The Effulgent Lord who shines in every atom
and pervades the entire universe will protect you always. He is
the Omnipotent Lord of Parthi who will grant you Bhakthi
(devotion), and will certainly help you in all your endeavours.
What else is to be conveyed to this assembly of noble souls?
Embodiments of Love!
God does not need anybody’s support or help. He takes care of
everything of His own accord and bestows His grace on all.
Humanity cannot Exist without
Devotees! Do not think that God is confined to a particular place and
that you have to search for Him. It is a sign of ignorance to search
for God who is everywhere at all times. First and foremost, you should
enquire and understand who God is. He is the one who pervades in every
particle and every atom of Prakriti (Nature). Nature is the direct
manifestation of God. There is nothing that God cannot accomplish. He
sees everything at all times. Without recognizing the divine power of
God in Nature, it is a mistake to think that God does not respond to
your prayers and come to your rescue. Devotion and divine grace are
interrelated and interdependent. Man is unable to understand the
divine power of God because of Maya (illusion).
Whatever God does is for the welfare of the world. Not a
single act of God is without a purpose. Man gets confused as he is
unable to understand the inner meaning of God’s actions. The earth
rotates on its axis at the speed of one thousand miles per hour
causing day and night. Rising and setting of the sun as well as waxing
and waning of the moon promote all activity on earth. Not merely that,
the earth revolves around the sun at the speed of 66 thousand miles
per hour, giving rise to various seasons. The seasons benefit man in
many ways. Formation of clouds and occurrence of rainfall help man to
grow food. In this manner, the earth provides food and sustenance to
all beings. Can a human being or a government for that matter
accomplish such a mighty task? No, no. Without recognizing these
beneficial acts of God of such enormous magnitude, man wastes his life
in delusion and doubt. If you enquire deeply, you will know that
divine power is at work at all times. Every Kana (cell), every Kshana
(moment) and every Yuga (aeon) is governed by Divine Will. God is
everywhere and is in the form of Nature. Unable to realize this truth,
people develop doubts regarding the existence of God. Everything is
supported and sustained by God. There can be no Manavatwam (humanity)
without Daivatwam (Divinity). Your life will be sanctified when you
understand this truth.
your Actions to God
God does not waste even a single moment. All the time, He is engaged
in action for the welfare of all. He is the sole refuge of all at
every moment of time. Nothing is impossible for God who permeates Anda,
Pinda and Brahmanda (terrestrial, celestial and cosmic planes). Every
second of our life is dependent on the Divine Will. Every breath of
our life is governed by God. We cannot take even one breath without
His Will. People are unable to recognize such omnipresent, omnipotent
God and waste their time in vain argumentation regarding His
existence. They do not experience even an iota of joy due to their
lack of faith in all-powerful God.
Once Arjuna asked Lord Krishna, “Swami! What is the reason that You
are always engaged in action?” Krishna replied, “Arjuna! I perform
Karma (action) in order to demonstrate an ideal to the people to
emulate. When I perform action, people follow My example. The entire
world will come to a standstill if I do not perform action. The value
of action is beyond all description.”
Na Me Parthasthi
Trishu Lokeshu Kinchana,
Vartha Eva Cha Karmani.
(Oh Partha! There is no action that I need
to perform in all the three worlds. Nor is there anything worth
attaining unattained by Me, yet I am constantly engaged in
action). I do not perform actions for My sake nor do I gain
anything out of them. There is nothing that I need to achieve by
performing actions. Whatever I do is for the welfare of the world.
You should understand this and emulate My example. God is teaching
you everything not merely by precept but by practice. Only through
proper enquiry can you understand this truth. You should enquire
with sincerity and steadfast faith. If you lack faith, you cannot
understand anything, however long you may try. Each step of Mine
has a definite purpose. Each act of Mine reflects a certain facet
of Dharma. Nothing can happen in the world without My Sankalpa
(Will). But you are unable to understand My Sankalpa and Dharma.
God has incarnated not for His sake but for the sake of all
beings. God is the reality and the world is its reflection. It is
natural that the reflection follows the reality. Whatever God does
is for your welfare. Likewise, whatever you do should be pleasing
Morality Earns Divine Grace
You may proclaim in public that all your actions are meant to
please God. But that does not mean that He is really pleased with
you. God will be pleased only when you cultivate Papa Bheethi,
Daiva Preethi, Sangha Neethi (fear of sin, love for God, morality
in society). Bereft of morality, you cannot be called a human
being in the true sense of the term. Morality is the hallmark of a
human being. That which adheres to Neethi (morality) is true
Manava Jathi (human race). First, you should develop love for God.
Daiva Preethi gives rise to Papa Bheethi which in turn develops
Sangha Neethi. Hence, Daiva Preethi is the basis on which the
mansion of human life rests. Humanity can progress only when there
is morality in society. But modern man has no clear understanding
of the term morality. Even birds and animals adhere to the code of
conduct prescribed for them. But man is not following the rules of
morality. If only he adheres to morality, God will certainly
bestow His grace on him. Morality is not something that you should
force upon yourself. It is your nature. Therefore, first and
foremost develop morality. Only then will divinity blossom in you.
The entire world will prosper when man adheres to morality. Only
then can man lead a happy life. Wherever you are, whatever you do,
consider morality as the basis of your life. Morality is, in fact,
your true reputation. You can earn Divine grace when you have
Truth is the Real Name of God
What is true worship? It is not merely offering flowers to God and
performing some rituals. You should implicitly obey the divine
command and strictly adhere to morality in your daily life. That
can be termed as true worship of God. Today people think that they
are praying to God and singing His glory. But God does not need
all this. You pray to God only for your sake and not for His sake.
You undertake various spiritual practices such as Japa, Thapa,
Yoga, etc., only for your satisfaction. In fact, you need not do
all this to worship God. It is enough if you discharge your duty
properly. Then, God will certainly bestow His love and grace on
you. If you do not do your duty sincerely, how can you expect to
be the recipient of God’s love? God thinks of your welfare every
moment. Where is God? He is everywhere. Wherever we are, there God
is. Sarvata Panipadam Tat Sarvatokshi Siromukham, Sarvata
Srutimalloke Sarvamavirtya Tishthati (With hands, feet, eyes,
head, mouth and ears pervading everything, He permeates the entire
It is sheer ignorance to think that God is confined to a
particular place. As Mukundan (an earlier speaker) has said, truth
is God, God is truth. Hence, we have to safeguard truth.
Sathyam Vada, Dharmam Chara (speak truth, practise
righteousness). Truth and righteousness are the two main pillars
on which the entire world rests. If we protect truth and
righteousness, they will in turn protect us wherever we go. Truth
is the source of all happiness. If you do not adhere to truth, how
can you expect to attain happiness? Truth is the fundamental
principle of life. But today man’s thoughts, words and deeds are
tainted with untruth and unrighteousness. That is the reason he is
unable to enjoy happiness in life. The culture of Bharat teaches,
Sathyam Bruyath, Priyam Bruyath, Na Bruyath Sathyamapriyam
(speak truth, speak pleasantly and do not speak unpalatable
truth). God protects those who protect Sathya and Dharma. There is
nothing superior to truth in this world. Truth pervades the entire
universe. But people ignore such all-pervasive principle of truth.
They try to suppress truth and indulge in falsehood. Consequently,
unrighteousness is on the rise in the world.
Embodiments of Love!
Truth is your life. There is no God other than truth. Only truth
can protect you always. Since ancient times, the culture of Bharat
has been emphasizing on the need to follow truth and
righteousness. I am pleased to note that the devotees of Kerala
are leading their lives in an ideal manner by cultivating love for
God, fear of sin and morality in society. If you have love for
God, you can achieve anything in life. Once you put Sathya and
Dharma into practice in your life, every moment of your life will
be filled with happiness. Those who are unable to experience
everlasting happiness should come to Me; I will show them the path
to happiness. If you uphold truth and righteousness, God will be
with you always to protect you. What is truth? Trikal-
abadhyam Sathyam (Truth is that which transcends the three
periods of time). That which undergoes change with the passage of
time cannot be called truth at all. But today children are not
being made aware of the real significance of truth and
righteousness. Small children do not understand the correct
meaning of truth. It is not enough if you teach them to adhere to
truth in their speech and conduct. We should teach them that truth
is God and that it is truth alone that can protect them. Without
teaching the correct meaning of truth and its importance, how can
we expect the children to adhere to truth? Our entire life is
based on truth and righteousness. There can be no Dharma without
Sathya. Sathyannasti Paro Dharma (There is no Dharma
greater than adherence to truth). Truth is the root, righteousness
the branches and sub-branches and happiness is the fruit of the
tree of life. Hence, we should lead our life keeping truth and
righteousness as the basis of all our actions.
Many people perform ritualistic worship of God with great pomp and
show. I feel like laughing at their ignorance. These are not the
true spiritual practices. How can such Sadhanas (spiritual
practices) lead to Sakshatkara (vision of God)? Instead, you
should put Sathya and Dharma into practice in your life. Without
Sathya and Dharma, all that you do is mere show. Truth is
changeless and eternal. It transcends time, space and
circumstances. It should form the basis of all your actions. If
your actions are not based on truth, they become artificial. Truth
emerges from your heart and it should be put into practice. We
should pray to God with purity of thought, word and deed. You
should never give up truth at any time and under any
circumstances. Only then will you be protected by truth.
Body Consciousness is the Cause of your Delusion
Embodiments of Love!
There is no point in adhering to truth and righteousness with a
negative attitude. It is like building castles in the air!
Whatever you do with a negative attitude is bound to yield
negative result. Hence, develop positive attitude. Fill your life
with love. Man has accomplished mighty tasks, but what is the use?
He is unable to understand the importance of Sathya and Dharma. In
fact, there is none superior to man. There is divinity in
humanity. But man is unable to realize his innate divinity because
of the influence of Maya (illusion). Man should make efforts to
recognize his divinity. Only divinity can redeem humanity. Instead
of realizing his innate divinity, man is getting entangled in
worldliness. What is that we have to experience today? It is
divinity, divinity and divinity alone. It is eternal and is always
with you wherever you go. You should never forget this positive
power even for a moment. Give up negative feelings and develop
faith in the positive power, i.e., divinity. It is very much
present in you in the form of conscience, guiding you and guarding
you. If you take to wrong ways, your conscience will immediately
caution you. It shows you the right path. It is impossible to
experience divinity if you ignore the dictates of your conscience.
All that you see is only God, and nothing else. You may point to
an individual and say, “I see him as another person. How can he be
God?” Wherefrom has he come? He has come from God. Everything is
God. How can you have the vision of God if you see multiplicity in
unity? In this world, wherever you see, there is unity and unity
alone. Truth is only one. It cannot be two. Likewise, God who is
the embodiment of truth is only one. Ekam Sath Viprah Bahudha
Vadanti (Truth is one, but the wise refer to it by various
names). You may call Him by any name, worship Him in any form but
always remember that there is only one God. You may call Him
Allah, Jesus, Rama or Krishna but He is one. Once you understand
this principle of unity and get established in it, you will
certainly attain divinity.
You should always speak truth. Truth is the real name of God. If
you want to pray to God, it is enough if you say, “Sathyaswarupaya
Namah” (salutations to the embodiment of truth). All other names
are His duplicate names. Truth is God. This truth is installed in
your heart. If you realize this truth, you can achieve the
ultimate goal of life. It is possible to realize this truth in a
moment. The same divine principle is present in all - in mother,
father, child, etc. But you have forgotten this divine principle.
You think that God appears only in a specific form. In fact, God
has no specific form. Wherever you see, He is there. All are His
forms. Conduct yourself with such sacred feeling. That is true
Give up body attachment. Whomever you come across, right from a
child to an old man, consider everyone as the embodiment of God.
When you develop such a sacred feeling, your devotion will become
steady. If you do not give up body attachment and if your mind
wavers every moment, you will end up in utter confusion. Body
consciousness is the cause of your delusion. Hence, get rid of
body consciousness and develop God consciousness. Do not be
carried away by the illusory world. Develop love for God. Then
gradually you will be able to overcome body consciousness and your
devotion will become strong and steady. What is the reason that
people lack steady devotion? They do not contemplate upon one name
and one form. Your devotion becomes steady when you install one
name and one form in your heart. When you do Laksharchana, you
chant many names such as Kesavaya Namah, Madhavaya Namah,
Narayanaya Namah…. (Salutations to Lord Kesava, Madhava, Narayana….).
You may chant any number of names but you worship only one God.
Keeping such principle of unity firmly established in your heart,
you should pray to God.
Wherever you see, only God exists. Never doubt that God is
here and not there. Wherever you search for Him, He is there.
(Telugu Poem). When you contemplate incessantly upon the Atma, you
will see divinity everywhere. Hence, make efforts to recognize
unity, realize it and become one with it. If you want to realize
divinity, it is enough if you hold on to the principle of truth.
Truth has a name and a form. Hold on to it firmly. Follow it
implicitly. Only then will divinity reveal itself to you.
Everything is the Manifestation of God
Do not get deluded by names and forms. The youth of today lack
steady mind because they are carried away by names and forms. Have
firm faith that God is one, truth is one. Consider God as your
sole refuge. Then wherever you go and whatever you see, you will
find His manifestation. Wherever you see, He is there. He is not
confined to one place. He is everywhere. What happened to the
wicked Kamsa who followed the Pravritti Marg (path of
worldliness)? Whenever he uttered the name ‘Krishna’, He was
there. But he thought it was a mere illusion. He could not realize
the divinity of Krishna because of his body attachment. You can
have the vision of the Divine only when you develop Atmabhimana
(love for the Self). Atma is one and only one. Consider, for
instance, the three words - Dehatma, Jeevatma and Paramatma. Atma
is common in all. You should always contemplate upon Atma. Develop
firm faith that Atma is God. Atma is always with you, in you,
around you, above you and below you. Other than the Atma, there is
no other entity in this world.
Embodiments of Love!
Do not waste time. You waste not only your Kalam (time) but also
your Kayam (body). You may be performing spiritual practices but
you are unable to overcome worldly illusion. Consider everything
that you see as the manifestation of God. Even a mosquito is a
form of God. An ant is a form of God. That is why Saint Thyagaraja
sang thus, “Oh Rama! You pervade everything right from a
Cheema (ant) to Brahma.You are in Siva and Kesava as well. Please
come to my rescue.” (Telugu Poem). There is divinity even in
an ant. You all know very well what the pain is like when an ant
bites you. Not merely that, ants build big anthills which become
the dwelling places for snakes. If not for the presence of
divinity within, how can a small insect like an ant be endowed
with such power? Divinity pervades everything, right from
microcosm to macrocosm. Never disregard microcosm since divinity
Modern youth do not understand what divinity is. This is the
effect of their age. In youth, one’s blood is hot and mind is
unsteady. How can one understand divinity with a wavering mind?
First, you should keep your mind steady. Only then can you realize
divinity. Truth is the best friend of love, and righteousness is
related to both truth and love. The terms such as truth, love,
righteousness, etc., may be different but the underlying principle
of divinity is one and the same in them.
Embodiments of Love!
Today three thousand youth have come from Kerala out of their
immense love for Swami. Develop such love day by day. Consider
love as God. Only love will come to your rescue in times of need.
When Surdas, a blind devotee of Lord Krishna, was travelling in a
dense forest, Krishna came to his help in the form of a small boy.
He told him, “Surdas! I am going to Brindavan. Hold My hand. I
will take you with Me.” When he heard the name Brindavan, Surdas’s
joy knew no bounds. The boy had told him to hold His hand. Being
under the influence of Maya, Surdas held the stick which Krishna
had in His hand. With Krishna’s Divine Will, gradually the stick
became smaller and smaller. Consequently, Surdas’s hand was about
to touch Krishna’s hand. It was then that Krishna revealed His
identity. He told him, “Surdas! God is your sole refuge wherever
you may be, in a forest, in the sky, in a city or a village, on
the top of a mountain or in the middle of deep sea. That is why I
have come to your rescue.” No sooner did Surdas’s hand touch
Krishna’s hand than he attained divinity. Till then he was
speaking to Krishna and was listening to His sweet words but he
had not touched Him. The moment he touched Krishna, he became
ecstatic and called out loudly, “Krishna! Krishna!” It is said,
Darshanam Papa Nashanam, Sparshanam Karma Vimochanam,
Sambhashanam Sankata Nashanam (Vision of the Lord destroys
all sins, His touch destroys the bondage of Karma, conversation
with Him destroys all troubles). God incarnates to grant Darshan,
Sparshan and Sambhashan to His devotees. Krishna came to Surdas in
order to show him the way to Brindavan. Then He started conversing
with him and ultimately granted him His Sparshan and thus relieved
him of the bondage of Karma. Hence, Darsan, Sparshan and
Sambhashan, all the three are essential. You should not be
satisfied with mere Darshan. You should aspire to attain all the
Treat everyone as the form of God. It means that every individual
is the embodiment of divinity. All names and forms are His. Here
you are able to see thousands of forms of God. How lucky you are!
It is a sign of ignorance to consider yourself weak, forgetting
your innate divinity. Truly speaking, you are not a mere mortal,
you are the embodiment of immortal divinity. God Himself is
playing the role of a human being in this cosmic drama. Daivam
Manusha Rupena (God assumes the form of a human being).
Hence, develop firm faith that all are divine. Then you will lose
your individual consciousness and become one with Divinity. Seeing
multiplicity in unity is due to Maya (illusion). When you
understand unity, your Jeevatwa (individual self) will be
transformed into Daivatwa (Divine Self).
(Bhagavan concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan,
“Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare