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Bhagawan’s Gift of Love

Embodiments of Love!

The man who fully realises that the Atmic principle in him is the same as that in all others, is the one who understands Divinity, irrespective of his state in society (a student, a householder or a renunciant). In such a person, Divinity is firmly established. He becomes Divinity Itself. It is not (humanly) possible to comprehend the whole of Divinity. There are many who analyse and investigate into the nature of Divinity. Those who perceive it are truly the fortunate ones.

A millionaire can only eat food and not live on
gold. This is a democratic principle for the entire humanity. God is in everybody. Divinity pervades everything: good or bad, the righteous or the

unrighteous, the pious or the impious — all equally.  To investigate this mystery many holy sages in the ancient times, have spent their entire energies. The Vedas, for instance, say ‘Vedaham Etam Purusham Mahantam Aditya Varnam Thamasah Parasthaat. Naanya Panthah Vidyate Ayanaya’ (I perceive this form of the Cosmic Being beyond darkness. There is no other path to immortality).

In modern times, scholars investigate into the nature of Divinity according to their own perceptions and propound manifold theories. Creation proceeds in three different ways: firstly creation, then sustenance and finally destruction or dissolution. All creation is subject to these processes. None can deny the truth of this, not even established scientists. This is constantly perceived in our existence. That which is born is sustained and is eventually destroyed. This is evident to direct perception. When you enquire into these aspects of existence, the presence of Divinity becomes revealed. In daily life also, Divinity is experienced. For example, you have seen the dancing lions from Malaysia. Those are not real lions; but from them you can surmise that there exist real creatures called lions. In a similar manner, almost every object of daily life points towards Divinity. The sweetness in the sugarcane or the hot taste of chillies, the sour taste in tamarind and the bitter taste of neem — all these are indicators of Divinity. The stars of the sky, the brightness of the sun, the coolness of the moon and the waves on the sea are also pointers to the Divine principle. Though all these do not directly show you God per se, they constitute positive evidence to the existence of the Divine principle.

In society, there are different functionaries like a minister for education, a collector for revenue and the police for law and order, etc., and above them all is the Prime Minister. In the same way, in creation, there is Brahma for creation, Vishnu for protection and Shiva for dissolution. But, for all these functions, the supreme head is Divinity Itself. The Muslims call this principle Allah. Every religious denomination has its own name for its perception of Divinity. But Bharatiyas or Westerners, all of us have a common term in English, GOD - G stands for Generation i.e., creation, O for Organisation i.e., sustenance and D for Dissolution. Thus in this word, God, all the three aspects, namely, creation, sustenance and dissolution are implied. Taking such evidence, people have been propagating the principle of Divinity amongst themselves. Stated or unstated, Truth is Truth. God exists. Where is He? He is omnipresent. He is in all forms. The Divinity present in humanity is self evident to everybody. The very fact that millions of you have come here today is the evidence of the Love of God — the basic underlying principle. Love is the aim of everyone and there is no greater bliss than this.

Embodiments of Love!

Any task undertaken with self-confidence ensures success. Therefore, self-confidence is absolutely essential for every person. If you expect others to respect and love you, you should respect and love them equally. Without respecting or loving others, you cannot expect any reciprocal feeling from others. In the same way, if you love God, God loves you. Life consists of reaction, resound and reflection. You get back exactly what you do to others.

What can I tell you for the day? Whenever I see you, My heart overflows with Love. When I see so many of you exhibiting your love for Me, there is no limit to My joy. I have not sent out invitations to any of you. The love in Me has drawn you here. Your love to God and God’s love to you is the true message. What can one say as a message? I give and you receive and you give and I receive. This exchange is the true bondage between man and God. You should all be comfortable and happy. Increase your spiritual dimensions. Live with the firm conviction that there is a single divinity resident in all. Why does a government set up law enforcing agencies like police and the defence services? It is solely for the sake of protecting the country. The police punish the guilty. If there is no law-breaker, there is no need for the police at all. In the same manner, God has sent into the world some entities who will punish the wicked and reward the righteous. We are prone to protest against such effects. This is very wrong. Distance yourself from evil, accumulate all goodness around you. Ensure that there is no trace of evil within you. Then you need fear no punishment. The very persons intended for punishing come and protect.

Swami has said that man is the very embodiment of Atma. He has also told you that the Atma is imperishable. From such an eternal entity, only permanent consequences arise. Creation, sustenance and dissolution are all ordained by God. He manifests from all the elements. With this firm conviction in you, wherever you go, to whatever country you travel, you will attain success. Spiritual precepts insist, ‘Have faith in yourself.’ That is, first of all, know yourself. Everybody asks the question, ‘Who are you?’ When the question, who are you? is asked, a reply that you are so and so or you are from such and such job is not the proper answer. ‘I am the Atma,’ is the only right answer. Body and the mind are impermanent. To imagine that you are these is a serious mistake. Abandon the feeling that you are the body and the mind and recognise the Atma, which alone gives the power for both body and mind to function.

Everyone is a manifestation of Atma. This manifestation has expanded all over. This all-pervading Atmic principle is the Cosmic principle. You should attempt to recognise this Cosmic Power. You may feel that this is very difficult, but it is extremely simple. Your body attachment is what makes it appear difficult. Sarva Bhuta Namaskaram Kesavam Prathigachchathi (salutations to all elements ultimately reach God (Kesava). In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says, Mamaivamsho Jeevaloke Jeevabhutah Sanathanah (in the entire world, all beings are eternal sparks of the Divine).

In a hall of mirrors, a bird enters. Looking at the many reflections, it imagines that there are a multitude of birds. The bird also imagines that they are its competitors, and keeps dashing itself against the mirrors until the mirrors are broken into little bits. Now, there are as many birds as there are bits of mirrors! When the mirrors are all shattered to tiny bits, no image is visible and the bird flies away. This is a state of ignorance. On the contrary, when a man of wisdom enters the room, he recognises that these are all images of himself and feels happy. In the same manner, the one who sees himself in all other persons and looks on them as his own images is a true human being.

The manifest principle that is visible in the external world is the same inside the individual. Name and form and abilities can be cognised as separate but they are mere reflections. The truth is that you and I are one. Divinity is right inside you and is not separate and specially located in Temple or Mosque or any other place of worship. What is inside you is what you see inside a Mosque or a Temple. All Sadhana is undertaken only to recognise this truth. Every man is born and he dies. In between he lives. The individual grows and declines but humanness neither expands nor contracts. The body may expand or contract. The body may expand but humanness neither expands nor contracts. A child is born, becomes a man and a grandfather. Descriptions are different, but the individual is the same. In the same manner, names and forms change but the individual is only one. ‘Ekam Sath Viprah Bahudha Vadanti’. (Truth is one, described variously by scholars). Realising this truth, You should respect and love all and spread joy to all. Then you become God yourself. Once you recognise that the Divinity in all is the same, there will be no sense of duality. You may think that it is very difficult but it is extremely simple. Inability to recognise the inherent Divinity is the fault of vision and not the fault of creation. There are no flaws in creation. Everything is unity, the duality is in your perception.

With self-confidence, any task can be performed successfully. Swami will explain this to you. Abraham Lincoln was born in an extremely poor family in America. His father was a carpenter. His mother used to mend dresses and find the wherewithal to educate Lincoln. He was much teased by the rich children in school for his dress and manners. Once, the boy Lincoln went and wept before his mother and said, "Mother, I am put to a lot of shame in front of my fellow students. Please get me a good dress." Holding him close, his mother said, "Son, you must see our condition first. We are not very well-to-do. Feeding all of us itself is a problem. In this condition, how can you expect fancy clothes? Act according to your condition. Sooner or later, you will reach the level of your deservedness. Don’t be deterred by other people’s taunts. Live with self-confidence. Self-confidence is the source of all success." Thus, she encouraged him. From that moment, Lincoln became a person of great self-confidence and proceeded with studies and activities with honest effort. He was never upset over anything. Self-confidence was his armour. Devoid of material wealth and conveniences, he was endowed with plenty of self-confidence. His mother passed away after sometime. In spite of her death, her words of wisdom were firmly entrenched in him. His father married again. It is quite common amongst Westerners. Lincoln’s stepmother was also quite affectionate towards him and encouraged him to persevere in the path showed by his mother. Lincoln graduated in course of time. Life was difficult for him throughout. He was not suited for continuing his father’s occupation. He began to look for a job. However, it soon dawned in him that self-reliance was better than serving in some firm or the other and started a business of his own. He conducted his business in the most upright manner possible. His associates cheated him. There are people who cannot bear to see the prosperity of others. This is a fact of life from ancient times. Lincoln carried on with the strength of his mother’s advice regardless of all difficulties. He had a severe setback in his business but he cleared all his debts.

There is no disease like being a debtor,

There is no charity greater than feeding the hungry,

There are no greater gods than parents,

There is no greater Dharma than compassion,

There is no greater gain than the company of the good,

There is no enemy greater than anger,

There is no wealth greater than good fame,

Ill-fame is very death itself,

There is no ornament better than the chanting of God’s names.

Lincoln strictly lived in this fashion. Seeing his upright character, some of his friends felt that he could very easily become a Member of Parliament. They advised him to stand for election and promised their help. Lincoln stood for election and won with a thumping majority. In a short while, he rose to become the President of the United States. At the moment of his success, he recollected his mother’s words. He fully realised the importance of self-confidence. The Blacks were treated in a very harsh manner by the Whites in those days. The Blacks approached Lincoln and told him that he should ameliorate their condition and try to get equal rights with the Whites for them. Lincoln was of the firm conviction that all humanity was equal and any differentiation on the basis of colour or race was improper. He promised the Blacks that he would do his best for them and eventually succeeded in the abolition of slavery in the United States. The Blacks of America held Abraham Lincoln in very high esteem.

In the world, there is a constant strife between good and evil. There were many who were jealous of Lincoln and subjected him to slander. You should attach no importance to such falsity. Praise and abuse are common to mankind. In Bharat also, several famous people have suffered similar difficulties but have overcome these with success. If we live in Truth and Love, we will not be subjected to any harm. The body is bound to fall sometime or the other. Merely to save it one should not take to bad ways. The body is perishable while Truth is eternal. Hence, strive for Truth. There is nothing greater than Truth.

Creation emerged from Truth and it merges into Truth,

Is there a place where Truth does not exist?

This alone is absolute Truth.

Some people turn away from Swami and get into bad ways not in keeping with Swami’s Principles, when their desires are not fulfilled. There are four kinds of people who cavil at God. The first type is the atheist, who professes that there is no God at all. Second, those who speak against God out of jealousy towards others who are better-off than themselves. The third type are those who are disillusioned when their desires are not fulfilled. The fourth, are those who lament at the high reputation and fame of others which they are unable to achieve themselves. There are others who resort to improper and mean ways to attain their ends. They ask, "Swami, I am starting a school or a society and I need so much money." I tell them the truth, "Son, this is a different territory. The currency of this country is of no value in your country. If you have to receive this money, we will have to resort to illegal methods and cheat the government. I shall never accept such a practice. Don’t associate Bhagawan with it." Under such circumstances, they go back to their place and make all kinds of false allegations against Bhagawan. Whatever others may proclaim, Bhagawan’s Truth is sacred and unfaltering. Do not pay any attention to praise or slander. For your conscience is your own. Divinity is based on faith. Faith is not something which is bestowed. Everyone’s faith is his own. All Bharatiyas believe that there is Divinity.

There are a few who say that God does not exist. For those who refuse to believe, there is no God. For those with faith, there is God. As far as Bhagawan is concerned, it is all Yes! Yes! Yes!

Each individual’s conscience is his own witness. Do not waste your energies on negative criticism. You should never abandon your faith, your self-confidence and your Atma. Some people become jealous at the steady growth of prosperity of others. Jealousy is a demon. In a tree flush with leaves, fruits and flowers, if a pest enters the root, the entire tree dies quickly. The pest is not visible to the eye and works insidiously. This is no fault of the tree. A jealous person conceals his jealousy within his heart and transmits it to others secretly. These are evil ways. However, in Bhagawan’s view, there are no evil persons. All evil behaviour changes sooner or later. Bhagawan’s Truth is One. All belong to Bhagawan and Bhagawan belongs to all. Bhagawan’s only wealth is Love. I embrace all with this equal love. Even people who come to me with hatred in their hearts are dear to Me. Bhagawan does not discriminate between the wrong-doers and the blemishless. Bhagawan stands in His own Truth. All should take note of this equanimity of Bhagawan and appreciate His attitude of unity. From unity follows purity and from purity, Divinity, you have to cultivate purity and for purity all should be mixed with each other in harmony. Only then the goal is attained.

Embodiments of Love!

Today marks the 75th year of the Advent of this body. Age does not concern Bhagawan. Welfare of humanity is His only concern. The welfare of the distressed and the poor is Bhagawan’s only concern. Bhagawan’s primary concern is the redressal of the difficulties of the helpless, Irrespective of any comments, adverse or otherwise, Bhagawan’s resolve is the same. You should also make a resolution on the same lines.

Having grasped what ought to be desired, do not let go of the grip till you succeed. Having desired what ought to be desired, hold on, till your desire is fulfilled. Having asked what ought to be asked hold on till you succeed. Either Bhagawan should yield out of sheer exhaustion, or you should ask whole-heartedly with intensity.

This is yhe path a true devotee should pursue.

Keep your perseverence until your desire is fulfilled. this is the vow of a bhakta (devotee). This is what can be called as true Tapas. Tapas does not mean going into a jungle or standing upside down and doing some meditation or other. The true indices of a good individual are these: keep your word, adhere to truth, show gratitude where due and stay firm in your self-confidence. If you adhere to these tenets, you will overcome with ease any obstacle that may come your way.

Hold on to your self-confidence and self-respect and be ready for any self-sacrifice. As Bhagawan has already reiterated, the Atma in everyone is the same. Therefore, do not be swayed by such consideration as somebody being small and somebody being great, etc. Self-confidence is the same in each individual and does not change with age. The quantity may vary between individuals, but the quality is the same.

 

Embodiments of Love!

If the people of Bharat are to progress in the proper direction, there should be unity of thought amongst all. Our great leaders, after many heavy sacrifices have obtained freedom for us. While we have attained independence, we have not achieved unity. What is the use of freedom without unity? We are reduced to the present sorry state of affairs. There is hatred everywhere. There are ten factions in one party. People in one house go four different ways. If this kind of disunity persists, how can there be any genuine freedom? This is not the path we have to take. We have to recognise the unity in all. Every Bharatiya must be able to say proudly, "This is my country, this is my beloved mother tongue and religion."

You must be able to uphold the respect and traditions of your family. People have lost their eyes of faith and have become blind to values. Do not depend on others’ help. You should depend on the faith in your self. Faith in yourself, faith in God, this is the secret of greatness. Having self-confidence is really having faith in God. Because you are yourself the abode of Divinity. God does not have a separate form. ‘I’ the Atma Itself is God. You must have this kind of faith in unity. Unity amongst diverse people alone will protect the country.

The sanctity of the Bharatiya soil is not to be found anywhere else on the globe. This is why there has been such a large number of Divine manifestations (Avatars) here. Bharat is like a mother of all other nations. Rama declared, "Janani Janma Bhumishcha Swargadapi Gareeyasi" (Mother land, like a mother, is greater than even paradise itself). You must recognise this truth. There are many who chant the Rama Nama, but is there anyone who actually practises the virtues represented by Rama? Everyone is hero in chanting but Zero in practice! The Vedas have given four Mahavakyas: Tattwam Asi (That thou art); Prajnanam Brahma (Constant Integrated awareness is Brahman); Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahman); and ‘Ayam Atma Brahma’ (this Atma is Brahman). You might pun on these words, ‘Ayam Atma Brahma’ as ‘I am Atma and Brahma’. You constantly chant these words, but do not put them into practice. Mere chanting without action is pure exhibitionism. While you say all are Brahman, you hate somebody. This is a real hypocrisy. If you have aversion to any individual, quietly keep away from him but don’t display hatred. This is the course to be adopted by you. Bhagavan loves everybody. He has no dislike towards anybody. All are His devotees, friends and children. In Bhagawan’s eyes, all are one. This universe is a big book. Antharatma(Inner self) is your Guru. God is your friend. Time is also the very form of God. Therefore, do not waste time. Time wasted is life wasted. To make your time pure is true sadhana.

Embodiments of Love!

The Love in you and the Love in Bhagawan is one and the same. But your love is contaminated by desires for material things. Bhagawan has no desire for any material wealth. Bhagawan’s Love is the purest. The love immanent in all turns negative because of the contamination of desires. There is no negative quality in Bhagawan; He is entirely positive. The positive without the negative or the negative without the positive are both of little value. So, combine the negative ‘I’ in you with the positive of Bhagawan and attain unity. With this understanding, you will be able to experience indescribable bliss. What sort of bliss? Brahmananda. When you experience this Brahmananda you become one with Brahman.

In this state, there is no need for any sadhana on your part. All the Sadhanas that you do are a mere indulgence to your mind. Consider all as one and love all. That is the true Sadhana. Ek Prabhu Ke Anek Naam (The one God has many names). While performing the Sahasranama Archana, you repeat the various names, Keshava, Madhava, Narayana, Govinda, but it is to the same form that you make your offerings. For instance, while making the Anga Puja, you place the flower on your eye and then offer the flower to the deity in front with the ‘Nethra Pushpam Samarpayami’. Symbolically, you are offering a flower in place of the eye itself. You say eye, but offer a flower. This looks like cheating God Himself. What is the point of offering to God what has been provided by God Himself? ‘O God, everything is Yours, this whole body is Yours. I am Yours, this whole body is Yours, all the limbs and organs are Yours. I am Yours and You are mine. When this kind of identity is established, there is no further need for any external form of worship. For those who have not yet reached this exalted position, these various physical forms of sadhana such as japa, tapa and dhyana are suitable. All these require constant practice. Particularly, avoidance of bad habits and the cultivation of good habits is the way of abhyasa (practice).

If anybody abuses you, take no note, for the abuser is abusing only the body and not your Self. If somebody calls you a bad man, do you become a bad man by the mere statement? If, you have something bad in you, try to destroy it. There are a large number of people in this Kali Yuga who abuse God because their wishes are not fulfilled. This is a universal habit common to all countries. You should not succumb to such mean and unholy feelings. Thyagaraja, for example says, that God will manifest to you only to the extent and manner in which you approach God. Whichever way one conceives the Godhead, God appears to him in the same form. If your emotions are pure and good, you get happy results.

Embodiments of Love!

Bhagawan has no desire to have such elaborate Birthday celebrations—not in the least. Bhagawan says, " I go through all these because it pleases My devotees. I am not particularly enamoured of anything. The happiness of the devotees is My happiness. Dedicate your life to Divine Love".

Love is the very form of Brahman; try to merge love in Love; if you have firm love, you will achieve the ultimate merger of love which is true non-duality.

Hatred, jealousy and ostentation have become widespread these days. Get rid of these and get into the principle of Love. Whether your desires are fulfilled or not, think that all that happens is for your good. When you encounter difficulties, always think that better days are ahead. Good and bad are always mixed. Therefore, take both of them with the same attitude. ‘Sukha Dukhe Same Kruthwa Labhalabhau Jaya Jayau…’ (Treat happiness and sorrow, loss and gain with complete equanimity). Pleasure is an interval between two pains. Reduce your desire. Increase your Divine Love and thereby increase your pleasure. If desires increase, pain increases proportionately and pleasures too decrease proportionately.

God is not to be obtained by gold or other forms of wealth. He is to be attained only through character. Sathyabhama in her pride hoped to retain Krishna all for herself by her wealth. But with a ruse, Narada made her realise her folly by showing that a single leaf of Tulasi (basil) offered by Rukmini with real devotion exceeded all the wealth of Sathyabhama. Krishna says that He is pleased with the offering of a leaf, a flower, a fruit or plain water. Do not take this literally. The body is the leaf, the heart is the flower, mind is the fruit and the tears of joy constitute the water which is the acceptable offering to God.

Embodiments of Love!

Be in Love. All your desires will be fulfilled. Do not hate anybody. With love-filled heart, enjoy the bliss of Love. This message is My gift to you all for the day. This is the only wealth with Bhagawan. All these magnificent edifices are not Bhagawan’s, they all belong to the devotees. The only property Bhagawan owns is unbounded Love for all of you. Bhagawan will pour forth His boundless love to all of you for the mere asking. Why? Bhagawan is ready to sacrifice even His very body for the sake of His devotees. You live happily and spend your life in a state of bliss. Only then does Bhagawan get His share of bliss. Nothing else is required. Your good fortune is the gift of Bhagawan’s love. Take good care of this precious gift and this is Bhagawan’s blessing to you for the day. May all of you have steady devotion, sacred, long and happy life May you have all this, may you have all this, may you have all this! May all your difficulties be removed. Without exhausting your mental energies on difficulties, may you enjoy whatever happiness you may obtain, unalloyed.

75th Birthday

23 Nov 2000, Prasanthi Nilayam