EXPERIENCE THE SWEETNESS OF RAMA’S NAME
This motherland of Bharat has given birth
to many noble souls who attained great name and fame in all
the continents of the world. Many sages and seers of Bharat
have been sanctifying their time by propagating Rama Tattwa
(principle of Rama) since ancient times. The Ramayana belongs
to Treta Yuga. Though thousands of years have passed, yet
the Ramayana is still being read with reverence in every village
and every hamlet.
Do as you say
People, young and old, chant the sacred name of Rama even
now with great devotion. They may forget any other name, but
not the Rama Nama (name). Be he a millionaire or a pauper,
everyone takes refuge in the Divine Name of Rama in times
of difficulty. In Bharat, it is hard to find anyone who does
not contemplate upon or chant the Name of Rama. Many sages
in the past did penance and undertook several kinds of vows
to spread the glory of Rama Nama in the world. However, Rama
never wished or told anybody to chant His name or contemplate
upon it. He, in fact, declared that all are the embodiments
The foremost teaching of Rama was that one
should follow Sathya. Taking Sathya as its basis, one should
sustain and promote Dharma. Dharma (righteousness) is not
confined to any particular place or country; it is present
in all. It is born out of Sathya (truth). In fact, Dharma
cannot exist without Sathya. What is Dharma? Dharayati iti
Dharma (that which sustains is Dharma). Some people wrongly
limit Dharma to mere feeding of the poor or acts of charity.
Dharma should flow from one’s own heart. Then, it should
be put into practice. Do as you say. That is man’s foremost
duty. There should be perfect harmony between one’s
words and actions. On the other hand, if one says one thing
and does something contrary to it, it connotes Adharma (unrighteousness).
Moreover, one should carefully analyse and weigh the pros
and cons before saying something. Manasyekam Vachasyekam,
Karmanyekam MahAtmanam (Those whose thoughts, words and deeds
are in perfect harmony are noble ones). You say that you are
a human being. But, you are entitled to be called a human
being only when your thoughts, words and deeds are in harmony.
Rama achieved unity of thought, word and deed. In contrast,
Ravana’s thoughts, words and deeds were at variance
with each other. Manasyanyath Vachasyanyath, Karmanyanyath
DurAtmanam (Those who lack harmony of thoughts, words and
deeds are wicked).
Nurture and develop your Innate Qualities
There has naturally been a conflict between Sathya (truth)
and Asathya (untruth), Dharma (righteouness) and Adharma (unrighteousness).
Rama scrupulously followed Sathya, whereas Ravana resorted
to Asathya. There is no Dharma greater than adherence to Sathya.
Hence, we should adhere to truth even in trivial matters.
We should never resort to untruth to escape from a difficult
The creation emerges from truth and
merges into truth,
Is there a place in the cosmos where truth does not exist?
Visualise this pure and unsullied truth. (Telugu
In fact, truth is the foundation of the entire
creation. If for any reason this foundation is disturbed,
the whole world will collapse. What is the reason for all
the trials and tribulations of man today? It is because man
has forgotten truth. He is facing humiliation and disrepute
because he is indulging in injustice and falsehood. Hence,
one should not resort to untruth under any circumstances.
One should speak only truth. Sathya is a small term. But it
connotes Sath (changeless eternity). Since we try to change
this changeless truth, we undergo changes and distortions.
You are all young. If you follow truth right from this young
age, you will surely become an ideal to the entire country.
What is truth? God’s word is truth. Hence, when you
speak and act with the feeling Sarva Karma Bhagavad Preetyartham
(all actions to please God), everything will become truth.
Every thought and feeling emanating from man is a reflection
of his inner truth. Unfortunately, it gets converted into
falsehood by the improper use of the tongue. The tongue is
one of the five senses. These senses are the cause of changes
in us. They are responsible for the sin or merit that we earn.
The Panchabhutas (five elements) pervade
the entire universe, right from the earth to sky. There is
no sixth element other than these five elements in the universe.
The same five elements are found in every human being in a
subtle form. One has to realise this truth and conduct oneself
accordingly. Sathya (truth), Dharma (righteousness), Santhi
(peace) Prema (love) and Ahimsa (non-violence) that are present
within you have to be nurtured and developed. Sathya is the
path. Dharma follows it. Prema is the experience. It is only
then that Ahimsa manifests. Himsa (violence) is not limited
to harming or hurting others; acting contrary to one’s
words is also Himsa. There can be no greater Ahimsa than using
our tongue in a sacred manner.
Santhi (peace) is not to be found somewhere
else. It is very much within us. There are many different
qualities present within us. It is for us to make good use
of these qualities. You may ask, “Why does not God change
our nature?” No, God does not at all interfere; He is
a witness of everything. It is not for God to tell you what is
good and what is bad. Your own thoughts and feelings tell
you what is good and what is bad. When you eat a cucumber,
you will get the belch of a cucumber. Hence, what is there
in you will be reflected outside. Whatever bad you see in
others, it is nothing but the reflection of your own thoughts.
Some people are constantly immersed in worldly thoughts. Such
people can never be happy. Only those attain the state of
bliss whose mind is steady, without any thoughts. Some people
consider themselves very intelligent and keep enquiring deeply
into their accumulated bookish knowledge. This type of pedantry
is like allergy. Once this allergy starts spreading, their
energy is sapped. Unfortunately, today, we are developing
allergy, not energy. Do not keep deliberating upon whether
something is good for you or not. Everything is good. Whatever
happens, consider that it is good for you. When you develop
such an attitude, everything will turn out to be good for
Embodiments of Love!
Love all. Hate none. Do not misunderstand others. Some people
develop misunderstanding even about God! It is the worst of
sins. Hence, do not entertain such misconceptions. If by any
reason such thoughts enter your mind, consider them as your
enemies and drive them away. Be loving and cheerful always!
It is only love that protects and sustains you. You are yourself
the embodiment of love. Where there is love, there hatred
Embodiments of Love!
Human body is a miniature world. It is constituted by Panchabhutas
(five elements), Panchendriyas (five senses) and Pancha Pranas
(five life-breaths) which, in turn, are born out of truth,
are sustained by truth and ultimately merge in truth. Hence,
one should follow truth earnestly. Since people distort truth,
they lose their purity. The main reason for the impurity of
one’s heart is one’s tendency to distort truth.
Hence, if one wishes to maintain purity and sacredness of
one’s heart, one has to speak truth. If you are wedded
to truth, whatever you say will come right. Some people complain,
“Swami! Though we are treading the path of truth, untruth
still troubles us. What could be the reason for our predicament?”
The question can be answered by a simple example. While the
pure and crystal clear Ganga (Ganges) flows, some streams
and rivulets formed by the rain water join it during its course,
thereby polluting the river. However, one has to be careful
not to allow any impurities to join the pure and unsullied
truth of one’s heart. It is because of the weakness
of our senses that various impurities enter our heart and
pollute it. These impurities are the Arishadvargas (six inner
enemies of man), viz., Kama (desire), Krodha (anger), Lobha
(greed), Moha (attachment), Mada (pride) and Matsarya (jealousy).
The purity of nectar can be destroyed even by an atom of impurity.
Once a music director composed a
I am aware you are like the moon in the distant sky;
Yet my mind tries to grab you;
I don’t know why …
In fact, where is the moon? Not in the distant
sky. Our mind itself is the moon. We are unable to gain control
over the mind because of these six inner enemies coming in
our way. Is it not a fact that even the bright light of the
moon on a full moon night is not visible if the clouds come
in its way? The moment the clouds move away, the moon is visible.
Similarly, you have to do constant Namasmarana in order to
drive away the clouds of these six inner enemies.
Follow the Ideals set by Rama
Today, we are celebrating Sri Ramanavami. On this sacred day,
we should resolve to follow the teachings of Rama. Sathya
and Dharma are the two main teachings of Rama. Do not consider
yourself as a mere human being. Develop full faith that you
are none other than Rama! People often say, “Only my
Atmarama knows it!” Thus, our Atma itself is the embodiment
of Lord Rama! The Atma has no specific form. The same Atma
that pervades the entire universe took a form and incarnated
as Rama. Similarly, Dharma took the form of Lakshmana who
constantly followed Rama. Lakshmana considered Rama as his
very life-breath. Rama was everything for him.
I have surrendered my wealth, my
family and even my soul to You. Now, please come to my rescue.
I seek refuge only in You. (Sanskrit
During the exile of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana,
once Lakshmana ventured into a particular part of the forest.
Soon he was beset with evil thoughts. As soon as he returned,
he told Rama “Oh! Rama! Why are we undergoing all these
troubles? Why should the innocent mother Sita be put to these
ordeals? Come! Let us go back to Ayodhya, this very moment.”
Sita was surprised at the sudden change in the attitude of
Lakshmana. Since Rama knew everything, He called Lakshmana
to his side smilingly and made him sit near Him. Immediately,
Lakshmana realised his fault. With great agony, he enquired
from Rama, “Dear brother! How come these evil thoughts
entered my mind? Never before such a thing had happened to
me.” Rama then explained, “Dear brother! This
is not your fault. This is the region of a demon. Hence, all
the evil thoughts entered your mind.” Tell me your company,
I shall tell you what you are. As is your company, so are
your thoughts. Hence, keep yourself away from bad company.
Join the company of good and noble souls. Then, you will get
good thoughts. As are your thoughts, so shall be the result.
Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati (as are the feelings, so is the result).
When Kausalya was shedding tears after Rama
left for the forest, Sumitra tried to comfort her, saying,
“Dear sister! Why do you cry? Is it because Rama is
going to the forest? No, no. You are mistaken that Rama would
live in the forest, while we would enjoy royal comforts in
Ayodhya. In fact, wherever Rama lives is Ayodhya and the rest
is nothing but a forest. We should lead our life with equanimity,
remaining equal-minded in happiness and sorrow. Happiness
and sorrow come one after the other. We should not be affected
by them! We should neither be elated by happiness nor be depressed
by sorrow. Can there be a human being in this world without
happiness and sorrow? Rama is, in fact, omniscient and omnipotent.
No harm can ever befall Him by wild animals or demons in the
Kausalya was also worried about Sita since
she was accompanying Rama to the forest. Rama tried to dissuade
her from going to the forest, saying, “Sita! The forest
is full of thorny bushes and wild animals. You will be put
to a lot of difficulties in the forest.” Sita then reasoned
with Rama, “Oh! Rama! You are the protector of the entire
world. Can You not protect Your own wife from the wild animals?
You are omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. I am sure
that none of these wild animals can cause any harm to me when
You are with me. I have no such fear.” Rama felt very
happy to hear these words of Sita.
When Sita was abducted by Ravana, both Rama
and Lakshmana became very much worried about her. Seething
with anger over Ravana’s mean act, Lakshmana approached
his elder brother Rama and said, “Dear brother! Give
me Your permission. I will reduce all these wicked demons
to ashes.” Rama counselled patience and said, “Lakshmana!
We don’t need to do any such thing. The demons will
destroy themselves on their own. In fact, they will become
victims of their own evil qualities.” Subsequently,
Ravana was killed by Rama and His army of Vanaras. Rama then
explained to Lakshmana thus: “Lakshmana! People behave
in a particular way and reap the consequences of their actions,
depending upon their prarabdha (destiny) and their qualities.
We need not be too much concerned with that. As long as one
is attached to worldly objects and thinks in terms of mine
and thine, one will be afflicted by sorrow. Hence, one has
to treat the worldly objects with the attitude: These are
not mine; all these are embodiments of the divine.”
All acts should be performed to please God. If one develops
ego with thoughts of ‘I’ and ‘mine’,
one is sure to perish. You say ‘this is mine’
and ‘that is mine’. In fact, what really belongs
to you - the body, the mind, the intellect or the senses?
You say ‘this is my body’, ‘this is my mind’,
‘this is my intellect’, etc. But, none of these
belong to you truly. The body which you consider as belonging
to you will leave you in a moment, even without your knowledge.
Similarly, the mind roams about like a monkey. Is it possible
to restrain this mad monkey? Do not say, ‘I am this
or that’. Say, ‘I am I’. This is your correct
description. The correct answer to the question ‘Who
are you?’ is ‘I am I’. Rama did not criticise
or harm anyone. Then, who will have hatred towards Him? Good
acts of Rama brought good results to Him. Thus, when we do
good to others, there is no possibility for us to undergo
sorrows and difficulties. If we still feel we are put to difficulties,
the fault lies with us. God is not responsible for our sorrows
and difficulties; it is the waywardness of our senses that
is responsible for them. So, we should control our senses.
If we are able to control our senses, everything else will
come under our control. That is the essence of the teachings
of Rama. The Ramayana is not merely the story of Rama. In
fact, it is the story of every human being.
Sweetness of Rama Nama never diminishes
We blame God for our problems and difficulties. But, God loves
one and all equally. He has no hatred towards anyone. He is
always cheerful and smiling. A smiling countenance is the
natural quality of a divine being. Where there is a smile,
there can be no hatred at all! People with such divine attributes
do not get disturbed under any circumstances. Hence, be always
smiling and cheerful. Never put on a ‘castor-oil face’.
Some students are very much worried about examinations; they
want them to be delayed or postponed. However, the sooner
you write the examinations and pass them, the quicker will
you move onto the higher class. Instead of examination worry,
you should make hurry to go to the higher class. There is
no worry in this hurry.
Come! Oh devotees! Come!
Take the sweetmeat of Rama Nama
Out of ignorance do not buy and eat other sweets,
they will spoil your health
By mixing the essence of the Vedas
with the milk of Vedic declarations.
Adding the sugar of Subuddhi (virtues)
and the ghee of Nibaddhi (truth)
Removing the dirt of Abaddhamu (falsehood)
Our ancient Rishis have prepared
this most delicious sweet of Rama’s Name.
Your health will be spoiled by eating all
kinds of sweets sold in the marketplace. Those sweets may
be tasty, but are harmful for you. Instead, the sweetmeat
of Rama Nama has been prepared by our great Rishis. It has
a wonderful effect on your mind. It can never become stale
or spoiled. The more you eat this sweet of Rama Nama, the
more joy will you derive from it. It is sweeter than sugar
and tastier than curd.
The Divine Name of Rama is full of sweetness
and it remains sweet forever. There have been many incarnations
of God on earth. But the Divine Name of Rama has remained
eternal. Since ancient times, Rama Nama has remained as the
Taraka Mantra (Mantra that liberates) for one and all. Right
from children to elders, everyone can derive the bliss of
chanting Rama Nama. Age is no obstacle in experiencing the
sweetness of Rama Nama. There is immense sweetness in this
name. We should never give up such a sweet, nectarine and
blissful Rama Nama even for a second. Unfortunately, today
people are neglecting the chanting of Rama Nama. It is their
Lead an ideal and exemplary life
When Mirabai was asked to leave the Krishna temple in the
palace by the Maharana, she was full of anxiety, thinking,
“How can I leave my dear Lord Krishna and go away!”
But her unflinching faith in Krishna developed firm conviction
in her, “Krishna Himself would come along with me.”
She prayed to Lord Krishna, “Oh Lord! I have obtained
the precious pearl of Divine Name after a great effort. Please
bless me that I do not lose this invaluable pearl.”
Chanting the name of Krishna incessantly, she reached Dwaraka.
However, she found the doors of the temple closed. Unable
to bear the agony of separation from her dear Lord Krishna
any more, she banged her head against the doors of the temple.
Lo and behold! The doors of the temple opened and Lord Krishna
appeared before her. After having Darshan of her dear Lord,
Mirabai merged with Him. We have to broaden our heart. This
does not refer to the physical heart. If the physical heart
is enlarged, it requires surgery by the doctors. Broadening
one’s heart implies the quality of large-heartedness.
Some people sit here stretching their legs and occupying a
lot of space. Instead, if people sit closely, some more devotees
can be accommodated. We can help each other by caring and
The summer vacation has started. From tomorrow onwards you
will be going home to spend your vacation with your parents.
Spend your time happily with your parents. Contemplating upon
the happy time you have spent here learning many sacred teachings,
make your parents also happy. If you are happy, they will
also be happy. Never make your parents unhappy by your conduct.
Our parents occupy an important place in our life. It is our
foremost duty to make them happy. It is not enough if you
look after your own comfort and welfare. First and foremost,
the parents are to be made happy. Life is not confined to
Khana (food), Peena (drink), Sona (sleep) and Marna (death).
We are not born to eat and roam about and enjoy comforts.
We are born to serve our parents and make them happy. If you
make your parents happy now, your own children would make
you happy in future. Lead an ideal and exemplary life. Only
then will your life be sanctified and the education acquired
by you in Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions become meaningful.
I wish that all of you should earn name and fame as the students
of this great institution.
(Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, “Rama
Rama Rama Sita …”)
– From Divine Discourse on Sri Rama Navami in
Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam on 7th April 2006.