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  Anil Kumar's Sunday Satsang at Prasanthi Nilayam
March 11, 2001

Talk by Anil Kumar on March 11th, 2001

"Snacks for the Soul"


Sai Ram

With Pranams at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan,

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Food For Body And Mind

The body requires food with a gap of four hours in-between. We like to have breakfast and we prefer lunch; thereafter, afternoon tea and then dinner. At regular intervals, we have food for the body. The mind is continuously fed with our intervention or without our choice. Mind is always busy. It is full of thoughts, whether I'm at work or not, whether I'm asleep or I'm awake.

The mind is always at work. Mind is not only fed with the thought of the moment. It is also fed by thoughts of the past, whereas the body requires food only in the present. You cannot ask me to have my food tomorrow when I am hungry today.

Give Food When Required

The other day Swami said, "When I'm talking like this, all cannot follow. So let Me get up." I said, "No, Swami, You don't have to get up. Others may not follow You, but they see You. They'll have this Darshan for a long time and it gives them happiness. Not only that, but we explain to the boys who cannot follow and I also write it down and pass it on for them to read." That's what I said.

But Bhagavan is ultimate in every conversation. And we're always penultimate even if we strive hard. Ours will never be the last word, you can take it from me! Immediately He laughed and said, "Oh, you write and pass it on? When are you going to write, when are they going to read, and when are they going to know?"

He gave one example. In India the Annual Ceremony (death anniversary) is done in a grand way. I am speaking of the obituary, the death of the father or the death of the mother. They invite all relations and the feeding goes on in a grand way.

Swami gave that example: "A fellow comes to you for food, saying that he's very hungry. Then you turn him out saying, "Come the day-after-tomorrow because we'll have Annual Day ceremony at our residence." It should not be like that. You should be fed when you are hungry. Similarly, when are you going to write? When are they going to read?" That's what Bhagavan said.

Three Types Of Food Of The Mind

So, my friends, food for the body should be given when it is required, when what we relish and prefer is readily available, whereas the food for the mind is ever ready. The food of the past, the food of the present and the food of the future, by way of worry and anxiety, is the food of the mind.

Repentance, regrets, they all relate to the past food. Marry in haste and regret it later. So, all repentance and regrets belong to the past. That is the past food of the mind.

After ten years, when I fall sick, what will happen? After 15 years, when I don't have any money in the bank, when nobody will look at me, what will happen? After 20 years, when I fall sick, who will take care of me? Where is the guarantee that you'll be surviving till tomorrow morning? So, the thought of the future is worry and anxiety, which is the food of the mind.

So mind has got the food of three types: past, present, and future, whereas the body needs the food in the present only. The body is not happy by thinking of the food of the past. "Last week I enjoyed and I liked pizza – the foreigner's canteen made very good pizza! Well, I liked it!" "So, Anil Kumar, be happy with the pizza that you ate last week!" "Oh, I'm sorry, no, no, no! I want it now!"

An Over-fed Mind

So similarly, my friends, the body requires the food now, in the present, whereas the mind has got the food of the past, has also ready-made food of the future (in the form of worries and anxieties), and has food (thinks) in the present. So mind is always engaged. It is a gluten, eating too much of that which is the past, present and future.

Any doctor will tell you that the one who is over-fed, the one who over-eats, suffers from all kinds of health problems. First, he'll put on weight, and then he will feel the heaviness of his weight. After will come many health problems.

Similarly, the over-fed mind is giving us psychological or mental problems to begin with, leading to physical ailments subsequently. So, the physical problems are the product of mental problems. The mental problems are because of the over-feeding of the mind.

Now Swami was talking to one student yesterday. Swami asked him to distribute some pens to the boys. This student has got a heavy body. Swami put His hand like that and watched him. Really, He had a mischievous smile - well, Swami's silence speaks all. His silence is a speech, whereas our speech is rather not at all preferred, but we may shine by silence. Well, Bhagavan's silence, Bhagavan's gestures speak eloquently!

He had put His hand out and was watching that man. I'm watching that man and Swami. That Divine Romance! 'Let me see what will happen.' Swami softly said, "Hmm... See, he finds it very difficult to bend and distribute the pens. I'll make him distribute like that for ten days, then he'll be all right! Good! (Laughter) If I ask that student for ten days to distribute pens like that, bending and giving like that, oh, it will be very good exercise!"

Dieting For The Mind

So, when the weight of the body is more, when it is in excess, dieting is necessary. Exercise is necessary. Physical exercises are necessary. Dieting is necessary if we want to keep our bodies slim and trim and active. If we don't do exercises, and if we don't maintain our diet, the body will grow beyond all estimates and we will become a burden to ourselves.

Similarly, the mind also needs some kind of dieting. For the body, I cannot eat everything that I like. If I eat more and more of oily stuff, more of starch, well...! (You can imagine the result!)

Only this morning Swami was telling us, "I eat chapatis (Indian flat bread). I like chapatis. Anil Kumar, do you know how to make chapatis? (Laughter) I'll take you with Me wherever I go. It is enough if you make chapatis for Me!"

What can I say? "Swami, I know only one thing." "What is that?" Swami asked. "To make instant coffee! (Laughter) I know how to make instant coffee, but I don't know how to make chapatis!" "You should learn it. After all, I eat only dry chapatis. I don't need oil. No. I only like dry chapatis. And I don't mix it with potato curry. I don't like it. I don't want potato curry."

"Oh Swami, potato curry is excellent. It goes well." "Hey, what excellent? Starchy! Potato is full of starch and you'll put on weight! So, I don't like potato curry. I don't want oil. I prefer dry chapatis." That's what Bhagavan said. Therefore, while eating, we should have some restrictions as to what to eat and what not to eat.

And Bhagavan was telling us the other day: "Till this day, I don't know how a sweet tastes. There are so many sweets: Laddus and Mysore Paks, so many sweets. You can verify the list in the canteen! Bhagavan distributes so many sweets and to this day I have not tasted any sweet!"

"Swami, then You have missed something in life!" (Laughter) "Oh no! I have not missed anything because sweets spoil your health. See, so many people, I performed their marriages and they have their children. They are still very, very young, younger than Me by at least 30 years! But each fellow has developed this stomach shaped like a question mark. It's projecting like that - ? - so that they don't need to have any writing pad or table! They can put the paper right onto their stomach! They have put on weight like that. Why? Because they eat indiscriminately."

Because we eat indiscriminately, without observing any diet control - the oily stuff, the potatoes and the onions, and all this - that would all contribute to the heaviness of the body, the weight of the body. So, we should not eat just anything that is available. We cannot eat indiscriminately if we want to remain slim and trim.

Daily body exercise is very necessary. Bhagavan says, "I go around the cot (bed) 25 times a day." "Oh Swami, you eat after all only one spoonful of rice, and if you go around 25 times for a spoon of rice, then I should never sit! I should go on moving all the 24 hours! For all the 24 hours, I go on eating - all the stuff I consume!" "No, no, that's a different matter. Exercise is very necessary," Bhagavan said.

Similarly, for the mind also some dieting is necessary. The mind needs good thoughts for its food. We cannot entertain the oily thoughts of the past. We cannot entertain any stuff like potato, which stands for the thoughts of the future, in the mind. So, the mind also needs some dieting. Good thoughts are the food for the mind. It has got to be controlled. It has got to be under check.

Exercise For The Mind

Secondly, just as the body requires exercise, the mind also requires exercise. What is that exercise for the mind? Exercise for the mind is called meditation: controlled thoughts; not giving scope to bad thoughts; not entertaining evil thoughts; and not entertaining any other thoughts. To remain peaceful is dieting. So, dieting is necessary for the mind, so the mind can be alert.

Bhagavan gave one example: "The one who doesn't maintain this kind of discipline of the mind, this kind of regulation of thought of the mind, what will happen? He turns mad! He turns mad because he has no control over his mind. That's the reason why we find many of the scientists become mad towards the end."

Because the mind is full of thoughts, continuous thoughts, strenuous thoughts, repeated thoughts, anxieties, worries, agitations, disturbances about the self, about the family members, about the profession, about all occasions, about vocations, so the mind has no freeness. Mind has nothing like rest. Mind is working restlessly.

As the mind is working restlessly, when the body is admitted in the hospital, the doctors give you some kind of sedative so that you'll just lie down. They'll make the mind free from that restlessness so the body can be treated better. Therefore, doctors put your mind to rest by putting it under sedation.

But, if we control our mind in full awareness, in full consciousness, by our own effort, it becomes spiritual. If the mind comes to rest by the doctor, it is medical treatment. But if everyone of us keeps the mind at rest in full alertness, in a wakeful state, by attempt or effort, it is called spiritual meditation.

So, my friends, meditation is giving rest to the mind. By our willful act, by our own act or effort, we arre spiritually giving the mind rest. So, this sort of dieting, this sort of exercise is necessary to the mind as much as it is to the body. When these two go together, following the discipline well, then the intellect will be sharp.

Most often the intellect is subdued. Most often the intellect is always hidden. Most usually the intellect is not used because the intellect is covered by the garbage of thought and food. The intellect is covered by garbage. Heaps and heaps of dust of thoughts cover the intellect. Thus, intellect is underneath. So once the body and mind are under control, the garbage of the thought, the ugliness of the future, the dirt of the past, can be simply cleansed.

Mind can be put under rest and the body under total control when the intellect gets enlivened. The intellect gets energized. The intellect gets illumined. In that state of illumination of intellect, in that state of alertness of the intellect, one can exercise discrimination. When once the discrimination is exercised, you're closer and closer, nearer and nearer, dearer and dearer to God.

Why are we not near God? Why are we not closer to God? It is only because we have not made use of our intellect and therefore we have not been able to exercise discrimination. Why? Because the intellect is lying beneath and it is covered by these thoughts of past and future.

'Snacks' For The Soul

So these are the things that I want to bring to your attention this morning. It is something like 'snacks' for the soul. For the body, we have enough snacks. We have got the bread, jam, butter and cheese ready, ready, ever ready! But we also need some snacks for the soul.

The soul is undernourished. The soul is under malnutrition. The soul has become so weak. The soul is not active and healthy. That's the reason why we are bankrupt. That's the reason why we are unhealthy. That's the reason why we're weak, mentally weak, because of too much thought; physically weak because there is no control of our diet.

Therefore the soul is also very, very weak. So, I thought that I should share with you and supply a few 'snacks' for the soul, free-of-cost! Yes! There is no counter and there is no computer to make the bill either! Here are a few thoughts - a few 'snacks' for the soul.

The Best City: Simplicity!

The first thing is this: Some people are always in a dilemma as to where to settle after retirement. Before retirement itself they think like this: 'Ten years ahead, after retirement, where should I settle?' Where is the guarantee that you'll stay till then? No guarantees! Then, after retirement, 'Shall I stay with my son or my daughter or on my own? Where? South India, North India or with children abroad to be ideal babysitters?' (Most of the parents who stay with their children abroad are excellent, ideal baby-sitters! That's all. Nothing to do. What is it that we can do at this age?)

So, where to settle? Well, after retirement, I can go to a number of movies. Yes, I can go to the Holiday Inn or a cafeteria like MacDonalds. And why not, because now I am on my own. This is the first question in 'snacks' for the soul:

Which is the best city in the world for us to settle in? New York or Chicago or Hollywood? Which is the best city? The soul tells 'Simple-city' (Simplicity) - not the other city! The best city for us to settle in is the 'city' of Simplicity. Why? Because this simplicity is a must.

I may be in Puttaparthi, leading a posh life. We find many people leading a posh, high-class life in Puttaparthi, a spiritual center. So, that is not spiritual life. Geographically, space-wise, he may be in a village. But his life is a city life. His settlement is rural, but his life is urban, and he is neither! But, wherever you are, urban or rural, the best city you can think of is 'simplicity'.

The Farthest Place: The Hour Just Past

The second snack: Which is the farthest place on earth? Argentina? Is that the farthest place from India? Or Venezuela? This question is given from the point of view of distance. So from the point of distance, Venezuela is not farthest. The moment I think of Venezuela, it is here now, very near.

A simple example: Bhagavan said, "You may be sitting in front of Me. But when once you think of your people elsewhere, though you may be very close, very near, but you are far off from Me because your mind is thinking of something different." So, when the mind thinks of something different, you may be physically near, but you are far off.

You may be in America or U.K. But when you think of Swami, you are near Him. You may be at a distance geographically, you may be at a distance by way of space and time, but when you think of Swami, you are at His Feet. You may be very near Him, but if I think of my travel arrangements, if I think of my travel agents, if I think of my reservation tickets, I may be near Him, but I am far off from Him.

So, what is the farthest place on earth? The answer is the hour that is just over (past) is the farthest place. Why? You can get money if you want. You can occupy a position if you try. You can have relations. They will naturally come if you have money and position. You don't have to bother about it. You can have everything in life. But an hour that is past - the bygone days - will never come back! That is farthest.

Complicated Things Said In Simple Way

Yesterday Bhagavan told us some very important things. My friends, I am not tired of repeating certain important statements from time to time. Why? Because that is my professional habit and secondly, it is a self-reminder. I am reminding myself what Bhagavan has said.

What did He say? The most complicated things are said in the simplest way only by an Avatar. It is only an Avatar who can convey the most complicated things in the simplest way possible. In that way, Bhagavan is the greatest of the Avatars. The Avatar of Avatars, if I can say that. He was telling us yesterday a simple sentence that even a nursery child can understand. However, it is very difficult to practice. What did He say?

Act On Good Thoughts Immediately

"Whenever you think of anything good - act immediately! But when anything bad comes, take time. Take time when anything bad gets into your head. When anything good is there, do it immediately." "Swami, why?" I put that question to Him, taking a risk. (At the most, He'll say, "Shut up! Sit down! Wait, wait." He may tell me to sit down. Good! Why not? It doesn't matter. It's worth trying!) (Laughter)

He gives the answer out of Love and I am benefited, my friends are benefited, and my students are benefited. If I'm asked to keep quiet, well, I can meditate. I can think of those things that I heard earlier. In both of the cases, I am profited. And I will never feel insulted if Swami answers like that. There is no question of insult. After all, instead of being told by others, by any Tom, Dick and Harry, by any X-Y-Z-fit-for-nothing fellows, it is better to be pointed out by Bhagavan, the Father and Mother, Teacher and God. Why not? It is worth it.

"Swami, why do You say that?" That is the question. Why should I act immediately when anything good gets into my mind? And why should I postpone anything bad that gets into my head?

Swami gave an example. You see, it seems a big meeting was convened to raise funds. One fellow announced his 1,000 rupees donation or contribution. His neighbor thought, 'When he gives 1,000 rupees, how about my prestige, my dignity? I will give 1,500 rupees!' Well, that was announced. Like this, people went on publishing, announcing and declaring their contributions in competition with each other.

The next day, the man in charge visited them at their residences to collect the money. The fellow who announced 2,000 rupees started speaking like this: "Did I say 2,000 rupees? I don't remember. (Laughter) Sit down, sit down! Let me go get the money." By the time he had gone into his room, he had decided to pay 1,500 rupees only. When he opened the almirah (closet or cupboard) he thought, 'Why pay 1,500 rupees when 1,160 rupees is good enough.' When he was about to take out the cash, his wife came and said, "160 rupees is enough. Why give 1,160 rupees?" (Laughter) So, though the announcement was 2,000 rupees, the final payment was only 160 rupees.

Instead of announcing like that, when you decide to give - give immediately! When you decide to do good - do it immediately! But if you take time, you may reverse your idea. You may change your idea and you may go back on the promise you have given. You may not fulfil your promise.

Don't Act On Bad Thoughts Immediately

Similarly, about doing anything bad, most of you must have heard the story of Ramayana. In the story of Ramayana, Ravana kidnapped Sita. He abducted Sita without the knowledge of Rama. He simply kidnapped her in disguise.

Towards the end of his life, Ravana said, "The moment I got this idea of abduction or kidnapping, I should have taken some time. But I acted in haste. Because I acted in a hurry, what happened? I was a total failure. Today you find me on my deathbed. This is because I acted immediately upon the bad idea that had come into my mind." Baba said this also yesterday.

So, "do not act immediately whenever anything bad gets into your head. But take steps immediately when any good idea gets into your mind." That's what Bhagavan said.

Secret Of A Carefree Life

What is the secret of a carefree life? 'Snacks' for the soul is what we are talking about. A carefree life! Everybody wants to be carefree. Yes, if things take care of themselves, we'll be very happy.

There is a small anecdote here: It seems Jesus Christ and some of his disciples were travelling by ship. Suddenly there was a storm. There was turbulence in the entire sea and the ship was tossing heavily. People started running on the ship, thinking the ship may sink any moment. They may die unhonored, unwept for, unsung, unnoticed. They were very much worried.

Yet one disciple said, "Oh, don't worry! Why do you cry and why are you so sad? It is true that the ship is tossing. It is true that the sea is turbulent. It is true that the waves are rising high. But, my friends! Be sure nothing will happen. Why? The Lord Jesus Christ is sleeping here on the deck of this ship. So, this ship will never sink because Christ is with us."

To be carefree, we should know that Baba is with us. The ship of life of every one of us is passing through the ocean of misery, of sadness, of unhappiness, of tension, of agitation, and the ship of life may sink in this ocean, this turbulent ocean with agitated waves. Well, the ship is never safe. But with Baba sleeping on the deck of the ship of our life, we'll have 'Bon Voyage', a safe and secure journey. Therefore, what is the secret of a carefree life? It is to walk with God today and trust Him for tomorrow. Why? He will take care of your tomorrow if you walk with Him today.

But we say, "We'll walk with You tomorrow, when necessary. I'll walk in my own way today." So, when you want to walk with Him tomorrow, that tomorrow may not come at all. And tomorrow, when the problem is there, when you want to walk with Him, your body may not cooperate. You may be unconscious in the hospital!

So, when you are aware, when you are alert, when you are awake, when you are healthy, when you are perfect, when you're physically strong, walk with Him today and trust Him for your tomorrow. That is the secret for a carefree life!

Atonement For Sins: Walk With God Today

On the seventh of this month, I asked Bhagavan the following question: "Bhagavan, it is true that we have committed sins. Not only committed, we may even be committing sins now. Not only committing, we might even commit sins in the future. Is there no salvation then? Is there no solution then? Is there no atonement for our sins? Can we atone for our sins? Is there any solution?"

Then Bhagavan said, "For every problem, there is a solution." "I see, then we can be hopeful!" If we say, "You committed a sin! Get out, get lost!" "OK, well, I can't help it. But if You give me some solution, a ray of hope, I'll be happy Swami!"

"Can we atone for our sins?" That is the question I asked.

Immediately Bhagavan said, "When you are suffering from diabetes, and if you control your diet and take your medicines and do your daily exercise, the sugar will be under control. This diabetes is the 'sin', but exercise and medicine is the solution." Similarly, for all the sins, we have a solution. What is the solution? That is, to walk with God today and trust Him for tomorrow.

The Present is The Cash In Hand

Here is another one: "Use it wisely and well." What is it that we have to use 'wisely and well'? We think we are using it wisely. No, no, no! We are thinking that we are using our life wisely. No, no, certainly not! We are thinking that we are making use of our life well. No, no!

How to make use of life well? How to make use of life perfectly well? What is the way? Here it is. We are living in an age of money, whether you believe it or not. People are respected because of money. People are valued because of money. Therefore, this example is given with these times as a background.

What is it that has to be used wisely and well? The answer is this: the past is a cancelled check. If I give you a cancelled check, can you draw money? No. So, past is a cancelled check - all that is gone. Future is a promissory note, a promissory note for the future. We don't know whether we can get the money or not. We don't know whether the fellow who gave the promissory note will live or not. There are no guarantees. The present is the only cash in hand. Present is the cash in hand; future is a promissory note; and past is a cancelled check.

So, what is it that we should use well? We should use well the cash in the present. We have to make use of the present. We have to make use of Bhagavan, His message, His Darshan, His talks, His smiles, and our opportunities of His padnamaskar. This is the cash in hand in the present.

Some people say, "All right, I shall try on my next trip," which may not happen in this lifetime. Or "I am in a hurry to go today. On my next trip I shall try." Next trip where? Who is going to make the trip? Nobody can say. So, present is the cash in hand - better you make use of it!

Getting Along With Others

Next, when you find that you cannot get along well with others, what to do? This is our question. We cannot get along well with others, for others are 'others' always. One fellow said, "Sir, I stood in the university first (meaning, first place)." "Oh, wonderful! Congratulations! How many students are there in your class?" "I'm the only candidate." (Laughter) He's the only one candidate appearing for the examination, so he stood first in the university! So, my friends, only when there are two, then there is a problem of university - first place, and university - second place.

As long as we work with others, as long as we are in the company of others, the problem always arises: to get along well or not? "I'm not able to get along well with my colleagues." "Oh, I see! You don't know that they are not able to get along well with you?!" Or "I cannot get along well with my neighbors." "Oh! They are waiting for you to vacate!" So, I am a problem to you and you are a problem to me, and both of us are problems to the remaining! This has been a persistent problem.

So, when we cannot get along with others, what shall we do? The answer is simple: Do not blame them! Find the fault in yourself, but never blame anybody! Find the fault in yourself. What a wonderful statement Swami made long ago! It is said in the Holy Bible, "Judge not lest thou shalt be judged." If you go on judging everybody, everyone will judge you. In fact, judgement is one of the weaknesses. We should never judge anybody.

"So-and-so is bad." How do you know he is bad unless you are bad? "So-and-so is crooked." How do you know unless you are? My friends, never judge! Why? Because Swami says, "Whatever you find outside is nothing but a reflection of the inner being."

Christ never sees anything bad in anybody because he is all goodness. Christ is the very personification of Love. Christ is all-sacrifice. So, wherever he moves, whomsoever he sees, he finds only Consciousness, he finds only Love, He finds only compassion, nothing else.

So, my friends, when we cannot get along with our colleagues, when we cannot get along well with others, what we should learn today is not to blame others, but to find fault within ourselves. So, Baba says we should seek out our own faults and other's merits. Find out your own faults, and other's merits! Then everything will be all right and perfect.

Remember Two Things And Forget Two Things

Bhagavan further said, "Remember two things and forget two things." "Oh I see! What should I remember?" "Two things to always remember are to remember always whatever harm you have done to others, so that you don't repeat it and so that you don't harm anybody. The second one is, you should always remember the good that others have done to you so you'll always be grateful. It is so that you'll be encouraged to do good to others." So the two points to remember are the harm you have done to others and the good that others have done to you.

What are the two things to forget? Forget the good that you have done to others. Forget it because, if you remember always the good you have done to others, there arises expectation. There arises an expectation of gratitude. There arises the desire for a fruit in return for the good you have done to others. You want a favor from them. You want them to be obliged to you throughout.

On the other hand, "Sir! You have helped me a lot!" "Oh, did I? Well, I don't remember having anything for you?" "Oh, I see." Since you don't have any expectation, well, you are fine. (But the other attitude is:) "I have done so much for him, but he doesn't even say 'Sai Ram' to me! I don't know why he is avoiding me. You know what (how much) I have done for him?"

So, let us forget what we have done to others. The second thing, if we cannot do that, at least we can say this: "Baba helped me to help you. Swami gave me an opportunity to help you. It is an opportunity to serve you. You have helped me by giving me this opportunity." This is the best way. So, forget the help you have done to others.

Secondly, you should also forget the harm that others have done to you. Why? If you don't forget, you'll be revengeful: "All right, he pulled me from the first line. Let me pull him out tomorrow!" (Laughter) "He jumped over me during darshan line. Let me jump over him this evening!" "Oh, he is almost putting his legs on my thighs here! He's just sleeping and he's leaning on me! His is a heavy body. Tomorrow I will lean on him! Tomorrow I will do the same thing!" This kind of reaction, this sort of revenge will arise if you constantly remember the harm that others have done to you.

So, my friends, the biggest secret to get along well in life with others, when we find ourselves uncomfortable, disgusted, in laborious, horrible or terrible situations with people, is not to blame them but to find fault within ourselves.

The Greatest Imperfection

The next one: What is the greatest imperfection? We think, 'My office is very imperfect because the files and papers do not move fast. The organization is imperfect. This country does not provide employment opportunities. Therefore the country is imperfect. This country does not honor its culture, so it is imperfect.' So, we blame others.

This imperfection is because you are imperfect. We are ready with our answers. But, what is the greatest imperfection? The greatest imperfection is to see imperfection in others. We should avoid this, as Bhagavan tells us.

Who Lives Well?

Then, who lives well? This is a very important question for all of us. Who lives well? "Sir, I will live well if I purchase half of this village." Oh! Or, "I will live well if I purchase half of the city." Oh, good! "I will live well if I'm elected to the position of the United States President." Oh.

So, we think that we will be able to live well by occupying high positions in life, by amassing wealth, by having a wide range of influence, and by having many, many contacts. No, no!

Who lives well? The answer is simple. The one who lives well is the one who laughs often, who can smile, who can laugh. If you live like this, you are the greatest man in this world, you are the highest man in this world, and you are living perfectly well. Have hearty laughter!

A serious face speaks of tension, it speaks of ill health, and it stands for ego. It represents lack of communication with others, an imbalanced state of mind, a lack of appreciation of others, a lack of understanding, and a lack of recognizing good in others. So many psychological hazards make people so serious that they cannot even smile. Many psychologists say that one of the curative methods - the best cure for any disease - is hearty laughter! Laugh well and smile!

I think I told you last week that Bhagavan called a few boys from Mexico and spoke with them. They were all talking with smiles. We see people talking to Swami with much tension, as if the fellow is on the operation table. (Laughter) Why? You can laugh! God is Bliss. Bliss is God! Can't you smile and be happy? If you are not happy while looking at Swami, I don't know where else that you can be happy. If you can't laugh while talking to Bhagavan, I don't know where else you that you can laugh. When you cannot laugh with Swami, you'll be laughed at by the public!

Laughing, yes! Who laughs often will live well. Who loves much will live well. "I love everybody!" We should not say, "I love my man. I love my group. I love the people of my county, of my country." No! We should be able to love everybody. When you love everybody, you live well. When you laugh and when you smile, you live well.

One lives well who sacrifices his own happiness for the sake of others. When you sacrifice your own happiness for the sake of others you live well. My friends! It is not the position, not politics, not properties, not influence that makes you live well. Only three things make you live well. What are they? Laugh often, love much, more and more, and sacrifice your own happiness for others. These three will make you live well.

The Greatest Blessing Of Life

What is the greatest blessing of life? Do you think the greatest blessing is the Taj Mahal of India? Or to be born as a pyramid of Egypt? Or the Eiffel Tower of Paris? Let me be born as the Eiffel Tower of Paris! Let me be born as the Taj Mahal! Do you think that is a blessing? Do you think that it is the greatest blessing of life to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World? If I'm born like that, do you think it is the greatest of life? No.

What is the greatest blessing of life? It is to be born as a human being. That's the reason why Bhagavan tells always that, "Birth as man is more valuable then all the wealth of the world." This is the quotation of Bhagavan. (Man, of course, includes woman also.)

So, my friends, instead of thinking this and that is good, instead of entertaining that and this are the blessing of life, let us know the greatest blessing is to be born as a human being. Because the Taj Mahal cannot take padnamaskar (Laughter) and pyramids cannot come to Prasanthi Nilayam! However, a person, a man with life would be able to come here. He can transform. One can transform one's own self. But inanimate objects can never do that.

But unfortunately, we attach more value to the gold than to the golden person. We attach importance to the cash more than to the sacred ash, Vibhuti. We attach value to the bank more than to the treasury of the merit of our actions.

So, life is more valuable than all the wealth of the world. In fact, "Jantunam Nara Janma Durlabham." This is the often-repeated quote of Bhagavan and it means, "The greatest blessing is human life."

The Secret Of Contentment

What is the secret of contentment? "Swami, I'll be very much contented if I get as much as I want (Laughter) and I'll be contented when others lose! I may not gain, but if you lose, I'll be contented." That is the psychology of the negative mind.

But what does Swami say? "All is well for the faith that is well." If the faith is strong, everything is well and all will be well, both tomorrow and 100 years henceforth.

So, my friends, the secret of contentment is faith. Faith will help you to be contented. It means, I have this much of money. How can I be contented? If I have faith in God, God will take care of my life with the lot I have. Yes, you can be happy. Furthermore, in spite of all the money you have, if you have no faith, you'll be discontented. Many people are discontented. Why? They have no faith.

To lead a life of contentment, faith is absolutely necessary.

My friends, these are the 'snacks' for the soul this morning.

Thank you very much! (Applause)


Asatoma Sadgamaya
Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya
Mrtyurmaya Amrtamgamaya

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Sai Ram! Thank you very much!

© Anil Kumar Kamaraju 2004 - Here reproduced for personal use of the devotees for the purpose of seva.
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