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 […]

No decision is wrong if it is devoid of raaga/dvesha!

Question: I have a very difficult marriage and a temperamental husband who drinks and blames me for his drinking. I am lonely and in pain. I understand this knowledge. I know everything is temporary but I still crave for a good supportive husband and companion. What do I do? How can I get a good […]

To Facebook or not?

Question:   With the advent of social media and uncontrolled use of it, we have added immensely to the list of Raagas and Dveshas especially on viewing people’s profiles, photos or posting messages.  In a very subtle way, it impacts the mind and adds to my cravings & aversions silently. To fix this, I quit Facebook […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 & […]