|Date: 23 Feb 2006
|Place: Prasanthi Nilayam
Embodiments of Love!
My blessings to you all. I am happy that you all have studied here right from the primary school stage up to the 12th standard and obtained good marks and earned good name for yourselves. No doubt, you were all well behaved with good character up to the primary school stage. But after you left the primary school you yourself can imagine what change has come about in you. As long as you were in the primary school, you had developed many good qualities like love, compassion, kindness and joy. You were all moving like brothers, with mutual love and affection. Your speech, your play, your songs were all full of sweetness. But the moment you joined the higher secondary school, the quality of purity in your thoughts, words, and deeds deteriorated. I am not saying that all the boys are like that. It is only a few boys who took to wrong ways and are spoiling their mind. You can judge for yourself how pure your mind is.
Humanness consists of five components: the gross body, mind,
consciousness, and the senses. If a human being is to attain
liberation, he has
to cleanse his mind first. It is a serious mistake to desire for that
does not belong to them. Whenever the mind desires something, one has
enquire first whether the particular object belongs to one or someone
When you know for sure that it belongs to someone else, you must be
divert your mind from that object. The mind has to be kept absolutely
sacred. Do not taint the mind with the impurities of conflict and
agitation. You all have to develop such kind of jnana (wisdom) right from this
Unfortunately, today you are all spoiling your life by cultivating desires for all and sundry things. This is madness and delusion. Whatever you do, you must do it with a sense of dedication and surrender to God. All the work you undertake must be carried out with this spirit. Sarva karma Bhagavad preetyartham (do all actions to please God). In fact, what you think to be yours is not yours. First and foremost, enquire into yourself, "Who am I?" The entire universe, right from the microcosm to the macrocosm, is permeated by Divinity. Sugar, sand, an ant, a mosquito or an elephant —all are Embodiments of Divinity. God assumes all these forms like the different characters in a drama. There is nothing in this universe that is not permeated by God. Everything in this universe is God. The entire creation is an Embodiment of Divinity. In fact, He dons all the characters in this cosmic drama. All dialogues and songs are His only. Yet, the characters He dons appear to be different. Hence, whatever we do, whatever we see and whatever we say, everything is God. One has to realise this truth and conduct oneself accordingly.
Unfortunately, today some people take to wrong ways due to the
effect of bad
qualities, bad practices, bad thoughts, and bad looks. Whomever you
treat them as Embodiments of Divinity. Whatever you say, it must
Divinity. When you conduct yourself in such a manner, that itself is mukti
(liberation). One has to cleanse one's five senses. One should conduct
such a manner that one neither hurts others nor is hurt by others. The
make use of must be sacred. Do not covet others' property or develop a
desire for it.
One has to cultivate faith in the unity of Divinity. Everything is divine. Unfortunately, some boys are not able to develop such universal outlook. They are languishing in a feeling of separateness. They distinguish between people as "mine" and "thine". The ancient history of India is replete with instances of the ill-effects of such divisive tendencies.
You all know about the history of Kauravas and Pandavas in the great
Mahabharata. The Kauravas
were one hundred in number and were the sons of King
Dhritarashtra. The Pandavas were five in number. They were the sons of
the younger brother of King Dhritarashtra. There ensued a fierce battle
the Kauravas and the Pandavas. But who is at fault in this battle? In
Dhritarashtra and Pandu were the sons of the same father. They were
brothers. Their kingdom was one. But their thoughts and aspirations
different. A malicious desire for annexing the entire kingdom for
the part of the Kauravas resulted in evil thoughts and divisive
Similarly, in the Ramayana there were two brothers, Vali and Sugriva. They were also brothers born to the same father. But some unfortunate and selfish interests on their part resulted in a fierce battle between the brothers. While Vali, the valiant king, was enjoying regal comforts in the city of Kishkindha, his younger brother, Sugriva, had to languish in the hills and forests.
There is no use doing japa
(soft repetition of the name) and tapas
(sacrifice) for months and years without giving up
divisive tendencies. Such tapas
converts itself into mere thamas
(indolence, sloth). Several people
give up their sadhana
(spiritual exercises) in the middle with a sense of frustration and
thinking that God is not merciful enough to reveal Himself before them
of doing japa for long
years. If you wish to have the vision of God, first and
foremost you must develop a sense of oneness with God. In fact, your
is an Embodiment of Divinity.
People often question, "Where is God?" "Who is God?, etc." I would say, "Your mind is God." It is said, Mana eva manushyanam karanam bandhamokshayo (mind is the cause for bondage and liberation of man). Both bondage and liberation occur due to the mind only. Hence, mind is God. Similarly, the intellect is God, and so also the chittha (subconscious mind). It is a common sight to see people praising a person of sharp intellect as an intellectual. But, God alone is the true intellectual. We have to dedicate our chittha to God. Once, a great devotee sang, "Oh! God! Let me offer my worship to You with chittha suddhi (purity of consciousness)." Hence, you should all pray to God with purity of consciousness.
Just as the mind, intellect, and chittha (subconscious mind) are the Embodiments of Divinity, so also are the senses. Hence, one should not taint one's senses with the arishadvargas (the six inner enemies of lust, anger, greed, delusion, pride, and jealousy). Kama signifies desires, which you can divert toward God —pray that you want only God and none else. You love God alone. Such love only will be sanctified. To love people on the basis of their name and form cannot be termed real love. That is only worldly love. When you love God, everything will be added unto you. All your desires must be God-oriented. Every desire of yours must be to please God. Suppose you love someone; do not treat him as a mere mortal. On the other hand, you must be able to visualise the Divinity in them.
There is no object other than the panchabhuthas (the five
elements of air,
water, earth, fire, and ether) in this universe. You will not find a
element, however much you try and explore. For example, this hand
consists of five fingers. There is no sixth finger. In case someone has
sixth finger, he will be taken to the doctor for removing it by
Similarly, we all have five senses.
What is mukti (liberation)? Liberation is control of the senses. Unless one controls one's senses, liberation is not possible. It is foolish to think that God is somewhere in a distant place. Strictly speaking, who is God? The panchabhuthas are Embodiments of Divinity.
It is only the senses that bring us good or bad. Hence, controlling
should be your top priority. You often express your inability thinking,
Is it possible for us?" I am emphatically saying that it is possible,
you make an effort with firm determination. When you are able to please
obtain His grace, sense control is not a big task for you. The senses
trivial things. Unless you are able to control the senses, you do not
to be called a human being.
It is said, Jantunam nara
janma durlabham (of all
living beings, human birth is the rarest). To be born as a human being
rare gift of God. Having obtained this rare gift, strive to achieve
sense control. Even if you succumb to the wishes of even one of these
senses, you will stoop down to the level of an animal.
It is said, Daivam
manusha rupena (God is in the form of a human being). Having
attained such a
rare and sacred birth of a human being, how foolish it is to say that
cannot control your senses! One who succumbs to the wishes of the
senses is a rakshasa
(demon), verily! In fact, such a person is worse than a rakshasa. One
has to evolve oneself into a noble human being.
You may be fond of your wife
and children. But on that basis, you cannot denigrate others. You
entertain a feeling that so and so is mine and others are different.
Embodiments of Divinity! All are children of God. There is such an
relationship between people in this world. Whatever object you come
this world, it belongs to God only. It does not belong to any
individual. In every object, every being, Divinity is immanent.
present in every grain of sand and every particle of sugar.
It is said, Viswam
Vishnu swarupam (the entire universe is the Embodiment of Lord
whole universe comes under one family. Hence, one has to cultivate such
universal love. That is real Atmic
Love. Only when you cultivate such
love do you deserve to be called a human being. Only then can you
Atma Tattwa (Atmic Principle). Devoid of
love, if you go on cultivating evil qualities like
anger, hatred, jealousy, and a feeling of difference between one
will be worse than animals. Beasts and animals fight among themselves.
also fight like them, what difference is there between you and the
fact, anger and hatred are not the qualities of a human being.
The feeling of
difference originates in human beings when one considers oneself as
from God. Where there is a feeling of difference, there hatred raises
Whatever activity you undertake, it must be done in a spirit of
God. We extol Lord Easwara as Hiranya
Garbhaya Namah (I offer my Pranam
golden-wombed Lord). He is the embodiment of gold. Here, gold signifies
immutability. You are all golden children. But you forget your real
associate yourself with dust and rust. Hence, great souls have to take
this world now and then to cleanse you and make you realise your innate
Divinity. However, when some great soul embarks upon such a mission,
people doubt the effort saying, "It is all his foolishness. Can earth
gold? Can sand become sugar?"
Modern man is full of doubts and doubts! What could be the reason for these doubts? Only when one thinks that one is separate from God do doubts arise.
It is a well known fact that a vessel filled to the brim will be
Similarly, God is omniscient, so He is steady always. Many people who
come here have several experiences.
(Swami called a student onto the dais). I
am aware of the past, present, and future of every individual,
caste, religion, and place of birth. Some people who come here may
think, "Perhaps Swami does not know who I am." But there is nothing
that I do not
know. Even though I know everything, I pretend I do not know.
to a student) The parents and brothers and sisters of this boy visited
Prasanthi Nilayam sometime ago. I called all of them for an interview
promised to the father, "My dear! The mother of these children may not
for long. In fact, she may breathe her last even before you reach your
village. Don't worry. I will take up the responsibility of all your
children started crying. I told them, "Don't cry. Why fear when I am
will look after everything."
From that day onward, I have been looking after
their welfare, as promised. The girls are all married. All the children
been provided with their requirements. None of them faced any
is one boy among our band group. That boy is the youngest of all the
He was very young when he came here along with his parents sometime
called him and told him, "My dear! You don't need to worry about
anything. I am
your father, mother, and everything. I will look after you in every
Whenever he came here, I used to call him and talk to him,
instilling a sense of
security and confidence in him. Now, all the members of the family are
living. This boy was very young then. Now, he has grown up. Thus, I
showering My love and grace on one and all, whether I talk to them
What is My property? Love! Love! Love! I have no anger whatsoever on
anyone, at any time. Only to correct an erring individual do I pretend
be angry. But I have no anger toward anyone. My entire body is suffused
It is said, Easwara sarva bhutanam (God is the indweller of all beings). Who is Easwara? Easwara is not merely the one who is portrayed as wearing rudraksha garlands around His hands and serpents round His neck. It is only a form that is created for the common man to comprehend Divinity to some extent. The various names and forms like Easwara, Vishnu, Parvati, and Lakshmi were created to enable the common man to worship God in some form or the other. In fact, every human being is an Embodiment of Easwara. There is nothing in this world that is not permeated by Easwara. The Earth is Easwara. This handkerchief is also an embodiment of Easwara. All names and forms originated from Easwaratwa (the Easwara Principle).
In fact, only the one who has gained control over the five senses
can comprehend Divinity.
Divinity is not limited to one name and form. People
say they had the vision of Rama, Krishna, etc., but it is only their
imagination! However, Divinity is only one and that has been named as
Unable to comprehend the Divinity, people ascribe several names and
forms to it
and get deluded.
Today, it is the devotees who change their chosen deities, frequently. But God does not change. God is one. He is permanent. Real sadhana (spiritual exercise) is gaining control over the five senses. One has to undertake such type of sadhana instead of engaging himself in japa (repetition of the name), japa(meditation), etc. For example, even if you are engaged in japa and japa closing your eyes, your "monkey mind" will be roaming about all the three worlds. People do not realise this truth and engage themselves in different types of sadhana. There is nothing but Divinity in this world. Whatever you see, whatever you hear, everything is permeated by Divinity.
Once the Pandavas were performing the Rajasuya Yajna. At the conclusion of the ritual, Sri Krishna was honoured by the Pandavas in the presence of all kings in the court. Sisupala could not bear seeing this honour bestowed on Sri Krishna. He reviled Lord Krishna in ever-so-many ways, criticising Him for various omissions and commissions. One of the points of his criticism was that Krishna stole the saris of women who were bathing in a lake. The Pandavas could not bear these insinuations heaped upon their dear Lord Krishna. They felt humiliated. Krishna then tried to reason with them saying, "He did so out of ignorance. I am beyond praise or scorn. I am the eternal witness to everything that goes on in this world. However, you should not respond to that criticism and start paying him in his own coin. Do not ever get attached to anyone deeply. If you lead a life of detachment thus, I will be with you constantly guarding you and guiding you."
Divinity never encourages differences among men. God is Love and
Love is God.
There are several thousands of people gathered in this Hall. However,
that permeates every individual is only one. There may be differences
the names and forms of people and their relationships, but the Divinity
permeating all people is one and the same. Hence, all should lead a
with love like brothers and sisters.
In educational institutions where the
system of co-education is in vogue, the boys and girls should move like
brothers and sisters. Nowhere should any difference on account of
its head. When the children get into the higher secondary stage, these
differences crop up. You should not give scope for such things. Whoever
entertains such differences is sure to fail in the examination, the
examination of "pure love".
There is nothing great in passing examinations in the worldly sense. Everyone can pass, provided one puts in a little effort. There is no use passing a worldly examination while at the same time failing in pure and unsullied love for a fellow human being who is none other than God. He who has passed the examination of divine love is the most successful person in life.
All are God's children. All are reflections of the Hiranyagarbha (cosmic womb,
cosmic mind), which is present in the
human body. Hence, from now onward, all of you should live like
sisters with mutual love and affection. Then only do you deserve to be
ideal students. But I do not find in the present-day students such
kinship. Instead they are cultivating differences such as, "I am
different" and "You are different."
Do not, under any circumstances, cultivate anger and hatred. Anger should be controlled and hatred given up. Your safety and welfare lie in controlling anger. It is common knowledge that when the controls in a railway station are not functioning properly, the trains moving on the track derail. In such a situation, the controller in the railway station is held responsible. Similarly, the mind is the controller for all thoughts and feelings arising in us. Hence, if the mind is kept in control, the entire body comes under our control.
You are all embodiments of pure gold. You are all golden children. Your words are sweet. Let your conduct also be sweet in comformity with your words. Wherever you go, as students of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions, you must display exemplary conduct and behaviour. Merely because you wear white dress, you do not deserve to be called students of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions. In keeping with your white dress, keep your mind pure and your heart sacred. Only then will you become ideal students. Swami will constantly be with such students, guarding and guiding them. I will give them everything. In fact, I am protecting several people in several ways; but no one has realised this point till today.
Your own Atma is
Divinity. That is Easwara. One has to develop firm faith in
that feeling. How can you be called a human being if you do not develop
Love is God; live in love. Your love should not be limited to an
individual or some family members. You must share it with all. If only
develop such broad-mindedness, you can become a leader and set an ideal
others. (When Swami enquired of the students whether they had faith in
words, all of them unanimously responded by saying loudly, "Yes
not enough if you just pay lip service by saying "yes". The conviction
come from the depth of your heart. You commit a mistake and say
is not enough. You should desist from repeating the same mistake.
Truth is the
very life-breath for a human being. Truth is God. Do not speak untruth.
you follow truth in your life steadfastly, you can achieve everything.
like a shield that will protect you. Truth is your support. If you give
a noble quality of truth and speak untruth, how can you be called a
being? You should never give scope for falsehood in your life.
God is the only
leader for the entire universe. God is the only leader and judge. It is
God who can decide justice or injustice. You should not forget such an
omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient God. Do not entertain feelings
difference like "mine" and "thine". Develop equal-mindedness. May all
live together happily and bring good name for themselves and the
(Bhagawan created a gold ring with a green stone embedded in it and
it to the student standing in front of Him). Everyone should thus earn
grace of God. The green colour is a sign of peace and welfare. I wish
of you should earn such peace, welfare, love, devotion, and grace of
God. Only when you drive away the bad qualities in you will you be able
live in the divine Presence.
May you make proper use of the panchabhutas
five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether). May you control
your panchendriyas (five
senses). Then God will be constantly with you guarding and
Divinity cannot be attained merely by offering prayers and doing bhajans. Along with these sadhanas (spiritual exercises),
you must also develop a pure heart and
offer it to God. Let your mind, intellect, and chittha (subconscious mind) be
with God wherever you are and whatever work you are undertaking. Then
mind, intellect, and chittha
will be transformed into Divinity.
When God is
present right in front of you in the form of panchabhutas, where is the need
for searching for Him separately? There is no scope at all for such a
It is a serious mistake to think that God is separate from the panchabhutas.
Considering God as your everything and sole refuge, dedicate your
Him. This is an easy method to reach God. When you follow such an easy
you will attain moksha
(liberation). After all, what is moksha?
Moha kshaya is moksha? (coming out of delusion
is liberation). There is no use chanting "Ram,
Ram, Ram" when your mind is full of moha (delusion).
Whatever work you undertake, do it with a sense of Bhagavad preetyartham (to please God). Whomever you come across, consider them as an Embodiment of God. Even the beggar standing in front of your door is an Embodiment of God. He may be a beggar from the point of view of the physical body. But he is really an Embodiment of Divinity from the Atmic sense. Whether one is a king or an emperor or a beggar, the same Divinity permeates every individual. May you dedicate your lives to win the love of God and His grace. Undertake every activity as an offering to God. Even your reading your textbooks can be done with such a sense of dedication to God. You will surely pass your examinations in 1st class. I am happy that you are all good boys. But one caution, you must exhibit the same good behaviour in your higher secondary school as in the primary school.
Let Me remind you that the teachers in the Higher Secondary School will not hesitate to punish you whenever necessary if you go wrong. They have nothing against anybody, but they are duty bound to put you on the right track. If a teacher shirks their responsibility and condones your bad behaviour without giving a punishment, then that teacher is a "guddi guru" (blind teacher). He cannot be called a guru in the real sense. The role of a headmaster in the school is also important. In fact, he is the "head" for all the teachers. Hence, he should oversee the work of all the teachers.
Education does not mean simply reading of books. One cannot become great by acquiring an academic degree. In fact, degrees are not great; Divine is great. Hence, develop such divine nature. Only then will your life become sanctified and your education meaningful. Your parents will also be happy. You might be aware that your parents have admitted you in Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institution with great hopes. You must not disappoint them. You must earn the praise of your father, mother, teacher, and God —all four. Make your life meaningful and sacred by good thoughts, feelings, practice, and behaviour.