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Best Customers

A doctor’s best customers are sick people. The best customers of spiritual Masters are those who are fed up with the world. If you are happy and everything is perfect in your life, why do you need someone to tell you how to improve your life? Basically, you have to be confused and feel you are going nowhere. The medicine of spirituality is for removing your pain permanently. We suffer unnecessarily because we do not understand the meaning of mercy. A toothache is like my friend, coming to tell me I may have a cavity. We listen to the teachings and only try to implement them if we feel we will benefit from them. Practicing spirituality does not impress God, but it applies an ointment to our deep inner wounds. This year, the Lord made it easier for us to get fed up with the world, as our lives have been turned upside down. Hopefully, the business of the spiritual Masters is booming. Unfortunately, their customer base is increasing only on YouTube, but they are unaware of it.— Satish Daryanani

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Daily Inspiration

Let every day be filled with uplifting thoughts. Here is inspiration for today, November 25, 2020:

    Life Should Have Challenges by Swami Satchidananda

    If you really want to overcome any feelings of negativity, think of the people who are not as fortunate as you. Many, many others are facing more and greater challenges. When you see that, you will feel that you are very lucky in what you have. Remember that ultimately there is one source, one power. If you trust in that completely and do what you can, help comes, strength comes, courage comes. God takes care of everything and everybody. Life should have challenges. Without challenges it would be a bore. It’s only in challenging situations that you really learn. Never give up hope. If the mind is strong,… Read more

    Helpers on the Spiritual Path by Swami Sivananda

    The spiritual path may in the beginning appear to be very hard, thorny, precipitous and slippery. Renunciation of objects gives pain at the outset. If you struggle hard to tread the path, if you once make a strong determination and firm resolve, then it becomes very easy. You get interest and a new joy. Your heart expands and you have a broad outlook on life; you have a new wide vision. You feel the help from the invisible hands of the indweller of your heart. Your doubts are cleared by themselves, by getting the answer from within – you hear the still, sweet voice of God. There is… Read more

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  • The Knower by Swami Satchidananda

    There is an eternal silent entity within us all. And that is what you call the “silent witness” or the “Knower.” The scriptures talk about that as the eternal witness. That is the light in you, or the Self in you, or the Atman. It doesn’t talk or do anything—it just is. And that is what you call “God.” It is due to our own limitations that we say, “God did this, God did that, blessed me, or punished me.” God never blesses or punishes. God just is. Still, we tend to say, “God created the world, God sustains the…

Rare Photo Gallery

In honor of the anniversary of the August 19, 2002 mahasamadhi: a gallery of rare, historic photos of Sri Swami Satchidananda. A collection of 108+ rare and historic photos of Swami Satchidananda may now be viewed on this site.

These are scans of old photos, some of which have been damaged or darkened over time. In time, this collection will grow and the photos will be restored.

collage of rare images of Swami Satchidananda

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