"This series of dialogues with Baba, published in the magazine originally in Telugu, unravels the mysteries of spiritual truth and lovingly removes the mist that hides the vision of aspirants. Perused with care and faith, these dialogues are bound to clarify, reinforce and convince. May the perusal lead you nearer and nearer the goal." N. Kasturi,
Bhaktha: Namaskaram, Swami.
Bhaktha: When there is no peace
of mind where can rest be got?
Bhaktha: Swami, just now my mind
is restless. I cannot decide upon anything. I do not know what the
reason is. What shall I do?
Bhaktha: You have told us that
in this world, each one has some dearly loved thing or other, and that
if any harm comes upon that thing, peace of mind cannot be had... How
then can I have peace of mind, when something happens like this...
another person either disrespecting my dearly loved thing, or finding
fault with it? What am I to do then?
Bhaktha: The world knows well
how You are vouchsafing courage and daring and guiding men to do good
spiritually, physically, and mentally; how You have rendered educational
and medical help. You have never done any harm; nor caused harm to any
one in any form... How to suppress the persons who invent and spread all
kinds of silly stories about such as You? Do they gain anything by this?
Bhaktha: Swami! What You said is
the truth. We can take it that ignorant persons, when they behave like
this, are of the brood of moths. But, when people who are well educated,
who are great, who know, when these are devoting themselves to spreading
such stories, how can it be endured?
Bhaktha: Many Asthikas in this
world are changing into Nasthikas on account of such people, isn't it,
Swami? Is there no weapon to put down these persons, who without any
regard for their own learning and without any effort to know the
reality, abuse the Mahapurushas?
Those who find fault with the Lord are of four types:
Only these four types of people clamour as you say; the others will not shout or jump about like puppets. Even if they do not have personal experience, when they hear such stories, they will just analyse them within themselves and arrive at conclusions, for their own satisfaction. They won't abuse others.
It is not the correct path - to disbelieve one's own mind and give room therein to another's words. Besides, there is no profit in discussing with those who do not know the reality. As a matter of fact, reality does not admit of any discussion at all. To argue with those who do not know either but who are in the intermediate stage is like seeing the trunk and believing it to be the entire body, as in the story of the blind men and the elephant.
Well. Note this! It is not good to spend time in this type of conversation. Abuse and faultfinding are natural and common. Knowing this, those who aspire to become true Bhakthas should search only for bases on which to build their Ananda. All the available time should be used for holy purposes, it should not be wasted. You have nothing to do with the good and the bad in others. Instead of wasting the time, it should be utilised to discard the bad and develop the good in you.
Ask me about some Sadhana or Sandesha which you need and seek something that is worthwhile. Hereafter do not bring near me such stories of faultfinding indulged in by others. You too should not take in such things.
Bhaktha: All this happened
because we too have the same human nature. But now I understand the
subject from your answers, courage and joy have entered into me, driving
away the doubt and sorrow I had. Through the talk of such men, even the
little faith, devotion and earnestness that men have, are being reduced.
That was the reason for my asking you these questions. Otherwise, I have
also nothing to do with such topics. Pardon me, hereafter I won't talk
on these lines to you.
You tell me that devotion and faith disappear because people listen to such accusers... but for how long? As soon as the truth is discovered, will they be trusted again? Will their words be valued again?
The talk of those faultfinders is as the sound of bronze. Cheap metals make more sound; gold which does not make sound is very valuable. True Bhakthas will be mute. They will follow the path of silence. Their tongues will be fully engaged in the repetition of the essential greatness of the Lord. It is best they have no respite for any other word. So, do not permit the words of the bronze voiced persons to enter your ears; but fill them with the name of the Lord, which is the Pranavanada itself.
Next month, if you get any problems regarding such useful topics as Sadhana or Anushtana, come here and have them solved. But do not bring with you bundles of such doubts!
Bhaktha: I am indeed blessed
this day. On account of them, You have vouchsafed to me the light of
wisdom. Seeing all this, I feel that the saying, All is for out good is
true. Henceforward, whatever any one may say, I will be patient and
won't take it in because All is for our good. Namaskaram. Allow me to
continued (SBOI - Group Post)