Monday, January 22, 2024
One need not search for happiness elsewhere. It is always with you and in you. You are unable to experience it as you have not understood the true meaning of happiness. You are under the illusion that happiness lies in money, wealth, and material comforts. Once you have the taste of true happiness, you will not crave for worldly possessions. True happiness springs forth from the depths of one’s heart.
Sunday, January 21, 2024
True happiness is that which is related to the Atma. You should not be afraid of difficulties; they are passing clouds. Do not waver. Follow the heart, which is steady and unwavering. Unity of head, heart, and hand is essential for humanity.
Saturday, January 20, 2024
God can do anything and can go anywhere. The Lord can change anything. Do not give room for doubts. One who doubts divinity will certainly be doomed. Develop unwavering faith and follow the divine command. True dharma (righteousness) lies in following the divine command. When you follow God, you will be blessed with all goodness and auspiciousness.
Friday, January 19, 2024
Humanity seeks to banish sorrow and acquire happiness (ananda). What is happiness? Do wealth, power, or health confer happiness? The world has numerous wealthy people, but are they experiencing happiness? There are many who wield power or have good health, but are they happy? No. The reason is there can be no real happiness as long as one is infected with the ever-greedy ego.
Thursday, January 18, 2024
God is all-knowing, all-pervasive, and all-powerful. The words God utters while embodied in the human form, the acts the Lord deigns to indulge in during the earthly sojourn are inscrutable and extraordinarily significant.
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
People have come into this field of activity (karma-kshetra) only to engage themselves in activity, not to earn the fruit of such activity. That is the teaching of the Gita, its fundamental lesson. The Gita is the quintessence of the Vedas.
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
There is a difference between happiness and bliss. In common parlance, "happiness" is momentary. It comes and goes. Bliss is something that wells up from within. It emerges from the heart because of one's union with God. If one feels separate from God, one cannot experience bliss. Embodiments of Love! You must experience such bliss in abundance in the days to come. Let me remind you once again that neither age nor position nor for that matter anything in this physical environment can bring about such bliss. Only a pure and loving heart is the source of bliss.
Monday, January 15, 2024
The holy festival of Sankranti signifies the change or transformation of the heart. It is experiencing bliss arising from realizing the changeless, eternal principle. Divinity is the only principle that is changeless. God is ever blissful. In fact, God is the embodiment of bliss.
Sunday, January 14, 2024
The Gita is a boat that takes people from the self-imposed state of bondage to the freedom that is their nature. People are taken from darkness to light, from lusterlessness to splendor. The Gita ordains disciplines and duties free from the taints of tendencies and impulses that tie people to the relentless wheel of birth and death.
Saturday, January 13, 2024
Lord will be the guide of whoever installs God as their charioteer (sarathi). God will not consider that position inferior. The Lord is the eternal charioteer (sanathana sarathi) come to be the charioteer of all. He is the Lord for all who seek a master, a support. The soul is the master in everyone, and Krishna is the universal soul, personified.
Friday, January 12, 2024
Some people develop faith when their desires are fulfilled. If their desires are not fulfilled, they lose faith. This type of attitude is not good. Keep your faith firm, irrespective of whether your desires are fulfilled. Preserve your faith carefully. Faith can work wonders. It can make a blind person see, and a dumb person speak. Do not at all doubt the power of faith.
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Faith is the basis for all creation. Where there is faith and love, everything else will be added unto such a person. Hence, first and foremost, one must develop faith. Many people have faith, but they lack love. Faith devoid of love has no use. Love and faith must be together like mutually attractive magnetic poles.
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
A person who never swerves from their determination, even under trying circumstances, is called a dheera (a hero), and such a person wins the grace of the Lord. We should try to seek fulfillment in our day-to-day life by basing our mundane activities on spiritual values. As I have been telling you off and on, you must have your hands in society and head in the forest. Whatever the activities you are preoccupied with in society, you must be steadfast in holding on to the spiritual ideal. This alone is the true spiritual practice (sadhana) that will bestow lasting peace on you.
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
The entire creation has its origin in God. There can be no air, sun, rain, or plants without God. Knowing this truth, we still tend to forget God. On the other hand, we remember everything else. This is not correct. You should never forget God. If you forget God, it amounts to forgetting everything. For, God is the source and cause for everything.
Monday, January 8, 2024
Each second is a fresh chance given to you to train the mind, refine the intellect, purify the emotions, and strengthen the will to get confirmed in the conviction that you are the deathless Self, the infinite consciousness (Atma).
Sunday, January 7, 2024
The fruits of your actions are determined by time. All your experiences are the results of your actions, whether it is happiness or sorrow, affluence, or poverty. Hence, good and bad depend on what you do. As are your actions, so are the fruits thereof. The way you utilize your time determines the outcome.
Saturday, January 6, 2024
When you build a house, you install a door in front. What is the purpose of the door? To admit all who you welcome and to keep out all that you do not want. It has a double purpose; you do not keep the doors wide open for all and sundry to come in as and when they like. So too, select the impulses, motives, and incentives that enter your mind; keep out the demeaning, debasing, and deleterious. Admit the highest wisdom of the scriptures; the wisdom culled out of the crucible of experience.
Friday, January 5, 2024
The lotus, born in slime and mud, rises through the water and lifts its head high above the waters; it refuses to get wet, though water is the element that gives it life! Be like the lotus.
Thursday, January 4, 2024
Time is the very form of God. Birth and death are encompassed by time. Everyone, therefore, should regard time as divine and utilize it for performing sacred actions. You should not waste a single moment.
Wednesday, January 3, 2024
In every human being, love is present as an effulgence which shines in feelings. Love is life, and life is love. Even as the power to burn is natural for fire, and the power to cool is natural for water, love is a natural trait for humans.
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
The year becomes new, and the day becomes holy when you sanctify it by spiritual practice (sadhana), not otherwise. Spiritual practice can grow only in a field fertilized by love. Love or prema is the “sine qua non” of bhakti (devotion to God). The love you have towards material objects, name, fame, wife, children, etc., should be sanctified by being subsumed by the more overpowering love of God. Have the love of God filling and thrilling your heart; then, you cannot hate anyone; you cannot indulge in unhealthy rivalries; you will not find fault with anyone. Life becomes soft, sweet, and smooth.
Monday, January 1, 2024
Every second is a new moment in your life. Do not wait for a whole year to celebrate the new year and make new year resolutions. Utilize every second to purify your heart and fill it with love. You will then realize that God is yours and you are with love. True devotion is the means to realize the divine. Devotion means love of God without any desire for reward. Such devotion can be developed only through good conduct.
Sunday, December 31, 2023
The various limbs and organs together form a body; various nations and communities together form the world. The sustenance given by divine grace circulates in every part of the body, helping it to function in unison. The stream of love, endowed by divine grace, has to circulate in every state and community to make the world live in peace and joy. If this truth is realized, there will arise no idea of difference.
Saturday, December 30, 2023
No spiritual practice can yield the desired result if the senses are misused. Have sacred vision. Speak good words. Hear only what is good. Entertain noble thoughts. There is no greater spiritual practice than this. This was the teaching of Buddha. The same was taught by Jesus.
Friday, December 29, 2023
There is no right conduct (dharma) or religion higher than truth (sathya). Right conduct depends on truth. Bhagavatha declares that there is no greater sin than going back on one’s own plighted word. Hence truth is supreme. Truth and right conduct are interdependent and inseparable.
Thursday, December 28, 2023
Buddha realized that names, forms, and physical relationships are transient. He said one should not get deluded by them. Yad Drishyam Thannasyam (all that is seen is bound to perish). He studied various sacred texts and had an audience with many scholars, but He was not satisfied. Ultimately, He concluded that one could attain liberation (Nirvana) only through proper use of the five senses.
Wednesday, December 27, 2023
The Romans addressed Jesus as ‘persona’ meaning one of sacredness. The English word person has been derived from this. It means that there is divinity in everyone. That is why I address you as embodiments of divinity. I and you are one. There is divine spirit in everybody. The very Self is called “persona”. There is no life principle without divinity.
Tuesday, December 26, 2023
True thoughts constitute the proper wealth for all. But, alas, modern people make no efforts to cultivate good thoughts. The absence of good thoughts weakens willpower. With a weak will one cannot accomplish even simple things. To achieve anything worthwhile in life one has to strengthen one’s willpower.
Monday, December 25, 2023
Let us pay attention to the sacrifice that Jesus made while free, out of His own volition. He sacrificed His happiness, prosperity, comfort, safety, and position; He braved the enmity of the powerful. He refused to yield or compromise. He renounced the 'ego', which is the toughest thing to get rid of. Honor Him for these. He willingly sacrificed the desires with which the body torments humans; this is sacrifice greater than the sacrifice of the body under duress. The celebration of His birthday has to be marked by your sacrificing at least a desire or two and conquering at least the more disastrous urges of the ego.
Sunday, December 24, 2023
On December 25th, when Jesus was born, three kings came to His birthplace. These three gave expression to three different views about the newborn babe. One of them, looking at the infant, said: "This child will be a lover of God." A second king said: "God will love this child." The third king declared: "Verily, this child is God Himself." The first one viewed the child from the physical point of view. The second saw the child from a mental perspective. The third saw from the spiritual (Atmic) point of view. The three declarations reveal how one can progress from the human to the divine level.