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.

Divine Discourse - March 16, 2020 - Evening Satsang

Naham vasami Vaikunthe yoginam hrudaye na cha mad bhakta yatra sevante tatra tishtami manava

I don’t reside in Vaikuntha, I don’t reside in the hearts of the Yogis too. But wherever My devotees do service to others selflessly, I invariably install Myself there.

In the past, Mahavishnu said, “Wherever devotees sing my glory, I go there.” But in Kaliyuga, that statement changes a bit. Wherever My devotees serve, I go there because by glorifying Me, nothing is added to Me, nor by ridiculing Me, anything is reduced. I am constant, I am the same in praise and blame. Therefore, just glorifying God is no more appealing. But serving God in humanity, in the needy is what attracts God to that place whether it is college campus, school campuses or whether it is hospital, what draws Me, what pulls Me to those places is the selfless work that is being done in each of them. This is what I was mentioning to them – if you don’t build a temple or two, God is not going to lose anything. But if you don’t build a school or a hospital, definitely God in the form of the poor, the needy and the sick is going to lose a lot. Therefore, it is all right if you don’t build a temple or two here and there. But if you all join hands to build schools and hospitals which are the true temples of God because that is where God is being served, whether it is in schools or whether it is in these hospitals we treat out students as gods, we treat our patients as gods; in other places Acharya devo bhava they say. But in our school, I told them Vidyarthi devo bhava Students are God and you should serve students. In hospitals they say Vaidyo Narayana Hari because they consider doctor as equal to God. But I tell them Rogi Narayana Hari the patient is God, consider the patient as God and serve. And that is why I go to encourage them, to give them inspiration, to guide them, to do this work and continue to do what they are doing and do more.

Today I came back. Lot of students have been sent home under the rule by the government to take precautionary measures against the spreading of viral infection which is fine, which is right. So much talk is happening around the world. People from many countries are restricted to travel elsewhere in order to curb the spreading of the infection which is also very fine. But so much is being talked of a virus which just came three months ago. And a few thousand deaths has scared the daylights out of everybody because this virus affects both poor and rich in the same way. The President and the Prime Minister and the poorest of the poor, all in the same way. Therefore, so much of talk. But if you know that in India itself congenital heart disease is something that affects 250,000 newborns every year. I don’t think 250,000 people are even infected by this virus so far in the whole of the world. But in India alone 250,000 children are born with congenital heart defects and all the services in India put together, all the hospitals – private, semi-private or semi-government and government facilities put together cannot cater to more than 25,000 surgeries or interventions. It means 225,000 children every year go without any treatment. And they don’t see may be first birthday or second birthday or may be fifth birthday, depends on the size of the problem. So more children are dying in India itself due to congenital heart disease than what has been done because of this virus around the world. But because these children are poor, because these children don’t figure in the list of who’s who of the world, because this doesn’t threaten the children of the rich who can afford the treatment or who don’t go through this, it is a poor people’s disease – congenital heart disease – therefore, no talk happens about it. Not the way it is happening about the virus today. Not in the same way.

More than 5 million children around the world every year die of malnutrition. Before they attain the age of 5, they die of malnutrition. 50% of all the children who are born. That is far bigger a number than whatever is happening in the world at this point in time. 50 lac children dying because of malnutrition, they don’t have enough food to eat, it is so simple, it is not a disease, it is food which they don’t get to eat. And that is why they die. But none of the governments wake up and aggressively act upon an issue as large as that. A few thousands dying here and there is scaring everybody and so much is being done. Borders are being shut, businesses are being closed, schools are being closed, public gatherings are being disbanded. All kinds of measures are being taken because this is affecting everyone – the poor as well as the rich. More rich, because they are the ones who are travelling in flights from country to country for business and tourism whereas the poor are still in their own little villages eating whatever they get, doing their hard work. They are quite safe and fine. Therefore, so much of noise about it. But think for a moment, this doesn’t have a cure so far but these things have a cure.

Heart diseases can be cured. Interventions can be done. Children can be saved. If only the world wakes up to the need for it and puts in the same kind of or even little more effort than what it is putting right now out of the fear of death that is gripping the minds of one and all. But because these children don’t figure in the list of the influential, the rich, the powerful, the famous, they are ignored. Think of malnutrition. Simple thing. Food to eat. They are not asking gold and diamonds. They are just asking food to eat. But children don’t get enough food to eat and there are approximately 50 lac children who die before they attain the age of five because of malnutrition. Imagine dying of hunger in a world like this where every year number of billionaires are increasing. India adds every year more and more billionaires. Whole South East Asia adds, whole world adds. At the same time, there are children dying of hunger, children dying of malnutrition, children dying of heart diseases, children dying of so many other diseases. Don’t have the whole list and statistics but you can go through if you have time and interest. So many children not getting education. Equal opportunities.

These are the diseases which are more dangerous than those that we are so occupied with today. And we need to draw the attention of the world towards these issues which are far more addressable, they can be solved and there is a solution to that. So the man is driven by fear on one end and greed on the other. When it is the fear, they think the world is ending tomorrow. Behaves in such a mad way. And when they are caught by greed, they think the world is never going to end for them. And they go on accumulating, amassing without any thought of tomorrow. That is the way man’s mind is. When it gets negative, it gets so negative as if everything is going to end. When it gets into greed, it gets so greedy that it cannot think, it cannot discriminate. Madly keep on amassing, accumulating without second thought. But the problem of the world, the larger problems of the world, the more dangerous problems of the world can be solved, there is a cure for it. What is the cure? A little selflessness in everyone. Small little doors of selflessness in every mind can cure all the problems of the world. Poverty can be cured, illnesses can be cured. Like congenital heart disease that we are dealing with. Illiteracy can be cured. Equal opportunities. So we went to Raipur hospital and we were taking a long, one-and-a-half hour tour and then we came to one section, there is a board ‘Sustainable development goals’. That is by the UN and all the nations that are part of it. And there are so many goals are there and some of the goals we cater to like giving free health, equal opportunities, education and things like that.

So I was telling that though so many goals are there but how many people are seriously working on these goals. You definitely are working on your quarter on quarter profit goals. That nobody is asking you to. But these goals no real sincere effort. Lot of conferences, conclaves, seminars but all talk. Very little that translates into real good work. And therefore when we are doing this work, then these kind of agencies come here, witness, they are international bodies, they are so so impressed saying that it is such a genuine work what is being done. Why it is to be done they understand. And that is what makes them all join hand with us. We didn’t go ask anybody for any help. People come to us and ask, “You are doing such good work. How can we be a part of it?” I said, “This is not just My work. This is our work. These children are just not My children. These are our children. They are everyone’s responsibility. Every child is everyone’s responsibility. And therefore all of us should join hands and do whatever we can.” And they are so enthused, they are so inspired by the work that is being done. They said, “We will join hands with You, Swamiji. You do how many ever surgeries You want. We will stand behind You. We will stand with You and help You.” I was very happy because without uttering a word, they said it. This is the power of goodness. I was telling yesterday Sanjeevani Hospital is coming to eight years now.

When it started it was like a premature child. Half the building was ready, half was not ready. We started off the operations. I didn’t want to delay it even one day beyond the date. And slowly it started with an emergency, a single operation theatre. Today four operation theatres, a cath lab, there is a blood bank, there is a pathology lab, there are ICUs step down, wards, everything is completely done. And now it has a M.Sc. Nursing course and this November we are getting B.Sc. Nursing course also in that hospital so that training can happen for both B.Sc and M.Sc Nursing within the same hospital. It has grown so much in eight years because of so much of selfless work of so many people. This kind of work alone can save the world. When these children who have been given a new lease of life, they grow up, they will grow up with gratitude in their hearts that they were not forsaken, abandoned. They were not deprived. They were not looked down upon just because they were poor. They were also given same quality even better treatment than most of the hospitals. One doctor is there, Mrs. Pande. She has worked in Bristol and so many places and now she works with us. She is preparing a report on our hospital’s standards versus other hospitals from Boston’s Children to all other large hospitals. And she was saying, not just the quality of medical work, which is extremely high quality, number of complications that we see is one of the highest, the variety we see because big hospitals are only available to the rich. So the larger cases are not seen by the big hospitals. We get a whole gamut of cases. So our doctors were saying these are very rare cases that very few hospitals get to even do these cases but we get all this because we are open to everyone.

So such kind of amazing work. But she said, more than that, the cleanliness, the hygiene, our hospitals have never had one infection case also. The hospital is so clean and well-sterilized that not even one emergency we had because of any infections which is very common in many of these hospitals, even big hospitals. It means from the person who cleans the hospital so to say a janitor onward till the surgeon, they maintain such impeccable quality standards. Our delivery standards are one of the highest. In fact, better than most of the American hospitals in terms of the success rates despite the complications. How is it all possible when these agencies from outside come and observe these parameters, they understand in a moment that this is very high quality work, very noble work and done very selflessly. The patients are not made to feel like beggars. They are not made to feel like customers or clients. They are made to feel like family. Every patient we talk to, every child, every mother was so touched, they were only blessing the hospital. ‘May this hospital grow, develop, prosper. May you serve more and more children.’ So many dreams I saw. They are asking children, “What is that you want to become?” Somebody wants to become policeman, somebody wants to become teacher, somebody wants to become pilot, somebody wants to become a doctor. So many dreams are getting fulfilled in that hospital which would have been strangulated without a facility like this right in its beginning. So that is wonderful work Raipur hospital is doing. In two years it is going to reach tenth year of operations. So all the doctors, everybody got together to discuss how can we do more, how to reach to more and more people. I saw a board there which said, “Close to around 35 to 50% people have already spent some money or taken loans even before they reached the hospital because they had gone to some other medical centres, other hospitals where they have spent tremendous money on diagnostics, scans, consultations and travel. So I wanted to tell them that I want to reach out to every district so that people shouldn’t have to spend that money also before reaching. We are giving it free. Why should they take debt? Why should they burden themselves even before they come to our hospitals? We should reach out to more and more places. So under the larger scheme of things we discussed that how Sanjeevani will open outreach centres.

In Chhattisgarh, five outreach centres have come up in different districts, remote districts so that people can go there first, get themselves screen checked and if they need a surgery, they will be referred to the hospital so that they don’t have to wander around the while country in search of cure and spend so much money already. One person I asked, “How much money did you spend before coming here?” He said, “I have already spent four lac rupees.” “Where did you get four lac rupees from?” He said, “I has to sell my auto rickshaw. I had to sell my land at the village and then I had to take loans.” “Why did you spend this money?” He said, “Because I did not know about this hospital. I went to Delhi, I went to Bombay, I went everywhere. They asked me to do this scan, that, this. And they admitted the child. But they never did the operation. They only took all the money and I still was in the same situation.” But when they came here, things were different. So I was telling Sreenivas the previous day – you know Sreenivas is the Chairperson – that Sreenivas, “Why should we fear when we are doing good work?” Of course, it is hard work, it is challenging. At times difficult. At times it looks like it may not happen or we may not survive the next month but it happens, it happens because I said, the prayers of those mothers, the blessings of those mothers and fathers that come out from the depth of their heart that ‘May this hospital prosper. May this hospital continue to do good to more and more children in the world. May many more mothers and fathers get back their children from the jaws of death.’ That blessing will take care that this hospital runs forever. Not only runs, it thrives and prospers year after year. And that is what is happening. That is the power of selflessness. That is the power of goodness.

It is so self-perpetuating, it doesn’t need anybody’s help, it does not need anybody’s support. It takes care of itself. That is the power of being good. Why I am telling you is that you may think that this is some Divine, miraculous power, as Narasimha Murthy said just now and that this cannot be humanly possible. It is not Divinely also possible. It is possible only for goodness. Wherever there is goodness, everything is possible. If you just be good, if you be pure, be selfless, everything is possible. Anything and everything you can achieve in life as long as it is born out of pure selflessness, goodness, to do good for others, not for one’s own sake. Anything is possible. Live examples, the testimonies of this statement are these hospitals, these schools, these large projects which are taking care of themselves. And when a new agency like Rotary joined us, I hardly had any conversation. He straight away came and said, “We are so happy to see this hospital. Whatever you want to do, you please do. We will stand with you. We will take care of all this.” I was myself surprised. How is that they are saying this to us? But they felt the goodness. They were touched by the goodness. I told him, “I am going to build one more hospital in Kolkata,” because he is from Kolkata. So that is fifth hospital. Then sixth will come near Gujarat-Rajasthan border. Then 250 medical outreach centres in every corner of the country so that nobody has to spend that 1, 2, 3 lacs whatever they have spent wandering around to find a cure, find a remedy for the child. You can go to the nearest centre and from there…For this huge team, I need how many people, I need 250 specialist paediatric cardiac specialists. I need 250 paramedics, 250 nursing. That is just to run the outreach centres. Then I need to run these five hospitals. I need 250 specialist doctors – cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, anaesthetists, ICU, critical care specialists, nursing, junior nursing and all the other administrative and hospital management and all other functionaries of the hospital. So where am I going to get all these people from?

Students: We will go, Swami

Swami: You will go? So now I have added to this, I have told Sreenivas, “You start the B.Sc. Nursing. I will also send some students for B.Sc. and M.Sc. Nursing programmes so they can take care of the hospitals’ nursing department and staffing in the future. So now you have one more vocation opening up that is B.Sc. and M.Sc. Nursing is absolutely free. Somebody told Me, “Swami, why don’t You make them sign a bond because we spend lacs of rupees in training them so at least they should stay with our hospital for a few years so that we ensure that all the investment that is made is at least recovered to an extent?” I told them, “See, these calculations exist for you. I have only one bond. That is bond of love. And that bond is there they will not, what three years, 30 years also they will work without any problem. I am not calculating and considering these silly calculations of money. That doesn’t appeal to Me. Rather you love them so much that they feel like working in these institutions.” So one more thing I want to tell that I discussed, we are starting the DNB Cardiology right now. That permission is coming. After that, integrated paediatric cardiac – we are working on that course. First of its kind in India. So our students will be able to do after MBBS, they will grow into paediatric cardiac specialists within our hospitals. Then I calculated and saw there is one gap in between. What is the gap? MBBS is the gap. Isn’t it? From the school to the PG course, in between there is the MBBS course. So now I have made up My mind, today there are second PUC students are also here and right now I am giving scholarships to them for MBBS degrees in different colleges. But within two years, I am going to start our own medical college where we will provide MBBS for free. So for our own students it is just walking out of the PUC and walking into a medical college. And that college will be absolutely free of charge in terms of its training and every facility will be provided by us. More than ten specialities. And you know where the college is going to come? Right here. Right next door. So just walk out of this Ashram you will get into the medical college. All this is there in My plan. But I want good children, selfless children. See, I had a little disappointment when I gave some of the students an opportunity to join the hospitals, they are only running behind their PG degrees here and there. I told them, “Degree doesn’t teach you anything.” Many of these big, big degrees, they go and join these big colleges but they don’t even get to touch the patient. They only stand there filling the form, patient name, age, disease. Even at the PG level they only get to see the patients from distance – Doordarshan. No close Darshan. The close Darshan is only given for senior surgeons and specialists. Why it happens so? Because there are only few cases and everybody wants to do the case. So they don’t give the opportunity to juniors. So our doctors were telling that what they learnt in five years in other colleges, in one year they have learnt more than that in our hospitals because of the variety and the number of cases they do. So now we also have a training programme. Yesterday I met some three people had come from Nigeria. They are here for one full year to get trained in paediatric cardiology. This is exactly where the Nigeria hospital is in the Enugu state. They are from Enugu state teaching hospital. They all have come to get trained so that when they go back, they will help the Enugu hospital to develop into a paediatric cardiac hospital. Fiji is coming up, Sri Lanka will be ready this year. Nigeria is already ready. I just need specialists to put in there. Like that many hospitals. US has started in a small way. Malaysian government has signed an MoU with our hospitals and they are offering us a whole hospital which is simply lying without being utilised, they want to offer it saying, “You people run it along with Malaysian government to provide paediatric cardiac services.” Like this, people from Afghanistan we have an MoU. They want us to go and train their specialist and also help them set up a facility. In Turkey we are going to set up a facility. Like this, this Sanjeevani hospital chains which are providing paediatric cardiac facilities not just providing paediatric cardiac of high quality but free of cost. Nowhere in the world they do it. So this is how around the world so many centres are going to come up and all of you children have an opportunity. Some of you definitely have to become teachers, professors to ensure that the education mission runs smoothly and reaches to every district, as I said, of the country. Some of you will have to enter in the field of medicine either as doctors or as nurses, as paramedics based on your capacity and your abilities and help there also. I told them, “No work is big or small for Me.” As I said, we don’t have any infection in our hospital because of that little so to say a poor cleaner or a janitor who is doing this work but he or she though uneducated ensure that we have the highest quality of hygiene and cleanliness because of which our patients get cured fast, we don’t get into more complications once they are operated. So that is something also, I told whether it is chairman or watchman, to Me, all are saving the child in their own capacity. That should be the thinking of every one in whatsoever way we should be able to help the child based on our capacity, abilities, skills. All these possibilities are there for all our children.  I want them to utilise it well. Don’t run behind unwanted degrees. They will be only, as I said, a tale behind your name and then you will grow horns also along with it. That is what happens with these. Degrees will come, everything will come to you but learn the skill.  Future is not about degrees any more. In four to five years, you will see the way education system looks at people, the employment industry looks at people is not by degrees. They will not be known because you have come from a big college or you have come from a big institution. They will check you on your skill levels. And based on that they will take you, based on that they will give you opportunity to work for them.  So remember this, that skill is more important. I say, knowledge only when skilled, not killed, but skilled leads to balance. And that balance brings insights, innovations, creativity, inventions because you have skilled the knowledge. But most of these universities they only interested in acquiring knowledge which gets killed.  That is, if you study today, tomorrow you forget. So all the knowledge is killed. There is no skill. But we should not grow as an institution like this. We should always put efforts to understand whatever we have studied and should be able to practically use that knowledge. That should be the effort.

So all this is the future, the golden bright future. But as I always say, Nambina varigi sommu nammanivariki dummu Those who trust Me, they will have all the things in the world, all the wealth, all the name, prosperity. More than that fulfilment in life. And those who don’t trust Me, they will have to go their own way and go through their own struggles. But idea is that so much of opportunity is there. All these opportunities for our students to grab and benefit and when they become professionals, they should go and give that. We are signing research MoUs also with the hospital with our university to develop research faculty in the field of medicine and healthcare. Also our research department is coming up now in the university where I have already given them so many topics to work on, so they bring some, their knowledge is digested and they bring in some new inventions in the field of science and technology which will help the society. So all this is happening. Much more. I think another two years, or two-and-a-half years all these facilities will be available for all the students from the basic degrees onwards to post graduations to Ph. D research, post-doctoral facilities, medicine, post medicine i.e. post-graduation in medicine, further specialisation in medicine and a life-long opportunity to work in such wonderful institutions and train and teach more and more people, help more and more people so that those people will go and help more and more people. See, that is the way to solve the problems of the world. But I don’t see that happening by any government. They may run up and down when there is a political pressure, when it is a matter of prestige, when it is an issue like what it is right now. They will run behind that because they have to save themselves, save the reputation. But who will listen to the pain and the problem of downtrodden and the poor? Who is going to bend low and pick them up and raise them to our own standards? Who is going to go to those nooks and corners of the world and light a lamp in the dark lives of those who are suffering? You think governments will do that? You think big industries will do that? You think this huge corporate institutions will do that? You think even most of the NGOs will do that? No. The only group that will do that is Sathya Sai’s group which is going to go to these nook and corners and save the world. So that is your future. Don’t let it slip out of your hands. Hold it tight. Don’t let it slip out of your grip. That is your responsibility. Giving is My responsibility. To receive and to hold it carefully is your responsibility.

Divine Discourse - March 20, 2019 - Evening Satsang

What did Adi Sankaracharya sing? He said Ma kuru dhana jana yauvana garvam Harati nimishat kalat sarvam Mayamayam idam akhilam hitva Brahma padam tvam pravisha viditiva. He said, “Don’t be too proud and arrogant about your wealth, all the relationships, the network that you have, the youth – it means a healthy body- that you have. In moment, Time can take it all away without you realising that all this was there. Therefore, knowing that the entire thing is an illusion – this illusion of arrogance, pride – it is all illusion; it can be taken away in a moment. Knowing that, take refuge at the feet of God.” This is what Adi Sankaracharya said. Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam mudha mate. “O foolish man! Remember God because everything else will disappear in no time. Don’t be too proud and arrogant about all these accumulations because these all can be taken away by time within a moment.”

So that is the situation that the world has been brought to think about. How much ever it is told in a sweet, nice way, man has this typical arrogance of not paying attention to good things. But when a hard blow is dealt, then everybody sits up and listens. That is the situation that the world is finding itself in. Everybody knows what is right, what is wrong. But till the wrong becomes so overwhelming that it harms you, we don’t realise that we are doing wrong. So therefore, I just met a few devotees. They were all worried. And then I said, see, it is a cycle of life. And it will go on and on. As Narasimha Murthy just said, “Earth has been there for millions of years. Human beings appeared later. Human beings may disappear also.” The way we are living, we are actually disappearing fast now under some pretext or the other. Though today there is a virus that is the main issue, but people are disappearing because of bad food habits, blood pressure, cancer, or all kinds of other diseases. So there have been problems. And it is time to think how we are living. Are we living in the right way?

Again Adi Sankaracharya tells, how do we live in this world knowing that the world is illusory, knowing that this arrogance doesn’t help, knowing that all this can be taken away in a moment, you take refuge at the feet of God. But how do we live in this world when we take refuge? Tyaja durjana samsargam Bhaja sadhu samagamam Kuru punyam aho ratram Smara nityam anityatam. “Give up the company of bad people.” Bad people means those who do not follow the Dharmic path, the true right path. What is Dharma? To do good is Dharma. If you do good in life, you are following your Dharma. As human beings, you are supposed to be doing good. Paropakarartham idam shareeram. Body has not been given to eat and enjoy and ultimately die. It is given to do good. So when we do good, that is Kuru punyam ahoratram. Keep doing good day in, day out. Day and night keep doing good is what Adi Sankaracharya advises. Give up the company of the bad people – those who don’t follow Dharma – don’t go into their path. Join the company of the good, who are doing good to the world. Night and day do good deeds. Always be mindful, remind yourself of what is real and what is unreal, what is permanent and what is impermanent.

This is what is going to help us live as better human beings in this world. That is what will make us deserving of a place on this planet earth. So that is what the whole thing is being driven to. You learn it well when it is being told nicely or else you have to go through a hard lesson. Now we are going through a hard lesson.

So I heard that lot of positives have also come out. What is the positive? I was told that many people are contemplating vegetarianism. I have been shouting from the top of the mountain, vegetarianism is good. Gone are the days you lived in caves and hunted animals. But now we are living in air-conditioned apartments, no more hunting animals, why should animals be killed for our food? Everything has changed – the way we dress, we move around, we stay, we do our things has all changed. Then why animals should be killed for our food. There are better ways to have food. So why don’t we contemplate on some better means without harming anyone? Punyam that is. What did Vyasa say? Ashtadasha puraneshu Vyasasya vachanadvayam Paropakaraya punyaya papaya parapidanam. After 18 Puranas, Vyasa concluded that the only essence of all the 18 Puranas is to do good is Punyam, to hurt anybody is Papa. To help is Punyam – Paropakara ya punyaya papaya parapidanam, When you hurt anybody, it is not Punyam, it is Papam. That is what he says. It is wrong. It is not good. It is not Dharma. Then somebody may say, “But the tiger is hunting and eating. What about that?” That is tiger’s Dharma. That is how tiger has been created. You are not a tiger. Are you a tiger? Then I will inform the zoo people. They will catch you and put you in a cage. You are human; so behave like human. As he said, “Plants live like plants; they have not become animals. Animals have not become plants. But human being has become animal.” Only wild animals have to eat by killing. Others don’t have to. We don’t have to. It is not necessary. When it is not necessary to harm anyone for our own life, then why we should be harming anybody? So some thought is going in that may be this may not be the right way of living. May be there is another way of living. That is what we said. Live in a way that you don’t harm anyone in the process. Neither by your thought, nor by your word, nor by your deeds. Ahimsa paramo dharma. Greatest of all Dharma is Ahimsa means non-violent. Not even in thought we are hurting anyone, forget about deed.

I don’t know whether I should tell this or not but let Me tell you without telling people’s name. You don’t go and quote Me here and there. So I went to one Yajna. In that Yajna, the priest told Me, “Swamiji,” – they had Yajna going on. They had kept two dolls, two horses on the two ends of the Yajna. It is a very specific Yajna. Very few people only know about it. So two horses dolls were kept. I asked, “Why these horses are kept here? Doll horses.” He told, “Actually as per the original rule, we have to keep real horses on both ends – one white horse and one black horse. But because horses are very expensive – two lac rupees – so I have got these dolls and kept. And spiritually we are thinking that these are two horses which are as good as real horses.” I said, “Okay, that is a good thing. No problem. As long as in your heart of heart you believe that you really have…Spiritual aspect is more important than ritual, I always say. Okay. All right.” After the Yajnam got over, he called Me aside and said, “Swamiji, we have to sacrifice one goat also for this Yajnam. But I will do this after you leave because if You are here, people will misunderstand. So once You leave in the night we will sacrifice a goat.” Then I asked, “Why do you want to sacrifice a goat?” “That is a part of the rule that we have to sacrifice a goat.” Then I told, “You get a doll goat and sacrifice the doll goat. Why you want to sacrifice a real goat?” He started arguing with Me, “No, no, no. As per rules we have to sacrifice a real goat.” I told, “As per rules you didn’t get horses. Then as per rules, how can you sacrifice goat?” Anyway I did not win the argument. That is a different story but see how conveniently man leads his life. Right? Horses are expensive; forget, we will get a doll and manage. Goats are cheap. So I told, “The animal qualities should be sacrificed. Not animals have to be sacrificed.”

Once Buddha was going. I am talking about Buddha’s times you see when too much of ritual was going on even in Indian culture and they were forgetting the spiritual component of this whole thing. So when Buddha was going somebody was taking one animal to be sacrificed. So Gautam Buddha went to the village he used to go and asked, “What is going on?” They said, “We are going to sacrifice this animal.” So Buddha said, “Why do you want to sacrifice the animal?” “No, no. If you sacrifice the animal, the animal will go to heaven.” He said, “Oh! Then you should sacrifice yourself. You can go to heaven as well.” We don’t want to go to heaven. But animal has to go to heaven.

Your stomach is not a tomb of animals. It is a temple of God. Deham devalayam prokto jivo deva sanatanaha. Body is the temple of God and the indweller is God Himself. It is not a burial ground of animals. Not tomb of animals. So that is the idea of Ahimsa. For whatever reason, if it is was possible to avoid, let us avoid hurting anyone. Anybody, however small, just because somebody is weaker than us, that does not give us the authority to harm them. In fact, our strength is in protecting the weak not in harming the weak. The true strong person is the one who protects the weak, protects the meek, the mild because they cannot protect themselves. It is not about showing your strength on those and harming them to prove your supremacy or strength. That is not right. So I go on telling. This is not from now. From the beginning, don’t kill animal for food, don’t kill animal for food. What can I do? I can only tell. I can’t get into people’s homes and stop it. They have their own reasons. But them what happens? There is a power greater than all human power. What is the human…One day a devotee asked, “Swami, I have lot of ego. How to get rid of it?” I said, “Sit down for a moment and think.” Okay, now let us think. We are all sitting in this Premamrutham Hall. This hall Premamrutham is in Muddenahalli Grama. Muddenahalli is in Chikkaballapur town, Zilla. Chikkaballapur is in Karnataka. Karnataka is in the map of India, one state. India is one country in the whole of the world. Earth is but one planet in the whole of the solar system. Solar system is one system in the whole of the galaxies – Milky Way. Milky Way is one galaxy in the larger, supreme universe. You think of your size as a human being. What are you? You are nothing. Even a thought, a contemplation of this thought should help us get rid of all our arrogance.

So this virus has taught us a good lesson. It has crushed the arrogance of the mighty, the rich, the powerful, the knowledgeable. You see? Nobody is saved. I was telling the rich are more in trouble because the poor people did not travel to all parts of the world. They couldn’t afford flight tickets. They were happily living in their villages.  The rich are the ones who are travelling all around for business, commerce, for tourism, entertainment. They are the ones who are suffering. So in a way it is a wake-up call. Look at the positive side of things. Yes, the negative side is there. People are losing lives and we should feel sorry for that and we should pray for that, we cannot just say, “It is their Karma,” and then keep quiet, that is not right. Then that is our Karma that we did not pray for them. Let us pray that people understand how to deal with it. Let us pray that a medicine, a cure comes up quickly which helps those who are in need. But more importantly, let us pray that we all start living as human beings. Humanity – the compassion, the kindness should drive our lives. Kindness to everyone. Jiva karunya. Even for a small ant there should be compassion. And for our pleasure, let us not be causing harm to anyone. See, I would be very happy if this whole episode turns at least half the world into vegetarianism. I will be very very happy. I was told because I keep getting update from all the people who are so concerned about My health more than anybody’s health, “Swami, don’t go here. Don’t meet these people. Don’t go to any country.” I said, “All right.” They are telling Me that now there is a general governments are closing down such kind of places where animals are sold for food. It is a big business. It is being closed down because of the fear of this. I said, that is Mother Nature’s way of balancing itself. We all have read in science how balance of nature happens, how that ecology. When grass grows too much, then deer appear on the scene, they eat all the grass; when deer grow too much, the lions come and eat up the deer. Deer get over, lions starve and die, then grass grows again. So nature knows how to balance itself. So it will know how to balance itself. We are nothing in front of the force of nature. So Ma kuru dhana jana yauvana garvam that we can control. All our knowledge, all our wealth, all the stock markets, all the military equipment nothing could stand one small virus which is not even seen to the eye. Look at that. Look at the irony. It is not a huge military set up that we are fighting against. It is not some aliens that we are fighting against. It is not the highest technological warfare that is going on. It is one tiny virus unseen that has changed the perspective. All our wealth, all our knowledge, all our military might nothing is able to stand this. The only thing that will stand is if we change ourselves and become better human beings. That alone will save the human race. Otherwise we have to learn our lessons the hard way.

So this generation which has never seen a pandemic, this generation thinks life goes on and on and on. On Tabs and TVs. They don’t realise that there is the other side to life too. And for them it is a great great episode because some children are asking, “Why did the virus come?” And then somebody answered, “Because it has come from animals.” “Why did animal virus get into humans?” “Because we ate those animals.” “Oh. Why did we eat animals? It is not good to eat animals.” “Yes, it is not good to eat those animals.” A generation has learnt a new lesson. “Oh, we should not eat animals because we can get this virus.” At least out of fear, they have learnt that they have to remain clean, remain hygienic, you should be concerned about each other. Just because we are sitting on one end of the boat and the hole is on the other end, we cannot sit happy. ‘That is the other end of the boat.’ Hole is a hole in the boat. Everybody will sink. Today one country has suffered. Everybody is suffering. Isn’t it why our culture prayed, Samasta loka sukhino bhavantu? Because they knew, if I pray for my happiness alone, I cannot be happy. Only when the whole world is happy can I be happy. Today is that Sarve bhavantu sukhinaha sarve santu niramayaha when we pray. Let everybody be healthy. Why? Because everybody’s health is going to affect our health. If somebody is unhealthy in some country in some corner, today or tomorrow that thing will come to us too. That is why our culture prayed – Sarve bhavantu sukhinaha Sarve santu nirmaya Sarve bhadrani pashyantu Only if everybody leads happy lives, healthy lives and does what is good everywhere can there be Ma kaschid dukha mapnoyat. Nobody will have any sorrow. Sorrow of that little ant also is a sorrow.

In Mahabharata, Vyasa was in a very difficult situation because both sides were his family only. Kauravas were also his, Pandavas were also his. So the war was going to begin and he was rushing to sit and watch what is going to happen. And that time as he was passing a small insect was crawling and running very fast. And Vyasa stopped and asked that insect, “Why are you running so fast?” “Oh you don’t know? Arjuna’s chariot is going to pass this way. I may get crushed under the chariot.” And Vyasa laughed and said, “What if you die? How does it matter even if you die? Who is going to cry if you die?” And the insect got very angry. He told Vedavyasa, “You think you only have a family? You only have a wife and children? I also have my wife. I have children. They are waiting for me at home. How can you demean me like this?” Then Vyasa realised, “Ah, this is the Ahara nidra bhaya maithunam cha samanyametat pashu bhir naranam. These four things are common – to eat to your taste, to sleep restfully, fear of deaths, to reproduce. These are common between animals and men. They also have a family – wife, children. They need to eat, sleep. They are afraid of death and diseases and dangers. If that is all that human beings we are doing, we are no better than animals. Dharmo hi eko adhiko visheshaha dharmo vihinam pashubhir samanaha So those who follow Dharma alone are human beings. All others are not.” Today unfortunately everybody is following their Dharma. Even an insect in cow-dung also follows its Dharma of doing what it needs to do to further turn that cow-dung into manure. But we as human beings have forgotten our Dharma. And that is why Dharmo vihinam pashubhir samanaha also we should not say because that is an insult to the Pashus who are actually following more Dharma than us. We are not following our Dharma. And that is where we are suffering. There are many kinds of suffering. This is one kind that we are suffering. But this is a good wake-up call where we pray for everybody’s welfare. Definitely prayers have the power to change people’s minds, attitudes, to purify the place, to protect. So pray sincerely. Whoever it might be, whether they did right or wrong it is immaterial. They are suffering today. We must pray for their welfare. That should be our attitude, first.

Second thing, you be cautious. You don’t do things which will lead you to such kind of things. You be careful, you be cautious. What you eat, where you go, whom you meet, what you see, what you hear, taste, smell. Everything is food. Not just animals are food. What you hear is food. What you see is food. What you touch is food. What you smell is food. What you taste is food. So be careful about whatever goes inside you because this virus may be a physical, biological virus. There are so many other viruses that get inside through our ears by listening to the wrong thing, by listening to gossips, by listening to false rumours. That is also virus that destroys us. By seeing wrong, by touching wrong. All these are kind of diseases that get inside us. So we must protect ourselves from all those diseases also not just blame on the food that we eat through our mouths. So Tyaja durjana sansargam Bhaja sadhu samagamam Kuru punyam ahoratram Smara nityam anityatam. Don’t be too possessive about the things of this world. You can’t take one thing back with you. Alexander the Great when he left, he told, “Keep my both hands out of the coffin so that everybody sees that though I have conquered the world, I am going empty-handed.” So don’t harm anyone for the sake of your own greed. That is why I said, the worse virus than Corona virus is the greed virus which has spread so badly that people are not able to think. So much talk about this virus because it is hurting the rich. Hunger is hurting the poor. Thousands die every day because of hunger. For that, food is there. Corona virus does not have a medicine. But hunger has a medicine called food. What are we doing about it? Are we even talking about it? There are hundreds and thousands. Even when we visited the hospital, every year 250,000 children in India are born with congenital heart diseases. And the reason for it is largely anaemic mothers, malnutrition, poorly formed children in the womb. And we are doing something about it. That is definitely far more number than these 8,000 who have died or 150,000 people who have been diagnosed. It is far bigger number, isn’t it? If just one country like India 250,000 children are born every year, not even 25,000 get their treatment. The rest all are doomed to die today or tomorrow. And year and year this number gets piled up. Two-and-a-half lac, two-and-a-half lac. There are millions of children in India who are living with heart problems who cannot walk, who cannot talk, who cannot speak, who cannot go to school, who cannot do anything. And what have we done about it as governments, as society, as intellectuals, as individuals? How much have we paid attention to something like that? What I am saying is that there are many many more problems in the world because of our own doing, our own mistake of our greed, our selfishness has caused this problem in the world. Unfortunately, we don’t talk about them because they are poor people’s problem. And this Corona virus is whichever way you call, it is a rich people’s problem. Rich in the sense, this is not for those who are below poverty line. This is definitely for people who are above poverty line, who are going around, meeting people, doing what? Whatever they need to. So the world needs far bigger re-thinking. Every human must go back within. This is a good time to get into thinking where I am going right and wrong as a human, as a family, as a society, as a country and as the world, as humanity as a whole, where are we making our mistakes? Can we sit back, think about it and correct it? So it is only going to get better. I think it is definitely better. Somebody told Me, “Swami, there is no pollution. The pollution level of the world has come down drastically because everybody is at home.” The environment is becoming better because we are not harming anyone. The bush-fires in Australia have disappeared because the temperature has come down because no pollution for so many days. So all things are improving. See, there is a positive side to it also. And most important positive side is if we learn our lesson as human beings and not do wrong any more, for the sake of our pleasure, let us not harm anyone, however small that harm may be, it is a harm to them. And therefore, not harming nature, not harming animals, not harming other human beings, not harming the weak, the poor, the helpless for our own benefit should be the way of a human being. That is the Dharma and Dhara iti iti Dharma Only that which bears this whole earth is Dharma. And that Dharma when it goes, Dharmo rakshati rakshataha The one who protects Dharma is protected by Dharma. The one who harms Dharma, Dharma only will harm them. That is the rule of the universe. Nobody can change it. Not even God can change that rule.

So let us be conscious as human beings that we have far greater responsibility to lead a good life on this planet and help everyone and not harm anyone for our own sake. If we begin there, definitely a generation or two down the line, humanity will look much better than what it is today. Let us leave behind that kind of a legacy for the coming generations to lead a pure life, good life, a life full of non-violence, a life with compassion and kindness for every creature. Let that be the lesson from this. This is a part…Some people are very afraid. This is just a cycle. It will come, it will go up, it will go down. And thousands of such cycles have come and gone for the earth. So it is not going to change much of it. It may harm a few people’s interests. And that is sad. But we cannot help it because that is a lesson that has to be learnt. We all will learn this lesson together. That should be our way.

So once again praying for welfare of all Sarve bhavantu sukhinaha sarve santu niramayah Sarve bhadrani pashyantu Ma kaschid dukha mapnoyat. With this prayer, we should daily think this way, pray this way and I am sure these problems will disappear in no time. But definitely the lessons should remain with us forever.

Divine Discourse - March 08, 2020 - Evening Satsang

Na tapansi na tirthanam na shastranam japan nahi samsara sagaroddhare sajjanam sevanam vina

It is said, “Neither by doing Tapas, nor by visiting holy places in pilgrimage, nor by reading scriptures, not even by chanting Lord’s name but to cross over this ocean of Samsara, one needs to do it by serving the humanity.”

Dear embodiments of love, students, teachers, and devotees, our honourable guests Upadhyayaji, Muniyappagaru,

Just now it was said, “Paropakarartham idam shariram.” This body has been given not to eat and enjoy life but to serve and thereby find fulfilment in one’s life. Why do you study? So that you can be of some use to society tomorrow. Why do you earn wealth? So that you can share it with those who need it, who need help. When you do anything in life it should be focused on one and only thought, ‘How it is going to help others who are in need?’ That is the purpose of all that we do in one’s life.

Unfortunately with the passage of time, this thought has been lost to the various desires and distractions of the modern world. And to bring back this noble thought into the lives of all the people, education is the best medium, best tool. So today when we went to Jana Seva Vidyakendra and there is Jana Seva PU College hostel which was inaugurated, I told them that I am very happy to come and inaugurate schools, not so happy to come and inaugurate temples. I am more happy to visit schools and inaugurate them because in temples we make man out of God, but in schools we make God out of man. God who is attributeless, nameless, formless we give Him a form and a name and put Him inside a temple and treat Him like a human. We have to put Him to sleep, we have to wake Him up, we have to serve Him all through the day just like humans for our own joy, for our own happiness. But in a school when we serve the children, when we wake them up, we feed them, we teach them, we put them to sleep, it is just the other way round. In Tirupati Devasthanam also, I was told that Lord Venkateshwara works quite hard. I asked, “What time they put him to sleep and what time they wake him up?” And the MLA told Me, “Depends on the devotees’ crowd. Sometimes they put him to sleep at 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock and they wake him up at 2 am. And again put him through the rigmarole of the whole day, he has to stand and bless devotees. And certain festival days it is so hard, he doesn’t even get one hour’s sleep and rest. The Pujaris keep changing by batches but the Lord is one and the same. He stands there and serves. But we have made a man out of God. Niranjanam niketanam sanatanam nitya shuddha buddha mukta nirmala svarupinam. God who is attributeless, formless, as humans, to relate to Him, we give Him a form, He also happily takes a form to become one amongst us, to teach us our own Divinity. That is all right. But the real service to God is when we transform human into Divine.

So when the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence was being inaugurated and the minister asked Me, “Swami, what is human excellence? What do You want to do here?” And I told him in one sentence, “In any other university – in a medical university, somebody joins, becomes a doctor; in an engineering university, somebody who joins, becomes an engineer. In Sathya Sai University of Human Excellence if somebody joins, he must become God and not less.” It does not mean he will have four hands, eight hands, five heads. Not that god with form. But the principle of Godhood which is love, pure love, kindness, compassion, service to others. When Tirupati Venkateshwara Swami stands 23 hours just to serve his devotees, there is no reason why devotees should not work 24 hours to serve the Lord who resides in all. Nara sevaye Narayana seva, Manava sevaye Madhava seva, Jana sevaye Janardhana seva. So that should be the way of our people.

And then I visited our hostel of university and I was talking to all the boys. And I asked them, “What is this place?” They said, “Swami, this is Tyagajivi Kendra.” I said, “Gone are the days when it was a Tyagajivi Kendra. Now it should become a Yogajivi Kendra.” There is a great difference between Tyaga and Yoga. We are born as Rogis. We eat; if we don’t let it out, we become Rogis; what we eat, we let it it out, we become Bhogis. People are there in the society who take a lot, don’t give anything back, they only are Rogis; they suffer with Bhava roga, the disease of the worldliness. The others are those who take only – whatever they take, that is all that they give back not more. They are the Bhogis. I call them Bhogajivis. Then Tyagajivis are there who give more than what they take. And the Yogajivis are those who don’t take anything but always give, give and give for others’ sake. So time has come for our institutions to rise not just with the idea of Tyaga, but to Yoga. Not just trying to be God but to become God is the ultimate purpose of life. When I see all the children in all these campuses, when I visit them, I feel so happy because I see every year that they are inching a little closer to their Divine selves. The way they come in sixth class and the way they are now in the university it is completely different. Our university students have developed so much of devotion, so much of sacrifice, such clarity in life at that age as to what is the purpose of their life which I don’t see anywhere. It gives Me great joy that our students are developing into such selfless students, so clear, so compassionate and so particular that they must attain the goal of life. Uttishta jagrata prapya varan nibodhata. That is the idea of this university.

We have Sri Upadhayaji here who is working with Benares Hindu University and also he is working very diligently – I had a discussion right now – doing research on the idea of Indian culture, Indian spirituality. And we are working with them, collaborating to come out with a method in which we can teach the modern students the way they will understand, in their way. And he is working very hard with our university to come up with some kind of a programme for which we are going to have a conference in the month of May in Delhi. And after that we will work on a very detailed programme of how step-by-step this idea of Sanatana Dharma can be taught to the college-going children. As I always say, only one cannot do all these things. Many have to come together. And power of many is much more than what one can imagine. Sanga shakti, they say. In Kaliyuga, the greatest power is Sanga shakti where everybody comes together, they can achieve a lot. And this coming together is a new chapter in Swami’s mission. There are many many people who think alike, who believe that their lives are meant for service to others, coming together to bring about this transformation in the society.

I do not want to take much time today because there are students who are all going for their exams.

Do you have exams tomorrow morning? Oh, then day after? Maybe not you; others have. Pre university. So many classes. Somebody’s exam will be going on some point in time. But I was telling them you should not be afraid of exams. You should enjoy. You should welcome exams as an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge. You should enjoy your exams. Do you enjoy your exams?

Students: Yes, Swami

Swami: I will get to know once your mark sheets come…But you should be happy. Challenges make us stronger. They tell us how much we know and how much more we have to grow. Assessment is a must. And therefore in a way they are assessing. But in the future, we will change the methodology of assessment as I have already spoken. And things will be in a different way. Like in Prachina gurukula system, assessment was by observation and that is how we will assess our children – how much they are learning and each teacher will be able to understand what is the need of that specific child and what that child needs to grow in the talent that God has gifted that child with. And all these changes are going to come very soon in our system and that makes Me very happy. And I feel very enthusiastic that we will be able to bring back the ancient Gurukula system not just in letter but in spirit, in every aspect of life and living in our Ashrams and campuses. The ancient Gurukula system of education will be established and every child will get his or her opportunity to achieve their highest potential in whatever field of interest they have. That is why I am travelling and explaining to all the children and teachers what is coming next, how they have to prepare for it, what is the way we will take it forward, how much time it will take.This is the effort. That is why I am going around.

So tomorrow morning again I am going out to few more campuses – Shimoga then Karwar, Jayapura – both boys and girls, Mysore and Mandya – then I will be back. After that I will be visiting Raipur hospital. A new operation theatre is ready. We inaugurate that. And then I will come back by 16th. Then I will see you on 17th.

I have to explain to them because I owe them all explanations. They will complain. They tell me, “You are busy doing too much work. You have no time for us.” But how to explain to them that I do all this only for them? I don’t do it for Myself.

Sri Krishna says, Nana avaptam, I have nothing that I have not attained nor I have anything that I have to attain. Vartayeva cha karmani Yet I perform my duty for the sake of the greater good of humanity. So you take inspiration from this that our lives are meant to serve others, to help others and while we live our lives, we should ensure that others too would get an opportunity to lead their lives in a happy way, in a contented way. And we are all depending on you children for a great future of this world. Much of it depends on what you become in your lives. So you have great responsibility on your shoulders. And I know that all of you will learn, will practise and will rise to shoulder these responsibilities which are coming your way. Consider them as great blessing that you are getting this opportunity and you will be the change agents, the transformation agents in the society tomorrow. That is a great boon, a blessing, a privilege and you must always be mindful of that.

With that, I will bring this programme to a conclusion to give you little more time to go and do your last minute revisions. I will see other students and I will come back and see you again.


How do Sankranti festivities encourage spirituality? - January 14, 2020

In this great ancient spiritual culture of Indian subcontinent, there is great spiritual wisdom that is behind the seemingly mundane traditions and activities. After all the hard work of sowing and growing the crop manifests itself as a harvest, the first thing we do is to take it to God and thank God that because of the sun, the rain, the soil, the air, water, all these that you have provided us, we are able to grow this food which will sustain us and therefore, the first offering goes to you. For Sri Krishna says, if we consume without offering to God, we are as good as thieves. This gratitude is the very foundation of Indian spirituality. Even before we go to express our gratitude to God,  we want to go pure and clean in our hearts So we celebrate the festival of Bhogi a day before in which we light a fire, collect all that which is old, unwanted in our homes and burn all the articles in the fire of Bhogi. The inner significance is to burn all that which is not Divine in us in this fire of wisdom and get rid of them once for all. It is only when Atman, the feeling of Atman, the Atmabhava rises in us, that is Sankranti, a good change, a better change. That is the inner meaning of celebrating the festival of Sankranti.

We worship the cows and the cattle that helped us to make a good crop harvest, the bulls, the cows, the calves, everybody is worshipped because they have also helped us earn our food. We worshipped animals, trees, rivers, everything that we saw around us. From Vyashti to Samashti to Srshti to Parameshti we were all connected together with one single bond of Divinity. The individual, the society, the nature and God Himself, we all are related to each other was the understanding that our ancients always had. They fly kites on Sankranti Day. There is a race for cattle race. There are wrestling matches. It is a festival where everybody gets an opportunity to come together, to bond together.

Children are leaving the beautiful creation of God – the sunlight, the water, the air, the fields and sitting on a couch and all day long busy playing games on their phones. They don’t understand what are human relations, what is the purpose of a society. These beautiful ideals which were celebrated through these festivals are being forgotten by most. Therefore, in our institutions, I said don’t give these mobiles and tablets and other things to the small children. The progress from human to Divine is through society. Therefore, human to society to Divinity, I to We to He is the process. I to He is very difficult but I to We to He is gradual and a very sure and easy process.

Why do youth experience depression? - January 11, 2020

The gift of our education is self-confidence. Where are they getting this self-confidence from? It is because they know Swami is with them; that is the source of their self-confidence. If you have that confidence, then wherever you go, you can live confidently. Whatever difficulties come, you will be able to live peacefully. Children should develop this confidence. And where should this confidence come from? From God. That God is with us. Therefore, we can be confident, come what may, God is always there. All the time, everywhere God exists. Therefore, if you depend on God more than anything else, we will never be disappointed. That confidence which comes out of this faith that God is with us is truly self-confidence. If children develop this confidence at this age, they will be able to do anything in life. That is the gift of education in our institution.

I have travelled to so many countries. There I find that young children have no self-confidence. At the slightest sign of failure, they are unable to handle, and they get into depression, some of them commit suicide. Today the biggest problem that the people of the world are facing especially the youngsters is depression. The thought that ‘I am useless, I can’t face the world, I would rather die,’ these kind of negative feelings are in them because they have everything but they do not have faith. In life you will always face ups and downs whether it is a king or a poor person. It is not possible to escape this duality of life. Our source of self-confidence is knowing that Swami is with us. Whatever happens, Swami is always with us, He will watch over us, He will take care of us. That feeling we should have.

As much faith you have, that much will be your experience. Develop faith that Swami is with us and you will experience Swami’s presence in some form. I know that children are experiencing because they believe that Swami is there, and Swami is with us all the time. That faith makes so many little children experience the presence of Swami in some way or the other. Once they get these experiences then their faith becomes stronger. When they face big difficulties in life, they will continue to have the faith. For grown-ups, even when a big difficulty comes, they remember that Swami showered His grace when we were young and so also, He is with us even today. That feeling will always be with them. So that feeling we should hold on to strongly. Develop such unwavering faith in Swami’s presence in your life and you will experience His presence, His grace at every step. If this subject of Bhakti you have understood, all other things in life will be taken care of. This is the most important lesson to be learnt in our institution.

How does Swami want us to attain moksha? - January 09, 2020

This is our mission. Small boy to the elder, everybody is serving children. This is our mission. In the Vedas it is said, “Don’t break this lineage. Don’t break this tradition,” is what the Guru advises the student. That is the idea which a Guru tells the Shishya, “What you have learnt you must continue. Don’t ever break this tradition.” See, in our institution we are seeing that Narayan Rao is here. They are the first batch of people who came here, started teaching. From there, Ramananda, Mahendranna, Shetty, they are all here. Look at all of them. What are they doing? They taught these children. Those children are teaching the next generation. Now this is the fourth generation of children who are getting educated in this institution. So, they are like great grandfathers. Bheeshma Pitamahas for this place. So, this is how this tradition, this lineage of education is continuing. And that is how it has to continue.

These people have all reached and crossed retirement age, but still they go to the campuses as Chairpersons and are looking after campuses. So, I tell, “With Swami, there is no retirement. There is only re-tirement.” I will keep giving you different tasks. Till one can serve society, they should continue to serve, they should live that long. That is what I am saying. There is no retirement in our institution. Till our last breath, we are here to serve. And from the class sixth boy to the college students to the teachers to the Chairpersons to all the Tyagajivis all are here serving every day in some way or the other. People make lot of efforts for their own Moksha – they go to the Himalayas, or they meditate, they do many Sadhanas. Swami’s method is not that. Loka Seva. While we are doing Jana Seva, we should get Moksha. Serving the society in one hand, and also striving for the self realisation on the other hand. These two should go together in Swami’s institution.

I have told all the teachers there is no need to do any other Sadhana. They should just look after the children sincerely and make them into Tyagajivis. If they can do that, that is their Sadhana. I feel so happy when I see all these little children from so many campuses. You may not know who they are. They themselves may not know who they are. But I know who they were, who they are and who they will be in the coming future. And I see the future of the world in them. The future of the world is them. And they will do what is required to set the world right. There is no other way. The Satya yuga that we talk about will come and it will be because of these children. I have the faith that our students will do that.

How does Raipur hospital keep on flourishing even after eight years? - March 16, 2020

You all join hands to build schools and hospitals which are the true temples of God because that is where God is being served, whether it is in schools or whether it is in these hospitals we treat out students as gods, we treat our patients as gods. So much is being talked of a virus which just came three months ago. A few thousand deaths has scared the daylights out of everybody because this virus affects both poor and rich in the same way.

More than 5 million children around the world every year die of malnutrition. That is far bigger a number than whatever is happening in the world at this point in time. They don’t have enough food to eat, it is so simple, it is not a disease, it is food which they don’t get to eat. But none of the governments wake up and aggressively act upon an issue as large as that. But because these children don’t figure in the list of the influential, the rich, the powerful, the famous, they are ignored. So many children not getting education. Equal opportunities. These are the diseases which are more dangerous than those that we are so occupied with today. The larger problems of the world, the more dangerous problems of the world can be solved, there is a cure for it. What is the cure? A little selflessness in everyone. Small little doors of selflessness in every mind can cure all the problems of the world. Poverty can be cured, illnesses can be cured.

Wonderful work Raipur hospital is doing. Of course, it is hard work, it is challenging. At times difficult. At times it looks like it may not happen or we may not survive the next month but it happens, it happens because I said, the prayers of those mothers, the blessings of those mothers and fathers that come out from the depth of their heart that ‘May this hospital prosper. May this hospital continue to do good to more and more children in the world. May many more mothers and fathers get back their children from the jaws of death.’ That blessing will take care that this hospital runs forever. Not only runs, it thrives and prospers year after year. And that is what is happening. That is the power of selflessness. That is the power of goodness. It is so self-perpetuating, it doesn’t need anybody’s help, it does not need anybody’s support. It takes care of itself. That is the power of being good. Wherever there is goodness, everything is possible. If you just be good, if you be pure, be selfless, everything is possible. Anything and everything you can achieve in life as long as it is born out of pure selflessness, goodness, to do good for others, not for one’s own sake. Anything is possible.



How will Swami’s mission of giving good education to every child in the world bloom? - January 08, 2020

Though we are born pure, we get all sorts of desires that corrupt us and make us poisonous and at the end, though we are born as nectarine, full of purity, we turn poisonous because of all kinds of desires that come inside us. But in our institution, the whole purpose of creating these institutions is to preserve that purity with which children are born. We don’t want our children to become impure. They are already pure, they are born pure, they should remain pure. I leave children in far off, remote campuses. Yet children go and live there, teachers go there, live with the children day in and day out and look after them. It is because I have such kind of teachers, chairpersons, staff that I have the confidence that we can go ahead and open more campuses.

Next year when I am opening five campuses, I was assessing is it possible for us, that too girls’ campuses, can we go ahead with this or should we reduce the number or two? But our CHE students, university graduates who have come forward, they said, “Swami, why do You fear?” I was telling, “Generally I tell the public, ‘Why fear? I am here.’ But My children tell Me, ‘Swami, why fear? We are here.'”  So we don’t have to fear. You don’t have to fear because I am here. I don’t have to fear because you are here. This should be the way. Imagine if you don’t start that girls’ campus tomorrow. One girls’ campus if we don’t start, at least 50 children’s fate will not be the same. Just by opening one campus if not more, at least 50 children are brought under the protection of the campus. The situation of poor girls not just in India but across the world is very sad.

You should use this opportunity well, use all the facilities, use your time well, develop confidence and become somebody who can be a reason for another 100 or 1000 people to smile, to live a better life. Swami only wants that you should help others. He doesn’t have any other expectations. (The students) will look after the institutions in the future. No fear. That is the mission. How this will bring about goodness in this world, you can’t even imagine. All that is required is your heart should remain pure. Don’t dirty, don’t pollute your heart with selfish feelings. Keep your hearts pure. You were born pure. Remain pure. That is all the effort should be. And till the last child on earth gets all these, till then our mission does not end. So this work is not for a year, ten years, fifty years, hundred years; this work is for centuries.