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How Not to Die

I saw a book with this title, “How Not to Die.” It was a very thick book. I would probably die before I could finish reading such a lengthy book. That means so much information is required not to die. Instead, if someone wrote on how to live, it would be written in just a few words, “Enjoy every breath as if it is your last.” No more words are needed as to how we should live. Death, in our lives, is given a high priority. I have been to a lot of churches and the image of Jesus on a cross is more predominant than the images of Him being alive. The simple reason for this is that we are already alive, so nobody cares. Death is unknown, so everyone is concerned. Even the good that we do is not because we are enjoying our lives by being good but, it is because we are not paying the price for doing bad after we die. Many people think of God hoping that it may have benefit in their afterlives, and not because it may enhance our lives now. Not living well now is nothing better than being dead. So how not to die, is to live. — Satish Daryanani

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    The Sign of a Healthy Person by Swami Satchidananda

    What is the sign of a healthy person? Such a person is happy anywhere. He or she is relaxed everywhere—always at ease and in peace, within and without. Even in hell, such a person will be at ease. A healthy person hates no one, dislikes nothing. Total love, universal love emanates from within. There is no tension anywhere, no stress or friction. These are the signs of real health. A person who is healthy doesn’t hurt anyone. He or she is not afraid of anyone. Not only is he unafraid, but he sees that others are not afraid of him. The “others” include animals, plants, everything. A healthy… Read more

    The Glory of God by Swami Sivananda

    God has no purpose. God is not bound by any action, just as the sun is not bound by the activities of the people of this world. God acts out of compassion for the individual soul. His sole purpose is to see that His creatures evolve spiritually. God is the lover and the beloved at the same time. Justice, love and goodness are expressions in the divine will. ‘Bhagavān’ – ‘bhaga’ signifies the six qualities of God. These are: jnāna (wisdom), vairāgyam (dispassion), kirti (fame), śrī (prosperity or wealth, divine aiśvarya), śakti or bala (omnipotence),and dharma (righteousness). According to the Praśnopanishad, there are fifteen kalas, or rays of… 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…

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