The Effulgent Lord who shines in every
atom and pervades the entire universe will protect you always.
He is the Omnipotent Lord of Parthi who will grant you Bhakthi
(devotion), and will certainly help you in all your endeavours.
What else is to be conveyed to this assembly of noble souls?
Embodiments of Love!
Man thinks that he is able to lead a comfortable life with
the help of wealth, food, clothing, houses, etc., he has acquired.
This is not true. The very survival of a human being is dependent
on God’s grace. There are many wealthy people in this
world. Do they all lead a comfortable life? It is a fact that
none can achieve anything in this world without God’s
grace. Hence, first and foremost man must contemplate on God.
One may read a number of books, acquire a number of academic
degrees and visit a number of countries, but these cannot
help a human being to lead a comfortable life. People think
that they have acquired high academic qualifications, but
they enable them to acquire only bookish knowledge. At present,
you find that everyone is engaged in acquiring bookish knowledge.
But, they forget the fact that people led a happier and better
life without bookish knowledge in the past. People think that
pursuing academic education and acquiring bookish knowledge
is real education. No, that is not real education. Education
devoid of educare is not real education. What is educare?
Educare is that which brings out the latent divinity in a
human being. Divinity is also known as consciousness. It is
only because of the consciousness present in him that every
individual is able to know the nature of the world around
him. But, unfortunately no one is able to recognise this all-pervading
consciousness. In fact, it is only this consciousness that
is protecting every human being. In spite of one’s education
and scholarship, one is not able to realise this truth. Education
is negative and artificial, whereas educare is positive. People
are going to foreign countries to acquire such artificial
education. What is the use of acquiring such education? Instead,
everyone should strive to acquire educare. One need not go
to foreign countries for acquiring educare. It wells up from
within and protects the person constantly. Educare is the
unity of thought, word and deed.
One who has realised his own nature is an
educated person in the real sense. One may enquire, “Who
are you?” “Who is he?”, etc., but one may
not know who he is. One might have acquired encyclopaedic
knowledge about everything in this world. But, of what use
is it, if he does not enquire into himself by questioning
“Who am I?” Real education constitutes enquiring
into oneself about his true nature. You may question someone,
“Sir! Where did you come from?” The person replies,
“I am from India”. That very reply that he came
from India connotes a negative sense. The real ‘I’
is to be explored. That ‘I’ is the real source.
Without realising this source if one simply states that he
came from this place or that place, it is not the correct
answer. The reply that he came from India refers to the body.
The body must have travelled from India. But, the consciousness
is all-pervading. When someone questions, “Who are you?”
The correct answer would be, “I am I”. If someone
replies that he came from America or India, it connotes a
negative sense. We often make a statement that this is my
body, my mind, my intellect, etc. These are all artificial
and not real. Nowadays, a lot of research is being made into
the nature of the mind. But the mind is never steady. The
mind is like a mad monkey and the body is like a water bubble.
You are not this mad monkey. You are not this water bubble.
The name given to the human race is “mankind”.
But, today that kindness is gone and mankind has become monkey
mind. You don’t find even an iota of kindness and compassion
in human beings today.
Realising one’s innate divinity is
educare. That innate divinity in man has been referred to
by several people as Atma. Without realising the nature of
the Atma one cannot understand the nature of the body. Educare
consists of realising the nature of the Atma. When someone
questions you what is the meaning of the word “self”,
you answer ‘I’. But that is not the correct meaning
of self. It is not correct to identify ‘I’ with
‘self’, i.e., body. ‘I’ refers to
Aham (individualised soul). As long as one identifies ‘I’
with self, one cannot understand the real meaning of ‘I’.
It is only when one sheds attachment to self and develops
the feeling of equanimity, can one understand the nature of
Atma. This Atma Tattwa is equally present in every being.
This is the fundamental principle. It is only because of this
fundamental principle that every living being acquires value.
One has to recognise this fundamental principle. Only then
does one deserve to be called a human being. In this world
birds and beasts live along with human beings. Human beings
can be differentiated from birds and beasts only when man
realises that fundamental ‘I’ which is the Atma
Tattwa. Since ancient times people in India have been striving
to realise this fundamental ‘I’ which is present
in all beings.
These days people are confronted with several
difficulties and worries in their life since their awareness
is limited to bodily relationship. Such body consciousness
is artificial. It does not reveal their true Self. One has
to strive to realise the fundamental ‘I’. Human
body is ephemeral and is bound to perish one day or the other.
When we speak of ‘I’, it should not be limited
to the ephemeral human body, but to the fundamental ‘I’.
The body is made up of five elements
and is bound to perish sooner or later but the indweller has
neither birth nor death. The indweller has no attachment whatsoever
and is the eternal witness. (Telugu Poem)
The Deha (human body) with which we identify
ourselves saying ‘I’, is subject to birth and
death again and again. But, the Dehi (indweller), is the eternal
Devadeva (Paramatma). While the vesture of Deha (body) has
birth and death, the Dehi is beyond birth and death and is
Consciousness has neither birth nor death.
It has neither beginning nor end. It is present in all beings
as the eternal witness. (Telugu Poem)
You might have observed a beggar standing
in front of your house seeking alms with a request Bhavathi
Bhikshaamdehi (give me alms). He is reminding you of your
true nature of Divinity by addressing you so. The word ‘Dehi’
refers to Divinity. He is seeking alms from God Himself. Hence,
true education is realising the Dehi. Education is not merely
reading a number of books, which confers only bookish knowledge.
Why do you run after these books? This bookish knowledge will
enable you to merely eke out a livelihood. But, there is something
beyond this bookish knowledge and livelihood, which all of
you have to pursue.
Can you call all those who know how to
read and write educated?
Can one be called educated merely for acquiring degrees?
Can you call it education which does not confer virtues?
If education is just for a living, don’t we find birds
and beasts carrying on their lives?
One may acquire a lot of wealth and become
a millionaire with the help of bookish knowledge and high
academic degrees. But, ultimately people will give value to
a realised soul and not to the one who has accumulated enormous
wealth. As long as the body is present, people will refer
to a person as “so and so; a very rich person; a king,
At present, man is exposed to unrest and
lack of peace. What could be the reason for this state of
affairs? Not even one individual is living peacefully. The
whole world is in a state of turmoil. It is true that secular
education is necessary for one’s living in this world.
But, one has to go beyond this level and explore into the
realm of universal consciousness that leads and motivates
every living being. That consciousness is present equally
in every human being right from a pauper to a millionaire.
The fundamental ‘I’ is present in you, him and
every individual. Here is a small example. Supposing you question
somebody, “Who is the doctor?” The doctor will
immediately rise to answer, ‘I’ am the doctor.
In this example, the doctor identifies himself with his profession
and says ‘I’ am the doctor. But he forgets about
the fundamental ‘I’ present in him. When a question
is put, “Where is God?” The natural answer would
be, “He is present in all.” The same truth is
enshrined in the aphorisms, Easwara Sarva Bhutanam (God is
the indweller of all beings) and Isavasyam Idam Sarvam (the
entire universe is permeated by God). Different varieties
of sweets like Mysore pak, Gulab Jamoon, Laddu, Khova, etc.,
are prepared. Names are different, but the fundamental ingredient
(sugar) in all these sweets is the same. Similarly, one who
realises the truth that the same Atma Tattwa is present in
every human being and, in fact, every living being, is the
happiest person. Several persons today must attain such a
level of consciousness. People in ancient times strove to
attain that state and therefore they were aptly referred to
as Yogis. They realised the truth that every human being was
actually a three-in-one entity – 1) the one he thinks
he is, 2) the one others think he is, and 3) the one he really
is. All the three aspects are present in one individual, with
no separate entity for each aspect. This principle is changeless
We often come across people who claim that
their sons are employed in lucrative jobs in America. As a
matter of fact, who is your son? You say that so and so is
your son, keeping in view the bodily relationship with someone
who has a name and form. Devoid of name and form, who is the
son and who is the father? All these names and forms are acquired
only after a person is born.
When man emerges from the womb of his mother,
one does not find any garland around his neck. There are no
jewels made of pearls nor are there glittering gold ornaments.
There are no chains studded with precious stones like emerald
and diamonds. But there is one garland around his neck. Brahma
strings together the consequences of his past deeds into a
heavy garland and puts it around his neck at the time of his
As long as there is bodily relationship between you and him,
you call him your son. If the body perishes, whom do you call
your son? All these relationships are worldly and physical.
As long as the physical relationship exists you consider someone
as your relative, friend or foe. Hence, do not ever give excessive
importance to these physical relationships. It is only when
you rise above these physical relationships that you will
realise the Antaryami (inner motivator). You may enquire from
any of our boys, “Where is God?” They will spontaneously
answer, “Everywhere. In fact, you are God.” Their
relationship with God is beyond the physical level of the
We are always leading a life based on physical
relationships. But, these are not permanent. Such relationships
exist today, but may cease to exist tomorrow. As long as there
is life in the body, you say, “I am”. Once the
body perishes how can you call yourself ‘I’? When
you enquire into the matter deeply, everything in this objective
world reduces itself to zero. All that we see in this world
are zeros. Unfortunately, today we consider the zero as hero.
However, there is one fundamental principle ‘I’
which is eternal. That fundamental principle is hero. It is
present in every individual, but it is not noticed. It is
the inner motivator. We often refer to our human body consisting
of flesh and blood as ‘I’. Our physical body is
not eternal. It is like the passing clouds which come and
go. Considering such transient body as the eternal ‘I’,
we often struggle to keep the body in comfort. This is not
the correct approach. The body must be employed for the purpose
for which it was given to us. Man is born to realise the eternal
truth. Here is a small example. You performed the marriage
of your son and brought a girl into your house, claiming her
as your daughter-in-law. Before her marriage to your son,
who was this daughter-in-law? The relationship ceases to exist
once you leave this world. Such relationships are like passing
clouds. Unfortunately, today we are passing our lives keeping
such passing clouds as our true relationships. This is not
the proper thing to do. Every individual should desist from
leading a life based on Dehabhimana (attachment to the body).
Even educated people have attachment to the body, they constantly
strive to maintain the physical body feeding it with comforts.
It is only because of attachment to the body that they are
exposed to sorrows and difficulties. Hence, shed body attachment
and cultivate attachment to the Eternal Truth. People crave
for the Darshan of Rama, Krishna and other deities, which
are the names given to the physical body donned by Divinity
in different ages. As long as you are attached to the physical
body, you cannot realise the Atma Tattwa. In fact, Atma does
not have any attachment. The Atma is present in you, Me and
every individual and every living being in keeping with the
aphorism Ekatma Sarva Bhutantaratma (one Atma dwells in all
beings). Realising the nature of such an all-pervading Atma
is considered to be true spirituality; not just performing
some rituals like worship, religious vows and Bhajans. When
someone enquired of Sita, “Where is your Rama?”
She replied, “Sri Rama is always with me only.”
What people generally refer to is the physical body of Sri
Rama, the son of King Dasaratha. In fact, the real Rama is
not related to any individual – neither the son of some
king nor the son-in-law of another king. He is immanent in
every living being. Keeping in view the bodily relationship,
people often make enquiries, “Where did your uncle come
from?” Where did your aunt come from?”, etc. Supposing
you question the same person, “Where did you come from?”
He cannot give a correct answer. The truth is all people come
from the same source. When one realises this truth, there
will no more be any worry or sorrow. Hence, one has to realise
this universal truth. If you do not develop faith in unity,
but follow diversity, your entire life will be chaotic. Do
not develop attachment to the world. Instead, cultivate spiritual
attachment. When you live in harmony with your fellow human
beings, you will derive happiness. Then you will enjoy the
unity between human beings. The real devotee is one who has
realised such unity. Unity leads to purity, which in turn
leads to Divinity. One who has not experienced such unity,
purity and divinity confines himself to body attachment and
will be trapped in the birth-death cycle.
You are all aware of the havoc of tidal waves
that shook the coastal villages on the east coast of India
(Tsunami), a few months ago. More recently, in America a very
devastating hurricane submerged several towns and villages.
The entire region presented the picture of a vast sheet of
water. No one knew who survived and who died. It is only after
the water receded, an estimate of the extent of damage caused
to life and property could be made.
Embodiments of Love!
Eschew body attachment and realise the unity in divinity present
everywhere. That is real Sadhana. Today, people undertake
Sadhana to achieve something, all the while thinking of something
else. As a result, they are unable to achieve their goal.
Such divided attention is the fault of the concerned individual,
but not that of the objective world. Ensure that your Sadhana
is on the right track. Only then will you be able to realise
the unity in diversity. Several people live long years of
age, some even 100 years. But, they are unable to realise
this unity. Instead, they visualise duality everywhere. This
cannot be termed as real Sadhana. One who has realised the
non-dual (Advaita) Brahman alone can be considered to be a
real Manava (human being). Hence, try to realise the unity
in diversity by removing the feelings of duality and experience
bliss. In fact, unity is divinity and that divinity is immanent
in you. As long as you are under the influence of duality,
you will not be able to realise that unity. Realise unity,
experience unity and spread unity to the entire world. Unity
alone brings purity and purity develops love. If only you
develop such pure love, you will be able to understand everything
in the spiritual realm. I will take some other opportunity
to explain in greater detail the concept of pure love. If
you entangle yourself in worldly attachments and still aspire
for divinity, how is it possible? Hence, keep yourself away
from all attachments and attain unity.
(Bhagavan concluded His Discouse with the
Bhajan, “Prema Mudhita Manase Kaho …”)