Light and Love
Swami teaches... 7 - 10 October 2007
Part 3. The Beacon Light for Students,
Teachers and Parents
The true person of
learning is the one who sees with equal eye
different beings. True knowledge should
become an integral part of one's being,
flowing in one blood in an endless stream.
The World's prosperity or otherwise is based
upon the character of the youth. Any country
filled with noble beings of great virtue is
bound to be peaceful and happy.
Every one should realize what one owes
to the society in which one is born and from
which one derives so many benefits.
Young people should reflect on the question what
gratitude they could show to the society, which
has given them so much. What service are you
doing to society?
Put into practice at least a fraction of what
you have studied. Plunge into society and engage
yourselves in social service. If you have no
other work, join in any service activities. Let
service should become your life's goal.
Use your own abilities, talents, and inner
The value of service as a sadhana is for
realizing the Oneness of all in God and the
oneness of one's Self with God. Humans would
build shanthi (peace), on this foundation of
Atmajnana, knowledge of Atmic unity. Swami does
not recommend the giving up of karma, for it is
is generally meant by Karmasanyas* is the giving
up of rites and rituals prescribed by the
scriptures only then, when the spiritual seeker
is ready for that, have an inner call for that.
Swami calls upon to adhere to a new
rite, seva a new yaga, sacrifice of the ego, a
new ritual of worship, Saranagathi, dedication
of all thoughts, words, and deeds at the Lotus
Feet of the Lord and acceptance of all that
happens as Grace from Him. Do not come
to Swami with your hands full of trash. Come
with empty hands and carry away Swami's Grace
only desire all should cherish is to win Dhaiva
preethi (the Grace, Love of God).
Young people should enthrone thyaga
(sacrifice) in their hearts, wear the crown of
justice on their heads, and carry the sword of
truth in their hands. These are the
weapons needed, to defend the nation.
is the privilege and duty of the young men and
women to promote the welfare, progress, and
peace of the world. Each person creates own
reality. Transform all your actions into sacred
duties. Experience the Love of the Divine. That
is the meaning of the first Swami's declaration:
"My life is my message." (Swami's second message
is, "The life my devotees is my message.)"
if you wish to earn the esteem of society, you
have to secure Dhaiva preethi. For this, you
have to entertain fear of sin. What is sin? It
covers all those activities, which are motivated
by selfishness born out of regarding the body
and sensual pleasures as the primary things in
(merit) arises from all actions which take one
nearer to God para + upa + kaara = Paropakaara.
Sin has defined as Parapeedanam (causing
harm to or forgetting the Divine). Know
yourself and achieve equilibrium of the Self.
One of the challenges facing the evolution of
any person is in overcoming the demands of the
What is ego in everyday life context, what is
egoism that everyone would overcome?
ego is nevertheless a vital aspect of conscious
awareness and can therefore never be destroyed
but tamed and put into control of intellect and
conscience. (All things in the world should be
used properly. A knife can be used for cutting
vegetables or another's throat. How a knife is
used depends on the human using it).
The ego is frequently responsible for
considerable misery and suffering, and a lack of
peace and harmony generally.
ego in everyday life is responsible for many
other negative human traits, below are several
Being critical and judgmental of others,
2. being rigid and inflexible,
3. being manipulative,
4. need to feel superior,
5. feeling anxious and fearful,
6. mood swings, taking everything too
personally and too seriously,
7. constant need for approval and praise,
8. feeling hurried and driven to do things,
competing rather than cooperating,
9. feeling resentful and guilty,
10. unable to live in the present moment,
11. addictions to alcohol, tobacco and other
Mind altering substances,
12. overly concerned with personal appearance,
13. overly concerned with success,
14. feeling insecure,
15. constant worry over trivialities,
16. clinging to the past,
17. feelings of despair and hopelessness,
feeling life is meaningless,
18. the need for power over others, etc.
Typical signs the ego is when people blame
others for everything that goes wrong in their
ego also revels in the illusion of always being
busy. Such people consider themselves very busy,
unfortunately without any significant results.
ego often revels in disaster, particularly when
it happens to people who are not liked. People
often like revel in the misfortunes of others on
whatever scale the misfortune occurs. Most
people find it is much easier to revel in the
misfortune of others than to share in their
ego can, and profoundly will hold people back
both in everyday life and in personal evolution
and progression on the path. Until the ego is
tamed and its influence transcended, peace, and
harmony cannot be achieved and maintained.
ego causes an illusory focus on those aspects of
the physical world that are really not at all
important for peace, harmony and happiness, and
most importantly for enduring and true evolution
ego constantly strives to be always right,
always superior, never wrong, and never inferior
and likes to make comparisons, particularly with
other people as a function of living in the
material world. The other side of the ego is in
feeling worse or inferior by comparison with
others. There is no difference between this side
of the ego and the one suffering from delusions
Ill-digested learning results in the diseases
of egoism and pride, as in the ease of Ravana by
Ramayana. Ravana was a master of a larger number
of Vidyas (types of knowledge). However, he
could enjoy no peace or bliss because he did not
practice in the right way what he had learnt.
Ravana was a great scholar. Rama was equally
great as a scholar. However, he was much more
than that. He was a good man. Ravana performed
rigorous penance and mastered a vast deal of
knowledge (even more than Rama mastered).
However, the result was ignorance arising from
indigestion. Unable to control his desires, he
brought ruin on his clan and his kingdom. His
studies have not saved him from his evil
qualities, which brought about his ruin.
People should realize the distinction between
"greatness" and "goodness".
Most parents want their children to acquire
greatness. However, they have no true idea of
what is greatness. They may desire that their
children should become great scholars, get big
jobs and acquired large wealth. Do these
constitute greatness? The mark of
goodness is to see the divinity in every human
is no use in acquiring greatness without
goodness. At first, you must seek goodness and
not greatness. You must realize that greatness
related to power, position or wealth is
transient. It is lost when power and position
go. Goodness is always respected . Rama was
devoted to truth and righteousness. Hence, he
became a good man and not a mere great man.
After thousands of years, the very name Rama
evokes veneration. That is the sign of
not bound to win; I am bound to be true. I am
not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up
to the light I have" (Abraham Lincoln).
living according to Dharma and justice, to love
all and cherish faith in God, to help the needy
and raise the lowly - all theses constitute
are two qualities in human. One is the animal
nature; the other is humanness. Unfortunately
human is forgetting own humanness by falling a
prey to the six enemies - lust, anger, greed,
envy and others - and misusing his God-given
talents. Human being thereby degrades to the
level of the animal. On the other hand, human
should use own mind, status, and talents to
become virtuous, pursue the path of
righteousness and strive to raise
himself from the human to the Divine.
"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).
Transformation of the heart is what is called
for. All that you do should lead you nearer to
are three types of approaches towards the Lord.
The Eagle type, which swaps
down on the target with a greedy swiftness and
suddenness, which, by its very impact, fails to
secure the object, coveted. The Monkey
type, which flits hither and thither,
from one fruit to another and unable to decide
which is tasty. The Ant
type, which moves steadily, though
slowly, towards the object, which it has
decided, is desirable. The ant does not hit the
fruit hard and make it fall away; it does not
pluck all the fruits it sees; it appropriates
just as much as it can assimilate and no more.
What is basic to all these in the spiritual
path are the chanting of the name of the Lord.
By this way, you can experience God more
now, with the first step, Namasmarana
(remembrance of the Name of the Lord, the
Universal Indweller). That will lead you on to
the further steps, until the goal is reached.
Person who use hands to perform good deeds, who
use tongue to utter the Lord's name and who
cherish in mind truth and compassion is a
carrier of triple purity that makes human life
Can anything be more sustaining than remembrance
of the Lord?
Is there a heaven higher than inner
Whenever there is a vacuum in any heart,
Love flows into it
and is glad that it can fill the emptiness.
It is never held back;
it is offered in abundance
without guile or deceit.
it does not wear the cloak of
falsehood, flattery or fear.
The tendrils of Love
aspire to cling only to
the garments of God.
It senses that God resides
in His splendor, in every heart
to discover that the seat of God
is real devotion.
feel like purifying yourselves and making your
entire life one fragrant flame. That is real
worship, real bhakthi.
Worship is just a means of educating the
emotions. Human impulses and emotions
have to be guided and controlled.
is absurd as putting the cart before the horse.
The physical is subordinate to the spiritual.
The body is the cart and the spirit, the horse.
(Of course, the cart should be kept in good
condition; vice ruins the body and makes it
unfit for the journey of life).
The age long instincts of human have to be
trained and transmuted by contact with higher
ideals and powers.
are different methods of worship for spiritual
seekers on the saguna (with qualities, with
form, materialized) and the nirguna (without
qualities, attributeless) paths. Both paths are
From aspect of the nirguna path, those gurus
who get their feet worshipped by their devotees
and those who think that it is a great boon so
to worship them are both lacking in sense.
Paadhapuja (ritual worship of Guru's feet with
flowers) has in much an atmosphere of publicity,
both for the Guru and the sishya (disciple).
From nirguna aspect, why worship the body which
is decaying every moment?
Obey the Guru, follow his instructions,
progress along the spiritual road on the saguna
path of worship, these are the best means of
Paadhapuja; when you achieve some success in
these, the craving for Paadhapuja itself will
disappear, must disappear. Offer the heart,
clean and pure, broadened by sadhana to include
all living beings in its grasp.
you cannot swim across the flooded stream, you
board a raft. So also, since you cannot master
the nirguna, you resort to the saguna and
struggle to swim across to the nirguna through
Aradhana and Upasana (worship and
contemplation). You must reach higher. Leaf,
flower, fruit, water, - are all primers for the
initial stages. Clean the mind of all the animal
and primitive impulses, which has shaped it from
birth to birth.
The Atmasambandha (connection with
the Soul) is the-everlasting unchanging
sambandha (association). As a first
step, you use the flower, the lamp, the incense,
etc., and worship the saguna form.
temples must inspire to deepen faith in the
moral code that regulates and enriches his/her
profession, the restrictions, and regulations
that strive to canalize impulses and instincts.
The temples will inspire Atmadharma,
leading the pilgrim into him/herself, to search
for the Mahasakthi that is behind the
Icchasakthi, the Kriyasakthi and the Jnanasakthi
(power of the will, the work, and the wisdom)
that human is endowed with.
Dharma is the path by which the Mahasakthi in
the temple of your heart can be tapped,
experienced, and realized; without adherence to
dharma, it can never happen.
the Name on the tongue and the Form in the eye
and the demon called unending desire, will fly
from your mind. /Kaama (worldly desire, lust)
has a two-headed son, krodha-lobha by name, the
twin-headed monster anger-greed. Through the
malignant designs of these three, you are robbed
of lasting happiness/.
your bhakthi moves on to newer forms of
dedication, newer offerings, purer, more
valuable, and worthier of your Lord. No
one sticks to the slate for long; you feel that
you should place before the Lord something more
lasting than mere flowers.
*More about the Karmasanyas
PS: In the part 2 has mentioned: Gargi said:
"No. The wife is one-half of the husband's. This
means that she should pursue Dhya (inquiry,
examination, introspection) together with the
husband..." In addition, Swami explains that 'dhya'
is derived from 'dhyan' and refers to the proper
dhyana or intense meditation on the Lord. It
means concentration on the Godhead. To fix the
mind on God, the activities have to be
controlled. For, success in that process of
control one should overcome the handicaps of the
Gunas, the Sathwa, the Rajas and the Thamas.
(Reet's compilation from,
Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 2. "Primers of spiritual
education," Chapter 23; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol.
5. "Dharma and dharmashaala" Chapter 12; Sathya
Sai Speaks. Vol. 18. "The Victory," Chapter 17;
Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 25. "Parents and
Teachers Must Set The Example," Chapter 11;
Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 29. "Make Swami's words
your beacon-light," Chapter 9; Sathya Sai
Speaks. Vol. 30. "Role of Sai Youth in World
Crisis," Chapter 14; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 32
Part 2. "Seek God within," Chapter 14; Sathya
Sai Baba. Dharma Vahini, Chapter VII. Page 29).
Namaste - Reet
Swami teaches... 4 - 6 October 2007
Part 2. The Beacon Light for Students,
Teachers and Parents
People, as a rule, do not seek
to comprehend the inner meaning of Divinity.
is nothing in this world apart from the Divine.
People do not listen to words of the wise,
but easily fall a prey to bad advice.
Such people, how can they
hope to understand Swami?
Realize the truth of Swami's words in
The egoistic conceit of human, which makes
him/her feel that he/she is the doer and
enjoyer, is the cause of ruin.
human's conduct is related to his/her thoughts
and feelings. One can make or mar own destiny by
his thoughts and actions.
Today wherever you turn - in the
administration, in the business world, in
politics or other fields - as a rule, you see no
spirit of sacrifice. In every field, the
atmosphere is saturated with pollution. Today
the pollution affects people in authority, the
parents, the educationists, and intellectuals.
Those who preen themselves on their scholarship
have no humility that should characterize
As a consequence, humanity is haunted by
suffering, tin-rest, disorder and agitations.
Humanity is haunted by fear because there is no
spirit of sacrifice; righteousness is at a
discount and truth has become rare.
present the hunt for comfortable jobs and
positions of influence, the founding of banks
and business houses, the growth of bungalows -
all this is evidence of the eagerness to live in
However, no one of the rich or well placed or
prosperous or powerful has peace. You can
investigate and find out for yourselves the
truth of this. Peace is not found in the
bankbook or many-roomed bungalow or god own or
iron safe. Also money earned by sinful means
will not last. Either thieves will rob you or
the Income-tax Department will seize it.
addition, for wealth there are four claimants.
Number one is fire. Number two, thieves. Third,
relatives. Fourth, enemies. These four are after
one's wealth. Before any of them deprives of
your wealth, you should make good use of it.
"A person does not have to be behind bars to
be a prisoner. People can be prisoners of their
riches, own concepts and ideas. They can be
slaves to their own selves" (Maharaji).
Many people tend to forget ideals and foster
desires. Selfishness prevails over patriotism.
Most young people today have lost the feeling
of forbearance and as a result have become a
prey to many bad qualities like anger and envy.
This is the cause of all sickness in the world.
This egoism has no real basis because
the individual is an insignificant speck in the
(This ignorance will go if human realizes that
the whole Universe is permeated by the Divine
and belongs to the Divine).
For the evil ways and bad behavior of youth
today, the parents are to be blamed in much.
Because of such bad parents it is better that
such children are not born at all. They are a
disgrace to their parents and to their country.
When the parents exchange words, the children
exchange blows. The parents give a free rein to
the children instead of controlling them. The
parents are to blame for three-fourths of their
Unfortunately, today, because the parents
themselves have no purity of character and lack
refined qualities, and do not lead regulated
lives, evil practices and wickedness are growing
all over the world. Because of the malefic
effects of the Kali age, parents tend to be
quarrelsome. Fathers are behaving like
Hiranyakasipu (a demonic person, wicked father
of Prahlada, who was a great devotee of the
By ancient story, Hiranyakasipu tried all
methods to divert his son, Prahlada, from
devotion to God. The child was subjected to
every conceivable kind of torture and ordeal:
trampling by elephants, biting by cobras and
immersion in the sea. Nevertheless, Prahlada's
devotion to the Lord saved him.
Prahlada declared, "He alone is a father who
asks his child to realize God. He is a true Guru
who leads the disciple to God." Such teachers
and parents have become rare these days.
(There is nothing great about being a father. No
father can rejoice merely when a son is born.
Only when the people praise the virtues of the
son will the father rejoice over his birth. A
righteous son redeems himself and his family).
What concern to education, teachers transmit
bookish knowledge, but do not teach wise living
and higher values. Students education and their
jobs may help to bring to them power, position
and wealth but do not serve to promote in them
such virtues as compassion, kindness and
sacrifice. If there are no morals and human
values, a human becomes a demon.
Faith in God has replaced by disrespect for
reverence and righteousness.
is rampant and preceptors are not honored.
Devotion is at a discount and the ancient wisdom
has given up these days. In education, character
has reached its nadir. Education has become a
bookish affair, used only for passing
examinations and forgotten after quitting the
examination hall. Of what use is it to flaunt
one's degrees if the only purpose of acquiring
them is to earn a mess of pottage?
People should consider the whole world as the
mansion of one human family,
when this spirit of oneness prevails, there will
be no tendency to harm others.
Youth would be aware that happiness and peace
are not to be found in wealth, position, or
power. All these generate only fear, anxiety,
not peace, and happiness. (Today, even highly
educated persons do not recognize this truth).
The youth should cultivate the quality
of forbearance what is a supreme virtue in
Students should use their power of
discrimination and should be guided by the voice
of conscience.* (Living for the present moment,
always listening to your inner voice and obeying
without question the inner promptings, intuition
and guidance). The words of wisdom of the great
sages should imprint on students hearts.
Below is an example by Ramayana as parable for
King Janaka was similarly a seeker after
Brahmajnana (the Supreme Truth). He sought
knowledge for the sake of Self-realization and
not for the sake of creature comforts. He held
an assembly of sages where he achieved fame.
At the assembly Gargi (celebrated female sage
Vachaknavi, born in the family of Garga) carried
on a debate with the sage Yaajnavalkya. The
debate was based on the scriptures. It was
inconclusive. Then Gargi put a question to King
Janaka, "What is the mark of a person of
The King replied, "He is the one who realizes,
the Oneness of the Absolute. There is no second.
If you have realized this state of awareness,
you will be conscious of Oneness alone. “Gargi
said, “You are not in that state now. I wish to
realize this awareness."
Gargi continued, "Oh King! I have one desire.
Marry me." The King said, "I have only one wife,
Sunethra (the one with good eyes). I don't wish
to have any other wife."
Gargi said: "You are a great jnani (scholar).
You have good eyes and your Queen is a good-eyed
lady. May I ask what reward you are giving to
the sage Yaajnavalkya?" The king said: "I shall
give him whatever he asks." Yaajnavalkya was no
doubt a great scholar but he did-not have total
sense control. Yaajnavalkya asked the King
again: "Give this Gargi to me in marriage.
Celebrate our wedding." There was a great uproar
in the audience hall.
The great scholars present there asked: "What is
the meaning of Yaajnavalkya's request?"
Gargi then asked Yaajnavalkya: "What is the
purpose of a marriage?" Yaajnavalkya replied,
"To have progeny."
Gargi said: "No. The wife is one half of the
husband's. This means that she should pursue
Dhya (inquiry, examination,introspection)
together with the husband as a Dharmapathni (a
righteous wife). Marriage is for the
sake of pursuing Dharma. It is not for
enjoying worldly pleasures. Our Emperor enjoys
carnal pleasures in his palace. Street dogs
experience the same pleasures. Is that
The body is given for carrying out righteous
actions. It is not given for enjoying only
Students should ask themselves, "Does happiness
consist in the acquiring of degrees or getting
good jobs or attaining high positions? Real
happiness consists in the acquisition of
Keep your vision on the Divine and lead
your life in the world. This is the teaching of
Swami. You need not renounce the world.
You need not go after jobs like dogs hunting for
crumbs. Stick to the job you have and take
proper care of your family.
Students should realize that no one can escape
the consequence of one's actions some time or
other. Nevertheless, God's Grace can overcome a
mountain of difficulties and sins.
Whatever strength one may possesses, without the
strength of the Divine, he/she is a weakling.
Why are you not taking the Swami's medicine?
Never forget God and simply do all daily duties,
with God in your heart, as the witness.
By legend, more than three centuries ago in
Northern India lived a Muslim boy called Mansur.
From his childhood, he was constantly meditating
on God. Although he belonged to a poor family,
his parents wanted him to have a good education.
Mansur had a pure unsullied heart filled with
love and his only desire was to know his true
The parents said that he should get educated to
be able to earn a living. Mansur said, "Mother!
Have I to study only for earning a living? Am I
to waste my divine life for the sake of filling
walked out of his home. He was a young lad, but
there was effulgence in his face. People seeing
the effulgence on his face offered him things
and food of their own accord.
Wherever he went, he was declaring, "I am God. I
am God". This corresponds to the Vedantic
declarations, "Aham Brahmaasmi" (I am Brahman).
Some persons treated this declaration with
ridicule. The elders reviled him and asked, "You
little fellow! How do you claim you are God?"
Mansur's answer to them was, "I am uttering
these words because I am God. There is the
Divine energy in everyone.
Meanwhile the pandits (scholars) came together
and observed, "We have studied all the Vedas and
Scriptures. We dare not make a declaration of
this kind. How did a young student dare to make
such a claim?"
(Swami notes that it is not scriptural knowledge
that confers the courage to make such a
declaration. It is the faith in the heart).
The pandits came together and went in a body to
complain to the king. "Oh king! In spite of all
our knowledge, we are not able to declare that
we are God. This illiterate fool goes about
saying that he is God. Either he is a lunatic or
an arrogant fellow." The pandits somehow wanted
to put an end to this.
(Swami notes that it is the nature of the
evil-minded to cause harm even to those who are
innocent and good).
When the pandits complained to the king, the
latter ordered the boy to be brought to him.
When the King summoned Mansur, he declared, "I
am God." The King drew the boy near him and
tried to appeal to him in soft words, "Child!
You are an ordinary human being. You are
illiterate and ignorant. You should not boast
that you are God." Mansur replied, "I am
proclaiming the truth. I am God. You are God.
All are God. The indweller in all is the one
The King's words did not appeal to him. He said,
"Oh King! You are seeking to divert me to a
wrong path away from royal road."
The King got angry. "You are despising my
words," he said. He summoned a doctor and
ordered him to gouge the eyes of Mansur. "This
will force him to remain in one place and he
will not disturb others." The doctor took away
the eyes of the boy. Nevertheless, he continued
to shout in joy, "I am God, I am God". The boy
was free from body consciousness. The king then
summoned a butcher and asked him to cut off the
hands of the boy. Continuing to laugh, he
exclaimed: "I am God, I am God!"
The people in the audience hall could not bear
to see the gruesome sight. However, there was no
sign of grief on the face of the boy.
Seeing the determination of Mansur, the King
ordered that his legs should be cut off. After
this maiming, Mansur died. The blood flowing
from his tortured limbs was proclaiming: "I am
God. I am God." The dead body was cremated. From
its ashes rose the cry "I am God. I am God."
people were astonished at the phenomenon. The
King felt repentant, but of what use is
repentance after a grievous wrong had been
Nothing lasts - the body, the mind, or senses.
Only one's reputation survives him/her. Only
Atma exists as unchangeable eternal witness in
every one over the Maya reality what human
beings call the existence of the Universe,
including the life and whole history of
You can step out of your false identify into
your true identify and can become the person you
were born to be. You must stand on your own
legs. You must depend on your own strength. Do
not be carried away by what others say. Do not
become a slave. Be a master.
* By Britannica Online Encyclopedia conscience
a personal sense of the moral content of one's
own conduct, intentions, or character with
regard to a feeling of obligation to do right or
be good. Conscience is conformity to one's sense
of right conduct.
(Morality, concerns to the distinction good and
evil, or right or wrong, or right or good
conduct). Often used metaphors refer to the
"voice of conscience" or "voice within."
Conscience is the reason, employed about
questions of right and wrong, and accompanied
with the sentiments of approbation and
condemnation. Any consideration of conscience
must consider the estimate or determination of
conscience and the resulting conviction or right
from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 2. "Primers of
spiritual education," Chapter 23; Sathya Sai
Speaks. Vol. 5. "Dharma and dharmashaala"
Chapter 12; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 18. "The
Victory," Chapter 17; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol.
25. "Parents and Teachers Must Set The Example,"
Chapter 11; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 29. "Make
Swami's words your beacon-light," Chapter 9;
Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 30. "Role of Sai Youth
in World Crisis," Chapter 14; Sathya Sai Speaks,
Vol. 32 Part 2. "Seek God within," Chapter
Namaste - Reet
Swami teaches... 1
- 3 October 2007
Part 1. The Beacon Light for Students,
Teachers and Parents
What greater gift is
there than the gift of food?
What greater deity is there than one's
What greater morality is there than promoting
the public good?
What righteousness can excel more than
Is there any gain superior to the company of
Is there any disability worse than enmity?
Moderation is desirable in food and drinks and in
exercise, both physical and spiritual; that is the
best cure; then only can you advance in position.
However, as regards God, there is no question of
over dose or under dose; any dose should be
Lord who is beyond time and space prior to the
beginning and subsequent to the end can never be
described in terms of the mushroom memories of
human, the temporary phenomena of human family and
Do not make God modern to suit your fancy.
He is neither ancient nor modern; His countenance
never changes, nor His Glory.
life is as a process; the final initiation will be
the ultimate initiation; the opportunity to reunite
with the initial Source.
Worldly desires are the luggage in the journey of
life. Why do you trouble yourself with 'heavy
luggage,' when you are going to the abode of supreme
is like a mega-clock. Its three hands indicate the
rate at which the days, months, and the year are
passing. Human rejoices in the movement of the
clock's hands but does not realize that every
movement is a reminder of his diminishing lifespan.
practice of the Way every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things until you
finally arrive at non-action. When nothing is done
nothing is left undone” (Lao-Tzu).
Hence, before the final hour strikes, every human
should realize what his/her duties are and see that
the remaining time is well spent.
Reduce your wants; minimize your desires. All
these material knick-knacks are short-lived. During
the lifetime, become rich rather in virtue, in the
spirit of service, in devotion to the Higher Power.
Human is subject to Time and Time has no
respect for wealth or position. Human is
devoting all his/her time to worldly pursuits and
the demands of the body.The heart, which is soft and
compassionate by nature, has hardened into stone.
Bear in mind what Swami has declared many times in
many places to the young and adult generation. The
whole His Teaching is in fact His Declaration based
on ancient scriptures, Vedic wisdom entwined with
present conditions in Bharath and the whole world.
Now and always with the light of Swami's advice in
your hearts, you can proceed on life's journey for
any length of time.
once lost, can be regained;
A lost friend can be retraced;
A lost wife can be replaced;
A lost land can be recovered;
But the time that has gone cannot be
night that has passed cannot be recalled by any
means. The waters of the Yamuna, once they have
merged in the ocean, cannot be turned back. A fruit
that has been eaten and digested cannot be
In this vast cosmos and among the myriad species,
human is the highest and noblest being. If a human
loses basic human values as attributes of humanness,
they cannot be easily regained.
At present time, in the whole world, all things
have gone up in value; human alone has
become cheap. Endowed with the costly gems
of reason, discrimination, and detachment, human has
allowed them to slip away and he/she is beset with
dire poverty, as a consequence. Human is slaughtered
in millions without any qualm, because of the
terrific growth of anger, hate, and greed; he/she
has forgotten unity with all people, all beings, and
contemplation of that unity alone
can establish world peace, social peace and peace in
the individual. All other efforts are like pouring
sweet-scented rose water on a heap of ash,
ineffective and foolish.
piling up of atom bombs, the systematic amassing of
weapons, cannot ensure peace. Without removing
hatred from the heart and planting love therein,
mere terror and counter-terror cannot establish
cordiality and harmony.
As a rule, person's effort is so
microscopic: but expectation of fruit is gigantic.
How can this wish for peace be realized? Little has
done to cleanse the mind of hate, but every one
expects international peace tomorrow at dawn.
Today more and more people are able to see, to
feel, to be aware that things cannot continue the
way they are, especially from the ecological and
In general, the prosperity and
well-being of the world mainly depend on the
awareness of the youth, their, conduct, character,
knowledge and virtue.
The tree is based on the seed and the seed
determines the nature of the tree. Similarly, the
actions of youth depend on education and the state
of integration educare in education they have to
receive mainly from parents and teachers. (For the
ills with which the nations are afflicted today, the
parents and teachers are responsible in much).
It is the parents, who lead
children to the highest levels or cause their fall
to the lowest depths. When a child is born, the
parents desire that he should be educated,
encouraged to make as much money as possible there
by whatever means. This is nearly all that they
teach their children.
Parents, as a rule, do not
teach the children to cultivate good qualities. They
condone the lapses of the children and often
encourage them in their bad habits. Parents don't
correct the mistakes of their children or chastise
them. Therefore, parents have to reform themselves.
Today parents all over the countries are worried
about the conduct of their children and are not at
all happy. They lament about the behavior of their
children, but do not realize that they are
themselves to be blamed.
Pampering the children in
various ways, they usually allowed going about like
street dogs. How can such children be reformed? It
is impossible. When wealth grows, arrogance
increases and morality declines.
Education should not
breed a class of parasites, who exploit others. It
should help to promote good qualities.
Parents have the right to warn
and correct their children. Why should they be
afraid to do so?
based on the body and the senses is an animal
existence. One who is totally dominated by the
thoughts and fancies of the mind is a demon. One who
ignores the calls of the body and the mind and
follows the call of the spirit is Divine.
animal, the demonic, and the Divine possibilities
are immanent in the human condition. For these three
kinds of behavior, the parents and teachers are
responsible in much.
However, not wealth and riches are important
for human being. Following Dharma, faith, character,
and Love of God - they are primary for everyone.
Arjuna that he should consider God and Dharma
(Righteousness) as most important. Because the
Pandavas adhered to Righteousness and had firm faith
in God, they could ultimately enjoy all prosperity
and happiness. Because of their Love
they could bear with fortitude all troubles and
difficulties. What was the fate of the Kauravas who
ignored God? Not one of Dhritharashtra's hundred
sons survived. Despite all the resources, they had
and the valiant commanders who were on their side,
God was not on their side.
is the purpose, why Swami pays much attention to the
teaching of integral Knowledge based on educare.
What is integral knowledge?
"The integral Knowledge is something that is
already there in integral Reality: it is not a new
or still non-existing thing that has to be created,
acquired, learned, invented or built up by the mind;
it must rather be discovered or uncovered, it is a
Truth that is self-revealed to a spiritual endeavor:
for it is there veiled in our deeper and greater
self; it is the very stuff of our own spiritual
consciousness, and it is by awaking to it even in
our surface self that we have to possess it" (Aurobindo,
The Life Divine).
In days of yore, the people of Bharath earned name
and fame by their high level of spiritual culture.
Vedas, the great epics the Ramayana, the Bhagavad
Gita, the Mahabharata, and the Bhagavata, bring out
the quintessence of human nature.
Dharma (Eternal Religion) will certainly rise in
splendor in Bharath. It teaches human to investigate
the truth about him/her and the world. Is that not
the most proper thing for human to do?
Bharath is the country that propagates spiritual
knowledge to the rest of the world and wishes the
welfare of the entire world - Loka Samastha
Sukhino Bhavantu (may the whole world be happy)!
the word Bharath, 'bha' refers to bhava (feeling), 'ra'
refers to raga (tune), and 'ta' connotes tala
(rhythm). Bharatiyas are those who worship God,
harmonizing the three: bhava, raga, and tala. 'Bha'
also stands for effulgence. So, Bharatiyas are those
who are in pursuit of divine effulgence/.
subcontinent knew that the secret of peace lay in
service and love towards all beings. The culture of
this land proclaimed that the best form of service
is to foster the practitioners of the good life, the
sages, and spiritual aspirants.
Do not decry the servants of God; do not
obstruct the charity of the generous; do not
discourage the study of the scriptures even if you
cannot positively promote any of these; that is the
lesson taught in this land.
In this land where Meera (Princess of Rajastan and
queen of Chittor; devoted to Krishna), Jayadeva
(Sanskrit poet; wrote the Gita Govinda, which
describes the early life of Krishna), Valmiki (the
saint-poet who wrote the Ramayana),Thyagaraja (18th
and 19th century mystic singer/ composer), Ramdas
(Maratha 17th century saint; author of work on
religious duty; guru of the great King Sivaji), and
Tukaram (well-known Maratha 17th century writer), by
their intense yearning and fortitude, showed the
path of achieving lasting joy.
four Maha-vakyas (great truths) which the Vedas
proclaim, announce that all this is Brahmam, one
unitary uniform substance, appearing only to the
diseased eye as many. Aham Brahmasmi - "I am
Brahman" - you must assert; then, you transmute
yourself into sons of Immortality.
Queen Madhalasa gave birth to four sons. From the
time the child was in the cradle, she taught the
child the ideal of renunciation and a lullaby for
the child, treating Pranava mantra as the cradle,
the Maha-vakya "Thathvam-asi" (Thou art That) as the
bed, Awareness as the cord drawing the cradle. The
four Vedas were the chains for the cradle.
In olden days, after the disciples had completed
their education and before they entered the life of
householders, they stood before the preceptor to
receive words of advice from him. (This was similar
to the convocations held these days).
great teacher, Adi Sankaracharya, was the child of
parents who were highly virtuous and noble in their
conduct. For the great name attained by Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, the credit goes
to their parents. Many great men achieved name and
fame by following in the footsteps of their parents.
If Gandhi, who was an
ordinary person, was able to achieve greatness and
world renown, it was because of the lessons in good
behavior, which he learnt from his mother.
In his childhood, Gandhi
used to be full of fear. There was a maid in his
home called Rambha. Gandhi disclosed to her how he
was always afraid. Rambha told him: "Child, always
recite the name of Rama. By chanting Rama's name,
your fear will go away." (The habit of reciting
Rama's name, which began in his boyhood, continued
fight up to the moment of his passing).
When Gandhi was twenty-four
years old, he proceeded to South Africa at the
invitation of an Indian Business House to conduct a
Court case. There he witnessed the humiliation being
heaped upon Indian settlers by the whites.
Gandhi stayed on among the
oppressed Indians and native blacks and devised the
strategy of Sathyagraha (passive resistance or civil
disobedience) to end the exploitation. When the
movement showed signs of quick success, General
Smuts invited Gandhi for discussion. Gandhi
explained to him that he had to resort to
non-violent Sathyagraha since the inhuman policy of
insulting and injuring humans having black skins had
to be resisted and exterminated.
General Smuts retorted by
pointing out to Gandhi how millions of Indians -
human beings like the rest - were kept out of
villages and condemned as untouchables.
The General's word acted as
a bullet shot right at the heart of Gandhi. Gandhi
felt that he had no right to correct another while
he was himself infected with the same evil. He
decided to return to India and practice the strategy
of Sathyagraha for the removal of untouchability and
other social evils and to free his Motherland from
exploitation by foreigners.
Gandhiji was able to achieve
his aim of winning the country's freedom by
non-violent means. For such a life of purity and
virtue, the parents were primarily responsible.
Gandhi was hailed as the Father of the Nation.
"Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your
words. Manage and watch your words, for they will
become your actions. Consider and judge your
actions, for they have become your habits.
Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall
become your values. Understand and embrace your
values, for they become your destiny"
Speech is always important for human whether for
experiencing loss or gain, prosperity or adversity
or pain and pleasure.
Through the power of speech
human is able to conquer kingdoms. Through speech
human can to lose all wealth. Human acquires kinsmen
and friends through speech and loses them also by
his/her words. Through words, again, human can lose
his/her life. Words are the root cause
of all these happenings.
compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 2.
"Primers of spiritual education," Chapter 23; Sathya
Sai Speaks. Vol. 5. "Dharma and dharmashaala"
Chapter 12; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 18. "The
Victory," Chapter 17; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 25.
"Parents and Teachers Must Set The Example," Chapter
11; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 29. "Make Swami's words
your beacon-light," Chapter 9; Sathya Sai Speaks.
Vol. 30. "Role of Sai Youth in World Crisis,"
Chapter 14; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 32 Part 2. "Seek
God within," Chapter 14).
Namaste - Reet