Why did Indians consider Acharyas (teachers) and Vaidyos (doctors) as God? - Divine Discourse Summary - January 14, 2021

On this very auspicious Sankranti day, those who want to rise from this limited human consciousness; these are the time(s) which are most appropriate to undertake spiritual austerities and practices. When things are done at the right time, they yield the right results. Sankranti (is) one such time where if we undertake good spiritual auspicious activities they are bound to succeed. They are bound to bless us with prosperity, harmony, peace and spiritual upliftment. Today also is a very auspicious beginning of the Veda Gurukulam. On the other side we also are working towards developing a state-of-the-art medical facility. If you look at our scriptures only two professions have been worshipped, One is Acharya Devo Bhava and the other is Vaidyo Narayana Hari. Do you know why? Because God is selfless. That’s why God is worshipped. God does not expect anything in return.

With the passage of time both have become commodities, been bought and sold recklessly. We must stand up for our Indian ideal, which is to ensure that education and healthcare is provided free of cost to everybody. Only then this country will prosper. Old roots and the new shoots both have to come to come together. Apara vidya is necessary to solve the problems of the world. But without Para vidya, Apara vidya is blind. I would like to see a day when the entire system of education covers the gamut of all knowledge. All that is possible and nurtured should be learnt and taught here. I am hoping that our children who are studying in these Gurukulams with Veda Gurukulam, Vidya Gurukulam or the Vaidya Gurukulam; are going to take up this idea of Indian thought, sharing education with everyone, helping everyone. Be rest assured, if you do good that good will protect you there will be nothing less in your life.

Here onwards Sathya Sai Mission of Health Care will now focus largely on the preventive side of medicine; prevent disease from happening. It is a great responsibility what happens to the country what happens to the world. The times to come, it largely depends on what our graduates from our university do in the future. And without exception each one of you have to take up this responsibility. There is no choice. This is gift, this is an opportunity that’s come up come your way. Take it with great pride, also humility, with great honor that you are going to work alongside God. We look forward to a year which is going to be much more healthier, happier, prosperous than the previous year and nobody have sorrow. Gratitude to all the people who make our lives easy, who have ma(d)e our lives comfortable. The one who lives with gratitude alone knows the true value of life. We all must develop this gratitude for each other.

Did humanity take a giant leap forward in 2020? - Divine Discourse Summary - January 01, 2021

Last year has taught us several lessons. It put a mirror in front of our face. (It) has definitely made all go within, introspect, learn so much more about our own selves than the people around us. An opportunity to express our love, to express our compassion. And that has made us better human beings than what we were in 2019. This year humanity has definitely taken a giant leap. The world has learnt a lesson that we are all together in it. When we suffer, we suffer together, when we rejoice, we rejoice together. The idea of living selfishly only for one sake, to a great extent has been wiped away from the minds of people. One unseen, invisible organism has changed the way we think, we say, we do things in our lives. Much of the time were spent in the spiritual studies to understand our true nature, to overcome the vagaries of mind, to dwell in the realms of the spirit, to experience that oneness within and without and I have heard so many wonderful stories from our people.

These are important steppingstones. They can teach us a lot, what bad times teach us, good times don't. Good times or bad times we should kind and compassionate to everyone around us. Few months from now probably life will be back to the old normal. But we should not be the same old again, we should continue to do what we have learnt in this year. When we open our eyes, we are serving everyone around us, and we close our eyes we are reveling in the divine bliss that is within. There was an imbalance earlier, when the eyes are open, we are definitely serving others but when eyes are closed, we just don't know who we are. And then there was the other aspect; when we close our eyes and enjoy the divine connection within and felt so unwilling to serve outside when we opened our eyes, both are not real. A Jeevanmukta does not live like this. He is always reveling in the knowledge of the truth within, but without is extremely active for the welfare of all.

But definitely I do wish that this year let there not be any sorrow, let there not be any grief, let nobody be sick and suffering, let there be joy, peace, harmony in the whole world. I am sure as the restrictions open; I would again travel and see you all in your own countries or you will all travel here and see us here and that time is not far. I will meet everybody in their own countries. As you all miss coming here, I all also miss you all very much. I think we have become closer as a global family of Swami and that is the boon that we have received this year.