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2nd MAY 2006
Sai Ramesh Krishan Hall, Brindavan (Whitefield)
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Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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"DO NOT BURDEN YOURSELF WITH LIMITLESS DESIRES"
Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema are the pillars of Sanathana Dharma. Without
imbibing these values, the acquisition of all education, performance of
all acts of charity and undertaking of all spiritual practices is of
little worth. What else is to be conveyed to this assembly of noble souls?
Embodiments of Love!
What is the meaning of Avatar (incarnation of God)? It connotes the
combination of Divine Consciousness with human consciousness. Man is the
combination of body, mind, intellect and consciousness. God, who is the
embodiment of love, assumes human form to establish identity with man so
as to bring about transformation in him through love. God descends on
earth and involves Himself in the affairs of the world to teach and guide
man and to put him on the right path. Here is a small example.
Do not Superimpose Human Qualities on Avatars
Once the Gopikas approached Yashoda and complained to her, “Mother!
Krishna came to our house and broke our pots of curd and milk.” Some other
Gopikas came and complained to Yashoda that Krishna entered their house at
midnight and tied the plaits of one Gopika with the other. When Yashoda
chided Krishna for these mischievous acts, Krishna said to His mother,
“Mother! You know that I was sleeping by your side all through the night.
Then you only tell how I could go to their houses at midnight.” Yashoda
realised that what Krishna said was true. Obviously, the Gopikas were
telling lies, she thought. There is a difference between human
consciousness and divine consciousness. If the divine pranks of child
Krishna were to be analysed from the spiritual angle, the earthen pots
represent the human body. Hence, breaking of the pots denotes denouncing
Dehabhranti (delusion caused by body attachment). Not realising this
deeper meaning behind the seemingly childish pranks of Krishna, the
Gopikas complained against Him to Yashoda.
Later, the Gopikas realised the true nature of Krishna and prayed to Him,
“Oh! Krishna! You are the embodiment of bliss, free from Trigunas (Sattwa,
Rajas and Tamas) and duality and beyond the ken of human mind. It was our
mistake to superimpose human qualities on You. Whatever complaints we made
against You to Your mother were caused by our ignorance. Oh Swami! Kindly
pardon us and take us into Your fold.” Krishna then pardoned all of them
and explained to them the principle of oneness, saying, “You are not
different from Me. You and I are one.” Thus, when we develop faith in the
principle of oneness, our lives will be sanctified.
Man is endowed with the body and the mind, both of which breed Kama and
Krodha (desire and anger). But God has neither desire nor anger. God does
not have even an iota of worldly desires or aspirations. Whatever God
does, whatever He sees and says is all for the good of the devotees, and
not for Himself. When God incarnates on earth in human form, He behaves
like a human being only. He may make somebody cry, make some other laugh
and indulge in playful pranks with yet another. Seeing all these seemingly
human acts, people are deluded to treat the Avatar as an ordinary human
being. In fact, what could be the reason for God to descend on the earth
with a human form? It is only to set an ideal for man and lead him on the
path of righteousness.
Unity and Equality are the Hallmarks of Human Society
When someone asks your name, the usual reply would be: “My name is
Ranganna or Somanna”, etc. But, these names are given to you by your
parents. They are not your true names. In fact, when someone asks your
name, you should reply, “I am I”. This is your true name. This ‘I’ is
present in every individual. That is the Atma Tattwa (principle of the
Self). Excepting this, all other names are only imaginary. This implies
that God is immanent in every human being, nay, every living being. All
are the embodiments of God. Ekoham Bahusyam (the One willed to become
many). It is the One that has assumed all forms. Aham Brahmasmi (I am
Brahman). This should be the realisation of each individual. This
realisation is the basis of the unity of Vyashti (individual), Samashti
(society), Srishti (creation) and Parameshti (God). Without Srishti, there
can be no Samashti, and without Samashti, there can be no Vyashti. But who
is Vyashti? He is the embodiment of divinity which is present in all.
Therefore, society, which is the conglomeration of individuals, is the
collective form of divinity. Hence, all are equal in society. No
distinction can be made as high or low. Whomever you ridicule, it amounts
to ridiculing yourself. It is only your reflection that you see in him. It
is only the resound that you hear. One has to realise this truth and
develop the feeling of oneness. The names Rama and Krishna were given to
the Avatars by their parents. When God incarnated in the past, He did not
proclaim that He was Rama or Krishna. These names were given to the
Avatars after their incarnation and not before. Names and forms are merely
the marks of distinction of individuals in society.
You need not search for God anywhere. When someone asks you, “Where is
God?”, you should say with confidence, “I am God.” People build temples
and buildings with brick and mortar and install idols of God in them. In
fact, God is firmly installed in the hearts of all human beings, nay, all
living beings. It is only to explain this truth that Lord Krishna in the
Bhagavadgita declared, Mamaivamsho Jivaloke Jivabhuta Sanathana (the
eternal Atma in all beings is a part of My Being). It is possible to
realise this truth by adhering to the five human values of Sathya (truth),
Dharma (righteousness), Santhi (peace), Prema (love) and Ahimsa
(non-violence). Where are these human values? They are not outside. All of
them are within you only. It is most unfortunate that you search them
outside, while they are very much within you. As long as you search for
the reflections outside, you will not be able to recognise the object
within. Divinity is immanent in you. Hence, you should consider yourself
divine and proclaim, “I am God”. Then, you will not have any fear or
anxiety or delusion. So long as you do not realise your divinity within,
you cannot get rid of body attachment.
There is no need to go on pilgrimages to search for God. God is present
everywhere. Sarvatah Panipadam Tat Sarvathokshi Siromukham, Sarvatah
Sruthimalloke Sarvamavruthya Tishthati (with hands, feet, eyes, head,
mouth and ears pervading everything, God permeates the entire universe).
Wherever you see, God is present there. There is no place where God is not
present. There is no form which does not belong to Him. Man searches for
God, thinking that He is at some distant place. But God is in front of
you, behind you, beside you. All are the embodiments of God. However, you
do not consider the people around you as embodiments of divinity. You look
at their form and consider them as mere human beings. Forget the form. Be
firmly established in the feeling that wherever you see it is God only. It
is only He who provides everything for our sustenance. Hence, whatever
work you undertake, consider it as God’s work and dedicate it to Him. If
you perform your actions as an offering to God, they will turn out to be
pure and sacred. God is not somewhere in a distant corner. You are God.
You are society. You are the world. You are the sky. You are the earth.
You are the stars. You are everything. Hence, develop the feeling, “I am
everything.” You see duality in the world since you go by names and forms.
If you see beyond names and forms, you will find unity everywhere.
All of you are the embodiments of the Atma. Being the embodiments of the
Atma, why should you search for the Atma elsewhere? What is the meaning of
Atma? The Atma denotes consciousness. Consciousness pervades everything.
As long as there is consciousness in the body, it is nourished and
protected. When consciousness leaves the body, it loses all its worth.
Develop Purity and Goodness
Supposing a boy and a girl decide to marry. After the marriage, the girl
refers to him as her husband. Similarly, the boy refers to her as his
wife. But, for how long? Only for some specific period, i.e., as long as
they live together. Later, if either of them dies, one will not have any
relationship with the other. Who is the husband and who is the wife? All
these relationships are imaginary and transitory. Similar is the
relationship between the mother and the son. The son addresses her as
mother for a number of years. But when she leaves her mortal coil, the son
wails over the dead body of his mother, saying “Oh! Mother! You have left
me!” In fact, where has his mother gone? The physical body which he
referred to as mother all these years is very much in front of him. If the
physical body were to be really his mother, he could have as well kept it
in his house; is it not? But, will he do so? Not at all! He takes the body
to the cremation ground and cremates it. Hence, all these bodily
relationships are only illusory and not real. These are like passing
clouds. Only the Atma is eternal. Whatever may happen to the physical
body, the Atma does not undergo any change.
All are the embodiments of God. Since we are deluded to think that God is
separate from us, we undertake various spiritual practices to attain God.
We think that Sravanam (listening), Kirtanam (singing), Vishnusmaranam
(contemplating on Vishnu), Padasevanam (serving His Lotus Feet), Vandanam
(salutation), Archanam (worship), Dasyam (servitude), Sneham (friendship),
Atmanivedanam (self-surrender) are the Sadhanas we are required to
perform. But, what is Sadhana? Sadhana = Sa + Dhana. The letter ‘Sa’ in
the word Sadhana implies Salokya (perception of the Divine), Sameepya
(proximity to the Divine), Sarupya (identification with the Divine) and
Sayujya (merger in the Divine). This is the Dhana (wealth) man has to
acquire and treasure. But, man today is craving for Dhana (money)
forgetting this ‘Sa’ consisting of Salokya, Sameepya, Sarupya and Sayujya.
Every activity in the world today is centred around Dhana. Supposing you
request someone to sing a song or do some work for you, he will
immediately start bargaining the amount you will pay for his services.
Every activity of man has become business today, so much so that business
has entered the field of spirituality also. There is no necessity to
purchase God with money which, of course, you cannot. In fact, you
yourself are God. You yourself are the divine principle. You are endowed
with immense divine power. But you have to keep your mind steady. Let it
not jump from one thought to another. If you write correct answers in your
examination, you will get correct marks. If you have a good mind,
everything will turn out to be good. But if there are bad thoughts in your
mind, the result will also be bad. First and foremost, understand the
nature of your mind. You can understand the secret of human life only when
you understand your own mind. Be Good, Do Good, See Good. Then everything
will become good in your life. Be always good and tread the right path. Do
not follow the wrong path by imitating others. Follow your conscience. If
your heart is pure, everything will become pure and sacred.
Keep your Desires under Control
Embodiments of Divine Atma!
There is a limit for everything in this world. There is nothing without
limit. In fact, the world is a ‘limited company’. What will happen to the
limited company if it crosses its limits? Hence, everyone should conduct
himself within his limits. When a doctor prescribes a particular medicine
to a patient, he also indicates the dosage. If the patient takes the
medicine without regard to the dosage and exceeds the limit, he may
contract another disease. Similarly, God has set a limit for every
individual. But modern man has limitless desires. It is necessary that he
keeps his desires within limits. He will be put to great danger if he
exceeds this limit out of his ego. Whether it is the individual or society
or the world, all should observe the prescribed limits.
Man is born with many relations, like father, mother, relatives and
friends. All these are created by the world. When he gets married, he has
a wife. Later, he has children. Thereafter, he has grandchildren. Thus,
his relations go on increasing without any limit. As the relations grow,
his desires also grow without limit. Man will be happy if he reduces his
desires. Less luggage, more comfort. Reduce your luggage. Develop courage
and confidence. These are not the qualities you can borrow from others.
You yourself have to develop them with patience and perseverance.
Embodiments of Love!
Sanctify your life by developing sense control. It is only because people
have no control over their senses and no limit to their desires that there
is a lot of unrest and agitation in society. Such people roam about freely
in society like animals. You should not become animals. Whenever some evil
thoughts arise in you, you should remind yourself that you are a human
being and not an animal. Anger is an animal quality. When animals get
angry, they fight with one another. Unfortunately, today human beings are
also fighting among themselves like animals. In a way, animals are better
than man today. Animals have a reason and a season, but man has no reason,
no season. Thus, man today is behaving worse than animals. Being a human
being, you should cultivate human qualities. In fact, a human being should
not get angry at all! Even if anger overpowers you, you should try to
become calm and quiet. Do not lose your cool. When you cultivate calmness,
you will never become agitated and restless.
Peace is within you. It cannot be found outside. Outside, there are only
pieces. Similarly, happiness is not outside. Many people come to Swami and
pray, “Swami, I want peace of mind.” I tell them that they have to search
for peace within themselves. I am always full of peace and bliss. What is
the reason for loss of peace in man today? His desires are the basic cause
of his restlessness. Where there are desires, peace disappears from there.
Therefore, reduce the luggage of your desires. Then you will have less
burden in life.
Do not Allow Evil Qualities to Enter your Heart
Embodiments of Love!
All of you know that man has to adhere to the path of truth. He should
never adopt the path of untruth under any circumstances. Whatever happens
in your life, think that it is good for you. Even if someone criticises
you, you should think that it is good for you. If you consider everything
good, then everything will become good for you. God is not outside, He is
within you. Similarly, Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema, Ahimsa are not
outside. They are within you. When you get angry, you lose your peace.
Therefore, you should always remain peaceful and blissful. Being a human
being, you should have human qualities. A true human being is one who is
suffused with Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema. When you develop these human
qualities, you will enjoy peace at all times. Then you will always have a
smile on your face. But when the mind is disturbed, you cannot have peace.
You are not a mere human being. There is divinity immanent in you. Realise
this truth. As long as you consider yourself as an ordinary human being,
you cannot escape from restlessness. Changes occur in you due to your food
and conduct. Sometimes, some bad qualities like anger and jealousy arise
in you. But you should not give scope to these evil qualities. Suppose,
you build a house and fix doors in it. Simply because you have fixed doors
in your house, will you allow all sorts of animals and insects like
donkeys, pigs, snakes and scorpions to enter your house? Not at all! Even
if they try to enter, you will at once close the door. Similarly, control
is the door of your heart. If you close the door of the heart on evil
qualities, they cannot enter it. You should not get angry with anyone, nor
criticise or harm anyone. If, for any reason, such circumstances arise,
control yourself. When anger overtakes you, put it down immediately
considering it as your enemy. It is said, anger is your enemy, patience is
your shield of protection, happiness is your heaven. Fill your heart with
love and compassion. If you have love in your heart, you will see God
everywhere. Bereft of love, you will see only devil. When you develop firm
faith that God is in you and you are God and that your body itself is the
temple of God, then there will be no scope at all for anger, jealousy,
pride, etc., to trouble you. Hence, Bangaru! Develop love and compassion.
God 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. (Telugu Poem)
Truth is unchangeable, irrespective of time and place. Wherever you are,
truth is truth, love is love! If you have love, truth will automatically
become part of you and vice versa. You are all born with love. But
unfortunately as you grow up, the love in you gradually starts declining
and hatred and jealousy begin to increase. Jealousy is a very bad quality.
It will harm not only others, but it will cause harm to you as well.
Hence, do not at all give scope for such evil qualities. Strive to
cultivate good qualities like love and truth. Then only can you experience
(Bhagavan brought His Discourse to a close with the Bhajan, “Prema Mudita
Manase Kaho Rama Rama Ram …”)
darshan update: 2nd may 2006:
"...The Brindavan ashram is gearing up for
the upcoming event “Easwaramma Day” on the 6th of May 2006, groups of
devotees from many Indian states are arriving here..."