Thought for the Day - As written at Prasanthi Nilayam
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November 1, 2004
All that you see in the cosmos, the moving and the stationary objects, are
manifestations of the Atma. This Atma is called "Eruka" or Awareness. This
Awareness produces in every being the sense of "I-ness" and it expresses
itself as " I " or "Aham". When this " I " identifies itself with the
body, it takes the form of Ahamkara (ego). This is what is called Mithya
or Delusion. What man needs today is the resolve to realize the Atma,
one's true self. Through Atma-Jnana (knowledge of the self), man can
experience Atma -Ananda (Atmic bliss).
November 2, 2004
Try to be as self-reliant as possible; endeavour to stand on your own
feet. Be industrious. Be efficient and enthusiastic in the work that has
come your way as your share in life. God has provided two hands for every
stomach. If those hands work assiduously and intelligently, they can,
without doubt, fill that little stomach. The trouble is that we are loath
to work. We welcome every chance to talk and teach. But, speech cannot
fill the hungry stomach. Dedicated and intelligent work, that is what is
November 3, 2004
You need not glorify God, for that may keep you at a distance from Him.
God is not new. He was there before your birth and He exists eternally.
Where is the need to glorify Him? You must consider Him as your old
friend. When you acquire friendship newly with a person, you speak to him
formally and respectfully. When he becomes an old acquaintance, you can
take liberties with him. Consider God also as an old friend, so that you
can enjoy the liberty and feel kinship with Him!
November 4, 2004
Young people who are capable of making sacrifices are very essential
today. We should encourage them to proclaim to the world the Omnipresence
of Divinity. It is necessary to have young people who can fight with
courage in situations arising from injustice, unkindness and cruelty. They
should not only strive for worldly and material benefits, but also for the
ethical and spiritual ideals of life. They should be prepared to give up
imitation and selfish ideas, and serve the community in a selfless manner.
They must, through their experience, proclaim to others that inner
Divinity is the most important thing in life.
November 5, 2004
Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanthi (Peace), Prema (Love) and
Ahimsa (Non-violence) are the primary human values. However, the
fundamental basis of Truth and Righteousness is Love. Love is God, Truth
is God, Righteousness is God. The five human values can be compared to the
Pancha Pranas (five life principles) of man. If you do not speak truth,
you lose one life principle. Unrighteous conduct amounts to losing the
second life principle. Similarly, even the other life principles will be
lost if you do not practise the other human values. Therefore, one bereft
of these principles verily becomes a living corpse.
November 6, 2004
We must consider rendering service to society as a sacred duty. Whatever
small service we may do, if we do it in the right spirit, serving without
any thought of self-interest, we shall be doing something commendable and
worthwhile. The act by itself may be insignificant, but it must be done
wholeheartedly. Just as a cow transforms whatever it consumes into sweet,
wholesome milk, any kind of service rendered with a pure heart will yield
November 7, 2004
Virtues are more important than physical beauty. Observing the good and
bad in the world, one should develop discrimination to choose the former.
One should strive hard to cultivate virtues. Right from an early age, one
should inculcate good qualities and develop good character. Wherever one
may go, it is character that is of utmost importance. It is virtues that
lend greatness to any person. If everyone develops good character, the
whole country will become good and great.
November 8, 2004
Truth and righteousness are the two main pillars on which the entire world
rests. If we protect truth and righteousness, they will in turn protect us
wherever we go. Truth is the source of all happiness. If you do not adhere
to truth, how can you expect to attain happiness? Truth is the fundamental
principle of life. But today, man's thoughts, words and deeds are tainted
with untruth and unrighteousness. That is the reason he is unable to enjoy
happiness in life.
November 9, 2004
What is Brahman? It is the Atmic principle permeating every living being
as consciousness. When the Atmic principle is encased in a body, it
becomes individualized and is referred to as Jiva or Conscience. The
individual, Atma and Chaithanya (consciousness) are one and the same.
People think that they are different because they are given different
names. Remove the names and there is only one Atmic principle.
November 10, 2004
The very first Sadhana (spiritual exercise) one must adopt is the
cultivation of inner silence, to put an end to the continuous dialogue
with the mind. Let the mind rest for a while. Do not project on the mind
irrelevant details or pollute it with fumes of envy and greed. Every idea
we entertain, either good or bad, gets imprinted on the mind. An element
of weakness and unsteadiness is thus introduced in the mind. Keep the mind
calm and clear. Do not agitate it every moment by your non-stop dialogue.
November 11, 2004
Be always in the company of devotees of God. Through this Sathsang (good
company), Viveka (discrimination) and Vairagya (detachment) will be
inculcated in you. These qualities will strengthen the spirit and endow
you with inner peace. If the mind is subdued, that alone is enough; it is
not then necessary to conquer the external senses. If the mind has no
attachment to the sense objects, the senses have nothing to cling on to
and they become powerless; likes and dislikes are both starved out of
existence. The bonds with the objective world are cut, though the senses
may still be affected by it. For him who has been blessed by the awareness
of the Atma, how can anything worldly bring grief or joy?
November 12, 2004
Today is the day on which Naraka, the demon was killed. What does this
event signify? It signifies killing the demon in man. 'Nara' means man and
'Asura' means demon. This demon is present in every human being. It is not
necessary to acquire great Astras and Shastras (weapons) to kill this
demon. Man is called 'Nara' because there is Atma in him. That Atma is the
embodiment of love. Only through love is it possible to kill these demons.
Therefore, realize the Atma Tathwa (Atmic principle) and develop love.
This is true Bhakthi (devotion).
November 13, 2004
What is required is the transformation of the heart. All bad thoughts and
feelings should be expelled from the heart. We should whole-heartedly
participate in Bhajans. It should not be a mechanical ritual. Once your
heart is filled with sacred thoughts and feelings, they will be reflected
in your Bhajan-singing. Through your singing you should give joy to all
November 14, 2004
Life has to be an incessant process of repair and reconstruction, of
discarding evil and developing goodness. Paddy grains have to be de-husked
in order to become edible as rice. Cotton has to be converted as yarn to
become wearable cloth. Gold nuggets have to be heated in the crucible to
remove the impurities. Man too, must purify his impulses, emotions and
desires and cultivate good thoughts, words and deeds so that he can
November 15, 2004
Today, man aspires to attain Mukthi (liberation). What is Mukthi? It is
not the attainment of a heavenly abode. Mukthi means freedom from
suffering. One needs to have Mukthi at three levels - body, mind and soul.
For example, when one is hungry, one eats food and the hunger is satiated.
This is a kind of Mukthi. Suppose, one is suffering from a disease, one
gets cured by taking medicine. This is also a kind of Mukthi. All this is
related to the body. At the mental level, Mukthi means controlling the
vagaries of the mind. But, true liberation lies in understanding the
principle of the Atma which neither comes nor goes. This is termed as
November 16, 2004
The lamp is a sacred symbol of divinity. The flame of the lamp always
rises upward. Wherever it islit, it dispels darkness. For dispelling the
darkness of ignorance withinyou, you need the Divine lamp of wisdom. Only
then can you shine as a person.Inner purity is the wick of this Divine
lamp. Devotion is the oil and Divinegrace is the fire by which the lamp of
wisdom can be lit.
November 17, 2004
Desire can be rooted out only when the faith that the Atma is the very
core of one's being is firmly established. Since all efforts are now
directed to the accumulation of material goods and the satisfaction of
sensual desires, man is tossed abouton the waves of fighting and
factionalism, falsehood and greed. The individual is intimately related to
society and so his restlessness affects society too.
November 18, 2004
Compassion towards all creatures is the greatest virtue; wilful injury to
any creature is the worst vice. Have full faith in this and spread love
and joy through compassion, and be full of joy and peace within. You do
not have joy and peace now because your vision is directed towards the
faults and failings of others and never towards your own faults and
failings. Truly speaking, upon enquiry you, will find that what we see in
others is but a reflection of our own selves, our prejudices and
November 19, 2004
Motherhood is the most precious gift of God. Mothers are the makers of a
nation's fortune, for they shape the sinews of its soul. These sinews are
toughened by two lessons - fear of sin and fondness of virtue. As the
mother, so the sweetness of culture. As the mother, so the progress of the
nation. If mothers take care of their families, they will be protecting
the nation. Mothers should foster in their children, love for truth,
righteousness and narrate inspirational stories of great men and women.
November 20, 2004
Every act must be regarded as an offering to the Divine. It may not be
easy to develop such an attitude. But if the effort is made sincerely, it
can be achieved. It does not call for abandonment of hearth and home or
giving up your wealth and position. What you earn through the grace of God
will confer on you enduring benefits greater than the wealth you earn by
any other means. The grace of God is like insurance; it will help you in
your time of need. Material wealth confers Bhoga (enjoyment) which leads
to Roga (illness). But selfless service is Yoga (spiritual path) which
secures Divine grace.
November 21, 2004
Just as it is natural for a river to flow towards the sea, for a creeper
to cling to a tree, for the stars to glitter in the firmament, in the same
way, spontaneous flow of man's love towards God is totally natural. Love
has no reason and it is not bound by any rules and regulations. Selfless
love that does not expect any reward directly reaches God. Worldly love
does not arise from the depth of one's heart; it is the outcome of
November 22, 2004
Educational institutions should teach students to adhere to truth and to
discharge their duties as a sacred obligation. Students should not allow
success or failure to ruffle their minds unduly. Courage and
self-confidence must be instilled in the them. The moulding of character
and inculcation of human values must start with children at a very young
age. All that one does as an offering to God is but an expression of human
values. Whatever studies one may pursue, one must not give up one's faith
in God as it is tantamount to giving up one's life.
November 23, 2004
I must ask you to give me as a birthday offering only one thing - reduce
your selfishness; abate your wrong desires. Foster your spirit of
sacrifice and become noble human beings. The Avatar (Divine incarnation)
comes to save mankind out of His Love and Compassion. He comes down to the
level of man and arouses the Divine Consciousness in him. In order to
enable you to reach the highest goal of merging with the Absolute, this
chance has been granted to you as a reward for merit acquired in many
November 24, 2004
Physical eyes are useful only for seeing the phenomenal world. Every man
has to develop the inner vision of wisdom to experience the Atma. It is
only when you feel that the cosmos is permeated by the Divine that the
cosmos will appear to you as a manifestation of the Divine. All Names and
Forms are His. Names and Forms may vary, but the Atma is the same in all.
Recognise the unity of all beings. Then, you will be filled with universal
November 25, 2004
The nature of Divine love is different from that of human attachment. It
is timeless and constant. Make it your sole ideal. It is inherent in you;
all that needs to be done is to manifest it in the proper way. If there is
sugar at the bottom of a tumbler of water, you can make the water sweet by
stirring the sugar to dissolve it. Likewise, your heart is a tumbler at
the bottom of which there is Divinity. Take the spoon of Buddhi
(intellect), stir the heart by the process of sadhana (spiritual effort).
Then, the Divinity in the heart will permeate the entire body.
November 26, 2004
The Divine is omnipresent. The entire cosmos is permeated and sustained by
this Divine energy. Man must make the necessary effort and sacrifice in
order to experience the Divine. All the bad tendencies have to be
renounced the moment they invade the human mind. True devotion lies in
eliminating the animal tendencies in man. Man should seek to realise the
eternal Divine within him. This is the primary purpose of human life.
November 27, 2004
When we have excess money, it breeds pride, sloth and contempt for others.
In pursuit of money, man descends to the level of the beast. Money is of
the nature of manure. Piled up in one place, it fouls the air. Spread it
wide, scatter it over fields and you are rewarded with a bumper harvest.
So too, when money is spent for promoting good works, it yields
contentment and happiness in plenty.
November 28, 2004
Man has the choice of two paths - the Pravritti Marga (the outward path of
involvement) or the Nivritti Marga (the inward path and non-involvement).
When involved in the world, man is confronted with the six internal foes -
lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride and hatred. When detached from the
world, man is helped by six internal friends - sense and mind control,
fortitude, contentment, faith and equanimity. The human body is deified as
the temple of God; but the foes have to be evicted and the friends
admitted before the Divine can establish itself there.
November 29, 2004
Man's heart is like pure gold, but as he associates himself with worldly
desires, he loses his value as well as his effulgence. Do not pollute your
mind with worldly desires. You have attained this human birth as a result
of meritorious deeds done in past lives. Do not misuse it. Human life is
highly valuable. People aspire to attain Nirvana (Liberation). In order to
attain Nirvana, one should have a pure heart. True Nirvana lies in having
love for God, fear of sin and morality in society.
November 30, 2004
At first, God stands at a distance watching your efforts. He is like the
teacher who stands aside while the student answers the examination paper.
When you shed your attachment to the material world and turn to doing good
and serving others, God comes encouragingly near. He is like the Sun who
stands waiting outside the closed door, without announcing his presence or
knocking at the door. He simply waits. But, when the door is opened even a
little, the light of the sun rushes in at once and drives out the
darkness. When you ask God for help, He is right beside you with hands
held out to help you. So, all you need is the discrimination to pray to
God and the wisdom to remember Him.
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