Menu

When reading the menu in a restaurant, often our mouths start watering and our appetites increase. The imagination of the food gets our juices flowing. When it arrives, the actual food could be a whole different ballgame. Suppose you got a menu of all the choices you could have after you leave your body—no sickness…

Forgery

The movie, “The Last Vermeer,” shows the life of a great art forger. He fooled the best experts. Being a great painter is of no use unless art critics validate your work. So the painter ended up becoming a forger. In life, talent alone does not guarantee success. In spirituality, I, too, was considered a…

Reading Half a Book

The United States, today, is politically split on how the country should be run. Just like a nation being split, two friends sometimes cannot agree on many things. The reason is that we have only read half of the book of life. We have limited knowledge of the meaning of life and its purpose. We…

Grace for Decisions

Suppose you had the grace to choose between two cars, each of which is given to you free of charge. One car is a brand new Mercedes-Benz and the other a 10-year old pre-owned Toyota Corolla. The ultimate choice is yours. Someone might choose the Toyota, as the insurance and maintenance cost is less. You…

Second Opinion

When we are advised by our doctors to undergo a treatment or a procedure, we often go to another doctor to get a second opinion. I always went to my spiritual Masters to get a second opinion before I did anything in life. Professionals would give me advice but, I obeyed my Masters. In time,…

Real Strength of Mind

If your mind is strong and you have complete faith in God, then whatever you think will happen. If you say you will not get coronavirus, you will not even need a vaccine. Your mind creates its own antivirus and you are free to go about without fear. Your mind has to be that strong.…

Addition vs. Subtraction

Our lives are based on additions. Additional wealth, knowledge, name, fame, friends, family members, and sometimes body weight. When we make a good documentary film, the footage is not added, but subtracted from all the information collected to make a two-hour movie. Similarly, in this short passage we call life, our ignorance, wrong notions, habits,…

Loss of Youth

Youth is something we can never get back. When he was in his 90s, the comedian, George Burns, was asked about his youth  He preferred his old-age, as, during his youth, he struggled financially and did not have the success that he achieved when he became older. Yes, youth is good but, experience and wisdom…

My Skin

Think of this whole world as a big drama. We can choose to be Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Tom Brady, James Bond, or other characters. Our desires to become like others have to be fulfilled, so we keep on coming back in this human form, again and again, as we want to play different roles.…

Happy Diwali

A New Year and a new beginning, a day of light, is celebrated in India. We all are given the same ingredients to make the dish of our lives, which we have to eat. What dish we make is up to us. This year, an additional ingredient was given to most people: extra time. This…

Response

In today’s world, we cannot be neutral, with no response. On top of that, we have to give positive responses. Can we say things like, “We do not like this food,” or, “Your childhood picture is no good,” or “Your joke is not funny,” or “This thought gets a thumbs down,” or “Good your loved…

Drowning on Dry Land

When we let our minds go wild, we drown in worries, sorrows, fears, and attachments. We drown in things that have not yet happened. I remember, years ago, I was drowning in my thoughts, and my spiritual Master saw me and gave me a smile. I actually forgot the thought that was drowning me. I…