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CONTENTS 1. Good Thoughts Herald New Year 1
02. Hospitals Are Meant To Serve The
Poor And Needy 13
03. Vision Of The Atma 25
04. Have Steady Faith In The Atma 41
05. Know Thyself 55
6. Ramayana - The Essence Of The Vedas 69
07. Fill All Your Actions With Love 87
08. Prayers Of Mothers Sustain The World 101
9. Attain God’s Grace Through Sacrifice And
10. Cultivate Love And Become Divine 137
11. Health Care Is Not A Business 147
12. Human Birth Is To Experience Atmic Bliss 165
13. I And You Are One 179
14. Love Can Unite The Entire World 193
15. Sacrifice Is My Enjoyment 207
16. Vinayaka-the Master Of Siddhi And Buddhi 229
17. Happiness Is Union With God 247
18. The Life Principles Of Man 269
19. Good Mothers Are Nation’s Pride 289
20. ‘Educare’ Is True Education 305
21. Pari Prashna –the Divine Answers 319
22. Humility And Character Are The
Hallmarks Of True Education 341
23. Self-confidence And Equanimity
Lead To Divine Bliss 353
24.God Never Forsakes His Devotees 365
Publisher's Note It is a fact well known to the devotees of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba that no celebrations, festivals or special functions will be considered complete without the blessings of Bhagawan in the form of His Discourses. Such discourses cover a wide variety of subjects centering on Man and his spiritual progress which alone can confer peace and joy on him eternally. This shower of nectar sweetens every subject discussed because of its natural qualities of unique presentation and universal appeal. Even a high philosophical point is made simple, understandable, enjoyable and fit for consumption by the layman. Examples and anecdotes are drawn from every day happenings and familiar but meaningful stories related to the great epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. In short it is a grand feast serving all kinds of delicacies contributing to the health and well being of heart and mind alike.
The present volume, 34 in the series, is a compilation of 24 such scintillating discourses during the year 2001. The discourses relating to the Dussera of the relevant year are not included in this volume as they are bunched and published in a separate volume.
Paragraph headings and a bigger font continue to be adopted here to suit easy reading by elderly persons.
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Good Thoughts Herald New Year
There is pain in pleasure also; none can sepa-rate them. It is pain that leads to pleasure. In fact, both pain and pleasure are the effects of Kali Age. (Telugu Poem)
Embodiments of Love!
YEArs have rolled by, but man has not devel-oped noble feelings. A true human being is one with a good mind. The qualities of a good mind are: it has the brightness of the sun and coolness of the moon; it makes one utter sacred words and confers peace on society. Only one with compassion, love, forbearance, sympathy and sacrifice is a true human being. But in modern man such sacred qualities have become scarce. How can one, bereft of human qualities, be called a human being?
Follow Nature And Practise Human Values
Man has originated from Nature. Earth sustains life. Sun gives light. Trees give oxygen. Water quench-es our thirst and air helps us to live. How is it that man, born out of the five elements and sustained by them, does not possess the sacred qualities of the five elements? Having been born out of and brought up by Nature, man should practise and propagate the ideals set by nature. Birds, animals and trees follow Nature and lead an ideal life. Trees inhale the poisonous car-bon dioxide and exhale the life-supporting oxygen. Even the animals discharge their duties and help man in many ways. But, having been born as a human being, why is man not practising human values? He is not in a position to practise and propagate human values in society as he himself has lost them.
Embodiments of love!
Every man expects the new year to confer on him peace, happiness and prosperity. New year does not bring happiness or sorrow with it. Yesterday was same as today and tomorrow will be same as today. Days are the same, but one experiences either pleasure or pain depending on one’s own actions. Meritorious deeds will not confer misery and sinful deeds cannot give happiness. One is bound to face the consequences of one’s actions. But one treats pleasure and pain alike when one becomes the recipient of God’s grace. God’s grace destroys mountains of sins and confers peace. But dueto the impact of Kali Age, man has lost faith in God. He is after money and power. How can such a man attain Divinity? Man can rise from the level of the human to the Divine only by practising human values. So, man should cultivate human values.
Years come and go, so also pleasure and pain. Nothing confers permanent bliss except the experience of the Atma. Man cannot attain peace and happiness from his actions unless he has sacred feelings within. Many people expect the new year to confer happiness and prosperity on them. But in fact, new year only confers on you the results of your past actions. In order to atone your past sins, you have to cultivate sacred qualities and involve yourself in sacred activities more and more in the new year. In fact, Bliss is within you, it originates from your sacred feelings. So, you have to manifest bliss from within, it cannot be bestowed on you by others. None can take away the bliss from you and you cannot obtain it from outside.
Sacred Activities Confer Happiness
Heart is the centre of sacred feelings. It is filled with compassion. It is compassion that gives rise to sacred feelings. One has to develop compassion, spread the light of love and cultivate Divine feelings. Without doing so, how can one expect time to confer happiness on him? One gets what one does. If one expects good results, one must cultivate good feelings. With purity of heart, steadiness of mind and selfless actions, one can become the recipient of Divine grace, which will remove any amount of sufferings in a trice. One cannot achieve anything without Divine grace. So, one has to undertake such activities which will confer Divine grace. Peace and happiness cannot be obtained from the external world. Only through Divine grace can one be peaceful and happy. People celebrate the advent of the new year with singing and dancing. That enthusiasm and happiness are momentary. What man needs is permanent peace and happiness. How can he expect to attain permanent happiness by indulging in worldly deeds? He has to undertake sacred activities in order to attain permanent happiness.
Happiness results only from difficulties. Plea-sure is an interval between two pains. It is impossible to experience pleasure without pain. You may be one of affluence or a spiritual aspirant; you get what you deserve. You cannot expect mangoes by sowing a neem seed and vice-versa. As the seed, so is the fruit. Similarly, as the feeling, so is the result. Pain and pleasure result from one’s feelings. People are deluded thinking that they get pain and pleasure from the ex-ternal world. In fact, they result from their own feel-ings. They should transform their heart with sacred feelings. Today man is changing, but not his mind. Years are rolling by, but his feelings have not become pure. He will attain peace only when there is trans-formation in his feelings.
Embodiments of Love!
Under all circumstances, let your feelings be pure and ideal. Let all your actions be for the welfare of others. The Vedas declare:
(One attains merit by serving others and commits sin by hurting them). When your feelings are sacred, you will get sacred results without your asking. Due to the impact of Kali Age, man’s thoughts, words and deeds are not in harmony with each other. You may say or do anything, the result you get depends on your feelings. So, make your feelings sacred and become a good human being. One with good feelings and good mind alone can be called a good human being. Sometimes deeds done with good mind may yield bad results. The result may appear adverse but there is goodness latent in it. A good mind will never change because of such results. Man is essentially good. So, he ought to lead a life of goodness. But today man wavers every moment. It is due to the lack of Will power. Man should have unwavering mind and steady vision. Then he will not be subjected to any hardships. Only God’s grace can help man to overcome these negative tendencies. One may be a millionaire, but his wealth will not redeem him if his feelings are impure. Even if a man does not possess anything, he can still achieve the highest if he has purity of heart. Anything that a man of purity sees or touches turns into gold. On the other hand, if he lacks purity and effort in the right direction, even a stick in hand will turn into a snake. Sankalpamoolam Idam Jagat (thoughts form the basis of the entire world). Some people feel their expectations are not fructifying in spite of their best efforts. This is mainly due to absence of purity in their feelings and intentions.
Change Your Actions For Better Results
Today marks the commencement of the new year 2001. Next year, it will become 2002. Destiny does not change with the change in year. Along with the change in year, your actions too should change for the better. Only then you will get good results.
You will fare well in the examination only when you work hard throughout the year. As is the feeling, so is the action. As is the action, so is the result. Sometimes, you may question the adverse outcome of a good action. But in fact, good actions never yield bad results. Bad result implies an element of negativity in the intentions. It is a human weakness to see only the good in oneself ignoring the bad.
Pleasure and pain, good and bad
co-exist, none can separate them. You cannot find pleasure or pain, good or bad to the exclusion of the other
Pleasure results when difficulties fructify.
Even a sweet mango tastes sour when plucked prematurely. It should be allowed to ripen. Only then it will taste sweet. So, do not get disheartened if your ac-tions don’t yield the desired results immediately. Your efforts are bound to fructify in due course of time.
Embodiments of Love!
You have been waiting for the commencement of the new year with great expectations. Your efforts must be in accordance with the expectation. Before undertaking any activity, you should discriminate and enquire into the pros and cons. Today man has lost the sense of discrimination. He does not know how to respect and behave amongst elders. He should make proper use of the Mathi (mind), Gathi (destiny), Stithi (position) and Sampatthi (wealth) that God has bestowed on him. The six evil traits of man, namely, desire, anger, greed, infatuation, pride and jealousy arise due to the defects in his food and habits. Food and habits are responsible for qualities in man, good or bad.
Take To The Inward (Nivritti) Path
The sacred qualities that originate from the heart are true and eternal. They correspond to the in-ward path (Nivritti), whereas all the worldly, tenden-cies like amassing wealth, taking up jobs, playing games, desiring for positions of authority, etc., corres-pond to the outward path (Pravritti). Worldly tenden-cies originate from the head and are bound to change. Only the inward tendencies that originate from the heart are true and eternal. Ignoring the inward tenden-cies, man takes to the outward path. Consequently, he is unable to attain permanent happiness. He treads the path of Pravritti but expects the results corresponding to Nivritti. All that he sees, says, and does have be-come polluted with untruth and unrighteousness. In fact, his entire life has become Pravritti-oriented. He should give up the outward path and direct his vision inward. Before entertaining any thought, he should dis-criminate whether it is good or bad. One who follows the inward path will never become frustrated or restless. One who follows the outward path can never attain permanent happiness. For example, you may be 20 years old or 40 years old. You have been eating food everyday all these years. But can your hunger ever be satisfied permanently? No. Only the taste varies but hunger is the same for everybody.
Food may vary but hunger is the same,
Jewels are many but gold is the same,
The colour of the cows may vary
but milk is the same,
Forms are many but God is one,
Beings are many but breath is one.
Man leads a life of delusion because he sees diversity in unity. He faces many hardships to carry on with the sojourn of his life. But life is transient. To lead such an ephemeral life, why should one take to wrong path and get deluded? So long as one is alive, one should tread the path of truth and set an ideal. Only then can one’s life be sanctified. Truthful activi-ties alone can confer eternal peace.
A poet composes many verses in praise of God. He extols God grandiloquently and ultimately prays for His protection. The feeling is important and not the manner in which the verses are composed. One may extol God according to one’s own capacity but one should do so with pure, steady and sacred feelings. One may be doing bhajans, offering worship and undertaking service activities for a number of years. But all this will prove futile if there is no transforma-tion of the heart. Heart should be filled with compass-sion. Only then can it be called temple of God. Other-wise, it becomes verily a devil’s den.
Ignore Evil Qualities
The new year does not bring anything new with it. The day when fresh and sacred thoughts originate in your heart is the real new year day. As you all consider this day as new year day and welcome it with enthusiasm, I bless you all so that you may cultivate fresh, sacred and ideal feelings. I desire that you share with others all that you consider as good. I want you to lead a peaceful and blissful life and become role models for the rest of the country.
At times evil qualities like desire anger and hatred may arise in you but they should not be allowed to enter the mind. Once they are refused permission, they will automatically withdraw. If they are allowed to enter the mind, they will remain in it. A small example. When someone comes to your doorstep with his baggage, if you receive him and start exchanging pleasantries, he will immediately enter and settle down in your house. On the other hand, if you ignore him completely, he will go to a hotel or a lodge. Likewise, when the evil qualities try to enter your mind, just ignore them. Then they will go back to the place of their origin. On the other hand, if you entertain them, they will rule over you. When you come across something evil, do not look at it, talk about it or listen to it. Just ignore it. That is the true human quality. You will allow only your friends and relatives to enter your house through the doors. Will anyone allow the donkeys and pigs to enter the house just because it has doors? Your body has got nine doors. You should permit through them only that which is sacred. Do not allow the evil to enter. Only then can you attain peace.
Human life is highly noble, valuable and divine. Do not put it to misuse by giving room to evil qualities. Use the power of discrimination and make proper use of the senses. Only then will your life be redeemed. You will attain immortality and infinite bliss. Start a novel and Divine life in this new year. Give up all the old unsacred feelings. Cultivate Divine feelings. Once you have divine feelings, no other feeling can enter your mind. Install God within, then peace will automatically follow.
As the exemplar in the realms of music, literature and sacred lore; Born in the land of Bharat, noted for its fine arts and natural beauty, oh devotees!
It is your bounden duty to foster
The glory and prosperity of the motherland.
Embodiments of Divine Atma!
IN life, Health is the greatest wealth. Since an-cient times, many Yogis, sages and seers and men of excellence have been making deep investigations into the ways and means of keeping good health. They made great efforts in this direction as they were of the view that man could work for the peace and security of the nation only when he was hale and hearty. In mod-ern times, some people repose complete faith in Allo-pathy while some others feel Ayurveda is also essential along with Allopathy. Allopathy gives only temporary relief; it does not have permanent cure for diseases. But Ayurveda can provide permanent cure for diseases.
Divine Grace Sustains Human Life
The heart is the most important part in the body. If the heart goes on strike, the body becomes lifeless. What is the role of the heart in the human body? It pumps blood to the lungs where it gets purified and then it is supplied to all parts of the body. Each time the heart beats, the blood travels 12,000 miles in the body. Who has endowed the heart with such a capacity? Is it the scientist, the engineer or the Yogi or any man-made machine that makes it perform such a stupendous task? No. It is only the Divine power that is the basis for all this. Man cannot accomplish even a small task without the help of Divine power. Today man has lost self-confidence and does not have faith in God. So, first of all, man should foster self-confidence without which life becomes meaningless.
Allopathy cannot eradicate disease-causing germs permanently. It can control them only to a cer-tain extent for a certain period of time. There is always the risk of relapse. Though allopathy has been prog-ressing from time to time, the number of diseases too has been increasing. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann of Ger-many, who discovered Homoeopathy, also made deep investigations into ayurveda. Welfare of the whole world was his motto. But man today is not concerned with the welfare of the world.
Impart Health And Happiness To The Poor
These days heart diseases are widely prevalent in society. That is why we established a Super Spe-ciality Hospital at Prasanthi Nilayam where 10,600 operations have been performed so far, totally free of cost. Many poor people have benefited from this. Heart surgeries have become very expensive. In such a situation, what would have been the fate of poor people? No one seems to be bothered about this. One has to work for the welfare of the poor, alleviate their suffering and set an ideal to the nation. Service be-comes truly meaningful only when it is rendered to the poor and needy. Today neither the doctors nor the politicians, not even the Government for that matter, are concerned about the welfare of the poor. If a hospital is constructed at a cost of ten crores, they expect a profit of 100 crores. Instead of being kind-hearted, they have become business-minded. Hence, the pathetic condition of the poor.
During the last three or four days, many heart surgeries have been conducted here in this hospital. Who are the patients? One is a carpenter, another a Dhobi (washer man). Many such patients who are economically backward are being treated here. In this short period, as many as 50 heart surgeries have been conducted! One gets immense joy seeing their happy faces. Of what use is medical science if it does not bestow health and happiness on the poor and needy?
Today the educated do not care to spare a thought for the poor and forlorn. This hospital is dedicated for the welfare of the poor. I am happy only when the poor are served. I have dedicated My entire life for the uplift of the poor and downtrodden. In future, even the highly advanced surgeries like heart transplant and lung transplant will take place here. One may be wealthy and virtuous but without good health, one cannot lead a happy life. The late former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Patel helped us a lot in this project. The present Chief Minister, Krishna, has also been of great help to us. Many noble people of Karnataka are also associating themselves with this project. So, we are determined to give happiness to the people of Karnataka.
Disease has no distinction; it may afflict anybody, be it a pauper or a millionaire. We too have no such distinction. Here the treatment will be rendered totally free of cost to the rich and poor alike. Not merely this, even the food will be supplied free. Our aim is to cure the patients of their ailments and send them home happy and healthy. This establishment will serve the poor forever. Some may have a mistaken notion that it will only be a temporary one. All the institutions established by Sai are eternal.
The other day, a washer man from Gulbarga underwent a heart surgery in our hospital. When he saw Me, his joy knew no bounds. He said, “O Swami, You are our God, I have undergone heart surgery in Your hospital.” One needs to spend a lot of money to undergo a heart surgery. Even for admission, one needs to spend thousands of rupees. The poor washer-man does not have even a fraction of the required amount. In this world, there are many men of afflu-ence, but how many are showing compassion towards the poor? They may say a thousand things, but do they practice even one? Is there any rich person who is do-ing even one-thousandth part of what Sai is doing? We are spending crores of rupees to provide potable drink-ing water to the villagers, to render free medical treat-ment and to give free education. But some people out of jealousy are indulging in false propaganda. The tongue has no bone, so people twist it in the way they want. Let us see, if any of those who indulge in false propaganda are prepared to feed the hungry and alleviate the suffering of the poor. In fact, such people set their dogs on the beggars who come to their door-step to beg alms. Today all fields like education, medi-cine, music, literature, have become business-oriented.