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Strict Rules

Some spiritual Masters are strict. Even some school teachers are very strict. Some nations are stricter than others. I always find myself disobeying strictness. Instead, if it is explained to me nicely and if it makes sense, I will obey. Certain religions are stricter than others. They all feel that, by being strict, one will have discipline. Instead, real discipline comes when people want it. They will not do it out of force but, when they understand the benefits, they automatically will get discipline. For example, if you force someone to sit in silence in the same place and at the same time, he or she will gain nothing. If the sitting is done out of free will, then the benefit occurs. There should be only one rule that no one will break. The strict rule of life is to do unto others as others would unto you. Once you follow that rule, all other rules are not needed. We are all selfish. Our selfishness will change as we want only the best for ourselves. You will end up doing the best for others. This is the simple rule of life. — Satish Daryanani

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Today's Thought

Strict Rules

Some spiritual Masters are strict. Even some school teachers are very strict. Some nations are stricter than others. I always find myself disobeying strictness. Instead, if it is explained to me nicely and if it makes sense, I will obey. Certain religions are stricter than others. They all feel that, by being strict, one will have discipline. Instead, real discipline comes when people want it. They will not do it out of force but, when they understand the benefits, they automatically will get discipline. For example, if you force someone to sit in silence in the same place and at the same time, he or she will gain nothing. If the sitting is done out of free will, then the benefit occurs. There should be only one rule that no one will break. The strict rule of life is to do unto others as others would unto you. Once you follow that rule, all other rules are not needed. We are all selfish. Our selfishness will change as we want only the best for ourselves. You will end up doing the best for others. This is the simple rule of life. — Satish Daryanani

Man's hand writing "Rules"

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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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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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Let every day be filled with uplifting thoughts. Here is inspiration for today, December 12, 2019:

    Your Prayer Should Be to Give Them Understanding by Swami Satchidananda

    Question: If we pray for others, is their karma taken away? Answer: We are not praying to have the karma of others taken away. We pray so that they can get insight into their karma and get the strength to face it and purge it out. Your prayer should be for their strength and understanding. What you sow, you must reap. If they understand the cause and the benefit of the suffering, then they can easily bear it. Just because you say, “Take their karma away,” God is not going to listen to you and take their karma away. So a prayer should help them to understand.

    The Disciple’s Duty by Swami Sivananda

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    People want to have contact with an avatara (divine incarnation), without being endowed with the proper qualifications. Even if an avatara appears before you, you will not be able to recognise him. You have not got the eyes to see him. You will take him for an ordinary man. It is only a saint who can recognise a saint. Only a Jesus can understand a Jesus. Even if you live with a saint for a considerable time, you will not be able to fathom or know him. A beginner on the spiritual path should have various upa-gurus (assistant gurus). He must prepare himself gradually. He must get spiritual… Read more

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    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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