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Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Answers For
Swami! We go to colleges and universities for studies and acquire knowledge. We
take up some employment thereafter. We draw our salaries, but, the pity is
whomsoever we meet starts saying, "I don't have peace of mind". Why is
this so? What is to be done?
Mere education will not give you peace of mind. Sage Vyasa compiled all the
Vedas, wrote the great epic Mahabharata, the eighteen Puranas and
the Brahma sutras. Yet, his mind was restless, without peace. At this
stage of Vyasa's anguish, sage Narada advised him to write the Bhagavata,
a work, which incorporated the lilas of the Lord and life sketches of
some of the most outstanding devotees of the Lord who sang the full glory of His
miracles. It was only then that he enjoyed peace and bliss. Neither position,
nor status, nor scholarship, nor influence, nor wealth, nor fame, no, none of
these achievements can ever give you peace of mind. It can't be received from
anyone nor can it be located at a place. No external objects, articles, or
possessions can give you peace of mind.
root cause of loss of peace is the bundle of desires. So, I often tell you
"less luggage, more comfort, make travel a pleasure", the maxim of the
Indian Railways. Therefore, a ceiling on desires is most important.
feel sad that you don't have koti, one crore of rupees, but be happy that
you have enough for roti “(food)
"Don't feel unhappy over not having a car, but be happy that you have a kalu" (leg). .
"Don't cry over a scorpion bite, but be happy that you are not bitten by an enormous snake".
"Don't grieve that a snake has bitten you, but be grateful to God that you didn't die because of that".
is in contentment that peace and happiness are present. Who is the richest man?
The man with contentment is the richest man. Who is the poorest man? He who has
many desires is the poorest man.
come to me and say, "I want peace". I tell everyone, "The answer
is in your request itself. When you say, `I want peace', there are two
components `I' and `want'. `I' is mamaka ra or the `ego' or attachment,
and `want' is
desire. When you give up these two `I - ego' and `want - desire',
`peace' is already there.
Swami! Many of us are helpless when we interact with youngsters. They often say,
"Don't interfere with Bhagawan: our freedom. We are independent and act in
the way we choose." We find it difficult to convince them about what we
think is right, and to guide them in the right direction. What should we do in
the present circumstances?
From your statement, it is very clear
that modern youth do not know what freedom is. They use terms like sveccha
, freedom and svatantra, independence, indiscriminately without knowing
their correct meaning.
is freedom? What is independence? If freedom means behaving as we like, without
any norms, in what way then are we different from birds and beasts which act as
they like? They move about freely without any restrictions. They also procreate
producing dozens and dozens of young ones. If that is what the youngsters mean
and want by `freedom', insects, birds, and animals, without attending any
universities and getting degrees are able to manage to secure food and shelter
and live freely as ordained by nature. Then in what way does your freedom
benefit you? What is your specialty? What for is your education? Animals are
better than you as they have some reason and season. You have neither reason nor
is sveccha, freedom? If the Sanskrit word sveccha is analysed
properly sva+iccha is sveccha. Sva means `yourself', i.e.
soul, spirit, Atma, iccha means `will'. Thus, sva, Atma plus iccha
- will means the will power of Atma. So this relates to our Atma. Is it
that sveccha that our youngsters want today? The pity is they do not know
the meaning of the word they use.
modern man says, "I have svatantra, independence, to do anything I
like. Can't I be independent?" Here also youngsters do not know the meaning
of svatantra. Does svatantra mean reckless, careless, and
irresponsible behaviour? No. If you think that moving and roaming around, eating
and drinking anything to your liking, are the signs of independence, don't you
see that cats and rats also enjoy themselves in the same manner? Does
independence mean food and drink? You are spending your entire lifetime any way
on these two, food and drink. Life has come down to the level of just loading
what is svatantra, independence? You have to remember in this context one
important point. True, you have independence. But, there is a limit. Your
independence should not come in the way of the independence of others. So you
have independence up to the point that it does not affect the independence of
others. A small example. A gentleman on a fine morning started his stroll,
waving his walking stick and swinging it freely. After some time a man passing
that way pointed out, "Do not swing your walking stick like that!"
Then this man said, "Why not? I have independence and can move my walking
stick in any way I like". But, the other said, "Sir, it is true. But
your independence to swing your walking stick ends where my nose begins to
appear because while swinging your walking stick, I am afraid, you might hit my
nose". This is the limitation of your independence.
also hear people say, "We are celebrating svarajya, Independence
Day." Is it true? No. Here sva means `self'. Have you mastered
yourself? Do you have control over your senses? Usually svatantra means
becoming independent of foreign rule. You break the chains of slavery under the
yoke of the rulers and declare independence. This is political independence.
This is not enough.
also you should be independent by controlling your senses, conquering your
weaknesses and checking your evil tendencies. This is independence in the
Swami! What is the ideal ambience of a classroom?
You should follow your ancient traditional culture. A student with vinaya,
humility, and vidheyata , obedience will be able to acquire thorough
knowledge. Students should evince keen interest in the subject they study, and
even ask questions. Whenever they have doubts, they should seek clarifications
from their teachers. Therefore, a student should be seated at a lower level than
a teacher who occupies his seat at a higher level on a chair. Water always flows
downwards, so does knowledge. Fire travels upwards. Similarly, the fire of
wisdom of a student travels upwards.
Swami! Today we find imitation in all spheres of life. In particular, this
imitation is very common among youngsters. What does Swami say about it?
Imitation is weakness. This is a defect
in the modern youth. Imitation is human, creation is divine. Imitation makes you
forget your natural behaviour also.
crow happened to see a swan and was very much attracted by its graceful and
dignified gait. The crow started imitating. It started walking slowly for a
while, then started jumping and finally was about to fly with the result that it
had lost its own way of walking. It looked so awkward and artificial. Therefore,
one has to be natural. Imitation is not only unnatural, but also ridiculous.
Swami! Today many people, particularly youngsters, are wasting their time. Many
are lazy, and idle away their precious time. So, in spite of rich resources, the
country is not progressing. Kindly suggest a cure for this malady.
There is no dearth of anything in this country. We have sufficient resources.
People are also highly resourceful and talented: There is nothing in the world
outside which is not here in Bharat. As the Kannada saying goes, enna bharate
tanna bharati .
tells you that in the past this country was the target of invasions and attacks
by many foreigners drawn by the riches and the resources here. But today, we
find many lazy people wasting their precious time. Though they draw fat
salaries, they don't work proportionately. Thus, the country is betrayed and
cheated. You should follow Time. Time will not follow you. God is time, samvatsaraya
namah. Time is God. Kalaya namah, kalatitaya namah, kaladarpadamanaya
namah are some of the epithets of God depicting him as the Master, the
Designer and the Controller of Time. The Namavali emphasises this
aspect of Divinity. So, if you waste your time, it is a sin. You should spend
time in the most sacred way.
I tell my boys often:
no evil, see what is good,
Speak no evil, speak what is good,
Hear no evil, hear what is good,
Do no evil, do what is good.
it can be concluded that `casting evil looks, hearing evil words, talking evil,
thinking evil, acting evil', amount to waste of time.
should work hard. "Thou shalt live by the sweat of thy brow," says the
Holy Bible. But, today it is not like that; people would rather like to have
their earnings without putting in any effort. Any work you do, do it with namasmarana,
repeating God's name. This is bhakti marga, the path of devotion. Such
work turns itself into an offering to God. This is anubhava jnana or
Wisdom borne out of experience or Practical Knowledge.
people, lazy fellows can't achieve anything in life. Truly, if you work with
both the hands couldn't you feed one stomach? You, know how a photographer
clicks a camera. He adjusts his lens calculating the distance and asks you to be
ready before he clicks. Doesn't he? But, kaludu, the God of Death, does not give
you any time nor does he ask you to be ready as he clicks the camera of life. He
takes away your life all of a sudden, unnoticed. So, you should be ever ready to
face, death. Hence, it is absolutely necessary to make the best use of time in
the most sacred way. Observe God's creation: the Sun, the Moon, the Stars and
the Planets. All of them move in their orbits so that you have day and night in
your life, constituting time. Trees and rivers follow time and are an ideal to
humanity. So; it is said that nature is the best teacher.
has no holiday. You have at least a Sunday as a holiday during the week. I
receive thousands of letters everyday. I read them all. I attend to all my work.
I walk miles everyday moving amidst you. I supervise, monitor, guide and direct
all matters relating to the University, the Super-specialty Hospital and
the Water Project personally, besides thousands of Sai Centres spread all over
the world. I don't take rest; I don't have any interval or a holiday. Your
happiness is my happiness. God incarnates to show you the ideal way of life. So,
don't waste time. By karma, proper action, uphold dharma, righteousness,
and merge in Brahman - Divinity, and thus redeem your lives.
Swami! Everywhere we hear people speaking of `brain drain'. Statistics indicate
that from year to year the number of educated people going abroad is increasing.
Is this good?
This is not good. It is not proper on the part of the young people to leave this
country and settle in foreign countries. Here, in Bharat, according to
tradition, you have five mothers almost equally venerable. These five are the
most revered and ranked along with one's own mother. Who are those five mothers?
The first and foremost, of course; is the dehamata, the physical mother.
It is this mother who has given you birth, struggled hard serving you and
sacrificed everything for your comfort and upbringing. So, she has to be
revered. The second is gomata, the cow. It is the cow that gives you milk
and helps to nurture and strengthen your body. You have to be grateful to the
cow. The third is bhumata, Mother Earth. It is on the earth that we live.
We cultivate the land and grow grains. All the metal ores we extract and use are
treasured in the Earth. The fourth is Veda Mata, Mother Scripture. It is
the Vedas, that teach you the aim and the goal of life while showing you the
spiritual path as well. We should be grateful to Mother Scripture, as we should
be to our mothers. The fifth is des'amata, Motherland. Your culture,
tradition, and rich heritage are all embodied in this land where you are born.
You have to treat your des'a , country, as your mother. So it is called des'amata
, Motherland. des'a
the simple reason that a woman you meet happens to be more beautiful than your
mother, you will not call her `amma', mother. This message is conveyed in
the Ramayana. At the end of the war, after Ravana had died, Lakshmana
said to Rama: "O Brother! This Lanka is prosperous and exceedingly
beautiful. Our enemies have all died, and we have every right to rule this land.
O Lord! Why don't you become its king? Bharata has been already been there for
fourteen years as the king of Ayodhya. We can as well ask him to continue his
reign there, and we stay here and rule this kingdom." Then Rama replied,
"O Lakshmana! Your motherland is greater than heaven itself. Your mother
may be ugly and another woman you have seen may be beautiful. Yet, you don't
address the beautiful woman as `amma'."
may be the country you belong to, it is your Motherland. Everyone must be
patriotic. Everyone must love his or her own country. You should serve your
Swami! What are your comments on brain drain? Many highly educated professionals
like engineers, doctors, computer experts plan to go abroad and settle there for
better and higher prospects of income and placement in life. This is the cause
for worry in many circles, both government and private. What do you feel about
It is most unfortunate that this trend is on the rise. This is not good at any
point of time anywhere in the world. You are born in this society. So you
grow up, educate yourself, make money, name and fame in this society. Only
through this society you could get your clothing, food and shelter: Have you
come up on your own without the society you live in? Could you make a career for
yourself without its support? Should you not express your sense of gratitude to
it for all it has done for you?
should never be an ungrateful creature. The best way to be grateful is to serve.
You know, our people put in greater effort, and work more sincerely abroad.
While they are here they don't show the same spirit and the same zeal in their
work. They are not as sincere and industrious here as they are in foreign
countries. In fact, the emoluments they get here by doing their best will be the
same as they get abroad, a fact they fail to realise. To some extent, parents
also are responsible for this problem of brain drain. They don't properly
inculcate in children the values of work, patriotism, sacrifice, love and
it is your fundamental duty to serve the society in which you are born and
brought up. You see many a foreigner coming here. They learn lots of things from
this sacred land of your birth, whereas our people forget what they know. Some
of our people are even inferior to locals and natives of foreign countries in
respect of observing traditions. What for is our education? Is it for the
decline of human values? Janani janmabhumi s’ca svargadapi gariyasi .
Rama observed `Mother and motherland are greater than Heaven.'
Swami! Modern youth, in the name of generation gap, are not prepared to pay heed
to their elders. Advise and give us your message.
This is meaningless. What are the changes you notice in the name of generation
gap? The sun rises only in the east and never in the west. There is no change in
the laws of nature. Don't you feed the same stomach every day? Don't you wash
the same face every day? Don't you clean the same utensils every day? Don't you
wear the same clothes? So, all important things need to be done time and again.
In the name of generation gap you should not neglect doing things that need to
shouldn't turn a deaf ear to the advice of your elders branding them as senile,
old hags. No. They are persons with rich experience. They are your well wishers.
You must listen to them, obey and follow their instructions. The modern
generation is not prepared to listen to the elders. It is foolishness and utter
ignorance to brush aside all that the elders say. It amounts to pride and
egotism. You will be ultimately ruining yourself if you don't follow the
valuable advice of elders.
Swami! We have on one side our parents pulling us towards the world and on the
other, the divine teachings we have been fortunate enough to receive from you.
We wonder which of the two will dominate and influence us.
If the ideas of your parents are against God, you should choose God and
definitely not your parents. You must clearly explain and appeal to them and
then convince them of the value and importance of the spiritual path. Among the
Bal Vikas children, there are a large number who have brought about a change in
their parents. There are many who have been influenced and transformed by the
fact, you are not from your parents, but you are through your parents. Truly,
you are from God. If you are convinced of this, your words and actions would be
godly. Take a simple example. You fill a container with sweet milk pudding, payasam.
If the container has holes, you will expect the same sweet pudding to come out
of these holes. Will you not? Similarly, when you know that you are from God,
your words, thoughts and actions will be divine.
We are progressing in Science and Technology. At the same time, our modern youth
are not able to face life's problems courageously. They are depressed by the
slightest problem. They are not able to bear any suffering with patience, and
easily take to drink and drugs. What is Swami's message to our youth?
Today, many young men and women go to Colleges and Universities for studies.
There are many specialisations in every branch of knowledge. This is, on the
whole, good. But the pity of it is that we find innate, vital human qualities
deteriorating fast and disappearing altogether.
is not for living, but it is for life.
Education is not for transmitting information, but it is for transformation.
Education is for elevating the human personality to the
Education should not be instrumental to earning annas, but to earning gunas, values.
Education is not for ' ji tam' , salary, but it is for ` jivitam,' life.
values even if one is highly educated, what is the use? Is there progress
without values? Will Science and Technology help you, if you have no values? It
is for this reason, viz., the absence of values that modern youth take to drugs
youth are not vira, courageous, but bhira, timid. They should be
masters, instead they are slaves. They should know "Life is a challenge.
Meet it". They have to encounter and overcome all the problems and
difficulties in life rather than choose to run away from them and feel
frustrated. Since life is a challenge, you should meet it. Life is full of keen
competition in all fields, scientific, technological, physical, ethical,
political and spiritual. They should fully equip themselves with the right
weapons and be ever ready to face the challenges of life.
similar thing happened during the Mahabharata war. Arjuna wanted to run away
from the battlefield being totally disheartened like a coward. At that time,
Lord Krishna instilled in him the needed courage and morale by teaching him the Bhagavad
Gita, the Song Celestial. This acted like calcium and glucose injections
that gave strength of mind and body to Arjuna.
is a sports ground, life is a game, play it. You have to play with sportsmanship
and accept victory or defeat, gain or loss., with equanimity. In this world,
everyone may not have everything, but there is none without love. So, life is
love, share it. God is love, love is God; hence, live in love. Your heart is
full of love, but with how many are you sharing this precious gift? Question
yourself. Love begets love. Today it is not happening. This' is the main reason
for all conflicts; misunderstandings, and differences. Do your duty with all
your skill and to the best of your ability. Don't be lazy, building castles in
the air. You work such that your dreams come true, "Life is a dream.
Realise it!" Nowadays, you plan in a funny way, so very far from reality.
Is it life? No.
karmasu kaus'alam - do your duty
sincerely praying to God. Then, your work will be transformed into worship. Your
karma, action, will turn into yoga, spiritual communion. Then, duty and
work will become a spiritual discipline on the path of karma yoga. Don't
merely dream, don't spend time in meaningless fancies. Know that life is duty.
Swami! You seem to be very much upset and annoyed when anything goes wrong in
respect of discipline, educational standards and personality development in
general. Swami! You come down heavily upon students when you see their slackness
in coming up to your expectations and openly reprimand the guilty in public. It
is terrifying to be a witness to this sort of a thing. I get fear-stricken
when I think of you, Swami, in that mood. How are we to reconcile ourselves to
such a situation and take it positively?
First of all, you should know that Swami is completely selfless. You should also
note very clearly that Swami is never angry with anyone: "God is Love, Love
is God". I pretend to be angry and unhappy with you only to correct you.
Even that apparent anger vanishes very soon like a shower of hail. You cannot
call anyone a guru if he accepts and endorses all that you do and say. He is a
guru in the true sense of the term if he corrects you and turns you in the right
direction as your well-wisher.
this is a workshop. All damaged and spoiled vehicles come here for repair. I
must, if I am a mechanic, tighten bolts, nuts, screws, etc. Similarly, I should
correct your mistakes, make you free from your faults, see that you are rid of
your weaknesses and defects and finally mould you into ideal citizens of this
country. Your mistake must be corrected immediately then and there itself, as
and when it is committed. I should be harsh enough to correct you. You bend iron
when it is hot, don't you? But, when it is
not hot, no man with all the strength of his
muscles will be able to bend it. So, you should be corrected and admonished when
you go wrong immediately. If your mistakes are pointed out in public, you don't
a small example here. Suppose, wearing a lungi (a South Indian informal
dress, a long robe wrapped round the waist, down to the feet), you are sweeping
your room with a broom. Suddenly your friend comes to see you. What do you do?
You will put the broom aside, change your dress and make yourself presentable to
your friend. Why do you do that? After all; you are cleaning your room. Nothing
wrong about it! You don't want to be seen in your informal dress. You want to be
dressed neatly before you meet him. You care for him. Don't you? So also here,
when I point out your mistakes in public, you will be able to correct them
forthwith and you will also be careful enough in future not to repeat such
mistakes, won't you?
fact, I don't lose anything if you are spoiled. I don't gain anything if you are
good. I don't expect anything from you. I want you to be good and get a good
name to your parents, your institution, and your country. This is not for me,
but for your ultimate good.
Swami! Today when we meet students and ask them what they are doing, we hear
them say that they are in the computer line or doing an M. Tech. Course. We want
to know Swami's views on this craze for computer studies?
One of the most important things you
should know is that all your modern education is within you. You are the
`Computer'. You are the `Generator'. There is `Electricity' in you. There is
`Heat' in you. You are the `Magnet'. Everything around you is nothing but the
`reflection', `reaction' and `resound' of your inner being.
say that a computer is great. You stand in front of a computer and put a
question, "Who is my wife?" Do you get the answer? No. Why? The
computer should be fed with some information which you get back as and when you
want it, isn't it so? It shows only what has already been supplied to it.
Nothing new! It was, after all, a man who made the computer. So, naturally, man
is greater than a computer. Your brain is a computer with all your memories and
experiences recorded therein. When a mosquito bites you even while you are
talking to me, you will pick it up and throw it out. How? There is
communication. On the way, when your eye finds a thorn, the leg automatically
passes it, but doesn't step on it. Why? There is a magnetic force within you.
I ask you, "What are you doing?" some of you may say, `M. Tech'. What
do you mean by `M. Tech.'? You may reply, `Master of Technology'. Then who is
`master'? What is "Technology"? A person who has control over his
senses is a `master', but not everybody. You are merely `Misters' Mr.
Rao, Mr. Kumar and so on, and not `Master'. You should use your `knowledge' for
the advancement of society; otherwise, it turns into `allergy'. You should go to
society with your knowledge, `Take knowledge'; this is `technology'. Otherwise
it is `tricknology'. It can never be `technology'.
Swami! What are the qualities of a leader?
There are mainly two qualities that every leader must possess. Since these are
missing, we don't have good and ideal leaders today. Eventually we find
disturbances, agitations, and tensions everywhere.
two qualities are `Individual Character' and `National Character'. In the past
this country had leaders possessing these two qualities, leaders such as Tilak,
Netaji, and Patel, and so on. You can't just call anyone a leader unless he
possesses `Individual Character". A leader should lead, but not push from
behind. A true follower becomes a good leader later on. Without being a servant;
you can't be an ideal master. Every leader must always remember this, `first
be', `then do', and `then tell'. First, you must `be' what you `profess', and
`do' what you `profess'. Then you will have the right to `tell'. By doing good,
an ideal leader tells others to be good. This is why I often tell my students,
"Be good, Do good, and See good".
Swami! We often wonder at the way you instruct and advise your students. We
don't think that we, as parents, can ever do this in the same manner as you do.
You are great and benevolent, offering free education to our children. You also
teach them how they should conduct themselves as responsible citizens in
society. Your love excels the love of even a thousand mothers. Your love is an
ocean of fathomless depth. Some of the M.B.A. boys of your
Education is not for living, it is for life. This has to be known first. It is
not the job or salary that matters. You have got to make use of your education
for the betterment of society through service. Education is not meant to help
you meet selfish ends and self-interests. It is very strange to see
students nowadays opting for courses with one eye on the salary they are likely
to get after their studies rather than on their aptitude. Parents also think
along the same lines. This is not proper or correct. It is most necessary to
express gratitude to the society in which you are born and brought up, and where
you get name and fame besides money. You must respect your parents, serve and
please them. You should make them very happy every way. You say that Swami's
love is equal to the love of a thousand mothers. You don't know even the love of
your own mother. How can you, then, know and estimate the love of a thousand
MBA boys, after getting their degree, are going to be appointed as managers. It
is very good, no doubt But you should also know certain things that you don't
find in books. You have stuffed your brains with bookish knowledge. But you must
put it into practice. You should also know that it is not always possible to put
into practice all that you have read in books. You have to apply your knowledge
to the ground realities and work out solutions for the problems you face.
a manager, you can't simply sit, dressed in a suit, and relax in a chair under a
ceiling fan, having your
MBA boys should know all the details with regard to raw materials, power supply,
accounting, finances, marketing, advertisement and machinery as well. They
should also be aware of the trade unions and their activities and the kind of
obligations of the company to the government. In no case should you compromise
on quality, because you lose your name in public. The rise and the rate of
profits may be slow and low initially, yet this should not trouble you. One day
it will stabilise. You should observe every worker and the way a machine is
handled by him. You should ensure that every worker is able to do all kinds of
assignments given to him from time to time such that you don't have to depend on
one hand or a few hands to run the factory.
an MBA degree holder, in the capacity of a company's manager, you will be under
the control of the Managing Director or Board of Directors. At times, you may
have to consult them before taking certain important decisions. You have to be
very humble and polite in their presence. Even if you disagree with them on any
issue, you shouldn't condemn or contradict them outright. You shouldn't oppose
them openly then and there. Take another opportunity to meet them. Find out
their mood and when they are calm and cool, you meet and explain clearly the
pros and cons of the problem and try to bring them round to your point of view.
Then, there will be every scope for them to find a point in what you say.
you need to know another subject, Re-engineering. When a factory or industry
is closed or bankrupt, you should investigate the reasons for its closure. You
should study every factor very clearly and find out proper solutions to the
problem and the appropriate steps to be taken to re‑open and revitalise
the factory and make it effectively function thereafter. You also have a paper
on Rural Development in your MBA course. You need to know the background,
resources and needs of the village, its atmosphere and socio‑economic
conditions even before you start working in a particular village. Three or four
of you may join and start an industry on your own. You have to uphold the basic
human values unconditionally and uncompromisingly. You are valued because of
this reason only. Always keep in view the needs of your country, the systems to
be adopted, the procedures to be followed, the national resources and national
Swami! Listening to your spiritual elucidation of worldly studies, we are lost
in wonder. Our Swami, who brings into the open the values of several
disciplines, is the World Teacher. We learn that Swami had given a message to
the M.B.A. students. If you consider us fit to receive it, kindly describe the
salient points to us.
Our institute offers M.B.A., and M.F.M. courses. But, first, what is meant by
"business"? What does a "market" mean? Who is a
"manager"? Students learn these things in the classroom and from their
texts. However, business and marketing are spread across the entire globe. Know
that wherever giving and taking occur, that is a market. This exchange, this
give and take activity is business. Not merely a shopping complex.
the market called the world, what we call the Mind is the Manager. This Mind has
to manage well; then, the Heart is a Leader. Between one event and another,
there is time; between one thing and another, there is space. What takes place
between the two is karma.
let us turn to appreciate the love of a guru or preceptor. Teachers like
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are famous the world over. Of these, Socrates is
quite familiar to you. The judges sentenced Socrates to death because he thought
that under the `evil' influence of Socrates, young men were taking to wicked
ways instead of joining the army, as they should. But Socrates who loved his
students was not prepared for that sort of death. Ordering them to obey him
strictly, he bade them procure some poison. He had them seated all around him,
and asked them to touch the vessel of poison. He thought, it is better to die
among his students than at the hands of foolish judges. Such was his love for
them. The disciples who realised this became illustrious later on.
the founder of the Bata Company, a man of immense devotion to God. He used to
make creaking shoes with a cushion of horse and donkey hair. He made a living
out of selling these and served the people thus. His devotion and his spirit of
service led to his rise to honour and fame. Therefore, love, devotion, and the
spirit of service are essential for a Manager
was getting ready to invade Bharat; he approached his teacher to seek his
blessings. Then, the teacher said, "My son! I heard that some of the most
highly esteemed objects are to be found in Bharat. Get them for me as your
offering to the teacher. First, there are in Bharat wandering ascetics endowed
with perfect devotion and absolute detachment. Bring along with you one such
ascetic. Second, Bharat is a land sanctified by the feet of great spiritual
aspirants, mahants, heads of mendicants, sages, and incarnations of God
in the course of their wanderings. That dust is very sacred. Bring some along.
Third, they say river
being born in the land
Swami! We don't understand what wisdom actually is. Isn't the knowledge we gain
in our educational institutions wisdom? If not, how are we to acquire it easily?
Practical knowledge is jnanam, or wisdom. It is not textual information.
Feeling the presence of God always, everywhere, within, and around is jnanam,
SATYOPANISAD VOL - I
[Chapter-III] by Anil Kumar