|Love Dissolves Jealousy|
The Lord takes the misguided to task even as He asserts
His Divinity to dispel all doubts.
is the real beauty in this sacred land of
Embodiments of Love – Boys and Girls!
From time immemorial, this land has been the birthplace of sages, seers and saints who propagated the sacred culture of Bharat to the rest of the world and earned fame. But today such noble souls have been forgotten. You should acknowledge the well-founded truth that Bharat relies on its spiritual wealth and nothing else. Reflect then on the plight of present day Bharat, which in bygone days spread the light of Divinity in the (rest of the) world. In this sacred land, many men of nobility and virtue had to face hardship and criticism, yet they remained firm in their resolve to become an example for the rest of humanity.
Today, remind yourselves of the ideals that Jesus stood for. From time to time, many noble souls, endowed with immense spiritual power, take birth to propagate sacred teachings to the world. They struggle hard to make the world a good place to live in. But without perceiving their noble intent, the foolish people of the world try to ridicule and persecute them.
Right from his birth, Jesus had to face many trials and tribulations. When the fame of noble souls spreads far and wide, many people become envious and resentful. The history of Bharat is full of such examples that bear witness to this fundamental truth.
Asuya (jealousy) and Anasuya (non-jealousy) are sisters. Asuya has three sons – Kama (desire), Krodha (anger) and Dwesha (hatred). The Divine Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara are the sons of Anasuya. The evil forces of desire, anger and hatred are troublesome to man.
Jesus was also put to suffering in every possible way, though he strove tirelessly for the peace and welfare of society. He was the epitome of compassion and the refuge of the poor, needy and forlorn. But many people tried to create trouble for Jesus as they did not like his sacred teachings and activities. Their hatred to Jesus increased day by day. Even the priests turned against Jesus, jealous of his growing popularity. But the fishermen held Jesus in high esteem. They turned followers. As Jesus became even more popular, many jealous people raised obstacles in his path and even tried to kill him.
Jesus had twelve disciples. Judas was one of them. But he betrayed Jesus. At that time, there was only one Judas, but today there are many such ‘Judases’. The modern world is engulfed in unrest, because the number of treacherous people like Judas has risen.
Such people are petty and mean-minded, easily tempted by money. Judas betrayed Jesus just for a few pieces of silver. Even two thousand years ago, money was the primary temptation of man. Greed for money impels people to resort to evil and unjust ways, distort truth and spread false propaganda. That was the case then, and this is true today as well. No one need be afraid of such false allegations. Why should one be afraid of the mistake one has not committed? In the past, many evil-minded people were jealous of the divine savants whose teaching and righteous way of life attracted people worldwide. Even today there is no dearth of such wicked people.
In these present times many people are jealous of Sai whose renown and glory have been spreading far and wide. These people neither undertake any philanthropic activity themselves, nor can they tolerate if someone else does. The Rayalaseema region suffered from scarcity of drinking water right from the time of the British rule. There were many leaders and wealthy people, but none of them took up the task of providing drinking water in this region. It is Sai Baba who has supplied water to the lakhs of people of Rayalaseema.
Today the cost of heart surgery runs into lakhs of rupees. Again, it is Sai Baba who has established Super Speciality Hospitals, where most expensive heart surgeries are performed free.
The field of education is corrupted by money to such an extent that one is expected to pay a donation of Rs. 20,000 to admit a child in a primary school. But Sai Baba provides free education right from kindergarten to postgraduation. No other individual, or government for the matter, has been able to provide free education or free medical care to the people.
Some people are so mean - minded that they do not wish to understand and appreciate the sanctity associated with these [altruistic] activities. Has any one of them been able to accomplish even one-thousandth part of what Sai Baba is doing? No, no, no! Only Sathya Sai Baba has undertaken such noble tasks without a trace of vanity. Sai Baba stands for three Ps — Purity, Patience and Perseverance. There is not even a vestige of selfishness in Sai Baba from top to toe. He has been rendering totally selfless service. Why are people even with a modicum of intelligence unable to recognise this truth? Why do they spread falsehood? They do so because of greed. Money is the basis of conversion of people from one religion to another. Even those who wear ochre robes become jealous of the prosperity of each other and indulge in baseless falsehood.
One does not become a saint or develop devotion just by wearing ochre robes. One does not become free from sins merely by holding the Gita in one’s hands.
The less said about Peethadhipathis(heads of religious establishments) the better. Why, even some of the so-called sadhus indulge in sinful activity. We should not criticise anybody. But I am forced to tell you all this. Do not be afraid of any false publicity.
No spiritual practice like Japa and Dhyana can redeem your life if you do not adhere to Truth and Love. Let anything happen, hold on to these values. These values alone can confer happiness and prosperity to the entire world. Develop more and more love. Do not pay heed to the criticism of others because you are not committing any mistake. What mistake can there be if one loves God? Have unflinching love of God till your last breath. Do not entertain conflicts or doubts.
Another Super Speciality Hospital has been built in Bangalore at a cost of Rs. 300 crore. In this vast land of Bharat, do you find any politician in power who undertakes such noble actions? On the other hand, some people, shamelessly, talk ill of others.
People who try to hinder sacred activities are not human beings at all. They are verily demons. Even if the whole world were to be filled with such demons, Sai’s resolve will never change. Some people, out of their mean-mindedness, are trying to tarnish the image of Sai Baba. I am not after glory. So, I do not lose anything by their false allegations. My glory will go on increasing day by day. It will never diminish even a bit if they were to publicise their false allegations in the whole world in bold letters. Some devotees seem to be perturbed by these false statements. They are not true devotees at all. Having known the mighty power of Sai, why should they be afraid of the ‘cawing of crows’?
One should not get carried away by what is written on walls, said in political meetings or by the vulgar tales in the print media. Let us firmly resolve to propagate the principles of Truth, Righteousness and Love. Sathya Sai Baba has no trace of selfishness in Him. I am spending crores of rupees to alleviate the suffering of the poor and downtrodden. My resolve is to feed the hungry and impart education to poor children. There are many millionaires in this world who are so mean, ill-tempered and bigoted that they set their dogs on the beggars who come to beg for alms at their doorstep. It is shameful to consider them as human beings.
These persons are unable to do even one thousandth part of what Sathya Sai Baba is doing for society, but, shamelessly, spread false allegations. Instead it would be better for them to follow Sathya Sai Baba and set an example to the rest of the world. I have no desires or ambitions. There is no trace of jealousy in Me. I am Love personified. Love is My very life. Wisdom is the fruit that I grant. These two form the basis of My life.
People who indulge in false allegations are bound to come to woe. Those who instigate such false publicity, too, will meet their doom. Money should be utilised to undertake righteous actions, not for evil purposes. Serve your fellowmen with all love and compassion. Put them on the right path and make them happy. I am not afraid of any false propaganda that people may spread. Why should I be afraid when I follow the path of Truth, Righteousness and Love? Let people say what they want; I am not perturbed.
I will now explain to you in detail the principle of Love that I stand for. During the time of every Avatar, wicked people did play their tricks. During the time of Krishna, there were evil-minded people like Kamsa, Sisupala and Dantavakra, who tried their best to harm Him. When Rama incarnated for the establishment of Dharma, He too had to face stiff opposition from evil forces. He was exiled to forest for 14 years where He underwent a lot of suffering. Even His consort was separated from Him. Ultimately, what happened to all those who tried to create trouble for the divine personages? Those who accuse Divine personages and make them suffer commit the worst of sins. If one cannot undertake meritorious deeds, it would be better to keep quiet, instead of perpetrating sinful deeds.
Some people claim to be devotees, yet take to evil ways. They feel that their physical appearance will earn them respect. Not at all. Sacredness makes a person good. So, one should lead a life of Truth and Righteousness. The principle of Love is the same in eyeryone. All should stand united by the bond of Love. Then the entire world will become one family. We can never attain happiness if we contract and fragment love and develop hatred.
I lead a life suffused with Love from dawn to dusk. I provide high quality free education to thousands of students. Not merely free education, I am showing them by My example the way to lead an ideal life. When these students go out, some people try to pollute their minds with wicked feelings. Whatever others may say, our students are like gold. The very dust of the feet of our students will prevent wickedness in others. The alumni, both boys and girls, of our institutions lead sacred and exemplary lives.
‘The Messengers of Sathya Sai’, association of alumni of Anantapur College, perform service in many countries. They also encourage their husbands to take to the path of service. Our old students work in various countries like Switzerland, America, Japan, China, Russia, etc. Some foreigners are trying to bribe them, asking them to fabricate stories against Sathya Sai Baba. In Switzerland, when someone approached one of our girl students, asking her to concoct stories against Sai Baba, she got so enraged that she immediately took out her shoe to teach that person a lesson. She asked him, "Is this what your religion teaches? Is this the ideal that your religion propagates? Fie on you! Get out!" But there are some traitors like Judas, who are being bribed to level false charges against Sai Baba.
Ultimately, what happened to Judas? He felt miserable for having betrayed Jesus for monetary gains. He shed tears of repentance. He hit himself saying, "Fie on me! I am a traitor. I betrayed my own Master and God." Betrayal of God is the worst of all sins. Such betrayal can never be atoned for in any number of births. So, never try to betray God. Love all. Salute even those who criticise you because divinity is present in all. Do not spoil your mind by harbouring evil feelings like anger. Pray to God with Love. All noble souls and incarnations in the past had also to put up with criticism. You may ask why at all such criticism should arise? Criticism, in fact, adds to their glory.
Pleasure is interval between two pains. Shadow follows light. One should not be afraid of shadow. There is light even in shadow. Light and shadow cannot exist separately. There is a principle of unity between them. So, do not react to any criticism levelled against Swami or any other elder for that matter. Just brush it aside, saying, you have nothing to do with it. If someone points out mistakes in you, you can certainly rectify them. But if someone levels false charges against you, don’t worry. Be happy. If the criticism is made in a loud voice, it goes into the thin air. If it is made within oneself, it goes to oneself only. Such being the case, why should you be perturbed? Let anybody say anything; remain calm. Consider whatever happens as good for you. With such equal-mindedness, carry on your good work.
In future, you are going to witness many more glorious events. There is nothing that Sathya Sai cannot accomplish. In fact, people will be struck with awe and wonder by His deeds. But His only aim is to make everybody happy. Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu! (May the entire world be happy). Those who aspire for the well-being of others will never be put to difficulties. No obstacles can ever shake them. A small example. Once Buddha encountered the demon of jealousy, which said, "Buddha, I am going to devour you." Buddha smiled and said sweetly, "O, demon of jealousy, I love you too." On listening to the loving words of Buddha, the demon immediately turned into a dove that symbolises Love and Peace, and flew away.
One becomes a devotee in the true sense only when one cultivates patience and conquers the evils of anger, hatred and jealousy with Love. Don’t be elated by praise or depressed by blame. It is not proper on your part to love only those who praise you and hate those who criticise you. Be equal-minded in both praise and censure. Criticism will only help you to progress. So, do not harbour hatred towards those who criticise you. Accept everything good that comes your way. Ignore all that is bad. People may praise or criticise, but none can shake Sai. Sai lives in Truth. None has been able to shake Truth at any time. Lead your lives with such strong conviction. Increase your faith in God day by day. As faith increases, all the wickedness will perish. Do not give up the spiritual practices that you have been doing all along. Since Jesus bore all the difficulties with fortitude, he is adored and worshipped to this day.
Once a young disciple asked Jesus, "O Master, when I am faced with some problems, how am I to solve them?" Jesus replied, "Do not seek solutions to your problems. Love God, who is installed in your heart. Love even those that hate you, because God is present in them also. How can you ever suffer when you love all? Your heart will be filled with bliss when you love everybody."
Similar was the answer which Lord Krishna gave to Arjuna when he asked Him, "Swami, is there anybody who is very dear to You?" Krishna replied, "I have neither friend nor foe. I am present in every heart. I reside even in the hearts of those who criticise Me. One who sees God in all and loves them is very dear to Me. One is intimately related to Me not by birth, but by one’s intense love for Me. Having been with Me for so long, it is rather surprising that you have not understood this basic truth. O Arjuna, you have made Me sit in your chariot, but not in the chariot of your heart." One should install God in one’s heart. In fact, you don’t need to install Him; He is already there. It is enough if you know the truth that God is present in your heart. Once you recognise this truth, you will become God yourself.
You have to propagate Love to the world. Nothing exists other than Love in this world. Love is God. Love is life and Love is everything. So, cultivate more and more Love. Let your mind not waver under any circumstance. A wavering mind becomes profane. That is why once Thyagaraja sang, "O mind, do not waver and do not get deluded. You suffer because of delusion."
Consider Love as your very life. Love alone makes one’s life sacred. One is a true human being only if one has Love in him. Man is God and God is Love. Love unifies all. So, develop Love. Tread the path of Truth and Righteousness and lead a peaceful life. There are no greater powers, no greater ideals and no greater supports than these human values of Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi and Prema. These four values are the life-supporting principles. Adhere to them and sanctify your life.
Embodiments of Love!
Be fearless. Do not be afraid even if a thunderbolt were to land on your head. Death comes once, not twice. It is bound to come one day or the other. So, do not be afraid of death. Be ready for anything. Do not be afraid to follow Truth. Fill your life with Love. Only then will your life be sanctified.
Everyone has to face the consequences of his actions. None can predict when and how, but you are bound to face them. However, when you constantly think of God, you will never be put to suffering. God will protect you from all suffering. He will always be with you, in you, around you, safeguarding you. You may worship God by any name – Jesus, Rama, Krishna, etc. But remember that God is One, Goal is One, Truth is One and Love is One. Love is God. Enshrine this unity principle in your heart and have firm faith in it.
Then God will certainly take care of you wherever you are – in a forest, in the sky, in a city, in a village, on a mountain top or in the middle of deep sea.
No one has the right to deny your God. Because of the influence of Kali Age, people are taking to evil ways in pursuit of money. They even go to the extent of killing others for the sake of money. For them money is everything. One should not struggle to earn money. Rather, one should strive to earn the wealth of Love. When you have wealth of Love in your possession, you will never suffer.
Embodiments of Love!
I hope I am not causing you Badha (trouble) by speaking for a long time. In fact, I am giving you a great Bodha (illumination). People who feel discouraged should be given the tonic of courage, so that they do not have any weakness.
The ‘Messengers of Sathya Sai’ have been serving the society with great energy and love. Sometimes, they even forego their food while they serve. But that is not a good practice as it can damage their health. They wanted to make their contribution for the Super Speciality Hospital that has been constructed at Bangalore. Being ladies, they felt sad that they could not work manually at the construction - site, carry bricks, etc. They collected 75 lakh rupees from their own small savings and sent the amount to Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust without informing Me. Moreover, there are many alumni (men) of our college. Though they work outside, they belong to Swami. Some of them wait here for months together without even proper meals. They have also saved some money to contribute for the hospital. They have sent 45 lakh rupees to the Central Trust.
We don’t want your money. We want your love. We want your welfare, progress and happiness. Wherever you are, lead ideal lives. What I want is Love, not money. Like this, many more hospitals will be coming up in future. I do not ask anybody for any help. It is Sathya Sankalpa (Will of Truth); what I am doing is good. If one undertakes any good work, it is bound to fructify. It is My goodness attracts all the help.
Students! Boys and Girls!
Take back the money that you have given us. Not only now, I never wanted money at any time in My life. Your love, progress and well-being is what I want. I will be pleased if you lead ideal lives with good conduct. Earn the name that says Sathya Sai students are well behaved. ‘Money comes and goes, morality comes and grows.’ Develop your morality and character. Be courageous. Share your Love with others. Outsiders are not aware of the love and devotion that the students and devotees have for Me. They do not even care for their health when it comes to serving Me. But I don’t want such service. You should eat well. Do not put yourselves to trouble. Do not put the body to any harm as God is its indweller (Jeeva is Deva). Make yourself happy and then serve the community. You have been going to various villages and serving the villagers thus. This wealth of service is much greater than crores of rupees. Go to each and every village, serve the poor and feed the hungry.
As I mentioned to you recently, I came across a news item in a small piece of newspaper. There was a poor mother who did not have the wherewithal to feed her son. Her husband was dead. Everyday she used to beg for alms to feed her son. Once it rained heavily for many days. Consequently, the woman could not go out for begging. One morning her son started crying, "Mother, I am hungry. Give me something to eat." In such a situation, what could she give him? She felt helpless and shed tears. She thought within herself, "Son, God has not given me the strength to feed you." In that moment of helplessness, she somehow managed to get poison, mixed it in water, gave it to her son and drank it herself. Both of them died. I felt very sad that in this land of Bharat, known as the land of Annapoorna (Goddess of Food), there are some people unable to feed their own children.
From that day onwards, I have taken up a firm resolve. Children should be fed properly and given proper education. So, I have made a scheme of fixed deposits of one lakh rupees for each family of such helpless mothers and their children. They will get an interest of more than one thousand rupees per month to fulfil their needs. But there may be some cheats who will try to exploit their innocence. The cheats may mislead the poor mothers to invest the one lakh rupees in a business for their own selfish ends. That is why the bank manager would be given strict instructions to hand over the interest only to the mother.
Sathya Sai Baba has no trace of selfishness in Him. I am spending crores of rupees to alleviate the suffering of the poor and downtrodden. My resolve is to feed the hungry and impart education to poor children.
It is not possible to provide education to children if they live in a different village. We wanted to keep them nearby and asked the government to allot a suitable piece of land. But they have not given this to us and I have stopped asking them. We have got out own orchard. I have decided to use that piece of land to construct houses for these poor families. I thought that instead of utilising the land for growing fruit trees, it would be better to utilise it for the sake of poor children. We are going to construct houses with two rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom for every mother and her children. They can live there and meet their needs with the interest they get from the bank. I will take the responsibility of providing education to these children. We have many students, both boys and girls, who can teach them and train them. Our boys and girls are ready to render any service. I do not want to praise My own students, but you cannot find students like them anywhere else. They are highly virtuous. I want My students to render service to the poor and needy and alleviate their suffering. Students, you do not need to pay heed to what others say. Take a firm resolve to serve society and sanctify your life.
Shortly, I am going to Puttaparthi. The students’ Sports Meet is going to be held there very soon. The students need to be encouraged. The construction of houses for the poor has also to be started. Then, by [19th January 2001] I will be back here (Brindavan) for the inauguration of Super Speciality Hospital, which is going to benefit the entire State of Karnataka. All the heart patients in the State of Karnataka should be cured of their disesase. Everyday 30 or 40 operations will take place. For this purpose, 30 surgeons will be employed on high salaries. There will be 8 or 10 operation theatres. At least 25 or 30 heart surgeries should take place everyday. No patient should suffer from heart failure. That is My strong determination. I don’t want to make any distinction between States. All States are Mine. All belong to Me and I belong to you all. Do not entertain any doubt or weakness. I am ready to give whatever you require. Be courageous. ‘Why fear when I am here?’
Boys and Girls!
Follow the commands of your parents and make them happy. Get married if they want you to, and lead a life of an ideal householder. I bless you all and bring My Discourse to a close.
A short while from now, the Messengers of Sathya Sai are going to present a drama. It is an ideal drama unlike the dramas you see on television. Today TV has become very common. Young minds are being spoiled by watching the TV. There is no harm if good programmes are shown, but the government encourages programmes which are not good for children. We do not want such a government. We want a government, which will make the people tread the path of Truth and Righteousness. ‘God-ment’ is the real government. There are people who are working for their way of life. Let it not become your way of life. Do not join politics. Take to the path of service. Go to each and every village. Serve everybody. The best way to love God is to love all and serve all. Learn this art of service.
Chala Santosham (very happy).
25th December 2000, Brindavan