Today's Thought

Pledging Your Soul

Some who play the Ouija board game pledge their souls to the Devil. Some pledge their souls to their nation. Many pledge their souls to money. Some, out of fear for what might happen after death, pledge their souls to God. Those who are spiritually evolved pledge never to identify themselves as the soul. They do not want to limit themselves by saying, “My soul.” They work on finding out who is the “MY” that is using the soul, like my hand, my heart, my mind. How can we pledge something that does not belong to us? Everything is given only for the use for the Master Plan. Those who think they are the soul have to live with the fact that they will either go to heaven or hell or keep coming back in the human form to cleanse, according to karmic law. We are much more than that. So, for fun, I can say I pledge my hair to cancer patients. Similarly for my fun, I pledge my soul to the lotus feet of the Lord. — Satish Daryanani

Today's Thought

Pledging Your Soul

Some who play the Ouija board game pledge their souls to the Devil. Some pledge their souls to their nation. Many pledge their souls to money. Some, out of fear for what might happen after death, pledge their souls to God. Those who are spiritually evolved pledge never to identify themselves as the soul. They do not want to limit themselves by saying, “My soul.” They work on finding out who is the “MY” that is using the soul, like my hand, my heart, my mind. How can we pledge something that does not belong to us? Everything is given only for the use for the Master Plan. Those who think they are the soul have to live with the fact that they will either go to heaven or hell or keep coming back in the human form to cleanse, according to karmic law. We are much more than that. So, for fun, I can say I pledge my hair to cancer patients. Similarly for my fun, I pledge my soul to the lotus feet of the Lord. — Satish Daryanani

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To Know Yourself

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By Swami Satchidananda

When you know yourself—your true Self—then you know everything, and you understand everyone. It’s not easy. It takes work and perseverance. But even that effort can be joyous, and when that realization dawns, you will enjoy your own true nature, which is always peaceful and happy. May the teachings in this book show you the way to know your true Self and help you on your path. Peace of mind and happiness is our birthright. Why don’t we all rise up and enjoy that? Yoga shows everyone how to stand on his or her own two feet. It is for everyone. It’s not another religion, but it may help people find the key to their own religions. It’s my humble prayer that you use these simple keys to free yourself from all unhappiness. The East and the West are coming together. I truly believe a new age is dawning. We can make a heaven right here on earth. But we can save the world only if we first save ourselves, remake and refine ourselves. Let us begin now. The teachings in this book are intended to help each reader refine him or herself. We are all happiness personified, noble and beautiful souls, each with a unique service. Let us discover who we are essentially and live that in all joy.

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Sri Swami Satchidananda is one of the world's best known and respected Yoga masters. In this inspiring compilations of teachings and stories, he offer guidance for everyday problems in family life and business and shows and shows to to realize Universal Consciousness. To Know Yourself outlines the path to peace and happiness and a new, more spiritual life.

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Alphabets of a Good Life

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By Dada J. P. Vaswani

This is a comprehensive collection of innate wisdom and practical guidance from a living sage and saint, Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani. It represents one hundred years of Rev. Dada’s unparalled insight and foresight on the gift of life and the art of worthwhile living, in a selection of one hundred timeless topics that are relevant to us all.

Every word, every action, every gesture of a great soul is a teaching in itself. Every moment spent with a Master is a lesson for life. The one hundred aspects from Dada’s teachings offer us the prophetic views of a great visionary showing us a golden age of a world free from anger, anxiety, hatred, war, and violence.

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A Thought for Each Day – The Golden Present

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By Swami Satchidananda

These daily inspirational readings contain Swami Satchidananda’s teachings on the spiritual life—how to serve others and realize peace, truth, and union with the divine. Culled from twenty-five years of lectures to spiritual seekers in the West and the East, these readings are expressed with the simplicity and authority of one who speaks from his own experience. What is purity of heart? It’s a heart full of tranquility and peace. Having a steady mind, a balanced mind, is what you call purity of heart. You must be well balanced between the dualities: the ups and downs, the pleasure and pain, the profit and loss. If the mind is free from turbulence, then the seer can see its own nature. If your heart is pure and steady, you can see God reflected in that steady heart.

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Daily Inspiration

Let every day be filled with uplifting thoughts. Here is inspiration for today, October 15, 2019:

    Your Not Knowing Is the Darkness by Swami Satchidananda

    Where there is light, certainly there is darkness also. What is darkness? Absence of light. When you don’t recognize the light, you see darkness. What is dark to you is bright to a cat or a tiger or a bat. It’s all relative. And when you have one, you have the other also. You can’t only have one side of the coin. But the moment that you know that darkness is a part of the whole, it’s not darkness anymore. The real darkness lies in your ignorance of what it is. Your not knowing is the darkness. The minute you know, you respect both sides, and it’s no… Read more

    The Riddle of the World by Swami Sivananda

    You yourself have made your life complex. You have entangled yourself in this quagmire. You have multiplied your wants and desires. Every day you are forging new links in the chain of bondage. Simplicity has vanished. Luxurious habits are daily developed. People are dying of starvation; there  is  depression  and  unrest  everywhere.  There is devastation by earthquake. The divorce courts  are  increasing. One nation is afraid of another nation. Life has become a matter of uncertainty. It has become a mass of confusion and bewilderment; it has become stormy and boisterous. You can escape from these troubles and difficulties if you lead a life of dispassion, self-restraint, purity… Read more

Talk of the Day

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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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Rare Photo Gallery

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.

These are scans of old photos, some of which have been damaged or darkened over time. In time, this collection will grow and the photos will be restored.

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