Master: Life is like a slippery slope of ice. First we start playing cards with friends, then, later, having fun in the casinos betting on our favorite sports teams, which may lead to gambling more and more. Everything we do starts small, be it with alcohol, drugs or other vices. We may grow in our practices but, one small slip up and we slide all the way down to the bottom. This slippery slope of ice is what makes us human. We may take a few steps forward but with a small slip we are back to the beginning. Thus is devotion, discipline, dedication, along with grace required to be on top of the world. Then life becomes like a plateau and nothing can bring you down. All your efforts have paid off. It may be a little lonely up there but you are not alone. The view is wonderful and you will end up giving a helping hand to others to join you.— Satish Daryanani
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Man is a mixture of three ingredients. These are the human element, the brutal instinct, and the divine ray. He is endowed with a finite intellect, a perishable body, a little knowledge, and a little power. This makes him distinctly human. Lust, anger, and hatred belong to his brutal nature. The reflection of cosmic intelligence is at the back of his intellect. So he is an image of God. When the brutal instincts die, when this ignorance is rent asunder, when he is able to bear insult and injury, then he becomes one with the divine. A thirsting aspirant is one who practises self-denial. He always tries to… Read more
There’s a beautiful saying in the Thirukkural: “We should never forget a good act that has been done to us.” At the same time, it talks about the act that we should forget. That is the one that is not so good, the one that might have hurt us. We should forget it immediately. We shouldn’t even remember it for the next hour. Then we will not have anybody as an enemy. Why do we call someone an enemy? Because we remember the harm that might have been done to us. If we forget it, there won’t be any enemy, is it not so? Enemies are created by… 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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