Highlights of Swami's latest discourse from 17th April
April 17, 2006 : After the
festivities on the 14th, Bhagawan did not give darshan on the morning of
the 15th. On the 16th, He made the students sing songs again in the
evening, concluding the bhajan session. On the 17th, during the evening
bhajan session, Bhagawan indicated that He was going to speak, and the
Discourse table and mic were hastily brought up.
Swami started His Discourse with verses about
Abhimanyu, the martyred son of the Pandavas, going to war against the
mighty warriors arrayed against him in the Mahabharatha war. Dharmaja
attempts to stop Abhimanyu from going to battle, but Abhimanyu goes ahead
boldly, with the blessings of his mother. Whose mistake was the defeat of
Abhimanyu? Apparently it was Krishna's, since He was the one who prevented
Arjuna from explaining the Padmavyuha battle formation completely to
Subhadra who was enciente, carrying Abhimanyu. When someone knows only
some things, and does not know some other things, misfortunes occur.
Similarly, devotees and our students are humble and devoted in the
immediate presence of Swami, and make all sorts of promises. But once they
go out, they change completely.
Today's youth are like pots. If the pot slips from the hand, it breaks to
pieces. As long as the pot is in the water, the water remains full and
cool. But when the pot is removed from the water, the water slowly
evaporates. In the same way, My students, right from Primary School, Ist
standard, upto PhD, make many promises. But when they go outside, they
forget everything. Why? When the pot is removed from the water, the water
level decreases since it is a porous mud pot, and also due to the wind.
When the students are with Swami, they are full of bliss. But when they go
out, their intensity of faith decreases, because of their bad company.
This body is a mud pot. It gradually decreases the spiritual content and
increases worldly desires. This change in Man does not occur just by
himself - bad company is responsible. The kind of feelings we get depends
on the type of friends we have. Due to the worldly atmosphere outside, our
devotion vanishes. We should not enter too much into worldly matters. When
students go home for the vacations, I tell them, "Be careful, be good." It
is not all who change, but some. Some are steady in the values inside
Good company can bring us up, bad company brings us down. Our attitude is
responsible for the waxing of waning of devotion which is seen in the
world today. This is also dependent on the company we keep. Before joing
with friends, we should discriminate: is it going to help me or harm me?
But today's students don't discriminate like this.
So, Men are like pots. When a pot is intact, it is useful, we can even
cook food in it. But when it is broken, it is useless. When it breaks on
the road, it merges back into the mud. So, keeping all this in
consideration, to protect our own body, we should discriminate whether our
actions are good or bad. Every scripture has taught this. Burial of dead
bodies in many cultures is symbolic of this return from whence it has come
- just as when ice melts, it merges back with the water from which it
Subhadra gave so many types of blessings to her son Abhimanyu. But they
did not bear fruit. Why? Only when we understand the inner significance
and conduct ourselves accordingly will such blessings be fruitful. If we
act in a wayward manner, even such blessings will fail to protect us.
During marriages, in the invocatory verses chanted by the priests, they
declare, "This is the best moment, this is the auspicious moment, this is
backed by the stars and the moon", and so on. But instead of understanding
the inner meaning, we go by the mistaken notions of some days being good
and some days being bad. The moment when the mind is amenable is the good
moment, and when it is not amenable is the inauspicious moment. Not the
dates fixed by Brahmins for the sake of payment of Dakshina! In this way,
the external ritual is alone followed nowadays, not the heart of the inner
Everyman must be very careful in the work done, in the words spoken, and
the actions undertaken. Once we make a promise, we should uphold it. But
today they promise and tomorrow they "miss" the promise!
Abhimanyu explained, "It is better that I die than cause bad name to
accrue to my father". Arjuna, his father, was renowned with many titles.
His mother then extolled him, saying that he did not need anyone's
blessings: his self-confidence alone would be enough. Draupadi lost all
her sons when they were asleep. This one son of Subhadra's upheld the name
of his father.
If the son humiliates his parents and defies them, it is the worst sin. In
the same way, among devotees: when so-and-so is called a 'Sai Devotee' or
'Krishna Devotee', they should have the heart to keep up the sacred name
of Sai and Krishna. Being called a 'Sai Devotee' and doing contradictory
actions is the worst of the sins. Calling yourself a 'Rama Devotee' and
then misusing Rama's name! Among devotees and among students, there should
be strong determination. When once people know that this student has
studied in this Institution, they should be filled with joy. Our students
went to Tibetan shops today. The Tibetens recognised them as Sai Baba's
devotees and welcomed them. When we earn that kind of recognition by our
acts, our lives will be fulfilled.
So, students or devotees, when you go outside, you should not be swayed by
the company you keep. Our own ideals should be firm. We should be able to
win over the bad influence of others. Then we get real Liberation, Mukthi
or Moksha. Moha Kshaya - giving up delusion - is Moksha. When we feel we
should talk pleasingly to friends and that we should move around with them
- that is Moha or delusion. Then this friendship becomes our enemy.
Whatever friend it may be, don't go beyond the 'courteous greeting' stage
- Hello, Hello, Good Morning - not more than that. Respect them, but don't
become one among them. Don't listen to the words of all and sundry. Listen
to your Heart. Without the determination to follow the Heart, we are not
human at all. In any circumstance, we should not change. Sorrows and
misery are passing clouds. Why worry about them? See to it that we don't
spoil our feelings with the company of others.
Whether it is mother or father or husband or wife or child - if they speak
against your conscience, you should be able to resist them and proceed.
What did Hiranyakashipu tell Prahlada? Utter any name, but not Hari's
name. Prahlada replied that there is nothing higher than Hari's name in
this world. In order to change Prahlada, Hiranyakashipu sent him to a
school which would teach him all manner of things against Hari. Teachers
there, under the orders of their king Hiranyakashipu, indoctrinated
Prahlada against uttering the name of Hari. Prahlada did not contradict
his teachers, he just nodded. When the father called him again, asking him
to narrate something he learnt at school, Prahlada happily said he had
learnt the secret of all education: Aum Namo Narayanaya! The father threw
him down from his lap in fury. From then on, Hiranyakashipu ordered all
kinds of torture for Prahlada - being thrown from a mountain, being
trampled by elephants, being thrown into the sea, being bitten by snakes,
and finally throwing him into fire. Hari protected him from all these.
Hari is ever present - His hands and feet are everywhere.... Hari alone
is. There is no place without God, there is no form that is not God. Some
people like some names and some forms. But all names and forms are His.
So, never misuse anything.
Every human comes with a body into this world. Names and forms are many,
but God is one. There are tubelights here and bulbs there. The tubelights
are long, the bulbs are round. But the electric current in both is the
same. We have to be firm in our conviction of the same Divinity in all.
Let people blame you if they want. Where will calumny go? It just flies
away in the wind - all talk is borne away by the wind. So can we care for
such words? No. Our Heart is unchanging and True. Don't waver from it.
Students, Devotees, as long as you are here, you sing devotional songs. As
soon as you reach your native towns, you start singing other tunes. Don't
change like that. This morning, something happened. Swami was behaving in
a different way. All said that they will even give up their lives for
Swami. Swami told them, I have no worries, I have no problems, I have only
one worry. My children, when they are here, they are so good, what will
happen when they go out.... Day and night I toil for their sake. I have no
other desire. I am Desireless. Only one desire - the students who go from
here must be ideals. If you become ideal boys, that is enough for Me. That
is the gratitude you should offer Me. When they went for shopping, one of
the boys bought a clove box for Me. I took a clove and told him to keep
the box. I don't desire anything. Is your life yours to give? No! Your
life is Mine! What is the greatness in offering Me what is already Mine?
So, don't offer to give Me your life - use your life well. That is what I
In the world, people have many desires, they expect all sorts of
remuneration. I don't desire anything of that sort. All the time, Swami is
giving and giving. So, why should you give Me anything? Use properly what
has been given. Students, Devotees, all should cultivate good qualities.
The kind of devotion you have here and now, should persist for all time,
giving permanent joy.
Do selfless pure service. Serve anyone, with the feeling that you are
serving God. There is God in everyone. "Mamaivaamso jeevaloke jeevabhootah
sanaatanah" - all are the sparks of Myself, the Divine, as Krishna
declared. Never feel that you are serving a beggar - he is also God. He is
not a beggar - he is bigger than anyone. A beggar, or an old man, or a
small boy - God is in all - never doubt that He is here and not there. We
cannot view such a Lord with petty differences. One may say Allah, one may
call Jesus, Rama, Zohrashtra or Krishna - all are God's names. We chant
Sahasranama - 1000 names of God. All names are equally valid.
Embodiments of Love, keep Love as the important basis. Keep it as the one
Truth. Keep it in your Heart. No sadhana can excel Love. Love is your
life. A heart devoid of love belongs to a dead body. Only with love can it
be a living body. You must experience this Love during your lifetime. This
is the characteristic of a true devotee and the duty of every student.
Embodiments of Love, you have put yourselves into difficulties to come
here. You have faced the cold weather and the rains, and have trouble with
accomodation. What is important is your Love, because of which you have
come. Keep that kind of Love for all time. God is Formless, Pure,
Selfless. Selflessness is the source of true devotion. Asking "I want
this, I want that" becomes selfish. Even the statement "I want liberation"
is selfish. Aspire only for "I am You, You are I". Love is the only
remuneration for Love. Not any other object. Many people do puja - they
offer a flower saying "I offer my eyes". Then another flower saying "I
offer my tongue". They say eye and tongue, but offer only the flower! What
you think and say must match what you do. "Trigunam tridalaakaaram..."
That is the significance of offering the three-petalled bilva leaf. But if
you just say you are offering and actually do not, that is cheating.
Thought word and deed coincide for the great ones, and diverge for the
wicked. Do not do that, Bangaroo, dear ones. That is My only worry - I
think of only My Devotees and students, not of Myself. I have no
selfishness. If I were selfish, I would not be moving around like this.
Only God is totally Selfless.
Embodiments of Love, keep the Love in your Heart pure, sacred,
super-human. Don't have too many connections with others. In a worldly
sense, we may have connections. But leave it at that. "Hello, good
morning." That's all. Give appropriate responses. But your mind should be
firm. Live as a human, not like an animal. Swami thinks of students all
the time. Why? Devotees come and go, they listen to what Swami says and
think about it later. But students are the foundation. When the foundation
is strong, the building will be strong. Self confidence is the foundation,
self satisfaction is the wall, self sacrifice is the roof, self
realization is life. The foundation is the basis. If that is shaky, the
walls and the roof will fall. Then you will not be protected from the sun
and the rain. Be firm and steady in your devotion all the time. As one of
the Alwars sang, have purity of thought for true worship, or else it is
useless. You have come here with difficulty, don't disappoint yourselves.
Meera underwent a lot of trials at the hands of her husband and in-laws.
She went to Dwaraka and declared, "The pearl of Your name I have obtained
with much effort diving deep into the Ocean. Lord, see to it that it
should not slip from my fingers now..." Her Lord was the one who held
aloft the mountain. That valuable mountain is the Chittha. "Lord, I have
no other refuge," prayed Meera. Meera called Him Giridhaari, Sakkubai
called Him Ranga, both are the same. All names and forms are His, so
whatever you do, speak or think, offer it to Him. Don't keep changing your
Saying one thing in front of Swami and doing otherwise when you go outside
is treachery to God. Do not betray God, your mother, your father or your
preceptor. The mother uses her own blood to shape the child. Troubling the
mind of such a mother is a sin. But there are some who trouble the mother,
and repent later when the mother is no longer with them. Repentence is
absolution. But there are those who do not even repent! Mother, wherever
she is, wants the welfare of her child. Mother, father and preceptor come
in that order. Many put the third one first and forget the mother! Respect
and love your mother, who has given your body, whether she is alive or
not. You pray "Sai Mata", but don't usurp the place of your mother. Bharat
is the place where the mother is respected. In other countries, they
divorce, remarry and give up their children. The children do not know who
their parents are. Such children will then take to wrong paths. Mother's
love is your life, uphold the word given to her. Whenever we are hurt, we
exclaim, "Amma!", calling for the mother. Mother's love is so protective.
Father may aspire that the children get high marks, get good jobs and
hefty salaries. But the mother always aspires that whatever happens, if
her child is good, that is enough.
You needn't aspire for liberation. If you have God's Love, that is enough.
That Love will attract everything else. A magnet attracts only iron
filings, not diamonds. It says, even if it is a small piece, it is iron,
that is enough. Similarly, God and Love attract each other. Riches and
diamonds, devotees' praise and titles are not required. God's satisfaction
is only in your Love. Chant His name with Love. Even you don't know the
tune or pitch it is not important.
Wherever you go, don't change your feelings. Think of yourselves as a pot.
Preserve it carefully, without breakage. If it falls, it will break. Then
you have to be reborn again. Once you are born, aspire deathlessness. That
is permanent liberation. When rivers enter the ocean, the ocean tests the
rivers for two days, pushing them back. That is what you call backwater.
But finally on the third day, the ocean accepts the rivers. The river
water goes down, the ocean comes on top. That sort of determination is
required. Under any circumstances, in any trials, never give up Love. Man
has myriad worries. Face all of them and sanctify your lives. Then you can
be true devotees or students. Never give up the promise given. Uphold
Truth. With that determination, you can sanctify your life.
After Bhagawan's Discourse, the students sang a Telugu song "Repalle
Baalunivale...." and then the session concluded with Arati.