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 Date16:12/2017

Sage Patanjali defines Yoga as the control (nirodha) of the agitations (vrittis) of your mind (chitta). When your mind is stilled and is free from waves produced by the wind of desire, then you become a Yogi! Lord Krishna is called Yogeeshwara in the Gita, for, as the highest Yogi He is the ocean that is unaffected by the waves which agitate the surface. Indeed, young Lord Krishna danced on the hood of the serpent Kaliya and forced it to vomit its poison! The inner significance is that He rendered the poisonous snake (sensual desires) harmless! Yoga that enables you to practice sense control and not merely breath control, is the best way to attain the Yogeeshwara. Transcend the ‘many-consciousness’ (anekatwa bhava) and cultivate ‘One Consciousness’ (ekatwa bhava)! That will end strife, grief, pain and pride. See all as many expressions of the One Lord, as manifold bulbs of various colours and wattage lit by the same current. [Divine Discourse, May 10, 1969]

- BABA 
 Date15:12/2017

Spiritual striving (sadhana) will reveal the true identity of the Omnipresent Divine Self. But be careful; Sadhana can foster even pride and envy as a byproduct of progress. You calculate how much or how long you have done Sadhana and are tempted to look down on another, whose record is less. You are proud that you have recited or written the name of Lord ten million times; you talk about it whenever you get the chance so that others may admire your faith and fortitude. But it is not the millions that count; what matters is the purity of mind that results from genuine concentration on the Name. Your Sadhana must not be like carrying water in a cane basket! You get no water however often or long you walk. Each vice is a hole in the cane basket. Keep the heart pure and whole. You must also carefully cleanse from your heart malice, greed, hate and anger. [Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1969]

- BABA 
 Date14:12/2017

Your mind is too full of the world and your stomach demands too much of your time and energy. Desires and wants are multiplying faster than your capacity to satisfy them, and your dreams are far too fanciful, leading you into false victories and absurd adventures. Engrossed in the analysis of the material world, you have lost all sense of spirit, sweetness and sublimity. Under this new dispensation, truth is yet another word in the dictionary. Compassion is reduced to a meaningless travesty. People lack self-confidence. Even at the slightest provocation, you are rapidly transformed into a wild and vicious beast. Humility, patience, reverence - these are as invalid as a flameless lamp in the far distance. The only hope you have in today’s dreadful darkness is the name of God. That is the raft which will take you across this stormy sea, darkened by hate and fear, and churned by anxiety and terror. Take it with all earnestness and steadfast faith. [Divine Discourse, Feb 26, 1968]

- BABA 
 Date13:12/2017

Do not grieve, nor be the cause of grief. The very embodiment of Ananda (Bliss) is in you, as in others, as in all else. In spite of a multiplicity of containers, the contained is the same. That is the principle of Sat, Chit and Ananda (Being, Awareness, Bliss). The minutest atom and the mightiest star - both are basically one. All are, in truth, Brahman or Divine. You read in the sacred books that Lord Vishnu has the Garuda (Eagle) as His carrier, that Shiva has the Nandi (Bull) as His vehicle, that Lord Brahma rides on a Hamsa (Swan), that Lord Subrahmanya travels on a peacock, and that Shani has the crow as his vehicle. Ganesha rides on a mouse, though he is stupendously corpulent and has the head of an elephant! This does not mean that the Gods are helpless without these animals and birds as instruments of locomotion. It only reveals that no bird or beast is to be despised, for the Divine is using each as His instrument. Seen as deha (body), all are distinct; seen as dehi (the embodiment), Brahman, all are One. (Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1969.)

- BABA 
 Date12:12/2017

Millions recite the Lord’s Name, but few have steady faith! Fewer seek the bliss (Ananda) that contemplation on the glory of God within, the Atma, can confer. Some people complain that recitation (japam) has not cured their pain, grief or greed! It is because they mechanically recite prayers and meditate out of habit or for social conformity or to gain reputation for religiousness! When people who have learnt the precious scriptures revealing Atma-vidya (science of the Self) do not put into practice what they repeat orally and have no faith in the assertions, what profit can they get from it? The canker of doubt has undermined their reverential attitude to the scripture. They devalue the scriptures into money-or-fame-earning devices, and when they do not get money or fame through them, they are disappointed. They envy those who follow secular avocations. But if they only develop faith, scriptures themselves will foster them and ensure for them a happy and contented life. (Divine Discourse, Feb 23, 1968)

- BABA 
 Date11:12/2017

In fishing, the angler uses a rod and a line; that line has a float from which hangs inside the water a sharp hook with a worm. The fish is drawn by the worm to the hook, the float shakes, the angler feels the pull of the fish on the line, and he draws it on the land, where it is helpless and unable to breathe. Your body is the rod, your yearning or the eager longing is the line, your intelligence is the float, discrimination is the hook and knowledge is the worm; a clever angler thus catches the fish of the Divine (Atma)! When you get spiritual wisdom, you are drawn to the Divine (Kaivalyam). Kaivalyam is the state in which you experience the Lord as all-comprehensive, as Will, as Activity, as Bliss, as Intelligence and as Existence. To be firmly established in this Divine State, you must suppress your ignorance (tamas), sublimate your passions (rajas) and assiduously cultivate purity (sathwa). (Divine Discourse, Feb 26, 1968)

- BABA 
 Date10:12/2017

Every morning ask yourself this question: "What is the grand victory I must strive for in this life, for which these struggles are preparing me? Remind yourself that your body is the chariot, intellect (buddhi) is the charioteer, desires are the roads which you tread drawn by the rope of sensual attachments, and liberation (moksha) is the goal; the Divine Self within should be your Guide and Goal. If you yearn to escape the consequences of birth and death, cleanse your mind so effectively that it is nearly eliminated! This is possible only when you identify yourself with the Indweller within you (Dehi), rather than with the body (Deha)! Your body is the casket of the Atma, earned as a reward for one’s activities of mind and body. When you live in the consciousness of the omnipresent Divine, you live in love - love surging within and through you, to everyone around you. You will naturally experience love, peace and joy, always! (Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1969)

- BABA 
 Date9:12/2017

The cow transforms grass and gruel into sweet strength-giving milk and gives it away in plenty to its master. Develop that quality, that power to transform the food you consume into sweet thoughts, words and deeds of compassion for all. When your heart is filled with virtues, the Lord will shower His Grace abundantly. Draupadi earned the Lord’s Grace through her devotion and virtues. Without steadfastness and depth of faith, none can receive Grace. Endeavour to earn Grace by observing the discipline that I am keen you should follow. Give up your old worldly ways of earning and spending, saving and accumulating with greed, lust, malice and pride. Do not waste time in idle gossip. Talk softly and sweetly, and talk as little as possible. Serve all as brothers and sisters adoring the Lord in them. Engage in sadhana; move every step as befits a person striving to realise God. (Divine Discourse, Jan 11, 1968)

- BABA 
 Date8:12/2017

You may have witnessed chariot festivals (Rathotsavam) in pilgrimage centers. Huge temple chariots are gorgeously decorated with flags and festoons, stalwart bands of men draw them along the roads to the music of blowpipes and conches, and dancing groups and chanters precede it, adding to the exhilaration of the occasion. Thousands crowd around the holy chariot. Their attention is naturally drawn towards the entertainment, but they feel happiest only when they fold their palms and bow before the Idol in the chariot. The rest is all subsidiary, even irrelevant. So too in the process of life, body is the chariot, and the Atma is the Idol installed therein. Earning and spending, laughing and weeping, hurting and healing, and the various acrobatics in daily living are but subsidiary to the adoration of God and the union with God. (Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1969)

- BABA 
 Date7:12/2017

Life must be spent in accumulating and safeguarding virtue, not riches. Listen and ruminate over the stories of the great moral heroes of the past, so that their ideals may be imprinted on your hearts. Nowadays, virtue is becoming rare in the individual, family, society and community, as well as in all fields, be it economic, political and even 'spiritual’. So also, there is a decline in discipline, which is the soil on which virtue grows. Respect one and all. Unless each one is respected, whatever be their status, economic condition, or spiritual development, there can be no peace and happiness in life. This respect can be aroused only by the conviction that the same atma (Self) that is in you is playing the role of the other person. See that atma in others, feel that they too have hunger, thirst, yearning and desires as you have; develop sympathy and the anxiety to serve and be useful. (Divine Discourse, Feb 22, 1968)

- BABA 
 Date6:12/2017

There is only one royal road for the spiritual journey - Love, love for all beings as manifestation of the same Divinity that is the very core of oneself. This faith alone ensures the constant presence of God with you, and endows you with all the joy and courage you need to fulfill your life’s pilgrimage to God. When the reservoir is full of water and you turn on the taps, then the buckets will be filled. Cultivate love and devotion, then your activities will be saturated with compassion and charity, and yield the golden harvest of joy and peace. Love must be unselfish and universal. You judge for yourself whether your love is narrow or broad, and whether your devotion is shallow or deep. Are you content with your achievement? Examine it yourself and pronounce the verdict on yourself, using your own discrimination. [Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1970]


- BABA 
  Date5:12/2017

Despite the many Navaratris and Shivaratris (auspicious festivals) you attend at holy places, unless you illumine your heart and make it shine clear and pure, it will be shrouded in darkness, immersed in ratri (night) only. You may say that progress is possible only through My Grace, but though My heart is soft as butter, it melts only when there is some warmth in your prayer. Unless you make some disciplined effort and do some sadhana (spiritual activities), grace cannot descend on you. The yearning and the agony of unfulfilled aim melts My heart. That anguish (aavedana) wins grace. Sadhana must make you calm, unruffled, poised, and balanced. Your mind must be cool and comforting as moonlight, for Moon is the deity holding sway over mind. Be calm in speech, and in your responses to malice, cavilling and praise. [Divine Discourse, 13 Jan, 1969]


- BABA 
 Date4:12/2017

Some people, afraid of cynical criticism by unbelievers, are reluctant to walk the streets in groups singing the glory of God during early morning hours! When you have the very Embodiment of Fearlessness installed in your heart, why should the slightest tremor of fear affect you? You came into this world alone, with no companion, isn't it? During the years of life, you gathered wife and children, kith and kin, and friends and acquaintances who attached themselves to you. When you return to the realm from which you came, you enter it alone with no one to keep company. So too let the journey with Nagarasankirtan be. Come into the street alone, collect kith and kin if they come unto you, move with them unconcerned and unaffected, revel in your own sweet solitariness, and finally enter your home with the satisfaction that your job is well done. Fellows may laugh at you as insane but this insanity is infectious and very soon, even the irreverent will be initiated into the fold. [Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1970]


- BABA 
 Date3:12/2017

Man walks with two legs: iha and para (this world and the other), dharma and Brahman, righteousness and God! If one is totally engrossed in this world, the person is choosing to travel all through one’s life with a handicap, hopping on one leg. That is fraught with trouble; the person may fall any moment and break the shin. And one does! Goodness in this world and Godliness for the life after death - equal attention needs to be given to both. One must be vigilant while taking a step, whichever foot it may be. Both are essential for a happy journey through life. You have to put the right foot, the Brahman step, when you enter the region of realisation. By then the senses have to be conquered. Go means senses and Go-pi means a person who has subdued the senses, as a result of surrender to Go-pala, the master of the senses. Krishna once told Arjuna that he can enter Vrajamandala (the region where the Gopis lived), only after mastering his emotions and impulses, and his tendency to yield to the senses. [Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1968]


- BABA 
 Date2:12/2017

Learn a lesson from the tree. When it is heavy with fruits it does not raise its head aloft in pride, it bends low, stoops, as if it does not take any credit for its accomplishment and as if it is helping you to pluck the fruit. Similarly, learn a lesson from the birds. They feed those who cannot fly far. The bird relieves the itch of the buffalo by scratching it with its beak; they help and serve each other, with no thought of reward. How much more alert must you be, than the birds and trees with your superior skills and faculties? Remember, service is the best cure for egoism, and so you must engage in it to relieve pain and grief to the extent you can. Try to assuage, as far as you can, the distress of others; when done sincerely, it is the best spiritual practice for a true spiritual aspirant. [Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1968]


- BABA 

Date1:12/2017

Many of you are yearning to get nectar (amrit) from Me. But of what benefit is it merely to swallow a few drops of nectar created by Me? It is when the satwik (pure) quality wins and subdues the rajasik and the tamasik (passionate and ignorant) qualities in the battles that go on in every heart, that amrit arises therein! This amrith that confers immortality must be won through your own spiritual practices (Sadhana). People practising meditation are taught an exercise called urdhva-drishti (upward vision) in which the two eyes are directed upwards, to a point between the eyebrows. Urdhva means upward and drishti means look, so the term means, not a mere physical exercise, but a lifetime of effort to direct your mind to avoid and abstain from lower desires, and to uplift itself to nobler thoughts. Such an effort will win amrit, it will flow from the spring of the heart! [Divine Discourse, Jan 11, 1968]


- BABA