Changing of the Times

Today in the sport of basketball, three pointers have taken over the game. Other plays of the past, like the hook shot, have been replaced. As a child, I had to sit with my mother for evening prayers. We talked face to face. We had to watch live TV. Paper tickets were required for admission…

Sri Swami Satchidananda

Not Now, Then When

We wait for the perfect time in our lives to start the journey of our spiritual evolution. Let me promise you that time will never come. If you don’t start now, you never will. Spirituality takes place in spite of everything happening, not because of everything being perfect. This morning I was sitting and remembering…

Order Through Disorder

In countries like India, with the massive traffic and crowds of people walking on the streets and vendors selling their wares, it looks like there is no order. Yet, the system seems to work. An outsider will not understand. God lets us feel that there are chaos and disorder in this world and yet, everything…

Fruits

There are so many types of fruits that we eat. We enjoy the sweet and juicy ones. Even the fruits of our labor are of the same varieties—sweet and juicy. We get money, name, fame, power, and possessions. Some prefer the fruits of good karma, going to heaven, peace, becoming a liberated soul, lots of…

The Strength of the Mind

We see strength in the bodies of athletes. We think we see the strength of the mind in spelling bee competitions. Real strength can only come when we sit in silence and build our focus. Then we have to be careful about what we think, as these thoughts can manifest. To control this power, we…

Sanitizing

Today, wherever we go, people are sanitizing all surfaces after people sit or touch something. Everything now is clean and sterilized. The poor germs and viruses have no resting place. Now God should create a virus only for the mind. Every time we have a negative thought, the mind should be sanitized. This way the…

Mentor

I have been very fortunate to have wonderful mentors in my life, my spiritual Masters. They do not think they are mentors. They do not have any selfish motives. They just try to help lost souls, like me. I am interested in learning, so my ego does not stop me from gaining free advice from…

Peace Without Pain

Can we have peace without first going through pain? If everything is perfect in your regular life, why mess with it by trying to experience peace? Pain makes you remember the Master,  or God, and so you are inspired to try to practice the teachings. Slowly your mind gets completely consumed with this pain. Now…

Fast Track

When you arrive at London’s airport, they have a fast track lane which lets you clear immigration faster. The line is shorter. We all want a fast track of spirituality. We want the results immediately, rather than putting in the effort to get there. People want to become millionaires without putting in the effort nor…

Deserving

We think we work hard and deserve promotions or raises. We serve others and do good, so we feel we deserve to go to heaven. We pray a lot, so we think we deserve having our prayers answered. What does a person deserve, who is lazy, selfish, egoistic, impatient, angry, and a slave of his…

Hitting a Glass Wall

With science, we have made many discoveries but we often hit a glass wall, especially in quantum physics. We can see what is out there but are unable to go beyond. Outer intelligence has a limit. It is finite. You can take the entire outer universe and fit it inside a mustard seed, compared to…

Heartless

When you have given your heart to the Lord, you become heartless. It sounds selfish and cold.  Being heartless is a strength with which you can perform your job perfectly. Whether you are a surgeon, judge, spiritual master, soldier, school teacher, or a parent, by being heartless, you play your role properly. What about love?…