August 19, 2014 Comments Off on Actions are Sacred
Tell your hand: “Oh hand, how sacred you are? You are unity personified. One finger cannot lift a cup; when one finger moves to pick it up, all of you, though different in sizes and shape, rush to help and hold the cup! You don’t care for or observe any difference. Such is the unity inherent in you, amongst your fingers. Oh hand, you are very helpful in preserving the human body, you remove troubles through your hard work and you help others. Why do you sometimes act in a manner that develops enmity? Today there is no unity in any congregation, society or religion. However, you know no hatred. Please never indulge in wrong actions.” Thus instruct and guide your hand so that your actions become sacred. When your thoughts, words and deeds are sanctified, all the other instruments also follow suit and thus you attain liberation.
(My Dear Students, Vol 5, Ch 2, Mar 9, 1993).
– Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam 12th August 2014
October 22, 2012 Comments Off on What should be the attitude of a devotee
What should be the attitude of a devotee towards one’s Beloved Lord? The Lord Himself explains and guides us.
You should cultivate an attitude of inseparable attachment to the Lord, Who is your very Self. If He be a flower, consider yourself a bee that savours its honey; if He is a tree, be a creeper that clings to it; if a cliff, then feel that you are a cascade running over it; if He is the sky, be a tiny star that twinkles in it. Above all, be conscious of the truth that you and He are bound by Supreme Love. If you feel this acutely, with subtle intelligence, then the journey will be quick and the goal can be achieved. There is a difference between subtle and gross intelligence. Sthula buddhi (external knowledge or gross intelligence) keeps you walking, but the subtle intelligence will make you fly to your destination. The gross is too much tied to body consciousness where as the subtle transcends the body and will lighten your burden.
– Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, from: Divine Discourse, Jan 30, 1965
August 19, 2012 Comments Off on The various forms of wisdom
The various forms of wisdom one acquires are all useful at some stage or the other of one’s spiritual development. But by none of them can one escape the cycle of birth and death! Anubhavajnan, the knowledge that you yourself experience, alone can set you free. The teacher can be of some help in the process, but cannot show you your real self. You have to visualise it yourself! For this one must be steeped in earnestness. Sincerity is essential even for the performance of the smallest act in the world – be it a human being, bird, beast, worm, or a virus – all have to be earnest to succeed in their tasks. When there is no earnestness in the act, there will be no fruit. And also one has to be free from vices like envy. The person who has faith in that Wisdom, who is devoted to acquire it, and is full of yearning to earn it, will surely realise God. – Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, from:Geetha Vahini, Ch 18.
August 16, 2012 Comments Off on What is the role of parents and teachers
What is the role of parents and teachers in moulding the character of students and youngsters? Bhagawan explains to us today.
When studying in the primary classes many children conduct themselves with humility, discipline and goodness. However when they reach the Secondary School, they lose some of these qualities. When they go to college, almost everything is gone! Why? It is the teachers who account for their discipline and good behaviour in the Primary School. In the higher classes and in colleges, is anything done through precept and practice to promote character and spirituality among the students? Today, education is sought for getting a job; this is not proper. Education is for developing right understanding. Students should imbibe culture along with academic knowledge. Spirituality and morality should be promoted among the students. Of all the professions in the world, that of the teacher is the most estimable. The teacher has to impart to the students what is good and ennobling. This should be developed in all educational institutions.
– Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, from: Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 1990.
August 15, 2012 Comments Off on What is the meaning of the term ‘Culture’?
What is the meaning of the term ‘Culture’? Bhagawan explains to us
What greater misfortune can there be than to cavil at others’ faults and to be blind to one’s own; to jeer at others’ looks, not noticing one’s own ugliness? To have such qualities from birth – can there be a greater sin than this? Is this culture? Embodiments of love! The observance of morality in daily life, the divinisation of all actions and thoughts, and adherence to ideals – all these together constitute culture. Students today do not make the requisite efforts to understand the sacredness and value of this culture. Samskrit, Samskriti, Samskara are all terms which have been derived from the roots, Sam and Krit. Bharatiya Samskriti (Indian culture) is a composite of purity, divinity, sublimity and beauty; not of narrow-minded ideas and ideals. “Lokaa samasthaas-sukhino bhavanthu!” (May all beings everywhere be happy) is the benedictory motto of our sacred culture.
– Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, from: Divine Discourse, Jan 14 1990.
August 13, 2012 Comments Off on Youth should share with society
Youth should share with society the means and measures for its progress and security. They must be ideal role models to those younger than them and guide them into socially useful paths. At the same time, they must follow the footsteps of their elders and learn from them lessons for their own advancement. Practice is as important for confirming one in wisdom, as reading for confirming one in knowledge. Alongside of knowledge, youth have to cultivate the good qualities of humility, reverence, devotion to God and steadfast faith. They have to engage in good works and enjoy them for the sheer elation they confer. Along with the earning of wealth and involvement in the improvement of society, attention must be paid to the promotion and preservation of virtues and to the observance of moral codes. Steps should be taken for improving one’s righteous behaviour and Sadhana (spiritual practices). All levels of consciousness have to be purified and then directed to holy tasks. – Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba