Index of earlier Bulletins
March 30th, 2006
Today is the New Years' Day in many parts of India; Yugadi for the Telugus and Kannadigas, Gudi Padva for the Maharashtrians and Cheti Chand for the Sindhis. This morning, Bhagawan also inaugurated His new residence opposite the Poornachandra auditorium, which has been named 'Yajur Mandiram'. After arriving in Sai Kulwant Hall at 8 o'clock and taking His full darshan round in the car, Bhagawan, resplendent in a yellow robe, came walking onstage and sat there for a short while. Then, He took Arati and proceeded to Yajur Mandiram seated in His special Lamborghini vehicle, preceded by the Bands of the Primary School, the Anantapur Campus and the Prasanthi Nilayam campus of the Institute. At Yajur Mandiram, Bhagawan first Blessed the Puja being conducted in the entrance hall.
Doctors and other guests were seated, ready for the Banquet being hosted by Swami, in the twin building adjacent to Bhagawan's residence. Swami went there, Blessed all of them and then proceeded to the Poornachandra, where all the students and teachers were being served Lunch. Taking a round there in His chair, Swami went back to Yajur Mandiram and proceeded upstairs.
In the evening, Swami came to Sai Kulwant Hall a few minutes past 4 o'clock. After He sat onstage for a few minutes, the Vice-Chancellor announced that the students would present some songs and a skit relating the significance of Yugadi. The skit incorporated the "Panchanga sravanam" or the reading of the almanac, and conveyed Bhagawan's message that as long as we have God's Blessings (Anugraha), the nine planets (grahas) cannot affect us. After this programme which also incorporated several songs, Bhagawan indicated that He would be giving us His Divine Message.
Bhagawan began His Discourse by narrating the way in which Arjuna won the hand of Draupadi and how she became the wife of all five Pandavas, and thus called Panchali. Draupadi was the supreme example of a Pativrata - the ideal wife, Krishna declared, since she always acted in the best interests of her husbands, never answering back. She encouraged the good and taught lessons to the bad.
One should put a ceiling on one's desires but one should do one's duty - even if it be looking after one's wife and children. Women were given a high ideal by her. The husband and the wife should do their respective duties without interfering with each other. God pervades the entire Cosmos. From the ant to an elephant is Divinity. All do their duty. The ant forages dutifully, without seeking to harm anyone.
Anger can put one to ruin. Anger is necessary to some extent, no doubt, but it should be directed in the correct way. One should not be angry at everyone. One should not be angry with children, one should love children. And then hatred - whom do you hate? Your enemy? No, you should hate only those who lead you away from the path of Sathya and Dharma. Never hurt anyone, by thought, word or deed. That is Ahimsa.
The five senses were to be regulated. Each of them should be used in the way intended. God doesn't give either good or bad - He is just a witness. Both happiness and sorrow are the results of what Man does - reflection, reaction, resound. Just like you get an arrogant response if you speak arrogantly to an associate, and a friendly response if you speak in a friendly manner, the world also reflects the thoughts you have within. When your mind decides something is bad, give it up immediately. Act with this discrimination, and then you can be a devotee.
One cannot escape the consequences of one's actions. As the bard sings, "Even such a one as Rama wept at the loss of His Beloved..." Why did Rama cry? Because He declared that She is His wife: that is, because of attachment.
The noble wife is one who understands the difficulties of the husband and adjusts accordingly. This means not desiring a saree worth Rs. 800 when the salary is only Rs. 100!
It is only our delusion with the form that leads us astray. This is the quality of a fool. Only a fool is witness for a fool! If you do not know your own true nature, how can you know the true nature of someone else? First let us know our own mistakes. Once you do that, you will be a Mumukshu - one desiring Liberation. Rather than going through religious rituals, it is better to control the mind. Control your mind, you can become an ideal man. Atone for your mistakes by sincere repentence. Or else, all rituals will be in vain. First find your mistake, then rectify it. That is the royal path.
Be good, do good see good. This is the way to God. Students are good, but some are without virtues. Arjuna won many battles, but he was defeated in a small matter. Pramila on one side and Arjuna on the other, prayed to Krishna to achieve both their ends. Finally Krishna appeared, asked Arjuna to wed Pramila. Both can be devotees, but if they are of different minds, it cannot lead to harmony. The body may be imprisoned, but not the mind. So, students, control your mind. Offer it to God. God can do anything. With the feeling that He is everywhere, do your duties and get a good name.
Students, you have finished this academic year and are going home. Now your thoughts will be on your results - "Will my number come or not?" In fact, you should be the judge of that - enquire within. If you have written your exams well, you will surely pass. If not, even if you do pass, you should not be joyful. Don't put your hopes on the number, but become the "Number One" man!
Bhagawan sat down at this point and then continued.
Our dance students performed to the song, "We should have a son like Rama, a daughter like Sita." Yes, you should. But for that, you should have the good character of Rama and Sita. You should take care to see that bad qualities like those of Ravana and Surpanakha don't enter into you!
How will you get peace? Only if you control your senses. Otherwise you will get only pieces, not peace. If anyone criticizes you, realise that you are different from the abuse. If someone beats you, say he has beaten the body only, not the real you. Then, you will remain unaffected. Just like Draupadi was unruffled by calumny and continued to worship the Lord wholeheartedly, you too will not be affected by slander if you have God's grace. Thyagaraja prayed, "Lord, will you not show mercy on me?" Just saying is "Protect me!" is not enough. The heart should be offered to the Lord.
Many have doubts - there are so many names and forms, but none for the Atma? Why is it deemed to exist? Each likes a different name and form. When the names and forms are different, none may believe. But all will believe the Atma. "My Atma is my Witness". It has no form, all will necessarily follow. Some may believe in Rama, some in Krishna; the common name is Atma - nameless formless Divinity. Have faith in this Divinity and then you can experience it.
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan Prema Mudita Man se Kaho Rama Rama Ram. By the time Bhagawan completed His Discourse, it was past 6.15 pm. Then prasadam was distributed to all, and Bhagawan retired to His abode.
March 29th, 2006
The last few days saw several programmes put up by the students at very short notice. This evening witnessed a drama by the school boys, Bhaktha Chaitanya, on the life of the poet saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After the Chaitanya drama, Swami asked for an impromptu dance by the dance group, with the song 'Ramanna Ramudu' being sung live.... And then a speech in classical Telugu by one of the Institute students, followed by songs and bhajans. On the 27th the school boys of the X and XII classes who had finished their exams presented some skits interspersed with songs, based on Swami's Chinna Kathas.