Becoming Holy

A hollow bamboo stick is of no value. Once you make holes in the stick, it becomes a flute. Then the Lord can use it, and music comes from the flute. The flute is touching the lips of the Lord. Music can heal others, make them smile, and dance to the Lord’s tune. The flute…

Ocean Without Waves

Even though the ocean is sometimes calm, there are still waves. Trying to have perfect situations in our lives is like trying to remove the waves from the ocean. Trying to keep the mind calm presents the same situation. We are meant to ride the waves of life and not get bored by calm waters.…

Being Whom You Want To Be

Each one of us is brought up in a particular manner, with different beliefs and limitations. That should never stop us. A child who once sold tea has become a prime minister. We have equal opportunities for success. What do you really want out of life? Decide and stick with it. It does not only…

Resting

Most shopping malls do not dedicate enough space in which people can rest. The only way you can rest is if you stop to eat or drink something. The rest of the time you are expected to shop. We all need time to rest from making and spending money. Not just physical rest, but mental…

Convincing Power

Some people believe these statements are true: Cigarettes are cool. Guns are needed. Coal is good. Killing others in the name of religion will lead you to heaven. There are so many things we are convinced are good for us. Even if you buy something at a good value, another storekeeper can convince you that…

Graduation

It is the time of the year in the United States when students graduate from schools or colleges. Most mention how wonderful and quickly the four years went by. They are confident when they believe in who they are rather than what others think of them. All the speakers are positive and filled with gratitude.…

Synopses

I do not like to read books but love it if someone summarizes them so I could get the gist without spending the time reading. If the book was made into a movie, then even the synopsis would not be needed. Holy books like the Gita, Koran, Bible, and Guru Granth Sahib should be explained…

Silence and Solitude

No matter how good your intentions are, if you utter even one word, it can cause misunderstanding. Silence is golden. Not only can it rejuvenate or heal, you, it also protects you, and you can enjoy peace. If you type slowly like me, you get time to pause before you press send. In talking, there…

Quality of Life

A country’s quality of life is rated based on the safety, health, and prosperity of its citizens. Yesterday, I was listening to two people discuss the quality of their lives. Not once did they mention having free time. There was no discussion on the benefits of silence or peace. God did not exist in their…

Walking on Water

If you practice austerities with full devotion, you can gain the gift of walking on water. There are those who not only can walk on water but also become a boat and help others move from one shore to the other. To attain this, you have to become nothing. Even for a split second, if…

Three Wishes

We all wish we could have a genie who would grant us three wishes. Then, all our problems in life would be solved. We would have a lot of money, name, fame, superpowers, and we could become all that we want. A spiritual person would wish to get all that Buddha had attained. Yet, inside,…

In a Minute

A person was on the phone in a church. He knelt down in front of Mother Mary, closed his eyes, and prayed. He got up after a minute and again started using his phone. He was getting nasty looks from others. On the same day, I saw a TV show where two lawyers were trying…