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Date: Friday, January 16, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

Your life may be compared to a stalk of sugar cane. Like the cane, which is hard and has many knots, life is full of difficulties. But these difficulties must be overcome to enjoy the bliss of the Divine, just as the sugarcane has to be crushed and its juice converted into cane-sugar (jaggery) to enjoy the permanent sweetness. Enduring bliss can be got only by overcoming trials and tribulations. Gold cannot be made into an attractive jewel without it being subjected to the process of melting in a crucible and being beaten into the required shape. When I address devotees as, ‘golden one (Bangaru)’ or Divine Embodiments of Love, I really mean it! You must go through the vicissitudes of life with forbearance and become attractive jewels. You should not allow yourselves to be overwhelmed by difficulties. Develop self-confidence and have firm faith in God. (Divine Discourse, Jan 15, 1992)
 
   
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY
 
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

Today the Sun-God begins his northward journey, the auspicious Uttarayana. Let this Sankranthi bring about a change in your attitude, so you sanctify your life. Ability to Change (Kraanthi) and Peace (Shanthi) both reside within your heart. Do not search for them in the outside world. Discover them within. Today is another pointer to the path to realise God. The Sun is the supreme example of selfless and tireless service. Life on earth is possible only because of the Sun. The Sun teaches everyone the lesson of humble devotion to duty, without any conceit. Sun God is a shining example and reminder for everyone that they should do their duty with devotion and dedication. Selflessly doing one's duty is the greatest Yoga, says Lord Krishna in the Gita. Serve your parents and society, and lead a godly life! Hence let your actions and thoughts be good. You will certainly experience the Bliss Divine.(Divine Discourse, Jan 15, 1992)
 
   
 
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

When Pandavas were in the forest, Krishna visited them. The brothers told Krishna that they took turns during nights to keep a vigil and control the activities of evil spirits and demons. Yuddhistra tried to dissuade Krishna from participating in sentry duty, but Krishna insisted. During the Lord’s turn, no evil spirit appeared. Then came Arjuna, and Krishna watched him from a distance. To Arjuna’s surprise, no evil spirit appeared while Krishna was there. Krishna later explained to Arjuna that evil spirits were only a reflection of one’s hatred and fear, and when one is free from these, no evil spirit would appear or do any harm. Krishna revealed that the Divine existed even in the so-called evil spirits and that if a person gets rid of the evil qualities within him, the evil spirits cannot do any harm. Your anger assumes the form of a demon. If you develop love, everything you confront will have the form of love. (Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 1998)
 
 
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

Everyone appreciated the wonderful way in which Parikshith sought the lap of the Lord and praised the steady faith he already attained. Yudhishtira was puzzled at the child’s act and requested Vyasa, the great sage, to explain. Vyasa said, “Yudhishtira! When this child was in the womb, the deadly arrow that Aswathama aimed at it to destroy it was about to hit its target. Lord Krishna entered the foetal home and saved it from destruction. This child has been eager to know who had saved him from within the womb. He started examining everyone to find out whether anyone had the same effulgence that he saw while a foetus in the womb. Today, when he saw that divine form with all its splendour, he went straight towards Him and prayed to be seated on His lap. The Lord too, immediately yielded to his prayer.” Yudhishtira then shed tears of joy and thankfulness to the limitless grace of the Lord. (Bhagavatha Vahini, Ch 3)
 
   
 
Date: Monday, January 12, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

Avoid spending precious time in useless pursuits and be ever vigilant. Engage the senses of perception and action, and the body in congenial but noble tasks to keep them busy. There should be no chance for sloth (tamas) to creep in. And, every act must promote the good of others. While confining oneself to activities that reflect one’s natural duties (swa-dharma), it is possible to sublimate them into spiritual practices for the body and the senses. You must also withdraw from sensory objects. This implies having a state of mind that is beyond all dualities that agitate and affect, such as joy and grief, liking and disliking, good and bad, praise and blame. Such common experiences one encounters can be overcome or negated by means of spiritual exercises or intellectual inquiry. Endeavour to escape from the opposites and dualities, and attain balance and stability. (Sutra Vahini, Ch 1)
 
   
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Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

It must be recognised that sports and music have been designed to confer health and happiness on man. Physical fitness and mental health are equally important. Together with the gross physical body everyone has a subtle body (sukshma sarira). Take good care of your subtle body by performing spiritual exercises which will help you to realize the Divine. True education consists in the acquisition of good qualities, cultivation of good thoughts, truthfulness, devotion, discipline and dedication to duty. Sports and games enable you to acquire these qualities, and they impart a healthy body, mind and joy. Three unique benefits can be derived from sports and games: team spirit, mutual understanding and joy. Even if people speak different languages and differ in their habits and cultures, through the field of sports you can easily build a common bond, and share a spirit of camaraderie. Hence sports and games should be encouraged. (Divine Discourse, 14-Jan-1991)

 

   
 
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

People have three chief instruments for uplifting themselves: intelligence, mind, and senses. When the mind gets enslaved by the senses, you get entangled and bound. The same mind, when regulated by the intellect, can make one aware of one’s reality (Atma). The mental power gained from spiritual practice must be directed to turn the mind away from wrong paths. Direct your senses using the principle of intelligence (buddhi), and release them from the hold that the mind has on them. The mind (manas) is a bundle of thoughts, a complex of wants and wishes. As soon as a thought, desire or wish raises its head from the mind, the intellect (buddhi) must probe its value and validity — is it good or bad, will it help or hinder, where will it lead or end. If the mind does not submit to this probe, it will land itself in deep trouble. If the mind obeys your intelligence, your spiritual progress will be accelerated. (Sutra Vahini, Ch 1)

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Date: Friday, January 09, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

The little infant (Parikshit) was placed on a gold plate for his naming ceremony. The child immediately started moving, as if searching for someone desperately and soon made a beeline towards Lord Krishna. He grasped Krishna’s feet and pleaded, by his looks, to be taken by Him and fondled! The Lord responded to the yearning, laughed, graciously bent and lifted the child onto His lap. The prince stared at the Lord’s face without even a blink; he didn’t turn his head this way or that, or pull at anything with his hands or make any sound. Everyone, including Lord Krishna were amazed at this behavior, it was so unlike any child. Then, the Lord tried to distract the attention of the child from Himself by placing before him a variety of toys, and Himself hiding from view, expecting the child to forget Him. But the child’s attention was not drawn towards any play or objects. He sought the Lord Himself and no other. Such should be one's focus. (Bhagavatha Vahini, Ch 3)

 

   
 
Date: Thursday, January 08, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

Your mind can cause bondage; it can also confer liberation. It is an amalgam of the passionate (rajasic) and ignorant (thamasic) attitudes. It is easily polluted. It relishes in hiding the real nature of things and casting on them the forms and values that it desires. Hence the activities of the mind must be regulated. The mind has two characteristics. First, it runs helplessly after the senses. Whichever sense the mind follows, it is inviting disaster. When a pot of water becomes empty, we need not infer that it has leaked away through ten holes; one hole is enough to empty it. So too, even if one sense is not under control, you will be thrown into bondage. Hence master all senses. Second, the potency of the mind can be promoted by good practices like meditation, repetition of the name, devotional singing, and worship. With the strength and skill thus reinforced, the mind can be tuned to help spiritual progress. (Sutra Vahini, Ch 1)
 
   
 
Date: Wednesday, January 07, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

Embodiments of Divine Love! The Lord pervades everything in the cosmos with His myriad feet, hands, eyes, faces and ears. But not recognizing this fact, people imagine themselves to be the doer and indulge in all kinds of speculation and self-praise. The Lord sees everything. No one can conceal anything from Him. He dwells within and outside every living being. Hence nothing can be hidden from Him. God is present in all beings in one and the same form. Although living beings vary in appearance from each other, God’s presence is consistent. The Sun shines over the water in the lake, in a well, in a vessel, in a river or over the ocean - it is reflected in many ways but the Sun is one. So too, God is one and the same in all beings. There is no one in the world nearer to you than the Divine. (Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 1991)
 
 
Date: Tuesday, January 06, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

In ancient times, sages who performed severe penance to realise the Ultimate Reality, experienced Him and declared that the Supreme Lord is beyond Tamas. This means, to experience the Lord we must get rid of our Tamo-guna (the darkness of ignorance). The Lord is beyond the veil of Tamas. When the veil is removed, the Lord can be seen. If one is filled with Tamo-guna from head to foot, how can they experience God? You have a mountain of desires in your heart; you offer a petty coconut to the Lord! Is this love? Is this devotion? No! It is not the way to pray to the Lord. To seek a favour is not prayer at all. On the contrary, the person filled with selfless love will accomplish anything in life, and is ever ready to make any sacrifice. You are God. Get rid of your body consciousness, and you will realise your Divinity. Develop the qualities of love and sacrifice. (Divine Discourse, 1 Jun 1970)
 
 
Date: Monday, January 05, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

For every being, life is a series of acceptances and rejections, of joy and grief, benefits and losses. Take everything that happens to you as gifts of grace. Of course, you must act with all the skill and devotion you are capable of. And you must do your duties with as much sincerity as you worship God. Then, leave the result to the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-merciful Lord. Why do you hold yourself responsible for the results? He prompted it, He got it done through you; He will give whatever result He feels He must! Can you store gold in a gold box? No! You store it in a steel or iron safe almirah, isn’t it? So too, understand that the gift of joy comes packed in the rind of grief. Do not pray to God to give you only joy; that will be foolish. Pray for the fortitude to realise that grief and joy are but two sides of the same coin. (Divine Discourse, Mar 27, 1971)
 
   
 
Date: Sunday, January 04, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

People resort to vows and rites, hoping to ward off the evil that stars may bring about! But no effort is made to win the grace of God. Let the pomp and the paraphernalia of worship not be merely superficial, if they are, they will not confer lasting benefits; at best, they prevent you from using that much of time and money in harmful ways! It is the 'why' of these rites that matters, not so much the 'how’. The ‘why’ has to be the realisation of the reality of the individual, which is also the reality of the Universal! So be devoted to the Universal; be eager to become ‘That’. When you pray to God for a job, or a son, or a prize, you are devoted, not to God, but to the job, to the son or to the prize. Pray to God for God; love, because it is your nature to love. Expand your Self, take in all! Grow in Love. (Bhagavatha Vahini, Ch 1, “The Bhagavatha”)
 
 
Date: Saturday, January 03, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

God permeates the entire universe. God is present in every human being, nay in every living being. The entire creation is the manifestation of Divinity. It is not enough to simply have a human body. As God is present everywhere, in every being, practising human values are considered to be so sacred and important. Hence, you must cultivate the human values of truth (Sathya), righteousness (Dharma), peace (Santhi), love (Prema) and non-violence (ahimsa). Never tell a lie under any circumstances. If you adhere to truth, righteousness will follow. Where truth and righteousness go together, there peace will be. Where there is peace, there will be love too. There can be no place for violence when there is love. First and foremost, one has to develop love. ‘Love is God, God is Love. Truth is God, God is Truth.’ Truth and Love are verily the embodiments of Divinity. (Divine Discourse, 25 December 2009)
 
   
 
Date: Friday, January 02, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

Destroy all shoots and sprouts of desire; then your manasa sarovaram (Lake of your inner consciousness) will be sublimated into Ksheera sagaram (the Pure Ocean of Milk, where the Lord reclines on the serpent-couch). Your real Self will, like the celestial hamsa (swan), revel in the placid waters of that cool lake thus transformed, and discover endless delight. The story of God’s miracles (leelas) is all pure nectar; everyone can drink their fill from any part of that ocean of nectar. The same sweetness exists in every particle. The love of god and the love for god are both eternally sweet and pure, whatever be your choice of worship to accept or attain it. Sugar is sweet when you eat it during the day or in the night! To the person who eats, the time difference – night or day matters, but not for the sugar. Sugar is sweet and consistent in taste, always! So is Divine Love, holy and inspiring ever! (Bhagavatha Vahini, Ch 1, “The Bhagavatha”)
 
   
 
Date: Thursday, January 01, 2015

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

New Year must usher in a new step in spiritual discipline. The old must be rung out; the new must be brought in! How do you celebrate the New Year Day? Some clean their homes by removing the cobwebs, or decorate it by hanging up festoons and placing leaf or floral garlands. Some wear new dresses and others feast on new types of dishes. For one day, everyone feels fresh and renovated. In this festival of renewal, most people celebrate outwardly and continue with their old prejudices and tendencies, outworn habits and moth-eaten principles. Should they not attempt to brush the cobwebs from their minds? Should they not get rid of opinions and motives which tarnish and demean? Namasmarana, remembrance of the Name of God, is the spiritual discipline prescribed by scriptures for the present age, Kali Yuga. This involves giving up all habits that interfere with the constant remembrance of God. So, on the New Year Day, you must resolve to accept it and practise it to the utmost. (Divine Discourse, Mar 27, 1971)
 
   
   
 

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