Swami teaches....Part 54

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Sai Ram

Light and Love

Swami teaches... 1 - 2 February, 2006

Offer Service, Glorify God's Name and Receive Grace

Life sustained by food is short; life sustained by the Atma (Divine Spirit) is eternal. Do not lay claim to long life, but to Divine life. Do not pine for more years on earth, but for more virtues in the heart. The Buddha knew and made known to the world the truths:

Everything is grief.

Everything is empty.

Everything is brief.

Everything is polluted. So the wise person has to do the duties cast upon with discrimination, diligence and detachment. Play the role, but keep your identity unaffected. Have your head in the forest ashram (retreat), unaffected by the aimlessly rushing world. But you cannot escape duty, fully engage yourself in your work, unconcerned with loss or gain, failure or success, slander or praise.

Sit quiet for a few minutes and ponder over the fate of those who run towards the mirage. Are they happy? Have they the strength to bear distress and distinction, with equanimity? Have they a glimpse of the Beauty, the Truth, the Grandeur of the Universe, the Handiwork of God? Have they the vision of themselves as the centre of the Universe?

It is your own Divine Reality which you can cognise in the silence of your own dhyana (meditation), when you shut out of your awareness the distraction of the senses, the mind and the ego. You can take refuge in the calm coolness of your heart where He has installed Himself as the Charioteer.

Before you were born, there was no world for you. After you die, there is no world of which you are conscious. To get this jnana (knowledge) fixed, you have to pass through the preparatory schools of karma and upasana. Karma (dedicated activity) helps to cleanse the heart of egoistic impulses; upasana (contemplation) helps to focus attention on the Universal and the Absolute. Then jnana emerges.

Karma and upasana depend upon the dharma of the particular stage of life, as well as the guna that rules you. (Even amritha will be harmful to life, if it is drunk through the nose). There is a way of life, a method of uplift, a path of progress, distinct for every seeker, different from those of others.

By Vedic wisdom the Karma Kanda (rituals) is primary. It has its origin in Brahman. The Rishis receded the Vedic intimations and propagated their message. The second stream is the scriptural heritage of the Puranas. In this Duty is paramount. The Rishis acquired them and spread their message. Both these streams are of equal validity.

The goal of Karma is Jnana and for Jnana, Karma is the base. To combine the two in practice constitutes Seva. Good conduct is the right source of strength to a human. Good qualities like forbearance and sacrifice lend fragrance to the life. Through right conduct, the mind is puttied and a pure mind leads to Atmic bliss.

Hence, the duties that are enjoined on one have to be discharged. The foremost duty of human is to do good deeds with a pure heart. It is not right to entertain the slightest desire for enjoying the fruits of these actions. Egoism and desire are the cause of bondage to Karma. Desire is the barrier between the pure mind and devotion to the Self.

Karma yoga teaches how actions should be performed. It enjoins duty for duty's sake. It enables human to recognise the image of the Divine within.

The underlying truth of Karma Yoga is the demonstration of the unity that subsumes the diversity in the universe. Nishkama Karma (desireless action) demonstrates and promotes the Love principle. The tendency to distinguish between the spiritual path, the path of service and the path of knowledge and regard them as separate is wrong. The three are not distinct; they are one. Seva (service) is spiritual knowledge. Seva is the primary means to acquire Divine Grace. Without being a devoted follower you cannot become a worthy leader. Without being a Kinkara (one who is ready to do any work) you cannot become a Sankara (The Divine). Service to society is the highest good. Without putting into practice the decision taken, what is the use of endless debates and long resolutions? Conferences of such a nature are a waste of time and money. (You must try to implement at least one or two of the decisions).

Sathya Dharma, Shanthi, Prema and Ahimsa (Truth, Right Conduct, Love, Peace and Non-violence) are in us like the pancha pranas (five vital airs). We think that the five pranas (Prana, Apana, Udana, Samana and Vyana) are protecting this body. But it is Truth, Right Conduct, Love, Peace and Non-violence which give real happiness to the body. These are the real Pancha Pranas.

Render service to society with these principles in your mind and with broad-minded dedication to the well-being of all.

Practise what you preach. Act according to what you say.

Don't preach what you do not practice.

Vyasa has said: "If you cannot do what you talk about, that is sin. To do what you say is putty." The Vedic injunction, given through the sages, is "Sathyam vada; Dharmam chara" - Speak the Truth; walk in the path of Virtue. No one has right to advise others, unless one is already practising what he/she preaches. World welfare and peace cannot be achieved without selfless service to mankind.

There must be harmony between what is said and what is done. All spiritual exercises are efforts to control the mind and prepare it for the journey to the Divine. Knowing the way is not enough. The path must be traversed to reach the destination. That journey is service to the society. This service must be done with the awareness that the Divine dwells in every heart, in every individual and in every living thing.

To worship this Supreme Self residing in all beings and to experience this Self no separate temple or shrine is necessary. The eternal Self resides in this temple of the body as the Divine that sustains the individual Jiva (Self).

The path to Self-realisation lies through Love and Service. Cultivation of Love is the first step. Faith is the basis for Love. Self-confidence is the basis of Faith. When Faith and Love are combined Peace is attained. In Peace resides Truth. Truth reveals the power of Thyaga (sacrifice), which holds the key to immorality.

Seva must be done hand in hand in comradeship. This will demonstrate the unity of the Cosmic Being. The heart does not blossom out through the mere study of books or by listening to discourses. It is only the cultivation of Love that breaks the knots binding the heart.

Swami's philosophy does not lie in encouraging devotees to sit in a comer, control their breath and go on uttering, "Soham! Soham! Soham!"

"Oh, Sadhak! Arise! Plunge into social service!" This is Swami's message. No room should be given for laziness and indifference. A life not dedicated to service is like a dark temple. It is the abode of evil spirits. (Do not waste your time in profitless talk. Of what avail is it to mouth expressions such as: the Lord is All-knowing, Omnipresent and Omnipotent? You clap your hands when these epithets are used, delving pleasure from simply hearing them).

In creation, in the objective world, no one article is like any other. No two human beings are similar in every respect; there is some twist or turn which distinguishes one from the rest. Each has own peculiar experiences. Immense diversity prevails. Nor is an individual the same for any length of time. The infant changes into a child, then into a boy/girl, an adolescent, an adult, and soon becomes middle-aged, old, decrepit and, finally, senile.

But it is the Absolute Reality which you are. (In Atmic Reality are no two distinct entities or categories called material and spiritual. All distinctions are apparent, not real. Atma, Self has no death, no birth). You know in the very depths of your being that 'you are and will be,' that is the characteristic of Sath (Existence Being). All beings have it. You are also eager to 'know', 'to expand by knowledge,' 'to reach out.' All beings have it, this urge for expression. That is the characteristic of Chith (Awareness). You seek 'joy'; all beings do so. That is the characteristic of Ananda (Divine Bliss). The Ananda in you seeks its kin everywhere, in everything. That is why it is said, Sath-Chith-Ananda is the link between Thath and Thwam, the particular and the universal. Human must seek refuge in the changeless, the Paramatma (Supreme Reality), from which all variety emerges, and into which it merges. Then only can be secure peace and contentment. The past is past; do not lose time looking back on the road you have traversed. Look forward, deciding to march on with confidence and courage. Take the first step NOW. Tomorrow may be too late.

You may have the best of vegetables, you may be the most capable cook, but, if the copper vessel in which you prepare the vegetable soup is not tinned, the concoction you cook will be highly poisonous. So "tin" your heart with Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi, Prema and Ahimsa, it will then become a vessel fit for repeating holy name or symbols, meditation, religious vows, pilgrimage, ritualistic worship and the other dishes that you prepare in it. However, the quest for God does not mean doing japa, singing bhajans, perform other kinds of worship. These are merely means for achieving mental concentration and subduing desires and aversions. Why cry out, asking: "Where is God?" He resides in the heart. Thereby experience the bliss of Self-realisation.

The name of the Lord has been glorified in many different ways all over the world. Remembrance of the Lord's name is the method of crossing over the ocean of the worldly life for this age. It is impossible to describe the sweetness and sacredness of the name of the Lord. The intensity of the devotion with which you repeat the name of the Lord will yield commensurate benefits and confer joy on you. You may doubt whether such a small word like Rama or Sai or Krishna can take you across the boundless sea of worldly life. People cross vast oceans on a tiny raft; they are able to walk through dark jungles with a tiny lamp in their hands. The Name, even the Pranava (Om) which is smaller, has vast potentialities. The raft need not be as big as the sea.

The Lord is Anandamaya (of the nature of Bliss); He is also Ananda (the Divine bliss), which is to be tasted through the Name. It is Sath-Chith-Ananda (Being-Awareness-Bliss Absolute).

Today, the Kali Yuga has become Kalmasha Yuga alias the age of impurity. Today people spend most of their time watching the TV and Video screens. Is it any surprise if children born in these circumstances are TV products? In olden times, when a woman was enceinte, she used to hear stories about Prahlada, Rama, Krishna and other noble characters. The child in the womb was influenced by such stories.

Life today is filled with sorrow, it is beset with fear and despair. The only time you can forget these thoughts and strengthen yourself to meet the hard times is when you contact the Source of all strength, God. You cannot get that peace and joy while you bend under the burden of daily life. You are carrying a huge load of worry all day; keeps that aside for an hour every evening and spend that time with God who can make your shoulders strong and your burden light.

Certainly you will relish the bhajans as you make it a daily function, like eating and sleeping. Bhajan has been a part of Indian's culture, a part of the Sanathana Dharma (Eternal Universal Religion) tradition. Great streams of Higher Wisdom have been flowing in this land from ancient times.

Congregational singing of bhajans is the best. There is a big difference between Keerthanam and Sankeerthanam. Keerthanam is an individual affair. It is singing by an individual for the fulfilment of prayers.

(Through genuine prayer, mountains of evil can be pulverised and destroyed). Sankeerthanam aims at the well-being of the whole universe. This is also described as community singing. This method of singing bhajans was first initiated by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Sankeerthana aims at demonstrating unity in diversity. When all the participants combine to sing in unison with one voice, it is described as Sankeerthana.

Sankeerthana is of four kinds:

1. Guna Sankeerthana applies to the kind of bhajan in which the devotee recites the auspicious qualities of the Divine, experiences oneness with the Divine, and acquires the Godly qualities. Gita Govindam is a form of Guna Sankeerthana.

2. Leela Sankeerthana refers to the enjoyment by the devotee of the sacred sport of the Divine in ecstatic dancing and singing and being totally absorbed in it. This is exemplified by the Gita Govindam of Jayadeva.

3. Bhaava Sankeerthana is illustrated by Radha alone, who expresses her different feelings towards God and identifies herself with the Divine in every mood of devotion. She expressed her devotion in the five forms of Santha (Serenity), Sakhya (friendliness), Vaatsalya (eternal love), Anuraaga (affection)and Madhura (sweetness). Radha and Meera were the exponents of Bhaava Sankeerthana.

4. Naama Sankeerthana: Chaithanya was the exponent of this form of Keerthana. "All names are yours. There is nothing in this cosmos which does not bear the imprint of your name or form. Chaithanya revelled in singing the name of the Lord as signifying all that was beautiful and glorious in the Universe.

The essence of Sankeerthana is to earn the love of God. Combining one's voice, tune, feeling and rhythm to the appropriate beat of the song, the devotee should immerse himself in the singing. Harmonising the feeling with devotion and Love, the sacred words of the song should be an outpouring of love towards God. Bhaava (feeling), Raaga (melody) and Thaala (rhythm) are the essentials for proper singing.

Community singing ia a sacred devotional exercise. Even if you have no musical ability, utter the names of the Lord with feeling and love. There is no greater means of God-realisation in the Kali Yuga than chanting the names of the Lord. Dhyana (meditation) in Kritha Yuga, Yajna (sacrifice) in Thretha Yuga, Archana (worship of idols) in Dwapara Yuga and Naama Sankeerthana (Reciting the name of the Lord) in Kali Yuga are the methods prescribed for realising the Divine.

Many pandits recite the names as slokas (verse). When the names are sung melodiously they appeal to the hearts of the singers and the listeners. Even non-believers and agnostics nod their heads in appreciation when they listen to devotional music.

Everyone, whether one is well-versed in music or not, should listen attentively to the singer and try to repeat the words of the song with feeling.

Some persons attending bhajans do not move their lips at all. They may say that they are singing the songs mentally within themselves. This is not proper. If you have devotional feeling, it should be expressed by the tongue joining in the bhajan. Only then can it be called Sankeerthana - singing in unison with others.

The recitation of the names of the Lord are cleansing singers' minds and will help to purify the atmosphere as a result of the sacred sound waves getting absorbed in the atmosphere.

The Sastras describing the various forms of bhakthi (devotion) mentioned that the bhaktha is like the needle which is always drawn towards the magnet. But the needle has to be near enough; it has also to be clean enough. You stay far away and complain that Grace has not come. You come near for some time and stray away into the distance. It is not physical distance. You may be physically far, but mentally by Swami's side. Swami does not measure distance in miles or metres.

You come to Puttaparthi, secure a picture, and taking it home, begin worshipping it every day or every Thursday; but, all that is simply sathkarma (good activity). They won't take you far. You must develop sath-guna, virtues, good habits, good attitudes, good characteristics, a good character. Realize the nobler-goal of selfillumination, of lighting the lamp of love inside, and sharing the light of that lamp with all around him/her.

(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 5. "Close the windows and save the lamp, Chapter 1and "Aspire for the nobler role," Chapter 11; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 13. "The message of love," Chapter 19 and "Unbroken bliss," Chapter 26; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 18. "Practise what you preach," Chapter 22; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 25. "Purify The World By Sankeerthana," Chapter 8).

Namaste - Reet

Sai Ram

Light and Love

Swami teaches... 29 - 31 January, 2006

The Religion of Human is the Single Religion

With the progress of science human imagines that he/she is the Almighty of the Universe and tends to forget the Divine. The more human discovers the secrets and mysteries of the cosmos, the more human will realise that God is the Creator and Motivator of all creation. All that human can do is to strive through limited intelligence and knowledge to understand the invisible and infinite Divine and learn to worship and adore Him.

Greater than all scientific and technological progress is human being endowed with the Divine Consciousness. By choosing to regard only the material world as real, it may be possible to bring about the prosperity of a scientific, technological and materialistic society for a time. But if, in the process, human selfishness, greed and hatred develop, as they usually do, society will destroy itself. If, on the contrary, the essential Divinity of human is realised, mankind can build up a great society based on unity and on adherence to the Divine principle of Love. This profound change must begin in the minds of individuals. When individuals change, society will change. And when society changes, the whole world will change. Unity is the secret of social progress, and service to society is the means to promote it.

A society in which the individuals are concerned only about material welfare will not be able to achieve harmony and peace. Even if it is achieved, it will only be a patched-up harmony for, in such a society, the strong will oppress the weak. Nor will an equal distribution of the bounties of nature ensure anything but a nominal equality.

In every country today, people have become power-mad and they resort without any compunction to self-praise, and dry declamation. They develop hatred against others, foster envy and feed their fatal egos. They plunge the society to which they belong in fear, anxiety and disorder. They do not know that if elevating ideals are adhered to and practised, they could gain eternal fame; they are content with cheap applause and shortlived publicity. They are sprawling in the slime of self-praiser they are slaves of their egos. And, consequently, they are never free from fear or anxiety. They also spread scandal about others, and so, they bog themselves in sin. Though they claim the respect of others, they are objects of ridicule and hatred. Their eyes revel only in faults. Elementary rules of social conduct and individual behaviour, like revering parents and elders, revering teachers and guests, speaking the truth and treading the righteous path today are mostly disregarded as unnecessary restrictions on individual freedom.

There are some people over the world who cannot tolerate glory in others; some are filled with the venom of envy; some are demonic in nature and cannot tolerate holiness and divinity; some are perverted by disappointment and cast the blame on God; such people will indulge in abuse. If you associate with such people and their followers, you will be contaminating your mind. Even ordinary people will feel ashamed to cast aspersions on the great, but, these expose themselves by their tactics as lower than the lowest.

Uncontrolled living habits, unrestrained social behaviour - these are extolled as signs of freedom. People obey the whims and caprices of the moment; they do not delay to discriminate.

The world of consumer-society is moving in a direction opposed to spirituality. Unfortunately, most people are guided by the promptings of their ego. This is the mark of the Kali Age. All are victims of egoism. So much so, they have doubts about every word of the Divine. They don't listen even to good counsel and therefore suffer evil consequences.

In spite of many delusions the whole world is One Single Tree; the different countries are its branches; its root is God, human beings are the flowers. Happiness is the fruit and the Bliss of Self-realisation is the sweet juice therein. All are fed by the same sap; all share the same Sun; all are Divine. Divinity is not something separate and isolated, which has to be earned by toil. By means of some simple practices, and through some little effort, you can tap the springs of Divinity in your hearts.

Inquiry and sadhana are needed to discover the Divinity latent in you and to manifest it. This means that you must devote some time every day, regularly, for study, and for Sadhana. Be grateful; study the culture; practise the disciplines it lays down. Serve the poor and the helpless, and those who eke out their livelihood by hard work.

Suurdas told Krishna, "You are eternally content, eternally full, free. Why should I serve you? I shall serve those who are in need of service." See the Universal in all. See all as similar waves, sustained by the same sea. Serve others, not with the feeling that they are others, but with the attitude of worship that you reserve for God.

Shiva once demonstrated to Parvathi that, of the many hundreds who bathed in the Ganga and carried the holy water to the Vishweshwara Temple at Kaashi, no one had an iota of sympathy towards a dying beggar on the street, whose wife was calling out for a cup of water to slake the thirst of her husband. A thief had the sympathy; he gave the water and won the grace of the Lord; not the other pilgrims, who, keen on rituals, bathed the idol of Vishweshwara with the waters of Ganga mumbling Vedic hymns.

There is no need for you to follow this person or that person in the search for a Guru. The heart full of compassion is the altar of God. Fill yourselves with awe and reverence at the handiwork of God, the manifestation of His Power and Glory that is called the World. Like the reflection of the Sun in a myriad different vessels filled with water, the same Cosmic Self is dwelling in everyone. The reflection is one and the same, though the vessels might be different.

The Vedanta taught as follows: "Birth and death are common to all. Hunger and thirst are equally common. Joy and sorrow are equally common to all." If you go deep into these three statements, you will realise that whether one is a millionaire or a pauper both are born from their mothers' wombs. Though kinds of food are different for rich and poor, the object of eating is to appease hunger, which is common to both. The same applies to thirst. If in this manner people examine what is common to all mankind, they will realise the unity that underlies the diversity in mankind.

Do not move towards God, through the world around you. Confirm in your faith that you are the Atma, which is the Divine Spark in you, and then, move into the world as heroes whom success cannot spoil or defeat cannot dishearten. It is not my intention to turn people towards God; for they have already God residing in them. There is no need to proceed towards Him, or call on Him to come from somewhere outside you. Become aware of Him, as your inner motivator. Travel outward, with the conviction that you are the Atma; then, you will adore the world and not exploit it.

You must realise by constant contemplation that the world is the Body of God. And, you are a cell, in that Body. The prosperity of the world is your prosperity; feel so, act in that spirit; think in those terms. The spiritual aspirant cannot cut away from the world and escape into solitude, for, the world will follow into the deepest cave or the darkest forest.

Everything and every being are but waves on the surface of the vast unbounded timeless ocean. Waves belong to the ocean and depend on it for their individual existence; but, the ocean has no need of waves. Therefore, you are bound inextricably with all else and all others. The world will inevitably react on you; it will reflect your thoughts and plans: it will resound with your cries and creeds. Your thoughts, words and deeds will shape others, and theirs, will shape you. That is the way to make the world good, and be yourself good.

On the other side your virtue is your shield; your vice is the weapon that inflicts wounds on you. Happiness and misery are but the reflections of the good and bad which fill your heart and shape your activities.

The whole of mankind belongs to one Religion - the Religion of Human. For all people God is the Father. As the children of one God all people are brothers and sisters. Those who are ignorant of this basic Truth develop pride and ego because of their own religion. Such people are creating great confusion and chaos by fragmenting Divinity. To confine and divide the Infinite Divine into such narrow compartments is treason to the Divine.

Whatever one's religion may be, everyone should cultivate respect for other faiths. One should try to see the essential unity of all religions. Conflicts on the basis of religion should be totally eliminated. To divide people on grounds of religion is a crime against humanity.

The basis for a spiritual, Godbased life is the indwelling Spirit - the Atma (Univesal Divine soul).

(In the golden chalice of your heart, God is the Wisdom that fulfils. Closing your eyes to this fact, you are spreading your hands outwards to snatch it.

When people build big mansions they allot a small corner for the worship of God. God pictorially says: "What sort of room is it for me? Your heart is my abode." Meerabai declared: "Krishna! My heart is your temple." Treat the heart as the temple and consider the entire mansion as His).

Life in society should also conform to this spiritual basis. Mankind has to realise that both individual and society are manifestations of the Divine Will and that the Divine permeates the Universe. Society should not become a cockpit of selfish individuals, but a community of divinely guided Individuals.

Does one need a lamp to see the light from another lamp? And yet, human who has the light of wisdom in heart goes in search of wisdom elsewhere. To acquire Atma-Jnana (knowledge of the divine Self) Prakrithi (Nature, Mother Earth) has herself conferred on her children the keys to this knowledge for their protection.

Every human is a child of Mother Earth who is teaching many lessons to her children. She calls on her children to learn everything from herself. "Scholars and intellectuals are cutting me to pieces to acquire knowledge and conduct their experiments," laments Mother Earth. "They are subjecting me to great suffering by their diggings and blasting. But I am not worried about all this. Learn this spirit of forbearance from me. This is the highest knowledge."

In lap of Mother Earth is water. The lesson that water teaches is: "Child! By nature I am pure, sweet and cool. Purity, patience and perseverance are three good qualities you have to cultivate." Agni (Fire) is another of Nature's preceptors. It tells: ?My child! I make no difference between good and bad. I do not gain by burning one thing or lose by not burning something. I treat all alike whatever comes into my orbit. Learn to see the Divine in all things. This is the way to gain knowledge of the Self."

"Immortality can be attained, not by wealth, by ritual deeds, nor by birth, but only by sacrifice and renunciation". This is the declaration of the Vedas. The seva (service) into which people are initiated is the first step in the training for this sacrifice.

Cleanse your instruments of Consciousness, devote yourselves to service so that you might weaken the forces of Ego and strengthen the forces of Social Unity and cultivate Japa and Dhyana (repetition of Lord's Name and meditation) so that you might rise towards Godhood - these are the steps by which you can earn and establish yourselves in Ananda.

Engage yourselves in your duties as intelligently and as devotedly as you can; but, carry out your duties as if they are acts of worship offered to God, leaving the fruit of those acts to His Will, His Grace, His Compassion. Do not be affected when the results you anticipate are not produced; do not anticipate at all, but, leave it to Him. He gave you the time, the space, the cause, the material, the idea, the skill, the chance, the fortune, and you did but little of your own. So, why should you feel as if you are the doer? Do your duty, as a sincere Sadhana.

(When you find a person behaving wrongly, viciously, how it is possible to serve and love him/her? In such a situation consider one thing: Who is it who committed that wrong? What is it that prompted the act? Who did the deed? The body did it. What prompted the body? The mind. Why was he forced to do it? Through the influence of karma, the cumulative effect of his/her activities and attitudes through many lives in the past. The Atma in him/her is unattached, to any deed or motive. That Atma is Divine; love that, serve that, revere that. Why should you pay attention to person'a wrongs and vices? Your duty is to serve, not search for faults. Serve with all your heart, serve with pure undefiled love. That is Swami's answer).

Human cannot reap the full fruits of life here below if he only gathers riches, or collects popular votes, or loads head with tons of tomes. He has to cultivate and practise virtues too. He has to adhere to Dharma. The Sacred texts direct that human has to earn just enough for his/her upkeep by honest means and use the rest of time and skill for the general good Dharmaartha. Earn artha (wealth) through Dharma (right conduct, righteousness). The right conduct without compassion impossible, but, compassion must be regulated by intellect* (more exactly by intelligence*, pictorially, as intellect in actions).

A compassionate man once brought home a fish he found struggling on the bank of a river in full flood; he placed it between the folds of a warm blanket and poured hot coffee down its throat. He thought it was suffering from a fit of cold. The hot coffee killed the poor thing. He could have saved it by throwing it back into the floods. He lacked the intelligence which would tell him what to do.

(Many leaders at the present time have compassion, but, possess no intelligence. They do not know how to solve the distress that they see and sympathise with. Any success won by adopting wrong means will only be trivial and temporary. Peaceful means alone, means that are wrought out of Love alone can ensure lasting benefits and real Peace. Fear not; frighten not. Brutes fear; beasts frighten. Human has to be above both the weaknesses. Have faith in Truth and be fixed in Morality. You need not fear any one, for God will be on your side. You will not frighten, for all will be seen by you as Divine).

Human's intellect has to be unwavering and steady. Human fails to use this discriminating power properly and fully because of qualities of Raaga and Dhvesha (attachment and aversion), obliviousness to inherent divinity and preoccupation with mundane desires.

The intellect is the highest among human's endowments starting with the body. Above the body are the senses. Subtler than the senses is the mind. The intellect is subtler than the mind. Above the intellect and much more subtle is the Atma (Self).

The way to avoid these external impressions is to turn the senses inwards. To effect this change in the use of the senses, the power of discrimination derived from the intellect should be employed. The intellect should be used to determine what impressions should be kept out and which should be let in. The intellect should determine what kind of company one should keep, what kind of food one should cat, what are desirable practices and what are undesirable. It is by the right use of their intellectual judgement that the ancient sages achieved spiritual eminence.

Do not attach yourselves too much with the world, for, it is ever changing fast and furiously. Be ever ready to fall into the hands of death, gladly and gracefully, with gratitude for the chances afforded while alive. Never grieve, for God is resident in you as your Truth what knows no defeat, no fear. It marches on heedless of acclamation or declamation. Use the days allotted to journey towards Love, Joy and Peace.

Contemplate on the vastness of time, of its speed, of the short span of time which we share, in this life of yours, and which has to be put to the best use. Contemplate on the beginning of things, of nature, of life, of human, of the heart - all emanating from God and journeying towards God. Dwell on the grandeur of this procession from birth to Liberation, through life after life. Become aware that you, Nature and all that is, was and will be, are God.

To attain this awareness, Love is the surest means. Control your passions, emotions and impulses, especially, anger, envy and greed. They thrive on the ego and make it a dangerous weapon. The hero is who overrules mind and curbs impulses. Do not allow faith to falter when failure comes into your door. Meet it as a new challenge, and triumph. If faith is one full continuous stream, Grace too will be showered on you in one full continuous stream.

(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 7. "Not Loka but Lokesha," Chapter 5; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 12. "Pretenders," Chapter 2 and "Bypass the bylane, " Chapter 8 and Vol. 12. "The year named Aanandha," Chapter 9; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 16. "Unity is Divinity," Chapter 29; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 30. "Recover the spirit of sacrifice," Chapter 22 and "Vital role of the Buddhi," Chapter 27).

* Intellect - power of the mind to reason, contrasted with the feeling and instinct.

* Intelligence - mental ability, the power of perceiving, learning, understanding and knowing.

Namaste - Reet