|Date: 19 Aug 2006
|Occasion: Athi Rudra Maha Yagna
|Place: Prasanthi Nilayam
Embodiments of Love!
I am searching, searching, and searching.
I searched then. I am searching now.
I have been searching for a true and righteous human being.
Will the hunger of a hungry person be satisfied
simply by hearing the names of the delicious dishes?
Will the poverty of those suffering from acute poverty
be alleviated by hearing the glory of the wealth?
Embodiments of Love!
Before you start teaching anything to others, you yourself must put
it into practice. It is most essential to experience it and derive joy
therefrom before you teach that concept or practice to others.
All the ritwiks
(priests) who took part in the Athi
Rudra Maha Yajna are very good. In fact, I could find the ritwiks are to My liking. I am
very satisfied with the way they performed the Yajna, as also the sadhana (spiritual disciplines)
they did. They did more than what was expected of them. It is a good
fortune to have such ritwiks.
Tomorrow, this Yajna
will come to a close, but not the mantras. The mantras are eternal.
They is not associated with the gunas
(attributes). They are nirgunam,
niranjanam, sanathanam, niketanam, nitya, shuddha, buddha, mukta, and
nirmala swarupinam (attributeless, pure, final abode, eternal,
unsullied, enlightened, free, and embodiment of sacredness). Such
mantras will always be ringing in our ears.
A ritwik is one who is
always associated with the mantras. The ritwik is not separate from the
mantras. Devoid of the mantras, the ritwiks have no existence at
Mantras like these will be chanted by only a few fortunate ones. Are there not any number of ritwiks in this world! But, only 132 ritwiks could take part in this Athi Rudra Maha Yajna.
"Oh! Vedic Brahmins, who always consider the sastras (scriptural injunctions) as true, how fortunate you are!" The Brahmins lead their lives in accordance with the sastras, reposing full confidence in them. Can you find ritwiks like these anywhere else? Truly, every mantra you chant is crystal clear and with perfect intonation. It is our good fortune to hear the ritwiks chanting the mantras in such a way. Many people are happy that this Yajna is being performed with such ritwiks. Soon similar Yajnas will be performed in Puttaparthi. That is the Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna, which is being celebrated every year. That is a Jnana Yajna. A Jnana Yajna is one which is related to the manasika tattwa (mental principle).
You will derive a lot of benefit from your effort for the last ten
days. You may not be able to realise it right now. Go back to your
respective places and contemplate on it calmly. You will surely
There are a number of youths amongst the ritwiks. This is a welcome
sign. It is our good fortune that the youth are participating in such
sacred activities like this Athi
Rudra Maha Yajna. I told Vinay, "My dear! We are most fortunate
to have such ritwiks."
Probably you are all comfortable here; I presume that proper
arrangements for your food and residence have been made and that Vinay
has provided all the necessary comforts to you. I have been thinking on
these lines from morning till evening these days. If you are happy, I
shall be happy.
These ten days have passed like ten minutes. You must have enjoyed
your stay here for the last ten days. Similarly, I am also happy that
you are here. Wherever you go, you must contemplate on this divine
experience. These sacred moments must be preserved in your memory. You
will come again to Puttaparthi, shortly. Not only that. I have decided
to perform this Yajna in
Chennai in the near future. I wish that all of you come there and
participate in the Yajna.
It is very important that you realise the uniqueness of this Yajna. What is Yajna? Is it physical or
spiritual? This is a spiritual Yajna,
not a physical or worldly Yajna.
This Yajna has provided a
physical, mental, and heartfelt experience, which is unique in nature.
I have taken care of every minute detail in this Yajna, right from the type of
dress (dhotis) you have to
wear. Just as a loving father takes care of everything in respect of
his child, I have taken care to provide everything needed by you. I am
very sad that I shall be bidding you farewell tomorrow, on conclusion
of the Yajna. I know you
are also feeling sad to leave this place. Such intimate relationship
between us is real devotion.
You cannot leave Me and I cannot leave you. I am always with you.
Hence, do not spend anxious moments with thoughts like, "Swami is very
far from us in Puttaparthi or Bangalore." I am with you, wherever you
Our chief priest conducted all the rituals in this Yajna with full faith and devotion. He did all this with the conviction that it is his personal work. Such people are rare in this world.
The most important point I would like to stress is that you must develop a spirit of sacrifice. Man may have several desires. All those desires have to be offered to God to please Him (daiva preetyartham). Do not confine yourself to the self. Help is better than self. Whatever activity you undertake, consider it as something done for satisfying your heart, for the uplift of your Atma. This Yajna is conducted to realise the Atma Tattwa, not with a view to achieve some physical and worldly benefit.
You have participated in this sacred Yajna for your good, for your
welfare, and the welfare of humanity at large. This Yajna is not merely for a few
individuals, it is for the entire world. The mantras chanted here have
mixed in the air and spread to the entire universe. These sacred sounds
entered our hearts and purified them. Hence, do not think that the
mantras chanted in this Yajna
are confined to only this place. They have spread to the entire world.
This Yajna is not only
for the benefit of India, but to all the countries in the world.
There may be difference in the languages spoken in different
countries. But there is no difference at all in the bhava (feelings). People of
many countries —America, Russia, Africa, etc.— have participated in the
Yajna with a lot of
enthusiasm. They are also learning the Veda mantras.
On the 26th of last month, about 80 people from Germany visited
Puttaparthi in a special plane. All of them, ladies and gents, chanted
the Vedas. They told Me,
"Swami! It is only these mantras that are protecting our country.
Hence, we chant these Veda
mantras from dawn to dusk."
There is not even an iota of selfishness in chanting these mantras. These mantras are for the entire humanity. They are essential for the well-being of every human being. The Veda transcends the individual (vyashti) and concerns itself with the samashtiswarupa (the collective form). Even Westerners are now printing Vedic texts, with an intention to spread the message of the Vedas to people of all countries. No doubt, it is difficult for the Westerners to chant the Veda mantras, for, they have difficulty in pronouncing various syllables. Some of the mantras are tongue-twisting. But, with sincere effort, they are learning to chant these right. One can achieve anything, if only one has a firm resolve.
Having resolved what ought to be resolved,
hold on to it till you have succeeded.
Having desired what ought to be desired,
hold on to it till your desire is fulfilled.
Having asked what ought to be asked,
hold on to it till you get it.
Having thought what ought to be thought,
hold on to it till you have succeeded.
The Lord with mellowed heart must yield to your wishes.
Persevere, be tenacious, and never give up,
for it is the quality of a devotee never to retreat or relent in resolve.
This Athi Rudra Maha Yajna
has to be performed in several places, in future. This Yajna is everyone's concern. It
is not limited to one country, one religion, or one caste. It is
performed for the welfare of the whole world. If you continue to
perform this Yajna, soon
the people of the entire world will become united. Pakistan,
Afghanistan, Japan, America, Germany —all countries will be united.
You will now find several devotees in America. There are also
several ritwiks (priests)
there. There are some Muslim devotees also.
One lady has written a book about Swami. She presented it to her
preceptor living in America. He was moved to tears on reading the book.
He prayed that he should also be fortunate like her to write such a
book on Swami. That book is now being printed and distributed to all.
We must unite the entire world into one. That is "Unity in
Look! Even in our country Bharat, there are different regions,
languages, etc. The once composite Madras province has split into
twoÚ Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. There have been further
divisions in the country. There is a clamour for some more divisions.
It is no greatness in dividing the country into small regions by
fragmentation. To unite the country into one is a great effort. Where
there is unity, there will be purity. Where there is purity, there will
be Divinity. Hence, we have to strive for unity.
There was a Russian boy, an Iranian boy, and some American boys in
the group who chanted the Vedas
yesterday. You have to realise and develop such unity. If there is some
difference of opinion amongst you, remove it forthwith. Be united. All
should live and move like brothers and sisters. Then only will you have
value and will your birth as human beings be sanctified.