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The highlights of Swami's Divine Discourse
The highlights of Swami's Divine Discourse
You all are essentially Divine. Since ancient times, Rama's
story is being composed and shared by all. The story actually took place
1000s of years ago. But yet, His story is heard by one and all even today.
Right from a beggar to a millionaire, they repeat Ramas name. There is no
Bharatiya who does not repeat Lord Rama's name. You all are embodiments of
My own Divinity, said Lord Rama.
Truth is the foundation of Dharma. Satyam Naasti Paro
Dharmaha. Therefore, the first lesson is to always speak the Truth. Act as
per the word given. One should speak only after ensuring the feasibility
of the word to be translated into action. Dharma is not merely an act of
charity. It must come from the
heart and must be translated into action. Manas Ekam, Vachas Ekam,
Karmanyekam Mahaatmanam. Lord Rama is an example of this. On the contrary,
Manas Anyat, Vachas Anyat, Karman Anyat Duraatmanam. Ravana is an example
of the latter. Rama stands for Satya and Ravana for Asatya.
Today, man is
faced with a number of problems because of speaking untruth. Once, we
speak untruth, we lose the quality of life. Truth is ever lasting. It is
changeless. Students, you all must observe Truth from this age onwards so
that you will become ideal citizens tomorrow. Offer all your actions to
God and it will get transformed into Truth.
All innermost feelings are reflections of Truth. However,
when they manifest through the tongue and other senses they become false.
Therefore, senses are responsible for merit and demerit. Truth shows the
direction, Dharma follows it and Prema experiences and tastes it. Once you
taste this Love, you will never be able to cause Himsa (violence) to
anybody. Himsa is not just hurting others. Not following one�s given word
is also violence Himsa.
Mind is clouded by desires, just as the moon is covered
with dark clouds. But do not feel sad. The moment the dark clouds clear
away, the moon is seen. We must do Naamasmarana to blow away the clouds of
desires covering our minds.
At this point, Swami narrated the story of how Lakshmana
too once gets very evil thoughts. But then Lord Rama explains to him that
it was because they were present in the forest where Shurpanaka had lived.
It was those vibrations that were responsible for Lakshmana's bad
Tell me your company and I shall tell you what you are.
Never be in bad company. Always be in good company.
Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati. Many of us
question as to why God cannot transform us. God never does anything. Your
thought and action itself does everything and gives you feedback. If you
eat a mango fruit you will invariably get only the belch of a mango fruit.
You cannot get the belch of a neem fruit, having eaten a mango fruit.
One who thinks constantly can never be happy. We must
transcend our thoughts. Bookish knowledge leads to allergy and all our
energy is lost. At a higher level, one need not think, � Is it good or
bad. Everything is good only. Whatever happens is for our good only. Live
with this conviction.
Love all, never hate anybody. Some doubt God also. That is
the greatest sin. When such bad thoughts come, consider them as enemies
and brush them aside. Love will protect and nourish you. Live in love. You
all are Embodiments of Love.
Pain and pleasure come in succession. We must learn to
possess equanimity. This was the lesson that queen Sumitra taught queen
Kausalya when Rama was to leave for the forest. Later, Lord Rama dissuades
Sita from coming with Him to the forest saying that there would be many
animals over there and Sita would not be able to face the challenges of a
forest life. To this Mother Sita replies that the Lord Rama who holds the
entire world in His Hands, can He not take care of me and protect me. Then
why should I have any fear?
When Sita is abducted to Lanka, Lakshmana gets very furious
and prays to his brother Rama to permit him to burn all those responsible
for the abduction of Sita, to ashes. To this Lord Rama replies, �You and I
need do nothing. Their own bad actions will burn them on their own“.
Do not have the feeling of mine and thine. All belongs to
God. What is yours? The body, the mind, the intellect? Nothing is yours.
You may lose your body any moment. You are not able to control your own
monkey mind. Therefore, say and feel I am I. That is the right approach to
life. This is the key teaching of Lord Rama.
How can anyone dislike Lord Rama? He hated none, hurted
none. It is impossible to have bad consequences for good actions. Once we
control our senses, everything will be rectified.
Ramayana is not just a story. It happens in each one of our
lives. It is a thought process in our mind. The one who always smiles can
never be put to hurt by anybody. Never put up a castor oil face saying
that exams have come. It is better if examinations of life are advanced.
This will enable us to write and pass soon and move to higher levels.
At 6:15 PM, Swami sat down on the sofa and sang the song
Rama Naamamu Mithai Idigo Randi Bhaktulaara. As the students too did not
know this song, Swami sang line by line and made us repeat every line,
literally teaching us the song like a music teacher. He then continued the
Discourse sitting on the sofa.
Normally sweets are very tasty, but they are poisonous to
the stomach. But Rama Naama is a sweet which will never spoil the
Rama�s name is eternal. It has no age bar. It is
transcendental. Never give up this nectarine name. Modern students do not
pay heed to this name of Lord Rama. It is their bad luck. Even Meera sang
I have got this precious pearl. Can I ever drop it and lose it?
What we need today is not expansion of the physical heart,
but transformation of the spiritual heart. Be in search of the path that
can accommodate as many people as possible.
Tomorrow all of you will be leaving for your hometowns.
Keep all that you have learnt here in your mind. Never make your parents
feel sorry. Make them happy. If you are happy they too will be happy. This
is your duty. Khana, Pina, Sona and Marna will automatically happen. The
main purpose of our being born is to make our parents happy. Be good
ideals. Then alone will you gain the fulfillment of being students of the
Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions.
It was 6:25 PM and Swami concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, Rama Rama Rama Sita
darshan news- Swami also
7th April 2006, Friday - Happy Ramanavami
It was 6:25 PM and Swami concluded His
Discourse with the Bhajan, Rama Rama Rama Sita..