Thursday, June 1, 2023
One should not remain in the state in which one was born. One should manifest one’s inherent divinity. Students should therefore try to acquire, in addition to academic knowledge, qualities like humility and discrimination, which will help them to become full-fledged human personalities.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Remember it is only when the sandalwood is continuously ground that the fragrance can be experienced. It is only when sugarcane is well chewed that the sweetness can be experienced in full measure. In the same way, it is only the continued and sustained practice of sacred teachings that can lead to bliss. Great people of the past have left behind innumerable teachings that must be followed and ideal examples that ought to be copied. It is enough if you practice just one or two of these great lessons from the past.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
God is as a spark in everyone. To recognize this divinity, one must do some spiritual practice (sadhana). A mirror though clean may not reflect your image if it does not have the mercury coating behind it. So also, the heart may be pure but there should be a coating of love.
Monday, May 29, 2023
If you wish to enjoy enduring happiness, you must fill your mind with pure thoughts and entertain good feelings in your heart. Through good thoughts and good actions, the heart gets pure and holy. In the journey of life, the body is like a cart and the heart is like a horse. Unless you feed the heart well, the journey cannot proceed properly. The heart must be fed with good fodder in the form of good company, good conduct, and good thoughts. Whatever is done should be an offering to God.
Sunday, May 28, 2023
The foremost thing one must acquire today is God's love. This love will secure world peace, peace in society, and peace in the home. Through the individual's love and morality, there will be peace and security in the home. By individuals winning the love of God, society secures peace and order. When people have the love of God, the world enjoys peace and happiness.
Saturday, May 27, 2023
The more one loves one’s fellow beings, the greater would be the bliss that one enjoys. The more you love others, the happier you would be. Therefore, if you wish to be constantly happy, you must always love all. Love is the royal path to God. The best way to love God is to love all and serve all. This is the lesson that Buddha taught humanity.
Friday, May 26, 2023
Last night, showers came, and there were hailstones also in the rain. Though the hailstones may hurt people, they too contain only rain drops. They are not different. When you experience some troubles, you should take them as hailstones which contain the water of God’s love. Whatever tests that God gives you, it is out of love only. It is wrong to worry about them, as they are gifts of God. You should always remember that you are a spark of the divine. You should resist the apparent obstacles and accomplish your tasks.
Thursday, May 25, 2023
In this precious period of your youth, in this sacred golden time, you must cultivate sacred thoughts and holy attitudes. You must be filled with a sense of selfless dedication. This can come only through selfless service (seva) in which there is no egoistic pride. You must revel in giving rather than receiving. When the divine is there to give all that you need, why seek or receive anything from others?
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Bereft of love, humanness has no existence. We should love all, irrespective of the fact whether one is a pauper or rich. Money should not be the criterion to share your love with your fellow human beings. Money is not important. Money comes and goes; morality comes and grows. Do not hurt others. Help Ever, Hurt Never.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
You think you are taking care of yourself and protecting yourself. This is not true! It is God who really does so. Who do you think protects you when you are fast asleep and do not know what is happening around you? Who takes care of you then? It is God who does so. In fact, God cares for you at all times, at all places, and under all circumstances.
Monday, May 22, 2023
Steadfast faith and devotion are important. There is no gain without steadfast faith and devotion. Devotion is love, love is devotion. Wash in the water of love, applying the soap of steadfast faith, and wash it against the stone of renunciation. Then the true form of purity will come out. Thus, we should understand and recognize this truth. Therein lies wisdom. Truth is divine, wisdom is divine, infinity is divine. Everything is divine.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Since God always protects, there is no need to be afraid of pain and sorrow. Difficulties are bound to come, but they also will go away. They do not stay forever; they are like passing clouds. But God is steady and permanent. Make God the basis of your life and think of God always.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
You may be a scholar or a wealthy person, or very clever and intelligent. But all these do not help you to secure God's grace. Saint Tukaram sang: "Oh Swami! I am not endowed with knowledge. I am incapable of performing Yajnas and Yagas (Vedic ritualistic sacrifices) or doing severe penance. Here is one easy path that I know to win your grace. That is the path of divine love. It is the royal road that will lead me to the presence of Rama." Tukaram declared emphatically that Rama cannot be realized by any other path except the path of love. This is the inner meaning of the statement: Love is God and God is Love.
Friday, May 19, 2023
God is the embodiment of love. Love can be attained only by love. Love knows no doubt at all. Divine love is selfless. Where there is selfishness, there is fear. Love has no fear. It does not expect any reward. Love is in all. Tread the divine path of love. You cannot experience this if your heart is filled with selfishness. Love of God always gives and never receives. Worldly love always receives and never gives. Spiritual love gives and goes on giving.
Thursday, May 18, 2023
You must discourage and control the emergence of bad qualities. When you are in a bad or an angry mood, keep silent. Do not exchange words, which cause the anger to multiply. That is why we say, “Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti” at the end of the bhajan. Why three times and not four times? It is to cover the three entities: body, mind, and spirit (Atma). You should have peace (shanti) in all the three levels.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Never give scope for anxiety or worry thinking, “Examinations are approaching. How am I going to face them? Will I pass?” Do not give scope for despair and despondency with such negative attitude. Have faith in God. Do your duty and face any situation with courage. Then, the result is bound to be good. Love is everything. Love is God. Live in love.
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
It is better to earn a reputation for goodness than be known as a great person. All that you find in a great person is only selfishness. But in a good person, you find total selflessness. Therefore, all of you should strive to become good people. Revere your parents. Give them joy. Show your gratitude to them.
Monday, May 15, 2023
Happiness is not to be found in any of the things of the world. Everything is fleeting. One is wasting one’s life in the pursuit of petty ephemeral pleasures. Pure realization or liberation (nirvana) is the only truth. It is the sense of oneness with all life. To turn the mind toward that which is permanent is pure realization or liberation (nirvana).
Sunday, May 14, 2023
The present is very important. Don’t take it as ordinary present. It is omnipresent. The present contains the results of the past and the future. So, take care of the present and make it sacred.
Saturday, May 13, 2023
The Vedas declare, Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahman) and Tattwamasi (That Thou Art). Even these two Vedic declarations state two things: I and Brahman, That and Thou. True wisdom lies in seeing oneness. Advaita darshanam jnanam (Experience of non-dualism is true wisdom). It is a sign of ignorance to see duality ignoring the underlying unity. Duality is not the truth. In this manner, Buddha enquired deeply and ultimately got the experience of "I am I."
Friday, May 12, 2023
I often tell the students about four F’s: follow the master (conscience), face the devil (that is, desire for money), fight to the end, and finish the game. Finishing the game is liberation (mukti). You have taken human birth and you have entered the sacred human life. You must attain divinity in your lifetime. There is nothing more valuable than this.
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Like the lotus which blooms when the sun rises, the heart of a human being blossoms when love enters it. Like the glow of the flame in a fire, like the rays of the sun, like waves in the ocean, divine love is the basic quality of a true human being. It is only when one is filled with pure, unselfish love that one can be called a human being.
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
True love is the sweet fruit that grows out of the fragrant flower of good deeds. Love rules without recourse to the sword. It binds without laws. Only one who has such true love can be described as human.
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
What is true love (prema)? Pure, unselfish love toward all living beings, considered as embodiments of the divine, with no expectation of reward, is true love. "Adweshta sarvabhootha-nam. Maitrah, Karuna evacha" (Free from dislike, friendly and compassionate toward all beings). With this attitude, when one regards divinity as present in all beings, only then one can have true love. Whatever be the vicissitudes one may face, whatever be the personal sorrows and privations one may undergo, true love will remain unaffected.
Monday, May 8, 2023
Love is blissful and nectarine. The sweetness of nectar may have limits, but the sweetness of divine love has none. It is beyond all measure. It is beyond description too; it can only be experienced. Buddha discovered this love, experienced it, and became one with it. God and love are not different.
Sunday, May 7, 2023
Develop good qualities. Love all, hate none. Love even those who bear hostility toward you. This is the characteristic of Sai. Many are hostile toward Me. Many ridicule or criticize Me. If they say it aloud, it is lost in air. If they do it internally, it returns to them. None of it will reach Me. Thus, one should attach no importance to praise and abuse. See to it that love principle is installed firmly in you. This is what Mother Easwaramma practiced and taught.
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Today we are celebrating Easwaramma Day to propagate the glory of motherhood. The world is sustained by the prayers of mothers. A woman’s prayer is more powerful than a thousand prayers of men because women are pure and tender-hearted. Never cause displeasure to your mother. Never hurt her feelings. Then God will help you in all your endeavors.
Friday, May 5, 2023
The same divine principle of love is present in all of you. When you take to the path of love, you will become Buddha yourself. Today is Buddha Poornima. Poornima means full moon. The underlying message of Buddha Poornima is that the mind should shine with total purity like the full moon. It should unite with its source, i.e., the Atma, which is pure and effulgent. There is no darkness on the full moon night. On this auspicious day of Buddha Poornima, we should attain full purity of the mind.
Thursday, May 4, 2023
For Buddha, everything had to be pure and sacred. If you throw a pebble into a well, ripples are created and travel up to the edge of the well. In the same way, if you throw a pebble called good thought into the well called the heart, the ripples generated travel throughout the body. When the ripple reaches the eye, it stimulates pure vision. When the ripple reaches the ear, it tunes the latter to sacred sounds. When the ripple reaches the hands, it swings them into good action. In this manner, when the ripples spread across the entire body, there is a symphony of sacred activity all round. Thus, good, and noble thoughts are fundamental to sacred activity. Such are the great teachings of Buddha.
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Buddha declared: "Sangham sharanam gachchami," “Hands in the society, head in the forest." He renounced everything to think about promoting the welfare of society. He declared: "Dharmam sharanam gachchami." What is this dharma? "Ahimsa paramodharmah.” Dharma means causing no harm to anyone.