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Vinayaka – The Master Of Siddhi And Buddhi
Oh man! Examine and Enquire for yourself what kind of happiness have you achieved? From the moment you get up from your bed, till you retire, spending all the time in acquiring knowledge and earning degrees while forgetting God, what kind of happiness have you got? Examine for yourself. (Telugu Poem) HUMAN life is the noblest, most rare and the only one fit to be lived. It is the primary duty and responsibility of every man to work for his redemption and liberation by his daily effort, by working hard and by discharging his duties. To fill your small belly, you face many problems in life. You acquire various forms of knowledge from various fields. You are not able

Volume 33 230 to enjoy total bliss. the tree bears fruits for others. Because of the 230 . but he will certainly harm you due to his very nature. For the ideal of sacrifice. In this human life. You may extend hospitality and kindness to a mean-minded person. even after it dies.Sathya Sai Speaks. (Telugu Poem) Embodiments of Love! You strain so much for filling this small stomach. sacrifice is essential. Does this satisfy you? There is no contentment at any point of time. obstacles are necessary. Really. it becomes useful as firewood. Based on this. Without sacrifice. Lord Vigneswara said. you cannot enjoy the state of bliss anytime. trees are the best exemplars. ‘Na Sukhaat Labhyate Sukham’ – you cannot derive happiness out of happiness. You want all the comforts and happiness. you are wasting your human life. If you want to have a taste of happiness and peace. Happiness is the fructification of difficulties. (Telugu Poem) Tree is the very symbol of sacrifice. by splitting itself. As long as it is alive. Cultivate the spirit of sacrifice right from now onward. but this will not give you Peace.

but they neither realise their mistakes nor do they repent. He will never allow anything evil to reside in you. Vinayaka will never put you to suffering in anyway. ‘Na’ refers to wisdom. human life is ruined. He is the master unto himself. we should never be mean-minded. Ganapathi is the head of all the secular and spiritual knowledge. the sages erred occasionally. Vinayaka has no master above him. Repentance is the basis for the glorious life that follows. efforts and confers success. Volume 33 231 ‘poison’ that gets into one’s psychology. We should be noble and broad-minded. (Telugu Poem) Therefore. Vinayaka 231 . Modern man is weak. We should uphold the pristine glory and esteem that man is supreme in the universe. In modern times. the elders corrected their mistakes and led a pure life. being very grateful to God. In ancient times. you worship Lord Vigneshwara. eminent personalities. A mouse stands for darkness as it moves about in the darkness at night. He has the mouse as his vehicle. people commit sins. The Ideal Path Finder Who is Vigneshwara? Who is Ganapathi? The word ‘Ga’ is related to the intellect. Vinayaka blesses all your endeavours. You should follow such mighty. but repented and atoned for their sins. In those days.Sathya Sai Speaks. They were great personalities. To recognise this truth.

dharma. All preparations are cooked in steam and offered to him. But He does not accept any oily or fried preparations. Volume 33 232 helps you to dispel this darkness and spread light. The elephant is highly intelligent. made by using rice flour and til (sesamum) seeds. But. To demonstrate this latent. We find divinity present in birds and beasts too.Sathya Sai Speaks. But today. heath is wealth. Forbearance is Truth. Why is such an offering made? For humanity. Similarly. faithful and loyal. and everything. immanent divinity. in this jungle of life. we have Vinayaka having an elephant’s head. it is the elephantheaded Vinayaka who shows the ideal path for all of us to tread. with a mouse as his vehicle. They offer him Kudumulu and Vundrallu. for the elephant health is all-important. It never leaves the path that it lays all by itself and stands as a symbol for gratitude. On this day of Vinayaka Chathurthi. Nonviolence. Divinity is not limited to mankind alone. Those who partake of food cooked in steam remain very healthy. The elephant has got great patience and forbearance. man is running after various delicacies. Vinayaka too teaches us the same. Veda. Gratitude is a very sacred quality. When there is no path for us to tread in the jungle. it is the elephant that walks through and creates a path for us. This preparation of rice flour and til 232 . various kinds of offerings are made. It is prepared to sacrifice its life. but it can never tolerate its master’s suffering.

as it will improve their memory and intelligence. Volume 33 233 sesamum seeds frees us from all defects of the eye like spots and cataract. Bereft of gratitude. it should be remembered throughout the life. divinity can be attained. but we do not recognise His inner principle. The light in our eyes is due to Sun God. we have forgotten this fact. Once anything is told. the root cause lies in the neglect of the worship of Vinayaka. For any act of help. Even if Sun is present. It is because of Sun God that we are able to see. Today. We should offer our prayers to the Sun God. one turns wicked. the Lord of Effulgence. Man is not following his prescribed code of conduct. forgetting eternal joy. As days pass. fleeting. Students worship Vinayaka more on this day. the very humanness is lost. we will not be able to see anything. This will make everyone of us an ideal person. ephemeral pleasures. We can achieve that only by praying to God. A combination of jaggery and til seeds prevents all defects and diseases caused due to bile. if our eyes are closed. whether small or big. wind and phlegm. For the misfortunes of the day. Music concerts begin with a prayer to Vinayaka. But because of the effects of the age of Kali. The rice flour preparation made using steam helps in digestion too. We should strive for permanent joy and peace. 233 . We have learnt how to worship Vinayaka.Sathya Sai Speaks. Human values have disappeared. If human values are followed. man is after temporary. gratitude must be expressed.

netra. In the three Vedas.Sathya Sai Speaks. Sun withdraws from the eyesight of the man who does not show gratitude (i. Man cannot discharge his duties when he is blind. Volume 33 234 Vision is the reflection of the Sun God. For intelligence. Do we have the qualities of Vinayaka? Lord Vinayaka has a pure heart. Worship of Lord Ganesha has been followed from very ancient times. Today. we need to know the inner significance of Lord Vinayaka. we find the mention of Lord Ganesha. Vinayaka Is The First Worshipped Vinayaka has many teachings that help man liberate himself. the scripture for our life. we need to have Buddhi. An ungrateful man can never become an intellectual. He considered them as his consorts. one can never be successful. Siddhi and Buddhi (fulfillment and intellect) are his two eyes. the eye. but if he is blind. we need to have gratitude. Even in music. we pray to Lord Ganesha. For Buddhi. he cannot do anything. A person may be a great scholar. is the Sastra. Our scriptures are nothing but the reflection of the effulgence of the Sun God.e. they pray to Ganesha for his grace. Without praying to the master of 234 . In the Narayana Upanishad. Therefore. we need to pay attention to our eyesight. Lord Ganesha is praised first. In fact. Therefore. Vinayaka confers success. Without intellect. So. before we start any work. he turns blind). Eye defects certainly imply lack of gratitude.

and thereby. One may have a sensitive mind. mental and physical levels. but it is not that.– meaning. Bharatiyas begin their daily prayers with a prayer to Lord Ganesha. Body is granted to perform. It stands for Mind. Vinayaka Chathurthi is the first festival of the year. we are bound to fail. the intellect acknowledges it to the Atma. Mind is fickle and has to be made steady. Vinayaka. Mind is given to enquire. In our college. We should sustain and protect all these levels. So we should master the mind and be 235 . Volume 33 235 masters. Body and Atma. The body should not do what the mind has decided. He has to purify the mind. but it is not controlling the senses. Master of Business Administration. Mind is the master of senses. Body and Atma. We should not act according to our mind. The Atma monitors the performance of these two.A. Vinayaka is the head of spiritual. We need to understand the integration and coordination of all the three. acting in an egoistic way. An impure mind is not acceptable to the intellect that transcends all the senses. we have M. Man should realise that he is the combination of Mind. Atma is permanent. Intellect has the capability to discriminate whether a thought is good or not.Sathya Sai Speaks. If the thought is good.B. One should constantly enquire whether one has a mind like that of a man or a beast. followed by other festivals. but it is only an animal mind. We follow the mind and senses. It should be exercised properly.

but remains as a witness.. Lord Rama faced many problems and difficulties. but 11000 noble qualities are in a single person who has taken birth in this world. your actions will automatically be good. good feelings and good conduct. Good qualities are the very personification of Divinity. He was verily the beacon of light that 236 . and enumerated 11 noble qualities. Narada was not a conflict maker as we all think. enjoyed bliss. rather. who always helped others. To exercise the control of mind. but does not interfere. A person with such divine qualities only took birth in human form as Lord Rama. was ever smiling and forgiving. The three essential things that constitute character are good thoughts. worship of Vinayaka is important. Narada replied thus: “Oh! Sage. Atma. Feelings And Good Conduct Constitute Good Character At one time. whatever He spoke became Truth. it watches everything.Sathya Sai Speaks. Vinayaka does not react. Volume 33 236 a mastermind. but he never strayed away from His path. etc. Good Thoughts. It is the witness and so also. the spirit. is eternal. If you have good thoughts.” There is no one who attaches value to character now. who did not commit any mistake. This was the sacred path taught by Narada. expressed gratitude for any small help. Valmiki prayed to Narada and asked him whether there was anyone who upheld truth. He never gave up Truth. why do you take so much trouble? Not just eleven.

and this mike. pure and selfless heart. You may listen to any sound. through vibrations. gifts these vibrations to you. Never allow a wicked man to come near 237 . Similarly the Aumkar is one. If you sit down and listen with a pure heart. who is the master of all these vibrations. everything will be wicked. vibration and radiation. so is the vibration. Vinayaka. The same air produces seven different notes through different reeds in the harmonium. with a steady mind. The great sages were the ones who had these vibrations. The vibrations of bhajans are there all over this place. Everything is Divine vibration . You can certainly hear the bhajans even from this table if you listen carefully. Why go so far? Just close your ears and you can hear the Aumkar from within. Everyday. lead. but the most sacred is Aumkara. ‘Bhuvah’ is the vibration that comes out of the mind and makes the body function. which is the body. The body is the combination of various materials like calcium. He propagated and spread the Gayatri Mantra given by Sage Viswamitra. all other sounds are ‘vikaaras’– modifications of the Aumkara. As the feeling.Sathya Sai Speaks. If your body is full of wicked vibrations. morning and evening. You think that the bhajans are going on in the Bhajan Hall. Man is the combination of matter. ‘Bhur’ pertains to physical matter. Volume 33 237 spread sacred wisdom. the roof. you too can listen to it. bhajans go on here. ‘Suvah’ is the radiation. which is the Atma. etc. Everything originated from the Aumkar. The Veda was heard through sound. No.the walls.

All this is artificial knowledge. Even after acquiring various forms of knowledge. study that which 238 . All that you see is the reflection of what is inside you. Never consider that good or bad exists separately from you. it is just that the bad in you is reflected in him. Run away from bad company to avoid the wicked vibrations from getting into you. one has to die in spite of all his worldly knowledge. scribble on the papers and come out emptyheaded. Avoid bad company. So.Sathya Sai Speaks. They read all that is in the books. They have only bookish knowledge and not the knowledge of the heart. If you call a person bad. After all. Good or bad is the reflection of your inner being. It will only lead to argumentation. (Sanskrit Verse) If you are good. The student does not even know what he has written in the examination hall. your body will be full of good and divine vibrations. discriminate between permanent and temporary. it is not true education. But modern students do not have the capacity to understand this truth. foster good company. Perform good deeds day and night. go to the examination hall. Bad thoughts give rise to bad vibrations. but not to total awareness. one cannot give up meanness. It has got nothing to do with him. Volume 33 238 you.

He says that man is bound by attachment. you are bhogis who do not realise your mistakes.Sathya Sai Speaks. All this knowledge is superficial. Siddhirbhavathume Sadaa” (Sanskrit Poem) All these teachings promote the power of discrimination. Mere physical education cannot sustain your life. Bhoga is bound to cause roga (disease). Volume 33 239 makes you immortal. (Telugu Poem) All this education is being used to fill this small stomach. bad vibrations and bad actions. we should learn that which is related to the heart. You are not filling your lives with divine. noble and novel thoughts. This should not be done merely 239 . or satisfy the heart. the prayer that is offered to the Sun God. give you a long life. you must realise your mistake and repent wholeheartedly. Saraswata explains in detail. Today. The ancient sages. Therefore. were yogis. “Saraswathi Namastubhyam. who realised their mistakes and repented. Therefore. You are wasting your lives with bad thoughts. Varade Kaamaroopini Vidyaarambham Karishyami. greed and possessiveness are responsible for illusion. Attachment.

When you have such sacred thoughts in you. love and nonviolence? There is no trace of all these. there is no trace of 240 . Volume 33 240 with words or writings. all the vibrations must be unified. killings. God is the personification of Love and compassion. Everywhere. You have to repent wholeheartedly and pray. Love with Love and hatred with hatred alone. in reality. You do not have the capacity to understand this kindness. but there is kindness in that too. but. conflicts and quarrels. Then. and enjoy and share with your fellowmen. Share And Sustain Love And Compassion Embodiments of Love! All that is happening in this world today is destructive. You must practise humanness.Sathya Sai Speaks. we find atrocities. you will become a divine person. You can understand kindness only with kindness. what happened to your humanness? What happened to your compassion and kindness? What happened to sacrifice. propagate and experience humanness. You are born as humans and therefore. the bliss that results. Sometimes He may appear unkind. In fact. you must live as humans. divisive and extremely unnatural to man. naturally. We find only useless exhibitionism. Having been born as a human being. You call yourselves human. the reality will reflect and reveal itself.

Volume 33 241 human qualities. In this barren land without love. With compassion and love. which was made of wood? What is flute? This body with nine holes is the flute. proper and melodious tunes should come out and not discordant ones. the earth. For the incessant flow of rivers of love. Listening to that tune coming from the flute of Krishna. Where are the good feelings of love and compassion? We should share and sustain Love and compassion. One with compasssion is man (manava). That is why the names Radhakrishna. From this instrument (body). For the seeds of love to sprout With all the emotions and the downpour of love. 241 . Who is Radha? She is not just a woman. The earth is the flute. This was the prayer of all Gopikas. The name of woman comes first – nature (Prakriti) and then God (Paramatma). Therefore. Radha merged herself in the divine melody. The behaviour is always perverted and the mind is full of bad thoughts. Oh Krishna! Sing for us. holding the flute of my heart and sing tunes full of Love.Sathya Sai Speaks. you can achieve anything. Radha is Dhara. we call Radhakrishna. From where was Krishna singing? Was it through the flute. One without compassion is a demon (danva). Oh Krishna! Play on.

It is full of bad traits and wickedness. He is the presiding deity of all Gods. Mice smell everything wherever they go. Vinayaka Is The Master Of Sacred Qualities Today is Vinayaka Chaturthi. you should worship nature and do good deeds. who is there in our hearts. He put the mouse under his foot. sages and spiritual seekers praise him. Volume 33 242 Sitarama. Once you recognise this and worship accordingly you will redeem your lives. you will certainly reach the goal. you will enjoy the presence of God. Today. We have to recognise and understand the significance of Vinayaka. Vinayaka is the one who annihilates all such bad traits in our conscience. Shaivites as well as Vaishnavites worship Vinayaka. We have to think of him constantly. Then.Sathya Sai Speaks. Who is a good leader? Our conscience is the leader. Vinayaka is the master of Siddhi and Buddhi. This means that he is not affected by any bad traits. we do not have good leaders. He symbolises all the religions. As he is the master of all sacred qualities. Vinayaka has such a creature as his vehicle. There is nothing that is impossible for God. but you have polluted that conscience. We have to pray to such a Lord. If the leader is good. Lakshminarayana and so on. 242 . Therefore. The nature of Vinayaka is found everywhere. He stands for auspiciousness.

Therefore. where he has a lot of work. Another doctor Keshav Prasad. I do not want anything in this world. we have many here. Nevertheless. Continue to serve with steady devotion.S..A. Volume 33 243 Swami’s Love Recognises True Devotion Today. We have here with us. That is the true quality of devotion. reaction and resound. who has been here for the last ten years or more. but a reflection of Swami’s love toward you. you have given me life. he says. who have been serving with unwavering mind. He came and settled here and he is working in the department of cardiology. unmindful of obstacles and difficulties. If you go deep and enquire about them and their bio-data. in Prasanthi Nilayam.” Do you find anybody with such a sacred heart? There should be more and more such people in the future. Swami has chosen this day to felicitate all of them. For outsiders. you will find them very 243 . he wanted to work in the proximity of the Divine. he wanted to do Swami’s service. One should have a steady mind and one-pointed vision. However. We have a doctor from Italy. “Swami. could have done great work there. he came here with all his baggage and settled here.Sathya Sai Speaks. All this is nothing but reflection. I like to serve you. many more things are going to happen like this. This is not an opportunity. all these people look very ordinary. My bypass surgery was also done in the Super Specialty Hospital. a young man from U. When he is given some work. In future. Professor Radhaswamy.

When Swami told Alreja. “You are 90 years old. Another person. When Swami visited Bombay thirty years ago. He was a great officer.Sathya Sai Speaks. he was there in the crowd.” he replied. and from then onward. They are good leaders and specialists in their fields. sit through the bhajans and offer Aarati to Swami. He used to come from a far off place by foot. When Swami says. He used to offer Aarati. my feet 244 . He too lived for 101 years. he came to Parthi. Volume 33 244 special and unique. just for the sake of Swami’s love. he has been here and has never gone home. It is very difficult for you to walk. Then a stretcher was brought and he was taken away.” He goes walking everyday to the hospital. You can go in a car. a huge personality from Venkatagiri. by name Kishtappa. As long as it is healthy. You don’t have to take any trouble. He was a celibate too. You cannot climb the stairs. You have seen Dr. day and night. he used to come slowly and massage Swami’s feet. with a height of 6 feet and 3 inches. They work very hard. Alreja. came after Seshagiri Rao had passed away. Later. Surayya. When Swami takes rest at night. I don’t want the car. “My body is a car. at which time he sustained a heart attack and collapsed. Such leaders are leading unostentatious lives in Prasanthi Nilayam. Swami got up from the dais and ran up to him. He lived for a 100 years. was also here. there was Seshagiri Rao in Prasanthi Nilayam. I will walk. “Surayya. Earlier. made him lie down and patted on his chest.

I will feel pain. They led their lives in this manner. you do not have any pain. you need not press my feet. What is said is forgotten the very next moment. The tongue should be kept safe. That is why it is said. You have to hold on to a promise you have made till you die. There should be more and more such people. but if I do not press. He too lived for a 100 years. Many people say. But these people never used to take medicines. Youngsters today have monkey mind. “Swami. but without any avail. It confers long life. ‘you cannot always oblige but you may always speak obligingly.” he will say. He did this work till his last day. Karunyananda Swami also lived for a 100 years. he lived for ninety years. they came to Swami to take Prasadam. the tongue always goes with you.” After Swami closes His eyes. What is the use after I lose all my teeth?” Swami says. “Swami.” All the teeth are strong. but something worse. “You may lose your teeth but the tongue is still there. Strong things go first. not just monkey mind. What is the reason? They were thinking of God all the time. If they had any problem with health. Whoever came here lived long. But after entering Prasanthi Nilayam. The tongue has no bone and hence it can be twisted in any way. Volume 33 245 are not paining. The tongue that is soft remains.’ 245 . I am losing my teeth. There are many people who go for jogging and take medicines. Kasturi was supposed to have died very early. So let me massage your feet. he would leave the room.Sathya Sai Speaks. When you go.

Volume 33 246 Talk softly and sweetly. Vinayaka Chaturthi.2001 Prasanthi Nilayam 246 . Body is gifted to undertake sacred activities. Swami expects you to earn a good (saarthaka) name. Chant the name of the Lord and make others listen to it. You should do good and perfect deeds. Follow righteousness. Let your body tread along the righteous path. 22.8.Sathya Sai Speaks. Do you know why the tongue is given? Is it to eat everything? Do you know why the feet are given? Is it to go around in the lanes and bylines? Each limb of the body has its own purpose. Speak the truth. You should never be unrighteous and never utter falsehood.