Remind yourself, "I am a human"
Puttaparthi, Sai Kulwanth Hall (Onam )
All of humanity belongs to one clan. In fact, there is only one race - the human race. It doesn’t matter whether one is a theist or atheist or whether you are a Jew or a Buddhist. You belong to the human race - that is the truth. It is enough if you remember this. Keep aside questions like whether you are a theist or an atheist. 'I am human being'. Human values have to be fostered. Having been born as a human, if you not have human values then you are human only in form but not in reality. We find certain traits such as anger, pomp and show and jealousy entering into humans. Anger and jealousy are animal qualities. Anger is the quality of a dog. Wavering nature is that of a monkey. You are not monkey, you are not dog, you are man. When you are carried away by feelings of anger think ten times - 'I am man, I am not dog. I am man, I am not dog'. Today, we find human qualities are on the decline. Animal qualities are finding a place in man. This is not true human life. You must develop such sacred qualities as compassion, truth, forbearance, empathy, etc.
Who is Manava or Man00:00:16
Who is Manava? Human Being? Good conduct, good thinking and good character. The combination of these three is human life.
Man is precious among all00:02:00
Man is the embodiment of God. Man has got latent sacred qualities. In fact all the values he has inherent are not put into practice. There is divinity in every man. Without recognising the divinity, man has drowned himself in matters relating to body, mind and is wasting his valuable life. what sort of the creature the man is? He attaches value to the diamond, he values Gold, he values land, but we consider values. We consider diamond highly valuable, Gold is highly valuable. It is a big mistake. Who is the one that attached value? Men are more valuable than all the wealth of the world. Man is most precious and highly valuable. Man has got important qualities like the character and virtue and the love is his life. When there is no love he is no man. Love is God, Live in Love. We have to develop that love. It should be expansion of Love.
How to visualise truth; With analogy00:02:34
Man is capable of recalling, recapitulation. Thinking faculties are natural trait. Search is wonderful in him. It is constant search of man, that is responsible for waves of creativity in the field of art and sculpture that have been originated over the passage of time. Man is not able to investigate his intellect in the way it has been investigating, So truth is not understood in the true sense. One sees the tree. He sees only the branches that are apparent, and not the hidden roots. One might see the roots but they cant see the branches that way. It is not the natural tendency for one who is in search of truth. The fructification of search for truth amounts to visualisation of branches, roots and entire tree as a whole. Scientist watches only the branches. The philosopher, spiritualist who watches the roots. True search for truth no matter a philosopher or a scientist should be able to see the roots, the branches , the leaves and everything that belongs to a tree.
Good people face more obstacles in life00:03:20
For good work and good people, it is natural that there are many types of obstructions and obstacles. With courage, strength, and happiness, we must make an attempt to meet these obstacles, bear and overcome them. A tree which has plenty of fruits cannot escape the blows of the stones. Nobody will throw a stone at a tree which has no fruits. When good people meet with obstacles, it becomes amply clear and evident that the tree-like good person has very tasty and good fruits which are sought after. It is only pure gold that is put in fire and faces hammer strokes. It is only a pure diamond which gets cut with so many facets. If it is not precious diamond, it will not be cut into so many different ways and its value will also be less. In the same manner, good people, noble men and people who are born with a higher purpose in this world face a number of obstacles but they should meet those obstacles and overcome them with courage and achieve their goal without leaving the sacred path of truth and forbearance. Therefore, irrespective of what others say and irrespective of how others ridicule, howso many obstacles you may encounter, without leaving the sacred path, one should engage in good actions, without losing courage, with forbearance, one should achieve success.
Human life is rarest of all00:00:21
Human life is rarest of all. One should work for one’s redemption by engaging in good activities; then alone human life will have its value.
A weak person cannot achieve anything in life00:00:43
Why be afraid to chant the glory of the Lord? In doing so the human life becomes weak. One should never become a weakling. A weakling cannot achieve even a simple task. One is ever ready to commit wicked deeds. Why should one step back when it comes to leading a sacred life or doing good deeds or being in good company? This is a very big weakness in the modern man!
Every second in our life is valuable00:00:25
A moment lost is something valuable lost in life. We should not waste even a single moment of time. Therefore, we should spend every moment of life sacredly.
You are verily God; Do not limit God and His actions00:02:50
When one is the embodiment of the divine, there is none outside that one can seek as God. Therefore one must expand one’s perception. World is wide and vast. Isn’t it wrong to have narrow-mindedness living in the wide vast world?!! Living in the big, wide world one must develop broad mindedness. The moment one acquires the broadness in one’s thoughts that is the moment one realises the divinity in oneself. The spiritual exercises that one undertakes limit God. One reduces the all pervasiveness of God by limiting Him to a photograph and believing that He exists there and there alone. God is beyond all the worship and donations. People are stuck in ignorance when they try to offer God a thousand rupees if he makes one win a lottery of ten lakhs. Taking ten lakhs from Him and offering only a thousand rupees is so mean and foolish!! If God is so poor to accept one thousand rupees from a devotee, how can He give ten lakhs? All these are crooked desires. Some bargain with God saying that if one gets a job, one would offer one’s hair. Offering shavings to God for anything is an act of ignorance. There is nothing that one can ‘give’ to God. There is no God separate from one, who would expect anything in return. One is, essentially, everything that is around, but is engulfed by the sheath of ignorance and illusion to realise it. As long as one is engulfed by ignorance one cannot realise divinity. Hence one must make efforts to gradually overcome the illusion and ignorance to realise the innate divinity.
You are God; Realize it00:02:55
One must distance oneself from this duality and develop the feeling of unity with God and spend one’s life in divinity. A person came to Swami and said, “Swami, the scriptures say that the Brahman is truth and world is delusion. “ And Swami replied, “Do not bother if the world is illusionary or not. Leave the world to itself. Whether you are truth or not, think about yourself.” Without realising the truth about oneself, wallowing in discussions about the truth of the world is a mere waste of life. One must never enter into such futile discussions as only lazy people indulge in such discussions. There is yet another type of people who are keen on worshipping. Who are they worshipping and who is worshipping? It is Swami’s opinion that one can undertake worship and prayer as personal spiritual exercises. But if one really wants to understand God in the true sense and in the true form, one has to understand that the concept of worshipping God does not exist. God is not the receiver nor is man the giver. If one is keen on worshipping, one can worship self. Where can one find the God that is not present in oneself? When one tries to find out the whereabouts of God, then God is as far from one as one is far from oneself. God will be nearer to one if one is nearer to oneself and far from one if one is far from oneself. Therefore, one must come close to oneself, and then alone can one understand divinity.
Man is no different from God00:01:55
Many people are subjected to many difficulties, troubles and sorrows and think that in spite of worshipping the Lord they are subjected to such sorrows and troubles. Many lament that God is not freeing them of their sorrows. This thinking is very far from truth. Sorrow does not have limbs or eyes or the ears. The thing that is most disliked and most uninvited by man is sorrow!! Why should one worry about sorrows? Sorrows are merely delusions but not permanent things. Hence God is not different and separate from man. The scriptures extol God as an entity that is separate from man and man as trying to attain God. That is not the right interpretation. As long as one thinks that one is separate from God, one will be filled with selfishness. One must distance oneself from this duality and develop the feeling of unity with God.
What is the True meaning of Man or Manava00:00:59
Students do not understand what humanness is. He declares himself as being "Manava" without knowing its meaning. The proper study of mankind is man. The humanness lies in the unity or the harmony of the thought, word and deed. In these days, this harmony is lost and we find disharmony. Because of this disharmony, man is a victim of many different types of sufferings.
Swami on Man's selfishness00:00:53
Today's man, whatever he is listening or seeing, he does it out of selfishness and self interest. He loves the world because of his own selfish interests , he doesn't love the world for the sake of the world. He loves a particular person not for the person's sake, but for his own sake. If you enquire this way, you will find selfishness, selfishness and only selfishness. It is necessary to be selfish, but it should be within limits.
What is the significance of human life00:04:27
If man is satisfied living with his physical sheath alone then what is the specialty of human life? What is the significance of his achievements in and knowledge of the physical matter? The animals and the birds do not go to any universities nor do they earn any degree; if human being too in spite of his education leads a life of animals and beats then what is the use of human life? Does it lie in amassing wealth? Honey bees too amass sweet nectar from flowers bit by bit and build a honey coomb. Is earning wealth the speciality of human life? Honey bees too are amassing wealth. What is wealth? God is the embodiment of all types of wealth and prosperity. Knowledge, health, virtues, good conduct, good actions, good words, good vision, good thoughts are all considered as wealth. Man is one who has the wealth of the above things put together. Man whose life is enriched by having such types of wealth gives up those and aspires to amass money. Where from does one get all these wealth from? All this wealth is got from earth; even the physical human body has emerged from earth. Human body is the result of food obtained from earth. For such human life the physical and worldly wealth is no wealth at all. The real wealth is the divine wealth. Man’s life is meant to sanctify itself by contemplating on the divinity and also to enjoy the worldly pleasures and luxuries.
Goal of human life is to attain bliss00:04:00
“Durlabham, maanusho janmaha!!” Human birth is rare to get. “Madaatma sarvabhootantaraatma!!” Because the divine pervades all forms alike, human form is very difficult to get. Every being has the five faculties or Koshas namely-‘Annamaya’ (food), ‘Pranamaya’ (life), ‘Manomaya’ (senses), ‘Vignyanamaya’ (knowledge), and ‘Anandamaya’ (bliss); but it is only in the humans that the fourth faculty namely the ‘Vignyanamaya’ or knowledge has evolved and is eminent. And this truth is known only to the humans. Although birds and animals too have these five faculties, the sacred faculty of knowledge is not evolved in them. Man can not only gain knowledge but also the wisdom of the self and become the realised, ‘brahma gnyaani’. Man’s gross form consists of the faculties of ‘annamaya’, the food, ‘Pranamaya’ the life and ‘manomaya’ the senses. The ‘Vignyanamaya’ Kosha or the sheath of knowledge is the subtle body of man. The sheath of bliss or the ‘Anandamaya Kosha’ is the causal form of man. There is a ‘Mahakaarana’ stage which transcends even bliss or the ‘Anandamaya Kosha’. The uniqueness of man lies in recognising the transcendental divine principle which goes beyond bliss. Being born as human being, it is not enough to live the life as animals or birds given to satisfying the basic needs and living with fear, anxiety, desires etc. What is the difference between man and the animals if he is confined to food, sleep, fear etc? Man has to go beyond the basic four faculties and aspire to attain bliss. Man’s life which commences with food should end with salvation and bliss.
Three paths man need to know to realize himself00:02:41
Human life is the essence of the six elements viz., the five elements and the self. To realise that one has to acquire knowledge through these three paths. One path is to realise the nature and divinity in oneself. The second path is to realise the nature and oneself in the divine. The third path is to see oneself and God in nature. When one acquires knowledge through these three paths one can have the true knowledge of the self. This path is called ‘Integrated awareness’ or ‘pragnya’. Every human being must make an effort to know these three paths as it is the one that is to be practised at all times and at all places. It’s universal complication. Man is not making an effort to know this nature. When this realised it is called as ‘universal application’. This is permanent at all times and at all places. Man is trying to solve the problems that are temporary and false.
Two qualities immanent and latent in man00:02:00
Man has two types of natures imminent in him- one is animal nature and the second one humanness. This humanness, prone to the six weaknesses namely desire, anger, lust, greed etc, does not make proper use of the money and wealth gifted by God nor does it realise the nature of the mind. Further by misusing and wasting the position, destiny, capacities and possessions given by the Lord, man is losing the human nature. Subject to vices and bad habits, man ruins himself and comes down to the level of the animal. This is the result of the animal behaviour in man. Man should not be so. On the other hand when man makes proper use of the mind, position, destiny, possessions and capacities and develops good character and virtues, treads along the righteous path, he not only becomes human but also has the capacity to become divine.
Man must realize the value of life00:03:50
The bygone days will never come again. River Yamuna cannot come back when once it merges in the vast ocean. A fruit that is well chewed, eaten and swallowed cannot be brought back in its form. But man is just spending his days engrossed in desires and wants unmindful of what future has in store for him. Just as the rays of the Sun reduces the water by transforming the water into vapour, likewise man is also not able to realise the diminishing of his life span day- by- day. Life is like a big clock. This clock has the years, months and days as the hands of the clock. One is happy that the hands of the clock are moving properly unaware that soon it will ring the final bell!! One is not mindful of the hours passing by. ‘Days’ are the minute hand of this clock. ‘Months’ are the hour hand of the clock and ‘years’ are the seconds’ hand. One only sees the passing of the hours and days but does not recognise the diminishing life span. One should conduct oneself in full realisation of the responsibility and duty before this time passes away. What is the reason behind the birth of the mankind? What is the truth of the human society? One must recognise this truth and responsibility and spend one’s life accordingly. One is not recognising the sanctity and the divinity inherent in one’s life.
Conquer your Inner self with Confidence00:02:34
Every man will have these two, birth and death. Between birth and death there lies whole life and as you think of it you can live long or less. The true human spirit neither takes birth nor dies. It is only the body that grows and decreases but the inner self has neither increased nor decreased. In young age we call him a child, in youth we call him a man, in old age we call him grandfather. in fact the child, the man and the grand father are all one. In fact the relationship has not changed in any way. Gods form may be different but God's reality is one and the same. Truth is only one referred to as many. We have to know this truth today. We should repect everybody. We should love all. When once you experience this stage of truth you become divine. When once you understand the reality of the self present in everybody you never suffer. But we consider it is difficult to know this. It is not difficult. There is no other thing that is much simpler than this. In fact the defect lies in your Dhrishti the vision, not in Srishti the creation. You don't correct your vision but you find out the mistake in the creation. There is no mistake in creation. In creation, there is only unity or oneness. The mistake lies in your sight or vision. With self confidence undertake any task you are sure to be successful.
Jantu Nam Nara Janma Durlabham00:01:18
It is very difficult to get a human birth. Among all the living beings it is difficult to get a human birth. What is the inner meaning of saying that it is difficult to get human birth? If we live our life like animals and birds, living in the same way as animals and birds live, we are wasting our life. Human alone has the power of discrimination to distinguish what is good and to distinguish it from bad. He has the divine power to recognise the time sense - the past, the present and the future. That is why it is said it is difficult to get human birth.
Man is verily God00:01:00
God doesn't exist separate from us. The form of man itself is the form of God. God essentially is in the form of man. God doesn't have a separate form of His own. It would be going on the wrong path if we do not recognise divinity which has taken a human form and waste our life asking unnecessary and useless things and waste our chance. Avatars descend on Earth in order to teach the sacred lessons to humanity.
True meaning of human being00:00:39
What is the meaning of 'Manava'? It has three letters. 'Ma' means 'without any kind of ignorance, illusion, or misconduct'; 'na' means without and 'va' means vartana or behaviour. One has to work accordingly or lead accordingly without negative traits. One should foster sacred thoughts and feelings.
Man is all powerful00:00:38
Many people compose poems. There are lakhs and lakhs of compositions. Of all these compositions, love is the life principle. This sort of human mind is not possible for everybody. Man is not ordinary. Man is full of courage, valor and strength and is mighty.
Man has Incredible powers00:02:35
Man has infinite power within him. In this world there is no other power which is not present in man. Whatever that you see, hear and experience is within you. Everything is the reflection of the inner being. Therefore you generate all the powers within you and experience them. We have to make every attempt to understand the nature of this. How can we know this? Since ancient times, the culture of Bharath has experienced this principle in varied ways. Today is Maha Shivaratri. We experience night daily. That’s just ordinary night, full of darkness. This is Shivaratri, which is auspicious night. How do we call it auspicious? The mental faculties are sixteen. Human life has these aspects for the faculties. On this day of Makara Chaturdasi, it is possible to understand divinity easily. Therefore we consider this day auspicious. The auspiciousness lies in directing our mind towards God. There are so many residual bestial qualities in man. We should not hurt anyone.
God is in search of a good man00:01:36
Everyone says that they are in search of God. You don't need to search for God. In fact, God is in search of a good man. Where is a noble soul? Where is a good man? Who is a man who is endearing, loving? Today's man has one thing inside and expresses something else outside. So who are good and who are bad? One should exhibit unity within and outside. What is the modern fashion? In tragic moments he smiles, and cries in happy moments. These are just modern tendencies. With all these wicked qualities, how do you expect to recognise divinity? You should be one and the same, within and outside. God is searching for such a person. So we should strive to be such human beings. We should be one, inside and outside. Then, God will come searching for you.
Sanctity of Human life00:02:49
Certain qualities are increasing in our life. That is just a sign of weakness, nothing else. Some people foster bad qualities inside, but publicize their virtues. That is not the human quality. Human life is rarest of all. This human life and the body with all the senses is given so as not to be born again. We should make use of this body in right way, in the Dharmic path. What is this Dharma or righteousness? Dharma - righteousness is the one that has the unity of the three, thought, word and deed. Only then would we be true to the name of Manava or human. In other words, the proper study of mankind is man. The harmony of thought, word, and deed. Today this unity is rare. We are not able to recognize the sanctity in human life. In fact, man is God. The human being is Divine. As long as the individual (body) feeling persists, you are a human being. if you have divine feelings, you are God. The difference lies in your feelings. The mistake lies in our feelings. Therefore good and bad are not present in the man in front of you. Everything is within you. One’s own feelings transform, they appear as good and bad. Therefore every human being must consider one’s own being as divine or as God so as to be happy. Human life is gifted so as to understand the divinity in Nature. This human life is given to experience all the qualities present all around in this universe.
Human beings should help each other00:02:46
When our fellow men are in difficulty, we should go to their help to the best of our ability. You should feel that there is no difference between man and man. You should establish the oneness of humanity and realise the relationship that exists between one human being and another. You should realise that it is the spirit of Atma that runs through the entire range of human beings. This alone will enable you to reach the ideal of “Brotherhood of man and Fatherhood of God.” Today we are using words like brothers and so on in a meaningless way and as mere words. We are not giving any value to either the bodily relationship or the mental relationship that signifies brotherhood. It is only when we can rise above these temporary relationships, of the body and of the mind, and get into the aspect of Divinity that we can understand the true meaning of brotherhood. It is only then that we can realise that it is the same Divine principle that exists in all of us. We should make an effort to realise such truth. It is for recognising such truth, that this kind of good company is essential
Wasting of human life00:02:11
Thus, man is born, journeys through his youth, grows old, declines and dies. Should people think only of these transformations and nothing else? Should they not think of something more sacred like the Atma Thathwa? During his youth and boyhood, man mixes with several people and spends his time playing with them. As he advances in age, he involves himself in satisfying his desires, runs after women and seeks love and affection. When he grows older, he wants to earn money and amass wealth so that he can use it for his pleasure. When he becomes quite aged, he does not think of the Divine but spends his time in many different ways and finds himself unable to give up the attachments which he has developed in his life. In this manner, man simply wastes his life, turns it into mud and becomes utterly useless in the end.
Everyone has a role to play in this creation00:02:28
Dear students, teachers and patrons of education! With a desire to improve education in this sacred land, we are devising many methods and many ways; but in so doing, we are unable to understand what is of paramount value in all that we are doing. The man who holds the plough for cultivating the land, the worker who works in a workshop, the tradesman who carries his trade and the writer who writes his poetry—indeed, every individual who is engaged in doing any task—are all students in the university of this wide world. However, the writer writes something and changes it. The artisan chisels something and alters it and so on. All these creations and alterations are the results of their own efforts. In the created world, there is nothing which has no specific use. In this context it is extraordinary that man should make his own life useless.
Man's ignorance towards death; With analogy00:04:16
These feelings are all wrong. Even though death is staring in the face of an individual every moment, we see him celebrating his birth anniversary, unmindful of the fact that he may meet his death any moment. How are we to interpret the minds and attitudes of such people who do not seem to bother about what happens to them the next moment? The frog that has been swallowed by the snake and is shortly to die will itself try to swallow some worms, not realising that death is ready at hand to snatch it. The snake in its turn does not know when it will be swallowed by the peacock. Unmindful of the fact that the peacock can swallow it any moment, the snake feels proud that it is swallowing the frog. In the same context, the peacock does not know what is going to happen to its own life, the next moment. A hunter may be chasing it and the peacock does not know what the hunter will do, but in its turn is very proud that it is swallowing a snake. In this world, one person is swallowing another and the other person is swallowing yet another. Each person thinks that he is swallowing another and does not know that yet another person is ready to swallow him. Further, man thinks that he is swallowing time, while time is there to swallow man at any moment. This is great ignorance on man’s part. Because you are so much entangled with the aspects of the body, mind and intellect, you feel that you are subordinate to time and that time will swallow you. However, if you can develop an aspect by which you can feel above the aspects of body, mind and intellect, it will be possible for you to get control over death and regard it as part and parcel of the evolution of the immortal element in you.
Swami on the strength of Man00:02:25
Sumathi stopped the sunrise. Savithri just wiped out the destiny. Where does the strength for women come from? When man tries to practice all the virtues, Sathyam, Shivam, Sundaram get manifested. This powerful strength is within man; invisible. Kamsa tried to kill his own sister, Devaki. At that time, her husband tried to protect her. Where did Vasudeva get this power and strength? This great strength is immanent in man. This strength is not something which you have got to get from outside. When one forgets humanness and remembers divinity, this divine strength manifests within oneself. Man doesn't recognize his strength and so he goes about his spiritual practices. They try to worship Rama, Krishna, Jesus etc. But the very foundation of all these things is the strength within. That is the very form of Shiva Shakthi. The Shiva Shakthi power is all over and all pervasive.
One should strive to be good and not great00:01:18
The mother of today thinks that her children should become very great people. Some mothers say that they want their children to be good. It is not a correct thing to wish for a great son. The child should become great - in what way? Is it bodily or wealth wise or status wise? He should earn a good name by virtues. The great man was Ravana. The good person was Rama. Rama put into practice all that he studied. Rama practiced everything. Ravana had studied a great deal but he did not practice them. He was full of ignorance. He got a great name but he did not get a good name. Rama did what he felt was virtuous and that's why he got a good name.
Human life is very precious00:02:00
Obtaining this divine as human birth - you have got the birth of a man which is very precious, beyond the animal. Man's life is very very precious. It is very beautiful. It is full of virtues. Not everybody gets the birth of a man. Not every man can express divinity within himself. Doing some spiritual practices, they want to manifest divinity within themselves. That is idol worship. We worship Jesus, Rama, Krishna, whosoever, as God, and we want to proceed on this path. This type of worship is only impermanent. This is all transitory, these are not true, these are useless, these are all without attributes. What is the use of praying to these again and again? Every man should go into society. You have got to worship the indweller within. That is Shivatvam. That is the eternal principle. Therefore, we have to slowly give up these outward illusions concerning the material world. We have to bear in mind matters which deal with the atma, those which relate to divinity, those which lead us to the goal. We are forgetting this truth today.
Follow truth and obtain peace00:01:57
Embodiments of Divine Atma! Man in this world is making several inventions and attempts, he is also manufacturing many machines and he is ambitious to attain great knowledge, but in spite of all these, he is not getting the peace that he should have and he should obtain. Man from day to day involving himself in worldly life is being blown as if he is blown in a river and he is becoming more and more distant from peace and from tranquility. After receiving a gift of this divine birth as a human being and not to follow the path of truth and living an artificial life is and wasting one's own life is not a right path for you to adopt.
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