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[DIVINE DISCOURSE BY BHAGAWAN SRI SATHYA SAI
BABA ON 14-10-1999 AT PRASHANTI NILAYAM
BABA ON 14-10-1999 AT PRASHANTI NILAYAM
PRACTICE BHAGAWAN’S TEACHING
Selfishness has become the guiding force for all activities of man
today. His mind is filled with all types of desires and violence has become the
way of life. He is wasting his life not knowing the purpose of life. He is
straying away from the path of Dharama and Prema. Desires of man are crossing
limits and ultimately leading him to misery. Man is in a state of confusion as
he is unable to comprehend the true meaning of life.
I have been giving discourses
for the past 60 years, but you are not making any effort to put into practice at
least few of the teachings
have been giving discourses for the past 60 years, but you are not making any
effort to put into practice at least few of the teachings. I
am pained to see that all My teachings have gone in vain and all My sweet words
have become tasteless to you. .
I am pained to see that all My teachings have gone in vain and all My sweet
words have become tasteless to you.
Ego is on the rise in devotees. Pomp and show has become the order of the day. Man is not able to recognise that ego will lead to his downfall. He is unable to derive the benefits arising out of his education and experiences.
are not grateful for the love and grace showered on them by Swami. They pose
themselves as great people to the world at large. There is no greater sin than
Since ancient times, the Vedas have been proclaiming
profound truths. They form the basis for a peaceful and prosperous society. The
term ‘Veda’ refers to ‘wisdom, ‘discrimination’ and ‘existence’.
There are people who chant the Vedas from dawn to dusk. No one is examining
these issues – What is the utility and significance of the Vedas? What is the
benefit derived by chanting them? Many do attend the Veda Classes and study
them, but they do so only for the sake of money, name and fame.
It is well right impossible for man to study the infinite Vedas within
his limited life span. Therefore, Sage Vyasa classified the Vedas into four
broad categories – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharvana Veda. The
Yajur Veda has been further classified into Krishna Yajur Veda and Shukla Yajur
Veda. The manifold nature of the Vedas is conveyed by several other names such
as – Sruti, Smriti, Trayee, Chandas, Swaadhaaya, Nigama and Agama etc. Each
name is pregnant with a deep Inner significance. The Vedas consist of two
divisions: Brahmanas and Aranyakaas. The Mantras that are chanted during the
Yajans and the Yaagas constitute Brahmanas. Aranyakaas consist of Mantras that
are chanted by the
in the forest. But unfortunately, no one is giving due respect to the Vedas,
which are very sacred and are replete with profound truths. As a result, Indian
culture is on the decline. People from the overseas
better understand the value of the Vedas than the Indians.
from the overseas better understand the value of the Vedas than the Indians The
Japanese and the Germans have studied the Atharvana Veda deeply and thus could
excel in the manufacture of arms and ammunitions. But unfortunately, the
Bharatiyas are unable to comprehend the greatness and the grandeur of the Vedas.
They are ruining their lives in the pursuit of the materialistic pleasures. Even
spiritual practices are undertaken only to fulfill their worldly ambitions. Man
can nourish this sacred culture only when he develops steady faith in divinity.
They take Pravritti Marga (outward path) forgetting the Nivritti Marga
(inward path). Today man wants everything to be done in a trice without any
exertion on his part. He is not prepared to put in any effort or put up with any
hardship. Today people are not prepared to accept truth, they are carried away
by untruth. This is similar to the situation wherein
people turn away the milk delivered at the doorsteps but are prepared to travel
long distances to consume illicit liquor. What is the essence of
education? Education is meant to know oneself, one to amass wealth. In spite of
his education, a mean minded person cannot give up his wicked qualities. The
modern education leads to only argumentation but not to total wisdom. If
the elders themselves take too the wrong path the young students are likely to
follow their footsteps. The modern man thinks he is highly educated, but
in fact he is highly ignorant. As he is unable to understand the significance of
education, he is using it only to eke out his livelihood. He is going through
various scriptures and joining various spiritual organisations but is not making
any effort to put into practice at least a few sacred teachings. There is no
greater sin than this, it is all right if a mistake is committed unknowingly,
but committing a mistake deliberately amounts at great sin. Though man is fully
aware of what is good and what is bad, he is not able to practice good and give
up evil. This is the reason he is unable to progress in the field of
Since ancient times the Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yagna
has been associated with a profound spiritual significance. Yagna means
sacrifice. In this Yagna, you have to sacrifice your bad thoughts, wicked
feelings and evil tendencies and cultivate all the noble qualities. Before the
commencement of the Yagna, fire is produced by keeping one piece of wood over
the other and churning vigorously. The piece of the wood which is below can be
compared to the mother and the above too the father. The resultant fire, the
son, burns the parents themselves. You have to recognise the inner significance
of you are feeling bad, thinking that Swami is upset with you and is not talking
to you. I do not have even a trace of anger or dislike towards the students or
the elders. I consider students as My very life. In such a case how can o be
upset with them? But I do not wish to talk to anybody, because I do not want to
belittle My own words. I feel it is better not to speak than speak and lose the
value of My words. I will speak to you only when you start giving due respect to
My words. There is no point in feeling bad that Swami is not talking to you.
Make efforts to attain the deservedness, so that Swami would talk to you. I have
taught you on innumerable occasions,
but have you made any sincere attempt to practice at least one of them? When you
do not give up evil tendencies like hatred, jealousy pomp and show, how do you
expect Swami to talk to you? Hatred is the greatest enemy of man. Pomp and show
give rise to ego, which will in turn ruin the humanness. Love is the common
property of one and all. You can attain happiness and peace only when you
develop love. But today love is on the decline and hatred is on the rise. We
find hatred among the members of the same family students of the same college
and inmates of the same Ashram.
What is an Ashram? It is a place where there is no Shrama (difficulties). But you are transforming this Ashram into a place of Shrama! You have no right to stay in the Ashrama if you do not obey Swami’s command and understand His love and Divinity. No benefit accrues to you if you merely stay here without puttingWhat is an Ashram? It is a place where there is no Shrama (difficulties). But you are transforming this Ashram into a place of Shrama! You have no right to stay in the Ashrama if you do not obey Swami’s command and understand His love and Divinity. No benefit accrues to you if you merely stay here without putting Swami's teachings into practice. It is better that I do not speak to you if you do not practice what I say. In fact, overseas devotees have better understanding of Swami's love. They go into ecstasy if Swami talks to them at least once. On the other hand, you do day in and day out. You merely waste your time by indulging in mean actions like slander and complaining against each others. The Upanishads have declared than man is highly valuable. But man is losing his respect and honor. Man alone is to be blamed for this.
is an example. You are all worshipping Me. But the Atma is Me is the same as the
Atma in you. So, your worshipping Me amounts to the Atma worshipping itself. If
an individual indulges in criticism, he does so as he considers himself separate
from others, not understanding the oneness of the Atma. The Atma does not
criticise itself. If you want to be near and dear to Swami, develop the
principle of love. All the Mantras you chant and the worship you do will go in
vain, if you give scope to evil qualities like hatred, jealousy pomp and show.
Love everybody just as you love Swami, because Swami is present in one andall. Love everybody just as you love Swami, because Swami is present in one and all There is the same divinity present in all beings. Eswarah Sarva Bhutanam. One who realises this truth can achieve anything in life. Once, a great sacrifice (Yagna) was being performed by king Janaka. Great scholars were present in the event. Not only men, but several women also. Yaagnavalkya, Gaargi, wanted. Gaargi asked as a women whether she was permitted to ask questions. Janaka was wisdom incarnate.
“Advaita Darshanam Jnanam,” (knowledge of
non-duality is true wisdom). There is no differentiation of man and woman in
true wisdom. Not hence anyone is free to ask. Then Gaargi addressed Yaagnavalkya,
you are preparing to leave with cows given to you by the king. You may do so
after answering my questions. First question – what is the basis of all the
objects in this universe? All the scholars present were astonished that a woman
could dare to put such a bold question. “Akasa is the basis for all the
exists,” he replied. She then asked, ‘What is that which transcends the
skies pervades the earth and extends below the earth?” “The substance that
pervades all these is Akasa only” replied Yaagnavalkya. All were
astonished at the discrimination and wisdom of Gaargi. All of you know, Narada
is mischievous. He went and asked Gaargi “Respected lady, what is your
life’s ambition?’ “My only desire is to attain divinity” she replied.
“it is impossible,” replied Narada.” Why?” asked Gaargi. Narada replied,
“Moksha and the attainment of divinity does not pertain to bodily form, of man
or woman. Narada said:
"The moment you are married, you will attain Moksha.” Gaargi said
“That is impossible, for I have surrendered my entire self to God already”
Such being the case , do I have no possibility of attaining Moksha?” As this
dispute was going to Janaka intervened and said, ‘What is the problem? Just
get married!” She thought for a while and considered the contents of all the Upanishad’s
and Sastras. She then said, “OK then, I shall have a one day
wedding.” Even Narada was perplexed as to what this one-day wedding meant.
Gaargi then said,
" A wedding is a wedding, be it for a day or a hundred years. So I
shall have a one day wedding, who is ready?’ One of the sages present by name
Sringi agreed. Tad Eva Lagnam, Sudinam Tadeva, Tarabalam_Chandra balam Tao’eva,
Vidya Balam Daiva balam Tadeva – as the Mantra was being chanted, and the sage
tied the knot and immediately Gaargi broke the string and discarded it and
promptly attained ultimate liberation. Thus, Gaargi attained her goal without
transgressing her vows, or any of the Sastric injunctions. Janaka said,
“Gaargi, for one whose entire life is devoted to the fulfilling of the divine
will, how can Moksha elude? You are destined for Moksha. You are indeed a great
scholar. Today I shall get myself coroneted by your hands.” Such temporal
relationships are temporary and far from permanent.
For everything Akasa is the basis. And the sun is basis for
Akasa. Prakriti is the source of Surya (sun). In this manner, the assembly went
on discussing the ultimate source of Akasa. Akasa does not mean what is above
your head. Gaargi said, “Sabda Brahman is Akasa.” Countless such women have
been born on this sacred land of Bharat. Born on this sacred soil how do so many
of you reduce your selves into such a low state? Ego and desires are causes for
this state of affairs. Whatever I say is for your good and not for My sake. Many
of you do not realise this. Arrogance of one’s own level of knowledge is the
main cause for this state of ignorance. Educated people should have humility.
Education confers humility, humility confers deservedness, deserving one obtains
wealth and from wealth, one obtains comfort.
First, get rid of your pride. Cultivate humility. Respect your elders. Speak honeyed words. When you practice these virtues, Swami is always with you, besides you and guides you always. You do know, so many great things are going to take place. Every thing seen, heard or felt will turn sacred. All this going to happen soon. Do not miss this sacred opportunity and waste it. Once lost you will never again get it. Once obtained you will never lose it. Keeping these sacred thoughts in your heart,honoring your parents, pleasing your elders, you will make your lives meaningful.
is My blessing to you all. With this blessing, I bring My discourse to a close.
Bhagawan concluded his Discourse with the Bhajan “Bhajana bina sukha santhi nahi”
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