UNITY, PURITY, DIVINITY
During his childhood man develops
absorbing interest in play in the company of other children.
In youth and middle age, he is entangled in worldly matters
and deeply engrossed in money earning. Finally in old age,
he craves for this and that without contemplating on God even
at that ripe age. Thus, he wastes his precious human birth.
In this world, there are millions of educated
people. Right from a child to a learned old man, everyone
is interested in reading books and acquiring knowledge. But
in what way are they benefited by the acquisition of bookish
knowledge? Such education can only help you to eke out a livelihood.
Right from a pauper to a millionaire, everybody wants his
children to be well educated. Parents are prepared to spend
any amount of money and they even borrow money (even beyond
their means) to provide quality education to their children.
In spite of the fact that the parents face a lot of hardship
in educating their children, the children do not have any
gratitude towards their benefactors. They do not introspect,
“Who is responsible for all my development? Who has
made me what I am today?” Under these circumstances,
we should enquire into the true purpose of education. One
may study a number of books and master various branches of
knowledge, but does he enjoy peace and tranquillity? All the
knowledge that we acquire from books can only take care of
our physical needs. The fact is, true knowledge is latent
in everyone. Women do not lag behind men in academic excellence.
People think that education confers on them respect and esteem.
But, people lack true wisdom in spite of their high academic
In the present parents want their children
to pursue solely job-oriented education. But, what is the
use of such education which does not bring about transformation
among children? Neither are the children benefited nor are
they able to render any help to their parents. Modern man
develops ego on account of his educational achievements. Humility
is the hallmark of true education. If a man lacks viveka
(discrimination) and vinaya (humility), all his education
is of no value. You should understand that your education
is meant for the welfare and progress of society. But, in
what way is society benefited by educated people? Actually,
you are learning many things from society and derive benefit
from it. But power of discrimination which is found even in
uneducated people is not to be found in the so-called educated
people today. When this is the true state of affairs why should
the educated get inflated with ego? There is scarcely any
humility among students today. They show no respect towards
elders. They do not realise their responsibilities towards
society. What is the use of merely acquiring bookish knowledge
if one does not respect elders and serve society? One who
leads such a life is not true to his nature. His walking,
talking, reading, writing, everything becomes an affectation.
If this is the result of academic education, why should one
go to college at all? Every student must enquire into himself,
“What am I doing in the college? What am I supposed
to do?” Only when he conducts such self-enquiry, can
he understand the true meaning of education. Mere bookish
knowledge is not true education. It is merely transfer of
what is contained in pustaka (book) to mastaka
(head) and vice-versa. In this manner, people are entangled
between pustaka and mastaka without really understanding the
true meaning of education. They are wasting their time in
the pursuit of bookish knowledge instead of acquiring practical
knowledge. No doubt there is a lot of information in pustaka,
but what purpose does it serve if the mastaka is filled with
filth? You can never achieve the desired results from such
an education. The same was explained by the chief guest in
his address. “Though all people learn and study, what
is the ultimate result out of this?” he questioned.
People spend thousands of rupees for acquiring academic education.
What is the role the educated people play in society today?
Do they contribute for peace in society? Do they try to bring
about transformation in individuals? No. In fact, they are
unable to inculcate discipline to their own children. Most
children may pretend to be well behaved and humble in the
presence of their parents, but they behave like rowdies once
they step out of their houses.
Students should strive to earn a good name
in society. Today’s education is making the students
materialistic. It does not prepare the students to turn inward
to listen to their inner voice. One should acquire Atma Prabodha
(Atmic knowledge). That is true education. Without awareness
of the Self, all other knowledge is useless. Why should one
pursue such education?
People are interested in exercising their
influence and power; they are not making efforts to cleanse
their mind and heart. This is the result of modern education.
People have learnt to talk sweetly, but they do not translate
their words into action.
Embodiments of Love!
Mere learning by rote the contents of books
is not important. You should imbibe the gandha (essence) of
all Granthas (texts). That is true education. People read
a number of books, but what is the use? They merely quote
what others have said. Is this what you are supposed to learn?
You should listen to the prompting / utterance of your inner
voice and share it with others. But, scarcely anybody thinks
on these lines today.
Embodiments of Love!
You must put into practice at least one or
two principles of what you have learnt and set an example
to others. There are many learned scholars, but do they practise
what they have learnt? They appear to be people of eminence
(‘chief’), but they are cheap in their behaviour.
The end of education is character. We should consider character
as our very life-breath. Education without character is useless
like half-cooked rice. We should practise at least one or
two principles and only then venture to preach to others.
There are three important principles in every
human being – Manas (Mind), Buddhi (Intellect) and Atma
(Self). What is the nature of Self? It is all-pervasive. True
education is that which originates from the heart. The reference
in this context is to the spiritual heart and not the physical
heart. There are many noble souls who are setting ideals to
society by translating their knowledge into action. If you
do not act in a principled manner, all your education becomes
useless. It is what you practise that matters, not what you
speak. Wherever you may go, your behaviour should be exemplary.
That is what pleases Me.
Happiness is union with God. You are not
ordinary mortals. All are essentially divine. In order to
realise your true nature, practise what you preach. Only then
can you experience bliss. Verily, bliss is the true nature
of man. Why should you give up that which is natural to you
and lead an artificial life? Wherever you see, in colleges
and schools, students lack practical knowledge. They give
importance, only to bookish knowledge and become ‘books’
themselves. True education is that which originates from the
heart. Heart is very important for human existence. When a
child is born, the first thing that people observe is the
heart beat. You should rely more on your spiritual heart than
on the physical heart. Conscience is another name for spiritual
heart. Keep your heart pure. That should be your main endeavour.
Whatever is done with love and purity of heart will confer
bliss on you. In fact, bliss is latent in everyone. But man
is unaware of this truth. One should make every effort to
manifest one’s innate bliss in him. What is the nature
of this bliss? Nityanandam, Parama Sukhadam, Kevalam Jnanamurtim,
Dwandwateetam (God is the embodiment of eternal bliss, He
is wisdom absolute, beyond the pair of opposites). It transcends
duality. So long one is immersed in duality one cannot experience
bliss. First of all one should understand the principle of
unity. Unity leads to purity and purity leads to divinity.
A true human being is one who strives for unity, purity and
divinity. Otherwise, he is no better than birds and animals.
First, purify your senses and develop unity. Consider all
as your brothers and sisters and live in harmony. In public
meetings, we hear the speakers addressing people as brothers
and sisters. But do they really mean what they say? Do you
find unity among brothers and sisters today? No. True happiness
lies in unity. Human life can be compared to a tree. Our relations
are like branches and sub-branches. Contemplation of God is
like a flower from which you will get the fruit of bliss.
You can certainly acquire secular knowledge. But
you should not rest contented with that. You should turn inward
and acquire spiritual knowledge as well. Only then can you
Embodiments of Love!
Love is the essence of education. Bereft of love, education
is artificial. Therefore, develop love in the first instance.
Understand that the indweller is the same though bodies are
different. Hold on to this fundamental principle and experience
Ananda (bliss). So many of you have assembled here. Everyone’s
attention is focused on Swami. In the same manner, let your
mind be focused on divinity always. Contemplate on God. Serve
your fellowmen. If a person who has been starving for ten
days is served a sumptuous feast, you can well imagine the
joy he experiences. When all the tanks and lakes are dried
to a trickle, you can imagine the joy that a continuous downpour
brings with it. Similarly, serve those who are in desperate
need of your help. Give them happiness. You can attain divinity
only through service. Human life is most precious. But, man
is behaving like an animal and thus wasting his life.
Being Vidyarthis, you should endeavour to aquire true Vidya
(education). There is no point in merely going through books
without understanding the true meaning of Vidya. Always contemplate
on the fundamental principle of life. Beings are many, but
the Divine principle is one and the same. Hence, recognise
the principle of divinity that is present in all in the form
of Atma. Atma is Adhara (support) and body is Adheya (the
supported). Consider Atma as the basis of your life and everything
else will be taken care of. Everyone can have the vision of
the Atma. All are endowed with such power. Enquire into yourself
what have you achieved by going through a number of voluminous
books? You have become hard-hearted. If this is the result
of your education why should you study at all? First of all,
develop love. When you have love in you, everyone will become
your friend. If your heart is not suffused with love, your
life will become artificial. Life is meaningless without love.
If everyone shares his love with his neighbour, there will
be no room for hatred at all. Share your love with everyone
and live like brothers and sisters. Today we find conflicts
and differences even among brothers and sisters, because they
lack proper understanding.
People do not understand the true meaning
of love. Their love is tainted with physical and worldly feelings.
When you understand the principle of love and develop love
to love relationship, all will become one. The Veda says,
“Sahasra Seersha Purushah ...” It means that all
heads, all eyes, all feet are His. Once you understand the
principle of oneness that is present in all, you can live
in tune with the true spirit of brotherhood.
Our hand has five fingers and each of them
has a specific duty assigned to it. All the fingers work in
unison and harmony while performing a task. Once an argument
ensued among the five fingers of the hand as to which finger
among them is the great. The thumb claimed, “It is not
possible to undertake any work without me. Hence, I am the
great.” Then the index finger smiled and said, “Look
here, Oh thumb! How can you perform any task without my support?
Moreover, I am used as pointer to identify individuals. Hence,
I am greater than you.” The middle finger intervened
and said, “There is no point in what you say. I am the
tallest among all the fingers. Two of you on one side and
two on the other are serving me as ADCs. Hence, I am the greatest.”
Then the ring-finger said, “I feel like laughing at
your ignorance. Don’t you know that people adorn me
with gold rings studded with precious stones like diamond,
emerald, topaz, etc.? Hence, I am your king.” In the
end, the little finger said, “I always lead from the
front when it comes to teaching a lesson to someone and punishing
the guilty. Hence, I am your leader and you have to follow
me.” As the fingers were arguing among themselves in
this manner, the heart intervened and said, “Oh ignorant
ones! Each one of you is as important as the other. One cannot
perform any task if there is no unity and harmony among you.
In fact, you represent the five human values which are like
five life-breaths of a human being.” Hearing these words
of wisdom, the five fingers realised their mistake and bent
their head in shame. A deep enquiry reveals that the heart
is the greatest of all. Body, mind and intellect are mere
instruments. Hence, one should follow the advice of the heart
in all his endeavours. Understand that all are one and each
one is equally important. Do not become egoistic thinking
that you alone are very important. Do not waste your precious
time in vain argumentation. Be friendly with all and face
the challenges of life with unity and harmony.
You have to lead your lives in an ideal manner. In fact, all
ideals are latent in you. They cannot be learnt from books.
The principle of ‘I’ is common in all. If someone
asks, “Who is Sai Baba?” I respond saying, ‘I’.
If someone asks who is the Vice Chancellor? He will say, ‘I’.
The single letter ‘I’ represents the principle
of Atma. The Veda declares, Ekameva Adviteeyam Brahma
(God is one without a second). True spirituality lies in knowing
your true Self. But you are unable to know your true Self
as you identify yourself with the body. Identification with
the body gives rise to ego. One with ego cannot know the reality.
Your welfare and also of others will be ensured when you have
a firm conviction that all are one. Develop such a spirit
of unity. You cannot expect divinity to manifest in you unless
you cultivate such unity. The Veda has exhorted:
Let us all move together, let us all
Let us all stay united and share our knowledge,
Let us live together with friendship and harmony. (Telugu
Some students do not share even their textbooks
with others. How can they attain happiness if they are so
self-centred and narrow-minded? You should all stand united.
Where there is unity, there is bliss.
Embodiments of Love!
There is only one thing that you have to learn. Develop love.
The same principle of love is present in you, in Me and in
everyone. I see only love in others. Hence, all are one for
Me. You too should develop such feelings of love and equality.
All are one, be alike to everyone. This is what you have to
Embodiments of Love!
Along with the acquisition of secular knowledge, you should
also make efforts to understand the principle of oneness.
Only then can you achieve unity and harmony. Take for instance
this rose flower. It consists of a number of petals. Likewise,
our heart can be compared to a flower and the virtues are
like petals. The petals of a rose flower may fade and fall
by the next day, but the flower of heart remains ever fresh.
It symbolises the principle of oneness. People worship the
Navagrahas (nine planets) to invoke their blessings. You might
have observed that there is perfect unity and harmony among
the nine planets. (Bhagawan with a wave of his hand materialised
a gold ring studded with nine types of gems.) Here you see
a Navaratna ring. Whoever wears this ring will be protected
by the Navagrahas wherever he goes.
Develop unity. Be courageous and develop
the necessary strength to face the vicissitudes of life. I
don’t want to take much of your time. Whatever you have
learnt here, let it be imprinted in your heart. Only then
can you attain peace and your education will become meaningful.
Embodiments of Love!
I shower My love and blessings on one and all. Be always united
and spend your time in a bliss. Make your parents happy. Your
body is given to you by your parents. Hence, first of all,
express your gratitude to them for this gift. Only then can
you find fulfilment in life.
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the
Bhajan, “Prema Muditha Manase Kaho …”