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2nd Divine Discourse on Ugadi
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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DEVELOP LOVE AND LEAD THE LIFE
OF A TRUE MANAVA
Ugadi Photos -
Also read: 1st Divine Discourse on Ugadi, 20th March 2007
Students! Citizens of Anantapur! The words you uttered and the programmes
you presented got imprinted in My heart. You have set an example to others
and proved beyond doubt that people of Anantapur are endowed with immense
potentiality and talent. It is My wish that all other districts should
emulate your example. I do not have any other desire. I want to purify
your heart and confer peace and bliss on you. That is the only desire I
have. I do not have even a trace of hatred in Me nor do I have any
enemies. All are Mine. It is My love that is present in all of you. I
speak only about love and nothing else. I have immense love for the
children. In fact they are My only property. If they come up in life, the
entire world will prosper.
You should always be united. You call yourself a Hindu. What does the term
HINDU signify? H - Humility, I - Individuality, N – Nationality, D –
Divinity, U – Unity. These are verily our five life-breaths (Pranas). Just
as five elements, five senses and five life-sheaths constitute our
physical body; these five principles constitute the very essence of
spirituality. Hence you have to safeguard these five principles and stand
united. Never give scope for differences of opinion even in trivial
matters. If any differences were to arise, each should be prepared to
forgive the other. All are the children of God. All are brothers and
sisters. You should understand this truth and conduct yourself
accordingly. There is love in everyone. It is only when man develops love
in him can all be united. When we develop love and give up hatred, our
innate power will manifest. Elders are bogged down by a number of worries
which weaken their mental power. But the youth are endowed with immense
power of mind and senses. They should develop it by putting the senses to
We should develop the spirit of unity. Never think that you belong to a
particular state and thereby give rise to differences. You should always
think that you belong to India. This is what I told in Madras (Chennai)
recently. Do not identify yourself with Vyashti Tattwa (individual
principle). We should identify ourselves with Samashti Tattwa (societal
principle) and cultivate unity. Never forget the feeling of nationality.
Consider truth, righteousness, peace, love and non-violence as your Pancha
Pranas (five life-breaths) and uphold the sanctity of the name ‘Manava’
(human being). Where there is love, there is peace. Where there is peace,
there is non-violence. One bereft of love cannot attain peace. Peace
cannot be purchased in a shop. In the external world, you find only
pieces, but not peace! Even if you were to ask a millionaire, he will say,
“I have everything except peace of mind.” One can attain peace only
through love. Divine love is the basis for every thing. When we develop
love for God, everything will be taken care of. If we do not have love for
God, we will be giving scope to evil qualities such as anger, hatred,
jealousy etc. Man today has given up human qualities such as love, peace,
compassion and is leading the life of an animal.
We should face all difficulties with forbearance
Forbearance is the real beauty in this sacred land of Bharat. Of all the
rituals, adherence to truth is the greatest penance. The nectarous feeling
in this country is the feeling of love towards one's mother. Character is
valued far higher than the very life itself. People have forgotten the
basic principles of this great culture and are imitating Western culture.
Alas! The Bharatiyas are not aware of the greatness of their cultural
heritage just as a mighty elephant is not aware of its own strength.
Man is endowed with great power. The power that is present in us cannot be
traced anywhere else. But we forget our innate power as we are drowned in
evil qualities such as hatred and jealousy. We should never have hatred or
anger towards any one. Do not be perturbed if someone vents out his anger
on you. Offer your salutation to him and remain calm and composed. Greet
even your enemy with love saying, “Hello brother! How are you?” When you
address him as brother, he will reciprocate the same brotherly affection.
On the other hand, if you tell him, “You are my enemy”, he will continue
to develop hatred towards you. All your feelings will come back to you in
the form of reaction, reflection and resound. As is the action so is the
result. Can you get the belch of pineapple when you eat a mango? No. The
smell of your belch depends on the fruit you have consumed. Likewise, you
will experience only love when you fill your heart with love.
You should develop love right from this tender age. Here love implies not
worldly love, but divine love. When you have divine love, you will not be
affected by the ‘deep wine’ of worldly desires. Hence, develop divine
love. My life bears testimony to the principle of divine love. Love is the
hallmark of true humanness. One bereft of love cannot be called a human
being at all. Hence, develop love and lead the life of Manava in the true
sense of the term. Earn a good name.
The programme you presented today and the feelings you have expressed
should be propagated to the entire nation. Unfortunately, these days none
of the newspapers carry reports of such sacred events. They give wide
publicity to all the trash of the tinsel world.
We should fill our heart with sacred, selfless and unwavering love. God is
described as Nirgunam, Niranjanam, Sanathana Niketanam, Nitya, Shuddha,
Buddha, Mukta, Nirmala Swarupinam (God is attributeless, pure, final
abode, eternal, unsullied, enlightened, free and embodiment of
sacredness). We should make efforts to sanctify our human birth. How can
it be sanctified? Is it by indulging in conflicts and developing hatred?
No, no. These are bestial qualities. Love is the true human quality.
Hence, dear children! Develop love. Whenever there is difference of
opinion among you, brush it aside. When you consider love as your
life-breath, there will be no scope for bestial tendencies such as hatred
and jealousy. Animals are living in forests without any hatred towards
each other. Such an evil tendency is seen often among men who are supposed
to lead a civilised life. It is contrary to human nature. Human life is
meant to develop love, not to accumulate money. Money comes and goes but
morality comes and grows.
Dear children! You are endowed with a pure heart and a steady mind. When
you have the purity of heart, it is easy to develop love. In fact, your
love can become as expansive as the sky. Never give up love under any
circumstances. Swami is always in you, with you, around you, above you and
below you. Hence, develop love. Very soon I will come to Anantapur. It is
more than ten years since I last paid a visit to Anantapur. But now, drawn
by the power of your love and Sankalpa, I will certainly come. Be prepared
for My visit singing Bhajans more and more and sharing your love with one
and all. “Hari Bhajan Bina Sukha Santhi Nahin…” One cannot attain peace
without singing the glory of God.
There are many women who are endowed with Bhakti and Prapatthi (devotion
and a sense of surrender). They should all come together and organise
activities. They should keep their homes clean and mould their children
along the sacred path. But today educated women are undertaking jobs. Such
women will have little understanding of their responsibilities on the home
front. If women go out for jobs, who will take care of the home? If women
go out to teach others’ children in schools, who will look after their own
children? Firstly, you should teach your own children and put them on the
right path. Only then can you be called a true mother. If you go to office
neglecting your own children, they may take to wrong ways. Consequently,
you will lose your peace of mind. Hence, take proper care of your family
in the first instance. Respect your parents and in-laws. There lies the
true meaning of ideal womanhood. Children, youth, elders, men and women,
all should tread the path of truth. Only then can you spread joy and bliss
to our nation and to the world at large. It is not merely our home or our
physical body that we have to safeguard. We have to protect our nation.
After all what is this physical body? It exists today but may not live to
see another day. Body is like a water bubble. Mind is like a mad monkey.
Do not follow the body, do not follow the mind. Follow your conscience.
Only then can you attain happiness in all respects.
Embodiments of Love!
Today your love has deeply touched My heart. My heart is filled with
immense bliss watching you distribute various items to the poor and the
needy. Aswattha Narayana and his family have extended all their support to
this noble cause. Many people of the town, professors and lecturers worked
together with great enthusiasm. They have done much more than what they
(Addressing the beneficiaries Bhagawan said) Ask Me whatever you require,
I will certainly give you. Do not give up your studies for want of money.
If you cannot afford to pay your monthly fees, ask Me. I will give you the
required money. Your parents may be struggling to make both ends meet.
Hence, do not trouble them for money. “Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo Bhava”
(Revere your mother as God, father as God).
Do not think that God is present in a distant land, far away from you. God
can never be away from you. He will never forsake you. He is always in
you, with you and around you. Have firm faith in this truth and be happy
always. When you are alone, think that God is with you. Tell yourself, “I
am not alone. God is with me.” Right from this moment, develop such firm
conviction. You will be free from all worries and anxieties. Develop
sacred feelings in your heart.
(Divine Discourse delivered on the evening of 20th March 2007 at Prasanthi
Nilayam during the occasion of Ugadi)