How to Speak with the Fewest Words

Everyday, when writing a thought, I try to make it as short as possible without losing its meaning. There are some who speak for so long that the point they are trying to make gets lost. Many people ask a question and then also give the answer. I think most of my responses are “yes” or “no.” It should be that simple. Even most talks on spirituality are given in an hour. A human mind cannot focus for that long. Suppose someone gave a talk and said, “In life, everything happens for our good; God is love, peace, and wisdom; we are all one; nothingness is the greatest experience we can have; the only freedom we have is in our reactions; everything is an illusion; heaven is a state of mind; silence can get you all of the above; you do not need to read all the scriptures for this; and thank you all for coming and goodbye.” Will this person be invited again to talk on spirituality? To get invited again, even the spiritual Masters have to talk a lot. It is a challenge to speak in just a few words. — Satish Daryanani

Where are We Going?

All of us are going somewhere in life. Ask yourself, “Where do you really want to go?” Some may say, heaven, some do not know. How many will say, “I am missing my real home and want to go back. I am homesick.” God is smart. He put all of us on the train ride of life and let us think we are going somewhere. Actually, all we are doing is making a very big circle, seeing different scenery, and thinking we are progressing. Yet we come back to our starting point. Once we understand we are going nowhere, why do we always rush? It is because our minds are always going somewhere. The mind cannot be still and in one place. Before even finishing one thing, we think of the next. It is like while eating lunch, you are thinking about what you will eat at dinner. If you want to enjoy the ride, just remember the engine, called God, is taking us for a ride in the park. Enjoy it, but you know you will end up at the same station from which you started. So if anyone asks, “Where are you going,” answer, “Going nowhere, just having fun on this journey of life.” — Satish Daryanani

What Happens After We Die?

Many movies, books, and stories are written about what happens after death. I guess you really have to die and come back to tell us the details. One thing is for sure: You do not die. It is only your body that drops. Now there is no need to go to the gym nor be on a diet. All your illnesses are gone. You have no creditors to pay. All your family members cannot bother you. You have the freedom to go anywhere, without dealing with immigration or customs. You do not have to go to a 9-to-5 job nor earn a paycheck. Now the fear is gone about to what will happen when you die, as you are already experiencing it. You wish you could tell others about your experience. I guarantee you will laugh over the big deal that people make about death. It is nothing but the expiration of the lease on your physical body, which will now go to a junkyard. All the stress you took on in your life was for nothing. All possessions and wealth are left behind. Your family and friends will forget you in a short period of time. You will see how many celebrate that you are no longer alive. So death is nothing but a get-out-of-jail card that you are waiting to use to be free from the imprisonment of this physical body. — Satish Daryanani

Girl's spirit rising from death

Watching War Movies

After seeing war movies, you feel that all the horror, suffering, violence, and sorrow, was for nothing. Today, the same countries are friends and do trade with each other. Our problems in life are meaningless compared to the problems faced during world wars. Some people actually enjoy war, as they are in power and enjoy the action. Wars take place only because of egos clashing. You may not have a world war yet the whole world is still at war. As we have egos, we are still at war over our differences of opinion. We are at war with ourselves, the ignorant self trying to stay in power and fighting the true self. We are at war with our conscience, as we want to go in the opposite direction. We are at war with our families, as to how to spend the money and whose way is the correct way. We are at war with God as to the way He is doing His job. War is in your nature, so use it for your benefit. Create a war with your mind and say, “You are not going to control me anymore. I am fighting for my freedom from you.” Then you can celebrate Independence Day from your mind. — Satish Daryanani

Can You Get Everything Without God?

The answer is yes. We can even attain spirituality by hating God or by believing God is non-existent in our lives. An orphan who does not know his parents still has the DNA of the parents. Similarly, we have God’s DNA in us. We then depend on our minds alone for our spiritual evolution. Just repeat, “I am not the body, I am not the mind, immortal self I am,” or “I am that.” With a strong and focused mind, there are many ways with which the real truth can be attained. But for weak, wavering minded and lazy people, like me, loving God is a short cut. Using my heart is easier than using my mind. It is easier to focus when I imagine my head in the lap of the Lord and the Lord showering me with love. I’m not seeking spiritual growth or the truth, I’m just enjoying God. First, He kills your ego in a very painful process. It is easier with God, as God’s love is a painkiller. Then, one day, when the Lord pours everything on you, you become His secret agent. Instead of a license to kill a person, you get a license to kill people’s egos. Without God, all this can happen, but it is a very dry, lonely process. If you want, you can try without God’s help. If you fail, the safety net of God is always there. — Satish Daryanani

woman on safety net

Afraid to Love

There are those who are afraid to love, as they fear the pain of their hearts will be broken. They have gone through experiences where someone took advantage of their love. Those who have had their trust broken do not trust again easily. It is good that you go through these experiences. Now let’s see if you can love and can trust again. This comes from a forgiving and compassionate heart. God’s love and trust is broken every second, yet He continues to love. If you are afraid to love and trust, you are afraid to live. Your life is no better than a granite stone. Love and trust are the first and last names of God. God is the middle name. You lose so many opportunities without love and trust. So start with God. Even if He has broken your heart and trust, forgive Him. He has 8 billion customers, so mistakes can happen. One day His so-called mistake will end up benefiting you. Then, one by one, you can slowly start loving and trusting people. Even though there will still be those who may hurt you, do not be afraid to love. Human beings are created to break us. Let them not win. Get even with those who break your heart by giving even more love to everyone.— Satish Daryanani

Broken heart held by caring hands

Deep Thought

Most of us were absent on the first two or three of our birthdays. We may see videos and pictures of these events, but we were not present. It is the same whether you are ten days old or two years old. Only when you have memories, are you alive. The absence of your beingness means you have not yet arrived. So, till you find your true identity, you are unaware of your own presence. If the presence of the one talking is not there, the talk has no meaning. For example, ignorant people who talk about the Lord are easily forgotten. On the other hand, if people remember what you said about the Lord, then it is the Lord who has spoken. The Lord is ever present, but the divine’s existence is like non-existence. He or She exists in an unknowable state. In other words, in my non-being state, all this creation had not happened. All of them appeared with the appearance of my beingness. — Satish Daryanani

HAPPY BABE

Why Do We Need To Think Of God?

We must understand that God does not need us to think of Him. He is peaceful and happy on His own. When you stand and watch the ocean on a stormy day, you see continuous wave after wave, without a break. You cannot do anything to stop them. Similarly, our stormy minds have continuous waves of thoughts. All we can do is replace the crazy thoughts of unnecessary things by thinking of God. At least we get to enjoy a slight break from the storm. God does not stop our thoughts. He only replaces them with something that benefits us. Now there is love, a little peace, a little wisdom, a little self-reflection, and a little gratitude. Even the thought of writing this thought is still a thought. Only now is there a change of venue and freedom from the stupid worldly thoughts that have no purpose. One day, by thinking of God, you will reach the thoughtless state where there is no you and no God. That should be our goal. In the meantime, disturb Him so that both you and Him are entertained. — Satish Daryanani

Ocean photo by Yogesh Gosavi

Who Does the Best Job?

The one who has it all and yet does not show it does the best job. So do these: The one who is very rich, but so simple that he may not even get good service, as others think he cannot afford it. The one who is wise yet shows the world he wishes to learn from them. The one who has permanent peace but shows the world he is disturbed by their suffering. The one who, having met God and been with God, shows the world he wishes to be graced by the presence of the Lord. The one who knows the truth and is a realized soul yet shows the world he is still a seeker. The one who knows this world is an illusion and yet lives in it as if it is real. He who does his job as if he is in charge, knowing he is only a slave of the Lord. He shows the world he is money-minded and egoistic, yet is detached from the fruit of his labor and is as humble as ash. In other words, the best job is done when you play your part so well that others do not know and understand who you really are. Let them underestimate you and push your buttons. You smile and act ignorant. — Satish Daryanani

Best man for the job

God’s Will vs. Your Will

Imagine you are in a small raft in the middle of the ocean. You see nothing but the vast waters surrounding you. At that time, how much value will you give to your will over the will of the ocean? Your ego, your possessions, your accomplishments, what value will they have now? You are only a speck surrounded by all this water. When you do meet God, you will see that the vastness of God is greater than all the oceans combined. Your size is still the same. Now, who and what are you comparing with His greatness? Yet we think our will even matters—that this speck of dust has more knowledge and wisdom than the One who created it. Our ego thinks we know more than the One who gives us every breath. So, what is my will and what is God’s will? It’s simple. Everything that is happening, with or without my effort, is God’s will. My will is the stupidity of thinking that I matter. — Satish Daryanani

Confession

If we go to a priest and confess all our sins, are we truly forgiven? I asked this question of my spiritual Master. He smiled and said, “As long as you do not repeat the sins and ask forgiveness from the bottom of your heart, no priest, or saint, is required. God will forgive you.” Then I joked with Him and asked, “What happens if I repeat the same sin?” He laughed and said, “Then the consequences of the past sins, with interest, will come back to you.” I understood what He meant. Asking forgiveness for anything and then repeating it means you are not really repentant. It has not hurt you enough. When it disturbs your peace and sleep, you will never do it again because, then, it has ripped your heart. No forgiveness is even needed, as the pain from your actions is enough to cleanse you. All you can do is pray to God to give you the strength not to do it again. Those who have a clear conscience do not repeat these actions, as they feel so miserable. For example, I went to a restaurant for a meal. I did not get a bill for the food I ate. I waited for a while and then, got up and walked away without paying. I was happy that I got a free meal. Later, it bothered me so much that I could not sleep. I went back to the restaurant and paid the bill to buy back my peace. Anytime someone does not charge me, or overpays, I go and settle it right away, not because of the sin and forgiveness, but for my own peace. Once we are able to value peace over everything, then both sins and forgiveness are eliminated from our lives. Priests, do not worry. You will always have enough customers for not everyone will take this path. — Satish Daryanani

Next-in-line-for-confession sign

Spiritual Hearing Aid

In the movie, “The Two Popes,” Pope Benedict XVI says that he needs a spiritual hearing aid, as he is no longer able to hear the voice of God. When he was young, he heard the voice of God and that brought him peace. Even a pope can go through a period of not hearing the voice of God. Those who can hear and experience God go through such changes. First, we hear the voice of God so He can guide us. Now we know we are not alone in this journey of life. Second, we experience His love and peace. Our path for this life is clear. We use God for our benefit. Can we give God a chance to use us and not depend on Him for everything? Instead of working for God, let God work through us. Our intuitions, ideas, hard work, intelligence, experiences, and compassionate hearts are all given by Him. Learn to use them and not make God a crutch. A hearing aid for God’s voice is only needed once. After that, there is no doubt about God’s existence. He is always with you. — Satish Daryanani

hearing illustration

Q. Is Spirituality a Form of Escapism?

In my case, the answer is: yes. When I was young, I lived in a fantasy world of sports. I was sometimes the best football player, or basketball player, or the greatest athlete in history. Living everyday with my problems and challenges was not easy, so I lived instead in my perfect dream world. Later, when my spiritual Masters showed me the way, it became easy to escape from my day-to-day life and live permanently with the Lord. Here, there are no fights, no arguments, no lying, no animosity, no competition, just love, peace, and wisdom, along with a lot of jokes. That is why it is hard for me to understand why people find spirituality hard. Escape from your day-to-day life and live in perfection. Then one day, you will laugh at yourself for running away from the real world to the dream world of spirituality. Now, you know you are in the real world, living in the dream world of your day-to-day life. — Satish Daryanani

Sweet Escape neon sign on a dock

Deep Thought

When we are in the non-being state, we are put in darkness for nine months in our mothers wombs without our choice. Going from non-being to being takes place with the force of nature. Those who spend time practicing austerities can, one day with grace, reach the non-being state while being in the physical body. That experience of being completely free from the body-mind complex is so wonderful that you do not wish to come back. The voice of the Lord, or of your spiritual Master, will tell you it is not your time. Out of obedience, you bring your awareness back to the physical form. This time, leaving the non-being and returning to the being becomes your freedom. Everything changes, as you can now enjoy the limitation of the being and serve others—not to gain anything—just out of love for the voice you obeyed. Every thought and action is experienced with gratitude to the one who blessed you with the gift of connecting with the non-being state. You are free from living a life of constant action and reaction and worry no more, “why this or that.” You are no longer concerned about what happens after you drop this body, as you have already experienced that state. The only hard task in life will be trying to put this experience into words. — Satish Daryanani

Lit candle - Gratefulness for being

Partnerships

My father had been cheated by his partners in business and lost a lot of money. He was lost and did not know what to do. A friend gave him a spiritual book written by a spiritual Master. My father wrote to the Master and told him of his situation. The Master took my father as His disciple and, from then on, the only partner my father had in all his dealings was his spiritual Master. If we can make God our partner in everything, we will never ever be cheated. God is happy with only 10 percent of the partnership. We can keep 90 percent of the profits. It is up to you if you want to make it 50-50 partnership. The only good thing is that losses will not bother you. I tell God, “You are so rich that you want the company to have losses, so it is fine with me. Your budget for good causes reduces. I still have to pay for all the expenses.” This way, let Him take over all the concerns, growth, and financial health of the company. Others might cheat you, but your trustworthy partner will not. He will only give you guidance. Sometimes it is my greed that leads me to make wrong decisions. From today onward, I will ask only one question to myself, “Is this decision going to help my spiritual growth?” If not, then no deal is a good deal for me. Continue to play the game, but nothing is worth disturbing your inner peace. I thank God for not firing me and ending our partnership for all my stupidity. — Satish Daryanani

Seductive Drama of This Dream World

We get so caught up in the drama of the dream world that very few want to wake up. Those who do, do not know how to awaken. Even the ones who are fortunate to have a guide are not able to do so easily, as the seduction gets to us. It is like a mother trying to wake her child to study for his or her exams. As soon as she leaves, the child goes back to sleep and does not wish to wake up. That is only the seduction of sleep. The seduction of this world is very powerful. We think we want to wake up, and yet to give up this dream forever, feels impossible: All that is near and dear is now unreal. Our powers, positions, intelligence, accomplishments, and desires, are now a dream. Our religions, beliefs, goals, hard-work are all for nothing. Our trophies, good credits, social status, and good deeds all vanish in a split second of waking up. Who are the few who really want to wake up from the intoxication of this dream called life?— Satish Daryanani

awakened mind

Sickness

When you are sick, you take medicine. You may get better and survive. So, does the sickness die as you get better? No, but your suffering  ends. Basically, it is your misery that ends. We are able to know ourselves from the age of four, and that’s when our misery really begins. Our misery is always about the future—the future, which does not come. We suffer in our youth. We take medicine so that we will get comfortable in our old age. However, we need more medicine to end our suffering. Sickness can be removed when we stop worrying about things, things that will not happen. Only our true selves are without sickness. — Satish Daryanani

Medicine and thermometer

Happy New Year

This year is 2020. That means that, this year, we all will have 20/20 perfect vision. All we have to do is work on the lens to get the focus. When we have the correct vision everything is clear and there is no strain on our eyes. We enjoy the same clarity with which God sees the world. Today is a new day, a new year, a new life. The past year and your past life are over. Today starts a new life. By the end of this year, you can see this is your best year, and the next one will also be your best. Every year gets better and better, like good wine, as you learn from your experiences. So, good riddance to the past year. Starting today, eye doctors will have to retire, as the entire world will have a perfect 20/20 vision. May God bless everyone with this perfect way of seeing. — Satish Daryanani

2020 eyeglasses on a smiling woman

The Magic Mirror

In the movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” there is a magic mirror that shows your desires and attachments. In it, only a happy person would be able to see himself or herself. We all have the same magic mirror—the mind. Whatever we are we can see. All our fears, desires, attachments, and even guilt are shown in this mirror. Those who see the reflection of their true selves see only that one thing. They have nothing to hide and are happy. You cannot hide anything from this mirror. All the choices you made, which formed your character and personality, are reflected in this mirror. You cannot cover it or break it. You are stuck with it. It only magnifies when you are alone in silence. You may use more and more technology to occupy yourself, so you do not have to look in this mirror. When you do see yourself, you are perfect. No weight loss or coloring of hair is required. You’ll see just the perfect you that was made by the loving hands of God. — Satish Daryanani

Beautiful woman reflecting in a mirror that shows her inner feelings

How You Change Without a Cellphone

Without my cellphone, I felt lighter, as my pocket was empty. Every time someone asked me something, I would put my hand in my pocket to find there was no phone—so no Google search. I did not know the scores of any basketball games. I did not go online to check my bank and see if I received any wire transfers. No thoughts were sent and there were no responses to read. I did miss my beloved phone and, yet, it was not the end of the world. I did get to write a lot of thoughts that will be completed in the future. I will start a new format called “Deep Thoughts,” which will be added once every 10 days. Truly becoming nothing is everything. I have enough material for a month from just two days of silence. I am BACK! — Satish Daryanani

Cell Phone recording the ocean

Taking Your Phone Away

I am attending a silent retreat and I am told by the organizers that, until I give them my phone, I will not be allowed to enter. So for the next two days, no thoughts can be sent. I questioned myself, “What is more important—my service to others or enjoying silence?” One side of me was ready to leave the program, as I thought service was more valuable then my attending the retreat. Then one person said, “You make the retreat complete with your presence.” I, then, understood that God was testing me, “You were ready to give up the nectar of silence for the service of spreading the teachings? Sit in silence for the next couple of days and you will make it up by sending wonderful thoughts that will arise within you. Sorry, my friends, no thoughts for the next two days. I will make it up by sending new ones that can come from the depths of complete silence in the next two days. Thank you. God bless. — Satish Daryanani

Cell phone prohibited

Value of a Split Second

You can win the gold medal because of a split second. Happiness can be lost or gained in a split second. Life can be given or taken in a split second. God and peace can be experienced in an split second. The darkness of ignorance can be removed in a split second. Anger can come in a split second. Forgiveness can take place in a split second. Compassion can grow in your heart in a split second. A smile can appear in a split second. In a split second, truth can be revealed and you become a realized soul. Death can occur in a split second. Above all, the deep meaning of this thought can be understood in a split second. — Satish Daryanani — Satish Daryanani

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Christmas Eve

I watched people dress up and get ready to go to church for the midnight mass on Christmas Eve. The churches are beautifully lit up. Everything is clean and decorated. All of this to rejoice over the birth of a Divine soul—to celebrate His birthday. What do we do during the rest of the year for the same person? We show, once a year, how much we love and how much we are willing to do for baby Jesus. How about Jesus, the boy, the teenager, and the young man? It is easy to do our best for one day and not the rest of the year. Those who behave the same, whether it be on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or any other day, see Jesus always. We can celebrate baby Jesus’ birthday by thanking the Lord for giving us the love of our lives. Every second is an offering to Jesus. So Christmas is just to give and receive gifts, and eat delicious food without guilt, as it is blessed food from Jesus for His celebration. — Satish Daryanani

nativity scene

Taking It Personally

Someone was upset with me for some reason. They used to read the daily thoughts and would comment on the benefits. Now they do not read the thoughts or communicate with me. I know of a person who became a widow at a very young age and blamed my spiritual Master, as her husband was very close to Him. Many things happen in our lives. We take them personally and blame someone else. We do not know the exact number as to how many customers God loses daily. We blame Him for almost everything. He is on the blocked list of many people. His words of wisdom, grace, and love are blocked. Have we ever blamed ourselves for our issues and put ourselves on the blocked list? No thoughts from me to me. No communication from myself. I do not exist anymore for myself. I am upset and now I am dead to myself. Blocking ourselves is not possible, as we are selfish and self-centered. How can we blame ourselves, the perfect beings? So catch someone, or something, that bruised our ego-selves. We only take things personally because we cannot live with the truth about ourselves. — Satish Daryanani

figure kneeling in prayer at a closed door

Start Now

It is the holiday season, and I am on a vacation. It is easy for me to say, “Let the New Year begin and, when I reach home, I will start my diet and work on my body, my mind, and whatever commitments I want to make.” It is easy to postpone and start on Jan 2, after all the partying is over. Even to say let me start on an auspicious day, like Christmas, is too late. The ones who can start now, in spite of every excuse not to, will definitely achieve their goals. Right now, this very second, while reading this thought, you can get everything. Then New Year’s Day becomes another day with no resolutions, just another holiday—to get up late and go for a massage and see a movie—nothing special. No matter what, peace comes. Rejoice in everything. Have willpower over all your weaknesses. Do not hold on to the past. Stop complaining. Above all, learn to do everything now. Every time you decide on something, it becomes your new resolution and the new you experiences the change within.— Satish Daryanani

Choose Now

Think Before You Speak

I speak very fast and, often, I don’t think before I speak. The point I am trying to make may be misunderstood. On the other hand, if it a serious matter, I take my time and even pause before I give an answer. Being around many spiritual Masters in my life, I saw that They would think before uttering even one word. Their words have such deep meaning that they may take years to understand. Today is my Master’s birthday, and I am remembering His voice. Each word spoken to me has become a gem in my life. Every word is like a flower petal unfurling, leading me to a life He wanted me to have. It is as if He prepared me for all that was going to come, a map of my life. I wish I had His patience to value the words I utter. Then each word I speak would have meaning. Gratitude to You, my beloved Master, on this auspicious day for all that You have taught me. — Satish Daryanani

pink rose petals

Practice

I watch athletes practicing on a field. I watch singers and musicians practicing their notes. The more you practice, the more you improve your skills. Even spiritual Masters practice yoga, breathing exercises, and sitting in silence. I am the opposite. I like to play sports without warming up and practicing. Playing a sport enough will improve my skills, yet I get bored with practice. I prefer to just play the game. I did not even practice spirituality. I just enjoyed the show, watching this crazy mind, and I let God’s grace in. If peace, wisdom, or sick thoughts come, that is the Lord’s problem. If I practiced, I would be good at something instead being a Jack of all trades and a master of none. I guess learning from experience became my practice, so I learned the hard way instead of making the mistakes by practicing. I give credit to all those who practice, as it shows they really love what they are doing. I do not even practice what I would say and do if and when I would meet God. All I can do is burst out laughing at how cool He is, and practice just being myself.— Satish Daryanani

Man practicing Tai Chi on the beach

We Don’t Know What We Want

We like to take a break from city life, yet we get bored when we are away from our night clubs, restaurants, and movie theaters. We want silence, but we are not able to stay away from our social circle. We want to lose weight and get in shape, but we are not able to exercise the discipline to stay away from our favorite foods. We want to have a companion in our lives, yet we want to maintain our independence. We want to enjoy peace and experience God, but we still get consumed by the world. We do not wish to lead a retired life, as we will have too much time, so we go back to our jobs and complain about having no time. Trying not to worry in our lives, we end up worrying about everyone’s lives. We want to save the world, but spend no time on saving ourselves. Most of the people I know are confused about what they want. Not being able to commit to even one thing, our lives become like yo-yos. We struggle with not deciding what we really want. — Satish Daryanani

Girl with thought cloud about what she wants

Walking on Air

When you attend spiritual camps, retreats, or programs for a few days or weeks, you come back with a feeling of being on cloud 9. You do not want the program to end. While you are at the program, you stop carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and so you feel as if you have lost 200 pounds and are floating.. This is only a preview of the movie. Imagine what you will feel if you see the entire show. Now go deeper. Realize that you are the producer, script writer, director, actor, and the witness of this production. This movie of life is solely for your entertainment. Then, you are always walking on air. — Satish Daryanani

Walking on air

Changing Passwords

When someone has your passwords and is no longer involved in your life, you have to change all your passwords and update the information. If our personal information is compromised, we, too, have to change our passwords. We have many passwords, and so we need a place to store that information. We create a new password just to store passwords. What is God’s password? It is love. He never changes it. Everyone knows it, yet few use it. A lot of people do not give value to God, so no compromise of His password takes place. We, too, should have little value so no one will try to access our information. There are some who use the word “password” as a password, mistakenly thinking that no one will think of using it. What is the password for peace and happiness that some know? The password is “Let Go” and that, too, has never been hacked or changed for generations. God made everything simple knowing that very few will use it. The password for experiencing wisdom is “Silence.” He gave us a mouth knowing that few will be wise enough to keep silent to become wiser. God knew a long time ago, before computers, that there will be no need to remember complex passwords. — Satish Daryanani

combo lock showing PASSWORD

What Makes You Smile?

My spiritual Master always had a smile on His face. I would wonder what made Him smile. He saw God in everyone. He probably also smiled at my stupidity. Seeing Him smile brought a smile to my face. Now, I smile at all the memories of my Masters. I smile at people who are consumed by thinking this world is real. I smile at all the crazy questions I asked in the past. I smile at what I thought God was and what God is. I smile at all the useless stress I took on in the past. I smile while looking in the mirror and seeing the muscles that have turned to fat. I smile at the hair disappearing from my head. I smile at all the blessings the Lord has given me—the most important is the ability to smile. In the end, the most important smile comes from knowing that I am loved by all the Masters and the Lord. They have put up with me as I am, without any judgement. So let me smile as a form of gratitude for all the smiles I have received. — Satish Daryanani

Smiling baby

Comparing Spiritual Masters

People sometimes ask me which spiritual Masters have attained more in their lives. Anyone who knows how to swim in this world will not drown. This world cannot sink them. Then that person can choose to swim across the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, a swimming pool, or just enjoy floating on the water and relaxing. They can choose what to enjoy. This is not the Olympics where there are gold, silver, or bronze medals to be won. You are enjoying rising above all the miseries of ignorance. You can even go back and sink in the world for your pleasure but, when you get fed up, you can instantly get back to the surface and enjoy floating again. The key is to swim whenever and however you choose. We, with our limited minds, compare all the sages and saints and the miracles they can perform. Then we argue and debate as to who is greater. True saints see each other as a friend who can enjoy life as they can. They do not compare and see who has attained more. They are humble, only seek each other’s blessings, and try to learn from the experiences of each other. So, if you are blessed and one day become a swimmer of life, then you can choose what you want to do with this gift. You can even become a lifeguard and work on saving others from drowning with their egos and ignorance. — Satish Daryanani

Man reading book floating on the dead sea

Sleeping Buddha

When I was with my spiritual Master in a temple in Shanghai, He was gazing at the statue of the sleeping Buddha, waiting patiently. I asked him what He was waiting for. He answered, “I am waiting for the Buddha to get up.” Sleeping Buddha is an irony. The one who has truly awakened is shown sleeping. My Master was not waiting for Buddha to get up, but patiently waiting for all for us to wake up. Sleep is thinking that God and you are separate. If someone says that God and he are one and the same, it is considered a blasphemy. So let the world think that you, too, are a sleeping Buddha, while you are actually wide awake, living with the truth and joy of not wondering who is God, where is God, what is God, and when you will see God. — Satish Daryanani

Sleeping Buddha sculpture

Cooking

Writing about cooking may be the greatest joke of my life. This is a person who can barely toast a slice of bread. Yet it is an important subject, as I love good food. This talent of cooking is one of the greatest gifts from God. Some fortunate souls just have a knack for cooking. Others work hard and struggle. One of easiest way to win the hearts of spiritual Masters is by being a good cook. Cooking requires love, dedication, compassion, focus, and, above all, patience. If you have all these gifts you can experience God just by cooking. The aroma and mouth-watering taste can even make God leave the heavenly world to taste your food. If God does not come, I will represent Him to enjoy the tasty food. Cooking is one of the best offerings as a service to humanity. You end up with more blessings than even saints receive. You make people say, “Thank you, God for this delicious food.” A good cook can heal better than can a doctor and can bring on a smile faster than a comedian. All things can be forgiven with a delicious meal. Inspire people to go to the gym as long as the food is good. So cooking is a gift I may get in my next life, as I only have good taste buds in this life. — Satish Daryanani

Fancy dessert

The Price of Choice

If you choose to lose weight and get in shape, you pay the price by giving up desserts and fried foods. I chose to be a vegetarian out of the compassion in my heart. I paid the price by giving up my favorite dish, my dear friend Lobster Thermidor. If you choose to have income from a clean source, then you cannot make money from meat products, liquor, or gambling. If you choose to experience God, you pay the price of losing the fun of separation and the longing for the Lord. The Devil and God are the same, opposite sides of the same coin. If you choose to discover the truth, the desire for heaven and the fear of hell are gone. You get equanimity and, then, the highs and lows of winning and losing, profit and loss, disappear. If you desire to be humble, the fun of attaining name and fame is gone. If you choose to surrender everything to God, the joy of enjoying the fruit of your labor is no longer there. If you choose to settle down, get married, and have children, you cannot go to nightclubs to choose new partners. Every choice has a price. Even to become a saint, you have to have patience to put up with everyone’s complaints. If you choose to always speak the truth, it becomes hard to pull someone’s leg. — Satish Daryanani

What's you choice?

Craze

We all are crazy for things. I am crazy about desserts, movies, travel, business, and, above all, being with spiritual Masters. When I was younger and had a healthier body, I wanted to become the best basketball player. Later, I felt the craze to lose myself completely at the feet of the Lord—that craze where nothing else matters. When you do receive this gift, there comes another craze:  to inspire others to have the same craze for the Lord. You lose yourself in a love where everything else has no value. No words can describe that. In that kind of craze, you sing and dance, expressing the joy of being with God, time stands still, and every breath is spent on trying to tell others about this ecstasy. In that craze the world will think you are crazy. Forget the craze for a new boyfriend or girlfriend. This joy is far, far greater than that. The ones who have this craze do not understand how people pray to have craze for the Lord. Instead we should pray to get a break from the craze for God. “God, You are driving me insane. Please leave me alone for a few minutes and let me enjoy Your creation.” — Satish Daryanani

Woman in field praying

Strict Rules

Some spiritual Masters are strict. Even some school teachers are very strict. Some nations are stricter than others. I always find myself disobeying strictness. Instead, if it is explained to me nicely and if it makes sense, I will obey. Certain religions are stricter than others. They all feel that, by being strict, one will have discipline. Instead, real discipline comes when people want it. They will not do it out of force but, when they understand the benefits, they automatically will get discipline. For example, if you force someone to sit in silence in the same place and at the same time, he or she will gain nothing. If the sitting is done out of free will, then the benefit occurs. There should be only one rule that no one will break. The strict rule of life is to do unto others as others would unto you. Once you follow that rule, all other rules are not needed. We are all selfish. Our selfishness will change as we want only the best for ourselves. You will end up doing the best for others. This is the simple rule of life. — Satish Daryanani

Man's hand writing "Rules"

Brainwashed

Sometimes we feel we get brainwashed by someone who has a strong personality. People also get brainwashed by watching the same advertisement over and over again. The military uses a similar method in the training of soldiers. In spirituality, too, we need to get brainwashed. If the correct teacher brainwashes us, then we can benefit, otherwise we can be used for the benefit of the teacher. Our brains are strong and, to get rid of our egos and wrong notions, we need a guide to literary wash away unwanted thoughts and desires. Like a child, we need to go back to the original setting. Then our minds are clear to experience God. The mind blocks us from experiencing peace. Sometimes, like the sun’s rays which can be seen for a short time on a cloudy day, we experience glimpses of peace. Brainwashing removes all the clouds of ignorance. You have to find the correct person first before you let someone brainwash you. In the meantime do not be influenced by the worldly brainwashing. They are only using you.— Satish Daryanani

light in a dark forest

Living Life with Your Beliefs

In the movie, “Black Water,”  a lawyer spends 8 years of his life going after the DuPont company. He left his easy, successful life to pursue his beliefs. When you do this, you are tested and may, like many, feel like giving up. The resolve to always speak the truth is not easy. Your belief in leading a spiritual life in the service of others comes at a price, like suicide bombers who die believing in their causes. It is important to have the right guide so your beliefs lead you in the correct direction. When I was young, I used to believe that one day, I would die and be reborn. Now I know there is no birth or death. My identification from this body has gone. I believe now only in having fun and helping others to discover this fun. Do so much good in this birth that you do not suffer after death. Live knowing everything is perfect. My last belief is that the grace of all my Masters will guide me through every experience that will make me grow.— Satish Daryanani

crowd of people raising hands

Q. What do Saints think of?

A. Our normal thoughts are of family, desires, money, career, politics, weather, sports, lust, name, fame, and other people. Saints think of service, stories from scriptures and their meanings, the value of thoughts, and how this world is an illusion. They value each day and know that words spoken play an important part in our lives. Our day begins with actions, as per our thoughts. Witness the day. To realize your true nature you must be aware of “Who I am” and decide which soap to use to cleanse your ignorance. The soap-of-knowledge is passed on by a realized soul. So be careful about what you think and say. That is the main difference between Saints and all of us. — Satish Daryanani

Deleting Pictures

On a plane yesterday, I saw another passenger deleting a lot of pictures from his phone. He probably needed to free space on his phone. We take so many pictures, as doing so is free and we do not have to pay for the film or printing. How many of us go back and see all the pictures we have taken in our lifetime? I have a lot of pictures of my spiritual Masters hanging on the walls of my apartment. Once, one of my Masters mentioned these pictures should be in my heart and not only the walls. I kept that in my mind. Each and every wonderful experience is now in my heart. I do not have to delete them nor do I run out of space. Every moment with all my Masters are within me. I do not go back and see any old picture. The human form is born to enjoy all the sages and saints. Eventually all the pictures of God, or the saints, disappear into inner peace and joy. Just the cool light of their presence remains. If there is one picture I wish I could take, it is the smile of the faceless one that is loving, protecting, and guiding me—the anchor of my life. No selfie is needed with Him, as the self does not exist while He is present. — Satish Daryanani

Keeping Things for the Last Minute

Some people like to pack their bags the night before traveling. They know months ahead they have to travel. Then they rush and have a sleepless night. Putting off things till the very end can cause you to forget things you need to do. Similarly in spirituality, people want to enjoy everything from the world and only when they get old and retire do they start to work on packing for the real big journey ahead. It is too late. You will have more anxiety and stress by trying to rush what you did not enjoy while you were in your prime. It is like trying to get in physical shape at an old age when you did not take care of your body when you were young. Still, do not give up hope. Something is better than nothing. Those that have good years ahead of them spend time in taking care of their bodies and minds. If you are flexible, it feels so nice. You feel light, as if you are floating on air. Now imagine your mind is light. You carry no burdens of the world and are carefree and worry free, calm, and peaceful, enjoying relaxing in the lap of the Lord. Why wait for the last minute of your life to enjoy everything right now? Then, when the real journey comes, you will welcome it, as you are well-prepared.  — Satish Daryanani


Man with a clock for a head.

Q. Who can receive spiritual knowledge?

A. The one who is distressed by physical, mental, and spiritual problems can. Indirectly, if everything is perfect in your world, who needs or will care to have spiritual knowledge? You are already living a spiritual life. Who goes to an asylum? Only ones who have mental issues. Spirituality is nothing but removing the mental illness of ignorance. Then there are no problems, only solutions. The world takes birth in our consciousness. Nothing exists in the absence of consciousness. It means our consciousness contains everything. Spiritual knowledge brings this awareness within. The real you is free from prison. Problems are your friends, as they bring you to this state of mind. Water is thought of only when you are thirsty. Spiritual knowledge comes from the inner thirst of being lost. All you need is a correct guide, willpower, and grace, then everything becomes clear to you. So start a new prayer, “Lord, please give me so many problems that I get roasted by this world and seek only the true knowledge that will free me from this suffering.” — Satish Daryanani

spiritual knowledge

Seeking or Understanding

Seeking is based on some reason, understanding is without any. Seeking is with an effort and purpose, understanding is spontaneous and effortless. Understanding is absent in seeking, while the seeker is absent in understanding. Seeking consists of a searcher, understanding denies the very searcher. Seeking has an aim, understanding is itself aim-less. Seeking is supported by listening, reading, or contemplating, while understanding is self-sustaining. Fear of forgetting gathered knowledge prevails in seeking. While the thought of having understood is absent in understanding. Seeking is an ever-changing state, while understanding is a stateless state. We all start as seekers on this journey of life, seeking happiness and we, one day, understand that our lives are nothing but an expression of that happiness. — Satish Daryanani

landscape with clouds, water, birds

Comfort Zone

Spiritual Masters, or God, too, want a comfort zone, somewhere where they can just be themselves and not be put on a pedestal, but be free to come and go when they want. They like a person who treats them like a friend, someone who does not have a list of prayers, who is neither seeking grace nor trying to fulfill his desires, or who is attached to them. They prefer one who, when they get bored from resting, can bring deep spiritual questions that makes them pause to answer. Treating a Master, or God, as an average Joe is the greatest comfort to the one who is always worshipped. They don’t want special treatment or anyone touching their feet. They want no bowing down but for you to behave as an equal, you and they, just being your natural selves. They seek no formalities or protocols, no pressure of trying to please them or the fear of what might happen if you displease them. You are a good buddy, ever-ready for when they need a safe haven. The revolving door of your warm heart is the comfort to the ones who spend their whole lives comforting others. — Satish Daryanani

2 man friends on a beach

Giving Someone a Headstart

There are a few people who help others start new businesses that succeed. If you have benefited from that, then you, too, must help others to grow. Sometimes you can be taken for a ride, yet you must help as many as you can without hurting yourself. The spiritual Masters, too, help others to start collecting spiritual wealth. Some succeed while others may waste their time. According to the Masters, everyone is a saint-in-the-making, so there is no waste of time. The seed money for material and spiritual wealth is already given to us. We do not know how to utilize it. The right people may have come in our lives, but we have wasted the opportunity. It is never too late. Come up with ideas, enthusiasm, and a positive outlook and you will draw those who help you achieve your goals. Never give up. — Satish Daryanani

Purpose of a Trip

Some trips are for work, others for family, an adventure, to enjoy nature, or a spiritual trip. We travel for different reasons and justify the purpose of the trips. If a person says, “The purpose of my trip is because I have nothing better to do. I just want to pass time and appreciate what I already have,” then people will think of them as crazy for wasting time and money. We, too, have come to Earth on a trip, leaving our real home. What is the purpose? You have to determine that. First, realize this is not your home. You are only here on a short trip. Do you want a combination of everything or are you here just for one specific purpose? Your mindset changes, as this is not permanent. You can enjoy this life and give it a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, or make a long list of complaints. Start with the mosquitos on Earth, then, complain about the traffic, extreme heat or cold, and the long lines everywhere. If you were supposed to have fun when you initially planned the trip to Earth, you forgot all about it. Now, you will only suffer until the end of your trip. No refunds are given. You get attached to fellow travelers and miss them when they are done with their trips. People even get attached to the hotel rooms, clothes, jewelry, and car rentals that they use. This journey provides only a break from your real home. If you want, you can come back again and again or get fed up and never return. It’s your choice. I love traveling and collecting miles, so I will come again and have fun with the travelers  whom I have forgotten while they were on vacation. — Satish Daryanani

Hotel on top of a snowy mountain

We Want to Be Remembered

People spend their entire lives so that, after they die, they will be remembered. The irony is: We, ourselves, cannot remember ourselves when we leave the body, yet we want others to remember us. All the good, or bad, you do for your legacy is not important. What counts is what you do to be happy while you are alive. If you do want people to talk about you, let them use your life as an example of the expression of happiness, faith in the Lord, and being carefree without attachments. The one who is happy within himself is not even concerned about what the world thinks of him. So on this Thanksgiving Day, let us thank God for giving us the gift of happiness. — Satish Daryanani

Happy Thanksgiving

3-Digit Codes

Many credit cards have a three- or four-digit security code, which is requested by vendors to make sure that the credit card is really in your possession. Even James Bond has a code—007. The Devil’s security code is 666. What is God’s security code? The answer is 000. We should all become nothing, just three dots, not even the space occupied by a zero. Becoming nothing is easier than you think. For example, having a secure government job vs. owning and running your own business. One has fixed pay, health benefits, and a retirement plan. The other has risks, high rewards or losses, and major ups and downs in life. It is the same in life. Choose to be nothing and serve the Lord, where your needs, but not greed, are taken care of, or take everything on your shoulders and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Neither gives you everything. Now, all that the Lord gives, or whatever you get on your own, is yours. So, you should not own a business or only work for the government. You can run a business being just a secretary to the real Big Boss. All your thoughts and actions are offerings to the Lord. Your 3-digit code of nothingness awakens the real you. Then you get the license to kill your ego. Life only begins once you are completely awake. — Satish Daryanani

007 Kill the Ego graphic

Q. Can prayers take away your karma?

A. As you sow, so shall you reap. Every action has a reaction equal and opposite to it. Whether or not you believe in God, you have to pay for your actions. In some cases, prayers can forgive your actions completely. If you pray from the bottom of your heart asking God to forgive all your lies and swearing that, from now on, you will always speak the truth—you may be forgiven. But if you start lying again, the karma from all your past lies, plus interest, can come back to you. My prayer on this issue is simple: “Lord, please give me the strength that, whatever happens in my life, I will always rejoice.” Then, even if I undergo a major surgery, the grace of anesthesia comes and there is no awareness of the surgery. The fruits of my actions are now all sweet. So the karmic law did not change, the prayers changed my attitude. Do not ask for forgiveness, but just to be on top of the world with all that life brings you. That does not mean you can do wrong deeds, but what has happened in the past will not affect you. As you pray for divine awareness, your thoughts and actions will automatically be in gratitude for freeing you from all your past actions. You have a protective shield around you. You become Superman, where only kryptonite can break you. That happens only if you lose faith in the power of your prayers. — Satish Daryanani

Superman logo shown under shirt

Q. What is the most important thing in life?

A. I do not know. You come to know that you are, that you exist. What is of greater importance to you than the fact that you exist? The most important thing is your beingness or consciousness, but the “I am-ness” is the quality of your physical body. This physical body and mind can only give us worldly knowledge, and we are proud of that. This awareness is the child-like consciousness within all of us. We are born with it. The transformation into adult conscience is the journey of our lives. Material knowledge is ignorance. Divine knowledge is adult consciousness—the real I. Being born is not consciousness, but a blessing. The blunder is in thinking we are only human beings. The only thing that changes is that you become the knower of the consciousness. All the pleasure of your achievements drops. The true self is free from the body, and leaving the body becomes blissful. All your knowledge dissolves into true wisdom. True wisdom does not dissolve. When I do not know turns to knowing, the purpose of human birth is complete. — Satish Daryanani

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Day and Night

Suppose we dream of pretty girls at night, we will then look at and admire women during the day. We will not look at and admire handsome men. If we dream of satisfying our pleasures at night, we will try to fulfill them during the day. If we have dreams at night of harming people, we will try to harm others during the day. But if our dreams are of service, we will help as many as we can during the day. If we dream of our spiritual Masters, or God, at night, we will be carrying them with us during the day. Our daydreams and night dreams are connected, as the dreamer is the same. The only difference is that we can satisfy our dreams during the day physically and we satisfy our dreams at night mentally. The consistent word is dream. If we truly realize that everything is a dream, then we can enjoy life. If we can change our nightmare to a sweet dream in our sleep so, too, can we change our daytime fears into the dream we want to be in. Both are in our control. Change the dream and we have just changed the situation. — Satish Daryanani

Dreaming woman surrounded by flowers

Insecurity

Insecurity leads to jealousy. Don’t be a deadbeat who blames the whole world for everything, except himself.  Insecure and jealous people becomes selfish and make decisions that can hurt their futures. Self-confident people are jealous of no one. It may sound egoistic, as they feel they are better than others. There is no jealousy, instead the world is jealous of them. They not insecure about if God loves them or what will happen if they do not go to heaven. They don’t worry whether God will be just in His grace nor pray so that their businesses are successful. They not insecure about their abilities, talents, and their efforts. More than enjoying success, they enjoy using their skills. That is the fun of this game of life. Even spirituality becomes a game. If spiritual Masters can attain everything, they, too, feel it is within their capacity. The only thing to decide is if they want it. Once decided, it will automatically happen. Enthusiasm for life, with positive thinking, can only happen to a very secure person. All obstacles are only hurdles to be run so they can easily win. Being around such people will uplift you. — Satish Daryanani

Sad & Happy Masks

Teacher vs. Student

I once asked my spiritual Master, “Who benefits more in a question and answer session?” The Master would say, “I learn so much from your questions.” I thought He was being humble. It is true. When you speak about the teachings, your full attention is on the subject. The listener may or may not be paying attention. While speaking, the speaker’s conscience starts prickling, as he may not be practicing what he is preaching. As the speaker has to go in-depth to discover the answers, there is a deep peace that comes while answering. Listening to the questions being asked, the speaker feels that his own problems are small by comparison. The confusion of the student entertains the speaker, who realizes that he, too, sometimes gets caught in the web of ignorance. The speaker improves his patience by listening to all the student is saying. He feels good that, at least, he was of some use on that day. His inner gratitude grows as he becomes aware that he is not struggling like the student and has a direct connection with the Lord that provides the answers. The teacher, too, was a student at one time. Now he has no questions to ask. He is free from confusion. Now I understand why students are needed. They bring up subjects of which the teacher would never have thought. Thanks to all the students who bring the best out in the teachers. — Satish Daryanani

teacher and student illustration

The Spirits of Our Ancestors

In many cultures, people pray to the spirits of their ancestors. They seek their blessings before starting new ventures. They pray to them to show the path after someone dies. Many people have asked their spiritual Masters if their loved ones, who have died before them, would greet them when they pass on. The answer from the Masters was, “Yes. Their blessings can be poured upon us even while we are alive.” As the spirit never dies, our loved ones are always with us. I still feel the presence of my spiritual Masters, who are not with me in their physical forms. I get their guidance, grace, and friendship, only I cannot play with their beards or their soft hands. Ancestors in their spiritual forms are sometimes better than they were in their physical forms. You do not have to take them to doctors’ appointments. There are no arguments. You do not see them suffer. There are no differences of opinion due generational gaps. You can talk to them only when you feel like it. My love is greater for them in their spiritual forms. I only remember their good qualities. There are no sacrifices to make. If they do meet me after I drop this body, they will not make comments about my body weight, my hair loss, or how I wear my clothes. I will not see them wearing dentures or glasses or sitting in a wheelchair. All of us will be perfect. Thanks to all our ancestors for not giving up on us. — Satish Daryanani

Man on beach feels presence of an ancestor

Q. Why do people not go to the end of spirituality?

A. People are not in search of the truth, they only search for peace and happiness. When they get it, they are satisfied and they settle there. Peace and happiness can be felt and experienced. All of creation wants happiness. So spirituality gives us what we are seeking. Truth has no words. It is only an understanding. As we are the slaves of our intellect, we will not want truth. It will make no sense to the intellect. Those who sit in silence and meditate enjoy peace from the thoughtless state, which makes the mind happy. It is only a handful who go to very end and realize the absolute truth. You cannot even encourage anyone on this path, as there is nothing to say. It just is. There are many simple explanations. You are not that which is known, you are the Knower. You are neither the illusion nor the experiencer of the illusion. Truth is much more than that. It is very hard to explain. All you can do is try. So, please do not be satisfied with peace and happiness, go and find the real you that does not exist. — Satish Daryanani

Young man gazing at a volitive candle

Decisions

We have decisions to make daily. Some are small decisions and some can be life-changing. It could be to relocate your family and career. It may be a big financial decision. It could even be the biggest decision of going away from God or going toward God. Your whole life has to change if it is toward God. A big U-turn has to be made. All that is of value becomes valueless, as your goal in life is toward God. Nothing else should matter. Then come the testsYour time and money are wasted for no purpose. I could write books on how the tests take away all the logic in your life. Your time and money are wasted for no purpose. Things are told for you to do that do not make sense. All this is to test your obedience,  where your ego, “I,” is lost. Your reactions are tested to see if all you care about is going toward God. Every decision has a price. Please, at least make a decision, otherwise you will be stuck where you are. Whether it is a good or bad decision, only time will tell. At least you tried something new. — Satish Daryanani

Roadsign show right way in all directions

Taking Rather Than Receiving

Many rich and powerful people take up the time of spiritual Masters, but they may not receive grace. Many men take advantage of the physical bodies of women, yet do not receive any love from their hearts. Some rich people go to stores and take things without paying, even though they can afford it. Some people prefer trying to take things they cannot have rather than receiving what they are getting. Powerful nations can conquer and take over weaker nations, yet they cannot receive loyalty from the citizens belonging to that nation. The real fun is greater from receiving than from taking, as the gift comes from the free will of the giver. It is given with love, which benefits the receiver. God is the best example of a giver. Taking boosts the ego. It shows our power, that we can get whatever we want. It is our right. Receiving requires patience and humility. Gratitude is experienced in receiving. Receiving a ripe apple from a tree is tastier than plucking an unripe one. At the correct time, you receive. Taking what is not due to you is going against the will of God. We receive only what is due to us and not more. If the world takes from you do not let it disturb you. If, by mistake, you received more than what is due to you, then you are just balancing your account. — Satish Daryanani

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Hammock

My spiritual Master used to love lying on a hammock by the ocean. He would watch and listen to the waves and drink fresh coconut water, just hanging and swaying, with no worries. We, too, should experience lying down on the hammock made by God—enjoying the waves of life, drinking the coconut water of love and grace from Him. Then, we, too, will have the permanent smile that the saints have. Let go and sway like a baby in its mother’s arms. Be carefree, knowing that everything is happening with perfection. You cannot do or change anything in life. You only feel it is all in your hands, that you are in charge. Can you change a wave? Can you change the weather? You think you can change your teenage child? You think you can change your spouse? You can only choose whether or not to lie down in the hammock of life. You can convince yourself that you are very important and have a lot of responsibilities, but it’s an illusion. Even birds and animals give birth and take care of their loved ones. What is the big deal? God is perfect without your prayers. What is so valuable about your existence that you give yourself so much value? Your ego will be sad if you do not give importance to your life. If you are a beach bum, then enjoy swaying in a hammock with a pina colada. — Satish Daryanani

man in hammock over ocean at high tide

Walking on the Beach

Walking barefoot on the sand at the beach is good for our ankles and our balance. We leave our footprints in the sand, but the water comes and goes and erases our footprints. They are temporary. It is the same for all the impressions we leave in life. Yet the footprints of sages and saints are permanent. Thousands of years later, they are still remembered. Their teachings are everlasting. It is not only what they said, but how they also lived their teachings. We average people come and go because we seek God in our lives. The saints realized they and God are one and the same. We see God as a separate entity. They see the one God in everything. We want God for all that comes with God. They only spread the love of God. We exist due to the ego, so God is separate. They do not exist—God is working through them. The imprint of their holy feet will always be in our lives. No waters of the world can wash them away. When will we leave an imprint on the world that time cannot wash away? — Satish Daryanani

Beach walker footprints

Go Easy on Someone

To become a U.S. Navy Seal, a person has to undergo intense training and pass numerous tests. If the training was easy, everyone could become a Seal. This career is for a chosen few. Similarly, in life, those who want to grow spiritually cannot do so by desiring an easy life. Someone, or something, has to push you. Sometimes my Masters pushed me so hard, I would wish I had never met them. Today, I appreciate everyone who came into my life to mold me. If I gave up on all the lessons they taught me, i would not have this feeling of gratitude. To get God, you have to go through a lot of tests. It is not easy to experience Him. Keep one simple thing in mind: When life is not easy, your ego is being crushed. Do you want to be a part of the group who want to be chiseled or to be part of the herd? The choice is either an easy, lazy life, or a hard and challenging one that can bring out the best in you. — Satish Daryanani

6 Navy Seals carrying raft

The End of the World

In 2012, I was traveling with my spiritual Master and, everywhere we went, He was asked about the end of the world according to the Mayan culture. My Master even wrote a book titled, 2012. In movies and TV shows, many stories are based on prophesies. Someone who can talk to God and predict the end of the world will come. Those in power want to protect this secret. Imagine God’s mind. How He must be laughing at our stupidity. We are waiting for the end of what He has created. Simple, when He is bored of this Game of Thrones, He will end it, calling it the last season. We will know about it, so everyone can enjoy the last few episodes. Hopefully people can, for the first time, enjoy life, knowing it is the final season. There will be no fears, or worries, about saving up for the children and grandchildren. Now we can enjoy the golden present. We are all actors in His show, so why worry about when the producer is fed up of us? Enjoy the lives we have now. Make sure you do enough mischief so God is entertained and does not want to end the show. I know, at least while I am alive, he will not end the world. He only has to handle me in small doses. Otherwise, I will be with Him permanently and He will go crazy. So, stop thinking about the end of the world for the next 20 years. Enjoy what is already given to us. — Satish Daryanani

Sign crosses out the Future on Dec 21, 2012

Wanting Eternal Peace and Bliss

I saw peace in the lives of spiritual Masters. Many were given names that ended in Ananda, which means, “peace and bliss.” My life has been a roller-coaster ride. How could I get peace? I thought I could experience it by sitting in silence and by staying away from situations that disturbed my peace. I went into early retirement to work on attaining peace. I travelled and hung around many sages and saints. After doing all that, there was no permanent peace. One of my Masters started calling me “Satchid,” which means a person who has experienced the truth and can tap into the inner wisdom. I used to think it was to inspire me. Yet, He never mentioned Ananda, eternal peace and bliss. Until yesterday, I never understood what He meant. “My boy, if you have the absolute truth and the wisdom that goes with it, bliss is only a by-product.” I finally got it. For example, if you are indulging in chocolate, you do not seek sweetness. It is automatic. If you understand that this whole world is a dream within a dream, how can something disturb your peace? We let everything disturb us because we think it is real. Profit and loss, birth and death, credit and blame—all the things that disturb us are only illusions. I did not have to leave my business to discover this. Now I can be completely involved in anything without getting affected. I do not have to travel with Masters or live in an ashram. Peace and bliss come from the grace of knowing the play of life, not just sitting for hours in meditation, but watching the show of life. Everyone and everything is created so you do not get bored with peace. Only peace will not make me alive. I need things to push my buttons to test if my peace and bliss can be disturbed. I thank all my Masters who have shown me the way to eternal peace and bliss. — Satish Daryanani

Bloopers

At the end of Jackie Chan movies, they show all the bloopers that took place during the making of the movies. These make us laugh. Today many movies have copied that. Even sports bloopers make us laugh. In Shaqtin’ A Fool videos on nba.com, we enjoy the basketball bloopers. I only wish I had a camera recording my life’s bloopers. They’d start with how I thought children were born and include: the questions I asked my Masters, what I thought God was, the fear of what happens when I die; the tears I shed for the passing away of my loved ones; the anger, stress, and anxiety of all the futile experiences of my life; and the fights I had with my friends. I’d laugh at the ego of thinking I have a strong intellect and of my physical flexibility, stamina and speed I had when I played sports. I’d chuckle at all the notions as to what is real, praying to God for my useless ambitions and desires, all the attachments that are meaningless today. If only I could watch my entire past like a movie, I would be watching the best comedy show. At least let me try recording everything from today so, a few years later, I can again laugh at the bloopers taking place in my life now. The fun of the evolution of your life is watching the blooper show of ignorance taking place in your mind now.— Satish Daryanani

Jackie Chan sequence

Faulty Wiring

The power companies in California have faulty wiring. High winds, which can cause sparks in the power lines, can set fires. People who have blocked arteries can end up with heart attacks. Many places remove wax from our ears so we do not end up with a faulty connection when listening. The misery of humanity comes due a faulty connection with the Lord. This is why spiritual Masters are needed. When they tell a story, we should get lost in it. When they describe their experiences, we should feel their experiences. When they are in the depths of peace, we, too, should be enjoying the peace. When they give us a glance, we should be receptive to the grace that comes from them. Then we do not need to touch their feet and seek blessings. The middle man, whom we call Master, gets us a direct connection with God. His purpose is over. Now you can listen to God with a direct connection. Digest the information, implement it, experience it, and later transmit it to everyone. It is our faulty connection with the Lord that creates all the fires in our lives. — Satish Daryanani

electric fires on hillside

Hard Work

A person may be very hard-working and honest yet not get worldly success while a person who is not as hard-working, but who has talents, may be more successful. It does not seem fair. We feel unlucky and that God is not on our side. We feel our actions should reward us in a just manner. In spirituality, many leave their families and friends to become monks and dedicate their lives in service, yet they may not get what they seek. On the other hand, a householder living a life of luxury, name, and fame, may get everything that the monk seeks. Why? The answer is simple: We only see the efforts that we put out in this lifetime. We do not know the purity of  heart of the individual or the strong ego and stubbornness of an individual that blocks grace. We don’t see their ability to enjoy whatever comes nor their desire to be rewarded for the effort spent. The secret to getting everything is to do your best as an offering, without thinking you have put in any effort. Enjoy whatever comes and then it is an automatic success. Have the faith that you have an overstock of grace. Seek nothing, not even grace. Let things flow. The laws of nature will give you what is due to you. Learn by not being rigid, so your skills improve. Automatically, success will come in your life as your clear mind comes up with ideas. Within you, the grace of peace and wisdom awakens. True success is when you stop comparing your success with others, as you are contented with your perfect life. — Satish Daryanani

Success Ahead road sign

Listening to God

If you tell people that God talks to you, they will think you are crazy. Others will think you are talking to God but the mind is playing tricks on you. God tests you to see your obedience, your love and focus, whether you have the patience to wait for the answers and the correct attitude to implement them. Then comes the last, but most important factor—Grace. Only then can you listen to the voice of God. You reach a stage where there is only you and God. Everything else in the world is white noise disturbing your time with God. Deal with it as quickly as you can and move on to the ever-presence of God. You need not advertise this Grace. People will test you, asking you to predict the future. Honestly, if someone has God, he will not ask or be concerned about anything in the future. Once you attain this gift, it is permanent. The signal works in Heaven or Hell, in the human or astral form, this birth or the next. There is no difference in your life, as you and the Lord are now one and the same. Your buddy is with you even if you sometimes get distracted by the world, waiting patiently to start a conversation with you again. If someone asks you to describe the conversation with God, the only answer is, “AAAHHH!” — Satish Daryanani

Talking with God

Life Sentence

Some prisoners are given life sentences for the crimes they have committed. Some who are married, feel that they, too, have been sentenced to life imprisonment. A prisoner has no chance of reformation, just a lifetime of punishment. God, too, has given us a life sentence to be here on this earth plane. Some people, who are frustrated with life, question God as to why they are still alive. We have a lot of “why” questions for God. We are not able to understand the difference between punishment and reformation. We are here to grow, not to be condemned for life. This imprisonment of our physical form is so we can enjoy our evolution, not so we create a revolution against the will of God. What surprises me is that people get attached to this physical prison. We should serve our time with fun and joy, then move on to the real freedom. Let us grow in every aspect of this life sentence so, when we leave, we have no regrets that the time spent during this life sentence was wasted. — Satish Daryanani

Blurry Vision

When you go to the ophthalmologist, the doctor puts drops in your eyes to dilate the pupils so he can get an image of your eyes. When you are finished, your vision is blurred. The sun seems very bright and you have to wear sunglasses. It is irritating. Most of us have blurry vision our entire lives. We need to correct our vision. We need a guide who can teach how to see this world correctly. First, stop seeing the world with your eyes. The lens of ignorance has to go. Seeing the world with divine eyes changes everything. All are equal. All have no faults. Everything is perfect. There is gratitude for all that you are enjoying. You are in your own Imax 3D Disney movie. All are having fun. No stress about future. No one to forgive for the past. You can enjoy the vivid colors of the creation. Everyone is wearing a smile. It sounds too good to be true. Yes but, with the divine vision, you see everything is in your dream. All I am doing is describing my Disney dream. In my dream, everything is real. Whatever is in your dream will be true. The correct vision is simple. Enjoy your own divine dream of perfection. — Satish Daryanani

Doing Good

We are not supposed to be attached to doing good. That attachment also can disturb your peace. If everything is done in the spirit of service, that helps everyone, including yourself. If you are attached, then a selfish motive takes place. For example, if I’m attached to writing this thought as my daily good deed, then my imprint is on this thought. Instead, when I am just the typist, the free flow comes. I have no impact on it. If your whole life is lived in that spirit, everything that is happening through you is perfect. Whether others benefit or not is not your concern. The number of followers on Instagram is not important. You do not seek heaven or good karma. You are not trying to improve your balance sheet of sins and service. You are not even trying to get good points with God. You are living in the correct spirit, where your existence may or may not have value. You know the real you, other opinions will not matter. You are living carefree, like a flowing river that will go back to its source one day. If this feeling is experienced once, then you become like Niagara Falls. The mist from your flow does good to you and to all around you. — Satish Daryanani

Niagra Falls

Flexibility

When I was younger, I achieved the rank of second-degree black belt in Tae-kwon-do. My body was very flexible, but now I laugh at myself for losing my flexibility. You realize you are out of shape when you need go to the gym to work on your flexibility. And after the classes finish, you feel light, as if you have lost 200 pounds and have no body. Flexibility of the physical body requires effort. Flexibility of the mind requires you to let go of all the wrong notions you have. Similarly those who are flexible in their minds feel as if they are nobodies. You do not carry the weight of the world on your shoulders and you feel like you are floating on clouds. Those who are stuck in their ways cannot benefit from the wisdom that comes from the realized souls. Real flexibility of the mind takes you to a state where you get an out-of-body experience. First, there is no body, then there is no mind. A flexible person also benefits from opportunities that come in life. You are not rigid in your thinking and welcome new ideas and new opportunities. So, start by being flexible like you were when you were a baby. Then let your mind be like that of a baby. You will have a carefree and worry-free life, just laughing, smiling and playing with the toys of life.— Satish Daryanani

The Value of Name

We pay much for a Patek Philippe watch because of the name brand. You can experience God by repeating the holy name of the Lord with love and devotion. A name like Hitler is hated permanently. No one wants to name their child, Hitler, while many name their children Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Mary, Mohamed, Ram, and Krishna. Names have vibrations. Similarly, when you have a good name, or reputation, it becomes a brand and you can get credit, goods on consignment, and make money—only because of the value of your name. On the other hand, just mentioning your name might bring out negative vibrations. No one will trust you. Your actions in your lifetime build or destroy your name. When your name is more valuable to you than all the money in the world, it carries value. The world knows a person will even commit suicide to keep the reputation of his name. The name of the Lord carries value because of what comes with the name. Everything that the Lord has, you too can have just by crying out the name of the Lord. If only everyone could realize the value of a name.” — Satish Daryanani

Patek-Philippe watch

Yes and No

Many aspects in spirituality and life can be answered with both yes and no. It depends on our understanding. Spiritual Masters can confuse the disciples, who then debate over which one answer is correct. There is karma, yes and no. There is heaven and hell, yes and no. There is reincarnation, yes and no. There is a God, yes and no. This world and everything is an illusion, yes and no. There is realization and liberation, yes and no. You are a soul and spirit, yes and no. And many more yes’s and no’s. There are a few 100 percent yes’s. We will all leave this physical form. Peace is within each one of us. Our reaction to whatever happens to us is our freedom. The depths to which we go within is permanent. Everything that happens is only for our good. Work on changing ourselves first. No two creatures are the same. We all will have different opinions about this thought. — Satish Daryanani

No or Yes choices held by a woman

Costumes

Today being Halloween, people put on costumes and go out. They may dress as a superhero or a comedian or even a president. Many years ago, I wore a costume as Swami Vivekananda, a great saint. Some people came and touched my feet to seek blessings. At that moment, I realized the power of costumes. We have to play a part. Being a saint for a few hours, I got to appreciate what it is to be a saint. As soon as the outfit came off, I went back to enjoying being a saint-in-the-making. It is more fun being around a saint than being one. There are too many responsibilities that come with being a saint, too many blessings to give. The costume given to each one of us in this lifetime is chosen by us for this 80-year Halloween party. Once a year, we can change the costume to appreciate the one we already have. It may or may not be perfect for the rest of the world but it is perfect for me. I even chose my Buddha belly. So, today, have fun being someone else, but, thank God for letting us be who we are. — Satish Daryanani

Swami Vivikananda

The Same Story

When people meet, they talk about their families, jobs, health, and their problems. It is the same story every time. We know, word for word, what they are going to say. Even with creditors to whom they owe money, they give the same story. At least, you can come with some new B.S. so they might believe you. Invent new sicknesses you don’t have so the conversation gets interesting. God also gets bored with the same grocery list of complaints in your prayers. Even a wonderful prayer like “Our Father, who art in heaven….” can be modified: “My beloved Friend in heaven, how are you? You must bored without me. I am willing to sacrifice myself and come to heaven to entertain you, even though I am not seeking to be in heaven.” Your life, too, should not be the same story. Do new projects, discover new talents, open new businesses. Be so dynamic that your presence becomes earth-shattering to people who are around you. When the story of your life is written, there should be so many chapters that readers are glued to the book. If the biography only has one chapter, no one will read the book. Even the spiritual Masters should be inspired by your new daily questions. Sales people should come up with stories to sell their products. Pick-up lines for girls should be new. Every day is a new chapter, a new story in the experiences of your life. — Satish Daryanani

What's Your Story, chalk text on blackboard

Keeping a Secret

Some know how to keep secrets, and others cannot withhold any information. When I was with my spiritual Masters, many things were told to me and they said, “This is between us.” These things will go with me to my grave. Selective information from the Masters who have left their bodies can be mentioned if it helps in spreading the teachings. Those who cannot keep secrets lose my confidence and I am very careful about how I speak to them. They are not in my inner circle. This weakness of not keeping secrets makes one lose the opportunity to gain knowledge and wisdom. People lose trust in you. Now the most important part of keeping secrets is when you go within. The entire truth, the map of the entire creation, can be experienced by you. There is so much information that you can burst out with the load. If you try to explain it to the world, people will think you are crazy and put you in an asylum. Very few can understand what you are saying. These secrets from the Lord can be disclosed in very small, diluted doses to the true seekers who are ready at the right time. The rest of the stuff is like working for the CIA—given on a need-to-know basis. So practice by keeping small secrets from your friends, family, and coworkers. Then the Masters and the Lord can trust you with the secrets of the real you. — Satish Daryanani

Woman with taped mouth and finger showing secret kept

Timeshare

When we travel, many resorts try to sell us timeshares. With one, we can go to the same place annually. I tell the salespeople I like to see different places. They try to sell me the fact that we can use the timeshare globally. Then I tell him I will be stuck with the same brand of hotel. They have no answer. Seeing different places and experiencing various hotels adds the spice in my life. Every year is based on all the new experiences we will have. Bad habits are dropped and new, good habits are formed, and new teachings implemented. New skills and hidden talents are discovered. Some fears are overcome, and a few souls are influenced. One step closer to the truth brings us one step closer to experiencing God, going one step deeper within. You may be a little wiser based on your mistakes, a few more friends made, even a few more dollars made. If a few dollars are lost, at least you are not the same. Up or down, as least you are not stagnant, for mosquitoes come and fester on stagnant water. If everything was the same, then the year was lost. We are made to only move forward. You must enjoy the way you saw the world the previous year more than the way you see it now, like the way you saw things as a child and the way you see them now. — Satish Daryanani

Timeshare written in sand on a tropical island

The Beginning of a New Year

Today is Diwali, the new year in the Hindu faith. We clean our homes on a regular basis, yet for this occasion, we clean every corner we might have missed during the year. We wear new clothes so our exteriors look new. This is all symbolic to help us change for the new year. The exterior change of a new outfit could be a change in our faces and attitudes. The change of wearing a permanent smile. The cleaning of the corners of our mind. The dirt that collects from fear, greed, anger, desires, and ego and, when it’s gone, the clarity of the mind takes place. So, every year, this day is for cleaning everything in our lives. Whatever happened is over. It is time to move on to the new beginning, towards experiencing the infinite layers of the inner light. Today is the day of gratitude for a wonderful year that passed. Only it passed by very fast. So, wishing all those who celebrate this auspicious day: a Happy Diwali. May you all become a light to everyone who comes in your presence and may they feel the light and happiness by being around you. — Satish Daryanani

Candles and Buddha quote about light

Tears from Seeing Your Own Reflection

When you gaze into the eyes of someone peaceful, loving, and caring, tears can come to your eyes. You get to see the reflection of your true self. Tears come from who you are instead of who you think you are. For example, if a beautiful woman gets up in the morning and sees the reflection of a wrinkled, aged face with pimples, she will start crying. That is not the face she thinks she is. Saints become mirrors because their minds are crystal clear. We see pure unconditional love being poured. That love melts us into tears. We see who we truly are and who we have become. This childlike face reminds us of what we have lost over the years. In reality, these tears are empathy for our own true selves. All that we have thought and done in our lives has made us lose having the same loving eyes. The eyes which heal and bless have been lost. The glow of our faces has been lost over time. Seeing a pure soul brings out the lost treasure of our lives. So tears are not for the love of the Holy One, instead they are tears from missing the Holy One within. — Satish Daryanani

A young woman's face reflecting an aged woman

Only a Saint Can See a Saint

Being with various saints over the years, I realize it is hard for people to see someone as a saint. We see only their exterior and arrive at conclusions. It is possible to see the inside of a person only if you, too, are a saint. People wonder: Why would saints need to wear overcoats in winter? Why do they need to travel in first class or in private jets? Some think: They definitely should not see movies or eat delicious food. They should feel no pain or show signs of any pain and never show they are upset with anyone or anything. Being a saint is from within. Being and living as a human being in the exterior form is also being a saint. That is why sometimes we feel saints are not impartial. They show they are closer to one disciple over another. The saint sees the inside of the person. They see the potential. They even know which disciple is a saint but lets the world think he is a normal human being. You do not need to wear a T-shirt or a cap saying you are a saint. Instead you should wear a big sign, “Saint in the Making.” The first sign of a saint is that they see everyone as a saint. Some have realized it and some have not. That is the only difference between being a saint and not being a saint. — Satish Daryanani

2 street musicians with halos of sainthood

Inspirational Words

We get a lot of messages and videos from family and friends. Some are inspiring. We get motivated to follow the teachings, which make complete sense. They are for our benefit. Some of us may or may not benefit. Yet the next day, everything goes back to normal. The message now becomes a memory. In a few days or weeks later, another message may inspire us. Then we forget it. Reading, listening, watching, and getting inspired for a short time leads us nowhere. Only when the words of inspiration become a blueprint in our lives do the words have value. The inspirer’s purpose is served. He may not know it worked. He is just throwing seeds of wisdom out in the universe. Some may germinate. When words of inspiration pierce the depths of your heart, transformation takes place automatically. These words told to me changed me: “Haven’t you enjoyed eating enough flesh? Now it is time for seeds of grace to germinate in your heart.” “The way to thank the spiritual Masters is to spread the teachings.” “You are a product of fun, so have fun in this life.” “Whatever is due to you will come to you.” “The only freedom in life is your reaction to the drama of life.” These inspirational words have become some of my anchors in life. — Satish Daryanani

Sprouted seedling in rocky earth

Beads

I see more and more people wearing prayer bracelets made of beads or the necklaces made with 108 beads. In the beginning, when I would meditate in silence, I, too, used beads to focus. I would, slowly, chant the holy mantra 108 times, moving one bead at a time. One day, the repetition of the mantra became automatic and the prayer beads were no longer needed. All that I did—wearing beads, repeating the holy name, keeping a fixed image in my mind, was to help me focus. I was not taught a short cut. All this became mechanical and I was getting nowhere. I spent years experiencing nothing new. When my Master left His body in 2002, my life changed. I did not need the physical props. My prop was pain. Nothing else mattered in the world. Instead I might have needed a prop to come back to the worldly life. If something is done out of pure love, do we need prayer beads to focus? The greatest bead is pain. The best holy chant is tears. The image to focus on is the one that rips your heart apart. Then growth happens. Now I see the beads and remember the past school days. As a punishment in school, I would fill books with, “I will not talk in class,” Today this talkative person worships silence. That’s the irony of life. — Satish Daryanani

Man wearing many mala beads

Marketing

Scientists use the term “global warming” to explain the melting of the icebergs. In winter, people who live in cold places wish there was more global warming so they would not have to suffer from chill. Global warming means that we will have more extreme weathers, not just the warming of the earth. So some smart person came up with the idea of calling it “climate change,”rather than global warming. Now the marketing makes more sense. There are some spiritual Masters who have great marketing teams. They end up with millions of disciples. Thank God all my spiritual Masters did not have a great marketing team, otherwise I would not be so fortunate to spend all that time with them. God also does not like to spend money on a marketing team. Atheism is the fastest-growing religion—not because it is God’s fault, but because of the religious leaders who force their views on others. Instead, if spirituality could be marketed that would be great. I think the easiest thing to market is happiness. Everyone wants it. Happiness comes from peace. Peace comes from silence and wisdom. God is the source of peace. If this was marketed correctly, everyone would be spiritual. Religions would be out of business. Yoga became popular with marketing. All we have to add is that the purpose of Yoga is to discover peace and happiness. If we remind everyone that God is the source of peace rather than a Creator, then He, too, will have more customers. It is all in the marketing. — Satish Daryanani

Social marketing chart

Blessing Yourself

We seek God’s blessings. We think God favors one person over another. Grace is like sunshine. If you want to get a tan, go outside and get it. Many avoid the heat of the sun, decide to stay in an air-conditioned room, and then complain that they are not getting grace. One day you will reach a point where you know that the receiver and the giver of grace is one and the same. That person is you. The veil of ego separates us from this truth. It separates us from God, so we are not able to bless ourselves. I used to joke with my spiritual Masters about why we were praying for His good health and wasting our time: “If You want You can bless yourself and heal Yourself.” Yet, in spite of being able to heal themselves, the Masters choose for their bodies to go through the cleansing. Physical pain also helps you to grow within. When the seeker and the sought become the same, only then can you become one with the Lord. There are no two beings. As your ego self is no longer there, the divine self tells everyone the merger happened with grace. You, the lower self, cannot take credit. This discourages others from putting effort toward experiencing grace, which comes when it is going to come. Your effort to remove the separation is required. Then when the merger takes place, you can touch your own feet. One part of you is touching the feet to get blessings, and the other part of you is receiving the blessing. You will live in the ecstasy of seeing nothing but blessings. — Satish Daryanani

One's own feet

Q. Do you have to practice all the spiritual stuff?

A. The answer is no. If you are peaceful and content, do not even waste time reading this thought. Someone yesterday told me that, without taking stress, you cannot be creative and useful to the world. So I asked, “What is the purpose of taking stress to be creative?” He said it makes him happy. The irony in life is that you do not need to disturb the mind by doing things to be happy again. Creativity is not lost by being calm and peaceful. Instead, with a clear mind, you are more useful to the world. Then he asked me if those who retreat from the world for self discovery are useful to others or only to themselves. A realized soul may not be physically useful in the eyes of others, yet can send such strong positive vibrations that others can get great benefit from them. They can write or teach others all they have experienced. This path is not for everyone. Nor should there be guilt that you have to do it. For those who ask themselves, “What is the one way to entertain the mind?” If your normal
life fulfills you, that is perfect. Crazy people, like me, with so many questions, need spirituality. I guess you have to be a lost soul to contemplate the teachings. So if you are confused as to “Who am I?”, “What is my purpose in life?”, “Is this world an illusion?”, then welcome to this endless journey of self discovery. All this will lead you to “nothing has happened, is happening, or will happen.” Welcome to the asylum of confusion. — Satish Daryanani

Hand icon on question mark

Three Types of Truth

The first type of truth is personal to an individual. Someone might believe the earth is flat, the universe is 6 million years old, or there is no such thing as God. That is the freedom given to everyone. The second form is truth is political. A politician can keep on repeating the same lie again and again, until the world believes it is true. The third form of truth is objective. There could be debates about how we reach objective truth, but once experienced, there is no debate. For example, it is our birthright to experience peace. The actual peace everyone experiences is the same. Scientifically, we are all made up of atoms. A force has created this creation. Everything is an illusion. Heaven and hell are states of mind. Every action has a reaction equal and opposite to it. Truth could be scientific or spiritual, but it is still the truth. Your personal points of view cannot change the facts. This is the similarity between science and spirituality — both have set rules which cannot change. There is only one big difference: The truth of science can be understood with studying, learning, and with experiments.  Gaining the truth of spirituality requires a combination of your effort and grace. — Satish Daryanani

Truth

How Do We Know What God Wants Us to Do?

I hear many times, “God wanted me to do this or that” We even hear, “It was a calling for me to become a priest,” “God told me to run for president,” You never hear, “God told me to become a janitor or a bank teller, or work at Walmart, Burger King, or at other jobs that pay minimum wages.” We use God’s name when it is an important job, like a doctor, or an activist, or an environmentalist. Only a few people actually listen to what God really wants them to do. We use His name to justify our own needs and desires. Now let’s get to the bottom of what God really wants us to do. Every thought, word, and action in your life should be an offering to the Lord, by seeing the same God in everyone, by how you deal with people, keeping your word of honor in all that you promise. Like the Bible says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Treat others like you would like to be treated by the world. Then every profession, or business that you do, is a calling from God. Even if you do nothing and are retired and of no use to the world, as long as it is all of the above, you can say, “God wants me to teach others what not to do.” — Satish Daryanani

The Golden Rule

Shutting Down Your Phone

Sometimes I get upset because the cell phone networks are slow. Then, out of frustration, I just turn off my phone. I wait a few minutes and then turn it back on. Suddenly, the signal is improved and I am back in action. So it was not the fault of the network. I was not able to receive the signal due to a problem with my device. If we sometimes do not get answers, we, too, must turn off our receivers, our minds, just for a few minutes. Let the mind reboot and maybe we can receive the Divine signal again. We have so many apps running simultaneously in our minds, that our minds get hung. Just don’t think about anything and soon you will have answers for all your issues. The real signal is LTE 4 bars all over the universe, to receive we only have to work on our mental capacity. So we seek guidance from spiritual Masters until we are able to receive a signal on our own. Once you can do it for yourself, you can help others when they face difficulties. So please turn off your phone and mind daily, for at least a few minutes, so nothing can weaken the signal you need. — Satish Daryanani

phone signal 4G

Back to Square One

I got up very early today and wanted to experience instant grace. I got a jolt and wanted to analyze the experience after that. Imagine a steel ball hanging from a string and continuously moving, like a pendulum, back and forth. In a fraction of a split second, someone held the steel ball. All movement stopped instantly. That is your mind when all movement is stopped by instant grace and you can enjoy instant peace and wisdom. With this instant clear mind, you get to experience the reflection of God, then you realize you are back to square one. You have already had the experience. One form of grace is instant and shortlived, the other takes time with austerities and grace and is lasting. Now which is better? I prefer the steel ball slowly coming to a standstill, the mind slowly coming to a point of equanimity. It takes years but is more fun. In both cases, the final experience is the same. Getting a flash of instant awakening may be the desire of some people. The slow journey of going back to square one has its own charm. In the end, both experience the same thing, which is nothing.— Satish Daryanani

pendulum being held up

Pledging Your Soul

Some who play the Ouija board game pledge their souls to the Devil. Some pledge their souls to their nation. Many pledge their souls to money. Some, out of fear for what might happen after death, pledge their souls to God. Those who are spiritually evolved pledge never to identify themselves as the soul. They do not want to limit themselves by saying, “My soul.” They work on finding out who is the “MY” that is using the soul, like my hand, my heart, my mind. How can we pledge something that does not belong to us? Everything is given only for the use for the Master Plan. Those who think they are the soul have to live with the fact that they will either go to heaven or hell or keep coming back in the human form to cleanse, according to karmic law. We are much more than that. So, for fun, I can say I pledge my hair to cancer patients. Similarly for my fun, I pledge my soul to the lotus feet of the Lord. — Satish Daryanani

Walking Down Memory Lane

Sometimes a song or a situation takes us back to our past experiences. It might have been a joyful or a painful experience. This memory comes in a flash, with many years compressed in a few minutes. Once you sit in silence, you can get a flash of your entire being—not just this human form, but everything that has made you reach this point. What you are is because of all your experiences. All that happened in the past was only for what you have become today. Everyone and everything has come in your life to teach you. Going back and changing even one thing would change where you are today. You would ruin the perfection of your life. For me, going down memory lane is for my entertainment. Being with my spiritual Masters and making fun of my own ignorance by remembering the questions I asked. As years pass by, there will be another thought sent: enjoying the memory of the ignorance I have today. Walking down Memory Lane is only a chance to laugh at our stupidity.. — Satish Daryanani

Memory Lane, Old photos being inspected

Too Much Knowledge

Those who have read a lot of scriptures or have heard many talks of the masters have too much knowledge. Describing the experiences that come within you in words dilutes the true experiences. Some, who hear or read this, have enough knowledge from before so that, instead of listening, they reply with the knowledge they have already heard. It is hard to make your point as the vessel of knowledge is full. Sometimes it is easier to explain to those who have not heard or read a lot. They are more receptive. Just knowing the teachings and repeating them like a parrot is not enough. See the teachings with a new angle. Even if you have heard it earlier, now focus on digesting it. For example, the saying, “It is all for good.” It took me over 20 years to truly digest it. Listening and repeating shows that you have a good memory. You know a person truly understands when he responds with a silence and a radiant look appears on his face. This radiance comes when you are bathing in the nectar of that particular teaching. – Satish Daryanani

What’s Your Age?

We say our age based on the number of years we live. The real answer should be based on the days we are true to ourselves. Many women do not reveal their age, not because they want to be young, but because of the number of years they have lost by not being themselves. They have not lived for a very long time. When you and your individuality is lost, you have not lived. Age is based on the number of days you are truly free, having lived the life worth living. That is your real age in this human form. You are truly a fortunate person if you can tell your age based on your birth certificate. By wasting the years of being alive, you are not better off than a dead person. Even if you say you are one year old, at least you have experienced what it is to be alive. You have not wasted even one day of your life. That is the true definition of living a long life. — Satish Daryanani

Photo of old man looks like baby

If You Knew the Future

If you could predict the future, then you could bet on any game and win. You could buy stocks or real estate and make a lot of money. However, there is a price for that. You will know the ending of every movie before it begins. You will know when you are going to die. You lose the mystery of life. More important than having the gift of knowing your future is to be able to enjoy this very moment. When you watch TV, all the pundits are predicting the elections, stock prices, winner of a sporting event, and so on. Experts are hired to predict the future. No one is hired to teach us how to enjoy the here and the now. Thoughts come to me daily. I cannot even predict tomorrow’s thought. It is for me to enjoy today and learn the lessons I need to learn. In a way, it becomes my protective shield as to what may come to me today. – Satish Daryanani

black and white op art landscape of the future

Using God

Prayers are good and very useful but I always hesitate to pray, as I feel I am using God. The only prayer I believe in is, “Thank You, Lord.” Yet, once in a while, when I face a real hurdle, where I need help, I pray to God and my hurdle is removed. Later, when I am sitting in silence, I feel guilty for using God. My dear friend is being used for my benefit. Then the question comes: Is my love for God real? Or is my love given just because of all that the Lord does for me? Is my love unconditional love, loving just for the sake of loving? With the Grace of God, my prayers are answered instantly, so the guilt grows. The Lord is so loving to me that everything I need is provided. So, I use prayers as a spare tire only when I reach my breaking point. All I can do is pray to God to please forgive me for using Him. — Satish  Daryanani

Extremes of a Person

A person can be spiritual in the morning and very competitive and calculating in the afternoon. In the movie, “The Joker,” a person who wants to make people laugh is pushed by others to become a villain. Similarly, a lioness can hold her cub gently in her mouth and can, with the same jaw, take the life of a prey. We are all built with extremes. Situations and the desire to control them can bring out the best or the worst in everyone. Grace can help bring the best out of you. You see it with ordinary people who go to war. Some end up becoming violent their whole lives. The world can get to us. A person who wants to be always helpful to others can be heartless after being battered by others. The same soft compassionate heart can become hard as granite. There is a breaking point in everyone. This can change the direction of your life. You give into the world or be firm in who you are. We should not judge others by the way they behave, as we do not know what they must have gone through or are still going through. Everyone is a saint, only situations change them. Grace can help bring the best out of you.— Satish Daryanani

Rumors

We get carried away by what others tell us. Until we hear it from the source, from the “horse’s mouth,” it is only a rumor. People have nothing better to do, so they spread rumors about whatever they want and, as long as people believe them, the information spreads. It even may remain permanently on the internet. I had to defend a lot of false rumors about my spiritual Masters over the years. The Masters do not get affected by the rumors. If it is the truth about you, you have no right to react. If it is false information about you, there is no need to react. People talk a lot about spirituality and spread their experiences, which may not be true. You do not need to argue about the truth. Some religions say that their path is the only way to God. You do not need to prove them wrong. Let the world say, or write, anything about you or your beliefs. Let that not change you or your reactions. The only purpose served by rumors is to show how bored the world is.— Satish Daryanani

Miracles

To prove that one is a saint, miracles have to be performed. Some people do not believe in miracles. Others believe the formula that, if you pray, and if God so chooses, then miracles take place. Even if an alcoholic, or a very bad person, gets a miracle, he believes God will not waste it on them. Due to miracles, many people lose faith in God, as they feel He is not just. Many spiritual Masters have to perform miracles to get devotees. Even Jesus had to perform miracles. Those who have the gift of miracles can see nothing but miracles. For example, this good-for-nothing instrument is sending out these thoughts. Every effortless breath is a miracle. Everything in nature is a miracle. Peace and joy are miracles. Most people only want the big miracles: heal someone, bring someone back from the dead, walk on water, change the future. All the small miracles are easier to see instead, and that is truly a miracle. For me, the greatest miracle is to come in a human form and experience God. No miracle is greater than that. — Satish Daryanani

Buddha, when you see life as a miracle, it becomes precious

Inventory Control

Checking an inventory can take a lot of time. We have to tally everything and, sometimes, we cannot find a few pieces. That becomes a financial loss. How many of us have taken an inventory of our lives? We will find that we have wasted so much of our precious time, losing our peace on meaningless things. That is a bigger loss than losing a few pieces of any product. You can earn the money back, but not the lost precious time. So at least start taking a daily inventory of your time. See if anything was worth losing your peace. Slowly the inventory of life will be in order. No piece will be missing. The only thing you will find is that you will wish you had taken inventory sooner. — Satish Daryanani

Checking inventory

Giving Up Your Throne

Once you have power and are number one in your craft, there comes a day when you will have to give up the throne. With age, even great athletes lose their number one rankings. In business, some one younger, with newer ideas, can dethrone you. You could be the right hand of a spiritual Master, and you can be replaced. We get attached to our thrones, not realizing they, too, have to be thrown away. To be on top is to enjoy the view only for some time. If you keep God in the throne of your heart, only you can dethrone Him. Then, even if the world gives you all the highs, inside you know who is the real owner of the throne. You can even laugh and say, “These crazy people are putting a slave of the Lord on a throne.” Then when you are demoted, you can go back to your original state—a nobody who is just blessed that the Lord chose to sit in the throne of your heart. — Satish Daryanani

Silhoette of lifting the boss on a throne.

Leaving God

Sometimes we get so involved in things that we do not focus on spirituality or on God. In the last few days, my mind was so consumed by worldly matters that spiritual thoughts could not come. It felt like I had left God. Yet, God did not leave me. His hand of Grace is always upon me. That inner peace is always present no matter how much your duties consume you. After all the obstacles, you will always end up in a win-win situation for all parties concerned. Once you have connected with God while things are normal and calm, the storms of life do not really make you leave God. His friendship is permanent. This link can never be broken. You may sometimes feel guilty that the awareness is not there all the time. Yet if your life is a complete offering to the Lord, getting completely consumed at times in your duties and service is still thinking of the Lord. “Thank you, my dear friend, God. Even though I may only subconsciously think of You, You are always thinking of me.” — Satish Daryanani

Sun behind clouds over desert dunes

Drop It Like a Hot Potato

I was on a 3-day trip with my master in Paris. He wanted something, and we spent an entire day working on it. In spite of all our efforts, it did not happen. The moment the master saw that, he dropped the project like a hot potato, never discussing it again, as if it never happened! I learned my lesson from this. I went to the Miami Heat basketball games for ten years. My life revolved around their schedule. Recently, I gave up my seats. All I kept are the good memories and the friendships I made at the games. I moved on. Now I am working on a project. I want it to happen but, if it slips through my fingers, it will be out of my mind, completely and with no regrets. If you want something, go for it. Want it more than you want air to breathe. The moment you want to walk away from it, drop it like a hot potato. This is a great gift to have from God. Pray for this gift. Then you can get attached to and detached from anyone and anything at your will. – Satish Daryanani

Deep Sleep and Deep Meditation

Deep sleep and deep meditation are similar. In both, you are free from time and space. In both, the lower self takes a break and you have to let go. The main difference is that, in deep sleep, you are unaware of the true self. In deep meditation, you are aware of the deep sleep, therefore the true self. The by-product of deep sleep is freshness and dreams that you may remember. In deep meditation, the by-product is the peace, bliss and wisdom that you experience. I give credit to those who can survive with just 2 hours of sleep and spend no time in silence. I would be a walking, talking zombie. Many people have a hard time in dealing with me, even in small doses. Just imagine, I have to deal with myself all of the time! In my case, to escape from the lower self, deep sleep and deep meditation is easy. For those who are consumed by their duties and service and who give importance to their lower self, it is harder. You, either become a crusader trying to save the world, or first work on saving yourself from yourself.  − Satish Daryanani

Closed eyes illustration

Screen Time

On my smartphone, I now get a weekly report of how much time I have spent on the screen. I averaged 2 hours 25 minutes daily. It takes me 25 minutes to send the thought and reply to everyone pertaining to the thought. So that 25 minutes daily is justified. Work-related 30 minutes a day is fine. I can even give another 30 minutes to friends and family. What about the extra hour I am wasting daily on screen time? I have to work on reducing it. That could be an extra hour daily for rest, service, sitting in silence, or exercise. So from today, I will try, for the next week, to reduce my screen time to one hour and 25 minutes daily. The extra one hour is my gift to God. Use it for Him, use it to see nature, or use it to say, “Thank you, God for giving me 25 hours a day. One bonus hour from my phone.” We should have an app to see what we do during the entire 24 hours daily. We have much time in our hands, if only we could realize it. What excuse will you have to not sit in silence? Time management skill is what makes a person efficient. So let me end this thought and not take anymore of your time. — Satish Daryanani

Food Intake

When you fall sick, you have time to analyze all the wrong foods you have eaten and, along with that, all the thoughts you have had that made your immune system weak. If you had self-control, you would not suffer so much. Now, neither the food nor the thoughts have any value. The only valuable thing is good health. Similarly, when we get old and our bodies do not corporate with us, we spend time thinking of the irrelevant stuff on which we wasted our time. We waste our youth and good health planning for our future so that when we get old we have everything. You may have everything but not health. If you cannot find peace, joy, and happiness when you are young and healthy, you cannot get it when you become old and unhealthy. If you did not serve in your youth, you cannot do it in old age. You form friends and relationships when you are young so they are with you later. All your weaknesses and bad habits only get magnified when you are sick. Sickness, while you are young and healthy, becomes an opportunity for self examination. How much extra are we eating or talking when we are healthy? So this blessing of sickness is having it show you the valuable things in your life. — Satish Daryanani

Moving

When you move from one location to another, you get to see all the things you have collected. So many things have expired and have to be thrown away. You have duplicates and triplicates of many items. No wonder the movers charge so much, as the boxes are heavy. Thank God we do not have to pack and pay movers for the last move. It all gets left behind. Even my spiritual Masters left behind many books after they left their bodies. I would love to find out if they had read them all. We collect so many things we do not need. We take on so much stress over all this stuff, which will be of no use one day. We all know this fact and yet we have an addiction to collecting. Even the pictures and the memories are left behind. What do we carry with us? All that we did not pay for, all what the movers cannot move. Only that which moves your soul always moves with you. — Satish Daryanani

Moving truck loaded with stuff

Go with the Flow

If you go with the flow, the thoughts that come will fall in the right order. If you use your will and try to change the thought, then you imprint upon it. When you move with the Divine flow, your life will unfold perfectly. We think we are smart and so we want to exercise our will on everything. We are only creating hurdles for ourselves. If it is an act of service, do your part even though the world may not appreciate it. You should not get affected by that. You went with the flow. For example: You organize a spiritual talk by a saint, and not many people show up. As long as you do your best, the number of people who come should not affect you. At least you were there for the Master and paid full attention to his words. If you go against the flow, you will struggle, get disappointed, stressed, and disturb your peace. It is your choice. − Satish Daryanani

Water flower over rocks in sunlit creek

Waiting

I was waiting for the thought this morning and the answer came, “Waiting.” We are waiting to receive God’s grace to experience God. We are waiting to experience peace. We are waiting to earn enough to retire so we can be happy. We are waiting to get in shape by exercising. We are waiting for Jesus to come again. We are waiting to die and go to heaven. We are waiting for our health to improve. We are waiting to find a perfect life partner. We are waiting for so many things that life goes by in waiting. We end up waiting for one extra breath to live. We are waiting for perfection that does not come. Imagine saying, “I am waiting for this moment to never end.” Waiting for that is allowed. While I was waiting for the answer to “waiting,” I was completely connected. The answer stopped the fun of waiting for the answer. The longer the Lord takes to answer, the more I enjoy the waiting. Waiting for the Lord’s s grace, answer, and revealing Himself is the joy of waiting. I used to wait outside the room of my spiritual Masters. The longer they took, the more I enjoyed the excitement of their coming. Then, when they did come out, they would enjoy seeing the joy on my face. Just enjoy waiting for the love of your life. Waiting for the rest of the stuff is just a waste of your precious time. — Satish Daryanani

Snakes and Ladders

When I was young, I loved playing this game. While rolling the dice, I used to pray I would land on a square with a ladder so I could go up and win the game. Every time I landed on the square with a snake, I would be sad. Just when I thought I was one step away from winning, the longest snake would take me from victory to nearly the beginning of the game. In my life, being in the physical presence of my spiritual Masters was like going up the ladder. When they left their bodies, it felt like I was coming down the longest snake. Today, nothing from this world can get me as excited as being in the presence of my Master. The lows are irrelevant compared to the passing away of my Masters. Even though they are spiritually with me, I do miss by buddies. I use this joy and pain to my advantage. All the ups and downs of money, health, name, fame, and desires are meaningless. After you have enjoyed the greatest joy and sorrow, dealing with whatever comes is only a breeze. So, playing my favorite game, Snakes and Ladders, in my childhood, taught me to enjoy the game of snakes and ladders in life. — Satish Daryanani

Snakes & Ladders game board

Silence is the Mother of God

Silence is the womb from which God is born. If we do not spend time in silence, we cannot experience God. The fear of silence is that, once you enjoy it, leaving it and doing your part in this world will be hard. It is true, but the forces of nature will help with the daily aspects of life. Just enjoy the silence and leave the rest to the angels who will help you come out of the silence. All this can be understood only by those who have enjoyed the nectar of silence. The birth of God that takes place in your silence will give you grace, peace, and wisdom. Our greatest duty is to awaken the sleeping God within. All the other stuff in your life will align correctly. You, too, can add an additional festive holiday in your life when the birth of God takes place within you. We will all come for the celebration. — Satish Daryanani

Think Tank

I was watching “Inside Bill’s Brains,” a documentary about Bill Gates. He takes a week’s time off to think. He goes to a secluded place, reads a lot of books, and comes up with ideas. We all must try the think tank method. Spend a week all by ourselves and think about many things. We will come up with many wonderful solutions. While we are in the forest of life, surrounded by gigantic trees, we get confined. Go out and see the forest from a distance, you will have a better picture. Use the think tank even for your spiritual evolution. We imprison ourselves with our beliefs. We get stuck. That why it is said, “Think outside the box.” Only open-minded people can get new ideas and experiences. Otherwise, you are stuck where you are. Success comes in every part of the lives of those who spend time expanding their minds and hearts. So, trying to see inside the mind of Bill Gates, I learned how much more I have to learn. It has inspired me to spend more time in isolation and contemplation. — Satish Daryanani

Bill Gates in a library

Having Everything in Front of You

Many go searching for God in holy places. People climb Mount Everest to conquer it. Some go deep into outer space, or cross the oceans, or go deep in the oceans, searching for something they cannot find, even though it is right in front of them. Everything we need is closer to us than we think. Peace and God, joy and happiness, are already within us. The ones who love us surround us. Service can be given to the one who is right next to us. Everything is right there, yet, many go on pilgrimages or go through great challenges for months, or years, to search for what is already given to them—looking for your glasses when they are on your forehead. All we have to do is appreciate everything that surrounds our lives from outside and within. Now, only go into outer space, cross oceans, climb mountains, for the adventure, not because you are lost and are looking for self-discovery. — Satish Daryanani

Talking to Strangers

You could be married to a person for over 50 years and still feel you are talking to a stranger. Very few people can find someone they can talk to about everything that is in their hearts. I was fortunate to have spiritual Masters to confess to and with whom to discuss everything in my life. Slowly, that relationship grew and I learned to discuss everything with the Master within. If you do not have that, you seek strangers from outside. You will even pay to communicate with someone. That true friend is needed in your life. No fighting or arguing, no judgements, or egos clashing, just a pure understanding of the situations in your life. To find that neutrality in people is not easy, as they should not be attached to you and only have pure love for you. God created this emptiness in our lives so that His life gets complete. If children do not show love and need for their parents, the parents lives are incomplete. So, God, too, is waiting for love, for devotees to seek His advice and blessings. Only the Lord knows what is in your heart. You cannot hide it. One day, God will not be a stranger in your life. Then, you are protected and are not lonely.— Satish Daryanani

Superpowers

After watching many movies and T.V. shows, I wish I had superpowers. I could have fun with them, protect people and get rid of bad guys. I could also help and heal people. I was thinking about which superpower I would choose. The answer came—the greatest superpower is to be able to control the mind. The one who can do that can experience peace at any moment, place, or situation. Indirectly, he can experience God whenever he wants. Having a superpower is of no use unless you can test it on a super villain. The more powerful the opponent, the more you get to test your power. Similarly, the more challenges and obstacles that come in your life, the more you get to test the superpower of the mind. The Lord can bless you with this superpower. He will also give you a lot of super villains to play with. He will be watching and laughing at the show of your life. — Satish Daryanani

My thoughts on superpowers illustration

Reminders

In the old days, I used to carry a small dairy and a pen to remind me of things I had to do. Now, smart phones have replaced the diary. I asked my spiritual Master, “How do I remember God?” When I would wake up and, before I would go to sleep, I would think of God. Before every meal, I would say such a long prayer that the food would get cold. My phone would buzz every hour on the hour to remind me to thank God. Later, I would remind myself to thank God with every sip of any liquid I would drink. One day, all this stopped. God became real to me. A permanent connection was formed. I am always with the Divine. Now I can eat hot meals—no prayer required. I still need reminders to do my duties and service correctly, but not for my love. I laugh at myself today that I needed reminders to remember the love of my life. As the body gets older, reminders are still needed for medicines and supplements. — Satish Daryanani

Post-It reminder

Study

Today we only look at the studies done by doctors and scientists. One study shows that eating a meat diet reduces strokes by 20 percent. Another study shows that a vegan diet reduces the risk of strokes and colon cancer. A study shows drinking red wine is good for you. At one time, a study showed smoking was good for you. Many years ago, I asked my spiritual Master how to know what was correct. He said to find out who was paying for these studies and you will get the answer. If the motive is for profit, the studies are in the favor of the sponsor. Use your own intellect and know what is correct for your body and mind. If the food is natural, from nature, it is always good for you. For example, protein is found in nature, but we use middle men, the animals, as the source of our protein. Peace is our natural state, but we need to read a study on how meditation benefits us. Stop studying the studies and study your own body. It knows more than all the doctors and scientists. There should be a study on what it is to experience God. All other studies will be forgotten. No one will sponsor it as no company will benefit, only you will. Studies of all the scriptures will not lead you there. Only one thing will—studying how your heart skips a beat every time you think of the Lord. — Satish Daryanani

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How Are You?

When we first meet someone, we ask this question. In reply, some people give a long list of all their health and life’s problems. So I avoid asking them this question. Some reply, “Thank God, all is ok.” Some will say, “It is God’s will, and we have to accept.” Those who believe in karma will say they are going through a karmic cleansing. In truth, how you are is not based on what you are going through. It is only what you feel. You can have a worried face and say you are rejoicing over life. We really should not ask how someone is doing. We can see based on their body movements and the expressions on their faces. Likewise, do not ask someone how is their business. I know those who have complained so much throughout their lives, I am surprised they are still in business. You know you have met a blessed one who answers, “I am on top of the world.” Or “Everything is perfect, multiplied by infinity.” Or “I am just doing monkey business, and the Lord gives me a good paycheck for it.” They feel they have never worked a day in their lives. All they are doing is having fun and getting paid for it. So, first ask yourself how you are doing before you ask others. — Satish Daryanani

I want. I want. What do I want?

Everybody wants something yet when they are put to the test, they really do not want it. The popular wants are to have money, good health, and peace, to know God, to serve others, and to have power and fame. The reason they really do not want it is because they not put in that effort. They do not have the focus, one-pointedness. If their egos get bruised, they will give up and go after another want. Also, they have several wants rather than focusing on just one want. After attaining one want, it is ok to focus on another. There is a catch to wants: Many a time, when you want it, you don’t get it. Then, when you give up and let go of the want, it gets fulfilled. So, what can you do? The simple secret in life is to choose one want that you wish for more than air when you are suffocating. When you have done your best, let go and forget the want. Then, the want is given freedom. The want feels like you are no longer interested. Then the want chases you. Instead of running after your shadow—the want, turn around and walk away. The shadow follows you. It is so simple. Then, even if you get what you want, it will be meaningless, as you do not need or want it any more. — Satish Daryanani

woman walking away from her shadow

Someone to Talk To

When a seeker reads spiritual material and tries to understand it on his own, he get confused. Like the different layers of an onion, spirituality, too, has many layers. So, if you read something from one spiritual Master and listen to a talk by another, there can be confusion. Then you look for someone who can clarify everything. If you have no one to talk to, then the only option is to sit in silence and bring all the points to God. You may get the answers right away. As your understanding increases, the answers will have more depth. Today, let us clear up one confusion: We have to play our parts and get caught up in the world and, yet, we seek divinity and do not wish to take part in this world. Brad Pitt is appearing in a new movie, “Ad Astra,” as an astronaut. While the shooting of the movie takes place, he has to remember the dialogue and forget he is Brad Pitt. When he comes to his hotel and is all alone, he goes back to being himself. So, during the day, play your part and repeat all the things that are written in your script. Then, spend more time alone and enjoy being the real you, the you that is spontaneous, peaceful, happy,  free of makeup. Enjoy both. — Satish Daryanani

Man talking to a statue

The New iPhone

The iPhone 11 Pro has a better battery life, camera, and display screen. We can now take better pictures and see them on a better screen. So, indirectly our vision improves. We will look better to ourselves, as our selfies improve. A pimple on the face will also be well defined. There is a better wide angled lens so the beauty and vastness of nature can be captured. We are still unable to take 3D pictures. That, too, will come one day. Yet no camera can capture the pictures taken by heart. They are beyond 3D. They are permanent and never deleted. The pictures of my spiritual Masters taken with my eyes are all in my heart: Every movement, every smile, and every action is recorded permanently. Neither amnesia nor Alzheimer’s disease can delete them. Even though I have Terabytes of pictures of my Masters’ lives saved in hard drives, I have never had to look at them, as they are with me permanently. All those who fall in love with the Lord, or sages and saints, do not need an iPhone to capture their beauty. As the iPhone models change to only capture the changing aspects of this world, the permanent lens of your eyes and your heart do not need to change to capture the unchangeable One. — Satish Daryanani

iPhone 11 models

Smooth Sailing

A couple, in their 40’s, was very close to my spiritual Master. When the husband suddenly passed away, the wife was upset and blamed the Master and so never met Him again. A lot of people say that those who get physically close to a Master face more challenges. Whatever is in our destiny will happen. Spirituality only teaches us how to deal with situations. Turbulence is part of our lives. What you learn from being around a spiritual soul is to have smooth sailing in your true inner core. It will always be calm and peaceful. Situations can make you angry, upset, fearful, anxious, and sad. No matter what happens during the day, your true inner core remains steady. When you are alone by yourself, you are at peace. The next day, you are back in the battlefield. The world will think you are a hypocrite, getting tossed around by the waves of the world and talking about equanimity. Only you know the truth and enjoy this smooth sailing. No one else needs to know otherwise. — Satish Daryanani

hands provide shelter from a storm

Las Vegas Odds

Before the sports season starts, you can bet on which team will win the championship. The trade of a player from one team to another, or a player’s injury, can change the odds. When you are born, what are odds of becoming a saint, a doctor, a scientist, or any other profession? The surroundings around you influence your outcome. I was born in a businessman’s family and was also surrounded by spiritual Masters from birth. The outcome was that my income comes from business and my thoughts are consumed by my Masters and their teachings. Yet my anger, ego, impatience, selfishness, and lust came from the collective karma of my past. If Las Vegas knew all this information, they could give odds on the outcome of life. It is so simple to know the outcome of everyone’s life. What we are born with along with the influence of our current surroundings helps determine our current status. But there is a very big factor that Vegas cannot predict—grace. Grace can change all the odds and the outcome of your life. With the grace of the Masters, all that I came with and was surrounded with changed my outlook in life. Those who bet in Vegas on me would have lost their money. Getting peace and wisdom is only through grace. Sending these thoughts is from grace. Experiencing God is grace. So the Vegas odds can change not only from injuries and trades, but also from grace.— Satish Daryanani

The Worst in You

There are situations that can bring out the best or the worst in you. It is good if that happens. You get to know your weaknesses and how much you still have to work on yourself. In the meanwhile, try to avoid the situations that can bring out the worst in you until you can rise above them. That which disturbs your peace is not worth entertaining. Can a person who has discovered peace still lose it? Yes, for a very short time. Then, when the awareness of peace returns, you can return to your original, peaceful state. The worst that has come out in you is over and forgotten, like it never happened, yet you know you still have to improve. When the worst in you comes out, it means, at that moment, you were away from God. No money or service is worth it, if you lose your awareness of God. Since peace is God, losing your peace means you become an atheist at that time. You lost control of yourself. There is one positive from all this: It makes you humble and you know you are on an endless journey toward perfection. As you are still in a human form, you will always be on the roller-coaster ride of situations bringing out the best or the worst in you. Start your new day with the prayer, “Lord, please keep me away from things that bring out the worst in me. I am weak, so please help me.” — Satish Daryanani

Illustration of man having a tantrum

Being Alone

You can surround yourself with people all the time and yet be alone. You can have many toys to entertain yourself and still feel empty. Our minds can be occupied, yet there is a void. This is being human. If this did not exist, there would be no need for peace or to lose yourself in God. Those who are successful in their fields of work, or occupations, can still feel empty and can easily use their skills to discover everything within themselves. They already have the focus and discipline for hard work and can, instead of complaining, find solutions. All they have to do is change the track. They, too, are alone after achieving worldly success. Use your abilities and skills to find all that is within you. When your mind is completely filled with the existence of God and seeing God as peace, you will never be lonely. You can be completely alone, but that one companion will fill your heart with love and your mind with wisdom. There will be nothing to seek or look for, no void to fill, and no questions unanswered. You become complete. — Satish Daryanani

Woman alone, embracing divine guidance

Love for One’s Country

When you become a spy, you sacrifice your life, your family, and all that is near and dear to you—country is above everything. Your identity is changed. You have to train to be ready to be tortured and even be ready to die. All this sacrifice is for the ever shifting borders of your country. You sacrifice everything for today’s enemy and, a few years later, the enemy can become an ally. We fall in love with our country and give up so much for a temporary residence. Yet, how many would do all this to attain God, which leads to a permanent residence? All that is required is love for God, over everything else. No physical suffering is required. The only training required is to occupy the mind with God. Nothing else matters. It is not something tangible, so people are not willing to sacrifice. The reward is the same: You are beating the enemy. In this case, the enemy is your mind. Once this is conquered, it too becomes your ally. Instead of protecting your country’s borders, you are removing the border between God and yourself. Those who have so much love and are willing to sacrifice for their country can easily attain God. All they have to do is change their love for country to their love for God. — Satish Daryanani

illustration of a spy

It is Only a Job

In a movie I saw, an employee of an intelligence agency took a great risk and leaked information to protect innocent lives. She went through major obstacles and was told, “It is only a job. You are only doing this for a paycheck, so leave it alone. Don’t get involved.” Her struggle showed the person’s character, to put her own freedom on the line for the sake of what is right. To have a strong backbone is not easy. Others, too, saw the same wrong taking place, yet no one said anything. Most of us feel we have a job to do and, if things do not go our way, we quit and move on. Only the brave go against the flow. We, too, are all here for a job. The location and type of the job might change over the years, but the real job does not. How you do it is up to you. Our real Boss is the same, the managers are different. The real Boss does not need cameras to see our honesty and sincerity. He will even tempt and test us. We have to pass His examination. We feel the Boss does not know we exist in the 8 billion work force, that He has forgotten to give us a bonus or promotion. He is not fair, as some make more money by doing less than others. The Boss is enjoying the show, watching the reactions of each one of us while we do our jobs. — Satish Daryanani

Losers

A big “L” is put on the forehead of losers. Fans even boo their home team when they are losing. There are many options and rewards for winners. Losers have nothing but misery and some even commit suicide. Parents even bribe their children with gifts when they win but give nothing if they lose. We give no credit to the efforts they put in, only focus on the results. Who are the real winners and losers? The real winners are the ones who have won the heart of the Lord, those who have served and received blessings without the recipient knowing who helped them. They live in peace, knowing they are doing their best as an offering to the Lord, while being free from the results of their actions. The world may call them losers, yet they smile knowing they are winning grace from God. Their joy comes from others who think they have beaten them. They encourage losers in life by telling them the lessons they are learning from their loss. The letter “L” on their foreheads is changed from “Losers” to “Love for All.” They have won the gift of realizing the true value of this human birth and the purpose of life—That is to enjoy the fun of losing. —Satish Daryanani

Loser - Man with hand in L position in face

Doing Good Deeds

Those who fight wars go through horrific experiences and have trouble sleeping. When we sleep, our minds are less occupied and our subconscious minds go to things that disturb us. When we sit in silence, we spend time going through whatever we have done or experienced. The memories of our experiences get magnified. Doing good deeds is misunderstood. It is not that St. Peter allows us to enter the gates of heaven. It is so that, when we sit in silence, we can experience heaven in the form of peace. Good deeds do not disturb our minds. It is what we are not supposed to do that pricks our conscience. We will never experience heaven, as we have to live with ourselves, which is hell, based on the deeds of our lives. Doing good deeds is selfish, as it benefits me instantly. I get to enjoy being with myself. All that we do comes back to us when we are by ourselves. So, to escape from themselves people drink, take drugs, and go to therapists. They can never experience peace. Do good deeds not for the benefit of others, nor for the benefit in your next life, nor for your soul to go to heaven, but do them to enjoy heaven on earth in this very moment. — Satish Daryanani

Losing Interest

When I was young, my spiritual Master asked me to give up alcohol, non-vegetarian food, and gambling. I did  so to please Him. Sometimes, we give up things because doctors advise us to for our health. Then, we give up things in a business deal with God. “I will not do this anymore so you can do that for me in return.” One day, an aspirant reaches a stage where he start losing interest in the things that consume his life. He starts giving up things because he does not enjoy them anymore. For example, I used to love watching live basketball, football, and concerts. Now, I no longer get enjoyment from them. Even my interest in traveling has reduced. The worldly things that consumed you do not enslave you. Automatically, the desire to accumulate money is not there, yet, the ability to do good for others motivates you to earn. When it is not for yourself, the highs and lows of profit and loss do not control your life. Even the game of making money does not interest you. So, what is it that keeps you going? It is discovering all that God knows and experiencing all that the great Masters experience, helping others experience what you have experienced, and living a life that would not displease the Lord. Finally, you may get bored and ask God, “Do You still need me around?” God is smart. By making you lose interest in everything and yet not losing complete interest in life, He takes you through different stages. You will always be entertained by the infinite peace and wisdom within you.—Satish Daryanani

Bored ape

Cellphone Tower

When you drive long distances, sometimes the phone signal is poor. Then, you see a cellphone tower where many companies put their equipment and you get 4 bars and LTE services. All your messages are then sent and received and you can catch up with all your mail. In our lives, spiritual Masters are like our cellphone towers. We keep looking for ways to communicate with God. Messages are being sent and received. When we are near a tower, we can communicate clearly. We can catch up on all our past, unanswered questions. You will realize that God has answered all your questions but, due to poor signals, the answers did not reach you. Unnecessarily, you suffered, thinking God was not listening. Try to be around a cellphone tower so you can send and receive messages instantly. Those souls that are permanently connected can boost your antenna. —Satish Daryanani

Cellphone Tower

Men Advise, God Guides

Advice is easy to give. It can be given without experience. It may also be given even if the giver does not believe in it. Some people are experts in giving advice without being aware of if the recipient will benefit from or be get hurt by it. Sometimes, advice is given with selfish motives. God’s guidance, on the other hand, is given only for your benefit. It may not look like it is a benefit now, but it is good for your overall growth. Guidance comes from God’s love for you, from the One who knows everything. If you have a choice between advice and guidance, be firm and stick with guidance. If you only obey guidance, then your mind may go on a permanent vacation. Your ego usually prefers advice rather than completely surrendering to guidance. If you feel God is out of touch and not keeping up with today’s times, you take advice from your peers. So, today: no advice from me. Only know that the Knower of all knows more than all those who you know.—Satish Daryanani

Man emphatically giving advice to a woman

S.O.S.

The musical group, “ABBA,” sang the song, “S.O. S.” Whenever a ship, or a person, is in trouble, we send out an S.O.S.—Save our Souls. The irony is that the message is meant to save our human forms, and, yet, we want someone to save our souls, which are immortal. The only one who can save our souls is God. Yet, no one sends an S.O.S to God—not when our physical lives are in danger. We do that when we are fed up with our existing lives. When we are drowning, we run out of breath and, living our daily lives, we get choked by our routines. Then, the real lifeguard comes into our lives. A handsome, dynamic person with a sweet smile holds our hand and rescues us. Then, our souls are saved permanently. There is no fear of physical death. The soul is filled with peace and joy. We become members of a new Coast Guard team, rescuing souls who send messages to save them. The storms of this life will be our calling to go help the souls who need to be saved. Then, we, too, can write a song, “S.O.S.,” but the words will be inspired by the rejoicing that comes from becoming a saved soul. — Satish Daryanani

The Life of a Butterfly

It is a long process to become a butterfly, and some live for a day or less. All that beauty can be enjoyed for such a short time. Some people catch butterflies and do not let them enjoy their freedom even for a day. All these vivid colors exist for only a short span of time. This is to teach us that all outer beauty is temporary. We become slaves to the outer beauty, knowing that it is temporary. When we find our inner beauty and the inner beauty of others, we find permanent beauty. Even with wrinkles, no teeth, and a hunchback, inner beauty is not lost. That is everlasting divine beauty. This beauty, which comes from giving and receiving love, is far greater than the beauty of butterflies or peacocks dancing. The beauty of nature changes with the time of day or the season. Real beauty is always there, but may not be seen by many. Those few souls who have experienced God cannot describe the most beautiful experience in their lives. Work on discovering that beauty. Learn the lesson from the life of the butterfly’s beauty. — Satish Daryanani

Q. Do we have to be perfect to discover the perfect one?

A. We do not have to be perfect. If we were perfect, then there would be no need to spend time discovering the perfect one. A parent gives a child toys with which to play. The child is consumed by the toys, while the parent yearns for the child’s attention. When the toys need to be repaired or replaced, The child understands that the parent is there to fix the problem. Our toys are perfect health, wealth, name, fame, power, and position, which we enjoy. Some express gratitude, but some fortunate souls who have every toy to play with decide to find the source and leave all the toys behind. Their eyes are both focused on discovering the source, without a glance back at the toys. With grace, you might meet the source. You, then, complain, “Do I still have to go back and play with the toys to do my duties and service?” The perfect one who has accepted this imperfect one answers, “Play with the toys I give you. Just do not think that they are made in China, but are given by God. Use them to enjoy and help others.— Satish Daryanani

Girl playing with toys.

Being God for the Day

In the movie, “Bruce Almighty,” Jim Carrey has an opportunity to experience being God. So, if you are God, you have to experience the complaints from everyone, not just your family and friends, which you were already unable to handle. Everyday, new business deals will come: “God if you do this for me, I will do that for you.” Sometimes, if you grant their wishes, you will see that people do not keep their ends of the bargains. If two teams are playing in the championship, no matter whose wishes you fulfill, the other half will be unhappy with you. “You have given us everything, yet we are not enjoying life.” You will realize everyone is only cheating themselves. Everyone fears you and are not returning the same love you give them. You are an ATM machine for the world. You forgive everyone, yet everyone blames you for everything. All the peace and happiness you give is lost with worries and desires. When your day of being God is over, you will have only have one prayer, “God, thank You, for not letting me be God. Let me only enjoy You but, please, do not let me become You. — Satish Daryanani

Bruce Almighty movie poster

From a Drop of Water to an Ocean

When Jeff Bezos started Amazon, he would go to the post office himself to mail books. Now, he is the richest man in the world. We start by sitting in silence for five minutes a day and can become spiritual masters. Starting small can lead to something big. Most people want success instantly. Your austerities should be simple and small, like the repetition of a holy chant. That takes you to where there are no words. Studying in school, one subject and grade at a time, can make you a great scientist. Evolution takes place slowly. Your own growth does not happen overnight. Just wanting an instant blessing to become a realized soul, a great athlete, or a multi millionaire, is not what you are here for. The truth is that, in every field of life, it is the baby steps that can make you run one day. This society, which has instant coffee, frozen foods, and Instagram, is causing us to want everything instantly. A reply to an email or WhatsApp, we want right now. Even God has to reveal everything to you instantly. From every bit of your life’s experience comes the successful journey of your human form. Starting small does not mean you are not thinking big. Big things happen because you start doing something small. Just talking and thinking big is of no use. God, too, started small, and, now, see His creations. It took so many years to manifest. Enjoy the gradual growth in your life. — Satish Daryanani

Droplet of water

Paying Fees

One of the things that I get upset about is paying cancellation or change fees. We get tempted by good deals on airline tickets, hotels, car rentals, and other prepaid discounts. Yet, things happen and we have to pay fees to make changes or cancel. When traveling with spiritual Masters, many changes are made and so often there are many fees to pay. They see the look on my face when they decide to make changes. My fees recently have dropped, as I am traveling less with my spiritual Masters. In life, plans change, as they may not be God’s plans. We do not wish to overpay for making plans at the last minute nor do we want to pay all the change fees. What can we do? Plan according to your will, but the change fees are due to God’s plan. This is why I try not to get upset by them. Remember, even the loss of fees is God’s plan. He is testing you to see if you accept His wishes. I think, my Masters kept changing their plans on purpose to watch me get upset. They were enjoying themselves at my expense, and the Lord is enjoying playing with my reactions. If only I can overcome this weakness, I think my cancellation or change fees will stop. From today onwards, paying fees will not upset me. So God will not enjoy changing my plans. — Satish Daryanani

money flying away illustration

Tuning an Instrument

Before a performance, musicians tune their instruments to get the correct sounds. Even singers fine-tune to prime their vocal chords. If we are singing devotional songs to the Lord, why do we need to fine-tune anything? To please the audience, this is required. To sing for the Lord, we need to fine-tune the strings in our hearts. You could be the most out-of-tune person for the world, yet you can bring tears in the eyes of the Lord when you sing. With a rhythmic song, you can even make the Lord dance. When we get fine-tuned with true love for the Lord, no preparations are required. Everything flows perfectly. — Satish Daryanani

Young, redhead boy tuning a big electric guitar.

Virtual Reality

After finishing a Star Wars virtual reality game, you experience a high. In VR, everything seems so real: the height of the area with molten lava fires at the bottom and getting shot with Blaster rifles. It feels like you are in a real fight. Everything is different, even your own image is changed. When the game is over, you return to your self. The first person to think of a virtual reality ride is God. He lets us all play in this virtual reality world. We can have a fear of heights, fear of heat and fire, fear of being killed, and we can get excited. When this ride is over, we will revert back to our true selves and laugh at the virtual reality ride of life. All the good and bad guys meet and discuss the battles they had. We will even say, “Let us give a very high rating for this ride so others, too, can enjoy.” I felt the Star Wars game was too short, as I had so much fun. Similarly, this ride of life will feel short, as there is so much fun playing the game of virtual reality. — Satish Daryanani

Man playing in Virtual Reality

A Glimpse of Ecstasy

I used to wonder why God did not bless us with a glimpse of all that is within us so we can be inspired to go within. Then He can take it away when we see how wonderful it is. Today the answer came: Suppose a beggar on the street is given a day to live like a billionaire with private jets, yachts, and all the luxuries a billionaire has. Then take it all away and tell the beggar, “If you work hard all this can come to you.” For the rest of his life, the beggar will be miserable. Even if he gets enough food for the day, nothing will make him happy unless he gets to be a billionaire again. Similarly, if we get a glimpse of the ecstasy within, nothing will make us happy unless we experience it daily. So, spiritual Masters and saints are created to inspire us and to show us what it is to live in this ecstasy permanently. We put in all our efforts but, based on karmic laws, we cannot all enjoy being billionaires. The ecstasy from within is accessible to all of us. No karmic laws limit us. See the faces of those that live in this ecstasy permanently. All I can say is that it is much, much better than what you can imagine it to be. — Satish Daryanani

Luxury car parked in front of a mansion

Journey of God

We start being away from God, then a guide comes into our lives and shows us the way toward God. With grace, we reach a stage where we are on a journey with God. The load in your life will be reduced. The immediate difference is that you are not alone. A new friend is with you always. There will be no need to ask anyone for guidance. All your questions will be answered immediately. No worldly family, or friends, are needed to entertain you. Everyday you will experience something new. You will have no goals or destinations to reach, no speed-breakers or speeding tickets. Just a wonderful, endless journey with your new Buddy. Life becomes so smooth that you will enjoy being alive. Complaints are only in your rear-view mirror. Your ignorance of life is in the past. No one will understand you no matter how hard you try to explain. Only you will be able to see your new friend. People might even think you are crazy. So keep your new friend only in your heart. Inspire others if you can but do not get disappointed if they do not take your path. You will be questioned. Your answers will be spontaneous, as you will be talking about the love of your life. Hopefully others get the gift of completing their journey of life with God. — Satish Daryanani

Path of God, an illustration of a clear path up the mountain

Patience

The patience with which predators hunt their prey is worth watching. For spectators, it can take hours of build-up for the actual hunt. Yet, the success rate of catching a prey is around 20 percent. Going on a safari, it can take hours, or days, just to see the bird or animal you wish to see. Sometimes, your entire life may go by not seeing something you want to see in nature. Start cultivating the patience to see things in nature and this will lead to the patience to see your true nature. We feel so small in the vast lands of a safari. We will feel even smaller in the vastness within. Now, how many have the patience to see what cannot be seen, only experienced? It is this patience that makes one humble about one’s own insignificance. Problems will also feel small when you see the struggles that animals and birds go through just to exist. Now you will see your life with a new perspective. — Satish Daryanani

predatory lion

Cape of Good Hope

Seeing the end of the land and watching two oceans meet, is a wonderful sight. I was trying the see the line between, but there were only rough waters. There are those who go by road and walk to enjoy the view. Being in a helicopter and seeing it from the air gives a whole new perspective. The waves were not that big. The endpoint of the land juts out. Then, you see the infinite ocean all around, as there is no more land. Similarly, we, too, are surrounded by the turbulence of life—waves battering on all sides. Others are enjoying, watching this steadfast point. You, like the land, can remain still and not be affected, seeing the wonderful view, instead of letting the elements around control you. Then you, too, will become a beacon of good hope for the rest of the world. People will come from great distances to enjoy your presence. — Satish Daryanani

Cape of Good Hope
coconut shell being hammered

Drilling

A coconut is hard on the outside but soft inside. A drill is required to pierce the hard shell. Once you reach the soft coconut inside, the drill bit is not required, and it is dropped off. The mind is like a coconut. The drill is the holy name given by the Guru or chosen by you. Repeating the same name again and again makes it a drill bit, which can pierce the hard shell of the ego. There are people who chant different holy names depending on the day of the week. It is like trying to make 7 holes but getting nowhere. Chant the same name, or word, to drill the hole in the same location. The holy name is the grace of the Guru, or the Lord, that can make you enjoy the soft nectar within you. More important is that you have faith in that name Divine so that it will set you free. The holy name is only a tool. It will automatically drop away when it has served its purpose. – Satish Daryanani

coconut shell being hammered
Woman's legs walking along surf with exuberance

What Makes You Alive

When you do things out of passion, zeal, then you are alive. If you do your work with that attitude, you enjoy and have fun. That makes you alive. When you do the same work for a pay check, then it becomes an obligation. The same work gets you tired, frustrated, and stressed. Now you have to find things that make you alive. You will never say, “I want to retire from that.” Even to sit in silence, people have to put in their effort and find time. If silence will make you feel alive, then you will always find time. And it will not be a struggle. It does matter what you do. As long as you feel alive, you are not a burden to society with your constipated face. That itself is a great service to the world. Writing these thoughts makes me alive! − Satish Daryanani

Woman's legs walking along surf with exuberance

Number of Steps

With today’s technology, we can keep track of the number of steps we take each day without having to count them. Yesterday, I walked 30,000 steps and felt good about it. Next time, I want to do 40,000 steps. Am I taking these steps towards God or taking them away from God? There is no technology created for that. If I thanked God with every step I took, I would have a chance to thank Him 30,000 times. I did not. I did thank him for the good weather, admired all aspects of His creation, thanked my legs for not giving up on me. Luckily it was Saturday, and not many phone calls. I was able to keep silent for more than 95 percent of the walk. My mind was wandering, yet the silence made me peaceful. It rejuvenated me. It is hard to keep your mind on God for the entire journey. At the same time, not keeping your mind too occupied, is automatically experiencing the Lord. The less we involve our minds in worldly matters, the more we are connected with the Divine self. So, in this walk of life, I may not think of God 24 hours a day, but by not over-thinking about stupid things is also being connected with God. My last thank you to God is for making it so easy to be with Him without even being with Him. — Satish Daryanani

Walking-steps measurement

Over Thinking

We all tend to over think. If someone offers us something good at a fair price, right away we think, what is the catch? The other person has to convince us that it is good for us. We think so much and hence lose many opportunities in our lives. Now imagine, God is free, wisdom is free, peace is free. So where is the catch?  There really are no books to read, no exams to give, no effort to put, no thinking required. The reason is that all three things are within you. You do not have to attain them. Your mind does not have to play a game of chess all the time, thinking of the next move and the move after that to beat your opponent. The great masters tell us things. We over think and thus do not grasp the meaning. Sometimes it is fortunate to be dumb and not study in order to enjoy the gifts given to us. − Satish Daryanani

Pile of books obscuring an adult reader

Our Real Home

When some people travel they like to take their own coffee, pillow, etc, so that they can feel that they are still at home. Even though we are on the road we want to maintain our comfort zone and our familiarity. We think the address on our driver’s license is our home. We have come for a short period of time and we might change addresses during this time period. So where is our real home? The place where we all belong? This has to be discovered. We are separated from that place. We must miss it. If you are not at home, then you are here either on a work trip or a vacation. The choice is yours. If you are here only for working, then keep on working till your last breath. If you are here on an 80-year vacation, then enjoy this life given to you. Knowing this is temporary, why be attached to your current address? I see people crying when there is a flood, a fire, etc in which their temporary address is destroyed. They say they lost everything. Do we cry if our hotel room is destroyed? Get to experience your true home and be free from your current address. − Satish Daryanani

Teddy bear in luggage

Lucky Charm

We all have our own lucky charms. It could be a hat, a tie, a color, a chair that you sit on while meditating or even a lucky number you bet on in a casino. We find things to bring us good luck and we think it is because of these objects that we are blessed. You may move into a new office and business goes bad. So you blame the new office. We need something to give credit or blame to. Keep the Lord as your good luck charm. You can enjoy giving him the credit or the blame. He will make you realize that everything is good luck for you. Nothing that happens in this world is bad for you. You are learning the lessons of life. One day you can sit with your grandchildren and tell them stories of your life. If everything was smooth and there were no hurdles the child will get bored and leave. We love movies that have villains who challenge the hero, otherwise we want a refund. Enjoy the roller coaster ride of your life. − Satish Daryanani

Sunset roller coaster

In a Split Second

When the truth is revealed to you, it happens in a split second. When we work to get something, we must put in an effort. Any person around us should feel we want it more than air. There is no harm in desiring anything, but the moment you feel it is slipping from your hands, let go. Walk away from it in an instant and never think about it again. Being completely detached from the world makes you no better than a rock. Being attached to the world makes you a slave. Being the master of your mind will let you enjoy life. You can get completely involved in the world and, within a split second, you should be able to go within and enjoy the ecstasy of bliss and peace. Enjoy the creation and be with the creator completely whenever you want . Then you can enjoy both, truth and the illusion of life. Both are here for your pleasure. − Satish Daryanani

A clock with a second hand

Artist

An artist needs a blank canvas, brushes, and paint to create a painting. Even more important than all that is expressing the images that come into the artist’s mind. Those images, transformed into a painting, becomes art. After it is completed, someone might appreciate it and pay even more than a $100 million for it.  I might look at the same piece of art and might not even take it for free. There is no logic as to who loves or hates a piece of art. One artist may become a multimillionaire while another may have a hard time to make ends meet. Our thoughts, expressed through words, songs, paintings, and actions, etc., may or may not be appreciated by the world. When you take the credit or the blame,  you go through emotional highs and lows, depending on how the world will respond you. If you live with the attitude that everything is coming from God–and all you are doing is sharing those gifts with everyone, then you are free from the reactions of the world.

These messages sent to you are the same. Some may be inspired by it and some may not. My part is to keep on doing it as long as these thoughts come. − Satish Daryanani

Artist holding paintbrush on floral painting

Change of Mind

We may get the best gift from God. Yet our mind will play tricks on us. We will still try to find alternatives. Sometimes it takes a friend or a family member to point out the wonderful gift you already have. Then we have an appreciation for that gift. Once we realize this fact, all the worry in your life should, could, disappear. When you see a chain of dominos that fall in order, it looks wonderful. Even if one domino is moved the sequence will be broken. Our life is the same way. Everything that is happening is in perfect sequence. One slight change and the game of life will not be the same. Everyone we meet and will meet is perfect. Every profit or loss is perfect. Every experience is perfect. Above all, the beloved is perfect. So our life is perfect. − Satish Daryanani

Colorful array of gift boxes wrapped with bows

City Life or Country Life?

There are people who only like cities. There are those who only like the countryside. There are some who like both.  In the cities, you see skyscrapers, museums, historical buildings, rivers, lakes, or ocean. In the country you see farms, nature, animals, birds etc. Both are wonderful as they are gifts from God. Now we must create city life and countryside in our mind. Countryside is where you can go within. It is calm and peaceful, with fewer people. We have to go into the silence and gain the wisdom. Only, enjoying this nectar for yourself is of no fun. Once you have gained this wealth, go back to city life. There are people there. Go and share this inner wealth. Watching people is fun. Helping people is fun. City life is for fun. Country life is to maintain your equanimity. − Satish Daryanani

Cityscape surrounded by countryside.

Good Morning

We say good morning, good afternoon, good evening, good night, have a good day, and good luck. All want good and also want others to have good. Nobody wishes bad for themselves or for others. So what is good and what is bad? We have to understand the difference. What is good for me may be bad for you. For example, a jacket is good when it is cold. The same jacket is bad when it is hot. So the right thing at the right time in the right amount with the correct attitude is good. Each and every one of us is different. Those who have a positive attitude and the willingness to learn will understand that every experience that comes to them is for their own good. It is coming from the loving hands of the Lord. Everything then is for my good and will benefit me. Perhaps you feel it will not be good for you now but, in time, you will realize it was good for you. My favorite line is life is –  “All For Good.” Make this the motto of your life and enjoy His perfection.  Satish Daryanani

sunny skies in open window

The Art of a Deal

All of us would love to have good negotiating skills. It helps you in many ways. What is the secret? First and foremost, put yourself in the other person’s shoes before you start negotiations. Secondly, decide upon the highest and lowest number, depending on which side you are on. No matter what happens, do not go beyond that number. This requires willpower and faith. You get tested, and the inner greed can make you change your mind. If it is the will of God, the negotiations go smoothly. When you feel you are breaking your head against the wall, let the deal go. One day in silence you will thank God for saving you from those deals that did not go through. You will even laugh at your own stupidity for thinking of doing the deals. This way you will start getting detached in your negotiations. The other person will see that. They will not be able to take advantage of you. You will have a poker face. Keep in mind: Father knows best. − Satish Daryanani

Handshake illustration

The Common Factor

Whether I travel to Miami, New York, or the wonderful Caribbean islands, there is one thing in common. People complain about money, their health, or their family. As long as I hear these complaints, I feel I am home. I am never homesick because of this common factor. It is as if people have a wound. A scab is formed. They scratch it and the wound opens. This repeats again and again. There are those who try to spread the teachings or let the world know about their teacher without first working on themselves. It is like a sick person teaching the world how to become healthy. You cannot try to save the world if you need a lifeguard yourself. It is only when you are positive minded, enthusiastic, jovial and intoxicated with gratitude are you helping. People will tell you that you are truly blessed. At least this way you are showing that there is God in the world and He still has the ability to bless.  − Satish Daryanani

2 hands pointing in disagreement

Time on our Hands

We all start with 24 hours a day. What we do with this asset is up to us. The success of a person should be determined on how one uses the limited gift. Everyone’s mind can justify how efficient and productive they were during the day. So what is the litmus test to see if you if your day was want wasted?

  • Did someone benefit from you?
  • Did you learn something new?
  • Did you consider today as one of the best days of your life?
  • Did you see the Divine grace working through you?
  • Did you make someone laugh?
  • Did you laugh at yourself?
  • Did you live today with Zero complaints?
  • Did you enjoy your inheritance of peace bliss and wisdom?
  • Did you thank the Lord for all the gifts he gave you today?
  • Did you pray today so you can have another day like today?

If you did, your time was utilized correctly. − Satish Daryanani

Watch face

Being True to Your Nature

More important than truth is being true to your nature. You should not try to change the true nature of others or yourself. Instead, spend time contemplating on your true nature. It is a gift from God that each of us is different from others. Find out about your strengths and weaknesses and use them to your advantage. You will not get carried away by your strengths nor will you put yourself down for your weaknesses. For example, anger, impatience, and greed can be used as strengths. Anger has the power to push you to recover from the losses you have had. Impatience makes you want everything done yesterday instead of tomorrow. Greed will make you want more knowledge and wisdom. Even the gift of gab can make you money and help spread the teachings. Every instrument is perfect in God’s garage to be used the way He wants it. Knowing that will make you see the world in whole different way. – Satish Daryanani

Many tools hanging on a wall

God and Devil

If there is God there has to be a Devil. It is like heads and tail of the same coin. This entire world is made of opposites.

What are the differences between God and Devil?

  • The Devil looks for customers, God looks for your love.
  • The Devil can be won with your mind. God can be won with your heart.
  • The Devil will fulfill our wishes easily. God will only fulfill our wishes if it good for us.
  • The Devil will boost our ego. God crushes our ego.
  • The Devil will make us selfish. God makes us self-less.
  • The Devil gives us powers easily to deal with the world. God gives us strong shoulders to deal with the load of the world.
  • The Devil will give you name and fame easily. With God, the world will think you are crazy and need a psychiatrist.
  • To spread the teachings of the Devil is easy, as it can be expressed with words. To spread the teachings of God is harder, as it has to be expressed with your actions.

The Devil and God both are within all of us. It’s your choice. Both are powerful and attractive. The Devil is like a politician and seeks your vote. God has no competition and is only one so he does not run after you. But If you leave the world and walk away,  like a shadow He will come after you.  − Satish Daryanani

Flames of hell and the clouds of heaven

Fire Alarms

One of the most annoying sounds is that of a fire alarm, especially if there is no fire. You feel like cutting the wire and do not even care if a fire really takes place. We all have that problem in life. Our bodies have built-in alarms—aches and pains. When the alarm of anxiety, or depression, goes off, we do not analyze the system. We cut the wire with pain killers without ever fixing the cause of the alarm. Even when our heads hurt, we take tablets without working on the cause of the headache. The fire within is continuously burning with so many alarms blaring that we never put out the fire completely. Then it is too late and we end up with heart attacks or nervous breakdowns. Some even commit suicide. If a tummy ache is the fire alarm, we should go on a light, liquid diet. Think of the fire alarm as your best friend, to warn you that you have to work on your inner fire. — Satish Daryanani

Fire alarm

Presentation

When a presenter has full knowledge, confidence, and enthusiasm, the presentation becomes effective. You can inspire others and get their juices flowing. The same material, if not presented correctly, gets the audience confused and can make an extra-ordinary concept just ordinary. Similarly, when a person introduces a Master, he or she should let the audience feel how fortunate they are to be in the presence of a great soul. Even to spread the teachings, the person on stage must have such a commanding presence that the audience should know if the speaker is speaking from experience or just repeating what they heard or read. Presentation can transform copper into gold, or gold into copper. A good presenter can even make the Devil look better than God, can make an atheist believe in the presence of God. Today is my spiritual Master’s birthday. His life’s work can be represented by the way His disciples live. If the fruits are ripe and tasty, the world will want to know the source of the tree. A seeker’s life represents the greatness of the Master. — Satish Daryanani

Dada J.P. Vaswani

Who is a Saint

We expect a saint to wear a uniform, speak spiritual stuff, behave saintly, and be better than the rest of us, according to our minds. Many people know that and fool the world by showing they are saintly, according to the perceptions of the world. Even the real saints have to maintain their saintly images and cannot go to malls, restaurants, or movie theaters—as these acts are not saintly. When the saints are around open-minded people, they can be themselves. They are only human like us. They, too, can enjoy worldly things. The only differences are the following that make a person a saint: They do not think they are saints. They are connected with the Lord and see the Lord in everyone. They speak from the wisdom within, not by memorizing the scriptures like parrots. They experience and radiate peace. They are in the world but not off the world. They only share what they have for the benefit of others and do not keep things for themselves. Lastly, they do not care if others see them as saints or egoists, money-minded, and self-centered people. — Satish Daryanani

Saint charicature

Blood Test

Blood tests tell us if our bodies are healthy or not and what we need to work on. If the numbers are higher, or lower, than the normal standards, then, with diet, exercise, or medicine, we can make adjustments and bring the numbers within the normal range. Medicine should be the last option. The blood test only tells how the heart is pumping blood, but not the condition of the inner heart. Like makeup covers the flaws on a face, fake smiles cover the flaws in our hearts. That is why spiritual Masters are needed, they give us the real report about our inner hearts. Their job is to convert granite rock into a compassionate heart. Similarly, they work on wandering minds by making them focus on their love of the Masters. The teachings are medicine. Silence is the diet, and service is your exercise. Slowly, your levels normalize. The Master knows the correct prescription for the inner you, like the doctor knows the needs of the physical you. When both aspects of your life are balanced, you have a healthy body, mind, and inner and outer heart. — Satish Daryanani

blood test

Not Understanding Desires

Being desireless does not mean having no desires. You can have all your desires but be not attached to them. For example, my desire is to make the whole world vegetarian. I, also, want to spread the teachings of my spiritual Masters. Yet, even if nobody becomes vegetarian or benefits from the teachings, it does not affect me. You can have desires and work toward fulfilling them, yet, be free from the results. Even the desire to see and meet God should be left in the hands of God. You must even be free from the desire to be desireless. The desire to be like my Masters is impossible, yet, I can try, knowing that I am getting nowhere. The desire to not displease God is also unattainable. Knowing that your desires are infinite and most may not manifest, you are not disappointed. This is the way you live a desireless life. Wanting, yet free from the want. — Satish Daryanani

Oil lamp illustration

Opposite Reaction

I was on my way to the city where my spiritual Master left His body last year. Normally, there is an excitement about getting to meet the Master. This time, I thought there will be some sorrow on the journey. Instead, an opposite reaction occured—the greatest joy, peace, and happiness. The reason is that, when the Master is in the body, there are many people around Him. You get limited time. You have to even wait in order to meet him. Sometimes, you have to control your conversation, as others are around. On my journey, the Master is with me exclusively, no sharing, no requests to meet Him. I have Him all to myself, one on one. I even feel guilty thinking that it is better to not have Him in the physical. I am enjoying it even more. The relationship from within is greater than the external relationships we create. Even those who want Jesus to come back will not have as much fun. All the rich and famous people will monopolize Him. You will only be able to see Him on television. You can enjoy the relationship you build with Him right now. All for you. Even if you see God in heaven, it will not be as much fun as experiencing God now, while you are in this human form. It is a great feeling. It can be more real than using all your outer senses. This opposite reaction from sorrow to true joy has made this journey worth taking. Build this inner relationship with the Lord, and no other relationship will matter. — Satish Daryanani

joyous woman in blue orbs

Finding Common Ground

When we meet new people at a gathering, we try to find common ground on topics we discuss. Even for the Brexit deal to be successful, there has to be common ground. When talking on spirituality, you must know when and where to discuss it. The capacity to understand and digest must be there. Otherwise, you are forcing your issues on others. When you spend time in silence with the Lord or talking with spiritual Masters, it is the same thing. The conversation is based on your capacity to understand and that it does not have to become argumentative. The more open you are, the more the knowledge is passed to you. The common ground is your deep yearning to learn. How much you want to gain is how much will somehow come to you. The correct person will be connected to quench your inner thirst. If you only want the common ground to be about money, sports, movies, or jokes, then that is all you will get. God and the Masters are smart. They know what interests you. They do not want to lose a friend. So, it is all up to you. Choose the topic that brings the best out of God and Masters. Let them pause and think before answering your questions. Let them earn the status of being God or a Master. Make them speechless in your discussion. That is the fun of life. — Satish Daryanani

a circle of open hands showing common ground

Sleepless Night

A sleepless night could be the gift of your life. It depends on what you experience. You could write books about all the wonderful thoughts that come while sleepless. If you enjoyed the gift, you will wish you could never sleep again. We sometimes do not spend enough time in silence, so God knows when to catch us. We cannot run away from Him. He has a captive audience. Then it depends on His mood. He can bestow so much that it will be more than enough for your lifetime. There will even be battles within you in the mornings. “Do I want to get up at all or just stay in this state?” I see many people leave worldly stuff and spend the rest of their lives in seclusion. But the real lesson in life is to enjoy the excitement from outside with others enjoying your existence, at the same, time shaking your head as to what can come from a sleepless night. When you do both, this limited lifespan seems to go by fast. You will not know if you should keep your eyes open or closed during the day, as both the aspects of your life are so interesting. Open for a few minutes and close for a few and enjoy the dance between the two opposite poles of your life. — Satish Daryanani

Post Office

Most post offices are losing money, as more and more people use e-mail and pay bills online. Children used to mail letters to Santa Claus. Now, fewer children believe and require gifts from Santa Claus, as Santa has been replaced by Amazon. We get gifts so fast that no one has the patience to wait for Christmas. We had time to write letters, but now we only have time to post our likes and dislikes. Even the mailman has reduced delivering mail, and God receives fewer deliveries of our prayers. Who has time to send the mail and wait for the response from God? If our prayers are not answered within a few minutes, we lose faith in prayers. In the old days, I would send letters from India to my father in the USA. The reply would take 2 weeks to arrive. We would be excited, waiting for the mailman to deliver our school results, letters from our loved ones, or a check. Who would do that today? Now it is all out-dated. No more catalogues or magazines to subscribe to, and not many thank you notes. — Satish Daryanani

Postal carrier on a bicycle, holding mail

Food and Travel

There is a magazine called “Food and Travel.” When we travel, food becomes a big part of it. We want to taste different food and enjoy the local delicacies. Yet, people want to go to the same McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. When we travel, we must forget the things that confine us. We must get new experiences, otherwise we are just taking our home with us. Do not compare what you have on your trip. If the vacation is not as good as where you live, at least you will learn to appreciate what you have. I know of a person who loves his wife’s home cooking so much that, wherever he travels, he is unhappy. His wife should pack her cooked food when they travel. Traveling is an adventure, to discover new tastes for all your senses. We are all travelers coming in this human form for an 80-year vacation. Make the most out of the new things you learn. I think travel and food are part of our lives. Trying to be a skeleton by being on a permanent diet does not make travel fun. Eat and taste in moderation but do not miss out on the variety of life. When I travel, my appreciation for God increases, seeing the details of all the variety in this world. How much free time He must have on His have on His hands to come up with all that we enjoy. — Satish Daryanani

exotic cooking

Words

Words present the hardest thing a person goes through everyday. Correct words can get you success, name, and fame. You can heal with words and help inspire people. You can even spread the teachings with words. You can win the heart of a beautiful girl with words. My daily struggle is to put into words the experiences from within. Words can cause peace or war, marriages or divorces, friendships or enemies. Putting correct words together can create a beautiful poem or speech. Words can discriminate between people or create fear in them. Thank you, God, for the greatest gift of all. We can win Your heart without words. Our longing for You is only in pain, which can never be expressed. No talent is required to put our feelings for You in words. Best of all, You do not have to suffer to put into words all the wisdom You give us. It comes only in the form of experiences within us. Our relationship with God is free from spelling and grammatical mistakes. I would be given an F grade because of that. True love requires no words. Only a salesperson uses words to try and sell; even to sell that love to someone. — Satish Daryanani

Couple expressing words of love

Heat Wave

This summer, many cities have had some of the hottest days in history. For a person who loves walking, it becomes hard. Once, I was with my spiritual Master. It was very hot and we had no air-conditioning, so I complained. My Master said, “Spiritual evolution is being able to control the body temperature. As long as you are aware of the cooling light from inner peace, nothing can affect the body from outside.” Our minds create their own temperatures. The heat of a restless mind is far greater than the heat of a desert. Heat created from anger, stress, anxiety, fear, and ego is hotter than a volcano erupting. Equanimity and serenity cool us. So, hot days are meant to check if the inner air-conditioner is working. If it fails, it needs servicing. That means more time to spend on inner cooling. We have to set our own temperatures, 23 degrees Celsius or 72 degrees Fahrenheit, permanently within us. Then the hot, or cold, days will not stop us from walking our 20,000 steps daily. — Satish Daryanani

4 hot hiker rest on picnic table

Harnessing Grace

In Mexico City there is a shortage of water, as the lakes have dried up. In the outskirts of the city, people can spend about 20% of their income and buy water from trucks. There is enough rainfall, yet they do not know how to harness the water. Most is wasted. Similarly, so much grace is wasted. The irony is: We need grace to harness all the grace out there. Seeing grace in the small stuff, slowly brings the awareness of grace. For example, a good night’s sleep, no body pains for the day; nice weather, no delayed flight; tasty food, and the natural wonders of nature. Then, the awareness of grace grows in peace, wisdom, and experiencing God. Let grace not go in the gutters, unused. Otherwise, you have to pay for grace, like the water trucks in Mexico City. — Satish Daryanani

Circle of Life

In the Disney movie, “The Lion King,” the circle of life is mentioned. We are all connected in this circle. Those who want to live a selfish life do not believe in this connection. As your understanding grows, you will see that the connection is neither circular nor linear. It is nothing but perfect harmony. Everyone is perfectly designed in the Master plan. All of creation is doing its part for the big show. Even if you are selfishly living in separation, for your own happiness, you cannot change the movie of life. If you miss out on this universal connection, you miss the peace from seeing yourself as a part of everything. You, too, can sing the song from the movie, about having no worries from the mistakes of the past or fears of the future, and enjoy the beauty of the world around you. — Satish Daryanani

Lion cub

Aging

The mobile app, FaceApp, shows us how we might look when we get old. Those who are happy with their current looks, would like to look the same permanently. Many are already planning the parts to have fixed by plastic surgeons. If I uplift my face, will it will also uplift my soul? I look at my future picture and, with the wrinkles, my face looks more peaceful. Actually, wrinkles make you look wiser and contented. This will bring empathy from others, so no one gets upset at you. No one will want to fight and beat you up. It has advantages, people let you go first, doors will be opened for you. If you are carrying a lot of stuff, others will help you to lighten your load. I will look older and get senior citizen discounts without having to show my ID. They will not ask for my name at Starbucks, they’ll just put in “old man.” When I say something deep, they can say because I am an old soul. Wisdom with wrinkles has more effect, as it is backed with experience. I am actually looking forward to wrinkles, as it shows how time has passed and I am getting closer to being with my beloved.— Satish Daryanani

A Boxer

When the parents of a boxer are watching their child fight in the ring, they can send love, prayers, and blessings. They are watching their child get beaten up, yet they cannot do anything. They feel more pain in their hearts than the physical pain felt by the child. They are helpless, as the child chose to be a boxer. If a child takes a lot of alcohol, drugs, smokes a lot, or gambles and loses all their money, the parents feel the pain. Similarly, God, our real parent, feels all the pain from our actions. We make the choices in our lives, as freedom is given to His children. Yet, we blame God for all our hurdles. If we did not study hard and our careers are not going our way, we blame God. We do not eat, think correctly, or exercise and, when health problems come, we blame God. We spend too much and do not have savings, and we blame God. Poor God already suffers from our stupid actions and still gets blame from the results of all that we do. That is double pain to God. Just keep in mind that all the suffering you go through, God is suffering more than you. So use your choice of freedom well, so your parent suffers less. — Satish Daryanani

Two boxers, bloody nose

My Next Life

Some people give up easily and love using this phrase, “In my next life.” I was talking to someone about silence, and he said that he would practice silence in his next life. If someone is not a great athlete, he will say he wants to become one in his next life. Some women tell me that, in their next lives, they want to come back as men. Leaving things for the next life is like passing a hot potato to your future self. The problem is that you are still the same. Your today is carried forward to the next morning. You are carried into the next life with your strengths and weaknesses. What you cannot attain today with a healthy body, good guidance, and basic necessities provided, will most likely not be attained in your next life. If you were born in Africa, sick and with no food nor water, it would be even more challenging. Now, you have everything. Do not waste it. You may not have me to push you in your next life. The only thing you can pray is, ”If the Lord wishes to send this instrument again, please let me be of service. All my selfish desires should be extinguished in this birth so there is no person again. Lord, this slave is always ready to obey your wish. Heaven, hell, or rebirth, they are all the same to me.” — Satish Daryanani

Now vs later sign

The Day of the Masters

Today we celebrate and give gratitude to all those who have influenced our lives. Not just for the spiritual teachers, but for anything taught to us. One of my Masters is movies. They show lots of lessons I have to learn. Even with having many Masters and many teachings, there are still so many imperfections within me. There is no guarantee that, being around a magnet, one gets magnetized. The Masters can only guide and inspire us. Clinging to and possessing them will get us nowhere. One drop of water at a time, falling continuously at one spot can even break a granite rock. Our hard heads can break with the continuous drops of grace. This grace is the holy name given by the Masters. Continuous repetition, with complete love, melts us. Our gratitude comes from experiencing all that they want us to. Looking back, we feel how fortunate we are to have met them. I miss my Masters who are not with me in their physical forms. To the Masters who still have to put up with me, God bless You with the patience and the perseverance not to give up on me. — Satish Daryanani

Respect and Reverence

My spiritual Master used to tell me, “You do not have respect and reverence like we had toward our Masters.” Today, many parents complain that this generation does not have respect and reverence toward parents as soon they had toward their own parents. In the old days, wives did not even call their husbands by their names. What has changed? The notion of freedom and equality. We do not take life as seriously today. There is also financial freedom today. So, have we also changed our respect and reverence for God? In a way, yes. We do not follow the rules and regulations of structured religions. Many have lost faith in God’s existence. Yet, God is easy and loving. He does not require respect and reverence to give love and grace. You can think, talk, and obey at your convenience. You benefit by faith and letting go. No formal training or studies of scriptures are required to pray. Choose any chant you want to develop your focus. You can have an image, or no image, for the Lord. Speak in any language. You can even experience God with tremendous hatred. If God is not tough, why is it tough for the world to receive respect and reverence? The answer is simple. We give respect and reverence to our elders to get their blessings, love, and experience. It is to show gratitude for all they do for us. This discipline will help us grow. Giving respect and reverence makes us humble and helps us learn from the experience of others. Thank God for being cool, otherwise I would not have a relationship with Him. Yet, I wish I could show more respect and reverence in my life. — Satish Daryanani

Our Lives

I saw a movie based on a teacher’s life. Having everything, he gave it all up for the education of the poor. He even lost the girl he wanted to marry. His success came from the success of his students. The hurdles he faced made the journey more challenging. So, did he do it for God? No. He did not do it for God, or even good Karma. He just did them. When you do things just for the sake of doing them, it happens from a compassionate heart. There is no logic in your actions. Everyone around you discourages you. Many times you feel like giving up. The choices you make in your life show your character, e.g. doing just for the sake of doing, wanting nothing in return. Our lives are the sum of our thoughts, words, and actions. Sometimes a movie can be made about it. Even if no movie is made, you will think of the movie of your own life. You alone will know if it was worth living. Make your life in such manner that, when others think of you, tears of gratitude pour from their eyes. You had such an influence on the lives of strangers. Then you will leave this body knowing that you truly lived. — Satish Daryanani

Super 30 star

Debate

We all have different points of view, so we . Truth is one, debates about it are many. Ignorance can be debated but wisdom cannot be described. Those fortunate few thousands who have realized the truth do not debate it. When two realized souls meet, they just gaze at each other. No words are needed, just the look of enlightenment. There are many ways to please the Lord, to show devotion, to let others know your faith. There are so many rituals, dos and don’ts, rules passed down through generations: seeing God as One who gets special treatment; seeing that He is very hard to please; debating that there is only one method, one path to win His grace. All debates stop when the truth is realized—that there is nothing but God. There is only the One in everyone and everything. Discuss what? Please whom? Fear which one? Break what rules? Long for which form? Follow which scripture? Pray for which incomplete desire? Above all, seek which journey after death? All these notions are erased, and we can laugh at our self-imposed rules and regulations. We debate with others trying to explain the existence and experience of God. All thinking, talking, and debating come to a full stop once the truth is revealed. If you do debate, do it for entertainment. Play with the ignorance of others. You are so bored, as there is nothing else to do. — Satish Daryanani

Time Keeps on Ticking

You can stop many things but not time. On the other hand, when you go into the depths within, there is no time nor space. Time is an illusion like everything else. We still need it to deal in worldly matters. There are those who worship time and others think time is their servant. Time is based on their convenience. This friend, time, reminds us of the lease of this human form. Time heals and, based on our attitudes, shows us that the best, or worst, has still to come. Time is the litmus test in my spiritual growth. Time is like the waves on the beach, never the same. Time stands still when we truly enjoy something. It happens when I gaze into my Master’s eyes. Time shows that a whole year has passed since my beloved Master has left His body. Today, on this anniversary, I thank the Lord for the wonderful time I have spent with my Master. The value of the time He spent on us is based on how ripe the fruit has become. Time is appreciated when our lives are full of gratitude about how wonderful time has been for us. Now it is time to end the thought with knowing that time, too, has been one of my Masters. It keeps ticking without seeking any credit, or blame, for all the experiences it gives us. — Satish Daryanani

Clock with second hand

Understanding

We think we need a good mind to understand things. It really all starts from the heart. The seeker wants to understand because there comes a yearning from the heart. He looks for a guide to turn the yearning to knowledge. The guide helps the seeker look within and convert the knowledge to experience. Once experience take place it turns to wisdom. This wisdom leads you to become a guide yourself and help others become seekers. This is the cycle of spirituality. As you grow, so will your understanding. Being in the human form there will still be some limitations toward perfect understanding. You can come close. In the end, after all the understanding, you will end up back in the beginning. “Lord, You know what is best. Why am I wasting my precious time and energy trying to understand Your play? Let me go back to being a child and enjoy life. I do not wish to understand Your perfection.” I wasted all these years trying to understand what I already knew. You start from the kindergarten of understanding and get your PhD realizing that everything was perfect when you were a child playing in kindergarten. The more you know, the less you need to know. In spirituality, intelligence means you know nothing. Realizing this is true wisdom. This empty head lets you discover peace. Enjoying this peace is understanding the purpose of life. — Satish Daryanani

understanding - light pouring into concentric circles

Momentum

When we are in a rhythm, everything just flows. In business, sports, music, and many other fields, once momentum is built, it feels like nothing can stop the flow. Sometimes, the momentum of thought is so wonderful and instant you cannot type fast enough. These moments come fleetingly, and we must maximize them. A poet may be struggling to write one poem but, in the momentum, a whole book can be finished. When the momentum of divinity takes place, what can normally take years to experience can happen in a few hours or even in an instant. The momentum of ideas can change all the plans of your life. The momentum of creativity can transform the world. The entire creation can unfold to you at this moment. Truly, when it rains it pours. Even God’s grace can have momentum. You could spend your life walking for days in a desert thirsty and parched, and then, suddenly, you are brought under a waterfall, overwhelmed by water. So do not give up. Any dry spell is temporary. When the momentum of fortune comes do not be egotistic, remember the struggles when the momentum was not with you. — Satish Daryanani

President Obama enjoyig a waterfall

Our Greatest Quality

There are many answers to the question, “What is our greatest quality?” However, the root of all the answers is our ability to love. If we are not capable of love, then we have no quality at all. This greatest quality is within us, as we have been created by the One who is the ocean of love. That DNA is within us. Even the cruelest people have this quality. They are able to love themselves. They even have the love to hurt others. Hitler loved the Aryan race over others. Trump loves money, power, name, and fame. Love is consistent. Where, when, and to who is different among people. It is only with love that you can spirituality evolve. Only with love can you serve. This quality may be predominant or dormant in people. That is the only difference between a saint and an evil person.  So how did we have so many wars, if we all have love in us? It is because of selfish love: love for race, religion, nation, and belief. This limited love is the cause of all pain. It is not universal love. Love can justify everything. This quality of love is the cause of all the good as well as all the destruction in the world. Love can bring you closer to God or the Devil. Using love with wisdom helps one to grow. Love with ignorance creates anger and hatred. Use this greatest quality well. — Satish Daryanani

a heart out of clouds

World Cup Champions

Even though the women’s team won the Championship, they got paid less than the men’s team. The reason being that more people watch men play football. It is not fair, yet it is true. Financial equality is not easy. We are all created by the same source, yet our pay is not the same for the same job. More women can cook, and yet, more Master Chefs are men. The world is not meant to be fair and equal. In the depths of spirituality, nothing can hold you back. Neither gender, nor race, nor financial status, nor religion. Do not get mad, get even. Use the pain of inequality in life to reach the state where others cannot. Dig with this pain and find the equanimity. If you do get it, do not use it to show others your superiority. Instead, help others who feel they are not treated fairly. Those women know they may not get equal pay, but they have four world championships under their belts. No pay can replace that joy. Do your best for equality in the world and keep in mind: We are equal in the eyes of God. — Satish Daryanani

Women's World Cup Champions 2019

Old Age

As their bodies gets old, most people will have some form of physical challenge. The age of a person is seen when they meet a stranger and talk about all their health problems. They wear their problems like an Army General, stars on their shoulders, for all the battles they have fought in life. On the other hand, if the old person is healthy, he will keep on mentioning his age to show how fit he is. “At my age, I can still do this and that.” So age becomes our identity. I would love to ask them, “After so many years, can you sit in silence and experience nothingness? How many lives have you transformed? Have you seen God?” All these years are for this. Being proud or complaining about your age is of no use. How you have utilized your years gives value to your age. If you live to be 80, the stories of you life should be shared. As bees around honey, younger people will want to be around you. They will want you to become a mentor to them. Inspire them. They wish they could have a life like yours. Then you will have earned the stars on your shoulder. — Satish Daryanani

General George S Patton wearing his 4-star service cap.

The Way We Were

Would the music group, The Beatles, be as popular as they were if they came out with their music today? Would Magic Johnson and Larry Bird be the great basketball players among today’s talents? Would people have the patience and perseverance to experience austerities like Buddha did? The way people were is not the same today. Parents left their kids to do things once they were no longer teenagers. Now, parents still treat their adult children as kids even if they are in their 20s. We are in an Instagram age. Everything now. My spiritual Masters do not make it easy to spread the teachings as they mention grace is all that is needed. So people do not want to do anything. They are waiting for Insta-Grace to transform them completely. I’m not saying the way we were is perfect and today it is not. It is just different. There are things we can use from the past. Falling and learning rather than being spoon fed, actually communicating face-to-face, not via Facebook or WhatsApp, enjoying the journey in life rather than reaching the destination. One day, even the physical Masters will be replaced by virtual ones. Technology can help, but let us not lose the human beings. Speed is good. Let us enjoy the gradual growth of spirituality within us. Spread the teachings, the slow simmering growth that comes from the contemplation of the teachings. — Satish Daryanani

Taste Buds

We are fortunate that we can enjoy a variety of foods. There are many flavors and our of taste buds, a gift, makes it possible to enjoy life. If I had no taste buds, I would be a very slim person. Life is the same. To enjoy it, we need flavors. People think that by evolving spiritually and having permanent equanimity they will be free from the changes of the world. If you are not able to enjoy the variety pack of life, it will be like eating food without tasting it. The only difference is you do not want to taste only the sweet stuff. All that comes is for enjoying. No comparisons or longings for a particular flavor. This change stops all your complaints. Only peace and wisdom all the time is like having only spicy, or sweet, foods. All that comes is good. Even the flavors of silence. No matter how good something is in life, eventually, we will get fed up of it. Now, if you only have sunny days, profits, good health, success, and compliments, you will limit your taste buds. Even the taste of bitter foods has its own joy. If you want only perfection in your life try eating only steamed rice for one week. You will long for the dish you hate the most. Spirituality is not for conquering your taste buds. It is to not make you a slave of the few that you enjoy. — Satish Daryanani

Illustration mapping tastebuds on a tongue

Independence Day

One of the few countries that do not celebrate Independence Day is Great Britain. They were ruled by no one and, instead, ruled a lot of countries. The Independence Days of many nations occur thanks to British rule. Basically, someone rules us. We get our independence from them and we celebrate it. Most children want independence from their parents when they grow up. We want to be free from anyone who controls us. When will we celebrate the real Independence Day? When we are free from ourselves. We are the worst rulers of all. We take away from ourselves all of our own rights and we enslave ourselves with everything. Instead, celebrate your independence from everyone and everything. No one can bind you when you are not a slave of social approval, success, name, fame, or even spiritual growth. Be free, like the people felt when they got their nation free. They celebrated the freedom to run their own lives. You will feel the same when your dominant mind does not control you. That day will be your personal Independence Day, which you will celebrate annually — no fireworks, no holiday, no barbecue—only a naughty smile on your face. — Satish Daryanani

Girl with naughty smile

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

I was listening to this U2 song yesterday and wondered, “How many have truly found in life what they are looking for? If they did, are they completely satisfied?” Others don’t even know what they are looking for. The reason is: All that you are looking for you already have. This song was not needed. Instead, there should be a song, “Thank you, God, for letting me find everything I already need.” Have no searching, just discovering. If it comes from outside, it will always go away. What is within you from birth is permanent. We just do not realize it. Some might say, “All I was searching for was a Master and I found one.” That is half of the journey. The Master helps you find the Master within you. It’s back to you, a whole circle, to realize this truth. Search, get tired, and, when you give up, you find all that you are looking for. So do not waste time. Enjoy all that you already have. — Satish Daryanani

compass in man's hand in snowy woods

Copyright

We can get sued for copying pictures, ideas, designs, or concepts of others without permission. Sometimes things are similar and, without knowing some aspects, it may look like you are copying someone else. This issue occurs in every field of life. Except, in the history of humanity, you have never heard of a lawsuit filed in spirituality. Everything spiritual that comes is free and should be given freely. It belongs to no one nor is any effort put into it. All that is required is letting go and letting wisdom pour in. Many times, it will appear as if you are copying. The source is the same, just a slight difference in words. If the teachings of my spiritual Masters were copyrighted, I would be in court most of my life. The joy of the Masters is that someone is spreading the teachings. Everywhere I go, one thing is the same—people want to be enlightened and become realized souls. They do not get it just because they want it. If from the bottom of your heart you only want to spread the teachings and nothing else, everything comes to you. You get access to the same library of information with no profit and nothing to gain. When you are ready, it happens. — Satish Daryanani

library

On Removing a Tooth

Extracting a tooth is not easy. You can talk to the tooth and thank it for its service. Now it is time to let go and move on. Yet, the tooth holds on, not knowing it has served its purpose. I know of many disciples who get devastated when they are not needed by their spiritual Masters. This ability to move on in life is not easy for most people. We get attached like the tooth, thinking we are still needed. Even in sports, great athletes, like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, were traded to other teams towards the end of their careers. We are needed and used for specific purposes and times. Our bosses can use us and throw us like used chewing gum. We must not get hurt and still cling on like a tooth. Detach and leave without causing pain. Even if your loved one is suffering in a hospital,it is ok to tell them to move on and everything will be ok. Being here to serve and move on is our purpose in life. God needs us, uses us, and gets rid of us. This is a fact of life. So, enjoy life as a tooth. Be used and be detached to be free from the loving hands of the dentist. — Satish Daryanani

Being Better Than Others

When I was young, I was very competitive. In every aspect of my life, I wanted to be better than others. As I grew older, my body started to not co-operate with me. I slowly gave up being competitive. Yet I was competitive in my mind. I wanted to win the game of mental tug-of-war even with my spiritual Masters. I liked to outsmart them. One day, a change took place within me. “What am I doing all this for—proving someone wrong, outsmarting them, and proving I have more talents than they have? To satisfy my ego?” This was getting me nowhere. Instead, I started to see all the things that others have and I wish I had. I appreciate someone’s patience, which I wish I had. Those who can cook, be organized, sleep few hours, have neat handwriting, never lose their temper, be satisfied, having a loving and caring heart—seeing others able to do things that were my weaknesses became my goal. I cannot even compete with any of these qualities. Now, instead of feeling that I am better than others, I feel I have so much to learn. What do I have ego for when I am behind on everything? Now when someone says they are better than me at basketball, tennis, selling abilities, physical strength, stamina, or whatever subject they choose, it does not bother me. I am just an old, retired, and retarded person who has nothing to prove.  My only competition is to increase the number of steps in my movement tracked daily on my iPhone. — Satish Daryanani

What is God’s Caste?

There are many castes and sub-divisions within each caste. I wonder if anyone knows them all. From which caste does God come? Is He the only one from His caste or are there a few privileged people who belong with Him? In truth, we have created all the differences so that a few people get the majority to do all the jobs they do not want to do. Adam and Eve belonged to no religion, race, creed, or caste. People have created this caste system to take advantage of each other. Constitutions may contain words about equality, but our hearts and minds see differences. These differences are passed down through generations. When we slowly broaden the horizon of our narrow-mindedness, the light in our heart glows. By Limiting people because of where and to whom they were born, limits growth. Everything comes from one source and goes back to the same source. Those who think they are superior are missing the enjoyment of life. They have to maintain these high standards. Seeing everyone with the same love makes you a compassionate person. I want to start a new caste — the caste of love. — Satish Daryanani

When It Rains It Pours

Sometimes, no matter what you do, nothing seems to go your way. People go to priests and have them recite prayers. They even wear gem stones to change their luck. I was once told I would have to go through a seven year “grata,” during which, no matter what I do, I would not be successful. It did come true. I guess stars really determine your fortunes. Then, when things go your way, everything pours upon you. This feast or famine theory does occur. I have only seen deserts and rain forests, nothing in between. Yet, in spirituality, I have been fortunate to receive the pouring of grace. No famine, not even for a day. Fortune tellers and priests can only help with worldly fortunes. My spiritual Masters and the Lord have given me an abundance of spiritual fortune. So, the seven years of bad luck did not seem long. There is no need to wear those lucky stones nor to perform special prayers. What will come will come. That is due to me. There are no highs and lows of the inner wealth. Whatever you have will always be with you. It can expand but never reduce. — Satish Daryanani

Conference Call

When two or more people want to talk, they have a conference call. Today, we also have group chats. Those who have strong minds can also use telepathy. Imagine God’s mind: He listens and talks to all of us at the same time. What technology, or massive telepathic power, He must be using. Those who have big families with many kids and grandkids do not have time for silence. They are always around noise. The more we talk, the more we long for quiet. Poor God, when does He get His quiet time? I wish I could set up one conference call so I could finish all my work with everyone at the same time. I would communicate more with my thoughts and less with my voice. Thank God, so many things can be done online so we have to talk less to operators. God, too, should have a fixed time in which to listen and answer all your complaints at once. Then, for the rest of the day, let Him also enjoy the nectar of silence that He has created for us. One conference call for the whole world. We, too, can laugh, listening to all the silly complaints made by everyone. That will stop us from complaining.—Satish Daryanani

Man on two phones at the same time.

Arm Wrestling

When I was young, I used to arm wrestle. I was good at it and won most of the time. Yesterday, someone asked me, “Have you experienced any of your previous lives?”
If I look at just some of the stupid things I have done in this life, like arm wrestling, I wonder how many other stupid things I must have done in my past lives. Trying to prove my physical strength to boost my ego, trying to forgive and forget all those who took advantage of me in this birth are hard enough, now I will have to worry about all the past births. Losing and missing my loved ones in this birth is enough pain. Learning from all my mistakes in this birth is already a challenge. The game of dominoes of all my past births has brought me to where I am today. Let me enjoy this moment and, if anything, I look forward to what is going to come. I am grateful for all my past experiences, which have brought me to the correct point I am at right now. Overall, the past has served its purpose by bringing me to the top of the world now. — Satish Daryanani

Cookies

I love cookies so much that, when someone makes them well, I wish I could have them daily. I would love to get the recipe. Yet, if I had them daily, the taste would not be the same. You truly enjoy them when they are fresh and taken in small doses. Let people around you treat you like a good cookie. They should feel they did not have enough of you. They should want you to stay longer and meet you often. I know a Master who does not stay longer than one week in any place. He does not overstay his welcome. This way, no one gets fed up with you. When you overindulge in anything, the flavor is not the same. Even the Masters should feel they did not get enough of you. This way, the longing remains. Many relationships break up because of too much togetherness. Everything should leave you wishing you had more. If you overstuff yourself, you will lose interest. I long to go back soon to the place where I can enjoy those cookies again. — Satish Daryanani

Chocolate cookie with heart sugar dusting

A Smart Person

I am not talking about people who dress smartly, but people who are intelligent. Sometimes, you will see certain aspects of people who are smart. On the other hand, in basic things, they are not very bright. Each one of us is smart in certain things. On others, we could be average or below average. No one is 100 percent smart or 100 percent dumb. As you work on your mind, slowly, you will see your focus, ability to comprehend, and your memory improve. In time, your mind will be utilized correctly. Like a piston, if clean and greased, will work perfectly with little effort. We do need a sharp mind to grasp everything that we discover and to put them in correct and simple words for others to enjoy. The clutter of the mind has to be removed to get optimal use. Our concerns, worries, attachments, and over thoughts drain our mental batteries. Silence is like using Windex and a cloth to remove all the imprints that have collected on the mind. Slowly, the mind becomes clear, fresh, and recharged. A smart person does not need to know everything, only what is really needed. All that is needed for your specific purpose should be on your fingertips. The rest is junk mail. Know the knower, and all that you need to know, for which you have been created, will happen automatically. — Satish Daryanani

Student

The Earth is Flat

A long time ago, people believed that the earth was flat. Those who said it was round faced a lot of challenges. Today, we know for sure, as we have pictures from outer space. No one will fall off of a flat earth, as it is round. Similarly, in the year 2012, people thought the world would come to an end. Everywhere I traveled with my spiritual Master, at least one person brought up this subject. The reason is that we think time is linear. It has a beginning and an end. If it was circular, then there would be no beginning and no end. Our thinking is limited and this causes all these misconceptions—like birth and death, our souls going permanently to heaven or hell. Everything is eternal. No beginning and no end. Having the correct notion removes all the fear that comes from the belief in things being finite. As the saying goes in the movie, Toy Story 4, going to infinity and beyond is the truth. Everything is infinite, the only thing limited is our understanding. All the questions that I asked my Master were because of this limited understanding. When I look back and remember all that I asked of Him, I realize I truly am a dummy. Years from today, I will also laugh at myself based on all that I think I know now. This journey is about nothing but having fun with the evolution of all our limited notions. — Satish Daryanani

Planet Earth

To Be with God All the Time

I desired to be with God all the time. Yet, being occupied in my daily life, that was not possible. One day the answer came, “There is nothing but Me.” No matter where you are and what action you are performing, as long as it an offering to the Lord, you are with Him permanently. All you have to do is be aware of this fact. Sounds easy, yet we get consumed by our lives and lose this awareness. We go in search of what is already at the tip of our noses. If we were more aware, then all the holy places would have no pilgrims and they would be out of business. Look at them as vacation spots to remind you of the truth. Very few people have the capacity for this awareness. It comes with a strong, focused mind or a very soft, tender heart filled with devotion, where this awareness is never lost. So, profit and loss are made from God. Insult and praise are given by God. Anger is towards God. Jealousy and envy are for God. Insecurity comes from God. Hatred and racism are created by God. Superiority and inferiority complexes are due to the existence of God. Now, that we know these facts, should we not laugh at ourselves? The best joke is that our egos are bruised by God and we show our goodness by forgiving God. Now, you know why God is not with us all the time. He is there, yet no one enjoys His permanent presence. — Satish Daryanani

Man looks for eye glasses in refrigerator

A Turning Point in Life 

Everyone goes through an experience, or a situation, that changes his or her life. Sometimes it can be more than one situation, like a major illness,  the death of a dear one, or a big financial loss. My turning point was in 9th grade. I was an A-plus student and was very good at Math. I failed in five subjects including Math. From that day, I realized I have to do my best. I could either be an A or an F student—nothing in between. Sometimes, a major sickness comes at a young age and that becomes a wake-up call. We have limited time in which to transform ourselves. You have had enough fun in this world. Refrain from it for some time and enjoy all the possibilities to maximize this birth. A sacrifice is a selfish act. It gives you so much more in the long run. Every successful person uses that one moment in time that turns their life around. The bigger the obstacle the greater opportunity to turn your life. The best example is of Mahatma Gandhi who was not allowed to sit in first class on the train in South Africa, even though he had a first class ticket. He fought for the rights of the Indians under British rule. He brought the movement to India. One man’s turning point became the turning point of a nation. — Satish Daryanani

Alexander Graham Bell

How You Respond

Our lives are determined by the way we respond. Whether we enjoy heaven or suffer in hell depends on our response. How do we respond if we meet God? How do we respond to experiencing peace? How do we respond to grace and love from the Lord? There is nothing of any value in life, only our response gives it value. A diamond is a rock like any other rock, our response to it makes it expensive. I have sent this thought. The response of a thumbs up or down determines its effect. Nature plays its part, and we respond to it as a calamity. Everything is perfect, or imperfect, based on our response. A dimple is a defect, yet it is seen as very cute. Your responses make or break you. A movie is a success, or a failure, based on the collective responses of viewers. Poker players can win, or lose with a bad hand—based on their responses. Even our sickness and health are based on our response. Know that you are the master of your response. All that is happening will happen. You are living with the consequences of your response.—Satish Daryanani

Chinese woman covering face in strong response

Netflix

I love Netflix because it remembers what I was watching. I was watching Season 6 Episode 3 with 28 minutes and 7 seconds left in that episode, and it remembers that. Even after a few minutes, days, or months, I can go back to Netflix and it will take me back to that same location without me having to find where I paused the show. Even if I move on to do something else, I can go back to the same experience I had at Netflix when I left it. There are those who meditate and, if they are disturbed by something, they get upset. They are not able to go back to the same experience even a few seconds later. The reason is they are only working on building their focus. In the struggle to keep focused, the link gets broken. When meditation becomes like Netflix, you enjoy the show. You may not sit in silence for a few days or months but, whenever you do, you will experience exactly the place you left. You need not start again from Season 1 Episode 1. There are people addicted to Netflix, as they can enjoy whenever they want. Similarly, if silence becomes Netflix, you, too, will become a slave of it. All the entertainment whenever you want. Leave and come back to it at your convenience and enjoy it from where you left it. — Satish Daryanani

What Do We Believe

At Disney World in Orlando, there is a Virtual Reality ride in the Epcot Center called Soarin’. In it, we are stationary, only images move on a massive screen. People scream and lift their legs to avoid getting hit. It seems so real, as if we are moving at great heights. Do we believe what our eyes are seeing? We get deceived by our own eyes. I was with my Spiritual Master for this ride, and He said that every spiritual aspirant should go on this ride. Our lives are the same. We are seeing this massive screen called life, perpetually moving. We are afraid, happy, sad, stressed, and worried. We respond by crying or laughing. We believe this screen of life is real and are deceived by all our senses. Yet, no one sees that we are steady. We can react by enjoying the ride, not forgetting the truth that we are where we are. We are still, not moving. The screen of time and space is creating a ride for us. We are free from all that is happening. So, what do we believe? Is all that we think real or are we as the steadfast rock of Gibraltar, which is what we really are? — Satish Daryanani

The Irony of Human Birth

A river tries to meet the ocean. As soon it comes close to the merger, many waves are created. When the river becomes an ocean, it is no longer a river, it is an ocean. A moth wants to enjoy the light; as soon as it gets close to the light, it is killed by the heat of the lamp. We human beings want to get close to God. While we are in a human form, we can enjoy God, yet the human form also separates us. When we are no longer in the human form and we are one with God, there is no experiencer there to enjoy. Like the river, the moth, and the human formonce the merger takes place, they all do not exist. So the joy of longing is not complete. This is the irony: You are wanting the Lord, yet you cannot be complete with the Lord. The human form is the only way to enjoy the Lord, yet this limited form restricts you. You cannot enjoy being one with the One, as there is no one to enjoy the One. So keep on longing, knowing that the veil of separation is the only way to experience the Lord. — Satish Daryanani

River confluence

Father’s Day

Today the world celebrates Father’s Day. Only the mother knows who is the real father. In today’s world, many children are raised by single mothers. Having a father around as a role model helps the child. I know of children who are afraid of their fathers and lie to them out of fear. When they grow up, lying becomes a part of their lives. With many fathers who smoke or drink heavily, the children end up living the same way. With fathers who only think of money and who are misers, the children end up the same way. My father loved food, traveling, being around spiritual Masters, paying his bills on time, having a belly laugh, and living a simple life. I was fortunate to pick up many of his qualities. He also had a temper, which is also in me. He would get up every day between 4:00 am and 4.30 am and sit in silence. I, unfortunately, did not pick up this gift. My father never sat and taught me things; we pick up everything just by the way our parents live. Mothers spend more time teaching children. My physical father introduced me to other fathers in my life. They are my spiritual Masters. They took over and spent time teaching me. Today, I thank the Lord for all my fathers who spent their time and energy on this crazy boy. I am what I am because they all loved me. — Satish Daryanani

Swami Satchidananda and JP Dada Vaswany

I Am Tired

What have you done that made you tired? Everything is happening with the will of God, and still, you are complaining you are tired. I can understand if God says that He is tired, as the poor fellow is working hard. You are tired from sitting or standing in air-conditioned environments, moving your eyes, fingers, and your big mouth. That is how most of us earn our living and yet we feel drained. We are tired, not because we are using our bodies, but because we are unnecessarily using our minds. Wanting more and more causes us to get tired. More than 90 percent of people feel they do not make enough money. That pressure causes us to get tired, as we take on bigger loads to meet our so-called basic requirements. The list of basic needs has changed so much that, at one time, it was called greed. We all get tired from chasing after things to satisfy our needs. That is why it is called a rat race, not a human race. Even if we walked 50,000 steps daily, it would be less tiring than the miles our minds run daily. We are only tired of our stupid mind and nothing else. Keep your mind at ease and you will see that you are never tired. Your need for sleep lessens and you still feel fresh, as your complaints of being tired are reduced. Next time, you can say, “I am tired of boredom, as nothing much is occupying my mind.”—Satish Daryanani

Fatigued man sleeping near a laptop

Talking to a New Person

To get deals done, we often have to deal with strangers. We research the people and come to a conclusion based on what we hear about them. Then fear sets in and we worry: “Will they be agreeable or will they be tough or rude?” You must have faith in your ability to make strangers into friends. Your homework has prepared you to be cautious, not afraid. Sometimes, I saw fear in people when they would talk to the spiritual Masters. They are all human, made by the same Lord. So, whether I talk to my childhood friend, or Jeff Bezos, or my Masters, or the Queen of England, it’s all the same. They are all the same. Be your self, speak with love and respect, speak to the point and get your job done. All of this will prepare you to talk to the boss of all—God. He does not get special treatment. He is in everyone, so I speak to Him the same way as I speak to everyone. Remember, no one is better or worse than you. When you see everyone equally, you talk fearlessly with everyone. Then, you will enjoy making new friends daily.—Satish Daryanani

Jeff Bezos

Pleading  Guilty

The courts sometimes are lenient, if you plead guilty to the crimes you have committed. If you are totally innocent, you fight for justice. Likewise, even with God, if you plead guilty for all your wrongdoings, the burden automatically is lifted from your shoulders. Your instant reward is being free from the burden of guilt. Still, it hard to admit our wrongdoings. The ego stops you from admitting it. Like God, the world is mostly made of soft-hearted people. Seeing the pain of your guilt is enough for them to forgive you. We are human, and mishaps will happen. Admitting your guilt shows your strength. Those who sit in silence prefer to admit their guilt, as they do not want to disturb their minds to enjoy peace. As you admit guilt easily, you will find not only that it is worth to play with fire and pay the price of being guilty. You are not doing the correct deeds for judgment day. You are feeling light from the release of all the burden of guilt. You are reducing the prison sentence from the inner judge, which is far worse than the judge appointed for the court. Make mistakes plead guilt, learn, and move on.— Satish Daryanani

illustration of courtroom and plaintif

The Story of Your Life

If a book or a movie was made of your life, would people read or watch it? You might say that Hitler and mob bosses have each had an interesting life. At the same time, “Gandhi” was a popular movie. So the really good or the really bad have interesting lives; the average person is left out. Where do you fall in? In my case, I always believed I was created to inspire others to learn what not be. I always love playing the role of a villain. The life of a hero is boring. If everything is good and smooth in your life, then no one will pay for your autobiography. Even in school, the teachers remember the A-plus student or an F student, like me. Even if you meet them years later, they remember you. Make your life interesting so that your grandchildren will not be bored with your stories. Try new things and fail, overcome different challenges, be creative, experience new things so that you will have really lived. Even God should be impressed by your life. Either He feels, “What a wonderful child I have,” or He thinks, “How did I create this crazy one?” At least He knows you exist. Live your life in such a manner that either everyone is sad and will really miss your presence or say, “Good riddance,” when you are no more.—Satish Daryanani

Nelson Mandela, seated next to words of his character.

What is God’s Involvement?

A mother creates a big playground for her child with lots of toys to occupy his or her mind, and the child is kept busy playing. Once the child is bored with the toys or gets hurt, he looks for the mother. Until then, he is not even aware of the existence of his mothers. On the other hand, the mother is constantly aware of the child playing. As long as the child is busy, the mother leaves him alone. We have a lot of toys and distractions in the world. Only when we get fed up, or really hurt, do we seek our real mother, God. We involve God only when we musts. If we need Him, He is there and yet, not there. Some believe in God’s existence and some believe there is no God. This is how parents should be in the lives of their children. At a certain age, we parents should be spare tires, like God–there, only when needed. Let the kids play in the world. Hear their cries and then come running. God does not feel sad if all His kids forget Him and are enjoying His playground. This is how we know He is detached. Loving us without demanding love in return. So, let us learn from God about our involvement in the world. — Satish Daryanani

A Perfect Day

What is a perfect day? The answer is different for everyone. Most people would say, “If everything goes according to your plan and the end result is perfect in your mind, then that makes it a perfect day.” This, however, does not happen often. So, only a very few days are perfect in our minds. Now, ask yourself, “If things did not go your way, then whose way did it go?” The one who truly has the right answer will say, “Everyday and every second is perfect.” They cannot even remember this perfect day, as every day is the same. The understanding that every atom and every second is already perfect makes your life perfect. The experience you receive daily in silence is perfect, no matter the wavering of the mind. If you live like this, you may lose the excitement of the special perfect day. Believe me, getting that high of once-in-a-while is not better than the daily smooth sailing. You choose to celebrate perfection once in a while or daily. — Satish Daryanani

Problem-free World

I am selling a new concept, a problem-free world. How many people will sign up for that? There will be no learning or growing. Based on this fact, will anyone sign up? A problem-free life exists only in a graveyard. There is no one to enjoy it. Problems are like air, they keep us alive. Running from problems is like running from life itself. The more the problems, the greater the spice of life. We enjoy problems like a crossword puzzle. Too easy, we get bored; too hard, we give up. The right dosage of problems makes life worth living. So, we maintain faith in the Lord by praying for help with the problems and by not giving up completely. A problem-free world would feel like we are living in a coma—alive, yet dead. Make problems your true friend. They bring out the best in you. The experiences test your faith, your inner strengths, and your limits. Your life is judged on your problem-solving abilities. As soon as one problem is over, welcome another one. Blessed are those who live from one problem to another. — Satish Daryanani

Crossword puzzle with correction tape

Authors

When Stephen King writes books, they are horror stories. Tom Clancy’s books have to do with the CIA. J. K. Rowling’s books have to do with magic. What you think of is what the authors write about. I love my spiritual Masters, sports, business, and movies, so these thoughts pertain to those topics. The subjects on which our minds focus determine our strengths and weaknesses. Our minds are so vast that they have the capacity to process subjects. Yet, all will find that one subject becomes predominant. You can become consumed by it. Be careful on what you choose to become a slave to. I thank my Masters for making themselves so predominant in my life that everything else takes a back seat. I still have a very large variety pack of things that consume my mind. Yet, when I think of my Masters, all else disappears in a split second. Enjoy everything that comes from your mind, but find that one thing that you love so much that everything else becomes meaningless.— Satish Daryanani

Steven King books on shelving

Reaction

I play with words and enjoy the reactions of others. I know which trigger points to push to make them react. I just enjoy the show. The ones who do not show reaction are not my customers. My fun is to enjoy the others as toys. I press one button to make them laugh, another to upset them, a third to put them on the defensive. The more buttons you have, the more I enjoy. People are made like toys, they can be played with by others. The world knows exactly how you will react to any particular situation. You are no longer the master of your reactions. Take control of your reactions so nothing can disturb you. My spiritual Masters had a lot of fun at my expense. I could see them smile, watching my reactions. If nothing can affect you, there will be no reaction. I was very ticklish. Now, if I close my eyes and someone tickles me, there is no reaction. I am lost within, nothing can affect me. I do not even react if someone talks against spirituality, my Masters, or vegetarianism. That is their opinion. Even if they want to debate the existence of God, there is no reaction. You know the truth of who you really are, so why react? Someone might call you selfish, egoistic, self-centered, hot-tempered, or even a male chauvinist, still no reaction. This gift comes from spending years in silence. Nothing, nothing is worth reacting to.—Satish Daryanani

Emoticons

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 becomes a perfect instrument, being controlled by the breath of the Lord. All you have to do is become holy. The hollow bamboo stick has to be drilled to make the holes. Similarly, we too have to go through the pain of the drilling. Our attachments, desires, and egos have to be removed from the hollow stick. Then the holes are created. Becoming a stick makes you a holy flute, as you are now useful, spreading the music of peace and wisdom. Connected permanently with the lips of the Lord. People see this and start calling you a holy person. All you did was to remove the unwanted aspects of your life and let the Divine breath flow through you. — Satish Daryanani

Lord Krishna playing his 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. That is why retired people are miserable: There are no waves like there were in their professional lives. We are only meant to work on ourselves, not our circumstances. We plan: If certain things happen, then within a few years, we will have smooth sailing. When one issue is solved, others will arise; this is guaranteed. You will never be free. If everything is perfect in the world, then doctors, lawyers, psychiatrists, priests, and even God will no longer be needed. Above all, there will be no one reading these messages. Thank God for the waves in life so, at least, God is always required.—Satish Daryanani

waves in calm water

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 have to be spirituality. It could be anything. There is no judgment about what you choose. Once you know your goal, have a laser focus to attain it. Not all are meant to become realized souls. Your life is your own. Waste it or make something out of it. Lack of faith in yourself hinders your growth. Do not blame anyone or anything for your situation. If you are fed up with your job, leave and get another job or start your own business. If your health is bad, exercise and eat correctly. If you want God, then give God no choice in revealing Himself. You want to serve the world, so crush your ego with the love for others. No excuses, no complaints—your failure in life is because you failed yourself. — Satish Daryanani

Broken chain

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 as well. I have noticed the moment someone rests, they end up falling asleep. Even while practicing silence, I hear them snoring. They are so tired that the ability to rest turns to sleep. Rest from the constant movement of the mind. You see someone running a 26-mile marathon. As soon as they finish they are on the floor resting. We run a 26-year, 52-year, or more, marathon of the mind and still do not rest enough. After the rest, we have more energy to go back to earning the means to shop again. If the designers of the malls were smart, they would create places of silence and rest so that the shoppers could get their second wind to shop again. — Satish Daryanani

shopping mall lounge

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 you have overpaid, and you lose your peace. The master of convincing is our mind. The mind can make us feel tired or rejuvenate us based on what we are going to do. We can feel we are sick if we have to go to a spiritual retreat, but the mind can convince us we are well enough to go for a movie.  We can even try to convince ourselves we are happy. If you keep justifying your life, saying you are happy, you are actually not. You need not convince yourself and others about your happiness. True happiness is never mentioned. It is a by-product of peace and contentment. It is shown by the expression of the inner joy, that carefree life that comes from wisdom. Convincing others that you are spiritual or have inner or material wealth only shows you are seeking it. The one who has everything does not need to convince anything to themselves or others. Be a well-anchored person in your convictions and in your journey in life. Let the convincing power of your mind, or other’s, not sway you from your true self. — Satish Daryanani

Buouy

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. No one mentions the struggles and disagreements they may have had over the past four years. We will only appreciate and miss everything when we graduate. Similarly, we will all give the same speech after our 80-year graduation. How wonderful everything was, how fast the 80 years went by, how we will miss everyone. When we are living in the moment, and if we all have the same feelings, then the 4 years or the 80 years would be like our moment of graduation. Do not wait to appreciate it after it is over. Each section of our lives have mini graduations—pause, look back, and appreciate high school, college, single life, married life, and retired life. All the speeches we give or listen to are there to bring awareness of the wonderful moments and relationships during that period. Please do not wait for your last big graduation, as there will be no one to listen to your appreciation. Enjoy your graduation daily as you move from one day to another. — Satish Daryanani

Graduation hats flying

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 in one page. I asked my spiritual Masters, “How would you summarize all the teachings in a few words?” Here are some of the summaries from different Masters: “In one word, accept, or thank you for everything.” “All for good.” “We are doing everything to pass our time and nothing else.” “Everything is a dream within a dream.” “Only in the purity of the heart can you see God.” “Speak the truth.” “I am not the body, I am not the mind, Immortal Self I am.” There are many more. My motto of life is to enjoy the effort of others. If someone puts in the effort to read a book, enjoy the summary without going to the trouble of reading the book. If all the Masters have spent years in trying to experience everything, just learn from them in a line or two. Use the guides who know their way so you do not get lost. — Satish Daryanani

Harry Potter books

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 is no pause. Silence and solitude are the only things needed to discover everything. People find it hard to be silent or sit in solitude. On the other hand, talking and mixing with people is difficult for me. Some think I am an egotistical person and success has gone to my head, as I do not communicate with them. The reason I prefer silence is to not get in trouble. My words may not appeal to everyone. Talking of spreading the teachings or of vegetarianism, is different. Then you are only a microphone. Talking about normal stuff is not my strength. So, my weakness becomes my strength, as sitting in silence is my natural state. Talking is going against the current. Solitude is fun. You can be by yourself, dress the way you want, do what you want, eat what you want, and think about what you want. I even prefer staying in hotels, as it gives me a break from the world. People, people all the time, get to me. So being around people is for my entertainment and, being in silence and solitude is, for me, a chance to enjoy my true nature. — Satish Daryanani

woman sitting alone on beach

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 conversation. Yet, they were talking about the quality of life. I think it was more about the quantity in life, the more possessions we have, how many people know us and follow us on Instagram, how much temporary happiness we enjoy, and to how many restaurants did we go. Quality is not about how much we have, it is about how much we can enjoy with what we have. Developed countries get a higher ranking on the quality of life, as their citizens can enjoy all the benefits for free. Yet, there is more loneliness and depression in their lives. Real quality is on an individual basis, not national. Quality comes from living a balanced life, not by complaining about the lack of opportunities but, instead, by maximizing what is around you. Quality starts when God is real in your life and not just a picture on the wall. Peace is experienced when you are not working to attain it. When I was a young boy, I used to love the Quality brand ice-cream. The way to enjoy ice-cream and all aspects of life is the same. Then you attain real quality of life. — Satish Daryanani

blond boy eating ice cream cone

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 you become aware of yourself, fear will set in, and this gift will be lost. This ability to walk on water is a yogic power. Using this power for the sake of others by becoming a boat is Karma Yoga. The purpose of life is to work on ourselves first. Only if we can float, can we be of use. Then no storms can make us sink. People do the opposite. They try to reform others without reforming themselves. Work to a state where there are no more questions, no you, and no fear. This makes you ready to be a useful instrument. To reach this state is not easy. There are a lot of tests. Many give up. If you do get it, then it is your choice. Enjoy this gift for yourself or help carry others with you. — Satish Daryanani

Ferry boat

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, he would always know he did not earn it. That fun is different. If you become a billionaire, there will be no memories of the journey. Even lottery winners go through depression. If I had three wishes, what would they be? First, let me have permanent gratitude for all that has been given to me, including the three wishes. Second, I wish the whole world would be vegetarian, yet, that would not please me, as it did not happen with free will. My third wish would be to please remove the desire for the fourth wish. We have so many wishes that three is not enough. So, having three wishes will not fulfill my life. Thank God I am not put to the test. — Satish Daryanani

silhouette of a man holding magic oil lamp

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 to meditate for one minute during their lunch break. They managed 42 seconds and gave up. We want peace and God, like a microwave oven—instantly, within a minute. Some even give 15 minutes to half an hour to pray and expect to get everything, like the Masters. They want grace quickly, like winning a lottery ticket without earning the money. Our normal routine, where we are so busy deducting a few minutes, should make us realized souls who Get God, peace, and wisdom instantly. Can you become a doctor with little effort? Can you win a gold medal by putting only a few minutes towards your craft? Yet we want to experience the ultimate with our haphazard effort. You must really want it, to get the ultimate treasure—spirituality first, everything else like instant coffee. Gossip within a minute, talk to God like you just met your childhood friend. Sit in silence for the time that we sit for pedicure, manicure, makeup, and fixing and coloring our hair. Seek the truth like you seek the perfect handbag. Convince God of your love for Him like you would spend time convincing a customer to buy a high-value item. Only when spirituality becomes predominant in your life, can you enjoy everything that is already within you. — Satish Daryanani

Microwave oven

Ideal Position

We look for the ideal position in which to sleep so we do not get up with body aches. In deep relaxation and meditation, we try to find the ideal position so we can be comfortable for a certain period of time. Yoga is practiced so that the body is supple and you can remain in one position for hours or days without moving. If the body is not still, how can you expect your mind to be steady? When you are extremely sleepy, your ideal position does not matter. You can fall asleep instantly. In time, the ideal position for relaxation or meditation becomes meaningless, as you can do both even while standing. The ideal position is only required in the beginning. My favorite position is putting my head on the lap of my spiritual Master. My physical position is irrelevant, as the mind is fixed on the ideal position. Then there is no movement of the mind, as I would like to stay in this position permanently. Find your ideal position in your mind, the one from which you would never want to move, then the physical ideal position does not matter. — Satish Daryanani

baby on mother's lap

Winning a Major Election

If your political party wins an election with a large majority, then no compromise is needed. The public has given you a green light to work on your agendas. It is like a mini dictatorship. Sometimes we need one person who can get things done. If you keep on compromising, the nation cannot change. We, too, have too many people controlling our lives. We are controlled by friends, family members, society, co-workers, and our crazy minds, which confuses us about which direction we need to go. Let the dictator take control. Obey unconditionally. This dictator could be God, your spiritual Master, or your inner voice. The dictator should have no attachments and should be neutral. Your mind is selfish and confused, do not listen to it. There is no election needed to choose the leader in your life. You chose the correct compass before you came into this world. This compass will guide you and you will never be lost in the haze of life. Unfortunately, we lose faith in the compass, and lawyers and financial advisers take over. Go back and listen to the sweet voice to which you used to listen when you were in your mother’s womb and you will never be insecure again. — Satish Daryanani

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The Moment

There are moments when time stands still. Whenever I would see my spiritual Master, time stood still. My ever-wandering mind would come to a complete stop. My eyes would tear, as I would be unable to blink—lost in the moment of calm as I gazed at my Beloved. The wandering of the world can come to a standstill as you become aware of the Lord. This is the moment we live for—a pause in the action of our lives. Getting lost and wishing the moment would last till eternity. The moment passes by as the play button is pressed and we are back in the never-ending motion of life. Work at being able to pause whenever you want, and press play to play your part. — Satish Daryanani

Play & Pause button icons

God Talking

If you are confident that you have received a message from God, or your spiritual Master, to do something, you have to act on it. That does not mean you should tell others about it. They will think you are crazy. The hard part is if the information involves another person. You cannot make another person obey the message just because God has spoken to you. When you develop a close relationship with the Lord, you will get answers easily. Others have their own opinions. Sometimes you may not have the power to convince them to change their minds, even though it may be for their good. You will wonder how, if God talks to you, your hands are tied. Remember, He is enjoying the show, watching you struggle to enforce His will. Showing that you know it all and telling others about your close relationship with God is a form of spiritual ego, the worst form of ego. These are all tests to make you grow. You tried and failed. Today, I will share the first conversation I had. It was early morning on August 20, 2002. My beloved Master left his physical body. I was told that only family members could come and see the body. I asked my Master whether I should go? The answer came, “If you think you are my family, then go. I went. Luckily, no one questioned my presence. How could I tell them that I came because of my inner voice? As time goes by, you can write a book on God talking and about your struggles in convincing others. Some you win and many you will lose. All I know is that He is enjoying Himself at my expense. — Satish Daryanani

Woman taken with prayer

Mind vs. Heart

The mind has logic, it rationalizes all actions. It makes moves based on fear and insecurity. It sometimes overthinks and misses the simplicity of things. It is the main barrier in spiritual growth. The heart does everything out of love. It does not justify what it is doing. Even if the world may tell you that you are being used, you still do it no matter how painful it might be. The heart does everything for the Lord without seeking anything in return. Only a pure loving heart can set you free from the bondage of this world. The mind and heart are the opposite sides of the same coin. The mind makes you financial profit, the heart gives spiritual profit. The mind will give intelligence, the heart awareness of the intellect. The mind can give you power, name and fame. The heart does everything out of gratitude for having everything. The mind makes you selfish, protecting and securing everything you have, whereas the heart makes the world think you are crazy because you are losing everything. Those who use only their minds continue being hard-headed. Those who use their hearts continue being soft and let nothing change in the way they are. This is the gift from the Lord. There is a battle between these two personalities. Both cannot understand each other. Yet, they have to co-exist. — Satish Daryanani

Comeback

In sports matches, sometimes the key players play poorly in some of the matches. Then, in the following game, they become aggressive and win. Athletes are paid millions of dollars to play and yet, while trying to win the championship in the playoffs, they do not put in their best effort. Why do you have to come back from effortless play? Why can you not be consistent and do your best daily? Set a pick, rebound the ball, play defense, and hustle. Sometimes, when you shoot the ball, it may not be your day. You can shoot better with practice and by letting go. The more effort you put in, the more you may overthink and miss your shot. In our lives, we should win all the hustle plays daily. We should have no regrets and no need to come back. Some days you can be off, nothing can be done. Let go and let things fall in their place. For example, I sit in silence and let the thoughts flow. Some might have the WOW effect, others might not. Your routine and effort are the same. What comes is not in your control. Doing your best daily and leaving the rest frees you from the guilt of underperformance. Then there is no need for a comeback if there is a loss. — Satish Daryanani

man crumpled with loss

Healthcare

The healthcare industry in the United States of America spends 3.2 trillion dollars annually. Those who want to help with alternative medicine face a lot of obstacles. They do not understand that the healthcare system is a business like any other. It is profit-oriented, not service-oriented. We only like to cure the symptoms, not the problems. Changing our lifestyle is the medicine we need to heal. People are slowly realizing that with meditation and Yoga they can heal their own bodies. There has been a lot of research to prove that. Yet, there is no way to prove the benefits of what the spiritual Masters want us to experience. It would be easier to convince people to meditate if there was scientific research done on the health benefits of deep inner peace. The use of pain killers can be reduced when we can be free from the body-mind complex—we won’t need anxiety pills or sleeping pills, or listen to people speak softly and make funny sounds to relax. This is bad for the economy. It will disrupt the multi-trillion dollar industry. Healing is within us. By observing and listening to our bodies, we can free ourselves from taking medicines. Spirituality is the best remedy. It’s easy and free, and only a few use spirituality. Headaches, backaches, sore necks, and many physical discomforts are nothing but symptoms of the burdens that we carry in life. Show the world the benefits of going within. Do not try to change the Medical system, change yourself first. — Satish Daryanani

Pills

Living Twice

We have to experience everything twice. Once as an aspirant and the once as an awakened being. You may have to travel to the same places, eat the same foods, meet the same people, go through the same pleasures and pain, see the same movies, and listen to the same jokes. The only difference is you. You will laugh at all your past reactions. You will wonder if the experiencer of all these events even existed. Even when watching the reruns of a TV show, Seinfeld, your reactions will be different. If you visit the places you went to, your school, college, and work, the memories are there, but it will feel that they all happened in a dream—that they were not real. This is because the real experiencer does not exist. The mind has the movie of memories. You can watch it, and the person in the movie looks similar to you but is not the real you. For everyone’s sake, you play your part by showing the reactions you had. Inside, you are telling yourself, “I was the dumbest person ever created. I got affected by such small things. One who was scared of cockroaches, snakes, rats, dogs, lizards, and other creatures, or cried and had fear of financial losses, death of loved ones, major sicknesses, or the pain of various attachments.” You too will laugh at the reactions of the ignorant you. Enjoy living the second time. Hope each one of us gets to live twice. — Satish Daryanani

Poster of Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice

Taking Time to Decide

Some people take so long to make decisions that they lose many opportunities. They kick the bucket before they even make a bucket list. They want to experience God but do not make up their minds in time to work on it. Then it becomes too late and the experiencer no longer exists. Luckily, heaven can wait. They would not be able to give an answer to St. Peter whether they want heaven or hell. They only wake up after it is too late and then complain. There are two reasons for this: fear and faith–the fear of making mistakes and losing what you have, and the lack of faith that everything will be for your good. You can say, “Not making a decision is for my good.” Fine. Then do not complain if opportunities are lost. You cannot have it both ways. I prefer making decisions, learning from them, and choosing whether or not to repeat them. You can make quick decisions when you do not want to waste your birth. You must want to experience God now, to realize “Who am I” now. Enjoy peace and wisdom now. Live in heaven now. Help others now. Stop complaining now. Above all, share now this thought, without the fear of people liking it or not.—Satish Daryanani

Possible & Impossible intersection signs

To Touch Someone

We can touch someone with our physical bodieswith a look, a word, a smileor with our thoughts and our actions. Within a few minutes of when you meet someone new, you may hear them say the words, “You made my day.” That reflects the gift of touching someone. Your day is not made by the person who just told you those words, but by the feeling you have that you did not waste even one day. As you are able to make someone’s day, you will not only be able to change people’s lives but also enable them to touch other’s lives as well. This word, “touch,” has a deep meaning. It leads you to touch the heart of God. We say, “to touch your soul,” it is to touch your divine heart. Wake it up. Small actions of touching others daily, lead to the gentle, loving, touching of the love in the heart. So, start with the easiest touch of all, a smile. Then your mere presence, without doing anything, can touch and make the day for anyone who comes near you. The ability to manage this powerful touch should be our goal. May this thought touch everyone today. — Satish Daryanani

touch detail of Sistine Chapel

195 Countries

There are 195 countries in the world. Most people will not even visit half of the countries. If we did, we would need additional pages in our passports for all the stamps. We tend to revisit the countries we love rather than seeing new ones. Only a handful of people may see all the countries. We are fortunate to have so many choices. Now, how many countries are there in the inner world? Only one. We divide this one world into 195 countries. There are not 8 billion egos to divide this world. You are the only one in this inner world. The borders are drawn with peace. The password is wisdom. Love is the only language. There is no jet lag as there is no time. Travel is free. There is no extra baggage to carry or to check in. Be empty-handed. The climate is temperate, and there are no mosquitoes. Yet, fewer people than the ones who see all 195 countries will see this one. — Satish Daryanani

camera and passport on a world map

Rights and Needs

When someone speaks the truth about you, you have no right to get upset. If someone speaks false statements about you, then you have no need to get upset. If you understand this and, if anyone says anything about you, it will not upset you. That’s one less thing to forgive someone, as you were not hurt by it. My spiritual Masters used me as an example and would destroy me in their public talks. They spoke the truth about my weaknesses. People would ask me, “Are you not upset that He mentioned this in front of everyone? He even shouted at you in public!” My answer would always be, “I cannot see anything beyond the love they have for me. Their love takes away the need to react. The truth they reveal puts me on the right path.” People need a job and, after they get one, they fight for their rights. Need and rights are in battle with each other. Once our need is fulfilled, our minds work on our rights. We need to find someone we love and after that, we try to make them our life partner. We argue for our rights, our right to freedom. You were free, you chose to bind yourself with someone, and now again you need your space. Similarly, you need God, not the other way around. If you need Him to be your slave, that will not happen. All your rights are lost if you really, really want Him. — Satish Daryanani

fists raised

Every day is a Birthday

When we go to sleep we die. We become nobody, unaware of anything. When we wake up from deep sleep, it takes a few seconds to realize who we are. If we travel a lot, it takes a few seconds to realize where we are. People know their birthdates from their birth certificates, but the real birth, which only a few people experience, takes place when they truly awaken. It can happen only once in a lifetime. It cannot take place daily. This moment cannot be shared with anyone. Only the spiritual Master and you know about it. No cake is cut, nor candles are blown. You do not need the light of the candle. The inner light glows permanently. This is the best birthday gift of your life. It is a combination of austerity, desires, and, above all, grace. Birthdates on the birth certificates come and go. They remind you of the limited time you have in this physical form. Either you work on your real birthday or spend it in gratitude helping others to find their true birthday. So, get up every morning and wish yourself a happy birthday. The gift of one more day is given to find the real treasure of your birth. — Satish Daryanani

Mother’s Day

We celebrate Mother’s Day just one day a year. It should be celebrated every moment, especially if you were a naughty child, like me. Most people would quit, but mothers have no choice. Many of my qualities, my strengths and weaknesses, come from my mother — luckily more strengths. She alway said, “Look at those who have less than you. So, do not think too much about the future. Be content and humble.” She was a spiritual person and helped me get close to spiritual Masters. I also got my temper from her. Also, my love of snacks and junk food came from her. She fed me delicious food, so I became a food lover. During meals, she would read to me stories of saints, of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama, so I would eat. She introduced me to movies. She taught me how to laugh so much that I would run out of breath. She taught me to walk, as she loved walking. She was never envious of anyone, so I do not have that in me. My mother showed me how to pray. I thank God, not only for my physical mother, but also for all the mothers who have taken care of me, even the spiritual Masters who have mothered me. I only pray that one day this heart made of granite rock will become as soft as a Mother’s heart. — Satish Daryanani

Mother Terese

In Spite of vs. Because of

If the best player of our team is injured and we lose, we can use the excuse that we lost because of the player’s injury. On the other hand, in spite of losing the best player on the team, we can still win. The difference between the two words shows your character. “In spite of” all the challenges, I am still at peace. I still have faith. “Because of” all that, my peace is disturbed. I cannot understand how God is heartless. The situations are the same. It depends from which angle we see them. If everything is perfect then you are peaceful, happy, you win championships, become successful, do your charity, and have faith in God. Big deal! It is easy. When every possible challenge comes in your life and in spite of that you are all of the above, then you deserve a reward. The victory is sweet. When everyone around you thinks you will fail and you still do not give up, that shows your real strength. We admire people like these. They have the hearts of champions. Most people use the words “because of” as an excuse for their failures. “In spite of” becomes an inspiration to the world. You choose, in spite of everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen that you will not get affected. I will still always roar and say, “I am on the top of the world. I have the pedigree of champions.” — Satish Daryanani

Stephen Curry and Clay Thompson

Feeling Groggy

If you take a sleeping pill at bedtime, you will wake up the next morning feeling groggy. The pill still has its effect on your body although you are awake. Everyone who wakes up from this deep sleep initially goes through this experience, awake but still sleepy, wise but still ignorant, divine but still attached to the human form, peaceful yet concerned about many issues. It is called the twilight of spiritual evolution, neither here nor there, understanding the real essence of the teachings but not totally accepting them. It is the worst kind of feeling being sleepy yet still awake. In this haze, you can see the sunshine through the clouds. Your divine guidance and the mind cause confusion about which direction to focus on. This is a positive sign that you are on the right track. The spiritual Masters have not wasted their time on you. Now comes your inner willpower to push you and wake you from this grogginess. It is like a built-in coffee machine — it gives you the caffeine to completely wake up and overcome the heavy head of a long sleep. Only when the grogginess and haze are removed will there be the smile of sunshine on your face. So, fight the grog and enjoy the chirpiness of being completely awake. — Satish Daryanani

Sun behind clouds over Miami Beach

Second Half of Life

Sometimes at night, we watch on TV the first half of a game and then go to sleep without seeing the second half. The next morning, when we get up, we find out that the second half was much better than the first. If we recorded the game, we can still enjoy the second half. Life is similar. In the first half, we go to school, college, take a job, buy a house, and go through the various life challenges in life. Then comes the half-time. We analyze and see what we have attained. In my case, I learned about all that I have lost. I lost my flexibility, my ability to sleep as long as I want, my stamina, my hair, my ability to heal fast, and the true joy of life. This half-time in life can set you on a new course. Did I experience God? Do I know the real me? Do I have a compassionate heart? Can I experience peace and wisdom within me? Now that my basic needs are met and not my greed, can I work on gaining real wealth? This turning point changes your life. In the physical aspect, the first half of your life is better. The second half has no words to describe it. You may sleep through and miss the wonderful treasures of the second half. So, stay awake and enjoy the second half for which we are born. I will take the second half any day over the first half. I will even joke about it, “Did this person who lived in the first half even exist?” It seemed to be a dream. The saying, “The best has yet to come” is true for those who change their game plan at half-time. — Satish Daryanani

scoreboard at half-time

Misunderstanding

When someone says something and the other person misses the opportunity to understand, it causes a misunderstanding. Saying one thing and doing the opposite is another source of misunderstanding. The person who is most misunderstood is God. How can the world understand that everything is happening for good, that lessons come to help us learn? People who are filing for bankruptcy, extremely sick, or going through a divorce will not understand the benefits of their experiences. Parents and children misunderstand each other over the so-called generation gap. How can you stop all misunderstanding? You can give your point of view and then let go. Others may or may not understand or benefit from your opinion. Your job is done. If you are on the receiving end of someone’s suggestion, based on the history of his or her past suggestions, you may obey or disobey. My spiritual Masters and I used to have misunderstandings about what I was told by others. When I look back at all that was said, I could have benefited. Misunderstanding is the price of disobedience to the One who is connected with the Lord. Work on your understanding from a neutral point of view, not using your ego or while pursuing your desires. You will gain many benefits by listening to the experiences of others. Even the benefits of spirituality are misunderstood. Only when we realize the benefits, will God be understood. — Satish Daryanani

cartoon of boy and girl misunderstanding each other

Making a Stage

When my spiritual Master came to visit us in our town, we would make an elevated stage so everyone could see Him when He spoke and be able to hear the teachings. Similarly, organizations are created for the Masters to spread the teachings. They, too, are only platforms. Yet, most people get attached to the platform and not the teachings. I see many people speak with the microphone on the streets of New York about how Jesus Christ died for our sins. That is all they talk about, not any of the other teachings He spread by actually practicing them. We get stuck on the teacher, the organization, or the religion but never the true essence of what is told to us. The stage I used is of no use, as my Master left His body. It is only wood. The Master is now an image and memories. The only thing that matters is the implementation of the teachings and actually experiencing all that the Master experienced. Christ, too, went on the cross to show us the benefits of surrender. Yet, how many truly surrender? So, be attached only to the teachings, everything else is temporary. — Satish Daryanani

Speaker behind live streaming microphones.

Being Moody

There are some people whom you are afraid to approach. One day they can be nice to you and then, another day, they can snap at you. They are unpredictable because they are moody. If they are always bad we can leave them alone. If they are easy then we would have no fear in approaching them. I used to check to see if my spiritual Masters were in a good mood before I said anything that pushed their buttons. Then I realized they were always in a good mood, they just did not want me to take them for granted. Even God might be scared to reveal Himself to a moody person, as He might get rejected. Moody people have the biggest roller coasters rides as they can be the best, or worst, of humanity. They do not have equanimity of the mind. The smart ones can act as if they have mood swings so others do not take advantage of them. It is good to keep them on their toes. As long as you are the Master of your mood, go ahead and have fun with the reactions of others. Once you become a slave of your moods, the fun of playing this game is over. — Satish Daryanani

Happy and Sad faces on 4

Number of Steps

With today’s technology, we can keep track of the number of steps we take each day without having to count them. Yesterday, I walked 30,000 steps and felt good about it. Next time, I want to do 40,000 steps. Am I taking these steps towards God or taking them away from God? There is no technology created for that. If I thanked God with every step I took, I would have a chance to thank Him 30,000 times. I did not. I did thank him for the good weather, admired all aspects of His creation, thanked my legs for not giving up on me. Luckily it was Saturday, and not many phone calls. I was able to keep silent for more than 95 percent of the walk. My mind was wandering, yet the silence made me peaceful. It rejuvenated me. It is hard to keep your mind on God for the entire journey. At the same time, not keeping your mind too occupied, is automatically experiencing the Lord. The less we involve our minds in worldly matters, the more we are connected with the Divine self. So, in this walk of life, I may not think of God 24 hours a day, but by not over-thinking about stupid things is also being connected with God. My last thank you to God is for making it so easy to be with Him without even being with Him. — Satish Daryanani

Walking-steps measurement

Q. What changes a person?

A. If everything runs smoothly in your life and you receive a lot of compliments from everyone, you will be happy. If people criticize you and put you down, or if you face financial, health, or family issues, then you have a chance to change. This change has only two outcomes. You lose faith and get depressed or you turn towards God and become a stronger individual. Your ego is crushed and you let go completely. This is a gift given by God when He sees potential in you. Sometimes we feel that people with no faith, who do wrong things, have nice comfortable lives. It is because they have no chance to change. It is only with tremendous heat that gold gets purified. Raw gold has no shine. When you become a finished product, people want you. In every aspirant’s life and in your life, there is this one moment that will you toward God, or Self-realization. It could be a sentence you read or hear that pierces your heart. “ENOUGH!” This cry should come from within. You can change only if you want to. Grace only plays a part in creating the correct environment to help you change. Get fed up of your existing life to realize and enjoy your true self. — Satish Daryanani

Gold melt pouring from a furnace

Wonderful

When my spiritual Master came out of surgery, he looked at everything like a child. He kept on repeating, “Wonderful, wonderful!” People asked him, “What is wonderful?” He gave no answer. When the cataract of blindness, or of ignorance is removed, we will look at everything and just say, “Wonderful, wonderful!” We all see the same world with the same eyes and lose sight of the wonder that is around us. Come out of the deep coma of this never-ending sleep and see the wonder you have missed—not the noise, pollution, traffic jams, and overcrowding, but the wonder like a child starts seeing when it is born. Seeing everything as wonderful is the reward for leading a spiritual life. The reason for our birth is to enjoy this wonderful life—not just running after the shadows of money, name, and fame. It is to see the wonder of the divinity in every atom of this world. Only then will this thought be wonderful. — Satish Daryanani

children with eyes filled with delight

A Hero

Today, there are many superheroes in movies. We need super-villains to give them competition. A hero is a person who is strong and brave. My heroes are different. They did not defeat many villains, they defeated just one: themselves. Becoming a hero by your brave actions is easy, being a hero by your existence is hard. One hero has no fear of death, the other is already dead. One hero saves lives, the other teaches others how to live. One hero may have superpowers, the other may have the power over his mind to become a zero. One hero can destroy you with his laser eyes, another can melt you with his eyes. We all want to become heroes, to help and save others. We wish we had superpowers to defeat bad guys. Yet, how many would love to have the superpower to remove ignorance from this world? Both heroes are needed, both can inspire us. One entertains me in action movies, the other entertains me with peace and wisdom. Thank God for all the heroes that make my life complete. — Satish Daryanani

Super heroes

Doing it for the Love of God

Someone told me, “You must be spreading the teachings as a form of love for the Lord.” I said, “No.” We must do everything only to entertain ourselves. If someone benefits from your thoughts, words, and actions, that is a bonus. If you are giving a talk in front of a large audience and only a single person gets some benefit, then your entertainment becomes useful. Now, when it comes to the love of God, your actions or inactions have nothing to do with your love. Cherishing everything that you go through in life shows your love, as it all comes from the loving hands of the Lord. Secondly, love has no desires, not even to please the Lord. Just love Him because of His love for you. You really have no choice but to give love back. True love is wanting nothing but to be permanently in the lap of the Lord. You are living because He has some use for you. So, until the curtain closes on this human birth enjoy the show. But please do not say you are doing it for the love of God. True love is losing yourself completely in God. — Satish Daryanani

Returning Calls

There are those who return phone calls by the end of the day. Some people are busier than the president of the United States and never return calls. Slowly, these people get out of the loop. They fall into the category of Missing in Action. Even spiritual Masters prefer dealing with those who respond. They like doers, not just talkers. God also sends us messages. If these thoughts are not written or shared for the benefit of others, my phone calls from Him will stop. If you keep postponing, then eventually you will forget to respond. That is why you can set up reminders on your phone. If you are busy, make a note to call. Sometimes thoughts come when you cannot type. Just save the title and the rest of the thought will come when you are free. The value you give to someone else’s time is the same value the world will give to your time. So, please respond to messages. Thank God, at least someone needs you and has left you a message.— Satish Daryanani

Call Us hand written note

Happy Hour

Many bars offer special prices on drinks for a short time and call it “Happy Hour.” After the hour is over, you have to again pay full price for the drinks and lose your happiness. Many try to entice me to come in for the happy hour. I tell them, “You want me to lose my permanent happiness so I can enjoy your special price and be happy only for one hour. What will I do for the other twenty-three hours?” I think God should also offer us a special: Experience permanent happiness for only one hour; God can then take it away after the hour is over, but He will give it permanently to anyone who will never complain again. How many customers do you think will get this gift? If we were always happy, bars would end the happy hour. Divorce lawyers would have to file for bankruptcy. Massage therapists would have no relief to offer. No one can give or take away your happiness. Thank God everyone does not have permanent happiness. Otherwise, I would miss having my favorite special — buy one lychee martini and get the second one for free. — Satish Daryanani

Happy Hour neon sign

Standing in Lines

When we see people standing in a line at a store, we figure the products sold there must be excellent. Many restaurants purposely make people wait while tables are empty inside. If we see no lines and no customers waiting, we figure that the business is not doing well and is not worth entering. The longer the line, the more we want to go and check it out. In India, sometimes people wait for days at a temple just to get a few moments of blessings. If the same God is in a temple across the street where there are no lines, they will not go. So, God and His grace only work if you have to wait in long lines. Even with Spiritual Masters, the longer the line to get their blessings, the more evolved a soul He or She must be, so more grace and wisdom. The fewer the disciples, the less the power. The only place there is no line is for God. He has no customers, as only a handful has tasted His dishes. Social media has not rated His grace. It is easy and takes no effort, no struggle, yet we do not want to go because we will not come back as the same person. There are no refunds. We want to stand in lines to show we love God, get blessings for our desires, and be forgiven for all our wrongs. There are no lines to go directly to God just to lose your identity. So choose your path. Either be part of the herd and keep standing in lines or be the one who inspires others to create a new line where there will be no lines to limit them. — Satish Daryanani

long line of buddhist monks

Auto Show

We go to auto shows to see all the fancy cars as well as the new concepts that are not going to be on sale. People sit in expensive cars dreaming of the day they can buy them. We take a lot of pictures standing with our dream car. Whenever I see the cars, I recall the different memories and stories I had with my spiritual Masters pertaining to certain cars. One story stands out: I was with my Master in Paris looking at the Smart car. It was not available in the USA at that time. We tried our best to bring it to the USA but, after all our efforts, we could not do so. My Master dropped the subject and never discussed it again. I was upset that we had wasted half a day in Paris for nothing. I was still holding onto the Smart car in my mind. My Master behaved as if the whole incident had not taken place. My lesson was to put all the effort into something I want and, if it does not happen, drop it like a hot potato as if it did not exist. There’s no use holding on to it, no benefit. So, whenever things do not go my way, even though it may be for a good cause, drop it and let go as if it never happened. This goes for past relationships, losses in your life, any experience whether physical or mental that has wounded you, or all the things that you tried to achieve and failed. The ultimate car in this auto show of your life is the priceless one—your body. Peace is the fuel that makes your physical vehicle run smoothly on this highway of life. — Satish Daryanani

Auto Show

Blaming Others

We love to blame others for so many things. We even blame God for many issues. I used to blame my spiritual Masters when they would verbally butcher me. Yet, we must blame ourselves for everything. If you are in a tough relationship and you want to break it off, it is because you do not have the capacity to handle it. Thank the other person who is showing you all the weaknesses in your armor. You may leave the person, yet you will still be carrying your flaws and the bitterness of the person will stay in your mind. Everyone is created to grade you. Your examinations are taking place every moment. If all you get are praise and kindness from the world, you will think you are perfect. Only when there are disagreements, rubbing and scrubbing, will you know how you are fragile. For the smallest thing, we cry, lose our peace, and have animosity towards others. If someone ignores us because they have previous commitments, we stupidly end years of relationship. We are truly our worst enemies. If someone uses harsh words or abusive language, treat it like a dog barking. We do not understand what the dog is telling us. Words are said to cause more damage than physical pain. In my case, when someone punches me, it hurts. I never understand how words can hurt, there are no physical bruises. Yet, people tell me that the scars created by words can destroy you. So, build a fortress around you by knowing one fact: An actor only speaks his lines because the director tells him to. Actors play their parts so well that they affect you. They deserve an Oscar for making you forget they are just playing a role. — Satish Daryanani

Blame and denial

Gift from God

The first gift given to us by God is human birth. If we have a healthy body, have an inclination for the truth, and are given a correct guide or Guru, we are fortunate. Then, there is the gift of ego—my favorite gift from God. When He created me, He was in a good mood and therefore gave me an abundant gift of ego. This gift helps me in life. Someone might tell me, “You are spreading the teachings, yet I do not see you practicing them.” My ego is so strong that these comments do not demoralize me. If I lose money, my ego gives me self-confidence so I can always recover my Monopoly money. In spirituality, my ego tells me that there is nothing that can stop me from experiencing what my Masters would like me to experience. My ego will not separate me from the Lord, as the gift of ego is given by Him. I am never trying to be humble. Instead, I do my best to show the world the Lord’s gift of ego bestowed upon me. I only keep this one thought in mind: I did nothing to deserve this wonderful gift. It was given to me free of charge by the Lord. All I am doing is making maximum use of it. Sitting in silence, I give gratitude to the Lord for this wonderful gift. Thank you, my friend, Ego, nobody can hurt this thick-skinned person, nor can any hurdle stop the journey of my life.—Satish Daryanani

A Mad Person or a Saint

Many times, a mad person and a saint are one and the same. A person may say that everything in the world in an illusion, that nothing is real, there is no birth or death, no creator or creation. When someone says these things with conviction, either he gets followers and is considered a saint, or he is considered to be a mad person. He is either showered with flowers or has stones thrown at him. Now, if someone who really understands meets this person, he will not consider him as a saint or a mad person. Instead, he will find someone who has come from the motherland, speaking the same mother tongue. They become instant friends and he does not ask a list of questions like how to calm the mind in meditation or what will happen when I die? They are on the same wavelength—both are longing to go back to their real homes and sharing the stories of their journeys. If we consider someone a saint or a mad person, it is because we have not truly experienced everything they share. When we do, the saint or the mad person will become your best friend.—Satish Daryanani

Agree to Disagree

Some may or may not agree with the wording of these thoughts that are sent. I, too, often disagreed with my spiritual Masters. As I grew in understanding and reflected on the teachings, I realized my mistake. Everything that was told to me was for my good and was absolutely correct. So, how do we know if something is correct and if our disagreements are only due to our limited capacity to comprehend? The “I” in us is strong, so it’s not easy to accept without logic. Start with small tests. See if the teachings are helping you. Then, spend time thinking from different angles before disagreeing. See if the thought will make you humble, more efficient, and have more devotion. If not, it is ok to disagree now. One day, I promise you will laugh at all your disagreements. Ponder this point today: People climb Mount Everest, go to the North or South Pole, go deep-cave diving, swim the English Channel, or take on other great challenges. This is because we are driven by challenges. Yet, all the above challenges combined are nothing compared to the greatest challenge of all—overcoming the challenge of the lower self. It is the only reason disagreements in the teachings occur. The lower self does not want to give up the throne. — Satish Daryanani

Mt Everest

Giving Value to Our Lives

Only when we feel we are serving, helping others, and performing our duties well, do we feel there is value in our lives. Once in a while, when we get nice emails or text messages expressing gratitude for our services, we feel our lives are complete. They even encourage us to do more, and we think we are on the right path. If we are good providers and our children are successful, we think we did our duties well, so our lives were worth living. The real value of your life comes when you think that you are valueless. You feel you are on the correct track if you are going Godward: You feel that you know less today than yesterday. You are more egoistic today than yesterday. You have less faith in God today than yesterday. Your flaws are increasing daily. In your heart, you are moving away from God. Aspirants feel they are wasting their lives. There is no spiritual evolution taking place. When tears pour from a belief that your are displeasing the Lord, only then are you truly living. If some crazy person actually can benefit from your existence, then live with the pain of gratitude from seeing how a good-for-nothing was helpful because of the Lord’s grace. This is the true art of living. — Satish Daryanani

Falling Down

We fall down and sometimes get hurt. Out of embarrassment, we try to not show our pain to the world. People help us up, and we smile and thank them. We get bruised and have pain, yet we act as if we feel nothing and we cover up our mishaps. In life, too, we fall in difficult situations and we cannot show our pain to the world. We cover our pain with fake smiles and tell others that things are okay. God knows our pain, yet we do not confess it even to Him. And there also are those who fall down but do not think of the pain. They, instead, learn from the falls and do not repeat them. They are the ones who benefit. While you are young, fall physically as well as in difficult situations. You will recover faster. When you get older, you will not have to suffer as much. You will be more careful. Your bones will not break and you will not get a heart attack when people and difficult situations let you down.—Satish Daryanani

Silhouette of falling man in a suit

Take-off

While taking off, an airplane has to be at full speed. You can hear the engines at full throttle during take-off. Once it reaches cruising altitude, the speed and the sound of the engines are reduced. Airplanes burn the most fuel at take-off. If the airplane would continue the entire journey at full speed, it would run out of fuel before it reached its destination. The engines would get damaged in the long run. Our lives are the same. When starting a new project we have to do so at full throttle. As it is set up, we must learn to run it at cruise control. We, too, can burn up our inner fuel and damage our mental engine. In spirituality, we do the same. We do all austerities at full speed. Push our buttons till a discipline is formed. Then, at cruise control, let spirituality happen. No effort is needed. This balance of pushing and letting go is needed. Sometimes even an airplane increases speed in mid-flight to level off. If work needs it, you push yourself once in a while to level off, to move ahead. If you start getting complacent in your spiritual evolution, then work on your focus. But please do not run your life pushing yourself to full capacity. You will lose the fun of life itself. You will give up before reaching your goal. — Satish Daryanani

Airplane take-off reflected in auto's side mirror.

Too Good To Be True

We see deals online and, if they are too cheap, we feel that they must be scams. If the price is a few percent lower than the competition, then it is a good deal. If something is completely free, we get scared and feel it is too good to be true. Poor spiritual Masters face that problem. They make spirituality so simple that they lose customers. One day I was with my Master and told Him to use big words and make spirituality complicated. People would then think that He was a real Master. He laughed and said, “Should I use words like “transcendentalism” instead of a simple word like “accept” so people think I am knowledgeable? There is nothing else needed. No donation or service is needed to discover the truth. You need not be humble or simple to realize God. Peace can be experienced while getting a massage on the beach. Words of wisdom can be spoken by an uneducated person. Scriptures can be understood by a person of a lower caste. Becoming an awakened soul takes place in a split second. All that happens is that you wake up from the long sleep of ignorance. Now, if someone tries to tell others about these simple and easy ways, no one will believe him. They will say it is too good to be true. They will give him a one-star rating. It is a scam. Do not fall for it. — Satish Daryanani

Massage on the beach

If you win the lottery, what will you do with the money?

People waste their time thinking about and planning things before they even occur. They decide what to choose before any choice is given to them. Many plan to buy big things before they have even made a penny. It is the same in spirituality. People imagine what they will do once they achieve realization. Spend time on the current situation in your life, on the choices you have to make now: Exercise or meditate. Read a book or watch television. Spend on something you can do without, or save for a rainy day. We have so many decisions to make in our daily lives that we should get fed up with choices. Yet, we spend time choosing when a choice does not exist. There is one choice each one of us has—either choose to be peaceful or let situations disturb our peace. This choice is available every second of our lives. If we just focus on this, no other choice will matter. So, winning or not winning the lottery is not important. If you ask God for a winning lottery ticket, ask for the winning number to win the lottery of peace. The lucky number is 000000, all zeros. Want nothing, be nothing. Experience nothing, and fear nothing. Then your name will appear in the newspaper as the winner of the first billion dollar lottery. — Satish Daryanani

I am a winner button held by a woman.

People Wonder, “What Do You Do?”

People wonder about those who have unusual careers. “What is it that they really do?” I always asked my spiritual Masters, “How do you spend your time? You are in a permanent state of bliss, peace, and wisdom.” They would just close their eyes and get lost within. I wondered about an author, who writes one or two books a year. How does he spend his time? My friends who have retired, what are they doing to not get bored? Here’s the secret. When two people talk, it can get tiring after a while. You will even run out of topics to talk about. Sometimes, you might end up arguing, as the two of you have different points of view. The one who can enjoy a conversation with the Lord has a different life. The conversation is not verbal, it is from within. The Lord has a great sense of humor and wisdom. The conversation is in the form of experiences, deep inner peace, silliness, just looking at each other with love, troubling Him, and wishing this life will never end. Sometimes, I wish that there was nobody, only the mind. Enjoying being with the Lord without any physical needs. Like in the movies, only a functioning head with nothing below the neck. How can you explain to someone what you do? Those who have not built this relationship are missing the best part of life. Not God as a business where you do things and get things, not God as a complaint box, not as a wishing well or a fortune cookie, but God as a 24-hour free entertainment arcade with all the video games in one room to enjoy. You will never want to leave the room. It’s like being in a virtual reality game permanently. All your desires, fears, attachments, and concerns are lost in the game. The Lord is the only player you are playing against. You can never win. You will be astonished as to how little you know. — Satish Daryanani

Virtual Reality game

A Revolving Door

Make your life like a revolving door. Friends may come and go. Money may come and go. Name, fame, power, and possessions may come and go. You are not affected. There is no one standing by to keep a count of how many came and went. An open door wastes air-conditioning and heating and allows mosquitoes and other bugs to enter as well. A revolving door is energy-efficient and good for the environment. The door of your life is not closed to anyone. Others have to put out a little effort to push the revolving door to enter or leave your life. This is not an automatic revolving door, with too much maintenance expense. This even gives the Lord the choice to extend His grace or to take it back. You are not possessive of anyone or anything. The Lord and the Spiritual Masters can come and go in your life. Even health and sickness can come and go. This way you are not attached to or stuck with these guests. You become a receptionist in your hotel. Welcome all of them and wish them well when they decide to check out. Even if God checks out of your life, wish Him well and say, “See you soon.” So, all those who come into your life and then do a final check-out will not make you sad, as you are used to having guests stay for a short while, not permanently. Have fun with all those who come to enjoy your hospitality. — Satish Daryanani

Waiting for the Doctor

Our common sense tells us how much to eat, how much to exercise, how much sun we need, how much to rest. We wait for our bodies to be deficient in vital minerals and then go to a doctor who tells us what to do. We fall sick, become weak, and feel low. Then we try to recover rather than maintain a healthy body. Similarly, spiritual Masters guide us to sit in silence. Do not chew more than you eat, as far as your workload goes. We get stressed by making too many commitments. Build a relationship with the Lord when things are fine. Help others when you have an abundance. Then, if hurdles come, they are only small stepping stones in life. We do not need a doctor to guide our bodies or a psychiatrist to deal with our minds. We know what is good for us and do not yield to our greed, laziness, or weaknesses. People do small things that hurt us, we lose relationships, and we end up feeling isolated. All of our self-caused sufferings come from a lack of discipline of the mind. Our health, feelings, insecurities, stress, and anxiety arise from that. Work on the mind and all the so-called challenges will disappear. Then, your peace is maintained even though external situations in your life may not cooperate with your will. — Satish Daryanani

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Preview vs. the Actual Movie

Sometimes the previews of a movie are so good that we get excited and then we get disappointed when we watch the actual movie. We even make jokes about Hell. We enjoy ourselves so much on the first day, that we chose Hell over Heaven until we live there and experience and realize the suffering. Spiritual Masters woo us with their love, and, once they have us in their webs, the roasting begins. God, who is not a good director, has not made a good preview to show us the world of peace and the ecstasy within. Even the experience of being with Him is a poor preview. Whatever we think about peace, truth, and other aspects of spirituality, the actuality is far, far greater than what we can even imagine. There will be no disappointments. The only regrets that will come are, “Why did I waste my precious years not experiencing what I already have?” If God hired Steven Spielberg to make the trailer of the movie within us, He would increase His business. It is due to poor marketing that He only has a few thousand customers who have experienced the movie within. This experience, like wine, improves in time. The movie gets better and better as our ability to grasp increases. The vastness of the mind increases as the depth increases. It is not like seeing 25 movies, like the next James Bond movie which is the 25th in the franchise. It is only one, never-ending movie without a conclusion. So, enjoy this movie. — Satish Daryanani