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About the Author : Gaur Gopal Das studied electrical engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune. After a brief stint with Hewlett Packard, he decided to live as a monk in an ashram in downtown Mumbai. Gaur Gopal Das has been travelling the world since 2005, sharing his wisdom with corporate executives, universities and charities.

 Life’s Amazing Secrets Summary

“Happiness does not come automatically.” We have to choose to live happily, we have to choose to live with integrity and we have to choose to live with balance. It is this balance that will make our journey through life smooth and effective.

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As you become successful, do not forget the keys to happiness.
Now one of the most famous monks in the world, Gaur Gopal Das holds the title of ‘The Ideal Young Spiritual Guru’, conferred upon him by the Indian Student Parliament, MIT Pune.

Growing through Gratitude

We must find positivity in the bleakest situations and live by the principle of gratitude.
‘The mind is what we use to perceive the world. We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
The things themselves haven’t changed. Our perception has. 
We must have a positive state of mind when dealing with problems. Think: Is there anything positive about this situation I am in?
Being positive does not mean we neglect the negative. We must constructively deal with negative situations whilst simultaneously focusing on the positive.

Press Pause  

Stop and reflect on your life regularly. Pressing the pause button to practise gratitude is the way to make it a constant in your life.
We must learn how to press pause and reflect on what we are grateful for. It is not good enough to say that we are too busy to be grateful.
If we do not press pause, how many beautiful moments of our life are we missing?

Spiritual Practice 

Spiritual practice is the foundation of our happiness. It guides us in times of turmoil and grounds us in times of joy.
‘People who meditate develop a habit of practising sincere gratitude which helps them in all their relationships.
We are not human beings having spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings having human experiences. We are not this body; we are a spiritual being.  

Speaking Sensitively

We should deal with each other sensitively; our attitude towards life affects how we act in our relationships.
We must be sensitive with our words and actions. Being sensitive means to think about how the other person may feel before we say or do something.
How do we practice being sensitive? We must treat even inanimate objects with consideration and respect.

A Virtuous Vision 

‘Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold.’
Seeing the best in people can be challenging at times, especially when we are in constant proximity to them.
See good and bad, choose to focus on the good and neglect the bad. 


Forgiveness is a complex concept. We must understand it thoroughly to be able to internalize it.
Forgiveness is a deep and often obscure value to understand.
Look beyond the situation: If we are hurt by someone’s words, try to understand why they spoke them. When people act harshly towards us, most of the time they are suffering too. This is empathy.

Competition Crossroads

At work we tend to compare and compete with others, instead of comparing and competing with ourselves.
‘Everyone wants to get ahead of each other, and when they cannot, they get angry.’
Healthy competition is about competing with ourselves rather than others to become a better version of ourselves.
We compete with people who have the same skills or outlook in life as us. When another person’s skills have no bearing on our life, we rarely feel threatened.


To find your purpose in life, you must go on a journey of self-discovery.
We should understand ourselves to know what is meaningful to us, and what we want to devote our time to. This can be done by understanding our purpose, which takes dedication and patience.
Discovering our purpose is exciting, just as opening a gift gives the feeling of anticipation and joy. Reaching our purpose in life is a journey.

Integrity and Character 

‘Live your life in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God, will come to know God because they know you.’
Good character has the ability to change lives. It has to do with our actions, not our words. 
What great men do, common men follow.
Spirituality helps develop good character. It is character that shines bright when words fail to do so. 

Selfless Sacrifice

‘Act without expectation.’
In order to be happy, we should shift our attitude from being an ice cream to a candle, from being selfish to selfless. This is shown through service.
The philosophy of an ice cream is: Enjoy it before it melts.
When we expand the circle of selflessness, we can effectively serve our community and nation.

Family First 

‘You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.’
On one level, we practise selflessness in helping our family. Our dayto-day sacrifices to maintain our family relations are acts of selflessness.
Our circle of selflessness should not end with our family. We should help those outside of our immediate care and affection too.

Service Brings Joy 

‘The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.’
We must express our love through the correct action. We must behave and act in a way that is in line with spiritual principles.
In Sanskrit, service is called seva. Adding a spiritual element to our seva can make it more fulfilling. Based on our connection to God, we utilize our skills and potential to serve others.
We have to do the right action, with the right intention and in the right mood for it to be classed as spiritual. 
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