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Spreading the Teachings

Can you inspire others if you have not written or experienced the words? Many years ago, I was doing that. After my talk, a very prominent person told me, “You should not give these talks, as you have not experienced them.” Even though I was just being a parrot, I loved spreading the words of my spiritual Masters. I told them what this person said to me. My spiritual Masters told me, “Others see the similar struggles in you. We are all on the same journey inspiring each other. As you spread the teachings, you will automatically become a reflection of the teachings. One day, the teachings will come through you, not as second-hand information.” Others will always find faults in you, to test you, and see if spreading the teachings is more important than your ego being bruised. Even if it coming through you, still it is not from you. All teachings come only from that one source. You can never take credit for them. Satish Daryanani

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Let every day be filled with uplifting thoughts. Here is inspiration for today, February 27, 2021:

    The Physical Help Is Limited by Swami Satchidananda

    What you call the spiritual master or teacher or Guru is not the person. The Guru is eternal. The Guru’s inspiration, the Guru’s force, the Guru’s divine energy, the Guru’s vibration will always be there guiding you, directing you. The help that can be given through the physical body is limited; on the spiritual level, the Guru can help you much more. Always try to communicate at that higher level. In your practices, in your meditation, you should learn to communicate with the spiritual part of the Guru. The Guru need not consciously give you blessings and teaching. If you are ready to receive it, even the Guru… Read more

    Control the Senses by Swami Sivananda

    Vairagya is dispassion, desirelessness or non-attachment. Vairagya liberates man from bondage. Vairagya is the foremost virtue. Look into the defects of sensual life. Live in the company of saints. You will develop vairagya. Vairagya is born of discrimination. It will help you and will be permanent. Without vairagya, not even an iota of spiritual progress is possible. *    *    *    *    * Mind is the atma-sakti (power of self). It is the dividing wall between the individual soul and the supreme soul. Mind creates this universe. It is the principle of thinking and sensation. It is a bundle of vasanas (habit patterns), thoughts, likes and dislikes. Slay the… 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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