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 Date30:11/2017

The bee hovers around the lotus, it sits upon it, it drinks the nectar; while drinking the sweet intoxicating honey, it is silent, steadfast, concentrated, and forgetful of all else. That pure love (prema) is experienced by the inner I, which is the reflection of the real I, your Divine Soul (Atma). Every individual behaves exactly like the bee when they are immersed in the presence of God. The hum of the bee ceases and it is silent once the drinking of the nectar begins. So also, people argue, fight, condemn, and assert only until they discover the sweet essence of Divinity (rasa). The Divine rasa or essence is prema rasa, the sweetness of pure love. Where there is love, there can be no fear, no anxiety, no doubt, and no ashanti (absence of peace). When you are afflicted with restlessness and agitation, you can be sure that your love is narrow, restricted, and it has some ego or selfishness mixed in it. [Divine Discourse, Feb 26, 1968]

- BABA 
 Date29:11/2017

Do not demean your talents; when you dive deep into yourselves you can discover the source of all strength. Ants creeping over a huge rock, millions of them, can carve a deep groove along their path. The minute feet of the ant have that power. You might have seen on the walls around the village wells, deep holes produced on granite slabs by the continuous placing of water pots! The pots are made of mud, but over years they erase even the hardest granite! The embodiment of the Self (Atma-swarupa) that you are is not an embodiment of insignificance (alpa-swarupam)! The Atma is not anaemic. It is a powerful dynamo, capable of generating enormous power. Your spiritual teacher (Guru) shows you the goal (guri); but, you must generate the power yourself, by your own spiritual effort. [Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1964]

- BABA 
 Date28:11/2017

Lord Krishna demonstrated that if you practise the spiritual exercise of living in the constant presence of God, you are bound to achieve victory. Take Him as your charioteer; He will steer you through the heaviest of odds. He has no favourites or rivals. Like fire, He spreads warmth to all near Him. If you do not feel the warmth, do not blame Him: blame yourself! Hiranyakashipu said, 'He is nowhere' and so, God was nowhere for him; Prahlada asserted 'He is everywhere,' and He appeared from the pillar to prove him true. God did not run into the pillar to come out of it! He was there all along, just as in everything else! He just made Himself visible! I am also like that; if you accept Me and say yes, I too respond and say, “Yes, yes, yes”! If you deny and say, no, I also echo, “no”. Come, examine, experience and have faith; that is the best way to profit from Me. [Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1964]

- BABA 
Date27:11/2017

I will tell you today what is beneficial to you, which you must put into daily practice. Develop renunciation with regards to your own needs and wishes. Examine each on the touchstone of essentiality. When you pile up things in your apartment, you only promote darkness and dust; so also, do not collect and store too many materials in your mind. Travel light. Have just enough to sustain life and maintain health. The pappu (dish of lentils) must have only enough uppu (salt) to make it relishing; do not spoil the 'dal' with extra salt. Life becomes difficult to bear, if you add too much desire to it. Limit your desires to your capacity and amongst them, choose those that grant lasting joy. Do not run after fashion and public approval and strain your resources. Stick to your own code of rules that regulate your life based on your spiritual progress. Place the needs and joys of others first, as more important than yours! [Divine Discourse, Aug 19, 1964]

- BABA 
 
 Date26:11/2017

Everyone is now seeking comfort and pleasure; that seems to be the be-all and end-all. If you tell people that they can eat whatever they like and as much as they like, they are delighted; if you add that they might develop, as a consequence, some illness or other, they will treat you as an enemy! No regimen or control is popular. But strength is derived only from control, from restraint and regulation. People become tough and capable of endurance only if they welcome hardships. Struggle, and you get the strength to succeed. Seek the basis for the seen in the unseen. The tall skyscraper has a deep base reaching into the earth. This seen world has as its base the unseen Paramathma (Supreme Lord)! Your body is the god-gifted instrument through which you can search, investigate, and discover that base. [Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1964]

- BABA 
 Date25:11/2017

You might say that the karma from previous birth must be consumed in this birth and that no amount of grace can save you. Evidently someone has taught you to believe so. I assure you, you need not suffer from karma like that. When severe pain torments you, the doctor gives you a morphine injection (pain-killer), and you do not feel the pain though it is there in your body. Grace is like morphine; the pain is not felt, though you go through it! Grace takes away the malignity of the karma which you undergo. Just like dated drugs are declared ineffective after a certain date, with Grace, the effect of karma is rendered null, though the account is there! Hence, it is wrong to say the ‘Lalata likhitam’ (fate written on the forehead) cannot be rendered ineffective. Grace can surpass anything; nothing can stand in its way. Remember, it is the grace of the ‘All-mighty’! [Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1964]

- BABA 
 Date24:11/2017

In the present times, there is none fully good, and so who deserves the protection of God? All are tainted by wickedness! Will anyone survive if God decides to uproot evil? Therefore I have to correct the buddhi (intellect) by various means; I have to counsel, help, command, condemn and standby as friend and well-wisher to all, so that they may give up evil propensities, recognise the straight path, tread it and reach the goal. I have to reveal to the people the worth of the Vedas and the scriptural texts, which lay down the norms. The easiest path to self-realisation is the surrender of the ego. Arjuna surrendered and so the war he was engaged was transformed into a yajna, a sacrifice! Daksha performed a yajna, but was so full of egoism and chose not to surrender! So his yajna was transformed into a war filled with hate. Do not pit your tiny ego against the Almighty; leave it to His Will and you will enjoy lasting peace. [Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1964]

- BABA 
 Date23:11/2017

Embodiments of the Divine Self! You are celebrating today as the Birthday of Swami, and deriving divine bliss (ananda) through various programs carried on with enthusiasm; but in fact, I have no wish to consider this as a special day! Such desire, does not exist in Me at any time, in this or any other sojourn. I need nothing, however great or small, in this Universe! I have come with one purpose: To reveal to everyone of you the mystery of your reality and the goal of your life! What you should place before Me as offering is Pure Love from within. When you offer Me that, I derive Ananda! From today, spend your days and years in activities that help and care for those who are in dire need, and make this human existence of yours worthwhile and fruitful. Conduct yourself appropriately and realise the goal of your life. My blessings to you! [Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1974]

- BABA 
 Date22:11/2017

It is essential for students to understand why morality and spirituality have disappeared from society. Education without character, science without human values, commerce without ethics, and politics without truth are responsible for the erosion of virtue. Students have a duty to develop patriotism and restore these forgotten values. Today’s education makes one clever but does not instill virtue. Students transform their heads (mastakam) into books (pustakam) without practising human values. There is no benefit in turning your head into a book or vice versa. Recognise the path of Truth and demonstrate it in day-to-day living. The world needs people imbued with integrity. All that is learned must culminate in behaviour. Life today is based on show, expenditure, and comfort. Humanity’s problems can be solved not by money or science but by humanity alone. People must transform themselves to live as human beings. (Divine Discourse, May 20, 1991)

- BABA 
 Date21:11/2017

Sanctify your life by developing sense control. It is only because people have no control over their senses and no limit to their desires that there is a lot of unrest and agitation in society. Many people roam about in society like animals. You should not become so. Whenever some evil thoughts arise in you, you should remind yourself that you are a human being and not an animal. Anger is an animal quality. When animals get angry, they fight with one another. Unfortunately, today human beings are also fighting among themselves like animals. Animals have a reason and a season, but human beings have no reason, no season and behave worse than animals. Being a human being, you should cultivate human qualities and do not get angry! Even if anger overpowers you, you should try to become calm and quiet. Do not lose your cool. When you cultivate calmness, you will never become agitated and restless. (Divine Discourse, May 2, 2006)

- BABA 
 Date20:11/2017

Truth is unchangeable, irrespective of time and place. Wherever you are, truth is truth, love is love! If you have love, truth will automatically become part of you and vice versa. You are all born with love. But unfortunately, as you grow up, the selfless love in you gradually starts declining, and hatred and jealousy begin to increase. Jealousy is a very bad quality. It will not only harm others, but also will cause harm to you as well. Hence do not ever give scope for such evil qualities to germinate within you. Strive to cultivate good qualities like love and truth. Only then can you experience uninterrupted peace. When you develop the firm faith that God is in you and you are God and that your body itself is the temple of God, then there will be no scope at all for anger, jealousy, pride, etc., to trouble you. Hence beloved ones, develop love and compassion. (Divine Discourse, May 2, 2006)

- BABA 
 Date19:11/2017

Ladies’ Day is celebrated on this day in order to delve into the sacred qualities of women and disseminate them. Though the Earth is one, the plants vary depending upon the seeds sown. The womb of the mother symbolises Mother Earth. As is the seed of thought sown in it, so is the fruit that it yields. So the mother should foster good thoughts, words and deeds. Only then can she beget virtuous children. Aryamba was a paragon of virtues. She spent all her time in the contemplation of God and in undertaking noble deeds. As a result, Sankaracharya was born to her. Sankaracharya could become Jagadguru (world teacher) because of his mother’s virtuous thoughts. Noble souls like Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa could attain exalted positions in their lives only due to the sacred feelings of their mothers. It is because of the feelings of the mother that the children become good or bad. It is because of such women that the children take to the path of righteousness. (Divine Discourse, Nov 19, 2000)

- BABA 
 Date18:11/2017

You build a house and install doors in it, isn’t it? After installing doors in your house, will you allow animals and reptiles like donkeys, pigs, snakes and scorpions to enter your home, just because the doors are there? No! Even if they try to enter, you will drive them away and close the door, isn’t it? Similarly control the door of your heart. If you close the door of your heart to evil qualities, they cannot enter. You should not get angry with anyone, nor criticise or harm anyone. If, for any reason, such circumstances arise, control yourself. When anger overtakes you, put it down immediately considering it as your worst enemy. It is said: ‘Anger is your enemy, patience is your shield of protection, and happiness is your heaven’. Fill your heart with love and compassion. When you fill your heart with love, you will see God everywhere. Bereft of love, you will see only devils everywhere! (Divine Discourse, May 2, 2006)

- BABA 
 Date17:11/2017

Change the angle of your vision. When you practice seeing the world from the point of view of the omnipresence of the Divine, you will be transformed. You will experience the power of the Divine in everything in creation. You cannot hide anything from God. Many imagine that Swami does not see what they are doing. They do not realise that Swami has a million eyes. Even your eyes are divine. But you are not aware of your true nature. When you have faith in yourself, you will have faith in God. Realise that there is nothing beyond the power of God. Love God with that supreme faith. Then you will be drawn towards God. It needs purity. A magnet cannot attract a piece of iron covered with rust. Similarly, God will not draw to Himself an impure person. Hence, change your feelings and thoughts and develop the conviction that God is everywhere and in every being. (Divine Discourse, Feb 27, 1995)

- BABA 
 Date16:11/2017

Your life is a long journey. You should have less luggage (desires) in this journey of life. Therefore, it is said: ‘less luggage more comfort, makes travel a pleasure’. You have many desires. What do you get out of them? There are rules for ceiling with regard to land and property. But is there any rule you observe to exercise a ceiling on your desires? Ceiling on desires is the need of the hour today. It means exercising control over your own desires. You can be truly happy only when your desires are controlled. You are under the mistaken notion that happiness lies in the fulfilment of desires. But in fact, happiness begins to dawn when desires are totally eradicated. Cut short your desires, day after day. When you reduce your desires, you advance very rapidly towards the state of renunciation, peace and bliss. (Divine Discourse, Mar 14, 1999)

- BABA 
 Date15:11/2017

Today there is no love between elders and youngsters in the home; children do not revere parents. This moral decline will undermine unity and strength. Moral decline is worse than military decline; it will lead to greater disaster. If you always meditate on ‘mine and me’, how can you be useful to others? Sacrifice is the 'salt' of life; it’s the secret to peace and joy. 'Go' means the senses; so, the name 'Go-pala' (one of God’s names) means, he who controls the senses. And, why should they be controlled? So that they may not stand in the way of sacrifice. All the senses are self-centred and egoistic. They must be educated to be inward-directed, towards the Universal Atma. That is gained by entrusting the senses to Gopala (God). Everyone must pass through sat-karma or good deeds, into the realm of expanding Love and from Love, learn the lesson of sacrifice, dedication and surrender to the one Overlord. (Divine Discourse, 27-Mar-1965)

- BABA 
 Date14:11/2017

Without delving deep into the significance of all that happens around them, people lead superficial lives. If only people meditate on the reality of one’s own existence, knowledge and joy, they will establish firm contact with the Source of all existence, all knowledge and all bliss. Without taking the first step towards self-inquiry, how can one derive self-satisfaction, infinite power and wisdom? You have it in your power to make your days on earth a path of flowers, instead of a path of thorns. Recognise the Divine Resident in every heart and life will be smooth, soft and sweet. God will be the fountain of Love in your heart and in the hearts of all with whom you come in contact with. Adore everyone as you adore Sai. Allow the other person as much freedom as you like to enjoy; do unto them just as you would like to be done to you. That is the sum and substance of Sadhana. (Divine Discourse, May 11, 1975)

- BABA 
 Date13:11/2017

Truth is God, Faith is God, Love is God; Live in Love. If only you cultivate these three, you can achieve anything. You may encounter any number of losses and difficulties in life. You may undergo a lot of suffering. But, you should never give up truth, faith and love. Loss, suffering and difficulties are like the waves in the ocean of life. They just come and go. But, the water in the ocean remains permanently. Hence, develop the faith of ‘water’, i.e., Divinity. Your thoughts are like passing clouds. Hence keep your faith firmly fixed on God. If you develop love and faith towards God, there is nothing in the world that you cannot achieve. By faith and love, you can even change the earth into sky and the sky into earth. The power of divine name is unparalleled. People often take it lightly. That is a mistake. (Divine Discourse, Nov 13, 2007)

- BABA 
 Date12:11/2017

There are two kinds of Bhajans - one is Khanda Bhajan, Bhajans done for a specific time or for a limited period, and the other is Akhanda Bhajan which involves constant contemplation on God in the morning, evening and even during the night - it is incessant contemplation on God during all the three states - the waking, dream and deep sleep. It is “sarvada sarvakaleshu sarvathra Harichintanam”, that is, to think of the Lord at all times and in all places. The divine name is highly potent. Each one of the several names of God has one type of power specific to it. If you wish to make good use of this power and derive lasting benefit out of it, you have to participate in Akhanda bhajan. You are most fortunate to participate in this Akhanda Bhajan. This is a great opportunity. If only you make good use of it, your life will be sanctified. The global Akhanda Bhajan is held only for this purpose every year. (Divine Discourse, Nov 13, 2007)

- BABA 
 Date11:11/2017

The power of divine name is unparalleled. Once you seek refuge in the lotus feet of God, you should never give up. Wherever you go, the divine feet will protect you. If you install the divine name firmly in your heart, your life will become sanctified. That is true devotion (bhakti). That is your power (shakti). That will bestow liberation (mukti). It is only to make people realise this truth that the spiritual practice of akhanda bhajan is prescribed for devotees at least once in a year. The word ‘akhanda’ implies chanting the divine name non-stop for 24 hours. During Akhanda Bhajan you may go home for any purpose, for example, to take food. But continue to do namasmarana while attending to any work in your house. You may attend to all your needs, constantly remembering God while doing so. That is the essence of Lord Krishna’s message in the Gita, “Mam anusmara yuddhya ca” (keep Me ever in your mind and fight till the end). (Divine Discourse, Nov 13,2007)

- BABA 
 Date10:11/2017

There is no use counting seconds and minutes while doing namasankirtan (act of singing God’s name) thinking, ‘I have done namasankirtan for so many minutes and so many seconds’. Meera sincerely prayed to Lord Krishna, “Swami, I delved deep into the ocean and could get the pearl of Your divine name. Let not this valuable pearl slip from my hand and drop back into the ocean. Having been born in this world, let me sing the glory of the divine name constantly and sanctify my life!” Some people participating in bhajan say, “Today I am not well. I have a sore throat due to cough and cold. I am not able to sing.” True, you may be suffering from cold and cough. But, you can sing within yourself, surely. Do it. That will give you sufficient strength. The divine name is very sacred. (Divine Discourse, Nov 13, 2007)

- BABA 
 Date9:11/2017

For Myself I can say, I shower more blessings on those who decry or defame Me. For, those who spread falsehoods about Me derive joy therefrom; I am happy that I am the cause for their exultation and joy! You too must accept this line of argument and be very happy when someone derives joy by defaming you. Do not respond by defaming that person; then, the chain of hatred will bind both and drag both of you down. Life will become a tragedy. Conquer anger by means of fortitude; conquer hatred by love. Do not feed anger with retaliation; do not feed hatred with fury. Forget and forgive all that has happened amongst you until this very moment; start a new chapter of love and brotherhood from now on. Goodness is Godliness. Never talk ill of others; spend your time in showering love, and in mutual help. Love, Love, Love, first Love.. Love as long as life lasts. (Divine Discourse, Apr 28, 1975)

- BABA 
 Date8:11/2017

You must become your own tutor. Train yourself by using the spark of wisdom that has been implanted in you. Once you try with all your might, the Lord’s Grace will be there to help you forward. The first step in spiritual discipline is to cleanse your speech. Talk sweetly without anger. Do not boast of your scholarship or attainments. Be humble and eager to serve. Conserve speech and practice silence. It will save you from squabbles, idle thoughts and factions. Practice the attitude of joy when others are joyful and of grief when others around you are sad. Let your heart move in empathy. But the joy and grief have to be translated into service; they should not be mere emotions. When the sun rises, not all lotuses in the lake bloom; only the grown buds open their petals. Others await their time. It’s the same with people. Differences exist because of unripeness, but remember, all fruits will ripen and fall someday. Every being reaches its goal, however slow they walk or circuitous their road is! (Divine Discourse, Apr 23, 1961)

- BABA 
  Date7:11/2017

Do not get involved in the mesh of ‘I and mine’. As soon as your ego is suppressed, that very moment two consequences immediately will follow: freedom from grief and acquisition of joy! To achieve this great consummation, you must take one step after another persistently. Good deeds like ritual worship, repetition of holy names, meditation, observance of vows, etc., are the essential 'steps'! Good thoughts like prayer for greater discrimination, more chance to serve others, etc. will help you immensely! Slowly and steadily cleanse your mind, sharpen the intellect, purify the senses, and you will win grace. Treat the old and the sick that are amidst you with some special care. Those of you who are young and sturdy, comfort them and give them the chances they deserve. Observe the disciplinary rules that are prescribed for your sake and be benefited! You have come to the Lord, prompted by Love (prema); cultivate it assiduously and live in that love. (Divine Discourse, Feb 18, 1966)

- BABA 
 Date6:11/2017

You see death snatching away persons from all around you, but you do not train yourself to meet it calmly, bravely, and gladly when it comes to you. Majority of people get glimpses of discrimination and detachment off and on, but they soon forget the call, ignore it or cover it up with excesses or excuses. One step forward and one step back — the journey does not take them far. Even if some do take up spiritual practices, steadiness is absent. Like a ball of thread that slips out of the hand onto the floor, and comes off loose because the grasp is not firm, practices fade away. Only steady effort will bring success here, as in every other case. How can you expect quick success in the control of the mind? It is very difficult to overcome its vagaries, for it is many-faced and very adamant. Steady perseverance alone will tame your mind, and it is only through a tamed mind that you can experience God. (Divine Discourse, Apr 23, 1961)

- BABA 
 Date5:11/2017

Meeting with fellow-pilgrims and kindred aspirants is a piece of rare good fortune. Every one of you is a temple, with the Lord installed in your heart, whether you are aware of it or not. The Lord is described in the Purusha Sukta scripture as ‘thousand headed’. It does not mean that He has just thousand heads and no more, no less. It means that the Lord is present in thousands of heads as just one loving heart, and gives life and energy to all! None of you must consider yourself separate from others; all of you are bound by the one same life-force, the same blood that flows through countless bodies. This is a precious message, a very special teaching of the Eternal Religion (Sanatana Dharma), which most of you have unfortunately forgotten. This is what the world needs today! Attach yourself to God fervently. Then all people on all days will be holy and special to you! (Divine Discourse, Feb 18, 1966)

- BABA 
 Date4:11/2017

The root-cause of all troubles is the uncontrolled and ill-directed mind. Like the river Godavari in floods, the mind rolls along, causing slips and slides and devastating vast areas on both banks. Discrimination and non-attachment are the two banks that tame the mad energy of the flood (your mind) and lead the raging waters into the sea (Divinity), which is really the destination they seek. None of you should make any attempt to run away from the duties of your station and status. Instead, remember to do those duties as worship, as offerings of your intelligence, skill, qualities, and thoughts and feelings to the feet of the Lord in a spirit of thankfulness for the chance given, without any trace of egoism or a sense of attachment to the fruits of the actions. Obligatory actions must be carried out, wherever you are, with care and sincerity. When you do so, they bestow upon you with the much-needed discrimination and non-attachment. (Divine Discourse, Apr 23, 1961)


- BABA 
Date3:11/2017

God has endowed you with a body and so every limb and sense-organ is worthy of reverent attention. Each must be used for His glory. The ear must exult when it gets a chance to hear the wonderful tales of God. The tongue must exult when it can praise Him. Else, your tongue is as effective as that of frogs on the marshy bank which croak day and night! An animal (pasu) fears; a beast (mriga) terrifies! Being afraid of someone or something is an animal tendency and bullying others is a demonic tendency. You should have neither! Your human body is gifted to you for a grand purpose – to realise the Lord within. If you own a fully loaded car in good running condition, would you keep it in the garage? Would you not drive it to where you need to go? So too, learn to use the faculties of body, senses, intellect, and mind, and achieve your goal! (Divine Discourse, Feb 18, 1966)


- BABA 
 
 Date2:11/2017

In all countries the emphasis is on the standard of life, not on the quality of living. Once you turn towards the path of worldly happiness, you will be led on and on to greater and greater discontent, competition, pride and jealousy. Just stop for a moment and examine your own experience; whether you are happier when you grow richer, and whether you get more peace as and when your wants are satisfied. Then you will bear witness to the truth that an improved standard of living is no guarantee of happiness. Neither do education, the mastery of information or the acquisition of skills guarantee mental equanimity. As a matter of fact, everywhere you find the educated man more discontented and more competitive than the uneducated. So the re-establishment of righteousness (dharma), is the urgent need in all parts of the world today. (Divine Discourse, Apr 23, 1961)


- BABA 

Date1:11/2017

Do not yield to the snares of friends or society or miscalled social conventions and become prey to smoking and other such bad habits. They destroy health, happiness, energy and even charm. Smoke disfigures your face and denigrates your lungs. It debilitates you and makes you diseased. The body is the temple of the Lord; keep it in good and strong condition. This skeletal cage or body is the Hasthinapuram, where we have the blind king, Dhritarashtra, the symbol of ignorance, as well as Yudhistira, the symbol of wisdom. Let the forces of Yudhistira win with the help of Sri Krishna. Let the tongue, accustomed to the bitterness of the margosa fruit of worldly triumphs and disasters, taste the sweet honey of remembering the Lord’s name. Experiment with this and you will be surprised at the result. You can feel the vast improvement in peace and stability in you and around you. Learn this easy lesson, get immersed in joy, and let others also share that joy with you. (Divine Discourse, Sep 2, 1958)


- BABA 


2017年11月1日

友人や団体、または間違った社会的風習の誘惑に屈してタバコを吸ったり、その他悪習の餌食となってはなりません。タバコは健康や幸福、エネルギーや美さえ破壊します。あなたの顔を醜くし、肺を害します。また、あなたを衰弱させて病気にします。肉体は神の神殿です。健全で頑強な状態に保ちなさい。この骨と皮の檻である肉体はハシナプラムですーつまり、そこには無知の象徴である盲目の王ドリタラシュトラのみならず、英知の象徴であるユーディシュラがいます。シュリ・クリシュナの力を借りてユーディシュラに勝利させなさい。世俗的な成功や失敗のマルゴサの実の苦さに舌を慣れさせ、神の名の憶念の甘美な蜜を味わいなさい。こうした試みに伴う結果に驚かされることでしょう。あなたがたは心の中や回りの平和と安定性に非常に大きな好転を感じることができます。この簡単な教訓を学んで喜びに満たされ、その歓喜を他の人にも分け与えなさい。

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