Can one use restraint to be celibate?

Question: For Brahmacharya to happen, a maturity is required, before this maturity can one use restraint to be celibate? Answer: The act of “restraining the senses” belongs to the circle of sleep. What is the circle of sleep? We usually are living life unawares. We do everything in a state of sleep – state of […]

How do we stop negative thoughts at unpleasant moments?

Question: I agree and have experienced that daily regular sadhana, pranayama, meditation, chanting helps to bring awareness and stay focused. However, there are times when we go through unpleasant moments how do we stop negative thoughts right at that moment? Answer: Meditation, chanting helps but again you are hopping on one foot. You have forgotten […]

NIYATI – The higher management of Karma!

Question: Are all the impressions or the karma we create also ruled by niyati? Are all our raaga and dvesha towards a person also part of niyati? Answer: Do you receive mail? Who brings your mail? Does it fall from the sky into your mailbox? No, there is a messenger who brings it to you. […]

Dealing with disrespectful people using Buddha’s principles of observing sensations!

Question: At work, few people are disrespectful in team meetings. I understand emotions arise due to 1] my dvesha [I do not have a powerful physical voice or authoritative position, etc]. 2] my fear of “trump effect” that the authoritative figure is disrespecting, everyone will think, it’s ok to disrespect. My ‘identity’ is questioned. I am struggling with self-management. […]

Is it a Raaga or a mere preference ?

Question: Ektaji, It is difficult to completely drop raaga and dvesha. For example, I interview several candidates for a job and based on my likes and dislikes within professional guidelines I select or reject a candidate. Within first 5 minutes of interview I conclude that I like this candidate or dislike this candidate. Please help. Answer: You […]

Bhavanga – The flow!

Question: I started recognizing doing things naturally without application of the mind (application of the mind feels like there is a raaga/dvesha). There is a flow outside the involvement of the mind. I come to work because I have to work and it is my current karma. There is no good or bad day, but […]

Does Karma have a say in Greencard processing ?

Question: How should I look at this situation. We have filed for Green Card in 2013 and the labor is still in Audit since the response sent in Nov 2013. Don’t know when the Audit would be cleared. According to the Immigration rules they have to respond within 2 years of the response given i.e. […]