Does planning happen in present or future?

Question: Some more explanation on ‘planning happens in the present moment’ will be helpful to me.  Often, when I am walking [morning walk] or meditating, a thought or an idea arises on what needs to be done to resolve a current issue, without any intentional planning/thinking. Answer: Did you notice that you said that a […]

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 ‘speak the language’ by taking courses/reading etc. I even believe […]

How is ‘human life’ different from ‘animal life’?

Question: I am wondering that the ideal way to live is: be in the present moment without worrying. No desires even desire for liberation is not necessary as it may become a craving ragga /dvesha. Everything is a happening. Then what is the difference between us and animals? Yes, we have VIVEKA ability to discriminate […]

Can one use restraint to be celibate?

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 unawares. We do everything in a state of sleep – state of […]

What is taught in a Buddha retreat?

Question: Please would you explain what is taught in the Buddha retreats? I have statues of Buddha at home but am totally unaware of his teachings. Please enlighten me about what is Vipassana, Samatha, Jhanas, etc. Answer: Here is a Pali Sutta, given by the Buddha explaining the techniques taught by him. Samatha and Vipassana […]

Vasanas

Question: Can you clarify what vasana means? Answer: The mind is stuck in 3 factors – People Situations and Things The association with all these 3 will lead to impressions in the mind. Association with people leads to – Impressions of entanglement, jealousy, lust, anger, hatred, joy, expectation, love, fear, grief, irritation, annoyance, discomfort, longing, […]

Spiritual Significance of Ramayana on the occasion of Dussera!

Ramayana is an epic story about King Dasharatha, who had three wives, but no children. Along with his wife Kaushalya, he performed a yagya called Ashwamedha, after which they got four sons. Dasharatha means one who can run ten chariots at a time; You are Dasharatha; Your body-mind complex is Dasharatha. The ten chariots are the five organs […]

Are you worthy of Spiritual Knowledge?

Question : Sometimes I wonder that, am I even worthy of this highest and beautiful knowledge? Even after studying and applying the knowledge we sometimes lose the path and get involved in cravings, desires and get carried away by sense organs. It is then it comes to mind that, am I worthy of this knowledge? […]