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 […]

Choices – what is right and wrong?

Question: Is applying viveka, a kind of seeking? Because choosing/deciding right from wrong is so relative to this mind? Answer: Actually Viveka is deeper than just plain discrimination between right and wrong. Viveka is the ability to help maintain an absolutely clean and pure consciousness within. When you do something which could leave you feeling […]

Intellectualization of Spiritual Knowledge is a MAJOR obstacle!

Question: Ekta ji, can you point to any references in scriptures or your own experience on how to identify the symptoms of being half baked in vedanta knowledge or being caught up just in the theory of advaita? Answer: It is a big danger if you are caught up in the theory of the spiritual […]

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 […]

Connect with the Master internally instead of the external physical body!

Question: Jai Gurudev! I’ve joined The Art of Living with Yes+ course and I’m 19 years old. I did feel a strong connection to Guruji when I did the course. But 3 years later now, I don’t feel anything. When I go to Ashram, I see people in crowds getting excited about Guruji, to take […]

Choicelessness is freedom!

Question: Is applying viveka, a kind of seeking? Because choosing/deciding right from wrong is so relative to this mind? Answer: Actually, Viveka is deeper than just plain discrimination between right and wrong. Viveka is the ability to maintain an absolutely clean and pure consciousness within. Rumi said, “Beyond the realm of right and wrong, there […]