3 States of Consciousness

Question: Ektaji, I have one question. You were saying that if one is established in 100% awareness of the subtle body at death, you become enlightened. Does this happen only at the time of death or can it happen even when you are in the waking state? Answer: It is a process. The 100% awareness/complete […]

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, dropping my […]

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 situation come what may. [Sambhava] *Awareness = Being in the present moment at all times. [Sakshi […]

The truth is that you really don’t want to wake up!

Question: If I have to get enlighten, it seems so difficult.  I have to get over my attachment to my spouse, children, parents, friends, job, aspirations, power, position, company, money, house, car, friends, phone, laptop.  It seems like such a difficult thing to do to get over this endless list.  Please help.  Am I understanding […]

The door that leads you ‘IN’ also leads you ‘OUT’!

Question: I am a very competitive and jealous person in the office, at home, with family & friends and especially in my volunteer activities. Now this competition is coming into my spiritual side also. In Art of living now, I want to be a teacher like you. Nothing less than you will suffice. I have […]

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 […]

Fear of Death = Fear of unknown

Question: How is fear of unknown different from the fear of death and how to come out of both these fears? Please help. Answer: Fear of the unknown and the fear of death are essentially the same. Understand one thing that, since you have been in this form (form=the body-mind complex), this form is all […]