Thought for the Day - As written at Prasanthi Nilayam
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February 1, 2004
Inner purity is more important than outer purity. By practicing patience
and forbearance we will be able to acquire all other important qualities
such as mind control, faith, renunciation, endurance and concentration.
This will bring about a state of inner purity. God is ever present both
inside and out. Therefore, both the inner and the outer, where the Lord is
to be found, must be purified and sanctified. Then the indwelling God will
protect you wherever you go.
February 2, 2004
On the royal road to spiritual realisation, there are three stages as
mentioned in the scriptures: Karmajigyasa, Dharmajigyasa and Brahmajigyasa.
'Jigyasa' means inquiry. A person becomes fit to inquire in to Brahman
(God) and succeed in that inquiry only when his consciousness has been
trained, shaped and purified by inquiry in to the modes of Karma
(activity) and Dharma (conduct). He who discriminates well before engaging
in any activity will be naturally righteous in conduct and behaviour.
February 3, 2004
Time passes by fast like a stormy gale and man's life is melting away
quickly like a block of ice. Everything around is undergoing change, but
man's intellect and mind remain unchanged. Obsessed with the external
world, preoccupied with the acquisition of external objects, man's life is
becoming more and more burdensome everyday and man is losing his peace of
mind. Anxiety, fear, suspicion are dominating him. Only by getting rid of
these burdens can man hope to ascend spiritual heights.
February 4, 2004
Men are wasting their precious lives in the pursuit of fleeting and petty
pleasures. Make the best use of the opportunity you have now got. That is
true devotion. You alone are responsible for your condition because of the
way your mind works. Do your duty, recognise the truth of your being and
you will be able to experience your Divinity. There is nothing equal to
the bliss of experiencing the Divine. You have to purify your heart of all
the other desires, aspirations and yearning for other means of happiness
in order to experience the Divine.
February 5, 2004
The ills of humanity are due to the undernourishment, not so much of the
body, but of the spirit caused by want of spiritual exercise and neglect
of spiritual regimen. It must be understood that the root cause of
suffering is due to lack of wisdom that enables you to realise the
indwelling unity amongst apparent diversity. The safest and surest means
of uprooting this suffering is by removing ignorance, resulting in the
realisation of the Reality.
February 6, 2004
Man strives to provide himself with food, clothing and housing for the
sake of the body. He must also provide himself with something to keep the
mind healthy and happy. It is the mind that conditions the body. The mind
is an instrument by which one can ruin oneself or liberate oneself. The
mind must become the servant of the intellect and not the slave of the
February 7, 2004
Without Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Right conduct), Shanti (Peace) and Prema
(Love), the accumulation of knowledge is a barren achievement. Without
them all Karma (actions), even connected to charity and Seva (Serving
others) are ineffective. Without them, positions of authority to which one
is raised become positions of persecution. Without these values, no good
act or meritorious achievements can yield fruit.
February 8, 2004
A tongue of a human being that does not pronounce the name of God, a hand
that has done no charity, the years of life which have not tasted the
bliss of peace, the talents which have yielded not fruits of success, a
life that has not accumulated wisdom, a religious place where there is no
atmosphere of reverence and talk that does not communicate sense - all
these are of no worth.
February 9, 2004
Man implies three things - doing, knowing and being. When the body acts
alone without regard to the mind and the Atma, that person is considered
to be in the animal state. When the mind acts in association with the body
without regard to the Atma, that condition is described as demonic. When
man acts in consonance with the Atma, he achieves oneness with the Divine.
Hence, man has in him these three potentialities, he can manifest himself
as an animal, a demon or God.
February 10, 2004
There is no need to retire into a forest or a cave to know your inner
Truth and to conquer your lower nature. In fact, while living in
isolation, one has no chance to exercise restraint on one's anger and
other weaknesses and so the victory achieved there may not be long lasting
or genuine. Win the battle of life; be in the world but yet be away from
its tentacles. That is the victory which you have to achieve.
February 11, 2004
More effulgent than the sun, whiter and purer than snow, subtler than
ether in space, the Paramatma (God) dwells in all, permeating the entire
cosmos and shining in every atom. You are in that Brahman (God); that
Brahman is in you. You are that Brahman and Brahman is you. There is no
truth greater than this.
February 12, 2004
Man is not a mere combination of the physical, the mental and the
intellectual, but also the spiritual. He is enveloped in five sheaths: the
Annamaya Kosa (gross body), the Pranamaya Kosa (the sheath of life force),
the Manomaya Kosa (sheath of the mind), Vigyanamaya Kosa (the sheath of
the intelligence) and the Anandamaya Kosa (the blissful sheath of the
spirit). The Upanishads (ancient scriptures) state that each of these
Kosas (sheaths) are sacred and suffused with Divinity.
February 13, 2004
Man's vision which is now turned outward towards the phenomenal universe,
should be turned inwards towards the indwelling spirit. One should
manifest the divine consciousness inherent in him. He should submit
himself to that consciousness as a spiritual discipline. This is called
the "Conscious realisation of the inner Divinity." The first step is to
develop awareness of the Divinity within. The next step is to realise that
the divinity that is within one's self is equally present in all others
also. One must recognise that the veil that appears to separate him from
others is born of delusion and every effort should be made to remove it.
Only then will it be possible to experience the oneness of all living
February 14, 2004
The inextricable connection between the phenomenal world outside and the
world of consciousness inside eludes the understanding of ordinary people.
Immersed in the desires of enjoying worldly pleasures, they do not attempt
to discover the boundless joy that can be derived from the inner spirit.
This is because all the sense organs are open only to the experiences from
the outside. Only a few develop the inner vision and enjoy the spiritual
February 15, 2004
Seek the Light always; be full of confidence and zest. Do not yield to
despair, for it can never yield results. It only worsens the problem, for
it darkens the intellect and plunges you into doubt. You must take up the
path of Sadhana very enthusiastically. Half-hearted, halting steps will
not yield fruit. It is like cleaning a slushy area by a stream of water.
If the current of the stream is slow, the slush cannot be cleared. The
stream must flow full and fast, driving everything before it, so that the
slush is removed without leaving a trace.
February 16, 2004
God incarnates for the revival of Dharma (righteousness) which includes
morality, truth, virtue, love and a host of other qualities that sustain
individuals and communities. The Divine punishes even those who either do
not oppose or remain passive while injustice and wrong-doing is
perpetrated. To remain silent in such circumstances is an indication that
they too are tainted by the same guilt. It is only when we resist acts of
unrighteousness and injustice and try to weed out malpractices in society
that we can claim to be assisting in the task of restoring Dharma.
February 17, 2004
Electricity is found everywhere in nature, but it can be tapped and put to
use only through certain contrivances designed by man. The Atma Shakti
(spiritual power) that is present everywhere is stored in the body and
passes through the thin wires or nerves and illumines and directs
activity. These activities have to be oriented towards Ananda (spiritual
bliss) and not attachment to temporary pleasures. The life principle that
flows as intelligence through every cell and nerve is also a reflection of
February 18, 2004
There are some ignorant persons who consider Bhajans and other acts of
worship as a waste of time. Those persons might also laugh at your
sprinkling bags of paddy seeds on a slushy field and condemn that act as a
waste of precious food material. But, you know that for every bag of paddy
seed, Mother Earth will give back, in a few weeks, grain tenfold or even
twenty fold. Time spent in contemplation or adoration of God is indeed
well spent for it rewards you with a rich harvest of mental peace and
February 19, 2004
Is the Universe real or only relatively real? This question has been
agitating man since ages in all lands. The scientists and philosophers
have argued on their explanations for centuries. The scientists believe
that the universe is merely a conglomeration of atoms in varying patterns
which have assumed manifold names and forms. But this is only partially
true. The philosophers point out that a firm base is essential for all
this transformation to happen. The universe must have a basic force or
phenomenon that is as basic as clay is to a pot. This fundamental
principle is, according to them, the Atman.
February 20, 2004
God is not a separate entity having a distinct form. Man is the image of
God. The scriptures declare: Daivam Maanusha Roopena. It means that God
appears in human form. God does not come down to relieve individuals of
their troubles and sorrows. Difficulties and troubles come in the natural
course as a consequence of past actions. The Divine comes only to teach
mankind the truth about Love. It is Love and Sacrifice which make man
Divine. It is to show to humanity how human life can be divinized that
Avatars come from time to time.
February 21, 2004
Each one has come embodied into this world of joy and grief, of growth and
decay in order to discover the way home, to get back to the source from
which he has strayed into this wilderness. This has to be done within the
allotted time of our life span. But, man is attracted by the phantom
lights and he ignores the call of destiny. His senses lead him on and on,
deeper and deeper into the waves of the maze until he dies with a moan
instead of with a smile. The precious years between birth and death are
wasted in worthless acquisitions and meaningless achievements.
February 22, 2004
The Avatar has come solely for saving mankind in response to the yearnings
of noble people. He is aware of the past, present and future of all. He
has come to lead and liberate. He comes when a large number of good men
are afflicted with fear of the survival of goodness. The Lord incarnates
to feed their drooping spirits and revive faith and courage in their
February 23, 2004
Do not give room for differences based on language, religion, caste or
nationality. Develop the feeling that all are children of God. You may
worship God in any form of your choice, but always bear in mind that God
is one. Cultivate love towards all beings and promote unity and harmony.
February 24, 2004
All that you cannot see, hear or understand cannot be ruled out as
non-existent. Even if you flash a powerful light in front of a blind man,
he will only see darkness, because he does not have the eyes to see the
light. Likewise, persons having no faith will not perceive God even if you
show God to them. They do not have the eyes to see divinity and they
proclaim that there is no divinity. A blind man can neither see his body
nor describe his looks, but it does not follow that he has no body.
February 25, 2004
The real nature of Avatars is one of unalloyed bliss. His heart overflows
with limitless and boundless love when He beholds His devotees. There can
be no change in His attitude and affection. But, the ignorant attribute
the changes they imagine or the differences they see to God out of their
petty-mindedness. When we are happy, we praise God, and in suffering we
condemn Him. God, as a guardian has come to warn and wean people away from
harmful habits. If necessary, He will not hesitate to resort to infliction
of pain as a curative and corrective treatment.
February 26, 2004
Man is very eager to get happiness and when there is a prospect, he jumps
at the idea, but is soon tired of the effort. He seeks shortcuts and
aspires for much fruit in return for little effort. But, rigourous
discipline and steady faith are absolute necessities for success in
spirituality. Mere listening or delivering spiritual discourses will not
do. To have discipline, man has to control the senses which drag the mind
towards ephemeral attractions of the external world. To have steady faith,
one must control the wayward mind that paints attractive pictures in false
February 27, 2004
God is no partial benefactor. He gives the fruit from every tree according
to the seed. If you had planted the seed of a sour mango, then why lament
that the fruit that you got is not sweet? Do good and aspire to get the
fruit of goodness - that is pardonable. Atleast, it is not as bad as doing
evil deeds and blaming God for its consequences.
February 28, 2004
Man is born out of desires and lives to fulfil his desires. His life is
based on desires and thoughts which control his actions. Hence, man's
destiny is determined by his thoughts. To act according to the dictates of
the senses is the code of animals. What we should have is Divine
Consciousness. The incarnation comes to warn, to guide, to awaken, to lay
down the path and shed the light of love on it. But man has to listen,
learn and obey with hope and faith.
February 29, 2004
The Sun derives its energy and effulgence from the same cosmic source that
accounts for the power of the human mind and body. There is no greater
power than this. This boundless power is being recognised and exercised by
each according to the level of his development. Since man has the ability
to manifest the latent divinity in himself, he is described as a
manifestation of God. Humanness consists in manifestation of what is
hidden and invisible to the eye.
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