Divine Love alone can save us from sorrows
Oh man! You struggle hard in life merely for the sake of filling your
belly. You acquire myriad types of knowledge from various fields. Examine
and enquire for yourself what great happiness you have achieved by
spending all the time from dawn to dusk in acquiring worldly knowledge and
earning wealth while forgetting God. (Telugu poem)
Embodiments of Love!
Hunger, thirst, pleasure and pain, are quite natural to man. One follows
the other. Food is essential for man. But filling the belly is not the be
all - and end - all of human existence. Man is born not for the sake of
ahara (food) but to experience ananda (bliss). One who is oblivious to
ananda and spends his time and energy in the pursuit of ahara will
ultimately fritter away his life. The purpose of celebrating festivals is
to experience bliss and not merely to partake of delicious food. No doubt
the body requires food, but life is not meant for food alone. Unmindful of
this truth, man is treading the path of unrighteousness for the sake of
food and physical pleasures. The body is made up of five elements and is
transitory. The Mind is a mere bundle of thoughts and desires. We should
not be unduly attached to the body and the mind. We should strive to
Embodiments of Love!
Human body has emerged out of love. Hence, we should lead a life for
divine love and not for food. But man has not understood this truth. He
struggles hard from dawn to dusk for the sake of filling his belly. He is
not utilising the gift of the body for the purpose it is assigned to. This
body is a den of dirt, and prone to diseases; it is subject to change from
time to time; how foolish it is to develop attachment to such an
impermanent body and strive for its pleasures?
Embodiments of Love!
We should lead our lives in such a manner to redeem ourselves. We should
love God and aspire only for Him. Your love should be directed only
towards God, not for the body. Our speech, actions and the life-breath
itself are meant to experience the Atma. Sometimes the body may be
afflicted with ailments, but they are like passing clouds. Man is born to
attain the eternal truth of the Atma. Life is meant for Atmaanveshana
(quest for the Atma) and not for Annaanveshana (quest for food).
Annaanveshana gives cause to physical ailments. They come and go like
passing clouds. How foolish it is to be depressed about such ‘passing
clouds’? We should never forget the truth that we are born to experience
the eternal bliss of Atma.
Embodiments of Love!
You have come here all the way from Kerala to celebrate the holy festival
of Onam and experience joy and bliss in the divine presence of Swami. We
should not allow trivial matters to dampen the spirit of enthusiasm. We
should march forward with courage and conviction, unmindful of any hurdles
and inconveniences in the way. A few minutes ago, when all of you were
blissfully immersed in the celebration, all of a sudden My nose started
bleeding. I went inside, wiped the blood and came out cheerfully as if
nothing had happened. How can we discontinue the celebration of a sacred
festival of this kind on account of such trivial matters? We should not
lose our self-confidence on such minor physical discomforts. They are
transient in nature; you should not get distracted by them. Ailment and
suffering are but natural to the physical body. Sometimes even the sun is
covered by clouds. But can the clouds ever diminish the effulgence of the
sun? No. Just as the sun is not affected by the clouds, you too should
remain unaffected by ailment and suffering. When you develop such courage,
conviction and determination, you will not be depressed or dejected by any
Embodiments of Love!
We should sanctify our time by performing sacred actions. This is the
spiritual lesson we have to learn today. We can experience transcendental
bliss only when we overcome the difficulties and suffering that come in
our way. Never be afraid of difficulties; face them with courage. Only
then humanness will blossom in you. Once you experience the bliss of the
Atma, difficulties and suffering will no longer bother you.
Embodiments of Love!
Amidst the joyous celebration of the festival, My slight physical
discomfiture has caused anxiety to you. You should never give scope for
anxiety or worry. In order to allay your fears and anxiety and to give you
joy I came back immediately. In this world, many difficulties come in our
way. Truly speaking, they merely cause anxiety in you; they cannot harm
Onam is the most sacred festival of Kerala. You have to understand the
significance and message of this festival and put it into practice. Onam
is an occasion to share our joy with others. You cannot experience
happiness without undergoing difficulties. Na Sukhat Labhate Sukham (one
cannot derive happiness out of happiness). Happiness gains value in the
face of difficulties. Even insurmountable difficulties will vanish like
thin mist when you face them with courage and self-confidence. The
problems may appear to be mountainous in nature, but you should not give
scope for fear or anxiety in your mind. Mind is like a mad monkey. It
easily gets swayed by difficulties. Hence, you should brush aside the
difficulties that come in your way. Never allow them to get the upper
hand. Mind is the veil of Maya (illusion) that stands as an obstacle in
your path to spirituality. You should not become a slave of the mind; you
should conquer the mind. Only then can you attain Divinity. But you are
carried away by the vagaries of the mind which is nothing but Maya. You
should ignore the dictates of the mind. We consider the mind to be the
most important aspect of humankind. However, it can lead you to dangers
and difficulties if you are carried away by its whims and fancies. Hence,
do not submit yourself to the mind.
Embodiments of Love!
One who has control over the mind is a true Manishi (human). One who lacks
control over the mind is no human at all. How can you call yourself a
human being if you are fickle-minded and depressed over trivial problems?
You should make efforts to overcome problems posed by the mind without
being unduly worried about them. In this world, there is nothing greater
than God’s love. Hence, we should transcend the mind that stands as an
obstacle in the Godward path.
Embodiments of Love!
You are born out of love and sustained by love. You should sanctify your
life by leading a life suffused with love. Treat love as the very basis of
your life. You are not fit to be called a human being if you submit
yourself to trivial problems. Even tiny ants are able to overcome
obstacles that stand in their way. Problems are not limited to human
beings alone; even birds, beasts and insects have problems.
Saint Thyagaraja sang, “Oh Rama, You pervade everything right from a
Cheema (ant) to Brahma. You are in Siva and also in Kesava. Please take
care of Me.” (Telugu poem)
The same divinity that is present in an ant is also present in man.
Likewise, difficulties are also common for all. The suffering that an ant
undergoes is similar to that of man. When such a tiny creature like an ant
is able to withstand suffering, why is it that man is not able to do the
same? He is influenced by his food and habits and thus has become a slave
to his mind. That is the reason he is unable to withstand suffering. We
should face the challenges of life with fortitude and brush aside the
difficulties. Never be cowed down by difficulties. You can attain God only
when you face difficulties with courage and overcome them.
Embodiments of Love!
You should not seek anything other than divine love. There is nothing
superior to love in this world. You consider gold, silver, diamond, etc.
as most valuable. In fact, all these so called valuable things are meant
to delude man. We should not care for such worldly possessions. Instead,
we should focus our mind on God. Perform your daily activities keeping God
as your goal. Only then will your human birth find fulfilment. We should
strive to attain the grace of God and not be deterred by difficulties and
losses. When you have God on your side, you can achieve anything. All your
difficulties and suffering will vanish in a trice. When such omnipotent
Divinity is within us, why should we be worried about trivial matters?
Love is the divine power that bestows on us the courage to overcome
difficulties. Anything can be achieved with the power of love. We should
be afraid of sin, and not difficulties. We have to develop Daiva Preeti,
Papa Bheeti and Sangha Neeti (fear of sin, love of God and morality in
society). Instead of developing fear of sin, we are enslaved by sin.
Instead of seeking refuge in God, we are submitting ourselves to
difficulties. Morality in society will lead to love of God which will in
turn lead to fear of sin. Hence, we should uphold morality in society and
dedicate ourselves to God.
Thyagaraja once prayed, “Oh! Lord, I am deeply concerned about the fear of
sin. I am unable to surrender to your love. Please grant me the strength
of conviction to bow down before your divine love. Please give me the
strength to overcome the fear of difficulties.” What did we achieve in our
life? What is the purpose of constant contemplation of God? One who is
constantly contemplating on God should be able to keep himself away from
sinful acts and develop love for God. There can be no greater fortune than
having love for God. One must strive to achieve that great treasure. One
should not be deterred by sorrows and difficulties in that Sadhana.
Embodiments of Love!
You have all gathered here to attain that great fortune of love for God.
One should never be subdued by sorrows and difficulties. Sorrow and sin
are obstacles in the path of spirituality. They are like the waves. When
one gets into the water and attempts to swim, the surging waves must be
pushed aside, so that one may move forward. Similarly, in the stream of
life, if one wants to move forward, one has to push aside the surging
waves of sorrow and sin. From a child to the adult, everyone has to strive
to attain the love of God. This struggle for God’s love, moulds the
personality of a human being. What is meant by personality? Does it mean
height, weight and a strong body? No, it is a mistake to think so.
Undeterred by the sorrows and difficulties, one has to march forward with
courage and adventure to attain God’s love. That is the real meaning of
personality. In fact, God has already granted such personality to every
human being. Unfortunately, we fail to realise this truth. The word
‘Person’ implies a great Divine force that is granted by God to Man. Our
ancestors called this Divine force as ‘Persona’. This is a great gift of
God, granted to every individual. We are unable to safeguard this great
treasure. These sorrows and difficulties are like passing clouds that come
and go. Why should we be afraid of them? We have the eternal Divine
principle immanent in our personality. Therefore, there is no need at all
to be afraid of anything as long as we are constantly aware of our latent
divinity. March forward with courage and conviction and achieve your
life’s goal. It is only to instill this feeling of courage in you and
reinforce your faith in God that you are subjected to face certain anxious
Embodiments of Love!
I am aware that you are very anxious about the physical discomfort that
Swami underwent, a few moments ago. You are very worried about this
physical body. Understand and be convinced by the fact that a body is
after all physical in nature. It is like a water bubble; the mind is like
a mad monkey. You need not be afraid of this mad monkey. You should not
worry about these passing clouds. They are like visitors who come and go.
We have to be firmly established in the Atma Tattwa, which is nothing but
Divinity. Develop full faith in the Atma Tattwa. That alone will protect
you in every way.
Embodiments of Love!
God can do anything by His Divine will. Why should you fear when such all
powerful God is always with you, in you, and around you? Develop such
courage and conviction and march on. There cannot be a more powerful force
than faith in God in this world.
Embodiments of Love!
All these children have gathered here to spend some sacred moments in the
Divine presence of God. They are really fortunate. Their good fortune is
the result of the merit acquired by their parents. Here is a small girl
(pointing towards a girl). She participated in a group dance programme a
short while ago. While doing so, she was constantly observing the steps
made by other girls in the group. She developed so much concentration in
this activity that she was constantly maintaining her steps in tune with
the steps of other girls. (Swami created a gold chain and put it round her
Embodiments of Love!
I will be very happy, if all of you can become children once again. A
child will never have the bad qualities of anger, passion, jealousy,
conceit and ego. Jesus Christ was always appreciative of the quality of
innocence in children. Once, he lifted a small child from the lap of her
mother in the crowd and said “I like this small child very much; she has
all the qualities of Divinity. She is pure, selfless and is in perfect
bliss”. Children in general are Divine in nature. As they grow up they
develop bad qualities like excessive desires, attachments, anger,
jealousy, etc. Along with advancing in age, sorrows and difficulties will
also increase. Therefore, one should strive for attaining control over
one’s desires. That is ceiling on desires. If you can develop this
control, you will come under the influence of Divine power. Otherwise, you
will be deluded by the power of desires and get into that vortex from
which you can never come out. A child like simplicity, purity and
innocence, is the road to Divinity.
Embodiments of Love!
I wish you should become children at least for one minute a day. You
should emulate those noble qualities, which are characteristic of
children. Supposing you are troubled with desires, chase them away as
unbecoming of your noble personality. Only then can you hold your head
high. A few minutes ago, my nose was bleeding profusely. If I were to
submit myself helplessly to this bodily ailment, it would have aggravated
further. Therefore, I decided to defy this bodily discomfiture and stand
erect with firmness, unmindful of what is going to happen to the body. I
washed my face and came back to give My Discourse. After all, this body
and the blood circulating therein are nourished and nurtured only by the
food we supply. If we cannot control our own body, what is the purpose of
our living? Wherever we are, we must keep the body in our control. Only
then we become real human beings and can move closer to Divinity. The more
you control your body and mind, the nearer you move to God.
In fact, love is the only quality that takes you nearer to God. There is
nothing greater than love. It is a Divine attribute. Love is God. Live in
Love. When you cultivate this noble quality, you deserve to be called a
human being. This divine love is like the blood that circulates in every
human being, nay, every living being. If we can cultivate this universal
love, you can love not only every human being, but all living beings. Love
is God and God is Love. Therefore, take every individual lovingly to your
heart. Do not ever show anger or hatred towards anybody.
Embodiments of Love!
The quality of love that permeates every human being is one and the same.
There are no differences whatsoever in this regard. When you cultivate
such universal love, it becomes your very life-breath, which is dearer to
God. Therefore, cultivate such pure, unsullied and selfless love. Love
your neighbour’s child as your own child. All are embodiments of love. The
message of this sacred festival Onam is love. This festival is observed to
spread this message of love among all human beings. In fact, we are born
to cultivate this sacred love and share it with others. If we fail in this
endeavour, our whole life becomes a waste.
When my nose was bleeding a few minutes ago, some doctors advised me that
I should take complete rest and not to go out to give a discourse. I asked
them why? The doctors explained that if I go on talking, the bleeding may
reoccur. Then I replied, “Ok! Let me see!” Thus I faced the problem
squarely with courage and confidence. Thus, when we encounter a difficult
situation, we should not feel sorry and dejected. We must face it with
courage. Only then can we overcome the situation.
Embodiments of Love!
Whenever you encounter suffering either bodily or mentally, do not lose
your cool. Do not get dejected. Instead, face the problem squarely and
undertake activities that will instill a sense of courage and confidence
in you. No doubt, situations do arise in life when we have to undergo
sorrows and difficulties. When our loving parents depart from this world,
we are in deep sorrow. Instead of losing our poise in such difficult
situations, it is advisable to face the ordeal with courage, expressing
gratitude to our parents for granting us the gift of this body.
Embodiments of Love!
I hope I am not causing inconvenience to you by speaking at length. It is
only to instill courage in you that I am giving this long discourse. When
I was suffering with a bleeding nose, all our children were anxiously
waiting in the adjacent room in an anxious mood. I told them, “Do not feel
worried. I will go out and administer a strong dose for this ailment. Such
is My courage and confidence in facing difficult situations. In fact, this
courage is My real strength. Come! Let us go!” The children collected all
the blood-soaked towels and felt very distressed on seeing them. If those
clothes are washed, the blood stains will vanish in no time. Likewise,
only God's love can wash our sorrows off! Therefore, cultivate such divine
love. All your sorrows and difficulties will be removed.
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, “Prema Mudhita Manase
Do Constant Namasmarana
for Mental Peace
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
You struggle hard in life merely for the sake of filling your belly.
You acquire myriad types of knowledge from various fields.
Examine and enquire for yourself what great happiness you have achieved by
spending all the time from dawn to dusk in acquiring worldly
and earning wealth, while forgetting God.
Whether a pauper or a millionaire, one has to eat. But, having attained
the sacred human birth, it is unseemly of man to spend his entire life
merely for the sake of filling his belly. Why don't you spend a few
minutes in the contemplation of God, instead of spending your entire life
just to earn a living? There are of course a few people in this land of
Bharat (India), who are sanctifying their time and their environment in
the contemplation of God, but the vast majority are wasting their births
in vain pursuits.
Not only in Srikakulam District but in many other places all over
India, there are people who are struggling and straining to eke out their
livelihood. In spite of all the effort, they are unable to attain peace,
happiness, and comfort. Only those who are spending their time in the
contemplation of God are able to experience peace and happiness. Those who
forget God and spend all their time and energy in mundane pursuits are
bound to suffer. Till this day, nobody has been able to enjoy mental peace
and physical comfort in full measure.
The body is like a water bubble. It is nothing but a bag full of bones.
Mind is like a mad monkey. It is a mistake to strive for the happiness of
such a physical body and wavering mind. As long as one is alive, one
should make efforts to keep the body healthy, so that one may not cause
inconvenience to others. Many spend their entire life for the sake of
physical comforts and pleasures. It is only a few who are not concerned
with their mind and body, but are centred on eternal peace and happiness.
Human birth is meant to experience divinity and not to crave for
fleeting pleasures. Human body is a divine gift, which is being put to
improper use instead of its proper purpose of adoring God. Do not be under
the mistaken notion that body is meant only for eating and enjoying
physical pleasures. Certain duties have been assigned to man by performing
which he will be able to experience happiness at the level of the body,
mind, senses, and spirit.
One should enquire what the purpose of human birth is. The goal of
human birth is to work for release from the cycle of birth and death. This
body is a den of dirt and is prone to diseases; it is subject to change
from time to time; it cannot cross the ocean of
Samsara. The body should be used
as an instrument to rise from the level of humanness to divinity. Human
life is sanctified only when we experience divinity. There are many people
who are making efforts in this direction. But only a few are able to
realise the truth and achieve the goal. One may undertake any type of
activities, but one should always aspire to attain peace of mind. Without
peace of mind, whatever enterprise that man undertakes will only add to
You are really fortunate to have come here all the way from Srikakulam
in spite of your financial constraints and various other difficulties.
Swami is very well aware of your aspirations. You have come here to
experience divine bliss. You were feeling sad that Swami has not spoken a
word to you even after two days of your stay here. In fact, last night you
were all praying intensely. In response to your sincere prayers, I have
decided to address you this morning. It is not My intention to satisfy you
with just a discourse. I am ready to extend all the help required to
fulfil your aspirations. Many of you are facing problems due to shortage
of water. Some of you do not have even proper food to eat. Food and water
are very essential for everyone.
Do not give room to worry and anxiety. God is not stone-hearted. He
will certainly take care of your needs. His heart is filled with
compassion. Swami's concern for you is hundred times more intense than the
concern you have for yourselves. You need not be worried at all. Develop
the feeling that difficulties and suffering are for your own good. Even
insurmountable difficulties will vanish like thin mist when you have firm
conviction. Hence, do not be unduly perturbed about your problems.
Difficulties come and go. Not only the poor, even a millionaire cannot
escape from difficulties. Swami confers His blessings on you so that you
will be relieved of your suffering soon.
You may consult the elders of your villages and take the help of those
who are willing to cooperate with you. I will see to it that there is
plenty of water available in your mountainous area. Do not be depressed or
bogged down by difficulties. Having put on the vesture of the human body,
one cannot escape from difficulties.
The physical body may undergo suffering, but you should make efforts to
attain peace of mind. Mind is the basis for happiness for everyone. All
physical comforts will be of little use without peace of mind. Only
through contemplation of God can you attain peace of mind and not by any
other means. Hence, chant the Name of God incessantly unmindful of the
difficulties that come in your way. It is because of contemplation of
God's Name that you have been able to experience peace in spite of the
innumerable difficulties you faced. God is the refuge for the poor and the
forlorn. He is always with them through all the vicissitudes of life. Do
not think that God is in some distant land. God is by your side always. In
fact, He is present in the inner recesses of your heart. Never think that
God is away from you at any point of time. Neither friends nor relatives
can come to your rescue. God is your sole refuge. He will protect you
under all circumstances.
In spite of numerous difficulties,
Bharatiyas (Indians) never swerved from the Godward path. If Bharat
occupies a pivotal position among all nations, it is only because of
Bharatiyas' one-pointed devotion
to God. There are many affluent countries where people lead a luxurious
life, but they are unable to attain peace of mind. It is the good fortune
of Bharatiyas' that they are able
to enjoy peace of mind. Their devotion to God is responsible for this.
Since ancient times, the culture of Bharat has been protecting the
Bharatiyas' in all respects. Its
glory and grandeur defy all description.
One who has peace of mind will have moral strength. Hence, chant the
Divine Name constantly. Yesterday, you went round the entire village
singing the glory of God and entered the portals of Prasanthi Nilayam; you
experienced peace of mind. It is not possible to experience peace by any
other means. Hence, never forget God. Sanctify your time by chanting His
Name. Contemplation of God should be man's constant endeavour.
There may be some jealous people who will try to dissuade you from
chanting God's Name. They say, "What is the use of chanting God's Name? It
will not help us to eke out our livelihood. We have to work hard for our
survival. So, stop chanting God's Name." Do not pay heed to such
narrow-minded people. Never forget GodÕs Name. You may not be aware;
people all over the world in all villages are facing hardships. They are
suffering from physical ailments and mental agitations. Only
Bharatiyas' are able to enjoy
peace of mind because of their devotion to God. There is no happiness
greater than experiencing peace of mind.
Mental peace can be obtained only by constant
contemplation of God.
This cannot be purchased from the market.
It is only by constant contemplation of God that mental worries can be
This is the experience of people all over the world.
Contemplation of God alone can bring about mental peace and happiness.
No other means can achieve this.
To be born is a worry, to be on the earth is a worry;
World is a cause of worry and death too;
Entire childhood is a worry and so is the old age;
Life is a worry, failure is a worry;
All actions and difficulties cause worry;
Even happiness too is a mysterious worry. [Telugu Poem]
Contemplation of God is the right royal path that will remove all types
of worries. Therefore, do not try other means for achieving mental peace
and get into trouble and worry. March on along the divine and glorious
path. All the karmas (actions) in
the spiritual field are meant to bring peace and happiness to us. They are
not intended to trouble us. Mental peace can be achieved only by
performing one's own duty, not by any other means.
Karma brings about a result; and
that result brings happiness and peace. Even when you are undergoing
difficulties, always think that they are meant to bring you happiness.
Every human being undergoes difficulties, only to enjoy happiness later.
However, he does not realise this during the period of suffering. But, in
course of time, when suffering ends and happy days arrive, he would
realise the truth. Hence, always remember the truth that sorrows and
difficulties are prelude to happy days ahead. In fact, real happiness
comes out of suffering only.
Embodiments of Love!
Love is the only property that always grows --the more you spend, the
more it grows; it never diminishes. Supposing you go up a hill and sing
the glory of God; the Divine vibrations will reach a large area, and the
people hearing the namasmarana,
even from a distance, will feel very happy. Divine music can confer solace
even to children and animals. By hearing
namasankirtan, even the heart of
a stone-hearted person will melt. We have heard of several instances in
Indian history where great devotees of God, by their
namasankirtan, could bring about
complete transformation in die-hard criminals.
Suppose you are digging a pit; the soil in that is taken out and
stacked by its side becomes a mound. You need not feel anxious that the
pit is becoming deeper and deeper. The soil that is dug out of the pit and
the soil that is piled up next to the pit are the same. Similarly, along
with the difficulties you undergo, you will experience happiness also in
abundant measure. When you fill in the soil that is piled up (namely
happiness) in the pit of sorrows and difficulties, you will attain a state
of equanimity. This is what you have to realise today. You need not feel
sorry, Oh! I have fallen into this pit of sorrows and difficulties. How
can I come out of this? How am I to bear this? Oh! The soil of happiness
stacked next to the pit of suffering may be filled into the pit. You will
attain a state of equanimity. You have to do this
Embodiments of Love!
You have come here with love-filled hearts,
undergoing lot of difficulties and physical strain.
It is your love and devotion to Swami that brought you here.
Go back to your places with the same intensity of love and devotion.
Continue to enjoy the moments of joy and happiness you experienced
in the presence of Swami.
Pleasure and pain, good and bad co-exist, none can separate them.
You cannot find pleasure or pain, good or bad to the exclusion of the
Pleasure results when difficulties fructify. [Telugu Poem]
Thus, happiness and sorrow come to teach us equanimity.
Embodiments of Love!
Love is the only wealth that can never diminish. That is the property
of God. Therefore, cultivate pure and selfless love. God's love will
always follow you wherever you are and will protect you at all times. Do
not ever consider that money alone is your property. In fact, love is your
real wealth. The wealth of Love always grows (expands), never diminishes.
Those who realise the Paramatma
will be able to understand this truth better. My heart is overflowing with
love and joy on account of the
namasankirtan you have done yesterday in the streets of
Puttaparthi. Continue this
namasankirtan wherever you are throughout your life. Especially
when your spirits are down with sorrow, sing the glory of God
full-throated. Never feel diffident to sing the glory of God, thinking
that others may make fun of you. Irrespective of what others may think or
say against you, continue this sacred activity of
namasankirtan. Only then will
you be charged with Divine power.
Embodiments of Love!
I am very happy that you are all gathered here. I always wish joy,
happiness, comfort, and peace for all of you. Today, 8000 devotees from
your place have come here to share the happiness of Swami's Divine
Presence. All of you, please go to the canteen and partake of Swami's
Prasadam happily. Swami's
Prasadam will become
akshaya (never diminishing) and
will remove all your sorrows and difficulties. Everything that is granted
by Swami is suffused with love. Whatever is granted by Bhagawan is always
free. God will never succumb to monetary considerations. Wherever any
service activity is associated with money, it is tainted. The entire
property of Swami consists of Love only. Such Divine love must become your
very life-breath. All your past karmas
will become extinct, if only you cultivate that pure love.
All of you go to the canteen and have food, as Swami's
Prasadam. Thereafter, you can go
to your respective villages, happily.
Embodiments of Love!
Having come here from such a long distance, fill your hearts with love.
Some time ago, there was a singer by name Saluru Rajeswara Rao. He used to
visit Swami, regularly. He remained absorbed so much in music that he
would sing while walking in the streets, unmindful of what others thought
of him. Today, his son has come here to sing some devotional songs in the
Divine presence of Swami. These devotional songs fill the hearts of people
with overwhelming joy.
The late Rajeswara Rao used to sing a particular song on Sri Krishna
Yamunathatipy Shyama Sundaruni Murali" (Shyama Sundara is
melodiously playing His flute on the banks of the Yamuna, while the cool
breeze is blowing). His voice as well as his feelings were sweet.
Both Rajeswara Rao and another devotee Adi Naryana used to come here
regularly. They were the people who composed the "Sai
Charita" and sang those songs melodiously. They may be anywhere;
the lives of such pure-hearted devotees are sanctified. Those, who sell
their God-given talents and make a wholly living out of it can never be
truly happy. Rajeswara Rao and Adi Narayana never made business out of
their musical talents. They always sang to their heart's content, with
love and devotion. The glory of such devotees, whether dead or alive, will
There was another well known devotee by name Ghantasala Venkateswara
Rao. He also underwent many difficulties. But, he was always devoted to
God. Whenever he was in difficult situation, he used to sing, "Oh! God!
Won't You pull me out of these difficulties?" Even when he was sick and
was hospitalised, he used to sing lying in the hospital bed, "Oh! Lord!
How long have I to suffer this agony! Won't you relieve me of this pain?"
Once I went to the hospital to see him. I consoled him saying, "My dear
Ghantasala! Never think of these difficulties and suffering. These things
happen to test your faith in God. You will come out successful in this
test, by constant namasmarana."
A devotee like him who is constantly engaged in
namasmarana under all
circumstances, will become immortal.
Namasmarana is the only property that lasts forever. Therefore, you
also undertake this sadhana
(spiritual activity) as a lifelong activity. Whether your voice is good or
not, continue to sing the glory of God by constant
namasmarana at least in your
heart. Thereby, you will acquire merit that will protect you throughout
your life. If you do this sadhana,
God will always be with you, in you, around you.
Whenever you take food, do
namasmarana before partaking of the food. By doing so, the food
will be sanctified and will become
Prasadam. (gift) of God. Your heart also will be purified. That is
why, our ancestors prayed thus before partaking of food:
Brahmarpanam Brahma Havir
Brahmaiva Thena Ganthavyam
Brahma Karma Samadhina.
When you pray in this manner before you partake of your food, God
immediately responds thus:
Aham Vaishvanaro Bhutva
(My dear! I am present in you in the form of
digesting the food which you partake of.)
The prayer thus made invokes an immediate response from God. That is
reaction, reflection and resound. Therefore, constantly engage yourself in
namasmarana, which will confer
Bliss on you.
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the
Bhajan Bina Sukha Santhi Nahin".
Date: 02 July 2004
Place: Prasanthi Nilayam
The Form of God is Love
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Forbearance is the real beauty in this sacred
land of Bharat.
Of all the rituals, adherence to truth is the greatest penance.
The most nectarous feeling in this country is the feeling of
love toward one's mother. (Telugu Poem)
In this sacred land of Bharat (India), forbearance is the real beauty.
The modern man has no idea of what forbearance is. He is not able to
realise that forbearance is the real beauty in this sacred land. One
bereft of forbearance is no human being at all. We should have sympathy
and forbearance toward the poor and the physically challenged. But modern
man shows disgust toward such unfortunate people. In fact,
sahana (tolerance) is the most
valuable and sacred mantra of the Bharatiyas (Indians). But man, out of
his ignorance, has given up such a sacred mantra and is carried away by
The foremost quality expected of a devotee is forbearance. What is
bhakti (devotion)? Several
people are under the mistaken notion that worshipping some idols,
observing certain vows and performing some rituals is
bhakti. It is not as simple as
that. The foremost duty of a devotee, especially of the Bharatiya, is
observing the quality of forbearance in practice.
Adherence to truth is the real
thapas (penance). Man, today, has forgotten this principle.
Forbearance is a quality that inspires people to undertake noble deeds.
This noble quality is to be taught to others as well, to enable them to
The nectarine feeling in this country is the feeling of love toward
one's mother. Today, people overlook the most important duty to look upon
every woman as one's own mother. There is nothing greater and sweeter than
this motherly love in the world. One who has cultivated such noble feeling
is most fortunate. It is not a quality that can be purchased or hired.
This motherly feeling flows from the natural love that one has for one's
own mother. The people of Bharat are forsaking such noble qualities and
are trying to imitate and cultivate alien cultures and traditions today.
In fact, they are running after alien culture with excessive enthusiasm,
treating it as their very life breath.
You cannot find anything more sacred than love in the world. Today, you
will find worldly and physical love everywhere. But, it is very difficult
to find love suffused with Atmic
Love is not merely that which exists between two individuals at the
physical level. True love is that which exists between two hearts.
Bharatiyas today are neglecting such sacred and noble love. It is only the
love toward God that has sustained and protected the people in this sacred
land of Bharat since ancient times, just as the eye lid protects the eye.
This divine love permeates the entire universe. Wherever you look, it is
present. There is nothing in the world, except divine love. All other
types of love are only mere passing infatuation. Real love emerges from
the depth of one's heart. Cultivating such divine love and sharing it with
others is most pleasing to Me. Today, you find worldly and physical love
for achieving selfish ends everywhere. But, you cannot call it real love.
Real love, which is sacred, divine, and selfless, has to spring from one's
Cultivate and strengthen such divine love. When you cultivate such
love, you will not be lacking in anything. It is only when you cultivate
such noble love that you will be entitled to be called "Embodiments of
love". God is omnipresent. Who is God? In fact, you are verily God. You
must strive to attain that state. Though God is present everywhere, you
should not forget the divinity immanent in you. Some people think that God
exists separately in some distant place.
Prahlada, the child devotee of Lord Vishnu declared:
Never doubt that God is here and not there.
Wherever you search for Him,
He is there. (Telugu Poem)
This is the real culture of Bharat, which we are not able to perceive
today. Everyone chants the name of God. But, where is God? In fact, you
yourself are God. You and God are not separate. Man forgets the divinity
latent in him and runs after trivial and mundane things.
Under all circumstances, do not give up love. Love is your greatest
treasure. One who forgets this treasure is not a human being at all!
We love our father, mother, brothers, sisters, etc. All these
relationships are but mere roles in the Divine Drama. You must try to
apprehend true love. In fact, it is always in us. You need not search for
Unfortunately, today we are going after things that are not real and
permanent. (Showing a flower) What is this? This is a flower. Everybody
says so. But, the truth is, it is a manifestation of Divinity. There are
several petals in it, which represent Divinity. If the petals are taken
out one by one, it cannot be called a flower. Similarly, if there is no
love in a human being, the human being cannot be called an "Embodiment of
The source and sustenance for the entire universe is love. This quality
of love takes different shapes in different individuals, say between
father, mother, brothers and sisters, but you refer to it all as love. All
these individuals together constitute a family. It is not enough if you
limit your love to the family members. The entire universe must live like
a family. Whomever you see, offer your
pranams (salutations). Say "Om Namaskar! Namaskar!" Can you come
across a nobler feeling than this?
All the forms you come across in this world are embodiments of
Divinity. There is nothing in this universe that is not divine. You
consider the different objects in the universe as mere objects. No! No!
Consider them as "Embodiments of Divinity". Unfortunately, today we have
become foolish and are searching for God in some distant corner. Wherever
you see, there is God. Therefore, it is the noblest feeling to consider
everything in the universe as "Embodiments of Divinity". The universe is
but a form of God! God is manifest in all forms. Consider such an
omnipresent divinity as God. Do not give credence to the outward form of
any object, but firmly believe in the divine power that is immanent in
that object. We are not experiencing anything other than Divinity in our
day-to-day activities. For example, we are thirsty. Thirst is a fire
manifest as divinity. We quench our thirst by drinking water, which is
another manifestation of the divine.
Thus all five elements in the universe, the five senses, five sheaths,
and the five vital breaths in the body are all manifestations of divinity.
Today, we are misusing our senses. This is an act of grave sin. All the
senses are pure, sacred, and selfless. The senses have no distinction of
caste, creed, religion, nationality, etc. Keeping such noble qualities in
our own self, we are searching for Divinity in the outside world. What a
great pity! What do you think the human values are? They are nothing but
divine qualities. God has no attributes separately. Divinity itself is the
sole attribute. We are deluded to see the attributeless Divinity as God
Whatever I speak, it is only love. I do not know any other word. There
is no other quality greater than love. Hence, we have to love that quality
of love, which is God.
The different ways by which we describe God such as Nirgunam,
Niranjanam, Sanathana Niketanam, Nitya, Shuddha, Buddha, Mukta, Nirmala
Swarupinam (God is attributeless, pure, final abode, eternal, unsullied,
enlightened, free and embodiment of sacredness) are only for our
satisfaction. They cannot, however, describe God in full. In fact, God is
beyond description. The only word by which we can describe God is "love".
Nothing better can describe Him.
You are all the "Embodiments of love". Your form is love. God's form is
I am very much distressed to see those physically challenged children
seated on the tricycles. They are, in fact, "Embodiments of Divinity". To
look down upon those divine children with contempt is a great sin. In
fact, there are no lowly people in the world at all! That low thinking is
in us only. It cannot be attributed to God. God has only one attribute,
which is love. That is His form.
When someone converses with Me lovingly, My joy knows no bounds. If
people employ empty rhetoric without love to describe My qualities, I am
not at all pleased or impressed. Talk to Me with a loving heart. Pray to
Me with a love-filled heart. Whatever you pray for with a loving heart, I
will readily respond. You call Me "Sai" with love; I will readily respond
saying "Oyi". Any amount of prayer devoid of love cannot move Me. If you
call Me with love, I will respond immediately, wherever I am. There is
nothing greater than love. Therefore, if you wish to have the
darshan of God and experience
Him, pray to Him lovingly. You may have any amount of wealth and virtues,
but they are no match to the quality of love. The sweetness inherent in
the word prema (Divine Love) is
not to be found anywhere else in the world. The more you cultivate and
practise it, the sweeter will be your personality. Therefore, cultivate
love as the foremost quality in you.
Love is your sole refuge wherever you may be,
in a forest, in the sky, in a city or a village,
on the top of a mountain or in the middle of deep sea.
Love is not confined to any particular place or residence; it is
universal. Therefore, cultivate such universal love. Such a universal love
cannot be purchased with any amount of money. It can only be attained with
a heart filled with intense love. Man has, therefore, to cultivate such
pure and selfless love. In order to cultivate such pure love,
bhakti (devotion) is prescribed
as a means. Bhakti is not
somewhere in some distant corner. prema (love) is
bhakti (devotion). Devotion
without love is deep ocean. And how is that ocean? It is full of salt
water, whereas devotion with love is like sweet water. Love is a nectarous
feeling. Love is verily bliss. Love is a wonderful feeling. It is
unfathomable. Therefore, such a nectarous, sweet, blissful and
unfathomable love, you should never give up.
Instead of making hollow claims of
bhakti, keep prema as
your goal to be attained. There is nothing greater than this
sadhana (spiritual practice).
There is nothing that can liberate you easily than pure and selfless love.
There are four words: mukti
(liberation), bhakti (devotion),
rakti (attachment) and
anurakti (attachment or love
toward God). But, love is the undercurrent in all these things. On this
auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, love is the most valuable gift I hand
over to you. This is my most precious gift to you. Devoid of love,
whatever other gifts I may give, they will be of no use. My love is pure,
sacred and most precious. You also cultivate such love.
Bhagavan concluded His Discourse with the bhajan, "Prema
Mudita Manase Kaho"/
Date: 06 May 2003
Occasion: Easwaramma Day Place: Brindavan
Love and respect your parents and
sanctify your life
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
When man comes out of the mother's womb, he does not bring any money with
Money does not follow him either when he departs from the world.
Even a millionaire has to partake of salt and rice.
He cannot swallow gold to satiate his hunger.
One may feel proud of his wealth, but he cannot take even a single pie
with him when he leaves the world.
Just as man enjoys the honey collected by the bees, the wealth one amasses
may ultimately fall in the hands of either donga (thief) or dora (king).
When man emerges from the womb of his mother,
one does not find any garland round his neck.
There are no jewels made of pearls
nor are there glittering gold ornaments.
There are no chains studded with precious stones
like emeralds and diamonds.
There is no garland of flowers either.
But there is one garland round his neck.
Brahma strings together the consequences of his
past deeds into a heavy garland and
puts it round his neck at the time of his birth.
Embodiments of Love!
Every individual has a mother. One who does not please his mother and
become the recipient of her love is not a true son. In today's world,
mothers who bring up their children with proper love and care are very
rare. It is said, Deho devalaya proktho jeevo devah sanathanah (the body
is a temple and the indweller in the body is God). In every temple, we
find a bell. But, the bell present in the temple of a human body is not
visible outside. This bell is known as anahati. It is not a bell that one
can ring. However, it rings continuously on its own day in and day out as
long as life remains in the human body. This is nothing but the human
heart. When the bell stops ringing, the body becomes lifeless. Then, we
call the body a savam (corpse). When the bell is ringing, the body is
considered to be sivam (auspicious).
The entire universe is the temple of God. In this temple of the universe,
one can continuously hear the sound of the bell Om. That is why God is
described as Sabda Brahmamayi, Characharamayi, Jyotirmayi, Vangmayi,
Nityanandamayi, Paratparamayi, Mayamayi, and Sreemayi (the embodiment of
sound, movable and immovable, light, speech, eternal bliss,
transcendental, delusion, and wealth). Today, instead of attuning
ourselves to that sacred sound of Om, we are lending our ears to worldly
talk and vain gossip. We are unable to listen to the divine voice of
Akhanda Satchidananda Swarupa (God, the embodiment of existence,
consciousness and bliss).
Once upon a time in the temple of Visweswara in Kasi, the Pujari was
offering Arati to the deity. Suddenly, a big gold plate fell from above.
The Pujari was surprised and happily picked it up to have a closer look at
it. There was an inscription on the plate, which read as follows: "It
should be given to the greatest devotee. One who does not chant the Divine
Name is not qualified to get it." Then the Pujari thought to himself,
"everyday, I am performing Sahasra Lingarchana and Abhishekam to the Lord.
I am sanctifying my time by chanting the sacred mantras from the four
Vedas. Can there be a greater devotee than me?" When such ego and pride
clouded his mind, the gold plate
From that day onward, whoever visited the temple was asked to touch the
plate to find out if he deserved to receive the gold plate. But it so
happened that the plate would turn into an earthen one whenever somebody
touched it. It continued for a few days.
There was a devotee who always chanted the Name of God, but did not
perform any other sadhana (spiritual exercises) like japa (soft repetition
of the name), thapa, dhyana (meditation), etc. He had no desires. He had
achieved dama (sense control). One day he visited the temple. On being
requested by the Pujari to touch the plate, he said, "Sir, I don't have
any desires. Hence, I don't want to touch it."
The Pujari requested him to touch the plate at least for his satisfaction.
The devotee did not want to displease the Pujari and therefore he touched
the plate. No sooner did he touch it than it started shining with added
brilliance. People who were witness to this event surrounded him and
started asking, "Oh noble soul! What is the method of worship you follow,
what is the sadhana you perform?" Then he replied, "I have not performed
any japa, thapa, yajna or yaga (sacrifices or rituals). I only serve the
poor. They are very dear to God."
Neither by penance nor by pilgrimage nor by study of
scriptures nor by Japa can one cross the ocean of life.
One can achieve it only by serving the pious.
From then onward, many rich people started visiting Kasi to see this
devotee. Wherever there are rich people, it is but natural that the poor
also gather begging for alms from the rich. This devotee was moved on
seeing their pathetic condition and resolved to himself, "God loves the
poor very much. That is why He has drawn so many of them to His abode. God
will be pleased only when they are looked after well. That is what I love
to do. I will be happy only when I am able to alleviate the suffering of
these poor people and make them happy." From then on, he continued to
serve the poor and the needy with greater devotion and enthusiasm. This
was an eye-opener for the rich who had gathered there.
Even a millionaire has to partake of salt and rice. He cannot swallow gold
to satiate his hunger. One may feel proud of his wealth, but he cannot
take even a single pie with him when he leaves the world. Such being the
case, why should one struggle to amass wealth? Instead, it is better one
strives to attain divine grace. When you contemplate on God all the time
continuously with single-minded devotion, He will take care of all your
needs. This was what the devotee taught to all those who had assembled
The money we accumulate will not follow us. To whom will it go ultimately?
Nobody knows. It is not possible to take even a paisa with us. You have to
undertake righteous deeds and earn merit so as to deserve divine grace.
When you are born out of your mother's womb, you do not find any garland
round your neck. But there is one garland surely. Brahma strings together
the consequences of all your past deeds, be they good or bad, into a heavy
garland and puts it round your neck. Nobody can come into the world
without that garland of karma. But man forgets this truth and always
craves for pleasures and comforts. How long can the worldly pleasures
Ma Kuru Dhana Jana Yauvana Garvam,
Harathi Nimeshath Kalah Sarvam
Do not be proud of your wealth, progeny and youth;
the tide of time may destroy them in a moment.
People feel proud of their youth and wealth. But they are momentary.
Realising this truth, we have to accumulate the wealth of divine grace.
After imparting such sacred teaching to the people around him, the devotee
started coming out of the temple. As he stepped out, the gold plate also
followed him. Along with the plate, all the coins started rolling behind
him. Then the beggars started going behind him asking for the money. The
devotee said, "My dear ones, what is the use of asking me God is the
guardian of all. He is the richest of all. Hence, pray to Him." As he was
moving away, many coins started falling from the gold plate. The beggars
collected those coins.
The devotee went into a state of bliss and closed his eyes. He had the
vision of Lord Visweswara. He prayed, "Oh Lord Visweswara, You are the
master of the whole universe. Can't You take care of these poor people?
Please shower Your grace on them."
To pray for the welfare of all with selfless love is the noblest prayer.
The devotee had no trace of selfishness in him. He prayed for others with
selfless love. Hence, God was pleased with him. You should always pray in
a selfless manner. Only such a prayer will melt God's heart. There is no
point in praying to God with worldly objectives. God, who is the
embodiment of love resides in our hridaya (heart). Hridaya is known as
anahati. It is the bell that rings continuously. God residing in our heart
keeps it ringing. We should listen to the sound of that bell.
Our scriptures have prescribed nine paths of devotion
Vishnusmaranam (contemplating on Vishnu),
Padasevanam (serving His Lotus Feet),
Self-surrender is the true offering that you have to make to God. He is
not interested in the worldly offerings you make. What you have to offer
to God is the same heart that He has given you.
O God, I offer the heart which You have given me.
What else can I offer at Your Lotus Feet?
Please accept my salutations.
God is not interested in the wealth you have earned or accumulated. He has
no dearth of wealth. He is Vishnu Swarupa. When goddess of wealth Lakshmi
herself resides on His chest, what is it that you can offer Him? The
Pakshi Vahana (Lord Vishnu who has Garuda as His vehicle) has goddess
Lakshmi on His chest. Why should He ask for bhiksha (alms) from others?
Hence, you don't need to give anything to God. The sacred heart that He
has given you should be given back to Him.
Due to the effect of the Kali Age, people are not prepared to offer their
heart to God which He has given them. They are offering the wealth they
have accumulated. How can you make such a low and mean offering? You
should offer your heart to God. That is called Anahata Dharma. This is the
true treasure that we have to safeguard always.
Embodiments of Love!
Due to the effect of Kali Age, devotion and detachment have also become
artificial. People are trying to please others, but not God. You have to
undertake activities that are pleasing to God. If you go by your own likes
and dislikes, how can God be pleased with you? What God likes the most is
Anahata Prema. Your hridaya (heart) should overflow with love, sacrifice,
and bliss. You may make any number of offerings, but if you do not offer
your hridaya to God, He will not accept them. He may pretend to have
accepted those offerings, but He will throw them away. You should offer
Him that which pleases Him. That is hridaya, which is called Anahati. It
is the centre of love and bliss. In fact, it is the basis of everything.
If you do not offer such a sacred heart to God, what is the use of other
offerings? God is not interested in such artificial offerings. If you come
across poor people, give them what they require. If they are shivering in
the cold, give them a blanket. You should give them what they need, but
not what would you like to give them.
In those days (Swami's school days), when we returned from the Bukkapatnam
school in the evenings, mother Easwaramma would lovingly enquire as to
what happened in the school that day. She had no formal education at all.
One day the children told her, "Mother, today a teacher by name Kondappa
made our Sathya stand upon the bench." They started criticising him.
Mother Easwaramma intervened and said, "Children, you should not talk ill
of your teacher. No teacher would punish his student without a proper
reason. Our Sathya might have committed some mistake." Then she asked Me,
"Sathya, what is the mistake You committed?"
I told her the facts as they happened. Kondappa ordered, "Whoever has
written the notes should place it on his table. Others should stand upon
the bench." I had not written the notes. That was My mistake. Hence, I
stood upon the bench. I also said something which was more than necessary.
I said, "Sir, can all those boys who have taken down the notes answer your
questions? Though I have not written the notes, I can answer any question
that you may ask."
Kondappa thought that I was egotistic and ordered Me to stand upon the
bench for three periods. I obeyed him and stood upon the bench. Meanwhile,
the other teacher, Mahboob Khan, came to the class. He was a Mohammaden
and a noble person. He was pained to see Me standing on the bench. He
asked, "Kondappa, why have you made this boy stand upon the bench?"
"He has not taken down the notes, hence the punishment", said Kondappa.
Mahboob Khan defended Me saying, "So what if He has not taken down the
notes? He can answer all your questions, and that is enough. Ask Him to
But Kondappa insisted that I should be punished as I had disobeyed his
command. The bell rang and Kondappa had to go to another class. But he was
unable to get up from the chair. Initially he thought that his dhoti had
got entangled to a nail in the chair. But that was not the case. He was
stuck to the chair! When he tried to get up from the chair, the chair also
came along with him.
Then Mahboob Khan said, "Kondappa, He is not an ordinary boy. He is one of
great divine powers. You have punished Him without a proper reason. At
least now, ask Him to sit down."
Kondappa realised his mistake and told Me to sit down. Immediately, he
could get up from the chair.
When all this was narrated to mother Easwaramma, she said, "Dear Sathya,
you should not punish your own guru (teacher)."
I said, "I did not punish him; in fact, he punished himself."
She imparted a sacred teaching to the children, saying, "My dear ones, you
are going to school to study. Whatever you learn, put it to proper use.
Only then will you be called truly educated and earn the appellation
Sakshara. If you do not make proper use of your education, you become a
rakshasa (demon). Make efforts to earn the title of Sakshara."
Then she told Me, "Sathya! At any time and under any circumstances, do not
cultivate hatred toward anybody. Love all and You will be loved by all."
In fact, there is no trace of hatred or enmity in Me at any time. I love
all. That is why everyone loves Me. If we do not love others, how can we
expect others to love us? Give love and receive love. It is not a one-way
traffic. You should give and take.
In this manner, mother Easwaramma taught the children many sacred ideals.
One need not have any formal education in order to impart such sacred
teachings. There are many who are highly educated, but what is the use?
They do not put their knowledge to proper use. Having received many sacred
teachings, you should practise at least one of them. You perform worship
and sing bhajans with devotion. It is enough if you practise and
experience at least one word of the bhajans you sing. For example, you
extol God as 'Premaswarupa' (embodiment of love). Accordingly, you should
develop love and share it with others. Only then can you understand and
Mother Easwaramma used to impart many noble teachings to the devotees when
they gathered around her. I had given her a small room in Prasanthi
Nilayam. Many ladies would go there and plead with her, "Mother, we have
been here for a long time. Please tell Swami to grant us an interview."
She would tell them, "My dear, Swami may look small to our eyes, but He
does not listen to anyone. He will not act on recommendations. He will
give you what you deserve. You should try to understand the divine
principle of Swami." In this manner, she would give proper guidance to the
One day she told Me, "Sathya! Your name and fame have spread far and wide.
The whole world is coming to You. Please bestow peace on the world with
Your Sankalpa (Will)."
I told her, "It is not that I have to make a Sankalpa for world peace.
Each one has to attain peace by himself, because man by nature is the
embodiment of peace. He is the embodiment of truth. He is the embodiment
of love." You have to manifest your love. You have to experience peace
within. You have to follow the path of truth. Sathyam Vada, Dharmam Chara
(speak truth and practise righteousness). You can achieve anything when
you follow this principle.
Since ancient times, there have been many noble mothers who have guided
their children on the right path. The future of the nation rests in the
hands of mothers. That is why one calls one's own country as motherland.
Bharat (India) is the birthplace of many noble mothers. Our ancient
culture has accorded first place to the mother. Father comes only next.
Even on invitation cards we write Smt. and Sri. The husband may be highly
educated and occupying a position of authority. He may be the president of
the nation. Yet, we cannot write Sri and Srimati while sending an
invitation. Srimati has to come first. Since ancient times, women are
treated with great reverence and respect in Bharat. This land of Bharat is
highly sacred. But unfortunately, people have lost love for their
He is a true human being who loves his mother and becomes the recipient of
his mother's love. One who cannot earn his mother's love is verily a
demon. Hence, respect and revere you mother. Experience and enjoy your
mother's love. Dedicate your life for the happiness of the mother. You may
acquire any number of degrees; you may undertake any number of sacred
activities; but all of them will prove futile if you do not please your
mother. There is none superior to the mother in this world. The Veda has
accorded the place of highest prominence to the mother when it declared,
Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo Bhava, Acharya Devo Bhava, Atithi Devo Bhava
(revere your mother, father, preceptor, and guest as God). There may be a
son in this world who does not love his mother, but there cannot be a
mother who does not love her son. There may be differences of opinion
between them, but the motherly love will never diminish.
Embodiments of Love!
It is your foremost duty to love your mother. As soon as you wake up in
the morning, the first thing you should do is to touch your mother's feet
and offer your salutations. Such a noble practice will protect you always
and bestow on you all types of wealth.
Students, Boys and Girls!
You are going to be fathers and mothers in future. You will be loved and
respected by your children only when you love and respect your parents
now. You are bound to face the reaction, resound, and reflection of your
actions. When you respect your parents, there will be rich rewards for you
in the future.
Today we are celebrating Easwaramma Day. I want to tell you an incident
that speaks of her immense compassion and love for children. In those
days, students from various States and countries attended Summer Classes.
Gokak, who used to conduct the classes, was a strict disciplinarian. He
was a man of great character and sacrifice. He was a great academician
too. He was conducting the classes in an exemplary manner. One day, the
students were having lunch in the dining hall. One of the boys got up and
went outside before others could finish their meals. Gokak, who watched
this through the window, called him and chided him for his act of
indiscipline. "When your fellow students are having their food, you should
not get up in the middle even though you have completed your meals. It
amounts to insulting them." Saying so, Gokak suspended him from the
classes. The boy was in tears, but Gokak was not moved.
The boy came to mother Easwaramma's room, fell at her feet and started
crying. He told her about the harsh punishment meted out to him by Gokak.
He pleaded with her to come to his rescue. Easwaramma consoled him and
sent him away. She was sitting on the steps where Gokak would pass by.
After a while Gokak came there. She offered her Namaskar to him and he
reciprocated the same most reverentially. Then she said, "When I did
Namaskar to you, you reciprocated the same. In the same manner, if you
punish others, you will be punished in return. The boy out of his
innocence has done a mistake. Please forgive him and allow him to attend
Then Gokak replied, "Mother, if I forgive him, it would set a bad
precedent for others. Anyway, I will forgive him only for your sake." In
this manner, she would go out of her way to help and provide comfort and
solace to others.
You are bound to face the consequences of your actions. If you talk to
others in a harsh manner, it will come back to you as resound. If you hit
others, it will come back to you as reflection. Hence, do not hurt others.
Do good, be good, see good, and speak good. Then, you will be blessed with
rich rewards. Though mother Easwaramma had no formal education, she
conducted herself in an exemplary manner. She was one of profound wisdom.
The teaching that mother Easwaramma imparted remained etched in the heart
of Gokak. Later on when he came as Vice Chancellor to Puttaparthi, he used
to recollect her words of wisdom. He would remember her everyday. He would
say, "I see Easwaramma in my dream quite often. I follow her advice
We should not criticise others. We should not hurt others or make fun of
them. We should love all. This is what mother Easwaramma taught everybody.
Do your duty sincerely. Then, you will certainly progress in life. Whoever
he may be, follow the sacred teachings of our elders. People attribute
certain teachings to Rama, Krishna, and so on and so forth. It does not
matter whether it is Rama or Krishna; enquire what, why, when, where, and
under what circumstances they had given those teachings. You should
remember the context in which those teachings were imparted and act
accordingly. When you obey the command of elders and divine personalities,
you will certainly attain exalted position in life.
Many students do not pay heed to the words of their mother. It is a grave
mistake. Mothers speak from their heart wishing the welfare of their
children. You should understand their feelings and give due respect to
Embodiments of Love! Boys and Girls
Obey the commands of your parents. You will certainly be blessed with all
types of education and strength. You do not need to make any special
efforts to acquire them. Discharge your duty sincerely. Never disregard
the words of your parents. Follow them with love and sanctify your life.
Wishing that you give happiness to your parents and thereby set an ideal
to your children, I bless you all and bring My discourse to a close.
(Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the bhajan "Sathyam Jnanam Anantham
12 January 2004
: Prasanthi Nilayam
sacred Discourse by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
RESPECT FOR PARENTS -
The sun shines serene and gentle. The brief daylight is softly wafting the
cool wind. The fields are ripe with golden crops. Marigold flowers are
blossoming like garlands of pearls on the banks of rivers. The farmers are
rejoicing and singing. The ripened chilies are coloring fields with
vestments of bright red. The sweet festival of Sankranti has come, filling
our homes with the freshly harvested grains of cereals and pulses.
Of all the festivals, the imminent Sankranti is the most important. It is
the day on which the farmers bring home the harvested crop, feed the poor
and, rejoice. On this day, the Vedic scholars get up during the sacred
Brahmamuhurtha time and chant the Vedic Mantras, purifying the hearts of
one and all. This festival has a special significance even for the
householders. They invite their newly married sons in-law to their house,
present them with new clothes and the entire house abounds with joy. In
this context, there is a folk song in Telugu:
As Sankranti is the festival of festivals,
Oh newly married bridegroom, visit your in-laws' house,
Come spend your time in fun and frolic with your brothers-in-law and
The entire household and the neighborhood will honor you with love and
It is also an occasion when the bullocks are decorated elaborately and
taken to various houses in the village. The bullocks are worshipped and
fed sumptuously as an expression of gratitude for all the hard work they
do in the fields. Even the bovine members of the household are feted, a
symbolic marriage is performed between a pair of bull and cow, naming them
as Rama and Sita. They are taken along the streets and made to dance to
the delight of everyone. In this manner, the festival of Sankranti bestows
great joy and auspiciousness on farmers, householders, priests and
children. Not only have the human beings, even the birds and animals
rejoiced with the arrival of the sacred Sankranti festival. At sunset, it
is a wonderful sight to see the birds flying back to their nests chatting
merrily loudly in their own language Filling the air with a joyous hum. It
is .in equally delightful sight to see the cows rushing back from the
grazing fields to feed their young ones and the young ones craving for the
caresses of heir mothers, mooing loudly to their mothers. Sankranti
festival is so sweet and endearing to one and all. Cool winds, mellifluous
bird songs and the sweet sugarcane crops herald the arrival of Sankranti.
People celebrate his festival by distributing sweets and 'ice puddings.
This festival drives away all disappointments and despair and fills our
hearts with hope and enthusiasm. People get up early in the morning, have
a sacred bath and worship their chosen deities such as Ganapati,
Subrahmanya and Lord Easwara. The divine form of Lord Siva is described
The Lord of Kailasa has manifested his Divine form with the crescent moon
adorning his head, the cool water of the Ganga flowing between the matted
locks, with his radiant eye in the middle of the Forehead and the purple
neck gleaming like the sheen of a blackberry. He wears serpent bracelets
and a snake belt, his entire body is smeared with Vibhuti, his forehead is
adorned with a kumkum dot, his ruddy lips glow with the juice of the
betel, diamond-studded gold earrings dangle from his ears and his whole
swarthy body glows with divine effulgence
However, nowadays people are not celebrating Sankranti in its true spirit.
Their celebration is confined to mere performance of rituals. They lack
purity and sanctity. They are unable to enjoy the bliss of Sankranti
because of hatred, jealousy and conflicts.
On this auspicious occasion of Sankranti, children aged 5 years are
initiated into the process of learning with the chanting of sacred Vedic
Mantras. Our ancient sages declared, Vedahametham Purusham Mahantham
Adityavarnam Thamasah Parasthath (I have visualised the Supreme Being who
shines with the effulgence of a billion suns and who is beyond Thamas -
the darkness of ignorance). The Vedas have extolled the Supreme Being in
manifold ways. The Rig Veda contains Mantras extolling God and His
blissful form which attracts one and all.
People address their bullocks with names such as Ramudu, Bhimudu, etc.
Similarly, cows are named after Sita, Gowri, Lakshmi, etc. The inner
meaning of this is that even animals are treated with the same concern and
care as human beings. They decorate the cows and bullocks with Saris and
Dhotis and take them out in a procession.
These days even birds and animals lead their lives in accordance with
their natural qualities. So, they are able to enjoy happiness. On the
other hand, man has forgotten his true nature and is behaving like an
animal. Consequently, he is leading a miserable life. Birds and animals
are better than men in the sense they live in unity and harmony. But due
to the impact of modern education, man has degenerated to the level of a
beast. He has lost the virtues of honesty and integrity. Birds and animals
have a reason and a season, but man has no reason or season. In every
house and in every human endeavour, money is given utmost priority. People
are ready to stoop down to any level for the sake of money. Animals are
satisfied once their hunger is satiated, but man has no sense of
satisfaction. The more he earns, the greedier he becomes.
When a dog, is sick, it does not eat food. If you have a pet dog, you
might have observed this. Even if you pour milk into its mouth by force,
it refuses to drink. It likes to remain on empty stomach. But man observes
no such restraint with regard to diet when he is sick. He wants to take
complete rest even if there is mild rise in his temperature. He covers
himself from head to foot and lies down on his bed. However, he gives no
rest to his stomach nor does he observe proper. diet restrictions even
when he run high temperature. He likes to eat sweet like Mysorepak, Burfi,
Gulab Jamoon, etc., which will only aggravate his sickness. Man is
behaving like an animal and animals are behaving like humans! When a
person misbehaves the elders reprimand him saying, "Why do you behave like
an animal?" Due to the impact of modem education, man has lost morality
and integrity and ha become worse than an animal. He is acquiring high
academic qualification like B.A. and M.A. But what is the use. He is
adding the letter 'D' (dirt qualities) to his qualification and becoming
'BAD' and 'MAD'. This type of perverted behaviour is unbecoming of a human
being. Man should develop good thoughts, good qualities and good
character. On the contrary, he is taking to wrong ways to earn money Money
comes and goes, morality comes and grows. But man is selling morality in
the market for the sake of money.
Embodiments of Love!
At least from this Sankranti day, make efforts to cultivate good
qualities. Let there be a change in your behaviour for the better. The
festivals of Bharatiyas are meant to impart sacred teachings and transform
human behaviour. They are not meant to merely eat, drink and make merry.
First of all, there should be transformation at the individual level.
There should be unity in the family. In olden days, people used to live in
joint families. The young couples would live with their parents, in-laws
and other elders of the family in harmony. Whenever there was any
difference of opinion between the couple, the elders in the family would
give proper guidance and pacify them. The daughters-in-law would
implicitly follow the advice of their in-laws. As a result, there never
used to be any scope for conflicts in the family. But the modem trend is
such that the daughter in-law does not want to live in the house of her
in-laws. She wants the family to be divided. Because of such divisive
mentality, conflicts in the family are on the rise. Consequently, Kali
Yuga has become Kalaha Yuga (age of conflicts) and Kalmasha Yuga (age of
pollution). People in those days talked always in a pleasing manner. They
would welcome the guests wholeheartedly by exchanging pleasant feelings
like "How are you? Please have your food with us, etc." More than the
food, it was the warmth and affection of the host that appeased the hunger
of the guest. But nowadays, even on a festival day, people do not like to
entertain guests. When they find a guest entering their house, they greet
him with the remark, "Please come, hope you have already had your lunch;
please be seated." Man has become so narrow-minded that he does not want
to offer even a morsel of food to the guests. Such being the sorry state
of affairs, how can you expect the children to be ideal citizens? Due to
the influence of parents, even children are becoming narrow-minded.
Parents want them to acquire modern education and earn a lot of money. In
order to get the children educated in expensive prestigious schools, even
the mother has to take up a job. The children are left to the care of Ayas
(female attendants). Consequently, the children are unable to experience
the love of the mother. They shed tears when the Aya dies, but not when
the mother passes away. The children should be brought up under the loving
care of the mother. They should listen to her sacred teachings. Otherwise,
how can they come up in life? Modern education cannot redeem man's life.
One may have acquired high academic qualifications such as B.A. and M.A.
and attained name and fame,
One may have all the wealth and one may do acts of charity and earn merit
and good reputation,
One may have all the physical strength and lead a long and healthy life,
One may be a Vipra (Brahmin) who teaches the Vedas and performs spiritual
practices such as penance and meditation, But none of them can be equal to
the devotee of the Lord.
What is this education? It is only leading to agitation. People are only
acquiring degrees, but are not broadening their mind. True education is
that which brings about transformation of the heart. There should be
expansion of love. But, the present-day education system is leading to
narrow-mindedness. People are highly egoistic of their academic
qualifications. They have given up morality and integrity, the very
of Indian culture. Without the virtue of honesty, how can one attain
Ananda (bliss)? How can education bereft of morality redeem your life?
Today the students are going to countries like America, Japan, Germany,
etc., as soon as they complete their studies. When the parents go all the
way to spend their time with their children, they are asked to have their
food in restaurants. Modem educated people are not so fortunate as to
serve food to their parents with their own hands. They do not show
gratitude to their parents who have brought them up with love and care.
This is the worst sin. You should look after your parents well. You should
take care of their needs in their advanced age and protect them with love
and concern. Today, when parents become old, the children demand a share
of their property. They are interested in property but not in developing a
proper mind. They do not hesitate to go even to the Supreme Court to
settle their property disputes. Instead, one should strive to attain the
Supreme State by cultivating virtues. The more one is educated, the more
virtuous one should become.
Just now you have seen Me calling an American boy. This boy is studying in
our Institution. Simultaneously, he is also learning Veda. In whichever
portion of the Veda you question him, he will be able to chant the
concerned Mantra beautifully. In fact, it is the good fortune of the
parents to have such children. It is only because of such parents,
children are able to cultivate good qualities. This boy's parents are
living in America, yet they have admitted him in our Institute which is
far away from their native place to enable him to learn good qualities and
good behaviour. In fact, they have all the facilities available in America
to educate their son there itself. But, they did not want to educate their
son in America. They love our country and the noble qualities that the
children imbibe here. Here the children learn education coupled with love.
The children prostrate before their parents with respect and reverence.
Such noble qualities have impressed these parents and therefore they have
brought their son to pursue his education in our Institution.
Here is a small example. Once upon a time, there lived a Hindi Pundit who
was reputed for' his literary skills. His two sons were studying in
Allahabad, while he and his wife lived in a small town. One day he and his
wife had to go by train on a visit to another town and they had to pass
through Allahabad. He wrote to his sons to come and meet them at the
station on that particular date.
The train halted at the station and the parents stood at the door of the
carriage. They saw their sons hurrying towards them. The elder one touched
the feet of both the parents before talking to them, while the younger son
did not show such respect and reverence. The parents enquired about their
health and studies. The elder son said, "We are fine here. Please take
care of your health. Your happiness is our happiness." On the other hand,
the younger son did not enquire about their health at all. He asked for
more money. As the train was about to start, once again the elder one bent
and touched the feet of his parents while the younger one just waved his
hand. As the train was leaving the platform, the parents were watching
their sons through the window. The elder one was offering his Namaskar
till the end, whereas the younger son was keeping his hands in the pocket
and looking somewhere with a callous attitude.
The mother became worried seeing the behavior of the younger son. She
blamed her husband for the reckless behavior of the younger son. She said,
"'You have kept him away from us for the sake of his education. He is
behaving like an animal as there is no one to guide him properly." The
father pacified her saying, "After all, he is young, he will learn and
improve in course of time." But, the mother could not come to a compromise
and said, "He is already doing his degree course, if not now when will he
learn?" Unable to control her feelings, she shed tears. The mother's words
proved to be true. In course of time the elder son, by virtue of his
diligence and good behavior, attained a high position in society. He was
very much respected for his manners and sense of courtesy. He prostrated
before his parents and said, "It is because of your blessings that I have
come up in life." The parents shed tears of joy and blessed him profusely,
"Son, it is because of your virtues that you have attained an exalted
position in life." What happened to the younger son? He could not fare
well in the examinations and ultimately had to be contented with a
clerical job. While the elder one received salutations from everyone, the
younger son had to salute everyone. How can one who does not respect his
parents be respected by others? Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati (as is the feeling,
so is the result). Our future depends upon our present behavior. In
Western countries today, they give respect and take respect. But this
quality is becoming extinct in our country. When you do not respect your
own parents, even dogs would not care to look at you. Therefore, wherever
you go, you should never forget to respect your parents. The Vedas in our
country have also exhorted, Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo Bhava, Acharya
Devo Bhava, Atithi Devo Bhava (revere your mother, father, preceptor and
guest as God). Thus, they promoted noble qualities by their exhortation.
Whoever respects his parents and obeys their commands will certainly reach
high positions in life. In fact, the festival of Sankranti exhorts us to.
Cultivate such noble qualities. "Kranti' means transformation. Therefore,
Sankranti is supposed to bring about a transformation in our lives. But,
how are we reacting to this? Are we able to achieve transformation in our
life? No. The purpose of our education is to remove the bad qualities and
cultivate good qualities and good behaviour. This is what the festivals in
India are meant for. But nobody realizes the inner meanings of these
Embodiments of Love! Students!
Your parents are struggling hard to feed you, educate you and bring you up
in life. Even if they have to starve, they would somehow try to feed you
and look after your welfare. They always struggle to keep you in good mood
and good condition. They give you good food good clothing and good
education. If you do not respect such parents, how do you expect to be
respected by society?
You all know about Abraham Lincoln. He used to go to school in the company
of wealthy boys, in his childhood. Those boys were wearing costly clothes
and ornaments. Lincoln, however, had to go to school with worn out clothes
that were mended by his mother. One day, his friends made fun of his poor
dress. He could not control himself. He went straight to his mother crying
and told her, "Mother! I will not attend school hereafter. My classmates
are making fun of me. They are looking .down upon me as a poor boy unable
to wear decent dress." Then, the mother took him into her arms lovingly
and consoled him saying, "My dear son! You need not have to feel sorry for
such a trivial issue. All this is going to help you in your future life.
You must keep our family condition in view. Do not give attention to what
others say. Lead a life of self-confidence and self-respect. Respect every
individual and be respected by every individual." From that day onwards,
Lincoln put his mother's advice into practice and started respecting
everybody. Gradually, Abraham Lincoln could command respect from all
people by his good behavior. He earned a very good name for himself. After
sometime, elections were held in America. He was persuaded by his friends
and well wishers to contest the elections. At last, he bowed to the wishes
of his friends and well-wishers and contested the elections. He won the
elections with a thumping margin and was elected President of the United
States of America in due course of time. He attained such an exalted
position because he implicitly followed the advice of his mother and
respected everybody. Truly speaking, he did not have much money, but he
had the wealth of virtues. He was happy at the prosperity of others. He
was contented with what he had and did not crave for money and material
possessions. Because of such noble qualities, he rose to become the
President of America. During his tenure, he passed a decree for abolishing
slavery of black Africans in America thereby putting an end to their
It is self-respect that protects man and takes him to an exalted position.
You may be poor financially, but if you uphold your self-respect, you will
be respected by all. Do not look down upon the poor. Respect them and
treat them with love. That is the true human nature. Lincoln's mother
inculcated such noble qualities in her son. That is why Lincoln considered
his mother as God and revered her. Whoever inculcates sacred qualities in
you is your God. He is not to be sought after somewhere else. When you
develop self-respect, He will manifest right in front of you.
You must respect your parents, whoever they may be and in whatever
condition they may be. You must respect their words and obey their
commands, without any reservation. Then only you will be able to command
respect from society. All the great people in yester years did obey and
respect their parents and set an example to the world. Do you know the
underlying meaning of the ancient customs and traditions of Bharat? For
example, they used to build big mansions with small doors. Do you know
why? We think that these small doors were to prevent thieves from entering
the houses and escaping with ease. No, that was not the reason. These
doors were purposely kept low to enable the visitors to observe the custom
of entering the houses with their heads bent in reverence to the inmates.
Thus, every custom and tradition of Bharat was meant to promote mutual
respect and goodwill among people. It was established with great care and
wisdom. But, even the Bharatiyas have forgotten such noble traditions.
Nowadays you will not find even a 'gadapa' (threshold) to the door frame
of the main entrance to the house. They think that the threshold is an
unnecessary hindrance to enter the house. No, it is not a hindrance at
all! The ancient traditions and customs of Bharat are meant to promote
humility, respect and reverence among people.
You must learn and observe such great traditions and command the respect
of people. You must bring joy to your parents, by your behavior. The
parents must feel happy that their children are obeying them. It is enough
if you earn such a good name. God's grace cannot be obtained by performing
mere rituals like worship. However highly qualified you are it will only
promote ego, but not humility and respect towards parents and elders.
Therefore, you must cultivate the qualities of humility, respect and
reverence. Then only you will become good citizens of the country. It is
not necessary that you should become great. It is enough if you become
good citizens. Name and fame come today, but may be lost tomorrow. But,
the good name acquired will last forever. Therefore, earn a good name. We
must earn the 'grace' of God. But, contrary to this, people are craving
for the "grass' of worldly desires. Grass is something that is consumed by
the cattle. You should not become cattle by developing a taste for grass.
You must strive to earn God's grace and thus become good individuals.
These are the sacred days of the festival of Sankranti. On this occasion,
we must cultivate the quality of giving respect to others and taking
respect. I am giving you a small example here. (Swami called the American
boy, a student of Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, and said), "This
boy is securing first class not only in studies but also in the study of
Vedas. He has given immense joy to his parents with his good behavior. His
father is very happy that his son has earned a very good name and is
appreciated by one and all." (Swami called his father to the dais and
showered His blessings on him.) This boy's mother is working in our
Primary School and spending her time blissfully. The boy's parents have
earned the love and respect of all because of his exemplary behavior. In
this manner, every one of you should strive to bring good name to your
parents. Only then will your parents experience, the real joy of begetting
you as their son. You may earn a lot of money and build big mansions, but
they cannot bring you good name. They are temporary. Once you earn good
reputation, it will remain with you forever. Bring good name to the
institution in which you have studied. Observing your noble qualities,
people should be able to recognize you as Sathya Sai students. You are
aware that we are not charging even a paisa from our students. Further, I
am also providing books and other facilities for the needy and deserving
students. The students have immense love for Swami and Swami also showers
His love and grace on them. Even while leaving their parents and coming
here, they do not shed tears. But when I go to Brindavan and return to
Puttaparthi, the students in Brindavan start shedding tears unable to bear
the separation from Me. How did they acquire such intense love? It is
Swami's love that is responsible for this. It is only the love that I
disseminate to all. My property does not comprise mansions and palatial
buildings. Love is My biggest property. I am giving My love and receiving
your love in return. I often tell the students, "Give Me your love, I will
give you whatever you want." That is why the students have such intense
love for Me. Develop love more and more. Love your parents. Obey their
command. Your lives will certainly be sanctified.
Think of God always. Wherever you are, in the forest or in the sky, in the
village or in the city, on the hilltop or in the middle of the deep sea,
love alone can come to your rescue. It is always with you, in you, around
you, above you and below you.
Chaala Santhosham (very happy).
(Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, "Hari Bhajan Bina Sukha
Santhi Nahin ... ")
Service to Man is
Service to God
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
People can say that this is Brahman,
None can say, however, that this is not Brahman,
God only exists always,
The world is illusory, look!
Embodiments of Love!
Today, everybody is enthusiastic about New Year's Day. Significantly,
this New Year's Day started on a Thursday. It is one's foolishness to
single out a particular day in a year and celebrate that day with great
joy. For a true devotee, every day is a festival day. Therefore, it is
essential that we consider every minute of every day as new and celebrate
it with joy. In fact, every day is a New Year's Day.
Everything in this objective world is impermanent and unreal. Hence, we
have to contemplate upon the eternal truth and reality. We should not
waste our time brooding over the past or anticipating the future. It is
great foolishness to worry about the future or the past, forgetting the
present. Only the present is real. The past is past, you cannot get it
back, however, much you may pray for it. The future is hidden in the womb
of time. It is not possible to visualise it. Therefore, only the present
is important. Unable to realise this truth, people are worried about the
past and future.
The foremost activity that man should engage in is service to fellow
human beings. Instead, people are wasting their precious time worrying
about either the past or the future. Therefore, embodiments of love! You
should always engage yourself in service to fellow human beings. There is
no greater sadhana than such service.
Considering the nine paths of devotion, namely
Vishnusmaranam (contemplating on
Vishnu), Padasevanam (serving His
Lotus Feet), vandanam
(salutation), archanam (worship),
sneham (friendship), and
Atmanivedanam (self-surrender) as
the only important means for salvation, people are engrossed in these
activities. They totally forget the importance of service. Only the fruits
of service will be eternal. We must constantly engage ourselves in service
to others. God has given us this body for that purpose only. This body is
not meant to be engaged in mere eating and drinking and thus wasting our
valuable time. We must realise the truth that God has given us this body
for serving others and thus help others. There is nothing greater than
service to humanity. Service to man is service to God. All great men have
sanctified their life only by serving humanity. Therefore, you start
serving humanity at least from now onward. Service is more important than
bhajan and all other
sadhanas (spiritual disciplines).
Embodiments of Love!
What, according to you, is service? You consider helping people in
difficulties is service. No. It is not as simple as that. Your body should
be constantly engaged in serving others. The human body consists of
several limbs. All these limbs are meant to be engaged in serving the
fellowmen and not for other activities. Unfortunately, we are forgetting
this basic fact. Every limb in the human body has been granted by God for
karmopasana (worshipping God
through service). Karmopasana is
the only means by which the human life can be sanctified. We are building
several temples. We are undertaking various
sadhanas. But, all these
sadhanas can give us only
temporary satisfaction, not eternal joy. Our ancient
rishis (sages) have been able to
achieve eternal joy through a conscious effort. Therefore, you must
develop firm faith in the truth that nothing can provide eternal joy
except service to humanity. Undertake service to the suffering humanity.
Service is not merely confined to health services. Service encompasses
every possible help to the fellow human beings.
The ancient culture of Bharat (India) is still preserved in the
villages, and not in towns and cities. In fact, our culture is defiled in
all possible ways in the cities. Therefore, go to the villages, find out
their necessities, and undertake such types of services that will
alleviate their sufferings. Today, several people shift to the towns and
cities in pursuit of comfort and luxuries. In the process, they end up in
sorrows and difficulties. This is their own making.
Na sukhat labhyathe sukham
(happiness cannot be obtained out of happiness). Only through suffering
can happiness be achieved.
You should undertake service. In fact, the hands are given to you to
serve humanity. Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray.
Therefore, undertake selfless service and attain glory. When you undertake
good work, you enjoy peace in your life. Today, the boys who sang
bhajans are former students of
the Institute. They have undertaken several services to please Swami. God
is not interested in worship and other
sadhanas (spiritual disciplines). He is interested only in service.
Hence, undertake service and more and more service. The best way to love
God is to Love all and Serve all. God is interested only in love and
service. If you can recognise the importance of these two
sadhanas and conduct yourself
accordingly, there can be no greater
You need not have to spend a lot of money in service. Sanctify your
life by undertaking loving service. Today, the old students of Sri Sathya
Sai Institute of Higher Learning have brought a cheque for Rs. 48 lakhs to
present to Swami as a token of their love and service. This amount has
been saved by them from their salaries, by undergoing lot of difficulties.
But to whom should the amount belong, really? This amount is meant to be
utilised for service in the villages. It is for serving the poorest of the
poor. Therefore, I told them, "My dear ones! You deposit the money in the
bank and undertake the service activities with the interest accrued on the
amount." Money is of no help in developing good qualities. Sacrifice alone
can develop noble qualities. It is only in sacrifice, there is real
yoga. That is why it is said
(it is only by sacrifice that man can attain immortality). Today, however,
people want bhoga (enjoy
material comforts). By such bhoga,
only roga (disease) will be
contracted. They cannot attain yoga.
Hence, you try to attain yoga by
thyaga (sacrifice). Only then
can you attain eternal joy.
Embodiments of Love!
There is no use contemplating on God without making sacrifice. By
contemplating on God, you may perhaps derive some mental satisfaction. But
that is of no use. Therefore, develop firm faith in the truth that every
living being is permeated by God and act accordingly. God lives in every
living being and experiences bliss. The
Upanishads declare, Easwarah
sarva bhutanam (God is the indweller of all beings) and
Isavasyam idam sarvam (the
entire universe is permeated by God). You should not be under the
impression that God is confined to some temple or a structure somewhere.
It is said Deho Devalaya proktho jivo
Devah sanathanah (the body is a temple and the Indweller is God).
The real temple for God is the body itself.
God is installed in the temple of our heart. That is why it is given
the name of hridaya.
hridaya. It is only when you
cultivate compassion in your heart that it can be called
hridaya. Therefore, cultivate
the quality of compassion. Whatever service you undertake with a
compassionate heart, it becomes sanctified. Consider every human being as
a living divinity. God is present everywhere. Forgetting such an
omnipresent divinity, we are hankering after petty and trivial bodily
pleasures. The fact, however, is that we can never attain real happiness
with the body. This body has several limitations. With such a body, you
can never attain limitless ananda
The body is made up of five elements and
is bound to perish sooner or later,
but the Indweller has neither birth nor death.
The Indweller has no attachment whatsoever and
is the eternal witness.
Truly speaking, the Indweller,
who is in the form of the Atma,
is verily God Himself.
You must be able to recognise such a divine
Atma. Today, we are worshipping
idols and pictures, thinking that God is somewhere in the outside world.
But God is very much present in the human being. That is why our ancient
rishis (sages) have proclaimed,
Daivam manusha rupena (God
incarnates in the form of a human being). Of what use is it to worship
unseen God while at the same time causing suffering to the living beings
around us? Every human being that you come across is an embodiment of
divinity. No purpose will be served by worshipping the idols and pictures,
forgetting the living gods in front of us.
Therefore, give less importance to such indirect methods of worshipping
God. Consider the human being standing in front of you as an embodiment of
divinity. Even if you come across your worst enemy, say, 'hello' to him
lovingly. Address him as brother. Then, he will also respond by saying,
'hello brother'. On the other hand, if you hate him and start scolding
him, he will reciprocate the same thing to you. Respect every individual
and you will be respected.
Man, today, expects others to respect him; but he will not respect
others. If you do not respect others, how can you expect others to respect
you? Manava (human being) means
an individual deserving respect. Since you are born as a human being, give
respect and take respect. This is the quality you have to cultivate today.
When you respect others, others will also respect you. When you offer your
pranams (salutations) to
somebody, to whom does it go actually? You are not merely offering
pranams to the physical body
consisting of the five elements. It reaches, in fact, the Indweller in
that human body, who is none other than God.
Now, what is the nature of this body?
This body is a den of dirt, and prone to
it is subject to change from time to time;
it cannot cross the ocean of Samsara.
It is nothing but a structure of bones.
Do not be under the delusion that body is permanent.
Instead, take refuge at the Divine Lotus Feet.
What can you achieve by relying on such a body? It is only sin that you
accumulate. You should sustain the body for the purpose of serving others.
You have taken upon this human body only for the purpose of serving your
fellow human beings. Develop firm conviction in that truth.
What happiness do you derive with the body? In fact, nothing. Whatever
pleasures you enjoy with the help of this human body, you will have to
leave all those pleasures as well as the body itself in a trice one day or
the other. Should you have to undergo so many trials and tribulations for
the sake of these momentary pleasures? You have to respect the
jiva (individualized soul) in
the human body. That is the real Daiva
seva (service to God). You have to dedicate your body to such
service. If you do that, every minute of your life is fresh and new. Every
day is a festival day. On the other hand, if you undertake service once in
a year, that is not real service.
Your deha (body) is
mrinmaya (made up of five
elements). The divinity residing as Indweller therein is
Therefore, rely upon such a divinity and earn salvation.
You all know about Abraham Lincoln. He used to go to school in the
company of wealthy boys, in his childhood. Those boys were wearing costly
clothes and ornaments. Lincoln, however, had to go to school with worn-out
clothes that were mended by his mother. One day, his friends made fun of
his poor dress. He could not control himself. He went straight to his
mother crying and told her, "Mother! I will not attend school hereafter.
My classmates are making fun of me. They are looking down upon me as a
poor boy unable to wear decent dress."
Then, the mother took him into her arms lovingly and consoled him
saying, "My dear son! You need not have to feel sorry for such a trivial
issue. All this is going to help you in your future life. You keep our
family condition in view. Do not give credence to what others say. Lead a
life of self-confidence and self-respect. Respect every individual and be
respected by every individual."
From that day onward, Lincoln put his mother's advice into practice and
started respecting everybody. He used to be courteous with even a cobbler
saying "Sir! How sacred is your life! You are doing great service by
stitching sandals for us so that our feet are protected from thorns".
Gradually, Abraham Lincoln could command respect from all people by his
good behaviour. He earned a very good name for himself.
After sometime, elections were held in America. He was persuaded by his
friends and well-wishers to run for election. He expressed his inability
saying, "I am a poor man. Who will vote for me? I do not want these
positions and power". Today, Indians are spending crores of rupees to
contest elections, but refuse to part with even a rupee as alms to a
The good words taught by Lincoln's mother made a lasting impression on
his mind. He started respecting every individual. He used to speak
courteously with everybody. As a result he earned a very good name for
himself. At last, he bowed to the wishes of his friends and well-wishers
and ran for election. He scored a spectacular victory and was elected the
President of the United States of America. Then, he went to his mother and
said "Mother! I am able to rise to this exalted position and command the
respect of the people of America because of your noble teachings those
It is the mother that is responsible for the children earning
reputation and fame. If children wish to earn good name, they should obey
the command of their mother. That is why, the
Veda has conferred the supreme
position on the mother and father and declared
Matru Devo bhava, pithru Devo bhava
( Mother is God, Father is God). The mother is like the body and the
father, the Atma. Hence, we have
to respect our father and mother. Then, we can earn any amount of respect.
Abraham Lincoln could earn great name and fame and became the president
of America only on account of his respect for his mother.
What do children earn today? Nothing. They simply waste the money
earned by their parents. They bring bad name to their parents. This is not
what children are expected to do. They should properly utilise the money
given by their parents. In fact, every drop of your blood is the
contribution of your parents. You owe your existence in this world to the
love of your parents. Hence, whenever there is a need for blood donation,
you should come forward to donate your blood. Thereby fulfil your
obligation to your parents and society. Do not ever work for your selfish
interests. In fact, selfishness and self-interest are the main causes
degrading the human being. You might have heard about Winston Churchill,
the former Prime Minister of England. He once declared "man has conquered
all, but not conquered himself".
Children should cultivate good habits and good qualities and reach good
position in life. Thus, they should bring good name to their parents. You
can earn good name not by money but by sterling character. No matter how
wealthy a person is, his reputation will be tarnished if his character is
not good. A wealthy person may be living in great mansions and enjoying
the luxuries of life, but he will not have peace of mind and happiness.
People crave to earn more and more money. But of what use is the money
they earn? They waste all their money in worthless things. One has to
utilise the money earned for undertaking good and beneficial activities
for the society. One should conduct himself with good behaviour and good
habits. Only then will one have real peace in life.
Embodiments of Love!
Today, everyone is literally crying for Peace. But, what is this Peace?
It is in you itself. You are most sacred souls. Love is within you. Peace
is within you. Unfortunately, today you are losing the peace and happiness
that is within you and craving to earn something in the outside world. You
want to earn great wealth and build big mansions. Devoid of good
qualities, all the wealth that you earn becomes mere waste. Therefore,
cultivate good qualities. There can be no greater wealth in the world than
good qualities. The more you spend the good qualities, the more you
accumulate. They will never exhaust.
Embodiments of Divine
Prepare yourself for sacrifices. You will find eternal bliss only in
sacrifice. One who does not make sacrifice will not find peace anywhere.
People of every country in this world pray for peace chanting 'Santhi,
Santhi, Santhi' But do they get peace? No. They are engulfed in
disappointment and despair. Therefore, one should develop faith in the
truth that the eternal Lord is always with us. How can you obtain peace by
ignoring the Divinity immanent in you and worshipping some unseen God?
Embodiments of Love!
Share your education and wealth with your fellow human beings. In fact,
God is the real owner of the wealth acquired by you. The money you earn
belongs to God's Trust. God Himself is the President of the Trust. Keep
your trust on God and make proper utilisation of your money. Do not hanker
after money and other forms of wealth. Constantly contemplate on God. You
need not go to the forest or caves in the hills in search of God. He is
always with you. Develop that faith and win over demonic qualities. Today,
wherever you see, demonic qualities and violence are rampant. People do
not hesitate to acquire wealth by sinful ways. What ultimately comes along
with you at the time of leaving the body is the sin or merit you have
accumulated and not the wealth you have acquired. Share at least a morsel
of food you eat, with others. Help yourself and help others. This is the
greatest sadhana (spiritual
discipline). In fact, it is so easy to practise. Leaving aside this
sadhana sadhana and forgetting
the noble quality of love, you are going in search of peace in the wide
world. Is it not foolishness on your part?
Embodiments of Love!
Develop the quality of love. Do not hate anybody. Develop the faith
that whatever happens is for your own good. Whenever you encounter any
difficulty or suffering, you alone are responsible for it. Respect others.
That alone will protect you. On the other hand, if you insult somebody,
that alone will punish you. Pleasure and pain are the products of your own
making. The merit or sin committed by you will follow you like a shadow.
Man today is giving sermons to others. But he himself is not following
his precepts. What values such teachings will have? All this is mere
deception. Whatever teachings you may read or listen to can never help you
if you do not put them into practice. Help your fellow human beings at
least in a small measure. That alone will help you. Do not blame others
for the difficulties you face. Do not ever abuse others. Love all. Treat
all people as your brothers and sisters. Cultivate the feeling of
brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God.
Embodiments of Love!
The Bharatiyas (Indians) are
really fortunate. They have all facilities. But the quality of love is
missing in them. If only they cultivate love, none can excel them.
Therefore, enhance your honour and prestige by cultivating the quality of
love. Follow the twin principles of
sathya (truth) and dharma
(righteousness) with love. Love alone can protect you.
Embodiments of Love!
Why are you given hands? Is it for feeding the mouth? No, no. You have
to sing the glory of God with your tongue. The hands are given to you for
the purpose of keeping the beat in accordance with the tune.
Bharatiyas are those who worship
God with bhava (feeling),
raga (tune) and
thala (beat). The syllable 'Bha'
also stands for bhakti
(devotion), 'Ra' for
raga (tune) and 'Tha'
for thyaga (sacrifice). You have
to sing the glory of the Lord combining these three aspects. They alone
are the real Bharatiyas. Every
individual born in the country of
Bharat is sanctified. We do not need heaven. Let's participate in
seva (service) while chanting
the divine name. There can be no greater wealth than this. Why should we
suffer when we have such a great wealth with us? Consider all your
education and the service you undertake as God's work. The
Gitacharya has given a clarion
call, Sarvadharman Parithyajya Mamekam
Saranam Vraja (surrender unto Me all your activities and seek
refuge in Me alone). Hence, dedicate all your activities to God. Only then
will you attain peace in every possible way.
Bhagawan concluded the discourse with the
bhajan, "Prema Muditha Manase