Thought for the Day - As written at Prasanthi Nilayam
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April 1, 2005
The feelings of 'mine' and 'thine' are but temporary. "All is His"- that
is the eternal truth. It is like the headmaster of a school being in
temporary charge of the furniture of the school. He has to hand over the
items when he is transferred or retired. Treat all things you are endowed
with in the same manner as the headmaster treats the furniture. Be always
aware that the final tallying up is imminent. Wait for that moment with
joy. Have your accounts up to date and balanced, ready to be handed over.
Treat all things entrusted to you with care and diligence.
April 2, 2005
A bar of iron sinks in water; but beat it into a hollow vessel and it will
easily float and even carry some weight. So too with manís mind; by nature
it sinks easily in the sea of life. But beat it hollow, hammering it with
the Name of the Lord, and it floats, unaffected by worry and sorrow; it
can even help some others to see Light!
April 3, 2005
All that you see is the reflection of what is inside you. If you call a
person bad, it is the bad in you being reflected in him. It has got
nothing to do with him. Good and bad are but reflections of your inner
being. Never consider them as separate from you. Good thoughts are the
source of good vibrations. If your inner being is full of love, the same
principle of love will find manifestation in your speech and actions. When
you have sacred thoughts, you will become a divine person.
April 4, 2005
Man should be the master of his behaviour; he should not be led away by
the impulse of the moment; he must always be conscious of what is good for
him. He should carry on his daily tasks such that he does not make others
suffer or suffer himself. Be calm, unruffled and collected. The more you
develop charity for all beings, contrition at your own faults, fear of sin
and love of God, the more firmly established you will be in Shanti
April 5, 2005
The human body has been given to you for a grand purpose - that of
realizing the Lord within. If you have a fully equipped car in good
running condition would you stow it away in the garage? The car is
primarily for going on a journey. Only then is it worthwhile to own it. So
too with the body. Proceed, march on towards the goal. Learn how to use
the faculties of the body, the senses, the intellect and the mind, for
achieving that goal.
April 6, 2005
For the bird in mid-ocean, flying over the deep, blue waters, the only
resting place is the mast of a ship sailing in those waters. In the same
way, the Lord is the only refuge for the man who is tossed about in the
stormy seas of this world. However far the bird may fly, it knows where it
can find rest; that knowledge gives it confidence. The Name of the Lord is
like that mast; remember it always, associate it with the Form and have
that Form fixed in the mind's eye. It is a lamp shedding light in the
recesses of your heart. Have the Name on the tongue and it will drive away
the inner darkness as well as the outer.
April 7, 2005
Grief is the feet and joy the head; both are part of the same entity. You
cannot welcome joy and reject grief at the same time. You cannot have the
obverse without the reverse. The diamond is at first just a dull piece of
stone, a hard pebble. Only when it is cut by a skilled artisan does it
shine brilliantly like a flame. Allow yourselves to be treated by the
Master so that all your dullness will disappear and you will emerge
effulgent as a resplendent diamond.
April 8, 2005
If only men knew the path to permanent joy and peace, they would not
wander distracted among the bye-lanes of sensual pleasure. Just as the joy
felt in dreams disappears when you wake, the joy felt in the waking stages
too disappears when you wake into the higher awareness. Make best use of
the present moment to become aware of the Divinity latent in all. When you
die, you must not die like an animal or a worm, but as a Manava (Man) who
has realised that he is Madhava (God). That is the consummation of all the
years you spend in the human frame.
April 9, 2005 - Ugadi
The New Year Day is celebrated not merely to partake of delicious dishes.
You have to imbibe sacred feelings and resolve to lead a fruitful life.
The good and bad of the world depends on your conduct, which in turn
depends on your thoughts. So, develop good thoughts; only then will you be
able to lead a noble life. Set an ideal to your fellowmen. Give them
happiness. Show compassion towards them. Talk to them lovingly. All this
is possible only when you acquire Divine love. So, strive to become
recipients of Divine love.
April 10, 2005
Love for the Divine is devotion. It is an inner experience which springs
from the heart. As you think, so you become. Hence, the heart must be
filled with good feelings. The senses must be engaged in good actions.
When the eyes are turned towards God, all creation appears Divine. When
you wear the right kind of spectacles, you see everything clearly.
Otherwise, you get a distorted picture and your eyes are harmed. Likewise,
if your heart is filled with love of God, all your feelings are sanctified
by that love and undesirable thoughts drop away.
April 11, 2005
Man suffers from two kinds of ills, physical and mental. One peculiar fact
about these two types of illnesses is that cultivation of virtue cures
both. An attitude of generosity, of fortitude in the presence of sorrow
and loss, a spirit of enthusiasm to do good and to be of service to the
best of one's capacity, these build up the mind as well as the body. The
joy derived from service reacts on the body and makes you free from
disease. Thus, the body and the mind are closely interrelated.
April 12, 2005
This temporary, perishable body should be regarded only as a means for
realizing the eternal Reality. The body should be considered as an iron
safe, in which the precious jewels of good qualities and good actions are
kept. It is these qualities that should be cherished. If today the state
of the world appears deplorable, it is because man's actions and conduct
are not pure. Man should return to the ways of righteousness and lead a
good and godly life.
April 13, 2005
As long as you worship the form of the Lord, you offer certain flowers
such as rose, marigold and jasmine, although the body that performs the
worship and the flowers which you use are all impermanent. But, if you
want to worship the formless God in your heart, then the flowers you use
are different; they are the flowers of non-violence, of love and
compassion, of charity and sacrifice. To elevate yourself to the formless
principle, you will have to cultivate these flowers of the heart and use
them in your worship. Then you will experience the ineffable and permanent
joy of the spirit.
April 14, 2005 - Tamil New Year Day
It is the sense of dualism, the feeling of 'mine' and 'thine', which
accounts for all the joys and sorrows, likes and dislikes experienced by
man. This dualism is rooted in selfishness, which makes one think that as
long as one is happy it does not matter what happens to the world. Such a
self-centered person, who regards his body, his wealth and his family as
all that matter to him, looks upon Reality as false and takes this false
world to be real. To get rid of this deep-seated malaise, one has to
engage in acts of service and thus realize that the body has been given
not to serve one's own interests but to serve others.
April 15, 2005
Man is consciousness incarnate. Man is the highest object in creation.
Hence, he should not become a creature of instinct like animals. Man
should progress from the human to the Divine. It is not the world that
binds man. It has neither eyes to see nor hands to grasp. Man is a
prisoner of his own thoughts and desires. In his attachment to the
ephemeral and the perishable, man forgets his inherent Divinity and does
not realize that everything in the universe has come from the Divine and
cannot exist without the power of the Divine.
April 16, 2005
Attachment causes pain, and detachment results in joy. But, you cannot
easily detach yourself from activity; the mind clings to something or the
other. Make it cling to God, let it perform all actions for God and leave
the success or failure, the loss and the profit, the elation or the
dejection, to God. This is the secret of Shanti (Peace) and contentment.
April 17, 2005
The mind flits rapidly from one idea to another; it plays with one object
for a moment and forsakes it the next. You may manage to keep silent, but
it is next to impossible to keep the mind quiet. The mind is woven out of
the yarn of desire. Its characteristic is to flutter and flit, hither and
thither, through the outlets of the senses into the external world of
colour, sound, taste, smell and touch. But it can be tamed and put to good
use by man. If we keep it engaged in good pursuits and good actions,
particularly in the contemplation of the Absolute, it will not go astray
and land man in ruin; for God is the source of lasting peace and wisdom.
April 18, 2005 - Sri Rama Navami
The entire world is one family. All are our brothers and sisters. This was
the truth preached to the world by Lord Rama. He taught the world to
diligently attend to the duties of everyday life, the social duties and
family obligations. This triple stream of duties is the message of the
Ramayana. Whoever bathes in the confluence of these three streams is
absolved of his sins and is redeemed. Such a great work as the Ramayana
has to read, reread and lived up to by everyone.
April 19, 2005
Birds, beasts and other creatures concern themselves with the enjoyment of
external objects. Man alone is gifted with the capacity to discriminate
between the transient and the permanent, and seek what is everlasting. It
is the consciousness in the physical body that enables man to enjoy the
pleasures experienced through the senses. Once this truth is realised, the
divine nature of consciousness will become clear. Then, every action can
be regarded as an offering to the Divine. Work will then be transformed
April 20, 2005
Man is in truth the Atma, which is beyond the bounds of his mind. The Atma
has neither beginning nor end. The mind, the senses, and the body undergo
decline or growth every moment and finally disintegrate and die. Man
places faith in the instruments of exploration and experience, his senses,
that are superficial and thus deprives himself of the supreme Ananda
(bliss) inherent in the Atma. Like the sun hidden by clouds, embers
covered by ash, the sheet of water veiled by moss, the consciousness of
man is coated thick with likes and dislikes preventing the splendour of
Atma from shining through.
April 21, 2005
A tree has a trunk covered with bark and myriad roots to feed it and hold
it firm. It has branches spreading in all directions, tapering into twigs.
It has millions of leaves which breathe and borrow energy from the Sun. It
fulfills itself by attracting bees to fertilise its flowers into seeds.
All this variety of colour, fragrance, taste, smell and softness, of
strength, toughness and tenderness has emanated from one single seed. All
creation has emanated similarly from God. This is the Reality inherent in
all. That Thou Art. Be firm in that faith.
April 22, 2005
The sense of duality arises when the Aham ('I') assumes a specific form
and name. Ahamkara (the ego-sense) is the result of this change in form.
It is only when one dissociates himself from name and form that one can
discover one's true divine self. To forget one's essential divinity and
identify oneself with a changing and impermanent form is the cause of
bondage and sorrow. It is the mind that is the cause of this wrongful
identification, because of its involvement with the external world and the
impressions received through the senses. When the workings of the mind are
understood, the reality of the Atma, which is beyond the mind, will be
experienced as the one omnipresent, immutable principle.
April 23, 2005
Both inner and outer purity are essential for man's physical and mental
health. Most people are concerned about external physical cleanliness.
People tend to ignore inner cleanliness in the belief that the heart and
mind are not visible to others. But they should realise that the physical
body is made up of the five elements and will return to dust sometime or
the other. It is the state of the Spirit that is important. The body
should be regarded as the abode of the Spirit and cared for as such.
April 24, 2005
The best Sadhana (spiritual practice) is to behave as you do when you get
a parcel of books by post. To get at the books you unwrap the parcel and
throw off the packing material. Now, take the prayer that is the deepest
and the most significant - 'I want Peace'. Unwrap it of the 'I' (the ego)
and of the 'want' (desire) and get hold of Shanti (Peace). When you are
burdened with egoism and desire, how can you attain Shanti? So, throw away
the outer covering and hold on to the precious essence that remains.
April 25, 2005
When you know that you are but a spark of the Divine and that everything
around you too is a spark of the same Divine principle, you look upon all
with reverence and true Love; your heart is filled with supreme joy and
the assertions of the ego are rendered ineffective. Man seeks joy in far
off places and peace in quiet spots; but, the spring of joy is in his
heart, the heaven of peace is within him. Even when he walks on the moon
man has to take with him his fears, his anxieties, his prejudices and his
aversions. Have faith in God and in the correctness of moral living. Then,
you can have peace and joy, whatever may be the fare fortune offers you.
April 26, 2005
Believe that God resides in all beings; speak such words as would spread
goodness, truth and beauty; perform such acts as would promote the
happiness and prosperity of all; pray that the entire world enjoys peace.
Expand yourselves; do not contract into your own tiny individuality.
Expand into universal love, unshaken equanimity, and ever active virtue.
That is the path which will bring out the Divinity in you to the fullest.
April 27, 2005
This world is the jungle in which you roam; fear is the lion which drives
you up the tree of samsara (worldly activities). Anxiety is the bear that
terrifies you and dogs your every step in this world, so you slide down
into attachments and binding deeds through the twin roots of hope and
despair. Day and night are the rats which nibble away at the span of life.
Meanwhile, you try to snatch a little joy from the sweet drops of egoism
and the 'I' feeling. Finding at last that the drops do not give true
fulfillment, you shout in the agony of renunciation, calling on the Guru;
the Guru appears from within or without, and saves you from fear and
April 28, 2005
The real meaning of the word 'culture' lies in giving up bad thoughts and
bad actions, and cultivating sacred thoughts and noble deeds. Culture
expresses itself as discipline; it must be evident in every aspect of
life. One must live a purposeful life. By doing so, one can attain
Divinity. Otherwise, life is rendered wild and wasteful. The senses and
the mind have to be controlled and regulated so that one can win the
battle of life. Self control is sense control and mind control.
April 29, 2005
What is valuable in this world is not our position, education or learning,
but our conduct and behaviour based on spiritual values. Conduct and
behaviour determine the result that we get for our efforts. Our conduct
has to be patterned on noble and lofty ideals. We should give up all that
is narrow and petty-minded and broaden our outlook. True education is love
and nothing but love. Without love, life is not worth living.
April 30, 2005
Man can realise his mission on earth only when he reveres all others as
Divine. Man has to worship God in the form of his fellowbeings. God
appears before him as a blind beggar, an idiot, a leper, a child, a
decrepit old man, a criminal or a mad man. You must see even behind those
veils the Divine Embodiment of Love, Power and Wisdom - the Sai, and
worship Him through Seva.
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