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 Date31:3/2018

Jesus underwent several trials and tribulations during His time. He became the Saviour and Messiah of the poor and forlorn, helping them in many ways. Once while crossing the desert, a poor woman approached Him begging for food. He gave her bread saying, “Take this.” When someone enquired where bread came from, Jesus replied that it was Divine will. There is nothing greater than Divine Will. Everything is God’s will. The foremost duty of a human being is to realise the will of God and submit himself to that Divine will. People today are blind, having lost both their eyes of faith. Faith is the basis for all creation. Hence first and foremost, develop faith. Where there is faith and love, everything else will be added unto such a person. Many people have faith, but lack love. Faith devoid of love has no use. Love and faith must be together like mutually attractive magnetic poles. [Divine Discourse, Dec 26, 2007]


- BABA 
 Date30:3/2018

The kind-hearted Governor, did not want Jesus to be awarded a death sentence. He lamented that a great and noble man was being crucified for no fault of His. He told Jesus, “You are a great man. These stone-hearted people are trying to kill You without any reason.” Jesus replied, “I am happy that at least you understand My goodness!” Finally before crucifixion His mother, Mary, came near Him and started shedding tears. Jesus consoled her saying, “Why do you cry, mother? The body is like a water bubble. Let them do whatever they wish with this body. Don’t think they are trying to kill Me. I have no death!” Mary then asked, “Are You not my son?” Jesus replied, “Of course! I am related to you physically as a son - but, ‘I am I’ only. You are all like children to Me. All of you are embodiments of Divine.” Thus, Jesus attained the highest level of spirituality, having gone through all tests. Jesus was not merely a human form. He was the Embodiment of Divine Self, verily. [Divine Discourse, Dec 26, 2007]


- BABA 
 Date29:3/2018

Jesus instilled great faith in people who lived during his lifetime. One of those fishermen was named by Jesus as Peter. He developed intense love and faith towards Jesus. From then on, all the fishermen regularly used to take Jesus out on their fishing expeditions and after their return in the evening, Jesus used to expound spiritual matters to them. When Peter’s father passed away, his mother was filled with sorrow, but Jesus consoled her by telling, “Death is but a dress of life. Wherefore do you shed tears? Death is like changing one’s dress. Therefore stop grieving. These physical bodies come and go, so do not waste your thought on these ephemeral things. The indweller (dehi) who lives inside this body is the true Divinity! Anyone with a physical body cannot escape vicissitudes of life. Without hardships no one can exist. Death follows birth and with the same certainty misery follows happiness!” [Divine Discourse, Dec 25, 2002]


- BABA 
 Date28:3/2018

Start with this first lesson, from the spiritual primer. Do not merely boast that you have mastered the Bhagavad Gita, having read it a hundred times over, and learnt by rote all the slokas with all the commentaries so far written upon them. Among all the millions who were taught the Gita, Arjuna alone had the Vishwarupa Darshana, the vision that this Universe is but a partial manifestation of His immeasurable glory; why is it that these great pandits had no such experience? Realisation of that reality can come only to the aspirant who deserves it. Arjuna had reached the highest stage of surrender when the teaching started and during the process, he had unexcelled ekagrata or concentration. No wonder he was blessed. Unless you possess the same degree of surrender, the same yearning and the same concentration, how can you expect the result that Arjuna attained? (Divine Discourse, Mar 16, 1966)


- BABA 
 Date27:3/2018

In present times, everyone is moaning that they have lost peace, security and happiness. There is a loud clamour from all quarters. But is anyone seeking to discover why has this tragedy happened? The reason is, ‘There is no coordination between what is said and what is done.’ Hypocrisy is rampant at homes, villages, offices and in council-halls of the nation. Some who turn beads with God's name on their lips are also engaged in ungodly pursuits. With Bhagavad Gita in their hands, they talk scandal and hatch evil plots. With rosaries on their fingers, they fume at servants, losing temper on the slightest pretext. This is no vow or discipline of the spirit! A true devotee who poses to be sincere must exercise constant vigilance and practice the discipline of being ever in the Divine Presence. God, who is now dormant in your consciousness, has to be recognised and made resurgent so that every act of yours will reflect the divine splendour. (Divine Discourse, Apr 4, 1971)


- BABA 
 Date26:3/2018

Everybody has to pass through the adversities of life. It is the nature of pravritti (outward path). There is another aspect to life - nivritti (inward path). A child goes to its mother and says, "I am hungry." The mother who follows just the outward path says, "Child, go and eat food. Your hunger will be satiated." This is the pravritti dharma. But the mother who treads the inward path does not merely say so. She would advise the child as to what type of food to eat, when and how to eat too. The mother who follows nivritti path advices you to eat such food which will bestow you with good health. One may have desires, but they should be under limit. They should be based on truth and righteousness. Do not eat whatever you get. Do not speak whatever comes to your mind. Speak only after proper enquiry. The Ramayana teaches the pravritti and nivritti aspects of life in a beautiful manner. There is no morality higher than what is depicted in it. The Ramayana should be the subject of our parayana (worship). (Divine Discourse, Apr 11, 2003)


- BABA 
 Date25:3/2018

Embodiments of Love! The story of Rama is not an ancient one. It is eternal and ever new. It is full of auspiciousness. When you contemplate on Rama incessantly, you derive great joy and delight! Ramayana teaches the principles of righteousness (dharma) and the path of duty to every individual. Ramayana sets an ideal to parents, brothers, and sisters in every family and to humanity! It is to understand and assimilate the principle of Ramayana that we are celebrating the festival of Rama Navami today. It is not enough if the celebration is confined to merely partaking of sweet pudding and other delicious items. May you fill your heart with the sacred ideals of the Ramayana! Obey the commands of Lord Rama. Pain and pleasure, sorrow and happiness follow one another. One should treat them with equanimity. May you give up hatred and all differences. May you live in peace and harmony! (Divine Discourse, Apr 11, 2003)


- BABA 
 Date24:3/2018

If in each family the virtues illustrated in Ramayana are embodied, the Universe will be resplendent with joy and peace! All of you know, Dasaratha ruled Ayodhya and had four sons: Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. Well, if in some city called Ayodhya, there was once a ruler named Dasharatha and had a son called Rama, why should we celebrate Rama’s birth, at this time and age? Go a little deep into the story and you will realise that Dasharatha is not the ruler of a far-off land! Ayodhya means a city that is unconquerable, into which the enemy cannot penetrate, an impregnable fortress. It represents the Atma, the heart where the Lord resides, which is beyond temptations, the subtle foes of passion and emotion, impulse and instinct. And Dasharatha? The person who was in full control of his ratha (chariot) - the ten entities namely, the body with the five senses of action and the five senses of knowledge! (Divine Discourse, Apr 4, 1971)


- BABA 
 Date23:3/2018

The ministers of Ravana spoke only what was pleasing to him; they were afraid and so, they proved dangerous counsellors. His brother Vibheeshana alone gave him the beneficial drug which would have cured him; but since it was not priya or pleasing, Ravana rejected it and fell into perdition. This is the message I bring - the Message that will confer strength, peace, hope and fulfilment. This message surely is hitha (beneficial), though it may not be priya (pleasing). A patient must take drugs and put himself through regimen that is beneficial; one cannot ask for only sweet medicines and comfortable regimen which please them. The doctor knows best and must be obeyed for the sake of recovery. The Vedas and scriptures are the greatest repositories of hitha, as they were won by penance and travail by sages and seers who were interested only in the welfare of humanity and the liberation of man. (Divine Discourse, Mar 16, 1966)


- BABA 
 Date22:3/2018

The recognition of one's innate Divinity and the regulation of one's daily life in accordance with that Truth are the guiding stars for those who are caught in the currents and crosscurrents of strife and struggle! Without Atmajnana (awareness of your own reality that you are just a wave in the ocean of Divinity) life becomes a meaningless farce, a mockery, a game of fools. It is the acquisition of that awareness that makes life earnest, sweet and fruitful. When you try to prepare a meal, you may have with you all the materials you need: rice, lentils, salt, lime, spices, vegetables and so on. But unless you have the fire in the hearth, you cannot get the edible meal. So too in life, Atmajnana is the fire which makes the material world and the external activities and experiences, edible and tasty, digestible, health-granting and joy-giving. That joy is called Anandam; it is uplifting, illuminating and constructive! (Divine Discourse, Mar 16, 1966)


- BABA 
 Date21:3/2018

Students! You are embodiments of the Divine! There are two aspects of Vidya or education that you have to master: Vijnana - understanding the world around us, or science, and also Prajnana - the higher learning, the art of controlling the inner feelings and the many layers of Consciousness. Benefactors and beneficiaries of the educational field, listen to this: Each student has a watch on the wrist. And, you look at the watch at least a hundred times a day. Well, learn from the watch this great lesson. When you watch the watch, remember the five letters of the word, WATCH; each is giving you a fine lesson for life: ‘W’ tells you, "Watch your Words"; ‘A’ warns you, "Watch your Action"; ‘T’ indicates, “Watch your Thoughts”; ‘C’ advises, “Watch your Character”; and ‘H’ declares, “Watch your Heart.” When you are consulting your watch, imbibe this lesson that the watch is imparting! (Divine Discourse, May 13, 1970)


- BABA 
 Date20:3/2018

A copy of the Geetha may be available for twenty-five paise; a puerile novel may cost ten rupees. Which is more worthwhile? Which can transmute base metal into gold? Remember, Seva (service) is more fruitful than japa, dhyana, yajna and yaga (recitations, meditation, sacrifices and rituals) usually recommended for spiritual aspirants. For, it serves two purposes: the extinction of the ego, and the attainment of ananda (bliss). When someone sitting near you is sunk in sorrow, can you be happy? No. When a baby weeps most pathetically within hearing, tears well up in your eyes in sympathy. Why? There is an unseen bond between the two. Human beings alone have this quality of empathy; they alone can be happy when others are happy, and miserable when others are miserable. That is why human beings are the paragon of all creation. Human beings alone are capable of seva; that is your special glory and unique skill. Make full use of this precious birth! (Divine Discourse, Mar 4, 1970)


- BABA 
Date18:3/2018

Some people keep the rosary revolving in their hands but their minds roam in the market. Can this be called japa (chanting)? While meditating, both your body and mind should be steady! The body is made of five elements, so it is bound to suffer. You should not be affected by it. This is true sadhana (spiritual exercise). All other sadhanas will prove futile if you do not give up body attachment. Today marks the beginning of a very sacred year. Not only in this year, but throughout your life, you should cultivate sacred thoughts. Embodiments of love, develop more and more love in you. Experience love and share it with others. You are not merely mortals. You are the sparks of divine. Lead your life in such a manner. This is the most important message for this New Year! When you understand and internalise your divine origin, your thoughts, words, and deeds will become sacred! (Divine Discourse, Apr 2, 2003)


- BABA 
 
 Date17:3/2018

There are some people who get up from bed with a disturbed and agitated mind. Don’t do that! Arise from your sleep with a peaceful mind. Think of God. If parents criticise each other as soon as they get up from bed, surely, children also will start quarrelling and fighting with each other! Children always try to emulate their parents and hence, parents should set an example to their children. You should teach them by practice, not merely by precept. Under any circumstance, do not give room for anger or hatred. Never hate anybody. The hatred in you will come back to you as reflection and make you suffer. You may have to face some difficulties and sorrows, but never mind. Be calm and composed. Consider everyone as embodiments of Divinity. Your salutation or ridicule, whoever it may be addressed to, reaches God. Offer your respects to everybody. Share your love with one and all. (Divine Discourse, Apr 2, 2003)


- BABA 
 Date16:3/2018

Bharatiya Culture is the very basis of human progress. It will uplift humanity by promoting brotherhood, upholding righteousness, and saturating every thought, word and act with reverence and humility. This culture will stand unshaken so long as the Ganga flows; no attempt to suppress or destroy it can succeed. The history and traditions of Bharat are as pure, holy, sanctifying, curative and precious as the Ganges. The origins of both are cool, comforting, and spotless snows! When young men and women are not trained to live a good and godly life, teaching them various skills and tricks, only makes them a danger to themselves and to others. The habit of prayer will inculcate courage and confidence; it will provide the student with a vast new source of energy. Every effort must be made to introduce the students to the sweet experiences of meditation and Yoga, or to the joy of inquiry into one's own reality! (Divine Discourse, May 13, 1970)


- BABA 
 Date15:3/2018

The important qualification for seva (service) is a pure heart, uncontaminated by conceit, greed, envy, hatred or competition. Along with this, we need faith in God as the spring of vitality, virtue, and justice. Seva is the worship you offer to the God in the heart of everyone. Do not ask another which country or state you belong to, or which caste or creed you profess. See your favourite form of God in that ‘other person’; as a matter of fact, he or she is not ‘other’ at all - it is the Lord’s image, as much as you are. You are not helping ‘one individual’; you are adoring Me, in them. God is before you in that form; so, what room is there for the ego in you to raise its hood? Duty is God; Work is worship. Even the tiniest work is a flower placed at the Feet of God. Approach everyone you serve with a heart filled with the treasure of Love! (Divine Discourse, Mar 4,1970)


- BABA 
 Date14:3/2018

While in this transient world you have a sore need of someone of your kind to whom you can communicate your feelings, share your discoveries, depressions, moments of bliss and sorrow. Someone who can be by your side while trekking the hard road to truth and peace, encouraging and enthusing you towards the goal. Friends who can confer real counsel, comfort and consolation are precious gifts, rarely found today. Friendship must bind two hearts and affect both beneficially, whatever may happen to either - loss or gain, pain or pleasure. Each must correct the other, for each knows that they come from sympathy and love. Each must be vigilant that the other does not slide from the ideal, cultivate habits that are deleterious, or hide thoughts and plans that are evil. The honour of each is in the safekeeping of the other. Each trusts the other and places reliance on the other's watchful love. Only those deserve the name ‘friends’, who help in uplifting life, cleansing ideals, elevating emotions and strengthening resolves. [Divine Discourse, May 24, 1973]


- BABA 
 Date13:3/2018

When Adi Shankara was residing at Varanasi with his pupils, he came across a scholar, who was immersed in complicated rules of grammar. When asked why he had taken up this intensive study, he replied that it would easily fetch him a few pieces of silver. "If I am designed a pandit, I can go to the home of some big zamindars (landlords), and hope to receive alms and offerings from them for the upkeep of my large family," he said. Shankara then advised him appropriately and charged him with self-confidence and courage. Returning to his hermitage, Shankara wrote a verse summarising the advice he gave the poor scholar thus: Bhaja Govindam, bhaja Govindam, bhaja Govindam, moodha mate. Samprapte sannihithe kale, nahi nahi rakshati dukrun karane (Praise God, Praise God, Praise God, you foolish mind! When death approaches, rules of grammar cannot save you). The study of these verses and the inspiration derived from them will promote discrimination and detachment, and thus, prepare the mind for the vision of the Supreme. [Divine Discourse, May 21, 1973]


- BABA 
 Date12:3/2018

Long ago, there was a person who had three friends. Quite by accident, he was charged for some crime and a warrant was issued against him by the court. He approached one friend and asked him to bear witness to his innocence. He said, "I will not move out of this house; I can help you only from within this." The second friend said, "I can come only upto the porch of the court. I will not enter the witness box." The third friend said, "Come, I shall speak for you wherever you want me to." The first friend is the 'property and possessions' which can bear witness only from within the house. The second is 'the kinsmen and the members of the family’, who come as far as the cemetery but would not accompany the person to the seat of judgement. The third friend is the fair name earned by one's virtues and service. These persist even after death and burial; they stand witness for ages, and announce the innocence and greatness of the individual. They decide the nature of the next birth too. [Divine Discourse, May 24, 1973]


- BABA 
 Date11:3/2018

The emperor of the Cholas sought to visit the Srirangam Gopuram Temple, of which he had heard much. He got his chariot ready and in the next six months tried to make this journey many times. But on every occasion a recluse in ochre robes with a rosary around his neck and a halo around his head intercepted the vehicle. When the emperor alighted to honour him, he kept him engaged in conversation which was so enchanting that he forgot his journey and its goal. One day, when he lamented over his failure to fill his eyes with the glory of Srirangam, the Lord appeared before him and said, "Why do you lament? I am the Master who came to you so often as soon as you set out for Srirangam; recognise Me in all, that is the genuine pilgrimage to Srirangam." Consider all whom you meet as the Lord of Srirangam, your Master. Show untarnished love towards all who come to you. [Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 1967]


- BABA 
 Date10:3/2018

The word shastra used to indicate scriptures means, ‘that which commands, orders, and directs with authority’. The shastras need not contain orders like, “Before eating food, cook it well; before sowing seeds, prepare the soil through ploughing.” Who commands the newborn calf to seek food at the udder of the mother cow? Birth takes place along with sustenance for those being born. As a matter of fact, sustenance is ready first, and the birth of the individual to be sustained takes place later. The individual’s food and standard of living are dependent on the merit or demerit accumulated in previous lives while struggling for these two. But the really valuable guidelines for human progress are beyond the understanding of people and their intelligence. The learned should realise that activities recommended in the scriptures promote the best interests of people here and lead to peace and harmony in the hereafter. [Sathya Sai Vahini, Ch 19]


- BABA 
 Date9:3/2018

Once a sage had a cat in his hermitage. Whenever he performed a homa (offering oblations to gods into the consecrated fire), the cat frisked about the fire and gave a lot of trouble to him. So he caught it in advance and kept it under an inverted basket for the duration of the homa. His son who watched this operation for years thought that this cat-catching and cat-imprisonment were vital parts of the ritual itself. So he took great trouble to seek out a cat before every homa and felt happy when he got one which he could keep under an inverted basket in the same room. That is an example of meaningless mechanical repetition. Spiritual effort should not become mechanical repetition of set formulae or execution of dry formalities! Remember, your spiritual endeavours must be to attract the grace of God on yourselves. Your spiritual practices must be accompanied by a sincere prayer from the heart! [Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 1967]


- BABA 
 Date8:3/2018

People who wish to check the quality of gold, draw a line with it on a piece of stone and assess its quality by examining that streak. The test that will reveal the quality of your faith is whether you are practising sincerely the injunctions laid down by God. Your beliefs and actions must be expressions of faith. They must have holiness as their core. They must be so full of love and compassion that they attract to you the grace of God. Such karma (actions) is what is advocated through karma kanda of Vedic scriptures. It is the taproot of human progress, the very breath of happy human existence, the food that alone can allay the hunger of people and the life-sustaining water that can cure their thirst. Therefore the first and continuing duty is to engage oneself in activities that are taught or approved in the Vedas. Three types of activity reach God and earn His grace: (1) Activity not prompted by personal desire (2) Activity emanating from unselfish love and (3) Prayer arising from pure hearts. [Sathya Sai Vahini, Chap 19]


- BABA 
 Date7:3/2018

As dedicated sevaks (servitors), whether your beneficiaries thank you or traduce you, gladly perform your allotted tasks. For, you are serving yourselves, not them, remember! Bouquets or brickbats, receive them with equal calm. It is only those who identify themselves with the body, that exult or feel pained! Remember, you are the Dehi (Indweller), not the deha (body) - this will give you strength to serve well. While doing Seva do not argue that this particular task is yours and that is not; do not be sticklers for boundaries and limits. Support and complement each other in joyful co-operation. Act as ideal satsanga (noble company), infusing energy and enthusiasm to all. Also, do not carry a greater burden than that is allotted to you and do not interfere with what other people are doing, or criticise others. Malice, envy or competition must have no place in your heart. Do not rush about discovering faults where none exists. That is misdirected enthusiasm. Instead, spread peace and joy! [Divine Discourse, Feb 24, 1965]


- BABA 
Date6:3/2018

The service rendered by a person ensures a bright future when that service is performed devoid of ego and in gratefulness considering it an opportunity given by God. Whatever you do for others, do it with a feeling that you are doing for oneself. In truth the service you render does more good to you! A small example: A friend is warmly welcomed, taken to the drawing room and offered a cup of coffee. This good act gets imprinted in the person’s heart and that person will remember the warm welcome received and reciprocate it. If you look after a friend who is hospitalised with none to look after, will that friend not reciprocate the help when you need it? So, remember that the service you render to others is a reserve that will help you with your future needs. Similarly, if you extend this idea and consider that bad deeds done to others are truly deeds being done to oneself, you will never do bad deeds! [Divine Discourse, May 27, 1973]


- BABA 
 
 Date5:3/2018

Reduce your wants to the minimum! A foolish desire to be up-to-date and to keep up with fashion, has made you gather needless habits and unnecessary articles. Examine your room, table, wardrobe, etc. and find out how many superfluous things you have accumulated. You have acquired them because you saw someone having them and you felt that unless you too possessed them you will look small in their company. You can all be happy with much less equipment than you seem to think essential. Once an article is with you for some 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; they are costly from the monetary as well as spiritual point of view. Watch your likes and dislikes with a vigilant eye and discard anything that threatens to encumber your spiritual path. [Divine Discourse, Feb 24, 1965]


- BABA 
 Date4:3/2018

The mind has become fickle as we have been feeding it with worldly tendencies. How can we stabilise it? Give such work that will keep the mind ever-busy, then it will not trouble us! It is the nature of the monkey to keep climbing up and down, and so people who catch monkeys, take it from house to house and make it climb up and down a pole; this way they keep the monkey busy and also earn alms for themselves. Our mind is also a mad monkey, isn’t it? And monkeys must be engaged in an absorbing work to keep it away from its fickleness! So, first and foremost, sit still and give the monkey mind the duty of a watchman. The monkey mind so entrusted, will watch the breath going in - ‘So’ and the breath coming out - ‘ham’ and it will be kept busy. After five minutes of this exercise, your mind will calm down. [Divine Discourse, May 25, 1979]


- BABA 
 Date3:3/2018

I would like to tell you something about the attitude you must cultivate when you volunteer. I Myself have selected you for this role and that itself is a rare privilege. There are so many among the thousands who are pleading with all their heart to be given the chance; but you alone have been picked. I must tell you that volunteering is not just a momentary spurt; it cannot be done well without deep discipline, long training and humility. You must develop prema (love) for all. Do not think that a volunteer is a superior person, more devoted than the rest; do not look down upon the rest as disturbances and nuisances. When you treat any one harshly, you are treating Me harshly. When you are insulting any one, you are insulting Me. If you have love for Me, have prema towards all, since Sai is in every one. [Divine Discourse, Feb 24, 1965]


- BABA 
 Date2:3/2018

God is not separate from you. Do not be under the impression that God is present only in temples. Body is the temple and the indweller is God (Deho Devalaya Prokto Jeevo Deva Sanathanaha). So you do not need to go in search of God elsewhere. Turn your vision inward. Then you will find God, who is the embodiment of bliss. You are getting drowned in illusion on account of excessive attachment to the body. Get rid of body attachment and develop attachment towards God. Then you will become God yourself. God and human beings are not separate from each other. They are like image and reflection. God is in everybody. This temple of the body is able to move around because God is within. Scriptures reveal - Satyam Jnanam Anantam Brahma (Divinity is Truth, wisdom and infinity). You must tread along the path of truth and wisdom in order to understand and experience the Divine principle (Brahman). [Divine Discourse, Nov 19, 2000]


- BABA 

Date1:3/2018

It must be explained to people who come to Prasanthi Nilayam that silence is the very first rung of the ladder of spiritual endeavour and the hallmark of this place! From here, they must learn to make every place, wherever they are, a Prasanthi Nilayam. Loud talk disturbs those who practise namasmarana (remembrance of Lord's name) or meditation (dhyana) or recitation (japam)! Noise breeds further noise. This is a workshop, where damaged minds and hearts come for repair or overhaul. In workshops there will be the din of hammer, the clang of wheel, the whirr of engine and the clatter of chains. In this workshop, only the whisper of the Name of God should be heard. With new parts fitted and new coats of paint, cars emerge out of the workshop as good as new and they run smoothly, without trouble, for miles and miles. People must find Prasanthi Nilayam as a workshop for persons, who are weary, travel-worn, or about to enter upon a long journey. [Divine Discourse, Feb 24, 1965]


- BABA