Thought for the Day - As written at Prasanthi Nilayam
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May 1, 2005
The bee will hover around the flower, humming and droning until it settles
down to drink the nectar from it. Once it enters the flower and tastes the
nectar, it will hover, hum and drone no more. It will have no extraneous
thought to disturb its bliss. It will become so intoxicated with the bliss
that it will not heed its own safety; for, when the petals close and the
flower folds, it allows itself to be imprisoned inside the flower.
Similarly, once the mind settles on the lotus feet of the embodiment of
goodness and beauty, it can never crave anything except the nectar of the
May 2, 2005
When you seek to assuage the suffering of others, it is really your own
suffering that you mitigate. When your fellowbeing is relieved of his
pain, it is truly you who feel the relief. Service can be effective only
when the feelings of 'I' and 'Mine' give place to 'God' and 'God's'. It is
only when your attention is focussed on the body and its needs that egoism
grows in strength. When you instead direct your attention to the Antaratma
(Inner-self), which is God, you perceive the same God to be present in all
and a flood of reverence fills you and sanctifies every act of yours.
May 3, 2005
The mind is the monarch and the senses the ministers. But, if the mind of
man serves the senses, man will know no peace. Every sadhaka (spiritual
aspirant) who aspires to achieve the expression and expansion of the
Divine in him has to therefore earn mastery over the senses. That is the
first step. The next one is the conquest of the mind, its elimination. The
third is uprooting the Vasanas (innate tendencies), and the fourth,
attainment of Jnana (spiritual wisdom). The mind is the trunk, the senses
are the branches and the innate tendencies are the roots. All three have
to be overcome and destroyed, so that the awareness of Reality can be
May 4, 2005
The rich, the healthy, the strong, the powerful, the influential - all are
equally afflicted with discontent, worry, fear and anxiety. They have no
peace of mind. Shanti (Peace) comes from within; contentment is a mental
condition. Do not feed the roots of attachment to worldly comforts more
than is absolutely necessary. They lead only to anxiety and fear; they can
never satisfy the innermost craving of man. Lead your mind on to the path
of devotion and dedication; this is the true path to contentment and joy.
May 5, 2005
Be always saturated with Prema (Love); do not use vicious words against
any one, for, words wound more fatally than even arrows. Speak softly and
sweetly; sympathise with suffering and loss; try your best to apply the
salve of the soothing word and timely succour. Do not damage the faith of
anyone in virtue and divinity. Encourage others to have that faith by
demonstrating in your own life that virtue is its own reward, that
divinity is all-pervasive and all-powerful.
May 6, 2005
Motherhood is the most precious gift of God. Mothers are the makers of a
nation's fortune or misfortune, for they shape the sinews of the soul.
Those sinews are toughened by two lessons: fear of sin and regard for
virtue. Both these qualities are based on faith being the inner motivator
of all. If you want to know how advanced a nation is, study the mothers.
As the mother, so the progress of the nation; as the mother, so the
sweetness of the culture.
May 7, 2005
The Divine Spirit dwells in the temple of the body. The body must hence be
kept pure and sacred. By bathing, the body can be purified externally; by
speaking the truth, the tongue is purified. Through study and penance, the
spirit is rendered pure. The intellect acquires purity through Jnana
(spiritual wisdom). Thus, the body has to be made a shrine for the Divine
by pure thoughts, pure deeds and by meditation. It is, therefore, the
primary duty of man to ensure that the body does not indulge in wrongful
practices, and fall prey to falsehood and unrighteousness. He should use
the body to promote divine qualities and pursue the divine path.
May 8, 2005
Sacrifice is sweeter than enjoyment. Sacrifice should become the aim of
life. Only through sacrifice can one attain peace. Sorrows do not flee
from us as long as the mind is not at peace with itself. Agonies dwell
forever within us. Without the tranquility of the soul any amount of
wealth cannot be of any use. Surrendering the fruits of action with a
dispassionate mind is alone eligible to be termed sacrifice.
May 9, 2005
Be ever immersed in the search for Truth; do not waste time in the
multiplication and satisfaction of wants and desires. Satiation of one
want only gives rise to further wants. Thus, the mind seeks to acquire
various objects again and again. Do not yield to the vagaries of the mind.
Turn back, even forcibly, from sensory attachments. Stick to the same
place and schedule while undertaking spiritual practices. The Atma (Self)
itself will sustain the sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) and give him strength
May 10, 2005
Of all the gifts you receive from God, the greatest gift is Santosham
(contentment). The opposite of Santosham 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,
Santosham is the supreme blessing of the Lord, who, in His infinite Love,
puts an end to that unquenchable thirst. No wealth or worldly attainment
can equal it in efficacy; Santosham is the culmination of desire in full
contentment and sacred satiety.
May 11, 2005
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.
May 12, 2005
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 acting 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
May 13, 2005
Your child gives you great joy by its play and prattle; but when it
interferes with your work or teases you when you are otherwise engaged,
you get very angry at it. It is a source of joy as well as grief. There is
nothing that can give unmixed joy; even if there is, when it is lost, it
brings about sorrow. This is in the very nature of things; so try to
correct the very source of joy and sorrow - the mind; control it and train
it to see the real nature of the objective world, which attracts and
repels you by turns. That is the real fruit of spiritual study.
May 14, 2005
Man extols God as omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, but ignores His
presence in himself. Many venture to describe the attributes of God and
proclaim Him to be such and such, but these are mere guesses and a
reflection of their own predilections and preferences. Who can affirm
anything about God? Each one can acquire from the vast expanse of the
ocean only as much as can be contained in the vessel one carries to its
shore. From that quantity, they can grasp but little of that immensity.
May 15, 2005
People suffer because they have all kinds of unreasonable desires and they
pine to fulfill them and fail. They attach too much value to the objective
world. It is only when attachment increases that you suffer pain and
grief. If you look upon everything with the wisdom derived from inner
vision, then attachment will slide away and you will see everything with
greater clarity and with a glory suffused with Divine splendour.
May 16, 2005
When thoughts emanate from a mind purified by love, they will result in
Dharma (Righteousness). When Love becomes part of your experience, thought
and action you get Shanti (Peace). When you comprehend Love clearly,
Ahimsa (non-violence) will result automatically. So Love is the unseen
undercurrent binding all four human values. It can be summarised thus:
Love in thought is Truth; Love as feeling is Peace; Love in action is
Righteousness and Love with understanding is Non-violence. Love is the
common denominator for all these values. It is the form of God, for God is
May 17, 2005
God is the sole sustainer of human life, its basis, structure and
consummation. Money cannot help man to cultivate godliness and merge in
God. Scholarship too is equally powerless. The Upanishads proclaim that
release from the cycle of birth and death cannot be achieved through
action, or progeny, or by the accumulation of riches. It can be gained
only through Thyaga (renunciation). It is a pity that this warning is not
heeded and man is engaged in mere grabbing and grasping. As a result, he
suffers from more and more bonds that get tighter and tighter. The best
means to escape from this fate is to take refuge in the company of the
good and godly, and journey along the path pointed out by them.
May 18, 2005
Man is born with a great thirst and a deep hunger for bliss. He knows that
happiness is within his reach, but he does not know where to search. Deep
within, he knows that he is heir to the kingdom of Bliss, but he knows not
how to lay claim to his heritage. Something in him revolts when he is
condemned to die, to suffer and to hate. His heart whispers to him that he
is the child of Immortality and Bliss. But, man ignores these promptings,
and like one who exchanges diamonds for dirt, runs in search of meaner
pleasures and sordid comforts.
May 19, 2005
One's actions decide one's destiny. It is of no avail to blame others for
one's misfortune and misery. Nor is it correct to blame God as being
partial or cruel. When one plants the seed of a bitter fruit, one can only
expect a bitter fruit to grow. God is only a witness to the chain of
causes and consequences. The way to escape this predicament is by
dedicating every act to God in a spirit of detachment.
May 20, 2005
Everyone must seek and discover the answer to the question, "Who am I?"
The senses are powerless to give the answer; indeed they are limited in
their own functioning - there are sounds the ear cannot hear, colours the
eye cannot perceive and tastes beyond the ken of the tongue. They are
imperfect instruments for the study of the external world. How then can
they serve us in our enquiry into the intangible, inner world of the Self?
Contemplate on the truth that the body and the Atma (Self) are separate.
This practice is indispensable for realizing the truth of one's Divinity.
May 21, 2005
Why is man so pathetically afflicted today with fear and anxiety? Are we
to search for the reasons outside us or do they lie within us? The reason
lies in the false emphasis we have laid on things of the material world,
ignoring matters of the spirit. The body that man bears is essentially a
receptacle of God. It is a temple where God is installed, where God is the
Master. Hence, it does not behove you to pander to its every whim.
Instead, realise it to be a very valuable instrument in your Godward
May 22, 2005
Man must always proceed towards 'Balam' (strength); he should not take to
untruth, wickedness and crookedness, all of which denote the fundamental
trait of cowardice. This cowardice is born out of accepting an inferior
and false image of oneself. You believe that you are the husk, the outer
covering. But, truly you are the kernel, the core. This false
identification is the fundamental mistake. All Sadhana (spiritual effort)
must be directed towards the removal of the husk and the revelation of the
kernel. So long as you say 'I am so and so', there is bound to be fear,
but once you say and feel 'I am Brahman', you get unconquerable strength.
May 23, 2005 - Buddha Purnima
Buddha's emphasis was entirely on purity in every aspect of daily life.
Purity in vision, purity in thought, purity in speech and purity in
action. He considered the spirit of sacrifice as the true yajna (sacred
offering). Sacrifice is the means for attaining Nirvana, freedom from the
bondage of mundane existence. Buddha was totally opposed to anyone being
forced to lead a worldly life against his will. The Buddhist prayer must
be properly understood. When the Buddhists say: "Buddham sharanam
gachchaami, Dharmam sharanam gachchaami, Sangham sharanam gachchaami," the
real meaning of the prayer is: You must divert your Buddhi (mind) towards
Dharma (right conduct). And right conduct should be aimed at serving
society. When this is done, society gets purified.
May 24, 2005
Man has in him vast resources of power. When he does not utilize them in
discharging his duties to the society which sustains him, he becomes a
target for ridicule. When a train arrives late, how do you react? You
fling abusive words at the train. When those inanimate coaches receive
such treatment, how much more rebuke do you deserve for not fulfilling
your duties and obligations. Utilize your skills and learning as
consistently and as effectively as duty demands.
May 25, 2005
You complain that God is invisible; but the fault truly lies with you, for
you do not recognise God in all His manifestations. You are yourself a
manifestation of God. But, you do not know it; you label yourself a
sinner, wallowing in sin and wickedness. But let someone take you at your
word and call you a sinner; you resent that. The reason is that your true
nature is purity, peace and joy.
May 26, 2005
Before pointing out the faults of others, examine yourself and assure
yourself that you are free from faults. That alone gives you the right to
judge others. But the truth is that you discover faults in others only
when you have defects in you. Once you rid yourself of these weaknesses,
all creation appears to be pure and sacred. That is the alchemy of Divine,
Universal Love, love for love's own sake.
May 27, 2005
Man is endowed with many skills; he is offered many lives and shown many
paths. The purpose of all these gifts is to develop in him the spirit of
devotion and release him from the duality of joy and grief. When man
visualizes the universe as God, its capacity to confer the dual experience
disappears; in its place, man finds peace and calm. God is One and One
only, He is the immanent principle. Hence, one must endeavour to know God,
who is Truth.
May 28, 2005
You are in this body, this receptacle, in order to realise your Divinity.
This body is the cocoon you have spun around yourself by means of your
impulses and desires. Use it while it lasts to grow wings so that you can
escape from this snare. You came into this world crying, announcing your
grief at being thrust into it, grief for having lost hold of God. Having
come with grief, decide to get rid of it in this life itself.
May 29, 2005
Injury inflicted on any being is sacrilege and indeed self-injury. Love is
transformed into poison if it is contaminated by hate. Love some, but do
not hate the rest, for that hate will befoul the love and make it mortal.
Love comes automatically to the realised soul; but, the sadhaka (spiritual
aspirant) has to cultivate it by means of Seva (service) and enquiry into
the unity of creation. Love does not flow from the tongue or the head, but
from the Heart.
May 30, 2005
It is no mean achievement to get the name of the Lord on the lips during
the last moments. It needs practice of many years based on deep-seated
faith and a strong character, devoid of 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 constantly
chant God's name and endeavour to cultivate good qualities.
May 31, 2005
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 at bay, 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.
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