Anil Kumar's Sunday Satsang at
August 18, 2002
The Sunday Talk Given By Anil Kumar
Health Management (Part 3)
August 18th, 2002
OM… OM… OM…
With Pranams at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan,
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
The Feeling of Well-Being
Today we’ll be completing the topic ‘Health Management.’ Under
‘Health Management’ there are three categories. The first one is
‘Food and Dietary Habits’. The second is ‘Physical Fitness and a
Disciplined Life’. And the third one is ‘The Feeling of
Well-Being’. ‘The Feeling of Well-Being’ - I commenced this topic
last week and will be concluding this morning.
How do we develop the feeling of well-being? Though people are
well, they don’t feel well. That is the tragedy. They are well,
but they don’t feel so well. Why? Some people are unwell yet they
feel well. How? They have no reason to say, “I'm well.” They are
not rich enough, and they are not in high positions. They don’t
have any godfather to support them. They are not well in any way;
yet they have the feeling of well-being. So, those who are well
may not have the feeling of well-being, while those who have the
feeling of well-being may not be well. That is the first point I
want to make clear.
The second point is that the feeling is more important than the
actual state. Why? You should be good. You should also look good.
You should be decent both within and without. You should be good
inside and out. If you do not feel well, then of what use is all
your wealth? If you do not feel well, of what use is having power?
If you do not feel well, of what use is all the scholarship? If
you do not feel well, of what use is your sadhana or these
practises? All of them are to give us a feeling of well-being. So
it is in this context that the ‘Feeling of Well-Being’ requires an
in-depth study as an aspect of ‘Health Management’.
What are the points mentioned by Bhagavan during some of His
discourses? My attempt is only to collect the pearls, to collect
the gems that are actually Sai teachings given to us on different
occasions, organised under one title. That’s all. Now, what is it
that we need? What is it that we have to possess? What are the
things that we are to cultivate to have the feeling of well-being?
The Richest Treasure
One, what is the richest treasure in this world? Even if you are
given gold mines, micron mines, you still want something more.
Bhagavan was saying the day before yesterday… What did He say?
“Who is the richest man? The richest man is the one who has
satisfaction. Who is the poorest man? The one who has many
The man who is full of desires is the poorest man, while the man
of much satisfaction is the richest man according to Bhagavan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba. So my friends, to have a sense of well-being, we
should have this richest treasure of satisfaction - not the bank
balance, not the jewellery, not the plots and the sites, nothing
What is our richest treasure? It is a peaceful and contented mind.
“I'm peaceful, I'm satisfied.” Then you are richest of all. So
that is the first and foremost requirement to develop the feeling
The second thing we need -- What is the best city in this world,
where we can have the best life? The best city is not
geographical. It is not New York or Chicago, not Delhi or Bombay.
The best city is ‘simplicity’. Simplicity is the best city. Why?
If you remain simple, you can have ample joy everywhere. Greatness
lies in simplicity.
Bhagavan says, “I take simple food. I lead a simple life.”
All great people lead simple lives. They had simple food, simple
living, and high thinking. Today we have very high life and simple
thinking. That’s the reason why we are confused and we are not
happy. At least spiritually - those of us who have opted to be
spiritual, those of us who have chosen this spiritual path of life
– we must be simple because the best ‘city’ is simplicity. That is
the second thing we need for our well-being.
Separated From Ourselves
And the third thing…Why are we not so well? Why don’t we have the
feeling of well-being? Why? The reason is that we are separated
from ourselves. You are separated from yourself. When I say this,
it might sound nonsensical. Some people may mistake this as trying
to play at word-building or vocabulary gymnastics. It is not so.
We are separated from ourselves. You are separated from yourself.
What do I mean by being separated from your Self? What do I mean
What am I in reality? What is the core of my being? What is the
centre of my being? I'm taken away from my centre, while I'm just
groping in darkness, moving on the periphery. Since I'm moving on
the periphery, I'm separated from the centre of my life. So I'm
away from the centre of my being. I'm away from the core of my
being. I'm just on the periphery of my own being. That’s why I
have no sense of well-being. I have no feeling of well-being
because I'm away from my own Self.
What is my reality? What is the core of my personality? What is
the centre of my being? The centre of my being consists of three
aspects. It consists of three points. What are they? They are
existence or sath, awareness or chith and third, ananda or bliss.
Sath-chith-ananda. The centre of life, the very core of my being
has these three components, sath-chith-ananda - existence,
awareness and bliss. My core, the centre of life, compromises
three - Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram - Truth, Love and Beauty.
Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram - that is the core of my life. That is
the centre of my life. Sath-chith-ananda is the very centre of my
life. Since I'm away from my centre, since I'm just living on the
periphery, I don’t have the feeling of well-being.
Why am I cut off? How am I cut off from my centre? Why? The reason
is I have no knowledge of Truth. I have no awareness of Truth. So,
one point of my centre is gone. I have no reality of the very fact
of life. I have no awareness. So I have lost another point from
the core of my being. Third, I'm not blissful. I don’t have any
taste of bliss. So I have lost the third point of the very centre
of my being, sath-chith-ananda - Truth (existence), awareness,
bliss. When one after another is gone, the very centre is lost. So
I'm on the periphery.
Happiness and Biss
I enjoy happiness. I have happiness, but I don’t know what bliss
is. Bliss is separate from happiness. We’ve talked about it many
times in the past. Bliss is non-dual; happiness is dual. Bliss is
spiritual; happiness is physical. Bliss is eternal; happiness is
momentary. Bliss is the Self; happiness is related to things,
material objects and individuals. Bliss is unconditional;
happiness is conditional. Bliss is our real state; happiness is
that which comes and goes. We have talked of this at length many
times. So let’s not go into the details again.
Since I have no knowledge of this bliss, since I have no knowledge
or awareness of my true Self, since I don’t know my own Reality
and Truth; I'm cut off from the centre of my life, from the very
core of my being. So I have no feeling of well-being. Though I'm
perfectly well, I still don’t have a feeling of well-being because
the core is gone. I'm away from my own Self.
Life Is Simple
The fourth attitude to cultivate: Life is simple…stupidity makes
it complex. Whatever you ask Bhagavan, He’ll say, “Very simple,
“Swami, is spirituality very difficult?”
“No, no very simple!”
“Swami, is the principle of non-dualism, Adwaitha, is it very
difficult to understand?”
“No, no, very, very easy!”
“Swami, is sadhana complicated?”
“No, no, no, very easy, very simple!”
According to Bhagavan, everything is simple and easy; but man is
clever enough to make simple things complicated. (Laughter) Man
complicates simple things (which is the total expression of his
stupidity), whereas Divinity makes a complex thing simple. That is
the sign of Divinity. The sign of Divinity is to make any complex
thing very, very extremely simple and easy.
So let us understand…Life is simple. If I find any difficulty, it
is my stupidity that is responsible. It is my foolishness that is
responsible. Or else, life is so simple. Why? Bhagavan said at one
time, “Has engineering helped human society to grow? Has
engineering helped human society to grow in any way? No. Has
medicine helped society to develop? No. Has architectural beauty
helped human society to progress? No.”
Bhagavan tells it this way, “Birds, bees, and animals all live
without the knowledge of engineering, medicine, architecture -
nothing whatsoever. We have not heard of any animal attending
Harvard University or Oxford University. (Laughter) We have not
heard of it. Without any university degrees, without any formal
training, animals, birds and bees - they’re all so happy!
There is one word that we say, “Boring, boring.” No animal
complains of boredom. No bird ever said, “I am bored.” (Laughter)
No dog every said, “I am bored.” Man is totally bored. Man is the
other name of boredom. Why?
You ask any fellow, any of the school children, “How are you,
“Bored, daddy!” (Laughter)
Oh I see. You ask any college student, “Hey, how are you, dear
“No, no, it is boring. Well I'm not able to…I can't bare this
Oh-ho. If you ask an officer, “How are you?”
“Sir, life has become boredom.”
If you ask a housewife: “My husband has made my life such
So each of them has become a bore to the other person. The husband
is a big bore to the wife and the wife has become a big bore to
the husband. The office is nothing but a bore; plus studies are
boring. I don’t know why this boredom!
There is boredom because we have made life mechanical: 4:30 AM
darshan - run, run! Why? I must run! (Laughter)
“Why do you sit there?”
“Swami may feel badly if I'm not there.”
Oh-ho, I see. He’ll feel happy if such a fellow is not there! We
are not there to make Swami happy. We are there to make ourselves
happy. Out of fear, some people go to darshan. Out of tension,
some people run there. They come like that, having been here so
long, and finding that there is no other alternative.
I go to bhajan. Why? “What is the fun of sitting here?” So, let me
So, this kind of attitude, this “let-me-go-too” attitude, is the
cause for boredom. It means that I have lost the charm of life. I
have lost the beauty of life. I have lost the thrill of life
because I have made my activity totally mechanical. Housewives or
husbands or administrators or professionals or students - anybody
- if they say life is boring, it only means that they lost the
very charm of life. Their life has become mechanical. They travel
in a Mercedes Benz but yet - oh, boring! Why? Mechanical.
But life is so simple that we should enjoy every moment of it. Let
us observe Bhagavan. What is He doing? Every day He gives darshan
morning and evening. He sits there for bhajans morning and
evening. Collecting letters, giving interviews, this Divine
Romance has been going on for the last sixty years or even more!
But He never said, “It is boring.” (Laughter)
Calling the same fellow, talking to him many times, He never says,
“It’s boring.” Sometimes repeating the same points in His Divine
Discourses, He never feels bored. Why? Why? Just question
yourselves. Why doesn’t Bhagavan feel bored? Why? He doesn’t feel
bored because He’s Life embodied. He’s energy personified. He’s
dynamism in human form.
The Freshness of Life
Here some simple examples. Watch the sunrise every morning. Nobody
will say, “Ah, the same sunrise I saw yesterday. It’s boring.”
(Laughter) Go to certain areas like Kanyakumari or Cape Cameron.
Watch the sunrise and sunset. Just go behind the Round Buildings,
you’ll find the sunrise and sunset. Nobody will say, “Ah, the
sunset is boring.” If anyone says watching the sunrise and sunset
is boring, you can take it from me that he’s already dead and gone
- a finished case! Why? Because the sunrise is ever fresh; the
sunset is ever new.
Or take, for example, a rose flower blossoming. “Ah, boring! So
many flowers blossom.” No idiot will say that because each flower
is new. Each flower is fresh. In its blossoming, there is a
message. So when you observe Nature, it is never boring. With
bhajan songs, though you sing the same song, yet it is never
Therefore, my friends, we have to find the freshness of
life…something new… where we realise every moment is precious,
every moment is valuable. Time is God. Work is worship. When I
have the attitude that work is worship, work will never be boring.
When I feel that time is God, time will never hang heavily. “Time
waste is life waste. Laziness is rust and dust. Realization is
rest and best”, according to Bhagavan Baba. So my friends, let us
live every moment, not simply lead a life.
“How are you?”
“Pulling on, going on.” No!
“Fine, I'm very fine.” Let us learn to say that.
“I'm very fine, extremely fine!” Why not?
This is what is called a feeling of well-being.
Life is Paradoxical
Then, life is paradoxical. We have to accept it. We cannot always
expect a life full of achievements, no! There will be failures
also. Life will never be always a victory. There will also be
defeat. Life will never always be full of profit; sometimes there
will also be loss. Both things coexist. Let us accept the reality
of life. The reality of life is that life is paradoxical.
One helps the other. Night is not negative. Night, although it is
dark, is positive because it gives us rest. Day is quite positive.
Why? It helps us to work. Daytime is positive because it helps us
to work. Nighttime, though it is dark, is also positive. It’s not
negative. Why? We can take rest at night. In that way, night and
day are equally positive.
Every fruit has a skin around it that is bitter. But the juice
inside is sweet. The bitter skin is necessary. Why? To protect the
inner juice which is sweet. So, let us understand the melody of
life, the music of life, the harmony of life, the combination of
life, the integration of life, where things are complimentary,
never contradictory. Things are never contradictory.
The husband and wife will have a heated argument. People who are
busy may have an argument once in a month. People who have enough
time may fight every day! (Laughter) Yes. It depends upon the
availability of time because it’s only an avocation.
So the point is, when people have a heated argument, later after
that comes Himalayan love. There’s the deep valley of conflict;
then there is a Himalayan range of happiness and love on the other
side. So love is a mountain, while hatred is a valley. You cannot
have only the mountain. There will also be a valley. So love and
hatred exist together.
So I cannot say, “I choose love only”. You cannot avoid your
shadow. It will follow you. So when you ask for love, hate will
follow unasked, unsolicited, uninvited. But yet it is not boring.
It is not an unwanted thing. The hatred will lead to love. The
love will take you to hatred. They are the obverse and reverse of
the same coin.
Likewise my friends, life is paradoxical. Full of opposites,
polarities, contradictions; but we have to accept it willfully and
happily - therein lays the thrill. There lays the real beauty. If
there is only love throughout, it is tasteless. It becomes
insipid. It becomes boring. There is occasional fighting because
it strengthens our love. It strengthens our friendship. That is
our paradoxical life. Accepting life as it is will generate a
feeling of well-being among us.
Do Not Dominate
The sixth attitude to cultivate -- Do not dominate. When you
dominate, understand that you are creating an enemy. When you try
to dominate, whether you succeed or not, you’ll succeed in
creating an enemy. Never dominate. After all, what is there to
dominate here in life? There’s no reason to dominate anybody. The
one who tries to dominate is highly egoistic and is more or less
thamasic or animal-minded. An animal-minded, egoistic person will
try to dominate. A man of inferiority complex will try to
dominate. No man of any decency would ever dominate.
Here’s a simple example. When Bhagavan was staying one summer in
Kodaikanal, some engineers brought plans for the construction of a
new canteen here and some other buildings. Swami started looking
at all the plans saying, “Mmm,” while the engineers were
“Very good, very good, very nice.” He gave them ten minutes.
Then He said, “In My opinion - listen to Me - I think it would be
better if you do that.”
He accepted what they said in the beginning. He never said, “Keep
quiet! What do you know? I will tell you.”
He never said it, though He is God. Though He is the all-knowing,
all-powerful ultimate, He never said: “You stop! I will tell you
what to do.” No!
“Good, good. Huh? Very good.”
And when introducing that person to everybody, He said, “Very big
engineer, internationally-known, a very great man. Because he’s a
great devotee, he has undertaken our project.” He was full of
Only after ten minutes He had said, “In my opinion, you’d better
do it this way.”
This is the way of acceptance. This is the correct approach. This
is the sign of humility, courtesy, decency - not domination. Even
though you are right, if you dominate, it ends up in mistakes.
You’ll be misunderstood. You’ll be mistaken, if you dominate. So
the spirit of domination is the sign of ego, jealousy, and
Seek Out Your Own Faults And Others’ Merits
The seventh attitude to cultivate -- Seek out your own faults and
others’ merits. Bhagavan was telling us yesterday evening, “Never
complain. If you can, explain. If you still think you are capable,
inspire. All cannot do it. Many can make everyone perspire!
Instead of inspiration, we find perspiration.”
Well, it is not given to everybody to inspire, no! If you cannot
inspire, at least explain. If you are not capable of even
explaining, never complain.
Quite often we complain this way: “He's a good man. He’s a better
man. He’s so awful. He’s so dirty. He’s negative.” How about you
first? Never find fault with others. Know your own faults and try
to know the merits of others. Seek out your own faults and others’
merits. That helps us to have a feeling of well-being.
And further Bhagavan said, “You said such a man is bad. How do you
know he’s bad? Unless there is something bad in you, you won’t be
able to identify something bad in others.”
This is a pen. How could I recognize this is a pen? I saw such a
pen before; therefore I could identify this as a pen. I know he is
bad because I have been bad; so I could easily identify a bad
person. So, all that we say of others is within us. That’s what
Bhagavan says: “Reflection of the inner being.” Everything is a
reflection of the inner being, the good and bad or whatever you
may say of others. This is one of the points that needs to be
Who Lives Well?
Next, who lives well? Not everybody. There are three points to be
made here. Who lives well? First: The one who laughs often lives
well. Take Bhagavan. Have you seen Him with a serious face? No! If
He wanted to scold you, He would show you a serious face. But at
the same time, to another man, he has a smiling face. The Divine
actor! He will change His face immediately. Why serious? To
correct you. He's serious only to correct you, to rectify - that’s
all. But He always smiles, always smiles.
One person said, “Swami, how is it that You always laugh? How is
it that You’re always blissful? Why? Let me know the secret!”
Do you know what He said? “I don’t think of the future. Things
that are bound to happen will happen on their own accord. I have
no regrets of the past. I live in the present. I live in the
moment. I live in existence, so I am happy. I have no desires. I
have no selfishness. I have no plans. I will and it happens.”
Whatever Bhagavan wills, will happen. His thought translates into
action, right then and there. Whereas, whatever we will in the
year 1999, it may or may not happen.
In the case of Bhagavan, His Will or Plan - its reality or action
are simultaneous, spontaneous, instantaneous. It is not
preconceived, no. It is just spontaneous -- something like a
waterfall or like a fountain, as beautiful as something like a dew
drop on the lotus leaf. Things are spontaneous. So, the one who
laughs often will be well.
And the one who loves much will be happy. But the dosage of love,
the intensity of love, the weight and the height of love may vary
in our case. I love you because you oblige me. I cannot love you
if you do not oblige me. So, it’s not so. Love much, whatever may
be, accepting things as they are. You are good, fine. You are not
good - it’s OK. Whatever may be, accept things as they are, not as
per your design.
Some people say, “Well, I cannot mix with everybody. All right,
then be in a cage or in a den. (Laughter) Some people say, “I
cannot make myself understood by everybody.” OK, your place is the
mountaintop. The feeling that, “I'm not given to everybody. I
cannot mix with everybody. I cannot be understood by everybody,”
is something psychotic. One should be able to mix with everybody.
One should be able to communicate happily with everybody.
Look at Bhagavan, the way He talks to primary school children, how
He cajoles college students, how He cuts jokes with devotees –
there’s no distinction whatsoever. He can communicate with
anybody. He can mix with everybody, literate or illiterate, rich
or poor, Indian or foreign, decently dressed or not, whatever it
may be. He can immediately mix with everybody and go on making
jokes. It’s really a sight for the gods, how Bhagavan mixes with
everybody. There’s nothing like selection; nothing like selective
groups, none whatsoever. Effective communication - that’s the
reason He loves much and laughs often.
Sacrifices His Happiness For Others
And third, he who lives well sacrifices his happiness for others.
One day, It so happened there was a table fan on one side of the
room. Bhagavan said, “Turn this table fan towards that boy who is
sweating. Turn it toward that side.” He never said, “Let it stay
like that. Turn it only towards Me.” (Laughter) He never said
Yesterday He was inquiring. He had sent a few boys to go around to
certain neighbouring villages, where He has plans to construct
buildings for primary schools. The boys were asked to make a
survey in the nearby villages. They returned around 5:30PM. Do you
know what Swami asked?
First question: “Where did you have your lunch? Second question:
“Where did you have your tea?” Third question: “Was it very hot
outside or were you comfortable? Fourth question: “Did you go to
the hostel and wash your face? Are you fresh? Are you
comfortable?” These are the questions He asked. And, “How did you
go? Was there any conveyance?”
In fact, any other person would have asked this way: “How many
villages have you seen? (Laughter) Any plans, any survey made?
Will you give me a rough estimate of expenditures?”
Chi, chi, chi! He never asked such questions, would you believe
And further He said, “You had your tea in the hostel, I know. You
didn’t come straight here, I know. You had tea there. Am I right?”
“Swami, yes, yes!” (Laughter)
“I just wanted you to go the villages and find out some
information; but you went on measuring the whole plot, the length,
and the breadth of the whole area, so that lead to delay, am I
“Swami, I'm sorry.”
“I did not ask you to do that. I just wanted you to go there, make
some inquiries and return. But you went on taking measurements and
that led to a delay. Am I right?”
“Swami, You’re perfectly right. We are sorry.”
Oh-ho! He looked at one boy and said, “Mmm. You accepted one glass
of buttermilk given to you there in that village. Is it right?”
“Oh Swami, perfectly right.” (Laughter)
So, what I want to impress upon you is that Bhagavan wants to know
how are our comforts, how fine we are, how happy we are. He
doesn’t think of His own happiness. There were times when He
waited till 2 o’clock in the afternoon without a sip of water,
waiting for the boys. It so happened that the bus broke down on
the way to Coimbatore. The bus did not reach Coimbatore. Two buses
of boys were supposed to reach Coimbatore by the afternoon - at 12
o’clock, but there was some problem. They reached at 2PM. Our good
God did not have a sip of water, waiting at the gate.
“What happened to the boys? What happened?” And He sent about
fifteen seva dal people with cars and mechanics -- all to go and
see that the boys would get there safely.
If this were any other person, he would have had lunch and be
waiting for tea along with the boys. Bhagavan is not like that. He
sacrificed his own happiness for others. Your happiness is His
happiness. “Your bliss is My food,” said by Bhagavan. So who lives
well? The one who laughs often, the one who loves much and the one
who sacrifices his happiness for others.
Know What You Want To Do
Next point -- Know what you want to do. What is your goal? Knowing
your goal gives you the feeling of well-being. What is your goal?
The goals have to be set based on your abilities. The goal has to
be reasonable and it must be practical. That which is practical,
that which is reasonable, that which fits into or is commensurate
with our abilities, will help us to reach the goal. But if the
goal is that which is beyond, far beyond our capacity, impossible
- we’ll never have the feeling of well-being.
Swami was talking to the boys and gave one example. “You have the
talent the size of the mustard seed - a seed so small, so tiny.
But the ego is of the size of a pumpkin!” (Laughter) So we should
know our own limitations.
It happened during Guru Purnima, you know. Bhagavan had some
swelling here (Anil Kumar points to his cheek) with excruciating
pain. That day He said, “See the swelling there? I cannot speak.
To move My jaw is very difficult. I’ve not had any food - just
some porridge, that’s all. Why don’t you speak on My behalf?”
That’s what Bhagavan told me.
My reply was, “Swami, I have children. I want to live for some
more time.” (Laughter)
He said, “What?”
“The devotees will manhandle me! They will finish me off! They
have come all the way to hear You, not me.” (Laughter)
“No, no, no, no, no! What shall I do? I cannot.”
“Swami, You don’t need to speak, just sit there. Your Darshan is
the message. You don’t have to speak. Your gestures will
communicate. Your smile will make us understand. That itself is
the Holy message, the Divine message.”
Then He said, “OK, I will sit. You speak.”
“No, no Swami, I will also sit in front of You.”
You see this? He talks in such a way, in such a beautiful way,
that He wants to estimate whether we know our capacities or not.
If that question was put to anyone, “Are you ready to speak?”
They would say, “Sir, I will speak, Swami.”
If you start speaking, you’ll get it at the end of your speech!
(Laughter) I tell you my friends, there have been occasions when
the topmost singer of this country has given a music concert here.
And sometimes Bhagavan just gets up and retires. Believe me, the
moment Swami leaves the dais, everybody gets up except a few Seva
Dal volunteers in charge of shutters. (Laughter) Nobody stays
there. You may be the topmost singer, but you will have to sing to
yourself. (Laughter) Nobody will hear you. This is a known fact to
those who have sufficient experience. Therefore, we should know
our capacities. You can never replace Bhagavan. You are not a
substitute for Him. Impossible!
What Shall I Sing?
The other day, two days ago I believe, Bhagavan asked two young
boys to sing. They were very young. They may have been ten or
twelve years old. Both of them sang excellently. It was “Rama
Katha” (“The Story of Rama”). Swami enjoyed it very much. But He
did not leave it at that. Towards the end He said, “Anil Kumar,
are you ready to sing? (Laughter) You sing.”
What shall I sing? I said, “Swami, I will sing after the evening
bhajans and arathi because nobody will be left!” (Laughter and
applause) After arathi, who will be there? Nobody! I can sing to
my heart’s content, to the best of my ability. My voice will not
reach the corner - no mikes - only the pillars and the flooring
will hear and they will remain silent! Good! So, I should know my
abilities, I should know my capacities before I set my goals.
That’s one thing.
Then, trouble starts when I think that I'm better than others. We
don’t have that feeling of well-being. Why? Because of this
feeling of superiority: “I'm superior. I'm better than others.”
That is the feeling that is a sign of utter ignorance. We cannot
be better than anyone else.
Bhagavan gave one example of two persons. One was Dharmaja, the
eldest among the Pandavas, and the other, Duryodhana, the eldest
among the Kauravas. Dhritharashtra, father of the Kauravas, said,
“Hey! I called both of you. You go and find any good person in
this kingdom.” Dharmaja went around, as did Duryodhana. Both
What did Duryodhana say? “Sir, you wanted me to find any good
person in our kingdom. I'm very sorry to say that there is none
other than me. I'm the only good man in this kingdom. All are
hopeless fellows. I'm very sorry to say that.”
“Oh-ho! Sit down.”
Then Dharmaja was asked, “Dharmaja! What is your report?”
He said, “Father, I went round the whole kingdom. If there is
anything that is bad, it is only in me. All are good.”
So this is the kind of feeling one should have: “All others are
better than me.” That is the correct feeling - I am not better
than others. How can you say that you are better than others? So
this kind of feeling has to be under constant check.
If you cannot afford everything that you want, think of what a
thrill it is when you can afford something. Instead of feeling
sorry about all that I cannot afford, let me feel happy for
everything that I can afford. I can afford to buy this, yes, I'm
“God, I'm happy with the good lot You have given to me.”
“Whatever I can afford, I’m happy.” That’s the kind of feeling we
should have - not being unhappy for what we do not have in life.
Education and Good Company
Number twelve -- Education. We think the aim of education is
proficiency. People think, “He’s very proficient.” The goal of
education, the purpose of education, is not proficiency. It should
be efficiency. Efficiency is different from proficiency.
Proficiency is to know the subject in depth. Efficiency is
knowledge in action. Knowledge in action is efficiency. Knowledge
in depth is proficiency. Today many are proficient, but very few
are efficient. So, we have a feeling of well-being if we are
efficient and not simply proficient.
Number thirteen -- To have a sense of well-being, we need good
company. After spending time with the devotees here, we go back
and spend time with those who are worldly. Here we have been
spending time in the company of those people who sing the Glory of
God, who exchange their personal experiences in the very presence
of God and who are exposed to the vibrations of Divinity. Back
home we are just in the midst of a crowd. So we should be
selective with regard to our company, which means selective about
with whom we mingle.
What should be the quality of our friends? Bhagavan gave this
example: Sand in the company of air (wind) rises or goes up. That
very same sand in the company of water goes to the bottom. So, in
the company of good people, you’ll come up. In the company of bad,
you’ll go down in your life. So we should be selective with regard
to our company. Keep good company.
Like What You Do
Next (fourteenth) point -- To have a sense of well-being is to
like what you do, not just doing what you like. Let me like what I
There are some who say, “I would have been a better person had I
been a district collector. I would have made a better career as a
This is all nonsense. What you are is a test of your ability.
Where you are is the test of your capacities. So it is not like
living in a dream.
“I would have been better as an actor.”
No, no! You are acting sufficiently here (Laughter). You don’t
need to be an actor on the stage. So, let’s not think that we
would have had a better career otherwise, no! What is given to you
to do right now by God is a holy mission. So, like what you do;
never think of doing what you like.
Choice and Preference
Number fifteen – It is ‘Ceiling on Desires’. When we have a
ceiling on our desires, we will be happy with whatever we have.
Here, in this context, I want to bring to your attention two words
- one is ‘choice’ and the other is ‘preference’. Be preferential
and choiceless. If you are choiceless, you’ll be very happy,
whatever is given to you.
“Sir, you have come to our house for the first time. What do you
“Well, I have no choice – I’ll take whatever is available.” Well
and good! Yes, they will serve you whatever is available and
you’ll be happy.
On the other hand, if you say, “I choose coffee” well, there may
not be any coffee available.
They will say, “Sorry, sir. It is not available.”
On the other hand, if they say, “Coffee and tea are available.
What do you prefer?”
“Yes, I prefer coffee.”
So, be preferential and choiceless: a preference when there are
two (you prefer one of the two) or be choiceless and take anything
that is available. So, by being choiceless in life, we can be
“Bhagavan, I have come here with the idea that You’ll give me at
least one interview.” (Laughter) Oh-ho!
“At least a chain, if possible.” (Laughter) “I will give you some
options.” This is choice. This will make our life miserable.
On the other hand, “Swami, I prefer to get the seat in the first
line instead of the last line. I prefer the first line.” Or,
“Instead of an interview, I prefer just a smile. That is enough
for this life.”
So, there is great joy in preference, but there is misery in a
choice. Then, when your desires are under check, you’ll be
Finally (point sixteen) – It is ‘Harmony of Thought, Word and
Deed’. “I am happy inside. I am happy outside.” When I am happy
outside and unhappy inside, that gives me high blood pressure.
That which is outside is called ‘personality’ and that which is
inside is ‘individuality’. So, that which is true within is
‘individuality’. That which is exhibited, that which is social,
that which comes under ‘manners’, ‘etiquette’, ‘decency’ - all
that ‘show’ is ‘personality’. But when personality and
individuality are one and the same - that which is within is in
conformity with that which is outside - we have that feeling of
well-being. That is the ‘Harmony of Thought, Word and Deed’.
Onam Celebrations Begin
Tomorrow the Onam Celebrations begin. On the 19th and 20th, I
understand we will have programs in the Poornachandra Auditorium
for an hour each day. On the 21st, Onam day, we will have a
program in Sai Kulwant Hall for one hour in the morning and one
hour and fifteen minutes in the evening. That’s all, as far as the
timings are concerned for the Onam celebrations, which commence
Onam is the festival where God asked for three footsteps from a
king named Bali. God asked for three footsteps, that’s all. And
this emperor, a great man, was ready to offer them.
But his teacher said, “Don’t do that. Don’t give them to him.”
And this emperor asked, “Why not?”
The teacher told him, “If you do that, you are finished because
the monk who came here is God Himself. He will rob everything -
don’t give an inch.”
But this emperor said, “God has the Hand that gives and gives, and
that giving Hand is now asking from me. What else do I want? I'm
ready to give whatever He asks.”
That is the sacrifice behind the spirit of emperor Bali. As a
reward, God granted him the boon that his name would be remembered
throughout this country as a man of surrender, as a man of
sacrifice. That boon lets him come back to Earth, to his kingdom
in India in the state of Kerala. That boon lets him go around to
his people, enjoying how happy they are. He sees them and he meets
them every year. That is the Onam festival.
Emperor Bali became so great because he surrendered three
footsteps to God. What are these three footsteps? When all of
Creation belongs to God, why these three footsteps? When
everything is Divine, what need is there of these three steps?
I’ll just give you a brief summery.
The three steps that Bhagavan asked for are the three periods of
time – the past, present and future. The three periods of time
have to be surrendered to God, so that you will live in peace and
bliss. That is the meaning of the three footsteps.
The second interpretation is the three levels of consciousness.
What are they? They are the gross body, the subtle body or the
mind, and the causal body or the spirit. All these three need to
be sacrificed to God.
Another interpretation is the three attributes. What are they?
They are the sathwic quality or piousness, the emotional aspect or
rajasic, and inertia, the bestial or thamasic quality. These three
attributes are to be surrendered to God.
Another meaning is S-A-I, SAI. What does this mean? ‘S’ is for
spiritual change. ‘A’ is for association change. ‘I’ is for
individual change. These are the three levels that symbolise what
God asked when He requested the three footsteps.
Another interpretation is the Trinity - GOD. ‘G’ is the generator
- God, Brahma. ‘O’ is the organizer, Vishnu. ‘D’ is the destroyer,
annihilator, or Siva. So, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva - the Trinity or
the Triune God is to be realized. That is the significance of
Yet another interpretation: First is the physical: to let the
physical body be surrendered to God so that it will be spent in
service, serving our fellowman. Second is the psychological - to
let the mind be in constant contemplation of God. That is
psychological. And third is the spiritual – the spirit, the
conscience, Atma – to let me dwell in the Self; let me live in the
Self. These three should be kept in mind when we think of Onam
My dear friends, Onam, which begins tomorrow, is such a grand
festival, having multi-dimensional interpretations and having a
May Bhagavan be with you!
JAI SAI RAM!
Om Asato Maa Sad Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya
Mrtyormaa Amrtam Gamaya
Om Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Jai Bolo Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Ji Ki Jai!
Jai Bolo Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Ji Ki Jai!
Jai Bolo Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Ji Ki Jai!