Thoughts and Destiny...
today looks at physical forms superficially, without examining
their Inner basis. This is the secular or temporal approach to
knowledge. In Spirituality, however, one looks beneath the "surface".
secular knowledge may lead to great achievements and positions of
power and authority; but it can never bring enduring respect to
the achiever. By contrast, one who is totally immersed in God
never fails to elicit respect and adoration wherever he goes.
Knowledge is truly meaningful only when it leads to good thoughts.
You sow thoughts and
reap actions; you sow actions and reap habits; you sow habits and
reap character; you sow character and reap a fortune. Thus,
fortune depends on character, character depends on habits, habits
depend on actions and actions depend on thought. It all comes back
to thoughts and in the ultimate analysis, thoughts shape one's
future as well as fortune. Good fortune is always the result of
good and positive thoughts whereas bad and negative thoughts lead
eventually to bad fortune, via bad actions, bad habits and evil
character. Since thought is the true basis of fortune, it is
obvious that one must cultivate good and positive thoughts, if one
is looking for a good fortune. Thoughts and Destiny are
Good thoughts alone
would lead to good action. What is the meaning of good action? A
good action is that which would please God. Whatever you do, you
should always have the feeling that you are doing God's work.
Further, you should never forget to dedicate your actions to God.
He who in this manner always lovingly offers all his actions to
God would get only good thoughts and feelings; evil thoughts and
feelings would never enter his Mind. All worldly activities must
be inspired by noble feelings emanating from the Heart. Cultivate
noble feelings, seek the Divine, and realise that the Divine
transcends all attributes.
What is Divinity?
Who is God? The Love that is immanent in all beings is God. Love
is God, and this Love is inherent in every being. Man should give
expression to the Love latent in him in the same way God gives
expression to His Love and shares it with all. Love is most
adorable, beautiful, infinite and beyond all measure. Pure and
unselfish Love must be treated as an aspect of the Divine. It
cannot be commanded or demanded, or purchased or acquired through
raw physical might. You cannot hire it or obtain it on lease. No
one can lend Love or borrow Love. Love is immanent and infinite.
Love between beings cannot be like a business transaction, as
people often tend to imagine. Pure Love can be attained only
through Pure Love. Love should be the basis of life. Today, no one
thinks of true, Selfless Love. People seek all kinds of
specialised education, positions of authority and power. All this
is a complete waste of time and an exercise in futility. Actions
become meaningful only when they are born of good thoughts and
rooted firmly in Pure Love.
Excerpts from a
Discourse of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
E-Magazine, 15th October 2003