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1008 Pearls of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba 1 TODAY is the Birthday of Rama who is Dharma itself.

He is Veda Dharma in Human Form. He is Anandaswarupa and Dharmaswarupa. On this holy day of Ramnavami you must immerse yourself in the Atma as Dharmaswarupa as the motivator of the moral life. Rama is "Atma Rama" in every being. There is no place where Rama is not. He is imminent and eternal. Rama for you should mean the Path He trod, the ideal He held aloft, and the Ordinance He laid down. They are eternal and timeless. Now you worship His Form, you repeat His name; ignoring His orders. Without practicing the discipline laid down by Rama to purify the mind, all else is mere show, empty rituals. Contemplate on this unique day to obtain Godhood. Use it not for feasting, picnics, hikes, watching films, playing games, gambling, etc. The Immortal had come in the form of Rama to show the way to Immortality. 2 THE four brothers Rama, Lakshmana, Bharatha and Satrughna represent the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas. When man neglects the Divine aspect of their natures and the awareness of the Omnipresent and Omnipotent OM, he falls prey to the impulses and instincts dominated by the ego and develop faith in material gains. He spends his life in amassing wealth, power and authority over fellow-beings and believes that holding others under his sway is a desirable achievement. If there were a vacancy in Heaven, he would surely apply for the position of God, for he believes that he has all the necessary attributes. 3 THE Ramayana has a deep undercurrent of significant meaning. Dasaratha means: he who rides in a chariot of ten, that is to say, Man. He is tied up with three Gunas or three wives, as in the Ramayana. He has four sons, the Purusharthas; Dharma (Rama), Artha (Lakshmana), Kama (Bharatha) and Moksha (Satrughna). These four aims of man have to be systematically realised, always with the last one, Moksha, clearly before the eye. Lakshmana represents the Buddhi or intellect and Sita is Truth. Hanuman is the Mind and the repository of courage, if controlled and trained. Sugriva, the master of Hanuman, is Discrimination. With these to help him, Rama seeks the Truth and succeeds. That is the lesson of the Epic to every man. 4 RAMA is Dharma personified. "Vignahavak Dharmah". Rama is the Supreme Exemplar of the Virtues that man must cultivate so that he might live as a master, husband, son, brother, friend or even foe. The other three brothers of Rama personify the other three ideals. Bharatha is the embodiment of Sathya; Satrughna of Shanti; and Lakshmana of Prema. Study the Ramayana with the aim of imbibing from it the ideals for happy living, for making this life worthwhile and you will be amply rewarded. Then you can deservedly style yourselves "Devotees" of the Lord. 5 THE Ramayana is a guidebook, a sacred text, an inspiring scripture for every man in all lands, whatever his creed or condition might be. It imparts poise, balance, equanimity, inner strength and peace. Peace is the best treasure, without it power, authority, fame and fortune are all dry and burdensome. Thyagaraja has sung that there can be no happiness without inner peace. 6
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WHY is it that the world reveres Rama and revolts at Ravana? Rama is not the uncle's son or Ravana the step-mother's child! It is the kinship of the spirit, innate goodness, responding lovingly, adoringly to the goodness in Rama; and reacting revoltingly to the wickedness of Ravana. It is not enough, nor is it essential that you should repeat the name of Rama loudly; respect it in the fullness of love and admiration. If you have no spring of love in you, dig into your heart with external instruments like Puja, Stotra, etc. and it will start to flow. 7 VIBHISHANA, Ravana's own brother, chastised him for his willfulness and lust and urged him to save himself, his kingdom and his kith and kin by restoring Sita unharmed to her Lord. When Vibhishana went over to Rama, Rama knew that he had a pure heart and that he could not survive the poisonous atmosphere of Lanka. So He took him and saved him. The Lord likes to be called "Aarthathraana-paraayana" more than any other name, for He is most happy when He rescues those in agony. 8 YOU talk glibly of Ramarajya, but how can it be established if you do not emulate Rama? He was "Vignahavaan Dharmah", the very Embodiment of Dharma. He never deviated from it. Dasaratha means one who is master of the ten Senses, the five Karmendriyas and the five Jnanendriyas; that is to say, the successful Sadhaka. Such a person can have the holy progeny of the four PurusharthasDharma (Rama), Artha (Lakshmana), Kama (Bharatha) and Moksha (Satrughna). Become a Dasaratha and save that holy progeny as a gift from God. 9 HANUMAN succeeded in coordinating his thought, word and act. Therefore he had the unique distinction of being great in physical strength, mental stability and virtuous character. He shines as an invaluable gem among the personalities of the Ramayana. He was also a great scholar, who had mastered, of all things, the six schools of grammar. He knew the four Vedas and the six Sastras. The Gita says that a scholar is one who sees the same Divine force motivating everyone. "Pandithaha Samadarsinha". Hanuman was a good example of this outlook. 10 HANUMAN spoke to the brothers in sweet, gentle and pleasing words. Rama was struck by the grammatical accuracy of his sentences. They readily answered all his queries; and Hanuman was satisfied with their bona fides. He offered to take them to his Master and Monarch. The Darshan (sight) and first Mana of Rama had removed all his sins; their Sparshan (touch) burnt away all the consequences of his deeds in previous lives; and their Sambashan (conversation) filled his mind with joy. That is the experience of all who welcome the impact of Divinity. 11 HANUMAN became the messenger of Rama. There are three classes of messengers: those who do not understand the orders of the Master or do not care to understand and who operate to the detriment of the work assigned them; those who do only just as much as the order literally communicates; and those who grasp the purpose and significance of the orders and carry them out unflinchingly until the purpose is achieved. Hanuman belonged to the last category. 12
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YOU find some one parade all of a sudden some -ism- as new and revolutionary socialism, for example. Socialism, which means, recognising the equality of every individual with every one else was in fact practiced in India long ago. Rama, undisputed Sovereign of a vast Empire, gave heed to the flippant scandal uttered by an irresponsible laundry-man during a quarrel with his wife, and sent his Queen, the very dear person for whom had waged a war of tremendous carnage, into exile, regardless of the fact that she was pregnant at the time. Every one's voice was given equal weight in the empire ruled over by Rama. 13 THE Vanaras, while building the bridge across the ocean, carried huge boulders on their heads repeating Rama-Nama all the while; and that made the rocks weigh less. It is even said that they wrote the name on the stones and that made them float. Each time they handled or lifted a stone, they sang Rama-Nama in unison and so they were a happy lot doing Puja, not work, which is unpleasant. Rama's Grace helped all to overcome obstacles. Take the name and make your work light: that is My advice to you. 14 I INSIST on your seeking and remaining in good company, Satsang. Being in the midst of such spiritual heroes, you can fight against evil with a greater chance of success. Once, when Garuda the sworn enemy of snakes went to Kailas, he saw the snakes that Siva wore round His neck, His arms, His waist, and His Feet. The snakes were safe now and they hissed with their puffed hoods at the celestial bird, which could not do them any harm since they were in such Divine Company. Garuda said: "Well! Glide down from the Body and I shall kill everyone of you"! That is the value of the Sath one has reached. Satsang is valuable, for it is like keeping a pot of water inside a tank of water; there will not be any loss through evaporation. 15 PRIDE is one of the worst sins in the spiritual field. If you feel conceited that you are Bhakta of Hare, He will "hare" (destroy, in Telugu) you. Remember, Sharanaagathi should be like the attitude of Lakshmana. Rama said: "Take Sita and leave her in the forest". Implicit obedience! There is no other way. That is Lakshmana. That is Sharanaagathi; the rest deserve, only of "Sarangathi", the arrow of Rama. 16 WHEN the queen Kaikeyi persuaded her husband to agree to her two requests - enthroning her son Bharatha as the Crown Prince and sending the legitimate heir, Rama, into exile for fourteen years Lakshmana, another brother of Rama and Bharatha, did not acquiesce tamely. He argued that man must meet every little crisis with courage and self-reliance and that he should not yield craven-like to the machinations of intrigue. He boasted that his arrow could avert the crisis. But the arrow is an inferior weapon, even a negligible weapon when compared with the efficiency of Love. Rama heard him coolly and advised him to desist from that hasty Karma, "Dharma must guide Karma"; then alone can it be praise-worthy and successful. 17 THE path of spiritual discipline, which is most beneficial to man, is laid down in a simple and sweet manner in the great Scriptures of Ancient India. They explain, through example and precept, the Divine Principle inherent in the Universe and inspire mankind to gaze with awe and reverence at the
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Lakshmana also represents the Buddhi (Intellect) of Rama. freedom. the self that confers unending joy. so that the body feels the vision of the Eternal. 20 DASA means "ten" and Ratha means "Chariot". This is the lesson of the Ramayana to everyone. Help me. Hanuman became immortal. every thing will be added unto you . When asked why it had attached itself to the entourage. which can be gained and enshrined in the heart forever. with noisy pomp and pedantry. when Rama was installed in his heart as Guide and Guardian. cleanse and elevate the mind is Rama-Name. Hanuman was a mere monkey-leader until he met Rama. Vasishta. biting and baying. "I desire to enter Heaven with you all. the repository of courage. The persons who encouraged me then by praise are now the fleas and the flies that crowd on my skin and pester me. So. 21 THERE are many who spend much time in mechanically reciting the name "Rama" or systematically reading the Ramayana according to a fixed time-table. the ears. I have worked my Karma. but like a person who puts a foot forward only to draw it back again. said that he had chosen that Name since it meant: He who pleases.fame. while Sugriva stands for Discrimination. the lost Truth. I became the slave of conceit. but I slipped and fell from the straight path of self-control. it must be turned within and used to purify and clarify your mind. The self is therefore referred to as Atma-Rama. the Name of Rama. fullness. I have lived out my sentence". compassion and the urge to serve. a dog too followed the concourse. the four Purusharthas (purposes). While everyone pleases the self. Hanuman is the mind. or who worship the images of Rama. I expounded the Vedas as my fancy dictated. nothing pleases the caged individualized self more than the free universal individualized self. fortune. 19 WHEN Rama is installed in the heart. these outward expressions and exhibitions are but ways of cheating yourself for having society applaud you as a great devotee. the nose etc. which was already current. With these to help him. Sita. Lakshmana and Hanuman as a daily ritual. I was in my previous life a full-fledged Yogi. in strange but attractive ways. Rama is not to be identified with the hero of the Ramayana. His three wives symbolize man's three Gunas (attributes) and his four sons. He was a Minister in the Court of his Master. 23 Title of Document Page 4 of 166 . They prompt man to march along the pilgrim road of sacrifice in the happy company of Sages.handiwork of God and His inscrutable Leela (sport). Rama succeeds in finding Sita. I have now become this animal that takes delight in barking. Hence Dasaratha (the father of Rama) in fact symbolizes "man" who operates with his ten sense organs such as the eyes. to escape from the disgrace. But when Rama gave him the commission to seek Sita. Without gaining purity of thought and intention. the Preceptor. it said. The Court-Preceptor named him Rama because it was a Name. Lord. 18 WHEN Sri Rama decided to end His Avatar career and walked into the flooded Sarayu River. 22 THE greatest formula that can liberate. these persons do not progress at all as the years elapse. Your sight must become an insight. that is to say. the Divine offspring of Emperor Dasaratha.

You extol the Lord as Love. Whatever form He may be shining in. again and again. it is not the obedience to the father's whim that is important. the Lord had decided that the Shakti must also accompany Him. You lose all discrimination in the excitement. he understood. Rama knew that the coming of Surpanaka was the prelude to the coming of Ravana He had asked Sita to enter the fire and remain in it as just an outer manifestation. One single name will yield fresh sweetness and fresh joy every time it is rolled on the tongue. Mercy and Grace. You will see Him and adore Him and place Him in your heart. and he won. You must earn the name. He melts. Call out for Him. When you get angry. Dasaratha made Rama an exile in the forest for fourteen years to satisfy the claims of Truth. 24 THE toughest fiber is anger. and examine each act of yours on the touch-stone of My preference. you forget mother. obeyed and succeeded. that intensity will make you recognise Him. he obeyed. But Bhishma is a better example in this respect. Have fortitude and self-control. Think of Him. for until digestion is well established. you have to eat. father and teacher. What can the rest know? At best. He may be a cowherd boy. while Santhanu made his son give up the throne as well as a wedded life to satisfy a sensual desire of his senile body. without question. It is the stickiest dirt. and even then. use good and sweet-words.HANUMAN was ordered to discover the whereabouts of Sita and he implicitly. but it is something ever fresh that gives undying sweetness to the heart that is filled with the love of God. and he did not feel proud that he was chosen for the high adventure. 28 EVERY step in the career of the Avatars is fire-determined. He did not calculate the dangers of the journey and hesitate. it is the adherence to Sathya and Dharma. It was only after he had exulted in achievement for a little while that he remembered it and then he started condemning himself for his anger. they can have but a glimpse of Rama's grace. Sai Rama Dootha. 26 RAMANAMA Feast is cloying to some tastes. which is Rama's forte. Messenger and Servant of Rama that he earned thereby has made him immortal. you descend to the lowest depths. He acceded to a whim of his father and in so doing made even a greater sacrifice than Rama. The name Rama Dootha. 27 RAMATATWA is known only to Rama. Title of Document Page 5 of 166 . standing under a tree with a flute at His lips. Ravana's Tapas were so strong that only a major sin could make the blessings he had won from the Gods null and void. even Hanumantha set fire to the whole of Lanka when the Rakshasas who set fire to the tip of his tail incensed him. medicine has to be taken. He listened. Even before the human manifestation. As a matter of fact. One meal is not the end of the story. I have to tell you the things I have told you often before. and he lost sight of the fact that Sita was in the Asoka Vana. only if they are immersed in intense inner prayer for God. 25 RAMA is extolled as the ideal son who acted according to his father's wish regardless of his own happiness. The face has to be washed day after day.

shall meet this fate. it is Uttarayana. the Ramaswabhawa. Hanuman heaved a boulder on the raging waves of the sea as part of the bridge! It floated. Without the emerging fruit. When your Drishti (Sight) is on BRAHMAN and when you have Uttama guna it is Uttarayana. comfort and save. the tongue will be bitter. But did he reap any happiness? The ten-headed monster coveted and kidnapped another's wife. From today. 33 WITHOUT the flowers. That is My advice and My Blessing. 32 MAKARA Sankranti is a holy day because the day takes you from darkness to increasing light. cultivating Prema in your heart. your sweet tongue tastes well. When you have fever. to console.holiness.29 DO not ask God for anything. the plant yields no fruit. But did he achieve any gain? The close-fisted Kaurava refused a pinpoint of land to his closest Kin. Without Bhakti. When you are healthy. Make the Dharmaswarupa your Atma Rama on the Janmadina of Rama. If not. how can Jnana be found? Somaka the wicked. He laughed in derision. even now. Did Jatayu ask that Rama should come to him and perform the last rights? Did Sabari plead with Rama? Earn the qualifications . Bhishma spent days in bed with pain. 34 Title of Document Page 6 of 166 . if you have at least the Pithru Bhakthi and Mathru Bhakthi that Rama had. it sank. But did he keep his loot? The terror-bound Kamsa sought out and slaughtered each newborn baby. The bitter tongue is "Dakshinayana". full of fragrance and uncontaminated by the pests of greed and egoism. 30 EGO plays all kinds of tricks in order to get unholy pleasure. Take this Sai word as the word of Truth. ripeness cannot happen. at that very moment. Rama Nama is merely a movement of the lips. Hanuman's ego was tickled. when you recite or write Rama Nama. The real Uttarayana is when you crave for the thought of the Lord and the company of the Godly. his boulder sank! And the boulder that Rama had thrown rose from the bottom of the sea and floated! Hanuman's ego was pricked into nothing. and it will be made healthy and strong in the spiritual sense. Become fit for the vision of God. spurned and suppressed the Veda. Let Him deal with you as He wills. and when your Drishti is on Prakriti it is Dakshinayana. Rama heaved another. During the construction of the bridge to Lanka to take the army across. naturally. Meditate on the Rama Swarupa. Without intense Karma. His Grace is your right. Bhishma yearned for the vision of Krishna in Uttarayana. That will give exercise to the mind.then He will approach you on foot. as he felt death. Bhakti cannot emerge. purity faith and universal love . If you have purity of heart and mastery over the senses. when the sun starts towards north is auspicious. the sun enters upon the Uttarayana taking a northward direction for six months. but did he escape from death? Wicked men. That was the purpose for which Rama had willed that His boulder should sink! 31 RAMA Nama will save you.

The Atma is the Master in every one. The fire of hatred that was burning in them was cooled. he is Divine Effulgence. His Wisdom and His personal beauty. do not grieve". avoiding harm is the regimen that must accompany the treatment. for growing crops. meaning something above and beyond the three attributers and the three eras. miraculous victories over the forces of evil. as the Sloka says: Ashtaa dasa puraneshu Paropakara punyaya Paapaaya para peedanam Two statements can summarize all the eighteen Puranas composed by Vyasa. and darkness gave place to the dawn of wisdom. 37 THE moment Krishna was born. 39 Title of Document Page 7 of 166 . He is the Lord for all who seek a Master. and I shall bear the burden of his welfare. that which attracts. The armlets are reminders of these tasks on which He is set. Vyasa sought to bring home. giving up all the other duties and obligations. prosperity and adversity and the dual thong that bothers man and deprives him of equanimity. the doors that had been bolted flew open. It means. with no other thought. and "na" means Sath-Chith-Ananda. and Krishna is the "Universal Atma" personified. I shall liberate you from all sin. That is the cure for the disease of suffering from joy and grief. they are mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita for all humanity to read. honour and dishonour. His charming conversation. (2) The word is also related to the root. and the prison guards were immersed in the Ocean of Bliss. (3) It is related to the root Krish. the chains that bound his father fell off. I shall be ever with Him. the need for mastering the egoistic impulses. Krishna attracts hearts to Himself by His sportive pastimes. a field. The word means. He is the Sanathana Sarathi. avoid doing harm". come to be the Sarathi of all. 36 THE Lord will be the Guide of whoever installs Him as his Sarathi. Whoever is wholly immersed in My contemplation. so that they could not recognise any event or thing in the material world. Courage and Joy. He will not consider that position inferior. age after age. "Do good to others. He who removes the weeds from the heart of Man and sows seeds of Faith. through the Puranas. Krish: to cultivate. Doing good is the drug. a support. "Surrender unto Me. How can the lament operate against the Divine Will? 38 KRISHNA has three separate meanings . know and believe: "For the protection of the good and the punishment of the bad. The sky showered raindrops to soften the earth and lay down dust.(1) the word Karsh is one root from which the name is derived. for the establishment of the Moral I shall concretize Myself.HERE are the three vows that Krishna had taken. 35 VYASA is the Loka guru.

But. They were. (I shall incarnate myself. Grace is acquired by Surrender as Krishna has declared in the Gita. the two emotions of love and compassion were characteristically His and His own. So too. long and constant practice alone is rewarded by the Peace that God offers. compassion and conviction. if you pluck the tender plant to look for the pods. it does not ask you to also give up all Karma. Dress and manners have become polished now. it has to be acceptable. affection.(2) "Yogakshemam Vaham Yaham" (I shall bear the burden of ensuring peace of prosperity for all who rely on me) . But if it does not prevail. His breath was Love! His behaviour was Compassion! Adore Him. surrender unto Me. at noon you change over to something else. love. namely GOD. who moves always by and with the Lord. heroism. placing a garland of tears around His neck. How then can you grasp My Mystery? How can those who strut about in well-ironed bush-coats fathom the Truth? I know some that are here. you praise God and parade your devotion. springing from joy at the contemplation of His Love! That very worship will endow you with the wisdom that Sages seek and the Bliss that the Books extol! 41 THIS is the genuine Bharathiya Vision to transform life into a pilgrimage towards the God resident in oneself. pulling its heartstrings to arouse the melody of comradeship. seek My Truth. Do not teach treason to your friends and to other seekers. 40 KRISHNA dealt with the World as with a Sitar. 45 Title of Document Page 8 of 166 . 44 WHEN the Gita directs you to give up all Dharma (Set Codes of morality). through God and by God. and it is bound to benefit you. Fancy and Fantasy rule the mind of man. you will be disappointed. a steady march along the straight path to Bliss. but the inner man has deteriorated in virtue and faith! 43 DETACHMENT is a plant of slow growth. Balarama who came as His own brother could not fathom His personality. There is no such steadiness now. who sold their Faith to hollow men and started talking about My dress and My Hair! If you dare. of these. You desire one thing in the morning. feels that God is beyond his understanding.KRISHNA had taken three Vows and the Kankans were symbolic of His determination to fulfill them. washing His feet with tears.(3) "Mokshayishyami maa sucha" (I shall save all those who surrender wholeheartedly to Me and I shall liberate them from the cycle of birth and death). to revive and resurrect Dharma) . as mentioned by Him in the Gita: (1) "Dharmasamsthapanaya Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge". and when you do it for God. the Dharma of it does not matter. in every age. The statement is not an invitation to licentiousness or complete inactivity. That desire will not persist until evening. it is a call for dedication and surrender to the highest in Man. Come. If your desire is fulfilled. you throw God overboard and parade your disbelief! 42 NARADA.

OF all the Slokas in the Bhagavad Gita, Ramakrishna was especially impressed by the one that emphasized the attitude of Atmanivedana or Sharanaagathi: Manmana Bhava Madbakto Madyaji Maam Namaskuru Mamevaishyasi Yuktvaitvam Atmanam Matparayanah. "Become one with Me; be devoted to Me; sacrifice to Me and bow down to Me. Unify yourself, thus you will surely come to Me". 46 THE Mahabharatha declares: "What is not in Bharath does not deserve reverential consideration"; and in Bharath, the message has always been: tolerance, respect for all faiths and the practice of the essential teachings of love and service with giving up of hatred, envy and pride. 47 PERFORM all acts with as much love as you would offer God. In Truth, you eat for the satisfaction of the "I" in you and dress up to please the self-same "I". The husband loves his wife for the sake of the "I". And who is this "I" that is persistently inherent in everyone? It is God Himself. "Iswara Sarva Bhootaanaam" says the Gita: the Lord resides in the heart of every being. He is the Atman in every being. He is the Atman in everyone, the Paramatma. 48 PONDER over your "sthithi" (present condition), "gathi" (direction of movement), "shakti" (capabilities), and "mathi" (inclination). Then enter upon the path of Sadhana step by step, so that you approach the goal faster every day, every hour, every minute. Arjuna became entitled to the Gita Upadesh from the Lord Himself, because he evinced the "Vishada", the "Vairagya", the "Sharanaagathi", and the “Ekagratha”, essential to assimilate The Great Message. When the yearning for liberation has become intense, beyond expression, man can set aside all social conventions, worldly norms and codes of conduct that do not subserve that high purpose. 49 KRISHNA does not speak of whoever among men who pronounce the "Pranava" at the moment of death, etc. The word He uses "whoever" is without any qualification of sex. He does not say "Whoever that is authorized" or "Whoever among the deserving". The clear intention of the Lord is to encourage women, as well as men, to take up Pranava-Upasana. You would have seen that I do not discourage anyone from the Upasana. It is the royal road to spiritual victory which all are entitled to use. 50 THE Gita says that, if you give up all Dharma and take refuge in Him, then He will save you from Sin and wipe your tears. Giving up Dharma does not mean that you can bid farewell to virtue and righteous action; it means, you have to give up egoism that you are the doer. Be confirmed in the faith that He is the "doer" of every deed. That is the genuine "giving up".

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51 I AM in your heart all the time, whether you know it or not. Draupadi called out for the Lord of Dwaraka, Sri Krishna, when the wicked cousins of her husbands cruelly assaulted her, and so the Lord responded but after a little delay. He had to go to Dwaraka and come from there to Hasthinapura where she was! He told her that she could have received Him in the fraction of a second had she called out, "Oh Dweller in my heart", for He dwells there as everywhere else. 52 THE elders in Brindavan who reveled in scandalizing Krishna - successors have been born for them even now - set an ordeal for Radha to test her virtue. She was given a mud pot with a hundred holes and asked to bring water in that pot from the Yamuna to her house! She was so full of Krishnaconsciousness that she never knew the condition of the pot. She immersed it in the river, as usual repeating the name of Krishna with every intake of the breath and every exhalation. Every time the name Krishna was uttered, a hole was covered, so that by the time the pot was full, it was whole. That was the measure of her Faith. Faith can affect even inanimate objects. 53 IN Realty, Truth is God; Love is God; Dharma is God. The Gopis and Gopalas saw in Krishna the Embodiment of Truth, Love and Dharma. What He said was Truth; what He was became Love, what He did was Dharma. They were so immersed in Krishna-Consciousness that they saw everywhere and in everything nothing but Krishna. Krishna for them did not exist as a separate entity in the home of Nanda; He was right in their own consciousness, at all levels of it. These Gopis and Gopalas were true Bhaktas indeed. 54 WHATEVER is dedicated and offered to God can never be lost. People can gain enormous benefit by offering even a little to God. "A leaf or a flower, a fruit or a little water" - that is enough, if offered with devotion. Draupadi gave Sri Krishna the fraction of a leaf sticking to the side of a vessel and God granted her endless good fortune. Kuchela gave a handful of parched rice and received from the Lord awareness of His endless Glory. 55 THE Lord had Maya as His consort, so to say, and He had a son called Manas. This Manas, to continue the parable, had two wives. Pravritti and Nivritti (Attachment and Detachment). Of course, Pravritti was His favorite wife and she had a hundred children. Nivritti was ill treated and neglected; and she had just five. That is the symbolism of the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Though all the children lived in the same kingdom, ate the same food and learnt from the same Teacher, their natures differed widely from one another. The Kauravas, children of the attachment, were greedy, cruel, selfcentered, and vain. The Pandavas, five of them, each one represented a Supreme Virtue, so that they could be said to symbolize Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa. As they were so pure and born of Detachment, the Lord became their Guide. 56 THE Gita speaks of Bhakthi, Jnana, and Karma as Yogas; and by Yoga is meant what Patanjali intended it to mean: "Chiththa Vrithi Nirodha", that is to say, "the stilling of the agitations of the consciousness". Vishnu is the supreme exemplar of this calm, for He is "Saanthaakaaram
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bhujagasayanam", the very picture of peace and calm, though reclining on a thousand-hooded snake, the snake being the symbol of the objective world with its poisonous fangs. Being in the world but not of it, not bound by it - that is the secret. 57 THE riches that you should strive to amass are not fields, factories, bungalows or bank-balances but the wisdom and experience of oneness with the Grandeur of the Universe and the Force that runs it without a hitch. Arjuna is called Dhananjaya by Krishna because he had won (Jaya) such Dhanam (riches) that saves man; and that cannot be taxed, stolen or transferred. The method of winning these riches is Sadhana. 58 GIVE joy to all. Prema or Love is the means to achieve this ideal. When Love can bring even God nearer to you, how can it fail where man is involved? Krishna could not be bound by any other means. That is the reason why SAI has declared: "Start the day with Love; spend the day with Love, fill the day with Love; end the day with Love. That is the way to God". 59 KRISHNA was known to all as Almighty, All knowing, all encompassing, and All-fulfilling. Yet, the enthusiasm to do Seva promoted Him to approach Dharmaraja, the eldest of the Pandava brothers, on the eve of the magnificent Rajasuya Yaga that he had planned to perform and offered to take up Seva of any kind. He suggested that He might be given the task of cleaning the dining-hall after the guests had partaken of the feast! Krishna insisted on outer cleanliness and inner cleansing. Clean clothes and clean minds are an ideal combination. 60 DURING the battle of Kurukshetra, which climaxed the Mahabharatha story, Krishna served as the "driver" of the chariot of Arjuna throughout the day till dusk on the field and caused the adjournment of the fight. He led the horses to the river, gave them a refreshing bath and applied healing balms to the wounds suffered by them during the fierce fray. He mended the reins and the harness and rendered the chariot battle-worthy for another day. The Lord sets the example for the Devotees to follow. He teaches that Service done to any living being is offered to Him and is accepted by Him most joyfully. Service rendered to cattle, to beasts, and to men is laudable Sadhana. 61 THE World is today in deep distress because the common man and his leaders are all distracted by lower desires and lower motives, which require only the lower skills and meaner impulses of man. This is what I call "devaluation". Though man is inherently divine, he lives only at the animal level. Very few live even in the native human level. 62 KRISHNA does say: "whoever among men who pronounce the Pranava at the moment of death", etc. The word he uses is "whoever" without any qualification of sex. He does not say "whoever is authorized or whoever is among the deserving". The clear intention of the Lord is to encourage women as well as men to take up Pranava Upasana. You will see that I do not discourage any one from the Upasana. It is the royal road to spiritual victory which all are entitled to use.
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After knowing this.that is the slogan nowadays. would have hit the target. that bubble was exploded. Nothing in this World can give happiness that is true and lasting. In order to cater to the carnal cravings. Remember that the whole thing is just a play and the Lord has assigned to you a part. their igneous powers could not manifest themselves. "Anityam Asukha Lokam Imam Prapy Bhajaseva Maam". the Master must get down later. people are encouraged to produce what others can buy not what we need. for example. Man is pinning all his hopes on slippery work and is madly running after amassing and hoarding wealth. the chariot went up in flames. if Krishna had gotten down first. Krishna refused and insisted that Arjuna should alight before He should. Do all Karma as actors in a play. but when he could not lift and lay aside the tail of a monkey. good conduct is wealth. Mistaking the World as "All" and forgetting the Atman. He has designed the play and He enjoys it. the various fire-arrows. which alone is eternal and the only refuge. 67 THE Gita advises "Karmasamyasa". 66 EGOISM is the most dangerous illusion that has to be exploded and destroyed. Arjuna had it one day after the battle. which he could have ordinarily condemned. but due to the presence of Krishna. which have to be done as duties related to the status in “Samsara”. the second one is unhappiness (Askulham). both wedded life and royal status. spontaneously. that is to say. who was really Anjaneya himself. one is impermanence (Anityam). He realized that every action of Krishna was full of significance. Arjuna got down and as soon as Krishna left His seat and touched the ground. keeping your identity separate and not attaching yourself too much to your role. Of course. Money and mansions are not the only wealth. such as milk and a variety of milk products which are highly nutritious foods. they will not bind at all. he wanted that Krishna should get down first. Karma without attachment to the fruit thereof. without demur and for the entire period of his life. if these are done in the proper spirit. “Pithru Devobhava” in the fullest manner. It declared agriculture as a consecrated occupation. he denied himself gladly. Krishna has said. Hoard the wealth of the Spirit. These two classes were given their due share of social importance and honour during the Krishnavathar. Arjuna was humbled and his egoism had a powerful shock. There are Karmas. At last Krishna won. Foreign exchange is what we are after and so. people are honoured even if they grow not food but cash crops. and spiritual wisdom is wealth. In fact. act well your part. and. material needs are to be taken care of but within limits and not at the cost of spiritual values. after the Charioteer opens the door for him. the elder brother and an Avathar in his own right. like all charioteers. 68 Title of Document Page 12 of 166 . He honoured the Vedic injunction. Character is wealth. there all your duty ends. 65 WORKERS and peasants . When Krishna brought the chariot back to camp.63 BHISHMA. Balarama. 64 THIS created Universe has two aspects. has to be revered and accepted as an inspiration. even more potent than Rama so far as homage to the father is concerned. which had the power of burning the chariot. is the greatest folly of man today. In the Gita. Bhima had it. had as his weapon the plough. Now.

70 THE Mahabharatha. The eldest of the Five Pandava brothers is Dharmaraja (Morality. it makes you glimpse the splendour of the Lord and confirms your faith. allow the Divine in you . Lord over the mind . Swami did not do this for me". Attachment. each contributing its quota to the process of purification and strengthening. Greed. The Pandavas were so full of misery in a worldly sense that they always had an attitude of prayer. Righteousness). it has no wants. Trouble is the bait with which the fish is pulled out of the water. placid mind-lake) of every man lurks a poisonous cobra with six hoods: Lust. 74 THE One is comprehensive of all this. He has willed the World as his Title of Document Page 13 of 166 . It produces ripples that affect the entire face and unsettles equanimity. and Nakula and Sahadeva. testing every time how far the Reality will be accepted by the masses. So. who represent Steadfastness and Equanimity. Arjuna (steady pure Faith in God). you would not have come to Puttaparthi. Krishna announced His advent to the World bit-by-bit. I did that. A good resolution or "Sankalpa" sets up a series of such thoughts.the Krishna. Pride and Hate. If I had given you all the comforts and opportunities. you can be ever certain of His Grace. So. forces it to come up to the surface so that it may be destroyed. he is ably supported by Bhima (physical strength devoted to Divine Service and charged with Devotion). Kunthi asked that Krishna should continue giving her and her sons all kinds of misery so that He may grant them His Grace continuously. 71 IN the Manasa-Sarovar (the deep. 73 THE mystery and splendour of God can be grasped only by a pure mind and a clear vision. forgetting your pride and your egoism. but the next moment the same tongue says: "I did this. then as now. That is why the Lord granted a new eye to Arjuna in order that he might not be confounded by his glory. Sri Krishna tells Arjuna: "Name Partha asthi Karthvyam. 69 THE Gita prompts you to seek the answers and directs you to experience them. It develops true knowledge. Anger. it destroys delusion. I am but an instrument. let it vomit the venom and become Satwic and sweet. Thrishu lokeshu Kinchava Partha". (There is nothing I have to do in any of the three Worlds). is basically the story of the five Vital Airs of Man (the Pancha Pranas) overcoming the hundred obstacles in the path of upward progress. no desires and no activity to realise anything.IT is when you are in a desperate situation that you call upon the Lord. A resolution adopted by the mind is like a stone thrown into a Sarovar or lake. The Name of the Lord. It helps you to control the "Chittha". to proclaim the Avatar. infesting the air and destroying all who are near it. If you never step into wrong. step-by-step. for example. the agitations of the mind. You say at one moment: "Baba does everything. the Hasthinapura (body) is inundated with Adharma (unrighteousness). 72 LIKE all Avatars. The signs and miracles were intended.trample on the hissing hood and take out the vicious viper. when it dives into the depths. When these Five are exiled.

Persons adept in this Dhyana are very rare. They are but the play of the scintillating name and form of the Divine. which is the core of every being. Without the mind becoming dissolved in God. In truth. That is what Krishna taught through his life. and he sang because he was "Ananda" wherever He might be. weed it of all evil thoughts. In our evil aberration. prepare it for receiving the shower of Grace. 79 LIFE is a 76 CONSIDER for a moment how long worldly triumphs last. on the banks of the Yamuna or at Kurukshetra between the warring armies. He demarcated many a path. The fulfillment consists in uprooting the animal that lurks in man and reaching out to the Divinity. Krishna sang the Gita for Arjuna to listen to. Krishna says. Bondage is only an illusion. "Mohakshaya". It is a pity that man has lost his understanding of this Truth. the desire to close the bond is the result of ignorance. 77 VYAS sympathized with man who was caught in the coils of do's and don'ts. So. So they are unable to win Grace. most people go through the external exercises only. guiding and guarding them. the word "Guna" means "rope". We are not troubled when something is good. The "Sathya guna" too has to be transcended. in Gokulam. sing it. Earn the vision that sees the Divine inherent in all. why? The Gita directs that even the eagerness to be liberated is a bond. we are worried and alarmed when we slide into wrong or pain or sorrow. Krishna has assured such persons that He would carry their burden and be by their side. 80 WHY does He attract all to His Presence? To plough the heart. only when it is bad. The Gita declares genuine Dhyana as "Anayaschinthayanthomaam Ye Janah Paryapasathi" (Those persons who adore me without any other thought or feeling). "Arjuna. He is the dispenser of the consequences but he is not involved in the deeds. Liberation means liberation from delusive attachment or "Moha". of success and failure. become free from the three Gunas". to grow the seeds of Love. Gita means "Song". decline in the desire caused by attachment to sensory pleasure. It is the merging of all your thoughts and feelings to God. 75 ONE can also be rid of Maya if one can discard the three Gunas from one's make-up. which leads man along to fulfillment. Arjuna heard that song in the battlefield where tensions were at their highest and when the fate of millions was to be decided by the sword. Dhyana cannot succeed. One is fundamentally free. This is because goodness is natural. That is his essence. for all three "Gunas" bind the "Jiva" with the rope of desire. of desire and despair. to be happy and ever in a state of joy. This is because Nature plans us to be right. He has laid down that every deed must have its consequence. which smother the crops of joy and to Title of Document Page 14 of 166 . 78 DHYANA is not mere sitting erect and being silent nor is it the absence of any movement.

The fulcrum is the 22nd Sloka of the 9th Chapter. Long for it. No one is your foe except yourself. The Guru shows you the road and you have to trudge alone. Take away the Vaasanas. Think of it always. as the blind Dhritharashtra described them through fond attachment and egoistic delusion). for Krishna also means the pure Essence. It speaks of single-minded attention. I will say that the Gita is like a balance: scales. the Teacher. 82 THE word Dharmakshetra is the first word in the Gita. people motivated by greed and passion. so. No one else is your friend. bind yourself. calumniated and caricatured by Title of Document Page 15 of 166 . the desire of Being becomes the longing of the Becoming for the Being . 84 BHAKTI is of various types according to the Damskara of the devotee and the state of his mind and the stage of his development. I tell you. You are your only friend. the Supreme Principle. See how apt the fulcrum Sloka is.enable it to gather the harvest of Wisdom. and the Madhura Bhakti of the Gopikas. which has been sung by seers and poets. think for yourself. speaking of "Karpanya Dosha". So. each one of you. without fear or hesitation. the Progeny of the pure). in which the Maamakaah (my people. 85 THE fire of sorrow and joy burns when the fuel of Vaasanas is fed into the furnace of the mind. the name Radha-Shama sufficed in the Dwapara Yuga. Of these the Dasya attitude is easiest and the best for the majority of aspirants at this time. beginning with "Anayaschinthayamshomaam". is spoken of as already transmuted into Dharmakshetra (field of Righteousness). Pine for Dhara. You entangle yourself. There is the Shanta Bhakti of Bhishma.this is the RadhaKrishna relationship. The scale on the left is the 7th Sloka of the 2nd Chapter. and the scale on the right is the Sloka in the 18th chapter. like the needle of a well-adjusted balance". It means "Sharanaagathi" and "Prapathithi" out of Shanti Bhakti. the good and righteous. Dhara. all Names have that capacity. in the middle. Earth and Creation. how far have you deserved the Grace of the Lord? You draw Him near. 86 PRAKRUTHI is Dhara. the "Sath-Chith-Ananda". and in the Kali Yuga. the force of the impulses. For victory is always for Righteousness and not for greed and passion which blind men. speaking of "Sarvadharmaam Parithyajya". and get caught in the trap. 83 IF you ask Me. Really. the Vatsalya Bhakti of Yashoda. you keep Him far. Take away the fuel and the fire dies out. the sons of the Fair one. In the very first verse of the Song Celestial. promptings and urges and you become your own master. Dhara and you find you are pining for Radha. Naamasmarana is enough: it is said that the name Sitarama sufficed in the Thretha Yuga. the Kurukshetra (field of Action). and the Pandavas (the other people. Radha is the Becoming and Krishna is the Being. "steady. needle and all. Radha. But Bhakti is the easier means for this end. This is done in Yoga by various physiological and psychological exercises. 81 WHERE there is Dharma there Krishna is. the Gita begins with two scales and a fulcrum: the two armies of Righteousness and Unrighteousness with Krishna. That wisdom finds its fulfillment in Krishna Himself.

so that its sweetness may be preserved and used as sugar by all. which inspires him. or as the cane welcomes the chopper. 90 WHEN Dharmaraja. the crusher. I am prepared to die". That was the measure of his Bhakti. between the temporary and the eternal. that is the secret. Being in the World but not of it. though reclining on a thousand-hooded snake. you are afflicted by hate and pride. "the stifling of the agitations of the consciousness". that is. By Yoga is meant what Patanjali intended it to mean "Chiththa Krishthi Nirodha". Then he said. and analyzed and realised by sincere scholars of spiritual lore. position or pelf but to submit to the will of God in a completely resigned way. Karma. That was the measure of the dedication to His will.that Karna was his brother. that is to say. So too. 89 THE Individual is Arjuna. He stood silent drinking in the charm of the Lord and filling himself with the vision of the magnificence of the Lord. the very picture of peaceful calm. They were happy that they helped them to remember Krishna and call upon Him. his agony knew no bounds.ignorant critics. the pan. the Kaurava hordes. all that grief could have been avoided. "I am shedding tears because the miseries undergone by the Pandavas pass through my mind". the Universal. appreciated and apprehended by aspirants. the Individual has to oppose the attractions and delusion of the Manifested. It is a Gita (streak in Telugu). Arjuna jumped down with Him and holding both His Feet he prayed. the particular and the universal. 91 WHEN Krishna leapt down from His Chariot with the wheel-weapon in His hand to slay Bhishma. Vishnu is the supreme example of this calm. 87 WELCOME all the blows of fate. the Maya. the snake being the symbol of the objective World with its poisonous fangs. never to seek power. He did not step forward to fight the new challenge nor did he question the Lord. then the purpose of Gita study is fulfilled. for He is "Saanthakaaram bhujaga Sayanam". is Krishna: Led by the Universal. Bhishma too had equal Bhakti. this is done in order to teach the Kaliyug a lesson. Discover the Gita. the hammer and the anvil in order to get shaped into a jewel. as gold welcomes the crucible. as Yogas. he was struck disconsolate and was torn by despair. the eldest of the Five Pandavas came to know . Let it not be said that you broke your word to save me from Bhishma. once you know it and experience it. If only he had known the truth. "Oh Lord. the sprayer and the dryer. when he was about to pass away. so that you may be ever happy and unmoved. the sensual and the super-sensual. you have given word that you will not wield any weapon. not bound by it.after the death of Karna which they effected successfully . Bhishma was in tears on the arrowbed. The battle depicted in the Epic is the inner battle. until you know that all are altars where the name God is installed and all are moved and motivated by the Grace of the self-same God. Jnana. you are full of Love and reverence to all. The Atma is described as a streak of lightning in the blue cloud. the boiler. all the misfortunes and miseries. Arjuna asked Him "why" and he replied. and the Prakruthi. 88 THE Gita speaks of Bhakti. the seen and the seer. Title of Document Page 16 of 166 . The Pandavas never demurred when disasters fell thick upon them.

"jaara” and "chora". 95 PRACTICE the constant presence of God and. both have to fall into the pit. Arjuna was the anandic person. Arjuna the Narrothama. How then can He be referred to as "jaara" and "chora"? When the blind leads the blind in this way. Arjuna. "Kuru" means "act. Nakula and Sahadeva. it was a coming together of the Avathramurthi and the Anandamurthi. whose hearts he stole. fight for justice. Arjuna is alert and active.92 KRISHNA is slandered by ignorant. told him not to have "hatred" towards "enemies". What is the lesson that their lives teach? No one can predict what calamity will overtake one and at what time. son of the Lord of the Gods. 97 THE question on the battlefield was not who was the Kin of whom. I am using you as My instrument). It was a friendship between The Embodiment of the Highest and the Embodiment of the Best. "Maamnusmara yudhyacha" (keep Me ever in thy mind. The second was the Indomitable Bhima. and leave the result to the Dispenser of all. The third was Arjuna. These may appear to be two irreconcilable attitudes. at the same time. delighted". When the Pandavas were called into the forest. Do not cultivate the egotistic feeling that it is you who is fighting. This name has a deep significance. activity. armed with the terrible mace. of the protective Might of Dharma. prejudice critics as "jaara" and "chora" and extolled by seekers and sages with the same appellations. Krishna was the Avataric Person. it was as if the Five Pranas of Dharma. richer and happier. Krishna said. He destroyed all craving for sensual pleasure and sensual knowledge and filled the entire being with thoughts of the Divine. for you are Title of Document Page 17 of 166 . Arjuna asked Krishna how he was to reconcile these two attitudes. participating vigilantly in every turn of argument. Every thing depends on the will of Providence. Arjuna was often addressed by Krishna as Kurunandana. He shed light. attachment) and renunciation of hatred is Vairagya (absence of raga). Kurunandana therefore means "he who is delighted while engaged in activity". fight for truth. fight for these as akshatriyu is in duty bound. Dharmaraja. of the Faith and Devotion needed as its Foundation. Krishna told Arjuna: "I am surprised that you should weep. the most noteworthy theme is Dharmasthapana. but who was right and who was wrong. 94 KRISHNA was the Purushothama. for war is rage (passion. Indra. a city of bones. 93 IN the Mahabharatha. Throughout the eighteen chapters of the Githa. When the Pandavas went to the forest. awakened people and made those. Bhima. it all happens according to the Divine Plan. The eldest. rose to be the emperor. Then they will be free from fault. Hasthinapura was reduced to Astinapura. without flesh and blood. Nandana means "happy. learn to offer all your activities at the Feet of the Lord as an act of worship. of the shraddha essential for the Practice of Dharma. The lord poured His Grace on Arjuna and deigned to serve him in battle as his charioteer! In spite of all these advantages. were exiled. Krishna advised Arjuna to enter the fight and. Karma". the sustaining forces of Dharma. He stole the hearts and the owners were glad of it. 96 THE Pandava brothers were highly fortunate. Dharmaraja is the Prana of the Right Conduct. and fight. they were subjected to the severest tragedies in life.

Arjuna admitted that he was a profaner. when He offers su (good) dharsana (vision) one must be wise enough to surrender. and I do not like you to behave in another manner. when she suspected He had eaten sand. in order that Arjuna might fight with a full heart. 103 Title of Document Page 18 of 166 . the innocent and the good. the critics. Love is His instrument. He achieves the correction of the evil-minded through education and example. by His invincible Look. that is to say. Even in this Avathara such miracles had to be done when I decided that the time was opportune for taking the people into My Secret. He draws also the curious. Krishna said. What majesty has these scepter-holders? They cannot claim to have inner peace. though Krishna supplemented it with Captious explanations of why and wherefore. nor do they die. 100 CONSIDER the Name Krishna which the Avathar bore. 98 KRISHNA felt that it was time to reveal His Truth and so He just showed all creation in His Mouth when His mother asked Him to show her His tongue. and you have but to carry out My Orders". what a significant Name? Krishna is derived from the root "krish" which means (1) to attract (2) to plough and cultivate and (3) the Divine Principle beyond time. 101 THE Gita was Arjuna and Krishna. He gave him the reasons. They have many more things to do. and so they are real deathless". which supported the course that He laid down for him. nonviolence His Message. But it may be asked. His counsel and His undaunted Heroism! He is ever in a State of Bliss. He had to surrender to His Wait. He was convinced of the correctness of His command. so don't be so conceited. the Skeptics and those who suffer from atheism. The lord can never design violence and blood shed. He sings everywhere in the peaceful Pasture lands of Brindavan and in the blood soaked battle field of Kurukshetra. the beauteous Krishna appeared and saved them. 99 WHEN the righteous Pandavas were harassed by wicked Kauravas. Melody and beauty around Him. He made even the longest rope too short to bind Him. "The sentence of death has been already pronounced on their bodies by Me. He draws them towards Himself by the irresistible charm of His Person. that is what Bhishma did. It became the talk of the place and every one felt he had all the fourteen Worlds in Him! Avathars choose the time and the mode of announcement of their Advent and Their Glory.Gudakesa. the conqueror of sleep and ignorance. Still. attracts not only seekers. spreading Harmony. The Surgeon saves life through the beneficial use of His Knife. like all Avathars. inner joy. give up all. Krishna. You do not kill. so that there was no need for Krishna to argue with him. His Voice. His Flute. they know not the joy of sharing love with all. space and causation. Saints and Sages but the simple. 102 BISHMA was a Bhakta and by winning the Lord's Grace he was clothed with more Majesty and splendour than any early emperor. Bhishma surrendered to the Lord when He challenged him with the su-darsana (Vishnu). why did Kurukshetra happen? It was a surgical operation and therefore cannot be described as an act of violence. I too want you to know why I designed it so you should act in a particular manner.

An uneasy conscience is a tormenting compassion. He retorted even when he was dying. such as he. The Mahabharatha describes how and when every other of the hundred Kauravas died. be righteous. Righteous action will have no bad effects. Duryodhana's pride was hurt. to disturb your sleep or health. was the great grandson. When He dances on it. His mind wavered with every wind of fortune. the poison of tongue will be ejected completely. The Epics teach you how to succeed in this. 106 PURITY of motive is the best guarantee that you will have Peace. Christianity. When there is order in the nation. Do not look down upon any one. When there is harmony in the house. there will be harmony in the home. One must be vigilant and preserve the impartiality of instrument called Reason of Intellect. when the foe was defeated day after day. you must foster that Krishna on your tongue. without harming anyone as happened when as a child He danced on the hoods of the serpent Kalinga. there will be beauty in character. mode of worship. and you have that strong and steady faith. The eldest Duryodhana was challenged by Bhima to meet him in a duel. which appeared about 2500 years ago. the vision. And Islam. If there is beauty in character. 107 ALL Faiths are inter-related and mutually indebted to each other for the principles they teach and the disciplines they recommend. creed. was its grandson. which was influenced much by the Orient. could not pass that insult by.ARJUNA exclaimed Krishna as the Omnipresent. It does not require a hero to plant his foot on a dying man. look upon all as Divine as you really are. there will be order in the nation. is not the cowherd boy who charmed the village folk with His flute. which has the Prophets of Christianity as its base. Do not exult that you have done some big heroic act by tramping on my head! In a few seconds dogs and vultures will be doing that act. The Vedic Religion was the first in time. Clarify reason. when at last he fell on the ground. Bhima struck his head with his foot in order to add insult to injury. whose advent you should celebrate. Heroism gushed out even when he was passing away! 105 KRISHNA. All Title of Document Page 19 of 166 . status. But when his son Abhimanyu was killed in the conflict he raved in the grief that Krishna had not guided him properly and guarded him efficiently. So. If there is righteousness in the heart. avoid all prejudices against others on the basis of caste. there will be peace in the World. but Krishna the indefinable inscrutable Divine Principle that is born in the navel of the body (Mathura) as the product of Divine Energy (Devaki) that is then transported to the Mouth (Gokulam) and fostered by the Tongue (Yashoda) as its source of sweetness. or degree of affluence. Omnipotent and Omniscient God. You dared not do this when I was capable of hitting back. you coward! That kind of awareness of one's potentialities and quick response to all happenings must be present in you too. even in you once you accept God as the core of the universe. Buddhism. was its son. Krishna is Yashoda gained the Visualization of the Atma that the repetition of the Name grants. then it will reveal God everywhere. colour. a Kshatriya. To many the mind is the master of the intellect also. 104 FILL every moment with energy enthusiasm and effort.

My will must prevail over every obstacle. 110 LOVE must be manifested as Service or Seva. "Akrama" (Indiscipline). 111 THE nature we have around us and with us is the vesture of God. you can hear the matter broadcast from any Station. you require not a "Yantra" (machine) but a "Mantra" (mystical formula potent with a psychological undertone). beasts. around. We have all around us. listen to. by being among you. For I am an example and an inspiration. Jesus was himself out in such Seva. each of you. 109 I EAT as you do. even the birds. You are not aware of any Station. if you have a receiver and if you tune it to the correct wavelength. My plan is to transmute you into Seekers of Truth (Sathya-anveshko).have Love as the Fundamental Discipline of the Mind in order to chasten it and merge man with the Divine. Seva must take the form of food for the hungry. Sathya. present and future of your innermost thoughts and carefully guarded secrets. below and beside. taking in all humanity into the circle of your kin. Gowri and Ganga. We have evidence of His Beauty. Develop Compassion. and insects. Do not claim "Anyaya" (Injustice). But the art of recognising Him is strange to us and so we deny Him and live on in darkness. Concentration of Dhyana is the fixing of the exact location of the Station in the Band. no love. near as well as far. you will get instead of news only nuisance! So too. the music emanating from all the Broadcasting Stations of the World. The heart full of compassion is the temple of God. your submission. "Sarva Shakti" and "Sarvajna". For cognising it. Love is the correct tuning in. but they do not assail your ear at any time. for YOUR sake . Honour them and be grateful to them. touch and treat with reverence and devotion. realising the Reality and the Bliss it confers is the happy clear listening! 112 Title of Document Page 20 of 166 . Goodness. I am "Sarvatharyami". I am aware of the past. the Divine is everywhere above. trees and plants. pageantry. speak to. winning your confidence. 108 VINAYAKA is called the child of two mothers. in the atmosphere. I am present everywhere at all times. consolation for the sick and the suffering. your love.I make myself Vast! The vastest is "Brahman" which comes from the same root. Do not ridicule them by your act. no seva. worms. to enlarge. Heroes while lecturing are Zeros while putting what is said into practice. Sai is being worshipped but His teachings are neglected. Jesus pleaded at the sight of the poor. but. Nevertheless. expand your heart. Jesus is worshipped but His teachings are neglected. as one of yourselves. My Life is a commentary on My Message. if you fail to tune it correctly. Everywhere pomp. and “Asathya” (Falsehood and “Anachara” (Evil behaviour) as your mothers Instead. "brh". Dharma. Live in Love. You are the pet children of four mothers. Lectures and Lectures! No activity. Shanti and Prema. Be Good. The Vedic Prayer asks that the aspirant's heart may be expanded "Brhathe Koromi" . move about as you do. wherever we turn our eyes. talk in your Language and behave as you can recognise and understand.not for My sake! I turn you towards the Divine. one whom you can see. whatever I do or omit to do. Wisdom and Power all around us. hollow exhibitionism and Lectures. This is the way to God. I do not manifest these powers in any capricious manner or merely for display. Do Good and See Good. solace for the forlorn.

they achieve "Dharmavidya" (Moral attainment) and victory. Peace. Ananda. holds Peace Conferences and prides himself on his Plans for Peace! Transform the heart into a Tabernacle of Peace. Peace and Prosperity. Attachment. life has to be one saga of sensual pleasure picnic all the time. do not allow them to be at cross-purposes.My God. He must dedicate his thought. Greed. good health. it is kicked in play by six players on the side (the six foes: Lust. resolve to plunge into a practice of them. All are Sai's. 113 THE body is the ball filled with the air of Divinity. 116 HAVING come to this place and availed yourselves of this opportunity to treasure in your hearts the things you have seen and heard. All are one. people want roses without thorns. Love confers lasting happiness and peace. their kick results in an "out"! Learn to speak what you feel. This is the message I am giving you today. mental. cowardice. Sharing can reduce grief and multiply joy. not thine. they say. you turn wild and start blaming others. destruction. When this does not happen. to give and not to grab. If each one cares for his own pleasures. and tolerance: through these three paths. 117 Title of Document Page 21 of 166 . Compassion and Fortitude). I am fulfilling all your desires. act what you speak. Your resolution and your practice must happen simultaneously. Now. this sense of greed is the root of all-evil. not yours! Your God. well. But that way lies war. against pity and charity. the goal-posts are on each side. Or else. they say. Taste it and you forget everything else. how can Society progress? How can the weak survive? Mine. with the feelings of a demon fuming with hate.THE Divine is a wine that would intoxicate you. We must endeavor by all means to realise and establish this Truth in this Kali Yuga. you are transformed. Man is born to share. a monkey that has lost its tail. Anger. and want of intelligence. Softness of heart is condemned by people today as weakness. and if the ball is hit so that it passes through them. to serve. Have a master plan and start from tomorrow the execution of the program. Pride and Hate). that every rose has its thorn. This must happen in all countries. the blows and blossoms of fortune. Right. and six on the other (the six friends: Truth. this distinction is applied even to God! . with equal alacrity. Love. and downfall. Man is. The heart has to be hardened. one can see the Divinity in oneself and others. intellectual and spiritual strength and skills for the service of the country and of all mankind. you will welcome. word and deed to God and surrender to His Will. So you must fulfill this one desire of Mine. drawn in consultation with others. engages in fighting. Man. What can mere talk achieve? 114 DISCIPLINE trains you to put up with disappointments. I bless that you have long life. he must lose many more attributes of the monkey before he is entitled to call himself Man. not mine! 115 GOODNESS. Do not think that only the Andhra State is Sai's. then Conferences to deceive oneself and others become unnecessary. and that you will dedicate your physical. When you have faith in God as a precious truth in the altar of your heart. you will know that the path of life has both ups and downs. Then only is this animal entitled to become a Man in whom the Divine is enshrined. compassion. The nectar that the Name of the Lord is saturated in produces it.

Rameswaram. The statement of Christ is simple. a Woman among women. a Boy to the Boys. To enrich their lives and to make the human heritage worthwhile. so that you can do Japa or Dhyana. so that the Avatar's message might reach each heart and receive enthusiastic response as "Ananda". Pride is a precipice. red-robed Baba has come. Then there will be sunshine and a cool breeze and the gurgling waters of contentment feeding the roots of faith. Keep these things away. Attachment is an avalanche. a Man among men. The real "you" is innocent. That BABA is the Baba. a blooded robe". a sign. with a crown (of hair). He will be short. Love grows through Seva. The announcement was "The Advent of BABA". They vow to remove their hair if. The Avatar is a Child to the children. Develop Prema towards all.THERE are some ignorant persons who laugh at "Bhajans" and other acts of worship and consider them a waste of valuable time. It is not Savam but Sivam. he communicated some news to his followers. . they do not disturb the Equanimity. Mother Earth will give back grain tenfold or even twenty fold."He will wear a robe of red. The lamb is a sign and symbol of Love. Those persons might laugh at your pouring bags of paddy seeds on a slushy field and condemn that act too as waste of valuable food-material. The genuine seeker will pray for nothing else but God. Egoism is a volcano. Nithyam. in a few weeks. I am evincing all this enthusiasm to teach you the prayer attitude to Seva. filth over filth. you will not accept an imputation that is false. 120 HUMAN lives are now passing on and on. Christ did not declare that he would come again. which it does not like. for every bag of paddy-seed. who sent me among you. they win a prize in the State Lotteries. It speaks of HE. Greed is a whirlpool. he said. Time spent in contemplation of God or adoration of the Divine is indeed well spent. Let Love be enthroned in your heart. who made me. distressed and disheartened. This trick of bargaining is only cheating oneself in an attempt to cheat God. 122 THE title "Sathyam Sivam Sundaram" is full of meaning. broken. through Divine intervention. that is why you resent being called a liar. The lamb is merely a symbol. the short curly hair crowned. 119 MANY believe that a pilgrimage to holy places is conductive to spiritual progress. for Love expresses itself as Seva. They journey to Tirupathi. and Anandam. 118 WHEN Jesus was emerging as the Supreme Principle of Divinity. (He. positions of power or for the fruits of your actions. Badrinath or Amarnath and pray for the removal of their mundane troubles. It is the compassion of the Avatar that prompts His every action. bent. 121 HAVE no thorn of hate in your mind. imminent in every one of you. it is weighed Title of Document Page 22 of 166 . Sathyam is the basic reality of you all. and Love is begun in the womb of Seva. diseased. But you know that. And God is Love. and auspiciousness. "He. will come again". as if God is in need of hair. I have come. happiness. It stands for the voice BA-BA. The real "you" is joy. Desire is a storm. it is Subham. and Sai. will come again) and he pointed to a lamb. Do not pray to God for wealth or fame. How then can you bear being called ugly? The Atma has got entangled in the body. for it rewards you with a rich harvest of mental peace and courage.

the clear. I do not accept from you flowers that fade. then every one will like you. that is enough "Service". the chief of which is to foster the ego and hide the Prompter and the Power within. experience and be sanctified by the incarnation of the Lord. it is too loud for your ears. I come direct. My World is the World of the Spirit. and the "Karana". filling this Prashanthi Nilayam. I come. every emergency is immediately noticed and attended to. I am above all this worldly etiquette. I come straight. and on death. as I am to confer Peace and Joy. which enjoins you to see elders with some fruit or flower in your hand. 124 YOU must speak soft and sweet words to everyone. You must have heard of an Accountant in the Court of the King of Death. the king. Give Me the fruits of holiness and steady discipline. The word means the secret picture. he notes the warning signals as well as the occasions when those signals were ignored or wantonly disregarded. The people who have the privilege of living in this Prashanthi Nilayam are indeed Title of Document Page 23 of 166 . fruits that rot. along with her own kids. there. the cuckoo. pellucid waters of the lake of your inner consciousness. That merit has brought you here when I came down. Do you like the voice of the crow? No. he brings the book to the Court and strikes the balance between debit and credit.down by shame. every one likes to hear its sweet voice. you drive the crow away when it starts to caw. enough "Kainkaryam" for Me. feeds it. when you identify it with the body and attribute to it the weaknesses and deficiencies of that physical vehicle. what he does is to picture all the secrets from promptings that blossom into activity. People may dub you mad! But be elated that you are not affected by the insanity they suffer from! 126 THE mind plays many tricks with you. by name. then meets out the punishment that can expiate and educate. If you are happy with faith in God and fear of sin. Rishis and Devas have prayed long in the past. when you sweep the streets or lift a corpse in the morgue or when you walk towards or away from the area of distress. the "Sukshma". You must have heard the Koel. Give Me the Lotus that blooms in your Manasa-Sarovar. all the time. haven't you? That bird looks very much like the crow. Chitragupta. Yama. They need not be sorry that during those days they had no time to sit for Dhyana or do Japa or even to go out on Nagarsankirtan! Why? You can have the Name on the lips. Having won this chance. 125 NO service is too low or mean. You must see that the warning of the Divine against the merely human or even the bestial inclination is heeded. It pleases Me so much. its speech is harsh. I never possess another or use another as a vehicle of expression. He maintains a Register of the good and the bad deeds done by each living being. 127 YOU have the chance to see. this chance you have received as a result of the accumulation of merit in many previous lives. This Chitragupta has his Office in the mind of man. Speak soft and sweet. it grows in the nest of the crow with the baby crows. awake and alert. values are different. But no one will throw a stone at a "Koel". covering the entire Universe. pervading the Earth. The rays that emanate from Me are of three grades: the "Sthula". the mother crow. coins that have no value beyond the national boundary. For this chance. strive to taste the sweetness and achieve the Bliss of Merging without wasting even a single moment. 123 I NEVER speak through another.

the physique he has developed. I will lead you on to victory. attachment to the objective world. When someone asks you in great earnestness "where the Lord is to be found". I am called Sathya Sai. This is the way by which you can render this life fruitful. He cannot take with him even a handful of earth. The Jagath is not false. all that he has done. Pray that you may have it forever and be filled with the joy that it confers. The "Sthulakirana" makes a man a "Sadhaka". live in the companionship of that vast measureless Supreme and you will be rendered vast and measureless. People utter with apparent faith. If only the dead could take with them a handful each. this human life. this unique good fortune of being able to get Darshan of Sai. The name is very appropriate. dried up or deluded. he has to leave them all to the ravages of time. He reflected and the Jagath happened! It is His own substance. At the present time. it is the splendour of God. Give them the answer that rises up to your tongue from your heart. you have heroically emerged from its depths. Love helps you to see God in everyone and everyone as Divine. you cannot see the Truth. that fail to get what I hold out before them. His reflection. Krishna. you have the Avatar of the Lord come to redeem.the Grace of Sai. In the Dwapara Yuga. developed or earned are destroyed. You have won this chance. In the Thretha Yuga. review and rebuild. Hold firmly on to it. the residences he has built. You have won this human body. as latent or potent energy-matter. "Krishna. for they are nearest to the "Kiran" (rays). 130 UNLESS you brighten your vision with Love. It is only those. 128 I NEVER deviate from Truth. and Yogasakthi have come all together in One Human Form. Plunging deep into the waters of this tumultuous ocean of Samsar. 132 Title of Document Page 24 of 166 . Sayi (as Seshasayi) means reclining. it is not a trap. the Yoga-Vasistha taught the same rule. the wealth he has acquired and the family he has reared? No. the "Sukshma" makes him a "Mahatma".lucky. Follow My instructions and become soldiers in MY army. the earth would have become so scarce that it should have been rationed by now! Discover the Immortal "I” and know that it is the spark of God in you. with this rare Pearl in your hands . the giving up of attachment. and "Karana” converts him into a "Paramahamsa". manifesting as multiplicity. who fail to follow My instructions and deviate from the path I lay down. as the reward for many lives spend in acquiring merit. let me assure you. Krishna". In each Yuga. but they never give up "Thrishura" (Thirst) for worldly goods or fame. there Dharma is decadent and the Avatar appears among men! 131 EVERY one must learn the secret of happiness. Direct them. as the first step in the long road of "Sadhana". Since I recline on Truth. All Avatars teach. Mayasakthi. Maha Shakti. Your endeavor should be to draw near and earn Grace therefrom. Do not allow it to slip from your clasp and fall into the depths again. do not try to dodge the question. 129 WHAT is the immortal part of man? Is it the wealth he has accumulated. which consists in refusing to shed tears for anything less than God. Consider all objects that you collect here as given on "Trust" to be used in this caravanserai during your pilgrimage in this Karuna Kshetra. He is here in Prashanthi Nilayam. When activity is in accordance with awareness that is befogged or belittled. Krishna taught Arjuna to give up Vishaya-Vasana. the earth he loved so much.

there are no atheists. the same earth supports everyone's feet. the elephant has tusks. the same air enters everyone's lungs! The same God brought all forth. the pure. though slowly towards the object which it has decided is desirable. even failure in this struggle is nobler than success in other worldly attempts. to live in the body with God is good. the good and equanimity-filled love all as embodiments of God and engage themselves in humble service. active. It is a caravanserai. But the Satwic. and the future is uncertain. There is no creature without Love. no joy more restoring than Bhakti and no triumph more praiseworthy than Surrender. which swoops down on the target with a greedy swiftness and suddenness which.UTILISE the World as the means to an end.not one who hides and hits. the lowest loves itself at least. The buffalo has horns. it appropriates just as much as it can assimilate and no more. fails to secure the object coveted. do not desire to stay in it. to visualise God. as atheists will one day. And its "self is God". as malarial patients dislike sweets or diabetic patients refuse to have anything to do with sweet! Those who preen themselves. relish God and revere Him. where you can rest a while during your pilgrimage to the source. The ant does not hit the fruit hard and makes it fall away. 136 STRUGGLE to realise the Atma. though some might dislike Him or refuse Him. Do not fritter away the time allotted to you for sojourning on the earth in foolish foppery and fanciful foibles. passionate persons seek to earn power and prestige and love those who will contribute to these. There is no strength more effective than Purity. it does not pluck all the fruits it seeks. 133 THE grace of God cannot be won through the gymnastics of reason. In spite of this. the contortions of Yoga or the denials of Asceticism. you go out of it without informing the survivors of the address where you can be contacted. no bliss more satisfying than Love. the Monkey type. The past is not ours any more. the Eagle type. Can any pilgrim build a house there on for himself? The Cosmos is changing constantly. It is a bridge wide and strongly built. however many and mighty. brings up all and brings about the end of this earthly career. the present slips from our grasp. Love that needs no requital. when their illness is gone. so HINDU means a person who is devoid of violence. The minutes that are past cannot be retrieved. which flits hither and thither. So. and Love that is unwavering. of fight and feud? 135 I AM the embodiment of Love. and the Ant type which moves steadily. for the body is the life of a worm. This is the great illusion. 134 HIN means "Hinsa" (Violence) and "du" means "dura" (distant). but what a difference? To live in the body. even if tempted by a billion rupees. who loves and sympathizes. unable to decide which is tasty. You come naked into the world. The Rajasic. Why then this inhuman role of foe and fanatic. Love alone can win it. from one to another. for God is the life of man. The same sky is over everyone's head. activity-hating Tamasic persons have ego and their love is limited to their kith and kin. by its very impact. Love alone can overcome obstacles. The dull. Love is My Instrument. which always Title of Document Page 25 of 166 . with the body. Love that is paid gladly as a tribute to the All Loving. Love that knows no bargaining. who helps and serves . harms and draws blood. 137 THERE are three types of approaches towards the Lord. attachment grows and you cultivate bounds.

but take it from Me. but it is the self same Entity. they sleep equally silently. Vigilance this night is to be secured by "Sadhana". just a minute fraction remains visible to man. the gold in the jewels. That is the task I assign to you. the surgeon stays in the operation ward. when the moon is all but invisible. Do not be misled into error and loss. it can be fully conquered and man can realise his freedom. when you retire to Title of Document Page 26 of 166 . 142 THINGS are not so important. Make it as Ramdas did into a Bhadrachalam. Badrachala. You get what you search for. I will have to forego the car and even the airplane when I move from place to place. Ayodya means a city that can never lie captured by force. they bow out without even leaving their new address. I will have to move across the sky. a stable and steady mountain. Then how can their reality be different? There can be no doubt on this score. The sky itself will have to be the roof of the Auditorium of the future. When you wake up. That is your real nature: Ayodhya. Differences arise only during the interval. You must visualise the spiritual in the material. yes that too will happen. so too. The mind is the source of all the entangling desires and emotions. The monkey leaps from one branch to another. this is by means of "Bhajan" or the reading of sacred texts. for the crowds pressing around them will be too huge. Make your heart an Ayodhya by means of Ramanama. 143 LISTEN to Me. it is far worse. feel that you are entering the stage to play the role assigned to you by the Lord. The Emperor and the beggar are both born naked. Install Rama in your heart. Forget this and you are lost. All are basically the same. there God will be. At night. from today to tens of years ago. experience the joy derivable only from them. The mind is. All are equal in birth and in death. if only this night is spent in vigil and in the presence of the Divine. the Divine in the diversity of character and conduct and seek to know the Atma. almost powerless this day. Whenever people cry out in agony "Oh God". Tame it by the process of Naamasmarana. therefore.keep you outdoors. You can understand even My nature only when you wear the glasses of Holiness. and then no outer force can harm you. The doctor is found where patients gather. 139 RAMA. 141 YOU very often condemn the mind as a monkey. "Today is the fourteenth day of the dark of the month. believe Me. you see what your eyes crave for. When are you to walk indoors into the warmth and quiet of your own interior? Retire into solitude and silence now and then. Holy things can be cognised only by the Holy Seeker. but the mind leaps from the heights of the Himalayas to the depths of the sea. 140 SEE all as Narayana Swarupa and worship all with Prema. 138 WHAT is the sanctity of Shivaratri? Your answer. Krishna and Sai Baba appear different because of the dress each has donned. the Lord is ever with the suffering and struggling. "Linga emerges from Swami's Udara (abdomen)". pray that you may act it well and earn His approbation. The time will soon come when this huge building or even vaster ones will be too small for the gatherings of those who are called to this place. believe Me. the transcendental truth of things is of value.

following the four F's: Follow the Master. Do not worry about that. but is able to maintain equanimity under all circumstances. Why is silence said to be golden? The silent man has no enemies. He has no more inclination to seek them (fault) in others. That is the medicine. 147 BIRTH is the consequence of "Kama" (desire. and talk full of anger and hate. long talks. Love can make you gather the affection of all mankind. then even physical health can be assured. the lapse of Time). one has to surrender to Siva (God) if one has to escape the consequences of these two frightfully fatal forces. all these affect the health of man. I will call it the deficiency of Vitamin G. Then all is right. the God of Time is Kala or Yama. they excite. Expand your heart so that it can encompass all. So. the better for you and the World. which bears no mark of the passage through it of birds or planes or clouds. you sustain a fracture. Love is My highest Miracle. but with the dress of your role on. it guards one's life.sleep. they enrage. 144 WHEN the mind of man is unattached to the ups and downs of life. 146 THE tongue is the armour of heart. Place yourself fully at His Disposal. Loud talk. that wound will fester forever. For Rama is the Atma who has no "Kama" and is unaffected by "Kala". Illness is caused more by malnutrition of the mind than of the body. with accompanying contemplation of the glory and grace of God. wild talk. The mental firmament must be like the sky. use the tongue with great care. if your tongue slips. The God of Desire (Kama) was reduced to ashes by Shiva. They breed anger and hate in others. That fracture can never be set right. the less you talk and the sweeter you talk. That is the Vitamin G. Love will not tolerate any selfish aim or approach. regulated life and habits are two thirds of the treatment. they wound. and I will recommend the repetition of the Name of God. Fight to the End. 148 Title of Document Page 27 of 166 . He has the leisure and the chance to delve within himself and examine his own faults and failings. you have to make another entrance the next morning. Love is God. Do not narrow it down into an instrument of restricted one. Yours is but to act and retire. He has written the play and He knows how it will end and how it will go on. all can be well. while the medicine is just one third only. He was subdued by sin. Live in Love. they estrange. for perhaps the role is not yet over and you have not yet been permitted to take the dress off. Face the Devil. you fracture some one's faith or joy. and Finish the Game. Therefore. The softer you talk. though he may not have friends. lust). If between "Kama" and "Kala" you take refuge in Rama. Doctors speak of Vitamin deficiency. Perhaps. Then you win My love in full measure. feel that you are entering the green-room after the scene. He knows. Death is the consequence of "Kala" (Time. 145 CARRY on your highest duty . If your foot slips. then you can escape the rigour.

of sacrifice and of "Jnana". to the cemetery.WHEN you seek to learn swimming. as the inheritor of a rich heritage. you do not infer that he is himself learning the alphabet. of loss and gain. The Truth alone can make man free and happy. Strengthen yourself. 152 IT is to persuade you to engage in Naamasmarana that I am concluding My discourses with singing a few Namavalis. That is why we speak of "Jnanagni". Ash is a lesson in detachment and renunciation. what happens is that it falls into the undrinkable expanse of salt. Eat just enough to keep the body trim. the only reliable raft is a heart filled with the Love of God and Man. life is a waste and a mere tossing on the waves. The flood flows from the heights to the depths. which burns all "Karma" . only the flames of fire do ever rise from the depth to the heights. though. When Bhasma (Vibuthi) is given. namely.consequently into ineffective ash. It is a valuable "Upadesh" about your identity. for the sea of life is never calm. do you? Therefore. Journey to where? Not. C and D and pronounce those letters. doubt haunts some people whether Swami is wishing that the recipient should be a Saivite! It is a symbol of the indestructible basic substance. Then the desire of man for full lasting undiluted "Ananda" can be attained. Sanctify every moment of your sojourn here with pious deeds and sacred thoughts. Let those who join you listen and imbibe the nectar of the Name. use the body to discover this Reality. do not be surprised if I sing Bhajan songs. leaps over many a cliff. which every being is. greed and hate. So too. with a throat as narrow as a needle. Do it loudly and in company. the swirling currents of desires and the whirlpools of passion. 153 Title of Document Page 28 of 166 . Man is born for a high destiny. you will have to enter the water and struggle with the strokes. I am but initiating you into this most efficacious Sadhana. 150 LIFE on earth is as on the ocean. and educate yourself by this "Namasankeertan". live in it and for it. for taking you fast and safe to the place where you want to go. through many a valley. It also reminds you that the body is liable any moment to be reduced into a handful of ash. B. 151 OUR car is not meant to be kept as showpiece in a glass garage. All things become ash. the Fire of Wisdom of Realisation. An Officer of the Indian Civil Service has to write on the slate. as it has been happening. Man suffers because he has developed hunger as vast as the sky. God. When you find him doing so. He should not fritter away his days in low pursuits and vulgar vanities. loses itself in many a marsh and seeks to empty itself in the ocean of Divine Grace. purify yourself. His throat must become as vast as the earth. ever restless with the waves of joy and grief. His destiny is to know the Truth. To cross the ocean. however much you may burn it. in order to teach his children the alphabet. but ash remains ash. your body must serve the purpose of your journey. that is through equanimity and fortitude. It is meant for the roads. A. If he is not prompted by this high purpose. his heart must blossom wide through Shanti and Sahana. 149 THE river of human life meanders along. You have nobler things to do than merely die! You must know your own Reality before you die and merge in that Supreme Joy. It is also a sign of renunciation. It is a sign of Iswara and I apply it on your brow to remind you that you too are Divine.

They are the common lot of all. Do not soil your tongue using it for uttering dirty words. attachment to sensory objects. Go every moment one step nearer to the Lord and then. they are a hindrance to physical and mental comfort. as you do now. sloth and contempt for others. There is a vast gap between what you say and what you do. it acts like a spark.WHEN you call out in all sincerity. the shadow will fall back and will not delude you at all. they cause pain. young and old. vitiates your thoughts of God. Do not pray from the lips. the discipline) first. disease and distress are the lot of all. fortitude and undisturbed balance. which is but a corner of the kitchen. that all is Joy. Shanti. Do not think that ease and comfort are the main things in life. educated and uneducated. a fruit that rots. be resolved. bad. that is better than "Paschaath Tapa" (regret for the mistake made). man descends to the level of the beast. Utter the name of God. The quantity of riches one must earn can be compared to the shoes one wears. and between what you are capable of and what you accomplish. hollow. when money is spent in all the four quarters for promoting good works. pleasure. You worship the Lord with an eye on the dishes or cooking on the oven. artificial life. it yields contentment and happiness in plenty. Spread it wide. wicked plans and plots will disappear like fog before the Sun when the Name of God is remembered sincerely. Do not try to get it for a flower that fades. which is his own Reality. Give up all low desires and call from the anguished heart. Be steady. This expansion of one's individuality to cover the ends of the Universe is the highest leap of man. There are some who write and speak as if they have known Me. So too. the decision. “Vishavasana”. Piled up in one place. scatter it over fields. I can only say Title of Document Page 29 of 166 . with a nose inhaling hungrily the smells of the hot curries. 156 MAN has been enslaved by money. It gives supreme "Ananda". all that is to be known of Me. from the Puja room. the response will certainly come. When we have more. There man discovers that the World is one in God. a leaf that dries and water that evaporate. 154 FOOD received by foul means and clothing procured through ease and comfort are the main things in life. Money is of the nature of manure. good. He is firmly established in equanimity. if too small. Maya. etc. which can burn into ash a big hill of cotton! All evil thoughts. an experience for which sages and saints spent years of prayer and asceticism. 158 GIVE something divine if you want the Divine. Dharma and Sathya are Divine. Disappointment. Man should seek to possess only as much money as is most essential for his living. grief. immaculate hearts be rendered dirty by false-hood and wrong. it rewards you with a bumper harvest. he is liberated also from the pulls of joy. rich and poor. Prema. it breeds pride. Move away from it and you have to follow your own shadow. pain. He realizes that he himself is all this apparent World that all the multifarious manifestations are the fantasies of the Divine will. In pursuit of money. Love and Bliss. He lives a superficial. if too big. Let not your pure. it pollutes the air. Do not commit a fault or take a false step and then repeat it! Have the "Thaapam" (the deliberation. 155 ONCE man is free from undue attachment to the body and its appurtenances. This is indeed a great pity. 157 MOVE forward towards the light and the shadow falls behind you.

HE has come with the message of Love. It is like a wheel without a hub or spokes! No one can push a boulder away while standing on it. "taking near".this: they can never know Me and My nature. you cannot be free from anxiety while all the entrances through which it sneaks in are open. to calm the storms that rage. the wicked have to be reformed and reconstructed through love and Compassion. Atma. who is friendly and compassionate towards all. twice born! The boy is born first into the World. Let your mind dwell on elevating thoughts. which reconstruct the personality. Do not waste a single moment of your time talking in idle gossip. that is to say. The only weapon which can transform the vile and the vicious is the Name of the Lord uttered with Love. Life without goodness. fame or benefit. vain boasting or demeaning recreations. intellect and emotion must be directed to the revelation of the Resident of the Heart. good thoughts. now he is born into the Sadhaka World. who is free from the bondage of "I" and "mine". is more important than the journey to the Moon or Mars. it transmutes it into an instrument for liberation from delusion. protests and advises giving up. Resolve this day to engage only in virtuous deeds. purify it and rebuild it. It makes the person receiving it a "Dwija". 160 THREE disciplines are essential to become aware of Divinity in all and in the Avatar. even if they are born and reborn a thousand times. a person who walks towards Brahma. Stop catering to the senses and feeding the desires that haunts you. the path of Brahma. The Name is redolent with Divine Glory. good actions and good words is like the sky in the night without the moon or stars. and good company. with Love. and every act should be done sincerely. reform the mind. who Title of Document Page 30 of 166 . one has to be like Me. good thoughts. 161 IF God is implanted in the heart. "Sarvam Brahmamayam" is a fact. Can ants discover the depth of the Ocean? 159 IN this Kali age. That is why this Avatar has come unarmed. It is one of the Samskara. Above all. 164 SEE God in every being and then true "Sneha" will blossom. you will see God everywhere. because the word means. even in the objective World. no activity should be taken up with individual aggrandizement in view. To know Me. but the former is the more beneficial. listen to the voice of God within. 162 THE journey into the inner consciousness. It pictures the shame that has to be suffered. He becomes a Brahmachari. "Adveshta sarva bhoothanam maitrah karuna evacha Nirmano nirahamkaarah Sama dukher Sukha Kshami": "He who has no trace of hatred towards any creature. The latter may be more spectacular. 163 THE ceremony of Brahmopadesam is Upanayanam. that is rites. So when it is turned over in the mind. and introducing him to Brahmajnana. taking the young aspirant near Brahman. As soon as one contemplates a wrong act. rise to this height. with no yearning for acquiring personal profit. This type of true "Sneha" can come only when you follow the advice of Krishna. the voice warns. the punishment that has to be faced and the disgrace that it entails.

had a large share of persecution. 166 UGADHI: THE word "Ugadhi" means: the day of the Inauguration of the "Yuga or Age". the strands being "Ahamkara" (Egoism). He has no rope-factory there. I do not entrust to others. With the constant remembrance of God. for the Dwapara Yuga it is Archana or Ritual worship. but man alone continues with his old prejudices. Harischandra. The bird relieves the itch of the buffalo by scratching it with its beak. but I have never craved. Grow in Love. Nature puts on a neat garb of green. for supplying him with the rope he needs. who had resolved never to waver from Truth. as if it does not take any credit for its accomplishment and as if it helps you to pluck the fruit. They feed those who cannot fly far. giving up all habits that interfere with the constant remembrance of God. That is the new dress you have to wear and shine on this day. not until then. "Oh Swami is having his rest hour. for the Thretha Yuga it is Dharma. each more terrifying than the previous one. was subjected to ordeal after ordeal. and "Kama" (Desire). which tarnish and demean him. it does not raise its head aloft in pride. for they are the signs of true "Sneha". Moon and Stars. You manufacture the rope yourself and have it ready around your neck. 168 YAMA or the God of death is described as dragging his victims to his abode by means of the rope or "Paasa". it bends low. "Vishayavasana" (sense-attachment). All knowing and All Merciful. Expand yourself. who attempted to rebuild mankind on the basis of Love. Take in all.takes pain and pleasure as equally welcome and who is forbearing in spite of provocation". so that they may learn self-reliance and get experience thereby. I am ever engaged in some activity or other for your benefit. The New Panchangam reveals the position of the Sun. defamation and privation. worship the Lord. Shall I tell you at what time I feel restful. for a minute's rest or sleep or relief. 167 I AM showing you by My example. Swami is sleeping". 165 MOHAMMED. On this day dedicate your life anew to the spiritual discipline. relieved and content? When I know that you are all earning supreme Bliss through detachment and spiritual discipline. was crucified by little men who feared that their tiny tower of hate and greed would be toppled by his teaching. injury and torture with a smile. Grow these qualities in you. I do them myself. leaving the result to the All-powerful. 169 LEARN a lesson from the tree. and for the Kali Yuga it is Naamasmarana and Seva. Those who seek to know God must steel themselves to bear insult. who sought to establish the primacy of the One Formless Absolute. out-worn habits and moth-eaten principles. When it is heavy with fruits. You must fill every moment with useful beneficial activity. Learn a lesson from the birds. stoops. The spiritual discipline prescribed by the Scriptures for the Krita (Yuga) Age is Dhyana. Jesus. he has only to take hold of the rope and pull you along! It is a three-stranded rope. Things that I could get done. they help and serve each other with no thought of Title of Document Page 31 of 166 . Saint Thyagaraja sang that Rama's Grace could counteract the evil effect of Stars. Well. You talk among yourselves. It is only when you are proceeding on the God ward journey along the nine stages of Bhakti that you can attain this Divine ideal of true friendship.

I will be available over the phone. which the Sastras declare. I have My own special Postal and Telephone Systems. but I will not be available for all those who do not have the sincere and steady yearning for the Lord. one personification of one of His innumerable attributes of Glory. You are not my Lord". Then there is the expansion of your Love. This is the way of the World. For those who say. "No. 174 A STRONG will is the best tonic. There is in life the tragedy of ignorance and selfishness. 173 HE greatest single cause for darkness in the World today is envy. Transform "Tamo guna” into "Thapo guna" and save yourself. and "Sarveswara Chintha". Then you become the Embodiment of Love. I am "Anandaswarupa". and "Anandaswarupa".reward. How much more alert must man be then with his superior skills and faculties? Service is the best cure for egoism. But remember. malice moves others to invent calumny in order to tarnish his reputations. 176 Title of Document Page 32 of 166 . the eye. then you are full of joy. Peace and Joy. "Yes". 170 I WOULD advise you to dwell always on one Name of God. the tongue and the feet become tools for your uplift. returning to your avocations. and suffer calamity. 172 REMOVE the weight from your head by transferring all burdens to the Lord. the removal of hate and envy from your mental composition. The ear. a sacrifice and a Puja. I too echo. feel that you are "Atma Swarupa". There are rules and regulations for the operations of the Systems. For those who say. not traps for your destruction. "Nithya Swarupa". seeing the God whom you adore in every other person intently as you see Him in yourself. So too. You can find them there. come and take "Ananda" from Me and. I am glad that devotees have today acquired this new convenience at Prashanthi Nilayam. 171 REMOVE the cataract and the vision becomes clear. others envy him and strive to ruin his peace of mind. "Satpravatana". I say "No". Medicine and hospitalization are for those who doubt and hesitate and argue about this doctor being more efficient than the other and this drug being more powerful than the rest. dwell on that "Ananda" and be full of "Shanti". They operate from the heart straight to the heart. If I am available in your heart. leave everything to His will and His Law. "Yes". When one is happy and contented. They force man to take the wrong road. When any one is acclaimed as great. His Name is the drug that cures. The will becomes strong when you know that you are a child of Immortality or a person who has earned the Grace of the Lord. For those who rely on the Supreme Doctor. remove the feeling of inferiority that dwarfs you now. then every act of yours becomes a "Yajna". 175 YOU can call me on the phone. Feed your mind with sweet and wholesome food: "Satsang".

the fruit is the main gain. you reach the acme of Sweetness. of affirming and illumining the Atmic Reality of each being in order to reveal the Divine. 182 Title of Document Page 33 of 166 . Contemplation of the Rama and Krishna Avatars and their Leelas and Mahimas is the surest method of cultivating the Divine in Man. when you are immersed in the sea of Universal Love. The leaves. and of instructing all to recognise the common Divine Heritage that binds man to man. So too. the removal of misery and distress is incidental to My Mission. Have God imprinted on your hearts. So. and it is a greater tragedy if he cannot cultivate his Divinity. so that man can rid himself of the animal and rise into the Divine which is his goal. repenting for past blunders. but the main aim is the fruit. They are: Prema (Love). "Thapam" means heat. Sweetness (Madurya). It is "Thapas" that fosters Renunciation and discipline. when your mind loses its identity and merges in the Universal Mind. 177 THE Rama and Krishna Avatars performed the mission of restoring Dharma and fostering virtuous living. 181 THIS Sai has came in order to achieve the Supreme task of uniting the entire mankind as one family through the band of brotherhood. and unyielding adherence to equanimity in the face of success or failure. Animality and Divinity. This task will succeed. 178 GOD has four qualities and it is only when you cultivate them that you can understand Him. 179 MY task is not merely to cure and console and remove individual misery. besides punishing the wicked and teaching the World that vice will not succeed. be ever so inextricably established in Him . It is a tragedy if he cannot get rid of the Animality. then there is Splendour indescribable. The important task of the mango tree is to produce mango-fruit. Krishna replied. It is something far more important. "Among us there is neither I nor they. The leaves and the edible core of the stem are all incidental. the basis on which the entire Cosmos rests. 180 NARADA once asked Krishna the secret of the attraction His flute play had on the cowherds of Brindavan. "Do they run to You or do You run to them?” he queried. the branches and the trunk of the tree are useful in their own way. Man is an amalgam of Humanity. "Thapas” means all acts undertaken with higher motives and all acts indicating yearning for the spirit. staunch determination to adhere to virtue. self-control. My main task is the re-establishment of Veda and Shastra in the heart of Bharthavarsha and the revival of Knowledge about them in the people. burning intensity and earnestness of endeavor. that stage is Beauty. The development of Prema is enough to add into you the other three. and Shoba (Splendor). also from the plantain-tree. Beauty (Soundarya). When you are full of Prema for the Divine in all creation. no doubt. how can a picture be separated from the cloth on which it is painted? I am imprinted on their hearts so inseparably and so inextricably".that is My message to you.TRUTH can reflect itself in your intelligence only when it is cleaned by "Thapas".

man too. hate and grief. the corrector. you can merge in the Ocean of Love. Seen through the eyes of Love. Through Love. He should know that he is the imperishable. Love loosens bonds. which have been given to you on trust. so. The World is one vast kin. and attempts are frantically being made to bring down the level. The temple helps to soften the hearts! It instills the virtue of compassion and charity. 184 DOES thou know why you are given eyes? To see whatever can be seen? No! No! To fill the eyes with the vision of God who resides on Mount Kailas.DO not get elated at the riches. Love cures he should not regard himself as a cheap nut or bolt that has no higher purpose in life. unconquerable Atma. authority. 187 GOD is all-powerful. Man must realise his pricelessness. He has greater poison in him than the snake. his mind. has to move in a crooked path. We must visualise in everyone only the good and the Godly. to follow people into the bazaar or to see unsightly films. his tongue. Have no other thought than God. The fundamental cause for the rise in prices is the decline in the price of man. 183 NOW. when he realises the stage of "Nirvikalpa". people must get into the habit of calling on Him as a living presence. the admonisher and the savior. Love the World as the vesture of God. status. 186 GOD is the source of all Love. it saves man from the torments of birth and death. image or picture! It is indeed ridiculous. Greed and cruelty will spread in an atmosphere that has no devotion and Title of Document Page 34 of 166 . there is a wave of anxiety spreading over the World as a result of rising prices. and intelligence. The cobra raises its hood and sways in joy when it hears music . his hands. They are all signs of His Grace. all deeds are dedicated. 188 GOD is the guardian. We have to cast our looks at sacred sights. That is the purpose for which God has equipped us with eyes. and do not give an ear to scandals. not in a straight line. and the body is only a vehicle for the Atma. have no other aim than knowing His command. That is what is meant by Surrender. Never seek to exult over others' faults. opportunities for service and symbols of responsibility. his heart and his thoughts . hear only good things about them. his venom is to be found in his eye. no more and no less. He has not gifted them to us to observe and judge others. 185 THE snakes move in curves. Love binds all hearts in a soft silken symphony. Love God. dances in heavenly Bliss. it is practically futile. To adore such a formidable limitless principle. Adore Him so long as you have breath and so long as you are conscious. so that you may benefit others. man spends a few minutes out of the 24 hours and uses a minute idol. all beings are beautiful. God is everywhere. and all thoughts are innocent. Surrender yourself unto Him. no other activity than translating that command into action. man too. deal sympathetically with the errors and mistakes of others. when he is following the senses. (steady unchanging establishment in the ultimate Reality).whereas the cobra has it only in its fangs. God is all knowing.

ears that do not hear your praise. Become aware of the God that resides in you. if recited with love and faith. who parade their own faults as excellence and deride the excellence in others as faults. 189 THERE are three types of persons: those. and you receive what you have worked for. "To visualise the Lord". are worse. God has no need of your service. if he is armed with the Grace of Rama. 190 GOD has no will or want. Majesty. Awareness confers Grace. dream and wakefulness. What then is the special feature of Rama. can only croak like a frog". He does not confer or withhold. Do good and have good done in return. Glory. Purandaradasa. and there is really no help (or) hindrance. uttering my son's name. who is not concerned with the contents of the letters that he hands over to the addressees. are the highest type. Might and Splendour. aware and alight. 193 ALL who come embodied are Avatars. space and causation. It can bring unheard of and unimagined strength and courage. you are unaware of the Atma. who confess their own faults and mention the excellence of others. but the mother of Hanuman.adoration to God. provides for you and prevents you from falling prey to pernicious propensities. That is the law. But there was the mother of Rama with them. Make yourselves into moving temples. It is He who protects you. does He suffer from pain in the legs. 194 THE name of God. The name has that overmastering power. 195 Title of Document Page 35 of 166 . has that power. Once the mother of Agastya boasted that her son drank all the waters of the ocean. The last type is nowadays most rampant. time. said. The service of man is the only means by which you can serve God. the planetary missiles could never injure him. Buddha and Christ? Why do you celebrate their Birthdays with such reverential enthusiasm? The specialty is this: they are Aware. Awareness confers Liberation from bonds. "Your son leaped over the ocean. he was helpless". Avatars are ever alert. one letter might communicate victory. be bad and accept the bad that comes back to you. "What are eyes for?" and answered the question himself. and sleep. another defeat. "Why go to that extent? My son leaped over it in a trice". He is the eternal witness. be "Dasanudasas". another great saint. for I am in their hearts and I am the One they call out for. that is to say. are narrow mountain caves where jackals live. says Purandaradasa. who was there. Manifestations of God. 192 THYAGARAJA said that. are black balls. which is the Truth. "Eyes that do not yearn to see you. To put it in the language that you can understand: He is like the postman. and the tongue that does not relish the repetition of your Name. Without it. the servants of the servants of the Lord. Krishna. or ache in the stomach? Try to serve the Godly. those. who highlight their own excellence and decry the faults of others. are the worst. 191 THE relief and joy that you give to the sick and the sad reach me. She said. asked. advents of the Divine. those.

no expense is involved. Buddha knew and made known to the World the Truth. Everything is polluted. Maithree means amicability. I will drag them. too. no materials are needed. Everything is brief. There are many who can not bear or tolerate the Splendour that I am manifesting. place them on the table and operate. I will get all My people near Me. 200 ALL men are Mine. I have only Love. only the rubbing has to be vigorous and continuous. Do not lay claim to long life. 199 THE foundation for real peace is. that is to say. until they become entirely ego-free. That is what is wanted in the world today: My three. hereafter. "Ram". kindness. but for more virtues in the heart. It is Love that prompts Me to save them and to open their eyes. So the wise man has to do the duties cast upon him with discrimination. think and act together without friction or faction. Mine is genuine DIVINE POWER. When you do so at intervals and with poor pressure. diligence and detachment. then. in an atmosphere of love and understanding. the Divinity that is expressed in every act. "If you do not want the World and its reactions to stick to you. it will be different. but to Divine life. Everything is empty. That is to say. So. there is no special place or time to be provided. heat is generated. 198 IN order to escape being tossed about on the waves of joy and grief. we shall speak. my word. It can also be taken to mean "My three". No qualification of scholarship or caste or sex has to be proved. Do not pine for more years on earth. compassion and. one should cultivate unconcern (upeksha). so the whole World has to be saved from the consequences of ignorance or limited knowledge. life sustained by the Atma is eternal. you have to apply a few drops of oil on them. kindness. friendship. "Ram” vigorously and unremittingly. and I am theirs. "Ram". So too. the Lord will shower His Grace. according to the Vedas. I only wish to communicate the Truth. deed and thought shall be in accordance with words. the wonders and amazing happenings that are the result of Grace. soft persuasion. before they get deeper into the morass. Sri Ramakrishna said that if you must avoid the sticky fluid in the jackfruit from contacting your fingers when you peel it. that is to say. I will start teaching and training them.FOR Naamasmarana. it has all been sweetness. these people label these as acts of mesmerism or miracles or feats of magic! They hope to bring these down in the estimation of people. in order to get sufficient heat to melt the soft heart of the Lord. I have no anger or hate. for they are Mine. Title of Document Page 36 of 166 . For the last 25 years. rub the name "Ram". 197 LIFE sustained by food is short. the quality of Maithree. the iron will not get hot. Let me tell you this. Then. an attitude of welcoming either as a sign of Grace. said he. mine is no mesmerism. When a bit of iron is rubbed to and fro on a slab of stone. Play the role but keep your identity unaffected. have a few drops of unconcern applied on your mind". Everything is grief. thought and deed. 196 THIS is the best time to tell you something about the authenticity of this Advent. miracle or magic.

202 FAITH in God will instill faith in themselves and in others and the World will be happier thereby.201 MAN alone can rise through effort to higher stages of spiritual evolution. They would themselves act as ideals. To demonstrate that this process will yield joy. How can children. No one cleans the floor of the forest or cuts away the undergrowth of bush and bramble. with those high and pure qualities. where there is a great deal of dry wood. but they have both to return to Earth. the inner motives and aspirations. which is their common home. pictures and drinking parties and quarreling after arriving home past midnight. or the Russians picnic on the planet Mars. one has to wear the boots of sense-regulation. becoming addicted to nightclubs. This is why birth as a human being is considered a rare gift. inflicting injury. but Ramachandra. The Americans might walk on the moon. the evil thoughts and ideas that arise in his mind. 205 THERE is no Vidya. including their skills and studies. by his will. one has to wear boots. This evidence shows that deep in the core of the "I" there is a spring of "Ananda" which seeks its mate and its fulfillment. which harbors worms and insects. which our students are not proficient in. 203 LIFE is a jungle. drinking. the seeker of knowledge. 206 PARENTS set bad examples uttering falsehood. if one has to pass through the jungle of life without harming oneself. gambling. behaving violently. 204 THERE are three desires which every "I" cannot escape from. "I must live" is the first. scandalizing others. He can control. learn to become bright fresh fragrant flowers of the Sanathana Garden of India? 207 THE student of today is not able to realise what he should primarily be concerned with. But man is different. but they cannot change his nature. To wade through the thorns and the leech-ridden floor of the jungle. peace and prosperity. One can claim genuine victory only when one has reached not the dead satellite. and those of the same stamp are the pioneers in My task of mending the present World and ushering in a new World. the Lord who rules over the inner satellites. Animal trainers of the Circus can train a tiger to perform various tricks. not the Chandra. They cannot make it live on grass and completely deprive it of meat. They are the source of My delight and they sustain My hopes. used to such low sights and sounds. a seeker Title of Document Page 37 of 166 . I have these students as My instruments. The will to live is overpowering and paramount. My "Ananda" and my "Ahaara") These students. "The desire to know" is the second. the inner planets. prompting man behind the senses into the outer World for pleasures. They develop all the virtues and they saturate every act of theirs. (They are My "Aasaya". No other animal can do so. So too. In practice he is only a "Vishayarthi". It is only in name that he is a "Vidyarthi". His nature can be changed by means of his own disciplined effort. but the living star. This is the urge for immortality. "The desire for joy" is the third. This too is unquenchable thirst and is an indication of the position of which the "I" is the inheritor.

which means the dual process of removing the dust and dirt of vice. action and behaviour. When this is the condition. elders and the Committee of management. and planting the virtues of Sathya. Heads are full of evil thoughts Ears are open for scandal-tales. one who is ignorant of the historical and cultural heritage of his country is like a stupid person who has no knowledge of his parents. It will not stay a moment there. the body is essential to keep safe the precious gift of virtue. however artistic the envelope and however poetic the composition of the letter. it will not reach the addressee by post when it lacks the 50 paise stamp! So too the Title of Document Page 38 of 166 . It is the duty of every human being to understand and respect his parents. not only in confusion but in downright insanity. Siva. or Brahman. In fact. They wear white clothing. 209 SAMSKRITI the word for culture and civilization is derived from the word Samskara. love and discrimination. the final fulfilling one. the fault lies on the parents. Reason pursues plan to cheat. but they could be reduced to ten and if needed. it is the duty of every national to assimilate and appreciate the historical and cultural background of his nation and consider these two factors as his father and mother. of recognising one's identity with Madhava. Similarly. 212 HOWEVER superfine the paper. ascent is impossible. how can one earn Vidya? Of course. but the hearts are still dark. Their number is forty-eight in all. Minds crave for wicked plots. 208 TODAY the student-world is tossed in confusion. 211 IF a school has poor discipline and if its students are led away by self-seekers into the wilderness. Nara is but Narayana seen through the limitations of primal ignorance. 210 AN Iron box is essential to keep safe precious stones. Samskara is also the name for certain obligatory rites of initiation and purification prescribed by the Vedas for the spiritual upliftment of man. so too.of worldly pleasures. the first duty of the child is reverence to the parents. in a nation. even to one. man's present situation and status are determined by his acts and thoughts in the past. faith. How can you expect the Heavenly Father to respond to your prayers if you do not respond to the demands of the earthly Father? The first step in Dharma is gratitude. When Vidya perceives these in man. Shanti and Prema. The parents gave it and so they have to be respected by speech. Dharma. Eyes delight in peeping unseen. When the first step is absent. The Committee often is only a "Come-for-Tea" affair.

217 MAAM anusmara . steady and straight person. or Bhojan (eating) or Pujan (adoration of God). the significance of the number two.Abhista . He fashions it. Be pure and be full of Love. unsullied by any tinge of desire for the benefit that flows from it or the fruit of consequence of that Love. 215 MOST of the names of the Divine have but two letters or syllables. they cannot reach the addressee . you must be prepared for both Joy and Grief. your tongue should not seek evil speech. for all who flounder on the road. and He fulfills it. When He is fused with every breath. Datta. for His sake to yield strength for His work. Bhakti is Prema.trappings. and you will be happy to receive their Private Secretary Boga who plays a minor role in the presence of his Master. moles and rosaries are ineffective. invite the Minister Thyaga or his colleague Yoga. as you are eager to be saved. the temples that one has built or renovated. so that "Jnana” can be attained and Liberation gained. 219 GOD is as eager to save you. you can achieve the sovereign task of merging in Him. vestures. gives food. The two processes are necessary for the removal of obstructions and the construction of the structure. He is Prema. not even secondary. Help those who are in a worse condition and serve those who need your help. is that the first syllable represents Agni (Fire principle). 213 I WANT each one of you to grow into a strong. shawls. The body has to be nourished for the sake of the Head. These are not vital at all. He is Karuna. your ears should not seek evil tales. Your eyes should not seek evil sights.God. which burns up accumulated demerit or sin. He fills it. Rama. 216 WHEN you live in the World of desire. for He gives it. He promotes pasture of cattle and agriculture in order that the food must sustain the Head and render it intelligent and clear enough to realise God. 214 GOD appears in human form.Prada" (He who grants the desires of the Title of Document Page 39 of 166 . your minds should not seek evil thoughts. and the second represents the Amrita principle. Kali etc. He is called "Bhakta .with Me in memory ever! Do not distinguish this task as Bhajan. 218 BHAKTI is not to be calculated on the basis of the institutions one has started or helped. and along with him you must be prepared for the visit of his Private Secretary Roga! On the other hand. Hara. Krishna. Food-HeadGod: this is the chain of events.. Invite the Minister Boga. no. refreshing and the reformation force. the restorative. nor does it depend on the number of times one has written the Name of the Lord or on the time and energy one has spent in the worship of the Lord. Shakti. What will take their prayers to the addressee is the 50 paise stamp: dedication or Bhakti. for he. Hari. your hands should not seek evil acts. eaten by Him. the donations one has given away. He uses it. Each moment is worthwhile. All acts are Pujan.

221 THE bird. and there is a dictum: "Heads in the Forest. discovered through the impact of Love. it is a Tabernacle: Sivam! Identify yourselves with the Mantra. 222 THE Vedavids marked three stages in the Life of man and assigned one aspect of God to preside over each stage. is filled with reverential worship of the God in all. Faith in God has to be constant and firm in the face of every challenge by fate or fortune. where man is deep in activity of some sort or other in Karma. God is all knowledge.Devotees). but let me say why? A sign of My "Ananda" is the success of the Bhaktas in capturing My heart. from the moment of birth to the moment of death. which can help us cross the ocean of change "Samsara". under the protection of Rudra. Do deeds that are holy and beneficial. 224 DUTY is God. presided over by the Source of illumination. in purposeful activity. untarnished by ego and the greed to benefit. your field of work. Work is Worship. 225 A DEVOTEE once lamented. Adithya or the Sun. the body is a corpse: Savam! When it manifests. "Oh God! You have forgotten me"! This is never possible. is always. Being valued as a boat. that I roll my hair on My fingers and draw them right over My face. 220 THE human body has been secured as a reward for many lives of meritorious activity. When that chirp does not emanate from the breath. is presided over by Vasu. all power. chirping "Soham” declaring "Jiva and Deva are One". untiring effort. 223 THE World is a furnace and a factory where man has to shape his destiny by his honest. and all mercy. it has to be tended with grateful reverence. this Earth. The third is the stage of Jnana. Then surely. Choose the crop that you need before you sow the seeds. He. The Bhagavad Gita calls the body "Kshetra". the bird chirps and the breath repeats. 226 Title of Document Page 40 of 166 . is really entitled to the status of a KARMA YOGI. will be transformed into a Karmakshetra and a Dharmakshetra. that God is his never failing friend and guide. It is this affirmation that is the justification for the gift of life. which means "a field". the supreme Wisdom. You say that I laugh within Myself. The first. it is the devotee who forgets that he is the child of God. Start on the sacred pilgrimage to the Divine Goal and make every minute of your life holy and purposeful. saying. The second. who takes up this challenge and spends his allotted years and the skills and intelligence with which he is endowed. one can sow holiness or sin and gather a harvest commensurate with the particular quality. illumines and fills the cage with the "Divine Fragrance". Hands in Society". in the physical cage wherein man is imprisoned.

That will make you real Karma Yogins. such spiritual power in you! You do not have to run for it here and there. gather in some consecrated spot. a temple or mandir and offer grateful thanks to the Lord. You will not be tempted to abuse others or harm them in any way. Heavens on earth. He might be doing all acts as acts of worship to the God residing in his heart. but three. going around the World and spending a lot of money. and the one you really are. God is inside you. We have to experience the Bliss of realising Him as the core of our being. the one you think you are (physical). 229 WE cannot describe God in the vocabulary learnt upon the Earth. singing His name and meditating on His Majesty. You live in Love. guiding and guarding him. an inquirer into the mystery (Gnana Yoga) or a devout adorer (Bakthi Yoga). and. or their wards and students. Be in your own house. the Joy that bubbles in your hearts is the symbol of Vaikunta. the sense which makes him either a participant (Karma Yoga). You must examine yourselves every moment. 231 ONE does not have to search for spiritual power. You are not a man. and depressed to ordinary mortals. we are bound to sink. 227 WE. who are crossing the ocean of Samsara (the chain of birth and death). whether you are observing the discipline I have laid down and the program of service I have marked out. You are not one person. God is in you. need to cultivate the art of swimming through "Bhagavath Chinthana" (Meditation of God). Life is a boat which enables us to cross the ocean of Samsara with the aid of Meditation on God.A PERSON might appear poor. when the work is over. you are also free from evil ways. However learned we may be. Do not be under the delusion that God is somewhere and you have to search for Him. You claim to have devotion to Me. pray to God for a few minutes at least. really speaking. but God could be ever installed in his heart. Hearts dedicated to these ideals are indeed "golden". God is not outside you. you are God yourself. That is the way to earn My Love. if we do not have this training and cultivation. Love others and serve them. at the end of the day. then you can win My Love. the abode of Siva. Homes such as yours are. but you must examine and discover whether I am pleased with you. 233 Title of Document Page 41 of 166 . God is not external. the earnestness and care that you evince in your work is the sign of Kailas. 230 EVERYDAY before you begin work. Man is endowed with a sense of wonder and awe. 228 WHEN you spend your hours in thoughts about God. he might not have the exterior demonstration of devotion. 232 PARENTS and teachers can earn My Grace only by becoming good and worthy examples to their sons and daughters. distressed. accepting all the events as His gifts. develop it in yourself. the one others think you are (mental). even heroes of the Karma Path.

or Sai or Krishna can take you across the boundless sea of Samsara. 239 THE Avatar is Atmasakthi that has put on the raiment of Kriyasakthi and Yogasakthi. that the Golden Age will ever recur. How. Sath-Chakravarthi. You may doubt whether such a small raft as Rama. by reciting the names of God. Srihari. her stoop is not to be described as a "coming down". It is "SathChith-Ananda". wails and clamours for help. That "Ananda" is to be tasted through the Name. when the World is polluted by conflict and confusion. Wind and fire respect their limits and bonds. magnificent ideas. So. Many hesitate to believe that things will improve.YOU will see the day when the Chitravati sands alone cannot accommodate the gatherings that assemble here from all parts of the World. 236 REMEMBERING the Lord by means of His name is enough to save man. names that describe HIM to your receptive Consciousness. when sacred texts are not grasped aright. when good men caught in cruel coils wail. to relieve the earth of the burden of Vice. they are able to walk through dark jungles with a tiny lamp in their hands. to save them from pain and shame. as the Lord of Peace. That is the main discipline for this Age. the heart has to beat a definite number of times a minute. to fulfill the promise made in the Tretha Age. has come to the Earth as the Refuge of the refugees. He is also "Ananda". has vast potentialities. as the Sath-Chith-Anandamurthi. Vasudeva. The human body has to maintain its warmth at 98. The name or even the Pranava . fill yourselves with vast thoughts. the mother stoops and takes it up in her arms. the King of Kings. has come into the World. they are laid down for your own good. that life for all will be happy and full of joy. no! When the baby in the cradle weeps. Let me assure you that this Dharmaswarupa has not come in vain. it will succeed in averting the crisis that has come upon Humanity. in order to be healthy. Regulation is the every essence of creation. can this Organisation escape the prescription of certain rules and regulations? 238 THE same Divine compassion that blessed Dharma. when the sky alone can provide a roof for them all. But. The Lord is "Anandamaya". to proclaim the message they teach mankind. to restore the path of virtue and peace. Generally. 234 WHEN the Dharma of the Age is laid aside to establish it anew.which is smaller. 235 GOD alone is eternal. saved Gajendra. The oceans observe their limits. People cross vast oceans on a tiny raft. as the Lord of all the Worlds. man is a momentary flash. then. If you earn the necessary Title of Document Page 42 of 166 .4ø F. Achutha has incarnated on this earth. a tiny wave that rises and falls. restored Kuchela and stood by Prahalada. through loving means. The raft need not be as big as the sea! 237 DO not fret against the rules and regulations which the Organisation imposes on you. indefinable splendour. and as the Puttaparthi Sathya Sai. Harmony and Righteousness. Avatar or the process of Incarnation is described as a "coming down" from a higher status to a lower one.

for in man there is the how can man succeed in overwhelming the outer foes? Burdened with sloth and dullness. by His very nature. confide in Daya. If. Do you know where I find happiness? I am happy when I am with you. In order to correct their mistakes and remove your faults. that the piece of iron is too thickly covered by rust and dust. He is a mirror wherein you can see yourselves as you really are. you multiply your demerits and descend lower and lower. He has no prejudices or preference. When man is aware that the same Divine consciousness that motivates him is equally motivating all others. how can he achieve wisdom? Prompted by passion. I sometimes have to use harsh words. foster and guide. That is the reason why I declare "My Life is My Message". God. on the other hand. cooperation and love flourish. man (the iron) does not realise his own defect. I have no anger in Me. man and God. I am consistently engaged in some work or another at all hours. Where there is no ego . then Love ousts the ego into the background and takes charge of man's activities. 246 HOLD all your property and wealth in trust for the Lord who gave them to you. The real fact however is. These are your genuine kith and kin. as if it is your own brother. we sometimes conclude that the magnet has lost its power. words and thoughts. as if it is your dearest friend. but you may be rest assured that My sole aim is to turn you to better ways.credentials. 241 YOU think that Sai Baba is comfortably sleeping in the Mandir. Thus. how can you be saved? 240 SAI only reflects your mind. for it does not allow two good men to work together. Move with them. how can he cultivate devotion? Balance and equanimity alone can confer peace and harmony. even your family you must treat as a sacred trust. Title of Document Page 43 of 166 . the Incarnation will come and save you. are like iron and magnet. adore love as you adore your mother. attracts man near. courage. when planted and fostered in one's heart. do not forsake or neglect them. Thus. 243 OVERCOME by inner foes. as persons given to you by the Lord to love. I am ever in full Ananda. treat "Sahana". makes one pay the penalty. Grief follows it like a shadow. 245 REVERE Jnana as you revere your father. I do not get attached to anything nor do I need to detach Myself from anything. fortitude. as if it is your own beloved son. move fondly with Dharma. 242 EGOISM is a thorny bush which. When the magnet fails to attract the iron piece. Egoism makes enemies of fast friends and rains many good causes and projects. but rushes to blame God (the magnet) and even to deny Him. you must elevate your attachment into worship and make it an instrument for spiritual progress. have "Shantam" as your better half. It is the inner compassion which takes the other form of anger. peace. 244 NARA and Narayana.

"I am Siva. His Majesty and His Glory. the constant presence of Sathya Sai will be yours. as we miss the movement of the earth. They will not take you far. There is no room here for egoistic poses. totaling up to a mere zero. one canceling the other out. away by your fancies into the jungle of words and feelings. after long years of cleansing the mind through the process of "Tapas". You must also develop "Sathguna". it makes you build castles in the air. good characteristics and a good character. begin worshipping it every day or every Thursday. 248 DEVOTION towards God goes ill with hatred towards fellow-men. and taking it home. But develop the thirst for Krishna. ever present in us and in every being.247 YOU come to Puttaparthi. but we miss Him. recrimination and jealousy. compulsory tactics. true to your inner-most nature. the Divine Principle is one. but. Krishna-nama makes you very strong and steady. It is "Sivam" and it is latent in each being. the Moon and the Stars by watching the sky. It makes you pursue the mirage in the desert. Though called by many names and recognised in many forms. it breeds discontent and despair once you succumb to it. you discover the cool-spring of Ananda within you. when music from the Nagaswaram pipe is played and when it is fascinated by that sweet melody. the seasons and the precise procession of day and night. Siva am I". secure a picture. That is the Sai kinship. 253 THE serpent can be tamed and its poisonous fangs removed. Sivoham .was the exclamation that rose from the Souls that knew the Truth in a flash of illumination. just as we infer the movements of the Earth. They must be based on mutual trust and cooperation built on the actual experience of the One-ness of all. I wish to emphasis that the Sathya Sai Trusts have to shine forth among them all by their special characteristics. our life is a chain of pluses and minuses. the true presence. including Man. The poison that Vishaya exerts on the human mind can also be eliminated and countermanded. all that is simply "Sathkarma". Be firm. 249 THERE are many Trusts operating in this country and in others beyond the seas. 250 GOD too is a reality. Otherwise. it is sweet and sustaining. good activity. without a second. Kinship based on this recognition alone will last. when man is fascinated by the sweet Title of Document Page 44 of 166 . Do not be led. 251 HUMAN desire is illimitable and without end. We have to infer God through proofs and evidences of His Providence. Fellow-men and the World must be seen ever in the mirror of "Sath-Chith-Ananda". 252 SIVOHAM. good habits. greed for power. When you deepen that kinship. good attitudes. His grace. virtues. We cannot describe God in the vocabulary learnt on the earth.

Revere the World as Divine. Cultivate Love and Prema towards all. the goal of all varieties of Sadhana. The day when sorrows of the poor recur and men move closer as brothers born. The human essence in man is Divine. It will soon fade away. Justice. The Cosmos is a bubble born in the Absolute. all who crave for heat and light. Today. The range of Love decides the distance for Me. by the repetitive chanting of the meaningful Names of the Lord. 259 I HAVE no sense of distinction between Bhaktas who worship this form or that. The true Guru is not the human preceptor. Can they survive the invasion? So too. these indeed are worthwhile days. the cows of Truth. God is the best friend for man. Sweeping the streets. in spite of these handicaps. Everything is the substance of God. provided you arm yourself with Love. Do you not sweep the floor of your homes? Do you not scrub and wash off dirt? When you undertake such tasks. that is the way to gain nearness. So there is no need to wander in search of a Guru. The rest are like days dedicated to obsequies for the dead. In fact the best teacher is one's own heart. Revere the Universe as Guru. Why feel ashamed to be good? The ridicule that may be cast on you has been the reward of many Saints. especially the heart of the educated man. Man is of God. 254 SCRIPTURES are endless. is not below your dignity. with and from God. that is to say. the World is the best scripture. Mohammed was driven out of Mecca by those who could not appreciate his teachings. the human heart. for example. has become the lair of wild desires and cruel habits. Time is the best preceptor and awakener. Sadhanas are countless. But you can easily win the battle of life. The heat of this splendour will destroy the chill of sensual pleasure. The poison in both can thus be transmuted into pure nectar. 256 THE day when devotees sing songs in praise of the Lord and please the ear. 257 DO not consider any act of service as demeaning. Peace and Love cannot survive in the human heart when the "Tigers". 260 Title of Document Page 45 of 166 . All can come near. the best use to which all opportunities can be put and the most profitable way of utilising the precious capital time. Anger and Pride enter and play havoc. which is the essential teaching of all Scriptures. I do not measure distance in terms of meters or miles. All that is seen or heard is God. the villagers will also gladly share in them. The day when servants of God are fed with Love and Care in thankfulness. The light will scatter the darkness of the ages. namely Greed. all this is enveloped by God. time is already overstocked. 258 ISAA Vaasym Idam Sarvam. all this is soaked in God and saturated with God. The day when a Great One comes to us and relates thrilling tales of God. opportunities are few. But their names resound in reverence in the hearts of millions. 255 IMAGINE the fate of the cows when a tiger enters the manger.melodies of NNamasmaranaor Sankeertan. Jesus was crucified.

Then why study these mean.THE real aim of education must be to help the student discover the Divine in every being Saint Vemana says: Scholars study! study! study! But the fools know not what they are! Studying. studying. The Vedas describe Him as thousand-headed. but when the seven-Sages. that is the purpose of your Seva. mortal things? Study only that which is deathless. 267 Title of Document Page 46 of 166 . You are like a man who has forgotten his name. so that you may know who you are. Realise it and try to delve into yourself. And He is none else than your own self. 263 VALMIKI was a highway-robber who waylaid and killed hundreds without hesitation. then the sprouts of Love will make the wastes green with joy. Then you get security and peace. as having the multifaceted form and immanence in the entire Universe. The Mind wedded two wives. and so. Inner contemplation and Outer activity. The most desirable subject for study is the Secret of the Soul which is Immortal. Worship Him. the Flute of Krishna. Mind was infatuated more with the second wife. whom he waylaid one night. studying. the river of Love will murmur along the valleys. Sathya. Dhyana is the process of listening to the Song Celestial. the Five Pandava Brothers. the Lord's. forbearance and self-enquiry. Prema and Ahimsa. Namasmarana etc. gave birth to a 100. each one with a name indicative of badness and wickedness. 266 THE Primal Formless Absolute wedded Desire and the Mind was born. 262 YOU must discover your identity. 264 SCATTER the seeds of Love in dreary desert hearts. Yoga is the merging of the Mind in the Bliss of self-forgetfulness when the music fills the Consciousness. counseled patience. The thousands of hands and eyes and feet that have come here for the festivals are all His. God was on the side of the Pandavas and they won. Dharma. thousand-eyed and thousand-footed. 261 SEVA is the adoration of the Lord. Japa. Dhyana. he was the slave of passion and emotion. as "Viswa-Virataswarupa". and every bird. beast and child will sing the song of Love. with the mental ears alert on the melody. The scholar is not free from vice nor has he become wise. Sharpen your intellect for this purpose. and cleanse your consciousness for this purpose through Sathsang. then only can you have peace. Shanthi. The first gave birth to five sons. as the narrator of Rama's story. 265 PRAYER is the very breath of Religion for it brings man and God together and with every sigh nearer and nearer. the blossom of Love will make the air fragrant. his address and his mission in life. the Kauravas. he turned heroically into the path of Ram (giving up the lure of Kam or Lust) and achieved immortality and immortal fame.

weeps and wails. it can be experienced and enjoyed. in His play. The trained mind is torn by fear. the wagon of life moves towards the cemetery which is its terminus. rises and falls. you run after persons who claim that they got this or other article from Me or were blessed with this gift from Me. We all sail together. Expand yourself. you infer the immanence of the Divine. 273 INTELLECT alone can direct man in the path of discrimination. Pray to God for God. sings and dances. do not develop prejudices against men in power or position. His Might and His Glory. They too are our kith and kin. prompt my intelligence. When you pray to God for a job. because it is your nature to Love. so that I may walk aright". why seek to know and secure a cow? Kamadhenu can give you all that you need. to the son and to the prize. love all. the proper and the improper. Meru. We can contact only individuals.THE Universe is seen. His glory and greatness consist in disentangling himself from that revolving wheel. Title of Document Page 47 of 166 . cannot be seen as such. But God is unseen. But through the individual. When you have Kamadhenu here. take in all! Grow in Love. you are devoted not to God. But though he forgets. Holding it in his grasp. be eager to become that. why cringe for silver and gold from persons who are themselves beggars? When you have God come among you to support and sustain you. When you have Kalpatharu here. or a prize. like that of a homeless Sage. For the fool. for the intelligent. The Vedas teach how to purify the mind and render it into a useful tool. 272 THE mind is the architect of your progress or decline. why bother about the fruits on a tree? Kalpatharu can give you all that you ask. Swami will never lay his hand on a task without proper reason and without some profound effect that will flow there from. the pure elevated mind is placid and unruffled. forgetting the end of the journey. do not relish the narrow path of restricted love. because you know nothing else and because you cannot act otherwise than Love. why grovel before crude vulgar entities? 271 MAN is equipped with a return-ticket when he takes birth. Society to which social service is rendered. All are actors on the World Stage. the mind is an angel. He has to be inferred through His handiwork. This is the reason why man has been praying since Ages. So too. through the Gayathri "hymn" "Illumine me. he earns and spends. 270 WHEN the Giver of Grace is here. Every being is surcharged with His Bliss. Be convinced of one Truth about Me. a son. 268 BE devoted to the Universal. It brings no glory to man if he is tied helplessly to the wheel of birth and death. When you have here the mountain of Gold and Silver. 269 HAVING an open heart. between the true path and the false. Love. His beauty and His Goodness. it can be learnt about. Every atom is surcharged with His Power. the mind is a formidable dinosaur. but to the job.

the heart becomes a dark deserted temple. that is why Avatars happen. well-wisher. 278 CONTENTMENT is heaven. anger is the foe. Godly and natural milieu in which you have to live. they are the symbols of his sentence of imprisonment. also to develop peace. Man strays away into misery and pain. all beneficence. a bank deposit. and compassion is the comrade. beasts and trees have not deviated from their nature. Know this and serve His manifestations. He ignores the voice of God which warns and guides from within. place the rosary in its bag and engage yourselves in relieving distress. and move as friend. teacher. that is the true spiritual path. He is pleased and content. learn to see in every living vital active person the embodiment of all energy. pictures or idols. Samprapthe Sannihithe Kaale Nahi Rakshathi Duakru Karane". calmness is the armour. where the bats of lust and anger breed in the everlasting night. because he loses the sense of value and runs after the temporary and the trivial. rules of grammar cannot save you. all beauty. don't you? It is to encourage peace in the human. 280 AN act dedicated as an offering to the God. healer and participant among men. hence.274 SANKARA wrote a verse summarizing the advice he gave the poor struggling Brahmin house holder at Varanasi (Benares city): "Bhaja Govindam. grief is hell. namely God. when death knocks at your door. resident in all. He has come to restore Dharma and when man follows Dharma. wherever you meet them. 277 GET up. you fool. becomes as sacred as the highest Seva. and he pays the penalty for the transgression. So. when you offer Seva to mankind. God is subtler than ether filling the smallest crevice with His Majesty. You repeat Shanti three times. Man alone has disfigured it. in his crude attempt to improve upon it. Such hearts are foul. Bhaja Govindam. 279 ALL men have two constables ever with them. Praise God. a bungalow in a posh extension of a city? If you have all these but no love in your heart. Bhaja Govindam. Man is a prisoner of his senses so long as these two keep him under guard. Praise God. kinsman. They are "Abhiman" (sense of I) over "Mamakar" (sense of Mine). the Avatar will naturally be pleased and you can win Grace. guide. in the body. the egoistic feeling and the pride of possession. mind and intellect. Do not waste all your years with stone images. 275 OF what avail is a car. Praise God. Moodha Mathe. diseased with terror and error! 276 BIRDS. they are still holding it valid. 281 Title of Document Page 48 of 166 . the Avatar has to come as Man among men.

285 THERE is only one God and He is Omnipresent. when you are helpless. So. desires and fulfillment. illness and health. who hate Society and behave most unsocially. affection. God is lost too! Hold fast to God. myself last! That is the legitimate sequence for the Sadhaka. I am the current that flows into every bulk and illumines it. after vigorous self-examination and continuous discrimination. 283 GOD first. It translates itself into acts of worship. 287 MAN must first decide. man in his callousness towards his own welfare. For I and you are not distinct entities. I am in your hearts. ever full and ever free. the Mind gets saturated with Divine thoughts. the world next. but Truth moves majestically forward. now or later. some fixed point or preliminary form is needed. and who is not a Sadhaka? You have to be one. And to conceive of the Divine as present everywhere at all times. of praise.that is enough offering for Him. merge in the Ocean of Grace. 282 THE call of the Divine echoes in every heart. you are in Mine. the World next. Man has to move from the stance of "I" to the position of "We". love and sacrifice all ingredients of Bhakti. then you will be safe. reverence. even when you have forgotten or neglected or discarded Him. Dogs may bark and jackals howl. and joining the River of Progress. He has no need for the things you offer or promise to offer. when you sleep. It is recast in the Divine Mould until the flow of "Ananda" becomes unabated. Thus. Those who see me as separate are seeing falsehood. you are I. of adoration and of rituals symbolizing the Majesty of God. and God is last. 288 Title of Document Page 49 of 166 . the mind of man is to be clarified and purified by means of a certain psychological process called Sadhana. has turned it topsy-turvy! It is myself first. 286 REMEMBER. Do your duty to yourself . the path that he wishes to traverse. In fact. hunger and contentment. True. and I am you. But to concentrate on the Omnipresent. ever blissful. 284 MY activities are not for publicity or propaganda or even to confer joy on others! They are for conferring joy primarily on me! I have no need to please others and to earn approval or appreciation. This day we see only the wild dance of ego-stricken individuals. it provokes the reaction of awe. Don't be misled into doubt and distress. Moksha or Liberation means the removal of the bonds of Ignorance that could hide the Truth and create a mirage of the Truth. God is your guardian. living is only another name of the process of achieving alternate misery and happiness. He is ever content.THE individual born in the lake of Society must swim and float in the calm waters. so that you can be liberated from this cycle of birthdeath! Now.

The Gita says that the fire which cooked the meal is God. is God. Think of His Immanence in every hill and dale. bird and insect.THE Sai Religion is the harmonious blending though Love of all Religions. deed and thought of yours. this knowledge of the various regions of the world without a knowledge of the region of your own self. and your hearts with the sweetness of His Glory. though some followers of other Faiths feel that the Sai Religion is contrary to theirs. He wants to escape from himself by interesting himself in others. fame and fortune. the Sum. 289 YOU may have vast scholarship. 293 EVERYDAY. Purusha means: he who lives in the rural or port-city or town. It offers a shade to all. And you cannot postpone Faith until you get them. irrespective of age. Selfless Service and the process of Dedication. 290 FORM small Sathsangas and meet regularly for Bhajans and mutual consultation about spiritual matters. more extrovert in fact. See the Purushothama in all Purushas. 294 PREMA must grow with every moment of Sadhana. Ours is the Totality. Of what benefit is all this burden of information that you seek to carry in your head. Fill your eyes with the Beauty of His form. Read some fine spiritual classics like Bhagavatha. But the bee can give you a lesson on how to be free from torment. You have to eat in a prayerful mode. every tree. You cannot bargain: Give me Ananda and then I shall have Faith. in profound gratitude. you cannot have the "Anubhava" and the "Ananda" first. Emerge from Dhyana as a person more charged with Love! Emerge from Bhajan with a greater Title of Document Page 50 of 166 . the centre of all the interest that you evince? 292 REMEMBER. if you educate yourselves properly. You can recognise the Purushothama. It must sweeten every word. You will be really thrilled by the joy of that Vision. 291 MAN is daily growing more and more greedy to know more about the lives of others. every man and beast. He does not want to worry about the details of his own life or the problems of his own rehabilitation. But. the meal is God. Each one of us is the resident and the sole resident of a distinct house of God. and the fruit of that work is progress towards God. the purpose of eating is to carry on the work entrusted by God or pleasing to God. when you take food you are offering eatables to the fire that God has put in you to digest food. your ears with the story of His Leelas. the Supreme Resident in all the cities. the eater is God. we should not limit or restrict our Vision. It helps with fruit and shade even to the foe who lays his ax on its trunk! The dog can teach you a lesson in Faith. sex or religion. inspire yourselves by seeing Him everywhere. We should not entertain similar feelings. The tree can teach you forbearance and tolerance. nationality or status. the Purushothama.

let them activate your intellect and your hands. word and deed. Pursuing petty physical beauty leads man astray. 301 Title of Document Page 51 of 166 . that is the road to lasting peace and joy. He is the Deity to whom worship is offered first in any ritual. it is as calamitous as the pursuit of trivial joy. Prayers are offered to Vigneswara for removing obstacles and impediments. Flowers fade. But you worry more about physical needs and comforts than Japam and Dhyanam. as if God is watching and weighing every thought. and Sadhana may lead to success. physical charm is but a flash that disappears in a moment . the only Good that is. That Sundaram is Sathyam. But like all images. Each word in the Gita is a gem. Because of the acute intelligence He displayed. clouds scatter into new patterns. awaken and strengthen the Intelligence. hence He is called Ganapathy.but Divine Beauty is eternal. Let us not try to defy the outer enemy. that Sundaram is the real Shivam. and so. it will dawn on you in the silence of your heart. We have Krishna with us. who can defeat us? We shall win through winning His Grace. and the neck. See yourselves in all. 295 THE beauty of Nature is but a reflection of the Beauty that is God. You need not read elaborate commentaries. 296 YOU must all study the Gita daily. unchanging with the location. unaffected by the passage of time. 300 VINAYAKA CHATHURTHI DAY GANAPATHY is described as "Buddhi Vinayaka" and "Siddhi Vinayaka" (Vinayaka the Wise and Vinayaka the Accomplished). 299 THE Gayathri Manthram is a Universal Prayer that can be used by men of all climes and creeds. and you must offer yourself to God for being merged with His Glory. so that it may lead to intense Sadhana. the nose. No more do you need gemstones for the ear. let us become the rulers of the inner empire. Vinayaka was made Head of the Ganas by Parameswara. leaving the inner foe to grow in striking power. Read a few slokas and meditate on the meaning yourself. for it calls upon the Glorious Power that pervades the Sun and the three Worlds to arouse. 298 YOU may be in the Prasanthi Nilayam area for 20 or 25 years.measure of Love! Return from Nagarsankirtan with a firmer conviction that everything is surcharged with the same Divinity that is behind all your activity. Man is confronted with many obstacles (Vighnas) in the journey of life. have the gem of the Gita slokas in your heart. "Vinayaka" means the Ganas. the waving of the camphor flame at the end of the Bhajan sessions is to remind you that your sensual craving must be burnt away without leaving any trace behind. it is not substantial. See all in yourselves. full and free. 297 WE shall act ever as if we are in the presence of God. Let us not seek the outer empire.

I long for people who do that. Dedicate the act. fouls it with envy and greed and so it festers with disease and distress. to master oneself and merge in the Reality. leave it to God who prompted the act and made it possible. I have at no time any feeling of separateness. Jiva and Deva are two separate entities and never can they merge or unite. They depend on the inner equipment of man. born in sin. get manifested. He is the base and the superstructure. but to achieve something nobler and grander. 306 THERE are some who always condemn themselves and their lives and aspire for the Grace of God to save them. they declare. Dive and know the depth. the inner motive and the outer movement. I have stopped people from reciting slokas which proclaim man as sinful. The obvious is very often untrue. ISAA VAASYAM IDAM SARVAM. There are many who have all these in plenty but who are still worried or in pain or discontented. the material and the manner. it is acquired and can be shed. Life is an opportunity afforded to each. Sin is not the real nature of man. 302 SPEND the allotted span of years in the contemplation and the adoration of the Almighty. all to God. The body is the temple of the Lord. good. But man. That is why in the Nilayam. I am advising you to garner and treasure all the Grace and all the Bliss you can. the futile and the weak. time is a prime factor for most good fortunes. I invite all to come and know and derive benefit from Me. overpowered by egoism. 308 Title of Document Page 52 of 166 . You must escape from their attention and avoid migration from one goal to another.HAPPINESS and peace do not follow when man is fed well. watch and discriminate. not to eat and drink. 304 IT takes time for a fruit to mature and acquire sweetness and become eatable. That is to say. 305 SARVAM Vishnu mayam jagath: the Universe is saturated with Divinity. The "Punya" and the "Papa" (good consequences and bad consequences of actions) are the Constables who lead man from one birth to another. 303 A PERSON being transferred from one goal to another will have two Constables who will escort him. Man is pure. Make full use of Me. because it is a forecast of what you can expect in the coming days. reveling in sin. eat and know the taste . not on his outer skill or riches. not in servile praise of the feeble. when millions will gather to benefit from the Avatar. Let the purity. do not worry about the consequence. the will. so that you can sustain yourselves ruminating on the sweetness of the memories and the experience.. etc. clothed well. housed well and educated up to a good standard and employed under comfortable conditions with no injury to health or security. there is nothing here which is not HE. I have been declaring since six or seven years that the day. which you are.but do not calculate the consequences. endeavour to express it in your activities. and the wish. act . is fast coming. while you may. the atmosphere of this temple is by its very nature filled with Love for all beings. that is all I ask of you. I AM telling you this. 307. that is what pleases me and wins my Grace. loving and wise.

fame or benefit. listen to the voice of God within. overcome it. 311 PUNARVASU. you will be entangled in food. Sahasraksha. there is no chance of failure. not to the external signs of orthodoxy. thousand legged) as He is? 310 WHEN Avatars come. Title of Document Page 53 of 166 . A person may appear strictly orthodox. 314 ONAM FESTIVAL ONAM is the Festival of the Vamana's advent as well as Bali's Transformation. I always smile at those who deride Me and even those who praise Me. is related to the attainment of Yogic success and the powers that flow from it. Rohini. that voice warns. Emperor Bali was both humiliated and blessed by God Vamana. the star under which Rama was born. has a mysterious influence on the authority which accepts all who submit to the "Saranagatha-Thrana" aspect of Rama's glory. Has he realised that God is the God of all. protests and advises giving up. No activity should be taken up with individual aggrandizement in view. Every act should be done sincerely. Vamana taught that Pride meets with doom. Sesha. Not even the biggest Scientist can understand Me by means of the categories to which he is accustomed. correct their accouterments (equipment) and intonation. ease. When Rama came. but his heart may be filled with the poison of hatred and envy. (thousand headed. with love. As soon as one contemplates a wrong act. fun and frolic. they also came down in order to taste the sweetness of the Lord's company and service. thousand eyed. envy and pride. He permitted Bali every year on Onam day to receive the homage of the people. it is the Path of Love. they can never be the Real. Forget it. God came to him in the guise of a Brahmin boy and asked for a gift of just three-foot measures of land. that He is present in every being "Sahasraseersha. Actors in films. 312 HOW can darkness conquer or stand up to light? Krishna is "Premaswarupa" and He can be won over only by "Prema". Derision and Calumny only tend to make it grow better and happier. Bali was saturated with egoism. I am always full of "Santhosh". Vamana drew Himself up to Cosmic proportions and measured the entire earth with one foot and the vast expanse of space with another foot. Sahasrapaad". Audacity cannot approach Him. however. Chakra and other inseparable adjuncts of the Lord also incarnated. You will have peace. the Emperor of the Three Worlds. joy and calm. In the Divine Path. they choose the time and the place. Nothing can come in the way of My smile. Above all. Atma. whatever may happen. with no yearning for acquiring personal profit. ignore it. intellectual emotion must be directed to the revelation of the Resident in the Heart.IF you live on the level of the Body and the Individual. Bali offered his own head as the third foot-measure and went into the Nether World. clan and the family. and they decide and bring the comrades and the coworkers. Sankha. 309 WE have to pay attention to the plans that intelligence dictates. The Preceptor of Bali warned him about the identity and bona fide of the strange mendicant who was God Himself. to become aware of Divinity in all and in the Avatar. 313 THREE disciplines are essential. under which Krishna was born.

namely Badrinath. Concentration is something which we use involuntarily in our daily. When you have completely broken away all your attachments. no scholarship is needed. Witness the age-old privilege the Nambudris of Kerala enjoy as priests of the great Vaishnavite shrine thousands of miles away from their land. as unshaken as the snow clad peaks. you break through this area of Contemplation and you get into the area of Meditation. are the symbols of might and majesty. Through Love alone can the Embodiment of Love be gained. blinded by the scintillations of the scientific inventions of the West. 318 IT is enough if Prema is cultivated. To be in that area of Contemplation is to free yourself of worldly attachments. Keralites have a name for faith and dedication. Dharma (Righteousness). they teach us that we should be as firm. 321 BETWEEN Concentration and Meditation.315 ONAM ONAM is the Festival which instills a Divine Message into those who observe it with an eye on its inner significance. there is a border area which covers both and that is the area of Contemplation. They may wonder why prominence is given to bodily health. the basic requirement is health of the body and the mind. Artha (Prosperity). in a place that is dedicated to the health of the Spirit. in fact.all the routine attachments in the World . But Peace does not drop from outer space! It springs from the heart within. But for attaining the four aims of Human life. which form the bastion of Bharath. 317 TO many it may appear strange that in this Anandalaya (Abode of Bliss) there exists an Arogya Nilaya (Abode of Health) or Hospital. Title of Document Page 54 of 166 . Kama (Fulfillment of Desires) and Moksha (Liberation from Bondage). Here. scholarship will be an impediment for it caters to egoism and it breeds doubts and the desire for disputation and laurel of victory over others preening themselves as learned. among the Himalayas. but there is no such connection between Concentration and Meditation. the Prema that knows no distinction between oneself and another. normal routine life. 320 THE Himalayas. whereas Meditation is something which is above your senses. as unaffected by the noise and turmoil of the bazaars of mankind.then you enter the region of Contemplation. If you break away all the worldly attachments . because all are but limbs of One corpus of God Almighty. But many are under the false impression that concentration is identical with Meditation and they take to a wrong path. Concentration is something which is below your senses. 316 MANY people think that Concentration is the same thing as Meditation. Kerala has contributed a great deal to the preservation of Vedic Culture and Sanskrit learning. 319 IT is a national disgrace if the sons and daughters of India (which was for centuries the Light of Asia and the Guru of the West) grope in the dark. they remind us of the Purity that we should develop in ourselves.

326 I LIKE simplicity. Lord Krishna says that people are unable to recognise the Divinity that is He. the very first Sloka which is about Dharmakshetra! 328 IF one's passions and emotions have come under control of his higher nature. Otherwise. Man has in him certain specific attributes which have to be developed and fostered. if all the time you are talking of some power being with someone else. For the Voice of God can be heard in the region of your heart only when the tongue is stilled. You must therefore develop as a first step Confidence in your own self. The animal can be transformed by training to behave like a man. Without having and developing Confidence in your own self. if in this way you travel all the time and depend upon a power which is with someone else. when are YOU going to acquire any power and confidence in your own self? 323 EVEN when Divinity comes down as Avatar. He is ever beside Man.Guardianless Person. Title of Document Page 55 of 166 . an emanation from God Himself. he exists at the animal level only. consoling exercises for the mind. He moves towards the Moon for fear others may reach there before him and dives through the Sea to strike terror. within him as Conscience. All the rest have Him as the Natha or Guardian. a helping hand. desire also clean. Do not think that you have no Natha or Guardian. It must be clean and decent. Set the level of the tone yourself. himself terrified of others! The way to live without fear or causing fear is laid down in the Gita. Just as you desire to wear clean comfortable clothes for the body. because they deem Him to be merely human. Discipline alone can make him grow into his heritage. as low as possible. It should not be worn to attract attention. without him as Companion and Guide. I like a dress that will not discourage people from approaching you for a kind word. as high as necessary to reach the outermost boundary of the circle you are addressing. Conserve sound since it is the treasure of the element Akasa. 324 ONE of the first principles of straight living is: Practice Silence. so that he can rise up to his full stature. If these are ignored or allowed to lie fallow. Only those who are aware of the current within. 327 MAN is flying to the Moon and diving into the Sea. the Atma. he will have to wait. God is the only "Anatha" . a bit of service. not outlandish and queer. like "Japam" and "Dhyanam". man is unable to pierce the veil and revere the Divine. but he does not know how to live on Earth with his fellow men in Love and Peace. 325 WHAT is a School for? To make man human. There will be no temptation for others to shout when you talk to them in whispers.322 THE ultimate step of Self-realisation depends upon the base of Self-confidence. can identify the Source of Power before them. the storm is stilled and the waves are calm. then the Lord will assume responsibility for his progress towards Him.

There is a strange glow on the face of a guideless person. it applies balm. So too. rosaries. there is no place for a "drama" with scenes of failures and defeats! What I will. He is everywhere. Work is Worship--that is the motto. 331 REASON can prevail only when arguments are advanced without the whipping of the Sound. what I plan must succeed. Practice the Vocabulary of Love. or an unwashed vest under a washed shirt. Hate screeches. When everything goes right you say that God has come close to you. that during this Sai Avatar. The distance from Him to you is as much as the distance from you to Him. render every deed into a fruit. realise Him as closest and nearest to you. 334 NOW I must tell you. the article comes to Me in a Title of Document Page 56 of 166 . I am Truth. He is your own self. you pray with closed eyes. fear or bend. neither terrible nor tender. 335 DO not attempt to know Me through the external eyes. Conceit trumpets. When "calamity befalls them. but crave for Me and you will be rewarded. Duty is God. He will carry out every task assigned to him as if it is an act of worship. but Love sings lullabies. Render every thought into a flower worthy to be held in His Fingers. 336 I SHALL tell you why I give these rings. 332 THE true aspirant will have a reverent attitude to the duty he is bound to. etc. It is to signalize the bond between Me and those to whom they are given. 333 WORSHIP is not a uniform to be put on and off at stated hours of the day. fit to wash His Lotus Feet. talismans. when something goes wrong you say that God has deserted you and gone far away! He does not move far or near. Inner cleanliness has its own soap and water . outer and inner cleanliness is but the reflection of the inner achievement. Soft sweet Speech is the expression of genuine Love. as you are prone to do. render every tear holy and pure. it soothes. by which the Lord will be pleased and through which he can approach the pedestal of God. He is always in your heart. 330 YOU cannot be fresh and feeling fine wearing a washed vest under an unwashed shirt. Silence is the speech of the Spiritual Seeker. Therefore do not crave for the trivial material objects.329 DO not lay the blame on Godhead. When you go to a temple and stand before the Image of God. Recognise Him there. don't you? Why? Because you feel the Inner Eye of Wisdom alone can reveal Him to you. full of the sweet juice of Love fit to be placed in His Hand.the soap of strong faith and the water of constant practice. Unlearn the language of hate and contempt. must take place. Fear squeals. Both have to be clean to provide the sense of tingling joy. but simply IS. and Truth has no need to hesitate.

by these means the process can be made successful. for I desire that you should contemplate on this and derive joy from the reform.these live on Sathvic food and behave in a Sathvic manner. that is to say. So they are adored and even worshipped by man. in frantic pain. Tigers. the goal is reached. It is an inert entity. 337 I HAD to tell you so much about My Truth. and it has a face with furious moods. It has in its womb chaotic whirlpools. So man should use it as an instrument for the clarification and the purification. 341 TO equip oneself with the Ocean-worthy boat of Grace. for this purpose. to the level of lowly dust. meditating on His Form. the elephant. which is his due. 339 THE deer. man kneels before a million Gods. Title of Document Page 57 of 166 . If he but blasts the ego within. but if the doors of the heart are shut against the Light. not merely to those who wear these gifts. he is freed indeed! It is difficult indeed to understand the ego in its depth and devious ways. The wonder is that the wildness. to guide. But he ignores it or suppresses it and revels in displaying the qualities of the ferocious beasts of the jungle. Contemplating the Glories of God. hyenas and other wild animals are feared by man and are driven by him into the dark recesses of the forests. the horse . he declares that he has in him the spark of the Divine. Goodness and Truth seen anywhere. The Incarnation comes to warn. Love is the bond that wins Grace. the Realisation of the Sai that shines in your hearts. it degrades man from the golden glory.flash and returns in a flash taking from Me the remedial Grace of protection. it cannot know itself nor can it know others. 342 TO achieve release. so that you may be inspired to observe the disciplines laid down by Me and progress towards the Goal of Self-realisation. how can darkness disappear? You cannot sit back and expect the Incarnation to bring Peace and Joy into you. ever-agitated flow of life). to awaken. It is boundless and as old as time. discovering His Presence in Beauty. bears. One has to clarify and purify the inner Consciousness. raging currents. This ocean too is vast and full of mystery. The Grace is available to all who call on Me in any Name or Form. it will not bend before others. one has to develop in himself the qualities of Faith and Discipline. it has its unplumbed depths! It tosses man about from birth to death and again from death to birth. Time is the Gift that God has blessed man with. repeating His Name . to lay down the path and shed the light of Love on it. 338 IF each one does his duty in the spirit of dedication. the cruelty and the terror-inflicting attributes of these beasts are developed and exhibited by man himself! Man prides himself as the crown of creation. It has no fear. learn and obey with hope and faith. the cow. the Light can illumine all. 340 THE ocean is a vast mystery. the "Chitta". No one can hope to sail over it from one shore to another without a sturdy boat of Divine Grace to cross the raging Ocean of this "Samsara" (everchanging. But man has to listen.

saying "I have no Saviour other than you". man desecrates himself by bartering himself for trivial pleasures. that is his Reality. words inflict damage in other ways too. man has made them precious. they can turn them into enemies. which is our own mind. Thought. The thoughts that the intellect frames. "Sathyam-naasthi Paro Dharmah". But. universal teaching. they can drain it off. That is the one eternal. 348 THE World today is in a very bad state. One must learn the habit of making one's words sweet. Words can gain friends. Even when no one is seeing. words can elevate or lower the individual. Real "Ananya Bhakti" comes from deep inquiry into the Reality of the Inner Self. Righteousness is built on the foundation of Truth". soft. Similarly. Karmanekam". "One mind. backed by patience. must be reflected as feeling in the mind and translated into action by the hands. man is really the most valuable being on earth. technological and spiritual progress is for man to live as fully as man ought to and rise to the height of the Divine. word and deed must be coordinated.343 THE best way to resolve the confusion and conflicts that hamper moral. 344 SATHYA and Dharma go together. "There is no Dharma higher than Sathya. Oh God of Gods". 346 DIAMOND and gold are only material things. one act". They must fulfill one another. God is watching your actions always. you are my saviour. Whenever we talk disparagingly. "Wisdom must illuminate Education". A person is judged by his words. Smaller than the smallest atom. In spite of the awareness. and pleasant. we have surrendered and are practicing "Ananya Bhakti". forbearance and compassion. Do everything with this awareness. 347 WE have a feeling that "Ananya Bhakti" consists in surrendering to God. play their role in serving Society and contributing to the betterment of the World. you are friend. This word of SAI is the path of Truth. they get recorded on the tape. He has recognised his uniqueness and importance for. 349 WHEN clouds gather in the sky. sarcastically or hatefully of others. Title of Document Page 58 of 166 . The situation can improve only through Asthikas. defamingly. ethical. you are father. Vachasyekam. The sign of a holy person of Mahatma is "Manasayekam. they are the two faces of the same coin. who are believers in Divinity. We think that simply by declaring "You are mother. he declares. "Janthoonaam narajanmam durlabham". witness of everything. bigger than the biggest thing. the Atma is Brahman and Brahman is "Atma". They should become Prema Swaroopas or Embodiments of Love and by their Sadhana. lightning appears and illuminates the cloud. God is present in you and is visualizing through thousands of eyes what you do. 345 WORDS can confer strength. material. one word.

the bridges and culverts are in disrepair. for the goal lies at the end of that road. hate and anger. That road is the only refuge. He is Santhiswarupam. Cosmic energy works in every person in the form of Divine knowledge. 356 SACRIFICE. and compassion when others suffer grief are virtues that purify and prepare the individual to the arduous task of reaching the Goal. Without discrimination. A sense of elation and exultation keeps the body free from ill health. In fact he lives by the power of the Atma. Bad thoughts and habits. So you must use your strength of body and mind. the path has become hidden by an overgrowth of briar and bush. yet everywhere he is overlaid with anxiety. the path and the habit of walking on it. All Religions hold out the gift of Grace as the prize for success in this cleaning process. in order to realise the Power of the Soul. Now. That is the path also towards joy. bad company and bad food are fertile grounds where disease thrives. beyond the memory of history. Then he becomes a worthy candidate for Godhood. Greed affects the mind. greed. 355 ALL Religions exhort man to cleanse the heart of malice. is a reaction of the body. neutron. it proves that he has missed the significance of his faith. 351 MAN does not live by food alone. yet he weeps that he is miserable. if not today. He is "Amruthaswarupam" yet he is afraid he would die! He is "Anandaswarupa".350 THERE are three types of knowledge: Knowledge of matter-energy. disappointment makes man depressed. service. "Arogya" and "Ananda" go hand in hand. and knowledge of cosmic energy. you cannot have any matter. centuries ago in the Vedas. caused by poisons in the mind. "Sathyam Vada". knowledge of mental energy. People have forgotten the goal. If someone argues that he is higher or that his Religion is holier. and in the atom. physical as well as mental. based on Dharma. etc. Matter in all forms is only Energy. of strength. 354 MAN is basically. energy has the form of electron. It was laid down. Without atoms. proton. wealth and education with intelligence. Ideas of superiority and inferiority arise only in a heart corrupted by egoism. contentment and. Energy springs from the structure of the atomic constituents. Evil habits in which men indulge are the chief causes of disease. Vice breeds disease. both physical and mental. This absurd self-deception is the root of the tragedy from which the World suffers today. sharing in the exaltation of others. essentially and fully immortal. Expand the Title of Document Page 59 of 166 . it must be trodden tomorrow. only by the cultivation of virtues. Man can justify his existence as man. "Dharmam Chara": the Vedas call on you. An uncontaminated mind alone can ensure continuous health. 353 THE God ward path is Karma. therefore. what is the use of physical strength? 352 ILLNESS.

358 DELUSION has to die. the profession adopted. a child of Immortality. there is a Code of Conduct laid down in the Shastras. 361 THE symbol on the Flag at Prasanthi Nilayam is a reminder of this ideal. Also do not give up your Code of duties and take up that which is recommended for someone else.the Names may differ but the Finish is the same. That is Dharma. Every mortal must attain Immortality. achieved by steady endeavour over the diabolic foes of lust and greed. which draws the mind to itself through the skin. 362 THERE is not the slightest trace of self-interest in awareness of the individual into the limitless realm of Divine Glory .that has been the call. or "Sayujyam" or "Brahmasaakshaathkaaram". 360 THE Five Elements have each a characteristic that affects and attracts one of the five senses: Sound (ether) which fascinates the mind through the air. life and death. for the good of all. and for the improvement of all. doing as you practice in life. for he is "Amruthasya Puthra". Whatever I do. of envy and hate and of malice and conceit. whatever paths I pursue. the stage of spiritual attainment reached and the goal of life accepted. It is the symbol of the silent state of the Supreme Bliss. then only does the cycle of change end. speak about these just as you saw or heard or did! And what is Dharma? Practicing what you preach. or "Aikyaanubandhaanam" or "becoming one with the Infinite" . everything is intended for the happiness of all. and Smell (Earth). live in the fear of God. Form (fire). won through Self-control and Self-realisation. "Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu" is the only objective of SAI (May all the World be happy). which you have to put into practice. Do not carp at the behaviour of others or at the efforts they make to get consolation and courage amidst the turmoil of life. 359 IT is much easier to speak the Truth and be done with it. earn piously. Earn virtuously. Contact with the external world is maintained by the senses. All My wishes are only to promote the welfare of the World. For each there is the path that he has chosen and the Name and the Form of God he prefers. What you have seen or heard or done. Taste (Water). according to age and status. Desire is something alien to Me. 357 FOR each person. for the sake of these experiences which yield joy or grief. It is the symbol of Victory. which manipulates the mind in its favour through the eye. then only is man liberated from the bonds of birth. down the corridors of Time. live for reaching God. 363 Title of Document Page 60 of 166 . Call it "reaching the Goal". Touch (Air). which attracts the mind through the nose. which enslaves the mind through the tongue. Not a single action of Mine is undertaken for the satisfaction of My own personal desires.

SAI'S main purpose is to develop the minds and attitudes of young men on right lines, so that they may work for the progress and welfare of Bharath. Students are the only wealth that I cherish. All My hopes are concentrated on them. To reform them and train them to serve as exemplars of righteousness is Sai's sole resolve. 364 I DO not have any particular desire with regard to food or any other need. My "Ananda" is My food; and to secure that food I promote happiness in others and derive delight from their joy. That is the significance of My statement, "My Life is My Message". To feel blissful enjoying the happiness which others experience, is a quality of the Divine. 365 YOU come to know that you are a spark of the Divine Flame. Very soon, you realise that others too are sparks from the self-same fire. How then can hate, anger, envy or greed survive in the Sunlight of the Vision? 366 CHANGE your Vision and the world will appear accordingly. Let the eye be charged with the Divine, it will see all as God. It is foolish to try to shape the World; shape yourself as the embodiment of Peace, Love and Reverence. Then you will see all as Love, Compassion and Humility. 367 YOU are the image of the Supreme Atma, the image that is reflected in the body that is part of "Prakriti". Your body is Kith and Kin of all the objects that surround you in nature; your body is an object among so many. The original Divine spirit, the individualized spirit, which is the image and the objective world of which the body is a part - these are the entities called Iswara - Jiva - Prakriti. 368 IT IS not enough you are at Puttaparthi. You have to engage in Sadhana to win My Sankalpa. You may think that the burden of the consequences of acts done in previous births cannot be easily brushed away; no, they can be destroyed, as a heap of cotton is by a spark of fire. "Jnanagni dagdha karmanam", the speck of Jnana will destroy the effect of Karma in a trice. 369 DO not jump to conclusions, abdicating your discrimination and do not deny the validity of your own experience. Stand on your strength. Be unmoved, either by adulation or denigration. Follow My lead. I am unaffected by either; I march on alone, undeterred and of My own accord. I am My own Guide and Witness; have full faith in this. 370 TODAY, man dabbles in Yoga (devotional practices) in the morning hours; revels in Bhoga (festivity and luxury, catering to the senses) during the day; and tosses about in roga (disease) during the night! Bhakti is not to be "performed" during certain periods every day and superseded by other fashionable attractions. Bhakthi is a constant, continuous bent of mind, a habit of thought and a way of life. It

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must be loyally adhered to, whatever may happen - dishonour, distress, despair, deprivation, pleasure, prosperity, power and pomp. 371 MAN seeks joy in far off places and peace in quiet spots; but the spring of joy is in his heart; the haven of peace is in himself. Even when he walks on the Moon, man has to take with him, his fears, his anxieties, his prejudices and his pet aversions. Have faith in God and in the correctness of moral living. Then you can have peace and joy, whatever may be the fare that fortune offers you. 372 THE parents gave you this body and fostered the intelligence and love that are embedded in it; so gratitude is their due. If you do not honour the parents who are the creators in human form, how can you learn to honour the Creator in Divine Form? Moreover, the parents reveal to you the glory of God and the means of worshipping Him; they are the first representatives of authority which you meet with, authority modified by love and care. Learn to bend before that authority; and you will learn how to submit to the Lord. 373 POEMS, that deal with the fundamental problems of life and death, truth and delusion, and virtue and vice, will last for centuries and will help man at all times. Problems of exterior living change and get changed. So when poems deal with them, they are short-lived. "Prakriti" and "Paramathma", Creation and Creator are like two halves of a pulse: and seedling sprouts from between them. 374 YOU have it in your power to make your days on Earth a path of flowers, instead of thorns. Recognise the Sai Resident in every heart and all will be smoothness, softness and sweetness for you. Sai will be the fountain of Love in your heart and in the hearts of all with whom you come in contact. Know that Sai is Omnipresent and that He is present in you and every living being. Adore everyone as you adore Sai. 375 THE span of life allotted to man is very short; the World in which he lives is very wide; time extends far behind and far beyond. What little man has to accomplish must be done quickly, at the place that is assigned to him and within the time that is allotted to him. And, man has such a formidable task before him; it is to fulfill it that he has come as man, exchanging for this human habitat all the merit he has acquired during many past lives. The task is no less than the manifestation of the Divinity latent in man. 376 RISE up to the Divine, don't bring down Godhead to your human and even animal levels. Do not worship God as the picture before you, but worship the picture before you as God, because God is in everything and can be grasped through every single symbol. There is nothing wherein He is not; there is no might or right, apart from Him. 377

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SNAKES hiss; pigs grunt; and bulls moo! They are asserting their ego, intent on keeping others away. Of the traits of ego, pride is the most poisonous. But the pride of the scholar and the vanity of Pundits are so thick that it is impossible for them to get rid of these. 378 GOD is the vastest among the vast, minutest among the minute. Yet, God has no ego. How then can man, who has no claim to even the tiniest glory, parade himself as great? It is really a ridiculous pose. The egoist ignores the source which can bring respect to him. He loses the chance of developing his skills and talents on the right lines. 379 WHAT can ten baths a day do to cleanse a person, when his mind is fouled by evil thoughts? What can the shaven head and the ochre clothes do to foster spirituality, when his mind is riddled by desires and wants? You may rotate a ball of sweets round the mouth but unless it is eaten, hunger will not be abated. So, develop sincere longings, cleanse the mind, purify the thoughts and put the precepts into practice. 380 SOME of you claim to be Saibhaktas, Ramabhaktas, and Krishnabhaktas. But unless you are perfect instruments in His hand, you do not deserve that name. For example, Bharata can call himself Ramabhakta. He lived with Rama-Nama in every breath; he suffered as much as Rama; he was as much as anchorite as his brother; so, he too become Shyama (dark-skinned) like Rama. 381 THE body has to be exercised to keep it trim as a tool for serving your fellowmen. The body has not been granted by God in order to be fed and well-clothed and to be paraded around in pride. Plunge into the problems of Society, take up the burden of the family and advance the interests of your country. Shine as examples of Loving Service. 382 MAN has in him vast resources of Power. When he does not utilise them while discharging his duties to himself and the Society which sustains him, he is only becoming a target for ridicule. When you are at the railway-station, waiting for the train, and then you come to know that it will arrive five hours late, how do you react? You fling abusive words at the train. When the coaches receive such treatment from you, then what treatment do you deserve for not fulfilling your duty and for disappointing the expectations that you have raised by your being a man! 383 WHEN you struggle to achieve paltry fame by devious means, remember who among the crores of your countrymen are honoured today and for what? Don't you see that only those who gave up, renounced, and sought the more difficult road of God realisation, instead of easier path of World realisation, are honoured everywhere? 384

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He takes a hundred steps towards you! He will be more than a mother or father. He who lives on Earth must become Man at first. 388 SILENCE. This is your home not Mine. I mean ability to bear defeat. it needs no other source of illumination to shine. By Forbearance. the Prasad. patience and quiet. That is why woman is said to be the weaker sex.THE Lord rushes towards the Bhakta faster than the Bhakta rushes towards Him. and discover the delight of the Spirit. You must be a Lotus. The effect of offering flowers may not last long. suffering with no thought of retaliation. Flowers fade and rot soon. you earn purity. In Silence the voice of God can be heard. Cleanliness and Forbearance. fortitude. You have come today to your own home. O. 390 IT is the duty of everyone to live in the awareness of Truth. not in the revelry of noise. The ocean will dry up. which says. unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it! 386 FAITH in God is the secure foundation on which hope has to be built. This is the "Raja Yoga" path that the Vedas teach. unfolding its petals when the Sun rises in the sky. the stars will drop down at noon"! Why are women so characterized? A woman is extremely deficient in Sahana. Service rendered to others in this spirit will be a great source of joy to you as well as to the recipient. The faith has to be stable and strong. 391 Title of Document Page 64 of 166 . What God loves more are the flowers blossoming on the tree of man's own life. 385 YOU must not be like a piece of blotting paper. that three women cannot live in unison! There is a Telugu limerick. forbearance. So do not try to have your lunch elsewhere but in your home where you get this day food consecrated by Me. as He has saved and fostered so many Saints who have placed faith in Him. My home is your heart. he has to learn the way to God. He will foster you from within you. Then. The Atma illumines all objects. fed and fostered by his own skill and sincerity. The feeling that God will come to our rescue has to be vivid and vital. "The world shivers before one woman. If you take one step towards Him. The are the flowers of his virtues grown in the garden of his heart. if there are two! And if they are three. all the joys and grief that the actress Nature demonstrates during the stages of life. you cultivate Love. it is the seer of the Universe. 387 WOMEN are proverbially too individualistic! There is a popular belief born out of folklore. by Sahana. absorbing all the passions and emotions. 389 ONE should progress from this stage to the awareness of the Atma. motivating and activating all that we do or speak or think. Through Cleanliness.

God will not accept that hypocrisy. You must achieve this by Dharma-Nishtha. 397 THE heart that does not melt at the sight of persons caught in the coils of ignorance. your heart will not love God. For this purpose. worship God. His Sakthi. Every bird. steady pursuit of Dharma and Karma. disease or deviation from the right. 393 MAN did not come here to sleep and eat. Other "Akaras" (Forms) are all subsumed in the Linga Form. anxiety or agitation. the latent and the patent. That is why the Lord is described as Shiva. Shakthi. weeping profusely over their fate. a play acted with the pit in view. Title of Document Page 65 of 166 . it is a Gurukul where he is a pupil from birth to death. at the same time. We find people who laugh in their heart of hearts. Worship is more for effect. mountain and star and each tiny worm has a lesson for man. That is the reason why man is surrounded and sustained by the world. His potentiality and His power. that service reaches the God within him: it brings to you the Grace of God. how can you muster the determination and dedication necessary to serve the unseen. Give up egoism. mysterious God? When you do not love man. This counsel is contained in the Shastras and the Sacred Texts. Counsel is for those. disease or deprivation. emerging from the "Nirakara" to "Sakara". who suffer from doubt.NOWADAYS man has the habit of acting and talking according to his whims. he who makes "Vyaktha" (clear) the "Sakthi" that is in him. he has come endowed with the body and the intelligence needed to control it and divert it to useful channels of activity. and Karma-Nishtha. If you do. "Prakrithi" or the Objective World is the base. inscrutable. if you serve any one. not for the wholly healthy. God is resident in every heart. to call it bestial is an insult to the beasts. 392 GOD is seeking the pure heart that longs to reach Him. the Divine energy that motivates him. there is no sincerity. who is determined to go down to his doom. or the wholly dead. Despising brother man. which is the concrete presentation of His play. every tree. There is no control exercised by conscience or moral sense or manners. has to be labeled demonic. a constant guide and inspiration. by disciplined processes. Atmaka and Swarupam. You find people weeping in their heart of hearts but laughing their lives away. there is no need for counsel! Medicine is for the ill. 395 THE Linga is the Form of God. morality and good work. so. you cannot. That is why he is called "Vyakthi". it signifies that the Lord is established in that manifestation of His. but to all observers. the Divine in him. every animal. The World is reduced to a theatre by man. the Supreme to which Shiva and Shakthi belong. for devotion to God has become a histrionic performance. he has come to manifest. if he has but the will and the thirst to learn. 396 IF you do not feel the call at the sight of human distress. For one who is so perverse. These make the World a veritable University for man. 394 THE World itself is a great teacher.

law and order. he may regain it by some means or other. some doctor might prescribe a tonic to win it back. you cannot have genuine Peace. it is lost forever. nothing in this World can give happiness that is.. by sheer luck. To waste such a life in vain pursuits and in a mere sense of pleasures is not the sign of an intelligent person. He is the source of Bliss. which alone is eternal and is the only refuge. 399 LIFE has been bestowed not for just eating and digesting and roaming and reclining. service and spiritual oriented living. One is impermanence (Antiyam). The second one is unhappiness (Asutham). If he loses health. You may have all other desirable things in plenty. and live in amity and the spirit of brotherhood. Money comes and. He is the embodiment of the sweetness and efficacy of nectar. Each one must carry out the duties of his role in a worshipful attitude. Since every being is Shiva Swarupa (for without Siva. in all that exists around us and even beyond all things that strike our senses. but for a far greater purpose . the diseased and the disabled. security. in the three phases of Time and in the three attributes of Nature. That is the means by which you can make yourselves efficient Seva Dal Workers. envy and pride. but if you have no character. gain them back. So one has to be ever vigilant and should never slacken. it is mere "Sava"-Corpse).sensualism and greed.. It has to be nurtured in Love. Title of Document Page 66 of 166 . which is all strung on Love. If Virtue is lost. the distressed and the downtrodden. 398 THE pollution of character that is spreading in the cities is fast invading the villages also. Krishna has said "Anityam Asukham Lokan Imam Papya Bhajaswa Maam". Deserve the Grace of God by helping the weak and poor. The villages should not yield to the temptation of imitation and invite catastrophe on themselves. In the Gita. You must curb greed. If one loses status and authority he may. He has no basis outside Him. is the greatest folly of man. If one loses wealth. 401 FAITH has to be cultivated. 402 THE greatest of the virtues is Love. then only we can have justice. Love is the basis of Character. 403 THIS created Universe has two aspects. for He is immanent in the three Worlds. goes! But morality? It comes and grows! Morality has to be grown in the heart by feeding it with Love. He removes the three types of grief. They must appreciate the ancient Indian ideals of simplicity and sincerity. true and lasting happiness. anger. If Love declines among the people. Shanti can be gotten only when there is full reliance on God and complete surrender to the Divine Will. belief in the glory of the Atma (Self) and Love. that is to say Virtue. Then India will be happy and prosperous. fill your hearts with renunciation.the realisation of Divinity in us. first and foremost. nothing can restore the pristine purity. Mistaking this World as "All" and forgetting the Atman. man has to live up to that Divine status. 400 SHIVA is worshipped with the three-leafed bilva. Love is fostered by Shanti (equanimity). nations will weaken and mankind will perish.

material needs are to be taken care of. So also is the individual. the kindly kinsman. the Trinity. The Universe is a manifestation of God. He lives a superficial. it is said. When we have more. teaching caution. the teacher. and not at the cost of spiritual values. worse than an animal. This is indeed a great pity. who takes you into his fold and clothes you with the halo of remembrance. Hoard the wealth of the Spirit. sloth and contempt for others. Money too has to be with us only just enough for a life of physical and mental comfort. the cloud. if too big. the distinction between good and bad is seldom recognised. 409 THE world is becoming more and more deeply immersed in irreverence and cruelty. Money and mansions are not the only wealth. You should devote this precious gift of the body in selfless and loving service always. Shanti". Actually there are no three. Man should seek to possess only as much money as is most essential for his living. detachment. Man should not bring his blood to boil nor should he yield to fear. 405 DEVOTE your body. it is Unified Godhead. Death is not the merciless that he is made out to be. Serving is your sole duty. This body is intended to do only good and service to others. which likes to gather and possess. it breeds pride. 408 MAN has been enslaved by money. Vishnu and Maheswara. Character is wealth. circumspection. Shanti. hollow and artificial life. The material is receiving greater attention than the moral and spiritual. since peace is prayed for in the physical. Shanti endows man with an unruffled mind and steady vision. Good conduct is wealth. grief is the real preceptor. Codes of decent behaviour are being ignored and laughed at. man is pinning all his hopes on this slippery World and is madly running after amassing and hoarding wealth. Cherishing this thought of Oneness and serving Society is true Adyatmic or Spiritual life. "Paropakarartham Idam Sariram". Justice and Goodness is fast disappearing. All these three are like Brahma. Faith in the victory of Truth. The body is not gifted to you so that you hate and nurture jealousy against others and live selfishly.404 TODAY. 410 JOY is a deceptive trap. but within limits. awareness and vigilance. not hardened. 407 SHANTI has detachment as the basic quality. The quantity of riches one must own can be compared to the shoes one wears. Of course. The sea. it has to be made Title of Document Page 67 of 166 . that likes to renounce and give. The Prayer for Shanti is usually repeated thrice: "OM Shanti. Spiritual wisdom is wealth. they cause pain. if too small. mind and senses to the service of others. 406 ANY one may blame you. is high up in the sky. The heart of man has to be toughened. they are one. lies low. he is the friend and companion. discrimination. but you should ignore all such blame and go forward in doing service without rancour. they are a hindrance while walking. mental and spiritual planes.

grief and distress. humility and reverence. moving in good company. Do not let the treasure slip on some silly excuse or other. immediately you turn around and declare. The name of the Lord must be recited with awe and wonder. 414 YOU are getting the great chance of partaking in a huge Sathsang from today. the wave of exhilaration. But you cannot order it from any shop. be sharers in this joy and happiness. 417 Title of Document Page 68 of 166 . enthusiasm and exultation lifts men aloft into the rarefied air of Holy Beatitude. born of egoism. then the good also will turn bad. not slithery. "Nijamata" (the Mother) and "Vedamata" (Mother Scripture) were revered and fostered and used as best as they could be. It has to be earned the hard way . but when the shadow of disappointment falls on you. They are afraid of sin. "Gomata" (Mother Cow). No act done without Love can be commended. you are foremost in singing. They said that if "Bhoomata" (Mother Earth). This is the benefit. listening to discourses. happiness is certain and liberation is assured.doing good deeds. they are staying exactly where they were when they first arrived. desisting from evil and keeping the mind attached to the Glory of God. Thousands are coming to this place. they are eager to acquire "Jnana". there are many who come here. and for those who have kindled desires. But. this can be achieved only by the blows of loss. "Sai Sankara. as fairs and festivals are held in holy places. 416 HAVE your Prema fixed on the Lord. When Sai Baba confers success after success on you. 411 MAYA can be recognised and driven out only when the mind is purified by Prema and the avoidance of envy and hatred.soft. because the people of that country have "Rathi" (great attachment) to "Bha" (Bhagavan. Good and bad cannot be kept together in the same vessel. It is God's way of shaping us in the Divine mould. 415 ENDEAVOUR always to promote the joy and happiness of your fellow countrymen in this continent. 412 THE Sages of this land had known the mine of Ananda that lies in every human heart and they had discovered methods of developing that mine and working on that gold. 413 YOU will doubtless agree when I say that Ananda is your greatest need. sharing in the Bhajans. year after year. Bharath is so called. the God). the chance to move about in the Sea of Spirit is indeed a sign of Grace. prompted by a keen desire to see. lectures. Name without "Bhava" seldom reaches the mark. "This Sai is not God". thousands in fact. whether your pretty wishes are fulfilled or not. hear and contact Divinity. Sai Sankara". Night and light cannot coexist.

Men. Know the "Marma". Only the years that you have lived with the Lord have to be counted as life. you will be in tears when you think of the house you have built. or the mystery and carry out the "Karma". Do not treat any one as an alien. This Prasanthi Nilayam is also the refuge for all who have no other place to go to. It will never engage Itself in any task without fruit". for I am beyond your intellect and your Shakti. as the designer and operator of a system of automatic lights. Have no anger. I give only to fill you with Ananda. The mysterious indescribable Superpower has come within reach. Even animals and plants are susceptible to music. Showering Ananda. Be full of humility. as a driver in the engine drawing a long line of coaches along. The Lord has said. that you may set out on the journey when the call comes. Do not count and calculate what the Puttaparthi Sai Baba gives. I do not want you to extol Me. which has illumined for centuries the hearts of humanity. malice. 419 LEARN from childhood the recitation of the Name and Prayer and the Practice of Silence. 423 Title of Document Page 69 of 166 . of various levels of learning and intelligence come to Prasanthi Nilayam. 422 PEOPLE of all ages. 421 MUSIC. have faith in human goodness. you don't know when . is universally popular. I shall be satisfied if you rely on Me. . women and children of all lands are amenable to its subtle influence. "Madbhakthash yathra gaayanthe. the rest are all out of count. Or at that moment. thathra thishtaami Naarad": "Where My devotees sing.PRACTICE renunciation from now on. the fame you have amassed and the titles you have won. That is why sometimes. You will understand Me only through My work. in order to reveal who I am. Let children contemplate the beauties and the magnificence of God's Handiwork and be filled with mystery and awe. the property you have accumulated. 418 THE glory of Bharath. I Myself show you My "Visiting Card". is My task. Understand what I teach not Who is the teacher. something that you call a Miracle. develop attachment for the Lord. there I seat Myself". is awaiting the march of the Sai Movement through proper presentation and practical application by you. of all states of health and wealth. to have an even more brilliant future in the coming years. 420 YOU need not waste time in trying to discover Me and My nature. envy or pride against or before anyone. As the spark that causes the fire. a vehicle of Peace. "I do not give in order to attract you to Me. this Sai is here creating and fostering the World and all its various communities living and non living. Know that all this is for the fleeting moment. Remember all have Me as their guardian and support. who will be with you wherever you go. or the duty I assign you.

428 THE Dharma that is the heritage of India is the stuff of life for all men. They stand valid forever. Believe that all hearts are motivated by the one and Only God. But what they do is to realise even the stone as God. the OM will be transformed into the gama. of running after little joys. unaffected by the waves of temptation. Others may. as further facts only render the diamond more brilliant. it makes a man hero. an act which is a grand victory. that all faiths glorify the One and the Only God. He will Himself come to you and be with you. Arjuna. it is a curtain keeping out the mosquitoes of worry. Further research can only strengthen and confirm their authenticity. He will breathe Divine music through you. It is the nectar which can confer Immortality. in their ignorance. denote the One and Only God. which would otherwise rob you of sleep. He will stick the flute into His sash.saturated heart.straight.the removal of the blemish of egoism from the mind. pride and hate. It is the very breath of Bhaktiyoga. You earn three friends in this life: the first is the riches you accumulate which refuse to come with you when you Title of Document Page 70 of 166 . and evict the pettiness of conceit. 427 IF you have the capacity to draw the Lord to yourself. God is the resident motivator of all beings. light. you are a rock on the shore.a hollow reed . when Vairagya has been achieved. It trains him in methods of detachment and discrimination. it gives courage and enterprise. and all Forms men can conceive. The Bhagavata is saturated with the sweetness of Prema. 425 THE spiritual laws that the sages of India have discovered and laid down will never be overruled. for he sees others as distinct and different. Until this fact is realised by the individual he will be tainted by traces of anger. Vedanta challenges your spirit of adventure and your own reality. it acts like a waterproof medium against the hail storms on sensual pleasure. instills the highest types of self-confidence. it does not whine or howl or cry. so that he may aim high and attain liberation. in all languages.PREMA is the motive power in Karmayoga. 426 ALL Religions teach one basic discipline . while in other countries they are misused in the diabolic attempt to make weapons of mass destruction. laugh at Indians for taking a stone to be God. It is universal and infinite in Jnana. it sees the Lord everywhere and in everything. that all names. Be like the flute . 429 DO not attach yourself too much to this body or to the things that bring comfort to it. In His hand. playing upon you with a delicate touch. with no substance to hinder His breath. It is transformed into God. Bharath has contributed to the World the priceless gem of Truth. "Iswarah Darvabhutaanaam Hrddese. it drives cowardice away. He will press His lips on it. Then He will come and pick you up from the ground. It is the backbone of morality and well-being. With a Vedanta. The highest energies of man in this land are used for conquering death. Thishtati". 424 VEDANTA is like the roar of the lion. it is the strongest armour against the arrows of take. the Infinitesimal will be transmuted into the Infinite. Every Religion teaches man to fill his being with the Glory of God.

That is the basis of all My acts. Devoid of Prema. with you. But let someone who takes you at your word call you "Hello. Acquire Me as your Charioteer. accompany your body to the burial ground or cremation ghat. Kith and kin. Three basic wants still remain after all these methods have been tried: the need for Reality. "Ashanti" is for him an unnatural state. He is full of Prema. the World becomes a cauldron of misery. when you merge in the Universal. If you want to know the way in which you have to observe "Sathya" or Truth in speech. 430 YOU complain that God is invisible. Whatever you touch becomes gold. "Jyothi" and "Amrutham" are won that "Shanti" will be established. 432 DO not cloud your mind with cheap desires. you call yourself a sinner. for Light. Why? Because your real nature is purity. (Speech that does not create pain or anger or grief to others). accompany you to the last. the merit and demerit that you have earned. peace. and "Sadhana". You are yourself "a manifestation of God". namely "Shanti". transitory hungers. Once you rid yourselves of faults. Divine Love. Celebrate your triumph over the foes within that hamper your march to victory. That is My uniqueness: Prema. all are pure and good. To recover his heritage of "Shanti". God is said to reside in everything. namely. simplicity. look into the Gita. Earn that unfailing Grace by your sincerity. 434 RELY on the Lord and accept whatever is your lot. They are the guides which will take you to the goal. wallowing in sin. 433 YOU have two eyes in your Consciousness. man tries various methods: accumulation of riches. a worm born in sin. essentially wicked. That alone gives you the right. you resent it. examine yourselves and assure yourselves that you are free from faults. but the wonder is that you discover faults in others only when you have faults in you. Yes. the Sun and the Moon of the inner firmament. 431 MAN must earn his birthright. He is in you. but the fault is yours not to recognise God in all His various manifestations. That is the Divine Alchemy of Love. the special medium through which My Grace operates. Sinner". and for Immortality. But these are not fundamental. "Sathya" and "Ahimsa". mastery of knowledge and cultivation of the arts. Yearn for the enthronement of your soul as the unquestioned monarch of the Universe. But you do not know it.move out of this life. 435 BEFORE pointing to the faults of others. and thirsts that need but morsels or mouthfuls. Title of Document Page 71 of 166 . and joy. The third. The second. Universal Love. He resides as Prema. the two lights. It tells you that the best speech is "anudvegakarm Vaakyam". He knows best what to give and when. Prema is the special gift I bring. I shall lead you to that consummation. His real nature is "Shanti". and Love for Love's own sake. maintenance of health. It is only when "Sath".

But any moment. watered by Faith and yield the blossoms of "Sahana" (fortitude). and removing the weeds. Sow the seeds of Prema. I am also deluding you by My singing with you. the next one will have to be on Krishna. If He must be seen. the restoration of "Sanathana Dharma". the external adventures and activities. who calls you in and puts you on. and so. attracting them by the manifestation of My "Shakti" (Power) and "Samarthya" (Capacity). out of inadvertence. The revival of Vedic Dharma is the Sai Sankalpa (the resolve that Sai has). This is My advice. Let them grow. you must endeavour to overcome "Maya" (Delusion) that hides it from your eyes. Title of Document Page 72 of 166 . The Director. that is the way of the wise. not only drawing people towards Me. even while this Body is existing . Since Divinity is enveloped by humanness. This is the task. Do not take Rama as a brother. This is not a "Brahmathathwa" (phenomenon of delusion). Merely being an onlooker will not entitle you to approach Him and be in His holy company. after preparing the soil of you heart. And again. you can witness very soon. 437 SINCE I move about with you. Cultivate His friendship or kinship by the attitude of Love and Dedicated Service. but he is resorting to remedies that cannot cure. Do not run after quacks or pseudo panaceas. who assigns the roles. A person whose favourite form is Rama or Shiva will feel neglected if. entangled in the personal calamity of having his wife kidnapped and heroically rescuing her. Diagnose yourself. talking with you and engaging Myself in activities with you. Let the atmosphere of Bhajan be free from competitive conceit and fanaticism. and talk with you. He holds the strings. You have to be ready. It was specially discovered by the Sages of India. the "Dharma" laid down in the Vedas for the good of all the peoples of the World. and in that victory. son and husband. this is the duty. and not lose your way in the tangle of the outer events and emotional conflicts. eat like you. you have to be His "Sakhaa" (friend) or "Bandhu" (kinsman). you are deluded into the belief that this is but an instance of common humanity. make all of you exult in ecstasy. You are a puppet. 440 WHEN a Namavali extols Shiva. you stick to only one form. to its genuine and natural status. prepared for that moment. and this has to be the vow. This is the Sai Sankalpa. 439 MAN is ill. This process was specially discovered by the Sages of the inner mystery. 441 YOU are only actors on the stage before the footlights. later you are assured of the fruit. 438 YOU can hear adoration to Sathya Sai's Name reverberating throughout the World. "Shanti".not at some future date. like Rama or Krishna. who gives the cues. who knows the Play. it will uproot untruth. apply the proper remedy. My Divinity may be revealed to you. You can be moved into the adoration only by diving into the cool depths of the inner mystery. India rose to the status of the whole World. This phenomenon will sustain Truth. but when It is with you and before you.436 TO have faith you must dive deep into the inner mystery of the Avatars. the next on Rama and so on. Discover the root cause. is behind the curtain. Be warned against this mistake.

joy and grief. we have God. The One appears as if it is enshrined in the 1000 bodies. He has to cultivate and practice virtues too. Leave it off and then we have God who is Zeroless. passions and urges. Then he will certainly have plenty of Divine Grace. there is no discipline more valuable and more effective than Seva. A formidable list can be made of the inadequacies and defects of man but. That is to say. and it is dragged by emotions. or loads his head with tons of tomes. the desire which prompts you. "Uncontrolled desire". 448 THE human body is a temple chariot. Earn Artha through Dharma. He does not strive towards revealing and manifesting his latent Divinity! That is not as big a failing as this sliding back into the animal from which he rose! If he keeps on with his human attributes and capacities. always clamouring for more. that will serve him well enough. This is the Truth you have to realise and cherish as the most precious in life. 446 INTELLECT alone can direct man in the path of discrimination. impulses. Success and failure. That is your Duty and Duty is God. and they leave the result to God. All the 1008 Names of the 1000-faced Society connote only the One God that plays in those 1000 roles. gain and Title of Document Page 73 of 166 . The Sruthis direct that man has to earn just enough for his upkeep by honest means and use the rest of his time and skill for the general good. between the true path and the false. They will not be agitated by anything . passionate individuals will plunge headlong and crave for quick results.442 TO realise the One. 445 YOU have to busy yourselves with activity in order to use time and skill to the best advantage. something that is a mere Zero. the basic defect is greed. He has to adhere to Dharma. You cannot achieve the Goal through good works alone. The Godly will take up activity as a means of worshipping God. a big 0.failure or success. with no self intruding. Life minus Desire is God. 444 ONE gets the liberating Wisdom of the Reality through Grace. which personalizes itself into God and creation. 443 MAN cannot reap the full fruits of his life here below if he only gathers riches or collects popular votes. The emotional. "Illumine me and prompt my intelligence so that I may walk aright". and will be disappointed if they do not come in. or Prema. as a result of the ceaseless prompting of the senses. the proper step and the improper. They know that they are but instruments in the hands of God. In good. that is to say. Prayer. Desire plus Life is Man. The balanced persons will be active because it is their duty. The dull and the inert will hesitate to be active for fear of exhaustion or failure or loss. the Universal Absolute. the fruit that entices you. there is an extra "O". along the streets of desire. This is the reason why man has been praying since Ages through the Gayatri hymn. the reputation that tantalizes you these are all sheer zeros. the Atma is installed therein. 447 MAN loses his status of humanness through acts that shame even the beasts. Dharma-Artha.

It envelops space and goes even beyond it. daily dying physical frame. Many others are concerned with the dance of duality and the pain-pleasure duet. though you are refused and rebuked. Nara symbolises the five constituents of the Cosmos. 449 SAGES and Saints have known that the most noteworthy achievement of the senses of man is the glorification of the God within. its decoration and its progress. Unless you are at peace with yourselves and with those around you. The World and its attractions may appeal to your instincts and impulses but. for he is God. You love the God in all beings and the God in all beings responds with Love. they are but globules of glass. the Purushottama. elements). they are but muscular protrusions that do not relish the praise of God" says another. and you are assured of unshakable Peace and infinite Joy. scandal. You may have light without oil. which is used in the Scriptures. every being will be God. many pour their attention only on the chariot. that is part of the procession. Of these two syllables "ra" means decline. which emanated from God to form the Cosmos. Whereas "Nara" means Man. says one. summarised all the Puranas in one single line of a small couplet: "Doing good to others is the only meritorious act. every reaction you get from the outside world will be charged with Prema and sweetened with nectar. that should not limit your loyalty to that particular province only. condemning others and seeking faults in others. discover unity. "They are not ears. every act will be Divine. he is immortal as God. implies that Nara is Narayana. fire without smoke. God draws out your Love. When you feel you cannot do good. The expression Narayana. but the inner hunger is the same for all mankind. 452 THE spark of Love in you has to be cherished and fed. the Crown and Consummation of human existence. at least desist from doing evil. "They are not eyes. though tribulation may be your lot. Do not have other names or other forms of the same Supra-Cosmic Magnificence. who wrote eighteen voluminous Puranas. It drains your mind of peace. but. that do not earn a vision of God". castes and country of origin may differ. your Title of Document Page 74 of 166 . which denotes "man". Here too. Love God. 450 LIVE without hating others. so that it may reach God. So do not allow the needs of worship or puja to put blinkers on your eyes. Adoration of God has to be through one name and one form. its height. destruction and death. Surdas condemns the hand that does not worship God and calls such hands "sticks of wood". Then. "Na" means "without". Man or Nara has no decay. Few pay attention to the Atma. the five Bhoothas (projections. and falsehood. Hate is the seedbed of anxiety. Vyasa. It is pitiable that man is misled to believe that he is the decaying. "Narayana" is the name for God. doing evil is the most heinous sin". breeze without a bearer fanning you. For hate breeds fear. For it is only in the crucible of travail that the metal is purified and cleared of blemish. Creeds.loss are the dancers who accompany this procession of Life. decay. That itself is meritorious service! Do not try to discover differences. a chilliness in the air of your room in the sizzling heat of summer. Develop the inner vision and the habit of listening to the inner Voice. 453 THE Dominion of God is without horizon. as no worldly being can. 451 CONSIDER the word "Nara". Love Him.

Love alone can alleviate anxiety and allay fear. 455 BHARATH is the birthplace of the Vedas and of the Shastras. so highly revered in India. It is the stuff and sustenance of the mystic and the ascetic.all for realising that you are but an image to become a clean. knowledge. My activity is Prema. Everyone craves "Sukha" and "Shanti". "Sakhyam" and "Atmanivedanam" . is: Merit is when you do good to another. Whether the image is distorted or correct. the intellectual and the dynamic adorer of God. you engage yourself in "Sravanam". If activity is done as worship. clear image of the Lord. 454 PREMA. It is the nursery of music and other fine arts. If activity is done as worship. Another illusion is that happiness consists in accumulating money. They are replete with examples and precepts which are inspiring and timely. "Vandanam". so clean and clear that you merge in Him. will remove the weeds of anger and malice. comforts. but there is no one to instruct Youth how to win them. Epics and Puranas that have elaborated the principles enunciated therein for the education of the common man. the mind can attain the state. you do "Dhyana" morning and evening. then the mind can attain the state. whether you know it or not. du (dura-away. distant) The Shastras declare that the essence of all the 18 Puranas. or reputation. good or bad. 459 THE word Hindu means those who keep away from the path of violence. Hin (Hinsa . When you are fixed in this path. "Archanam". My teaching is Prema. inspired by the noble passion of consecrating human skills for adoring the Divine and communicating the super sensuous. Vaikunta. The Ramayana and the Mahabharatha are reservoirs of Knowledge for the seekers of Peace. away from inflicting injury on others. 458 LIVING under the impression that you are the body and you are destroyed with the death of the body is an illusion which is basically undesirable.pulse will be quick and your blood will be racing in rage and rancour. "Kirtanam". My message is Prema. It is the field where the Science of Yoga was cultivated and systematized. then the mind will be steady and free from anxiety. It will blossom into peace and calm. "Padasevanam". Purity can be attained. By systematic education.Injury. That is the bond. you will welcome all Faiths and Title of Document Page 75 of 166 . or Kailasa. That is the relationship. you do "Japam". Trying to be happy through such accumulation is like getting into the Madras bus and hoping to reach Bangalore. Violence). is the royal road to Peace. There is nothing more precious than Love within human grasp. The pure heart directed towards God and reflecting His image is indeed Heaven. "Dasyam". by fortune. What is happiness? It is the state of mind which is. and My way of living is Prema. By taking the teachings to heart. 457 ENDURANCE. 456 WHO is Baba? Who am I? And the answer is: I am the reflected image of Baba. Sin is when you do evil to another. Baba is the original of which I am the reflection. with joyful resignation of the ups and downs of life. when you cultivate it.

virtue. I very often address you as "Shanti Swarupulaara". when it grows. All Faiths attempt to train man along the path. 465 YOU will have seen the announcement that you should not bring Me fruits. 462 THIS Nilayam is "Prasanthi Nilayam". You cannot draw out from within you that which is not there. It is the abode of the highest form of Shanti . Therefore. Gopala did not graze cattle but. My object is to remind you that your real nature is Shanti. through the common sustenance of truth. "Dharma". He is the only sane man in this mad world. it comes up with a stem and two incipient leaves! But later. so that you can dedicate yourself to the services of God's Plan. the Nilayam of Prasanthi. The Bull on which Siva is said to ride is not the animal called by that name but. the same God. humility and sacrifice. you are. But sometimes in the Mental Hospital you will find one type of "mad man". the symbol of Dharma or Righteousness which has the four legs. Buddhists. 464 BECOME fit for the vision of God that you seek in the temples. all aspire to win the same illumination. unruffledness and non-attachment. each petal being the direction in which a particular tendency attracts the individual. feeds the spiritual hunger of all nations and all faiths.Religions as kith and kin. deed and thought. you should look for the meaning which satisfies the head. 461 BRAHMA'S lotus is not the stalk that grows in mud and rises above the waters to catch the rays of the sun and blossom but. who are still outside the asylums! Suddenly. But I tell you. 463 THIS World is full of people who suffer from insanity but. at the very core of your being. with Prema in your heart for all creation. and the branches are many! Each branch may be thick enough to be called a trunk but. Take the "Hrudhayapushpa". 460 WHEN a tree first shoots forth from the seed. when hatred envelops a country. Jews. In fact. full of fragrance of Prema. for he needs no care. I shall fill your hands with gifts and Grace. Muslims.Prasanthi. through the cleansing of the mind by means of good work. Shanthi must be deep down. the "Mano-phala" uncontaminated by the pests of greed and egoism. Christians. peace. flowers etc. The God bound man is like that. resting without a break. what am I to fill them with? Title of Document Page 76 of 166 . one should not forget that the roots send food as sap through one single trunk. even ordinary sane people go mad and behave like savages. equanimity. Some of you I know are sad that I have announced so. In the study of the Veda. protected and fed "Jivis". he causes no trouble. Go humbly. Come to Me with empty hands. "Shanthi" and "Prema". The doctors will be thankful to him. That is why. each one of you. He sits in a corner. God. Parsis. the trunk is one. known also as "Go". If your hands are full. "Sathya". His madness may be melancholia or he may be a Jnani. Become sweet in word. the many petalled lotus of the Heart. watching the pranks and the wildness of the other inmates.

the flutter of the leaves. When he moves above without these two. That is the reason why Vedas have declared: "Not through actions. 468 WHEN a prisoner is taken from place to place. When man. to recognise Him Saints have had to prescribe a thousand methods. as near Him as you feel you are. moves from one place to another. hours gained by entrusting this precious work to paid helpers. and give you peace and joy. not through wealth can Immortality be won. And if you do not get quick returns there or somewhere else. flitting from one vanity to another and seeking more and more purposeless means of spending days and nights. The wealth that you have given away is really yours. liberated from prison. distribute courage. I shall give you so much. though you are approaching nearer and nearer. you complain that I am far from you. give strength. some other God. yet He evades discovery by all but a few. He is in everyone. The wealth that you have shared is yours. being all powerful. and the blind to see. the babble of children. 467 YOU are as distant from the Lord as you think you are. and help the lame to walk. You must not run after diverse ends and fleeting pleasures. Spread joy. 470 THE wealth that you hoard is not yours. and the OM that is wafted everywhere. Well. console the distressed. For wealth that belongs to you need not be hidden. He is the Giver of all Gifts. is detrimental to the main aim of life. he is accompanied by two Constables. not through progeny. 472 GOD is the echo of the hills. 471 IF only you surrender your wish and will and your fancies and fantasies to God. If another shrine promises more. the Providence bestowing upon us all the wherewithal: "Asvrithya Thishtathi" (He remains All Encompassing). this shrine is given up. is accompanied by "Ahamkaram" and "Mamakaram": Egoism and Attachment. Men too must feel that frittering away precious time. Accept whatever happens as His Will. for the better comfort and more luxurious consumption of the Worshipper himself. Devotion has been vulgarised into a business deal. God is present at all places but. might be more profitable. the whisper of men. That is the way in which worldly men wander about in their panicky rounds. This distance from Me to you is the same as the distance from you to Me. who is a prisoner in this jail. How can that be? I am as near you as you are near Me. That is the real timetable of activities of man. Leave everything to God. he too. He will lead you aright. Title of Document Page 77 of 166 . provided you give me so much in return. you can be sure he is a free man. That is more fruitful than hours of Dhyana. it can be won only through renunciation". is it not? But. 469 DO all the household work as acts of Worship for Him.466 ALL Worship and Puja is for "Bhakthi" only. let me tell you this.

475 DO not hope to gain Grace by looking down upon mankind and looking up at Sai. wealth. install God in all His Glory. plan with the intelligence and use the body to serve those who are in need of service. Why has God endowed man with a body. behaviour. and appearance will reveal your character and attitude towards others. a man highly respected in Society.if one has no devotion to the Lord. and perversity. and man is misleading himself into the belief that his fancies are true. a great scholar. Everyone of these qualifications of which you boast will disappear with Title of Document Page 78 of 166 . Always have sweet. in the heart thus liberated. envy. give up all attachment and affection. and. or attention. Wear clean. scholarship or official position. discipline and compassion. well disciplined. from the fold of Society. Cast your eyes only on holy sights. worship him with that Flower. just. 474 ONE flower cannot make a garland. descend to this level of clubbing with this sorrowing man? "Do not ask such silly questions. simple clothes and do not imitate those who are fascinated by latest fashions in dress and style. soaked in service and sacrifice. How can you do Seva when you move so far away from the common man? I advise you to "Follow the Master". the Voice of God. a hero of many battles. sacred ideals. 478 WHETHER one is a renowned scholar with expert knowledge of the deepest levels of religious lore. 477 THE Upanishads proclaim that Thyaga alone can grant "Amrithatva" (Renunciation alone can bring about the Bliss of Immortality). a rich merchant. conceit and power. one does not deserve homage. Give up pride of your status. This is the only means to earn everlasting and undiminished Ananda. soft words on your tongue. and fully determined to succeed. By "Master" I mean the Conscience within you. forgetting his best interests under the influence of hatred. 476 SERVICE is God. a big Officer. So you must equip yourselves with strong bodies. and the boundaries of Nations. 479 DO not hesitate to practice humility and obedience. and beneficial. a mind and an intellect? Feel with the mind.473 THROUGH sheer ignorance. and unselfish intentions in order to serve your country. "Can I. Remember that your dress. You can achieve any high ideal provided you are cooperative. One has to ignore all bonds of kinship and comradeship. honour. the Shastras have been ignored and set aside. He has cast aside the expanse of his culture. Peace has flown from the heart of man. a monarch reveling in the brilliance of palatial luxury. Put into daily practice the ideals that Sathya Sai has been propagating and make them known all over the World by standing forth living examples of their greatness. Man has thrown his "humanness" into the crater of cruelty. All flowers must come together to make one. As a result. Offer that act of service to God. or a miserable victim of poverty .

ignorance is the cause. the Language of the Heart. 486 Title of Document Page 79 of 166 . Truth is hard but beneficial. unless you give up materialism. The One is All. 483 PEOPLE think that they live on food. Similarly. The Ananada that you give and the Love that you share will be your lasting possessions. while the poor still live? Man does not live by food alone. He will confer what is best for you. Truth alone pays dividends that satisfy. You must make others also live in Love. Unless you throw away the water already in the tumbler. the Religion of Love. but it is difficult to get one in a million who can tell you what is good for you.death. He is Omnipresent! There is only one Religion. There is only one God. What is it? It is only giving up the "Anatma". and of jealousy. and the fear of not succeeding to the extent desired. 481 WHAT is the root of worry? Wants and the efforts to fulfill them. there is no strength superior to Love. the caste of Humanity. "Moksha" is not a distinct and different "Sadhana". cannot come to you. You congregate here on the Nilayam verandah seeking a personal interview with Me. Leave the rest to Him. or sometimes sooner. What is good for you is akin to Truth. This is the inner mystery of the Incarnation: God incarnating in all! All are one. It is unpleasant advice to tell a man to stick to the Truth at all costs. Through anger. Disharmony is the cause of anger. All this is enveloped in God. It is only giving up unnecessary desires. So you must live in God. what is the use of physical strength? 484 TO presume that either from wealth or kith and kin you can derive mental peace. Where Love is. and live in Love. 485 WE talk of Moksha. There is only one Caste. is a great error. Such peace only comes from God. There is only one Language. Suppose you want a tumbler of fruit juice. Reduce wants and you reduce worry. Without discrimination. "Atmabhava" (spirituality). 482 WHAT is this lifetime? Is it to struggle in the mire or march straight on to the eternal? You will get millions to tell you what is pleasing to you. of disharmony. the Unreal. 480 THE great axioms of Bharathiya Culture found in the Vedas . then everything shall be right. succumb to untimely death. that you want me to fulfill! Why carry all the load? Carry only one load: the desire to win the Grace of God. wishes. with a load of wishes in your heart."Iswarassarvabhuthaanaam". while the wealthy who can afford all kinds of food. All this is Vasudeva and the Divine is to be inside one). "Vassudevassarvamidam" (God is the inner Motivator of all beings. wisdom is lost. Then how is it that. you cannot pour the juice in the tumbler. jealousy. In fact he lives by the power of the Soul. "Isaavaayamidam Sarvam". there everything is. In fact.

Only the Manifested Form is new. 491 ONCE Narada was asked to name the most noteworthy among the things of the World. My task is to distribute Solace. Ananda. My desire. that God is conceived as having eyes. is this: "More and more should yearn for Me. When the person who worships has these. Do not entertain bad thoughts and do bad deeds. do not laugh at their being enclosed in a body! When man has to be corrected and liberated. can you be blissful when you grow old? Now. My Characteristics are the ancient authentic ones. it lapses into inactivity. through that Prema. you have only two legs to carry. in order to make the worship meaningful. we can ascribe it to this Vedic basis and the way of life I demand. when you sleep. can he adore the "Formless"! It is indeed surprising that those who laugh at God being pictured as having a body. nose. With the poison of "Raga" and "Dwesha" inside you. This place is like a workshop where broken-down cars are repaired and made whole. was more powerful. Only when one is unaware of his "form". the worshipped too must have them. So Narada had to conclude that the hearts of Bhaktas are the grandest things in creation. that I give only one thing. It is often said disparagingly. tongue and limbs. in turn. it threatens to swallow up the balance too. So. But when you marry and rear up a family. If you can not derive happiness and live in Bliss at this age. as Narayana had to do to save Mahabali. bit by bit. Do not carry gloomy. the Lord? O. God has to come as Man. However. he had to agree. where are you? Who are you? Your senses are inoperative. your mind creates a World of its own and. 488 THE Vedas are the foundation of the Bharatiya Culture. That is sleep: the nearest you reach in your journey to Samadhi. you become Bhagawan Himself. Happiness is union with God. He enters the hearts of the devotees and resides there. But. All moral codes (Dharma) have emanated from the Vedas. unhappy faces. if I can put it in so many words. He answered that the Earth was the biggest. and Shanti. Courage. Live in the "Atmathathwam" that will ensure "Shanti". 490 EVERY day. and all the Worlds have Dharma as their sustenance: "Vedamulam Idam Jagath". water too was drunk up by the Sage Agasthya and the Oceans were rendered dry by him and he. his God too has to be in a body like his own. water. 489 YOU will learn that I am Prema itself. The desire will be realised only if I assume this Form and come among you". Go through it with joy and happiness. Life is holy and sacred. you can jump about freely. And. If in modern Society a trace of spiritual illumination is visible. then? For it was covered by one single foot of the Vamena Avatar of the Lord.MAKE your body and mind pure. That is to say. This period of your life is sacred. after playing in it for some time. how can you be pronounced healthy? If you experience the "Atmathathwam". Title of Document Page 80 of 166 . is now just a star in the sky! Is the sky the biggest. your intelligence is in abeyance. he was told water has occupied three fourths of the Earth. you will move like a caterpillar with many legs! 487 SO long as man is bound to the body.

Title of Document Page 81 of 166 . the mind too disappears. 494 EVERYTHING in the Universe is vibrant with Sath. 493 A LIFE without character is as barren as a temple without a lamp. Silence will charge the battery and you can win through a longer period of "Dhyana". Raga is Roga. structures are built up and paraded on other bases. For God is the very Embodiment of Love. when the senses are negated. they hide the truth. but he did not wage a war against the narrow Sectarians. 498 ATTACHMENT. God. attachment is a disease. Be full of Prema and then your words will spread Prema. persuasion and preaching. Mankind suffers from fear and hatred on account of this fundamental defect in their search for Knowledge. They will be sweet and soothing like balm to those who suffer. affection and interest will create prejudice. The Divine is the Core in both the teacher and the pupil. When a corpse is placed on a pyre and when the pyre is lit. That is why I am engaged in Bodha. and a pupil who learns with his eye fixed on a job are born missing their vocation. unselfish eagerness to render service from hearts that are all inclusive. They will reach only those deities who deal with such restricted spheres. and they dull the intelligence. Keep the tongue under control. He won them over by argument. It does not become a Yogi to have Raga (affection). both the corpse and the pyre are reduced to ashes. Do not yield to their insistent demands for satisfaction. He spoke softly. 497 VAAK or voice has to be rigourously trained to avoid chatter and wandering prattle. will reach God. We (Sath) are intelligent (Chith) and blissful (Ananda). These three are attributes of Divinity. this task of reconstruction through Upadesa. When the mind disappears. He gave his opponents a fair chance to present their cases to the best of their ability and sometimes he even helped them to clarify their own points of view. Control the senses. 496 THE desires that cling to the mind are the blemishes that tarnish man's inner consciousness.492 SANKARACHARYA came for the work of Dharma-Sthapana. but with conviction. do not express all you are prompted to say. So too. Ignorant of the truth. Chith and Ananda. who is Love. can be realised only through Love. and a kite whose string has snapped. But all prayers arising from pure Love. 495 PRAYERS for worldly ends do not reach God. A teacher who instructs pupils with his eye fixed on his salary. Love is God. Live in Love. cut that inclination to the minimum. He must be free from favourites. partiality and illusion. which is our dormant but dominant force. We know that we can see the Moon only through the Moonlight. delusion dies and liberation is achieved. Through Bodha alone. a coin that is counterfeit. The teacher has to help the pupil unfold and manifest the skills and qualities inherent in him and encourage him to rise to the fullest height he is capable of. or the wild Theologians who opposed him as a Pseudo Buddhist. so far as the inquirer is concerned. So too. can Dharma be saved in the modern Kali age.

God will be blamed. and Atmanivedanam. Sakhyam. whatever Sai says and whatever Sai observes is all for your sake. They have Shanti. it will be difficult for you to shake them off. whatever Sai thinks. Smaranam. in some form or other. 502 THE principle of Love has no trace of ego or blemish. My only desire is your Ananda. Once you attach yourself to some person or habit or mannerism. you are only drawing down the calumny of people on the God you adore. Archanam (ceremonial worship). year after year with no return in joy or peace to himself or others? The Petromax light will shine bright only when you pump air vigorously. we need Sadhana. Ignorance is the Night. These are all mental excellences. the spark of the Godly in them. "in Him" and "for Him". Whatever Sai does. that is to say. I have no Ananda apart from yours. Your Ananda is My Ananda. Then we need a lamp.fancies and fondness. but when night prevails. either towards the children of the poor or their work for the good of others. until wisdom enlightens us. until we experience the one Unified Divine. It is fully free from selfish attachment. sleeping and other bodily avocations have to take a secondary role and that Meditation and Japam have to take the main role. Dasyam. Keerthanam (Adulation). recognising thatthe Sai Principle has no egoistic urge. Vandanam. for the progress of Youth and for transforming ideal boys and girls who will lead others along the path. If your body wastes away as a result of these fasts. There arenine lamps that can illumine the mind and free it from darkness: Sravanam (listening). a flame. and that is a spark of God and the Godly. 500 WHY must man live for years . not for Sai's sake. Knowledge is the Light. 505 Title of Document Page 82 of 166 . So. Padasevanam. so much of rice or wheat consumed. 504 WHEN do we need Light? Not during the day.a burden on earth. engage yourself in Sadhana and illumine your mind better and spread light on all who come near you. deeds and words on those holy days must be about God. that you should spend the day "Near Him". Detachment and Sympathy. so too. 499 UPASANA means that all your thoughts. 501 THOSE who deny God are denying themselves and their glory. It means that eating. regulations and Sadhana. the Moon. revealed through an appreciation of the advantages of virtue. we have to accept and practice discipline. All have Love in their hearts. They have Ananda however small or temporary. That Love is God. All these are the reflections of the Divine on the mirror of their minds. You must dedicate yourselves for rendering enthusiastic service to the people of the World. 503 WHATEVER thoughts arise in Me are only for the Peace and Welfare of the World.

rush towards social clubs. as music rises out of the gramophone record. It must emerge from a pure heart. It is dependent on the Immutable Triad. He becomes "Mahathmaheeyaam". Even if you do not Love Him. Prayer drinking cup must be clean. then the self-confidence will lead to self-sacrifice and selfrealisation.Sathya Sai. spend days together in playing cards. 512 Title of Document Page 83 of 166 . Acharya Devo Bhava". You can earn this Awareness through intense Love. dearest to man. high status. Pithru Devo Bhava. when you are not involved in it.It assumes all forms. The Upanishads recommend this as the basic requirement of our Culture: "Mathru Devo Bhava. of Sathyam.let this be the daily routine. When the song does not arise from your depth. but God is right with you. The individual Self has to yearn for the Supreme Self. this only one!It is Sathyam-Shivam-Sundaram! 509 LET the children. Spend the years of your lives. even grown-up boys and girls. each member of it is a moving temple. Humility is the incense with which the house is filled. Charity and Fortitude. Reverence is the lamp that is lit with Love as the oil and Faith as the wick. they clamour for concession! When the heads hit against each other in anger. expanding beyond the Cosmos and fitting all with Grace. Truth. The Mother is the high priest of this House of God. this Shivam!It is Sath-ChithAnand. These can fructify only in the atmosphere of Love . it cannot be acquired from worldly achievements and triumphs. But seldom do they yearn for good thoughts. Men yearn for good times. "Anoraniyam" say the Vedas (Smaller than the Atom). 511 PEOPLE crowd into film shows. Your mother and father might be far away. Shivam and Sundaram. In every call. can the feet be steady and unaffected? They too will kick and trample as maliciously as they can. it will generate a reverential atmosphere in the home. touch the feet of the Father and Mother every morning before the daily tasks are started. this Santham!It assumes all names. both on the out side and the inside. 510 THE home is the temple where the family. how can it draw God unto you? You must achieve confidence. He will not depart from you or move afar. What better advice can Sai give? 507 GOD is the entity close to man. 508 BLESSEDNESS can be conferred only by the Divine Source. dedicating them for such worship in the homes that you will find.PRAYER must emerge from the effect to the causes. power and good life. wisdom and virtue. He will be in you. Prayer should not arise out of the tongue. is nurtured and nourished. but when they are asked to sing the Glory of God and purify themselves and the atmosphere. 506 WHOLESOME happiness arises only from fullness of Love. Five minutes in the shrine room and the Namaskaram for Parents . Peace.

Install Him there as a result of yearning. the present and future of all. Win the Grace of your own subconscious. pain or distress. however. The effulgence of God is Truth. Love is transformed into poison if hate contaminates it. Bhajan. appears distorted and is declared to be failing. Love some. Then the Charioteer will take charge and man gets liberated and the body becomes Brahmakshetra. God does not deny anyone. Truth is freedom. Title of Document Page 84 of 166 . Dhyanam. God wears Truth. but chiefly from the heart. the Avatar asserts its validity and value once again. seek chances of helping others. for that hate will foul the Love and make it mortal. then you are entitled to be known as a Brahmin. Namasmaran and the nine steps to the presence of the Almighty. He is aware of the pilgrim. the path and the goal. Truth liberates. You have to extend your hand to receive it. He knows the past. who deny God. 516 THE Kshetra or Field or Body must be transmuted into the Dharmakshetra. do not omit or neglect or postpone your own particular spiritual Sadhana. Love comes automatically to the realised soul. to which man rightfully belongs. to gain some position of authority over fellow men. Love must low not only from the tongue or head. That is the life story of a self-realised person. Mental Peace. Be always concerned with Brahman. never lose an opportunity of using your skills and enthusiasm for the alleviation of sorrow. It must be won on the Earth. When the gift is preferred. the good seek Truth and the bad are rescued by Truth. which flows from God when He is propitiated. Wealth cannot command it. Study Japam. self injury. you have to do only one little act so that you may earn it. It is given always and accepted by the Consciousness that is aware of its significance. 518 AMBITION to earn fame in the world. He is the master of creation and He is fully conscious of His power. and not on any other heavenly body towards which he may dare navigate. Again. Mental Peace is the result of quite different attainments. 515 PRASADAM means Grace. there is no Dharma higher than Truth. it is not something that is given or taken. nor authority commandeer it! It must be won the hard way through Meditation. wherever you are. My Grace is ever with you. Above all. It is the lamp that illuminates the heart and dispels doubt and darkness. but do not hate the rest. so. Truth gets hidden. so that it may receive the Grace of God which is ever available. and so. but the Sadhaka has to cultivate it by means of Seva and inquiry into the unity of the Atman. 513 AS the Vedas announce. He leads and liberates. Namasankirtanand other such disciplines. to lead a luxurious life . have the faith that Swami is with you at all times and all places. 517 THE Avatara-Purusha. 514 INJURY inflicted on any being is sacrilege. Welcome God in your heart.this can never ensure Shanti. it is only you. has come solely to save mankind. Truth is power.REMEMBER three things always: continue Seva. the purified area of Virtue and Vairagya (Renunciation of lower desires).

disciplines have been laid down in every Religion. the Liberation. This is the Realisation. To condemn service as demeaning and inferior is to forego these benefits. He displays an unholy satisfaction in immorality and untruth. by every educator and reformer of human morals. and your only duty is to shape yourself into a fit instrument. but the Divine content is the same. If a wave of service sweeps over the land. To suppress the assertive ego. the taste of the Divine can be experienced in the atom or the Cosmos. lives and dies. It is His will. 523 THERE is no discipline equal to service to smother the ego and to fill the heart with genuine joy. by every compiler of moral codes.519 THE basic lesson that each Religion teaches is to surrender to the sovereign will of God and leave the consequences of deeds well done to the Lord Himself. it can confer all boons on the sincere. Bharath is a rare treasure house of spiritual jewels. years of constant recitation of the Name. most effective and the most successfully practiced system is the body of directives laid down in the Vedas and Shastras of India. Love will warn you against advising another to do something which you are unwilling to do. catching everyone in its enthusiasm. The taste of sea water will be saline whether you test a truckload. Attune your heart so that it will vibrate in sympathy with the woes and joys of your fellow men. your conscience will tell you that you are living in a lie! 524 ASCETIC practices. the Illumination and the Revelation: "Sarvam Vishnumayam Jagat.these will not help the aspirant to spiritual victory as much as communion with the Godly and the good. study of the sacred books . the friend as well as the foe. a pit full. He has reduced himself to a level lower than that of beasts. a bowl full. Fill the World with Love. Imagine the Lord of the Universe holding the reigns of Arjuna's horses. malice and greed that infest the World. Krishna drove the chariot of Arjuna during fateful days when the fortunes of the Pandavas were decided at the point of the sword. a sip or a drop on the tongue." This sphere of change is surcharged with the Omnipresent Divine. 520 TIME ticks on relentlessly and man is born. He revels in cruelty and sin. Note how Hanuman was elated when he rose to the status of the servant of Rama. 522 THE Saints and Sages of India and even the Incarnations that God vouchsafed to take in this land have proclaimed and practiced the ideal of service to fellow beings. rotating on the wheel of Karma and consequently unaware of the means of escaping from the oncoming destiny. 525 Title of Document Page 85 of 166 . 521 THE receptacle may be different. adventure and achievement have not made him humble. Agony and anxiety have not softened his heart. the virus and the Universe. pilgrimage to holy places and shrines. But the oldest. He is proud of his advance in the path of hatred and haughtiness. it will be able to wipe off the mounds of hatred.

that gives Me Ananda. That attachment and that affection can be secured when the petal clings to the ideals of Sai and the lessons of Sai. absence of hatred and greed are far more precious possessions than land. "Follow the Master" means: observe Dharma. the effulgence of Brahma. Moksha (Liberation from ignorance and delusion) is reached. So I do not need your Seva.NEVER give up the Gayatri. (May every being in all the Worlds be happy). the Mother and the Force that animates all life. working or at home. nor do I profit. It is reprehensible to stick. the atmosphere around becomes visibly illumined. but their hearts may be dry and their spirits gloomy. Gayatri is Annapurna. I need no other food beyond Ananda. (2) Face the Devil. I am the example. When a drop of water falls into the Ocean. sheds. there is no scope for your seeing differences or distinctions among those you serve. Each petal draws its strength. "Face the Devil" means: overcome the temptations that beset you when you try to earn Artha (wealth or the wherewithal to live in comfort). Kama and Moksha. fragrance and charm from the Karnika. tarpaulins. Artha. Make the heart big and the mind pure. Secretary. I have none to compel Me. colour. the dais. You may give up or ignore any other Mantra. Sense control. the Leader. I do everything even for Myself. Each one must become aware that he is part of the one Truth that encompasses everything in the Universe. it loses its narrow individuality. how can the wheels of the World revolve? I attend even to the minutest detail of every arrangement here . "Finish at the Goal" means: do not stop until the goal.the stage. the Guide. it will soon evaporate and be reduced to non-existence. its name and form. They all emanate from the Central Karnika or pericarp.Dharma. Title of Document Page 86 of 166 . If it seeks to live separately as a "drop". Still I work in order to guide and teach. Detached from the Karnika. And finally. 530 I HAVE not been Manager. name and taste of the Ocean itself. sustenance. Westerners have investigated the vibrations produced by this Mantra and have found that. President or Chairman. 527 FROM the narrow vision of "individual need" man must voyage out into the broad vision of the "Universal". 529 THERE are four "F's" that you will have to fix before your attention: (1) Follow the Master. clothing and housing. water tanks. The "F's" are fundamental for the pursuit of the four Purusharthas .traveling. the petal cannot survive. and (4) Finish at the Goal. If you do Seva to those who gather here. contentment. 526 THE lotus has as many as a thousand petals. self-confidence. and assumes the form. to the narrow path of selfishness. (3) Fight to the End. envy and greed. pumps and everything else. money or houses. If I remain inactive. "Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu". for one's whole lifetime. So Brahmaprakasa. but you should recite Gayatri at least a few times a day. wage war against the six enemies that are led by Tama or lust. 528 MEN may have super abundance of food. In My message to you. wherever you are . will descend on you and illumine your intellect and light your path when this Mantra is chanted. "Fight to the End" means: struggle ceaselessly. when it is recited with the correct accent as laid down in the Vedas. That is My wish and Blessing. It will protect you from harm.

there would have been nothing much left and mud would have been rationed at so many ounces per head! 537 Title of Document Page 87 of 166 . it is the goal. not I". this is for my children and my children's children". they do not anticipate any result. more joy and more fortitude on man. to console others and to encourage others along the spiritual path. "It is He. mind culture is for life. He knows that he has to give up whatever he earns and collects. Keep His name always on the tongue. The Upanishads declare. the progeny of Immortality. the consummation. Man is as ugly as a face without a nose if he has no wisdom. so that they may confer more peace. So Krishna had to send another message that Rama was calling him to His audience hall! Devotion compels the Lord to yield to the whims of His servants. whatever other attainments he may decorate himself with! 533 AGRICULTURE is for living. His pride was humbled. 532 JNANA is not an attribute of the Universal Absolute (Param-Atma). They are just themselves when they do these things. Skills are for shaping material things so that they cater more to the comfort of man. sooner or later. they do not care. "Sathyam-Jnanam-Anantham-Brahma" (Truth. I am but the instrument". their innate nature and their inborn characteristic. "this is mine. that he should deign to come to Krishna's court. 534 ONE day. studies are for shaping attitudes. 535 EGOISM will be destroyed. Krishna sent a message through him to the Monkey. see only good in them. Garuda failed. who had declared himself as Anjaneya. It is Param-Atma itself. directed Garuda to proceed and scare the animal out of the city limits. If every man on Earth could take with him on death even a handful of mud from the Earth. emotions and impulses of man. who heard about the pranks of the strange Monkey. Do not talk evil of others. even though he later took the entire army with him for the fray. it is the nature too. See in everyone the Lord Himself moving in that form. because they must. 536 MAN is suffering because he cannot rid himself of the greed for sense objects and sense pleasures or Vishaya-Vasana. "Nishkama-Karma" is the natural face of activity for the children of God. they dance and drive. They sing and swim. It is Sahaja-Lakshana. desires. they talk and walk and they pray and pine. feelings. They do not know what will happen as a consequence. but yet. Wisdom and Eternity-is Brahman).531 NO bird casts the seed on land to grow food for itself. Anjaneya hurried to see Rama and Krishna gave him the dharsan of Rama Himself. Jnana is the fulfillment. Krishna. Welcome every chance to help others. recognised only Rama and would obey only Rama. Anjaneya appeared in a garden on the outskirts of Dwarka. "He is the force. and contemplate His glory whenever you see or hear anything beautiful or grand. if you constantly tell yourself. nor do beasts plough and enclose fields claiming. But Anjaneya. his attachment waxes instead of wanes as the years go by.

YOU have read that the Lord. Prahalada never gave up the repetition of the Name of the Lord. Pride and Malice. Do you postpone for tomorrow the dinner of this day! Feed the spirit as scrupulously as you now feed the body. the bridge called Nishta or discipline of an unflinching kind is essential. See how great heroes like Prahalada did not lose their hold on the Lord. what is it you need"? He wants you to express in words what you have yearned for and ask the Lord whom you have brought before you through the exercise of silence. a safe bridge or else you will fall into the raging waters and be drawn into the sea. One must have that determination and faith. why come here? Come here only if you seek to earn Grace. 543 RAMA is the personification of Dharma. You have to please Me. 539 SORROWS and disasters are like the clouds that flit across the sky. The music that can take them is the singing aloud the Name of God. wailing for the six cobras that have sheltered themselves in your mind. for your own cleansing and consummation. whatever others may say or however difficult they may appear to be. You should weep. And sometimes He wills that the questioner answers in the way His plan demands. infested with the sharks: Lust and Anger. So Rama partakes of the Excellence of the Vedas. Your duty is just to strive on from this very moment. though he was tortured. Do not vacillate or postpone. The Mahabharatha is generally known as the Fifth Veda. obey the directions that I give. Who knows when death knocks? Maybe. melted and moved when one performs acute Thapas. every country must learn from you. poisoning it with their venom: Lust. comes and asks softly and sweetly: "My dear child. You must be strong and steady. 541 IF you seek to fulfill low desires. The foundation must not give way. catch them by the neck and pull out their fangs as the charmer does. The slightest mistake or wrong committed by you will be the talk of the World. you can handle them as you please. you should cry only for God. Quiet them as the snake charmer does with his swaying flute. 542 PRASANTHI NILAYAM is the centre for Spirituality uplifting the whole World. in spite of heavy odds. Your behaviour must be exemplary. twisted and burnt. It must be sturdy. And the Bhagavatha describes the Glory and the Title of Document Page 88 of 166 . 538 TO cross safely the flood of "Birth-Death-Continuum". do not delay. So. And when they are too intoxicated to move and harm. therefore. Attachment. Anger. 540 YOU will find that you have craved only for paltry things and for momentary distinctions for fleeting fame. sincere and straight. Thereafter they can be your play things. Go to a hospital only when you are resolved to take the drug the physician prescribes and go through the regimen he lays down. he will knock this very night. That is the little game He plays. this very moment. devotees from all over the World are here. they cannot injure the blue depths of space. You have not come to Prasanthi Nilayam to please those others. Greed.

aptitudes and attitudes. you revile Me. the same person has come to Me seeking success at the examination. then a father-in-law. Turn it to the right. entangled. particular individual. its name and its taste in the sea. Put into practice a fraction of what you preach.. begin with Namasmarana. not the slave of the senses. So. You heard how Sanathana Dharma has laid down a "thornless Path" for the progress of man. For there is no dearth of want. How to turn right? Well. which becomes loose inside the shell. each has to tread the path. for it is His Leela and you are as happy as He is. it is locked. turn the same key to the left. Then. Like the ripe tamarind fruit. this is just a wasted opportunity. you revere Me. Turn your mind towards the objective World. you are free and deliverance is at hand. then it is easy. when His plans are going through! 547 YOU heard of the methods by which the Shastras have asked man to pay his debt to the Gods. 549 LIBERATION is just the awareness of Truth. When one wish is fulfilled. 548 THE mind must become the servant of the intellect. the falling off of the scales of delusion from the eye. away from the objects of the senses. then a child. if it is not. this casement called body. Prema. that too is as efficacious as the Vedas to elevate man and to release him from the bondage to the mean and the sordid. the lock is loosened. 546 IF Liberation means the stoppage of grief and the acquisition of joy. then a rise in the salary. then a job. That is how Desire debases you. You are no more a separate. Like the Godavari losing its form. as the first step. etc. but let Me tell you one thing: unless you control the stream of desire that springs in the mind. alone and in full confidence.. that makes you free of grief and carefree. This is published in the Newspaper the next day and there their purpose ends. the very goal. 550 YOU are happy that you have come on a pilgrimage here. it is locked. when you take everything as the Leela of the Lord you love. 545 TURN the key in the lock to the right. from Humanity to Divinity! Thornless or thornful. What you have to do is to place all your burdens on God. the Sages and the Ancestors. ten rise in its place. you clap your hands in Ananda whatever may happen.Grace of the Lord and His splendour as the Indweller in All. That will itself take you through the second and the third. Shanti. It must discriminate and detach itself from the body. it must be unattached to this shell. it opens.. 544 PEOPLE talk loud and long from all kinds of platforms about Dharma. If your wish is fulfilled. That is the story of all platform professions. Liberation dissolves the name and form. Sathya. caught. It is not a suburb of select souls. The paper of today is the wastepaper of tomorrow! It is used for packing or thrown into the dust heap and burnt as refuse. it is not a closed monopoly of expert Sadhakas. a Title of Document Page 89 of 166 .

Title of Document Page 90 of 166 . if man craves for a lesser consumption. will fly from your mind. Have the Name on the tongue and the Form in the eye. man is the slave of urges and hesitations. that is what a wise man should do. and Soukhyam is the Swabhavam of man. But he. leaving joy and content therein. every night before you retire. acts of service to others and concern for the welfare and prosperity of the Society in which one is living. and the demon called Aasa. for no one has bound you. unending desire. 556 FROM birth to death. So give up the attachment to the senses. who persists in spite of temptations and obstacles on the path that leads to selffulfillment and self-realisation. discrimination. whether you are equipped to meet it when it comes for you? Why do you immerse yourselves in distractions like building houses. which is found in the Bhagavat Gita. why do you not examine yourselves. 552 WHEN you know that thieves have broken into your neighbour's house. 554 REMOVE the vices of lust and hatred.transfer to a cheaper place and a seat in the Medical College for his son . Engage yourselves rather in things that will make you immortal and serve your best interests by service to the World! Seek your own Reality. You will then see good in others and you will strive to do good to others. piling bank balances. celebrating picnics and contesting elections. and put out the raging flames of anger and greed. That moment it is free. It twists and turns in the sky trying to last and then it drops the fish. he is a Papi (Sinner). His Agna. One must examine these and rely more on those that lead him towards subjective joy rather than objective pleasure. then the innate Santham and Soukhyam and the Swarupam and Sevabhavam of Man will manifest themselves unhindered. mutual cooperation among the members of the family and community. intelligence. mind. you will naturally respect and obey the command of Krishna. This kind of constant dwelling on the indwelling God will promote Love for all beings. for the Gopis of Brindavan were the most inspiring examples of such souls. then grief and worry can harass you no more. 553 DHARMA purifies the mind and leads you to God. Subjective joy can be acquired by harmony at home. Santham is the Swarupam. until at last he comes seeking My Grace for an end to worldly pursuits and for initiation into the path of spiritual liberation. you become extra cautious and. the ability to anticipate the future and the desire to detach himself from the senses is an indication that he is destined for some higher goal. 555 THE very fact that man is equipped with memory. It creates a taste for the Name and Form of God. When you know that death has carried away a victim from the house next door. The kite is pursued by the crows so long as it carries the fish in its beak. you examine every lock and bolt in the house. When you love the name and form of Krishna.a never ending series of wants. 551 NO one can liberate you. is a Gopi. In spite of this. You hold on to the nettle of worldly pleasures and you weep for pain.

If you identify yourselves with the body that you carry about with you. or the Nature of strength. it is a prison from which you must get released. Do not believe that you are a little lump of body. in which all of you are taking part at present. The statement is not an invitation to licentiousness or complete inactivity. Unwilling to discover his own faults. it has to be acceptable and it is bound to benefit you. the Ceremonial of rituals. and the coils of Astrology to grasp your Title of Document Page 91 of 166 . speaking the words that He put in your mouth and making movements as directed by Him. 563 DO not imagine yourselves as Hindus for the reason that you are born in Hindustan. and the intellect can be cleared of blemish through Jnana. It is His Drama. not otherwise. Whenever accosted. You do not require the experience of a series of lives to grasp this patent fact. vacillation and despair bring dishonour on Him who conferred on you the honour of "Amirthesya Puthraah". through God and by God. that is to say. 562 THE eye which is scarce two inches long can see millions of miles into space but is incapable of seeing itself! Man too is as shrewd and as weak as the eye. it does not ask you to also give up all Karma (activity). 561 THE experience of this one life must be enough to show you that there is no joy unmixed with grief. 558 WHEN the Gita directs you to give up all Dharmas (Set codes of morality). he cannot assess his innate skill and realise his inner reality! But the power can be acquired if you keep company with Sadhakas (aspirants for spiritual progress). the conviction that you are not the body but only a resident of the body has to grow in you. Do not bend and cringe and barter your self-respect. This World is keeping you in bondage. and when you do it for God. viz. He can analyse others "motives. God. Above all. Life can be purified if it is sanctified by Tapas.557 THE body can be clean if washed with water. 559 WEAKNESS. his feelings and his emotions. You are "Bala-Swarupa". You are the indestructible immortal Atma of the same nature as Brahman itself. that both grief and joy are short lived and they both depend on the mind and its control. you have to do Karma. He is the Director. you are inviting sorrow and suffering to overwhelm you instead of the joy and peace which are awaiting to bless you. he is powerless to analyse himself. It is all for dedication and surrender to the highest in Man. Speech can be clean if it is saturated in Truth. you must declare yourself so and not otherwise. You are too entangled in the rules of Caste. Direct all your cleverness and all your intelligence to the successful execution of the great Drama. you play a role. and you should not plan to return to it again and again. the Dharma of it does not matter. 560 DO not admit into your mind the demon of Asanthi. an actor carrying out His Will. count others "faults and map out others "skills and capacities but.

567 NESTS laboriously built by birds are torn away by storms. Meditation and Silence. But the mind can also be used for Liberation from these two shackles. 564 TO spend some time in the Divine presence is a fortune which is a reward for past merit.own inner Reality. you are bringing disrespect to your culture and disowning your country. you have to willy-nilly welcome the other. to atone for misdemeanors and crimes done by them in their past lives. acquire and possess. Let me tell you that all men are undergoing Sentences for long or short periods with simple or hard labour. Study of Spiritual Texts. 566 MAN thinks that he knows everything. Everyone is a prisoner. Faith in the God within is the toughest shield against the thrusts of Fate. Sanathana Dharma tells you about that spark and teaches you how to foster it and develop it. to pursue the fleeting pleasures of the tongue and eye. Man knows the news of every land but he is ignorant of the nuisance that he is to himself and others. He will deal with you as He feels best and it will be the best for you. they will both disappear. when you welcome one. God is in you. I and Mine. merely for the joy of possession and the joy of depriving others of things of value. to cater to the fancies that attract the mind. going through Sentences from Courts for delinquencies. God is in every word of yours. Forbearance. 565 INSIST that you are the body. It encourages you to care for the strengthening of the body and its beautification. 568 PRAYER for some benefit or gain should not be addressed to God. Let it be fixed on God. Defeat and victory are the obverse and reverse of the same coin. too. Only such a life can be called civilized. and every sin has to be cleansed. but when asked about himself. He does not know the means of securing Ananda: Prayer. Every fall makes a dent. the mind. When you ignore this Dharma and allow Science to entice you. if for some reasons the Prayer is not answered the way you want it to be or as quickly as you want it. Seva. for it means that God waits until He is asked! Surrender to Him. God does not dole out Grace in proportion to the praise He receives! 569 WHEN you pray for a thing from God. you run the risk of condemning Him. he hangs down his head in shame. far away from you. Speak. the fragrant petals of flowers are felled by rain. You do not realise the spark of Divinity in you and try to raise it into a flaming fire of Divine Splendour. it tells you that reason is the only instrument for measuring Truth and decries intuition and experience. You are here. do and think as Title of Document Page 92 of 166 . for he has no strength to withstand the blow. every deed and every thought. reducing your pretty "I" into ashes. He is blown away by calamity. staying in some Heaven or holy spot. the senses and the intelligence. compassion and incorruptible virtue are the three pillars of a happy life. "Mine" teaches you to grab. He has no faith that he is Ananda and that Ananda is his own nature. He is moving in darkness but yearning for Ananda. This contingency arises because you feel that God is an outsider. the rest is barbarian existence. every fault has to be corrected.

befits Him. 573 IF the parent is a drunkard. When you are not on this Path. You have no rose without a thorn. a gambler and a cheat. I am in you: that is the Truth this phenomenon proclaims. give me this thing which I believe is necessary for my Title of Document Page 93 of 166 . then. good and intelligent. you are certainly left out when it is a question of sharing Divine Grace. teasing and bullying those who pass by. So be warned! 572 I KNOW many parents who dote on their children and admire them when they learn the bad habits of gambling or drinking! They do not curb them when they swagger about in the bazaars. the diligent picker will avoid the pricks and gather the flower. I like children and the young innocence. Do not humiliate anyone. They do not instill into the young minds the attitude of reverence towards property belonging to others. the parents. respect him for the good in him. a registered letter that is not accepted returns to the sender. The fault lies wholly on the shoulders of the elders. have you not observed this? You are in Him. attitudes. When you believe in this. do not seek the fault ridden person. 574 CLEANSE your emotions. I will not allow them to be blamed. no amount of textbook ethics can cure the sons. pray to God: "God. You have a chance of correcting the wrongdoers too. cleverness consists in gathering the honey nevertheless. and reactions. the parents repent and curse themselves for their unpardonable foolishness. and when you cultivate Love. 575 LIFE is a mosaic of pleasure and pain . happy. you have the responsibility to keep me healthy. your thoughts. accept it and pin the gang of mischief makers.grief is an interval between two moments of joy. Troubles and travails will haunt you but you must not allow them to deflect you from the path of duty and dedication. Refuse to receive it. you are on the Right Path. their children land themselves in trouble and. 571 WHEN you do not accept the insult someone casts on you. when you are traveling left. it goes back to the person who indulged in it first. 570 WHEN you stand before another. There is no bee without the sting. Do the duty that He has allotted to you to the best of your ability and to the satisfaction of your conscience. Their grief at your behaviour will haunt you during your last moments. passions. Examine your mind. Reverence for Life and Tolerance. speak ill of none. 576 IF you feel you must have something to be happy. As a consequence. Peace is the interlude between two wars. Humility. his image is in your eye and your image is in his. and the leaders who shape the norms which they imbibe. Seek only purity. that is to say. Do not damage your mental peace by receiving the letter and reading the contents. That is the most rewarding Puja. That is the essence of spiritual discipline as laid down in all Faiths. impulses.

where the floor is soaked by the tears of a woman. Omniscient. the minutest atom and cell and the vastest. Both have to rely on their own experience. not expecting something in return. of the recurring sequence of birth and death. Illumination is the purpose of life. But. if you think I am wrong. for then she might shed tears. In this way. can give no real satisfactory justification for their stand. manipulating both. except by accepting God as the Architect of the Cosmos? 581 FOLLOW the call of the Divine arising from the hearts of all living beings. but. the Supreme Will or the First Cause. the language we learn on our mother's lap as "mother tongue". nor can those who assert that there is God. People ask men for favours. in your hurry. most distant star. Say "Dehi" to the Dehi. women are adored and revered. We honour the land where we are born as our "Mother Country". Real and lasting Joy can be won only by a life led along the path of Dharma which makes the inherent Divinity of Man shine forth. and the Scripture that teaches us Morality as "Mother Veda". Have faith that God will add unto you all the joys that you desire and deserve. How else can we understand the Omnipresence and Omnipotence. This will purify you. not for sheer eating and reveling. He will respond generously and graciously. "Dehi" means also.happiness. do not humiliate that "Dehi" by calling out "Dehi" before others. "He who dwells in the 'Deha' or Body. including the mother who gave birth to him. 580 THOSE who deny God. That is why in this land. fall into error and unrighteous deeds. can never see prosperity. they extend their hands towards others and plead "Dehi" (Give). enjoy cheap joys. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa took great care to see that Saradamani Devi did not take his simple jokes and ridicules too much to heart. so that you shall be able to listen to the "Soham" that your breath repeats every moment. do not. So. which is God". Do not even accept gratitude. Serve them in an attitude of worship. 577 HAVE patience. having dedicated all your acts to the indwelling God. "Soham" transmutes itself into OM when the distinction between He and I has dissolved itself in the process of "Samadhi". He will feed you and foster you. God will never desert His obligation. They keep men on the moral path and inspire them to follow spiritual discipline. Their hearts are tender and full of compassion for the hungry and the distressed. According to Indian Culture. 582 MAN is born for the attainment of Joy. Omnipotent and immanent in the entire Title of Document Page 94 of 166 . all these have to be adored as Divine. 578 WOMEN preserve the culture of this country with greater tenacity and faith. After all. how can sweetness be denied by one who refuses to taste sugar? How can one be convinced that sugar is sweet until one tastes it? We have to feel the great marvel of energy. Man has in him the spark of Divinity which is Omnipresent. every Indian has four mothers. give me whatever you think best". 579 ELDERS quote the Shastras that say that the home.

The Culture of this land proclaimed that the best form of Service is to foster the practitioners of the good life. Faith is the spring of Joy. 587 MANY of you have problems of health or mental worry of some sort or other. 583 THE very first lesson of the Primer of the spiritual text is "Control of Speech". the pellucid lake of your Mind.Sahitha Dhyanam or Dhyana Sahitha-Japam. sharpness of claw.Universe. They are mere baits by which you have been brought here. Japa. fang. make it a fit abode of Godhead. Remove all evil from the Manasarovar. when the first disappointment faces you. even if you cannot positively promote any of these. Peace can be gotten only through Faith. Speech is the armament of man. beak and talon. you can select any one that appeals to you. Problems and worry are really to be welcomed as they teach you the lessons of humility and reverence. and. man must learn the technique laid down by the Scriptures revealed by the same Divinity. so that you may contact the Grace and strengthen your faith in the Divine. harshness makes you "Pasu" . it was Radha-shyama.Divine. The pity is that. From where can Ananda be acquired? Faith alone can win Ananda. it is Sarvanam. you lose courage and confidence and give up Rama or Krishna or Sai Baba. and in the Kali yuga. that is to say. wherever we cast our eyes. Why does this happen? Because man has lost Faith. How then can he acquire Ananda? How can a person. 585 EVERY man desires to acquire Ananda. do not obstruct the charity of the generous. In order to become ever aware of this innate Reality. who has not enough Faith to live happily for a few days. tusk. 588 BHARATHVARSHA knew that the secret of Peace lay in Service and Love towards all beings. He has no Faith in himself. Mere outward politeness or sweetness is hypocrisy! Sincere speech must flow from real sweetness of heart. the Name was Sitharama. instead of losing faith in it and getting slack. the Sages and the Sadhakas. that is the lesson taught in this land. you must attach yourself to this Sadhana even more firmly. Do not decry the servants of God. The drug should not be given up when it is most needed. all Names of the Lord. 589 Title of Document Page 95 of 166 . the Chapter of Japam and Dhyanam. When confronted by calamity. In the Tretha Yuga. in the Dwapara. 584 START from today a new Chapter in your life. But man has sweetness of Speech which can disarm all opposition and defeat all the designs of hatred. a heart full of love. horn. other animals have fleetness of foot. But now we see Sorrow. win the Grace of God? 586 NAMASMARANA is the process by which this dedicatory attitude can be cultivated and confirmed. Sweetness makes you "Pasupathi" . do not discourage the study of the Scriptures.bestial.

No. Well! Has God planned all these heavenly bodies out of sheer caprice? Or does He intend to convey any lesson through these happenings? God will never produce an effect without cause or purpose. You can investigate and find out for yourselves the truth of this. Why? The rotation of the Earth on its own axis. 590 GO straight along the path of Karma and Dharma towards Brahma. God has graciously willed to establish peace and prosperity on Earth. the Purushartha deserves the name. Welcome pain and grief. The milk laments the separation and boils over. when mixed with some water is placed on a burning stove. When your purse is empty or when your father is no longer in power. for example. as sandals for the feet. is to sprinkle a spoon or two of water. according to the status taste. as is commonly understood. But there is no eagerness to live in Shanti. Friends must be like milk and water. employment in some job. Sukha is taken to be the same as Shanti. causes the seasons. Then. None of the rich. When Artha is sought through Dharma. Milk cannot tolerate separation from its friend. The hunt for comfortable jobs and positions of influence. He must experience. The most distant planet so far known is Pluto. in equal depth. Sukha is confused with Shanti. for it is Parama oriented towards the Para or the higher eternal values. the founding of banks and business houses. When milk. Karma has to be done. its friend is back and it is happy. which mark out (Lakshanam) the Purusha (the man). the only way to keep it calm. Let Me elaborate this example. it is said. 594 UDYOGAM Purusha Lakshanam. Do it with the fear of God and of sin deep in your heart. it means Ud (Higher) Yoga (spiritual discipline): a Sadhana which has assumed the status of a job. they bid you good-bye. Ud-yoga means. 595 Title of Document Page 96 of 166 . Friends who drag one away into evil habits and vicious deeds are prowling around in search of victims. 593 OUR friends today attach themselves not to you but to your purse or to some advantage they can gain through your father's kindness. something that is worth doing. "Paramapurushartha". the joy and the grief of the other. higher disciplines. 592 FRIENDSHIP must serve as lids for the eye. All jobs that you take up are Ud-yogas. well placed. Inner contentment is more important than outer prosperity. the water goes. this is your destiny. tendency and earned merit. 591 THE Sun is about 90 million miles distant from our Earth. the formation of clouds and the falling of rain. Nor will He manifest substance without value. everyone is after Sukha. which is nearly 3670 million miles away from the Sun.AT present. The friend must be "another Me". Each has his allotted task. Shanti is not found in the Pass-Book or many roomed bungalows or godowns or iron safes. so that you take both success and failure as hammer-strokes to shape you into a sturdy Sadhaka. there is no turning away. Your whole attitude is topsyturvy.all this is evidence of the eagerness to live in happiness. It takes 248 long years to make one journey around the sun. prosperous or powerful have Shanti. the growth of bungalows . off as steam.

IN one of his speeches, Nehru had to acknowledge that there is a Destiny that shapes events, irrespective of individual effort. Well, everyone will come to that conclusion sooner or later; for there is a limit to the capacity of man to control events. You may call it Destiny. Another may call it Providence; and a third, God. Names do not matter. It is the humility that matters; the wonder and the sense of awe that matters. 596 THE eye sees because it is illumined by a microscopic spark of the rays of the Sun. "Chakshos Suryo ajayatha". From the eye, Surya was born. The Atma is the motive force of all the Senses; the eye is but a window through which the Atma peeps out at the external world. Of what use is the eye when the vision is not correct? Samam means Brahmam; Samadrishti means seeing only Brahmam, the one in all things, at all times. This Ekathwam is the basic Truth. All other experiences are partial, distorted, and false. 597 EDUCATION must include the education of the mind of man, of his impulses to hate, to hoard, to fight and to defame. It is not merely the acquisition of certain skills by which the materials found in nature can be reshaped into utility products; it is not merely the acquisition of information about the laws of Nature. It is the process by which man makes the best of his own inner equipment, his Anthakarana, to know himself. It should open his inner eye more than his outer; the outer must reveal the Glory of God; and the inner must reveal the God within. 598 CHILDREN should grow in the awareness of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God. If no provision is made for this atmosphere and this teaching, we are denying them their due. Faith in man involves Faith in God; Faith in God creates Faith in man. Without faith, man is a creature bereft of roots; and he dries and withers quickly. 599 THE friends that the child collects at school and around the house have a beneficial or deleterious effect on its growth. Comics, horror stories, terrorism, gunmen pictures and cinema posters degrade man into a zero. The child learns to worship money and the things which money can buy; he admires cruelty and cunning, rather than Sympathy and Love. So, the Home, the School and the Society have to rise and take up this challenge posed to the future of this great land. 600 MAN is born with a great thirst and a deep hunger for bliss. He knows that he can get it, but he does not know from where. He has faint memories of his being the heir to the Kingdom of Ananda. But he does not know how to establish his claim to his heritage. Something in him revolts when he is condemned to die, to suffer and to hate. It whispers to him that he is the child of Immortality, of Bliss and of Love. But man ignores these promptings and, as one exchanges diamonds for dirt, he runs in search of meaner pleasures and sordid comforts. 601 I DO not care either for praise or for blame. I only pity these people who, in order to scrape together a few paise from the poor, resort to such filthy tricks. For all who are pained by these subhuman antics,
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I declare "Even if all the fourteen Worlds unite together, the work for which I have come will not suffer a bit; even if Earth and Heaven combine, My truth can never be fully grasped". 602 PRAYER and Meditation Prayer makes you a supplicant at the Feet of God; Dhyana induces God to come down to you and inspires you to raise yourselves to Him. It tends to make you come together, not place one in a lower level and the other on a higher. Dhyana is the royal road to Liberation from bondage, and with Prayer you earn the same fruit. Meditation needs concentration after controlling the claims of the senses. You have to picture before your inner eye the Form on which you have elected to contemplate. 603 WHEN you see in a house on the walls of the shrine room a picture of Mine, do you not feel a wave of reverence and kinship surging within you? You may not like him for any other reason, but this picture will bring him closer to you, though the owner of the house may be your rival in the professional field. So, too, know that every other person has in his heart of hearts a picture of the God you revere. Recognise it and reconcile your misunderstandings; close up all gaps with the brothers in pilgrimage, encouraging and inspiring each other along the arduous road. 604 WHEN the parents have no reverence for God, when the pictures of Stalin, Hitler, Churchill and Lenin adorn the walls of the home, when the child has to breathe the atmosphere of scandal, faction and greed at home, how can it grow into a happy, healthy balanced individual? The films that children are taken to see are full of violence and falsehood, mean tricks and conspiracies, which tarnish the springs of sympathy and love. 605 THERE are parents who are proud when their children join in card games and even in drinking and gambling; there are parents who get angry when their children read religious books, attend temple rites and sit quietly for a few minutes meditating on the awe and wonder that Creation evokes in them. How can such parents claim to be the well-wishers of their progeny? They are the greatest foes of their progress. 606 ALL the twenty-four hours are spent in attending to the care of the body, the prevention of disease, the promotion of health, the development of muscle, etc. No care is spent on the God resident in this physical tabernacle, who has to be recognised and revered. The weighing machine on which you stand to read your weight with pride laughs at you for the silly exaltation. It sneers at your conceit over physical victories; it warns you against too much concern over paltry gains. It knows that death is lying in wait to snatch you away, however heavy you may grow. Develop "Drishti" (vision); not "Deha" (body). Concentrate on the Maker, not the made. 607 TO elevate man to the level of his consciousness, He (God) has to incarnate as man. He has to speak to them in their own styles and languages. He has to teach them the methods that they can adopt and

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practice. Birds and beasts need no Divine Incarnation to guide them, for they have no inclination to stray away from their Dharma. Man alone forgets or ignores the goal of Life. 608 I HAVE no desire to have My Birthday celebrated. Such trivial thoughts can never enter Me. My only desire is to share My "Ananda". My Birthday is when you get "Ananda". My Mission is "Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu". May all the Worlds be happy and prosperous! Become aware of the unity of mankind. Promote, by Love and Service, the Joy and Contentment of everyone on Earth and fill your hearts with that yearning. 609 ACTS done between dawn and dusk are offerings into the sacred Fire of Wisdom. Of such acts, those that are promoted by instinct and impulse are material; they do not arise from a mind moulded by the intellect. When the mind is crossed and the outer shore reached, all acts become pure and holy. When deep sleep overpowers the senses, the mind, the intellect, and even the sense of ego disappears. The entire Cosmos disappears from awareness. That is the Truth when the Atman is alone by itself and bondage is naught. 610 GOD, Over-self or Paramatma is praised by man when his desires are fulfilled. When they are not realised, He is blamed. But He has no prejudice or partiality. If He has Love, He must also have anger. Any manifestation of these feelings is only superficial and does not rise from the core. God is the witness of the act-consequence chain. You can avoid the consequence by dedicating the act of God and abstaining from attachment. 611 ONE'S action decides one's destiny. There is no use blaming others for our misfortune and misery. Nor is it right to blame God as being partial or cruelly unconcerned. When you plant a bitter seed, how can the fruit be sweet? It has become the fashion to claim all good as one's own achievement and to ascribe all the despair and disappointment to an irresponsible attitude of Divinity. 612 I WISH to emphasise that purity of the heart, the mind and the consciousness is more important for progress than even Meditation and Prayer. Purity alone can convince you of the Divine within you of the Kshetrajna immanent in the Kshetra. Love all, adore all and serve all. That is the Sadhana of worship, to win purity and earn Grace. 613 THE consequence of the meritorious activities of previous births can be drawn upon now; but unless you have them, no cheque will be honoured. Moreover, only those who have the account can operate. Each must have a separate account in his own name: One brother cannot draw on the account of another brother; and the wife cannot draw on the account of the husband. 614

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I have no "near" and "far". good feelings and. To deny by your acts the truth of what you preach is a sign of cowardice and moral suicide. casting temporary shadows hiding for a little time the glory of the Sun or Moon. "Sathchinthana". the Purusharthas laid down by the ancient sages. good company). nor bad fortune grieved over. There are many who are engaged in criticism and calumny. They are breezes and storms that cannot affect the depths of the Ocean of Bliss in the heart of Man. if only they dedicate themselves to God. under whatever Name and Form.all are near to me except those who keep afar. but you do something wrong in the belief that Baba is somewhere else. Europe. the Bank will give you overdrafts. 615 WHEN you have attained true wisdom. you will find that good fortune should not be gloated over. 620 THE chief Characteristics of Sathya Sai are: equanimity and forbearance (sahana). Grace that God will confer on you when you have earned it by "Sathkarrna". Kama and Moksha. so that you tide over temporary crisis. "Sathsanga" and "Namasmarana" (good deeds. and constant repetition and reflection on the Name of God and the Glory it seeks to express. It is like the "Anugraha". 617 CYNICAL laughter cannot harm the Sadhaka. good thoughts. Build the mansion of your life on four firm pillars: Dharma. 618 THE Ramayana. Only the Title of Document Page 100 of 166 . You pray to Kali in the idol form. Artha. while man prostrates before them in reverence. toil or travail. and Africa. each pillar bound strong and safe with every other. But no attention is paid to what the pages proclaim.SOMETIMES. believing it to be alive and you hide something behind the idol. Hong Kong and Australia are establishing Sathya Sai Bhaktha Mandalis and Study Circles. Do not get distracted by doubt of despondency. Do not play false to yourself and to your ideals. Even they are close to Me. they are having Telugu classes. 616 PEOPLE in America. As for Me. so that they may listen to Me and learn things directly from Me. imagining that no one would know about it. distress or despair. the extent of the overdraft is settled by the Manager with reference to your reliability and capabilities. You say that Baba knows and sees everywhere. My reply to all these is a smile. Can a storm shake the Himalayan range? Let not your faith in the goal or the road quake before trouble or trial. They are but passing clouds. The frills and fringes attract the mind more than the kernel provided by the text. and the Bhagavatha are to be mastered. and incense sticks are burnt before them. The Hero treats both with equal unconcern. Many pamphlets are printed. 619 ACT according to your professions. the Mahabharatha. You go through them without allowing them to go through you! The Volumes are bound in silk. All kinds of things happen in the World. Such criticisms and distortions are the inevitable accompaniments of everything good and great. not allowed to become masters. Many papers publish all types of writings.

when the end draws near. Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam Moodha Mathe Sammpraapthe Sannihitthe Kaale Nahi Nahi Rakshathi Dukrn. Each one is a step in the ladder which lifts man into God. Praise God. Yes. There is no togetherness. "Oh! All these buildings. no wish is to be welcomed. when death does knock at door. The latter name means. too. Some unfortunate people cannot believe the Reality of this Love: the Love of a thousand mothers. and they. The spiritual Atma Sakthi that is also everywhere is Title of Document Page 101 of 166 . But many are not aware of this fact. 622 THE tree will grow with branches on all sides. responded with verses on the same lines. not frittering it away as a feast of fancy. if that Truth be firmly established in the heart. 624 IT was ascribed to one's past deeds and one's own mental tendencies. the stomach is filled in five minutes! So. Bhaja Govindam. what is My property. each of the fourteen contributing one verse. God gives everything. nothing is to be sought for. someone pointed out that God was the originator of both joy and grief and that without His will no blade of grass can waver in the wind. 623 THE situation in India and in the World today is "Evaniki Vaare. So he asked him to adore God and fill himself with thoughts of the Divine. No one casts a stone on the tree that bears no fruit. Sankara gave another twelve of his own.fruit-laden tree is hit by stones thrown by greedy people. He took pity on the aging scholar and warned him that. no attachment should be developed. Students are my all. "The weapon with which delusion can be destroyed". rules of grammar cannot save you. It is wrong to cast the blame on others. his panditry will not save him from perdition or take him to the goal of merging with God. Praise God. many expect the answer to be. in the text called Bhaja Govindam or Moha Mudgaram. one gets the unique bliss of liberation. all these vast areas of land". students must do as roots do: remain firm and provide sustenance. whatever we get is His Grace. 621 SANKARACHARYA was going along the streets of Varanasi. But. This is the proper way to deal with life. Thus. I have offered Myself to them. If you ask Me. it will provide and promote peace and security to the World. 625 PRAISE God. Sankara exhorted his pupils to disseminate the ideal of this verse. In order to realise this result. when he saw in a small hermitage a monk poring over a book of grammar. there are 31 verses in all. without solving deep into the consequences. you fool. as well as four more verses about the transformation that the teaching would confer. stored and utilised only through certain contrivances designed by man. and you have no right to judge if it is good or bad. countless flowers will bloom. How happy can man be if he develops togetherness! Can you eat a meal with a single finger? When the five fingers work in unison. 626 ELECTRICITY is found everywhere in Nature but it can be collected. But My answer is "My entire property consists of My students". I know that the roots have to be watered so that flowers and fruits may emerge. Yamuna Theere" (Each for each on the Yamuna beach). and no defeat is to be taken to heart.

the real Reality of your Personality. When I say to you. "Renunciation. born out of wisdom and fostered by the Grace of the Lord. his life is wasted in bitterness and grief. the mental you. No one should be condemned as trash. your likes and dislikes are inducing you to label them as such. his hobbies and prejudices. under whatever condition. the one the others think you are. your passions. 631 THE Sanyasi has to declare his death and perform obsequies for himself and bury his past. the Spirit. it illumines and directs activity. Without it. sacrifice. Non-attachment. only by renunciation can immortality be gained). thyagenike amrthathwa masmuth". and beliefs. his history and his name. Karma Sanyasa and not any other types of Sanyas is prescribed. emotions.your life might be as grand. 632 GURU Nanak said that without faith in God. and habiliments. namely the body. Instead they must completely break with the past. has granted Sanyasa to any aspirant. but. 630 OF what avail is the shaving of the scalp while leaving inside of it a multitude of desires clamouring for satisfaction? This kind of Sanyasa is a fraud on the person entering it and on Society. (Not by acts. it is faith that matters.stored in a body and passed through the thin wires or nerves. nor by riches nor by progeny. attitudes. you will note. He destroys all that binds him to the rest and to his past. at whatever time. beautiful. He flees from his friends and foes. The life principle that flows as intelligence through every cell and nerve is also a reflection of the Atma. man is blind. Title of Document Page 102 of 166 . worship for the mental and wisdom for the spiritual.these alone can ensure the highest Realisation and Eternal Bliss. Whoever is afflicted with calamity. These activities have to be oriented towards Ananda and not attachment to temporary pleasures. his habits. These external insignia are not essential or even necessary. is the precious capital for spiritual advance. 628 ONE can understand the spirit of renunciation and the depth of tolerance that is inherent in India's noble response. uses skill. He avoids any reminder of his erstwhile adventure and the pursuit of sensory joy. giving up . 629 UNLESS one develops virtue. even a little stick can serve as a toothpick! God has not made any man wholly bad or wholly good. you are a moving corpse . Renunciation is the law of life. impulses. detachment. and rich as the Taj Mahal but remember. The Vedas declare: "Nakarmanaa. there are three of you! The one you think you are. But we find men who have taken the vow of Sanyas still clinging to their long established practices and habits. naprajayaa-dhanena. You have to pass through the three stages. That is why in the Gita. No Avatar. the Taj is but a tomb! Whatever the method of worship and whichever the Name or Form. and the one you really are. 627 WORK is for the physical level. That is why life is worthwhile and a source of happiness. your heart must react without delay in sympathy shown in the same practical manner. it is that which gives life and energy for higher things. each one of you. the physical person. the Atma. intelligence and discrimination in the most beneficial manner and directs his physical might with restraint. namely.

Instead of making the senses (which are. so that they can appreciate the great poetical works and epics written by the Seers of their land. My Resolution. his state. He spends all his energies and the fruits of all his toil in the satisfaction of the trivial demands of these untamed underlings. 634 IT becomes essential to cleanse the mind through regular Sadhana. you need only have faith and virtue. exterior softness. and self-reliant children. 635 INSTEAD of transforming his heart. That is My Mission too. so that it becomes merged in His Glory. he has become a slave of external beauty. envy enters slyly and spreads quickly. and you can subdue the Gods of creation. 638 LEARN to share with others their grief and their joy. but do not give room in your hearts to envy and malice. hate and greed. to tune the little will to the infinite will of God. They only add the alloys of pride and competition. Emulate their industry. after all. honest. The children must also have reverence towards their religion. Shanti and Prema are the hallmarks of a purified heart. without effort there will be no conferment of grace. nor are men with spiritual powers over nature above pride. Give them all the confidence and courage they need to become good. To win that Grace. Envy is a deadly poison. have no cleansing power. do not get jealous when others are happier or when others win prizes or credits in examinations. Learned men are not necessarily good. Develop that love for men everywhere. Sathya. very poor guides and informants) his servants. envy and greed. Without Grace. It is not enough if they learn something by which they can make a living. pray for a higher share of intelligence or a sharper memory.the planting of Love in every human heart. there can be no taste in the effort. Be Anasuyas. and rob you of peace. They must learn well their mother tongue. and My Deeksha . The manner of living is more important than the standard of living. unaffected by envy. By all means. do Puja in order to promote the happiness and peace of living beings. he has made them his masters. My Sankalpa. however deep and varied. tickling taste and fragile fragrance. his home. So even in small matters. Protection and Destruction. Like a pest that destroys growing crops. where God is enshrined and is manifest. Dharma. 637 THE character of the children must be made strong and pure. man has made the World an arena for the wild passions of anger. Scholarship or skill. This will give them valuable guidance in the stormy days ahead. Title of Document Page 103 of 166 . their educational attainments and their country. evanescent melody. 636 INDIVIDUAL efforts and Divine Grace are both interdependent.633 I LIKE the Puja that is done not for the sake of the individual but for the sake of humanity. be vigilant to ensure that you do not fall a prey to envy. and this World into a Prashanthi Nilayam. their culture. the abode of the peace that passes understanding. ruin health. You need not praise Him in order to win His Favour. his village. it will contaminate character.

They reduce man to the level of a demon. Thus. the mind and the world. the feet to proceed to the Home of God. praise virtue. The sorrows of one State spread fast into all its neighbouring ones and infect the whole world. It is the weakness of our mind and our enslavement to our senses. This is the nature of the topsyturvy world. 643 MOST of you are leading a double or triple life: Yogam in the morning. and Lokabhranthi? He believes the falsehoods that are called the body. You claim to be the seekers of Jnana but you are attached to the delusion that you have cultivated. embedded in his own inner consciousness. the senses. It is Anandaswarupa. It is beyond time and so does not calculate the passage of time. The closer men are brought. They are Lust (Kama). Anger (Krodha). He pursues them and tastes joy and grief. he celebrates a festival. Bhogam the rest of the day. competing creeds and contesting ambitions. With the body. man has not yet learnt the art of living together in close proximity as brothers and as children of the One God. Pride (Mada) and Malice (Matsarya). Greed (Lobha). 640 THE selfishness fouling your love is veiling divinity from your vision. and Rogam at night. The World has become one vast battlefield. They are the demons to be killed. You have a ticket for Calcutta but you are traveling in the train headed for Bombay. which is your ticket and Vigna and Vairagya your luggage. This is a pity. Then the nine nights of struggle will become a new type of night. Do not use your eye to vulgarise your brain and your feet to stand in queue for deleterious movie-shows. Manabhranthi. and glorify God. the little World is now riddled with problems of conflicting cultures. 645 Title of Document Page 104 of 166 . You utter one thing with the tongue and carry out the opposite with the hand. What is the reason for the selfishness which is veiling divinity from us? It is simply our attachment to the body.639 THE six enemies of man are eating into his vitals. devoted to the purification of the mind and the illumination of the soul. 642 THOUGH the World has become a very small globe as a result of fast means of communication and transport. 641 USE the eyes to watch wholesome things. Let me ask. the hands to serve the embodiments of God moving around you as men and the tongue to soothe pain. You seek Ananda outside you and suffer from the ulcer of desire inside you. how can man celebrate a festival when he is afflicted by Dehabhranthi. Indriyabhranthi. and when a certain number of years have passed. They have to be overpowered and transmuted by the supreme alchemy of the Divine urge. Attachment (Moha). the larger the differences that appear. What is clear and attractive to the ordinary man is uninteresting and unknown to the Worldly man. you are traveling not in the train which goes God ward but in the train leading to Prakruthi. the night described in the Gita as "the Day of the Worldly". 644 THE Atma has an eternal festival.

like you seek Dharsan. you have to love Man also. it is like the parched land waiting for rain. So. for it will eliminate hatred and faction and give more power to your elbow when you plough the land. and you will come out of the silence. it is sufficient if I sit here and draw in the Ananda that you feel when you do Bhajan. I have no need to talk to you. 646 THE task now is to install Dharma in every heart. wealth and prosperity too. that Sathya is the basis of Dharma which lays down individual and social duties and obligations. This teaching. It will also win Title of Document Page 105 of 166 . Get the doctor who will assure "hereafter you will not fall ill" and not the doctor who gives some relief only for the present attack. A man with Bhakti will do every act as worship of the Lord and so the act will be done better and more efficiently. nor the muscles of a prize fighter. Learn the secret of lasting happiness yourself and then endeavour to make others happy. First cleanse your own minds and then start advising others. That will give health. I am only surprised that thousands are denying themselves that chance. be in His Elevating and Inspiring Company. Sathya is enough.INDIA is the Moolasharam of Sathya. Earn mental peace and strength for yourself and then try to secure them for others. is the unique feature of Bharath. spend a few minutes every morning and evening in the silence of your own home. without any maligning or insincerity. 647 IT is best you stay away from companions who drag you to such distractions that weaken and worry you. offer unto Him all the work you do. The World is like a famished person waiting for a feast. 649 LIVE upon the Ananda that you derive when you sing the Name and glorify the Form of the Lord That is My Food and My daily sustenance. 648 JUST consider . Sparsan and Sambhasan. purer and nobler than when you went in? No. more heroic. If you love God. your animal impulses are catered to and your lower nature is fed. I have seen it from Kanyakumari to the Himalayas: that is the reason why thousands. Bharath means the land that has "rathi" or attachment to "bha" or Bhagavan. worship Him mentally. no other God needs to be worshipped. nor a string of degrees. through the revival of Vedanta. nobler and more heroic than when you went in. to shed light on every road. your passions are aroused. Nothing else can give one that rich reward which Silence and Prayer and Communion with the Master can give. I have seen and felt the atmosphere of this land surcharged with discontent and dishonesty. not so much God-fearing. Santhi and Prema and she has been holding forth these ideals and emphasising their practice since centuries. 650 THERE are certain dire possibilities which I want all social workers to guard against. 651 THE greatest instrument by which success can be ensured for all your efforts is Bhakti. and that Sathya is also the root of Prema and Shanti. spend them with the highest of all powers that you know of. Seek the real limb not the artificial limb. not even a decent bank you come out of the cinema more peaceful. it means that the people here are God-loving.

the Grace of the Lord, and so, a Bhakta will be able to raise more crops and enjoy greater health and mental happiness. 652 WE light many candles with the flame of a single candle. But remember only a burning candle can light other candles. An unlit candle cannot light other unlit candles. Only one who has earned wisdom can enlighten others who are in ignorance. One who is himself unillumined cannot illumine others dwelling in the darkness, Maya. One must light his own lamp from the universal light of love and thence forward he can transmit illumination to all who seek and strive. All lamps shine alike since they are all sparks of the Param-Jyothi the Universal Luminosity, that is God. 653 IS the Universe real? Is it relatively unreal? This problem has been agitating man since ages in all lands. The realists and the idealists have argued on their explanations for centuries. The scientists or realists believe that the Universe is a conglomeration of atoms in varying patterns which have assumed manifold forms and names. But this is only partially true. The Vijnana Vedins (the spiritually oriented) point out to the Dhoatik Vedins (the materially oriented) that a firm base is essential for all these transformations to happen. The Universe must have a basic force or energy or phenomenon, as basic as clay is to the pot. That fundamental principle is, according to them, the Atman. 654 THE human body is a temple-chariot; the Atman is installed therein and is dragged by emotions, impulses, passions and urges, along the streets of desire. Success and failure, joy and grief, gain and loss are the dancers who accompany the procession of life. Here, too, many pour their attention only on the chariot, its height, its decoration and its progress. Many others are concerned with the dance of durabilities. The pain and pleasure due to that is part of the procession. Few pay attention to the Atman, the crown and consummation of human existence. 655 WHY is man so pathetically afflicted today with fear and anxiety? Are we to search for the reasons outside us or do they live within us? The reason lies in the false emphasis we have laid on things of the material world, ignoring things of the spirit. The body that man bears is essentially the receptacle of God. It is a temple where God is installed and where God is the Master. It does not deserve all the attention you now pay to fulfill its whims. It is equipped with very valuable instruments which can help you in the journey but which you seldom use. 656 MANY are affected by the problem of what caused the Cosmos. How did it come into being? They advance various theories and lay down many opposing hypotheses. But there is no need for seekers to beat about the bush so much. Just as a dream results when one is cut off from reality in a state of sleep, the Cosmos is a result of being cut off from Reality by Maya, in a state of ignorance. It is difficult to discover laws that explain or govern its infinite mysteries. 657

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WE find individuals and groups trudging to Badrinath, Kedarnath, and Haridwar in search of peace and prosperity. They also go to Tirupathi and Kashi. Have they jettisoned even a few of their animal propensities? That is the test; that is the justification for the money and time they have spent and the troubles they have undergone. When the animal is conquered and Godhead is felt within reach, man can assert that all these pilgrimages are within him. He has no need to travel from temple to temple. And without achieving this victory, you have no right to claim that you are a devotee of Rama or Krishna or of another incarnation of the Lord. 658 GOOD deeds like Puja, Japam, Dhyanam, the observance of vow, etc., are "steps". Good thoughts like prayer for greater discrimination and more chances to help others, also help. Slowly and steadily cleanse the mind; sharpen the intellect, purify the senses, and win grace. 659 IT is because you feel the urge to use the body with which you have been endowed, and for this higher purpose you are here in Prasanthi Nilayam. The kinship among you and all of you with Me, is ageless; it is eternal; it is not based on a worldly relationship; it is based on the aspirations of the heart. It is Prasanthi Nilayam that is the abode of Supreme Bliss. 660 THE Lord is described in the Purusha Suktha as "thousand-headed". It does not mean that He has just a thousand heads, no more, no less. It means that "the thousands of heads" before Me now have just one heart, which gives life and energy to all, and that heart is the Lord. No one is separate from his neighbour, all are bound by the one life-blood that flows through the countless bodies. This is the special teaching of Sanathana Dharma, which the World needs. 661 THE Lord has endowed man with the body, and so, every limb and every sense is worthy of reverent attention. Each must be used for His Glory. The ear must exult when it gets a chance to hear the wonderful tales of God. The tongue must exult when it can praise Him. Or else, the tongue of man is as ineffective as that of frogs which croak day and night sitting on the marshy bank. 662 THE human body has been given to you for a grand purpose: realising the Lord within. If you have a fully equipped car in good running condition, would you keep it in the garage? The car is primarily for going on a journey, to get into it and go. Then only is it worthwhile to own. So too with the body, proceed and go forward to the goal. Learn how to use the faculties of the body, the senses, the intellect, and the mind for achieving the goal and march on. 663 MAN must proceed ever towards "Balam" strength; he should not take to untruth, wickedness, and crookedness, all of which denote a fundamental fatal trait of cowardice, "Balaheenam". "Balaheenam" is born of accepting as true a lower image of yourself than what the facts warrant. You believe you are the husk. But really you are the kernel. That is the main mistake. All Sadhana must be directed to the removal of the husk and the revelation of the kernel. So long as you say "I am", there is bound to

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be fear, but once you say and feel "I am Brahmam", "Aham Brahmasmi," you get unconquerable strength. 664 I WANT that you all should build new houses for happy living and install the Lord therein. I do not mean houses of brick and mortar, but houses of good thoughts, good words, good deeds and good company, where you could live calm and collected. Invite Me for the Grahapravesam of such houses and I shall most readily agree. In fact, then the house is Mine already and I do not need even an invitation to come and enter it. These houses are for worldly comfort; that house is for spiritual joy. And My place of Residence is the pure aspiring heart. 665 YOU are going about with a temple where God is in the innermost shrine. The body is not a mass of flesh and bone. It is a medicine for Manthras-Manthras which save when they are meditated upon. It is a sacred instrument, earned after long ages of struggle, equipped with reason and emotion, capable of being used for deliverance from grief and evil. Honour it as such; keep it in good condition, so that it might serve that high purpose; maintain it even more carefully than these brick houses and always preserve the conviction that it is an instrument and nothing more. Use it for just the purpose for which it has been designed and given. 666 IT is urgent that every one should inquire into the true, the pure and the permanent; for there is at present a delusion about values. Even the leaders of people are hugging the false hypothesis that happiness can be had by means of wealth or health, housing or clothing, or the cultivation of skills in handicraft and manufacture. The bird sits upon the bough that sways in the storm, confident of its wings, not confident of the bough on which it sits. So, you too should feel strong because of the wings, the wings of Sraddha and Bhakti, not because of the bough of the objective World on which you have perched. 667 YOU know from the experience of the Cauvery floods, neither status nor castes nor wealth nor even health can help unless you know the simple art of swimming. Need I say that crossing the ocean of Samsar, reaching the other shore of the sea of Birth-Death, is similarly possible only for those who know the art of Spiritual Sadhana. Those who are trying to build the seaman community on a foundation of "Dhana", are building on sand; those who seek to build it on the rock of "Dharma", are the wise. 668 DHARMA Moolam Idam Jagath. Dharma is the root of this World. Obey it and you are happy. The evil man is a coward, haunted by fear. He has no peace within himself. Respect for the parents who started you in life and brought you into this World, together with the vast and varied treasure of experience, is the first lesson that Dharma teaches. Gratitude is the spring which feeds that respect. It is a quality that is fast disappearing in the World today. Respect for the teacher, for the elders and for the wise is on the decline. That is why Dharma is fast disappearing and losing its hold. 669

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the Jiva and Guhya are the two great foes of man. by means of the passions they represented. but not of it. Expand your sympathies. It is like the headlines and titles of a film on the screen. unruffled in the least). The two women are insignificant characters in the story. the Bhagavatham. strong chapters of pain and grief. The Lord is said to repose on the bhujaga. You do not know that the present is related to the past and is preparing the course of the future. 675 Title of Document Page 109 of 166 . Manthara plotted to send Rama into exile and Surpanaka caused the abduction of Sita and the destruction of the Rakshasas as a consequence. Be moderate in food and keep the senses strictly under control. to the extent of your skill and resources. resentment and vengeance) and Surpanaka representing Kama (lustful passion). 670 THE entire epic Ramayana hinges on two women and two passions. There is no plot to mislead you. Manthara representing Krodha (anger. It can clarify your vision and make you strong and steady on the path towards God. these discourses and the Harikathas? It is to tell man the truth about himself. You must similarly feed the pain. Its visha (poison) is the symbol of the evil influences of vishaya (Worldly desires). The Lord is unaffected. just as each birth wipes out the memory of the one already experienced. but the roles they play are key-roles. the Puranas. Be kin with all your kind. Man too must be in the World. That is not the desires of the Sages who wrote down these annals and their own experiences. and you react to the pain. and the defects of the inner consciousness. Do not fritter away your talents in profitless channels. for they sparked off. serve others who stand in need. misery or joy or elation whenever it is evinced in the entire land. the disabilities of the inner senses. they just fizzle out. You know only the present and what is happening before your eyes. 674 WHAT exactly is the aim and purpose of all the Shastras. but when Rama is installed in the heart. it can cure deep rooted illness of the mind. Yet. Each new letter or word wipes out the one already before your eye.JUST as the body is the house you live in. Bujaga is the cobra. you read them and pass on to the next that comes to view. Have Sathvic food and eat it in Sathvic company. Desist from catering to the tongue and its greed. as the letters gleam one after the other. making an effort to remove the tiny enemy. do not be a victim of lust or taste. The cravings of hunger and sex drag you into perdition. An ant biting the little toe of your foot is able to draw your attention to the spot. 672 SANTHAAKAARAM Bhujaga Sayanam is one of the ways in which the Divine is described. the evil filled multiplicity of the World. the description says: He is Saanthakaaram (in absolute peace. the World is the body of God. the poisonous snake. Krodha and Kama are more destructive than atom bombs. you must make an effort to protect the land from the enemy. however remote the place may be where the enemy has presented himself. 671 WELCOME the epic Ramayana as you welcome an efficacious drug. 673 YOU must be careful about the food you take. though He is immanent in the Universe.

are powerless to give the answer. And everyone has to discover the answer. there are colours the eye cannot take in and interpret to us. you can appreciate the Indian point of view that. You have got Me and it is your duty now to develop this relationship that you have achieved by sheer good fortune. inner World of the self? The Vedantic vision alone can reveal to you: "Anoraniyam mahatho maheemyam". though the reciters are doing a valuable service. "Where my devotees sing of Me. Why does man get Ananda when he contemplates the Cosmic and the Universal? Because he is the Cosmic. The principles may not be altered or adjusted to suit personal whims or pressing problems that appear formidable to the eyes of some individuals or group of persons. the Universal. there are sounds the ear cannot hear. invisible. 677 DHARMA is the road for individual and social progress in this World and through this World to the next. They are imperfect instruments for the study of the external World. 678 IF you can inquire deeply and reason fearlessly. It is all His Domain. when you impose a Name and a Form upon it. each specialising in one small field of cognition. there I install Myself". while yet green. though the entire area may be his. one can get lasting Ananda by training the mind to be ever in the eyes of the Cosmic. How can they serve to teach us about the intangible.PEOPLE who were charged with the social duty of reminding the masses of their heritage. 679 ALL hearts are His Property. The accumulated merit of many previous births must have granted you this luck. Plantains and mangoes are kept. instead of seeking a lower standard of Ananda by feeding the senses. the Universal. Vedas yield Ananda. it cannot be merely talked about in tall language. But just as the Zamindar sits only on a clean spot. The meditation on God gives you too the right temperature to ripen yourselves and become sweet and tasty. The Lord has said. the Lord as it is called. The senses. of approaching Me and directly speaking to Me. "the smaller than the smallest and bigger than the biggest". presenting them in correct form and style of pronunciation. they are at best very inadequate even in their own specialised provinces. Title of Document Page 110 of 166 . The use of the Vedas does not consist in mere recitation. and tastes beyond the ken of the buds of the tongue. It is external. It is like the mother who has to be accepted. you will see Yogis and Maharishis and Munis crowding here and you may not have such chances of asking Me questions and getting the answer. 680 IN four or five year's time. the Lord will install himself only if the heart is cleansed. The Dharma laid down in the Vedas has to be experienced in order to be appreciated. 676 WHO am I? Every one of you has to know that this question has to worry you sooner or later. be like the bees. and enclose it in your consciousness. "Mad bhaktha yathra Gaayanthe. I must tell you that you are luckier than men of previous generations. not like the wife whom you can choose or discard. basic and fundamental. do not be like frogs around the Lotus. So. have been rendered dispirited and mendicant. thatra thishtaami Narada". in straw or dried grass or in a closed room so that the heat may make them ripe and tasty. Vedamatha is the Ananda Matha.

hesitation to address God is only superficial. Truth. and when members of the family are struck by disease and are in mortal danger. The fundamental objectives of Sai institutions are humility. Others call it the Kalpa Age. the Brahmanward aspirant or the Brahmin. It is said that the One Truth is pure and unshakable.681 THERE are seven things that have to be fostered for the welfare of the World: the Cow. and determined to revive the Glory of the Bharathiya Culture. When man ruins himself . 685 IF Divinity is absent. "No age is equal to the Kali Age. Of course. When calamities happen. everything is devilry. "Ekkam Sathyam Vimalam Achalam". the Age of Conflict. Just through Smarana and Chinthana we can reach the Goal". a fruit lacking in taste. and Dwapara) for the acquisition of wisdom and the cultivation of discrimination (Viveka). what is learned is not put into practice. Smarana is the process of keeping the Lord ever in the memory. I am the inspirer and it is for your benefit that he has summarised My Teachings in this way. This will drive away the devilry that encompasses us. there is a great difference between the rest and those founded by Sathya Sai. When man uplifts himself. Why. the student is like a cow that does not yield milk. 686 Title of Document Page 111 of 166 . Chastity. Do not think that this Sathya Sai Gita was composed by some Bhakta and that he reads it and explains it here. stability and unselfishness. the present Kaliyuga is far more congenial than the previous three (Kritha. every student prays to the Almighty. The Scriptures say:. Many people are scared because they believe that the Kali Age. will witness the ultimate Deluge. then. teachers and students must have faith in God and boldly call on God. He should not engage in valueless activities and fritter away years of life. a book bereft of wisdom. adherence to discipline and application of what is learned in daily life. to develop them into workers dedicated to the progress of Bharath. 684 PILES of books are plentiful in bazaars. But. 682 THERE are now thousands and thousands of educated institutions in the world. intent on removing the anxiety and gloom that spread all over the land. and Chinthana is the process of thinking of His glory all the time. It is not really man's task to stuff his head with transient knowledge and waste time in acquiring it. and there is no dearth of teachers. Thretha. All these are now fast declining and I have come to restore them in their pristine purity and strength. for we now have many simple paths available for liberating ourselves. During examinations. If. in which we live. As he said. he descends to the level of the beast. 683 OF the four Yugas. schools abound. the Vedas. So. Non-attachment and Dharma. But wholesome learning and sincere teaching are not to be seen. people do pray to God. yield to false pride and refuse to acknowledge God? This is sheer hypocrisy. This Age is the Golden Age for the seekers of God and for earning and learning Viveka. when loss is sustained. he ascends to the level of God. It is for this reason that these spiritually oriented educational (Sai) institutions are being established to impart teaching in proper ways in order to preserve the hearts of students in pristine purity.

your Japam. When the mind wavers. it should not be allowed to grow wild and untended. man is capable of inflicting poison through his tongue. you must provide facilities for their dharsan. You complain "Swami has not softened towards me". you should not forget others who have been waiting long for the chance. and faction begins. Dharma is the inner voice of God. Through deep detachment the craving for sensual pleasure must disappear. if you are so determined. Do not do so according to a fixed measure. By unremitting practice. the wealth of Kuchela. hand and mind. The Grace of the Lord is as the Ocean. the age of Prahalada. it confers contentment which is immeasurable. when you rush forward towards this Sai. the status of Gajaraja and the attainments of Vidura? . By your Sadhana. It does not matter if death comes while serving. nor riches. love disappears. 689 I HAVE come for the re-establishment of Dharma and so. The priest in the temple has to ring the bell with the left hand and wave the camphor flame with the right hand. eyes. ignoring the children. conferring sweet nectar and not death-dealing poison. A new priest will use both hands and shake the camphor plate. Get wet in the rain. this has to be achieved. yearn. show Him the warmth of a repentant heart and of a sympathetic heart anxious to alleviate distress. Do not forget the Sai in those people. thought and deed are instruments for this unavoidable destiny. which collect and flow as the flood of Ananda back again into the Ocean of the Lord's Grace. nor wealth. stay at home and sing the songs alone in the silent cave of your heart.BHAKTI. it is the voice of history. vast and limitless. when you inflict pain on the Sai who resides in them. an exercise in manual coordination which comes only as a result of practice. the scholarship of Sabari. I always insist on people observing Dharma in all walks of life.Prema was all they had and it was all they needed. while engaged in serving others. That plus and this minus add up to zero. 691 YOU have come here to learn and practice detachment. Well. must be regularised through self-discipline. one needs not scholarship. You rush forward to touch My feet or to prostrate before Me. God will not allow it to approach you. while the serpent has poison in its fangs and the scorpion in its tail. 687 TRANSMUTING humanity into Divinity is the task allotted to man. so many times or so many songs at a sitting. this Grace is converted into clouds of Truth. upon whom you fall when you press forward towards Me. 688 IF your circumstances do not allow you to partake in this Sankeerthana. Vemana has said that. The merit of all the hardship you underwent to see and hear this Sai is as good as canceled. that will Title of Document Page 112 of 166 . nor ascetic rigours. warning you against the branch of its command. the aged and the sick. do not pause. 690 FOR treading the Bhaktimarga. In your frenzy to offer homage. to be effective. That contentment can arise only through faith. and they rain on humanity as Prema Showers. It is the conscience that has shaped itself as a result of centuries of experience and generations of asceticism and austerity. loyalty sits light. Word. He has to overcome this acquired tendency and remind himself that he is "Amrithasya Puthra" (the Child of Immorality). Dhyanam and systematic cultivation of Virtue. The heart does not calculate in numbers. melt His heart. Tell me what was the lineage of Valmiki.

when the growth is abnormal. its capacity to confer the dual experience disappears. Desires must become more and more selfless and sublime. "a knower of the field. 692 THE wise will not give place in their hearts to covetousness and possessiveness. he is shown many paths. you too should keep the destructive Title of Document Page 113 of 166 . I am engaged in activity so that you may learn to transmute every minute into a golden chance to enable you to move into Godhood. he knows the Truth and is calm. 695 MAN is endowed with many skills. without a second-Brahmam. The Veda is the Philosopher's stone that turns all metals into gold. as a piece of training. which is the immanent principle). The reason is. as an example. it causes grief.4 degree F. reputed to be the fifth Veda. The purpose of all these gifts is to develop in him the spirit of devotion and dedication and release him from the dual dribble of joy and grief. who is the master of this field". composed the aphorisms that demarcate the Divine Principle (the Brahmasatram) and wrote the Mahabharatha. But yet. God is One and One only. all students into Sadhakas and all Sadhakas into Sages. one has to cultivate the spirit of impartial. you see Me very active. and those who command must themselves carry out what they expect others to do. That is why one passes through the crucible of joy and grief and emerges all the purer and stronger for the experience. it causes grief again. who collected the Vedas. 697 SEE how the insufferable heat of the Sun is controlled and modulated and reduced by your bodily mechanism to the congenial temperature of 98. could still not win mental peace. Nor have I any great urge to be active. When a child's growth is stunted. Vyasa. So one must endeavour to know God. flights of poetry and philosophy but not flowers that blossomed from authentic experience. as an inspiration. he is offered many lives. I must be doing something all the time. Attachment must be transmuted into nobler and subtler emotions. there is nothing I would lose if I do not engage in activity. Those were intellectual feats. When man visualises the Universe as God. it causes joy. when he starts to grow normally. who is Truth. The Vedas have to be studied reverentially. They know that there is a "Kshetragna" who is the motivator of this "Kshetra". steady. This results in Peace and Equanimity which is the highest bliss. The story will be gripping only when there is steady development towards the denouement. unfluctuating inquiry. for your sake. So. God will then be reflected clear and the Reality can be recognised. 694 THERE is none to question Me if I do not act. To acquire that illumination. "Ekam eve Adhivitiyam Brahma" (One only. based on the revelations made in the Vedas about the nature of man and God and the relation between the two. 693 IDEALS must become higher and grander.cleanse the Chitha or consciousness. 696 THE internal foes can be destroyed by the light of Jnana (the illumination that accompanies the Realization of the Reality). for they give us the key to Jnana. Those who are leading must themselves follow.

by precept and example. understand the meaning and significance of an alien culture? 699 THE most fundamental teaching of the ancient culture of India is Love. the senses are sublimated by the spirit. to get their minds established in universal Love. but a large number of Sadhakas give up the ascent midway. even though the Sruthi declares: "Daivam Mansushya Roopom" (God is to be seen in the human form). How can a person. this Title of Document Page 114 of 166 . If. Sparsa. 701 IN order to live up to the high standards of morality which Indian culture exhorts. is what they wish to revere. Many people have succeeded. The last three guard and foster the first. the illiterate and the disabled. Perhaps they can revere only a corpse. is also equally evident and active in them.force of your elemental passions born out of the clamour of Sabdha. the youth of this land have been exhorted. who is the embodiment of Love and is their Real sustenance. 700 THE mind is like a boulder which the intellect transforms into an image. Rupa. with the help of the latter three qualities. You yourselves create the Maya of which you are the slave. One must have the mind fully cooperating in the spiritual discipline and not obstructing its progress at every step. encouraged and taught. as a sculptor does. Rasa and Gandha rigorously in check and bring it down to tolerable levels. the helpless. because they lose confidence in their true selves. Education must endow man with this compassion and this spirit of service . yielding comfort and congenial living. 702 YOU must have heard some people say that no living person can be adored as God. which you must cultivate. first approaching from a distance to the spot where you are and then flying away again into the distance (soft at first but gradually becoming louder and louder and then slowly relapsing into silence. the handicapped. non-violence. Love. timely and full. the image wrought by the intellect will be simply adorable. only the fringe and the foppery are adopted. the boulder will be shaped into a horrid idol. Deny it the chance to lord over you and it will not harm you. Liberation is the goal and the mind must help the pilgrim at every stage of his journey. If the intellect allows the senses to dictate the design. for the same spark of Divinity that is in us. who is unable to understand his own culture and heritage. education must not only inform but also transform. 698 SHEER ignorance is the root cause for the disrespect that is being shown to Indian culture and the fascination exercised by the West. The sound must be like an aircraft. to love the poor. but Savam. Not Sivam.intelligent. fortitude and equanimity. They do believe in God. Do these people at least grasp the values of Western culture fully? No. That is to say. you must cultivate Love. The Mind should not admit any activity that is contrary to Dharma or injurious to spiritual progress. 703 OM must be recited slowly and with deliberation. however. For generations.

706 THE Brahmin.the desire to praise yourself and the desire to defame others. They were taught to read and write. Certain modes of behaviour have been laid down and proved beneficial by centuries of practice. when born. they sing. is just a Sudra. birth does not entitle him to take up the study of this Mystery. That is why the capacity to appreciate beauty. is just fourfold. Develop the Atmic awareness. 709 LIVING becomes a glorious experience only when it is sweetened by Tolerance and Love. "U" is the zenith. even if the boy happens to be the son of a great Vedic scholar. remember. give them the tonic to strengthen their spirit. the tonic of the Repetition of the Name of the Lord. so if you are earnest. and there is also the huge lock of egoism preventing entry. children were learning Rama Nama and the Aksharamala together: "Suddha Brahma Paraathpara Rama". you have to resort to the key of Prana (Love) and open the locks. We are developing in each department of life. he is then born again into a sacred world of study and responsibility. Spreading My Grace and My Power along these four directions. 704 YOU must realise that the Divine current that flows and functions in every living being is the one Universal Entity. 705 THE day on which Jesus was born is a holy day. 708 WHAT profit is it for the children to know the length of the Mississippi River or the height of the Vesuvius? Why load them with information they may never require? On the other hand. Vidwathposhana. The doors are bolted by envy. Doarmarakshana and Baktharakshana. No one has incarnated for merely consuming food and catering to one's senses. I establish Myself in the Centre. The ceremony makes him a Brahmin. all humans are born as Messengers of God. you are confronted by two closed doors . He announced himself as the Messenger of God. Title of Document Page 115 of 166 . My mission. These have to be observed with modifications to suit the conditions of today. Vedaposhana. 707 MY Prema towards the Veda is equaled only by My Prema towards Humanity. Pussy is in the well". The sole purpose of this human career is to propagate the Omnipresence of God. then remove the bolt and throw the doors wide open. This type of silly meaningless jargon is spreading everywhere like a poisonous infection. It is only when he has been formally initiated by a special ceremony that he can start the study of Sacred Scriptures. the consciousness of the Divine and the acquisition of Divine attributes. Human life is much more precious than that. Expand love and understanding.silence. the tonic of meditating on the Glory of God in the silence of the heart. truth and goodness has been endowed only on man. the Kailas. "Ding dong bell. Willingness to compromise with others' ways of living and cooperation in common tasks make living happy and fruitful. after the experience being as significant as the Pranavas). reached by the sound in its adoration. Formerly. "A" is the initial nadir and "M" the final. but it is a pity that we are not developing the unique qualities of human beings. When you desire to enter the Mansion of God. Now. destroying the seeds of peace and joy. His Might and Glory. In fact.

The material and the spiritual are the two pans in the balance. When the Leela is perceived as apart from Brahman. but. It is what can be called Leelavibhuthi or an expression of Glory (Vibhuthi) done as more sport (Leela). of the elders gathering the children around them every evening and spending an hour or so reciting aloud the Stotras in praise of God. that Jiva is Brahman itself. that the manifold nature is also Brahman itself and seen through a strange veil as a mixture of truth and falsehood. a peculiar make-believe called Maya or Avidya. It is the Nithyavibhuthi. What the country expects and demands from the educated person is. with no respite even for sleep. deceptive diversities. at least until a certain stage of progress is attained in spiritual development. that he should set an example of honest labour and light the lamp of knowledge in every home. Brahman is all. In Kerala there is a practice. in equal measure. it is the voice of God. 715 THERE is a conscience in Man. 711 EDUCATION must produce wisdom and moral character. There is no attempt to awaken the Divine in Man and awareness of the possibility of rising to the psychic plane. restraining unjust hands which man has almost succeeded in silencing. illness makes the mind agitated and anxious. Effulgence or Jyothi. 713 BRAHMAN is the cause and Prakruthi (Nature) the effect.710 WITHOUT mastery over the inner instruments of emotion. still happily existing in rural parts. To discover the One in the many is the purpose of human existence. Make the children cognizant of it. Leelavibhuthi is Prakruthi or Maya or Avidya or Nature with deluding. the three humours must not get vitiated or unbalanced. We do not see any sign of this in the present educational system. and Thamas. however. greed and egoism. 714 SPIRITUAL health is preserved and promoted by attention to three Gunas: Sathvika. that is to say. It is essential that it must be revived. It will give great peace and joy. a whispering right advice. 712 SANKARA asserted that God is Formless and without Attributes and is best described as Supreme. The latent has to be cleansed so that the patent can flourish. They have to be attended to. Health is preserved and promoted by attention to three humours: Vatha (wind) Pitha (bile) and Kapha (phlegm). Brahmam is eternal. no man can be deemed to be educated. Title of Document Page 116 of 166 . the everlasting Splendour. Thri-dosha has to be avoided. Nature is the deluding manifestation of Brahman. it can never be made dumb. He also said that the individual is not different from the Universal. so they revel in envy. Experience is essential for the confirmation of consolidation of what is learnt from books. It can be acquired only by hard living and spending days of toil. it is a false and incomplete perception. Rajas. It is named the Kingdom of God. The Leela is manifold. A healthy body is the best container for a healthy mind. But present day education makes those who undergo it mere bonded-slaves to their senses. They do not know how to avoid this bondage. Time thus spent is well spent.

Believe that your God. may be saved from arrows. 717 PEOPLE do not understand the ways of God. Do not store food for another day or build a house wherein to pass one's days. that he earned is over and he is released. all these years to awaken you to your duty are not fructifying in you. This predicament should end. They have the true ring of actual experience. is in every one and sanctifying every act as worship of that Form. So. abracadabra and dark mysterious mumblings are alien to the spirit of true Religion. Escape the entangling coils of the senses and of the ego that prompts them. Awake and avail yourselves of this unique chance. No one is born and allowed to live for the sake of another. forgetting their task. out of concentration on the means of liberation from the dual chain of tears and triumph. someone dies of illness at this place. You are like the rocks on the seashore that unflinchingly face the beating of the waves. have become callous. upon whom the people are traditionally depending for guidance. adulation and adoration. Those. Pomp. The sentence.716 THE Upanishads were not composed or collected by persons who craved for fame or fortune. the Form that you revere. for example. It is the height of foolishness to lose faith in God. 720 OF what benefit is the discourse of Mine if you do not receive it into your hearts and act accordingly? I find that all the efforts. How can they know why a particular event takes place at a particular time. A monk should. Simplicity is the sign of Divinity. 721 DRAUPADI moved into the tent and fell at the feet of Bhishma who blessed her spontaneously as was his wont: "May you have many years of married life". 719 MONKS are instructed to shave their heads so that they can move about unrecognised by former friends and companions. we find that they desire recognition and even appreciation. strictly speaking. She prayed that the Pandava Brothers. 718 I ADVISE you to utilise every moment of your lives in the most beneficial manner. Draupadi revealed herself as soon as she was blessed. and sleep wherever one finds shelter. in a particular manner? He alone can know. to serve your fellow men to the best of your capacity. there is need to spread the message of Love. Eat whatever one gets and appease the hunger. or involved in darkness and dialectics. nor are they vapours of idlers and scribblers. which is the message of God. These are tricks by which man wants to monopolise or gain God. They arose out of compassion for others wandering in the wilderness. the wave will not stop. But people try to sit in judgment and talk ill when. things they are asked to flee from. Jaw-breaking formula. when someone you cared for dies. her husbands. eat like a dog and sleep like a fox-that is the popular saying. but now. Paraphernalia. How can anyone escape death? Even Avatars cast off the physical form when the task for which they have come is over. things that cater to the ego. "We are but puppets in His Title of Document Page 117 of 166 . to cultivate Love towards all mankind and to give up hate and malice. The rock does not move. Bhishma guessed that Krishna must be the author of this stratagem.

you will seldom get the chance again. Ask and get what will save you. 725 WHEN the pot of milk on the hearth boils over. His will prevails. to enthuse and keep constant company. Therefore. Therefore. he said. Have faith in Him. it is a quality that will make you desire the Lord and nothing else. as the elder brother. 722 IN this Kali Age. to warn the wicked. and I will be happy that you have taken to the path that will give you real strength and joy. unconcerned with all that is Title of Document Page 118 of 166 . the Bhakta has no sense of honour or decency. He will never give you up. with confidence. not what will bind you. as the elder sister. That is why this Avatar has come unarmed. which causes the incarnation to come. Avatars rid the world of evil. Like a drunkard. He is a Matha. 724 YOU cannot have this chance of being near to the greatest source of joy in any other place. and when he found Krishna at the entrance of the tent. everyone needs correction.hands". you pour cold water on it. Imagine his dismay when he was told that the Lord had condescended to carry under His arms the sandals worn by His devotee. not even a wisp of ego should remain. Maya thrusts Kama deeper and deeper into perdition. for that is your real Swarupa. the wicked have to be reformed and reconstructed through Love and compassion. Though you do not know it. pride or conceit. two collaborators for the task. they wander like lost children. he inquired what the bundle contained. Here it is so near. If you too keep your senses and your wishes in check. as Unmatha. Every being is a pilgrim destined to reach Madhava and merge in Him. so that his downfall will be more terrible. but rarely do you ask for "Me". by destroying the few fanatics and heroes who wrought it. wasting precious time in the by-paths. Sincere devotion and unshaken faith can never fail to earn Grace. Durvasa is the example of the pot of milk boiling over. it is a fact. Yoga comes. The only weapon which can transform the vile and the vicious is the Name of the Lord uttered with Love. also appear as Mayasakthi and Yogasakthi. 723 BEFORE every Incarnation. and everyone has to be educated and guided into the right path. You ask from Me a thousand things of the World. It has come with the message of Love. I can even call you "Divya Divya Swarupalara" but as for Bhakti. The number of Asuras or evil men is legion. That is why I seldom address you as Bhaktas. so easy to attain and so full of grace. Narada had the Name of the Lord always on the tongue and so the senses did not establish mastery. a mad person. I can address you so. 727 BHAKTI involves dedication with nothing held back. All are wicked to some extent or other. but most people have forgotten the road. But now. I usually address you as "Divyatma Swaruplara". He will guard and guide you until victory is won. fanaticism and felony reign in every heart. His command alone counts. you will gain by listening to these talks and by this visit. 726 IN the past Ages. and Narada of the pot of milk that does not. Maya comes. If you fall back. This Divyatman is Divinity. and it settles down.

728 Kurukshetra must be made a Dharmakshetra. the Lord is revealed. Repent for all the wrongs done and resolve not to repeat the mistake. the head is Jnana. This Motherland has given you a culture that is attracting distracted people from all parts of the world. but the thermometer declares the truth. Man alone is capable of Seva. can you be happy? No! It may be that a that when a baby weeps within hearing range. and. Each idea has to be judged in the Supreme Court of Viveka (Intellect). The doctor may say so in order to save you from panic. Man alone has the quality of sympathy. Why? There is an unseen bond between the two. but it must be made a field for the uplift of man through the practice of Dharma. if spent with God. Have that faith. 732 GOOD ideas have to be accepted and bad ones eschewed. It is for the sake of Jnana that Dharma has been laid down. The doctor may assure you that you do not have a fever. That is why he is the paragon of creation and the acme of animal advance. 733 YOU must devote sometime regularly for study and for Sadhana. He is the judge. Be grateful. It is in this context that we have to remind ourselves of the prayer of Gandhiji. He is deaf to the call of hunger and thirst.unrelated to his ideal. God bestow the right understanding on all". 731 WHEN someone sitting near you is immersed in sorrow. the path to God was sought for by even the common folk. then God will extend His grace. Kurukshetra is the field where brothers fought over a handful of earth. God knows and God will deal with you as you deserve. And the ruling has to be treated as inviolable. He alone can be happy when others are happy. A portion of that time. walk on with the help of these two. 734 Title of Document Page 119 of 166 . you will get tears in your eyes in sympathy. that is his special glory and unique skill. 730 YOU are the citizens of no mean land. but the thermometer cannot lie. Bhakti and Karma are the two feet. he misses steps in logic and he calculates wrongly while dealing in the marketplace. can confer valuable results. 729 WHEN the heart is pure. Bharath is indeed a Divya Bhoomi: a land saturated since the ages with Devotion and dedication to God. study the culture and practice the disciplines it lays down. and miserable when others are miserable. "Oh. Now you are wasting time till late at night in clubs and frivolous company. and spiritual discipline permeated every activity of life and every detail of daily life. Serve the poor and the helpless and those who eke out their livelihood by hard work. "Sabko Sanmathi de Bhagavan". You are the inheritor of a great culture which has survived the onslaughts of alien rule and political suppression. He cannot be bamboozled.

Title of Document Page 120 of 166 . in the field of administration. do not distort or disfigure your culture by limitation or neglect. Borrowed ideas cannot fit into the pattern of our Culture. Therefore. imported fashions or attitudes or apparels and exciting notions of social behaviour. and in Society between group and group. India can again be the spiritual leader of humanity and fill the whole World with Divine Love. subject to decay and death. the body. Sanathana Dharma is the Culture that has grown on this soil and is best suited to maintaining peace and joys. 738 STRIVE to move away from Untruth towards Truth. dreaming or in a deep sleep. Love your mother tongue. Heroes on platforms prove themselves to be Zeros when they descend to the ground. 739 WHO is the real resident of the body? You are the positive aspect that is activating the negative aspect. The coordinated effort of all the organs of the body is essential for the healthy life. So. and how all men are brothers of one another. this Truth which is being dinned all twenty-four hours of the day does not alert you or inform you of your real task. how can you understand your Reality by the mere study of books? 740 DO not get involved with borrowed ideologies. between husband and wife. every time you breathe. we have factions everywhere at home. for a language is as sweet as the tongues of the speakers. Then. how all faiths lead to the same goal. Peace and harmony between members of the same family are the foundation for peace in the land. demonstrate in your own lives how Love can confer peace and joy. practice. and become aware of the immortal soul which you really are. This is deterioration indeed. the only lesson I can impart to you today is to remind you of the great traditions of Bharath and ask you to spread Love throughout the length and breadth of this great Land. whether you listen to it or not! If this simple lesson. love of the country is the basis on which you can build love for the World Community. then you will discover that all languages are as sweet as yours.TODAY. Love expands. 736 DO not preach. we have a surfeit of preachers but a famine of practitioners. In politics. attempt to acquire knowledge of yourself and of the origin of all selves and thus shed your fundamental ignorance. They can give only temporary delight. it does not limit itself to boundaries. 737 THE only Message. 735 FEEL happy that this is your mother country. The life-breath repeats Soham. I am God"! What a profound authentic declaration the breath is making every moment of your life while waking. in spiritual institutions. Move away from the thoughts and anxieties about this body. It means: "I am He. everywhere. in the school between teacher and the pupil. in schools and colleges. Youth today is ruined by this fascination for the false. You cannot shine in borrowed feathers for long. The individual must be at peace with himself.

due to the utter absence of egoism that you have developed. The body is the Bhavanam of the Bhabaneswara. Gita and the Vedas have to be distributed pure and unsullied. 744 IT is only when attachment increases that you suffer pain and grief. Close these eyes and open those Inner Eyes and what a grand picture of essential unity you get. If you acquire Prema. be also particular about Dhyanam and Japam at fixed times for the health and liveliness of the spirit. for the purpose of all the Shastras is just that: to create the feeling of "Sarvajnana Samaanaprema" equal love for all and to negate egoism which stands in the way. Both have their good points as well as their limitations. I got various answers. 746 YOU must each one try to become ego-less. and then the Lord will accept you as His Flute. Upanishads. He will create captivating music for all creation to enjoy. pick you up.741 I AM neither a Sastravadin or a Budhivadin. 743 JUST as you tend to the body with food and drink at regular intervals. I am a Premavadin. So I have no conflict with either the scholar who adheres to texts or the devotee of Reason. who pulls the strings. I would advise you to become the Murali. We have had a succession of Sages and Saints. when a number of people were asked by Me what they would like to be in the hands of God. for then the Lord will come to you. the origin and goal of it all. there is a vast field of spiritual virtue in this Land which needs only a little more care to yield a rich harvest. 742 PILGRIMAGES too are for elevating the heart. or at least it ought to. some the Sankha. some the Chakra. His Bhuvanam. Reason serves the same purpose. On account of the teachings and the lives of these people. then attachment will slide away though the effort will remain. the laws that govern the anu and brhath. Enjoy that Reality not this false picture. then you can dispense with the Shastras. You will also see everything much clearer and with a glory suffused with Divinity and splendour. the microcosm and the macrocosm. Sath Pravarthana and Sath-Chinthana are all essential for the growth and the health of the inner personality. The Dharsanas. and it peeps behind the curtain to get a glimpse of the "Suthradhara". If you look upon Nature and all created objects with the insight derived from the Inner Vision. Sathsanga. Once. The Lord is the Immanent power in everything. Some said the Lotus. put you upon His lips and breathe through you and out of the hollowness of your heart. guaranteed in value and quality to eager aspirants everywhere. sublimating the impulses and leading the lower self to higher levels of thought and action. Reason seeks to know the unity of the Universe. Attachment to Nature has limits but the attachment to the Lord that you develop when the Inner Eye opens has no limit. Title of Document Page 121 of 166 . you must also tend to the needs of the inner Atmic body by regular Japam and Dhyanam and the cultivation of Virtues. In so far as you are particular about coffee or tea at regular intervals. but no one mentioned the Murali. 745 IT is here in India that there is a mine of Spiritual Wisdom and Spiritual Treasure.

which attacks snakes. activates.747 YOU have to carry on certain processes of thought and action in order to get to the hard core of faith that this World is a funny mixture of Sathya and Asathya. From the "Anu" to the "Brahath". and subjected to this limitation or that! This is the myth that must be exploded in order that Divine Life may start. Keep the faith in the Lord undiminished. on His head. both incompatible. similarly. people dedicated to it must emphasise this by precept and example. they float near each other for sometime and. which is Mithya in fact. Each must move on to the sea at its own rate and in its own time. If you do not get such a Guru. There is no need to grieve over the parting of the two. Then only can the true personality of man shine forth. every single entity is moving towards the estuary where it merges in the Sea of Bliss. pray to the Lord Himself to show you the way and He will surely come to your rescue. when some current comes between them. 748 YOU are all Sath-Chith-Ananda Swarupas. which Lord Siva Himself has as his vehicle! Siva has Fire on the central part of His Brow. the consort of Siva. The Guru is the physician for the illness which brings about the suffering of alternate birth and death. fear and ignorance. only you are unaware of it and imagine yourself to be this individual or that. the River (Ganga). 752 DIVINE family exists in peace and concord. drifting down a flooded river. 750 WHEN the sun is over your head. So. Anxiety is removed by faith in the Lord. however simple or complex its physical structure may be. the faith that tells you that whatever happens is for the best and that the Lord's will be done. 751 HUSBAND and Wife are like two pieces of Wood. Wipe out the root causes of anxiety. rides on a Peacock. when faith is steady in your head. It is the Divine that inspires. which the snakes feed on. the Gunas or the object. and Water. The Divine Life does not admit to the slightest dross in character or delusion in intellect. who is so inseparable that She is the left half of the body of Siva Himself. It is the very nature of Nature that it should be so. another rides on a Mouse. One of His sons. Imagine how loving and how cooperative the various components have to be to render life on Kailas smooth and happy. 749 THE Guru very often tells you that you have forgotten your real name or that you have lost the most precious part of yourself and yet are unaware of the loss. He is an adept at the treatment needed for the cure. When man loses his way and strays into the wilderness believing that he is the body. which is the vehicle used by Durga. 753 Title of Document Page 122 of 166 . Nor is the Lion friendly by nature to the Bull. Siva has snakes on His arms. there will be no shadow. it should not cast any shadow of doubt. on His head and around His waist. Kumara. leads and fulfills the life of each being. No harm can come to you. One son has the head of an Elephant which whets the appetite of the Lion. then the Avatar comes to warn and guide. you can then safely move about in the World. they are parted.

757 VOICE breeds disease. His intelligence has come to him over many lives and the real value of his Buddhi is to practice Thyaga or renunciation. once in the morning during Brahma Muhurtha time. Actually. but you should ignore all such blame and go forward in doing service without rancour. and live in Service. 755 BAMBOO is valued for its form and strength and beauty. Cherishing this thought of Oneness and serving the Society is true Adhyatmic or spiritual life. Smaller than the smallest atom. provided it is suffused with the Divine Essence. So too is the individual. every sunrise sing of Rama. 758 ANYONE may blame you.the Trinity. Vishnu. twigs. 754 WHEN clouds gather in the sky. Service is your only duty. 756 THERE are three types of Knowledge: Knowledge of matter energy. Similarly. The Atma is Brahmam. Love the branches. the real worth of man lies in his intelligence. in which men indulge. Live together in Love. Evil habits. there are no three. and Krishna. taste. Sarvakaleshu Sarvatra Haricharithanam". drawing sustenance from the Soil and the Sun. they are one . Matter. similarly. once in the afternoon and once in the evening. live in Peace. wisdom must illuminate education. which is only the real reflection of the Truth. Cosmic energy works in every person in the form of Divine knowledge. bad company and bad food are hostile grounds where disease thrives. feel. "Arogya" and "Ananda" go hand in hand. is only energy. flowers and fruits. 759 YOU should take to "Sarvada. and Knowledge of cosmic energy. Maheswara . All the twenty four hours you should be in the remembrance of Title of Document Page 123 of 166 . All these three are like Brahma. They may appear to be different in colour. When we throw away the water in the pot. Bad thoughts and habits. but they all are products of the Earth. you cannot have any matter. Let every street in the towns. Any Name is effective. leaves. proton. It is just not sufficient holding a mala and doing Japa. But the Buddhi is covered by illusion. we throw away the reflection of the Sky in it as well. Then he becomes a worthy candidate for Godhood. disappointment makes man depressed. The reflection of Truth in our minds is only the conglomeration of our desires. and Brahmam is Atma. every village in the State ring with the adoration of the Almighty. in all form. Eswara. bigger than the biggest thing. Without is the unified Godhead. lightning illuminates the clouds. witness of everything. Energy springs from the structure of the atomic constituents. The word of Sai is the path of Truth. smell. energy is in the form of electron. Sankara. and in the atom. etc.CARRY to every door the name of God and let the clouds be illumined by love and reverence. Knowledge of mental energy. neutron etc. are the chief cause of disease in the physical as well as the mental state. Greed affects the mind. Man can justify his existence as man only by the cultivation of virtues. The Universe is a manifestation of God. A sense of elation and exultation keeps the body free from ill health.

God. When he does not utilise them while discharging his duties to himself and to the Society which sustains him. 762 THE motherland is not a mere lump of earth. The reforming process involves the removal in daily living of bad conduct and bad habits and the practice of good conduct and good deeds. the U is Tejas. the Smarana of the Name of the Lord is the root of all virtues. and when you come to know that it arrives five hours late. Harischandra refused to give up his allegiance to Truth and was driven to such straits that he had to sell his wife and son as slaves. we have to promote the progress of the people who dwell therein. 763 THE Pranava is the essence of all sustenance. But they are only clouds passing through the sky. ready to give you all that you want. You should all the time be striving to awaken the spirit within you and for its blossoming (Atma Vikas). This day. and the people have no authority to reform the Government. and the M is Praajna. when you stick to the path of Truth and Righteousness. of the Earth.this is another interpretation in the Scriptures. This is the real purpose of life. the nine Essences. you have the Lord. hiding for a little while the splendour of the Sun. the Government has no authority to reform the people. of the RK. Water is the Rasa. the Human Person is the Rasa. Jesus preached mercy and charity and he was charged with treason. RK. These eight Rasas. Water. the embodiment of Rasa. and Ananda is the goal which man is seeking. reciting the Name of the Divine. the Earth. Person. The virtues of the people are treasures of the State. of the Physic. A man's worth can be measured by his efforts to reform himself. how much worse treatment you deserve for not fulfilling your duty and for disappointing the expectations that you have raised by your being a man? Utilise your skills and learning as consistently and as effectively as duty demands. 760 MAN has in him vast resources of power. 761 MOHAMMED preached monotheism and was driven out of Mecca. Physic (Oshadi) is the Rasa. When the coaches receive from you such treatment. carrying out daily duties and offering gifts. how do you react? You fling abusive words at the train. So. he is only becoming a target for ridicule. of the Sama (Veda). of the Human Person. who was afflicted with conceit that there was no other who had Title of Document Page 124 of 166 . Prajna. The Vedas prescribe the repetition of the Pranava. Tejas is the Dream. the aim of human life. OM is the Rasa. 765 YOU have a Kalpavruksha. Physic. Sama is the Rasa. of the Word RK is the Rasa. The skill needed for resuscitating and reforming man are found only in students. 764 THE A of AUM is the Viswa. When we desire its progress. These are the Navaratnas. the nine Sustainers. while studying holy texts. the Word is the Rasa. Narada. The Pranava Sadhana (the spiritual exercise of meditation on OM) is therefore very important for Seekers. Viswa is the Walking. When you are on a railway station platform waiting for the train that is due. Sama and OM lead to the ninth Ananda (Bliss). who protects and promotes all. Word. pain and poverty haunt you. the Deep Sleep stage. of the water.

The Name is like the seed implanted in your heart. fame and fortune. The Love will grow by itself and. you do not say that the tonga is you. Goddess Lakshmi saw his sad plight and was moved with great pity. guide books. Title of Document Page 125 of 166 . was once humbled to find that a ryot. That is why Jayadeva.dedicated his very breath to the recital of the Name. when the shower of His Grace falls upon it. attaching itself to riches. She derided Saraswathi for neglecting to award comfort and joy on Her hapless servant. The yearning itself will draw the light. do not be led away from the path of faith by stories invented by malice and circulated by spite. But Sankara Bhatta turned a deaf ear to her allurements. She chided Saraswathi for denying Her votary even the common joys of life and she hid in his leaky hut to pour on him Her Grace. 769 YOU must cultivate non-attachment towards Prakruthi and attachment to the Lord. 767 BECAUSE you have taken residence in this body. turn you into God. parents. you do not call the Hall "I". tasting Sugar rather than becoming sugar itself. you also have to drop this body when you reach "home". Saraswathi has blessed me with the most precious wealth. Shanti is your in-most nature. All trees that sprout from the Name are equally lovely and shady. 770 JEWELS give Joy. When you sit here in this Hall. Gomanga. when you step down from it on reaching home. and made-easy lessons and learning the steps by note. I am reminded of the story of Sankara Bhatta. was judged a great Bhakta. Please remove yourself from my presence". who managed to repeat the Name three times in the course of his overwhelming multitude of distressing preoccupation from cock-crow to dusk. children. This Prema cannot be cultivated by reading essays. I do not crave your Grace. He was a great Sadhaka intent on Japa and Ahgama to such an extent that he was reduced to skin and bone. So. It has to begin with yearning for the Light and an unbearable agony to escape from the Darkness as in the prayer "Thamasomaa Jyothir Gamaya". you can imbibe the Form. any of the in. prosperity. by its own slow alchemy. do you? You do not take the tonga inside. Take up the Name of God. She offered him plenty. You can experience the Name. not Gold.numerable ones. one's life mate or friends. You know you are separate and that you are here only temporarily. from now on. 766 JOY is your birth right. the gift that liberates me. it sprouts into a lovely tree. "No. any that appeals to you most and the Form appropriate to that Name and start repeating it. The Lord is your Staff and Support. 768 PARAMATMA reveals its Glory in man. All these are sparks of the same flame and the Love of the Universal is its highest expression. you can take them to heart and dwell upon them and fill yourself with the joy that they evoke. he said politely but firmly. He worshipped Saraswathi or Vidya which is the key to open the doors of Mukti. you cannot call the body "I". Do not discard it. Prema appears in various forms. When you go about in a tonga. that will train you in the feeling of brotherhood and remove enmity towards fellow men. Ramakrishna and others wished to remain ants. That is the Royal Road to ensure Joy and Peace.

Intellect is the root of pride and envy. they stand. Give them to Me. speak less with more sweetness and self-control and that you can bear defeat as well as victory with calm resignation. who is guarding you. I am reminded of a note that someone has sent Me from this gathering. When I say "Sit". Krishna or SAI BABA. 775 THE airplane has to land at a certain place to take those who have reserved the right to fly with the tickets they have purchased. 773 WHILE speaking of God. Show that you have greater brotherliness. though I bear the name as the Avatar of SAI BABA. he told Siva that he would hand over to him the monkey that was his mind to Him so that it might be tamed and used for his delight. Evidently. and sheer ignorance are the causes of misery of man today. They cavil at it. no meritorious act will fructify. they curse the contrivance. 777 Title of Document Page 126 of 166 . they will sit. when I say "Stand". 774 FOOLISHNESS. Renounce and win Peace. What is the use of doing only Manavakarma or even Danavakarma and claiming that man is divine? Virtue is the life-breath and character is the backbone. Still. others too will know of the Lord. Vishnu is Jagannatha at Puri. The eye. where then is any room for rivalry between those who worship at Puri and those who worship at Kasi? Vishnu is Gopal (protector of cows) and Siva is Pasupathi (master of cows). That is what Sankaracharya offered to do. egoism. the writer of the note had in mind the people who engage themselves in publicity work of Rama. of His grace and ways of winning it. But it must be a complete handing over with no reservations. 776 YOUR minds are wayward like monkeys that skip and jump from bough to branch. The note wants Me to explain why I have not mentioned SAI BABA in any of my Discourses so far. A man without character is like a pot with many holes. There are some who deny even today the possibility of air travel. the ear and the tongue lead man to anxiety and malice instead of making him a messenger of Peace and Harmony. So too the Lord has to come down so that those who have won the right to be liberated may be saved. at Kasi Siva is Visweswara. Similarly. there are many who cavil at the Avatar who has come to save them. Incidentally.Tatwam".771 MANAVA can become Madhava by engaging himself in Madhava Karma. Without these. the innate urge to fight comes up in the heart of man and he uses the name of the Lord as an excuse for provoking the fighting tendencies. he can then discover his "Narayana . as evidence of your having known the secret of higher life from Me. I can make them steady and harmless. of the joy of liberation. useless for carrying water or for storing it. 772 HOW far have you progressed using the chance of these Discourses and the Dharsan and Sparsan? Bring something into your daily practice.

Russia and America. You came into this world crying. your self-control. the sweetness (Jnana) cannot be injected from outside. your faith and your steadfastness are the signs by which people read of My Glory. there can be no mind and no Maya. for example. such Bhaktas are very rare. Let me tell you. 782 BECOME entitled to the honoured title of Bhakta. It is the transformation of the inner nature won by a struggle with the inner foes. Having come with grief. This body is the cocoon you have spun round yourselves by means of your impulses and desires. Use it while it lasts. And so they are shorter. The third stage can be accomplished. by whatever means. in this receptacle. The Upasana Kanda deals with Upasana. Not that I want any such prop. even apart from the tree. Without Raga and Dwesha. Get rid of it in this life. Raga is Rajasic in its effect and it can be used for one's uplift as Narada used it to fix attention on the Lord. in order to realise the God you really are. it must grow from within. but they do not know an iota about the features of their own inner realms. and with no trace of ego kept back to cater to your vanity. But. the second and the third are quicker by comparison. the process by which the fruit fills itself with sweetness. completely. You are in this body. grief for having lost hold of God. it comprises the largest portion. to grow wings so that you can escape from it. Also. they deal with earning and spending. where men estimate others indirectly rather than directly. People learn details about China. the method by which the fruit ripens. they know about the volcanoes of the Pacific or the islands of the Arctic regions. You can lay claim to that name only when you have placed yourself in My hands fully. where there is no Birth or Death. announcing your grief at being thrust into it. But it just happens that in this World. escaping a little grief by that trick. the Mind. 781 JUST think of this for a while. Your virtue. 783 Title of Document Page 127 of 166 . decide not to go with it from here. The Vedas show the path to the Realm of Eternal Bliss.MAN comes into the World. Raga and Dwesha. deriving a little pleasure by this trick. Dwesha is Thamasic as Durvasa expressed it in his dealings with Ambarisha and others. 779 THE Karma Kanda is the biggest part of the Vedas. 778 THE study of the Vedas is the highest type of learning since it leads to the conquest of Death. because Karma or sanctified activity is the means by which the tree blossoms and the fruit matures and grows. That is the reason why I do not address you as "Bhaktulara". Affection and Hatred towards the external World. burdened with Maya and its instrument. All other studies deal with the means of living or the surroundings which you have to live. by keeping in a warm place amidst straw or a hot room. and you get fixed in Jnana. your detachment. The Jnana Kanda describes Jnana. My glory is spread daily through those who call themselves My Bhaktas. If these two are removed. The first stage takes the longest time. The Mind expresses itself through Attraction and Repulsion. the Mind cannot function at all. 780 MAN can acquire the sweetness of Jnana by keeping himself in Sathsang or even by remaining in a solitary place by himself with Dhyana.

Goodness. I insist on silence. That is the surest means of removing fear from your heart. It is true that a big bag of rice might contain a few grains of sand. The drug that can cure it is presented under different Names: Jnana. You have seen Me. Do not thrust your sorrows. They console you in times of stress and they strengthen you in distress. You come. They prescribe the dress. your needs. Ill-fated mortals recoil. The kind of service and sacrifice the Sathya Sai Organizations are rendering is colossal. and heard the Discourses. one individual. Let me ask: What is the gain? Are you going back unchanged. they seek a bone instead. 784 THIS Nilayam should not be treated with scant reverence. the food. They are all the same in potency and curative power. ignorance so deep-rooted that it affects thoughts. Adhere to Truth. And what is that traceable to? The ignorance of one's real Nature. stayed here. the manner of speech. It can bring into closer kinship both man and God. But you do not bloom as fragrant offerings at the Lord's feet by learning the Sadhana path. Talk low when you must talk. 785 IN this Prasanthinilayam. Upasana. Make the best use of your stay here. have to observe them. Sadhana. spending lots of money and you have put yourselves to much trouble to reach here. for it can harmonize the secular and the spiritual into a single way of life. They are the conscience of Society. points of view. Prema can grow only in the heart that is watered by Truth. The difference lies only in the method of administration: either as a mixture or as a tablet or by injection. when the talk is about God.) The spirit of Oneness proclaimed in these Manthras is operative today only in the Sathya Sai Organization. there are certain limits laid down. Sahanaa Bhunaktu" (May He protect us all. But that will not affect the Organization as long as it is true to its principles. in accordance with the special features of the region. it is not limited to one country. All who come here. 789 Title of Document Page 128 of 166 . the mode of mutual behaviour and the lines of onward march. the methods of social conduct. Talk less. Any human organization is bound to have a few black sheep. whether longtime residents or new arrivals. and your problems into the ears of those who come here with their own bundles of such things. It is based on the Divine which is the reality of the Self. unaffected? Dogs do not chew sugarcane. certain modes of spending time usefully recommended by Me. But you must pull yourselves away from slums and bylanes and travel on the highway to God. 787 THE whole World knows what sacred ideals inspire the Sathya Sai Organizations. words and deeds. and the environment. 786 THE Shastras warn you of false steps. 788 SANATHANA Dharma is bound to overcome today's rampant materialism. disciplines and guidelines. Karma. the age. Dwell always on the Glory of God then you will shine in that Glory. may He nourish us all. and Bhakti. For example. They give correct interpretations of moral dilemmas. It has a variety of procedures. From ancient times.ALL ills are traceable to faulty living. The basis for all is the Love that prevails among the members. The senses have to be curbed into obedient servants of the Sprit. and Saakshathkara. one period or one set. Do not treat this chance lightly. So. the Upanishadic prayer said "Sahanaa Vavathu.

Once you collect desires. Kama and Moksh. When they are attained. Ananda is the height of happiness. How can such a goal be secured. Those who belong to a country have to proceed along the special circumstances and resources of the country. The Sathwik path is poison in the early stages and nectar while coming to fruition. To achieve the Sathwik happiness that is positive and permanent. others assail you and still leave you discontented. and intelligence or Buddhi. Pleasure is but an interval between two pains. Your body can be compared to a car. the wheels. the embodiment of joy. one must love all mankind.the Sathwick. all are children of God. No one can be free from these disease-inducing causes. Your eyes are like the lights. Be aware of your innate Divinity and show these recurring desires their due place. This will be very hard to accomplish. the horn. the petrol tank. Illness. but. Of course. educated people are easily turned into slaves of other cultures. 794 SENSE-Control will guard you against a host of evils. For without the background of the culture. the joy increases and bliss is attained. It involves firm control and regulation of the senses of cognition and action. They are passing clouds. like the Meru Mountain Peak. Do not believe that because you are equipped with the senses nothing harmful can happen. Artha. He must strive to be steadfast and unmoved. the air within the tires is faith. your mind the steering wheel. 792 TECHNOLOGY must be dedicated to the promotion of high ideals. without undergoing hardship? 791 THE Scripture says: "Happiness cannot be won through happiness (Na Sukaad Labhyathe Sukham). you become their slave. your mouth. the switch. Dharma. the Rajasik and the Thamasik. man must perforce take on trials and tribulations. accidents are bound to be your lot. Cultivate Universal heartfelt Love. if you do not apply the brakes in a timely manner. you may have your car registered in your name and be driving it yourself. But as one progresses in practice. Your stomach. and by thoughts which thrive on and spread Love. It is sought in three different ways. Through their free exercises. An uncontaminated mind alone can ensure continuous health. 793 MAN must withstand both praise and blame. The Atma in you is unaffected by desire. But one can easily overcome this sorrow by developing feelings of compassion towards all beings. pleasure and pain. success and failure. 795 Title of Document Page 129 of 166 . you will find no end to them. according to the innate quality of the seeker . defeat or victory. Happiness can be won only through misery". both physical and mental. those which are cherished in Bharathiya culture. One must not emphasize the differences between Nations or between castes and creeds. 790 MAN struggles variously to attain Ananda.THE human body is the home of countless microbes and other parasitic beings. loss and gain. is a reaction on the body caused by the poison in the mind.

no object which is not He. a surface activity. and pilgrimage cannot be the end-all. The mind of man has to be a garden of many coloured flowers. So too. It is like the Sun behind the passing cloud. 799 THE knowledge derived through the mind utilising the senses is always incomplete. For there is no spot where He is not. Your duty is to draw this veil and let the Sun of Awareness shine forth and illumine your thoughts. conceiving all acts as worship and all men as the embodiments of the Supreme. Worship. Africa. You have faith in the driver of your car and in the engineer who built your house. words and deeds. 801 YEARN to fill your heart with Him. the Atman within. May all the Worlds have peace and prosperity. 797 ACTIVE participation in Society. 798 IT has been proclaimed that God is one. It tells you that the Hindu. "Manojnana" informs that you are distinct from others. is full. or Prasanthinilayam. for the welfare and happiness. Look at the emblem of the Sathya Sai Organization. He is I". You place faith in him and allow him to cut your hair. the peace and progress of Russia. But Names. illuminated by the Atma. adoration. The goal is the realization of "I am He. When the false image disappears. The first is termed "Manojnana" and the second "Atmajnana". So pray for all humanity. "Samastha Lokaah Sukino Bhavanthu". quietly submitting to his idiosyncrasies. shrines and altars for centuries has been. For. Your yearning must be warm. Kasi. Tirupathi. 800 THE prayer that rose from millions in this country from all its temples. Forms and Temples are only for the Kindergarten stage. but the knowledge that is earned through the Buddhi or intellect. is a more beneficial form of Sadhana. Krishna will certainly delight in dancing there and playing on the enchanting Flute in the bowers of the garden. Measure the heights you have Title of Document Page 130 of 166 . You do not run away from the barber because he is armed with a sharp razor. Pakistan and all the countries of the World and all beings everywhere. in a spirit of dedication and surrender. the Buddhist and the Christian are all adoring the same God for the same consummation. so warm that it can be called "Thapas" (Heat). Become hot (earnest). 796 THE awareness of the Atman or the Divine in man can neither be gifted to another nor be accepted from another. He willed that He becomes all this. believe in the inner Motivator. It has been declared that God is installed in the heart of every being. the Truth shines in all its Glory. Examine yourselves how far you have filled your heart within. holy sea fronts. theerthas. a Nandavanam. Let all the peoples of the World be happy and prosperous. not with you. freeing and revealing the Truth. yapiaskas. "Sarve janaah Sukine bhavanthu".FAITH is the basis of every act. It is all the time hidden behind the veil of ignorance. the voice of God. You give away costly clothes to the dhobi since you have the faith that he will return them washed and ironed. the Parsee. that God is at Kailas. China. That alone can fill the heart with Bliss. and that He is known and can be known through various Names and forms. the Muslim. as the Sruthi declares. Now it is only a lukewarm longing.

This attitude is not correct. Caste or Creed and extended it to animals and birds. 806 CYNICS question the validity of the type of adoration and say that it will only confirm faith in a superstition. Love is the key to open the doors locked by egoism and greed. they claim to know the innermost secrets of Nature. Puja (formal worship at regular hours). But starting early with puja and continuing with Title of Document Page 131 of 166 . fortitude and equanimity. to enlarge the horizon of Love by understanding and prayer. be anxious to be of help. human and subhuman beings. which is the noblest and the most righteous. one has to interpret the actions as providing examples and lessons and not as human stories enacted for entertainment. he is Siva-Sakthi Swarup. but both rely on their imagination rather than on actual authentic vision. be assured that you are destined for Divinity. When Divinity takes on the human form. Who can vouchsafe for the correctness of the picture which you now worship as the picture of Rama or Krishna? The poet described and the painter delineated. 805 BE eager to confer consolation and courage. with the recitation of hymns and songs. 804 WE have at present persons who pride themselves on their encyclopedic scholarship and technical skills. It can never be so. Do not cultivate the conviction that you are mere men. anger. the Name for God. He is Sath-Chith-Ananda. they fly into outer space and even land on the moon. 807 IN fact. If they know everything worth knowing. the atmosphere of the heart is polluted by the ego-fumes. why have they missed this? It is clear that they are suffering from some delusion. Snatch each opportunity to expand yourself by sympathy. Do not keep another at arm's length. malice. Watch for the chance. MatterEnergy. envy and the rest of that evil brood. Rama was charged with a Love that transcended all considerations of advantage. saying "My God is different from yours or my God is opposite to yours". he is extolling God. they ask. the Mahabaratha and the Bhagavatha. regardless of the temptation to bypass it. Paramatma. You now become easy victims of lust. Rama is the example of uncompromising adherence to the principle of Righteousness. When man extols himself. as described in the Ramayana. He can tap them by identifying them and manifesting them and by sharing them with others. is the very first step in the spiritual pilgrimage. "Can God be a stone. 803 THE five Pandava brothers are five qualities in human character. By adhering to the traditionally laid down ritual worship many aspirants have attained the vision of the Omnipresent and stayed in that Incommunicable Bliss. They will reply that they have not yet experienced it. serenity. But ask them if they have "Ananda" and can stay in "Ananda". 802 MAN has all the resources he needs himself. all observing the norms set by the eldest. does not mean a strange God but the Supreme God.reached with the yardstick of virtue. Many seekers have undoubtedly achieved an awareness of God by years of asceticism among jungle caves. or a piece of paper?".

in whom you take refuge. and that every gesture and movement of his has to be motivated by devotion and dedication. These are only beneficial acts. the Atman and nothing else. flowers. and one's earnings and riches. He has passed through many an animal existence and each has left its mark on his mental makeup like a scar on the skin when a wound has healed. The Puja itself may take another hour or two of concentrated and devout attention. Since all are manifestations of Maya. Though born as a human. "Adhyatmic". the cleansing of all levels of one's consciousness. yields much fruit. Why? You are. 809 THE sixteen modes of worship. singing His Glory and adoring Him as a living presence). the Paramathmam or Lord. This is the reason why I begin the Discourse. but the seeker must dwell on the Form which he desires to be manifested in all its Glory rather than on the material. 810 PUJA or archana offered without a purified heart is a sheer waste of time. a Tamil Saint. addressing you as "Divyatmaswarupas"! 813 THE mind is the altar. which is natural to Brahmam or Paramathmam. 814 Title of Document Page 132 of 166 . caps. The material and the Form are inseparable. The collection of the various items (lamps. But even a short sincere session of Puja. laid down in the Shastras to make the aspirant aware that he is the very presence. Archana and Aradhana are the letters of the Spiritual Alphabet. 811 WHAT exactly is implied by "Adhyatmic"? Is Bhajan or congregational prayer "Adhyatmic"? Or does it involve "Japa" or "Dhyana"? Or does it denote religious rituals and ceremonies? Or does it extend to pilgrimages and holy places? No. bhajana and aradhana (offering of flowers with the repetition of God's Name. plates. camphor. 808 PUJA. each one. Thiru Thondar. the rites of archana. relates to two progressive achievements or at least to sincere attempts towards those two achievements: elimination of the animal traits still clinging to man and unification with the Divine. 812 DHYANA is interrupted in most cases by worry and anxiety regarding one's kith and kin. confessed that he had engaged himself in worship of the Lord's idol in order to cleanse his mind. will certainly free you from fear. spent in Divine Awareness. ensure the purification of the mind of men from ego and all its brood of blemishes. are more fruitful and satisfying. attitude etc. Japa. man is burdened by animal instincts and impulses that have attached themselves to him during his previous lives as an animal.) and sacrifice it to the deity involved.scrupulous care. Place the animal which is to be offered as oblation (the evil aspects of your character. and the performer rises up after the recitations and meditations as a stronger and steadier pilgrim on the path. in its real sense. This is "Chittha Suddhi". a bell and the book) are necessary for precious hours-long concentration on the Divine. behaviour.

finding the queen inconsolably sad. One day. so that you may benefit in the end. water the plant with Prema. you have to keep them inside the soil.BUDDHI is the only instrument for realisation. So too. and do not rush to conclusion or be led away by mere hear-say. there is no better method than Namasmarana. indicating that it is against the grain. they do not germinate. I require from each of you no other gift. and they foul the heart. was interrogated. a Vedic prayer to the Light that fills the Universe to illuminate the intelligence. Plant it in the heart. 816 IT is certainly wasteful to spend precious time in mere study without any attempt to translate it into action. 818 WHEN you scatter seeds on the surface of the soil. she confessed that it was all due to the sudden demise of her favourite ass. only after deep deliberation and satisfying yourself that it will be for your good. the ultimate Truth. a close female attendant of the Queen came to the palace weeping in great sorrow. discriminate. a washer-woman by caste. To evoke the Divine in you. Bodha. which passed through person after person until the Queen herself was accosted. It is only when you go counter to your inner-most nature that you feel it as a burden. and when she. Give Me that heart. 815 YOUR devotion to God is best expressed by achieving the control of the senses. 819 KARMA must not be felt as a burden. and so the Queen began to shed tears. also wept profusely in sympathy. grow into the tree of knowledge and yield the fruit of wisdom. Keep off pests with the insecticides of Bhajan and Sathsang. For the senses rush towards the temporary and the tawdry. Otherwise. A time comes when you look back on your achievement and sigh at the futility of it all. if scattered on the surface. and let Him shape it as He wills. Entrust your mind to the Lord before it is too late. full of the nectar of Love I filled it with. as pure as when I gave it to you. No Karma which helps your progress will weigh heavily on you. the entire Zannan wept and the weeping spread to the male attendants also. 820 Title of Document Page 133 of 166 . and measure it with Faith and Courage. Reason out. That is why the Gayatri. 817 YOU must take every step in Sadhana or in Samsara. for that feeling is a sure sign. She said that her attendant was in sore grief. At last. and the sight made the entire city weep loudly without end. is a prayer for prompting the spirit of inquiry and for illuminating the path by the inner light of the Spirit. will not germinate. one sensible person set in motion an inquiry. The King. it will be like the story of the weeping city. but try to put into practice at least a few of the good things that appeal to you and that are helpful in giving you peace and contentment. Jnana alone can grant the Vision. Seeing the Queen in tears. You need not give your word to Me now. no more valuable offering than the heart I have endowed you with.

diseases too have multiplied and mental imbalances have increased. His word will be ever sweet and soft and his gestures ever revered and humble. the Unity of all mankind.WHOM the Muslims adore as Allah. idleness and pompousness. has come to the Earth as the Refuge of the refuge-less. Kama. Service is the most efficient instrument. At present. the Vaishnavas as Phullajaakshe and the Saivites as Sambhu. This situation is attributable to the spread of deleterious food habits and pastimes. as the Lord of Peace. for Service is its own reward. With the spread of alien cultures and alien ways of thought and life. health. 824 THE same Divine Compassion that blessed Dhruva. and that Indians have trodden the wrong path of exploitation and violence. who grants in answer to their several prayers. Great care has to be bestowed to ensure that injurious tendencies do not affect these two. 827 Title of Document Page 134 of 166 . 826 DO not try to delve into Me. prosperity. 823 THE Scriptures proclaim that health is the very root of all endeavours in the four fields of human achievement: Dharma. and exterior display. He is the One God of all mankind. as the Lord of all the Worlds. Service will also impress on the person doing the Service. as the Sath Chith-Anandamurthi. 821 FOOD and recreational habits are the two main causes for ill-health. judge and admire. earn a decent living. do that and benefit. the motive. the outlook. man cannot brave temptations. 822 TO remove the evils of Egoism. and happiness to all wherever they may be. and Moksha. sensual liberty. Examine. Without health. Man can engage himself in obligatory and optional functions only if he is healthy. no fatigue and no fear. That is the utmost you can do. Harmony and Righteousness. saved Gajendra. fulfill his basic needs or succeed in spiritual Sadhana. It is only recently that India fell under the impact of alien cultures which highlighted material comfort. skill and strength to Service will never meet with defeat. the Christians as Jehovah. drugs have multiplied and hospitals have been established in every nook and corner. distress or disappointment. physical luxury. ill-health is also widespread. He will have no foe. develop Faith and Sraddha and derive Ananda through Prema. as the Puttaparthi Sathya Sai Sath-Chakravarthi. the king of kings. the trend of the advice and the coordination between what is said and what is done. Examine the daily conduct. restored Kuchela and stood by Prahlada. Artha. 825 INDIA is the land where the ideals of service. He who dedicates his time. Do not run after all and sundry who blabber textbook stuff and wear the cloak of fakir hood. renunciation and spiritual endeavour were born and have flourished.

and you should not pretend to be a mountain. favour you to the extent necessary for realising the Goal. for it will gladden your heart and make you feel that life has been worthwhile. Omniscient Being. the same build. but you know where such and such a film star lives in Madras: This is something to be ashamed of. all would have suffered equally. Transcend the walls. and every act of Mine has its significance which you cannot understand. are Theists. You cannot notice the heaps of earth and the pits on the road. You know many things other than this. Title of Document Page 135 of 166 . the locks and chains. Never doubt that. 829 LAKSHMI or wealth accrues by fair means as well as foul. If God's creation was faulty. Duty. the four prison walls will close in on you. Love. But let me tell you. Affection. are Nasthikas. There is no fault or partiality in creation. the vast. by all and sundry. the Divinity whose effulgence is your intellect and whose reflection is the Prema you evince. Service to man is service to God. you must feel you are a mound. Worship Lakshya. 832 THE Truth can flash only in a mind clear of all blemishes. They cut at the root of man's real nature. not "I" . 833 ALL men are kin. the unlimited. money is earned by gambling. fill your ears with the call from the Beyond and the Boundless. dream and plan to merge with the Absolute. So long as you cling to the narrow "I". then. envy and egoism are kin. and those who love and protect with care their brothers and sisters. but not this essential thing. Cross out the "I" and you are free. those who revere their Parents and foster them. Though you may be a mountain. the bars and bolts. of her own accord. You cannot even know that the road is smooth and fine. To feel proud that you are a Bhakta is also a blot. Vanity. How to kill the "I"? Place it at the feet of the Lord and say "You". this loss of the sense of values. the Highest. moulded out of the same material. Lakshmi will. with the same Divine essence in each. Associate always with the Niranjana. until it sees every being as your mind's eye. I shall appreciate you! Keep the Lakshya. You must recognise the Higher. 830 YOU do not know the Gem shining inside you. Envy is the greatest of the sins. You can do so easily by fixing your mind on your own Infinity. Asthikas believe in Gratitude. Service to man will help your Divinity to blossom. and Dharma and these qualities are enough to save them from perdition. by various forms of deceit. by high and low. 831 YOU believe that those who have no faith in the Vedas and the Shastras and those who do not aver that there is some Omnipresent. Never falter. Then you will no more waver in your faith. You are in the dark and you fear more. by highway robbery. the Divine. the Goal of expanding your Love till it embraces all beings. The first blemish that I would like to warn you against is: "inability to bear the success of others". be confirmed in that.and you are free of the burden that is cursing you. 828 I HAD to do My Dharma. you do not know where such and such a scholar lives in Venkatagiri.WITHOUT surrender there can be no liberation. they are of the same likeness.

You will have to follow the instructions. with Viveka and Vairagya as the reins. you cannot get it even by Dharsan. some hope. lest the benefit of the Sadhana will be lost. all that you do is Yajur Homa. When you do only sweet deeds. one's own breath as the "Mantra". 835 WHERE you go to a temple. and Sambashan. and one's heart as the "Yantra". It is a dream which unfolds before you even while you are "awake" in another dream. how can you do it. When you restrict what you listen to and prefer only sweet speech. some courage. Then. receiving knock after knock and is seldom the better for all the experience.for He is in every man and every living being and in every stone and stump. Offer your talents at the feet of God. it teaches you to stand erect. means a line. 837 ONE should accept the body as the "Tantra". These are matters that reveal the concentration that you are capable of. Sparsan. it draws a line across and cancels the series of births and deaths. That moment you are free. Naturally. and some meaning on the dream called Life. When all words emanating from you are sweet. the two wheels being the Kala Chakra and the Karma Chakra. 836 MOKSHA or Liberation results from the breaking of the Mind with all its vagaries and wishes. unafraid. Gita. you will be performing every day the Vedapurusha Yajna. Every little point has to be taken care of. bound by the rim of Prema. the Order and the Directions. The self is the Rider and he will not come to harm if the axle is Sathya and the goal is Shanti. for without knowing it. you see the idol within but your thoughts are with your footwear that you had to keep outside the gate. It tries to shed some light. some joy. in Telugu. There is no need to seek them outside oneself. some faith. when the fibrous armour of sensual desires encompasses it? Remove it and dedicate the Mind to God and smash it in His presence. 838 THE vehicle of human life is drawn by two wheels by the senses. man has to seek all means of discovering the meaning of Life. 839 THE Gita is for saving all and granting them liberation. You cannot get liberation by merely coming here. the Ajna. You have to break your Mind but. he is lost. your breath becomes Rig Veda. all that you hear becomes Sama Gana. The spokes of the wheel are the rules of Dharma. 834 WHAT exactly is a dream? It is a dream within a dream. let every act be a flower. free from creeping worms of envy and egoism and full of the fragrance of love and sacrifice. along the line laid down. he wanders from birth to birth. which are driven by Buddhi. along the straight path of Dharma. 840 Title of Document Page 136 of 166 . the Yajna which propitiates the Veda.

841 IN every country today. internal quiet). 843 HE will be patent only in the transparent heart. which he feels will give him happiness and which. not in the coral or Rudraksha beads. without any compunction. and all desirable objects must be regulated by the standard of Dharma. He has clambered through all the levels of animal. They plunge the Society to which they belong into fear. When he did that. riches. They do not know. They develop hatred against others. to self praise and dry declamation. you share them with birds and beasts. The string of the Rosary is patent only in the Spatika Heads. of Wealth and Welfare. therefore. this relationship between the wave and the sea. man is condemning himself to a further life sentence. Prapatti (surrender) is a method of utilising the senses. the instincts and impulses. plant and protect. a wave of the Paramatma. that if elevating ideals are adhered to and practiced. become the object of his struggle. comfort and pleasure. is a method of subduing the thirst of the senses and of the ego. this Atma. and direct his mind towards good thoughts? You are listening to Me and what do you get when you so listen? You agree that I am giving you Anandam. All other activities are trivial. why then is He not patent"? He reveals Himself only to the person who yearns for the answer. Nivritti (detachment. The one object of this human existence is to visualise this Reality. but this is the unique privilege of man. Some may ask. That is all I ask for. Prakruthi (action. he could see for himself the Lord. the heart that is not clouded by egoism or attachment. Dharma fosters those who foster it. men have become power-mad and they resort. that is the secret of spiritual success. "Dharma Rakshithi Rakshithah". foster envy and feed their fatal egos. 846 Title of Document Page 137 of 166 . do good deeds. all-directing Divine. Nivrithi and Prapatti. 842 THE mansion called life must be built on a strong foundation and the pursuit of Artha and Kama.HAVING been born. it can be seen only by splitting those beads. materials. work and worship. anxiety and disorder. 845 THERE are only three ways of saving oneself: Prakruthi. man earns and acquires land. external activity) is a method of sublimating the instincts and impulses. What do you give Me in return? Give Me the Aacharana of what I am telling you. If all the years between birth and death are frittered away in seeking food and shelter. they could gain eternal fame. all the steps in the ladder of evolution in order to inherit this high destiny. the crystal beads. This is the meaning of the story of Hiranyakasipu who split the pillar. instead they are content with cheap applause and short-lived publicity. The strongest foundation is ever-present Faith in the Almighty. grains and articles of comforts and luxury. You may ask: why should anyone seek good company. "If He is Almighty. the intelligence and the emotions for the glorification of the all-knowing. Do and dedicate. not to the one who questions out of impudence or ignorance. who is the core of every object and being. as animals do. that is enough. But the object of realising God is forgotten. but do not worry about the fruit. 844 YOUR Reality is the Atma. Though the string runs through these latter also. practice what I teach.

so that you become Divine. advents of the Divine. or roamed about in search of people whom they can squeeze for money. 852 Title of Document Page 138 of 166 . The Masters arrive in answer to man's prayer. vows and rites prescribed in Hinduism are all directed to the promotion and well-being of "all the Worlds". dream and wakefulness. Manifestations of God. you are unaware of the Atma which is the Truth. space and causation and from sleep. You too must subject yourself to the hammer of discipline and the chisel of pain-pleasure. "Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu". ceremonies. Man has invented the fan and. On what basis can he erect his pride? 849 ALL who come embodied are Avatars. 848 MAN imagines that he has achieved much as a result of his search for material pleasures. The Hindus have been praying since the ages for the peace and prosperity of all the Worlds. But. Their conception of the immanence of God is strong and unshakable. the man who can walk is a person with experience. What then is the special feature of Rama. This meant that He who was to overcome the darkness of evil and ignorance had taken birth. "Lead us from darkness unto Light". that is to say. Jesus was to shatter the darkness that had enveloped the World and the Aura of Light was a sign that announced the event. you do not take advice from a lame person or a blind person on where you can best wade across. "Dur" (far from): people who keep away from violence. he is able to create a breeze. from time. a thing of beauty and a joy for ever. Awareness confers Liberation from bonds. 847 WHEN you reach the bank of a river in a strange land. from which a portion has been blasted away to carve an idol for the temple. Krishna. Avatars are ever alert. This is the reason why Hinduism is still alive and active. The rituals. Yes. of one substance. not those who prattle things learnt from the books or dole out set formulae irrespective of the stage the recipient has reached. The man with both capacities is a good guide. 851 THE word "Hindu" has been interpreted by scholars in various ways. But what poor glory is this? When the sun rises even the brightest bulb pales into insignificance. Appearances of splendour and other signs to herald the era that have dawned are natural when Incarnations happen on Earth. and alight.THE boulder on the hill. "Thath Thawam Asi" (You and I are the same). the toughest tree is uprooted and man's handiwork of brick and mortar is laid in ruins. that He will spread the Light of Love in the heart of man and the councils of humanity. with the roofs flying in the air. Buddha and Christ? Why do you celebrate their Birthdays with much reverential enthusiasm? The specialty is this: they are Aware. That and this are one substance. He has discovered electricity and is using it for giving light. tells the idol. You follow a person who has waded often and who is neither lame nor blind. by means of electricity. "Thamasomaa Jyothirgamaya". The man who can see is a scholar. 850 THERE was a huge halo of splendour illuminating the sky over the village when Christ was born. but what a difference? The hammer and chisel have made one. but the real meaning is "Hin" (Hinsa or Violence). when a storm arises in Nature. an inspiration to make life beautiful and holy. aware.

When you come to think of it.VISHNU is described as "Buyagasayamam" sleeping on the snake and also as "Samthaakaaram". Cultivate contentment. So you are "Suka-Swarupa" also. you try to taste joy instead. "Quite well. The body is said to be the temple. which has visha or poison. it is the temple that you are carrying about with you in body that must be fitted with lights. Be in the World. when you rest upon it. a good task-master. When we seek "Ananda". "How do you do?" and you answer. It is not so much this stone structure that needs illumination. regulations. The objective World (Samsara) looks upon joy and grief as teachers of hardihood and balance. curricula and social norms and an agitational approach to Title of Document Page 139 of 166 . thank you". and He is above and beyond the Thejas that Nature can supply. represents the World or "Vishaya" and. Let your boat be on the waters. even a better teacher than joy. symptoms and care of the illness. the wild elephant (man) that was caught by the alligator (egoism) while rollicking in the lake. do not multiply your wants and foster greed and despair. in India as well as in other lands. when you hear people arguing about the relative superiority of the Yogas or labeling themselves as "this" or "that" in the Adhyathmic field. That is the secret of a successful life. Anxiety is caused by the unnatural only. 853 SARANAGATHI. "Jivodevah Sanathanah". are afflicted with deep discontent which manifests itself in revolt against rules. Grief is a friendly reminder. do not strive to secure any lesser fruit. 855 YOU try to avoid grief. Remember this. It is only when you answer that you are ill. that is the Sudarsana which saved Gajendra. It is the nature of man to do so. He is "Jyothiswarupa" with the splendour of a thousand suns. The coat of desire has to be taken off when the warmth of Bhakthi increases. is the main gate to enter the mansion of Mukthi. you can afford to have "Santham". The Lord grants both. illness is unnatural. It has four floors: Dhyanam. "Dehodevalaya Proktham". protection and punishment. The "Bujaga" or snake. "Wellness is natural". When someone asks you. but do not allow the waters to enter the boat. 856 CLARIFY the Buddhi by Sadhana so that you get a vision of the Lord who dwells within. Bhakti and Jnanam. 854 PLEASE do not be under the delusion that God needs light and that He requires illumination. 858 THE youth today. it is like the call of the deep for the deep. You take off your warm clothing when you start feeling warm. or unconditional surrender. Each floor rests upon the one beneath and the uppermost cannot be reached without ascending the first three. but not of it. He is the force which makes Light shine. Strive to secure Grace. And in that temple is installed the Jivi who is the "timeless" God. that he stops and expresses concern and probes into the causes. he does not stop to enquire why you are well. For he is essentially "Anandaswarupa". Karma. instead of allowing it to envelop you. for how can he be the Lord if he does not insist on strict accounting and strict obedience? 857 TAKE everything as it comes.

man realises himself by merging in the Absolute. the composition and the name of the ocean. Vayu. which is given in that form in the Veda and in the form of an elaborate story in the Bhagavatha. at least in India. take it from Me. "Oh Arjuna. this Tabernacle of Paramatma. The Godavari realises itself by reaching the sea. and from the stuff of that illusion. Agni. or through the cleansing done by austerities Title of Document Page 140 of 166 . Jala. so too every single being has the Divine taste and composition and the name of the Lord. Those who have seen the brilliance of the diamond will not be misled by glass trinkets. Tirupati. Man is a mixture of Maya and Madhava. The entire ladder has now to be climbed up in order to reach the Paramatma. 862 EASWARASSARVOTA Bhoothaanaam Hrddese Arjuna Thishtath. From Paramatma. Buddhi is more important than all the rest of the inner instruments given to man. the Lord has often sent Messengers to tell humanity about it. was produced. having no roots anywhere. "Gamyam ithi Lingam" (That which merges in the goal is Lingam). the Origin of all. it will not fill inferior vessels or embellish tawdry stuff or enter impure bodies. however loud the praise and however adamant the claim. Kedaram or Gokarnam. You will fail only when the senses establish mastery over the mind. Make Buddhi the master of your Manas and you will not fail. 864 THE discovery of Truth is the unique mission of man. the Maya throws a mist which hides the Madhava. So. But a trinket cannot be turned into a diamond. By a combination of the five elements. Akasa. 863 YOU have to trace your ancestry and be proud of it. 859 WHEN God has come assuming a Form. and He himself has come down in human form to communicate it and save mankind from perdition. call it by any name. They are imitating undesirable and fanatic norms of behaviour and are addicted to a code of disbelief. the God resides in the heart of all being" says the Lord. Deal with them severely and they will be cured. But through the action of the healthy impulses inherited from acts performed while in previous bodies. Only you do not realise it so clearly. from Agni. Moola Prakrithi descended with the emergence of Maya. It is because the task of guiding man has gone on so consistently that today. 861 THE Jnanendriyas are more important for Sadhana than the Karmendriyas.every little problem that affects them. Just as every drop of the ocean has the taste. there is this quantum of earnestness to achieve it and to escape from the cycle of birth and death. What is the basic cause of this phenomenon? The Reason lies in the fact that they have started to neglect the ancient culture of India and its ideals. He is not to be found specially in Amarnath. There is a regular syllabus for the promotion of the spiritual aspirant. The Lord is like the diamond. 860 WHO can give us the secret of transcending the barrier that divides the region of death from the region of immortality? Of course. Kasi. which is you. Earth. do not extol these falsities and ruin those unfortunates. and from Akasa. from Jala. from Vayu.

or through the Grace of the Lord Himself. my path is dark. 865 EVERYONE has a mother as the source of his life and body. assuring. so indifferently and automatically. for it is just a mist which flees before the Sun. it is now held so venerable that initiation into Adhyatmic life is achieved by its contemplation. Even when the stony cliff echoes your voice and responds when you cry. Any little agitation disturbing the calm is bound to produce a sound. Lord make me fit again for life's arduous journey". I am the repairer of broken hearts. You do not even do that. The Negative pole Mayasakthi. The falling of an eyelid over the eye makes a sound and the dropping of dew on a petal makes a sound. and His Raktha (Life-blood) is Sathya (Truth). anxious to fulfill his wish. addressed to someone alien to oneself. who has the Lord as His Servant. perhaps. Sweetest. and the Positive pole. taken to be far away and distant as a tyrant or task master. to have Sparsan of the Lord. assuaging. will not the Softest. Good mothers make a good nation. Discipline and Devotion. Maya melts away. because the range of your ear is limited. ripe in culture and character. Love-filled Heart of God respond? When there is no this body. a devotee prayed to Me in song. is the real Prabhu. 870 Title of Document Page 141 of 166 . Mothers have to be repositories of "Thyaga. I am like the smith who welds. Verily he. you do it so callously. 869 YOU may complain that God is hard and heartless since He does not respond to prayer. The Gayathri is the elaboration of that Pranava and so. insincere. That is enough. When you fold your hands and bring them together. Yoga and Bakthi". 866 THE one Namaskaram you do. sanctified by holy thoughts and steeped in love and dedication. Detachment. The sound caused by the primal movement that resulted in the enveloping of Brahman by selfevolved Maya is the Pranavashabda or OM. my brain is confused. "My heart has gone dry. So. Ten years ago. advising . Mahasakthi. the purpose of Namaskaram is to touch the Feet. His Akara (Form) is Prema (Love). the cry is hollow. Then Nara is transformed into Narayana and this Bhuloka is elevated into a Prasanthi Nilayam. Love is God. His Swabhava (essential Nature) is Ananda (Bliss). feel that you are offering at the Feet all the actions of the Five Karmendriyas and the Five Jnanendriyas as indicated by the ten fingers. infer that there is something wanting in the cry. mends and sets right.but let Me tell you: God is Love. you may not be able to hear. Again. my lamp has gone out. have to meet in order to produce a spiritual current that will flow through you. mere play-acting set to a pattern. 867 COME. Only. the mother has to be strong in mind and body. 868 EVERY little movement or incident results in sound. Their Karma (Activity) must be based on these three urges. do with devotion. give a signal from his pictures and speak from "nowhere" in clear unambiguous terms. of damaged Anthahkaranas. The Lord will be waiting outside the door of the puja room of the Bhakta.

does it purify the heart? Does it help the Divinity within to manifest itself? 874 BRAHMACHARYA does not mean merely desisting from marriage. Priyam Rooyath" (Speak the Truth. Tongue. that does not offend. Such speech sanctifies the tongue. How? Brahmachari means. Surely his answer will be vouchsafed immediately. yet he earned that description. what a wonderful lecture he gave". Every one of the senses responds within its own limits of tolerance and protests when that limit is exceeded or disregarded. has to be praised). You may have huge hordes of men in the army. But what is the benefit gained? Karna gave away the earrings he wore and even sliced off his Divine suit of armour and gave it away in charity. Those who believe. relisher of sweetness. You can be hailed as a King and rule over the realm. 873 YOU can master all Knowledge and win loud applause. The crowds that gather may praise and proclaim: "Ah. do not speak falsehood). That is to say. pleasant and beneficial. always prefer the Truth". as dear and as near as your own heart and pray to him. One should not inflame passion. He was married to Srivatsala. Hordes of people sing. 875 LIFE can be sanctified and elevated to a worshipful pilgrimage if only every one clings to his way and sees it in its proper perspective. adore. "Priyam cha na anvartsham brooyth" (Though it may be pleasant. It means becoming soaked in Holy Love for the Divine through transparent sincerity. praise and prostrate. but they are useful only when the few Generals who lead them know where they are and whether they should proceed and how to overcome the enemy. 871 TALKATIVE persons easily step into scandal mongering. the Universal Absolute. That is the real Brahmacharya stage. A poet addressed his tongue thus "Oh. they work together and in unison. Too much talk and a tongue addicted to scandal are twins. do not speak the truth). You must be vigilant that they are put to use with proper attention to those limits. was ever moving in Brahman and living in Brahman. and cynics cause great social Title of Document Page 142 of 166 . Idle brains exaggerate matters. Wherein lies the key to greatness? Whereto does renunciation lead? The question is.KNOW that God is the One that is dearest and nearest to you. Speak pleasantly). but these are the soldiers. "Nabrooyath Sathyam Apriyam" (If unpleasant. You can pile up vast wealth and donate old and land. recite. The ear cannot tolerate a false or discordant note. 872 THE Lord has said in the Gita: "Anudevega Karam Vakyam Sathyam Priya Hitam Chayat". pure consciousness and holy thoughts. Hanuman had no other thought than Rama (who is Brahman) and so. those who have faith and who practice the disciplines are the Generals in whom the Master confides. whatever is spoken and whatever is seen must be cognised as Brahman. feelings. You all know that Hanuman is described as the Eternal Brahmachari. desires and activities must all move in Brahman. "He who is in Brahman". Your thoughts. When they stray from the path or overstep the boundaries. worship. unselfish will. that is truthful. reason bites its head and makes you inhuman. knower of taste. It knows and respects the limits. diminish enthusiasm or inflict injury "Sathyam Brooyath. whose strength and weakness they have comprehended. (Speech.

The feeling of Kinship or comradeship evokes dearness. who cannot swim. Her husband brought a chalice of poison and she was ordered to drink it. can be known as satisfaction. When the attitude is confirmed and consolidated. Man merges in the Universal and loses the inhibiting individuality. It was transformed into nectar. before venturing to advise others how to acquire them. We must certainly coin new words or set aside specific words to indicate the forms of Love. That is the Karma which the Atma craves for and delights in. I know you have the enthusiasm to carry My message among the people of this country and other countries. The pleasure one gets through a sense of possession. activity that sublimates lower instincts and impulses and transform every deed into an act of dedication. that is to say. words and deeds must be saturated with the message. gave up status and riches. Let Me remind you that the best and the only successful way in which you can do it is to translate the Message into your own lives. what is worse. Any feeling of attachment. 878 IT is My general practice to induce people to learn the sweetness of the Name. by the Grace the Name evoked. Your thoughts. Bharath (India) has suffered slights and disregard as a result of a spate of teachers who have not cared to practice what they teach. the Queen of Rajasthan. however trivial or transitory. That is how you may take it. It is like a tasty health giving meal which I serve to you on a plate (the problem) covering it with a lid (the Namavalis). Title of Document Page 143 of 166 . 881 GOD is the harmony of all the Forms and Names that man gives Him. 876 MOHAKARMA flows from delusion and leads to further delusion.damage. I begin My Discourses with the recitation of a spiritual poem and end them with these Namavalis and in between I give the lesson I love to teach. fortitude and peace. 879 HOW can a person. The response to the attraction of sex can be best described as fancy. fascination or delusion. and the face of the World will be transformed. teach others the art? How can one whose granary is empty. Meerabai. mankind will become a mighty family full of peace and joy. especially of material objects. Only those who are ignorant of the Glory of God will insist on one Name and one Form for His adoration and. Any positive response to the attraction is called Love. pour out charity? Acquire the wealth of devotion. idealistic activity. 877 PREMA or Love is a much misused word. Moha. all Karma becomes Brahmakarma. fortune and family and dedicated herself to the adoration of the Lord. If only all of you would remember the principle underlying the brotherhood of man. Gulfs are widened by thoughtless criticism. Giridhara Gopala. moral activity. They then will spread effortlessly and efficiently. 880 THE Name undoubtedly brings in the Grace of God. The attachment of parents to their children or of children to parents must be called affection. Man must outgrow this tendency and turn towards Dharma Karma. is characterised as Prema. Only the yearning to reach for the sublimity that lies inherent in Truth is entitled to be called by that holy word "Prema". She uttered the Name of Krishna while she drank it.

thereby. he is only a "Vishayarthi". but the field of education. 886 LOVE is the seed. fruit and green. which has no change in characteristics. If you insist on wages you become a coolie. Become His own. the insane and the shirker. They toiled for identifying themselves with the Truth. It does not depend on the calories of food consumed or the quality of drugs that are injected. man can conquer Death. needs our special attention. a seeker of worldly pleasures. It is only in name that he is a "Vidyarthi". 884 THE future of India is in your hands. The student of today is not able to realise what he should primarily be concerned with. Therefore. getting involved in meaningless pursuits. The chief causes of ill health and death are Fear and Loss of Faith. All have grown out of one Title of Document Page 144 of 166 . But if you develop an intimate attachment to Him and make Him yours. Almost all the fields and walks of life are polluted with these poisonous feelings. They achieved such success that Bharath. then I shall give you that in exchange. or the qualification of the physician who prescribes the medicine. You find around you injustice. You will know how restless and agitated the youth of India are today. You are fully aware of the characteristics of this Kaliyuga we are passing through. but now the Preceptor has started to take lessons from the least intelligent of the pupils and is rearing its head in pride when the pupil congratulates him. was the Preceptor of Humanity. to confer on them health. then He will manage to give you all that you need. The tree is a broad spread of leaves and flowers. and no decline or damage. can He not provide for you? 883 THE duration of life is under the control of Him who gave life. irregularities. "I am the seed for all beings". 885 EVERY Indian will have to recognise the culture based on Vedic philosophy. I must warn you against such silly obduracy. grief and loss. for centuries. If one concentrates on the Atma. In practice. strength and wealth. immorality and untruth. not for painting falsehood with the authenticity of Truth and parading as if they had accomplished the mission on which they had come to earth. 882 PEOPLE pray to God to relieve them from pain. distinct and separate from those who adore God in other Forms and Names. courage is the blossom and peace is the fruit that the Sages grow in the garden of their hearts. trying to rob everything of pride and without achievement and thus. with all their devilish attributes and atrocities. the Creator. the Lord has declared "Beejaymmaam Sarva Bhoothaanam". the most effective prescription is the injection of Atma-Vidya (Knowledge of the Atma. Since you are all associated with the Sathya Sai Organisation. the seeker of Knowledge. 887 IN the Gita. But we have to march ahead in spite of all this with a quite tolerant and benign attitude towards life. you are limiting the very God whom you are extolling.condemn the use by others of other Names and Forms. He is providing for the idler. the Soul as one's Real Self). no subtraction or senility. being the most prominent organ. Do not demean the relationship into bargaining: give me this. Do not go about proclaiming that you are a sect.

Do not scatter advice without the authority born of practical experience. do not lend your ears to people who swear there is no God. wise. and Serve. 889 THE six demons. You can only get glimpses of the Bliss derived from the contemplation of His Magnificence. if you live a hundred years. Beware of Pride. It is not a seven year war or a thirty year war. Revival of righteousness. It blends and leads the person suffering from it into ruin. 888 DO NOT waver. Yearn to realise your Reality. visualise the immanent Divinity. The hand that wields the instrument knows how and when it has to be applied. hesitate or doubt your destiny. distressed and delighted. injustice and inequity are raging in wild fury. You have to trace Him there and hold fast. and full of Love. Krodha (Anger). hanging. Mada (Pride) and Matsara (Hate) pursue you and turn you on to wrong paths and make you servile. Fight against them resolutely. crawling. You will become humble. a service to render and a role to Title of Document Page 145 of 166 . be always aware that you are but an instrument in My Divine Mission of Dharmasthapana. This is an urgent and essential task and I must say. prey and hunter. Jnana and Ananda there is God. Be an example to others. and swarming. it may be a hundred year war. 891 KRISHNA is hiding in the recesses of your hearts. He is too subtle for all that type of contact. He runs away but leaves footprints marked by the spilled milk on which he has trodden in His hurry to be beyond our reach. 890 THERE are no characteristics in God. Love.single small seed. living. creeping. Spiritual pride is the most poisonous of all varieties of Pride. Yes. Help. no astronaut can espy Him. the lesson is: recognise his Footprints in everything of beauty. 892 A HEART without Love is as dreary as a town without a temple. when the demoniac forces of fear and anxiety. all its rich variety of strong and weak. burrowing. Do not search for the faults of others. seek your own. that yearning itself will endow you with a steady endeavour and the Grace of God which will remove all obstacles. Lobha (Greed) Moha (Attachment). All this uncountable variety of created beings have come out of the "Beejam" (Lord) and again. stupid and sad. So. every act of goodness. but in the characteristics of Sathya. that the women of India have a contribution to make. God is everywhere and no spaceship can hit against Him. Cooperate. Kama (Lust). floating. This is your prime duty. The struggle knows no respite. That is the life-long war you have to wage. subtler than ether or Akasa. God is too vast and too far above the reach of reason or imagination. where vigilance alone can bring dividends. walking. and discover Him in the bower of your own heart filled with the Fragrance of Love and Light of Virtue. flying. it is the duty of every human being to be equipped with spiritual strength so that he may not be overwhelmed by the storm. every tear of gratitude and every sigh of compassion. This is a civil war. 893 AT THIS critical hour in the history of the World. and every fruit of that tree has seeds of the same nature inside it: contemplate for a while on the magnificent multitude of life. Try to be more and more efficient as such instruments.

That goal is God. provided you have enough current deposit therein. it lends a false lure to the objective world. that boast is mere empty vanity. 894 SOCIAL service should not become show-cial. If the Bank goes bankrupt. 898 OF WHAT benefit is it to have a body if you do not seek to know how best to utilise it? Learn from the Saints and Sages who have realised the Truth about the path you shall tread and the goal you have to attain. and that splendour reveals the God within and without. I told Nanashab that I am in ants. He is beyond all notions of good and bad. in the faith that God resides in all. by which the temporary is weighed and judged. Why go give them a smile or a flower or write a letter home for them. Desire discolours the intelligence. That is the real "Atmasakshatkara". no duality. but your prayers would reach Me and My Grace will reach you. He is Jnana. besides all men. and Rama (God) has to be secured by Yoga (the conjunction of all your faculties for the common purpose). 897 THE chief means by which you detach your mind from distractions and attach yourselves to the search for God are: Yoga and Thyaga. it will be a disaster. and "Anandaswarup" (full of Bliss) is also not correct. work carried out for publicity or with the camera in view. no preferences. If you cannot do any good. They must bring God into the heart of the child and help it to keep Him there. it is a national disaster. and "Jnanaswarup" (having full wisdom). but for the diseased in the hospitals who have no one to nurse them. When desire disappears or is concentrated on God. Service not for those who have many to serve them and the wherewithal to help themselves. it sharpens the appetites of the senses. When a dog ate all Title of Document Page 146 of 166 . unless you follow the lessons I emphasise. The educational system is the Bank on which the nation draws a cheque whenever it wants strong. 895 YOU know that you can draw cheques upon a bank whenever you need money. 899 YOU may boast that you have been visiting Puttaparthi since twenty years or that you have made the place your permanent residence. To say that He is "Sathyaswarup" (having the characteristic of Truth). These are earthly measures. Nor should it become slow-cial work. 896 SERVICE: Let that be the slogan for this nation. For Faith in God is the tonic that man needs to get back his health and happiness. reliable skilled workers. Kama (desire) has to be gotten rid of by Thyaga (Renunciation). no Limbs. intelligence is self luminous and it shines in the pristine splendour. when you are doing good to the deserving? Do as much as you can. as it nearly has today. If you develop love for all beings. He has no Form. at least desist from doing harm or from finding fault with those who serve you. For He has no "Swarup" or "Swabhav". you may be anywhere else. He is Sathya. but. While in My previous body. and He is "Ananda". right and wrong. no prejudices and no predilection. If it goes bankrupt. insects and animals. it perverts judgment. That is the experience of those who have tasted "Ananda".

"Ekam Sath" the Vedas declared eons ago! That is the heartbeat of Bharath today. Regulated and controlled. all the wagons that are coupled with it. He must also provide himself with something to keep the mind healthy and happy. the flywheel. in that Body. I am the A-natha. Divine Personages and Incarnations of God appear here and proclaim their message to mankind from this land. The wagons are the different nations. 904 TRAIN the mind to dwell on the inner equipment rather than the outer attractions. That is why India is like the engine which drags the wagons along. channeled properly it can liberate. Let it not accumulate dirt from the outer world and deposit them within itself. he is giving Me food. the welfare and security of all mankind. Guide and Guardian. 902 THE Universe is the Body of God.offerings intended for Baba. but when I go in the form of a dog. it does not encumber the mind with elation or disappointment. I am alone helpless. orphaned and poor". for I have no guardian. "Oh Lord! you are Mighty. Then the Lord interrupted the self condemnation and said. nobody to fall back upon. he drives Me off". tendencies and levels of consciousness. this is mine". The mind is the instrument. 903 MAN strives to provide himself with food clothing and housing for the sake of the body. and the thickest comrade of man. for I am their Natha (Lord)". He is the Mother. no means of support. the Unity Consciousness is Bharath. individuals talk ill of others and breed hate. Through it. "Nana says. one can ruin oneself or save oneself. Teacher. So man must visualise Him equally in himself and in others. spend every minute in His company. the snake can be handled and played with as a pet. "No. 905 THE Lord is closest to you. The only orphan in the Universe is Myself. Friend. "Lokaasamathaah Sukhino Bhavanthu" is the prayer that rises from the children of the land since thousands of years. Father. For the influence available from positions of authority and for acquiring and accumulating power. That is the tragedy. all else are Sa-natha (with Lord). wayward and let loose. how can you call yourself poor. Saints. all powerful. "I did it". the Yagnas and Yaga which are recommended in the Vedas are for Lokakalyana. From dawn to dusk. Lokasangraha. The precious message is being exported but very little is used inside the country. showering My Grace. for he had eaten it in that form. Pull out the fangs. all knowing. it can entangle and bind fast. 901 ONCE Ramadas wailed. the consequences of work get attached to it. Unattached work is the purest. He is immanent in every being and in equal measure. It is the mind that conditions even the body. Use the mind to cleanse the feelings. This is the reason why Sages. That is the reason why I have directed that every Sathya Sai Organisation must arrange for Nagar Sankirtan Title of Document Page 147 of 166 . If it is attached to work (Pravriti Marga). attitudes. 900 INDIA has always laid down disciplines to cultivate Universal Love. Call on Him and He responds immediately. God is Omnipresent. the Ekabhava. helpless and orphaned? I am with you and in you. impulses. these are the two fangs that make the individual poisonous. it was declared to have reached Baba.

909 WHY say "Good morning" or "Good night".Fear."Who ever is wholly immersed in my contemplation. Learn those tales and decide to live like them. Have you any Wool?". and the more subtle of the subtle aspects are transmuted into the mind and its activities. Dharma Samasthaapanaarthayya Sambhavaimi Yuge Yuge" . blood etc. 907 THE Karma or activity is the indicator of inner character. Gone are the days when the first lesson was on Rama. 911 KRISHNA took upon Himself three vows: (1) "Parithraanaya Sadhoonam Vinaasaayacha Dushkrithaam. age after age". Humility before whom? Before elders. Observing one's actions. That light will drive out the darkness from both. spirits and food that damage the spiritual urge. on the tongue! That is the doorstep. in your own strength and in your own victory. as a result of the downgraded time. Pussy in the well". Faith in what? Faith in God. the like of which you cannot get by sticking to the senses. inside and outside. Egoism is Thamas. The gross part of food is discarded as feces. the first lesson is "Baa Baa Black Sheep. You will soon reach remarkable heights and enjoy happiness. habits of feeding and recreation.. and be true Indians. 906 THE Gita speaks of "Yukthahara Viharasya". their motives. Put the lamp of the Name of the Lord. as Divine as God Himself)."For the protection of the good and the punishment of the bad. and the second is "Ding Dong Bell. It is a purifying pilgrimage. (3) "Sarvadharmaan Parithojya Maamekam Saranam Vrajas Ahamthwaa Sarva Paapebhyo Title of Document Page 148 of 166 . It is a great act of social service to wake up people with the Name of God. Fear of what? Fear of doing wrong and of falling into falsehood. "Namaskar" or "Namaste" is the Indian way. Have it ever burning. That is why the Sages have prescribed certain limits and levels of food. which are controlled and regulated. Children of Baba Vihar are therefore told stories of Rama. Krishna and other Divine Persons. in order to promote the spiritual urges and prevent contrary tendencies. Krishna or some great sage or saint? Getting to know about black sheep will make children black the pre-dawn Bhahmamuhurtham. teachers and parents. You must have Bhaya Vinaya and Viswasa . It is a mission of Love and all will welcome it. 910 "TAMASOMA Jyothigamaya" is the prayer. But nowadays. Humility and Faith. the illumining flame. their consequences and the extent of one's involvement. clear and bright. the really humble way. (2) "Anayaaschinthayathramanm Yejanah Paryappasatha. 908 AT school. with no other thought. There is an easy way to illumine the inner consciousness and the outer behaviour with the light of God. it is possible to declare one as a Pasu (beast) or Pasupathi (The Lord of Individual Souls: that is to say. I shall be ever with him and I shall bear the burden of his welfare". are being increasingly favoured. the subtle part is transformed into muscle. for the establishment of the Moral Order. getting to know about the great and the good will make children great and good. ShaamnishyaAbhiyukthaanaam Yoga Shemam Vahamyaham" . casting off anger and hate that infest the atmosphere. I shall concretise Myself. Learn Indian ways and Indian tales.

at least now. That is why the Human Form has been taken.Mokshaysh Yaami Maasuch" . or Siva or Hari on your tongue. plough the field and fill the field with the water of Prema. Select the Namaseed that appeals to you and sow it in the field. says the Lord in the Gita. where she is being insulted. I do not mean physical distance at all."Surrender unto Me. Who are these others? Even when the Lord has come with a definite Human body. 914 THE Lord has to take the Form that is suitable for the task He has to fulfill. By continuous good work. if only you place full reliance on Him. it is overgrown with thorns and bushes of lust. the Police Officer has to move among them as a decadent. greed and envy. dwells in the regions of the heart in all beings". You will witness this great Miracle by the Avatar who has come to protect her honour and her heritage. have the name. 913 YOU stay far and complain that Grace has not come. "Oh! Arjuna. Hrdresse Arjuna Shrishtethi". I shall liberate you from all sin. challenged with impurity by their own wives. Today. Remove them. You may be physically far but mentally by My side. if you have the courage and the conviction that you can enact it well. I do not measure distance in miles or meters. be near. the Lord. birth after birth? Aspire for the nobler role. To catch a gang of decadents. You come for needs sometime and stray away into the distance. learn and believe. But who. and the Lord has come to grant solace and strength. no extra time or energy is needed for that. 912 WHEN Dharma (which means. Rama or Krishna. You do not scrape off. that which is worn. beside you. only you have to be aware of that and make use of My presence. 915 IF you plan to give joy to others. in scene after scene. torn by intense suffering to sense the Lord. the Lord will grant you these material things and even immortality. Whatever you do. When you rise in the morning. all humans that you come across are but parts of His Glory and Splendour. Put on the role. Are you not tired of playing the parts of beggar and clown. anger. 917 CONSIDER the condition of the field of your heart. 916 HOW can we find time for all this when we have to toil every moment for feeding and clothing ourselves? But you forget. the Sanathana Dharma which is the robe of Bharathamatha is sought to be taken away by her unworthy and deluded sons. giving up all other duties and obligations. "Iswarasarvabhuthanaam. do not grieve". watch. You must become an "Aartha". dare challenge the Avatar and ask for proof! Of course. rise with the Name on your tongue and slide into sleep with the Name on your tongue. by the process of repentance. You will see splendid saris pouring into her lap from every door of the Durabar Hall. clothes) was sought to be removed from the wearer. in you. the apparel. root and all. in this birth. the mud and rust that prevent attachment. you are welcome. Discipline is the force which will guard the growing Title of Document Page 149 of 166 . you will be joyful. Do not allow the land to turn fallow. I am always with you. the Lord blessed Draupadi with the grant of an unending series of saris. if you desire to understand.

crop against cattle. 923 ONE can be in the World but yet unaffected. you are My kinsman. There is no scope here for envy or malice of hate or competition. Do not behave here as you do when you gather elsewhere. the mind and the intellect will take on the Divine lustre. Sathya. that is all. servants. Title of Document Page 150 of 166 . which has overpowered you. ayahs and others in the home. I had no feeling of ego left to obstruct the flow of His Prema through me to all creation". Fostering the field with great care. Then one's inner reaction and agitation will be transmuted into the Divine. greed and ego. you are also in great distress. it is natural for man to resent and to grow angry. have Shantams as if it is your better half. Move with them. and man will be shaped through the mould of Love. move fondly with Dharma as if it is your own brother. 921 KRISHNA had undoubtedly the power to transform in a trice the wayward mind of His kinsman into unillumined instrument for resolute action. the vigil you kept. Krishna pretended to be fast asleep! With the flute carelessly thrown aside by His side. live with them. Ahimsa and Prema emanate therefrom? This human birth is a rare chance! Use it for spreading joy. "Oh lucky Murali! Tell me how did you earn the great good fortune. I agree that the delusion. All that one experiences through the senses. and not grief. the inner motives and agitations. Of course. you are now so near to Me that I am now your charioteer. the pilgrimage you accomplished"? The flute got a voice through His Grace: "I rid myself of all sensual desire of envy. when Radha approached the fortunate flute and asked it in plaintive terms. When Kama and Vrodha are rising in hot flames from the heart. your Ajnana must fall off through your own efforts not through some Miracle of My design". you can bring home the precious harvest of Ananda. "You are My friend. Do not get work done by cooks. the inner planets. confide in "Daya" as if it is your dearest friend. Activity will then be for the Almighty by His Grace and through His will. the Lord who rules over the inner satellites. 920 THIS is a place where you must try to help and not hinder. What was the vow you observed. Virtue is the pesticide. But Krishna did not use the power! He only prescribed the medicine and the regimen. adore Love as you adore your mother. Arjuna had to swallow the drug and follow the regimen himself in order to be saved. 918 ONE day. reveal their Divine core. Earning leisure for Dhyana through these servants is not a spiritual gain. He said. and do not forsake or neglect them. 922 ONE can claim genuine victory only when one has reached not the dead satellite but the living star. women must not depend on these for the care of their children or attendance on their husbands. 919 REVERE Jnana as you revere your father. treat Sahana (Fortitude) as if it is your own beloved son. not the Chandra but the Ramachandra. These are your genuine kith and kin. how can the cool rays of Shanti. must be removed quickly. but. But you should not allow anger a free and furious scope. this is the atmosphere of peace and Prasanthi.

the Asura. stole the Vedas! Ravana kidnapped Sita. inspiring and instructing when you ask or need inspiration and instruction. The whole country is Dharmakshetra. cutting off their pride and pomp. see Him in the beauty. Discipline of Love. Upasana and Jnana. Those Yogas may calm the minds' agitation temporarily and may improve Title of Document Page 151 of 166 . Look at the warning that the sacred texts offer! Somaka. Kamsa slaughtered children. the mothers and children of this land must be devoted to Dharma. And Rama upheld Dharma even under the most trying circumstances. not the titles that come to those who canvas support but the title that the Upanishads proclaim as the highest decoration for spiritual aspirants: "Amirthaaya-Pathrash". which you are upholding by this act. grandeur. 926 THIS World is His play. Kriyayoga or Rajayoga. and ends with the words: "Sarva Dharmaan Parithajiya". This is just to show you that. When you experience that. Sanghikam and Saam Krishikam activities: the three S's. Karma. a partner and partaker in all your efforts. you will be promoting the resuscitation of this country and its culture. it is the means by which one can discover God. The Gita begins with the words. "Through Dharma. all powerful God. but not one of them realised their heart's desire that their names be exalted by history. I do not sit on a special seat. Karma leads to the consciousness of the ever-present. Sentence of death awaits everyone. 929 THERE are some who are attracted by various systems and methods like Hathayoga. "Children of immortality". 928 BY developing spiritual qualities. it is not an empty dream. immanent. above all. which claim to help people to realise the self. That is why I moved among you and stood at your back. alone can lead you to God. the sick or the poor. that is why the Vedas have three Sections or Kandas. the order and the majesty of Nature. be your guardian when you are in the forest as an exile". That is why Kausalya exhorted Rama when He went into the forest: "May the Dharma. Upasana or adoration of that God lends to the knowledge that He is in all. When you seek beneficial results. Do not believe I am on the pedestal that you offer Me. The Prema Yoga. If it is for reviving the values recognised as great by time or recreating the damaged structure of the good of Society or restoring vigour to some fine art that is declining. you can count on My Blessings. with you and wherever work lies. that is Jnana. 925 EVERYONE'S heart is Dharmakshetra where the battle between the forces of Good and Evil is fought. you have to transcend Dharma". 927 MY place is among you. even in your own places. So.I am saying this most emphatically. you have to involve yourselves in beneficial activity. apart and distant. These are shadows of His Glory and His splendour. there is no second. I always exhort people to win. it has purpose and use. Duryodhana grasped an empire. But I must tell you that none of these can make you realise God .924 I ALWAYS encourage Samathanam. I am part of you. Some young persons feel that the work they have on hand gives them great pleasure but they do not pay heed to its future consequences. when you do Bhajan or some other type of adoration like serving children. Dharmakshetra.

developed or earned are destroyed. do not count on your being kind to me. So. and the family he has reared? No. What is the good you hope to achieve with that body in those extra years? If Love is absent. you tortured him and killed him while the son. by purification which invites benediction. Form has a vast mystery enshrined in it. Oh. Krodha and Lobha char the heart. It is not enough nor is it essential that you should utter the name of Rama loudly. The Avatar (incarnation) in the Krishna. respect it in the fullness of love and admiration. "Oh. Title of Document Page 152 of 166 . Krishna. "Go" means also the individual who is enclosed in the body. Grace confers Ananda. Gopala.. they weigh you down as life's big burdens. he has to leave them all to the ravages of time. responding lovingly and adoringly to the goodness in Rama and reacting revoltingly to the wickedness of Ravana. Grace is provided by the quenching of these flames. He cannot take with him even a handful of earth. the earth he loved so much. 931 THE law of Karma is not an iron law. and when he gladly placed all he had at your feet. being moved by my appeals for mercy. By dedication. all that he has done. 934 ONE poet has sung. it becomes foul and sooty. Do not despair. If only the dead could take with them a handful each. Krodha and Lobha can never confer. 930 WHAT is the immortal part of man? Is it the wealth he has accumulated? The residences he has built. Brindavan (the forest of Brinda) is the tangled jungle of life. The flames of Kama. 933 WE are today celebrating the Advent of Krishna. and it will start to flow. He has no favorites or foes. its effects can be modified and its rigour mitigated. Gokula (the herds of cows) is the name given in the Bhagavatham (book on the Glory of the Lord) to the region where Krishna tended the cows. you trampled on his head and pressed him into the nether regions! How can a heart that has no tenderness melt at my misery"? Yes. Stotra etc. do not lose heart. The cows tended by Lord Krishna in Brindavan are none other than the humans that are helpless without His care and guidance. dig into your heart with external instruments like Raga. the Lord is above all attachments. Prahlada was looking on! You approached Bali as if for alms. 932 WHY is it that the World reveres Rama and revolts at Ravana? Rama is not its uncle's son or Ravana its step mother's child. your innate goodness. the health he has acquired. Don't I know that you killed with your own hands your maternal uncle? You killed the very nurse who came endearingly to you in order to feed you at her breast! With no iota of compassion towards the father of your dearest devotees. during your pilgrimage. and know that it is the spark of God in you! Live in the companionship of that vast measureless Supreme and you will be rendered vast and measureless. it should have been rationed by now! Discover the Immortal "I". If you have no spirit of love in and prolong life for a few more years . in this Karmashetra. is the region inhabited by man. It is the kinship of the spirit. the Earth would have become scarce. When vices hold sway over your heart. Consider all objects that you collect here as given on trust to be used in this caravansari. which Kama. the physique he has developed. Gokula.but that is all that they can do.

Both. and Saturn dutifully move along the orbits at different speeds. The Cosmos. Why render others miserable. and from the sea. with and from God. saturated with God. which will ruin the World ruthlessly. And in the Milky Way. Have the picture of the Happy. this World. "All this is enveloped by God". People fly high. Recognise this truth. Look at Lord Siva. we notice Stars beyond numbers. only to cast their eyes on a wider circle. Love filled human community in your heart. 937 IT IS not possible to consider Creation and the Creator. God (Narayana) is the sea. planets like Mercury. has been contained in His throat! The Moon that can shower cool. Have your own errors and evils hidden so that you can tackle them in solitude. Can we see that waves are separate from the sea? They are of the sea. The poison. Nature and God as different or separate. do not inflict them on others. Without being lost in numbers. there are more than ten thousand crores of Stars. You will know that this is but an insignificant product of My power. The bubble is born in water. In space. unless those who lead are themselves active and earnest to bend and bear the burden. Jupiter. colour or class. Religious leaders have a great responsibility in this respect. we see thick masses of Star Clusters. Everything is the substance of God. stays in water and is lost in water. Nara (the human) is the bubble. All this is soaked in God. Whenever we lift our eyes up to the sky at night. you have to restore confidence among the people in the higher values of life. If you have known Me through and through there will be no such argument at all. around it revolves the moon. the Earth and the Moon are illumined by the Sun. Deal with others only beneficially and in joyful cooperation. Dependent on the Sun. Their Satellites also belong to the Solar family. 938 GOOD men are the targets for maligning by the small. this is the goal towards which Sanathana Dharma is leading us. Do not neglect the great lessons embedded in Sanathana Dharma. exists as the Absolute and merges in the Absolute or Paramatma. cannot be conceived without God. as the bubble cannot be conceived without positing water. which have sustained countless generations in this land for many centuries. Man too is of God.935 BY THE example of your lives. we must ponder over the mystery of the Unity and Harmony of this Cosmic projection. all those who are encouraged to follow will lose heart and miss the way. Uranus. Pluto. calm comfort is worn by Him on His head for all the Worlds to benefit from! That is a lesson for you. Venus. The Cosmos too is a bubble born in the Absolute. 936 ISSA Vassyam Idam Sarvam. all men without distinction or race or religion. We are on the Earth. with the sea. and regarding the Galaxies in the Milky Way and elsewhere. we have more than ten crores. 940 Title of Document Page 153 of 166 . I have done this only as an example. searching for sustenance as vultures do! The eye belies what the wings proclaim. Wrestle with them and overwhelm them in the silence of Sadhana. Neptune. Mars. "May all the Worlds be happy". Welcome within the fold of your Love. That will give you enough encouragement in your mission. because you are too weak to suppress the bandits your heart has welcomed? 939 I KNOW there are many of you who argue and discuss how and in what manner these structures came to be built so grandly.

The Prema that Krishna showered made everyone forget everything else.S. 945 Title of Document Page 154 of 166 . 944 THE influence of the Divine is such that while you are contemplating it. It will change attitudes and habits. That is why I want you to read the Gita. all traces of envy and greed will disappear from the mind. you are the Lord". man is pestered by doubts and he actually loses the precious chance. untrue. the Lord will shower His Grace. She never worried about the loss of curds or milk or butter. Of course. Equanimity. I need no instructions from you". I am "No" to you. how can he expect the father to give him a share of the property? The Gita also helps you to recognise the incarnations of God. how can you earn the Master's Grace if you do not carry out the Master's commands. awaken your own reason. That is the characteristic of Avatars at all times. Yes". steady enquiry is essential! Do not be led by others. Eatha saves you from drowning. and unkind. If you say "Yes. Take My own instance. but the very thought of Krishna's tender feet walking over the hard stones in the sun was something she could not bear. It will shape the course of events. 942 NOTHING that is experienced will go to waste. Take them as your "Atonathathwam" and you will not be wrong. He asks himself and all those whom he meets "Is it true?". it is always S. She was kept as a prisoner by her abductor. I am the Lord to you. Krishna ran out into the street and the Gopi pursued Him and wanted to catch Him quickly. It will purify and clarify situations and outlooks. "Leave me to myself. when the Lord appears with Form. why should I exult? "Sayiki Sarvam Yes. and decide for yourself your own path. When Hanuman offered to cross the ocean with her on his shoulders and take her safe to her Lord Rama. If the son says. Yes. Usually. Gita saves you from drowning in the treacherous flood of worldly desires. Dhanam". Bliss. Sita. 941 THE Gita is His Command. Quite in consonance with Dharma. He too gave such disarming replies to the queries of the mother and the Gopis that no one could have anything but Prema towards Him. it is like learning Eatha (Swimming) . she replied that she would not allow herself to be abducted back from the custody of Ravana since that would deprive Rama of the chance to punish him for his crime and retrieve her. Draupadi had earned the Grace through her devotion and virtues. Few have realised My purpose and significance: but I am not worried when things that are not in Me are attributed to Me. For Sai. I am "Ananda. Why should I worry? When things that are in Me are mentioned. for she was so distressed that the boy was running in the hot sun. nor shrink when I am reviled. I never exult when I am extolled. If you say "No". amass your own experience. The Gita is the real purpose for which the Avatar of Krishna was undertaken. Shantham.this learning of the Gita.WHEN you have filled your heart with sympathy for the distressed. "Can it be true?". he deserts the quest and wanders into the wilderness. 943 TO condemn all is unjust. and Courage. had stuck to the highest ideals of life in spite of her severe sufferings. and before his doubts are removed. The boy Krishna had entered a Gopi's house and was just standing beneath the pot of curds when she discovered Him. too.S.

It is sheer cowardice to yield to these enemies that turn you into beasts. she wept. the dress that Bharathamatha wears to protect her. "I love Krishna as a mother. Krishna took to His heels. One noon. no road is strewn with rose petals. Pray. 947 YASODA one day was searching for Krishna who had strayed away. Krishna rescued her and foiled the foul design. Not all that is pleasant is profitable. Success comes to those who give up the path strewn with roses and brave the hammer blows and the sword-thrusts of the path fraught with danger.DHARMA is the very habiliment of India. what a great sinner I am". the very clothes that Bharathamatha has worn since centuries. where duties and desires are always in conflict. let all mankind be happy". But the Lord did not wait! His Grace knew no delay or doubt. honour to reclaim her status to shelter herself against heat and cold and to set a standard to her sisters. the Cosmic Form. 949 THE vision of the Virat. As a matter of fact. it has no egoism promoting it". She thought He went to the house of Radha. which is the expression of her natural style. She said. the Lord has to foil the attempts to undermine Dharma and to stand in support of those who are the traditional protectors and protagonists of Dharma. 948 REMEMBER always that it is easy to do what is pleasant. To declare that He is amenable only to your style of worship and that He will answer only the Name that you have learnt to use. The Gopi discovered Him and. Krishna stealthily entered the house of a cowherd and drank all the milk in the pot. she wailed. See Him in all. When the wicked Kaurava princes seized hold of the sari that Draupadi wore and tried to inflict insult on her honour. "Let the Whole World prosper. Title of Document Page 155 of 166 . Krishna will make the most wicked heart melt in repentance. is now seized by wicked irreverent hands. Your Prema is pure. Nakula and Sahadeva waited and weighed the pros and cons. So Krishna has to come again for resuming the eviction of the wicked. a Dharmakshetra. I have a sense of egoism in me that He is my son and that I must save Him from harm and seek to give Him guidance and protection. Krishna was there. is given to those who surrender their ego and take refuge in the Lord (as Arjuna did) and who imbibe with care the Gita sung by the Lord in the silence. 946 DHARMA. revere Him in all. "Oh. "These Lotus feet must feel great pain". When the Gopi saw Him running over the hard cobblestones of the street. Bhima was involved in doubt concerning his obligations to his elder brother and his consort. 950 IMAGINE the Prema of the Gopis. He is the inner Motivator of every particle in the Universe. Life is a battlefield. He is Premaswarupa and Santhaswarupa and so He makes every heart sprout up to Prema and Shanthi. Then Yasoda shed tears of joy. Arjuna cared more for his own interests. God is Omnipresent. serve Him in all. but it is difficult to be engaged in what is beneficial. Smother the fiery fumes of Desire. she shed tears of contrition. They wish to dress her in unbecoming styles on their own initiative or frenzied dictates. Now too. Dharmaraja sat as if he was unaware of his rights and duties. is to insult His Omniscience and His Glory. Hatred and Anger that rise up in your hearts. Radha just closed her eyes and meditated on Krishna for a while and when she called "Krishna". Krishna revealed the hollowness of the people who were confident of their capacity to dishonour Draupadi and the weakness of those entrusted with the task of protecting her. when she admonished Him.

the Universal. ethical. the Over-Soul. There is no place here for anything contrary. with the least expense. moral. What is the reason? How many sweepers have we employed? How many coolies are engaged. all who have come served their best in the fullness of devotion that dwells in their hearts and so. worldly and even political fields. cleanliness is ensured without any cost. who officiate at the Yagna and the lecturers who deliver discourses. No paise is spent on any item. then Title of Document Page 156 of 166 . the body and the word. If you become aware of the God in you and the God in all else. without reforming conduct in daily behaviour and acts. economic. 953 PRASANTHI Nilayam is holding forth and exemplifying the higher ideals in the material. A man or an institution is to be judged by his integrity and whether acts are according to the principles proposed. It can be asserted that at no place in the World are resources put to such good use. Thus. the senses will be sublimated and Prasanthi won. he shall be met with and be convinced that the Prasanthi Nilayam is eagerly bent upon the task of upholding and demonstrating high and holy ideals of achieving spiritual realisation. From that will emerge Paramjyothi. His thought. 952 LET Me tell you. as essential. For any festival. the son of Vasudeva. he will speak out only what he feels to be sincere. not one. It does not seek those worldly riches. all come and share in the joy out of Love and Faith. either Sivarathri. For the Dasara celebration. Let me tell them that if a single person in the whole world points out a wrong step in Prasanthi Nilayam. you can rely on man's behaviour being always true. Practice. Then out of this Prasanthi will arise Prakanthi or the great light. that is to say. many people imagine that lakhs of Rupees are spent here. Navarathri or the Birthday. "Ananda" will be beyond reach. Everyone cleans the place where he is staying and the adjacent area. If in any one case this concordance is absent. By such disciplined Karma. word and action will be consistent and complementary. 956 MAN has Truth as his nature. some ignorant individuals rely more on their guesses than on facts and indulge in spreading wrong conclusions. Their comforts are looked after by the members of the Seva Dal and the Sevasamithis and by the Volunteers who dedicate their strength and skills to make the Festivals a success. So if you decry anyone. he will act according to his words.951 VASUDEVASSARVAMIDAM does not mean that all this is just Krishna. which is His real core. 954 IN Prasanthi Nilayam. you may wonder? No. there is nothing to equal the peace and joy that you get. not a Naya paise is spent for any purpose. The mind. The Rithuriks. nor does it yearn for earning favours and fame. In spite of this. you are decrying God. spiritual. the Supra-splendour of illumination. I consider "Pravarthana". all three must work in unison. 955 TODAY. as at Prasanthi Nilayam. no misuse or extravagance can ever happen. That illumination will reveal Param-Atma. This can be asserted without any possibility of contradiction. you find the Prasanthi Nilayam area clean and pleasing. It means that all this is God. by whatever Name He is known.

Rama will be remembered as long as mountains raise their heads and the ocean exists because of this strict adherence to Sathya and Dharma. God is on the lookout for the inner vision. Prahlada went against his father. You too have no reason to develop anger and anxiety. he who hurts you and you are both limbs of the same body . Try to cleanse your minds through repentance for the wrongs done or contemplated and.the person is a man only in outer form. obstacles have to be bypassed. 959 RAMA strove to uphold Sathya as the main plank of Dharma. His command is to wipe the tears. teeth and tongue are both yours. Ponder over the things I have told you out of My Love. Vibhishna went against his brother. Believe that God is Master or Father and that you are His children or servants through Bhakti. He would not have earned this immortality. even then compassion compels you to love and serve. 957 GOD gives an ear to the prayers that rise in all languages and even from the silence of the dumb. It is the Love you have for Me. He blesses those whose hearts are so vast that they can take in all His children. say the Upanishads. Dharmam Chara". Believe through faith in Karma that God has to be adored through dedication. Similarly. He did not give up Truth. the two are irrevocably intertwined.God. Even then. "Sathyam Vada. and the Love I have for you. He is worse than a beast. If He had argued "Why should I be bound by the word of my father?". in this vast number. and help the lame to climb over the stile through pity and sympathy. The Immortal had come in the Form of Rama to show the way to Immortality. 960 WHEN you travel towards God. When the teeth bite your tongue. The highest form of adoration is by means of Seva done in Love. He has no trace of anger or worry. Feel that Oneness and avoid hate. You have to win them over and get their approval as Sankara did when he wanted to enter the monastic order. by which each can stand revealed as fully Divine. 961 BELIEVE that All are God through Jnana. do you get angry at them for hurting? Do you break the teeth that hurt it so? No. Young men like you have the problem. Whatever the trial and however hard the travail. for beasts are free from the burdens of thought and speech. of being forced to marry against your will by parents who seek to hasten you into marital security. through a firm resolve to shape your lives anew according to the Divine Plan. I know. because they stuck to the path of God and broke through all those who opposed them. The reason for your presence is not any force or authority or temptation to earn material profit or gain. nourish the sick. Dharmam is Sathyam. from your homes and villages to this place?. Meera could not obey her husband. Sathyam is Dharmam. How can He be pleased when you are so selfish and narrow minded that you send away His children from the doorstep of your heart? 958 WHAT has brought you all. 962 Title of Document Page 157 of 166 . Jamadagni had to harm his own mother.

Man should seek to possess only as much money as is most essential for his living. Eat just enough to keep the body trim and use the body to discover this Reality. Piled up in one place. Man descends to the level of the beast. Go every moment one step nearer to the Lord and then Maya. no demeaning feeling or thought can invade the heart when Rama is installed therein. "Why College education? Is it to help secure jobs? Why this college?" is. 967 MOVE forward towards the light and the shadow falls behind. In pursuit of money. as it has been happening. scatter it over fields . artificial life. This is indeed a great pity. 963 INDIA shone for centuries as the Karmabhoomi. God. Money is of the nature of manure. it breeds pride. 966 MAN has been enslaved by money. the naked fakir and the simple monarch. to the cemetery. That name means impregnable will. they are a hindrance while walking. hollow. Journey to where? Not. The quantity of riches one must earn can be compared to the shoes one wears. She was therefore acclaimed as Yogabhoomi. your body must serve the purpose of your journey.RAMA is the personification of Viveka. "It is to sweeten the hearts of the future mothers of this land with humility. it yields contentment and happiness in plenty. Sita and Lakshmana are the higher levels of consciousness .it rewards you with a bumper harvest. namely. the land where the people yearned for atonement with God. He lives a superficial. it is being forged into a Bhwyabhoomi. (Oh Mind. Thyagaraja sang "Telisi Rama Chinthana Cheyeve Manasa". if too small. nor is it intended as an instrument for publicity. When we have more. So too. the shadow Title of Document Page 158 of 166 . At the present time. 964 SRI Sathya Sai College is not founded. Meditate on Rama with the full knowledge of what He represents). Spread it wide. Rama is the emperor of Ayodhya. for taking you fast and safe to the place where you want to go. counseled by the sage. Money too has to be with us only just enough for a life of physical and mental comfort. faith and discrimination. as some of you are guessing. The usual answer to the question. it pollutes the air. the discriminating faculty of the intellect. where each activity of man was ennobled by a high purpose and sense of dedication. when money is spent in all the four quarters for promoting good work. It is meant for the roads. you move away from it and you have to follow your own shadow. they cause pain. that is to say. a pioneer and a lesson for educators and for all those who have the future of humanity in their hearts. 965 YOUR car is not meant to be kept as a showpiece in a glass case.Sujana and Prajnana. a beacon. She was revered as the Thyagabhoomi. if too big. No enemy. Sanctify every moment of your sojourn here with pious deeds and sacred thoughts. sloth and contempt for others. where the ideal of the mendicant monk. Rama puts an end to evil feelings and promotes good thoughts. It will be an example of an inspiration. So too. and to light the path they tread towards truth and virtue". You have nobler things to do than merely die! You must know your own Reality before you die and merge in that supreme joy. air conditioning and tinned foods and an undisciplined mass of humanity pulled from its roots and transplanted in other soils. to promote financial considerations. was placed before the people through precept and example. the land of skyscrapers. This is an insult to our past and a defiance of history.

The heads. as the pilot folds up the wheels when up in the air. 970 THE airplane runs on wheels for some length on the ground before it takes off into the air. it can be experienced and have done your japam dhyanam and puja! The mantra says "Sarva Deva Namaskaraha Kesavam Prathi. You may ask "Why wheels for the airplane?" so too. latent Energy in the rock! Vivekananda announced at Chicago that Hinduism uncovered the upadhi (Scabbard) and sought the inner core of the Divine in all things. Be steady. and all anxiety. dinner coat or luncheon slacks. the decision and the discipline) first. he is the same inside all these dresses. March on to that Consummation. Do not commit a fault or take a false step and then repent! Have the "thaapam" (the deliberation. evening dress. declaring that Rama is greater than Krishna or Siva superior to Vishnu. all fears. This line of thought is poisonous and harmful to the devout aspirant. isn't he? 973 Title of Document Page 159 of 166 . His might. rules and regulations can be folded up. Sahasrapad". Sahaeraakshah. 969 DO not compare the various manifestations of the Divine and pronounce judgment. Atma . be resolved. eyes and feet of the thousands who gather here. it can be learnt about. While serving others through the Samithi. through Sadhana and Seva. when you reach a certain height in spiritual Sadhana. He is Intelligence in the insect. attend to their needs . cannot be seen as such. So too. the Service that you offer to every single being (Jeeva) flows automatically to the One. animate and inanimate. 971 THE Purusha Suktah of the Vedas says "Sahasra Seersha Purushah.Seva (service to oneself) is the positive Pole. a thousand eyes and a thousand feet. Bliss obliterates all worries. For all are manifestations of the same Divine Effulgence. Paraseva (service of others) is the negative Pole. Gachachathi". Every atom is surcharged with His power. that is better than "Paschaath Thaapam" (regret for the mistakes made). the flash of Ananda (Bliss) emanates. Kesava. But God is unseen. His Goodness. Every being is surcharged with His Bliss. The reverence. but yet. how dare you pronounce judgment on personalities and powers you have never experienced or understood. society to which social service is rendered. 972 GOD is to be recognised in all that exists. All are actors on the world stage in His play. 968 THE Universe is seen. blooming or drooping. Nurse them respect them. namely Kesava. You do not know your own self. the homage that you pay all to the Gods flow towards the one only. A gentleman may wear morning dress. He has to be inferred through His handiwork. all that is charming or suffering. do not forget to do some Sadhana for your own advancement. and when they meet. "Sarva Jeeva Namaskaraha Kesavam Prathi Gachchathi". are my heads. and My Feet. My Eyes. I would elaborate it further and give you this new mantra. But through the individual you infer the immanence of the Divine.will fall back and will not delude you at all. Faithfulness in the dog. and revere both with equal ardour. His Beauty. Rama is as unknown to you as Christ and so it is best to keep silent. His Glory. The supreme Sovereign Person has a thousand heads. These are my Blessings to each of you. We can contact only individuals.

These are not basic fundamental expressions of His Nature. one is asked to rely more on Namasmarana for Liberation. as soon as the Name is uttered. It is not external to God. just as all Powers are inherent in Him. The idol is bathed and washed. fed and fanned. God. like conferring peace on earth. His Feet on all altitudes His Eyes beyond all horizons. Nature and the I (Iswara Prakrithi and Jiva). that is unaffected by attributes and attitudes. in the Kaliyuga. The Principle of Appearance that deludes as multiple manifestation is Maya. Krishna. when seen through the mirror of Nature. Prakrithi. you who read the Githa can vouch for the accuracy of that statement. "Gu" in the word Guru indicates the qualities of Gunatheetha. Remove the mirror. Jnanam. it must be a constant march. etc. the image merges in the Original. These are only Forms assumed for certain purposes. and "Ru" means ruparahitha. "Devaanam sthuthy antham". 976 THE sages have laid down three categories which comprise the knowable world. do not stand still or recede. The fixed and fundamental Attributes are Sathyam. Life has as its sole purpose: man becoming Divine. Vishnu. Eswara. if only you have faith in it and live in its light. by treating Him with all the honour you like to have yourself. you may not be able to identify. That is what the Bhagavad Githa declares. the Name may not always accompany. there is another advantage in Namasmarana. Creation. Man is but the Image of God. 974 THE true Guru is not a human Preceptor. it must proceed towards a goal. there is only God. Anantham. etc. But the Lord is pleased only when you do things the Lord desires! How else can you win the Grace? How else than by nursing and Title of Document Page 160 of 166 . Every minute must mark a step forward. Rejoice that it is given to you to recognise God in all and welcome all chances to sing His Glory. reestablishing the norms of justice and strengthening the ideal of faith in the Supreme. that is not limited to any form but pervasive in all forms. Even Nature is but an appearance of God. the reality is He alone. the Universe and all its components are to be looked upon as one's Preceptors and lessons learnt from each. When you think of the Form. 978 THE Lord is now worshipped by offering Him all things that you crave for. advance. Again. Life must have an ideal before it.THE Vedas are for the Glorification of the Gods. This is the swarupa of Brahmam. to hear His chronicle. They need rigorous discipline and much preliminary effort. but take the Name and the Form automatically appears before the mental eye. the transformation of the man. 977 GOD. It is the Cosmos itself. Why is it considered enough for the people of this Age? For other sadhanas are fraught with difficulties. the World around us. not associated with any one particular characteristic. since these are things you desire. God. His Face before every face. There may be more than One Name and you may be confused. God has His Hands in all handiwork. the owner of the Name comes into view. an expression of His Majesty! Derive joy from the springs of joy within you and without you. it is inherent in God. bedecked with jewels. the Eternal Absolute is pictured. 975 IT is all God. appears as I. praised and adored as temporarily apparent and is adored in limited regions as Rama. We profess to be the God we really are. In this context. to share His presence with others. surrounded with fragrance.

or the deed commendable? 980 SOME people are afraid of cynical criticism by unbelievers and therefore reluctant to move out in groups along the streets in the early morning hours singing the Glory of God. didn't you! During the years of life you collected all this kith and kin. "Oh. what they give is Alakshyam. anxiety. barren of Love and Service. be free from illness? If the home is filled with the clean fragrance of contentment and peace. feel shame.tongue.) will be sweet and fragrant. Let the People with poison in their hearts. Come into street alone. 983 WE have hospitals and dispensaries and clinics in every street now because disease has its hold in every family. move out alone singing the Name. move with them unconcerned and unaffected. many wear dentures. discontent. Some people say. on all other occasions. young people dye their hair. not Lakshyam! My hand stretches out for receiving only when a pure heart full of Prema is offered. vain pomp. fragrant waters of Prema (Love). 981 GOD likes such pure souls who come gladly to merge in Him. collect kith and kin. I have no desire and so. no binding Karma. The reason is.nourishing. your elation is the swing on which I sit. envy. the atmosphere in the modern home is filled with artificiality. It is only you have the desire. hand. brain etc. your activity is My Playground. the thought beneficial. which attached themselves to you. growing up in this corrosive atmosphere. So too. you gathered wife and children. in every home. How can anyone. let it be with the journey called Nagarsankirtan. The Mahasakthi puts on the cloak of Mayasakthi in order to fulfill the purpose of contacting and protecting mankind. revel in your own sweet solitude and finally enter your home in the satisfaction that your job is well done. with no one to keep you company. falsehood. You came into this world alone with no companion. And they pour lakhs and lakhs of rupees there". scouring and saving His Children? How else than by helping them to realise Him as their Lord and guarding and cultivating Faith in Him. the simple. Then every act of yours. and hypocrisy. 984 Title of Document Page 161 of 166 . you enter the portals alone. it is the Dasara Festival and lakhs and lakhs of people throng there. 982 IT was announced that I was born like Janaka. extravagance. every word of yours (which are like the water drawn from the tank through the taps . empty boasting. the seekers and by cultivating goodness of character and sweetness of disposition. how can the word be helpful. When you have the embodiment of fearlessness installed in your heart. Even little children wear glasses. as the result of some Karmasesha! I have no sesha or Karma as already mentioned in the Githa. Well. all its occupants will be happy and healthy. why should the slightest tremor of fear affect you? If others do not join for fear of derision or ridicule. never takes. friends and acquaintances. Fill your hearts with the sweet. aim and wish that drag you along various paths. For Me. the sincere. if they come to you. your Ananda is My Food. and resolve to cleanse themselves from now on. When you return to the Realm from which you came. through your own straight and sincere living? 979 CLEANSE the heart by listening to spiritual discourses seeking the Company and comradeship of the righteous. If the tank is filled with pollution. He gives.

You cannot give up the wave or the sea. when the moon is waning and the sun is in the sign of Aquarius. The festival is however related to the moon. there is just a minute part more to be conquered and that can be done by keeping vigil and dwelling on the Glory of God. 988 SIVARATHRI is a very auspicious day for all. On this night. The lawyers can help those. 985 ATMA is the Ocean. the like of which you cannot get by sticking to the senses. "Their God". Put the Lamp of the Name of the Lord. From dawn to dusk spend every minute in His company. The cause of the illness and the misery is in your mental vision.all are only on the outer layers. There is no mistake in that. Have it ever burning clear and bright. You say "My God". Prakriti is just a wave of that vast ageless. That is more precious than demonstrating your service with the help of headlines and photographs. the night of Siva. There is an easy way to illumine the inner Consciousness and the outer behaviour with the Light of God. That is the reason why it is called "Sivarathri". that Light will drive out the darkness from both. Do not publish these acts of sympathy. Once you enter the depths of the Sea. on the tongue! That is the doorstep. inside and outside. when you ease their discomfort. noise confusion . teacher. do them spontaneously without fanfare. it is all peace. The Vigil that is prescribed is symbolic of the eternal vigil one has to observe. isn't it? 987 TAMASO maa Jyothirgamaya. as if there are many Gods existing to help you quarrel and fight among yourselves.THE Patient must drink the drug himself. 989 THE Lord is closest to you. you are making them happy and making yourself happy. Egoism is thamas. you can only merge the Name and Form of the drop. this particular night is the night of consecration or dedication of illumination. for you are many when there is only one. Do it for the sake of God. Call on Him and He responds immediately. You must be uncomfortable when those around you are unhappy. It is the fourteenth day of the Lunar fortnight. father. it is all calm. while the rite of fasting is symbolic of diverting the senses of the pleasures they crave for. It is much better than asking other men and losing self-respect and honour. guide and guardian. rather than the sun. agitation. That is the reason why I have directed that every Sathya Sai organisation must arrange for Nagarasankirthanam Title of Document Page 162 of 166 . friend. who for want of a skilled advocate have to go undefended or have to suffer at the hands of unscrupulous men. The night-long bhajan is significant of the lifelong consciousness of the Divine Presence that every one should cultivate. and the Jivi is just a drop of that wave. there is a reservoir of Santhi where you must take refuge. sharanagathi is Jyothi. boundless Ocean. is the Prayer. There is no vicarious cure. the illumining flame. unlike other nights. feel that it is the Puja you are offering Him. The balm must he applied where the pain is. 986 THE doctors can serve the poor by treating them without insisting on payment: give the poor all the attention and care that you lavish on the rich paying patients. Ask the Lord for the removal of your earthly troubles. So also in the innermost recesses of the heart. You will soon reach remarkable height and enjoy happiness. He is the mother. These reduce the worth of the deeds of compassion. "Your God Baba".

There was no more need to proceed against the Asuras. Another significant meaning of the word is "a holy place". Choose the crop you need before you sow the seeds. a flower. We say "Kasi . was mostly in yoganidra. the red flower. words and deeds. the shell of the coconut. 993 KSHETRA also means the entire earth. Samsara. for they are products of grief. for they will not get any foothold in the heart.Kshetra". Siva it seems laughed when He took a good look at the chariot that was provided for Him when He started out to slay the Thripura . It is a great act of social service to waken people with the Name of God. 992 THE human body has been secured as a reward of many lives of meritorious activity. then evil impulses and tendencies will vanish. "Prayaga . two spheres which never revolved in Unison! That slaughter laid the Asuras low. If you identify yourself with the body you carry about with you. casting off the foul fumes of anger and hate that infest the atmosphere. all worry. 994 THE body can be cleaned if washed with water. and water through which the smoke bubble bubbles! Impertinence and irrelevance cannot hide irreverence from the eyes of God. the Stable Earth was the Chariot and the two wheels were the Sun and the the pre-dawn Brahma-muhurtam. fruit. 991 THE Anandam that will well up within you and the contemplation of Anandaswarupa will drive out all grief. Sukshma and Karana (the Gross. "The Lord says in the Githa that He will be pleased if even a leaf. the conviction that you are not the body but only a resident of the body has to grow in you. it has to be tended with grateful reverence. Speech can be cleaned if it is saturated in truth.Kshetra". Purity is to be preserved and promoted not by multiple baths or by avoiding contact with others "condemned as untouchable". One can sow holiness or sin and gather a harvest commensurate with the particular quality. a fruit or a little water is offered to Him". 995 Title of Document Page 163 of 166 . The Bhaghavad Githa calls the body "Kshetra" which means a field. to indicate those places are sacred. the Subtle and the Causal). the Asuras of the three bodies. "Don't touch". the tobacco leaf. Well. Above all. this hookah contains all four. It is purifying Pilgrimage. 990 THERE was once a wicked commentator who said that this direction removes the need to discriminate between the right and wrong! He must have been the same person who said. the Charioteer. etc. Develop Ananda. and the intellect can be cleared of blemish through Jnana. Sthula. you are inviting sorrow and suffering to overwhelm you. Vishnu. It is a mission of Love and all will welcome it.Asuras. You cannot be pure by the observance of the superficial taboo. The temple has to be cleaned and kept healthy and pure. denoted by the cinders. Being valued as a boat which can help us cross the ocean of change. Life can be purified if it is sanctified by Tapas. How did the evil forces that dwelt in the three bodies die? They could not exist where there is Ananda. instead of the joy and peace which are awaiting to bless you. The body is also a kshetra since it is a temple where God is installed and worshipped through thoughts.

in the Tretha Yuga for the protection of Dharma. that is real freedom. at least do not laugh at those who do and discourage them. Meanwhile you must start with the first step. Do it yourself. In the Kritha Yuga the Avatar saved the Vedas from neglect. just as this world is both true and false. in the Tretha Yuga. Pay it back in service or work. do not depend upon others for doing your work like attending to your personal wants.AVATARS manifested in the Krithika Yuga for preservation of Vedic tradition. That will make you a self-respecting individual! Receiving a favour means getting bound to the giver. Realise it as such and do not demean it by desiring deleterious objects. "Prema". that is the training which will teach that the world is unreal. so sublimated. no death. Grow with self-respect and dignity. that is all that can be said about it. never accept anything "free" from others. These are Title of Document Page 164 of 166 . in the fourth Age. no amount of lectures will make you believe it is a snake unless you actually experience it. Kith Kin are the words we use for the attachment to the travelers cultivated in the caravanserai during the short term of acquaintance. you will be aware only of its light. the Avatar has a threefold Task. no God in his prayers. 1000 WHY attached false values to exterior symbols? Why develop prejudice for the reason that a man was born on the other side of a political boundary or calls on God in another language? God is the origin of all languages. Unless you touch it. the Kali Yuga. It is the fruit of the tree of God-ward directed Ichcha Sakthi. He saved women from dishonour. 996 THE Earth is a caravanserai where men come and stay for the night and when dawn breaks. Man has no purity in the heart. ever Bliss. 997 MAN must be Yoked to Samsara and broken. and in the Dwvapara Yuga for the promulgation of the right of Property. The Vedas are ridiculed. is the basis of Love. no sanctity in his emotions. Do at least this much! Then. The Atma has no birth. There is no need to grieve over their parting of the two. Now. they float near each other for some time and when a current comes between them. that is to say unreal. it needs generations of learning and struggle. Each must move on to the sea at its own rate and in its own time. all three are in dire peril. one by one they tramp their different ways. and in the Dwapara Yuga He saved property from injustice. it is in the very nature of Nature that it should be so. That is the best service you can do to yourself. Boundaries shift and are subject to revision. 998 COURAGE comes out of the grace of the Lord. 999 THAT which is born has also to die. There is the urge to desire a thing that is named Ichcha Sakthi . It is ever Intelligence.but it too is a derivative of the Atma Sakthi. It is both light and heat. Again. resettlement and change. Husband and wife are like two pieces of wood drifting down a flooded river. Touch fire and get the sensation of burning. that which has no birth has no death either. coming implies going. It has no history. women are tempted into unworthy lives. nor can you say it spreads or grows or weakens. there is nothing like it to teach you that fire is to be avoided. the Divine that is your core. Even if you do not start with that step. no love in his deeds. and property is condemned as theft! So. the cleansing of the mind and the cultivation of virtue. Desire. they are parted.

hesitation. Bhakthi is derived from "Bha" or Bhaghavan or God. now and then. that alone can bring victory. Positive control of the feelings. the directions in which he has been wasting his talents. Such love is the breath that sustains life that supports the Soul in the effort to merge in the super-soul. neglects all other articles of food in the granary and falls prey to its foolishness. and pursuits. dive deep and get immersed in Sai Baba. attracted by the strong smelling cheap stuff inside the trap. the only way to God. do not change it. all are of no avail. through Bakthi. 1006 THE only new thing is man's perverse behaviour. for there is no shame in walking on the right path. Four steps are laid down in the scriptures to help man succeed in this effort. Title of Document Page 165 of 166 . doubt. But like the rat which. The years of life spent without the Light of Love are years of ruin. Man too neglects his real sustenance and wastes his life in pursuit of mortal riches. God has made the Universe as one single Home for one Single family. therefore all this suffering and hence My advent. For Bakthi is Love of the purest and the noblest variety. For example. proclaim the joy that you have experienced. Behold and Acknowledge the Glory that you have witnessed. confer the Grace that you have earned. how much more true must it be in the spiritual field? But if you have already attached yourselves to some Name and differences and should not interfere with God-ward activities. 1003 THE Jivi has come to this birth in order to reveal the splendour of the spark of Godhead which it is. He has been forgetting the path prescribed in the Scriptures for the cultivation of his nature. If you must realise the full fruit of this Avatar. Each state is but an apartment in that mansion. 1002 DEVOTION fosters the highest virtue. 1004 YOU must dive deep into the sea to get the pearls. for Bakthi. The body is the wick of the lamp. Halfheartedness. One could as well be dead and decay forever. Discrimination between the Permanent and the Impermanent. Man must live in Bakthi. Bakthi is the urge which manifests as all four endeavours. and incessant yearning for Liberation from all bonds. say. do not choose another in place of the Prema Swarupam. is it not? Therefore. allow clouds of doubt like "Is He Great?". It directs man to have God ever in mind and to cultivate love for God within him. cynicism. yearning for God is the ghee which feeds the flame. "Is He God?" to dim your faith. 1001 BAKTHI is defined as the means of discovering the Divine Reality within each being. 1005 HAVE your mind fixed on one. misusing his capacity of playing false to his own nature. This is true of any worldly activity. when people ask you whether you are going to Puttaparthi and whether you too are singing Bhajans. withdrawal from the process of catering to the senses. thoughts. it is the truest path. "yes" proudly. of dust and disease. listening to tales. it is the most precious treasure. Concentrated complete faith. Do not.

But they are not so important as the Sathwa guna I appreciate. Pay no heed to little worries. The faults you see in others are but reflections of your own personality traits. Of course. The Yukthi will help you to fix your Rakthi or attachment on the proper objects and your Bakthi thus promoted. My fulfilling all your wants. attach your mind to the Lord and then you will be led to the Company of good men and your talents will be transmuted. proceed with spiritual Sadhana. I confer on you these boons of health and prosperity but only so that you might. Search your own faults instead. My "making" this and "giving" that. My curing your illnesses. with greater enthusiasm and with less interruption. The faults you see in others are your own faults instead. promote and instill. Bakthi leads to Sakthi and Sakthi will grant Yukthi. finally results in Mukthi. 1008 CRITICISING others and finding fault with them are both results of egoism. Title of Document Page 166 of 166 .1007 YOU might have heard people talk about the miracles.