Our faith in God should be undeterred
Puttaparthi, Prasanthi Nilayam (Dasara )
Distortions, fear and illusions are not natural to man; they are external factors. There are neither distortions nor fear in man. One treading on the path of truth will never fear under any circumstance. Man must essentially promote an unwavering mind and a steady vision. Even in matters relating to establishing faith in God, one’s determination must be strong like the indestructible weapon made of diamond. One must not lose sight of one’s objective and aim in the face obstacles, hindrances and troubles on the way. One must endeavour to achieve the faith in God come what may. Whatever it is that one has asked for, stay put till it is given, Whatever it is that one has thought for, stay put till it is realised, Notwithstanding one’s pleas, either the Lord must give in! Or one must persevere notwithstanding the delay! What is a devotee’s devotion if he turns back without achieving!! Such strong and unwavering faith is what must be developed by man today.
Day to day
Good virtues and values helps to gain self-confidence in life00:01:22
People have been undertaking the spiritual practices of ‘japa’ penance, ‘dhyana’ meditation, ‘smarana’ chanting, ‘parayana’ study of holy texts and the like. But for all the above said practises the basis and the foundation are the qualities of sacrifice, love, compassion, non-violence, patience and empathy without which, the said practices are useless. One can attain a certain level of success in the spiritual practises only when one develops good qualities. Without the good qualities one can only experience indulging bad thoughts and cannot experience peace in the practices. One must take to actions that will purify and cleanse one’s self. A sanctified self leads one to have confidence in self. And self confidence leads to the experience of bliss and happiness. Without purifying the heart how can one experience self confidence?
We must lead an ideal family life to bring in Unity00:01:58
It is the world and the duty of the householder that form the basis for one’s service to the community, for one’s habits and life style and also for one’s worship. It is only when there is peace and harmony in one’s family, that one has the right to straighten other families. Therefore, efforts must be made to enhance the peace and harmony in the family. One must make the necessary attempts to understand each other and maintain cordial relationships. Such efforts, when undertaken, will revive the ancient Vedic culture which propagated the unity in diversity and which was extolled by many.
As is your vision, so is the world00:01:13
One must experience the bliss and share it with others. When man sees the world through the glasses of bliss, everything appears blissful. When one sees through the glasses of hatred, the whole world appears to be filled with hatred. Therefore, one must change one’s outlook and should not try to change the creation, for it is God’s creation. Nobody can change God’s creation. Hence, the thing that needs to be changed is one’s outlook. One must get rid of one’s bad, wicked outlook and replace it with love, peace, unity and blissful outlook. Then the whole world would transform as per one’s outlook. When one sees the world with red glasses the whole world looks red; with blue glasses it looks blue. Therefore, when one’s heart is filled with love one sees ‘Brahman’ everywhere.
What should we pray to God00:02:00
Embodiments of the Divine Atma!! There are many, in this world, who pray to God. What are they praying for? People pray for the fulfilment of mundane, physical worldly desires. That is not the right answer. Why should one pray to God? It should not be for the desires. One must pray to God for His love. The divine love is permanent, immortal, and infinite. One must pray to get such divine love. God has the second attribute of ‘ananda’, bliss. He is the very form of ‘sat’, ‘chit’ and ‘ananda’. One must pray to God for ‘ananda’ the bliss. It is not the worldly happiness for it comes and goes like the passing clouds. One must want the permanent cloud of bliss. It is a devotee in true sense who prays to God for His love and bliss. A person praying for mundane things is no devotee at all. The things that are destined to happen will happen anyway, one cannot escape it and they don’t last forever. These are not the things that one should desire. One must aspire for the eternal and permanent. Hence devotion is aspiring for God’s love and bliss and inculcating the divinity within oneself. Once the divinity is awakened in oneself, the whole world looks blissful and divine and one becomes the well wisher of the whole world.
All work is God's work00:00:37
One must sanctify time. Don’t waste time as time waste is life waste. And time is God. One must make proper use of time. God is truly the embodiment of time, ‘Samvatsara swaroopudu’. One need not wait for God for one whole year. Every moment one must pray to God. Every deed must be thought of as work related to God. Cleaning one’s house too is work related to God.
People have time for watching TV but no time for God00:02:00
Everyone is an embodiment of the divine. One should not harm, cheat or hurt others and so also oneself. There is no form of devotion higher than developing these sacred qualities. Sage Vyasa wrote the eighteen Puranas but is there anyone who has the time to go through all the Puranas? People do not have time. People think that they do not have time to read the Puranas or to do ‘Vrata’ as they have work related to office, business or education and have their own excuses. These excuses are not true. Truly speaking if one wants to think of God, there is lots of time. A person returns tired from the office and relaxes in the chair saying that he is tired. When asked by his wife to accompany to the temple as it is New Year’s Day, he says that he is too tired and cannot accompany her. That person is truly a lazy fellow!! Is he relaxing sitting on the chair? No, he watches Television!! Is he not tired to see the TV? Is he not tired to go to club to play cards? Are these the valid reasons to say that one does not have time? One has lot of time but misuses it and wastes precious time. So one has to put time to good use and that is true human value.
What is the use of visiting piligrimage centres without cleansing your hearts00:01:41
People go to many places like temples and go on pilgrimage. What is the use of such pilgrimage? The same is the case with science today. Man undertakes to travel lakhs of miles in outer space but he isn’t progressing even half an inch inwards. Today devotees too go to various pilgrimage centres and monasteries (matts). What is the use of such Matt visiting? The Lord, whom one aspires for, resides in one’s heart. Hence one must look within and self enquire the kind of thoughts, feelings one harbours for, then and then alone can one enter the right path. It is not true devotion to have inwardly a heart filled with dirt and pollution and to chant the Lord’s name outwardly. Even if one does not turn outward, one should turn inward and sanctify one’s heart. Hence one must cultivate the chanting of lord’s name in one’s heart and build noble virtues. These are termed as human values. God is everywhere. One can see Him anywhere. 'rushikesa darshanam daiwa darshanam', All are the forms of the divine, the 'rushikesa'.
Feelings behind the actions are important00:01:00
How does one worship brahma? “Shabda brahmamayi, by sound, Charachara mayi, by the movable and the inanimate, Jyothirmayi, vangmayi, by the light and knowledge. These three are present in every man. Such human quality is being forgotten today. One is carried away by the physical, ephemeral and transient activities. These are not the activities that man should perform. Actions driven with inner feelings are essential. Without the purity of thought, purity of words is null and void.
Man is losing his morals today00:04:00
Man is the combination of three aspects namely, morality, righteousness and spirituality. Such a sacred man toady has forgotten the morality, has lost all righteous conduct and has no trace of spirituality. He feels ashamed when he enquires and finds out the sacredness of human life. Man is the very form of ‘sat’, the truth, ‘chit’, the awareness and ‘ananda’ the eternal bliss. Man, toady, acts like a demon by developing animal tendencies and forgetting his human qualities . The teachings of noble souls and elders are not respected by man today. The teachings of such elders are sold like the shares in the share market. This is the fad of the modern man. The humanity is respected when man is respected but today no one is respecting the teachings of the elders. Respecting the teachings of the elders is the important trait that must be cultivated by man today. Today, in Bharath, the qualities of truth, love, forbearance, compassion and tolerance have been replaced by cruelty, selfishness, indifference. There is no love anywhere. People pretend to have love but it is not true love at all, it has become a narrow minded expression to gain selfish motives. In the world today people install the statues of noble people. Only statues are installed but message conveyed by them is not instilled but buried in earth. Why the pomp and show and drama? It is not the nature of mankind to worship the statues and forget the teachings. The true human quality lies in understanding relationship between men.
First serve family then comes society00:02:15
Youngsters! Is Bhagawan giving you trouble every day? Bhagawan is ready to trouble himself for your sake. It is enough for Swami if you are good and do better. Bhagawan will be happy if you better yourself as well as the society. Don’t strain yourself or spend too much while rendering service to villages; make the villagers participate in the service activities and help them to help themselves. But do not trouble your family members for the sake of service. Make your parents happy first and then go to participate in service activities. Some students tell Bhagawan that their parents do not send them for service activities. Explain the activities undertaken to your parents. “Father, the body is not given to drinking and eating. The body is gifted to us to serve others. You also participate in them.” Teach him thus. Like this you should teach them otherwise parents will start doubting the intentions of the youngsters and youngsters must also conduct themselves accordingly. When you are good with every one parents will also be happy.
Efficient usage of day to day resources00:02:17
‘Devi navaratri’ means the worshipping nature by merging all the powers of nature and fostering it. One must not misuse or abuse the powers of nature. What are the powers of nature? Light is a form of nature’s power and man misuses it and thereby causing a great loss to the country. One must use the light to the extent that is necessary. Indiscriminate use of light is wastage of powers of nature. Water too must be used to the extent that is required. Unnecessary wastage of water causes wastage of elements of nature. A tumbler of water can be used to clean one’s hands after eating instead of wasting water by letting the taps run free. One wastes a bucket of water over a task that can be accomplished with a tumbler of water. This amounts of wastage of sacred waters of Ganga. Everyone needs air but one cannot survive excessive air. Man is making even this air unsacred and polluted. Good sounds must be carried by air. Such when it circulates everywhere becomes life giving breath to all. By releasing all the bad sounds into the air, the air is polluted and when man breathes such air man’s thoughts too are polluted.
Never lose confidence00:01:40
One must never give into despondency. Whether one believes it not, Swami tells of Himself that He has no worry at all. Colonel Jogarao used to worry, “Swami, we have planned to build such a huge hospital, but there is no money in the bank. How can the hospital be built?” Swami confidently replied, “We are doing good work; we are working for the welfare of others. There is no selfishness in Me. Everything is done for the world. Do not give scope for such weakness. It is bound to happen.” When does one get such confidence? One is confident when one is filled with good thoughts and the good will to better others. There is this tumbler which is half filled with water. A man who lives a contented life feels happy to see the tumbler half full. A discontented man sees the tumbler as half empty. Hence, one should not give scope for emptiness. One should be satisfied even with a drop of water. With that kind of contentment one can accomplish any task.
Our behaviour should be exemplary00:01:27
Vedanta said, “Sow an action and reap a tendency. Sow a tendency, reap a habit, Sow a habit and reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny. ” “So you are the maker of your destiny. You can make or mar. You can do or undo it.” Therefore, good and bad depend on one’s thoughts and actions. Hence one’s behaviour and conduct should be noble. There is divinity in humanity. The good and the bad of the world depend on the behaviour of the human society.
Purifying your hearts alone can give you bliss00:00:54
There are many things happening in this world. Man does many activities, experiences many things—but none give happiness to man. Therefore, to attempt to obtain happiness by indulging in worldly objects, or in the worldly affairs, or by reading scriptures, or even by visiting and conversing with great people is futile. One can experience God and get the true happiness only when one purifies one’s heart. One must love all, have faith in all, give happiness to everyone—and it is these aspects that make one happy ultimately. Can one really be happy when others around one are unhappy? It is not possible to be so.
Human life is precious and of great value: Humourous analogy00:04:30
Man would not dare to waste this human life if he makes an attempt to know the extent of the treasures of the good deeds performed in the previous births that has resulted in this human birth. There is a small funny example to highlight this. A person took his watch to be repaired. The watch repairer examined the watch and said, “This watch is very spoiled and needs lots of repair. The cost of repairing this watch is twice that of the cost of the watch. Why waste money on this when you can get a new watch for the repair amount?” The man said, “I am ready to pay the amount but I want the same watch.” The watch repairer thought that the watch must be a lucky one as the owner was insisting on having the old watch and replaced old and spoiled parts with brand new parts and gave it to him. The next week the person went to the repairer and asked if his watch was ready. The repairer told the person to take the watch after paying the repair amount which was double the cost of the watch. The person moved closer to the repairer and slapping the repairer he counted, “Take one, two.” Seeing him hit the repairer, the people around called on the police. When asked by the police the person replied, “Sir, the repairer said that the repairing charges were twice that of the cost of the watch. I did not buy this watch; I slapped someone and took the watch. So I slapped the repairer twice as he wanted double the cost.” Had the person known the value of the watch, would he have given it to the repairer? Similarly man today does not know the value of this human birth and hence wastes it in a purposeless manner.
Human life obtained after much effort00:07:35
This human birth is the collective effect of the good deeds performed in many previous births. As one is not aware of the good deeds performed in the past births and of the results of such deeds, one takes this human birth for granted. One will not dare to waste the precious human life when one learns the extent of the good deeds that were performed in the previous births that has resulted in this human life now. To illustrate this there is a small, funny example. A person took his watch to be repaired. The watch repairer examined the watch and said, “This watch is very spoiled and needs lots of repair. The cost of repairing this watch is twice that of the cost of the watch. Why waste money on this when you can get a new watch for the repair amount?” The man said, “I am ready to pay the amount but I want the same watch.” The watch repairer thought that the watch must be a lucky one as the owner was insisting on having the old watch and replaced old and spoiled parts with brand new parts and gave it to him. The next week the person went to the repairer and asked if his watch was ready. The repairer told the person to take the watch after paying the repair amount which was double the cost of the watch. The person moved closer to the repairer and slapping the repairer he counted, “Take one, two.” Seeing him hit the repairer, the people around called on the police. When asked by the police the person replied, “Sir, the repairer said that the repairing charges were twice that of the cost of the watch. I did not buy this watch; I slapped someone and took the watch. So I slapped the repairer twice as he wanted double the cost.” Had the person known the value of the watch, would he have given it to the repairer? Similarly man today does not know the value of this human birth and hence wastes it in a purposeless manner. To think, that the human body has come as a mundane occurrence in nature and to spend this life eating, drinking and wallowing in the worldly pleasures and succumb to death, is not appropriate or correct for a human being. Amongst the different beings, birth as a human being is a privilege. This sacred human life is the result of great sacred deeds. To lead life like birds or animals is a waste of such a sacred life. When one realises the truth that it is the divine atma who dwells in all and is the basis for everything, then and only then can one get rid of the latent ignorance by enthusiastically following the divine path and justify the human life.
No one has an authority to decide what is good and bad00:03:57
Nobody has the authority to decide what is good and what is bad. It is mere ignorance to think that one has the right to decide what is good and what is bad. A thing may be liked by one but disliked by another. If these attributes namely being liked or disliked, were inherent in the matter by itself then it should generate similar feelings in all who behold it. So likes and dislikes are there in the person based on his desires but not in the matter. There is a small example to illustrate this. One drinks clear, cool, pure and sweet water and eats sweet and attractive fruits. One believes that such water and fruits are considered as sacred. Within minutes the fruits and the water consumed are converted into faecal matter and urine respectively which are considered as bad. It is the decision correct as to consider fruits and water as good and sacred and the excreta bad? The things that one believes, sees and speaks about, to be good and sacred, within a matter of minutes turn into bad and one sees and speaks about them as bad. Then which of the statements is true, the good or the bad? Matter is neither good nor bad; the good and the bad lie in one’s perception.
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