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Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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THE SWEETNESS OF RAMA’S NAME"
This motherland of Bharat has given birth to many
noble souls who attained great name and fame in all the continents of the
world. Many sages and
seers of Bharat have been sanctifying their time by propagating Rama
Tattwa (principle of Rama) since ancient times. The Ramayana belongs to
Treta Yuga. Though thousands of years have passed, yet the Ramayana is
still being read with reverence in every village and every hamlet.
Do as you say
People, young and old, chant the sacred name of Rama even now with great
devotion. They may forget any other name, but not the Rama Nama
(name). Be he a millionaire or a pauper, everyone takes refuge in the
Divine Name of Rama in times of difficulty. In Bharat, it is hard to find
who does not contemplate upon or chant the Name of Rama. Many sages in the
past did penance and undertook several kinds of vows to spread
the glory of Rama Nama in the world. However, Rama never wished or told
anybody to chant His name or contemplate upon it. He, in fact, declared
that all are the embodiments of divinity.
The foremost teaching of Rama was that one should follow Sathya. Taking
Sathya as its basis, one should sustain and promote Dharma. Dharma
(righteousness) is not confined to any particular place or country; it is
present in all. It is born out of Sathya (truth). In fact, Dharma cannot
without Sathya. What is Dharma? Dharayati iti Dharma (that which sustains
is Dharma). Some people wrongly limit Dharma to mere feeding of the
poor or acts of charity. Dharma should flow from one’s own heart. Then, it
should be put into practice. Do as you say. That is man’s foremost duty.
There should be perfect harmony between one’s words and actions. On the
other hand, if one says one thing and does something contrary to it, it
connotes Adharma (unrighteousness). Moreover, one should carefully analyse
and weigh the pros and cons before saying something. Manasyekam
Vachasyekam, Karmanyekam MahAtmanam (Those whose thoughts, words and deeds
are in perfect harmony are noble ones). You say that you are
a human being. But, you are entitled to be called a human being only when
your thoughts, words and deeds are in harmony. Rama achieved unity of
thought, word and deed. In contrast, Ravana’s thoughts, words and deeds
were at variance with each other. Manasyanyath Vachasyanyath,
Karmanyanyath DurAtmanam (Those who lack harmony of thoughts, words and
deeds are wicked).
Nurture and develop your Innate Qualities
There has naturally been a conflict between Sathya (truth) and Asathya
(untruth), Dharma (righteouness) and Adharma (unrighteousness). Rama
scrupulously followed Sathya, whereas Ravana resorted to Asathya. There is
no Dharma greater than adherence to Sathya. Hence, we should
adhere to truth even in trivial matters. We should never resort to untruth
to escape from a difficult situation.
The creation emerges from truth and merges into truth,
Is there a place in the cosmos where truth does not exist?
Visualise this pure and unsullied truth. (Telugu Poem)
In fact, truth is the foundation of the entire creation. If for any reason
this foundation is disturbed, the whole world will collapse. What is the
for all the trials and tribulations of man today? It is because man has
forgotten truth. He is facing humiliation and disrepute because he is
in injustice and falsehood. Hence, one should not resort to untruth under
any circumstances. One should speak only truth. Sathya is a small term.
But it connotes Sath (changeless eternity). Since we try to change this
changeless truth, we undergo changes and distortions.
You are all young. If you follow truth right from this young age, you will
surely become an ideal to the entire country. What is truth? God’s word is
truth. Hence, when you speak and act with the feeling Sarva Karma Bhagavad
Preetyartham (all actions to please God), everything will become
truth. Every thought and feeling emanating from man is a reflection of his
inner truth. Unfortunately, it gets converted into falsehood by the
improper use of the tongue. The tongue is one of the five senses. These
senses are the cause of changes in us. They are responsible for the sin or
merit that we earn.
The Panchabhutas (five elements) pervade the entire universe, right from
the earth to sky. There is no sixth element other than these five elements
in the universe. The same five elements are found in every human being in
a subtle form. One has to realise this truth and conduct oneself
accordingly. Sathya (truth), Dharma (righteousness), Santhi (peace) Prema
(love) and Ahimsa (non-violence) that are present within you have to
be nurtured and developed. Sathya is the path. Dharma follows it. Prema is
the experience. It is only then that Ahimsa manifests. Himsa (violence) is
not limited to harming or hurting others; acting contrary to one’s words
is also Himsa. There can be no greater Ahimsa than using our tongue in a
Santhi (peace) is not to be found somewhere else. It is very much within
us. There are many different qualities present within us. It is for us to
make good use of these qualities. You may ask, “Why does not God change
our nature?” No, God does not at all interfere; He is a witness of
everything. It is for God to tell you what is good and what is bad. Your
own thoughts and feelings tell you what is good and what is bad. When you
eat a cucumber, you will get the belch of a cucumber. Hence, what is there
in you will be reflected outside. Whatever bad you see in others, it is
nothing but the reflection of your own thoughts. Some people are
constantly immersed in worldly thoughts. Such people can never be happy.
those attain the state of bliss whose mind is steady, without any
thoughts. Some people consider themselves very intelligent and keep
deeply into their accumulated bookish knowledge. This type of pedantry is
like allergy. Once this allergy starts spreading, their energy is sapped.
Unfortunately, today, we are developing allergy, not energy. Do not keep
deliberating upon whether something is good for you or not. Everything is
good. Whatever happens, consider that it is good for you. When you develop
such an attitude, everything will turn out to be good for you.
Embodiments of Love!
Love all. Hate none. Do not misunderstand others. Some people develop
misunderstanding even about God! It is the worst of sins. Hence, do not
entertain such misconceptions. If by any reason such thoughts enter your
mind, consider them as your enemies and drive them away. Be loving and
cheerful always! It is only love that protects and sustains you. You are
yourself the embodiment of love. Where there is love, there hatred cannot
Embodiments of Love!
Human body is a miniature world. It is constituted by Panchabhutas (five
elements), Panchendriyas (five senses) and Pancha Pranas (five
life-breaths) which, in turn, are born out of truth, are sustained by
truth and ultimately merge in truth. Hence, one should follow truth
Since people distort truth, they lose their purity. The main reason for
the impurity of one’s heart is one’s tendency to distort truth. Hence, if
wishes to maintain purity and sacredness of one’s heart, one has to speak
truth. If you are wedded to truth, whatever you say will come right.
Some people complain, “Swami! Though we are treading the path of truth,
untruth still troubles us. What could be the reason for our predicament?”
The question can be answered by a simple example. While the pure and
crystal clear Ganga (Ganges) flows, some streams and rivulets formed by
the rain water join it during its course, thereby polluting the river.
However, one has to be careful not to allow any impurities to join the
unsullied truth of one’s heart. It is because of the weakness of our
senses that various impurities enter our heart and pollute it. These
the Arishadvargas (six inner enemies of man), viz., Kama (desire), Krodha
(anger), Lobha (greed), Moha (attachment), Mada (pride) and Matsarya
(jealousy). The purity of nectar can be destroyed even by an atom of
Once a music director composed a song:
I am aware you are like the moon in the distant sky;
Yet my mind tries to grab you;
I don’t know why …
In fact, where is the moon? Not in the distant sky. Our mind itself is the
moon. We are unable to gain control over the mind because of these six
inner enemies coming in our way. Is it not a fact that even the bright
light of the moon on a full moon night is not visible if the clouds come
way? The moment the clouds move away, the moon is visible. Similarly, you
have to do constant Namasmarana in order to drive away the clouds of
these six inner enemies.
Follow the Ideals set by Rama
Today, we are celebrating Sri Ramanavami. On this sacred day, we should
resolve to follow the teachings of Rama. Sathya and Dharma are the two
main teachings of Rama. Do not consider yourself as a mere human being.
Develop full faith that you are none other than Rama! People often say,
“Only my Atmarama knows it!” Thus, our Atma itself is the embodiment of
Lord Rama! The Atma has no specific form. The same Atma that pervades
the entire universe took a form and incarnated as Rama. Similarly, Dharma
took the form of Lakshmana who constantly followed Rama. Lakshmana
considered Rama as his very life-breath. Rama was everything for him.
I have surrendered my wealth, my family and even my soul to You. Now,
please come to my rescue. I seek refuge only in You.
During the exile of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, once Lakshmana ventured into
a particular part of the forest. Soon he was beset with evil thoughts.
As soon as he returned, he told Rama “Oh! Rama! Why are we undergoing all
these troubles? Why should the innocent mother Sita be put to these
ordeals? Come! Let us go back to Ayodhya, this very moment.” Sita was
surprised at the sudden change in the attitude of Lakshmana. Since Rama
knew everything, He called Lakshmana to his side smilingly and made him
sit near Him. Immediately, Lakshmana realised his fault. With great agony,
he enquired from Rama, “Dear brother! How come these evil thoughts entered
my mind? Never before such a thing had happened to me.” Rama then
explained, “Dear brother! This is not your fault. This is the region of a
demon. Hence, all the evil thoughts entered your mind.” Tell me your
company, I shall tell you what you are. As is your company, so are your
thoughts. Hence, keep yourself away from bad company. Join the company
of good and noble souls. Then, you will get good thoughts. As are your
thoughts, so shall be the result. Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati (as are the
feelings, so is the result).
When Kausalya was shedding tears after Rama left for the forest, Sumitra
tried to comfort her, saying, “Dear sister! Why do you cry? Is it because
Rama is going to the forest? No, no. You are mistaken that Rama would live
in the forest, while we would enjoy royal comforts in Ayodhya. In fact,
wherever Rama lives is Ayodhya and the rest is nothing but a forest. We
should lead our life with equanimity, remaining equal-minded in happiness
and sorrow. Happiness and sorrow come one after the other. We should not
be affected by them! We should neither be elated by happiness nor be
depressed by sorrow. Can there be a human being in this world without
happiness and sorrow? Rama is, in fact, omniscient and omnipotent. No harm
can ever befall Him by wild animals or demons in the forest.”
Kausalya was also worried about Sita since she was accompanying Rama to
the forest. Rama tried to dissuade her from going to the forest, saying,
“Sita! The forest is full of thorny bushes and wild animals. You will be
put to a lot of difficulties in the forest.” Sita then reasoned with Rama,
Rama! You are the protector of the entire world. Can You not protect Your
own wife from the wild animals? You are omnipresent, omnipotent and
omniscient. I am sure that none of these wild animals can cause any harm
to me when You are with me. I have no such fear.” Rama felt very happy
to hear these words of Sita.
When Sita was abducted by Ravana, both Rama and Lakshmana became very much
worried about her. Seething with anger over Ravana’s mean act,
Lakshmana approached his elder brother Rama and said, “Dear brother! Give
me Your permission. I will reduce all these wicked demons to ashes.”
Rama counselled patience and said, “Lakshmana! We don’t need to do any
such thing. The demons will destroy themselves on their own. In fact,
they will become victims of their own evil qualities.” Subsequently,
Ravana was killed by Rama and His army of Vanaras. Rama then explained to
Lakshmana thus: “Lakshmana! People behave in a particular way and reap the
consequences of their actions, depending upon their prarabdha
(destiny) and their qualities. We need not be too much concerned with
that. As long as one is attached to worldly objects and thinks in terms of
mine and thine, one will be afflicted by sorrow. Hence, one has to treat
the worldly objects with the attitude: These are not mine; all these are
embodiments of the divine.” All acts should be performed to please God. If
one develops ego with thoughts of ‘I’ and ‘mine’, one is sure to perish.
You say ‘this is mine’ and ‘that is mine’. In fact, what really belongs to
you - the body, the mind, the intellect or the senses? You say ‘this is my
body’, ‘this is my mind’, ‘this is my intellect’, etc. But, none of these
belong to you truly. The body which you consider as belonging to you will
you in a moment, even without your knowledge. Similarly, the mind roams
about like a monkey. Is it possible to restrain this mad monkey? Do not
say, ‘I am this or that’. Say, ‘I am I’. This is your correct description.
The correct answer to the question ‘Who are you?’ is ‘I am I’. Rama did
criticise or harm anyone. Then, who will have hatred towards Him? Good
acts of Rama brought good results to Him. Thus, when we do good to
others, there is no possibility for us to undergo sorrows and
difficulties. If we still feel we are put to difficulties, the fault lies
with us. God is not
responsible for our sorrows and difficulties; it is the waywardness of our
senses that is responsible for them. So, we should control our senses. If
are able to control our senses, everything else will come under our
control. That is the essence of the teachings of Rama. The Ramayana is not
merely the story of Rama. In fact, it is the story of every human being.
Sweetness of Rama Nama never diminishes
We blame God for our problems and difficulties. But, God loves one and all
equally. He has no hatred towards anyone. He is always cheerful and
smiling. A smiling countenance is the natural quality of a divine being.
Where there is a smile, there can be no hatred at all! People with such
attributes do not get disturbed under any circumstances. Hence, be always
smiling and cheerful. Never put on a ‘castor-oil face’. Some students are
very much worried about examinations; they want them to be delayed or
postponed. However, the sooner you write the examinations and pass
them, the quicker will you move onto the higher class. Instead of
examination worry, you should make hurry to go to the higher class. There
worry in this hurry.
Come! Oh devotees! Come!
Take the sweetmeat of Rama Nama
Out of ignorance do not buy and eat other sweets,
they will spoil your health
By mixing the essence of the Vedas
with the milk of Vedic declarations.
Adding the sugar of Subuddhi (virtues)
and the ghee of Nibaddhi (truth)
Removing the dirt of Abaddhamu (falsehood)
Our ancient Rishis have prepared
this most delicious sweet of Rama’s Name.
Your health will be spoiled by eating all kinds of sweets sold in the
marketplace. Those sweets may be tasty, but are harmful for you. Instead,
sweetmeat of Rama Nama has been prepared by our great Rishis. It has a
wonderful effect on your mind. It can never become stale or spoiled. The
more you eat this sweet of Rama Nama, the more joy will you derive from
it. It is sweeter than sugar and tastier than curd.
The Divine Name of Rama is full of sweetness and it remains sweet forever.
There have been many incarnations of God on earth. But the Divine
Name of Rama has remained eternal. Since ancient times, Rama Nama has
remained as the Taraka Mantra (Mantra that liberates) for one and all.
Right from children to elders, everyone can derive the bliss of chanting
Rama Nama. Age is no obstacle in experiencing the sweetness of Rama
Nama. There is immense sweetness in this name. We should never give up
such a sweet, nectarine and blissful Rama Nama even for a second.
Unfortunately, today people are neglecting the chanting of Rama Nama. It
is their misfortune.
Lead an ideal and exemplary life
When Mirabai was asked to leave the Krishna temple in the palace by the
Maharana, she was full of anxiety, thinking, “How can I leave my dear Lord
Krishna and go away!” But her unflinching faith in Krishna developed firm
conviction in her, “Krishna Himself would come along with me.” She prayed
to Lord Krishna, “Oh Lord! I have obtained the precious pearl of Divine
Name after a great effort. Please bless me that I do not lose this
pearl.” Chanting the name of Krishna incessantly, she reached Dwaraka.
However, she found the doors of the temple closed. Unable to bear the
agony of separation from her dear Lord Krishna any more, she banged her
head against the doors of the temple. Lo and behold! The doors of the
temple opened and Lord Krishna appeared before her. After having Darshan
of her dear Lord, Mirabai merged with Him. We have to broaden our
heart. This does not refer to the physical heart. If the physical heart is
enlarged, it requires surgery by the doctors. Broadening one’s heart
the quality of large-heartedness. Some people sit here stretching their
legs and occupying a lot of space. Instead, if people sit closely, some
devotees can be accommodated. We can help each other by caring and
The summer vacation has started. From tomorrow onwards you will be going
home to spend your vacation with your parents. Spend your time
happily with your parents. Contemplating upon the happy time you have
spent here learning many sacred teachings, make your parents also happy.
If you are happy, they will also be happy. Never make your parents unhappy
by your conduct. Our parents occupy an important place in our life. It
is our foremost duty to make them happy. It is not enough if you look
after your own comfort and welfare. First and foremost, the parents are to
made happy. Life is not confined to Khana (food), Peena (drink), Sona
(sleep) and Marna (death). We are not born to eat and roam about and enjoy
comforts. We are born to serve our parents and make them happy. If you
make your parents happy now, your own children would make you happy
in future. Lead an ideal and exemplary life. Only then will your life be
sanctified and the education acquired by you in Sri Sathya Sai educational
institutions become meaningful. I wish that all of you should earn name
and fame as the students of this great institution.
(Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, “Rama Rama Rama Sita
– From Divine Discourse on Sri Rama Navami in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi
Nilayam on 7th April 2006.