THE resolutions made at this Conference, the rules and regulations flamed here for the Units of the Organisation, must be taken by you as the Royal Road to the Divine Presence. They render the journey smooth and quick. As children of Bharath, you have to foster the ideals of its ancient culture guarding it by the discipline these rules prescribe. So far, as a result of mental and intellectual weakness, you are finding it impossible to adhere to those ideals and to observe the vow and restrictions that they impose. Though we have been laying down many rules, and restrictions and guidelines during the last five years for the proper working of the Units, and emphasising their importance, they have been more misused than made-use-of for the betterment of the Organisation.
As a result of misuse, you find yourselves helpless in cleansing the blemishes in your own minds and eradicating the evils rampant in society. The brightness of the sky is hidden by a thick fog; so too, the fog of evil and vice darkens the heart and breeds atheism and other diseases. This has made you forget the very purpose of your existence, as well as of the Organisation, which has been established to help you. Take note of this while yet you may. Some men enter into even Adhyathmic (spiritual) Organisations and secure places of importance there, with various ambitions and plans. They believe, often sincerely, that their own plans are the best and their methods are the best, spiritually. Many might do this on account of sheer ignorance of the purpose and plan of the Sathya Sai Organisation, which they enter. But, ignorance is no excuse!
Atma Has No Birth Or Death, Nor It Grows Or Weakens
The nature of electricity is still a mystery; but man has devised a thousand ways of benefitting by it. Electricity is found everywhere, in nature; but, it can be collected, stored and utilised only through certain contrivances designed by man. The spiritual Atma Shakthi (inner divine power) that is also everywhere is stored in a body and passed through the thin wires or nerves, it illumines and directs activity. These activities have to be oriented towards Anandha, and not attachments to temporary pleasures. The Life Principle that flows as intelligence through every cell and nerve is also a reflection of the Atma. That which is born has also to die; coming implies going. That which has no birth has no death either. The Atma has no birth, no death, nor can you say, it spreads or grows, or weakens. It has no history, it is, that is all that can be said about it. It is ever Intelligence, ever Bliss. There is the urge to desire a thing; that is named Ichcha Shakthi – but, it too is a derivative of the Atma Shakthi, the Divine that is your core. Realise it as such and do not demean it by desiring deleterious objects.
Desire, so sublimated, is the basis of Prema (Love). It is the fruit of the tree of God-ward directed Ichcha shakthi. The fruit has the bitter rind (Maya) and the hard seeds (the cognition of distinctions); these have to be discarded, and the sweetness tasted. That sweet juice is the Anandha the Atma confers. Of course there are a few fortunate individuals who imbibe the juice itself, without the labour of peeling off the rind and picking out the seeds. Prahladha was of this kind – unaffected by Maya or by the folly of ‘awareness of distinctions’. From his very birth, he knew only the sweetness of the Name of the Lord, of the juice of the fruit from the Tree of Love.
Each One Of You Has To Pass Through Three Stages
When I say you, there are three you’s! The one you think you are – namely, the body, the physical person; the one others think you are, the mental you, your passions, emotions, impulses, attitudes, beliefs, feelings; and the one you really are, namely, the Atma, the Spirit, the real Reality of your Personality.
Follow The Path Laid Down By Saints
God Is The Origin Of All Languages
Why attach false values to these exterior symbols? Why develop prejudice for the reason that a man was born on the other side of a political boundary, or calls on God in another language? God is the origin of all languages. Boundaries shift and are subject to revision, resettlement, and change. Twenty years ago, when some one from Bombay asked a farmer of Puttaparthi, where he belonged to, he got the reply, ‘I am from Madras State.’ But, Madras State has since broken into Andhra State, and Tamil Nadu, so that the Andhras and the Tamils have started developing antagonistic loyalties and a new narrow ideal. These are man-made differences, and should not interfere with Godward activities. God has made the Universe as one single home for one single family. Each State is but an apartment in that mansion. Members of the Organisation must extend Love and Respect to persons belonging to any State, any religion, any caste or community, and speaking any language. To give you a small example: It happened just a week ago. A few years ago, in 1965, both Bangaladesh and Pakistan (they were both one State then) invaded India; recently, Bangladesh sought refuge with India, since Pakistan decided to hold it down by terrorising the people! The people of Bharath did not in the least remember the enmity of the people of Bangladesh in the past against them in their hour of mortal distress. They welcomed them with brotherly Love, and helped them with food, shelter and clothing, and saved millions of them from extinction.
Love Ignores Logics, Seva Respects No Syllogism
One can understand the spirit of renunciation and the depth of tolerance that is inherent in Indian noble response. Whoever is afflicted with calamity, at whatever time under whatever conditions, your heart must react without delay in sympathy shown in some practical manner. No one should be condemned as trash; even a little stick can serve as a tooth-pick! God has not made any man, wholly bad or wholly good; your likes and dislikes are inducing you to label them as such. Office-bearers of the Organisation, strive to establish yourselves more firmly in your own Truth, and strive to demonstrate in your behaviour that you are aware of the Truth that all men are sparks of the same Divine-Spirit. I consider Seva (service) as the most important activity of the Samithis, for it is the highest Sadhana. Do not entangle yourselves in pros and cons, in arguments for and against, whether this way or that, they are the consequence of wrong or perverted scholarship. Love ignores logics; Seva respects no syllogism. Try to observe the rules that have been framed through Love, to channelise the Love that you are required to cultivate. I have said this so often that all of you know my mind already –
“Start the Day with Love.
Spend the Day with Love.
Fill the Day with Love.
End the Day with Love.
That is the Way of God.”
The Samithi Is The Heart And Units Are The Limbs
First, it has been decided that the Sathya Sai Seva Samithi will hereafter be the key unit, of the Organisation. Units like Sathya Sai Sathsang, the Sathya Sai Bal Vikas, the Sathya Sai Study Circle, the Sathya Sai Bhajana Mandali, and the Sathya Sai Seva Dhal will be subordinate to the Samithi, and supervised by it. The Samithi is the heart, and the units are the limbs. The limbs cannot act independently, as if they are a law unto themselves. During the Third All India Conference, the Mahila Vibhag (the Unit in charge of women’s activities) was separated from the men’s sections; but, they were not affiliated and placed under the guidance of the Samithis concerned. Of course, the Vibhag can have its own Chairman and Secretary, but both have to follow the advice and suggestions of the Chairman of the Seva Samithi, and the rules laid down for the Samithi. Each town shall have a single Samithi (organisation and unit); it shall not have more than one. It may have within its jurisdiction a hundred Bhajan Mandalis or a hundred groups engaged in various other activities. But, there shall be only one Samithi
Limits And Activities Of The Samithi
Bal Vikas (child progress section) and Seva Dhal – these are only limbs of the Samithi. But, Bal Vikas, we have decided, will be the special activity of the Mahila Vibhag alone. For, women can in a unique way, deal with children lovingly, affectionately, intelligently, and enthusiastically. The Bal Vikas shall take in children in the age group of 5 to 12. From the age of 12 up to 18, children shall be in the Junior Seva Dhal. From 18 till 30, they will serve in the Seva Dhal, and after 30 they are entitled to become members of the Seva Samithis, especially those who evince dedication and a high sense of service. When the Bal Vikas movement spreads, and children are ready to join High Schools, High Schools can be opened to receive them and continue their education on lines in tune with the ideals of the Organisation, and with the establishment of Sathya Sai colleges, the process will be completed entirely under Sathya Sai auspices. Thus, the resurgent culture of Bharath will be built on strong foundations. Men teachers can run Bal Vikas classes; but, they can have only boys as pupils.
Another course of action that was decided upon today is this: You all know that books are being written by all kinds of people in all manners of style and content, urged by all types of fancy, mostly with an eye on personal profit. But, hereafter, this shall stop: no book shall be published on Sai Literature as suits the fancy of the writer or the publisher. There is a Registered Body named the Shri Sathya Sai Education Foundation. The manuscript has to be submitted to the Foundation, and published through the Foundation in the manner approved by them. For, books transform or deform the faculties of man. Many write books with no relevance or experience, relying solely on their imagination and so, people are left in the wilderness, unable to separate fact from fiction, truth from falsehood.
Flow Of Information Must Be Unbroken And Steady
Use Of The Symbols Of The Organisation
Understand The Basic Similarities Of Various Religions
See all as but expressions of the same God, as appearances on the same screen, as bulbs lit by the same current, though of manifold colours and wattage.
Feel that you and they are able to talk and walk, think and act because of the God within. Differences that strike you while you cast your eyes are illusory;
you have not yet developed the vision that makes you apprehend the unity which is the truth of all the seeming diversity, that is all!
The fault is in you, not the world. The world is One; but, each takes it to mean what pleases him most!
– Sri Sathya Sai Baba