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Divine Discourse - on the occasion of World Youth Conference 2007
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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HAPPY AND PEACEFUL
The creation emerges from Truth and merges into Truth,
Is there a place in the cosmos where Truth does not exist?
Visualise this pure and unsullied truth.
Every living being in this world, right from an ant to an insect, bird,
beast, an animal has emerged from Truth only! Those who realise this truth
are real yogis. Devoid of Truth, nothing will move in this universe. And
that supreme Truth is embodied only in one person. He is Sathyam (Here
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba materialised a Lingam and showed it to all).
Who else can manifest such pure consciousness? Truth is omnipresent. When
you think of it and contemplate on it, it can manifest in you also. Hence,
you constantly contemplate on Truth. Why was this body named Sathya Sai?
Truth alone manifests from this Sai. Whoever contemplates on Truth,
Sathyam is present in the heart of that person. Hence, one should never
forget Truth. Dharma (righteousness) is the reaction, reflection and
resound of Sathyam (Truth). In fact, Sathyannasti paro Dharma (There is no
Dharma greater than adherence to truth). Today, we are teaching several
branches of knowledge in secular education. But, this is not true
education. True education relates to the Truth that emerges out of one’s
heart. It has no name and form. What could be the form of Truth? What is
the form of Dharma? What is the form of Santhi (peace)? Sathya, Dharma,
Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa (Truth, righteousness, peace, love and
non-violence) are all formless. One has to manifest these human values
from out of one’s heart. The kind of divine energy that is not present in
a human being is not to be found in any other living being either. Hence,
a human being is verily God. He is God in human form.
You all consider a human being as a mere human being. That is the reason
why you are committing so many mistakes. You are not merely a human being.
You are God, verily. You think that you are God and you will become God.
Yad bhavam tad bhavathi (as are the feelings, so is the result). When you
think of bad, you will get only bad thoughts. All people in this world
love someone or the other. However, there are differences in such love.
The students love their fellow students. The ladies love other ladies. God
is present in this lady as well as the other lady. Both are embodiments of
Divinity. The one God is present in all bodies. We must love every human
being. Love all Serve all,since God is present in all human beings. There
is no place in this universe where God is not present. God is present in
the sky, in the water, in the sound and in the light. Thus, everything in
this universe is the embodiment of Divinity.
We forsake such omnipresent Divinity and worship God in the form of some
idol in a temple. No doubt, you can worship those idols. Nothing wrong in
that. But, you must realise the truth that the same God in that idol is
present in every human being, nay, in every living being. I don’t say it
is wrong to worship those idols. But, you yourself are God. Consider
yourself as God first and then begin to see the same God in every living
being. Your body is a temple. There is divine energy in that temple.
However, a little discrimination is to be exercised in this context. You
have to enquire whether this energy is God. In fact, the body is also God.
God is immanent in every atom and every cell of the human body. There is
no place in this universe where God is not present. Hence, you do not
entertain any doubt about the existence of God. Do not forget God. In
fact, if you forget yourself, it amounts to forgetting God. Hence, do not
forget yourself. It is for this reason that one is advised, “Always be
careful.”You must constantly enquire into yourself, “Am I forgetting God?”
You must always be aware of your true nature and remind yourself, “I am
I.” If you are firmly established in that truth, there will be no scope at
all to entertain any evil thoughts about others. Not realising one’s own
true nature, fools and ignoramuses think otherwise. God is present in all
human beings. All the heads of all human beings in this world are God’s
own heads, verily. That is the reason why God is described as
Virataswarupa (embodiment of cosmic Divinity). His is the cosmic form.
Each one in that cosmic form is having a different form. However, God is
immanent in every form. Krishna declared in the Bhagavad Gita, Mamaivamsho
jivaloke jivabhuta sanathana (the eternal Atma in all beings is a part of
My Being). I alone am present in each one of you. You are not different
from Me. Do not entertain any doubts or differences of opinion in this
regard. Strengthen your love, that is the proper Sadhana. If only the
fruit of love in your heart is ripened, the juice of that fruit can be
shared with one and all. Hence, let that fruit of love ripen in your heart
first. If only you fill your heart with pure love, that love can be shared
with all. All people then will become embodiments of love. Then, there
will be no scope at all for hatred and violence in the world.
Today, wherever you see you will find hatred and differences of opinion
among people. In fact, they are not differences in the real sense. They
may appear to be differences in the secular life. But, all are one from
the spiritual angle. Strictly speaking, all are zeroes and only God is the
hero. He alone is one. All others are zeroes standing next to Him. That is
the reason why they acquire value. Remove that one, all will be reduced to
mere zeroes! Hence, God is the only important entity in our life.
The mind alone is responsible for all the sorrows and difficulties as well
as happiness of the human beings. Several people consider mind as very bad
and call it ‘monkey mind’. In My opinion, it is not monkey mind; it is
mankind. It is always kind. It is the mind that gives you joy and
happiness. It is again the mind that causes you worry and sorrow. If only
you can keep the mind in proper state, nothing can be bad. You consider
the mind also as divine. Then you will always be happy.
Nityanandam, Parama Sukhadam, KevalamJnanamurtim, Dwand-wateetam, Gagana
Sadrisham, Tattwamasyadi Lakshyam, Ekam, Nityam, Vimalam, Achalam,
Sarvadhee Sakshibhutam, Bhava-teetam, Trigunarahitam (The Atma is the
embodiment of eternal 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).
You call it Atma or mind or consciousness – all are one. We ascribe
different names to the same principle, according to our convenience and
reference. For example, this body has been given the name Sathya. This
name is given to the body and not to Me. I am not the body. I am not the
mind. I am not the intellect. I am not the Chittha. I am not imagination.
Bhagawan is Bhagawan. You must develop such firm faith. It is possible
that the minds of some people are susceptible to some disturbances due to
changes in food habits and recreation. It is also possible that they may
be influenced by some friends in this regard. Frequently, I will be
repeating the saying, “Tell me your company, I shall tell you what you
are.” Hence, I advise you to join the company of noble souls.
(Good company leads to detachment; detachment makes one free from
delusion; freedom from delusion leads to steadiness of mind; steadiness of
mind confers liberation.)
It is possible that everyone can attain Mukti (liberation). But, when? The
moment you establish yourself in the truth “I am Atma”, you will attain
liberation. Always think, “Swami is in me.” I am in Swami.” However, there
will be no use if you simply repeat, “I am Swami”, I am Swami”, with a
fickle mind. Develop firm faith, “I am Swami,”; I am God; I am God.” It is
only when you develop that firm conviction, you will attain Divinity which
is Nirgunam, Niranjanam, Sanathana Niketanam, Nitya, Shuddha, Buddha,
Mukta, Nirmala Swarupinam (God is attributeless, unsullied, final abode,
eternal, pure, enlightened, free and embodiment of sacredness). On the
other hand, if your mind is polluted with bad thoughts, everything will
turn out to be bad for you. Nowadays, even water is polluted. The human
body will be afflicted with several diseases on account of this water
pollution. It is therefore necessary that the physical body is also
protected to a certain extent. What do you think of the purpose for which
this body is gifted to you by God? It is only to make you realise your own
Self. But, you forget this purpose and concentrate your mind on the
physical body. After all, what is there in the physical body? The body is
like a water bubble. The mind is like a mad monkey. Don’t follow the body.
Don’t follow the mind. Follow the conscience. If only you learn this
simple principle, your life will be sanctified. You need not pay heed to
whatever people may say. Purity of consciousness is the fruition of
knowledge. It is only when your consciousness is pure that you will attain
wisdom. Purity of the mind is of utmost importance. Keep your mind pure,
free from all kinds of pollution. Whenever evil thoughts enter your mind,
remind yourself, “This is not good; this is not mine; not mine,” and drive
away those evil thoughts. Tell yourself, “These are all not my property;
my property is good thoughts and good ideas only.” Constantly remember the
truth that love is God. Live in love. If you can cultivate such positive
and noble thoughts, everything will turn out to be good for you. There are
several people here who are deluded by ephemeral things. No doubt, you are
pure at heart. You have only pure thoughts. But, certain amount of
pollution sets in now and then. You must ensure that it does not happen.
That is Sadhana for you. What is Sadhana? Is it sitting in meditation and
doing Japa (recitation of God’s name)? No. This is not Sadhana. What do
you think is the meaning of meditation? You think it is sitting in a
lonely place and contemplating on the Lord’s name. Not at all! Contemplate
upon the pure thoughts in your mind. Contemplate on the Truth in you. If
you really wish to know the secret of Sadhana, it can be explained through
very simple methods. For example, make your mind steady and still for as
short a period as eleven seconds. You can attain realisation even in such
a short period. Realisation cannot be achieved by becoming restless like a
clock. Just eleven seconds of stillness of mind would be enough. But you
don’t do even that. You can achieve a lot during this period. Hence, do
not trouble yourself unnecessarily. You are, at present, putting your body
to a lot of trouble. You are wasting a lot of money too. Time waste is
life waste.Money waste is an evil. Hence, do not waste money and time.
Time is God and God is time. Hence, whenever you find time, think of
Swami. I will certainly appear before you. Not only that, I will even talk
to you. I am receiving several letters saying that Swami has appeared
before them and talked to them. You can also do such Sadhana. Develop such
unflinching faith in Swami. You will surely succeed in your Sadhana.
Several people have come here as devotees. They have, no doubt, deep
devotion towards Swami. But, what is devotion? What is the hallmark of a
devotee? This has to be analysed first. First and foremost, you have to
Where there is faith, there is love;
Where there is love, there is truth;
Where there is truth; there God is.
Truth is God. You need not have to make any special efforts to know Truth.
In fact, eleven seconds are enough to realise truth. You just contemplate
in your mind for a period of eleven seconds on Truth and you will be able
to have God’s darshan. You are unnecessarily taxing your body by sitting
for hours together in meditation. At the end, you are suffering from pain
in legs and hands and back ache. Do not give scope for such painful
joints. You ultimately land in a doctor’s clinic who will diagnose your
trouble as rheumatic pains. They are not rheumatic pains at all. They are
the result of misguided Sadhana. Stick to the time schedule of eleven
seconds and you will have no pain. In addition, you also have timely food.
With regard to food, you have to know certain subtle things and observe
some restrictions. You should not consume non-vegetarian food like meat
and fish. In fact, foreigners are used to non-vegetarian food only. This
type of food causes diseases like cancer. Hence, give up such food,
totally. Not only that. They also like cheese very much. The more you
consume cheese, the weaker you become. You should not also take milk in
excess quantity. Too much milk is very bad. It should be in limit. The
milk should be diluted with water in equal proportion. Same is the case
with curd. It should not be thick. It should be semi-solid. Thus, you have
to control the food you eat daily. Proper food at proper time is very much
necessary for contemplating on God. If you thus take proper food and
observe discipline in your habits, you are sure to have God’s Darshan at
that very moment. You need not have to undertake rigorous Sadhana for
months and years. You can always be blissful. Bliss is the form of God.
You desire to have bliss. But, from where do you get bliss? From a shop in
the market? Or by having a sumptuous meal with a variety of dishes in a
hotel? No, not at all! Bliss has to come from within. You are, in fact,
the embodiment of bliss. You were blissful at the time of your birth. But,
once you started developing attachment with the world, you began crying.
Hence, you have to reduce your worldly attachments. You are at present
having a lot of attachment with the world. Thereby, you are weakening your
body. Ultimately you will end up in sorrow. Worry is a very bad quality.
Hurry, worry and curry – these three together make the heart very weak.
Hence, keep them at a distance. Whenever you are in difficulties, you just
assure yourself that these are passing clouds and will move away and
therefore you will not be worried. Whatever comes, has to go. They are
momentary. Same is the case with the human body. Hence, you have to give
importance to the body, only to the extent required. The body has to be
maintained within proper limits. Otherwise, it will decay. You have to be
very careful. Those who are engaged in Sadhana and wish to have the
Darshan, Sparshan and Sambhashan (vision, touch and conversation) with
God, must follow My advice in this regard. You are sure to have His
Darshan and can even talk to Him. Devotion is not merely performing
certain forms of worship or undertaking religious vows or doing Japa. Real
devotion presupposes unshakeable love towards God, devoid of delusion. You
have to cultivate such steadfast love towards God. Then you will certainly
attain Divinity. Since people are at present attached to the world,
demonic qualities are growing in them. Both Kama (desire) and Krodha
(anger) are the worst enemies of a human being. You must always be happy,
smiling and loving. When you are smiling, love will automatically develop
in you. There are, of course, some people who will put up a ‘castor oil’
face. You must always be smiling and cheerful. God is always blissful. He
does not at all worry for anything. Sorrow and worry are nowhere near God.
You observe Me. I am always cheerful and smiling. I have no pain or
suffering. I am revealing the truth. Sometime ago, I sustained an injury
to My leg due to a mistake committed by the students. My hip bone suffered
four cracks. The doctors examined Me and decided to put My leg in bandage.
I refused. I came to the balcony by walk and gave Darshan to the devotees.
Even now, one of My legs is shorter by two inches. Several doctors
including Dr. Pillay and his son from Singapore came and wanted to examine
Me. They are specialists in the branch of Orthopaedics. Also several
experts from America and other places came. They prayed, “Swami! Please
spare just five minutes to us to examine Your leg.” I told them, “I will
give you five hours for a spiritual purpose, if you wish. But, I don’t
give this body even for five minutes for a clinical examination.” Even
now, the students hold My body as I walk. I shout at them saying, “I will
not go, if you follow Me.” Thus, I give strict instructions to the
students accompanying Me. I am able to manage Myself. I have no pain or
suffering in the least. I can walk in the normal way. I do not fumble
while walking and can keep My normal pace. I am maintaining the same body
weight since many years. My body weight then was 110 pounds. There was
neither an increase nor a decrease in the body weight even to the extent
of half pound. I am always hale and healthy. No one need worry about My
health. I will always be happy. When you look at Swami from an external
angle, you will think that Swami is perhaps suffering from severe pain.
Not at all! I have no pain, whatsoever. Even if there is some pain, your
love for Swami will remove that pain. It is enough if I look at you; all
My pain is gone! I will be happy and cheerful. My pain, if at all there is
some, has to be removed by your love for Swami and not by the doctors.
What could be the reason for people in such large numbers gathering here
today? What does it connote? I am extremely happy that I am able to win
the love of so many people. You also be happy, wherever you are. I am
always happy. I am extremely happy to see you all here. This is your good
fortune. This time, the people have all come here with intense love and
devotion. That makes Me very happy and cheerful. I am very eager to come
to the Sai Kulwant Hall by walk from tomorrow to give you Darshan. There
is no medicine more efficacious than love. Your love is My medicine. That
is the most powerful medicine. Equally, My love is a powerful medicine to
all of you. Always be happy and peaceful. Live like members of the same
family with love and affection. Do not be weighed down by petty
difficulties and suffering. Do not give scope to any worry. Even if your
wife or children suffer from any disease, do not get perturbed. Go back to
your places with firm faith that everything will turn out to be good. Lead
a happy and peaceful life. (Swami, at this point of time showed the Linga
He had created earlier to the audience and enquired) Did you see this
Linga? It is heavy. A much bigger Linga will emerge from Swami’s mouth.
The Sivarathri festival is approaching.
– From Bhagawan’s valedictory Divine Discourse on the occasion of World
Youth Conference 2007, Prasanthi Nilayam on 28th July 2007