Experience the Sweetness of
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
delivering His Divine Discourse on 7th April 2006, Sri Rama
From Divine Discourse on Sri
Rama Navami in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam on 7th April
of Bharat has given birth to many noble souls who attained great
name and fame in all the continents of the world. Many sages and
seers of Bharat have been sanctifying their time by propagating
Rama Tattwa (principle of Rama) since ancient times. The
Ramayana belongs to Treta Yuga. Though thousands of years have
passed, yet the Ramayana is still being read with reverence in
every village and every hamlet.
People, young and old, chant the sacred name of Rama even now
with great devotion. They may forget any other name, but not the
Rama Nama (name). Be he a millionaire or a pauper, everyone
takes refuge in the Divine Name of Rama in times of difficulty.
In Bharat, it is hard to find anyone who does not contemplate
upon or chant the Name of Rama. Many sages in the past did
penance and undertook several kinds of vows to spread the glory
of Rama Nama in the world. However, Rama never wished or told
anybody to chant His name or contemplate upon it. He, in fact,
declared that all are the embodiments of divinity.
teaching of Rama was that one should follow Sathya. Taking
Sathya as its basis, one should sustain and promote Dharma.
Dharma (righteousness) is not confined to any particular place
or country; it is present in all. It is born out of Sathya
(truth). In fact, Dharma cannot exist without Sathya. What is
Dharma? Dharayati iti Dharma (that which sustains is Dharma).
Some people wrongly limit Dharma to mere feeding of the poor or
acts of charity. Dharma should flow from one's own heart. Then,
it should be put into practice. Do as you say. That is man's
foremost duty. There should be perfect harmony between one's
words and actions. On the other hand, if one says one thing and
does something contrary to it, it connotes Adharma
(unrighteousness). Moreover, one should carefully analyse and
weigh the pros and cons before saying something. Manasyekam
Vachasyekam, Karmanyekam MahAtmanam (Those whose thoughts, words
and deeds are in perfect harmony are noble ones). You say that
you are a human being. But, you are entitled to be called a
human being only when your thoughts, words and deeds are in
harmony. Rama achieved unity of thought, word and deed. In
contrast, Ravana's thoughts, words and deeds were at variance
with each other. Manasyanyath Vachasyanyath, Karmanyanyath
DurAtmanam (Those who lack harmony of thoughts, words and deeds
and develop your Innate Qualities
There has naturally been a conflict between Sathya (truth) and
Asathya (untruth), Dharma (righteouness) and Adharma
(unrighteousness). Rama scrupulously followed Sathya, whereas
Ravana resorted to Asathya. There is no Dharma greater than
adherence to Sathya. Hence, we should adhere to truth even in
trivial matters. We should never resort to untruth to escape
from a difficult situation.
creation emerges from truth and merges into truth,
Is there a place in the cosmos where truth does not exist?
Visualise this pure and unsullied truth.
In fact, truth
is the foundation of the entire creation. If for any reason this
foundation is disturbed, the whole world will collapse. What is
the reason for all the trials and tribulations of man today? It
is because man has forgotten truth. He is facing humiliation and
disrepute because he is indulging in injustice and falsehood.
Hence, one should not resort to untruth under any circumstances.
One should speak only truth. Sathya is a small term. But it
connotes Sath (changeless eternity). Since we try to change this
changeless truth, we undergo changes and distortions.
You are all young. If you follow truth right from this young
age, you will surely become an ideal to the entire country. What
is truth? God's word is truth. Hence, when you speak and act
with the feeling Sarva Karma Bhagavad Preetyartham (all actions
to please God), everything will become truth. Every thought and
feeling emanating from man is a reflection of his inner truth.
Unfortunately, it gets converted into falsehood by the improper
use of the tongue. The tongue is one of the five senses. These
senses are the cause of changes in us. They are responsible for
the sin or merit that we earn.
Panchabhutas (five elements) pervade the entire universe, right
from the earth to sky. There is no sixth element other than
these five elements in the universe. The same five elements are
found in every human being in a subtle form. One has to realise
this truth and conduct oneself accordingly. Sathya (truth),
Dharma (righteousness), Santhi (peace) Prema (love) and Ahimsa
(non-violence) that are present within you have to be nurtured
and developed. Sathya is the path. Dharma follows it. Prema is
the experience. It is only then that Ahimsa manifests. Himsa
(violence) is not limited to harming or hurting others; acting
contrary to one's words is also Himsa. There can be no greater
Ahimsa than using our tongue in a sacred manner.
is not to be found somewhere else. It is very much within us.
There are many different qualities present within us. It is for
us to make good use of these qualities. You may ask, "Why does
not God change our nature?" No, God does not at all interfere;
He is a witness of everything. It is for God to tell you what is
good and what is bad. Your own thoughts and feelings tell you
what is good and what is bad. When you eat a cucumber, you will
get the belch of a cucumber. Hence, what is there in you will be
reflected outside. Whatever bad you see in others, it is nothing
but the reflection of your own thoughts. Some people are
constantly immersed in worldly thoughts. Such people can never
be happy. Only those attain the state of bliss whose mind is
steady, without any thoughts. Some people consider themselves
very intelligent and keep enquiring deeply into their
accumulated bookish knowledge. This type of pedantry is like
allergy. Once this allergy starts spreading, their energy is
sapped. Unfortunately, today, we are developing allergy, not
energy. Do not keep deliberating upon whether something is good
for you or not. Everything is good. Whatever happens, consider
that it is good for you. When you develop such an attitude,
everything will turn out to be good for you.
Embodiments of Love!
Love all. Hate none. Do not misunderstand others. Some people
develop misunderstanding even about God! It is the worst of
sins. Hence, do not entertain such misconceptions. If by any
reason such thoughts enter your mind, consider them as your
enemies and drive them away. Be loving and cheerful always! It
is only love that protects and sustains you. You are yourself
the embodiment of love. Where there is love, there hatred cannot
Embodiments of Love!
Human body is a miniature world. It is constituted by
Panchabhutas (five elements), Panchendriyas (five senses) and
Pancha Pranas (five life-breaths) which, in turn, are born out
of truth, are sustained by truth and ultimately merge in truth.
Hence, one should follow truth earnestly. Since people distort
truth, they lose their purity. The main reason for the impurity
of one's heart is one's tendency to distort truth. Hence, if one
wishes to maintain purity and sacredness of one's heart, one has
to speak truth. If you are wedded to truth, whatever you say
will come right. Some people complain, "Swami! Though we are
treading the path of truth, untruth still troubles us. What
could be the reason for our predicament?" The question can be
answered by a simple example. While the pure and crystal clear
Ganga (Ganges) flows, some streams and rivulets formed by the
rain water join it during its course, thereby polluting the
river. However, one has to be careful not to allow any
impurities to join the pure and unsullied truth of one's heart.
It is because of the weakness of our senses that various
impurities enter our heart and pollute it. These impurities are
the Arishadvargas (six inner enemies of man), viz., Kama
(desire), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed), Moha (attachment), Mada
(pride) and Matsarya (jealousy). The purity of nectar can be
destroyed even by an atom of impurity.
music director composed a song:
I am aware you are like the moon in the distant sky;
Yet my mind tries to grab you;
I don't know why ?
In fact, where
is the moon? Not in the distant sky. Our mind itself is the
moon. We are unable to gain control over the mind because of
these six inner enemies coming in our way. Is it not a fact that
even the bright light of the moon on a full moon night is not
visible if the clouds come in its way? The moment the clouds
move away, the moon is visible. Similarly, you have to do
constant Namasmarana in order to drive away the clouds of these
six inner enemies.
the Ideals set by Rama
Today, we are celebrating Sri Ramanavami. On this sacred day, we
should resolve to follow the teachings of Rama. Sathya and
Dharma are the two main teachings of Rama. Do not consider
yourself as a mere human being. Develop full faith that you are
none other than Rama! People often say, "Only my Atmarama knows
it!" Thus, our Atma itself is the embodiment of Lord Rama! The
Atma has no specific form. The same Atma that pervades the
entire universe took a form and incarnated as Rama. Similarly,
Dharma took the form of Lakshmana who constantly followed Rama.
Lakshmana considered Rama as his very life-breath. Rama was
everything for him.
surrendered my wealth, my family and even my soul to You. Now,
please come to my rescue. I seek refuge only in You.
exile of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, once Lakshmana ventured into
a particular part of the forest. Soon he was beset with evil
thoughts. As soon as he returned, he told Rama "Oh! Rama! Why
are we undergoing all these troubles? Why should the innocent
mother Sita be put to these ordeals? Come! Let us go back to
Ayodhya, this very moment." Sita was surprised at the sudden
change in the attitude of Lakshmana. Since Rama knew everything,
He called Lakshmana to his side smilingly and made him sit near
Him. Immediately, Lakshmana realised his fault. With great
agony, he enquired from Rama, "Dear brother! How come these evil
thoughts entered my mind? Never before such a thing had happened
to me." Rama then explained, "Dear brother! This is not your
fault. This is the region of a demon. Hence, all the evil
thoughts entered your mind." Tell me your company, I shall tell
you what you are. As is your company, so are your thoughts.
Hence, keep yourself away from bad company. Join the company of
good and noble souls. Then, you will get good thoughts. As are
your thoughts, so shall be the result. Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati
(as are the feelings, so is the result).
was shedding tears after Rama left for the forest, Sumitra tried
to comfort her, saying, "Dear sister! Why do you cry? Is it
because Rama is going to the forest? No, no. You are mistaken
that Rama would live in the forest, while we would enjoy royal
comforts in Ayodhya. In fact, wherever Rama lives is Ayodhya and
the rest is nothing but a forest. We should lead our life with
equanimity, remaining equal-minded in happiness and sorrow.
Happiness and sorrow come one after the other. We should not be
affected by them! We should neither be elated by happiness nor
be depressed by sorrow. Can there be a human being in this world
without happiness and sorrow? Rama is, in fact, omniscient and
omnipotent. No harm can ever befall Him by wild animals or
demons in the forest."
also worried about Sita since she was accompanying Rama to the
forest. Rama tried to dissuade her from going to the forest,
saying, "Sita! The forest is full of thorny bushes and wild
animals. You will be put to a lot of difficulties in the
forest." Sita then reasoned with Rama, "Oh! Rama! You are the
protector of the entire world. Can You not protect Your own wife
from the wild animals? You are omnipresent, omnipotent and
omniscient. I am sure that none of these wild animals can cause
any harm to me when You are with me. I have no such fear." Rama
felt very happy to hear these words of Sita.
When Sita was
abducted by Ravana, both Rama and Lakshmana became very much
worried about her. Seething with anger over Ravana's mean act,
Lakshmana approached his elder brother Rama and said, "Dear
brother! Give me Your permission. I will reduce all these wicked
demons to ashes." Rama counselled patience and said, "Lakshmana!
We don't need to do any such thing. The demons will destroy
themselves on their own. In fact, they will become victims of
their own evil qualities." Subsequently, Ravana was killed by
Rama and His army of Vanaras. Rama then explained to Lakshmana
thus: "Lakshmana! People behave in a particular way and reap the
consequences of their actions, depending upon their prarabdha
(destiny) and their qualities. We need not be too much concerned
with that. As long as one is attached to worldly objects and
thinks in terms of mine and thine, one will be afflicted by
sorrow. Hence, one has to treat the worldly objects with the
attitude: These are not mine; all these are embodiments of the
divine." All acts should be performed to please God. If one
develops ego with thoughts of 'I' and 'mine', one is sure to
perish. You say 'this is mine' and 'that is mine'. In fact, what
really belongs to you - the body, the mind, the intellect or the
senses? You say 'this is my body', 'this is my mind', 'this is
my intellect', etc. But, none of these belong to you truly. The
body which you consider as belonging to you will leave you in a
moment, even without your knowledge. Similarly, the mind roams
about like a monkey. Is it possible to restrain this mad monkey?
Do not say, 'I am this or that'. Say, 'I am I'. This is your
correct description. The correct answer to the question 'Who are
you?' is 'I am I'. Rama did not criticise or harm anyone. Then,
who will have hatred towards Him? Good acts of Rama brought good
results to Him. Thus, when we do good to others, there is no
possibility for us to undergo sorrows and difficulties. If we
still feel we are put to difficulties, the fault lies with us.
God is not responsible for our sorrows and difficulties; it is
the waywardness of our senses that is responsible for them. So,
we should control our senses. If we are able to control our
senses, everything else will come under our control. That is the
essence of the teachings of Rama. The Ramayana is not merely the
story of Rama. In fact, it is the story of every human being.
Sweetness of Rama Nama never diminishes
We blame God for our problems and difficulties. But, God loves
one and all equally. He has no hatred towards anyone. He is
always cheerful and smiling. A smiling countenance is the
natural quality of a divine being. Where there is a smile, there
can be no hatred at all! People with such divine attributes do
not get disturbed under any circumstances. Hence, be always
smiling and cheerful. Never put on a 'castor-oil face'. Some
students are very much worried about examinations; they want
them to be delayed or postponed. However, the sooner you write
the examinations and pass them, the quicker will you move onto
the higher class. Instead of examination worry, you should make
hurry to go to the higher class. There is no worry in this
Oh devotees! Come!
Take the sweetmeat of Rama Nama
Out of ignorance do not buy and eat other sweets,
they will spoil your health
By mixing the essence of the Vedas
with the milk of Vedic declarations.
Adding the sugar of Subuddhi (virtues)
and the ghee of Nibaddhi (truth)
Removing the dirt of Abaddhamu (falsehood)
Our ancient Rishis have prepared
this most delicious sweet of Rama's Name.
will be spoiled by eating all kinds of sweets sold in the
marketplace. Those sweets may be tasty, but are harmful for you.
Instead, the sweetmeat of Rama Nama has been prepared by our
great Rishis. It has a wonderful effect on your mind. It can
never become stale or spoiled. The more you eat this sweet of
Rama Nama, the more joy will you derive from it. It is sweeter
than sugar and tastier than curd.
The Divine Name
of Rama is full of sweetness and it remains sweet forever. There
have been many incarnations of God on earth. But the Divine Name
of Rama has remained eternal. Since ancient times, Rama Nama has
remained as the Taraka Mantra (Mantra that liberates) for one
and all. Right from children to elders, everyone can derive the
bliss of chanting Rama Nama. Age is no obstacle in experiencing
the sweetness of Rama Nama. There is immense sweetness in this
name. We should never give up such a sweet, nectarine and
blissful Rama Nama even for a second. Unfortunately, today
people are neglecting the chanting of Rama Nama. It is their
ideal and exemplary life
When Mirabai was asked to leave the Krishna temple in the palace
by the Maharana, she was full of anxiety, thinking, "How can I
leave my dear Lord Krishna and go away!" But her unflinching
faith in Krishna developed firm conviction in her, "Krishna
Himself would come along with me." She prayed to Lord Krishna,
"Oh Lord! I have obtained the precious pearl of Divine Name
after a great effort. Please bless me that I do not lose this
invaluable pearl." Chanting the name of Krishna incessantly, she
reached Dwaraka. However, she found the doors of the temple
closed. Unable to bear the agony of separation from her dear
Lord Krishna any more, she banged her head against the doors of
the temple. Lo and behold! The doors of the temple opened and
Lord Krishna appeared before her. After having Darshan of her
dear Lord, Mirabai merged with Him. We have to broaden our
heart. This does not refer to the physical heart. If the
physical heart is enlarged, it requires surgery by the doctors.
Broadening one's heart implies the quality of large-heartedness.
Some people sit here stretching their legs and occupying a lot
of space. Instead, if people sit closely, some more devotees can
be accommodated. We can help each other by caring and sharing.
The summer vacation has started. From tomorrow onwards you will
be going home to spend your vacation with your parents. Spend
your time happily with your parents. Contemplating upon the
happy time you have spent here learning many sacred teachings,
make your parents also happy. If you are happy, they will also
be happy. Never make your parents unhappy by your conduct. Our
parents occupy an important place in our life. It is our
foremost duty to make them happy. It is not enough if you look
after your own comfort and welfare. First and foremost, the
parents are to be made happy. Life is not confined to Khana
(food), Peena (drink), Sona (sleep) and Marna (death). We are
not born to eat and roam about and enjoy comforts. We are born
to serve our parents and make them happy. If you make your
parents happy now, your own children would make you happy in
future. Lead an ideal and exemplary life. Only then will your
life be sanctified and the education acquired by you in Sri
Sathya Sai educational institutions become meaningful. I wish
that all of you should earn name and fame as the students of
this great institution.
concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, "Rama Rama Rama Sita
Released on April 28th, 2006