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 presence of a Guru. Please guide. Answer: Guru Poornima can be called the ‘Spiritual New Year’ or the ‘Disciples new year’. Guru Poornima is […]

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 of […]

Can your thoughts change your karma ?

Question: I read 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 your Karma? Answer: We learn this in the Happiness program/ Part 1 course/ Art of Living basic […]

How to thank the Infinite?

Someone asked me how to thank that infinite power? What could I do for God that would be the closest possible thanks to him? I answered, “God does not need your prayer, rites, rituals. He really does not need your flowers, fruit, coconut, etc. God wants every individual to be happy. So if you can […]

Are you going to GOD as a beggar?

Question: Are all Puranas mythological stories with an underlying message?  What about fasting, holy dips, lighting of lamps prescribed in those Puranas, especially Kartika Purana, that millions of people religiously follow – is there any benefit., that is are we adding punya/positive karma by doing these even though our intent is self benefit.  When prayer/rituals […]

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 rules and rituals. Or has the […]

Your nature is Gratefulness!

Question: I have a question on Ashtavakra 30 – Your nature is gratefulness! Being 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 […]