New Years vows for the sake of spiritual progress!

Happy New Year Angels! In the new year, let’s take Buddha’s vows to make it the year where your spiritual wisdom grows at rocket speed. Remember, your own experience is your teacher. If in your own experience, you feel impure inside, it is because of the lack of certain disciplines. Here is a chance to […]

Is it possible to go into a thoughtless state while meditating?

Question: When meditating, I sometimes 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 to […]

How to do a Spiritual Sabbatical?

Question: How to do a few days of Spiritual sabbatical? Answer: Spirituality is about looking within and finding that peace within. For beginners, who have not yet learnt to be with their own selves, every Teacher/Guru/Master gives processes/techniques so one finally goes within and enjoys the taste of ‘BEING’. All techniques/processes/courses are just a tool to […]

This meditation? Or that technique?

Question: Sometimes I want to do this type of meditation, sometimes I want to do another type of technique? Is it okay to change or should I do both? Answer: Recognize the flow and move with that. What does the flow mean?  Just like your body gives signals as to when the stomach is empty, […]

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 […]

Longer retreats for advanced meditators!

Question: Please would you provide some insight into the need for longer retreats and how they help a spiritual seeker? Answer: In the longer retreats, a sincere spiritual seeker receives individual meditation instructions. This helps the meditator move higher quickly on the spiritual path compared to a mass general meditation instruction session. These individual meditation […]

Bhakti leads to the flowering of Gnyana

Question: Hello Ektaji, I read on one of the Facebook post where Guruji says “Devotion destroys all the karma”.  Could you please explain this with reference to what we have learnt so far in Ashtavakra Gita? Answer: Ashtavakra is the path of Gnyana [knowledge]. Devotion is the path of Bhakti. Gnyana takes one to Bhakti & […]

Mourn Birth & Celebrate Death!

Question: Didi, we usually cry when a close one dies. There is a high possibility that he/she has finished his/her karma bag and will not take birth again.  Instead of crying we should be happy for them.  We cry for our own selfish reasons as we can’t see and interact with them.  Similarly, if someone […]

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 […]