Thought for the Day - As written at Prasanthi Nilayam
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March 1, 2004
Bhakthi (Devotion to God) is like a king who has two attendants called
wisdom and detachment. Bhakthi must be built upon the foundation of
wisdom; it must blossom in to detachment from the world. Prema (Love)
gives rise to Daya (Compassion), Vairagya (detachment) and induces Dama
(Self-Control) and finally leads us along the path of Dharma
March 2, 2004
If you are not moved at the sight of human distress, disease or injustice,
how can you muster the determination and dedication necessary to serve the
unseen, inscrutable mysterious God? When you do not love man, your heart
will not love God. Despising your fellowman, you cannot, at the same time,
worship God; if you do, God will not accept that hypocrisy. God is the
resident in every heart; so if you serve anyone, that service reaches the
God within him: it brings to you the grace of God.
March 3, 2004
There is no meaning in worshipping God as Sathyaswaroopa (the embodiment
of Truth) and not adhering to truth in daily life. Dharma (righteousness)
is born out of Truth. Dharma emanates from the heart and promotes
self-satisfaction. It is an expression of Self-Consciousness. Have faith
in the promptings of this Divine Consciousness. No one should act against
the dictates of his conscience as it is evil to do so. True worship
consists in doing what is right as dictated by your conscience. Divorce
between thought and speech is ungodly. There should be complete harmony
between one's thought, word and deed.
March 4, 2004
Devotion to the Lord is only a form of discipline to reach the goal. The
seeker should not stop with the acquisition of devotion. He should not pay
so much attention to the love he has towards the Lord, but more to the
love and grace that the Lord bestows on him. He must be always eager to
find out which behaviour of his, what acts of his will be most pleasing to
the Lord, will fill the Lord with happiness. Inquire about that, yearn for
that, do things that will secure that objective - be engaged in acts
conducive to gain it, that is real Bhakthi (Devotion).
March 5, 2004
Perform all acts with as much love as you would offer God. In truth, you
eat for the satisfaction of the 'I' in you and dress up to please the
self-same 'I'. You love others for the sake of the 'I' and others love you
for pleasing the 'I'. And who is this 'I' that is persistently inherent in
everyone? It is God Himself. "Iswarah Sarva Bhoothanam" (the Lord resides
in the heart of every being) declares the Bhagavad Gita. He is the Atman
in every being. That is why I say that you are not one but three - the one
you think you are: the body, the one others think you are: the mind, while
the one you really are: the Atman or the soul.
March 6, 2004
Do not be weighed down by the feelings that the humans are weak and
subject to delusions and ignorance. It is not easy to be born a human
being. If nevertheless, one does not realise his true nature and imagines
that God is in the external world, it is the mark of utter ignorance.
Hence, without wasting time, engage yourselves in duties and embark on the
journey towards God-realisation.
March 7, 2004
There are four kinds of worship. The first kind of worship is undertaken
whenever one is in distress, but God is forgotten after relief is
obtained. The second kind of worship is carried on by the worshipper
seeking the good things of life from the deity he worships, without
depending on others. The third type of worshipper offers worship for the
sake of others, praying for the welfare of all and holding on to the
belief that his welfare is bound up with the welfare of all. The fourth
kind, which is the highest form of worship, is worship done in a spirit of
complete surrender to the Divine and dedicating all actions to the service
of the Divine.
March 8, 2004
Strive to move away from untruth towards Truth; attempt to acquire the
knowledge of yourself and of the origin of all selves and thus shed your
fundamental ignorance. Move away from the thoughts and anxieties about
this body which is subject to decay and death, and become aware of the
immortal soul which you really are.
March 9, 2004
True love does not change from moment to moment. Only the love that is
unchanging and always shines brightly in the heart is true love. It is
unaffected by joy or sorrow, praise or blame. That love is true devotion.
The proof of the rain is in the wetness of the ground. Likewise the proof
of true devotion lies in the peace of mind that the aspirant has been able
to attain; the peace that protects him against the onslaught of failures,
the peace in which he remains unruffled by loss and dishonour.
March 10, 2004
If you cannot help another, at least avoid doing him harm or causing him
pain. That itself is a great service. What right have you to find fault
with another or talk evil of him? When you say that nothing ever happens
without His will, why get annoyed or angry? Your duty is to cleanse
yourself and engage in your own inner purification. That endeavour will
bring you the co-operation of all good men and you will find strength and
joy welling up within.
March 11, 2004
God is the echo of the hills, the flutter of the leaves, the whisper of
men, the babble of children and the 'Om' that is wafted everywhere. He is
the giver of all gifts, the Providence bestowing us all that we need. God
is present in all places; but to recognise Him, saints have had to
prescribe a thousand methods. He is in everyone, yet He evades discovery
by all but a few.
March 12, 2004
Do not hope to gain Grace by looking down upon mankind and looking up at
Sai. Remember, that your dress, behaviour and appearance will reveal your
character and attitude towards others. Always have sweet, soft words on
your tongue; cast your eyes only on holy sights. Wear clean, simple
clothes and do not imitate those who are fascinated by the latest fashion
in dress and style. Swami always advises you to "Follow the Master", the
Conscience within you, which is the Voice of God.
March 13, 2004
Service is God. Why has God endowed man with a body, a mind and an
intellect? Feel with the mind, plan with the intelligence and use the body
to serve those who are in need of service. Offer that act of service to
God; worship Him with that flower. Put into daily practice the ideals that
Swami has been propagating and make them known all over the world, by
standing forth as living examples of those great ideals.
March 14, 2004
Discipline trains you to put up with disappointments; you should realise
that the path of life has both ups and downs, that every rose has its
thorn. But, nowadays, people want roses without thorns. When this does not
happen, they turn wild and start blaming everybody. Man's attitude towards
God should not be based on the fulfillment or non-fulfillment of his petty
desires. You must believe that whatever happens to you is for your own
March 15, 2004
There are different modes of devotion: that which foolishly weeps for Me
when I am not physically present; that which surrenders with wild abandon
and that which is steady and strong, ever attached to My will. I accept
all these forms of devotion. The choice between the one and the other is
not yours for it is I who rule your feelings, modifying them. If you try
to go where I do not want you to go, I will stop you; you can do nothing
apart from My Will. Be assured of that, this is the highest devotion.
March 16, 2004
Diamond and gold are only materials; man has made them precious by
attaching value to them. In fact, man is really the most valuable being on
earth. That is why it is said, "Janthunaam Narajanma durlabham". It has
been secured as a reward for many lives of meritorious activity. It is
valued as a boat which can help us cross the ocean of 'Samsara' or mundane
existence. In spite of this, man desecrates himself by running after
March 17, 2004
Man can acquire the sweetness of Jnana (wisdom) by keeping himself in
Sathsang (good company) or by remaining in a solitary place and practising
Dhyanam (meditation). But, by whatever means one resorts to, the sweetness
of Jnana cannot come from outside, it must come from within. It is the
result of transformation of the inner nature by defeating the inner foes
of lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride and jealousy.
March 18, 2004
It is no mean achievement to get the name of the Lord on our lips during
our last moments. It needs practice of many years based on deep-seated
faith and a strong character, without hatred, greed and pride; for the
thought of God can survive only in a pure heart. But we never know which
moment may turn out to be our last one. Therefore, one must always keep
chanting God's name and cultivate good qualities.
March 19, 2004
One of the first principles of right living is: practise silence. For the
voice of God can be heard in the region of your heart only when the tongue
is stilled and storms of the mind are calmed. There will be no temptation
for others to shout when you talk to them in whispers. Set the level of
the tone as low as possible, yet audible enough for the people you are
speaking to. Conserve sound, since it is a manifestation of God.
March 20, 2004
One flower cannot make a garland, many flowers must be strung together to
make one. So you must equip yourselves with strong bodies, sacred ideals
and selfless intentions in order to serve your country. Any high ideal can
be achieved, provided there is co-operation and discipline along with a
sense of sacrifice and determination to succeed.
March 21, 2004
Ugadi marks the beginning of a new era or year. On this day, dedicate your
life anew to the spiritual discipline of Namasmarana (remembrance of God's
name). Give up all habits that interfere with the constant remembrance of
God. The scriptures prescribe Namasmarana and Seva (service) as the
primary spiritual disciplines in this Kali Yuga to attain the goal of
union with God.
March 22, 2004
Have no thorn of hate in your mind. Develop love towards all. Desire is a
storm; greed is a whirlpool; pride is a precipice; attachment is an
avalanche; egoism is a volcano. Keep these things away, so that you can
enjoy undisturbed equanimity. Let Love be enthroned in your heart. Then
there will be warm sunshine and cool breeze and the gurgling waters of
contentment will feed the roots of faith in your heart.
March 23, 2004
I do not accept from you flowers that fade and fruits that rot. Give Me
the lotus that blooms in your 'manasa sarovara', the clear and pure waters
of the lake of your inner consciousness; give Me the fruits of holiness
and steady discipline. It is enough if you have faith in God and fear of
sin; that by itself is a great act of service.
March 24, 2004
Most people today have no idea of what is devotion and what is spiritual
discipline. Different forms of worship, pilgrimages, meditation and the
like, are equated with devotion. These are not the indices of devotion.
They can at best confer some mental satisfaction. As long as you think God
is somewhere outside you, you cannot qualify for the Divine Grace. The
true mark of devotion is to recognise that God is within you, around you
and everywhere. You must develop faith that you are yourself a
manifestation of God.
March 25, 2004
You can adore God according to your own fancy and pleasure. He remains
unchanged even when the names and forms by which you adore Him keep
changing. The effectiveness does not lie in which name or form you
worship, but with how much yearning and depth of feeling you adore Him in
your heart. God will assume that very form which you pray to and fulfil
your yearning; that is the indication of His grace and the boundless love
He has for you.
March 26, 2004
Man is enslaved by money. He lives a superficial and artificial life. This
is indeed a great pity. Man should seek to possess only as much money as
is most essential for his living. The quantity of riches one must own can
be compared to the shoes one wears; if too small, they cause pain; if too
big, they are a hindrance while walking. Money too should be just enough
for a life of physical and mental comfort. When we have more, it breeds
pride, sloth and contempt for others.
March 27, 2004
Our devotion and prayer to God should not be for the sole purpose of
obtaining something or fulfilling some desire of ours. It should be for
the sake of getting the bliss of being close to the Lord and becoming one
with Him. Do not ask for this or that from Him in return for prayers you
offer or the sacrifices you make. Do not calculate returns or plan for the
consequences. Act, because you have to and since it is your duty. Dedicate
the deed as well as its consequences to Him. That is real devotion.
March 28, 2004
At one time we are joyous and at another time we are sorrowful. The same
object which is a source of happiness turns out to be a source of agony
with the passage of time. Therefore, joy and grief are only states of mind
and the objects which are themselves subject to change cannot give us
lasting happiness. Whatever is transient cannot be real. Knowing that the
life of enjoyment is naturally inimical to serious spiritual effort, good
people consider difficulties as stepping stones to a higher life.
March 29, 2004
God has four qualities and it is only when you cultivate them that can you
understand Him. They are: Prema (Love), Soundarya (Beauty), Madhurya
(Sweetness ) and Shobha (Splendour). Cultivation of Prema is enough to add
unto you the other three. When you are immersed in the Love for the Divine
immanent in all of creation, you perceive beauty everywhere and you
experience acme of sweetness, your mind loses its separate identity and
merges in the Universal Mind in all its splendour.
March 30, 2004
The Supreme Being came in the form of Rama to show the way to immortality.
'Ramo Vigrahavan Dharmah' meaning that Rama was Dharma personified. He was
the Supreme embodiment of the virtues that one must cultivate so that one
can lead an ideal life. Now you worship His form and repeat His name but
ignore the ideals that He stood for. Without practising the discipline
laid down by Rama to purify the mind, all worship becomes an empty ritual.
March 31, 2004
By Sadhana (spiritual exercises), you can correct your faults and bring
forth your good qualities and thus ensure Shanti (peace) for yourselves,
your society and country. Each one of you has the tremendous Shakti
(power) of the Atma (soul) within you. Some are able to draw upon it,
others just know it exists and some are unaware of the method of tapping
it or even of its existence. It will come in time, through steady Sadhana.
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