Loving Sai Ram from Prasanthi Nilayam
17 Oct 2015
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Sathya Sai Baba

Normally people are drawn to sense objects, for they are victims of instincts. Instincts easily seek sense objects - they come along with the body and aren’t derived by any training. The infant seeks milk from the mother’s breast, and the newborn calf naturally nestles at the udder. However for the infant to walk and talk, some training is necessary, because these actions are either socially prompted or learnt by example or picked up by imitation of others. Training is essential even for the proper pursuit of sense pleasure, for wild untrained search for such pleasure promotes anger, hatred, envy, malice and conceit. Hence to train the senses along salutary lines and to hold them under control, certain good disciplines like repeating Lord’s Name (japa), meditation (dhyana), fasts (upavasa), worship at dawn and dusk, etc. are essential. Though sense pleasures are ‘natural’ at first, by constant practice, training and listening to the wise, slowly the greater and everlasting bliss derived by divine adoration is grasped.

- Bhagavatha Vahini, Ch 1.

Exulting in praising the Lord is the real hallmark of the good. - Baba