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

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

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

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

Question:I am confused whether I should start with the Vedic or Buddha’s knowledge sessions on the website http://www.gnyanasangha.com. How do I know if I am ready for Buddha’s teachings?Answer:First you must evaluate yourself by asking yourself – Why are you here?...
Why is there a pinch experienced in doing right?

Why is there a pinch experienced in doing right?

Question:I have a question regarding the previous knowledge on Apaatra Daanam!We have faced that situation many times with extended family. Using my Viveka, it’s obviously ‘apaatra’! But why I still feel a pinch? Just the feeling that someone was not happy with me –...
Stand up for what is right even if you have to stand alone!

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

Question:Didi,I see that people around me do all kinds of corrupt and unwholesome things – lie, steal, twist facts, play games with me, do politics in office as well as at home. These people are very successful and rich. They seem to have a powerful position among...
Why some people cannot meditate with guided instructions or sound?

Why some people cannot meditate with guided instructions or sound?

Question:When I was doing the guided instructional and mantra meditation in a long course, I was paying attention to every instruction but didn’t experience meditation. I am not sure why.Answer:There are 2 levels of meditation:Level 1: Sound level• This is the level...
Is there a benefit in knowing about planetary movements?

Is there a benefit in knowing about planetary movements?

Question:What is the point of knowing that it is the Mercury retrograde going on right now? I have only been on the watch since yesterday keeping a guard to prevent negativity. It makes me nervous. How is it helpful?Answer:Mercury Retrograde is just an apparent...
How to make sure not to be born again?

How to make sure not to be born again?

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

In sickness and in health!

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

Statue Bhatakti Atma!

Question:I have come to realize lately that my mind has learned my trick of taking a step back to go into witness consciousness during meditation. These days when I want to practice it anytime throughout the day, my mind cunningly jumps in and starts a conversation...
Intellectualization of Spiritual Knowledge is a MAJOR obstacle!

Intellectualization of Spiritual Knowledge is a MAJOR obstacle!

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

Overwhelmed by to-do’s? Naah

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

Dealing with Sexual desires on the spiritual path!

Question:What should be the effort from our side to get over sexual desire on the spiritual path, if we should not suppress it? If we express it aren’t we making those impressions stronger? What should be our attitude towards it?Answer:Have you played with a bow and...
Identifying yourself with your thoughts and emotions, thinking that you created them, is utter ignorance !

Identifying yourself with your thoughts and emotions, thinking that you created them, is utter ignorance !

Question:Guruji dropped this tweet a few weeks ago (which I’ve since added to my “Daily Reminders”): “Identifying yourself with your thoughts and emotions, thinking that you created them, is utter ignorance. When you stop identifying with...
Using restrain to practice celibacy, is it right?

Using restrain to practice celibacy, is it right?

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

What will people say?

Questions:Hello Ekta didi, small negative events make me sad. It’s like the earth element is constantly dominating me. I worry and fear about things in my life. I don’t know how to rise above it. My problem is I think a lot what other people must be thinking...
Are you crazy or wise?

Are you crazy or wise?

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

Surrender

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

Karma in babies

Question:At what age does a person starts creating karma? When a child is born, he does not have this attachment to action and he naturally does what comes to him, but again the child does not have any understanding of awareness and knowledge. so both these thoughts...
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 creation, including...
What to do when you have problems in life?

What to do when you have problems in life?

We all have problems in life, now what to do when your emotions are high and you are just not able to cope?1 ) First of all calm your self down with some 10 minute knowledge video from here- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCS0FPDb7sVS8YWtNd78NwNKt4w6–jBy2) You...
Stop struggling and float with Life!

Stop struggling and float with Life!

Question:At times I feel like I have dropped a desire, but again it pops up with more intensity. And at times I feel I am dropping the desire but doubt arises if I am just resisting it. How to differentiate between dropping a desire and resisting a desire?Answer:When...
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 from the body level, then how does this...
Dealing with Anxiety

Dealing with Anxiety

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

Why do I feel stagnant in my spiritual growth?

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

Journey from external to internal

Question:Dear Ektaji, I have been with Guruji for 15 yrs now, have done courses, seva, satsang( less of seva though :-), could be better) … However, one question that has never been understood is going within. Journey from external to internal. I am referring to your...
A few questions on KARMA

A few questions on KARMA

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

What is the purpose of life?

Question:I keep wondering why we first broke away from our nature of infinite consciousness? Why did that subtle vibration even occur that led to the “I”/ ego and then to the projected consciousness that leads us to this cycle of samsara and then it is all about...
Spiritual but not Religious

Spiritual but not Religious

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

Life is a flow of events on account of Karma

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

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

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

Abortion Karma

Question:Dear Ektaji, I just keep wondering about karmas. About 9 years ago we took medicine to end my pregnancy. I was completely against it but my husband said it is his responsibility & his karma. This action never really pinched me as I  felt I was not...
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, so more...
Buddha taught that there is NO SOUL!

Buddha taught that there is NO SOUL!

Question:Buddha taught that there is NO SOUL! Please, can you enlighten us on this?Answer:To understand Buddha first, we have to understand his basic teachings.Buddha was a prince, who saw riches/name/fame/relationships but did not find True Sukha in that. His did not...
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, because I have to pay my bills. All the savings...
Mahaa Maaya, Moha Maaya and Yoga Maaya

Mahaa Maaya, Moha Maaya and Yoga Maaya

Question :The ball is rolling and we are not the doer. Whatever will happen will happen. How does free will fit in?  You have explained free will earlier, but somehow I am not able to connect it. We have the free will not to create agami karma but what has to happen...
Is Ambition also a seeking?

Is Ambition also a seeking?

Question:One of yesterday’s Yoga Vasishtha knowledge points and homework, that you gave was ‘not to seek and just be and live effortlessly through whatever transpires because of Sanchita karma.’  How do we differentiate seeking from ambition?  Or are they the same?...
Is there something like “too much spiritual knowledge”?

Is there something like “too much spiritual knowledge”?

Question:All who worship what is not real knowledge, enter into blind darkness: those who delight in real knowledge, enter, as it were, into greater darkness.This is excerpt from Ishavasya Upanishad, what struck me was that people who worship worldly knowledge are far...
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 feelings and give...
How to manage job, family, Seva without getting overwhelmed?

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

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

From scenery to seer!

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

Karma affects both Material life and spiritual goals?

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

Birthday Message!

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

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

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

What is the difference between Tolerance and Surrender?

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

How do I experience Silence during meditation ?

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

Who am I?

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

Dealing with Possessiveness

Question:What if it is not me who is possessive, but someone else is possessive of me , rather obsessive almost to the sick levels of possessing me, what is that I should or should not do.Answer:Recognize that it is just a play of the elements and that person’s karma...
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, anger,...
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 anger and fear are my...
There is no happiness in this world!

There is no happiness in this world!

Question: Why am I not happy with my-self? why am I continuously looking for someone/something/some situation to make me happy or make me feel that I am happy? Answer: There is no Happiness/Sukha in this world, but the mind does not want to recognize this truth. Life...
Bhakti leads to the flowering of Gnyana

Bhakti leads to the flowering of Gnyana

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

Your name does not belong to you!

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

Free will is a misnomer!

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

What is seeking?

Question:I quit my job and interviewed for another one. They offered me an entry level position with a pay less than half of what I am currently making. I did not accept the offer. My previous boss is working on getting me back at my old job. By me not accepting the...
How to experience the spiritual knowledge?

How to experience the spiritual knowledge?

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

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

Question:Jai Gurudev! I’ve joined The Art of Living with Yes+ course and I’m 19 years old. I did feel a strong connection to Guruji when I did the course. But 3 years laternow, I don’t feel anything. When I go to Ashram, I see people in crowds getting excited about...
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 crave for a good supportive husband and companion. What do...
Yardstick to measure spiritual progress

Yardstick to measure spiritual progress

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

Marriage or Seva?

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

How to work on erasing past patterns?

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

How do thoughts generate in the mind?

Questions:How does the thought generate in our mind?Answer:Thoughts generate out of the subconscious. Now what is the quality of your subconscious? It depends on the conditioning of your mind from:Associations [people] – associations are the types of people you...