Loving Sai Ram from Prasanthi Nilayam
24 Mar, 2014
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It is said that the spiritual practices are necessary for the transformation of an individual. What is the objective of transformation and refinement? Bhagawan lovingly explains it to us today.  

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No object can be enjoyed without undergoing the process of transformation and refinement (Samskara). Take the example of paddy. The paddy that is grown and harvested in the field cannot be consumed as such. It has to be converted into rice through the process of winnowing and thrashing. Once the process is complete, the value of the original paddy increases significantly. The process of transformation makes the object more useful and valuable. The utility value of cotton when spun and transformed into cloth is significantly higher, thanks to the transformation process. Take the example of gold. Again, there is a significant increase in its value when it is transformed to the shiny yellow metal, from its original form in the gold mine. Such being the case, how much more necessary it is for the human being to be transformed?

- ‘My Dear Students’, Vol 2, Ch 8, Jun 15, 1989.

Sathya Sai Baba
The purity that you achieve through Samskara alone stands by you, in 'life-after-this'. - Baba