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Why Is Life Hard?

Through life’s  challenges you learn life’s lessons. Challenges are not meant to crush you but to help you develop your powers. They come through the natural law of progress, so that you might advance from lower to higher levels of spiritual attainment. In order to pass life’s tests, you will need to develop elasticity of the mind.  Never allow your … Read More

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Using Our Full Power

When faced with a challenge in life, right attitude is crucial. A negative outlook only blocks the energy, but when we have a positive approach and are willing to go to great lengths, nothing is impossible. When things get tough we need to gather all our energy and go full blast.

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Feeling inadequate – Stop comparing yourself to others

We feel inadequate when we start comparing ourselves to others. Comparing ourselves to others can detriment our growth instead of helping. We must understand that every person is unique and it’s important to accept oneself for who we are and be happy with it. Nayaswami Jyotish shares a wonderful story to illustrate how our imperfections too can be a blessing.

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Can I Overcome My Karma?

If all the windows of a room have been closed and the light shut out for a hundred years, and then, one day, suddenly the light is allowed to enter, there will no longer be any darkness, of course. Obviously, therefore, we cannot say that it will take one hundred years to bring light into the room just because the … Read More

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Why Doesn’t God Stop Wars?

The nations of the world create war or desist from it, according to their understanding and the quality of their civilizations. War among nations shows that civilization is imperfect and that various nations are misusing their free choice by using brute force to solve problems, instead of parliaments of mutual discussion. Since God, as the Creator of the universe, has … Read More

Overcoming Challenging Karma

Dealing with Restlessness and Worldly Desires: The Fifth Chakra Challenge

Recently a fellow-disciple asked me, “What should we do when we feel restless, spiritually ‘dry,’ out of tune, or when we feel strongly drawn back into worldly desires?’ I will discuss in this blog what I did when these kinds of feelings first “ambushed” me, and also, what others have done when finding themselves in similar situations. For I believe … Read More

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What Is Faith?

The Christian Bible says, “Faith without works is dead.” Faith, or the intuitive experience of all truth, is present in the soul. It gives birth to hope and the desire to achieve, but it also hides behind the wall of ignorance. Many people know almost nothing about the intuitive faith which is latent in the soul, and the secret spring … Read More