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

Girl with beach umbrella

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

25th James Bond illusration

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Tug Boats

When big vessels come into a harbor, two tug boats are required to maneuver them to dock. If the two tug boats do not communicate with each other and go in opposite directions, the ship could get damaged. We, too, are ships. The bigger the ego, the bigger the ship. We do not learn from our lessons. The two tug boats are guidance and grace. People come into our lives to give us guidance, they are the first tug boats. With every birthday that goes by, have you learned anything? If you are still the same, then the first tug boat cannot do anything. The second tug boat is grace. We do not have faith in grace, so we resist the efforts of the tug boats. Whatever is due to us will come to us, yet the big ego wants to take on all the pressure. These two tug boats are at full throttle, yet the ship cannot dock and rest. We are restless in the ocean while a safe harbor awaits us. So, like the captain of a vessel, let go of the ship, which is the ego, and let the two tug boats do their jobs. Then you can enjoy the steadiness of a solid dock. Enough of rocking in the open seas.— Satish Daryanani

tug boats and cruise ship

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

When we are around people, we get attached to them. Once we part from them, due to our busy lives, we tend to not think of them as much. I remember so many very close school friends. Now that we have not kept in touch, they are not on my mind. Honestly, when I was busy working and sometimes did not get to see my spiritual Masters, they, too, went out of my mind. How do we expect to keep God in our minds when He is always out of our sight? It happens when God turns from a physical form into an experience form. You can forget anyone and anything if you lose connection. Can a business person ever forget money? Can a mother forget her newborn child? When God is closer to you than anyone or anything, the presence is felt permanently. It is a form of love and peace. It is wisdom and friendship that goes hand in hand. It is always in the background when you need the focus to function in the world. It is a merger and a separation, depending on your mood. There is permanent gratitude and wonder of the Divine presence. There is no fear or guilt with your Beloved. Still, pray and long for the presence of the Lord even though you are permanently in His presence. A buddy that you can joke with, talk to, confess to, and make fun of. Both are crazy to put up with each other. We have no choice and are stuck with each other until eternity. So, never out of sight and never out of mind. — Satish Daryanani

So near, yet so far illustration

We Want Justice

Someone told me there has to be Hell, as all those who do wrong have to go there. There has to be justice for that. So, Heaven indirectly is our reward for being good. Who are we to judge who is good or bad? Most people think they are good and, according to that assumption, Hell should have no customers and will go bankrupt. We think a priest is good and a prostitute is bad. We do not know anyone’s devotion and purity of the heart. A sign of a good person is being able to see good in another, see their strengths, and work to bring out their qualities. My Hell will be the day I think I am good. Working to correct my flaws is my Heaven. Justice in life is not my problem. What comes to me is justified, as it has come from the supreme, supreme judge. We suffer so much trying to be a policeman for the world. Let others be the way they are. You can find even a good quality in Donald Trump. He sticks to his campaign promises. There are as many qualities that we have to work on as there are people. Let me start with one—not finding faults in others. — Satish Daryanani

Justice

Laughing and Crying

I know people who, while laughing, have tears falling from their eyes. Many times, I meet people who, when they talk about spirituality, cry from longing for the truth. There are some who do not cry or laugh. I have seen spiritual Masters who have belly laughter. Yet, when they talk of their Masters, or of their love for the Lord, tears come to their eyes. Once, my Master had tears in His eyes from the love His disciples showered upon Him. He said, “This piece of dirt received the grace of the Lord. You see His hand working through me and it is this love that is being shown. It should be the love for the Lord, not for this good-for-nothing person.” It is the sign of a healthy person to have the ability to laugh and cry. Please, do not cry to complain or laugh at others misfortunes. Cry for longing, not for attachments or letting your feelings get hurt. Laugh at your own stupidity that you thought the world would end in 2012. Laugh that you think birth and death is real. Laugh if you think by satisfying your desires you will be happy. Laugh if you think you can change your wife. Above all, laugh if you think you are in control of what is happening in the world. Cry that you wasted so many years thinking this world was real. Cry that you tried to change everything but yourself. Cry that this will be the last Avengers movie. Above all, cry that you did not experience God, who was lying dormant within you. So, enjoy laughing and crying to spice up your life.—Satish Daryanani

laughing and crying triangular, stick dolls.

Q. Why do people block out others?

A. On our phones, we have a feature that lets us block callers. If we do not want to communicate with someone, we can use this feature. When people do not want to get hurt, they tend to block out the world. They are insecure so they stay away from others. It takes a lot to win their trust. Maybe others have taken advantage of them and they do not wish to go through the painful experience again. It is not easy to convince them to forgive and let people back in their lives. They prefer being left alone. If they choose to be left alone for their spiritual evolution, that is different. One comes from your choice and the other comes from the world choosing it for you. Living an isolated life does not help you in developing your inner capabilities. The more people hurt you, take advantage of you, betray your trust, and insult you, the more you grow in spirituality. See all these tests as a blessing. To see God in God is easy. To see God in all those who test you is real devotion. Block all the junk calls trying to sell you things you do not need. Accept the calls that push you so hard that you may lose faith in God. So go ahead and answer the calls from your mother-in-law first. Others can follow. — Satish Daryanani

blocked calls illustration

Letting Things Develop

I am an impatient person. Even when I toast a slice of bread, I keep staring at the toaster waiting for the bread to turn brown. In business, the bigger the deal, the longer it takes to develop. When I started to meditate and practiced controlling the mind, my mind would wander. I used to discuss this with my spiritual Master and tell him that His grace and the repetition of the holy name given by Him were not working.  My Masters encouraged me not to give up. Last night, on television, a woman said she takes marijuana to help her relax and meditate. You do not need anything from outside to enjoy what you already have within. Let your development take place naturally, do not force it. Like the toast, if you want the correct crispness, let it develop. Some movies are slow, but, if you sit and see the entire movie, the conclusion can astonish you. Let the movie within you play. There is no conclusion, as it is a never-ending journey. The development of experiences can change your life. Your reactions change as you let the scenes of the movie develop. The more you let things develop, the greater the reward. If God and the Masters have patience with your evolution, so you, too, should have patience with their warming grace. Then the world can enjoy the fragrance of baking bread and eating the fresh, hot toast that comes out of the oven of self-discovery.— Satish Daryanani

baking cake in an oven

Inheritance

A very rich person who was calculating his wealth. He was so wealthy  that for eight generations his family would not need to work. His wife saw him looking very sad; his fear was for the ninth generation and how would they be able to manage. We laugh at his stupidity, and yet I see grandparents worrying about it today. You did a poor job with your children if they are not capable of taking care of their own children. You will be dead, so what will it matter? Just by leaving money, will the problems of your grandchildren or great grandchildren matter? To worry about anything after your death is like the story above. Your spouse, family members, and friends may be better off without you. If you want to feel human and worry about something, then worry about expanding your mind while you are alive. The more you enjoy your life with infinite peace, joy, wisdom, and divinity, the more you make your life worth living. There is so much to discover that even a hundred years is not enough. If you do want to leave an inheritance, then leave this wealth by showing your loved ones the benefits of expanding the mind. — Satish Daryanani 

Family tree

Our Value

I went on a trip for 10 days and, during this time, I did not send out any thoughts and did not have much interaction with people. Yet, everything in the world was perfect. We think we are important and give much value to our own existence. A friend of mine who owns a retail store just told me that he had taken a month off from his business and that the store had the best sales in its history. I told him he should retire and let his team do a better job. Your value in life comes only when others let you feel they need you. In my case, people make me feel they need me out of their charitable budget—it’s their good deed for the day. This speck of a speck puts so much value on himself, thinking that he is serving God and the world. Instead, I want to thank everyone for putting up with me so my existence is not wasted. This time off taught me that it is others who bring value to my life and not the other way around. — Satish Daryanani

Woman with umbrella i large amphitheater

Q. Who is asking the question?

A. If we spend our entire life just on this question, our lives will be worth living. The Who was the perfect name for the band that played rock music. Who has a doubt? Who is the one going to understand? The two whos are different. One of the whos has all the questions and the other has all the answers. The only thing missing is that there is no wireless connection or a HDMI wire connecting the two. One is worried, stressed, confused, and depressed. The other has no customers and is bored. One wants to be a slave of the world. The other is the master of the world. One who has complaints. The other who sees perfection in everything. One who seeks grace, the other gives nothing but grace. Both the whos are really one and the same. Yet, until we work on the true who, the two will separate.— Satish Daryanani

The Who

Action vs. Reaction

Actions and reactions are interconnected. If your actions are of a selfish nature then, automatically when someone says or does something wrong to you, it will immediately upset you. Your ego dominates both your actions and reactions. If your action is an offering to the Lord, then your reactions to what comes to you will be considered as blessings. Actions and reactions are nothing but mirrors in life. If your actions are out of fear, then your reactions, too, will be of fear. If your actions are of a compassionate nature, your reactions, too, will be the same, as you do not wish to hurt anyone. If actions are spontaneous, so will be the reactions. Patience in your actions will teach you patience in your reactions. Regrets of actions will give you regrets in your reactions. The more you control your actions from thoughts, the more it will help you not react irrationally. Only when you get fed up with apologizing all of the time because of your actions and reactions, will you start the habit of pausing before acting or reacting. Is the action worth doing, and is this reaction necessary? I, too, am struggling in this. Hopefully one day the Lord will bless me with the strength to overcome this weakness. — Satish Daryanani

Silver balls hang in action and reaction

Winds of Desire

The waters of the ocean are calm. As soon as a desire comes, it creates wind, which creates waves. The stronger the desire, the larger are the waves that come crashing towards the shore. Even the desire to serve and change the world creates waves. We work day and night trying to calm the waves of desire. We may even use as an excuse satisfying the desires of our family members. We take on a lot of stress and make sacrifices to satisfy the desire to be rich. We think all our desires can be purchased with money. Show me how to satisfy with money the desire of being peaceful. More choices will be available to you when you gain more wealth. These choices create even more desires, leading to more misery. Whenever you can be of service, do your part. Then, service takes place without you even being aware of it. The calmness of a desireless mind can be experienced by others. Recently, I got caught up in this web. This thought is for me. When I let go, I automatically became free. My biggest desire was to influence people to turn to a vegetarian diet and to spread the teachings. I became a slave to that. Now I am free.  My desire to change the world has changed to the desire for my own transformation. — Satish Daryanani

 

 

Ocean wave

Mind Your Mind

When I was in the retail and wholesale businesses, I used to see people walking around to see how many customers were in their competitors’ stores. They would not mind their own business but were more interested in others’ businesses. Similarly, we are more interested in influencing the minds of others rather than working on our own minds. My spiritual Master gave me a holy Mantra to chant that would keep my mind occupied. Eventually, with the grace of God, that too drops away when the mind links with the One who has created the mind. You get such wonderful experiences that cannot be described with words. You even ask God, “Do I have to come back to this asylum to do my part, or can I just stay here permanently?” To reach this stage, we have to be aware of how we spend our time. If a phone call pertains to my duties, spreading the teachings, or any form of service, then I answer it. Otherwise, short text messages are fine. Realizing that most thoughts are unnecessary, we still spend so much time on them. Most of what I dream and what actually happens are poles apart. We waste a lot of time in imagining what heaven is like, what God looks like, when will we attain realization, will we be reincarnated, or who we were in our previous lives. Spend time only in witnessing your crazy mind. It is better than the cinema or Netflix. Slowly, the mind gets tired of wondering and the true joy of the human form can be enjoyed. Experience being in the lap of the Lord. Nothing can make you happier than being at this state permanently. This is true heaven. So, mind your mind and you will become free from the mind.—Satish Daryanani

Woman's silhouette with words of awareness

Motivation and Inspiration

Motivation is used to bring out the best in people. We get complacent, so bosses, coaches, parents, and motivational speakers are instrumental in pushing our buttons. Even fans in a stadium can motivate the players by cheering. Inspiration is caused by the actions of the one who wants to inspire, by living the teachings. Inspiration brings out hidden, inner strengths. People do not know their own capabilities so, if you inspire them correctly, they can build up their self-confidence and the focus that is in them—the good qualities that are within each and every one of us. The main difference is that motivation can be done with the mind, inspiration comes when the person does it from his or her heart. Teachers motivate, but spiritual Masters inspire. — Satish Daryanani

 

lightbulbs

What You Are

If you identify as a father or a mother, you deal with all the issues of a parent. A husband or a wife, then you have to deal with marital issues. If you identify with the body, then you have to put up with the physical elements of the body. If you identify with the mind, then you have to deal with stress, happiness or unhappiness, excitement or depression. If you identify with the soul, then you think of Heaven, Hell, reincarnation, and karma. Now, if you identify with nothing there are no issues with which to deal. There are no further concerns or fears over your past actions. There is nothing that has happened or is going to happen. No one is there to experience anything. It is not easy to reach this state. When you get fed up with all the responsibilities of the previous identifications, you give up and become nothing. It is this nothingness, or zero, that will set you free. Then all questions are over. — Satish Daryanani

zero carved out of wood

Record Player

In olden days, people used gramophones to listen to music. They had to place the needle on the correct track to hear the music. If only there was one record that could hold all the music ever created and in every language, then, all we would have had to do is find the correct track, and we could listen to any music, whenever we wanted. That is what inner wisdom is—one record with all that we need within us. Use the inner needle of the mind, and all the information that the Lord has will be yours. Listen to it in the words you hear and the experiences you have and you can enjoy His music. How can we find that needle within us? Focus, devotion, silence, and letting go make the needle function. Then, depending upon the situation and the questions asked by others, you will put the needle on the correct track. That is why the spiritual Masters say, “I learn from your questions.” Questions help them find the track and learn the answers. This fun of wisdom is to be discovered, then you can start your own discovery channel.—Satish Daryanani

Gramophone

First Choice

Many years ago, I had a retail store. My store was the first store that every tourist had to pass by. No matter what I did or what price I gave, customers wanted to look and compare it with other stores. Even if I offered them one-tenth of my raw cost, they still would not buy. I wondered: If I gave them God, would they still want to look around and compare, looking for a better God? If these people went to Heaven, they may still want to check out Hell to see if that was better. We do not accept as best that which comes to us first until we look and compare all the options. Even if our dream house comes to us within our price range, we will still want to shop around. People even shop around to find the perfect Master. They keep changing religions to fill the void within. When we start developing faith and follow our instincts, we will know right away what is good for us. There will be no need to shop around or waste time on Google. Once, we had to paint all the buildings of an organization. Out of 30 colors, we narrowed down the choices to three: White, so they will refuse, as it gets dirty easily; Barn Red, so it would be rejected right away; and a perfect neutral color that they should have picked immediately. Yet, it took me months to get approval. Imagine, if we gave the organization all the 30 colors to pick from, it would take a lifetime to get approval. We overthink and get nothing done. The Lord knows what is good for you and sends it right away. When anything comes easily, we think something is wrong. What is the catch? The catch is that the Lord loves us and does not want us to waste our precious moments searching when what we are looking for is right under our nose. — Satish Daryanani

Excess Baggage

We have to pay the airlines for the extra weight in our bags when we travel, so we try our best to distribute the weight among our bags so that we do not have to pay the fees. It is good that the airlines do not charge fees for the excess weight of the passengers or I would have to pay fees on every flight. We overindulge in food and are overweight. We buy and possess more than we need, and so we have to pay the airlines fees and also own storage rooms to keep all our extras. We are going to leave all this weight behind, yet we want to own more and more. If something is not used for four years or more, it should be donated or thrown away. We won’t miss it. I love the United States Tax department. After seven years, we can get rid of all our paperwork. Shouldn’t we do the same in our lives? The excessive fear, grudges, insecurities, the losses we had, the sorrow of losing a loved one—all the burdens we bear should be deleted after seven years. Neither the government nor we need them. Then, when we travel on our ultimate journey, there will be no fees to pay, as we are not carrying any load from this life or our previous ones. Just a roll-away bag and your favorite pillow in it will help you sleep well.— Satish Daryanani

 

Carousels of baggage

Being a Boss

Most people want to become bosses, yet being a boss comes with a lot of responsibilities. The first ones are taking care of the employees, paying them on time, and keeping your promises to them. Many times, bosses do not see things from the employees’ point of view. They think they are giving them money so they own them. We go to restaurants, stores, and other businesses where we may never meet the owner. If the employees do not treat us correctly, we will never go there again. The bosses should realize they are working for the Boss of all. The same God made them, their employees, vendors, and customers. So they are only the caretakers for the One who owns all the businesses. If you do not do a good job, you too can get fired by going out of business. So, bosses, you have a lot of responsibilities. The employees only have to deal with one boss. You have to deal with so many employees. Good luck. — Satish Daryanani

Employees with Female Boss

Contentment vs. Complancey

There is a thin line between the two. Many people who are actually complacent tell the world they are content and end up doing nothing. Contented persons put out as much effort as greedy people, but are free from the fruit of their labor. They do not sit idle and waste their lives away. They are people of action and end up doing a better job, as they are not attached. A complacent person uses God and, without doing anything, says, “Whatever the Lord gives me is fine.” The contented person offers everything to the Lord without even seeking the blessings of the Lord. That person has discovered and experienced deep inner peace. Contented people may strive to become billionaires, world champions, superstars, and yet, if they have no money, name, and fame, they are unaffected. So, to my complacent friends: Please do not be content with your complacency. — Satish Daryanani

Lambs

Good- and Bad-natured People

The opposite of good is bad. If there are good-natured people, then there are also bad-natured people. Let’s focus on the goodness of humanity. People with good natures are humble, loving, patient, service full, and forgiving. Then there are bad-natured people, like me: selfish, hot-tempered, ruthless, egoistic, and impatient. Most people fall in between. It is easy to deal with good-natured people, yet, to live in this world, you have to deal with the bad. You have to see the same Divinity in them, too—buried deep, but there. They are your barometers to see if you have any of their qualities. They are needed, as they push your buttons. You may even feel like killing them at times. They are here to bring out the best in you, to test your inner capacity. See if you can inspire them with your reactions. I have seen that the spiritual Masters keep them near so as to have challenges in their lives. I have seen many transformed. I thank God for bad-natured people, for life is useless with only good-natured ones. Imagine an entire school of A+, obedient, good students. No dentition rooms are needed. If you are a good-natured person, thank the bad-natured ones for making you look good. — Satish Daryanani

Boy hiding his face

Q. Why does God test us so much?

A. We believe that God tests those who have faith in Him, those who are close to Him and love Him. We see so many undeserving people getting away scot-free. It seems like God has forgotten us. It may be that the more we think of the Lord, the more challenges we face. The reason is that time is spent on those who have potential. God has not given up on us. His grace also comes in the form of tests, which are for our growth. Imagine if you ran an obstacle race: Would you still win the trophy if you went around all the hurdles and finished first? We have to jump over each and every hurdle to win the biggest trophy—the prize of being free from God’s tests. You will graduate. So, the physical, mental, financial, and family-members tests are His way of showing His love for you. You might pray to God, “Please do not shower so much of Your love on me. I am overwhelmed by Your love in the form of these tests. Still, the more I want to get closer to You, the more I will be tested by You.” It is up to you. If you want a soft comfortable life without tests, you will remain in the same classroom. If you want to graduate, then welcome the tests as examination papers. — Satish Daryanani

Graduates tossing the caps in the air

Interacting with an Older Person

Youth can learn from the experiences of an older person, yet, the generation gap makes it hard to interact. Sometimes, we feel that the older generation is more conservative, as they see life differently. They have limited time and do not like taking risks. They live in the past, while the young live in the future. It’s not easy to reach a happy medium. We still should have respect and seek their blessings. Elders are, sometimes unable to progress in their spiritual evolution, as they spend more time making ends meet. Younger people may be able to go deeper in their spiritual evolution, as they may not have seen a lot of hardships and thus have less fear. Above all, youngsters are not bound by the rituals and dogmas of organized religions. They are free-spirited and do not get caught up in rituals and seeking approval from society. For elders and youth to see eye-to-eye is not easy, yet there can be love and appreciation of each other’s points of view. Both may be correct, based on the times in which they live. There is no point in putting anyone down. Instead, see the strengths of each generation: the hard work, patience, simplicity, family values, and reverence of the older generation and the spontaneity, fearlessness, carefreeness, social justice, and environment-friendly attitudes of the younger generation. One could have the best from both the generations and become a truly wise person. — Satish Daryanani

Young man and old man

Q. Is God satisfied with our actions?

A. If God depended on our actions for His satisfaction, He would be permanently miserable. Even Spiritual Masters do not depend for satisfaction on the actions of their devotees. If parents, family members, and friends only understood this, they would not get disappointed. Your job is to teach others with your own actions and not depend on the implementation of your teachings. God and the Masters have shown us the correct way to live and react. If we live that way, we benefit. They do not base their happiness on our performances. So, if you spread the teachings to someone, be free from caring about whether or not others truly understand and practice. Your job is to do your best. We want our efforts to bear fruit instantly. Sometimes it takes time for people to learn. The Masters are patient. One day, this fruit too will ripen. They do not give up hope. When we get tired of shedding tears like the Niagara Falls, as situations in life throw curve balls, only then can we work on living a perfect life, where our will is blended with God’s will. You, too, will be completely satisfied and no longer depend on God’s actions. Both you and He will be free from each other’s actions. — Satish Daryanani

Curve ball

Over My Head

I heard from people that some of the messages I sent went over their heads. They want simple messages that everyone understands. Yet sometimes, to go the next step and understand, takes time. For example, when a person leaves the body, we say that they will have a seat next to God. Others pray so that they will go to heaven. Even on the death anniversary of a person who died years ago, people pray that he or she is with God. So, do you want them to be with God after they die even if they did not build a relationship with God? If God was real for that person and if they had such a close relationship with God while they were alive, please do not waste your prayers on them. Their fate is determined within a few moments after they pass away. If they are attached to worldly things, you can pray for them to move on. You can even joke with them that you are better off without them, that you have computerized their business and have become more successful. Death is nothing but the extension of life. Spend your prayers on people when they are alive. You cannot change anyone when they are in the astral form. If this is understood, then you are on the right track. You can pray and send blessings to God when I die, as you should have empathy for Him having to put up with me all the time. — Satish Daryanani

kid puzzled by phone message

Be Yourself

I was not created to be the next Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, or Rockefeller. I was created to be just me, a blunt, rusty saw, teaching others what not to be. I’m not trying to be a Master or a Guru. The Lord made each and every one perfect in His plan. We are influenced by celebrities, and people want to be like one of them. Stefan Curry did not try to be like Michael Jordan. Now, everyone is trying to copy his style of playing. Elon Musk, the owner of the car company, Tesla, did not try to copy Ford or Toyota. People like to copy others. Make your own mark in the world so people try to emulate you, not the other way around. The real fun in life is when others copy your ideas. Do not get upset if they do. Be glad that you are the creative one. I am inspired by great souls who have achieved things in their human forms. At least I can put in my effort. You should never look down upon yourself, as only you can limit yourself. Be bold, come up with new ideas. These thoughts are not to copy anyone, but to bring a new perspective to the same truth. You be you and let nothing change that, no matter what the world says. You may hear that you are good for nothing and will not amount to much. Yet, there is a purpose that only you can fill. Find it by being yourself. Only you can perform it perfectly. — Satish Daryanani

Tesla Coil

Confirmation

When we send a wire transfer from a bank, we see a confirmation of the transaction. With shipping services like Fedex and UPS, we get a confirmation that the package has been delivered. We wait for the two blue tick marks on WhatsApp to know that the other person has read our messages. How do we know that God is receiving our prayers and devotion? Where is the confirmation that our the messages have reached Him? There is no tracking number. You might wonder if anyone is out there. There are no thumbs up or thumbs down in response to our desires and wishes. Are your prayers a waste of time? All you need to know is that you have done your part. Those who evolve send blessings to the whole universe with no confirmation that it worked. We pray for those who are sick with no guarantee that the prayers will work. There is one confirmation in my life — the Lord is laughing at all my stupidity. My prayers may or may not be answered. Everything is based on what He thinks is good for me. All I know is that He is being entertained at my expense. — Satish Daryanani

sculpture of man listening

There Is so Much out There

There are too many stars to count. There are too many creatures to keep track. There is so much information on anything that we do not have time to read it all. There is so much information on spirituality available on the internet that anyone can get confused. Having too much of everything overwhelms us. Actually, if information gets summarized, it becomes easier to understand. In school, during my examinations, I wrote very long answers to the questions. I felt the more information I gave, the better my grades would be. Sometimes, my teacher would get tired of reading my answers. Today, I understand. It is a wise person who can say something in the fewest words possible and know how to get the most of what is out there, spending the least amount of time. So, those who hunger for spirituality must learn only to grasp what is important from all that is out there. This is done by taking one sentence at a time. Start with this, “Whatever I am seeking in life is already with me. Look within and nothing from without will be needed.” — Satish Daryanani

Young woman overwhelmed by so much online

Delays

When we work on any project, delays will always occur. No matter how hard you try, one hurdle will lead to another. The day you are running late, you will find the biggest traffic jam. When you are in no hurry, all the roads will be empty. You will find that even God delays in answering your prayers. Delays test your patience. You might get upset and lose your temper. The longer the line, the slower the people serving you. So what can you do? There is no delay in your physical death. That will always be on time. So, we know God is punctual. No delay there. Then, sometimes, there are delays in getting grace. There are those who understand that delays are a major form of grace. I was trying to buy a property. The delays got me frustrated. I gave up. Thank God, I was not able to buy the property, as it had become devalued. The delay was grace. Now, when I leave early for my destination, I have no delays. If I am late, all sorts of delays slow me. So, please, go to the airport early and you will have no delays at the security line. Above all, if the Lord delays in revealing Himself, it is only to make sure you really want it. So, welcome delays, as you do not know the benefits that you can receive from them. — Satish Daryanani

sculpture of a patient man

Extremities of the Mind

Our minds can go from one extreme to another. We can binge-eat during Fat Tuesday and fast during Lent to lose weight. We either become alcoholic or give up alcohol completely, be spiritually minded or an atheist—the same person can do both. Unfortunately, I, too, am the same. I was a staunch non-vegetarian and then switched to being a complete vegetarian in a split second. I can either be a retired bum or a workaholic. Moderation is not my strength. This shows we do not have control of our minds. So, how do we bring balance? The irony is that only with extremes can one bring balance in life. You have to completely refrain from things that enslave you. Each one of us has to find our Achilles heel. When we are free from all that binds us, only then can we again enjoy it in moderation. I gave up alcohol for 13 years and now can drink without losing control of my mind, I drink just for the taste, and not the buzz. Mastering our minds does not mean not enjoying life. It means enjoy everything in moderation, free from becoming the slave of anyone and anything. This even includes being free from the slavery of yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises. If you miss a day or two, you should not get upset. Real spirituality is being free from spirituality itself. — Satish Daryanani

Extreme landscape

Communication

There will be situations with your family when, no matter what you say, you will be misunderstood and others will get upset with you. If it were a friend, you could avoid him or her. Family members live in the same house as you. First, try not to give them any advice. Even if you keep silent and don’t say anything, they will get upset about that. Now, what to do? Look at it this way. They are here to test your patience and crush your ego. Those who had, or have, a spiritual Master don’t have to worry. The Master does the job. No matter what I did, I was on the receiving end of a firing squad. So, your family member is doing that job. If you do something wrong and get a firing, that makes sense. When you get roasted for saying anything or not speaking at all, it is for your spiritual growth. If you are strong enough, tell them, “You are sacrificing your precious energy to show that you are upset with me. I know I have a tremendous ego, and you are crushing it for me. You are the only one that really loves me. No matter what I do, please continue doing the same. Hopefully, with the grace of God, I will know the correct words to speak to you. I chose you to be my family member, as I have a lot to learn from you.” Thank you, Lord for making me a part of this family. So, my Master, You can retire. I have found a wonderful replacement. — Satish Daryanani

Social Approval

In big cities like New York, Hongkong, or Dubai, social approval is dominant. People do anything to fit into society. They even overspend and take on debt to keep up their social images. Many people starve themselves to look slim so others think they are beautiful. Their hair, shoes, and clothes are chosen for others. They only live for compliments. These people actually deserve credit. The “I” in their lives is gone. They live for the sake of others. They become spiritual, as others are more important than they are. The only difference is they are trying to fit in, whereas true spirituality makes you stand out. But they are all half-way there. Women sacrifice their comfort by wearing painful, high-heeled shoes to look good to others. Those who live for social approval are very insecure within. They are not sure of themselves, so being approved by society makes them feel complete. If you sacrifice to bring joy to others, not for any approval but for blessings, sacrifice not to compete or outdo others with material things but to help fill the void in people’s empty lives, then you become their Versace, Armani, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. They can get the same joy from being with you, free of charge. You will not go out of style. You can buy anything as long as it does not hurt you financially, not for approval from society, but for you to enjoy. — Satish Daryanani

3 fashionable women social climbers

Q. How do I want to be remembered?

A. People do much in life for this answer. What do I leave behind? What is my legacy? You are dead — what does your legacy matter? All that matters in my life is what my Spiritual Masters and the Lord think of me. Did I trouble my Masters enough? Did I put on weight enjoying all the delicious food everyone fed me? People should remember me by showing them what to be or not to be. My purpose in life is to teach others what not to be, to show them how to have fun in life by living a life with no regrets, by being a pain in the butt so no one misses me. The great Masters who come into our lives show us how to live. Their lives matter. Their thoughts, words, and actions are aligned with their teachings. They lead humble lives of service and give unconditional love. Just thinking of them brings tears to our eyes. These souls are worth remembering, as they live for others. They do not do all these things for how they will be remembered, but because they see God in everyone. I hope that, when I leave my body, a new James Bond movie will soon be released, so that my funeral may be celebrated by going to the movies. — Satish Daryanani

Lincoln Memorial

Looking for the Perfect One

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony was the first time the Oscars were broadcast without a host, as they could not find a perfect candidate in time. Many people keep on dating, hoping to find their perfect life partner. Poor real estate agents get tired of showing people the perfect home they want. The perfection that you seek does not exist. It is only in your head. Even those who might get to see God may want a refund. God is too white or too dark, too tall or too short, or does not have a good smile, or looks too old or too young. He, too, might get rejected. We want to find a better God. We, human beings, are never satisfied. Even to find the perfect restaurant or a product, we spend more time studying the reviews rather than actually eating the food or using the product. Honestly, it is our own imperfections that push us to find perfection from outside. We find faults in everything because we are not satisfied with being in our own skin. Our state of mind is flawed, so the whole world is flawed. It is only when you find the perfect one that is inside each and everyone, will you be able to see the perfection in every atom of the universe. — Satish Daryanani

Decision Making

We are not able to make decisions easily. The main reason is our having attachments. If there is a cancer cell in the body, it has to be removed, no matter how painful it may be. We have to make correct, objective decisions if we want to maintain peace. No matter the losses, we have to bear them. They can even break relationships. Peace is above everything. First, choose what is valuable in your life—money, relationship, or peace. Make your decisions based on that. Then you will have no guilt in your life. Others will consider your decisions to be selfish ones, yet, in your heart, you know the truth. Once you decide, then nothing should change your mind. Be firm in your convictions. Know that these situations came to test you. See that you are honoring the greatest teachings from your Master. Nothing is worth disturbing your peace. So, if you pass the examination of making the correct decisions, then, automatically, you will make all decisions in the same manner. There will be no more decisions to make. Then, you will have peace, and, nothing but peace. — Satish Daryanani

Hand gesture showing a good decision

Good and Evil Acts

You can achieve perfection and immortality through a long struggle. The mortal being in a relative plan performs good and evil acts. Evil is negative good. Out of evil, good can occur. Everyone learns lessons in this world and evolves. God is only a witness in this drama of life. He does not make us do evil acts. We are given intellect and free will. We act out of our ego. We reap the fruits of our good and evil actions. By practicing virtuous actions, purity increases and we become divine. We are responsible for all our thoughts and actions. God is not responsible. So, spend time daily analyzing your day. You will first be able to distinguish between good and evil actions. Only then can you walk on the blade of a sharp razor. Those who want to attain divine knowledge know that it starts with your actions. It is up to you. Good and bad actions are two sides of the same coin. — Satish Daryanani

illustration of woman writer with angel and devil talking to her

Intuition

Intuition is the ability to know something directly without analytic reasoning. It is an instinct we can develop that bridges the gap between the conscious and non-conscience parts of our minds. We have to be completely objective, without desires and attachments, so we can get clarity in our decision-making process. Those who have it can utilize this gift. It is non-conscious thinking. There is no real proof it can work all the time, as it is based on a feeling rather than a fact. I was told by my Master to use the intuition of a family member, as I do not have good intuition. I get carried away with what people tell me. I believe them. If I had good intuition, I would have stayed away from deals that ended up in big losses. There is no training required, as the brain is on auto-pilot and the feeling comes. However, intuition in spirituality is different. Your gut feeling and your moral compass work hand in hand. Our brain spends 80 percent of the time on non-conscious thoughts. All the mind does is try to simply feel good. Nothing can make you feel better than linking with the divine self, which is linked to peace and wisdom. This instinct, to be permanently happy, is ingrained within each one of us. Some people, who get tired of all temporary happiness, follow their intuition and that leads them to permanent joy. So, if, like me, you do not have good instincts, at least follow your inner instincts. This will aid you in creating a new, deeper relationship with the self. — Satish Daryanani

illustration of intuition

Reheating Food

We reheat frozen or leftover food. Even though it tastes the same, it loses the benefits that we get from eating freshly made foods. Fresh foods need no preservatives. What we put in our bodies can benefit or harm us. It is okay to bend the rules sometimes. Our minds, too, get reheated foods when we hear of others’ experiences rather than experiencing them ourselves. It fills our appetite for knowledge but does not benefit us completely. Reheating food is easier than preparing from scratch a fresh dish. Listening and learning from others is easier than putting it into practice in our lives. Microwave gave a shortcut to preparing food. Internet gave a short cut to spreading knowledge. But fresh food and fresh ideas have no short cuts. They are earned. Those who care for their bodies and minds are aware of this. Fresh food is created in nature and fresh ideas are created within us. So, work on making and eating fresh food daily and spend time in the fresh thoughts that can arise from you daily. — Satish Daryanani

Fresh vegetables and fruit

Reward

I was on a flight, and a fellow passenger was praising God for how fortunate he was, as he had financial success. Suddenly, another passenger came and handed him his wallet. The man had not known he left it in the bathroom. In the wallet were his USA green card, drivers license, and all his credit cards. He thanked the person. Before the flight landed, he looked through his wallet and found that $1000 was missing. He got very upset and started shouting. He got all the crew involved. Even after getting off the flight, he told everyone about it. I told him, “The person who returned the wallet could not have taken that money. Someone must seen the wallet, removed the $1000, and left the wallet in the same place. The one who gave it back did not know what was inside. You have so much wealth, all your important stuff came back to you, so just think that you gave a $1000 reward. You would not even be able to clear immigration without a green card. I would gladly give a $1000 for all the headache that the person saved me.” This is a test. We thanked the Lord for all the fortunes a few minutes ago. Yet, if a $1000 is taken away to teach us a lesson about being careful with all our valuables in our wallets, we lose our peace. With every lesson you learn, think of offering a reward to give to the person who gave you the lesson. Giving the reward may hurt slightly, but it will not destroy you. Appreciation of life’s lesson makes you appreciate all that you still have. The lesson on the plane was also for me. See what comes to you and the benefit you get, even if there is a small price to pay. Then you’ve got a bargain. — Satish Daryanani

Man's wallet in back pocket

Holidays

In Islam, Friday is a holiday, kept for God. In Judaism, Saturday is God’s day, and in Christianity, Sunday is kept for God. We keep this one day to think of God with prayer and with gratitude. Some do good deeds on this day or spend time with their families and rest. Others go for movies, shopping, and night clubs. So, God gets one special day. Those that follow the path of spirituality do not get a holiday. Their lives are the same every day. If you are working, resting, partying, serving, or doing your duties, it is one and the same. Everything is an offering to the Lord. So, going to a church, mosque, synagogue, temple, or a night club is all the same. The awareness of the divine is within you. Your actions or inactions do not change your relationship with the Lord. For example, while doing anything in life, you are breathing. Your breathing varies depending on your actions, yet the action of breathing is taking place. Now, if you are always aware of the breath, does it matter what you do? If the awareness of the breath changes to the awareness of the Lord, then every moment is for God. So, if you exercise your breath versus resting,  or sit in the house of God versus in a night club, the awareness cannot change. However, having no awareness of God does not happen. When your parents force you to go one day a week to God’s house, it is to build your relationship, and not to be stuck doing only that for the rest of your life. Once a week leads to every second of your life. — Satish Daryanani

Jeruselem with mosques, churches, and synagogues

Finding the Disease

When a patient is comatose, doctors have to perform a lot of tests to figure out the cause. Once they diagnose the problem, with the correct remedies, the patient gets healed. We, too, have to find the one thing that is holding us back from enjoying life completely. For some, it is negative attitude. Some live in fear, or with constant guilt. Once you find the one thing that controls your life, slowly, you can self-medicate and free yourself from the coma in which we all are. Feeling that I was responsible for all my profits and losses took a burden on me. That was holding me back. Now, knowing that I am but a secretary, and not the owner of my life, has brought me out of my coma. Vegetating in the same state of mind is no better than being in a physical coma. The same person, with the same attitude, going nowhere and complaining that business is bad, does not change anything. It is not that business is bad, it is the state of mind that is bad. So, life becomes bad. Everyone is a psychiatrist and the patient at the same time. If someone else points out to you your Achilles heel, you will get defensive and reject all advice. Only you can find the remedy and cure yourself, and then, everyone will enjoy this renovated, energetic, dynamic, positive-minded, and jovial person. Then, others will come to this self-made doctor for advice. — Satish Daryanani

Intensive care unit bed and patient

Bluff

There are those who have a lot of wealth and do not show it, while others have little wealth and want to show the world they are extremely wealthy. Also, in the spiritual world, there are some who have reached 95 percent of divinity, but still have in themselves 5 percent of the lower self. With that, they can get wisdom and bliss. Slowly, they get followers and disciplesand then get stagnant. They get caught up in building their base and do not get to their final destination. Then, there are some who have the knowledge, but have not truly experienced everything. They, too, can get followers and write books. They are good orators and can get famous. They even get involved with politicians and like to have their pictures taken with famous people. They are the bluff masters. Some do not show anyone that they have attained anything. They call themselves seekers, like all of us. They feel they are on this endless journey of evolution. In their minds, they are not masters, but students of life. They are the real bluff masters, having attained everything, yet showing they have nothing and appearing to struggle like all of us. While being complete with the Lord, they beg to get a glimpse of the Lord; they show they are lambs, yet can roar like lions. These few divine souls are present among us. Fortunate are those who come in contact with the real deal.—Satish Daryanani

Driven

There are those who are driven. They do not need encouragement to push themselves. If anything, they are told to take it easy, that heaven can wait. This is a blessing and a curse. They achieve a lot and yet, can burn out easily. They can lose family and friends along the way, as no one can keep up with their pace. They can succeed easily in worldly matters. A driven person is capable of changing the world. If that drive is used in the correct manner, they can transform their lives completely. The Spiritual Masters love these people of action. They are useful to them. They have positive energy and nothing gets them down. They usually speak and text fast. They are not patient. According to them, the world is in slow motion. Everything should happen yesterday, even today is too late. Gossip is not in their vocabulary, as it is a waste of time. They are poor listeners. People will think they are egoistic and self-centered. Yet, they live in their own world where nothing can stop them. It is that drive which can free you from all the constraints of this world. Even God will not be able to hold you back. You want something, you can get it. All you have to do is want the priceless gift in this human form: the gift of self-discovery. — Satish Daryanani

Leader of the team illustration

Bored of Grace

When we have too much of anything, we get bored. Even rich, delicious food at a wedding can get to you. Having a simple veggie burger on the street can satisfy you. If you have $500 billion and still make more money, you can get bored with making money. So, you end up sharing your wealth with others. How can anyone get bored of grace, which everyone prays and begs for? You should have permanent awareness of grace. The one who sees nothing but grace, every second, gets overwhelmed in grace. There is grace, grace, grace, and nothing but grace in the world. You even stop thanking God for grace as you will be doing that every second. Grace gets boring as all your needs, desires, goals, aspirations are completely satisfied. There is no mission or purpose anymore. You get intoxicated by grace. It feels like God, too, got bored and poured all His grace on us. He was overstocked with grace and gave us his excess inventory. Now we are stuck with it. I love desserts, but if I have too much, I get bored and stay away from it. I cannot stay away from grace, as I am surrounded by it. Some people have not found grace and keep on asking others to bless them, or have received so much that they have got diabetes from grace. — Satish Daryanani

Ballerina on ocean rocks

Event Co-ordinator

Planning a small event for a few hundred people takes a lot of time and energy. No matter how well you plan things, there will be people who will still be unhappy. Their rooms may not be ready. The food may not be to their liking. They may have to wait for transportation. Many lose their voices and get stressed. They have sleepless nights and get exhausted for no reason. Imagine the Event Co-ordinator planning for 8 billion people and the infinite other creations, trying to coordinate everything perfectly for a lifetime and not just for a few days. So, sometimes, if we have to wait in line and things do not go our way, keep in mind that the one Co-ordinator is doing His best. Only if you have been in charge of an event, will your appreciation for the big Event Co-ordinator increase. Your tolerance for petty glitches in life will increase. This ultimate Event Co-ordinator does not charge any fees, yet all He gets are complaints and demands for services. So, let us all enjoy this 80-year party for which we have come. Just thank the Event Co-ordinator for choosing us. — Satish Daryanani

Beach wedding assembly

Pin-drop Silence

This is a contradictory term. If a pin drops, there is no silence. If there is silence, there is no sound. When we attend marriages and other functions, we are surrounded by loud sounds. Afterward, we feel like bathing in a shower of silence to remove the sounds from our system. There are two type of sounds. The first is natural, like waves of an ocean, birds chirping, flowing water. Nature creates sounds that soothe us. These sounds make us peaceful. The second is sounds that are created by us – like loud-speakers, traffic, talking — these affect our equanimity. Even the vibration created by the hum of the universe is a sound. The rotation of the Earth on its axis creates a sound. The sweet melodious voice of the Lord speaking to you has a sound. So, being in silence does not mean pure silence. It is the choice of the sounds you want. The correct sound of a devotional song can take you to the depths of silence. Each one is different. Enjoy the sounds of the Imax movies and night clubs, if you want, but when your core needs rest, spend time in sounds that can rejuvenate you. Then, sound and silence can give you the same blissful experience. — Satish Daryanani

Empty pier over still water - natural silence

Signature

In the old days, people shook hands and the deal was done. Today, we have so many contracts. Even after agreeing and sending a Whatsapp message, we still need to sign every page. Our word and messages have no value. All a signature means is that you have agreed to all the terms and conditions and will not change your mind. Now, money is so important that people break their deals. When we were in our mothers’ wombs, in the darkness, we made a deal with God to never go into darkness again. There was no pen to sign the contract. So, we come out of the darkness after so many months just to go back into the darkness for many years. Perhaps, if we had signed a contract we might have tried to stick by our promise. It is not too late. Remember the verbal contract made with God. Be free from the self-imposed darkness. — Satish Daryanani

Pen poised to sign agreement

Languages

I wish I knew all the languages of the world. There would be so much fun communicating. It would be so easy even to spread the teachings. I use Google Translate to send these thoughts in Spanish but, sometimes, the real essence is lost. Certain things written in Latin or Sanskrit lose meaning when translated. The language in which we dream or talk to ourselves is our main language. When we talk to God, that is the language of love. He understands all languages, but He loves the language of feelings, not words. As you grow in your spiritual path, there is nothing to say, no language. It just happens: wisdom without words, experiencing grace without saying, “Thank you.” There is clarity in everything, without questions or answers. This is how all can communicate, with one language that all can understand. Examples of universal language are music and a smile. Even though you may be, like me, not good at learning languages, once divinity radiates from you, everyone will be able to understand you. The language of love is pouring from you. Then you are spreading the teachings, not with words, but with your presence.— Satish Daryanani

smiling woman at computer in front of blackboard in many languages

Different Sockets

When we travel internationally, we find different electrical sockets. We have to carry adapter plugs to match the sockets. Electricity is the same, outputs are different. If you do not have the right adapter, your electric devices will not work. With God, who is the ultimate electric current, it is the same. Different countries and religions are different sockets to get to the same source. If you do not follow the procedures, you will have no access to God and you are discharged from the community and society. The fear of your battery running low gives no access to the real electricity. People yield to the rules of the community. They say, “This is the only way to God and has been for generations. Therefore, it is correct.” If you figure out the universal plug that can connect directly to the source, you get excommunicated. Spirituality frees you from the limitations of the sockets. It is the direct wire to the electricity. You do not need a plug. It gives you the real shock. The current runs directly through you. It’s your choice—carry different sockets to fit into the world or become the shining bulb that is permanently connected to the source. — Satish Daryanani

Various electric adaptors

24/7

Many places advertise, “We are at your service twenty-four hours, seven days a week.” Some people say that, too, but when I call them, they are fast asleep. It is hard to make this commitment. We need time to rest and relax. Even to make this commitment to God is not simple. We mostly end up forgetting Him. So, what commitment can you make 24/7? Only one. I will always be happy. Nothing will disturb my peace. My actions during the day can change, but not me. Sometimes people might see me act upset or tough. This is required for the world but, inside, I am the same. I pray 24/7 to be free from this asylum, wanting to be only with my Beloved. Stuck 24/7 with my crazy mind, I wonder how God has not given up on me. 24/7 my mind is constantly looking for things to entertain me. I get bored very easily, so I look for the smallest thrills in life to get my juices flowing. So, Lord, you are there for me 24/7. Let me never worry, knowing this fact. — Satish Daryanani

Neon sign - open 24 hours

Being a Comedian

Making people laugh is one of the hardest jobs. The worst part is explaining the joke. The whole fun is gone. Sometimes my Master would repeat the joke. We laughed every time because of the way He would tell it. There are those who do know how to laugh. We watch competitive talent shows on TV where comedians are given only a few minutes to tell jokes. This is unfair to them as comedy is all about the timing. We are all comedians. Only God is laughing. He laughs when someone gets scared of the joker, watching our reactions to making or losing Monopoly money, coloring our hair when it turns grey hair from being wiser, praying to Him as if he has forgotten us and does not know what is good for us, fighting and killing over different religions that are all created in His name, discriminating over the color of the pigmentations of our skin. I wish the world could see that God is having fun at our expense. He could reveal the truth to everyone, but then, who will make Him laugh? So, please continue to be ignorant so that my Beloved Lord has 8 billion comedians. — Satish Daryanani

Comic cloud

Job

Many people leave their countries and families and move to different places for work. Many do not even have time to eat their meals properly. One day, he or she realizes, “What am I doing all this for? After the stress and sacrifice, what do I have in hand?” We say all this is for the family. So, if a person took care of his family and suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 55, did he really live? There are a few who want more while they are alive. They start reading spiritual books to find answers and take pilgrimages to discover the meaning of life. They even ask others for help. To find the meaning of life, you need to find a person who has lived and found the answer. All that you will learn is that everything is within you. The only job you have is to find the real you. All that you did got you nowhere. Until this job of finding your true employer and the true Boss is complete, your life is not. So, please spend time in silence for your retirement. That inner wealth you share with your family members is priceless. — Satish Daryanani

Man carrying too many boxes.

Hard Fate

Hard fate is a term given to an unseen force that brings unpleasant experiences and test’s one’s patience. The person who faces these experiences tends to feel that what he or she is going through is undeserved, but there are no such things as accidents, chance, fate, or luck. Everything is the result of one’s own past actions, whether or not we are aware of this fact. Everything that occurs is due to cause and effect. The one who understands this, not by listening or reading, will not complain. You can develop willpower and inner strength to overcome these experiences. They make you a stronger person. The same strength and qualities you develop will help you in your spiritual growth. God is just a witness in this whole game. He is not here to change your experiences. You can pray for strength. All you need to know is that you can change your destiny with strong willpower, by leading a pure, spiritual life, by leading a life of good conduct. Self-effort is necessary on the spiritual path. You have free will to even attain God. So your past is your past. Let what may come. My today is in my hands. Let me make the most of it.— Satish Daryanani

hard Yoga pose on a rocky beach

Seeking Pleasure

In seeking pleasure, you have already created your pain. Pleasure in worldly objects and people is neither pure nor permanent. If something is capable of giving you pleasure, the same can also cause you pain. For example, a newly married couple can have the pleasure of being with each other and, later on in life, that same relationship can become painful. This world will give you joy from pleasure. So, we jump from one pleasure to another in search of this joy. When a person is tired of this roller coaster ride, he looks for permanent happiness. He has to rise above petty desires and seek ultimate reality. Only supreme bliss, the experience of indescribable joy and peace within, can satisfy us. Once you get it, nothing, and I repeat, nothing can make you lose it. So, run after worldly pleasures more and more. Get tired, and then become a part of the club with the membership of just a few thousand, the club where all the members have the same last name, Joy. — Satish Daryanani

Silhouette of man, arms outstretched, against sunrise

A Good Business Person

When a business owner makes a profit, pays the suppliers on time, and does not cheat his customers, the employees are happy. When the same person does everything in the same manner and, unfortunately, does not make a profit, he is considered to be a bad businessman. As long as your principles are correct, bad and good are not in your hands. The economic situation is not in your hands. You have done everything as an offering to the Lord. You have put yourself in the shoes of the suppliers, landlord, employees, creditors, and customers. There is no guilt in your actions. Then the ups and downs of your life are meaningless. The Lord tests us all to see our reactions. If you have only success, God has given up on you. You can only progress through challenges. So, if things are good in your life, do your best to be perfect. If things are bad, the world will help you—as you are a person of character, a person of honor. You do not run from your problems but face them. So, if someone gives you credit for being an amazing business person, please tell them, “It is grace, as all my stars are aligned correctly. I conducted all my business practices in a way that would not displease my Master. It is for His business that this secretary, treasurer, gets a nice paycheck. — Satish Daryanani

Oprah Winfrey in 2014

Owner Versus Tenant

Most people want to own their own homes. Others like to rent. The owners benefit from the appreciation of the property. They get a tax deduction on the property tax and interest on the mortgage. The tenants do not have to deal with repairs and maintenance or the ups and downs of the valuation of the property. Once the lease term is over, they can move to a new and happening place. They do not get attached to the property as they know it belongs to them only for a limited time. They do not spend much on renovations because, when they vacate, the landlord will benefit free of charge. This does not become their permanent address. They do not have to despair when their homes are on fire, or in hurricanes, mudslides, or earthquakes. They have no stress of rebuilding. We should all live like tenants for this short period that we are on this earth-plane. Let the real Landlord, who owns this massive property, worry about maintenance. Stay, have fun, pay the rent by serving others, and then, move on to a better location where no rent is required. Take care of your existing place like a good tenant and leave in peace knowing that nothing belongs to you. — Satish Daryanani

House wrecked by earthquake

Spiritual Progress

This is your report card. If you enjoy great inner peace and indescribable happiness, you get a B-. If you are not affected by turmoil and troubles that go around, you get a B. If you radiate peace and happiness to all around you, a B+. When your negative qualities slowly vanish and are replaced with sublime virtues, and you become good and radiate goodness, an A-. Your mere presence is able to inspire others to lead a good life, free from hatred, jealousy, and malice and your heart is filled with cosmic love, you get an A. You have become one with God and the Eternal Being. The experience you feel when you are one with God cannot be described with words. You serve spontaneously and selflessly, as you see God in everyone. This undisputed tranquility of mind deserves an A+. — Satish Daryanani

Report card illustration

Lawyers

Lawyers are needed when two parties agree or disagree on anything. If we all were honest and each of us kept our word, every lawyer would be out of a job. In most cases, both parties feel they are correct and honest. Who to believe? Lawyers are required to prove the honesty of the individual. When I was with my Master, I asked Him how to resolve some bad debts and if I could use a lawyer. He told me that, as a businessman, I could use a lawyer—but, as a spiritual aspirant, I should not, I should try to resolve it on my own. If there were losses, it is the will of God. Whatever is due to you will come. No one can take that from you. Perhaps, in error, more was given to you. Your account is being settled. These days, I still use lawyers for contracts. Hopefully, they are honored. If not, the other party is free from legalities and consequences. At least, let me do my part by honoring all the contracts that I have signed. A lot of jokes are made about lawyers, but they are needed to keep us on track. If you are able to forgive and forget, try not to use lawyers to go after your assets, even if someone has taken advantage of you. I have even taken advantage of my Masters and the Lord. This is my chance to pay them back. To my lawyer friends, I am not trying to reduce your business. Human greed is such you will always be needed. — Satish Daryanani

Illustration of a laywer with his head in a big book

The Relationship Between Science and Spirituality

Science studies the creation, but spirituality is focused on the Creator. Both go hand in hand. Science tells you everything is made up of atoms. That is the common factor. Only the forms vary. In spirituality, there is nothing but Adam. Consider atom and Adam. Science and spirituality agree that the building blocks are the same. Scientists cannot even scratch the surface of what is out there; spirituality cannot scratch the surface of what is within. Both require faith and focus to succeed. Both are mysterious and cannot be solved. Those who excel in either field are considered crazy. Science wants explanations for natural phenomena, spirituality accepts all as a way of life. Scientists use the head, spirituality uses the heart. Scientists can explain, spirituality has no explanation. Both see the same world, the same life — only understanding is different. In science, you use the senses, in spirituality, you lose your senses. Both believe in evolution. Nothing is permanent. Both are there to support your health and happiness. The more knowledge and wisdom you gain from science and spirituality, the more wholesome your life becomes. Thank God for giving us both science and spirituality. — Satish Daryanani

Angle in white dress with scientific notation

Q. Can a realized soul be affected by Alzheimer’s disease?

A. Alzheimer’s disease affects the mind. Relationships and past memories may be erased from the memory. People who are affected by this disease lose their memories and may only have brief moments where they can remember their surroundings and close ones. But what they have gained from within—the connection to the Lord, the Divinity within, the answer to who am I, the ability to go within to deep inner peace—that cannot get affected. If you show them a picture, or image, of a Deity or the Lord, they will fold their hands and bow their heads in respect. They may not know the name of the Deity, but they know it is someone Divine. It is like the hard drive of a computer getting corrupted but is still able to connect to the internet. They can still dig in and get wisdom every day. They can talk about it, write about it, or write a poem, but they will then forget about it, as they cannot retain any memory. Their knowledge can come, be given and be gone. So, the essence of who they are and all the inner wealth that they have earned is with them permanently and is not affected by the mind that is being destroyed. Everything from the outside can be forgotten but not what you have learned from within. — Satish Daryanani

illustration of throughts floating out of a man's head

Align Your Heart and Mind

If we are all the spirit then why are our hearts and minds different? Not only are we all different, our hearts and minds are also not synchronized. Our hearts would like to do something, and our minds, the opposite. Mind discriminates, it can judge, analyze, and is dominated by the ego. The heart does things out of compassion, it is controlled by our love and feelings. In certain things, the mind and heart should work together—for example, when it comes to service, forgiveness, longing for the Lord. Listening only to the mind makes you inhuman. Listening only to the heart can get you in trouble. You can spoil your children and lose money on bad decisions. The mind should process what comes from the heart and work together with it so you do not have to go through extremes in life. Your heart will break easily from the world, so the mind helps you deal with that pain. When it comes to my beloved Master, however, it is only the heart that works. My mind is discarded, thrown in the dustbin. I obey Him completely, without analyzing what is said. Father knows best. So use both wisely.—Satish Daryanani

brain heart balance illustration

We Underestimate Ourselves

We are able to land on the moon. We fly on a plane. We can make or destroy the world. However, we limit ourselves by thinking small. Our lives go by just making ends meet, struggling for our basic necessities. Even in business, we struggle to pay our bills. Our lives are concentrated in a very small circle — like blinkers put on a horse so it only sees the road ahead. What are we really? Once that understanding comes, all the pettiness from our lives is gone. Imagine if the Queen of England got up one day, forgetting that she was a Queen, and tried to get a job, living from hand to mouth. Someone would tell her, “You are a Queen. These palaces and jewelry are all yours. Come and reclaim your throne.” We, too, are like that. We have the abundance of fortune and wisdom—all that God has, has been given to His children. We also forget. Someone has to remind us. We have to reclaim our thrones, our inheritance. When things are good in our lives, we do not spend time on this. When we get laid off from our jobs or are struggling in our businesses, it’s too late. When the moments are good in your life, work on the real you so that, when things are bad, you know your true worth. Hurdles will be a walk in the park. You underestimate your capacity. You underestimate the control you have over the forces of nature. Everything can become your slave. All you have to do is find the Royal blood flowing in you. — Satish Daryanani

A queen

A Wrinkled Shirt

You see a wrinkled shirt. What happens to the wrinkles when you iron the shirt? You see an ocean with waves. What happens to the waves when the day is nice and calm and the ocean looks like a lake? Where do the waves go? It is the same in our lives. We have a life full of dualities. The dualities are the waves. When we go within into calmness, what happens to the dualities? The difference is this: When we look at the shirt and just see the cloth, there are no wrinkles. The wrinkles are an illusion. The ocean is made of water. There are no waves. Similarly, when you see life as just life itself, then there are no waves of dualities. It is just life. It is when we do not realize the truth, we see the ripples in our lives. — Satish Daryanani

water ripples around drops

The Gift of Miracles

The human mind is very powerful. As you evolve spiritually, you will also gain the ability to perform miracles. Now, who is it that wants these gifts? It is your ego that wants to increase your powers. We see so many movies about superheroes. We wish we had the power to help and protect the world. We even convince ourselves that the power is not for us, that it will be used for the good of the world. So, the one who has all the power does not know how to utilize it correctly. You, with your limited intelligence, know how to use your powers correctly. The one miracle I would love to have bestowed on me is the ability to become humble. The more the inner powers grow, the more the ego will get boosted. As your focus and inner wealth grow, so will your abilities. Keep them in check. Do not desire them. Even if you can perform the miracle of healing, keep in mind that each person has to go through his or her karmic reformation. Pray and bless them with anesthesia to reduce their suffering, but not the experience through which they must go. — Satish Daryanani

illustration of healing hand on body

Impurities of the Mind

Lust, anger, and greed are three impurities of the mind. Algae that covers the surface of water represents the veil of ignorance. We, too, have impurities covering our crystal-clear minds. The restless tossing of the mind comes from these impurities. They serve a purpose. So, we have a challenge to overcome. We can enjoy our minds when they are free from impurities. Now, if you cannot get rid of them, like me, at least know that they are illusory. They are not real. They come and go. Sometimes, for no reason, these impurities appear. Tell them, “I am already a weak person. I cannot get rid of you. Lust, anger, and greed may stay for a few minutes, but, please, do not make me your slave. Please do not stay too long. Lust, please come for a short time, when I am in Miami Beach. Anger, please come to me when someone takes advantage of me. Greed, please come when I need the motivation to expand my business. You all are my guests and are welcome. My true friend is my peaceful mind. So, come, and we will enjoy each other’s company. I will leave you at the airport when it is your time to go.” — Satish Daryanani

Angry man on a phone

Forms of Love

Loving yourself starts with being selfish. It is okay to be selfish as long as this removes self-pity and self-hatred. Loving yourself leads you to fall in love with the Divine Self within you. That love for God, which you have discovered, is none other than love for yourself. Slowly, the same love is shared with everyone, as you now have an abundance of love. The last form of love is universal love—that love in which there is nothing but love for everyone and everything. So, everything starts with loving yourself. If someone is selfish and loves only himself or herself, that is good. Hopefully, it is this beginning that will lead them all to the stages of love that they have to go through. Love is a four-letter word, short and sweet like the thought today. — Satish Daryanani

Buddha radiating golden love

Savings

The USA government shutdown hurt many people, as they live from paycheck to paycheck. We must try to save at least 10 percent of our income. Now imagine giving an additional 10 percent to charity. It is hard. The 10 percent to charity does not have to be in the form of money, it could be your time, well wishes, positive attitude, or even just a smile. Even if you are unable to help, just by not hurting others is equivalent to your 10 percent. We are supposed to save for a rainy day, and this shows how many of us yield to temptations. This world is created to take all our earnings. We commit our future earnings to all the loans we take. Now, how many have really saved the real wealth. Temptations stop us from the wealth of wealths. Willpower can make you save. See your income and spend 10 percent less, no matter what temptations come. Save 10 percent of your precious time in self-reflection, service, building relationship with the one who gave you these 24 hours. Then, even if the government shuts down, you are not starving. When the good fortunes of your life slow down, you will have enough savings from within to be able to rejoice in all that comes. — Satish Daryanani

Shoveling pennies

Chanting and Meditation

Silent repetition of the Lord’s name leads you to the constant flow of one idea of God. That is meditation. When you go beyond, where God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, it is also meditation. Repetition gives you focus and enables the mind to reach a stage where God is beyond form and formless. On my trip to Tibet, a lady used to chant different names of the Lord each day. I told her, “You are digging seven different holes and going nowhere. Instead, if you dug in one place continuously, you could go deep.” She replied, “I am pleasing the Lord in His different forms.” The Lord’s name is used to maintain one idea, not many. A laser-like focus will penetrate the granite rock — our hard heads. Then, the repetition, which is a rocket booster, will drop away. You are now free in outer space, away from the gravitational pull of ignorance. The irony is that the repetition of the name lets you become one with the Lord and, then later, becomes a distraction that has to drop away. — Satish Daryanani

laser light beam like meditation

Education

Whatever you learn in life is never wasted. When we are young, we get distracted and lose the opportunity to study. Some drop out of schools and colleges. With an education, your mind is able to grasp all that the world has to offer. Even accounting will make sense. Soon, you will understand the universe’s accounting and not get upset when things do not go your way. Our minds are limited. With an education, the mind expands and hopefully you can get a glimpse of the Divine plan, like architects see the finished product just by looking at a plan. The building is already finished in their minds. Similarly, your mind will understand the Master Architect’s plan. You cannot explain it, just enjoy the perfection of it. The more you know, the greater the appreciation of the Master Builder. None of us will ever graduate from this university of life. I love being a student for life and troubling all my teachers. — Satish Daryanani

Architectural plan

Lost Baggage

When airlines lose your baggage, you get compensated. There could be profit or loss, depending upon what was in your luggage. In my case, every time they lose my luggage, I end up with a profit. My clothes do not have much value. If you are attached to your possessions in the suitcase, you will be sad. We all are carrying our luggage with us. I wish the airline would lose the baggage of our lives. Some carry so much luggage that the airlines have to put a “heavy” tag on the bags. You can hurt your back carrying this excess weight. As years go by, our baggage gets heavier with more possessions, memories, attachments, ego, and desires. The compensation for losing this luggage is not monetary. Instead, it is freedom from all the loads you have carried. This is losing the real weight of our lives. This feeling is better than losing fifty pounds of luggage. So start small, by making your travel baggage light and of less value so that every time your baggage arrives, you are disappointed as you lost a chance to profit from your lost baggage. — Satish Daryanani

Businesswoman missing luggage

A Bad Call

In sports, sometimes a referee can make the wrong call and the team can lose. The players and fans get upset and feel they got robbed of the chance to win the championship. It can happen in your career, a person less deserving than you gets a promotion. A person of less faith and godliness can see God. A dumb person like me is chosen to write these thoughts. An innocent person can get a death penalty. You feel there is no justice in this world. Is God unfair? Many times, He loses a lot of customers because of that. To understand the Lord’s method is hard especially if you are on the losing side of His actions. How can you realize that this is for your good when there is anger within you? Only time will tell. The Lord is too wise to make a mistake and too loving to punish. We know this and yet, when the pain of injustice happens, it is hard to believe that. You have two choices: Fight and get upset, or know that injustice can be used to change the rules and regulations so that, in the future, others do not have to face the same results. You become the guinea pig. Faith is not easy. Those who go through these tests and still maintain their faith are the ones who become the Lord’s favorites. — Satish Daryanani

Cartoon of an angry referee

Q. When Godliness is lacking within, can others light our way?

A. When your mobile phone’s battery is low, you look for the charger and charge the phone. The charger is connected to a socket that lets the electric current pass through. We need to find those people who are always connected to the Divine source. We call them sages and saints. The Divine energy is the same in all. Sometimes, due to lack of faith or understanding or difficulties in our lives, our awareness of the divinity diminishes. Our lives become a struggle at this time. We even start questioning the existence of God. So, how to find these portable chargers? Look for those who do not complain, those who are contented and peaceful. They will have a permanent smile on their faces and have a good sense of humor. They see the Divine current in everything. These are the instruments of the Lord, who will recharge our divinity if we cannot find it on our own. Pray, and guidance will come. You, too, will be recharged and be able to help those batteries that are in the red with one percent charge left. — Satish Daryanani

Recharging phone in hand.

Vow

Once we take a vow, we must keep it. Before taking the vow, everything is easy. But there will be many tests that arise in our lives after we take a vow. This is to strengthen the mind. For example, if you take a vow to abstain from desserts for six months, you will find that more temptations come after you take the promise. In the heat of the moment, in the presence of my Master, I made a few promises. I have kept some and broken some. I took a vow to always speak the truth, and yet, I have broken it many times. I took a vow not to yield to anger, I broke it in less than a day. I even tried the vow of being humble and lost it in a second, thinking I was humble. Thank God, it has been over 20 years since I have kept the vow of being vegetarian. Even a vow to keep silence daily benefits you. One vow that has great power is to live a life with no complaints. That is hard. Just saying, “It is so cold today,” is a complaint in itself. So, what vow can we all keep? “Lord, I make one vow that I will never break, that You will always be my best friend. No one will be closer to my heart than You.” My mind is weak and might fail in everything else, but not in this vow. This vow requires my heart and not my head. So it is easy for me to keep. The second vow is to not grow up, to keep having fun as a child who has come to play. — Satish Daryanani

Justice being sworn in by President

The Fear of Nothing

When I was young, I had a fear of lizards. When I became a vegetarian, my compassion grew for animals and, automatically, my fear of lizards disappeared. People fear cockroaches, rats, dogs, heights, and water. We all have these fears because we fear death. People even fear God. You can fear displeasing God, but not a God who loves us. I wish I had had a little fear of my Masters. Maybe I would have had more reverence for them. The one fear that no one talks about, is the fear of one’s own self. When we sit in silence we have to see ourselves, all that we are, and all that we have done. As with a mirror, we see the reflection of our lives. Most of us cannot deal with the fear of seeing our own shadows, or of becoming nothing as we realize the truth, or the fear of losing all that we value in life. The fear of all that you think is real now is nothing but a dream, the fear of losing your ego and your self-worth. All your possessions are now illusions. So, all your fears are for nothing. Once you realize this, you will have wasted your precious time and energy for nothing.—Satish Daryanani

Man walking through a door into yellow light.

Source of Income

I used to gamble in casinos and win. I told my Master the winnings could go towards good causes. He told me: If you win, then someone loses. That vibration of the loss is in the money you win. Nobody loses willingly. So the source of the money and how you earned it is more important than the money itself. Nobody will benefit when the source and method of earning are not clean. It has been over twenty years since I last gambled. Even the food we eat must come from a source that is loving and not forced. Only then can the body and mind benefit from it. Cheating your family members and banks creditors and taking bribes, all have a price. All the dirt you have collected comes out when you first sit in silence. You will feel you are better off not sitting in silence. Income is just not financial; your earnings also come from all that you do and your intent behind it. If your actions are done as an offering to the Lord, your income is automatically clean. There will be no guilt in your heart. That itself will bring you peace. Be honest, and the world will be honest with you. The source of my real income comes from obedience to the teachings of my Masters. That is real wealth. I thank all my Masters for not giving up on me. I still have a long way to go. — Satish Daryanani

WSOP poker players

Q. Is truth the same for all?

A. Angels and sinners are the same where truth is concerned. Both the highly educated and the uneducated can reach the same goal. Having a spiritual guide makes it easier to attain, but an individual can also do it on his own. There are many ways to get there. Age is not a restriction but, the sooner you get there, the more time you have to enjoy it. Why do we need to discover the truth? We do not have to. We all want to remove our blindfolds when we get tired of playing the game of Hide-and-Seek. Then we can see and laugh at how, although our friends were right next to us, we could not find them. There are those who say: When grace pours, the truth will be discovered. Yes, grace is important. So, do your part in the meantime. What is your part? Sitting in silence and seeing the angel within. We are all angels but have cut off our wings by moving away from the truth. Truth is something that shows that we are all equal. The experience of truth is the same for one and all. This shows God loves us equally. The only difference is who wants it more. This, then, becomes your primary goal in life. You do not have to leave your family or your day job for it. You might have to take away at least 15 minutes from your smartphones and computers. Start with 15 minutes to infinite hours in trying to see the truth within yourself. You will find that, one day, it was time well spent. Then you, too, shall get your wings and be free. — Satish Daryanani

Sign of Peace above

Solidarity

My Master had gone to the Soviet Union in the 1980s. The Russian translator realized that all the talks were pertaining to God. She did not believe in God. So my Master asked her, “What do you believe in?” She said she believed in “Camaraderie.” This is solidarity—oneness as a nation. The Master said, “If you really believe in this, you do not need to believe in God.” This is God, all living as one for each other. No religion is greater than that.” Today, the world wants to separate. Countries want to build walls between them. Even Brexit is not easy—leaving your neighbors, your largest trading partners. It can even cost you over 60 billion dollars to leave your wife. Solidarity requires unity, like-mindedness, mutual support, and living for one another. This is what it is like in heaven. Loneliness and living for yourself feel like being in hell. So, is living in the Soviet Union like heaven? In concept, it was meant to be that way. The selfishness of humanity ruined it. Money and power came into the hands of a few. To be like-minded is not easy. To find it even in small, non-profit organizations is nearly impossible. We are trying to live in solidarity. See the same divine spirit in everything. Then we are all on the same team—playing this game of life together, supporting each other without being a burden on one another.—Satish Daryanani

Tai Chi practice group in park

Enthusiasm and Excitement

My beloved Master told me that the one who has these two needs nothing else. With enthusiasm and excitement, there is nothing that cannot be attained. With excitement, every day is worth living. With enthusiasm, you want to discover all that there is within you. You want to see God so you can experience all that you have heard about Him. You are even excited about your own death so you can see your beloved Masters again. You can experience the astral form, and even be excited about Hell so you can see and feel how hot the fires are. You will even help others, if only for your excitement. You will get up every morning with the joy of experiencing a new thought, sent to others so you can enjoy the comments that come. You will have the enthusiasm for learning new skills or seeing the different cultures of the world. The sign of such persons is that their lives are full of wonder. They do not want the same repetitive boring life. What next? A new dawn means a whole new life every day. The power of enthusiasm can transform people’s lives. They are never down with themselves or the circumstances they face. OH!!!! Those blessed souls who have this, truly live. — Satish Daryanani

Excited woman in pink turban

The Cuteness of a Baby

We are all drawn to the cuteness of a baby—the smile, joy, happiness, and love draws us to it. We were all cute at one time. So what changed? We grew up. We forgot what we are. The child is without responsibilities, without caring, free from judgments, free from discrimination, and free from identity and ego. A child belongs to no religion, has no ambitions or goals, does not fear death, does not have the stress of the world. The same child grows up and, one day becomes a teenager. Most parents wish that their child would never grow up. The loving child becomes difficult to deal with. Poor God had all the wonderful innocent children at one time. We all grew up to become a burden on Him. He also must be wishing that we all would not have grown up and He had 8 billion babies with which to play. Then He would not have to listen to our prayers, as babies do not pray for anything. They have everything they need. Today, parents go to classes to learn how to deal with babies. In the old days, there were no classes as, once you fall in love with the innocence, you automatically know how to care for the baby. So, go back to being a child and let the make-up industry go out of business, as nothing is more beautiful than the face of a child. Let us all work on getting our natural smiles back and not the fake smile we have to put on in our social lives. Then we can post our baby-face so others can say, “Oh, how cute. We wish we could volunteer to be your babysitter.” —Satish Daryanani

Cute baby inpink hat and blanket

Q. Does numerology work?

A. This question was asked of me today. If someone knows how to read numbers and the alignment of the stars and planets, he or she can predict the future of a person. It is not easy to find such a person these days. By knowing your future, can you change anything? The answer is no. If you have financial problems, or health problems, nothing can change. Even if you pray for grace, it can only give you the anesthesia for the surgery you still have to endure. My father knew a person who was skilled in this field. All that he said came true—even the age when my father left his body. Knowing this, however, does not change the facts. I learned that we all have a great numerologist. It is our thoughts, deeds, and actions. Our mathematical formula is written by us. We are the accountants of our own debits and credits. Our reactions, spiritual development, and service are free from our horoscopes. Knowing this we should enjoy the suspense of our doings. So, those who want to find out the final score of the Super-Bowl before it takes place, can look for the numerologist and bet on the game and make money. Others know that the ultimate mathematician, the Lord, cannot make mistakes. Let Him worry about keeping track of everything. He has nothing better to do.—Satish Daryanani

Numbers

Mixing Things

We human beings do not want what nature gives us. We want to mix things and make our own concoctions. We like things that are bittersweet. We mix fruit juices with vegetable juices. Some things are not meant to be mixed, like oil and water. Our bodies and minds have limitations. When we go against their natural order, we pay a price. For example, our lungs are designed for taking in fresh air full of oxygen, and not nicotine from cigarettes. Our minds can get high from inner peace and wisdom; we do not need chemically induced drugs, which give a temporary high and then lead us to crash in the lows of depression. Most of us know the truth, yet, we mix in lies—because the truth is not convenient for us. When we watch the news, we know the truth, yet we believe the politicians’ lies. We know the truth that we all have to die, yet, no one wants to accept it. We all know our bodies are aging, yet, people spend millions of dollars trying to look younger. We all know everything happens with the will of God, yet, the ego makes us believe we do everything. We know we cannot take our money with us, yet, we do everything to collect as much as possible. That is why there is a saying: Truth hurts. Mixing our inner wisdom with selfish ignorance creates all the problems in our lives. It is okay to have mixed drinks in moderation, like a Lychee Martini, my favorite, but the more you have natural products, the better it is for your health. The nature of the mind is truth. To entertain yourself, please mix, in moderation, the lies that people say on CNN and Fox. — Satish Daryanani

Mixology

Anniversary of Our Loved Ones’ Passing

The first anniversaries of the death of our loved ones are the hardest. We only remember the good moments we had with them. We forget the arguments and disagreements we had. Even when couples are contemplating divorce, if one partner dies, the other feels miserable. I pray that when I pass on, please remember my anger and how I roasted everyone—then there is no pain and I am no longer troubling anyone. So, use this as a lesson. Enjoy the good, bad, and ugly while people are alive. There is no point in missing them when they are gone. Look on the positive side. Your loved ones are not sick any more. There are no more fights, only love and blessings for them. You can only have gratitude for the wonderful things they have done for you. My Spiritual Master left His body. There is now no need to go early to get a good seat close to Him. I do not have to go to India twice a year. I do not have to worry whether He gives me a look and a smile. I am free from all that. Now, you can think of your loved ones whenever you want. You can talk to them privately, seek their guidance when you need it. Learn all the dos and don’ts from their lives. But, crying and being miserable is not helping anyone. Know that you, too, have limited time. Use it well. — Satish Daryanani

Silhouette of an old man walking on clouds

Making Up Your Mind

If you make an offer to buy a property and the seller agrees to all your terms and conditions, the mind will automatically wonder, “It happened too smoothly and easily. Did I overpay?” On the other hand, if you worked hard and argued and then got what you wanted, you will feel you got a great deal; you earned it. People ask me for many things. If I agree immediately, they tell me, “Let me think about it.” The doubt comes. Our minds are funny. Everything that comes easily is the flow of nature. When we overthink, the ego takes control and we lose many great opportunities by not being able to make up our minds. I use this line a lot: “Even if I brought God to you, free of charge and on a platter, you will ask, ‘What is the catch?’” Not everyone in the world is trying to take you for a ride. Sometimes, good things can come with no strings attached. The thought that there is a better deal out there and your desire to not make a mistake by making a quick decision puts barriers in people’s lives. It is better to make a mistake and to learn from it than to do nothing at all. In time, you will be able to make up your mind in a split second. There is a higher power that is there for your growth, not necessarily only for your success. So, make up your mind quickly. Do you want the treasure of all treasures? Then remove the fear of making mistakes by taking quick decisions. Everything is for your good. — Satish Daryanani

Brexit or EU road sign

Q. What am I doing it for?

A. There are those who want a job of service, yet, they also want a good paycheck. Anything you do, ask yourself this question: Do you want to make money or do service? It is hard to get both. Saving the planet, spreading the teachings, helping the needy—the purpose is more important than the action. If it is for your fun and others benefit, that is the correct purpose. Everything we do should be for our joy. Even God wants you to think of Him, but only if it brings you joy. Reading this thought should bring you joy, otherwise, you can delete it. Why do we take so much pressure and stress in our lives, what are we doing it for? The more you think about it, the less you let things bind you. People tell me they are so busy that they have no time to breathe. What are they doing it for? This should be your new mantra (holy chant). Most of the things we do have no purpose. So, if we get no joy from them, we should stay away from them. Finally, writing these thoughts, what am I doing it for? I have no answer. See my point? — Satish Daryanani

3 boys playing in water

Q. Why are people easily bored?

A. Over time, listening to the comedy of top comedians even like Jerry Seinfeld, the jokes sound repetitive. That is why his show had to end. Reading these thoughts daily, they seem similar, they have the same flavor. Even when I traveled with the Spiritual Masters, their talks seemed repetitive. Those who experience deep inner peace will have a similar experience daily. So, how not to get bored with our daily routines? No two grains of sand are the same, the reactions of two people are different, no two butterflies have the same beauty. Everything in this world is unique. God knew we will get bored so She created variety. Some, who repeat a holy chant to keep the mind focused, give up because they get bored with the repetition. However, if you persist, the reward you will find is a whole new inner world to entertain you. So, eat in new restaurants, travel to new places, try new hobbies, make new friends. Even try to not complain to God. That will be a whole new experience. Please do not get stuck in your ways, otherwise, you will end up being the most boring person to be with. — Satish Daryanani

two butterflies on purple clover

Q. Who is the best and the worst disciple?

A. It is Judas. Just imagine, he betrayed the love of his life! If he did it out of obedience to his Master, Jesus, it makes him the greatest disciple ever. To watch one’s Beloved being crucified because of one’s actions is the greatest pain one can bear. I am surprised he took so long to take his own life. I would have killed myself right away. Even though he may have done this deed according to the master plan of Jesus, history will judge him as the worst disciple ever. There were 12 fortunate souls who got a chance to be in the physical presence of a realized soul—an ocean of love. Would someone betray Him for a few measly coins, which he did not use? The Master would choose the strongest and most obedient amongst His 12 disciples. In Jesus’ master plan the crucifixion was needed so He could resurrect. The disciple who can obey his Master, even if it harms the Master, is the best disciple. On the other hand, if he betrays His trust and love, it makes him the worst disciple. It is up to us to decide which one he is. — Satish Daryanani

Kiss of Judas in historic painting

Q. What is our responsibility in life?

A. Ask yourself: What is the responsibility of a microphone? It relays sound and music. There is no ego involved. Similarly, when the “I” goes and you realize you are only an instrument, you are free from all the responsibilities of life. All your burdens are removed. God’s will is to subdue the ego. Our ego is dependent on the spirit, we are never independent in that respect. Once we consciously submit ourselves completely to the spirit, we are independent because God’s will takes over. The choice is yours to make: Be a very responsible person and pay the price—or surrender yourself into His hands and allow Him to do everything. Then the supreme consciousness, or the cosmic energy, flows through you. The responsibility in your life is simple. Choose your path. — Satish Daryanani

Woman walking past fork in road

Q. Are there terrible people or situations in the world?

A. Today, the U.S. government has shut down because of a wall between the USA and Mexico. The irony is that, in fact, a wall has been created between the two political parties. Both sides are correct. They both want security and are actually the two sides of the same coin. There should be no hatred. Life is a matter of understanding and accepting. Then, there is nothing bad, terrible, or negative in life. To make a movie you need light; to enjoy the movie you need darkness. The one who understands this enjoys the real movie of life. Each one of us and every situation we face is perfect; our lack of understanding makes it terrible. When we rise above our differences, we develop universal love for everything. We must learn to enjoy everything in the world as it is. We must rejoice in every situation. Those who go to heaven and complain can make heaven into hell. There is only one terrible thing in this world: It starts with me and my limited mind. — Satish Daryanani

Berlin Wall

Q. Why do people get married?

A. We are all married to each other in spirit. Yet people may have a ceremony. They end up with a marriage certificate from the court and so can claim a tax deduction. Even if they file for a divorce, it is not possible to break up. Spiritual marriage to each other is permanent. People end up paying lawyers for no reason, thinking they have broken up. It is only the changing mind that thinks it is changing relationships. We are all one. That cannot change, we have to keep this in our minds. So, should people not get married? You can marry so your parents will stop bothering you. Also, it is good for the diamond business that people marry. Marriages are good for the economy. But know that your marriage was already made in heaven. Earthly marriages only renew your vows. Remember, no one is single in the world. We are all suffering being married from birth. Married people, do not be jealous of your single friends. We are all in the same boat. Even death cannot free us from our marriages. Get used to being married to one another and make the most of it. — Satish Daryanani

Prince Henry & Meghan Markle

Q. Can you really change someone?

A. If a dog’s tail is bent, can you make it straight? It is not easy to change someone. However, it is not impossible to change your own self; this can only happen if you want to change. You can try and help people to change if they want your guidance. Parents try to change their children. Spiritual Masters try to changes their devotes. People try to change their life partners. I am trying to change people with these thoughts. All must realize that we can only inspire them. They must want to change. We are all different in our thinking. So to inspire someone, speak in a manner to which they will be receptive. Do not force your point of view on them. The best way to change someone is to practice what you preach. That, itself, can inspire someone. But please, do not expect anyone to change, as you might get disappointed. Even if they tell you they have changed, only believe them when you see it through their actions. We are all creatures of habit. Only someone with grace and strong willpower can truly change. Do your best and pray for those who need help in changing themselves. — Satish Daryanani

Superman-Clark-Kent

Q. Why is the world so competitive?

A. I hear complaints that there is so much competition in business that it has become hard to sell and make a profit. First, realize that life is a sport. Everything that you do is a game. Play each game well. Don’t worry about competing, just play your part. Don’t always look to win. Constant winning with no competition and not losing is boring. Learn to enjoy the wins and losses in life, as long as you do not lose your mind. Getting stressed because of competition means you have lost before even starting. In today’s world, even parents get involved in their children’s wins and losses. They have taken the fun out of just playing. Their children grow up thinking winning is everything and then they suffer when they lose. According to God, the Creator, this world was for His play, His fun. If he is enjoying watching us play, then why are we suffering? It is because we only give value to competition and winning. Treat competition as a way to improve. Use this to become better at your craft. Know that there is always someone better and worse than you. Enjoy this game knowing that you want to win. Do the best you can. Know that He is laughing at your reactions to the so-called losses. — Satish Daryanani

women in a race

Q. What drives the stock market?

A. The entire world, including the stock market, is driven by fear and greed. That is why the prices go up and down so fast. Long-term investors put aside their savings monthly and do not get affected by the daily roller coaster ride. Religious people, too, live with greed for heaven and fear of hell. In our lives, when things are good, we get greedy for more; when we go through challenging times, we bury ourselves in fear—both are our natural instincts. If you can handle it, enjoy this ride. If you are tired and want to be free, then, realize both are not permanent. Nothing can remain the same permanently, except my reaction, that is in my control. The stock market and everything from the outside world goes up and down. Spirituality is not only for seeing God, it also gives you the correct way to live. All that is happening is not in your control. Sitting in silence and analyzing your life is in your hands. So, have the fear of displeasing the Lord, have the greed of trying to get as close to Him as possible, and all the greed and fear of worldly stuff will automatically drop away from your life. — Satish Daryanani

Stock market, 2 men worried

Q. Is it more important to do good or to have a good heart?

A. It would be nice to do good and have a good heart. However, having a good heart is more important. Some good people do good from the fear of God. Some do good so that the world can see, some so that their conscience cannot prick them for all the wrong they have done. People do good so that their credit of good karma goes up and they can enjoy the fruit of that. On the other hand, the world might think that a person is a jerk, and yet he could have a good heart. There is no credit or recognition, as the world might not even know who has a good heart. Only the Spiritual Masters and the Lord know that. The ones who have a good heart will not even know they have one. It comes from grace. The purity of the heart grows with unconditional love for the Lord. Those with pure hearts feel they are heartless and not worthy to see the lord. Yet, because of their pure and good hearts, the Lord reveals Himself to them. So, pray to have a good heart. Leave being a good person to others. It is an easier path.—Satish Daryanani

Q. What should be our New Year’s resolution?

A. For many, it is to lose weight and get back in shape. For some, it is to give up smoking, drinking, and other addictions. For others, it is to not lose their temper and be more patient and loving. Some want to spend more time in silence and connect with the Divine. There are so many resolutions. Some of us may succeed, and some fail. At least, we will give it a try. My New Year’s resolution is simple: Why mess with perfection? I’m not saying I am perfect, but that everything in this world is controlled by the Perfect One. There is nothing wrong with taking care of your health, doing your duties and austerities, trying to overcome your weaknesses. But this is not my real resolution—to live every day, every year, and every lifetime in the same manner. Knowing that, what can I do to change when the one who controls me holds all the strings? Enjoy the champagne, the fireworks, the ball dropping, the music, company, and good food. It has been many years since I spent New Year’s Eve without being in the physical presence of a Spiritual Master. I feel they are all with me—blessing me, guiding me, and, above all, forgiving me for my sick mind. I wish you all a Happy New Year. May God bless you that I can wish you a Happy New Day each day, as all the days will become the same. Then New Year is every day. — Satish Daryanani

Buddha and 3 lit candles

Q. What gives your life meaning?

A. Each one of us will have a different answer to this question. Each one of us has something that makes our life worth living. Even God has a specific purpose for us. Three things give my life meaning: One is to spread the teachings that come from within and from being around Spiritual Masters. The second is to have fun—fun from experiencing the divine in everything, from enjoying this entire creation, from enjoying the grace and having gratitude for the giver of this grace. In spite of knowing that whatever I do is not in my control, I still take credit for my doings. I think that the world benefits from my existence. The third thing that gives my life meaning is knowing that this life is an endless journey—to evolve, to learn, and to experience as much as I can. This year is coming to an end soon. I wonder, “The person that I was a year ago, where did he go? Was he even there?” The person who used to react, think, and understand things should feel that a whole lifetime has gone by, and not just a year. So, with the coming of each new year, a whole new person is re-born. What gives your life meaning should change annually, as the person which you think you were the previous year died. The new year brings the birth of a new soul. Thank God 2018 is over, so we can say good riddance to that crazy person who is not here anymore. — Satish Daryanani

two close women on a bed.

Q. How many ways are there to see God?

A. Just as there are many ways to go to Rome, there are 8 billion ways to see God. Hence, there are 8 billion religions. There are infinite dishes to feed our physical hunger. Similarly, we have infinite ways to feed our spiritual hunger. You can get God through intense love or hatred for Him. The hatred has to be that intense. You can get Him by complete surrender or by taking everything on your own shoulders or by practicing tremendous austerities. You can lose yourself in the service for the world or stay in seclusion and enjoy Him in silence. I am not trying to put religious organizations, priests, or Spiritual Masters out of business. Use them all to inspire yourself, but create your own path. This is the freedom given to each one of us. Just as God cannot be defined, the paths cannot be defined. We fight over our religious beliefs, yet no two people practice their own religions in the same manner. One may only speak the truth, the other may think white lies are acceptable. No two minds are the same, so no two paths are the same. The only thing common is that those who truly see God have exactly the same experience. Those, who see God as a hallucination have different experiences. One way to try and describe God is that you see the reflection of your true self when your mind is a clear mirror. Nothing more can be said. This is God. — Satish Daryanani

Many roads lead to Rome

Q. Why do we all think differently?

A. We are all unique. No two persons can think alike. When we see or hear something, based on our experiences and intelligence, we end up judging and arriving at conclusions. When people meet, they end up debating as to which angle is right or wrong. Truly wise people do not get into debates. They see the world the way they want. Only when they are asked for their opinions, do they speak. Someone may like a particular movie, follow a particular Spiritual Master, political leader, or a special restaurant. Even if they are atheists and do not believe in God, it is their choice. Sometimes they may like or hate someone or something for a crazy reason. Please do not laugh, they may get insulted. Your spiritual examination comes when you are faced with these situations; all your austerities prepare you for these. This world of illusion is going to be seen from each one’s own point of view. Why do people debate with others as to what appears in their dreams? Your precious time and energy should not be wasted in changing people’s minds. Guide them only when they are ready, with open minds, to expand their horizons. Otherwise, enjoy the show of a blind person describing the elephant while touching only one part of the elephant. Until the blindfold of ignorance is removed, the world is seen from a very narrow point of view. — Satish Daryanani

illustration of elephant and six blind men

Q. Who wins the lottery?

A. Many people buy lottery tickets hoping they will win big and their lives will change. Unfortunately, only a handful win the big ones. Most people who do not win, feel they are not lucky. Yet, if a situation occurs and they are about to lose their lives and, miraculously, they are saved, they then realize how lucky they are. They have won the biggest lottery—not losing their lives. When we see the miracles of God—our good health, life itself, our loved ones, our limbs, our eyesight, our ability to hear and talk, we will not care if we win or lose with the lottery ticket. The one who understands the good luck given by God has already won the jackpot. You can still buy lottery tickets for fun, if you want, but inside, you know that you have already won the big one—the inner peace that comes from realizing the miracles from God. — Satish Daryanani

lottery ticket

Q. Why are people so possessive?

A. When I was around my Spiritual Masters, I felt very possessive of them. I wanted to monopolize their time and affection. If they did not bless me with their continue gazes and smiles, I would get depressed. I would wonder if I had thought or said something wrong, for which I was being punished. Then, one day, I realized, “What must I have done for them to bestow their love and grace on me!” It was not that I deserved it or was being punished. It came only out of their kindness. It was for me to learn that they are the Masters and that I could not possess them. I see many parents being possessive of their children, trying to control them, even if they are adults and have themselves become parents. We become attached to our kids and judge them on our own terms. If God, himself, appeared, all His devotees would try to possess Him. Some people are also possessive of their religions and their beliefs. Accordingly, those who do not follow their path will end up in hell. The ones who are possessive already live in hell. They live with continued hurt and pain when the ones whom they posses go against their will. Be free and don’t bind yourself with someone or something. True love for someone comes from letting go. Let them be free from you. — Satish Daryanani

Mother-daughter argueing

Q. What is the final destination?

A. The knowledge that is available in the world is limitless, it has no ceiling. There is also an abundance of wisdom within that we can tap. Retirement and death are only a part of our journey. Making money has no limits. We can do endless service and we will not make even a dent in the needs of humanity. Even trying to be humble is endless. As long as we are in the human form, there will be a subtle ego. There are endless layers of inner peace. Giving and receiving love has no bounds. The real destination in our lives brings us to realize that there is nothing in this world with a destination. Everything is an endless journey, yet we put up barriers. Believing in heaven and hell is only a part of our journey, not our destination. Trying to become a better person creates a constant battle with our own minds. Now that you know this truth, put no limit on anything. For example, if I become a millionaire, a billionaire, a doctor, a retiree, or a realized soul, what then? There is more, much more. Set goals to inspire you but, in the back of your mind, know that there is no peak in any aspect of your life. — Satish Daryanani

mountain climber on snowy slope

Q. Why does the body get confused?

A. The body needs little to sustain it. The less you put in, the more you get out of it. The more you put in, the less you get out of it. Yet, we have no control over our intake. Our minds are the same way. Enter less data so that, like a hard drive, it is not overloaded. When you need to function, it will have optimal performance as it does not have to sift through too much data. We put so much spam and trash in our minds by reading, talking, thinking, and listening to unnecessary material. The body rejects the overload with diseases, and the mind rejects the overload with anxiety, stress, and worry. Both, the body and the mind can be perfect instruments. All you have to do is listen to your body. A burp tells you that your body is full, and not that it has digested the food so you can eat even more. When you get a headache, feel lethargic, or dizzy, have a shortage of breath, or feel depressed, the mind tells you: Enough is enough. Use these gifts from God so others can also benefit. As a sick and depressed person, you are of no use to the world. You end up being a burden on others. So, please stop sending pictures of high calorie and tasty, unhealthy food. Please also stop forwarding things on WhatsApp that do not benefit anyone—it’s just unnecessary data filling the mind. Even today’s thought may be unnecessary data to some. Forward it only to those who might benefit from it.—Satish Daryanani

Stress - eating pizza

Q. Why do we check the weather report?

A. We check to see the hourly, daily, and weekly weather report so we can plan accordingly: what to wear, whether to carry an umbrella or not or to change our plans if the weather is severe. Planning is good so we are not surprised. On the other hand, if there is a 90% chance of rain and we carry an umbrella, and if there is no rain, we complain. We carried the umbrella for nothing. Now, how do we prepare for other things we have to face in the week ahead? There is no forecast we can read. Weekends are good for preparing for the next week because we have a little extra time. Spend some minutes in silence and contemplate. You are giving yourself a chance to prepare for the days ahead. There is a weather channel within each of us. In time, you develop an instinct for sensing what lies ahead—the so-called obstacles you might face. As time goes by, you will reach a state where, no matter what comes, you remain unaffected. Until you reach that state, spend every weekend with the accountant, doctor, psychiatrist, lawyer, financial adviser, family counselor, and any other professionals you need—all are within you. They will prepare and guide you for what you might face. Then, nothing will surprise you. Please do not complain if no obstacles come; it’s like carrying an umbrella when there is no rain. Enjoy the week ahead.—Satish Daryanani

red umbrella carried on a sunny day

Q. Is doing one job better than another?

A.  It does not matter what job we do, it is how we do it — especially the ones who have government jobs and are secured for life. Even those who volunteer in non-profit organizations and do not take a pay check should still do their best. When we call the airlines, or hotels, or credit card companies, we sometimes get a person who really helps us, who goes above and beyond his or her call of duty. We thank them and send them our blessings. On the other hand, you can get someone who is not helpful at all. Even if you do your best, you may get laid-off due to corporate decisions of cost-cutting. In any situation, all you can do is your best. The attitude and effort you put towards everything in life is more important than the results of your actions. See all your actions from the recipient’s point of view. That caring should be there. When you do everything as an offering to the Lord and not for a paycheck, your life changes. You do not need to pray, meditate, go out and serve, give donations, visit holy places, or read scriptures. You are already living a spiritual life. The thought of God is in each action. So, whether you are the CEO or the teller at a bank, serve your customers as if you are serving God. Even if you get fired, you need not be concerned. The real Big Boss knows your value. He will find you something. No one wants to lose a sincere worker. Do your best and leave the rest. Simple. — Satish Daryanani

Volunteers

Q. How does it concern me?

A. This is one of the main teachings of my Spiritual Master. We unnecessarily get involved with so many things—especially when money is involved—we end up losing relationships. If you want to help, give to those who need help without expecting anything in return. You end up paying a heavy price to be a financial bridge for others. I wish I had listened to my Master and not gotten involved in such situations. The strength of “No” grows in the lives of the spiritual aspirants, as all they look for is peace. If you are doing it as a business, that is a different issue. There is profit and loss in that. It does not become personal. In life, most people face obstacles. You guide them, if needed, based on all that you have learned. This subject is for me to learn first. People might even think I have become heartless. That is fine. I cannot save the world, only myself. Today, on the 104th Birthday of my Beloved Master, I take a promise to never involve myself in things that do not concern me. I have been roasted enough. This lesson sounds selfish, yet being selfish has its benefits. You will avoid misunderstandings with people. They have to deal with their own karmic situations. All you can do is pray for them. Let the forces of nature take their course. You must not get caught up in that. Sorry Master, for not listening to You. — Satish Daryanani

Golden Bridge

Q. Why does grace not work all the time?

A. There was a person who came to the spiritual Master seeking his blessings to become a Jeevanmukta (a liberated soul—one who is from the world but not of the world). The Master blessed him. He, also, wanted to enjoy the same nectar the Master enjoys from His silence. The Master blessed him. Some time passed and I asked him, “Did the blessings work?” He said he is still struggling and is not able to control the mind. I asked the Master, “Are your blessings not effective, or is it the lack of faith of the one receiving it?” The Master smiled and replied, “More important than grace or faith is that the person who asks for something really wants it.” You must want it more than air itself. Then even grace is not required. When you do get it, tell the world it happened due to grace, so as not to develop the ego. Take the world like a pot of hot water—if you need grace, or permission to drop it, then it is not hot enough. When the world gets to you and the pot of water is so hot, you will just drop it—that is the real want. Only then can you become a Jeevanmukta. — Satish Daryanani

Hot pot illustration

Q. Why can’t we remember our past lives?

A. We are unable to remember our past lives because we are not able to forgive all those who have affected us in this life alone. We are unable to recover from the guilt of what we have done in this life. We are still saddened by the loss in this lifetime of many loved ones. We are not even able to scratch the surface of our desires in this lifetime alone. So, thank God we have amnesia when it comes to our past lives. Imagine if we also lived with the fear of future lives. If you think this is your only life, then do not waste time. Make the most of it. Those realized souls who know the truth understand that, once the gift of life is given, it cannot be taken back. They do not live in the guilt of yesterday, nor do they have the fear of tomorrow. They live in the moment. For them, life and death are like going from one day to another in this endless journey called life. Each day, or birth, has the same purpose: to learn and serve. They live with the gratitude for the gift of life, gratitude that cannot be taken from them. Each birth, or day, is a gift to be enjoyed. Each birth, or day, is to be made into heaven or hell. So, if we cannot remember our past lives and definitely have no control over our future lives, can we enjoy this present life by living in the moment? While reading this thought, it is all that should matter. Enjoy this moment. — Satish Daryanani

Evolution of man

Q. Why do we all seek the award for being the best?

A. The Bahamas just won the 2018 award for being the best Caribbean destination. Due to this award, the island will attract more visitors. Businesses seek the award for being the best in their category so their clients will feel more confident in dealing with them. Trying to be the best is in our nature. Yet, we only seek awards that everyone can see. The Miss Universe pageant award is to show the world that you are the most beautiful person. However, no one seeks the award for being the dearest to the Lord. No one will find out; only the Lord knows the real beauty in your heart. Who can get the award of all awards? One who has equanimity. He enjoys whatever the Lord bestows upon him. His thoughts are blended with the teachings of the Lord. He is free from attachments and desires. He sees in everyone the image of the Lord. He brings a smile to people’s lives. His positive attitude uplifts others. In his heart, he does not seek anything for all that he does. Even if he wins the award from the Lord that he is dearest to the Lord, he will feel that he is not yet worthy of it. — Satish Daryanani

Ms Universe Pageant

Q. What attracts us in the world?

A. This world has fruit, which we enjoy—some are sweet, some bitter. When we get fed up with eating the bitter fruits, we try to elevate our souls. We start practicing silence, reading scriptures, and we go on spiritual retreats. Slowly, we start to experience peace and joy. As we elevate, our eyes look down at the world. We remember the sweet fruit we used to enjoy. All the austerities we practiced, the experiences we went through, are now of no value. We go back to the way we once were. This world will again make you go through challenging experiences. We are going up and down the branches of the same tree. Only those fortunate souls who have had enough of the bitter fruits from the world will rise up permanently. They know the price to pay to taste a few of the sweet fruit of the world. This temporary happiness that you get from outside is not going to enslave you anymore. When you have reached the state where nothing can attract you in the physical world, you are now free to come back. Enjoy the sweet fruits again. When the bitter fruits come in your life, you can again leave the world. So enjoy the peace, wisdom, and bliss of not being attached to the world. Come, play, and satisfy your taste buds when you want to enjoy the world. This is the true art of living. — Satish Daryanani

2 birds in a fruit tree

Q. Why do we live according to what others think?

A. A person gets fired from a job, and he wants to show everyone that he has got a better job and is doing better than them. We live for what others think of our accomplishments and success. Even the way we look is for others. Society is our God today. Everything is based on the approval of society and social media, like Facebook or Instagram. What about what God thinks of us? Our identities are lost in trying to fit in. Even when big weddings take place, we keep track of who was invited. Belonging to the elite social circle becomes our goal. Who is watching? What do they think of us? Who knows us? These worries become our lives. Does God know you? Are you in His inner circle? Do the Spiritual Masters miss you when you are not around? Above all, are your parents and family members proud to be related to you for what you have become? Have you become that person where your existence becomes a light for everyone who comes into contact with you? — Satish Daryanani

Counting friends online

Q. Why do we eat and drink more when it is free?

A. At a buffet, you will notice people overfill their plates. They waste a lot of food. When drinks are free, people often get drunk. If we have to pay for it, we order only what we need. What draws us to free stuff? Free stuff is enjoyed because we do not have to work for it. Our hard-earned money has value. Yet, no one wants the best things which are free. Peace is free. Wisdom is free. Grace is free. Yet no takers. The difference is we only want that which is concrete and not abstract. We want what we can see, touch, and taste and not what is experienced. Even though we can enjoy everything through our senses, we convert it to experience to enjoy it. We prefer the by-product of the experience rather than the pure experience itself. But the irony is that we all want money which can give no pleasure. It is what money can buy but not the money itself. In that case, the second-hand experience is fine. However, the direct experience of the true wealth no one wants. Who can understand human beings? I give up. — Satish Daryanani

Cartoon of a freeloader l

Q. What three things consume our entire lives?

A. People are consumed by financial matters, health issues, and family problems. If I only talk about these three topics, I will have an audience for life. Those fortunate souls who do not get caught up in the above are consumed by spirituality. “When will I see God? When will I become a liberated soul? When will I see the inner light and discover the deep inner peace?” And so on. Some souls that are free want to help others with their situations. They create a fifth situation. “God, You had everything. You got bored and created this universe. Now I see all the problems You face. I am trying to help only a fraction of the issues that consume humanity — what must You be going through dealing with 8 billion people who are consumed with these issues?” We consume ourselves with something and our entire lives go by, not resolving even one of the issues. So, those souls who are free get involved in helping others with these issues. Neither God, nor the realized souls, nor the rest of humanity is completely free from things that consume us. — Satish Daryanani

Sculpture head in hand

Q. Why must we choose between business or pleasure when we go on a trip?

A. How about a third option, both business and pleasure? When I was younger, I used to leave the warm Caribbean islands and go to frigid Detroit in the month of January for business. Even that was for business and pleasure. There were certain foods I could only get there. I got to meet nice people with whom I worked; they were more friends than business associates. Today, I am flying to the Bahamas. It’s easy to add pleasure as you can have a nice, chilled pîna colada on the beach, or have a Bahama mama in a restaurant. I can meet friends and do my job. The word pleasure should be in everything. In your duties, service, spirituality, exercise, as well as entertainment. Even at a funeral, I have the pleasure of watching my friend being free from his wife permanently. Even a split second that does not have pleasure in it is wasted. Waiting in a long line at Starbucks for coffee is a pleasure because I know what I am going to enjoy. So, immigration and customs forms worldwide should have the third option — both business and pleasure. — Satish Daryanani

Beach cabana seen near laptop on desk.

Q. What blessings should we crave?

A. I used to wonder what blessings would the spiritual Masters seek. There are two. First, they seek the blessing of humility. Along with this, they should feel they are more egoistic today than they were yesterday. Not even in their subconscious should they feel that they are becoming humble. The second blessing is to get closer to God. Even though they have experienced the merger with God, being in the human form there is still a separation as fine as a strand of hair. They seek the blessings to get so close to the Lord that there is no word yet created to describe it. On the other hand, they must feel each day that they are walking further and further away from God. These two blessings, contradictions, is what we must all seek. On one hand, is the blessing to evolve; on the other, the blessing to not realize our spiritual growth: wanting and not wanting, getting and not realizing. The true blessing is when the one who is blessed feels that he has not yet earned the blessings. Craving for grace when you are already a manifestation of that grace. That is why great souls always bow down and seek your blessings. They know that the Lord is in everyone and hope they receive these two blessings. — Satish Daryanani

Dada and Swami Satchidananda feeding each other

Q. Would there be world peace if there were no politicians?

A. If people lived with perfect righteousness, wisdom, truth, and justice there would be world peace. Since we do not rise to this level, politicians who are in charge of the administration will continue to take advantage. Their selfishness and greed will supersede the feelings and sufferings of millions. They will even embark on wars to hold on to their power. Remember: World peace starts with you. Your reflection of inner peace can be the beginning of world peace. Most people lose hope and so they do not do anything. The rich and powerful control everything. Yes, they do, but they do not control you. World peace is in your control. It is your state of mind, and not what politicians control. So start small. Contribute to peace at home and work, peace in your community, peace in your town, and your city. Even if nothing changes in your lifetime, at least you will have changed. Politicians are created in order for me to watch all the jokes about them on television and in other media. In my world, there is nothing but peace. — Satish Daryanani

Trump walking into Airforce One with toilet paper stuck on his shoe.

Q. What do most people misunderstand?

A. In the T.V. show, Magnum P.I., Tom Selleck, the actor, would often refer to his inner voice. We think we are able to listen to our inner voice for guidance and then follow it. However, the difficulty for the ordinary person is that it is the voice of the lower mind. The voice of the brutal instincts is often misunderstood as the voice of the conscience. As a result of such misunderstandings, guided by the animal tendency, we commit colossal blunders, involving danger to others. It requires a great degree of purity and calmness of mind to hear the true inner voice. It is the pure conscience itself that is the inner voice. Those who say God spoke to them are referring to this experience. So, how do you know which voice you are hearing? That’s simple. When the “I” has no say in whatever thought that comes. You are completely neutral. There is such a disparity between the two that it is easy to tell. If you are not sure, seek the advice of someone who you feel is able to listen to the real inner voice. Until then, take the inner voice with a pinch of salt. When you do get it, lawyers, friends, family members, psychiatrists, and priests, will no longer be needed. You will have a direct link to the ultimate Google. — Satish Daryanani

Tom Selleck

Q. How do life and meditation intermingle?

A. Each and every being in the world is divine by nature. The divinity in people differs only by degrees, but not in kind. Even so-called atheists have rays of divinity in them. The actions of good, bad, or ugly vary in proportion. Even murderers, robbers, or drug dealers who commit vicious actions have some good in them. However subtle a pure action may be, it is to be considered as worship, or meditation. Meditation is not about just sitting in silence in a corner and thinking of the Lord. Actions that tend to purify the grossness of the individual are to be collectively treated as meditation. The difference is the speed of your evolution. The evolution of the soul takes place when you do good, selfless acts out of devotion. Your actions occur as a non-doer-ship. Automatically your life will become cheerful and enlightening as you evolve quickly, with the speed of light. When your life and meditation are intertwined, your actions and your thoughts work towards the same goal. So, life itself becomes an act of meditation. Your mind will remain the same all the time. Choose to crawl or run in your own evolution. — Satish Daryanani

Women runners dressed as hare and tortoise

Q. How can you do things correctly?

A. If you want things done correctly, you have to do them yourself. If you depend on others, then you have to live with the effort of others. What you put in this world comes back to you. Sometimes people will tell you, “Why don’t you delegate?” If you delegate, then you cannot get upset with what you get. If you do it yourself, you have to live with your mistakes. Get upset at yourself and learn from the lesson. This will lead you to realize that even your spiritual growth is in your own hands. You cannot blame the Masters or the organizations that help you develop. The whole world is created to fail you. Only you can help yourself. Put in that effort required to get all that you want. At least you will accept all responsibility and stop blaming others. Remember, the word correct is from your own point of view. So, your thoughts and actions are only correct when you are in control. God has given us this freedom. Even though He is in charge of everything, He lets you put your own effort to attain anything you want. Therefore, do your best and know that whatever happens is for your good. Have no guilt for a lack of effort. If things go according to your plan, you will enjoy a great feeling of self-satisfaction when all the effort pays off. So, please do not make God a mule to carry the load of your life. Take it on your own shoulders and leave only the results to Him. — Satish Daryanani

Large burden to be pulled.

Q. Can prayers cure when doctors fail?

A. Doctors and medicines are only instruments in the hands of God. Unless God wills it, no one can cure or get cured. A man should do his best with initiative, enterprise, and perseverance, but depend on God’s grace for everything. To bear suffering and accept it as a blessing in disguise from God is great wisdom. Prayers invoke the inner potential of the individual, which flows only from God, and they can certainly work miracles. More important than the actual prayer is your faith in the prayer. All this is wonderful, but without truly believing in it, nothing will work. Even for the doctors and the medicines to work, you must have faith in them. Those who have wisdom will rejoice at the blessings of suffering from the loving hands of the Lord. — Satish Daryanani

Surgeon with angel wings

Q. Are we all ignorant or wise?

A. Ignorance is just a creation of the mind. In reality, we are full of wisdom. When the veil drops, you will shine in your own essential, divine nature. First, allow your egoism and desires to pass. Behind the clouds of ignorance is the bright sunlight of wisdom. Behind the mind is the radiant light of God. Purify yourself, destroy evil thoughts, move on the spiritual path, and the attain the correct vision intended by the Lord. This is the purpose of the human birth. It is like going to school. You have to have short hair, wear a uniform, do your homework, obey your teachers, do not talk in class, and so on. There are many dos and don’ts in life. When you graduate, there are no more rules. Then you are free to do all that you want to do, free to have fun in life. Once the true purpose of your human birth is complete, then the real fun of being human starts. There will even be some crazy people reading your thoughts. So, unfold your inner wisdom and let others also enjoy the light you discovered.— Satish Daryanani

Boy and girl studying in a luminous woods

Q. Are people born with talents?

A. We are born with some talents. Over the years we have to work on many things. Becoming vegetarian and talking about it was not my talent. Being shy, giving public talks was not easy. Playing sports rather than studying, was easier for me. I had to go against my nature to study. To maintain silence for one week every month takes a lot of effort. Real talent is going against your nature. Do not say you have no talent. These austerities are required for your growth. Even writing these thoughts is not my talent. My real talent is being lazy. I got tired of fighting God’s will. Accepting His will is easier. I got fed up of trying to fulfill my desires and I finally gave up on that. I was not allowed to be around my physical Masters, and that pain of separation made me detach from their physical forms. This led to all detachments, as attachments give you pain. Life is about utilizing your strengths and adding more strengths. I’m not saying I do not have any talent. Being on the spiritual path is definitely not my talent. I do not read Spiritual books. Yet, the love of my Masters has put me on this path. So, if the lover of non-vegetarian food, a selfish, egotistical, lazy, hard-headed, talkative, and disobedient person tries to spread the teachings, then anyone can develop any talent they want. — Satish Daryanani

Bug on its back juggling 4 ball

Q. Can sins be forgiven?

A. Some minor sins are forgiven if you repent with a pure heart and do not repeat them again. The repentance itself is sort of a self-punishment. It erases minor sins. However, you will have to suffer the capital sins. The laws of action and reaction are equal and opposite. You have to carry the impressions of your actions with your soul. God’s love gives us a chance to reform. It is not a punishment for capital sins. Instead, it is a chance to cleanse yourself, to learn the lessons and move on. Even a mother will forgive the children for their sins, but would love for them not to repeat them. If you scratch a table with a key, you have to work harder to remove the scratch. You have to sand the table, buff it, then apply varnish. Only then is the scratch removed. Similarly, the action of capital sin is easy. It takes more effort to undo it. So, please think of your thoughts and actions, as only you will have to clean up the mess. We do not have to blame God or question His soft heart which forgives us. What you sow, so shall you reap. Easier said than done. — Satish Daryanani

Remorse of man behind bars

Q. Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

A. Yes and no. It depends on many factors. When you visit Switzerland, you pass through many tunnels. Some are so long they seem to be endless. Eventually, the tunnel ends and you see daylight. So, physically, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Those of you going through challenges feel there is no light, that you are stuck permanently in the darkness of the tunnel in which you find yourself. That is why the answer is “yes and no.” Physical tunnels appear in the world, constructed by governments or private contractors. Your journey of life has tunnels created by you, and not by situations. As you have made your own tunnel, only you can find the light at the end. One who knows that nothing is permanent can be free from this situation. What seems to be a struggle today, will be a blessing when you realize the benefit. Simple theory: What goes up must come down. What is down must go up. Neither the tunnel nor the light at the end of the tunnel is permanent. You will be going through both situations in your life. Learn to enjoy both situations. Then, your life is like living in Switzerland permanently. — Satish Daryanani

man walktng toward light at the end of a tunnerl

Q. How to deal with women?

A. If I had the answer, I would become a multi-billionaire. I’ll try: Women use their hearts and they get affected easily when someone hurts them. Living in a male-dominated world, they have to strive harder. Sometimes, women act tougher with other women. It is hard for a woman to balance her family life, career, and spiritual evolution. Those who have a strong will can excel faster than men. Women have less room for error, as their lives are being watched with magnifying glasses. I was shy around girls and could not communicate with them. Now, as I am slowly getting better at it, I am learning to see life from their points of view. They have a mother’s heart. Most of my body fat has come from their love for me because they feed me well. How to treat women is simple: Treat them with equality. Joke with them. They quickly can grasp deep thoughts. They have plenty of the patience needed to deal with me and are more forgiving. Please do not break their trust, as they get hurt easily. Tough women are like coconuts — hard outside, soft inside. Break the hard shell and make a new friend. The strength of a woman is under-estimated. Above all, see all the qualities that women have and pray for those qualities. I thank God for making women the way they are so my life is entertained all the time. — Satish Daryanani

Ms Florence Nightingale tending wounded soldiers.

Q. Why have guilt?

A. When we say or do something wrong, we feel guilty. It disturbs our minds. We may even lose sleep over it. If we keep on repeating our actions we can reach a stage where there will be no guilt. We can even justify our actions. Our minds are that strong. It can remove all the guilt eventually. That guilt is our friend. It guides us to not do something. Those who have chosen the spiritual path have to pay a heavy price. This guilt becomes a pain in the butt. If you go slightly off track it ruins your day. Even if you sit in silence your mind is disturbed. The price of guilt is high. So you would rather give up the situation that causes the guilt and go back to the peace and joy which you lost. Even to give up financial profits if there is guilt in your actions. It is your choice; to either become the slave of guilt and give up the situations that give you temporary pleasure, or tell yourself, “Life is short, let me enjoy.” So, choose guilt as a big stick from God to keep yourself in check. Or become stronger and overcome the pain of guilt. — Satish Daryanani

devil and angel illustration

Q. Why are we drawn to light?

A. When the Christmas tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center is lit up, it is a big event. The tree is placed there a few days before, yet there was no crowd around the tree. Once the lights on the tree are lit, the tree changes. It draws huge crowds. An unlit building, or a bridge at night, has no charm. When lit up, people are drawn to it. They start posing and taking selfies. They even stand in the cold to see an enlightened tree, or building, or bridge. We are all like the Christmas tree. Only when the grace of peace and wisdom is poured upon us, does real beauty show. People put on make-up so others will notice them. When the lights are on you, crowds will be drawn to you. Security guards will be required. All you did was connect to the source. The tree does not enjoy its own lights. They are meant for others to enjoy. That is what motivates a person to become an enlightened tree. — Satish Daryanani

Rockefeller Center Tree

Q. What do you think of yourself?

A. When someone breaks up from a relationship, they put themselves down, especially if their ex-partner has moved on. They even think that they may spend the rest of their lives alone. What we think of ourselves is often caused by the experiences we go through. So, if our outside situation changes, our thinking about ourselves changes. If we go through a financial crisis, we think we are useless. On the other hand, if we achieve great success, we think we are smart, creative, and courageous. The outside experiences will always change; what you are does not. The strengths that you have will always be with you. Feeling self-pity gets you nowhere. This is why all the teachings are only for one purpose: Discover the real you. Then all the ups and downs of life will not affect the real you. Neither will the highs of life make you an egotist nor the lows of life make you lose your confidence. People can post anything about you on social media and you can laugh at it, as they do not know the real you. They are only showing their own insecurities by posting. As people get older and start losing their physical capabilities, they start putting themselves down. When you know your true self, you will only think of yourself as the fortunate one who is here for one purpose — to help others also find themselves and be free from the suffering of ignorance. — Satish Daryanani

Female and male silhoettes separated by a line

Q. What are you trying to prove?

A. Boxers go through so much pain to prove they are champions. They have to keep on fighting to defend their titles. Children try to prove to their parents that they know more than them. Old people try to prove that they are still young by playing sports competitively. Seekers try to prove to their spiritual Masters that they are on the right track. Politicians try to prove to the public that they deserve their votes. Girls go through so much trouble to prove they are beautiful. People who have an ego try to prove they are humble. Even those who do good deeds are trying to prove to the Lord that they are good and that they love Him. Those who are good at meditation are trying to prove that they are in control of their minds. Intellectual people want to prove their intelligence by showing how much they know and the great memory they have. The rich people want to prove their wealth with the possessions they have. You try to be funny and have a good sense of humor when you do not have one. All I am trying to prove to the world is that this good-for-nothing is being controlled by the One who is good-for-everything.— Satish Daryanani

Two boxers in a fight

What is better — imagination or reality? Part 2

A. What we imagine as deep, permanent inner peace and what we actually experience are poles apart. If we could imagine that state, we would not have to go through the process required to be in it permanently. We are already at that state, but not aware. Some of us get glimpses of peace. It’s like watching the trailer of a movie, not the whole movie. Rather than making the effort to be aware of this state permanently, our limited minds use our imagination. The second imagination is how much God loves us. In our lives, the greatest love that is experienced is a mother’s love. Based on that experience, we think God’s love is similar or slightly greater. Mother’s love still has a mix of attachments. When you really gets God’s love, it will shatter your imagination. It can never be expressed. Your whole life will change. There will be no desires left in you. Chit-Shanti (permanent deep inner peace) and God’s love, together, will replace all your imaginations. You will be living only with these two experiences. Nothing else will matter. To entertain yourself, keep imagining different things, though you are full and complete. Therefore, do not limit these two experiences with your imagination. Go and get the experience. Then this vacation of human experience is complete.— Satish Daryanani

Sunrays through clou

Q. What is better — imagination or reality? Part 1

A. A man meets a pretty woman and imagines spending the rest of his life with her. What he imagined was actually much better than married life. We imagine going on a vacation. In our minds, the temperature is at 72°F, or 22°C, and sunny. The vacation spot could have a lot of rain, mosquitoes, long immigration lines, and cost a lot more than what we planned for. Women read romantic novels and dream of a lover like Fabio. They end up marrying a fat, bald guy. Even Walt Disney did not get to build exactly what he imagined. When you get to know your self and realize the absolute truth, both will be better in your imagination than what you experience. You will say, “That’s it.” All the austerities are for that. You want to see God. What you imagine is far different than when you do meet Him. Our imagination is far greater than what we go through. Even God’s imagination of creating this world was much better than what was created. We were not so crazy in His imagination. There are at least two things where reality is better than imagination. Please think over it. Will share the answer tomorrow. To be continued. — Satish Daryanani

Disneyland sculpture of Walt Disney and Mickey.

Q. What will please you?

A. Every breath we take is taken to please ourselves. Everyone does different things to constantly please the mind. Some even enjoy pain as a form of pleasure. Even the so-called good deeds are done to please. Someone might adopt children and take care of them; still, it is for pleasing themselves. Those who want to please God do so because even that is to please themselves. Each one of us is different, so each method of pleasing ourselves varies. There are infinite ways to even please God. Just the thought of trying to please God will please Him. He is easy to please because of the love He has for us. Speaking the truth, selfless service, spreading the teachings are some examples. The lesson is that we are not here to judge how people please themselves. Some may paint their walls white, others may paint it pitch-black. Enjoy the show of how each one does different things on this journey of life to find the never-ending ways of pleasing oneself. — Satish Daryanani

Young child eating ice cream cone

Q. Is criticism good?

A. It depends on whether the criticism is constructive or not. If it comes out of anger, ego, or hatred, then the criticism is harmful to the one giving as well as to the one receiving. No one benefits. When I was around spiritual Masters, they criticized me a lot. It was for my growth. The same God is in everyone. If you are completely detached and with no selfish motive, it is okay to point out problems so that mistakes are not repeated. Most do not have that capacity. Until you do, please do not criticize others. You might be misunderstood. Sometimes, we criticize as a form of motivation. If not done correctly, the other person can lose their self-confidence. Before you criticize, see if you first need to work on the problem yourself. If you criticize someone for being late, make sure you are punctual in life. Be careful before the thought of criticism for another person comes. — Satish Daryanani

critics page in newspaper

Q. How to keep yourself busy?

A. Get a smart phone and even 24 hours a day will not be enough. There are those who work so hard, they do not have time to scratch their heads. There is no time to think of God, or any service, or self-contemplation. And here is a question on how to keep yourself busy when we already do not have enough time! Being busy with hands and feet is one thing, trying to keep your mind busy is another thing. We are busy trying to carry the whole world on our shoulders, like Atlas. We can worry about things that might not happen. We can be busy bees, minding everyone else’s business. Being busy is healthy. How you keep busy is more important. Analyze the past 24 hours and learn from the dos and don’ts. Quietly ask God for forgiveness for a specific situation, if needed. Spend time relaxing and having fun. You will become more efficient. Learn from the lives of saints and sages. Being fascinated with all creation is my favorite way of keeping busy. Everything around me is miracle. Connecting with the Magician has kept me busy. Realizing that I am trying to understand everything with my limited mind keeps me busy constantly. — Satish Daryanani

4 kids busy using smart phones

Q. What is real Thanksgiving?

A. No words can describe the feeling of when you live in the permanent awareness of God’s perfection. How can the words, “Thank You” express that feeling of gratitude? We keep one day of the year to thank the Lord. We have a nice meal, meet family members, and thank God for the bounty given to us. Instead, we should use that one day to take a break from thanking God. Those who realize everything is a loan given by the Lord will complain: Lord, You have given me much more than my needs. By doing so, You have increased my workload in sharing with all those whose needs are greater than mine. On top of that, my debts to You keep on increasing. With so many loans, You have me as a customer for life. But, I will still thank You on Thanksgiving Day. Thank You, Lord for giving me an extra holiday. Thank You for three football games on T.V. Thank You for the big budget movie released for me to see during this time. Tomorrow, I will go back to complaining about the abundance of love and grace from You, for the abundance of wealth from within which is difficult to share, for giving me more than I need so I am putting on weight. Above all, I cannot ask for anything, as Your perfection crushes my intelligence. Most important, thank You for the great deals on Black Friday. — Satish Daryanani

Elegant dessert buffet

A. What would you like to have?

A. This question is often asked by those in the service industry. Sometimes the answer is quick, “A mimosa.” Sometimes, we take a lot of time to decide. The more choices we have, the more time we take. Imagine if God came to you and asked the same question. Would we give a quick answer or take time to decide? God, too, is in the service industry — trying His best to satisfy us. If you are not sure of the answer, imagine this crazy one, “Lord, I would like to never have You!” God will be confused. He will ask why? “If I have You I will be satisfied. Then, I will want nothing else. If I do not have You, my whole life will be spent in wanting to be with You. Being with You is the greatest joy of my life. Separation from You is the greatest sorrow of my life. Yet, I choose separation so I will do my best to win Your heart. Otherwise, I will get complacent. Separation is my inspiration. So, please come again and again to ask me this same question. This way, I get to see You. If You so desire, end our separation when I take my last breath. It is totally up to You. I am happy either way.” — Satish Daryanani

retro pic of an air hostess serving

Q. What causes frustration?

A. When things do not go our way, we get frustrated. Loneliness is another cause of frustration. We think we are alone and there is no one watching over us. Nobody understands us. All our good intentions are not manifesting. There is a higher power who knows more than you — who even knows you have a pure heart and good intentions. Yet, you get frustrated because your actions are not bearing fruit. One day, you will thank God for being smarter than you. I cannot give an example as I will get in trouble. I thank God for getting me so frustrated that I had to move on to a whole new path. Frustration is a great blessing. It can change you completely. Please get frustrated with this crazy world so that you can discover the inner world. Frustration will make you realize you cannot save the world, only yourself. — Satish Daryanani

LeBron James

Q. Why can’t God Almighty make sure everybody acts properly?

A. Each one acts properly. A thief must steal, a police officer’s job is to catch him. These are their duties. The world is a relative place. Kings, saints, beggars, lawyers, prostitutes, are all doing their respective duties. Good and evil are relative terms. Evil exists to glorify good. Hate exists to glorify love. Even a murderer can become a saint in the twinkling of an eye if he is placed in the proper pure company. Buddha did that to Angulimala, a murderer. If everyone was good there will be no villain in James Bond movies. Honestly, God even created Devil so we can glorify God. No action takes place without God having a purpose for it. We judge actions from our limited minds. In His mind, all actions are perfect for His drama. If all became saints, even saints will be out of a job. So, appreciate the real director of this big movie, who has so many performers playing their roles and duties correctly. They still haven’t given God an Oscar for the Best Director. — Satish Daryanani

Steven Spielberg winning Oscars

Q. What are benefits of being mischievous?

A. A mischievous nature a young person is an indication of intelligence and good health. If this energy is channeled in the right direction, you will become a wonderful, intelligent person. At the same time, do not act mischievous with your elders. We have so much to learn from them. We need their blessings and experience. I was mischievous with my elders and, now, I regret it. Mischievous people get joy out of life from the smallest thing. They are positive-minded people, happy with their own mischievous thoughts. They entertain others and are easy to get along. They do not dwell on past sorrows; their minds are looking forward to the next thrill. They have realized that the most mischievous person is God. He lets the puppet think it has freedom even though all the strings are controlled by Him. Above all, the teachers in schools, colleges, and even the spiritual Masters, never forget the mischievous students. The good, boring ones are forgotten. — Satish Daryanani

2 Mischievous boys

Q. What are the virtues of a righteous person?

A. A righteous person is one who is pure in thought, words, and deed — a well-anchored person who is not motivated by personal gains. He is pious, God-fearing, centered in the eternal self, has equanimity, and is tolerant towards all. A righteous person is full of virtues, like charity, nobility, sincerity, humility, simplicity. He has no ego, no lust, no greed, no crooked-mindedness, or vanity. Nothing can affect that person. A righteous person is full of adoration for all and has no enemies. He treats friends and foes alike. His word is his honor. You can even write a postdated check based on his word of honor. Above all, a righteous person does not know he is righteous. He thinks he is full of flaws, struggling like everyone else. Only those who are blessed to be around such a person can see these qualities. May we all become righteous people. — Satish Daryanani

Mahatma Gandhi

Q. What discourages us?

A. We put our efforts in various things and often times see no rewards, so we get discouraged. People who exercise and go on diets to lose weight often see no results and give up. Even those who try to meditate get discouraged when they are not able to control their minds instantly. There is no barometer to check your spiritual evolution. When you give half your mind to something, the results does not take place. Collect the dissipated rays and give your full mind to things–then you will have instant success. If you do that for God, even God will appear instantly. There is nothing you cannot achieve when you put your mind to it. Then you are courageous. The “dis” – disappears. The problem is we really do not want anything. We just say we want it. That is the reason we give half our mind. There is a saying, “You want it, you got it.” Your mind is so powerful that you can align the forces of nature to your thoughts. It becomes your slave. You become a beacon of encouragement to everyone. Discouragement and encouragement are only opposite states of mind. — Satish Daryanani

Magnifying glass

Q. What is Earth?

A. Earth is one of the planets in the solar system. It is one of the fields for experiencing the outcomes of good, bad, and mixed actions, and for initiating actions. Not only is it a place of action, it is also a place of experience. It is a place where thoughts, as well as the consequences of actions, get manifested. It is a bundle of atoms, a form of energy. It is one of the fields where we can fulfill our desire. Each one is an individual, separate, yet all the same. It is one of the stop-overs in our evolution, a temporary rest-stop in our never-ending journey. Here, we are all farmers sowing the seeds of our labor. The abundance of beauty for us to enjoy is a gift from the Lord. We become caretakers of this rest-stop. Let us not forget that Earth is only a speck in this universe. This is not your real home. It is only a place for you to enjoy while learning and resting. — Satish Daryanani

Planet Earth

Q. How does the mind differ from the soul?

A. The mind is limited, the soul is unlimited and all-pervading. The mind is the sum total of all your desires, thus inert and powerless. The soul lets the mind think it is conscious and powerful because the soul is reflected through it. The mind is the experiencer of every condition, both objective and subjective. The soul is the absolute—unaffected by any experience. The mind is mortal. The soul is immortal. The mind can make you a slave of the world. Awareness of the soul sets you free. The mind alone is the real person, the individual, the doer of actions. The mind is responsible for the cause and effect, for karma. The soul is free from cause and effect. The mind is the creative, enthusiastic, productive aspect of you. It can be your worst enemy or best friend. The soul is the source of what you are. Use both aspects of what you are. Use the mind for fun, duties, and service. Be aware of the soul to know the true self. — Satish Daryanani

meditation pose illustration

Q. How to put an end to doubts and questions?

A. By answering this question, I am going to lose all my audience. If that happens, I will be happy. As one goes deep within, the doubts, delusions, and interrogations disappear. It’s like when the sun rises, the mist disappears. Slowly, with grace, as you grow, the problems of life dissolve into the ever-abiding truth of existence. Our duty is only to intensify the inner purity with our daily spiritual practices. Slowly, all the spiritual teachings you have heard and read become clear. The only doubts you can have in life are, “Have I done enough? Do I have enough gratitude for all that is given to me?” The small doubts can go, but, to keep yourself in line, feel that there is still a long way to go. To enjoy life, play with the doubts of others—like children who think parents have babies because they simply kissed, or the children who think this world is real. Laugh when you are alone at the doubts that people have about life after death. Above all, I thank God for the questions, otherwise, I will be bored and out of a job. Please, evolve slowly so I can always be entertained. When you do get it, please enjoy the show of ignorance. — Satish Daryanani

Question marks on warning signs

Q. How can we play our roles correctly?

A. I was in Hong Kong with my spiritual Master and there was a question and answer session with children. In my mind, I felt I had better answers, and I wish I could have answered the questions. My Master read my mind and said, “I am sitting in this chair to talk. That is my role now. You are here to listen, that is your role. We are all playing our parts in this drama of life, and this is the role we have to play.” I learned my lesson that day. I drive fast. When I sit in an Uber with a slow driver, I remind myself, “My role is that of a passenger, not a driver.” I can give and receive strong massages. When the therapist is working on my back and not putting enough pressure, I tell myself, “I am here to receive a treatment. I cannot massage my own back.” When good cooks eat food cooked by other chefs, they are there to eat, not to cook and compare. Even those who are used to serving should give a chance to others to serve them. Our roles keep on changing. Sometimes we are givers, and at other times receivers. It is not that we can do a better job, it is so we can play our given roles perfectly, without any comparisons or complaints. — Satish Daryanani

Birds outside cage with cat inside

Q. What is God?

A. That what sparkles and glitters in your eyes is God. That what prompts you to think is God. The source that supports your mind, senses, breath, and your body is God. All that you experience is God. The light within you is God. Peace, knowledge, and wisdom is God. The enthusiasm, inspiration, and sense of humor in your life is God. Your desires and the satisfaction of the desires are God. Truth is God. The soul, the spirit is God. The energy in the universe is God. The freshness from deep sleep is God. The dreams and the dreamer is God. Above all, love is God. The one who recognizes this carries the presence of God all the time. Then the question changes to, “What is not God?” The answer changes to “Nothing.” In simple terms, everything is God. — Satish Daryanani

universe

Q. How to make your heart grow?

A. My spiritual Master told me that my heart was made of granite rock, in which seeds of grace could not germinate. I had no words to say; this was true. To be big-hearted, I had to become compassionate. My love for animals made me a vegetarian. It is easy to love animals because they do not push your buttons like human beings do. My enthusiasm and compassion inspired others to also turn to a vegetarian diet. Yet, this is not sufficient. It is those who are pure in heart for they shall see God, not those who are pure in mind. This makes your heart bigger, and to purify it you need to become selfless. This is my Achilles heel. I became stagnant for many years on this issue. Then, after all my efforts, grace poured in. The only way to make your heart grow is to first see the Lord in your heart. Not the physical heart on the left but in the center where He is sleeping. When you realize His existence, your life changes. Not only will you see His presence in you but also in everyone and everything. Now your heart becomes soft. The pain of humanity is felt. The self becomes less; that is how you become selfless. I feel that women are most fortunate in this aspect. They have innate motherly instinct and are naturally full of love and compassion. We, men, have an uphill battle. So, this is what is meant by bringing out the feminine side. The beautiful, caring, compassionate, loving heart of a mother and a Guru. — Satish Daryanani

Hearths being spread by an angel

Q. Why is it hard for people to keep quiet?

A. When I was in school, my teachers used to send notes with remarks for my parents to sign, “Your son is very talkative.” As I now grow older, I am finding it easier to keep silent and to be less talkative. When it comes to the topic of spirituality, or of the lives of my spiritual Masters, I have an insatiable appetite to talk. When I told this to my Master, he laughed and said, “Talking about the teachings is not considered as talking. All the other words that we speak are unnecessary.” When we talk, we get sidetracked. Others automatically join into the conversation. We, then, judge and can come up with false conclusions. We end up arguing unnecessarily about things when we talk. Thank God for texting. It has become easy to communicate. Today, while I was sitting in silence at the beach, I realized that the Masters have so much wisdom that comes from within. Their lives, their talks, the books and poems they have written, are equivalent of one grain of sand compared with all that they have experienced. I think true humility comes when you realize the deficiency in your linguistic skills. What comes to you from within is of far greater value than anything we hear or read. Until we enjoy the value of silence, talking will be our best option, but—least for a movie lover like me, please do not talk during the movies. Any other time it is fine. — Satish Daryanani

Strict teacher wagging finger

Q. What causes an inferiority complex?

A. The movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” addresses this as it tells the story of the musical group Queen. The lead singer was from a Zoroastrian faith from India. He changed his name to Freddie Mercury, not wanting anything to do with his past for it gave him an inferiority complex. Over time, you slowly start losing your identification. You get lost. With all the success in the world there is an empty feeling. The race, religion, culture, family background you are born into is perfect for you. It is given to you for your development. If others see faults in you, tell them that it is the manufacturer’s defect, not your fault. Do not feel inferior to anyone as you have qualities and duties only you can perform. This is coming from a person with average intelligence, looks, athletic abilities, qualities, height, and above average waistline — yet there is no one to whom I feel inferior. Those better than me in any field inspire me to improve. My name is not easy to spell or pronounce in the western world. Yet I have kept it so that when people who remember me, will never forget my name. Do not be a lamb in life, roar like a lion, because you are the child of the King of the jungle. — Satish Daryanani

Roaring lion

Q. How to enjoy Diwali daily?

A. Diwali is the Hindu New Year, a day of light. Most people who do not pray daily will pray on this day to Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. It is a good marketing tool. If everyone prayed instead to Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, there would be fewer customers. On this day, you may eat sweets without worrying about calories or diabetes. You get new outfits and do not have to make immediate payments to your creditors. You get in touch with those who you do not meet often. Hopefully, you thank God for the bountiful year. The key function of this day is to lead you from the darkness of ignorance to the light of truth. Only when you get that, can Diwali be within you permanently. You do not even have to pray to the Goddess of Wealth. You become the wealthiest person alive. All you can do is pray for this real wealth, and then share it with all your loved ones. Happy Diwali to one and all. May God bless you abundantly. — Satish Daryanani

Diwali light

Q. What makes us return to a restaurant?

A. When we enjoy the ambiance, food, and service, we return to the same restaurant. If it is out of town, we wish they would open a new branch next to our home. If businesses treat their customers correctly, they will have repeat business. God and Spiritual Masters are smart business people. They shower you with so much love in the beginning that you get caught in their web. Later, when they have trapped you completely, they start rubbing and scrubbing you. Other businesses want you to be a repeat customer so they will get more of your money, God and the Masters turn you into “Honey.” Then, the businesses will not only want you for the money you spend but also for the sweetness that comes from the wisdom within you. They may have a lot of repeat customers, but they will never forget you. — Satish Daryanani

honey being poured over a spoon into a dish

Q. What makes a person unique?

A. To be unique is to be unlike anyone else. Those who are unique have just one complaint. There is so much to learn, discover, and do that there is not enough time. Even to complain of anything, takes away their precious time. They are not here to compare or judge, but to grasp as much as possible. They are not bound by social structures. They are fascinated by everything around them. Even the so-called duties of the world that have to be performed, occur in the background. Imagine the mindset of God: What made Him create everything? What must He have been thinking when He made this or that? What a crazy mood must He have been in when He made this unique one? Unique means the world thinks that the screws in your head are loose. Many unique souls have been killed because of that and many unique people have helped make changes in this world.  Mahatma Gandhi did not accept that he was not allowed to sit in his seat, after purchasing a first class ticket. Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery. Being unique is not easy. But, if you are blessed and fortunate, then this world becomes a paradise. Thoughts of depression and suicide do not occur. You are already in heaven. All you can do is pray that everyone can enjoy life as do you.—Satish Daryanani

A unique standout

Q. Why do beautiful made-up women still look at a mirror and put on even more make-up?

A. This is due to insecurity. Putting on more and more make-up covers up the natural beauty given to you. How many think that the beauty, intelligence, strength, and all other assets given to them are perfect? There are only a handful like that. I am starting to lose hair on my head. If even one hair was less or more on my head, it would mess up the Lord’s master plan. Imagine, one hair can change the Lord’s plan. When you really understand the absurdity of this, then no war paint is required on your face. Put it on for fun, if you want to play, and not because you are unsure of your true beauty. Let people see you the way they want to see you. You are still the beautiful princess of your love. So please do not let the next pimple ruin your day. — Satish Daryanani

Woman applying makeup in a mirror

Q. What do you do if your flight is delayed?

A. It all depends on the length of the delay. If the delay is a short one, all you can do is walk around and use your phone. The longer the period of the delay, the more options you have. First, you can write a few thoughts down. Then, tell yourself that this time is a bonus. What you had to do at your destination cannot be done. You have free time. This is a gift from the airlines. They should charge you for it. Watching people is also fun. Some even eat more than you. Most importantly, analyze if you are affected. This unplanned time should become your life. You are neither at your previous destination nor at your final one. You are in the no man’s land. You are stuck. This is life. Our flight is delayed for 80 years, going nowhere. We are waiting in this airport of life. The flight that we are all waiting for is the one that will set us free from this airport. In the meantime, I have a trapped audience. All are, like me, stuck here. Take advantage of the opportunity to transform someone. They are also bored and need entertainment. Prisons and airports have good audiences. People have nowhere to go. Those who can make the most use out of the airport will even forget about the flight. When the time comes for you to “really” take off, you might just miss being at the airport.

Airport wait

Q. What is the key to everything?

A. I just saw the movie, “The Nutcracker.” It tells the story of finding the key to a music box. When the key was found and the box unlocked, the character was disappointed. She found nothing inside. Then, later, she discovered a small mirror behind the mechanism and saw her own reflection. She got the answer. Everything is within you. When you go inside, you will be disappointed to see nothing. All your efforts were for nothing. Then, when your mind is clear as the small mirror, you will see the reflection of your true self. That divine self and you are one and the same. Unlocking this truth is the key to everything. Then the music of ecstasy starts to play. Now, you can dance to this music, which comes from within. Everything that you will ever want comes true. Discover the key to unlock the treasure of treasures. Then you will be living in a Disney movie permanently. — Satish Daryanani

Ornate vintage key

Q. How to stop feeling powerless?

A. The feeling of powerlessness comes when things do not go your way. Even if you are trying to serve the world, hurdles will appear before you. When you try to take the load of the world on your shoulders, you will feel powerless. Find the source of all power; like electricity, it is everywhere. All you have to do is get connected and then you are fully charged, the current starts flowing through you. How do you get that? When our parents take us to the church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, it is as if we are sitting in an electric substation. There, electricity is easy to access. You can also access this at home. Slowly, begin to experience the power that flows in you. Not only will you stop feeling powerless, but there will be a power surge. Now, to prevent an explosion, you will have to distribute the current. Then, when they are connected to you, you will be able to lift up all those who feel powerless. — Satish Daryanani

 

Lighting hitting man

Q. Do thoughts and prayers work?

A. The answer is both, yes and no. Thoughts and prayers are very powerful but often unused. The simple reason is that we think one thing, pray for something else; ours minds are wandering. Even God gets confused as to what we really want. With so many distractions in the world today, we have lost the focus and ability to think. You can change the weather with your thoughts. What you think can actually manifest. Our prays can not only help us, but also our loved ones. But if your prayer becomes a spare tire of a spare tire, how do you expect it to work? When your prayer turns from mere words to the cry from the bottom of your heart, even God will come running to obey your command. We pray, wondering if God is actually listening. We do not have confidence in our prayers. You do not need to know the rituals, or go to a priest, in order for your prayer to be heard. When you build a relationship with God, He knows what is in your heart. You do not even need to pray. He will do all that is good for you. Then, your mind will become an antenna, sending positive thoughts to the whole world. Everyone will benefit from your existence. In that case, prayers and thoughts work. — Satish Daryanani

two humanoids broadcasting waves

Q. What is the purpose of having a Parliament of the World Religions?

A. People from different religions and beliefs meet every four years in different parts of the world. It is a buffet feast to feed the hunger of the soul. There are those who give talks and those who listen. When it is not your allocated time to talk, you may choose to listen to the other speakers. It is always a good place to pick up one-liners to improve your craft. In the end, the whole purpose is to see that truth is one. While there, we may enjoy sampling many of the flavors available to nourish us while finding that universal truth. Though it is fun being around like-minded people, the problem is that those who come are already open-minded. Not much is required for them to be united. Unfortunately, the religious extremists, who really need to come, do not show up. I hope good and positive vibrations are sent out to the world as differences between the peoples are increasing. Innocent people are being killed because of their religious beliefs. This year, the Parliament is being held in Toronto, November 1-7. In addition to having good food for my soul, I hope they also have good food for my physical body. — Satish Daryanani

swami vivekananda at the Parliament of World Religions

Q. What is philanthropy?

The act of sharing wealth with others is called philanthropy. To help others with the wealth you have is a good act, however, the truth is no one is truly a philanthropist. If everything is given by the Lord, and we are only custodians, then how are we giving donations? I feel I am a thief, keeping a very large portion for my personal use while being in charge of the Lord’s treasury. I cannot justify the amount I withdraw for my personal use with the amount of effort I put in. Even the deal I made for the wealth within was to share it with others. It was given for that. Instead, all I give is a daily thought and a few lectures; and I meet and talk with a few thirsty souls. In the meantime, I over-indulge in the nectar within. Maybe that is why I have put on some weight. Both kinds of wealth, spiritual and material, come from the Lord and should be distributed. Otherwise, you will feel that you are a thief. Keep some for your needs, but even the Lord’s treasury cannot satisfy your greed. So, the word “philanthropy” should be removed from the dictionary. — Satish Daryanani

hands, giving and receiving

Q. What is the true purpose of all these thoughts?

A. The real purpose is that I am bored. So, to entertain myself, I write these thoughts every morning. The deeper purpose is to see that every one of us deals with someone, or something, that has an impact in our lives. All those who do not face any obstacles are enjoying themselves in the graveyard. Until we are fortunate enough to join that group, we have to deal with all that comes in our lives. There is no escape. These thoughts cannot change even one situation, all they can do is to make you see things from a different perspective. The more you contemplate these thoughts, the more grows your understanding of the truth. Then, instead of being consumed by your daily situations, you look forward to new challenges—as you want to test your newly found inner strength. One day, when you really get it, you will laugh at how these dreams you faced daily, affected you. Then, you too will be sending thoughts to help everyone enjoy the gift of gifts: This perfect human birth, given to each one us. — Satish Daryanani

Rays of sunlight through a hand mudra.

Q. How much information should we keep in our minds?

A. I have a good memory and I retain all the information in my mind—until yesterday. The thought came, ”If the Internal Revenue Service (the tax department of the USA) is only interested in our information for the past seven years, then why am I storing information longer than that in my mind?” I would store in my mind all the talks, the questions and answers with spiritual Masters. Instead, if I become a microphone and just relay the message given for a particular situation, or a particular group, or individual, then I do not have to store all the teachings in my mind. So, yesterday I felt like I lost 200 pounds by deleting all that excess information from my mind. When needed, the right thoughts will come for His service. I just want to let the spiritual Masters know that the time and energy I took asking questions of them is not wasted. Even though it is not stored on my mental hard drive any longer, this open mind is there to be used. Instead of me taking control of spreading the teachings, this microphone is ready to do as they please. — Satish Daryanani

squirrel with a blue hat holds a microphone

Q. How can one see good qualities in others?

A. It is easy for me, a person of limited quality, to see the good qualities in others. All I see are those who have patience, are organized, hard-working, obedient, and caring. Even those who can type quickly fascinate me. Those who are technically challenged appreciate the mastery of those who have technological skills. When I was with my spiritual Master, I saw the importance He gave to details: how gently He moved a chair, how softly He moved a spoon. Masters see the Divine in everything. Seeing positive qualities in others can inspire you. There is so much to learn that you feel there is not enough time. I thank all the chefs in the world for creating delicious food, the athletes and entertainers that thrill and amuse me. Above all, I thank God and all those who have a sense of humor and make me laugh. Seeing the good qualities in others makes you humble as you see how much you lack. — Satish Daryanani

A child drawing

Q. What is the purpose of having certificates?

A. To sell diamonds, a certificate tells you the color and clarity of the stone. Doctors, lawyers, massage therapists need certificates to give them the licenses to practice. While there are some doctors, lawyers, and therapists who are better than others, no one is allowed to practice without a certificate. Even spiritual Masters need certificates. They have to wear orange or white uniforms so people can recognize them as Masters. Even to be a husband or a wife, one needs a certificate. To own a car, one needs a certificate. We believe in certificates and uniforms. What certificate is given to one who has not wasted this human birth? Only he or she knows that fact. One needs no certificate to serve. Without being the Master of any profession, one becomes a Jack or Jill of all trades, reducing the load of humanity. — Satish Daryanani

2 certificates, rolled and tied with a bow

Q. Why do we lose opportunities?

A. We lose many opportunities due to over-thinking. We feel fear and walk away. Even if things come on a platter, we do not accept what comes. We wonder, “It is too good to be true. What is the catch?” Even if realization comes, we may lose the opportunity to grasp it, thinking it is a hallucination. Opportunities appear sometimes in the hurdles through which we may be passing. We might end up changing our businesses, careers, or the towns in which we live and, later, find great opportunities come from making the move. When you are young and have good health, do not waste the opportunity to see the world. Anytime, seize the opportunity to see God and then have fun with His creation. The opportunity to be around realized souls should never be lost. Also, never lose the opportunity to flirt and make pretty women laugh. — Satish Daryanani

person standing before 3 doors

Q. Who is your true soulmate on this journey of life?

A. Many times this question is asked, “I met so and so, and is this person the right one for me?” Or we hear, “I am still looking for the right person with whom to spend the rest of my life.” Ask yourself this question: “Can I sacrifice everything for that person without ever getting anything in return—not love, a smile, or even a thank you?” When you are willing to do that, then that person is perfect for you. When we expect things in return from our so-called soulmate, it becomes a business deal. You give and get so that you can have a companion on this journey of life. Your true soulmate should be the Lord. In this relationship, He only gives, and you do not have to love, smile, or even thank Him. There is no divorce and you do not have to buy any gifts. You get to keep 100 percent of what you have and He still gives more. So, make the Lord your soulmate, and find a companion in life so you will not get bored. — Satish Daryanani

silhouettes of soulmates sitting on a seashore

Q. How many friends do you have?

A. In my case, aside from my spiritual Masters, I have no friends. I have a lot of acquaintances. This way, if someone wants to be with me, or if we are apart for long periods of time, I am not affected. With friends, there are too many expectations. When I was a child, friends stopped talking to one another over small things. We would use a third person, a common friend so that we could communicate. I realized then, that, when a friend let’s me down I get hurt. The reason we all suffer from the ups and downs of friendship is that the true meaning of friendship is not understood. My Masters are my true friends, as everything they do is for my benefit, no matter how painful the experience might be. They give unconditional love and do not expect anything from me in return. For others to do that for me is not easy. For the smallest misunderstanding, they like to break the so-called friendship. So, it is easier to keep everyone only as acquaintances, as there is neither a break-up nor a make-up. Just have fun with the relationship while it is convenient for everyone. Then your focus is on the one true friend. If you have that, no other friend can satisfy you. — Satish Daryanani

friends bicycling together

Q. Why be serious?

A. Most serious people should be in a hospital. They say, “This patient is serious.” On the other hand, those who have a good sense of humor may be admitted to a hospital only to trouble the nurses and entertainment them. In life, take light things seriously and serious things lightly. Even religion and spirituality are taken seriously. God has enough people who pray to and worship Him. He looks for those who want nothing from Him, who just want to entertain Him. Your parents have an effect on you. Very strict and serious parents influence their children, trying to live their lives vicariously through them. Even sports, which is for fun, is made serious by the parents. You are made to become a doctor, a professional athlete, losing the joy of your childhood. You will never discover God by being serious. He is sleeping within all of us, so play with His beard, tickle His feet, tell Him a joke. That just might wake Him up. Then, no one can call you a sleeping soul. True awakening is that simple. We all are the products of our parents having had a lot of fun. When there is joy in your life, how can God stay away from you? — Satish Daryanani

illustration of two serious and silly gentlemen

Q. How can we manage our resources?

A. We all have limited resources. We must utilize them correctly. One of our resources is time. Successful people know how to utilize this 24-hour time period given to us daily. We have goodwill in the world, make sure we do not waste it. Like a bank line of credit, we maximize the returns. How many of the limited breaths that are given to us are used to help others? How wisely do we use the material wealth we have? Do not take for granted what you have. All that you have may not be permanent. Do not let people influence you about how to spend your resources. Be firm and spend a few minutes daily considering how to use your different resources. You can utilize your resources completely for your inner growth. There is no budget limit for that. On worldly matters, use your resources like a bank loan: Think you have to pay it back with compounded interest. — Satish Daryanani

Resources symbols: shelter, money, and time.

Q. Which is the best language in the world?

A. There are so many languages, the most popular being English. When you are alone, the language you use to speak to yourself, or to the Lord, is your primary language. The language I most love, the language of silence, is used when words cannot express what you are trying to say, when you speak with someone with your eyes. When I am around my spiritual Masters, I love communicating with the different looks and smiles. When you are alone with the love of all your loves and speak the language of love, there are no words to express that feeling. Just by being you, the language that inspires and transform people is another wonderful language. Language is our tool for communication, yet it cannot express all that we want to say. Trust me, the toughest thing in my life is trying to put into words all that the Beloved sends to me daily. — Satish Daryanani

Man with loving look

Q. How can we make correct choices?

A. We have to make choices throughout our lives, from ordering our favorite flavor of ice cream to selecting our life partner. The choices we make will determine the life that we are going to have, whether they are about our career, the place where we live, the friends we make, the service we offer, and so on. The more the variety the harder it is to choose. How do we know if our choice is right for us? The first, simple step is to enjoy making the choice. Ask these questions, “Is it going harm anyone?” “Will it help me to achieve what I want in life?” “Will this choice take me away from my spiritual path?” In the end, if you cannot make a good choice, ask a spiritual Master or someone whom you trust, to help you with your decision. Be careful before you choose. You have to live with your choices. It will be too late to complain after. Now comes the secret: All these thoughts are there to lead you to that day when you will never have to choose. Something within you will be automatically guiding you. The choices made are for your evolution or for the benefit of others. It happens to those who are fed up with choices and completely surrender to the One who knows more than you. So, the ultimate choice is whether you want to choose or let Him choose everything for you. — Satish Daryanani

7 identical doors from which to choose

Q. What is your purpose in life?

A. We all have a general purpose, the same purpose: to get closer to God, to experience God, which can only be done in the human form. Then, there is a specific purpose for which each one of us has been created. The only way to get the answer is to either go within or find a spiritual Master to reveal the answer. In my case, my Master told me, “Your specific purpose in life is to spread the teachings.” Once you know your specific purpose, you will find that the capabilities are within you. The hidden talent for which you were created is already there. For example, if a person is a good massage therapist, his or her specific purpose is to be a healer. We must find our specific purpose so that we can get into the work, or path, for which we were created. In time, you will find yourself drawn to your strengths. No one purpose is greater than the other. We are all not meant to be doctors or spiritual teachers, but each one of us is equally important in His master plan. In this jigsaw puzzle of life, everyone is required to do his or her part so that this game of life is played perfectly. Even if one piece is missing, the game gets disrupted. Pray so that you can find your specific purpose. Do what God has planned for you. When you do, you will see that this will bring you true joy in your life. Knowing that you are doing that for which He has created you, gives you a true purpose of life. Then the real fun begins, as you are being utilized correctly. Hope you all find your purpose soon. — Satish Daryanani

woman considering career choices

How shall we respond when people disappoint us?

A. When someone lets you down you get disappointed and hurt. The trust you had in them is broken. The more the faith in that person, the greater the pain. Now, what can you do? Get upset, be hurt, be sad and miserable? On the other hand, we can use this experience for our growth. This is our test to see if we have grown from within, by not letting others affect us. Speaking and writing on spirituality is easy. Thinking that you have faith in God is easy. The bigger the loss, the greater the disappointment, the greater the test. If you can still maintain your peace from within, you have reached that state where nothing can disturb you. I am not saying to not have trust in people, but if this happens again with another person, you are prepared. The world might, but this will only bring you closer and closer to the One, the One in whom you can completely trust. There is one friend who will never hurt you. Then no one and nothing can disappoint and hurt you. Thank all those who have disappointed you for bringing you closer to the love of your life. — Satish Daryanani

Silhouette of man reaching to the heavens.

Q. Why is the world divided?

A. Today, the United States is divided into blue and red states. The country is broken up into political beliefs. Islam is broken into different sections. People argue, debate, and even get into physical fights because of the differences in their opinions. Some people say climate change is caused by man, while others do not believe that. Even with these thoughts, there are some who may agree and others who may not. I was with my spiritual Master and a close disciple asked a question. The Master’s answer did not satisfy him. Later, when I was alone with him, I elaborated on it. There was no difference. I learned my lesson that day. Once someone’s mind is made up, even the truth cannot help him. If someone wants more of an explanation of my thoughts, I will most gladly expand on them, but I will not get into a debate to try to change their mind. Each political party or religious group has positive things from which we can learn. Even if someone believes that there is no God, lovingly try to explain, but do not force your will upon them. — Satish Daryanani

people near a border wall

Q. Can one truly say, “Never again”?

A. After “Diamonds Are Forever,” Sean Connery said he would never play the role of James Bond again. Still, he came back for one more movie — “Never Say Never Again.” We say never again to smoking, drinking, and people still end up smoking and drinking again. Saying never again and sticking by it is not easy. On the other hand, if we fly with a low cost airlines such as Spirit Airlines, or if we have any other experience we do not enjoy, saying never again is fine. Still, sometimes we have no option and end up using that service again. In spirituality, if you say never again, then no matter what happens you should never break your word, for example, being vegetarian, spending time in silence, serving others, and enjoying all that comes to you. These should never become never. The most important thing is never, never have any regrets of the past. You are wasting your precious time and energy for nothing. In anger, never say you will never talk to a person, because life is funny, you will end up being his friend again. — Satish Daryanani

Never again! Holocaust memorial.

Q. How to avoid traffic jams?

A. The simple answer is, “Stop driving!” If you have to drive, figure out alternate routes or alternate timings. Still, if you have no choice and have to face traffic jams, what are the options? First, look at the opposite side of the road. If they are going slower than you, thank God you are not on that side. If you are stuck in traffic and do not have to go through it daily, thank God you are saved from this. If you do this daily, then form a routine with this gift of free time given to you by the Lord. You can catch up on hands-free calls with your friends and family, listen to chanting on your radio, or have a nice conversation with the Lord. Plan your day correctly. Look at the other miserable souls around you and give them a smile. There is no such thing as a bad situation. We must have an ability to make the most out of any situation. When I used to travel with my spiritual Masters, a traffic jam meant I got to spend more time with them. Sometimes I still imagine they are sitting with me when the car is going nowhere and I, again, get to spend quality time with them. — Satish Daryanani

Traffic jam

Q. What draws us to magic?

A. We love Harry Potter and other magic shows. We keep our eyes open, trying not to blink, in order to catch the magicians doing their tricks. Yet they deceive us. They have good hands, and we would like to know how they do it. They put in a lot of effort to master the tricks. Those who are very religious do not approve of magic, as they think it leads to black magic. That is totally another subject. I am only talking about magic in the form of entertainment. The greatest magic show is by the Lord, and it’s happening every second. If we can see that, then we get free entertainment all the time–for example, a flower blooming, a moth turning into a butterfly, a useless person like this one sending thoughts daily. The greatest magician provides the illusions of sunrise and sunset, the colors of leaves changing in the fall, the northern lights in Iceland, and so many others, all for us to see. I try to understand how He does the tricks. As with any magician, we cannot understand how the tricks are done. Simply have fun being deceived. Then, the magician has done a good job. — Satish Daryanani

A young magician shows card tricks.

Q. What makes a dumb person?

A. Dumb is the person who keeps forgetting, the one who keeps repeating the same mistake again and again. It is okay to make new mistakes and learn from them. There are those who are very smart in one or two aspects of their lives, but lack street smarts in daily matters. They do not learn. So for them, God gave a smartphone, with which you can take pictures, make notes, create reminders, and set alarms so as to be on time. It is not whether you are born with intelligence. It is the effort you put in to use what is given to you that matters. Forgetting the deals you agreed upon will hurt your business and your career. Those who have this weakness need to spend more time in silence, not to see God, but to build focus and mental capacity. Only when you work on the worldly things with your mind will you be able to grasp all that is within you. — Satish Daryanani

Barbells lifted above head

Q. Why is popularity so important?

A. We all want to be popular. People keep track of their Instagram followers. They want to see how many thumbs up they get on their Facebook page. Even the secretaries of the spiritual Masters want to see how many came for their talks. They are after the quantity of people, not the quality. How many truly benefited from the talk or the retreat that they attended? Even the secretary, did he get self-realization by being with the Master? The popularity of the Master is more important than the teachings. They even try to make Jesus Christ popular. There are 2 billion Christians. Yes, but how many truly practice the teachings of Christ in their lives? Being popular is only to boost your ego, that you are something or someone of value. Work on being popular with the Lord. His approval is all that matters. Does He give me the 👍🏽? If I have Him in my life completely, then all this superficial popularity is of no value to me. — Satish Daryanani

Kardashian Christmas

Q. They say the best has yet to come. When?

A. When you are struggling in life to take care of your basic needs, there is no fun in that. When you have made enough for your needs and still continue working just to keep yourself busy, then you are working for fun. Similarly, when you struggle to sit in silence, you try to save the world without knowing the truth. Have a whole bunch of questions starting with the word “WHY?” You get stuck on what religions tell you to do and what not to do. Sometimes you lose faith in the will of God. There is no fun in that. The fun comes with the realization that this is all a play and that each one of us is only playing our part. When you do not just understand this, in words, but truly realize it, then, the best is going to begin. The best is not reaching realization, but the new, endless journey that awaits you: the infinite wisdom: layers of nothingness; the layers of inner light and sound; the struggles of putting into words your inner experiences; that part of your life for which a human birth was given; and, above all–having the fun of confusing people with spirituality. — Satish Daryanani

Astrological clock

Q. Who should get an F-grade for doing their job?

A. God. Let us see the list of what happened while He was in charge: Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia;, Donald Trump won; overpopulation; global warming; poverty; sickness; the suffering of so many people; death of loved ones before their time; no cure for cancer; continuous wars in the history of human beings; human trafficking of young children; racism and fighting among religions. If God was running for re-election, He would lose. There is no competition, so we are stuck with Him. That is why the religion that is growing most in the world is Atheism. We, with our finite minds, are trying to understand the infinite. People say, if they could meet God, they would ask Him a lot of questions. When you do meet God, there will be no questions. You will melt into Him. So, God gets a lot of both, thanks and blame from everyone. Luckily, He is not affected by our reactions. All you need to know is that He is too wise to make a mistake and too loving to punish. — Satish Daryanani

Sinking cruise liner

Q. Why do people keep dogs as pets?

A. Dogs give unconditional love and are good companions. People who are blind can use dogs to guide them. I am a vegetarian and love animals, but what I am going to say may be misunderstood. Our families and friends do not give us unconditional love as a dog can. We can ignore our dogs when we are busy and expect them to love us when we have free time for them. They require low maintenance and, in return, we get so much love and companionship. To get the same from people is hard. Even after your full effort, there is no guarantee that a person will give us love as a dog can. Now, those who have experienced God’s love and have truly made Him their best friend, do not require a dog. They are bathing every moment in the Lord’s love for them. It requires even less maintenance than a dog. Whenever you want to be aware of His love you can. You do not have to feed Him, take Him for a walk, or even love Him back. Just use Him as you need. His love and friendship are at your beck and call. Relationships with dogs last approximately 14 years. Your relationship with the Lord will be eternal. Just reverse DOG to GOD, like in a mirror. Then, there is no need to go to the veterinary for your best friend. — Satish Daryanani

Woman looking blissful over vast view

Q. What makes our hearts skip a beat?

A. In my case, the smile of my spiritual Master, or the Lord makes my heart skip. For others, it could be seeing or being with their children or their loved ones. Each one has something that makes their heart skip a beat. There will come a time when it will be the silence within, and not because of anyone or anything, but just knowing how fortunate you are that you are able you enjoy that peace. All the struggles of humanity can go away, if people could do that. The heart skips with the reverence of knowing I am well taken care of. All that is happening and will happen is perfect. Then, where you live, the work you do becomes your dream place and dream job. No regrets, no longing. Monday is perfect, and Saturday is perfect. Working is perfect, retirement is perfect. Success is perfect, and the so-called failure is perfect. Being aware of this perfection will keep your heart permanently skipping a beat. — Satish Daryanani

neon heart beat

Q. What is the purpose of being mediocre?

A. If every thought sent was great, there would be no appreciation. Mediocre thoughts enhance the good ones. Movies, plays, books, and television shows also have mediocre moments so we can appreciate the great ones. When this mediocre person traveled with the spiritual Masters, it was to enhance them. Their wisdom, love, and sense of humor shone through. Everyone has a purpose. Not all have to be great. When grace is one day poured on a mediocre person, even grace gets enhanced. People will say, “This crazy good-for-nothing person is now spreading the teachings.” They cannot believe it is the same person they have known for so many years. A mediocre person can either become an A-plus student of life or can become a F student. They are in between. They are neither a lost cause nor have they completely evolved. Only grace can move them to A-plus. — Satish Daryanani

light bulbs dark and lit

Q. How do we get out of the same?

A. You might meet a person after a year and the same complaints start. They are in the same situation. Your whole life will go by and you and your situations will remain the same. I saw a few Indian movies recently, which show the struggles of the poor people in India. Seeing what a poor, blind, crippled, deaf, or dumb person goes through, our struggles look so small. In the USA, even if a person makes $250,00 a year he still has financial problems. We all are in the same boat with financial, health, family, or social issues that consume us. To get out of the same rut, see those who are worse off then you. Slowly, gratitude will start to build. Your outlook in life will become more positive. The situations you are in may be the same. However, you are no longer the same. That is more important. — Satish Daryanani

Face of an impoverished man

Q. Why do we hire professional people for what we can do ourselves?

A. We hire financial planners, wedding planners, and mediators to solve our disputes, fortune tellers to tell us our future. We can do all this on our own. We have to put in study and effort. We need no others to do what we know we need to do for ourselves. We tend to underestimate our capabilities. Your finance is your concern. The wedding is yours, plan it the way you want it. Disputes can be resolved when you put yourself in the shoes of the other person. Your future is predetermined, all you have to work on is your reaction. Do not spoil the end of the movie of life by going to a fortune teller. Only you will know how you want things done. Others cannot read your mind. Start taking control of your life. Only use others if that is the last or only option. Start using the gifts you have. You can see your entire future. No planners are required. Instead of requiring a mediator, you will be able to help others in resolving their problems. Then, you will be giving professional help to others, taking their blessings as payment. — Satish Daryanani

Fortune tellers

Q. Who is a rich person?

A. The one who is content is a rich person. There is a step beyond that. Not only is he content, but also feels that everything that is coming to him is in abundance. He can even save it. For example, a beggar who is hungry is given a slice of bread. He feels it is so much that he only eats half a slice and keeps the other half aside. It is not about how much is given to you. Everything that you get from your Beloved you feel it is too much. Contentment is like acceptance. This evolves into gratitude, when you see you have received too much of knowledge, grace, wisdom, peace, love, wealth, and all that comes to you. Then, you share everything with others. The person who sees the abundance coming from God is the richest person in the world. — Satish Daryanani

Money erupting out of a case

Q. Why do people get so confused?

A. We get confused between what is right and wrong. We are confused between our austerities, duties and service. We are confused between what to eat, what to wear, where to go on vacation, when to retire, and so on. We are confused with what is real and unreal. This confusion ends up consuming our lives. How can we get out of it? Ask yourself this simple questions, “Who is getting confused, and who is the one that knows he is getting confused?” If you just ponder on this, most of the confusion will be cleared. My mind is confused, I am not the mind that is messed up. The real you is enjoying this confusion of the mind. It’s like watching a child who does not know which toy to play with. Even in spirituality you will get confused. On one side, there is the law of Karma. On the other, if there is no doer then there is no doer-ship. Confusion is good, it will make you fed up. One day you will give up and just accept the teachings of the saints and sages. That wisdom, when realized, will set you free from all confusion. — Satish Daryanani

maze in the letters of life

Q. How can you tell if people are religious?

A. Religious people are masters at repeating quotes from the scriptures. They will also use the names of Allah or Jesus, or say So-and-So Saint said such and such…. They repeat everything, word for word. They even try to convert people to what they believe. For example, they can talk about how to see God. The ones who have really seen God cannot express that in words. They will not advertise it. When you bring up this question, you will know if they have seen God just by looking at their faces. Religious people spread knowledge that they have heard or have read. Spiritual people spread wisdom they have experienced or realized. They will never get into a debate as to which path is better. The words, “This is the only way,” will never be uttered by them. Repeating the teachings can be done by a parrot. It’s like saying, “Sugar is sweet.” When you taste sugar, you will say “Aaahhhh.” When the teachings are tasted, you live with the pain of knowing the ignorance of humanity. Then, you can spread the teachings with empathy. — Satish Daryanani

religious sculpture

Q. How can you keep your mind busy?

A. Those who run businesses keep their minds busy with their work. Others keep their minds busy with social media and with what people say and do. Those who are on the spiritual path think of the Lord and fill their minds with inner wisdom that flows. We have to occupy our minds or we will grow crazy. The choice of how to do this is yours: What can you do to occupy the mind? Time should be given for the mind to take a break and enjoy a few minutes of a thoughtless state. How you keep your mind busy will determine how much anxiety, stress, and worry you create. Everyone is different, so there is no magical formula for occupying your mind. Only you can decide what is harming you. Start being aware and stay away from what disturbs your mind. Block from your contact list those who affect you. Similarly, all things that consume you, put them, also, on the blocked list. Delete them from your life. Occupy your mind so inner peace remains in the background, with the scenes of mischief, fun, and entertainment in the forefront. — Satish Daryanani

Rubik's cube

Q. Where is our real home?

A. Those who are paying a mortgage think that the place is their home. Others who have summer and winter homes are confused as to which one is their real home. Your true home is not limited by doors, windows, and walls. You do not need to buy insurance, pay property tax, maintenance, and do any repairs. It is given to you debt free. The physical address in which you now reside is where your mail and Amazon packages can be delivered. Your true home lights up not with electricity but with the current of love. This is your permanent home. You do not have to leave it in your will. Those who are able to find this home while they are alive do not seek heaven. If an earthquake, fire, or flood destroys their physical address they are unaffected. Our longing should be to find our real home—and not try to buy a penthouse in Manhattan. We have all come from the same home and one day we will all return. While here, the fortunate ones are still connected with their origin. I pray and hope that all of you get to experience your real home. — Satish Daryanani

Miami aerial view

Q. What do our stars teach us?

A. Our stars can put us on a path so that everything we do is profitable. We feel that we are so smart and talented that whatever we do leads to success. Our ego grows as our stars have put us on a successful path. One day, when the same stars put us on a path of loss, we then blame the stars and not our incapacities. Our faith is tested at this time. If you realize that both these situations come from the loving hands of the Lord, and for your good, then your ego will neither be boosted nor will you get depressed and lose faith. The ups and downs that come from your stars are not rewards and punishments for your past doings. Rather, everything that comes to you is to reform you, to make you better today than you were yesterday. The world might praise you in your success and make fun of you when you are down. You are not affected by the world. Use your stars as a navigation tool to guide you in the darkness of this world. — Satish Daryanani

star-filled sky

Q. Why are conversations with God only one way?

A. Most people who pray to the Lord do so as compiling a grocery list; they have a whole bunch of requests. Then, they do not even wait to let the Lord answer in His soft, sweet voice. They feel He must be deaf. Their whole life has been spent only in this one-way conversation with the Lord. First, try to talk to the Lord without asking anything. Like a friend, just speak from your heart. Then, please, I beg you to sit in silence and you will, for the first time, hear His voice. Later, His words will turn to experiences. One day, you might get messages, not only for you but to share it with others. As you develop this relationship, you will realize so many things that it will be hard to put into words. In the beginning, do not get confused about whether it was your mind playing tricks or the Lord answering, or talking, to you. The only way to get His answer is when you are free from the answer to the question you asked. Enjoy Him. That is all I can say.—Satish Daryanani

Notebook with prayer list

Q. How can one raise funds for charity?

A. Most people do not have the skills to do this job. They put pressure on others or make commitments on their behalf, without asking permission. They even use guilt as a tool to raise funds. Even spiritual retreats, where you are supposed to go within, are used for fund-raising. Most people are attached to their own causes, and they tell everyone to donate to that cause. Even business people put pressure on their vendors, or customers, to give. The fundraisers do not know the financial situations or the commitments already made by others. These people do not tell all that they do. Those who give should not tell others of their service. Real charity should come from the heart of a person. They should do it willingly. Then, only the one receiving will benefit. I understand that fund-raising is required. It is okay to inspire and open people’s hearts. It should be done carefully, with detailed explanations, and not using peer pressure. Do not be attached to the target you are trying to reach. Only if you can do that, will you be the correct person for this job. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Will Jesus Christ come back?

A. There are those who believe that Jesus Christ will come back. How can he come back, when he never left? Those who love their spiritual Masters also wish they would return from the dead. If these wonderful souls came back in the same form they left, they would be surrounded by the media, scientists, politicians, and powerful people. Scientists would check their DNA and conduct tests on them. An average person would not have access to them. You would only be able to see them on television. Instead, build a relationship with them, knowing they are always there to bless, guide, and love you. Then, they are always with you, one on one. You do not have to share them with anyone. These great souls leave their bodies when their time is up. They leave you if you think they are no longer with you. Let others wait for them to come again while you continue to have fun with them. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. What is Karma Yoga?

A. Karma Yoga is the Yoga of service. It requires action. Mother Teresa is the best example of this path. In the beginning, even she started losing faith in God. After seeing so much suffering around yourself, you start doubting Him. This path can also create a subtle ego, as you feel you are doing something. Some even go through depression, as they deal with people and get consumed. Even an ax can get blunt if continuously used without being sharpened. In order to do service, we, too, need to work on ourselves. We sharpen and recharge our batteries by connecting to the peace within. Only when you understand the truth, that all this is an illusion, will you not be affected by your service. If you are involved in a lot of service, you do not have to stop. Keep reminding yourself, you are doing nothing, everything is happening through you. Then the people you serve cannot affect you. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. How can one live a balanced life?

A. Einstein said life is like a bicycle: In order to maintain your balance, you have to keep moving forward. The first step is to not look back in life. Secondly, by looking to the left or right, you lose your balance. Keep your eye on the goal and do not get distracted. That is why they put blinkers on horses so that the animals keep moving forward and nothing distracts them. The third thing we must keep in mind is that the reins on our lives are being controlled by the Lord. He knows where to take us. All we can do is go forward with His will. That is why life is called a journey. We are not supposed to stay in one place and stagnate. When you keep all this in mind, nothing can disturb your balance. Like on a bicycle, if you lose your balance you will fall and get hurt. Maintaining balance is your natural state. Keep your balance and this ride of life becomes a breeze. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Why do people let their feelings get hurt easily?

If you are busy and do not have a chance to return calls, people get hurt. If you do not acknowledge a person when they pass you by, because your mind was occupied, they get hurt. Hurt comes due to the insecurity over our importance. If we feel someone disrespects us, we get hurt. The easier your feelings get hurt, the more you are under the influence of your ego. It is okay to have the hurt of displeasing the Lord. Hurt mostly hurts you, not the other person. Most of the time, people do not realize they are hurting you. Hurt takes place unintentionally. Now, if someone tries to hurt you on purpose, please do not give them the pleasure of knowing that they have succeeded. Work on developing a thick skin so that these minor things do not affect you. Only you are paying the price for it. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Why do we believe only in what we can see?

A. A lot of people do not believe there is God because they cannot see God with their own eyes. Until we experience something with our own senses, we do not believe they exist. Sometimes people deceive us and we then do not believe in their words until we actually see what they are talking about. Those who use their hearts to see do not wait for their senses. For example, can you see grace? You experience it and, based on that, know someone is giving it. The giver is sometimes called God. Those who keep their own words believe what people say. They may get deceived many times, still they have faith in people. Those who do not need proof for everything but believe in the existence of the Divine in everything, see life from a different angle. They may get hurt and deceived by the world, yet they see the good in everyone. They even trust in those people that lie and trust that one day, they just might come through. It is with this optimism that they live: That all is perfect, as everything is coming from the perfect One. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Why are we waiting in line?

A. We wait in line to get Starbucks coffee. In Disney and Universal theme parks, we wait in long lines to enjoy the rides. A doctor friend of mine has a long line of patients waiting to see him. Yet, when he wanted to see his spiritual Master, he was waiting in line. He had to study so much, work very hard, and spend so much money to become a doctor. A spiritual Master did not work hard. It cost Him no money. He enjoyed un-doing things, discovered Himself, attained wisdom, and now the world waits in line to see Him. The bottom line is: When you truly become nothing, there is no line to stand in, as you desire nothing. Instead, the whole world will stand in line to get your blessings and your wisdom.—Satish Daryanani

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Q. What are the best responses to love?

A. The first natural response is to satisfy the love. The other is to sacrifice in love. For example, a parent has to send their child to a university that’s far away from home, and they sacrifice their love so that the child will benefit. If your loved one has had physical suffering for a long time, instead of praying for them to continue living, pray for them to move on. You are then sacrificing your love for them rather than satisfying your love of being with them. The hardest test comes when, as a spiritual aspirant, you reach the last stage, where you have to realize everything is an illusion — even the Lord and the spiritual Master. Rather than satisfying your love, thinking they are real, sacrifice is required to see that they are illusions. You will lose the fun of tasting sugar—to become sugar. When you get this, you are free from all suffering, even the physical death of the Master. Through this sacrifice of love, you are now liberated.—Satish Daryanani

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Q. What is one regret we all can have?

A. It is not doing enough: not doing enough to obey and get closer to the Lord; not doing enough to be humble and simple; not doing enough to become an ocean of love; not doing enough to realize and utilize all the gifts given to us; not doing enough to fight all the temptations that come to us; not doing enough to utilize this limited time given to us, time that can be spent in silence and reflection. That time can be used in maintaining our health and happiness. It can be spent inspiring, healing, and helping others. “Oh Lord, please let me always feel that I have not done enough, so this hunger within me will always be there to move me forward, onward, Godward.” — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Who is the most misunderstood person in the world?

A. It is God. Most people have not seen Him or determined His form, understood the way He works, or thinks, or even be able to communicate with Him. Some believe He does not exist. Some say He is She. Our limited minds cannot understand the function of the infinite. So many disagreements take place in the name of the One. He gets our love and hatred. People even fear Him. What to do with this abstract person, who is also our savior? We cannot run away from Him, as He is everywhere. He has been given more names and forms, yet there is only one of Him. We cannot escape Him even when we die. We are stuck with Him. There is only one solution. Build such a relationship with Him without knowing Him. Have blind faith that He knows more than you. Slowly, He will unfold all that you need to know. When you really get it you can write about it. If you try to talk about Him you will be misunderstood. All you can tell others is that He is your best friend. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. If there were only two places you could live, would you choose a frigid place or a desert?

A. We all would prefer to live in a place with a moderate climate, not the extreme temperatures of this planet. Moderation is what we seek. Yet, we work too much or too little. Some talk a lot, others speak a few words. Some spend a lot, others are misers. Some exercise so much they hurt their bodies, others do not get off of the sofa. How do you know what you are doing is in moderation? There is a joy that comes from moderation, as it is effortless, with no side-effects, no suffering, and a feeling of self-satisfaction. No one will tell you that you are overdoing or not doing anything. There is a perfect alignment between your mental, physical capabilities, and the resources given to you. You are full, with still a little hunger inside you. This outside moderation will lead you to the inner moderation — a perfect amount of devotion, peace, and wisdom. Then, you will feel as if you are living in Miami during the months of January and February. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Why are some people so blessed?

A. This question was asked yesterday by a friend. I was happy that someone asked this question. You are truly blessed if this question even arises in you. The sun’s rays spread equally all over the world. However, clouds can block the rays. Grace is the same. If you go outside and bathe in the rays of the sun, you are experiencing grace. If you stay inside an air-conditioned room with the curtains closed, you cannot experience the rays. Clouds are sometimes challenges that come in our life. We feel God has abandoned us. The sun is still there. We cannot see it. When everything is good in your life, enjoy the rays of grace, so that this question can arise within you. Then, the second question should come, “Lord, what have I done that your grace, love, and wisdom are permanently with me?” — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Why do we have difficulty understanding others?

A. Sometimes these thoughts are not understood. We have to rise above our knowledge, views, and beliefs —which all become barriers to understanding. We need understanding hearts, which will flow like water and penetrate. The intense desire to understand must be in our hearts. Today, when two people are talking, it is like one deaf person talking to another. We have to become good listeners. It is the ego that makes us misunderstand. We want to imprint our ideas on others. As our capacity for understanding increases, our reverence for those who share their wisdom with us increases. You will lose the ability to argue. If we grow in the spirit of understanding, we will automatically grow in the spirit of service. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. What causes anxiety?

A. Anxiety is worse than fear. We can be afraid of a situation that is happening now or that might happen in the near future. Mental anxiety occurs for something that may never happen. Many diseases, like ulcers, are caused by anxiety. We even may have an anxiety attack. We have ruined our today for something that may never come. If you lack faith in knowing that everything is for your good, others also get affected by your stress and insecurity. Ask yourself this simple question? “Can I change the situation by being anxious?” Instead, build your immune system so, whatever may or may not come, you will not be affected. Spend time daily feeling thanks for all that you have today. Then, you are free from anxiety. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Can you attain self-realization by just reading spiritual books?

A. I get emails from those who have not found a spiritual Master, a guide, a teacher. They have read spiritual books and have gotten inspired. Now, questions arise within them. They are confused about what is right or wrong. This is the state of having half knowledge. These thoughts and emails, sent to them, will help but will not free them completely. Finding a correct guide in today’s environment is not easy. You can pray for it. There is another option. Use the teachings you have in front of you. Contemplate them in silence. The guides want us to eventually find the guide within. The ones whose wisdom you read can do the same, even though you may not have them in the physical form. They are beyond form. Think they are present with you. The inner guide is your true self. Awareness of that makes you a self-realized person. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. What is the most powerful instrument in the world?

A. The mind is the most powerful instrument. The thoughts that come from the mind are extremely powerful. In the beginning, you and I may not know its power. As you develop focus and willpower, you will slowly realize the power of the mind. In movies, you might have seen the power of the mind. Jesus could heal people, walk on water. Moses could part the sea, and so on. Even if you get this gift, do not use it for your own benefit. Use it sparingly for the sake of others. You can even heal yourself, yet you will still go through the suffering, as the more you suffer, the stronger your mind becomes. It is ironic. The more power you get, the less you will use it. It is like someone has $100 billion, but still makes more—not for himself. This power of the mind is used to give grace and wisdom, and sometimes to heal and guide others so they, too, can tap into this inner strength, which is in all of us. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. What is deep relaxation?

A. In Yoga, we do deep relaxation. We slowly focus on and then forget the body, toe to the head, then our breath and our mind. Then slowly, we bring the awareness back with fresh revitalized energy. To relax, you have to forget yourself. Get connected with your true self, reenergize the battery, and come back. If you keep this awareness of this experience you can always be at ease. Ease, peace, and happiness is with us always. Just being aware of it relaxes us. My Master always told me, “What is going to happen will happen. There is nothing you can do to change that. Gage even the amount of work you do— without being lazy. Keep your needs simple. If more comes, enjoy without attachments.” In my case, I do not have to forget myself to relax. Just being aware of the Master’s smile puts me in a permanent state of deep relaxation. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. How does one develop patience?

Q. How does one develop patience? A. This question is really for me. I lack patience. I want everything done, not right now, but yesterday. There is one particular area where patience is required. When you first begin to sit in silence, it takes a lot of patience before you can start enjoying peace. It takes a long time to realize that the thoughts that come from within are not the mind playing tricks on you. You must long to see the Lord, but wait patiently until He reveals Himself to you. In worldly matters, wait for the Lord’s grace to have patience. I guess all we can do is pray. There is an advantage also, of impatience. You do not postpone your duties and service. Some people are blessed with the gift of patience. Others are struggling like me. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. What is the reason we bow down and touch the feet of a person?

A. It is out of respect, humility, and gratitude—to seek the grace and wisdom of the other person. Your head, being the body’s North Pole, is trying to gain the magnetism of the South Pole, from the feet of the other person. Some people take blessings and then squeeze their way in to get another, thinking the first one did not work. In martial arts, we bow down to our opponents before we fight. The smaller your ego becomes, the more you can gain from others. One day, you might be able to bow down and touch your own feet. The lower self seeks the blessings of the Divine Self within you. If someone seeks your blessings, be aware of the divine grace passing through you so they can benefit. You are not giving the blessings, only being God’s instrument. Seek blessings from others so that you can, one day, seek blessings from the Lord sleeping within you. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. What is the best moment of the day?

A. The best moment is when you first wake up in the morning. It is the 3-5 minutes before you get out of bed. You are still a little sleepy and enjoying the smile of your Beloved. Observe the thoughts that come up during this time, before you start your daily rituals of praying and meditation. Putting them into words and trying to be politically correct, these thoughts become diluted. Sometimes I wonder, “Is my mind that crazy, or is the One sending me all this information crazier?” It is a lot of fun. The rest of the day does not matter. Your day is already made. You know He is with you. He gives you your daily dose of laughter and wisdom. That intoxicating smile, that look of peace and love, fills your heart and mind completely. Please set your alarm a few minutes earlier so you, too, can spend time with your best friend. He is waiting to welcome you daily. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Why do we go against our spirit?

A. In spirit, we are all the same. We go against our spirit so that police officers, the FBI, the CIA, the military personnel, and all those who safeguard us do not go out of a job. It is when we go against our spirit that all these people are required. When you realize you are the spirit, you can go a little off-track for fun—because you are capable of going back to being a spirit. Until then, all you can do is remind yourself that the spirit is the real you. Trying to go against it is going against your true self. When you get this, you can even tell your loved ones who are suffering that it is okay to leave the body. The spirit is never born nor does it die. Go with the flow of the spirit, life will become easy. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. How can one get closer to the physical Master?

A. Those fortunate ones who can cook, sing, are doctors, or people of action, get a chance to be close to the physical Master. I have none of these talents. Yet, with their grace, I was allowed to be close to them. Even those who pray, meditate, do selfless service, get closer to the Lord. I was not very good at that either. Yet, the presence of the Lord is within me. Now, how do I encourage people to do things that I myself have not done? I guess the Lord chose a useless person and bestowed His grace to show what He is capable of. My only purpose is for you to not lose faith. If this good-for-nothing can get close to the physical Masters and the Lord, then anyone can. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Who is a hero?

A. Veterans are considered to be heroes, as they were willing to sacrifice their lives to protect the nation. All those who become a zero become a hero. When they are nobody, they live for the sake of others. People who have the qualities of a broomstick, which does all the work, gets dirty, and does not take any credit, are heroes in my eyes. They get no awards, medals, nor recognition, and quietly perform their duties in transforming lives. The right hero will come to you when you are ready to receive help. So, pray for the hero in your life. These are the unsung heroes — a school teacher, a nurse, a maid, or a friend. They can help transform someone’s life. You, too, may become that hero who saves a soul, and not only a life.— Satish Daryanani

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Q. Where is Jesus Christ?

A. That question was asked of me many years ago by a person who was going through a very difficult time. I told him to rephrase the question and ask, “Where is not Jesus Christ?“ And he would get the answer. We lose faith and wonder if there is anyone out there who even cares about what we are going through. People say that, if they get to see God, they will ask Him a list of questions. If you ever see God, there will be no more questions. Fortunate is the person who gets connected with the Lord. He or she will see nothing but the Lord in every one and every thing. When you are such a person, you will have attained God realization. You become an ocean of love by seeing the Lord in every one. It is the easiest state to reach. All you have to do, first, is suee now the Lord within you. I am stuck on words in attaining that, as it cannot be put into words. It just happens. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. How can you stop thinking?

A. Thinking is like breathing. It is happening all the time. Even in deep sleep, our thoughts turn into dreams. To rest the mind, we need to stop thinking. To do so, first, we have to start analyzing the thoughts that come. They are only to do with the past and the future. If you can think only of this present moment, you are halfway there. Now you are only living in the present – you are reading this line and have nothing else on your mind. You have developed focus. Then, slowly, you will see that while you are brushing your teeth, having a shower, eating your meal, there is nothing much to think about. Slowly, you will reach the thoughtless state. To remain in this state permanently is boring. Now, your thoughts will change to the Lord, service to others, and wisdom, that you can witness. So, thoughts are created by you for your fun, and not for your being a slave to them. Enjoy a thoughtless state for peace, rest, and serenity. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Who is your favorite actor?

A. My favorite actor is Ben Kingsley. He played the part of Mahatma Gandhi and won an Oscar for his role. In a new movie, he plays the part of Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi officer, and might be nominated for that. Playing Gandhi he was shot, playing Adolf he got hung. Gandhi brought tears of love, Adolf brought tears of joy. Both were alive in the same era. One saved a nation, the other was responsible for taking 6 million lives. One brought out the best, and the other brought out the worst of what a human being can do. In both cases, the actor was the same. In both these characters, the spirit was the same. If you can see that in everyone, then neither Gandhi nor Adolf will affect you. We all have to play our parts. Be a tough general during the day, where everyone obeys your command. In the evening, come home and play the part of a mouse next to your wife. Bringing out the best and the worst emotions from the people around you, depending on your role, makes you the best actor in my books. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. What is the difference between philosophy and spirituality?

A. Philosophy is when a person does not know what he is saying and the person listening cannot understand what he is saying. Many people think spirituality and philosophy are similar. They are poles apart. Real spirituality is simplicity. Philosophy shows that you have a lot of knowledge. Spirituality makes you humble. Philosophy can boost your ego. Philosophy uses the intellect of a person. Spirituality uses the heart of a person. Philosophy is put into words. Spirituality is put into practice. Philosophy is a subject that can be taught in a university. Spirituality can only be experienced through silence. Philosophers can be compared. True spiritual teachers are all one and the same. In philosophy, you can get a degree, whereas, in spirituality, you lose all your degrees. So, these thoughts are not philosophical. They are only a guide to put you on the path of realizing that you are actually a spirit. That is true spirituality. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. What is the meaning of Om Shanti?

A. Today, we use the words, “Karma,” “Om Shanti,” and “Jesus Christ,” without realizing the value of them. If I am using my Beloved’s name, Jesus Christ, it should be with that love, reverence, and gratitude, not out of frustration, “Jesus Christ!” or “Om Shanti!” to tell people to take it easy. These have now become slang. Those who use it are complacent, docile, and do not value time. If you tell them they are running late, they utter “Om Shanti.” The real Om Shanti is experienced when a person goes within and drinks the nectar of deep inner peace, and you see the reflection of that nectar on their face. Those, who like to put off things for tomorrow, which never comes, use these words. Those who believe not only in doing things today, but yesterday, do this. The one who really has experienced Om Shanti will never use these words. In the same manner, the one who utters the holy name of Jesus Christ will do so with a broken voice from the pain of love for his Beloved. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. What is the greatest fear of all?

A. The simple answer is the fear of death. Then, all the fears are gone. There is still another major fear. This major fear is that of losing our mind willingly. Even those who can sit in silence and enjoy peace and wisdom have to go through a last big step before they can truly enjoy the world within, a world which is full of light. It’s like scenes you see in movies, where particles stream out from the arm and the body slowly disappears into the ether till there is no person left. Similarly, to enter the light, pieces of our mind, our thoughts, our knowledge, our religious beliefs, our desires, our identities have to disappear. The hard-drive of the mind has to be rebooted. Only then can the inner world be enjoyed. The stronger the thoughts in a person such as, “I don’t understand,” “I don’t believe,” “I don’t agree,” the less the chance of seeing the inner world. This fear is your barrier to enjoying the gift of gifts. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Why do children argue with their parents?

A. My parents are no longer with me in their physical forms. We argue with our parents because we do not understand their love and attachment to us. We may not have to agree with them, but we should look at things from their points of view. One day, you will be fortunate to experience grace, love, blessings, protection, and guidance from your parents, the spiritual Masters, and the Lord all the time. This wealth, if you get it, will put you in Forbes’ list of wealthiest people. Parents do not even seek your love in return, nor your obedience. They just give out of love for their children. When the parents and Masters are no longer physically with you, then you will realize you argued for nothing. Many times, you will tell yourself, “I wish I had listened to them.” So, to not have regrets later on, make this change in your life now. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. How can you deal with a physically challenging situation in your life, or in that of a loved one?

A. The word is “challenge.” A person who is climbing Mount Everest does it because it is a challenge. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Now imagine, just before he reaches the summit, he gets amnesia. He would be extremely cold, have a hard time breathing, and get frostbite. He would immediately start complaining to God and not understand the suffering he is going through. He will question, “What am I doing here?” He might even say this must be due to his past karma, for which he is paying the price. When we come on this earth plane, we all get amnesia and Alzheimer’s disease. We forget the physical challenges we chose, or our loved ones chose, and even the challenge of taking care of them for life. You wanted to win the trophy of this obstacle race. You cannot run around the obstacles and claim the trophy. Your challenges are created by you so you can put your flag on the summit of life. Enjoy this challenge. My hat’s off to you for conquering this Mount Everest that you chose. — Satish Daryananibing Mount Everest does it because it is a challenge. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Now imagine, just before he reaches the summit, he gets amnesia. He would be extremely cold, have a hard time breathing, and get frostbite. He would immediately start complaining to God and not understand the suffering he is going through. He will question, “What am I doing here?” He might even say this must be due to his past karma, for which he is paying the price. When we come on this earth plane, we all get amnesia and Alzheimer’s disease. We forget the physical challenges we chose, or our loved ones chose, and even the challenge of taking care of them for life. You wanted to win the trophy of this obstacle race. You cannot run around the obstacles and claim the trophy. Your challenges are created by you so you can put your flag on the summit of life. Enjoy this challenge. My hat’s off to you for conquering this Mount Everest that you chose. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Which has been the greatest day of your life?

A. In my case, it was on July 25, 2010, Guru Purnima Day, the day of the Master. I was not allowed to meet the Master, as I was told that I was an outsider and could not see Him. I left, heartbroken, and drove away really fast for 7 hours, not worrying about speeding tickets. I reached a meditation location in the late evening, but the place was closed. Fortunately, I had a key. That day, my life changed completely. I had the physical key and the key of grace to be free from everything. That day, I promised myself that nothing would ever affect me from the outside. I dug deep and realized everything is within me. Even the separation from the physical presence of the Master can never affect me. This world has hurt me enough, I am fed up, and now completely free. From this moment, the Master, the Lord, and all that I need is already within me. Why am I running after everything from outside? Honestly, July 25, 2010, should be my birthday. This is the meaning of being reborn. Thank you for making me an outsider, so I could become an insider. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. Who is better off in life, the Master or me?

A. The Master has to talk, write, and implement the teachings. All I have to do is spread the teachings, and hopefully someone gets it. The Master also has to always give me unconditional love. I can only show Him love whenever I feel like. The Master sometimes has to show anger, be tough, and become a butcher in trying to improve me. All I can do is laugh at His poor acting skills. The Master has to deal with all the crazy people. All I have to do is be crazy for Him. When the Master is surrounded by rich, serious, constipated-faced disciples, I tell Him a joke. Then, I watch Him struggle with trying not to laugh, and I look at His naughty face with a smile. Playing the mental game of tug-of-war with a question and answer session is fun, even if I have to use Google to prove him wrong. The joy of my life is in troubling the Masters, rather then just getting their grace and wisdom. Having only reverence for them is too boring. The bottom line is that when I am with them, they are looking at me and I am looking at them. Who do you think is better off? — Satish Daryanani

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Q. What is the key to success?

A. There are many ways to be successful. The easiest path is in one word—consistency. Many times, people start something new, they put in the effort but, soon after, give up. If you start learning martial arts, stay with it until you get your black belt. If you start sitting in silence, do not give up till you reach the state of nothingness. Even if you take on the task of spreading the teachings, do not stop until your last breath. Being consistent will guarantee you success. Soon you will be able to add new goals in your life. You know if you take on something, you will not stop in the middle. This way, there will only be success in your life. You will not even be able to spell the word failure. — Satish Daryanani

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Q. How do you know you have done a good job of being a parent?

A. The key word in this question is “job.” Your job is that of the babysitter. The real parent is the one who created the children. The child should learn from your actions and the way you live. Words are of no value. For example, if you show stress, anger, or fear, the child may pick up those qualities. On the other hand, if you are a non-smoker, live within your means, are punctual, organized, and the child does completely the opposite, you are free from the guilt. Your job is only till the child reaches the age of 13. (Legal age is 18, but you can only be tough on the children till they turn 13–then, they start thinking for themselves and will learn from their own experiences.) Then you get fired from this job. You are allowed to remain friends, but not a parent for life. If you were too hard on them, or too easy on them, the results will show up in time. Many times, the parents over-compensate with their children, based on the childhood they themselves had. Worrying about your children when they grow up serves no purpose. You had a chance when they were very young. In your heart, you know the truth. I have never heard a parent say they have not done a good job. If anything, see the magnification of your weaknesses that the child has picked up. Use that to motivate yourself to overcome them. — Satish Daryanani

Young girl walking with Mom and Dad

Q. Can one get one’s horoscope read and does it come true?

A. If you find the right person who can read your horoscope, then he or she can tell you the future. In my case, what was told to me did come true. I wished he was wrong, but I had to pass through what my stars had aligned for me. Today, all this does not matter. The biggest star of my life is my Beloved, who guides me. Those small stars of my horoscope were only there to, one day, lead me to that big star. It is like reading the stars for the future dream I am going to experience. It is like me knowing the ending and ruining the entire movie, or the final score of a sporting event. Let the suspense of this drama of life keep me on my edge. The new tomorrow should unfold itself, making it a new beginning daily. Whatever comes — the good, bad, or ugly, it’s is for me to grow. — Satish Daryanani

Starry sky over mountains

Q. If everything is an illusion, is the relationship between God and His disciple also an illusion?

A. Many years ago I was in London with my spiritual Master and He told me that everything in this world is an illusion—including the relationship between the Lord, the Master, and me. At the time, it was very painful for me to hear that. Later in life, I got it. The creator and the creation, both are illusions. The experiencer and the experience both are illusions. We know a movie is an illusion, yet we watch it for fun. We do not go in front of the screen and question why this or that. When we choose to make God real, out of our own free will, all the whys will disappear. Why am I suffering? Why is there poverty? Why are You not answering my prayers? Why are the oceans polluted? And so on. When you make God, or Masters, or the movies, and everything you choose to make real, strictly for your entertainment, you become wise. In not realizing this truth, you can continue to remain otherwise. — Satish Daryanani

Optical illusion

Q. What is a perfect act?

A. The simple answer is: Any act that can help someone, or at least not hurt anyone is a perfect act. Always put yourself in the shoes of the other person. The realization will come that the action is being done through you and not by you. The moment you lose this awareness, the action is no longer a perfect act. You are free from all the results just by keeping this awareness all the time. If you give a wonderful talk, you will enjoy it as much as the audience—as you are a listener. The talk is done by the Lord. This thought, too, can be enjoyed by you just as everyone enjoys it. It is written through your body, but also read by you. Every act will be enjoyed when you are witnessing the actions happening through you. The true, perfect act happens with the perfect hands of the Perfect One. Today, my beloved Master left his body in 2002. This is in His honor. — Satish Daryanani

Terry Factor and his puppet

Q. Do Masters practice what they preach?

A. I know of a wonderful, realized soul who would tell aspirants to avoid very spicy food or coffee, as they over-stimulate the mind. But once in a while, he would have spicy food and coffee. The spiritual Master has already mastered the mind. He is not a slave to anyone or anything. Masters guide us by suggesting the dos and don’ts to reach that level. In the beginning, even they had to maintain discipline. The Master tells us to sit in silence, at the same time and same place daily, to go within. The Master has the awareness that you are trying to attain, even when watching an IMAX 3D movie. All they are doing is helping you help yourself. Do not judge them, compare yourself with them, or find faults with them. Just work on your own growth so you, too, can enjoy the same gifts given by the Lord to all of us. — Satish Daryanani

Coffee cup and coffee beans showing up and down pattern

Q. Is being shy a strength or a weakness?

A. It is a strength and a weakness. A shy person does not confront another person. Shyness is also a sign of humility. A shy person has a soft demeanor and does not show anger. There is a charm that draws us to a shy person. On the other hand, shy people have trouble expressing themselves. They sometimes lack self-confidence and feel they cannot accomplish their goals. They will not come forward even for a good cause. Their feelings can get hurt easily. In life, we have to develop inner strength. We must face life knowing we have the backing of the Beloved. If you are shy and cannot speak in public, how will you spread the teachings? Let everyone see the Lord’s grace working through you. Only then will you become an inspiration to others. Do not be afraid of people’s reaction when you are doing your duty for which you are here on this earth plane. — Satish Daryanani

Shy girl

Q. If God loves us, why does He allow us to suffer?

A. What we consider suffering is actually a blessing from the loving hands of the Lord. It is hard to see that in the beginning. Reformation takes a little rubbing and scrubbing, which may be painful now but, in time, you will see the benefits. It is the suffering from attachments that will make you detached. It is the pain of your desires not being fulfilled that will make you desire- less. Even the suffering for the Lord will lead you to merge with the Lord. Nothing in this world can be gained or realized without some kind of suffering. Please do not get me wrong from this statement. God has given up on that person that is not going through any suffering. When He thinks you have a chance to develop, he sends you the right dose. He has not given up on you. So, welcome suffering as a magic pill that will help you progress in life. — Satish Daryanani

Silhouette of kneeling man in surrender

Q. Can God’s grace make you humble?

A. No. The moment you feel that God’s grace has made you humble, you are no longer humble. Those who repeatedly say they are humble have a tremendous ego. If others feel that you are getting humble, plead with them not to mention it. Those that feel you have a tremendous ego, plead with them to let you know. When I do this, I can always continue to cry and pray from the depths of my heart for the gift of humility, knowing that this prayer can never be answered. The awareness of the grace of humility working on me will instantly make me lose this gift. You should never feel that you are more humble today than you were yesterday. Put in your effort, pray and aspire but get nowhere. Your life’s journey is to try to be humble. In your mind, you still have the same ego that you were born with. Let the grace of humility come to you, but, in your life, you cannot be aware of this grace. — Satish Daryanani

Man in prayer

Q. Is forgiveness a form of ego?

A. Yes. It is a good ego but still ego. It is your ego that gets bruised by someone. If you are not affected by the words or actions of another person, there would be no need to forgive. If we are affected by a stronger person, a family member, or our boss, we may still smile and be nice, without even showing that they affected us. On the other hand, we can vent our anger on a weaker person. In both cases, we are affected. Forgiveness is a selfish act. We benefit by letting go and removing the anger and hatred from our hearts. We celebrate Forgiveness Day on August 2nd. The only problem I have is thinking, “Who do I forgive?” I can only think of one person. Me. I forgive myself for being a pain in the butt to everyone. We must first be able to forgive ourselves, then only can we forgive others. I hope, one day, no one can affect you and the word forgiveness is removed from the dictionary. — Satish Daryanani

Forgiving hug between two women

Q. Why do people want things for free?

A. People want free food, free clothes, free jewelry, free airline mileage, interest-free loans, and so on. They do not realize that there is a very big calculator keeping track of all our debts and credits. Even if people have taken advantage of you, or if you might have given a lot out of your own free will, do not keep track of it. Keep an eye only on the debt score going higher. The credit column is not your concern. Do not say, “I have given so much in my life,” just so you can justify getting something for free. Even if I am late in a payment with a supplier, I plead with them to charge me interest. They are my friends and so do not want to charge. I, then, pay them in advance in the next deal to average out my internal accounts. All I have is an insatiable appetite to get free grace, free wisdom, free peace, and free love from the Lord. The worldly free stuff is not important. — Satish Daryanani

balance beam with one box outweighing six boxes

Q. What is Judgement Day?

A. On judgement day, people think that St. Peter, or God, or someone is going to judge you based on your thoughts, words and actions during your lifetime. You either get rewarded or punished for those things. Based on that fear, we do our best to live life correctly. Now, have you seen a mother sit and judge all the actions of her child? She does not even have to forgive her child, as nothing affects enough for her to forgive. We think God created us so He can judge us for all that we do. Along with this gift of life, He also gave us a conscience, to guide us on the correct path. We follow our conscience, not from the fear of our judgement day, but so as to not displease our Beloved. Those who are able to sit in silence do not want our conscience to prick us and disturb the nectar within. Nothing is worth crossing that line. Judgement day occurs daily when you are with yourself. That person who is supposed to judge you at the moment of your death is now out of a job. — Satish Daryanani

Judge in a wig

Q. How can one get everything in life?

A. To get everything, want nothing. It’s that simple. When you want to sleep, let sleep happen. If you want it, you will not be able to sleep. Cry and long for the Lord without wanting to see the Lord. Sit in silence without wanting to experience peace. Contemplate the teachings without trying to become a living example of the teachings. Exercise without wanting to lose weight. Work hard without trying to be rich. Spread the teachings without expecting someone to transform. Help others without getting a thank you. When you truly do not want anything, everything will come to you. The most important thing is: Everything will unfold within you — absolute truth, wisdom, and peace. When you get everything, it will not be big deal because you did not want it in the first place. On the other hand, if everything is taken away from you, it will not affect you. Then you are free from all that comes and goes in your life. — Satish Daryanani

Back of woman standing on summit, viewing mountain landscape

Q. Why did God create human beings?

A. Because He was bored. We are the creation of His boredom. Everything that He created, plant life, animal life, fish life, bird life, and all of nature obeyed Him. For His fun, he gave human beings their “free-dumb”. The free will to disobey him. The quiet goody-goody ones who obey Him, who follow the Ten Commandments perfectly, are behaving exactly like everything in nature before human beings were created. The Lord has billions of disciples who obey and worship Him. On the other hand, I do my best to question His will, argue and fight with Lord, create my own Ten Commandments, make Him my friend, joke with Him, pull His leg, push His buttons, be a naughty child. At least there is one who tries to entertain Him. — Satish Daryanani

Satish Daryanani amusing Swami Satchidananda on a boat.

Q. Does faith in the Lord help in what comes to you?

A. There are those who have a lot of material wealth, good health, name, and fame in the world, yet have no faith in the Lord. On the other hand, there are those who have a lot of faith though they are struggling and barely making ends meet. So, faith does not guarantee success from worldly matters. What comes to you is from the fruits of your past actions. Faith is your relationship with the Beloved. Those who may have everything from this world can still be miserable. Those who have nothing much are still rejoicing. This is because they have complete faith that the Lord does everything for their benefit. Faith changes your reaction, not necessarily the situation. Only one ounce of true faith is required to free you from the worldly things that may or may not come to you. — Satish Daryanani

2 sets of hands in prayer

Q. How To Balance Spirituality, Service, and Duties

A. The experience you get while sitting in silence for 15 minutes or longer can be with you all the time. While you are brushing your teeth, or in the shower, or exercising, or stuck in traffic jams, or in the airplane, bring that awareness of silence that you had experienced earlier. In service, it can start with a smile, a hug to one who is in pain, helping pick up things that might have slipped from someone’s hands, help in carrying a bag for someone who is struggling. The best service is not gossiping and not getting involved in things that do not concern you. In your duties, when things so smoothly, that is within your capacity. When you try to do more, there will be hurdles and you will be hitting your head against a wall. Leave those projects alone even if they are profitable. Stay away from unethical opportunities that come to you. The perfect balance of everything is within you. Try listening to it. — Satish Daryanani

Thirsty dog being given water

The Correct Price

In a deal, the buyer has one price, the seller another. If no compromise is made there will be no deal. In life, to get work done we may not always get exactly what we want. If we are stubborn no deals will be made. I have heard many questions asked of the Masters. Many times, the person asking is only looking for a confirmation. If the Master gives the correct answer the person may not accept as it may not be the answer he is looking for. When your mind is rigid, you will not learn anything. You may not accept the answer, but if you have an open mind then at least you will contemplate on it. In time, you will understand the Master’s answer. Life is all about adjusting, adapting and accommodating. The one who has these qualities will be successful in worldly matters and will also be able to digest the wisdom they experience. — Satish Daryanani

Handshake illustration on ancient book.

Mission Impossible

In a movie, the actor gets to choose an impossible mission. We also have the choice to choose an impossible mission. What is the mission? Trying to save just one soul in our lifetime. To do that, the first part, which is extremely hard, is to save ourselves. If you have really got it, the impossible mission is to do it for another person. Many spiritual Masters have spent their lives and have failed in this mission. When you do take on this mission, be free from the result of your actions. This way, you will not have expectations or disappointments. Just do it for your entertainment. Saving someone’s soul is not in your control. All you can do is your best, with you being the example. If you accept this mission, all the talks shared, books written, and thoughts sent are you playing your part. The result lies in the hands of the director of this movie. − Satish Daryanani

Tom Cruise Cliff hanging in Mission Impossible

Greed

Greed can be an asset or a liability. It depends on how you use it. Your beliefs, your principles, your faith, and your conscience are tested by greed. You can convince yourself that these are only shades of gray and yield to your greed. You can create stress and even lose your sleep because of greed. On the other hand, greed, if used correctly, can also be a strength. If it used for helping the poor and needy, to guide people who are carrying heavy burdens on their shoulders, to save animals, and the environment. Be greedy to serve more and more. Above all, if you are greedy to get the Lord’s wisdom, grace, and peace, then that is perfect. Greed is a gift given by the Lord to be used correctly. — Satish Daryanani

Exchange Rate

We travel all over the world and look for the best exchange rate. If our nation’s currency is strong, we get happy, we get more for our money. Where can we find the best rate so we do not go have to go through the ups and downs of the exchange rates and can lock it in for life? Talking about the Masters’ teachings is my currency. Wherever I am, in whichever country I travel, I get the same exchange rate. The look of wonder on people’s faces—no matter what nationality, religion, or belief in God they have, all respond in the same manner. At first, all do not see life from that angle. All laugh and think I am crazy. All, suddenly, then have the thirst for more and they take information down to learn more. Now, we are all one and have the same longing for truth. There are no borders. My International exchange rate is fixed for life. — Satish Daryanani

currenty from around the world

Boating

I was in a large, air-conditioned catamaran with a few hundred people. The seas were rough and most of the passengers were throwing up. The others were either sleeping or enjoying the ride. This was a test for your sea legs, to see if you could be balanced and not tossed around. It is easy to enjoy boating when the ocean is like a lake. When it’s rough, those who can enjoy the large waves get a different thrill. They are not waiting for the journey to end. Life is the same, enjoy all that comes. Do not count how much time you have left to graduate, to retire, or to live. Everything has its own charm. Do not miss school-life when you go to college, or college when you are at your job, or your job when you retire. The phase that you are passing through now may be challenging or a breeze. Have fun, either way. How can you have fun if in your current phase you have just lost a loved one? Show your true love for that person by not crying. Laugh and enjoy the wonderful memories of that loved one and celebrate their life. — Satish Daryanani

boating

Open Mind

I asked my Master, “Is it possible to read the mind of a person?” He said, “Yes, but, normally, it is not done.” “So,” I asked, “If a devotee would like you to access his mind, would you agree?” He smiled and said nothing. As different programs took place, he said, word for word, what was in my mind, with a naughty smile. Knowing that He can tap into your mind, start being aware of your thoughts when the master is around. “Now,” the Master said, “why only when I am around you physically? I can access your mind anytime. It is easy to control the mind for a few hours. To do it all the time is hard. The Lord knows all your thoughts all the time. All you are doing is being aware of that fact.” The Master does this for a short period of time only to train you. You can make it permanent. I plead to the Lord, “Please do not read my mind while I am at Miami Beach.” — Satish Daryanani

Enticing woman at the beach

True Love

Today is my beloved Master’s 100th Birthday. The hardest thing for me to admit is that I have truly loved no one in my life — neither the spiritual Masters, nor the Lord Himself. Did I rejoice in everything that came from the loving hands of the Lord? The answer is no. Did I completely obey the Masters who were guiding me for my benefit? The answer is no. Did I argue, fight, get upset, or get hurt by someone? The answer is yes. True love is like an iceberg dissolving in the ocean. Love just for the sake of loving. The “I” melts in it. Longing and shedding tears for the Beloved is just infatuation. Not only have I not given my heart to anyone, I have not even given the shadow of my heart. It is easy to die for someone, but hard to die for the same person while living. It is only when you lose yourself completely in love for the one who is in everyone will you be led to universal love. Please bless me, Oh Lord, to experience this love in my lifetime. — Satish Daryanani

All you need is love, in white chalk on heart-shaped slate

Growth

When Jesus was alive, he had 12 disciples and a few more followers. Today, there are more than a billion followers of Christ. Same thing with Buddha, Mohamed, and other sages. When a spiritual master leaves the body, the first thing people ask is, “Who will take over?” They do not realize the true master is not the teacher, but the teachings. Many times, the followers grow after the masters leave their bodies. I even joke with them that, while they were alive, they were hindering the growth of the organization. The reason is because we see a person in the human form and judge them. They travel on a private jet, watch movies, stay in nice places, eat good food, and so on. The teachings take a back seat. We get attached to their physical form and do not grow. Now, we only have their teachings. In the pain of a mourner’s longing, we now start digging and the journey they wanted us on begins. All these wonderful souls come for the same purpose: to help us discover ourselves. — Satish Daryanani

Disciples sitting with a master in a painting

Tongue

In trying to satisfy the taste buds of the tongue, I try to walk 20,000 steps every day. If only I could control it a little, I would reduce it to 10,000 steps daily. Then it would literally be a walk in the park. This gift of the tongue can spread the teachings, inspire people to become vegetarian, make people laugh, and also sell ice to an Eskimo. The same tongue can also be a curse. It can be an ax and slaughter the self-esteem of a person. It can crush the egos of the rich, the intellectuals, and famous people. It is fearless and has a rapid-fire capability of being faster than any machine gun. I wish I could only communicate with WhatsApp. I am a very slow typist and this will give me more time to reflect on my thoughts before I press send. There would be no regrets later. This way, I could put my tongue to permanent retirement, and bathe in the silence within me. – Satish Daryanani

Tongue illustration - logo of Rolling Stones

Lighthouse

A lighthouse helps ships navigate the rocky shores, especially when the weather is dark and foggy. In olden days, when there were no GPS or depth gauges, a lighthouse was useful. We, too, all have an inner lighthouse, which helps us when we are lost. If you are able to see it, you can avoid many situations for which you may have to pay a price. How can we see the lighthouse within us? It’s very simple. When you have tried every solution from the outside and it has not helped you, then you are forced to find the lighthouse. The lighthouse is always there, ready. You don’t need to recharge the light. It is waiting for you, patiently, to be used for your benefit. Just try it once and you will not be able to live without it.—Satish Daryanani

lighthouse in fog

Good Listeners

I am not saying that people do not have trouble hearing, but most people lack the focus of listening. Their minds keep wandering and they don’t pay attention while the other person is speaking. For those people you have to keep on repeating yourself. We only pay attention to things we enjoy, like gossiping about someone else. When you develop the focus of listening you will not have trouble in understanding different accents, or those who speak softly, or even those who speak very fast. The development of this awareness will make you see, hear, and smell everything around you. You will never miss a thing. The benefit of this is you will never miss a chance of learning something new. This will, one day, enable you to hear the sweet, melodious voice of the Lord within you. This way you will not make Him repeat the guidance He is giving you. — Satish Daryanani

Bronze sculpture of a man listening

Loan

When we take loans, we have to pay interest plus the principal. If we cannot pay, we can file Chapter 7 and we are free from the loan. After 7 years, your credit history is clean. How fortunate we can be free of the monetary loans after 7 years. How about the loan of love, of wisdom, of grace, of peace? Those who get this loan cannot even pay a small percentage of the interest. They are crushed with the debt of this loan for life. The bar is so high you cannot even come close to it. All you can do is shed tears with the pain of this burden. You may get a chance to reduce this debt by sharing this wealth. Unfortunately, there are no takers. Hopefully with every breath, you are aware of that grace and live in the permanent pain of gratitude. There is only one question, “Why me, oh Lord?” — Satish Daryanani

Illustration of man pushing mighty dollar up a slope.

Master’s Day (Guru Poornima)

Today is the day to thank all our teachers. It is a time to honor all those who have taught us things that have made us better people today than we were yesterday: the spiritual teachers, school teachers, parents, friends, and others. Today, I thank my ultimate teacher, the teacher within. The outside teachers only enable you to find the true Master within. The teachings from outside are not going to satisfy the inner thirst. The Master within knows everything that you need to know and do. All you can do today is to have gratitude for the time and energy you have taken from the outside teachers. To repay, show the world by the way you live how their fingerprint is on you. Today, no words can express what you truly feel for every teacher who has influenced your life and has made you the person you are today. All you can do is thank the Lord for giving so many wonderful angels. — Satish Daryanani

A candle that has shared its light for a long time.

Suicide Point

At one end of an island there are cliffs and, beyond that, all we can see is the vast ocean. We can end our lives, whichever side we jump. At this point, the thought came to me: To enjoy the raw and vast nature, I have to look forward and forget the past. As our bodies are mostly made up of water, we are naturally attracted to the ocean. It is when we are fed up from the world that we want to end our lives. It is not the death of our physical forms but the death of our attachments, desires, our notions of right and wrong, our fears, our ignorance, our possessions, etc. Then we are free from the past. From now on, the present and future is the same. We are lost in the infinite nature and the infinite within us. The new I is free from karma. Free from action and reaction. Free from doer and doer-ship. To the born-again Christians, who is born and who dies? We now experience that: the suicide of the lower self, the birth of the true self. – Satish Daryanani

Cliff surrounded by ocean left and right

Ratings

Wherever you go they want you to go online and rate the services. Even Uber has 5 star ratings for the passenger and the driver. If these thoughts were rated, I would be going through the highs and lows of the ratings, like a roller coaster ride. I would be more interested in the ratings than the benefit of others. Ratings should come from knowing you did your best, and not from the response of others. If we sit in silence and give stars based on the experience we have, will God have an incentive to take us to a new level? Instead, pray to the Lord for you to have the perfect experience. It could be the filth of the corrupt mind or the ecstasy of nothingness. It is perfect coming from the Lord. One day, there will only be the one bright star, which shines the light that comes from the reflection of deep inner peace and the divinity within you. — Satish Daryanani

Finger selecting 5-star rating

Yoga and Meditation

In this day and age, Yoga and meditation have become fashion statements. On Yoga Day in New York, I saw a lot of selfies being taken. Today, Yoga is a brand with great outfits and an exercise routine. Whenever spirituality is discussed, the first question asked is, “Do you meditate?” What is the real purpose of Yoga and meditation? Yoga was created to make your body supple and relaxed so you could sit in silence for long periods. Meditation is one form of silence. People find it hard to do. Is it hard for a rich man to mediate on money? Or for women to mediate on clothes and shoes? You have to focus on something you love. So, if your head is on the lap of the Beloved, is it hard to focus?. Do not meditate, let meditation happen. Practice Yoga to keep your body fit to serve. You do not have to become a pretzel. The body is like a moving car. Practicing Yoga brings your body to a parked mode. Once there, please turn off the engine by spending some time silencing your mind. — Satish Daryanani

Yoga Day NYC

Tranquility

After coming out of an hour-long session of tranquility, it is very hard to talk. You gauge the depths into which you went based on how long it takes you to get your voice back. When you meet people afterward, all you can do is look at them. At that moment, if people seek your blessings, it is of no use to put your hand on their heads. They should look into the eyes of the one who has just come out of being completely with the One. That person is nothing but a conduit to the infinite. The longer you enjoy this tranquility, the more a cocoon of peace wraps you. It is like Spider-Man covering you with his web. Then, no matter what is happening in the world, you are protected. There will even be slight guilt about that, “Have I stopped being human? Have I become a stone now that I am unaffected?” Then the answer will come: Being human is not about how you react to the world, rather it is about how you live for the world. — Satish Daryanani

tranquil eyes of a child

Defending Champions

In sports, politics, and business–thoughout life–defending champions do not like to give up their standings. The new kid on the block, trying to succeed, is crushed so the current champions maintain their power. The same thing happens in spiritual organizations. A new disciple starts getting close to the spiritual Master and the inner circle of defending champs try to keep the new kid out. The ones who do this are insecure about their own closeness to the Master. They do not believe that what is due to them will come to them and that no one can take it away. Even if grace is poured on such a person, the new self, the real self, the true self, will not be allowed to enter. The defending champion, the ego-self, will reject the change. So, the stronger the personality of the defending champion within you, the harder it will be for you to see the inner light within. — Satish Daryanani

Defensive chess move

What You Think of Yourself

People think they are humble. They think they are spiritual. They think the world does not affect them. They think they are honest, compassionate, and knowledgeable. These same people crumble when a massive jolt comes into their lives. It is easy to be all of the above when life is smooth. You are tested when the death of a loved one occurs, or when you face a big financial or health challenge. Your reaction shows what you are made of. It is easy to run way from the world and say, “I am not affected.” Go get roasted by this world and see if you are still on top of the world. Take pressure, take risks, get completely involved, and see if you are still floating. Talk is cheap, show your inner strength through action. See how well-anchored you are, so the storms of the world do not affect you. You should get so consumed in problems that people feel you may have a heart attack. You must develop the ability that, in a split second of a split second, you can leave the world and its problems completely. — Satish Daryanani

Man tips his hat with self-confidence

Guilt

Guilt is one of the most misunderstood feelings. Religions have taken advantage of this. Guilt is among the biggest loads people carry on their shoulders. Parents, spouses, children, friends, all use it for their benefit. What is guilt? We feel we did something that was not supposed to have been done, and guilt is the price we have to pay: the fear of displeasing the Lord and having to go to hell for that. The real hell is now when you are punishing yourself for the guilt. Have faith in the love the Lord has for you. Ask forgiveness from the bottom of your heart. Learn the lessons from your action and not repeat it again. Realize that there are forces of nature that keep you away from doing things that are required for your spiritual evolution. Feeling guilty will not help your growth. Acceptance will free you from guilt. The bottom line is that guilt is given as a gift from the Lord to keep you on the right track. — Satish Daryanani

Man raising his hands in prayer

Atlantic Ocean Meeting the Pacific Ocean

Where is the line where these two oceans meet? Where is the line in the sky where two nations claim the airspace? Where is the line in the sheet of ice in the North Pole that countries fight over oil rights? In religion and in spiritual organizations, where is the line in the Lord’s teachings and the service of the needy? The Ocean is nothing but water. We give it different names. The creator is one. We give it different names and forms. My religion, my non-profit organization, my Master. The core teaching of all the spiritual Masters is the same, just put in different words with different flavors. All want you to discover the truth, find inner peace, and see the Divine in everything. This way, you live for the sake of others. Who runs the organization, what name is used, who is the spiritual representative is meaningless. As long as the teachings are being spread, the rest does not matter. Separation comes from fear and ignorance of our mind. Unity comes from the wisdom of seeing nothing but the One. – Satish Daryanani

Sunrise on Planet Earth

Right Thing at the Right Time

A beautiful warm coat in winter will be appreciated. The same coat in the heat of summer, not so much. With the passing away of a spiritual Master, tears are shed in attachment to the physical form. Instead, when you are by yourself, tears are shed in longing for the Beloved. Same tears for the same person, but you have different results. Attachment binds you, longing liberates you. Being competitive in sports, or in life, only to win—or in doing your best as an offering to the Lord, is the same competitive spirit, but with a different approach. Giving a donation so others can see or out of guilt, or doing it because it came from the Lord to be used in His service. Most of all, those who receive the gift of the teachings from the Lord should use it wisely. Make sure you use your words carefully. Even though they may be true, if the person is not ready, you will be hurting them instead of helping them. — Satish Daryanani

Woman in warm coat on a snowy day

Having Everything and Yet Having Nothing

There are very slim people who are still not happy and try to lose more weight. Maybe they can lose a few grams, but not more than that. People with tremendous wealth are still trying to make more. They do not spend on themselves or on others. There are those who have read a lot of spiritual books and been with spiritual Masters. They still ask the question, “When will I get it?” How can you get something that you already have? Your asset only exists if you realize it is an asset and not a liability. The biggest asset is this human birth. When we lose our dear ones, we realize their value. We have everything that we need from the stingy creator who does not give us more than we need for His purpose. When you realize that, you truly have everything. – Satish Daryanani

silouette of woman with raised arms against a sunrise

Will to Live

When people are tortured beyond a certain point, they become unconscious. Then they are forcefully revived so they can again be tortured. Even when people fall very ill, they reach the state of unconsciousness. To be aware of this unconsciousness is something quite unique. It is a state in which you are aware of the pain, but not painful. You are unconscious, yet conscious. You are with the Lord, but still separate. You are enjoying the state of this haze. Words cannot express this feeling. Now, the person has three choices. First, to leave this body which has served its purpose and completely merge with the Beloved. Second, continue to enjoy this state where you are at the edge of the cliff: enjoying a state of being alive and dead. Third, because of the love and prayers of everyone, you decide to come back to this asylum. The will to live is only for the love of others. It is like waking up from a deep sleep that takes place from jet lag. This one is very hard to explain. Only the one who has enjoyed this state will realize the sacrifice it takes to come back. So our prayers and love for that person are for him to stop enjoying and come back and suffer with us. — Satish Daryanani

Illustration of human with orange aura

Crocodile Tears

The “I” is strong in those who shed crocodile tears. Their egos get bruised easily. Any small thing happens, they start crying. You have to walk on egg-shells around these people. It is also a sign of insecurity and the desire to be needed all the time. They have many attachments, which cause them to shed tears easily. However, this emotion can also be a strength. Imagine every picture of the Beloved, every thought of the Lord. This longing that makes you shed tears is an asset. It is these tears that can melt your heart-made-of-granite-rock. Then can the seeds of grace germinate. Turn all your weaknesses into strengths. — Satish Daryanani

Stone-faced man with tear on cheek

Wi-Fi Password

When we get the Wi-Fi password on a plane, or of a hotel, etc., we get happy. We can now connect with the world. The speed of the internet may not be as fast as it is at home. However, it is free and so we put up with the limited speed and limited data with which we can download. To connect to the ultimate Web we also need a code. Instead of www, you will be linked to the Divine web. Here, you do not need to search on Google, you become Google. You will have all the answers to the questions people will ask of you. You will learn new things from these questions as you would not think of those topics. The answers will come to you instantly in the concentrated form. You will have to dilute it into words based on the capacity of the listener. All the information or entertainment that you require from the internet will more than be satisfied with this connection. What is this password? “You must want it more than air.” Now you are permanently connected. — Satish Daryanani

Free wi-fi

Coffee or Tea Break

Those who like coffee or tea, look forward to a break when they can have it. We take a break, or a pause in our routine, to enjoy this hot beverage. Without taking a break, our jobs become mechanical. We lose our creativity. Breaks re-energize us and we are able see things from a different perspective. Now, what will it feel like to take a real break from your life? You will stop swimming against the current of life. You will see how much of your time is wasted with you getting nothing in return. How many people and situations affect you? You will, for the first time get a chance to truly appreciate all that you have. All that you have lost really did not change your life. All the concerns you had are so meaningless now. The person you were, and wanted to be, is so different from the person you became and how you enslaved yourself in this illusion of life. Hopefully, this break will lead to a new beginning where you realize that what is unreal is real and the real unreal. — Satish Daryanani

Woman embracing a coffee cup

Immigration Officer

It is the job of immigration officers to let visitors enter a country. They know what to look for and what questions to ask. If the wrong kind of people enter, it takes a lot of time and energy to remove them. Our senses tell us which food or drink should enter our bodies: if the milk is spoiled, or the food stale. The immigration officer within knows what we should not hear, see, or think. It is our temptations that let unwanted things enter our systems. Once they enter, then it is hard to remove them from our minds. In both cases, the officers are only interested in protecting the country and ourselves. We must let them do their job. It takes more effort in trying to undo things. — Satish Daryanani

gateway

Actor

To play the part of Gandhi, Lincoln, or any famous person is not easy. You may have to put on or lose weight, put on a lot of make-up, and practice the accent of the person. The audience must feel that you are the character that you are playing, and even cry at the scenes where Gandhi and Lincoln are shot. If done correctly, you may get an Oscar for the best film and best actor. The spiritual Masters who have attained everything from this world, also want this award. They eat your food and make you feel that this is the best dish they have ever eaten. They show you so much love that you will feel they love you the most, that you are the nearest and dearest to them. They play the part of being sick in the hospital, and people actually pray and cry for them to get well. The Master enjoys his performance when the audience reacts. One day, from the depths of silence will come knowing. The knower still has to play his part and let the world feel he is the same. Even though he is awakened, the world must feel he is still a sleeping soul. Then, you too can win an Oscar for that. — Satish Daryanani

Actors on stage

News

The meaning of news is facts from the North, East, West, and South. Today, however, it is only the opinions of the media without any investigation in the story. They put it in a question form, and not a statement: “He is guilty?” “God is dead?” “There is no God?” And so on. This way, they cannot be sued for falsehood. It is not the fault of the one who spreads false rumors that can change one’s career or the elections. It is the fault of the ones who are influenced by it. There are two groups: the ones who believe, and those who do not believe these stories; those who believe that there is a creator, and the ones who do not. There is only one that is always right. That is your inner voice. Develop the ability to listen to that. No one, then, will be able to influence you. You will be able to block the noise of the world. Keep only the information that can help you develop, or help others. Slowly, you will learn to walk in this world alone, but never be lonely. — Satish Daryanani

Art gallery questioning REALLY ?1?

House of God

I was in a church yesterday. There, I saw a mother keep on telling her child to kneel down and ask for a wish. So, the child is learning from the mother that a church is a wishing well. When she grows up she will see the church only as place to fulfill her wishes. In Hinduism we have many gods, each one specifically designed for a particular wish. God of wealth, of knowledge, of strength, etc. I see each person praying to that specific God when they want a particular wish fulfilled. The purpose of going to temples, churches, mosques, and synagogues is to go to the house of God, your real parent’s home. You talk, thank God, and enjoy the love you have for each other. Ask the Lord once, “How are you doing?” Just being in God’s presence should make you forget all your wishes. The great gift from Him is to free you from the desires of all gifts. You will have the gift of the Beloved’s presence all the time, and not only in His house. — Satish Daryanani

praying woman

Complete Change

When we have a skin problem, we go to a dermatologist, apply some ointment, and the surface is healed. However, what caused the problem is not taken care of. When we want a complete change to reach the surface, it has to start from the core. Only then can it be a complete change. It takes time, strong will, and grace. When that change happens, we can even help to change others. The first step to realize change is required and we have to want to change. We do not learn the lessons from our mistakes. We have a wound, scratch the scab, and the wound reopens. Change in our understanding, reaction, attitude, and acceptance is the real change. Then, life will feel like you are floating on water. — Satish Daryanani

Bubble floating on water

Master’s Love

The name given by the parents is no longer used once a person becomes a spiritual Master. That person ceases to exist. It is as if the tenant of the house left and the original owner moved in. It is like the death of a person while still being alive. The lower self, or the ego self, is replaced by the true self. This is the reason why the Master’s love is so pure. It is even greater than the love of a mother. With this love, we lose all our attachments and desires of the world. We now become attached to the physical form of the Master. He becomes our crutch. We lean on him and depend upon Him. To evolve we have to be free even from this crutch. When the Master leaves his physical form, the pain of separation begins. Our tears are used to wash His lotus feet. The unbearable pain will want you to end your own life. So, too, will you end your life while you are alive. The end of the lower self, the ego self. Only then will you understand that when the Master and you died nobody came to the funeral. This garment, or house, or vehicle, now has the same owner. The pain of attachment to the physical form is no longer there. It is like being attached to a signpost saying 110 miles to Mumbai. We are worshiping and crying at the signpost, but not going to Mumbai. The Master’s love is to put us on the right track. Use the pain of separation to discover what the Master wants us to experience. Then, live only with the pain of gratitude. — Satish Daryanani

Swami Satchidananda walking with devotees

The Battle Within Ourselves

We see images of a person having a small devil on one shoulder and a small angel on the another. These are our two sides. A person has principles but still yields to taking a bribe to satisfy his family’s insatiable appetite for materialism. There are people who want to be with their families but sacrifice their lives for their nation. They are called heroes. The real hero is the one who becomes a zero: the one who battles between the paradise of the inner world but returns to the asylum of the outer world to play his part. We want to keep our word of honor but succumb to the tricks that the mind plays and break our word. Opportunities are given to us. We should have the strength to refuse some of them to maintain our equanimity. Try to be well-anchored while the forces of nature try to dislodge you. Try not to answer phone calls while eating or working on your spiritual practices. This is the battle between duty and service. and, above all, between reality and illusion. – Satish Daryanani

Everything has a Price

You eat a lot of spicy food and the next morning you have to pay the price. You work out a lot in the gym, your body gets sore. You drink a lot of alcohol and wake up with a hangover. You want a lot of name and fame, you lose your privacy. You do a lot of business activity and get involved in the world, you lose your precious time. One day, hopefully, you will get fed up and say, “For whom and for what am I doing all this?” This is your first step towards being free from the price you pay for your actions. Now you are aware, and will start doing everything in moderation. Everything you do, ask yourself, “Will it disturb my peace?” Nothing in this world is worth turning your peace into pieces. — Satish Daryanani

Man holding head in despair

Luck

Some believe that people are successful because they are lucky. If they are struggling, they blame it on bad luck. When you see your reflection in the mirror, do you say that the reflection is good or bad luck? When Michael Jordan hits a game winning shot, do we say it is luck? The truth is, if you put in the hard work and practice, that shot is not due to luck but your preparation for that moment. Your lives, thoughts, words, and actions create the reflection that you are seeking in the mirror. The sum of your mistakes is your bad luck, your own doings coming to you. You are the master of your so called “luck.” There is also another factor called grace. That, too, plays a part in your life.Instead of thinking that only luck determines one’s destiny, keep this mathematical formula in mind: The sum of your deeds plus your desires multiplied by the X-factor (grace) equals your destiny. — Satish Daryanani

Michael Jordon makng the perfect shot

A Realized Soul

A realized soul would rather receive blessings than give blessings. He is always willing to learn in the university of life. He is crushed by the grace of realization, and the world thinks he is humble. On the other hand, he can roar like a lion and tell you he can lead you to God realization, and the world thinks he is egotistic. He has a sense of humor, takes serious things lightly, and light things seriously. He does not compare himself with other realized souls. He does not get into a mental tug of war to prove his wisdom. He does not waste time on video games, crossword puzzles, or selfies. For him, everything and everyone is the same. He spreads the teachings without expectations of money or gratitude. He does not seek disciples to put a star on his shoulder. He can be a butcher and show anger for the good of others without really getting angry. Sometimes, without sugar-coating the truth, he can be misunderstood. He lives in the world but is not of the world. He loves spending time in seclusion. He will always see the wonders of this world with a childlike expression on his face. — Satish Daryanani

The face of a baby

Slaves of our Minds

We are the slaves of our minds. Before one thought is over, another one begins. The mind needs action all the time. A friend told me he loves meeting new people so he can talk and tell jokes. The more active the mind, the harder it is to calm it. The fun is when you can control the mind and play with it, instead of the mind playing with you. You can reach a stage when, in a split second, you can experience deep peace and then purposely disturb it with the worst thought possible. Get consumed by the thought and then bring it back to the nectar you were enjoying earlier. You can make your mind dance to your tune, even tease it and make fun it. Your mind becomes your best friend as it entertains you. True freedom is being free from your own mind. — Satish Daryanani

Everything from Nothing

All your austerities will lead you to nothing. You will experience and realize nothing. Then you can talk and write about nothing. All your attachments and desires will dissolve into nothing. You will spread the teaching of nothingness. You will fear nothing. You will have guilt of nothing. You ambitions and goal will become nothing. You will be serving nothing. Your ego becomes nothing. Your destination is nothing. Above all, both God and you are nothing. Today’s picture will be of nothing. — Satish Daryanani

black nothingness

Buddha

Buddha had no Guru, spiritual Master, nor a guide. He had questions, but no answers. He left his family and his kingdom to go into the forest to find answers. If only he had a guide to tell him, “You can run away from the kingdom, but not from yourself. The same person will also be in the forest.” You can get answers wherever you are: in the kingdom with your family or in the forest. It is not the change of location, but the change within you. To awaken, you do not need to suffer. You can get it in a 5-Star hotel. This is the benefit of having a guide in your life to show you the way. — Satish Daryanani

Buddha

Disturbance

I know a person who loves reading so much that, even if a wedding processing were to go by, he would not get disturbed. Today’s children, while playing video games, do not notice the delicious food kept next to them, even if they are starving. When we are watching a sporting event, television, or a movie, we get lost in it. The reason is that, if we love something and are completely engrossed in it, nothing can disturb us. When we do our studies, our jobs, or sit in silence we do not have the same focus. How can you love all that you do? First, know the benefits of your actions. If you study hard, you will earn a degree and have a wonderful career. If you enjoy your work you will have success and your 40-60 hour week will become a breeze. Above all, if you enjoy silence, there is nothing in this world that can disturb you. — Satish Daryanani
Lotus

Blessings

The first type of blessing is a blank check. You want unlimited wealth, wisdom, peace, and the absolute truth, and so on. The other blessing is a check with a specific amount. A good job, a good spouse, good results in an examination, free from a specific health issue, etc. Then there are those who pray to the Lord, “Please bless me so that I do not bother You for blessings. Whatever You give me is a blessing and what You do not give me is a bigger blessing.” If a person talks about vegetarianism, he will be blessed by becoming a vegetarian. If a person spreads those teachings, he will be blessed in realizing them. This way he is not a hypocrite. Then everything in life is a blessing. — Satish Daryanani

blessing by pouring water

Flying a Plane

Those who have flown a plane know the wonderful feeling of flying. When they are sitting as passengers the plane feels like a bus; that is why it is call an Airbus. We try to take non-stop flights so we can reach our destination faster, even though it is more expensive. We try to get seat upgrades to make our journey more comfortable. In life, however, we do not want to reach our real destination with the same speed. People ask the same questions of the spiritual Master again and again, going nowhere. For example, “When will my daughter get married?” Maybe she is happy being single. We are moving in circles. Every day should take us one step closer to our destination. One day we will realize that there is no destination. The journey is the purpose of life. — Satish Daryanani

2 planes at sunrise

Natural Beauty

It is our true nature to be happy, peaceful, and joyful. A child wears no make-up, undergoes no plastic surgery, and we are all attracted to it. A child needs no sleeping pills to sleep; it does not develop a poker face to hide the truth. A child does not worry about retirement plans. If you have a loved one in the hospital, it is alright to pray for them. You are not affected as you have developed a childlike faith in the Divine’s plan. You do your part and let things fall in its perfect place. Then, you will always be childlike, but not childish. Natural beauty will always be on your face. You were born fine, you defined yourself, and now are struggling to refine yourself. — Satish Daryanani

Baby with natural beauty

The Doctor Within

We go to the doctor when we have a health issue or for a check-up. Our bodies have a doctor within. If we learn to listen to our bodies, the need for doctors will be reduced. We know what is good or bad for us. We even know our limits, yet we often lack willpower and pay the price. Our mind is the doctor for our wellness. It knows the amount of workload we can handle, the amount of rest we need. Yet we become a slave to the world and our electronic toys. We do not devote enough time to recharge our internal batteries. Instead, we complain about our physical issues and the self-induced workloads of our lives. We blame everyone and everything instead of blaming ourselves. All the problems we face are self-imposed. Obey the internal doctor. By not disturbing the ease we have within, we will be free from dis-ease. — Satish Daryanani

Changing Time

Most people do not like Monday mornings and are always looking forward to Friday, 5 pm. Imagine that our whole life was Friday, 5 pm. We look to Friday in anticipation of the perfect weekend we are going to have. The actual weekend may not turn out as well as we imagine it. It rains, there are traffic delays, we get an upset stomach, and so on. Our imagination of the weekend is better than what really takes place. So, Friday evening can sometimes be better than the actual weekend. Now, who looks forward to Monday mornings? The ones who anticipate a perfect week. The ones who love what they do. The rest of the week may not be perfect but, in the mind, they imagine perfection. Make your mind-set stuck on Friday 5 pm, always imagining wonderful experiences. Often, planning and imagining your vacation is better than the vacation itself. The happiness of Friday, 5 pm, is a state of mind. — Satish Daryanani

Coffee-drinking woman

Silence

Sitting with a spiritual Master, or the Lord, you purify your mind. There are no thoughts and no words. You reach a state of nothingness. You are beyond time and space. You have nothing to gain or lose, and are free from dualities. You are free from desires and attachments. It is at this stage that you see your true self. You will experience the inner light and hear the silent hum of the universe. You go beyond the creator or creation, beyond the experiencer or the experience. Just being will lead you to non-being. This is the reason for the human birth.

woman in silent meditation

What’s in it for Me?

Most of us do every action so that we may benefit from it. If you develop the ability to benefit from the reaction of others, life will change for you. You will wish you have a Go Pro camera permanently drilled in your forehead so you could record the reactions of others and play them back again and again. When someone benefits from your actions and you see the true joy, gratitude, and happiness in his or her face, it is the greatest feeling in the worldbetter than what the world gives, which benefits only me. This is not because of gaining good karma from my service, or brownie points with God. This is only a selfish act because I enjoy it. — Satish Daryanani

A group of children looking delighted.

Hidden Talents

On the TV show, “America’s Got Talent,” some participants have so much talent that they astound the audience and judges. I’ve seen a doctor who sings and melts hearts with his voice. Our fear stops us from discovering our talents. A shy person could be a great public speaker, but due to stage fright, does not utilize that talent. We put spiritual Masters, celebrities, royalty, and billionaires on a pedestal. We put ourselves down and do not tap into our own talents. Talents are given to us, not earned. All we do is discover them. We can earn a paycheck with our talents, help others, or just entertain ourselves. Each year a new talent not discovered is a year wasted. Writing these thoughts is a talent given by the Lord. — Satish Daryanani

Searching for Peanuts, Overlooking the Diamonds

When we face obstacles such as the sudden death of a loved one, a financial, or health problem, we blame God. We lose faith, and He is no longer a part of our lives. For small things, we lose the compass of our lives. Then, without any direction, we go nowhere. Even in worldly matters the same thing happens. We delay payments, do not answer phone calls, or lie about small things and so lose out on many great opportunities. When people trust us, we can receive more from them. A person did not take small commissions from me when he was a buyer for a company that I was supplying. When he started his own business, he got a lot of support from me and now is very successful. Learn to see the big picture of life. Do not get consumed by petty things. That becomes a cloud that blocks the sunshine of grace. — Satish Daryanani

Heaven or Hell

I heard a person say on television that if someone goes against Mr Trump’s policies, he has a special place in hell. My question is, “What is hell?” Ask a married man for that answer. Hell is a state of mind.
1. If you identify yourself with this body and think you will die or be reborn.
2. If you think you are too thin or too fat, or not rich enough, or not have good health.
3. You blame God, or karma, or everyone.
4. You have not built a strong relationship with the Beloved.
5. You are trying to save the world.
6. You have not enjoyed inner peace or wisdom.
7. You are living with the guilt of stealing, lying, hurting, or betraying the trust of someone.
8. The person who has received these actions has not forgiven you.
9. Above all, you are consumed by your thoughts, words and actions, by the fear of hell or the desire of heaven.
If these above are true, you will go crazy, even in heaven. When you are living in heaven, you would even welcome hell, to help others make their lives heavenly. — Satish Daryanani

Making Decisions

We go to our friends, family, or our Master to help us make a decision. That person should have a neutral mindset while helping you decide. Once you develop this neutrality, a time will come when you will be able to get all the answers within yourself and you will be guided correctly. There are two types of answers. The first is whether something is good or bad for you. The second is more complex. If you are a spiritual aspirant, the answers will be for your spiritual evolution. You may lose opportunities to make a lot of profit. Also, you may not legally go after someone who has taken advantage of you. The reason being that the Divine within you has taken over. Every decision you make will take you to a layer deeper within yourself. If you can also benefit from the outside world with that decision, then it is a bonus. The choice is yours. Make every decision which can help someone. If not, at least it should not hurt anyone. — Satish Daryanani

You Want It, You Got It

We have heard this saying. All the talks of spiritual Masters, their books, as well as their thoughts are for one purpose: to encourage everyone to want self realization. The hard part is to describe that. It is like encouraging a blind person to see the ocean or a deaf person to hear music. Both are wonderful to experience. How to create that want? Many examples are given and stories told to encourage us. To put it in words is very hard.
The only way to encourage us to want that indescribable ecstasy is to see the results after someone has gotten it. See the Masters who have got it. The way they live will encourage us. This is the hardest thought so far to express. You must want it more than air itself that gift for which this human form is given. Only then will you get it. All you can do is to not be satisfied with the outer world. Let there be a vacuum, or a void. The wanting will fill it. — Satish Daryanani

Dreams

We have wonderful dreams. We think they are real. Especially when we dream of our loved ones who are no longer with us in the physical form. When the Lord, or our spiritual Master, comes in our dreams, we do not want it to end. When we enjoy the dream, we are not waiting for the alarm to ring. When we are restless, not sleeping, or in a dreamless sleep, we wait for the alarm. We hear of so many celebrities who, in spite of having everything, commit suicide. They have name, fame, and money, and yet they still end their lives. If only they knew they were having wonderful dreams and not a nightmare, they would not want to end it. Those of us who are blessed with this understanding do not wish for death. We actually look forward for the dreams yet to come. — Satish Daryanani

colorful Native American dreamcatcher

Feast or Famine

In our jobs or business, we get very busy and tired. On the other hand, if there are no customers or no work, we get bored. We either get a rain-forest or a desert. In both cases, people complain. This is the reason why God does not get bored. He will always have customers complaining to Him. Feast and famine is our life. When we are young we overwork. When we are retired we get bored. If you are depending on this world to get a perfect balance all the time, you will be disappointed. When the feast comes you should thank God for the bounty coming to you even though you are tired. When there is famine, spend time in rejuvenating your body. Also, you get more time for silence. Extremes are our life. Balance is in our minds and in our attitude. Enjoy this roller coaster ride of life. – Satish Daryanani

Championship

We only remember the champions. The teams that lose get scrutinized. Only one team gets the trophy, when all the other teams have lost. In life we all want to be champions, only a handful achieve that. True championship is the trophy of being free. This trophy does not have to be won year after year. No rings are given, and no one will know. Only you will know that you have won. What is that championship? You came to play the game of hide and seek. You hid yourself from yourself to discover yourself. When we, as children, find the person who is hiding, we become so happy that we start laughing. In the same way, when we find our hidden true self, we, too, will laugh. The victory over your ignorance makes you a true champion. — Satish Daryanani

Fans in a sports stadium

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

Slight Difference

The difference between a gold medal and no medal at all can be .01 seconds. The difference between a great salesman or an average salesman are a few words. The difference between success and failure are a few decisions. The difference between a wise or an otherwise person is the ability to realize the truth. For that one thing, the whole outlook of life can change from struggling and suffering to joy and peace. We do not have to change the big things in our life. Instead, work on the small stuff. For example, just the continuous repetition of this small word “OM” can set you free. Your entire life’s service can transform all around you with a simple “SMILE.” All that you face in life can change with the one word, “YES,” to the Lord’s will. Above all, the greatest nectar of this life can be enjoyed by bathing daily in this indescribable word, “SILENCE.”  – Satish Daryanani

illustration of a smiling face standing out among frowning faces

Strength of No

It is easy to say yes. It is harder to say no. The world loves the people who say yes. You will have a lot of friends. Even charitable organizations will love you. You will have no fights with your family members. Saying no is your strength. It comes when you have set limits. People will offer you food, drinks, cigarettes, or drugs. Learn to say no. Your time is limited. Use it wisely. Learn to say no. The wealth that you have, use it carefully so that you do not stress yourself. Learn to say no. If there is anything that is going to harm you or others, say no. To all the negativity in life, say no. For some time, even say no to the world untill you develop your inner foundation. It is this no that will lead you to the real KNOW yourself. – Satish Daryanani