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  God-directed activity

Article by Dr. Reet Priiman

Light and Love
     Swami teaches...
     (16 December 2004)
    God-directed activity    
    Yajna means, 'any activity dedicated to the glory of God', this activity prescribed in the ancient scriptures. Yajna is a continuous process; every one who lives in the constant presence of God, and does all acts as dedicated to God is engaged in Yajna. It can be done in all climes, in all realms, by all races. Every activity in the world is God-directed, God-ward moving, whether you know it or not. If God is not the inspirer and motivator, how can the universe be moving in harmony, wheeling so smoothly?
    Three processes go together in spiritual discipline, as laid down by the sages; Yajna, Dhaana and Thapas (sacrifice, charity and self-control). Yajna is translated as sacrifice, for, the process of charity or Dhaana is essential in Yajna. Also Thapas, that is to say, strict regulation of emotions and thought-processes, to ensure peace and faith.
    There are various Yajnas prescribed by the Vedhas. Every householder has the duty of performing for his own welfare and the welfare of the society in which he lives, five Yajnas like Pithryajana (Yajna by which the forefathers are worshipped), Rishiyajna (Yajna by which the sages are honoured, that is to say, by the study and practice of their teaching), Bhuuthayajna (Yajna by which the animals and lower-beings are revered, that is to say, by provision of shelters, fodder etc.) and Dhevayajna (worship of God).
    The Vedhapurusha is the Purushotthama (the supremest person) for by His will He manifested Himself as the cosmos and its components, out of Himself. There is nothing that is not He; so, how can you be different? In these matters, faith comes first; it has to. Believe that you are divine; conduct yourselves in accordance with that sovereign status; then, you will be blessed with the Anubhuuthi - the experience, the vision, the realisation, the awareness, the bliss. And, as a result, you are merged in that everlasting Aanandha.
    Remember, you cannot have the Anubhava (experience) and the Aanandha (bliss) first. And, you cannot postpone faith, until you get them. You cannot bargain: "Give me the Aanandha and then, I shall have faith". See the Purushotthama in all Purushas. Purusha means, he who lives in the Pura (port, city, or town). Each one of us is the resident and the sole resident of a distinct house of God. But, the Purushotthama - the supreme resident in all the cities - is God. You can recognise this Purushotthama, if you educate yourselves properly.
    You perform worship with 1008 names, a rite called Sahasranaama Archana. You keep an idol or picture before you and offer one flower at a time at the feet of that symbol of God, repeating the names, one at a time. The one symbol of the one God is only one, though He can be reached by a thousand names.
    To realise the one, the universal absolute, which personalises itself into God and creation, there is no discipline more valuable and more effective than Seva. All the 1008 names of the Sahasranaama Archana reach the one. All the 1000 names of thousand-faced society connote only the one God that plays in those 1000 roles. The one appears as if it is enshrined in the 1000 bodies.
    You have observed that the Vedhic Pandiths (priestly scholars) are pouring Ghee into the fire, every time the recitation of a hymn is over. Every day, when you take food, you are offering eatables to the fire that God has lit in you to digest food. You have to eat in a prayerful mode, in profound gratitude.
    You must perform another Yajna too, every day. Pour the egoistic desires and emotions, passions, impulses and acts into the flames of dedication and devotion. In fact, that is real Yajna. 
    You must have noticed that the Pandiths close each day's Yajna with a prayer that calls for world peace, peace for all mankind, peace and happiness, for there can be no peace without happiness and no happiness without peace. "Lokaasaamasthaas Sukhino Bhavanthu", they pray - "May all the world have happiness, and peace."
    Peace of mind cannot be gained by wealth or fame or scholarship or skill. For that, you have to clean the mind, purify the heart, yearn for service of the divine forms that move around you. Do every deed as an act of worship; make every thought a longing for Him; change every word that comes from your tongue into a hymn in His praise.  (Extracts with tiny compilation from the Divine Discourse of Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba "Yajna - What it Teaches." Prasanthi Nilayam, 11 Oct 1972).
    Namaste Reet


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