Thought for the Day - As written at Prasanthi Nilayam
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September 1, 2004
God is beyond all notions of good and bad, right and wrong. These are only
earthly measures by which the temporary objects are weighed and judged. He
has no Form, no dualities, no preferences, no prejudices and no
predilections. To say that He is Sathyaswaroopa, Jnanaswaroopa or
Anandaswaroopa (embodiment of Truth, Wisdom and Bliss) is also not
correct. For He has no 'Swaroopa' (Form) or 'Swabhava' (characteristics).
He is Sathya (Truth), Jnana (Wisdom) and Ananda (Bliss). That is the
experience of those who have tasted Ananda.
September 2, 2004 - Guru Poornima
Man can be happy with much less than he seems to think essential. When
some article is with you for some little time, you feel it is
indispensable and you do not know how to live without it. Like the
silkworm, you weave a cocoon for yourself, out of your fancy. Do not allow
costly habits to grow, costly from the monetary as well as the spiritual
point of view. Watch your likes and dislikes with a vigilant ye and
discard anything that threatens to encumber your path.
September 3, 2004
Place the evil qualities lurking within you on the altar of your mind and
sacrifice them as an offering to the deity installed therein. Though born
as a human, man is burdened by animal instincts and impulses that have
attached themselves to him during his previous lives as an animal. He has
passed through many an animal existence and each has left its mark on his
mental make-up, like a scar on the skin when a wound has healed.
September 4, 2004
Life is a pilgrimage to God. The road lies before you; but unless you take
the first step forward and move further on, how can you reach your
destination? Start with courage, faith, joy and steadiness. You are bound
to succeed. The mind and the intellect are the two bullocks tied to the
cart of the inner man. The bullocks are not used to the road of Sathya
(Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanti (Peace) and Prema (Love) and so
they drag the cart along the road familiar to them, namely, falsehood,
injustice, worry and hatred. You have to train them to take the better
road so that they may not bring disaster upon themselves, the cart or the
passengers travelling in it.
September 5, 2004
The Divine is omnipresent. The entire cosmos is permeated and sustained by
this divine energy. Everyone should endeavour to experience the Divine.
Man must make the effort and he is bound to realise the experience. The
necessary sacrifice must be made. All the bad qualities have to be
renounced the moment they invade the mind. True devotion means elimination
of all the animal tendencies in man. Man should seek to realise the
eternal Divine within him. That is the primary purpose of human life.
September 6, 2004
The message of the life of Lord Sri Krishna is the supremacy of the Love
Principle. This message is all that the world needs. Krishna is the
embodiment of love. This love can be understood only through love. It is
strong, brilliant and unbreakable like a diamond. It is extremely
precious. If you want to secure such divine love, your love for God must
be equally strong. For, you can cut diamond only with diamond. Love begets
love. Hatred can only beget hatred. Therefore, if you want to foster love,
you have to get rid of hatred, jealousy and anger.
September 7, 2004
Divine Life is based on Sathwa Guna (quality of calm serenity), which must
be cultivated. This guna can be built only upon Saathwik food (natural
food that is moderate in flavour), which promotes health, strength,
lightness of body and spirit, and earnestness of endeavour. There is no
use distributing Adhyaatma rasa (nectar of spirituality) to underfed and
weak people; give Anna rasa (food) first; make them strong enough to
entertain right beliefs and high ideals; physical hunger must first be
appeased by simple Saathwik food.
September 8, 2004
One does not have to search for God by travelling around the world. God is
not outside oneself. If one thinks that God is separate from him, it may
be so for him. But if one transcends all thoughts, one then becomes God
oneself. All thoughts are illusions, so by giving them up, one becomes
God. Therefore, give up thoughts. Come forward and enjoy the divinity that
you really are.
September 9, 2004
Buddhi (intellect) revels in discussion and disputation; once you yield to
the temptation of dialectics, it takes a long time for you to escape from
its shackles and efface it and enjoy the bliss which comes from its
nullification. You must all the while be aware of the limitation of
reason. Logic and deduction must yield their place to devotion. Buddhi can
help you along only some distance along the Godward path; the rest is
illuminated by intuition.
September 10, 2004
We cannot describe God in words. We have to experience the bliss of
realising Him as the core of our being. If we want Ananda (bliss), we must
walk along the path of Atma (soul). When we work in the direction of Atma,
the diversity is removed and equanimity is established. The world will
vanish when we keep in mind the creator of the world.
September 11, 2004
The Vedas have held forth the message of people living in amity, striving
together for common ends and sharing the fruits of their co-operative
efforts. They have also proclaimed the omnipresence of the Divine. The
cosmic form of the divine encompasses every being in the universe.
Forgetting the truth - "Sarvam Vishnumayam Jagath", that the Divine is
immanent in the Cosmos, people search for the Divine. Every human being is
a spark of the Divine. Hence, there should be no ill-will towards anyone.
September 12, 2004
"Sathyam Brooyath, Priyam Brooyath, Na Brooyath Sathyam Apriyam". Speak
the truth, speak what is pleasant and never speak what is true but not
pleasing. Truth is of the highest importance whether we consider morality,
worldly life or spiritual progress. From the ethical point of view, you
have to speak the truth. In the context of worldly life, you have to speak
what is pleasing. From the spiritual point of view, you have to avoid what
is not pleasing even if it is true. One should not utter words that cause
excitement, but speak the truth which is both pleasing and beneficial.
September 13, 2004
Love exists for love's sake and nothing else. It is spontaneous and
spreads delight. Everything is permeated by love. Love can conquer
anything. Selfless, pure, unalloyed love leads man to God. Selfish and
constricted love binds man to the world. Unable to comprehend the pure and
sacred nature of love, man today is a prey to endless worries because of
his attachment to worldly objects. Man's primary duty is to understand the
truth about the Love principle. Once he understands the nature of love, he
will not go astray.
September 14, 2004
You must realise that the Divine current that flows and functions in every
living being is the one Universal Entity. When you desire to enter the
mansion of God, you are confronted by two closed doors - the desire to
praise yourself and the desire to defame others. The doors are bolted by
envy; and there is also the huge lock of egoism preventing entry; so if
you are earnest, you have to resort to the key of Prema (Love) and open
the locks of egoism, remove the bolt of envy and only then will the doors
be thrown open to you.
September 15, 2004
The Bhagavad Gita advises 'Karmasanyaasa', that is to say, performance of
action without attachment to the fruits thereof. There are karmas
(actions) which have to be performed as one's duties, according to one's
status in the society. And if these are done in the proper spirit, they
will not bind one at all. Undertake all deeds as actors would in a play,
keeping your identity separate and not attaching yourself too much to your
role. Remember that the whole thing is just a play and the Lord has
assigned to you a part; act out your part well; there your duty ends.
September 16, 2004
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 with it. It is a source of joy as well as grief. There
is nothing which 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 education.
September 17, 2004
There were two parrots on a tree. A hunter trapped them and sold them. One
to a low, cruel butcher and the other to a sage who was running an ashram
(hermitage) to teach the Vedas. After a few years, he was surprised to
find that one bird swore very foully, while the other recited the glory of
the Lord in a sweet musical tone which captivated the listeners. Such is
the effect of the environment; so always seek and secure Sathsang (company
of good and holy people).
September 18, 2004
Man is bound by three tendencies. The first is Kama (the longing to
possess). When that longing fails, Krodha (anger) raises its hood. When
the desire is fulfilled, the third tendency Lobha (greed) overtakes him.
Ganesha's vehicle is the mouse. The mouse is a creature that is led, even
to the point of destruction, by Vaasana (the sense of smell). Men too, are
victims of Vaasana (preferences and predilections stamped on our minds
during the past lives). Ganesha smothers and suppresses these Vaasanas
which misdirect man and lead him to misfortune. However, if one's desire
is beneficial, the Divine will shower his Grace. His Grace is available
for all who seek good and godly goals.
September 19, 2004
As long as you worship the Lord with form, you use certain flowers such as
roses, marigolds and jasmine, although the body that performs the worship
and the flowers which you use are all impermanent. But if you want to
worship the formless God in your heart, then the flowers you use are
different; they are the flowers of non-violence, of love and compassion,
of charity and sacrifice. To elevate yourself to the formless principle,
you will have to cultivate these flowers of the heart and use them in your
worship. Then you will experience the ineffable and permanent joy of the
September 20, 2004
Man is consciousness incarnate. Man is the highest object in creation.
Hence, he should not become a creature of instinct like animals. Man
should progress from the human to the Divine. 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 forgets his inherent Divinity and does
not realize that everything in the universe has come from the Divine and
cannot exist without the power of the Divine.
September 21, 2004
Human life is a journey from 'I' to 'We'. This journey is subtle and the
goal is very near, but man takes many births to reach the destination.
Just as you change your dress, so too you have to change your body one day
or the other. That is why it is said, "Death is the dress of life". That
which is responsible for birth is responsible for death too. This body is
like a passing cloud. So long as there is life in the body, use it in the
service of others. Engage yourself in service till the last breath.
Service to man is service to God. Have control over your senses; without
this discipline all your service will be futile.
September 22, 2004
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 he carries to its
shore. From that quantity, they can grasp but little of that immensity.
September 23, 2004
People suffer because they have all kinds of unreasonable desires and they
pine to fulfil them and they 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 the
inner vision, then attachment will slide away and you will see everything
with greater clarity and with a glory suffused with Divine splendour.
September 24, 2004
Men in their ignorance ask the question, "If God is omnipresent and
all-pervasive, why is He not visible to us?" When the sun shines, clouds
that are formed by the sun's heat hide the rays of the sun. When the sun
is not visible because of the clouds, can you say that there is no sun?
When a strong wind blows, the clouds are dispelled and the sun is visible
again. Similarly, when the winds of love and faith blow, the clouds of
doubt and egoism are scattered and God reveals Himself. Though God is
omnipresent, man's lack of faith and his self-conceit prevent him from
seeing God. To get rid of this disbelief and egoism, certain spiritual
disciplines have to be observed.
September 25, 2004
In human society today, egoism is rampant. Ostentation is ubiquitous.
Whatever one's scholarship or wealth, as long as there is egoism, God's
grace will not flow. God's grace will be showered on those who have
humility and discipline. Humility is essential for securing God's grace.
Revere your elders. Be content with what you have. Develop goodwill
towards all. Bear no ill will towards anyone. When you desire that all
should love you, you should equally love all.
September 26, 2004
A true spiritual aspirant will have a reverential attitude towards the
duty he is entrusted with. He will carry out every task assigned to him as
an act of worship by which the Lord will be pleased. Duty is God, work is
worship. Worship is not a uniform that is to be donned and doffed at
stated hours of the day. Render every thought into a flower, worthy to be
held in His fingers; render every deed into a fruit, full of the sweet
juice of love, fit to be placed in His hand; render every tear holy and
pure, fit to wash His Lotus Feet.
September 27, 2004
People aspire for Mukthi (liberation). They have no idea what constitutes
liberation. Man seeks liberation from the maladies of the body, the
senses, the mind, the intellect and the Antahkarana (internal motivator).
All these are no doubt necessary, but liberation in the ultimate sense
consists in liberation from the cycle of birth and death. This means that
one should redeem one's present life so that one is free from rebirth.
September 28, 2004
The way in which one should benefit from the Avatar is to watch His every
step, observe His actions and activities, follow the guiding principle of
which His life is a demonstration. Imbibe His love, His compassion and His
wisdom. Man has become artificial, crooked and twisted. He has left behind
his natural ways and made his mind a lumber-room for worries, anxieties
and fears. He can live on much less, with much greater joy for himself and
others. If only he remembers that he is a spark of the divine, he will be
more loving and helpful.
September 29, 2004
You are all one irrespective of the countries you belong to. Bulbs may
vary, but the current is the same. Likewise, nationalities and
personalities may vary, but the principle of the Atma is one and the same
in all. Therefore, give up all differences based on caste, religion and
nationality and spread the message of unity. Nations are many, but the
earth is one. Jewels are many, but gold is one. Stars are many, but sky is
one. Bodies are many, but breath is one. You can experience bliss only
when you render service keeping in mind the unity of all beings.
September 30, 2004
As is your vision, so is the world. It is foolish to try to change the
world. Shape yourself as the embodiment of peace. Correct your vision to
see divinity everywhere, then that awareness will transmute every word,
thought and deed of yours into a benediction. Cleanse the heart by
listening to spiritual discourses, by seeking the company and comradeship
of the righteous and by cultivating goodness of character and sweetness of
disposition. Fill your hearts with the sweet, fragrant waters of Prema
(love). Then every act and word of yours will be sweet and fragrant.
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