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 Date7:6/2018

Everyone is eager to be happy; everyone wants to work less and gain more, give little and get amply, but nobody experiments with wanting less and giving more! Every want is a shackle that hinders movement - it is a drag on your feet. A young college student roams free on his two legs; when he marries, he becomes four-footed! A child makes him six-footed; thus, further restricting the range of his movements. The more the feet, the less the speed, the tighter his grip on the ground – Remember, centipedes can only crawl! More objects means more hurdles and handicaps! Reduce wants, live simply - that is the way to happiness. Attachment brings sorrow in its wake; at last, when death demands that everything be left behind and everybody be deserted, you are overpowered with grief! Be like the lotus on water; on it, not in it. Water is necessary for the lotus to grow, but lotus will not allow even a drop to wet it. (Divine Discourse, May 15, 1969)


- BABA 
Date6:6/2018

God's grace is just like the shower of rain and the sunlight. You must do some sadhana (spiritual practice) to acquire it; like keeping a pot upright to receive the rain, or the sadhana of opening the door of your heart, so that Sun may illumine it. Pray for grace and do little sadhana. Grace will set everything right. Its main consequence is Self-realisation (Atma sakshatkara); but there are other incidental benefits too like a happy contented life, and a cool courageous temper, established in unruffled peace (shanti). The main benefit from a jewel is personal joy but when one has come to the last coin in the purse, one can sell it and start life again! That is an incidental advantage. The plantain tree has bunch of fruits as its main gift! But its leaves, soft core of its trunk, flower bud, etc. are subsidiary items with profitable use. This is the nature of grace. It fulfils a variety of wants. (Divine Discourse, Mar 29, 1968)


- BABA 
 
 Date5:6/2018

The universe, including the house within which you dwell, namely the body, is composed of the five elements: earth, water, fire, wind and ether - elements that act upon the senses as smell, taste, colour, touch and sound. Since elements are 'divine emanations’, each of them has to be treated with reverence and circumspection. For example: take the earth. If you scatter seeds on the soil, or plant them too deep in the soil, they may not throw up their shoots! Pouring water down your throat can very well become torture, if the limit is crossed. You cannot breathe comfortably in a typhoon, nor can your eardrums stand the pressure of an explosion within earshot! Any use of the elements, over and above legitimate bounds, is a sacrilege. So too, each element must be used under some limitations, not as and how you like. Treat the elements as a vesture of the Almighty. (Divine Discourse, Mar 11, 1968)


- BABA 
 Date4:6/2018

Attachment and hatred are the greatest enemies of progress in any scheme of social service, why, in any scheme of work. If a man is deluded into believing that he is saving others, then woe be to him, for there is no other at all. All are One, one person’s sorrow is everyone’s sorrow. The fundamental flaw is the ignorance of humanity. If only one is wise, one would know that all individuals are waves on the surface of the self-same ocean. Selfless action is the ideal to be aimed at. But now, everything is measured by the result, the gain that accrues. Study is also for the salary one can get on the basis of the degree earned. If the act is done without selfish desire (in the nishkama way); there is no aim to seek gain. The desire for gain is like the poison fangs; when they are pulled out, the snake of karma (action and reaction cycle) is rendered harmless. (Divine Discourse, Sep 15, 1963)


- BABA 
 Date3:6/2018

Welcome all the blows of fate, the misfortunes and miseries, just as gold welcomes the crucible, hammer and the anvil, to transform into a beautiful jewel. Or as the cane welcomes the chopper, crusher, boiler, pan, sprayer and dryer, so that its sweetness may be preserved and used as sugar by all. The Pandavas never demurred when disasters fell thick upon them. They were happy that disasters helped them to remember Krishna and call upon Him. Submit to the will of God. Never seek power or position but submit to His Will so that you may be ever happy and unmoved. The Lord rushes toward the devotee faster than the devotee rushes to Him. If you take one step toward Him, He takes a hundred steps toward you! He will be more than a mother or father. He will foster you from within you, just as He has saved and fostered so many saints who have placed faith in Him! (Divine Discourse, Sep 08, 1963)


- BABA 
 Date2:6/2018

There is iron and there is also the magnet. The magnet will draw the iron to itself; that is the destiny of both. But if the iron is covered with the rust, the grace of the magnet may not operate strong enough to draw the iron near. Greed for sensual pleasure will certainly act as rust! It acts as dust, which induces rust; the rust will ultimately burst the iron itself and change its innate nature. So iron has to be tested constantly and dusted. Then, when it contacts the magnet, it too earns the magnetic quality and finally gets rest from its quest. That achievement is the best, for both magnet and iron. The dust of sensual greed can be prevented by keeping good company (satsang), and putting into practice the principles of good conduct that one must imbibe from holy scriptures! (Divine Discourse, 11-Mar-1968)


- BABA 

Date1:6/2018

First, practise the attitude of “I am Yours”. Let the wave discover and acknowledge that it belongs to the sea. This is not easy. The wave takes a long time to recognise that the vast sea beneath gives it its existence. The ego is so powerful that it will not permit it to be so humble, as to bend before the sea. “I am Yours; You are the Master. I am a servant; You are sovereign. I am bound.” This mental attitude will tame the ego. The next step is: “You are mine”, where the wave demands the support of the sea as its right. The Lord must take the responsibility of guarding and guiding the individual. Surdas said, “You are mine; I will not leave You; I shall imprison You in my heart; You shall not escape,” and the Lord obliged! The last stage is: “You are I” — I am but the image, and You are the Reality. All is One. Duality is but delusion. (Divine Discourse, Sep 08, 1963)


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