Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 41 (2008)
All the names and forms are but the manifestations of the Supreme Being, who is existence-knowledge-bliss Absolute and non-dual. He is the embodiment of truth, goodness, beauty (sathyam , sivam , sundaram ). (Sanskrit verse)
Embodiments Of Love!
During the last two days, you attended the conference and listened to the speakers sitting here in this hall, undergoing all inconveniences. It is really your good fortune that you could come here from far off countries and participate in this conference. You have come here spending a lot of money and undergoing great strain. This in itself is a testimony to the purity of your heart. There are millions of people in this world. There are lakhs of schools and colleges. But only a few of you are blessed with the opportunity of coming here. You can imagine how fortunate you are!
The Educated Must Manifest Human Values
Having come here and participated in this conference, what is it that you are supposed to learn? First of all, you must understand the nature of your own heart and manifest human values, namely, truth, righteousness, peace, love, and nonviolence. Only then can you be called educated in the true sense of the term. Many lawyers in this world study voluminous books, but in spite of their learning, we find many ‘liars’ among them. There are many doctors. But what is the use? They are getting bogged down with professional rivalry. We cannot find unity anywhere. First and foremost, we have to develop unity. All of us are the children of God. We are all brothers and sisters. We should preserve this truth in our heart. At times, there may be some differences among brothers and sisters. Therefore, we must learn to adjust with each other. Not only that, we must understand each other in the first instance. Adjustment becomes easy when we have proper understanding. There cannot be any adjustment without proper understanding. Firstly, you must understand that whatever Swami teaches is only out of His love for you. There is great progress in the field of science today. All the inventions of the scientists are within the purview of senses. In fact, many scientists are acting in a senseless manner and committing mistakes. Scientists themselves are not sure of what they are saying and doing. They say they are helping society, but in fact they are doing just the opposite. Help never, hurt ever – this seems to be their motto. As a result, people today are leading their lives with fear and anxiety. When you board a plane, you are not sure whether you will reach the destination safely. People are in the grip of fear. They are afraid of even rats! Never be afraid of anything. Don’t fear. Fear is the root cause of anxiety and delusion. People today are afraid to eat even fruits and vegetables because they are grown with the help of chemicals that are harmful to health. The food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe are all polluted. How can we lead a healthy life in such a polluted environment?
We should make our lives pollution free. We have to do it ourselves. Don’t eat junk food and spoil your health merely for the sake of satisfying your taste buds. When you take proper care of your health, the children born to you will also be healthy. Always speak the truth. Apart from speaking truth, remain calm and composed in the face of criticism. Only then can there be peace.
Our ancient sages used to observe silence as part of their spiritual discipline. Observance of silence helps you to progress on the spiritual path. When you practise silence, you can easily experience peace of mind. Love manifests from peace. When you are filled with love, you will have no enemies. Therefore, lead your life with love. Only through love can we establish peace in the world. Today, people talk of peace but we find only pieces everywhere. Even the country is being divided into pieces! What I mean to say is that people are keeping the interests of their regions above the national interest. We should stand united as a country. When someone asks you, ‘Where do you come from?” you should proudly say that you belong to India. Do not say you belong to Puttaparthi, Anantapur district, etc. Only those with a narrow mind will give such an answer. “I come from India,” should be your answer. Similarly, one should not say that one comes from California, which is only a small part of America. One should say that one comes from America. Always be broad-minded in your thinking. It is your good fortune to be endowed with such a broad mind. When you develop broad-mindedness, your children also will be broad-minded.
Parents Should Lead An Exemplary Life
Parents should enroll their children in Sai spiritual education (bal vikas ) classes and impart sacred teachings to them. As the parents, so are the children. Therefore, parents should tread the right path and set an ideal so that their children can emulate them. The fault lies in the parents if the children do not behave properly. Hence, parents should take utmost care in bringing up their children. After a certain age, children do not obey their parents, because parents themselves do not follow the right path. Parents should lead exemplary lives if they want their children to be good and come up in life. There should be no difference of opinion between the father and mother. They should be united in whatever they tell their children. In some families, mother says one thing and father says something else. Such lack of unity and understanding between the parents is not a good sign. Both of them must stand on one word and teach their children the right path. First of all, they should teach their children to adhere to truth. It is enough if we follow the path of truth, because truth is the basis of everything. “There is no right conduct (dharma ) greater than adherence to truth (Sathyannasti paro dharma ).” Peace originates from righteousness and love manifests from peace. Where there is love, there is nonviolence, and everyone can lead a peaceful life.
If the nation has to attain peace and prosperity, we should follow the path of truth. What is truth? “He is a noble soul whose thoughts, words, and deeds are in harmony (Manasyekam vachasyekam karmanyekam mahatmanam ).” If your thought, word, and deed are at variance, it amounts to falsehood. Before we teach our children to adhere to truth, we should practise truth in our daily life. Only then can children emulate us and become ideal. We should lead a ‘heartful life’, not an artificial life. Today, right from the system of education, everything has become artificial. People read a number of sacred texts, chant mantras, and undertake meditation. But all this is done in an artificial manner. Whatever the spiritual practice we undertake, we should do it whole-heartedly. In the name of meditation, people close their eyes and sit cross-legged, but they have no control over their mind. Their mind goes everywhere as per its whims and fancies. We should control our mind in the first instance. “The mind is the cause of bondage and liberation (Manah eva manushyanam karanam bandhamokshayo ).” As the thought, so is the action. Hence, we should entertain only good thoughts, which lead to good actions and ultimately yield good results. Do not follow the vagaries of the mind. Do not be under the control of the mind. The mind should be under your control. The mind is like a mad monkey. It goes everywhere without any restraint. But it becomes quiet and subdued when it is turned toward God. When the sun rises, our shadow is very long. If we start walking toward the sun, our shadow will fall behind us. On the other hand if we walk in the opposite direction with our back toward the sun, we have to follow our shadow, which falls ahead of us. When the sun is right on our head, the shadow will fall under our feet. Delusion (maya ) is like our shadow. In order to conquer delusion, you have to turn your mind toward God. When your mind is directly focused on God, delusion will be totally subdued like the shadow under your feet.