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Date11:2/2018

It is good to love and adore God with a view to gain some valuable fruit either here or hereafter, but since there is nothing more valuable than God, the Vedas advise us to love God with no touch of desire in our minds. Love for love’s sake; love God, since whatever He can give is less than He Himself; love Him alone, with no other wish or demand. Once Draupadi asked Dharmaraja while in exile, “Lord! You are undoubtedly the best amongst those who follow dharma unwaveringly; how did such a terrible calamity happen to you?” She was stricken with sorrow. Dharmaja replied, “Look at this Himalayan range. How magnificent, glorious, beautiful and sublime it is! It is so splendid a phenomenon that I love it without limit. It will not grant me anything, but it is my nature to love the beautiful and the sublime. The embodiment of this sublime beauty is God. He is the only entity that is worth loving. This is why I am loving Him. I will not wish for any favour from Him. I will not pray for any boon. Let Him keep me where He loves to keep me. The highest reward for my love is His love, Draupadi!” [Sathya Sai Vahini, Chap 1, “The Supreme Reality]


- BABA 
 
 Date10:2/2018

Most people today are lacking in Love and so in Bliss too. When people form conflicting groups and plot to destroy each other, how can joy and peace reside in them? Ancient myths speak of wars of extermination between Gods and demons and between men and rakshasa (demons). But history today is recording wars between rakshasas who call themselves ‘human’. Why? Because, love is directed towards selfish ends. Sacrifice and charity are indulged in for the sake of self-aggrandizement. People take part in social service only in order to advertise themselves. How can the sweet contents be consumed when the bottle is tightly closed by the two corks - pomp and personal publicity? Remove these corks by the screw of selflessness. Selfless Love implies understanding, and consequently, sympathy and compassion. They will confer Ananda (Divine Bliss). To experience happiness, peace and joy you must allow the innate virtues of Love and sacrifice to emerge from within and thus sanctify your lives. [Divine Discourse, 29-Feb-1984]


- BABA 
 Date9:2/2018

Of what avail is the study of the Upanishads and the Gita if there is no transformation in our thoughts or way of life? You must examine where all your spiritual practices are leading you to. There must be an urge to change and progress towards a higher state of consciousness. In reality all are embodiments of Sat-chit-ananda (Truth-Consciousness-Bliss)! Your real ‘I’ exists in all the stages of waking, dream and deep sleep. But in dream and deep sleep states you are not conscious of your body. The entity that exists in all three states undergoes no change. You must try to understand the nature of this ‘I’. You may regard this as extremely difficult, but if you have dedication and perseverance, it will be quite easy. There is nothing in the world easier than the spiritual path. But when there is no earnestness, it appears difficult. Hence Gita declared: Shraddhavan labhate Jnanam (The earnest aspirant acquires the Supreme Wisdom). [Divine Discourse, Feb 16, 1988]


- BABA 
 Date8:2/2018

More effulgent than the Sun, whiter and purer than snow, subtler than ether in space, the Supreme Lord (Paramatma) dwells in all, permeating the entire Cosmos, shining in every atom. You are in that Brahman (Divinity), and that Brahman is in you. You are that Brahman, and that Brahman is you. What greater truth can I convey to you? The first task I ask you to do is to develop awareness of the Divinity within you. The next stage is the realisation of the truth that the Divinity that is within one's self is equally present in all others. You must recognise that the veil or barrier that appears to separate Him from others is born of delusion and every effort should be made to remove it. Only then will it be possible to experience the oneness of all living things which is the declaration of the Sruti or Vedas: Aham eva idam Sarvam - I am indeed all of this. [Divine Discourse, Feb 16, 1988]


- BABA 
 Date7:2/2018

Love is vital. Love is Divine. To render an act fit to be offered to God and pure enough to win His Grace, it must be a manifestation of Love. Preserve Love from being poisoned from evil. Endeavour to cultivate love that is free from hatred and bias of all kinds. The root of all religions, the substance of all scriptures, the rendezvous of all roads, and the inspiration of all individuals is the Principle of Love (Prema). It is the firmest foundation for man's mission of Life. It is the Light that ensures world peace and world prosperity. Fill every word and every act of yours with Love. The word that emerges from your tongue shall not stab like the knife, nor wound like the arrow, nor hit like the hammer. It must be a foundation of sweet nectar, a counsel of consoling Vedhantic wisdom, and a soft path of blossoms; it must shower peace and joy. [Divine Discourse, July 29, 1969]


- BABA 
 Date6:2/2018

Lord Dakshinamurthy was walking along a wide seashore alone, immersed in deep meditation. He saw a dry little twig on the crest of a wave in the distance being passed on from one wave to another, from trough to crest, from crest to trough, until it was cast on the sands on the shore. He was astounded at the egoism of the Ocean that would not give asylum to even a tiny twig. Sensing His reaction, the Ocean declared, in words that He could understand, "Mine is neither egoism nor anger; it is only the duty of self-preservation. I should not allow the slightest blot to deface my grandeur. If I allow this twig to mar my splendour, it will be the first step in my downfall." Then, Dakshinamurthy smiled admiring the vigilance of the mighty Ocean. He pictured the incident as a great lesson in spiritual endeavour. The slightest twig of desire, if it falls on the mind, has to be immediately lifted out of the pure waters and thrown off. That was the lesson to be learnt. [Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 1969]


- BABA 
 Date5:2/2018

One discipline everyone of you must heed is the control of the senses; if you give them free rein, they will drag you into calamity. Education must render you monarch of your talents which are your tools for acquiring knowledge. The eye, the ear and the tongue are wild horses. Learn the art of meditation (dhyana) by which the senses can be controlled and the will directed inwards, towards the mastery of feelings and emotions. You must learn also how to steer clear of hatred, malice, greed, anger, anxiety, pride and other obstacles that come in the way of inner peace. It is not enough if your home budget is balanced; you must learn the art of having a balanced view of life, which does not get affected by triumphs and troubles, gains or losses, victory or defeat. This balance can be got only by reliance and faith in the in-dwelling God. [Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 1969]


- BABA 
 Date4:2/2018

A home must be filled with love, with the sacrifice that love involves, the joy that love radiates, and the peace that love imparts. Any brick and mortar structure where parents and children spend their lives cannot be a home if children do not yearn for it, and if parents do not find peace therein. The home is the temple where the family, each member of which is a moving temple, is nurtured and nourished. The mother is the high priest of this House of God. Humility is the incense with which the house is filled. Reverence is the lamp that is lit, with love as the oil and faith as the wick. Spend the years of your lives dedicating them for such worship in the homes that you live in. I bless you that through your faith and strength, your devotion and dedication may increase. [Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 1969]


- BABA 
 Date3:2/2018

Nowadays, the common accessory in every ladies’ bag and in gents’ pockets is a mirror and a comb. You dread that your charm is endangered when your hair is in slight disarray, or when your face reveals patches of powder; so, you try to correct the impression immediately. While so concerned about this fast-deteriorating personal charm, how much more concerned should you really be about the dust of envy and hate, and the patches of conceit and malice that desecrate your mind and hearts? Have a mirror and a comb for this purpose too! Have the mirror of Bhakti (devotion) to judge whether they are clean and bright. The comb of Jnana or wisdom, earned by discrimination straightens problems, resolves knots and enables you to control and channelise your feelings and emotions that are scattered wildly in all directions. Whatever you do, wherever you are, remember that I am with you and in you. This will save you from conceit and error. [Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 1969]


- BABA 
 Date2:2/2018

Human birth is the noblest of all, the final product of untold ages of your own progressive evolution. Ask yourself this: Are you consciously striving to live up to this precious gift you’ve won? From now on, make every living day a continuous offering of Love, like an oil lamp that exhausts itself in illumining the surroundings. Wear the invisible badge of a volunteer of God at all hours and in all places. Bend the body, mend the senses, and end the mind - that is the process of attaining the status of 'the children of immortality,' which the Upanishads have reserved for you. God is the embodiment of sweetness. Attain Him by offering Him the sweetness that He has endowed you with. Crush the cane in the mill of service, boil it in the cauldron of penitence, decolorise it of all sensual itch, and offer the crystallised sugar of compassionate Love to Him. [Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 1969]


- BABA 

Date1:2/2018

The spirit of sacrifice is the basic prerequisite for every sevak (servitor). Without the inspiration of the sense of sacrifice, your seva will be hypocrisy, a hollow ritual. You wear the sevadal scarf over your apparel, only to remove it soon! When you remove the scarf, you feel relieved that you have been released from the obligation to love and serve. In doing so, you are only playing a temporary role in a drama, donning a scarf and doffing it. Internalise the spirit of sacrifice in your heart, deep and clear. God is Love and can be won only through the cultivation and exercise of Love. He cannot be trapped by any trick; He bestows grace only when His commands are followed - the command to love all and serve all. When you do this, you are serving yourself most - yourself whom you love most! For God's Grace envelops you then, and you are strengthened beyond all previous experience. [Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 1969]


- BABA