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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, October 4, 2022:

    Real Courage by Swami Satchidananda

    Only a very few are born with courage. Most people are weak; it takes a long time for them to build up courage. It takes real courage to understand the truth. Real courage means to give up “I, me, mine.” It’s not courageous to gather things. What we normally call courage is getting gold  medals, bronze  medals, fighting, winning, gaining. A “courageous” person jumps from a plane with a parachute three thousand feet up in the air. But the real courage is to give up everything and say, “I own nothing.” Very few are courageous enough to renounce everything in the name of God, in the name of… Read more

    Come to Me by Swami Sivananda

    I want only Thee, my Lord. When the senses hiss and drag me, Come to me and crush them. When I am overworked and tired, Come to me with Thy peace and harmony. When my mind becomes turbulent, Come to me with Thy yoga power, And still this boisterous mind. When desires and cravings attack me, Come to me with Thy light and grace. When fear overpowers me, Come to me with Thy courage. When avidyā (ignorance) tries to overwhelm me, Come to me with Thy supreme wisdom. Secret of Love Subtle and profound is the path of love. It is like the edge of a sharp razor…. 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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