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Diwali Blessings – Let Us All Burn Like Diyas – Giving Light & Life to Others

The meanings of the auspicious holiday of Diwali are innumerable. Whether one looks at the story of the return to Ayodhya of Lord Rama or the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakaasuras or the fall of Bali, Diwali is a holiday which symbolizes the vanquishing of evil by good, the return of righteousness and divinity. In past years I have discussed numerous aspects of this holiday, its spiritual and historical significance. This year I will focus on the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, for within this aspect are numerous crucial...

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Shake It Off & Step Up

There is a story of a farmer who had an old mule. One day the mule fell into the farmer’s empty, dry well. As the mule cried for help, the farmer assessed the situation. Although the mule had served the farmer faithfully for many years, the farmer decided that neither the mule nor the well was wrth the trouble. So, he decided that instead of bothering to lift the heavy mule from the well, he would simply bury him in there. The farmer called his friend and together they began...

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Who Is Saint & Who Is Sinner?

There is a wonderful story told of two monks who had renounced the world and taken vows of celibacy and simplicity and pledged to live, unattached, in the jungles for the rest of their lives. One monk was older and the other was relatively young. They were wandering in the forest one day and they came upon a rushing river. On the edge of the river stood a beautiful and stranded young woman. Her face was marked by anxiety as she explained to the two monks that she needed to...

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The GPS System For Our Lives

These days in the West all the new cars have “GPS” navigation system where the computer in the car gives directions on how to reach your destination. As you sit in the car you just enter the address of where you are going, and throughout the journey a pleasant woman’s voice guides you: “Take a left turn in 200 meters.” However, after you’ve entered the destination address, before her guided instructions begin, you must press the “Accept” button on the screen. If the button is not pushed, the guided route will not begin and you...

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Guru Purnima Blessings

There is a famous story in our scriptures of Eklavya who dreamt of becoming a great archer. He went to the best and most famous Guru of archery, Dronacharya, and humbly begged Dronacharya to teach him archery. However, for various reasons, Dronacharya refused. Unfazed, resolute in his devotion, Eklavya did not despair. Rather, he went deep into the forest for his sadhana of learning to be an archer. There, he created out of clay the image of Dronacharya. Each day, he offered devout, pious prayers and love to this image of his Guru.  His faith...

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Ram Navami Blessings

Ram Navami is the birthday of Bhagwan Shri Rama.  On this beautiful birthday of  Bhagwan Rama, let us ask  ourselves the meaning of his birth.  What lessons do we learn  from the Ramayan, from  the glorious example  of Bhagwan Rama’s life? Bhagwan Rama exemplified the perfect person; he showed us how to embody the divine on Earth, how to live our lives in accordance with dharma and the divine principles. The story of the Ramayan is a classic, eternal, universal message of dharma versus adharma, of deva versus demon. Ravana was a brahmin;...

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To Give is Divine

A small, impoverished boy was standing barefoot on the New York City streets, looking wistfully in the window of a shoe store. A well dressed woman, walking down the street, saw him and asked him, “My child, why are you looking so sadly in this window?” The small boy looked up at her and replied, “I am asking God to please give me a pair of shoes.” The woman took the boy’s small hand and led him into the shoe store, where she immediately asked the clerk for a bucket of warm...

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Transcendence: Divinity, Not Drugs

Recently a man came to see me at Parmarth. He was an earnest seeker from abroad and was looking for a place to stay for several months to perform his meditation. He had a meditation technique which he said worked very well for him but he needed a place to practice it. He was from abroad and planned to stay in India for many months. I told him that he was welcome to stay here as I appreciated the earnestness of his spiritual quest. However, as I was just about...

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The Meaning of Diwali

The time of Diwali is one of the most festive and beautiful times of the year. Diwali literally means a “Row of Lights.” It is a time filled with light and love; a time when Indians all over the world rejoice. Diwali is celebrated on the thirteenth/fourteenth day in the dark half of Kartik (October – November); it is also known as Krishna Chaturdashi. It is the darkest night of the darkest period, yet it is a celebration of light! Diwali is heralded as the triumph of good over evil. The...

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The Time for a Spiritual Life is Now

There was once a disciple of a Guru who went to his Guru and said, “Guruji, I want to live a spiritual life. I want to live in the service of God. I want to go beyond the binding chains of this mundane, materialistic world. But, I feel that I am not quite ready. My desires for a family, for wealth and enjoyment are still too strong. Grant me some time to fulfill these wishes and then I will come to your holy feet.” So the Guru said, “No problem, my...

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