God Protects those who Protect Sathya
No visit to
any pilgrim centre, no penance, no Yogic practice, no study
of sacred texts nor charitable acts will help you in crossing
over the ocean of Samsara, but the service rendered to the
You would have read in sacred texts that Ravana was a master
of four Vedas and six Sastras. Having learnt these sacred
texts, was there any transformation in him? No. Instead of
developing Daivatva (divine qualities), he developed Danavatva
(demonic qualities). The ten heads of Ravana symbolised four
Vedas and six Sastras. In the decisive battle, Rama severed
Ravana’s heads since he did not put into practice the
knowledge he had acquired. Mere learning of sacred texts and
chanting of Vedas will not bring about any transformation.
In order to drive home this message, Rama cut off with his
arrows Ravana’s ten heads. It is only right at the end.
Just before his spirit left his body did Ravana recognise
his faults and repented for them and became sacred thereby.
All that God preaches is for the benefit and welfare of humanity.
Therefore, it is enough if one puts into practice at least
one of the teachings of the Vedas. It should be a natural
trait for everyone to put into practice the divine teachings.
In Prasanthi Nilayam, you find that even
the Primary school children join the senior students in chanting
Vedas. They know all Vedas, but they do not have the required
knowledge to put them into practice. Mere recitation of the
Vedas is of little use.
Only God exists everywhere and at all times. The world is
but an illusion. The sacred teaching that God exists everywhere
should be propagated to everyone. You find many Sadhakas (spiritual
aspirants) chanting and teaching the Vedas. Consider this
example: a cassette tape or a disc merely plays, but does
not experience the melody. It would be fruitless if one does
not practise what he preaches. So, one should recognise, understand
and practice the sacred teachings. Lord Krishna put into practice
what He propagated and also insisted that everyone should
follow suit. You find many elders in the Mahabharata who were
great scholars themselves, but, failed to put into practice
the knowledge they acquired. The same is the position today.
God has no preferences or no dislike whatsoever. All are equal
for Him. But, He watches to see how much a person puts into
practice what he has learnt. Many people study sacred texts,
go on pilgrimage, perform penance, repeat God’s Name,
but what is the use? Many ask Me for a Japamala (rosary).
Is it to adorn your neck for publicity or is it for spiritual
experience? One hand is enough for one who wants to practise
this Sadhana. (At this point, Swami demonstrated with His
hand as to how one should do Namasmarana.) The five fingers
of the hand contain nine Aksharas (letters) which are further
divided into twelve Brahmas and this makes up to hundred and
eight beads of the rosary. Chanting the name of Rama nine
times twelve will make up to one hundred and eight. This Sadhana
requires neither a Japamala nor a fixed place. It can be done
while walking or even while lying down till you go to sleep.
When there are such easy and sacred paths, why should one
go for strenuous Sadhanas foregoing sleep?
Droupadi is known for her chastity. She has protected
her husbands in many ways. After the gruesome massacre of
the young Pandava children, Arjuna tracked down Aswatthama,
the perpetrator of the atrocity, and dragged him before Droupadi.
Instead of cursing the evildoer and pronouncing punishment
for him, she fell at the feet of Aswatthama, the son of her
husbands’ most revered Guru, and said:
It is at the feet of your father,
Dronacharya that my husbands have learnt all that they know.
Being the son of Dronacharya, was it proper to kill my children.
How could you have the heart to kill them who were unharmed,
young, quietly asleep, were not having any grudge against
you, and were not contemplating any harm to you?
When Droupadi was praying like this, Bhima could not bear
to see this. Exploding in anger, Bhima roared:
This Droupadi is a stupid woman,
for she pleads for this wretch’s freedom. She feels
no anger against this murderer of her sons. (Telugu
When Arjuna was about to kill Aswatthama, Droupadi fell at
his feet and reasoned with him thus: “Arjuna! Will my
sons be revived by killing Aswatthama? His mother too would
experience the same kind of sorrow that I am undergoing at
the loss of my sons. Having studied the Vedas and Sastras,
how is it that you are not able to maintain your tranquillity?”
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. Truly speaking, the
Indweller who is in the form of the Atma is verily God Himself.
Thus, Droupadi pleaded with Arjuna to forgive Aswatthama for
his heinous act. Arjuna replied, “You are preventing
me from keeping up my vow.” To this Droupadi said, “Tonsuring
his head and removing the crown jewel from his head is equivalent
to killing him.” Arjuna paid heed to Droupadi’s
advice and as a token punishment shaved Aswatthama’s
head, took his crown jewel and sent him away.
What is Papa (sin)? Hurting, abusing and killing others is
sin. What is Punya (merit)? Helping others is merit. Therefore,
one should not retaliate to an evil act with an evil act.
Instead, one should be magnanimous in forgiving the offender.
There are many such sacred teachings in the Mahabharata.
There are many
such noble women like Droupadi. She stands as an ideal for
all women. Why are we forgetting the teachings of such great
women? Today, women are treated as mere puppets. But they
are full of courage, valour, sacrifice, determination and
righteousness. Have you ever cared to recognise the power
latent in women? Men do not possess such valour and courage
of women. It is because of such great women that our Bharatiya
culture is held in high esteem. Otherwise, it would have declined
long ago. Did you ever recognise the fact that women are endowed
with such great powers as courage, valour, determination and
righteousness? These qualities are not to be easily found
in men. Why? Most of them are afflicted with the disease of
anger, which is ruining them.
One with anger will not be successful
in any of his endeavours. He will commit sins and will be
derided by one and all.
It is possible that women may also succumb to anger and indulge
in sinful deeds, now and then. Such people should be pardoned
and encouraged to make amends, not denounced and condemned.
The quality of patience and perseverance in women is great.
In fact, it is the quality of equanimity in times of difficulty
that was characteristic of the Droupadi, which saved the Pandavas.
There are several such women even in present times also. The
bad qualities of anger, passion, jealousy, envy and pride
are more prominent in men. Women are able to control such
evil qualities from overtaking them. Under the circumstances
is it not our duty to encourage and honour such women who
preserve and promote peace and harmony? On the contrary, women
are belittled and slighted. No, no, this should not happen.
Such women with noble qualities deserve to be encouraged and
A few days ago, you had witnessed a function in this Hall,
where the glory of womanhood was highlighted. A playlet was
put up in this Hall by Chethana, in which the greatness of
mother Sita, as the ideal woman, was presented. Sita and Droupadi
were great Pathivrathas (women of chastity). Such efforts
to highlight the greatness of women need to be encouraged.
Sathya and Dharma (truth and righteousness) are the greatest
characteristics of Indian culture. If these two are protected,
the country can be saved from degeneration. If you want to
protect your country, you need not join the army and fight
a battle. If truth and righteousness that are inherent in
you are protected, they themselves will protect the country.
It is not great to kill the enemies in a war. First and foremost,
protect truth and righteousness in you. The country will automatically
be protected. Indian culture exhorts Sathyam
Vada (speak truth) and Dharmam
Chara (practise righteousness). When you do this with
perseverance, you will become a great hero. When you protect
Sathya and Dharma, God will, in turn, protect you. Instead
of trying to worship God and obtain His grace, if you protect
truth and righteousness, God will protect not only your country,
but the whole world. Truth is your very life-breath. Righteousness
is your armour. Therefore, protect truth; foster righteousness.
That is enough. Truth and righteousness are inseparable. One
cannot exist without the other.
They are the very life-breath for the universe. Droupadi was
assiduously observing and propagating these two.
Sathya Dharmamu Santhi Premalatho
Nee nithya jeevana yathra saginchu.
(Oh man! Carry on your life’s journey with the help
of Truth, Righteousness, Peace, and Love). You must hold on
to these principles, come what may. God will always protect
such people. History is replete with several examples wherein
people held steadfastly to the principles of Sathya and Dharma,
and were constantly protected by God. One such example is
that of Pandavas and their chaste wife, Droupadi. You may
argue, “Where is Sathya and Dharma in the present-day
world? Whom are they protecting?” This is a totally
wrong argument. If you protect Sathya and Dharma, they will,
in turn, stand before you and protect you. They are the very
embodiments of Divinity. Unfortunately, today, instead of
Sathyam Vada (speak truth) and
Dharmam Chara (practise righteousness),
people are following the distorted version Sathyam
Vadha (kill truth) and Dharmam
Chara (imprison righteousness). This is utter perversion.
You should lead your lives based on Sathya and Dharma and
consider them as more important than your lives.
When Droupadi was pleading with Aswatthama who killed her
sons, Bhima was furious with uncontrollable anger. He clenched
his fist and proceeded towards Aswatthama to kill him. In
that uncontrollable rage, he argued with Droupadi, “Are
you mad? Why are you trying to save this man who mercilessly
slit the throat of your five sons? I will break the head of
this child-killer into pieces with my fist. Do not come in
my way.” At that moment Droupadi fell at the feet of
Bhima and pleaded with him to spare the life of Aswatthama.
She prayed for regaining his composure. People around, who
were witnessing this scene, were wonderstruck. They were wondering
whether Droupadi was really mad! In fact, the world will be
better if everyone is afflicted with such madness. Thus, when
Droupadi pleaded with her husbands for saving the life of
Aswatthama, he prayed for forgiveness. Droupadi was happy
at the change of heart in Aswatthama and advised him, “Brother!
You need not beg for my forgiveness. Instead, you pay your
respect and do service to your mother. Do not drown her in
sorrow. Never cause her anguish; take good care of her.”
Even the loss of five sons did not make Droupadi shed tears
Several women come to me with a heavy heart and tell me “Swami!
My husband’s death has caused me deep sorrow and anguish.
How do I bear this calamity?” Then I would respond saying,
“Oh! Your husband died? Very happy.” They feel
very unhappy with My attitude and question Me, “What
is this Swami? Are You so happy on hearing the news of my
husband’s death?” What am I to say? I am always
happy. I do not know what sorrow is. I always discharge My
God is the only person who protects everybody. Therefore,
pray to God always. Forgetting God and depending on the mercy
of human beings! What madness! You must depend on God, for
everything in your life. That is real Thapas (penance).
Since ancient times, women have been the very life-breath
and foundation for Bharat. They are the very embodiment of
truth and righteousness. How much respect and reverence we
must show towards such noble women? On the contrary, there
are several people today, who put them to untold suffering.
Due to bad habits and bad company, people lose their sense
of discrimination and torture the women. No woman should be
put to mental and physical torture, whatever be their nature.
They must be revered and respected and protected in all ways.
Women in Bharat have always been held in high esteem. There
are several chaste and noble women in Bharat and still Bharatiyas
are undergoing difficulties. What is the reason? Whose fault
is this? It is only because the Bharatiyas are not giving
proper respect and place to women in society. The fault lies
squarely on the men.
Forbearance is the real beauty
in this sacred land of Bharat. Of all the rituals, adherence
to truth is the greatest penance. (Telugu
The truthful character of the women is really their Tapas
(penance). Therefore, such noble women must be encouraged
and honoured. If you can put this one great principle into
practice, your life will be sanctified. Those who ill-treat
their wives can never be happy and prosperous. If men cannot
protect their women who are prepared to sacrifice even their
lives for the sake of their husbands, what for is their existence?
Women are really the presiding deities of their homes. Our
primary duty is to protect them. Never let your women shed
tears. If women shed tears, such homes will be ruined in no
time. Women are ideals to the society. Never cause them distress.
Men should lead a life of truth and righteousness. Only then
can they protect the country and become worthy of being called
real men. Otherwise, how can they become heroic men? Several
people go to temples. When they visit a temple, they must
make a vow that they would respect and protect the women.
Only then will they be protected. It is only when the women
are safe, the whole world will be happy. Therefore, if you
wish to protect Dharma in the world, you must first protect
your Dharma towards women.
Embodiments of Love!
Imagine a situation wherein you are in the role of women and
some men torture you. How miserable and helpless you would
feel! Women are prepared to sacrifice even their lives for
the sake of their husbands. But, men do not have such spirit
of sacrifice. Men should also cultivate such a spirit of sacrifice,
like women. Only then will you be fit to be called men. Otherwise,
you will be men only in form, but lacking in masculinity.
You consider women as Abala (weak). But, the truth is they
are Sakthi Swarupas (embodiments of strength and power). Only,
I know the plight of women who lost their husbands. It is
our duty to protect such women. If you can discharge this
duty properly, you will be happy throughout your life.
Embodiments of Love!
You must follow truth even in small matters. There
are three letters “Sa”, “Tha” and
“Ya” in the word “Sathya”. If you
reverse the order, it will become “Ya” “Tha”
and “Sa”. This means when you do Thapas with austerities
like Yama (control of the inner senses) and Niyama (control
of the outer senses), you will have the divine vision of Sathya
Swarupa (Embodiment of Truth). You have to thus, recognise
the inner meaning of every word and follow them meticulously.
King Janaka, a great renunciant king, used to propagate truth
and righteousness to his subjects among his own example. His
daughter, Sita, also led a pious life based on truth and righteousness.
You are not studying the life history of such ideal women.
Instead, you are reading trash. No. No. This is unbecoming
of you. You should study the ancient history of Bharat, which
is so sacred. The character and morality of women in Bharat
are very sacred. You will become worthy of being called men
only when you undertake to protect such great women. By mere
sporting a moustache or growing a beard, will you become men?
Moustache and beard are not the real signs of masculinity.
You must protect ladies and uphold the dignity of the family.
Only then can you become great heroes and men of character.
Embodiments of Love!
Consider women as embodiments of truth. Even
if some minor faults are noticed in them, do not give credence
to them. Respect and revere them. Do not use even a single
word that would offend them. If they really wish, they can
achieve any great task. You should be even prepared to lay
down your lives for the sake of protecting and fostering women.
At least from today, all of you should come forward to protect
the honour and dignity of women in the world. Women also should
undertake a vow to contribute their mite in this great task
of protection of Sthri Dharma. As regards men, there is nothing
great or new in trying to protect women. That is your duty.
Her duty is to foster and maintain the entire family as a
unit. If women are protected, they in turn will protect the
entire world. Never belittle women and treat them as mere
playthings. I hope all of you men will, at least in future,
undertake to protect the dignity and honour of women and thereby
protect your own dignity and honour. I conclude My discourse
blessing you all.
(Bhagawan concluded His Discourse with the
Bhajan, “Rama Rama Rama