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 from 5th Day [13th August, 2006]
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The setting in the Sai Kulwant Hall had incurred no change and looked just as beautiful as day one. The day began with a short talk by the Head Priest who once again reiterated the fact that the Yagnam which was conducted according to the Shaivaagama Shastra was being performed for Loka Kalyanam. He also explained the role of Agni which acts as the mediator to the God who resides in the heavens above. Agni is the one who conveys our prayers to the Lord. But it is true that God knows everything and this is a belief only to satisfy ourselves. How true! He also reemphasized that the lingam christened "Saieeswara" is filled to the brim with Divine vibrations as it was installed by Paramashiva Himself and the Netra's power and range encircled infinity as it had come from directly from Swami.

The rest of the itinerary was same as that of yesterday. All those assembled paid their obeisance to the Sun God through the Aruna Paaraayanam and the Surya Namaskaaram. This was duly followed by the "Mahanyaasam". Today's Mahanyaasam was more full throated than yesterday since the students of the Brindavan campus, whose hostel is just adjacent to the Kulwant Hall, had come in just in time for the Paaraayanam. It really electrified the atmosphere and the hall reverberated with the chanting of Vedam in perfect harmony and rhythm. The Panchamrutha Abhishekam followed the Mahanyaasam. As usual the Lingam was worshipped with milk, honey, curds, etc. and prepared for the Rudraabhishekam. The Rudra abhishekam followed the Panchamrutha Abhishekam.

During the third iteration of the Rudram during Rudra abhishekam, Swami came out of the Yajur Mandiram (7:18AM), went around magnifying the vibrations that came out of the sacrificial altars. It was a veritable feast to watch Paramashiva spreading His infinite grace for the whole of humanity's welfare. At this moment, one ponders over the fact that the very essence of Darshan is in fact the whole purpose of this Yagnam. Time and again Swami has also mentioned that Darshan and the very thought of Him can cure the pain of aching hearts and give solace and succor to the soul. Is this not welfare of humanity? When the God Himself conducts a Yagnam of this magnitude, it is certain that the welfare of humanity is not only a logical outcome but a guaranteed and assured one.

Swami, as He came to His sofa, gave a surprised expression when He spotted the Principal of the Brindavan Campus. He called out to the Principal and enquired about when they had come and whether all were comfortable. He assured Swami that everything was fine and thanked Swami for making it possible for them to attend the Yagnam. Swami came and sat on His chair (7:31AM). He carefully watched the progress of the Abhishekam which had reached the fifth iteration. At around 7:50AM Swami retired to his interview room.

He emerged from the room at around 8:15 AM. The Abhishekam got over at around 8:55 and the Rudra Homam began. He asked for the Brindavan Vedam boys and asked them to join the chanting. Immediately they obeyed. Swami sat through the proceedings and at around 9:05 AM Swami went back to the Yajur Mandiram.

In the afternoon, Bhagawan came to Sai Kulwanth Hall at 2:45PM with the Vedic scholars performing the puja and the Nadaswaram party giving Him an auspicious welcome. But Swami in His inimitable style left the devotees in a daze when He directed the car to be driven out of the Hall towards the indoor stadium construction site. Swami came back to Sai Kulwanth Hall at 3:00PM through the East Prashanthi gate and proceeded straight to the Interview room. At 3:22PM Swami walked out to take center stage in the proceedings of the evening. After keenly observing the evening puja till 3:30, Swami called Sri.Vinay Kumar, the Karnataka State Youth coordinator and asked him about the details of the programme for the evening. Sri.Vinay Kumar then introduced the first of the two speakers; Dr.Gururaj Karjagi, an educationalist par excellence. He spoke on the topic "Lord Shiva as a symbol". Dr.Gururaj emphasized on the point that God was one and that He can be reached through many paths. He went on to expound that God had no form, and that His true nature is beyond comprehension.

The following are excerpts from his talk:

"Since God has no form, our minds need to visualize a form in order to focus our devotion and worship towards this one object or form. Hinduism says that out of His infinite mercy and Grace, God manifests in various forms..."

Dr.Gururaj's talk was peppered with many stories, both mythological and more importantly they were incidents that showed that every religion stressed that one had to go beyond the form and realize the Divine power. His instances were as varied as from Buddhism, to Christianity and even an instance of how Lord Shiva made Brahma and Vishnu realize and surrender their egos. These stories enthralled the audience and held them in rapt attention. He then posed the question "Why did Lord Shiva assume the form of the destroyer in the trinity?" He went on to explain, saying that by the title "destroyer" Shiva does not look to wipe out creation but that the inner significance was that He looks to destroy the evil impurities in man. He concluded his talk with explaining the real meaning of the Panchakshara- "Om Namah Shivaya". Dr.Gururaj revealed that this was the core of the Vedas, and that the Panchakshara has two meanings, - Om Namah Shivaya I bow to Lord Shiva, and that the word Namah also means Na-maha that is to say "Not mine"; or Nothing is mine, all is His.

The second speaker of the evening was Sri. V. Srinivasan and the best possible introduction that one could give to him is that he is the All India President of the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation and that was exactly what Sri.Vinay Kumar too gave. He was to address the gathering on the topic "The role of Sai Youth in society".

Sri. Srinivasan started by expressing the munificence of Lord Shiva on all those who have come to participate in this Yagna, as this is probably the first time in the history of Mankind that the Highest form of worship to Lord Shiva has been performed in the very presence of Lord Shiva Himself. He had an exceptional example to substantiate his topic in the form of Sri.Vinay Kumar, who had coordinated with his team of Sai Youth from the State of Karnataka this Yagna with great dedication and unity. The speaker then quoted Swami that "The youth of India are the ones who are going to bring about the change". He went on to say that the Youth of today are being drawn to Swami only because Swami is the only one who does what He says. Sri. Srinivasan addressed the Youth telling them that Swami wanted nothing from them, but for them to be happy, show respect towards Elders and Parents and to serve the society around them.

The following are excerpts from his inspiring talk that was addressed more towards the Youth gathered:

"Of what use is education if we can't serve Bharathmatha? ... Serving others is not important, what that service does to you is what is more important. It is the Paramatma that has to be touched and not the Paaramatma.." "Service needs Selfless Love and dedication"...

He gave the example of Grama Seva in the villages around Puttaparthi and how it is an example that the Youth need to emulate especially in our country where a vast majority of the population is in rural areas. He made a very pertinent point that the Youth had a big advantage in understanding the nuances of technology and were using this to great effect in accomplishing these seva activities. Sri. Srinivasan went onto dismiss the rising feeling among devotees that Swami was getting inaccessible by the day, and said that on the contrary He was reaching out to more and more people in far flung places despite physically being where He was. He then narrated two recent miracles or leelas of Swami that he had recently come to know about.

After he concluded his talk with these points, at 4:20 PM Swami out of His infinite Love agreed to give his most precious Discourse.

At 4:25 PM Swami asked for the discourse table to be brought. The divine discourse is as follows:

A true day (dinam) it is when devotees gather to sing the glory of the lord That is a true day when they help the poor, needy and the forlorn It is a true day when the mystery of God is shared The rest of the days are all obituaries (tat ddinam)

Srinivasan spoke on how Vinay Kumar has led the youth in organizing this program. But whether he tells you or not, the restlessness in the world today is because of the youth. What is the use of all the knowledge when a fool is unable to realize his true nature? In spite of all his higher learning he is mean. Without acquiring the secret of knowledge why do you pride yourself with your degree? With the influence of the English language the youth (Indian) have forgotten their tradition and culture. When the traditions are forgotten culture is lost. When culture is lost the wealth of India is lost.

Today there is disturbance and restlessness in every field. The pauper and the millionaire go about begging in their own ways. In any case the pauper is better off as the millionaire is not ready to give even a naya paise(fraction of a rupee) for any good cause. For the sake of cheap popularity they are ready to advertise.

The youth have to move ahead for the country to progress. They have in them physical, mental and intellectual strength. They can do anything they decide. They must channelise their efforts for the service of the society. But they are weak in meager matters. At the age of sixteen they are emaciated, not from the lack of food but from the fatigue of senses. They do not safeguard their senses but rather misuse them. It is their parents who encourage them with money. More money will lead to more wrong being committed. Do not waste money; misuse of money is evil. Do not waste food; food is God. Do not waste time.

The sight of the youngsters is at fault. Their looks are not steady even for a moment. They are like crows that desire everything they see. We must control our sight. Netra(eye) is sacred like the sastra(divine text). Correct your dristi(looks) and see the divine in sristi(creation). Swami is only telling the truth, so do not misunderstand. Even when going on a cycle they let go of everything gaping at ladies on the road. Some even go on motorcycles and end up in accidents in this manner. Boys moving across girls colleges stare at the college unmindful of their step. What are these eyes given for? They are given to see the divine. This much for the looks what to speak of the words they utter? It is filled with badness. They talk only about beauty (of the body). They do not realize that true beauty lies in bliss. These eyes are given to see the beauty of God. We must be careful in choosing in what we see, hear, and talk. Jihve Rasagyne mathurapriyetvam (This tongue is nectarine and seeks only sweetness). Such a tongue is given to utter sweet words and not vulgar expressions. What for are the eyes given if not to see God? Today they go by the temple not to see the God therein but to stare at the ladies who are there. One must control his senses. With the senses under control one can observe anything and remain unaffected. Only then there is no defect.

It is because Swami loves you that he is explaining this to you. You may hide it from yourself but Swami will not do so. Recognize the mistake and evolve from it only then are you truly human. Parents should be careful in this regard and not pamper their children. The children too must realize that their misdemeanor will only earn their parents a bad name. The mother, father, teacher and the guest are God. Children must never forget to love their parents under any circumstance. The first and second Gods are their parents. What is the use of all other activity if they forget their parents? They must excise constraint on money(not be spendthrifts) and words. Silence will never lead to enmity. Srinivasan told you about the use of technology for seva. But the youth today are only picking up cheap tricks from technology. They are in fact converting technology to mere tricks.

Every individual must uphold his family name. The individual must uphold the prestige of the society through his actions. Hiranyakashipu asked his son Prahalada as to what is the greatest thing that he has learnt. Prahalada replied " The Character is the most important of all". Then Hiranyakashipu called a maidservant and asked Prahalada as to who she was. Prahalada replied that she was his mother. Though she was a maidservant, Prahalada considered all women elder to him as his mother. Later, when Hiranyakashipu called all the young women in the palace, Prahalada considered everyone as his sisters, both younger and elder.

A true father asks his son to go closer to God. Teachers should show the right path. Prahalada told his teachers that they were not doing the right thing and unmindful of what they said, he kept repeating God's name "Hari bol, Hari Bol". Eshwara (God) is in all. He alone is to be worshipped.

My desire is that youth should go out like Prahalada and sing the glory of God. Begin at home. Tell your parents that God is the sole refuge. The body is made of five elements and the senses and it is bound to fall anytime. So, every moment chant the glory of God. It is the duty of parents to show this path to their children. Today, teachers teach only from the textbooks. Knowledge from textbooks is like nostrils. It takes in breath and lets it out. Likewise you read and forget. This is education. But Educare is like the breath and without it one is as good as dead. If you find anyone indulging in bad talk, slap him. It does not matter if he slaps back. But you should punish him. To stare at women is a sin. If you do so, your people will be stared at. Respect and love others. I have established the 'Youth Wing' to be ideals. They should not be wayward. It is only a donkey that walks in any direction of its whim and fancy. You are not a donkey. You are in fact God Himself, but now behaving like an animal.

Some of the boys go through 'silly' books slyly. They read those books by hiding them within textbooks. They thereby deceive the teachers.

Embodiments of Love!

I love you very much and that is the reason why I am pointing out all these to you. No one can gauge My love. Even if you don't love Me, I don't bother. Many people criticize Me and write all sorts of things in newspapers. Those who don't speak the truth are worse than dogs. Be in truth. Let the dogs bark. It's their nature. Don't mind about them. When one dog barks in the street his fellow dogs also pick up. They are just jealous and try to destroy Swami's name. So many of you have come here without any invitation. None of them will be able to even gather ten people because they lack the goodness. You may be pained that I am speaking harsh things but in reality you should be happy that I am telling you all this. If you really want to know Swami, come and experience Him.

If you observe truth steadfastly it becomes your witness. Virtues like truth should be your witnesses unlike the foolishness which is the virtue of fools. Be a 'phool'(flower) and not a fool. We need today Educare which is from the heart and consists of the five values Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa.

All children here are like gold. Only that some of them are 14 carat gold! They should transform to 26 carat gold! (At this point Swami called a Russian student and an American student on stage and made them chant the Rudram and Sri Sukhtham) See they chant so well with synchronisation and unity. One is from Russia, one is from America. See their unity! (He materialised a chain for the Russian boy.) Today foreigners are learning the Vedas. What about Bharatiyas? They learn-
"Ding Dong Bell
Pussy's in the well" (laughter)

Recognise our culture. Morality is the mother, integrity the father, peace the sister and courage the brother. These are the true relationships. ( Swami then sat down).

I am not afraid of anyone. I am the Truth. Even if the Prime Minister comes, I will not move from the Truth. In the days to come I'll reveal so many more things.

Swami then called up the music college students to the stage. As per His command, next there was a music programme by the students of the Institute. The beauty of the programme was that Swami Himself personally introduced the singers. Omprasad, Guruprasad and Ashwath Narayan were the three singers.They sang 3 songs after which Swami called 3 more music college students on stage. They too rendered songs - extempore. After an enthralling music session, Swami blessed all on stage and gave padanamaskar to them. He also gave advice on how to improve. Then Swami received Aarthi and retired to Yajur Mandiram.


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Athi Rudra Maha Yajna: Day 5

Bhagawan granted Darshan to the huge gathering of devotees assembled in the Hall and sat in the dais for more than an hour. The proceedings of the Yajna were conducted as the previous days on the morning of 13th August 2006 too. In the evening, after Bhagawan’s Darshan, two distinguished speakers addressed the huge concourse of devotees. Sri Vinay Kumar introduced the two speakers. The first speaker was Dr. Gururaj Karjkee. He is the Chairman at the Academy of Creative Teaching, Bangalore. A Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry, he is associated with several educational institutions. Dr. Gururaj spoke on the topic, “Lord Siva, the Symbolic God”. The next speaker was Sri V. Srinivasan. Sri Srinivasan, an electrical engineer by qualification and an eminent industrialist. He has been the President of the CII, and above all he has been serving at the Lotus Feet as the All India President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations. Sri Srinivasan spoke on the role of “Sai Youth in Society”.

Sri Gururaj began his speech by saying that Hinduism at its core maintains that God is one but reached by many paths. God is formless and beyond the limits of comprehension, then why are there so many forms around us. Nirakara Brahma (formless Brahma) is difficult to comprehend, let alone worship with devotion. Ordinary people like us need a form to worship, but we should know that the ultimate is formless. Every religion believes in symbolism. They all lead towards the ultimate, liberation. He related a story from the Zen. A Zen master from Japan wanted to seek refuge in a temple for the night. So, he asked the priest for permission. The priest agreed saying that he needed no permission since he was the Zen master. It was bitterly cold. At night 1 ’o clock, the priest felt something burning. When he came outside, he found the Zen master burning a wooden Buddha statue. The priest questioned him as to how could he burn the statue being a Zen master. He replied saying, “We have a long night, bring another statue too, you can also warm yourself.” The priest sent him out. When the priest was going out of the gate of the temple, he found the Zen master worshipping a milestone saying, “Buddha Saranam Gachchhami”. Then the priest asked the Zen master the logic behind his action. The Zen master replied, “You can see Buddha only when it is carved out, but I can see Buddha even in a milestone.” That is the formless. He pointed out the story of Lazarus, who was dead, but was revived by Jesus. The erudite speaker said, “Most of us are spiritually dead and there comes a master who touches our life like never before and we change ourselves.” Ganesha idol is immersed in water at the end of fourth or fifth day during Vinayaka Chaturthi festival. What is the significance behind this act? The idol is made of clay. We worship the form, but at the end of fourth day, it is immersed in water. The message is clear, “You have worshipped the form, now dissolve it and go to the formless. The Ultimate is formless.” He related a story from the Mahapurana wherein Brahma and Vishnu vied with one another as to who is superior. Then Siva took the form of a huge pillar of flame and set a precondition that whosoever between them reaches the tip or the root is superior. Brahma took the form of a swan and flew up in search of the tip and Vishnu took the form of a wild pig and started digging in search of the root. They did it for centuries, but could not accomplish the task. Then Siva manifested in the form of a Linga and told them that unless the ego is given up, they cannot reach the Divine. He explained the meaning of Namah Sivaya (nothing belongs to me, everything belongs to Siva). The speaker narrated many interesting anecdotes pregnant with meaning from the scriptures and ended his wonderful speech.

The next speaker Sri V. Srinivasan expressed his gratitude to Bhagawan for the great opportunity bestowed on him to speak on this occasion. He began his speech by saying that never before in human history, an Athi Rudra Maha Yajna was conducted on earth in the presence of Lord Rudra Himself and in future if this event were to take place, it would be in the presence of Saiswara. The benefits of the Yajna, be it material or spiritual is profound, the munificence of Lord Siva will be showered on each one of them. He appreciated the dedicated efforts of the youth of Karnataka led by Sri Vinay Kumar. They have set an ideal for the youth of other States, not only in conducting such a Yajna, but the spirit of unity demonstrated by them.

Why are youth attracted to Bhagawan because they see that only Sai does what He says. They are attracted to truth and Sai is truth personified. Bhagawan expects the youth and students to serve their parents, their community and society.

If you want to know what is love and compassion, go to the villages of East Godavari district. The tribals are immensely happy. Though the river Godavari flowing nearby, nobody channelised the water to their villages. It is Bhagawan who has given water to the upland areas of East Godavari. It is only Bhagawan who has made it possible for all 550 villages of East Godavari and West Godavari to get drinking water. The same feelings of love and compassion are echoed by the slum dwellers of Chennai. They had to keep awake in the middle of night waiting for the water tanker to arrive. Now Chennai gets copious supply of pure drinking water through the Sri Sathya Sai Water Project. A Muslim taxi driver in Mumbai is full of gratitude to Bhagawan because he underwent heart surgery in Super Speciality Hospital when he was running from pillar to post for arranging finance for his treatment. With tears in eyes, he said, “It was only Bhagawan Baba who came to my rescue. I don’t know how to repay my gratitude. The only way I feel is every year for one month, I will do Seva (voluntary service) in Prasanthi Nilayam.” The learned speaker concluded his speech by saying that with Bhagawan’s grace, this Yajna will bring forth the Siva within us giving new meaning to the Mantra, “Om Namah Sivaya” and make us fitting instruments in the hands of our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

After the speech of Sri Srinivasan, Bhagawan delivered His Divine Discourse. Bhagawan began His Discourse with a Telugu Poem: “The day on which all the devotees gather and sing the glory of God melodiously; the day on which the sufferings of the poor are lovingly removed; the day on which noble souls visit us and narrate the stories of God lovingly; enjoy that day as the days to be reckoned. All other days are mere death anniversaries.”

The youth are responsible for all the agitation and restlessness in the world today. In spite of his education and intelligence, a foolish man will not know his true Self and a mean-minded person will not give up his evil qualities. (Telugu Poem)

After acquiring high degrees, they pride over their achievement. Due to the influence of English language, the love for one’s religion and tradition has diminished, with the result they have forgotten their culture. The wealth of this country is lost. There is unrest and agitation everywhere. In all fields, morality has declined. If we compare a pauper with a millionaire, it is the pauper who is great because the millionaire in spite of possessing wealth in plenty does not part with his wealth for sacred purposes, but is ever ready to seek name and fame. Under these circumstances, the youth should move forward enthusiastically. For the country to progress, the youth should take the lead. The youth possess immense physical and mental strength and intelligence. If they decide, they can achieve anything. They have to divert all their power for the service of mankind. A sixteen-year-old looks so weak. The weakness is not due to malnutrition, but it is because the senses are misused. Once the senses are weak, his whole being becomes weak. So, senses are the life-breath of man. Youngsters should be very careful. They need to exercise sense control. Bhagawan is explaining these things because of his infinite love for the youth of this country. Parents in this respect should be very careful. They shower their love on their wards. But when the son/daughter gets spoilt, who gets the bad name? It is the parent who gets the bad name.

So many lakhs of people gather here in the Divine presence. Who sends them invitation? Nobody sends them invitation. It is their love for Bhagawan that makes them come here. Never give up your love. Let it grow more and more.

Bharatiyas are neglecting the Vedas, but the foreigners come from foreign countries and learn the Vedas and the Sanskrit language. Bharatiyas should know the sanctity and sacredness of this country. What is the divine nature of Bharat? Who is mother? Morality is mother, integrity and honesty is father, peace is sister and courage is brother. We should have such kind of relationship.

Bhagawan depends on Truth. He has no fear whatsoever. The one who depends on Truth will have no fear whatsoever. In future, Bhagawan is going to reveal many more things.

After Bhagawan’s Discourse, Prasadam was distributed to all the devotees. Bhagawan was offered Arati and then He retired for the day.


Bhagawan’s Discourse 13th Aug - 2006


The day on which all the devotees gather and sing the glory of God melodiously, the day on which the sufferings of the poor are lovingly removed and all people live like brothers and sisters, the day on which groups of Dasas (servants of God) who constantly contemplate on God are served a sumptuous feast, the day on which noble souls visit us and narrate the stories of God lovingly, enjoy that day as the real day. All other days are mere death anniversaries. Do I need to say more, oh noble souls?

(Telugu poem)

Embodiments of Love!

Our All India President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Srinivasan has just now stated that Vinay, who made excellent arrangements for this Yajna is a very bright and educated young man. I am very happy about it.

Though Srinivasan did not specifically make a mention about youth in general, it is necessary for Me to add that the youth are also responsible for the unrest and agitation in the world today.

In spite of his education and intelligence, a foolish man will not know his true Self and a mean-minded person will not give up his evil qualities. (Telugu poem)

No doubt, the youth today are highly educated, having obtained graduate and postgraduate degrees. Though they are occupying high positions; yet, instead of realising the essence of education, they are inflated with pride thinking, “we are highly educated, we have obtained high academic degrees.” Due to this pride, they are forgetting the culture and traditions of their own country and religion.

The day when people were engulfed in fascination for English language,

knowledge of one’s own religion and language declined;

When knowledge of one’s own religion and language declined,

the cultural outlook disappeared;

When cultural outlook disappeared, the righteousness declined on the earth;

When righteousness declined and disappeared from the earth,

the exalted position of Bharat was shattered.

(Telugu poem)

Wherever you see, there is unrest and chaos in the world today. Respect for elders and their own country has become extinct. Basic humanness has been lost. This lack of respect and lawlessness has spread to every field - moral, physical, secular and even spiritual. From a millionaire to a pauper, everyone is becoming a beggar. The pauper is begging for alms; the millionaire is also begging. Who is big and who is small in this profession of begging? To speak the truth, it is the poor who does not have a square meal a day and therefore begs for alms more seems to be a little magnanimous for he even shares his food with a fellow beggar. On the other hand, a millionaire does not throw even a coin in charity. The rich do not even come forward to extend a helping hand for sacred, noble and charitable purposes. Yet, they pretend to give munificent donations for such purposes and get their pictures printed in the newspapers with headlines for publicity. When it comes to action, they are far away. If you actually see their activities, you find they are most despicable and worthless. The youth must come forward with enthusiasm to remedy the situation. The youth are the right persons to bring about a change for the better in the country. The physical energy, acuteness of the senses and intellectual sharpness present in the youth are not to be found in the other section of people in the society. If they take a firm resolve, they can achieve anything. The youth should take a pledge to utilise their strength of senses, mental energy, physical energy, intellectual and Atmic power for the benefit of society. They have to conserve the divine energy of their senses and strive for the welfare of society. They have to protect the country. Then only do they deserve to be called real human beings.

Unfortunately, today, youth are becoming weak by succumbing to trivial attractions. Even a sixteen-year-old boy who is supposed to be physically strong is seen to be lean and emaciated. It is not due to lack of food and nourishment. It is due to the misuse of his senses that he becomes weak. It is a great mistake to weaken one’s senses by misusing them. When the senses become weak, man becomes weak. Unfortunately, today the youth are misusing the vital energy of their senses. Added to this, their parents are also encouraging this abuse by giving them too much money. Thus, the parents are also committing a great sin by their support. In fact, it is they who are responsible for their wards taking to wrong ways. The children, no doubt, should be given freedom, but only to the extent necessary. Excessive freedom breeds permissiveness. This permissiveness coupled with unlimited money in the hands of children will spoil them. Too much money causes many wrongs. Money has to be used properly. Don’t waste money, misuse of money is evil. Don’t waste food, food is God. Don’t waste time; time waste is life waste. The present-day youth are wasting money, food and time. Thus, they are getting spoiled.

How is the vision of the youth today? They do not have a steady vision even for a second. Their restless eyes are wandering all around. The vision of the present-day youth can be likened to that of a crow. Whatever they see, they develop a desire for it. That too for what? For undesirable things. First and foremost, the youth have to control their vision. The eye teaches a big lesson to us. As is the vision, so is the creation. Hence, you should not look at anyone with an evil design. You should not develop a desire for everything that you see. I would like to be frank. Please do not take me amiss. Students will be going to the college on bicycles. When they see some girls passing by, they would stop and stare at them. It is only due to such irresponsible behaviour, several accidents are taking place nowadays. Accidents involving two-wheelers are also on the increase. They stare at everything going on in the bazaar and every lady walking on the street while riding the motorcycle, especially when they pass a girls’ college, their eyes are glued to the college. Is this the purpose for which God has given you eyes?

Do you know the purpose for which the eyes are given to you?

Is it to look at anything and everything that you come across?

No, no; you are endowed with eyes so that you may attain the vision of the Lord of Kailasa.

Do you know the purpose for which the mind is given to you?

Is it to wander in the lanes and bylanes?

No, no; the mind is given to you to experience bliss by contemplating on the beautiful form and name of God.

(Telugu song)

Today, the youth, especially the young men, have poisoned vision. Their speech is evil. Their behaviour, language and conduct - everything is bad. They gossip on the looks and character of passersby. But, they have no time for discussing about Atmananda (Atmic bliss). In fact, bliss is beautiful. Nothing can match such beauty. If you want to enjoy such Atmic bliss, you (especially the youth) should control your vision. Whenever your vision falls on undesirable objects, you must caution yourself, “Watch out! I am born as a human being, not an animal. God has given me eyes to see the wonders of His creation and not the external beauty of individuals.” If three boys gather at a place, all that they talk about are useless topics. In fact, how sacred is our tongue!

Oh tongue, the knower of taste! You are very sacred. Speak the truth in the most pleasing manner. Chant the Divine Names of Govinda, Madhava and Damodara incessantly. This is your foremost duty .

(Sanskrit verse)

Our tongue is a gift of God for the purpose of speaking sweet words. Hence, we should never speak bad words. The tongue must always be used for sacred purposes. We have to witness the beautiful form of God with our eyes. There are some young men who visit the temples. But, instead of seeing the divine form of God, they fix their gaze on the ladies visiting the temple. Is this the vision expected of a human being? Man becomes a demon by faulty vision, useless talk and behaviour and hearing such gossip. The youth especially must be very careful today. They must exercise proper control over their senses. If such restraint is exercised, there will be no possibility of erring.

Embodiments of Love!

I am telling all this out of love for you. You may conceal all your bad intentions and put up an angelic face outside. But, I cannot do so. I have to call a spade a spade. I have to speak the truth. Parents and elders have also to be careful in this aspect. Some parents exhibit too much of indulgence in their children’s craving, “My darling son! You may show your love and affection on your child, but not on bad behaviour. If the child is spoiled on account of your blind love, who gets the discredit? Only the parents!

The Vedas declare Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo Bhava, Acharya Devo Bhava, Athiti Devo Bhava (revere your mother, father, preceptor and guest as God). The parents have given you life. They are responsible for your birth. Hence, you have to love your parents wholeheartedly under all circumstances. You have to realise the truth that first and foremost your mother is God and next your father and that they are protecting you constantly. Of what use are your achievements in life, if you forget the very embodiments of divinity (that is father and mother) who are right in front of you? Our Seva Dal and youth wing shall propagate such teachings and try to arrest the degeneration in society. You may encounter any number of obstacles in this task; but you should overcome them and march forward. You may even stake your life in this task of restoring the society to right path.

The youth should not waste money or their words. Keep silence. Maintain your poise under all circumstances. It is said mounath kalaham nasthi (there will be no quarrel if you maintain silence). Our Srinivasan, All India President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, advised the youth that they should receive proper training in technology. But, what you learn today is not technology, but ‘trick-nology’. Man is getting spoiled only on account of his ‘tricks’.

Students! Members of the youth wing! You must all be very careful. You must uphold the dignity of your family. You have to realise the intimate relationship that exists between the individual and society and conduct yourself accordingly. Prahlada, the young lad was sent by his father Hiranyakasipu to his teachers, Chanda and Amarka to learn various Sastras (scriptures). The teachers taught him several subjects. After some time, the father called Prahlada and made him sit on his lap and enquired, “Dear son! How is your education going on? What did you learn?

Prahlada then replied,

Father! The teachers have taught me many things,I have understood the four objectives of life – Dharma (righteousness), Artha (wealth), Kama (desire) and Moksha (liberation). I have studied many things; in fact, I have understood the very essence of education. (Telugu poem)

Hiranyakasipu then asked him, “Look! Can you explain to me one topic which you have studied?” Prahlada replied, “Character is the most important thing for every individual. A man without character is equivalent to an animal.” Father Hiranyakasipu got very angry at his son’s reply. Even the members in the royal court were dumbfounded by Prahlada’s words. Hiranyakasipu then called one lady and asked Prahlada, “Who is this lady?”, pointing to her. Prahlada replied “She is my mother.” In fact, she was not his real mother. She was only a servant. Then Hiranyakasipu called all the ladies and made them to stand in front of him and asked Prahlada “Who are these ladies?” Prahlada gave a beautiful reply saying, “All those who are younger to me are my younger sisters and elder to me are elder sisters.” The father was aghast at his reply. He was very angry with his son’s replies. He therefore called the teachers and chided them, “Is this the education you are imparting to the children? When they grow up, they naturally follow these principles.” The father warned them, “You should not teach such things to the children”. He commanded the teachers to restrain Prahlada from contemplating on Hari Nama (the Divine name of Lord Vishnu). The teachers Chanda and Amarka were terribly afraid. As soon as they returned to the Gurukula, they tried to dissuade Prahlada in so many ways from repeating the Lord’s name. They reprimanded him orally and even gave him physical punishment. But, Prahlada did not yield. He told them frankly, “Respected Teachers! Is the one that dissuades the pupils from contemplating on the Divine name of Hari, a Guru in the real sense? Like the true father who advises the child to attain Hari (God), the Guru also should teach his disciple to contemplate on Hari. Instead of teaching such sacred things, you are trying to push me into worldly matters. I don’t want such education.” Thereafter, he left the Gurukula and set out on his mission singing the glory of Lord Hari. He began teaching to his fellow students, “There is none higher than Hari.” Devotion to God is essential for everyone. Divinity is immanent in all beings.

It is said ‘E aswara sarva bhutanam’ (God is the indweller of all beings). I wish that you too, like Prahlada, must encourage one and all to worship and contemplate on divinity at all times. When you undertake propagation of such ideals you can bring about a wonderful transformation in the society, quickly. Before you embark upon such a mission, you must make a beginning in your own house. The parents can give you the physical body only. But, who sustains the Atma Tattwa? God is the only refuge. Hence, parents should set an example by instilling in the children the urge to realise divinity.

The body is made up of five elements and is bound to perish sooner or later, but the indweller has neither birth nor death. The indweller has no attachment whatsoever and is the eternal witness.

(Telugu poem)

However much you nourish the body, it is bound to perish sooner or later. Nobody seems to know whether it is proper for a human being to spend time merely, indulging in eating, sleeping, and procreation like the animals, birds and beasts. No, not at all! Man has to sanctify every moment of his life by contemplating on God. That is what the parents have to teach their children. That is what remains with us and follows us beyond death. It is the foremost duty of the parents to teach such a sacred path to the children. The Gurus (teachers) have also to teach such noble things to the students. Today, the gurus are imparting mere textbook knowledge to the students. The children also seem to have taste for such knowledge. Hence, each one of you should visit some school and teach such noble things to the students. Born as human beings, is it proper for you to make obscene comments against womenhood? If you harass ladies with your vile words, will others keep quiet? Will they not harass your own family members? Will they spare your own wife and children? Hence, first and foremost, you have to respect others. Then only will you receive their love and respect. At present, especially the youth have to cultivate humanness. It is exactly for this sacred purpose that we started the youth wing in Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations. The youth have to set an ideal to others in society. Those who roam about in the bazaar aimlessly are verily donkeys. They cannot be considered as human beings. It is not such a life that the youth have to lead. The donkeys wander in the streets, braying. You are not a donkey. You are God, truly. Hence, stay firm in your sacred humanness. Keep up your prestige. This is the foremost duty of the youth.

There are yet other youngsters who secretly read trashy books. They keep such trash in between the pages of their textbooks and read them without being noticed by others. What they actually read are trash novels, but they pretend to be reading textbooks. Thus, they try to deceive even the teachers. This is unbecoming of a human being. Whenever any bad thoughts arise in your mind, that very moment you remind yourself that you are a human being and not an animal. Your behaviour should be befitting that of a human being. Then only you have the right to call yourself a human being. It is only when you nourish and nurture the human values does your education acquires value.

Embodiments of Love!

I have great love towards you. None can measure My love or compare it to this and that. My love is uniform without any bias or preference. My love can match only My love. I am not concerned with what people may think about Me. Some people accuse Me also. Some people write several things about Me in the newspapers. They also publish the ‘nuisance’ coming from abroad. In this context, I would like to ask one question. Can a person copying such a nuisance and publishing it in the newspaper be called a journalist? Not at all! A true journalist will never indulge in such slander. He will rely on the news gathered by him personally and on his personal experience. He will never give importance to some ‘nuisance’ published by others somewhere in London or America . Those who listen to such trash and propagate them are like dogs. Whenever a dog barks in some corner, another dog in a nearby street hears it and starts barking. Thus, those who imitate others are like dogs, not human beings. Whatever people may think, we are wedded to Truth. We are embodiments of Truth, verily. Hence, you should not give credence to untruth. If people say some nonsense about you, let them do so. The dogs bark. We are not concerned with them. Those who criticise us with an evil intention are to be treated as dogs, not human beings. Many people come to Swami. Did we send any invitations to them? Not at all! Some people are jealous of the recognition that Swami’s great humanitarian service is getting all over the world and try to slander His name. I would like to say this much to such people - let them attract people from all walks of life in such large numbers from all over the world, if they wish. It is impossible. Not even ten people will gather around them. What is the reason? That goodness and helping nature is not in them. That is only to be found in Divinity. That only attracts all people.

Embodiments of Love!

We see and hear so many things in the world. But, let us not be moved by such things. You stay firm in your love for Swami. You have no reason to hide your love; continue to shower your love on one and all. Then only your mind becomes pure and sacred and your birth as a human being will be sanctified. Then only you deserve to be called human beings. Otherwise, you will degenerate yourself into demons. Do not be misguided by others’ words. Whatever you listen to in this sacred Yajnasala, preserve it carefully in your mind. Install God in your heart.

Embodiments of Love!

You may feel that Swami is using harsh words. You should not feel upset about it. On the other hand, you must feel happy that Swami is speaking the truth. Divinity is invincible. It is not something to be advertised. You may go through any newspaper. It is full of advertisements. Most of the advertisements contain false statements. The extent to which their sense of discrimination has degenerated is beyond description. This is sheer foolishness. If they are really human beings, they would not have advertised such false things. If they are so interested, they should come and observe what is going on here and feel happy about it. It is a serious mistake to put up news items and advertisements indiscriminately, basing on hearsay. The readers should also make efforts to realise the truth. There will be none to punish or subdue you, if you are wedded to truth. Hence, uphold truth at all times. Your truth is your witness and Swami is the eternal witness to everything that goes on in the world. We should not be fools. We must become flowers that will be offered to God. Instead, we are living like fools. This is not good.

Dear students! There are several things that are to be told to you. I am mentioning all these things only to correct your behaviour. Love! Love! Love! Love! Cultivate love! That would be enough. However, this love should not be extended to all and sundry things in the world. It should be steadily fixed on God. Then you will become good individuals. Otherwise, of what use is your education? Today, ‘education’ is leading to ‘agitation’. If this situation is to be corrected, ‘education’ must be supplemented with ‘educare’. Education can be acquired from textbooks. ‘Educare’ has, however, to be manifested from the heart. Hence, one has to take up ‘educare’ also. ‘Educare’ involves manifesting the human values that are latent in one’s own heart. The secular education can be obtained from the books. The book is like a ‘mukku’ (nose), whereas ‘educare’ is the very breath that is inhaled through the nose. If there is no breath, it amounts to death. Similarly, humanness cannot survive without human values that are to be manifested through the process of ‘educare’.

Dear Students! You are all embodiments of the Divine Self. You are all very good boys and girls. You are golden children verily! However, you should not be like the 14 carat gold. You must be like the pure 24 carat gold. You should not lose your value. If you thus lead your lives like pure gold, I will extend all possible help to all of you. I will help you financially and spiritually in every endeavour you undertake. You become good children. Get good name to your parents, Institution and to Swami. (Swami then called a student from America and another from Russia , who are studying in Prasanthi Nilayam campus and asked them to recite Namakam and Sri Suktam). This boy is from America and that boy is from Russia . You see how they are chanting in one voice! These boys can recite several Vedic Mantras like Namakam, Chamakam, etc. There are several others from different countries who are learning the Vedas. However, it is only Indians who are neglecting the Vedas. Foreigners learn Sanskrit and chant the Vedas clearly with proper intonation. In contrast, what do the Indians learn? “Ding dong bell; pussy is in the well.” These are the nursery rhymes we teach to the children from the early age! This is not correct education. We have to realise the sanctity of Indian culture and spirituality. Morality and integrity are the mother and father in Indian culture. Equanimity is the sister and courage is the brother. Unfortunately, today people cultivate ephemeral relationships, forgetting eternal and sacred relationships. One should not develop such foolish relationships. Tell me your company, I shall tell you what you are. Since there is a lot of time available to us, I will explain to you in greater detail in the coming days. I will teach you what all is necessary for you. I am not afraid of anyone. I am attached to Truth. I don’t mind what people may think of Me. Those who believe in Truth, will not be afraid of anyone. Hence, I will reveal to you more in the coming days.


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