Thought for the Day - As written at Prasanthi Nilayam
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December 1, 2004
Love is the fruit of life. A fruit has three components: the skin, the
juicy kernel and the seed. To experience the sweetness of the fruit, we
have to first remove the skin. The skin represents egoism, the 'I' feeling
which excludes, limits and individualises. The seed represents
selfishness, the feeling of 'mine' which is possessive and greedy. This
too has to be discarded. What remains is the sweet juice, the rasa, which
the Upanishads describe as Divine, the Love Supreme.
December 2, 2004
From the moment of birth, suffering pursues man in one form or the other
throughout life. If in all these ordeals one has to maintain equanimity
and peace, one has to lead a righteous life with firm faith in God. There
is no need to give up one's duties. But, all acts should be performed as
an offering to God. Thereby, even ordinary acts become sanctified. Love of
God should express itself in the form of consecration of every action.
December 3, 2004
The Lord's grace is conferred on each devotee according to the level of
his spiritual consciousness. The ocean is vast and boundless. But, the
amount of water you can carry from it is determined by the size of the
vessel you carry to its shore. If the vessel is small, you cannot fill it
beyond its capacity. Likewise, if your heart is constricted, Divine grace
will be equally limited. Broaden your heart by getting rid of narrow
differences and thus recognise the truth that the Divine dwells in
December 4, 2004
Contemplate on God as Love. This is the easiest path to God. Some feel
despair that God's grace will be denied to them because they do not have
the resources to go on pilgrimage or do not have knowledge of scriptures.
This belief is incorrect, for God does not measure out Grace in proportion
to external achievements. He is not moved by quantity. To appease hunger,
one does not need the grain in all the granaries in the world; a handful
is enough. Similarly, one little act of surrender is enough to win His
December 5, 2004
All troubles arise because man is obsessed with the mind and forgets the
Atma (Inner Self). When your life is illumined by the effulgence of the
Atma, the mind will be put in shade. When you transcend the body and the
mind, you will understand your true nature as being the Atmic principle
itself. People do not realise that the phenomenal world is a manifestation
of the divine and that the perceiver of this world is also divine. When
this spiritual oneness is realised, the apparent division between man and
the universe around him disappears.
December 6, 2004
Desire breeds wishes. Wishes cause birth and also death. When man gets rid
of desires, he need not go through the cycle of birth and death.
Successive births are caused by unfulfilled desires and are determined by
them. But, the desire to know God, to love God and to be loved by God is
not a desire that binds. When the awareness of God dawns in all its
splendour, every worldly desire is reduced to ashes by the burning flames
of that awareness. The individual self then merges in the Universal Self
and delights in supreme peace.
December 7, 2004
The Guru (preceptor) warns and awakens. He reveals the truth and
encourages you to progress towards it. But it is your yearning that is
most essential. The Guru is like a gardener who tends the plant; but the
sapling must sprout before he can take charge. He does not add anything
new to the plant; he only helps it grow according to its own destiny,
quicker and more fully perhaps, but never against its inner nature.
December 8, 2004
A car is not meant to be stowed away in a garage. It is meant for the
roads, for taking you speedily and safely to your destination. So too,
your body must serve its purpose of carrying you on your journey. Journey
to where? Not, as has been happening, to the cemetery. You have nobler
things to do than to merely die! You must know your own Reality before you
die, and merge in that Supreme Bliss. Use the body to discover your own
Divinity. Sanctify every moment of your sojourn on earth through pious
deeds and sacred thoughts.
December 9, 2004
Be active, welcome activity - that is the message that God gives man at
his birth. The process of breathing teaches you to chant 'Soham' all the
time, 'so' when you inhale and 'ham' when you exhale. Thus, activity is
the very essence of life. Select that activity which is conducive to your
spiritual progress, judging the stage in which you are at present. There
is no high or low task. The eyes must see, the ears must hear and the
hands must hold. That is their dharma (code of duty). Each man must
perform his own dharma.
December 10, 2004
What a joy it is to discover the ocean of bliss within, to dive deep into
the depths of truth and become who you really are, the Infinite. What
problems can ever shake you, who are immortal? Problems and difficulties
are stepping stones and not stopping stones. Once you realize that you are
one with the all-loving God, then how can worry ever assail you again. To
worry is not your true nature. Your true nature is bliss and pure,
December 11, 2004
The eye which is scarce two inches long can see millions of miles into
space but is incapable of seeing itself. The condition of man too is
similar. He can analyse others' motives, enumerate others' faults, map out
others' skills and capabilities, but he is powerless to analyse himself,
his feelings and emotions; he is unwilling to discover his own faults; he
is unable to assess his innate skill and realise his inner reality. This
power can be acquired only through the beneficial company of sadhakas
December 12, 2004
A man must possess only as much wealth as is essential. It is like the
size of one's shoes. If the shoes are too loose, one cannot walk
comfortably. If they are too tight, one cannot wear them. So, it is
desirable to have only that amount of wealth as is adequate for one's
basic needs. God will grant you what you need and deserve. Hence, be ever
content and grateful.
December 13, 2004
Man is born with a great thirst and deep hunger for bliss. He has faint
memories of his being heir to the Kingdom of Bliss. But, he does not know
how to establish his claim on this heritage. Something in him revolts when
he is condemned to die, to suffer and to hate. His inner voice whispers to
him that he is the child of Immortality, of Bliss and of Love. But, man
ignores these promptings and like one who exchanges diamonds for trash,
runs in search of mean pleasures and sordid comforts.
December 14, 2004
You are the embodiment of Purity, Love and Bliss. The miserable, limited
individuality that you take yourself to be has to be denied. You are free,
yet you feel you are bound and mope around in the prison you imagine has
trapped you. Perceive the Truth; that will set you free. You are not the
body, the mind, the intellect, the brain, the heart or the diminutive ego.
You are the Infinite Universal Absolute.
December 15, 2004
Once man is free from undue attachment to the body, he is liberated also
from the dualities of joy and grief, good and bad, pleasure and pain etc.
He is firmly established in equanimity, fortitude and undisturbed peace.
There, man discovers that the world is one in God; that all is joy, love
and bliss. He realises that he himself is all this apparent world, that
all the multifarious manifestations are the projections of the Divine
will, which is his own Reality. This expansion of one's individuality is
the highest goal of man. It gives supreme Ananda (bliss), an experience
for which sages and saints spend years in prayer and penance.
December 16, 2004
March on with your eyes fixed on the goal. Do not worry about past
mistakes and failures. Do not follow the whims and fancies of the mind any
longer. They will only drag you away from the spiritual path. Hearken to
the call of the Divine that arises in the heart of every living being.
Serve others with a worshipful attitude without expecting anything in
return. Do not accept even gratitude, having dedicated all your acts to
the indwelling God.
December 17, 2004
The Divine Principle is beyond expression and explanation. It has to be
experienced. The richness, the fullness and the depth of that experience
can never be communicated to another. One must feel that it is his highest
destiny to have that experience. Man is not a lowly creature, born in
slime or sin, destined to eke out a drab existence and then be
extinguished forever. He is immortal. He is eternal.
December 18, 2004
When you pronounce another person as bad or impure, you are making a
pronouncement on your own weaknesses. Your own defects are projected as
the shortcomings of others. No one must judge another, for in doing so one
condemns oneself. An individual's words may be harsh, the actions
reprehensible and behaviour revolting, but he is Divine nevertheless. Look
upon everyone not as bodies with names and forms, but as the Universal
Self. Cultivate this attitude of seeing the Divine in everyone. In this
way, you can rid your mind of its prejudices.
December 19, 2004
Whatever talents a person may possess, they must be dedicated to the
service of humanity, indeed of all living beings. Therein lies life's
fulfillment. All men are kin, moulded out of the same five elements, with
the same divine essence residing in everyone. Service to your fellowmen
will help your divinity to blossom, for service to man is service to God.
God resides in the heart of every man and every living being, in every
stone and stump. Let every act be a flower to be offered at the feet of
God, free from the creeping worms of envy and egoism and full of the
fragrance of love and sacrifice.
December 20, 2004
Man is carried away by identification with the body and therefore he
perceives diversity in creation. In fact, unity is what underlies the
apparent diversity. Whatever differences you see are only creations of
your mind. The mind of man alone is responsible for both his bondage and
liberation. Recognise the truth that the same divine essence is present in
all and you will be free from all differences and conflicts.
December 21, 2004
Man's conduct is based on his thoughts. Thoughts are based on desires.
Desires depend on the company that one keeps. The company of noble people
gives rise to noble thoughts. The mind by nature is pure, but it gets
polluted by association with evil qualities. Purification of the mind is
therefore the main spiritual practice that one has to undertake. Repent
wholeheartedly for the mistakes that have been committed. This penance
will purify your mind and make it sacred.
December 22, 2004
From the narrow vision of 'individual need', man must voyage out into the
broad vision of the 'universal'. When a drop of water falls into the
ocean, it loses its narrow individuality and assumes the nature of the
ocean itself. Instead, if it seeks to live separately as a drop, it will
soon evaporate and be reduced to non-existence. We must become aware that
we are part of the one Truth that encompasses everything in the universe.
December 23, 2004
You must realise by constant contemplation that the world is the body of
God and you are a cell in that body. The welfare of the world is your
welfare too. Be convinced of this and act in that spirit. This is true
spirituality. The sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) cannot cut himself off from
the world and escape into solitude, for, the world will follow him even
into the deepest cave or the darkest forest. The sadhaka can claim
progress only when he has established in himself, firm faith in the
oneness of humanity.
December 24, 2004
Man has the unique capacity to realise and appreciate the beauty of
creation and express feelings of love, compassion and sympathy towards his
fellow-beings. He can delve not only into the secrets of nature, but also
into his own mystery, and discover the divinity within himself. However,
engrossed in the material world, he has lost all sense of spirituality and
sublimity. Truth has become just a word in the dictionary; virtues like
humility, patience and reverence too seem to have lost their relevance.
The only thing that man can hold on to in this dreary darkness is the name
of God. That is the raft which will take him across the stormy sea of the
December 25, 2004
Jesus was a Master born with a Mission: to restore love, charity and
compassion in the heart of man. He had no selfishness, nor did he pay heed
to the joys and sorrows of life. He had a heart that responded to the call
of anguish. Christ taught people to love all beings and serve all with
compassion. It is only by practising these ideals that one can truly
celebrate His birthday. Worship means loving others with your whole heart.
You must live in love and lead a life of selfless service based on love.
This is the right way of celebrating the birth of Christ.
December 26, 2004
Man sees nature as cruel because his own mind is cruel. Clear the eye,
purify the mind and you will see nature as a divine, loving entity. Love
is the basic feeling that sustains man and strengthens his resolve to
march ahead. Without love man is blind and the world will appear as a dark
and fearsome jungle. Love is bound with life. In fact, love is life. The
person with no love to share is as good as dead. Hence, love must expand
in ever-widening circles. One who has no love of God can easily commit
sins and lose all moral values. Love of God promotes fear of sin and makes
one lead a moral life.
December 27, 2004
Life is a mosaic of pleasure and pain - grief is an interval between two
moments of joy. There is no rose without a thorn; the diligent picker will
avoid the pricks and gather the flower. There is no bee without a sting;
skill lies in gathering the honey nevertheless. Troubles and travails may
assail you, but you must not allow them to deflect you from the path of
duty and dedication.
December 28, 2004
The human body is a gift of God. It has to be used as a raft to cross this
agitated ocean of samsara (the world) that lies between bondage and
liberation. Awaken to this duty while your physical and mental faculties
are still keen and the power of discrimination is yet sharp. Do not
postpone the launching of the raft, for it may become unserviceable soon.
It may be burdened with illness and all your attention will then have to
be spent on its upkeep. Pursue nobler ends, have grander ideals. Think of
the incomparable joy that will surge within you, when you approach the
shore of liberation!
December 29, 2004
The experience of this one life must be enough to show you that there is
no joy unmixed with grief, that both grief and joy are short lived and
they both depend on the mind and its control. This world is keeping you in
bondage; it is a prison from which you must get released; you should plan
never to return to it again. The means to this permanent release are
sadhana (spiritual effort), sathkarma (good deeds), bhakthi (devotion) and
upasana (worship). These practices help you by reducing your wants,
curtailing your desires and teaching you detachment from sensory
pleasures. These are the shackles which bind you to the body and the
senses, to the limiting emotions of greed and hate, to the blinding
passions of anger and lust. Escape from them and you will enjoy lasting
December 30, 2004
The best way to get rid of delusion is to strike at its very roots - the
mistake that you are the body, with a name and form, attached to the
senses, the intelligence and the mind. Don't you say, my nose my mind, my
hand, my reason, just as you say, my book, my umbrella? Who is this 'I'
that calls all these 'mine'? That is the real 'you'. It was there when you
were born, and exists even when you sleep forgetful of all else including
the body. That 'I' cannot be harmed; it does not change, it knows no death
or birth. Learn the discipline that makes you aware of this Truth and you
will be ever free and without fear.
December 31, 2004
Life is a pilgrimage over the rough and weary road of the world. But, with
the Name of God on his lips, the pilgrim will suffer no thirst; with the
Form of God in his heart, he will feel no exhaustion. Remember that with
every step, you are nearing God. It is one continuous journey, through day
and night; through valley and desert; through tears and smiles and through
birth and death. When the road ends, and the Goal is gained, the pilgrim
finds that he has travelled only from himself to himself. He realises that
the God he sought was all the while in him, around him, and beside him!
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