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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, 2008
Whatever acts we perform with the body, it leads to rebirth. Any action, good or bad, can be compared to seeds. In order to avoid sowing such seeds, we should do all actions without desire. All actions should be done, in and only for the pleasure of God. If you are cleaning your room, think that you are doing that for cleaning your heart, the shrine of God. When you help or harm others, realise that you are doing it to yourself. Then you will never let yourself harm anyone.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 2nd, 2008
The Lord has endowed man with the body and so, every limb and every sense organ is worthy of reverent attention. Each must be used for His Glory. The ear must exult when it gets a chance to hear the wonderful glories of God. The tongue must exult when it can praise Him. The human body has been given to you for the grand purpose of realizing the Lord within. If you have a fully equipped car in good running condition, would you keep it unused in the garage? The car is primarily for going on a journey; get into it and go! Only then is it worthwhile to own it. So too, with the body. Proceed towards the goal. Learn how to use the faculties of the body, senses, intellect and mind for achieving the goal, and march on.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 3rd, 2008
Man can be happy with much less than he seems to think essential. When some article is with you for some time, you feel it is indispensable and you do not know how to live without it. Like the silkworm, you weave a cocoon for yourself, out of your fancy. Do not allow costly habits to grow, costly from the monetary as well as the spiritual point of view. Watch your likes and dislikes with a vigilant eye and discard anything that threatens to encumber your path.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - 4th, 2008
Discover for yourself your stage of spiritual development, to which class in the school you would fit in. Then determine to proceed from that class to the next higher one. Strive your best and you will win the Grace of God. Do not bargain or despair. One step at a time is enough, provided it is towards the goal, not away from it. Beware of the pride of wealth, scholarship, status, that drag you into egoism. Do not seek the faults of others; seek your own. Be happy when you see others prosper; share your joy with others.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 5th, 2008
You cannot find peace outside. It is within your heart, so search within. The heart is always filled with peace, love and bliss. It is the basis of all the sacred qualities, such as compassion, love, tolerance etc. All that emanates from your heart is sacred. It is attachment to the body that is the cause of all the evil qualities, such as desire, anger, greed, pride, and jealousy. People undertake many spiritual practices in an attempt to sanctify their lives but, without purity of heart, these will be of no avail. First, purify your heart. Do not give any scope for wicked feelings such as desire, anger and greed. In the spiritual path, these three are the worst enemies.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 6th, 2008

(Mahashivarathri)
Rely on Shiva (Divinity) in you, not on the Shava (corpse) that the body becomes when bereft of Him. With every breath, draw His Glory in; with every breath, exhale all that reduces His Glory. Saturate your thought, word and deed with Divinity. Then, you can conquer death, and become immortal. Recite the Name of Shiva and save yourself. You are the embodiment of truth, goodness and beauty. But you have misplaced the key which helps you to tap the springs. That key is in the realm of your inner consciousness. So, give up searching for it in the region of material objects in the outer world.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 7th, 2008
See Him in all, worship Him through all, for He is all. Engage in activity, but, fill the activity with devotion: it is the devotion that sanctifies. It is the Bhaava (intention) that matters, not the Baahya (outward pomp); the feeling, not the activity per se that is being performed. In all the temples, you find only a stone shaped as an idol. As stone, it is of little value. But, when feeling permeates it, when devotion transmutes it, the stone becomes the supreme-most treasure to the human mind. Man does not know this secret of transmuting every act of his into sacred worship and so, he suffers from disappointment and grief.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 8th, 2008
The desires that cling to the mind are the blemishes that tarnish man's inner consciousness. Control the senses; do not yield to their insistent demands for satisfaction. When the senses are negated, the mind too disappears. When the mind disappears, delusion dies and liberation is achieved. All the joy you crave for is in fact within you; but you suffer like a man who has vast riches in the iron chest, but, who has no idea where the key is. With proper directions, dwelling upon them in the silence of meditation, it is possible to secure the key, open the chest and be rich in joy.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 9th, 2008
Those who deny God are denying themselves and their glory. All have Love in their hearts, in some form or other, either towards children or the poor or their work or goal. That Love is God. They experience Ananda (bliss), however small or temporary, and that is a spark of God in them. They have peace, detachment and sympathy, which are reflections of the Divine in the mirror of their minds. These are all mental excellences, revealed through an appreciation of the merits of virtue.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 10th, 2008
God is beyond all notions of good and bad, right and wrong. These are only earthly measures by which the temporary objects are weighed and judged. He has no Form, no dualities, no preferences, no prejudices and no predilections. To say that He is Sathyaswaroopa, Jnanaswaroopa or Anandaswaroopa (embodiment of Truth, Wisdom and Bliss) is also not correct. For He has no 'Swaroopa' (Form) or 'Swabhava' (characteristics). He is Sathya (Truth), Jnana (Wisdom) and Ananda (Bliss). That is the experience of those who have tasted Ananda.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 11th, 2008
You are afflicted with the disease which the Bhagavath Geetha can cure, the disease of Moha (delusion), which warps your sense of values, fogs your vision and distorts your outlook. But, to benefit from the drug of Geetha, you must have the Vishaada (anguish) which Arjuna had, the Prapaththi (dedication) he was capable of, the Vairaagya (detachment) he had developed and the Ekaagratha (concentration) he evinced to assimilate the Great Message. Have that keen yearning; then, the Bhagavath Geetha can destroy Moha and liberate you.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 12th, 2008
It is natural that man desires to reach the presence of the Almighty, to see Him and be ever with Him, for deep within the human heart is the urge to reach the place from which one has come, to attain the joy one has lost, the glory which one has missed. Man is himself Divine and so it is a matter of the deep calling unto the deep, of the part yearning for the whole.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 13th, 2008
Cultivate faith and surrender; then Grace will flow through you into every act of yours; for they are no longer your acts, they are His and you have no concern about the consequences thereof. All acts and words and thoughts will thereafter be pure, saturated with love, conducive to peace. Cleanse your hearts so that the Lord may be reflected therein, in all His Splendour, in all His myriad forms.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 14th, 2008
Devotion is the most precious treasure, it is the truest path, the only way to God. Man must live immersed in Bhakti (devotion) for the sake of Bhakti alone. Bhakti is love of the purest and the noblest variety. Such love is the breath that sustains life, that supports the soul in its effort to merge in the Super-soul. The years of life spent without light of love are years wasted.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 15th, 2008
When you see a plane flying in the sky, would you refuse to believe that it is flown by a pilot, just because you do not see him from where you are? You must go into the plane to see the pilot; you cannot deny his existence, standing on the ground below. You have to guess that the plane must have a pilot. So too seeing the Universe, you have to guess the existence of God, not deny Him because you are not able to see him. To see your own eyes, you need a mirror; to see yourself in your native spiritual grandeur, you need a Guru (preceptor).
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 16th, 2008
One can claim to be a devotee of the Lord only if the passions and emotions are pure and the character virtuous. The tongue may utter the Name of the Lord, the ear may hear the glory of the Lord, the hand may scatter flowers on the image of God; but the tongue may not know or relish the taste, the ear may not yearn, the hand may not hanker for God. These can happen only when the heart is aware of the Supreme, when the mind is thrilled recollecting the glory of God. Otherwise one is like the spoon which dips into sour and sweet with equal alacrity and insensitivity. It does not refuse or relish any of the tastes.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 17th, 2008
True sacrifice consists in sharing with others, one's wealth, strength, etc. that have been derived from society. Man becomes immortal by the spirit of sacrifice and not by deeds, progeny or wealth. Man should therefore make an effort to make his life meaningful by sacrificing personal comforts for the sake of society and his fellow beings.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 18th, 2008
You are all the limbs of that One Cosmic Body, the Purusha, who is far more expansive than the Universe, this Universe being but a small fraction of His Splendour. Individuals may be deluded into the belief that they are different from the rest. But the Atma in each is the same. In a garland, the first to strike your eyes are the flowers, while the thread with which they are strung has to be inferred; it is not so patent. But, without it, they will all fall off. So too, without that bond in Brahman (Divinity), you will fall off as unrelated entities; in fact, you are entities only due to the Divine spark within!
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 19th, 2008
God will not ask you, when and where you rendered service? He will ask with what motive you did it. You may boast about the quantity, but God seeks quality, the quality of the heart, the purity of the mind, the nobility of the motive. The Lord is pleased only when you do the things He desires. How else can you win His grace, but by nursing and nourishing His children. You must not merely have the enthusiasm to serve, but also the intelligence and the skill; only then can you be efficient and useful. Enthusiasm without efficiency is often a source of loss and grief.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 20th, 2008
The sages of yore knew that the mind is an instrument which can bind man or release him from bondage. One has to understand its ways, as well as its potentialities. You must learn how to wield it, rather than yield to it. It is the mind that weaves the pattern called the 'I'. It constructs notions of pleasure and pain, of joy and grief, and a whole array of urges and impulses. It resists all attempts to escape into the Eternal, the Universal, the Absolute. It protests when the individual is eager to become conscious of his true identity; but when it finds determined opposition to its tactics, it surrenders and disappears.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 21st, 2008
The heart of Jesus was pure and calm. Hence, it is honoured as sacred. We must also make our hearts sacred so that either we merge in Jesus or Jesus merges in us. When we merge, it is called Bhakti (devotion); to have Jesus awakened in us is the path of Jnana (wisdom). Jesus was a messenger of God; but note this: all of you are also messengers of God. Jesus was not the only Son of God; you all are His children. Jesus and His Father are one. You and God are also one, become aware of it.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 22nd, 2008
Spiritual health is preserved and promoted by attention to three Gunas (inherent tendencies): Satwa, Rajas and Tamas. Physical health is preserved and promoted by attention to three humours of the body; Vaata (wind), Pitta (bile) and Kapha (phlegm). The three humours must not get vitiated or unbalanced. A healthy body is the best container for a healthy mind. Illness makes the mind agitated and anxious. The material and the spiritual are the two pans of the balance. They have to be attended to, in equal measure, at least until a certain stage of progress is attained in spiritual development.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 23rd, 2008
When a cloth is recognised as a mere arrangement of yarn or basically as cotton, the warp and the woof disappear from the consciousness. The mind is composed of the warp and woof of desire; when man is established in the experience of the One, there is no desire, for who is to desire for whom or what? Thus, Mano Layam or Mano Naashanam (dissolution or destruction of the mind) is accomplished. So, man has to reduce his desires to become free from delusion; desire comes of attachment; deliverance comes from detachment.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 24th, 2008
If you cannot pray for the welfare of the community around you in whom God lives, how will it be possible for you to worship an invisible God? The first thing you have to do is strive for the welfare of the community around you. If the individual is deluded into believing that he is serving others, then woe be unto him, for there is no 'other' at all. All are One; one man's sorrow is everyone's sorrow. The fundamental flaw is the ignorance of man. If only he were wise, he would have known that all individuals are waves on the Ocean of the Self.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 25th, 2008
Each of you must take up some spiritual effort in order to cleanse the mind of evil qualities. Come out of the well of ego into the sea of the Universal Spirit, of which you are a part. Contemplate on God and His Glory when you repeat any one of His Names with every breath. Or, engage in some task where you dedicate the fruit of Karma (action) to God, where you devote your time and energy to share your joy or skill or knowledge with your fellowmen. Or, keep yourself surrounded always by persons devoted to the higher life. By these means, you can achieve Chitta Shuddhi (cleansing of the mind), so that the Truth can be clearly reflected therein.
-SAI BABA-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 26th, 2008
Worry or grief there will always be, of one type or the other, in the past, present or the future; while waking, dreaming, or sleeping. But place faith in the Lord and do your tasks in dedication to Him and the dualities of joy and sorrow will vanish. Grief is caused, as is joy, by the attachment of the senses to the objects. Once you know that you are not the senses or the mind, but He who operates the senses and wields the mind, you cross the bounds of pleasure and pain.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 27th, 2008
Spirit can only be awakened, realized through individual discipline and the grace of God. These two can be won through love, purity and service to others. Individual effort and divine grace are interdependent; without effort, there will be no conferment of grace; without grace, there can be no taste in the effort. To win that grace, you need only have faith and virtue. You need not praise Him in order to win His favour. Faith in God is the best reinforcement for spiritual victory. When you revel in the contemplation of the splendour of the Lord, nothing material can attract you; all else will seem inferior; the company of the godly alone will be relished.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 28th, 2008
Seva (service) opens the eyes of man to the comprehensive unity of creation. The easiest and most fruitful expression of Dharma (righteousness) today consists in doing service as worship of the Divine around you. Dedicate all your skills, talents, wealth and scholarship to the living embodiments of Divinity around you. That is the Dharmashakthi (power of right activity) which can draw grace upon you.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 29th, 2008
One’s body is derived from the flesh and blood of the mother. The amount of sacrifice involved in giving birth to a child and rearing that child with continuous care and love is beyond description. The food you eat, the clothes you wear, the life you lead are all the gifts of your parents. If you do not honour your parents who are verily the 'creators' in human form, how can you learn to honour the Creator in Divine Form? One’s primary duty, therefore, is to please one’s parents – only thus can one’s debt to them be discharged. Nor is that all, the debt to one’s parents can also be fully discharged by rendering service to society.
-SAI BABA



Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 30th, 2008
To be born as a human being is a great fortune. For, man alone can attain the status of the Divine by recognizing the reality of his being. No beast or bird can reach that height of realization. But, it is tragic that instead of valuing the chance and utilising it, man fritters his years away and dies without attaining the goal. He is disgracing himself and denying his high destiny. A minute's reflection will reveal to him how far he is from attaining the stage of self-realization. But, what a pity, he does not dedicate his life to the Divine, instead he is caught up in the vain pursuit of comforts and cosy living.
-SAI BABA


Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - March 31st, 2008
Seva (selfless service) brings out all that is great in man. It broadens the heart and widens one's vision. It fills one with joy. It promotes unity. It proclaims the truth of the spirit. It drives out all the evil qualities in man. It must be regarded as a great spiritual discipline. All relationships of husband and wife, mother and child, employer and the employee are based on mutual service. The world is progressing because of such mutual service. If the principle of service did not operate, the world would come to a halt. It is only when man is filled with the spirit of service that his divine nature is recalled. He then experiences the peace the passes all understanding.
-SAI BABA