Thought for the Day - As written at Prasanthi Nilayam
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May 1, 2004
If a mother has two children and one of them is ill, she will give the
child the prescribed medicine though it may be bitter. The other child may
get to eat whatever he asks for. This does not mean that the mother loves
one child more than the other. She realizes that what she is doing is for
the good of the child though it may be unpleasant for him. God is like a
mother, always looking after the welfare of His devotees and carrying them
safely through life.
May 2, 2004
The person who is a slave to the mind will not find peace or happiness in
life. The body is a mansion which has been projected by the mind for its
own joy. Some waste their lives by expending their energy in looking after
the body. Some others increase their attachment through thoughtless
repetition of spiritual exercises, reducing them to mere ritual. The wise
man is he who controls the mind and purifies the heart by filling it with
May 3, 2004
Man must worship God who appears to him in the myriad human forms around
him - as a blind beggar, an idiot, a leper, a child, a decrepit old man or
even a criminal. You must see the Divine behind all the physical veils and
worship Him through seva (service). All Names and Forms, including yours,
are His. You appear as separate individual bodies because the eye that
sees them seeks only the outer physical form. When your vision is
clarified, you will see others as waves on the ocean of the Absolute.
May 4, 2004
Truth is one. It is beyond mind and speech. It transcends the limitations
of time and space. Innumerable seekers have pursued different paths to
recognise this Truth. There are notable differences among the seekers of
Truth. These differences do not affect the nature of Reality. On the
contrary, it is the existence of these differences that has spurred the
continuous search for a unifying principle.
May 5, 2004
It becomes essential to cleanse the mind through regular sadhana
(spiritual exercises) and thereby tune your will to the infinite will of
God, so that it becomes merged in His glory. Scholarship or skill, however
deep and varied, have no cleansing power. They only add the impurities of
pride and competition. Learned men are not necessarily good, nor are the
men who possess power over the forces of nature. Sathya (truth), Dharma
(righteousness), Shanti (peace) and Prema (love) are the hallmarks of a
purified heart, where God is enshrined and is manifest.
May 6, 2004
Man should not be a creature of instinct like animals. He should progress
from Nara (Human) to Narayana (The Divine). The wise man does not regard
himself as bound by worldly attachments. It is not the world that binds
man. It has neither eyes to see nor hands to grasp. Man is a prisoner of
his own thoughts and desires. In his attachment to the ephemeral and the
perishable, man does not realize that everything in the universe has come
from the Divine and cannot exist without the power of the Divine.
May 7, 2004
You can get the feeling of yearning for the Divine only if you get a taste
of the Prema (Love) of the Divine. That is why I have come among you - to
give you a taste of that Love so that the yearning for God will be planted
in your hearts. Mastery over mountains of information has been attained by
man now, but wisdom has lagged behind. Hence, man's capacity to probe and
progress into the realm of the universal and the Absolute has to be
developed. He must realize the Truth that Man's distance from Divinity is
the same as his distance from himself.
May 8, 2004
The Upanishads state that there are two birds, the Jivatma and the
Paramatma that sit on the tree called the body. One bird eats the fruit of
that tree while the other simply looks on as a witness. But, the wonder is
that the two birds are in reality one, though they may appear as two. They
cannot be separated since they are two aspects of the same reality. Steam
in the air may be invisible, but it is of the same nature as ice which is
solid. Niraakara (the formless aspect of the Divine) and the Saakara (the
manifest Divinity ) are just two ways in which the One projects itself.
May 9, 2004
When a severe pain torments you, the doctor gives you a morphine injection
and then you do not suffer any more. In the same way, the grace of God
acts to take away the element of suffering from the Karma (consequences of
past actions) which you have to undergo. It is incorrect to say that one's
fate is entirely determined. Nothing can stand in the way of the grace of
May 10, 2004
Adhere to your faith and traditions, but do not give room for religious
differences. When you can perceive the unity of all religions, love will
develop within you and you will have a direct vision of God. Realize that
love is present in everyone. It is the unifier, the motivator and the
source of joy for every being.
May 11, 2004
Work is for the physical level. Worship for the mental level and wisdom is
for the spiritual level. Each one has to pass through these three stages.
That is why I say, "You are not one, but three." The one you think you are
- the body or the physical person; the one others think you are - the mind
or the mental person consisting of emotions, attitudes and beliefs and the
one you really are - the Atma or spirit, the core of your personality.
May 12, 2004
There is none to question Me if I do not act; there is nothing I would
lose if I do not engage in activity. Nor have I any great urge to be
active. Yet, you see Me very active. The reason is that I must be doing
something all the time for your sake, as an example and inspiration. Those
who lead must set an example for others to follow; and those who command
must themselves carry out what they expect others to do. I am engaged in
activity so that you learn to transmute every minute into a golden chance
to enable you to move towards Godhead.
May 13, 2004
It is best that you stay away from people who drag you to distractions
that weaken and worry you. Spend a few minutes every morning and evening
in the silence of your own home with God. Be in His elevating and
inspiring company, worship Him mentally and offer unto Him all the work
you do. When you come out of the silence, you will be more nobler than
when you went in.
May 14, 2004
The six inner enemies - Kaama (lust), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed), Moha
(attachment), Mada (pride) and Maatsarya (malice) reduce man to the level
of a demon. They have to be overpowered and transmuted by the supreme
alchemy of Divine Love. Only then can there be purification of the mind
and the illumination of the soul.
May 15, 2004
When you have attained true wisdom, you will find that good fortune should
not be gloated over, nor bad fortune grieved over. The wise one treats
both the good and the bad with equal unconcern. They are the gentle breeze
and storms that cannot affect the depths of the Ocean of Bliss in the
heart of man.
May 16, 2004
There is at the basis of everything, a power that is continuously at work.
It is the Will of the Divine that maintains the balance in the universe.
You may ask that if God is controlling everything, then what is the need
for human effort? God is like the electric current. To obtain light from
it, you need a bulb and a wire. Sathya (Truth) is the current, Dharma
(Righteousness) is the wire, Shanti (Peace) is the bulb and Prema (Love)
is the light.
May 17, 2004
It is not easy to understand the nature of the Divine. Worldly
intelligence cannot fathom the ways of God. You may benefit from God, but
you cannot explain Him. God is beyond the reach of the human mind; by
standing on a rock, you cannot lift it. Similarly, living in Maya
(illusion), you cannot comprehend its nature. But, once man realises the
unity that underlies the universe, the problems arising out of the
apparent diversity disappear.
May 18, 2004
Rituals and prayers are necessary in the initial stages of the spiritual
journey. They are the kindergarten of spiritual education. The rules and
regulations governing the performance of rites have to be extended and
directed to more socially constructive ends by thoughts, words and deeds
which promote humility and equanimity.
May 19, 2004
By Dhyana (meditation), you develop Jnana (spiritual wisdom) and by Japa
(recitation of God's name) you develop Bhakthi (devotion) and by both, you
cleanse your heart of the canker of ego. You can link yourself to God by a
chain of Love, through the recitation of the Name from the depths of your
heart and with full awareness of the meaning and its nuances.
May 20, 2004
Man today fails to recognise the power of the Divine because of his
selfishness and self-centredness. Only when he gets rid of the impurities
encrusted in his heart, will he be able to experience Divinity. Man and
God are like the iron filing and the magnet. God by His very nature
attracts man to Himself, for in man there is the Divine. Often we feel
that God has forsaken us and we rush to blame Him, failing to realise our
own defects. When the iron filing is too thickly covered by rust and dust,
can it get attracted to the magnet?
May 21, 2004
The One is the basis of the many. To recognize this unity, one needs
practice and effort. For weeds to grow, no effort is required on our part.
But, if grain is to be harvested, the field must be ploughed, weeded,
watered, manured and fenced. So also, to get a harvest of virtue, intense
sadhana (spiritual practice) is needed, though no such effort is necessary
to contract vices. Man has to struggle hard in order to attain the higher
stages of spiritual development. He has to overcome many hurdles and put
up with many difficulties and disappointments.
May 22, 2004
Why is man so pathetically afflicted today with fear and anxiety? Are we
to search for the reasons outside us or do they live within us? The reason
lies in the false emphasis we have laid on things of the material world,
ignoring the things of the spirit. The body is a temple where God should
be installed and worshipped. It is essentially an instrument for
undertaking the journey to God.
May 23, 2004
God's grace is the greatest wealth. To consider the amassing of money,
gold or other material objects as the ultimate goal is not right. The goal
of life instead, should be the acquisition of the divine wealth of God's
grace. Try to win His grace by reforming your habits, reducing your
desires and refining your nature. One step makes the next one easier; that
is the unique quality of the spiritual path. With each step, your strength
and confidence increases and you feel the Lord's grace all the more.
May 24, 2004
The sound of mantras (Vedic hymns) has the power of transforming the evil
impulses and tendencies. The word 'mantra' means that which saves when
turned over in the mind. Revolve the mantra ever in the mind, that will
keep off wild talk, purposeless conversation, gossip and scandal. Talk
only when absolutely necessary. Talk as little as possible.
May 25, 2004
Let the petty wishes for which you now approach God be realised or not;
let the plans for promotion and progress which you place before God be
fulfilled or not; they are not so important after all. The primary aim
should be to become masters of yourselves, to hold intimate and constant
communion with the Divine that is in you as well as in the universe of
which you are a part. Welcome disappointments. They toughen you and test
May 26, 2004
Seva (service) opens the eyes of man to the comprehensive unity of
creation. The easiest and most fruitful expression of Dharma
(righteousness) today consists in doing service as worship of the Divine
around you. Dedicate all your skills, talents, wealth and scholarship to
the living embodiments of Divinity around you. That is the Dharmashakthi
(power of right activity) which can draw grace upon you.
May 27, 2004
Nobody can enter college until school education is completed. Several
stages have to be passed. So too, we have on the spiritual path, the
stages of work, worship, wisdom and sacrifice. Sacrifice may be likened to
a ripe fruit falling from a tree, sacrificing its affection and
attachment. Work is for the physical level, worship for the mental level
and wisdom for the spiritual level. Each one has to pass through these
May 28, 2004
Bhajan is one of the processes by which you can train the mind to expand
into eternal consciousness. Teach the mind to revel in the glory and
majesty of God. Keep it clear of petty pleasures and passions. Bhajan
induces in you a desire to experience the truth, to catch a glimpse of the
Beauty that is God, to taste the Bliss that is the Self. It encourages man
to dive into himself and be his Real Self.
May 29, 2004
Follow the call of the Divine arising from the hearts of all living
beings. Serve them in an attitude of worship, not expecting anything in
return. Do not accept even gratitude, having dedicated all your acts to
the indwelling God. This will purify you so that you will be able to
listen to the 'Soham' (I am He) that your breath repeats every moment.
'Soham' transmutes itself into 'Om' when the distinction between He and I
has dissolved in the union with the Absolute.
May 30, 2004
It should be realised that there is no greater friend than God. He is
unaffected by praise and censure. He does not give up man under any
circumstances, not even on the latter's failure to come up to His
expectations. That is why God has been given the appellation 'Suhrid' (a
good friend), the one who confers benefits on His devotees without
expecting any return for Himself. Only the man who accepts God as such a
friend and is guided by His advice can understand the real meaning of
Divine friendship. Faith of this nature alone constitutes true Jnana
May 31, 2004
The study of the Vedas is the highest type of learning, since it leads to
the conquest of death, while all other studies deal with the means of
deriving little pleasures of the world. The Vedas show the path to the
realms of eternal bliss, where there is neither birth nor death. People
strive to know all about the world, but they seldom try to know even an
iota of their own inner realms.
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