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 […]

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 theory of the spiritual […]

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 attached to people, situation, and things and create Agami Karma?  Then what?  How will I come out of this world […]

Spouse left home.. is it my Karma?

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? Why was I […]

Do we accumulate karma if we scold loved ones or try to correct them when they do something wrong?

Question: Do we accumulate karma if we scold loved ones or try to correct them when they do something wrong? Answer: Again Karmas are not caused out of the action or thought, but Karmas are caused by the attachment/emotion associated with the action or thought. Therefore, if you scold a child to prevent him from […]

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 environment around people or should I just speak when needed? Answer: […]

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 able to go through the ups and downs of life with a […]

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 thought/action/speech. If there is an emotion of raaga(likes)/dvesha(dislikes) attached to either, speech or action, […]

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 the Advanced course also called as the ‘Art […]

Daivam, Niyati & Purushartha

Question: What is Daivam, Niyati & Purushartha? The further we go the more confused I get…specially with this  “Now it depends on the intensity of your commitment whether your Purushartha wins over your Daivam or not” –  Is Daivam, Nyati? Is everything that is happening, everything that I am doing (or not doing) Nyati?….and is it all preset […]