question:At first I had found satisfaction in this idea of “aniccha – everything is incapable of satisfying”. It was kind of relieving that I didn’t have to wait to actually do something or finish something to already know the result, that any imaginable “high” was...
Wanting to look good….. Raaga or not?

Wanting to look good….. Raaga or not?

Question:I have a desire to have clear pretty skin. I was wondering if it is Raaga or it is part of nature? Is it a bad karma or a bad desire to want to look pretty not with make-up but with normal skin?Answer:You are the best judge, dear! Only you would know whether...
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...
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...
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...
How to experience the spiritual knowledge?

How to experience the spiritual knowledge?

Question:I am starting to get to a point of reading/listening/understanding this spiritual knowledge where I am “making it a concept” as Guruji puts it. How do I “experience” the knowledge rather than “learn” it? Just wait out prarabdha? It almost feels like I can...
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...
Connect with the Master internally instead of the external physical body!

Connect with the Master internally instead of the external physical body!

Question:Jai Gurudev! I’ve joined The Art of Living with Yes+ course and I’m 19 years old. I did feel a strong connection to Guruji when I did the course. But 3 years laternow, I don’t feel anything. When I go to Ashram, I see people in crowds getting excited about...
Are you worthy of Spiritual Knowledge?

Are you worthy of Spiritual Knowledge?

Question :Sometimes I wonder that, am I even worthy of this highest and beautiful knowledge? Even after studying and applying the knowledge we sometimes lose the path and get involved in cravings, desires and get carried away by sense organs. It is then it comes to...
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...
Marriage or Seva?

Marriage or Seva?

Question:I want to do seva to progress spiritually. I feel I will progress much more if I were at my master’s feet than being at home. I also do not want to get married, but my mother wants me to get married.  I am in a quandary. Should I focus on my spiritual path,...