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Fear of the ‘Law of Attraction’

Fear of the ‘Law of Attraction’

Fear of the ‘Law of Attraction’ Question: It is said, ‘whatever/wherever you put your thought to, you dissolve into it’? I understand the gross meaning of this that wherever I put focus my on, my mind starts working towards that or on the way of achieving that....
Dispassion connects you to the present moment… How?

Dispassion connects you to the present moment… How?

Dispassion connects you to the present moment… How? Question: In spite of my readings and video watching, I am still trying to understand the concept of dispassion. My friends tell me that when I talk about certain things, they can see how passionate I am. This can be...
Journey from external to internal

Journey from external to internal

Journey from external to internal Question: Dear Ektaji, I have been with a spiritual organizaion 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...
Mind retaliates to your answer on craving for Guru!

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.com/craving-for-guru/ Divine craving (for the physical guru or the tattva) is in my faith a blessing..does Mukti...
Craving for Guru!

Craving for Guru!

Craving for Guru! Question: Is love for my Guru a Raaga? Will it bring us back in next lifetime with him? what if one does not seek Mukti but only want to be with their Guru in every life?   Answer: Then one has not progressed spiritually at all. One has just...
Apaatra Daanam – Charity to the unworthy!

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...
Srimad Bhagwatam condemns Con-Men!

Srimad Bhagwatam condemns Con-Men!

Srimad Bhagwatam condemns Con-Men! Question: Didi, This verse is from the Srimad Bhagwatam. It criticises the people who earn a livelihood by accepting money on behalf of the Lord. All the new-age spiritual Gurus and Masters are doing the same except for a few....
How to do proper darshan of the Guru during Guru Poornima?

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...
Will I acquire Karma by killing an insect?

Will I acquire Karma by killing an insect?

Will I acquire Karma by killing an insect? Question: Killing an insect with no attachment – Do we acquire Karma impression?   Answer: Why would you kill an insect if there was no attachment? There is definitely a dvesha, that’s why the thought of ‘killing’...
Prisoner of past or Pioneer of future!

Prisoner of past or Pioneer of future!

Prisoner of past or Pioneer of future! Question: Didi, how to overcome the bad habit of reacting to other people. I always react and then regret that I should not have behaved so. Please guide me.   Answer: Very few people realize that the actual problem is ‘with...
Reacting to situations/people is a bad habit like smoking

Reacting to situations/people is a bad habit like smoking

Reacting to situations/people is a bad habit like smoking Question: I am practicing “It’s Okay” for every situation. But If some one is sarcastic and if I do not react to them, that always revolves in & around my mind until I do something. I will be free only if I...
Do animals accure Karma?

Do animals accure Karma?

Do animals accure Karma? Question: We are different from animals because we are given the ability to differentiate. Then what happens to pets like dogs and cats? Especially, dogs who go through training, and some dogs are trained to sniff things and fight crime, or...
What is attachment?

What is attachment?

What is attachment? Question: When it comes to moving from karma to akarma, What is the difference between indifference and dispassion? If karma is not about right and wrong action but rather forming an attachment towards an action, shouldn’t a murderer who does not...
Money Karma

Money Karma

Money Karma Question: I’m working hard to earn money to fulfill my parents dream. I would drop my desire to earn money once I give them experience/things which they always dreamed of and could’t have it. How would it effect my karma? how would it affect their karma?...
How do we accumulate Karma?

How do we accumulate Karma?

How do we accumulate Karma? Question: Do women accumulate Karma on a/c of behavior under the influence of changing hormones? Answer: Yes, you will accumulate karma if you get attached to anything. Your hormones are again part of your sanchita karma dear.  ...
MIND MANAGEMENT!

MIND MANAGEMENT!

MIND MANAGEMENT! Question: Patanjali said that smriti is also a vritti. My grandmother passed away last year and I miss her a lot. If I try to ignore her thoughts my mind says if you will forget her you will not meet her ever. And yes I wish to meet her again. Why is...
How do you tell the difference between fear and intuition ?

How do you tell the difference between fear and intuition ?

How do you tell the difference between fear and intuition ? Question: I’ve been feeling extremely anxious (more than normal). I try to resist negative thoughts, but they keep coming up. How do I handle this? Somehow, I can’t shake off this anxious feeling...
If you don’t drop dvesha, you might be born to it!

If you don’t drop dvesha, you might be born to it!

If you don’t drop dvesha, you might be born to it! Question: I have been trying to implement the discipline of non-reaction and being an observer in my life. My current land lady is a perfectionist, extremely organized, very picky with a complaining nature. I...
Alligator Karma!

Alligator Karma!

Alligator Karma! Question: I read about a crocodile/alligator grabbing a child in a national park and eating it. I felt very sad. I think it is wrong to say that it was that little child’s karma. Is it not allowing the culprit to run free if we keep blaming the victim...
Karma payback!

Karma payback!

Karma payback! Question: JGD Didi, If I do my best to overcome my own raagas and dveshas and not create agami karma towards person A and I am successful. But, if person A has a lot of dvesha towards me does this mean that I will have to come back. Just so that he can...
Guilt is a safety valve!

Guilt is a safety valve!

Guilt is a safety valve! Question: What is guilt?  Why is our conscience so strong (in some cases), for example, if one lies, but later on he feels guilt.  He knows he lied for the best, otherwise it would cause hurt to the other’s mind.   Answer: Guilt is...
Thought body and Intuitive body

Thought body and Intuitive body

Thought body and Intuitive body Question: What’s the difference between thought body and intuitive body?   Answer: Only awareness is the tool that can help distinguish a thought from an intuition. Here are a few tell-tale signs. Thought – Very...
How are karma impressions formed?

How are karma impressions formed?

How are karma impressions formed? Question: Is there any science on how impressions form in the mind? What are impressions exactly?   Answer: Impressions are formed by multiple exposure of the mind to the same stimulus repeatedly. For example: You feel that you...
Impressions related to body and sex

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...
Mahati Vinashayati – The greatest disaster!

Mahati Vinashayati – The greatest disaster!

Mahati Vinashayati – The greatest disaster! Question : When I am upset with someone or angry I tell myself to be calm and not to throw any agami seeds. My mind comes back saying I am ready to take rebirth. How do I get out of this cycle?   Answer: You must...
Parents Karma!

Parents Karma!

Parents Karma! Question: My parents are old and they live alone in their country and I live here in the US. I want them to come here but they do not like to live here. They are really suffering as they are old and I cannot leave my family here and go there to take...
Surrendering to Devas

Surrendering to Devas

Surrendering to Devas 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 up by the obstacles...
Can meditation erase my past bad karma?

Can meditation erase my past bad karma?

Can meditation erase my past bad karma? Question: Are we stuck with bad karma if we have made mistakes in the past such as hurting people verbally or in thoughts due to ignorance? Do we have to undergo those consequences or can I erase that bad karma that I have...
Daivam, Niyati & Purushartha

Daivam, Niyati & Purushartha

Daivam, Niyati & Purushartha Question: What is Daivam, Niyati & Purushartha? The further we go into Yoga Vashishtha the more confused I get… specially with this “Now it depends on the intensity of your commitment whether your Purushartha wins over your Daivam...
Abiding in the Self!

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...
The greatest fear!

The greatest fear!

The greatest fear! Question: Dear 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...
Karma and Mercury Retrograde!

Karma and Mercury Retrograde!

Karma and Mercury Retrograde! Question: Please explain what happens during Mercury Retrograde from the spiritual aspect.     Answer: All cosmic bodies whether planets, stars, comets, etc affect us. E.g. The moon affects the water element on our Planet. It is a...
True meaning of dispassion!

True meaning of dispassion!

True meaning of dispassion! Question: Jai guru dev Ekta didi, I am a student..How do I study dispassionately? Somehow i have had to create an impression that if i study well then i will get leisured lifestyle..And that causes little anxiety in me…What is the key to...
Does a fleeting thought create karma?

Does a fleeting thought create karma?

Does a fleeting thought create karma? Question: If we have a fleeting thought, which is a negative thought about someone, does it create an attachment due to the dvesha or does it have to be continuous thoughts incessantly one after another about the dvesha for that...
Learn the skill to act without doer-ship

Learn the skill to act without doer-ship

Learn the skill to act without doer-ship Question: How to deal with a dishonest business partner and at the same time be able to drop doer-ship and act without creating any Agami Karma [future karma]?   Answer: First, let’s understand how Sanchita Karma becomes...
Why get out of the cycle of Birth and Death?

Why get out of the cycle of Birth and Death?

Why get out of the cycle of Birth and Death? Question: Why do we want to get out of this birth and death cycle?   Answer: If you are still not tired of the world, then get tired. How long do you want to continue this drama. Every day you do exactly the same...
Drop the body before the body drops you!

Drop the body before the body drops you!

Drop the body before the body drops you! Question : In Asthavakra 8, you said, at death, the body gets tired of you and drops you. Is it not the other way around? When karma is exhausted the Purusha drops the Prakriti. Isn’t it true? Please help to clarify.  ...
Storm of Emotions in Relationships

Storm of Emotions in Relationships

Storm of Emotions in Relationships Question: I am going through a lot of stress in relationships, too much storm of emotions in relationship with one particular individual. Please help!   Answer: There are definite steps to always follow irrespective of who/what...
Law of Cause & Effect

Law of Cause & Effect

Law of Cause & Effect Question: Ektaji JGD, I have over the years read many stories of children being brutally violated and it sickens me. I cannot believe or wrap my mind around the idea that these children are reaping the fruits of their past karma. Is it not...
How is ‘human life’ different from ‘animal life’?

How is ‘human life’ different from ‘animal life’?

How is ‘human life’ different from ‘animal life’? Question: I am wondering that the ideal way to live is: be in the present moment without worrying. No desires even desire for liberation is not necessary as it may become a craving ragga...
There is a difference between feeling happy and being happiness yourself!

There is a difference between feeling happy and being happiness yourself!

There is a difference between feeling happy and being happiness yourself! Question: Didi, my understanding is that we are the dream manifestation of pure consciousness. Something prompted us to become the experiencer and once we came into this world, don’t know...
You project your own world!

You project your own world!

You project your own world! Question: Didi, is my understanding correct?Pratyaksha Gnyana: I see/meet a new person in the neighborhood.Paroksha Gnyana: Prejudices/assumptions about him/her based on the looks/conversation.Aparoksha Gnyana: In awareness, I don’t exist....
Seva or Serving the Ego!

Seva or Serving the Ego!

Seva or Serving the Ego! Question: What is seva really? And from what space should an individual come from when he or she wants to do pure seva? I have noticed that I get into the same power struggle that I would, in a corporate office. I need some clarity there,...
How to manage job, family, Seva without getting overwhelmed?

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...
Obstacles on Spiritual Path

Obstacles on Spiritual Path

Obstacles on Spiritual Path Question: JGD Ekta ji, I have registered for the Silence course but I am so scared of my in laws. They would not approve my absence for 5 days. I have almost decided to not attend the course. But I am very restless to attend. I am stuck...
What if the Karma theory is wrong?

What if the Karma theory is wrong?

What if the Karma theory is wrong? Question: I am getting a feeling of missing out. What if this Karma Theory is wrong and I wake up 40 years from now realizing that I missed out on people, places and things that at least gave me short-term pleasure. Now I have to...
Does the sage not have a mind? 

Does the sage not have a mind? 

Does the sage not have a mind?  Question:Maharaj says, ‘Pleasure and pain do not sway me. I am free from desire and fear. I am full. I need nothing.” I understand that he is speaking as Pure Consciousness. Is it correct to assume that thoughts/desires like this can...
Karma affects both Material life and spiritual goals?

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...
What is the difference between Tolerance and Surrender?

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...
Who am I?

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 is said in it still repeats in my ears. It is mentioned “you don’t know who you are”. I started thinking how...
When will I progress spiritually?

When will I progress spiritually?

When will I progress spiritually? Question: I have been attending all sessions of Ashtavakra, at times I feel I have all the “theoretical” knowledge but wonder why it is not sinking in deeper! Lately, my mind is just jumping from one thing to another…I have not even...
You are not the doer!

You are not the doer!

You are not the doer! Question: We strongly believe – Everything is happening. We are not doing anything. It is foolishness to think, I worked hard to achieve my current state…On the other hand – we also say, we should do our duties. We have to make sure, we do our...
Free will is a misnomer!

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....
To Act, or Not To Act?

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...
What is seeking?

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...
Reacting in Dreams

Reacting in Dreams

Reacting in Dreams Question: During the daytime a thought came to me, to say something nasty to my colleague in office. But I stopped myself and I let go of that dvesha [aversion] and I also forgot about it. By the time it was evening and I came home, I felt very...
Ego got you in! Ego gets you out!

Ego got you in! Ego gets you out!

Ego got you in! Ego gets you out! Question: JGD Didi, my whole life is a cycle of I’s (Egos).. it is a sine curve of I’s and the people, situations and things are only a tool to help me recognize the ‘I’ fluctuation. If it’s been all about the ‘I’, how can one be...
Dealing with Possessiveness

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...
Animal Sacrifice for Peace & Goodluck!

Animal Sacrifice for Peace & Goodluck!

Animal Sacrifice for Peace & Goodluck! Question: Dear Ekta Ji, I am constructing a new house and it has reached the end stage. I have heard that we need to do animal sacrifice at home and put its blood on the walls of the new house to do peace for the new house....
No decision is wrong if it is devoid of raaga/dvesha!

No decision is wrong if it is devoid of raaga/dvesha!

No decision is wrong if it is devoid of raaga/dvesha! Question: I have a very difficult marriage and a temperamental husband who drinks and blames me for his drinking. I am lonely and in pain. I understand this knowledge. I know everything is temporary but I still...
KARMA!

KARMA!

KARMA! Question: Please explain the sentences   Excerpt 1 -The space is not afflicted by any action. Similarly, you are free from karma.    Answer: Look around you right now. You are surrounded by space from all angles. Can you touch the space around you?...
Dispassion or Ego?

Dispassion or Ego?

Dispassion or Ego? Question: Is it important for the outside world to accept my change in personality/ my growing dispassion? I don’t care about or see the outside world and when an ego of an external person/world comes up, I concentrate to focus on myself and the...
Dealing with difficult people & situations

Dealing with difficult people & situations

Dealing with difficult people & situations Question: Dear Ekta, I really don’t trust my business partner as he cheats on tax and my share of profits. I also realize that it must be karma, so I have to deal with this. At this moment I don’t have an alternative,...
Are you worthy of Spiritual Knowledge?

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...
Your name does not belong to you!

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...
Love is independent of attachment

Love is independent of attachment

Love is independent of attachment Question: If I am going to have a baby soon, am I going to build more karma? Because I know I am going to have an emotional attachment, or how can I deal with this situation, how can I give 100 percent affection without being...
Karma and Karmaphalam

Karma and Karmaphalam

Karma and Karmaphalam Question: Is karma about keeping your intentions positive or is it about keeping your intention and thoughts neutral? Answer: Karma is not created just by action, it is created by speech, it is created by thoughts too. But not by every...
What is ignorance in the present moment ?

What is ignorance in the present moment ?

What is ignorance in the present moment ? Question: I have a question: “Ignorance in the present moment” – Does that mean not everything that happens is karma? Or even that is karma only? Answer: Let’s understand what is ignorance in the present moment. It is being...
Attachment to Karmaphalam (fruit of an action)

Attachment to Karmaphalam (fruit of an action)

Attachment to Karmaphalam (fruit of an action) Question:Please help me understand this. We have been working really hard for the upcoming course. We are talking about the benefits of meditation and this course to everyone. We have been doing intro talks but we still...
Everything that comes your way is Karma!

Everything that comes your way is Karma!

Everything that comes your way is Karma! Question: Dear Ektaji, today I listened to AG 2 “The five principles” here it is said that “don’t be wrong against wrong”. After 3-4 hours of listening, I was faced with the situation. I was arguing with my...
Dealing with disrespectful people using Buddha’s principles of observing sensations!

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,...
Are you spiritually wealthy?

Are you spiritually wealthy?

Are you spiritually wealthy? Question:Jgd Didi,I am working on not creating any more Agami Karma through my thoughts, speech, and action by meditating regularly and being in knowledge. But what if I die and in the next birth because of being lost in MAAYA, I again get...
Dealing with sadness…

Dealing with sadness…

Dealing with sadness… Question:There are instances when someone just blurts out anger for nothing I did (some people have anger management issues and I know that) and my reaction usually tears, going in silence and feeling hurt. Is that my bucket of anger too? If not,...
Be a Lotus!

Be a Lotus!

Be a Lotus! Question: “The soul sticks on to the body until the karma is exhausted.” This means that you will keep getting a body by the laws of Niyati as long as you have karma. What happens to the soul after it is exhausted with all the Karmas–no more Karmas left,...
Fear of the ‘last thoughts at death’

Fear of the ‘last thoughts at death’

Fear of the ‘last thoughts at death’ Question: Ektaji – Is it fair to have Dvesha to control the last impression (not to think certain thing)? If it is something out of control why not make it like “come as it comes” like spontaneously? Can we train our subconscious...
Stop saying ‘why is this happening to me?’ Eat fresh!

Stop saying ‘why is this happening to me?’ Eat fresh!

Stop saying ‘why is this happening to me?’ Eat fresh! Question:Hello Ekta didi, sometimes I wonder how come some people don’t have to let go of anything in life. They have been blessed with things others aren’t. Why is it so? Is it all karma again? How come some...
Death of a loved one

Death of a loved one

Death of a loved one Question:Why my daughter died of cancer at a very young age, she was very enthusiastic about life, still unmarried and why I had to go through her cancer battle, to see her pain, agony for 5 years? Nobody knows what it feels like taking your...
Mahaa Maaya, Moha Maaya and Yoga Maaya

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?  We have the free will not to create agami karma but what has to happen will happen irrespectively. Unless agami...
If everything is a play of Destiny, then what is Freewill?

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...
How to handle joy?

How to handle joy?

How to handle joy? Question: Ektaji, at present, I am on the verge of going through a big change in life. Whatever I have known till now is suddenly being metamorphosed into something larger. All three aspects of people, situation and things are in transition. From a...
Fools blame others! Wise look inwards!

Fools blame others! Wise look inwards!

Fools blame others! Wise look inwards! Question: After doing so many knowledge sessions with you, I have realized that I have a tendency to think that I am perfect and others are wrong.  My ways are correct and theirs are wrong.  I understand this is the cycle...
If I am not the doer then how do I accrue Karma?

If I am not the doer then how do I accrue Karma?

If I am not the doer then how do I accrue Karma? Question:If I am not the doer then how do I accrue Karma? If I am not the doer then how is there a karma bag? If I didn’t do anything then whose Karma bag am I carrying?   Answer:When you were a baby, there...
The Sun is always shining!

The Sun is always shining!

The Sun is always shining! Question:The response of the mind to ‘Perceptions are not conscious by themselves’ went from fear to denial to acceptance. The mind recognized that it has been thirsting to merge in the Infinite for a while. Then why fear?   Answer:This...
Awareness knows that the body is shutdown in deep-sleep!

Awareness knows that the body is shutdown in deep-sleep!

Awareness knows that the body is shutdown in deep-sleep! Question: What is the hindrance in being aware of sensations in deep sleep? Currently, In the waking state, Awareness is not aware of itself all the time. If Awareness would be aware of itself during all waking...
I and You

I and You

I and You Question: With every episode, this knowledge is going in circles. Everything feeds off of the other. Ego dissolves in Love, now Ashtavakra says move from love to knowledge and then drop knowledge to move to love in which you dissolve. The example, that...
Why this? Why that? Why? Why?…. It’s all Maaya!

Why this? Why that? Why? Why?…. It’s all Maaya!

Why this? Why that? Why? Why?…. It’s all Maaya! Question:JGD Didi, I had a nasty marriage and even nastier divorce in past. I have two adorable children though. I have promised them they will never have any stepfather in their  life, that is the reason why...
Crossing through the dark clouds of Maaya!

Crossing through the dark clouds of Maaya!

Crossing through the dark clouds of Maaya! Question:I am practicing being more and more aware. In spite of being aware that my particular Karma or action will create a future karma, my mind gets stuck suddenly and I land up creating an aagami karma seed. How is it...
Leave the mind alone!

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...
Sit on the fence!

Sit on the fence!

Sit on the fence! Question:Dear Ektaji, What to do when you have conflict in picking among two different things(raagas) in life ? It seems like dropping one and picking another is like choosing one of your Raagaa & creating dvesha for another.What is the flow of...
How would I know I am not seeking anymore?

How would I know I am not seeking anymore?

How would I know I am not seeking anymore? Question: Can you please explain how would we know whether we have united or reached our self and are Pure witness right now. How do we know we are doing it right? How would I know I am not seeking anymore? Answer: Being a...
What has to happen has already happened!

What has to happen has already happened!

What has to happen has already happened! Question: There is only one possibility in the way things happen, right? To be specific – at this point I am going through an emotional turmoil. I could choose to wait for my girlfriend and see where it takes me OR I...
Surrender

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...
Maaya makes you believe that dreams are real!

Maaya makes you believe that dreams are real!

Maaya makes you believe that dreams are real! Question:We keep hearing how this awareness is like knowing your dreaming. But the best (and most entertaining) dreams are when you think it’s real! I know thinking like this is primitive-talk compared to what we’ve...
Intellectualization of Spiritual Knowledge is a MAJOR obstacle!

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...
Why is the no-mind state not permanent in this human body?

Why is the no-mind state not permanent in this human body?

Why is the no-mind state not permanent in this human body? Question: Dear Ektaji, With reference to the ‘no mind’ state, why is it that no mind state is not permanent in this human body?   Answer:   This answer will make sense only if you have started the...
YogaMaaya can be a hurdle on the spiritual path

YogaMaaya can be a hurdle on the spiritual path

YogaMaaya can be a hurdle on the spiritual path Question:I have a strange experience to share. Today in my meditation I felt like I was distanced from myself when I got carried away in my thoughts and the moment I came back to the breath I felt like that distance was...
When in anger, not being a winner is actually winning!

When in anger, not being a winner is actually winning!

When in anger, not being a winner is actually winning! Question:I have been working on my spiritual knowledge yet could not deal with a big fight with my spouse. How to deal with anger? After that fight, I realized that I valued winning more than my...
What is Personality?

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...
Intention v/s Effort

Intention v/s Effort

Intention v/s Effort Question:How to be in Sakshi bhaav and master the mind when I don’t have any means of Sadhana, Seva and Satsang because of a personal situation? I am averse to 2 people in my office, my mind is getting trapped. Knowledge takes a back seat many...
Dwindling of desires!

Dwindling of desires!

Dwindling of desires! Question:There is an expectation to take up additional tasks (at work) as the role requires it.As a spiritual practitioner, I have noticed desires reducing in me automatically and now I have no desire to do extra/more tasks aiming at promotion or...
Karma Cornering

Karma Cornering

Karma Cornering Questions: Right now my office situation is extremely difficult. I am overloaded, there is a lot of politics. I want to leave the job but I can’t because of my personal situation. The stress is affecting my health and I am taking sleeping pills. I am...
How to give it back to the evil people in life?

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...
Interview topic – Enlightened Beings

Interview topic – Enlightened Beings

Interview topic – Enlightened Beings Question: I am deeply interested to understand the meaning of “Enlightenment”. Answer: Interest in knowing something is called curiosity. It is not sufficient to help one attain the highest possible goal for a human called...
Buddha’s Legendary Enlightenment

Buddha’s Legendary Enlightenment

Buddha’s Legendary Enlightenment Question: Why is Buddha’s enlightenment considered legendary. Are there categories in enlightenment? Answer: Transcription: JGD. The question is: Why is Buddha’s enlightenment considered legendary. Are there categories in...
Vasanas

Vasanas

Vasanas Question:Can you clarify what vasana means?Answer:The mind is stuck in 3 factors –PeopleSituations andThingsThe association with all these 3 will lead to impressions in the mind.Association with people leads to – Impressions of entanglement, jealousy, lust,...
How to do the Jhanas optimally?

How to do the Jhanas optimally?

How to do the Jhanas optimally? Question:How to do the Jhanas optimally?Answer:One must experiment with his mind while in the Jhanas.Experiment 1 – Make an attempt to maintain it:To maintain it longer requires a stable and non-reactive mind. If you jump at the...
How to respect elders even when they are wrong?

How to respect elders even when they are wrong?

How to respect elders even when they are wrong? Question:What should we do when we are in a dilemma of whether to respect our elders and not hurt their feelings even if we know they are wrong or support what we think is right to help a needful person who has got no...
Killing microbes accrues Karma or not?

Killing microbes accrues Karma or not?

Killing microbes accrues Karma or not? Question: I am a novice Buddhist. I admit that killing any living beings leads to negative karma production. Is there any explanation in karma formation in killing microorganisms? I had this debate with my friend, he claims...
Why is there a pinch experienced in doing right?

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...
Churning in the fire of insults/criticism? Burn!

Churning in the fire of insults/criticism? Burn!

Churning in the fire of insults/criticism? Burn! Question: JGD Ekta Didi,Lately I have been inundated with thoughts of intimidating people in my family. My mind rewinds and plays the incident and cajoles me to react. While I was in this war in my mind, I realized that...
Law of Nature – Kudrat ka kanoon!

Law of Nature – Kudrat ka kanoon!

Law of Nature – Kudrat ka kanoon! Question:Is it okay to think negative about someone but not really do any action to hurt them? The negative thought was planted in me by another friend. I keep thinking about the negativity again and again, but I am not doing or...
Fear being used as a weapon on the spiritual path

Fear being used as a weapon on the spiritual path

Fear being used as a weapon on the spiritual path Question:  Fear is being used to keep me bound to my current spiritual teacher. I keep getting emotionally manipulated by others in this community with the fearful stories of losing spiritual grace if I leave. But my...
Why are Buddha’s Suttas not easily accepted?

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...
Is there any emotion experienced in the knowingness/awareness?

Is there any emotion experienced in the knowingness/awareness?

Is there any emotion experienced in the knowingness/awareness? Dear Sincere seeker, Please find the short video clip and its transcript below for the answer to the question, Is there any emotion experienced in the knowingness/awareness? Transcript:   What are...
How do I find my Guru?

How do I find my Guru?

How do I find my Guru? Question: How do I find my True Guru? Answer: The Guru is within you but some of us cannot recognize the internal Guru so we need an external Guru to work like a GPS and point inwards. Here are the three aspects per the Vedantic traditional...
What is the purpose of life?

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...
Non-application of the Mind is Equanimity!

Non-application of the Mind is Equanimity!

Non-application of the Mind is Equanimity! Question:When there is a wave of strong Maaya that makes me become unaware and lose myself, what is the best approach to sail though this? Is it the application of equanimity & awareness with the determination to let...
Did you miss the boat?

Did you miss the boat?

Did you miss the boat? 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...
What can I do to increase Awareness?

What can I do to increase Awareness?

What can I do to increase Awareness? Question:You mentioned law of attraction in our discussion. Is there anything we can do for the numerous times we have had knowingly/unknowingly grumbled upon others behavior and had bad thoughts about them? I am sorry for my ill...
3 States of Consciousness

3 States of Consciousness

3 States of Consciousness     Question: Ektaji, I have one question. You were saying that if one is established in 100% awareness of the subtle body at death, you become enlightened. Does this happen only at the time of death or can it happen even when you...
Are you a SAKSHI ?

Are you a SAKSHI ?

Are you a SAKSHI ? Question: When the storm of emotions hit (it did yesterday LOL) I kept reminding myself to “watch for it”. The emotion was anger and disappointment but when it was surging the high wasn’t under control. I was constantly reminding myself that the...
Play in the world with awareness!

Play in the world with awareness!

Play in the world with awareness! Question:Dear Ekta, I am involved in this direct marking company. This is how they encourage you  to achieve your goals:Write your goals with a time line.  Your underlying goal should be one that touches you emotionally at a deep...
Bhakti leads to the flowering of Gnyana

Bhakti leads to the flowering of Gnyana

Bhakti leads to the flowering of Gnyana Question: Hello Ektaji, I read somewhere “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 [knowledge]....
Who is God?

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...
Karma, Destiny and Free will

Karma, Destiny and Free will

Karma, Destiny and Free will Question:My understanding is that Free-will comes into the picture in two ways: 1.We exercise our free will in the present life in response to Prarabdh Karma (Thoughts and actions that we manifest in current life as a result of Sanchita...
Wrong Karma or Right Karma?

Wrong Karma or Right Karma?

Wrong Karma or Right Karma? Question:Didi – in everyday life situations if I start to ask myself ‘why am I put into this situation?’ and be with awareness and observe without attachments & listen to the inner voice – will I find the answer? ( trying to understand...
The Ball is Rolling !

The Ball is Rolling !

The Ball is Rolling ! Question: We have mentioned before that through meditation and seva we are able to get rid of some of the karmas in our bags, however, knowing that I am not the doer and no matter what I do the ball will keep rolling, how do those 2 thoughts work...
Decision-making – Everything is a happening!

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...
Karma Decoded !

Karma Decoded !

Karma Decoded ! Here is a summary of the Karma session Karma is simply Action! Karma is of 3 forms: 1. Sanchita karma – Latent Action in the seed form2. Prarabdha karma – is the sprouting of the seed and becoming a tree.3. Agami karma – This tree...
NIYATI – The higher management of Karma!

NIYATI – The higher management of Karma!

NIYATI – The higher management of Karma! Question: Are all the impressions or the karma we create also ruled by niyati? Are all our raaga and dvesha towards a person also part of niyati? Answer: Do you receive mail? Who brings your mail? Does it fall from the sky into...
Niyati brings to you what you deserve !

Niyati brings to you what you deserve !

Niyati brings to you what you deserve ! Question: In AG13 – Fear is like salt, Ashtavakra says a little bit of fear is needed to maintain orderliness and protecting life. Beyond that it engulfs the mind and body. Main fear is to lose this body. So in essence,...
Be with reality as it is! But how?

Be with reality as it is! But how?

Be with reality as it is! But how? Question:Didi, what does it mean to be with reality as it is? It’s difficult to understand. Please, would you explain?Answer:Be with reality as it is!This is a tough one to understand. People feel what’s so difficult in being with...
Drop holding onto external supports in life!

Drop holding onto external supports in life!

Drop holding onto external supports in life! Question: If everything is changing then how do I live? What am I supposed to hold onto to go through this life? Answer: Beautiful question dear! Very few people even realize that they are holding on to something or...
All Fears are just the Fear of Death!

All Fears are just the Fear of Death!

All Fears are just the Fear of Death!   Question:  The Enlightened Ones say that “All fears are actually the Fear of death”. I am confused. Please help. Answer: There is actually only one fear.  It is the fear of death.  There is no other fear.  All the other...
Time Karma is boss!

Time Karma is boss!

Time Karma is boss! Question: We have not been able to buy property in the state that we live in and now my husband is planning to shift to a different state.  It is our mistake that we did not invest in the property on time.  Is this also karma?  I am trying to stay...
Shivering during meditation, is it normal?

Shivering during meditation, is it normal?

Shivering during meditation, is it normal? Question: Yesterday, when I was meditating, I could only do three rounds of body observation but I felt I was aware the whole time and I felt for the first time I am doing it as you had explained, I was feeling all my body...
Dispassion or Ego?

Dispassion or Ego?

Dispassion or Ego? Question: Is it important for the outside world to accept my change in personality/ my growing dispassion? I don’t care about or see the outside world and when an ego of an external person/world comes up, I concentrate to focus on myself and the...
The collapse of craving!

The collapse of craving!

Results for "collapse of craving" Question:I have searched with many schools of thoughts and still cannot figure out why I still crave for things. In fact, I understand when you explain about the feverishness that arises because of craving. I totally...
The essence of Mourning period after death.

The essence of Mourning period after death.

Results for "the essence" Question:Dear Ektaji,A very close friend of my brother is expected to die due to cancer. Respected elder family members have said to him that he cannot attend a family wedding in June if he attends his friend’s cremation ceremony....
Volition is Karma!

Volition is Karma!

Volition is Karma! Question:Didi, silly question, I used to sometimes pluck the flowers from our backyard and put them in an arrangement in water or in a vase, but now when I go to pluck them I feel like I am hurting them and I don’t want to do it, so I haven’t been...
Anger burns you NOT the other person

Anger burns you NOT the other person

Anger burns you NOT the other person Question:Didi one silly questionIs doing unwholesome behavior with unwholesome people justified? I got angry with a person at work who was gossiping and was very harmful towards me, so I gave her a taste of her own medicine, but...
Spiritual Restlessness

Spiritual Restlessness

Spiritual Restlessness Question:Didi, quoting from your message “Constantly remind yourself that ‘this restlessness is a reality’. Let me try NOT to suppress it or cover it up”. Does one have to get past the struggle to just ‘BE’ with the restlessness? I have always...
Is there a benefit in knowing about planetary movements?

Is there a benefit in knowing about planetary movements?

Ekta 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...
Bhavanga – The flow!

Bhavanga – The flow!

Bhavanga – The flow! Question:I started recognizing doing things naturally without application of the mind (application of the mind feels like there is a raaga/dwesha). There is a flow outside the involvement of the mind. I come to work, because I have to work and it...
The higher Truth!

The higher Truth!

The higher Truth! Question-Today I was thinking that this body, this human life and the tools like Viveka that I currently have are only to understand, learn and reach the highest truth. But I’m just happily using it for all this worldly Maaya stuff. For a person to...
How to come out of the dream?

How to come out of the dream?

How to come out of the dream? Question:When I don’t know/realize that I’m living in a dream then how do I come out of the dream? – is it right to even think that I should come out (is there something outside of this ) OR think that it’s a dream n nothing matters &...
Family obstructing Spiritual progress?

Family obstructing Spiritual progress?

Family obstructing Spiritual progress? Question:Didi based on one’s karma – will the family karma be so that it can take a toll on spiritual activities – disturb one’s spiritual process/progress ? Is there something one can do? Or the only option is to be accepting...
Samagra in a state of anger

Samagra in a state of anger

Samagra in a state of anger Question:What is meant by ‘being Samagra’ in the flow when one gets angry and reacts?Answer:Samagra means ‘being immersed totally in the present moment as it is, devoid of thought or logic’. The moment you use the word ‘I am reacting’ in...
True Dispassion or mind’s game?

True Dispassion or mind’s game?

True Dispassion or mind’s game? Question:Jgd Ekta Didi,Recently I have noticed a change in my mindset as I go deeper into the spiritual path. Earlier I used to enjoy going to the gym and swimming because I had the desire to stay fit. But recently I have lost...
Was Ravana enlightened?

Was Ravana enlightened?

Was Ravana enlightened? Question:Why did the enlightened Ravana slip and commit an error in lust? An enlightened person knows for sure that he is not the body nor the mind. But, there is still the possibility of lust taking charge. Why so?  Is the enlightenment not...
Desire is the root cause of suffering!

Desire is the root cause of suffering!

Results for "root cause" Question:Desires and tendencies – it’s one thing being aware as they come up, suppress them, reduce them, possibly even eliminate them. But there is always a danger lurking of reviving them. I am going through one right now. It’s a...
How does Prakriti cause turmoil in the body-mind complex ?

How does Prakriti cause turmoil in the body-mind complex ?

How does Prakriti cause turmoil in the body-mind complex ? Question: ‘Janaka realizes that all events, all happenings, all people that were leading to all the feelings that were rising and falling was all on account of the Prakriti (3 Gunas – Rajas, Tamas...
Karma of terrorist and mentally handicapped

Karma of terrorist and mentally handicapped

Karma of terrorist and mentally handicapped Question:Terrorists sometimes never get caught, does Karma take care of them?Answer:Laws of Karma are amazingly accurate & cannot be dodged. An extremely shrewd criminal may be able to escape the police and law...
Karma in Marriages

Karma in Marriages

Karma in Marriages Question:If a husband and wife think differently, how does the karma work between them?AnswerEach has his/her own karma. Suppose, one is negative in his approach to life and other is positive, for them the karma equation is simple: Negative thoughts...
Does Karma have a say in Greencard processing ?

Does Karma have a say in Greencard processing ?

Does Karma have a say in Greencard processing ? Question:How should I look at this situation. We has filed for Green Card in 2013 and the labor is still in Audit since the response sent in Nov 2013. Don’t know when the Audit would be cleared. According to the...
Your raagas and dveshas create future, not the thoughts!

Your raagas and dveshas create future, not the thoughts!

Your raagas and dveshas create future, not the thoughts! Question:In yesterday’s YV, he talks about not creating future because of thoughts. So all along we try to think of how to shape the future but it seems that’s counter intuitive to what’s to be...
Transplant Donor Karma

Transplant Donor Karma

Transplant Donor Karma Question:The memory and intellect are not associated with the physical body correct? So if someone were to have a brain transplant, the transplanted brain should not come with any memories and karma of the donor. Is that right?Answer:Yes,...
How do we stop negative thoughts at unpleasant moments?

How do we stop negative thoughts at unpleasant moments?

How do we stop negative thoughts at unpleasant moments? Question:I agree and have experienced that daily regular sadhana, pranayama, meditation, chanting helps to bring awareness and stay focused. However, there are times when we go through unpleasant moments how do...
How do we know that we have emptied out the Karma bag?

How do we know that we have emptied out the Karma bag?

How do we know that we have emptied out the Karma bag? Question:How do we know that we have emptied out the Karma bag?Answer:Gahana Karmano gati – Unfathomable are the ways of Karma. Like we discussed, we have freedom but we do not have complete freedom. Thus we...
Can your thoughts change your karma ?

Can your thoughts change your karma ?

Can your thoughts change your karma ? Question: I read book a book called “The Secret”. In that book the author says that whatever is your dominant thought and whatever you visualize you attract that in your life. So does it mean your thoughts can change...
How to let go of the past ?

How to let go of the past ?

How to let go of the past ? Question:What if people around do not let us forget few things of the past by either talking about it or however then how can we be content at that time?Answer:More Ashtavakra sessions will help you. I assume you understand that the more...
Every karma has an expiry date!

Every karma has an expiry date!

Every karma has an expiry date! Question:What I am going through, is it my Karma which I should accept and carry on or can I choose to change the situation without building agami karma? Is it that even if I change the job, I will still face the current situation...
Does old karma get washed away ?

Does old karma get washed away ?

Does old karma get washed away ? Question: I wanted to marry a girl/get a job/some other things 20 years ago. But now I have grown up and I don’t want it anymore (often we don’t even remember it). So does that mean its corresponding Karma has washed away...
Raaga and Dvesha at the sub-conscious level

Raaga and Dvesha at the sub-conscious level

Raaga and Dvesha at the sub-conscious level Question:Can raaga/ dvesha happen at the sub conscious level?  Are there seeds of attachment buried deep inside me which will pop someday?Answer:Yes, Raaga/Dvesha happen at a subconscious level predominantly. It is because...
Why do we do Shraadh every year for the departed ones ?

Why do we do Shraadh every year for the departed ones ?

Why do we do Shraadh every year for the departed ones ? Question:JGD!! I have a question pertaining to something we did in Pathanjali Yoga sutras. We discussed about death and how we do the 13 day rituals to let go of the soul. Why do we do Shraadh every year for the...
Who are you listening to?

Who are you listening to?

Who are you listening to? Question:Hi Ektaji, Is Drishti/Nazar real? My son gets sick OR runs to emergency with some stiches/fractures etc after he achieves any trophy OR he exposes his skills in  a group. Mostly, whenever I get ready and am happy, immediately...
Are you crazy or wise?

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...
Relationship Karma

Relationship Karma

Relationship Karma Question:In my relationship with my spouse, lately I have this insistent gut feeling that it won’t last. Is it because of any past impression? Why does it happen?Answer:It could be a difficult relationship for you because of your past impressions of...
How to deal with misbehavior?

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...
Karma Bag

Karma Bag

Karma Bag Question:JGD,  We are forced to react to certain practical situations in Life; for instance, when the Mosquito or any insect starts biting, we immediately respond to the extent of killing it. Will the above deed account for dvesha? If so, how to handle such...
Can animals get enlightened?

Can animals get enlightened?

Can animals get enlightened? Question:If in a non-human life form you don’t do things that are out of your nature and do only things as a part of that life, how can it be that Raaga(likes)/Dvesha(dislikes) had developed becoming the seed for a next life? Is it...