Swami teaches....Part 106



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Light and Love


Swami teaches... 30 May - 3 June 2007

Part 3. Be Like the Lotus

Where there is no truth, there can be no bliss. "Trikala badhyam sathyam (Truth is changeless in three periods of time)." Dharma is also changeless in three periods of time. The injunction of the Vedas is sathyam vada, dharmam chara (speak the truth and follow dharma).

However, as a rule, nobody pays heed to this dictum. Today, people misinterpret truth as that which is expressed, seen, heard, and experienced by the senses. Similarly, dharma is also misinterpreted. This is in fact prakrita sathya and prakrita dharma (worldly truth and worldly dharma). This is related to the outward path (pravritti).

The inward path (nivritti) is related to the fundamental truth and righteousness (sathya and dharma). Nevertheless, today no one seems to be taking cognizance of this.

God is the embodiment of Sathya and Dharma. The Divine is beyond time and space, any time, any place is appropriate for repeating God's name. The Bhagavatha declares, "Contemplate on God always, at all places and at all times." You must learn to think of God in whatever you see, whatever you do, and whatever you touch. You are playing temporary roles on the cosmic stage. You must get back to your true Divine Selves when the play is over. That is why we pray to God to illumine our intellect, as stated in the Great Gayatri mantra - the royal road to Divinity.

Today the world is in disarray because the principles of Sathya and Dharma are not scrupulously followed.

Human feels proud of his/her medha shakti (intelligence). Greatness does not lie in merely possessing intelligence. It has to be converted into skill. Then will there be balance in human life.

Newton wanted to know whether the creation had emerged on its own or whether an unseen force was governing it. He conducted extensive research for several years to know the truth. Ultimately, he gave up all the scientific experimentation and turned inward. Within a span of nine days, he realized that there a "Divine hand" was responsible for the entire creation, its sustenance, and its annihilation. Newton looked on the Universe and all that is in it as a riddle, as a secret, set by the Almighty. Other scientists like Einstein, Schrödinger, etc., came to the same conclusion. Many eminent modern scientists are also trying to find out the truth about the Divine creative principle of the Universe.

Famous physicist David Bohm concluded that the reason subatomic particles are able to remain in contact with one another regardless of the distance separating them is not because they are sending some sort of mysterious signal back and forth, but because their separateness is an illusion. He argues that at some deeper level of reality such particles are not individual entities, but are extensions of the same fundamental something i. e. unity in diversity.

(These and many other discoveries of modern science are described in the book by Greg F. Reinking "Cosmic Legacy: Space, Time, and the Human Mind" 2006. The brief summary of the book is available in Scientific American, Jan. 2007).

Today's modern science step by step reaches closer to the truths about the Universe and human's mind explained and pictorially analyzed by Swami. That is fact, what cannot be denied by anybody.

In the world exist various kinds of subjects for which knowledge is available - knowledge of science, technology, music, literature, art, sculpture, economics, politics, and etc. All these are only components of worldly knowledge relating to the phenomenal world.

All worldly knowledge can help to increase one's comforts, and the worldly technical development. (Very often unbalanced development what caused deep destruction of natural resources of biosphere. Is such development the development at all)? However, through such education human society will not contribute to mukthi (liberation). However much we may acquire control over material conditions, this will not serve to produce peace of mind or the bliss of the soul. In a sense, the more the worldly knowledge the less is one likely to have mental peace.

Worldly knowledge is no doubt necessary. How can we live in human society without it? To obtain the accord with laws of Nature and the peace in mind Vedanta stresses to the purity and harmony of thought, speech, and action as Thrikaranasuddhi. Activities arising from Thrikaranasuddhi find expression in two ways: one through artistic creativity and the other, through scientific exploration. Of the two, artistic creativity is supremely important. The aesthetic feeling is based on creative imagination. A sculptor who desires to carve an image out of a piece of rock has to have the figure he seeks to carve in his imagination. This imagination finds creative expression in the sculpture.

As against this aesthetic creativity, we have the urge for scientific enquiry. This is primarily concerned with objects in the external world. Experimental research has its vision turned outward. Nevertheless, even that has its basis in the Antardrishti (Inward Vision). This relates to the subject.

However, it is not the be-all and end-all. Worldly knowledge should be under control similarly, as the mind should be under control of intelligence and conscience.

(Many great kings in the past, who have ruled the vast empires and have enjoyed every kind of pleasure, chose at the close of their lives to renounce everything for the sake of realizing spiritual peace).

Swami shows that the path to God-realization are the true purposes of life. His Teaching shows how these purposes should be realized. Swami's Teaching dispels the darkness of ignorance by leading one to the light of knowledge of the Good, the True and the Eternal. Swami's Teaching demonstrates that beyond the changing forms and names of the phenomenal world there is a Divinity that is permanent and unchanging.

Love the world as the vesture of God, no more, no less. Love cures pettiness, hate, and grief. Love loosens bonds; it saves human from the torment of birth and death. Love binds all hearts in a soft silken symphony. Love is the greatest expression of harmony. On Principle of Love, Harmony and Order the Universe and objects in It exist. Such harmony exists also in human mind, but it was covered by Maya reality. It is possible to reveal by the help of Swami's Teaching.

Some months ago Scientific American Science News, March 19, 2007 published 248-Dimensional Object as an example of harmony.

With help from a supercomputer, researchers have mapped an extremely complex object in mathematics known as the E8 group. The image made by John Stembridge (shown in attachment). There 8-dimensional form projected onto two dimensions. Enjoy the harmony in Nature by imaginative example. Researchers will hope to uncover subtle ways in which different equations or geometric shapes can be seen as facets of the same underlying thing - an insight that has led to some of the century's biggest discoveries in particle physics.

You are all caskets of the Divine Love; share it, spread it. Express that Love in acts of service, words of sympathy, thoughts of compassion. Just as when you awake from sleep, you know that the dream, which you had, was a matter of minutes, though the chain of events dreamed spanned many years, this life will appear a transient affair when you awake into jnana after this brief 'dream of life.' Be always full of joy so that when death calls, you can quit with a light laugh, and not whimper in grief.

Love is the greatest gift God has given to a human being. The value of any material object in this world can be assessed; but not the value of Love. Thus, when you exchange Love and spend your lives happily, evil qualities like hatred, jealousy, ego, etc., cannot come anywhere near.

By the way, there is a chemical stick called ?Lakshmana Rekha?. When a line is drawn with this stick in the house, no insect of any kind can enter the area. Similarly, where there is Love, there the evil qualities cannot enter. Hence, only one quality, the quality of Love is sufficient to drive away all evil qualities. Love can be shared with any number of people; it will not deplete in quantity. In fact, the more you share it with others the more it will grow. God is our father; we are all His children. All these children have a right to inherit His property. All have to share that ?property?, the property of Love.

Seen through the eyes of Love, all beings are beautiful, all deeds are dedicated, all thoughts are innocent. The world is one vast kin. Human is born in society; human is bred in society; human is shaped well or ill by the subtle influence of society. Human, in turn, as a member of society influences the people who contact him/her. If you develop a feeling of Love how can there be a feeling of hatred between you and the other human being?

Human's life is turned or twisted by the standards, modes and behavior patterns of the society into which person is born through the effects of his/her accumulated karma.

The materialistic philosophers today speak about oneness of humanity. Nevertheless, how do they explain the vast and immeasurable differences among people - differences in abilities, conditions, attitudes, and impulses? One is continually sick. Another is hale and hearty. One is always cheerful. Another is continuously miserable. People do not realize that these differences are the results of past karma.

The dheha and the dhesa (body and the country) are inextricably intertwined. The body is one encasement; the country is another, for the spirit of human. Use society for your uplift; try to shape society so that it will help the uplift of individuals and not turn them away from God.

Everyone craves for security, peace, joy and happiness. However, most believe that these can be extracted from Nature around. The result is: human wastes the years in playing and resting, earning and spending, drinking and eating.

It is important to note that people should realize the connection between food and the state of one's mind. One will develop good qualities if one takes sathwik food, which is wholesome and moderate in quantity. All that is eaten should be regarded as an offering to God.

What we eat affects our health. We eat by choice what is a decision of the mind.

(When we make the mental decision to become vegetarian our thought processes influences the way in which we think about eating animal-based foods. We make these choices we experience fewer and fewer diseases as we listen to, and take action on what our mind being under the control of intellect, is telling us).

The human body is verily a small generator of different powers (energy with different frequencies and intensities or vibrations in general).The jataragni (digestive fire), for example, is the source of heat energy in the body. Swami asks before partaking of food to chant the sloka (verse):

Brahmarpanam Brahma Havir
Brahmagnou Brahmana Hutham
Brahmaiva Thena Ganthavyam
Brahmakarma Samadhina.

Immediately, you get the reply from within:

Aham Vaishvanaro Bhoothva
Praninam Dehamasritha
Pranapana Samayukta
Pachamyannam Chathurvidham.

God, who is present in you in the form of Vaishvanara, digests the food that you eat.

The life is temporary. You should suffuse it with spirituality and should step into a new life with sacred qualities.

Very often, by joining bad company, people become slaves. Remember Ramayana, what happened to Kaikeyi on listening to the words of Manthara. No one loved Rama more than Kaikeyi. But when her intelligence was clouded, she believed the words of the wicked Manthara. To one with perverted intellect, truth appears as untruth and vice versa.

So, run away from bad company, join good company, undertake righteous actions day and night, and enquire which is permanent and which is ephemeral. Let the flow of peace from within will became stronger. Swami's illuminative quotation notes, "Where there is Peace, there will be Love. The Light of Love shines on one and all. It is the Love that illuminates the entire Universe."


(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 4. "Heroes, not Zeros," Chapter 1; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 8. "The way of the wise," Chapter 23; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 16. "Karma, Dharmaja and Brahma," Chapter 7; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 16. "Karma, Dharmaja and Brahma," Chapter 7, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 32. Part 2. "Truth emerges from Wisdom," Chapter 5 ; Sathya Sai Baba. Vidya Vahini. Chapter XI; http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages/Prasanthi_Nilayam/adilabad_discourse 2007.html).

Namaste - Reet

Swami teaches... 29 May 2007

Part 2. Be Like the Lotus




We live in an invisible sea of consciousness, an atmosphere of thoughts and their associated feelings.

Years of scientific research has shown that brainwaves not only provide insight into an individual's mind and body, but they can be stimulated to actually change that person's current state.

The brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, which communicate with each other using electrical signals. All of these neurons sending signals at once produce a large amount of electrical activity commonly called a brainwave pattern. The more complex this structure is, the higher the level of person?s intellectual development is.

There are two birds sitting on one tree, the Upanishad says: the jiviatma and the Paramatma - the individual soul and the Supreme Soul - on the tree of this body, this World.

One bird eats the fruits of that tree, while the other simply looks on, as a witness. Nevertheless, the wonder is the two birds are really one, though they appear as two; they cannot be separated, since they are two aspects of the same entity.

Niraakaara and Saakaara (without form and with form), are just two ways in which the One manifests Itself.

The minute hand of the dock is the individual soul the bird that eats the fruits. It goes round and round but, the hour hand moves silently and slowly, with a certain dignity. The hour hand can be said to be the Supreme Soul. Once an hour the two meet, but, the individual soul does not get that consummation fixed for ever. It loses the precious chance and so has to go round and round again and again. Liberation is when the two merge, and only one remains.

Fix it in your inner consciousness. That is the path of liberation, which you must start treading and, today is as good as any other day, for deciding to do so.

When the obstacles in the path of truth are laid low, deliverance is achieved. That is why liberation (moksha) is something that can be won, here and now; one need not wait for the dissolution of the physical body for that. Action must not be felt as a burden, for that feeling is a sure sign, indicating that it is against the grain. No action, which helps your progress, will weigh heavily on you. It is only when you go counter to your innermost nature that you feel it a burden. A time comes when you look back on your achievement and sigh at the futility of it all. Entrust to the Lord, before it is too late, your mind and let Him shape it as He likes.

Just as the clouds originate from the Sun, likewise, manas (mind), buddhi (intellect) and chitta (subconscious mind) are formed out of the Atma. Mind is responsible for all suffering, and even rebirth. Therefore, mind has to be diverted towards God in order to escape from the cycle of birth and death.

You have meditated too long on riches, status, salary, children, relatives, fame and the standard of living. They are all of minor interest, momentary value, and dubious profit.

Meditate; fix your urge on the Nithya, the Sathya, the Nirmala, the Nischala - the Eternal, the Real, the Pure, and the Immovable.

The Lord had Maya (Illusion) as His consort, so to say, and He had a son, called Manas (Mind).

This Manas, to continue the parable, had two wives: Pravritthi and Nivritthi - Attachment and Detachment. Of course, Attachment was his favorite wife, and she had a hundred children. Detachment was ill-treated and neglected and she had five children. That is the symbolism of the Kauravas (hundred sons) and the Pandavas (five sons) of Mahabharatha. Though the children all lived in the same kingdom, ate the same food, and learnt from the same teacher, their natures differed widely from one another. The Kauravas, children of wife Attachment were greedy, cruel, self-centered and vain; the Pandavas, the five of them, each one represented a supreme virtue, so that they could be said to symbolize sathya, dharma, shanthi, prema and ahimsa (truth, righteousness, peace, love and non-injury). Since they were so pure and born of wife Detachment, the Lord became their guide. In fact, the Lord will be the Guide of whoever installs Him as his Sarathi (Charioteer).

He is the Sanathana Sarathi (Eternal Charioteer) come to be the Charioteer of all. He is the Lord, for all who seek a Master, a support.

By action, done with all this care, this vision gets clarified. Human is blinded by the objective world and he believes that world to be real, meaningful and worthy of pursuit. The cataract grows in the eye and robs it of its efficiency. Ignorance, the cataract of the inner eye, blinds the intellect and robs it of its efficiency. So, it cannot see the Divinity that is your real nature.

Oh foolish mind,
seeking the Vision of the Divine.
Where do you wander in vain?
What you seek is within you,
know that truth.

The rope is mistaken to be a snake and the perceiver flees in fear. The truth is, it is not the organ eye that sees. The eye sees because it is reflected by electromagnetic waves of visible light of the Sun.

The scripture says: "Chakshos Suryo ajayatha": From the eye, Surya was born. The soul is the motive force of all the senses; the eye is but a window through which the soul peeps out at the external world. Of what use is the eye, when the vision is not correct? That is to say, when you have no Samadhrishti (Samam means Brahman, the Absolute Reality; Samadhrishti means, seeing only Brahman, the One),in all things at all times. This Ekathwam (Oneness) is the basic truth.

Even great scientists could not comprehend the reality and understand the difference between truth and untruth due to lack of the power of discrimination. Today, modern person considers truth as untruth, dharma as adharma, and vice versa. In spite of knowing what is truth and righteousness, modern consumer-society is not able to protect dharma and control injustice.

Not merely that, human is forgetting the truth and distorting the meaning of dharma itself. He gives various contradictory definitions of sathya and dharma. Does the fault lie with sathya and dharma? The mistake lies in the manner in which the buddhi (intelligence) is utilized (what has noted with many examples in previous part 1).

Human can acquire wisdom only when he/she converts own intelligence into skill. But due to the effect of Kali Age, human, instead of converting intelligence into skill, kills it. As a result, human's buddhi is perverted and there is imbalance in life.

Is it possible, oh man, to escape
the consequences of your actions?
You may be a great scholar, worship the
family deity or even go to the forest and
undertake severe penance;
yet you are bound to face the
consequences of your actions.
Whether you dip the container in a small lake
or a mighty ocean, the amount of water
collected depends on the size of the container.

Human has won unique qualities of head and heart through a series of effort-filled lives as members of inferior species. (However, that victory is now reduced to ashes, by this supine sloth).

Be thankful to the Lord that He gave you Time, as well as action to fill it with conscious life. He gave you food, as well as hunger to relish it. Nevertheless, that does not entitle you to engage yourself in action indiscriminately.

Diagnose yourself; discover your problem's root cause; apply the proper remedy: that is the way of the wise. Do not run after quacks or pseudo panaceas.

After you become an observer of your personality then it is time to move on.

Think back to the difference in your personality years ago beginning from childhood. You discovered that your personality is not constant, but it is worth to love and observe as the line of experiences of Atma what itself remains in the state of witness, always constant.

Atma within is as sunlight what enables human to perform various actions. Yet, the Sun remains unaffected by what human does. It is just a witness. Likewise, God is the eternal witness. He is unaffected by what happens around. Clouds, which owe their existence to the Sun, cover the Sun itself. However, that does not diminish the brilliance of the Sun in any way. Similarly, God does not stand to lose anything if human being, who owes own existence to God, derides Him.

Human being will certainly reap the consequences of own actions; God is not affected by them.

For the performance of karma, the body is the primary instrument. It is through fight karma that one understands dharma. The Karma Kaanda (branch dealing with action and its reaction) of the Vedas indicates how the primary goals of life are to be realized by the performance of sacramental duties - Sandhyaa Vandanam (daily worship of Sun God), yagna (sacrificial rite) and yaga (ceremonial sacrifice). Even as birth is related to karma, karma to dharma, and dharma to Brahman, the mother, the father, guru (preceptor) and God are related to the individual. The mother indicates the father. The father leads one to the guru who shows the way to realize God. All the four are fundamental to one's life. The mother comes first because she bears the travail of carrying and giving birth to the child.

Karma is the cause of everything that happens. The fruits of one's actions may not be evident immediately, but sooner or later, they are bound to appear. Hence, it is only by doing good deeds can one achieve desirable results. It is for this purpose that the Vedas have laid down in the Karma Kaanda the good deeds by which beneficial results can be got.

The Karma Kaanda reveals that the Law of Karma affects everything that has a body and not merely human beings alone. Even the Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra (God of dissolution of the cosmos; named Shiva in his auspicious or benevolent form) - cannot avoid the consequences of karma. By their actions, they are demonstrating this truth to the world.

By ancient scriptures, like a potter, Brahma is continuously creating things in this Cosmos. This is the unceasing work. Why is he involved in this? Because he has a distinct body. Assuming the body for performing karma and discharging his dharma (righteousness) through his karma, he is setting an example to the world.

Vishnu comes down in human form whenever dharma declines on the Earth and is in danger of extinction. Facing the censure of the wicked, punishing evildoers and protecting the good and the innocent, and receiving the praise of the devotees, Vishnu is carrying out His duty of protecting dharma and reforming humanity.

It may be asked, "Why should Vishnu go through this ordeal as the protector of dharma?" It is no ordeal. It is only a demonstration of the duties that are related to the assuming of a certain form.

Eashwara (Shiva) covers Himself with vibhuthi, dwells in the burial ground, and subjects Himself to various rigorous disciplines.

Thus, gods by their actions have been setting an example to humanity as to how to make human life purposeful.

There are in human beings three aspects: mala, vikshepa and avarana. Mala is the cause of ashanthi (mental disquiet). It represents the fruit of actions done in previous births. As long as this is not eliminated, it will give rise to all kinds of trouble and sorrow. How can there be peace or joy when the fruit of past karma remains in us? To get rid of mala, we have to engage ourselves in sacred tasks.

Vikshepa consists of worldly distractions to overcome which various sadhanas are undertaken for realizing the Divine. The sadhanas include meditation, concentration, and performance of good deeds for achieving purity of mind. When one succeeds in overcoming vikshepa, one is confronted with "avarana" (the thick covering in which one is enveloped)

This covering is known as maya (delusion). It envelops everything in the Universe. The eyes with which one can see everything that is outside cannot see themselves. Because we are enveloped in maya, we seek worldly pleasures and do not seek our own Divine essence.

We imagine you are the architect of our fate. Nevertheless, the author, the master and the enjoyer of everything is the Lord. By failing to grasp the nature of karma (action) and not seeking the path of dharma (virtue, righteousness), human is making him/herself remote from God (Brahman, Supreme Being).

The Lord looks at your heart, not your wealth. The Lord judges you by the sincerity of your thoughts, not by the forms of your worship. The Lord sees your bhakthi (devotion) and not shakthi (power). He cares for your gunas (qualities) and not your kula (caste or lineage). He looks at your chiththam (heart) and not at your viththam (wealth). You must strive to purify your heart and engage yourself in righteous action, with devotion and integrity.

Sow the seeds of Love, after preparing the soil of your heart, removing the weeds.

Let the seed of Love grow, watered by faith, and yielded the blossoms of fortitude; later, you are assured of the fruit: shanthi (peace). This is the task; this is the duty; this has to be the vow.

"So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground. And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come" (Mark 4:26-29).

It is the seed of spiritual awareness sown in the fertile ground of our mind. Once the seed is sown it will grow if allowed to do so including nurturing it with faith and belief in the process.

Even though we cannot see the seed growing under the ground, a gardener has faith that it is growing, and belief that it will soon sprout and grow into a plant.

(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 4. "Heroes, not Zeros," Chapter 1; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 8. "The way of the wise," Chapter 23; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 16. "Karma, Dharmaja and Brahma," Chapter 7; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 16. "Karma, Dharmaja and Brahma," Chapter 7, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 32. Part 2. "Truth emerges from Wisdom," Chapter 5 ; Sathya Sai Baba. Vidya Vahini. Chapter XI; http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages/Prasanthi_Nilayam/adilabad_discourse 2007.html).

Namaste - Reet

Swami teaches...25 - 28 May 2007

Part 1. Be Like the Lotus

The lotus, born in slime and mud, rises up through the water and lifts its head high above the waters; it refuses to get wet though water is the element that gives it life.

You too must have the skill to swim across the waves of joy and grief, of pain and profit. You must be a master of the art of being fully at ease, perfectly calm and unaffected, whatever may happen to the body or senses or mind; they are all inert when they are not urged by the inner I, which is intelligence, awareness. Learn the skill of achieving and maintaining inner peace, the art of being ever aware of the Atma, as the inner reality, and then you can safely gyrate in the world, as fast as you care.

However, before is necessary to merge in the Divine Grace. Without the last, no progress is possible.

Mountains of sin will vanish like mist by God's grace. For every action, there is bound to be a reaction. But the Divine grace can provide even an escape from the consequences of one's karma.

One can rewrite even one's own destiny if one gets the Divine grace, as was the case with Markandeya.

By legend, he was given only sixteen years of life span. Nevertheless, he was unaware of this until the night before he turned sixteen. That night, he found his parents full of sorrow. On asking, he was told that his end had approached, and that was the cause of their sorrow. He went to the temple of Easwara, hugged the Shivalinga, and prayed intensely.

At the appointed hour, Yama (God of death) cast his noose around the neck of young Markandeya. Since he was hugging the Linga, the noose fell around the Linga also. Easwara manifested and remonstrated Yama, "How dare you cast the noose around Me?" He cursed Yama to death. Pleased with the devotion of Markandeya, He blessed him with the boon of immortality.

So, through sincere prayer, you can earn the Divine grace. God is present in your body and all other bodies, which are the temples of One God. The Great One, God existed, always did exist and always will exist as the One Infinite aspect of Being, Universal Creator of all what we percept and what we cannot percept (from galaxies to atoms and subatomic particles).* (See also the abstract of the recent scientific discovery about atoms reversible memory).

The same bloodstream circulates in all the limbs of the body. The same Divine stream activates the entire Universe. Visualize that supreme Architect. This is spoken of as the realization of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of human.

The light of life that is present in the body is Paramajyoti (the Supreme Light) itself. This Light is not subject to change and cannot be extinguished.

The body may die, but not the Self.

It is crucial to have faith in this process, and in particular faith in the infinite power of our own Self and its intimate oneness (as holographic pattern by modern science) with the Universal Self - Paramatma to manifest all of our life.

(One of the greatest dangers in the field of personal growth is to believe that someone other than you has the answer to your destiny, enlightenment, and freedom).

"Again, you have the idea that only certain people hold the key to the Kingdom of Happiness. No one holds it. No one has the authority to hold that key. That key is your own Self, and in the development and the purification and in the incorruptibility of that Self alone is the Kingdom of Eternity" (Krishnamurti)

He who has understood the truth that Shiva (God) and the Jiva (individual) are one and the same is the true Brahmajnani (one who has known the Brahman). Shiva and Jiva are not different from each other, since the same Divine Atmic principle is present in both.

One cannot be called a human being by his physical form alone. Human is called manava, meaning not new. However, human has another name, Partha, which means Prithvi Puthra (child of the Mother Earth).

All the powers that are present in the Earth are present in human also. One can understand the presence of these powers by deep enquiry and investigation.

These powers are infinite, unfathomable, and unrevealed. Human, since he/she is born of the Earth, naturally has all these powers. He/she is a conglomeration of different powers.

It is stated in the Mahabharata that the Pandavas spent twelve years in exile and one year in incognito, i.e. living amidst people without revealing their identity.

Likewise, though there are infinite powers in human, they are not revealed. These are known as ateeta shaktis (transcendental powers). These are psychic in nature and have been termed so by scientists. Human is thus a repository of enormous energy of various kinds, viz. light energy, electric energy, radiation energy (** see attachment, a scientific diagram of known to science energy waves that all around you) and above all energy of the Self (Atmic Shakti). Nevertheless, for this energy, human cannot eat, drink, move, laugh, or do anything for that matter.

Human, though blessed with such powers, is forgetting the latent own Divinity and is leading the life of an animal.

The reason for this is the perversion of buddhi (intellect). These powers are wasted in pursuit of worldly wealth and power, comforts and luxuries. Do not crave luxuries but bear with patience whatever comes your way. Never be disheartened when faced with difficulties or sufferings in life. Have firm faith in the power of the Atma.

There are many examples of this perversion from ancient scriptures.

The great ancient epics like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Bhagavata give many instances to illustrate this.

Krishna went to Hastinapur as an emissary to bring about a compromise between the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Duryodhana, due to the perversion of his buddhi, did not pay heed to Krishna?s counsel. Though he knew what dharma was, he did not put it into practice and ruined himself.

Similar was the case with Ravana. Though he was one of great penance and wisdom, he did not pay heed to the good counsel of his wife, Mandodari, and the teachings of Narada and other saints and sages. Ultimately, he too ruined his life.

The same can be said of Hiranyakasipu. He was a great scientist. Modern scientists could reach only the Moon, but Hiranyakasipu could go even beyond the Sun. Such a great scientist did not adhere to dharma and ultimately met his doom.

Vali, on being questioned by the sages as to why he banished his own brother, Sugriva, from the kingdom, gave a concocted version of the truth, magnifying Sugriva?s mistake and concealing his own. Again, the reason was perversion of his buddhi.

In the Mahabharata, Amba put the entire blame of her predicament on Bhishma, ignoring her own folly, and developed hatred toward him. Similarly, in Ramayana Viswamitra developed enmity with Vasishta for no fault of the latter.

The panacea for all suffering is chanting God?s name. Have the firm conviction that you are God. Never be under the mistaken notion that God is the master and you are His slave. You do not have a master; you are the master. "Master the mind and be a mastermind," Swami's famous saying declares. Never forget God?s name. Never be away from God?s Love. Never leave truth and never forget dharma. With one-pointed concentration contemplate on God, nothing else matters in this world.

Many are under the illusion that they have achieved something great in life by amassing wealth, but they do not realize that they have to go empty handed when they leave this world. Do not get carried away by this illusion. You should understand the difference between Brahma (God) and bhrama (illusion). The principle of unity in diversity is Brahma, and viewing multiplicity in unity is bhrama. This is how you should visualize unity in diversity.

Go into the inner meanings, the deeper significances of religious symbols, rites, and ceremonies. (Today people spend a lot of money in offering various fruits and preparations to God. All these offerings are made only as a ritual. Ultimately, people themselves consume them. No significant benefit accrues from making these offerings).

The outer forms and formalities are in accordance with the needs of place, time, and person. Some among you relish one sweet dish more, as another; others do not agree that your favorite is the tastiest. Nevertheless, whatever the dish, the same substance, sugar, sweetens them all; similarly, all things and beings are sweetened by the same Principle, God.

Assign to your mind the task of serving the Lord and it will grow tame. You do not hand over the goldsmith an ornament that is quite nice; you give him for repairs or reshaping, the ornaments you feel have been broken or dented or gone out of fashion. So too, give the Lord your mind that certainly needs repair, if not complete reconstruction.

The Master comes to save not one good human being from illusion, but the whole mankind. He can give joy and courage, only if He speaks the language of human intercourse.

Human, who is child of immortality, should have no fear. (Usually people pray before stone images of the snake god, but when the actual snake appears in answer to their prayers, they run away terror-stricken from the shrine).

When you build a house, you install a door in front. What is the purpose of the door? To admit all whom you welcome and to keep out all whom you do not want. It has a double purpose; you do not keep the doors wide open for all to come in, as and when they like. Use the doors intelligently, to let in those whom you want, and keep out those whom you do not need.

So too, eliminate the the fears, select impulses, the motives, the incentives that enter your mind; keep out the demeaning, the debasing, the deleterious. Admit the highest wisdom of the scriptures, the wisdom culled out of the crucible of experience, called anubhavajnanam.
All water is not potable; the stagnant pool is to be avoided, the flowing river is better. Select and drink. Use the mosquito curtain, but see that the mosquitoes do not get in when you go to bed. Keep them out; do not imprison them inside the net. Sail in the boat that floats on water but do not allow the water to enter the boat. Be in worldly life, but do not allow it to get into you.

Sage Vasishta says, "O, Rama! The boundless ocean can be drunk dry by man with great ease. The enormous Sumeru Mountain can be plucked from the face of the Earth with great ease. The flames of a huge conflagration can be swallowed with great ease. But controlling the mind is far more difficult than all these." Therefore, if one succeeds in overwhelming the mind, one achieves the awareness of the Atma. The bliss that one earns afterwards is the highest kind of happiness.

Each second in your life is new. It is a gift, a chance, an opportunity, a thing to be celebrated, to be used for our uplift. That is to say, each second is a fresh chance given for training the mind, refining the intellect, purifying the emotions, strengthening the will, for getting confirmed in the conviction that you are the deathless Atma (Self, the Infinite Consciousness).

A child experiencing a first ever life in the physical Universe is a direct result of the original descent from of spirit, an aspect of God as the beginning of an individual, immortal spiritual being.

Each of us has a unique vibration, which, as we progress through the process of perfection, through which the Great One as experiences and expands, and the vibration of our individual Self increases.

In creating own reality we should have to the faith in the infinite powers of our Self. It is possible through our strong belief that the Divine exists, and faith in the infinite powers of own Self with Its direct access to the Universal Self, Paramatma.

The physical Universe of stars, planets, moons, and forms of life including the conscious human mind. Without mind, the physical Universe for us does not exist.

Like the silk-worm that spins from out of itself the cocoon that proves to be its tomb, human spins from out of own mind the cage in which he/she gets trapped.

You will not have any troubles if you offer your flicking (not steady even for a minute) mind to God.

The mind should be ever engaged in work. Then can it be brought under control. What work should you assign to the mind? Let the mind be a watchman at the gate of your nostrils. Let it observe what is going in and what is coming out. 'So' is inhaled and 'Ham' is exhaled. 'So' symbolizes that which is good (Divinity) and 'Ham' stands for that which is bad (ego). Then the mind will understand that the Divinity has to be taken in and ego has to be given up. By this way, the mind also has to be kept busy by contemplating on So-Ham mantra.

There are also several ways, which the God in you will reveal to you. Take to the spiritual practice, which will bring relief. The best style of meditation is the one that feels right for you.

Forget the past; do not worry about possible errors or disappointments. Bring to memory only those things that are worth remembering. That is the sane way to achieve spiritual progress. Away with the roles of clown and clout, which you have acted all the ages. Take on the role of the hero.

*PS: All in this word is interconnected shows the experiments of modern quantum electrodynamics. Single atoms too have reversible memories as specific powers. A key requirement for quantum information processing applications such as quantum communication or computation is the ability to reliably store, manipulate, and retrieve a piece of information, encoded, for example, in the polarization state of a single photon. Among the many routes, presently being explored to achieve these goals is cavity quantum electrodynamics (c-QED), which entails trapping a single atom in a cavity and inducing it to interact with a single photon. Physicist Boozer's team show that they are able to imprint the state of a single photon onto a single trapped atom, store it for an appreciable fraction of the lifetime of the atom in the trap, and then retrieve that information again sometime later in the form of another photon and send it on its way. The process is coherent, providing further support for c-QED-based systems as promising candidates for nodes in a quantum information-processing network. (Ian S. Osborne ; Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 193601, 2007; Abstract).


(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 4. "Heroes, not Zeros," Chapter 1; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 8. "The way of the wise," Chapter 23; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 16. "Karma, Dharmaja and Brahma," Chapter 7; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 16. "Karma, Dharmaja and Brahma," Chapter 7, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 32. Part 2. "Truth emerges from Wisdom," Chapter 5 ; Sathya Sai Baba. Vidya Vahini. Chapter XI; http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages/Prasanthi_Nilayam/adilabad_discourse 2007.html).

Namaste - Reet

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