Easwaramma Day Divine Discourse
RESPECT, HONOUR AND MAKE YOUR MOTHER HAPPY
Students - Boys and Girls!
Venkataraman has spoken to you regarding today’s function
in a befitting manner. He is a very learned man who worked
in the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. He has worked
in some scientific areas earlier pursued by Sir C.V. Raman.
He is the winner of many awards.
Now, what can I say about the mother of this body? Man has
actually three bodies – physical, mental and spiritual.
Therefore, you are not one person but three – 1. The
one you think you are, i.e., body 2. The one others think
you are, i.e., mind 3. The one you really are, i.e., Atma
(spirit). Your true form is the Atma, not the body or the
In the circumstances that prevail today, there are very few
who honour their mother. Your mother carried you in her womb
for nine months and gave you birth after undergoing many difficulties
and hardships. Forgetting such a mother is like forgetting
God. This amounts to forgetting yourself. Mother is your first
teacher. It is the mother who feeds and nourishes you. It
is on the lap of your mother that you grow up and experience
all types of happiness. None should forget the love that he
receives from his mother. First and foremost, our mother deserves
our highest respect.
After the death of his mother, many people told Sankaracharya
to take the body out. But Sankaracharya told them, “Neither
my mother is going to leave me, nor I am going to leave my
mother. My mother and I are one forever. Bodies are different
but the principle of the Atma is the same in both of us. You
may go away from me but none has any right to separate my
mother from me. Her body will be cremated in the compound
of the house.” Accordingly, Sankaracharya cremated the
body of his mother in the compound of his house. None can
estimate the feelings of the mother. Even today people of
Palakkad either cremate or bury the body of their mother in
the compound because they feel that such a great person like
Sankaracharya has done it and they should also follow the
same. In the beginning many people had criticised Sankaracharya,
saying, being such a learned scholar, he had committed such
a type of impropriety. Knowledge of scriptures is not that
important, it is cultural refinement that has great value.
Culture is that which brings about refinement.
Physically your mother may not be with you, but your love
for her should remain the same. The mother of this body sent
a letter to me when I was in Kodaikanal. After that I came
to Brindavan (Bangalore). The Summer Course was going on at
Brindavan. Once she prayed that My name should be on her lips
at the time of her death. When she passed away in May 1972,
Summer Course was in progress at Brindavan. She was hale and
hearty. All of a sudden she called out, “Swami, Swami,
Swami …” I replied, “I am coming, I am coming
…” When I came down the stairs, she breathed her
So long as there is life in the body, we should take care
of it. When the life goes away the body has no value. Truly
speaking, who is the mother? It is the life principle that
is the mother, not the body. Body is like a water bubble,
mind is like a mad monkey. What for we should keep the body?
Immediately, I asked for the car to be brought and sent her
body in the car to Puttaparthi. I remained in Brindavan. For
the summer course, students not just from one college but
they had come from various colleges from all over India. They
all thought that Swami would not come to the class that day.
Then what? Exactly at 9 o’ clock, I entered the classroom
smilingly. Students were surprised to see Me there. They were
all thinking, “What is this? Swami’s mother has
passed away and He has come to the classroom.” Mother
does not go anywhere. The body that was being addressed as
‘mother’ has left. But the mother is with Me only.
Hence, there was no need to be sad. So long as I am there,
mother is always with Me. Therefore, I told the students to
be happy and not to feel sorry that the mother of this body
left her mortal coil. At that time V.K. Gokak was the Vice
Chancellor. He was also surprised thinking, “What, Swami
is talking like this!” I have not taken birth from physical
body. After all what is this body! It exists when five elements
are there in it. Body is like a bag containing five elements.
When the five elements leave the body, it becomes an empty
bag. Hence, one should not have undue attachment with the
body. All mothers and children should develop these feelings
of detachment. So long as the mother is alive, we should respect
her, honour her and make her happy in every possible way.
There is no need to be sad when she leaves the body. Even
here in Puttaparthi, people said, “What is this? Swami
has sent the body of Easwaramma, but He Himself has not come?”
What for I should go with the body? Body is only a vesture.
It is like a leather bag. When the five elements leave the
body, the five senses also go with it. Then why should we
grieve over the lifeless body? I arranged for whatever was
supposed to be done at the worldly level. I remained in Brindavan
and conducted the summer classes happily. In this world, all
the physical relationships are of our own making. Otherwise,
who is related to whom? This relationship of mother and son
is only at the physical level. The mother came, performed
the actions that she was destined to perform and then left.
I have to perform My duty. Therefore, I engaged Myself in
the performance of the task for which I have come when we
see from the worldly point of view, the body is physical and
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
We should keep Dehi (indweller) in our view and not the physical
body (Deha). Everyone forgets the body when he goes to sleep.
When you can forget it in your sleep, why can’t you
forget it forever? However, so far as your parents are there,
you should make them happy. Do not ignore their well-being.
We should look after our parents and treat them with love
and respect. However, we should not have undue attachment
to the body. The relationship between husband and wife is
there only after the marriage. Wife comes in the middle of
your life but mother is there with you right from the birth.
It is sheer foolishness to forget your mother who is with
you since your birth and get entirely immersed in the love
of your wife who comes in the middle of your life. Other relations
like sons, daughters, grandsons, sons-in-law, etc., are also
formed in the middle of one’s life. In fact, all worldly
relations are temporary; they come and go like passing clouds.
You have connections with these relations so long as you exist.
Where is the connection when you yourself are not there? Hence,
do not form any relationships on the basis of the body. However,
perform all duties which you are required to perform at the
physical and worldly level with earnestness. Your conduct
should be good and your actions should also be good. Never
forget your mother; treasure her form in your heart. We come
from the heart of our mother and mother should always be in
our heart. Therefore, neither your mother ever leaves you
nor you should leave her. Mother and children are united with
each other for ever.
Twameva Mathacha Pitha Twameva, Twameva Bandhuscha Sakha
Twameva, Twameva Vidya Dravinam Twameva (you alone are the
father and mother, friend and relation, wisdom and wealth).
Wherever you may be, keep your heart suffused with the feelings
of love for your mother. Once Narasimha Murthy came to Me
and said, “My mother has passed away.” I asked
him, “Who has passed away – your mother or her
body?” Then I told him, “Your mother is here.
I am your mother (loud applause). It is the body that dies.
Body is like a water bubble. Bodies come and go. Therefore,
you should have no worry about the death of the body of your
mother. I am here with you. Ask Me whatever you wanted from
your mother; I will give (loud applause). Hence, you should
not feel sad at all.” From then onwards, Narasimha Murthy
is with Me. I give him whatever he wants. Mother, father and
other relations are temporary – coming and going, coming
and going. But God is not coming and going. He is always present.
Therefore, it is only God who is present at all times (loud
applause). The entire world is ephemeral and transitory. How
many people have taken birth in this world? Are they all here
now? Death can occur in any manner; it has no sign or symptom.
Death is death. Even if some symptoms of death are visible,
we should not worry at all.
Never ever show disrespect to your mother. Never make her
shed tear by your conduct. Keep her always happy. Her happiness
will bring you all good things in life. But we should not
worry at the death of our parents. Recently also I told in
My Discourse in Bangalore that both My mother and father appeared
before Me. They smiled on seeing Me; I also smiled on seeing
them. We should be happy when our parents smile. Small children
smile at everyone. We also start smiling when they smile.
The parents are also like small children. Mother always loves
her children. Therefore, whatever high position we may attain
in our life, we should never disrespect or look down upon
our parents. Always consider them as God. Mother is God, father
is God. That is why it is said, Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo
Bhava, Acharya Devo Bhava, Atithi Devo Bhava (revere your
mother, father, preceptor and guest as God). Mother gives
you your body. Father provides the means of nourishment and
growth of the body. Acharya gives you education and God gives
you everything. Therefore, you should never forget these four
and treasure them in your heart. Mother and father have their
place in the heart of man. He should not forget them even
if he is in great difficulty or upset over something. One
who forgets his/her parents cannot be a human being. How can
you exist without your parents? They are the seeds of your
life; the very sourse of your life on earth. Therefore, parents
should have prime importance in our life. Even if you are
old or in great difficulty, you should make efforts to make
your parents happy as far as it is possible for you. You should
feed them even if you have to resort to begging. Bear all
hardships to look after them. Fulfil all their desires. This
will result in the fulfilment of your own desires. Everything
in this world is reaction, reflection and resound. None can
escape from these. If you cause difficulties for your parents
today, your children will cause difficulties for you tomorrow.
You will get back the result of your actions without much
delay. You may love anyone you like, but do not forget your
parents. When your parents have not forgotten you, you should
not forget your parents.
Matha Nasthi, Pitha Nasthi, Nasthi Bandhu Sahodaraha, Artham
Nasthi, Griham Nasthi, Thasmath Jagrata Jagrataha. (The relationships
like mother, father, brothers, sisters and friends are not
real. House and wealth are also illusory. Beware of this truth.)
You should remember your parents at all times. You should
never forget them. It is for this reason that I have come
here straight from Brindavan. Earlier, people thought that
Easwaramma Day may be celebrated in Kodaikanal. But I decided
that I should be here at Puttaparthi on 6th May and a grand
function should be held here and poor people should be made
happy by distributing clothes and serving them sumptuous food.
Wherever I am, I perform this function in the same grand manner.
You should never ignore poor people. We should always remember
them and help them.
But some people out of their distress and anger abuse and
ridicule them. This is a great mistake. If you ridicule them
now, it will come back to you in future. You may be thinking
you are ridiculing them but truly speaking you are ridiculing
yourself. Never ridicule or insult them. Always love them.
If you insult them before others, you will also be insulted
by others. You cannot escape from the reaction, reflection
Difficulties come and go. Even the mighty Rama had to cry
like an ordinary man on account of his separation from His
wife Sita. Even the valorous Pandavas had to live in forest
eating leaves and tubers. How much power and valour they had!
Yet they had to live in forest and bear all difficulties.
What for? They were defeated in gambling. Similar will be
the fate of all those who take to this bad path. Gambling
is not good at all. Similarly, drinking of liquor is also
not good. Addiction to drinking leads to loss of control over
oneself. Under the influence of liquor, a drunkard may speak
anything. Later on, he will repent after coming back to his
normal senses. Lust and anger are the two demonic qualities.
Never allow them to come near you. In a fit of anger, we may
say anything without considering its consequences. But after
a few minutes, when we come to our normal mood, we will say
sorry, “Alas! Why did I abuse like this?” Therefore,
first and foremost kill the anger. Rama killed many demons
and demonesses in the forest because of their evil qualities
of lust and anger. Whoever one may be, whether a male or a
female, if he/ she has the evil qualities of lust and anger,
they should be punished. Anger and lust are very bad for man.
Love God. Adore Him and worship Him. He is your father, mother
and everything. Have relationship only with God. God will
never leave you. He is omnipresent. All the worldly people
whom you love are like passing clouds. They come and go. But
God comes and grows. Therefore, love God and have faith in
Him. One who has love for God only is a true human being.
(Here Swami called a boy from Iran, who is a student of Sri
Sathya Sai Primary School and asked him to chant Vedic Mantras.)
See how beautifully this boy from Iran has chanted the Vedic
Mantras! He is a Mohammedan boy. In their country, people
are not even allowed to utter the name of Rama in public.
When you ask him his name, he will tell “My name is
Sathya.” (Here Swami asked this boy – “What
is your name?” What is your parents name? Chant the
Vedic Mantras nicely and learn all Vedic Mantras. Do you know
Rig Veda? The boy then recited Rudram and Sri Suktam with
perfect intonation and pronunciation to the applause of the
entire gathering.) Everything is there in the Vedas. The essence
of all the religions like Hindu, Islam and Christianity is
there in the Vedas. Even Christians also sing the glory of
God in the same manner. Even the Mohammedans extol the five
elements and worship the goddess of wealth. Hence, God is
one for all religions. God is one. There is difference only
in names. Mohammedans offer prayers to God five times in a
day. Hindus also pray to God in the morning and evening. We
should never say that the Veda is only for Hindus. Veda is
for all. That which is one and universal is the Veda. Veda
can alleviate all types of suffering of man. Hence, it is
good for everyone to learn the Veda. Many people from America
also come here and learn the Vedas. Many people in Russia
and Germany also recite the Vedic Mantras both in the morning
and evening. Since, Hindus do not recite the Vedic Mantras,
they are forgetting them. Therefore, nobody should forget
the Vedas. Veda and Vedanta are like your parents. We should
always remember them and never forget them. Therefore, students!
Whatever you may study, you should never forget God. Only
then can you attain peace. People say, “I want peace.”
There can be no peace without Bhajan. (Here Bhagavan sang
the Bhajan, “Hari Bhajan Bina …” and continued
Many people perform Yajnas and Yagas for the sake of peace.
Where can you get peace from? It is within you only. It does
not come from outside. What come from outside are only pieces,
pieces, pieces! Peace comes from our heart only. You should
do Bhajans to attain peace. Only Bhajan can give you peace.
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