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February 24th, 2006
This evening, Swami came out for Darshan at 3.30 p.m. Taking a full round, He got down near the interview room, walked onto the dais and took His sofa placed at the centre. Bhagawan asked the mike to be placed in position and the Vice Chancellor introduced the programme for the evening. He stressed on the need for the passing out students to keep two aspects ever in their mind. One is the 'spiritual vision' and second 'social service'. He said that they were now entering the phase of 'active participation' in Bhagawan Baba's Master Plan and Mission.
At 3.45 p.m., the final year postgraduate students and the final year diploma students of the Music College began their offering. It was the typical farewell programme with 8 soul lifting songs and 11 heart touching talks and poems. One difference was the violin playing in the background that lifted the entire presentation to an emotional plane.
It started with few boys going to Swami with cards, roses and all that. Then some conversations in Hindi and Bengali. The songs were mostly new ones. We had Jhil Mil Jhil Mil Khilte Taare.... Maa Jeevana Aadhaarama Maa Hrudaya Sangeetama.... We Love You Swami..... Sathya Dharmamu Shanti Premalato Nee Nitya Jeevana Yatra Saaginchu... O Maa Sai Maa.... Enta Premayo Swamiki Enta Premayo Satya Sai Bhagawanuki Enta Premayo.... Ye Bandhan To Pyaar Ka Bandhana Hai Janmo Kaa Sangama Hai.... O Nestamaa Priyamaina Bandhamaa....
Interspersing these songs were short talks and poems in Tamil, Telugu, Tulu, Konkani, Kutchi, Nepali, Marathi, Punjabi, Hindi and so on. As usual, associated with group songs were boys going to Swami with roses and scripts of songs. Bhagawan Blessed them all profusely. The presentation came to a close at 4.40 p.m. and after that almost 12 to 15 boys stood in a line to receive individual Blessings. Swami patiently interacted with each one of them and then all boys pleaded for a Divine Message. Once having tasted the sweetness of His words yesterday, they wanted it again today. Bhagawan graciously consented!
It was 4.50 p.m. Swami stood up and began the Divine outpour.....
To live in this world you need secular education (Hemataaraka Vidya). For the life thereafter you need spiritual education (Brahma Vidya). Even with all great degrees like MA and MBA, with all wealth, affluence and property, and with all name and fame; man is not able to win over the worldly life.
All this secular education is merely to fill one's stomach and for taking care of the family. Today, taking care of the family has also become a big problem. Even as the child is in the womb, parents are already paying capitation fees and donations for booking a seat in the school. Wherever you go, money has become the prime factor. All struggle so hard to earn a living but they are unable to understand the purpose of life.
Take scientists for example. One scientist invented the bomb that could destroy the world. But later towards the end of his life, he turned mad. Scientists know great things but they lack knowledge of simple things. In a way science has become absence of sense - senseless. Once a scientist was asked how many sons Dasharatha had. He said only one - Rama. He did not even know the names of the other sons. He remarked - what is there in name? But he himself is struggling to earn a great name, year after year. What about that?
Worldly knowledge will only help in living a comfortable life. What great thing do we gain by merely studying? Chaavu Leni Chaduvu Chaduvavalayu.. one must study that which leads beyond death. All worldly education is like bulbs and fans (negative) whereas spiritual education is the current (positive). Man forgets and is ignorant of the inner current (there is static current even in your hair) and runs after the outer current. Along with secular education, spiritual education should also be acquired. Mere secular education cannot even make an ant move.
Once you control your five senses nobody can be greater than you. Everything is contained within man. All is contained in the Viswa Rupa - Cosmic Form. Without realizing this truth undertaking any amount of spiritual pursuit is in vain. All our descriptions of Divinity are waverings of our mind. It has nothing to do with Godhood. That is why Tyagaraja said - Who can ever describe You O Lord?
What is sacrifice? Is it merely parting with money? Sacrifice your desires. Does desire mean having wife and children? Today life may be there, tomorrow it may not. All are like passing clouds. One who knows God fully can never speak. Only when you are just neck deep in Divinity you can describe God. When Shishupala criticised Lord Krishna in all possible ways, Krishna explained to Yudhistira that one should never mind praise or blame. They are like passing clouds. All are the same. They are all temporary.
We say, I sit, I hear, I see.... one should enquire into this 'I'. We all keep asking - who are you? But we never question - Who am I? I am I. Everybody should know his true nature. When clouds pass through the sky, the moon or sun cannot be seen. Have patience, it will pass away and then we can see the light. Patience is very important. We are always in haste. Haste makes waste. Waste leads to worry. What is worry? Not knowing one's true nature is worry.
When bad thoughts enter your mind, replace them with good thoughts. If you practice this, you will become virtuous. All great people have achieved their greatness in this manner. Can anything happen without God's Will?
Human being is the one with a single desire not the one with multiple desires. Jantu Naam Nara Janma Durlabham. Human birth is very rare and precious. Do not entertain bad feelings like hatred, jealousy, anger towards anybody. To be truly human, one must control the bestial qualities. However fragrant the flower may be, when it is mixed with dirt it will smell fowl.
You can get married and have children. There is nothing wrong with that. But do not entertain the feeling - my wife, my children. This 'my' feeling is wrong as it leads to attachment.
What is Manasu? 'Ma' means 'I', 'Na' means 'No i.e. remove'. Therefore, remove the i feeling and then 'Su' remains. 'Su' stands for Sugandham - fragrance. Born as a human being, belonging to the human race, if we go by 'Ma' and 'Ma' alone it will lead to Maya. Therefore remove the Ma - 'i' feeling and then Sugandham will come into your life. Su symbolises Sugandhaswarupa, Supriya, Sunandamaya, Sukhaswarupa.....
Students, you all have studied a lot. But ultimately, if you are not happy, everything is a waste. You all are young. Without realizing the consequences of actions, you desire for so many things. What can mere degrees give you? In degrees you are 'heroes' but in action you are 'zeroes'. Whatever you wish to accomplish, do so in your own home towns and villages. Students, you do have to study, you have to take up jobs; but do not forget spiritual knowledge.
Pleasure and pain are like clouds - Megha. Do not let them distort your intellect - Medha. Be intellectual, noble, ideal, experienced. This will lead to fulfilment of your education. Use sweet words with all. If you are peaceful, then all around you will be peaceful. If you are restless, all around you will also be restless. For the world to be peaceful, you need to be peaceful. Therefore, happiness and peace of the world is in you. If you pollute your mind, the world will also appear polluted. Yad Bhaavam Tad Bhavati.
Good and bad belong to you. God has no role to play in this. He is the very embodiment of Love and Peace. Under any circumstances, be peaceful. You will surely find peace in your vicinity.
It is 5.40 p.m. Swami sits down and continues...
Duty is God and Work is Worship. Sarva Karma Bhagavat Prityaartham.
Saying so, Bhagawan narrated in brief the life of Kunti and the Pandavas, focusing on the part when Lord Krishna leaves His Human body and then Mother Kunti is so grief stricken that she too leaves her body. At that point, Swami explained how Dharmaja performed five different activities at the same time, which is impossible for any normal human being. The last rites of Mother Kunti had to be performed, the young Parikshit had to be coronated and then the Pandavas had to leave for the final journey Northwards.
Bhagawan also narrated how one by one the Pandavas dropped down and finally Dharmaja and a dog following him, reach the gates of hell. Dharmaja pleads for the entry of the dog and both stay there for just a few minutes. This gives so much joy to all the inhabitants over there. Dharmaja blesses them saying - Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha - May Dharma protect you.
Swami concluded singing Hari Bhajan Bina Sukha Shanti Nahin. It was 5.50 p.m. We had a few Bhajans and then Swami took Aarti and retired for the day.