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  Anil Kumar's Sunday Satsang at Prasanthi Nilayam
March 25, 2001

The Sunday Talk Given by Anil Kumar on

March 25th, 2001

"Philosophy and Truth"



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Sai Ram

With Pranams at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan,

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Happy New Year

First of all, let me wish all of you a Happy New Year! Tomorrow is the New Year for people living in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. We have two systems - the solar system and the lunar system - by which New Year is calculated, celebrated and observed during different times of the year. In other words, different states celebrate during different times of the year. We donít go by the calendar. We go by the planetary conjunctions. So the New Year differs from one region to another, depending upon the system adopted. It may look rather funny to the Westerners, but it is our system.

Swami's Recent Materializations:

Swami Materializes a Precious Stone


Before I explain more about our New Year, I have requests from the audience to speak about Swamiís materializations, which took place recently in the Hall. Itís quite natural that you should want to know. First of all, we are extremely happy that we have the benefit of Bhagavanís Darshan for a long period on almost a daily basis. And secondly, two of the materializations have just recently happened.

You must have heard of the great epic, the Mahabharata. It speaks of the battle between the good and the bad. The good is symbolized by the Pandavas and the bad by the Kauravas. The good is backed by God Himself, in the form of Krishna. It means that good is supported by God.

We have, on the other side, the bad and wicked Kauravas. The battle is about to commence. Draupadi, the consort or wife of the Pandava brothers, comes to Krishna, praying for His blessings. Lord Krishna blesses her, "You will be very fine. You will be comfortable. You will live long with your husbands. There will be no death, and you will live long with your family."

So blessing her, Krishna materialized a big, precious stone. It was greenish-yellow, and it had many cuttings (facets). Krishna gave it to her to use as a hairpin. Draupadi must have been quite a hefty lady to bear the weight of it! (Laughter) We can imagine and calculate her personality based on this gift.

While materializing it, Bhagavan made one statement: "In Kodaikanal, I often materialize and show these things to the boys and some guests there. I am showing it to you here in public for the first time." Therefore, we are privileged to have a little of the experience of Kodaikanal, though it is quite a different climate here. This place is quite hot and there it is cool. Thatís the difference.

You must be eager to know about the second materialization.

Swami Materializes a Fruit

You must have watched one gentleman wearing a proper Andhra, South Indian dress, called a dhoti. That gentleman is a big contractor and builder and a great devotee of Bhagavan. He didnít have a very high education, but intuitively he felt like writing a few compositions. It turned out that he wrote many poems about the all-important epic, the Bhagavatham.

Bhagavatham is a very important text, full of devotion. Bhagavatham is a text filled with stories of devotees and the power of God. On the one hand, it tells of the power of God. On the other hand, it narrates the experiences of the devotees.

Bhagavan always thinks of the spirit (feeling) behind everything. Bhagavan will never go by the scholarship of a person alone. He doesnít want scholarly people. He doesnít want knowledgeable people. He doesnít want men of letters. He wants men of the Spirit. He wants those of the Spirit, who have sincere feelings behind everything that they do. This is much more important than exposition. So, He picked up a liking for this man and wanted him to read a few sentences aloud from his own writings. This poet did it ecstatically!

At the end, Bhagavan said, "Everything that you read, all those things mentioned in Bhagavatham, are so sweet and nectarine that you cannot say, ĎThis can be omitted.í Nor can you say, ĎYou can bypass these lines.í Every sentence is full of nectar. Every sentence has to be read." Then He said, "You know how sweet it is?" In so telling, He waved His hand and materialized a fruit this size, the likes of which I have never seen.

Being a student of botany, I must confess that I do not know of its taxonomy or morphology. Morphology means its external shape and taxonomy means its group. Well, I just donít know. I saw that fruit for the first time! He broke it into two and gave one half to that poet. The other half He made into two pieces and gave to two important guests, the present and past vice-chancellors of the university.

He wanted them to eat it right there. Being commanded to do so, they ate it immediately. They began eating. This man who had read a few sentences of his poems was so thrilled and excited! He could not control his expression. He said, "Bhagavan, I have eaten many fruits throughout my life. But this type of fruit I have never tasted! All the fruits I have eaten I taste on my tongue only. However, after eating this fruit, now I feel the sweetness even in my stomach and in my intestines!"

Baba: "Is it that sweet?"

"Yes."

Bhagavan said, Bhagavatham is that same kind of sweetness."

Well, I always take some risks, as I told you. I said, "This kind of fruit I have not seen in the surrounding areas." Thatís what I said, hoping not to be too risky. But it was! (Laughter)

Immediately He said, "What nonsense you say! Why do you say, 'in the surrounding areas'? It is not here on earth and not anywhere in the world."

"Oh! Thatís why it is unique Swami!" Somehow I could save myself.

It was so unique. This is the second materialization, which some of our friends asked me about. I wanted to share this with you.

Swami Inquires About Examinations

This has been the time of examinations. Bhagavan makes inquiries, asking every student whether he is doing well in the exam or how he has been performing in the exams. It is a kind of inquiry. It is good. Every parent does it. As Bhagavan is the God, Father, and Mother, it is quite natural that He inquires how His children have been performing in the examinations.

But one very important thing I want to share with you. Baba asked, "Boys, how did you do this morning in the examination?" In one voice, they all said, "Very fine! Very easy, Swami!"

"Oh, no! You are wrong. You simply say so. Some have not done well. (Pointing to different boys, He says,) You spoiled two questions. You spoiled three questions. Fifty percent you have not answered well." Immediately He started pointing them out. Then the cat came out of the bag. Each fellow started running, falling at His Feet, "Yes, Swami! Yes, Swami." Then He looked all around and said, "Why do you say that all of you have done well? I know."

The next day He said, "All right, boys! How is the paper today?" "Swami, very easy!" "Ah-ha. Very nice. Ah! Good. Mmm. Four fellows will get above 90ís. (Swami then proceeds to point to those particular boys.) You will get 90. You will get above 90. You'll get above 90. And youíll get above 90." Those four He said would get above 90%. Then He said, "Ten people will get above 80% - you fellows (pointing at them). The rest of you will get only 60% and 70%. Thatís all." Then finally Swami made a unique remark. Please follow it. What did He say?

(These are all glimpses of the Divinity. By reading some books and by listening to some experiences, we have partial information. It is only partial. By being exposed to 'Sai-lence' - that is, in silence, we learn more.)

What did He say? "You all think that I am here. But I am seeing your papers there. I know how each one of you has performed. I know all that." So, this being examination season, is not merely the announcement of the results. More importantly, it is the announcement of His Divinity.

Without anyone telling Him anything, and before the examination has even taken place (still there are two more days to go for the mathematics examination), Bhagavan announced that the examination paper will be very tough. "Be careful." (Laughter) Of course, there is no leakage of the question paper. If the students pray hard enough, He may come and even write their exam! Let Him come instead and write on our behalf!

Swami Has Human and Divine Aspects

So, these are all the experiences that we have when we come to know the Divinity of Bhagavan. When He says, "How have you done? How is your paper?" He is human. When He says, "You have done well. Youíll get 90%," He is Divine.

So, He is both Divine and also human in order to come close to us. He is Divine in order to enrich us, to enlighten us, to awaken us, to kindle the Divinity immanent within us. So, He is human to come close to us and Divine to take us to spiritual heights. He is Divine in order to make every one of us realize the Divinity within.

If He acts only Divine always, we would not dare to come to this place because everything is known to Him. Each one of us has got some part of ourselves, which we do not want known to others. At least there will be one something highly confidential in our life. But before Bhagavan, everything is an open book. So, if He were to be solely Divine from the beginning, all flats and accommodations would be free (empty) because no one wants all their secrets known completely.

So, He is human and asks, "When did you come? Are you fine? What did you have for breakfast? How are you?" One thinks, 'Oh-ho, Swamiís quite fine. Iíll be very friendly back.' Suddenly Heíll say, "You are going room-to-room like a cat and rat! You should not do so! You are Divine." Then you will feel, 'Let me be careful! (Laughter) Let me not be loose in my talk. Or Iíll be trapped!'

Bhagavan has been talking to us these days in these ways. There are many other stories to come. But tomorrow, being Ugadi, the Telugu New Year, I want to share with you certain other thoughts this morning.

Main Talk:

Religion And Philosophy


My friends, we have been living with some false notions. We have been thinking of religion and philosophy in a particularly narrow way. But, as we have come to Bhagavan, we will get a true perspective. We will have a true objective and we will gain the correct experience. Truly speaking, it is necessary to be exposed to Bhagavan, whether you believe in Him or not, whether you accept Him or not. You may belong to any religion or you may belong to any faith, but yet you need to be exposed to Him. You deserve (owe it to yourself) to go through the literature for a better understanding and for higher knowledge.

The first thought I want to bring to your attention, which is the thought for the day and the thought for the rest of the year, is this: Bhagavan Baba's Truth is not philosophy. Bhagavan does not speak of any philosophy. Please understand this clearly. Swami is not talking philosophy. Baba is not describing a philosophy. Rather SAI IS TRUTH. He is 'Sathya' Sai. 'Sathya' is Truth. So, philosophy and Truth are separate. Philosophy and Truth are not synonymous.

What Is Philosophy?

Let me tell you what is a philosophy. Philosophy is nothing but the 'game of the mind'. I think with my mind. I interpret with my mind. I imagine with my mind. All hypotheses, all theories, all ideas are born out of the mind. So, in one sentence, philosophy is nothing but the 'game of the mind'. But the Truth that Baba speaks of is a 'no-mind' state. 'No-mind' state means 'beyond the mind'.

Mind cannot comprehend Truth. Mind cannot estimate Truth. Mind cannot gaze with its senses upon Truth. Mind cannot analyze Truth. Truth has to be realized. Philosophy can be analyzed, but Truth has to be realized. Analysis is the process of the mind, while realization is the experience of the 'no-mind' state. Truth is Transcendental, beyond the state of the mind.

So, Sathya Sai Baba wants us to know Truth and not philosophy. Let us not waste our time in trying to read, in trying to analyze, in trying to interpret. No, no! That is nothing but gymnastics and exercises of the mind. The Truth is beyond the mind.

The second thing to note is that philosophy is a beautiful 'dress' to which the mind wants to cling. The mind wants to attach itself to philosophy. What do I mean? For example, "I am a Hindu." That is a philosophy. The mind attaches itself to the philosophy of Hinduism. Or, "I am a Christian." The mind attaches itself to the philosophy of Christianity. Or, "I am a Muslim." The mind attaches itself to the philosophy of Islam.

Know Truth Through Innocence

So, philosophy is that to which the mind attaches itself. Mind clings to it. Mind labels it. Mind claims to belong to a particular philosophy. I think I am clear. Mind always claims to belong to a particular school of philosophy. But Truth is non-philosophic. Truth is not philosophy and has got nothing to do with it. Why? Truth is born in innocence, while philosophy is born out of the mind.

Sathya Sai Baba wants us to know the Truth from the state of utter, total, complete, and absolute innocence. Thatís the reason why Jesus said, "You shall not enter into the Gates of Heaven unless you are a child." Can I be a child now? Let me not take it literally. Let me understand that 'child' stands for 'innocence'.

What is the innocence of a child? When I kiss a child, the child kisses me back. If I kick a child, after a couple of minutes, the child comes back to me. Even if I beat a child, after a couple of minutes the child will return to me. A child is not revengeful. A child is not rebellious. A child is not reactionary. A child never retaliates, never rebels, and never reacts. A child is innocent and pure. So, Truth is born out of innocence and purity, whereas philosophy is not like that. Philosophy is a dogma and hence, it is so narrow. It is a doctrine to which you get attached.

Words And Silence

I also want to tell you another point. Philosophy believes in words, and words are useless. I'm using the words to say that they are useless. For example, how much do you love your wife? Tell me. You cannot express it. How much do you love your mother? You cannot express it. How sweet this love for your mother is! But you cannot express this completely. The sunrise, how beautiful it is! But you cannot express it. How beautiful the sunset is! But again, you cannot express it. The evening's silent breeze, the fireside, the tossing flowers, how beautiful these things are! But you cannot fully describe them through words.

The most beautiful things in this world, the most valuable things of this world, the authentic, original, creative pieces of Beauty, Splendor, and Grandeur in this world, cannot be expressed in words.

Here is a simple example. "I have seen Swami this morning." "Oh, how did you feel?" "Very nice." "How nice?" "I cannot say." "But just how nice was it? Please tell me." "Oh, Swami walked by my side. He looked straight into my eyes and mischievously smiled. I'm so happy!" "How happy you are?" Then you might feel like saying, "Please get away, thank you!" You cannot express with words how happy you are when Swami looks at you and when Swami talks to you. Why? Words simply fail to describe it.

The most sublime things, the most wondrous things of the world, are beyond words. Words are simple. Words are useless. They cannot go to that depth. They cannot go to the fathomless depths found at the bottom of your heart. Words are superficial. Words are pretentious. Words are chameleon. They change from time-to-time. Sometimes words exaggerate and at other times, words underestimate. Words are never that accurate.

So, philosophy is based on words, the jugglery of words. But Truth is silence. It is wordless. It is speechless. It is not confined within the framework of language because Truth is the language of the heart, while philosophy is the language of the mind. Mind has got language, which is expressible and knowledgeable. But the language of the heart is beyond expression. So, we pray to Bhagavan to help us reside in that Truth, which is beyond words and beyond expression.

With and Without Arguments

Philosophy helps us to argue. It presents some logic and some interpretation. For example, someone will say, "This is what I mean." Another man will say, "This is what I mean." The third man will say, "Please keep quiet. You two donít know the meaning of what you say. This is what I mean." Then we get confused! So philosophy confuses, and that confusion becomes confounded the more we discuss it. Thatís the reason why I salute philosophy, but suggest we stay far away from it.

Philosophy is full of contradictions. It is diabolic. It is dialectic. It is paradoxical. But Truth is so simple and straightforward. Philosophy is complicated. It is based on complexities. It is based on arguments and counter-arguments. It requires evidences. It requires witnesses. But Truth does not need any witness. Truth does not require any argument.

There are the 'Ten Commandments' and the 'Sermon on the Mount' in the Holy Bible. They both are straight declarations. There is no scope for argument. "Thou shalt not utter a lie. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shall not make use of the Name of Thy God in vain." These are all clear declarations. All the Ten Commandments are clear declarations, not arguments. Bhagavad-Gita is also full of straightforward declarations, as is the Upanishads also. They are not arguments.

So, Truth is non-argumentative. Truth is beyond logic. Truth is a declaration, straight and simple, whereas philosophy gives ample scope for discussion, for deliberation, for negation, and for acceptance or rejection. This is the difference between philosophy and the Truth.

Ego and Egolessness

Philosophy makes us feel egoistic. Philosophers are egoistic. Those who read books, those who are scholarly, those who are pedantic, those who are full of jargon, full of vocabulary and nomenclature, with extra scholarship, they are egoistic. Philosophy builds up the ego. The very gesture, the very word, the very countenance and expression speak of ego because philosophy flares the ego up. Philosophy will inflate the ego just like a balloon gets inflated as more and more air is pumped into it. Here is an example: "I have read ten books." With this remark, some air goes into the 'balloon' of ego. A little later, "Now I have read fifteen books." Some more air is added! Then, "Now one hundred books I have read!" Finally, "I read one thousand books!" The balloon of ego will become so inflated that it will take off into the sky!

So, philosophy will make us egoistic, while Truth is non-egoistic. Why? In philosophy, I claim to have read it, I claim to have known something. "I know this. I read that." Whereas, in Truth, this kind of claim, this kind of separation, this kind of ego or separate 'I-ness' does not exist. So, this 'I-ness' exists in philosophy, but it is nothing but ego. So a philosopher is egoistic because his 'I-ness' is still there.

In Truth, there is no ego. In Truth, there is nothing like ĎIí. Has anybody said, "I have known the Truth"? Nobody will say that. But many people will say, "I have read so many books and I know so many things." The difference is this: You donít know Truth. You are Truth. Therefore, there is no ego. But you know philosophy. Therefore, there is ego. Truth is not separate from you. Sathyam, Jnanam, Anantham BrahmaSathyam, Jnanam, Anantham Brahma. You are Sathyam, Truth.

So, when you are the Truth, when you are not separate from the Truth, there is no question of ego. However, in philosophy, you have acquired knowledge. You have read books. So the 'you' and the 'I' are there, which is ego.

So this New Year should help us to learn to live in Truth. "God is Truth. Truth is God. Live in Truth," says Bhagavan.

Another Difference: Intellectual and Intelligence

Another interesting difference is this. Philosophy is intellectual, whereas Truth is intelligence. Intellectual and intelligence are different. I am not playing with words, as I am not a student of English literature. Fortunately I am not a student of philosophy either, and therefore, I do not get confused. I only go through the Sai literature. Those things that make me forget myself, those points that make me lose myself, I note them down and share them with you. Thatís all. Those points that make me thrilled and excited, I write them down and bring them to your notice. Thatís all.

What I share with you is not taken from any of the epics either. No, these are 'pearls of wisdom' from Sri Sathya Sai literature. As you know, you donít find pearls on the surface. You have to dive deep into the ocean. You donít find pearls and gems on the surface of water. You have to dive deep into the ocean to collect those precious pearls. So, Sai literature will supply many pearls of this nature, provided we dive deeply into it.

Philosophy is intellectual, while Truth is intelligence. What do I mean by that? I claim to be intellectual if I have knowledge. I claim to be intellectual if I attain the heights of knowledge. But intelligence is awareness. I'm intelligent enough to know that this is day and that is night. I'm intelligent enough to know that this is hot and that is cold. I'm intelligent enough to know that he is man, not a woman. This is intelligence or awareness. So Truth is intelligence or awareness, whereas philosophy is intellectual. When you try to analyze anything, you want to be intellectual.

Knowledge and Knowing

May this New Year help us to develop this awareness or intuitive knowing. Knowing is different from knowledge. Knowledge, after all, is only memory. Knowledge is only being like a computer. Knowledge is nothing more than being a storehouse or a cupboard of information. But knowing is a continuous, eternal process. So, Truth is the process of knowing-to-eternity, in all simplicity, in all humility, in all submission and in a state of surrender. On the other hand, philosophy is the knowledge of a set of fixed ideas.

Thatís the reason why philosophers do not budge or bend easily. Philosophers are never lenient or understanding. They are stiff and stubborn. Why? They get identified or 'branded' by their philosophy. Thatís all. Their attitude is, "I know! Our conversation is over. So, let me be away from you!" So, if you want to know or if you are eager to know (which indicates that you do not know), that is awareness or knowing. If you have knowledge only, then you will say, "Yes, I already know." So, to say 'I know' is knowledge, which is really only memory.

"I am aware" is novel. It is fresh. "I am aware" is ever new like a morning flower. The flower that blossoms in the morning on time, that is the process of knowing or awareness. In this process of awareness, there is eagerness, inquisitiveness, and open-mindedness. But a man of knowledge is never open. He does his best to drive you into his 'school of thought'. He will try to brainwash you. So, beware of people of knowledge because they will push you into their school of thought.

In awareness, you want to know in all simplicity. In this awareness, there is nothing like settled or fixed ideas. There is nothing like a programmed life or a conditioned mind. Truth is unconditional. It is not programmed. Truth is the process of knowing or being aware, whereas philosophy is fixed knowledge.

Watch Bhagavan: He knows everything, yet He wants to know it from you. Bhagavan is the Source of knowledge, yet He acts in this process of awareness. He simply asks, "How are you?" 'Does He not know that I am fine? If I am not fine, how can I come here?' Baba will say, "How is your business?" Then Heíll call a doctor and say, "What do you think about his health?" Finally Heíll say to the doctor, "You are wrong. You should follow this" and gives His instructions.

So, in awareness or knowing, we feel simplicity, humility, closeness, negotiability and compromising possibilities. My friends, this New Year should make us tread along this path of knowing and dwell in awareness or knowing-ness. But we should never settle into the state of knowledge. Awareness should take us to Truth and never to philosophy.

Philosophy is just a game between thesis and anti-thesis. Some say, "God is." Others say, "God is not." Some proclaim, "Dualism." Some announce, "Non-Dualism." Some others adhere to "Qualified Non-Dualism." So this is nothing but thesis and anti-thesis, like the Catholics and Protestants in the Christian world. In Jainism, we have also got the 'Digambaras' and 'Sretambaras'. We have got that kind of division in every religion because we have made religion a philosophy.

Bhagavan makes religion into One Truth and nothing but Truth. Truth is One. Ekam Sath Viprah Bauda Vedanti. Thatís all. But philosophy will make the One into many. All schools of philosophy, all branches of religion, are philosophical. But Truth is One. At the core, in the very center, Truth is One. Therefore, thesis and anti-thesis is philosophy, whereas Truth is synthesis. Philosophy is argument and counter-argument or opposition/supposition. But Truth is synthesis.

Truth is One. "All are One, my dear son. Be alike to everyone." "All are One, my dear son. Be alike to everyone." This is Truth. "All are many. There is my group, your group; your country, my country. We ten should sit here; you ten sit there. You cannot come here; I cannot come there." No, no, no! That is philosophy, but not Truth. So, a feeling of Unity among all is really Truth. Thatís what we should experience.

Choice and Choicelessness

Philosophy is a matter of choice. Suppose I say, "Hinduism is this." You can reply, "I'm sorry. You have not understood Hinduism." Philosophy is a choice, which you can accept or reject, where you can agree or disagree, or you can obey or disobey. So, philosophy is a choice, but Truth is choiceless. Truth does not give you a choice, while philosophy allows choice of 'yes' or 'no'. Truth is choiceless. May Bhagavan help us to go in this direction of Truth, which is choiceless, because in choicelessness you disappear, whereas in choice the 'you' appears.

A simple example: Here is a towel and here is a watch. Suppose I choose the watch. So where there is a choice, the 'I' exists. I choose this against that. The 'I' exists in a choice. But when you are choiceless, there is no 'I-ness'. You donít exist then, so there is no choice.

Another simple example: Swami calls you all in for interview. "Ah-ha! The lucky ones have gone in!" Please watch the faces of those who go into the interview room. They donít walk. They just float! (Laughter) They donít walk with their legs. They fly with wings! They donít walk as on earth, since they are going into paradise, the very heaven, which is being right in front of Bhagavan. Yes!

Once you get inside the interview room, you cannot open your mouth! It is impossible! (Laughter) Youíve been talking all along - in Darshan line, in the canteen, even on the street you are talking and bothering everybody! There is no rest for your tongue. The eardrums of the neighbors are almost broken because you know only how to talk verbosely with pomp and show. Life has become a matter of pomp and show.

We go on talking and talking! All right, then try to talk in front of Bhagavan! Hari Om Tat Sat. (Laughter) You donít. You can't! Some pressure is applied there on the tongue so that instead of projecting (and talking) outwardly, it goes inward. Why? It is due to choicelessness. You have no choice to speak, so you keep quiet. Thatís all.

Then after the general interview, there is an inner room where private audience is given. He talks there just to the family. There He will allow you to speak: "Come on, tell Me!" He will allow you to speak only when He decides. When you decide, you cannot speak! (Laughter) When He decides, only then you can open your mouth! After you leave the interview, you may open your mouth and speak when you decide to. But you just cannot do so during the interview. (Laughter) Why? You are choiceless there.

So, in front of Bhagavan, you are choiceless. This is the Truth. Truth is choiceless, while philosophy is full of choices. You can accept or reject philosophy. You can say 'yes' or 'no'. But in front of Bhagavan, you are choiceless because Truth is the ultimate Reality. It is non-negotiable.

So, my friends, this New Year should be the year of Truth and not of philosophy. It should be the year of Truth, of experience, and not of speculation. Truth is not speculation. Truth is experience, whereas philosophy is speculation.

Truth is Unity

Many of us have lost our way because we believe that philosophy is the same as religion. As we donít have any experiences, we simply think that philosophy is spirituality. We think that philosophy is religion. No! Religion is Truth. Spirituality is Truth. Philosophy is multi-dimensional and full of variety, whereas Truth is unity. There is no variety in Truth. We say 'Universe' and 'unity'. Truth is unity. We donít say 'multi-verse'. We donít say 'multi-versity'. No, we say 'university'. This universe or unity is Truth, whereas variety is philosophy. Philosophy is specific knowledge, while Truth is the process of knowing or awareness.

I donít know how far I can make this clear because sometimes we feel at a loss. Sometimes we may think, 'Had I stayed back at home, had I continued in the same type of life like that of my parents, I would have been much better off. What is it that I gained by coming here, except being pushed by Seva Dal and (Laughter) being bitten by merciless mosquitoes?' What is it that I gained here except fighting for the first row, claiming that the slab on which I sit may change, but not my life. We may continue to sit in the same place. Even that place may change, but weíll never change!

There comes a time, a stage of self-evaluation and self-assessment. At that time, we should not be depressed, frustrated, or disappointed when we begin to examine ourselves. What have I lost? What have I gained? My friends, we have gained the Truth. Let us lose philosophy. Let us be men of Truth, not philosophers.

Perhaps the end of philosophy is Truth. Before coming here, before coming to Swami, we visited Hindu temples. We have been regular visitors to our churches every Sunday. We have been going to mosques every Friday. We have been used to worship every Saturday, Friday or Thursday, depending upon our family deity. Some people are spiritual on Thursdays because they think that Thursday is Babaís day. "Oh, I see. When is your day, then?" (Laughter) We limit God to only one day because our mind is always narrow, conditioned by time and space.

We find certain temples are very busy on certain days. For example, at my native place there is a Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. On Thursdays, I find it very difficult to come out of my house because there are very long queues (lines) right in front. Sometimes I may have to jump over people, requesting them, even pushing them, at times even violently, in order to get out of my house! What is to be done? They all believe, "Sai Baba will bless us on Thursdays (only)." What! Baba will not curse you on Friday! (Laughter) Baba will never say, "Donít come to Me on Wednesday." Oh, what foolishness! Then you may ask me next, "Why Thursdays?" The belief is that, "At least if you go on Thursdays, youíll be fine." It is not that Wednesday is bad or that Friday is inauspicious - certainly not!

Freshness In Life

So, we have conditioned our mind. We have made religion a ritual. We have made worship mechanical and in so doing, we have lost the thrill of life. I speak to my friends, my colleagues, and my teachers, some of the people who have settled permanently here. I always tell my friends, "Our life is not worth living if the charm is gone." If the charm of life is gone, when that freshness has gone, when life becomes monotony or comes down to a mechanical routine, then life is not worth living.

Let us find freshness in life. Let us find a life of energy. Let us find a life of dynamism. Let us experience that freshness. How is it possible? It is possible only if we are alert, only if we are awake, and only if we are aware. Be aware, alert, and awake. Yes! Please be alert. We have to be very careful and alert about what Swami is going to say or what Swami is going to do. Being with Swami, we always have to be alert!

Someone may respond, "Oh, I know. I see Him every day." What do you know? You do not know that you do not know! That is the tragedy. To know that one does not know is a blessing. Not to know that one does not know is a hell. So, we cannot know Swami because He is not to be known. Some people say, "Swami acts like this. Swami comes like that." If we meet such a person, we can say, "Thank you very much" and leave him immediately because we have just met Fool #1! (Laughter) God is unpredictable. No one cannot predict God.

Swami Blessing the Poor

Just a day or two ago, a very poor man was trying to give Him a letter. From his dress, I could understand that he was uneducated. He was moving forward. Everybody pushed him back because we have become excellent in pushing and pulling people! Yes. The crowd was just pulling him back, but Bhagavan walked straight to him and collected that letter. "Ah, Baba! You are compassionate! You are the Lord because You respond to the prayer within."

Another gentleman came. He is a very poor man. I know him. He came here after 15 years. All cannot afford to come here regularly. It is too costly for some. This man is unlettered and uneducated. He works as a casual laborer. Yesterday he came to me smiling. He said, "Sir!"

"Ah! What happened?"

"I got padnamaskar."

"Oh!"

"Swami gave me vibhuthi!"

"Ah! Congratulations!"

I was so thrilled that I mentioned it to Swami. "Swami! I met that man who came here after a gap of 15 years! He is a very poor man, uneducated, a rural farmer, and a casual laborer. It seems You walked straight to him and granted him padnamaskar and vibhuthi. He is dancing in joy! He is 'high as a kite'!" Swami asked, "Is he happy?" "Swami! I have no words to express it!"

Shall I use the word 'happy'? After all, a fellow like me will be happy with a hot cup of coffee. After all, 'happy' is a cheap word because we say that we are happy for every silly thing. This man is in ecstasy. The experience that we have with Swami is ecstasy. It is not simply happiness. If we think it is happiness, we are lunatics. But Bhagavan gives us ecstasy or ecstatic experience.

As Swami passes by, we listen to His silent music. Yes, many of you must have experienced that Bhagavan is a melody. He is music. As Bhagavan holds His robe with one hand and waves the other hand into the empty air, it is a celestial, cosmic dance. Bhagavanís presence is music. Bhagavanís Darshan is a celestial, cosmic dance. And our experience is ecstasy. So, life with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is music, dance, and ecstasy - nothing less than that. It is the experience of melody with all its freshness, which can only be expressed in unspoken words. It is our actual experience.

No Search For God

We should also remember at this time that the greatest foolishness is to say, "I am in search of God." It is the greatest foolishness. Some may ask, "Who is the biggest fool? The one who doesn't have money? Or, the one who doesnít have any education?" Neither of these. Spiritually speaking, the greatest fool is the one who says, "I am in search of God." "Oh, is one a fool by saying so?" "Yes. He is a fool, fool, and double fool - a multiple fool!" Why do I say that? Am I uncharitable? No.

You donít have to search for God because God is in you. You are God. If I come and tell you, "I am searching for Anil Kumar. Where is he?" you may say back to me, "Oh, I saw you during Darshan time. You were quite sane then. What happened to you now? You have become insane. Better you consult a psychiatrist!" Wouldnít you say that? I donít search for myself. Similarly, when God is in you, what is the fun of searching for Him? When you are God, what is the fun of searching for Him?

That is the reason why some people cry in front of Swami. They wash His Feet with their tears of joy. They wash the Feet of Bhagavan Baba with all their agony because they have to part from this place. "Swami! We have to go. The visa has expired! Our reservations are there and British Airways is waiting, I must go. Lufthansa will fly me faster. Let me go, Bhagavan! But I cannot go. I am crying." Then what does Baba do? He will keep His hand on your chest and say, "Why do you cry? I am there, I am there, I am there."

Swami always tells you, "I am there." A group of devotees came and said, "Swami! We want to construct a temple."

"Oh, where?"

"In our place."

"Where is the temple?"

"We have selected a very good sight there to raise a beautiful temple."

"Nonsense! This is My temple (keeping His Hand on your chest). Your heart is My temple."

The pure heart is the temple of God. God installs Himself in the altar of our heart, Hridaya. Hri+daya means a compassionate heart. Daya is compassion. is My temple (keeping His Hand on your chest). Your heart is My temple."

The pure heart is the temple of God. God installs Himself in the altar of our heart, Hridaya. Hri+daya means a compassionate heart. Daya is compassion.

Therefore, it is the New Yearís Day tomorrow for Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. We are joyful about the approaching new year. So let us have an altogether new life, a new awareness and a new understanding, not just mere learning. By being aware, by being alert, by being awake, weíll be able to experience Truth in this new year. The name of this New Year, which happens to fall tomorrow morning, is Vrusha.

May Bhagavan bless you with all plenty and prosperity, with spiritual awakening, and with enlightenment and abiding peace. May Baba be with you forever and ever more! Sai Ram!

Anil Kumar ended his talk with the bhajan, "Jaya Ho Jaya Ho."

Om 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!


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