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 Date22:4/2018

You cannot attain God by your wealth. God can be attained only through devotion. Satyabhama in her pride hoped to possess Krishna all for herself by her wealth. She chose to weigh Him against the huge amount of gold she possessed, and failed. Narada made her realise her folly by showing that a single basil (Tulasi) leaf offered by Rukmini with real devotion exceeded all the wealth of Satyabhama. Satyabhama symbolises desire while Rukmini represents devotion. Krishna says that He is pleased with the offering of a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water. Do not take this literally. Your body is the leaf, the flower is the blossom of your heart, your mind is the fruit, and the tears of joy is the water - these are the acceptable offerings to God. You will have everything in life if you have love in you. Never hate anybody. Make this your goal in life. This is My message for you today! [Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 2000]


- BABA 
 Date21:4/2018

You must crave for the vision of God; only then you are entitled to the status of human-ness. To do so, you must conquer your mind. Remember, true human is one who is the ruler of the mind (manas), not its slave! Every human (manava) must endeavour to reach the Divine (Madhava)! To earn the vision and grace of God, you have to pray to the Personified Power with Name and Form; it is your yearning that decides in what form the Lord appears. You call and He will answer! If you are not earnest, or if you feel indifferent and say, “Let Him come when He wills, in the Form He likes and with the Name He prefers”, He will not come at all! Call on Him with anguish, and He will immediately respond! [Divine Discourse, May 1963]


- BABA 
 Date20:4/2018

You want to study well, pass and get a first-class. After that you want to get a good position, get married and lead a happy family life. And then you desire for children, and want that they be intelligent and do well in life. There is no limit for such desires. The most important reason for bondage is giving too much freedom to the mind. For example, when an animal is tethered to a post, it will not be able to go to another place and spoil it. It will not be able to show anger or violence or do harm to any person. But if it is untied and let loose, it can roam over various fields, destroy the crops and cause loss and harm to others. For the mischief it does, it gets beaten. Similarly, the mind must be bound by certain regulations and limits. As long as one lives within certain limits and disciplines, as well as particular rules and regulations, one will be able to maintain a good name and lead a happy and useful life. [Divine Discourse, Feb 17, 1985]


- BABA 
 Date19:4/2018

You now have multitudes of claimants for the status and benefits of a person with devotion; you can see them on the roads to holy rivers or cities, or singing spiritual songs wearing all the paraphernalia of devotion. But the claim to be a devotee of the Lord, a votary of the Highest, can be admitted only if the passions and emotions are pure and if the character is virtuous. The tongue may utter the Name of the Lord, the ear may be open when the Lord’s glory is recited, and the hand may scatter flowers on the image of God, but the tongue may not know or relish the taste, the ear may not pine, or the hand may not yearn. These can happen only when the heart is aware of the Supreme, and when the mind is thrilled recollecting the glory of God. Otherwise one is like the spoon which dips into sour and sweet with equal alacrity and insensitivity. It does not refuse or relish any of the tastes. [Divine Discourse, Mar 23, 1966]


- BABA 
 Date18:4/2018

Self is nothing but the principle of the all pervasive Atma (Divine Self). There is only one Self. Hence the scriptures state God is one without a second (Ekam eva Advitiyam Brahma). It is rather surprising that people are unable to believe this principle of unity. You have faith in what is broadcast on television and radio, but do not have faith in the Self. One without faith in the Self is verily blind. In this world every being is an embodiment of Divinity. Whomsoever you salute, it reaches God! Likewise, whomsoever you criticise, the criticism too reaches God. So do not criticise or hate anybody. There are many people who undertake spiritual practices like recitations, meditation and yoga. No doubt these are sacred activities and one may undertake them. But it is very essential to recognise the principle of unity. There is only one God and He is omnipresent. Why are you not able to believe this all-pervasive Divinity? [Divine Discourse, Apr 14, 2001]


- BABA 
 Date17:4/2018

Today people ignore the law of action and act as they please. It is easy to indulge in sinful deeds but is extremely difficult to bear the bad results they yield! Good and evil, happiness and misery, merit and sin depend on your actions. As is the action, so is the result. Hence the Upanishads teach - “Salute the action” (Tasmai Namah Karmane). Offer salutations to the actions you perform, so they become sacred, bring you good name and contribute to the welfare of the world. Since time immemorial, Bharatiyas offer respect to action, be it big or small, before undertaking it. A dancer pays her respects to the anklets she wears before commencing her performance. An illiterate lorry driver offers his obeisance to the steering wheel before driving the vehicle. Why salute the action? It is to discriminate and choose right actions and to give up the sense of ego or doership! This is the sacredness that our culture imparts to action. [Divine Discourse, Apr 14, 2001]


- BABA 
 Date16:4/2018

Human body is meant to serve others, not to indulge in selfish deeds. As selfishness has become part and parcel of our lives, we indulge in many sinful activities. Eschew selfishness, take to selfless service. Give up attachment towards the body. Become attached to the Self. Understand that the same Self (Atma) exists in everyone. Though you find several bulbs glowing in a big hall, the current that is passing through them is the same. Bodies are like bulbs; the principle of Atma is the current that is present in them. With such a feeling of oneness, make efforts to alleviate the suffering of your fellow beings. Sage Vyasa has given the essence of 18 Puranas in the dictum: Paropakaraya Punyaya, Papaya Parapeedanam (one attains merit by serving others and commits sin by hurting them). So, practice ‘Help ever, hurt never’. There is no higher spiritual practice than this. This is the foundation for self-realisation! [Divine Discourse, Apr 14, 2001]


- BABA 
 
 Date15:4/2018

Today is no different from yesterday. If you do good now, you will reap its benefits in future. So, sanctify your actions. Remember, immortality is not attained through action, progeny or wealth. It is attained only by sacrifice! The bliss you get from sacrifice is eternal. It is true wealth and can never diminish! To acquire such everlasting wealth, invest your time in the contemplation of God. Divinity must pervade all that you see, hear and feel. Love is the greatest wealth and treasure. Let every action of yours be filled with love. Love begets sacred rewards. Let the whole world be filled with love. Love alone can safeguard countries and make them prosperous. Live in the constant company of all-pervasive Divinity. Why fear when I am with you, in you and around you? If you have faith, God will protect you wherever you are! [Divine Discourse, Apr 14, 2001]


- BABA 
 
 Date14:4/2018

Today marks the commencement of the (Tamil and Kerala) New Year. Many such New Years have come and gone by. Everyone expects the new year to confer on them and the world at large peace, happiness and prosperity. But the welfare of the world depends on your conduct and behavior. Your conduct depends on your mind. The nature of the mind depends on thoughts. Only when your thoughts are based on truth, will the world flourish. If you aspire for the welfare of the world, see to it that your thoughts and actions are in accordance with your aspirations. If you have anger in you, you cannot escape misery. One with desires can never attain happiness. Less luggage, more comfort. Desires are your luggage. Reduce them in order to lead a comfortable life. A greedy person can never attain prosperity. Give up greed and you will be happy, prosperous and blissful! [Divine Discourse, April 14, 2001]


- BABA 
 
 Date13:4/2018

If there is a boil on the body, you apply ointment on it and cover it with a bandage until it heals. If you do not apply ointment and tie the bandage around this wound, it is likely to become septic and cause great harm later. Now and then you must clean it with pure water, apply ointment again and put on a new bandage. In the same way, in our life, there is this boil which has come up in our body in the form of 'I'. If you want to really cure this boil of 'I', you will have to wash it every day with the waters of love, apply the ointment of faith on it and tie the bandage of humility around it. The bandage of humility, the ointment of faith, and the waters of love will surely cure this disease that erupted with this boil of 'I’. [Divine Discourse, Feb 17, 1985]


- BABA 
 
  Date12:4/2018

Your determination to acquire bliss and peace should not flicker like the flame of a lamp placed on a gusty window. You must learn how to attain them from the scriptures composed by saints or from the wise who have won them. Then you must adhere to the path, however sharp the criticism, and whoever be the one callously condemning it. Cynical laughter cannot harm the aspirant! Can a storm shake the Himalayan range? Let not your faith in the goal or the road quake before trouble or trial, toil or travail, distress or despair. They are but passing clouds, casting temporary shadows, hiding for a little time the glory of the sun or moon. Do not get distracted by doubt or despondency. Build the mansion of your life on four firm pillars: virtue, wealth, desire and liberation (dharma, artha, kama and moksha), the goals of human effort laid down by the ancient sages, each pillar bound strong and safe with every other. [Divine Discourse, Mar 23, 1966]


- BABA 
  Date11:4/2018

Seek the company of the good, the seekers, the aspirants, and the detached. Then you will see the light. Listen to holy discourses and read sacred books. Your effort and the atmosphere of the place - these two will lead you to success. Markandeya held tight the Shivalinga and so the noose of Yama (God of death) bound him and Shiva; hence young Markandeya was saved. The story teaches you to be ever in contact with God, for you do not know when the noose will be thrown. Attach yourself to the Highest, call it by any name, conceive it in any form. But, remember, without righteousness (Dharma) you cannot attain God. Learn the means of winning grace and earning purity from those who know - the elders and scholars who have put their learning into practice. Grace can wipe off the past; Sat-prayatna, Sat-sanga and Sadhachara (good effort, good company and good practices) will ensure happiness in future! (Divine Discourse, Apr 1, 1965)


- BABA 
 Date10:4/2018

The worst action you can do is to do the opposite of what you preach. To deny by the hand what you dole out of your mouth! If you cannot act up to your declarations, keep quiet; do not go about advising and advertise yourself as a hypocrite! Do not preach virtue while decrying it in deed. Righteousness (dharma) is steady and unchanging; it can never decline. Only those who must practice dharma are declining in faith and steadfastness! Every individual is judged by their practice, never by their precepts that they pour forth eloquently. Ask yourself the question honestly: "What use have I made of the spiritual experience that I have received so far? How much have I benefited?" Introspect! A seed grows slowly into a huge spreading tree. So too, through tiny acts, soft words, genuine and kind deeds, you must elevate yourself into a Divine Being! (Divine Discourse, Mar 31, 1965)


- BABA 
 Date9:4/2018

Develop renunciation towards your own needs and wishes. Examine each on the touchstone of essentiality. When you pile up things in your apartments, 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 made of lentils) must have only enough uppu (salt) to make it relishing; that is to say, do not spoil the dish by adding too much salt. Life becomes too difficult to bear if you put too much desire into it. Limit your desires to your capacity and even among them, have only those that will grant lasting joy. Do not run after fashion and public approval and strain your resources beyond repair. Also, stick to your own dharma and the code of rules that regulate life or the stage you have reached. (Divine Discourse, Aug 19, 1964)


- BABA 
Date8:4/2018

Take My own instance. I never exult when I am extolled, nor shrink when I am reviled. Few have realised My purpose and significance, but I am not worried. When things that are not in Me are attributed to Me, why should I worry? When things that are in Me are mentioned, why should I exult? "Syeeki Sarvamu yes, yes, yes" (for Sai it is always yes!). If you say, "Yes, you are the Lord," Yes, I am the Lord to you, if you say "No", I too echo the same. I am Anandam, Shantam, Dhairyam (Bliss, Peace and Courage). Take Me as your Atma tatwam (Inner Atmic Reality); you won't be wrong. Resolve from this day to see only the good in others, and to develop the good in yourselves. That is the best sadhana (spiritual endeavour). Nurturing anger and hatred in the heart is like carrying a pot with many holes for bringing water. Discard anger, hate, envy and greed; do it by dwelling always on the Name that summarises and signifies the Glory of God. (Divine Discourse, Mar 30, 1965)


- BABA 
 
 Date7:4/2018

You have to give up your pursuit of sensory objects if you seek lasting peace and joy. Material wealth brings along with it not only joy but grief as well. Accumulation of riches and multiplication of wants only lead to alternation between joy and grief. Attachment is the root of both joy and grief; detachment is the saviour. Attachment (ashakti) is death (maraka). Non-attachment (anashakti) is liberating (taraka). A millionaire pays income tax with tears in his eyes, while a headmaster joyfully gives up the furniture and laboratory appliances of his school when he is transferred to some other place. Why? The headmaster knows that he is only the caretaker, not the owner. He is not attached to these articles; he knows that they belong to the government. So, too, feel that your family, house, property, car, etc. are all the Lord's property and you are just a trustee; be unattached and be ready to give them up without any murmur, at a moment's notice! (Divine Discourse, Aug 19, 1964)


- BABA 
Date6:4/2018

The Vedas are called Sruti because they must be heard with attention. Listening (sravanam) implants ideas: it inspires you to take stock of your condition, to note your deficiencies and failings, and even your excellences and merits. The ear has great potentiality to correct, reform and guide. Listen to the Ramayana and the Mahabharata; it is a precious chance that many are not benefitting from now! Discover for yourselves the greatness of Rama, Krishna, Meera and Radha. Dwell on their lives and the examples they place before you; correct your habits, your outlook, your attitude to the world, to society, and to yourself. That is the path to salvation. The ear fills the head, the head directs the arm, and the arm acts. So hear good things, do good things and share good things. That gives joy and contentment. (Divine Discourse, Mar 30, 1965)


- BABA 
 
 Date5:4/2018

Many people say that the world today is afflicted with sorrow, losses and difficulties. I do not subscribe to this view - indeed, they are just our illusion! In fact, there is no unrest or sorrow in this world. I just see peace everywhere. When there is peace in our heart, we will be able to witness peace all round. Unrest, sorrow, anger, and so on, are the reaction, reflection and resound of the state of our inner being. Sorrows and difficulties, anger and unrest are of our own creation. They are not natural phenomena in the world. It is lack of love that is responsible for all the differences, arguments and conflicts in the world, especially in the present times. Love is the foremost quality of a human being. And faith is the basis for that love. In the spelling of the word Love, ‘L’ stands for ‘Lord’. Thus, Love truly originates from the Lord! (Divine Discourse, Dec 26, 2007)


- BABA 
 Date4:4/2018

You must offer the Lord, not the flowers that plants grow; that will reward the plant, not you! The Lord wants you to offer the lotus that blooms in the lake of your heart, the fruit that ripens on the tree of your earthly career, not the lotus and the fruit available in the marketplace! You may ask, "Where can we find the Lord?" Well, He has given His address, in Chapter 18, Sloka 61 of the Bhagavad Gita. He declares, "O Arjuna, the Lord resides in the heart of all beings" (Ishwara Sarva Bhutanam hriddese, Arjuna, thisthathi). Now, after knowing this, how can you look down on any living being in contempt or how can you revel in hating or indulge in the pastime of ridiculing? Every individual is charged with the Divine Presence, moved by Divine attributes. Love, honour, friendliness - these are what each one deserves from you. Give these in full measure. [Divine Discourse, Apr 16, 1964]


- BABA 
 Date3:4/2018

The conquest of the ego is a hard task; years of persistent effort are needed to get success in this endeavour. Think of this example – Have you tried to break the coconut as soon as it comes from the coconut tree? The shell is covered compactly by a coat of fibre. You cannot break the nut by hitting even with a crowbar. Take off the fibrous armour, then breaking it is easy. When you take a coconut to be offered in the temple, you remove the fibre, and then offer it to God by breaking it into two halves. This is the symbol for destroying the ego and surrendering to the Lord. So also in life, you must remove the fibre of desire for sense-objects and then, go before the Lord devoid of desire and anger (kama and krodha); there you declare that you are egoless by breaking the coconut into two. You are then accepted! [Divine Discourse, Mar 29, 1965]


- BABA 
 Date2:4/2018

The mansion called life must be built on strong foundations; the pursuit of artha (wealth) and kama (desire) for objects and welfare, must be regulated by Dharma (righteousness). Dharma fosters those who foster it (Dharmo rakshati rakshitah). The strongest foundation is ever-present faith in God. Some may ask, "If God is Almighty, why is He not patent?" Well, God reveals Himself only to those who yearn for an answer, not to those who ask with impudence or ignorance. God is patent only in every transparent heart that is not clouded by egoism or attachment. The string of the rosary is patent only in the crystal beads, not on the coral or rudraksha beads, though it runs through these latter too. All the thousands of individuals here before Me now are so many thousand flowers, strung on that one thread, Brahman (Divinity). In Brahman, you all find unity, the unity you have missed, because you were engrossed in your own separateness [Divine Discourse, Mar 29, 1965]


- BABA 

Date1:4/2018

Jesus Christ exemplified several noble qualities. He gave protection to several poor and destitute people with a loving heart. Jesus earned such a good name by sacrificing His body on the cross. You also must be prepared for such a great sacrifice. You must purify your heart with selfless love. Lead a life full of love and sacrifice! Never indulge in reviling others, for the same atma is permeating in every living being. If you abuse others, it amounts to abusing your own self. If you do not like them, keep yourself away from them, but never abuse them! Any amount of good work done by you will be of no use, if you do not give up bad qualities. You may not always oblige others’ requests, but you can always speak obligingly. Nobody can escape from pain and suffering. Today it is that person, tomorrow it could be you. Therefore if you find someone suffering, try to help. [Divine Discourse, Dec 25, 2002]


- BABA