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Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam

 

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Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 1st, 2007
Self-knowledge is that knowledge by acquiring which everything else becomes known. A person with self-knowledge can indeed be acclaimed as all-knowing. Secular learning cannot confer on us abiding and absolute peace. Self-knowledge alone can help us cross the sea of sorrow. So, all should strive to attain self-knowledge which can be acquired through purity of mind. And purity of mind can be attained through sacred deeds, charity, compassion and devotion.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 2nd, 2007
It is impossible for anyone to demarcate what exactly Bhakti (devotion) is and what is not. Bhakti has infinite facets. Only pure, tender, tolerant, calm and loving souls, the very cream of Sadhus (holy men), the Hamsas (realised persons) sporting ever in the company of kindred Bhaktas, can understand its purity and depth. Others will find it as difficult to discover Bhakti in a person as discovering softness in a rock or coldness in fire or sweetness in neem. The Bhakta holds the Lord dearer to him than life; and the Lord too is attached to him in equal measure.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 3rd, 2007
The word 'Adhyatmic' or spiritual is used often by aspirants and preceptors. What exactly is implied by Adhyatmic? Is Bhajan or congregational prayer Adhyatmic? Or, does it involve Japa (repetition of God's name) and Dhyana (meditation)? Or, does it denote religious rituals and ceremonies? Or, does it extend to pilgrimages to holy places? No, no. These are all merely beneficial acts. Adhyatmic in its real sense relates to achieving or at least attempting to achieve two things: elimination of the animal traits still clinging to man and unification of the individual with the Divine.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 4th, 2007
The mansion of human life rests on the four pillars of truth, righteousness, love and peace. The safety and security of life depend on these four values. Since ancient times, the culture of Bharat has been able to sustain itself as it is built on the bedrock of these values. Our ancestors led their lives strictly adhering to these eternal values. Bereft of these values, the mansion of life will collapse in a moment. Humanity continues to exist till this day only due to the fact that these four human values are practised at least to a certain extent. Today, the country is facing hardship as people have no regard for truth and are indulging in falsehood in their thoughts, words and deeds.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 5th, 2007
It may take many lives for a man before he knows what is best for him, and is able to chalk out his own future without harming himself or others, that he is aware of the pitfalls on the way. So, it is best to trust the experience of the sages, who were filled with compassion and who were moved out of that compassion to illumine the path of liberation. This experience is enshrined in the Vedas. Faith in the Vedas irrigates the heart and makes it yield the harvest of universal love.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 6th, 2007
The proof of true devotion is in the peace of mind that the aspirant has been able to attain; the peace which makes him unruffled by loss and dishonour; the peace that is not disturbed by anger, hatred, jealousy, conceit and lower passions; the peace which makes him feel tranquil, unconcerned and unattached under all circumstances and with all human natures. Know that you are the embodiment of that peace. Whoever has determination, discrimination, steadfastness and enthusiasm to reach the goal will reach it.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 7th, 2007
When the sun is over your head, there will be no shadow. So, too, when faith is steady in your heart, it will not cast any shadow of doubt. Do not talk ill of others; talk only of the good in them. All are good. If you see bad in them, it is because there is bad in you. If you do not like someone, do not mix with them. Grace is the sunlight which will ripen the fruit; Sadhana (spiritual practice) is the sap which rises from earth. Both are needed by the tree of life in order that it may yield the fruit of liberation.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 8th, 2007
Today people study the Vedas and other scriptures as a ritual; they do not put into practice any of their injunctions. Of what avail is it merely to know how the Vedas and Upanishads have described the Divine when this knowledge is not reflected in one's life? Such a person is like a blind man who hears about the existence of the world but is unable to see it. There is no difference between a physically blind man and a spiritually blind person who merely studies the scriptures. The scriptures are meant to provide guidance for practical living and not merely to be learnt by rote.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 9th, 2007
National service implies service to every individual in the nation. Whoever undertakes national service should realise that he is serving himself when serving others because he is a part of the nation. This realisation itself will be a great service to the nation. Very often, men tend to cloak their self-interest in the garb of national service. Our ancients were convinced that if one followed Dharma (righteousness) one would be automatically serving both himself and the society.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 10th, 2007
Absolute purity or perfection is not beyond man's capacity. It is possible for him to be perfect. But to attain the zenith of truth, beauty and goodness, man has to struggle hard. He should develop deep understanding, follow hard discipline and put in ceaseless effort. Man should regard himself as a representative of divinity and not just a 'man'. It is his duty to cultivate such qualities that reflect the divine within him. He should develop these divine qualities and spread them in society. This is the best and the only suitable remedy for many of our contemporary problems.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 11th, 2007
Have the Name of God on your tongue, in your breath, ever. That will invoke His Form as the inner core of everything. That will provide you with His company, and contact with His boundless energy and bliss. That is the Sathsang (good association) which gives you maximum benefit. Converse with God who is in you; derive courage and consolation from Him. He is the Guru who is most concerned with your progress.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 12th, 2007
You are engaged in service, singing Bhajans and undertaking various spiritual practices. What benefit have you derived from these activities? Only when good feelings emerge from you, you get rich rewards. After sowing a neem seed, you cannot expect a mango fruit. As is the seed, so is the tree. Likewise, as is the feeling, so is the result. Good and evil are based on your feelings. Hence, develop noble thoughts and spread the message of love to the entire world. Cultivate the feeling that all are your brothers and sisters.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 13th, 2007
There are three lines along which endeavour have to be directed: (1) Spiritual exercises and discipline, (2) Cultivation of detachment, (3) Development of confidence in one's Self. Without these three, life is a wearisome and wasteful journey. Renunciation - that is the virtue you need for spiritual progress. It is not the value of the thing given up that counts, but the loftiness of the intention behind the act.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 14th, 2007
Tamil New Year and Vishu
This New Year Day proclaims the truth that God is the Master of Time. Unfortunately, man fails to understand the power of God. He wastes three quarters of his time in unworthy earthly pursuits. Spiritual pursuit is the right way of making use of time. It calls for cultivating good feelings and doing good deeds without selfish motive, extending love and compassion towards all beings. This is real Sadhana (spiritual exercise). 'Sa' means Atma and 'Dhana' means wealth. By utilising your time in spiritual pursuits, you can enjoy spiritual wealth. But, man wastes all his time in unholy thoughts and evil deeds without understanding the divinity within him. One should understand the value of time, each moment of which vanishes faster than lightning. If you want to sanctify your hard-earned human birth, you have to cultivate divine thoughts.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 15th, 2007
The educated man must be able to distinguish between the momentary and the momentous, the effervescent and the lasting. He must not run after glitter and glamour but seek instead the good and golden. He must know how to keep the body in good trim, the senses under strict control, the mind well within check, the intellect sharp and clear, unhampered by prejudices and hatred, and the feelings untouched by egoism.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 16th, 2007
The Vedas lay down four goals before man: Dharma (righteousness), Artha (wealth), Kama (desire) and Moksha (liberation). But they have to be pursued in pairs, Dharma and Artha together and Kama and Moksha together. That is to say, Artha has to be earned through Dharma, and Kama has to be for Moksha. But man takes these four separately and ends up losing everything. He puts them into separate compartments and adopts distinct plans to achieve them. He gives up Dharma and Moksha as beyond him and wastes his life pursuing only Artha and Kama. This leads him to ruin.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 17th, 2007
Brahman (Divinity) cannot be seen through the eyes, for Brahman is that which enables the eyes to see and the ears to hear. It can be known only through tapas (penance). No other means can help. Everything in the universe originates from Brahman, exists in Brahman, unfolds through Brahman and merges in Brahman. Discover it yourself through tapas.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 18th, 2007
Love and faith are the cardinal principles for redeeming human life. My Life is My Message. I love everyone; that is My very nature. All are Mine whether they call Me by this name or any other name or by no name at all! Divinity is the primal source of universal love. Faith in Divinity is the key to develop such love. The way of love alone can transform man and hence the world.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 19th, 2007
A revolution - more powerful and pervasive than any that man has undergone so far - not political, economic, scientific or technological but deeper and more fundamental than them all, is now on. It is the spiritual revolution. It clarifies the inner vision of man so that he can see the Atmic Reality. Its impact will surely envelop and enrich all human communities and transform mankind into a stream of seekers flowing smoothly to the limitless sea of divinity.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 20th, 2007
Simple faith in the words of the wise is more profitable than years of study and discussion. Contemplate on the Vedic dictum - Tat Twam Asi (You are That). As you ruminate over it, meanings will dawn upon you without the help of any commentary. Commentaries only tend to confuse you. Think of 'Tat' ("That" standing for Divinity), analyse 'Twam' (you), and then you will be convinced that 'Asi' (are) is the only solution. You are in the Light; the Light is in you; you are the Light - these are three successive steps to realisation.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 21st, 2007
The Atma, when cognised in the consciousness, flashes like a streak of lightning; in a second, it will reveal its brilliance and splendour. It is impossible to grasp its full majesty. Manas (mind) seems to be very close to the Atma, and makes you believe that it verily is the Atma; but it is not so. Since it is closest, the Sadhaka (aspirant) imagines that his mind has realised the Atma and yearns for the experience again and again. This, of course, is good, for it fosters the search for the merger with Brahman.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 22nd, 2007
Men are wasting their precious lives in the pursuit of fleeting and petty pleasures. Make the best use of the opportunity you have got now. That is true devotion. You alone are responsible for your condition because of the way your mind works. Do your duty, recognise the truth of your being and you will be able to experience your Divinity. There is nothing greater than the bliss of experiencing the Divine. You have to purify your heart of all the other desires, aspirations and yearning for other means of happiness in order to experience the Divine.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 23rd, 2007
If the eye does not help you to visualize God in everything you see, it is far better to be blind. If your ears drag you towards filthy cacophony, it is far better to be deaf. The senses should not be encouraged to plunge you into sensual muck. They must serve your real interests and sublimate your appetites. They must help you to dwell on God. All our thoughts are influenced by what we see, hear or smell. We must try to control the sense organs, especially the ears and the eyes.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 24th, 2007
There is no need to retire into a forest or a cave to know your inner Truth and to conquer your lower nature. In fact, while living in isolation, one has no chance to exercise restraint on one's anger and other weaknesses and so the victory achieved there may not be long lasting or genuine. Win the battle of life; be in the world but yet be away from its shackles. That is the victory which you have to achieve.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 25th, 2007
Seek the Light always; be full of confidence and zest. Do not yield to despair, for it can never yield results. It only worsens the problem, for it darkens the intellect and plunges you into doubt. You must take up the path of Sadhana (spiritual endeavour) very enthusiastically. Half-hearted, halting steps will not yield fruit. It is like cleaning a slushy area by a stream of water. If the current of the stream is slow, the slush cannot be cleared. The stream must flow full and fast, driving everything before it, so that the slush is removed without leaving a trace.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 26th, 2007
Without Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Right conduct), Shanti (Peace) and Prema (Love), the accumulation of knowledge is a barren achievement. Without them, all Karma (actions), even acts of charity and Seva (serving others) are ineffective. Without them, positions of authority to which one is raised become positions of persecution. Without these values, no good act or meritorious achievements can yield fruit.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 27th, 2007
Egoism is a thorny bush, which when planted and fostered in one's heart, makes one pay the penalty. Egoism makes enemies of even dearest friends; it ruins many good causes and projects, for it does not allow two competent men to work together. Grief follows it like a shadow. Joy, peace, courage, co-operation and love flourish in the absence of the ego. When man is aware that the same Divine consciousness that motivates him is equally motivating all others, then love ousts the ego to the background and takes charge of man's actions, words and thoughts.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 28th, 2007
The right attitude of a devotee should be one of total surrender. As one devotee declared: "I am offering to you the heart which you gave me. I have nothing I can call my own, for everything belongs to you. I offer to you what is already yours." As long as this spirit of surrender is not developed, man will have to be born again and again. One should offer one's heart to the Divine, and not be content with offering just flowers and fruits.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 29th, 2007
How ignorant man is! He does not realise that the five elements present in him are the very forms of Divine. It is foolishness on his part to look for God outside ignoring his innate divinity. Divinity is present in every being. The life principle that flows through each and every nerve of the body is verily divine. The life Principle that sustains our body is Prajnana. Hence, it is said, Prajnanam Brahma (Consciousness is God).
-SAI BABA
Hvor er mennesket uvidende! Det erkender ikke, at de fem elementer, der er til stede i det, er selve det Guddommeliges former. Det er dets egen dumhed at se efter Gud udenfor og ignorere sin medfψdte Guddommelighed. Guddommelighed er til stede i hvert vζsen. Livsprincippet, der flyder igennem alle og hver eneste nerve i kroppen, er i sandhed Guddommeligt. Livsprincippet, der opretholder vores krop er Prajnana. Det er derfor, det siges: ”Prajnanam Brahma” (Bevidsthed er Gud).
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – April 30th, 2007
All religions teach one basic discipline, the removal of egoism and giving up petty desires. Every religion teaches man to fill his being with the glory of God and evict the pettiness of conceit. It trains him in methods of detachment and discrimination, so that he may aim high and attain liberation. Believe that all hearts are motivated by the One and only God; all faiths glorify the One God; all Names in all languages and all Forms that man can conceive of, denote the same Divine Principle that is best worshipped through pure Love. Cultivate that Ekabhava (the attitude of oneness) towards men of all creeds in all lands.
-SAI BABA