Loving Sai Ram from Prasanthi Nilayam
19 Dec, 2014
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What is the need to indulge in spiritual practices? How do we ensure we don’t give up these easily? Bhagawan explains today.  

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Sathya Sai Baba

Generally people get drawn to sense objects, for they are victims of instincts. And instincts come along with the body and aren’t derived by any training. The infant seeks milk from the mother, no training is needed for this. However for the infant to walk and talk, some training is necessary, because these actions are not automatic but are socially prompted, by example and by imitation of others. Training is essential even for the proper pursuit of sense pleasure, for it is the wild and untrained search for such pleasure that promotes anger, hatred, envy, malice, and conceit. To train the senses along salutary lines and to hold them under control, certain good disciplines like repetition of the name, meditation, fasts, worship at dawn and dusk, etc. are essential. When one is asked to do such spiritual acts, one has no inner prompting at all. Still, one shouldn’t give up in despair. No one has a taste for such practices from the very beginning, but constant practice creates the zest.

- Bhagavatha Vahini, Ch 1, 'The Bhagavatha'.

Knowledge that is not put into practice is like food that is not digested. – Baba