Swami teaches....Part 86



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Light and Love

Swami teaches... 17- 22 Nov. 2006

Human's mind, Self, quantum physics, God and education

Part 1

Who is a human being? The proper study of humanity is human. It means the thoughts, words and deeds would be in harmony with one another. The unity of thought word and deed is true humanness.

Life is an exacting master. Hence the need to be always careful in everything one does. This is the ABC of life - Always Be Careful. One should always remember the supreme sacredness of human life. Human can experience real bliss only when he/she recognises the Truth, Peace and Love that emanate from Prajna (intuitive wisdom dependent upon individuality) and moulds the life on the basis of that knowledge.

Four Vedas have given four Mahavakyas (divine axioms) to the world. They represent the essence of the Vedas. They are:

Prajnanam Brahma (Consciousness is Brahman),
Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahman),
Tat Twam Asi (That Thou Art),
Ayam Atma Brahma (This Self is Brahman).

The Vedas describe divinity as that which does not move but appears to be moving and that which exists everywhere but cannot be perceived.

Though God is present within, human goes in search of Him thinking that He is present only in a particular place. It is tantamount to somebody going in search of own Self elsewhere. Human does not realise that the five elements present in him/her are the very forms of Divine. The life Principle that flows through each and every nerve of the body is verily divine. The life Principle that sustains our body is Prajnana (Highest wisdom). On this basis, it is said, Prajnanam Brahma.

What is Prajnana? Is it the knowledge that is forgotten with the passage of time? Is it related to the experience of the body? Not at all. Prajnana is the unchanging and eternal principle, which is in you at all times and under all circumstances. People call it supreme knowledge but the correct translation for this term is Constant-Integrated-Awareness. Just as the air is pervasive, so too is the Constant-Integrated-Awareness. How is it that human is not able to recognise such all-pervasive Divinity, which exists in all the three periods of time, past, present and future?

The same thing is reflected in another Mahavakya, Ayam Atma Brahma. It can be interpreted as 'I am Atma and Brahma.' The third one is 'Tat Twam Asi.' Tat denotes that which is outside and Twam stands for innate divinity. It means that the same divinity is present within and without. That which is seen, heard and experienced outside is nothing but the reflection, resound and reaction of the inner being. When reality is within, why crave for its reflection outside?

Prajnana (integral, higher wisdom) subsumes Vijnana (secular knowledge) and embraces also Sujnana (right knowledge). Prajnana, Vijnana and Sujnana together contribute to the fullness of human being.

The hand should carry out what the heart has approved of the ideas emanating from the head. This triune process has been described in Vedanta as Thrikaranasuddhi - the purity and harmony of thought, speech and action.

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. If the creative imagination is absent, no sculpture can come out of the rock.

Hence, imagination and the creative impulse have to be properly understood. Both of them are rooted in Prajna, the Divine source of all creative activity. 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. But even that has its basis in the antardrishti (inward vision). This relates to the subject.

The world needs the discoveries of science. Physics is concerned with the physical properties of material objects. Chemistry teaches the composition and qualities of created things. Botany deals with plants and trees found in nature. Zoology is concerned with the study of living beings.

Research is going on endlessly. Science is continually seeking answers to various questions. But if science forgets the base and is preoccupied with the superstructure, it will be the source of much disorder and trouble. (Many imagine that science can create a heaven on earth. But what is the kind of heaven that is envisaged? Is it the enjoyment of material and sensuous pleasures? This hedonistic attitude is undermining all human values).

It is axiom that people cannot go beyond the Universe. Whatever knowledge he acquires, however much he develops his powers of understanding, his knowledge is confined to things of this world and does not go beyond it. They can know about the objects in creation, but cannot understand the Supreme Principle that is at the base of all creation.

Today's quantum physicists know very well that what they discover, practice and write about is nearly no different to the teachings Vedas, and the most ancient philosophies, and Swami's Teaching.

Quantum physics illustrates how everything in the Universe, in all dimensions of life and reality ultimately consists of quanta, what is in essence energy. This energy not only pervades everything in existence, it is also as Cosmic Consciousness, expression of God, Atma. Everything in the Universe therefore has its being within this infinite Cosmic Consciousness.

By holistic science the Universe is infinite intelligence of which we are all integral aspects of quanta of energy are influenced by the mind. Whatever objects or actions around us are an arrangement of energy or quanta, ultimately created by the mind. (The last is responsible for our physical perception through the five physical senses; sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch).

Nothing can exist permanently unless it is observed because it is mind that controls and shapes quanta of energy, and without that focus of the mind the quanta does not exist by such way. The observed is meaningless without an observer, and likewise the observer is meaningless without being observed.

Quantum physics confirms that something can only actually come into "existence" when it is observed. Existence is a term relative to the five physical senses of the mind; everything that exists has always existed and always will exist. Our perception it is only the illusion of Maya Reality and by science we cannot to peep beyond it. When something is observed, quanta of energy as some kind of vibration as forms subatomic particles, atoms, then molecules until finally something manifests in the physical world as a localized space-time event that can be observed by the five physical senses. Human life is existing between two states of being - Maya and Atma.

By science quanta of energy (vibration) can also be regarded as "entity of probability". Every quanta of energy has a potential to be anywhere at any time, and can be influenced by thought or other quanta. It is not bound by space or time. Quanta are spaceless, timeless and exist everywhere concurrently. By spiritual knowledge it is nothing more than Atma, the initial aspect of the Universe, God - boundless, spaceless and timeless, eternal.

Today we have made prodigious progress in various fields of knowledge - in mathematics, physics, chemistry, the bio-sciences, medicine. But nearly no attempt is being made even to approach study of the spiritual. All our knowledge ends with study of matter, energy, plants and living creatures. Education must go beyond these to an understanding of the Divine. The quantum physics tries to understand the Divine through quanta of energy connected with the observer into One, as underlining that there is only Oneness, Atma exist what human being is capable to percept through spiritual enlightenment.

Everything within the Universe is in the direction of evolution and growth, all is in motion, vibration. There is no stillness. The Universe conceptually consists of illusions of the "observer" and the "observed" what is interconnected into One from aspect of Atmic Reality. We are all aspects of the Atma what is our true reality. All we are as open channels where our real Selves dwell. Spiritual awareness means pictorially that our Selves have to reach in accord (in resonance) with the Universal Self - Cosmic Consciousness. The individual awareness depend on how completely the Self can reflect the Universal Consciousness, how sharp and powerful is the holographic reflection of God alias Cosmic Consciousness by the individual's mind. Such statements belong to quantum physics.

Our brain too is always in vibration.

Researchers have found that different bands of brainwaves are associated with different mental states. Brainwaves are divided into five predominant speed ranges, or bands. The brain is constantly emitting nearly every type of brainwave.

Common types of brainwaves:

1. Beta (15 - 38Hz) - In this frequency range, a person is fully awake and generally alert. The low Beta range (15-20 HZ) is associated with an increase in metal abilities, IQ and mental focus. The high Beta range (20-38 HZ) is linked to alertness and intention.

2. SMR (12 - 15Hz) SMR (sensorimotor rhythm) is related to body motion and linked to increased focus and improved attentive abilities.

3. Alpha (8 - 12Hz) - The majority of the population experiences this state just after waking and right before sleep. This range is linked to relaxation, stress relief, self hypnosis, stimulation of the immune system and accelerated learning.

4. Theta (3 - 8Hz) - The majority of the population enters into this state during light sleep or extreme relaxation.

5. Low Theta (3 - 5 Hz) is ideal for Meditation and Sleep Replacement.

6. High Theta (5 - 8 Hz) is ideal for Improved Sleeping Patterns, Treatment of Insomnia and Creative Visualization.

7. Delta (0.2Hz - 3Hz) - This state is experienced during deep, dreamless, non-REM sleep. While in Delta the body is healing itself and resetting internal clocks. Delta is ideal for Accelerated language retention and stimulating the release of growth hormone.

By legend once sage Narada enquired Lord Vishnu as to what was the royal path to immortality. Then Lord Vishnu replied, "One should realise that I am present in all beings". Jiva (individualised soul) and Deva (God) coexist. Lord Vishnu told Narada, "I have to assume the form of a human in order to move among people and protect the world. I am present in everyone in the form of Atma. When man constantly contemplates on the principle of Atma, I manifest Myself." Use varieties of your brain wave vibrations for this contemplation.

By Vedas and Swami, God, who is the embodiment of creation, is present in microcosm as well as macrocosm. On this basis God is subtler than the subtlest and vaster than the vastest. Such divinity is present in human and in every creature.

The five elements are present in every being. The spirit or the Atma which is the very form of God, is not visible to the naked eye, but the pancha bhutas (five basic elements) can be seen, heard felt and experienced by one and all. But it is not knowledge relating to the Supreme. People who are immersed in the temporary actions derived from knowledge about the pancha bhuthas that constitute the physical Universe. However, one who understands the Atmic principle hidden in these five elements becomes God himself.

The five elements that are seen outside are present in human who is the master of the five elements. Look inward for a vision of your innate divinity. Human being is the embodiment of the five elements and their master.

How can human being comprehend this innate divinity? It is possible only when to turn the vision inward. But today the vision is always directed to the external world. All that is seen outside is also a manifestation of divinity. All that human sees and experiences in the world is the Divine. God has no distinctions or differences. No one can stipulate dos and don'ts for Him. He can do anything, as He is in everything and is everything. He has no master above Him. If human wants to visualise God, he will usually see Him in the form of a human being far superior to him/her in all respects. All the sacred texts have described God as having human form. It does not mean that God is confined to a human form. All forms are His.

Say, if a buffalo wants to worship God, it can think of Him only as another buffalo having a gigantic form. Similarly, a frog thinks of God as another gigantic frog. God has no differences; He can assume any form and do anything. No one can say that God has a particular form. He is present all over. Each form is composed of five elements. So, develop faith that God is in the form of five elements.

(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 12. "Dedicated for defence," Chapter 1; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 17. "Devotion without discipline is valueless,"Chapter 4; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 20. "Spiritual basis for value education," Chapter 20; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 33. "The Life Principles Of Man," Chapter 18; Sathya Sai Baba. Divine Discourse "Realise Your Innate Divinity to Attain Peace." on 23rd November 2005 80th Birthday Celebrations).

PS: This compilation is different from the other ones and reflecting more properly some insights of today's quantum physics, what has reached close to the Atmic Principle. The compilations of the serial "Swami teaches..." represent a collection of separate articles (far not by 'copy and paste' from Swami's texts) as my view and experience what I received from Swami's Works and what I will share by Swami's and my own words by such way.

Namaste - Reet

Light and Love

Swami teaches... ... 23 - 26 Nov. 2006

Human's Mind, Self, Quantum Physics, God and Education

Part 2

Humans are only in form as humans but divine in spirit. We must realise that we are born to experience our innate divinity and not merely to enjoy worldly pleasures. We have to take to the path of spirituality to experience our innate divinity. God does not expect you to worship Him. He expects you to lead an ideal and purposeful life.

A child becomes a girl, then a woman and later on a grandmother. The form keeps changing but the spirit remains unchanged. So, have the firm conviction that you are God. Develop total faith in the teachings of the Mahavakyas (noted in the previous part). These teachings are as the fundamental Vedic wisdom.

The body is referred to in the Gita as kshethram, that is to say, a holy place where God is installed. The body-kshethram is Dharmakshethram as well as Kurukshethram, the abode, of virtue and of Activity. God in the Kshethram is the Kshethrajna (the Divine knower), the Shivam (eternally good) without whom the body is but shavam (corpse). Therefore, be ever aware of the God who is the real 'you,' and seek solace, sustenance, and guidance from Him through prayer.

By Vedas the Viswa (the Universe) is made up of five elements. All five elements take part in endless vibration, motion of quanta of energy in the micro and macrocosm of the Universe (by quantum physics). Consequently, five elements are the very life principles of human also as human is a part of the Universe. There can be no life even if one of the five elements is absent. For examle, concern to life on the Earth, the air is present in you, around you and below you, but you neither can see it nor can catch hold of it. You cannot deny its existence for you cannot survive without air. It is present in you in the form of breath. So long as there is breath in you, you are alive.

So, the breath is the very form of Easwara (God). Thus, we experience that God resides in human also in the form of breath and sustains the life.

All God's forms that are attributed to Him are human's own creations and imagination. God is depicted to be having four hands holding Shankha, Chakra, Gada and Padma (conch, discus, mace and lotus). If God were really to be born with four hands, people would certainly put Him in exhibition. What is the inner meaning of God having these four insignia?

Shankha represents sound, Chakra denotes the wheel of time. Gada symbolises power and lotus stands for heart. It is only to make you understand that God is the master of sound, time, power and heart that He is
depicted to be having these insignia in His hands.

Tridalam Trigunakaram Trinetramcha Triyayudham;
Trijanma Papa Samharam Eka Bilvam Sivarpanam.
(Offer the trifoliate bilva leaf to Lord Shiva, the three-eyed Lord having trident in His hand, which destroys the sins of three births).

By Vedas human body also is called Viswa, the Universe what. The Veda says: Sahasra Seersha Purusha, Sahasraksha Sahasra Pad (with thousands of heads, thousands of feet and thousands of eyes, Divinity pervades everything). It only means that all heads, hands eyes and feet are His.

We construct temples to consecrate idols and worship them. Where does the idol come from? It is your own creation. You offer worship to the man-made idols but you are not prepared to worship the God in human. Consider Atmaviswasa (faith in the Self) as your very life-breath. Faith in the idols is temporary. When you go to Tirupathi, you worship God in the form of Lord Venkateswara. You extol Him saying, "Lord Venkateswara is our family deity".

When you make a pilgrimage to Brindavan, you worship God in the form of Krishna. In Ayodhya, you worship Him in the form of Lord Rama. Depending on the place and circumstances, different names and forms have been attributed to God. But, in reality Lord Venkateswara, Krishna, Rama, Sai Baba, all are one and the same. Another example, take an idol of Dakshinamurthi. This form is but only own imagination. It is not the reality. Call Him by any name, He will respond.

How can you visualise God who is the very form of the Universe?

The Gayatri Mantra begins with the syllables Bhur, Bhuvah, Suvaha. Bhur represents materialisation, a combination of materials. Bhuvah represents vibration, it is related to mind. Suvaha represents radiation. It is supreme knowledge. By such way Atma reflects and acts in conditions of Maya Reality, where all we exists as illusion, as holographic patterns (by quantum physics), aspects of God, Absolute.

The indweller Atma has no attachment whatsoever and is the eternal witness. Can anyone say "My Atma is dead"? The physical body perishes with the passage of time but the Atma is eternal. One can see the reflection of the Sun in a well, in a water tank, in the river and also in the ocean. Without water, there can be no reflection. Each human being can be compared to a flow in which the reflection of the same Atma is seen.

To describe the manifestation of latent divinity the term Prabhava is used. (This also happens to be the name of the first year of the Indian calendar. Human is the embodiment and the master of time).

We have no limits, no boundaries, no specific point of existence, these are all illusions created by the ego and the five physical senses and the fact that most people are focused entirely in the physical world which they continue to observe and regard as reality. Everyone is an integral aspect of the same Cosmic Consciousness, vast, all pervasive, endless, timeless, spaceless, more powerful than most people can possibly realize or have the capacity as yet to comprehend.

Let's repeat that in this world everything is an illusion, nothing is permanent. Atma alone is true and eternal. You have to carry on with your life's sojourn and discharge your duties keeping in view the eternal Atmic principle.

Without drishti (vision) one cannot see the srishti (creation). But all these limbs are mere instruments. The fundamental basis for all this is the Atmic Principle. It is the Bhrama (delusion) that is responsible for one's misery. So long as one is engulfed in Bhrama, one cannot attain Brahma (the Creator in the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu - the Preserver, and Shiva - the Destroyer). The term Brahma also means vastness. Similar is the meaning of the terms Vishnu and Shiva.

So, God symbolises vastness and broad-mindedness. But He appears narrow-minded to the narrow minded. As you think, so you become. God is filled with broad feelings. It is not possible for anybody to comprehend God's Will. Take Parartha (Divinity) as the fundamental principle. Do not repose your faith only in the physical world. However, you have to play your role well in this drama of life. To that extent, you can keep the world in your mind.

In order to understand this reality, human has to control the mind. Hence, it is said, master the mind and be a mastermind. Do not become a slave to mind. Many negative feelings in life comes focusing on things outside of our direct influence. It is our mind with five senses what is as navigates for different information tirelessly. So long as we continue to focus on these things, we are bound to feel frustrated. There is only one thing over which we have total control and that is ourselves - our attitude to the situation and what we do about it.

"The Lord, give me the courage to change the things which can and ought to be changed, the serenity to accept the things which cannot be changed and the wisdom to know the difference," it is often said by Christians.

When you are in the company of God all the time, why should you give room for worry? To understand that God is not separate from you, undertake sacred deeds.

Hastasya Bhushanam Danam,
Sathyam Kantasya Bhushanam,
Srotrasya Bhushanam Sastram

(Charity is the true ornament for the hand, Truth is the true ornament for the neck and listening to sacred sastras is the true ornament for the ears). These are the ornaments which God wants you to decorate yourself with. Undertake sacred activities and earn a good name for yourself. But it is not that easy to practise. There is always some self-interest in whatever human does. Self-interest is also necessary, but it should be within certain limits.

One can attain divinity when one has steady faith. First of all, one should have faith in one's own Self. Self-confidence, self-satisfaction, self-sacrifice are very essential for self-realisation.

If one loses self-confidence, one loses everything. Only through self-confidence can one have the vision of the latent divine effulgence. Follow the conscience. Conscience is the Atma (Self). Have total faith in the Atma. You are bound to face problems if you rely on the body, the mind and the senses. (However, so long as you live in this world, you have to discharge your duties using your body and the mind as instruments).

You love your mother because you have faith that she is your mother. The husband loves his wife because he has faith in her.

Where there is faith, there is love;
Where there is love, there is peace;
Where there is peace, there is truth;
Where there is truth, there is bliss;
Where there is bliss, there is God.

O God, I offer the heart, which you have given me. What else can I offer at your Lotus Feet? Please accept my salutations (Telugu Poem).

The Upanishads say, human life is most precious. The value of human cannot be estimated or compared.
So, do not lose your value by indulging in selfish deeds. Fish is better than selfish. Fish cleans the water of its dirt, but the selfish human pollutes the society. Man has the sacred name manishi. When reversed, it reads as shinima (cinema). Today human has become a cinema manishi meaning leading an artificial life.

Everybody talks about the need for world unity. Real integration of unity must begin with the individual and the family. From the home, it must spread to the village, nation and the world. This integration should become an essential part of our being. It must become a way of life and cherished as an important value. It is vital to perceive the unity that underlies the apparent diversity.

Bodies are many, but Life is one.
Beings are many, but Bliss is one.
Religions are many, but Truth is one.
This is the kind of oneness that has to be experienced in the depths of our heart.

It is a very powerful fact that the vast majority of people in the world today are failing to achieve their full potential, happiness, wealth, health and desires through a complete lack of understanding of the way in which the Universe operates in its immutable, perfect, loving way.

(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 12. "Dedicated for defence," Chapter 1; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 17. "Devotion without discipline is valueless,"Chapter 4; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 20. "Spiritual basis for value education," Chapter 20; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 33. "The Life Principles Of Man," Chapter 18; Sathya Sai Baba. Divine Discourse "Realise Your Innate Divinity to Attain Peace."on 23rd November 2005 80th Birthday Celebrations).

Namaste - Reet

Light and Love

Swami teaches... 27 - 29 Nov. 2006

Human's Mind, Self, Quantum Physics, God and Education

Part 3

We all are the embodiments of Prajnana. It is not worldly or secular knowledge. This true knowledge is within us. It is not something that we acquire after we are born. It is with us right from our birth.

We are limited by one main factor - spiritual awareness. We are all one with everything and everyone in the Universe, and we have the same Divine abilities in potency.

Human birth is meant to attain peace and not for occupying positions of authority. One may have all types of wealth and comforts but bereft of peace life itself has no meaning. There are many in this world who are well-to-do, highly educated and occupying positions of authority. But, in what way is society benefited by them? They have no time or inclination to wipe off the tears of the suffering humanity. How can we help the poor and the downtrodden? This should be the concern of the people in power. Human should engage himself in acts of charity in order to experience peace.

However, today the world is plunged into utter chaos and confusion. You find misery, sadness, sin and anger everywhere. Some people make their own lives miserable by their wicked qualities and evil deeds. Moreover, they argue that they are always right. Such an attitude is never going to help them. Truly you may criticise someone as a bad person today and extol him as a good person tomorrow. (Good and bad are your own thinking. Your mind is the cause for both). In such a situation, it is your bounden duty to give peace to the distraught.

Victory and loss are a part of the game of life. When someone meets with failure in his endeavour, empathise with him. When you do not identify yourself with others, differences are bound to crop up.

Where is peace? It is within you. In the outside world, there is no peace, only pieces. This Swami's famous saying known to many by heart.

We achieve peace and joy, through sacrifice. Giving yields more joy and grasping. Many do not realise the joy that can be derived from unselfishness; they waste their years and their lives in the pursuit of selfish ends. They are so conceited that they do not revere parents, elders, the saints and the sages. They do not invoke the Grace of God through prayer and landing in misery.

If peace is to be ensured, science and education have to be promoted on the right lines. This calls for unity among the people. Service to society must become the fundamental purpose.

Why are we not able to experience peace? Where does the mistake lie? We go on enquiring others, "Who are you"? But, we do not make an effort to enquire into ourselves, "Who am I"? There lies the mistake. Once we realise who we really are, we will be free from sorrows and difficulties forever. Hence, first and foremost we should make efforts to realise our true identity through spiritual awareness by different paths which all lead to the one and alone in the whole Universe Atmic Awareness.

Having been born as a human being you should strive for the welfare of the society. You are a member of the society and your welfare depends on the welfare of the society. Hence, undertake activities which are beneficial to the society.

What is the goal of a human being? This topic have been discussed many times form different aspects. Is it to strive for the fulfillment of one's desires?

Human life is a mixture of happiness and sorrow. It is not possible to experience one to the exclusion of the other. How can you expect to attain happiness and peace if you are not prepared to help your fellow human being? Difficulties are a part of life. None can escape them. Hence, one has to treat happiness and sorrow with equanimity. There is pleasure in pain and vice-versa. One should not be elated by pleasure nor depressed by pain. Samatwa (equality) is very essential for Samaja (society) to progress. Human being, in spite of enjoying all comforts and pleasures, is unable to bear even a small difficulty.

If you ask a well-to-do person, whether person is happy, what will be the reply? The person will say, "Sir, I have no dearth of money. My children are well settled in life. My home is very well furnished with all types of comforts and conveniences. I have everything in life except peace of mind."

The modern human, though highly educated and intelligent, is immersed in ignorance. In spite of education and intelligence, a foolish person will not know own true Self and a mean-minded person will not give up the wicked qualities. it is largely because modern education leads to argumentation, not to total wisdom. What is the use of acquiring worldly education if it cannot lead you to immortality?

Notable discoveries have been made over the years. But how far have human values been promoted and what is the transformation that has taken place in mankind? There is no answer to these questions yet.

The promotion of human values must become an integral part of the educational process. Education should serve to teach two things: What is life and how we should live. Life is not mere existence. It must be lived for a purpose. Character and humility can lend meaning to life. Students should strive to develop these qualities. So education should help one to acquire good qualities. Students should concentrate not only on their studies but also on the development of their character so that they may serve as an example to others and promote Sai ideals everywhere by their actions.

"Humility is the bed-rock. Cultivate humility as the first step, bend the body.Mend the senses. End the mind. This is the key to immortality," Swami's famous saying states.

From Atmic aspect human's heart is pure and sacred but has deluded by the clouds of desires.

The educational process will not be complete unless, together with specialisation in specific subjects, one acquires general knowledge and develops common sense. (Many famous scholars who had significant scientific achievements to their credit have been lacking in general knowledge and the common sense required in daily life).

Education should serve to enlarge the vision and broaden the outlook of the people. The science of spirit is essential for it. It is spirituality what can promote ethical values, the spirit of tolerance and equal-mindedness.

Spiritual knowledge and scientific knowledge should go together. There should be no dichotomy between science and spirituality. Spirituality is meant to promote love, not business. (Who can estimate the value of the Atma? It is infinite and beyond estimate).

Everything will be spoiled if business finds its way into the field of spirituality. True bliss can be experienced only when science and spirituality are combined. (Development of science and technology alone will not help people to get rid of bad thoughts, bad desires and bad deeds, because science by itself is not competent to sublimate life).

To restore the supremacy of human values in all fields of national and international life, an association should be set up by leading scholars and educationists in the all countries. This association should have no links with the government. It is only if it is autonomous and completely independent that it can achieve its objectives. There are eminent educationists in the universities. They may have very good ideas but they have no freedom to implement them. They should be given the freedom to try out their ideas. Authority should be commensurate with obligations. If all educational institutions jointly strive to instill human values in students, the quality of life will change.

Of course, human values cannot be practised by studying books or listening to lectures. They have to be cultivated by individual effort. True education consists in sanctifying everything you utter and every thought and action of yours.

The entire world is sustained by the twin principles of Truth and Love. They are present in everyone. 'I am' the truth that is present in all. 'I am' the love that is present in all. Truth and Love are all-pervasive.

You may forget anything in life but not Truth and Love. Truth is Bahirvahini (manifest flux) and Love is Antarvahini (undercurrent). Both of them have to be protected and sustained.

Let your life be filled with love. Share it with one and all. Whomsoever you come across, consider everyone as the embodiment of divinity. Swami teaches the principles of Truth and Love. Congregations as this are meant only to exhort you to adhere to the path of Truth and Love.

Expansion love is life; contraction love is death. Develop love in you and share it with others. That is true sacrifice. Immortality is not attained through action, progeny or wealth but it is attained only by sacrifice. When you adhere to the twin principles of Truth and Love, you will experience the manifestation of divinity in everything.

Let your love be not tainted with worldly feelings. Let it flow incessantly towards God. This was the ideal demonstrated by Radha. She was the kind of person who was always in the thought of Krishna and her name itself conveys her greatness and sacredness. If you start with 'R' you get 'Radha', if you start with 'A' you get 'Adhar' (basis), if you start with 'D' you get 'Dhara' (incessant flow), and if you start with 'A' you get 'Aradh' (worship). This means that the very basis of Radha's life was incessant Aradhana (worship) of Lord Krishna. Radha symbolised Dhara (Prakriti or Nature). Krishna is Paramatma (God). Radha was totally immersed in the Love of Krishna. It is an excellent example of such one-pointed devotion to present generation.

(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 12. "Dedicated for defence," Chapter 1; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 17. "Devotion without discipline is valueless,"Chapter 4; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 20. "Spiritual basis for value education," Chapter 20; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 33. "The Life Principles Of Man," Chapter 18; Sathya Sai Baba. Divine Discourse "Realise Your Innate Divinity to Attain Peace."on 23rd November 2005 80th Birthday Celebrations).
Namaste - Reet

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