Divine Discourse, Latoor, Maharashtra,  15 July 2001

 Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

DIVINE LOVE UNITES MANKIND

Embodiments of Love!
The whole world is full of Love. The world does not mean merely the form that you see, but that which is full of Love. This Love is in two forms. One is worldly Love and the other, spiritual Love. They are not different. You are all the embodiments of Love. Your love will help you to have the manifestation of the Divine. Divine Love is selfless. Where there is no selfishness, there is no fear. Love is for love's sake and nothing more. But worldly love is full of selfishness. Where there is selfishness, there is fear. Worldly love is after material objects. A man may not have any quality but he will have Love, there can be no doubts about that. This Love is the magnet, with the power of attraction. There is attraction between us because of Love. This magnet of Love is in everyone. In this world, there is no person without Love. That very Love is the nature of God. But we have to make use of that Love selflessly.

God has no trace of selfishness. Self is lovelessness and Love is selflessness. God does not expect anything except to live in Love. God is not a specific form. Love is God, live in Love. But, in the worldly sense, man makes use of his love towards his family, wife and children. Love is the very form of God. Love is the form of God and God is full of Love. It is absolutely necessary to connect Love with love. If you strengthen this love, you will have divine experience and divine wisdom. Since there is love in you, you could all be here and see Bhagawan. Bhagawan is giving you Darshan because of His Love for you. You are not merely human, you are the Cosmic Form. The power in you is not noticed anywhere. There is limitless potentiality in every one of you. Yet, you are unable to know this innate power. When you love people, people will love you in turn. Therefore, to begin with - Love All. Then, once you experience Divine Love, the ‘human’ becomes divine. The love of modern man is fleeting, temporary and worldly, whereas Divine Love is attributeless, formless, pure, unsullied and nectarine. That Divine Love is present everywhere, all over. So, everything in the world that is divine. Every material is the personification of the Divine. Due of the lack of non-dual experience, man commits mistakes. What is this? [Bhagawan shows a handkerchief.] This is a piece of cloth. It is not cloth in the true sense. It is a combination of threads, closely interwoven. It is not thread either, it is cotton. As the cotton, the thread and the cloth are the same; so are nature, the individual soul and the Divine. You are not merely human. The one you think you are is the physical body. The one others think you are, is the mental body. The one you really are is the Spirit or the Conscience. You are the sparks of the Divine. The body and mind are instruments.

Embodiments of Love!
You need not go to great lengths to understand spirituality. In our daily lives, the nature of life is the same. The Principle of Love is common in everybody - be it a pauper or a millionaire. Being the embodiments of Love, we should know that we are divine. Once you know that you are a spark of the Divine, you will redeem yourself. Because of the diversity of names and forms in this nature, we have forgotten the innate unity and divinity in them. When the whole universe is full of God, is it possible to build a temple for Him? Your heart is the temple of God. There you can visualize the manifestation of God. It is an easy path. Even a millionaire can be satisfied only with food, raiment and shelter. He cannot eat gold. So, what we want is food. Food is God. Food is necessary for the sustenance of the body.

Embodiments of Love!
In fact, you find only Love and Love and Love in yourself. All origins have their seed in Love. When once you know the nature of Love, you will have full faith in the universe. First, have faith in yourself. Strengthen this faith in yourself. Where there is Faith, there is Love. Where there is Love, there is Truth. Where there is Truth, there is God. Where there is Truth, there will be Peace. Peace does not exist separately in this world. Peace is in you; truth is in you; Love is in you; and the whole world is in you. Thousands have assembled here. Names and forms vary but the five elements are uniformly present in everyone. In this world, there is no man without the five elements. The five elements constitute the Divine Cosmic Form. Once you miss this truth, you will lose the life principle itself.

Flowers are many but worship is one.
Jewels are many, but gold is one.
The colours of the cows are different, but milk is one.
Beings are many, but Spirit is one.

All of you are like different bulbs. Bulbs differ in their voltage. The colours of the bulbs are different. The voltage could also be different, but the [electric] current [that illumines them all] is one. Likewise, God is the same in everybody. We have to live our life with the full feeling that we are divine. If you investigate carefully, there is no scope for misery or any sadness. In fact, there is only Bliss in you. Your attachment to the material world and sensual pleasures make you miserable. You should maintain equanimity in profit and loss, and in happiness and sorrow. Our mind is responsible for pleasure and pain. When our desires are not fulfilled, we are sad. When they are fulfilled, we are pleased. Never submit yourself to pleasure and pain. In every thing and in every object there is the principle of Truth. The entire creation merges back into Truth. You cannot find any place where there is no Truth. This is the pure unsullied Truth. The Truth in everyone is divine. Today, we have lost faith in Truth.

What kind of love do we have now? A small example: The modern man gets married. For two or three months, the young man considers his wife as his very life. When they go for a walk, if the husband finds a thorn on the way he affectionately cautions his wife, because it may prick her feet. After six months, when he sees a similar thorn on the way, he casually says, "Watch your step, there may be thorns on the way." After one year, when he sees a thorn, he shouts, "Can’t you see that there is a thorn?" Human love declines day by day. Divine Love is not like that. It neither diminishes, nor increases. That is the very Truth. We should have that Love which is the eternal Truth. Because of too many desires, we are not able to know Truth. We are just passengers in this long journey of life. Less luggage more comfort, makes journey a pleasure. When you have fewer luggages of desires, you will have no discomfort. For pain and pleasure, mind is the cause. The mind is responsible for liberation or bondage. Here is a lock. There is also a key. If you put the key in the lock and turn to the right side, it opens. The same key turned to the left side: it is locked. Your heart is the lock; your mind is the key. If you turn the key towards the world, it is ‘locked’. If you turn the key Godward, you get Divinity. Man is bound by himself alone. Human life is so noble and divine. Such a divine, and auspicious life is ruined today.

Human life is the gift of God aiding us to know our own reality. We do not consider it as such, these days. We have to understand the body as an instrument. The body has so many parts - the nose, ears, the eyes, hands and legs. Without these limbs, you cannot have this body. This human body is the limb of society. Without society, you cannot visualise Divinity. Society is the limb of the Divine. The whole world shows the combination of limb-to-limb connection. If the limbs are kept apart, the body cannot exist. Man today divides, cuts it into different parts. In ancient days if anyone questioned, "From where do you come?" people said, "We have come from Bharat." They considered their Motherland their residence. But, at the present time, people declare that they are from Maharashtra, Karnataka etc. - at the provincial level. When we divide ourselves into provinces we have to face difficulties. The very unity is lost, ruined completely. The same Unity, Oneness is present in all. When parts (of the body) are cut off then you see blood being wasted. Similarly, when states are divided further and further, it amounts to wastage of ‘blood’.

Embodiments of Love!
Recognise that all of us together constitute one country. All are one, be alike to everyone. We belong to the human race. There is only one human race in this world. We have to develop more and more of human values. The world is divided because of the loss of human values. Everyone has to foster human values. One who has harmony between thought, word and deed is a true human being. When thoughts, words and deeds are at variance, we have a ‘divided’ man. All of us are basically human beings. ‘I belong to the human race. I represent Bharat.’ We belong to the same country and our human life is the same. Flowers are different, but worship is the same. Everyone must recognise the divinity in every one else. Having God within us, we are wasting our time by moving about here and there. All that you face is God. Every place you move about is divine. All the words that you utter come from God. When the true principle of Godhood is within you, why should you act so thoughtlessly? You are the embodiment of Love; you are the embodiments of Truth. You should not hate anybody. We should not harm anybody. If you hurt anybody, it amounts to hurting yourself. Consider all as one, and of the same family. We belong to the family of the universe. Being the members of the same family, why should there be fighting, why should there be conflicts and differences? Therefore, you should not have any hatred in your heart towards anyone. You must love everybody. Love must flow so fast that it continues to flow eternally. Love is immortal and nectarine. The immortal love is poisoned today. That is the reason why we have so many wicked feelings like jealousy, hatred, anger and temper. We should see that bad qualities do not get into the heart. The individual soul is present in the body and God is present within the body. Human love and Divine Love are not different. In fact, purity, the underlying principle of both forms of love, is one. Like jewellery, varieties are many - necklace, bangle or ring - but the same gold makes them all.

Embodiments of Love!
You are the very embodiment of Love. It is not proper to hate anyone. Love one another. Love leads to immortality. Human life should be transformed into immortal life and thereby you should attain Divinity. The divine potential is not being properly utilized. Neighbours do not have cordial relationships. We should consider all as one family. You should consider human values as the same in all. There is Truth in everybody. There is Love in everybody. But do you act and work oriented on Love? Alas! You utilize Love in a perverted, selfish way.

Embodiments of Love!
With Love, you can attain everything. All the five elements can be controlled with Love. Once you control the five elements, you can control the whole world. Never consider yourself as small. You are mighty. Your ignorance makes you feel lowly. Love will help you remove the veil of ignorance. Love is God, God is Love. If once we develop this simple truth, the whole world can be united. What sort of relationship exists between Bhagawan and you? The body of Bhagawan has taken birth in Andhra Pradesh. You are from Maharashtra. What is the connection between Bhagawan and you? Only Love, only Love, only Love. Your love for Bhagawan has made you assemble here. Love makes Bhagawan very happy. Bhagawan’s Bliss comprises your love. How powerful is your love! How infinite it is! It is of fathomless depth. You are not able to know the principle of Love. You should not hate anybody.

All are brothers and sisters. It is enough if you develop this sort of relationship. It is enough if you render this kind of service. No penance or pilgrimage is required; no knowledge, no repetition of God’s name either. To cross the ocean of life, this selfless service is essential and enough. What is beyond the bliss of service? Any amount of money will not give you this bliss. Money will not give happiness and bliss. Money comes and goes, but morality comes and grows. Many people have taken birth. Many have earned money. But what happened to them? Did anyone carry a single naya paisa (a coin of the lowest denomination) with them? It is not possible to take any (material) thing with you when you leave the world. If man could take as much as a little sand from this world to the next, there would not be any left here! What we carry with us are only our good and bad deeds. We should get a good name.

Ravana was a mighty man. He was great, but not good. Rama was good. Why? Because Rama could make proper use of His quality. Ravana too had qualities and talents. He misused them. Ravana became great, Rama good. Therefore, one should strive to be good and not great.

Nowadays there is pollution everywhere. There is pollution in our feelings. Air, water, the whole of the environment - everything is polluted. The mind is also polluted. How can we remain good in this polluted world? Be a good human being first and not a great human being. The state of a great man is like a passing cloud. We want to remain great by earning more money, but ultimately nothing remains with us, no greatness remains; only goodness remains in the end. What we should, therefore, earn is a good name. Everyone should say, "He is a good man." All Bharatiyas are basically good people. In fact, the entire Universe is filled with good people. So, you should earn a good name and become a good human being. When you do good things, you cannot earn a bad name.

Embodiments of Love!
In this world, nowadays people say, "Hello! Hello! How are you? How are you?" and that is the end of it. Nobody wants to take responsibilities, but they all want authority. But authority and responsibility go hand in hand. You should deserve authority. It should not be mere pomp and show. When you deserve authority, you will get it. Remain away from bad thoughts, bad quality, bad actions and do your duty. Man should know all these things. One need not read big books and texts. Books contain a lot of useful information. That is not sufficient. What is there in the Pustaka (Book) should be there in the Mastaka (head) also. Your Mastaka should become Pustaka. It is not sufficient that you read good books, but you should practise the qualities mentioned in the book in your day-to-day living.

Embodiments of Love!
Let us have good thoughts. Let us consider everyone as brothers and sisters. If anyone is suffering, let us go, help and serve them. Also, we should uphold our self-respect and our self-confidence. Everyone should develop self-confidence. Then human life will be divine. In fact, everyone in this world wants to develop self-confidence.

Why are we born in this world? What is it that we have achieved after being born in this world? What is the purpose of life? It is not merely eating, drinking and moving around. Animals, beasts and birds also do that. Animals have some reason and season to do what they do. But man has often no reason and season for what he does: He misuses his senses. When you make good use of the senses, you will be a good man.

Maharana [Mira’s husband and a King] turned Mira out of the house. Mira was an ardent devotee of Krishna. She began staying in a temple. Maharana wanted Mira to even leave the temple. It was a shock for her. "Where shall I go?" she wondered. Immediately she meditated on Krishna. She got her answer, "Ida and Pingala are equal to Ganga and Yamuna. The central one is Sushumna. Oh mind! Go along the shores of Ganga and Yamuna and be pure. Because of her supreme Prema, she considered her breath as divine. She did not purchase a ticket to go on a pilgrimage. Ganga and Yamuna were in her mind. Therefore, we have to sing Bhajans and sing the glory of the Lord to attain the supreme heights of spiritual ecstasy. There have been many great saints in this state of Maharashtra. Their fame is spread all over the world. But how do we live and lead our lives now? And the man who cannot serve with his hand and tongue: that man’s life is of no use. Therefore, we have to chant the name of God. There is nothing beyond the Love of God. Love is God. We can consider this Love as God Himself. With this Love, you can merge in God.

Embodiments of the Divine and Embodiments of Love!
You are all sacred parts of the Divine. Krishna said that all the beings are parts of the Divine and are eternal. Never hurt anyone or fear anyone. Since you have a human body, you can consider yourself human. But in reality the Self is Divine. Prema Easwar Hai, Easwar Prema Hai. Let him be a Hindu, Christian or a Muslim, the Divinity is the same. All belong to the caste of humanity. Divinity is in humanity and Divinity is verily Love itself. Declare with conviction that you are a Bharatiya. Therefore, you should sing the glory of God, stand united, safeguard and protect the country. In fact, if we chant the name of God together we will be living in unity. We do not need to run after any country. The greatness and grandeur of Bharat is not seen anywhere. Therefore, Bharat takes the position of a leader. And being born in Bharat, man sings the glory of God, serves his fellowmen and attains Divinity. So, let people of every religion consider God as one. Never consider God as dual. Never consider yourself a Christian, Muslim or Hindu. In fact, God is one. All Muslims are one, all Hindus are one, and all Christians are one. And all the people of all religions are one. When a person harvests God in the field of his heart, he is a true Hindu and a true Christian. Therefore, when you fill your heart with Love, whatever may be your religion, you become one and you experience Unity.

Embodiments of Love!
Bhagawan is extremely happy. All children of Maharashtra have assembled here for the Love of Bhagawan. Bhagawan blesses you with prosperity, long life and happiness. If you all stand united, you can be really happy and prosperous. Therefore, work in harmony and unity; then you will be happy and prosperous. It is not possible for a few ministers to run the whole country. All of you should stand united and extend your strength and co-operation to the ministers. Then that will be strength of the state. If you separate the threads (the warp and the weft) of a cloth, then it can easily be torn. But a cloth with all the threads intact, cannot be torn easily. One needs to know that the people are the positive current and the government, the negative current. Only when the two meet there will be useful and powerful unity. Therefore achieve unity.

Embodiments of Love!
Bhagawan is very very happy. Bhagawan wants you to lead your life in peace and wants you to work for the progress and advancement of the society. He wants you to lead your life in a meaningful and purposeful way. Let there be good rain, and let there be good harvest, and let there be plenty and prosperity. Wishing you all a happy long life, Bhagawan brings His discourse to a close.

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With Love, you can attain everything. All the five elements can be controlled with Love. Once you control the five elements, you can control the whole world. Never consider yourself as small. You are mighty. Your ignorance makes you feel lowly. Love will help you remove the veil of ignorance. Love is God, God is Love. If once we develop this simple truth, the whole world can be united.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why are we born in this world? What is it that we have achieved after being born in this world? What is the purpose of life? It is not merely eating, drinking and moving around. Animals, beasts and birds also do that. Animals have some reason and season to do what they do. But man has often no reason and season for what he does: He misuses his senses. When you make good use of the senses, you will be a good man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declare with conviction that you are a Bharatiya. Therefore, you should sing the glory of God, stand united, safeguard and protect the country. In fact, if we chant the name of God together we will be living in unity. We do not need to run after any country. The greatness and grandeur of Bharat is not seen anywhere. Therefore, Bharat takes the position of a leader. And being born in Bharat, man sings the glory of God, serves his fellowmen and attains Divinity. So, let people of every religion consider God as one. Never consider God as dual. Never consider yourself a Christian, Muslim or Hindu. In fact, God is one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Muslims are one, all Hindus are one, and all Christians are one. And all the people of all religions are one. When a person harvests God in the field of his heart, he is a true Hindu and a true Christian. Therefore, when you fill your heart with Love, whatever may be your religion, you become one and you experience Unity.