The secret of the ‘first thought’!

Question: What to do if negative thoughts keep coming against a person. I know it is not right and I am creating agami karma for myself but I am still unable to avoid it. Answer: This is a common mistake made by many spiritual seekers. People think that every thought is their own responsibility. Most […]

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 […]

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 […]

Benefits of Vipassana or Satipatthana

Question: I went for the 10 days retreat. The experience was very fulfilling. On day 4 of the Vipassana program during meditation, I was vividly seeing the events from my childhood more than 35 years ago which upset me very much and I was unable to sleep that night. I was finally able to put […]

How to give it back to the evil people in life?

Question: I’m following the Buddha’s path of compassion but I need advice on how to treat people who treat you unfairly, cold-heartedly or are just evil people? I have been running into a lot of problems with it. I’ve been ignoring people. But I’m starting to feel anger come up & want to tell people […]

Your raagas [likes] and dveshas [dislikes] create future

Question: In yesterday’s YV, he talks about not creating future because of thoughts. So all along we try to think of how to shape the future but it seems that’s counter-intuitive to what’s to be done. The focus should be on the present and not creating the future. This doesn’t mean not planning for retirement […]

Dealing with disrespectful people using Buddha’s principles of observing sensations!

Question: At work, few people are disrespectful in team meetings. I understand emotions arise due to 1] my dvesha [I do not have a powerful physical voice or authoritative position, etc]. 2] my fear of “trump effect” that the authoritative figure is disrespecting, everyone will think, it’s ok to disrespect. My ‘identity’ is questioned. I am struggling with self-management. […]