Steps to Make Our Life a Wonderful Journey
There are two things essential for a happy life:
[Ref:Voice of the Avatar - Part I, page 145]
Dhanya - grains for the sustenance of the body;
Dhyana - contemplation for entering the temple of the Lord and
merging in His glory.
Two ideas that should be cherished in our hearts:
[Ref:A Recaptiulation of Baba's Divine Teachings - page 270]
Forget the harm that anyone has done to you;
Forget the good that you have done to others.
Man has to pay attention to three basic duties in his quest for
The Vedic prayer Asatho maa sadgamaya, Thamaso maa jyorthi gamaya,
Mrthyor maa amrtham gamaya summarises these aspirations very nicely.
He should forget what he has to forget, namely the world around
him and its tantalising pleasures;
He has to reach where he has to reach, namley the goal of the
Divine, the Presence of the Almighty and,
He has to give up what he has to give up, namely material desires
[Ref:Voice of the Avatar - Part I, page 159]
There are three things which are immensely pleasing to to the Lord:
These three constitute the Triple Purity(Thrikarna Suddhi). Refrain
fron uttering falsehood, inflicting pain on others and entertaining
ill will towards others. Practice silence as a means of preventing
the tongue from straying away from truth.
A tongue that never indulges in falsehood.
A body that is not tainted by causing harm to others.
A mind that is free from attachment and hatred.
[Ref:Sanathana Sarathi - April 1988]
There are only three ways of saving oneself:
Do and dedicate; work and worship; plan and protect; but do not worry
about the fruit. That is the secret of spiritual success.
Pravritti (action) - external activity is a method of sublimating
the instincts and impulses;
Nivritti (detachment, internal quiet) is a method of subduing the
thirst of the senses and of the ego;
Prapatti (surrender) is a method of utilising the senses, the
instincts and impulses, the intelligence, the emotions, for the
glorification of the all-knowing, all-directing Divine.
[Ref:Voice of the Avatar - Part II, page 32]
There are three kinds of sadhanas(spiritual discipline) in order
to develop an unwavering mind:
[Ref:Sadhana - The Inward Path - page 50]
Meena sadhana(like the fish) - Meena sadhana can be
explained by remembering that fish can survive only in water. The moment
it is taken out of water, it perishes. Similarly meena sadhana
is one which can be only in solitude. If you sit in public, the
sadhana will not be successful. Being unable to concentrate when
he is mixed up with other people, to be able to get concentration in
solitude is called meena sadhana.
Mriga sadhana(like the animal) - Mriga sadhana is that in which
one can get concentration on the earth only. You cannot go elsewhere,
say into water, and do it. As in this case, there are some people who
can get concentration only when they are sitting in company with
others. They cannot get concentration in solitude. If they are
alone they begin to think of their family problems.
Kurma sadhana( like the tortoise) - On the other hand, the tortoise
can live equally well either in water or on earth. So, if we say that
one's sadhana is like kurma sadhana or one is able to concentrate
like a tortoise, we mean that the person is able to concentrate
irrespective of whether he is alone or sitting in company with
others. This is called kurma sadhana.
Four directives for sanctifying our lives and purifying our minds, so
that we can contact the God within us:
[Ref:Sanathana Sarathi - July 1985, page 175]
Give up the company of the wicked;
Welcome the chance to be among the Good;
Do good deeds both day and night;
Remember which is lasting and which is not.
There are four things in which every man must interest himself:
The four Vedas give answers to these four questions. All
spiritual inquiry begins with these questions and attempts to find out
the answers. Suppose there is a letter put into the post box without
the address to which it should go or the address from which it has come.
It will not reach anywhere. It is a waste to have written it. So too,
it is waste to have come into this world, if it is not known
where from you came and where to you go. The letter will go to the
dead letter office! The jivi will be caught in the cycle of birth and
death and can never find itself. For this, atmavichara and for
the successful arrival at the correct anaswers, sadhana is
essential. The answers must become part of you experience.
Who am I?
Where from I have come?
Where am I going?
How long shall I be here?
[Ref:Voice of the Avatar - Part II, page7- 8]
Four resolutions to make about your life hereafter:
[Ref:Voice of the Avatar - Part II, pages 222, 223]
Purity - Desist from wicked thoughts, bad habits, low activities,
that weaken your self-respect.
Service - Serve others, for they are the reflections of the same
Entitiy of which you are yourself another reflection. No one of you
has any authenticity, except with reference to the One Original.
Mutuality - Feel always kinship with all the objects in the
Truth - Do not deceive yourself or others, by distoting your
I am insisting on five points of discipline for the permanent residents
of Prashanthi Nilayam. I shall tell you about them, for, your homes and
your villages have to be transformed into Prashanthi Nilayams. They are :
[Ref:The Voice of the Avatar - Part II, pages 175,176]
Silence : This is the first step in sadhana; it makes the other
steps easy. It promotes self-control; it lessens chances of anger,
hate, malice, greed and pride. Besides, you can hear His Footsteps,
only when Silence reigns in the mind.
Cleanliness : It is the doorway to Godliness. Inner and outer
cleanliness are essential, if you desire to install God in your
Service : Service saves you from the agony you get when another
suffers; it broadens your vision, widens your awareness, deepens your
compassion. All waves are on the same sea from the same sea. Seva
teaches you to be firm in this knowledege.
Love : Do not calculate or weigh the reaction, result or reward.
Love calls; love responds. Love is God, Live in Love.
Hate-less-ness : Adweshtaa sarva bhoothaanaam(without hatred to
any being). Nothing is to be looked down upon. as secondary, inferior,
unimportant, or expendable. Each has its allotted role in the drama, designed
by the Almighty. Do not slight, insult or injure any being, for He is in every
being and your slight becomes a sacrilege.
Five types of Dharma (duties) have been laid down for man.
All these five types of duties are related to one's life in the
phenomenal world and are not concerned with the Supreme Reality.
Kula Dharma - duties relating to to his occupational group.
Desa Dharma - duties to the nation.
Matha Dharma - duties pertaining to his religion.
Gana Dharma - duties relating to society.
Aapad Dharma - duty when he faces danger.
[Ref:Sanathana Sarathi - March 1984, page 67]
Man has to contend with afflictions from five causes.
These five causes are :
[Ref:Sanathana Sarathi - July 1987, pages 179, 180]
Avidya - lack of true knowledge renders a man feel weak and
imbecile, incapable of recognising his inherent divine nature.
Abhinava - makes a man attached to samsara (worldly concerns) and
to forget his real destiny. He allows his mind to dominate him. As a
result he is subject to sorrow and depression.
Asthitha - is the trouble that arises out of excessive greed.
When the desires are not fulfilled, there is distress. When they are
fulfilled self-conceit(ahamkara) grows. In this process, genuine human
qualities wither away.
Raga Klesa - is the distress caused by insatiable desire for
houses, vehicles, wealth, etc.
Dwesha Klesa- is the feeling of bitterness that arises when one
does not get what he seeks from others. In due course he becomes a
low and pitiable creature.
Five prayers to endow us with the "awareness of Brahman".
If you are yearning to experience Brahmananda, the Sath-Chitah Ananda
is pure, from this day, keep ever in your memory what I am about to
Exhort yourself. "O self! Utter 'Om Thath Sath', 'Om Thath Sath', the
threefold symbol of Brahman. As the physical body is maintained
healthy and strong by the five vital airs(prana), these five prayers
will endow you with the "awareness of Brahman", which is the same as
"the status of Brahman itself".
"I am God; I am not different from God". Be conscious of this
always. Keep it ever in mind. "I am God. I am God. I am not different from
God". Be reminding yourself of this. Pray that you may not fall in this
"I am the Indivisible Supreme Absolute(Akandha Para Brahman)".
This is the second Truth to be established in the consciousness by
unremitting repetition and prayer.
"I am Sath-Chith-Ananda(Being Awareness, Bliss)".
"Grief and anxiety can never affect me". Develop this faith and
convince yourself of this Truth by repeated assurance and prayer.
"I am ever content; fear can never enter me". Feel thus for ever.
Pray that this convinction grows stronger and stronger.
[Ref:Sanathana Sarathi - January 1984, pages 7,8]
Five D's: The group of five subjects to master to obtain the degree of
[Ref:Sanathan Sarathi - March 1988, pages 68,69,70]
Dedication - It means offering. When you offer the flower of your
heart to the Lord, it should be free from the pests of desire,
hatred, envy, greed and the like.
Devotion - This is the highest form of love.
It means the constant loving contemplation of God, repetition of His
name, worshipping Him, and doing penance foe Him. Service to the Lord
is the highest expression of devotion.
Discipline - This is most essential for
students. The human estate is based upon regulations and self-control.
These have to be strictly adhered to in the daily life.
Discrimination - Man should not let himself
be guided by the mind. He should follow the dirrections of his
intelligence(buddhi). As long as you follow the mind, you cannot
obtain Madhava(Divinity). Discrimination is essential for every
student and educated man.
Determination - It is like the reins for a
horse. When you want to achieve something, you must have the
determination and persistence to secure it by all of your efforts.
No room should be given for doubts and hesitations. There is nothing on
earth which cannot be achieved by firm determination.
Six qualities necessary for a devotee to be dear to the Lord:
[Ref:Sanathana Sarathi, October 93, pages 253-255]
Be free from any kind of desire or expectation
Have internal purity(the purity of the speech, mind and the body)
as well as external cleanliness.
Have determination in performing actions which are pure, helpful
to others, and sublimate man.
Have freedom from attachement to anything
Have freedom form worry. Concern yourself with the present,
which is the child of the past and parent of the future.
Renounce egoism in any form.
Time is invaluable; do not waste even half a minute. The hours that
have passed cannot return. The wheel of time will not halt for any
person. So, examine your thoughts, words and deeds and find out
whether spending precious time on them is worthwhile or not.
Death is always waving its sharp sword over the head, but mindful of this
imminent and inescapable fate, many are lost in plans to build rich,
prosperous and luxurious lives for themselevs. They live in hope and
dreams of better days. The fire of wisdom alone is capable of
reducing these plans and hopes into ash.
[Ref:Sathya Sai Baba]
The first thing we should do in this context is to promote and
strengthen the aspect of self-confidence. This confidence is one's
own self is like the foundation at the bottom. On the foundation of
that confidence, we should build the wall of self-satisfaction,
we should put the roof of self-sacrifice. In that mansion, we should
attain self-realisation. Today, in the context of human nature, men
are conducting themselves in a manner by which we think that they
have no understanding at all of the need for self-confidence.
The individual human beings have become so weak that they are not
able to understand their own nature, their own self and, therefore,
they try to find the nature of others and find fault in others.
Because such unsacred qualities have become many in number,
man is suffering and he does not understand his own human nature
and the quality of human life is degrading.
[Ref:Sathya Sai Baba]
Purify the heart by being good and kind to all.
Do not attempt to find fault with others.
Look upon all with love, with respect, with faith in their sincerity.
I would ask you to treat your servants kindly.
Do not entertain hatred or contempt in your heart;
Show your resentment if you must, through words, not action.
Repent for the errors that you commit and decide never to repeat
them. Pray for the strength to carry out your resolutions.
Do not unto another what you do not like to be done to yourself. For
another is really "you". Even if another uses foul language against
you be calm and sweet; say, "Oh, I am so surprised that my behaviour
has given you that impression." Smile in return, do not take it
heart; remind yourself that even Swami is not free from these
peculiar beings who revel in falsehoods. Smile when you hear these
revilings and be calm. That is a sign of your meditation is
[Ref:Sathya Sai Baba]
Life is a pilgrimage to God; the holy spot is there afar! The road
lies before you; but unless you take the first step forward and
follow that step with others, how can you reach it? Start with courage,
faith, joy and steadiness. You are bound to succeed.
The mind and the intellect are two bullocks ties to a cart, the "inner man".
The bullocks are not used to the road of truth, righteouness, peace
and love, so they drag the cart along the road familar to them, namely
falsehood, injustice, worry and hatred. You have to train them to take
the better road so that they may not bring disaster to themselves,
the cart they are yoked to and the men inside it.
[Ref:Voice of the Avatar - Part I, page 14]
Life is a march from "I" to "We". But, it usually strays from "I" to
"They" and does not reach the God, 'We".
Life is journey from the position "I" to the position "We", from the
singular to the plural, from the imprisoned one to the liberated One,
who is seen in the many. The vision of the One, immanent in the obvious
many is the fulfillment of all the years of one's life. This is the
teaching contained in the ancient texts and Scriptures.
[Ref:Voice of the Avatar - Part II, page 24]
The wise man is he who keeps his reason sharp and clear, and sees
things as they really are. He listens to the advice;
Life is a Challenge; Meet it;
Life is Love; Share it;
Life is a Dream; Realise it;
Life is a Game; Play it.
This is the real Pilgrim's Progress. This is the lion's march across
the forest, fearless, masterful and victorious. The roar of the lion
makes all the denizens scamper in panic; so too the Halo of Wisdom
scatters the dark brood of fear and doubt.
[Ref:Voice of the Avatar - Part I, pages 30, 31]
The game of life is worth playing and becomes interesting only when
there are bounds and rules which limit and control. Imagine a game of
football without any rules or bounds for the field. It will be chaos;
it will be free fight; it will be a riot. No one can say who wins and
how. The Dharmamarga and Brahmamarga are the boundaries of the
field. The virtues fight against the vicious tendencies. Play the
game, paying heed to the warning of "Foul" and "Out".
[Ref:Sadhana - The Inward Path, page 167]
Just as every day you engage in exercises, and consume tonics,
calculating the intake of calories and vitamins, paying meticulous
attention to the nutritional value of the food, pay attention also to
the intake of impressions into the mind - whether they debilitate or
strengthen, whether they add to the power of resistance of the mind
against the viruses - greed, envy, hatred, pride, malice, etc.
Have a meal of good acts of service, Divine thoughts, and drink the
Premarasa, so that they may be washed down, and digested well.
Then, you can be shining in mental health, happiness and
[Ref:Sathya Sai Speaks - Vol VII - B, page 42]
Slow and steady - let that be your maxim! Adhere to a regular
routine, a timetable. Jast as the doctor prescribes a certain fixed
meaure or weight of the drug and warns you that anything less is
ineffective and anything more is harmful, so too have some limit for
your spiritual excercises. Do not overdo them or do them casually
and without care. The doctors tell you about the hour of the day and
the number of times the drug has to be repeated, for the action of
the quantity taken must be reinforced ere it becomes weak. So also,
you have to repeat the name of the Lord(japam) and do
meditation(dhyanam) at regular intervals.
[Ref:Sathya Sai Speaks Vol II , page 33]
If you talk of anything you do not know, it is a matter of ridicule.
If you talk about anything you have not experienced, it is
reprehensible, for you are cheating your listeners. If you learn the
art of public speaking and talk enchantingly using all the skills and
frills recommended in the textbooks or borrowed from others, it is
cheating, nevertheless. Be sincere, be simple, be honest. That is
the best recipe for successful speaking.
[Ref:Sri Sathya Sai Baba]
The Lord will manifest where and when you yearn for Him; if you yearn
that He should come before you in flesh and blood, He will respond.
He is ever ready to respond; only, you are not ready to invite or welcome
or receive Him into your heart. You have not purified the heart and removed
there from the thorns of lust and greed, of envy and hatred.
The baby that has been fed on milk may start crying, do not be worried.
It is very helpful for digestion.
Cry, so that you can digest the joy of knowing God; cry and shed tears of joy.
The tear glands have been allotted to you not for weeping helplessly before
others with hands extended for alms, but to shed tears of joy of thankfulness,
at the Feet of the Lord.
[Ref:Sri Sathya Sai Baba]
This conquest of the ego is a very hard task; years of persistent
effort are needed to get success in this endeavour.
For getting a degree you struggle in the University for a number of
years poring over books night and day; how much more difficult is
this examination, success in which guarantees lasting happiness, and
escape from the weary round of birth and death?
[Ref:Sri Sathya Sai Baba]
Learn to speak little and to speak soft. That will reduce the chances
of getting angry. Seek the good in others and evil in yourself.
[Ref:Sri Sathya Sai Baba]
Believe firmly that the body is the residence of God, that the food
you eat is the offering you make to your Deity; that bathing is the
ceremonial bathing of the divine spirit in you; the ground you walk
upon is His domain; the joy you derive is His gift; the grief you
experience is His lesson that you tread the path more carefully.
Remember Him even in sun and shade, day and night, awake or sleep.
[Ref:Sri Sathya Sai Baba]
[Quotations collected from SaiNet - posted by Ashley and Nilu Perera]