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Date28:6/2017

Young people, the wealth you earn, the prosperity you acquire, the mansions you will build are all transient and temporary. If you want to lead a life of peace and happiness in future, it depends on the kind of actions you perform in the present. Your conduct is the most important thing in your life; this lays the foundation for your future life. It is only when you shape your present conduct along a proper path, your future will be peaceful and happy. The seed you plant today, will determine the kind of tree which grows. If you respect your parents today, your children will respect you in future. So, if you want to be near God, see good, do good, and be good. This is the way - the royal path to get nearer to God, and it is the primary duty of every human being. (Summer Showers in Brindavan, 1977, Ch 2)

- BABA 

 
 Date27:6/2017

The question, "Where does God exist," is often trotted out by people nowadays. By unceasing recitation of the name of God, Prahlada knew that God is everywhere! It is not correct to assert, "He is only here" or that "He is not there." The realisation of this eternal Truth can dawn upon you only after intense spiritual practice (Sadhana). You may see all kinds of attractive articles in a departmental store or mall; they cannot be yours merely by wishing for it or asking for it from the shopkeeper. Only those articles for which you pay can be secured by you. Similarly, you may be very interested in ‘Realisation’, but for you to secure it, you must be willing to pay the price. Take courage and defeat your inner foes of lust, greed, hate and pride, and you will surely secure undisputed mastery over yourself and reach your goal! (Divine Discourse, Jan 1, 1967)

- BABA 

 Date26:6/2017

We eat food today just as we have been doing all these years. We are looking at the same faces today that we have been seeing all these days. Are we asking ourselves, why do we see the same face again and again? We feed the same stomach which we had fed with food yesterday and the day before. Do we ever question why do we have to feed the same stomach again today? We easily understand and accept these normal tasks, but why do we think and question our traditions and customs and even the act of praying to God every day? Our sacred scriptures and divine stories from the past are to guide and save us. Times may change, the world may change, new epochs may come, but Divinity is one and the same, and is unchanging. Most of you seek things that are ever-changing. Why don’t you seek things that are permanent and unchanging? (Summer Showers in Brindavan, 1977, Ch 1)

- BABA 

 Date25:6/2017

Islam means surrender to God. It teaches that God's Grace can be won through justice and righteous living; and not through wealth, scholarship or power. All who in a spirit of surrender and dedication, live in peace and harmony in society are in fact, followers of Islam. Islam insists on full co-ordination between thought, word and deed. Muslim holy men and sages have been emphasizing the need to inquire into the validity of the 'I' which feels it is the body and the 'I' which feels it is the mind, and reach the conclusion that the real 'I' is the self yearning for the Omni Self, God. During the Ramzan month, the fast and the prayers are to awaken and manifest this realisation. No matter which religion you follow, remember that the emphasis should be on unity, harmony and equal-mindedness. Therefore cultivate love, tolerance and compassion, and demonstrate this Truth in daily activity. This is the message I give you with My blessings. (Divine Discourse, July 12, 1983)

- BABA 

 Date24:6/2017

The third flower that God loves the most is the flower of compassion (daya) towards all living creatures. Live in amity with everyone, but do not have too much connection with people. The fourth special and significant flower that God dearly loves is that of forbearance (Kshama). The Pandavas suffered a lot at the hands of the Kauravas. But never did Dharmaraja lose forbearance. It was the virtue of forbearance that always won for Pandavas the protection of Krishna and made them an ideal to the rest of the world. God loves the offering of ever-blooming flowers of nonviolence, sense-control, compassion and forbearance (ahimsa, indriyanigraha, daya and kshama). God will be pleased with you and confer boons on you only when you offer Him the ‘flowers’ which are dear to Him. No benefit accrues from offering flowers, which fade and decay everyday. (Divine Discourse, Aug 22, 2000)

- BABA 

 Date23:6/2017

Today science has advanced to a great extent! Human beings have undertaken space travel. People want to know what is there in space, they are curious to know what is there in the moon and even wish to travel to the Sun. But what is the use? First recognise the Divinity within yourself. Open the doors of your heart. Develop love more and more. Understand the truth. Experience God. There lies the bliss. It is very easy to know God, but very few understand this. You must make every effort to understand the immanent Divinity. The divinity within is covered by ego and anger. Therefore, it is said, real knowledge dawns only when attachment is destroyed (Moham hithva punar vidya). Where does this attachment come from? Excessive desires lead to attachment. You will experience divinity everywhere when you enquire deep within! (Divine Discourse Mar 14, 1999)

- BABA 

 Date22:6/2017

Think for a while, what benefit will you gain by listening to gossip and talking unnecessarily about unsacred things? Nothing! In fact, you will be polluting your heart in the process. All that you see and hear gets imprinted on your heart. Once your heart is polluted, your life will become meaningless. The other day, while speaking to the devotees from Visakhapatnam, I quoted this example: “Human heart is like a pen. The colour of the words that you write will be the same as the colour of the ink in the pen.” Hence, teach your ears to listen to the stories of the Lord instead of listening to vain gossip. Only when you fill your heart with selfless love, all that you think, say and do will be suffused with love. Remember, God expects you to fill your heart with love and lead a sacred life. (Divine Discourse, Aug 22, 2000)

- BABA 

 Date21:6/2017

Embodiments of Love! Why should you search for God when He is everywhere? You are God! All spiritual practices (Sadhana) will go in vain if you do not know your true identity. First know who you are! Instead of asking others, “Who are you?” better ask yourself, “Who am I?” You say, “This is my book!” Who is this ‘I’? This feeling of ‘I, my’ is illusion (maya). All this is matter. All this is negative. You are the master of this material world. Master your mind and be a mastermind. You should make every effort to know your true identity. To know your true self, first give up body attachment. When you say, “this is my handkerchief,” ‘you’ are separate from your ‘handkerchief’. Similarly, when you say, “this is my body, my mind”, are you not separate from the body and the mind? The question that still remains is, “who am I?” Constant enquiry on these lines would lead you to Self-realisation. (Divine Discourse, Mar 14, 1999)

- BABA 

 Date20:6/2017

Offer to God the flower of sense control (indriya nigraha). All spiritual practices will prove futile if you lack sense control. Lack of sense control is the main cause of all the unrest and agitation that you find in the world today. How can you control the senses? First, you should exercise control over the tongue. You must control your tongue as it always craves for a variety of delicacies. Ask this question, “O tongue, how many bags of rice, wheat and vegetables have you devoured! How many delicacies have you consumed! Fie on you if you are still not satisfied!” Eat only to satisfy your hunger and sustain the body. Do not give undue importance to taste. Likewise, tell your eyes to see God instead of watching unsacred things on the television or media. Teach your ears to listen to the stories of the Lord instead of listening to vain gossip. (Divine Discourse, Aug 22, 2000)

- BABA 

 Date19:6/2017

Today man has taken to many paths to acquire wisdom. All the knowledge that one has acquired is not true knowledge in the strict sense of the term. Knowledge of the spirit, Atmic knowledge, is the true knowledge. That is Brahma Jnana (Knowledge of the Divine). Work, worship, and wisdom - all begin with service. No matter what service it is, if it is done with love and divine feelings, it becomes worship (upasana). What is wisdom? All actions related to our senses, the fleeting objects of the material world,speak of our ignorance. Wisdom dawns the moment the mind is withdrawn. The thoughtless state between two consecutive thoughts is Brahma Jnana. You are not able to experience this thoughtless state of Brahman and are carried away by fleeting, ephemeral, and momentary things. True wisdom dawns when all thoughts are decimated. Bhagawan's philosophy requires you to practice unity in work, worship, and wisdom. (Divine Discourse, Mar 14, 1999)

- BABA 

 Date18:6/2017

Embodiments of Love! God does not expect you to perform rituals nor study the scriptures. All that He desires from you is eight types of ‘flowers’. The flower of ahimsa (nonviolence) is the first of the eight flowers you should offer to God. Nonviolence means not causing harm to any living creature in thought, word or deed. Doctors perform surgeries on patients to cure them of their ailments. During surgery, doctors cut the body with a knife. You cannot call it an act of violence because it is beneficial to the patient. Some people argue that even cutting vegetables is an act of violence because the vegetables and trees have life in them. No doubt, vegetables and trees have life, but they do not have the mind. Consequently, they do not suffer any pain. One with the mind experiences pain and pleasure. Humans, animals, birds and insects are endowed with the mind, not the trees and vegetables. (Divine Discourse, Aug 22, 2000)

- BABA 

 Date17:6/2017

The world is one vast society. Every individual in it is part of this society, bound to it by the love that draws an individual to another, to be kith and kin. This love is there, deep in the heart of every individual. Only, it is unrecognised, ignored, doubted, denied, and argued away. It is the secret source of all empathy and service; it creates the urge to live in and for society. It is Universal Love (Vishwa-Prema) that flows from one spark of the Divine to all sparks. When the eyes shine illumined by the highest wisdom, Jnana, they see all as One. Then the individual realises - Sarvam Brahmamayam Jagath (All is pervaded by Divinity in this apparently changing and transforming world). To experience this One revealed as present in all, at all times, you must develop faith and discipline your mind. Your mind must shed its fancies and foibles; then you will know and experience the Truth. (Divine Discourse, Feb 4, 1973)

- BABA 

 Date16:6/2017

At times you may feel weak because you yield to anger and sorrow much more easily than others. I ask you to take extra pains to overcome these two. Repetition of the Lord’s Name is the best antidote for this, and if only all of you would take it up, the Lord would rush to your rescue. Never hate or feel envy towards anyone. Pardon the other person’s faults but deal harshly with your own! The Lord’s Name will instill the faith that everything is God’s Will and teach that you have no right to exult or despair. When you go to a doctor, you must take the prescribed medicine and follow the advice and instructions. There is no use blaming the doctor if you default. How can the doctor cure you if you do not take the medicine or stick to the dietary regulations? Do as I say, follow My advice, and then observe the result. (Divine Discourse, Aug 2, 1958)

- BABA 

 Date15:6/2017

The greatest disease is the absence of peace. So everyone who craves for good health must pay attention to the emotions, feelings and motives that animate you. Just as you give clothes for a wash, you have to wash the mind free from dirt again and again; otherwise the dirt accumulates to form a habit, then it is difficult for the washerman as well as harmful to the clothes. Cleaning should be a daily process; you should see that no dirt settles upon the mind. That requires you to move about in such company where falsehood, injustice, indiscipline, cruelty and hate, which form the dirt are avoided. Truth, righteousness, peace, nonviolence and love — these form the clean elements. If you inhale the pure air of these latter, your mind will be free from evil bacilli and you will be mentally sturdy and physically strong. (Divine Discourse, Sep 21, 1960)

- BABA 

 Date14:6/2017

Treat others the same way as you would like them to treat you. Never brood over the past. When grief overpowers you, do not recollect similar incidents from your past and add to your grief; instead, recollect happy incidents! Draw consolation and strength from such memories and raise yourself above the surging waters of sorrow. Seek the light always; be full of confidence and zest. Do not yield to despair, for it can never produce results. It only worsens the problem, for it darkens the intellect and plunges you in doubt. Take up the path of spiritual practice very enthusiastically. Half-hearted, halting steps will not yield fruit. It is like cleaning a slushy area by a stream of water. If the current of the stream is slow, the slush cannot be cleared. The stream must flow full and fast, driving everything before it, so that the slush might be scoured clean. (Divine Discourse Aug 2, 1958)

- BABA 

 Date13:6/2017

Remember to keep the sword of love in the sheath of wisdom and control your senses rigorously by discrimination and detachment. Discrimination guides you to choose your pursuits and friends wisely. It clarifies to you the relative importance of objects and ideals. Detachment saves you from troubles due to attachment and injects a sense of relief, at times of elation or despair. Detachment and discrimination hold before you the impermanence of the world and permanence of the bliss of Reality. The grace of the Lord is always flowing like how the electric current flows through the wire. Fix a bulb, and your home will be illumined. The bulb is the spiritual exercise you perform; home is your heart. Come to Me gladly; dive into the sea and discover its depth; there is no use dipping near the shore and swearing that the sea is shallow and has no pearls. Dive deep and you will secure your desire. (Divine Discourse, Jul 22, 1958)

- BABA 

 Date12:6/2017

Today, physical comfort, individual advancement and personal progress are held as desirable goals. Though everyone cares about themselves only, nobody can live in isolation. Suppose one is sitting at a dinner table with sumptuous food served. If he learns at that time that his child is injured in a road-accident, won’t he rush to the road, without caring for hunger and delicious food? The call of loved ones is louder and stronger than any call from within. Despite this fact, people continue to believe in their ego, in exclusive individuality. The family is essential for the blossoming of human personality. For homes to flourish, a community is needed to keep it safe and happy. When the activities of safeguarding or sustaining society is rendered weak, families tend to disintegrate and individuals suffer! So you must share your knowledge, empathy, and love with one and all. (Divine Discourse, Feb 4, 1973)

- BABA 

 Date11:6/2017

Silence is the only language of the realised. Practice moderation in speech. That will help you in many ways. It will develop unconditional love (prema), for most misunderstandings and factions arise out of carelessly spoken words. When the foot slips, the wound can be healed, but when the tongue slips, the wound it causes in the heart of another will fester for life. The tongue is liable to four big errors: uttering falsehood, scandalising, finding fault with others, and excessive articulation. These have to be avoided if there has to be peace (shanti) for the individual as well as for society. The bond of universal brotherhood will be tightened if people speak less and speak sweet. Hence, silence was prescribed as a vow for spiritual aspirants by the spiritual texts. You are all spiritual aspirants at various stages of the road, so this discipline is valuable for you also. (Divine Discourse, Jul 22, 1958)

- BABA 

 Date10:6/2017

Recognising the supremacy of action, you must see that everything you do is pure and holy. Action is not limited to what you do with your hands. What you hear, what you see, what you speak and even what you think — all of these constitute action. This means that the things you see, the words you hear, the thoughts you think and the words you speak must all be pure. All that you take in through your five senses should be wholesome and pure! Only then can you have a ‘satvic’ (pure) nature. Devotion should not be confined to bhajans or exhibiting a yearning for Swami. You are the architect of your own destiny. Fill every one of your actions with devotion, suffuse them with righteousness and dedicate them to the Divine. If you follow this, your life will become sanctified and you may not have a rebirth at all. This is My benediction to all of you. (Divine Discourse, Feb 21, 1988)

- BABA 

 Date9:6/2017

A true human being is one who faces life’s difficulties with fortitude and overcomes them. For this, what is required is strength of the Spirit. Without spiritual strength, all other things are valueless. Whatever spiritual discipline you may practise or not, cultivate love for all. Offer that love as a divine offering to all. Only through love can world unity be promoted. It is because of the absence of love that all kinds of differences arise. Love is God. Live in Love. Make this the ruling principle of your life. Embodiments of Divine Love! Remember always that God permeates everything in the cosmos. Everything you experience is Divine. Everything you see is Divine. What you eat is Divine. The air you breathe is Divine. You cannot see the air, nor can you grasp it. Likewise you cannot grasp God. The eyes cannot see Him. He can only be experienced in the heart. He is beyond the mind. (Divine Discourse, Mar 24, 1989)

- BABA 

 Date8:6/2017

The Divine is totally free from self-interest; whatever He does is utterly blameless and is solely for the welfare of the world. There is nothing beyond His powers. He is the creator, the protector and the destroyer. When God chooses to protect, no one asks why He protects. On the other hand, when God does not protect, people question His inaction and when the Lord punishes, people ask, “Why does God inflict punishment?” Indeed, such questions are motivated by selfishness and self-interest. Every Divine action is just and righteous. Your duty is to pray to God and secure His Grace. When Sakkubai wanted to join the pilgrims going to Pandharpur, Lord Krishna decided to show to the world her good reputation, and duty-consciousness towards her husband and in-laws. So Krishna assumed her form and subjected Himself to all kinds of harassments from her mother-in-law, while the real Sakkubai was blissfully away in Pandharpur. The Lord is ever ready to subject Himself to any hardship to uphold Dharma and shower Grace on His devotees. (Divine Discourse, Feb 21, 1988)

- BABA 

 Date7:6/2017

Today cynicism and apathy are rampant and people are caught up in meaningless worries, endless desires and unattainable ambitions, and have no peace of mind. People have forgotten their divine essence. Spiritual illumination alone can reveal the right path to everyone who is groping in the darkness of ignorance and peaceless-ness. Divinity is inherent in humanity. Humanity must discover its basic human qualities. What is humanness? Essentially it means unity in thought, word and deed. True human qualities can grow only in a loving heart, just like a seed can grow in fertile soil and not on a piece of rock. Hence all of you must develop compassion and equanimity. Divinity is all pervading and is present within and outside every being. Every one of you is an embodiment of the Divine. Like God you are also embodiments of Love. Expand your love by sharing it with all without narrow-mindedness and make your life purposeful and worthy! (Divine Discourse Mar 24, 1989)

- BABA 

 Date6:6/2017

Born in society, brought up in society, educated by society and deriving countless benefits from society, what are you doing for society? Social service should be regarded as an expression of gratitude to society for what it has done for us. Without society we cannot survive. The God-given body should be employed for practising Dharma (prescribed duties). Women should treat even their daily chores as a form of concentrated work. If they are unable to attend a Satsang (spiritual gathering) on account of household duties, they should not feel miserable. Discharge of duties at home is as sacred as attending a satsang. Only if you do your duties at home properly will you be able to render proper service outside. In whatever work you do at home, whether sweeping the floor or making chapatis, convert it into a form of spiritual exercise. Infuse every action with love of the Divine and dedicate it to God. (Divine Discourse, Mar 23, 1989)

- BABA 

 Date5:6/2017

Develop the quality of forgiveness (Kshama) and refrain from harshness in speech. You must realise that if you give up forbearance and forgiveness, you will have no peace. Whatever anyone may do to you, do not bother about it. What is it you lose on account of their ill behavior? If you resort to retaliation, you will only worsen your condition! You have no idea either of your strength or weakness. Face such situations bravely and do not allow yourself to be agitated over them. You must win over the other by your forbearance. Make forbearance your life-breath and your ideal. You all have the sweet essence of kindness, peace and compassion in you abundantly. With God’s grace, you are free from grief and bad qualities – Do not let them in! Foster the spirit of kindness and love. Treat life as a game and emerge victorious by leading an ideal-filled life. This is the victory you must achieve! (Divine Discourse Jan 14, 1997)

- BABA 

 Date4:6/2017

When you call yourself a member of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Dal, you must always serve remembering that you are serving the Lord. Remember in what spirit Hanuman served Sri Rama. You should not imagine that because he was a monkey he lacked intelligence or other qualities. He has been described as ‘tranquil, virtuous and strong.’ When questioned by the demons in Ashokavana in Lanka as to who he was and where he had come from, Lord Hanuman replied, “I am the servant of Rama”. He did not boast about his valour or knowledge but was content to describe himself as a humble and devoted servant of the Lord. Bear in mind the maxim, “Without being a kinkara (one who is ready to carry out the Lord's command) you cannot become Sankara (The Divine).” Transform your life through service, without giving any room for arrogance or self-interest. Firmly install in your heart the feeling that wherever and whenever you serve, you serve the Lord alone. Only then, serving fellow-beings becomes equal to serving God! (Divine Discourse, Mar 23, 1989)

- BABA 

 Date3:6/2017

Education must assume full responsibility and impact students’ moral and spiritual life. Imparting technical skills and worldly information alone is not enough; moral and spiritual education must supplement them. People pay huge attention today only to their own selfish interests. This must change. Your attitude must be not what you can get from others, but what you can give to others – make that your focus! The idea that a posh bungalow with expensive furniture, exquisite dining table or a heavy pay package from abroad is the ideal to be worked for should be given up. This ideal breeds evil. Inspire youth to set as their ideal - hands dedicated to hard work, heads dedicated to service and hearts dedicated to compassion. Your goal must be that no one should suffer harm or pain through your words or deeds. For when another is hurt by us, what really happens is insult and injury to our own true human nature. (Divine Discourse, Mar 8, 1981)

- BABA 

 Date2:6/2017

The present day education has only a means of livelihood as its aim. It is job-oriented, not truth-oriented, not God-oriented. Life must be lived in love, peace and bliss. Therefore, even while in schools and colleges, boys and girls must know about the ever peaceful, ever blissful, ever loving Eternal Soul (Atma). The body, the senses, the mind, the reason and intellect are all unreal in the sense of temporary existence. Raising the standard of living is not as important as raising the level of consciousness. Education today highlights accumulation of things. Indeed, giving up is equally essential. Renunciation is not a loss; it is highly profitable, because you acquire joy thereby. Renunciation means freedom; it is surrender to God, love and freedom. God can be realised only through the expansion of Love. Students and youth must lead lives anchored in righteousness and wisdom, and be shining examples of simplicity, humility and mutual service. (Divine Discourse, Feb 8 1987)


- BABA 

Date1:6/2017

We must shape ourselves into fit instruments for the spiritual pilgrimage. There are four categories of people: The first and best category is those who pay attention to their own faults and the excellences of others. The second category consists of those who highlight their own excellences as well as the excellences of others (the middlings). The third category (the worse type) is that of those who pay attention to their own excellences and only to the faults of others, and the fourth category (the worst) is of those who present their own faults as excellences and the excellences of others as faults. Each one of you can discover for yourself which category you belong to. Remember this: If you are yearning to become aware of the Full, the Sacred, the Divine Love, the Eternal Soul, the Lord (Bhagawan), you must prepare yourself to be part of the first and best group. Discover your own faults and observe others’ excellences. This is the most desirable spiritual practice. (Divine Discourse, Apr 5, 1981

- BABA 


2017年6月1日

人々は、崇高な巡礼の旅に向けて自分たちを調整すべきです。人々には四つの類の人たちがいますーまず最も優れた類の人とは自分自身の欠点に注意を払うと同時に他者の美点に目を向ける人々です。二番目の類の人は、彼ら自身の美点と同じように他の人の美点も認める人で構成されています。三番目の類(良くない類い)は、自分自身の美点と他者の欠点だけに注目する人であり、四番目の類(最も邪悪な者)は己の欠点を美点ととらえて他者の美点を欠点ととらえる人です。あなたがた各人は、自分がどの種類に属しているか知ることができます。次のことを忘れてはなりませんーあなたがたが完全で神性で、神聖な愛で永久不変なる魂をもつ神(バガヴァン)であることに目覚めたいと切望するなら、あなた自身がまず最初の最良のグループとなるように自身を整えなければなりません。あなた自身の欠点を知り、他の人の美点を注意してよく見なさい。それが、最も望ましい霊性修行です。

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