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When challenging times come, we find out who are our true friends. This Corona festival was created by God to show us our friends vs. acquaintances. Slowly, you see that God is your best friend and sends angels to help you. The bonds of friendship that are forged now will be everlasting. It is not the number of friends we have, but the quality of friends: those who have faith in us vs. those who are just friends during good times. We take the word “friend” very lightly, like we use the word “love” in everything. Friendship and love come only with sacrifice. Who is willing to sacrifice to use these words truly? Even to make God your friend is not easy. You will wish many times to break this relationship, as it comes at a high price. Before you make anyone a friend, think twice, as you are stuck with each other, no matter what life brings you. — Satish Daryanani

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    At a Certain Level You Are Able to See Both Sides by Swami Satchidananda

    Question: Everything comes from God, and thus everything is God. Therefore, how can it be said that there is a true Self and not true Self; or that, “I am not the body, not the mind.” It’s like saying, “God is everything except the body, mind, etc.” Answer: Very true. When you know that everything is God, and when you are experiencing everything as God, then you don’t even say, “I am not the body, I am not the mind.” The person who says, “I am not the body, not the mind,” is not experiencing everything as God. So there are different levels. When you are at the… Read more

    Japa Is Important by Swami Sivananda

    Japa is an important ariga (limb) of yoga. In the Gita you will find: “Yaj anarh japa yaj osmi – among yaj as (religious practice) I am japa yaj a”. In kali yuga (dark age) the practice of japa alone can give eternal peace, bliss and immortality. Japa ultimately results in samadhi (communion with the Lord). Japa must become habitual and must be attended with satvic (divine) bhava (feeling), purity, love and faith. There is no yoga greater than japa yoga. It can give you all siddhis (powers), whatever you want, bhakti (devotion) and mukti (freedom). Japa is the repetition of the mantra (mystic formula). Dhyana is meditation… 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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