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 Date13:5/2018

The mother's lap is the school for every person. It is one’s first temple. The mother is one's primary wealth. To recognise this truth about one's mother is the duty of every person. There is no higher God than the mother. Only dedicated mothers can offer to the nation children who will strive for a great future for the country. Truth, sacrifice and peace are predominant qualities in women. Women are concerned about the purity and welfare of the community. Good mothers are more essential than good wives. A good wife is of value only to her husband. A good mother is a national asset. From ancient times, Indian scriptures have glorified the examples of great women like Maithreyi, Sita, and Savitri. Their lives continue to be a source of inspiration to this day. We cannot afford to forget them. [Divine Discourse, Sep 11, 1983]


- BABA 
 Date12:5/2018

Embodiments of Love! First and foremost, reduce your attachment to the body. As your attachment to the body increases, your suffering also increases. The body is the temple of God. Think that this is not your body but the temple of God. The body is sacred as God resides in it. It is God’s gift to man. Hence, use the body for performing sacred deeds and attaining bliss therefrom. When you share bliss with others, you will experience divinity. Continue your spiritual practices. But remain always suffused with the feeling that God is in you, above you, below you and around you. Never think that God is away from you. “I am not alone. God is with me.” Strengthen this feeling in you and shape your life accordingly. Lead your life with love. [Divine Discourse, May 26, 2002]


- BABA 
 Date11:5/2018

Lord Buddha gave utmost importance to sense control. To control your mind, you should control your five senses. Only then you can realise God. Develop the spirit of surrender. Perform all deeds with a spirit of devotion to God and as an offering to Him. Then your every action will become divine. Everything in this world can be acquired through love alone. Love is God, live in love. We can understand spirituality only by cultivating love. That is why I often say, “Start the day with love, Fill the day with love, Spend the day with love, End the day with love - This is the way to God”. The world cannot exist without love. Everything is possible by the power of love. Never entertain bad or inappropriate desires, it will bring about your ruin. You can train your mind and senses to be peaceful and sacred by loving God always. [Divine Discourse, May 26, 2002]


- BABA 
 Date10:5/2018

The scriptures teach that all actions and activities must lead ultimately to non-attachment, for this is the best qualification for the development of the knowledge of Brahman. Of the three: devotion, wisdom, and renunciation (bhakti, jnana, and vairagya), devotion is the queen. The rules and rites are the maids-in-waiting; the queen treats her maids with kind consideration and favour, no doubt, but if the ceremonies, which are only “servants” and “aides”, disregard the queen, they should be mercilessly dismissed. All the formalities and rituals in the temples must therefore subserve the glorification of the queen, which is devotion; this is the sum and substance of the dharma that must direct and govern all temples. Only then can individuals reach the goal. [Dharma Vahini, Ch 10]


- BABA 
 Date9:5/2018

Do not strive to acquire the status of a great person, always strive to become a good person. Greatness may induce one to do evil deeds but acts of a good person always stand out as ideals for others. Ravana was a great man. Rama is the example par excellence of a good man. Both were experts, but how different were their attitude! Ravana, though endowed with extraordinary learning, destroyed himself. The root cause for the destruction of his entire clan was his bad quality of ‘desire’. Hiranyakasipu, master of all five elements, was ruined by his evil trait of anger. Duryodhana was ruined by greed; he refused to give even five villages to Pandavas. All these examples of great people who destroyed themselves and their entire clan, teaches that one evil trait is enough to cause ruin. Imagine how much worse a fate one will be faced with if one has all six evil qualities - lust, anger, greed, pride, envy, and hatred! [Divine Discourse, 22-Nov-1999]


- BABA 
Date8:5/2018

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 
 
 Date7:5/2018

Demon Ravana discovered that the Lord (Rama) and desire (kama) cannot coexist in the mind. Develop steadiness in the recitation of the Name of God and in the worth of that Name. Then even if the whole world says, “Do evil”, you will refuse to obey; your system itself will revolt against it. Even if the whole world asks you to desist, you will insist on doing right. Your body is a temple of God; God is installed in every body, whether the owner of the body recognises it or not. It is God that inspires you to perform good acts and warns you against the bad. Listen to that Voice. Obey that Voice and you will not come to any harm. You must cultivate four types of strength: of body, intellect, wisdom, and conduct. Then you become unshakable, and you are on the path of spiritual victory! [Divine Discourse, Feb 27, 1961]


- BABA 
Date6:5/2018

Scriptures declare: Revere the mother and father as God. Mother’s womb is the birthplace of one and all, be it a commoner or the Avatar Himself. Therefore, adore the mother as God. Uphold her name and respect her. There is nothing greater than mother’s love. Mother’s words are always sweet. At times she may use harsh words, but they are meant only to correct you, not to hurt you. There may be a wicked child, but never a wicked mother in this world. Most modern youth do not care enough for their mother. They think they are highly educated and that the mother does not know anything. It is a great mistake to think so. Never look down upon the mother. A mother also should not force her children to accede to her wishes. She must guide the children on the righteous path through love and sincerity. She should aspire that her children be good, they need not be great! [Divine Discourse, Nov 19, 1999 ]


- BABA 
 
 Date5:5/2018

Many feel proud about the enormous expansion of education in the country. But is there any reason for feeling pleased with this situation? An unhealthy expansion of education is as undesirable as an unhealthy bloating of the body. Acquiring degrees at great cost and developing contempt for one's parents out of intellectual pride is not a sign of proper education. Humility is the hallmark of true education. Arrogance, envy and ostentation should have no place in a properly educated person! Education without right conduct is of no value. Make full use of what you have learnt, not only for earning a living but also for service to society. Only then will your degrees have any meaning. Whatever job you undertake, wherever you work, you must continue to practice spiritual discipline and aim at Self-realisation. Without a spiritual basis, education is futile. May you all lead exemplary lives, bring happiness to your parents and render help to society! [Divine Discourse, Mar 1, 1981]


- BABA 
 Date4:5/2018

When good things are spoken you find it difficult to pay attention, but when demeaning and distracting things are said, your ears are alert! This is tragic! Be the master of your behaviour; do not be led away by the impulses of the moment. Be conscious always of what is good for you. Carry on your daily tasks so that you do not make others suffer or suffer yourself. That is the sign of intelligent living! Do not give way to fits of anger, grief, elation or despair. The confusion you exhibit is the result of dark and dull (tamasic) and emotional (rajasic) qualities. Be calm, unruffled and collected (satwic). The more you develop charity for all beings, contrition at your own faults, fear of wrong, and fear of God — the more firmly established you are in peace! [Divine Discourse, Feb 27, 1961]


- BABA 
 Date3:5/2018

Many grieve: “It is said that having the vision of a holy person (darshanam) destroys our sin (papanasam). Well, I have had darshan not once but many times, and yet, my evil fate has not left me and I am suffering even more than before.” True, you may have come and had not one, but many darshans, and you may have sowed fresh seeds secured from the Divine — seeds of love, faith, devotion, good company, Godly thoughts, remembering God’s name, etc. — and you have learnt the art of intensive cultivation and soil preparation. You have just now sown the seeds in well-prepared fields of cleansed hearts. The troubles and anxieties you experience presently are the crop collected from your previous harvests, so do not grieve and lose heart. Everyone must consume the grain they’ve already stored from their previous harvests. Bear with it patiently, until the new harvest comes in! [Divine Discourse, March 1963]


- BABA 
 Date2:5/2018

A great painter once came to a prince and offered to do a fresco on a palace wall; behind him came another, who declared that he would paint on the opposite wall whatever painting the first one drew! The prince ordered a thick curtain in between the painters while they were painting. Both were commissioned to start the task. The second person finished his work the exact same moment the first one completed. The prince arrived, saw the fresco and admired it very much. Then he ordered the curtain to be removed, and lo, on the wall facing the fresco, was an exact duplicate of the picture that the first man had so laboriously painted! Exact — because the second painter polished the wall, making it a fine big mirror! Similarly, you must make your hearts clean, pure and smooth, so that the glory of the Lord might be reflected therein, and the Lord might see His own image on it. [Divine Discourse, March 1963]


- BABA 

Date1:5/2018

Do not grieve that the Lord is testing you and putting you to the ordeal of undergoing the tests, for it is only when you are tested that you can assure yourself of success or become aware of your limitations. You can then concentrate on the subjects in which you are deficient and pay more intensive attention, so that you can pass in them too when you are tested again. Don’t study for the examination at the last moment; study well in advance and be ready with the needed knowledge, and the courage and confidence born out of that knowledge and skill. What you have studied well in advance must be rolled over and over in the mind, just previous to the examination; that is all that should be done. This is the pathway to victory. [Divine Discourse, March 1963]


- BABA