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From The "Sai Ocean Of Love"
messages of the Divine echoes in every heart; it provokes the reaction of awe,
reverence, affection, love and sacrifice - all ingredients of Bhakti. It
translates itself into acts of worship, of praise, of adoration and of rituals
symbolizing the majesty of God. Thus, the mind gets saturated with Divine
thoughts. It is recast in the Divine mould, until the flow of Ananda becomes
airplane has to land at a certain place in order to take in those who have
reserved the right to fly by the tickets that they have purchased. So too the
Lord has to come down so that those who have won the right to be liberated may
be saved. Incidentally, others too will know of the Lord, of His Grace and ways
of winning it and of the joy of liberation. There are some who deny even today
the possibility of air-travel; they curse the contrivance. They cavil at it.
Similarly there are many who cavil at the Avatar that has come to save them.
speaking of God, as guarding you, I am reminded of a note that some one has sent
Me from this gathering. The note wants Me to explain why I have not mentioned
SAI BABA in any of my Discourses so far, though I bear the name as the Avatar of
SAI BABA. Evidently, the writer of the note had in mind the people who engage
themselves in publicity-work of Rama or Krishna or SAI BABA.
far have you progressed using the chance of these Discourses and the Darshan and
Sparshan? Bring something into your daily practice, as evidence of your having
known the secret of higher life from Me. Show that you have greater
brotherliness, speak less, with more sweetness and self-control, and that you
can bear defeat as well as victory with calm resignation.
can become Madhava by engaging himself in Madhava Karma; he can then discover
his 'Narayana - Tattwam'. What is the use of doing only Manava karma; or even
Danava karma and claiming that man is divine? Virtue is the life breath, and
character is the backbone. Without these, no meritorious act will fructify. A
characterless man is like a pot with many holes, useless for carrying water or
for storing it. Renounce and win Peace.
give Joy, not Gold. You can experience the Name, you can imbibe the Form; you
can take them to heart and dwell upon them and fill yourself with the joy that
they evoke. That is why Jayadeva, Gomanka, Ramakrishna and others wished to
remain ants, tasting Sugar rather than becoming sugar itself. The Name is like
the seed, implanted in your heart; when the shower of His Grace falls upon it;
it sprouts into a lovely tree. All trees that sprout from the Name are equally
lovely and shady.
must cultivate non-attachment towards Prakriti and attachment to the Lord. I am
reminded of the story of Sankara Bhatta. He was a great Sadhaka intent on Japa
and Aagama to such an extent that he was reduced to skin and bone. He worshipped
Saraswathi or Vidya, which is the key to open the doors of Mukti. Goddess
Lakshmi saw his sad plight and was moved with great pity. She chided Saraswathi
for denying Her votary even the common joys of life and Herself hid in his leaky
hut to pour on him Her Grace. She offered him plenty and prosperity, fame and
fortune. She derided Saraswathi for neglecting to award comfort and joy on Her
hapless servant. But Sankara Bhatta turned a deaf ear to her allurements; he
said politely, but firmly, 'No, Saraswathi has blessed me with the most precious
wealth, the gift that liberates me. I do not crave your Grace. Please remove
yourself from my presence'.
you have taken residence in this body, you cannot call the body "I".
When you sit here in this Hall, you do not call the Hall "I". You
know, you are separate and that you are here only temporarily. When you go about
in a Tonga, you do not say that the Tonga is you, do you? You do not take the
Tonga inside, when you step down from it on reaching home. So, also, you have to
drop this body when you reach "home".
reveals its Glory in man; Prema appears in various forms, attaching itself to
riches or parents or children or one's life mate or friends. All these are
sparks of the same flame and the Love of the Universal is its highest
expression. This Prema cannot be cultivated by reading essays, guidebooks and
made-easies and learning the steps by note. It has to begin with great yearning
for the Light and an unbearable agony to escape from the darkness as in the
prayer: "Thamasomaa Jyothir Gamaya". The yearning itself will draw the
light. The Love will grow of itself, and by its own slow alchemy, turn you into
have a Kalpavruksha ready to give you all that you want; you have the Lord, who
protects and promotes all. The virtues of the people are treasures of the State;
the Smarana of the Name of the Lord is the root of all virtues. Narada, who was
afflicted with conceit that there was no other who had dedicated his very breath
to the recital of the Name, was once humbled to find that a farmer who managed
to repeat the Name three times in the course of his overwhelming multitude of
distressing preoccupations from cock-crow to dusk was judged a great Bhakta.
A of AUM is the Vishwa; the U is Tejas; and the M is Prajna - There is another
interpretation in the scriptures. Vishwa is the Walking; Tejas is the Dream;
Prajna, the Deep Sleep stage. The Pranava Sadhana (the spiritual exercise of
meditation on OM) is therefore very important for Seekers. The Vedas prescribe
the repetition of the Pranava, while studying holy texts reciting the Name of
the Divine, carrying out daily duties and offering gifts.
Pranava is the essence of all sustenance, the embodiment of Rasa. Of the Earth,
Water is the Rasa; Of the Water, Physic (Oshadi) is the Rasa; Of the Physic, the
Human Person is the Rasa; Of the Human Person, the Word is the Rasa; Of the
Word, RuK is the Rasa; Of the RuK, Sama is the Rasa; Of the Sama (Veda), OM is
the Rasa. These eight Rasas, the Earth, Water, Physic, Person, Word, RuK, Sama
and OM lead to the ninth - Ananda (Bliss). These are the Navaratnas, the nine
Essences, the nine Sustainers; and Ananda is the goal which man is seeking, the
aim of human life.
motherland is not a mere lump of earth. When we desire its progress, we have to
promote the progress of the people who dwell therein. The skill needed for
resuscitating and reforming man is found only in students. The reforming process
involves the removal in daily living of bad conduct and bad habits and the
practice of good conduct and good deeds. A man's worth can be measured by his
efforts to reform himself. This day, the Government has no authority to reform
the people; and the people have no authority the reform the Government.
preached monotheism and was driven out of Mecca. Jesus preached mercy and
charity and he was charged with treason. Harischandra refused to give up his
allegiance to Truth and was driven to such straits that he had to sell as slave
his wife and son. So, when you stick to the path of Truth and Righteousness,
pain and poverty haunt you. But they are only clouds passing through the sky,
hiding for a little time, the splendor of the Sun.
has in him vast resources of power. When he does not utilise them while
discharging his duties to himself and to the Society, which sustains him, he is
only becoming a target for ridicule. When you are on a railway station platform
waiting for the train that is due, and when you come to know that it arrives
five hours late, how do you react? You fling abusive words at train. When the
coaches receives from you such treatment, how much worse treatment you deserve
for not fulfilling your duty and for disappointing the expectations that you
have raised by your being a man? Utilise your skills and learning as
consistently and effectively as duty demands.
should take to "Sarvada, Sarvakaleshu Sarvatra Haricharithanam". It is
just not sufficient holding a Mala and doing Japa, once in the morning during
Brahma Muhurtha time, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. All the
twenty-four hours, you should be in the remembrance of God. You should all the
time be striving to awaken the spirit within you and for its blossoming (Atma
Vikas). This is the real purpose of life.
one may blame you; but you should ignore all such blame and go forward in doing
service without rancor. Service is your only duty. The Universe is a
manifestation of God. So also the individual. All these three are like: Brahma,
Vishnu, Maheshwara - the Trinity. Actually there are no three, they are one - it
is the unified Godhead. Cherishing this thought of Oneness and serving the
Society is true Adhyatmic or spiritual life.
thoughts and habits, bad company and bad food are hostile grounds where disease
thrives. 'Arogya' and 'Ananda' go hand in hand. A sense of elation and
exultation keeps the body free from ill health. Evil habits, in which men
indulge, are the chief cause of disease in the physical as well as the mental
state. Greed affects the mind; disappointment makes man depressed. Man can
justify his existence as man only by the cultivation of virtues. Then he becomes
a worthy candidate for Godhood.
lives are now passing on and on, filth over filth, bent, broken, diseased,
distressed, and disheartened. To enrich their lives and make human heritage
worthwhile, I have come, I am evincing all this enthusiasm to teach you the
prayer attitude to seva, for Love expresses itself as seva, Love grows through
seva, and Love is begun in the womb of seva. And God is Love. The Avatar is a
child to the children, a boy to the boys, a man among men, a woman among women,
so that the Avatarís message might reach each heart and receive enthusiastic
response as Ananda. It is the compassion of the Avatar that prompts His every
of the Avatar
one can understand my Mystery. The best you can do is to get immersed in it. It
is no use your arguing about pros and cons; dive and know the depth; eat and
know the taste. You must dive deep into the sea to get the pearls. What good is
it to dabble among the waves near the shore, and swear that the sea has no
pearls in it and that all tales about them are false? So also if you must
realise the full fruit of this Avatar, dive deep and get immersed in Sai Baba.
Half-heartedness, hesitation, doubt, cynicism, listening to tales, all are f no
avail. Concentrated complete faith - that alone can bring victory. In truth you
cannot understand the nature of My Reality, either today, or even after a
thousand years of steady austerity or ardent inquiry, even if all mankind joins
in that effort. But, in a short time, you will become cognizant of the Bliss
showered by the Divine Principle, which has taken upon itself this sacred body,
and this sacred Name. Your good fortune, which will provide you this chance, is
greater than that which was available for anchorites, monks, sages, saints, and
even personalities embodying facets of Divine Glory. Do not allow doubt to
distract you; if only you will install in the altar of your heart steady faith
in My Divinity, you can win a vision of My Reality.
Avatar appears to be human and we are misled into thinking of him in these terms
but the Avatar himself warns us against this error. Sathya Sai Baba once
responded to a devotee who asked when he should return for another visit:
"First understand that you do not need to come back to see this little
body", he said pointing to himself. Then he added - "Find me in your
heart". In his previous embodiment as Shirdi Sai Baba (1835 - 1918) he made
a similar statement to his devotees as under:]
I am here bodily, still I know what you do; beyond the seven seas. Go wherever
you will, over the wide world, I am with you. My abode is in your heart and I am
within you. Always worship Me, Who is seated in your heart, as well as in the
hearts of all beings."
Western mind is capable of believing in Jesus as the Son of God, at least on the
part of some of the population, but seems unable or unwilling to grasp the
concept of the Avatar as an incarnation of God. By contrast, the average Indian
is aware of historical Divine personalities and eastern literature is full of
descriptions of the various Avatars. The Bhagawata text is precisely about the
various Descents of the Divine on Earth.
is growing more and more greedy to know more about the lives of others, more
extrovert in fact. He wants to escape from himself, by interesting himself in
others. He does not want to worry about the details of his own life or the
problems of his own rehabilitation. Of what benefit is all this burden of
information that you seek to carry in your head, this knowledge of various
regions of the world, without knowledge of the region of your own self, the
center of all the interest that you evince?
waste the elements nor misuse them. Being bound to the world with attachment to
worldly objects is negative approach. Make positive approach turning towards
Divinity. The difference lies only in turning your mind. Turn to world, you get
bound - turn to God, you get liberated. God is without birth and death and is an
eternal witness; you must strive hard to earn the love of God. One who receives
the love of God will be earning the love of all. If you realize Love is God, you
will not get attached to worldly things. No one can take the wealth of the world
with him when he dies. This is a truth we have seen throughout the history of
mankind. Many great kings, emperors, saints and seers have left without taking
anything. When you are born you don't bring anything with you. Render service in
divine awareness. In order to lead a fruitful and meaningful life, render
service to mankind, which will take you nearer to God. You are born as human
with the goal that you should not be born again. You must live within the frames
of secular and spiritual pursuits. Then only you will be attaining liberation.
The six bad qualities (Arishadvarga) lust, anger, greed, desire, pride and
jealousy are on one side and good qualities truth, right conduct, peace, love,
non-violence and sacrifice are on the other side.
Jesus was emerging as the supreme principle of Divinity, he communicated some
news to his followers. The statement of Christ is simple. " He who sent me
among you will come again". And he pointed to a lamb. The lamb is merely a
symbol -- a sign. It stands for the voice - BABA. The announcement was "The
advent of BABA". "He will wear a robe of red blooded robe. He will be
short, with a crown (of hair)." The lamb is a sign and symbol of Love.
Christ did not declare that he would come again, He said," He who made me
will come again." That BABA is the Baba; and the Sai, the short curly -
hair - crowned, red robed Baba has come.
may be seeing me today for the first time, but you are all old acquaintances for
Me. I know you through and through. My task is the spiritual regeneration of
Humanity through Truth and Love. If you approach one step nearer to me, I shall
advance three steps towards you. Wherever you walk, I am there. Whomsoever you
contact, I am in that person. I am in each. From each, I will respond. You can
see Me in one place and miss Me in another. You cannot escape Me or do anything
in secret. Reason for the Divine's Descent into Matter In past ages, when the
power of evil reached a certain stage, the Divine descended into form to
suppress the evil and to foster the good. In the Kali age in which we are
living, evil has reached new depths. Of all the various ages - each with its own
characteristics, the Kali age is the age of the deepest descent into matter and
form, away from spirit. We have passed through the lowest point of the pendulum,
the dark times of this 20th century and are now beginning the upward climb. The
appearance of the Avatar coincides with the darkest hour of the Kali Yuga.
is the Sun and when His rays fall upon your heart, not impeded by the clouds of
egoism, the lotus blooms and the petals unfold. Remember, only the buds that are
ready will bloom. The rest have to wait patiently."
When you see the world with the eye of divine bliss, you will find bliss everywhere. If there is hatred in your vision, you will see hatred everywhere. Hence, change your vision to start with. Look at the world with the vision of peace, love, and compassion. Then the whole world will appear loving and peaceful. When your heart is filled with love, you will experience the Divine in the entire cosmos. See the Divine in everyone. Eschew hatred and ill will. After years of devotion, many still lack a broad outlook and an all-encompassing love. Embodiments of love! Promote love in your hearts incessantly love that is immortal and infinite.
course, the festival is being celebrated for the purpose of installing the image
of God in the chariot. Without the representation of God, the festival would
have no meaning. This sacred figure inside the chariot represents the indweller,
who is God himself. But only the rare individual will turn his full attention
towards that divinity. Most people will see only the physical appearance of the
chariot, its decorations and other such things as the fine raiment put on the
sacred image inside, the costumes worn by the dancers and musicians, and all the
sound and color of the festivities. The largest number will concentrate only on
these external things. But there will also be some people who concentrate their
attention on the rituals of worship and the offerings being made, such as the
breaking of coconuts, the waving of lamps and incense, and the devotion
expressed through these rituals. The number of people with this kind of vision
and interest will be much smaller than those who concentrate on the decorations,
the dances and dramas and all the external paraphernalia associated with the
universe is visible to the naked eye. It consists of mobile and immobile objects
called Prapancha, as it is a manifestation of the Pancha Bhuthas (five
elements). There is no world without the five elements. They
are the very forms of the Divine. That is why people reverentially refer to the five elements, namely, earth, water, air, fire and ether as Bhudevi, Ganga Devi, Vayu Deva, Agni Deva and Sabdha Brahman respectively. It is on this basis that Divinity is extolled as Sabdha Brahmamayi, Characharamayi, Jyothirmayi, Vaangmayi, Nityanandamayi, Paraatparamayi, Maayamayi, Sreemayi (the embodiment of sound, mobility and immobility, light, speech, eternal bliss, supreme majesty, delusion and wealth). These are the attributes of the five elements, which sustain the world. The five elements are present in every being. The spirit or the Atma, which is the very form of God, is not visible to the naked eye, but the Pancha Bhuthas can be seen, heard, felt and experienced by one and all. One who understands the principle of these five elements becomes God himself.
the oil that is in the till seed, Like the presence of ghee in milk, Like
fragrance in a flower, Like juice in a fruit, Like fire in a piece of wood, So
does the Divine permeate the cosmos. Creation is a manifestation of God. It is
the form of God. It is called nature (Prakriti). Hence, man, who is a child of
nature, is inherently divine.
truth is that people merely call themselves devotees. It is a delusion. They
should examine whether they have the qualities of devotees. Everyone seeks to
know what good he can derive from other individuals or from society. No one asks
himself what good or benefit society derives from him. Start by rendering
benefit to society.
goes about trying to see what he can get from society. Today, thanks to the
influence of the Kali Age [the present age], two kinds of diseases have grown.
One is the insatiable thirst for wealth. In every city there is a mad rush to
make money. Everyone is caught up in this craze for money. No doubt money is
necessary, but only up to a limit to meet one's needs. Owing to excessive
desire, people lose all sense of proportion. Men turn into demons in the pursuit
of wealth. It may be asked whether at least they make good use of their immense
wealth. No. Ultimately, the money may fall in the hands of robbers or others.
What you get from society, give it back to society. That is the primary value to
be cherished by everyone.
second malady is the thirst for power. The thirst for power and position is
unquenchable. Afflicted with these two maladies man converts the whole world
into a madhouse.
are only actors on the stage before the footlights. The Director, who knows the
Play, who assigns the roles, who gives the cues, who calls you in and puts you
on is behind the curtain. You are a puppet; He holds the strings. If He must be
seen, you have to be His 'Sakhaa' (friend) or 'Bandhu' (kinsman). Merely being
an onlooker will not entitle you to approach Him and be in His Holy Company.
Cultivate His Friendship or Kinship by the attitude of Love and dedicated
you develop your power of discrimination and become fully awake to the
indwelling divinity, you will not suffer sorrow nor be subjected to fear. But as
long as you have attachment to the body and attachment to objects, fear and
suffering will be with you. Therefore, Krishna told Arjuna to develop his
discrimination and rid himself of body consciousness. He told him that once he
was free of body consciousness he would be able to develop integral vision.
Embodiments of Love, Mankind today has three types of vision. The first is body
oriented vision, which is totally superficial. When you have this kind of vision
you see only the external appearance of others, such as the clothes and the
ornaments they wear, their facial features, their body characteristics, their
peculiarities of speech, etc. This type of vision is oriented only towards the
phenomenal world. The second kind of vision is insightful vision. Instead of
focusing on the external characteristics of others, you focus on their inner
feelings, particularly as it is reflected in their behavior and expressions. You
gauge the thoughts in another's mind and the feelings in their hearts by
carefully watching what they say and do. When you have this kind of vision, you
become concerned primarily with the deeper feelings and motivations of the other
body should be guarded and sustained for the service one can do with it to
others, or for realising the Atma, while in it. There are some who observe
strict discipline in spiritual practices, who follow a rigorous timetable of
Japam, Dhyanam etc. Of course, this is good practice, but does not stick to that
timetable or that program, even when you have a call to go to the help of some
person, whose need for service is great and urgent. If you give up your Dhyan to
serve him, you will benefit more from the service that what you may gain from
Dhyan. If you feel that the person next to you suffering from pain, needing
relief, is a nuisance and move on to some place where your Dhyana will not be
disturbed, you surely are not going to get the merit of that Dhyan. It is
certainly a wrong you have committed and you do not deserve Grace. When God
Himself comes down to serve man, He will indeed be pleased if you too serve man.
Engage in those activities which will please God, which you feel and know will
please God, rather than in activities which will please you. God is pleased with
Truth, with Dharma. Know your Dharma and observe it.
(Source: Dharma Vahini)
cannot see Me, but I am the Light you see by.
cannot hear Me, but I am the Sound you hear by.
cannot know Me, but I am the Truth by which you live.
have come not to disturb or destroy any faith, but to confirm each in his own
faith - so that the Christian becomes a better Christian, the Muslim, a better
Muslim, and the Hindu, a better Hindu.
your life a rose that speaks silently in the language of the heart.
Lord will be watching with a thousand eyes the least activity of man to discover
any slight trace of selfless love sweetening it.
all and do nothing;
all and say nothing;
all and take nothing;
all and be nothing.
THAT HELP ARE HOLIER THAN LIPS THAT PRAY.
to give, not to take. Learn to serve, not to rule.
Grace of God is like insurance. It will help you in your time of need without
has deceived you and gone,
is a doubtful visitor.
is a fast friend, hold fast to it.
that you hoard is not yours; wealth that you have given is really yours.
Your virtue is your shield; your vice is the weapon that inflicts wounds on you.