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ARCHIVE JANUARY 2008

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam

 

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Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 1st, 2008
Man expects the New Year to confer on him and the world at large peace, happiness and prosperity. But the welfare of the world depends on man's conduct and behaviour. Man's conduct depends on his mind. The nature of the mind depends on thoughts. Only when man's thoughts are based on truth will the world flourish. One who aspires for the welfare of the world should see to it that his thoughts and actions are in accordance with his aspirations. The New Year brings with it neither happiness nor misery. Man attains happiness or misery based on the actions he performs. So, he should perform righteous deeds.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 2nd, 2008
People should know that there is nothing closer to them than the Divine. Each one must strive to recognize this indwelling Divinity. Most people waste their time in observance of external rituals and forms of worship. Along with external observances, people should try to achieve internal purity. The human being is a composite of man, beast and God, and in the inevitable struggle among the three for dominance, you must ensure that God wins.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 3rd, 2008
The four subtle elements of consciousness - Manas (the mind), Buddhi (the intellect), Chittha (will) and Ahamkara (the ego) - are all Maya (delusion). What is Maya? Maa (not) ya (exist). That which does not exist but appears to exist is Maya. Maya makes the unreal appear as real and the real as unreal. The other name for Maya is Ajnana (ignorance). Ajnana is that which hides the reality from you and makes you regard the non-existing as existing. It makes the false appear as true. As you move towards the light, your shadow falls behind you; when you move away from the light, you have to follow your own shadow. Go every moment one step nearer to the Lord and then Maya, the shadow, will fall behind you and will not delude you at all.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 4th, 2008
Samskriti, the Sanskrit word for culture and civilization is derived from the word 'Samskara', which means the dual process of removing the dust and dirt of vice and planting the virtues of Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanti (Peace) and Prema (Love) in the heart. The foundation of Dharma laid down by sages teach people that one should not enthuse over victory or despair over defeat; both are to be welcomed as tests of one's faith.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 5th, 2008
All religions teach one basic discipline, the removal of egoism and giving up of 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 and only God; all names in all languages and all Forms that man can conceive of, denote the One and the only God who is best worshipped through pure Love. Cultivate that Ekabhava (the attitude of oneness) towards men of all creeds in all lands.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 6th, 2008
In this infinite world there are manifold beings. It is only Dharma (right-conduct) and Jnana (wisdom) that distinguish man from other beings. You can win the Grace of the Lord only by Dharma. Dharma induces the spirit of self-surrender. Without the mastery over the senses, feelings and emotions that is a result of the practice of Dharma, you cannot have steady faith and detachment.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 7th, 2008
When you wake up, feel that you are entering the stage to play the role assigned to you by the Lord; pray that you may act it well and earn His approbation. At night, when you retire to sleep, feel that you are entering the greenroom after the scene, but with the costume of your role on; for perhaps the role is not yet over and you have not yet been permitted to take the costume off. Perhaps, you have to make another entrance the next morning. Do not worry about that. Place yourself fully at His disposal; He knows; He has written the play and He knows how it will go on and how it will end; yours is but to act and retire.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 8th, 2008
The wicked tendencies in man, such as arrogance, envy, bad thoughts and misdeeds, go on shearing the life of man into pieces. His bad qualities shorten his life span. When man's life is filled with good thoughts and good actions, he can live for a hundred years. The secret of the longevity enjoyed by the ancients is precisely this. Man today wastes his life immersed in bad thoughts and actions and ultimately meets a sad end.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 9th, 2008
Man is basically and essentially immortal. But yet he is afraid that he will die. He is Ananda Swaroopa (Embodiment of Bliss), but he weeps and is miserable. He is Shanti Swaroopa (Embodiment of Peace), yet he is burdened with anxiety. This absurd self-deception is the root of the tragedy from which the world is suffering today. The truth has to be driven in to the consciousness of man. The human being is a composite of man, beast and God, and in the inevitable struggle between the three for supremacy, you must ensure that God wins.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 10th, 2008
The knowledge gained from education is being misused today solely to obtain and enjoy comforts and sensual pleasures. This education has served to develop some kind of intellectual abilities and technical skills, but has totally failed to develop good qualities. Society today is steeped in materialism because of the preoccupation with mundane pleasures.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 11th, 2008
Life is a game, play it! To achieve fame and success in this game, you have to cultivate good habits. Good thoughts, good speech and good actions are the disciplines required in this game. When so much practice and effort is required to achieve success in games like tennis, imagine how much more effort is needed to succeed in the game of life! In this game, if you wish to achieve a good name, uphold your ideals, and realise the Divine. You must observe right thinking, right conduct and right attitude in your daily life.
-SAI BABA




Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 12th, 2008
In this Kali Age, people have forgotten human values and exhibit animal qualities such as lust, anger, greed and hatred. One may study all the scriptures, perform all types of sacrifices, go on extensive pilgrimages, but it is not easy to control the senses and the mind, direct one's vision inward and maintain equanimity. In ancient times, the sages and seers maintained purity in thought, truth in words and righteousness in deeds. Purity of heart and selflessness are the hallmarks of human life.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 13th, 2008
The human body is the most wondrous machine in the world. It has a bewildering multiplicity of organs, nerves and cells which cooperate to maintain it under varied conditions. If any one of these rebel or refuse to cooperate with another, the body is bound to suffer. So too, a society, community or nation can be safe, secure and happy only when the individuals comprising it are mutually helpful and bound together in skilful and sincere service. Or else, the world has to face confusion and chaos.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 14th, 2008
The world is a great teacher, a constant guide and source of inspiration. That is the reason why man is placed in the world. Every bird, every animal, every tree, mountain and star and each tiny worm has a lesson for man, if he has but the thirst to learn. These make a world a veritable University for man; it is but a Gurukulam (a school for spiritual learning) where he is a pupil from birth to death.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 15th, 2008
(Makara Sankranthi)
Sankranti is an auspicious festival of the Bharatiyas. From this day commences the Uttarayana Punyakala (northward journey of the sun) which is considered auspicious for man to embark on his journey towards the goal of a purposeful, sacred and blissful life. In the north, we have Himachala (Himalayan mountains). Himachala symbolises a heart that is pure and cool as Hima (ice) and steady as Achala (mountain). The message of Sankranti is that people should direct their vision towards Himachala in this symbolic sense. It does not mean looking at the north with the physical eyes. It calls for enquiring into the truth of the spirit with Jnana Drishti (inward eye of wisdom).
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 16th, 2008
Man's conduct is based on his thoughts. Thoughts are based on desires. Desires depend on the company that one keeps. The company of noble people gives rise to noble thoughts. The mind by nature is pure, but it gets polluted by association with evil qualities. Purification of the mind is therefore the main spiritual practice that one has to undertake. Repent wholeheartedly for the mistakes that have been committed. This penance will purify your mind and make it sacred.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 17th, 2008
What is spirituality? It is the resolute pursuit of cosmic consciousness. Spirituality aims at enabling a person to manifest in all its fullness the divine cosmic consciousness (Chaitanya) that is present both within and outside oneself. It means getting rid of one’s animal nature and developing the divine tendencies within one. It means breaking down the barriers between God and Nature and establishing their essential oneness. Today, people think that spirituality has no relation to mundane life, and vice versa. This is a big mistake. True divinity is a combination of spirituality and social obligations. National unity and social harmony are founded upon spirituality. It is the Divine that links spirituality and social existence.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 18th, 2008
Man is deriving innumerable benefits from Nature and enjoying the amenities provided by it in various ways. But what is the gratitude he is offering to Nature and God? Man is forgetting the Divine who is the Sole Provider of everything. This is the reason for his falling prey to various difficulties and calamities. While he is receiving countless benefits from Providence, he is offering nothing in return to Nature or God. This shows how unnatural and heartless man's behaviour is. When we are enjoined to return good for evil, how unbecoming is it to fail even to return good for good? Man should learn the great lesson Nature is trying to teach him - the lesson of doing service with no expectation of return.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 19th, 2008
Man is carried away by identification with the body and therefore he perceives diversity in creation. In fact, unity is what underlies the apparent diversity. Whatever differences you see are only creations of your mind. The mind of man alone is responsible for both his bondage and liberation. Recognise the truth that the same divine essence is present in all and you will be free from all differences and conflicts.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 20th, 2008
You are in this body in order to realise the God you really are. This body is the cocoon you have spun around yourselves by means of your impulses and desires. Use it while it lasts, to grow wings so that you can escape from it. You came into this world crying, announcing your grief for having to take on the burden of earthly existence. Having come with grief, decide not to go back with it from here. Get rid of it in this very life.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 21st, 2008
To achieve anything in this world, discipline is indispensable; we must also have self-confidence, and then self-sacrifice. If you do not possess these three, your life will be meaningless. When a river is flowing erratically, we construct a dam, change its course and divert is usefully on its way to the ocean. So also, when our ideas are recklessly and aimlessly going their own way, they should be channelled by the construction of the dam of discipline. They should be made to take the form of sacrifice and go towards the ocean of faith in one’s Self. We should regard it as absolutely essential to attain these three qualities – sacrifice, self-confidence and discipline.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 22nd, 2008
Reflections of the sun shining in the sky can be seen in the oceans, rivers, lakes and wells. Though the reflections are varied, there is only one sun. The Divine is present in man like the unseen thread which holds a garland of gems together. The entire cosmos is permeated by the Divine and is the visible manifestation of the Divine. Nothing in the world, no object, no human being, no creature can be found wherein God is not present. There is only one God and he is 'Sath-Chith-Ananda' (Being-Awareness-Bliss).
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 23rd, 2008
People feel that adhering to truth is difficult. Actually, it is untruth that creates difficult problems. All kinds of plans have to be made to cover up a lie. But to stick to the facts, as they are, is easy. People should come to realise that it is easy to be good. It is going astray that causes difficulties. One cannot always avoid committing a mistake, but one should learn a lesson from it and avoid repeating it.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 24th, 2008
Everything that is born must die. But you can escape death by not being born again. When you realise that you are the limitless Atma, you are no longer subjected to the limitation of birth. That is the secret. How is this knowledge to be acquired? It is the result of a long process of sharpening and purifying the emotions and the impulses. You may do the most rigorous Japa (repetition of God's name) or submit yourself to the ordeal of austerities, but if you are not virtuous, all of it is sheer waste.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 25th, 2008
When you love Me, you love all; for you begin to feel, know and experience that I am in all. By means of meditation, you can realise that I am the resident in all hearts, the urge, the motive, the guide and the goal. Yearn for that vision, that awareness and make it your priceless possession. Then, you have what you often ask Me for… Sakshathkara (direct vision of reality). Your love has to be pure and free from the taint of ego, so that it can merge in Me.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 26th, 2008
An empty iron box gets value when it contains jewels; the body is honoured when it contains the jewels of consciousness and values known as 'virtues'. Life has to be lived through for the sake of the chance to unfold the virtues. Otherwise, man is a burden upon the earth, merely a consumer of food. Help to the needy has been described as the highest virtue and harming others has been condemned as sin.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 27th, 2008
Men try to know everything about everybody else; but they do not try to know about themselves! The attempt to know about the Self is called 'Atma Vidya'. It is only through that knowledge that man can live in peace. For, when you know that all is Divine, you look upon all Creation with reverence and true Love; your heart is filled with supreme joy and the assertions of the ego are rendered ineffective. Man seeks joy in far places and peace in quiet spots; but the spring of joy is in his heart, the haven of peace is within him. Have faith in God, and in the correctness of moral living. Then you can have peace and joy, whatever may be the fare that fortune offers you.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 28th, 2008
Dharma is bound up with a great many variety of meanings and does not mean only duty, which pertains to one individual. Dharma is a body of principles that are fundamental to social stability and individual progress. It is eternal, same for everyone, everywhere. The birthplace of Dharma is the heart. What emanates from the heart as a pure idea, when translated into action, is Dharma, or to put it in simple words - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 29th, 2008
Matham (religion) is a matter of Mathi (mind). Based on the teachings of the different faiths, having regard to the requirements of the time and circumstances of different countries, and keeping in view the specific needs of the people concerned, certain rules and regulations were laid down. On this account, one faith should not be considered superior to another. Man's primary duty is to bear in mind the sacred truths enshrined in every religion and practise them in his life.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 30th, 2008
Only when there is no ego, or at least, less ego, can peace, happiness, co-operation and love flourish. Man cannot claim to be a man until this ego which urges him to destroy others is overcome by the Sadhana (spiritual discipline) of Seva (selfless service). By saturating the Seva with love, work is offered to God; it then gets sanctified into Pooja (worship). This makes it free from ego. Only by reducing his wants and overcoming jealousy and envy can man reduce his ego, since to overpower the ego otherwise is well-nigh impossible.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - January 31st, 2008
Everyone is endowed with a spiritual heart (Hridaya). When you fill your heart with love and compassion, peace will reign supreme in the world. There will be love everywhere. There will be no jealousy, hatred or anger in the world. Restlessness will disappear from the face of the earth. One who has filled his heart with compassion will always remain in peace. It is most essential to know this truth. People mistake Hridaya for the physical heart. Hridaya is nothing but the all-pervasive Atmic principle, in other words, the Aham. So you should keep your heart absolutely pure and sacred.
-SAI BABA