DISCHARGE YOUR DUTIES WITH A SENSE
OF SURRENDER TO GOD
God is love
and love is God. True spiritual discipline lies in developing
love to love relationship. Dear children! Hold on to this
principle of love and demonstrate the ideal of unity.
Boys and Girls!
It is said Daivam manusha rupena
(God incarnates in the form of a human being). That is why
human birth is considered to be highly sacred. God incarnates
in human form to redeem mankind. Do not be under the mistaken
notion that God is confined to a specific form. Divinity is
not a separate entity. It is immanent in humanity. The human
form is a conglomeration of five elements, namely, earth,
water, fire, air and ether. The divine power which makes the
five elements function is referred to as the Atma.
What is the form of Atma? Many
people often ask this question. In fact, it transcends name
Merely having a human form does not make
one a human being; it is the conduct and behaviour that matters.
In the same manner, mere acquisition of bookish knowledge
does not make one truly educated. Such worldly education is
negative in nature. One must make a distinction between education
and educare. Whereas education is information-oriented, educare
is transformation-oriented. Education is limited to physical
and mental levels. Just as the rivers like Krishna and Godavari
have their source in the ocean, education has its roots in
educare. Physical and worldly knowledge corresponds to education.
Educare is related to our inner feelings and purity of heart.
Our Maata, Paata
and Baata (speech, song and way
of life) should originate from the heart. That is the essence
of educare. Even if you acquire a number of degrees, if you
lack purity of heart, you cannot be called truly educated.
Nowadays very few make the efforts to understand what educare
is. Only those endowed with practical knowledge and wisdom
will be able to understand and appreciate the concept of educare.
Others will be deluded by high academic degrees. They are
interested only in acquiring bookish knowledge and disseminating
the same. Such vain pursuits will not entitle them to be called
really educated. It is common nowadays for students to acquire
various academic degrees such as B.A., M.A., C.A., Ph.D.,
etc. However, those who understand the real purpose of education
and its inner significance are rare. Once you understand the
purpose of education and act accordingly, your life will be
redeemed. You should not entirely depend on what your teachers
teach in the classroom. You have to understand the nature
of your body, mind, senses and intellect to be able to realise
your inner self.
Every individual has three attributes, namely,
sattwa, rajas and tamas.
They represent the Trinity of Brahma,
Vishnu and Maheshwara.
corresponds to the inner purity. Rajo
guna is reflected in our actions. However, the fundamental
truth is that Atma has complete
control over all the senses and functioning of the human body.
You perform various tasks. You participate in sports and games.
All these represent rajo guna.
These days people teach parartha
(spiritual values) without giving up swartha
(selfishness). This is a grave error. You should give up swartha
in the first instance and consider parartha
as the basis of all your endeavours. Develop faith in God.
God is the adhara (support) and
everything else is adheya (supported).
Divinity is one. The Veda has
therefore declared: Ekoham bahusyam
(the One willed to become many). The names and forms may vary,
but the inherent divine principle is one and the same. For
example, this hall is decorated with a number of bulbs. But
the electric current that flows through them is the same.
Similarly, sweets may be many, but the essential ingredient
in them, that is sugar which imports the sweetness is the
same. Often times, we merely go by the names and forms, forgetting
A human being should essentially have three
qualities – nischalattwa,
nirmalattwa and nirmohattwa
(steadiness, purity and detachment). One who has these three
qualities is verily God Himself. You do not need to enquire
from others whether you are good or otherwise. Your conscience
is the judge. You should think of God always. There have been
many divine incarnations in the past, but the inherent divine
principle in all of them is one and the same. Just as sugar
assumes the form of a variety of sweets, divinity incarnates
in various forms. People worship God, sing His glory thinking
that He is present in some distant place. In fact, the Panchabhutas
(the five elements) are the very manifestations of God. Your
heart is the temple of God. Hence, fill your heart with love.
One bereft of love cannot be called a human being. Consider
the five elements as divine and put them to proper use.
Who has given you life? What is the source
from which it has manifested? Have you acquired it by some
spiritual practice? No! God gives you life and He is the one,
who sustains it. He is present in every living being in the
form of Atma. Everything has
originated from the Atma. Students
study a number of textbooks and acquire high academic qualifications.
What is the source of all their knowledge and learning? It
is nothing but divinity. But, man due to his delusion is unable
to realise this Truth. First and foremost, develop firm faith
that God exists. When He incarnates in the human form, He
conducts Himself like a human being. Only then can man understand
divinity and the sacredness of human birth.
Educare is related to bhava
(feeling), whereas education is related to bahya
(external). The education you acquire should be beneficial
to society. You should utilise your knowledge and intelligence
for the benefit of society. Keep your emotions under check.
Do not fret and fume like Durvasa who had no control over
his temper. Only the one who has complete control over himself
is a true human being.
The Atma represents
the oneness of all beings. Ultimately, everything merges in
many but goal is one.
Clothes are many but yarn is one.
Jewels are many but gold is one.
Cows are many but milk is one. (Telugu
Unfortunately, today instead of visualising
unity in diversity, man sees diversity in unity. That is the
cause of all his suffering. The principle of Atma
is the basis of all creation. You may forget anything but
not the Atma. The five elements
that are immanent in you are nothing but the manifestations
of Atma. Merely rotating the
beads of a rosary does not constitute japa.
One should transcend the worldly and physical plane of existence.
That is true japa. One who realises
the source of his being is truly human. You may study Bhagavad
Gita and learn all the slokas
by heart. But that does not make you a scholar. It is enough
if you are able to put at least one sloka
into practice. With the help of letters of alphabet a,b,c,d
… any number of books can be written. Hence, the letters
in the alphabet form the basis for any book, be it Ramayana,
Mahabharata or Bhagavata.
Likewise, the Atma is the basis
for everything. Once you understand the principle of Atma,
you would have understood everything else. It is only to impart
such knowledge that we have established educational institutions.
In our schools and colleges, character, virtues and conduct
are given utmost priority. One should have the desire to tread
the right path in life and attain God. One should accept everything
as the Will of God. When you develop purity of heart, you
will be successful in all your endeavours.
In the name of meditation, people sit cross-legged
and with closed eyes. How can such practices lead you to Divinity?
When you close your eyes, you cannot even see the person standing
in front of you, leave alone seeing God. In fact, God is present
in you. A true vyakti (individual)
is one who manifests the avyakta
(latent) divinity. If you understand the principle of Atma
and make sincere efforts, you can certainly experience atmasakshatkara
(realisation of the Divine). You may do japa
or tapa, but if you lack purity
of heart, all your spiritual practices will prove futile.
Whatever may be the practice you undertake, you should always
focus your mind on the Atma only.
is one who is endowed with manas
(mind). Manishi is also known
as manava. What is the inner
meaning of this term? ‘Ma’
means maya (ignorance), ‘na’
means nasthi (without) and ‘va’
means varthinchuta (to conduct
oneself). A human being is one who overcomes maya
and conducts himself without ignorance. Education is meant
to help you overcome delusion. One who transcends the mind
is a Paramahamsa (a realised
soul). We are not simply manavas
(mere mortals). We are verily the embodiments of Madhava
(immortal divine principle). We should have faith in God and
face the challenges of life with courage and valour. Only
then do we deserve to be called a human being. The mind is
meant to contemplate on God. One who knows the value of a
diamond will preserve it safely and make proper use of it.
Likewise, the one who realises the power of mind will not
let it go astray. One should strive to attain the state of
‘die’ mind (annihilation of the mind). It is possible
only by contemplating on God incessantly. It is said, Mano
mulam idam jagat (mind is the basis for the entire
world). If you do not control your mind and get carried away
by its vagaries, what will be your fate? It is only through
mano nashana (annihilation of
the mind) can one become a Paramahamsa.
Never follow the mind. The mind by nature is highly sacred,
but due to the impact of modern education it has become unsteady
like a monkey. What is the use of going through voluminous
books without understanding the nature of the mind? When you
learn the alphabet from A to Z, you should also learn the
meaning of words. What is the use of reading words without
understanding their meaning? Here, students learn the Vedas.
It is said, Anantho Vai Vedah
(the Vedas are infinite). They
are endowed with infinite power.
When you read the Bhagavad
Gita, you should make efforts to understand its teachings
and put them into practice. Otherwise, there is little meaning
in going through the Bhagavad Gita
or giving lectures on it. No benefit accrues from merely repeating
the slokas like a parrot without
understanding them. The Vedas
have been handed down from generation to generation by noble
souls. They contain the eternal truths. But, in the name of
modern education, people are neglecting them. One may like
it or not, but the study of the Vedas
is very essential for one and all. It is not enough if you
merely read the Vedas, you should
also understand the teachings contained therein. Man has forgotten
his true Self. He is trying to acquire education without knowing
his own reality. As a result, he reposes faith in everything
else except God. You should never forget the fundamental principle,
You are able to understand and acquire worldly and secular
knowledge. But it is not easy for all to understand the inner
reality. The names and forms of individuals may appear to
be different, but essentially all are one. The innate reality
is adhara and the external names
and forms are only adheyas. Knowing
the adheya without understanding
the adhara will serve no purpose.
Even while dealing with physical matters we should have spiritual
outlook. Hence, develop faith in God in the first instance.
Anything can be achieved with unflinching faith in God. Discharge
your duties with a sense of surrender to God. That is the
essence of true education. Education does not mean mere acquisition
of bookish knowledge. True education is beyond bookish knowledge.
First of all, you have to realise that divinity is present
everywhere. Let all your actions be pleasing to God. You have
come from God and are living in God. All your actions should
therefore be dedicated to God. When you follow such a sacred
path, you will ultimately merge in God. God is bhavapriya
not bahyapriya. He sees the feeling
behind your actions. The world is interested in bahyam
(outward show), but God is interested in your bhavam
(feeling). Hence, purify your feelings in the first instance.
You ask others, “Who are you?”
But have you ever enquired into yourself, “Who am I?”
True education lies in knowing the answer for this question.
What is the use of knowing about others if you don’t
know your own reality? That is not true education at all!
A true spiritual aspirant is one who understands and experiences
the principle of oneness. You say, “She is my mother”,
“He is my father”, so on and so forth. Such physical
relationship is related to the mind. If you take the physical
relationship to be real, you will never understand the truth.
You say, “I am Ramaiah.” It is the name given
to the body. But you are not the body. You should say with
firm conviction, “I am I.” However, when you call
yourself Ramaiah, you should act according to your name. Once
you understand your reality, you will experience everlasting
bliss. Many students have gathered here. But not all are studying
the same subject. You are pursuing various courses such B.A.,
M.A., M.Sc., etc. You should understand the purpose of education.
Nowadays several students aspire to go abroad after completing
their studies. They forget the very purpose of education,
and are enamoured by worldly attractions.
One should have single-minded devotion towards
God. Your faith should be total and unconditional. If your
faith is unsteady with ‘bumps and jumps’, you
will be confused and will become restless. Keep your desires
under control. Limitless desires will take you away from divinity.
Annihilation of desires will lead you to the principle of
unity. You should develop virtues and lead a good life. Understand
the purpose of education and act accordingly. Only then will
your birth as a human being be meaningful. One electric bulb
can provide illumination to many. Likewise, a heart filled
with love can illumine many lives. The educated people should
not look down upon the uneducated. If they are truly educated,
they will treat everyone equally and develop unity. Where
there is unity, there is purity. When we have purity, we can
experience divinity. Love is the basis for unity. Devoid of
love differences are bound to crop up.
Having joined our institution if you merely acquire degrees
without developing virtues, we will not be happy. You should
develop purity within and purity outside. Only then can you
earn a good name in society. People will praise you saying,
“So and so is a good boy, he minds his own business
and does not involve himself in unnecessary activities.”
Such good persons can bring about transformation in society.
Being students, you should follow the code of conduct prescribed
for the state of Brahmacharya.
On the contrary, if you succumb to the vagaries of the mind
and move about without any restraint, people will call you
a rowdy. When you are good in thought, word and deed, everyone
will talk high of you.
There is love in one and all. There is none bereft of love
in this world. Develop love. Let people speak what they want.
Do not be perturbed by criticism. If someone criticises you
loudly, it goes into thin air, if he criticises within, he
will only be the one who will be affected by it. In this manner,
you should neither be elated by praise nor depressed by criticism.
If you want to attain God, there should be harmony in your
thoughts, words and deeds. It is said, Manasyekam
vachasyekam, karmanyekam mahatmanam, manasyanyath vachasyanyath,
karmanyanyath duratmanam. (Those whose thoughts, words
and deeds are in perfect harmony are noble ones; those who
lack harmony of these are wicked.) It is not enough if you
have good command over language and speak eloquently about
Divinity. You should also put into practice what you speak
and experience divinity. You may be able to attract people
with powerful speech, but what is the use if you do not translate
your words into action.
When Jesus was born, three Arabian kings
came to see the child. Seeing the divine effulgence of the
child, the first king exclaimed, “He is the messenger
of God.” The second king said, “He is the son
of God.” The third king proclaimed, “He is verily
God Himself.” All the three statements are true. Never
think that you are different from God. You should transcend
duality and understand oneness with divinity. Whatever may
happen, do not deviate from the path of oneness. You should
have unwavering faith. Install these teachings firmly in your
heart and put them into practice in your daily life. Even
after you go back to your room, ruminate over what is being
With prayer to God, you can achieve anything
in life. I want you to pray. I want you to stand united like
brothers and sisters and earn a good name. Only then will
the purpose of establishing colleges here be fulfilled. I
am always with you, in you, above you, around you. Make efforts
to instill such faith and devotion in your fellow human beings.
That will make Me very happy.
Today is Sankranti,
which marks the commencement of Uttarayana,
the auspicious and sacred time. At least from today onwards,
develop noble feelings. Follow the sacred path. Then your
future will certainly be safe and secure. I hope I am not
causing inconvenience to you by speaking at length. When I
see all of you, My heart overflows with ananda
(bliss). Happiness lies in union with God. Hence contemplate
on God incessantly. Never give scope for anxiety or worry,
thinking “examinations are approaching. How am I going
to face them? Will I pass in the examinations?” Do not
give scope for despair and despondency with such negative
attitude. Have faith in God. Do your duty and face any situation
with courage. Then, the result is bound to be good. Love is
everything. Love is God. Live in love.
(Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the
Bhajan, “Hari Bhajan Bina
Sukha Santhi Nahin …”)