The Trinity Within
Man is the crown jewel of Creation.
Among the living beings, he is the highest and the noblest. Human
birth is the greatest of all and it is therefore imperative that
life is lived properly.
From where does
human life derive itís sanctity and value? Is it the body or the
human form that confers value to human life? No, it is not the
body because that is made up merely of the perishable flesh and
bones. However, this very same body is also the residence of the
Atma and that is what makes human
life so valuable.
manifests in the individual as three Sacred Principles: The
Principle of the Atma, the Principle
of the Mind, and the Principle of the Word. Maheswara, Vishnu and
Brahma are associated with these three interrelated Principles.
Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara have no specific form but manifest in
the individual as the three Principles mentioned.
In the individual,
Absolute Consciousness or the Atma
functions as the Conscience; its residence is the Heart. From the
Atma, is born the Mind, which has
cognitive power. It is the Mind that enables us to cognize both
the outside world as well as the world within. The Mind in turn is
the fountainhead of word and speech.
In short, man is
three Divine Principles all rolled into one. That is, he is a
composite of the Heart, the Mind and the body; and Ishwara, Vishnu
and Brahma provide the subtle basis for these three aspects of
Man is misusing the
Divine Power latent in him. Though gifted with a pristine Heart,
like a fool he is behaving as if he is heartless. Man must
remember that the Heart is the very seat of God and live
constantly immersed in the thought of God.
Vishnu is embodied
as the Mind. The Mind is extremely powerful and the most important
instrument of man. It must therefore always remain unsullied and
nectarine in nature. Vishnu is ever calm and smiling. Reflecting
these aspects, the Mind must be ever calm, serene and radiate joy.
Finally, man must
remember that he has been blessed with the gift of speech,
symbolised by Brahma. In short, man is capable of speaking,
thinking and feeling. The Word represents Brahma, the Mind
represents Vishnu, and the Heart represents Ishwara. Thus man
himself represents the Divine Trinity.
The Heart is
intrinsically pure, sacred and auspicious, and must never be
allowed to become polluted. Always maintain the purity of your
Heart. Donít abuse any person, donít criticize others and donít
accuse any one.
True Word is Brahma.
Pure Mind is Vishnu, and Pure Heart is Ishwara. Recognize this
truth and maintain the purity of your Heart. Be firm in the faith
that a Pure Heart is Ishwara, that a Pure Mind is Vishnu, and that
Pure Speech is Brahma. Rooted in this faith, make proper use of
your God-given facilities. Good results would inevitably follow,
and in the end you are certain to merge with the Lord. Pure
Speech, Pure Mind, and Pure Heart are the true manifestations of
EXCERPTS FROM A
DISCOURSE BY SRI SATHYA SAI BABA
Radio Sai E-Magazine,
February 1, 2004