Loving Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti
Nilayam. While creating the Universe, God, in His infinite Wisdom, has
ensured that nothing is permanent. This applies both to inanimate as well
as animate entities. Stars are born, but they also die. Incidentally, you
may surprised to know that the atoms in our bodies have all come from a
star that had an explosive death before our Sun came into existence. As
for animate entities, Shakespeare said beautifully that all that lives
must die and go from here to eternity.
It is not only individual living beings that have a birth and a death;
species too go through the same sort of cycle. A species comes into
existence, exists for several million years and then one day becomes
extinct, like the dinosaurs, for example. What we wish to discuss in this
“Sunday Special” is that coming under the spell of constant change,
socio-economic forces, including those that harm Society, also appear to
have a termination, at least to some extent. Unfortunately, however, while
one evil phenomenon becomes extinct, others, often more virulent, take
their place. Thus, it is rather like what happens in a garden. Weeds
appear and through the use of pesticides etc., the weed is exterminated;
but other weeds appear, and the cycle goes on.
The question before us is the following: “Placed as we are in a Society
that is becoming increasingly crowded, and where money power is slowly
appearing to become absolute, how are we to protect ourselves?” Before we
try to address this question, we would like to cite some examples of such
transient phenomenon. In the business world, for example, success is not
eternal. Take, for instance, the automobile industry. Time there was when
America literally dominated the scene. In fact, so powerful was General
Motors and so important was it to America that it used to be said: “What’s
good for General Motors is good for America. ”Presently, however, the
American auto industry that once held such a powerful position is in the
red. A similar eclipse is being forecast in the Television industry. For
decades, three TV channels in America ruled the airways. They were true
giants. But with the emergence of cable technology, internet streaming,
etc., these once powerful institutions are worrying about what they must
do to stay alive.
Let us turn next to powerful empires. Barely seventy years ago, it used to
be said that the Sun never sets on the British Empire . Where is it now?
After the Second World War, the Soviet Empire seemed invincible, the
Berlin Wall being its symbol of might and authority. Yet, how quickly the
Soviet Empire crumbled, almost overnight as it were! Much before this,
there were the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Czarist Empire, the Ottoman
Empire , the Moghul Empire, and so on. Every one of them has vanished into
the dustbin of history. What we are trying to drive at is that any social
or economic system based on social imbalance and inequity, has a built-in
factor that one day leads to the extinction of that system. In that sense,
this built-in “Terminator Factor,” in so far as it applies to evil forces,
is good news. However, though a particular form of evil might become
extinct, if the overall climate for evil to flourish does not change, then
evil would always reappear in some other form.
Diseases provide an example of how one problem is often replaced with
another. Till about seventy years ago, small pox and plague used to kill
in thousands if not hundreds of thousands. They were very much feared but
today, they are extinct. Polio, likewise, claimed its victims in millions
but today, it has almost disappeared, except in a few countries. But even
as these deadly diseases have taken their bow as it were, others have
appeared in their place, the most notable and feared of them being AIDS.
Believe it or not, till 1980 AIDS simply did not exist, but today, it is
killing five thousand people every single day; and for your reference,
that number is roughly one and a half times the number of people who were
killed in the attack on the Twin Towers in New York , on September 11,
This brings us to our main point. Yes, specific forms of evils do have a
life span, and one day may become extinct. But where humanity as a whole
is concerned, it does not quite get off the hook. These “local
extinctions” might benefit some people, but suffering and misery continue;
while some who suffered earlier might later prosper, others who had it
good earlier might now suffer. To make matters worse, the number of people
suffering might even increase. So, if one looks at humanity as a whole,
the “Gross Misery Index” tends to increase, despite the “Terminator
The question arises: “In that case, what’s the big deal about the
so-called Terminator Factor in relation to evil? Why talk about it at all,
when it really does not matter much where overall suffering is concerned?”
There is a reason and we now wish to focus on that. Let us start by
asking: “We earlier considered ‘Local Terminator Factors’. Is there any
‘Global Terminator Factor,’ that can take care of the whole bunch of
evil?” Our answer is: “Yes, there is one.” Want to know more about it?
Let us go back to the diseases example. How did humanity get rid of the
dreaded smallpox? Essentially by eliminating the virus all over the globe.
What this tells us is that if we are looking for some kind of a ‘Global
Terminator Factor,’ then the first thing we have to ensure is that evil
has no place to hide anywhere. This raises the question: “Where exactly
does evil normally hide? What is its home? And where is this home?” The
answer is straightforward: “Evil hides in the Minds of humans.” So, if
evil has to be eliminated globally, then all Minds must be spiritually
You might wonder whether at all this is possible. When we are facing so
much difficulty in fighting AIDS and getting rid of it, can we ever
“disinfect” Minds everywhere, spiritually that is? We are not suggesting
that this is going to be easy but we do believe that humanity must give
this a serious try. Swami says if you see a deadly snake, you would do
everything to avoid getting bitten by it. We must have the same attitude
Let us look at this issue in some greater detail. Today, there are
hundreds of thousands if not millions of rich and upper-middle class
people who are well off, but there are also billions of people who are
suffering in innumerable ways. Even the rich are not happy. They might be
loaded with money, but few of them are relaxed. To make money, one has to
compete fiercely and that sort of aggressive life brings its own quote of
problems. All this is well known and so we shall not go into those
details. But we have to mention that the great divide of humanity into the
haves and the have-nots is the source of conflict in many societies. As
one intellectual put it, the conflicts we often see boil down to a
confrontation, sometimes violent, between raw money power and equally raw
people power. The distinguished Harvard Professor J. K. Galbraith who died
recently – J.K.G was, during the Kennedy administration, America ’s
Ambassador to India , a post he adorned with great distinction – once
said, “Wealth does not understand.” What he meant was that wealthy people
simply do not understand that the under-privileged have serious life and
death problems, most of them caused by the huge disparity in income. When
those who do not have problems do not understand the suffering of those
who are beset with innumerable problems – they may be financial, connected
with health, mental retardation, physical disability like blindness, etc.,
- then there will always be friction, sometimes violent.
You might say, “All that is old hat. What exactly is the point being
made?” Our answer is the following:
First and foremost, if evil is to be removed, ALL must make a commitment
towards it. For example, small pox got eliminated when everyone got
Next, EVERY ONE must accept that the Mind gets disinfected best by
following Swami’s teachings in full faith.
In particular, CEILING ON DESIRES is a must for every one, both the rich
and the poor, each in their own way.
Swami says that there must be LOVE FOR GOD, and also FEAR OF SIN. What
exactly is sin? Sin is any act that God would not be pleased with. God
would not like acts that pander to the senses; God would not like anything
that harms others; God would not like greed, and so on. So, fearing sin
really means being afraid to hurt God!
Since we have gone through all this many times earlier, we presume we do
not have to elaborate on this topic. But we would like to discuss briefly
why all this is important.
You see, the world of today is so interconnected that what happens in one
part of the world affects a lot of people even far away. Heavy disturbance
to the environment in Mongolia and China , has led to desert sand from
China being blown all the way to America . The Chernobyl nuclear accident
took place in Ukraine but it affected people all over Europe . Poverty in
the less-developed countries has resulted in massive immigration into the
rich countries, often illegal immigration. The rich countries that once
welcomed immigrants are now not so enthusiastic about it because all kinds
of problems have surfaced. Rich people in wealthy countries want good
wooden furniture and they encourage people in poor countries to cut their
forests. In turn, this causes devastation to the topsoil, leads to
flooding when there is heavy rain etc. The list goes on.
In short, man today has too much power, too much technology, too many
desires and too little wisdom. May be not every one of the six and odd
billion humans on planet home have money, power, etc. But when there is a
huge disparity as there is at present, it can create all kinds of
problems, all over the place, even if the number of rich is only few
millions. The time has come to move away from the money-power versus
people-power type of confrontation. We should all regard ourselves as
children of One Loving and Compassionate God, and share with as well as
care for each other by abandoning selfishness, to which all are addicted,
both the rich and the poor.
Is selfishness all that easy to get rid off? Not easy we admit, but it IS
possible, if we truly Love Swami, as we invariably claim to.
You know something? True Love is immensely powerful and is the ONLY
effective Terminator available to us. Swami loves us so much and gives us
so much. Can we not, by way of expressing gratitude, set apart every
single day, wherever we are, just two minutes in the morning and two in
the evening, when we contemplate quietly and say to Swami:
“Lord, when I see You in Your Cosmic Macro Form, I see that You are
suffering through millions of human forms and millions more of other forms
like the whale, the baby seal, and so on. Swami, I realise that all this
suffering is caused by us humans. And the reason for this is because I
have not allowed You who are my Indweller to express Yourself through this
body and Mind of mine.
Forgive me please, and let me at least now say with true feelings of Love
and Compassion: LOKA SAMASTHAA SUKHINO BHAVANTU. I know that I routinely
chant this Mantra at the end of every Bhajan session but this time, I
assure You it is truly from the Heart.
They say that prayer is God’s only weakness. I believe in that. So Swami,
I earnestly pray that You do not suffer through all those millions and
billions of living forms. Please help all of us not to thoughtlessly put
You to such suffering.
Trapped as we are in stupid delusion, we cannot end the evils of the
world, for which we are really to blame. We plead guilty but please Swami,
we do not want to be stuck with it! And there is only one Global
Terminator for all the current problems, Your Love!
Baba! Please help us so that that Infinite Love of Yours can arise and
swell in our Hearts and sweep away at one stoke like a Huge Divine
Tsunami, all the evil on earth!”.
You know something? If each one of us really prays in this manner every
single day, then there is sure to be a change. The Heart, which is the
seat of God, holds infinite power that can do wonders. Suppose we go one
step further and pray in this manner, intensely, at the end of each Bhajan
session, the results would be even greater. Suppose all the Bhajan groups
in a city decide to do this at a particular time of a particular day,
every single week, even greater Moral cleansing can be expected.
A carbon dioxide laser is essentially made up of trillions of very tiny
molecules. Yet, when the molecules cohere, the radiation from the laser
can drill and cut through five centimetres of steel! This is not any
new-fangled technology but has been there for twenty-five years, and is
extensively used in many industries. If tiny inanimate molecules can do so
much by coming together, how much more humans can do when they come
We now ask you to sit back and reflect on all that we have tried to say;
after that, reflect on why Swami asks us to do Akhand Bhajans at least
once a year. We are sure all sorts of thoughts would come to you. How
about sharing them with us?
Thanks for allowing us to be with you for a while. Until next Sunday, all
Jai Sai Ram.
source: from the Heart2Heart Team [Sai Inspires - 07th May