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.



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

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

When the pangs of hunger are satisfied
And loneliness is pierced by happiness

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

When the cloud of death disappears
First on the opening of a baby's smiling eyes

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

When pain dissolves
And fear disappear

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

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

When loneliness is accompanied by hunger
And not one can be satisfied

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

When you hold a dying child
With eyes pleading

When I stir the ocean to a crescent
You flounder in its depth like a leaf

When pain becomes unbearable
You smile

When I take from you
Your most cherished possession
On the first loss of your sight
Darkness envelops you

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


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


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


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


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


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

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Merely going to the temple and offering worship offering a coconut, expecting some reward — all these are a wrong way of understanding devotion."

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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 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.

The Programme's(SSEHV) logo is the tree of life bearing five fruits,
each used to represent a value.

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Divine Discourse On Bhajan Singing By Sathya Saibaba-4 Kinds Of Sankeerthana

Embodiments of Divine Love!

"Samyak-keerthanam Sankeerthanam" (Congregational singing of bhajans is the best of bhajans). There is a big difference between Keerthanam and Sankeerthanam. Keerthanam is an individual affair. It is singing by an individual for the fulfillment of his prayers. Sankeerthanam aims at the well being of the whole universe. This is also described as Saamaajika bhajans (community singing). This method of singing bhajans was first initiated by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.

Sankeerthana aims at demonstrating unity in diversity. When all the participants combine to sing in unison with one voice, it is described as Sankeerthana.

Four kinds of Sankeerthana

One is Guna sankeethana;

two, Leela sankeerthana;

three, Bhaava sankeerthana;

four, Naama sankeerthana.

Guna Sankeertana

Guna sankeerthana applies to the kind of bhajan in which the devotee recites the auspicious qualities of the Divine, experiences oneness with the Divine, and acquires the Godly qualities. Thyaagaraaja had recourse to this type of singing. In one of his keerthanas, he exclaimed: "Oh Lord! You are beyond all words. Is it possible for even Brahma or other Gods to extol your glorious exploits? I am waiting for your grace. Hearken to my entreaties. You restored to the preceptor the son whom the Lord of Death had taken away. You conquered the God of Love. You liberated from prison Vasudheva and Dhevaki. You protected Draupadhi when she appealed to you in despair. You were the guardian of the Paandavas. You relieved Kuchela of his poverty. You saved 16,000 damsels from subjection." In this manner, Thyaagaraaja recounted the great qualities of God in his songs.

Leela Sankeerthana

Geetha Govindam is a form of Leela Sankeerthana
Leela sankeerthana refers to the enjoyment by the devotee of the sacred sport of the Divine in ecstatic dancing and singing and being totally absorbed in it. This is exemplified by the Geetha Govindam of Jayadheva.

Bhaava Sankeerthana:

This is illustrated by Raadha alone, who expresses her different feelings towards God and identifies herself with the Divine in every mood of devotion. She expressed her devotion in the five forms of Shantha (Serenity), Saakhya (friendliness), Vaathsalya (eternal love), Anuraaga (affection) and Madhura (sweetness). Raadha and Meera were the exponents of Bhaava sankeerthana.

Naama sankeerthana:

Chaithanya was the exponent of this form of keerthana. "All names are yours. There is nothing in this cosmos which does not bear the imprint of your name or form "Sarvaroopa Dharam Shaantham Sarvanaamadharam Shivam Satchidaananda Roopam Advaitham Sathyam Shivam Sundararn" (Svaami sang this sloka). Chaithanya reveled in singing the name of the Lord as signifying all that was beautiful and glorious in the universe.
While in each of the previous aeons the devotees adopted one or other methods of singing the glories, it is the supreme good fortune of the residents of Prashaanthi Nilayam to enjoy all the four forms of sankeerthana. The bhajans sung here are a combination of all the four forms of sankeerthana.

A song sung melodiously tugs at the heart-strings.

The word of a song can be expressed in prosaic manner which has no appeal to the listener. But when they are sung melodiously as in the song: "Raama! Nannu Kaapaadu"--"Raama! save me," they tug at the heart-strings. (Svaami sang the song to demonstrate its appeal). Such sweetness is contained in the song when it is rendered melodiously.Everyone, whether he is well versed in music or not, should listen attentively to the singer and try to repeat the words of the song with feeling.

Some persons attending bhajans do not move their lips at all. They may say that they are singing the songs mentally within themselves. This is not proper. If you have devotional feeling, it should be expressed by the tongue joining in the bhajan. Only then it can be called Sankeerthana--singing in unison with others. You must sing the names aloud, full-throated, as far as the voice can reach. Only then the Divine will respond in full measure and shower His grace. No one will go to the rescue of a drowning man if his cries are feeble. Only when he cries aloud at the top of his voice will the cries be heard and people will rush to save him. Sankeerthana means singing with abandon and fervor.

Everyone should realize that every limb and organ in the body has been given to man to be used for a sacred purpose: The tongue to utter the Lord's name, the hands to offer worship, the feet to go the temple and so on. These organs should not be used for frivolous and unholy purposes. Sanctifying everyone of the sense organs, man should purify the mind and contemplate on God.

Atmosphere is purified by chanting Divine Name

Experiments in Russia and other countries have demonstrated the relationship between the food one consumes and one's mental attitudes. It was found, for instance, that a child which had been fed on apple juice while it was growing in the womb, exhibited a love for apples after birth.
The recitation of the names of the Lord will help to purify the atmosphere as a result of the sacred sound waves getting absorbed in the atmosphere. The power of sound waves is evident from the way radio waves are transmitted and received over long distance. The atmosphere that has been polluted by impure sound waves can be purified by the chanting of the Divine Name.

Likewise, sacred thoughts, pure speech and pure actions will purify other polluted elements. There is no better purifying agent than this. Crores are being spent to purify the Ganges water. Of what use is this exercise if the Ganges continues to be polluted by the discharge of drainage water into the river? First prevent the flow of filthy effluents into the Ganges.

In the same manner, the evil thoughts arising in the mind should be diverted and it should be filled with pure Godly thoughts by reciting the Divine name.

Everyone participating in bhajans should sing the name of the Lord and thereby serve to purify the atmosphere and promote the well being of the nation.

-Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba
Divine Discourse, Prashanti Nilayam, 3 March 1992

Collection of Inspirational Quotations

"Sai has not taken avatar(INCARNATION) to start a new religion, cult or sect. He has come in human form to show us the royal path to reach God by following our respective religions and by being good Christians, good Muslims, good Hindus and good Buddhists."

“ Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process. And when the cleansing is finally complete, the evolved soul ceases to react to anything. All emotions are perfectly balanced. He lives in a state of permanent happiness, regardless of prevailing circumstances. ”

“ Once you have surrendered completely to God, you experience for the first time absolute freedom from the worries, problems and ills of this world. You can be happy and even laugh in apparent adversity. Whatever is happening is a game, God's game and you play your part and enjoy it. ”

“ Remember My words:

Start the day with love,

Fill the day with love,

End the day with love.

That is the way to God. ”

“ You must be a lotus, unfolding its petals when the sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it! ”

“ Purity, unity and divinity are words which are familiar to you. Honesty, truth and purity are all one and they will lead you on to divinity, the true state of man at the highest level. ”

“ A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion. ”

“ Awaken, My children, and see the light. Seize the opportunity which you now have and break away from the grooves of the past. Follow the Master and experience the utter bliss which comes from union with God, a life lived in complete harmony with he Infinite. ”

“ Do not cultivate too much attachment to things of the world, which appeal to carnal desires and sensual thirsts. A moment comes when you have to depart empty-handed, leaving all that you have laboriously collected and proudly called your own. ”

“ Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it. ”

“ When you know the truth, you cannot blame others for the misfortunes of the moment; those misfortunes are of your own creation. What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past. But even that outline can change, and will change, depending on your own thoughts and actions as each new day dawns and then dies away again. ”

“ This is the lesson for all. Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals, But you are not part of that world. ”

"If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character; If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home; If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation; When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world."

"In your words, thoughts and deeds, there should be unity."

W - Words

A - Actions

T - Thoughts

C - Character

H - Heart

Love All, Serve All

Help Ever, Hurt Never

"Politics without principles, education without character, science without humanity and commerce without morality are not only useless but positively dangerous."

"Before marriage, he is half body. Before marriage, she is half body. Lady is always left side. Right side is gent's. The gent's body is always the right side of the wife. Now you have only one body. In Indian philosophy or custom, this is called ardhangi. (Ardha means half.) Wife before marriage is only ardhangi, half body. Now the left side is joined with the right side and you are full body. "

Men should try to understand women, and women should try to understand men. It is the harmony, peace and mutual love between men and women that brings happiness and peace to the family. People want happiness in the family, but they do not lead exemplary lives. The fault lies with both the husband and the wife. (Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Ladies Day Discourse, Nov. 19, 1995)

"Love as thought is Truth,
Love as action is Righteous Conduct,
Love as feeling is Peace,
Love as understanding is Non-violence.
Love is selflessness,
Selfishness is Lovelessness.
Love gives and forgives,
Selfishness gets and forgets."

-Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai baba

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