- Kindly note post "Divine discourse on Maha Shivaratri" sent earlier is
actually from 21st Feb. 2009. Although the discourse was initially
released as MahaShivaratri discourse by SSBPT:ORG however, it has been
emended to 21st FEB.now! We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
21st Feb. 2009 This being a long weekend culminating in Shivarathri,
Prasanthi Nilayam is filled to the brim with devotees.There was a
sweet pleasant surprise for all the devotees gathering here and it was
personally planned by Swami. As usual, the bhajans had begun and were
on in full swing. Swami completed the darshan rounds and after sitting
for a few bhajans, called out to Mr.Ajit Popat, the "puppet" as he
calls himself. It was a surprise for everyone. Offering his
salutations, Mr.Popat learnt that Swami wanted him to address the
gathering. In his inimitable style, beginning with the now famous,
"Namaste Premaroopaya" poem, Mr.Popat spoke with energy and gusto for
about 45 minutes. Swami advised him to speak long and strong! He spoke
on the joy of being in the Divine presence.
After that, there seemed to be a slight confusion! Swami told Popat
that more should be spoken. So he promptly obeyed and came to the
mike. Then Swami said, "I'll speak." Mr. Popat said over the mike, "
It is only Swami who speaks. I am just a puppet!" Swami then said
again that He wanted to speak. It was with a thunderous applause that
devotees woke up to the beautiful fact that there would be a flow of
nectarine words from the Divine lips! Swami began to speak,
The Bharatiyas are like the elephant which does not know its own
strength. It gets trained by the mahout and meekly sits down or gets
up as commanded. Following the foreign culture, the Bharatiyas are
forgetting their own culture which is so sacred, noble and immortal.
How can you call yourselves Bharatiyas if you forget thus? It is said
to treat one's Mother, Father, Preceptor and Guest as God. If you
forget the mother who is also the first Guru, what use is life then?
We speak for hours because we see changes all around. The Jagat(world)
is negative. All that we 'see'- the forests, the cities - all are
negative and a product of your imagination- the reflections of your
mind. The Atma is positive, the Nayaka or leader. There is nothing
other than the Atma. Where is the Atma? Mamaivamsho Jeevaloke
Jeevabhootha Sanathana - The entire Universe and beings that are seen
are parts of the Atma. That is One with no second. Duality is only an
imagination and hence it is said that a man with dual mind is half
blind. Only One exists and that is only known as the Sahasra Sheersha
Purusha.( One with a thousand heads.) But today, you are dividing the
heads! For Unity to be achieved, you need Purity. For Purity you need
to realize the inherent divinity in all.
Never forget the inherent unity. Even the Taittriya Upanishad stresses
on the Atmic principle. Without that, there is no existence.
Everything is a mere reflection of that. Whatever be the caste creeed
or country, there is only one Atmic principle. Rama, Krishna and
others came. Their bodies, however, lasted only a while. Nothing is
permanent. Nothing in the Jagat is the Truth. However great one may
become, he is not permanent. Only the Atma is permanent.It has neither
beginning, nor end. That Consciousness is truth and Existence.
Everyone here is a form of the Atma. Forgetting that, you imagine the
ephemeral as permanent. All that is a hallucination and it leads to
plurality. Only the Atma is Satya (Truth) and Nitya (Permanent).
We undergo changes as we move from infancy to childhood to adulthood.
But we remain the same! We should have faith in that changeless
reality. Man today is immersed in changing things. A true Manava (man)
is one who is changeless. And to achieve that, Self- Confidence is
needed. You know that Abraham Lincoln was born poor; other students in
the school treated him contemptuously when he went to school wearing
torn clothes. His friends mocked and jeered at him. He became sad and
ran to his mother who consoled him thus, "Child do not cry. The world
is like this, but just don't you pay heed to it. Have Atma Vishwasam.
(Self-Confidence)." That word struck deep inside. As a result, he
became the President of America. Before occupying the seat of the
President, he prostrated to his mother; he knew that he could rise to
such a high position only by his mother's advice and blessings.
Everyone were surprised and the friends too were amazed - a poor boy
became the President only by implicitly obeying the Mother and
developing Self-confidence. The mother was a tailor by profession and
she charged a dollar or half for clothes that she stitched. Her
blessings and good wishes ensured that he completed a successful 5 years.
There is nothing great in studying. Teachers and books will help you
do that. Self Confidence is important. The nine fold path of devotion
is of no use if there is no self confidence. Cultivate that. Even if
you have big friends, there is no use. Help ever, hurt never. And the
Mother's teaching is the greatest help. That is why the mother is
worshipped. Never disobey her command. Her love will always be with
you, around you, above you, below you and in you. People think they
are big an they forget their mother. They treat her like servant
maids. Let her say anything, you must follow it. The mother alone is
the true teacher; all others are mere helpers. There is no greatness
in staying abroad or earning money. Follow the mother and all problems
will dissolve. Otherwise life is a total failure. To follow the
mother's command is the main goal of life. And one must do this not as
a duty; but out of love.
In Bharat, never consider the woman as insignificant. None actually
comprehand the power of a woman. Savitri brought back her dead husband
to life while Sita passed through the test of fire. It is the chastity
of the woman that brings greatness to the country. Bharat is great and
it has survived all the problems. It is a land of merit and glory. You
are all so special, having been born in BHarat. See that you fulfill
that boon. High grades are not needed. Have the culture of Bharat and
life will be a victory. It may not have the affluence of the west but
it enjoys spirituality and sanctity. Thus, the Bharatiyas enjoy great
bliss. To get this, people from everywhere else come to Bharat. It is
the spiritual power that attracts.
There are three stages- Concentration, contemplation and meditation.
It does not mean just sitting steady, but steadying the mind.
Concentration is like primary school. Contemplation is secondary
school while meditation is the University level. Then you should get
good degrees. You become true students only after reaching the
meditation level. That is the state of ever steadiness. From God's
point of view, you do not need high % of marks, but meditation to pass!
Dear students, do not crave for first class. Marks are not that
important. Ensure that ou do not get remarks. True marks is determined
by your self-confidence.
Swami concluded with Hari Bhajan Bina. After His hour-long Discourse,
Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence in the chair
itself, accepting many letters on the way.
Divine Discourse on 21st Feb 2009