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Slippery Slope of Ice

Master: Life is like a slippery slope of ice. First we start playing cards with friends, then, later, having fun in the casinos betting on our favorite sports teams, which may lead to gambling more and more. Everything we do starts small, be it with alcohol, drugs or other vices. We may grow in our practices but, one small slip up and we slide all the way down to the bottom. This slippery slope of ice is what makes us human. We may take a few steps forward but with a small slip we are back to the beginning. Thus is devotion, discipline, dedication, along with grace required to be on top of the world. Then life becomes like a plateau and nothing can bring you down. All your efforts have paid off. It may be a little lonely up there but you are not alone. The view is wonderful and you will end up giving a helping hand to others to join you.Satish Daryanani

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Let every day be filled with uplifting thoughts. Here is inspiration for today, August 19, 2022:

    Don’t Worry About the Future by Swami Satchidananda

    What you sow you reap. Don’t worry about the future and don’t worry about the past. A great thinker said the past and the future are not even visible. But what is visible? The golden present. Think of the golden present, sow what is necessary, what is right. Sow good thoughts, sow good deeds, and I am sure you will reap good fruits. There is no question about it. What you do comes back to you. What you sow, you reap. So do the right thing in the present, and don’t worry about the future. The people who worry about the future miss the present as well. You… Read more

    Prana and Pranayama by Swami Sivananda

    Breath is external manifestation of prana, the vital force. Breath, like electricity, is gross prana. Breath is sthula (gross) and prana is sukshmatvaat.h (subtle). By exercising control over this breathing you can control the subtle pra a inside. Control of pra a means control of mind. Mind cannot operate without the help of prana. The vibrations of prana produce thought in the mind. It is pra a that moves the mind. It is pra a that sets the mind in motion. It is the suk ma prana or psychic prana that is intimately connected with the mind. Breath represents the important flywheel of an engine. Just as other… 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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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.

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