I was watching “Inside Bill’s Brains,” a documentary about Bill Gates. He takes a week’s time off to think. He goes to a secluded place, reads a lot of books, and comes up with ideas. We all must try the think tank method. Spend a week all by ourselves and think about many things. We will come up with many wonderful solutions. While we are in the forest of life, surrounded by gigantic trees, we get confined. Go out and see the forest from a distance, you will have a better picture. Use the think tank even for your spiritual evolution. We imprison ourselves with our beliefs. We get stuck. That why it is said, “Think outside the box.” Only open-minded people can get new ideas and experiences. Otherwise, you are stuck where you are. Success comes in every part of the lives of those who spend time expanding their minds and hearts. So, trying to see inside the mind of Bill Gates, I learned how much more I have to learn. It has inspired me to spend more time in isolation and contemplation. — Satish Daryanani
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Let every day be filled with uplifting thoughts. Here is inspiration for today, September 23, 2019:
Question: When you went to Mount Kailash and reached the goal of the pilgrimage, the abode of Lord Siva, was there something to be experienced? What was it like? Answer: (Sri Swami Satchidananda sighs and leans back in his chair with his eyes closed. For a moment he is lost in reverie, with a radiant expression on his face.) There is no way to describe that experience. It’s almost like saying, yes, you worked hard, you accomplished a lot, came home, had a nice shower, went into the kitchen and had some supper, then came to your bedroom, turned on some soft music, had a warm drink, turned… Read more
Do not talk of vedānta and Brahman, Work, work, work. There is too much talk and vedāntic gossiping, Enough of tall talk and gossiping. Give up lecturing and pedantry, Become a practical vedāntin. Be good to others, even at the point of a bayonet. Show your strength and courage now. Develop a soft heart, That can melt at the sufferings of others, This will lead you to the realisation of unity. I want fiery young men – Brave, dispassionate and wise, With iron will and ferro-concrete body and nerves, Who can pulverise the Himalayas, Who can sip the waters of the ocean, Who can devour death like a… Read more
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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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