God Gives You What You Want

I read a beautiful piece of wisdom recently: “When God wants to punish you, God will give you everything that you ask for.” God gives you what you want, even though it may not be good for you. Unfortunately, we still don’t know what to want. We want many, many things; we want all the…

What is a Vow?

What is a vow? Your own commitment. You decide to do a certain thing, to follow certain principles, and that becomes your vow. You make a vow. A marriage vow is a commitment. A monastic vow is a commitment. Even friendship is a commitment. Life itself is a commitment.   If you make a vow…

Take It as a Challenge

Question: What should you do if your family members are against your spiritual pursuits? Answser: Take it as a challenge, and know that God is on your side. You don’t need to hate them. Instead, you should take it as a good omen. God has put an examiner right next to you to test how…

The Best Thing We Can Do

Don’t ever, ever put yourself down. You are here for a purpose, and you are great in your place. You may not know what that purpose is; but no matter what you look like, what handicaps you might have, what size or what color you are, the fact that you are here is enough. God…

I Believe in Medicine Also

Question: Is it interfering with one’s karma to take medicine? Answer: I believe in prayer, but I believe in medicine also. Medicine is also a gift from God. Prayer, medicine and certain dietetic disciplines all could be used at the same time. Even food could be considered a medicine for the pain of hunger. If…

The Quickest Way

Question: What is the surest, safest and quickest way to God-realization? Answer: The surest, safest and quickest way is to realize that God is working through you. The moment you realize that, you have realized already. Know that you are just an instrument in the hands of God. It’s a fact. I wouldn’t even say…