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GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP OTHERS
Embodiments of Love!
Man is born in action, is sustained by action and ultimately merges in
action. Action is the cause for pleasure and pain. Truly speaking, action
is God for man. (Telugu Poem)
The Youth should tread the Sacred Path
There is no need for man to search for God anywhere. God is present in
each one of you. Lord Krishna declared in the Bhagavad Gita: Mamaivamsho
Jivaloke Jivabhuta Sanathana (the eternal Atma in all beings is a part of
My Being). “All are an aspect of My Divinity”, He declared. Where then
would you search for God when He is in you and with you? Whatever work you
do, consider it as the work of God. God has blessed man with body, mind,
intellect and mind-stuff (Chitta). The youth are endowed with a healthy
body, a strong mind and a sharp intellect capable of deep thinking, but
they are misusing them. Instead of thinking of God and making proper use
of their limbs, they are misusing their senses. This is a big mistake. At
this age, you should put the power of the body, mind and intellect to
right use. What is meant by right use? It means to tread the sacred path.
Just because we are gifted with eyes, there is no need to see everything.
Try to see all that is good. Do not hear with your ears the criticism of
others or all that is unnecessary. Hearing the criticism of others and
seeing all that is evil is a great sin. We will acquire evil only when we
see evil. We do not try to listen to good words with our ears; instead, we
listen to evil talk. Surdas was blind. But he constantly chanted the name
of Krishna. Hence, Krishna gave him Darshan and fulfilment in life. Why
has God given you tongue? Is it to enjoy the taste of anything and
everything or to talk ill of others? No, no. It is meant to sing the
glories of God. Sravanam (listening), Kirtanam (singing), Vishnusmaranam
(contemplating on Vishnu), Padasevanam (serving His Lotus Feet), Vandanam
(salutation), Archanam (worship), Dasyam (servitude), Sneham (friendship),
Atmanivedanam (self-surrender). Man can attain God-realisation by putting
these modes of worship into practice.
Consider all as the Children of God
Chant the name of God. Let others also hear it and redeem their life. We
do Kirtan (devotional singing). What for do we do it? Is it to enjoy the
melody of Raga (musical mode)? No, no. We do it to get rid of our Roga
(disease). “Rama! Save me!” This can he recited like a poem. But it does
not give us as much happiness as it gives when we sing it in the form of a
song. If we chant the name of Rama wholeheartedly, it is enough. The name
Krishna is also very powerful and supreme. Many people describe and praise
Krishna in many ways. But what we are supposed to do now is not merely to
chant the name of Rama, Krishna or Sai, but to help anybody who is in
trouble, saying, “Oh dear one! What do you want? Are you hungry? Take this
food”. You should offer food and help to him to the extent possible. Many
small children roam about in streets when both their parents go to work.
They are exposed to many accidents and dangers. We should help such
children and protect them from dangers and mishaps. Some people get
injured in accidents; they should be taken to hospital and provided
treatment and other necessary help. Be courteous to the poor and help
them. Provide help and means of treatment to those who suffer from some
ailment. Extend a helping hand to those who are weak and unable to walk.
When we teach others the value of Seva (service) after putting it into
practice in our own life, it will create awareness in them. Then people
will think that these children are teaching us so many good things; so, we
should also extend help to them. We should talk to children nicely. When
we call them, we should do so lovingly, saying, “Dear child! Please come”.
We should avoid calling like, “Hey, come here” with anger. Talk lovingly
and sweetly without hurting them. Do not cast angry looks on them. We
should express our love towards them while talking to them. Love is a
supreme power. Therefore, call everybody with love, saying, “Come,
brother, come.” Ask him about his difficulties, “Do you have financial or
health problem?” After understanding his problems thoroughly, provide
necessary help to him. There are some who lead a lonely life as they are
without father, mother, relatives or friends. We should offer brotherly
affection to them. We should encourage them by saying, “I am like your
brother,” and talk to them lovingly, saying, “Oh dear one! You have no
elder or younger sister? I am your elder sister; I am your younger
sister.” Speaking to them in this intimate way, we should give them
courage and succour. You are all the children of one mother, verily. That
mother is God. Follow the maxim: Brotherhood of Man and Fatherhood of God.
Since all are the children of God, you should consider all your brothers
and sisters; you need not, however, share your property with them.
Whomsoever you come across, talk to him nicely and love him
God is the embodiment of love. He protects the entire mankind by His love.
If only there is love in us, it is enough. Then we will all become united.
We should not create distance between one another by our talk or conduct.
Draw everybody close to you with love. Then you will all attain the
proximity of God. When you look at others with love, God will also look at
you with love. In whatever situation you may be, you should never show
anger, jealousy, hypocrisy or pomp. Do not treat others with anger or
hatred. By experiencing your love, love in others will also increase. When
you treat others with love, they will also show love towards you. On the
other hand, if we show anger towards them, they will also behave angrily
with you. When any beggar stands in front of your house and begs for food,
saying: Bhavati, Bhiksham Dehi (Mother, please give me alms), you should
lovingly ask him to stay for a while, bring food from inside the house and
offer it to him, thereby making him happy.
During the war for the liberation of Rangoon, a mother and her son somehow
escaped from the area of war and managed to reach Kolkata. They had no
shelter or food. The mother would go begging for alms from house to house,
give most of it to her son and partake of whatever little was left. When
she did not get enough, she would give the entire quantity of food to her
son and would herself go without food. Consequently, she became weak day
by day. One day the son, unable to see her suffering, told her, “Mother,
from today, you take rest and I will fetch food for both of us.” From that
day, he would go begging from house to house, give most of it to his
mother and partake of whatever little was left. Sometimes, he would lie to
his mother that he had already taken his food. Consequently, he too became
very weak. The son had no strength to look after his mother nor did the
mother have any strength to protect her son.
One day, he stood in front of the house of an officer and begged for alms.
The officer was relaxing in an easy chair in the verandah, reading a
newspaper. He took pity on the boy, went inside and brought some food on a
plantain leaf. He told him to sit and eat it there itself. But the boy
said that he would take it home for his mother. The officer said, “You say
you are hungry, then why don’t you sit here and eat? You can take it for
your mother afterwards.” Then the boy replied, “Sir, all these days my
mother was bringing food for me taking great pains. Consequently, her
health deteriorated. Hence, I have to feed her first.” As he was uttering
these words, he felt giddy. He fell down and breathed his last with the
words, “first to my mother, first to my mother…” on his lips. The officer
felt very sad. He was astonished at the love the boy had for his mother.
He went in search of the mother and found her lying under a tree. He was
in a dilemma as to how to break the tragic news of her son’s demise. With
the help of a servant, he brought the dead body of her son and placed it
next to her. She got up at once and called, “My dear one! My dear one.”
But there was no response. Then the office said, “Oh mother! Your son
breathed his last while bringing food for you.” She was immersed in grief
and lamented, saying, “Alas! Where is the necessity for food when I have
lost my son?”
Worldly Relations bereft of Love are useless
So far as the mother has strength, she nourishes her children. The
children should also nourish their mother in the same way. God has given
us human birth to nourish and nurture each other. What for are the
relations like brothers and sisters? Not merely for the sake of division
of property and wealth. These relations are for developing love and
sharing it with each other. Real relations are those who share love with
each other. Worldly relations bereft of love are useless. Those who are
strong and powerful should protect the weak and helpless. When you see
someone in trouble, show kindness towards him and try to wipe his tears.
This is real compassion. This compassion is righteousness; it is love.
When we expand our love, we can give happiness to the whole world.
Therefore, develop love. If you come across a poor man, a sick person or
one who is in trouble, give them whatever help you can. When you extend
help to such people, God will shower His love on you. In every human
being, God is present in the form of love. We should not waste or misuse
this love. Today we express our love arbitrarily for anything and
everything. By loving undesirable things, we tread the wrong path and come
to a sorry state.
Some people show great love for outsiders, but do not show the same love
towards their mother and father in their house. First and foremost, we
should love our parents and then, other people. But we should not limit
our love to our friends and relatives alone; we should love all. Only then
will God shower His love on us. When we see somebody in trouble or an
injured person on the road, we should not show indifference towards them.
Howsoever urgent work we may be having, we should try to remove their
suffering. Then God will manifest before us and fill us with energy. There
is nobody in this world who can give us more love than God. We do Bhajans
and perform service activities only to attain the love of God. God’s love
fills us with great energy. It is God only who gives us this energy.
Therefore, love God, and love all people who are verily the children of
God. Some children become orphans. You should alleviate their suffering.
Then your birth as human being will become worthwhile. You see a person in
trouble and go away without showing any kindness to him. There is no sin
greater than this. The next day when you may be in trouble, then your
friends will also ignore and deride you. Therefore, you should love others
and receive their love. Charity and kindness are very important part of
There is no charity greater than feeding the hungry,
There are no greater gods than parents,
There is no greater Dharma than compassion,
There is no greater gain than the company of the good,
There is no enemy greater than anger.
In no condition should we allow anger to overpower us. We should obey our
parents. We should love even those who hate us. One should sacrifice even
one’s life for the sake of love. One’s life becomes worthwhile only when
one has love.
Develop Love and Experience Unity with God
Members of Seva Dal!
First and foremost, imbibe love in your heart. Whomsoever you come across,
you should talk to him with love. Draw all those who are in trouble close
to you. Then God will shower His love on you. How can you receive the love
of God if you do not love your fellowmen? If you want to become deserving
of God’s love, then first and foremost you should become deserving of the
love of your fellowmen. God will help you if you help others. Help Ever,
Hurt Never. Never put anyone to trouble. Love everyone. Lead your life
with goodness of heart. Your heart should melt with love and love should
flow in it.
Therefore, embodiments of love! You all embody love. Develop love in you
more and more. This is an aspect of Divinity. It is in reference to this
that Lord Krishna declares that all beings are only an aspect of His
Divinity. Dear ones! You are not different from Me; I am in you and you
are in Me. As I love you, you should also love one and all. Then your love
and My love will unite. If you add love to love, it will increase
immensely. You can achieve greatness only when you develop love in you.
This is the service you have to render. Only when you develop love will
you become deserving of God’s love and grace.
(The Divine Discourse came to an end with the Bhajan, “Prema Mudita Manasa
Kaho Rama Rama Ram …”)
- From Bhagawan’s Discourse at Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai on 27th January 2007
on the occasion of Ati Rudra Maha Yajna.