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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 – March 1st, 2007
The Lord created everything in the universe, but kept nothing for Himself. Every creature has been given complete freedom to enjoy anything it desires. But there is one limitation. For every action there is a corresponding reaction. You are free to act as you please, subject to this rule. If you misuse the freedom given to you and indulge in wrongful deeds, the consequences too are bound to be bad. These results are not caused by God. The Lord does not inflict harm on anyone. Everything that happens is the consequence of one's own thoughts and actions.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 2nd, 2007
Birds, beasts and other creatures concern themselves with the enjoyment of external objects. Man alone is gifted with the capacity to discriminate between the transient and the permanent, and seek what is everlasting. It is the consciousness in the physical body that enables man to enjoy the pleasures experienced through the senses. Once this truth is realised, the divine nature of consciousness will become clear. Then, every action can be regarded as an offering to the Divine. Work will then be transformed into worship.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 3rd, 2007
Man is in truth the Atma, which is beyond the bounds of his mind. The Atma has neither beginning nor end. The mind, the senses, and the body undergo growth or decline every moment and finally disintegrate and die. Man places faith in the instruments of exploration and experience, his senses, that are superficial and thus deprives himself of the supreme Ananda (bliss) inherent in the Atma. Like the sun hidden by clouds, embers covered by ash, the sheet of water veiled by moss, the consciousness of man is coated thick with his likes and dislikes preventing the splendour of Atma from shining through.
-SAIA BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 4th, 2007
"Kaarunyam paramam thapah" (Compassion towards all beings is the highest spiritual discipline). Man is the crown of creation; he is the highest among living beings. Therefore, he bears a great responsibility. He has to love other living beings, serve them and save them, for they are his kith and kin, and they too have the Divine Principle as their core. But, man is proving himself worse than animals due to self-centeredness, conceit, envy and anger. Though man is endowed with the virtues of compassion, charity, sympathy, fortitude and joy, he has given up these virtues and become inhuman in his conduct and behaviour.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 5th, 2007
Today people have little sense of gratitude. Even if you get a little help from anyone, you should always remember it and be grateful to them. However, unfortunately, some people go to the extent of harming those who help them. Such people are the worst sinners. Do not be a Kritaghna (ungrateful). There is a mantra in Suryanamaskara that says, “Kritaghnaghnaya namah” (salutations to the sun who punishes the ungrateful). What is the significance of this? Hurting someone who has helped you will result in losing your eyesight. It is the radiance of the sun that is reflected in man’s eyes. All that you see is through the reflection of the sun’s radiance. The sun withdraws its radiance from the eyes of those persons who commit the sin of ingratitude. Therefore, we should always be grateful. We should return help for help to the utmost extent possible.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 6th, 2007
The philosophers of all lands and all times have sought to discover the truth about God, the objective world and man. Maya is the Will that causes all the three. It is a clear, flawless mirror. When Sathwa-guna (purity and goodness) is reflected in that mirror, God results. When Rajo-guna (passion and restlessness) is reflected, the Jeeva or the individualized Self results. It is ever anxious to grow, to grab, to survive and to be secure. When Thamo-guna (inertness and inactivity) is reflected, matter or the objective world is the result. All the three are basically Divine, but appear different because of the interplay of the Gunas (characteristics).
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 7th, 2007
During our lives we accept the help rendered to us by many thousands. We have to pay back this debt by helping as many people as we can. With genuine keenness or readiness to serve others, you can be happy in any group or community. Derive bliss through Seva (service) that is not done with any desire to get something in return. When you get a chance to help someone, rejoice at your good fortune. The very eagerness to serve others will endow you with the strength and skill necessary for the required service.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 8th, 2007
Heaven and hell are dependent on the conduct of man. True humanness consists in having unity of thought, word and deed. In Vedantic parlance, this unity is described as Trikarana Shuddhi (threefold purity). True moksha (liberation) consists in speaking in accordance with one's thoughts, and further, in practising what one speaks. The ancients considered this unity as a form of yoga (spiritual endeavour). "Manasyekam, vachasyekam, karmanyekam mahaathmanam" (Those whose thoughts, words and deeds are in complete accord are noble beings). "Manas-anyath, vachas-anyath, karmanya-anyath duraathmanam" (The wicked are those whose thoughts, words and actions are in deviance).
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 9th, 2007
The Sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) must have as his objective the state of mental preparation for the realization of Godhead. That is to say, his heart must be cleansed of despair, free from hesitation and doubt, and open to the waves of bliss that surge in from all sides. Follow the scriptural directives with faith and sincerity. That will help you to realize the purpose of life. Since every action has its corresponding reaction, beware of evil intentions, wicked words, and acts that harm others and therefore harm you consequently. Lead your life revering everyone around you as moving temples of the Divine.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 10th, 2007
When you seek to assuage the suffering of others, it is really your own suffering that you mitigate. When your fellow being is relieved of his pain, it is truly you who feel the relief. Service can be effective only when the feelings of 'I' and 'mine' give place to 'God' and 'God's'. It is only when your attention is focussed on the body and its needs that egoism grows in strength. When you instead direct your attention to the Antaratma (inner-self), which is God, you perceive the same God to be present in all and a flood of reverence fills you and sanctifies every act of yours.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 11th, 2007
Love, sacrifice, service and righteousness are the four limbs of religion. Religion brings out the divine and sublime feelings in man and makes him serve society. It evokes all that is great, blissful and good in men, and demonstrates the unity of mankind. It is unfortunate that religion, which has such high and sacred objectives, is construed and practised in a narrow way and propagated as a narrow creed. Religion is like an undercurrent that sustains the whole of humanity. The founders of religions, with a view to spreading the subtle secrets of religious faith, laid down certain rules of conduct and conveyed their message to the people. Thus, when the essence of all religions is one and the same, when all the scriptures proclaim the same truth, when the goal of all human effort is one, where is the basis for any differences? The paths are varied, but the destination is one and the same.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 12th, 2007
Every man aspires for peace and happiness. How can one lead a peaceful life? It is possible only when he puts human values into practice. Human values are not be acquired from outside, they are latent in every man. Human life is based on Samata (equality), Samaikyata (unity), Saubhratrutvam (fraternity) and Saujanyam (nobility). They constitute the very foundation of the mansion of life. Life will be meaningless even if one of them is absent. Everyone must cultivate and safeguard these four virtues. The principle of Samatvam (equality) can be experienced and practised only when man understands the principle of Ekatvam (unity).
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 13th, 2007
Truth fosters Neeti (morality); righteousness confers Khyati (reputation); Thyaga (sacrifice) is the Jyoti (light) of life; Manava Jathi (human race) is the combination of these three - Neeti, Khyati and Jyoti. But man today is neglecting the principles of truth, righteousness and sacrifice. He has to adhere to these principles not for the sake of society but for his own redemption. If you expect to be respected by all, you have to develop self-respect, which is the basis of human life. One who lacks self-respect cannot command respect from others. Man should respect others and share his love with others wholeheartedly. This is the primary duty of man.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 14th, 2007
Education that does not inculcate values of caring and sharing is not fit to be called education. In spite of his education and intelligence, a foolish man will not know his true self and a mean-minded person will not give up his wicked qualities. Modern education leads only to argumentation, not to total wisdom. What is the use of acquiring worldly education if it cannot lead you to immortality? Acquire the knowledge that will make you immortal. There are a large number of people who are in much poorer circumstances than you. You must strive to ameliorate their condition as much as you can. When you help others, that itself is your reward. The scriptures declare: Paropakaraya punyaya papaya parapeedanam (you earn merit by helping others and commit sin by hurting them). Hence, always try to be helpful.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 15th, 2007
The service activities that we undertake are meant to experience unity in society. It is a great mistake if you think that you are serving others. In fact, you should not consider anybody as ‘other’, for all are the embodiments of divinity. But man is not making efforts to realise this truth. Hence, he is subjected to difficulties. Once man realises that God is all-pervasive, he will be free from suffering. In order to get rid of suffering, man has to practise the principle of unity in society. Once he understands the principle of unity, he can attain the Cosmic principle.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 16th, 2007
Religion is realisation. Only when you realise the truth about yourself, will you understand what religion is. Spirituality is not merely singing Bhajans, performing worship, going to temples or on pilgrimages or undertaking any other good activity. Spirituality is recognising the oneness of all beings. Questions and doubts arise when you see multiplicity in unity. To recognise unity in diversity is spirituality. The basic truth to be recognised is that there is only one Atma in all beings. If you have firm faith in God, you will perceive divinity everywhere, no other thought will enter your mind.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 17th, 2007
The Universe is visible to the naked eye. It is called Prapancha because it is a manifestation of the Pancha Bhutas (five elements). There is no world without the five elements. They are the very forms of the Divine. That is why people reverentially refer to the five elements, namely, earth, water, air, fire and ether, as Bhudevi, Gangadevi, Vayudeva, Agnideva and Shabda Brahman, respectively. The five elements are present in every being. The Spirit or the Atma which is the very form of God is not visible to the naked eye, but the Pancha Bhutas can be seen, heard, felt and experienced by one and all. They are highly potent. Man is the embodiment of the five elements. He is their master. One who understands the principle of these five elements becomes God Himself.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 18th, 2007
Man, out of his ignorance, considers himself very weak and mean. God is present in the microcosm as well as the macrocosm. That is why the Vedas declare - Anoraneeyan Mahato Maheeyan (God is subtler than the subtlest and vaster than the vastest). Such divinity is present in man also. How can man comprehend his innate divinity? It is possible only when he turns his vision inward. But today man’s vision is always directed to the external world. All that is seen outside is also a manifestation of divinity, but man fails to realise this. Pashyannapi cha na pashyati moodho (he is a fool who sees yet does not recognise the reality). All that man sees and experiences in the world is divine. But man is not able to understand his divine nature.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 19th, 2007
What will please Swami is the proper performance of one's duties. This constitutes Seva (selfless service). Avail yourself of every possible occasion to render service to society. Whenever you find that you can render help to anyone in need, offer it unhesitatingly. Do not make distinctions between rich and poor or the deserving and the undeserving. Offer service according to the needs of the situation. Whatever service you undertake should be done perfectly. The one who serves and the one who is served, both should be satisfied; that is real service. The bliss that results out of such service cannot be attained through any other means.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 20th, 2007
You have heard about the four aeons called Krita Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dwapara Yuga and Kali Yuga. These are not distinct from each other. Be it Krita Yuga or Kali Yuga, it has no separate form. The Yuga is named according to the conduct of the people at the time. Even during Krita Yuga there were people filled with attachments and aversions. There are even in Kali Yuga people wedded to truth and leading virtuous and peaceful lives. For all Yugas, God is the origin. Hence, God is called Yugadi (One from whom the Yuga originates). The Yugadi festival is celebrated for this reason. Everything is a manifestation of the Divine. Not realizing this, man becomes elated at his gains and depressed at his losses. One should develop the state of equanimity that is unaffected by the dualities of gain and loss.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 21st, 2007
One can attain divinity only when one has steady faith. First of all, one should have faith in oneself. Develop self-confidence, which will lead to self-satisfaction. When you have self-satisfaction, you will be prepared for self-sacrifice. Only through self-sacrifice, can one attain self-realisation. Self-realisation means to realise that you are everything. Self-confidence is the foundation, self-satisfaction is the wall, self-sacrifice is the roof and self-realisation is life. No one can live in a building without roof. The roof cannot be laid without walls and walls cannot be raised without a foundation. So, self-confidence, self-satisfaction, and self-sacrifice are very essential for self-realisation. Today man has lost self-confidence. If one loses self-confidence, one loses everything. Only through self-confidence can one have the vision of the latent divine effulgence.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 22nd, 2007
God has many invaluable things in His stores. You ask Him for paltry and insignificant things because you do not know what precious gifts He can bestow upon you. There is no dearth of anything in His store. Therefore, you should not ask God for anything in specific. When the time is ripe, He will give you what is best for you. God knows and acts appropriately, based on the right time, place and situation. That is why you find sometimes that He Himself comes and gives you things unasked. It is therefore very difficult to understand God. An ignoramus, who fails to understand this principle, often misinterprets it.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 23rd, 2007
A deep enquiry into the principles of science and spirituality will reveal that the atom is the basis of everything in this world. Even the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, are all constituted by atoms. But there is something more subtle and fundamental than even the atom. Everything has originated from the Fundamental Principle. Instead of trying to know the Fundamental Principle, man is getting carried away by trivialities. Subtler than the atom, vaster than the cosmos, Divinity is present everywhere as the eternal witness. Try to experience the principle of the Atma which transcends everything. In order to experience the Atma, you should pursue spiritual education along with secular education.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 24th, 2007
Whatever we see in others is only a reflection of our own self. If we accuse somebody as bad, it is just that our feeling toward that person is bad. Whatever impression we have about others is a reflection of our feeling towards them. Everything is just reflection, reaction and resound. Therefore, you should not find fault with others. You do not have the right to find fault because your assessment of a person is limited to your experience with him. There are so many aspects of the personality of that person you do not know. Therefore, if you want to know a person completely you should investigate into all the aspects of his personality. In modern times, people go by the physical appearance and judge people based on their external actions. This is wrong. Hence, defect lies in the Dhrishti (vision) and not in the Shrishti (creation).
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 25th, 2007
What is Prajnana? Prajnanam Brahma (Consciousness is Brahman). Prajnana is the unchanging and eternal principle, which is in you at all times and under all circumstances. People call it supreme knowledge but the correct translation for this term is Constant-Integrated-Awareness. Just as the air is pervasive, so too is the Constant-Integrated-Awareness. How is it that man is not able to recognise such all-pervasive divinity, which exists in all the three periods of time - past, present and future? Though God is present within, man goes in search of Him thinking that He is present only in a particular place. It is tantamount to somebody going in search of his own self elsewhere. Being verily divine himself, he looks for Him outside.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 26th, 2007
Suppose there is a plate, tumbler and spoon made of silver. Their names and forms are different, but silver is common to all of them. Names and forms change but silver remains unchanged. Likewise, a child becomes a boy, then a man and later on, an old man. The form keeps changing but the spirit remains unchanged. Do not repose your faith in the body, which constantly changes. Body is like a water bubble; mind is like a mad monkey. Do not follow the body, do not follow the mind. Follow the conscience. Conscience is the Atma (Self). Have total faith in the Atma. You are bound to face problems if you rely on the body, the mind and the senses. However, so long as you live in this world, you have to discharge your duties using your body and the mind as instruments.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 27th, 2007
The Ramayana teaches the principles of Dharma and the path of duty to every individual. Though aeons have passed by the Ramayana remains relevant even to this day, guiding humanity on the path of truth and righteousness. Even today the characters of Ramayana are respected and revered. There is no morality higher than what is depicted in the Ramayana. The Ramayana should be the subject of our Parayana (worship). You should install the principle of Rama in your heart and experience bliss. The Ramayana sets great ideals to men. People should contemplate on such a sacred story and follow its ideals. Practise the teachings of the Ramayana in your daily life. Obey the command of Lord Rama. It is to understand and assimilate the principle of the Ramayana that we are celebrating the festival of Rama Navami today.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 28th, 2007
God has no distinctions or differences. No one can stipulate do's and don’ts for Him. He can do anything, as He is in everything and is everything. He has no master above Him. If man wants to visualise God, he will see Him only in the form of a human being who is far superior to him in all respects. It is also said, Daivam Manusha Rupena (God is in the form of man). All the sacred texts have described God as having human form. It does not mean that God is confined to a human form. All forms are His. No one can say that God has a particular form. He is present everywhere.
-SAIA BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 29th, 2007
Today religion is regarded as the cause for all conflict, violence and bitterness in the world. But, Matham (religion) is not the actual cause. Mathulu (Selfish minds) are responsible for all the conflicts. If you desire to secure genuine peace in the world, you should not have antipathy towards any religion. Mamatha (love and mutual regard), Samatha (equal-mindedness) and Kshamatha (forbearance) are the basic qualities necessary for every human being. You must cherish good feelings as more important than religious beliefs. The founders of religions experienced these truths and propagated them as ideals for mankind. You must wholeheartedly live up to these teachings. Mere reading of the Bible or reciting the Quran, repeating the verses from Bhagavad Gita or chanting the Guru Granth Saheb will not yield any merit. The basic teachings in each of these texts have to be put into practice in daily life.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 30th, 2007
Sanctify all the limbs of the body in selfless activity. But it is not that easy to practise this because there is always some self-interest in whatever man does. Self-interest is also necessary, but it should be within certain limits. God is the ocean of bliss. As is the size of your container, so is the amount of water that you can collect from the ocean. If you want to collect more bliss from the ocean of bliss, i.e., God, you have to increase the size of the container, which means you have to cultivate expansive love. Expansive love is life and constricted love is death. Foster love in you and share it with others. Whatever you do, do it to satisfy God. Only then will you find fulfilment in your work. All your actions should be beneficial to others. Only then can you win the friendship of God.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – March 31st, 2007
Students have to understand the purpose of education, put their knowledge into practice and experience bliss therefrom. Education which is not used for the welfare of society is no education at all. You can be called truly educated only when your education benefits society at large and you become the recipient of its love. It is not enough if you merely acquire bookish knowledge. You should attain supreme wisdom and cultivate virtues. True education is that which bestows on man the wealth of morality, spirituality and character. The purpose of education is not merely to sustain the body; it should broaden man’s mind and make him an ideal and virtuous person.
-SAI BABA