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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The self is therefore referred to as Atma-Rama. They prompt man to march along the pilgrim road of sacrifice in the happy company of Sages. but like a person who puts a foot forward only to draw it back again. every thing will be added unto you . The persons who encouraged me then by praise are now the fleas and the flies that crowd on my skin and pester me. the ears. it said. so that the body feels the vision of the Eternal. His three wives symbolize man's three Gunas (attributes) and his four sons. these persons do not progress at all as the years elapse. 23
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. I expounded the Vedas as my fancy dictated. He was a Minister in the Court of his Master. Lord. Vasishta. While everyone pleases the self.handiwork of God and His inscrutable Leela (sport). compassion and the urge to serve. the Name of Rama. 18 WHEN Sri Rama decided to end His Avatar career and walked into the flooded Sarayu River.fame. or who worship the images of Rama. I have now become this animal that takes delight in barking. Sita. Hanuman is the mind. the Preceptor. But when Rama gave him the commission to seek Sita. while Sugriva stands for Discrimination. but I slipped and fell from the straight path of self-control. cleanse and elevate the mind is Rama-Name. Rama succeeds in finding Sita. Help me. fullness. which was already current. 20 DASA means "ten" and Ratha means "Chariot". Lakshmana also represents the Buddhi (Intellect) of Rama. 22 THE greatest formula that can liberate. the four Purusharthas (purposes). The Court-Preceptor named him Rama because it was a Name. the nose etc. Without gaining purity of thought and intention. I have lived out my sentence". the lost Truth. in strange but attractive ways. 19 WHEN Rama is installed in the heart. Rama is not to be identified with the hero of the Ramayana. This is the lesson of the Ramayana to everyone. that is to say. which can be gained and enshrined in the heart forever. Hanuman became immortal. fortune. biting and baying. So. Hence Dasaratha (the father of Rama) in fact symbolizes "man" who operates with his ten sense organs such as the eyes. With these to help him. a dog too followed the concourse. said that he had chosen that Name since it meant: He who pleases. "I desire to enter Heaven with you all. the repository of courage. it must be turned within and used to purify and clarify your mind. When asked why it had attached itself to the entourage. I was in my previous life a full-fledged Yogi. the self that confers unending joy. when Rama was installed in his heart as Guide and Guardian. the Divine offspring of Emperor Dasaratha. Lakshmana and Hanuman as a daily ritual. with noisy pomp and pedantry. Hanuman was a mere monkey-leader until he met Rama. I became the slave of conceit. 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. to escape from the disgrace. nothing pleases the caged individualized self more than the free universal individualized self. freedom. I have worked my Karma. these outward expressions and exhibitions are but ways of cheating yourself for having society applaud you as a great devotee. Your sight must become an insight.
and he lost sight of the fact that Sita was in the Asoka Vana. Dasaratha made Rama an exile in the forest for fourteen years to satisfy the claims of Truth. Ravana's Tapas were so strong that only a major sin could make the blessings he had won from the Gods null and void. that intensity will make you recognise Him. What can the rest know? At best. One meal is not the end of the story. He melts. But Bhishma is a better example in this respect. Call out for Him. 27 RAMATATWA is known only to Rama. it is not the obedience to the father's whim that is important. Mercy and Grace. you descend to the lowest depths. When you get angry.
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. for until digestion is well established. He acceded to a whim of his father and in so doing made even a greater sacrifice than Rama. the Lord had decided that the Shakti must also accompany Him. even Hanumantha set fire to the whole of Lanka when the Rakshasas who set fire to the tip of his tail incensed him. again and again. Have fortitude and self-control. He may be a cowherd boy. and he won. Sai Rama Dootha. 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. You lose all discrimination in the excitement. 25 RAMA is extolled as the ideal son who acted according to his father's wish regardless of his own happiness. and he did not feel proud that he was chosen for the high adventure. Messenger and Servant of Rama that he earned thereby has made him immortal. 26 RAMANAMA Feast is cloying to some tastes. Even before the human manifestation. only if they are immersed in intense inner prayer for God.HANUMAN was ordered to discover the whereabouts of Sita and he implicitly. You extol the Lord as Love. medicine has to be taken. it is the adherence to Sathya and Dharma. you have to eat. which is Rama's forte. you forget mother. Think of Him. while Santhanu made his son give up the throne as well as a wedded life to satisfy a sensual desire of his senile body. he understood. and examine each act of yours on the touch-stone of My preference. without question. The face has to be washed day after day. I have to tell you the things I have told you often before. 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. father and teacher. but it is something ever fresh that gives undying sweetness to the heart that is filled with the love of God. Whatever form He may be shining in. and even then. 24 THE toughest fiber is anger. He listened. they can have but a glimpse of Rama's grace. You must earn the name. One single name will yield fresh sweetness and fresh joy every time it is rolled on the tongue. It is the stickiest dirt. You will see Him and adore Him and place Him in your heart. He did not calculate the dangers of the journey and hesitate. standing under a tree with a flute at His lips. The name Rama Dootha. As a matter of fact. obeyed and succeeded. 28 EVERY step in the career of the Avatars is fire-determined. use good and sweet-words. he obeyed.
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. Make the Dharmaswarupa your Atma Rama on the Janmadina of Rama. but did he escape from death? Wicked men. your sweet tongue tastes well. the sun enters upon the Uttarayana taking a northward direction for six months. Without intense Karma. the tongue will be bitter. it sank.29 DO not ask God for anything. and it will be made healthy and strong in the spiritual sense. When you are healthy. When you have fever. Bhishma spent days in bed with pain. Without the emerging fruit. He laughed in derision. shall meet this fate. if you have at least the Pithru Bhakthi and Mathru Bhakthi that Rama had. and when your Drishti is on Prakriti it is Dakshinayana. Take this Sai word as the word of Truth. cultivating Prema in your heart. Rama Nama is merely a movement of the lips. Without Bhakti. But did he keep his loot? The terror-bound Kamsa sought out and slaughtered each newborn baby. Did Jatayu ask that Rama should come to him and perform the last rights? Did Sabari plead with Rama? Earn the qualifications . when you recite or write Rama Nama. as he felt death.then He will approach you on foot. Rama heaved another. ripeness cannot happen. 33 WITHOUT the flowers. The bitter tongue is "Dakshinayana". From today.holiness. to console. when the sun starts towards north is auspicious. the Ramaswabhawa. Hanuman's ego was tickled. But did he achieve any gain? The close-fisted Kaurava refused a pinpoint of land to his closest Kin. That is My advice and My Blessing. His Grace is your right. at that very moment. That will give exercise to the mind. Let Him deal with you as He wills. When your Drishti (Sight) is on BRAHMAN and when you have Uttama guna it is Uttarayana. how can Jnana be found? Somaka the wicked. But did he reap any happiness? The ten-headed monster coveted and kidnapped another's wife. Meditate on the Rama Swarupa. The real Uttarayana is when you crave for the thought of the Lord and the company of the Godly. spurned and suppressed the Veda. If you have purity of heart and mastery over the senses. 32 MAKARA Sankranti is a holy day because the day takes you from darkness to increasing light. Bhishma yearned for the vision of Krishna in Uttarayana. full of fragrance and uncontaminated by the pests of greed and egoism. comfort and save. 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. purity faith and universal love . even now. Hanuman heaved a boulder on the raging waves of the sea as part of the bridge! It floated. 30 EGO plays all kinds of tricks in order to get unholy pleasure. If not. That was the purpose for which Rama had willed that His boulder should sink! 31 RAMA Nama will save you. naturally. the plant yields no fruit. Bhakti cannot emerge. it is Uttarayana. Become fit for the vision of God. During the construction of the bridge to Lanka to take the army across.
He will not consider that position inferior. giving up all the other duties and obligations. 39
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. That is the cure for the disease of suffering from joy and grief. Krishna attracts hearts to Himself by His sportive pastimes. His Wisdom and His personal beauty. for the establishment of the Moral I shall concretize Myself. that which attracts. Courage and Joy. prosperity and adversity and the dual thong that bothers man and deprives him of equanimity. 35 VYASA is the Loka guru. (3) It is related to the root Krish. and the prison guards were immersed in the Ocean of Bliss. The Atma is the Master in every one. as the Sloka says: Ashtaa dasa puraneshu Paropakara punyaya Paapaaya para peedanam Two statements can summarize all the eighteen Puranas composed by Vyasa. His charming conversation. come to be the Sarathi of all. The fire of hatred that was burning in them was cooled. (2) The word is also related to the root. Vyasa sought to bring home. a field. avoiding harm is the regimen that must accompany the treatment. and Krishna is the "Universal Atma" personified. Krish: to cultivate. He is the Sanathana Sarathi. he is Divine Effulgence. they are mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita for all humanity to read. 36 THE Lord will be the Guide of whoever installs Him as his Sarathi. meaning something above and beyond the three attributers and the three eras. with no other thought. How can the lament operate against the Divine Will? 38 KRISHNA has three separate meanings . a support. It means. so that they could not recognise any event or thing in the material world. age after age. Whoever is wholly immersed in My contemplation. the doors that had been bolted flew open. the need for mastering the egoistic impulses. know and believe: "For the protection of the good and the punishment of the bad. He is the Lord for all who seek a Master. and darkness gave place to the dawn of wisdom. do not grieve".HERE are the three vows that Krishna had taken. The word means. "Do good to others. honour and dishonour. the chains that bound his father fell off. for growing crops. The sky showered raindrops to soften the earth and lay down dust. and "na" means Sath-Chith-Ananda. I shall be ever with Him. He who removes the weeds from the heart of Man and sows seeds of Faith. through the Puranas. The armlets are reminders of these tasks on which He is set. miraculous victories over the forces of evil. Doing good is the drug. I shall liberate you from all sin. and I shall bear the burden of his welfare. 37 THE moment Krishna was born. "Surrender unto Me.(1) the word Karsh is one root from which the name is derived. avoid doing harm".
and it is bound to benefit you. Balarama who came as His own brother could not fathom His personality. You desire one thing in the morning. Fancy and Fantasy rule the mind of man. if you pluck the tender plant to look for the pods. placing a garland of tears around His neck. it is a call for dedication and surrender to the highest in Man. His breath was Love! His behaviour was Compassion! Adore Him. you throw God overboard and parade your disbelief! 42 NARADA. (I shall incarnate myself.KRISHNA had taken three Vows and the Kankans were symbolic of His determination to fulfill them. it does not ask you to also give up all Karma. washing His feet with tears. surrender unto Me. heroism. it has to be acceptable. who moves always by and with the Lord. who sold their Faith to hollow men and started talking about My dress and My Hair! If you dare. but the inner man has deteriorated in virtue and faith! 43 DETACHMENT is a plant of slow growth. Dress and manners have become polished now. you praise God and parade your devotion. There is no such steadiness now. through God and by God. 44 WHEN the Gita directs you to give up all Dharma (Set Codes of morality). 40 KRISHNA dealt with the World as with a Sitar. 45
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. That desire will not persist until evening. the Dharma of it does not matter. feels that God is beyond his understanding. 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. Grace is acquired by Surrender as Krishna has declared in the Gita. of these. as mentioned by Him in the Gita: (1) "Dharmasamsthapanaya Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge". a steady march along the straight path to Bliss. The statement is not an invitation to licentiousness or complete inactivity.(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). affection. in every age. If your desire is fulfilled. pulling its heartstrings to arouse the melody of comradeship. compassion and conviction. namely GOD. So too. you will be disappointed. love. seek My Truth. They were. and when you do it for God. 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. But if it does not prevail. at noon you change over to something else. Do not teach treason to your friends and to other seekers. Come. But. the two emotions of love and compassion were characteristically His and His own. long and constant practice alone is rewarded by the Peace that God offers.(2) "Yogakshemam Vaham Yaham" (I shall bear the burden of ensuring peace of prosperity for all who rely on me) . to revive and resurrect Dharma) .
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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for example. which had the power of burning the chariot. He honoured the Vedic injunction. Hoard the wealth of the Spirit. one is impermanence (Anityam). In fact. Do all Karma as actors in a play. the elder brother and an Avathar in his own right. that is to say. 68
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. “Pithru Devobhava” in the fullest manner. 67 THE Gita advises "Karmasamyasa". There are Karmas. both wedded life and royal status. which have to be done as duties related to the status in “Samsara”. Arjuna got down and as soon as Krishna left His seat and touched the ground. material needs are to be taken care of but within limits and not at the cost of spiritual values. Karma without attachment to the fruit thereof. if these are done in the proper spirit. after the Charioteer opens the door for him. the various fire-arrows. Now. and. Nothing in this World can give happiness that is true and lasting. he denied himself gladly.that is the slogan nowadays. even more potent than Rama so far as homage to the father is concerned. but when he could not lift and lay aside the tail of a monkey. which alone is eternal and the only refuge. who was really Anjaneya himself. Balarama. Krishna has said. keeping your identity separate and not attaching yourself too much to your role. Arjuna was humbled and his egoism had a powerful shock. When Krishna brought the chariot back to camp. without demur and for the entire period of his life. 64 THIS created Universe has two aspects. After knowing this. like all charioteers. He realized that every action of Krishna was full of significance. He has designed the play and He enjoys it. Man is pinning all his hopes on slippery work and is madly running after amassing and hoarding wealth. had as his weapon the plough. "Anityam Asukha Lokam Imam Prapy Bhajaseva Maam". 65 WORKERS and peasants . It declared agriculture as a consecrated occupation. the Master must get down later. the second one is unhappiness (Askulham). but due to the presence of Krishna.63 BHISHMA. people are encouraged to produce what others can buy not what we need. is the greatest folly of man today. has to be revered and accepted as an inspiration. Of course. the chariot went up in flames. Foreign exchange is what we are after and so. that bubble was exploded. Money and mansions are not the only wealth. if Krishna had gotten down first. act well your part. In order to cater to the carnal cravings. These two classes were given their due share of social importance and honour during the Krishnavathar. Mistaking the World as "All" and forgetting the Atman. people are honoured even if they grow not food but cash crops. and spiritual wisdom is wealth. good conduct is wealth. he wanted that Krishna should get down first. their igneous powers could not manifest themselves. Bhima had it. In the Gita. Remember that the whole thing is just a play and the Lord has assigned to you a part. such as milk and a variety of milk products which are highly nutritious foods. Krishna refused and insisted that Arjuna should alight before He should. would have hit the target. At last Krishna won. spontaneously. which he could have ordinarily condemned. there all your duty ends. 66 EGOISM is the most dangerous illusion that has to be exploded and destroyed. they will not bind at all. Arjuna had it one day after the battle. Character is wealth.
when it dives into the depths. So. infesting the air and destroying all who are near it. Swami did not do this for me". The signs and miracles were intended. It helps you to control the "Chittha". If I had given you all the comforts and opportunities. Krishna announced His advent to the World bit-by-bit. to proclaim the Avatar. you can be ever certain of His Grace. 70 THE Mahabharatha. Kunthi asked that Krishna should continue giving her and her sons all kinds of misery so that He may grant them His Grace continuously. Lord over the mind . who represent Steadfastness and Equanimity.the Krishna. forgetting your pride and your egoism. I am but an instrument. you would not have come to Puttaparthi. testing every time how far the Reality will be accepted by the masses. The Name of the Lord. 74 THE One is comprehensive of all this. He has willed the World as his
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. Greed.IT is when you are in a desperate situation that you call upon the Lord. That is why the Lord granted a new eye to Arjuna in order that he might not be confounded by his glory. is basically the story of the five Vital Airs of Man (the Pancha Pranas) overcoming the hundred obstacles in the path of upward progress. Anger. 73 THE mystery and splendour of God can be grasped only by a pure mind and a clear vision. it has no wants. allow the Divine in you . the agitations of the mind. but the next moment the same tongue says: "I did this. the Hasthinapura (body) is inundated with Adharma (unrighteousness). Thrishu lokeshu Kinchava Partha". It develops true knowledge. 69 THE Gita prompts you to seek the answers and directs you to experience them. I did that. The eldest of the Five Pandava brothers is Dharmaraja (Morality. If you never step into wrong. 72 LIKE all Avatars. (There is nothing I have to do in any of the three Worlds). step-by-step. it destroys delusion. no desires and no activity to realise anything. it makes you glimpse the splendour of the Lord and confirms your faith. then as now. Righteousness). Sri Krishna tells Arjuna: "Name Partha asthi Karthvyam. 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). So. let it vomit the venom and become Satwic and sweet. each contributing its quota to the process of purification and strengthening.trample on the hissing hood and take out the vicious viper. and Nakula and Sahadeva. The Pandavas were so full of misery in a worldly sense that they always had an attitude of prayer. It produces ripples that affect the entire face and unsettles equanimity. 71 IN the Manasa-Sarovar (the deep. A resolution adopted by the mind is like a stone thrown into a Sarovar or lake. Arjuna (steady pure Faith in God). A good resolution or "Sankalpa" sets up a series of such thoughts. When these Five are exiled. Pride and Hate. for example. Attachment. You say at one moment: "Baba does everything. 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.
the word "Guna" means "rope". Krishna says. The "Sathya guna" too has to be transcended. to be happy and ever in a state of joy. for all three "Gunas" bind the "Jiva" with the rope of desire. In our evil aberration. most people go through the external exercises only. only when it is bad. The fulfillment consists in uprooting the animal that lurks in man and reaching out to the Divinity. "Mohakshaya". prepare it for receiving the shower of Grace. decline in the desire caused by attachment to sensory pleasure. This is because goodness is natural. Bondage is only an illusion. on the banks of the Yamuna or at Kurukshetra between the warring armies. the desire to close the bond is the result of ignorance. become free from the three Gunas". It is a pity that man has lost his understanding of this Truth. of success and failure. The Gita declares genuine Dhyana as "Anayaschinthayanthomaam Ye Janah Paryapasathi" (Those persons who adore me without any other thought or feeling). One is fundamentally free. It is the merging of all your thoughts and feelings to God. of desire and despair. 80 WHY does He attract all to His Presence? To plough the heart. 77 VYAS sympathized with man who was caught in the coils of do's and don'ts. So they are unable to win Grace. We are not troubled when something is good. In truth. guiding and guarding them. 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. Liberation means liberation from delusive attachment or "Moha". which smother the crops of joy and to
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. So. 76 CONSIDER for a moment how long worldly triumphs last.sport. He is the dispenser of the consequences but he is not involved in the deeds. They are but the play of the scintillating name and form of the Divine. 79 LIFE is a song. He demarcated many a path. Krishna has assured such persons that He would carry their burden and be by their side. Krishna sang the Gita for Arjuna to listen to. Persons adept in this Dhyana are very rare. Gita means "Song". He has laid down that every deed must have its consequence. which is the core of every being. Dhyana cannot succeed. which leads man along to fulfillment. why? The Gita directs that even the eagerness to be liberated is a bond. 75 ONE can also be rid of Maya if one can discard the three Gunas from one's make-up. in Gokulam. to grow the seeds of Love. That is what Krishna taught through his life. we are worried and alarmed when we slide into wrong or pain or sorrow. Without the mind becoming dissolved in God. 78 DHYANA is not mere sitting erect and being silent nor is it the absence of any movement. This is because Nature plans us to be right. weed it of all evil thoughts. "Arjuna. and he sang because he was "Ananda" wherever He might be. That is his essence. sing it. Earn the vision that sees the Divine inherent in all.
Radha is the Becoming and Krishna is the Being.this is the RadhaKrishna relationship. But Bhakti is the easier means for this end. Dhara. For victory is always for Righteousness and not for greed and passion which blind men. "steady. Take away the Vaasanas. Dhara and you find you are pining for Radha. speaking of "Karpanya Dosha". is spoken of as already transmuted into Dharmakshetra (field of Righteousness). and the Pandavas (the other people. the good and righteous. calumniated and caricatured by
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. like the needle of a well-adjusted balance". No one is your foe except yourself. Of these the Dasya attitude is easiest and the best for the majority of aspirants at this time. See how apt the fulcrum Sloka is. This is done in Yoga by various physiological and psychological exercises. the Teacher. how far have you deserved the Grace of the Lord? You draw Him near. There is the Shanta Bhakti of Bhishma.enable it to gather the harvest of Wisdom. Take away the fuel and the fire dies out. the desire of Being becomes the longing of the Becoming for the Being . Long for it. Really. the Progeny of the pure). think for yourself. people motivated by greed and passion. the name Radha-Shama sufficed in the Dwapara Yuga. all Names have that capacity. Earth and Creation. and get caught in the trap. That wisdom finds its fulfillment in Krishna Himself. each one of you. without fear or hesitation. 82 THE word Dharmakshetra is the first word in the Gita. speaking of "Sarvadharmaam Parithyajya". in which the Maamakaah (my people. I tell you. 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. the Gita begins with two scales and a fulcrum: the two armies of Righteousness and Unrighteousness with Krishna. promptings and urges and you become your own master. I will say that the Gita is like a balance: scales. the "Sath-Chith-Ananda". the sons of the Fair one. So. The Guru shows you the road and you have to trudge alone. 83 IF you ask Me. Naamasmarana is enough: it is said that the name Sitarama sufficed in the Thretha Yuga. The scale on the left is the 7th Sloka of the 2nd Chapter. In the very first verse of the Song Celestial. the Vatsalya Bhakti of Yashoda. you keep Him far. the force of the impulses. 81 WHERE there is Dharma there Krishna is. Think of it always. which has been sung by seers and poets. the Kurukshetra (field of Action). 85 THE fire of sorrow and joy burns when the fuel of Vaasanas is fed into the furnace of the mind. It means "Sharanaagathi" and "Prapathithi" out of Shanti Bhakti. bind yourself. You entangle yourself. as the blind Dhritharashtra described them through fond attachment and egoistic delusion). It speaks of single-minded attention. 86 PRAKRUTHI is Dhara. beginning with "Anayaschinthayamshomaam". Pine for Dhara. for Krishna also means the pure Essence. in the middle. and the scale on the right is the Sloka in the 18th chapter. needle and all. No one else is your friend. The fulcrum is the 22nd Sloka of the 9th Chapter. and in the Kali Yuga. the Supreme Principle. Radha. You are your only friend. and the Madhura Bhakti of the Gopikas. so.
Arjuna asked Him "why" and he replied. Discover the Gita. "the stifling of the agitations of the consciousness". That was the measure of his Bhakti. I am prepared to die". "I am shedding tears because the miseries undergone by the Pandavas pass through my mind". is Krishna: Led by the Universal. "Oh Lord. once you know it and experience it. If only he had known the truth. position or pelf but to submit to the will of God in a completely resigned way. 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. and analyzed and realised by sincere scholars of spiritual lore. Arjuna jumped down with Him and holding both His Feet he prayed. Bhishma was in tears on the arrowbed. 87 WELCOME all the blows of fate. So too. this is done in order to teach the Kaliyug a lesson. and the Prakruthi. you have given word that you will not wield any weapon. that is to say. That was the measure of the dedication to His will. Vishnu is the supreme example of this calm. the particular and the universal. then the purpose of Gita study is fulfilled. 88 THE Gita speaks of Bhakti. the Kaurava hordes. Being in the World but not of it. the pan. the sensual and the super-sensual. all that grief could have been avoided. all the misfortunes and miseries. though reclining on a thousand-hooded snake. appreciated and apprehended by aspirants. the Universal. he was struck disconsolate and was torn by despair. 89 THE Individual is Arjuna. Let it not be said that you broke your word to save me from Bhishma. never to seek power. not bound by it. the sprayer and the dryer. which inspires him. The Atma is described as a streak of lightning in the blue cloud. as gold welcomes the crucible. the boiler. the crusher. 90 WHEN Dharmaraja. Bhishma too had equal Bhakti. that is. the hammer and the anvil in order to get shaped into a jewel. as Yogas. so that its sweetness may be preserved and used as sugar by all. for He is "Saanthakaaram bhujaga Sayanam". He stood silent drinking in the charm of the Lord and filling himself with the vision of the magnificence of the Lord. when he was about to pass away. It is a Gita (streak in Telugu). 91 WHEN Krishna leapt down from His Chariot with the wheel-weapon in His hand to slay Bhishma. By Yoga is meant what Patanjali intended it to mean "Chiththa Krishthi Nirodha". so that you may be ever happy and unmoved.ignorant critics. Jnana. the very picture of peaceful calm. The battle depicted in the Epic is the inner battle. you are full of Love and reverence to all. the eldest of the Five Pandavas came to know .
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. the snake being the symbol of the objective World with its poisonous fangs. The Pandavas never demurred when disasters fell thick upon them.after the death of Karna which they effected successfully . you are afflicted by hate and pride. He did not step forward to fight the new challenge nor did he question the Lord.that Karna was his brother. his agony knew no bounds. They were happy that they helped them to remember Krishna and call upon Him. between the temporary and the eternal. the seen and the seer. the Maya. Karma. or as the cane welcomes the chopper. that is the secret. the Individual has to oppose the attractions and delusion of the Manifested. Then he said.
Dharmaraja. richer and happier. "jaara” and "chora". Arjuna was often addressed by Krishna as Kurunandana. activity. Arjuna asked Krishna how he was to reconcile these two attitudes. Krishna advised Arjuna to enter the fight and. told him not to have "hatred" towards "enemies". Every thing depends on the will of Providence. but who was right and who was wrong. Arjuna was the anandic person. it was as if the Five Pranas of Dharma. the most noteworthy theme is Dharmasthapana. The lord poured His Grace on Arjuna and deigned to serve him in battle as his charioteer! In spite of all these advantages. Arjuna the Narrothama. fight for these as akshatriyu is in duty bound. the sustaining forces of Dharma. 97 THE question on the battlefield was not who was the Kin of whom. This name has a deep significance. 93 IN the Mahabharatha. for war is rage (passion. "Kuru" means "act. 95 PRACTICE the constant presence of God and. He shed light. of the Faith and Devotion needed as its Foundation. The third was Arjuna. were exiled. son of the Lord of the Gods. participating vigilantly in every turn of argument. Krishna said. How then can He be referred to as "jaara" and "chora"? When the blind leads the blind in this way. I am using you as My instrument). attachment) and renunciation of hatred is Vairagya (absence of raga). It was a friendship between The Embodiment of the Highest and the Embodiment of the Best. at the same time. Throughout the eighteen chapters of the Githa. He destroyed all craving for sensual pleasure and sensual knowledge and filled the entire being with thoughts of the Divine. When the Pandavas were called into the forest. fight for justice. learn to offer all your activities at the Feet of the Lord as an act of worship. Then they will be free from fault. delighted". Arjuna is alert and active. awakened people and made those. These may appear to be two irreconcilable attitudes. Kurunandana therefore means "he who is delighted while engaged in activity". Dharmaraja is the Prana of the Right Conduct. 94 KRISHNA was the Purushothama. of the protective Might of Dharma. Krishna told Arjuna: "I am surprised that you should weep. What is the lesson that their lives teach? No one can predict what calamity will overtake one and at what time. Krishna was the Avataric Person. they were subjected to the severest tragedies in life. it all happens according to the Divine Plan. The eldest. Nandana means "happy.92 KRISHNA is slandered by ignorant. a city of bones. and fight. without flesh and blood. and leave the result to the Dispenser of all. fight for truth. armed with the terrible mace. 96 THE Pandava brothers were highly fortunate. Karma". Indra. Do not cultivate the egotistic feeling that it is you who is fighting. He stole the hearts and the owners were glad of it. "Maamnusmara yudhyacha" (keep Me ever in thy mind. When the Pandavas went to the forest. both have to fall into the pit. The second was the Indomitable Bhima. it was a coming together of the Avathramurthi and the Anandamurthi. Arjuna. prejudice critics as "jaara" and "chora" and extolled by seekers and sages with the same appellations. Nakula and Sahadeva. whose hearts he stole. for you are
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. rose to be the emperor. Hasthinapura was reduced to Astinapura. of the shraddha essential for the Practice of Dharma. Bhima.
spreading Harmony. Love is His instrument. 103
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. so don't be so conceited. His Voice. His counsel and His undaunted Heroism! He is ever in a State of Bliss. give up all. He sings everywhere in the peaceful Pasture lands of Brindavan and in the blood soaked battle field of Kurukshetra. that is to say. 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. I too want you to know why I designed it so you should act in a particular manner. 101 THE Gita was Arjuna and Krishna. He gave him the reasons. when He offers su (good) dharsana (vision) one must be wise enough to surrender. attracts not only seekers. when she suspected He had eaten sand.Gudakesa. He made even the longest rope too short to bind Him. the Skeptics and those who suffer from atheism. nor do they die. and I do not like you to behave in another manner. 99 WHEN the righteous Pandavas were harassed by wicked Kauravas. He had to surrender to His Wait. "The sentence of death has been already pronounced on their bodies by Me. the beauteous Krishna appeared and saved them. Krishna said. Still. though Krishna supplemented it with Captious explanations of why and wherefore. and you have but to carry out My Orders". He was convinced of the correctness of His command. by His invincible Look. But it may be asked. why did Kurukshetra happen? It was a surgical operation and therefore cannot be described as an act of violence. They have many more things to do. inner joy. like all Avathars. He draws also the curious. You do not kill. He draws them towards Himself by the irresistible charm of His Person. His Flute. Arjuna admitted that he was a profaner. the conqueror of sleep and ignorance. The lord can never design violence and blood shed. 100 CONSIDER the Name Krishna which the Avathar bore. 102 BISHMA was a Bhakta and by winning the Lord's Grace he was clothed with more Majesty and splendour than any early emperor. the innocent and the good. What majesty has these scepter-holders? They cannot claim to have inner peace. they know not the joy of sharing love with all. nonviolence His Message. so that there was no need for Krishna to argue with him. in order that Arjuna might fight with a full heart. and so they are real deathless". The Surgeon saves life through the beneficial use of His Knife. 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. He achieves the correction of the evil-minded through education and example. 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. which supported the course that He laid down for him. Melody and beauty around Him. Krishna. space and causation. 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. Bhishma surrendered to the Lord when He challenged him with the su-darsana (Vishnu). the critics. Saints and Sages but the simple.
the poison of tongue will be ejected completely. which has the Prophets of Christianity as its base. Righteous action will have no bad effects. So. there will be beauty in character. avoid all prejudices against others on the basis of caste. when the foe was defeated day after day. When He dances on it. status. When there is order in the nation. Heroism gushed out even when he was passing away! 105 KRISHNA. was its son. The Epics teach you how to succeed in this. there will be order in the nation.ARJUNA exclaimed Krishna as the Omnipresent. When there is harmony in the house. The eldest Duryodhana was challenged by Bhima to meet him in a duel. 106 PURITY of motive is the best guarantee that you will have Peace. 107 ALL Faiths are inter-related and mutually indebted to each other for the principles they teach and the disciplines they recommend. without harming anyone as happened when as a child He danced on the hoods of the serpent Kalinga. Duryodhana's pride was hurt. Buddhism. to disturb your sleep or health. you must foster that Krishna on your tongue. Omnipotent and Omniscient God. there will be harmony in the home. 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. Christianity. be righteous. creed. you coward! That kind of awareness of one's potentialities and quick response to all happenings must be present in you too. One must be vigilant and preserve the impartiality of instrument called Reason of Intellect. is not the cowherd boy who charmed the village folk with His flute. and you have that strong and steady faith. The Mahabharatha describes how and when every other of the hundred Kauravas died. the vision. whose advent you should celebrate. He retorted even when he was dying. To many the mind is the master of the intellect also. such as he. And Islam. could not pass that insult by. All
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. a Kshatriya. then it will reveal God everywhere. 104 FILL every moment with energy enthusiasm and effort. An uneasy conscience is a tormenting compassion. 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. look upon all as Divine as you really are. Krishna is Yashoda gained the Visualization of the Atma that the repetition of the Name grants. Bhima struck his head with his foot in order to add insult to injury. It does not require a hero to plant his foot on a dying man. was the great grandson. was its grandson. even in you once you accept God as the core of the universe. If there is righteousness in the heart. You dared not do this when I was capable of hitting back. 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. when at last he fell on the ground. there will be peace in the World. which was influenced much by the Orient. If there is beauty in character. The Vedic Religion was the first in time. His mind wavered with every wind of fortune. mode of worship. which appeared about 2500 years ago. Do not look down upon any one. Clarify reason. colour.
For cognising it. You are not aware of any Station. to enlarge. whatever I do or omit to do. one whom you can see. This is the way to God. 108 VINAYAKA is called the child of two mothers. and insects. Be Good. the music emanating from all the Broadcasting Stations of the World. Everywhere pomp. beasts. touch and treat with reverence and devotion. "Akrama" (Indiscipline). for YOUR sake . present and future of your innermost thoughts and carefully guarded secrets. wherever we turn our eyes. Jesus pleaded at the sight of the poor.have Love as the Fundamental Discipline of the Mind in order to chasten it and merge man with the Divine. Heroes while lecturing are Zeros while putting what is said into practice. as one of yourselves. Seva must take the form of food for the hungry. Jesus is worshipped but His teachings are neglected. move about as you do. trees and plants. Live in Love. Jesus was himself out in such Seva.not for My sake! I turn you towards the Divine. listen to. 109 I EAT as you do. "Sarva Shakti" and "Sarvajna". your love. Do not ridicule them by your act. expand your heart. Lectures and Lectures! No activity. I do not manifest these powers in any capricious manner or merely for display. taking in all humanity into the circle of your kin. I am aware of the past. But the art of recognising Him is strange to us and so we deny Him and live on in darkness. you require not a "Yantra" (machine) but a "Mantra" (mystical formula potent with a psychological undertone). The Vedic Prayer asks that the aspirant's heart may be expanded "Brhathe Koromi" . Goodness. You are the pet children of four mothers. Do Good and See Good. I am "Sarvatharyami". talk in your Language and behave as you can recognise and understand. your submission. Sathya. Dharma. below and beside. Shanti and Prema. each of you. hollow exhibitionism and Lectures. but they do not assail your ear at any time. winning your confidence. For I am an example and an inspiration. Gowri and Ganga. The heart full of compassion is the temple of God. around. Love is the correct tuning in. worms. Do not claim "Anyaya" (Injustice). pageantry. Wisdom and Power all around us. Concentration of Dhyana is the fixing of the exact location of the Station in the Band. Nevertheless. you will get instead of news only nuisance! So too. My will must prevail over every obstacle. speak to.I make myself Vast! The vastest is "Brahman" which comes from the same root. solace for the forlorn. and “Asathya” (Falsehood and “Anachara” (Evil behaviour) as your mothers Instead. My plan is to transmute you into Seekers of Truth (Sathya-anveshko). if you have a receiver and if you tune it to the correct wavelength. "brh". in the atmosphere. 111 THE nature we have around us and with us is the vesture of God. no love. We have all around us. near as well as far. I am present everywhere at all times. consolation for the sick and the suffering. you can hear the matter broadcast from any Station. realising the Reality and the Bliss it confers is the happy clear listening! 112
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. but. by being among you. the Divine is everywhere above. Honour them and be grateful to them. even the birds. no seva. Sai is being worshipped but His teachings are neglected. My Life is a commentary on My Message. We have evidence of His Beauty. Develop Compassion. 110 LOVE must be manifested as Service or Seva. if you fail to tune it correctly.
Love confers lasting happiness and peace. I am fulfilling all your desires. This must happen in all countries. then Conferences to deceive oneself and others become unnecessary. Attachment. When you have faith in God as a precious truth in the altar of your heart. not mine! 115 GOODNESS. intellectual and spiritual strength and skills for the service of the country and of all mankind. this sense of greed is the root of all-evil. they achieve "Dharmavidya" (Moral attainment) and victory. this distinction is applied even to God! . I bless that you have long life. cowardice. He must dedicate his thought. their kick results in an "out"! Learn to speak what you feel. Sharing can reduce grief and multiply joy. Love. This is the message I am giving you today. with equal alacrity. Pride and Hate). with the feelings of a demon fuming with hate. If each one cares for his own pleasures. the blows and blossoms of fortune. the goal-posts are on each side. you will welcome. and want of intelligence. holds Peace Conferences and prides himself on his Plans for Peace! Transform the heart into a Tabernacle of Peace. compassion. 116 HAVING come to this place and availed yourselves of this opportunity to treasure in your hearts the things you have seen and heard. Have a master plan and start from tomorrow the execution of the program. to give and not to grab.My God. against pity and charity. What can mere talk achieve? 114 DISCIPLINE trains you to put up with disappointments. Or else. and six on the other (the six friends: Truth. Do not think that only the Andhra State is Sai's. and if the ball is hit so that it passes through them. Man is born to share. Man is. Now. The heart has to be hardened. you turn wild and start blaming others. Peace. well. it is kicked in play by six players on the side (the six foes: Lust. The nectar that the Name of the Lord is saturated in produces it. Compassion and Fortitude). All are Sai's. Right. destruction. word and deed to God and surrender to His Will. not yours! Your God. But that way lies war. All are one. We must endeavor by all means to realise and establish this Truth in this Kali Yuga. not thine. they say. Ananda. do not allow them to be at cross-purposes. When this does not happen. Anger. people want roses without thorns. life has to be one saga of sensual pleasure picnic all the time. mental. how can Society progress? How can the weak survive? Mine. you will know that the path of life has both ups and downs. they say. good health. 117
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. Greed. and that you will dedicate your physical. 113 THE body is the ball filled with the air of Divinity. So you must fulfill this one desire of Mine. and tolerance: through these three paths. he must lose many more attributes of the monkey before he is entitled to call himself Man. Man. to serve. drawn in consultation with others. that every rose has its thorn. a monkey that has lost its tail.THE Divine is a wine that would intoxicate you. Softness of heart is condemned by people today as weakness. Then only is this animal entitled to become a Man in whom the Divine is enshrined. Peace and Prosperity. Taste it and you forget everything else. resolve to plunge into a practice of them. act what you speak. engages in fighting. and downfall. you are transformed. Your resolution and your practice must happen simultaneously. one can see the Divinity in oneself and others.
broken. Greed is a whirlpool. (He. That BABA is the Baba. The lamb is a sign and symbol of Love. and Sai. he communicated some news to his followers. To enrich their lives and to make the human heritage worthwhile. in a few weeks. diseased. Then there will be sunshine and a cool breeze and the gurgling waters of contentment feeding the roots of faith. 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. Desire is a storm. they do not disturb the Equanimity. Develop Prema towards all. who made me. Time spent in contemplation of God or adoration of the Divine is indeed well spent. who sent me among you. so that the Avatar's message might reach each heart and receive enthusiastic response as "Ananda". they win a prize in the State Lotteries. The genuine seeker will pray for nothing else but God. The announcement was "The Advent of BABA". It is not Savam but Sivam. for every bag of paddy-seed. He will be short. It speaks of HE. it is weighed
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. so that you can do Japa or Dhyana. imminent in every one of you. Pride is a precipice. for it rewards you with a rich harvest of mental peace and courage. Rameswaram. They vow to remove their hair if. that is why you resent being called a liar. It stands for the voice BA-BA. "He. the short curly hair crowned. red-robed Baba has come. I have come. and Anandam. Do not pray to God for wealth or fame. a blooded robe".THERE are some ignorant persons who laugh at "Bhajans" and other acts of worship and consider them a waste of valuable time. . with a crown (of hair). 121 HAVE no thorn of hate in your mind. Attachment is an avalanche. The lamb is merely a symbol. 120 HUMAN lives are now passing on and on. 119 MANY believe that a pilgrimage to holy places is conductive to spiritual progress. The real "you" is joy. will come again) and he pointed to a lamb. and Love is begun in the womb of Seva. a Woman among women. he said. as if God is in need of hair. it is Subham. The Avatar is a Child to the children. Egoism is a volcano. Christ did not declare that he would come again. Keep these things away. It is the compassion of the Avatar that prompts His every action."He will wear a robe of red. and auspiciousness. Nithyam. I am evincing all this enthusiasm to teach you the prayer attitude to Seva. Mother Earth will give back grain tenfold or even twenty fold. you will not accept an imputation that is false. which it does not like. Love grows through Seva. happiness. filth over filth. positions of power or for the fruits of your actions. a Man among men. for Love expresses itself as Seva. Let Love be enthroned in your heart. But you know that. And God is Love. They journey to Tirupathi. a Boy to the Boys. The real "you" is innocent. will come again". 118 WHEN Jesus was emerging as the Supreme Principle of Divinity. a sign. 122 THE title "Sathyam Sivam Sundaram" is full of meaning. The statement of Christ is simple. Badrinath or Amarnath and pray for the removal of their mundane troubles. bent. This trick of bargaining is only cheating oneself in an attempt to cheat God. through Divine intervention. Sathyam is the basic reality of you all. distressed and disheartened. How then can you bear being called ugly? The Atma has got entangled in the body.
and the "Karana". For this chance. the cuckoo. Give Me the fruits of holiness and steady discipline. 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. haven't you? That bird looks very much like the crow. Having won this chance. If you are happy with faith in God and fear of sin. I come direct. you drive the crow away when it starts to caw. feeds it. he brings the book to the Court and strikes the balance between debit and credit. strive to taste the sweetness and achieve the Bliss of Merging without wasting even a single moment. Give Me the Lotus that blooms in your Manasa-Sarovar. that is enough "Service". He maintains a Register of the good and the bad deeds done by each living being. You must have heard the Koel.down by shame. But no one will throw a stone at a "Koel". as I am to confer Peace and Joy. 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. I come straight. Speak soft and sweet. That merit has brought you here when I came down. every emergency is immediately noticed and attended to. 124 YOU must speak soft and sweet words to everyone. pellucid waters of the lake of your inner consciousness. the clear. enough "Kainkaryam" for Me. I come. 123 I NEVER speak through another. then every one will like you. which enjoins you to see elders with some fruit or flower in your hand. by name. its speech is harsh. then meets out the punishment that can expiate and educate. Yama. along with her own kids. awake and alert. experience and be sanctified by the incarnation of the Lord. the king. fruits that rot. Chitragupta. pervading the Earth. he notes the warning signals as well as the occasions when those signals were ignored or wantonly disregarded. and on death. I am above all this worldly etiquette. It pleases Me so much. You must have heard of an Accountant in the Court of the King of Death. covering the entire Universe. every one likes to hear its sweet voice. My World is the World of the Spirit. what he does is to picture all the secrets from promptings that blossom into activity. The people who have the privilege of living in this Prashanthi Nilayam are indeed
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. when you sweep the streets or lift a corpse in the morgue or when you walk towards or away from the area of distress. there. the "Sukshma". filling this Prashanthi Nilayam. it is too loud for your ears. the mother crow. Rishis and Devas have prayed long in the past. You must see that the warning of the Divine against the merely human or even the bestial inclination is heeded. when you identify it with the body and attribute to it the weaknesses and deficiencies of that physical vehicle. this chance you have received as a result of the accumulation of merit in many previous lives. Do you like the voice of the crow? No. 127 YOU have the chance to see. The word means the secret picture. The rays that emanate from Me are of three grades: the "Sthula". it grows in the nest of the crow with the baby crows. I do not accept from you flowers that fade. all the time. I never possess another or use another as a vehicle of expression. the chief of which is to foster the ego and hide the Prompter and the Power within. coins that have no value beyond the national boundary. values are different. 125 NO service is too low or mean. This Chitragupta has his Office in the mind of man.
the residences he has built. Follow My instructions and become soldiers in MY army. Your endeavor should be to draw near and earn Grace therefrom. In each Yuga. Direct them. you have heroically emerged from its depths. the wealth he has acquired and the family he has reared? No. the "Sukshma" makes him a "Mahatma". you cannot see the Truth. it is the splendour of God. I will lead you on to victory. "Krishna. all that he has done. dried up or deluded. Pray that you may have it forever and be filled with the joy that it confers. He cannot take with him even a handful of earth. Mayasakthi. Maha Shakti. that fail to get what I hold out before them. If only the dead could take with them a handful each. this human life. do not try to dodge the question. the physique he has developed. review and rebuild. he has to leave them all to the ravages of time.the Grace of Sai. as latent or potent energy-matter. as the first step in the long road of "Sadhana". The "Sthulakirana" makes a man a "Sadhaka". He is here in Prashanthi Nilayam. Krishna. Plunging deep into the waters of this tumultuous ocean of Samsar. there Dharma is decadent and the Avatar appears among men! 131 EVERY one must learn the secret of happiness. developed or earned are destroyed. the Yoga-Vasistha taught the same rule.lucky. I am called Sathya Sai. who fail to follow My instructions and deviate from the path I lay down. live in the companionship of that vast measureless Supreme and you will be rendered vast and measureless. 132
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. attachment to the objective world. Krishna". 130 UNLESS you brighten your vision with Love. you have the Avatar of the Lord come to redeem. it is not a trap. as the reward for many lives spend in acquiring merit. with this rare Pearl in your hands . It is only those. which consists in refusing to shed tears for anything less than God. Give them the answer that rises up to your tongue from your heart. When activity is in accordance with awareness that is befogged or belittled. At the present time. You have won this human body. this unique good fortune of being able to get Darshan of Sai. This is the way by which you can render this life fruitful. Do not allow it to slip from your clasp and fall into the depths again. 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. Hold firmly on to it. In the Thretha Yuga. In the Dwapara Yuga. manifesting as multiplicity. The name is very appropriate. All Avatars teach. People utter with apparent faith. Krishna taught Arjuna to give up Vishaya-Vasana. You have won this chance. 129 WHAT is the immortal part of man? Is it the wealth he has accumulated. Since I recline on Truth. His reflection. The Jagath is not false. let me assure you. Sayi (as Seshasayi) means reclining. 128 I NEVER deviate from Truth. Consider all objects that you collect here as given on "Trust" to be used in this caravanserai during your pilgrimage in this Karuna Kshetra. but they never give up "Thrishura" (Thirst) for worldly goods or fame. and Yogasakthi have come all together in One Human Form. the giving up of attachment. He reflected and the Jagath happened! It is His own substance. for they are nearest to the "Kiran" (rays). the earth he loved so much. When someone asks you in great earnestness "where the Lord is to be found". and "Karana” converts him into a "Paramahamsa". Love helps you to see God in everyone and everyone as Divine.
It is a bridge wide and strongly built. And its "self is God". Why then this inhuman role of foe and fanatic. the elephant has tusks. for the body is the life of a worm. 133 THE grace of God cannot be won through the gymnastics of reason. The past is not ours any more. Love that knows no bargaining. But the Satwic. who helps and serves . There is no strength more effective than Purity. with the body. to visualise God. Love is My Instrument.UTILISE the World as the means to an end. by its very impact. the lowest loves itself at least. to live in the body with God is good. This is the great illusion. fails to secure the object coveted. active. You come naked into the world. and the Ant type which moves steadily. The buffalo has horns. the pure. There is no creature without Love. the present slips from our grasp. which flits hither and thither. attachment grows and you cultivate bounds. even failure in this struggle is nobler than success in other worldly attempts. The Rajasic. The dull. activity-hating Tamasic persons have ego and their love is limited to their kith and kin. the Monkey type. Love that is paid gladly as a tribute to the All Loving. In spite of this. brings up all and brings about the end of this earthly career. and Love that is unwavering. no joy more restoring than Bhakti and no triumph more praiseworthy than Surrender. you go out of it without informing the survivors of the address where you can be contacted. Love alone can win it. though slowly towards the object which it has decided is desirable. so HINDU means a person who is devoid of violence.not one who hides and hits. harms and draws blood. The minutes that are past cannot be retrieved. So. however many and mighty. of fight and feud? 135 I AM the embodiment of Love. the same air enters everyone's lungs! The same God brought all forth. as atheists will one day. though some might dislike Him or refuse Him. 134 HIN means "Hinsa" (Violence) and "du" means "dura" (distant). as malarial patients dislike sweets or diabetic patients refuse to have anything to do with sweet! Those who preen themselves. Do not fritter away the time allotted to you for sojourning on the earth in foolish foppery and fanciful foibles. Can any pilgrim build a house there on for himself? The Cosmos is changing constantly. 136 STRUGGLE to realise the Atma. who loves and sympathizes. do not desire to stay in it. 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. Love that needs no requital. no bliss more satisfying than Love. It is a caravanserai. the Eagle type. it does not pluck all the fruits it seeks. but what a difference? To live in the body. there are no atheists. which swoops down on the target with a greedy swiftness and suddenness which. and the future is uncertain. the good and equanimity-filled love all as embodiments of God and engage themselves in humble service. even if tempted by a billion rupees. passionate persons seek to earn power and prestige and love those who will contribute to these. when their illness is gone. the contortions of Yoga or the denials of Asceticism. Love alone can overcome obstacles. which always
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. from one to another. unable to decide which is tasty. for God is the life of man. the same earth supports everyone's feet. 137 THERE are three types of approaches towards the Lord. The same sky is over everyone's head. it appropriates just as much as it can assimilate and no more. relish God and revere Him.
Vigilance this night is to be secured by "Sadhana". the Lord is ever with the suffering and struggling. if only this night is spent in vigil and in the presence of the Divine. they bow out without even leaving their new address. You can understand even My nature only when you wear the glasses of Holiness. 143 LISTEN to Me.keep you outdoors. Install Rama in your heart. they sleep equally silently. it can be fully conquered and man can realise his freedom. I will have to move across the sky. Differences arise only during the interval. Badrachala. Ayodya means a city that can never lie captured by force. yes that too will happen. The doctor is found where patients gather. That is your real nature: Ayodhya. Make your heart an Ayodhya by means of Ramanama. 142 THINGS are not so important. 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. Krishna and Sai Baba appear different because of the dress each has donned. 139 RAMA. almost powerless this day. a stable and steady mountain. When are you to walk indoors into the warmth and quiet of your own interior? Retire into solitude and silence now and then. You must visualise the spiritual in the material. the surgeon stays in the operation ward. That is the task I assign to you. therefore. the gold in the jewels. All are basically the same. "Today is the fourteenth day of the dark of the month. Holy things can be cognised only by the Holy Seeker. pray that you may act it well and earn His approbation. the Divine in the diversity of character and conduct and seek to know the Atma. The monkey leaps from one branch to another. this is by means of "Bhajan" or the reading of sacred texts. when you retire to
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. when the moon is all but invisible. so too. but take it from Me. Make it as Ramdas did into a Bhadrachalam. All are equal in birth and in death. just a minute fraction remains visible to man. 138 WHAT is the sanctity of Shivaratri? Your answer. When you wake up. The mind is the source of all the entangling desires and emotions. "Linga emerges from Swami's Udara (abdomen)". The Emperor and the beggar are both born naked. Do not be misled into error and loss. You get what you search for. I will have to forego the car and even the airplane when I move from place to place. experience the joy derivable only from them. Then how can their reality be different? There can be no doubt on this score. it is far worse. Whenever people cry out in agony "Oh God". there God will be. The sky itself will have to be the roof of the Auditorium of the future. Tame it by the process of Naamasmarana. feel that you are entering the stage to play the role assigned to you by the Lord. At night. believe Me. 141 YOU very often condemn the mind as a monkey. 140 SEE all as Narayana Swarupa and worship all with Prema. for the crowds pressing around them will be too huge. but it is the self same Entity. you see what your eyes crave for. The mind is. from today to tens of years ago. the transcendental truth of things is of value. and then no outer force can harm you. believe Me. Forget this and you are lost. but the mind leaps from the heights of the Himalayas to the depths of the sea.
lust). 146 THE tongue is the armour of heart. that wound will fester forever. you fracture some one's faith or joy. 144 WHEN the mind of man is unattached to the ups and downs of life. which bears no mark of the passage through it of birds or planes or clouds. and talk full of anger and hate. Place yourself fully at His Disposal. if your tongue slips. Then all is right. one has to surrender to Siva (God) if one has to escape the consequences of these two frightfully fatal forces. while the medicine is just one third only. but with the dress of your role on. feel that you are entering the green-room after the scene. Loud talk. Perhaps.sleep. If between "Kama" and "Kala" you take refuge in Rama. I will call it the deficiency of Vitamin G. He has written the play and He knows how it will end and how it will go on. for perhaps the role is not yet over and you have not yet been permitted to take the dress off. He has no more inclination to seek them (fault) in others. Then you win My love in full measure. Love can make you gather the affection of all mankind. the better for you and the World. and Finish the Game. Live in Love. He has the leisure and the chance to delve within himself and examine his own faults and failings. That is the medicine. all these affect the health of man. Doctors speak of Vitamin deficiency. Expand your heart so that it can encompass all. the less you talk and the sweeter you talk. but is able to maintain equanimity under all circumstances. all can be well. they enrage. they excite. Therefore. 147 BIRTH is the consequence of "Kama" (desire. For Rama is the Atma who has no "Kama" and is unaffected by "Kala". with accompanying contemplation of the glory and grace of God. 148
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. If your foot slips. Love will not tolerate any selfish aim or approach. wild talk. you have to make another entrance the next morning. The mental firmament must be like the sky. He knows. Why is silence said to be golden? The silent man has no enemies. Fight to the End. the lapse of Time). then you can escape the rigour. they wound. The softer you talk. Love is My highest Miracle. the God of Time is Kala or Yama. long talks. it guards one's life. That fracture can never be set right. He was subdued by sin. The God of Desire (Kama) was reduced to ashes by Shiva. 145 CARRY on your highest duty . Love is God. Do not narrow it down into an instrument of restricted one. Do not worry about that. you sustain a fracture. use the tongue with great care. they estrange. though he may not have friends. regulated life and habits are two thirds of the treatment. then even physical health can be assured. That is the Vitamin G. Illness is caused more by malnutrition of the mind than of the body. So. Death is the consequence of "Kala" (Time.following the four F's: Follow the Master. They breed anger and hate in others. Yours is but to act and retire. Face the Devil. and I will recommend the repetition of the Name of God.
ever restless with the waves of joy and grief. If he is not prompted by this high purpose. C and D and pronounce those letters. 153
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. in order to teach his children the alphabet. It is a sign of Iswara and I apply it on your brow to remind you that you too are Divine. life is a waste and a mere tossing on the waves.consequently into ineffective ash. Journey to where? Not. When Bhasma (Vibuthi) is given. you will have to enter the water and struggle with the strokes. what happens is that it falls into the undrinkable expanse of salt.WHEN you seek to learn swimming. That is why we speak of "Jnanagni". greed and hate. His throat must become as vast as the earth. Ash is a lesson in detachment and renunciation. for the sea of life is never calm. Let those who join you listen and imbibe the nectar of the Name. I am but initiating you into this most efficacious Sadhana. To cross the ocean. 150 LIFE on earth is as on the ocean. God. however much you may burn it. So too. his heart must blossom wide through Shanti and Sahana. use the body to discover this Reality. It is also a sign of renunciation. namely. through many a valley. B. which burns all "Karma" . do you? Therefore. as the inheritor of a rich heritage. live in it and for it. loses itself in many a marsh and seeks to empty itself in the ocean of Divine Grace. His destiny is to know the Truth. your body must serve the purpose of your journey. of sacrifice and of "Jnana". Strengthen yourself. 151 OUR car is not meant to be kept as showpiece in a glass garage. with a throat as narrow as a needle. The flood flows from the heights to the depths. only the flames of fire do ever rise from the depth to the heights. Then the desire of man for full lasting undiluted "Ananda" can be attained. All things become ash. Man suffers because he has developed hunger as vast as the sky. do not be surprised if I sing Bhajan songs. the swirling currents of desires and the whirlpools of passion. He should not fritter away his days in low pursuits and vulgar vanities. It is a valuable "Upadesh" about your identity. The Truth alone can make man free and happy. Sanctify every moment of your sojourn here with pious deeds and sacred thoughts. you do not infer that he is himself learning the alphabet. 152 IT is to persuade you to engage in Naamasmarana that I am concluding My discourses with singing a few Namavalis. but ash remains ash. A. It is meant for the roads. 149 THE river of human life meanders along. that is through equanimity and fortitude. the Fire of Wisdom of Realisation. for taking you fast and safe to the place where you want to go. It also reminds you that the body is liable any moment to be reduced into a handful of ash. You have nobler things to do than merely die! You must know your own Reality before you die and merge in that Supreme Joy. and educate yourself by this "Namasankeertan". though. of loss and gain. Eat just enough to keep the body trim. leaps over many a cliff. to the cemetery. purify yourself. as it has been happening. An Officer of the Indian Civil Service has to write on the slate. When you find him doing so. Man is born for a high destiny. the only reliable raft is a heart filled with the Love of God and Man. doubt haunts some people whether Swami is wishing that the recipient should be a Saivite! It is a symbol of the indestructible basic substance. Do it loudly and in company. which every being is.
There man discovers that the World is one in God. the shadow will fall back and will not delude you at all. sloth and contempt for others. Prema. Give up all low desires and call from the anguished heart. Do not commit a fault or take a false step and then repeat it! Have the "Thaapam" (the deliberation. bad. Dharma and Sathya are Divine. wicked plans and plots will disappear like fog before the Sun when the Name of God is remembered sincerely. educated and uneducated. Go every moment one step nearer to the Lord and then. Do not soil your tongue using it for uttering dirty words. if too small. grief. it breeds pride. it acts like a spark. good. Money is of the nature of manure. It gives supreme "Ananda". 155 ONCE man is free from undue attachment to the body and its appurtenances. 157 MOVE forward towards the light and the shadow falls behind you. and between what you are capable of and what you accomplish. This expansion of one's individuality to cover the ends of the Universe is the highest leap of man. pleasure. When we have more. a leaf that dries and water that evaporate. it rewards you with a bumper harvest. This is indeed a great pity. He realizes that he himself is all this apparent World that all the multifarious manifestations are the fantasies of the Divine will. Do not think that ease and comfort are the main things in life. that all is Joy. a fruit that rots. scatter it over fields. which is his own Reality. if too big. pain. all that is to be known of Me. So too. which can burn into ash a big hill of cotton! All evil thoughts. as you do now. with a nose inhaling hungrily the smells of the hot curries. the discipline) first. Disappointment. the decision. 158 GIVE something divine if you want the Divine. He is firmly established in equanimity. 154 FOOD received by foul means and clothing procured through ease and comfort are the main things in life. Be steady. when money is spent in all the four quarters for promoting good works. There is a vast gap between what you say and what you do. The quantity of riches one must earn can be compared to the shoes one wears. Shanti. disease and distress are the lot of all. he is liberated also from the pulls of joy. rich and poor. they cause pain. it pollutes the air. attachment to sensory objects. an experience for which sages and saints spent years of prayer and asceticism. Move away from it and you have to follow your own shadow. They are the common lot of all. “Vishavasana”. He lives a superficial. from the Puja room. Do not try to get it for a flower that fades. they are a hindrance to physical and mental comfort. Piled up in one place. Man should seek to possess only as much money as is most essential for his living. 156 MAN has been enslaved by money. which is but a corner of the kitchen. fortitude and undisturbed balance. In pursuit of money. that is better than "Paschaath Tapa" (regret for the mistake made). Let not your pure. Love and Bliss. it yields contentment and happiness in plenty. be resolved. vitiates your thoughts of God. man descends to the level of the beast. artificial life.WHEN you call out in all sincerity. Utter the name of God. Do not pray from the lips. Maya. You worship the Lord with an eye on the dishes or cooking on the oven. I can only say
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. the response will certainly come. etc. hollow. Spread it wide. young and old. There are some who write and speak as if they have known Me. immaculate hearts be rendered dirty by false-hood and wrong.
162 THE journey into the inner consciousness. Can ants discover the depth of the Ocean? 159 IN this Kali age. is more important than the journey to the Moon or Mars. Resolve this day to engage only in virtuous deeds. purify it and rebuild it. the punishment that has to be faced and the disgrace that it entails. It is like a wheel without a hub or spokes! No one can push a boulder away while standing on it. rise to this height. the path of Brahma. taking the young aspirant near Brahman. The Name is redolent with Divine Glory. which reconstruct the personality. and good company. with Love. It is one of the Samskara. that is rites. 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. "Sarvam Brahmamayam" is a fact. Life without goodness. even if they are born and reborn a thousand times. good thoughts. 161 IF God is implanted in the heart. intellect and emotion must be directed to the revelation of the Resident of the Heart. Let your mind dwell on elevating thoughts. 164 SEE God in every being and then true "Sneha" will blossom. It pictures the shame that has to be suffered. As soon as one contemplates a wrong act. protests and advises giving up. that is to say. who
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. fame or benefit. "taking near". So when it is turned over in the mind. good thoughts. you will see God everywhere. It makes the person receiving it a "Dwija". Atma. now he is born into the Sadhaka World. 163 THE ceremony of Brahmopadesam is Upanayanam.this: they can never know Me and My nature. Above all. but the former is the more beneficial. That is why this Avatar has come unarmed. to calm the storms that rage. 160 THREE disciplines are essential to become aware of Divinity in all and in the Avatar. you cannot be free from anxiety while all the entrances through which it sneaks in are open. and every act should be done sincerely. with no yearning for acquiring personal profit. a person who walks towards Brahma. one has to be like Me. the voice warns. The latter may be more spectacular. HE has come with the message of Love. who is friendly and compassionate towards all. and introducing him to Brahmajnana. To know Me. it transmutes it into an instrument for liberation from delusion. reform the mind. Stop catering to the senses and feeding the desires that haunts you. who is free from the bondage of "I" and "mine". no activity should be taken up with individual aggrandizement in view. good actions and good words is like the sky in the night without the moon or stars. vain boasting or demeaning recreations. listen to the voice of God within. the wicked have to be reformed and reconstructed through love and Compassion. The only weapon which can transform the vile and the vicious is the Name of the Lord uttered with Love. because the word means. twice born! The boy is born first into the World. Do not waste a single moment of your time talking in idle gossip. even in the objective World. This type of true "Sneha" can come only when you follow the advice of Krishna.
You must fill every moment with useful beneficial activity. Jesus. was subjected to ordeal after ordeal. He has no rope-factory there. and for the Kali Yuga it is Naamasmarana and Seva. it bends low. You manufacture the rope yourself and have it ready around your neck. Take in all.takes pain and pleasure as equally welcome and who is forbearing in spite of provocation". Learn a lesson from the birds. leaving the result to the All-powerful. With the constant remembrance of God. 167 I AM showing you by My example. not until then. All knowing and All Merciful. they help and serve each other with no thought of
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. he has only to take hold of the rope and pull you along! It is a three-stranded rope. who sought to establish the primacy of the One Formless Absolute. defamation and privation. for the Dwapara Yuga it is Archana or Ritual worship. Moon and Stars. 165 MOHAMMED. Those who seek to know God must steel themselves to bear insult. Harischandra. "Oh Swami is having his rest hour. stoops. The New Panchangam reveals the position of the Sun. who had resolved never to waver from Truth. Shall I tell you at what time I feel restful. Grow these qualities in you. as if it does not take any credit for its accomplishment and as if it helps you to pluck the fruit. relieved and content? When I know that you are all earning supreme Bliss through detachment and spiritual discipline. The bird relieves the itch of the buffalo by scratching it with its beak. 169 LEARN a lesson from the tree. Well. each more terrifying than the previous one. Grow in Love. I do them myself. but man alone continues with his old prejudices. injury and torture with a smile. Saint Thyagaraja sang that Rama's Grace could counteract the evil effect of Stars. which tarnish and demean him. The spiritual discipline prescribed by the Scriptures for the Krita (Yuga) Age is Dhyana. for the Thretha Yuga it is Dharma. That is the new dress you have to wear and shine on this day. Things that I could get done. "Vishayavasana" (sense-attachment). but I have never craved. the strands being "Ahamkara" (Egoism). Swami is sleeping". On this day dedicate your life anew to the spiritual discipline. 166 UGADHI: THE word "Ugadhi" means: the day of the Inauguration of the "Yuga or Age". You talk among yourselves. Nature puts on a neat garb of green. it does not raise its head aloft in pride. for they are the signs of true "Sneha". I am ever engaged in some activity or other for your benefit. I do not entrust to others. out-worn habits and moth-eaten principles. 168 YAMA or the God of death is described as dragging his victims to his abode by means of the rope or "Paasa". for a minute's rest or sleep or relief. When it is heavy with fruits. had a large share of persecution. giving up all habits that interfere with the constant remembrance of God. was crucified by little men who feared that their tiny tower of hate and greed would be toppled by his teaching. so that they may learn self-reliance and get experience thereby. Expand yourself. 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. and "Kama" (Desire). for supplying him with the rope he needs. They feed those who cannot fly far. worship the Lord. who attempted to rebuild mankind on the basis of Love.
Transform "Tamo guna” into "Thapo guna" and save yourself. then every act of yours becomes a "Yajna". 175 YOU can call me on the phone. leave everything to His will and His Law. and suffer calamity. I too echo. the eye. a sacrifice and a Puja. Feed your mind with sweet and wholesome food: "Satsang". There is in life the tragedy of ignorance and selfishness. 174 A STRONG will is the best tonic. 176
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. feel that you are "Atma Swarupa". "Satpravatana". 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. and "Sarveswara Chintha". When one is happy and contented. but I will not be available for all those who do not have the sincere and steady yearning for the Lord. I am "Anandaswarupa". come and take "Ananda" from Me and. I say "No". malice moves others to invent calumny in order to tarnish his reputations. If I am available in your heart. one personification of one of His innumerable attributes of Glory. 170 I WOULD advise you to dwell always on one Name of God. dwell on that "Ananda" and be full of "Shanti". They force man to take the wrong road. For those who rely on the Supreme Doctor. I am glad that devotees have today acquired this new convenience at Prashanthi Nilayam. I will be available over the phone. the removal of hate and envy from your mental composition.reward. which the Sastras declare. the tongue and the feet become tools for your uplift. not traps for your destruction. and "Anandaswarupa". There are rules and regulations for the operations of the Systems. You can find them there. 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. "Yes". You are not my Lord". 171 REMOVE the cataract and the vision becomes clear. Then you become the Embodiment of Love. They operate from the heart straight to the heart. For those who say. How much more alert must man be then with his superior skills and faculties? Service is the best cure for egoism. His Name is the drug that cures. "Yes". When any one is acclaimed as great. "Nithya Swarupa". then you are full of joy. seeing the God whom you adore in every other person intently as you see Him in yourself. others envy him and strive to ruin his peace of mind. The ear. 172 REMOVE the weight from your head by transferring all burdens to the Lord. remove the feeling of inferiority that dwarfs you now. Then there is the expansion of your Love. Peace and Joy. returning to your avocations. 173 HE greatest single cause for darkness in the World today is envy. "No. I have My own special Postal and Telephone Systems. So too. But remember. This is the way of the World. For those who say.
of affirming and illumining the Atmic Reality of each being in order to reveal the Divine. the removal of misery and distress is incidental to My Mission. So too. 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. then there is Splendour indescribable. Sweetness (Madurya). when you are immersed in the sea of Universal Love. The leaves and the edible core of the stem are all incidental. and of instructing all to recognise the common Divine Heritage that binds man to man. 182
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. Have God imprinted on your hearts. "Thapas” means all acts undertaken with higher motives and all acts indicating yearning for the spirit. It is something far more important. and unyielding adherence to equanimity in the face of success or failure. you reach the acme of Sweetness. also from the plantain-tree. This task will succeed. 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.that is My message to you. They are: Prema (Love). and it is a greater tragedy if he cannot cultivate his Divinity. 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". When you are full of Prema for the Divine in all creation. Krishna replied. besides punishing the wicked and teaching the World that vice will not succeed. "Do they run to You or do You run to them?” he queried. 180 NARADA once asked Krishna the secret of the attraction His flute play had on the cowherds of Brindavan. It is "Thapas" that fosters Renunciation and discipline. staunch determination to adhere to virtue. "Among us there is neither I nor they. The development of Prema is enough to add into you the other three. so that man can rid himself of the animal and rise into the Divine which is his goal. the basis on which the entire Cosmos rests. So. The leaves. Animality and Divinity. The important task of the mango tree is to produce mango-fruit. that stage is Beauty. but the main aim is the fruit.TRUTH can reflect itself in your intelligence only when it is cleaned by "Thapas". the branches and the trunk of the tree are useful in their own way. burning intensity and earnestness of endeavor. self-control. Beauty (Soundarya). 178 GOD has four qualities and it is only when you cultivate them that you can understand Him. repenting for past blunders. 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. the fruit is the main gain. It is a tragedy if he cannot get rid of the Animality. be ever so inextricably established in Him . Man is an amalgam of Humanity. no doubt. Contemplation of the Rama and Krishna Avatars and their Leelas and Mahimas is the surest method of cultivating the Divine in Man. and Shoba (Splendor). 179 MY task is not merely to cure and console and remove individual misery. "Thapam" means heat.
186 GOD is the source of all Love. he should not regard himself as a cheap nut or bolt that has no higher purpose in life. man too. 187 GOD is all-powerful. man spends a few minutes out of the 24 hours and uses a minute idol. his tongue. 185 THE snakes move in curves. no other activity than translating that command into action. Love binds all hearts in a soft silken symphony. the corrector. 188 GOD is the guardian. and intelligence. He should know that he is the imperishable. no more and no less. it saves man from the torments of birth and death.so.whereas the cobra has it only in its fangs. Love God. Love the World as the vesture of God. 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. hate and grief. Never seek to exult over others' faults. his venom is to be found in his eye. there is a wave of anxiety spreading over the World as a result of rising prices. Have no other thought than God. We must visualise in everyone only the good and the Godly. so that you may benefit others. Seen through the eyes of Love. all beings are beautiful. The cobra raises its hood and sways in joy when it hears music . Love loosens bonds. status. and do not give an ear to scandals. unconquerable Atma. has to move in a crooked path. He has not gifted them to us to observe and judge others. when he realises the stage of "Nirvikalpa". hear only good things about them. Man must realise his pricelessness. He has greater poison in him than the snake. people must get into the habit of calling on Him as a living presence. They are all signs of His Grace. it is practically futile. and attempts are frantically being made to bring down the level. God is everywhere. 183 NOW. dances in heavenly Bliss. which have been given to you on trust. Adore Him so long as you have breath and so long as you are conscious. We have to cast our looks at sacred sights. so. the admonisher and the savior. That is what is meant by Surrender. his hands.DO not get elated at the riches. (steady unchanging establishment in the ultimate Reality). his heart and his thoughts . Greed and cruelty will spread in an atmosphere that has no devotion and
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. God is all knowing. his mind. and the body is only a vehicle for the Atma. Surrender yourself unto Him. and all thoughts are innocent. image or picture! It is indeed ridiculous. not in a straight line. you can merge in the Ocean of Love. Through Love. The fundamental cause for the rise in prices is the decline in the price of man. opportunities for service and symbols of responsibility. authority. to follow people into the bazaar or to see unsightly films. have no other aim than knowing His command. Love cures pettiness. man too. That is the purpose for which God has equipped us with eyes. when he is following the senses. The World is one vast kin. all deeds are dedicated. The temple helps to soften the hearts! It instills the virtue of compassion and charity. deal sympathetically with the errors and mistakes of others. To adore such a formidable limitless principle.
192 THYAGARAJA said that. be "Dasanudasas". He is the eternal witness. uttering my son's name. aware and alight. ears that do not hear your praise. one letter might communicate victory. He does not confer or withhold. asked. space and causation. the planetary missiles could never injure him. Avatars are ever alert. says Purandaradasa. does He suffer from pain in the legs. The last type is nowadays most rampant. are narrow mountain caves where jackals live. provides for you and prevents you from falling prey to pernicious propensities. and there is really no help (or) hindrance. 194 THE name of God. which is the Truth. "What are eyes for?" and answered the question himself. The name has that overmastering power. God has no need of your service. who highlight their own excellence and decry the faults of others. are black balls. and the tongue that does not relish the repetition of your Name. those. who confess their own faults and mention the excellence of others. 191 THE relief and joy that you give to the sick and the sad reach me. if he is armed with the Grace of Rama. "Your son leaped over the ocean. who is not concerned with the contents of the letters that he hands over to the addressees. he was helpless". who was there. are the worst. another great saint. another defeat. "To visualise the Lord". 189 THERE are three types of persons: those. Do good and have good done in return. 193 ALL who come embodied are Avatars. Make yourselves into moving temples. if recited with love and faith. can only croak like a frog". are the highest type. but the mother of Hanuman. Might and Splendour. are worse. said. for I am in their hearts and I am the One they call out for. that is to say. Glory. or ache in the stomach? Try to serve the Godly. 190 GOD has no will or want. Awareness confers Liberation from bonds. That is the law. But there was the mother of Rama with them. Purandaradasa. has that power. the servants of the servants of the Lord. It can bring unheard of and unimagined strength and courage. It is He who protects you. Once the mother of Agastya boasted that her son drank all the waters of the ocean. time.adoration to God. who parade their own faults as excellence and deride the excellence in others as faults. you are unaware of the Atma. Buddha and Christ? Why do you celebrate their Birthdays with such reverential enthusiasm? The specialty is this: they are Aware. and you receive what you have worked for. dream and wakefulness. Become aware of the God that resides in you. What then is the special feature of Rama. Manifestations of God. advents of the Divine. She said. Majesty. 195
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. those. Krishna. The service of man is the only means by which you can serve God. and sleep. Awareness confers Grace. Without it. be bad and accept the bad that comes back to you. To put it in the language that you can understand: He is like the postman. "Why go to that extent? My son leaped over it in a trice". "Eyes that do not yearn to see you.
in order to get sufficient heat to melt the soft heart of the Lord. soft persuasion. "Ram” vigorously and unremittingly. until they become entirely ego-free. Mine is genuine DIVINE POWER. then. heat is generated. Do not lay claim to long life. I only wish to communicate the Truth. kindness. we shall speak. hereafter. it will be different. my word. Play the role but keep your identity unaffected. diligence and detachment. place them on the table and operate. That is to say. 198 IN order to escape being tossed about on the waves of joy and grief. the quality of Maithree. It can also be taken to mean "My three". I will drag them. For the last 25 years. the Lord will shower His Grace. Maithree means amicability. So. 199 THE foundation for real peace is. no materials are needed. When a bit of iron is rubbed to and fro on a slab of stone. according to the Vedas. an attitude of welcoming either as a sign of Grace. it has all been sweetness. That is what is wanted in the world today: My three. deed and thought shall be in accordance with words. compassion and. I have only Love. Everything is empty. Everything is grief. the Divinity that is expressed in every act. 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. so the whole World has to be saved from the consequences of ignorance or limited knowledge. kindness. 197 LIFE sustained by food is short. "Ram". I will start teaching and training them.FOR Naamasmarana. there is no special place or time to be provided. too. friendship. miracle or magic. one should cultivate unconcern (upeksha). but to Divine life. 196 THIS is the best time to tell you something about the authenticity of this Advent. "If you do not want the World and its reactions to stick to you. It is Love that prompts Me to save them and to open their eyes. only the rubbing has to be vigorous and continuous. and I am theirs. Everything is polluted. "Ram". Do not pine for more years on earth. So the wise man has to do the duties cast upon him with discrimination. Everything is brief. no expense is involved. When you do so at intervals and with poor pressure. Then. So too. the iron will not get hot. I will get all My people near Me. in an atmosphere of love and understanding. that is to say.
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. mine is no mesmerism. have a few drops of unconcern applied on your mind". but for more virtues in the heart. said he. the wonders and amazing happenings that are the result of Grace. I have no anger or hate. think and act together without friction or faction. Buddha knew and made known to the World the Truth. that is to say. you have to apply a few drops of oil on them. No qualification of scholarship or caste or sex has to be proved. Sri Ramakrishna said that if you must avoid the sticky fluid in the jackfruit from contacting your fingers when you peel it. rub the name "Ram". There are many who can not bear or tolerate the Splendour that I am manifesting. Let me tell you this. before they get deeper into the morass. life sustained by the Atma is eternal. for they are Mine. 200 ALL men are Mine. thought and deed.
He can control. To wade through the thorns and the leech-ridden floor of the jungle. pictures and drinking parties and quarreling after arriving home past midnight. The will to live is overpowering and paramount. One can claim genuine victory only when one has reached not the dead satellite. including their skills and studies. becoming addicted to nightclubs. They are the source of My delight and they sustain My hopes. the evil thoughts and ideas that arise in his mind. They develop all the virtues and they saturate every act of theirs. which harbors worms and insects. gambling. if one has to pass through the jungle of life without harming oneself. 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.201 MAN alone can rise through effort to higher stages of spiritual evolution. No other animal can do so. the inner planets. 205 THERE is no Vidya. (They are My "Aasaya". but Ramachandra. 206 PARENTS set bad examples uttering falsehood. 203 LIFE is a jungle. But man is different. which is their common home. one has to wear boots. by his will. This too is unquenchable thirst and is an indication of the position of which the "I" is the inheritor. "The desire for joy" is the third. No one cleans the floor of the forest or cuts away the undergrowth of bush and bramble. 202 FAITH in God will instill faith in themselves and in others and the World will be happier thereby. not the Chandra. which our students are not proficient in. but they cannot change his nature. peace and prosperity. the inner motives and aspirations. used to such low sights and sounds. This is why birth as a human being is considered a rare gift. His nature can be changed by means of his own disciplined effort. Animal trainers of the Circus can train a tiger to perform various tricks. one has to wear the boots of sense-regulation. To demonstrate that this process will yield joy. I have these students as My instruments. drinking. "The desire to know" is the second. My "Ananda" and my "Ahaara") These students. This is the urge for immortality. where there is a great deal of dry wood. with those high and pure qualities. but the living star. They cannot make it live on grass and completely deprive it of meat. prompting man behind the senses into the outer World for pleasures. but they have both to return to Earth. behaving violently. How can children. and those of the same stamp are the pioneers in My task of mending the present World and ushering in a new World. scandalizing others. They would themselves act as ideals. This evidence shows that deep in the core of the "I" there is a spring of "Ananda" which seeks its mate and its fulfillment. It is only in name that he is a "Vidyarthi". So too. 204 THERE are three desires which every "I" cannot escape from. the Lord who rules over the inner satellites. inflicting injury. the seeker of knowledge. or the Russians picnic on the planet Mars. The Americans might walk on the moon. In practice he is only a "Vishayarthi". a seeker
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. "I must live" is the first.
the final fulfilling one. man's present situation and status are determined by his acts and thoughts in the past. but the hearts are still dark. It will not stay a moment there. 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. In fact. Nara is but Narayana seen through the limitations of primal ignorance. elders and the Committee of management. how can one earn Vidya? Of course. not only in confusion but in downright insanity. Similarly. Dharma. When Vidya perceives these in man. ascent is impossible. faith. Minds crave for wicked plots. They wear white clothing. in a nation. Eyes delight in peeping unseen. it will not reach the addressee by post when it lacks the 50 paise stamp! So too the
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. love and discrimination. 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. or Brahman. 212 HOWEVER superfine the paper. the body is essential to keep safe the precious gift of virtue. It is the duty of every human being to understand and respect his parents. Their number is forty-eight in all. Reason pursues plan to cheat. which means the dual process of removing the dust and dirt of vice. The Committee often is only a "Come-for-Tea" affair. 211 IF a school has poor discipline and if its students are led away by self-seekers into the wilderness. Samskara is also the name for certain obligatory rites of initiation and purification prescribed by the Vedas for the spiritual upliftment of man. action and behaviour. 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. Shanti and Prema. so too. the fault lies on the parents. even to one. and planting the virtues of Sathya. 210 AN Iron box is essential to keep safe precious stones. of recognising one's identity with Madhava.of worldly pleasures. 209 SAMSKRITI the word for culture and civilization is derived from the word Samskara. When this is the condition. 208 TODAY the student-world is tossed in confusion. Heads are full of evil thoughts Ears are open for scandal-tales. When the first step is absent. Siva. The parents gave it and so they have to be respected by speech. the first duty of the child is reverence to the parents. however artistic the envelope and however poetic the composition of the letter.
unsullied by any tinge of desire for the benefit that flows from it or the fruit of consequence of that Love. The two processes are necessary for the removal of obstructions and the construction of the structure. When He is fused with every breath. Hara. is that the first syllable represents Agni (Fire principle). not even secondary. 218 BHAKTI is not to be calculated on the basis of the institutions one has started or helped. the donations one has given away. the temples that one has built or renovated. 219 GOD is as eager to save you. your ears should not seek evil tales.Prada" (He who grants the desires of the
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. or Bhojan (eating) or Pujan (adoration of God). Bhakti is Prema. eaten by Him. Rama. your hands should not seek evil acts. 217 MAAM anusmara . for His sake to yield strength for His work. 213 I WANT each one of you to grow into a strong. and He fulfills it. Kali etc. for all who flounder on the road. 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. they cannot reach the addressee . moles and rosaries are ineffective. He is called "Bhakta .Abhista . and you will be happy to receive their Private Secretary Boga who plays a minor role in the presence of his Master. He is Karuna. Your eyes should not seek evil sights. and along with him you must be prepared for the visit of his Private Secretary Roga! On the other hand. He fills it. What will take their prayers to the addressee is the 50 paise stamp: dedication or Bhakti. for He gives it. as you are eager to be saved. These are not vital at all. He uses it.. Help those who are in a worse condition and serve those who need your help. Hari.God. invite the Minister Thyaga or his colleague Yoga.trappings. Krishna. the restorative. Food-HeadGod: this is the chain of events. steady and straight person.with Me in memory ever! Do not distinguish this task as Bhajan. gives food. The body has to be nourished for the sake of the Head. refreshing and the reformation force. Each moment is worthwhile. Datta. 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. your minds should not seek evil thoughts. no. vestures. so that "Jnana” can be attained and Liberation gained. 215 MOST of the names of the Divine have but two letters or syllables. you must be prepared for both Joy and Grief. shawls. your tongue should not seek evil speech. 216 WHEN you live in the World of desire. the significance of the number two. which burns up accumulated demerit or sin. Be pure and be full of Love. Invite the Minister Boga. you can achieve the sovereign task of merging in Him. Shakti. He fashions it. He is Prema. All acts are Pujan. and the second represents the Amrita principle. for he.
under the protection of Rudra. 223 THE World is a furnace and a factory where man has to shape his destiny by his honest. 226
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. Then surely. and there is a dictum: "Heads in the Forest. chirping "Soham” declaring "Jiva and Deva are One". is presided over by Vasu. 225 A DEVOTEE once lamented. 221 THE bird. Work is Worship. will be transformed into a Karmakshetra and a Dharmakshetra. discovered through the impact of Love. The Bhagavad Gita calls the body "Kshetra". in the physical cage wherein man is imprisoned. Faith in God has to be constant and firm in the face of every challenge by fate or fortune. Being valued as a boat. You say that I laugh within Myself. one can sow holiness or sin and gather a harvest commensurate with the particular quality. 222 THE Vedavids marked three stages in the Life of man and assigned one aspect of God to preside over each stage. the body is a corpse: Savam! When it manifests. 224 DUTY is God. It is this affirmation that is the justification for the gift of life. and all mercy. but let me say why? A sign of My "Ananda" is the success of the Bhaktas in capturing My heart. The third is the stage of Jnana. from the moment of birth to the moment of death. "Oh God! You have forgotten me"! This is never possible. who takes up this challenge and spends his allotted years and the skills and intelligence with which he is endowed. in purposeful activity. presided over by the Source of illumination. When that chirp does not emanate from the breath. untarnished by ego and the greed to benefit. God is all knowledge. untiring effort. Adithya or the Sun. 220 THE human body has been secured as a reward for many lives of meritorious activity. illumines and fills the cage with the "Divine Fragrance". Choose the crop that you need before you sow the seeds. all power. your field of work. saying. Start on the sacred pilgrimage to the Divine Goal and make every minute of your life holy and purposeful. Hands in Society". Do deeds that are holy and beneficial. the bird chirps and the breath repeats. it is the devotee who forgets that he is the child of God. is really entitled to the status of a KARMA YOGI. this Earth. is always. the supreme Wisdom. that God is his never failing friend and guide.Devotees). The first. which means "a field". that I roll my hair on My fingers and draw them right over My face. where man is deep in activity of some sort or other in Karma. it is a Tabernacle: Sivam! Identify yourselves with the Mantra. The second. is filled with reverential worship of the God in all. He. which can help us cross the ocean of change "Samsara". it has to be tended with grateful reverence.
We have to experience the Bliss of realising Him as the core of our being. but three. the one others think you are (mental). That will make you real Karma Yogins. really speaking. 228 WHEN you spend your hours in thoughts about God. 233
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. Love others and serve them. but God could be ever installed in his heart. 232 PARENTS and teachers can earn My Grace only by becoming good and worthy examples to their sons and daughters. we are bound to sink.A PERSON might appear poor. 229 WE cannot describe God in the vocabulary learnt upon the Earth. Heavens on earth. 227 WE. pray to God for a few minutes at least. You are not a man. need to cultivate the art of swimming through "Bhagavath Chinthana" (Meditation of God). you are also free from evil ways. 230 EVERYDAY before you begin work. the sense which makes him either a participant (Karma Yoga). even heroes of the Karma Path. at the end of the day. singing His name and meditating on His Majesty. Man is endowed with a sense of wonder and awe. guiding and guarding him. You are not one person. accepting all the events as His gifts. You live in Love. develop it in yourself. God is not external. gather in some consecrated spot. when the work is over. and the one you really are. Life is a boat which enables us to cross the ocean of Samsara with the aid of Meditation on God. the earnestness and care that you evince in your work is the sign of Kailas. and depressed to ordinary mortals. going around the World and spending a lot of money. 231 ONE does not have to search for spiritual power. an inquirer into the mystery (Gnana Yoga) or a devout adorer (Bakthi Yoga). You will not be tempted to abuse others or harm them in any way. However learned we may be. the one you think you are (physical). who are crossing the ocean of Samsara (the chain of birth and death). Homes such as yours are. he might not have the exterior demonstration of devotion. if we do not have this training and cultivation. You must examine yourselves every moment. but you must examine and discover whether I am pleased with you. then you can win My Love. God is in you. you are God yourself. Do not be under the delusion that God is somewhere and you have to search for Him. Be in your own house. or their wards and students. You claim to have devotion to Me. such spiritual power in you! You do not have to run for it here and there. distressed. God is inside you. a temple or mandir and offer grateful thanks to the Lord. God is not outside you. He might be doing all acts as acts of worship to the God residing in his heart. That is the way to earn My Love. the Joy that bubbles in your hearts is the symbol of Vaikunta. whether you are observing the discipline I have laid down and the program of service I have marked out. Hearts dedicated to these ideals are indeed "golden". the abode of Siva. and.
4ø F. and as the Puttaparthi Sathya Sai. But. How. 234 WHEN the Dharma of the Age is laid aside to establish it anew. when the World is polluted by conflict and confusion. to proclaim the message they teach mankind. Many hesitate to believe that things will improve. as the Lord of all the Worlds. the King of Kings. Vasudeva. The name or even the Pranava . the mother stoops and takes it up in her arms. magnificent ideas. they are laid down for your own good. names that describe HIM to your receptive Consciousness. to relieve the earth of the burden of Vice. has vast potentialities. fill yourselves with vast thoughts. restored Kuchela and stood by Prahalada. in order to be healthy. Regulation is the every essence of creation. Let me assure you that this Dharmaswarupa has not come in vain. then. to fulfill the promise made in the Tretha Age. when the sky alone can provide a roof for them all. So. to save them from pain and shame. no! When the baby in the cradle weeps. can this Organisation escape the prescription of certain rules and regulations? 238 THE same Divine compassion that blessed Dharma. her stoop is not to be described as a "coming down". Generally. saved Gajendra. 236 REMEMBERING the Lord by means of His name is enough to save man. 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. a tiny wave that rises and falls. The oceans observe their limits. that the Golden Age will ever recur. 239 THE Avatar is Atmasakthi that has put on the raiment of Kriyasakthi and Yogasakthi. wails and clamours for help. it will succeed in averting the crisis that has come upon Humanity. to restore the path of virtue and peace. He is also "Ananda". If you earn the necessary
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. the heart has to beat a definite number of times a minute. It is "SathChith-Ananda". Sath-Chakravarthi. That is the main discipline for this Age. 235 GOD alone is eternal.YOU will see the day when the Chitravati sands alone cannot accommodate the gatherings that assemble here from all parts of the World. has come to the Earth as the Refuge of the refugees. You may doubt whether such a small raft as Rama.which is smaller. Srihari. Wind and fire respect their limits and bonds. by reciting the names of God. when sacred texts are not grasped aright. People cross vast oceans on a tiny raft. or Sai or Krishna can take you across the boundless sea of Samsara. The Lord is "Anandamaya". indefinable splendour. as the Lord of Peace. Harmony and Righteousness. that life for all will be happy and full of joy. when good men caught in cruel coils wail. man is a momentary flash. That "Ananda" is to be tasted through the Name. Achutha has incarnated on this earth. Avatar or the process of Incarnation is described as a "coming down" from a higher status to a lower one. has come into the World. as the Sath-Chith-Anandamurthi. The human body has to maintain its warmth at 98. they are able to walk through dark jungles with a tiny lamp in their hands. through loving means.
words and thoughts. I am consistently engaged in some work or another at all hours. but rushes to blame God (the magnet) and even to deny Him. confide in Daya. Move with them. as persons given to you by the Lord to love.joy. 242 EGOISM is a thorny bush which. for it does not allow two good men to work together. That is the reason why I declare "My Life is My Message".
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. God. we sometimes conclude that the magnet has lost its power. attracts man near. 243 OVERCOME by inner foes. These are your genuine kith and kin. you multiply your demerits and descend lower and lower. It is the inner compassion which takes the other form of anger. treat "Sahana". adore love as you adore your mother. He has no prejudices or preference. courage. When the magnet fails to attract the iron piece. how can he achieve wisdom? Prompted by passion. as if it is your own brother. 245 REVERE Jnana as you revere your father. that the piece of iron is too thickly covered by rust and dust. how can man succeed in overwhelming the outer foes? Burdened with sloth and dullness. man (the iron) does not realise his own defect. on the other hand. If. 246 HOLD all your property and wealth in trust for the Lord who gave them to you. man and God. then Love ousts the ego into the background and takes charge of man's activities. Egoism makes enemies of fast friends and rains many good causes and projects. how can he cultivate devotion? Balance and equanimity alone can confer peace and harmony. I do not get attached to anything nor do I need to detach Myself from anything. Thus. I sometimes have to use harsh words. move fondly with Dharma. peace. but you may be rest assured that My sole aim is to turn you to better ways. you must elevate your attachment into worship and make it an instrument for spiritual progress. for in man there is the Divine. when planted and fostered in one's heart.credentials. Thus. 241 YOU think that Sai Baba is comfortably sleeping in the Mandir. Where there is no ego . by His very nature. the Incarnation will come and save you. even your family you must treat as a sacred trust. do not forsake or neglect them. how can you be saved? 240 SAI only reflects your mind. Do you know where I find happiness? I am happy when I am with you. cooperation and love flourish. The real fact however is. as if it is your dearest friend. When man is aware that the same Divine consciousness that motivates him is equally motivating all others. I have no anger in Me. fortitude. as if it is your own beloved son. are like iron and magnet. I am ever in full Ananda. makes one pay the penalty. He is a mirror wherein you can see yourselves as you really are. have "Shantam" as your better half. foster and guide. Grief follows it like a shadow. 244 NARA and Narayana. In order to correct their mistakes and remove your faults.
I wish to emphasis that the Sathya Sai Trusts have to shine forth among them all by their special characteristics. virtues. all that is simply "Sathkarma". good attitudes. good habits. Though called by many names and recognised in many forms.was the exclamation that rose from the Souls that knew the Truth in a flash of illumination. It makes you pursue the mirage in the desert. our life is a chain of pluses and minuses. When you deepen that kinship. the seasons and the precise procession of day and night. His Majesty and His Glory. including Man. Be firm. Kinship based on this recognition alone will last. the true presence. You must also develop "Sathguna". It is "Sivam" and it is latent in each being. one canceling the other out. totaling up to a mere zero. it is sweet and sustaining. you discover the cool-spring of Ananda within you. 251 HUMAN desire is illimitable and without end. They will not take you far. Otherwise. it breeds discontent and despair once you succumb to it. 250 GOD too is a reality. but. But develop the thirst for Krishna. without a second. recrimination and jealousy. the constant presence of Sathya Sai will be yours. Fellow-men and the World must be seen ever in the mirror of "Sath-Chith-Ananda". greed for power. 252 SIVOHAM. 249 THERE are many Trusts operating in this country and in others beyond the seas. and taking it home. Krishna-nama makes you very strong and steady. That is the Sai kinship. We have to infer God through proofs and evidences of His Providence. His grace. secure a picture. when music from the Nagaswaram pipe is played and when it is fascinated by that sweet melody. They must be based on mutual trust and cooperation built on the actual experience of the One-ness of all. good characteristics and a good character. There is no room here for egoistic poses. "I am Siva. Siva am I". 248 DEVOTION towards God goes ill with hatred towards fellow-men. but we miss Him. the Divine Principle is one. 253 THE serpent can be tamed and its poisonous fangs removed. true to your inner-most nature. The poison that Vishaya exerts on the human mind can also be eliminated and countermanded. away by your fancies into the jungle of words and feelings. begin worshipping it every day or every Thursday. just as we infer the movements of the Earth. it makes you build castles in the air. We cannot describe God in the vocabulary learnt on the earth. the Moon and the Stars by watching the sky. when man is fascinated by the sweet
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. ever present in us and in every being. Do not be led. compulsory tactics.247 YOU come to Puttaparthi. after long years of cleansing the mind through the process of "Tapas". as we miss the movement of the earth. good activity. Sivoham .
especially the heart of the educated man. The range of Love decides the distance for Me. The day when servants of God are fed with Love and Care in thankfulness. Everything is the substance of God. in spite of these handicaps. the cows of Truth. for example. that is the way to gain nearness. provided you arm yourself with Love.melodies of NNamasmaranaor Sankeertan. The human essence in man is Divine. The poison in both can thus be transmuted into pure nectar. Mohammed was driven out of Mecca by those who could not appreciate his teachings. Jesus was crucified. time is already overstocked. It will soon fade away. the best use to which all opportunities can be put and the most profitable way of utilising the precious capital time. Why feel ashamed to be good? The ridicule that may be cast on you has been the reward of many Saints. The rest are like days dedicated to obsequies for the dead. these indeed are worthwhile days. the World is the best scripture. Revere the Universe as Guru. Time is the best preceptor and awakener. Do you not sweep the floor of your homes? Do you not scrub and wash off dirt? When you undertake such tasks. with and from God. The heat of this splendour will destroy the chill of sensual pleasure. Today. Can they survive the invasion? So too. Man is of God. Sweeping the streets. that is to say. 254 SCRIPTURES are endless. which is the essential teaching of all Scriptures. 258 ISAA Vaasym Idam Sarvam. Revere the World as Divine. I do not measure distance in terms of meters or miles. has become the lair of wild desires and cruel habits. The day when a Great One comes to us and relates thrilling tales of God. But you can easily win the battle of life. 255 IMAGINE the fate of the cows when a tiger enters the manger. Cultivate Love and Prema towards all. 256 THE day when devotees sing songs in praise of the Lord and please the ear. the human heart. opportunities are few. All can come near. The Cosmos is a bubble born in the Absolute. is not below your dignity. 259 I HAVE no sense of distinction between Bhaktas who worship this form or that. namely Greed. The light will scatter the darkness of the ages. But their names resound in reverence in the hearts of millions. So there is no need to wander in search of a Guru. All that is seen or heard is God. Anger and Pride enter and play havoc. The true Guru is not the human preceptor. 260
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. all who crave for heat and light. God is the best friend for man. all this is soaked in God and saturated with God. all this is enveloped by God. Sadhanas are countless. The day when sorrows of the poor recur and men move closer as brothers born. 257 DO not consider any act of service as demeaning. the villagers will also gladly share in them. In fact the best teacher is one's own heart. Justice. by the repetitive chanting of the meaningful Names of the Lord. the goal of all varieties of Sadhana. Peace and Love cannot survive in the human heart when the "Tigers".
Worship Him. the Kauravas. the river of Love will murmur along the valleys. as the narrator of Rama's story. Sharpen your intellect for this purpose. Dhyana is the process of listening to the Song Celestial. he turned heroically into the path of Ram (giving up the lure of Kam or Lust) and achieved immortality and immortal fame. but when the seven-Sages. The first gave birth to five sons. And He is none else than your own self. 262 YOU must discover your identity.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. Dhyana. Shanthi. he was the slave of passion and emotion. then the sprouts of Love will make the wastes green with joy. and cleanse your consciousness for this purpose through Sathsang. as "Viswa-Virataswarupa". The Mind wedded two wives. The most desirable subject for study is the Secret of the Soul which is Immortal. Mind was infatuated more with the second wife. the Flute of Krishna. Prema and Ahimsa. Then you get security and peace. his address and his mission in life. with the mental ears alert on the melody. Realise it and try to delve into yourself. Then why study these mean. 267
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. 263 VALMIKI was a highway-robber who waylaid and killed hundreds without hesitation. each one with a name indicative of badness and wickedness. beast and child will sing the song of Love. Sathya. mortal things? Study only that which is deathless. counseled patience. 264 SCATTER the seeds of Love in dreary desert hearts. God was on the side of the Pandavas and they won. Japa. whom he waylaid one night. the Five Pandava Brothers. 266 THE Primal Formless Absolute wedded Desire and the Mind was born. the blossom of Love will make the air fragrant. Dharma. The Vedas describe Him as thousand-headed. and so. Inner contemplation and Outer activity. so that you may know who you are. studying. studying. The thousands of hands and eyes and feet that have come here for the festivals are all His. Namasmarana etc. Yoga is the merging of the Mind in the Bliss of self-forgetfulness when the music fills the Consciousness. 265 PRAYER is the very breath of Religion for it brings man and God together and with every sigh nearer and nearer. that is the purpose of your Seva. 261 SEVA is the adoration of the Lord. forbearance and self-enquiry. thousand-eyed and thousand-footed. the Lord's. as having the multifaceted form and immanence in the entire Universe. then only can you have peace. gave birth to a 100. and every bird. The scholar is not free from vice nor has he become wise. You are like a man who has forgotten his name.
because it is your nature to Love. you run after persons who claim that they got this or other article from Me or were blessed with this gift from Me. This is the reason why man has been praying since Ages. His beauty and His Goodness. do not relish the narrow path of restricted love. Pray to God for God. He has to be inferred through His handiwork. But though he forgets. Love. rises and falls. weeps and wails. or a prize. be eager to become that. It brings no glory to man if he is tied helplessly to the wheel of birth and death. prompt my intelligence. Every atom is surcharged with His Power. When you have Kamadhenu here. For the fool. We can contact only individuals. because you know nothing else and because you cannot act otherwise than Love. the pure elevated mind is placid and unruffled. between the true path and the false. Every being is surcharged with His Bliss. why seek to know and secure a cow? Kamadhenu can give you all that you need. 270 WHEN the Giver of Grace is here.
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. why cringe for silver and gold from persons who are themselves beggars? When you have God come among you to support and sustain you. through the Gayathri "hymn" "Illumine me. His Might and His Glory. cannot be seen as such. you are devoted not to God. They too are our kith and kin. But God is unseen. 268 BE devoted to the Universal. His glory and greatness consist in disentangling himself from that revolving wheel. When you have Kalpatharu here. the mind is a formidable dinosaur. it can be learnt about. like that of a homeless Sage. to the son and to the prize. so that I may walk aright". take in all! Grow in Love. the wagon of life moves towards the cemetery which is its terminus. But through the individual. why bother about the fruits on a tree? Kalpatharu can give you all that you ask. 269 HAVING an open heart. do not develop prejudices against men in power or position. the proper and the improper. All are actors on the World Stage. for the intelligent. sings and dances. When you pray to God for a job. but to the job. in His play. it can be experienced and enjoyed. Society to which social service is rendered. The Vedas teach how to purify the mind and render it into a useful tool. forgetting the end of the journey. We all sail together. love all. the mind is an angel. you infer the immanence of the Divine. Meru. The trained mind is torn by fear. 273 INTELLECT alone can direct man in the path of discrimination.THE Universe is seen. Expand yourself. Be convinced of one Truth about Me. 272 THE mind is the architect of your progress or decline. When you have here the mountain of Gold and Silver. he earns and spends. Holding it in his grasp. a son. Swami will never lay his hand on a task without proper reason and without some profound effect that will flow there from. why grovel before crude vulgar entities? 271 MAN is equipped with a return-ticket when he takes birth. So too.
namely God. the Avatar will naturally be pleased and you can win Grace. Godly and natural milieu in which you have to live. Praise God. Praise God. Man is a prisoner of his senses so long as these two keep him under guard. because he loses the sense of value and runs after the temporary and the trivial. they are the symbols of his sentence of imprisonment. calmness is the armour. Man alone has disfigured it. 275 OF what avail is a car. when death knocks at your door. the Avatar has to come as Man among men. Praise God. that is why Avatars happen. 281
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. He is pleased and content. resident in all. grief is hell. Man strays away into misery and pain. and he pays the penalty for the transgression. all beneficence. they are still holding it valid. Bhaja Govindam. in the body. the egoistic feeling and the pride of possession. also to develop peace. Know this and serve His manifestations. Bhaja Govindam. and move as friend. Do not waste all your years with stone images.274 SANKARA wrote a verse summarizing the advice he gave the poor struggling Brahmin house holder at Varanasi (Benares city): "Bhaja Govindam. that is the true spiritual path. guide. Samprapthe Sannihithe Kaale Nahi Rakshathi Duakru Karane". when you offer Seva to mankind. healer and participant among men. you fool. diseased with terror and error! 276 BIRDS. anger is the foe. rules of grammar cannot save you. place the rosary in its bag and engage yourselves in relieving distress. beasts and trees have not deviated from their nature. 277 GET up. pictures or idols. the heart becomes a dark deserted temple.
280 AN act dedicated as an offering to the God. in his crude attempt to improve upon it. Such hearts are foul. learn to see in every living vital active person the embodiment of all energy. a bank deposit. You repeat Shanti three times. hence. kinsman. 279 ALL men have two constables ever with them. all beauty. becomes as sacred as the highest Seva. and compassion is the comrade. He ignores the voice of God which warns and guides from within. They are "Abhiman" (sense of I) over "Mamakar" (sense of Mine). He has come to restore Dharma and when man follows Dharma. don't you? It is to encourage peace in the human. 278 CONTENTMENT is heaven. mind and intellect. Moodha Mathe. So. teacher. well-wisher. wherever you meet them. a bungalow in a posh extension of a city? If you have all these but no love in your heart. where the bats of lust and anger breed in the everlasting night. God is subtler than ether filling the smallest crevice with His Majesty.
after vigorous self-examination and continuous discrimination. Those who see me as separate are seeing falsehood. ever blissful. of praise. 283 GOD first. the path that he wishes to traverse. the mind of man is to be clarified and purified by means of a certain psychological process called Sadhana. I am in your hearts. even when you have forgotten or neglected or discarded Him. Do your duty to yourself . This day we see only the wild dance of ego-stricken individuals. True. illness and health. Don't be misled into doubt and distress. love and sacrifice all ingredients of Bhakti. and joining the River of Progress. 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. the world next. and God is last. For I and you are not distinct entities. desires and fulfillment. 286 REMEMBER. who hate Society and behave most unsocially. God is lost too! Hold fast to God. He has no need for the things you offer or promise to offer. some fixed point or preliminary form is needed. man in his callousness towards his own welfare. and I am you. 288
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. It is recast in the Divine Mould until the flow of "Ananda" becomes unabated. Dogs may bark and jackals howl. 287 MAN must first decide. merge in the Ocean of Grace. the Mind gets saturated with Divine thoughts. the World next. hunger and contentment. when you sleep. So. when you are helpless. then you will be safe. Man has to move from the stance of "I" to the position of "We". of adoration and of rituals symbolizing the Majesty of God. but Truth moves majestically forward. reverence. I am the current that flows into every bulk and illumines it. ever full and ever free. it provokes the reaction of awe. living is only another name of the process of achieving alternate misery and happiness. It translates itself into acts of worship. so that you can be liberated from this cycle of birthdeath! Now. And to conceive of the Divine as present everywhere at all times.that is enough offering for Him. But to concentrate on the Omnipresent. 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.THE individual born in the lake of Society must swim and float in the calm waters. myself last! That is the legitimate sequence for the Sadhaka. affection. you are in Mine. Thus. has turned it topsy-turvy! It is myself first. you are I. now or later. In fact. 285 THERE is only one God and He is Omnipresent. He is ever content. 282 THE call of the Divine echoes in every heart. and who is not a Sadhaka? You have to be one.
the centre of all the interest that you evince? 292 REMEMBER. the Supreme Resident in all the cities. if you educate yourselves properly. the eater is God.
290 FORM small Sathsangas and meet regularly for Bhajans and mutual consultation about spiritual matters. You cannot bargain: Give me Ananda and then I shall have Faith. the Purushothama. We should not entertain similar feelings.THE Sai Religion is the harmonious blending though Love of all Religions. Read some fine spiritual classics like Bhagavatha. you cannot have the "Anubhava" and the "Ananda" first. is God. 293 EVERYDAY. Of what benefit is all this burden of information that you seek to carry in your head. fame and fortune. The Gita says that the fire which cooked the meal is God. the purpose of eating is to carry on the work entrusted by God or pleasing to God. And you cannot postpone Faith until you get them. this knowledge of the various regions of the world without a knowledge of the region of your own self. It offers a shade to all. You can recognise the Purushothama. when you take food you are offering eatables to the fire that God has put in you to digest food. He wants to escape from himself by interesting himself in others. But. and the fruit of that work is progress towards God. See the Purushothama in all Purushas. You will be really thrilled by the joy of that Vision. the Sum. bird and insect. He does not want to worry about the details of his own life or the problems of his own rehabilitation. You have to eat in a prayerful mode. sex or religion. 291 MAN is daily growing more and more greedy to know more about the lives of others. irrespective of age. your ears with the story of His Leelas. every man and beast. 294 PREMA must grow with every moment of Sadhana. nationality or status. Ours is the Totality. Emerge from Dhyana as a person more charged with Love! Emerge from Bhajan with a greater
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. But the bee can give you a lesson on how to be free from torment. 289 YOU may have vast scholarship. in profound gratitude. though some followers of other Faiths feel that the Sai Religion is contrary to theirs. Fill your eyes with the Beauty of His form. Selfless Service and the process of Dedication. the meal is God. we should not limit or restrict our Vision. It must sweeten every word. inspire yourselves by seeing Him everywhere. deed and thought of yours. Think of His Immanence in every hill and dale. every tree. 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. The tree can teach you forbearance and tolerance. more extrovert in fact. Purusha means: he who lives in the rural or port-city or town. Each one of us is the resident and the sole resident of a distinct house of God. and your hearts with the sweetness of His Glory.
hence He is called Ganapathy. You need not read elaborate commentaries. 295 THE beauty of Nature is but a reflection of the Beauty that is God. the nose.but Divine Beauty is eternal. that is the road to lasting peace and joy. clouds scatter into new patterns. unchanging with the location. See yourselves in all. that Sundaram is the real Shivam. 298 YOU may be in the Prasanthi Nilayam area for 20 or 25 years. and you must offer yourself to God for being merged with His Glory. Pursuing petty physical beauty leads man astray. Vinayaka was made Head of the Ganas by Parameswara. the only Good that is. We have Krishna with us. it is as calamitous as the pursuit of trivial joy. it is not substantial. 301
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. so that it may lead to intense Sadhana. 297 WE shall act ever as if we are in the presence of God. He is the Deity to whom worship is offered first in any ritual. Let us not seek the outer empire. 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. Flowers fade. leaving the inner foe to grow in striking power. let us become the rulers of the inner empire. and so. Because of the acute intelligence He displayed. But like all images. word and deed. Man is confronted with many obstacles (Vighnas) in the journey of life. "Vinayaka" means the Ganas. But you worry more about physical needs and comforts than Japam and Dhyanam. Let us not try to defy the outer enemy. it will dawn on you in the silence of your heart. Read a few slokas and meditate on the meaning yourself. have the gem of the Gita slokas in your heart. full and free. Each word in the Gita is a gem. as if God is watching and weighing every thought. for it calls upon the Glorious Power that pervades the Sun and the three Worlds to arouse. awaken and strengthen the Intelligence. and Sadhana may lead to success. That Sundaram is Sathyam. let them activate your intellect and your hands. physical charm is but a flash that disappears in a moment . 296 YOU must all study the Gita daily. 299 THE Gayathri Manthram is a Universal Prayer that can be used by men of all climes and creeds. who can defeat us? We shall win through winning His Grace. Prayers are offered to Vigneswara for removing obstacles and impediments. See all in yourselves. unaffected by the passage of time. and the neck. No more do you need gemstones for the ear.measure of Love! Return from Nagarsankirtan with a firmer conviction that everything is surcharged with the same Divinity that is behind all your activity. 300 VINAYAKA CHATHURTHI DAY GANAPATHY is described as "Buddhi Vinayaka" and "Siddhi Vinayaka" (Vinayaka the Wise and Vinayaka the Accomplished).
but do not calculate the consequences. which you are. when millions will gather to benefit from the Avatar. to master oneself and merge in the Reality. get manifested. Life is an opportunity afforded to each. not in servile praise of the feeble. is fast coming. They depend on the inner equipment of man. There are many who have all these in plenty but who are still worried or in pain or discontented. not on his outer skill or riches. That is to say. The body is the temple of the Lord. reveling in sin.. do not worry about the consequence. there is nothing here which is not HE. born in sin. You must escape from their attention and avoid migration from one goal to another. 304 IT takes time for a fruit to mature and acquire sweetness and become eatable. the inner motive and the outer movement.HAPPINESS and peace do not follow when man is fed well.I long for people who do that. but to achieve something nobler and grander. Dedicate the act. because it is a forecast of what you can expect in the coming days. Let the purity. the futile and the weak. watch and discriminate. that is all I ask of you. they declare. Jiva and Deva are two separate entities and never can they merge or unite. time is a prime factor for most good fortunes. 302 SPEND the allotted span of years in the contemplation and the adoration of the Almighty. all to God. overpowered by egoism. 305 SARVAM Vishnu mayam jagath: the Universe is saturated with Divinity. ISAA VAASYAM IDAM SARVAM. The "Punya" and the "Papa" (good consequences and bad consequences of actions) are the Constables who lead man from one birth to another. eat and know the taste . leave it to God who prompted the act and made it possible. He is the base and the superstructure. etc. fouls it with envy and greed and so it festers with disease and distress. I have at no time any feeling of separateness. 303 A PERSON being transferred from one goal to another will have two Constables who will escort him. housed well and educated up to a good standard and employed under comfortable conditions with no injury to health or security. endeavour to express it in your activities. That is why in the Nilayam. I have been declaring since six or seven years that the day. and the wish. not to eat and drink. I have stopped people from reciting slokas which proclaim man as sinful. I AM telling you this. clothed well. it is acquired and can be shed. 307. good. while you may. The obvious is very often untrue. 306 THERE are some who always condemn themselves and their lives and aspire for the Grace of God to save them. Man is pure. the material and the manner. loving and wise. the atmosphere of this temple is by its very nature filled with Love for all beings. so that you can sustain yourselves ruminating on the sweetness of the memories and the experience. 308
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. that is what pleases me and wins my Grace. the will. Sin is not the real nature of man. Dive and know the depth. Make full use of Me. I invite all to come and know and derive benefit from Me. I am advising you to garner and treasure all the Grace and all the Bliss you can. But man. act .
Vamana taught that Pride meets with doom. that He is present in every being "Sahasraseersha. Sahasraksha. Bali was saturated with egoism. Sahasrapaad". Chakra and other inseparable adjuncts of the Lord also incarnated. 312 HOW can darkness conquer or stand up to light? Krishna is "Premaswarupa" and He can be won over only by "Prema". not to the external signs of orthodoxy. Every act should be done sincerely. and they decide and bring the comrades and the coworkers. (thousand headed. is related to the attainment of Yogic success and the powers that flow from it. Forget it. He permitted Bali every year on Onam day to receive the homage of the people. A person may appear strictly orthodox. clan and the family. I am always full of "Santhosh". under which Krishna was born. listen to the voice of God within. 311 PUNARVASU. Sankha. joy and calm. with love. 313 THREE disciplines are essential. they choose the time and the place. fun and frolic. Actors in films. you will be entangled in food. No activity should be taken up with individual aggrandizement in view. they also came down in order to taste the sweetness of the Lord's company and service.IF you live on the level of the Body and the Individual. 314 ONAM FESTIVAL ONAM is the Festival of the Vamana's advent as well as Bali's Transformation. Atma. the star under which Rama was born. intellectual emotion must be directed to the revelation of the Resident in the Heart. to become aware of Divinity in all and in the Avatar. ease. envy and pride. 309 WE have to pay attention to the plans that intelligence dictates. Sesha. it is the Path of Love. As soon as one contemplates a wrong act. but his heart may be filled with the poison of hatred and envy. they can never be the Real. thousand eyed. Vamana drew Himself up to Cosmic proportions and measured the entire earth with one foot and the vast expanse of space with another foot. that voice warns. the Emperor of the Three Worlds. there is no chance of failure. You will have peace. ignore it. Above all. however. Bali offered his own head as the third foot-measure and went into the Nether World. fame or benefit. Audacity cannot approach Him. Has he realised that God is the God of all. Derision and Calumny only tend to make it grow better and happier. Rohini. whatever may happen. thousand legged) as He is? 310 WHEN Avatars come. has a mysterious influence on the authority which accepts all who submit to the "Saranagatha-Thrana" aspect of Rama's glory. When Rama came. In the Divine Path.
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. The Preceptor of Bali warned him about the identity and bona fide of the strange mendicant who was God Himself. with no yearning for acquiring personal profit. overcome it. Emperor Bali was both humiliated and blessed by God Vamana. Not even the biggest Scientist can understand Me by means of the categories to which he is accustomed. protests and advises giving up. Nothing can come in the way of My smile. God came to him in the guise of a Brahmin boy and asked for a gift of just three-foot measures of land. correct their accouterments (equipment) and intonation. I always smile at those who deride Me and even those who praise Me.
are the symbols of might and majesty. Artha (Prosperity). Kerala has contributed a great deal to the preservation of Vedic Culture and Sanskrit learning.315 ONAM ONAM is the Festival which instills a Divine Message into those who observe it with an eye on its inner significance. 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 may wonder why prominence is given to bodily health.then you enter the region of Contemplation. in fact. 321 BETWEEN Concentration and Meditation. Keralites have a name for faith and dedication. Concentration is something which we use involuntarily in our daily. Here. which form the bastion of Bharath. no scholarship is needed. normal routine life. 316 MANY people think that Concentration is the same thing as Meditation. but there is no such connection between Concentration and Meditation. When you have completely broken away all your attachments. whereas Meditation is something which is above your senses. because all are but limbs of One corpus of God Almighty. 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. To be in that area of Contemplation is to free yourself of worldly attachments. you break through this area of Contemplation and you get into the area of Meditation. they teach us that we should be as firm. the basic requirement is health of the body and the mind. Concentration is something which is below your senses. Kama (Fulfillment of Desires) and Moksha (Liberation from Bondage). as unaffected by the noise and turmoil of the bazaars of mankind. there is a border area which covers both and that is the area of Contemplation. But Peace does not drop from outer space! It springs from the heart within. But for attaining the four aims of Human life. the Prema that knows no distinction between oneself and another.all the routine attachments in the World . as unshaken as the snow clad peaks. 318 IT is enough if Prema is cultivated. If you break away all the worldly attachments .
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. among the Himalayas. But many are under the false impression that concentration is identical with Meditation and they take to a wrong path. 320 THE Himalayas. Through Love alone can the Embodiment of Love be gained. 317 TO many it may appear strange that in this Anandalaya (Abode of Bliss) there exists an Arogya Nilaya (Abode of Health) or Hospital. they remind us of the Purity that we should develop in ourselves. namely Badrinath. Dharma (Righteousness). in a place that is dedicated to the health of the Spirit. Witness the age-old privilege the Nambudris of Kerala enjoy as priests of the great Vaishnavite shrine thousands of miles away from their land. blinded by the scintillations of the scientific inventions of the West.
Otherwise. man is unable to pierce the veil and revere the Divine. God is the only "Anatha" . as high as necessary to reach the outermost boundary of the circle you are addressing. Set the level of the tone yourself. Lord Krishna says that people are unable to recognise the Divinity that is He. because they deem Him to be merely human. Do not think that you have no Natha or Guardian. consoling exercises for the mind. so that he can rise up to his full stature. without him as Companion and Guide. a bit of service. 327 MAN is flying to the Moon and diving into the Sea. Man has in him certain specific attributes which have to be developed and fostered. like "Japam" and "Dhyanam". but he does not know how to live on Earth with his fellow men in Love and Peace. Without having and developing Confidence in your own self. desire also clean. Just as you desire to wear clean comfortable clothes for the body.
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. Conserve sound since it is the treasure of the element Akasa. 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. He is ever beside Man. himself terrified of others! The way to live without fear or causing fear is laid down in the Gita. If these are ignored or allowed to lie fallow. 326 I LIKE simplicity. an emanation from God Himself. a helping hand. as low as possible. if all the time you are talking of some power being with someone else. the storm is stilled and the waves are calm. I like a dress that will not discourage people from approaching you for a kind word. he will have to wait. It should not be worn to attract attention.322 THE ultimate step of Self-realisation depends upon the base of Self-confidence. can identify the Source of Power before them. when are YOU going to acquire any power and confidence in your own self? 323 EVEN when Divinity comes down as Avatar. There will be no temptation for others to shout when you talk to them in whispers. Only those who are aware of the current within. the very first Sloka which is about Dharmakshetra! 328 IF one's passions and emotions have come under control of his higher nature. 324 ONE of the first principles of straight living is: Practice Silence. the Atma. 325 WHAT is a School for? To make man human. he exists at the animal level only. He moves towards the Moon for fear others may reach there before him and dives through the Sea to strike terror. then the Lord will assume responsibility for his progress towards Him. if in this way you travel all the time and depend upon a power which is with someone else. within him as Conscience. not outlandish and queer. Discipline alone can make him grow into his heritage.Guardianless Person. For the Voice of God can be heard in the region of your heart only when the tongue is stilled. All the rest have Him as the Natha or Guardian. It must be clean and decent.
by which the Lord will be pleased and through which he can approach the pedestal of God. as you are prone to do. there is no place for a "drama" with scenes of failures and defeats! What I will. rosaries. Hate screeches. it soothes. When you go to a temple and stand before the Image of God. It is to signalize the bond between Me and those to whom they are given. There is a strange glow on the face of a guideless person. render every deed into a fruit. 336 I SHALL tell you why I give these rings. Practice the Vocabulary of Love. Recognise Him there. but simply IS.329 DO not lay the blame on Godhead. Work is Worship--that is the motto. 333 WORSHIP is not a uniform to be put on and off at stated hours of the day. must take place. but Love sings lullabies. When everything goes right you say that God has come close to you. when something goes wrong you say that God has deserted you and gone far away! He does not move far or near. the article comes to Me in a
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. realise Him as closest and nearest to you. outer and inner cleanliness is but the reflection of the inner achievement. He is your own self. you pray with closed eyes. 334 NOW I must tell you. and Truth has no need to hesitate. I am Truth. it applies balm. He is always in your heart. The distance from Him to you is as much as the distance from you to Him. When "calamity befalls them. Silence is the speech of the Spiritual Seeker. that during this Sai Avatar. fit to wash His Lotus Feet. Therefore do not crave for the trivial material objects. 335 DO not attempt to know Me through the external eyes. Both have to be clean to provide the sense of tingling joy. Fear squeals. what I plan must succeed. So too. neither terrible nor tender. but crave for Me and you will be rewarded. 331 REASON can prevail only when arguments are advanced without the whipping of the Sound. etc. fear or bend. 330 YOU cannot be fresh and feeling fine wearing a washed vest under an unwashed shirt. full of the sweet juice of Love fit to be placed in His Hand. He is everywhere. Render every thought into a flower worthy to be held in His Fingers. 332 THE true aspirant will have a reverent attitude to the duty he is bound to. render every tear holy and pure. talismans.the soap of strong faith and the water of constant practice. Duty is God. Inner cleanliness has its own soap and water . Soft sweet Speech is the expression of genuine Love. don't you? Why? Because you feel the Inner Eye of Wisdom alone can reveal Him to you. Unlearn the language of hate and contempt. or an unwashed vest under a washed shirt. Conceit trumpets. He will carry out every task assigned to him as if it is an act of worship.
one has to develop in himself the qualities of Faith and Discipline. 342 TO achieve release. but if the doors of the heart are shut against the Light. If he but blasts the ego within. It has no fear. the elephant. So man should use it as an instrument for the clarification and the purification. One has to clarify and purify the inner Consciousness. It is an inert entity. it will not bend before others. in frantic pain. for I desire that you should contemplate on this and derive joy from the reform. meditating on His Form. learn and obey with hope and faith. discovering His Presence in Beauty. he is freed indeed! It is difficult indeed to understand the ego in its depth and devious ways. how can darkness disappear? You cannot sit back and expect the Incarnation to bring Peace and Joy into you. Goodness and Truth seen anywhere. that is to say. it cannot know itself nor can it know others. hyenas and other wild animals are feared by man and are driven by him into the dark recesses of the forests. 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. bears. Contemplating the Glories of God. to awaken. But he ignores it or suppresses it and revels in displaying the qualities of the ferocious beasts of the jungle. to guide. which is his due.flash and returns in a flash taking from Me the remedial Grace of protection. to lay down the path and shed the light of Love on it. The Incarnation comes to warn. he declares that he has in him the spark of the Divine. the cow. 338 IF each one does his duty in the spirit of dedication. and it has a face with furious moods. This ocean too is vast and full of mystery. 337 I HAD to tell you so much about My Truth. Tigers. 339 THE deer. 341 TO equip oneself with the Ocean-worthy boat of Grace. But man has to listen. So they are adored and even worshipped by man.
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. The Grace is available to all who call on Me in any Name or Form. for this purpose. to the level of lowly dust. repeating His Name . the "Chitta". so that you may be inspired to observe the disciplines laid down by Me and progress towards the Goal of Self-realisation. raging currents. 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 is boundless and as old as time. the horse . Love is the bond that wins Grace. the Light can illumine all. ever-agitated flow of life). Time is the Gift that God has blessed man with. it degrades man from the golden glory. man kneels before a million Gods. It has in its womb chaotic whirlpools. it has its unplumbed depths! It tosses man about from birth to death and again from death to birth. the goal is reached. not merely to those who wear these gifts. the Realisation of the Sai that shines in your hearts.these live on Sathvic food and behave in a Sathvic manner.by these means the process can be made successful. 340 THE ocean is a vast mystery. The wonder is that the wildness.
man desecrates himself by bartering himself for trivial pleasures. word and deed must be coordinated. they get recorded on the tape. Thought. 347 WE have a feeling that "Ananya Bhakti" consists in surrendering to God. Do everything with this awareness. "Sathyam-naasthi Paro Dharmah". That is the one eternal. you are friend. This word of SAI is the path of Truth. who are believers in Divinity. words can elevate or lower the individual. 345 WORDS can confer strength. Similarly. "One mind. The thoughts that the intellect frames. 346 DIAMOND and gold are only material things. man has made them precious. you are father. lightning appears and illuminates the cloud. Whenever we talk disparagingly. that is his Reality. "Janthoonaam narajanmam durlabham". one word. sarcastically or hatefully of others. Oh God of Gods". Real "Ananya Bhakti" comes from deep inquiry into the Reality of the Inner Self. words inflict damage in other ways too. But. play their role in serving Society and contributing to the betterment of the World. man is really the most valuable being on earth. ethical. He has recognised his uniqueness and importance for. which is our own mind. they are the two faces of the same coin. one act". technological and spiritual progress is for man to live as fully as man ought to and rise to the height of the Divine. 344 SATHYA and Dharma go together. One must learn the habit of making one's words sweet. "Wisdom must illuminate Education". witness of everything. The sign of a holy person of Mahatma is "Manasayekam. backed by patience. "There is no Dharma higher than Sathya. Words can gain friends. God is watching your actions always. Vachasyekam. material.343 THE best way to resolve the confusion and conflicts that hamper moral. They should become Prema Swaroopas or Embodiments of Love and by their Sadhana. they can drain it off. you are my saviour. bigger than the biggest thing. they can turn them into enemies. forbearance and compassion. we have surrendered and are practicing "Ananya Bhakti". Righteousness is built on the foundation of Truth". A person is judged by his words. must be reflected as feeling in the mind and translated into action by the hands. and pleasant. he declares. 349 WHEN clouds gather in the sky. the Atma is Brahman and Brahman is "Atma". Even when no one is seeing. Smaller than the smallest atom. soft. We think that simply by declaring "You are mother. The situation can improve only through Asthikas. In spite of the awareness. saying "I have no Saviour other than you".
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. They must fulfill one another. 348 THE World today is in a very bad state. universal teaching. God is present in you and is visualizing through thousands of eyes what you do. Karmanekam". defamingly.
neutron. 355 ALL Religions exhort man to cleanse the heart of malice. you cannot have any matter. Evil habits in which men indulge are the chief causes of disease. for the goal lies at the end of that road. it proves that he has missed the significance of his faith. it must be trodden tomorrow. greed. People have forgotten the goal. the path has become hidden by an overgrowth of briar and bush.350 THERE are three types of knowledge: Knowledge of matter-energy. Vice breeds disease. If someone argues that he is higher or that his Religion is holier. the path and the habit of walking on it. physical as well as mental. 356 SACRIFICE. Matter in all forms is only Energy. Without atoms. the bridges and culverts are in disrepair. Then he becomes a worthy candidate for Godhood. "Arogya" and "Ananda" go hand in hand. Energy springs from the structure of the atomic constituents. This absurd self-deception is the root of the tragedy from which the World suffers today. knowledge of mental energy. based on Dharma. proton. hate and anger. centuries ago in the Vedas. He is Santhiswarupam. In fact he lives by the power of the Atma. 351 MAN does not live by food alone. Cosmic energy works in every person in the form of Divine knowledge. Greed affects the mind. essentially and fully immortal. 353 THE God ward path is Karma. disappointment makes man depressed. both physical and mental. 354 MAN is basically. and knowledge of cosmic energy. An uncontaminated mind alone can ensure continuous health. Bad thoughts and habits. energy has the form of electron. beyond the memory of history. and in the atom. therefore. So you must use your strength of body and mind. A sense of elation and exultation keeps the body free from ill health. caused by poisons in the mind. bad company and bad food are fertile grounds where disease thrives. It was laid down. That road is the only refuge. service. if not today. and compassion when others suffer grief are virtues that purify and prepare the individual to the arduous task of reaching the Goal. Now. of strength. yet he weeps that he is miserable. All Religions hold out the gift of Grace as the prize for success in this cleaning process. sharing in the exaltation of others. "Sathyam Vada". only by the cultivation of virtues. Man can justify his existence as man. Ideas of superiority and inferiority arise only in a heart corrupted by egoism. yet everywhere he is overlaid with anxiety. That is the path also towards joy. "Dharmam Chara": the Vedas call on you. wealth and education with intelligence. Expand the
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. what is the use of physical strength? 352 ILLNESS. contentment and. is a reaction of the body. He is "Amruthaswarupam" yet he is afraid he would die! He is "Anandaswarupa". in order to realise the Power of the Soul. Without discrimination. etc.
which manipulates the mind in its favour through the eye. For each there is the path that he has chosen and the Name and the Form of God he prefers. Form (fire). everything is intended for the happiness of all. 357 FOR each person. That is Dharma. live for reaching God. whatever paths I pursue. or "Sayujyam" or "Brahmasaakshaathkaaram". or "Aikyaanubandhaanam" or "becoming one with the Infinite" . It is the symbol of the silent state of the Supreme Bliss. Whatever I do. Do not carp at the behaviour of others or at the efforts they make to get consolation and courage amidst the turmoil of life. speak about these just as you saw or heard or did! And what is Dharma? Practicing what you preach. for the sake of these experiences which yield joy or grief. which you have to put into practice. then only does the cycle of change end. 359 IT is much easier to speak the Truth and be done with it. 363
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. Every mortal must attain Immortality. Contact with the external world is maintained by the senses. What you have seen or heard or done. a child of Immortality. the stage of spiritual attainment reached and the goal of life accepted. Touch (Air). of envy and hate and of malice and conceit. Call it "reaching the Goal".the Names may differ but the Finish is the same. Also do not give up your Code of duties and take up that which is recommended for someone else. then only is man liberated from the bonds of birth. achieved by steady endeavour over the diabolic foes of lust and greed. Taste (Water). life and death. there is a Code of Conduct laid down in the Shastras. doing as you practice in life.limited awareness of the individual into the limitless realm of Divine Glory . 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. Earn virtuously. 361 THE symbol on the Flag at Prasanthi Nilayam is a reminder of this ideal. 362 THERE is not the slightest trace of self-interest in Me. which draws the mind to itself through the skin. and for the improvement of all. for he is "Amruthasya Puthra". All My wishes are only to promote the welfare of the World. Desire is something alien to Me. 358 DELUSION has to die. It is the symbol of Victory. down the corridors of Time. which enslaves the mind through the tongue. won through Self-control and Self-realisation. for the good of all.that has been the call. live in the fear of God. and Smell (Earth). the profession adopted. "Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu" is the only objective of SAI (May all the World be happy). according to age and status. which attracts the mind through the nose. earn piously. 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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and discover the delight of the Spirit. which says. he has to learn the way to God. You have come today to your own home. 390 IT is the duty of everyone to live in the awareness of Truth. patience and quiet. My home is your heart. Through Cleanliness. if there are two! And if they are three. "The world shivers before one woman. This is the "Raja Yoga" path that the Vedas teach. 388 SILENCE. He who lives on Earth must become Man at first. 385 YOU must not be like a piece of blotting paper. 389 ONE should progress from this stage to the awareness of the Atma. the stars will drop down at noon"! Why are women so characterized? A woman is extremely deficient in Sahana. The feeling that God will come to our rescue has to be vivid and vital. motivating and activating all that we do or speak or think. not in the revelry of noise. it is the seer of the Universe. Then. fortitude. The Atma illumines all objects. The effect of offering flowers may not last long. By Forbearance. Flowers fade and rot soon. you earn purity. He will foster you from within you. unfolding its petals when the Sun rises in the sky. The faith has to be stable and strong. 391
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. You must be a Lotus. So do not try to have your lunch elsewhere but in your home where you get this day food consecrated by Me. In Silence the voice of God can be heard. I mean ability to bear defeat. Cleanliness and Forbearance. He takes a hundred steps towards you! He will be more than a mother or father. Service rendered to others in this spirit will be a great source of joy to you as well as to the recipient. The ocean will dry up. the Prasad. O. suffering with no thought of retaliation. as He has saved and fostered so many Saints who have placed faith in Him. What God loves more are the flowers blossoming on the tree of man's own life. you cultivate Love. forbearance. If you take one step towards Him. absorbing all the passions and emotions.THE Lord rushes towards the Bhakta faster than the Bhakta rushes towards Him. that three women cannot live in unison! There is a Telugu limerick. That is why woman is said to be the weaker sex. 387 WOMEN are proverbially too individualistic! There is a popular belief born out of folklore. fed and fostered by his own skill and sincerity. it needs no other source of illumination to shine. 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. all the joys and grief that the actress Nature demonstrates during the stages of life. This is your home not Mine. The are the flowers of his virtues grown in the garden of his heart. by Sahana.
His potentiality and His power. the Divine in him. mountain and star and each tiny worm has a lesson for man. Despising brother man. not for the wholly healthy. Every bird. there is no need for counsel! Medicine is for the ill. you cannot. 392 GOD is seeking the pure heart that longs to reach Him. Atmaka and Swarupam. it signifies that the Lord is established in that manifestation of His. by disciplined processes. it is a Gurukul where he is a pupil from birth to death. Other "Akaras" (Forms) are all subsumed in the Linga Form. a constant guide and inspiration. disease or deviation from the right. and Karma-Nishtha. These make the World a veritable University for man.NOWADAYS man has the habit of acting and talking according to his whims. For this purpose. he has come endowed with the body and the intelligence needed to control it and divert it to useful channels of activity. the latent and the patent. to call it bestial is an insult to the beasts. 395 THE Linga is the Form of God. That is why he is called "Vyakthi". 396 IF you do not feel the call at the sight of human distress. steady pursuit of Dharma and Karma. anxiety or agitation. morality and good work. You find people weeping in their heart of hearts but laughing their lives away. if you serve any one. mysterious God? When you do not love man. weeping profusely over their fate. Counsel is for those. emerging from the "Nirakara" to "Sakara". who is determined to go down to his doom. The World is reduced to a theatre by man. Shakthi. has to be labeled demonic.
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. for devotion to God has become a histrionic performance. worship God. Worship is more for effect. there is no sincerity. the Supreme to which Shiva and Shakthi belong. so. God will not accept that hypocrisy. We find people who laugh in their heart of hearts. For one who is so perverse. which is the concrete presentation of His play. inscrutable. disease or deprivation. every animal. God is resident in every heart. who suffer from doubt. Give up egoism. That is why the Lord is described as Shiva. that service reaches the God within him: it brings to you the Grace of God. your heart will not love God. 394 THE World itself is a great teacher. This counsel is contained in the Shastras and the Sacred Texts. 397 THE heart that does not melt at the sight of persons caught in the coils of ignorance. a play acted with the pit in view. at the same time. how can you muster the determination and dedication necessary to serve the unseen. That is the reason why man is surrounded and sustained by the world. but to all observers. the Divine energy that motivates him. There is no control exercised by conscience or moral sense or manners. His Sakthi. he has come to manifest. You must achieve this by Dharma-Nishtha. If you do. "Prakrithi" or the Objective World is the base. every tree. or the wholly dead. he who makes "Vyaktha" (clear) the "Sakthi" that is in him. if he has but the will and the thirst to learn. 393 MAN did not come here to sleep and eat.
Love is fostered by Shanti (equanimity). anger. man has to live up to that Divine status. Then India will be happy and prosperous. nothing can restore the pristine purity. You must curb greed. security. which alone is eternal and is the only refuge. he may regain it by some means or other. which is all strung on Love. 400 SHIVA is worshipped with the three-leafed bilva. first and foremost. If one loses status and authority he may. So one has to be ever vigilant and should never slacken. it is mere "Sava"-Corpse).
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. That is the means by which you can make yourselves efficient Seva Dal Workers. 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. If Virtue is lost. You may have all other desirable things in plenty.. then only we can have justice. 398 THE pollution of character that is spreading in the cities is fast invading the villages also. If he loses health. 401 FAITH has to be cultivated. is the greatest folly of man. Money comes and. envy and pride. you cannot have genuine Peace. He removes the three types of grief. but if you have no character. and live in amity and the spirit of brotherhood.. true and lasting happiness. 399 LIFE has been bestowed not for just eating and digesting and roaming and reclining. nations will weaken and mankind will perish. If one loses wealth. but for a far greater purpose . nothing in this World can give happiness that is. gain them back. Krishna has said "Anityam Asukham Lokan Imam Papya Bhajaswa Maam". some doctor might prescribe a tonic to win it back. goes! But morality? It comes and grows! Morality has to be grown in the heart by feeding it with Love. it is lost forever. In the Gita.the realisation of Divinity in us. the diseased and the disabled. by sheer luck. They must appreciate the ancient Indian ideals of simplicity and sincerity. for He is immanent in the three Worlds. the distressed and the downtrodden. The second one is unhappiness (Asutham). Love is the basis of Character.sensualism and greed. belief in the glory of the Atma (Self) and Love. Shanti can be gotten only when there is full reliance on God and complete surrender to the Divine Will. One is impermanence (Antiyam). Deserve the Grace of God by helping the weak and poor. He is the embodiment of the sweetness and efficacy of nectar. 403 THIS created Universe has two aspects. in the three phases of Time and in the three attributes of Nature. in all that exists around us and even beyond all things that strike our senses. Each one must carry out the duties of his role in a worshipful attitude. Mistaking this World as "All" and forgetting the Atman. It has to be nurtured in Love. fill your hearts with renunciation. 402 THE greatest of the virtues is Love. The villages should not yield to the temptation of imitation and invite catastrophe on themselves. He has no basis outside Him. that is to say Virtue. Since every being is Shiva Swarupa (for without Siva. law and order. service and spiritual oriented living. If Love declines among the people.
406 ANY one may blame you. So also is the individual. mental and spiritual planes. Man should seek to possess only as much money as is most essential for his living. The heart of man has to be toughened. it is Unified Godhead. 405 DEVOTE your body. is high up in the sky. The body is not gifted to you so that you hate and nurture jealousy against others and live selfishly. if too small. 408 MAN has been enslaved by money. You should devote this precious gift of the body in selfless and loving service always. awareness and vigilance. that likes to renounce and give. since peace is prayed for in the physical. 407 SHANTI has detachment as the basic quality. Money too has to be with us only just enough for a life of physical and mental comfort. Justice and Goodness is fast disappearing. When we have more. but you should ignore all such blame and go forward in doing service without rancour. the kindly kinsman. the teacher. The Prayer for Shanti is usually repeated thrice: "OM Shanti. Shanti endows man with an unruffled mind and steady vision. Shanti. The material is receiving greater attention than the moral and spiritual. "Paropakarartham Idam Sariram". and not at the cost of spiritual values. Man should not bring his blood to boil nor should he yield to fear. Money and mansions are not the only wealth. but within limits. The quantity of riches one must own can be compared to the shoes one wears. who takes you into his fold and clothes you with the halo of remembrance. Death is not the merciless that he is made out to be. Spiritual wisdom is wealth. the distinction between good and bad is seldom recognised. Faith in the victory of Truth. The sea. grief is the real preceptor. if too big. He lives a superficial. he is the friend and companion. it breeds pride. Good conduct is wealth. Hoard the wealth of the Spirit. they are one. discrimination. the cloud. mind and senses to the service of others. worse than an animal.404 TODAY. Codes of decent behaviour are being ignored and laughed at. they cause pain. material needs are to be taken care of. Character is wealth. The Universe is a manifestation of God. Serving is your sole duty. Cherishing this thought of Oneness and serving Society is true Adyatmic or Spiritual life. Of course. lies low. All these three are like Brahma. man is pinning all his hopes on this slippery World and is madly running after amassing and hoarding wealth. 410 JOY is a deceptive trap. This is indeed a great pity. This body is intended to do only good and service to others. they are a hindrance while walking. it has to be made
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. hollow and artificial life. circumspection. teaching caution. 409 THE world is becoming more and more deeply immersed in irreverence and cruelty. which likes to gather and possess. sloth and contempt for others. the Trinity. Vishnu and Maheswara. Actually there are no three. not hardened. it is said. Shanti". detachment.
immediately you turn around and declare. moving in good company. 415 ENDEAVOUR always to promote the joy and happiness of your fellow countrymen in this continent. grief and distress. Name without "Bhava" seldom reaches the mark. They said that if "Bhoomata" (Mother Earth). this can be achieved only by the blows of loss. 416 HAVE your Prema fixed on the Lord. not slithery. they are staying exactly where they were when they first arrived. Do not let the treasure slip on some silly excuse or other. 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. This is the benefit. thousands in fact. and for those who have kindled desires. enthusiasm and exultation lifts men aloft into the rarefied air of Holy Beatitude. whether your pretty wishes are fulfilled or not. 413 YOU will doubtless agree when I say that Ananda is your greatest need. the chance to move about in the Sea of Spirit is indeed a sign of Grace. Good and bad cannot be kept together in the same vessel.soft. No act done without Love can be commended. It has to be earned the hard way . born of egoism. Night and light cannot coexist. But. 417
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. "This Sai is not God". you are foremost in singing. The name of the Lord must be recited with awe and wonder. listening to discourses. "Sai Sankara. there are many who come here. hear and contact Divinity. But you cannot order it from any shop. year after year. the God). humility and reverence. desisting from evil and keeping the mind attached to the Glory of God. 411 MAYA can be recognised and driven out only when the mind is purified by Prema and the avoidance of envy and hatred. "Nijamata" (the Mother) and "Vedamata" (Mother Scripture) were revered and fostered and used as best as they could be. They are afraid of sin.doing good deeds. sharing in the Bhajans. Bharath is so called. lectures. as fairs and festivals are held in holy places. 414 YOU are getting the great chance of partaking in a huge Sathsang from today. Sai Sankara". but when the shadow of disappointment falls on you. It is God's way of shaping us in the Divine mould. When Sai Baba confers success after success on you. then the good also will turn bad. "Gomata" (Mother Cow). the wave of exhilaration. they are eager to acquire "Jnana". Thousands are coming to this place. prompted by a keen desire to see. be sharers in this joy and happiness. happiness is certain and liberation is assured. because the people of that country have "Rathi" (great attachment) to "Bha" (Bhagavan.
The mysterious indescribable Superpower has come within reach. That is why sometimes. It will never engage Itself in any task without fruit". Do not treat any one as an alien. Know the "Marma". Only the years that you have lived with the Lord have to be counted as life. the property you have accumulated. "Madbhakthash yathra gaayanthe. in order to reveal who I am. You will understand Me only through My work. envy or pride against or before anyone. I do not want you to extol Me. this Sai is here creating and fostering the World and all its various communities living and non living. the rest are all out of count. Men. 423
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. I give only to fill you with Ananda. Have no anger. develop attachment for the Lord. This Prasanthi Nilayam is also the refuge for all who have no other place to go to. 421 MUSIC. Remember all have Me as their guardian and support. Even animals and plants are susceptible to music.PRACTICE renunciation from now on. Showering Ananda. Be full of humility. the fame you have amassed and the titles you have won. have faith in human goodness. Understand what I teach not Who is the teacher. 420 YOU need not waste time in trying to discover Me and My nature. "I do not give in order to attract you to Me. I Myself show you My "Visiting Card". which has illumined for centuries the hearts of humanity. malice. something that you call a Miracle. Do not count and calculate what the Puttaparthi Sai Baba gives. you don't know when . you will be in tears when you think of the house you have built. or the duty I assign you. 422 PEOPLE of all ages. of various levels of learning and intelligence come to Prasanthi Nilayam. is universally popular. a vehicle of Peace. Know that all this is for the fleeting moment. for I am beyond your intellect and your Shakti. or the mystery and carry out the "Karma". women and children of all lands are amenable to its subtle influence. as a driver in the engine drawing a long line of coaches along. there I seat Myself". 418 THE glory of Bharath. . I shall be satisfied if you rely on Me. of all states of health and wealth. Or at that moment. who will be with you wherever you go. is My task. 419 LEARN from childhood the recitation of the Name and Prayer and the Practice of Silence. As the spark that causes the fire. is awaiting the march of the Sai Movement through proper presentation and practical application by you. as the designer and operator of a system of automatic lights. Let children contemplate the beauties and the magnificence of God's Handiwork and be filled with mystery and awe. The Lord has said. to have an even more brilliant future in the coming years. thathra thishtaami Naarad": "Where My devotees sing. that you may set out on the journey when the call comes.
and all Forms men can conceive. It is universal and infinite in Jnana. for he sees others as distinct and different. Arjuna. Others may. The Bhagavata is saturated with the sweetness of Prema. when Vairagya has been achieved. But what they do is to realise even the stone as God. with no substance to hinder His breath. you are a rock on the shore. With a Vedanta. it gives courage and enterprise. He will stick the flute into His sash. It is the very breath of Bhaktiyoga. playing upon you with a delicate touch. while in other countries they are misused in the diabolic attempt to make weapons of mass destruction. 428 THE Dharma that is the heritage of India is the stuff of life for all men. 424 VEDANTA is like the roar of the lion. It trains him in methods of detachment and discrimination. it makes a man hero. denote the One and Only God. light. Thishtati". in their ignorance. it sees the Lord everywhere and in everything. God is the resident motivator of all beings.a hollow reed . so that he may aim high and attain liberation. 427 IF you have the capacity to draw the Lord to yourself. which would otherwise rob you of sleep.saturated heart. 429 DO not attach yourself too much to this body or to the things that bring comfort to it. it does not whine or howl or cry. that all names.PREMA is the motive power in Karmayoga. the OM will be transformed into the gama. unaffected by the waves of temptation. instills the highest types of self-confidence. Then He will come and pick you up from the ground. Further research can only strengthen and confirm their authenticity. Until this fact is realised by the individual he will be tainted by traces of anger. Be like the flute . and evict the pettiness of conceit. Believe that all hearts are motivated by the one and Only God. of running after little joys. 425 THE spiritual laws that the sages of India have discovered and laid down will never be overruled. It is the nectar which can confer Immortality.straight. He will breathe Divine music through you. it acts like a waterproof medium against the hail storms on sensual pleasure. pride and hate. Vedanta challenges your spirit of adventure and your own reality. In His hand. The highest energies of man in this land are used for conquering death. laugh at Indians for taking a stone to be God. an act which is a grand victory. It is transformed into God. as further facts only render the diamond more brilliant. it is the strongest armour against the arrows of take.the removal of the blemish of egoism from the mind. 426 ALL Religions teach one basic discipline . It is the backbone of morality and well-being. it drives cowardice away. He will press His lips on it. Bharath has contributed to the World the priceless gem of Truth. He will Himself come to you and be with you. it is a curtain keeping out the mosquitoes of worry. "Iswarah Darvabhutaanaam Hrddese. that all faiths glorify the One and the Only God. the Infinitesimal will be transmuted into the Infinite. You earn three friends in this life: the first is the riches you accumulate which refuse to come with you when you
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. They stand valid forever. Every Religion teaches man to fill his being with the Glory of God. in all languages.
If you want to know the way in which you have to observe "Sathya" or Truth in speech. for Light. the merit and demerit that you have earned. 432 DO not cloud your mind with cheap desires. His real nature is "Shanti". and joy. Celebrate your triumph over the foes within that hamper your march to victory. the Sun and the Moon of the inner firmament. a worm born in sin. "Sathya" and "Ahimsa". Prema is the special gift I bring. Yes. transitory hungers. but the wonder is that you discover faults in others only when you have faults in you. look into the Gita. God is said to reside in everything. Acquire Me as your Charioteer. when you merge in the Universal. 431 MAN must earn his birthright. That is My uniqueness: Prema. To recover his heritage of "Shanti". and for Immortality. namely. namely "Shanti". That is the basis of all My acts. Why? Because your real nature is purity. But these are not fundamental. all are pure and good. But you do not know it. (Speech that does not create pain or anger or grief to others). man tries various methods: accumulation of riches. Universal Love. "Jyothi" and "Amrutham" are won that "Shanti" will be established. Once you rid yourselves of faults. He knows best what to give and when. essentially wicked. 435 BEFORE pointing to the faults of others. Kith and kin. It is only when "Sath". accompany you to the last. Divine Love. Earn that unfailing Grace by your sincerity. you resent it. The third. The second. He is full of Prema. the World becomes a cauldron of misery. Three basic wants still remain after all these methods have been tried: the need for Reality. but the fault is yours not to recognise God in all His various manifestations. simplicity. and Love for Love's own sake. wallowing in sin. the two lights. 430 YOU complain that God is invisible. and "Sadhana". It tells you that the best speech is "anudvegakarm Vaakyam". Devoid of Prema. mastery of knowledge and cultivation of the arts. He resides as Prema. That alone gives you the right. You are yourself "a manifestation of God". with you. They are the guides which will take you to the goal. accompany your body to the burial ground or cremation ghat.move out of this life. Yearn for the enthronement of your soul as the unquestioned monarch of the Universe. peace. Sinner". and thirsts that need but morsels or mouthfuls. But let someone who takes you at your word call you "Hello. Whatever you touch becomes gold. I shall lead you to that consummation. maintenance of health. 434 RELY on the Lord and accept whatever is your lot. 433 YOU have two eyes in your Consciousness. "Ashanti" is for him an unnatural state. examine yourselves and assure yourselves that you are free from faults.
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. He is in you. you call yourself a sinner. the special medium through which My Grace operates. That is the Divine Alchemy of Love.
who calls you in and puts you on. You have to be ready. Do not run after quacks or pseudo panaceas. you have to be His "Sakhaa" (friend) or "Bandhu" (kinsman). you stick to only one form. Cultivate His friendship or kinship by the attitude of Love and Dedicated Service.
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. attracting them by the manifestation of My "Shakti" (Power) and "Samarthya" (Capacity). He holds the strings. Be warned against this mistake. who knows the Play. like Rama or Krishna. The Director. and not lose your way in the tangle of the outer events and emotional conflicts. the restoration of "Sanathana Dharma". A person whose favourite form is Rama or Shiva will feel neglected if. but when It is with you and before you. Sow the seeds of Prema. This is the task. This process was specially discovered by the Sages of the inner mystery. the external adventures and activities. "Shanti". the next on Rama and so on. 437 SINCE I move about with you. apply the proper remedy. and so. eat like you. 440 WHEN a Namavali extols Shiva. the "Dharma" laid down in the Vedas for the good of all the peoples of the World. Do not take Rama as a brother. Since Divinity is enveloped by humanness. This is the Sai Sankalpa. who assigns the roles. is behind the curtain. Let them grow. that is the way of the wise. It was specially discovered by the Sages of India. The revival of Vedic Dharma is the Sai Sankalpa (the resolve that Sai has). son and husband. prepared for that moment. later you are assured of the fruit. and removing the weeds. But any moment. it will uproot untruth. India rose to the status of the whole World. watered by Faith and yield the blossoms of "Sahana" (fortitude). If He must be seen. talking with you and engaging Myself in activities with you. you are deluded into the belief that this is but an instance of common humanity.436 TO have faith you must dive deep into the inner mystery of the Avatars. not only drawing people towards Me. 441 YOU are only actors on the stage before the footlights.not at some future date. to its genuine and natural status. Merely being an onlooker will not entitle you to approach Him and be in His holy company. make all of you exult in ecstasy. You can be moved into the adoration only by diving into the cool depths of the inner mystery. This phenomenon will sustain Truth. This is My advice. entangled in the personal calamity of having his wife kidnapped and heroically rescuing her. out of inadvertence. the next one will have to be on Krishna. and in that victory. you must endeavour to overcome "Maya" (Delusion) that hides it from your eyes. My Divinity may be revealed to you. even while this Body is existing . I am also deluding you by My singing with you. Diagnose yourself. but he is resorting to remedies that cannot cure. Discover the root cause. 439 MAN is ill. You are a puppet. Let the atmosphere of Bhajan be free from competitive conceit and fanaticism. you can witness very soon. 438 YOU can hear adoration to Sathya Sai's Name reverberating throughout the World. after preparing the soil of you heart. and talk with you. who gives the cues. this is the duty. This is not a "Brahmathathwa" (phenomenon of delusion). and this has to be the vow. And again.
This is the reason why man has been praying since Ages through the Gayatri hymn. the desire which prompts you. This is the Truth you have to realise and cherish as the most precious in life. "Uncontrolled desire". there is no discipline more valuable and more effective than Seva. as a result of the ceaseless prompting of the senses. The balanced persons will be active because it is their duty. there is an extra "O". You cannot achieve the Goal through good works alone. 443 MAN cannot reap the full fruits of his life here below if he only gathers riches or collects popular votes. Prayer. 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. 448 THE human body is a temple chariot. or loads his head with tons of tomes. Then he will certainly have plenty of Divine Grace. that will serve him well enough. That is your Duty and Duty is God. or Prema. Desire plus Life is Man. The Godly will take up activity as a means of worshipping God. A formidable list can be made of the inadequacies and defects of man but. the reputation that tantalizes you these are all sheer zeros. joy and grief. The emotional. the Atma is installed therein. the fruit that entices you. 446 INTELLECT alone can direct man in the path of discrimination.failure or success. Dharma-Artha. passionate individuals will plunge headlong and crave for quick results. He has to cultivate and practice virtues too. The One appears as if it is enshrined in the 1000 bodies. and will be disappointed if they do not come in. something that is a mere Zero. and they leave the result to God. 445 YOU have to busy yourselves with activity in order to use time and skill to the best advantage. In good. "Illumine me and prompt my intelligence so that I may walk aright". with no self intruding. That is to say. The dull and the inert will hesitate to be active for fear of exhaustion or failure or loss. He has to adhere to Dharma. always clamouring for more. the Universal Absolute. between the true path and the false. passions and urges. gain and
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. They know that they are but instruments in the hands of God. 444 ONE gets the liberating Wisdom of the Reality through Grace. we have God. impulses. All the 1008 Names of the 1000-faced Society connote only the One God that plays in those 1000 roles. the proper step and the improper. 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. and it is dragged by emotions. along the streets of desire. Success and failure. a big 0. Earn Artha through Dharma. that is to say. 447 MAN loses his status of humanness through acts that shame even the beasts. Life minus Desire is God. the basic defect is greed.442 TO realise the One. They will not be agitated by anything . which personalizes itself into God and creation. Leave it off and then we have God who is Zeroless.
for he is God. as no worldly being can. breeze without a bearer fanning you. many pour their attention only on the chariot. decay. Vyasa. fire without smoke. that should not limit your loyalty to that particular province only. Then. he is immortal as God. 453 THE Dominion of God is without horizon. The World and its attractions may appeal to your instincts and impulses but. discover unity. You may have light without oil. Surdas condemns the hand that does not worship God and calls such hands "sticks of wood". 449 SAGES and Saints have known that the most noteworthy achievement of the senses of man is the glorification of the God within. Whereas "Nara" means Man. its height. every being will be God. "Narayana" is the name for God. but the inner hunger is the same for all mankind. they are but globules of glass. summarised all the Puranas in one single line of a small couplet: "Doing good to others is the only meritorious act. Creeds. that do not earn a vision of God". It envelops space and goes even beyond it. who wrote eighteen voluminous Puranas. Love Him. Develop the inner vision and the habit of listening to the inner Voice. elements). 452 THE spark of Love in you has to be cherished and fed. castes and country of origin may differ. a chilliness in the air of your room in the sizzling heat of summer. Here too. that is part of the procession. Nara symbolises the five constituents of the Cosmos. every reaction you get from the outside world will be charged with Prema and sweetened with nectar. So do not allow the needs of worship or puja to put blinkers on your eyes. but. the Crown and Consummation of human existence. and falsehood.loss are the dancers who accompany this procession of Life. at least desist from doing evil. The expression Narayana. every act will be Divine. your
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. God draws out your Love. condemning others and seeking faults in others. You love the God in all beings and the God in all beings responds with Love. Love God. implies that Nara is Narayana. That itself is meritorious service! Do not try to discover differences. which denotes "man". Do not have other names or other forms of the same Supra-Cosmic Magnificence. Adoration of God has to be through one name and one form. and you are assured of unshakable Peace and infinite Joy. For hate breeds fear. destruction and death. doing evil is the most heinous sin". says one. Of these two syllables "ra" means decline. though tribulation may be your lot. which is used in the Scriptures. It is pitiable that man is misled to believe that he is the decaying. daily dying physical frame. When you feel you cannot do good. though you are refused and rebuked. For it is only in the crucible of travail that the metal is purified and cleared of blemish. the Purushottama. "Na" means "without". which emanated from God to form the Cosmos. It drains your mind of peace. 450 LIVE without hating others. its decoration and its progress. Hate is the seedbed of anxiety. "They are not eyes. Many others are concerned with the dance of duality and the pain-pleasure duet. "They are not ears. Few pay attention to the Atma. scandal. Man or Nara has no decay. Unless you are at peace with yourselves and with those around you. the five Bhoothas (projections. 451 CONSIDER the word "Nara". they are but muscular protrusions that do not relish the praise of God" says another. so that it may reach God.
457 ENDURANCE. When you are fixed in this path. That is the relationship. That is the bond. Love alone can alleviate anxiety and allay fear. By systematic education. By taking the teachings to heart. good or bad.pulse will be quick and your blood will be racing in rage and rancour. Violence). and My way of living is Prema. Baba is the original of which I am the reflection. There is nothing more precious than Love within human grasp. 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. you do "Dhyana" morning and evening. so clean and clear that you merge in Him. 459 THE word Hindu means those who keep away from the path of violence.all for realising that you are but an image to become a clean. when you cultivate it. the mind can attain the state. What is happiness? It is the state of mind which is. distant) The Shastras declare that the essence of all the 18 Puranas. The pure heart directed towards God and reflecting His image is indeed Heaven. If activity is done as worship. "Sakhyam" and "Atmanivedanam" . then the mind can attain the state. away from inflicting injury on others.Injury. clear image of the Lord. inspired by the noble passion of consecrating human skills for adoring the Divine and communicating the super sensuous. 455 BHARATH is the birthplace of the Vedas and of the Shastras. It is the nursery of music and other fine arts. My teaching is Prema. or Kailasa. is the royal road to Peace. "Dasyam". "Archanam". comforts. you do "Japam". It will blossom into peace and calm. "Vandanam". The Ramayana and the Mahabharatha are reservoirs of Knowledge for the seekers of Peace. Everyone craves "Sukha" and "Shanti". you engage yourself in "Sravanam". My activity is Prema. Sin is when you do evil to another. so highly revered in India. 456 WHO is Baba? Who am I? And the answer is: I am the reflected image of Baba. du (dura-away. Hin (Hinsa . by fortune. whether you know it or not. 454 PREMA. If activity is done as worship. will remove the weeds of anger and malice. the intellectual and the dynamic adorer of God. or reputation. It is the stuff and sustenance of the mystic and the ascetic. They are replete with examples and precepts which are inspiring and timely. Another illusion is that happiness consists in accumulating money. Epics and Puranas that have elaborated the principles enunciated therein for the education of the common man. knowledge. Trying to be happy through such accumulation is like getting into the Madras bus and hoping to reach Bangalore. with joyful resignation of the ups and downs of life. then the mind will be steady and free from anxiety. Vaikunta. My message is Prema. you will welcome all Faiths and
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. It is the field where the Science of Yoga was cultivated and systematized. but there is no one to instruct Youth how to win them. is: Merit is when you do good to another. Whether the image is distorted or correct. "Padasevanam". Purity can be attained. "Kirtanam".
Parsis. It is the abode of the highest form of Shanti . 462 THIS Nilayam is "Prasanthi Nilayam". In fact. each petal being the direction in which a particular tendency attracts the individual. Some of you I know are sad that I have announced so. humility and sacrifice. you are. what am I to fill them with?
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. 465 YOU will have seen the announcement that you should not bring Me fruits. through the cleansing of the mind by means of good work. 464 BECOME fit for the vision of God that you seek in the temples.Religions as kith and kin. so that you can dedicate yourself to the services of God's Plan. he causes no trouble. when it grows. Go humbly. He sits in a corner. Gopala did not graze cattle but. God. flowers etc. If your hands are full. deed and thought. it comes up with a stem and two incipient leaves! But later. the many petalled lotus of the Heart. protected and fed "Jivis". resting without a break. The doctors will be thankful to him.Prasanthi. The God bound man is like that. I very often address you as "Shanti Swarupulaara". I shall fill your hands with gifts and Grace. peace. 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. the Nilayam of Prasanthi. Buddhists. watching the pranks and the wildness of the other inmates. for he needs no care. even ordinary sane people go mad and behave like savages. each one of you. Therefore. The Bull on which Siva is said to ride is not the animal called by that name but. His madness may be melancholia or he may be a Jnani. Jews. But sometimes in the Mental Hospital you will find one type of "mad man". All Faiths attempt to train man along the path. He is the only sane man in this mad world. through the common sustenance of truth. That is why. you should look for the meaning which satisfies the head. the trunk is one. known also as "Go". You cannot draw out from within you that which is not there. 463 THIS World is full of people who suffer from insanity but. the "Mano-phala" uncontaminated by the pests of greed and egoism. who are still outside the asylums! Suddenly. Come to Me with empty hands. "Shanthi" and "Prema". In the study of the Veda. at the very core of your being. one should not forget that the roots send food as sap through one single trunk. 460 WHEN a tree first shoots forth from the seed. feeds the spiritual hunger of all nations and all faiths. all aspire to win the same illumination. "Dharma". when hatred envelops a country. and the branches are many! Each branch may be thick enough to be called a trunk but. But I tell you. Muslims. Take the "Hrudhayapushpa". My object is to remind you that your real nature is Shanti. full of fragrance of Prema. the same God. Shanthi must be deep down. Become sweet in word. with Prema in your heart for all creation. virtue. equanimity. the symbol of Dharma or Righteousness which has the four legs. "Sathya". unruffledness and non-attachment. Christians.
471 IF only you surrender your wish and will and your fancies and fantasies to God. He will lead you aright. console the distressed. to recognise Him Saints have had to prescribe a thousand methods. he too. yet He evades discovery by all but a few. That is the real timetable of activities of man. provided you give me so much in return. For wealth that belongs to you need not be hidden. Spread joy. for the better comfort and more luxurious consumption of the Worshipper himself. How can that be? I am as near you as you are near Me. the whisper of men. it can be won only through renunciation". and give you peace and joy. God is present at all places but. is it not? But. If another shrine promises more. This distance from Me to you is the same as the distance from you to Me.
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.466 ALL Worship and Puja is for "Bhakthi" only. Well. and the OM that is wafted everywhere. who is a prisoner in this jail. That is the way in which worldly men wander about in their panicky rounds. He is the Giver of all Gifts. That is the reason why Vedas have declared: "Not through actions. some other God. let me tell you this. liberated from prison. might be more profitable. hours gained by entrusting this precious work to paid helpers. not through progeny. and help the lame to walk. I shall give you so much. the babble of children. 467 YOU are as distant from the Lord as you think you are. That is more fruitful than hours of Dhyana. Devotion has been vulgarised into a business deal. Accept whatever happens as His Will. being all powerful. distribute courage. 472 GOD is the echo of the hills. You must not run after diverse ends and fleeting pleasures. 469 DO all the household work as acts of Worship for Him. is accompanied by "Ahamkaram" and "Mamakaram": Egoism and Attachment. flitting from one vanity to another and seeking more and more purposeless means of spending days and nights. 470 THE wealth that you hoard is not yours. not through wealth can Immortality be won. 468 WHEN a prisoner is taken from place to place. When man. he is accompanied by two Constables. The wealth that you have given away is really yours. the Providence bestowing upon us all the wherewithal: "Asvrithya Thishtathi" (He remains All Encompassing). is detrimental to the main aim of life. give strength. The wealth that you have shared is yours. moves from one place to another. He is in everyone. Men too must feel that frittering away precious time. the flutter of the leaves. this shrine is given up. you complain that I am far from you. Leave everything to God. though you are approaching nearer and nearer. And if you do not get quick returns there or somewhere else. When he moves above without these two. as near Him as you feel you are. you can be sure he is a free man. and the blind to see.
475 DO not hope to gain Grace by looking down upon mankind and looking up at Sai. You can achieve any high ideal provided you are cooperative. 479 DO not hesitate to practice humility and obedience. How can you do Seva when you move so far away from the common man? I advise you to "Follow the Master". and appearance will reveal your character and attitude towards others. discipline and compassion. Offer that act of service to God. and fully determined to succeed. By "Master" I mean the Conscience within you. Wear clean.473 THROUGH sheer ignorance. from the fold of Society. All flowers must come together to make one. 478 WHETHER one is a renowned scholar with expert knowledge of the deepest levels of religious lore. one does not deserve homage. a hero of many battles. simple clothes and do not imitate those who are fascinated by latest fashions in dress and style. As a result. 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. He has cast aside the expanse of his culture. conceit and power. and the boundaries of Nations. So you must equip yourselves with strong bodies. or attention. Why has God endowed man with a body. soft words on your tongue. the Voice of God. Peace has flown from the heart of man. a man highly respected in Society. soaked in service and sacrifice. Man has thrown his "humanness" into the crater of cruelty. plan with the intelligence and use the body to serve those who are in need of service. a rich merchant. in the heart thus liberated. wealth. worship him with that Flower. and beneficial. One has to ignore all bonds of kinship and comradeship. a mind and an intellect? Feel with the mind. give up all attachment and affection. 476 SERVICE is God. This is the only means to earn everlasting and undiminished Ananda. Everyone of these qualifications of which you boast will disappear with
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. sacred ideals. the Shastras have been ignored and set aside. "Can I.if one has no devotion to the Lord. envy. and perversity. and man is misleading himself into the belief that his fancies are true. Give up pride of your status. Always have sweet. descend to this level of clubbing with this sorrowing man? "Do not ask such silly questions. Remember that your dress. or a miserable victim of poverty . and unselfish intentions in order to serve your country. install God in all His Glory. 477 THE Upanishads proclaim that Thyaga alone can grant "Amrithatva" (Renunciation alone can bring about the Bliss of Immortality). just. honour. Cast your eyes only on holy sights. well disciplined. behaviour. 474 ONE flower cannot make a garland. a monarch reveling in the brilliance of palatial luxury. a big Officer. scholarship or official position. a great scholar. forgetting his best interests under the influence of hatred. and.
Truth is hard but beneficial. Suppose you want a tumbler of fruit juice. Truth alone pays dividends that satisfy. In fact. In fact he lives by the power of the Soul. 481 WHAT is the root of worry? Wants and the efforts to fulfill them. What is it? It is only giving up the "Anatma". the Religion of Love. Without discrimination. He is Omnipresent! There is only one Religion. Where Love is. There is only one God. with a load of wishes in your heart. the Unreal. "Moksha" is not a distinct and different "Sadhana". 485 WE talk of Moksha. and the fear of not succeeding to the extent desired. what is the use of physical strength? 484 TO presume that either from wealth or kith and kin you can derive mental peace. All this is enveloped in God. It is only giving up unnecessary desires. "Vassudevassarvamidam" (God is the inner Motivator of all beings. and of jealousy. All this is Vasudeva and the Divine is to be inside one). wisdom is lost. while the wealthy who can afford all kinds of food. jealousy. It is unpleasant advice to tell a man to stick to the Truth at all costs. wishes. Unless you throw away the water already in the tumbler.death. while the poor still live? Man does not live by food alone. Reduce wants and you reduce worry. there is no strength superior to Love. There is only one Caste. 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. Then how is it that. and live in Love. 483 PEOPLE think that they live on food. ignorance is the cause. "Atmabhava" (spirituality)."Iswarassarvabhuthaanaam". Such peace only comes from God. then everything shall be right. Leave the rest to Him. the Language of the Heart. there everything is. He will confer what is best for you. Disharmony is the cause of anger. cannot come to you. succumb to untimely death. So you must live in God. 480 THE great axioms of Bharathiya Culture found in the Vedas . "Isaavaayamidam Sarvam". unless you give up materialism. you cannot pour the juice in the tumbler. is a great error. or sometimes sooner. the caste of Humanity. The One is All. of disharmony. Similarly. The Ananada that you give and the Love that you share will be your lasting possessions. You must make others also live in Love. but it is difficult to get one in a million who can tell you what is good for you. Through anger. 486
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. There is only one Language. You congregate here on the Nilayam verandah seeking a personal interview with Me. that you want me to fulfill! Why carry all the load? Carry only one load: the desire to win the Grace of God. This is the inner mystery of the Incarnation: God incarnating in all! All are one. What is good for you is akin to Truth.
that I give only one thing. you become Bhagawan Himself. do not laugh at their being enclosed in a body! When man has to be corrected and liberated. was more powerful. My desire. in order to make the worship meaningful. Do not entertain bad thoughts and do bad deeds. your mind creates a World of its own and. God has to come as Man. and Shanti. All moral codes (Dharma) have emanated from the Vedas. is this: "More and more should yearn for Me. It is often said disparagingly. after playing in it for some time. Live in the "Atmathathwam" that will ensure "Shanti". But. This place is like a workshop where broken-down cars are repaired and made whole. tongue and limbs. water. you will move like a caterpillar with many legs! 487 SO long as man is bound to the body. is now just a star in the sky! Is the sky the biggest. unhappy faces. it lapses into inactivity. bit by bit. So Narada had to conclude that the hearts of Bhaktas are the grandest things in creation. Life is holy and sacred. your intelligence is in abeyance. water too was drunk up by the Sage Agasthya and the Oceans were rendered dry by him and he. through that Prema. nose.MAKE your body and mind pure. and all the Worlds have Dharma as their sustenance: "Vedamulam Idam Jagath". That is to say. we can ascribe it to this Vedic basis and the way of life I demand. as Narayana had to do to save Mahabali. in turn. if I can put it in so many words. 488 THE Vedas are the foundation of the Bharatiya Culture. If you can not derive happiness and live in Bliss at this age. when you sleep. Only the Manifested Form is new. he had to agree. you can jump about freely. you have only two legs to carry. the Lord? O. the worshipped too must have them.
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. can he adore the "Formless"! It is indeed surprising that those who laugh at God being pictured as having a body. However. And. That is sleep: the nearest you reach in your journey to Samadhi. that God is conceived as having eyes. Do not carry gloomy. Go through it with joy and happiness. My task is to distribute Solace. 489 YOU will learn that I am Prema itself. If in modern Society a trace of spiritual illumination is visible. My Characteristics are the ancient authentic ones. Courage. he was told water has occupied three fourths of the Earth. But when you marry and rear up a family. He answered that the Earth was the biggest. it threatens to swallow up the balance too. then? For it was covered by one single foot of the Vamena Avatar of the Lord. This period of your life is sacred. his God too has to be in a body like his own. Ananda. So. Only when one is unaware of his "form". Happiness is union with God. where are you? Who are you? Your senses are inoperative. He enters the hearts of the devotees and resides there. how can you be pronounced healthy? If you experience the "Atmathathwam". The desire will be realised only if I assume this Form and come among you". can you be blissful when you grow old? Now. 491 ONCE Narada was asked to name the most noteworthy among the things of the World. When the person who worships has these. 490 EVERY day. With the poison of "Raga" and "Dwesha" inside you.
so far as the inquirer is concerned. 498 ATTACHMENT. and a pupil who learns with his eye fixed on a job are born missing their vocation. 496 THE desires that cling to the mind are the blemishes that tarnish man's inner consciousness. Control the senses. 497 VAAK or voice has to be rigourously trained to avoid chatter and wandering prattle. 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. but with conviction. Be full of Prema and then your words will spread Prema. 493 A LIFE without character is as barren as a temple without a lamp. He spoke softly. who is Love. 495 PRAYERS for worldly ends do not reach God. But all prayers arising from pure Love. So too. or the wild Theologians who opposed him as a Pseudo Buddhist. For God is the very Embodiment of Love. can be realised only through Love. and a kite whose string has snapped. both the corpse and the pyre are reduced to ashes. they hide the truth. persuasion and preaching. We know that we can see the Moon only through the Moonlight. affection and interest will create prejudice. They will be sweet and soothing like balm to those who suffer. this task of reconstruction through Upadesa. Raga is Roga.492 SANKARACHARYA came for the work of Dharma-Sthapana. Love is God. unselfish eagerness to render service from hearts that are all inclusive. Live in Love. Do not yield to their insistent demands for satisfaction. and they dull the intelligence. partiality and illusion. God. 494 EVERYTHING in the Universe is vibrant with Sath. attachment is a disease. We (Sath) are intelligent (Chith) and blissful (Ananda). A teacher who instructs pupils with his eye fixed on his salary. will reach God. These three are attributes of Divinity. When a corpse is placed on a pyre and when the pyre is lit. When the mind disappears. Silence will charge the battery and you can win through a longer period of "Dhyana". which is our dormant but dominant force. do not express all you are prompted to say. delusion dies and liberation is achieved. when the senses are negated. structures are built up and paraded on other bases. cut that inclination to the minimum. The Divine is the Core in both the teacher and the pupil. Keep the tongue under control.
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. but he did not wage a war against the narrow Sectarians. He must be free from favourites. They will reach only those deities who deal with such restricted spheres. the mind too disappears. Mankind suffers from fear and hatred on account of this fundamental defect in their search for Knowledge. can Dharma be saved in the modern Kali age. That is why I am engaged in Bodha. Through Bodha alone. a coin that is counterfeit. He won them over by argument. So too. Ignorant of the truth. Chith and Ananda. 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. It does not become a Yogi to have Raga (affection).
502 THE principle of Love has no trace of ego or blemish. Once you attach yourself to some person or habit or mannerism. either towards the children of the poor or their work for the good of others. My only desire is your Ananda. They have Ananda however small or temporary. Sakhyam. There arenine lamps that can illumine the mind and free it from darkness: Sravanam (listening). Smaranam. 499 UPASANA means that all your thoughts. we have to accept and practice discipline. Padasevanam. "in Him" and "for Him". Keerthanam (Adulation). Archanam (ceremonial worship). until we experience the one Unified Divine. 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. God will be blamed. 500 WHY must man live for years . Whatever Sai does. and Atmanivedanam. it will be difficult for you to shake them off. so much of rice or wheat consumed. revealed through an appreciation of the advantages of virtue. If your body wastes away as a result of these fasts. until wisdom enlightens us. not for Sai's sake. deeds and words on those holy days must be about God. You must dedicate yourselves for rendering enthusiastic service to the people of the World. 501 THOSE who deny God are denying themselves and their glory. Detachment and Sympathy. for the progress of Youth and for transforming ideal boys and girls who will lead others along the path. 504 WHEN do we need Light? Not during the day. All these are the reflections of the Divine on the mirror of their minds. recognising thatthe Sai Principle has no egoistic urge. engage yourself in Sadhana and illumine your mind better and spread light on all who come near you. 503 WHATEVER thoughts arise in Me are only for the Peace and Welfare of the World. So. in some form or other. so too. It means that eating. 505
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. Your Ananda is My Ananda. you are only drawing down the calumny of people on the God you adore. the spark of the Godly in them. Vandanam. whatever Sai says and whatever Sai observes is all for your sake. These are all mental excellences. we need Sadhana. Ignorance is the Night. whatever Sai thinks. regulations and Sadhana. Dasyam. Then we need a lamp. sleeping and other bodily avocations have to take a secondary role and that Meditation and Japam have to take the main role. that is to say. I have no Ananda apart from yours.a burden on earth. the Moon. a flame. All have Love in their hearts. It is fully free from selfish attachment. That Love is God. and that is a spark of God and the Godly. but when night prevails. Knowledge is the Light. that you should spend the day "Near Him". They have Shanti.fancies and fondness.
Charity and Fortitude. each member of it is a moving temple. Even if you do not Love Him. Truth. Prayer drinking cup must be clean. The Upanishads recommend this as the basic requirement of our Culture: "Mathru Devo Bhava. In every call. The individual Self has to yearn for the Supreme Self. they clamour for concession! When the heads hit against each other in anger. Prayer should not arise out of the tongue. He will be in you. What better advice can Sai give? 507 GOD is the entity close to man. this only one!It is Sathyam-Shivam-Sundaram! 509 LET the children.PRAYER must emerge from the effect to the causes. wisdom and virtue. Five minutes in the shrine room and the Namaskaram for Parents . can the feet be steady and unaffected? They too will kick and trample as maliciously as they can. then the self-confidence will lead to self-sacrifice and selfrealisation. how can it draw God unto you? You must achieve confidence. You can earn this Awareness through intense Love. 511 PEOPLE crowd into film shows. 508 BLESSEDNESS can be conferred only by the Divine Source. power and good life. Reverence is the lamp that is lit with Love as the oil and Faith as the wick. high status. but God is right with you. this Shivam!It is Sath-ChithAnand. touch the feet of the Father and Mother every morning before the daily tasks are started. It is dependent on the Immutable Triad. expanding beyond the Cosmos and fitting all with Grace. spend days together in playing cards. Men yearn for good times. 510 THE home is the temple where the family. The Mother is the high priest of this House of God. both on the out side and the inside. Your mother and father might be far away. He becomes "Mahathmaheeyaam". 512
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. it cannot be acquired from worldly achievements and triumphs.Sathya Sai. Acharya Devo Bhava". rush towards social clubs. when you are not involved in it. Shivam and Sundaram. dedicating them for such worship in the homes that you will find. Humility is the incense with which the house is filled. When the song does not arise from your depth. "Anoraniyam" say the Vedas (Smaller than the Atom). of Sathyam. It must emerge from a pure heart. He will not depart from you or move afar. is nurtured and nourished. Pithru Devo Bhava. 506 WHOLESOME happiness arises only from fullness of Love. But seldom do they yearn for good thoughts. Peace. it will generate a reverential atmosphere in the home. These can fructify only in the atmosphere of Love . but when they are asked to sing the Glory of God and purify themselves and the atmosphere. this Santham!It assumes all names.It assumes all forms. as music rises out of the gramophone record. dearest to man. even grown-up boys and girls. Spend the years of your lives.let this be the daily routine.
but do not hate the rest. you have to do only one little act so that you may earn it. seek chances of helping others. wherever you are. to gain some position of authority over fellow men. Win the Grace of your own subconscious. there is no Dharma higher than Truth. Truth gets hidden. It is the lamp that illuminates the heart and dispels doubt and darkness. Love is transformed into poison if hate contaminates it. Truth liberates. The effulgence of God is Truth. the Avatar asserts its validity and value once again. He knows the past. Again. Love some.
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. never lose an opportunity of using your skills and enthusiasm for the alleviation of sorrow. Truth is power.REMEMBER three things always: continue Seva. has come solely to save mankind. Wealth cannot command it. so. My Grace is ever with you. Namasankirtanand other such disciplines. but the Sadhaka has to cultivate it by means of Seva and inquiry into the unity of the Atman. appears distorted and is declared to be failing. however. Mental Peace is the result of quite different attainments. 517 THE Avatara-Purusha. Love comes automatically to the realised soul. Dhyanam. God does not deny anyone. He leads and liberates. Be always concerned with Brahman. do not omit or neglect or postpone your own particular spiritual Sadhana. 513 AS the Vedas announce. That is the life story of a self-realised person. to which man rightfully belongs. Truth is freedom.this can never ensure Shanti. pain or distress. Bhajan. the good seek Truth and the bad are rescued by Truth. 514 INJURY inflicted on any being is sacrilege. You have to extend your hand to receive it. He is the master of creation and He is fully conscious of His power. 518 AMBITION to earn fame in the world. which flows from God when He is propitiated. He is aware of the pilgrim. the purified area of Virtue and Vairagya (Renunciation of lower desires). have the faith that Swami is with you at all times and all places. nor authority commandeer it! It must be won the hard way through Meditation. self injury. to lead a luxurious life . it is not something that is given or taken. the present and future of all. 515 PRASADAM means Grace. Welcome God in your heart. It must be won on the Earth. the path and the goal. and so. 516 THE Kshetra or Field or Body must be transmuted into the Dharmakshetra. Mental Peace. Then the Charioteer will take charge and man gets liberated and the body becomes Brahmakshetra. Love must low not only from the tongue or head. it is only you. Namasmaran and the nine steps to the presence of the Almighty. Above all. Install Him there as a result of yearning. then you are entitled to be known as a Brahmin. and not on any other heavenly body towards which he may dare navigate. for that hate will foul the Love and make it mortal. who deny God. When the gift is preferred. but chiefly from the heart. It is given always and accepted by the Consciousness that is aware of its significance. so that it may receive the Grace of God which is ever available. Study Japam. God wears Truth.
The taste of sea water will be saline whether you test a truckload. and your only duty is to shape yourself into a fit instrument. Imagine the Lord of the Universe holding the reigns of Arjuna's horses. Fill the World with Love. Bharath is a rare treasure house of spiritual jewels. To condemn service as demeaning and inferior is to forego these benefits. He displays an unholy satisfaction in immorality and untruth. Love will warn you against advising another to do something which you are unwilling to do. it will be able to wipe off the mounds of hatred. He is proud of his advance in the path of hatred and haughtiness. 523 THERE is no discipline equal to service to smother the ego and to fill the heart with genuine joy. years of constant recitation of the Name. 525
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. 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. Krishna drove the chariot of Arjuna during fateful days when the fortunes of the Pandavas were decided at the point of the sword. It is His will. catching everyone in its enthusiasm. it can confer all boons on the sincere.these will not help the aspirant to spiritual victory as much as communion with the Godly and the good. Attune your heart so that it will vibrate in sympathy with the woes and joys of your fellow men. This is the Realisation. Agony and anxiety have not softened his heart. lives and dies. a sip or a drop on the tongue. rotating on the wheel of Karma and consequently unaware of the means of escaping from the oncoming destiny. He has reduced himself to a level lower than that of beasts. He revels in cruelty and sin. the Illumination and the Revelation: "Sarvam Vishnumayam Jagat." This sphere of change is surcharged with the Omnipresent Divine. the taste of the Divine can be experienced in the atom or the Cosmos. most effective and the most successfully practiced system is the body of directives laid down in the Vedas and Shastras of India. pilgrimage to holy places and shrines. adventure and achievement have not made him humble. malice and greed that infest the World. the virus and the Universe. your conscience will tell you that you are living in a lie! 524 ASCETIC practices. disciplines have been laid down in every Religion. 520 TIME ticks on relentlessly and man is born. a bowl full. But the oldest. To suppress the assertive ego. by every educator and reformer of human morals. by every compiler of moral codes. a pit full. study of the sacred books . If a wave of service sweeps over the land. the Liberation. 521 THE receptacle may be different. but the Divine content is the same. Note how Hanuman was elated when he rose to the status of the servant of Rama.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. the friend as well as the foe.
Kama and Moksha. President or Chairman. but their hearts may be dry and their spirits gloomy. It will protect you from harm. when it is recited with the correct accent as laid down in the Vedas. for one's whole lifetime. envy and greed. 528 MEN may have super abundance of food. nor do I profit. and (4) Finish at the Goal. sheds. 529 THERE are four "F's" that you will have to fix before your attention: (1) Follow the Master. It is reprehensible to stick. money or houses.
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.traveling. fragrance and charm from the Karnika. wherever you are . but you should recite Gayatri at least a few times a day. Artha. If it seeks to live separately as a "drop". and assumes the form. I have none to compel Me. "Finish at the Goal" means: do not stop until the goal. 526 THE lotus has as many as a thousand petals. Gayatri is Annapurna. sustenance. Sense control. That is My wish and Blessing. how can the wheels of the World revolve? I attend even to the minutest detail of every arrangement here . name and taste of the Ocean itself. You may give up or ignore any other Mantra. wage war against the six enemies that are led by Tama or lust. In My message to you. it will soon evaporate and be reduced to non-existence. Detached from the Karnika. Each one must become aware that he is part of the one Truth that encompasses everything in the Universe. the Leader. 530 I HAVE not been Manager. clothing and housing. that gives Me Ananda. working or at home. If I remain inactive.the stage. there is no scope for your seeing differences or distinctions among those you serve. the petal cannot survive. So I do not need your Seva. "Fight to the End" means: struggle ceaselessly. "Follow the Master" means: observe Dharma. Each petal draws its strength. (May every being in all the Worlds be happy). contentment. colour. If you do Seva to those who gather here. "Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu". They all emanate from the Central Karnika or pericarp. Still I work in order to guide and teach.Dharma. When a drop of water falls into the Ocean. So Brahmaprakasa. the atmosphere around becomes visibly illumined. the Mother and the Force that animates all life. The "F's" are fundamental for the pursuit of the four Purusharthas . Moksha (Liberation from ignorance and delusion) is reached. (3) Fight to the End. tarpaulins. And finally. 527 FROM the narrow vision of "individual need" man must voyage out into the broad vision of the "Universal". to the narrow path of selfishness. I am the example. will descend on you and illumine your intellect and light your path when this Mantra is chanted. I do everything even for Myself. Secretary. (2) Face the Devil. Westerners have investigated the vibrations produced by this Mantra and have found that. self-confidence. the Guide. its name and form.NEVER give up the Gayatri. That attachment and that affection can be secured when the petal clings to the ideals of Sai and the lessons of Sai. it loses its narrow individuality. Make the heart big and the mind pure. the dais. the effulgence of Brahma. I need no other food beyond Ananda. pumps and everything else. water tanks. "Face the Devil" means: overcome the temptations that beset you when you try to earn Artha (wealth or the wherewithal to live in comfort). absence of hatred and greed are far more precious possessions than land.
531 NO bird casts the seed on land to grow food for itself. Keep His name always on the tongue. mind culture is for life. I am but the instrument". "Sathyam-Jnanam-Anantham-Brahma" (Truth. sooner or later. even though he later took the entire army with him for the fray. 532 JNANA is not an attribute of the Universal Absolute (Param-Atma). see only good in them. who heard about the pranks of the strange Monkey. the consummation. who had declared himself as Anjaneya. directed Garuda to proceed and scare the animal out of the city limits. "He is the force. their innate nature and their inborn characteristic. "It is He. He knows that he has to give up whatever he earns and collects. Do not talk evil of others. Skills are for shaping material things so that they cater more to the comfort of man. Wisdom and Eternity-is Brahman). not I". Welcome every chance to help others. nor do beasts plough and enclose fields claiming. it is the nature too. "this is mine. But Anjaneya. because they must. recognised only Rama and would obey only Rama. but yet. feelings. and contemplate His glory whenever you see or hear anything beautiful or grand. they dance and drive. that he should deign to come to Krishna's court. if you constantly tell yourself. If every man on Earth could take with him on death even a handful of mud from the Earth. It is Param-Atma itself. It is Sahaja-Lakshana. Man is as ugly as a face without a nose if he has no wisdom. to console others and to encourage others along the spiritual path. it is the goal. emotions and impulses of man. Garuda failed. more joy and more fortitude on man. 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. his attachment waxes instead of wanes as the years go by. See in everyone the Lord Himself moving in that form. desires. They sing and swim. there would have been nothing much left and mud would have been rationed at so many ounces per head! 537
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. they do not care. whatever other attainments he may decorate himself with! 533 AGRICULTURE is for living. 535 EGOISM will be destroyed. this is for my children and my children's children". studies are for shaping attitudes. Anjaneya appeared in a garden on the outskirts of Dwarka. Krishna. they talk and walk and they pray and pine. They are just themselves when they do these things. so that they may confer more peace. Jnana is the fulfillment. 536 MAN is suffering because he cannot rid himself of the greed for sense objects and sense pleasures or Vishaya-Vasana. They do not know what will happen as a consequence. the progeny of Immortality. His pride was humbled. they do not anticipate any result. Krishna sent a message through him to the Monkey. Anjaneya hurried to see Rama and Krishna gave him the dharsan of Rama Himself. The Upanishads declare. "Nishkama-Karma" is the natural face of activity for the children of God. 534 ONE day.
Do not vacillate or postpone. devotees from all over the World are here. 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. Thereafter they can be your play things. 542 PRASANTHI NILAYAM is the centre for Spirituality uplifting the whole World. One must have that determination and faith. twisted and burnt. Go to a hospital only when you are resolved to take the drug the physician prescribes and go through the regimen he lays down. And when they are too intoxicated to move and harm. You have not come to Prasanthi Nilayam to please those others. Your behaviour must be exemplary. he will knock this very night. The music that can take them is the singing aloud the Name of God. catch them by the neck and pull out their fangs as the charmer does. wailing for the six cobras that have sheltered themselves in your mind. 543 RAMA is the personification of Dharma. this very moment. whatever others may say or however difficult they may appear to be. The Mahabharatha is generally known as the Fifth Veda. 539 SORROWS and disasters are like the clouds that flit across the sky. though he was tortured. 541 IF you seek to fulfill low desires. 540 YOU will find that you have craved only for paltry things and for momentary distinctions for fleeting fame. infested with the sharks: Lust and Anger. every country must learn from you. That is the little game He plays. they cannot injure the blue depths of space. Your duty is just to strive on from this very moment. Quiet them as the snake charmer does with his swaying flute. comes and asks softly and sweetly: "My dear child. melted and moved when one performs acute Thapas. Pride and Malice. therefore. a safe bridge or else you will fall into the raging waters and be drawn into the sea. you can handle them as you please. You must be strong and steady. And the Bhagavatha describes the Glory and the
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. The slightest mistake or wrong committed by you will be the talk of the World. 538 TO cross safely the flood of "Birth-Death-Continuum". Anger. So Rama partakes of the Excellence of the Vedas. The foundation must not give way.YOU have read that the Lord. See how great heroes like Prahalada did not lose their hold on the Lord. It must be sturdy. Do you postpone for tomorrow the dinner of this day! Feed the spirit as scrupulously as you now feed the body. So. Prahalada never gave up the repetition of the Name of the Lord. the bridge called Nishta or discipline of an unflinching kind is essential. obey the directions that I give. Attachment. do not delay. You have to please Me. You should weep. sincere and straight. for your own cleansing and consummation. Who knows when death knocks? Maybe. And sometimes He wills that the questioner answers in the way His plan demands. you should cry only for God. in spite of heavy odds. poisoning it with their venom: Lust. why come here? Come here only if you seek to earn Grace. Greed.
Sathya. 549 LIBERATION is just the awareness of Truth. it is not a closed monopoly of expert Sadhakas. It is not a suburb of select souls. Turn your mind towards the objective World. Like the ripe tamarind fruit. How to turn right? Well. you are free and deliverance is at hand. it opens. 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. its name and its taste in the sea. away from the objects of the senses. Like the Godavari losing its form. The paper of today is the wastepaper of tomorrow! It is used for packing or thrown into the dust heap and burnt as refuse. you revile Me. You heard how Sanathana Dharma has laid down a "thornless Path" for the progress of man. when you take everything as the Leela of the Lord you love. What you have to do is to place all your burdens on God. ten rise in its place. the same person has come to Me seeking success at the examination. which becomes loose inside the shell. but let Me tell you one thing: unless you control the stream of desire that springs in the mind. turn the same key to the left. etc. the Sages and the Ancestors. if it is not.. you clap your hands in Ananda whatever may happen. alone and in full confidence. this casement called body. begin with Namasmarana. it must be unattached to this shell. that makes you free of grief and carefree. entangled. each has to tread the path. caught.. it is locked. 544 PEOPLE talk loud and long from all kinds of platforms about Dharma. Liberation dissolves the name and form. the lock is loosened. then a job. a
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.Grace of the Lord and His splendour as the Indweller in All. for it is His Leela and you are as happy as He is. then it is easy. That will itself take you through the second and the third.to the very goal. Put into practice a fraction of what you preach. that too is as efficacious as the Vedas to elevate man and to release him from the bondage to the mean and the sordid. You are no more a separate. Then. It must discriminate and detach itself from the body. Turn it to the right.. particular individual. aptitudes and attitudes. If your wish is fulfilled. you revere Me. So. 546 IF Liberation means the stoppage of grief and the acquisition of joy. it is locked. 545 TURN the key in the lock to the right. That is the story of all platform professions. When one wish is fulfilled. the falling off of the scales of delusion from the eye. as the first step. That is how Desire debases you. For there is no dearth of want. Daya. not the slave of the senses. this is just a wasted opportunity. from Humanity to Divinity! Thornless or thornful. This is published in the Newspaper the next day and there their purpose ends. 550 YOU are happy that you have come on a pilgrimage here. 548 THE mind must become the servant of the intellect. then a child. Prema. Shanti. then a father-in-law. then a rise in the salary.
every night before you retire. is a Gopi. Santham is the Swarupam. 551 NO one can liberate you. intelligence. But he. You hold on to the nettle of worldly pleasures and you weep for pain. will fly from your mind. In spite of this. 553 DHARMA purifies the mind and leads you to God. you become extra cautious and. for no one has bound you. he is a Papi (Sinner). It twists and turns in the sky trying to last and then it drops the fish. that is what a wise man should do. 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. Have the Name on the tongue and the Form in the eye. whether you are equipped to meet it when it comes for you? Why do you immerse yourselves in distractions like building houses.
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. That moment it is free. discrimination. 555 THE very fact that man is equipped with memory. When you know that death has carried away a victim from the house next door. until at last he comes seeking My Grace for an end to worldly pursuits and for initiation into the path of spiritual liberation. 556 FROM birth to death. why do you not examine yourselves. and Soukhyam is the Swabhavam of man. you examine every lock and bolt in the house. and put out the raging flames of anger and greed. One must examine these and rely more on those that lead him towards subjective joy rather than objective pleasure. for the Gopis of Brindavan were the most inspiring examples of such souls. celebrating picnics and contesting elections. It creates a taste for the Name and Form of God. Subjective joy can be acquired by harmony at home. you will naturally respect and obey the command of Krishna. acts of service to others and concern for the welfare and prosperity of the Society in which one is living. 552 WHEN you know that thieves have broken into your neighbour's house. who persists in spite of temptations and obstacles on the path that leads to selffulfillment and self-realisation. mutual cooperation among the members of the family and community. which is found in the Bhagavat Gita. You will then see good in others and you will strive to do good to others. man is the slave of urges and hesitations.a never ending series of wants.transfer to a cheaper place and a seat in the Medical College for his son . mind. His Agna. So give up the attachment to the senses. When you love the name and form of Krishna. and the demon called Aasa. Engage yourselves rather in things that will make you immortal and serve your best interests by service to the World! Seek your own Reality. then grief and worry can harass you no more. piling bank balances. The kite is pursued by the crows so long as it carries the fish in its beak. then the innate Santham and Soukhyam and the Swarupam and Sevabhavam of Man will manifest themselves unhindered. leaving joy and content therein. unending desire. 554 REMOVE the vices of lust and hatred. This kind of constant dwelling on the indwelling God will promote Love for all beings. if man craves for a lesser consumption.
557 THE body can be clean if washed with water. not otherwise. or the Nature of strength. 561 THE experience of this one life must be enough to show you that there is no joy unmixed with grief. Above all. viz. you must declare yourself so and not otherwise. you are inviting sorrow and suffering to overwhelm you instead of the joy and peace which are awaiting to bless you. Unwilling to discover his own faults. through God and by God. If you identify yourselves with the body that you carry about with you. and you should not plan to return to it again and again. It is all for dedication and surrender to the highest in Man. he is powerless to analyse himself. Do not bend and cringe and barter your self-respect. 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). an actor carrying out His Will. and the intellect can be cleared of blemish through Jnana. that both grief and joy are short lived and they both depend on the mind and its control. You are too entangled in the rules of Caste. 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. You are "Bala-Swarupa". The statement is not an invitation to licentiousness or complete inactivity. the conviction that you are not the body but only a resident of the body has to grow in you. the Dharma of it does not matter. vacillation and despair bring dishonour on Him who conferred on you the honour of "Amirthesya Puthraah". This World is keeping you in bondage. He is the Director. count others "faults and map out others "skills and capacities but. and the coils of Astrology to grasp your
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. his feelings and his emotions. 563 DO not imagine yourselves as Hindus for the reason that you are born in Hindustan. He can analyse others "motives. Speech can be clean if it is saturated in Truth. it is a prison from which you must get released. it has to be acceptable and it is bound to benefit you. Direct all your cleverness and all your intelligence to the successful execution of the great Drama. you have to do Karma. it does not ask you to also give up all Karma (activity). 560 DO not admit into your mind the demon of Asanthi. God. Life can be purified if it is sanctified by Tapas. in which all of you are taking part at present. You are the indestructible immortal Atma of the same nature as Brahman itself. and when you do it for God. 558 WHEN the Gita directs you to give up all Dharmas (Set codes of morality). speaking the words that He put in your mouth and making movements as directed by Him. 559 WEAKNESS. Whenever accosted. Do not believe that you are a little lump of body. You do not require the experience of a series of lives to grasp this patent fact. the Ceremonial of rituals. you play a role. that is to say. It is His Drama.
He is moving in darkness but yearning for Ananda. 564 TO spend some time in the Divine presence is a fortune which is a reward for past merit. Everyone is a prisoner. the senses and the intelligence. for he has no strength to withstand the blow. He has no faith that he is Ananda and that Ananda is his own nature. 565 INSIST that you are the body. Every fall makes a dent. It encourages you to care for the strengthening of the body and its beautification. He does not know the means of securing Ananda: Prayer. Let it be fixed on God. Study of Spiritual Texts. Let me tell you that all men are undergoing Sentences for long or short periods with simple or hard labour. He is blown away by calamity. But the mind can also be used for Liberation from these two shackles. do and think as
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. Forbearance. compassion and incorruptible virtue are the three pillars of a happy life. staying in some Heaven or holy spot. Meditation and Silence. I and Mine. 566 MAN thinks that he knows everything. it tells you that reason is the only instrument for measuring Truth and decries intuition and experience. to atone for misdemeanors and crimes done by them in their past lives. when you welcome one. he hangs down his head in shame. the rest is barbarian existence. God is in every word of yours. you have to willy-nilly welcome the other. too. 567 NESTS laboriously built by birds are torn away by storms. every fault has to be corrected. every deed and every thought. "Mine" teaches you to grab. the fragrant petals of flowers are felled by rain. to cater to the fancies that attract the mind. to pursue the fleeting pleasures of the tongue and eye. God is in you. you run the risk of condemning Him. Only such a life can be called civilized.own inner Reality. reducing your pretty "I" into ashes. you are bringing disrespect to your culture and disowning your country. acquire and possess. Seva. Man knows the news of every land but he is ignorant of the nuisance that he is to himself and others. You do not realise the spark of Divinity in you and try to raise it into a flaming fire of Divine Splendour. Faith in the God within is the toughest shield against the thrusts of Fate. going through Sentences from Courts for delinquencies. You are here. 568 PRAYER for some benefit or gain should not be addressed to God. and every sin has to be cleansed. if for some reasons the Prayer is not answered the way you want it to be or as quickly as you want it. but when asked about himself. God does not dole out Grace in proportion to the praise He receives! 569 WHEN you pray for a thing from God. When you ignore this Dharma and allow Science to entice you. This contingency arises because you feel that God is an outsider. merely for the joy of possession and the joy of depriving others of things of value. Sanathana Dharma tells you about that spark and teaches you how to foster it and develop it. they will both disappear. He will deal with you as He feels best and it will be the best for you. Defeat and victory are the obverse and reverse of the same coin. far away from you. for it means that God waits until He is asked! Surrender to Him. Speak. the mind.
respect him for the good in him. Do not damage your mental peace by receiving the letter and reading the contents. attitudes. Seek only purity. your thoughts. it goes back to the person who indulged in it first. good and intelligent. Reverence for Life and Tolerance. cleverness consists in gathering the honey nevertheless. accept it and pin the gang of mischief makers. passions. I like children and the young innocence. teasing and bullying those who pass by. when you are traveling left. no amount of textbook ethics can cure the sons. Peace is the interlude between two wars. you are on the Right Path. the parents repent and curse themselves for their unpardonable foolishness. 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. When you are not on this Path. his image is in your eye and your image is in his. the diligent picker will avoid the pricks and gather the flower. have you not observed this? You are in Him. pray to God: "God. impulses. That is the most rewarding Puja. do not seek the fault ridden person. I will not allow them to be blamed. 573 IF the parent is a drunkard. Examine your mind. and the leaders who shape the norms which they imbibe. and reactions. 574 CLEANSE your emotions. Their grief at your behaviour will haunt you during your last moments. You have a chance of correcting the wrongdoers too. 575 LIFE is a mosaic of pleasure and pain . Do not humiliate anyone. that is to say. The fault lies wholly on the shoulders of the elders. 571 WHEN you do not accept the insult someone casts on you. you have the responsibility to keep me healthy. Humility. I am in you: that is the Truth this phenomenon proclaims. happy. then. When you believe in this. They do not instill into the young minds the attitude of reverence towards property belonging to others. Troubles and travails will haunt you but you must not allow them to deflect you from the path of duty and dedication. As a consequence. You have no rose without a thorn. speak ill of none. a registered letter that is not accepted returns to the sender. give me this thing which I believe is necessary for my
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. you are certainly left out when it is a question of sharing Divine Grace.grief is an interval between two moments of joy. their children land themselves in trouble and.befits Him. Refuse to receive it. and when you cultivate Love. the parents. 570 WHEN you stand before another. There is no bee without the sting. That is the essence of spiritual discipline as laid down in all Faiths. a gambler and a cheat. 576 IF you feel you must have something to be happy. Do the duty that He has allotted to you to the best of your ability and to the satisfaction of your conscience.
578 WOMEN preserve the culture of this country with greater tenacity and faith. 579 ELDERS quote the Shastras that say that the home. He will respond generously and graciously. every Indian has four mothers. for then she might shed tears. if you think I am wrong. 580 THOSE who deny God. So. and the Scripture that teaches us Morality as "Mother Veda". "Soham" transmutes itself into OM when the distinction between He and I has dissolved itself in the process of "Samadhi". Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa took great care to see that Saradamani Devi did not take his simple jokes and ridicules too much to heart. where the floor is soaked by the tears of a woman.happiness. According to Indian Culture. But. 582 MAN is born for the attainment of Joy. That is why in this land. After all. including the mother who gave birth to him. In this way. fall into error and unrighteous deeds. "Dehi" means also. How else can we understand the Omnipresence and Omnipotence. Say "Dehi" to the Dehi. Omnipotent and immanent in the entire
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. 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. People ask men for favours. Omniscient. Illumination is the purpose of life. 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. can never see prosperity. which is God". 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. Serve them in an attitude of worship. can give no real satisfactory justification for their stand. Have faith that God will add unto you all the joys that you desire and deserve. do not humiliate that "Dehi" by calling out "Dehi" before others. 577 HAVE patience. Man has in him the spark of Divinity which is Omnipresent. in your hurry. the language we learn on our mother's lap as "mother tongue". all these have to be adored as Divine. We honour the land where we are born as our "Mother Country". do not. enjoy cheap joys. Their hearts are tender and full of compassion for the hungry and the distressed. having dedicated all your acts to the indwelling God. "He who dwells in the 'Deha' or Body. not expecting something in return. This will purify you. the minutest atom and cell and the vastest. He will feed you and foster you. nor can those who assert that there is God. God will never desert His obligation. Both have to rely on their own experience. but. of the recurring sequence of birth and death. give me whatever you think best". Do not even accept gratitude. not for sheer eating and reveling. They keep men on the moral path and inspire them to follow spiritual discipline. most distant star. the Supreme Will or the First Cause. so that you shall be able to listen to the "Soham" that your breath repeats every moment. manipulating both. women are adored and revered. they extend their hands towards others and plead "Dehi" (Give).
sharpness of claw. 585 EVERY man desires to acquire Ananda. do not discourage the study of the Scriptures. even if you cannot positively promote any of these. and. tusk. When confronted by calamity. so that you may contact the Grace and strengthen your faith in the Divine. man must learn the technique laid down by the Scriptures revealed by the same Divinity. Why does this happen? Because man has lost Faith. 587 MANY of you have problems of health or mental worry of some sort or other. He has no Faith in himself. the pellucid lake of your Mind. How then can he acquire Ananda? How can a person. Peace can be gotten only through Faith.bestial.Divine. do not obstruct the charity of the generous. wherever we cast our eyes. that is the lesson taught in this land. and in the Kali yuga. Mere outward politeness or sweetness is hypocrisy! Sincere speech must flow from real sweetness of heart. the Name was Sitharama. horn. But man has sweetness of Speech which can disarm all opposition and defeat all the designs of hatred. beak and talon. a heart full of love. make it a fit abode of Godhead. They are mere baits by which you have been brought here. harshness makes you "Pasu" .Universe. you can select any one that appeals to you. in the Dwapara. The pity is that. In order to become ever aware of this innate Reality. all Names of the Lord. the Chapter of Japam and Dhyanam. when the first disappointment faces you. Remove all evil from the Manasarovar. you lose courage and confidence and give up Rama or Krishna or Sai Baba. 589
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. The Culture of this land proclaimed that the best form of Service is to foster the practitioners of the good life. fang. it was Radha-shyama. you must attach yourself to this Sadhana even more firmly. it is Sarvanam. 583 THE very first lesson of the Primer of the spiritual text is "Control of Speech". But now we see Sorrow. 584 START from today a new Chapter in your life. Problems and worry are really to be welcomed as they teach you the lessons of humility and reverence. Sweetness makes you "Pasupathi" . instead of losing faith in it and getting slack. the Sages and the Sadhakas. other animals have fleetness of foot. win the Grace of God? 586 NAMASMARANA is the process by which this dedicatory attitude can be cultivated and confirmed. that is to say. Faith is the spring of Joy. From where can Ananda be acquired? Faith alone can win Ananda. Speech is the armament of man. 588 BHARATHVARSHA knew that the secret of Peace lay in Service and Love towards all beings. The drug should not be given up when it is most needed. Do not decry the servants of God. who has not enough Faith to live happily for a few days. In the Tretha Yuga.Sahitha Dhyanam or Dhyana Sahitha-Japam. Japa.
Your whole attitude is topsyturvy. as is commonly understood. they bid you good-bye. for example. according to the status taste. Sukha is confused with Shanti. is to sprinkle a spoon or two of water. He must experience. its friend is back and it is happy. Ud-yoga means. 594 UDYOGAM Purusha Lakshanam. there is no turning away. Shanti is not found in the Pass-Book or many roomed bungalows or godowns or iron safes. The most distant planet so far known is Pluto. Friends who drag one away into evil habits and vicious deeds are prowling around in search of victims. The milk laments the separation and boils over. 595
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. which is nearly 3670 million miles away from the Sun. employment in some job. the formation of clouds and the falling of rain. When milk. 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. the only way to keep it calm. something that is worth doing. It takes 248 long years to make one journey around the sun. the water goes. You can investigate and find out for yourselves the truth of this. when mixed with some water is placed on a burning stove. this is your destiny. The friend must be "another Me". the growth of bungalows . which mark out (Lakshanam) the Purusha (the man). The hunt for comfortable jobs and positions of influence. Each has his allotted task. off as steam. Let Me elaborate this example. prosperous or powerful have Shanti. in equal depth. 590 GO straight along the path of Karma and Dharma towards Brahma. 592 FRIENDSHIP must serve as lids for the eye. Why? The rotation of the Earth on its own axis. higher disciplines. Sukha is taken to be the same as Shanti. Friends must be like milk and water. Inner contentment is more important than outer prosperity. Nor will He manifest substance without value. All jobs that you take up are Ud-yogas. it is said. Welcome pain and grief. the joy and the grief of the other. well placed. it means Ud (Higher) Yoga (spiritual discipline): a Sadhana which has assumed the status of a job. God has graciously willed to establish peace and prosperity on Earth. tendency and earned merit. the founding of banks and business houses. Karma has to be done. When Artha is sought through Dharma. the Purushartha deserves the name.all this is evidence of the eagerness to live in happiness. When your purse is empty or when your father is no longer in power. 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. "Paramapurushartha". as sandals for the feet. None of the rich. 591 THE Sun is about 90 million miles distant from our Earth. Then. so that you take both success and failure as hammer-strokes to shape you into a sturdy Sadhaka. Milk cannot tolerate separation from its friend. for it is Parama oriented towards the Para or the higher eternal values.AT present. causes the seasons. everyone is after Sukha. But there is no eagerness to live in Shanti. Do it with the fear of God and of sin deep in your heart.
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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They are but passing clouds. the Purusharthas laid down by the ancient sages. The Hero treats both with equal unconcern. 615 WHEN you have attained true wisdom. Even they are close to Me. 620 THE chief Characteristics of Sathya Sai are: equanimity and forbearance (sahana). You go through them without allowing them to go through you! The Volumes are bound in silk. There are many who are engaged in criticism and calumny. Build the mansion of your life on four firm pillars: Dharma. It is like the "Anugraha". good feelings and. so that they may listen to Me and learn things directly from Me. and incense sticks are burnt before them. and Africa. while man prostrates before them in reverence. and the Bhagavatha are to be mastered. I have no "near" and "far". if only they dedicate themselves to God. imagining that no one would know about it. so that you tide over temporary crisis. good company). the Bank will give you overdrafts. each pillar bound strong and safe with every other. They are breezes and storms that cannot affect the depths of the Ocean of Bliss in the heart of Man. 617 CYNICAL laughter cannot harm the Sadhaka. believing it to be alive and you hide something behind the idol. they are having Telugu classes. you will find that good fortune should not be gloated over. To deny by your acts the truth of what you preach is a sign of cowardice and moral suicide. nor bad fortune grieved over. good thoughts. under whatever Name and Form. Do not get distracted by doubt of despondency. Many papers publish all types of writings. the Mahabharatha. Only the
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. Europe.all are near to me except those who keep afar. As for Me. Can a storm shake the Himalayan range? Let not your faith in the goal or the road quake before trouble or trial. All kinds of things happen in the World. You pray to Kali in the idol form. distress or despair. "Sathchinthana". Grace that God will confer on you when you have earned it by "Sathkarrna". Many pamphlets are printed. But no attention is paid to what the pages proclaim. and constant repetition and reflection on the Name of God and the Glory it seeks to express. Artha. Hong Kong and Australia are establishing Sathya Sai Bhaktha Mandalis and Study Circles. You say that Baba knows and sees everywhere. not allowed to become masters. My reply to all these is a smile. Such criticisms and distortions are the inevitable accompaniments of everything good and great. The frills and fringes attract the mind more than the kernel provided by the text. the extent of the overdraft is settled by the Manager with reference to your reliability and capabilities. 616 PEOPLE in America. "Sathsanga" and "Namasmarana" (good deeds.SOMETIMES. toil or travail. casting temporary shadows hiding for a little time the glory of the Sun or Moon. Do not play false to yourself and to your ideals. 618 THE Ramayana. but you do something wrong in the belief that Baba is somewhere else. Kama and Moksha. 619 ACT according to your professions.
if that Truth be firmly established in the heart. no attachment should be developed. Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam Moodha Mathe Sammpraapthe Sannihitthe Kaale Nahi Nahi Rakshathi Dukrn. there are 31 verses in all. no wish is to be welcomed. Sankara exhorted his pupils to disseminate the ideal of this verse. and no defeat is to be taken to heart. I know that the roots have to be watered so that flowers and fruits may emerge. one gets the unique bliss of liberation. But many are not aware of this fact. many expect the answer to be. 623 THE situation in India and in the World today is "Evaniki Vaare. when death does knock at door. the stomach is filled in five minutes! So. Praise God. No one casts a stone on the tree that bears no fruit. Bhaja Govindam. stored and utilised only through certain contrivances designed by man. as well as four more verses about the transformation that the teaching would confer. countless flowers will bloom. Yes. you fool. each of the fourteen contributing one verse. He took pity on the aging scholar and warned him that. rules of grammar cannot save you. 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. Praise God. "Oh! All these buildings. If you ask Me. But My answer is "My entire property consists of My students". Students are my all. it will provide and promote peace and security to the World. students must do as roots do: remain firm and provide sustenance. The spiritual Atma Sakthi that is also everywhere is
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. The latter name means. nothing is to be sought for. God gives everything. There is no togetherness. not frittering it away as a feast of fancy. 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. Thus. and you have no right to judge if it is good or bad. Each one is a step in the ladder which lifts man into God. This is the proper way to deal with life. in the text called Bhaja Govindam or Moha Mudgaram. his panditry will not save him from perdition or take him to the goal of merging with God. I have offered Myself to them. 625 PRAISE God. too. and they. what is My property. all these vast areas of land". Sankara gave another twelve of his own. 622 THE tree will grow with branches on all sides. Yamuna Theere" (Each for each on the Yamuna beach). But. 626 ELECTRICITY is found everywhere in Nature but it can be collected. when the end draws near. without solving deep into the consequences. Some unfortunate people cannot believe the Reality of this Love: the Love of a thousand mothers. responded with verses on the same lines.fruit-laden tree is hit by stones thrown by greedy people. In order to realise this result. So he asked him to adore God and fill himself with thoughts of the Divine. It is wrong to cast the blame on others. "The weapon with which delusion can be destroyed". whatever we get is His Grace. when he saw in a small hermitage a monk poring over a book of grammar. 624 IT was ascribed to one's past deeds and one's own mental tendencies. 621 SANKARACHARYA was going along the streets of Varanasi.
it is faith that matters. No Avatar. nor by riches nor by progeny. emotions. the Spirit. and habiliments. You have to pass through the three stages. born out of wisdom and fostered by the Grace of the Lord. He destroys all that binds him to the rest and to his past. the mental you. These external insignia are not essential or even necessary. and beliefs. These activities have to be oriented towards Ananda and not attachment to temporary pleasures. He flees from his friends and foes. the Taj is but a tomb! Whatever the method of worship and whichever the Name or Form. beautiful. at whatever time. 628 ONE can understand the spirit of renunciation and the depth of tolerance that is inherent in India's noble response. Without it. When I say to you. you will note. your heart must react without delay in sympathy shown in the same practical manner. even a little stick can serve as a toothpick! God has not made any man wholly bad or wholly good. (Not by acts. but.
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. Karma Sanyasa and not any other types of Sanyas is prescribed. it illumines and directs activity. you are a moving corpse . his hobbies and prejudices. The Vedas declare: "Nakarmanaa. impulses. attitudes. it is that which gives life and energy for higher things. detachment. That is why life is worthwhile and a source of happiness. is the precious capital for spiritual advance. thyagenike amrthathwa masmuth". No one should be condemned as trash. each one of you. only by renunciation can immortality be gained). 631 THE Sanyasi has to declare his death and perform obsequies for himself and bury his past. The life principle that flows as intelligence through every cell and nerve is also a reflection of the Atma. the physical person. and the one you really are. there are three of you! The one you think you are. uses skill. the real Reality of your Personality. Non-attachment. namely.these alone can ensure the highest Realisation and Eternal Bliss. But we find men who have taken the vow of Sanyas still clinging to their long established practices and habits. his history and his name. 629 UNLESS one develops virtue. man is blind. He avoids any reminder of his erstwhile adventure and the pursuit of sensory joy.stored in a body and passed through the thin wires or nerves. 632 GURU Nanak said that without faith in God. intelligence and discrimination in the most beneficial manner and directs his physical might with restraint. 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. the Atma. and rich as the Taj Mahal but remember. his life is wasted in bitterness and grief. Instead they must completely break with the past. naprajayaa-dhanena. your passions. has granted Sanyasa to any aspirant. "Renunciation. under whatever condition. the one the others think you are. That is why in the Gita. Whoever is afflicted with calamity. 627 WORK is for the physical level. sacrifice. namely the body. worship for the mental and wisdom for the spiritual. your likes and dislikes are inducing you to label them as such. his habits. giving up .your life might be as grand. Renunciation is the law of life.
By all means. exterior softness. You need not praise Him in order to win His Favour. Protection and Destruction. the abode of the peace that passes understanding. you need only have faith and virtue. and this World into a Prashanthi Nilayam. Like a pest that destroys growing crops. envy and greed. honest. Sathya. The manner of living is more important than the standard of living. there can be no taste in the effort. have no cleansing power. 635 INSTEAD of transforming his heart. That is My Mission too. be vigilant to ensure that you do not fall a prey to envy. evanescent melody. He spends all his energies and the fruits of all his toil in the satisfaction of the trivial demands of these untamed underlings. Emulate their industry. They must learn well their mother tongue. hate and greed. Without Grace. his home. after all. The children must also have reverence towards their religion. Envy is a deadly poison. and My Deeksha . tickling taste and fragile fragrance. and you can subdue the Gods of creation. This will give them valuable guidance in the stormy days ahead. however deep and varied. Be Anasuyas. Dharma. very poor guides and informants) his servants. pray for a higher share of intelligence or a sharper memory. his village. do Puja in order to promote the happiness and peace of living beings. their culture. where God is enshrined and is manifest. man has made the World an arena for the wild passions of anger. so that it becomes merged in His Glory. but do not give room in your hearts to envy and malice. their educational attainments and their country. and rob you of peace. Develop that love for men everywhere. Scholarship or skill. To win that Grace. ruin health. Give them all the confidence and courage they need to become good. My Sankalpa. nor are men with spiritual powers over nature above pride. Instead of making the senses (which are. They only add the alloys of pride and competition. he has made them his masters. Learned men are not necessarily good.the planting of Love in every human heart. envy enters slyly and spreads quickly. 638 LEARN to share with others their grief and their joy. 634 IT becomes essential to cleanse the mind through regular Sadhana. so that they can appreciate the great poetical works and epics written by the Seers of their land. 637 THE character of the children must be made strong and pure. Shanti and Prema are the hallmarks of a purified heart. without effort there will be no conferment of grace. his state. it will contaminate character. to tune the little will to the infinite will of God. do not get jealous when others are happier or when others win prizes or credits in examinations. and self-reliant children.633 I LIKE the Puja that is done not for the sake of the individual but for the sake of humanity.
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. My Resolution. he has become a slave of external beauty. 636 INDIVIDUAL efforts and Divine Grace are both interdependent. unaffected by envy. So even in small matters. It is not enough if they learn something by which they can make a living.
and Lokabhranthi? He believes the falsehoods that are called the body. and when a certain number of years have passed. The sorrows of one State spread fast into all its neighbouring ones and infect the whole world. This is a pity. They are the demons to be killed. embedded in his own inner consciousness. With the body. the mind and the world. man has not yet learnt the art of living together in close proximity as brothers and as children of the One God. 645
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. the night described in the Gita as "the Day of the Worldly". Then the nine nights of struggle will become a new type of night. 640 THE selfishness fouling your love is veiling divinity from your vision. The closer men are brought. the larger the differences that appear. how can man celebrate a festival when he is afflicted by Dehabhranthi. Anger (Krodha). the feet to proceed to the Home of God. the senses. You have a ticket for Calcutta but you are traveling in the train headed for Bombay. Greed (Lobha). He pursues them and tastes joy and grief.639 THE six enemies of man are eating into his vitals. 642 THOUGH the World has become a very small globe as a result of fast means of communication and transport. You utter one thing with the tongue and carry out the opposite with the hand. It is Anandaswarupa. he celebrates a festival. They are Lust (Kama). You seek Ananda outside you and suffer from the ulcer of desire inside you. and Rogam at night. the hands to serve the embodiments of God moving around you as men and the tongue to soothe pain. 641 USE the eyes to watch wholesome things. It is beyond time and so does not calculate the passage of time. They reduce man to the level of a demon. Attachment (Moha). devoted to the purification of the mind and the illumination of the soul. competing creeds and contesting ambitions. Let me ask. Indriyabhranthi. What is the reason for the selfishness which is veiling divinity from us? It is simply our attachment to the body. which is your ticket and Vigna and Vairagya your luggage. praise virtue. They have to be overpowered and transmuted by the supreme alchemy of the Divine urge. 644 THE Atma has an eternal festival. Thus. Do not use your eye to vulgarise your brain and your feet to stand in queue for deleterious movie-shows. It is the weakness of our mind and our enslavement to our senses. the little World is now riddled with problems of conflicting cultures. Bhogam the rest of the day. Manabhranthi. 643 MOST of you are leading a double or triple life: Yogam in the morning. The World has become one vast battlefield. You claim to be the seekers of Jnana but you are attached to the delusion that you have cultivated. What is clear and attractive to the ordinary man is uninteresting and unknown to the Worldly man. and glorify God. This is the nature of the topsyturvy world. you are traveling not in the train which goes God ward but in the train leading to Prakruthi. Pride (Mada) and Malice (Matsarya).
to shed light on every road. no other God needs to be worshipped. purer and nobler than when you went in? No. Nothing else can give one that rich reward which Silence and Prayer and Communion with the Master can give. 647 IT is best you stay away from companions who drag you to such distractions that weaken and worry you. 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. is the unique feature of Bharath. worship Him mentally. 650 THERE are certain dire possibilities which I want all social workers to guard against. not so much God-fearing. I am only surprised that thousands are denying themselves that chance. I have seen it from Kanyakumari to the Himalayas: that is the reason why thousands. without any maligning or insincerity.INDIA is the Moolasharam of Sathya. The World is like a famished person waiting for a feast. That will give health. like you seek Dharsan. 648 JUST consider . and you will come out of the silence. Bharath means the land that has "rathi" or attachment to "bha" or Bhagavan. nor a string of degrees. nor the muscles of a prize fighter. not even a decent bank account. First cleanse your own minds and then start advising others. Sathya is enough. nobler and more heroic than when you went in.do you come out of the cinema more peaceful. 651 THE greatest instrument by which success can be ensured for all your efforts is Bhakti. I have no need to talk to you. Sparsan and Sambhasan. If you love God. spend a few minutes every morning and evening in the silence of your own home. your passions are aroused. Santhi and Prema and she has been holding forth these ideals and emphasising their practice since centuries. more heroic. it means that the people here are God-loving. and that Sathya is also the root of Prema and Shanti. your animal impulses are catered to and your lower nature is fed. spend them with the highest of all powers that you know of. be in His Elevating and Inspiring Company. you have to love Man also. Learn the secret of lasting happiness yourself and then endeavour to make others happy. through the revival of Vedanta. 646 THE task now is to install Dharma in every heart. that Sathya is the basis of Dharma which lays down individual and social duties and obligations. it is like the parched land waiting for rain. A man with Bhakti will do every act as worship of the Lord and so the act will be done better and more efficiently. So. 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. I have seen and felt the atmosphere of this land surcharged with discontent and dishonesty. offer unto Him all the work you do. It will also win
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. This teaching. Seek the real limb not the artificial limb. Earn mental peace and strength for yourself and then try to secure them for others. wealth and prosperity too. it is sufficient if I sit here and draw in the Ananda that you feel when you do Bhajan. for it will eliminate hatred and faction and give more power to your elbow when you plough the land.
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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Expand your sympathies. misery or joy or elation whenever it is evinced in the entire land. serve others who stand in need. Manthara representing Krodha (anger. the disabilities of the inner senses. 672 SANTHAAKAARAM Bhujaga Sayanam is one of the ways in which the Divine is described. however remote the place may be where the enemy has presented himself. Desist from catering to the tongue and its greed. the Bhagavatham. That is not the desires of the Sages who wrote down these annals and their own experiences. resentment and vengeance) and Surpanaka representing Kama (lustful passion). Krodha and Kama are more destructive than atom bombs. the evil filled multiplicity of the World. they just fizzle out. just as each birth wipes out the memory of the one already experienced. Its visha (poison) is the symbol of the evil influences of vishaya (Worldly desires). The cravings of hunger and sex drag you into perdition. but not of it. but when Rama is installed in the heart. An ant biting the little toe of your foot is able to draw your attention to the spot. you must make an effort to protect the land from the enemy.JUST as the body is the house you live in. but the roles they play are key-roles. the Puranas. to the extent of your skill and resources. though He is immanent in the Universe. by means of the passions they represented. strong chapters of pain and grief. and you react to the pain. Have Sathvic food and eat it in Sathvic company. unruffled in the least). it can cure deep rooted illness of the mind. Be kin with all your kind. There is no plot to mislead you. You must similarly feed the pain. 675
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. The Lord is said to repose on the bhujaga. Each new letter or word wipes out the one already before your eye. these discourses and the Harikathas? It is to tell man the truth about himself. for they sparked off. 674 WHAT exactly is the aim and purpose of all the Shastras. making an effort to remove the tiny enemy. you read them and pass on to the next that comes to view. the poisonous snake. It is like the headlines and titles of a film on the screen. Be moderate in food and keep the senses strictly under control. and the defects of the inner consciousness. The two women are insignificant characters in the story. the Jiva and Guhya are the two great foes of man. You do not know that the present is related to the past and is preparing the course of the future. Do not fritter away your talents in profitless channels. do not be a victim of lust or taste. the description says: He is Saanthakaaram (in absolute peace. Manthara plotted to send Rama into exile and Surpanaka caused the abduction of Sita and the destruction of the Rakshasas as a consequence. 673 YOU must be careful about the food you take. 671 WELCOME the epic Ramayana as you welcome an efficacious drug. 670 THE entire epic Ramayana hinges on two women and two passions. You know only the present and what is happening before your eyes. the World is the body of God. Man too must be in the World. as the letters gleam one after the other. Yet. It can clarify your vision and make you strong and steady on the path towards God. The Lord is unaffected. Bujaga is the cobra.
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. The Dharma laid down in the Vedas has to be experienced in order to be appreciated. basic and fundamental. "Where my devotees sing of Me. 680 IN four or five year's time. it cannot be merely talked about in tall language. 677 DHARMA is the road for individual and social progress in this World and through this World to the next. It is like the mother who has to be accepted. one can get lasting Ananda by training the mind to be ever in the eyes of the Cosmic. have been rendered dispirited and mendicant. I must tell you that you are luckier than men of previous generations. of approaching Me and directly speaking to Me. there are colours the eye cannot take in and interpret to us. the Universal. there I install Myself". each specialising in one small field of cognition. presenting them in correct form and style of pronunciation. Plantains and mangoes are kept. How can they serve to teach us about the intangible. It is all His Domain. "Mad bhaktha yathra Gaayanthe. while yet green. The senses. they are at best very inadequate even in their own specialised provinces.
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. you can appreciate the Indian point of view that. the Lord as it is called. 678 IF you can inquire deeply and reason fearlessly. though the reciters are doing a valuable service. the Lord will install himself only if the heart is cleansed. and enclose it in your consciousness. The Lord has said. the Universal. do not be like frogs around the Lotus. And everyone has to discover the answer. though the entire area may be his. But just as the Zamindar sits only on a clean spot. They are imperfect instruments for the study of the external World. there are sounds the ear cannot hear. instead of seeking a lower standard of Ananda by feeding the senses. Why does man get Ananda when he contemplates the Cosmic and the Universal? Because he is the Cosmic. So. Vedas yield Ananda. It is external. The meditation on God gives you too the right temperature to ripen yourselves and become sweet and tasty. 676 WHO am I? Every one of you has to know that this question has to worry you sooner or later. 679 ALL hearts are His Property. be like the bees. when you impose a Name and a Form upon it. are powerless to give the answer. and tastes beyond the ken of the buds of the tongue. The use of the Vedas does not consist in mere recitation. thatra thishtaami Narada". inner World of the self? The Vedantic vision alone can reveal to you: "Anoraniyam mahatho maheemyam". in straw or dried grass or in a closed room so that the heat may make them ripe and tasty. invisible. 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.PEOPLE who were charged with the social duty of reminding the masses of their heritage. The accumulated merit of many previous births must have granted you this luck. not like the wife whom you can choose or discard. Vedamatha is the Ananda Matha. You have got Me and it is your duty now to develop this relationship that you have achieved by sheer good fortune. "the smaller than the smallest and bigger than the biggest".
Why. what is learned is not put into practice. When man ruins himself . Of course. 683 OF the four Yugas. 686
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. 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. for we now have many simple paths available for liberating ourselves. During examinations. to develop them into workers dedicated to the progress of Bharath. Just through Smarana and Chinthana we can reach the Goal". and when members of the family are struck by disease and are in mortal danger. The Scriptures say:. the student is like a cow that does not yield milk. hesitation to address God is only superficial. he descends to the level of the beast. 684 PILES of books are plentiful in bazaars. the Brahmanward aspirant or the Brahmin.681 THERE are seven things that have to be fostered for the welfare of the World: the Cow. It is said that the One Truth is pure and unshakable. there is a great difference between the rest and those founded by Sathya Sai. When man uplifts himself. All these are now fast declining and I have come to restore them in their pristine purity and strength. Many people are scared because they believe that the Kali Age. Truth. This Age is the Golden Age for the seekers of God and for earning and learning Viveka. and Dwapara) for the acquisition of wisdom and the cultivation of discrimination (Viveka). the Age of Conflict. the Vedas. So. But. teachers and students must have faith in God and boldly call on God. and determined to revive the Glory of the Bharathiya Culture. 685 IF Divinity is absent. Others call it the Kalpa Age. But wholesome learning and sincere teaching are not to be seen. in which we live. Smarana is the process of keeping the Lord ever in the memory. then. "Ekkam Sathyam Vimalam Achalam". the present Kaliyuga is far more congenial than the previous three (Kritha. It is not really man's task to stuff his head with transient knowledge and waste time in acquiring it. The fundamental objectives of Sai institutions are humility. yield to false pride and refuse to acknowledge God? This is sheer hypocrisy. This will drive away the devilry that encompasses us. Do not think that this Sathya Sai Gita was composed by some Bhakta and that he reads it and explains it here. Thretha. Chastity. As he said. a book bereft of wisdom. stability and unselfishness. intent on removing the anxiety and gloom that spread all over the land. He should not engage in valueless activities and fritter away years of life. every student prays to the Almighty. I am the inspirer and it is for your benefit that he has summarised My Teachings in this way. and there is no dearth of teachers. adherence to discipline and application of what is learned in daily life. he ascends to the level of God. people do pray to God. schools abound. Non-attachment and Dharma. when loss is sustained. everything is devilry. When calamities happen. 682 THERE are now thousands and thousands of educated institutions in the world. If. will witness the ultimate Deluge. and Chinthana is the process of thinking of His glory all the time. "No age is equal to the Kali Age. a fruit lacking in taste.
Tell me what was the lineage of Valmiki. to be effective. Word. you must provide facilities for their dharsan. and they rain on humanity as Prema Showers. the status of Gajaraja and the attainments of Vidura? . the age of Prahalada. this Grace is converted into clouds of Truth. loyalty sits light. the wealth of Kuchela. It does not matter if death comes while serving. and faction begins. 689 I HAVE come for the re-establishment of Dharma and so. 690 FOR treading the Bhaktimarga. Vemana has said that. Do not do so according to a fixed measure.Prema was all they had and it was all they needed. love disappears. You rush forward to touch My feet or to prostrate before Me. vast and limitless. your Japam. you should not forget others who have been waiting long for the chance. must be regularised through self-discipline. A new priest will use both hands and shake the camphor plate. while the serpent has poison in its fangs and the scorpion in its tail. eyes. By your Sadhana. You complain "Swami has not softened towards me". By unremitting practice. nor riches. which collect and flow as the flood of Ananda back again into the Ocean of the Lord's Grace. do not pause. yearn. That plus and this minus add up to zero. it should not be allowed to grow wild and untended. when you rush forward towards this Sai. Get wet in the rain. warning you against the branch of its command. hand and mind. show Him the warmth of a repentant heart and of a sympathetic heart anxious to alleviate distress. I always insist on people observing Dharma in all walks of life. The priest in the temple has to ring the bell with the left hand and wave the camphor flame with the right hand. When the mind wavers. The Grace of the Lord is as the Ocean. melt His heart. it is the voice of history. Through deep detachment the craving for sensual pleasure must disappear. That contentment can arise only through faith. God will not allow it to approach you. It is the conscience that has shaped itself as a result of centuries of experience and generations of asceticism and austerity. this has to be achieved. upon whom you fall when you press forward towards Me. Well. stay at home and sing the songs alone in the silent cave of your heart. if you are so determined. thought and deed are instruments for this unavoidable destiny.BHAKTI. while engaged in serving others. man is capable of inflicting poison through his tongue. it confers contentment which is immeasurable. that will
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. Dhyanam and systematic cultivation of Virtue. In your frenzy to offer homage. when you inflict pain on the Sai who resides in them. so many times or so many songs at a sitting. 688 IF your circumstances do not allow you to partake in this Sankeerthana. one needs not scholarship. ignoring the children. an exercise in manual coordination which comes only as a result of practice. The heart does not calculate in numbers. 687 TRANSMUTING humanity into Divinity is the task allotted to man. nor wealth. the scholarship of Sabari. Do not forget the Sai in those people. conferring sweet nectar and not death-dealing poison. Dharma is the inner voice of God. nor ascetic rigours. the aged and the sick. The merit of all the hardship you underwent to see and hear this Sai is as good as canceled. 691 YOU have come here to learn and practice detachment. He has to overcome this acquired tendency and remind himself that he is "Amrithasya Puthra" (the Child of Immorality).
as an inspiration. you see Me very active. But yet. when he starts to grow normally. who is the master of this field".4 degree F. God is One and One only. unfluctuating inquiry. composed the aphorisms that demarcate the Divine Principle (the Brahmasatram) and wrote the Mahabharatha. flights of poetry and philosophy but not flowers that blossomed from authentic experience. which is the immanent principle). reputed to be the fifth Veda. Those were intellectual feats. who is Truth. 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. Attachment must be transmuted into nobler and subtler emotions. The reason is. it causes joy. as a piece of training. They know that there is a "Kshetragna" who is the motivator of this "Kshetra". I must be doing something all the time. as an example. 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. When man visualises the Universe as God. 695 MAN is endowed with many skills. 696 THE internal foes can be destroyed by the light of Jnana (the illumination that accompanies the Realization of the Reality). it causes grief. without a second-Brahmam. for they give us the key to Jnana. he is offered many lives. "Ekam eve Adhivitiyam Brahma" (One only. 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. based on the revelations made in the Vedas about the nature of man and God and the relation between the two.cleanse the Chitha or consciousness. one has to cultivate the spirit of impartial. when the growth is abnormal. 694 THERE is none to question Me if I do not act. could still not win mental peace. Desires must become more and more selfless and sublime. To acquire that illumination. for your sake. So. it causes grief again. all students into Sadhakas and all Sadhakas into Sages. he knows the Truth and is calm. you too should keep the destructive
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. The Vedas have to be studied reverentially. 693 IDEALS must become higher and grander. The story will be gripping only when there is steady development towards the denouement. Those who are leading must themselves follow. When a child's growth is stunted. there is nothing I would lose if I do not engage in activity. and those who command must themselves carry out what they expect others to do. The Veda is the Philosopher's stone that turns all metals into gold. Vyasa. he is shown many paths. its capacity to confer the dual experience disappears. Nor have I any great urge to be active. That is why one passes through the crucible of joy and grief and emerges all the purer and stronger for the experience. God will then be reflected clear and the Reality can be recognised. 692 THE wise will not give place in their hearts to covetousness and possessiveness. who collected the Vedas. This results in Peace and Equanimity which is the highest bliss. "a knower of the field. steady. So one must endeavour to know God.
One must have the mind fully cooperating in the spiritual discipline and not obstructing its progress at every step. timely and full. They do believe in God. The sound must be like an aircraft. the handicapped. The Mind should not admit any activity that is contrary to Dharma or injurious to spiritual progress. Rasa and Gandha rigorously in check and bring it down to tolerable levels. 700 THE mind is like a boulder which the intellect transforms into an image.intelligent. yielding comfort and congenial living. even though the Sruthi declares: "Daivam Mansushya Roopom" (God is to be seen in the human form). If. Deny it the chance to lord over you and it will not harm you. is what they wish to revere. which you must cultivate. How can a person. the illiterate and the disabled. The last three guard and foster the first. to love the poor. who is the embodiment of Love and is their Real sustenance. For generations. Love. That is to say. fortitude and equanimity. the helpless. 702 YOU must have heard some people say that no living person can be adored as God. by precept and example. because they lose confidence in their true selves. 701 IN order to live up to the high standards of morality which Indian culture exhorts. Do these people at least grasp the values of Western culture fully? No. for the same spark of Divinity that is in us. 703 OM must be recited slowly and with deliberation. Perhaps they can revere only a corpse. non-violence. but Savam. If the intellect allows the senses to dictate the design. the boulder will be shaped into a horrid idol. this
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. Liberation is the goal and the mind must help the pilgrim at every stage of his journey. the senses are sublimated by the spirit. 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. is also equally evident and active in them. 698 SHEER ignorance is the root cause for the disrespect that is being shown to Indian culture and the fascination exercised by the West. you must cultivate Love. who is unable to understand his own culture and heritage. however. with the help of the latter three qualities. Education must endow man with this compassion and this spirit of service . understand the meaning and significance of an alien culture? 699 THE most fundamental teaching of the ancient culture of India is Love.force of your elemental passions born out of the clamour of Sabdha. as a sculptor does. encouraged and taught. Rupa. Many people have succeeded. only the fringe and the foppery are adopted. to get their minds established in universal Love. You yourselves create the Maya of which you are the slave. but a large number of Sadhakas give up the ascent midway. the image wrought by the intellect will be simply adorable. Sparsa. education must not only inform but also transform. Not Sivam. the youth of this land have been exhorted.
Doarmarakshana and Baktharakshana. "U" is the zenith. My mission. These have to be observed with modifications to suit the conditions of today. 709 LIVING becomes a glorious experience only when it is sweetened by Tolerance and Love.silence. Pussy is in the well". so if you are earnest. This type of silly meaningless jargon is spreading everywhere like a poisonous infection. That is why the capacity to appreciate beauty. the tonic of the Repetition of the Name of the Lord. is just a Sudra.the desire to praise yourself and the desire to defame others. Willingness to compromise with others' ways of living and cooperation in common tasks make living happy and fruitful. all humans are born as Messengers of God. give them the tonic to strengthen their spirit. they sing. Spreading My Grace and My Power along these four directions. the tonic of meditating on the Glory of God in the silence of the heart. after the experience being as significant as the Pranavas). No one has incarnated for merely consuming food and catering to one's senses. birth does not entitle him to take up the study of this Mystery. is just fourfold. 704 YOU must realise that the Divine current that flows and functions in every living being is the one Universal Entity. Certain modes of behaviour have been laid down and proved beneficial by centuries of practice. remember. 706 THE Brahmin. The doors are bolted by envy. the consciousness of the Divine and the acquisition of Divine attributes. truth and goodness has been endowed only on man. We are developing in each department of life. even if the boy happens to be the son of a great Vedic scholar. when born. reached by the sound in its adoration. Expand love and understanding. you are confronted by two closed doors . 705 THE day on which Jesus was born is a holy day. He announced himself as the Messenger of God. His Might and Glory. destroying the seeds of peace and joy. the Kailas. Vedaposhana. "Ding dong bell. then remove the bolt and throw the doors wide open. The sole purpose of this human career is to propagate the Omnipresence of God. It is only when he has been formally initiated by a special ceremony that he can start the study of Sacred Scriptures. When you desire to enter the Mansion of God. but it is a pity that we are not developing the unique qualities of human beings. 707 MY Prema towards the Veda is equaled only by My Prema towards Humanity. Human life is much more precious than that. In fact. "A" is the initial nadir and "M" the final. Develop the Atmic awareness. Formerly.
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. They were taught to read and write. and there is also the huge lock of egoism preventing entry. Now. children were learning Rama Nama and the Aksharamala together: "Suddha Brahma Paraathpara Rama". he is then born again into a sacred world of study and responsibility. I establish Myself in the Centre. you have to resort to the key of Prana (Love) and open the locks. 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 ceremony makes him a Brahmin.
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. In Kerala there is a practice. It is essential that it must be revived. 713 BRAHMAN is the cause and Prakruthi (Nature) the effect. greed and egoism. a whispering right advice. Thri-dosha has to be avoided. There is no attempt to awaken the Divine in Man and awareness of the possibility of rising to the psychic plane. It is what can be called Leelavibhuthi or an expression of Glory (Vibhuthi) done as more sport (Leela). and Thamas.710 WITHOUT mastery over the inner instruments of emotion. no man can be deemed to be educated. The material and the spiritual are the two pans in the balance. in equal measure. It can be acquired only by hard living and spending days of toil. Time thus spent is well spent. deceptive diversities. 714 SPIRITUAL health is preserved and promoted by attention to three Gunas: Sathvika. What the country expects and demands from the educated person is. with no respite even for sleep. the everlasting Splendour. 715 THERE is a conscience in Man. Rajas. that he should set an example of honest labour and light the lamp of knowledge in every home.
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. We do not see any sign of this in the present educational system. that the manifold nature is also Brahman itself and seen through a strange veil as a mixture of truth and falsehood. at least until a certain stage of progress is attained in spiritual development. Experience is essential for the confirmation of consolidation of what is learnt from books. They do not know how to avoid this bondage. it is a false and incomplete perception. It will give great peace and joy. that Jiva is Brahman itself. the three humours must not get vitiated or unbalanced. But present day education makes those who undergo it mere bonded-slaves to their senses. Make the children cognizant of it. it is the voice of God. It is named the Kingdom of God. The Leela is manifold. Brahmam is eternal. of the elders gathering the children around them every evening and spending an hour or so reciting aloud the Stotras in praise of God. A healthy body is the best container for a healthy mind. illness makes the mind agitated and anxious. restraining unjust hands which man has almost succeeded in silencing. but. It is the Nithyavibhuthi. that is to say. still happily existing in rural parts. Health is preserved and promoted by attention to three humours: Vatha (wind) Pitha (bile) and Kapha (phlegm). it can never be made dumb. To discover the One in the many is the purpose of human existence. He also said that the individual is not different from the Universal. Nature is the deluding manifestation of Brahman. Effulgence or Jyothi. however. When the Leela is perceived as apart from Brahman. 711 EDUCATION must produce wisdom and moral character. a peculiar make-believe called Maya or Avidya. They have to be attended to. Brahman is all. so they revel in envy. Leelavibhuthi is Prakruthi or Maya or Avidya or Nature with deluding.
Jaw-breaking formula. They arose out of compassion for others wandering in the wilderness. forgetting their task. 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. Draupadi revealed herself as soon as she was blessed. eat like a dog and sleep like a fox-that is the popular saying. No one is born and allowed to live for the sake of another. 719 MONKS are instructed to shave their heads so that they can move about unrecognised by former friends and companions. have become callous. out of concentration on the means of liberation from the dual chain of tears and triumph. These are tricks by which man wants to monopolise or gain God. strictly speaking. Pomp. But people try to sit in judgment and talk ill when. upon whom the people are traditionally depending for guidance. abracadabra and dark mysterious mumblings are alien to the spirit of true Religion. This predicament should end. How can they know why a particular event takes place at a particular time. there is need to spread the message of Love. is in every one and sanctifying every act as worship of that Form. or involved in darkness and dialectics. They have the true ring of actual experience. when someone you cared for dies. Those. to serve your fellow men to the best of your capacity. which is the message of God. that he earned is over and he is released. A monk should. may be saved from arrows. and sleep wherever one finds shelter.716 THE Upanishads were not composed or collected by persons who craved for fame or fortune. someone dies of illness at this place. things they are asked to flee from. "We are but puppets in His
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. Eat whatever one gets and appease the hunger. Do not store food for another day or build a house wherein to pass one's days. nor are they vapours of idlers and scribblers. adulation and adoration. 718 I ADVISE you to utilise every moment of your lives in the most beneficial manner. the wave will not stop. How can anyone escape death? Even Avatars cast off the physical form when the task for which they have come is over. Believe that your God. 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". You are like the rocks on the seashore that unflinchingly face the beating of the waves. but now. Awake and avail yourselves of this unique chance. Simplicity is the sign of Divinity. for example. all these years to awaken you to your duty are not fructifying in you. She prayed that the Pandava Brothers. to cultivate Love towards all mankind and to give up hate and malice. in a particular manner? He alone can know. It is the height of foolishness to lose faith in God. her husbands. the Form that you revere. Paraphernalia. we find that they desire recognition and even appreciation. Escape the entangling coils of the senses and of the ego that prompts them. So. 717 PEOPLE do not understand the ways of God. Bhishma guessed that Krishna must be the author of this stratagem. The sentence. things that cater to the ego. The rock does not move.
so easy to attain and so full of grace. Imagine his dismay when he was told that the Lord had condescended to carry under His arms the sandals worn by His devotee. and Narada of the pot of milk that does not. His will prevails. He will guard and guide you until victory is won. the wicked have to be reformed and reconstructed through Love and compassion. That is why I seldom address you as Bhaktas. Maya thrusts Kama deeper and deeper into perdition. also appear as Mayasakthi and Yogasakthi. That is why this Avatar has come unarmed. All are wicked to some extent or other. and everyone has to be educated and guided into the right path. not what will bind you. which causes the incarnation to come. Ask and get what will save you. with confidence. You ask from Me a thousand things of the World. 723 BEFORE every Incarnation. Though you do not know it. a mad person. Narada had the Name of the Lord always on the tongue and so the senses did not establish mastery. 725 WHEN the pot of milk on the hearth boils over. not even a wisp of ego should remain. as the elder sister. It has come with the message of Love. you will seldom get the chance again. Every being is a pilgrim destined to reach Madhava and merge in Him. Here it is so near. and when he found Krishna at the entrance of the tent. it is a quality that will make you desire the Lord and nothing else. everyone needs correction. If you fall back. he inquired what the bundle contained. I usually address you as "Divyatma Swaruplara". and I will be happy that you have taken to the path that will give you real strength and joy. and it settles down. The number of Asuras or evil men is legion. 724 YOU cannot have this chance of being near to the greatest source of joy in any other place. as the elder brother. two collaborators for the task. I can address you so. Durvasa is the example of the pot of milk boiling over. by destroying the few fanatics and heroes who wrought it. you will gain by listening to these talks and by this visit. they wander like lost children. Yoga comes. Avatars rid the world of evil. unconcerned with all that is
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. Have faith in Him. but rarely do you ask for "Me". I can even call you "Divya Divya Swarupalara" but as for Bhakti. He will never give you up. Maya comes. Therefore. 722 IN this Kali Age. but most people have forgotten the road. His command alone counts. he said.hands". If you too keep your senses and your wishes in check. fanaticism and felony reign in every heart. the Bhakta has no sense of honour or decency. Therefore. wasting precious time in the by-paths. Like a drunkard. it is a fact. But now. This Divyatman is Divinity. as Unmatha. He is a Matha. so that his downfall will be more terrible. The only weapon which can transform the vile and the vicious is the Name of the Lord uttered with Love. to warn the wicked. to enthuse and keep constant company. for that is your real Swarupa. 727 BHAKTI involves dedication with nothing held back. you pour cold water on it. Sincere devotion and unshaken faith can never fail to earn Grace. 726 IN the past Ages. pride or conceit.
It is for the sake of Jnana that Dharma has been laid down. Repent for all the wrongs done and resolve not to repeat the mistake. you will get tears in your eyes in sympathy. can confer valuable results. This Motherland has given you a culture that is attracting distracted people from all parts of the world. "Sabko Sanmathi de Bhagavan". can you be happy? No! It may be that a that when a baby weeps within hearing range. Be grateful. walk on with the help of these two. You are the inheritor of a great culture which has survived the onslaughts of alien rule and political suppression. and. Now you are wasting time till late at night in clubs and frivolous company. the path to God was sought for by even the common folk. The doctor may assure you that you do not have a fever. but the thermometer cannot lie. 730 YOU are the citizens of no mean land. that is his special glory and unique skill. 728 Kurukshetra must be made a Dharmakshetra. Man alone is capable of Seva. And the ruling has to be treated as inviolable. study the culture and practice the disciplines it lays down. That is why he is the paragon of creation and the acme of animal advance. the head is Jnana. and miserable when others are miserable. God knows and God will deal with you as you deserve. The doctor may say so in order to save you from panic. God bestow the right understanding on all". Serve the poor and the helpless and those who eke out their livelihood by hard work. the Lord is revealed. 732 GOOD ideas have to be accepted and bad ones eschewed. Each idea has to be judged in the Supreme Court of Viveka (Intellect). Man alone has the quality of sympathy. He cannot be bamboozled. 734
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. 731 WHEN someone sitting near you is immersed in sorrow. Have that faith.unrelated to his ideal. He alone can be happy when others are happy. if spent with God. then God will extend His grace. 733 YOU must devote sometime regularly for study and for Sadhana. He is deaf to the call of hunger and thirst. he misses steps in logic and he calculates wrongly while dealing in the marketplace. Why? There is an unseen bond between the two. 729 WHEN the heart is pure. He is the judge. It is in this context that we have to remind ourselves of the prayer of Gandhiji. Kurukshetra is the field where brothers fought over a handful of earth. and spiritual discipline permeated every activity of life and every detail of daily life. "Oh. but the thermometer declares the truth. but it must be made a field for the uplift of man through the practice of Dharma. Bharath is indeed a Divya Bhoomi: a land saturated since the ages with Devotion and dedication to God. Bhakti and Karma are the two feet. A portion of that time.
Borrowed ideas cannot fit into the pattern of our Culture. Then.
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. 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. in the field of administration. Love expands. it does not limit itself to boundaries. Therefore. 736 DO not preach. 739 WHO is the real resident of the body? You are the positive aspect that is activating the negative aspect. subject to decay and death. India can again be the spiritual leader of humanity and fill the whole World with Divine Love. Heroes on platforms prove themselves to be Zeros when they descend to the ground. attempt to acquire knowledge of yourself and of the origin of all selves and thus shed your fundamental ignorance. whether you listen to it or not! If this simple lesson. in spiritual institutions.TODAY. in the school between teacher and the pupil. in schools and colleges. You cannot shine in borrowed feathers for long. imported fashions or attitudes or apparels and exciting notions of social behaviour. The coordinated effort of all the organs of the body is essential for the healthy life. do not distort or disfigure your culture by limitation or neglect. 738 STRIVE to move away from Untruth towards Truth. practice. This is deterioration indeed. and how all men are brothers of one another. demonstrate in your own lives how Love can confer peace and joy. Peace and harmony between members of the same family are the foundation for peace in the land. They can give only temporary delight. The life-breath repeats Soham. and become aware of the immortal soul which you really are. we have factions everywhere at home. So. Love your mother tongue. dreaming or in a deep sleep. It means: "I am He. Move away from the thoughts and anxieties about this body. the body. this Truth which is being dinned all twenty-four hours of the day does not alert you or inform you of your real task. between husband and wife. love of the country is the basis on which you can build love for the World Community. and in Society between group and group. then you will discover that all languages are as sweet as yours. every time you breathe. Youth today is ruined by this fascination for the false. In politics. how all faiths lead to the same goal. for a language is as sweet as the tongues of the speakers. we have a surfeit of preachers but a famine of practitioners. everywhere. I am God"! What a profound authentic declaration the breath is making every moment of your life while waking. 737 THE only Message. The individual must be at peace with himself. how can you understand your Reality by the mere study of books? 740 DO not get involved with borrowed ideologies. Sanathana Dharma is the Culture that has grown on this soil and is best suited to maintaining peace and joys. 735 FEEL happy that this is your mother country.
and it peeps behind the curtain to get a glimpse of the "Suthradhara". Once. 744 IT is only when attachment increases that you suffer pain and grief. Attachment to Nature has limits but the attachment to the Lord that you develop when the Inner Eye opens has no limit. If you look upon Nature and all created objects with the insight derived from the Inner Vision. and then the Lord will accept you as His Flute. Some said the Lotus. some the Chakra. The Lord is the Immanent power in everything. then you can dispense with the Shastras. 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. pick you up. when a number of people were asked by Me what they would like to be in the hands of God. 745 IT is here in India that there is a mine of Spiritual Wisdom and Spiritual Treasure. Close these eyes and open those Inner Eyes and what a grand picture of essential unity you get. We have had a succession of Sages and Saints. the microcosm and the macrocosm. 746 YOU must each one try to become ego-less. Reason seeks to know the unity of the Universe. Reason serves the same purpose. then attachment will slide away though the effort will remain. His Bhuvanam. you must also tend to the needs of the inner Atmic body by regular Japam and Dhyanam and the cultivation of Virtues. I would advise you to become the Murali. Upanishads. for then the Lord will come to you. who pulls the strings. guaranteed in value and quality to eager aspirants everywhere. put you upon His lips and breathe through you and out of the hollowness of your heart. Both have their good points as well as their limitations. In so far as you are particular about coffee or tea at regular intervals. The Dharsanas. there is a vast field of spiritual virtue in this Land which needs only a little more care to yield a rich harvest. Sath Pravarthana and Sath-Chinthana are all essential for the growth and the health of the inner personality. Enjoy that Reality not this false picture. the origin and goal of it all. due to the utter absence of egoism that you have developed. the laws that govern the anu and brhath. sublimating the impulses and leading the lower self to higher levels of thought and action. On account of the teachings and the lives of these people. Gita and the Vedas have to be distributed pure and unsullied.741 I AM neither a Sastravadin or a Budhivadin. Sathsanga. 743 JUST as you tend to the body with food and drink at regular intervals. some the Sankha. I got various answers. I am a Premavadin. So I have no conflict with either the scholar who adheres to texts or the devotee of Reason. The body is the Bhavanam of the Bhabaneswara. He will create captivating music for all creation to enjoy. If you acquire Prema. be also particular about Dhyanam and Japam at fixed times for the health and liveliness of the spirit.
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. but no one mentioned the Murali. or at least it ought to. 742 PILGRIMAGES too are for elevating the heart. You will also see everything much clearer and with a glory suffused with Divinity and splendour.
which Lord Siva Himself has as his vehicle! Siva has Fire on the central part of His Brow. which is the vehicle used by Durga. then the Avatar comes to warn and guide. 748 YOU are all Sath-Chith-Ananda Swarupas. There is no need to grieve over the parting of the two. From the "Anu" to the "Brahath". 751 HUSBAND and Wife are like two pieces of Wood. drifting down a flooded river. One son has the head of an Elephant which whets the appetite of the Lion. fear and ignorance. who is so inseparable that She is the left half of the body of Siva Himself. 750 WHEN the sun is over your head. One of His sons. the faith that tells you that whatever happens is for the best and that the Lord's will be done. every single entity is moving towards the estuary where it merges in the Sea of Bliss. similarly. Nor is the Lion friendly by nature to the Bull. which attacks snakes. you can then safely move about in the World. Each must move on to the sea at its own rate and in its own time. both incompatible. there will be no shadow. It is the Divine that inspires. Anxiety is removed by faith in the Lord. and Water. the consort of Siva. the Gunas or the object. The Guru is the physician for the illness which brings about the suffering of alternate birth and death. people dedicated to it must emphasise this by precept and example. and subjected to this limitation or that! This is the myth that must be exploded in order that Divine Life may start. pray to the Lord Himself to show you the way and He will surely come to your rescue.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. which the snakes feed on. If you do not get such a Guru. only you are unaware of it and imagine yourself to be this individual or that. another rides on a Mouse. however simple or complex its physical structure may be. leads and fulfills the life of each being. Kumara. they float near each other for sometime and. 753
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. they are parted. it should not cast any shadow of doubt. No harm can come to you. when faith is steady in your head. Imagine how loving and how cooperative the various components have to be to render life on Kailas smooth and happy. So. Keep the faith in the Lord undiminished. Wipe out the root causes of anxiety. 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. on His head. activates. Then only can the true personality of man shine forth. 752 DIVINE family exists in peace and concord. When man loses his way and strays into the wilderness believing that he is the body. Siva has snakes on His arms. It is the very nature of Nature that it should be so. on His head and around His waist. which is Mithya in fact. He is an adept at the treatment needed for the cure. the River (Ganga). The Divine Life does not admit to the slightest dross in character or delusion in intellect. rides on a Peacock. when some current comes between them.
"Arogya" and "Ananda" go hand in hand. Any Name is effective. Live together in Love. Energy springs from the structure of the atomic constituents. Sankara.CARRY to every door the name of God and let the clouds be illumined by love and reverence. It is just not sufficient holding a mala and doing Japa. which is only the real reflection of the Truth. wisdom must illuminate education. Then he becomes a worthy candidate for Godhood. is only energy. bigger than the biggest thing. leaves. taste. Love the branches. Service is your only duty.it is the unified Godhead. the real worth of man lies in his intelligence. bad company and bad food are hostile grounds where disease thrives. every sunrise sing of Rama. Knowledge of mental energy. feel. disappointment makes man depressed. and Knowledge of cosmic energy. So too is the individual. you cannot have any matter. 758 ANYONE may blame you. Actually. All the twenty four hours you should be in the remembrance of
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. Man can justify his existence as man only by the cultivation of virtues. The reflection of Truth in our minds is only the conglomeration of our desires. His intelligence has come to him over many lives and the real value of his Buddhi is to practice Thyaga or renunciation. proton. Maheswara . energy is in the form of electron. similarly. are the chief cause of disease in the physical as well as the mental state. but you should ignore all such blame and go forward in doing service without rancour. When we throw away the water in the pot. once in the afternoon and once in the evening. 757 VOICE breeds disease. Sarvakaleshu Sarvatra Haricharithanam". Bad thoughts and habits. but they all are products of the Earth. every village in the State ring with the adoration of the Almighty.the Trinity. witness of everything. All these three are like Brahma. there are no three. in all form. Greed affects the mind. But the Buddhi is covered by illusion. smell. drawing sustenance from the Soil and the Sun. they are one . Without atoms. Let every street in the towns. we throw away the reflection of the Sky in it as well. 755 BAMBOO is valued for its form and strength and beauty. 756 THERE are three types of Knowledge: Knowledge of matter energy. neutron etc. Cherishing this thought of Oneness and serving the Society is true Adhyatmic or spiritual life. Vishnu. and in the atom. and Brahmam is Atma. Smaller than the smallest atom. once in the morning during Brahma Muhurtha time. The Atma is Brahmam. flowers and fruits. and live in Service. The Universe is a manifestation of God. lightning illuminates the clouds. They may appear to be different in colour. twigs. provided it is suffused with the Divine Essence. A sense of elation and exultation keeps the body free from ill health. and Krishna. 754 WHEN clouds gather in the sky. etc. 759 YOU should take to "Sarvada. Cosmic energy works in every person in the form of Divine knowledge. Similarly. in which men indulge. Matter. Eswara. The word of Sai is the path of Truth. Evil habits. live in Peace.
of the Word RK is the Rasa. 761 MOHAMMED preached monotheism and was driven out of Mecca. 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. the Deep Sleep stage. Sama is the Rasa. of the Sama (Veda). The reforming process involves the removal in daily living of bad conduct and bad habits and the practice of good conduct and good deeds. while studying holy texts. the nine Essences. and Ananda is the goal which man is seeking. we have to promote the progress of the people who dwell therein. Word. 764 THE A of AUM is the Viswa.God. So. Tejas is the Dream. Prajna. the aim of human life. But they are only clouds passing through the sky. The Pranava Sadhana (the spiritual exercise of meditation on OM) is therefore very important for Seekers. 763 THE Pranava is the essence of all sustenance. how do you react? You fling abusive words at the train. A man's worth can be measured by his efforts to reform himself. the Earth. and the people have no authority to reform the Government. 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. The skill needed for resuscitating and reforming man are found only in students. he is only becoming a target for ridicule. You should all the time be striving to awaken the spirit within you and for its blossoming (Atma Vikas). When he does not utilise them while discharging his duties to himself and to the Society which sustains him. Narada. Physic. pain and poverty haunt you. the embodiment of Rasa. the nine Sustainers. OM is the Rasa. These are the Navaratnas. The Vedas prescribe the repetition of the Pranava. RK. who protects and promotes all. and when you come to know that it arrives five hours late. Physic (Oshadi) is the Rasa. These eight Rasas. you have the Lord. Person. of the Physic. when you stick to the path of Truth and Righteousness. 760 MAN has in him vast resources of power. carrying out daily duties and offering gifts. 762 THE motherland is not a mere lump of earth. the Human Person is the Rasa. who was afflicted with conceit that there was no other who had
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. When the coaches receive from you such treatment. Water. This day. hiding for a little while the splendour of the Sun. Viswa is the Walking. Jesus preached mercy and charity and he was charged with treason. of the RK. ready to give you all that you want. When you are on a railway station platform waiting for the train that is due. the Word is the Rasa. This is the real purpose of life. the U is Tejas. The virtues of the people are treasures of the State. 765 YOU have a Kalpavruksha. Sama and OM lead to the ninth Ananda (Bliss). of the Earth. the Government has no authority to reform the people. of the Human Person. Water is the Rasa. and the M is Praajna. When we desire its progress. reciting the Name of the Divine.this is another interpretation in the Scriptures. of the water. the Smarana of the Name of the Lord is the root of all virtues.
when the shower of His Grace falls upon it. do you? You do not take the tonga inside. parents. any that appeals to you most and the Form appropriate to that Name and start repeating it. that will train you in the feeling of brotherhood and remove enmity towards fellow men. Goddess Lakshmi saw his sad plight and was moved with great pity. All trees that sprout from the Name are equally lovely and shady. you also have to drop this body when you reach "home". When you sit here in this Hall. The Name is like the seed implanted in your heart. guide books. not Gold.dedicated his very breath to the recital of the Name. All these are sparks of the same flame and the Love of the Universal is its highest expression. children. 769 YOU must cultivate non-attachment towards Prakruthi and attachment to the Lord. When you go about in a tonga. Take up the Name of God. You know you are separate and that you are here only temporarily.numerable ones. 767 BECAUSE you have taken residence in this body. 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. was once humbled to find that a ryot. She derided Saraswathi for neglecting to award comfort and joy on Her hapless servant. The yearning itself will draw the light. That is why Jayadeva. She offered him plenty. you can take them to heart and dwell upon them and fill yourself with the joy that they evoke. Saraswathi has blessed me with the most precious wealth. attaching itself to riches. by its own slow alchemy. You can experience the Name. Shanti is your in-most nature. Please remove yourself from my presence". was judged a great Bhakta. But Sankara Bhatta turned a deaf ear to her allurements. any of the in. This Prema cannot be cultivated by reading essays. you cannot call the body "I". you can imbibe the Form. The Lord is your Staff and Support. The Love will grow by itself and. I am reminded of the story of Sankara Bhatta. 768 PARAMATMA reveals its Glory in man. So. one's life mate or friends. he said politely but firmly. Do not discard it. "No. it sprouts into a lovely tree. 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. you do not call the Hall "I". 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". Gomanga. 766 JOY is your birth right. the gift that liberates me. fame and fortune. and made-easy lessons and learning the steps by note. when you step down from it on reaching home. do not be led away from the path of faith by stories invented by malice and circulated by spite. from now on. Prema appears in various forms. 770 JEWELS give Joy. He worshipped Saraswathi or Vidya which is the key to open the doors of Mukti. prosperity. Ramakrishna and others wished to remain ants. That is the Royal Road to ensure Joy and Peace.
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. tasting Sugar rather than becoming sugar itself. who managed to repeat the Name three times in the course of his overwhelming multitude of distressing preoccupation from cock-crow to dusk. turn you into God. you do not say that the tonga is you.
Similarly. 774 FOOLISHNESS. no meritorious act will fructify. 777
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. the writer of the note had in mind the people who engage themselves in publicity work of Rama. Vishnu is Jagannatha at Puri. 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. they stand. I am reminded of a note that someone has sent Me from this gathering. there are many who cavil at the Avatar who has come to save them. of His grace and ways of winning it. who is guarding you. They cavil at it.771 MANAVA can become Madhava by engaging himself in Madhava Karma. 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. There are some who deny even today the possibility of air travel. egoism. The eye. Show that you have greater brotherliness. That is what Sankaracharya offered to do. 776 YOUR minds are wayward like monkeys that skip and jump from bough to branch. Renounce and win Peace. as evidence of your having known the secret of higher life from Me. The note wants Me to explain why I have not mentioned SAI BABA in any of my Discourses so far. they will sit. though I bear the name as the Avatar of SAI BABA. Intellect is the root of pride and envy. Give them to Me. useless for carrying water or for storing it. he can then discover his "Narayana .Tatwam". Incidentally. 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. 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. 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). Krishna or SAI BABA. I can make them steady and harmless. others too will know of the Lord. When I say "Sit". 772 HOW far have you progressed using the chance of these Discourses and the Dharsan and Sparsan? Bring something into your daily practice. they curse the contrivance. at Kasi Siva is Visweswara. when I say "Stand". A man without character is like a pot with many holes. Evidently. Without these. speak less with more sweetness and self-control and that you can bear defeat as well as victory with calm resignation. 773 WHILE speaking of God. and sheer ignorance are the causes of misery of man today. But it must be a complete handing over with no reservations. of the joy of liberation. 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.
in this receptacle. announcing your grief at being thrust into it. Get rid of it in this life. The Jnana Kanda describes Jnana. where men estimate others indirectly rather than directly. My glory is spread daily through those who call themselves My Bhaktas. 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. the Mind cannot function at all. in order to realise the God you really are. Dwesha is Thamasic as Durvasa expressed it in his dealings with Ambarisha and others. 781 JUST think of this for a while. because Karma or sanctified activity is the means by which the tree blossoms and the fruit matures and grows. 783
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. by keeping in a warm place amidst straw or a hot room.MAN comes into the World. and you get fixed in Jnana. Russia and America. and with no trace of ego kept back to cater to your vanity. Raga and Dwesha. they know about the volcanoes of the Pacific or the islands of the Arctic regions. there can be no mind and no Maya. grief for having lost hold of God. the second and the third are quicker by comparison. The Upasana Kanda deals with Upasana. for example. the process by which the fruit fills itself with sweetness. Use it while it lasts. The first stage takes the longest time. Not that I want any such prop. 779 THE Karma Kanda is the biggest part of the Vedas. That is the reason why I do not address you as "Bhaktulara". And so they are shorter. But. by whatever means. The Mind expresses itself through Attraction and Repulsion. You are in this body. to grow wings so that you can escape from it. This body is the cocoon you have spun round yourselves by means of your impulses and desires. decide not to go with it from here. It is the transformation of the inner nature won by a struggle with the inner foes. 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. the sweetness (Jnana) cannot be injected from outside. your self-control. the Mind. burdened with Maya and its instrument. 778 THE study of the Vedas is the highest type of learning since it leads to the conquest of Death. where there is no Birth or Death. The third stage can be accomplished. Affection and Hatred towards the external World. 782 BECOME entitled to the honoured title of Bhakta. But it just happens that in this World. If these two are removed. the method by which the fruit ripens. All other studies deal with the means of living or the surroundings which you have to live. Your virtue. People learn details about China. your detachment. Also. Having come with grief. they deal with earning and spending. even apart from the tree. it must grow from within. You came into this world crying. completely. such Bhaktas are very rare. Without Raga and Dwesha. deriving a little pleasure by this trick. Let me tell you. your faith and your steadfastness are the signs by which people read of My Glory. but they do not know an iota about the features of their own inner realms. The Vedas show the path to the Realm of Eternal Bliss. it comprises the largest portion. escaping a little grief by that trick. You can lay claim to that name only when you have placed yourself in My hands fully.
It is based on the Divine which is the reality of the Self. Goodness. You have seen Me. They console you in times of stress and they strengthen you in distress. Sadhana. 787 THE whole World knows what sacred ideals inspire the Sathya Sai Organizations. certain modes of spending time usefully recommended by Me. They are the conscience of Society. and the environment. They give correct interpretations of moral dilemmas. Adhere to Truth. Karma.) The spirit of Oneness proclaimed in these Manthras is operative today only in the Sathya Sai Organization. Upasana. 785 IN this Prasanthinilayam. stayed here. The kind of service and sacrifice the Sathya Sai Organizations are rendering is colossal. unaffected? Dogs do not chew sugarcane. they seek a bone instead. the food. Dwell always on the Glory of God then you will shine in that Glory. the methods of social conduct. Do not treat this chance lightly. The basis for all is the Love that prevails among the members. have to observe them. Sahanaa Bhunaktu" (May He protect us all.ALL ills are traceable to faulty living. It is true that a big bag of rice might contain a few grains of sand. But you do not bloom as fragrant offerings at the Lord's feet by learning the Sadhana path. The drug that can cure it is presented under different Names: Jnana. Prema can grow only in the heart that is watered by Truth. The senses have to be curbed into obedient servants of the Sprit. may He nourish us all. your needs. words and deeds. points of view. Talk low when you must talk. So. Make the best use of your stay here. there are certain limits laid down. Let me ask: What is the gain? Are you going back unchanged. one individual. one period or one set. But you must pull yourselves away from slums and bylanes and travel on the highway to God. whether longtime residents or new arrivals. it is not limited to one country. for it can harmonize the secular and the spiritual into a single way of life. 788 SANATHANA Dharma is bound to overcome today's rampant materialism. the mode of mutual behaviour and the lines of onward march. and your problems into the ears of those who come here with their own bundles of such things. in accordance with the special features of the region. 786 THE Shastras warn you of false steps. Do not thrust your sorrows. the Upanishadic prayer said "Sahanaa Vavathu. They are all the same in potency and curative power. when the talk is about God. and Saakshathkara. and heard the Discourses. the manner of speech. Talk less. The difference lies only in the method of administration: either as a mixture or as a tablet or by injection. You come. ignorance so deep-rooted that it affects thoughts. From ancient times. the age. disciplines and guidelines. spending lots of money and you have put yourselves to much trouble to reach here. They prescribe the dress. And what is that traceable to? The ignorance of one's real Nature. 784 THIS Nilayam should not be treated with scant reverence. I insist on silence. But that will not affect the Organization as long as it is true to its principles. It can bring into closer kinship both man and God. Ill-fated mortals recoil. and Bhakti. It has a variety of procedures. Any human organization is bound to have a few black sheep. For example. That is the surest means of removing fear from your heart. All who come here. 789
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How can such a goal be secured. 792 TECHNOLOGY must be dedicated to the promotion of high ideals. but. the air within the tires is faith. your mouth. Artha. and by thoughts which thrive on and spread Love. Once you collect desires. Pleasure is but an interval between two pains. without undergoing hardship? 791 THE Scripture says: "Happiness cannot be won through happiness (Na Sukaad Labhyathe Sukham). the horn. Those who belong to a country have to proceed along the special circumstances and resources of the country. the joy increases and bliss is attained. Your eyes are like the lights. one must love all mankind.the Sathwick. if you do not apply the brakes in a timely manner. others assail you and still leave you discontented. But as one progresses in practice. To achieve the Sathwik happiness that is positive and permanent. pleasure and pain. Illness. The Atma in you is unaffected by desire. It involves firm control and regulation of the senses of cognition and action. Of course. both physical and mental. the petrol tank. Your stomach. This will be very hard to accomplish. Kama and Moksh.THE human body is the home of countless microbes and other parasitic beings. you may have your car registered in your name and be driving it yourself. Your body can be compared to a car. the embodiment of joy. loss and gain. They are passing clouds. One must not emphasize the differences between Nations or between castes and creeds. 790 MAN struggles variously to attain Ananda. He must strive to be steadfast and unmoved. defeat or victory. Cultivate Universal heartfelt Love. No one can be free from these disease-inducing causes. according to the innate quality of the seeker . 793 MAN must withstand both praise and blame. those which are cherished in Bharathiya culture. But one can easily overcome this sorrow by developing feelings of compassion towards all beings. is a reaction on the body caused by the poison in the mind. all are children of God. and intelligence or Buddhi. Ananda is the height of happiness. Happiness can be won only through misery". Through their free exercises. you become their slave. Do not believe that because you are equipped with the senses nothing harmful can happen. success and failure. 795
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. It is sought in three different ways. man must perforce take on trials and tribulations. When they are attained. you will find no end to them. For without the background of the culture. accidents are bound to be your lot. 794 SENSE-Control will guard you against a host of evils. educated people are easily turned into slaves of other cultures. An uncontaminated mind alone can ensure continuous health. Dharma. the switch. The Sathwik path is poison in the early stages and nectar while coming to fruition. like the Meru Mountain Peak. Be aware of your innate Divinity and show these recurring desires their due place. your mind the steering wheel. the wheels. the Rajasik and the Thamasik.
You do not run away from the barber because he is armed with a sharp razor. shrines and altars for centuries has been. 800 THE prayer that rose from millions in this country from all its temples. believe in the inner Motivator. and pilgrimage cannot be the end-all. You give away costly clothes to the dhobi since you have the faith that he will return them washed and ironed. Let all the peoples of the World be happy and prosperous. 798 IT has been proclaimed that God is one. It tells you that the Hindu. a surface activity. When the false image disappears. The goal is the realization of "I am He. Look at the emblem of the Sathya Sai Organization. the voice of God. Now it is only a lukewarm longing. He is I". the Truth shines in all its Glory. 801 YEARN to fill your heart with Him. It is like the Sun behind the passing cloud. So too. For. The first is termed "Manojnana" and the second "Atmajnana". the Muslim. Africa. Your yearning must be warm. Worship. not with you. words and deeds. That alone can fill the heart with Bliss. is a more beneficial form of Sadhana. Kasi. For there is no spot where He is not. Examine yourselves how far you have filled your heart within. Forms and Temples are only for the Kindergarten stage. "Sarve janaah Sukine bhavanthu". May all the Worlds have peace and prosperity. in a spirit of dedication and surrender. Pakistan and all the countries of the World and all beings everywhere. Measure the heights you have
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. quietly submitting to his idiosyncrasies. a Nandavanam. as the Sruthi declares. the peace and progress of Russia. holy sea fronts. 796 THE awareness of the Atman or the Divine in man can neither be gifted to another nor be accepted from another. freeing and revealing the Truth. illuminated by the Atma. the Atman within. It is all the time hidden behind the veil of ignorance. the Parsee. You have faith in the driver of your car and in the engineer who built your house. for the welfare and happiness. conceiving all acts as worship and all men as the embodiments of the Supreme. that God is at Kailas. and that He is known and can be known through various Names and forms. so warm that it can be called "Thapas" (Heat). 797 ACTIVE participation in Society. Your duty is to draw this veil and let the Sun of Awareness shine forth and illumine your thoughts. But Names. no object which is not He. "Manojnana" informs that you are distinct from others. or Prasanthinilayam. Krishna will certainly delight in dancing there and playing on the enchanting Flute in the bowers of the garden. The mind of man has to be a garden of many coloured flowers. Become hot (earnest). yapiaskas. It has been declared that God is installed in the heart of every being. "Samastha Lokaah Sukino Bhavanthu". adoration. You place faith in him and allow him to cut your hair. 799 THE knowledge derived through the mind utilising the senses is always incomplete.FAITH is the basis of every act. China. but the knowledge that is earned through the Buddhi or intellect. Tirupathi. is full. So pray for all humanity. theerthas. the Buddhist and the Christian are all adoring the same God for the same consummation. He willed that He becomes all this.
envy and the rest of that evil brood. the atmosphere of the heart is polluted by the ego-fumes. with the recitation of hymns and songs. This attitude is not correct. be anxious to be of help. regardless of the temptation to bypass it. why have they missed this? It is clear that they are suffering from some delusion. one has to interpret the actions as providing examples and lessons and not as human stories enacted for entertainment. serenity. they fly into outer space and even land on the moon. they ask. 803 THE five Pandava brothers are five qualities in human character. Rama was charged with a Love that transcended all considerations of advantage. By adhering to the traditionally laid down ritual worship many aspirants have attained the vision of the Omnipresent and stayed in that Incommunicable Bliss. human and subhuman beings. 806 CYNICS question the validity of the type of adoration and say that it will only confirm faith in a superstition. he is Siva-Sakthi Swarup. Do not keep another at arm's length. Snatch each opportunity to expand yourself by sympathy. as described in the Ramayana. MatterEnergy. but both rely on their imagination rather than on actual authentic vision. they claim to know the innermost secrets of Nature. But starting early with puja and continuing with
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. Paramatma. Puja (formal worship at regular hours). Do not cultivate the conviction that you are mere men. Watch for the chance. He is Sath-Chith-Ananda. be assured that you are destined for Divinity. If they know everything worth knowing. anger. You now become easy victims of lust. 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. He can tap them by identifying them and manifesting them and by sharing them with others. But ask them if they have "Ananda" and can stay in "Ananda". to enlarge the horizon of Love by understanding and prayer. which is the noblest and the most righteous. the Name for God. 802 MAN has all the resources he needs himself. 807 IN fact. Love is the key to open the doors locked by egoism and greed.reached with the yardstick of virtue. is the very first step in the spiritual pilgrimage. When man extols himself. When Divinity takes on the human form. Caste or Creed and extended it to animals and birds. 805 BE eager to confer consolation and courage. It can never be so. They will reply that they have not yet experienced it. Many seekers have undoubtedly achieved an awareness of God by years of asceticism among jungle caves. fortitude and equanimity. or a piece of paper?". Rama is the example of uncompromising adherence to the principle of Righteousness. all observing the norms set by the eldest. saying "My God is different from yours or my God is opposite to yours". "Can God be a stone. malice. does not mean a strange God but the Supreme God. 804 WE have at present persons who pride themselves on their encyclopedic scholarship and technical skills. he is extolling God. the Mahabaratha and the Bhagavatha.
The Puja itself may take another hour or two of concentrated and devout attention. camphor. 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. Since all are manifestations of Maya.) and sacrifice it to the deity involved. These are only beneficial acts. a bell and the book) are necessary for precious hours-long concentration on the Divine. will certainly free you from fear. Japa. and that every gesture and movement of his has to be motivated by devotion and dedication. spent in Divine Awareness. 812 DHYANA is interrupted in most cases by worry and anxiety regarding one's kith and kin. the cleansing of all levels of one's consciousness. attitude etc. the Paramathmam or Lord. a Tamil Saint. singing His Glory and adoring Him as a living presence). 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. The material and the Form are inseparable. The collection of the various items (lamps. This is "Chittha Suddhi". are more fruitful and satisfying. laid down in the Shastras to make the aspirant aware that he is the very presence. the rites of archana. addressing you as "Divyatmaswarupas"! 813 THE mind is the altar. flowers. man is burdened by animal instincts and impulses that have attached themselves to him during his previous lives as an animal. bhajana and aradhana (offering of flowers with the repetition of God's Name. Why? You are. But even a short sincere session of Puja. 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. caps. the Atman and nothing else. yields much fruit. and the performer rises up after the recitations and meditations as a stronger and steadier pilgrim on the path. but the seeker must dwell on the Form which he desires to be manifested in all its Glory rather than on the material. 814
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. in its real sense.scrupulous care. This is the reason why I begin the Discourse. Though born as a human. confessed that he had engaged himself in worship of the Lord's idol in order to cleanse his mind. behaviour. each one. which is natural to Brahmam or Paramathmam. and one's earnings and riches. Thiru Thondar. "Adhyatmic". Archana and Aradhana are the letters of the Spiritual Alphabet. 809 THE sixteen modes of worship. ensure the purification of the mind of men from ego and all its brood of blemishes. plates. in whom you take refuge. Place the animal which is to be offered as oblation (the evil aspects of your character. 810 PUJA or archana offered without a purified heart is a sheer waste of time. 808 PUJA.
No Karma which helps your progress will weigh heavily on you. For the senses rush towards the temporary and the tawdry. 815 YOUR devotion to God is best expressed by achieving the control of the senses. is a prayer for prompting the spirit of inquiry and for illuminating the path by the inner light of the Spirit. Jnana alone can grant the Vision. and do not rush to conclusion or be led away by mere hear-say. That is why the Gayatri. a washer-woman by caste. At last. and the sight made the entire city weep loudly without end. 818 WHEN you scatter seeds on the surface of the soil. Give Me that heart. no more valuable offering than the heart I have endowed you with. Otherwise. One day. only after deep deliberation and satisfying yourself that it will be for your good. and they foul the heart. full of the nectar of Love I filled it with. Keep off pests with the insecticides of Bhajan and Sathsang. as pure as when I gave it to you. So too. Plant it in the heart.BUDDHI is the only instrument for realisation. for that feeling is a sure sign. Reason out. they do not germinate. Seeing the Queen in tears. To evoke the Divine in you. A time comes when you look back on your achievement and sigh at the futility of it all. Bodha. I require from each of you no other gift. It is only when you go counter to your inner-most nature that you feel it as a burden. discriminate. one sensible person set in motion an inquiry. the entire Zannan wept and the weeping spread to the male attendants also. The King. and so the Queen began to shed tears. finding the queen inconsolably sad. 816 IT is certainly wasteful to spend precious time in mere study without any attempt to translate it into action. and let Him shape it as He wills. a close female attendant of the Queen came to the palace weeping in great sorrow. 819 KARMA must not be felt as a burden. and measure it with Faith and Courage. She said that her attendant was in sore grief. 817 YOU must take every step in Sadhana or in Samsara. which passed through person after person until the Queen herself was accosted. 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. 820
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. Entrust your mind to the Lord before it is too late. she confessed that it was all due to the sudden demise of her favourite ass. water the plant with Prema. will not germinate. a Vedic prayer to the Light that fills the Universe to illuminate the intelligence. the ultimate Truth. you have to keep them inside the soil. and when she. also wept profusely in sympathy. there is no better method than Namasmarana. it will be like the story of the weeping city. indicating that it is against the grain. if scattered on the surface. was interrogated. You need not give your word to Me now. grow into the tree of knowledge and yield the fruit of wisdom. so that you may benefit in the end.
With the spread of alien cultures and alien ways of thought and life. 826 DO not try to delve into Me. health. prosperity. fulfill his basic needs or succeed in spiritual Sadhana. 827
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. 822 TO remove the evils of Egoism. man cannot brave temptations. the trend of the advice and the coordination between what is said and what is done. Great care has to be bestowed to ensure that injurious tendencies do not affect these two. as the Puttaparthi Sathya Sai Sath-Chakravarthi. Kama. He is the One God of all mankind. and exterior display. sensual liberty. restored Kuchela and stood by Prahlada. who grants in answer to their several prayers. He will have no foe. the outlook. Without health. idleness and pompousness. This situation is attributable to the spread of deleterious food habits and pastimes. distress or disappointment. It is only recently that India fell under the impact of alien cultures which highlighted material comfort. the Vaishnavas as Phullajaakshe and the Saivites as Sambhu.WHOM the Muslims adore as Allah. 824 THE same Divine Compassion that blessed Dhruva. has come to the Earth as the Refuge of the refuge-less. Examine the daily conduct. no fatigue and no fear. Man can engage himself in obligatory and optional functions only if he is healthy. 825 INDIA is the land where the ideals of service. drugs have multiplied and hospitals have been established in every nook and corner. saved Gajendra. His word will be ever sweet and soft and his gestures ever revered and humble. Do not run after all and sundry who blabber textbook stuff and wear the cloak of fakir hood. skill and strength to Service will never meet with defeat. That is the utmost you can do. the Christians as Jehovah. physical luxury. Examine. Service is the most efficient instrument. earn a decent living. as the Sath Chith-Anandamurthi. develop Faith and Sraddha and derive Ananda through Prema. as the Lord of all the Worlds. renunciation and spiritual endeavour were born and have flourished. judge and admire. for Service is its own reward. as the Lord of Peace. At present. 823 THE Scriptures proclaim that health is the very root of all endeavours in the four fields of human achievement: Dharma. Harmony and Righteousness. Service will also impress on the person doing the Service. and happiness to all wherever they may be. 821 FOOD and recreational habits are the two main causes for ill-health. diseases too have multiplied and mental imbalances have increased. the Unity of all mankind. the motive. and that Indians have trodden the wrong path of exploitation and violence. He who dedicates his time. and Moksha. the king of kings. do that and benefit. Artha. ill-health is also widespread.
To feel proud that you are a Bhakta is also a blot. 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". So long as you cling to the narrow "I". favour you to the extent necessary for realising the Goal.and you are free of the burden that is cursing you. the same build.WITHOUT surrender there can be no liberation. moulded out of the same material. be confirmed in that. by high and low. Though you may be a mountain. You can do so easily by fixing your mind on your own Infinity. this loss of the sense of values. Service to man will help your Divinity to blossom. Lakshmi will. envy and egoism are kin. 830 YOU do not know the Gem shining inside you. and Dharma and these qualities are enough to save them from perdition. until it sees every being as your mind's eye. 832 THE Truth can flash only in a mind clear of all blemishes. Transcend the walls. 833 ALL men are kin. Cross out the "I" and you are free. they are of the same likeness. the Highest. Affection. the bars and bolts.
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. Never doubt that. you do not know where such and such a scholar lives in Venkatagiri. Worship Lakshya. Duty. you must feel you are a mound. Omniscient Being. by various forms of deceit. Love. You cannot even know that the road is smooth and fine. by all and sundry. the vast. fill your ears with the call from the Beyond and the Boundless. But let me tell you. You must recognise the Higher. those who revere their Parents and foster them. and every act of Mine has its significance which you cannot understand. of her own accord. Then you will no more waver in your faith. 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. and you should not pretend to be a mountain. the unlimited. They cut at the root of man's real nature. for it will gladden your heart and make you feel that life has been worthwhile. I shall appreciate you! Keep the Lakshya. Vanity. Asthikas believe in Gratitude. the locks and chains. 829 LAKSHMI or wealth accrues by fair means as well as foul. Never falter. You are in the dark and you fear more. the four prison walls will close in on you. If God's creation was faulty. 828 I HAD to do My Dharma. There is no fault or partiality in creation. with the same Divine essence in each. You cannot notice the heaps of earth and the pits on the road. are Theists. all would have suffered equally. then. Envy is the greatest of the sins. How to kill the "I"? Place it at the feet of the Lord and say "You". the Divine. dream and plan to merge with the Absolute. not "I" . Associate always with the Niranjana. but you know where such and such a film star lives in Madras: This is something to be ashamed of. and those who love and protect with care their brothers and sisters. the Divinity whose effulgence is your intellect and whose reflection is the Prema you evince. money is earned by gambling. are Nasthikas. Service to man is service to God. by highway robbery. You know many things other than this. but not this essential thing.
lest the benefit of the Sadhana will be lost. some joy. 837 ONE should accept the body as the "Tantra". it draws a line across and cancels the series of births and deaths. The spokes of the wheel are the rules of Dharma. bound by the rim of Prema. you cannot get it even by Dharsan. some faith. means a line. the Order and the Directions. unafraid. Naturally. When all words emanating from you are sweet. That moment you are free. man has to seek all means of discovering the meaning of Life. These are matters that reveal the concentration that you are capable of. It tries to shed some light. It is a dream which unfolds before you even while you are "awake" in another dream. The self is the Rider and he will not come to harm if the axle is Sathya and the goal is Shanti. You will have to follow the instructions. he is lost. which are driven by Buddhi. 836 MOKSHA or Liberation results from the breaking of the Mind with all its vagaries and wishes. how can you do it. one's own breath as the "Mantra". all that you hear becomes Sama Gana. with Viveka and Vairagya as the reins. your breath becomes Rig Veda. receiving knock after knock and is seldom the better for all the experience. There is no need to seek them outside oneself. 840
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. and Sambashan. he wanders from birth to birth. Every little point has to be taken care of. 839 THE Gita is for saving all and granting them liberation.for He is in every man and every living being and in every stone and stump. along the straight path of Dharma. you will be performing every day the Vedapurusha Yajna. let every act be a flower. 835 WHERE you go to a temple. some hope. for without knowing it. and one's heart as the "Yantra". along the line laid down. Then. you see the idol within but your thoughts are with your footwear that you had to keep outside the gate. when the fibrous armour of sensual desires encompasses it? Remove it and dedicate the Mind to God and smash it in His presence. the two wheels being the Kala Chakra and the Karma Chakra. Offer your talents at the feet of God. When you do only sweet deeds. Sparsan. 834 WHAT exactly is a dream? It is a dream within a dream. free from creeping worms of envy and egoism and full of the fragrance of love and sacrifice. Gita. and some meaning on the dream called Life. You cannot get liberation by merely coming here. some courage. the Ajna. the Yajna which propitiates the Veda. in Telugu. When you restrict what you listen to and prefer only sweet speech. 838 THE vehicle of human life is drawn by two wheels by the senses. it teaches you to stand erect. You have to break your Mind but. all that you do is Yajur Homa.
"If He is Almighty. What do you give Me in return? Give Me the Aacharana of what I am telling you. 843 HE will be patent only in the transparent heart. The string of the Rosary is patent only in the Spatika Heads. but do not worry about the fruit. The strongest foundation is ever-present Faith in the Almighty. not to the one who questions out of impudence or ignorance. the instincts and impulses. he could see for himself the Lord. He has clambered through all the levels of animal.HAVING been born. external activity) is a method of sublimating the instincts and impulses. 841 IN every country today. Prapatti (surrender) is a method of utilising the senses. 844 YOUR Reality is the Atma. who is the core of every object and being. do good deeds. instead they are content with cheap applause and short-lived publicity. is a method of subduing the thirst of the senses and of the ego. this relationship between the wave and the sea. all-directing Divine. that is enough. they could gain eternal fame. why then is He not patent"? He reveals Himself only to the person who yearns for the answer. and all desirable objects must be regulated by the standard of Dharma. They do not know. you share them with birds and beasts. You may ask: why should anyone seek good company. The one object of this human existence is to visualise this Reality. men have become power-mad and they resort. practice what I teach. But the object of realising God is forgotten. grains and articles of comforts and luxury. Prakruthi (action. Some may ask. "Dharma Rakshithi Rakshithah". riches. materials. They plunge the Society to which they belong into fear. as animals do. which he feels will give him happiness and which. All other activities are trivial. Do and dedicate. work and worship. This is the meaning of the story of Hiranyakasipu who split the pillar. Nivritti (detachment. that if elevating ideals are adhered to and practiced. When he did that. all the steps in the ladder of evolution in order to inherit this high destiny. Nivrithi and Prapatti. therefore. 842 THE mansion called life must be built on a strong foundation and the pursuit of Artha and Kama. 845 THERE are only three ways of saving oneself: Prakruthi. become the object of his struggle. man is condemning himself to a further life sentence. Dharma fosters those who foster it. 846
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. this Atma. That is all I ask for. not in the coral or Rudraksha beads. Though the string runs through these latter also. without any compunction. 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. the heart that is not clouded by egoism or attachment. to self praise and dry declamation. that is the secret of spiritual success. comfort and pleasure. a wave of the Paramatma. internal quiet). but this is the unique privilege of man. If all the years between birth and death are frittered away in seeking food and shelter. the intelligence and the emotions for the glorification of the all-knowing. the crystal beads. of Wealth and Welfare. man earns and acquires land. foster envy and feed their fatal egos. plant and protect. They develop hatred against others. it can be seen only by splitting those beads. anxiety and disorder.
but what a difference? The hammer and chisel have made one. you do not take advice from a lame person or a blind person on where you can best wade across. That and this are one substance. Manifestations of God. but the real meaning is "Hin" (Hinsa or Violence). "Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu". or roamed about in search of people whom they can squeeze for money. But what poor glory is this? When the sun rises even the brightest bulb pales into insignificance. vows and rites prescribed in Hinduism are all directed to the promotion and well-being of "all the Worlds". What then is the special feature of Rama. You follow a person who has waded often and who is neither lame nor blind. "Lead us from darkness unto Light". "Thamasomaa Jyothirgamaya". Buddha and Christ? Why do you celebrate their Birthdays with much reverential enthusiasm? The specialty is this: they are Aware. 847 WHEN you reach the bank of a river in a strange land.THE boulder on the hill. and alight. advents of the Divine. You too must subject yourself to the hammer of discipline and the chisel of pain-pleasure. that is to say. The Masters arrive in answer to man's prayer. This meant that He who was to overcome the darkness of evil and ignorance had taken birth. Appearances of splendour and other signs to herald the era that have dawned are natural when Incarnations happen on Earth. 851 THE word "Hindu" has been interpreted by scholars in various ways. 848 MAN imagines that he has achieved much as a result of his search for material pleasures. Man has invented the fan and. not those who prattle things learnt from the books or dole out set formulae irrespective of the stage the recipient has reached. an inspiration to make life beautiful and holy. with the roofs flying in the air. the toughest tree is uprooted and man's handiwork of brick and mortar is laid in ruins. when a storm arises in Nature. 852
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. "Dur" (far from): people who keep away from violence. Their conception of the immanence of God is strong and unshakable. Jesus was to shatter the darkness that had enveloped the World and the Aura of Light was a sign that announced the event. you are unaware of the Atma which is the Truth. He has discovered electricity and is using it for giving light. Avatars are ever alert. he is able to create a breeze. ceremonies. The man with both capacities is a good guide. from time. dream and wakefulness. tells the idol. "Thath Thawam Asi" (You and I are the same). This is the reason why Hinduism is still alive and active. On what basis can he erect his pride? 849 ALL who come embodied are Avatars. Krishna. from which a portion has been blasted away to carve an idol for the temple. a thing of beauty and a joy for ever. But. The rituals. Awareness confers Liberation from bonds. Yes. that He will spread the Light of Love in the heart of man and the councils of humanity. of one substance. The Hindus have been praying since the ages for the peace and prosperity of all the Worlds. by means of electricity. The man who can see is a scholar. space and causation and from sleep. 850 THERE was a huge halo of splendour illuminating the sky over the village when Christ was born. so that you become Divine. the man who can walk is a person with experience. aware.
The "Bujaga" or snake. He is the force which makes Light shine. Karma. You take off your warm clothing when you start feeling warm. that he stops and expresses concern and probes into the causes. when you rest upon it. instead of allowing it to envelop you. illness is unnatural. do not strive to secure any lesser fruit. but not of it. is the main gate to enter the mansion of Mukthi. Remember this. "Wellness is natural". but do not allow the waters to enter the boat. he does not stop to enquire why you are well. protection and punishment. The body is said to be the temple. It is only when you answer that you are ill. Grief is a friendly reminder. 858 THE youth today. symptoms and care of the illness. "How do you do?" and you answer. 854 PLEASE do not be under the delusion that God needs light and that He requires illumination. When you come to think of it. 855 YOU try to avoid grief. for how can he be the Lord if he does not insist on strict accounting and strict obedience? 857 TAKE everything as it comes. That is the secret of a successful life. thank you". 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. And in that temple is installed the Jivi who is the "timeless" God. when you hear people arguing about the relative superiority of the Yogas or labeling themselves as "this" or "that" in the Adhyathmic field. Bhakti and Jnanam. "Jivodevah Sanathanah". The Lord grants both. a good task-master. and He is above and beyond the Thejas that Nature can supply. it is the temple that you are carrying about with you in body that must be fitted with lights. Strive to secure Grace. represents the World or "Vishaya" and. When we seek "Ananda". 853 SARANAGATHI. He is "Jyothiswarupa" with the splendour of a thousand suns. 856 CLARIFY the Buddhi by Sadhana so that you get a vision of the Lord who dwells within. curricula and social norms and an agitational approach to
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. you can afford to have "Santham". So you are "Suka-Swarupa" also. When someone asks you. Each floor rests upon the one beneath and the uppermost cannot be reached without ascending the first three. It has four floors: Dhyanam. Anxiety is caused by the unnatural only. Be in the World. "Quite well. The objective World (Samsara) looks upon joy and grief as teachers of hardihood and balance.VISHNU is described as "Buyagasayamam" sleeping on the snake and also as "Samthaakaaram". even a better teacher than joy. you try to taste joy instead. that is the Sudarsana which saved Gajendra. in India as well as in other lands. It is the nature of man to do so. which has visha or poison. are afflicted with deep discontent which manifests itself in revolt against rules. "Dehodevalaya Proktham". Let your boat be on the waters. Cultivate contentment. regulations. For he is essentially "Anandaswarupa". or unconditional surrender. It is not so much this stone structure that needs illumination. it is like the call of the deep for the deep. The coat of desire has to be taken off when the warmth of Bhakthi increases.
at least in India. the composition and the name of the ocean. He is not to be found specially in Amarnath. the God resides in the heart of all being" says the Lord. call it by any name. and He himself has come down in human form to communicate it and save mankind from perdition. the Origin of all. But a trinket cannot be turned into a diamond. and from the stuff of that illusion. there is this quantum of earnestness to achieve it and to escape from the cycle of birth and death. however loud the praise and however adamant the claim. the Lord has often sent Messengers to tell humanity about it. man realises himself by merging in the Absolute. You will fail only when the senses establish mastery over the mind. Only you do not realise it so clearly. It is because the task of guiding man has gone on so consistently that today. 862 EASWARASSARVOTA Bhoothaanaam Hrddese Arjuna Thishtath. Just as every drop of the ocean has the taste. the Maya throws a mist which hides the Madhava. Jala. Vayu. this Tabernacle of Paramatma. Tirupati. Buddhi is more important than all the rest of the inner instruments given to man. Those who have seen the brilliance of the diamond will not be misled by glass trinkets. So. it will not fill inferior vessels or embellish tawdry stuff or enter impure bodies. 863 YOU have to trace your ancestry and be proud of it. There is a regular syllabus for the promotion of the spiritual aspirant. Deal with them severely and they will be cured. By a combination of the five elements. From Paramatma. 859 WHEN God has come assuming a Form. take it from Me. from Jala. from Agni. The Lord is like the diamond. The entire ladder has now to be climbed up in order to reach the Paramatma. which is given in that form in the Veda and in the form of an elaborate story in the Bhagavatha. But through the action of the healthy impulses inherited from acts performed while in previous bodies. Kedaram or Gokarnam. 860 WHO can give us the secret of transcending the barrier that divides the region of death from the region of immortality? Of course. 864 THE discovery of Truth is the unique mission of man. "Gamyam ithi Lingam" (That which merges in the goal is Lingam). 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. The Godavari realises itself by reaching the sea. and from Akasa.every little problem that affects them. They are imitating undesirable and fanatic norms of behaviour and are addicted to a code of disbelief. Man is a mixture of Maya and Madhava. or through the cleansing done by austerities
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. was produced. Agni. from Vayu. having no roots anywhere. "Oh Arjuna. Make Buddhi the master of your Manas and you will not fail. Kasi. which is you. do not extol these falsities and ruin those unfortunates. Earth. 861 THE Jnanendriyas are more important for Sadhana than the Karmendriyas. Moola Prakrithi descended with the emergence of Maya. Akasa. so too every single being has the Divine taste and composition and the name of the Lord.
868 EVERY little movement or incident results in sound. advising . 865 EVERYONE has a mother as the source of his life and body. "My heart has gone dry. Only. I am the repairer of broken hearts. Mothers have to be repositories of "Thyaga. mere play-acting set to a pattern. so indifferently and automatically. 867 COME. Discipline and Devotion. taken to be far away and distant as a tyrant or task master. perhaps. ripe in culture and character. Detachment. have to meet in order to produce a spiritual current that will flow through you. So. Again. The Negative pole Mayasakthi. Love-filled Heart of God respond? When there is no response. Even when the stony cliff echoes your voice and responds when you cry. The Gayathri is the elaboration of that Pranava and so. His Swabhava (essential Nature) is Ananda (Bliss). His Akara (Form) is Prema (Love). sanctified by holy thoughts and steeped in love and dedication. assuring. Verily he. to have Sparsan of the Lord. addressed to someone alien to oneself. the cry is hollow. and His Raktha (Life-blood) is Sathya (Truth). will not the Softest. Any little agitation disturbing the calm is bound to produce a sound. my brain is confused.but let Me tell you: God is Love. do with devotion. Their Karma (Activity) must be based on these three urges. 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. Then Nara is transformed into Narayana and this Bhuloka is elevated into a Prasanthi Nilayam. Love is God. When you fold your hands and bring them together. 866 THE one Namaskaram you do. That is enough. Lord make me fit again for life's arduous journey". mends and sets right. you may not be able to hear. The sound caused by the primal movement that resulted in the enveloping of Brahman by selfevolved Maya is the Pranavashabda or OM. the purpose of Namaskaram is to touch the Feet. assuaging. The Lord will be waiting outside the door of the puja room of the Bhakta. Mahasakthi. Ten years ago. the mother has to be strong in mind and body. Maya melts away. who has the Lord as His Servant. insincere. Sweetest. You do not even do that. 869 YOU may complain that God is hard and heartless since He does not respond to prayer. Yoga and Bakthi". 870
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. a devotee prayed to Me in song. of damaged Anthahkaranas. you do it so callously. infer that there is something wanting in the cry. I am like the smith who welds. Good mothers make a good nation. The falling of an eyelid over the eye makes a sound and the dropping of dew on a petal makes a sound. for it is just a mist which flees before the Sun. anxious to fulfill his wish. and the Positive pole. give a signal from his pictures and speak from "nowhere" in clear unambiguous terms. it is now held so venerable that initiation into Adhyatmic life is achieved by its contemplation. my path is dark. because the range of your ear is limited. or through the Grace of the Lord Himself. is the real Prabhu.in this body. my lamp has gone out.
You can pile up vast wealth and donate old and land. has to be praised). Such speech sanctifies the tongue. 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. Surely his answer will be vouchsafed immediately. always prefer the Truth". that does not offend. whatever is spoken and whatever is seen must be cognised as Brahman. recite. (Speech. adore. "Nabrooyath Sathyam Apriyam" (If unpleasant. does it purify the heart? Does it help the Divinity within to manifest itself? 874 BRAHMACHARYA does not mean merely desisting from marriage. yet he earned that description. they work together and in unison. Your thoughts.KNOW that God is the One that is dearest and nearest to you. what a wonderful lecture he gave". pure consciousness and holy thoughts. worship. those who have faith and who practice the disciplines are the Generals in whom the Master confides. The crowds that gather may praise and proclaim: "Ah. One should not inflame passion. "He who is in Brahman". When they stray from the path or overstep the boundaries. 872 THE Lord has said in the Gita: "Anudevega Karam Vakyam Sathyam Priya Hitam Chayat". You may have huge hordes of men in the army. diminish enthusiasm or inflict injury "Sathyam Brooyath. do not speak falsehood). 871 TALKATIVE persons easily step into scandal mongering. Those who believe. That is the real Brahmacharya stage. 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. A poet addressed his tongue thus "Oh. It means becoming soaked in Holy Love for the Divine through transparent sincerity. You must be vigilant that they are put to use with proper attention to those limits. Idle brains exaggerate matters. Hordes of people sing. feelings. desires and activities must all move in Brahman. The ear cannot tolerate a false or discordant note. whose strength and weakness they have comprehended. It knows and respects the limits. How? Brahmachari means. do not speak the truth). That is to say. relisher of sweetness. reason bites its head and makes you inhuman. He was married to Srivatsala. was ever moving in Brahman and living in Brahman. You all know that Hanuman is described as the Eternal Brahmachari. that is truthful. Speak pleasantly). and cynics cause great social
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. Every one of the senses responds within its own limits of tolerance and protests when that limit is exceeded or disregarded. as dear and as near as your own heart and pray to him. praise and prostrate. unselfish will. pleasant and beneficial. the Universal Absolute. 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. but these are the soldiers. "Priyam cha na anvartsham brooyth" (Though it may be pleasant. Priyam Rooyath" (Speak the Truth. Wherein lies the key to greatness? Whereto does renunciation lead? The question is. Hanuman had no other thought than Rama (who is Brahman) and so. Tongue. Too much talk and a tongue addicted to scandal are twins. You can be hailed as a King and rule over the realm. knower of taste. 873 YOU can master all Knowledge and win loud applause.
Man must outgrow this tendency and turn towards Dharma Karma. She uttered the Name of Krishna while she drank it. fascination or delusion. 879 HOW can a person. I know you have the enthusiasm to carry My message among the people of this country and other countries. 880 THE Name undoubtedly brings in the Grace of God. Man merges in the Universal and loses the inhibiting individuality. That is how you may take it. The pleasure one gets through a sense of possession. 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. teach others the art? How can one whose granary is empty. It was transformed into nectar. fortune and family and dedicated herself to the adoration of the Lord. Any positive response to the attraction is called Love. Only those who are ignorant of the Glory of God will insist on one Name and one Form for His adoration and. and the face of the World will be transformed. 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. They then will spread effortlessly and efficiently. When the attitude is confirmed and consolidated. Her husband brought a chalice of poison and she was ordered to drink it. activity that sublimates lower instincts and impulses and transform every deed into an act of dedication. The response to the attraction of sex can be best described as fancy. Only the yearning to reach for the sublimity that lies inherent in Truth is entitled to be called by that holy word "Prema". The feeling of Kinship or comradeship evokes dearness. by the Grace the Name evoked. 876 MOHAKARMA flows from delusion and leads to further delusion. fortitude and peace. pour out charity? Acquire the wealth of devotion. the Queen of Rajasthan. 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). words and deeds must be saturated with the message. Giridhara Gopala. moral activity. If only all of you would remember the principle underlying the brotherhood of man. Meerabai. Gulfs are widened by thoughtless criticism.damage. We must certainly coin new words or set aside specific words to indicate the forms of Love. Bharath (India) has suffered slights and disregard as a result of a spate of teachers who have not cared to practice what they teach. what is worse. however trivial or transitory. mankind will become a mighty family full of peace and joy. who cannot swim. gave up status and riches. The attachment of parents to their children or of children to parents must be called affection.
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. before venturing to advise others how to acquire them. especially of material objects. Moha. That is the Karma which the Atma craves for and delights in. Your thoughts. 877 PREMA or Love is a much misused word. 878 IT is My general practice to induce people to learn the sweetness of the Name. idealistic activity. all Karma becomes Brahmakarma. can be known as satisfaction. Any feeling of attachment. is characterised as Prema. 881 GOD is the harmony of all the Forms and Names that man gives Him. that is to say.
or the qualification of the physician who prescribes the medicine. and no decline or damage. Do not go about proclaiming that you are a sect. They achieved such success that Bharath. You find around you injustice. Become His own. the most effective prescription is the injection of Atma-Vidya (Knowledge of the Atma. 884 THE future of India is in your hands. the seeker of Knowledge. was the Preceptor of Humanity. man can conquer Death. "I am the seed for all beings". 886 LOVE is the seed. 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. the Creator. Since you are all associated with the Sathya Sai Organisation. the insane and the shirker. In practice. 885 EVERY Indian will have to recognise the culture based on Vedic philosophy. The tree is a broad spread of leaves and flowers. can He not provide for you? 883 THE duration of life is under the control of Him who gave life. All have grown out of one
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. immorality and untruth. which has no change in characteristics. being the most prominent organ. They toiled for identifying themselves with the Truth. I must warn you against such silly obduracy. You are fully aware of the characteristics of this Kaliyuga we are passing through. the Soul as one's Real Self). 882 PEOPLE pray to God to relieve them from pain. the Lord has declared "Beejaymmaam Sarva Bhoothaanam". 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. courage is the blossom and peace is the fruit that the Sages grow in the garden of their hearts. He is providing for the idler. If one concentrates on the Atma. distinct and separate from those who adore God in other Forms and Names. needs our special attention. grief and loss. 887 IN the Gita. Do not demean the relationship into bargaining: give me this. thereby. Therefore. If you insist on wages you become a coolie. trying to rob everything of pride and without achievement and thus. But if you develop an intimate attachment to Him and make Him yours. with all their devilish attributes and atrocities. Almost all the fields and walks of life are polluted with these poisonous feelings. fruit and green. but the field of education. to confer on them health. then He will manage to give you all that you need. no subtraction or senility. getting involved in meaningless pursuits. then I shall give you that in exchange. The chief causes of ill health and death are Fear and Loss of Faith. The student of today is not able to realise what he should primarily be concerned with. You will know how restless and agitated the youth of India are today. irregularities. 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 only a "Vishayarthi". a seeker of worldly pleasures. It does not depend on the calories of food consumed or the quality of drugs that are injected. It is only in name that he is a "Vidyarthi". strength and wealth. for centuries.
but in the characteristics of Sathya. Krodha (Anger). The struggle knows no respite. if you live a hundred years. 891 KRISHNA is hiding in the recesses of your hearts. all its rich variety of strong and weak. living. God is too vast and too far above the reach of reason or imagination. You have to trace Him there and hold fast. You can only get glimpses of the Bliss derived from the contemplation of His Magnificence. Love. God is everywhere and no spaceship can hit against Him. be always aware that you are but an instrument in My Divine Mission of Dharmasthapana. hesitate or doubt your destiny. Yearn to realise your Reality. injustice and inequity are raging in wild fury. Beware of Pride. Yes. and discover Him in the bower of your own heart filled with the Fragrance of Love and Light of Virtue. 888 DO NOT waver. burrowing. Jnana and Ananda there is God. So. Do not search for the faults of others. stupid and sad. Lobha (Greed) Moha (Attachment). Fight against them resolutely. 889 THE six demons. it is the duty of every human being to be equipped with spiritual strength so that he may not be overwhelmed by the storm. Spiritual pride is the most poisonous of all varieties of Pride. 893 AT THIS critical hour in the history of the World. This is an urgent and essential task and I must say. It is not a seven year war or a thirty year war. hanging. The hand that wields the instrument knows how and when it has to be applied. 890 THERE are no characteristics in God. Mada (Pride) and Matsara (Hate) pursue you and turn you on to wrong paths and make you servile. that the women of India have a contribution to make. All this uncountable variety of created beings have come out of the "Beejam" (Lord) and again. Kama (Lust). This is a civil war. it may be a hundred year war. Be an example to others. every tear of gratitude and every sigh of compassion. and every fruit of that tree has seeds of the same nature inside it: contemplate for a while on the magnificent multitude of life.single small seed. You will become humble. distressed and delighted. prey and hunter. subtler than ether or Akasa. and Serve. do not lend your ears to people who swear there is no God. when the demoniac forces of fear and anxiety. Try to be more and more efficient as such instruments. Do not scatter advice without the authority born of practical experience. wise. that yearning itself will endow you with a steady endeavour and the Grace of God which will remove all obstacles. 892 A HEART without Love is as dreary as a town without a temple. visualise the immanent Divinity. walking. It blends and leads the person suffering from it into ruin. seek your own. floating. no astronaut can espy Him. the lesson is: recognise his Footprints in everything of beauty. Cooperate. That is the life-long war you have to wage. He runs away but leaves footprints marked by the spilled milk on which he has trodden in His hurry to be beyond our reach. This is your prime duty. every act of goodness. Revival of righteousness. creeping. and full of Love. flying. crawling. Help. He is too subtle for all that type of contact. and swarming. where vigilance alone can bring dividends. a service to render and a role to
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Why go slow. 897 THE chief means by which you detach your mind from distractions and attach yourselves to the search for God are: Yoga and Thyaga. 899 YOU may boast that you have been visiting Puttaparthi since twenty years or that you have made the place your permanent residence. 895 YOU know that you can draw cheques upon a bank whenever you need money. no prejudices and no predilection. These are earthly measures. When desire disappears or is concentrated on God. no preferences. I told Nanashab that I am in ants. but your prayers would reach Me and My Grace will reach you. Kama (desire) has to be gotten rid of by Thyaga (Renunciation). but. reliable skilled workers.play. and "Anandaswarup" (full of Bliss) is also not correct. When a dog ate all
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. no Limbs. right and wrong. when you are doing good to the deserving? Do as much as you can. and Rama (God) has to be secured by Yoga (the conjunction of all your faculties for the common purpose). 894 SOCIAL service should not become show-cial. That goal is God. He is beyond all notions of good and bad. it is a national disaster. unless you follow the lessons I emphasise. He is Jnana. you may be anywhere else. If the Bank goes bankrupt. give them a smile or a flower or write a letter home for them. that boast is mere empty vanity. it sharpens the appetites of the senses. it lends a false lure to the objective world. as it nearly has today. 896 SERVICE: Let that be the slogan for this nation. no duality. That is the experience of those who have tasted "Ananda". For Faith in God is the tonic that man needs to get back his health and happiness. Nor should it become slow-cial work. and He is "Ananda". If you cannot do any good. He has no Form. at least desist from doing harm or from finding fault with those who serve you. insects and animals. intelligence is self luminous and it shines in the pristine splendour. and "Jnanaswarup" (having full wisdom). While in My previous body. That is the real "Atmasakshatkara". Service not for those who have many to serve them and the wherewithal to help themselves. The educational system is the Bank on which the nation draws a cheque whenever it wants strong. provided you have enough current deposit therein. and that splendour reveals the God within and without. but for the diseased in the hospitals who have no one to nurse them. in the faith that God resides in all. He is Sathya. If it goes bankrupt. it perverts judgment. by which the temporary is weighed and judged. For He has no "Swarup" or "Swabhav". They must bring God into the heart of the child and help it to keep Him there. besides all men. 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. work carried out for publicity or with the camera in view. To say that He is "Sathyaswarup" (having the characteristic of Truth). it will be a disaster. If you develop love for all beings. Desire discolours the intelligence.
he is giving Me food. channeled properly it can liberate. "Nana says. Pull out the fangs. Then the Lord interrupted the self condemnation and said. all the wagons that are coupled with it. for I have no guardian. it can entangle and bind fast. tendencies and levels of consciousness. 904 TRAIN the mind to dwell on the inner equipment rather than the outer attractions. 901 ONCE Ramadas wailed. the snake can be handled and played with as a pet. all knowing. If it is attached to work (Pravriti Marga). spend every minute in His company. all powerful. "Oh Lord! you are Mighty. This is the reason why Sages. but when I go in the form of a dog. for I am their Natha (Lord)". He must also provide himself with something to keep the mind healthy and happy. "No. I am alone helpless. Divine Personages and Incarnations of God appear here and proclaim their message to mankind from this land. these are the two fangs that make the individual poisonous. Through it. this is mine". Teacher. 902 THE Universe is the Body of God. Use the mind to cleanse the feelings. I am the A-natha. how can you call yourself poor. 905 THE Lord is closest to you. individuals talk ill of others and breed hate. Lokasangraha. impulses. it was declared to have reached Baba. wayward and let loose. orphaned and poor". in that Body. all else are Sa-natha (with Lord). the Ekabhava. attitudes. the Yagnas and Yaga which are recommended in the Vedas are for Lokakalyana.offerings intended for Baba. For the influence available from positions of authority and for acquiring and accumulating power. It is the mind that conditions even the body. one can ruin oneself or save oneself. The mind is the instrument. "Lokaasamathaah Sukhino Bhavanthu" is the prayer that rises from the children of the land since thousands of years. no means of support. The only orphan in the Universe is Myself. the welfare and security of all mankind. the flywheel. Friend. he drives Me off". Father. Regulated and controlled. "I did it". the consequences of work get attached to it. Unattached work is the purest. Call on Him and He responds immediately. God is Omnipresent. for he had eaten it in that form. 903 MAN strives to provide himself with food clothing and housing for the sake of the body. "Ekam Sath" the Vedas declared eons ago! That is the heartbeat of Bharath today. That is the tragedy. helpless and orphaned? I am with you and in you. That is the reason why I have directed that every Sathya Sai Organisation must arrange for Nagar Sankirtan
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. it does not encumber the mind with elation or disappointment. That is why India is like the engine which drags the wagons along. So man must visualise Him equally in himself and in others. He is immanent in every being and in equal measure. Guide and Guardian. 900 INDIA has always laid down disciplines to cultivate Universal Love. nobody to fall back upon. He is the Mother. Let it not accumulate dirt from the outer world and deposit them within itself. Saints. showering My Grace. From dawn to dusk. and the thickest comrade of man. The wagons are the different nations. the Unity Consciousness is Bharath. The precious message is being exported but very little is used inside the country.
for the establishment of the Moral Order. their consequences and the extent of one's involvement. Pussy in the well". casting off anger and hate that infest the atmosphere. and be true Indians. 908 AT school. 906 THE Gita speaks of "Yukthahara Viharasya". Krishna or some great sage or saint? Getting to know about black sheep will make children black sheep. ShaamnishyaAbhiyukthaanaam Yoga Shemam Vahamyaham" . which are controlled and regulated. It is a purifying pilgrimage. Put the lamp of the Name of the Lord. clear and bright. Gone are the days when the first lesson was on Rama. and the second is "Ding Dong Bell. Humility and Faith. in your own strength and in your own victory. getting to know about the great and the good will make children great and good. Krishna and other Divine Persons. (3) "Sarvadharmaan Parithojya Maamekam Saranam Vrajas Ahamthwaa Sarva Paapebhyo
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. 907 THE Karma or activity is the indicator of inner character. I shall be ever with him and I shall bear the burden of his welfare". habits of feeding and recreation. You must have Bhaya Vinaya and Viswasa . Children of Baba Vihar are therefore told stories of Rama. That is why the Sages have prescribed certain limits and levels of food. Faith in what? Faith in God. and the more subtle of the subtle aspects are transmuted into the mind and its activities. Learn Indian ways and Indian tales. Learn those tales and decide to live like them. (2) "Anayaaschinthayathramanm Yejanah Paryappasatha. the first lesson is "Baa Baa Black Sheep. Humility before whom? Before elders."Who ever is wholly immersed in my contemplation. as a result of the downgraded time. The gross part of food is discarded as feces. the like of which you cannot get by sticking to the senses. are being increasingly favoured. You will soon reach remarkable heights and enjoy happiness. Observing one's actions. the illumining flame.in the pre-dawn Bhahmamuhurtham. the subtle part is transformed into muscle. spirits and food that damage the spiritual urge. 909 WHY say "Good morning" or "Good night". it is possible to declare one as a Pasu (beast) or Pasupathi (The Lord of Individual Souls: that is to say. the really humble way. in order to promote the spiritual urges and prevent contrary tendencies. as Divine as God Himself). "Namaskar" or "Namaste" is the Indian way. Have it ever burning. 911 KRISHNA took upon Himself three vows: (1) "Parithraanaya Sadhoonam Vinaasaayacha Dushkrithaam. inside and outside. 910 "TAMASOMA Jyothigamaya" is the prayer. with no other thought. Have you any Wool?". Fear of what? Fear of doing wrong and of falling into falsehood. There is an easy way to illumine the inner consciousness and the outer behaviour with the light of God.Fear.."For the protection of the good and the punishment of the bad. age after age". Egoism is Thamas. their motives. I shall concretise Myself. on the tongue! That is the doorstep. Dharma Samasthaapanaarthayya Sambhavaimi Yuge Yuge" . But nowadays. That light will drive out the darkness from both. teachers and parents. It is a great act of social service to wake up people with the Name of God. blood etc. It is a mission of Love and all will welcome it.
"Oh! Arjuna. But who. When you rise in the morning. in scene after scene. Are you not tired of playing the parts of beggar and clown. giving up all other duties and obligations. By continuous good work. I am always with you. plough the field and fill the field with the water of Prema. I do not mean physical distance at all. the Lord blessed Draupadi with the grant of an unending series of saris.Mokshaysh Yaami Maasuch" . 917 CONSIDER the condition of the field of your heart. Remove them. 912 WHEN Dharma (which means. at least now. I do not measure distance in miles or meters. That is why the Human Form has been taken. Discipline is the force which will guard the growing
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. Whatever you do. learn and believe. in this birth. Today. by the process of repentance. You will see splendid saris pouring into her lap from every door of the Durabar Hall. rise with the Name on your tongue and slide into sleep with the Name on your tongue. if you desire to understand. To catch a gang of decadents. the Lord. watch. the Sanathana Dharma which is the robe of Bharathamatha is sought to be taken away by her unworthy and deluded sons. the Lord will grant you these material things and even immortality. if only you place full reliance on Him. You must become an "Aartha". greed and envy. it is overgrown with thorns and bushes of lust. no extra time or energy is needed for that. torn by intense suffering to sense the Lord. Hrdresse Arjuna Shrishtethi". only you have to be aware of that and make use of My presence. "Iswarasarvabhuthanaam. anger. the apparel. You may be physically far but mentally by My side. in you. says the Lord in the Gita. You come for needs sometime and stray away into the distance. challenged with impurity by their own wives. or Siva or Hari on your tongue. the mud and rust that prevent attachment. be near. have the name. birth after birth? Aspire for the nobler role. you are welcome. 915 IF you plan to give joy to others. 913 YOU stay far and complain that Grace has not come."Surrender unto Me. you will be joyful. do not grieve". that which is worn. Select the Namaseed that appeals to you and sow it in the field. You do not scrape off. I shall liberate you from all sin. where she is being insulted. Put on the role. Who are these others? Even when the Lord has come with a definite Human body. dwells in the regions of the heart in all beings". root and all. the Police Officer has to move among them as a decadent. beside you. Rama or Krishna. clothes) was sought to be removed from the wearer. Do not allow the land to turn fallow. and the Lord has come to grant solace and strength. dare challenge the Avatar and ask for proof! Of course. all humans that you come across are but parts of His Glory and Splendour. if you have the courage and the conviction that you can enact it well. 914 THE Lord has to take the Form that is suitable for the task He has to fulfill. You will witness this great Miracle by the Avatar who has come to protect her honour and her heritage. 916 HOW can we find time for all this when we have to toil every moment for feeding and clothing ourselves? But you forget.
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. "You are My friend. this is the atmosphere of peace and Prasanthi. Virtue is the pesticide. 923 ONE can be in the World but yet unaffected. move fondly with Dharma as if it is your own brother. But Krishna did not use the power! He only prescribed the medicine and the regimen. reveal their Divine core. There is no scope here for envy or malice of hate or competition. have Shantams as if it is your better half. Move with them. 921 KRISHNA had undoubtedly the power to transform in a trice the wayward mind of His kinsman into unillumined instrument for resolute action. treat Sahana (Fortitude) as if it is your own beloved son. the mind and the intellect will take on the Divine lustre. must be removed quickly. you are also in great distress. These are your genuine kith and kin. Do not get work done by cooks. the inner planets. 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". the Lord who rules over the inner satellites. 919 REVERE Jnana as you revere your father. "Oh lucky Murali! Tell me how did you earn the great good fortune. confide in "Daya" as if it is your dearest friend. Of course. your Ajnana must fall off through your own efforts not through some Miracle of My design". how can the cool rays of Shanti. but. Then one's inner reaction and agitation will be transmuted into the Divine. 918 ONE day. which has overpowered you. When Kama and Vrodha are rising in hot flames from the heart. the inner motives and agitations. 922 ONE can claim genuine victory only when one has reached not the dead satellite but the living star. Sathya. you are My kinsman. and do not forsake or neglect them. servants. Earning leisure for Dhyana through these servants is not a spiritual gain.crop against cattle. the vigil you kept. and not grief. 920 THIS is a place where you must try to help and not hinder. All that one experiences through the senses. Arjuna had to swallow the drug and follow the regimen himself in order to be saved. you are now so near to Me that I am now your charioteer. greed and ego. What was the vow you observed. live with them. He said. and man will be shaped through the mould of Love. Krishna pretended to be fast asleep! With the flute carelessly thrown aside by His side. not the Chandra but the Ramachandra. But you should not allow anger a free and furious scope. you can bring home the precious harvest of Ananda. when Radha approached the fortunate flute and asked it in plaintive terms. adore Love as you adore your mother. Ahimsa and Prema emanate therefrom? This human birth is a rare chance! Use it for spreading joy. Do not behave here as you do when you gather elsewhere. that is all. I agree that the delusion. Activity will then be for the Almighty by His Grace and through His will. women must not depend on these for the care of their children or attendance on their husbands. Fostering the field with great care. it is natural for man to resent and to grow angry. the pilgrimage you accomplished"? The flute got a voice through His Grace: "I rid myself of all sensual desire of envy.
Dharmakshetra. Karma leads to the consciousness of the ever-present. Those Yogas may calm the minds' agitation temporarily and may improve
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. The Gita begins with the words. That is why I moved among you and stood at your back. When you experience that. you can count on My Blessings. a partner and partaker in all your efforts. Kriyayoga or Rajayoga. and ends with the words: "Sarva Dharmaan Parithajiya". So. you will be promoting the resuscitation of this country and its culture. Look at the warning that the sacred texts offer! Somaka. 928 BY developing spiritual qualities. it has purpose and use. 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. 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. but not one of them realised their heart's desire that their names be exalted by history. alone can lead you to God. 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". inspiring and instructing when you ask or need inspiration and instruction. you have to involve yourselves in beneficial activity. Do not believe I am on the pedestal that you offer Me. with you and wherever work lies. Discipline of Love. Upasana and Jnana. I always exhort people to win. the sick or the poor.924 I ALWAYS encourage Samathanam. you have to transcend Dharma". it is the means by which one can discover God. Upasana or adoration of that God lends to the knowledge that He is in all. The whole country is Dharmakshetra. cutting off their pride and pomp. grandeur. that is why the Vedas have three Sections or Kandas. Sentence of death awaits everyone. which claim to help people to realise the self. And Rama upheld Dharma even under the most trying circumstances. Sanghikam and Saam Krishikam activities: the three S's. "Through Dharma. When you seek beneficial results. even in your own places. apart and distant. Duryodhana grasped an empire. But I must tell you that none of these can make you realise God . immanent. That is why Kausalya exhorted Rama when He went into the forest: "May the Dharma.I am saying this most emphatically. that is Jnana. the mothers and children of this land must be devoted to Dharma. above all. when you do Bhajan or some other type of adoration like serving children. see Him in the beauty. it is not an empty dream. These are shadows of His Glory and His splendour. Karma. Kamsa slaughtered children. 926 THIS World is His play. which you are upholding by this act. I do not sit on a special seat. I am part of you. 925 EVERYONE'S heart is Dharmakshetra where the battle between the forces of Good and Evil is fought. 927 MY place is among you. The Prema Yoga. This is just to show you that. there is no second. 929 THERE are some who are attracted by various systems and methods like Hathayoga. be your guardian when you are in the forest as an exile". "Children of immortality". the Asura. the order and the majesty of Nature. all powerful God. stole the Vedas! Ravana kidnapped Sita.
It is not enough nor is it essential that you should utter the name of Rama loudly. by purification which invites benediction. developed or earned are destroyed. they weigh you down as life's big burdens. its effects can be modified and its rigour mitigated. The cows tended by Lord Krishna in Brindavan are none other than the humans that are helpless without His care and guidance. 930 WHAT is the immortal part of man? Is it the wealth he has accumulated? The residences he has built. the physique he has developed. 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 tortured him and killed him while the son. during your pilgrimage. responding lovingly and adoringly to the goodness in Rama and reacting revoltingly to the wickedness of Ravana. When vices hold sway over your heart. Do not despair. do not lose heart. and it will start to flow. and the family he has reared? No. If only the dead could take with them a handful each.health and prolong life for a few more years . If you have no spirit of love in you. dig into your heart with external instruments like Raga. 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. 931 THE law of Karma is not an iron law. The Avatar (incarnation) in the Krishna. "Oh. the earth he loved so much. The flames of Kama. "Go" means also the individual who is enclosed in the body. What is the good you hope to achieve with that body in those extra years? If Love is absent. your innate goodness. Prahlada was looking on! You approached Bali as if for alms. the health he has acquired. Krodha and Lobha can never confer. 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. respect it in the fullness of love and admiration.
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. it should have been rationed by now! Discover the Immortal "I".. and when he gladly placed all he had at your feet. Grace confers Ananda. So. Gokula. 934 ONE poet has sung. which Kama. Brindavan (the forest of Brinda) is the tangled jungle of life. Krodha and Lobha char the heart. being moved by my appeals for mercy. 933 WE are today celebrating the Advent of Krishna. He has no favorites or foes. Form has a vast mystery enshrined in it. Stotra etc. all that he has done. It is the kinship of the spirit. 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. He cannot take with him even a handful of earth. By dedication. Consider all objects that you collect here as given on trust to be used in this caravansari. 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. in this Karmashetra. the Lord is above all attachments. Oh. Krishna. it becomes foul and sooty. Grace is provided by the quenching of these flames.but that is all that they can do. do not count on your being kind to me. the Earth would have become scarce. Gopala. is the region inhabited by man. he has to leave them all to the ravages of time.
stays in water and is lost in water. Mars. The bubble is born in water. all those who are encouraged to follow will lose heart and miss the way. 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. Do not neglect the great lessons embedded in Sanathana Dharma. Have your own errors and evils hidden so that you can tackle them in solitude. You will know that this is but an insignificant product of My power. Without being lost in numbers. we must ponder over the mystery of the Unity and Harmony of this Cosmic projection. Deal with others only beneficially and in joyful cooperation. around it revolves the moon. I have done this only as an example. The Cosmos. And in the Milky Way. Pluto. do not inflict them on others. and Saturn dutifully move along the orbits at different speeds. 940
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. we notice Stars beyond numbers. Can we see that waves are separate from the sea? They are of the sea. Whenever we lift our eyes up to the sky at night. this World. all men without distinction or race or religion. The poison. Love filled human community in your heart. Wrestle with them and overwhelm them in the silence of Sadhana. Everything is the substance of God. God (Narayana) is the sea. That will give you enough encouragement in your mission. Both. only to cast their eyes on a wider circle. Jupiter. there are more than ten thousand crores of Stars. 937 IT IS not possible to consider Creation and the Creator. with the sea. Welcome within the fold of your Love. Have the picture of the Happy. Uranus. 938 GOOD men are the targets for maligning by the small. In space. Venus. We are on the Earth. Nature and God as different or separate. Recognise this truth. calm comfort is worn by Him on His head for all the Worlds to benefit from! That is a lesson for you. has been contained in His throat! The Moon that can shower cool. Why render others miserable. People fly high. searching for sustenance as vultures do! The eye belies what the wings proclaim. saturated with God.935 BY THE example of your lives. which have sustained countless generations in this land for many centuries. Look at Lord Siva. The Cosmos too is a bubble born in the Absolute. exists as the Absolute and merges in the Absolute or Paramatma. this is the goal towards which Sanathana Dharma is leading us. Dependent on the Sun. and from the sea. we see thick masses of Star Clusters. colour or class. unless those who lead are themselves active and earnest to bend and bear the burden. cannot be conceived without God. with and from God. "All this is enveloped by God". which will ruin the World ruthlessly. and regarding the Galaxies in the Milky Way and elsewhere. Their Satellites also belong to the Solar family. 936 ISSA Vassyam Idam Sarvam. Neptune. you have to restore confidence among the people in the higher values of life. the Earth and the Moon are illumined by the Sun. "May all the Worlds be happy". Nara (the human) is the bubble. All this is soaked in God. Man too is of God. If you have known Me through and through there will be no such argument at all. we have more than ten crores. planets like Mercury. as the bubble cannot be conceived without positing water. Religious leaders have a great responsibility in this respect.
for she was so distressed that the boy was running in the hot sun. untrue. Yes". nor shrink when I am reviled. the Lord will shower His Grace. 944 THE influence of the Divine is such that while you are contemplating it. Shantham. When Hanuman offered to cross the ocean with her on his shoulders and take her safe to her Lord Rama. Sita. and Courage. steady enquiry is essential! Do not be led by others. It will change attitudes and habits. I never exult when I am extolled. 945
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. She was kept as a prisoner by her abductor. Eatha saves you from drowning. If you say "No". It will shape the course of events. Equanimity. all traces of envy and greed will disappear from the mind. I need no instructions from you". I am "No" to you. and decide for yourself your own path. had stuck to the highest ideals of life in spite of her severe sufferings. amass your own experience. He asks himself and all those whom he meets "Is it true?". "Leave me to myself. and unkind. 941 THE Gita is His Command. She never worried about the loss of curds or milk or butter. when the Lord appears with Form. Draupadi had earned the Grace through her devotion and virtues.this learning of the Gita. awaken your own reason. 943 TO condemn all is unjust. it is like learning Eatha (Swimming) . The Prema that Krishna showered made everyone forget everything else. man is pestered by doubts and he actually loses the precious chance. Quite in consonance with Dharma. it is always S. It will purify and clarify situations and outlooks.S. Usually. I am the Lord to you. Gita saves you from drowning in the treacherous flood of worldly desires. That is the characteristic of Avatars at all times. you are the Lord". For Sai.WHEN you have filled your heart with sympathy for the distressed. I am "Ananda. Bliss. 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. and before his doubts are removed. but the very thought of Krishna's tender feet walking over the hard stones in the sun was something she could not bear. 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. If you say "Yes. "Can it be true?". too. Yes. Of course. 942 NOTHING that is experienced will go to waste. Dhanam". how can you earn the Master's Grace if you do not carry out the Master's commands. he deserts the quest and wanders into the wilderness. The boy Krishna had entered a Gopi's house and was just standing beneath the pot of curds when she discovered Him. Why should I worry? When things that are in Me are mentioned. Take them as your "Atonathathwam" and you will not be wrong. 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. Few have realised My purpose and significance: but I am not worried when things that are not in Me are attributed to Me.S. why should I exult? "Sayiki Sarvam Yes. Krishna ran out into the street and the Gopi pursued Him and wanted to catch Him quickly. If the son says. Take My own instance. The Gita is the real purpose for which the Avatar of Krishna was undertaken. That is why I want you to read the Gita.
what a great sinner I am". the Cosmic Form. the very clothes that Bharathamatha has worn since centuries. which is the expression of her natural style. 946 DHARMA. Krishna rescued her and foiled the foul design. "These Lotus feet must feel great pain". She thought He went to the house of Radha. 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. "I love Krishna as a mother. no road is strewn with rose petals. Radha just closed her eyes and meditated on Krishna for a while and when she called "Krishna". where duties and desires are always in conflict. Hatred and Anger that rise up in your hearts. Bhima was involved in doubt concerning his obligations to his elder brother and his consort. He is the inner Motivator of every particle in the Universe. Krishna was there. Dharmaraja sat as if he was unaware of his rights and duties. See Him in all. Arjuna cared more for his own interests. It is sheer cowardice to yield to these enemies that turn you into beasts. So Krishna has to come again for resuming the eviction of the wicked. Nakula and Sahadeva waited and weighed the pros and cons. let all mankind be happy". honour to reclaim her status to shelter herself against heat and cold and to set a standard to her sisters. 950 IMAGINE the Prema of the Gopis. is to insult His Omniscience and His Glory. When the Gopi saw Him running over the hard cobblestones of the street. 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. God is Omnipresent. is now seized by wicked irreverent hands. the dress that Bharathamatha wears to protect her. Krishna will make the most wicked heart melt in repentance. "Oh. Now too. 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 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. 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. she wailed. serve Him in all. a Dharmakshetra. Smother the fiery fumes of Desire.
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. Krishna stealthily entered the house of a cowherd and drank all the milk in the pot. He is Premaswarupa and Santhaswarupa and so He makes every heart sprout up to Prema and Shanthi. revere Him in all. but it is difficult to be engaged in what is beneficial. 948 REMEMBER always that it is easy to do what is pleasant. Not all that is pleasant is profitable. 949 THE vision of the Virat. But the Lord did not wait! His Grace knew no delay or doubt. Krishna took to His heels. she shed tears of contrition. When the wicked Kaurava princes seized hold of the sari that Draupadi wore and tried to inflict insult on her honour. it has no egoism promoting it". One noon. Then Yasoda shed tears of joy. she wept. Your Prema is pure. 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. when she admonished Him. The Gopi discovered Him and. They wish to dress her in unbecoming styles on their own initiative or frenzied dictates. "Let the Whole World prosper. As a matter of fact. Life is a battlefield. Pray.DHARMA is the very habiliment of India. She said. 947 YASODA one day was searching for Krishna who had strayed away.
all three must work in unison. you find the Prasanthi Nilayam area clean and pleasing. nor does it yearn for earning favours and fame. His thought. In spite of this. If you become aware of the God in you and the God in all else. all who have come served their best in the fullness of devotion that dwells in their hearts and so. Then out of this Prasanthi will arise Prakanthi or the great light. 955 TODAY. there is nothing to equal the peace and joy that you get. So if you decry anyone. Thus. For any festival. No paise is spent on any item. no misuse or extravagance can ever happen. "Ananda" will be beyond reach. 952 LET Me tell you. Everyone cleans the place where he is staying and the adjacent area. many people imagine that lakhs of Rupees are spent here. 953 PRASANTHI Nilayam is holding forth and exemplifying the higher ideals in the material. There is no place here for anything contrary. ethical. he will speak out only what he feels to be sincere. 956 MAN has Truth as his nature. with the least expense. What is the reason? How many sweepers have we employed? How many coolies are engaged. the senses will be sublimated and Prasanthi won. Navarathri or the Birthday. From that will emerge Paramjyothi. some ignorant individuals rely more on their guesses than on facts and indulge in spreading wrong conclusions. moral. Practice. as at Prasanthi Nilayam. That illumination will reveal Param-Atma. you are decrying God. that is to say. word and action will be consistent and complementary. as essential. the son of Vasudeva. It can be asserted that at no place in the World are resources put to such good use. Let me tell them that if a single person in the whole world points out a wrong step in Prasanthi Nilayam. all come and share in the joy out of Love and Faith. who officiate at the Yagna and the lecturers who deliver discourses. the body and the word. economic. 954 IN Prasanthi Nilayam.951 VASUDEVASSARVAMIDAM does not mean that all this is just Krishna. The Rithuriks. It does not seek those worldly riches. This can be asserted without any possibility of contradiction. which is His real core. The mind. A man or an institution is to be judged by his integrity and whether acts are according to the principles proposed. either Sivarathri. not one. the Over-Soul. worldly and even political fields. you may wonder? No. For the Dasara celebration. spiritual. then
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. the Supra-splendour of illumination. you can rely on man's behaviour being always true. by whatever Name He is known. he will act according to his words. It means that all this is God. 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. If in any one case this concordance is absent. By such disciplined Karma. I consider "Pravarthana". not a Naya paise is spent for any purpose. the Universal. without reforming conduct in daily behaviour and acts. 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. cleanliness is ensured without any cost.
do you get angry at them for hurting? Do you break the teeth that hurt it so? No. 962
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. The Immortal had come in the Form of Rama to show the way to Immortality. He did not give up Truth. teeth and tongue are both yours. Vibhishna went against his brother. Ponder over the things I have told you out of My Love. He would not have earned this immortality. in this vast number. The highest form of adoration is by means of Seva done in Love. say the Upanishads. through a firm resolve to shape your lives anew according to the Divine Plan. When the teeth bite your tongue. Young men like you have the problem. and help the lame to climb over the stile through pity and sympathy. God is on the lookout for the inner vision. You have to win them over and get their approval as Sankara did when he wanted to enter the monastic order. obstacles have to be bypassed.God. Prahlada went against his father. It is the Love you have for Me. You too have no reason to develop anger and anxiety. even then compassion compels you to love and serve. Dharmam Chara". he who hurts you and you are both limbs of the same body . Jamadagni had to harm his own mother. 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. 961 BELIEVE that All are God through Jnana. Feel that Oneness and avoid hate. "Sathyam Vada. Rama will be remembered as long as mountains raise their heads and the ocean exists because of this strict adherence to Sathya and Dharma. Believe that God is Master or Father and that you are His children or servants through Bhakti. His command is to wipe the tears. He blesses those whose hearts are so vast that they can take in all His children. He is worse than a beast. because they stuck to the path of God and broke through all those who opposed them. Try to cleanse your minds through repentance for the wrongs done or contemplated and. Dharmam is Sathyam. I know. 957 GOD gives an ear to the prayers that rise in all languages and even from the silence of the dumb. The reason for your presence is not any force or authority or temptation to earn material profit or gain. from your homes and villages to this place?. the two are irrevocably intertwined. 959 RAMA strove to uphold Sathya as the main plank of Dharma. Sathyam is Dharmam.the person is a man only in outer form. Similarly. Even then. and the Love I have for you. If He had argued "Why should I be bound by the word of my father?". Meera could not obey her husband. nourish the sick. by which each can stand revealed as fully Divine. Whatever the trial and however hard the travail. for beasts are free from the burdens of thought and speech. 960 WHEN you travel towards God. Believe through faith in Karma that God has to be adored through dedication. He has no trace of anger or worry. of being forced to marry against your will by parents who seek to hasten you into marital security.
Spread it wide. 967 MOVE forward towards the light and the shadow falls behind. where the ideal of the mendicant monk. the land of skyscrapers. Money too has to be with us only just enough for a life of physical and mental comfort. 964 SRI Sathya Sai College is not founded. it pollutes the air. He lives a superficial. and to light the path they tread towards truth and virtue". the discriminating faculty of the intellect. where each activity of man was ennobled by a high purpose and sense of dedication. air conditioning and tinned foods and an undisciplined mass of humanity pulled from its roots and transplanted in other soils. they are a hindrance while walking. That name means impregnable will. Journey to where? Not. It will be an example of an inspiration. Rama puts an end to evil feelings and promotes good thoughts. you move away from it and you have to follow your own shadow. no demeaning feeling or thought can invade the heart when Rama is installed therein. nor is it intended as an instrument for publicity. when money is spent in all the four quarters for promoting good work. a pioneer and a lesson for educators and for all those who have the future of humanity in their hearts. "Why College education? Is it to help secure jobs? Why this college?" is. In pursuit of money. It is meant for the roads. for taking you fast and safe to the place where you want to go. The usual answer to the question. it is being forged into a Bhwyabhoomi. Man descends to the level of the beast. namely. Piled up in one place. counseled by the sage. This is an insult to our past and a defiance of history. artificial life. it yields contentment and happiness in plenty. if too big. So too. 966 MAN has been enslaved by money.RAMA is the personification of Viveka. it breeds pride. scatter it over fields . (Oh Mind. "It is to sweeten the hearts of the future mothers of this land with humility. Money is of the nature of manure. Man should seek to possess only as much money as is most essential for his living. they cause pain. She was revered as the Thyagabhoomi. if too small. 963 INDIA shone for centuries as the Karmabhoomi. Sanctify every moment of your sojourn here with pious deeds and sacred thoughts. as some of you are guessing. as it has been happening. God. a beacon. Go every moment one step nearer to the Lord and then Maya.Sujana and Prajnana. the land where the people yearned for atonement with God. Sita and Lakshmana are the higher levels of consciousness . sloth and contempt for others. Eat just enough to keep the body trim and use the body to discover this Reality. Rama is the emperor of Ayodhya. This is indeed a great pity. At the present time.it rewards you with a bumper harvest. The quantity of riches one must earn can be compared to the shoes one wears. When we have more. to the cemetery. was placed before the people through precept and example. the naked fakir and the simple monarch. to promote financial considerations. that is to say. 965 YOUR car is not meant to be kept as a showpiece in a glass case. your body must serve the purpose of your journey. faith and discrimination. So too. No enemy. hollow. the shadow
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. Thyagaraja sang "Telisi Rama Chinthana Cheyeve Manasa". She was therefore acclaimed as Yogabhoomi. Meditate on Rama with the full knowledge of what He represents). You have nobler things to do than merely die! You must know your own Reality before you die and merge in that supreme joy.
The supreme Sovereign Person has a thousand heads. it can be experienced and enjoyed. are my heads. the Service that you offer to every single being (Jeeva) flows automatically to the One. While serving others through the Samithi. animate and inanimate. March on to that Consummation. and revere both with equal ardour. the homage that you pay all to the Gods flow towards the one only.you have done your japam dhyanam and puja! The mantra says "Sarva Deva Namaskaraha Kesavam Prathi. all that is charming or suffering. He is Intelligence in the insect. be resolved. blooming or drooping. He has to be inferred through His handiwork. do not forget to do some Sadhana for your own advancement. But through the individual you infer the immanence of the Divine. as the pilot folds up the wheels when up in the air. evening dress. Sahaeraakshah. 971 THE Purusha Suktah of the Vedas says "Sahasra Seersha Purushah. he is the same inside all these dresses. Paraseva (service of others) is the negative Pole. 968 THE Universe is seen. Faithfulness in the dog. and all anxiety. This line of thought is poisonous and harmful to the devout aspirant. I would elaborate it further and give you this new mantra. His Glory. 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. how dare you pronounce judgment on personalities and powers you have never experienced or understood. when you reach a certain height in spiritual Sadhana. You do not know your own self. Gachachathi". through Sadhana and Seva. and when they meet. Kesava. isn't he? 973
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. dinner coat or luncheon slacks. His might. You may ask "Why wheels for the airplane?" so too. But God is unseen. it can be learnt about. Bliss obliterates all worries. The heads. a thousand eyes and a thousand feet. Be steady. So too. His Beauty. Every being is surcharged with His Bliss. The reverence. rules and regulations can be folded up. We can contact only individuals. These are my Blessings to each of you. society to which social service is rendered.Seva (service to oneself) is the positive Pole. but yet. eyes and feet of the thousands who gather here. 972 GOD is to be recognised in all that exists. Do not commit a fault or take a false step and then repent! Have the "thaapam" (the deliberation. A gentleman may wear morning dress. Every atom is surcharged with His power. Nurse them respect them. the decision and the discipline) first. namely Kesava. attend to their needs . Rama is as unknown to you as Christ and so it is best to keep silent. "Sarva Jeeva Namaskaraha Kesavam Prathi Gachchathi". 969 DO not compare the various manifestations of the Divine and pronounce judgment. Sahasrapad". All are actors on the world stage in His play. My Eyes. His Goodness. cannot be seen as such. and My Feet. the flash of Ananda (Bliss) emanates. Atma . all fears. declaring that Rama is greater than Krishna or Siva superior to Vishnu. For all are manifestations of the same Divine Effulgence.will fall back and will not delude you at all. 970 THE airplane runs on wheels for some length on the ground before it takes off into the air. that is better than "Paschaath Thaapam" (regret for the mistakes made).
the image merges in the Original. you may not be able to identify. you who read the Githa can vouch for the accuracy of that statement. the transformation of the man. "Devaanam sthuthy antham". 975 IT is all God. in the Kaliyuga. there is only God. 977 GOD. These are only Forms assumed for certain purposes. Every minute must mark a step forward. like conferring peace on earth. Again. there is another advantage in Namasmarana. Jnanam. Anantham. It is not external to God. His Face before every face. the owner of the Name comes into view. His Feet on all altitudes His Eyes beyond all horizons. The Principle of Appearance that deludes as multiple manifestation is Maya. etc. as soon as the Name is uttered. to hear His chronicle. They need rigorous discipline and much preliminary effort. the World around us. to share His presence with others. The fixed and fundamental Attributes are Sathyam. and "Ru" means ruparahitha. It is the Cosmos itself. by treating Him with all the honour you like to have yourself. "Gu" in the word Guru indicates the qualities of Gunatheetha. bedecked with jewels. if only you have faith in it and live in its light. that is unaffected by attributes and attitudes. This is the swarupa of Brahmam. Man is but the Image of God. Rejoice that it is given to you to recognise God in all and welcome all chances to sing His Glory. Nature and the I (Iswara Prakrithi and Jiva). 978 THE Lord is now worshipped by offering Him all things that you crave for. not associated with any one particular characteristic. appears as I. God has His Hands in all handiwork. praised and adored as temporarily apparent and is adored in limited regions as Rama. when seen through the mirror of Nature. Life has as its sole purpose: man becoming Divine. it must be a constant march. Why is it considered enough for the people of this Age? For other sadhanas are fraught with difficulties. There may be more than One Name and you may be confused. since these are things you desire. Eswara. the Name may not always accompany. fed and fanned. the Eternal Absolute is pictured. 976 THE sages have laid down three categories which comprise the knowable world. Even Nature is but an appearance of God. Creation. Prakrithi. just as all Powers are inherent in Him. the Universe and all its components are to be looked upon as one's Preceptors and lessons learnt from each. 974 THE true Guru is not a human Preceptor. it must proceed towards a goal. an expression of His Majesty! Derive joy from the springs of joy within you and without you. it is inherent in God. Remove the mirror. These are not basic fundamental expressions of His Nature. That is what the Bhagavad Githa declares. reestablishing the norms of justice and strengthening the ideal of faith in the Supreme. God. The idol is bathed and washed. Krishna. In this context. surrounded with fragrance. advance. do not stand still or recede. the reality is He alone. but take the Name and the Form automatically appears before the mental eye. one is asked to rely more on Namasmarana for Liberation.THE Vedas are for the Glorification of the Gods. 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
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. Vishnu. etc. Life must have an ideal before it. When you think of the Form. that is not limited to any form but pervasive in all forms. God. We profess to be the God we really are.
The Mahasakthi puts on the cloak of Mayasakthi in order to fulfill the purpose of contacting and protecting mankind. with no one to keep you company. It is only you have the desire. didn't you! During the years of life you collected all this kith and kin. So too. your activity is My Playground. let it be with the journey called Nagarsankirtan. the seekers and by cultivating goodness of character and sweetness of disposition. it is the Dasara Festival and lakhs and lakhs of people throng there. Well. many wear dentures. envy. your Ananda is My Food. When you have the embodiment of fearlessness installed in your heart. vain pomp. barren of Love and Service. If the tank is filled with pollution. Fill your hearts with the sweet.) will be sweet and fragrant. extravagance. no binding Karma. friends and acquaintances. and resolve to cleanse themselves from now on. the thought beneficial. anxiety. 982 IT was announced that I was born like Janaka. empty boasting. hand.nourishing. falsehood. your elation is the swing on which I sit. scouring and saving His Children? How else than by helping them to realise Him as their Lord and guarding and cultivating Faith in Him. growing up in this corrosive atmosphere. all its occupants will be happy and healthy. as the result of some Karmasesha! I have no sesha or Karma as already mentioned in the Githa. For Me. He gives. You came into this world alone with no companion. 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. How can anyone. And they pour lakhs and lakhs of rupees there". the atmosphere in the modern home is filled with artificiality.tongue. move out alone singing the Name. discontent. if they come to you. through your own straight and sincere living? 979 CLEANSE the heart by listening to spiritual discourses seeking the Company and comradeship of the righteous. on all other occasions. what they give is Alakshyam. revel in your own sweet solitude and finally enter your home in the satisfaction that your job is well done. Then every act of yours. be free from illness? If the home is filled with the clean fragrance of contentment and peace. 983 WE have hospitals and dispensaries and clinics in every street now because disease has its hold in every family. "Oh. When you return to the Realm from which you came. fragrant waters of Prema (Love). young people dye their hair. how can the word be helpful. feel shame. 984
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. you gathered wife and children. the simple. I have no desire and so. The reason is. and hypocrisy. Come into street alone. Let the People with poison in their hearts. you enter the portals alone. aim and wish that drag you along various paths. which attached themselves to you. in every home. Some people say. move with them unconcerned and unaffected. every word of yours (which are like the water drawn from the tank through the taps . brain etc. never takes. not Lakshyam! My hand stretches out for receiving only when a pure heart full of Prema is offered. Even little children wear glasses. collect kith and kin. why should the slightest tremor of fear affect you? If others do not join for fear of derision or ridicule. the sincere. 981 GOD likes such pure souls who come gladly to merge in Him.
The night-long bhajan is significant of the lifelong consciousness of the Divine Presence that every one should cultivate. unlike other nights. There is no mistake in that. rather than the sun. this particular night is the night of consecration or dedication of illumination. and the Jivi is just a drop of that wave. You say "My God". There is no vicarious cure. Egoism is thamas. The cause of the illness and the misery is in your mental vision. is the Prayer. Once you enter the depths of the Sea. "Your God Baba". There is an easy way to illumine the inner Consciousness and the outer behaviour with the Light of God. as if there are many Gods existing to help you quarrel and fight among yourselves. isn't it? 987 TAMASO maa Jyothirgamaya. inside and outside. The lawyers can help those. friend. the night of Siva. That is more precious than demonstrating your service with the help of headlines and photographs. you are making them happy and making yourself happy. That is the reason why I have directed that every Sathya Sai organisation must arrange for Nagarasankirthanam
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. From dawn to dusk spend every minute in His company. These reduce the worth of the deeds of compassion. On this night. the illumining flame. you can only merge the Name and Form of the drop. agitation. teacher. The balm must he applied where the pain is. when you ease their discomfort. So also in the innermost recesses of the heart. The festival is however related to the moon. He is the mother. "Their God". it is all peace.THE Patient must drink the drug himself. You must be uncomfortable when those around you are unhappy. the like of which you cannot get by sticking to the senses. 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. Have it ever burning clear and bright. while the rite of fasting is symbolic of diverting the senses of the pleasures they crave for. 985 ATMA is the Ocean.all are only on the outer layers. Put the Lamp of the Name of the Lord. 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. 988 SIVARATHRI is a very auspicious day for all. Ask the Lord for the removal of your earthly troubles. on the tongue! That is the doorstep. guide and guardian. It is the fourteenth day of the Lunar fortnight. Do not publish these acts of sympathy. Call on Him and He responds immediately. boundless Ocean. You cannot give up the wave or the sea. noise confusion . feel that it is the Puja you are offering Him. do them spontaneously without fanfare. it is all calm. father. for you are many when there is only one. 989 THE Lord is closest to you. when the moon is waning and the sun is in the sign of Aquarius. That is the reason why it is called "Sivarathri". who for want of a skilled advocate have to go undefended or have to suffer at the hands of unscrupulous men. that Light will drive out the darkness from both. Do it for the sake of God. It is much better than asking other men and losing self-respect and honour. sharanagathi is Jyothi. Prakriti is just a wave of that vast ageless. The Vigil that is prescribed is symbolic of the eternal vigil one has to observe. You will soon reach remarkable height and enjoy happiness. there is a reservoir of Santhi where you must take refuge.
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. You cannot be pure by the observance of the superficial taboo. Being valued as a boat which can help us cross the ocean of change. it has to be tended with grateful reverence. the Subtle and the Causal). Develop Ananda. It is a great act of social service to waken people with the Name of God. Vishnu. Choose the crop you need before you sow the seeds. and the intellect can be cleared of blemish through Jnana.in the pre-dawn Brahma-muhurtam. Speech can be cleaned if it is saturated in truth. words and deeds. 992 THE human body has been secured as a reward of many lives of meritorious activity. Another significant meaning of the word is "a holy place". Samsara. How did the evil forces that dwelt in the three bodies die? They could not exist where there is Ananda. "The Lord says in the Githa that He will be pleased if even a leaf. It is a mission of Love and all will welcome it. all worry. a flower. Sthula. 995
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. the Stable Earth was the Chariot and the two wheels were the Sun and the Moon. The body is also a kshetra since it is a temple where God is installed and worshipped through thoughts. the Asuras of the three bodies. We say "Kasi . casting off the foul fumes of anger and hate that infest the atmosphere. then evil impulses and tendencies will vanish. the shell of the coconut. 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 . Sukshma and Karana (the Gross.Kshetra". you are inviting sorrow and suffering to overwhelm you. 991 THE Anandam that will well up within you and the contemplation of Anandaswarupa will drive out all grief. Purity is to be preserved and promoted not by multiple baths or by avoiding contact with others "condemned as untouchable". the tobacco leaf.Asuras. denoted by the cinders. Above all. There was no more need to proceed against the Asuras. the conviction that you are not the body but only a resident of the body has to grow in you. 994 THE body can be cleaned if washed with water. fruit. to indicate those places are sacred. 993 KSHETRA also means the entire earth. two spheres which never revolved in Unison! That slaughter laid the Asuras low. the red flower. and water through which the smoke bubble bubbles! Impertinence and irrelevance cannot hide irreverence from the eyes of God. "Prayaga .Kshetra". for they are products of grief. Well. One can sow holiness or sin and gather a harvest commensurate with the particular quality. etc. The temple has to be cleaned and kept healthy and pure. for they will not get any foothold in the heart. instead of the joy and peace which are awaiting to bless you. "Don't touch". If you identify yourself with the body you carry about with you. a fruit or a little water is offered to Him". The Bhaghavad Githa calls the body "Kshetra" which means a field. It is purifying Pilgrimage. the Charioteer. Life can be purified if it is sanctified by Tapas. was mostly in yoganidra. this hookah contains all four.
ever Bliss. that is the training which will teach that the world is unreal. no sanctity in his emotions. Each must move on to the sea at its own rate and in its own time. do not depend upon others for doing your work like attending to your personal wants. there is nothing like it to teach you that fire is to be avoided. women are tempted into unworthy lives. the Kali Yuga. Even if you do not start with that step. In the Kritha Yuga the Avatar saved the Vedas from neglect. It is ever Intelligence. that which has no birth has no death either. 998 COURAGE comes out of the grace of the Lord. the cleansing of the mind and the cultivation of virtue. It has no history. He saved women from dishonour. no God in his prayers. Pay it back in service or work. that is all that can be said about it. it needs generations of learning and struggle. just as this world is both true and false. no death. That is the best service you can do to yourself. never accept anything "free" from others. that is real freedom. "Prema". that is to say unreal. Kith Kin are the words we use for the attachment to the travelers cultivated in the caravanserai during the short term of acquaintance. Do it yourself. Desire. they are parted. in the Tretha Yuga for the protection of Dharma. Boundaries shift and are subject to revision.but it too is a derivative of the Atma Sakthi. It is both light and heat. and property is condemned as theft! So. no love in his deeds. It is the fruit of the tree of God-ward directed Ichcha Sakthi. in the Tretha Yuga. 997 MAN must be Yoked to Samsara and broken. 999 THAT which is born has also to die. the Divine that is your core. 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. and in the Dwvapara Yuga for the promulgation of the right of Property. and in the Dwapara Yuga He saved property from injustice. 996 THE Earth is a caravanserai where men come and stay for the night and when dawn breaks. There is the urge to desire a thing that is named Ichcha Sakthi . no amount of lectures will make you believe it is a snake unless you actually experience it. Again. Man has no purity in the heart. Unless you touch it. There is no need to grieve over their parting of the two. Do at least this much! Then. Grow with self-respect and dignity. they float near each other for some time and when a current comes between them. resettlement and change. nor can you say it spreads or grows or weakens. in the fourth Age. at least do not laugh at those who do and discourage them. you will be aware only of its light. so sublimated. That will make you a self-respecting individual! Receiving a favour means getting bound to the giver. Touch fire and get the sensation of burning. Husband and wife are like two pieces of wood drifting down a flooded river. The Vedas are ridiculed. all three are in dire peril. the Avatar has a threefold Task. coming implies going. The Atma has no birth. Realise it as such and do not demean it by desiring deleterious objects. is the basis of Love. Now. Meanwhile you must start with the first step. These are
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. one by one they tramp their different ways. it is in the very nature of Nature that it should be so.AVATARS manifested in the Krithika Yuga for preservation of Vedic tradition.
It directs man to have God ever in mind and to cultivate love for God within him. for there is no shame in walking on the right path.man-made differences and should not interfere with God-ward activities. Four steps are laid down in the scriptures to help man succeed in this effort. of dust and disease. cynicism. it is the truest path. through Bakthi. the only way to God. listening to tales. withdrawal from the process of catering to the senses. 1006 THE only new thing is man's perverse behaviour. is it not? Therefore. it is the most precious treasure. "yes" proudly. Discrimination between the Permanent and the Impermanent. the directions in which he has been wasting his talents. attracted by the strong smelling cheap stuff inside the trap. neglects all other articles of food in the granary and falls prey to its foolishness. that alone can bring victory. For Bakthi is Love of the purest and the noblest variety. how much more true must it be in the spiritual field? But if you have already attached yourselves to some Name and Form. Do not. But like the rat which. He has been forgetting the path prescribed in the Scriptures for the cultivation of his nature. misusing his capacity of playing false to his own nature. doubt. and incessant yearning for Liberation from all bonds. 1001 BAKTHI is defined as the means of discovering the Divine Reality within each being. yearning for God is the ghee which feeds the flame. confer the Grace that you have earned. Behold and Acknowledge the Glory that you have witnessed. Such love is the breath that sustains life that supports the Soul in the effort to merge in the super-soul. Man must live in Bakthi. Concentrated complete faith. 1005 HAVE your mind fixed on one. 1004 YOU must dive deep into the sea to get the pearls. therefore all this suffering and hence My advent. all are of no avail. Each state is but an apartment in that mansion. Positive control of the feelings. One could as well be dead and decay forever. This is true of any worldly activity. and pursuits. dive deep and get immersed in Sai Baba. do not choose another in place of the Prema Swarupam. allow clouds of doubt like "Is He Great?". The years of life spent without the Light of Love are years of ruin. For example. If you must realise the full fruit of this Avatar. The body is the wick of the lamp. Halfheartedness. Man too neglects his real sustenance and wastes his life in pursuit of mortal riches. for Bakthi. when people ask you whether you are going to Puttaparthi and whether you too are singing Bhajans. do not change it. Bakthi is the urge which manifests as all four endeavours. 1002 DEVOTION fosters the highest virtue. Bhakthi is derived from "Bha" or Bhaghavan or God. thoughts. proclaim the joy that you have experienced. "Is He God?" to dim your faith. God has made the Universe as one single Home for one Single family. say.
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. hesitation. now and then. 1003 THE Jivi has come to this birth in order to reveal the splendour of the spark of Godhead which it is.
My "making" this and "giving" that. proceed with spiritual Sadhana. Bakthi leads to Sakthi and Sakthi will grant Yukthi. Of course. I confer on you these boons of health and prosperity but only so that you might. Pay no heed to little worries.
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. The Yukthi will help you to fix your Rakthi or attachment on the proper objects and your Bakthi thus promoted. attach your mind to the Lord and then you will be led to the Company of good men and your talents will be transmuted. promote and instill. Search your own faults instead. The faults you see in others are your own faults instead. My curing your illnesses. My fulfilling all your wants. finally results in Mukthi. The faults you see in others are but reflections of your own personality traits. But they are not so important as the Sathwa guna I appreciate. 1008 CRITICISING others and finding fault with them are both results of egoism. with greater enthusiasm and with less interruption.1007 YOU might have heard people talk about the miracles.