The three stages of Jesus' life

Jesus was kaarana-janma, a Master born with a purpose, the mission of restoring love, charity and compassion in the heart of man. He had no attachment to the self, nor paid any heed to joy or sorrow, loss or gain. He had a heart that responded to the call of anguish, and he went about the land preaching the lesson of love. His life was a libation for the upliftment of umanity.
Like most seekers, he first searched for the Divine · in the objective world. But he soon realised that the world is a kaleidoscopic picture created by one's own imagination, and sought to find God within himself. His stay in the Himaalayan monasteries in Kashmir and in other centres of eastern asceticism and philosophical inquiry, gave him greater awareness. From the attitude of being a Messenger of God, he could now call himself the Son of Clod. The bond of relationship increased: the 'I' was no more some distant light or entity; the light became a part of the "I." With the body-consciousness predominant, he was a messenger. With the heart-consciousness in the ascendant, he-felt a greater nearness and dearness, and so the son-father bond seems natural at this stage.

Later as the Aathman-consciousness was established, Jesus could declare, "I and 'My Father are One." The three stages may be described as: "I was in the Light," "the Light was in me," and "I am the light," and may be compared to the Dhwaitha (dualism), Visishtaadhwaitha' (qualified non-dualism) and Adhwaitha (non-dualism) stages as described in Vedhic philosophy. The final stage is the one when all duality has been shed. This is the essence of all religious disciplines and teachings.
Jesus' original name was Isa
Jesus was honoured by the populace as Christ, for they found in his thoughts, words and deeds,no trace of ego. He had no envy or hatred, and was full of love and charity, humility and sympathy. Jesus' original name was Isa which, when repeated, is Sai. Isa and Sai, both mean Ishwara (God), the Eternal Absolute, the Sath-Chith-Aanandha (Being-Awareness-Bliss). In the Tibetan manuscript, at the monastery where Isa spent some years, his name is written as Isha,which means the Lord of all living beings.

When Jesus proclaimed that he was the Messenger of God, he wanted to emphasise that every one is a messenger of God and has to speak, act and think like one. This is the true Karma-Kaanda (branch dealing with action and its reaction) of the Vedhas: saadhana (discipline) of karma (work), japa (prayer), seva (service) and dhyaana (meditation). When progress is furthered, Jesus asserted, each one can recognise all as Sons of God, Children of God, brothers and sisters of oneself, and so, deserving of worship. The Upaasana Kaanda (branch of Vedhas dealing with contemplation) is the scripture in Sanaathana Dharma (Eternal Universal Religion) for this stage. Finally, knowledge ripens into wisdom and' the goal of Jnaana Kaanda (branch of Vedhas dealing with spiritual wisdom) is reached, when each one realises, "I and my Father are One."

Do not confine Jesus to one community
The Birthday of Jesus must be celebrated by all mankind, for such kaarana-janmas belong to the whole human race. They should not be confined to a single country or community. Jesus found that scholars and ritualists had befogged the true religion, He engaged himself in teaching both spirituality and morality, for education is the very light of life. Jesus found that people were running after glass beads, imagining them to be diamonds and attaching great value to them. He went round the holy shrines and discovered that they had become bazaars where Grace was being bargained and commercialised. He condemned the priesthood which tolerated and encouraged these practises. So he drew upon himself the anger of the heads of temples and monasteries. They tempted one of his disciples with 30 silver pieces, to betray him into their hands.The Roman rulers were told that Jesus was attempting to assert himself as King and so could be punished for treason. Their insistence made the Governor order his crucifixion. When the nails were being driven into him to fix him on the Cross, Jesus heard the Voice of the Father saying,"All life is one, My dear Son. Be alike to every one," and he pleaded that those who were crucifying him may be pardoned for they knew not what they did. Jesus sacrificed himself for the sake of mankind.Carols and candles, readings from the Bible and acting out the incidents that surrounded His Birth, are not enough to celebrate the Birth of Jesus. Jesus said that the bread taken in the 'last supper' was His Flesh, and the wine, His Blood. He meant that all beings alive with flesh and blood are to be treated as He Himself and that no distinction should be made. of friend or foe, we or they. Every body is His Body, sustained by the bread; every drop of blood flowing in the veins of every living being is His, animated by the activity that the wine imparted to it. That is to say,every man is Divine and has to be revered as such.

The message of Jesus Christ

On December 25th, when Jesus was born, three kings. came to his birthplace. These three gave expression to three different views about the new-born babe. One of them, looking at the infant,said: "This child looks like one who will be a lover of God." A second king said: "God will love this child." The third king declared: "Verily, this child is God Himself." The first one viewed the child from the physical point of view. The second saw the child from the mental viewpoint. The third saw from the Aatmic (spiritual) point of view.

The three declarations indicate how one can progress from the human to the divine level. What is needed is the destruction of the animal and demonic qualities in man. Man today worships inanimate idols and images, but makes no attempt to love his fellow human beings in flesh and blood. This was the first message of Jesus. Though one sees his neighbours day after day, he does not choose to love them. How can one believe that such a person can love an invisible God?
If a man cannot love a fellow human being who is visible before his eyes, how can he love what is not visible to him? This is not possible. Only a man who loves living beings around him can love the invisible Divine. Love must start with love for beings that have form. It must be extended to all beings. This is the primary stage in spirituality.

Spirituality does not mean preoccupation with meditation, worship, etc. It involves total extinction of the animal and demonic qualifies in man and the manifestation of his inherent divinity.When the attachments and hatreds in which man is enveloped are removed, the inherent divinity in man, the Sath-chith-ananda in him will manifest Itself.There is no need to search for the omnipresent Divine in any specific place. When you are yourself divine, why search for the Divine elsewhere? It is a mark of ignorance.


Poornachandra Auditorium, Christmas day, 25 Dec 1992
The grace of God cannot be won through the gymnastics of reason,
the contortions of yoga or denials of asceticism. Love alone can
win it, love that needs no requital, love that knows no bargaining,
love that is paid gladly as tribute to all living. Love that is
unwavering.
Sathya Sai Baba

The genesis of the Christmas tree

Jesus was crucified on a Friday and He rose from the tomb on a Sunday. That is why Sunday is taken as the day of worship and service in churches. Catholics gave importance to Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ, while Protestants gave importance to the birth of Christ. Catholics celebrate Christmas by worshipping Mary on the evening of 24th and Protestants celebrate the birth of Christ on the 25th. There is a custom of putting up a Christmas tree on this day and worshipping it. The genesis of this custom can be traced to Germany. A preacher by name Jensen from England once visited Germany. When he was travelling in Germany on his mission, he noticed some Germans attempting to offer a child's life as sacrifice to propitiate God who, they believed, lived in an oak tree. The priest was worried and questioned them why they were offering an innocent child as sacrifice to a tree. As they asserted that God lived in the tree, he took an axe and cut the tree. To his surprise, he was shaken by an inexplicable vibration from head to foot.He noticed the form of a child between the two portions of the tree that was cut by him.

Monumental Heritage and Temples In Delhi

Lotus Temple

Location : Kalkaji in South Delhi

Original Name : Baháí Mashriqu'l-Adhkar

Designed By : Architect Fariburz SabhaMajor

Attraction : Lotus Shaped Temple Structure

Built in:Built During 1980 - 1986 Costing Rs 10 Million

Structure:Half Floating Lotus Set Amidst Pools and Garden. The Petals Made of White Marbles.

Fact:It is the Only Bahai Temple of Worship in Asia. Masterpieces of the 20th Century and Winner of International Prestigious Awards.

Uniqueness :This Temple has no Idols of any Deity and God. Has a Prayers Hall for Meditation for Faith of all Religions.

Akshardham Temple

Location : Banks of River Yamuna in East Delhi

Managed By : Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha

Famous For : Exquisite Architecture and Ornate Pillars

Created By : HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Temple Status :Recognised as the Largest Hindu Temple Complex in the World - Guinness World Record Committee.

Built In :2005

Famous As :India's Spiritual Theme Park.

History :It was Built by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Order to Fulfill the wish of His Guru (Teacher) Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj, the fourth successor in the spiritual hierarchy of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

Structure :Built in the Medivial Style of Architecture, Made in Pink White Marble has 234 Ornately Carved Pillars, 9 Ornate Domes, 20 Quadrangle Shikhars.

MONUMENTAL HERITAGE IN DELHI

Famous Monuments :Jantar Mantar, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Akshardham Temple, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Lodhi Garden.

Mughal Heritage :Jama Masjid – Biggest Mosque in India, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb – Replica of Taj, Safdarjung Tomb and Lodi's Tomb, Lodhi Garden.

Colonial Heritage :India Gate – Heart of Delhi, Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Renowned Temples :Kalkaji Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Lotus Temple, Birla Mandir, Akshardham Temple – A Wonder of Creation, Digambara Jain Lal Mandir Ji, Chattarpur Mandir, ISKCON Temple, Sai Baba Mandir.

Renowned Mosques :Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Moth-Ki-Masjid, Jamali-Kamali Mosque & Tomb, Quwwatu'l Islam Masjid or Qutub Mosque, Khirki-Ki-Masjid.

Famous Forts :Red Fort –Location : Near Delhi Gate at Old Delhi ,Tughlakabad Fort

Famous Museums :Air Force Museum in Palam, Delhi Cantt., Shankar's Doll Museum on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, National Museum of Natural History on Barakhamba Road.

Famous Parks and Gardens :Roshanara Bagh, Rose Garden, Deer Park, Mughal Gardens, Lodhi Gardens, Talkatora Garden, Nehru Park, Buddha Jayanti Garden, Kalindi Kunj.

The 4F's-Follow the Master

Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba says:
Truth has to be conveyed in a fearless manner. There is no need to fear if you are following the truth. Human life is governed by four F's:

Your conscience is your master.

Follow the Master means, observe Dharma. Face the Devil means, overcome the temptations that beset you when you try to earn Artha or Wealth or the wherewithal to live in comfort. Fight to the End means, struggle ceaselessly; wage war against the six enemies that are led by Kama or Lust. And finally, Finish at the Goal means, do not stop until the goal of Moksha or Liberation from Ignorance and Delusion cease. The F's are fundamental for the pursuit of the four Purusharthas - Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. I shall be ever with you, wherever you are, guarding you and guiding you. March on; have no fear.

Saibaba and Nara Narayana Gufa Ashram

What is Sadhana ?

-the purification of the nature,
- the consecration of the being,
- the opening of the psychic and the inner mind and vital,
- the contact and presence of the Divine,
- the realisation of the Divine in all things,
- surrender,
- devotion,
- the widening of the consciousness into the cosmic Consciousness,
- the Self one in all,
- the psychic and the spiritual transformation of the nature.
If these things are neglected , then that is not Sadhana.

Role Of Women

Role of Mother

“The Mother is held as the object of affectionate reverence in Indian Culture. She is the home-maker, the first teacher of the child, the person who lovingly transmits the culture of this ancient land to its heirs in their most formative years. The mother and the father are the first examples in social behavior that the child sees and learns to imitate. They should teach Bhakthi and Prapatthi (adoration of God and surrender to the Highest); they should be embodiments of Shanti and Prema (equanimity and love). Thus, they should aid in the spiritual awakening of the child.


Nation and Mothers


“Everyone has a mother as the source of his life and body. So the mother has to be strong in mind and body, steeped in culture and good character, sanctified by holy thoughts and full of love and dedication. Good mothers make a good nation. They have to be repositories of Thyaga, Yoga and Bhakthi (Detachment, Discipline and Devotion). Every activity of theirs must be prompted by these three cardinals,” Baba says.“If you want to know how advanced a nation is, study its mothers; are they free from fear and anxiety, are they full of love towards all, are they trained in fortitude and virtue.” This has been the message of Baba.


The art of making a home


Once, in His discourse to the girl-students of His College, Baba said,“Woman has been extolled in ancient scriptures as well as classical poetry as Grihalakshmi, the Goddess who brings prosperity to the home. She is the Dharmapathni, who accompanies the husband in the fulfillment of the duties and rights of householder’s life. In addition to keeping the home happy, healthy and harmonious, you also have to learn how to steer clear of hatred, malice, greed, anger, anxiety, pride and other obstacles that come in the way of inner peace. It is not enough if the home budget is balanced; the wife must learn the art of having a balanced view of life, which will not be affected by triumphs and troubles, gains or losses, victory or defeat. This balance can be got only by placing one’s faith in the in-dwelling God.”


Duty of the mother


Baba counsels, “The mother herself should look after the children during the early years instead of placing the child in the custody and care of baby sitters and servants. The mother must set the example in making the shrine the heart of the household. She must enforce discipline over the children in personal cleanliness, in humility and hospitality, in good manners and acts of service. She must persuade the children by example and precept to revere elders and to allot some time both in the morning and evening for prayer and silent meditation.


The ideal for women


“Women should live up to the ideal of a faithful wife and a loving mother. According to the Indian belief and ideals of marriage, husband and wife form the right and left halves of the same body respectively; they are complementary parts of the same unit.”
Ref: “Sathya Sai Speaks”, Vol. – VI, Chapter – 12
“Woman is neither meant to surpass man, nor to be trampled under his foot. She should stand as his equal, his companion in his joys and sorrows of life,” Sathya Sai Baba says.


The gentle art of sacrifice and service


Speaking at the Maharani's Women's College, Mysore, on 12th of Sep 1963, Baba exhorted the girl students thus:“Learn to adjust your likes and dislikes to those of others, learn the gentle art of sacrifice and service. Try to appreciate the view points of elders. They have greater experience and greater sense of responsibility; they may have greater forethought and know more about people and things than you, who are fresh entrants in their household.The family of the husband which you enter after marriage is a good training ground; it is a Sadhana-kshethra (field of spiritual practice). When people find fault with you, do not fly into a rage. Examine your own conduct and discover the faults in you; self-examination is the first step to self-improvement and peace. Do not exaggerate the faults of others; on the other hand, magnify your faults and strive to get rid of them fast. Consider all faultfinders as your friends and well-wishers, for they give you warning-signals in time.”
Ref: “Sathya Sai Speaks”, Vol. - III, Chapter – 24.


Mother – man’s primary wealth


Giving the Inaugural Discourse at the symposium on "The Role of Women in Social Change" organised by the former girl students of the Anantapur campus of the Institute, September, 1983, Baba said,“The mother's lap is the first school for every child. It is his first temple; mother is his foremost God. Mother is every man's primary wealth. It is the duty of every person to recognize this truth. Everyone should cherish their parents as embodiments of the Divine. The father and the mother are inseparable like the word and its meaning. The mother and father may be physically separate, but spiritually, they are one.”
Ref: “Sathya Sai Speaks”, Vol. – XVI, Chapter - 24


Women and the Community


Stressing on the role of women in the building of the society and the nation, Baba says,“Women have a very crucial role in individual and social uplift. They are the makers of the home, the nation and the world. They are the mothers who shape the generation to come. So, they must enshrine in their hearts the spiritual urge towards Light and love, wisdom and bliss.”Women and EducationSpeaking to the girl students of the Sathya Sai College in Jaipur on the 10th of April, 1975, Baba said,“To save at least the next generation, women have to be educated in a well planned manner and endowed with the wisdom, fortitude and faith that can equip them for the great responsibility that rests upon them…Girls who are studying in this college today will become mothers tomorrow. It is therefore necessary that they should equip themselves with the culture, learning and wisdom that they will need in the future. In India, we assign a special place to women. It is therefore all the more important that the girls who are studying here should train themselves in such a way that they can live up to the ideals and aspirations of an Indian woman.We consider women as Grihalakshmi, Dharmapathni and so on. A woman has to maintain her house. She is not only the housewife, but on her depends the glory or otherwise of the whole country. That is why we say this is our motherland. It is in this spirit that we refer to our country as Bharatmatha. We also find that women are given the first position when they are associated with their consort as in Sita-Rama, Lakshmi-Narayana, Radha-Krishna and Parvathi-Parameshwara. It is only to establish this prominence given to women in our country and to train our young girls on these lines that we took up the task of opening such colleges.I expect the young girls studying in this college to cultivate such good qualities that bring name and fame to their families. The girls of the Sathya Sai College should maintain the ideals of the institution and keep the prestige of their homes, their society and their culture. It is only then that the purpose of establishing this college can be served.Women students and teachers have to be ever vigilant that they do not adopt fashions that outrage the traditions and conventions of this country and its culture. Do not bring dishonour to your parents or disappoint them by acting contrary to their aspirations.”Women must emerge from this college armed with deep rooted virtue and firm faith in the ideals of womanhood laid down in our sacred texts. Then only can they, as mothers, mould their children as bright, beautiful, virtuous and strong citizens of the world.

”Ref: “Sathya Sai Speaks”, Vol. XIII, Chapter – 10.


Illustrious Mothers of India


“The Puranas and Shastras (Indian scriptures) stress the role of women as mothers and extol the mothers who instilled high ideals in the minds of the children of the land. The Vedas speak of Maitreyi and Gargi as great scholars and spiritual heroines. Gargi was well revered in the assembly of Vedic pundits for her mastery over abstruse problems of the spirituality. In recent history, we have the mother of Chatrapathi Shivaji who raised him on the epics and Puranas, and brought him up as a brave representative of the best of Hindu Culture,” Baba says.Many a time Baba recalls many illustrious women of India’s history to emphasize the importance and the character of women. Speaking at the College of Home Science, in Bangalore on 26th of July, 1969, Baba said,“Women have proved throughout the centuries in Indian History that they have the courage, the vision, and the intelligence needed to dive into the depths of spiritual science and discipline. Maithreyi, Meera, Gargi, Sulabha, Choodala, Mahadevi, Aandal are shining examples of mighty heroines in the spiritual realms.”


Ref: “Sathya Sai Speaks”, Vol. IX, Chapter – 13.
Prashanthi Nilayam,A.P,India

It Is Now Dasara Festival Time

What is Dasara? The celebration of Dasara is meant to purify the actions performed by the dasendriyas (5 senses of action plus 5 senses of perception). Every human being in this world has to perform some kind of karma.The presiding deity or the driving force behind these actions is Devi, who is the personification of energy. She is the bestower of all kinds of energy for humans to perform various kinds of karma. As a result, Lakshmi bestows various kinds of wealth like money, food grains, gold, different kinds of objects, and vehicles for movement on humans so that they lead a happy life in this world. The third aspect of the female divine principle is Saraswathi, the goddess of education and intellect. Thus, the Trinity of Durga (goddess of energy), Lakshmi (goddess of all kinds of wealth), and Saraswathi (goddess of education and intellect) are worshipped during this festival of Dasara. This is the underlying meaning of worshipping this Trinity of Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswathi during this Navarathri (9 day) festival. It is essential that man worship all these three facets of the Divine Principle

Christmas Divine Discourse(2006)of Bhagwan Sri Sathya saibaba

Divine Discourse on 25th December 2006,Christmas
The pompous person
with unclear mind
what chance has he
of realising the true self?

An intellect pure alone
is able to comprehend
the true principle of self
No more is there to be said on this.
(Telugu poem)


Everything is contained in purity of consciousness. Here is a bouquet of flowers. Outwardly, it appears like a single flower. But, there are a number of flowers in this bouquet. Similarly, the world appears to be a single entity. But, it consists of several individuals with diverse names and forms. All such individuals shall come together like the flowers in a bouquet. The Panchabhuthas (five elements) are the most important characteristic of the world. The world is a conglomeration of individuals. All are one. There is nothing like I am Deva (God) and you are Jiva (individual). You and I are one only. Not realising this, you perceive unity as diversity.
Love is one. The same feeling of love permeates every human being. Nevertheless, depending upon the mental make-up, the state and destiny of different human beings assumes different forms. A child is called a ‘baby’. When she grows up, she is called a ‘girl’. Later, when she is married and goes to her in-law’s house, she is referred to as daughter-in-law. The same woman after giving birth to children is called mother. She also becomes grandmother in due course.

Is it not a fact that the lady being referred to by so many names is only one? Similarly, all human beings living in this world belong to only one category. Jesus Christ exhorted: “All are one; be alike to everyone.” We should love all. We should take everyone into our fold. In fact, that is My way. But, some people may not agree. That is due to their lack of maturity; the reflection of their inner feelings. God assumes different forms in consonance with the inner feelings of the devotees. For example, when someone calls Me ‘Thatha’ (grandfather), I appear to them so. Some people call Me ‘father’ and I appear to them as ‘father’. Yet, some others address Me as ‘Swami’ and I will be Swami to them. By whatever name and form the human beings contemplate on God, He will appear to them in the same name and form.
In this Age of Kali even good appears to be bad. The same individual loves one and hates another. He develops enmity with one and friendship with another. This sort of friendship or enmity is not something that he has acquired from outside. Such feelings are of his own heart. When you consider someone as your ‘enemy’, he becomes so. On the other hand, when you consider someone as your ‘friend’, he becomes a friend. Supposing you come across a girl, you call her a ‘college girl’. After sometime when you marry her, you call her as ‘my wife’. Your ‘wife’ of today and the ‘college girl’ sometime ago are one and the same. Is it not a fact?
Thus, man develops a number of relationships based on names and forms. In fact, it is the mind that is responsible for so many changes in the world. Man, per se is faultless. It is love that permeates all human beings. It is true that human beings exhibit qualities like anger, hatred, jealousy, pomp, etc., sometimes. But, God is not affected by them. God is beyond gunas (attributes), whereas human beings are with gunas. Those gunas may be positive or negative. Good and bad are only in a human being, not in God. We often come across people who are by nature angry, displaying feelings of intense love sometimes. In the Kali age we find several such people with such paradoxical behaviour. When you witness such changes, you think that God is bringing about such changes. No; God is only a witness. He is not responsible for these changes. God is like milk, which, when added to the decoction, becomes coffee. The same milk can become a sweet pudding too. All the changes that are taking place in the human beings are only due to their gunas.
A person called Paul was inimical towards Jesus Christ in the beginning. The same person became an ardent devotee later. The qualities in a human being bring about a lot of changes. For example, this African devotee has been devoted to Me since his childhood. He used to love Me intensely from the beginning. I advised him that he was still young and he should return to his country to pursue his vocation. Bowing to the wishes of Swami, he returned to his native land. But, there is no change whatsoever in his devotion. He has been constantly praying to Me, calling ‘Baba! Baba!’
Some years ago, when I went on a tour to East Africa, several Africans came to Me for darshan. Each one of them prayed, “Swami! Please spend some time with us’’. There were a few hundred children among them. All of them had their vision glued to My form. You know the then President of Uganda, Mr. Idi Amin. He was a military officer. He was young and very energetic then. He was tall and hefty. He had a number of wives. He was very fond of Swami. He used to have the darshan of Swami both in the morning and evening. I was very short before that giant. The sight of Me beside him was like the view of a deer by the side of a camel. People were surprised at his love and devotion towards Swami. He was well educated and was the President of his country, Uganda. He was known for his stern nature. Such a person shed tears when I started on My return journey. He told Me, “Swami! I have never shed tears since my birth. Today, I am very sad and have a feeling of separation because Swami is leaving us.” He covered his face with a handkerchief so that others may not notice his feelings. His hands were very strong. He held My hands firmly, expressing thanks for My visit. He also prostrated before Me. He held My feet so tightly that it became difficult for Me later to climb the ladder for boarding the aeroplane. At the time of My departure, he pleaded with Me “Swami! I will surely come to have Your darshan shortly. Otherwise, You please visit our country again. I cannot bear the separation from You.” The situation in Uganda then was such that he could not leave the country.
During My stay in Uganda, he planned to host a dinner for Me in his house. He therefore came to the house of Dr. Patel to personally enquire about the arrangements to be made in this regard. He collected all information as to how to organise the dinner, what should be the menu, who are to be invited as guests, etc. He arranged for brand new utensils for cooking various dishes. He also arranged for new tumblers for the guests. Finally, when I visited his palace for the dinner, all his wives stood in rows on either side and greeted Me with veneration. He introduced them to Me, one by one. I stayed in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The last day was Guru Purnima, an important occasion for Sai devotees. I had earlier promised to return to Bombay by that date. But, the Africans did not allow Me. They fell at My feet and prayed: “Bhagawan! Please spend this holy day with us”, with tears in their eyes. In answer to their prayers I stayed back to spend Guru Purnima with them.
On that day, they wished to take photos with Me. I told them that they might silently pray in their hearts so that their request would be fulfilled. To their joy, each one of them found a photo with Swami standing beside them. The devotion of Africans is indescribable. Even now, I feel very happy when I think of their devotion. My next visit was to the country of Tanzania. There also, everyone who came to have My darshan felt very happy. Ladies and gents came in large numbers to welcome Me, wearing their traditional dresses. They danced in ecstasy on seeing Me. On the day of departure, just before the plane took off, all of them stood in front of the aircraft and pleaded with Me, “Swami! You should not go from here. You must be here only.” How can I accede to their request? I had to leave. The pilots and other officers in the airport counselled them saying, “You should not obstruct Swami’s aircraft like this. This is not good.” They then moved away. I was observing all this from the window of the aircraft. Finally, when the plane started to take off, many of them nearly fainted in grief. That scene was fresh in My memory till I reached Bombay.
During that trip, I visited three countries - Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. They are all neighbouring countries. I was very happy and felt deeply touched at the devotion of African people. During My return journey, the aircraft was filled to the brim with the articles gifted by the African devotees. What are those gifts any way? They brought all sorts of articles like dinner sets and tea sets in gold colour. They are still with Me. We are making use of them while hosting high dignitaries like Prime Ministers and Governors.
There are several devotees in foreign countries who love Swami. Their love towards Swami is incomparable. The devotees of East Africa enjoyed a lot during My visit to their places. I have decided then itself that I would make no further visits abroad. Since then, I never visited any foreign country. Even for My visit to East Africa, there was a reason. Dr. Patel prayed to Me from the depth of his heart that I should pay a visit to Africa. He prayed “Swami! Your visit is not exclusively for us. There are several wild animals in these parts. Kindly confer the good fortune of Your darshan to these animals and bless them too.” When I went to that place, he arranged for some small aircrafts for our journey through the wild life habitats. He saw to it that only two people sat in each aircraft, with plenty of space to move about in it.
Sitting in those small aeroplanes, we saw a number of places abounding in scenic beauty. The huge Lake Victoria is spread over a vast area. It took us one and half hours to cross that lake by those aeroplanes. There are several crocodiles in that lake of extraordinary size. Unable to find enough space to move about in the lake, they were falling on one another. Later, we had a boat ride in the lake. The crocodiles were looking at us with jaws wide open while we were moving in the lake. We threw apples towards them. Surprisingly they did not eat those apples, till we completed our boat ride. They were holding the apples in their mouth and gazing at us. There were several Hippopotamuses in that lake. Some of them were suckling their babies. It was a charming sight of wild animals in their natural habitat.
The beautiful scenery was a feast to our eyes. The animals also have desires like human beings. But, their love towards us was unparalleled. By the time we reached the shore of that lake, we could see big herds of elephants moving about in herds. The African elephants have enormous fan like ears. The wind caused by a wisp of their ears was enough to make people fall down. I went into their midst in a car. On seeing Me sitting in the car, they raised their trunks in veneration and paid obeisance to Me. The noble qualities in those wild animals are not to be found even in human beings. There is no feeling of hatred at all in those animals! All those animals are living together happily. Normally, an elephant fears a lion. But, the lions and elephants are living together happily in those forests.
We went to a small hillock, where there was a group of ten lions. The elephants were moving about in their presence without any fear. We went near them and took photographs. There may be fear and anxiety in the human beings now and then. But, not even one wild animal displayed any fear on seeing us. There were some lions relaxing there. Our jeep passed over their tails. But, they were not bothered. On the other hand, they drew their tails near their mouths and kissed them. I was really moved by their love and affection. I could not come out of that place.
Such intense feeling of love is not to be found even among the human beings today. The humans hate one another. Even the mother and child hate each other. The husband and wife hate each other. But, we could not find even a trace of hatred in those wild animals. I could witness an unparalleled and intense feeling of love and equality in those wild animals.
It was time for us to leave that wonderful place and people. The agony of separation suffered by the people, especially the devotees living in those countries during our return journey is indescribable. In fact, I also felt sad to leave those loving devotees. Our plane reached Bombay very late. Sri K.M. Munshi was waiting there for our arrival. You know, who Munshi was? He was the chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He was suffering from a paralytic attack of his right side and his mouth. The moment he had My darshan on alighting from the plane, he could raise his hand. With boundless joy, he shouted, “Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Babaji Ki Jai”! The people around were surprised that Munshi could raise his hand and speak.
Munshi took Me to the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, straight from the airport. The world conference of the Sathya Sai Organisations was to be held there. A large number of devotees and public had gathered there. Munshi addressed that gathering without any difficulty. He declared: “The invisible Lord is standing right in front of us and speaking to us today.” He made a small request that I should stay in his house for three days. Acceding to his request, I stayed in his house for three days. Those three days passed like three seconds to him. He was very happy.
After My return from the East African tour, I tried to explain the intense love and devotion of the African people and the wild animals residing there, to the people in these parts. If the animals could develop such intense love, why not the human beings? The animals have no prajnana (divine wisdom), vijnana (discriminatory intellect) and sujnana (higher level of consciousness). But, human beings who are endowed with all these noble qualities and read a number of texts are bereft of even an iota of love. Hence, oh! human beings! I wish that all of you should lead a life of mutual love. “Love all! Serve all!” - this is My exhortation to you. If only there is love, you can achieve anything. Love is everything. “Love is life; life is love”.
Life is associated with love, not hatred. Today, wherever you see there is hatred, hatred, hatred! This is not a good sign. Being born as human beings, it is not proper to possess animal qualities, throwing to wind the human qualities. Sometimes, the animals seem better than human beings in this regard. The animals seem to possess human qualities. Today, the animals are transforming themselves into humans and the humans degenerating into animals. This is not proper. The human beings should lead the life of human beings. They should strengthen their human qualities.
The person who spoke a little while ago is an African. He is engaged in propagating the human values. The world is full of such people. But, persons imbued with human values are very rare. In fact, some people do not know how to talk courteously. Even if you enquire with love, “Sir! Where did you come from?” They will give a curt reply, “I came from somewhere.” Whatever they talk, will be discourteous and harsh. This is not correct. A human being should talk sweetly and softly. The words must be suffused with love. Only then will you experience peace. When your behaviour and talk is bad, how can you expect peace to reign in your heart? Peace is not in the outside world. It is very much in your own heart. There are only pieces outside, not peace.
You say “I want peace”. Let your behaviour be good and courteous. Then, peace will flow from you. Wherefrom do you get truth? Can you obtain Truth from the text books you read? No! Truth is very much in you. Truth, righteousness, peace, love and non-violence are the innate qualities of a human being. Love is the very form of God! We can experience God’s love only with love from our side. Love and peace are the most essential qualities for a human being. A millionaire may build several residences, purchase a number of cars and have several conveniences. But, whomever you come across, they say that they have no peace. Of what use is all this wealth and comforts and conveniences, if there is no peace within?
Nowadays, there is a real estate boom all over the country. How much land does a human being require? Only six feet! Nothing more. There was a rich landlord who went in search of some land. He wanted to purchase an additional piece of land. Having come to know of this man’s efforts, a person came to him and advised, “Sir! You may please go to the Himalayan region where plenty of land is available free of cost.” This man went to the Himalayas and contacted the king of that region. The king told him: “I promise to give you all that land which you cover by walking from sunrise to sunset.” The landlord was very happy. Next morning, he set on his expedition, enthusiastically. In fact, he began to run greedily with a view to acquire more land. He was thus running continuously from morning till evening. It was sunset. He was very tired and weak. Yet, he did not give up his greed. Just when he was at a distance of six feet before his final goal, he swooned and fell down. The king came to that spot, saw his condition and commented: “Alas! What this man requires now is only six feet land!” In fact, what every human being requires is only that much land!
King Alexander conquered several countries and finally set his foot in Bharat. As he was crossing a river, he had a heart attack. The doctors who examined him confirmed that he was nearing his end and any medicines will be of no use. King Alexander then lamented, “I am the king of such a vast kingdom. I acquired gold in plenty. I have a great army by my side. Is there no one who can save me from the clutches of death?” Immediately, he called his ministers and told them, “Oh ministers! After my death, you take my dead body to my native country. Wrap it with a white cloth keeping my hands in a raised position and take it in a procession through every street.” As per the king’s wish, his dead body was taken in a procession through the streets.
The people were rather surprised at this strange act and enquired, “Why are you taking the dead body of the king in procession, with his hands raised?” The ministers replied, “Alexander the Great, who was rolling in great wealth left this world empty-handed. It is only to make this fact known to the people as per the king’s last wish, his dead body is being taken in procession like this.” Not only Alexander, but every human being has to ultimately depart from this world empty-handed. One may acquire a vast kingdom; one may have a great army behind him; one may have a number of friends and relatives; but, none will accompany one during one’s last journey.
Several kings and great souls spread this truth in those days and exhorted people to give up attachment to the body. Unfortunately, you are not reading the stories of such great people. What you are learning now is not ‘history’, but ‘hysteria’. No one reads history. What is history in the real sense? His story is History!” Man today is pursuing high education. He is learning science and technology. But, today’s ‘technology’ is mere ‘trick-nology’. What you read may not remain in your brain. Only what you have actually put into practice lasts long. It is enough if you put into practice at least one aspect of what you have read. That will help you in every way.
You may pursue any type of education; but, do not forget the human values. Truth, righteousness, peace, love and non-violence are the five human values to be cultivated by a human being. You learn these five human values and put them into action. Then your life will go on smoothly. This is what I wish to communicate to you today as an important message. Truth is eternal. It is only when you follow this eternal truth that your name will remain in the annals of history forever. Eternal truth will earn eternal peace for you. If you succumb to bad qualities like anger, jealousy, envy, arrogance, etc., your entire life will become miserable with unrest and agitation.

Source:
http://www.sssbpt.org/Pages/Prasanthi_Nilayam/Christmas2006_Discourse.html

SLOKAS ON LORD GANESHA

Bhajan:Jai Gansha Jai Ganesha Deva..


'Shuklaambara Dharam Vishnum

Shashi Varnam Chatur Bhujam

Prasanna Vadanam Dhyaayet

Sarva Vighna Upashaanthaye'


Meaning: We meditate on Lord Ganesha - who is clad in white (representing purity), who is all pervading (present everywhere), whose complexion is gray like that of ash (glowing with spiritual splendor), who has four arms, who has bright countenance (depicting inner calm and happiness) and who can destroy all obstacles (in our spiritual and worldly path).

'Vakratunda Mahakaaya

Suryakoti Samaprabha

Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva

Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada'

Meaning:The Lord with the curved trunk and a mighty body, who has the luster of a million suns, I pray to thee Oh Lord, to remove the obstacles from all the actions I intend to perform.

'Ganaanaam Twam Ganapathi Gam Havaamahe

Kavim Kaveenaam Upamasra Vastamam

Jyeshta Raajam Brahmanaam Brahmanaspatha

Aanashrunvanna Oothibhi Seedha Saadanam'

Meaning: We invite You, the Lord of spiritual faith (of Lord Shiva). You are the wisest among the wise, the best to be given as a standard of comparison. You are the senior Lord, Lord of the Vedic manthras, listening to our prayers. Please visit our home with prosperous things and be seated here.
'Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam
Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam
Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam
Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam '

Meaning: The Lord with the elephant face, served by all the Ganas, One who takes as His food, the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala (these are two favorite fruits of Ganesh), son of Uma (Mother Parvati), destroyer of misery of the devotees, controller of obstacles, we worship Your Lotus Feet.

SAI DARSHAN-Collection of quotes of sathya saibaba


Dear,
Dear
Loved One,
You ask:
How will you know when I am near you?
When on a sultry night
Everything is hot and still
The first cool breeze
Brushes your cheeks
I am caressing you
THINK OF ME !!

When the pangs of hunger are satisfied
And loneliness is pierced by happiness
THINK OF ME !!

When your mouth is parched
And you can hardly speak
The first sip of cool water
I am soothing you
THINK OF ME !!

When the cloud of death disappears
First on the opening of a baby's smiling eyes
THINK OF ME !!

When I sprinkle your face with rain
And wash the earth, the dry brown leaves
The first smell of clean rain
I am cleansing you
THINK OF ME !!

When pain dissolves
And fear disappear
THINK OF ME !!

When steadfast eyes are horrified
By the cruelties of life
The first glance of the silent setting sun
I am comforting you
THINK OF ME !!

Then you ask:
How will you know
when you are near ME?
When the burning sun
Has scorched you and the earth
The sand and dust fill your eyes
Not a sliver of shade about
AND YOU LOVE ME !!

When loneliness is accompanied by hunger
And not one can be satisfied
AND YOU LOVE ME !!

When your lips are cracked
Your tongue feels like clay
Your throat seals up
There is no water about
Not even a mirage in sight
AND YOU LOVE ME !!

When you hold a dying child
With eyes pleading
AND YOU LOVE ME !!

When I stir the ocean to a crescent
You flounder in its depth like a leaf
AND YOU LOVE ME !!

When pain becomes unbearable
You smile
AND YOU LOVE ME !!

When I take from you
Your most cherished possession
On the first loss of your sight
Darkness envelops you
AND YOU LOVE ME !!

For everything you
see, hear, smell, taste or touch
belongs to me.
So, how can you give to me what
I already AM but your Love?
And THAT I gave you before time began
as your sole possession.
When you return it to ME,
than I will know you are truly mine
And I will dissolve your sorrow
and happiness into ME.
THAT.... being ME,
I will place you in Bliss forever.
For, I love you and think of you constantly.
-from Your Most
Loving Father

SARVA DHARMA SAI- Symbolic Representation Of Meaning Of Different Religion

Divine Message Of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba


There is only one religion, the religion of Love



Hinduism






Listen to the primeval Pranava resounding in your heart as well as in the heart of the universe


Christianity




Cut the "I" feeling clean across and let your ego die on the Cross to endow on you Eternity

Buddhism



Remember the wheel of Cause and Consequence, of Deed and Destiny and the Wheel of Dharma that rights them all


Islam

Be like the Star which never wavers from the Crescent but is fixed in steady Faith

Zoroastrianism



Offer all bitterness in the sacred Fire and emerge grand, great and Godly

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"I do not need your garlands and fruits. They are not genuinely yours. Give me something that is yours, something which is clean and fragrant with the perfume of virtue and innocence and washed in the tears of repentance.
Mere formal worship or mechanical routine performance of rituals cannot induce God to recite in the heart.
Merely going to the temple and offering worship offering a coconut, expecting some reward — all these are a wrong way of understanding devotion."

— From the discourses of Shri Sathya Sai Baba
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Sathya Sai Education In Human Values(SSEHV)

The SSEHV Programme (Sathya Sai Education of Human Values) is based on the five core human values:

RIGHT CONDUCT

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PEACE

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TRUTH

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LOVE &

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NON-VIOLENCE

Right Conduct Information is received through the five senses i.e. smell, taste sight, touch and hearing. When this information is referred to the conscience, the resulting action will be beneficial. Every action is preceded by thought. If the thought is consciously seen and noted, aims to help and is unselfish, the action will be good for oneself and others. If our mind is busy, or we are daydreaming, the action may be useless, clumsy or harmful to ourselves or others.

Right conduct is also concerned with how we look after and use our bodies. The body needs to careful maintenance to be strong, healthy and well co-ordinated to serve us in performing the tasks of life. Students need to understand the importance of exercise, such as gymnastics,yoga and sports combined with good rest. Good thoughts and good company (which includes everything imbibed by the five senses) are essential for healthy and well balanced development. Right conduct is taught through:Silent Sitting, Story telling and Group Activities.
Peace We smile when we are happy and contented. Contentment is gained when we cease to want for ourselves all the apparent 'good' things conveyed to us through our five senses. When our willpower is sufficiently strong to enable us to discern the difference between real needs and superfluous desires, we cease to be driven by the urge to own more and more things.

Inner agitation stops and we are left feeling peaceful. When there is peace in the individual, there will be peace in the family. When there is peace in the family, there will be peace in the community. In order to learn, self-esteem, calmness and freedom from anxiety are necessary.

These qualities are fostered by two of the Programme's components, namely silent sitting and the self-reflective exercises in some of the group activity sessions.

Truth The desire to know truth has prompted mankind to ask some of the great questions such as: Who am I? What is the purpose of life? How can I know my inner self/ God/ the Creator of the universe? How can I live fully in the present moment?
One great distinction between humankind and the rest of the animal kingdom is the ability to choose how to behave, rather than just to follow the lower instincts (the law of the jungle). A human being is also able to recognise past, present and future and to take note of changes occurring over time.

A quotation used in the lesson to stimulate thought and questions, may later come to mind to provide guidance and choice in a life situation. Short Term Pain for Long Term Gain: Choosing to refer to this higher level of awareness and to consciously exercise moderation in our behaviour leads to better health and greater contentment. The value of truth can also be taught through story telling which promotes curiosity, optimism, fairness to all and noble ideals. It also aids the understanding of the value of honest speech and self-analysis.

Love Love is not an emotion, affected by the sub-conscious mind, but is a spontaneous, pure reaction from the heart.

It is the power of love which causes one person to wish happiness for another and take pleasure in their well-being. A beneficial energy (love) is directed towards the other person. As this energy flows through our own body first, it also enhances our own health. Love is unconditional, positive regard for the good of another. It is giving and unselfish. Love is essential if children are to grow up healthy in mind and body. Love is the unseen undercurrent binding all the four values.

Thinking with love is truth Feeling with love is peace Acting with love is right conduct Understanding with love is non-violence -Sathya Sai

When the mind is turned away from selfishness, the 'heart' opens, and love flows. Love is an energy, not an emotion, and is inherent in every breath. It is the motive force of the physical body and is enhanced through breathing exercises. The component of group singing in the Programme promotes harmony, co-operation and joyfulness. In singing a child may experience the sweetness of love. Love may also be fostered through story telling and activities which provide young people with the opportunity to care for other people, animals, plants and objects.
Non-Violence For the non-violent person, the whole world is his family When the former four values are practised (i.e. the conscious mind is keenly aware, love is flowing, there is peace and actions are right) life is lived without harming or violating anything else. It is the highest achievement of human living encompassing respect for all life -living in harmony with nature, not hurting by thought, word or deed.
Non-violence can be described as universal love. When truth is glimpsed through intuition, love is activated. Love is giving, rather than grasping and in allowing our stream of desires to subside, inner peace develops and right conduct is practised. This results in nonviolence i.e. the non-violation of the natural laws which create harmony with the environment.

Living in a way which causes as little harm as possible to oneself, other people, animals, plants and the planet, is a sign of a well-integrated, well-balanced personality. Such a person is well tuned to the spiritual aspect of humanity and is in touch with an inner happiness which is permanent and part of one's real nature.

It is through our universal or spiritual aspect that we may experience:
-a feeling of awe and wonder for the universe
-a feeling of the unity of all
-the desire to improve the quality of life for everyone
-a sense of being part of a larger whole
-a feeling of oneness of the planet and love for everything on it
-an awareness of an underlying order to Creation
-love and respect for the diversity of the human family

Non-violence is taught through quotations, story telling and group activities. True knowledge is that which establishes harmony and synthesis between science on the one hand and spirituality and ethics on the other.


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each used to represent a value.

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