Thought for the Day - As written at Prasanthi Nilayam
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July 1, 2004
The duration of life is under the control of He who gave life in the first
place, the Creator. It does not depend on the calories of food consumed or
the quality of drugs that are injected, or the qualification of the
physician who prescribes the medicines. The chief causes of ill-health and
death are fear and loss of Faith. If one concentrates on the Atma (soul)
that is beyond diminution, senility and destruction, one can conquer
Death. Therefore, the most effective prescription for all kinds of
illnesses is the administration of 'Atma Vidya' or the knowledge of the
July 2, 2004 - Guru Poornima
'Gu' means darkness and 'Ru' means light. Guru (spiritual preceptor)
scatters darkness through light; he imparts wisdom which roots out our
ignorance. 'Gu' also connotes 'Gunaatheetha' (One who is beyond 'gunas' or
attributes) and 'Ru' connotes 'Roopavarjitha' (One who has transcended
Form). Do not seek human Gurus, however great their reputation. They are
bound by the qualities they have developed and they are still in need of
the Form so that they may conceive of Reality. They themselves being
limited, how can they communicate to you the Unlimited? Pray to the
Parabrahma Principle (transcendental principle) or God within you to
reveal Itself. Accept that as the Guru and you will be illumined.
July 3, 2004
God is the harmony of all the Forms and Names that man gives Him. Only
those who are ignorant of God's glory will insist on one Name and one Form
for His adoration and, what is worse, condemn the use of other Names and
Forms. Be warned against such silly obduracy. Do not go about proclaiming
that you belong to a separate sect and are distinct from those who adore
God in other Forms and Names; thereby you are limiting the very God whom
you are extolling.
July 4, 2004
A wise man controls the mind and purifies the heart by removing bad
thoughts and replacing them with good thoughts. Do not underestimate the
power of good thoughts. They are sacred and divine, having great impact on
the mind. On that day when we free ourselves from evil thoughts within us,
we will be able to have a vision of God.
July 5, 2004
If you live on the level of the body and the individual, you will be
entangled in food, entertainment and frivolity, in sloth, envy and pride.
Forget it, ignore it, overcome it - you will have peace, joy and calm. On
the divine path, there is no chance of failure; it is a path on which
every milestone is a monument for victory. It is the path of Love.
July 6, 2004
Of all the gifts you receive from God, the greatest gift is Santhosham
(Contentment). The opposite of Santhosham is sorrow, which is the fruit of
desire that arouses hope and almost always results in disappointment or
despair. One desire engenders another and proliferates into a hundred,
even when it is fulfilled. It knows no justification and has no end. So,
Santhosham is the supreme blessing of the Lord, who in His infinite Love,
puts an end to that unquenchable thirst. No wealth or other attainment can
equal it in efficacy, Santhosham is the culmination of desire in full
contentment and sacred satiety.
July 7, 2004
God has no characteristics, except that of Sathya (Truth), Jnana (Wisdom)
and Aananda (Bliss). He is everywhere, yet no eye can espy Him, for He is
subtler than ether. Having known this, do not lend your ears to people who
swear that there is no God. God is too vast and too far above the reach of
reason or imagination. You can get a glimpse of His blissful nature by
contemplating on His magnificence.
July 8, 2004
The universe can be seen, experienced and enjoyed. But God is unseen. He
has to be inferred through His handiwork. So too, society to which seva
(service) is rendered cannot be seen as such. We can contact only
individuals. But, through the individual, you infer the immanence of the
Divine. All are actors on the world stage, in His play. Every atom is
surcharged with His power, His might, His glory. Every being is surcharged
with His bliss, His beauty, His goodness.
July 9, 2004
The greatest single cause for misery in the world today is envy. When one
is happy and contented, others envy him and strive to ruin his peace of
mind. When anyone is acclaimed as great, malice moves others to invent
calumny in order to tarnish his reputation. This is the way of the world.
This is the tragedy of ignorance and selfishness - they force men to take
the wrong path and suffer calamity. Take the right path; be happy and make
others happy. Then your name will last even after the body disintegrates.
July 10, 2004
In the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord declared : "Bheejam maam sarva Bhootanam"
meaning "I am the seed (source) of all the beings. The tree consists of
branches, leaves, flowers and fruits, all of which have grown out of a
small seed. Every fruit of that tree has the same kind of seed.
Contemplate a while on the magnificent multitude of life in all its rich
variety that has come out of the single seed of God. Visualise the
immanent Divinity in them. At once, you will be filled with humility, love
July 11, 2004
The chief means by which you can detach your mind from the distractions of
the world and attach yourself to the search for God are : Yoga and Thyaga.
Kaama (desire) has to be got rid of by Thyaga (renunciation) and Raama
(God) has to be secured by Yoga (the conjunction of all your faculties for
a common purpose). Desire dulls the intelligence; it perverts judgement;
it sharpens the appetite of the senses; it lends a false lure to the
objective world. When desire disappears or is concentrated on God,
intelligence shines in its pristine splendour; and that splendour reveals
the God present within and outside. That is 'Atma-saakshatkaara' or
July 12, 2004
Happiness is union with God. There is no place without God. Whatever you
do, you should feel that it is God's work. God is performing through your
body. He is thinking through your mind. He is working through your hands.
If you work with this feeling, there is no chance for the ego to arise.
The body is lifeless, just matter. The mind is a bundle of desires. It is
just imagination. You are not the body; you are not the mind; you are the
July 13, 2004
Spiritual pride is the most poisonous of all varieties of pride, it works
insidiously and ruins the person suffering from it. Always be aware that
you are but an instrument in the Divine Mission of Dharmasthapana
(re-establishment of righteousness). Try to become better and efficient
instruments in the Divine hands. The hand that wields the instrument knows
how and when it has to be applied.
July 14, 2004
The realization of the One cannot be gained through advice, listening to
talks and discourses, study of books, or austerities. The wisdom which
comes as actual experience is as pure as a raindrop, compared to bookish
knowledge or derived knowledge, which is like sea water, saline and unfit
for drinking. Through the action of the sun's rays, salinity is removed
and the water which is thus lifted into the sky becomes sweet and
sustaining. Sadhana (spiritual exercises) is like the sun's heat that
confers sweetness to the water.
July 15, 2004
The ways of the Lord are mysterious. In everything He does, He sets an
example for the world. No action of God is without purpose, though to man
its meaning may not be obvious. God has no likes and dislikes; He is above
and beyond all differences. He is all Power, Love, Mercy, Goodness and
Wisdom. He gives whatever you ask for, so be careful what you ask. Learn
to ask what is truly beneficial. Divine grace is like rain - pure and
pellucid, falling on all equally. How it is received and used depends on
the heart of man.
July 16, 2004
You have it in your power to make your days on earth a bed of roses
instead of a bed of thorns. Recognise the Sai resident in every heart and
everything will be smooth and easy. Sai will be the fountain of love in
your heart and in the hearts of all you come in contact with. Know that
Sai is Omnipresent and that He is present in every living thing. Adore
everyone as you adore Sai.
July 17, 2004
The five elements each have a characteristic that affects and attracts one
of the five senses. The ether as sound fascinates the mind through the
ear; air as touch draws the mind to itself through the skin; fire as form
manipulates the mind in its favour through the eye; water as taste
enslaves the mind through the tongue; and earth as smell intoxicates the
mind through the nose. The senses interact with the external world and
produce experiences which yield joy or grief. Falsely identifying himself
with the senses, man suffers in the coils of attachment. He does not
realize that he is neither the body nor the senses, that he is Brahman
July 18, 2004
Love alone can reveal the divinity latent in all. Love is God. Live in
Love. Love lives by giving and forgiving; self lives by getting and
forgetting. Love is selflessness; selfishness is Lovelessness. Do not
waste your life pursuing the narrow interests of the self. Love! Love!
Become what you truly are - the embodiments of Love. No matter how others
treat or what they think of you, do not worry. Your own heart shining with
Love is God's Love. You should constantly remind yourself, "I am God." The
day you see yourself as God, you become God.
July 19, 2004
Man did not come to this world to eat, sleep and indulge in sensory
pursuits. He has come to manifest the Divine in Him. That is why he is
called 'Vyakthi', one who manifests (Vyaktha) the latent Shakti (Power) in
him. For this purpose, he has come endowed with body, mind and the
intelligence needed to control it and divert it to useful channels of
activity. You must achieve this by steady pursuit of Dharma (morality) and
Karma (good deeds).
July 20, 2004
The span of life allotted to man is very short; the world in which he
lives is very wide; time extends far behind and far beyond. What little
man has set out to do has to be done quickly, at the place that is
assigned to him and within the time that is allotted to him. Man has a
very formidable task before him; it is to fulfill it that he has come as
man, exchanging for this human frame all the merit he has acquired during
many past lives. The task is no less than the manifestation of the
Divinity latent in man.
July 21, 2004
Do not blame God for your misfortunes. When everything goes right, you say
that God has come close to you; when something goes wrong, you say that
God has deserted you and gone far away! He does not move far or near. The
distance between Him and you is as much as the distance between you and
Him. He is everywhere. He is always in your heart. Recognise Him there;
realise Him as nearest and dearest to you. He is your own self, neither
terrible nor tender, but simply 'is'.
July 22, 2004
It does not suffice if in the name of spiritual practice, you confine
yourself merely to Japa (chanting), Tapa (penance) and Dhyana
(meditation). It is in fact Chittha Shuddhi (purity of the mind) that
leads to Jnana Siddhi (acquisition of wisdom). Cultivation of purity of
the mind is therefore the true spiritual practice that you should
undertake. With purity of the mind and attainment of wisdom, man achieves
July 23, 2004
Today people study the Vedas and other scriptures as a ritual; they do not
put into practice any of their injunctions. Of what avail is it to merely
know how the Vedas and Upanishads have described the Divine, when this
knowledge is not reflected in one's life? Such a person is like a blind
man who hears about the existence of the world but cannot see it. The
scriptures are meant to provide guidance for practical living and not
merely to be learnt by rote.
July 24, 2004
All that you see is the reflection of what is inside you. If you call a
person bad, it is just that the bad in you is reflected in him. It has got
nothing to do with him. Good and bad are the 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, vision, hearing
and actions. When you have sacred thoughts, you will become a divine
July 25, 2004
The whole world is like a mansion and various countries are like different
rooms in it. So, do not divide humanity on the basis of nationality. It is
because of such divisions that humanness is on the decline. Sai devotees
should not entertain any such differences. All should stand united. Names,
forms and colours of people may be different, but the entire humanity is
one family. God is one, all human beings belong to the divine family.
July 26, 2004
Many people imagine that to divinise man and make him a godly being is a
super-human exercise. This is not so. Divine Love is well within the reach
of man. It is his natural state. He is entitled to possess it. Divine Love
should not be considered as something transcendental or alien to man. But,
men tend to degrade this love by giving it different forms and names.
July 27, 2004
All the potencies present in the external world are present in man. The
material substances constituting the human body have together very small
value. But realise how valuable the human body itself is. To animate the
physical body, a vibrant power is needed. That vibration power is derived
from the Prana (Life-force). All the activities of the body are rendered
possible by this Life-force. The Life-force itself derives its vitality
from a higher source - the spirit. Ignoring these profound truths, men are
wasting their energies and lives in meaningless pursuits.
July 28, 2004
Realise the relationship between your body and God. You are a limb of
society. Society is a limb of the world. The world is a limb of Prakriti
(nature). Nature is a limb of God. Man has no need to seek anything
outside him. He has the universe within him in his heart. He is
potentially the Cosmic Being. He has within him the magnetic power of
attraction. It is derived from the Divine.
July 29, 2004
The joy and pleasure earned by activities are only temporary.
Nevertheless, one should not desist from karma (action). How, then, is one
to act? One should practice detachment and desirelessness towards the
results of one's actions. That is to say, one should treat all actions as
yagnas (sacrifices) performed for the glory of God and not for selfish
ends; for earning lasting merits and not for temporary benefits. Action
done in this spirit will not cause either greed or grief. It will cause
only a sense of fulfillment of one's duty.
July 30, 2004
The cosmos does not exist. It is an illusion. It never is, has been or
will be. The creation of the cosmos, the dissolution of the cosmos, these
billions of individuals emerging and merging, all this is but a dream.
There is no separate individualised soul (Jivatma), how can there be
billions of Jivatmas? There is only one Indivisible Complete Absolute.
Like the one sun reflected as a billion suns in a billion lakes and other
water bodies, the Jivatmas are but reflections of the One in the minds
that it shines upon.
July 31, 2004
How can you surrender something over which you have no control? When you
are enslaved by your mind, its passions and prejudices, how can you claim
that you have surrendered your mind to God? I do not ask for such
declarations. It is enough if you believe that God is everywhere and at
all times and that you are no different from Him. When you are God
yourself, to whom are you to surrender what? Think this over deeply and
attain to this realization.
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