Right Action

How do we find the right work—the work that we are meant to do? The first thing to do is to look within. Ask yourself, “What is my natural aptitude, taste, temperament, and capacity?” You don’t have to do anything that does not feel natural. All you have to do is to look back over…

In This Drama, Let Us Play Our Parts

This talk by Swami Satchidananda, was given on 5 August 1996 to a group of inmates at the Buckingham Correctional Center, a maximum security, facility in Buckingham, Virginia. Swami Satchidananda had been invited to the prison by a group of inmates who are part of a spiritual group called the Buckingham Monastic Community. Karma It’s…

Integral Yoga

It was May 7, 1966, and Narayana Kiekens, President of Yoga Vedanta introduced Swami Satchidananda with the following words: “Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji has sown in our hearts a little spiritual seed. May your presence, Swamiji, be the sunshine and the shower to make it grow into many beautiful flowers.” Here is an excerpt from…

Business Yoga

Work in your livelihood as Karma Yoga—selfless service. Do all work for the joy of doing it. Charge nothing for your labors; accept whatever you are paid. Choose work for someone or something that is worthwhile. Offer your work, your energy to God, the All, everyone. Tell the one who pays you to pay whatever…

Who Controls the Planet?

Astrology is also controlled by your karma. Why were you born at a certain time, in a certain place, under certain stars? Because it was your karma. So your astrological chart itself is a product of your karma. If you have good karma, you will be reborn on an auspicious day. Why is it that…

How does one motivate practice?

Question: Often it seems that one learns a skill or piece of wisdom cognitively, but lacks the motivation to make it real in one’s life.  How does one make it to the practice stage?  In what chakra does the block commonly occur? Answer: Well, if there is an inborn trait or wisdom, it will naturally…

Nothing Is Impossible

Question: There are times when illnesses aren’t relieved by treatment. Do we have illness for a period of time because it’s our karma? If so, how do we know when that period is over? Answer: When your illness is over, you know that the karma period is over. If it persists you should know that…