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15th November 2007
By Bhagavan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba
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"Everything comes from
Embodiments of Love!
People think there are many troubles, difficulties and sorrows in this world and thereby they
are filled with anxiety and worries. But in fact there is nothing like this; it is bliss
everywhere. Brahmanandam, Parama Sukhadam, Kevalam Jnanamurtim, Dwandwateetam, Gagana
Sadrisham, Tattwamasyadi Lakshyam, Ekam, Nityam, Vimalam, Achalam, Sarvadhee Sakshibhutam,
Bhavateetam, Trigunarahitam (Man is the embodiment of divine 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 of all
functions of the intellect, beyond all mental conditions and the three attributes of Sattwa,
Rajas and Tamas).
The world is the creation of God. Right from man all living beings including animals, birds
and even insects are the creation of God. As they are the creation of God, all of them have
their origin in bliss. All these difficulties and troubles are only the imagination of man.
Pleasure is an interval between two pains. There cannot be happiness without difficulties.
These difficulties are meant to give you happiness, and not to make you miserable with more
sorrows. Hence, whatever comes to us, we should consider it as God’s gift and be happy. We
should not consider that it has been given to us to make us suffer. Suppose you have pain in
the stomach. What will the doctor do? If he performs an operation, it is not for causing pain
to you. The pain that the doctor causes is to remove your suffering. Hence, one should bear
difficulties and overcome his sorrows.
There are millions of living beings in this world. All of them have originated from God.
Therefore, the same God is present in all of them. People give many names to God as Rama,
Allah, Jesus, etc., but God is only one. Atma is another name of God; it is the same in
everyone. The real name of Atma is love. Love is only one, but it is present everywhere and
can alleviate all sufferings. One who is endowed with love is free from all sufferings. All of
you have come from such a distant place like America. What for? You have come because you have
love for Me (loud applause). You can attain anything if you have love. God has no specific
name. He is present in man in the form of Atma. What does Atma mean? It means love only. It is
love that unites all. If you imbibe this principle of unity, then all will become one. When
you attain this unity, you will have purity. When you have purity, then Atma Tattwa (principle
of the Self) will manifest in you. Therefore, you must have unity to attain divinity. I and
you are one. God and you are one. God is not anywhere separate from you. You should develop
the feeling that you yourself are God. When you say, ‘I’, it represents unity. You cannot
estimate the bliss that is derived from unity. All are one. It is the fickle mind that is
unsteady and wanders arbitrarily.
Only one thing is steady. That is love, love, love. Love is God. Live in love. This is what we
have to learn today. Same love is present in everyone. Mother loves her children due to this
feeling of love. All are the children of God. Therefore, God loves all. He has no hatred. He
is not the cause for your pain and suffering. God is not separate from you. Wherever you may
be, God is present there. God does not forsake you. There is no place where there is no God.
Wherever you see, God is present there. (Swami pointed to different things and said) This is
God. This is God. You are all the embodiments of God. You have two eyes but you can see a
large number of people with them. Similarly, God is one, but He can see all. Where is God? He
is in you, with you, above you and below you. There is no need to search for Him. Because our
vision is limited to physical level, we see differences. We should not rely on the physical
body. Body is like a water bubble; mind is like a mad monkey. In one moment the mind is here
and in the next moment it flies away to another place. Manas, Buddhi, Chitta, Ahamkara (mind,
intellect, mind-stuff, ego) - all these are temporary like passing clouds. Only one thing is
permanent. That is you. Where is God? You should develop the feeling that you are God. This is
the correct answer to the question, where is God. You may perform any number of spiritual
practices like Bhajans, Japa and Tapa, but love should form the undercurrent of all these
practices. In fact, if you have love, there is no need to perform any spiritual practices.
There is no use of performing all spiritual practices, if you do not have love. Fill your mind
with love. “Prema Mudita Manase Kaho Ram Ram Ram …” (recite the Name of Rama with your heart
full of love). Hence, give highest importance to love. Love is important. Love is God. Live in
love. This is the spiritual practice that we have to undertake. Worldly relations are
temporary. They are impermanent like passing clouds which come and go. They are your mental
reaction, reflection and resound.
(Swami showing His handkerchief) What is this? This is a cloth. It is not merely a cloth, it
is a combination of threads, it is not thread even, it is cotton, which is the creation of
God. Everything has emerged from God like threads. You weave the threads as per your liking.
But it is not your liking that is important; what is important is what God likes. There can be
changes in the body and the mind. But love is changeless. It is permanent. Everything has
birth and death but there is no birth or death for love. The birthless and deathless love is
only one. It comes from truth. Truth is one. Truth is God. This God in the form of love is
present everywhere, wherever you see. God is present in man in his breath. When you breathe,
where does the breath come from? It comes from within. The breath itself is your God. What is
its form? It is present in man in the form of Soham, which reveals your divine identity. ‘So’
means ‘that’, ‘Ham’ means ‘I’. Therefore ‘Soham’, means ‘that I am’. ‘That’ refers to God who
is present in man in the form of love. Therefore, man should treasure love in his heart
safely. Other thoughts come and go like passing clouds. Only love is permanent and eternal.
You should perform every task with love. Even if you come across your enemy, you should love
and greet him saying, ‘Hello, Hello’. Then he will also respond saying ‘Hello, Hello’ to you.
This is the reaction, reflection, resound of your feelings. Whatever good or bad you
experience is the result of your own actions. Everything comes from within you. Hence, you
should always remain immersed in love. If you have love, you can achieve anything and perform
any task. It is love that is responsible for the entire creation and its functioning in this
world. There is no greater God than love. Love is God. Whatever you do without love is a
futile exercise. Hence treasure love in your heart. Every body will be attracted towards this
love. It bestows everything on you. It is love that creates, sustains and destroys. When you
look at the world with your physical eyes, you see diversity in creation. But, in fact,
everything is love. It does not change. You should be filled with such love. If you follow
this principle of love, it will give you the fruit of all the spiritual practices.
People call God by many names such Rama, Krishna, Jesus, Allah etc. But all names refer to the
same God. If you call Him Allah, He responds. Similarly, if you call Him Jesus, or Zoroastra,
or Rama, He will respond. All these names have been given by man. God is not born with these
names. Original name of God is only love. You may refer to any dictionary; love is only one
and not two. Man may have many physical relationships. You may consider some one as your
husband, some one as your son and some one as your daughter. They are all physical and worldly
relations. Who has established these relationships? It is you only. Since these are
relationships acquired by you, they are subject to change. But love remains the same. With
such love you may chant any name such as Rama, Krishna, Govinda, Narayana, Jesus or Allah. All
these names refer to the same divinity. You may grind rice and prepare various dishes such as
Dosa, Idli, etc. You may mix rice with sugar and prepare Payasam (sweet pudding). But rice is
the same in all these dishes. In the same way, only one God is present in the entire creation,
and that is love. You should perform each and every task with love.
We call others as ‘brothers and sisters’. At physical level they are separate. These
relationships are of your own making. But never observe diversity. Brothers, sisters and all
other relationships are one. You see an old man or a child, both are essentially divine. God
is beyond – all ages and all forms. Only love is His true form. The same love is present in
all forms that you see. Hence everyone of you should develop love. You may call God as Rama,
Krishna or Sai. But it is only a difference in names. God is only one (loud applause). Love
everyone wholeheartedly. Then only can you experience bliss. So song as you have love, you
will not be devoid of bliss.
People today observe individual differences. There are three aspects of an individual. 1. The
one you think you are. 2. The one others think you are, 3. The one you really are. At physical
level you may be identified with your name, form and village. But in reality, you are only
one. This is what you should realise. Recognise the unity of entire creation. Your worldly
relations will also have some value when you recognise this unity. You may add any number of
zeros with one, the value will go on increasing. If you remove one, there is no value. In the
same manner, you may chant any name realising the oneness of God. Ekam Sath Viprah Bahudha
Vadanthi (truth is one, but the wise refer to it by various names). The Vedas authenticate the
same truth. With love in your heart, you may go to any country, chant any name, perform any
spiritual practice. Do not hate anybody. Help Ever, Hurt Never. This is what the devotees are
supposed to do (loud applause). When you call yourself a devotee, you should not observe any
differences “You are not mine, he is mine”. This is not good. It amounts to hating God. You
should think “God is in me, with me, around me, above me and below me”. Wherever you see, the
same God is present there. Develop this feeling of oneness. Then you will attain highest
You have come from different countries and you have different names and forms. But having come
here, you are all one (loud applause). From today onwards, may you always remain in bliss for
ever and ever. People say, “Today is my birthday.” What is the meaning of birthday? It is the
day of the birth of the body. Today it is born, tomorrow it may die. But you are eternal. You
have no birth, no death. Be always happy. This is what I desire. Do not allow the differences
of mine and thine come near you. All of you have sung the glories of the Lord in one voice.
This unity is divinity. Where there is lack of unity, there is diversity. Hence develop unity.
Where there is unity, there is purity. It is purity that attracts God. The white dress that
you have put on symbolises purity. Differences are seen when you put on dresses of different
colours. You should not give room to differences. Not only in dress, you should observe unity
and purity in your mind, feelings and thoughts. All are one. On returning to your respective
places, lead your lives with unity, love and bliss. Your Bhajan has made Me happy.
(Bhagavan sang the Bhajan “Hari Bhajan Bina Sukh Santhi Nahin …” and continued His Discourse.)
Consider Bhajan as your Bhojan (food) which satiates your spiritual hunger. You should partake
the food of Bhajan every moment, day in and day out. Right from the morning till night, you
should constantly do Bhajan in your entire waking time. This is Swami’s teaching to you.
Perform all your tasks, while contemplating on the name of God within you. God is within you,
without you, beyond you, below you and behind you. Very happy.