Loving Sai Ram from Prasanthi Nilayam
19 Oct 2015
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Why should we persist in holding on to noble practices, even though it is extremely difficult in the beginning? Bhagawan gives us valuable tips through memorable examples.  

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Sathya Sai Baba

When people are asked to do spiritually salutary acts, initially no one has any inner urge. Still don't give up in despair. Until the taste sprouts, strictly follow the disciplines. This taste is a result of training. No one has it from the very beginning, but constant practice will create the zest. The infant doesn't know the taste of milk. By taking milk daily, it starts liking it; in fact the taste becomes so dear that when milk is to be given up to be substituted with rice, it starts to protest. But the mother doesn't despair; she persuades the child to take small quantities of cooked rice daily, and over time the child starts liking rice and eventually gives up milk. Milk, its natural food, is now replaced with rice again in a natural way. Indeed now if no rice is available for one day, the child becomes miserable. Similarly with constant practice, the desire for worldly and sensual objects and matters, will wane and good company (Satsang) will prevail.

- Bhagavatha Vahini, Ch 1.

Just as fire is needed until rice is cooked, so also spiritual practices are needed until you realize your innate Divinity. - Baba