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 Date20:8/2018

Your body is mortal, but life principle (Atma) is imperishable. To attain immortality, have unconditional love for God. Imagine you going to a goldsmith and asking him to make a jewelry of your choice. Your job is only to entrust gold with him with the condition that the weight and design should be to your specification. You must not interfere in how he converts your gold into the jewellery you want. If you stipulate conditions that he should not burn it in fire, or beat it with a hammer, how can you get the ornament that you ordered? Similarly, if you surrender your heart to God with conditions and reservations, how can you attain bliss? What He does with you is His business. Pray to God with unconditional surrender. When all that you possess — your body, mind and intellect are His gifts, where is the need for you to lay conditions? Surrender completely, God will grant you the bliss you deserve! (Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1999)


- BABA 
 Date19:8/2018

The culture of Bharat has laid great stress on the teaching, Matrudevo bhava (revere the mother as God) and Pitrudevo bhava (revere the father as God). Aren’t there many great people in the state of West Bengal? Aren’t there many who are rich and educated? But they could not succeed in life due to lack of faith in God. It was only Ramakrishna Paramahamsa who could lead an ideal life by loving his mother and obeying her commands, due to his implicit faith and devotion to his mother. He taught people that there is nothing greater and nobler in this world than mother’s love. You take the history of any great person in this world; they owe their greatness to their mother. The mother is God, verily. It is, therefore, not proper to hurt the feelings of a mother who is the embodiment of love. It is only when we develop love towards our mother that our life will become happy and prosperous. (Divine Discourse, May 6, 2005)


- BABA 
 Date18:8/2018

Once Vivekananda asked Ramakrishna Paramahamsa whether he had seen God. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa emphatically replied, “Yes, I have seen God. I have seen Him just as I am seeing you.” “Then why I don’t see Him?” asked Vivekananda. Ramakrishna replied, “You weep for your family, you suffer for your business and wealth, but do you ever weep or yearn for a vision of God? Do that and you will certainly see God! All the time I am pining only for the vision of God. Therefore, God is visible to me at all times in every human being.” In this world, there is nothing easier than attaining God. You face hardships and feel dejected because you do not understand this truth. Instead of shedding tears for mundane things, why don’t you pine for the vision of God? Don’t go anywhere in search of God. Turn your vision inward. You can see God instantly. Have full faith that God is residing in your heart and experience Him within you. (Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1999)


- BABA 
 Date17:8/2018

Man always craves for bliss. The first requisite for achieving Supreme Bliss is a pure heart. One’s heart, which should be white and pure like milk, is today filled with bad thoughts and feelings. Spiritual exercises begin with the purification of the heart and then transforming it into an ocean of milk. When the heart is filled with satwic (pure) qualities, it becomes like a milky ocean. Only then does it become a worthy dwelling for the Lord (Vishnu) whose abode is described as Ksheera Sagara (the Ocean of Milk). But by yielding to tamasic and rajasic (dull and aggressive) impulses, people today have turned their heart into ksharasagaram, a salty ocean. In the salty ocean, we have sharks and whales. Likewise, in the heart of the evil-minded, bad qualities like lust, anger, greed and envy flourish. It is a folly to give room to such evil forces. They must be removed totally so that the Lord may find His rightful place in a heart that is pure and holy. (Divine Discourse, May 3, 1987)


- BABA 
 Date16:8/2018

Some people when faced with difficulties think that God is punishing them. It is a mistake to think so. God never punishes anybody. It is only the king who gives punishment, not God. God is love; He always gives only love. The punishment you suffer is the result of your own actions. God neither punishes you nor protects you. You are punished by your own sins and protected by your own good deeds. You may utilise light for writing inappropriate accounts or for reading the holy Ramayana. But light is not affected by what you do. Similarly God is the eternal witness. He is like the light, unaffected by your actions, good or bad. Be it pleasant or unpleasant, you have to face the consequences of your actions. So, do not indulge in bad actions. Always do good, be good, and see good. This is the way to God. Do not say, “I will try”; you must do it. (Divine Discourse, Apr 14, 1999)


- BABA 
 Date15:8/2018

The flag is the symbol of victory, celebrating the joy of Independence. Each nation has its own flag. Pay attention to another flag to symbolise another laudable victory over one's lower instincts, impulses, passions, emotions and desires - the flag that has to be unfurled in every human heart. When you achieve that victory, you will become the true inheritors of Bharatiya culture. Everyone must love their motherland. But that should not lead to hating the other’s motherland. Hence you must pray, "May all the world be happy and peaceful.” Always remember that your peace and happiness are linked with the world's peace and happiness. Any act of hatred or violence committed by you will pollute the atmosphere of the world. When you adore any living being, the adoration reaches God, for He is in every being. Insult any living being and the insult too reaches God. So, expand love towards all, everywhere. (Divine Discourse, Aug 15, 1985)


- BABA 
 Date14:8/2018

The eyes, the ears, the nose and the hand are the different limbs of the body. Body is a limb of the society. Society is a limb of mankind. Mankind is a limb of nature. Nature is a limb of God. It is because of the impact of modern education that man is misusing his limbs. The Vedas teach that all the education that one acquires should be utilised for the welfare of society. The Vedas say, Sarvaloka hite ratah (one should involve in the service of society). Sarvajnanopa sampannah (one should be a treasure of wisdom), and Sarva samudita gunaihi (one should cultivate all good qualities). After education, one should work for the welfare of society and the world at large. One should not have the narrow feeling that one’s family alone should be happy. Without the world, where is the family? Man and his family are dependent on society and the world at large. So, the individual and the family can be happy only when the world is safe and secure. (Divine Discourse, Apr 14, 1999)


- BABA 
 Date13:8/2018

In this journey of life, first and foremost, you need to have self-confidence. Today people suffer because of lack of self-confidence. There may be a few difficulties in your way, but do not be unduly perturbed. You should face all hardships with courage and conviction. Only then you will attain true happiness. If you have total faith in God, you will be able to overcome all difficulties. Never blame God for your difficulties. You are bound to face the consequences of your actions, whether good or bad! But if you earn God’s grace, even difficult circumstances will yield good. So develop faith in God more and more. You trust your friend whom you met only a few years ago, but not God who is with you, in you, and around you, throughout your life. You trust the washerman and part with your valuable clothes. Why then is it hard for you to have firm faith and trust in the omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient all-powerful Divinity? (Divine Discourse, Feb 14, 1999)


- BABA 
 Date12:8/2018

In the present times, anxiety and fear are spreading amongst people and righteousness (dharma) is receiving a setback. The world can win back peace and harmony only when people are persuaded to practice the ideals laid down in the scriptures (Vedas) which serve as beacon-lights to guide mankind aright. All activities in your daily living (karma) are really speaking the practice of dharma. The Upanishads give us guidance on what must be done and what must be avoided in the journey of life. For involving oneself in good activities, spiritual wisdom is an essential prerequisite. They direct us to revere the mother as God, father as God, preceptor as God, and also the guest as God. They also warn us that truth and righteousness should not be neglected. So there are both positive and negative instructions — follow these counsels, not others. Accept whatever conduces to your progress in goodness; avoid the others. (Sathya Sai Vahini, Ch 11, ‘Values in Vedas’)


- BABA 
 Date11:8/2018

Righteousness (Dharma) has no prejudice or partiality; it is imbued with truth and justice. People must adhere to right-conduct (dharma); they must see that they never go against it. It is wrong to deviate from it. The path of dharma requires people to give up hatred against others and cultivate mutual concord and amity. Through concord and amity, the world will grow day by day into a place of happiness. If these are well established, the world will be free from disquiet, indiscipline, disorder, and injustice. Whatever good value you desire to follow, first grasp its real meaning. Then, you must cultivate it daily and benefit from it. By this means, wisdom grows and lasting joy is earned. The wise, who are impartial and unprejudiced, who are committed to living in dharma, walk on the path of truth (Sathya), as instructed in the Vedas. That is the path for all people today. (Dharma Vahini, Ch 13, ‘The Dharmic Person’)


- BABA 
 Date10:8/2018

In all worldly activities, be careful not to offend propriety or the canons of good nature; do not play false to the promptings of the inner voice; be prepared at all times to respect the appropriate dictates of conscience; watch your steps to see whether you are in someone else’s way; and be ever vigilant to discover the truth behind all this scintillating variety. This is your duty, your dharma. The blazing fire of wisdom (jnana), which convinces you that everything is Divine (Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma), will consume into ashes all traces of your egotism and worldly attachment. Whoever subdues egotism, conquers selfish desires, destroys bestial feelings and impulses, and gives up the natural tendency to regard the body as the self that person is surely on the path of dharma; they know that the goal of dharma is the merging of the wave in the sea, the merging of the Self in the Supreme Divine! (Dharma Vahini, Ch 1, ‘What is Dharma?’)


- BABA 
 Date9:8/2018

Since you can’t swim across a flooded stream, you board a raft. So also, since you can’t master the Formless, you resort to the Form with attributes and struggle to swim across to the Formless through worship and contemplation. But can you remain forever on the raft, amidst the currents and whirlpools? You must discard this conventional worship some day and reach the shore. Worship is just a means of educating the emotions. Human impulses and emotions have to be guided and controlled. Just as the raging waters of the Godavari river have to be curbed by dikes, halted by dams, tamed by canals, and led quietly to the ocean which can swallow all floods without a trace, so too the age-long instincts in you have to be trained and transmuted by contact with higher ideals and powers. When the fruit is ripe, it will fall off the branch of its own accord. Similarly, when renunciation saturates your heart, you lose contact with the world and slip into the lap of the Lord. (Divine Discourse, Oct 26, 1961)

- BABA 
 Date8:8/2018

When a person dies, his property and assets remain at home; they do not go with him. Their relatives cannot also go; only the good or the bad name they have earned lasts here. So you must live in such a way that posterity will remember you with gratitude and joy. To lead the good life, constant prompting from the God within is a great help. That inspiration can be got only by constantly reciting the Lord's Name and calling on the inner springs of Divinity. The Name is so valuable an instrument to win His Grace, to realise His Presence, to picture His Form, and to remember His Glory. Even if it is repeated from the heart once in the morning, and once in the evening, that will make the griham (home) a griham, instead of a guha (cave). Remember how happy, contented and carefree were the great saints who revelled in that Name - Jayadeva, Tukaram, Kabir, Surdas, Tulsidas, or Ramakrishna. (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 6, Ch 27)


- BABA 
 Date7:8/2018

In order to ward off evil, some people, who have so far never spent on charity tend to spend lavishly for holy rituals, worship rites, and the propitiation of planetary powers. So far, so good; let some money flow from one pocket to another that needs it more. Let money circulate. Let the spirit of charity grow, even out of panic. But calamity, danger, and death cannot be avoided for all time; they are inevitable factors of life, and you have to learn to live bravely with them. This can be accomplished only by uninterrupted prayer, and not by spurts of worship actuated by sudden fear. Purify your hearts and your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and speech; strengthen your nobler impulses. Then, no panic can unnerve you and nothing can shake your stability and inner peace (Prasanthi). Your prayers will be heard and answered; the Lord has no distinction of big or small, high or low. (Divine Discourse, Mar 4, 1962)


- BABA 
Date6:8/2018

There are three types of people who approach the Lord: a) the eagle type, which swoops down on the target with a greedy swiftness and suddenness that, by its very impact, fails to secure the object coveted; b) The monkey type, which flits hither and thither, from one fruit to another, unable to decide which is tasty; c) and the ant type, which moves steadily but slowly toward the desirable object. The ant does not hit the fruit hard and make it fall away, nor does it pluck all the fruits it sees; it appropriates just as much as it can assimilate, and no more. Do not fritter away the time allotted to you for sojourning on Earth in foolish foppery and fault finding, which always keep you outdoors. When are you going to walk indoors into the warmth and quiet of your own interior? Now and then, retire into solitude and silence; experience the joy derivable only from within. (Divine Discourse, Oct 26, 1961)


- BABA 
 
 Date5:8/2018

You clamour for further experience of My divine nature and ask that your faith might be strengthened therefrom. To know the taste of sea water, isn’t a drop on the tongue enough? Do you need to drink it all? It is your waywardness, egoism, and pride that makes you doubt and deny what you once tasted! Isn’t one experience enough? Well, let Me ask, how can the limited know the depth of the Unlimited? How can the ant delve into the mountain? It is beyond you to gauge Me. You have no patience even to deal with the problems of a single family, though it is your responsibility. Imagine My patience that allows Me to listen to and solve problems of million families with infinite love! You can never grasp the strength of this super-worldly bond that ties you to Me. The experience of that bond will come to you unaware. Your duty is to await the moment. Believe and be blessed! (Divine Discourse, Oct 23, 1961)


- BABA 
 Date4:8/2018

Take the Lord to be your father or mother, but only as a first step leading to a lasting relationship that ends in merging with the absolute. Do not pause on the steps; enter the mansion to which they lead. The connection with the soul (Atmasambandha) is an everlasting and unchanging association. As a first step, you offer flowers, lamp, incense to worship the attributeful form. Soon, your devotion should move on to newer offerings that are purer and more valuable and worthier of your Lord. No one sticks to the slate for long; you too should feel that you must place before the Lord something more lasting than flowers and incense. You must feel like purifying yourself and making your entire life one fragrant flame. That is real worship, real devotion. Do not come to Me with hands full of trash, for how can I then fill them with Grace? Come with empty hands and carry away My treasure, My love. (Divine Discourse, Oct 26, 1961)


- BABA 
 Date3:8/2018

To ascribe the material relationships of the human family to Godhead is sheer nonsense. The Lord who is beyond time and space, and prior to the Beginning and subsequent to the End, can never be described in terms of the mushroom memories of humanity, the temporary phenomena of human family and human society. Such descriptions cannot make any sense to those who have experienced the glory that is God. Do not make God modern to suit your fancy. He is neither ancient nor modern; His countenance never changes, nor His glory. Present Him, if you must, in a modern manner, in a modern style, so that He might be understood today. If a child is reluctant to swallow a pill, insert it in a plantain and offer him the fruit; he will swallow both fruit and pill. But do not change the pill itself to suit the whims and fancies of the child’s taste, because then the illness cannot be cured! (Divine Discourse, Oct 26, 1961)


- BABA 
 Date2:8/2018

By your words, will you be judged. A king, out on hunting, happened to ride so far that his retinue could not catch up with him. He saw a blind man by the jungle road and so he accosted him, "Hello, dear man. Did you notice any one passing along?" The blind man said, "No." Then after a few minutes, the minister came along and asked the same man, "Hey brother! Did you notice any one passing along?" and got the same answer. The commander when he saw him asked, "Here, you fool! Did you notice someone passing along?" and a soldier who came last shouted, "You blind rotter, open your foul mouth and tell me whether any one passed this way." At last when the priest of the court came along and said, "Dear brother, please tell me whether any one passed this way," he could reply that a king, a minister, a commander and a soldier had passed and had asked him the same question. Each one’s style of speech had revealed their status and character. (Divine Discourse, July 24, 1964)


- BABA 

Date1:8/2018

Each and every one of you must work hard to overcome the habit of sliding into worry (chinta) and despondency every now and then. Once this weed takes root in your mind, it assumes many forms to assert its hold. Every stage of life is fraught with anxiety; every step in your progress is a cause for worry. In fact, birth, death, old age and illness - every one of these multiply worries of their own. How to get sleep is a cause for worry; how to get up from bed is another worry! Today admission to colleges causes worry; admission to hostels is another worry; then examination causes new worry! But these are matters that are not essential. They should not cause so much heartburn as the problem of removing the fundamental error in your thought process - ignoring the Divine who inspires and guides you always and forever. Do not worry. Develop selfless love with faith and share that love with all. (Divine Discourse, Dec 7, 1978)


- BABA