Swami teaches... 7 - 8 May 2007
First for the Mother...
The money we accumulate will not follow us. To whom will it go
ultimately? Nobody knows.
Means of living and the
goal of living are the two wings; the two wheels are material and spiritual,
skill and sadhana.
Do not be proud of your wealth, progeny
the tide of time may destroy them in a moment.
have to accumulate the wealth of Divine grace
and to pray for the
welfare of all with selfless love.
It is the noblest prayer.
The Divine Mother Swami directs
all mothers, community, nations, and humanity.
Sankara (approximently 788 - 820 CE, famous philosopher, stressed the importance
of the Vedas) insisted on the recognition of the unity that underlies all
diversity. Sankara declared that Shiva is everything, by whatever name He is
called. Thereby, the omnipresence of the Lord is proclaimed.
Adwaithic doctrine of Sankara propagated the view that bodies are manifold, and
in these separate bodies, the one Divine is present.
With regard to Adwaitha, however, it is possible only to experience it as a
conscious feeling, but not for applying nondualism on carrying out one's
activities in daily life.
There is the divine in a tiger, a
snake, and a human being. You can recognize this as a concept, but on that
account, you cannot go and embrace a tiger. The tiger must be treated as a tiger
and a snake must be treated as a snake.
If you sustain a fall, your
foot may suffer a fracture and you may have a bandage. Nevertheless,
irrespective of the love your mother bears for you, she cannot bandage her leg
to relieve you of your pain. She may feel sympathy for you, but she cannot take
over your fracture by bandaging her leg. In the phenomenal world, such
differences are inherent.
Most people do not realize that
there is this Divine spirit in human beings. They should realize that beyond the
annamaya, pranamaya, manomaya and vijnaanamaya koshas (the physical, the vital,
the mental and the supramental sheaths associated with the body), there is the
Anandamaya kosha (the sheath of Supreme Bliss). When do you attain this Bliss?
It realizes when one suppresses own ego's materials and emotional aspect.
It is difficult indeed to understand the ego - its
depth and devious ways. Ego is an inert entity (quality), that is to
say, it cannot know itself, nor can it know others. It has no fear; it will not
bend before others. It degrades human from the golden glory, which is
his/her due, to the level of lowly dust. Snakes hiss, pigs grunt, bulls moo;
they are asserting their ego, intent on keeping others away.
cannot tolerate love for others, nor can it be happy with itself. If the
harvested grain is neither consumed nor shared, it will only rot. At the least
provocation, egoism gets irate against one's parents, children or wife or
teacher. It thrusts aside everyone who comes in its way.
Therefore, human's enemies are not outside. They prompt human to act contrary to
all codes. Ravana was prompted into sin by his nefarious ego and his crime
reduced his splendid kingdom to a heap of ash. Hitler rose to be the dictator in
Germany; victory over sundry neighbouring states boosted his ego and made him
power mad. He caused a World War and died amidst the ruins of his own capital
city. Egoism is an infection that ruins all chances of expanding and elevating
one's consciousness. .
Once upon a time in the temple of
Visweswara in Kasi, Pujari (surname that means priest) was offering arati to the
deity. Suddenly, a big gold plate fell from above.
surprised and happily picked it up to have a closer look at it. There was an
inscription on the plate, which read as follows: "It should be given to the
greatest devotee. One who does chant the Divine Name is not always qualified to
get it." Then Pujari thought to himself, "Every day, I am performing Sahasra
Lingarchana and Abhishekam to the Lord. I am sanctifying my time by chanting the
sacred mantras from the four Vedas." His ego realizes that there cannot be a
greater devotee than he. However, the golden plate did not react to his thoughts
and turned out of his way.
From that day onward,
whoever visited the temple was asked to touch the plate. However, it so happened
that the plate would turn into an earthen one whenever somebody touched it. It
continued for a few days.
There was a devotee,
who always chanted the Name of God, but did not perform any other sadhana
(spiritual exercises) like japa (soft repetition of the name), thapa, dhyana
(meditation), etc. He had no desires. He had achieved dama (sense control). One
day he visited the temple.
On being requested by Pujari
to touch the plate, he said, "Sir, I don't have any desires, I feel no ego for
material and other kinds of wealth. Hence, I don't want to touch it."
Pujari requested him to touch the plate at least for his
The devotee did not want to displease Pujari and therefore he
touched the plate. No sooner did he touch it than it started shining with added
brilliance. People who were witness to this event surrounded him and started
asking, "Oh noble soul! What is the method of worship you follow, what is the
sadhana you perform?" Then he replied, "I have not performed any japa, thapa,
yajna or yaga (sacrifices or rituals). I only serve the poor. They are
very dear to God."
From then onward,
many rich people started visiting Kasi to see this devotee. Wherever there are
rich people, it is but natural that the poor also gather begging for alms from
the rich. This devotee resolved, "God loves the poor very much. That is why He
has drawn so many of them to His abode.”
From then on, he continued
to serve the poor and the needy with greater devotion and
After imparting such sacred
action to the people around him, the devotee started coming out of the temple.
As he stepped out, the gold plate also followed him. Along with the plate, all
the coins started rolling behind him. Then the beggars started going behind him
asking for the money. The devotee said, "My dear ones, what is the use of asking
me? God is the guardian of all. Hence, pray to Him." As he was moving away, many
coins started falling from the gold plate. The beggars collected those
What this legend teaches?
When there is hard rock below,
you have to bore deeper for tapping the underground perennial pure water. The
softer the subterranean soil, the quicker the success. Make your heart soft;
then, success is quick in sadhana. Develop compassion, sympathy; engage in
service, understand the agony of poverty, disease, distress and despair; share
both tears and cheers with others. That is the way to soften the heart, and help
sadhana to succeed.
What is sadhana,
fundamentally? It is 'upavasam,' 'upasana.' Upa means near, Asana means sitting
and vasam means residing.
We sit near God, so that we might derive
some godly qualities, and get rid of ungodly characteristics. God is the Antharyamin, the Inner Director, the Inner Reality,
the Unseen Basis, and Inner Fire on which all this seeable world is built.
He is like the fire-principle that is latent in wood, which
can be made manifest, when one piece is rubbed vigorously against another.
Satsangh (company of the good and the godly) makes you meet with other souls
(individuals) of a like nature, and creates the contact that manifests the Inner
The Atma, everyone is, vast and
expansive. We fancy that the Atma is in us, in each of us.
However, we are in the Atma, we are all in the Atma. All beings are alive and active, moving and resting in the
An example: we live in homes,
however, our homes are not in us; we have only the memories of our homes and say
pictorially that our homes are in our hearts...
By philosophical and
scientific aspect the Universe with all objects and appearances in It are the
infinite holographic patterns of Cosmic Consciousness what less or more reflect
in human's mind. By general aspect we are in the Universe, not vice
versa. Swami is not in us, we are in Swami with infinite aspects of
diversity. We have installed Swami in our hearts as the spark of the
Divine Energy that guides us from inside us, from our spiritual heart.
We simply say Swami is in our heart, God as Indweller is in our heart. However,
more exactly He is the reflection of the Divine Energy (whatsoever name to
this Energy we give; all names are His) what acts within us.
It is usually said, "The body is a temple and the indweller in the body is
God." This expression in short is correct but we have to understand its
general meaning. In greater detail the Indweller is the
reflection (in veiled or unveiled manifestation) of the Divine Atmic Energy in
human's mind. This reflection is possible when there is a temple - body.
In every temple, we find a
bell. Nevertheless, the bell present in the temple of a human body is not
visible outside. It is not a bell, which one can ring. However, it rings
continuously on its own day in and day out as long as life remains in the human
body. This is nothing but the human heart. When the bell stops ringing, the body
The entire Universe is the temple of God.
In this temple of the Universe, one can continuously hear the sound of the bell
Om. That is why God is described as Sabda Brahmamayi, Characharamayi,
Jyotirmayi, Vangmayi, Nityanandamayi, Paratparamayi, Mayamayi, and Sreemayi (the
embodiment of sound, movable, and immovable, light, speech, eternal bliss,
transcendental, delusion, and wealth).
Today, as a rule, we
are unable to listen to the Divine voice of God, the embodiment of existence,
consciousness, and bliss. Let us remember some fragments from Gita and to go
nearer to hear the Divine call.
Krishna is named Yogeeshwara
(the Lord of yogis) in the Gita. What does that mean? Yoga is defined by
Patanjali (author of the Yoga Sutras, which form the foundation of the Yoga
system of Indian philosophy) as the control of the agitations of the mind-stuff.
If the mind is stilled and free from waves produced by the wind of desire, then
he becomes a Yogi and the Lord is the highest Yogi, for He is the ocean that is
unaffected by the waves which agitate the surface.
Krishna danced on
the hood of the serpent Kaliya and forced it to vomit its poison, it is said.
This is only another way of saying that he forced sensual desires to divest
themselves of pernicious effects. Yoga of this type is the best means of
attaining the Yogeeshwara; not breath control, but sense control is the
Transcend the consciousness of the many and
cultivate the consciousness of the One that will end strife, grief, pain, and
pride. See all as but expressions of the same God, as appearances on the
same screen. Feel that you and they are able to talk and walk, think
and act because of the God (in the form of the spark of the Divine Energy of
Cosmic Consciousness, or Rama's, or Christ's or Swami's spark of Divine Energy)
within. All is The Great One.
The world is One, but, each sees it
from the own angle and so, it appears as if it has multiple faces.
Below are two
Swami's precious directions for every-day practice (who is interested in
1. The Japa maala*
teaches you the Unity, though it has 108 beads. If it is a sphatika maala
(garland of crystal beads) you can see the string running in and through each
bead, the inner reality on which all this is strung. If the beads are not
transparent, you still know that the string passes through, holds together, and
is the basis for the maala to exist.
Why 108 beads? 108 is the
product received by 12 is multiplied 9 times. Twelwe is the number of
Aadhithyas (Luminaries), that reveals the objective world, and so, symbols of
the Sakara aspect (the world of name and form, of manifoldness, the seeming
variety, the fleeting pictures). Nine is the screen on which the pictures
appear, the basis, the rope that deludes you as the snake in the dusk, Brahman,
the Nameless, Formless, and Eternal Absolute.
9 is the Brahman
Number, for it is always 9, however many times you multiply it! It is immutable,
for 9 multiplied by any number finally adds up to 9 only. Therefore, when you
turn the beads, impress upon yourself the fact that there is both truth, and
travesty in the world, that the travesty attracts, distracts and delights in
deceiving you, diverts you into devious paths; the truth makes you
Before everything, you must know
the symbolism of the fingers. The thumb represents Brahman, the eternal
Absolute, the Immanent Principle. The forefinger, the index one, which indicates
this and that, you and other, is the jivi (individual), feeling separate and
distinct. When these two are joined at the tip, held in that position, it is the
Jnana Mudhra, the gesture of wisdom, for, wisdom consists in the jivi becoming
One with the Brahman, the mergence of that which felt that it had emerged! The
other three fingers, represent Prakrithi the objective world, which is negated
when the mergence is effected. They are the three gunas, the sathwic, the
rajasic and the thamasic (qualities of purity, passion and inertia), that by
their interplay create the phenomenal world.
Hold the rosary over the
middle finger, keeping the three guna fingers together. This means that you are
now transcending the world of attributes and qualities, of name and form, of
multiplicity that is the consequence of all this transformation, and proceeding
towards the knowledge of the unity. The jivi finger now slowly passes each bead
towards the thumb (Brahman), touching the tip of the Brahmam finger when the
bead passes over. This mergence is emphasized with every bead and every
breath, for, while the fingers learn and teach the lesson, the tongue too
repeats the mantra or the Name, with the Pranava (the primal sound of
The japa maala (rosary) is very useful for beginners in sadhana,
but, as you progress, japa must become the very breath of your life and so the
rotation of beads becomes a superfluous and cumbersome exercise in which you
have no more interest.
That is the stage to which the japa maala
should lead you. You should not be bound to it forever; it is only a contrivance
to help concentration and systematic contemplation. The belt has to be discarded
when you have learnt to swim, the crutches when you are able to
2. One can win the Divine Grace
by earnest prayer. Before you start dhyana, your meditation session, chant
'so-ham', inhaling 'so' and exhaling 'ham.' So-ham means 'He is I,' it
identifies you with the Infinite and expands your consciousness.
Harmonize the breath and the thought. Breathe gently, naturally; do not make it
artificial and labored. It must flow in and out, soft and silent; if you have
some flour on your palm and hold it near the nostrils, it should not get
fluttered the least.
The faster the breath, the sooner you are
burnt up, the shorter becomes your life span. Slow breath quietens and calms the
emotions. The mood of relaxation produced by this 'so-ham' recital is a
precondition for a profitable session of meditation.
this relaxation, have no thorn of hate in your mind; develop love towards all.
compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 9. "Japa, Saadhana," Chapter 6; Sathya
Sai Speaks. Vol. 7. "Roots into the deep," Chapter 28; Sathya Sai Speaks.
Vol. 15. " Love of the Motherland," Chapter 44; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 26. "The
juice, the sugar and the sweets," Chapter 15 and "What great mothers mean
to the nation," Chapter 16; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 36. "LOVE AND RESPECT
YOUR PARENTS AND SANCTIFY YOUR LIFE," Chapter 10).
*Malas or Japa
Malas are Buddhist, Hindu, and multi-faith prayer beads or rosaries crafted from
various sandalwoods and natural materials. Buddhist Malas are generally 108
Swami teaches... 6 May 2007
Part 2. First for the Mother...
Four ideals have placed before human. Each one quality
being sublimated and subordinated to the next - dharma, artha, kaama, moksha.
Artha or material happiness to be won by dharma (virtuous living), moksha
(liberation) to be held as the only desirable kaama or goal. It is mothers’ role
to teach these ideals to her children.
There have been many mothers in
the world who have sought, by their strenuous endeavors, noble thoughts and
sacred practices, to bring up their children in the path of righteousness.
In Calcutta lived a mother and his son. For the education
of the son, the mother made many a sacrifice. She, however, impressed on the son
one lesson: "Dear son, do not be concerned about worldly education. Through
scholarship, one learns only to engage himself in controversy but does not
acquire complete wisdom. One should study that which frees him from death. Only
spiritual knowledge can lead to immortality. For earning one's livelihood,
worldly education is necessary. But this education should be acquired only to
lead an independent life, with limited desires. Therefore, dear son, while
pursuing studies, embark also on the spiritual quest."
should be utilized for service and sacrifice. The mother taught her son in this
manner the true aim of education.
The boy completed his education and
took up a small job. One day, in that village, there was a folk festival. The
womenfolk of the village donned their best clothes, and jewelers to attend the
festival. The mother also went with tattered clothes. The son could not bear to
see that sight. He said, "Mother, you have no good clothes or any jewelers.
Please let me know what ornaments you wish to have, mother!" The mother replied,
"This is not the right time. I shall let you know at the proper
Thanks to the good behavior
and diligence of the lad, he rose to higher positions in service. Once again, he
returned to his mother and asked what ornament she desired. "I shall get them as
far as I can," he said. The mother told him that she wished, three ornaments,
but she would disclose what they were later on.
The son in the course
of years reached a very high position. Once again, he entreated: "Mother, I have
now some money. Please let me know what jewels you would like. I shall get them
for you." The mother said "Dear son! I am now not in a state when I can wear
jewels. However, there are some ornaments in which I am interested.
Drawing the son nearer to her, she said, "In our small village, I am grieved to
find that the children have to go to distant places for education. My first
ornament I desire is that you should set up a primary school in the village.
Secondly, our people have no facilities for medical relief even for small
ailments. I spend sleepless nights thinking about their plight. If you set up a
small hospital for the village folk, that will be your second ornament for me.
The third ornament is something, which you have to do by yourself. If anybody
asks "who is your mother?" you may mention my name. Your conduct must be such
that you will uphold your mother's name. You must share with others the benefits
of the education you have received. Do not go after wealth. The worshipper of
mammon will not yearn for God. The seeker of God will not seek for wealth.
Observance of this is the third ornament I desire from you."
man who heard these words from his mother, later became famous, and earned the
people's esteem was none other than Eeshvar Chandhra Vidhyaasaagar. He earned a
great name in Calcutta.
Once he was proceeding
to a neighboring village to deliver an address. People used to gather tin large
numbers to listen to his lectures. A young officer, who wanted to listen to
Eeshvar Chandhra Vidhyasaagar's lecture, got down from a train with a suitcase
to go to the lecture-hall.
Eeshvar Chandhra Vidhyaasaagar also got
down from the same train. The young officer was calling for a porter to carry
his suitcase. Eeshvar Chandhra went to him and said, Can't you carry your
suitcase yourself and save the money?" He replied. "It is not in keeping with my
dignity to carry my suitcase. I am an educated person." Eeshvar Chandhra told
him: "The hall-mark of education is humility, not pride. If you cannot carry
your own bag, how are you carrying your body? If, however, you cannot carry your
bag, I shall do so." In addition, Eeshvar Chandhra carried the officer's bag.
He acted on the motto: "Plain living and high thinking." Eeshvar Chandhra left
the bag where the officer got off. The young man wanted to offer money to his
"Porter". Eeshvar Chandhra told him. "To serve you is my reward."
young officer left and was later proceeding to the venue of the meeting. There
people were offering garlands to Eeshvar Chandhra Vidhyaasaagar to welcome him
to the meeting. The young officer realized that the man who had offered to carry
his bag at the station was none other than the respected lecturer of that
evening, Eeshvar Chandhra Vidhyaasaagar. He felt ashamed that he had made such a
great man carry his bag. He reflected: “What is his education and what is mine?
I am like a glow-worm before the Sun."
mother shed tears of joy when she realized the great fame her son had achieved.
"Having begotten such a son, my life has been redeemed. It does not matter what
happens to me hereafter," she said to herself.
some rare cases, through the grace and intervention of the Divine, some children
are rescued from going astray and are guided on the right path despite the
desires of their parents.
For instance, King Shuddhodhana adopted many
methods to prevent his son Siddhartha (who became The Buddha) taking to the path
of renunciation. However, he could not prevent it.
This is due to the
Will of the Divine. It is when human effort and Divine Will are in unison that
the great consummation takes place.
When there are good
mothers, good sons, and daughters will the nation be free from troubles. What
the nation needs today is not material prosperity and wealth. It needs men and
women of character.
depends on three sections of its people for its progress - the producers, the
protectors, and the preceptors. All three are equally important and closely
interdependent. Prosperity rests on this tripod. Love is a seat placed on the
three legs and the nation can be happy and peaceful if all the three sections
work together in mutual love for the nation.
Every being is entitled to partake of God's
Prema (Love), irrespective of gender, nationality, color, creed or
status in society. When God and God's Love are
activating every atom, who dare say, 'Stand out' to any one?
By legend Chaithanya, the son of Satheedhevi, once went to Puri and had dharshan
of Lord Jagannaath. He worshipped Jagannaath with these words: "Oh Lord! You are
not merely the Lord of the Earth. You are the Lord of the Universe! You are the
Lord of Love! Swami! I do not need wealth or vehicles. Even less do I seek
devotion, wisdom, or renunciation. I do not aspire for worldly pleasures or
possessions. It is enough if I am endowed with the Love to love you. If I have
that Love, all other things will come of their own accord. The only thing I seek
is Love towards you. Grant me this boon."
Chaithanya declare, "My
property is not 'Shri' but Hari. I value not Lakshmi (the Goddess of Wealth),
but the Lord of Lakshmi (Vishnu)." There is no greater wealth than Love of the
Lord. Revere the mother as the Lord.
Once Rama told
Sita, while they were staying on the Chithrakootha Mountain, that as few could
comprehend the subtle principle of Divinity, people should adore their parents
as the visible embodiments of God.
From ancient times, the
relations between mother and children have been hallowed as a result of the
purity, the virtue and the integrity of the children. The relationship was full
of love, mutual esteem, intense devotion, and nectarine sweetness.
However, today the many children have no respect for the
mother. Mothers have also little concern for the children. With the result, the
Kali Age has become Kalaha Age the age of discord.
Who are responsible
for this situation? The mothers are the root cause. It is because of the
pampering of the children in all sorts of ways by the mothers that the children
tend to go astray.
What is it the mothers ask for today? Not
compassion, good character, integrity and such virtues they ask. They want their
children to get educated, secure a big job, marry a wealthy girl or boy and lead
a comfortable life. "Many mothers today are behaving like Kalakanthi (the woman
who had Chandhramathi's son bitten by a serpent).
Mothers should impress on their children to use
their wealth in righteous ways, develop compassion, and lead a just and moral
life. They have to explain to their children that the act of service is not to
be judged according to the cost or publicity it entails; it may be only the
offering of a cup of water in the depth of a jungle. But, the need of the
recipient, the mood of the person who offers - these decide whether the act is
gold or lead. Children who misbehave should be severely dealt with. (Such
high-minded mothers have become rare these days. Integrity and morality are
going down day by day).
Many fathers today are behaving like
Dhritharashtra (the father of the wicked Kauravas). In Mahabharatha the
wicked Kauravas brought ruin upon their entire clan by their evil
The Mahabharatha epic, which Vyasa collected and
composed teach quite emphatically and clearly the evanescence of wealth,
authority, power, physical prowess and all that is considered desirable by human
on Earth. Vyasa taught dharma in the Mahabharatha, bhakthi in the Bhagavatha,
and shanthi and prema in the 18 Puranas. He taught the knowledge of "knowledge,
knower and the known" in the Brahmasuuthra. He emphasized that harming others is
the seed of sin and serving others the seed of merit. That is the lesson of
Prema i.e. Love, pure and simple.
Due to the effect of Kali
Age, bhakthi (devotion) and the Divine Love have become artificial. People are
trying to please others, but not God.
Vedic scriptures have
prescribed nine paths of devotion.
Vishnusmaranam (contemplating on
Padasevanam (serving His Lotus Feet),
Make your home the seat of virtue, of morality, of
love. Control anger and greed. That is the sign of the genuine bhaktha, not
unrestricted speech, and movements. (You may claim to be a devotee and declare
yourself as such, when you speak; but, unless your egoism has gone and you love
all equally, the Lord will not acknowledge your devotion).
through hard striving, can the Divinity in human be realized, like the fire that
emerges from the rubbing of two sticks and butter from the churning of
Swami stresses that though the Divinity that
resides in all human beings is one and the same, but the capacities and
personalities of various individuals are different. Depending on the
ripeness of their experience on the cultural practices they have pursued, on the
nature of their spiritual disciplines, and on their parental background, these
individuals have a wide or narrow outlook. The attitudes of individuals are
determined by their day-to-day experiences.
The Divine Love is
the Amritharasa (essence of nectar) which fills the Upanishadhs. When human
realizes the inefficiency of the senses, the mind and the intellect, to grapple
with the reality and know the inner core of truth, then, human discovers he/she
is the Atma. Or, human realizes that there is God who is the basis of all this
superstructure, who has designed and contrived all this and he/she surrenders
own ego to Him. "Let Your will prevail."
handicaps, grief, and pains that were hitherto causes of distress suddenly take
on a new and magnificent rate: they are "His handwork, His gifts, His Grace."
They are no longer unwelcome; they are as welcome as the successes, the
pleasures, the happiness is. Both are His Will.
Love is of
three kinds, depending on the guna (quality) that predominates in the
individual. Thamasic love confines itself to "me" and "mine," it does not flow
beyond that little circle. Rajasic love flows only towards those in power, or
have wealth, or to those who will give it a spectacular effect. Sathwic love, on
the other hand, always flows towards the good, the pure, the detached, towards
awe and wonder, towards God.
When light of Love is absent in the
heart; and, so, bats and nocturnal birds infest it and foul it. The bats are the
evil qualities of hate and malice and greed.
the spring that feeds the roots of all the virtues.
You must have seen
paddy fields where the crop is drying, though the ground is wet and there is a
thin sheet of water still under the plants. You must have seen also big trees,
standing upon hard dry ground, but decked with a rich crown of green foliage.
Have you paused to find out the reason for this contrast? The roots of the paddy
plants do not go deep; the roots of the trees go down unto the very springs of
underground water that are perennial.
Desire is a storm; greed
is a whirlpool; pride is a precipice; attachment is an avalanche; egoism is a
volcano. Keep these things away, so that when you do japa or dhyana, they do not
disturb the equanimity. Let love be enthroned in your heart. Then, there will be
sunshine and cool breeze and gurgling waters of contentment, feeding the roots
of faith with garland of Love or vice versa.
Have faith and
love towards your home, your village, your Motherland. However, that does not
imply hatred of other countries. On no account should hatred or enmity or
intolerance pollute your minds.
Consider an example from the Ramayana.
After the death of Ravana on the battlefield, Lakshmana asked Rama, "Brother!
Our brother Bharatha has been ruling the kingdom of Ayodhya very well, for
fourteen years. That kingdom, though poor, is happy under his role. Now, Lanka
has come into our hands. I pray that you assume ruler over Lanka and reform the
rakshasas." Rama smiled at this suggestion. He replied, "Does any son
give up his mother because her features are ugly? My motherland may be poor but
it is my mother. Can I adopt a woman as mother, if she is more charming
then my own?"
(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai
Speaks. Vol. 9. "Japa, Saadhana," Chapter 6; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 7. "Roots
into the deep," Chapter 28; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 15. " Love of the
Motherland," Chapter 44; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 26. "The juice, the sugar and
the sweets," Chapter 15 and "What great mothers mean to the nation,"
Chapter 16; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 36. "LOVE AND RESPECT YOUR PARENTS AND
SANCTIFY YOUR LIFE," Chapter 10).
Swami teaches... 3
- 5 May 2007
Part 1. First for the
gift is greater than the gift of food?
Is there a greater deity than
What virtue is greater than compassion?
is more valuable than good company?
Is there a worse enemy than
Is any disease worse than debt?
Can any death be
worse than infamy?
What can be grater than a good name?
wealth is greater than God's love?
It is to acquire this supreme
wealth that human has taken birth on the Earth.
wise man, Pundaleeka was tending his parents when God appeared before him as
Narayana. He was revering them as the God in them. So, he asked Narayana to wait
a little, He threw a brick towards Him to serve as a footstool on which He could
stand, until he was ready to worship Him. If you do not revere the parents, how
can worship the God Narayana?
When Rama went to the forest
with Sita, one day he told her: "In this world there are no greater adorable
deities than one's mother and father. Without adoring mother as Divine, how can
a human contemplate on a Being that is subtle and beyond his daily experience?
The Divine transcends all human understanding. How can this be recognized?
People who cannot comprehend the hearts of parents who are close to them,
whose love they experience in daily life, how can they comprehend the Absolute,
which the Upanishads declare is beyond the reach of speech and the mind. Hence,
the injunction that the mother and the father should be adored as Divine. It was
my foremost duty to carry out the will of my
The womb of a mother is like the womb of
Mother Earth. The thought that prevails at the time of conception
results in the kind of child that is born. If the parents desire to have
virtuous, exemplary, and noble children, they have to observe righteous
practices and lead virtuous lives.
The mother sacrifices her all for rearing
the child, protecting, and bringing child up well.
Hence, the sweetness
manifest in material love cannot be found in any other object or experience,
"What greater sweetness is there than a mother's love? One's honor is greater
than one's life," goes the saying.
When human emerges from the womb
one does not find any garland round his neck.
There are no jewels made of pearls
nor are there glittering gold
There are no chains studded with precious stones
like emeralds and diamonds.
There is no garland of flowers
But there is one garland round his neck.
strings together the consequences of
past deeds into a heavy garland
puts it round the neck at the time of birth.
From ancient times, the culture of Bharath has been upholding high
ideals. Foremost among its teachings was the concept of reverence for the mother
and the father as embodiments of the Divine.
Swami's school days, when Sathya (i. e. Swami) with other students returned from
the Bukkapatnam school in the evenings, mother Easwaramma would lovingly enquire
as to what happened in the school that day. One day the children told her,
"Mother, today a teacher by name Kondappa made our Sathya stand upon the bench."
They started criticizing him.
Easwaramma intervened and said, "Children, you should not talk ill of your
teacher. No teacher would punish his student without a proper reason. Our Sathya
might have committed some mistake." Then she asked, "Sathya, what is the mistake
you committed?" Sathya told her the facts as they happened. Kondappa ordered,
"Whoever has written the notes should place it on his table. Others should
stand upon the bench." Sathya had not written the notes. That was His mistake.
He also said something that was more than necessary, "Sir, can all those boys
who have taken down the notes answer your questions? Though I have not written
the notes, I can answer any question that you may ask." Kondappa thought that
Sathya was egotistic and ordered Him to stand upon the bench for three periods.
Meanwhile, the other teacher, Mahboob Khan, came to the
class. He was pained to see Swami standing on the bench. He asked, "Kondappa,
why have you made this boy stand upon the bench?" Kondappa said, "He has
not taken down the notes, hence the punishment."
Mahboob Khan defended
Sathya saying, "So what if He has not taken down the notes? He can answer all
your questions, and that is enough. Ask Him to sit down." However, Kondappa
insisted that Sathya should be punished as he had disobeyed teachers command.
The bell rang and Kondappa had to go to another class. Nevertheless,
he was unable to get up from the chair. Initially he thought that his dhoti had
entangled to a nail in the chair. But that was not the case. He was stuck to the
chair! When he tried to get up from the chair, the chair also came along with
Khan said, "Kondappa, He is not an ordinary boy. He is one of great Divine
powers. You have punished Him without a proper reason. At least now, ask Him to
Kondappa realized his mistake and told Sathya to sit down.
Immediately, he could get up from the chair.
When all this was
narrated to mother Easwaramma, she said, "Dear Sathya, you should not punish
your own guru (teacher)." Sathya answered, "I did not punish him; in fact, he
Easwaramma imparted a sacred teaching to
the children, saying, "My dear ones, you are going to school to study. Whatever
you learn put it to proper use. If you do not make proper use of your education,
you become a rakshasa (demon)."
Then Swami's mother told, "Sathya! At
any time and under any circumstances, do not cultivate hatred toward
anybody.” In this manner, mother Easwaramma taught the children many
sacred ideals. Though mother Easwaramma had no formal education, she was one of
Mother Easwaramma used to impart many
noble teachings to the devotees when they gathered around her. Many ladies would
go there and plead with her, "Mother, we have been here for a long time. Please tell Swami to grant us an interview." She would tell
them, "My dear, Swami may look small to our eyes, but He does not listen
to anyone. He will not act on recommendations. He will give you what you
deserve. You should try to understand the Divine Principle of Swami."
In this manner, she would give proper guidance to the
“ We should not hurt
others or make fun of them. We should love all.” This is what mother Easwaramma
taught everybody. Do your duty sincerely. Then, you will certainly progress in
One day she told Swami, "Sathya! The whole world is
coming to You. Please bestow peace on the world with Your Sankalpa
Swami answered her, "It is not that I have to make a Sankalpa
for world peace. Each one has to attain peace by him/herself. You have to
manifest your love. You have to experience peace within. You have to follow the
path of truth.
Since ancient times, there have been many
noble mothers, who have guided their children on the right path. The future of
the nation rests in the hands of mothers. That is why one calls one's own
country as Motherland.
Some examples from
It was because Aryamba was a devoted and pious woman and
observed sacred practices that the great world-teacher, Adi Sankaracharya was
born to her. For Vivekananda to achieve worldwide renown, his mother's sacred
life was responsible. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was able to preach the sacred
doctrine of love to the world and achieve greatness because of his mother's good
the appellation of "Mahathma" because of the sacred vow ritual "Kokila Vratha"
observed by his mother.
As soon as she completed the ritual, she
would wait for the call of the Kokila (the Indian cuckoo) to have her breakfast.
However, on one day, she waited for a long time, withouttaking food, for the
call of the cuckoo. Noticing this, the young Gandhi went out of the
house, imitated the cooing of the cuckoo and then told his mother, "Now that
the cuckoo has made its call, please, mother, take your food." Unable to
contain her grief, the mother slapped on the cheeks of Gandhi and wailed:
"What sin have I committed that such a liar should be born to me! What a great
sinner am I to have begotten such a wicked liar as son, Oh Lord!" She
was shedding tears as she spoke. Deeply moved by his mother’s words, Gandhi
made a promise to her "In my life, henceforth, I will not utter
Gandhi became a 'Mahathma' because of the severe
punishment meted out to him by his mother. Gandhi's mother Putlibai, had a maid
called Rambha. One day Gandhi came running to her saying, "I am afraid, I am
afraid!" Rambha was a worthy maid of Putlibai. She told the young fear-stricken
lad, "Don't have any fear. Whenever you feel afraid, repeat the name, 'Raam,
Raam,' and your fear will leave you." Gandhi all his life remembered that
Bharath's ancient culture has accorded first
place to the mother. Father comes only next. Even on invitation cards we write
Smt (Srimathi) and Sri. The husband may be highly educated and occupying a
position of authority. Yet, we cannot write Sri and Srimati while sending an
invitation. Since ancient times, women are treated
with great reverence and respect in Bharath.
true human being loves the mother and becomes the recipient of the mother's
love. Experience and enjoy your mother's love. Dedicate your life for the
happiness of the mother.
You may acquire any number of degrees; you
may undertake any number of sacred activities; but all of them will prove futile
if you do not please your mother. There is none superior to the mother
in this world. The Veda has accorded the place of highest prominence to
(There may be a son/daughter in this world who does not
love own mother, but, as a rule, there cannot be a mother who does not love her
child. There may be differences of opinion between them, but the motherly love
will never diminish).
After the Burma war (in the
Forties), a mother, and her son came to Madras as refugees. This son used to go
out begging for food and bring it home for both of them to eat. Seeing the
pathetic condition of the young one, the mother said that from the next day she
herself would go out for getting food, leaving the boy in the shed. Moreover, no
mother would like to see her son going out as a beggar. For this reason, also
she decided to go out herself. For some days, she went out begging, but could
manage to get only a small amount of food. She gave the food to the child and
starved herself, but told him that she had already eaten. After some time the
woman was too weak to go out begging. The son started going out to beg for food
and kept feeding his mother.
Her condition deteriorated from day
to-day. She could not bear the pangs of hunger. The son went out and begged
for food at an officer's residence. The officer, who was glancing through the
day's newspaper, heard the boy's cry for food to appease his hunger. The officer
brought some food and gave it to the boy and asked him to eat it in his
The boy said he would not eat there, but takes the food
home. The officer questioned him why he would not eat there when he was hungry.
"You are not really hungry. You are lying," shouted the officer. The boy was too
weak to stand and dropped down at the feet of the officer with the food in his
hands. The officer noticed that the boy was muttering some words to himself. He
went close to the boy's mouth and heard him say, “First for mother, first for
mother." Saying those words, the boy passed away.
What an example is this of the love of a
mother and the devotion of a son. Even though he was hungry, he wanted to give
the food first to his mother. Does this kind of feeling exist even a little
among students today?
It is your foremost duty to love your mother.
As soon as you wake up in the morning, the first thing you should do is to touch
your mother's feet and offer your salutations. Such a noble practice will
protect you always and bestow on you all types of wealth.
The boys and girls are going to be fathers and mothers in future. You will be
loved and respected by your children only when you love and respect your
parents now. You are bound to face the reaction, resound, and reflection of your
actions. When you respect your parents, there will be rich rewards for you in
There are many who are highly educated. Having received
many sacred teachings, you should practice at least one of them. You perform
worship and sing bhajans with devotion. It is enough if you practice and
experience at least one word of the bhajans you sing. For example, you extol God
as 'Premaswarupa' (embodiment of Love). Accordingly, you should develop love and
share it with others.
People attribute certain
teachings to Rama, Krishna, and so on and so forth. It does not matter whether
it is Rama or Krishna; enquire what, why, when, where, and under what
circumstances they had given those teachings. You should remember the context
those teachings and act accordingly.
Many students do not pay heed to
the words of their mother. Mothers speak from their heart wishing the welfare of
their children. You should understand their feelings and give due respect to
Obey the commands of your parents. You will certainly be
blessed with all types of education and strength. You do not need to make any
special efforts to acquire them. Discharge your duty sincerely.
compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 9. "Japa, Saadhana," Chapter 6; Sathya
Sai Speaks. Vol. 7. "Roots into the deep," Chapter 28; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol.
15. " Love of the Motherland," Chapter 44; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 26. "The
juice, the sugar and the sweets," Chapter 15 and ”What great mothers mean to the
nation," Chapter 16; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 36. "LOVE AND RESPECT YOUR PARENTS
AND SANCTIFY YOUR LIFE," Chapter 10).