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Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Today's Sai Inspires from Prasanthi Nilayam

What must we do to win abundant grace in our lives? Bhagawan lovingly reminds us today.

Love is vital. Love is Divi...ne. To render an act fit to be offered to God and pure enough to win His Grace, it must be a manifestation of Love. Preserve Love from being poisoned from evil. Endeavour to cultivate love that is free from hatred and bias of all kinds. The root of all religions, the substance of all scriptures, the rendezvous of all roads, and the inspiration of all individuals is the Principle of Love (Prema). It is the firmest foundation for man's mission of Life. It is the Light that ensures world peace and world prosperity. Fill every word and every act of yours with Love. The word that emerges from your tongue shall not stab like the knife, nor wound like the arrow, nor hit like the hammer. It must be a foundation of sweet nectar, a counsel of consoling Vedantic wisdom, and a soft path of blossoms; it must shower peace and joy. -BABA
- Divine Discourse, Jul 29, 1969.

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SAI RAM

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

Lord Dakshinamurthy was walking along a wide seashore alone, immersed in deep meditation. He saw a dry... little twig on the crest of a wave in the distance being passed on from one wave to another, from trough to crest, from crest to trough, until it was cast on the sands on the shore. He was astounded at the egoism of the Ocean that would not give asylum to even a tiny twig. Sensing His reaction, the Ocean declared, in words that He could understand, "Mine is neither egoism nor anger; it is only the duty of self-preservation. I should not allow the slightest blot to deface my grandeur. If I allow this twig to mar my splendour, it will be the first step in my downfall." Then, Dakshinamurthy smiled admiring the vigilance of the mighty Ocean. He pictured the incident as a great lesson in spiritual endeavour. The slightest twig of desire, if it falls on the mind, has to be immediately lifted out of the pure waters and thrown off. That was the lesson to be learnt. - Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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- Divine Discourse, Jul 29, 1969.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

A home must be filled with love, with the sacrifice that love involves, the joy that love radiates, a...nd the peace that love imparts. Any brick and mortar structure where parents and children spend their lives cannot be a home if children do not yearn for it, and if parents do not find peace therein. The home is the temple where the family, each member of which is a moving temple, is nurtured and nourished. The mother is the high priest of this House of God. Humility is the incense with which the house is filled. Reverence is the lamp that is lit, with love as the oil and faith as the wick. Spend the years of your lives dedicating them for such worship in the homes that you live in. I bless you that through your faith and strength, your devotion and dedication may increase.

- Sri Sathya Sai Baba
- Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 19 - #SBOI

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

A home must be filled with love, with the sacrifice that love involves, the joy that love radiates, a...nd the peace that love imparts. Any brick and mortar structure where parents and children spend their lives cannot be a home if children do not yearn for it, and if parents do not find peace therein. The home is the temple where the family, each member of which is a moving temple, is nurtured and nourished. The mother is the high priest of this House of God. Humility is the incense with which the house is filled. Reverence is the lamp that is lit, with love as the oil and faith as the wick. Spend the years of your lives dedicating them for such worship in the homes that you live in. I bless you that through your faith and strength, your devotion and dedication may increase.

- Sri Sathya Sai Baba
- Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 19 - #SBOI

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SAI RAM

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

Nowadays, the common accessory in every ladies’ bag and in gents’ pockets is a mirror and a comb. You... dread that your charm is endangered when your hair is in slight disarray, or when your face reveals patches of powder; so, you try to correct the impression immediately. While so concerned about this fast-deteriorating personal charm, how much more concerned should you really be about the dust of envy and hate, and the patches of conceit and malice that desecrate your mind and hearts? Have a mirror and a comb for this purpose too! Have the mirror of Bhakti (devotion) to judge whether they are clean and bright. The comb of Jnana or wisdom, earned by discrimination straightens problems, resolves knots and enables you to control and channelise your feelings and emotions that are scattered wildly in all directions. Whatever you do, wherever you are, remember that I am with you and in you. This will save you from conceit and error. -Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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- Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 1969

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SAI RAM

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

Human birth is the noblest of all, the final product of untold ages of your own progressive evolution.... Ask yourself this: Are you consciously striving to live up to this precious gift you’ve won? From now on, make every living day a continuous offering of Love, like an oil lamp that exhausts itself in illumining the surroundings. Wear the invisible badge of a volunteer of God at all hours and in all places. Bend the body, mend the senses, and end the mind - that is the process of attaining the status of 'the children of immortality,' which the Upanishads have reserved for you. God is the embodiment of sweetness. Attain Him by offering Him the sweetness that He has endowed you with. Crush the cane in the mill of service, boil it in the cauldron of penitence, decolorise it of all sensual itch, and offer the crystallised sugar of compassionate Love to Him. - Sri Sathya Sai Baba
- Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 1969

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Today's Sai Inspires from Prasanthi Nilayam

How can we become true ‘sevadals’? Bhagawan lovingly explains what he expects from all of us.

The spirit of sacrifi...ce is the basic prerequisite for every sevak (servitor). Without the inspiration of the sense of sacrifice, your seva will be hypocrisy, a hollow ritual. You wear the sevadal scarf over your apparel, only to remove it soon! When you remove the scarf, you feel relieved that you have been released from the obligation to love and serve. In doing so, you are only playing a temporary role in a drama, donning a scarf and doffing it. Internalise the spirit of sacrifice in your heart, deep and clear. God is Love and can be won only through the cultivation and exercise of Love. He cannot be trapped by any trick; He bestows grace only when His commands are followed - the command to love all and serve all. When you do this, you are serving yourself most - yourself whom you love most! For God's Grace envelops you then, and you are strengthened beyond all previous experience. BABA

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- Divine Discourse, Jun 26, 1969.

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SAI RAM

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AS WRITTEN AT PRASANTHI NILAYAM TODAY

People are not aware that time sanctified by service offers high rewards to themselves as well as to ...those whom they serve. All acts of service are not equally sanctifying or uniform in the benefits they confer. When service is undertaken by power-hungry people, or under compulsion or by imitative urges, it results in more harm than good. Self-aggrandizement or competition or ostentation are motives that will pollute the sacred Sadhana of Service. The candidate for this spiritual activity has to avoid ahamkara (egoism), adambara (exhibitionism) and abhimana (favouritism). Before embarking on a service project one must introspect and examine if the heart is full of selfless love, humility and compassion; whether one’s head has the intelligent understanding and knowledge of the problem and its solution; whether the hands are eager to offer the healing touch, and whether one can gladly spare and share time, energy and skill to help others in dire need.
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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Some people hope to accumulate merit by charity; others feel that asceticism is superior; still others adhere strictly to what they b...elieve Sanaathana Dharma (Eternal Religion) to be, considering it a better way to secure Divine Grace. But these, and even the highly praised path of sathya (truth) and dharma (righteousness), are not as fruitful as the path of seva (service). This sacred land of Bhaarath has earned great renown in the world for its consistent practice of this ideal of service through sacrifice.
Embodiments of the Divine Aathman (Self)! Shiva is Omnipresent; He is the Inner Motivator of all beings. He is ever present, everywhere, in our realm as well as in the realms around us. This fundamental truth has to be firmly believed in by every Seva Dhal (Voluntary Service Corps) member, and, realising this, he has to be humble and full of reverence towards all. You have to encounter various contrary gusts of passion, emotion, impulse, and intellectual doubt. Nevertheless, bear them bravely and overcome them through prayer and meditation.
The Lord, too, will provide many tests to ensure that your faith is firm, that your spirit of seva is full and universal. The weaker practitioners of this seva saadhana (service-centred spiritual effort) will soon be shaken by these tests, and stray away from the right path. The six enemies---lust, anger, greed, delusion, pride and hatred---that lie in wait to foil their saadhana (spiritual effort), overpower the inner urge and make them slaves of the merely physical and material.

Keep "Heads in the forest, Hands in society"

The Seva Dhal member who shines in the splendour of the faith that "God is in himself and equally so in all," can transform the members of his family, his neighbours, the society in which he lives and the country to which he belongs, for the better. His love and light will bring him, unasked, a great deal of respectful attention.
As a preliminary to seva you have to win purity of heart. You must examine your motives and skills, your intentions and qualifications, and discover for yourself what you hope to achieve through the seva. You should ferret out any trace of egotism, and also the desire for fame or even of being near Swaami. If you have an irrepressible urge to possess things that contribute to your comfort or sense of superiority over others who are your friends or kith and kin, then the sooneryou leave the Dhal the better.
You have heard some basic directions that I have been continuously giving. I have been telling you to deal with them as directions for life. "Duty is God; Work is Worship," and another dictum, "Heads in the forest, Hands in society." Do deeds that are holy and beneficial, untarnished by ego and the greed to benefit. Start on the sacred pilgrimage to the Divine Goal and make every minute of your life holy and purposeful. Then, surely, this earth, your karmakshethra (field of work), will be transformed into a dharmakshethra (field of righteousness).
While judging the seva done by a member of the Dhal, it is not the quantity or number of individual instances that matter; they do not count at all. Judge rather the motive that led him to serve, the genuineness of the love and compassion with which the seva was saturated. You may explain that it was your duty and so you had to do it; you may say that it was a responsibility which was imposed on you by the scarf and badge. But the explanation that appeals to Swaami is that you did the seva with no taint of ego, and that you derived unsurpassed aanandha (bliss) as a result.

Do not hesitate to practise humility

Preliminary to any seva, you have to uproot all egotistic tendencies, get rid of all sense of mine and thine and burn to ashes the pride that comes of the feeling that you are offering service to someone poorer and less fortunate. I find that the members of the Seva Dhal seldom aim to attain this stage. They are still growing the thorny bush of ego in their hearts. And the thorns are bound to hurt them more than they do others. The feelings of 'I' and 'mine' are at the root of all the misery in the world.
Do not hesitate to practise humility and obedience, discipline and compassion. Give up pride at your status, wealth, scholarship or official position. "Can I, a big officer, a rich merchant, a great scholar, a man highly respected in society, descend to this level of chumming with this sorrowing man?" Do not ask such silly questions. Every one of these qualifications of which you boast will disappear with death, or sometimes, sooner. The aanandha that you give, the love that you share, these alone will be your lasting possessions.

Watch for the Divinity latent in every man

Others not motivated by the spiritual urge might ridicule you, caricature your activities and even put obstacles in your path. But do not lose grip over your courage or hate such persons. Do not yield to anger. Watch for the Divinity that is latent in every man. That will give you peace and fortitude. Pay attention to the One that is the Truth of the many. You have met statewise, ingroups, and arrived at certain conclusions about the types of seva. These have been presented now.
Rajesh Khanna from Delhi showed you the mini first-aid box that each Seva Dhal member can carry in his pocket so that he may be ready at any moment for any eventuality. It is indeed a good idea which can be taken up by other states. Health is the primary requisite for all activities---physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual. Any injury or illness that affects it adversely has to be attended to with loving care.
But more essential than these aids is another type of seva. Carry in the inner pocket, the heart, a box with a few tablets of discrimination, an ounce or two of sense-control and a few packets of powder prepared as the mixture of love and forbearance. Use this box to infuse courage and compassion in others and in yourself.

Sense-control will guard against all evils

Sense-control will guard you against a host of evils. Do not believe that because you are equipped with the senses nothing harmful can happen through their free exercise. You may have your car registered in your own name and be driving it yourself, but if you do not apply the brakes timely, accidents are bound to be your lot. Your body can be compared to a car. Your eyes are like the lights; your stomach, the petrol tank; your mouth, the horn; your mind, the steering wheel; dharma (right action), artha (wealth), kaama (desire) and moksha (liberation), the wheels; the air within the tyres is faith and intelligence, buddhi (intellect), the switch.
The worship of jeeva (individual being), which is the other name for seva can be worthwhile only when the heart is pure. All the various types of service that one may write and talk about are mere empty, boasts if the mind of the sevak (volunteer) is not pure. A heart bubbling with aanandha and a mind saturated with love may do any tiny bit of seva, yet that will win much more Grace than huge projects undertaken in pride and pomp.
Nowadays, faith in God and goodness has declined. The means have become subordinate to the end. Success is sought by fair means or foul, foul means being the first resort. Misuse of official position, terrorising ignorant and innocent people to get one's way, creating situations of fear and despair, to undermine the moral strength of people---these have become accepted tactics. Victory won through questionable means is as shameful as defeat; defeat, while pursuing honest and compassionate means, is to be welcomed as victory. When you do not stray from the straight path, when you hold fast to truth and when you do not lose courage, your failure is as creditable as success.
Seva Dhal members should not become machine-minded and mechanical. They must have faith not in yanthra (machine), but in manthra (sacred formulas). They must consider each living being to be a part of the One God. You select a bamboo which is straight and long. But when selecting a cane, you look to the sugar content. Similarly, do not select Seva Dhal members for any qualification other than the saadhana by which they are aware of the Divinity in each individual.

Sai is the Inner inspiration for each worker

I advise through another slogan also: "Even if you cannot oblige, you can at least speak obligingly." This means that you have to cleanse your speech of cynicism and satire and be ever sincere and sweet. You may differ from co-workers on methods and programmes, but this should not leave a scar on your heart. Office-bearers in this Organisation are leaders who bear the brunt themselves, guides who walk along the path they wish others to take. They shall not command or punish, they can only persuade and advise.
The name of Sathya Sai is attached to each wing of this organisation. It is Sai that inspires each activity of each wing. This fact has not been taken to heart by many of you. Sai is the Inner inspiration and light for each worker. The different wings should not feel free to act according to the whims and fancies of the members or office-bearers. Each is dependent on the other. When a thorn pricks the foot, the eye sheds tears. There is a Divinity that moves and motivates the entire system of physical, mental and intellectual activity in the body: Anthar bahischa thath sarvam, vyaapya Naaraayana sthithah (Inside and outside, all that is, is saturated with God). When one organ is happy, all are happy. When one limb is ill, all are in misery.

Feeling of hatred is a serious sin

The name, Dhal, that you bear, has another great significance. Dhal means the petal of a flower. The lotus has as many as a thousand petals. They all emanate from the central karnika (pericarp). Each petal draws its strength, sustenance, colour, fragrance, and charm from the karnika. Detached from the karnika the petal cannot survive. That attachment and that affection can be secured when the petal clings to the ideals of 'Sai and the lessons of Sai. In My Message to you, there is no scope for your seeing differences or distinctions among those you sere. Lokaassamasthah sukhino bhavanthu (May every being in all the worlds be happy). That Is My wish and blessing.
Cultivating prema (divine love) is the one and only saadhana that can endow you with thisoutlook and faith. If there arises in the Samithi or Seva Dhal or Mahila Vibhaag, any feeling of hatred between members, clash of opinions or envy against some other member, treat it as a serious sin. It is a sacrilege, an act of treason against the organisation itself. Let the past be past, for that we cannot recover. Let us not brood over what has already happened. But from this moment, give up envy, pride and hatred in your hearts and plant therein, love and mutual help. Give up the pernicious habit of seeking faults in others; seek first the faults in yourself. You discover faults only because you have those faults. Faultless people can never find fault in others.

Inner cleanliness is important for sevaks

We have here ten thousand Seva Dhal members, trained and dedicated for seva. However I doubt that you are being sincere in your duty to yourself and to others. As part of rural service you go into the villages adopted by the samithis and repair roads, clear drains, give some medicines, conduct bhajan, (devotional songs sung in groups) and deliver lectures. Is this the work that the Sathya Sai Seva Dhal has to do? Suppose you have a glass which you use to drink water from. Is it enough if the glass is cleaned on the outside? Inner cleanliness, inner health, inner illumination---these are far more important and the Sathya Sai Seva Dhal has to take them up in a big way.
Find out how many families are in misery and poverty on account of the evil habits of their bread-winners. Drinking, gambling and other vices have to be tackled with humility and love, through persuasion and even personal submission. Even the government builds hospitals, provides roads, arranges for water supply and caters to their other material needs. But only a spiritual, band of saadhakas (spiritual aspirants) like you can succeed in reforming their habits and bringing them on the path of peace, prosperity and harmony.
Every effort to give the villager a few more coins through employment will only make things worse if his moral fibre is not made strong enough to overcome the temptations of drink and gambling. Lead him slowly and surely along the path of God and these habits will drop off one by one.

"Fight to the end" and "Finish the game"

Do not hope to gain Grace by looking down upon mankind and looking up' at Sai. Remember, also, that your dress, behaviour and appearance, will reveal your character and attitude towards others." Always have sweet, soft words on your tongue; cast your eyes only on holy sights. Wear' clean, simple clothes and do not imitate those who are fascinated by latest fashions in dress and style. How can you do seva when you move so far away from the common man? I advise you to 'Follow the Master.' By 'Master' I mean the Conscience within you, the Voice' of God. Only then can you 'Face the devil' and escape from his temptations unharmed. And you must be ever vigilant that old habits and past attitudes do not come home again. Thus following the third rule of 'Fight to the end,' you finally gain the victory in the fourth round: 'Finish the game.'
From the moment of birth, your breath has been proclaiming your Reality, for it repeats incessantly the manthra (sacred formulae), 'Soham' (I am He, I am Shivam). Be conscious of this and you can never be wrong. You can never injure or insult anyone, for he too is He. Once that repetition of Soham stops, man is reduced to shavam (a corpse). Therefore cultivate the Divine qualities of love, compassion, humility and reverence for all living beings, reverence towards the earth and all the other elements. You can thus draw upon yourself the Grace of God and render you life beneficial and fruitful.
IV All India Seva Dhal Conference, 22-11-1978

- Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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Why should we serve those in need in whatever way we can? Bhagawan lovingly reminds us today.

You are born in socie...ty, you grow in society, and earn name and fame in society. You learn many skills from the society and develop intelligence, and thereby you gain reputation for being intelligent. You received all these precious gifts from society. Have anyone of you, young men and women, thought of showing gratitude to the society from which you got the name and fame? What service are you rendering to the society in return for the good things received? How are you expressing your gratitude to society? Put these questions to yourself, and you get shallow answers. Ingratitude is incorrect. Every human being must possess the quality of gratitude. Being beneficiaries one must show gratitude. And as an expression of one’s gratitude, one should render selfless service to the society; it is one’s foremost duty.
-BABA
- Divine Discourse, Jul 16, 1997.

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