Speaking is a skill for the wise!

Question: You said it is best to keep quiet unless you have something positive or helpful to say. I used to do this, but people used to say that I am unfriendly, uninterested or arrogant. Should I speak up more to create a better environment around people or should I just speak when needed? Answer: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 & […]

Karma and Karmaphalam

Question: Is karma about keeping your intentions positive or is it about keeping your intention and thoughts neutral? Answer: Karma is not created just by action, it is created by speech, it is created by thoughts too. But not by every thought/action/speech. If there is an emotion of raaga(likes)/dvesha(dislikes) attached to either, speech or action, […]

Are you responsible for your own thoughts & feelings or not?

Question: I saw this below knowledge, I am kind of confused 🤔 There is a contradiction between his two statements. 1] Your worries, your feelings, your thoughts arise in your own mind. You are totally responsible for all your feelings – how you feel, what you think, what you do… You are responsible. ~~Gurudev HH Sri Sri Ravi […]

Vasanas

Question: Can you clarify what vasana means? Answer: The mind is stuck in 3 factors – People Situations and Things The association with all these 3 will lead to impressions in the mind. Association with people leads to – Impressions of entanglement, jealousy, lust, anger, hatred, joy, expectation, love, fear, grief, irritation, annoyance, discomfort, longing, […]