Experience Swami's Teaching at
the Summer lectures on June, 2004
Light and Love
Experiences how better to acknowledge and put into practice
Swami's Teaching carried out with the group of teachers and
specialists during their Summer lectures week on a remote area
of wild nature in June 2004.
"The world is a great teacher, a constant guide and source of
inspiration. That is the reason why man is placed in the world.
Every bird, every animal, every tree, mountain and star and each
tiny worm has a lesson for man, if he has but the thirst to
learn. These make a world a veritable University for man; it
is but a Gurukul (a school for spiritual learning) where he is a
pupil from birth to death." (Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. Thought
for the day. 26 June 2004).
(To carry out teachers and specialists environmental scholarship
is my official job during many years. I entwine the scholarship
with Swami's Teaching from His books, discourses).
I like to use Swami's quotations, like to explain them according
to the level of groups through direct examples from nature, from
science, from social relations in society. The members of
scholarship as a rule are not Sai devotees, but many of them
have become Sai followers when they understand how deeply
Swami's Teaching is entwined with modern science and with the
all life. Swami's quotations and books, articles about Him
written by His true devotees were the sources of the Divine
energy expressed not only by meaning of the texts, but also by
an untouchable divine energy, what they are carrying. Swami has
stressed many times that all around what a human being percepts
has in core expression of unite Oneness, Atma in diverse forms.
Thoughts, mental activity carries the same divine spring as the
source of everything what exists in the Universe and in the Self
of human being.
Why I decided to share this story telling with you?
"In the Study Circle, whatever we listen and assimilate in the
mind should be distributed to others. In that way we show
gratitude for what we have receded.... Whatever we hear and
practice should also be distributed to society at large.
...You can learn a lot of things, but the most important thing
to be learnt is your own Atma-tatwa. Learning all about external
things without knowing your real self is like studying the
branches of tree, ignoring his roots. There are many fruits on
the tree. We can see the fruits. What happens if you water those
fruits? They will fall down. But if you water the roots down
below, the tree flourishes and will give fruits which can be
enjoyed." (Excerpts from: Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. SSS. Vol.
18, Part 5).
This year's Summer lectures were open with the discussion of
article about Swami by Samuel Sandweiss, what inspired all our
participants to see the Divine everywhere and to develop the
proper spiritual attitude.
Enjoy the this discourse, what was the first topic of
disscussion at Summer lectures 2004.
"Individual Transformation." Sri Samuel Sandweiss. Proceedings
of the Sri Sathya Sai International Seva Conference. July 21 –
23, 2002, Prasanthi Nilayam.
. (I do not reproduce this discourse, as it is available at site
noted above in full).
Everyone from us enjoyed this article by its own way, but all
teachers pictorially felt the light breeze of Divine energy what
analyses of this article has carried.
Swami Himself explains: "There is Divine Love in you which has
neither birth nor death. If you cultivate such love, you will
always remain as embodiments of love. Have firm faith in this
Divine Love. Do not believe the worldly love, lest you should be
deceived. The worldly love is like passing clouds. Love the
eternal love. That is the Atma Tattwa. Cultivate such type of
love that will not cause disappointment. Pursue any type of
education; but, understand the inner meaning of education. Then
put it into practice, experience and enjoy that essence of that
education. Do not be disappointed by directing your love towards
all and sundry. Several students are being disappointed in that
manner. In the end, they are unable to love anybody. That is not
the right way. Love the principle of Love itself, which is
Divine and Eternal. The more you love that Divine Love, the more
it grows." (Excerpts from the Divine Discourse Bhagawan Sathya
Sai Baba "Love is God - Live in Love." 28 Oct, 2003 Prasanthi
Below is a tiny the compilation of Swami's quotations concern to
environment, society and education is shared what became a
topics of discussion at Summer lectures. Every teacher shared
his/her own experiences with students or from personal life
inspired by Swami's quotations.
As not all of the teachers were Swami's followers I explained
that participation from discussions connected with Swami's
Teaching and observation of Sailogram is strongly voluntary.
They looked at me with strange eyes and asked Reet to do her
duty seriously and not to create meaningless questions, as all
is interested in this discussion.
The complex of these Swami's quotations is represented. Everyone
can experience by his/her own way what every quotation teaches,
how to put in practice the advice given by Swami.
"Fill your minds and hearts with these sacred spiritual truths
and go out into the world to spread the spiritual message in
every street and every alley. The world today is in utter
confusion. Unrest and fear stalk the world. To eliminate this
disorder and fear, you have to instill devotion among the
people. "(Excerpts from the Divine Discourse Sathya Sai Baba
"Promotion of Unity: Student's Duty." 14 January, 1998,
"Worldly education makes man great, whereas the spiritual
education makes him good. Spiritual education relates to the
heart, the origin of sacred qualities like compassion, truth,
forbearance, and love. Today, parents expect their children to
go in for higher studies, amass wealth, and become great, but
very few want their children to be good. Goodness is
long-lasting, whereas greatness is temporary. Goodness forms the
basis for spiritual life. There are crores and crores of people
who have become great by amassing wealth, but what is their
contribution to the welfare of society? Absolutely nil.
Therefore, strive to be good, not great." (Sathya Sai Baba. The
Divine Discourse "Human values and Education." 26 July, 1999,
"The value of an individual depends on their culture...The
country is not a mere piece of land; it is an assemblage of
citizens. For the country to progress, the citizens have to
cultivate the moral, ethical, and spiritual values. It is not
possible for citizens and leaders to cultivate these values
unless they practice them right from childhood. So, parents and
teachers should play an active role in shaping the lives of the
students. First and foremost they have to enquire as to how the
students can get rid of their evil tendencies. The teachers and
parents are responsible for the good and bad in students."
(Excerpts from the Divine Discourse Sathya Sai Baba "Human
values and Education." 26 July, 1999, Prasanthi Nilayam).
"In fact, the task of the teacher is to discharge his duty of
instructing and inspiring the students so that they develop
their latent talents and advance in the perfection of their
skills. The task of the student is to unfold the divine in him
and equip himself for serving society with his skill and
Man has three instruments gifted to him: The mind which involves
him in thought, the power of speech which enables him to
communicate his thought and the power of action by which he can
execute his thoughts, alone or with others, for himself and for
others. The mind designs thoughts, which are either helpful or
harmful. The mind can lead man into bondage, deeper involvement
in desires and disappointments. It can lead man into freedom,
detachment and desirelessness." (Excerpts from: Bhagawan Sathya
Sai Baba. Vidya Vahini. Chapter XVIII).
"Therefore, one should learn Atma Vidya, the process by which
one becomes aware of one's Atmic Reality. By learning it and
living it, one can quench his own thirst and help to quench the
thirst of all mankind." (Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. Vidya Vahini.
"Happiness is of three kinds. One type is of the nature of
poison in the beginning but turns into nectar later. This
happiness is secured through the awareness of the Atma; it is
Sathwic happiness. That is to say, the preliminary sadhana of
sama, dama etc., which has to be gone through, appears hard and
unpleasant; it involves struggle and effort. So the reaction may
be bitter. In the Yoga Vasishta, Sage Vasishta says, "O! Rama!
The boundless ocean can be drunk dry by man with great ease. The
enormous Sumeru mountain can be plucked from the face of the
earth with great ease. The flames of a huge conflagration can be
swallowed with great ease. But controlling the mind is far more
difficult than all these." Therefore, if one succeeds in
overwhelming the mind, one achieves the awareness of the Atma.
The bliss that one earns afterwards is the highest kind of
There is another type of happiness: On account of the impact of
external objects on the senses of perception, pleasure mistaken
as nectarine is aroused. But, in time, the pleasure turns into
bitter and unpleasant poison. This is Rajasic happiness. When
man welcomes this Rajasic sensory pleasure, his strength,
awareness, intelligence and enthusiasm to reach the four goals
of human endeavour known as Dharma, Artha (wealth), Kama
(Righteous Desire) and Moksha (Liberation), becomes weak, for
his interest declines.
The third type of happiness is Thamasic. It dulls the intellect
from the beginning to the end. It finds satisfaction in sleep,
slothfulness and faults and derives happiness therefrom. The
Thamasic person ignores the path that leads to the awareness of
the Atma; he pays no attention to it throughout his life."
(Excerpts from: Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. Vidya Vahini. Chapter
"Man's misadventures have created several problems for the
entire mankind. He has polluted the five elements causing havoc
on the earth. There is pollution everywhere -- in air, water,
food and so on. His misdeeds coupled with his evil thoughts and
feelings have degraded human life on the earth. If man acts in
the righteous way, there will be no pollution at all. The water
level under the surface of the earth is depleting because noble
virtues like love and compassion have dried up in human heart.
The five elements are sore with the offensive conduct of man."
(Excerpts from the Divine Discourse Sathya Sai Baba "Divine
Origin of Five Elements." 15 May, 2000 PM, Brindavan).
"Life on the earth has become complex in Kali Yuga. Man is
swayed by greed for wealth and materialistic acquisitions. He is
taking recourse to cunning and easy methods of making money. A
certain person advertised in a newspaper that the easiest way
for destroying all mosquitoes was available with him. He assured
the readers through the advertisement that he would destroy all
the mosquitoes at their homes if people were prepared to send Re
1/- by money order to him. Carried away by this advertisement,
many people sent money to him. After making a lot of money, he
published his method of destroying mosquitoes on the earth. The
technique recommended by him was that wherever mosquitoes were
seen, they were to be crushed with a stone! This is the extent
to which man has degenerated in order to make money in the world
today." (Excerpts from the Divine Discourse Sathya Sai Baba
"Divine Origin of Five Elements." 15 May, 2000 PM, Brindavan).
"You are born in this Prakriti, which is highly sacred. You have
been given eyes not for roaming around and seeing anything and
everything whatsoever but only to see God. The gift of vision
should be used for seeing the good and the godly.
You are a part of Nature. So, you should strive to merge into
Paramatma. Nurture noble feelings of this kind and you will
become divine. By adopting this positive attitude, you will
realize that there is no Yogi greater than you; there is no
Thyagi superior to you; there is no one greater than you.
(Excerpts from the Divine Discourse Sathya Sai Baba "Divine
Origin of Five Elements." 15 May, 2000 PM, Brindavan).
"Sharing with others, serving others, this is the main Sutra of
Vidya, its genuine expression. Education is rendered noble when
the spirit of service is inculcated." (Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba.
Vidya Vahini. Chapter XV).
The quotations above as directed our panel discussion to the
area of science, closely connected with Swami's Teaching. Below
are some tablets from teacher's scholarship concern to the
modern science and Swami's Teaching, observation of Sailogram,
1. All what exists is under the influence of infinite kinds of
vibrations (waves - expressions of energy) which create certain
balance between the Earth and the Universe.
A human being as all other forms consists of atoms and
molecules. In the whole Universe atoms are rotating, such is the
condition of their existence. The atomic center revolves around
its axis, and the electrons rotate around the atomic center and
around itself too. This rotation creates a fields of energy what
physicists call 'torsion fields'. The lasts creates an infinite
kind of vibrations (waves, which are not electromagnetic waves.
Maybe, pictorially they are carriers of universal magnetic alias
atmic power by Swami). Physicists have studied the frequency of
vibrations and the properties of torsion fields.
Objects, humans consist in vast amounts of atoms and
consequently of atomic torsion fields. One of the most important
properties of a torsion fields is its ability to penetrate
through any object or space without loss of their energy.
It seems, Avatars can spread torsion fields that are much more
powerful than the same fields from ordinary human beings. (By
spiritual science entity of torsion fields can observe by my
opinion as the unite Atmic reality what penetrates all what
exists in this world of mayaa). All torsion fields in the
Universe are interconnected. It is the conclusion from their
properties. Swami through His powerful Divine vibrations
(torsion fields by science) is Omnipresent not only in every
object, human being, space or time, but also in every atom in
the Universe. As humans are also carriers the divine vibrations,
they have too omnipresent properties in the less or more hidden
and weaker form. There is no distance for torsion fields, i.e.
spiritually; Atma has no time, space, future, and past. All is
present...It is eternal and stable as unity of Cosmic
Physicists discovered that torsion fields have the ability to
store whatsoever information on physical vacuum. (Physical
vacuum for example exists in every atom between electrons and
atom's center, the ‘conglomeration’ of neutrons and protons). So
information received through torsion fields is possible to store
and consequently this information is capable to be active and
can perform certain actions. Seems, that here is hidden the key
Swami's miraculous power, expressed through devotees who have an
infinite faith to Swami. Faith is needed that a person can
accept in his/her the divine energy of Omnipresent Swami's form.
Pictorially without faith, the 'door' of a person's heart for
Swami's Divine Message is shut down. Swami's saying where He
advices to install Divine in one's heart is exact and correct by
physical theory of torsion fields. Devotees and followers Swami,
who have experienced to achieve harmony with Divine within
(through Swami's Cosmic form) are happy and in balance, they
have every minute Swami's darshan through His Cosmic form as an
internal dialog with their conscience.
A devotee who installs through faith Swami within pictorially as
multiplies the irradiation of Swami's Cosmic form and reflects
Swami's Omnipresent being to all who surrounded him/her.
2. Summary. Observation of Sailogram.
On the end of discourse about torsion fields to everyone
Sailogram was distributed and asked to observe it carefully
about 15 Min at sunlight on the sea beach. Then was asked to
imagine that one is as fusing into bright colors of Sailogram
and transforming this fusion into waves, sky, clouds, trees,
sand, etc., who as liked. Silence during 20 Min. It is the time
to contemplate with the Self. We called it the dialogue with
silence. No words, only sound of waves sang their primordial
'OM'. After silence was asked to remember the happy happenings
(everyone has his/her own happy moments) and to imagine as these
moments as guests would here on this sea beach... Then was asked
to enjoy these moments as brightly as one could it to imagine
and after such virtual meeting from the past to fuse the past
happy moments between bright rainbows of Sailogram.
All liked this kind visions by the help of Sailogram what as
fused into nature... I asked feedbacks, they were happy to tell.
One of specialists had a wound on hand what was during two
months in a bad condition. After such visualization during some
evenings, the wound practically disappeared. In addition,
headaches and pains in legs, backs, etc. what the participants
have, disappeared too. All were joyful and promised to represent
feedbacks as mini speeches to the seminar at August. How
thankful they were to Swami and His Omnipresent help! They
obtained faith to Swami, His Cosmic form what was everywhere,
and installed it less or more properly into their inner mind
through experience, what gave them the real help. Through such
imagination they as reached closer to acknowledge their own
3. The Summer lectures were located not only on the wild beach
of the Baltic Sea, but also on the areas where millions years
ago after natural disaster amber is formed. In such places, you
will involuntarily conceive about the remote past of the Earth
and about forms of a life on those ancient times.
By Vedas and Swami Atmic reality has no time, no forms: all is
the same One reflected in humans' mind however, hidden from
reality, being beyond it. As all the Universe is a reflection
from within it is possible through spiritual perception
indirectly to assume it. By modern genetics in genetic code has
installed the evolution of life with all its forms. Pictorially,
humans carry within all the 'tree of life' from remote past to
present as some kind matrix of life.
Physicist has reached more close to Vedas (which has become
understandable to all who is interested in them thanks to
Swami's clear explanations).
By David Bohm, one of the founders of modern physics, each part
of physical reality contains information about the whole.
However, only humans are capable to reveal this information,
what is pictorially stored within as infinite forms of Zip
Conclusion from Swami's "Vidya Vahini" by my understanding is
that between truth and reality is an abyss. Illusion in the
world of mayaa is a part of reality, but not part of truth.
Truth is only One alias Atma. Reality is diverse, is everything,
conditioned and multiple. Reality is as a 'building of
thoughts.' Truth comprehends reality, but not vice versa.
Usually mind is busy with reality. To acknowledge that human
being is an eternal expression of Atma (Cosmic Truth) gives to
the human's life (as a higher representative of Divine) a
purpose, meaning to realize this divinity and to avoid
sufferings. This is an Atmic certainty that mind and matter are
two angles of the One Whole.
Modern science explained that the reality has a holographic
nature. Technically each small 'point' of the hologram contains
information about the entire image. As laser light is shined on
successively smaller portions of the hologram, the entire image
is still preserved, but it becomes less clear. Evidence for this
kind of holographic structure in nature has emerged by chaos
theory and fractal geometry. The new discoveries stress that in
the chaos the order has hidden. The most nonlinear (complex)
systems embody a huge amount of self-similar structures that are
nested within one another at different scales.
The study of fractals and chaos started its history during the
1970s. One of the ‘fathers’ of this theory is Benoit Mandelbrot
(a Polish scientist, born 1924). He showed through his so-called
Mandelbrot's set how fractals could occur in many different
places in mathematics and elsewhere in nature. (Mandelbrot set
is a fractal that appears in computer representations like a
'black bug,' with infinity of smaller similar 'bugs.' Each of
these replicates the whole and contains information about the
One of the most fundamental behaviors of chaotic systems is
their great sensitivity. In the chaotic systems, even micro
differences in initial conditions may cause dramatically
different results to occur in that system over the long run. It
has summarized as the Butterfly Effect (discovered by Edward
Lorenz on 1960s).
(Who is properly interested in this theme: Gleick, James.
"Chaos: The Amazing Science of the Unpredictable." London:
Minerva, 1997. Not used as reference).
The entire Universe (by humans' perception) is a huge hologram
expressed by extremely sensitive fractals. Spiritually fractals
are the infinite diverse, extremely changeable forms of mayaa
reality what itself is a huge hologram of the Absolute (God,
Swami's Cosmic Form).
4. As a rule, human's memory will forget by time all what has
read or has heard till he/she digests these information through
own experience and makes it as owns inner set (inner concept).
There the geophysical history of amber was used. Teachers as
became virtually connected with the ancient districts through
slices of amber bought or found and seen in a museum. In these
Summer lectures power of experience and visualizations became
more clear and helped them to understand the eternity within.
There was asked to imagine virtually the game of rainbow on
Swami's image and by the help of its sparks to travel to far
time on a dawn a life. During concentration, I began by slow
voice the improvisation. Very briefly, it was the following.
Teachers are as in the middle of a dense wood of ancient
coniferous ferny trees that are struggle for their survival with
the sea that more deeply washes coast and releases the trees
roots. I told to participants about harmony in the nature
created by five primary elements and their fundamental essence
by Swami with own words. From ancient chaos, the order has
transformed. One of the examples is amber as a witness, as a
bridge to the remote past. There are many stories about
spiritual and corporal curative power of amber. Are they
fairy-tales? Is this power in amber has transferred by
vibrations of balance of five elements to a person through
his/her own ideas and belief?
5. Inspiration for visions I gather from Swami's Works which are
reflecting all phenomena in the society and in the nature. One
of my experiences to put Swami's Teaching to practice, introduce
(spread) His Messages is through different visualizations
entwined with scientific or social activities. Many different
stories with elements of visualizations, imagination are as
dialogues with the one's Self.
Such kind experiences-visualizations (of course how many
devotees, so many different experiences) our
teachers-specialists like indeed. They as feel their
responsibility before their own Self and their worldly actions
6. It is interesting to note during the Summer lectures all
teachers tried to observe and put into practice five human
values (truth, non-violence, right conduct, love, peace). We
lived as one community, with collective food, collective
attentiveness. All were happy and healthy. We found that most
difficult to follow the right conduct. Especially among youths
as often, the first impressions in human companies can be
hypocritical. Teachers have spent some evenings with
discussions: how more easily to direct children on the right
conduct. Even for adults it is difficult to find the right
conduct. Here the proper help is from Swami’s Works. We
experienced that part of teachers personal example would be the
real authority for a pupil when he/she started to imitate it.
7. There was also an opportunity to observe the life and play of
dolphins nearly in natural conditions. Among dolphins was not
noticed a hidden cruelty, hatred and fight among them.
When one dolphin received a fish from a guest, the others did
not hasten to take away a fish but silently waited their turn.
Free navigation of dolphins and jumps for their pleasure were
spontaneously organized that as though ten dolphins jumped as
one unique entity. Such coordination between dolphins gives
acknowledgement to existence of a uniform field between
individuals. (All is the same Atma in diverse forms by Swami).
It seems that the life in dolphins' society is more close to the
feeling of to atmic reality than at people.
8. We observed the movement of sands in dunes. Involuntarily it
would be desirable to compare this wild and free movement to
activity of delusive mind where senses are not under control.
All liked such comparison. We stood on dune and admired as a
wind carries away to the other place large amounts of sand… In a
minute under our teeth sand creaks. Each of us has remembered
this discomfort as an indirect example that would happened if
the senses are not under control…
In order to block the movement of sands many mountain pines
densely are planted on coastal dunes. The wind loses the force
between thick pines plantations and after some years dunes will
become safe and mossy that grows under mountain pines. Not the
same pictorial pine is each Swami's word in His Works? Swami's
Teaching about human values is as a pinpointer enable a person
the right direction how to rule the emotions. The more carefully
one experiences Swami's Teaching, the more proper and reliable
is the results.
I compared it with an example from the nature. The more densely
and correctly laborers have planted mountain pines on dunes, the
less the probability of sands movement. Swami's devotees help to
Swami to plant the universal human values in hearts of pupils,
students and to all those who is interested in that. The quality
of work in wild nature shows whether the mountain pines will
protect dunes' sands or not. Therefore, from the quality of a
personal example, experiences and competence depend on the
productivity of Swami's Teaching transmitted into humans'
hearts. There is anything in the nature, in humans' hearts and
heads that would not reflected in Swami's Works.
Namaste - Reet