Many years ago, I had a retail store. My store was the first store that every tourist had to pass by. No matter what I did or what price I gave, customers wanted to look and compare it with other stores. Even if I offered them one-tenth of my raw cost, they still would not buy. I wondered: If I gave them God, would they still want to look around and compare, looking for a better God? If these people went to Heaven, they may still want to check out Hell to see if that was better. We do not accept as best that which comes to us first until we look and compare all the options. Even if our dream house comes to us within our price range, we will still want to shop around. People even shop around to find the perfect Master. They keep changing religions to fill the void within. When we start developing faith and follow our instincts, we will know right away what is good for us. There will be no need to shop around or waste time on Google. Once, we had to paint all the buildings of an organization. Out of 30 colors, we narrowed down the choices to three: White, so they will refuse, as it gets dirty easily; Barn Red, so it would be rejected right away; and a perfect neutral color that they should have picked immediately. Yet, it took me months to get approval. Imagine, if we gave the organization all the 30 colors to pick from, it would take a lifetime to get approval. We overthink and get nothing done. The Lord knows what is good for you and sends it right away. When anything comes easily, we think something is wrong. What is the catch? The catch is that the Lord loves us and does not want us to waste our precious moments searching when what we are looking for is right under our nose. — Satish Daryanani
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Let every day be filled with uplifting thoughts. Here is inspiration for today, March 20, 2019:
Question: Today’s business world is hard and competitive. What would you advise a young person who plans to start a business? Answer: It is competitive in the business world; and unfortunately or fortunately all the gimmicks seem to be paying off. A lot of money is made by gimmicks, by adulterations and things like that. By false advertising. So it’s very hard to have a straight business and compete with those businesses. But if people come to realize that you are running an honest business, certainly they will come to you more. You will never have difficulty in getting enough customers. After some time the truth comes out…. Read more
Retire into a quiet room; sit on padmasana. Close your eyes. See what happens when you concentrate on an apple. You may think of its colour, shape, size and its different parts such as skin, pulp, seeds, etc. You may think of the places (Australia or Kashmir) where from it is imported. You may think of its acidic or sweet taste and its effects on the digestive system and blood. Through law of association ideas of some other fruits also may try to enter. The mind may entertain some other extraneous ideas. It may begin to wander about. It may think of meeting a friend at the railway… Read more
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- How does one overcome depression and grief from the death of a loved one? Read the answer from Swami Satchidananda
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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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