|Date: 11 Feb 2007||Occasion: Adilabad Parthi Yatra||Place: Prasanthi Nilayam|
Embodiments of Love, Young Men and Women!
It is very much necessary to recognise the human values, today. Man today is unable to lead the life of a human being, since he lost the human values. The qualities of a human being are of two types, internal and external. Kama (desire), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (attachment), mada (pride), and matsarya (jealousy) are external. Sathya (truth), dharma (righteousness), santhi (peace), prema (love), and ahimsa (nonviolence) are internal.
Develop Inner Vision
Today, we are giving a go-bye to the inner, eternal, and truthful
qualities and hanging on to the worldly and transient matters. This is
not correct. We must develop the inner vision of atma bhava (thought of divine
Self). If only there is Truth, it is enough; righteousness will follow.
Where truth and righteousness go together like the positive and
negative, there will be peace; where there is peace there will be love.
There will be no scope at all for violence when a human being is
surcharged with the current of love. Violence is rampant everywhere,
today. People suffer from sorrow and difficulties. Hence, you must
strive to cultivate the innate human values.
Truth is eternal. It cannot be destroyed. It is said, "Sathyam bruyath, priyam bruyath, na bruyath sathyamapriyam (speak truth; speak pleasantly; avoid speaking truth that is unpalatable)." Truth is not born out of an individual, nor does it go away with one individual. Truth is universal: it applies equally to all human beings. You must cultivate such universal truth. What you think, you must speak; what you speak, you must put into action. That is real humanness.
Establish in Truth ...
Anger, desire, greed, attachment, pride, and jealousy are unbecoming
of a human being. Today, man is limiting his love to his own wife and
children. He is not developing broad-mindedness. As the saying goes "Ekam sath viprah bahuda vadanthi
(Truth is only one; the wise men say it in different ways)." "Sarvam khalvidam Brahma" is the
declaration, which means everything in the universe is Brahman only.
Truth is the very embodiment of Brahman. And that Brahman is
omnipresent. Hence, first and foremost, establish Truth in your heart.
Thereafter, the other four human values of righteousness, peace, love,
and nonviolence will reign in the world. Then, there will be no
violence at all in the world and all human beings irrespective of
religion and nationality will live in peace and harmony.
Human being have enormous strength in them That has to be channelised properly. Anger, desire, greed, delusion, pride, and jealousy have to be controlled.
You sing various bhajans
(devotional songs). It is only when you sing the bhajans in proper sruthi, it
will be melodious. Similarly, your desire must have a limit. If you
wish to marry, you can do so! Later on you wish to have children; you
can have that also. But you must bring them up in proper way, so that
they become useful citizens in their later life.
God has established certain rules and regulations for the proper conduct of the life of a human being. One should not behave like an animal or a bird or a beast. We must control our behaviour. This is the most important value to be cherished by a human being.
Develop human values
The human values are not visible to the naked eye. What is the form
of Truth? None has seen the form. Rather, it is beyond form. It emerges
out of our bosom. What is dharma
is to follow the teachings of our own heart. Where is santhi (peace)? Is it outside?
No. it is only asanthi
Man today craves for peace and peace alone, in spite of possessing all sorts of wealth. You ask any millionaire. His reply is "I have money, houses, and all kinds of wealth; but, I have no peace." Peace therefore is not to be obtained from the world outside. It has to flow from within. Where there is peace, there will be love. The light of love shines on one and all. It is the love that illuminates the entire universe. Hence, if you strengthen love, there will be no scope for hatred at all! It is only when you develop a feeling of separation that there will be hatred between one another. On the other hand, if you develop a feeling of Oneness, how can there be a feeling of hatred between you and the other man?
Love ... the greatest gift
Dear Golden Ones! (bangaru)
No one should develop bad qualities like jealousy, hatred, desire, and
anger. Develop Love. Love is God and God is Love. "Prema muditha manase kaho Rama Rama
Ram ..." is the bhajan. Love is the greatest gift God has given
to a human being. The value of any material object in this world can be
assessed, but not the value of love. Hence, develop love! Not only
that, share that love with others. Thus, when you exchange love and
spend your lives happily, evil qualities like hatred, jealousy, and ego
cannot come anywhere near.
You know a chemical stick called "Lakshmana Rekha". When a line
is drawn with this stick in the house, no insect of any kind can enter
the area. Similarly, where there is love, there the evil qualities
cannot enter. Hence, only one quality, the quality of love is
sufficient to drive away all evil qualities.
Love can be shared with any number of people; it will not deplete in
quantity. In fact, the more you share it with others the more it will
grow. God is our father, we are all His children. All these children
have a right to inherit His property. All have to share that
"property", the property of Love. You may forget anything in this
world; but you should not forget God. Everything in this world is
transient. But love is not that which comes and goes. On the other
hand, it grows. Develop such Divine Love!
Constantly do namasmarana (repetition of God's name), with absolute faith in God. We are uttering so many words every day. Can't we utter sacred words like Rama and Krishna? Surely, we can. Once you chant these divine names, all your sorrows and difficulties will vanish.
Develop Love for God
Man has several types of worries:
To be born is a worry, to be on the earth
is a worry;
World is a cause of worry and death too;
Entire childhood is a worry, and so is the old age;
Life is a worry, failure is a worry;
All actions and difficulties cause worry;
Even happiness too is a mysterious worry.
Devotion to Swami alone will put an end to all your worries.
Oh people! Develop such devotion and love.
Develop Love for God, so that you may get rid of those worries. That
is the only effective medicine for all your worries. By chanting the
divine Name of God, all your worries can be cured.
Where is God? He is everywhere (omnipresent). The panchabhuthas (the five
elements of earth, water, air, space, and fire) are the embodiments of
The body is like a water bubble. The mind is like a mad monkey. Hence, you should not follow either the body or the mind. You should follow the advice of the intellect. You should develop a pure and steady consciousness (chittha). In fact, all our sadhanas (spiritual practices) are meant to develop only chittha suddhi (purity of consciousness)! The evil qualities of desire, anger, greed, delusion, pride, and jealousy are only acquired qualities and not our innate qualities. Our innate qualities are sathya (truth), dharma (tighteousness), santhi (peace), prema (love), and ahimsa (nonviolence). We have to manifest them.
Cherish the blissful moments in Prasanthi Nilayam
Today, wherever you look. only violence is present. People indulge
in violence for the sake of money. Money comes and goes, but morality
comes and grows. In the past, several kings and emperors have
accumulated enormous wealth. But could any one of them take even a
paisa with them? No! Alexander the Great during his last moments called
his ministers and requested them to wrap his body after his death with
a white cloth, keeping his empty hands projected upward be taken in a
procession through every street of his capital city. His idea was to
convey a message to the people that man has to leave this world with
empty hands, in spite of acquiring great wealth or conquering vast
Whatever we acquire in this material world is only for our satisfaction. True and eternal bliss can be acquired only through Love. It is not enough if you spend your time with love when you are in Prasanthi Nilayam. Those blissful moments should be cherished forever. Wherever you are, continue to live with Love. Irrespective of the country where you are living —USA, UK, Japan, or Germany— Love has no difference. Your body may be in a particular place, but Love is universal. Love is all-pervading. Develop such Love. Love even those who hate you.
We are all One
Whenever you encounter an enemy, offer your pranams to him and enquire,
"Hello brother! How are you?" I am sure he will respond saying,
"Brother! How are you?" All are brothers and sisters, verily. God is
the only Father to one and all.
The Bhagavad Gita
declares, "Mamivamso jeevaloke
jeevabhuthah sanathanah (you are all part of My Being)." You are
not different from Me; We are all One! You must develop faith in such
Oneness. Where is God? He is present as the indweller in every human
being. Develop the feeling, "Whatever I do is an offering to God, the
Indweller of my heart."
Develop the faith that whatever happens, whether happiness or
sorrow, is for your good only. You are aware that a person suffering
from malarial fever will be administered the bitter mixture of quinine.
It is only when that bitter mixture is taken in that the fever will
subside. Similarly, realise the Truth that the sorrows and difficulties
you undergo are for your own good.
God is omnipresent; you need not go far to realise Divinity. If you search your own heart and share your love with others, you can easily understand Divinity. All are bound by the bond of Love. All will be united only with Love. Hence, wherever you go, be united. Especially, the youth can achieve a lot if they are united. Prayer, chanting the divine name, and Love for God are the three sadhanas we have to undertake. When you conduct your life based on these three sadhanas, you can achieve anything.
God is beyond name and form
God is not separate from you. You are not separate from God. You and
God are only one. You must always think, "God is residing as the
Indweller in my heart. I am verily God."
There may be differences in names and forms; but, God is One and One
alone. The different names like Rama and Krishna are those visualized
by poets and artists like Ravi Varma. In fact, God has no particular
form. They pray "Allahu Akbar." Allah has no form. There is no one
higher that Allah. He is Supreme.
God has no name and form. But He will assume the form you constantly contemplate upon. "Yad Bhavam Thad Bhavathi." We are visualizing Him in a particular form as per our own thoughts and feelings. Develop the feeling "God is in me, is with me, and is guiding me," and march on. May you all be happy!