I saw peace in the lives of spiritual Masters. Many were given names that ended in Ananda, which means, “peace and bliss.” My life has been a roller-coaster ride. How could I get peace? I thought I could experience it by sitting in silence and by staying away from situations that disturbed my peace. I went into early retirement to work on attaining peace. I travelled and hung around many sages and saints. After doing all that, there was no permanent peace. One of my Masters started calling me “Satchid,” which means a person who has experienced the truth and can tap into the inner wisdom. I used to think it was to inspire me. Yet, He never mentioned Ananda, eternal peace and bliss. Until yesterday, I never understood what He meant. “My boy, if you have the absolute truth and the wisdom that goes with it, bliss is only a by-product.” I finally got it. For example, if you are indulging in chocolate, you do not seek sweetness. It is automatic. If you understand that this whole world is a dream within a dream, how can something disturb your peace? We let everything disturb us because we think it is real. Profit and loss, birth and death, credit and blame—all the things that disturb us are only illusions. I did not have to leave my business to discover this. Now I can be completely involved in anything without getting affected. I do not have to travel with Masters or live in an ashram. Peace and bliss come from the grace of knowing the play of life, not just sitting for hours in meditation, but watching the show of life. Everyone and everything is created so you do not get bored with peace. Only peace will not make me alive. I need things to push my buttons to test if my peace and bliss can be disturbed. I thank all my Masters who have shown me the way to eternal peace and bliss. — Satish Daryanani
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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.
Vairagya (dispassion) does not mean abandoning social duties and the responsibilities of life. It does not mean detachment from the world, or a life in a solitary cave of the Himalayas or in the cremation ground. It does not mean living on neem leaves, the wearing of matted hair and carrying a water-pot made of gourd or coconut shell in the hand. It does not mean shaving of the head and discarding one’s clothes. Vairagya is mental detachment from all connections of the world. A man may remain in the world and discharge all the duties of his order and stage of life with detachment. He may be… 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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