|Date: 21 Oct 2007||Occasion: Vijayadasami||Place: Prasanthi Nilayam|
Today is the festival of Vijayadasami. All people celebrate this
festival with great joy and enthusiasm. However, for some people this
day brought sorrow, for it was on this day that Sai cast off His "old
Human bodies are, of course, merely material. Once, a long-time
devotee, Lakshmibai, approached Baba. Baba gave her two gold coins and
told her, "Lakshmi, keep these two coins with you. Preserve them
carefully." The date of Baba's departure from this mortal world was
imprinted on the two coins.
(Swami at this point created two gold coins with His divine hands.
Showing them to the devotees sitting in Sai Kulwant Hall, Swami said),
Look, here are those two coins. The two gold coins gifted by Shirdi
Baba to Lakshmibai represent sathya
(truth) and dharma
(righteousness) that help the spiritual progress of human beings. Swami
frequently exhorts devotees, "Lead your life's journey with the help of
human values. Let your daily life be suffused with sathya, dharma (righteousness), santhi (peace), and prema (love)".
Truth is Atma. Dharma is the duty that we have
to perform. Hence, discharge your dharma
with sathya. These two
are in fact the sadhanas
spiritual exercises) you have to undertake. These two only will protect
you in every way. They alleviate all sorrows and difficulties.
No human being, during the course of their sojourn in this physical
world, should give up sathya,
and dharma. Truth has to
be experienced in one's heart, while righteousness has to be reflected
in one's deeds. These two are enough. No other sadhanas are required.
The names Rama, Krishna, Govinda, and Narayana are only names
ascribed to God, but Divinity has no particular name or form. Truth
comes first, and righteousness next. If righteousness follows truth,
all sorrows and difficulties will be removed.
There are millions of people living in this world, but Divinity
present in all is only one. This has been described in the Gita as Mamaivamsho jivaloke jivabhuta
sanathana (the eternal Atma
in all beings is a part of My Being). There may be any number of
people, but they represent only the number. Only one Divinity is
present in all of them. And that Divinity is the only Truth. You may
call Divinity by any name —e.g. Rama, Krishna, Govinda, Allah, or
Jesus— but God is one and only one. Hence, realise the oneness of
Divinity; contemplate on that Truth; consider that Truth as God and
spread that Truth to one and all.
What we are expected to do is not giving alms or charity. Whatever activity we undertake must be suffused with truth. When people follow such a path, all will be happy. The entire universe represents only one truth, but people express it in different ways. Ekam sath viprah bahudha vadanti (truth is one, but the wise refer to it by various names). Truth alone is permanent in this world; all other things are ephemeral, like the passing clouds. Names and forms are not permanent. Truth alone is permanent. It is the changeless principle. Keeping such an eternal Truth in your heart, whatever you do becomes dharma.
I must tell you one thing in this context. There are many youths in
this assembly. They should not take it amiss. In the name of modernism,
many youths are taking to perverted ways of living these days. This
permissiveness is not limited to a particular country or society. It
has become a global phenomenon, irrespective of caste, community,
religion, or country. Right from primary school children to boys
studying in graduate and post-graduate courses, they are afflicted with
this mental aberration.
Love is God. Whatever activity you undertake with love, it becomes success. Unfortunately, today, the term "love" is highly misused and misplaced and often misunderstood as relating to the body. No; this is not true love. It is fleeting and ceases with the bodily relationship. True love is heart to heart. It is changeless.
The body is made up of five elements and
is bound to perish sooner or later,
but the indweller has neither birth nor death.
The indweller has no attachment whatsoever and
is the eternal witness.
The body is not permanent. Hence, do not give importance to the deha (physical body). The dehi (Indweller) is important. The dehi alone is the embodiment of Truth. It is a serious mistake to ignore such an indweller. When you repose confidence in and rely upon the Indweller, the Indweller by themself will look after everything. We should never forget the dehi (Indweller), who is niramaya (free from all ailments).
When Shirdi Baba left His physical body, it was Vijayadasami day.
During His last moments Baba told the people around Him, "Do not rely
upon this physical body. It will fade away and whither out in a few
minutes. Why do you treat such an ephemeral body as Truth? None should
shed tears on this occasion. This is but natural in the case of
physical body. Enjoy this physical body as long as it is alive.
Thereafter, treat the passing away of this body as a dream."
The physical body will retain its shape for a short period after
death. Hence, people around the body of Baba kept it as it is for
sometime, with the hope that Baba might come back to life as it
happened on an earlier occasion. Meanwhile, one of the devotees,
Abdullah, came and reminded them, "We are forgetting all that Baba had
told us. Baba's word is Truth. We have to follow it. Accordingly, we
have to perform His obsequies, which is our duty."
All the devotees discussed among them what needed to be done and came to a conclusion. They shifted the body to the wada (a stone structure built by a devotee called Booty) and buried (samadhi) it there. Thus, the bodies are impermanent however long a person might live. The physical body is subject to certain limits. This body as well as all other bodies are bound by certain limits. Each body has its own limit. None can cross that limit. As the days progress, the limit approaches fast.
Embodiments of Love!
Please, therefore, treat love as your foremost concern. Establish truth in your heart firmly. Whatever activity you undertake, do it with dharma (righteousness). It is truth that sustains dharma and dharma in turn will protect truth. It is for this reason that Lakshmibai kept with her the two gold coins given to her by Baba. She felt, "These coins are given to me by Baba. These are gold coins. These coins are very valuable; more valuable than diamonds. There can be nothing greater than these coins. I do not need anything else." These two coins represent sathya and dharma.
Truth and righteousness alone protect the world. We are undertaking
several types of sadhanas
(spiritual exercises) in order that the world is protected. But they
are all pompous sadhanas
only! You must install these two values in the heart and follow them at
all times, day in and day out.
Presently, you are just chanting these words by mouth. This is not enough. When you practice these values with all the sincerity at your command, you will achieve the desired results. There is no use repeating these words like a parrot. Even a record player does such an exercise. One has to develop conviction in these values with all sincerity. Only then will they be imprinted in your heart forever. They always remain in you, with you. You have to put forth efforts to achieve such type of sadhana.
One day, the daughter of Lakshmibai approached her and requested,
"Mother, please give me those two coins that Baba had given you
But Lakshmibai refused, saying, "No, I cannot pass on these coins to you. They have to reach the same Person who gave them to me and none else. I have no authority to deliver them to you. They shall reach Baba, the Embodiment of truth and dharma."
You may chant any number of names, any number of mantras; you may
perform any number of yajnas
and yagas (rituals and
sacrifices). But what ultimately remain are sathya and dharma. Follow these two.
You are not separate from Me. You are all My amsas (parts), as declared in
the Bhagavad Gita. Sathya and dharma are following you since
several births. Today, you are undertaking several sadhanas. In the end, they are
all going waste.
You chant the Ramanama,
saying, "Ram, Ram, Ram". The japamala
(prayer beads) in your hand is rotating, but your mind is not turning
toward Rama. Only when your mind is fixed on the name you chant will
your japa become fruitful. Whatever activity you undertake, let it be
truthful. Adhere to truth always and under all circumstances. In fact,
truth is your very life principle. It is your swasa (life breath).
Devoid of truth and righteousness, any number of discourses, Upanishads, Gita chanting, reading of
spiritual texts, etc., will become a futile exercise. They may be
useful for passing your time, but such exercises cannot sanctify your
life. Truth and righteousness are the two most important sadhanas for liberating you
from this mundane world.
Always remember that you are an amsa (part) of God. Realise
your relationship with God. This is the only relationship that will
You may belong to any country or religion, but do not entertain any
differences on that basis. All religions teach the same truth and will
lead to the same God. Not a single religion (matham) is bad, provided your mathi (intellect) is good.
Hence, you have to keep your intellect in good condition. You have to
understand religion in its proper perspective.
Your mind may be changing constantly, but the (matham) (religion) does not
change. Hence, do not give scope for doubt in every aspect. Do not
entertain doubts. Keep onlythis in mind: truth and love.
Truth is Atma.
What is the meaning of the word "Myself"? It means Atma. Follow your Atma. That is your dharma. If you do this, you will not encounter any calamity. Everything will merge into this divine Atma. Realise the truth. Then your life will be sanctified.
Embodiments of Love!
May you all hold on to the two principles of sathya (truth) and dharma (righteousness). Dharma does not mean charity.
You have to follow the dictates of your conscience, which is based upon
truth and righteousness.
You are all embodiments of Truth! You are all embodiments of Sathya
Sai! Remember this truth and march forward in your life's journey.
Often times you worry, "Swami did not talk even once during these Dasara days." Today is Vijayadasami day. It was the day when Sai shed the old body. Today, Sai, who has donned a new body, is narrating to you incidents that happened while He was in the old body.
Do not join the bad company of friends. If you do so, you will also become bad. You must always move in good company. What is meant by good company? Sathya and dharma. Hence, always move in the company of truth and righteousness. If you hold on to these two values steadfastly, your life will go on happily and smoothly.
Very soon, the entire country will become one, shedding, once and
for all, all divisive tendencies. In fact, the whole world will become
one, shedding the differences of nation, religion, caste, etc., and
all people will experience Divinity. All people will move like
brothers and sisters.
You address each other as "brother" and "sister". You say "hello" to
one another. But of what use is it if there is hollowness inside?
Always greet each other with a pleasant smile on your face. Never
exhibit your feelings with a wild laugh saying, "Ahaha!" Put on a sweet
and soft smile on your face. That is the real laughter. If you make a
loud noise while smiling, it amounts to insulting others.
You are very fortunate to be here. I have explained the real meaning
of the two gold coins gifted by Shirdi Sai Baba to Lakshmibai. Several
people tried their best to snatch those coins from her, but she did not
oblige anyone. She returned them to Baba saying, "These coins belong to
You. I am giving them back to You. Neither my children nor anyone else
has anything to do with them."
Children are born. The relationship between a husband and wife comes only after marriage. If there is no bond of marriage, neither is there a wife nor a husband. If the husband and wife are not there, there is no scope at all for the child to be born. Thus, no one is related to the other. Each one for themself only! That is the message conveyed in the famous "Bhaja Govindam" song composed by Adi Sankara.
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the song, "Bhaja Govindam, Bhaja Govindam".
–From Bhagawan's Vijayadasami Discourse in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam, on 21 October 2007.