Convocation message to Students
Puttaparthi, Sai Kulwanth Hall (Convocation )
Students, at your workplace - offices, factories or industries, whenever you are forced to utter an untruth, without any hesitation, speak the truth. Conduct yourself in a Dharmic way. What is Dharma? The dictates of the conscience is true Dharma and Righteousness. Investigate well. When your conscience says "Yes", follow it. Basing on this, our ancient Vedas say 'Speak Truth and Follow Dharma'. This was what was taught by all gurus in Gurukulas after the completion of their education and before entering the society by way of convocation. Their first instruction was: Speak the truth, Speak endearingly and never speak a truth that is unpleasant. You speak truth. Do not utter a lie. Then alone, your life will shine and blossom. Under no circumstances should you let go of humanness. This is the main teaching in those times. This is the main boon of the preceptor to the disciple. This was the convocation (also called the 'Snatakotsava') during those times. Since then,till this day, the convocation is being observed by all educational institutions.
Message to youth and students00:01:37
Since the occasion is right, Swami speaks about the students in today’s world. If a group of five students pass by on the street, their talk is audible even to the people working in the kitchen. They shout and talk so loudly. Are they students or rowdy gangsters? How peacefully and calmly must the students lead their lives? They should never make others restless. He is a true student who does not make others restless. Students should behave in a very respectful manner, should respect the elders, love the parents, respect others and should develop feelings of trust towards the country. That is the nationality feeling. “This is the country I was born in. I must protect my motherland. This is my motherland. This my mother tongue, this is my religion. Is there a man courageous, who on earth who has not stood up for these feelings?” Without the feelings of- “My country, my mother tongue, and my religion” a man is like a living corpse. Those feelings must be there but just as one has the feelings of patriotism for one’s country, one look upon another’s country too in the same light. All people of different country must live in unity and harmony. It must develop into one big family.
Role of students in moulding the world00:02:16
Students!! Students see and hear about many things in this world. In spite of hearing and seeing so many things if it does not bring about a change it is useless. Students must take charge in moulding the world today for they are future citizens. Students must conduct themselves properly and steer the country in the right direction. Students, both boys and girls, must resolve to cleanse the polluted world today. With the strong conviction that they can do it, the students must forge ahead. Earning is not greatness; providing peace to the country is greatness. Pacifying the restlessness in the country is greatness. The agitation and the restlessness must be curbed and help to restore peace in the country. This is the foremost duty of the students today. But such students are creating horrible scenes. That is not proper. Being students, one must desire for the peace and prosperity of the society and strive to restore it. When students mould themselves into such ideal students, and grow with such ideals, the country will not only be at peace but will also have supreme peace. First the students must be at peace for when there is peace in the family then there will be peace in the streets. When there is peace in streets there will be peace in the village and when there is peace in villages there will be peace in the district. When there is peace in districts there will be peace in the state. There is no peace in the family, then how can one aspire to have peace in the streets? So first and foremost, the brothers, mother and daughter, sisters in the family should live in harmony.
Messengers of Sathya Sai are rendering Yeoman service to humanity00:03:44
The Messengers of Sathya Sai are doing excellent work. They are helping to build dwellings for the poor in the villages. They also arrange for the marriage of poor villagers, raising the money from among themselves. Many old students of the Women's College (at Anantapur) are living in overseas countries like Germany, U.S.A, Australia and Japan. It is an index of their devotion to Swami that they have come from these distant places for this annual meeting of "the Messengers" at great expense. I asked the President of the Association why the members are wasting money in this way. Why should they not use it for helping some poor people in their places? Every trip costs about a lakh of rupees per person. Her reply was: "Swami! We are not concerned about the expense. We come to Swami to get our spiritual batteries recharged go that we may render, better service Money comes in one way or another: But we have to develop our spirit of sacrifice. It is for this reason that we are coming here. Even the money we earn is not really ours. We are merely agents. We are a kind of trustees for our incomes." This attitude has to be appreciated. People should regard all wealth as coming from God to be used for sacred purposes. No one brings anything with him at birth and carries anything with him at death. All relationships in between are transient. Treat all alike. Even bad people will be transformed if you treat them with love.
Utilize the summer course opportunity00:02:31
During the one month that is to follow, there will be many elders, who have had considerable experience, talking to you about great men and great traditions of this country that have added lustre to our culture. Do not misuse this golden opportunity. You should preserve in your heart all that you hear. They are like gems that you may have to use in future. I hope that, after this one month, you will go out as torchbearers of Indian culture and re-establish faith in it. Those of you who have come to participate in this course are indeed lucky. Do not waste your time, but listen to what you will be taught and put it into practice in your future life.
Sad state of students in society00:03:43
Students must strive to attain strength connected with responsibility. They should also recognise the necessity for becoming aware of the defects in society and in mankind in general. Students must necessarily have three essential qualities—discipline, devotion and duty. It is only when the students have these three qualities, that they will become useful to society. Every student is neglecting these three important qualities. He is behaving in a manner which makes others feel that he is only after getting higher degrees like M.A. or M.Sc. This can also be summed up by saying that he is running after the so-called higher knowledge, not caring for general knowledge. If one does not possess ordinary common sense, however much he may think himself to be educated, he will have to be equated to an illiterate person. If there is no sense of discipline, if one acquires proficiency in English education alone, and if one is not educated in matters relating to the Atma or the self, the only result of such education will be slavery.
Get good name to all; Convocation message00:02:00
So students, it’s a great opportunity. You should consider this as a scared day. Good teachings should enter your heart. You should tread along the right path in life. You should earn a good name. That’s the only thing I want from you. Get a good name, Get a good name for your parents, Get a good name for the institute where you studied. Then you will naturally get a good name and reputation. Greatness does not lie in doing bad actions. Even an insect harms, but causing harm is not humanness. You dont need to be afraid of anything. Fear the truth. You are not an animal to have this trait of fear, you are not a wild animal to cause fear . You are a human, therefore I should not be afraid of anything nor should I cause fear in others. When once you recognize this truth and lead your life, you can reform the society. Students, not only you being good, you should encourage your friends to tread along this sacred path and redeem their lives. I fondly hope and bless that you do this and doing so I bring my discourse to a close.
Students always be in a good company00:03:27
When once students go out of the portals of the educational institutions and enter the society, their behaviour totally changes in the opposite way. So long they are in the institute, they appear like a person of good character. The moment they leave the institution and go out, they get polluted. Hence O Students! wherever you may go, join good company, develop good feelings, perform good actions and live by following good practices. Then only you'll have value as a human being. As is the company you join, so will your mind take form. Tell me your company, I shall tell you what you are. What kind of a person you are can be inferred basing on the company you keep. Therefore, after you go outside, speak good words, perform good activities and lead a good life. Students are all very good, however, because of the defects in the society, your mind is getting polluted. The dust on earth will will rise up if it gets associated with air. To fly, the dust has no wings. When the dust is in the company of water, it goes down. To go down,there are no legs nor to fly above, it has wings. It is only the company or the association that will make it rise up or go down. Students should recognize this truth well and they should safeguard their life very carefully. When once they safeguard themselves ,we have three evidences. There are three evidences of education.One should strive for the welfare of all the worlds. One should be endowed with all types of knowledge and wisdom. One should develop all virtues. When once you develop virtues ,your life will shine brilliantly.
Message to students on Sports meet day00:01:00
All your games are not sports and games over a limited period. You should be in this game throughout - in your walking, words, listening, thinking, and actions. There should be perfect harmony in all this. That is the culture of Bharat. The culture of Bharat says 'Speak the truth always and walk along the path of Dharma.' Bhagawan says that we should uphold and maintain the twin principles of Sathya and Dharma and lead an ideal life. So saying and blessing everybody Bhagawan concludes His divine discourse.
Students, do not crave for Rewards00:00:53
Students! Boys and Girls! You have learnt a lot. You have got very high degrees indeed. You too have three to four post-graduate degrees. But these are not that important. Acquire the degree that you are the child of immortality. When you have the title 'Amritasyaputra' or 'child of immortality', it is the right degree. It is sad that we struggle hard for low degrees.
Sports meet message to Students00:00:37
All students have played very well to please Bhagawan. Bhagawan is satisfied and wishes that you too should be satisfied. This spirit of satisfaction should not be limited to sports and games but it should be extended to your areas of talk and other deeds too. You should lead your life in bliss.
Failing in efforts leads to failing in exams00:02:00
Embodiment's of Love! On occasions, you might fail in the class tests or in the examinations but that should not plunge you into depression. Realize that your failure is simply the result of lack of sufficient effort on your part. Tell yourself, “I did not work hard enough. Had I done so, I would certainly have passed. It is all my fault entirely.” Own up your mistake, resolve to try again, and be determined to succeed next time. Instead, do not try to cover up your lapses by seeking imaginary excuses; such excuses serve no purpose. Your failure was simply the result of your neglect - that is all. With firm determination, you can achieve anything in life. When difficulties come, do not hide; confront them bravely and squarely. Difficulties are inevitable, and they will come in all shades – personal, financial, academic, professional, and even spiritual. Face them all. Students sometimes start earnestly on meditation but after a while they lose their seriousness. As a result, whatever progress was made initially, gets wiped out. Whose fault is it? Can you blame God? No! You alone are responsible for whatever has befallen you. Instead of facing the impediments to your meditation, you become impatient; once you become impatient, you start having doubts about the utility and the efficacy of meditation; after that your interest starts slackening – all this because of the lack of patience. So, kshama is indispensable.
Students should be far from Vices00:01:29
Today we shall have to promote a situation where there is no attachment, there is no one blame to outside oneself and there are no words which are mixed with the untruth and the goodness of the country. These have to be promoted in our mind. In order to curb the feeling of attraction or blame towards others, teachers of today should make an attempt. We should also teach them the path by which the words that come from their mouth have no untruth. Selfishness, jealousy and ego are the three bad qualities.Teachers should try to make these qualities distant from the boys. These three bad qualities, if they enter the heart of an individual, then there will be no trace of humanity left.
Students should giveup Ego00:01:23
Today's students by promoting in their own mind, inferior thoughts and inferior education, they are unable to blossom out their own human quality in their heart. On the basis of this poor education, they are increasing their ego and pride. It is this ego and pride which simply hides the good qualities that are present in human values. They are unable to recognize, either the welfare of the country or the good of the society. This ego is like a screen in front of the eye, with this screen they are not able to look at their own human values. In order to promote human nature and human values, students have to struggle to any extent and give up and pride
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