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Posted on 11th August 2006 at 23:35 Hrs. IST and updated on 12th Aug at 00:35 Hrs. IST

Athi Rudra Maha Yajna: Day 3 Afternoon Session
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While the afternoon session began at 2:30 p.m. with Rudra Homam, Panchamrutha Archana, Sai Gayathri Homam having performed in sequence, Bhagawan arrived in the Sai Kulwant Hall at 4:20 p.m. and presided over the proceedings for sometime. Once the ritualistic proceedings were over, it was the turn of the day’s guest speaker to share his knowledge on the aspect of Dakshinamoorthy, and Incarnation of Lord Shiva. The Guest Speaker for the evening was Vidhwaan Veda Brahmashri K.G. Subbaraya Sharma, a Vedic and Sanskrit Pundit of par excellence, winner of Raashtriya Jnaana Puraskar Award and the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award 2005 and author of several books including Shankara Bhaskara, Vedanta Samvastsara and Prabhodha Chintamani.

Dakshinamoorthi is another name of Lord Shiva, which means the deity, the God – Embodiment of knowledge of self, enlightenment. Ignorance is the disease that engulfs the humans and without removing this enlightenment it is impossible to achieve and to remove this ignorance one has to rely on Lord Shiva, Dakshinamoorthi. Dakshinamoorthi is the Supreme Teacher, the Teacher for the entire world who removes all maladies of mind to prepare humans for liberation. Hailing Bhagawan as Daskhinamoorthi in physical frame, the speaker acknowledged the gathering that by mere sight of Bhagawan, Divine Darshan, all of our problems should be solved. Quoting extensively from sacred literature of yore, the learned speaker highlighted the importance of attaining the final goal of life…enlightenment. With the blessings of Dakshinamoorthi all the knots of mind…knots in the heart are cut off and all the doubts are completely dispelled, cleared…and karmas (actions) are bunt to ashes when through prayer we attain knowledge of inner self with the blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba as Dakshinamoorthi. Concluding his rhetoric the speaker said, today we are seeing the trinity, namely, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara and also the Parabhrahma Swaroopa, the Supreme Lord in Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba…and urged the devoted gathering to pray to Bhagawan for enlightenment of the self and for the peace and prosperity unto the world at large.

Bhagawan in His Divine Discourse underlined that it is mysterious to understand the principle of Dakshinamoorthi…one can extol him in myriad ways…but the essence of him is transcendental…and he represents silence and confers wisdom through silence. It is impossible to understand his nature with the worldly background and understanding. Dakshinamoorthi is by nature embodiment of Truth...and Truth is all pervasive…Truth is changeless. …and therefore, none can achieve anything in this world without the Grace of Dakshinamoorthi…everything originated from Dakshinamoorthi. Referring to Dakshinamoorthi as all pervasive Divine…Bhagawan urged the devotees to remind themselves with the teachings of Dakshinamoorthi to lead a noble life. Human beings should live befitting the title of human being; they should never lead a bestial life. Anger, hatred and desire are all animal qualities. …And to lead the life of a human being one should follow the teachings of Dakshinamoorthi. One has to develop the feeling that “I AM GOD”.

Bhagawan urged the devotees to spend time in contemplation of Divine…Let the body also be spent in contemplation of God…Whole life should be Divine and Spiritual. Once we lead the Divine life we are correct intellect…and thus we should transform ourselves into Divine. ..and once we are Divine we become personification of devotion…and once we have devotion we can have the vision in the manifestation of the entirety of human being. …and once we are true human being we can transform ourselves into Divine, said Bhagawan.

Be blissful always…You are non-dual and ethereal…and then you can call yourself a true human being…when bad qualities creep in, take the name of God and get rid of the same. You are all embodiments of Love…and you cannot live without Love. ...become personification of love and gradually attain Divinity…extolled Bhagwan concluding His Divine Discourse.

The Divine Discourse was followed by a light classical performance by Sri O.S. Arun, which was followed by a scintillating musical treat by the students of Sri Sathya SAi Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam, whom Bhagawan called to perform extempore.

After the musical offering Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram receing Managalaarathi.



Posted on 11th August 2006 at 21:00 Hrs.IST

Athi Rudra Maha Yajna: Day 3 Morning Session

For a New World Order

A great Promise…not an ordinary promise, but a Divine Declaration that very soon the world would be united and peace be unto this planet earth at large was given by Bhagawan on 10 th October 2005 during His Divine Discourse.

I assure you that golden era is very near. Personal rivalries, differences and hatred towards fellowmen will become a thing of the past in Bharat and the world at large.

- Divine Discourse on 10 th October 2005

…and such declarations…wonderful promises about the coming of ‘Rama Rajya’ had come from Bhagawan even before.

Still the fickle human mind would wonder and even sometimes dare to question such a possibility of the coming of ‘Rama Rajya’ when at the other end attempts are made by the demonic minds to thwart all such noble endeavours.

A chaotic world where everything seems to be meeting with the wrong end, where war cries are preferred to Vedic chanting, here from the South Indian State of Andhra Pradesh come the rays of hope, the beacon light in the form of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. As the Ati Rudra Maha Yajna, being done with the absolute purpose of attaining World Peace and Prosperity, moved on to the third day of its proceedings…and with the vibrations emanating from this rare spiritual feast traversing the entire length and breadth of every conceivable inch of space, it is nothing but a clear indication towards fulfilling the above given declaration by the Avatar of the Age, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, a world of unity, religious harmony, suffused with pure love and powered by righteous living.

On the inaugural day, talking about the supreme significance of the Yajna, the Chief Priest in his introductory speech, made a mention that the Yajna is the highest form of worship one could offer to Lord Siva…and here we have Lord Siva Himself presiding over the Yajna.With the rays of hope emanating from thousands of innocent hearts from the Divine Abode at Prasanthi Nilayam suffused with the vibrations being powered from the Yajna Kundas…and with millions from all across the world join with prayerful hearts…one could assume that the world is slowly being re-routed to the lost track of righteousness…that was long lost and as Bhagawan has time and again declared…promised…a new world order…a World of Unity…Purity and Divinity is in the offing.

On the third day of the Yajna the proceedings began in the morning at 5:45 a.m. with Aruna Parayanam followed by Mahanyasa Parayana and Panchamrutha Abhishekam, Linga Abhishekam while the Rudra Parayanam was going on in the background. Bhagawan arrived in the Sai Kulwant Hall at 7:10 a.m., went for full round to the delight of the thousands filled to capacity. Later, Bhagawan watched the proceedings from the dais before retiring to Interview Room. Bhagawan returned to Yajur Mandiram at 9:45 a.m. and the morning proceedings of the Yajna concluded at 11:00 a.m. with Mangalarathi.

Posted on 11th August 2006 at 02:00 Hrs.IST


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11th August 2006 -ATI RUDRA MAHA YAJNAM

Offering my humble pranams at the lotus feet of our beloved Lord,
Om Sairam to every one…Another great day in our lives, a day full of Overwhelming divine energy touching every ones hearts… as the Lord of KaliAge out of immense compassion, under took the stupendous act of performing Ati Rudra Maha Yagna for the benefit of this World and simultaneously making the thousands bathe in the ocean of bliss, by His divine darshan and divine discourse a Divine BONUS… what more can we ask for Swamy?
This afternoon the afternoon session of the Yagna started at 3pm and Swamy came out for darshan at 4:15pm as the Shiva linga which He installed personally on the second day, received ceremonial prayers by the head preist ….
This afternoon the speaker was Mr.Subbaraya Sharma, a learned scholar from the state of Karnataka a master in Vedic knowledge and a recepient of many awards spoke about Dakshina Murthy, another avatar of Lord Shiva.. He made us recite sacred chants which was very nice.. After about 10 mins of talk, he went back to Swamy to take His blessings for allowing him to share his thoughts but Swamy again send him back to speak more about Dakshina Murthy… He very happily obliged and continued about Dakshina Murthy
After his talk Swamy asked the boys to bring His discourse table amidst cheers from the devotees assembled in Sai Kulwanth hall.. Swamy’s chair was placed on the right side of the dias, and Swamy rose from His seat and walked few steps to reach the Discourse table which was placed in the center of the dias….…
EXCERPTS FROM THE DISCOURSE
Swamy started with the verse, Mouli gulkedu chandra markanda kala thoda praising Shiva and his appearance… “with moon adorned on his head, with large eyes, with Ganga flowing from His matted hair, He (Shiva) is of beautiful complexion, He is present every where…….. Dakshina Murthy lived his life for his devotees, taught the whole world, and silence was his weapon… God is present in all the individuals in the form of Atma… He is omnipresent….. sathyambu nandunde sarvambu shrustinche, sathyambu nandanage sarva shrusthi… every thing iin this world is born form TRUTH, and every thing merges in truth… there is no place where there is no truth… Man today is not behaving like True human beings.. MA..NA… VA (Human) means one who is not attached to Moha (illusion).. when you are attached to illusion you are animal… get rid of animal qualities and behave like a true human beings… Man should shy away from animal qualities like Lust, Anger, misery etc… Give away attachment… you need to be responsible, but this responsibility shouldn’t hamper your spiritual growth…
Swamy continued, “it is very easy to detach from worldly desires”… Swamy then picked up the hand kerchief and dropped it.. and continued “its as easy as this.. don’t relate yourself with your body… you are NOT the body… when you say its my kerchief, you are SEPARATE and kerchief is SEPARATE… you say MY BODY.. . that means your body is separate from you.. realize this TRUTH… You have three personalities.. THE ONE YOU THINK YOU ARE, THE ONE OTHERS THINK YOU ARE.. AND THE ONE YOU REALLY ARE…. Don’t get carried away by worldly recognistion…. Your ultimate goal is to merge with God…..
Swamy’s spoke for 30 minutes and at the end He said, He will be sharing few more things in the days to come… Swamy (body) looked very strong..so also was His voice.. He stood during the whole discourse, while His body was leaning on his left hand mostly…He was moving His right hand very freely making the discourse more expressive… He didn’t sing bhajan at the end still our hearts were dancing in merry for His sweet discourse which is always full of ATMA GNANA….
After the discourse, Swamy was helped in His wheel Chair to the interview room and after a gap of 5 mins he came back on the stage….. and a sweet musical programme started and Badusha Prasad was distributed which made the occasion more SWEETER….
If any devotees who are geographically closer to Parthi, pls..pls.. TRY to come to parthi and attend the Yagna atleast for one day… There is so much ENERGY and POWER which you will feel right away… and it’s a ONCE IN MILLION LIFE TIME OPPORTUNITY…..

Sai Mata Pita Dina Bandu Sakha … Tere Charano mein Sai Mere Koti Pranam

Jai Sai Ram
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This morning, at 7:05 A.M, Swami came out of Yajur Mandir, much to the joy and satisfaction of thousands of devotees who were waiting from the early hours of the day. The hall was brightly lit and Bhagawan arrived amidst the chanting of Vedam and Nadaswaram recital. He alighted from the car at 7:12 A.M. Just then, Swami's primary school students joined in the chanting of Vedam. Swami cast His knowing look at them. He then walked to the portico and smiled at the Ritwiks seated in front. His face showed supreme contentment as He enacted the role of the witness to His own play. He sat on the sofa at 7:20 A.M and watched the €˜Panchamrutha Abhisheka performed to the Linga. The Linga, christened "Saieeshwara", is a representation of the Macrocosm, the Universe, which Bhagawan declares, is the manifestation of His own Divine will.

As the Abhishekam went on, Bhagawan sat observing the rituals. The Linga (Lord Siva) was glorified as €˜Bhaktha Priya (dear to His devotees),˜Parvathi Priya (Consort of Lord Siva, the Sakthi Principle) and Nandhi Vaahana. At 7:45, Swami out of His indescribable love for His students called the "Birthday boys" and blessed them one by one and accepted their letters.

Rudra Parayanam started at 8:05 A.M and after a short while Swami went into the interview room. On chanting €˜Rudram once, which consists of Namakam and Chamakam, Mangal Arathi was offered to the Lingam. Each day of the Yagnam this rendition is done 11 times. Bhagawan came out of the interview room at 8:50 A.M, exactly when the €˜Rudram was chanted for the 11th time. After the completion of the Rudra Parayanam,˜Maha Mangala Aarathi was performed to the Lingam. Following this, the Rudra Homam started. Offerings were made to all the 11 Yagna Kundas (Sacrificial Pits) by 11 Ritwiks sitting around each of the Kundas. Quite unexpectedly the sliding roof above the Mandir was opened in order to allow the smoke from the Yagna Kundas to rise up. Swami has said, "The cosmic energy from the Mantras rise up with the smoke from the Yagna Kundas and spread to the world, cleansing it." Perhaps that was the reason behind the opening of the sliding roof. Bhagawan left for His residence at 10 A.M. The Rudra Homam continued and thereafter €˜Sai Gayathri Homam took place and the morning session concluded with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan at 10.50 A.M.

The Rithwiks had started the afternoon worship for Saieeshwara (the lingam) prior to 2:30pm. After the abhishekam (ceremonial bath) the head priest dressed the lingam with a silk-blue shawl and placed the third eye (which Swami had created) upon its forehead. He then beautifully decorated the lingam with jasmine and bilva braids. He placed a rose upon the lingam and did worship with myriad flowers in consonance to the vedic chants. He then performed worship with holy ash as the priests who were seated chanted excerpts from the Namakam.

It was 4:20pm when Swami's car glided out from the Yajur Mandir. Swami went around in the car along the ladies side, came over to the pandal under which the yagnam was performed and then took a round over the gents side before reaching the interview room via the verandah. He then walked down from the car to his throne. It was getting dark and the clouds had gathered but in contrast to all His surroundings Swami appeared bright and fresh as a newly blossomed flower. Swami was seated on His throne by 4:30pm. With Swami's blessings Sri Vinay Kumar introduced the speaker for the session, an erudite scholar, Veda Brahma Sri K G Subbaraya Sharma.

The learned speaker chose to speak on the topic, 'Dakshina Moorthy - an incarnation of Shiva'. He involved the entire audience in a chant invoking Swami's blessings. He then went on to speak about Dakshina Moorthy as the guru for the entire world, the panacea for the ills of worldly life and the treasure of true knowledge. The wise speaker quoted from the Upanishads, the Gita and the works of great scholars to convey the message that we must seek the treasure of knowledge from God and not transient benefits. Shiva is easily pleased and grants all boons but we must ask the right thing from God, opined the speaker. He then concluded with a prayer of auspiciousness but then Swami told him to continue about Dakshina Moorthy. The pundit was more than happy and continued. He gave a vivid description of how Dakshina Moorthy, who is a small boy, dispels the doubts of old people who are his students. Through the power of silence He shatters their ignorance. The widely read speaker quoted from the Mundakopanisad a beautiful verse which meant, The knowledge of the self dissolves the knots in the heart and the burden in the mind. All doubts are shattered into smithereens and all karma is burnt to ashes.€ We must ask the Guru for that self knowledge which the only way to redemption. The scholar then compared Swami to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and the Parabrahman (supreme reality). That Supreme One, he said, is Truth, Wisdom and Infinity (Sathyam, Jnanam, Anantham). He then concluded his talk with a chant bestowing auspiciousness.

After his talk Swami was extremely pleased and spoke to him lovingly. He then gave him permission to sit by his side. Then came the bonanza for the evening. Kaliyuga Dakshina Moorthy condescended to speak for the sake of all of us who could not gauge the inherent message in His silence. At 5:00pm Swami signaled for the discourse table and held stage for thirty minutes discoursing on the glory of Dakshina Moorthy. The discourse is as follows:

"Mouli gulkedu Chandra Markanda kala toda...."

With thick forelocks of matted hair,
And the holy ganges tumbling down his head,
A huge vermillion mark upon his forehead,
And endowed with a face blooming like a lotus
Lord Shiva has manifested himself.

Everything in the world is a manifestation of Dakshina Moorthy. He is the reflection, reaction and resound that is seen around us. Dakshina Moorthy is a little boy, whose mystery is boundless. His mystery cannot be unraveled. It is the sacred story of God. He disseminates knowledge through silence. He embodies the unique trinity that is common to all of us. The one we think we are. The one others think we are, and the one we really are. The form (Moorthy) of Dakshina Moorthy is one of bliss, beauty and truth. From this truth emerges everything, and into this truth it all merges. There is no place without truth and this truth is changeless. Can anyone describe Dakshina Moorthy who is an embodiment of this truth? M S Subbalakshmi (a renowned singer and ardent devotee of Swami) always began her concerts with a prayer in praise of Dakshina Moorthy.

This Dakshina Moorthy that we speak of, where is He? He is everywhere. Sarvatha paanipadam tat sarvatokshshiromukam. His hands and feet are everywhere; every face is His; all forms are His. There is no place in this world where He is absent, no object in which He is not present. Today man has learnt to transform on object into another without realizing that the inherent divinity in all things is the same, just like the ornaments are many but the gold is one; the colours of cows are many but milk is one; or the beings are many but the inner being is one. We utter the names of Rama, Krishna, but we must realize that all these are the names that we have generated. In fact all of these names refer to only on being, Dakshina Moorthy. Dakshina Moorthy is consciousness (Chaitanya) but due to body attachment man is unable to see this. This attachment is of the body, the mind, the intellect and ego. Added to all this we have the arishad vargas (desire, anger, avarice, lust, pride and self aggrandizement). These are like the clouds that cover the brilliance of the sun. But they can be got rid of by chanting the name of God which is like the cool breeze that blows away all the clouds. We are not born with the arishad vargas but we acquire them as we grow. These bad qualities like the clouds start to coalesce from small particles.

With one bangle on the arm there is no sound but put another and there is a jingle. When man is born he is alone but then he grows up and acquires a spouse. On becomes two and that two becomes 12 (many children). These are all the appendages that man acquires and they are not God-given. This is the teaching of Dakshina Moorthy. He was a mere boy but unaffected by attachment or bondage. Man should learn to live like a human being.he must then move over  the next stage where he says to himself, I am not a human being, I am God. When you say 'this is my handkerchief' you are different from it. Similarly when you say 'this is my mind', 'my body' you are different from either of them. Then who are you? You must realize that,YOU ARE YOU. But you are in bondage since you have acquired many appendages. When we eat paan (betel-nut, betel-leaf, lime) we notice that the colour (red) comes because of the combination of all the three ingredients in proper proportions. Everything has a limit in which it functions properly. If man not realizing this crosses his limits, he becomes a demon. Man in Sanskrit is MA - NA €- VA. Ma - refers to maya(illusion) and attachment. NA - means without. VA - varthinchu (to conduct). A true man conducts himself without attachment or illusion. This is the teaching of Dakshina Moorthy.

The important thing for man is love bestowed upon him by his Mother. God is that love and we must live in that love. There is none in this world who can exist a moment without love. In the world today we join gangs and groups and learn to hate each other. Everyone associates himself or herself with some group, though the level of the group may vary. Instead we must all learn to think of the divine. When we think of the divine we attain devotion. With devotion alone we become true human beings and then we can have the vision of god. Rama was considered ordinary until he conquered Ravana (symbolizing the arishad vargas). We too must realize that we are Nityanandam parama sukhadam kevalam jnana moorthim€(permanent bliss, happiness, embodiments of wisdom, beyond duality..). We must throw away bad qualities and realize that we are premaswaroopas (embodiments of love). There will be much more to be conveyed in the coming days.

Swami concluded his discourse at 5:30pm. He then retired into the interview room and the stage was set for a music programme by a renowned semi-classical singer, Sri O. S. Arun Kumar. Swami came back at 5:37pm and sat behind the discourse table that was still there. Swami then gave consent for the programme to begin. The singer started with a Ganesha prayer and a song, Gayiye Ganapathi jaga vandana. He then sang the Shiva Panchakshari mantram. With wonderful variations he held the audience in rapture. When he sang the phala sruthi (the reward for singing the song, which states that one attains the state of shiva) it appeared so true in Swami's presence. Meanwhile Swami called for a singer from the students' bhajan group. He spoke to him and sent word for a couple of other singers and instructed them to get ready with some songs. It was a pleasant surprise for them but they gathered the others and with their musical instruments got ready to do Swami's bidding. Meanwhile the noted singer on stage asked Swami his permission to conclude his performance with a bhajan. With Swami's consent he sang the bhajan, Jagata udharana Parthiviharana. All the audience joined him in singing,€"Jai Sai Ram Jai Sai Ram" which comes in one of the lines of the bhajan. He then finished with resounding applause and cleared the stage for the students. Just when we felt that we had seen and heard the best of music the first singer burst into a mellifluous tune and held everyone in awe with his song, "Shivasankari Shivanandalahari". His voice of the heavens, suffused with devotion and wielded with the expertise of an artist with years of experience. He was followed by the other two students with songs, "Om Nama Shivaya.."€ and a Telugu song "Deva namo Deva". They sang six songs much to the joy and amazement of the entire audience and were greeted with thundering applause at the end of each song.

The wonderful programme for the afternoon stretched to as late as 7:00pm but we never felt a trace of fatigue. Swami had filled the entire day with wonderful feelings in His own style. Each day seems to come bringing with it surprises and involving everyone in the audience. Swami retired to Yajur Mandir at 7:00pm.
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CONSTANTLY CONTEMPLATE ON GOD
AND ATTAIN DIVINITY
The Lord of Kailasa has manifested his Divine form with the crescent moon adorning his head, the cool water of the Ganga flowing between the matted locks, with his radiant third eye in the middle of the forehead and the purple neck gleaming like the sheen of a blackberry. He wears serpent bracelets and a snake belt, his entire body is smeared with Vibhuti, his forehead is adorned with a Kumkum dot, his ruddy lips a glow with the juice of the betel, diamond-studded gold earrings dangle from his ears and his whole body glows with divine effulgence.

(Telugu poem)

Embodiments of Love!

The entire universe is permeated by Lord Dakshinamurthi. The world is the reflection, reaction and resound of Dakshinamurthi. Dakshinamurthi is young in age. Then, now and forever, He is youthful. However, His disciples are hoary with age. They are venerable and steeped in sacred learning. They used to spread His message in ever so many ways. It is impossible to describe the true nature of Lord Dakshinamurthi.

The stories of the Lord are amazing,

They purify the lives of the people in all the three worlds,

They are like the sickle that cuts the creepers of worldly bondage,

They are like a good friend who helps you in times of need,

They are like a shelter for the sages and seers doing penance in the forest.

(Telugu poem)

How can anyone describe the glory of Dakshinamurthi? His nature defies all descriptions. He is silence personified. His silence itself teaches all wisdom to the seekers. From that silence emanate Sujnana (discriminatory knowledge), Vijnana (higher wisdom) and Prajnana (constant integrated awareness). He is resplendent with divine wisdom. He always has a sweet smile dancing on His face. It is not possible to describe the nature of Dakshinamurthi. He is Nirgunam, Niranjanam, Sanathana, Niketanam, Nitya, Suddha, Buddha, Mukta, Nirmala Swarupinam (God is attributeless, pure, final abode, eternal, unsullied, enlightened, free and embodiment of sacredness)

Any amount of description and dilation cannot fully explain His true nature. His form is effulgent and blissful. How can anyone describe such an embodiment of Love! He is the embodiment of Truth!

The creation emerges from truth and merges into truth,

Is there a place in the cosmos where truth does not exist?

Visualise this pure and unsullied truth.

(Telugu poem)

There is no place in this world which is not permeated by Truth. Truth is changeless. Any object in this world may undergo a change, but Truth will not!

The famous musician, late M.S. Subbulakshmi used to invoke the blessings of Lord Dakshinamurthi, before she commenced her musical concert. No one can achieve even a small task without invoking the blessings of Lord Dakshinamurthi. It is only by His divine will, everything is possible. All divine forms have emerged from Dakshinamurthi. He is a youth. Yet, all divine powers are immanent in Him. Where can you find such an omnipresent, ever young Dakshinamurthi?

Sarvatah panipadam tat sarvathokshi siromukham, sarvatah sruthimalloke sarvamavruthya tishthati (with hands, feet, eyes, head, mouth and ears pervading everything, He permeates the entire universe). Lord Dakshinamurthi is present in our eyes that see, the ears that hear and the nose that breathes air. All the words that we speak belong to Him. In fact, He is the prime mover of all our activities during the waking, dream and deep sleep states. Hence, we must lead our lives with constant awareness about the nature of Lord Dakshinamurthi.

Divinity is all-pervading. There is no place in this universe which is not permeated by God. There is no object in this world, which is not divine. Every object, every individual, nay, even the insects and bacteria are embodiments of Lord Dakshinamurthi. It is the one divine principle that manifests itself in different forms.

Jewels are many, but gold is one.

Cows are many, but milk is one.

Beings are many, but breath is one.

Forms are many, but God is one.

(Telugu poem)

Everyone has to recognise this truth. You may sing the glory of God by any number of names like Rama, Krishna , Govinda, Narayana, etc. These are all names ascribed to God, by man. God, however, has no particular name or form. All names and forms are His. The Dakshinamurthi principle permeates all beings. He is Chaitanya Swarupa (embodiment of consciousness). Wherever consciousness is, there is Dakshinamurthi. The Dakshinamurthi consciousness is present in all human beings. But, man is unable to realise this divine consciousness due to attachment to the physical body. The effect of the body-mind-intellect-chitha-ahamkara complex covers the Dakshinamurthi principle. Added to this there are the arishadvargas (the six enemies of desire, anger, greed, delusion, pride and jealousy) which come in the way of realisation of the divine principle. These are like the dark clouds that cover the resplendent sun. We think the sun is not visible. But, once the dark clouds clear after some time, the sun appears with all the effulgence. Similarly, when you are able to remove the ‘clouds’ of Ajnana, Ahamkara and the Arishadvargas, you will be able to realise Dakshinamurthi as the Self-effulgent divine consciousness present in you.

Every human being should strive to divest the Arishadvargas. If you chant the divine name and constantly contemplate on Divinity, it is possible that one can be rid of these dark clouds of the Arishadvargas. In fact, the Arishadvargas are not the inborn qualities of a human being. They are acquired only during the course of one’s life. They are self-acquired. They come one by one and settle as thick clouds on the psyche of a human being. For example, a single bangle worn in the hand does not make noise. When the second bangle is added, they start making noise. A human being starts his life as a single individual. Gradually, he develops illusive needs like family, etc. That is Kama (desire). Due to this desire, he marries and gets a wife. Thus, they become two. In course of time, the two multiply themselves into many, that is, children, grandchildren, etc. Thus, the size of the family goes on growing. All this human bondage is of one’s own making; it is not God’s gift. Hence, one should make efforts not to entangle oneself in this bondage right from an early stage of one’s life. This is the message taught by Lord Dakshinamurthi by His own example. Since, He did not entangle Himself in bondage from the beginning, He always looked young and fresh.

A human being should not degenerate himself into an animal. He should lead the life of a human being. Then only he deserves to call himself a human being. Otherwise, there is the danger of his degenerating to a mere animal. It is only in the animals that the qualities of Kama (desire), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed), Moha (delusion), Mada (pride) and Matsarya (jealousy) manifest in large measure. We should always live like the two-legged human beings, not like the four legged animals. Every individual has to constantly remind himself that he is a human being, not an animal. He must develop the faith that he is not merely a human being, but is verily an embodiment of Divinity. The mind, intellect, chittha, senses and ego come in the way of a human being in realising this truth. You say, “This is my handkerchief.” Hence, it follows that you are different from the handkerchief. Similarly, you say, “this tumbler is mine.” It follows that the tumbler is separate from you. In the same way, you say, “this is my body.” The implication in this statement is that you are not the body. When you say, “my mind”, it means you are different from the mind. Then, the question arises, “who are you?” Since you are different from all these things, you are able to say, “my body, my mind.” Is it not? The result of this enquiry establishes the truth that you are yourself and not the body, mind, intellect, chittha, senses or Ahamkara. However, by association with these vestures and appendages, you develop various qualities.

A paan can be made ready by mixing three ingredients, namely betel leaves, nut powder and chunnam (slaked lime). When it is chewed, your mouth and lips turn into red. It is the lime content that is responsible for this red colour. But, lime should be added in a very small quantity; otherwise, there is the danger of the mouth being affected with inflammation. Similarly, man should set reasonable limits to his activities. It is only when man confines himself to limits that he can lead his life as a human being. The moment he crosses his limits, he becomes a demon. A human being should live like a human being only. There are three letters in the word ‘Manava’ (human being) ‘Ma’ means Maya (illusion or ignorance); ‘Na’ means without and ‘Va’ means conducting oneself. Thus, a ‘Manava’ (human being) is one who conducts himself without illusion. Lord Dakshinamurthi taught such a sacred Jnana (wisdom). He taught that in spite of one donning the human body, one should not develop any attachment to the body.

Embodiments of Love!

The most important and innate quality in a human being is love. It is an inborn gift from the mother. Love is God, live in love. You must lead your life with love. Whomever you come across, consider them as embodiments of God. Even when you come across someone who hates you, offer your salutations to him. Then only can you be considered a real human being. Be constantly aware of the fact that Swami is the eternal witness to everything that goes on in the world and He is watching you. Do not associate yourself with divisive groups. It is only when you join such warring groups that differences of all sorts grow. There are several such groups in the world today. Not one individual is to be found who is not a member of some group or the other. The only difference is the extent up to which one involves one’s self in such groups. The one who constantly contemplates on God is the noblest of all human beings, Sarvada sarva kaleshu sarvatra Hari chintanam (everywhere, at all times, under all circumstances, contemplate on God). Hence, one has to spend one’s time constantly in the contemplation of God. Even your body has to be engaged in God’s work. Your entire life must be filled with Divinity. It is only when one leads a divine life that one’s intellect blossoms. Life will become divine only when devotion to God is developed. Humanness will be sanctified and one’s life will be fulfilled. First and foremost, you must live like real human beings. Then only can you attain Divinity. Sri Rama in Treta Yuga was considered as an ordinary human being in the early stages. It is only when He killed Ravana and destroyed the demonic forces that He was extolled as God by the people.

Embodiments of Love!

You cannot experience bliss as long as you are afflicted with the Arishadvargas.

God is the embodiment of bliss

Nityanandam, Parama Sukhadam, Kevalam Jnanamurtim, Dwandwateetam, Gagana Sadrisham, Tattwamasyadi Lakshyam, Ekam, Nityam, Vimalam, Achalam, Sarvadhee Sakshibhutam, Bhavateetam, Trigunarahitam (The Atma is the embodiment of eternal bliss, wisdom absolute, beyond the pair of opposites, expansive and pervasive like the sky, the goal indicated by the Mahavakya Tattwamasi, one without a second, eternal, pure, unchanging, witness to all functions of the intellect, beyond all mental conditions and the three attributes of Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas.) To experience this one should always try to be happy and eliminate the six inner enemies.

We have to lead our lives in a state that is beyond duality the pair of opposites. It is only when you lead such divine lives that you can be considered as real human beings. If, by chance, some evil qualities develop in you, remember God’s name to get rid of such qualities. When you constantly contemplate on God, you will yourself become God.

Embodiments of Love!

You are all embodiments of Love in the true sense. You cannot live even for a second without love. You are expressing this love in many ways. Develop love. Live as embodiments of Love. Gradually attain Divinity. This is the important message I am conveying to you today. I will dilate on the subject more in the coming days.



   




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