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The following discourse has been translated into English from Bhagavan's Telugu speech as heard on this festival's ashram audiocassette. It is a complete, literal translation made with the objective of preserving Bhagavan's precious original poetic style as much as possible.

 

EASWARAMMA DAY SANDESH

 

06-05-2001

 

Divine Discourse by

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Brindavan

 

 

    Embodiments of Love!

A piece of sandalwood ground again and again gives such a good fragrance, which gives bliss. Sugarcane chewed repeatedly gives so much sweet juice. When gold is heated, it gives great brilliance.

Like that, no matter how many troubles, how many sorrows, how many pains, troubles or afflictions come as obstacles, to the one who has a broad heart, he remembers Paramatma (God viewed as the Universal) with Supreme Peace. No matter what happens, he will not give up Paramatma.

 

Sweet Relationship of Mother and Child

From ancient times, in the country of Bharath the relationship of mother and child is one of intense dearness. It is sweet. It is nectarine.

It is because of being born as the son of Kausalya, isn't it, that Rama became Divine, a king.

It is because of the greatly chaste Sita bringing them up, isnít it, that the twins Lava and Kusa became so greatly renown.

It is because of Zizia brought him up, isn't it, that Shivaji got the name of a great warrior.

Due to Putalibai bringing him up with love, Gandhi became a great Mahatma.

(Telugu poem)

If the bitter neem seed is sown, it will give only bitter fruits. When the seeds of sweet mango are sown, they will give only sweet fruits. The earth is one; seeds are different. In that same way, the womb of the mother is Bhudevi (earth-goddess). In this earth, in this womb, there are no changes at all. But, due to the thoughts of the mother and the father changing to good and bad, good and bad children are being born.

Mother is very great. In the womb of the mother, every single individual that is born is lucky.

Janthunaam Nara Janma Durlabham.

Of all life forms, human life is the rarest to attain.

(Sanskrit Sloka)

Every single human being is fortunate. Still, in addition to being a human being who is fortunate, one should have broad feelings, wonderful sankalpas (intentions or resolves) and a heart of bliss. Then only he will really be fortunate.

 

Gandhiís Lesson In Truth

Putalibai was observing a vow. She used to eat only after hearing the cuckoo sing. She used to always follow this vow of the cuckoo. One day the reason for the mother to eat so very late was that the cuckoo did not sing.

Due to the love in Gandhi, he thought, ĎMaybe Mother is hungry!í He went behind the house and made a bird call just like the cuckoo sings. This was with the good intention that his mother must eat soon. However it may look, it was not done with a bad intention.

But Mother came to know. She caught hold of Gandhiís ear. With tears flowing from her eyes, she asked, "Is the one who was born from my womb this untruthful son? I am an unfortunate lady! What sin have I done? One who speaks untruth was born in my womb!" Crying and telling that, she hit that boy a few times and told the son, "From now on, you donít tell lies!"

That day he promised, "I will not speak untruth." From then on, only due to obeying Truth and the word of the mother, he got the right type of noble fame.

 

Devotion of the Mother of Shankaracharya

In this same way, Shankaracharayaís mother, Aryamba, was daily worshipping Easwara. Doing Abhisheka (the practice of pouring water on the head of a statue) to the Lingam (the symbolic form of the Godhead) and giving that Tirtha (holy water) to the son, she also took it. In this way she spent her daily life. He was always repeating the name of Shiva. Only based on such a sacred heart of the mother, this Shankaracharya got his sacred repute.

 

Devoted Maidservant of Gandhi

In Gandhiís house, there was a maidservant named Ramba. When Gandhi was a small boy, he came near her and said, "Mother! Why do I have fear? I have fear! I have fear!" Then that maidservant said, "Son! No need to feel fear. God is there. Repeat the name of Rama. Without fail, your fear will go away." Thus:

Yatha Raja,

Tatha Praja.

As is the king,

So are the people.

(Sanskrit Sloka)

Even this maidservant had that virtue which is proper for a mother. So, from that time onward, Gandhi contemplated on the name of Rama: ĎRam, Ram, Ram, Ram.í In this way, when the mother and her associates proceed on the sacred path, even the children will attain a sacred state.

 

The Love of Mother and Child

When the Rangoon war was going on, one mother and son escaped from there. They came and arrived in Madras. They didnít know anyone in Madras. They needed food to eat. They needed a place to stay. ĎWhere to go? Where to stay?í They thought a lot. ĎI am able to live. But will my son be able to remain?í No one can describe the greatness of the love of the mother as 'like this or that'.

Hence, they started living near a bus stand. Always the mother went from house-to-house and got alms (begged for food). When a little food was procured, she used to eat some and give the rest to the child. In this way she fostered him. Sometimes when food couldnít be procured anywhere, she gave what there was to the son and the mother used to fast.

Due to fasting in this way, due to missing many meals, the mother became very weak. The son recognized this situation. He said, "Mother! Up until now, you have protected me. From now on, looking after you is my duty! I will go for alms. You stay here at home."

This boy went from house-to-house and he used to shout, "Hunger, hunger, hunger!" Bringing and giving the food he was able to get to the mother, now he used to fast. He soon became weak.

One day he went to the house of an officer. As it was in the early morning, the officer was sitting in an easy chair, reading the newspaper. The boy was saying, "Hunger, hunger, hunger! Mother! Hunger."

Then this officer went inside telling, "Son, sit here. If you are hungry, I will give food. You eat and go." The boy said, "No, I will go and take it home." The officer got angry. He said, "Truly, if you have hunger, why should you take it home? You could eat here, isnít it?"

He brought the rice on a leaf. The boy held out his cloth to take it away in the cloth. But the officer said, "Sit! Eat!" He insisted. However, that boy did not sit. This officer was hurrying him a lot.

(Swami says this next sentence with His voice breaking.) Saying, "For mother, for mother, for mother!" the boy fell down. Understanding that he was saying something, the officer put his ear next to him to listen, and he heard what that boy said: "First for mother, first for mother, first for mother!" and he breathed his last.

Then that officer understood this. "How lucky was this child! He struggled so much because of love for his mother. What a meritorious one that mother must be! She gave birth to such a son." Saying this, he felt sad. Then he called the city authorities and had them take away the body.

In this way, it is not possible for anyone to describe the love of the mother and the child. Among the relationships of the Bharathiyas, only the relationship of the mother and the child is the true relationship.

No children of today are trying to understand this type of relationship of pure love. Today they think first of himself and afterwards for the mother. The children are not trying to understand the situation of the mother. Therefore, the one who understands and acts according to the situation of the mother is a true son.

Today all children are struggling only for their own selfishness and self-interests, but they are not struggling at all for the bliss of the mother and father, nor for the comforts and conveniences of the parents.

 

Vidya Sagar and His Mother

In this same way, in Calcutta there was a man named Easwara Chandra Daya Sagar (NOTE: His actual name was Easwara Chandra Vidya Sagar.) This Easwara Chandra Vidya Sagar was a greatly virtuous one.

Every day in the evening the mother used to make him sit near her and she used to say, "Son, the knowledge that you have studied is not true education. You have to study the knowledge that helps others. You should acquire the knowledge that will uphold the country. Knowledge that is put to good use should be studied."

When it was told like this, he went near to the bus stand, near some street lamp and he used to study. Studying and studying, due to the teachings of the mother, he progressed very well.

Due to the blessings of the mother, there cannot be found any son in the world who cannot progress. No matter what kind of man the son is, the mother loves him and wishes for his welfare. The heart of the mother is the heart of compassion. The compassion of the mother is the compassion of Love. We are losing today this kind of love of the parents.

After studying for some time, he became educated and started a job. That day, after having started the job, in his village a tirunaala (festival or carnival) was going on. All the rich people were putting on nice clothes and nice jewels, and they were going to that festival. However, his mother wore an old sari. She also started off to the festivities. He knew the situation of the house. Therefore, Vidya Sagar saw his mother and he cried. All right, the mother went to the festivities.

After she returned, Vidya Sagar got the salary for that month. Taking that salary, he went and put it on the feet of his mother. "Mother, you buy at least one nice sari." She said, "Son, you only have to spend your own earnings for yourself. It is not needed for my saris and ornaments. If you progress well and get a good name, that is enough for me." He said, "Alright, Mother, then tell me what do you want?" She said, "I won't tell now. When it is necessary, I will tell you."

 

The Wishes of Vidya Sagarís Mother

Then gradually, after some time had passed, he reached a very high position. When Vidya Sagar started working in that high position, some more money (higher salary) came. He said, "Mother, whatever do you want? What jewels? What clothes? Tell me! Today I will give it to you!"

She made him sit closely and said, "Son, even though you are greatly educated, even though you are grown and have became a big man, you are still a son to the mother. So, I am telling you with Vatsalya (the love of a mother for the child). Listen to my words."

She said, "Our village is very small. In this village, it is not possible at all for the children to be educated. So, build a small school. Build that and then the children will study and they will be able to make some progress. I donít need anything else. Son, you do this work."

According to the preference of the mother, he had a small school built. After some time, he went again to the mother and said, "Mother! I had a school built. Ask whatever else you want."

"Son, you had a school built. But in our village, even if cough, cold and fever come to small children, there is no one to even give them a little medicine. Have a small hospital built so the children will get well." Due to the command of the mother, he built a small hospital.

 

Good Resolves of Easwaramma

Sankalpas (resolves) like this came to Easwaramma. The name and influence of Sai gradually increased. As this was happening she said, "Swami, in our village there are many people who are suffering. When very small children go walking to Bukkapatnam, my heart melts. Build a small school in our village!" So I had a small one built.

Afterwards she said, "Swami, in our village, if any small children get fever, it becomes necessary to go to Bukkapatnam. When those mothers go carrying the babies, my heart melts." So I built there a small hospital.

After all, now that small school only has become a university! (Applause) The combination of the two, the sat (good or true) sankalpas (resolves) of the mother and the Nithya (eternal) Sankalpa of Sai, has became the University. Due to that wish of her sat sankalpa, the small original hospital has now become the Super Speciality Hospital! (Applause)

Finally, before she left her life-breath, Easwaramma asked for one more desire to be fulfilled. She said, "All the ladies in our village are going to a lot of trouble for water, Swami. Unable to reach the water in deep wells, even their shoulder blades are hurting. Therefore, do something to make water conveniently available."

Thus, according to the situation then, borewells were put in here and there and she was made happy. At last, now water supply has come, supplied to the entire district. Now everyone has water, as water is coming house-to-house. (Applause)

After attaining the Grace of God, no other Grace is necessary. After attaining the love of the mother, we donít need any other love.

 

Concern of Easwaramma Regarding Kerchiefs

You may know it or not, but now also the love of that mother can be actually seen. Although it is 30 years since her body was left, even now she is going about ever-alive in the (subtle) body. Now and then she comes to Me, tells Me some things, and then goes.

"Swami! You are taking all the kerchiefs (handkerchiefs) the people offer and are wiping Your mouth. When just anyone gives, donít touch those kerchiefs." I said, "When they give with devotion, how will it be possible to accept without touching?"

"Needless to say, there are many devotees. There are so many crores of great ones like that. However, there are also a few who will offer kerchiefs having bad intentions, bad feelings, and bad qualities. Therefore, you donít take everyoneís kerchief."

I said, "Why not?" She said, "They may be giving You that kerchief after smearing poison on it. If that even brushes against the lips, itís enough. The life-breath will be taken away. Hence, things like this go on in the world. Therefore, you donít take those kerchiefs." I said, "OK, I will act according to your wish."

 

Concern of Easwaramma Regarding a Belt

Like that, she appears now and then. Even now she is coming to My room. The boys who sleep in My room also know. If she comes and is talking with Me, they will get up and sit.

One day I was asking the boys, "Sons, I have a silk Dhoti (the inner silken cloth part of Swami's gown). It is very difficult to wrap it tightly. Therefore I want a belt." All the boys, went to a lot of efforts thinking, ĎSwami wants the proper type of belt.í However, there are buckles there on most belts. These buckles are a little bit shiny. If I wear this, if it is seen through the robe, people will think, ĎSai Baba has put on a golden belt!í (Laughter) Therefore I said to the boys, "I donít need that kind of belt."

At last one day, in the early morning, Easwaramma came to My room. She came and was talking. Then Satyajit, Srinivas, and Sainath (personal attendants in Swami's quarters) all got up and sat. "Swami! It is not possible for anyone to come into the room at all!" They thought, ĎIf one looks down there, one can see that we locked the lift (elevator)! Who has come? Who is He talking with?í they thought. Then I said, "Gruha Ammayi (Ďgirl of the houseí - this is how Swami addressed His mother) came. See, she gave this to Me and left," and I showed the belt. There was nothing else except the belt (no buckle). Opening it, one clasp fits into the other.

Those kinds of mothers in the world are numerous. However, the children who select their mothers and then afterwards are born to them are different. The mothers who choose their children are different. She is the one whom I selected. I wanted her as My mother. (Applause) Therefore, there is a close intimate relationship between she and I.

The Story of Chaitanya

Basing on this only, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu went for the Darshan of Shiva. He went there and saw Lord Shiva. "Swami! You are the Lord of the world, I know. You are the Lord of the Universe, I know. You are the Sustainer of all living creatures. You have all powers. You are all knowing, I know.

"Yet I do not need anything. Gold, wealth, things and vehicles, I will not ask for anytime. I won't even desire devotion and Vairagya (non-attachment, detachment or sense-control) at all. I donít even have any need of liberation or Vaikuntha. Just give me one thing: the Love to love You! There is no other better thing in the world other than Your Love. Just give me that one thing," he desired.

Due to desiring that Love, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu went around the whole world propagating Love and returned. "Remember God! Contemplate on God. There is none other than God." Saying this, he spread many types of teachings.

His mother forced him a lot. She said, "Son, it is very difficult wandering around alone in this world at this age. Yet I have a sankalpa (resolve) for you to marry. The girl is a great devotee. She is very suitable for you. She comes from a very great family. Therefore, there is this girl named Lakshmi. Marry her."

He said, "I donít want to. I have God. I offered myself to God." She insisted, "Son! What you have offered to God you may have mentally offered, but there is a physical aspect, isn't there? That may be in a spiritual sense, but this should be there for the physical aspect. You must do it." Then she brought Lakshmi and had them married.

Immediately after getting married, he started off on a pilgrimage. He went to spread the influence of Chaitanya (Divine Consciousness) throughout the world. He who left didnít return even after many months. This Lakshmi was of a very sathwic (pure) nature. She had a pure heart with pure, unwavering selfless love. Remembering and contemplating on Chaitanya always, she left her life-breath.

After she died, Chaitanya returned. Then the mother took hold of his hands and said, "Son, due to my insistence, I had you married. However, I have lost the life of that girl. Such a virtuous one will not be found again." Saying that, she had him get married again. She got him married to a girl named Vishnupriya. He also got married to that girl and went to Bengal country for propagating Divine Consciousness.

Going all around there, he forgot all about his house and home. "I have only God. I do not have any other thought than that of God." Saying that, he played the cymbals and went on singing bhajans (devotional songs in praise of God).

A few jealous rowdies (troublemakers) took away those cymbals. Afterwards, then he tied a drum around his neck and went on singing bhajans. A few more rowdies came and broke apart that drum. He said, "Ah-ha! They feel that I am dependent upon these. The bondage to even these has broken. I have hands! I have hands! These are enough for me!" (Swami claps His hands in demonstration.) "Narayana! The hands that You have given me are safe. I donít need the beating of this drum." Saying that, he went on doing his bhajans.

In the middle of his path, a few people came and caught hold of him and beat him up a lot. However, even then he went on repeating, "Narayana, Narayana, Narayana! Krishna, Krishna, Krishna!" When they beat him up, his whole body was bleeding. By the time the mother came and saw him, there was no blood. All of it had disappeared! 'This body is God's. This is not mine. So whatever anyone does, I'm not afraid.í He was thinking like that while moving about.

Therefore, the ones who do not understand devotion and surrender in the world are being immersed in many different types of illusions. Good and bad all come only from the mother. When the heart of the mother is pure, the sonís heart will also become pure. Therefore, it has to be seen that the heart of the Mathru Devi (Mother goddess - it means 'mother' here) is not given pain at all.

 

Easwarammaís Concern Regarding Bad People

One day when there was the Old Mandir, a group all came in a big crowd. There was a small thatched hut where I stayed. Where there was this small thatched hut, these many people came. Easwaramma approached Me softly, "Swami! All of them, all very bad people, are coming! They may do some harm. I can't sleep!"

I said, "You should not keep fears like this. The body has to go sometime or the other. Some day or the other the body must be left. That day upon which it could be left may be today. It may go. Only that. But donít keep attachment to the body." When that was said, she went home.

It was an old thatched hut. Nevertheless, I slept all alone inside. That night they set fire to the four sides of that hut. That whole hut turned only into big flames. Both Subbamma and Easwaramma saw it. They came running. By the time they arrived, there was no indication of rain at all anywhere. Only on that hut a heavy downpour of rain fell. (Applause) Due to the rain, there were no further flames at all. I came outside. "Swami! You are safe! Thatís enough for us!"

 

Krishna as an Ambassador

This same situation only happened with Krishna. One day Krishna went to the Kauravas as an ambassador of the Pandavas. Going near the Kauravas, he tried to arrange a treaty in so many ways by saying, "War is not good. In a war so many people may die. Relatives may die. Friends may die. Everyone could die. So, it is not good to earn a livelihood by fighting a war like this."

As an ambassador, he went first and foremost to Dharmaraju. Even Dharmaja also said, "Swami! Where are You and where are those Kauravas? It is like the relationship between the Nakka (jackal) and the Naaga Loka (the serpent world, which is considered to be a higher world). You are going to compromise with them. I donít want it."

Afterwards He went near to Arjuna and He said, "Arjuna! I am going to the Kauravas as an emissary. Do you like this?" However, Arjuna was one who had some Rajaguna (passion or desire), so he said, "Without fail, go! You get them to agree to this war and come."

He went near Bheema. Bheema also said, "It is not possible to avoid killing these evil people. Hence, they must be destroyed. Have them agree to war and come."

He went near Draupadi. The heart of women is always very tender and sacred. Then she said, "Krishna! If war is agreed to, if all my relatives die, how much suffering will I have! When their relatives also go, they will also suffer as much, isnít it? How much those parents will suffer! Therefore, I donít want this war at all. No one at all should experience the tragedy of the war."

He went near Nakula and Sahadeva. They closed their mouths and didnít say anything at all. Then, He went to Hastinapura. There he conversed with that blind king. Then He came back, saying they did not accept.

At that time, both Nakula and Sahadeva were young. They both went and embraced Krishna tightly, "Krishna! You asked us to say what we desired. This only is what we wanted: Your coming back safely after going near those evil people! That is enough for us. Your welfare is our welfare. If you are well, that is everything for us. Therefore, now You donít need to go near them again.

Then Arjuna said (in anticipation of the war),

How could I bear it, after killing so many sons?

My eyes are reeling!

Without wasting time, let us go home."

(Telugu poem)

 

Compassion of Draupadi

Draupadi also said, "Elder Brother! That day when you started off for the compromise, my mind didnít accept it at all. It may be felt that ladies are very weak. We are not weak. We are ready for anything. In the aspect of thyaaga (sacrifice, renunciation, detachment), there is no other higher thyaaga than that which ladies have. In the very beginning, we sacrifice selfishness. It is our duty to desire the welfare of our children. Therefore, I said that I did not want the war." From ancient times, the country of Bharath fostered in many ways mothers like this.

The son of Dronacharya came in the middle of the night and cut the throats of all the sons of Draupadi and left. Arjuna said, "I will get hold of him and come. In front of you I will cut his throat. Rub that blood on your head and take head-bath with it. Then this fault (of killing him) will go."

Bearing his sword, Arjuna brought Ashwaththama. Then he sent for Draupadi. Then what did Draupadi do? She went running and fell on the feet of Ashwaththama! Will anyone, seeing the wicked one who cut the throats of her own sons, simply let him go? However, she fell on the feet of Ashwaththama and she was praying:

Ashwaththama!

All my husbands have learnt the arts of war and archery from your father Drona.

(Telugu poem)

These children are the children of those disciples!

Is it right to kill the children of the students of your father, without compassion?

(Telugu poem)

She caught hold of his feet.

They did not come with aggravation to you.

They were not equipped for war and

They did not deceive you even a tiny bit.

You killed them in the darkness

When they could not defend themselves.

How could your hands do such an act?

(Telugu poem)

She kept pleading to him. Will any woman do like that? When he cut the throats of six children, will any lady be able to bear it? No. She said, "Today my children have died. I am crying for my children. If my husband killed you, how much will your mother cry! Therefore, those tears of the (your) mother should not be seen. So Arjuna, you give up the idea of killing him."

What did Arjuna say? He said, "I have made a resolve. If I do not fulfil that vow, all of my fame will be reduced. Therefore he has to be killed." Then she said, "It is not good at all to kill a Brahman like this. Not only a Brahman, but also anybody. It is even a bigger sin to kill the son of the Guru. So, I won't accept it." Saying that, Draupadi stood as obstacle in the way in front of Ashwaththama.

Bheema came. He was saying,

If you do not kill this wicked man,

See! I will crush his head and break it with my fist!

(Telugu poem)

Then she said, "If your promise is to be upheld, you maintain the proper composure and forgive him. To forgive is very good. Forgive him! Forgive him!"

Kshama is Truth.

Kshama is Dharma.

Kshama is Veda.

Kshama is Non-Violence.

Kshama is everything.

Kshama is happiness.

It is everything,

Whereas oneís sorrow is hell.

(Sanskrit Sloka)

(Kshama means forgiveness or the virtue of forbearance.) Pandavas though they had so much great courage, bravery and valor, but even when they were there (in this situation), the sweetness of Karuna (compassion, mercy, or kindness) that was in Draupadi could not be seen in them at all.

Hence, the heart of woman is sacred. It is that which melts and flows. It is Amritha Rasam (the sweetness of nectar). However, at some times of anger, some harshness may be displayed. But afterwards they will repent so much. In the matter of repenting, there are no other greater ones than women.

 

Exemplary Women

In our ancient culture, no matter how much time has passed, it has continuously gone on like that in the country of Bharath ('the Land of those who have attachment to the Lord'). However, due to the influence of Kali Age, now that Love has also been destroyed even in those women.

But there are still great women. There are mothers who are Pathi Vrathas (chaste, noble wives). There are mothers who maintain the Chathur Dharma (the four goals of life: Dharma, Artha, Kaama, and Moksha). So, there is no lack of such mothers. Due to their kshema (preserving that tradition which has already existed; steadfastness in virtue), Bharath has been able to stand at least this much.

Therefore, because of women, we are experiencing so many types of happiness, comforts, and conveniences. Even the welfare of the whole country depends upon women. Therefore, we should not see ladies as low. Donít talk with them, making fun of them. Elder ladies are equal to mothers. Younger ones are equal to sisters. When all gents have this attitude, the country will be well.

You have to understand and experience this Truth. Then you can also attain Divinity. Therefore, with the Love of God, we will get all sorts of love. So you should not feel that mothers are ordinary. Mother is worthy of worship. Due to her full blessings, the Grace of the whole world will be received.

Subhadraís Blessing

Subhadra's son was going to the war. However, then Subhadra went to him and she was blessing saying, "Son, you are going to war even though I say I donít want it. Still you should gain victory and return. That only is everything for me. I donít need anything else. Your father went to the war. Your Uncle, Krishna, went there to help him. There is no one in the house except Dharmaja. So, you are going, but don't accept to fight at any rate. Just go and come."

The kind of protective blessing conferred by Gauri on her son when he went to slay Taraakasura;

The protection of protective blessing on her son, Bhargava, at the time of going to kill Sambasura;

Such a great, auspicious blessing, the protection of the body, the Divine protection of Sri Rama,

May it be with you and protect you.

(Telugu poem)

Subhadra blessed and sent him. All the women of those days were such great ones.

It is not as if they are not here today. However, according to their numbers, they were seen more then. Today there are so many such ladies in the world, suffering so much, deeply inside. The ladies who are suffering inside are trying so much to turn their sons, who are on the wrong path, onto the good path. There are crores and crores in Bharath.

Therefore, outside or inside, no suffering or trouble should be given to mothers. No one can describe a motherís love as 'this or that much'. Motherís Love is even greater than Eswaraís Love.

Seek the Protection of Parvathi or Easwara?

One time Parvathi and Easwara were going on a journey to protect the world. One individual was sitting on a tree. He went to the very top of that tree. In a few minutes, he would fall and die from there. Parvathi saw this. She said, "Lord! Protect him, protect him, protect him!" Shankara was just making jokes there. He said, "You are the one who is seeing him. You only know that he will reach the place of death. You only protect him. Why Me?"

Then she prayed, "How can I protect? Without Your Grace, it is very difficult for such strength to come to us women, isn't it? Without You, it is negative, negative, negative. You are positive. Only when both this negative and positive come together, there will be protection. Only then protection will come about. Easwara, donít be late! Donít wait, donít!"

Then Easwara had a very good answer. "For anything, man only has to ask it of God, isn't it? Without asking Him, God won't do anything at all. An action without a reason will not come about. Therefore, he has to at least call on Me, isn't it? Without being called, how can I go?"

It is said:

Not being called to a function,

Betel leaf not given,

Is useless!

(Telugu poem)

The Divine Mother has a lot of heart. Then she said, "Easwara! When he falls, if he says ĎAmma! (Mother!)í, then I will go and protect him. If he calls ĎAppa! (Father!)í, You go and protect. I am Amma and You are Appa. Therefore, when he says ĎAmmaí, I will go and protect. If he says ĎAppaí, You go and protect him."

OK, they agreed. Both waited to see whom he would call on. It was his karma (bad fate) that he did not worship mother or father on any day in his life. So ĎAmmaí didnít come from his mouth nor did ĎAppaí come. Saying ĎAyyo!í (Oh!), he fell down. (Laughter) Then who will protect him?

Therefore, the remembrance done in this life is for the foundation to have at the end. At least ĎAmmaí should be called out. 'Amma' (mother) and 'Nanna' (Telugu for father) should be remembered; or at least ĎAppaí should be thought of (Hindi for father). What god can help the stupid ones who forget their mother and father?

Hence, Divinity is fully in mother and father. Mother is a deity (God). Father is God. Keeping these feelings, we have to be ready to give them the right type of gratefulness.

Easwaramma Day has been arranged by us today to spread in the world this kind of awareness of the greatness of mother.

 

God is the Only Refuge

Paapam! (What a shame!) Women have no one at all with them. Children won't help them. Husbands won't help them. It is said that God is the refuge for those with no refuge. God only is their refuge. There is only God to listen to their prayers. Hence, the whole world is able to maintain welfare due to their prayers.

More than thousands of prayers of men, if women say one prayer from the heart, it is enough! Why? Because theirs is a very soothing heart. If even one word is said from that soothing heart, it is enough. They will get welfare (be safeguarded). Don't make the mother angry. Donít make the mother sorrowful at all. Only when it is like that (when you respect the mother), God also will help you.

Therefore, people are saying Ďmotherlandí for the name of their country also. But no one will say Ďfatherland.í Is anyone saying, 'my fatherland'? It is only 'my motherland, motherland, motherland'. (Applause) Therefore, such an influence has come from that mother, even in respect to the country. The country only is referred to as the 'mother country'. In addition, this body is the prasad (blessed gift) of the mother.

For that reason only, with the Love of the mother, protect, foster, and destroy all the sorrows of the motherland. In any situation, donít give any sorrow to the mother. Therefore, to understand and act on this Truth only in this sacred time is the right type of Dharma.

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Now, within a few minutes, good devotees who have been devoted for so many years (forty) will perform. You know P. Sushila and her daughter-in-law. When Sushila didnít have her own children, I gave her a son. I only did the marriage of that son. The daughter-in-law who came to that son is a singer also. Therefore, all of them came today. They will sing a few songs to give joy to everyone. Listen with bliss. Afterwards, in the Kalyan Mandapam (marriage hall), there will also be a childrenís Bal Vikas drama.

Do you know why these activities are arranged? Manís mind is only very unsteady. It is like a mad monkey. To control this monkey mind, these discussions, this singing, these types of sacred prayers are very necessary. So, only donít follow this mind.

Mind is a mad monkey.

Body is a water bubble.

Donít follow the body,

Donít follow the mind.

Follow the conscience.

(Applause)

That is important. Therefore all of you be a little patient, spend the time joyfully, be happy, and remember it now and then.

 

Bhagavan closed His Divine Discourse by chanting the bhajan, "Hari Bhajana Bina Sukha Shanti NahiÖ"

 

 

 
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