Thought for the Day - As written at Prasanthi Nilayam
Thought for the Day Archive
January 1, 2004
Embodiments of Love! The New Year comes regularly year after year. But do
you have any new thoughts? You do not shed your old, mistaken ideas. They
should be given up, yielding place to new, sacred and sublime thoughts. Of
what use is it to celebrate new year days if you do not change your old
ways of thinking and behaving? Make proper use of time which is both
precious and sacred. Do not indulge in useless gossip. Develop good
qualities like compassion, love and sympathy. Act as your own monitor and
correct yourself by self-punishment. Above all, place your reliance on
January 2, 2004
You must realise that the Divine current that flows and functions in every
living being is the One Universal entity. When you desire to enter the
mansion of God, you are confronted by two closed doors - the desire to
praise yourself and the desire to defame others. The doors are bolted by
envy, and there is also the huge lock of egoism preventing entry. So, if
you are earnest, you have to resort to the key of Prema (Love) and open
the lock; then remove the bolt and throw the doors wide open.
January 3, 2004
There is the 'higher mind' in man. It is present to enable man to
transcend the physical and mental planes and reach for the divine.
Ordinary life consists of matter and mind. But, matter plus being is
beyond mind. The mind attracts many objects that it sees. It promotes a
variety of qualities, attitudes and attachments. Above all, it encourages
the inflation of the ego. Puffed by the ego, man loses all powers of
January 4, 2004
Man today has forgotten his true nature and perceives the world entirely
through the senses and the mind. The world is the effect of which the
Brahman is the primal cause. Truly speaking, the effect is not different
from the cause. The millions of living beings are like the branches, twigs
and leaves and the Brahman is the seed from which the tree has come in to
being. He who is aware of this has understood the Vedas.
January 5, 2004
Impure gold is melted in the crucible and it emerges shining and bright.
The mind rendered impure by Rajas (passion) and Thamas (sloth) and by the
impressions of a thousand attachments and desires can be made bright and
resplendent if it is put into the crucible of inquiry and heated on the
coals of discrimination. That brightness is the light of realisation, of
the knowledge that you are the Atman.
January 6, 2004
Man today is knocking on doors other than that of God. Man now is praying
to God only for worldly possessions. Man should seek the gift of spiritual
knowledge that can bring fulfillment to life. However, man today has
acquired proficiency in various skills and has mastered many fields of
knowledge, but he has not acquired the peace that is his due. Science can
offer only temporary worldly comforts; spirituality alone can give you
January 7, 2004
Man has demarcated two distinct goals before himself, material and
spiritual. But, such distinction is wrong and ruinous. It may be congenial
and convenient on the surface, but if acted upon, great harm will be
caused to the blossoming of the soul. For they are both the same, one
continuous pilgrimage towards the divinization of man.
January 8, 2004
It is best that you imprint on your heart the dual nature of the world
that is a mixture of pleasure and pain, joy and grief, victory and defeat.
Practice the constant presence of God and learn to offer all your
activities at the feet of the Lord as an act of worship. Then they will be
cleansed of all faults. Life sustained by food is short; life sustained by
Atma is eternal. Do not lay claim to long life, but to divine life. Do not
strive for more years of stay on the earth, but for more virtues in the
January 9, 2004
You are all the indestructible Atma, nothing need discourage you. In your
dream, you suffer so much due to loss of money, fire, floods, insult,
etc., but once you wake up are not affected at all. When these events
happen during the waking state, you feel afflicted. But let me tell you
that from the state of Realisation, even the waking state is equally
without validity. It is not the real 'you' that suffers all that. Give up
the delusion that you are this physical entity and you become really free.
January 10, 2004
People should know that there is nothing closer to them than the divine.
Each one must strive to recognise this indwelling divinity. Most people
waste their time in observance of external rituals and forms of worship.
Along with external observances, people should try to achieve internal
purity. The human being is a composite of man, beast and God, and in the
inevitable struggle among the three for dominance, you must ensure that
January 11, 2004
God and the devil, good and bad are denizens of one's own heart. Where God
is, the devil cannot be. You cannot know what may happen at any time, in
any situation. What is bound to happen cannot be prevented. Hence, you
should regard anything that happens as a gift from God.
January 12, 2004
The wicked tendencies in man, such as arrogance, envy, bad thoughts and
misdeeds, go on shearing the life of man into pieces. His bad qualities
shorten his life span. When man's life is filled with good thoughts and
good actions, he can live for a hundred years. The secret of the longevity
enjoyed by the ancients is precisely this. Man today wastes his life
immersed in bad thoughts and actions and ultimately meets a sad end.
January 13, 2004
Man is the embodiment of the Divine Atman which is infinite, ever-full,
and indivisible. However, today men are filled with rajas (passion) and
thamas (sloth) and are content with their merely dealing with the
objective world. Their ideal is only to amass material wealth and satisfy
material needs. Examine yourself and discover at what level you are by
analysing your desires and activities. In this way, you can sublimate your
thoughts and urges yourself.
January 14, 2004
The Makara Sankaranti is a holy occasion to pray to the Lord : Asatho maa
sath gamaya (Lead me from unreal to Real); Thamaso maa jyothir gamaya
(Lead me from darkness to Light); mruthyormaa amritham gamaya (Lead me
from death to Immortality). Festivals connected with the Moon and the Sun
are celebrated in order to drive into the minds of men the importance of
mind control (Chandra or moon is the Deity of the Mind) and of clarifying
the intelligence (Surya or the Sun is the Deity of the Intelligence). When
the Sun moves Northward, that is 'Godward', the Intelligence too must
proceed on the Godward path.
January 15, 2004
Man is unaware of the activities that can lighten the burden of his life
and also illumine the Atman. It is the Atman that illumines all, but man
is in the dark about its existence. Just as something tastes sweet because
of sugar present in it, all objects are cognised because of the Atman. It
is the universal witness.
January 16, 2004
As a drop of water on a lotus leaf disappears in no time, even so, we
should know that our life is transient and will disappear in no time. The
world is full of sorrow, the human body is full of disease and our life is
full of turbulent thoughts. Under these circumstances, it is possible to
live in a peaceful manner only by following the Divine path and getting
over all our worldly attachments.
January 17, 2004
For a tree to grow and provide fruit and shade, there are three essential
things - wind, rain and earth. Of greater importance than these three, is
the seed, without which a tree can never grow. In the same manner, it is
by the Sankalpa (Will) of God, that man is created in this world. In the
case of every man, the Sankalpa that created him is like a seed. So long
as the Sankalpa or desires are in man, it is not possible for him to
escape being born.
January 18, 2004
There is only one royal road for the spiritual journey - love all beings
as manifestations of the same divinity that is at the very core of
oneself. This faith alone can ensure the constant presence of God within
you and endow you with all the joy and courage you need to accomplish the
pilgrimage to God.
January 19, 2004
Vedas are the recordings of visions and divine experiences whose source
cannot be traced to one particular person. They were revealed by God
Himself, out of his own innate mercy. The Vedic inheritance has been
preserved pure and unsullied even to this day because it was handed down
from the master to the disciple, in regular succession. Since it is
timeless and authorless, it is worthy of acceptance by all. No one can
afford to neglect or deny their value.
January 20, 2004
While driving a car, if you do not apply the brakes in time, accidents are
bound to be your lot. Your body can be compared to a car. Your eyes are
like the lights; your stomach, the petrol tank; your mouth, the horn; your
mind, the steering wheel. Dharma (righteousness), Artha (wealth), Kama
(noble desires), Moksha (liberation) are the wheels; air within the tyres
is faith and Buddhi (intelligence) is the ignition switch.
January 21, 2004
Transcending the fifth element - space is God. When you pursue your
inquiry into the function of the elements in the body and mind, you find
that the different qualities of elements account for different feelings
and reactions. These qualities have to be brought under control.
Simultaneously, one has to reduce the burdens of mundane existence and the
desires that fill the mind. Man today is weighed down by the overwhelming
burden of desires. Spiritual progress is directly proportionate to the
reduction of desires.
January 22, 2004
When you scatter seeds on the surface of the soil they do not germinate.
You have to plant them inside the soil. So too, My words, if scattered on
the surface, will not germinate, grow into a tree of knowledge and yield
the fruit of wisdom. Plant it in the heart, water the plant with Love, and
measure it with faith and courage. Keep off pests with Bhajan and Satsang
(spiritual congregation), so that you may finally reap its benefit.
January 23, 2004
Love is a ceaseless flow of Divine effulgence. Sages call this Love, Atma.
This Atma, which is full of Love, is shining in all hearts. Love, Atma and
heart are synonyms for God. For such pure Love, there cannot be any
differences based on mine and thine. This Love is selfless. Where there is
confidence, there is Love. Where there is Love, there is Peace. Where
there is Peace, there is Truth. Where there is Truth, there is Bliss.
Where there is Bliss, there is God.
January 24, 2004
The moment you see your own inner beauty and are so filled with it that
you forget all else, you become free from all bonds. You realise that you
are all beauty, all the glory, all the power, all the magnificence of the
universe, for the Jiva (the individual) is the reflection of God in the
mirror of Nature. Once you attain self-realisation, you recognise everyone
else as but the reflection of yourself. This is the true basis of the
unity of mankind.
January 25, 2004
The mind is subject to unsteadiness because of desires. Desires are
aroused by the impressions received by the senses from outside. The only
way to avoid these external impressions is to turn the senses inwards. The
intellect should be used to determine what impressions should be kept out
and what should be let in.
January 26, 2004
Man, today, is like a horseman riding two horses at the same time. Man
aspires for the Divine, but at the same time yearns for worldly pleasures.
Man forgets that the Creator contains within Himself, the Creation.
Forgetting this truth, man runs after the phenomenal world. Man behaves
like a fool, who cries for the butter while having milk in his hand.
January 27, 2004
The Divine exists in everything and in every being. It is only when you
develop such faith and love for God that true spirituality can grow.
Qualities like Kshama (forbearance), Daya (Compassion), Sathya (Truth),
Prema (Love) are the spiritual qualities that are essential for man no
matter in which place or time he lives.
January 28, 2004
Man must develop faith in God and see to it that it is firm and
unchanging. Ignorant of the immensely valuable treasures in God's
treasury, man seeks cheap trinkets. Instead of a diamond, man asks from
God a piece of charcoal. Man's attitude towards God should not be based on
the fulfilment of petty desires. You must feel that whatever happens to
you is for your own good.
January 29, 2004
It is important to cultivate contentment and accept things as they happen;
do not multiply your wants and foster greed and despair. You take off your
warm clothing when you start to feel warm. So too, the coat of desire has
to be taken off when the warmth of Bhakthi (devotion) increases. Strive to
secure Grace; do not strive to secure any lesser fruit.
January 30, 2004
Recognise the fact that the whole universe is within you. You have all the
powers in you. They are derived from the Divine spirit within you. It is
the Divinity which endows you with the will power. Forgetting the supreme
power of the spirit, people place their reliance on the powers of the
body, the mind and the intellect.
January 31, 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.
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