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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 - December 1st, 2007
You have to make your love pure. To do so, you must develop Kshama (forbearance), which implies remaining serene, patient and observing self-restraint under all circumstances, doing good to all, even to those who may want to harm you. There is nothing greater than Kshama. Kshama is equivalent to truth itself. It is the heart of Dharma (righteousness). It is non-violence in practice. Kshama is contentment, compassion; truly, it is everything in all the worlds. Only when you have developed Kshama will you be able to attain the Lord.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 2nd, 2007
When a severe pain torments you, the doctor gives you a morphine injection and then you do not suffer any more. In the same way, the grace of God acts to take away the element of suffering from the Karma (consequences of past actions) which you have to undergo. It is incorrect to say that one's fate is entirely determined. Nothing can stand in the way of the grace of the Almighty.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 3rd, 2007
Man is burdened with the delusion that the temporary is eternal. Long identification has trained him so; so he has to be re-educated into the right vision. The absolute reality that persists unchanged is this ' I '. All else is unreal, appearing as real. The ' I ' in you is Paramatma (God) Himself. The waves play with the wind for a moment over the deep waters of the sea. It gives you the impression that it is separate from the ocean below, but it is just an appearance - a creation of the two ideas of Name and Form. Get rid of the two ideas and the wave disappears into the sea; its reality flashes upon you and you realise that God is present in man as Love.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 4th, 2007
Truth is one. It is beyond mind and speech. It transcends the limitations of time and space. Innumerable seekers have pursued different paths to recognize this Truth. There are notable differences among the seekers of Truth. These differences do not affect the nature of Reality. On the contrary, it is the existence of these differences that has spurred the continuous search for a unifying principle.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 5th, 2007
Once the organs of the body like eyes, ears, limbs became jealous of the tongue, saying that they make all efforts for securing food, but the tongue enjoys this. They stopped working and never sent any food. Tongue is the one that tastes the food and passes only palatable items of food inside, which is converted by the internal organs into energy giving blood. The tongue does not retain it. But for this vital part played by the tongue, the other organs would not be able to function at all. When the other organs became jealous of the tongue and stopped sending food with a view to harm it, they spelt their own ruin by such action, as they could not function when there was no food and consequently no supply of energy for these organs to function. Similarly, jealousy on the part of a person ultimately results in his own ruin.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 6th, 2007
Bhakti (Devotion to God) is like a king who has two attendants called wisdom and detachment. Bhakti must be built upon the foundation of wisdom; it must blossom in to detachment from the world. Prema (Love) gives rise to Daya (compassion), Vairagya (detachment) and induces Dama (self-control) and finally leads us along the path of Dharma (righteousness).
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 7th, 2007
When Bhaktas (devotees) pray to Bhagawan (God) sincerely making all their actions as offering to God, they will certainly receive appropriate grace from the Divine. There are nine types of devotion. Shravanam (listening to the glory of the Lord), Keerthanam (singing), Vishnusmaranam (remembering), Padasevanam (adoration), Vandanam (saluting), Archanam (worshipping), Dasyam (obedient service), Sneham (friendship) and Atmanivedanam (self-surrender). In whichever way you offer worship, God responds in the same way. When you surrender all your actions, you will surely receive His Grace.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 8th, 2007
There is none to question Me if I do not act; there is nothing I would lose if I do not engage in activity. Nor have I any great urge to be active. Yet, you see Me very active. The reason is that I must be doing something all the time for your sake, as an example and inspiration. Those who lead must set an example for others to follow; and those who command must themselves carry out what they expect others to do. I am engaged in activity so that you learn to transmute every minute into a golden chance to enable you to move towards Godhead.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 0th, 2007
Grasp as the bow the great weapon furnished by the Upanishads, and fix in it an arrow sharpened by meditation. Draw it with the mind concentrated on Brahman (Godhead), and hit the target, the immortal Brahman without losing aim. Pranava (the sound of 'Om') is the bow, Atma (soul) is the arrow, Brahman is the target. So, the Sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) must, like the expert archer, be unaffected by things that agitate the mind. He should pay one-pointed attention to the target. Then, he becomes the thing meditated upon.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 10th, 2007
The person who is a slave to the mind will not find peace or happiness in life. The body is a mansion which has been projected by the mind for its own joy. Some waste their lives by expending their energy in looking after the body. Some others increase their attachment through thoughtless repetition of spiritual exercises, reducing them to mere ritual. The wise man is he who controls the mind and purifies the heart by filling it with good thoughts.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 11th, 2007
The importance of the mind in the process of transformation should be properly understood, because it is the mind that is the cause of both bondage and liberation. Your own actions are the cause of your happiness or sorrow. Do not blame others for your condition. Every thought, every word and every action has its reflection, resound and reaction. It is a sign of weakness to blame others for your troubles. You have to bear the consequences of your own actions. If they are unbearable, pray to God for relief. God alone can give relief in such cases.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 12th, 2007
Ahimsa (non-violence) means not causing harm to anyone, but it is not merely refraining from inflicting injuries on others with one’s limbs or weapons. Non-violence also has to be practiced with purity of mind, tongue and body. There should be no ill-feelings, for that too is a form of violence. To cause bodily harm to another is violence, but so is speaking harshly. Your speech should be sweet, pleasing and wholesome. All your actions should be helpful to others.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 13th, 2007
Meditate on the Truth and you will find that you are but a sparkling bubble upon the waters; born on water, living for a brief moment on water and merging back in to it. You owe your birth to God; you subsist on God and you merge in God. Every living thing, and for that matter, even non-living things have to reach that consummation. So do it now; take the first step. Purify your heart, sharpen your intellect or at least start chanting the name of God. The rest will follow in due course of time.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 14th, 2007
When you have attained true wisdom, you will find that good fortune should not be gloated over, nor bad fortune grieved over. The wise one treats both the good and the bad with equal unconcern. They are the gentle breeze and storms that cannot affect the depths of the Ocean of Bliss in the heart of man.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 15th, 2007
Worldly life is full of sorrow and suffering. Lord Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita - "Anityam asukham loke imam prapya bhajasvamaam" meaning the world is ephemeral and full of misery; contemplate on Me constantly. Having taken human birth, you must find fulfilment in life. You must pursue a noble path. Do not get inflated by praise; be above praise and blame. Foster peace. Where is peace? It is not available in the market ready for sale! Peace is to be found within you. In the world outside, you find only 'pieces'.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 16th, 2007
A bamboo is valued in terms of its thickness and height. The sugarcane gets its value from its juice. The worth of a human being is based on his Buddhi (intellect). The more the intellect develops, the better one becomes. As the intellect declines, the human descends to the level of animal. Man's worth has declined today because he does not recognise the importance of the intellect and of conduct based on proper discrimination. The form is human, but the thinking is at the animal level. Man has earned the appellation of "two-legged animal." Having acquired the human form, man should conduct himself with intelligence. This is achieved through Thyaga (renunciation) and Yoga (spiritual discipline).
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 17th, 2007
What is the meaning of ‘Ceiling on Desires’? People become deluded by unlimited desires, and live in a dream world. It is most important to keep desires under control, to put a ceiling on them. People are spending too much money. Instead of spending inordinately for their own pleasure, one should be spending for the relief of the poor and the needy. This is the meaning of the ‘Ceiling on Desires’ programme. Do not make the mistake of thinking that giving away money is all that is needed, giving away to others while allowing your own desires to continue to multiply. Curtail your desires, for materialistic desires lead to a restless and disastrous life. Desires are a prison. One can be freed only by limiting one’s wants.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 18th, 2007
Active participation in society, in a spirit of dedication and surrender, conceiving all acts as worship and all men as the embodiments of the Supreme, is one of the best forms of Sadhana (spiritual practises). For, there is no place where He is not; no object which is not Divine. The Vedas declare that that the Supreme willed and became all this. Worship, undertaking pilgrimages, etc. are only means to an end. The goal is the realisation of the ultimate truth that "God and I are One." That alone can fill the heart with permanent bliss.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 19th, 2007
The word 'Vairagya' literally means that which is opposed to Raga (attachment). Vairagya does not mean that you should give up everything and retire in to a forest. Vairagya really means you should stay where you are, in whatever station of life you are in, and understand the subtle nature of things, while giving up worldly desires. It means that by using discrimination you should know what to accept and what to reject. You should strive to recognise the divinity in every object you see and enjoy it. Vairagya is not merely giving up things. It consists in enjoying, without attachment, things which were previously enjoyed with attachment. That is real Vairagya. That is the mark of a true human being.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 20th, 2007
It is not possible to consider Creation and the Creator, Nature and God as different or separate from each other. Just as the bubble is born in water, stays on water and disappears in water, so too the Cosmos is born in the Absolute, exists as a part of the Absolute and merges back in the Absolute. Recognise the truth that just as the bubble cannot be conceived without water, the Cosmos cannot be conceived without God.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 21st, 2007
Many people imagine that to divinise man and make him a godly being is a super-human exercise. This is not so. Divine Love is well within the reach of man. It is his natural state. He is entitled to possess it. Divine Love should not be considered as something transcendental or alien to man. But, men tend to degrade this love by giving it different forms and names.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 22nd, 2007
God is everything, so one cannot claim anything as one’s own. But people claim everything, saying, ‘it is mine’. Indeed, nothing belongs to anyone. People are immersed in the false and foolish concept of ownership; possessiveness is rampant in every thought and action, and that leads to the inflation of the ego. Egoism has to be utterly eradicated. Possessiveness should be banished. Be aware that all things belong to God. You came with empty hands, and you go back with empty hands.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 23rd, 2007
God is present in every human being as a seed. For a seed to become a plant, earth and water are essential, likewise for the Divine seed in man to grow and blossom into a flower of Sath-Chith-Ananda (Being-Awareness-Bliss), it needs Bhakti (devotion) and Shraddha (faith and earnestness). It is not enough if one merely turns the mind towards God, one must endeavour to experience the presence of the Divine in every particle and at every moment. One must fill the mind with pure and sacred thoughts.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 24th, 2007
The world is made up of objects. It is inert. In the waking sense, the senses cognise all these objects. But the senses are also inert. The eyes that see, the ears that hear, the tongue that speaks and the nose that smells - all of them are jada (inert). In fact, the entire body is inert. But all these inert objects are able to function because of the presence of Chaitanya (consciousness) in the mind. Thus we have to realise that the entire phenomenal universe is jada.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 25th, 2007
Jesus sanctified his body by sacrificing it for saving others. He was conscious of that supreme purpose and duty. With faith in the oneness of humanity, he stood against his opponents and critics and withstood their onslaughts. Every saint and prophet who strove to uplift the downtrodden and open the eyes of those blind to the splendour of God, was ready and willing for the ultimate sacrifice. One has to welcome trouble as it provides a chance for sacrificing everything for upholding truth and righteousness. Regard yourselves as embodiments of Love and dedicate your lives, like Jesus did, to the service of your fellowmen.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 26th, 2007
The whole world is like a mansion and various countries are like different rooms in it. So, do not divide humanity on the basis of nationality. It is because of such divisions that humanness is on the decline. Sai devotees should not entertain any such differences. All should stand united. Names, forms and colours of people may be different, but the entire humanity is one family. God is one, all human beings belong to the Divine family.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 27th, 2007
In rendering service, one should have no thought of one’s self. One should only consider how well one can render the service as an offering to the Divine. One should note the difference between Karma (action) and Karma Yoga (action as spiritual discipline). Ordinary activity is motivated by self interest or the desire to achieve some objective. In Karma Yoga, the action is desireless. Ordinary Karma is the cause of birth, death and rebirth, whereas Karma Yoga leads to freedom from birth. You should regard all service as a form of Karma Yoga – rendering service without any expectation of reward, and without even the feeling that one is ‘serving’ others. Any service done to anyone is actually service to the Divine.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 28th, 2007
It does not suffice if in the name of spiritual practice, you confine yourself merely to Japa (chanting), Tapa (penance) and Dhyana (meditation). It is in fact Chittha Shuddhi (purity of the mind) that leads to Jnana Siddhi (acquisition of wisdom). Cultivation of purity of the mind is therefore the true spiritual practice that you should undertake. With purity of the mind and attainment of wisdom, man achieves equipoise.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 29th, 2007
Man did not come to this world to eat, sleep and indulge in sensory pursuits. He has come to manifest the Divine in Him. That is why he is called 'Vyakthi', one who manifests (Vyaktha) the latent Shakti (Power) in him. For this purpose, he has come endowed with body, mind and the intelligence needed to control it and divert it to useful channels of activity. You must achieve this by steady pursuit of Dharma (morality) and Karma (good deeds).
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 30th, 2007
Illness, both physical and mental, is a reaction on the body caused by poisons in the mind. An uncontaminated mind alone can ensure continuous good health. Vices breed disease. Bad thought, bad habits and bad company are fertile grounds in which disease thrives. A sense of elation and exultation keeps the body free from ill-health. The evil habits in which people indulge, are the chief causes of disease, physical as well as mental. Greed affects the mind; disappointments make people depressed. You can justify your existence as a human being only by the cultivation of virtues. Then you can become a worthy candidate for Godliness. It is progress in virtue that announces the progress of man towards divinity. Virtues also confer freshness, skill and long years of youthfulness.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - December 31st, 2007
What is Mano-Nigraham (control of the mind)? Nigraham (control) really means being indifferent to the vagaries of the mind. It is difficult to control the mind, just as it is difficult to confine air in one's grasp. How can anyone control the mind which is all-pervading in the vastness of its range and comprehension? When it is realised that the mind is made up of thoughts and doubts, the elimination of the thoughts is the means of restraining the mind. Thoughts are associated with desires. As long as desires remain, one cannot have Vairagya (detachment). It is necessary to limit desires. When there is no restraint, excessive desire becomes an evil. It leads to misery. When we strive to control desire, in due course, it develops into Vairagya (non-attachment or renunciation).
-SAI BABA