Win-win drawn over a rainbow

No Answer

This morning, I asked God a question: “Why do we get so much from You even if we do not deserve it?” There was no answer. Later, I realized that, if we deserved everything, then God would just be an ordinary person. We, too, give to deserving people. It is harder to keep on giving…

Net Worth

When you are tired and able to sleep without sleeping pills, that’s priceless. If you have a healthy appetite and can digest your food properly, that, too, is priceless. If, while you are waiting for a drawbridge to close or waiting for an elevator or even taking a shower, you can bring your awareness to…

Candle burning in gift-wrapped brownie

Blowing Out Candles

With the Coronavirus around, nobody should blow out the candles on birthday cakes. My spiritual Master told me this many years ago, not only for health reasons but also because of the meaning of light. We are blowing out the light of our lives. We should, instead, take the candles out and let them slowly…

Swami Sivananda laughing with his disciple Swami Venkatesananda.

Talking for Fun

Sometimes I get tired of talking about work-related stuff. Talking about silly things is relaxing. Even with my Spiritual Masters, we would not always talk about spirituality. I guess both of us got to be ourselves. We were not worried if we spoke about politically incorrect topics. The Master could stop being a Master and…

Too Late

Sometimes, we see sports teams come back from near losses but run out of time and lose the game. In the game of life, we, too, sometimes realize the time we have lost due to futile things. We could have used our precious time collecting real wealth. There is no overtime in this game. The…

President Barak Obama

Art of Speaking

I asked a child, in fun, “Can I use your scooter?” The answer was no. When the question is changed to, “Can you teach me to ride your scooter?” Immediately, the answer came, “Yes.” We can get the results we want if we use the art of speaking. This is very important for spiritual Masters,…

elegant keys on a cushion

The Key

Each lock has a specific key made for it. We are the keys created for a specific purpose-to unlock our potential. When you become a spiritual Master, then you become a master key and are able to unlock any lock. The grooves in each key are different. They represent our strengths and weaknesses. We should…

Complete

People pray to God for many reasons. Some pray out of fear or because they are told to do so. Some pray out of guilt or to seek forgiveness, peace, love, or grace. Some pray to have their questions answered. A few people think of God out of gratitude. Those who have formed a relationship…

Value

A diamond is a stone. We give it value, and it becomes a precious stone. Some value heaven and have to suffer their entire lives trying to obey the Ten Commandments. Some value the 6-pack on their abdomens and spend a lot of time in gyms. When someone wants to live a spiritual life, he…

Moral Behind a Story

I loved listening to the stories narrated by my spiritual Masters. Behind every story they told, there was a moral for us to learn. They were not ordinary stories. A field, if cultivated, yields fruits and vegetables, and if not cared for, will be overrun with thorns and weeds. All the fields get sunshine and…

Complete Knowledge

Do we have complete knowledge about anything in life? Even those who are experts in their fields, in time, are proven wrong. Doctors have to go to seminars to refresh their knowledge or to learn new techniques. Lawyers still refer to legal books. The reason we do not have complete knowledge is that we are…

Swami Sivananda

Restoration

I saw the painstaking work taken to restore my spiritual Master’s picture, to get vivid colors, and to maintain the original state. In a few decades, the picture loses its original form. Imagine what must have happened to our soul to move from its original perfect state? What painstaking efforts will be required for the…