Speech by Mr. James D. Sinclair
Sai Global Harmony on
Worldspace - Broadcasted on April 3, 2002
An opening remark
Om Sri Sai Ram
Revered elders, dear
morning, we have a very eminent speaker addressing all of us. He
is a reputed businessman, who has made a very big mark for himself
in the field of mineral prospecting. That apart, he is also a
person who has been coming to Bhagawan for spiritual guidance for
several years for now. He is Mr. James D. Sinclair. After having
acquired his degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton
School of Business, Mr. Sinclair, in the year 1975, set up the
Sinclair group of companies for which he became the president and
the chief executive officer. Thereafter, he established, in the
year 1981, the James D. Sinclair financial research institute, for
which he became the chairman and the chief executive officer.
Later on, in the year 1978, his interest increased in the field of
television and telecommunications, wherein he became the founding
partner of the company Cross Country Cable TV. Presently, he is
the chairman and the executive officer of the Tanzanian American
development. This company is incidentally prospecting and
developing about 2000 sq. miles of mineralized property in East
Sinclair has been called by several names by several people. His
partners have called him as ďsomebody differentĒ, but the Forbes
magazine issue of Dec. 10th calls him, by something which I think
is very apt description of Mr. Sinclair. It tells him, ďheís
somebody who stands apart easily in a crowd.Ē Mr. Sinclairís
personality has always marked him out as somebody who stands out
in the crowd. Be his quite demeanor or be his personality that
gives an impression that is always deeply involved in a thought.
What would perhaps interest us about his talk today is his
exposure to Bhagawan, his experiences to Bhagawan, and of course,
is his advice, to all of us.
like to invite Mr. Sinclair, but before that, I would like to just
mention one incident which stands out in my mind. It took place in
Kodai Kanal. Bhagawan was finished Dharshan and he was waiting in
the house. Somebody arrived in the outside room at around 9:15,
and he was pacing up and down. People were sitting inside, knew
that somebody has arrived.
just when the cuckoo clock inside the room struck 10:00, the door
opened, and Mr. Sinclair walked in. So Swami looked at him and
said, ďThis is punctuality. He had arrived at 9:15, but I had told
him to come at 10 oíclock, so he waited for 10 oíclock and walked
in.Ē This punctuality is a mark of a principle person. And this is
something Iím sure all of us will be able to learn from in Mr.
Sinclairís talk. I now invite Mr. Sinclair to address all of us;
brothers. And you all are brothers; we may have somewhat older
bodies or somewhat younger bodies. But in truth, really, where is
the difference? Only a point, letís say, on this lifetime scale of
where you stand on the long run to our beloved Swamiís feet. Let
us pray for a moment, that these words may be Swamiís words, that
the message may be His message, and most especially, that the
hearing of this message in these hallowed halls will be heard from
that place of silence, in which he dwells containing us all, being
us all, supporting us; giving us meaning, giving us direction,
giving us purpose, giving us worth, giving us confidence, and
giving us the success that only can be reached at His feet. Amen.
Gentlemen; you have the greatest, strongest, most effective, most
practical, realistic, profitable, asset, on earth, in the heavens,
in the cosmos wherever, however, anywhere, that has ever been.
Because in this sense, self confidence is confidence in that great
self, which is embodied in our lifetime on this planet in this
earth, right here. Who speaks to us daily and kids us into
believing that there may be a person there, but in truth the
whole, the absolute, complete, Godhead is here, supporting,
teaching, instructing, giving, loving, caring, for all of us. And
no matter where we go in life, no matter what role we play, no
matter what risk we take, no matter what we undertake, consider
for a minute that the most powerful, the most wonderful, totality
is there in us, around us, above us, below us, in every corner of
the compass. So how in the world can you ever be afraid of
anything? How can you fail to take the honor of a risk, when you
know who and what you are? How can you ever not have self
confidence, when the self in whom you place the confidence is not
that small self either speaking to you, or sitting in the chair?
assure you, I have not done anything. I am not a great successful
predictor of all business activities and CEO that knows
everything. All I can tell you is: centered on him, act, and you
wonít fail. You canít fail. The world will see you as the most
active person possible, if you only step up and take that risk.
Forget the past, donít speculate on the future; donít be
structured by what the society says you should be, be what you
know you are; dare to be divine. I had the privilege of hearing
swami in the interview room, listening to the Bhajans being sung
outside at that time, and hearing them say, ďDonít they know
theyíre divine?Ē Dare to be what Swami tells who you are. You are
not simply a temple on feet; you are what all of what Swami
teaches. And on that basis, recognize that the business of
business and the business of life are exactly the same. There is
no difference. What you practice in your life, what you practice
in your home is exactly what youíre going to practice in your
office. Regardless of what the profession is; you might teach, you
might be a technician, you might be a physician, you might be a
businessman, you might be a risk-taker like myself, whatever it
is; every single action, every single thought, every single
conversation, contract, dealing, relationship, management, comes
from only one place. Look at how simple it is. Letís not make this
complex. ďCentered on me, act,Ē Sai Krishna taught it to Arjuna.
Our beloved Sai teaches that to you, and to me. And we have no
fear. The only terrorist is the ego. The force against terrorism
is the divine. It is absolutely accessible if weíll only get out
of its way. Finding Swami is letting Swami find you. Seeking that
silence that youíve all experienced is not doing anything. What
itís doing is ceasing stopping something wonderful from happening.
If I appear lost in thoughts sometimes, or simply keeping to
myself, it is my Self that Iím keeping to, but with a capital S.
Are you going to objectively refer your lives, or youíre going to
self refer your lives?
things happen; even in the last few days I had some minor
revolutions of partners.
Iíve had to deal with concerns, because the world is not
necessarily in some peopleís experience a pleasant environment,
and therefore they fear what others will do to them. But because I
firmly, totally, completely, and utterly believe in the absolute
theory of management, which is management by the absolute, I
wouldnít even consider, I wouldnít be as stupid as, I would be too
nervous to, cheat, lie, or steal. So I conduct myself by placing
my partnerís interest in front of my own interest, but I donít go
around advertising the fact that Iíve done that. And then the
problem like what came up in the last 2 or 3 days surfaces, where
a partner is concerned over major a contract to be signed this
Monday with a major mining company, that I might place my own
interest in front of their interest. When revealed to them, that
in fact here is the documents, here is what weíve done, and weíre
sharing with you things that the contract doesnít call for us to
share with you, and that weíve placed your interest in front of
ours and so much so that you will be paid directly, not even
through the cooperation. Then some partners of mine stand in awe
of the fact that theyíve been taken care of. So, here is an
American, dealing with conservative Islamic partners in East
Africa, who are extraordinarily concerned that their interest
wouldnít be taken care of, only to find out that in the world of
Sai, there are no differences at all.
first message I carry to you is a simple one; believe in yourself.
The only risk is not taking a risk. Recognize that Namaste, the
God in the interviewer and the God in you is the same God, so who
are you talking to? Have no concern. Be at ease. And donít let any
prior socialization interfere with the fact of you knowing who you
are, what you can accomplish, how you are going to accomplish it.
And as you begin on these careers, donít forget for a moment that
the business of business and the business of life are exactly the
same. And donít get into these great conundrums, these Gordian
knots of, well of I saw my employer doing this and I saw that.
Simply behave. Stand for whatís right, do no evil, do no wrong,
donít lie, steal or cheat, for yourself or foranyone else. Who do
you trust? The cooperation? The government? The newspaper? OrSai?
If you trust in our beloved Baba, then you trust in his teachings.
And practice them. Notcarry a flag around, saying ďI do thisĒ. But
help ever, and hurt never, as a principle. Not as arallying call.
And what is success?
it. What are your treasures? Who is your boss?And where is your
bank? Swami is my boss, my treasure is pleasing him, my bank is in
karma, andsuccess to me is doing my duty. Remember, the success is
not a product of the means, but rathersuccessful surround Sathwa.
Sathwa is a magnet; proper action, dharmic action, action based
onprinciple, will be a magnet to your success. Not manipulation,
not strategy, not game playing. Bethe men you are. Be the heroes
that Swami knows you are. Youíre not here by accident. This isnot
a mistake. This is not free education so Iíll cooperate for the
period of time. This is an honor; you are special forces of the
divine. And the divine is a special force within you for good. And
the war is a war against the terror created by the ego, and there
are very simple ways of fighting that. Do not let a thought enter
your mind, as it enters into the temple wearing its shoes. Donít
letnegative thinking run you. Donít run negative films in your
mind. Accept the good, the great. Donít accept the small and
restricted. If the small and restricted find their way into the
temple of your mind, stop. Donít fight the thought, but see it.
And while innocently seeing that thought, feel that silence. Act
centered on me is not doing anything. Itís ceasing stopping
somethingwonderful from happening. There has never been a
different teaching. There have been differenttimes. There have
been different forms, but there has only been one Avatar. And that
Avatar ishere and now. And that Avatar tells us, ďThere is no
difference between you and I, except one; Iknow who I am, and
youíll find out who you are.Ē Swami, to me, in the late 1980s. And
I believefirmly, I believe completely, that this is the most
practical teaching, the most magnificent teaching,the most concise
teaching, the most valuable: and itís yours. Youíre not just
students in auniversity. Youíre not thrown out onto a competitive
face of the world large and fearsome. You are all the strength
there is. You are all the wealth there is. Where is there lack in
the self? What is a recession? Something in somebodyís mind.
Something that happened to somebody else. I have no recession.
Iíll never have a depression. Abundance is like air; just breathe
it in. When I say Iíve done nothing, Iím telling you that I see,
and you will, inaction in action.Now, people will say or the
article will say that I might be apparently an extremely
competitive man.Let me tell you, Iím not. You will know everything
youíll need to know when you need to know it,if you will trust
that silent presence that sits behind every word, and more so, and
equally so, behindevery hearing. Learn to listen. Donít think
about your answer when somebodyís speaking to you.
in what theyíre saying. In the silence of your not running some
intellectual argumentation while the professor is speaking, while
youíre listening to an associate in business, the answer will
come. Even if you need to be silent, for a moment, a minute, or 2
minutes or more after the completion of whatís been said, donít
let it embarrass you. Itís the silence that packs all of
everything, power, and reason, action, and the way to act. And
everyday, out of that door, steps that silence that underlies you
and I, that underlies this universe. So where is the significant
bring anything out of what Iíve come to say to you today, bring
self confidence: in confidence in the Self, that that Self is
totally there for you. That accessing the Self is only getting out
of its way, and getting out of its way is shutting up and being
sound. Learn to listen. In learning to listen, again, youíre not
doing anything. Youíre shutting down the volume, so that their
voice that we must hear we can hear. Trust completely. And go out
into the world and let unfold divine will, by not willing in a
sense how that will happen. Iím not suggesting that you donít have
goals, and that you donít have plans, that you donít have
objectives, that you donít order your life, because I see order
here that Iíve never seen before. If I see shoes lined up, if I
see men stand, if I see a presentation prepared for but looking
totally natural, I see an order that Iíve never seen before. And
the divine is orderly. The mind is disorderly. And I donít see
forced order. I see natural order. I donít see strain. So I see
tremendous capacity, I see tremendous potential, I know that the
underlying foundation is the strongest, and I wish and have shared
with you the secret of whatever success may be apparent in me. I
donít have to accumulate, I donít have to worry about the results,
I only have the honor of doing. And doing from a foundation of
silence is the easiest thing in the world. So the article said,
yes, Mr. Sinclair is different, yes, they might call me a loner,
but that loner is just those moments when conversation is in truth
inappropriate and silence is restful, loving, embracing,
enlightening, and is the fuel for action. They find it explicable
that I could address crowds of many thousands, that I could talk
to a president as easily as I speak to a beggar in a street. And
if thatís what a loner is, itís a very strange kind of loner. I
donít believe that Iím a loner. I believe that I hold on to the
feet of the absolute. And take every possible moment, not wasting
time to be there, then to come out and do as my duty calls.
Iím not completely familiar with the form but I might ask our
administrators; if you have any pressing questions, developed out
of what Iíve just said, lead me in the direction youíd would like
me to go. So, if there are any questions, I do invite them, about
future, about success, about how a businessman deals with the
world at large. If I havenít made it clear to you, please in the
closing moments, would you ask me? Now, could I invite questions
please? ÖI havenít done that wellÖ
then, if there are no questions, go to the ultimate answer. When
you find yourself shocked, when you find yourself lost, when you
find yourself uncomfortable with something, donít push that out of
your mind. But allow the silence you know is there. The special
silence, that you have heard as it were on the veranda during
Bhajans, in the moments of quiet, in the moments of Dharshan.
Allow that silence innocently defined as without intellectual
speculation to be there, as the problem is also there. And
recognize the solution to that problem is racing to you with a
speed and determination that nothing can stop. And know that you
have simply gotten out of Swamiís way.
Om Sai Ram.
Bando / Jeff Gayman