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 surface level desire essential for doing an action. It is devoid of feverishness. it is just focusing 100% on the action. There […]

Is karma responsible for significant number of deaths due to natural calamities?

Question: So if body is inside prana, when we hear about suppose earthquake or any other natural phenomenon where so many people die, is it because the prana of that area was low or is it karma or is it due to the devas ? Answer: There are weather devas who are responsible for thunder, […]

Your nature is Gratefulness!

Question: I have a question on Ashtavakra 30 – Your nature is gratefulness!┬áBeing grateful is your very nature and I totally understand that. What is confusing is, in earlier Ashtavakra, Guruji says if you are grateful to me that means you recognize myself as someone other than yourself (not seeing myself in you and yourself […]

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 that remain there, sometimes it is Guruji speaking a simple sentence. The thoughts are always knowledge based, and sometimes completely new […]

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 departed ones though? Is it not a form of clinging on to them? […]

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 that I am using wonder? Answer: Wonder is a translation of aascharya. So more appropriately, […]

Mind v/s Self !

Question: Sometimes these guided meditations (including today’s) talk about how our mind is bigger than our body and our body is surrounded by our mind, and says it like this is a good thing. But if that’s the case, it’s really undermining my ability to let the self take the driver’s seat when this fat […]