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the sacred land of Bharat, forbearance is the greatest wealth. The sweetest feeling
is the feeling of motherhood. Today we have bid farewell to the great principle that
one's honor is greater than one's life. There are women who lead good lives, earn
grace and progress towards God. But today, many of them have also given up the above
For a cultured woman, three things are most essential- Kattu (dress habits), Bottu
(the dot on the forehead) and Juttu (proper hair). The ladies have given up such
sacred habits and they wear pants and shirts like the men do! They give up putting
the dot on the forehead and keep their hair short like boys! This is a total
contradiction to the way of life taught by the Bharatiya culture which always grants
great honor and bliss. Boys too will have to lead a respectable and honorable life,
working hard, getting good marks and most importantly- making parents and society
People today have forgotten the important principles of Daiva Preeti (love for God),
Paapa Bheethi (fear of sin) and Sangha Neethi (morality in society). You may forget
God, but God will never forget you, for God resides within you. To realize and
understand God is difficult. You imagine God has a form. Painters draw images of
Krishna and Rama, and you conclude that it is the form of the Lord. God has come in
human form. But realize that the body is only a bag - a bag which contains the mind,
intellect, ego and the senses. But they are not related to the body. Only the five
elements constitute the body. If the inner contents of the body are gone, the body
is of no use and it is burnt to ashes (in a pyre). So don't give undue importance to
Krishna, Rama, etc. are all mere symbols of divinity. Find out who is really
Krishna. Don't worship the body. That will lead to fickleness of the mind. For that,
all of you try to concentrate. When you persist in concentration, it becomes
contemplation. Finally, the form dissolves and you forget yourself - that is
Samadhi, meditation. We imagine that God will then manifest in a form. It is the
Atmic principle that prompts you thus.
What actually manifests is not any form, but the Truth. Then depending on your
imagination or vision, you see either Krishna or Vishnu. Give up the form and find
the Truth. All these are gimmicks of the mind. You have to dissolve the mind because
it keeps prompting you to proceed on these paths. Focus on the Atma which has
neither name nor form. Everything has arisen out of Truth and to Truth it will
return. Truth is there everywhere - in the birds, animals and even the tiny insects.
That is why, whomsoever you meet, bow in salutation to them. That is not an
obeisance to the body, but to the Atmic principle within. Even when you see beggars,
salute to the Atma in them. God is one in all.
See, if there are a thousand pots of water, all of them reflect the Sun equally.
Does that mean that there are a thousand suns? Bodies are like pots. Desires are
like water in the pot. (When they exist we see so many suns!). In fact, everything
is reaction, reflection and resound. Whenever we love anyone, we love ourselves. Do
not think that you are doing something for God. Whatever you do, you are doing it
for yourselves alone. God is present everywhere like the current that makes the fans
move, bulbs light up and the mikes produce a sound. Switch off the current and
everything goes off. If you forget divinity, you forget everything. Love God and
conquer the demon of bad qualities. Only a person of such good character can develop
the society. Love for God will automatically lead to morality in society. If there
is no morality, there is no community. There is only one caste - that of humanity.
The sections like Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras are created by us and
are not given by God.
The one thing that God has given to all is Prema (Love). When you don't have Love in
your hearts you will hate. Love all, Serve all. If you uphold these principles, you
will definitely prosper. Help others, especially the poor and the needy. Not only
people, every animal is a reflection of God. Cheemalo Brahmalo sang the saint
Thyagaraja. It means that God is there in everything - from the ant to the cosmos.
So do not get angry or hate anything. If you lead such a life, you will know
yourself. We always say, "I, I". That is the ego. To realize the real "I", cut the
ego (body consciousness). Then you get the Cross (the holy Cross) too. You become
"To realize the real "I", cut the ego
The sense of mine and thine lead to duality. The Upanishads will never accept
duality. It is for the sake of leading a life and doing your duties that you have
been given a body. Duty is God. When you have a wife, treat her as a wife but
remember that the same Atmic principle abounds in her. Even during the marraige of
Rama with Sita, it was so. (At this point Swami sang a poem that depicted the
festive mood at Mithila for the Divine marriage.) Sita represents the Atma. It was
the marriage of Atma and Rama. So many people assembled for the marriage to see Rama
and Atma. In this hall too, all of you have assembled to have the darshan of Swami.
After the marriage, Vishwamitra saw Rama wherever he went.
Swami had once written a song, Sathya Dharmamu Shanthi Premalatho, meaning that one
must lead one’s life according to Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi and Prema. Once there is
Sathya and Dharma, peace and Love will come. In any situation, do not utter lies.
Love cannot stay where there is untruth. The essence of the teachings of all the
Upanishads is that all are ultimately One.
Beggars surround a rich man asking him for money, food and house. You go to God and
ask the same. Don't beg. You will be provided everything. God is within you. Society
gets spoilt by such "beggars". Do not become a beggar. Everything - the water, the
air, the food -are getting polluted and spoilt. The only solution to remove
pollution is to develop a pure mind! When is the mind pure? When it is doubtless and
has steady faith. What is the use of all the degrees that you get? Ph. D holders
themselves are so full of sin! Everything is done to beg for money. If you go to a
temple, a bus or even for a cup of coffee, people want money. MAN is the true wealth
and not money.
The Divine Chancellor of the Universe and the University
Safeguard humaneness, then you get everything. Lead a life of humility without
arrogance and pride. Man has emerged from the heart, not the physical one but the
spiritual heart. That is like the pure breeze that pervades everything. Be helpful
to all whatever be the action you do. Help ever, hurt never. Respect your parents
even if they are unable to give you food. The mother faces great difficulties to
bring you up, making sacrifices. Never distance your parents from yourselves. All
your education must be directed to satisfy your parents and then that will give you
also satisfaction. All your friends are not true ones. They stay with you as long as
you have money in the pocket. Do not love another for the material possessions. Love
must be a mental one - not a material one.
Hari Bhajan Bina Sukha Shanthi Nahi...
Photos of Bhagawan's visit to the Sri Sathya Sai