The first gift given to us by God is human birth. If we have a healthy body, have an inclination for the truth, and are given a correct guide or Guru, we are fortunate. Then, there is the gift of ego—my favorite gift from God. When He created me, He was in a good mood and therefore gave me an abundant gift of ego. This gift helps me in life. Someone might tell me, “You are spreading the teachings, yet I do not see you practicing them.” My ego is so strong that these comments do not demoralize me. If I lose money, my ego gives me self-confidence so I can always recover my Monopoly money. In spirituality, my ego tells me that there is nothing that can stop me from experiencing what my Masters would like me to experience. My ego will not separate me from the Lord, as the gift of ego is given by Him. I am never trying to be humble. Instead, I do my best to show the world the Lord’s gift of ego bestowed upon me. I only keep this one thought in mind: I did nothing to deserve this wonderful gift. It was given to me free of charge by the Lord. All I am doing is making maximum use of it. Sitting in silence, I give gratitude to the Lord for this wonderful gift. Thank you, my friend, Ego, nobody can hurt this thick-skinned person, nor can any hurdle stop the journey of my life.—Satish Daryanani
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Let every day be filled with uplifting thoughts. Here is inspiration for today, April 25, 2019:
As you send your prayers to a sick person, you can think, “Get well,” but you are not asking God to make the person well. You are simply sending your good thoughts to the one in need. Thought forces are very powerful. They will go and help the person. Your good thoughts, your wishful thinking, will travel to his or her heart. You can use any words that are meaningful to you. We often use the Maha Mritunjaya mantra. It isn’t even asking for someone to be healed; rather it says, “May you rise above these mortal limitations.” It’s a good, positive thought you are sending. That way… Read more
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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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