Go beyond Curiosity to be in the state of Wonder !

Question: Dear Ekta, I am in the middle of reading Ashtavakra Gita #12 – Nature of the mind. I am actually having a bit of difficulty understanding Wonder. What is wonder? How do I identify wonder? How do I know that I am using wonder? Answer: Wonder is a translation of aascharya. So more appropriately, […]

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 […]

Maaya makes you believe that dreams are real!

Question: We keep hearing how this awareness is like knowing your dreaming. But the best (and most entertaining) dreams are when you think it’s real! I know thinking like this is primitive-talk compared to what we’ve learnt, but I still can’t help but agree with this thought. Answer: That which is entertaining is called Maya. […]

When will I progress spiritually?

Question: I have been attending all sessions of Ashtavakra, at times I feel I have all the “theoretical” knowledge but wonder why it is not sinking in deeper! Lately, my mind is just jumping from one thing to another…I have not even completed the thought and I drop it and move to another task! Amazing […]

What is the difference between tolerance and surrender?

Question: What is the difference between tolerance and surrender? Answer: Tolerance is like a potential volcano. There is a dislike hidden within which just churns and burns inside and can erupt at any time. Tolerance is just a temporary cover-up. When you are tolerating something, you do not recognize that the harm that you cause […]

All Fears are just the Fear of Death!

Question:  Guruji said that “All fears are actually the Fear of death”. I am confused. Please help. Answer: There is actually only one fear.  It is the fear of death.  There is no other fear.  All the other fears stem from this one fear of death.  They are all children of the same parent; fear […]

Can I be in Sakshi Bhava all the time?

Question: Being lost in the object and withdrawing from the object and becoming a “sakshi”. I am able to do it for a split second especially when I am typing on a keyboard I can see my fingers moving and witness it without being “involved” but I am unable to do that at other times […]