Daily Inspiration

  • Question: Please explain the meaning of Jesus’ teaching, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Sri Gurudev: Poverty is not in things. You need food, shelter, a body. Poverty means giving up “mineness,” or calling things “mine, mine, mine.” A rich man, in this sense, is the one who thinks that he owns everything and possesses e… Read more



  • How do you know if what you decide to do is the right thing? It’s very simple. The right thing will not affect your health and happiness. That’s all. Anything that would affect your physical and mental peace, your health and happiness, is wrong. Anything. This might bring another question: “Suppose I want to help somebody who is troubled and that affects me. Should I do it or not?” If you are joyf… Read more



  • There is a simple way of finding out how far away you are from God. Take a pencil and paper, and start writing down all the things that you call “mine.” However long the list is, that’s how far away you are from God. Reduce the list, and you are coming closer to God. If there is nothing to call “mine,” you are God. Remember, when you say that so many things are “mine, mine, mine, mine” you have li… Read more



  • Enlightenment is the same for one and all. Is the sun in Australia different from the sun in America? There is the same sun, the same light, the same rain, the same air. Is there a man’s sleep and a woman’s sleep, a dog’s sleep and a cat’s sleep? No. Sleep is the same. Death is the same. Enlightenment also is the same. It doesn’t differ at all from one person to the next. The only difference would… Read more



  • Question: How can a devotee honor God? Answer: God doesn’t look for your honor. If you want to honor God, express God’s image, that part of God that is functioning in you. Put yourself into God’s hands. As the Bhagavad Gita proclaims, “Whatever you do,whatever you enjoy,whatever penance you perform,in essence everything that you think, speak or do, do it as an offering to God.” Sri Krishna tells A… Read more



  • God is love. Love is God. God is nectar. God is prem. Bhakti is supreme love towards God. Bhakti is the greatest power on earth. It gushes from one’s pure heart. It redeems and saves. It purifies the heart. Devotion is the seed. Faith is the root. Service of the saints is the shower. Communion with the Lord is the fruit. Bhakti is of two kinds – apara bhakti (a lower type of devotion) and para bha… Read more



  • What is disease? “Disease is that which caused you to lose your ease. Is it not so? You were at ease; all of a sudden, something happened, you did something and you lost your ease. Thus, you are diseased. Then, the doctor takes away the dis, putting you back at ease. So anything that marred our ease is to be taken out.  … Read more



  • To define God is to deny God. You can give definition of a finite object only. How can you define the limitless or infinite being who is the source and ultimate cause for everything? If you define God you are limiting the limitless one, you are confining him within the concept of the mind. God is beyond the gross mind, but he can be realised through meditation with a pure, subtle and one-pointed m… Read more



  • When we want to understand God’s Will, God has a way of helping us subdue our ego. In a way, ego is always dependent on the spirit. We are never independent in that respect. But once we consciously submit ourselves completely to that spirit, then we are independent because God’s will takes over. Then instead of saying, “I am doing it,” the ego will say, “I am an instrument. I am being used by God’… Read more



  • Prema is intense, concentrated, pure love of the Lord. Prema brings the devotee face to face with the Lord. Bhakti culminates in prema. Prema is pure nectar. Prema destroys pains and sorrows. It makes one immortal and blissful and peaceful. It is very difficult to describe the nature of prema. You will have to experience it yourself. Cultivate it through japa (repetition of God’s name), klrtan (ch… Read more



  • If you died this minute, what would people be saying about you? If the majority of people would feel sorry about your departure, if they would feel they had gotten a lot of help from you and that you hadn’t hurt anyone, then certainly God is happy with you and the gates of heaven are open to you. To get God’s Grace means to get the grace of your neighbors. God doesn’t need your worship and service… Read more



  • The innate nature of all beings is to love an external object – we cannot but cherish something in the heart. For, truly, the absolute alone is existent. Man is only an ego, apparently separated from it. Love for external things is an unconscious internal urge to become unified with everything. For, in reality, man is everything, the absolute itself. Love is the forerunner of experience.  Love  is… Read more