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  Anil Kumar's Sunday Satsang at Prasanthi Nilayam
September 10, 2000

Om Sai Ram

The COMPLETE Sunday Talk given by Anil Kumar on September 10th, 2000

Table of Contents

(I) Questions Bhagavan Put to the Primary School Children:

(1) "Where do you come from?"

(2) "What is the Form of God?"

(3) "When Love is the form of God, how do you reach Him?

(4) "What is the way to Immortality?"

(5) "What is Namaskara?"

(6) "Who is your friend?"

(7) "Who is your enemy?"

(8) "Who is Ganesha?"

(9) Sarva Dharma Questions

(10) "How many marks you got?"

(11) "Come on, get up and speak!"


"Every day is a festival. Every day is a celebration to Me."

"Oh-ho. Ants follow the discipline? Better you learn that lesson!"


Sai Ram.

With Pranams at the Lotus Feet of our Bhagavan,

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

I have updated with all that Bhagavan said on the verandah with students. But something had happened in between. I think it was on the third of September. There was some conversation there. It was the day of the immersion of the Ganesha idols. (At the end of the Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations, Ganesha idols are immersed in the Chitravati River.) As you might have seen, many, many idols have been brought there in a procession, with the boys dancing and singing. Bhagavan had a photo with every group. The whole procession went on.

Somehow I came before time. By that time, all were assembled here, particularly the primary school children. The primary school children sat in the front rows. Most surprisingly I saw Swami sitting on the chair on the platform between the two lions, on the revolving chair, talking with the children, cutting jokes.

The discussion that went on there between the primary school children and Swami is of immense value. It has general importance. It also speaks of the quality of the children. It also speaks of the kind of training that they have in the primary school. We were very much amazed to hear those things. A few things I noted on a small paper, which I want to share with you this pleasant morning. Being a teacher, my temperament is always to share. I cannot keep anything to myself. Let me tell you what had happened that day.

Swami started asking questions, and children started giving answers. My friends, these are the questions, which are very, very important to everyone of us. I, for one, would feel honestly that Swami wants to communicate these things, taking advantage of the children who had assembled there that morning. It is with that purpose I wanted to share this matter I collected.

(1) "Where do you come from?"

These are the questions put by Swami. First question, He asked one child, "Where do you come from?"

Our usual answer is, if that question is put to anyone of us:

"I’m from Canada."

"I’m from U.S."

"I’m from Switzerland."

"I’m from Delhi."

"I’m from Madras."

"I’m from Australia."

"I’m from Andhra."

So and so forth.

But with a Sai child, by that I mean a child studying in Sri Sathya Sai Primary School, what is the answer given by that Sai child? "Where do you come from?"

The answer is, "I come from You, Swami. I come from You."

This is very important because sometime back Bhagavan said that we have not come from our parents, no. Parents acted as just a medium. Parents acted as a medium that’s all. We have come through our parents, not from our parents. A little correction in prepositions.

The same thing is stated by the famous man, Khalil Gibran, in his book "The Prophet". There Gibran clearly states that we are through our parents. Our parents act as a medium. God has chosen to bring to this world a piece of consciousness, a being of consciousness, a creature of consciousness. He is brought into this world by the Will of God through the medium of parents. Parents are serving as instruments to bring forth into this world beings of consciousness. Our being is consciousness.

What a wonderful answer that child gave! I do not know if the child knows the depths and the philosophy behind it. It is for us to make it out. That’s the first question.

(2) "What is the Form of God?"

Second question, "What is the form of God?"

If this question is put to many people there in Sai Kulwant Hall, the usual answer is expected:

"The form of God is this: very tall in stature with a crown on His head, with a bow and arrow." That goes with the description of Lord Rama. That person, being the devotee of Sri Rama, gives the picture of Rama.

If the same question is put to someone else, he gives the answer: "The form of God is this way: He has the peacock feather on the head, and keeps the flute on His lips. He is a cowherd boy." The devotee means Lord Krishna.

So each one has got his own idea of God. In fact the philosophy says that God appears in the way you want, in the way you perceive, in the way you think of Him. God is so compassionate, so loving, that He wants to appear in that form of your taste, in the form of your choice, because all the forms are His. He can take upon Himself any form. It is more or less the reflection of His concern, of His compassion, of His Love for his devotees. So He appears in the form of our choice.

Now what is the answer given by this Sai child, "What is the form of God?" The answer, superb! "Swami, Love is the form of God!"

See that! I don’t think that we can give that answer. The answer is known to us but we don’t give that answer. Why? Seeing Bhagavan, our brain is switched off, finished! The fuse is gone! We’ll be silent, tight-lipped. We’ll not be giving any answer at all. Speechless.

But here is a child who says, "Love is the form of God."

(3) "When Love is the form of God, how do you reach Him?

Then the next question is this: "When Love is the form of God, how do you reach Him? How do you go to God? How do you reach God." That’s the question.

If that question is put to us, a fundamentalist, a traditional man, an orthodox Hindu says, "Hindu way of life is the only way to reach God."

A Christian, a Puritan, a Catholic preferably, says, "Christian way is the only way to reach God."

Islam will give you a warning if you are going to deny and then say, "Islam is the only way to God."

Buddhist’s say, "Buddha is the only God. Buddhism is the only way", though Buddha never referred to God at all.

That Sai child’s answer, what is it? "The way to reach God is to love all and serve all."

We’ve heard this a number of times, but we don’t know that this is the answer to this question. See the smartness of Sai children: That intelligence, that promptness, that accuracy, that exactness, their comprehension, their understanding, an immediate, spontaneous reply. It is not as though, as if, they were informed one week before that ‘Swami is going to ask you these questions. Be ready’, as in some of the modern interviews where selection is made already before interviews. It’s not like that. All were taken by surprise, unscheduled. The answers are unique. You see that.

(4) "What is the way to Immortality?"

Next question: "What is the way to immortality?" That’s what Swami said this morning in the Divine Discourse. The answer now we know. "What is the way to immortality?"

If that question is to be answered, we cannot give you a short answer. We feel that at least we should be given sufficient time to write notes for about four to five pages.

Sai’s child, they answer this: "What is the way to Immortality?"

"The way to immortality is to remove immorality. To remove immorality is the way to immortality."

What a beautiful answer!

Let us analyze the statement given by children: remove immorality. We should be aware of one point here. Immorality is not there originally. Immorality is not our nature. Immorality is not our quality. Immorality is the weakness that has been subsequently developed because of association, because of friendship, because of bad company or because of food habits (food and drinking). These are our habits, our vices. They are responsible for immorality. We were not born immoral. We were spotless. We were clean and perfect, Divine, at the time of birth.

Everyone is the spark of the Divine, as Bhagavan has mentioned this morning. Body is the temple of God. Indweller, the Eternal, is God here. So body is the temple, the Indweller, the soul, the spirit is God inside installed. Therefore when we are basically Divine, when we’re embodiments of the Divinity, how is it that immorality finds a place here? Immorality finds a place here because of bad company, bad habits, bad food, bad thoughts. That’s all. But basically we’re pristine, pure, unpolluted, eternal, immortal, nectarine, perfect, the Truth, spotless, crystal clear. That is our nature, the Atman, the consciousness.

But unfortunately, too much identification with the body, the senses dominating the mind, the mind running after the senses, the senses being outward, made us immoral. So, that which has set in the middle, that which has come to settle in the middle in morality, has got to be removed so that we go back to our original form, so that we go back to our original nature of immortality. Immortality is our nature.

Immorality has come in between – something like the sun that hides behind the cloud. The cloud clouds the brilliant sun. When these clouds are gone, the sun shines brilliantly. Sun has not specially appeared now. Sun was there. Sun is there. Sun continues to be there. It is only the clouds that have come in between and pass on. Similarly, immorality is something like a cloud that has come in between, covering the sun originally there.

Similarly the brilliant sun, the radiating sun, that self-effulgent sun, it is our consciousness. It is our nature. It is hiding behind the cloud of immorality. When the cloud of immorality is gone, the sun of immortality is visible and here. This is the philosophy wherein we find the answer given by this child on that day. Removal of immorality is the only way to immortality.

What is the next question?

(5) "What is ‘Namaskara’?"

‘Namaskar’ meaning ‘na’ + ‘ma’ – two words, ‘na’ + ‘ma’ meaning ‘not I’, ‘not I’, meaning ‘it’s not I’. It is God within, not the body. ‘Na’ + ‘ma’, ‘I am not this body. I am not this mind. I am not this intellect.’ ‘Na’+ ‘ma’: ‘I am not this.’ Then what is it that is consciousness? What is it that is the spirit, that is the soul, what you call Atma? ‘Na + ma’: I am not the body. I am not the buddhi. So, this kind of awareness ‘Namaskara’ conveys. When I do ‘Namaskara’, it is not to your body. It is to the Atma in you. The Atma in you is very much same as Atma in me. Atma in you and Atma in me, is nothing but Paramatma, the Divine.

Atma, the consciousness, as it operates through the body is called Dehatma. Deha, body + Atma, consciousness = Dehatma. Simple mathematics. Through this body, deha, Atma, consciousness operates. We feel, we walk, we hear, we do, all these actions are done, all the limbs of the parts of the body operate because of Atma. Something like the current that flows through the wire makes the bulbs illumine and the mike to function. So, all electric gadgets function because of the flow of the current. Similarly, different parts function or operate because of the flow of the current ‘consciousness’ or Atma. So, Atma, the current, flows through the body. That is called Dehatma.

But there is a second level, a higher level. The body functions - OK. But the body does not function on its own. ‘I want to have a cup of coffee right now.’ Good. My hand will pick up the cup with coffee, hold the saucer with one hand and start sipping coffee. That’s good. My hands hold the cup and saucer. Perfect. I only drink coffee. OK. But this is the subsequent action. This is the second action. But what is the first action? The thought, the desire, the will to drink the cup of coffee. My mind wants to drink a cup of coffee, so it gives the idea to take me to the cafeteria where the hand will pick up the cup and saucer. Then I start sipping.

So, it is the mind that wills. It is the mind that thinks. It is the mind that wants. It is the mind that desires. It is the mind that is everything. Mano Mulam Idam Jagat. That’s what Bhagavan says. The whole world operates, the whole world functions, the individual activity, the community activity, national, international, universal, cosmic, the whole thing is based on Mano Mulam Idam Jagat: Mind is the fundamental principle. Mind is the foundation on which the human activity rests, on which the human activity blossoms, on which the human program of activity gets multiplied. The foundation is the mind.

Without the mind, you cannot do anything. Supposing something happens that makes you unconscious, by giving you chloroform. When the mind is not functional, you cannot plan to have that cup of coffee. You cannot think of having a cup of coffee because mind is made numb. Mind is made passive. Mind is made non-functional. So, there is no body activity. So, body activity is made possible because of the mind, the feeling behind each action.

So mind is everything. It is the mind that makes heaven or the mind that makes hell out of heaven. Recapitulation, recalling, bringing back to memory is the function of the mind. Thoughts and counter-thoughts constitute the mind. So, we cannot say, ‘O Mind, never mind!’ We can’t say that. Mind is very strong. It is the mind that shapes the human personality, which determines the goal.

Now, how is this mind functional? Is mind independent? No. Mind also thinks because of Atma. Mind is ego. Mind speaks of the sense of ‘I-ness’: ‘I did this. I am so-and-so. I come from this place.’ ‘I’, ‘I’, ‘I’, ‘I’ This ‘I’, ego, is nothing but the mind. Even the mind acts, even the mind operates because of Atma. So, this fan is revolving because of the current. I have another fan at home. Will it function without electricity? No, no, no, no. You may have a fan in the drawing room or on the verandah or anywhere. In order to make the fan work the current is necessary.

So, whether it is the body or the mind, the current of consciousness, the current of Atma is absolutely necessary. But at the body level, it is called Dehatma. At the level of the mind, the ego, mind + Atma is called Jivatma. Jivatma, individual soul. Dehatma: Atma + body; Jivatma: Atma + mind. So, it is Atma that makes the body work. It is Atma that makes the mind think.

Then what is this Atma? This is consciousness. The consciousness of the Atma in me is very much the same as in you. There is nothing like Italian Atma, American Atma, Russian Atma, and Swiss Atma. No, no, no. Atma is one and the same. My friends, the basic things of this world are common. Water is H2O in India and also in the United States. Water in the United States is not H3O! It is H2O. Water in Soviet Russia is H2O, not HO. Two parts of hydrogen, one part of oxygen. So, water is water anywhere around the earth. Fire is fire anywhere. Oxygen is oxygen anywhere. So the five elements, the fundamental principles, the basic constituents, components of the universe are one and the same all over the world. But our combinations, our permutations, the mixing of the five elements will make us civilized, making our life more comfortable, making our life more convenient, luxurious, extravagant, leading to the exploitation of the Nature also. But that’s a different subject altogether. What I want to point out is that the basic cosmos, the basic principle of the universe, is one and the same essentially. Why? The undercurrent of Atma is uniform.

Now Atma in me, Atma in you, Atma in the girl, Atma in everyone…how many is that? The Hindu scriptures say that there are 84 lakhs of varieties of living creatures in this organic world. (I don’t know what pains the saint or seers or group of saints must have taken to quote the numbers!) 84 lakhs of varieties of species are there in this organic, living world. So, in all these, whether it is a plant or an animal, bird or a beast, or a human being, that consciousness is there.

Let us not think that a plant has no consciousness. We are mistaken. Go near the plant. Touch it gently. Smile at it. Spend some time in its company. You neglect another plant. Watch the growth of both plants. When once you spend some time in the company of the plant, with a gentle look, with a kind look, a tender touch, it flowers nicely. It grows so beautifully. While the plants that are rejected, uncared for, never looked at, without any touch at all, these plants will not grow as well as those plants that received attention.

Not only that. When you go near a plant with a flower, say a rose plant, you’re drawn towards the rose flower. You go closely to enjoy the beauty. Ah! The flower just moves its head, something like daffodils along the Milky Way, tossing this way and that way. It dances. ‘Here is a man who loves me. Here is a man who appreciates my beauty.’

On the other hand, if a person goes near there to pluck the flower, to cut the flower, either to keep in their hair or place at the feet of an idol, you observe the movements in the plant. Just as we have got ECG, electrocardiograph that peeps off the beat of our heart and shows any fluctuations or changes in the beating of our heart, there are certain devices to note the feelings and reactions of plants also. Some of you must have come to know about this. So when you just connect that to the plant and observe when the fellow is ready to cut this flower, it starts shaking. It starts shivering. Now do you really think that it has got consciousness? It has!

So my friends, there is awareness, there is consciousness, in the mineral matter, in the plant world, the animal world and the human society as well. So this Atma in all the 84 lakhs of varieties of species in this organic world, Atma + Atma + Atma + Atma = Paramatma.

Deha + Atma is Dehatma. Mind + Atma is Jivatma. Atma in everyone, Atma + Atma = Paramatma, the Supreme Consciousness, the Super-Consciousness. The individual conscience and the Super-Consciousness: At the individual level, Atma is called conscience. Atma, which is uniform in all of the creatures in the cosmic level, at the universal level, at the collective level, is called Super-Consciousness or Paramatma.

Therefore, the answer here is ‘Namaskar’: My respects, my humble salutations are not to your body, but to Atma, the consciousness in you. Namaskara has got this beautiful meaning.

Namaskara has got another meaning. This hand of five fingers represents the organs of action, Karmendriyas. This (other) hand with five fingers represents the organs of perception, Jnanendriyas. Organs of action and organs of perception joined together are called ‘Namaskara’. It means the action senses and the perception senses both join, work in harmony, integrated, and are offered to God. That is what is called ‘surrender’. So Namaskara has got the beautiful name of surrender.

So then that child said, "Namaskara, no ‘I’, but You". This is the correct answer.

(6) "Who is your friend?"

The next question put by Bhagavan to the children is, "Who is your friend?" If that question is put to us, I need some volumes because I’m quite aged. I have got my friends right from childhood. I have got a number of names, a number of friends. A number of friends I have.

But that was not the reply given by that Sai child, student of Sri Sathya Sai Primary School. The children of the Primary School gave such beautiful, magnificent, meaningful, perceptive answers, undreamed of happening anywhere. Even if you put me these questions all of a sudden, I don’t think that I would be successful. I don’t think so. Let me be very frank and plain in this matter.

So, "Who is your friend?"

They did not mention, "David is my friend", or "Thomas is my friend." They did not mention any girlfriends. What did they say?

"Who is your friend?"

"God is my best friend. God is my best friend."

Swami said, "Who is your friend?"

Another student said, "God is the only friend."

There’s difference between ‘the best friend’ and ‘the only friend’. When you say ‘best friend’, you have got lots of friends and God is best. When you say ‘only friend’, you have no other friend other than God Himself. God is the only friend.

What a wonderful reply it is. Why? (Anil Kumar sings some of the bhajan, "Krishna Murari, Bhava Bhaya Hari, Hey Giridhari Gopal".) ‘Bhakta sakha Bhagavan’: God is your friend. Rather He is the only friend. Why? The other friends come and go. The other friends I had when I was a student of the elementary school, they did not continue to stay with me when I was in high school. When I went to the next school, I picked up new friends. When I moved out from the college, I had grown-up friends. The moment I had come to the university, and then the moment I am employed, my friends were different. Friends are changing from time-to-time. Whereas when I am a Class I officer, my friends are Class I. When I am Class II, my friends are Class II.

So our friendship is based on class structure, on caste structure, on region, on language or ideology or religion, political or spiritual, whatever it may be. Friends, friendship, they are based on something in common and they go on changing from time-to-time as my stature changes, as my health changes, as my age changes, as my purse becomes empty day-by-day, my group of friends also changes.

But this only friend God is changeless whether you are healthy or you are sick, whether you are in service or retired, whether young or old, whether active or passive, whether educated or uneducated, whether rich or poor, handsome or ugly, man or a woman, good-looking or not, tall or short, or whatever it may be! The permanent friend who is always with us is God. God is the only friend, the best answer given by the child.

Our God is really a challenging God. He has put another inconvenient question:

(7) "Who is your enemy?"

It is good if you ask me, "Who is your friend?" But what if You ask me, "Who is your enemy" now? What answer can I tell You, my God? If that question is put to me, "Who is your enemy?" what shall I say? I have many, but I don’t want to mention their names because the animosity will double up now if I tell! Enmity will also increase if I mention their names. I can’t say how many. We have many.

But what is the answer given by the Sai child? My friends, you know I wish I should have recorded it! But I don’t doubt you. I think you have 100% faith in me. You believe what all I say because it is all recorded, documented. What is the answer given by that child? "Who is your enemy?"

The answer: "Swami, my anger, my desire, my hatred are the enemies."

"Who are your enemies?"

The anger, the hatred, the greed, the lust, the avarice, the hatred, the desire. These are your enemies. So when the child says, "Anger is my enemy", it’s a good reply because all our bad qualities follow anger. Anger is the first boogie (wagon on a train) or the engine while, by the last (train) compartment, he ruins himself. He becomes a dunce, a madcap, intoxicated, not knowing what he does, what he says, a total ruin.

So, "Who is your enemy?"

"Anger." That is the answer given by that child.

Then Bhagavan asked another question.

(8) "Who is Ganesha?"

"Swami, Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati." Correct answer.

"How many brothers has he?"

"Swami, Subrahmanya." Correct answer.

"What are his other names? Subrahmanya is the only name? Has he any other name?"

Swami put His question in such a way that children could easily understand. He spoke in such a sweet voice, a musical voice, the voice of a nightingale, a coo-coo bird, the celestial voice!

When we explain or put our questions, we do it in such ways that even adults get confused! This is our style of working. By the time we grow up, we consider that the more we get things complicated and complex, we think that we are scholars! Scholarship is no complication. Scholarship is not confusion. Scholarship lies in simplicity. Scholarship lies in putting things straight. Scholarship is humility. Scholarship is making complex things simple. But we think scholarship is making simple things complicated!

What did this boy say?

"Swami, the other name of Subrahmanya?"

One boy got up: "Shanmukha."

"Oh, correct! Sit down."

Another boy got up: "Karthikeya."

"Oh, good! Sit down."

So Karthikeya and Shanmukha are other names of Subrahmanya. He’s the brother of Ganesha. These were nice answers given by them.

(9) Sarva Dharma Questions

Then Swami said, "OK. Christianity is a very great religion. Do you know any great man of Christianity? Any great person of Christianity?"

"Swami, I know! I know, Swami!"

"Any (other) boy?" (Because that boy had many chances. He’s only a first class child, not even the size of my little finger!)

"Christ, Swami, Christ."

"Oh, correct, correct, correct, correct. He was a great man of Christianity, man of sacrifice, the messenger of God, the Son of God, the only Son of God, who laid his life on the cross to save the entire humanity."

Then Swami said, "Any important place of Islam? Important place for Muslims?"

Another child got up. "Swami!"

"Ah, yes, yes, yes, what?"

"Mecca, Swami."

"Oh, correct. Mecca is this place. Sit down."

"Any other place?"

"Swami, Madina, Swami."

"Correct. Mecca and Madina are two important places connected with Islamic faith."

Those were the answers given by them.

(10) "How many marks you got?"

In the meantime, our good Lord started asking, "How many marks you got?"

Had any one of us been there, we would have been hiding somewhere in some corner because we don’t want to give the exact figure in front of the audience.

"How many marks you got?"

"Eighty-nine, Swami."

"Oh, good!"

"How many marks you got?"


"Ah! Sit down."

While getting answers, He started looking at us. The college fellows are there. Without speaking, our good Lord speaks a lot through His looks! His looks are enough! They run for volumes! ‘What are you in front of them?’ That’s what He meant!

"How many marks? Ninety, um-hum." (He was looking at us meaning, ‘Can you dream of getting that mark in your lifetime?’)

In the meantime, one boy got up and came close to Him, said something, whispered in His ear and left.

Swami said, "What did he say?"

How can I say when he has whispered into His ear? How can I say what he said! But this question is put and I said, "Swami, he must have got very low marks. He did not want to tell loudly in front of everybody. So he must have said correct, exact marks, whispered in Your ear."

Swami said, "Chi! (An exclamation of disapproval) What a shame it is! No, no! The boy got ninety-nine marks. He came and said, ‘Swami, if I tell loudly in front of everybody, my ego will be bloated up. I’ll be very proud. I didn’t want that Swami.’ So he whispered in My ear."

Can we believe of things happening like that? Can we imagine things happening like that? The little child felt that he would be egoistic if he tells loudly and declares openly and so he prefers to whisper into the ear of God. And this good God tells us loudly so that we will learn not to feel bloated or aggrandized, proud or egoistic because of our achievement. That had happened that day. Very nice, you know.

(11) "Come on, get up and speak!"

And then the boy children gave speeches, one child in English, another child in Sanskrit. Usually even a professional, regular, experienced speaker needs some time. You cannot ask, "Come on, speak!" Particularly those who prepare for days and days to make a short speech; particularly those who are used to reading their speech, never speaking spontaneously. They would find it a Herculean task. "Come on, get up and speak!" We can’t do that!

When Swami started asking the children, there was a beeline, a long queue, (with many voices saying,) "I want to speak, I want to speak!"

The children made very good speeches, the theme being Swami’s message. One child spoke on service. Another child spoke on fellowship, the unity of religions. Another child spoke on the Christian philosophy of life and sacrifice. See that! Swami’s messages were picked up, a single teaching, a quotation of Swami, and each made a brief speech in Sanskrit, in English, in Hindi, just like that.

Ultimately Swami had to say, "Ah, ah. Yes, yes. Salut, salut, salut." (Telugu for ‘Enough, enough, enough.’). "Sit down. Sit down. Sit down." He had to request them to take their seats because all of them were ready to speak! That’s not possible to see anywhere.

Om Sai Ram


"Every day is a festival. Every day is a celebration to Me."

On fifth of September another thing had happened. On fifth of September you must have noticed that many of the teachers of the University, of the Higher Secondary School, just proceeding toward the interview room. They were going in a line. I was also one among them.

There in the interview room, I was expecting that Swami would say something. He did not say anything. But He started giving bags with the Sarva Dharma symbol, plastic bags with suit cloth inside, very good, Raymonds suiting, white, bright, quite good, brighter than lightening! He started giving one to each.

You must have understood by now that my temperament is not to keep quiet. Though it is risky, but still I speak something. Then I said, "Swami, Birthday Celebrations started. As You started distributing these things, gifts, to all the teachers, Your Festival began!" I thought that I made a good statement. That’s where we go wrong!

Immediately He said, "Festival? Should you wait this long to have this change of clothes? You can have anytime! Should you wait that long?" And then He said, "Every day is a festival to Me. To Me every day is a festival. To Me every day is a celebration. Every day is an occasion." So every day is a festival, occasion, celebration for Bhagavan.

This is a message to every one of us. We want to smile on a festival day and cry for the remaining days. We want to be handsome, wear good dress on a festival day. And we do just the opposite on the remaining days.

My friends, when Bhagavan says, "Every day is a festival. Every day is a celebration to Me", it means that we also should copy Him, that we should also learn, "O God, let me celebrate this day! Let me celebrate the festival of this day. Life is a celebration because this day is a gift of Yours, O Lord. This moment is a precious moment given to me, O God. This moment is Existence. This moment is the Divine Presence. This moment is unique. This moment is Divine because the moment that is gone shall never come back."

It is Alexander (the Great) who at the last moment said, "My moments are gone now. Any moment I may leave this body. I give the whole of my empire if there is anybody who can grant me a few moments to survive. I want to live for a few more moments. I’ll give the whole of my empire in exchange for a couple of moments if you are capable of giving me more time to live." Nobody could. So the lesson is that once a moment is gone, yet we cannot get it again, even if all our empire is given in exchange for it! Impossible!

Therefore, every moment is a celebration! Every day is a festival. Every second is Existence. Let us live in the moment. Let us live in Existence. Let us live each day, not the past nor the future.

Om Sai Ram

"Oh-ho. Ants follow the discipline? Better you learn that lesson!"

Yesterday is the last day with which I would like to conclude for this morning.

We have among the teachers a senior man, a pretty old person, aged. He always writes something or other on Swami – poems, poetry, something or other. You always find him writing, writing, and scribbling something, on Swami of course.

Swami always jokes. Yesterday Swami said to him, "I always see you writing something or other. Come on. Come on. Bring it here."

Poor gentleman, it is only rough notes. Swami saw those rough notes and said, "I saw that. It is enough if you are not rough!"

And that man said, "Swami, the letters are very, very small, Swami." He says this because he doesn’t want Him to read yet as it is not the final draft. It is not quite ready. If He starts finding fault with him, it will be an entertainment to everybody there.

Just as you laugh at my translations when I falter, I, too, enjoy. Why? Because it is a kind of a good break in the midst of the torrential oration of Bhagavan Baba, in the midst of the torrential serious talk of Swami, my faltering, Swami correcting, all of you laughing, it is a good break. Of course, you should not repeat it time and again!

So the point is that man said, "Swami, small, small letters."

Our good God said, "Ants may be small. Small ants can kill big snake. Small ants may be able to even kill a big cobra."

Ah! Well, this is a writer, you know. He didn’t want to keep quiet. He wanted to be smart all of a sudden! He said, "Swami, ants are small, but they have got a discipline to go in line, in a regular queue. You’ll never find an ant moving this way, another ant moving that way, like all of us. Ants move in a regular line. Swami, they follow the discipline." He said it.

But our God, He is always final. He’ll never leave you making a final statement. He’s always final, the ultimate reality. He’ll never allow you. Even if you start to mumble, He will turn back and give you a remark here and go! Why? Because He is the ultimate. We should be penultimate at the most.

What did He say?

"Oh-ho. Ants follow the discipline? Better you learn that lesson!"

That’s what had happened yesterday evening there on the verandah. I always feel like sharing whatever Bhagavan says to students and certain guests. Of course I started sitting over there for the last almost five months only. Earlier I was sitting there near car shed. But having been here, I thought that I should note down certain things and share with the devotees because in sharing, ‘like-minds’ (those with similar interests) benefit with joy.

Thank you very much for listening with rapt attention. Thank you.

(Anil Kumar closed his talk by chanting the bhajan, "Sai Narayana Narayana.")

Asato Maa Sad Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityormaa Amritam Gamaya
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavantu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti


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