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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, 2008

When an iron filing comes in contact with a magnet, the iron filing also gets the properties of a magnet. Likewise, the knower of Brahman (the Universal Absolute) becomes Brahman. You are all children of immortality, you are eternal. The relationship between you and God is eternal. The body changes through many births, but the mind and deeds continue from birth to birth. Just as an accountant totals the accounts of the day and carries the balance over onto the next day, our mind follows to the next life. You should be able to control the mind by controlling the senses, then you can merge in truth and experience oneness with God.

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 2nd, 2008

The cause of manís suffering is that he has constricted his love to himself and his family. He should develop a broad feeling that all are his brothers and sisters. Expansion of love is life; contraction of love is death.

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 3rd, 2008

Life becomes sweeter with a little dose of denial; if you satisfy all your desires, life begins to turn insipid. Deny yourselves many of the things your mind runs after and you will find that you become tough enough to bear both good fortune and bad.

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 4th, 2008

Compassion towards all creatures is the greatest virtue; willful injury to any creature is the worst vice. Know this to be true; spread love and joy through compassion, and be full of joy and peace yourself. You do not have joy and peace now, mainly because your vision is warped and blurry. It is directed towards the faults and failings of others, instead of towards oneís own. Really speaking, inquiry and investigation should begin with oneself. For what we see in others is the reflection of our own selves, our own prejudices and preferences.

-SAI BABA

  

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 5th, 2008

Human existence is enveloped in infatuation (Moha). When one frees oneself from this infatuation, one will be able to experience true happiness. This infatuation breeds egoism and possessiveness, which bring about the loss of oneís name and fame. One who is filled with ego will be unable to experience love from others. It is therefore essential to overcome this infatuation. By conquering infatuation, one becomes endearing to others.

-SAI BABA

 

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

Easwaramma Day

Be one a great scholar or an officer having high authority, one is but a child to oneís mother. Those who forget their duty toward their mother are sure to lose themselves in wilderness. You are but a reflection of your mother. Therefore, first of all you should carry out your duty toward your mother and make her happy.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 7th, 2008

You feel the presence of God when silence reigns. In the excitement and confusion of the marketplace, you cannot hear His Footfall. He is Shabdabrahma, resounding when all is filled with silence. That is why I insist on silence, the practice of low speech and minimum sound. Talk low, talk little, talk in whispers, sweet and true.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 8th, 2008

The Deha (body) is a vehicle that even gods aspire to possess. You know that gods seek to come into human form so that they could utilize the intelligence, discrimination, detachment, etc., that the human body alone is capable of exercising, to realise the Ultimate Reality, which when known makes everything else known. If only he intensifies his thirst for God, he can live in perpetual content, instead of grovelling in perpetual discontent, pining for trivial satisfactions. The Deha has to be nourished so that man can reach the Dehi, the real indweller.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 9th, 2008

The lotus in the heart of man pines for the Sun, the splendour of the Lord. But to attain it is hard. Withdrawal of all affection towards the world alone can win it. God is the nearest and dearest entity, but ignorance hides Him from the eye. The love that God bears man is unequalled; yet, He appears to man as a distant, formidable, unapproachable phenomenon. The stars appear as dots of light, for they are at a great distance from us. So too God appears insignificant or ineffective to many, because they are keeping themselves too far from Him. If some people say there is no God, it only means they are at too great a distance to be aware of Him.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 10th, 2008

The Vedas are for all mankind; they have prayers for peace, subjugating the anger of the elements and of human communities; they invoke the forces of nature to be calm and beneficent; so, the paaraayanam (recitation) of the Vedas promotes world peace and human welfare.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 11th, 2008

A green gourd sinks in water; but a dry one floats. Become dry, rid yourselves of attachments, desires, avoid anxieties, worries. Then you can float unaffected on the waters of change and chance. Even water, when it becomes steam, can rise into the sky. Become light, lose weight, bale out so that you may rise higher and higher. Yoga is defined as chiththa vriththi nirodha--the prevention of impulses that agitate the inner consciousness of man. These impulses add to the ballast. Be free from desires that drag you down; have only the yearning to come face to face with the Truth. That Truth is shining inside you, waiting to be discovered.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 12th, 2008

The first stage is karma-jijnaasa---the execution of karma (action) on proper lines, with proper mental attitude; then comes dharma-jijnaasa--the observance of moral codes for the upkeep of society and the discharge of one's duties and obligations; last comes Brahma-jijnaasa - resulting in the appreciation of Naamasmarana (repetition of the Lord's Name) as the primary sadhana.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 13th, 2008

God is the Antharyaami (Indweller), and so, when He is sought in the outer world He cannot be caught. Love Him with no other thought; feel that without Him nothing is worth anything; feel that He is all. Then you become His and He becomes yours. There is no nearer kinship than that. You have come from God; you are a spark of His Glory; you are a wave of that Ocean of bliss; you will get peace only when you again merge in Him. Like a child who has lost his way, you can have joy only when you rejoin your mother.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 14th, 2008

You should not let any weakness in you dissuade you from the right path. If in a big tank there is a small hole, all the water will flow out. In the same manner, even if you have a small sensory desire in you, then all that you have learnt will be of no avail. Attraction for the world distracts you from the reality. You should guard yourselves by desisting error and resisting evil. Good work and selfless love will help you to tread the path of wisdom.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 15th, 2008

Education does not consist in the accumulation of information and facts from a multitude of books. Reading of books can only enrich you in the information that you may gather but can never give or promote good qualities. Good education is a process by which character is improved and by which one will be able to use one's intelligence and sharpen one's mind so as to distinguish right from wrong. It is only when the contents of education are closely linked with ideals of sacrifice, forbearance, truth, and love that the youth will get the benefit of education. Students will never get any benefit out of education if it is devoid of these noble principles.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 16th, 2008

In the spiritual sphere, the responsibility for success or failure is entirely one's own. You have no right to shift it on to others. The fire will rage only as long as it is fed with fuel. Hence, do not add fuel to the fire of the senses. Detach the mind from the evanescent and attach it to the eternal. Plant the seedling of Bhakti (devotion) by the practice of Namasmarana (remembering the Lord's name). That seed will grow into a mighty tree with the branches of virtue, service, sacrifice, love, equanimity, fortitude, and courage.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 17th, 2008

You are awake when you feel that you have full knowledge; but, when awake, you are aware only of the many, not of the One. It is only when you are in deep sleep that all the multiplicity vanishes; then you are not aware of the world and of your deluded picture of it. Examine even while awake the stages of dream and deep sleep and realise that wakefulness deludes the seeker of Truth; the senses are deceptive; they are inefficient instruments. Mind does not have any powers. The only power is Atma Shakti, the power of Atma. Mind has no form. Mind can be said to be woven of desires. The Atma shines on the heart, whether the heart be pure or impure. However, it would be best if the heart is purified and if the strongest desire is for God.

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 18th, 2008

Forbearance is one of the most important qualities that you should posses, and it is absolutely essential on the spiritual path. It is by putting yourself under test in difficult circumstances that you can cultivate this quality of forbearance. There is nothing extraordinary about returning good for good, but doing good in return for bad, that is something great, and the practice of such a virtue requires a great deal of skill. However much other people may criticize you, however much they may comment and condemn, you should never lose your forbearance. You should remain unperturbed and continue to enjoy inner peace.

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 19th, 2008

Budda Poornima

Buddha undertook various spiritual practices in order to realize his true Self. But none of these practices could show him the path to Nirvana (liberation). Ultimately, he realized that Nirvana lies in making use of the five senses in a sacred manner. He understood that Japa (repetition of Godís name), Dhyana (meditation), Yajna (ritual of sacrifice), Yoga, etc. were mere physical activities. These spiritual practices are needed only for those who are attached to the body. One who abides in the Self need not undertake any of these practices. Buddha taught that Nirvana can be attained only by cultivating Samyak Drishti (sacred vision), Samyak Vaak (sacred speech), Samyak Shravanam (sacred listening), Samyak Bhavam (sacred feeling) and Samyak Kriya (sacred action).

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 20th, 2008

We should try and seek fulfilment in our everyday life by moulding our mundane activities on spiritual values. You must have your hands in society and your heads in the forest. That is to say, whatever the activities with which you are occupied, you must be steadfast in holding on to spiritual ideals. This alone is the true spiritual exercise, which will bestow lasting peace on you. Remember that you are the Atma (spirit). All your spiritual exercises should be directed towards establishing yourself in this firm conviction and unwavering faith, culminating in your lifeís fulfilment. All your senses should be sanctified by offering the actions performed through them to God.

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 21st, 2008

Oneís Sadhana (spiritual exercise) should be pleasant and moderate. Take the middle course; that will yield maximum benefits. The craving for sense objects cannot be given up fully; so transform it into an instrument for worship. Dedicate all efforts to the Lord. Accept all achievements and failures as proofs of the Lordís grace.

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 22nd, 2008

Do not seek to discover or discuss the evil in others, for the attempt will tarnish your own mind. When you are engaged in searching for the faults and failings of others, you are paving the way for developing those faults and failings in yourself. Dwell on the good in others and, in time it will prove to be an asset to you. The goodness latent in you will then be encouraged to sprout and blossom. Every thought leaves an impression on the mind. Ideas that are opposed to spiritual tendencies, that narrow the limits of love, that provoke anger or greed, or that cause disgust Ė these have to be shut out. This is a very essential discipline.

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 23rd, 2008

The chief goal of man is to practice and propagate the principle of truth. One has to practice truth before preaching it. Come what may, one should have the courage and conviction to tread the path of truth. Even at the cost of food, raiment and shelter, even at the cost of oneís own life, one should be prepared to practice truth and righteousness.

-SAI BABA

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 24th, 2008

Dwell always on noble thoughts. When air fills a balloon, it takes the form of the balloon. The mind assumes the form of the objects with which it is attached. If it gets fixed on petty things, it becomes petty; if on grand things, it becomes grand. The camera takes a picture of whatever it is pointed at; so take care before you click. Discriminate before you develop attachment. When you develop attachment towards family, wealth, properties, etc., you will come to grief when these decline. But if you develop attachment towards God, you will grow in love and splendour.

-SAI BABA

 

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 25th, 2008

Man has in him the capacity to grow into a pure Divine personality. But, due to ignorance and waywardness, he has become stunted. He has chained himself to low ideals and so, he has fallen into fear and grief. The Upanishads exhort man to awaken and become master of himself - "Utthishtta, jaagratha, praapya vaaraan nibodhatha!" (Arise, Awake and stop not until the goal is reached!). Man is overcome by the sleep of ignorance and has forgotten the true values of life. He is obsessed only with material progress. Unless he is awakened to the spiritual values of life, there cannot be any peace and prosperity in the world.

-SAI BABA

 

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 26th, 2008

The flames of anger, pride, hatred, envy are more devastating than other fires; they arise in the mind stealthily and in spurts; they are ever demanding more and more to feed upon. Fire is called 'Anala' in the Bhagavad Geetha, for 'Anala' means, 'not enough'. You dread fire when it leaps at a distance; what then is to be said when it is inside your very self? How to put out these awful flames? Well, Sanathana Dharma (the ancient spiritual code) has certain extinguishers tested by experience and guaranteed by sages. They are Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanti (Peace) and Prema (Love). Saturate your heart with these and you are rendered 'fireproof'.

-SAI BABA

 

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 27th, 2008

Anger and hatred are useful sometimes like the hiss of the cobra to keep the intruders away. They can be used to ward off the evil that stalks the Sadhaka (spiritual aspirant). Be angry at things that hinder your spiritual growth; hate the bad habits that torment you. Cultivate Jnana (Supreme Knowledge) and visualise the Lord in all the things and activities. That makes the human birth worthwhile. Do not seek faults in others; for 'others' are but manifestations of the Lord you are seeking to realise. It is your own fault that you see reflected in others.

-SAI BABA

 

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 28th, 2008

Two things are essential for happy life. Dhaanya and Dhyaana. Dhaanya (food grains) for the sustenance of the body and Dhyaana (meditation) for entering the temple of the Lord within you and merging in His Glory. The sages of yore retired into the silence of the forest and by means of hard mental toil won for mankind the great treasure of spiritual experience and inspiration. The reason for their taking refuge in lonely places was to keep the senses away from things that delight and distract, to escape the infection that will damage the springs of joy. Their sole purpose was to learn the secret of liberation for the benefit of humanity.

-SAI BABA

 

 

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 29th, 2008

Know that the real 'You' is deathless; make death a sublime act of liberation. Such knowledge can come only through a life devoted to Dharmanishta (steady pursuit of the moral code) and Karmanishta (steady devotion to the duties of one's stage of life). These two must end in the evolution of Brahmanishta - the steady contemplation of the One Basis of all this seeming multiplicity, namely, Brahman. The Nishta (discipline) becomes steady by practice and your separate individual existence is merged in the great deluge of wisdom, which merges you in Him.

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 30th, 2008

Bhakti (devotion) is defined as a means of discovering the Divine reality within each being. Four steps are laid down in the scriptures to help man succeed in this effort - discrimination between the permanent and the ephemeral; withdrawal from the process of catering to the senses; positive control of the feelings, thoughts and pursuits, and incessant yearning for liberation from all bonds. Bhakti is the urge which manifests as all these four endeavours. It directs man to have God ever in mind and to cultivate love for God within him.

-SAI BABA

 

Thought for the day as written at Prasanthi Nilayam - May 31st, 2008

The Universe is the field where God sports. Be aware of this fact in every moment of consciousness and there is nothing more you need for a happy existence. For, you will then contact God in everything, through every thought, at every place and at very moment. His glory is evident in the smallest flower and the most distant star. The joy that you can derive from the contemplation of these proofs of providence is indescribable. Lord Krishna has said in the Bhagavad Geetha that He is ever by the side of the joyous being. Be joyful yourself and share it with others. Limited happiness arising out of self-centeredness should be given up.

-SAI BABA