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 […]

Fear of Death = Fear of unknown

Question: How is fear of unknown different from the fear of death and how to come out of both these fears? Please help. Answer: Fear of the unknown and the fear of death are essentially the same. Understand one thing that, since you have been in this form (form=the body-mind complex), this form is all […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to work on erasing past patterns?

Question: JGD Ekta di, we acquire certain belief systems and patterns from our past birth as a result of Sanchita karma and these are strong impressions embedded in us that makes us act and react in a certain manner. The objective is to develop awareness to clearly see these patterns with the help of regular […]

Desires put you in a catch 22 situation!

Question: How does one deal with desires? Whereas some desires may be frivolous like clothes, jewelry, material things, and others seem to be existential like taking an extra leadership role at work or leading a volunteering project. But eventually, I have now realized that every desire seems to bring misery with it. At the same […]

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 […]