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Swami teaches....Part 98

 

 

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Light and Love
 
   
Swami teaches... 4 - 10 March 2007  


    Part 1. Educate Yourself Through Love
 
   
A deep enquiry will reveal that
    Nothing equals Love in this world
    Be it charity, sacred rituals, penance,
    Wisdom, purity, or adherence to truth
    And Sanathana Dharma.

 

    Light and Love, so essential for being really helpful to human, have to come from the recognition of spiritual kinship. Since the dawn of humanity, human beings have always felt the need to "believe" in something or someone bigger than themselves

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    When you are eager to place offerings before the Lord, let your offering be Love, instead of transitory materials. Love is the very light of Love; it is the only comprehensive Code of Conduct.

 

    In this world, no other virtue is greater than Love. Love is truth, Love is righteousness, and Love is wealth. This world originated from Love, is sustained by Love, and ultimately merges in Love. Love is expressed by cosmic harmony, beauty, and order. Among humanity Love is also the inner activator of spiritual awareness and feeling of Oneness the whole Creation.
   "How much can I give my fellowmen? What can I contribute to the fulfillment of ideals?" All are eager to take none is earnest about giving. The reason is absence of Love, that transcends caste, creed, color, and the fences erected: by human between human.


    Fill the heart with Love, and distribute that Love to all. God is there as Love and you are only drawing on Him, when you are sharing Love with others.


    Expansion is Love, is life. Contraction is death, is hate. Pray for the good of all, crave for the prosperity of all, not of one person or party, or nation. The craving for power if it afflicts any one person degenerates into a mania, and it brings in its wake, great confusion, and calamity. Be servants, not masters. How can one be happy, putting another into the humiliation of attending to one's personal comforts - this is what hard to understand.
 
    According to the Vishnu Sahasranama sthotra, the entire Universe is the very form of Vishnu (Viswam Vishnuswarupam). Even if human were to travel at the speed of light, it will take 22,000 crore years to circumambulate Lord Vishnu. Who can live for such a long period of time?


    However, it is possible to go around the Viswa Swarupa (God in the form of Universe) in one second. It is Love that makes it possible. The speed of light may be estimated, but not the speed of Love.


(But human has put barriers around such transcendental and infinite Love and is using it for trivial purposes. That is why the world has become chaotic today. People may attribute various reasons for the lack of peace and security. The main reason is that human is not able to develop Love within him/herself. Human is not making any effort to realize the presence of the infinite, immortal, and nectarine Love within).


    Let your thoughts, words, and deeds be suffused with Love. Let your life be filled with Love. Nothing else is required to have the vision of the Divine (Sakshatkara).  
   

    There are innumerable powers such as atomic power, magnetic power, etc., in this world, but the power of Love surpasses them all.

 
    For human in this world, Love is life and Love is everything. It is from Love that the five elements (pancha bhutas) have emerged. It is Love that shines brilliantly in every individual. But human, not being able to comprehend the significance of Love attributes physical relationship to it.


    The love of a mother toward her child is vatsalya (affection). The love that exists between wife and husband is moha (infatuation). The love that exists among friends and relations is anuraga (attachment). The love toward material objects is ichcha (desire). Love directed toward God in totality is known as bhakti (devotion). The word bhakti (devotion) (derived from the root word bhaj) means pure, unsullied and selfless Love toward God.
 

    It is only Love that encompasses and permeates the entire world. Today, human is misusing this sacred Love by diverting it toward the ephemeral world.

 
    Ancient Rishis, leading a life of solitude in dense forests, could live in harmony even with wild animals only because of the power of their Love.
 

    There is nothing, that Love cannot achieve in this world. It can even melt the hardest of rocks. When the principle of Love in every human being is unified, it becomes cosmic Love (viswa prema). Do you want to quench your thirst for love? Yearn for His grace and worship Him.


    Swami's requests to look at the God within and everyone and everything in creation is an equal aspect. This God, Swami's Cosmic Form, Cosmic Consciousness  is the entire Universe of infinite conscious, intelligent, vibrating energy in which all existence has its Being.
 

     By scientific hypothesis and my fancy our Universe may be compared a balloon, with the outer skin of matter (atoms are 4 % only) and 96% is inner content of dark matter and energy.
 

     The outer skin of the Universe by worldly known quantum physicist David Bohm is as "frozen light".
 

     Issac Newton stated, "Are not the gross bodies and light convertible into one another, and may not bodies receive much of their activity from the particles of light which enter their composition."
 

    In Atmic Reality there are only Atma exists as energy with an infinite range of vibrations. Scientists cannot understand this process without spiritual outlook.
 

    From aspect of Atmic Reality time and space are illusions and consequently all is the Great Now. Big Bang from this aspect did not happen "billions of years ago," it happened, is happening and will always happen in the Great Now. There is no "beginning" or "end" there simply "Is".
 

    (Maybe the Universe as human mind is in a constant state of expansion from within, radiating outwards from The Source, Cosmic Consciousness)
 
    The Vedas declare that all-pervasive God is present within and without individual. All names and forms are His. Names and forms may vary, but the Atma is the same in all. Recognize the unity of all beings. That will result in universal Love.
 

    The world is a mansion. All belong to the caste of humanity. Unity should prevail in such a mansion.
 

    The Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheswara are within us. That is why Swami often says that human being is not one but three. This is the meaning of the three words Bhur, Bhuvah, Suvah in the Gayathri mantra. Bhur means bhuloka (the Earth). The Earth is made up of matter. The human body, which is also made up of matter, is called bhuloka. Bhuvaha means life force (prana) It is this life force that makes the body move. It is known as vibration. Suvaha means wisdom. This is known as radiation.
 
    Each Spirit, (every human being, every animal, every fish, every plant and every rock, stone and so on  is a cosmic channel, holographic pattern of Paramatma,  through which Atma can experience and therefore expand.
 

    Our Real Self i.e. Atma gains experience through Paramatma. It is infinite and eternal process and humanity is blessed to be a part of this Divine play.
 

    The Vedas declare, Prajnanam Brahma. This Prajnana is nothing but radiation. Human being is a combination of materialization, vibration, and radiation. You do not need to search for God outside. Turn your vision inward. There you will find God.  Visualize the unity among all beings and conduct yourself with compassion in your heart. With intense yearning, contemplate on God at least once a day.
 

    God does exist, but He cannot be seen by the naked eye. He can be seen only when you get rid of worldly
delusions. 
 

    If we invite some great individual, such as a saint or a learned person to our house, some preparations will have to be made at home, to make it presentable. We have to clean the house and the surroundings before the guest comes to our house.
 

     If we take so much care and precaution when we invite a person who has only a temporary position, how much more clean should we keep our heart when we invite the very Creator and protector of the world Himself to enter. It is only when we purify our heart that God will be able to enter it.
 

   Today, we find people depositing their money in banks. Likewise, deposit the power of your senses, your mind, and the wisdom in the bank of God. They will never diminish; they will continue to grow forever and will be returned to you in times of need. Sustain and safeguard sacred Love. Never give vent to hatred. Consider whatever happens as good for you. (The lifetime is only a conscious spark of Atmic eternity). 
 
    The main aim of human life is to acquire the knowledge of the Self. This is the true Purushartha (goal of life). Human life will find fulfillment if this goal is attained.


    The ability to distinguish between that which is permanent and that which is transitory, the ability to control the internal and external senses, yearning for liberation and the path of inquiry  - all these four (the four auspicious qualities) depend on devotion.

 

      In order to experience bliss, develop Love more and more. The more you develop Love, the more you will experience bliss.
 
    Chant the Divine name always Hiranyakasipu made every attempt to wean Prahlada away from the Godward path. But never did Prahlada give up chanting the name of Narayana. One day, Hiranyakasipu, on being prompted by Narada, called Prahlada and asked him, 'Son, what is that you have learnt so far?'
 

   In reply, Prahlada sang a verse in praise of Narayana:
   Narayana Param Brahma,
   Narayana Param Prema,
   Narayana Param Thapa
   Saryam Narayana Sama.
 

   He said, 'Father, I have learnt that Narayana is the Supreme Lord. Repetition of His name is the greatest penance, and everything is Narayanan only.'


    Like Prahlada, you too chant the Divine name always. Saints like Jayadeva, Gauranga, Thukaram, and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa prayed to the Lord fervently and yearned for His love. They could have His vision
and earn His grace only due to such intense yearning.
 

    But, due to the impact of Kali age, people want to attain Divine grace without making any effort whatsoever. Wickedness, misery, and violence are on the rise because Love for God is waning. Transform all your wicked qualities like jealousy and anger into Love. 
 

     Remember, the tongue is a tool. You can harm yourself and harm others with it. So, be very careful; use it only for your good and for the good of others. If you use it for talking kind words, for repeating the Name of God or singing His Glory, or praying to Him then, it is put to the best use.

 

    God is the presiding deity of action (Karmadhyaksha). You cannot have a table unless there is a carpenter to make it. You cannot construct a house unless there is a builder. Likewise, for everything there is a creator.
He presides over every activity.
 

    Today, spiritual aspirants undertake various types of sadhana such as meditation, penance, yoga, and chanting Vedic hymns. Love should be the undercurrent of all these spiritual exercises. No benefit accrues from chanting mantras if they are not coupled with the feeling of Love. The Vedas declare: Na karmana na prajaya dhanena thyagenaikena amritatmanasuhu (neither wealth nor progeny nor good deeds can confer immortality; it can be attained only through sacrifice). Immortality is nothing but Love. Love is nectarine, it is infinite, and all bliss.
 

    It is only the power of Love that can nullify a curse or a sin. It is only Love that can remove all the bitter feelings and enhance the sweetness of life.

 

(Reet's compilation from,  Sathya Sai Speaks.  Vol.11. "Love and serve," Chapter 7 and "Forms of food;" Chapter 8; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 13. "Thirty-five and sixty-five," Chapter 10; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 15, "Light and warmth," Chapter 10;  Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 17. "Charioteer of the heart," Chapter 23; Vol. 19. "The ways of the Divine," Chapter 6; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 21. "Earn God's Love," Chapter 4; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 32. "Power of Love," Chapter 2; Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. "Service to Society is Service to God,"  Divine Discourse on 23rd November 2006).
 
    Namaste - Reet


Light and Love

Swami teaches...11 -14 March 2007

Part 2. Educate Yourself Through Love

The basis of human's life is not the transitory and ephemeral world. Human's life on the Earth is a synthesis of moral, ethical, and spiritual values.


Love finds no place in the human heart, since it has become a den of desires. Desires are like luggage, which is a heavy burden in the journey of life. Less luggage, more comfort makes travel a pleasure.


(All the material possessions of this world are a cause of bondage for human and so long as human is in bondage, he/she has to suffer. Human should get rid of the feeling of attachment. Nothing is 'mine; and 'thine', everything is one. Develop the feeling in your heart that all are one. Only then can you experience truth, peace, and bliss).


Where there is Love, there is peace. (Inner peace is lost when the senses feed human on inflaming wants and in-fructuous desires). Where there is peace, there is truth. Where there is truth, there is God. So develop faith in God.


Faith is way of life. The feeling of I am itself signifies faith. I am means I exist. Existence itself denotes faith. Without faith in your existence, you cannot live even for a moment in the world.


Truth, sacrifice, and righteousness constitute humanness. Truth is neethi (morality), Dharma is reethi (code of conduct), and sacrifice is khyathi (reputation). The combination of all these is manava jathi (human race).

Every thought leaves the pattern on our consciousness before we act.
Pessimistic person speaks "I am not aware, have my ideas a success or not..." There is a glass of water on the table. A pessimist says the glass is half-empty, while an optimist perceives the glass is half-full. The pessimist sees what is outside; the optimist sees what is inside.


(The value-based ecological scholarship declares the glass is half-full and gives the motivation to live in harmony with the laws of Nature and be happy in this DNA level of life). The matrix of hesitation and "no" acts as negativity and the success has veiled by it. How many times have you told yourself "yes!" today?

Human's success and defeat depend upon attitude and on the process of thought. Right thoughts will manifest well-being and wrong thoughts vice versa - illness and ageing. If people fear old age, then that will be the reality. Never think about ageing; Atma - human's true reality has no age.

Whatsoever disease is information from within telling that not all is well. It is pictorially the request to restore harmony between body, soul, and spirit. Diseases, as a rule, caused by energy imbalance, very often they have caused by wrong thinking as Swami many times has underlined.
(Medications, surgery, therapy, etc. usually remove the symptoms. The only way to heal any ailment, is to heal its source, the inner imbalance of energy and also style of thinking).

What we eat affects our health and thoughts. We eat by choice what is a decision of the mind. We experience fewer and fewer diseases and different problems when we take action on what mind, being under the control of intellect, is telling us.


Human's mind is not an organ that can be identified physiologically; it cannot be touched or operated on by doctors or surgeons. It is an intangible bundle of resolutions and hesitations; of wishes and wants; to pros and cons. It has as warp and woof of the wishes that human entertains with reference to outward objects and sensations. It easily rushes out after external pleasures and assumes the shapes of the things it seeks. It can also be turned back into searching for inner contentment and inner joy. That is why the mind is said to be the instrument for both bondage and liberation. Allow the senses to lead it outward; it binds. Allow the intelligence to prevail upon it to look inward for bliss; it liberates.


So, higher than the body and senses is the mind, and the intellect is higher than the mind. The Atma is the highest. When you understand and contemplate on the principle of the Atma, you will be free from all suffering and bondage.


( There are many beings, but the indwelling Atma in them is the same. However, there are certain people who are creating differences. Of course, one can speak whatever one likes. Boneless tongue can be twisted in any way. Stones are hurled only on a fruit-laden tree. Like a fruit-bearing tree, all noble people are subjected to many ordeals and difficulties. However, when one firmly adheres to truth, nothing can shake one).

As it was mentioned above, the mind is the puppet of the food that is consumed by human. It is prompted one way or the other by the subtle pull of the food it is fed on. The quality of the food determines the direction of the desire that diverts the mental flow. That is why in the Gita as well as in all scriptural texts, sathwic (pure) food is recommended for the upward seeking individual. Mind means desire, sankalpa (resolve), something sought for. When the Formless desired Form, the Universe arose; so, mind is the creative principle, the maya (illusion), that desired the very first desire, to be many. When it is now fed on rajas - passion and emotion, activity and adventure - it gallops into the world with the plunge of desire. It brings human deeper into the morass. When it is fed on thamasic (impure) food, which dulls inebriates, blunts reason, and induces sloth, the mind is callous, inert and useless for uplifting human.


Sathwic food, according to some, consists in milk, fruits,and vegetables. But, it is much more; it; may not even be these. For, the calories that one takes in through the mouth are but a small part of the intake of human. The intake by the senses is part of the food that builds the individual. The sounds heard, the sights seen, the tactile impressions sought or suffered, the air breathed, the environment that presses for attention, appreciation and adoption - all these are 'food' what have considerable impact on the individual.


The vibrations determine the quality of the food that it is charged with, through the thought processes of the persons who handle it, prepare it, and serve it.

The 17th chapter of the Gita clearly defines the nature and tastes of the three types of 'food': the food that promotes love, virtue, strength, happiness, and cordiality is sathwic; that which inflames, arouses, intoxicates and heightens hunger and thirst is rajasic; the food that depresses, disrupts, and causes disease is thamasic.


The company in which food is consumed, the place, the vessels in which it is cooked, the emotions that agitate the mind of the person who cooks it and serves it - all these have subtle influences on the nature and emotions of the persons who eats this food. It is because the sages of India realized this that they laid down many do's and don'ts for the process of eating, as-for the different stages of spiritual progress.


Our thoughts trail off in directions determined by the sounds that fall upon the ear. When the sounds convey rebuke or praise, flattery or challenge, the thoughts too react correspondingly. When the sounds instill ideas of truth, beauty, or goodness, the mind too seeks the silence of truth, the sweetness of beauty and harmony, the strength of goodness.


The puja (ritualistic worship) in the domestic shrine, the recitation of hymns, the bhajan (group singing of devotional songs) that you do, all send forth vibrations that purify and cleanse the atmosphere, and so, disinfect the 'food' that you consume. The Universe ensures harmony at all levels by matching frequency of vibration.

By being grateful we are sending the vibrations of gratitude back into the Universe. To be grateful does not mean saying "thank you" by means of routine behavior. True gratitude is a feeling, an emotion, a sacred vibration.
Teachers! Use sathwic (pure) food and the avoidance of intoxicating drinks. It is demeaning the high role of human; it is pitiable to see a human under the influence of drink. Do not put tender minds on the path, which leads to moral and physical tragedy. Drink milk or yogurt; eat fruits and nuts. They generate constructive, virtuous spiritual thoughts.


Provide to the students inspiration to understand and live by the culture of this ancient land Bharath and other countries; every country has its own ancient culture.


Schools are not at present eager or willing to do this. So children grow up, dehydrated, and torn from the roots. They sing of Jack and Jill, not of Rama and Sita. They know the robin and the raven, not the crow and the peacock. Children are moving about, like cars with no brakes. Boys and girls are growing up, resentful of constraint and treating elders with contempt.

A sad example from one India school years ago. Once, a district educational officer was inspecting a school. He asked the teacher to find out from one of his pupils as to who wrote Ramayana. The pupil innocently replied, "Sir, I never wrote it; perhaps you might have written it." Then the teacher found himself in a miserable plight and turned to the inspecting officer to assure that he has not done so and tried to enquire if the officer had by any chance written the work. The officer referred the matter, to be safe, to the Vice-Chancellor, who finally observed that some Brahmin must have done it and advised the officer concerned to close the issue. This means that the state of affairs in educational field today is so pitiable that our students, teachers, inspecting officers and Vice-Chancellors are all sailing in the same boat. Nobody knows about the author of a work like Ramayana.


(Ignorance is leading many grants to lapse and many a good intention to evaporate into nothing).

Teachers and educationalists have to well listen to spiritual discourses from learned and experienced people. They can give you the secret of equipoise, the ways of acquiring balance and peace of mind and the means of enjoying unadulterated bliss.

What is the state of human today? Person is overjoyed when he/she has wealth and grief-stricken when he/she loses it. Person indulges in pomp and show and loses everything in the process. He conceives of dubious ways and means. Just as the Earth revolves around the Sun, the most persons revolve around money. No doubt, money is necessary, but it should be within certain limits.


What the world needs today is not destruction of natural environment, arms and ammunition. It needs to uphold dharma. If you protect dharma, dharma will protect you in return. Only the Divine Love and Grace, not weapons can protect nations.


Fill your hearts with Love. There is no wealth, no dharma, and no meditation greater than Love. Swami expects all people live in unity like brothers and sisters. If you will become embodiments of Love, you will become Divine. Brahmavid Brahmaiva Bhavati (the knower of Brahman verily becomes Brahman).

Students are the long-journey passengers, traveling in this train of society. All the elders are bound to get down soon. Therefore, it is the paramount duty of students to develop sacred Love. Do not love God for the sake of worldly desires. Love Him with spiritual outlook.


Who is God? Truth is God. Truth is unshakable. Sathyannasti paro Dharma (There is no dharma greater than adherence to truth). Dharma leads human to peace. Without peace human cannot live. Saint Thyagaraja said, 'One cannot have happiness without peace.' When you attain peace, you will experience love and bliss. Truth is the origin of bliss. Non-violence also emerges from truth.


Sathya (truth), Dharma (righteousness), Santhi (peace), Prema (love), and Ahimsa (non-violence) are like human's five life-breaths. These are the prime qualities of a human being. The need of the hour is to develop these human values.

Education does not mean mere knowledge of books and acquaintance with them. In olden times, only those who secured hundred per cent marks were allowed to pass a test, but now, thirty-five out of hundred will enable a person to get through an examination. The duty of each student to attain hundred percent perfection in knowledge.


Also let every teacher demonstrates to the young the joy one can derive through service, let them learn the technique of timely service and be eager and ready to speed with service, wherever it is needed - in times of flood, fire, famine, and festivals where the sick and the old require special care. Money spent for training youth for this kind of loving service is well spent.


Let teachers explain to students that meditation is a central way to transform and heal ourselves. When we meditate, we allow the swirl of ideas and thoughts to slow down to the point where we find a calm and positive connection with ourselves. The purpose of meditation is to transform the state of our hearts and minds nearer to the awareness of the Self.


Although meditation is an ancient art dating back many thousands of years, modern scientific research now confirms what ancient wisdom discovered long ago. Study after study shows that meditation brings about improved perception, focus, memory, and creativity.

 
In general, education with all its wings of teaching should lead one to humility, which in turn equips student with all the eligibility. Eligibility provides student with necessary material wealth, which again enables to do some charitable deeds.


Remember that the end of education is character and the end of knowledge is Love.

 

(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol.11. "Love and serve," Chapter 7 and "Forms of food;" Chapter 8; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 13. "Thirty-five and sixty-five," Chapter 10; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 15, "Light and warmth," Chapter 10; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 17. "Charioteer of the heart," Chapter 23; Vol. 19. "The ways of the Divine," Chapter 6; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 21. "Earn God's Love," Chapter 4; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 32. "Power of Love," Chapter 2; Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. "Service to Society is Service to God, "Divine Discourse on 23rd November 2006).

Namaste - Reet


Light and Love

Swami teaches...15 -17 March 2007

Part 3. Educate Yourself Through Love

Gopikas prayed to Krishna,
Let us listen to the melody of Your Divine music
so that the seeds of Love to germinate
in the field of our heart, which has become
barren due to the absence of Love.
Let there be rain of Love in our hearts, and
let the river of Love flow incessantly through it.

The light of Love shines on one and all. The body may be in a particular place, but Love is universal. It is the Love, that illuminates the entire Universe. Love is the greatest gift God has given to a human being. The value of any material object in this world can be assessed; but not the value of Love. Hence, only one quality, the quality of Love is sufficient to drive away all evil qualities.

You must always think, 'God is residing as the Indweller in my heart. I am verily God'. There may be differences in names and forms; but God is One and One alone. In fact, God has no particular form. He will assume the form you constantly contemplate. We are visualizing Him in a particular form as per our own thoughts and feelings. You develop the feeling ?God is in me, with me and is guiding me? and march on.

Why it is difficult to realize the Divine Love Principle and intimately connected with it human values - truth, righteousness, non-violence, peace? Why there is so often sorrow (not joy) the true human's companion?

Krishna has explained in the Gita that sorrow is the fruit of rajo guna (quality of passionate activity). He has also shown that only the person, who recognizes this truth and removes rajo guna and thamo guna (quality of sloth and inertia) from his heart, can be happy.


As human has all the three gunas, (rajo, thamo and sathwa gunas) human's heart is bound. The entire world is a manifestation of the three gunas. Of these three, rajo and thamo gunas are the source of trouble. For all sorrows, grief, trouble, and problems, these two gunas are responsible. There are six attributes for thamo guna sleep, drowsiness, fear, anger, laziness and inertia.


A farmer who wants to raise a crop in the field has to remove, at the outset, the weeds from his field. If different types of weeds grow, the crop will be affected adversely. Removing the weeds is an essential pre-condition for getting a good crop.


In the same way, a sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) who wants to realize the joy of Atma, has to remove from the heart the various manifestations of rajo and thamo gunas in the form of malice, desire, greed, anger, hatred and jealousy.


The most important cause for the three gunas is the mind. It is impossible to rise above human nature and realize Divine nature until the mind is transformed.

Krishna told Arjuna, "Offer your everything to Me; offer all your dharmas (righteousness) to Me and I will take care of you and give you liberation and deliverance. Be they physical, mental, spiritual or worldly, offer all your actions to Me. Arjuna, you are taking Me as the charioteer of your chariot. Take Me as the charioteer of your life. The seat on which I am seated in this chariot is very dean and well decorated. Think how clean and how grand your heart should be to make it a seat for Me if I become the charioteer of your heart. As long as rajo and thamo gunas are there, the heart is not pure. Make every effort to remove the dirt from your heart."


Krishna chose Arjuna as an ideal representative of humankind to set an example for humanity. He said to Arjuna, "I am using you as an instrument in order to make an example of you. Therefore, you must first become an ideal person."

To take another example: These days when one goes on a picnic, one takes a mirror, a comb and a handkerchief. Why do they take these things? On the way, the wind may blow their hair out of place, and they may need a mirror and comb to tidy it. When they get hot and tired, there may be some sweat on the face, so they take a handkerchief to remove wipe it. These three things help one to maintain one's looks. In the same way, if you want to correct the disturbed beauty of the mind, you have to take certain things.


Whether our hair is disheveled or not, is shown by the mirror. To find out whether our mind is disturbed or not, devotion acts as the mirror. This mirror also must be clean. If the mirror is clean, it will be easy to see whether there is impurity in the mind or not. When we recognize that the mind is disturbed, we have to correct it; for this purpose, we need the comb of wisdom. The cloth with which we wipe the dirt from our heart is Vairagyam (detachment). This removes all the dirt. In the journey of life, wherever we go, we need to have devotion, wisdom, and detachment.


We must try to understand the different characteristics of rajo guna. A person who is full of rajo guna will always be in a hurry. Person has a lot of anger within and develops unlimited desires. He/she cannot keep still even for a moment.


If rajo guna enters the heart, it makes person move all the time. It does not merely make restless but makes the person deluded as well. Not merely does person become deluded, but he/she goes on desiring objects, desiring everything in the world, and thereby becoming more and more deluded and restless. Therefore, restlessness, desire, and delusion are the three important features of rajo guna.


The three gunas are represented in the Ramayana by three brothers in Ravana's family. The embodiment of thamo guna is Kumbhakarna, of rajo guna is Ravana, and of sathwa guna is Vibheshana. These three gunas are brothers, but if you allow the first two into your heart, they will cause a lot of harm.

When you enter the Kingdom of Liberation, you will have to remove sathwa guna also. Vedanta (concluding essence of the Vedas) teaches that you must transcend all these three gunas. If a thorn were to prick your foot, to remove it you do not need a knife; another thorn would be enough to help you remove it. Once you have removed the thorn, you could throw away both the thorns. In the same way, with the help of rajo guna, you have to remove thamo guna and with the help of sathwa guna, you must remove rajo guna. Before you can enter the mansion of the bliss of oneness with Brahman you have to cast off all these three gunas. That is why Krishna commanded Arjuna to transcend all three gunas.

As long as you have the mind, thamo and rajo guna there will be no stillness of the body.


Here is a pictorial example for this.


When there is some water in a vessel, if the vessel moves, water also moves. If the vessel is steady, water also will be steady. In steady water, you are able to see your image, but in moving water, your image will also be moving. Therefore, if you want to enter into a state of meditation, you must keep your body still. The body is like the vessel, and the mind may be compared to the water inside it. If body moves, the mind inside will be agitated. Therefore, control your mind and make it steady by keeping your body steady.

/For meditation, it is very important to keep the back straight. The Kundalini power travels from the Moladhara (at the base of the spinal column) to the Sahasrara (thousand-petalled energy centre) in the crown of the head. Therefore, you must be steady. Head, neck and body have to be straight; there should be no bend. This is extremely essential for students and sadhakas engaged in meditation.


There are many different systems of meditation including, but not limited to Concentration, Mindfulness, Zen, Visualization, and Devotion. The best style of meditation is the one that feels right for you).

The sounds, the sights, the impressions, the ideas, the lessons, the contacts, the impacts - all must promote in the enlightened one reverence, humility, balance, equanimity and simplicity. If the impressions are rajasic, the mind will get agitated, vengeful, fanatic, and fearsome. If they are thamasic, the mind will not even be aroused into the awareness of its own innate handicaps. It is only the sathwic 'food' that will keep the mind on an even keel, fully concentrated on the Atma on which one must contemplate in order to attain peace.

Once upon a time, King Janaka sent round a message inviting scholars, sages, and yogis to teach him the knowledge of Atma. He announced, "In the time it takes me to climb on to my horse, one should be able to give me full Brahma jnana (knowledge of the Absolute)." The sages and scholars were worried, as they felt "This is going to be a severe test for our scholarship and learning." No one dared come and offer to satisfy the King's demand.


Meanwhile, the sage Ashthavakra entered the kingdom. While he was nearing the capital, he saw the scholars and rishis assembled there. They were looking worried and despondent. He asked them, "What is the cause of all your worries?" They explained their situation and he said, "Why should you be scared about such a small thing? I can solve this problem." So saying, he entered the court of King Janaka. He said to the King, "King! I am ready to teach you the knowledge of Atma, but it cannot be taught in this palace, which is full of rajo and thamo gunas. First I must take you to a sathwa area."


They took a few horses and soldiers and left the palace. On reaching a lonely spot, Ashthavakra told the king, "I am now going to teach you the knowledge of Atma. I am the preceptor and you are the disciple. Are you ready to accept this relationship? If you agree to this, then you have to make the offering the shishya (pupil, student, disciple) has to give to the preceptor. Only after you have made your offering will I start my teaching." King Janaka told Ashthavakra, "I want to attain Brahman and I am therefore prepared to give you anything you want." Then the Guru told the King: "I don't want anything except your mind." King Janaka answered: "I offer it to you; from now on, it is yours." Then the Guru brought a horse, made it stand, and asked the King to sit down on the ground in the middle of the road of his kingdom. He left the king there and retired into the forest to sit quietly under a tree.


King Janaka completely submits himself to the Guru.


The soldiers waited for a long time for the return of the king but neither the king nor Ashthaavakra came. They wanted to know what had happened to them, and one by one, they went to find out. They found their king sitting in the middle of the road with a horse standing nearby. The king had closed his eyes and was absolutely still. Ashthaavakra was nowhere to be found. They were rather afraid a that this Ashthavakra had cast some magic spell over the king, making him lose his consciousness. They went to the prime minister and brought him to the king.


The prime minister called the king, "Maharaja, Maharaja, Maharaja," but the king did not open his eyes or respond in any way. They were wondering what to do. Left with no alternative, the prime minister sent the chariot to bring the queen, thinking that if she called the king, he would respond to her entreaties. The queen came and pleaded. However, the king remained unmoved.

Meanwhile, the soldiers went in search of Ashthavakra into the forest. They found him sitting under a tree in total peace. They took hold of him and brought him to the place where the king was sitting. Ashthavakra said, "The king is saved, he is all right. You may see for yourself. The ministers, the queen and others told Ashthavakra: "He has not opened his mouth or eyes." Ashthavakra went close to the king and called him, saying, "Maharaja." Immediately the king opened his eyes and replied, "Swami." Ashthavakra told the king, "The ministers and the queen have come; the soldiers and many others have come and all have tried to talk to you; why did you not answer them?"

The king replied, "Thoughts, words and deeds are associated with the mind. As I have offered my mind entirely to you, first I need your permission before uttering a word. What authority do I have over my mind? I have offered it to you; it is yours. I won't do anything without your permission and command." Then Ashthavakra said, "You have reached the state of free from mental limitation. " He asked him to place his foot upon the stirrup to mount the horse. By the time he had climbed the horse and placed his other leg over the horseback, he got the experience of Bliss of Divine self.

King Janaka was able to get liberation when he offered his mind and three types of activity, thought, word and deed, to Ashthavakra. The essential meaning of this episode is that one should become Amanaska (blissful state of realization when seer realizes that entire creation is created by Self; mindless; free from all mental activity), to realize unity with the Divine. As long as you have a mind, there is duality. Cold and heat, day and night, sorrow and joy, loss and profit - all these pairs of opposites come about only when you have a mind. If you want to learn to treat all these things equally, you have to offer your mind to God.

Spread the Divine Name of Swami in every nook and corner of the world. That will lead to manifestation of Divinity within everyone. The closer you come to Swami, the Divinity within you should become more pronounced.

 

(Reet's compilation from, Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol.11. "Love and serve," Chapter 7 and "Forms of food;" Chapter 8; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 13. "Thirty-five and sixty-five," Chapter 10; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 15, "Light and warmth," Chapter 10; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 17. "Charioteer of the heart," Chapter 23; Vol. 19. "The ways of the Divine," Chapter 6; Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 21. "Earn God's Love," Chapter 4; Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 32. "Power of Love," Chapter 2; Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. "Service to Society is Service to God," Divine Discourse on 23rd November 2006;

http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages/Prasanthi_Nilayam/adilabad_discourse 2007.html ).

Namaste - Reet

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