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Guru chose me or I chose the Guru?

Guru chose me or I chose the Guru?

Guru chose me or I chose the Guru? Question: Didi, I have heard that Guru chooses his disciples and we are not choosing our Guru. Can you please explain this.   Answer: One aspect to it is that in the ancient times, the Guru would test the disciple to see if he...
Faith is like falling in love!

Faith is like falling in love!

Faith is like falling in love! Question: Didi, What is faith ? Answer: You don’t know me, you have never met nor have you ever seen me, still you have a firm connection with me and know that I will give you true answers for your questions. This is called Faith 😊...
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....
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’...
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...
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...
Vashistha talks about Fate and Self-effort

Vashistha talks about Fate and Self-effort

Vashistha talks about Fate and Self-effort Question: I am reading the Yoga Vasistha these days, could you please explain to me pages 22-24 of the Supreme Yoga – by Swami Venkatesananda, where he talks about Fate and self effort?   Answer: Vasistha says that ‘Self...
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...
Does spirituality reduce the desire for sex?

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...
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...
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...
What is the difference between Air and Ether?

What is the difference between Air and Ether?

What is the difference between Air and Ether? Question: What is the difference between air and ether?   Answer: Ether is space. Everything is in space. Every prakriti object is suspended in ether or space. They are just 2 names for the same element. Whereas, Air...
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...
Shiva Tandav – Happy Mahashivratri!

Shiva Tandav – Happy Mahashivratri!

Shiva Tandav – Happy Mahashivratri! On the occasion of Mahashivratri, here is a special video explaining Shiva tatva:   Here is the link to the quantum mechanics video mentioned in the talk above – https://youtu.be/LARXSPARbZU Have questions? Reach out to...
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...
Dispassion is natural on the path!

Dispassion is natural on the path!

Dispassion is natural on the path! Question: We learnt in Yoga Vasishtha that seeking is the cause of Dukha in this Samsaara. I have been applying this knowledge and walking sincerely on this spiritual path for over 5 years now. I am feeling stuck in my career and...
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...
Happy NEW perspective!

Happy NEW perspective!

Happy NEW perspective! Seeker: Can you help me make a firm new years resolution and stick to it? Answer: At this junction in life [new years], most people run after resolutions or they sit and sulk about the past years resolutions that they did not keep up to. Haven’t...
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...
Just DO NOthing!

Just DO NOthing!

Just DO NOthing! Question: How do you meditate on a specific subject? For example, I think I can utilize deep meditation to get a stronger comprehension of love and how that’s what I’m made of etc etc. But if I’m already in meditation, to try to grab at a specific...
How to overcome loneliness and depression?

How to overcome loneliness and depression?

How to overcome loneliness and depression? Question: My husband is an alcoholic all he does is work and sleep alone, there is practically no interaction or no marriage between us. So I don’t have any company. In spite of understanding all the spiritual knowledge it is...
Are you responsible for your own thoughts & feelings or not?

Are you responsible for your own thoughts & feelings or not?

Are you responsible for your own thoughts & feelings or not? Question:  I saw this below knowledge, I am kind of confused 🤔 There is a contradiction between his two statements. 1] Your worries, your feelings, your thoughts arise in your own mind. You are totally...
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...
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...
Speaking is a skill for the wise!

Speaking is a skill for the wise!

Speaking is a skill for the wise! Question: You said it is best to keep quiet unless you have something positive or helpful to say. I used to do this, but people used to say that I am unfriendly, uninterested or arrogant. Should I speak up more to create a better...
Are you in good company?

Are you in good company?

Are you in good company?   Question: If the people around me are not good, will it affect my spiritual growth?   Answer: The company you keep matters a lot, especially on the spiritual path. For e.g. if a group of people is sitting and laughing, you are...
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...
What is Tapas?

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...
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?...
Are you a Lion or a fox?

Are you a Lion or a fox?

Are you a Lion or a fox? Question: JGD! Can you please explain today’s Guru Punch- Invoke the lion within you and have an attitude of sacrifice to rescue yourself from anxiety.  I don’t understand the ‘attitude of sacrifice’ piece.   Answer: People live in a lot...
Enlightenment makes me greedy!

Enlightenment makes me greedy!

Enlightenment makes me greedy! Question: JGD Ektaji, Thanks for sharing this beautiful thought, but I believe thinking about enlightenment itself is a kind of suffering. You constantly work hard towards it reminding yourself that enlightenment is your end goal. I have...
Non-stealing in the mind

Non-stealing in the mind

Non-stealing in the mind Question: Patanjali says, that we should not steal even in our mind. Asteya – Non-stealing. I have a habit of always wishing for others’ things, others’ possessions, others’ looks. I really want to get over this because I know, in the process...
The Mind does not exist!

The Mind does not exist!

The Mind does not exist! Question: JGD Ekta Ji, I am of the mindset that there will always be thoughts in the mind but by staying in knowledge and other techniques you can control your mind so that you are not attached to these thoughts. This way you are still...
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...
Is it possible to go into a complete thoughtless state while meditating?

Is it possible to go into a complete thoughtless state while meditating?

Is it possible to go into a complete thoughtless state while meditating? Question: When meditating, I sometime get down to a very relaxed clear state, where I feel only peace (there really isn’t any word for it though) but there are usually one or two thoughts...
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...
Is life all about clearing our karma baggage ?

Is life all about clearing our karma baggage ?

Is life all about clearing our karma baggage ? Question:If life is all about clearing our karma baggage, how we can say that it’s beautiful?Answer:When you keep looking at life like a war, like a struggle against Karma, you will be unhappy. If you keep questioning...
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...
Karma and Suffering

Karma and Suffering

Karma and Suffering Question:If everything is decided by Karma flow then what possibly could be an explanation of 3 years or even 3 months old girls getting physically abused? Is the one who is getting sexually abused experiencing the result of Sanchita karma? If yes...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
Ego is a major pitfall on the Spiritual path!

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...
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...
Guilt of spiritual insincerity

Guilt of spiritual insincerity

Guilt of spiritual insincerity Question: JGD Didi, I have started listening to knowledge recently and I, suddenly, realized that I have been tremendously insincere in the past.This is bothering me too much. I want to progress on the path, please guide me on how to...
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...
The life of ‘maximum relief’

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...
Observing the mind and getting out of problems!

Observing the mind and getting out of problems!

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...
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...
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...
Buddha became globally popular because…

Buddha became globally popular because…

Buddha became globally popular because… Question: Why is Buddha globally popular even though he was criticized by Vedic sages? Answer: Buddha, born as Prince Siddhartha Gautama had everything – money, name, fame, position, power, wife, everything one could wish for....
Birthday Message!

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:...
Drop Judging!

Drop Judging!

Drop Judging! Question:I attended a family reunion last week, first time in a long time being in such a large gathering for an extended period. I noticed that even though I could let go of judging externally, i.e. expressing my judgements, I still found myself judging...
You are not the body!

You are not the body!

You are not the body! Question:Are Purusha and Brahman the same? Since both are energy, does it mean they are the same?Answer:Brahman is that supreme energy out of which everything is born. It is also called the supreme consciousness. This everything that was born of...
Be a witness to all that is happening

Be a witness to all that is happening

Be a witness to all that is happening Question:Jai guru dev Ektaji – Di,  we are not the body. Though this body will finish one day but we are not destroyed as we are the energy which is making this body work. Di, I want to know that whatever karma we do, we do it...
When “I” watch my thoughts, who is doing the watching?

When “I” watch my thoughts, who is doing the watching?

When “I” watch my thoughts, who is doing the watching?   Question: When “I” watch my thoughts, is it my consciousness that’s doing the watching? Or another layer of the burrito altogether? Answer: You are watching the thoughts. You are not the mind, you are not...
Your nature is Gratefulness!

Your nature is Gratefulness!

Your nature is Gratefulness! Question: Being grateful is your very nature and I totally understand that. What is confusing is, in earlier verses of Ashtavakra, he says if you are grateful to me that means you recognize myself as someone other than yourself (not seeing...
God is on a morning walk!

God is on a morning walk!

God is on a morning walk! Question: You said life has no purpose. Does God also have no purpose? Why did he create us? Why did he make this entire creation? Is it all purposeless? Maybe God has some purpose. Please clarify if I am thinking correctly.Answer:That is...
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]....
God Loves Fun :)

God Loves Fun :)

God Loves Fun 🙂 Question: If we need to stay away from thoughts and control the mind, why did god give us the mind? Answer: God loves fun! There is no real purpose for this creation. It is all for fun. It is meant for your enjoyment. So just enjoy everything in the...
Is Faith required?

Is Faith required?

Is Faith required? Question:Didi, what is the meaning of faith? An experience, made me think about what faith means to me anymore. From my understanding I think there are no Gods up there in the sky, there is nobody to hold onto. I see the flow brings situations into...
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...
You are GOD! Only GOD is! You do not exist!

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...
A few questions on KARMA

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...
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...
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...
Is it Karma or me?

Is it Karma or me?

Is it Karma or me? Question: It is said that we are living our thoughts and that we are responsible for our thoughts. During the last few months thoughts came to me of what we would do if we were in a difficult situation & now that has happened. So now I am here...
Death

Death

Death Question: Dearest Ektaji, My first boss and mentor who became a very good friend just died this morning. I have known him since 1985. Part of me feels ignorant/lost and part of me feels thirsty. I feel Lost because I do not have good knowledge about death and...
The door that leads you ‘IN’ also leads you ‘OUT’!

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...
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...
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 &...
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...
What is the source of mind?

What is the source of mind?

Results for "source of mind" Question:Explain Vasishtha’s answer to Rama’s question – “What is the source of mind and how did it arise?”Answer:If I were answering this after going through our previous knowledge discussions, before even reading a page of Yoga...
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...
What is Open Eye Meditation?

What is Open Eye Meditation?

What is Open Eye Meditation? Question: In the Patanjali Yogasutra Chapter 1 we talked about the 5 different modulations of the mind. And when our mind is not occupied in these 5 modulations it is at that moment we are meditating. Well then aren’t we all...
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...
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...
A dialogue on karma, guilt, academics and pattern in life

A dialogue on karma, guilt, academics and pattern in life

A dialogue on karma, guilt, academics and pattern in life Question:Hello ekta didi, I realize that I’m not the doer and things happen the way the universe is planning. I know and believe that the universe is very intelligent.Answer:Let me add the most essential...
Married but celibate, is that possible?

Married but celibate, is that possible?

Married but celibate, is that possible? Question: If I get attracted to someone, I just remind myself that I can be without it and focus on the breath. Can someone be a Brahmachari or celibate throughout his/her life and still  have a happy married life? Answer:...
How much to rely on Astrology ?

How much to rely on Astrology ?

Results for "how much to rely" Question:People suggest to do few pujas and they have theories related to the puja for example: if the left flower falls then your wish will come true! Or an astrologer says something unhappy about your life then how to deal...
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...
How to deal with emotions of negativity ?

How to deal with emotions of negativity ?

How to deal with emotions of negativity ? Question:I am going through storm of emotions and all negative like anger , jealousy. I feel frustrated, guess fire element is dominant. Though I tell myself it’s not me it’s the effect of fire element but it...
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...
Doership in dreamzzzz….

Doership in dreamzzzz….

Doership in dreamzzzz…. Question;Please would you explain “paragraph 1, p75 of Yoga Vasishtha – by Swami Venkatesananda”.Answer:Let’s assume, Mohit is dreaming in which there might be flying angels that he likes and demons that he hates. The angels and demons...
Go beyond Curiosity to be in the state of Wonder !

Go beyond Curiosity to be in the state of Wonder !

Go beyond Curiosity to be in the state of Wonder ! Question:Dear Ekta, I am in the middle of reading Ashtavakra Gita #12 – Nature of the mind. I am actually having a bit of difficulty understanding Wonder. What is wonder? How do I identify wonder? How do I know...
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...
What is the difference between intention and craving?

What is the difference between intention and craving?

What is the difference between intention and craving? Question:Dear Ektaji, what is the difference between an intention and raaga/dvesha?Answer:Beautiful Question! Intention is a plan to do an action. Raaga/Dvesha is the emotion behind the action.Intention is a...
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...
Pancha Rahasya – The 5 secrets of Creation

Pancha Rahasya – The 5 secrets of Creation

Pancha Rahasya – The 5 secrets of Creation   Have questions? Reach out to Ekta by clicking on the “Ask a Question” button on the left sidebar. For attending Ekta’s online knowledge sessions, click the “Gnyana Sangha” button on the left sidebar. Have a Spiritual...
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...
Beyond the realm of right and wrong…

Beyond the realm of right and wrong…

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Three types of Love

Three types of Love

Three types of Love Question:We say that everything is god/ love. Love is in every cell of the body. We also say that we are all made up of this one consciousness. It exists in all of us. My question is, then why do we love someone more than others. Or, is it a...
Dealing with Anxiety

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...
Overcoming Jealousy

Overcoming Jealousy

Overcoming Jealousy Question: We are all social beings. We need to socialize once in a while with our friends just to get away from the home environment. All our friends are very mature, happy and well to do. They drive better cars, they have better homes, they have...
What are Upanishads?

What are Upanishads?

Question:If all these “upanishads” have different authors, what is the underlying reason that they’re all classified/grouped together as “upanishads”?Answer:It was a golden age where the rate of enlightenment was very high  After the study of the Vedas, many Rishi’s...
Baby dying in womb attains liberation or not?

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...
Karma and its ways

Karma and its ways

Karma and its ways Question:My husband is an alcoholic all he does is work and sleep alone.  there is practically no interaction or no marriage between us. I feel extremely lonely and very depressed at home.What should I do to come out of this loneliness and depressed...
Bad karma with the opposite sex

Bad karma with the opposite sex

Bad karma with the opposite sex Question:I just got out of a bad and abusive marriage, my parents helped me out. Seven years ago, I was in an abusive relationship too, at that time also my parents helped me out. I am trying to understand what kind of karma is this?...
Have a ‘Pure’ Guru Poornima!

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...
Hollow and Empty!

Hollow and Empty!

Hollow and Empty! Question:Dear Ektaji, referring to “I am hollow and empty” – does this mean if I remind myself that I am nothing, I will automatically modify my speech and eventually it will become pure?Answer:“I am hollow and empty” is a meditation that we do in...
When someone blames you, they actually take away some negative karma from you!

When someone blames you, they actually take away some negative karma from you!

When someone blames you, they actually take away some negative karma from you! Question:Jai Gurudev Ekta didi, “When someone blames you, they actually take away some negative karma from you. Understand this and don’t put up resistance. Feel happy and lighter about it....
Spouse left home.. is it my Karma?

Spouse left home.. is it my Karma?

Destiny Question:My spouse left home 10 years ago saying will be back in 15 minutes but even today I have no clue if alive or not. Only the vehicle was found but not the body. We have one son. After that incident, I was totally devastated. Why did this happen to me?...