Chuang Tsu

October 31, 2016

Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.

I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.

Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.

Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education.

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can have a word with him?

We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.

Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without; for much knowledge is a curse.

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.


October 27, 2016
The Uses and Misuses of Vedic Astrology
By Michael Laughrin

First of all, I want to say that I adore Jyotish and the goddess called the Jyotir Vidya. I have been doing Jyotish for about 30 years and have done thousands of charts in that time.

Here are my thoughts on the uses and abuses of Jyotish.

The greatest thing in a human being is his/her soul, also called by some people the Higher Self or the Atman (means soul in Sanskrit). And there is an expression in Sanskrit that “Atman is Brahman”. In other words, at the deepest level, the individual soul is one with the great Cosmic Soul/Mind of the Universe: that which was never born and will never die.

I believe that our own soul is the greatest guide in our life. Astrology is a wonderful tool, but it is only a tool. It is not a guru. We should primarily be guided by our soul (including the Heart and Mind) and NOT by our Jyotish chart.

What is a Jyotish chart? To me, a Jyotish chart is a combination of a bookkeeper’s ledger and the booklet giving the betting odds at a horse race. It is a ledger because it shows how much money (karmic debts) we owe and how much money (good karma) is owed to us. Also, it tells us when we have to make big payments on our debts and when we can expect big Support of Nature based on some of our good deeds in this life and from past lives.

The Jyotish chart gives the betting odds because it helps us determine how likely it is that we will be an Olympic runner, or a successful artist, or become a billionaire.

For me, that is pretty much it.

So many clients seem to want a personal guru or someone to tell them what to do. Many of them make Jyotish into a pseudo Guru. This is a gross misuse of astrology. As the old saying goes, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my Soul.”

Jyotish is NOT the Captain of Your Soul.

Concerning Jyotish compatibilities, the kuta points (a maximum of 36 points based on the Moon in the 2 charts) count for no more than 10% of possible compatibility. Some decades ago, I studied for a week or 2 with one of India’s most famous jyotishis. I said to him, “Sir, I think that the kutas do not count for more than 20% of compatibility.” He said, “10 percent.”

Furthermore, if one feels no chemistry with a prospective mate, forget astrology. There is an ancient Jyotish text that says: if on first meeting, the boy and the girl absolutely adore each other, forget astrology.

God lives in our Souls. That is where the Inner Guru resides, not in the Jyotish chart. Do NOT marry someone just because the Jyotish compatibility looks great. Marry them because of Love and deep ease in being with each other.

Now, after happily dating someone for at least 6 months or, preferably 1 year, that is the time to examine the 2 charts to see future strengths and weaknesses.

Use your brain, use your Heart, and, primarily, use Your Soul to guide you. Jyotish is thing of Duality, of Maya. If one attains the highest level of Enlightenment, called by some Unity Consciousness, one is above and beyond Maya or Illusion. That also means that one is largely beyond the reach of Jyotish. Jyotish is mostly about karma – both good and bad. Those who are enlightened have paid off all of their karmas.

For Enlightened people, Jyotish may have some use for picking certain days to get married, to travel, to invest one’s money, or to begin a trip around the world. But, in my opinion anyway, that is pretty much it.


October 15, 2016

Do not divide appearances as being there and awareness as being here. Let appearance and awareness be indivisible.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche


October 15, 2016

This is not as it should be, and it is the source of much tribulation and trouble, botheration and vexation to the individual. So we always have to be alert and careful and observe the state of our interior. We should do everything that we can to make the intellect the superior factor, the governing and deciding factor, and not let it be overcome and controlled by the mind. The great Gayatri mantra says, “Illumine our intellect.” That is our best friend.

Swami Chidananda


October 14, 2016

If the intellect loses its independence and is overcome and controlled by the mind with its vagaries—various fancies and imaginations and schemes and cravings—then the intellect gradually becomes deficient in its power to be the helpful inner guiding factor to the individual concerned. For in giving in to the mind the intellect loses its relationship of superiority, and its status becomes one of being manipulated. The mind is no longer an instrument of the intellect. The intellect becomes an instrument in the hands of the clever and deceptive mind.

Swami Chidananda

Direct Knowledge

October 13, 2016

Spiritual knowledge means the direct experience arrived at through the fusion of the essence of the object of knowledge into the essence of the subject of knowledge. Hence spiritual knowledge is indivisible experience, not divisible like intellectual knowledge. It is intuition which does not function on the basis of duality, but is essentially a self-identical, integral experience.

Swami Krishnananda


October 13, 2016

Reflect upon the lives of ideal personalities. Draw strength and inspiration from their lives and teachings. Try to mould your life upon their pattern. Always have a great ideal before your mind.

Think of it at all times—morning, noon, evening and night. Develop it into constant background of your thought. Then your mind will never be idle or vacant. This is important, because right thinking is the key to noble living.

As you think, so you will become, just as you reap what you sow. In the same way, you will ultimately experience and attain what you constantly think and feel. Your inner thoughts lead to outer action.

Repeated actions grow into habits. Such habits become permanent qualities in your very nature. This nature goes to form your character.Your future and your destiny is the direct result of your character. Understand this very well.

Carefully bear this in your mind. Think and act with this knowledge. Your inner thoughts are the seeds of your ultimate destiny. Safe guard your thoughts and feelings. Think nobly, and virtuously. You will become a noble man. You will attain greatness and make your life fruitful.

More than all the books that you read and study, more than all your lessons and examinations, more important than everything in life is the cultivation of virtue. Thinking of good thoughts, doing of noble deeds and growth of grand character—all this will lead to a glorious future. This is the source of ultimate happiness. This is the ideal way of preparing yourself to face life as a true son of this great Punya-Bhumi, our motherland.
Live wisely and nobly. Become good and great.

Swami Chidananda


October 7, 2016

Look at Nature. Look at that tree over there, how blissfully it sways in the wind. And look at those birds. They’re singing, forgetting everything else. And that stream over there – how merrily it flows, singing melodiously. And those plants – and the stars, the sun, and the moon. Everywhere there is only joy. Being in the midst of all that joy, why are we the only ones who grieve? Why are only we unhappy? Contemplate this and you will understand. None of these elements of nature has an ego. Only we do. “I am this and that, I want to become that, I want that’ – this is what we think about all the time. But this “I” we are so preoccupied with will not accompany us when we die. If we hold fast to that “I”, there will be nothing but suffering. So, my children, give up the “I” and arise! Then you will be happy and rejoice. Be happy, my children. Only this moment is ours.

~ Amma