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  • Educational Insight: Gurudeva's Spiritual Toolbox
  • Educational Insight: Gurudeva's Spiritual Toolbox






    Artist’s depiction of a man entering a maze, symbolizing the not-easily-navigated paths that we must traverse. Spiritual keys, such as those in this Insight, can guide us through life’s labyrinth. The micro photography on the following pages provide us an example of how something, even a deadly virus, can look entirely different and perhaps beautiful, as our perception and point of reference change. This is true of life’s problems.

    Burdened down by the past?

    Worried about the future?

    Having trouble meditating?

    Angry all the time?

    No time for spiritual practice?

    Experiencing uncontrollable fear?

    Can’t connect with God & the Gods?

    Discouraged by your karma?

    Can’t seem to get things done?

    Do you often ask, “Why me?”

    Feeling vulnerable to psychic forces?

    Not well? Wanting to be healthy?

    Wishing you were happier?

    Can’t tolerate certain people?

    Reacting all the time?

    In your final days of life?

    In conflict with your spouse?

    Can’t control the kids?

    Parents divorcing? Feeling bitter?

    Suffering under money problems?

    Sad that a loved one is dying?


    Advice to help friends and family get through 21 common challenges of life


    One of the terms my Gurudeva, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, uses to describe Hindu practices is tools. In fact, on the European Innersearch in 2001 he stated, “I have given you all the tools, and it is up to you whether you use them or not.” What Gurudeva was stressing is that contained within his core teachings—in his trilogy of Dancing, Living and Merging with Siva—we have a complete collection of tools and techniques to help us progress on the spiritual path. These tools were unfolded by Gurudeva over his fifty-two years of ministry, which began in 1949. He emphasized that there is no need for more tools, more techniques—the important thing is to put into use the ones we already have and not fall into a continual search for new tools and techniques. Worry and unhappiness are two examples of everyday situations that can be solved by using one of Gurudeva’s tools. We know of individuals who worry more about the future because of rising global terrorism, economic uncertainty and climate change. Gurudeva’s remedy for worry is to ask the question, “Am I not all right, right now, right this instant?” And to then answer, “I’m all right, right now.” Keep asking and answering until you strongly feel positive, self-assured and secure. For relieving unhappiness, the time-tested tool is to make others happy. When we focus more on helping others, our happiness increases automatically.

    There is not one among our readers who has not confronted most, if not all, of these topics, if not personally then through family, friends and associates. The counsel here is direct and simple, and thus lends itself to sharing with others who may be faced with life’s challenges. If you know someone who could use wise counsel, and out-of-the-box solutions to challenges, cut and paste the relevant tool and send it along to them with your blessings for a trouble-free life. Who knows, you may help someone get through a difficult passage and then have to endure the good karma of your efforts.

    The source of this Educational Insight is Gurudeva’s Toolbox for a Spiritual Life, created by the monks of Kauai Aadheenam as the 2005 Mahasamadhi souvenir honoring his legacy of teachings. The entire unedited toolbox can be downloaded here: bit.ly/GurudevaToolbox. Those seeking his complete insights on any of these topics are encouraged to explore the Master Course Trilogy which is online here: bit.ly/MCTrilogy.



    Fern sorus by Rogelio Moreno Gill 20x


    Human HeLa epithelial cell


    Cricket Tongue 40x by Christian Gautier


    NYC Stuyvesant Town Shutterstock


    Computer memory chip


    T-cells attacking AIDS virus by NIH


    A beach in Chiang Mai, Thailand, by Tominspires


    Epoxy fibers (each 1/500 the diameter of a human hair, wrapped on a green sphere. By Sung Hoon Kang, Boaz Pokroy and Joanna Aizenberg


    Butterfly wing scales


    Flu virus


    Cross section of a fern root by Anatoly Mikhaltsov 250x


    Illustration of human cells with nucleus in blue


    Common dust, x 1 million


    Human brain cell

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