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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 – May 1st, 2007
In this world every object has got five aspects, namely, Sath, Chith, Ananda, Rupa and Nama (being, awareness, bliss, form and name). Being, awareness and bliss are the three permanent attributes of every individual. Name and form are transitory. Man has forgotten his true Self and is leading his life believing the name and form to be real and the ephemeral world to be eternal. God is beyond all attributes and feelings. It is rather strange that man attributes qualities and feelings to Him. It is most essential for every individual to know the infinite love, truth and compassion of God. Though man is essentially divine, he is conducting himself like a demon as he has forgotten his innate divinity. Every man is endowed with the qualities of Deeksha (determination) and Dakshata (dexterity). One who makes use of these virtues for noble causes alone is a true human being.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 2nd, 2007
Buddha Purnima
No Avatar (Divine incarnation) was free from calumny. Even Lord Buddha had to face criticism from his contemporaries. This is by no means uncommon in the life of an Avatar. All good causes also suffer from criticisms. Peace and good result from the work of the Avatars in spite of these attacks and impediments. It is the quality of great men to face obstacles and opposition with courage and calmness. It is not easy to understand the inner promptings of great men or the motives and actions of Avatars. The principle of Avatars is incomprehensibly magnificent. Compared to it, the capacity of the ordinary man is infinitesimal. How can the atom comprehend the infinite? Can an ant measure the depth of the ocean? Impossible! Likewise, the nature of Divinity too is beyond human comprehension.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 3rd, 2007
Humanness will blossom in man only when he develops equal-mindedness. Today man is subjected to untold suffering because he lacks human values. That which has the innate capability to burn is called fire. In the same manner, only the one with human values is a human being. One bereft of human values is not a human being at all. You may be highly educated and occupying an exalted position, but if you lack human values, you will be considered inhuman. Hence, drive away evil qualities in the first instance.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 4th, 2007
Anyone who dons a physical body cannot escape the vicissitudes of life. No one can avoid hardship in this world. Death follows birth and with the same certainty misery follows happiness. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says, Sukhadukhe Samekruthwa Labhalabhau Jayajayau (One should remain equal-minded in happiness and sorrow, gain and loss, victory and defeat). Pleasure is an interval between two pains. Human life is for the purpose of investigating the supreme reality and not merely for eating, drinking and procreation. Hence, every human being must make an effort to know his inner nature and understand his true identity.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 5th, 2007
Greatness does not lie in acquiring wealth. Cultivation of noble qualities is of paramount importance. Talk less. For, the more you indulge in loose talk, the more vulnerable you become to imbibing bad tendencies. Some people talk sweetly, but deep within, their thoughts are poisonous. Such dichotomy will lead you nowhere. You must first develop softness and sweetness in your heart. It is said, Hrid + Daya = Hridaya. Your Hridaya (heart) must be full of Daya (compassion). You deserve to be called a Manava (Man) only when your heart is filled with love and compassion.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 6th, 2007
Many eminent persons in the world achieved greatness in life due to the loving care of their mothers. It is therefore important for every individual to respect his or her mother. The ideal conduct of children is based on the ideals set by their mothers. The sacredness of motherhood is unparalleled all over the world irrespective of country or time. Material wealth or high levels of scholarship are not necessary for this. Character is the basis for this ideal. Every mother aspires for the welfare of her children. There may be bad children but there can never be a bad mother in this world. The world needs ideal children who obey the instructions of their mothers and follow the ideals set by them. They should imprint the teachings of their mothers on their hearts.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 7th, 2007
You must earn the love of one and all. God is loved by everyone. He is always happy and blissful. He has no hatred towards anybody. Whatever He does is for the good of the world. Everyone must cultivate such divine love towards others. Always tread the path of truth and morality. A nation without morality is bound to degenerate and disintegrate. It is not enough if you have patriotism; along with it you should have morality too. Merely giving lectures on morality will not suffice; it must permeate every activity undertaken by you.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 8th, 2007
Today, you do not find peace anywhere in the world. You see only pieces! In fact, people are breaking their own hearts into pieces. How then can peace be acquired? There is only one solution to this problem. Love God. Have faith in God. Surrender unto Him. Dedicate your whole life to God and carry on every activity of yours as an offering to Him. Let all your activities be helpful to others. Help ever, hurt never. If you wish to be always happy, always pray for the welfare of others. This is the real Sadhana (spiritual endeavour).
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 9th, 2007
Man is going all over the world in search of peace as he is not aware that it is present within himself. He is like a foolish person who searches for his spectacles, while wearing them all the time right over his nose. What is the reason for all the troubles, anxieties and unrest that man is facing today? The reason is that he has forgotten his true Self and is identifying himself with something that he is not. Every man aspires for peace. Is it not a sign of one’s ignorance to look for peace elsewhere when one is himself the embodiment of peace? You are yourself the embodiment of peace. Sarva Rupa Dharam Shantham (Every human form is the very personification of peace). Sarva Nama Dharam Shivam (All names are equally auspicious).
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 10th, 2007
Whatever you seek in the external world is present in you. There is nothing outside which is not within. When you open your eyes, you are able to see thousands of heads. Once you close your eyes, you cannot see anyone. From this, it is clear that all that you see with your physical eyes is transient. So long as the physical eyes are functional, you are able to see the world. Once they become non-functional, you cannot see anything. But there is something that you can see whether you open your eyes or shut them. That is Divinity. It is changeless and eternal. It has neither birth nor death. In fact, you are the embodiment the same divine principle. Understand this truth.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 11th, 2007
First of all, you have to enquire into your true identity, which is love. Love is present in all names and forms. It is eternal, non-dual and blissful. Man is selective in his love, he lavishes it on the near and dear ones but is indifferent about others. So long as he is immersed in such a dualistic feeling, he cannot experience non-dual bliss. A man with a dual mind is half blind. He reposes his faith in the physical body and craves for worldly gains. Give up body attachment. Understand the truth that all are in you and you are in all. The Atma that dwells in you is the same as the one that dwells in others. Visualise such oneness and experience bliss. As you are unable to experience this oneness, you are giving room to hatred and jealousy.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 12th, 2007
One should not entertain doubts or misunderstanding in the spiritual path. So long as there are doubts, one can never experience truth. Faith is very essential. One without faith is equivalent to a blind person. Saint Surdas said, “Oh Lord! Having eyes, people have become blind, as they are not interested in seeing your beautiful form. Having ears, they have become deaf as they are not interested in listening to your melodious voice. They have forgotten God and are craving for worldly life.” Do not depend on the physical eyes, develop divine vision. Turn your mind towards the divine light that is present in one and all.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 13th, 2007
Man is facing disappointment because he is using his love for impure purposes. Truly speaking, physical relationships and attachment are of his own making. Prior to marriage, who is the wife and who is the husband? After death, what relationship exists? The family life is like a passing cloud. One should not be unduly attached to it or worried about it. Instead, one should make efforts to love those around us and thus experience bliss. But, the present-day man, instead of spreading love, is developing hatred and jealousy towards his fellowmen. It is our primary duty to love all and serve all.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 14th, 2007
Self-realization should be the goal of human existence. It has to be reached through three stages: Self-confidence, self-satisfaction and self-sacrifice. Man should regard himself as the master of the body, the senses and the mind. He has to use the intellect to experience his oneness with the divine, the cosmic all-pervading consciousness. The flame of Prajnana (constant integrated awareness) which is in everyone is covered by the ash of worldly desires. When the ash is blown off, the fire of Brahman (Absolute Divinity) reveals itself in all its glory.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 15th, 2007
Giving up narrow ideas and feelings, people should show compassion towards their fellow-beings. Compassion is the hallmark of Bhakthi (devotion). No one can hope to please God without showing Daya (compassion) towards his fellow-men. A loving heart is the temple of God. God cannot dwell in a heart without compassion. There is nothing greater in the world than Prema-drishti (feeling of universal love). They alone are good who see the unity in the apparent diversity. Men have to realize that they are sparks of the Divine. They have to develop sacred thoughts and lead ideal lives. They must seek to promote the welfare of society.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 16th, 2007
Evil qualities like desire, anger and hatred may arise in you at times but they should not be allowed to take root in the mind. When someone comes to your doorstep with his baggage, if you receive him and start exchanging pleasantries, he will immediately enter and settle down in your house. On the other hand, if you ignore him completely, he will seek lodging elsewhere. Likewise, when evil thoughts arise, just ignore them. On the other hand, if you entertain them, they will rule over you. When you come across something evil, do not look at it, talk about it or listen to it; just ignore it. You should permit entry into your mind only that which is sacred. Do not allow evil to enter. Only then can you attain peace.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 17th, 2007
The tongue exemplifies sacrifice. When it tastes sweet delicacies, it sends them to the stomach. But if the item is bitter, the tongue at once spits it out. Not merely that, the tongue conducts itself in the most honourable manner. It does not step out of its house (mouth) under any circumstances. It does all its work without crossing its limits. While all other senses do only one work each, the tongue alone has the capacity to do two types of work, namely, to taste and to speak. That is why one has to exercise proper control over the tongue lest it should indulge in sinful activities like talking ill of others. In times of anger, observe silence. Our ancients taught: talk less, work more. The lesser you speak, the purer your heart remains.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 18th, 2007
Man creates for himself manifold relationships like son, brother, etc. Body consciousness is the root cause for these bonds. Who is the mother and who is the child before birth? Who is the husband and who is the wife before marriage? All these are transient relationships created by man and they are as impermanent as passing clouds. Immersed in these transient relationships, man falls into delusion. It is believed by some that only that which is perceived by the senses is real. The truth is that nothing perceived by the senses is real. It is the Atma alone that manifests everywhere as reflection, reaction and resound. The Atmic principle alone is your Self and not what your senses behold. This Atmic principle is the very personification of Divinity. That is why the Vedas assert, "Aham Brahmasmi - I am the very personification of Brahman".
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 19th, 2007
Sacred speech is the manifestation of divinity. God exists in the form of Sabda Brahman (the divine principle of sound). Under any circumstances, do not let your speech be tainted by harshness. Never become agitated. When you understand that all are one, there will be no reason to get agitated. All bodies are like mirrors, and what you see is your own reflection. How then can you become angry with your own reflection? Understand that there is nothing greater than love. When you fill your heart with love, your thoughts, vision, words and deeds will all be suffused with love.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 20th, 2007
It is not easy to detach oneself from activity; the mind clings to one thing or another. Make it cling to God, let it do all things for God and leave the success or failures of the things done, to God - the loss and the profit, the elation or the dejection. Then you will have the secret of peace and contentment. To get this attitude of surrender, of dedication, you must have faith in God. This world is His play; it is not an empty dream; it has purpose and use. It is the means by which one can discover God. So see Him in the beauty, the grandeur, the order, the majesty of Nature.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 21st, 2007
Words can cause endless trouble, and they can give boundless joy. You should therefore be most careful that the words you use should not give pain to others. If you physically injure someone you may inconvenience him for a while and he will soon recover from that. But, if you were to hurt the heart of another person with harsh words, it will create a wound that cannot be cured by any doctor in the world. Hence, take care never hurt another’s feelings. One day, the words you have used against another will come back to you. So always use words that are sweet and good.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 22nd, 2007
The distinction between action and Karma Yoga should be clearly understood. Actions performed selfishly with egoism and desire for reward are actions that bind. However, actions that are performed unselfishly, without ego and any expectation of reward, become Karma Yoga. Every man's life is filled with actions. But apart from activities associated with self-interest, one should participate in service activities. Every man's primary aim should be to devote oneself to selfless activities. The very reason Man has been endowed with the human body is to render selfless service to others. Through service to others, divinity can be experienced.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 23rd, 2007
When defeat and disappointment stare you in the face, you must not give way to weakness or despondency. Never condemn yourself as inferior or useless. Analyse the situation and find out the reasons for defeat so as to avoid it next time. You should have muscles of iron and nerves of steel. Then your resolution will generate the necessary confidence, and that will win over opposition. For the crop of life, courage and confidence are the best fertilizers. Be like lions in the spiritual field, rule over the forest of the senses and roam fearlessly with full faith in achieving victory.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 24th, 2007
One needs to keep watch over one’s thoughts, because they form the basis for one’s actions. When one’s wishes are fulfilled, one is content. When they are not realised disappointment ensues. But no one inquires into the causes for such divergent feelings. Failures are the result of one’s own shortcomings. When the heart is pure, actions will automatically yield beneficial results. Our thoughts are the cause of the success or failure of our efforts. Hence one must utilise thoughts in a proper manner. When one’s thoughts are sublime, the results one achieves are also sublime.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 25th, 2007
The Ramayana has very subtle truths embedded in it. The epic first of all expounds the duties of the individual. In the everyday parlance, the word individual refers to the physical. However, the duties of the individual as taught in the Ramayana do not relate merely to the external form of the individual. The unmanifest, immanent and hidden human values are the essence of the Ramayana. The inner reality and the divinity resident in the heart constitute the true individuality. Individual does not mean the external form, instead it is the manifestation of the latent divinity. Rama exemplified such eternal values to humanity.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 26th, 2007
Once, some aspirants approached Buddha and asked him whether he had any awareness of God. Buddha remained silent at that time. Later, he called one of his disciples and told him, "Son, there is no meaning in debating and arguing over the unknown. Don't go into such questions. Divinity is not perceptible. It is beyond human comprehension, not within the reach of the mind or speech. First of all, follow the truth and act according to Dharma. Lead a life of non-violence. This is true spiritual sadhana."
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 27th, 2007
Make the decision to plunge into noble activity. Work is like a flower. If we can protect the bud, it will grow into flower, and that flower will ultimately ripen and become a fruit. This is why we should not regard work, worship and wisdom as distinct from each other. They are inseparably connected. Whatever work you do, do it in the name of God, then your work will become worship.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 28th, 2007
When you plant the seed of truth in the heart and make faith take deep root, watering it with the Name of God, peace blossoms, yielding the fruit of liberation. Therefore, every human being should sow the seed of truth in the heart. The deeper the root of faith, the stronger will be the tree of life. You must provide water so that the tree may flourish by means of Bhajana and Daiva chinthana (contemplation of God). Only then the flower of Shanthi (peace) will bloom and from this the fruit of liberation will be attained.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 29th, 2007
God resides in the heart, beyond the reach of external objects. Man today sheds copious tears for achieving wealth, health, position and fame. Does he shed a single tear for getting the grace of God or winning His love? Saint Purandaradasa sang, "Of what use are eyes that cannot see God?" You use your eyes all your life to see the external world. What do you achieve thereby? No one attempts to see the Unseen. The daily chores, eating and sleeping are repeated endlessly. But there is no yearning to see the Unseen Divine. It is only when you develop that desire will your life become meaningful. That alone confers peace.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 30th, 2007
The one effective way to conquer all sources of physical and mental disease and debility is awareness of one's Atmic Reality. That will bring about an upsurge of Love and Light, for, when one recognises that one is the Atma, one cognises the same Atma in all. He shares the joy and grief of all and partakes of the strength and weakness of all. He sees God in everyone. Every act will be a pure, sincere and sacred offering to God. When one yearns for the happiness and prosperity of all mankind, one is blessed with the wisdom and strength to mark out the way and lead men towards it.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam – May 31st, 2007
You should make your conscience secure and have confidence in your Self. Your conscience is your guide, and it should dictate your behaviour. Either for the good or the bad, it is your conscience that is responsible. The guilt in you causes the bad. The strength and confidence in you should therefore prompt you to do such things that will promote confidence in your own self. That is why I tell you to follow the four Fs. Follow the master – that is your conscience. Face the devil; Fight to the end and Finish the game. Keep remembering these four injunctions, so that they resound in you every moment; that is the most sacred way to lead one's life.
-SAI BABA