It is easy to love God… you have just to remember how much He loves you…
God is not the Master that rewards you for your goodness and punishes you for your sins… It is you that deposits in your account and it is you that withdraws whatever you have put into it… God is the Master of Love… No matter how you are… no matter what good and wrong you have deposited, if you are ready to transform his divine light of love, shall bathe you and take you upon a journey of truth… love and… bliss…
There is no worldly gain without deceit of the Self… The moment you shall realize that you shall find before you the purpose of this life…
Every atom of you is divine… You are born with that knowledge… You are forgetful of that only because you question your Self and accept instead the Universe that shines as a reflection of that same Self…
Do not be confused… Do not run here and there to become pure… Become pure? That can never happen… In the attempt of becoming pure, you shall, in the ignorance, question the purity that you already are and come with… simply end the search by affirming to your Self its divine nature…
Kamal Sahani, of the Second B. Com Class of the College spoke now, using fine simple appropriate words, on the human body and the purpose for which it has been given to you. He said that the world is a stage and that the body is a costume that one has to wear in order to act the role that God has allotted to you in the play produced and directed by Him.
This is a correct interpretation. But, when you are allotted a part, your duty is to do it well and earn the appreciation of the Director.
The stage on which you play your role is an infinitesimal dot when compared with the vast unlimited Cosmic space. The time when you strut about the stage in this costume or in any other is also infinitesimal. Deepak of this College acted as Sankaracharya on the stage at the Shanmukhananda Hall, Bombay. But, his Deepak-ness was not lost thereby; even while he was Sankaracharya, he was Deepak. His Sankaracharya-hood was but a temporary phase. So too, the Atma is the Eternal Truth; the body which it dons is temporary and the role it induces is also short. Or, to illustrate this in another way—the time spent in dreams is infinitesimal, when compared with the time spent awake. The ‘waking’ stage is the representative of the stage of wisdom and illumination, of the Atma; the dream stage is the representative of the ’ignorance wisdom’ hazy stage of human life.
The question may legitimately be asked, why or how did this eternal universal Atmic principle take up residence in this temporary, particularised body box? Well. You do not keep diamonds in a diamond casket, do you? If you do, the robber would be doubly benefitted. You keep it in an iron box only. Of course, the iron box or safe will be artistic and charming, for, the container is chosen, to suit the value or sanctity of the thing contained. To drink milk or some such beverage, you select a clean attractive tumbler or cup. But, for a spittoon, inferior metals or mud is felt ample.
The body is a chalice, wherein you collect the nectar of Divine Grace. That is the prime purpose for which it has been gifted, to you. For, without a cup or chalice, casket or jug, how can the nectar be taken? Raso Vai Sah: say the Vedas; “He Is Sweet-Nectar, no less.” And when His Graces is showered, the body is thrilled. The Body has to be kept ever clean and pure, unaffected by dirt, disease, distress, or defeatism. Nara and Narayana, man and God are like iron and magnet. God by His very nature attracts man near, for in man, there is the Divine. When the magnet fails to attract the iron piece, the iron foolishly concludes that the magnet has lost its power! The real fact is: the piece of iron is too thickly covered by rust and dust. It does not realise its own defect; it rushes to blame God (the magnet) or even to deny Him!
The easiest and the most fruitful method of keeping yourself free from dust and rust is the Satsang. The company of the good and the godly will slowly and surely chasten and cleanse the persons prone to stray away from the straight path towards Self-Realisation. Care has to be taken to see that you select and stick to the proper company. A cup of water has no cash value; but, if it is poured into ten cups of water, it acquires the value that people attach to milk! If on the other hand, one cup of milk is poured into ten cups of water, it loses the value it had and is condemned as useless. So, the Satsang you join must be purer, more venerable, and sticking to higher ideals of virtue and truth than you yourselves. When a smoker joins a group of non smokers, there is every likelihood of his giving up that bad habit; but, when a non smoker falls into a den of smokers, he is certain to become a victim soon! Such is the subtle influence of the company one keeps. The company you join must be qualitatively and quantitatively greater and higher than the one in which you are now caught.
There are precious gems of wisdom within your hearts, which require excavation, in order to be of any benefit to you. Intelligence is the instrument you have to use, in order to gain them. At the very start, you will encounter a boulder barring your way—that is the Body Consciousness, the Ego. Desires are the loose rocks that have also to be dug out and kept aside. Then, you come to a bed of sand—good thoughts, good words, good deeds; when this stratum is reached, you are nearing success. If you keep on in Satsang, every day, your hearts will maintain their purity unimpaired; but, if you seek one, only off and on, it will be difficult to win grace or partake of it, for, the vessel will be tarnished and untidy. In your own households, you must have noticed that a vessel in daily use is bright and clean; but, vessels stored and used only now and then will have to be scrubbed with great vigour to become bright.
You must take all the trouble and welcome all the patience needed, to seek Satsang and remain therein. For, it is not being born a man that is the sign of the glory; it is living as a man that confers the dignity.
An Account from Dr. M. S. Ramakrishna Rao on his experience with Baba’s grace.
The ways of Divine Grace are incomprehensible. Many of us think that we are very secure, with our rational approach to the myriad problems of life; we try to tackle them on what we call `scientific’ basis. But, we forget that all branches of science lead only to Him. In fact, He is the embodiment of all Knowledge and all Wisdom. He is Jnanaswarupa. An iota of realisation comes to most men, when they are aware of the Divine Presence. Now and then, Divine Grace would be so obviously present, that we can perceive the Presence, with our mundane sense. I would like to present such a case:
A friend of mine, Sri. M. R. B Narasimsimha Rao, M. A., of the Andhra University Press, came to me one day, in February last, with some vague complaint of the right eye. He was very much agitated; he told me that he had suffered some kind of trouble in that eye; continuously for a number of months, sixteen years ago.
As a specialist, I told him that, as long as it was an eye disease, there was nothing to worry about, since I was there (as if I can treat and cure any eye condition and every eye condition)! I must say, I am an eye specialist with the highest degree available in India.
I began treating him, in the routine way, for conjunctivitis. A couple of days later, when I examined his eyes carefully, I found that there was the much dreaded Dendritic Ulcer, is his right eye! The disease is caused by a virus called Herpes Simplex. The disease is chronic in nature and IDU (Stoxil of Smith in Klein and French Co. of U. S. A ) is the only drug in clinical use, which has direct action against the virus. And, that drug was not available in the Indian market.
I was much annoyed. But, what could I do? I had to give him only a non-specific treatment for the ulcer cornea. I began cauterising the ulcer, with various available reagents like Iodine and Carbolic Acid, the latter being the most powerful reagent of all.
The disease did not respond to them, as one should expect. After a few days, to my utter surprise and distress, his other eye also got infected with the same organism. This spreading to the other eye is quite unusual! In fact I had not come across a single case, wherein both eyes are affected by this virus. I was really annoyed. I ran to my Professor Dr. R. Suryaprasad Rao, M. S , who has spent all his years of service in the Eye Department, and who is still an active practitioner of ophthalmic medicine and surgery. He told me that he had not seen a single case, where both eyes were thus affected. He promised to secure for me IDU the drug of choice, for its treatment.
I tied to get that drug, from other sources also. I sent a telegram to the manufacturers. But, it was all of no avail.
Another two days passed; the disease was gaining ground, with a vengeance. Even if the ulcers healed, I knew that they would leave permanent opactitis behind, causing visual disability, incapacitating the patient permanently. As a friend of the patient and as his physician, I had, you will agree, sufficient reason for disquietude.
At this stage, I must tell you a few more details about the patient. Years ago, he had spent some time with Swami Sivananda at Rishikesh and had visited almost all the holy places in India. Nowhere could he get the most sought-after meditative mood. In 1966, both of us went to Holy Puttaparthi during Dasara, and stayed three days. After the Darshan of Baba, he was transformed into a new personality. He became introspective; he began to meditate for a long time, not caring for even food and drink. Later, he told me that he had never had such divine transport in his lifetime and that he was immensely happy in that state. From then onwards, he developed faith in Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Having known the faith of my friend in Him, and having nothing else to think of as a remedy for his eye condition. I prayed to Sathya Sai Baba and put His Vibhuti into both his eyes and bandaged them.
That very night, I could secure much-needed drug IDU, from my Professor Dr. Rao! I felt that my prayers were heard and that Baba Himself had sent me the drug. Next day, in the morning, I enthusiastically opened the bandage, to apply the IDU., when I found to my great joy and astonishment that there was no ulcer, in either eye!
What a miracle! Later, I studied his eyes under the corneal microscope and there was not even a faint trace of any disease or scar, whatsoever. It is generally known that even after a considerable interval, one can trace very easily faint lines, marking the old lesion of Dendritic Ulcer. But, here there was no trace! Such is His Grace!
Our faith is something like a meek impulse in the vastness of Divine Grace and His response towards us, is an imperceptible torrent, enveloping us instantly in His secure care.
May Faith in Him bring relief to us all. Shall we not say, He is truly the embodiment of succour? Shall we not believe that He is Saranagata Vatsala?
So true. We are a living on but a speck in this cosmos. But carry an ego larger than the cosmos as we know it. Cherish our times on this speck in the cosmos. Live and let live. Love all and serve all…
Today is the 68th Independence day of India. Truly, our country faces its greatest challenge now. And what Baba explains here is truly the freedom lacking in me and the people of my country. We are bound to our impulses, narrow minded thinking. We may have gained an external independence but have bound ourselves internally in the shackles of selfishness. Then what is the purpose of celebrating such an independence. Let us remind ourselves on this day to renew our strength to collectively struggle for true freedom.
What do you know of Me?
“You wish to write a book about Me; what do you know of Me?” Baba asked Arnold Schulman this question. Yes. It is very true; we know, and can know only precious little of this most inscrutable, unprecedented Divine Phenomenon.
Some of us pretend to have measured Him as a great spiritual force, as a great alchemist of character, as a great spiritual guide as the great popularises of the Advaitic doctrine of creation and liberation, and so on.
There are many who snatch at opportunities to speak about Him, and hold forth for hours describing the miracles they and others have experienced, miracles which He Himself has described as `insignificant mosquitoes on the vast expanse of thick dermature which covers the elephant.” Many argue load and long to convince those who deny, doubt or denigrate these `incidents’, and feel happy if they win, for, they congratulate themselves on adding a few to the million admirers and adorers of Baba, as if, He needs the feeble support we give or the paltry conquests we accomplish.
He has His plan, His ways, His means, His victories; ours are only exercises in egoism and futility.
But, all who have come into His Presence know how gentle, how compassionate, how sweet He is in movement, speech and ministration. The moments of the delectable `interview’ are indeed a memory forever. There is no gainsaying that Baba instils in us the dignity of doing one’s duty – whatever it may be, high or low, difficult or delightful – and the necessity for putting into our task all the skill and intelligence, all the sincerity and steadfastness that He has endowed us with.
From the discourses with which He inspires and instructs lakhs of ordinary men and women, from His lucid writings on Love, Wisdom, Righteousness, and other spiritual disciplines and from the directives He has outlined for the education of children, adolescents, and adults, one can realise that His main preoccupation is the re-establishment of Peace, through Love and Loving Service.
While contemplating the compassion which Baba shows to us, in spite of our failings and faults, we have to admit that we have yet a long distance to traverse, before we can justify to ourselves the claim to be His devotees. We are still attached to flippant moments of fun and frolic. While trying to impress others by our eloquence and fervour, we do not examine ourselves in penitent moods that we are unworthy, of the rare privilege of being contemporaries of the Avatar of the Age, but yet, we bloat our achievements in Sadhana, and condemn others of sloth or worse, in the same breath.
We form ourselves into Bhajan Mandalis and we adore Baba as the Embodiment of Love; but, we do not ask ourselves whether, in every transaction and dialogue, we saturate our deeds and words in that Divine Virtue, Love. We know that Baba wants us to practise Silence, as the most effective Sadhana; but, we persist in loud behaviour of all kinds. Our practice of Sadhana is, as most would agree, mere routine ritual, devoid of the ring of genuine thrill.
Therefore, let us pray, “Lord! Save us from the pests of hurry and indecision, of complacency and conceit, of fanaticism and fear; enable us to earn a valid perspective of Life; give us the will and the chance to have quiet half-hours of relaxation and meditation on Thy glory and grace.”
“Lord! Make us unafraid and happy. Give us the opportunity to do some one a good turn, and please do not allow the fact to be talked about. Give us the strength to bear the stings of malice and scorn, for, they too are Your gifts of grace; give us the courage to resist the pangs of passion and prejudice, for, they too are Your ways to toughen us. Give us, O Lord, the skill to enjoy the beautiful as Thy handiwork, to act courteously to all, as embodiments of Your Love, and to believe that whatever I give to the world is what I give to myself.”
If you must find peace within your Self, begin with forgiving all for their weaknesses and hate no one.
Hatred will finally result in disliking your own Self.
Hatred is born when one gives up the path of love and instead treads on the path of revenge.
Your dislike for another can result in the failure of your own values.
When your own weaknesses surface, you begin the journey of hatred.
The nature of your Self is to love and forgive…….. you have to go against your own nature to harbor hatred within.
Anger is the response of harboring hatred…….. One gets angry not because the one he hates is robbing his peace…… one gets angry for one is giving into his own weaknesses to face another’s.
Remind yourself of your own weaknesses and you shall forgive the weakness of another.
The one who harbors hatred toward you has forgotten his nature…….. At that moment, your forbearance and patience toward him will remind him to return.
You cannot take the responsibility to change anyone else…… but you can take the full responsibility to change yourself.
You do not have the right to complain of anybody……. You have to seek the strength within to remain content, in any situation.
Be free……. Give up the baggage of fear that makes you wear its frightening attire……. When one doubts oneself, one chooses the path of fear…….. The path of fear is the path of likes and dislikes…….. The dream
of fear is to receive…… never to lose. Anyone that poses to you the threat of loss shall become your enemy…… On the other hand, the one that supports your receiving shall become your friend……. You place your enemy
in front of your Self to watch his every move against you….. You also place your friend before your Self to protect your Self from the so called enemy…. In both situations you have given up your Self…… In both situations you have lost the strength to find your Self and be your Self…….. Hatred is born the moment you lose this strength……. In your life there must be no enemy……. and there must be no friend that you make to save you from your chosen enemy……. You do not need a friend to watch with you your enemy…… you need to give up being an enemy to anyone……. then you shall need no friend……. only your Self!
(Inspirational message received by Seema M Dewan, January 18th, 2012)