(This is a translation from Telugu to English.)
BHAGAVAN SRI SATYA SAI BABA
Delivered on 21-05-2000
Sai Ramesh Hall,
Royal Path to God
Embodiments of Divine Love!
As the sandalwood is ground, the fragrance that is within it, comes out. When the sugarcane is chewed, the sweet juice that is within it gives us so much joy. When gold is fired it becomes pure and lustrous.
Like that, when every single man loves all living beings, the bliss that is within him comes out. As much as you love living beings, your bliss will also increase likewise. Therefore, those who wish to increase their bliss have to love everyone. That is the royal path to reach the presence of God.The best way to love God is to love all, serve all. This only is the secret that Buddha taught. Buddham Sharanam Gacchami (I take refuge in the Buddha.) Sangham Sharanam Gacchami (I take refuge in the Society.)
Dharmam Saranam Gacchami(I take refuge in Dharma.) (Buddhist Sloka)
First and foremost, we have to increase Buddhi (intelligence). That intelligence has to increase in Sangham (society). This Sangham has to have Dharma and thus joy will be experienced.
We should not bring pain, trouble, or sorrow to any living thing.Hurt never, help ever. This only is the most important thing Buddha taught: Ahimsa Paro Dharmah (Non-violence is the highest Dharma).
Don’t weaken anyone or give pain to anyone mentally, physically, or with words. Yet you may wonder, ‘Is this possible?’ When you feel you must do it with strong determination, you can achieve any great thing at all easily.
The Divinity that is in everyone is One. When It is recognised, there is no need to be afraid of anything. Prahlada was one who took refuge in Narayana. Hiranyakasipu was one who took refuge in name and form. Names and forms are always impermanent. Narayana is always the personification of Truth. In all the numerous names of God, the best name isSat-Chit-Ananda. ‘Sat’ means that which is in all the three periods of time. That which has no change in the past, present and future, is Sat. We have to experience Sat, that which is changeless, on the path of Truth.
Chitis full Jnana or wisdom. Through this full wisdom, we have to have Darshan of the full form, the totality of Divinity. After we have experienced both of these, bliss (Ananda) will arise from within us. Therefore, when we experience Sat with Sat, Chit with Chit and bliss with bliss, the form of Sat-Chit-Ananda will manifest to us.
Every single man is wishing for bliss. From where is this bliss? We have been born from bliss. We are living in bliss. We will end in bliss also. Therefore, our life is full of bliss. It is not difficult to recognise the goal of our life. No one can forget the goal of his life. Therefore, we have to wish for bliss; we have to experience bliss; we have to merge in bliss.
Body is impermanent for man. With this body, which is impermanent, we cannot attain permanent bliss. In order to understand this truth, Buddha left his home. He saw a dead body. He saw a sick man. He saw an old man. It is not possible to not become old. It is normal for the body: childhood, youth, and old age. Therefore, these are all changes of Nature. They are physical changes. Due to changes like these, we should not worry at all. You want that the body should be permanent.
What is the reason for death? What is the cause for old age? What is the reason for birth? What is the reason for disease? Buddha enquired into these and experimented. Finally, he realised that the body is only a water bubble. It is the mind that is responsible for bringing all the diseases on the body. By the resolves of the mind, the body gets illnesses. They call this psychological. Due to the psychology of the mind, the body undergoes changes. Therefore, this mind is only like a cloth.
However, the other day I said:Mind is Vishnu (Sanskrit sloka) This mind, Vishnu, is all-pervading. Therefore, we should not mind the nature of the body. As long as we are in the body, we have to try to recognise Divinity. Therefore, it is normal for mistakes and corrections to happen to man. However, man is doing so many Yajnas and Yagas, not able to recognise the Divinity in all living creatures.
Buddha Teaching Ahimsa
When propagating Dharma, Buddha went to village after village. In one village, they were starting a Yajna. In that Yajna they attempted to sacrifice an animal. Buddha obstructed it. He said, "This should not be done. God is in all creatures.God is in all beings. (Sanskrit sloka) This is the knowledge that I have learned. God is in every single living being. Jeeva (individual) is God and God is Jeeva. Therefore, it will not be possible for you to give this animal in sacrifice."
The head of the Yagna turned around. "I am giving it liberation by sacrificing it." When Buddha heard that he was giving it liberation, Buddha joked about it. "You are giving liberation to the animal which does not ask for it. Why should not liberation be given to man who desires it? Therefore, I do not have faith that you are giving liberation to these animals that do not desire it. What Shasta taught this, what Upanishads taught this, what Veda taught this? So, there is no truth in it. If one living creature is killed, will it get liberation? No, I won’t, it won’t! This is untruth. You may have faith in it, believe in it, and worship it.
There is an example for it. This animal does not want liberation. Your mother wants liberation. You father wants liberation. Your wife wants liberation. Your son wants liberation. Why should you not offer them as sacrifice and give them liberation? Therefore, if there was liberation in this, why should you not start it in your own vision? You are giving liberation to these animals who do not desire it. But why should you not give this liberation to man who desires it? Why? Because liberation will not be gained by sacrificing on any day. This begins to be a big sin."
Therefore, he obstructed it saying "Don’t do harm." In this way, he purified a few wrongs and he started non-violence, considering Ahimsa as the highest Dharma. The love that is in man is also in animals. Therefore, the love that is in man, share it equally between bird and beasts. Share this love with every single human being. Share this love with every single living creature. This is the true quality of love. This is the true liberation.
What does liberation mean? They are thinking that liberation is going to some certain place or living in some certain place. Not this, not this! When one attains full, perfected love, this is liberation. We have to try to achieve this full love. Then only we will begin liberation. Nowadays saying "Moksha, Moksha (liberation)." They are undertaking so many types of Sadhanas. We get only temporary peace from these Sadhanas.
However, the elders taught nine types of paths: Sravanam (listening), Kirtanam (singing), Vishnu Smaranam (remembrance), Pada Sevanam (worship of the Feet), Vandanam (salutation), Archanam (ritual worship), Dasyam (service), Sneham (friendship), Atma Nivedanam (surrender). In these nine types of paths also, the only result we get is temporary bliss. In these nine paths, we have to make the stream of love flow. Love must be the undercurrent in all Sadhanas. That is the true devotion.
Devotion doesn’t only mean to do bhajan, do puja, to say mantras, to chant Vedas. These are not only devotion. These are all only parts of devotion. Devotion means to send the love that arises out of you directly to God. To love God with pure, steady, selfless love is true devotion. We have to worship God without desires. Whatever Sadhana is done, there is some little selfishness involved. We have to offer to God selfless love, without selfish interests. That only is the true liberation. That is the true Moksha.
To destroy Moha (infatuation) is Moksha. Therefore, this is not to be attained from a book. It cannot be attained from teachings of another. It does not arise from discourses. It has to arise from the inner feelings. That Moksha is within us. That bliss is within us. You only are the abode of bliss. Your heart is the abode. Therefore, we have to offer to God the love that arises out of a heart like that.
Many Religions - One God
I have said before:The body is the temple of God and the Indweller is the eternal Almighty. (Sanskrit sloka) Your body is a temple. In this temple, the Jeeva (individual) is God. As much as you are loving your Jeeva, you also have to love as much the Jeeva residing in other bodies. That body is a temple and this body is a temple. That is Jeeva and this is Jeeva. The Jeeva is One. God is One. Temples may be many.
In that same way, a son comes and calls one individual, ‘Father, father!’ The daughter-in-law comes and calls him, ‘Uncle, Uncle.’ The younger brother comes and calls him "Elder brother, elder brother." Grandson comes and calls him ‘Grandfather, Grandfather.’ There is only one individual, but numerous people are calling him by numerous names. They are experiencing him with numerous names. The experience is different but there is only one individual. He only is grandfather, he only is the elder brother, he only is the son, he only is the uncle.
In that same way, in every single religion also, one will say, ‘Allah,’ one will say ‘Jesus,’ one will say ‘Zoroastra,’ one will say, ‘Hindu,’ one will say ‘Rama,’ one will say ‘Krishna,’ one will say ‘Buddha.’ In this way each one will experience God in a different way. These are all only based on relationships with the body. Yet, God is one. We should not keep any differences at all.
Therefore, let those who think of Him as Buddha, worship Buddha. Let those who think of Him as Easwara, do worship of Easwara. Let those who think of Him as Allah, worship Allah. Let those who think of Him as Jesus, worship Jesus. No matter what name we call, they all reach the one God. Therefore, gold is one, God is one. Therefore, we should not keep any differences concerning God at all.Whoever we do namaskar to, it will reach Keshava, God only. (Sanskrit sloka)
Therefore whatever religion, whatever castes, don't keep differences. The Minister said, ‘caste of humanity’, ‘language of the heart’, ‘omnipresent God’. There is one God. So, you can put any name to Him. These are all names which have been given, but actually God has no name at all. He is the Embodiment of power. We have to make correct effort to put this power to the right use.
Take Satwic Food
So many different types of qualities enter into this Love. It is polluted due to food and pastimes, desire, anger, greed, infatuation, pride and envy. Due to food and pastimes, so many types of qualities begin. We have to try to take satwic food. Due to this satwic food, we will also get satwic qualities.
Buddha Purnima. It means that he took satwic food. Therefore, he attained full buddhi (intelligence). It is said,Buddham Saranam Gacchami. The Vedas also described the quality of the mind. Moon is the presiding deity of the mind. (Sanskrit sloka) Mind does not have its own radiance. Due to the radiance of the sun, the moon shines. However, the radiance in the sun and in the moon is the same. Yet, the light of the moon is cooling and happy. The light of the sun gives the radiance of Jnana. So, one is teaching Jnana and the other is teaching Love. Without Love, Jnana cannot increase.
First a small flower is born. Then it gets the form of a small, unripe fruit. Then that only will become a fruit. Where did this fruit come from? It came from the unripe fruit only. Where did this unripe fruit come from? It came from the flower. Flower, unripe fruit and fruit: all three are one. Therefore, in the nature of God, Karma (action), Jnana (wisdom), Bhakti (devotion), in all three there is unity. In the nature of Love everything is contained. Therefore, we have to increase the nature of Love.
Buddha’s Disciple’s Discourse
We have to develop Divine, good feelings. One should not criticise the other. One should not scorn another. Buddha wandered and wandered while propagating Dharma and his body become a little tired. So when he reached one village, he went inside to take a little rest. He called one youth, one boy who was with him, and said, "Oh disciple! You give bliss to the people today by giving them a discourse. Today I must take rest."
That disciple became very blissful. Thinking ‘such a great fortune he gave me, isn’t it!’, he started the discourse: "Buddha is full of compassion. Buddha is full of Love. He is full of Jnana. He is a Karma Yogi. He is a Jnana Yogi. He is Siddha (perfected). A Buddha like this has never been born before and he will never be born again."
When he said like that, all the devotees gathered there clapped. When they all clapped like that, Buddha, who was taking rest inside, heard. Immediately he came to the gathering. He had the disciple who was giving the discourse stand. He asked, "Son, how old are you?" The disciple answered, "Swami, I am 25 years old." Then Buddha asked, "What countries have you visited?" He said, "I have seen Kuru Desham and Panchaala Desham."
Buddha then reprimanded him. "You have only seen two or three villages. Your age is only 25 years. What experiences have you had in this young age? ‘A Buddha like this has not been born before. And he won’t be born again.’ How can you know this? You can’t recognise the past of ‘he wasn’t born before.’ You cannot recognise the future of ‘he will not be born again.’ You are only in the present. You are one who cannot even know correctly the present! When you are like that, in what way are you able to tell about the past and future? This is only Ajnana (ignorance). From now on, don't give a discourse like that any more."
Buddha reprimanded him and then afterwards said, "How many great ones there are for everyone! So many great ones have been born before. So many great souls will be born in the future also. Great ones are being born who even have the whole world in their hands. Therefore, you don't have the authority to say that ‘They will not be born and they were not born’." In that way, he discouraged pomp and show.
Buddha was without any pomp and show. He was always pure and steady. He used to show great humility and obedience. He used to act with the quality of Love. Therefore, it is very hard to know this nature of Buddha.
Embodiments of Divine Love!
It is useless for everyone to be blissful just thinking that this is the festival celebrating the birth of Buddha, calling it Buddha Purnima. We have to put in practise and prove the examples that Buddha preached. However, nowadays, people are heroes in the speeches on platforms. On platforms, heroes, but in practise, zeros. Therefore we have to be practical and practise. We have to experience all the teachings of Buddha. That is the true respect that we have to give to Buddha.
So, all the devotees of Buddha, all the teachings are all ideal teachings. They are teachings that should be put into practise. They are noble teachings. They are sacred teachings. The most important of all of them is:Ahimsa is the highest Dharma (Sanskrit sloka) He taught this first of all. Make your sight pure. Only when you develop this sacred vision, you will be able to attain a pure life. You develop pure vision. You have to develop sight which is free from faults. Good sight, good listening, good feeling, good thoughts, good life. ( Buddhist Sloka) This is what he taught. Good, good, good.
Waves of Goodness
Develop pure vision. When we develop pure vision, pure feelings will arise from within us. When pure feelings arise from within us, we will do pure actions. When one takes a small stone and throws it into a well, a big wave will start in that well. How far will the ripples go? The waves will go only as far as the well goes. In that same way, if one throws a good stone, good waves will arise. If one throws a pindi ball (made of flour or rice), it will remain there where it is thrown.
Therefore, we have to throw the rock of good thoughts in the pond of our mind. If we put the rock of good thoughts in the pond of our minds, that only will start off and spread throughout the entire country. Those waves will arrive at the eyes. By these eyes, we will see good things. Those waves will arrive at the ears. By these ears, we will hear good things. It will go into the mouth. Good words will come. It will go into the hands, the hands will do good works. They will go into the legs. We will go and walk to good places.
Therefore, this well of the body, all of it also is full of waves. Therefore, these waves are moving about from top to toe. Wherever these waves go, there the sacredness will be. Therefore, good sight - You have to develop good sight. He said you have to develop good thoughts. In this way, he taught the teachings that should be taught. What are we doing? We are reading books. But it is only while we read that the mind is there. Afterwards, it goes away.
We should do every single thing in the same way that the sandalwood is ground. Just as the fragrance comes out if we keep grinding and grinding it, if you keep putting and putting the teachings into practise, that practise will arise fully in you. In the same way that the mouth has bliss with the sweetness when the sugarcane is chewed and chewed, when we speak and speak those teachings, the sweetness in it will give us so much bliss.
Therefore, every noble individual has to begin to put them into practise. Any sacred actions that any great man does, we have to put them into practise. How many activities have they done! How many ideal activities they have done. How many ideal teachings they said. Yet, if we put that which was done, one or two into practise, it is enough.
Don’t Waste Time
God gave so much time. How man is wasting it!Time waste is life waste. Time is God, don't waste time. Therefore, we are wasting 75% of time. Even the small amount of time that is there, we are spending it with T.V. and with this and that. This is so useless. Why shouldn’t you use it in sacred activities? Put it to use in good actions. Increase Dana (charity) and Dharma.
Quality not Quantity
Buddha did that only. Finally, when he was about to take his last breath, he had one pice (lowest-valued coin) with him. He had wrapped that pice in a small cloth and kept with him. He didn’t want greatness. He wanted sacredness. All very big kings came and built great ashrams. They started Buddhist Monasteries. However, all of these did not make him happy. One beggar, an old lady, from somewhere she had earned a pice. She took that pice and brought it: "Son, Buddha! This is my wealth. See, you take it." He took that pice with both hands. He wrapped it in a cloth and kept it close to his waist.
Therefore, it is not great to give things with pomp and show. The pice that is offered with love and humility is great.Why barrels of donkey’s milk? One teaspoon of cow’s milk is useful. That one only is enough. Even one naiya paisa given with a pure heart is like a crore. (A crore is 1,000,000 rupees.)
Buddha With the Demonness
At one time, Buddha was sitting alone in a forest. Then an evil demonness came. The demonness said she was ready to eat him. Buddha answered, "Sooner or later, one is bound to die. Therefore, today when you get hungry, I will give my body to appease your hunger." He said it, laughing and laughing. We don't need to be afraid of changes in the body or the death of the body. Death will certainly come. So, it is necessary for the demonness to have hunger. He said, "You eat it, take it."
When Buddha said those words, laughing and laughing, immediately that demonness changed into a pigeon. It changed and said, "Buddha, I will spread your bliss, your sacrifice, to the world. Whenever anyone is about to die, they become afraid. One is bound to die. Therefore, giving food to one who is hungry with the thing that has to die, who will have such great feelings? Therefore, Buddha, I am not a demonness. I have come like this just to test you. I am a pigeon. I am a pure, immaculate pigeon. I will now propagate your greatness to everyone." Therefore, even the birds spread all of Buddha’s great words.
Buddha’s Nature Love
Then, what does it mean? The quality of Love only was Buddha’s nature. The quality of Love is the nature of Sai. Therefore, all Avatars take the basis as Love. Therefore, no one is trying to understand that basic quality, that fundamental Truth. That only is Love. We have to increase that Love. If Love is developed, the whole world will be ours.
No one can describe the power in a quality of Love like that. It is not possible for anyone to describe it. It is Amrita (nectarine or immortal). It is blissful. Amrita may have value only up to a point but, Love is more valuable than that. Amrita may have a certain taste. But no one can describe this Love as like this or like that. Therefore, we have to develop the quality of Love that is Amrita.
The thing that Buddha spread was Love only. What was experienced was Love only. What gave bliss was Love. And he ended in Love. Therefore, to be born in this Love, to grow in Love, and end in Love, this quality is the quality of Buddha. Love and God are not different.Born in water, growing in water, and merging in water again, is the water bubble. Man is a water bubble. Narayana is water. Therefore, man is that which has come from the water, Narayana. (Telugu poem) Jeeva is God and God is Jeeva. So, Jeeva is not separate.
Embodiments of Divine Love!
You all feel that you are Embodiments of the Divine. The parents may have given you some names. You put to use these names in the world. But, the one visiting card that has to be given to the Almighty is Love, Love, Love. You may make and give a visiting card with your name on it to your friends. Why? Because they will not be able to understand otherwise. God has one name:Love, Love, Love.
Love is God. Live in Love.
Start the day with Love.
Spend the day with Love.
Fill the day with Love.
End the day with Love.
This is the way to God.
Therefore, everyone should increase this quality of Love from this Buddha Purnima. You have to take Love as the promotion. There is no greater promotion than this. No matter how many Vedas, how many Shastras, how many Upanishads are read, one may become a pundit (scholar). What kind of man is a pundit?Pandita Sama Darshanah. One who has equal vision is a Pundit. (Sanskrit sloka) Nowadays there is no equal vision at all. They are turning the pages of books. They are being read. They are thinking, "I am a great Pundit." That is a big ego. Due to such ego, man is becoming ruined. He read so much. Is he putting even one thing into practise? There is no practise at all.
The thing that protects us is Divine Love only. That which punishes is Divine Love. It is Love only that takes you to exalted levels. There is no other path for us except Love. This only is one-way traffic. Love only going and love only coming. In one-way traffic like this, how careful we have to be! In this Divine Love, there is no speed breakers or any other type of breakers. You can go any amount of speed. One may go to God with speed.
The rivers are teaching us this quality of Love. The rivers like Ganga, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri are going with such speed. They are coming. Where do they want to go? They are coming to merge in their master, the ocean. If mountains come in the way, they break in two and flow. If small mounds come, they split between them also and flow. No matter what comes in the way, they won’t stop.
Therefore, the flow of our life should only try to merge in the ocean of God. No obstacles at all should come in the way of this flow. Does any obstacle come? Destroy it and go. That is your effort. Man should see that there is no non-effort in his effort. No weakness should begin at all.Good vision should be increased. Good vision, good feelings, good hearing, good deeds. (Buddist sloka) Thus, if we try to be good in all ways, all good will come to us.
Body is Walking Temple
Embodiments of Divine Love!
To attain God we don't have to go somewhere. It will come there where you are. There are some temples, churches and masjids. These are not our temples. They are temples built by man. The temples built by man are impermanent. The body is the temple built by God. This temple is a walking temple. This temple is a talking temple. The power that is in this temple is no where else. There is no cement that was brought. There were no stones brought. They didn’t put the gravel. Without anything, God created it with His resolve. Therefore, this is the prasad (gift) that is willed by God. We have to protect well this gift given by God.
The command given by God has to be followed in the proper way. It must be put to good use. The sacred path, Truth of Atma, should be taught.The body is given to undertake Dharma (Sanskrit sloka). It must be put to use in Dharma sadhana. The body was given for that, not for increasing eating and drinking. That also should be there.
There should be food.Food is for protecting the body. The cloth is to protect the body. (Sanskrit sloka) It needs to be there. To protect the body, food should be there. However, if you only look after food and head, what about God? Therefore these three - food, head and God - should be unified. Therefore, you should also feel that this food and this head are for God.
Ashoka and Buddhist Monk
At one time, Emperor Ashoka went to the forest to wander about. A Buddhist sannyasi was coming walking. Emperor Ashoka got down from the horse and put his head on the sannyasi’s feet, doing namaskar. The Minister saw it. He thought, "Maharaj! What is this? What is the thing that the King is doing? What is the greatness of the Emperor? Such a great one has put his head on the feet of the Buddha." He felt very much troubled in his mind. But it wasn’t the right time to mention it.
After they went home, when Ashoka was in a very blissful mood, then the Minister chastised him softly. "Swami! Your head is so great. Your intelligence is so great. Your education is so great. Your body is so great. You command so much respect. This body which commands so much respect, to put this head on the feet on a small disciple of Buddha?" When he said like that, Ashoka laughed.
After a few days, Asoka called the Minister and said, "Minister! I want a sheep head. I want a goat head. I want the head of a man. Bring these three." He brought them. When the King commands, the Minister will do anything. After the Minister brought them, the King said, "Take them to the bazaar, sell them and come." Immediately after putting them in the market, someone took the goat head. Someone else took the sheep head. To the man’s head, they said, "We don't want, don't want! Take it and go!"
OK. The Minister went back to the King and said, "King! No one accepted this. The King replied, "If no one gives value to this, simply give it away free and come." The Minister brought it back and said, "No one would even take it for free" Then Ashoka said, "Minister! Do you remember? At one time, when I put my head on the feet of the Buddhist sannyasi, you felt so badly. Tomorrow or the next day, my head also will have no value. The head is not permanent. You are struggling so much for this head which has no value. But, the reward, the consequence of putting my head on those feet, has come to me. What is greater than the touch of the feet of a great one?Touch of great ones destroys sins. Conversation of great ones gives all Jnana. Darshan of great ones frees from the bondage of karma. (Sanskrit sloka) Touch of the feet destroys sins. Therefore, with the touch of their feet, my sins have been destroyed. After death, who will give value to it? No one will give it value."
When he said this, Jnana dawned on the Minister. He realised the Truth in it. Afterwards, if we want wisdom to come, will it come? If we want it, can we get it? No, no, no! It is only God who will find an appropriate time to reach/teach us. If you want worldly things, you can’t get them. If you want to attain them, they can’t be attained. However, with God you can attain anything at all.
Recall What is Learnt
Embodiments of Divine Love!
You all came with such devotion. Your devotion and obedience are very high quality. On this Buddha Purnima, you should put it all into practise and keep it. Buddha was very high. Even when it was like that, when he was young he made numerous mistakes. Due to these mistakes, he felt very badly. To atone for these mistakes, he offered himself. Put his way of life and all his teachings into practise and experience them. This is the true Buddha Purnima. If you only experience bliss today, it is of no use.
The cow eats grass. Then it brings it back and chews it again. So, when animal does like that, why shouldn’t you do it? When you go back to your own places, take all that you have experienced, remember it again and recall it. That is why you’ve come, the true duty. After hearing, you should not forget it after going there. It should merge in your blood. They call the essence that is in your blood rasovaisaha.
All the pure feelings, words, that we hear should be steady as rasovaisaha. That form of rasa is God. When that form of rasa, God, enters into every limb, it is named Angeerasa. Therefore, the name of the Almighty in the body is Angeerasa. We have to develop the faith that God is in us as rasovaisaha.
God Always Protects
Therefore, it is God who protects our body in the sleeping state or in the state where one forgets oneself. You think that you are protecting yourself in the waking state. However, in the sleeping state and in the deep sleep state, how will you protect yourself? At all times, in all ways, everywhere, under all circumstances, He is protecting you.
Therefore, it is God only who is always protecting. We should not be afraid of any troubles or sorrows. They all come and go like passing clouds. However, our God is always permanent. Taking Him as the support, remembering Him, think of Him all the times. That is the new thing that you have to learn because you have come here.
Bhagavan closed this Divine Discourse by chanting the Bhajan, "Vahe Guru, Vahe Guru, Vahe Guruji Bolo".