Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Tendency of the Mind

From a satsang by Gautam Baiji ~

By the grace of God, we are able to get satsang in our lives.

Sometimes we might think, "Why is it necessary?"

Especially if we have knowledge, why do we need satsang again and again?

One devotee asked this very question of his guru.

The guru said, "I will answer in a moment, but first, would you clean my pot please?" The guru handed him the aluminum pot he drinks from.

"Guru, you give me this pot to clean every day, and it's never that dirty. Why is it necessary to clean it every day? Why not wait until it's very dirty?"

The guru said, "The pot's made of aluminum. If you don't clean it regularly, you will see stains everywhere. It will look so dirty, you have to use lemon and salt and a lot of effort to clean it.

"But if you clean the pot every day, then you don't need to work hard to keep it clean.

"It's the same with satsang. We live in this world and know that mind has the tendency to collect negativity quickly. But regular satsang will keep it positive." 

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Rich Man and the Poor Man and the Rain

From a Rammurti Baiji satsang ~

One day a rich man and and poor man were walking when it started to rain.

The rich man opened his umbrella so he could stay dry.

The poor man had no umbrella and got wet, but he had a smile on his face. He actually started to dance in the rain, having a joyful time of it.

The rich man thought, "That looks like fun" and started to close his umbrella to have some fun with him.

But he stopped himself. "I'm carrying a laptop, and it might get wet."

Then he thought, "My clothes are expensive, and so are my shoes. I don't want them to get ruined by the rain."

While the other man enjoyed the rain, the rich man thought, "Who is truly richer?!"

Friday, March 24, 2017

What Stopped You?

There was a movie called Castaway where a man was stranded on a remote island.

He wanted to get home to his wife, but there was an obstacle:

A giant, powerful wave sent him crashing to the rocks below, injuring him badly.

This defeats him for quite a while. He really wants to get rescued so he can get home, but the wave stops him. For a very long time.

In the movie, he finally makes it over that menacing wave, has other trials and tribulations, and then he's finally rescued. He would never have been rescued if he didn't conquer that first big wave.

That wave reminded me of how we let one thing stop us from following a dream.

Just one thing! Whether it's fear of rejection, fear we're not good enough, fear of the unknown, whatever.

It turns out that people who accomplish their dreams figure out that they don't have to be attached to their so-called "failures." Failures to them are just stepping stones.

I heard of a guy who wanted to start a candle business. The first ones he made were terrible. The same with the next group, and the next.

He made 200 candles (which he gave away to friends) until he figured out the right temperature to pour them at. He tried 185 degrees, 175 degrees, 165 degrees... that was the one!

Then he had to figure out colors, scents, packaging, etc. He did all that, and now he has a small thriving business that he plans to expand into other housewares under the brand he created.

Thomas Edison made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb until he had a proper light. I guess he had more perseverance than smarts, and that's what counts.

He wasn't attached to his "failures."

Keep failing. Don't let the first wave stop you, or the second, or the tenth...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Five Enemies Within Us

From a satsang by Gautam Baiji ~

The saints say there are five enemies hiding within us.

kaam (lust)
krodha (rage)
lobh (greed)
moh (attachment)
ahankar (conceit/pride)*

You can escape "outside enemies," but how can you escape "inside enemies?"

Your soul is craving the divine power. Your mind is wandering with the worldly things, the materialism.

So how can we avoid distractions and connect with the divine power? How can we connect the body, mind and soul?

Here's a hint: you cannot see your face in boiling water. You can only see your reflection in calm water.

The water should be steady.

And clean.

Clean and calm water, and we can see clearly.

If the mind is not there, we cannot get the peace we want.

Our thoughts will become our actions, so we have to watch our thoughts. Everything is depending on our thinking.

So how can we make our thinking better?

Our saints say, "Good thinking comes from the company of great saints and satsang..."

*These five major weaknesses of the human personality - at variance with its spiritual essence - are also known as the Five Thieves because they steal a person's common sense 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Easy to Judge

Satsang from Gautam Baiji ~

A husband and wife were renting an apartment. Every day, the lady sat in her room looking at the woman next door who always washed and hung her laundry to dry.

She thought, "Look at his lady. She washes her clothes every day, but does it so poorly! She obviously doesn't know what she's doing and needs to be told how dirty her clothes are. Maybe I should teach her how to wash those stains."

Every day she was surprised how dirty the woman's clothes were...

Until one day she saw that all the clothes were totally clean!

She said to her husband, "It's incredible - one day her clothes are totally dirty, and the next they're clean. I was thinking of going over there and telling her what soap she needs to use and how to wash them properly."

The husband said, "Actually, I couldn't sleep this morning so I got up early and cleaned the window."

Then, she realized...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Surrender to Get the Bliss

Nescience - ignorance

From a satsang by Gautam Baiji ~

At the lotus feet of God, there is no desire.

Devotion needs surrender. If you surrender there, you will get what you want.

Only when the seed is fully absorbed in the soil will the plant grow. One day, when it becomes a big tree, it gives us fruit and shade and beauty.

The same thing with sugar. It needs to dissolve into the water, or the water cannot be sweet.

In the same way, if our mind is not merging with the holy power, with consciousness, with the divine power (which is such a blessed truth), how can we get bliss in our life?

Everyone wants that peace, but few people will surrender to get it.

Everyone wants electricity, no one wants to pay the bill. What happens? Try it. Once or twice not paying, they turn it off.

The same thing with us: if the mind doesn't merge with the Divine Energy, which is absolute truth, consciousness and bliss, this bliss cannot permeate our lives. We are waiting, waiting, waiting.

The reason: desire comes in front of that. Expectations come, and we give them all attention.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Story of the Two Babies in the Womb

In a mother’s womb were two babies.  The first baby asked the other:  “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

The second baby replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery.  Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense,” said the first. “There is no life after delivery.  What would that life be?”
“I don’t know, but there will be more light than here.  Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.”
The doubting baby laughed. “This is absurd!  Walking is impossible.  And eat with our mouths?  Ridiculous.  The umbilical cord supplies nutrition.  Life after delivery is to be excluded.  The umbilical cord is too short.”
The second baby held his ground. “I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here.”
The first baby replied, “No one has ever come back from there.  Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the twin, “but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.”
“Mother?” The first baby guffawed. “You believe in mother?  Where is she now?” 
The second baby calmly and patiently tried to explain. “She is all around us.  It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.”
“Ha. I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist.”  

To which the other replied, “Sometimes when you’re in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her.  I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality when it comes….”
~ Wayne Dyer attributed the original story to Henri J. W. Nouwen. However, it appears that all “mini-versions” have been adapted from the writings of Pablo Molinero. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tolerance - Now More Than Ever

Excerpts from a talk by Manubhai Patel ~

"Good afternoon everyone. Are you all getting ready for the big change next week? (a new president)

A few days ago, the baijis and I were talking about the new challenges I have in my own life, and the subject came up, how do I do what I have to face?

The answer was: tolerance.

I have learned tolerance from a very young age. Perhaps it's a part of my nature, of being shy and avoiding confrontation. But it has paid dividends.

Tolerance - a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic, origins, etc. differ from one's own; capacity to endure pain or hardship; test of endurance, fortitude and stamina. This includes hardship and pain that comes from mother nature and events not in our control. 

There was a family who endured the Katrina disaster that is still in my memory. They asked the lady of the house, 'How do you feel? How do you cope with all of this?'

She said, 'We lost everything. But we did salvage a few things: our parents, our children. Some important documents and family photographs.' So you can see the value they placed on these things, as opposed to mourning what they had lost.

She also said they have an enormous peace and gratitude for the things that have come to them. This showed a great tolerance for hardship. This brought them strength, not weakness. They could have been angry, resentful, blaming everything on outside forces and suffering more. That was touching to me.

The practice of tolerance for the next four years will be important in the wake of the most contentious election campaign in modern history.

With seemingly every news article signalling a change from the status quo, tolerance will be coming up all the time. 

Helen Keller said: "The highest result of education is tolerance."

Timothy Keller said: "Tolerance isn't about not having beliefs. It's about how your beliefs lead you to tread people who disagree with you."

Gandhi was an excellent example of one who practiced tolerance when confronted with evil and injustice."

He said:


Monday, January 16, 2017

The Boy and the Inheritance

From a satsang by Gautam Baiji ~

Once we realize the value of things, we give them their proper respect.

What is the value of family? Once you know that, then you start tolerating things. Sometimes kids tell you things you don't like. What do you do? You don't kick them out of the house. You tolerate it because you know the kids don't have that kind of understanding yet.

Once they reach a level where they can understand, then we can tell them. In the meantime, what do you do? You stay patient.

This power to tolerate comes from within - meditation gives you the power. Once you start doing meditation, you know what something is worth.

So when someone is not acting appropriately, it  becomes our duty to help them understand.

A true guru will say, "I am the servant of the ignorant people."

But know that if you directly say to someone, "Oh, you are wasting your time," what happens? What will the person do?

He will speak angrily with you. Why? Because he might think that this is his devotion, even though you can clearly see his actions are counterproductive.

Once there was a man who had accumulated a lot of gold objects when he passed away. His son inherited a heavy box of valuables and took it to his uncle.

"Can you sell this Uncle? I need the money."

The uncle looked at the items and quickly saw that some were real and some were fake. He wouldn't get the money he thought he could get.

But he knew if he told the boy this, he would think he was lying and trying to make money for himself by selling them later.

Instead, he said, "If you really need money, come work for me. I will teach you the business. In the future, when you really need money, then you can sell them for cash. But for now I will pay you enough money to live on."

So the boy came to work for him and every day the uncle taught him how to tell what real gold is, what a real diamond looks like, and slowly the boy learned.

Finally, when the uncle thought he could recognize what's real and what's not, he said, "Go get your box of valuables. Gold is getting a good price now, so you can sell yours for a good profit."

When the boy opened the box and examined the pieces, he finally saw what his uncle had seen. More than half of the coins and valuables were fake.

"Most of these are worthless!" the boy said.

"I knew that, but I felt you had to realize it for yourself, so I taught you."

"Good teachers are those who tell you where to look, but not what to see."

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Perspective is Ours to Create

From a satsang by Gautam Baiji:

A woman got married and then moved to the Mohave desert with her husband.

She didn't like the place at all.

She got very bored and decided to write a letter to her father.

"Dad, I don't want to live here. This place is like hell. If you want to know the heat: it's 125 degrees in the shade. Even the wind is hot. And all you see is desert, desert, desert.

"I don't want to stay even another minute here," she wrote. "I'm leaving him and coming back."

After several days, she got a response from her father. It was just two lines:

"Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw mud, and the other saw stars."

With this bit of wisdom, she quickly realized she had only been listening to her mind and not her heart.

After that, she started making friends with the natives and found much to love about her new home.

The desert didn't change. Her attitude did.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Find the Clouds with Angels

Find the Clouds with Angels

The mind can't make you doubt;
it can only invite you to doubt.

The mind can’t make you worry;
it can only invite you to worry.

The mind can’t make you suffer;
it can only invite you to suffer.

These thoughts are like clouds;
even dark and rainy ones.

We (The Sky) notice their passing
And may focus on any

So why would we ever choose
wretched gray over fluffy white?

Perhaps because we sleep in limbo for many hours of the day
Thereby letting the mind live our life while we slumber

Then, it's free to focus on thoughts We wouldn’t choose
And cause our mouths to say things We wouldn’t say

It’s the master and we’re the servant
Until we grab the reins, we will only get the rains

Wake up soon
Or you may not recognize
the life
Your mind has built for You

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Solstice is Here

The Winter Solstice was Wednesday, December 21st.

It’s the shortest day, and the longest night.

Just as we’re affected by the changing of the seasons, the Earth’s tilt at this time of year signals a time of withdrawal and renewal; of hibernation and rejuvenation.

Solstice can be a magical, contemplative time—a night of spiritual reconnection and ritual. While solstice may not have gained the notoriety of Christmas, Hanukah, Diwali or Kwanza, many people celebrate it as a deeply meaningful holiday—a time to celebrate renewal, rebirth, and gratitude for the coming light.

One sage said, “Nature itself is inviting us to really accept ourselves, so we can grow and cleanse and prepare for personal growth.”

It can be a time of turning inward, a time of tuning into a deep sense of intuition—trusting your inner voice. Many people like to use the solstice as a time of deep meditation—to reflect on what has been and what will be.

Ancient cultures feared the light of the sun would not return unless they performed vigils and rituals on the solstice. Some refer to solstice as the rebirth of the sun—and not coincidentally Christmas celebrates the birth of the Son.

The pagans were early observers, followed by the Christians stole the winter solstice from the pagans, and capitalism stole it from the Christians. 

But like seeing a blanket of fresh snow, we feel anything is possible. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Businessman and the Mahatma - Satsang

A Mahatma-approved edit of a Gautam Baiji satsang:

Once there was a business traveler in a nice suit sitting in first class next to a Mahatma.

During the trip, the businessman noticed that when he asked for tea, the Mahatma also ordered tea.

He had a nice watch and noticed the Mahatma did as well.

His suit was made from the finest cloth, and he noticed the Mahatma's outfit was silk. It was orange, yes, but it was still made of nice silk.

He had questions forming in his mind, and as the plane was landing, he finally asked the Mahatma, "So what's the difference between you and me? We both are traveling in first class seats. We are both dressed wearing fine cloth. You were eating, I was eating. Everything is the same, so why do people follow you and listen to what you say? What's the difference between us?"

"Right now I am praying, so when I finish my prayer, I will give you the answer."

When they landed, they knew there would be a delay before their luggage would be ready, so the Mahatma said, "If you would like to get coffee at the cafe, I will answer your question in full."

He agreed, and they sat down and ordered coffee.

While the coffee was being served, they overheard two people nearby talking about missing luggage. The businessman asked them if it was for his plane, and they said yes, the airline lost their luggage and was trying to find it.

This news upset the businessman very much, but the Mahatma was calm.

"Aren't you upset?!" asked the businessman.

"It's okay, let's just enjoy our coffee."

"But that's my luggage!"

The businessman stood up and looked around angrily, like he wanted to strike out aggressively at something.

"It's mine too. I'm sure they'll find it. Please, sit, and let me answer your question."

"I can't sit, I need to do something."

"You're only stressing yourself out."

"Of course! I'm not a Mahatma like you!"

"That is the difference, and the answer to your question. The difference between you and me. We have the same things: you have the luggage, I have luggage, but I am not in that luggage. I have the luggage, but it does not have me. You have the attachment; I do not."


"Meeting a Mahatma or guru is different than talking to your friends.

When you are talking to your friends, they will always ask you about your health, your business, your family, and many other things.

But whenever you meet with any Mahatma, any saint, any guru, they will only want to know one thing: 'How is your meditation going?' 'Are you doing meditation, or not?' 'How much are you connected with the divine power?'"

~ Thank God for Mahatmas!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Make Your Home a Heaven

After Kantidada spoke about health issues, Gautam Baiji gave satsang:

Kantidada reminds us that if we allow our bodies to collect bad things through what we eat, what happens?

The diseases start coming, like cancer.

The same thing with our mind when we start collecting negative things.

Those things don't bring us happiness! Why do we collect them?

Good things keep on giving. Bad things pollute.

Worries are a good example. They do nothing for us except bring us misery, yet we hold onto them.

'I don't know what will happen in this country!' Forget the country, and just do good in your own home. Make your home like a heaven and everything will change.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Garbage Attracts More Garbage

From a Gautam Baiji satsang:

"When the positive thoughts come into your mind, respect them.

When the negative thoughts come into your mind, don't keep them for long. Don't give them space.

Because once we give bad thoughts space, then other people will start dumping bad things there as well.

You can test this anywhere: go somewhere and throw some trash on the ground. Just some tissues or paper napkins.

You will see, after one hour, everyone will start throwing more trash there.

Why? Because people follow what others do, and what they see.

Someone in India bought the vacant lot next to their house. It didn't look nice for a long time, so neighbors threw their trash there. After a year the pile of garbage was almost as high as the house?

So what did they do to stop everyone from dumping garbage there?

They built a small temple, only about a foot tall, and placed it there.

People saw it and had reverence, and they stopped leaving garbage."

Aspire to purity. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Open Hearts: Happy Diwali, Happy New Year, Seasons Greetings!

It seems people's hearts open more readily during the holidays.

Many say they wish people would act this way all year long, and that is an excellent goal.

We just weren't taught to come from our heart first.

The message of all the movies we watch give us this message: come from your heart! But we don't listen to that very well.

It's reflected in how we treat the least of us. When we solve world hunger and extreme poverty, then maybe we can claim victory of the mind.

So until then, keep sharing your flame!