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Divine Discourse -on the occasion of inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai
World Youth Conference 2007
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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FOR GOD IS TRUE LOVE
We see a large number of living beings in this world. But none of them has
the greatness, wisdom and discrimination of man. That is why it is said,
Jantunam nara janma durlabham (of all living beings, human birth is the
Everything in this world is constituted by five elements. These five
elements are present not only in man but also in animals, birds, insects
and trees. But what is the use if he does not make proper use of these
five elements? Today man is engaged in the pursuit of knowledge. How vast
is this knowledge? It is as vast as an ocean. Similarly, man makes efforts
to develop common sense. His common sense touches the height of the
Himalayan mountains. In spite of all his knowledge and common sense, man’s
power of discrimination is zero. What is good and what is bad? What should
be done and what should not be done? This power of thinking is zero in man
today. That is why humanness has suffered a great decline. The value of
humanness depends only on discriminatory power. Man may possess anything
and everything, but what is the use if he has no discrimination? People
keep on comparing themselves with others in many ways. But nobody is
making efforts to know if his discrimination power is more or less. Today
man is engaged in amassing wealth. But he does not use his knowledge of
discrimination to know whether he needs that much money or not. Wherever
we see today, we find people hankering after money.
The mind of man is very powerful. But man’s mind today is deluded.
(Bhagawan showing His hand-kerchief) What is this? This is cloth. How does
it take the form of cloth? It becomes cloth by weaving thread. But where
does this thread come from? It comes from cotton. So, first cotton, second
thread and third cloth. In the same way, you are not one person but three:
the one you think you are, the one others think you are, the one you
really are (loud applause). The thread and cloth come only from cotton.
Similarly, man is constituted by five elements. Krishna declared in the
Bhagavad Gita: Mamaivamsho jivaloke jivabhuta sanathana (the eternal Atma
in all beings is a part of My Being). It means that we all are parts of
the Divine. All of you are in search of God. But there is no need to
search for God, because you yourself are God. When you have light in your
own house, where is the need to go to the houses of others in search of
You develop the feelings of ‘I’ and ‘mine’ due to the delusion caused by
body attachment. Body is, in fact, the cause of all attachments. But, how
long does this body last? It is desired only so long as there is life in
it. When the life principle goes out of it, the body is mercilessly put on
fire. Then, to whom does this body belong? Therefore, you are not the
body. You say, “This is my body, this is my hand, this is my leg, this is
my mind, this is my buddhi (intellect).” Everything is my, my, my. Then,
who is that ‘my’? When you say ‘my leg’, you are separate from your leg.
Then who are you? You are you only. In this way, man today is deluded by
his attachment to his body and senses. But you are not the body, you are
not the senses, you are not the intellect, you are you. You should
realise, “I am I.” That universal ‘I’ principle is only one. Ekam sath
viprah bahudha vadanti (truth is one, but the wise refer to it by many
names). But the individual ‘I’ represents ego. When you cut this ‘I’, it
becomes the cross which is worshipped by the Christians. It means, when
you give up your ego, you become your true self.
You are not an ordinary person; you are God yourself. There is no need to
search for God. Wherever you see, God is there. This cloth is God, this
flower is God, this table is God, everything is God. It is only due to
your ignorance that you give scope to differences like ‘I’ and ‘you’. You
are not a separate entity. I am I. I am not Sathya Sai Baba. Sathya Sai
Baba is the name given to this body. I don’t have any particular name.
Your body is the gift of your parents. This body is endowed with Pancha
Bhutas (five elements), Panchendriyas (five senses) and Pancha Pranas
(five life principles). These Pancha Pranas are prana, apana, vyana, udana
and samana. They are the same in everyone. Therefore, you are not
different from others. Those who are unaware of this spiritual principle
become victims of ignorance and are subjected to delusion.
Everything in this world is reaction, reflection and resound. Where does
the resound come from? Here I am speaking. Where do My words come from?
They come from My heart. You think that you hear with your ears. But it is
not so. All your senses are, in fact, like decorations to your body; they
cannot function on their own without the life principle within you. There
is no need to search for God. Have faith that God is within you. When you
have faith in God, you develop love. From love emerges peace; peace gives
rise to truth. This truth is God. Truth does not exist separately. There
is no need to search for truth. Truth has no form. Truth is truth. Who has
created peace? Peace is peace. It also has no form. Love is love. It is
not anybody’s creation. Love is God, Live in Love.
What are the human values? They are Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and
Ahimsa (truth, righteousness, peace, love and non-violence). They have no
form. These formless principles are imprinted on your heart. All that we
read and write corresponds to physical and worldly education. It cannot be
called education in the true sense of the term. What is true is educare.
Educare means to bring out our latent values. They are immanent in our
heart, but we cannot see them. They have to be manifested through
self-enquiry. True Sadhana lies in recognising and manifesting peace,
truth and sacrifice that are present in our heart. You undertake various
spiritual practices like meditation and Japa (recitation of God’s name).
What do you understand by Japa? You think Japa means counting the beads of
a rosary. But it is not so. All these spiritual practices are merely our
imagination. They are all artificial, not real. Science teaches many
things. It gives only that knowledge which we acquire through our senses.
There can be no science without senses. We are leading artificial and
mechanical life by acquiring this knowledge. It is not true life.
First and foremost, you must have faith. You can recognise your true form
only when you have faith. From faith comes peace. Truth emerges from
peace. This truth is God. God does not have any separate form. God
manifests from the truth within you. You undertake many spiritual
practices. In spite of all practices, you are unable to experience truth.
Do not waste your time in unnecessary pursuits. Time waste is life
waste.First of all, you should understand that truth is your goal. You
will have no obstacles when truth is on your side. Your senses and mind
are very strong when you are young. Your intellect is also very sharp.
Being endowed with such great power, why should you feel weak and
Love is not your individual property. It is universal and belongs to all.
Love is in everyone. Love is there in you, Me and everyone. We attribute
various names to this love and try to experience it. You should not think
otherwise. Today even school children develop a tendency for artificial
love. But this is not correct. This artificial love makes man weak. This
weakness can cause many diseases. Do not develop such love which gives
rise to diseases.
The principle of love is the principle of divinity, nothing else. Accept
that love which comes from God. Do not accept that love which comes from
others. Your love for God is true love. Whomsoever you love other than
that, it cannot be called true love. Man develops attachment to many
people, but he is unable to experience true love. True love originates
only from God. God is the embodiment of love. Love is God. Live in
Love.You should experience only divine love, not worldly love. I will
explain to you this principle of love in detail later. We have already
exceeded the time limit. Therefore, I don’t want to cause inconvenience to
It is very easy to attain God. If you ask which is the easiest thing to
attain in this world, it is only God. You can attain God in no time
without undergoing any strain. It is very easy to experience love. Love is
very powerful. There is nothing in this world which can surpass it. When
you look at it, love appears to be very small. But it is as deep as an
ocean and as high as a mountain. It is inexhaustible and infinite. You
should realise this principle of love. Nobody can describe the principle
of love because of the limitations of the circumstances and experiences.
– From Bhagawan’s Divine Discourse on the occasion of inauguration of Sri
Sathya Sai World Youth Conference 2007, on 26th July 2007 in Prasanthi