Monday, October 19, 2020
Offer God real flowers grown in the garden of your heart, fragrant, beautiful, delighting. Try to see everyone as a ray of God.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, September 26, 1972
Sunday, October 18, 2020
A family is the most important functional unit in the world. If the family is running on sound lines, the world will also run smoothly. If the unity among family members suffers even to a small extent, the world will face the repercussions. Unity gives strength to the lives of the family members. Therefore, every family should strive for achieving unity and harmonious relationship among its members.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
First and foremost, one should worship nature (Prakruti) and then receive the blessings of the Lord (Paramatma). The former is Man’s effort (Purusha Prayatnam) and the latter is God’s grace (Daiva anugraham). Prakruti and Paramatma are like negative and positive. God (Paramatma) who is all powerful may be positive, but if there is no involvement of negative - Nature i.e., (Prakruti), there would be no creation. The basis for the whole creation is - Nature (Prakruti).
Friday, October 16, 2020
All spiritual aspirants should cherish in their hearts with gratitude, the good done to them by others and always remember whatever form in which help was rendered to them. Only those who lead such grateful lives will be able to find peace and happiness in their lives.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Think of God, and the gratitude you owe to Him for the human life He has gifted you and the various material, moral and intellectual talents He has endowed you with; do this before you commence any task or piece of work. You will certainly experience great benefit, and you will have peace, joy and success in your endeavours through Divine Grace.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
The values a man must cherish as his life-breath are: truth (Sathya), right action (Dharma), peace (Shanti), love (Prema) and nonviolence. Of these five vital principles, love is the foremost. It is love that flows as the undercurrent for the other four values. How does it flow this way? When love is associated with our thoughts, it manifests itself as truth. When love is associated with feelings, it produces peace. When love animates actions, it results in right action. When love is combined with understanding it becomes nonviolence.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Whoever worships the Supreme Lord should also worship the Divine in the form of Nature (Prakriti). He should love Nature and adore Nature. Nature is not different from the Supreme Self (Paramatma). Nature is the effect and God is the cause.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Let there be unity in your thoughts, words and deeds. That is triple purity (Trikarana shuddhi). What you think, you should speak; what you speak, you must put into practice. That is real humanness. … What is needed is perfect harmony in thoughts, words and deeds.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Try to sanctify every item of work by dedicating it to some Divine end. The Universe is the handiwork of God, and therefore, meaningful and moral.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, September 26, 1972
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Learn from the watch a great lesson. When you watch the watch, remember the five letters of the word, WATCH; each is giving you a fine lesson for life: W tells you, ‘Watch your Words’; A warns you, ‘Watch your Actions’; T indicates, ‘Watch your Thoughts’; C advises, ‘Watch your Character’; and H declares, ‘Watch your Heart.’
Saturday, October 10, 2020
All work should be done with a pure heart filled with devotion, just as cooking must be done in a clean vessel. Whatever good you may do without a genuine feeling of love is of no use. It is love in a pure heart that transforms work into worship.
Friday, October 9, 2020
Whatever the nature of your work, if you dedicate it as an offering to God, you will have no worry at all. This is real sadhana. Even when you are engaged in your daily chores, you can convert them into worship of God. While you are sweeping the floor, you can deem it as clearing your heart of all impurities.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Install the Lord in your heart and offer Him the fruits of your actions and the flowers of your inner thoughts and feelings. That is the worship I like most, the devotion I appreciate most.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
As soon as thoughts come to your mind, you must make an attempt to spend time and decide whether those thoughts are good or bad. If they are bad thoughts, you must immediately put them aside; and if they are good thoughts, you must make an attempt to promote them.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Truth, Right conduct, Peace, Love, Nonviolence (Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi, Prema, Ahimsa) are not outside. They are within you. When you get angry, you lose your peace. Therefore, you should always remain peaceful and blissful. Being a human being, you should have human qualities. A true human being is one who is suffused with sathya, dharma, shanthi, and prema. When you develop these human qualities, you will enjoy peace at all times. Then you will always have a smile on your face.
Monday, October 5, 2020
Whatever happens in your life, think that it is good for you. Even if someone criticises you, you should think that it is good for you. If you consider everything good, then everything will become good for you. God is not outside, He is within you.
Monday, October 5, 2020
What is needed today to save oneself from anxiety and fear, here and hereafter, is dedication, diverting the mind towards God.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, August 31, 1972
Sunday, October 4, 2020
I am always in you, with you, around you, above you, and below you. I am not confined to Prasanthi Nilayam and India alone. I am there wherever you are.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
That is exactly what I want—that people like you should rid themselves of doubts, should grasp the real significance of life, and, welcoming the instruction with faith and steadfastness, should dwell in constant remembrance of the name of the Lord. Whenever you come, whatever comes, learn from Me the method and means of ridding yourself of grief, doubt, and worry.
Friday, October 2, 2020
To experience the Divine within you all you have to do is to dedicate all your actions to the Divine. No other spiritual exercise is necessary. This does not mean you should give up other forms of worship like recitation (Japa). The basic equipment is that whatever spiritual exercise is done it should be performed wholeheartedly, with full concentration.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Never give up the Gayatri; you may give up or ignore any other mantra but you should recite the Gayatri at least a few times a day. It will protect you from harm wherever you are--travelling, working or at home. Westerners have investigated the vibrations produced by this mantra and have found that when it is recited with the correct accent as laid down in the Vedas, the atmosphere around becomes visibly illumined. So the effulgence of divine will descend on you and illumine your intellect and light your path when this mantra is chanted.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The more you develop love, the sooner you can see God. Body attachment is the cause of all differences. You will understand and experience unity in diversity only when you give up body attachment. Once you are free from body attachment, you can experience God in a moment. Whatever you see is a manifestation of God.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 37/Ch. 20:22 Nov, 2004
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The spirit of service should be coupled with readiness for sacrifice. Only then it can be called selfless service free from any taint of self-interest. Such service lends savor to life.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 20/Ch. 26, November 19, 1987
Monday, September 28, 2020
Supreme light (Param Jyothi), in the form of light of the soul (Atma Jyothi) is within you. That is the light of non-duality and eternity, of immortality; that is the light of the Self. Since you possess that light within yourselves, why should you be afraid of anything else? Why should you worry? Be happy. Where is happiness? How to experience it? Union with God is happiness.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol.32/Ch. 11, April 26, 1999
Monday, September 28, 2020
Above all, develop Prema. Love all religions and all nations.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, March 29, 1972
Sunday, September 27, 2020
God is the hero, while the world is a zero. So, you should make friendship with that hero. It is only the eternal nature of Divine Love, which is blemishless, selfless and pure, which can stand the test of true friendship. When you enjoy the proximity of such a friend, you will be free from fear even in the face of insurmountable difficulties.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol.32/Ch. 11, April 26, 1999
Saturday, September 26, 2020
This aspect of Brahman is always with you and is constantly present in you. Without recognizing and understanding this basic truth that Brahman is always with you, you spend a great deal of time and energy thinking that God is somewhere and that you should find Him elsewhere and outside of your heart. In the Bhagavad Gita, this is the reason why God has been described as being present wherever you go. When you walk, God is walking along the same footsteps; and in fact, we hear His footsteps often.
Summer Showers in Brindavan, May 1974
Friday, September 25, 2020
"This word “surrender” conveys that there is someone who gives and someone who accepts and that you are surrendering to someone. There is a feeling of duality implied in this word surrender. A man with a dual mind is half blind. In this manner, while he remains with this dual thought, how can he recognize the non-dual aspect? The true meaning of surrender is the recognition of the fact that in everyone and everywhere God is present. The recognition of the presence of God in all Jivas (individual souls) is the true meaning of the word surrender."
Summer Showers in Brindavan, May 1974
Thursday, September 24, 2020
God, first; the world, next; myself last! That is the legitimate sequence for the spiritual seeker (Saadhaka); and, who is not a spiritual seeker? You have to be one, now or later, so that you can be liberated from this cycle of birth-death! Now, man, in his callousness towards his own welfare, has turned it topsy-turvy! It is 'myself first, the world next and God is last.' So, God is lost, too! Hold fast to God; then, you will be safe.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol.10/Ch. 31, Diwali, October 29, 1970
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Man suffers from two types of ills, physical and mental; the one caused by the disequilibrium of the three tempers of Vatha, Pitha and Sleshma and the other caused by the disequilibrium of the three Gunas: serenity (Sathwa), passion (Rajas) and inertia (Thamas). One peculiar fact about these two types of illnesses is that the cultivation of virtue cures both. Physical health is a prerequisite for mental health and mental health ensures physical health!
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol.1/Ch. 23, September 9, 1959