Today's Thought

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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    You Don’t Have to Be Allergic to Anything by Swami Satchidananda

    If you keep the body healthy, the body can adjust to any weather. You won’t have to complain about the outside atmosphere. Many people complain about allergies. They are always saying, “I am allergic to this, allergic to that.” Allergy is not something coming from outside; allergy comes from lack of health. If your body is strong enough, you don’t have to be allergic to anything. Think of all the people who live in a tropical climate where there is heat and humidity. Fortunately the body is able to accept any condition, to withstand and adapt, because it’s made that way. How many people poison their systems, and… Read more

    Worship by Swami Sivananda

    An idol (murti or vigraha), sun, fire, water, Ganges, saligram (symbol of Visnu), linga (symbol of Siva), are all symbols of God which help the aspirants to attain one-pointedness of mind and purity of heart. A symbol is absolutely indispensable for fixing the mind. The Christians also have the symbol – the cross. A gross mind needs a concrete symbol; a subtle mind needs an abstract symbol. Even a vedantin has the symbol Om for fixing the wandering mind. In the beginning concentration or meditation is not possible without a symbol. The mind is disciplined in the beginning by fixing the mind on a concrete object or symbol…. 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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