Slippery Slope of Ice

Master: Life is like a slippery slope of ice. First we start playing cards with friends, then, later, having fun in the casinos betting on our favorite sports teams, which may lead to gambling more and more. Everything we do starts small, be it with alcohol, drugs or other vices. We may grow in our practices but, one small slip up and we slide all the way down to the bottom. This slippery slope of ice is what makes us human. We may take a few steps forward but with a small slip we are back to the beginning. Thus is devotion, discipline, dedication, along with grace required to be on top of the world. Then life becomes like a plateau and nothing can bring you down. All your efforts have paid off. It may be a little lonely up there but you are not alone. The view is wonderful and you will end up giving a helping hand to others to join you.Satish Daryanani

Near and Dear

Master: You don’t like reading books and yet, you finished reading the manuscript of “The New Age Diet” in a few days. It covers the subject which is near and dear to you—Vegetarianism. Whatever is near and dear to you becomes effortless and you do your best. When God becomes near and dear to you then God’s hand is seen in everything. You become God-intoxicated and nothing else can attract you. You see God, God, and nothing but God. Oh my God! People ask me how they can get closer to God. I reply that God is not near and dear to you so, for now, pray for grace. For an athlete, basketball could be so near and dear that they become masters of the game. For others it could be something else. We have to choose what we want to be drawn to. This becomes our focal point in life. I use to joke and say, “My focal point is to trouble all the masters.” The Master just smiled and said, “We enjoy you troubling us, as it is done with a pure heart. The disciples become so near and dear to the Masters that the Masters spend their lives uplifting the disciples toward God realization. Satish Daryanani

Blame Game

Master: It is easy to blame everyone but yourself. If you find no one to blame, we can always blame it on God. We are created not to be perfect but to keep striving for perfection. Our personalities put us in situations that can either benefit or hurt us. We are supposed to learn from every situation and spend less time blaming anyone. The Masters are ready to take the blame on themselves so that their disciples can move on in their lives. In the long run, being able to understand that everything happens out of love and for your benefit will stop you from blaming anyone and instead have appreciation for all your experiences. Everything is for your own good. There is a song, “Blame it on the rain,” but if you know how to dance in the rain then you can’t even blame it on the rain. Satish Daryanani

An Instrument

Master: An instrument requires skill to be used correctly. That brings out the best of the instrument. We know we are all instruments of God, so the Player of all the instruments is the same. Yet, some instruments are used more than others. Your job as an instrument is to be ready whether you are used or not. You could be a rusty, blunt saw hanging on a garage wall—teaching others what not to be, or you could be a fountain pen writing beautiful poems in the glory of God. Both have equal value. The difference is the pen can get ego and the saw may go through depression. Just keep in mind, God is a good business person. He does not waste His resources on anyone who does not serve His purpose. We are all just parts of His master plan. Satish Daryanani

Our Will

Master: We say God’s will but, that does not mean we should not put in our best effort. Think it is all your will so you do your best. God is not here to just carry you for the rest of your life. He gave you legs so you can carry your own weight. Think of God as a spare tire; You move through life on your own four wheels. You are never disappointed, as your will and God’s will becomes one and the same. We all know we have to do our best and leave the rest and yet, we either want to take the entire world on our shoulders or sit in a wheel chair and be taken care of. Take the middle path which is best of both the worlds. Satish Daryanani

Pleasure

Master: Everyone seeks pleasure. Some only know pleasure from their senses and become a slave of it. Some derive pleasure from drinking, smoking or inhaling products that give them a temporary high. Some get pleasure from pain, power and possession. There are a handful that seek pleasure from deep within. They are fed up of all the temporary pleasures they have experienced. They get pleasure from giving pleasure to others. There is nothing wrong with pleasure, as God created us for His own pleasure. We get pleasure from being around spiritual Masters, as they are helping us to discover all the hidden pleasures we have not experienced. Seeking God is also for our pleasure, as we want to experience the source of all our pleasures. Satish Daryanani

Ice Cube

Master: In spirituality, to grow more and more, you need to be ordinary—like water. You need not become extraordinary like an ice cube. As grace pours upon you infinite experiences, you spend time digesting them and not expelling them. You keep silent and do not advertise all that you have learned. The more you evolve the more people will think you are gaining nothing. This brings humility, as you are crushed by grace. Satish Daryanani

Cosmic Power

Master: The mind and body limit us. We need to get in tune with the cosmic power. In time, you get the cosmic vision. That is why in the Star Wars movies they say, “May the force be with you.” We need to transcend from all our limitations that bind us to the reality of our true selves. All the questions and answers we have are to help us discover the cosmic energy within. Obstacles come in our lives to motivate us to seek something  more than what we experience through our senses. The Masters are only guides, inspiring everyone. That is why it is called cosmic—meant for everyone, not just a select few. Satish Daryanani

Expert

Master: No matter how good you are at something, there will always be someone better than you. All records set by athletes will eventually be broken. My Master was an avid walker but, after his fall he needed assistance. It is with God’s grace that we have talents but they can be taken away at anytime. Masters know they are experts of nothing, not out of humility but, from knowing more and more. The more you know the less you are an expert. Others might think you are an expert but you know within yourself that there is a lot more to learn. I thought I was an expert in pushing peoples buttons, until I found myself at the receiving end of having my buttons pushed by my Masters. Satish Daryanani

Worry

Worry

  • Master: One of my favorite songs is “Don’t worry, be happy.” We all want happiness and most people get happiness by worrying. There was a rich old man who who started worrying after calculating his wealth and realizing that he only had enough money to take care of his next eight generations and not beyond that. We even worry about things after we are gone. There are people who worry about their Masters and God. Young people who have good health and enough income also worry about their old age and retirement. Even the Masters worry about how to help their devotees be free from worries. I have to worry about what topic to cover for tomorrow. Satish Daryanani

Mother’s Day

Master: God could not be in the physical form everywhere, so He created mothers. A mother is anyone who has developed a mother’s heart. Spiritual masters can be considered as mothers, as their devotees become their children. When I pray, I see God as my mother, as mothers are easier to please. Fathers have hard heads. Remembering mothers when they are not with you in their physical forms makes you appreciate them more, as you know all their love and effort has made you what you are today. It is the mother who helps you initially, then the spiritual Master takes over. Today, instead of just celebrating Mother’s Day, let us remind ourselves how little we appreciate our mothers during the rest of the year. Satish Daryanani

Paying the Price

Master: We all have to pay a price for our thoughts and actions. For some people the price will feel like punishment and that they have to atone for their sins. For others it will be a blessing, as they get a chance to detach and be free from the world. Even the cleansing of the physical body could help us separate from the attachment to this physical form. The master could act as a butcher to help you detach from this physical from and become independent. The teacher now lives with you through his teachings. Sometimes you may feel you have not done wrong and are still part of this obstacle course. That is a blessing for your good deeds, as it is helps you grow. No matter if you do good or bad, the experiences you face can help you only if you know how to benefit from everything you face in life. — Satish Daryanani

Wanting

Master: We all want something. We must want to live in order to stay alive. We want God and God wants us. We want to be with the Masters and the Masters want to be with us. Wanting is okay. It’s when our wants don’t manifest that it matters how we react. We want to be loved but we receive love only if we are able to give love. We want peace yet, it is the wants that disturb our peace. We even want to come back in the human form over and over again. So we are not free. Ultimately, that should be on our most wanted list—being free from the results of our wants. Satish Daryanani 

A Mirror

Master: We use mirrors to see our reflections and make ourselves look nice for the world. The mind, too, is a mirror in which we can see the reflections of our thoughts. We don’t spend time to improve our thoughts but, we use make up to beautify our faces for the world to admire. My master joked and said that ladies look prettier in the evening because of what they put on. Instead, if we become aware of our thoughts that reflect on our faces then no make up is needed. Our faces express a mixture of emotions—joy, sorrow, stress, anxiety, and more. We can end up smiling for no reason when we are permanently happy. Clean the mirror of the mind and enjoy the spotless world that has been created. Satish Daryanani

How Little We Know

Master: What we know is not even equal to a grain of sand compared to what is out there in the Universe. We think we are smart and know it all but, once that illusion is removed, we are ready for God’s hand in play. We plan and discuss so much yet, everything can change in a split second. This war and virus are good examples of that. Yet, when success happens, we to want to take all the credit. We want to know and understand God’s plan so all the whys, whens, and hows takes place. The more you realize your limitations the more God’s plan opens up for you. You will see perfection in everything, as everything came from the Perfect One. The spiritual Masters are there to teach us how little they, too, know. They show humility because they know the truth about their limited intelligence. That is why they say, “God is everything, we are nothing.” Satish Daryanani

Shaving Your Head

Shaving Your Head

Master: Some people shave their heads when they visit holy places as an offering to the Lord. The hair is collected and sold to be used for extensions and wigs. Hair is a big part of our vanity so, by shaving our heads, we let go of our identifications. A hard dried coconut has husk which is removed. Then the bare shell is broken and the cream shows up. When the hair is removed the bald head (ego) is ready to be broken and the mind is open for grace to be poured. We all seek blessings but, how many are ready for this hard head to be cracked open? We start with the hair but the skull is a hard nut to crack. Satish Daryanani

Coincidence

Master: There are no such things as coincidences. Everything happens according to God’s plan. It’s like watching Netflix—everything is available online. The only delay is when you decide to watch it. You cannot change even a second from any episode. When we meet new people, get new opportunities, have new experiences, these are all meant to happen. Even meeting the many masters at different times in my life was because I was ready to receive their grace and wisdom. It is not coincidence if sometimes you feel these words are written for you. They were meant to be read when you needed them. It’s not a coincidence that I remembered this conversation today. It was meant to be written today. Satish Daryanani

Open Mind

Master: Spirituality helps us open our minds. As we reflect on the teachings, our minds slowly open up to the benefits of the teachings. Many parents and schools teachers just want the children to obey what they tell them without giving them correct explanations. People are always looking for new businesses to get into but, their minds are closed to only what they know and what they have done their whole lives. Opening the mind gives new dimensions and opportunities. Many times we get to learn from our disciples, as they ask questions based on their experiences. With an open mind one can never get bored, as discovering new things keeps them young and enthusiastic. Satish Daryanani

Education

Master: We all are students in the university of life. Being around spiritual masters you get knowledge of the teachings. With austerities and grace, you may get to experience the teachings. Knowledge from the world can help you in your career and enable you to converse with people. Wisdom makes you silent, as it is hard to explain. You now understand the meaning of life and now can enjoy this precious human form. Most of us use approximately 10 percent of our brains to gather all the knowledge. Wisdom requires zero percent of the brain, as nothing is stored. Instead, the more you think the less you experience. Knowledge is to deal with the world and wisdom to leave the world. Satish Daryanani

Double Pan Balance Scale

Master: There are two sides to this balance scale. If there are losses on one side only then can there be profits on the other. If there is suffering in your life that pulls the scale down then happiness is waiting for you on the other side of the scale. When both sides of the scale are aligned perfectly, you become well-balanced. Being well-balanced is only a state of mind-not from all the situations you face. If you are waiting for life to be perfectly balanced, you will be waiting for eternity. It will never happen. Enjoy sitting on the see-saw called life but, be well-balanced within. Satish Daryanani