LOVE AND UNITY – YOUR TRUE AND
The creation emerges
from truth and merges into truth,
Is there a place in the cosmos where truth does not exist?
Ponder this pure and unsullied truth with wonder and joy.
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. The
indweller in the form of the Atma is verily God Himself.
The melodious songs and Bhajans of the devotees from
Hyderabad this morning was a joy for the ears and feast for
Divine love is the most precious thing in this world. No amount
of extolling its virtues will exhaust its greatness as no
living thing of this world can be devoid of the influence
of love. Saint Thyagaraja sang:
From an ant to the Brahman,
in Siva or in Kesava, You do indwell in pure unsullied form
of love, oh Rama, please be my protector too. (Telugu
What is the form of an ant and what is the form of Brahman?
Brahman is infinite. On the other hand, ant is a tiny creature.
From the physical point of view, there can be no comparison
between the form of an ant and the form of Brahman. But from
the spiritual point of view, Divinity is immanent in both.
A hungry bear once went to an anthill and pleaded with an
ant saying, “I am unable to bear the pangs of hunger.
Please give me some food.” The ant could not control
its laughter. It said, “How can a tiny creature like
me alone provide food for you? I don’t have sufficient
food to satisfy your hunger, wait, let me see what can be
done.” It is natural for ants to store food for six
months in their anthills. It went inside and with the help
of its fellows brought out some of the food that had been
stored. The bear wondered, “How could a tiny creature
like an ant store so much food?” If one has the desire
and puts in the necessary effort, one can amass anything;
it does not matter whether one is big or small. It is said,
Jantunam Nara Janma Durlabham
(out of all living beings, human birth is the rarest). Ants,
though tiny in form, are able to acquire food, share it with
friends and also store for future. But, modern man, in spite
of being endowed with intelligence, is frequently unable to
earn his food even for a single day. Is it not a matter of
shame? In this world, there is no being superior to the human
intelligence. But they are unable to make proper use of their
intelligence. They conduct themselves in an unworthy manner
because of their selfishness and self-interest. Humans do
not lack for anything in their life. There is everything at
their disposal. They lack the discrimination to make proper
use of the resources available. They are not able to give
up their petty qualities and rise to a higher level. There
is a lesson to be learnt even from ants. When an ant bites
ones leg, one feels the irritation and immediately tries to
kill it. But they are not making efforts to kill the evil
qualities within themselves which are making their lives miserable.
Embodiments of Love!
In this vast world, no matter where you look, you cannot find
any motive power more powerful and more valuable than love.
Deep-rooted selfishness and self-interest are making man’s
intelligence perverted and leading him astray. When you give
up selfishness, humanness will blossom in you and your latent
powers will manifest. Your power of intelligence will become
Embodiments of Love!
Nowadays students are reading a wide variety of books. But
there is little use in studying a Pustaka (book), if the Mastaka
(head) is filled with rubbish. Students are filling their
heads with useless information and in the process are misusing
their energy. There is no point in going through a number
of textbooks over and over again. They cannot save you from
the cycle of birth and death. You should acquire such knowledge,
which will make you immortal. Present day students have become
proficient in bookish knowledge. They have the intelligence
to answer any question from the textbook. But they are not
making efforts to translate their bookish knowledge into practical
One may acquire a high academic
qualification such as M.A. and B.A. and attain exalted position,
One may amass wealth, perform acts of charity and attain name
One may have physical strength and enjoy a long and healthy
One may be a great scholar studying and preaching the Vedas,
But none can equal a true devotee of the Lord. (Telugu
The knowledge one acquires should be utilised for the benefit
of society. We should utilise our wealth and knowledge not
for selfish purposes, but for the welfare of others. God has
given you the human body not merely to eat, sleep and enjoy
worldly pleasures. Paropakarartham Idam
Sariram (human body is meant to do good to others).
The body is given to you so that you make proper use of your
intelligence and power of discrimination and manifest your
innate human values. Of what use is your education and intelligence
if society is not benefited by them? Presently man is making
new discoveries and inventions but till this day he has not
really understood the purpose of human birth. What is the
meaning of the word Manava (human being)? 'Ma' means Ajnana
(ignorance), 'Na' means without, 'Va' means Varthinchuta
(vrittih yasya sah) (to conduct
oneself). Hence, Manava is one who conducts himself without
ignorance. But, these days we hardly find anyone leading a
life of wisdom in consonance with the name Manava. In spite
of being endowed with high degree of intelligence, man is
frittering away his life in vain pursuits. Before undertaking
any task, he should enquire whether it would befit the title
of a human being. He should accept everything as the Will
of God. God has blessed man with intelligence, knowledge and
wealth so that he will work for the welfare of others. But,
man is acting contrary to God’s wish and thereby ruining
himself. Animals like bulls and buffaloes render service to
man in a number of ways. But, man lacks the spirit of service
that even animals possess. Without understanding the purpose
of human birth, man is developing demonic qualities and leading
a miserable life. Vyashti (individual) signifies humanness
and Samashti (society) symbolises divinity. Hence, one can
attain divinity only by serving society.
Embodiments of Love!
You may be highly educated and intelligent, yet there is so
much you can learn from ants, birds and animals. These lessons
of life cannot be taught in the classroom. Even teachers are
not making efforts to understand the principle of divinity
within. Education is not meant to merely eke out a livelihood.
You have to share your knowledge with others, give joy to
one and all and thereby rise to the level of the Divine. Samatwa
(equal-mindedness) is the hallmark of a true human being.
Manavatwa without Samatwa
cannot attain Divyatwa (divinity).
Hence, develop Samatwa in the
first instance. Divine power is latent in every human being.
But man is becoming weak as he is unable to realise his latent
divine power. In order to manifest the divine power, one should
cultivate sacred feelings. Manavatwa
has not come into existence in the recent past, it has been
there since ages. Human being is born from the womb of the
mother, but humanness has originated from divinity and is
present at all times. There is divinity in every human being.
As he is unable to recognise his innate divinity, man is forgetting
his very human nature itself. What is the use of being human
only in form but not in practice? Human birth will find fulfilment
only when we practise human qualities. All the sacred texts
such as Upanishads and Sastras are meant to show mankind the
path of redemption. Man should manifest his latent divinity
by following their teachings. The sacred texts will bring
out the hidden treasures of divinity from within. That is
why Bhagawan has introduced Educare programme in the educational
institutions. Education is related to worldly knowledge. It
can be acquired by going through books, whereas educare is
meant to externalise the latent divinity in man. Education
has temporary benefits, whereas educare bestows everlasting
happiness. One cannot become great by mere acquisition of
education. One should practise educare and manifest the latent
Embodiments of Love!
Educare is the need of the hour. Only through educare can
you realise divinity which is present in every atom and every
cell of your body. In fact, you are seeing divinity every
moment but are unable to recognise this truth. You can call
yourself educated only when you recognise divinity which is
all-pervasive. Secular knowledge is related to education which
can be acquired from outside. It is mere bookish knowledge,
whereas educare cannot be acquired from books. No benefit
accrues by gathering information from books. What is required
is transformation and it is possible only through educare.
Acquisition of information which cannot lead to transformation
is a mere waste of time. But man has developed a taste for
such information which is but a waste. Man’s intelligence,
knowledge and power are all the gifts of God. They have to
be nourished and made proper use of, through educare. Truly,
God has endowed man with immense potential. That is love.
It is beyond all description and measure. There is no greater
power than this. But man is giving up such power without realising
its value. He is under the mistaken notion that love means
physical and worldly relationship. True love lies in unification
of two hearts. People utter this word repeatedly without actually
knowing its meaning. Love does not hurt anybody. It always
helps. Hence, consider love as your true wealth. There is
no property greater than love in this world. You are misusing
the God-given gift of love by diverting it on worldly matters
and sensual pleasures. Your foremost duty is to make proper
use of love by following the dictum, Help
ever, Hurt never. There is no greater Dharma
Embodiments of Love!
Love is your only true and eternal property.
But, you are diverting it on mean and worldly pursuits. It
should be treasured in your heart and utilised for sacred
purposes. You may share it with any number of people, it will
never diminish. You are unable to understand and experience
love in its true spirit. Love is the life-breath of every
being. In order to understand love, you have to dive deep
into the ocean of love. Love cannot be understood from a superficial
level, you have to immerse yourself completely in love. Worldly
love is such that you can just taste it and give it up, but
once you taste divine love, you will never give it up. Love
is God, God is love. Hence, you cannot separate love
from God. Live in love. That is the only way you can
understand love and experience God.
It may be easy to give lectures on love, but it is difficult
to understand it. Make every effort to experience love. If
you understand the nature of your love, you will understand
the love of others. Love is in you, with you and around
you. Once you understand love, you will become the very embodiment
The more you understand the principle of love, the nobler
you will become. Once you understand the principle of love
and put it into practice, others will also try to emulate
In the epic Ramayana, not only the four brothers, Rama, Lakshmana,
Bharata, Satrughna, but also their wives played important
roles. They demonstrated great ideals to the world. People
extol only Rama and ignore the model conduct of the others.
In fact, each of them was as great as Rama Himself. You might
have heard of Sumitra, the mother of Lakshmana and Satrughna.
People do not attach much importance to her role in the Ramayana.
In fact, her name does not figure prominently in the epic.
She was a paragon of virtues. Her name Su-mitra itself signifies
that she was a good friend to one and all. She shared her
happiness with everyone. Kausalya and Kaikeyi had one son
each, whereas Sumitra had two sons.
When we enquire into the reason, we can understand the mystery
behind it. When Dasaratha performed the Putrakameshti
Yaga, the Yajna Purusha appeared and handed over the
vessel of sacred pudding to Vasishtha. Vasishtha gave the
sacred pudding to Dasaratha who in turn distributed it equally
between his three wives. Kausalya and Kaikeyi took their share
of the pudding to their respective Puja rooms. Each of them
was happy thinking that her son would be the heir apparent
to Ayodhya throne. But Sumitra had no such thoughts. She carried
her bowl of pudding to the terrace and placed it on the parapet
wall while drying her hair in the sun. Suddenly, an eagle
swooped down and carried away the bowl of sacred pudding.
She immediately ran down and informed Kausalya and Kaikeyi
about what had happened. Kausalya and Kaikeyi came to the
rescue of Sumitra and shared their sacred pudding with her.
Kaikeyi gave half of her share to Sumitra. Kausalya did the
same. In due course, Kausalya gave birth to Rama, Kaikeyi
to Bharata, and Sumitra to Lakshmana and Satrughna. The sons
of Kausalya and Kaikeyi were happily playing in their cradles
whereas Sumitra’s sons were crying all the time, day
and night, without even taking food. Sumitra went to sage
Vasishtha and told him about her predicament. Sage Vasishtha
closed his eyes. His Yogic vision enabled him to know the
truth. He said to Sumitra,“As you partook of the sacred
pudding given by Kausalya, you gave birth to Lakshmana who
is an Amsa (part) of Rama. Similarly, Satrughna is born out
of the share of pudding given to you by Kaikeyi. So, he is
a part of Bharata. Put Lakshmana by the side of Rama and Satrughna
by the side of Bharata. Then they will rest peacefully.”
Sumitra did as instructed by Vasishtha. The children became
peaceful and stopped crying. Sumitra felt very happy at this
and said to Kausalya and Kaikeyi, “Lakshmana and Satrughna
are your gifts. My children will serve your children. Lakshmana
will serve Rama and Satrughna will serve Bharata. It is my
good fortune that my sons will serve their brothers.”
This was the basis of the intimate relationship between Rama
and Lakshmana, Bharata and Satrughna.
Sumitra used to experience ineffable bliss, since her two
sons Lakshmana and Satrughna were always in the company of
Rama and Bharata. She was never depressed by the separation
of her children. No one knows why certain things happen and
for what purpose. As the four sons of King Dasaratha were
growing, Lakshmana always used to accompany Rama and Satrughna
would accompany Bharata. Both Lakshmana and Satrughna were
mighty warriors. Without them, there can be no Ramayana at
all! Lakshmana was born to serve Rama and Satrughna was born
to serve Bharata. Lakshmana was the Embodiment of Love. Similarly,
Satrughna used to serve Bharata with all the power at his
command. Thus, the four brothers Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata
and Satrughna were inseparable. Hence, it is not correct to
say that Rama was born to Kausalya, Bharata to Kaikeyi and
Lakshmana and Satrughna to Sumitra. Though their mothers were
different, they always used to move about in the company of
one another. The four brothers Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and
Satrughna are parts of the same substance and facets of the
same Divinity. Similarly, their mothers Kausalya, Sumitra
and Kaikeyi used to move always in the company of one another.
There was no discord between them. The unity between the four
brothers was in fact the sum and substance of the story of
Ramayana. None can describe in full the glory of Ramayana.
Each one attempted to describe the glory of Ramayana in his
own unique style. With the result, a number of literary works
on Ramayana have become available today. The human nature
is not limited to the mere form. It consists of the body,
mind, intellect, senses and above all, the heart the seat
of love. The Ramayana is a great story of intense interaction
between these five aspects of human nature. It is not possible
for anyone to fully describe the interplay of these factors
in Ramayana, however much one may strive.
Once, Kausalya was engaged in some work. Meanwhile, Bharata
came running and sat on the lap of Kausalya and started crying.
Kausalya was a bit surprised about the reason for Bharata’s
agony. She tried to console him and enquired as to what made
him cry. Bharata replied that they were playing a ball game
and each time Rama was purposely getting defeated in order
to ensure the victory of other brothers. Thus, the unity,
love and affection between the brothers were such that they
always tried to please others. They used to experience supreme
bliss in the company of one another. It was only Lakshmana
who could understand fully the nature of Rama and it is only
Satrughna who could understand fully the nature of Bharata.
The women in Ramayana were also exemplary in nature. When
Rama was going to the forest to fulfil the wishes and command
of his father, King Dasaratha, Sumitra asked Lakshmana to
accompany Rama. Immediately, Lakshmana followed him. He experienced
great joy in accompanying his elder brother Rama to the forest.
Similarly, Satrughna also experienced great joy in the company
of Bharata and accompanied him wherever he went. What does
the name of ‘Satrughna imply? It means the one who destroys
the enemies. Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Satrughna were ideal
brothers. It is not enough to merely extol their ideals, but
we must also try to experience that great bond of love in
our day-to-day lives and share it with others. The great epic
Ramayana is not a mere story. It also explains and expounds
the Atma Tattwa. One has to experience that Atma Tattwa with
reaction, reflection and resound. The Ramayana Tattwa has
to be understood properly and translated into our day-to-day
Embodiments of Love!
The Ramayana cannot be compared with other Puranic texts.
It is not merely a great poetic work, but a great treatise
on human relationships between parents and children, between
brothers, husband and wife and the king and his subjects.
it is only when we are able to understand the significance
of Ramayana in this larger context, that the country will
prosper with love and affection between the citizens. In a
few years time, nay, very shortly, the whole world will realise
the greatness of Ramayana and try to emulate the ideals set
in Ramayana. Today, we find a wide variety of nations, religions
and castes in the world. No. No. The situation will
certainly change. Within a short span of time, the world will
realise the truth:
There is only one religion, the Religion
There is only one caste, the Caste of Humanity.
There is only one God, He is Omnipresent.
The greatest truth propounded by Ramayana is the oneness among
humanity. When there is such unity, there will be mutual love
between people. When that mutual love between different people
develops, the whole world can experience great joy and happiness.
Thus, it is only Ramayana that can provide great joy
to the entire humanity. Hence, let every individual
chant the Divine Name “Rama! Rama! Rama!”
Urmila, the wife of Lakshmana was a good painter. She was
painting a picture to be presented to Sri Rama on the occasion
of His coronation. Exactly at that moment, Lakshmana entered
her room. She wanted to get up and look who was the visitor.
In the confusion, the paint got spilled over the unfinished
painting. She felt very bad. “How come this painting
got spoiled when actually I wanted to portray the beauty and
majesty of Sri Rama on the occasion of His coronation and
show it to the world”, she thought.
Urmila had a very compassionate heart. She always entertained
noble thoughts. She did not feel sad even for a moment when
her husband Lakshmana accompanied Rama to the forest. She
was always contemplating on Sri Rama during His exile to the
forest. Not only she, the wives of Bharata and Satrughna,
Mandavi and Srutakeerthi were also engaged in constant contemplation
of Sri Rama and praying for His return to Ayodhya. Thus, when
they were in constant contemplation of Rama, their strength
increased day by day. If you analyse the underlying meaning
of every incident in the Ramayana, all of them point to only
one principle – the principle of unity; unity between
the brothers, unity between their wives, etc. Even in times
of calamity like when Lakshmana fell unconscious during the
war with the Rakshasas (demons) in Lanka, Rama did not lose
heart, neither Sumitra, the mother of Lakshmana. She was always
confident that no danger would ever befall Lakshmana, since
he was in the service of Lord Rama. Thus, during the entire
period of 14 years of Rama’s exile to the forest, all
the brothers and their wives were always thinking and wishing
the well-being of Rama only; so, were their mothers. Such
was the nobility of their hearts.
Embodiments of Love!
Any amount of narration of the greatness and nobility of the
characters in the Ramayana will not suffice and do justice
to the cause. The story of Ramayana cannot be fully described
since it is “His Story”.
The stories of Lord Vishnu are amazing,
They purify the lives of the people in all the three worlds,
They are like the sickles that cut the creepers of worldly
They are like good friends who help you in times of need,
They are like shelters for the sages and seers doing penance
in the forest.
It is therefore, very essential for every human being to emulate
the ideals set by Lord Sri Rama in their day-to-day lives.
(Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, “Rama
Rama Rama Sita …”)