Master’s messages- 4.2- Unity in multiplicity

See divinity in all

 

At a time when there is so much disunity, disharmony, violence in the world; it is more important to realise unity in multiplicity. For this we have to develop tolerance, patience and love for all. We all have that spark of divinity in us. We have to work on realising that inner strength of divinity in us. We have to churn the milk if we wish to separate the butter immanent in it. Similarly, certain processes of thought and action has to get to the hard core of faith and that belief. One can work on this by consciously practising the human values. Soon we realise that the world is a mixture of real and unreal. Then we start the process of self-enquiry. People in spiritual path must be an example for this.

 

Story of the week

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/learning-from-pigeons/

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Master’s messages-4.1-Sat Chit Ananda

Sat Chit Ananda- oneness in all

satchitananda

Our life is saturated with Sat- (Supreme Reality), Chit- Consciousness, Ananda- Bliss- Brahman itself. For the Divine life to start one must be aware that we are sat chit ananda.  the Divine inspires and activates every being; this spark of life or consciousness leads and fulfills the life of each being; right from the simplest to the most complex. Lord or consciousness is in each one of us. When we start realising this, we will be ever alert and careful in our every thought, word and deed. Then we see the oneness of all which is the ultimate purpose of life.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/the-crocodile-and-the-priest-value-truth/

Message from Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 4

Master’s messages- 3.9 Vol 1 The Guru

Manasa Bhajore Guru Charanam

 

Essence

Guru destroys illusion and sheds light. That is why Guru is worshipped on a full moon day. Moon is the presiding deity of the mind and on the full moon day; mind becomes fully beneficent. Guru will tell us that we have forgotten our real self and are unaware of the loss. He is the physician of the illness which brings about suffering of alternate birth and death. If one does not find such a guru, the Lord Himself will show the way.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/bhaja-govindam-story-2526-verse-23/

Essence- Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1, Chapter 3

 

Master’s messages-Vol 1- 3.5- Keep the faith in the Lord

Keep the faith in the Lord undiminished

faith in god

Essence

One must keep their faith in the Lord undiminished. Biggest obstacle is ego and possessiveness. These are with us since many ages. It can removed only by discrimination and renunciation. Bhakti, japam, dhyanam and yoga will help to remove this quickly. We must proceed slowly and steadily, making sure of each step as we proceed; so that we do not fall backwards.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/bhaja-govindam-story-18-verse-17/

Essence- Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 3

Master’s messages- Vol 1-3.3- Dharma will protect the righteous

“If we protect Dharma, Dharma will protect us”

Essence

First step in spiritual discipline is adherence to dharma (righteousness). “Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshithaha”. “If we protect Dharma, Dharma will protect us”
Protection of Dharma does not mean mere adoration of Dharma. It is the effort of putting the principles of Dharma into practice. Dharma grants happiness and peace. Adharma makes life miserable with agony and sorrow. Dharma observed in worldly life; will lead to observance of dharma in spiritual life also.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/practice-of-dharma/

Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1- Chapter 3

Bhaja Govindam Verse 26 with story and essence

 

Verse 26

Kāmaṁ krodhaṁ lobhaṁ mohaṁ

tyaktvā’tmānaṁ paśyati so’ham,

ātmajñāna vihīnā mūḍhāḥ

te pacyante narakanigūḍhāḥ.

Having given up lust, anger, greed, and delusion, the seeker sees in the Self, ‘He am I’. They are fools who have no Self-knowledge, and they, as captives in hell, are tortured.

Story based on Verse 26

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/in-search-of-a-lost-needle/

Essence

Man fails to realise the truth that he is ‘that’. He is divine. The truth about the self is that I am not what I take myself to be today, but so’ham, I am that, I am Brahman. I am a complete being; I am limitless, free, and pure.

We have the inner enemies within us kāmaṁ krodhaṁ lobhaṁ and mohaṁ, (Lust, anger, greed and attachement) which prevent us from seeing this truth. These qualities blind us and delude us into thinking that we are just the body we see.

Kāma, krodha and lobha arise from the ignorance of the Self, which brings about the ego or the sense of individuality. This brings about a sense of insufficiency, which brings desire. When the desire is not fulfilled, it brings about anger. Yet, when the desire is fulfilled, it brings about greed. Desire is thus damaging, whether fulfilled or not. This desire leaves behind either anger or greed in its wake. Both of them result in a disturbance of the mind, so we can never have even a moment of leisure as long as we are under the spell of kāma, krodha or lobha.

Moha is delusion or the state of intoxication when under the spell of kāma, krodha and lobha. It is the stage at which we lose ourselves; we lose our sense of judgment, and discrimination.

Kāma or desire arises because of aviveka or non-discrimination because we do not know that what we are seeking is our own self. Therefore, desire can be handled by educating the mind all the time.

When we make the mind see that happiness does not lie there, and that the happiness is to be discovered only within one’s own Self, the blind chasing after money, power etc. will slowly come to a stop.

Thus, we have to handle the various impulses of the mind by viveka or discrimination.

This truth about the self becomes clear as a result of the teaching of the scriptures. However, the teaching becomes effective only when we have a mind which is receptive. When does the mind become receptive? Only when it overcomes these inner obstacles, kāmaṁ, krodhaṁ, lobhaṁ and mohaṁ.

For students

Some of the stories which can be shared with children to better understand the above verse

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/contentment-the-99-club/

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/what-it-means-to-be-poor/

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/the-brick/

It is essential to develop the quality of self confidence in children. When the human values are cultivated in the young minds through stories of great people; it will create a positive impact on them. Desire can be controlled by teaching the ceiling on desires ie how to stop wastage of food, money, time etc. They should be taught the value of everything. Lessons on anger management and how anger can blind one’s thoughts can be explained. Sharing and caring should be inculcated so that greed and possessiveness can be controlled.

Once students learn this and make it a habit from young, at a later part of their life it is easy for them to learn about the true purpose, and meaning of life.

 

Essence adapted from https://advaitavedaanta.wordpress.com

 

 

Master’s messages-Vol1- 3.1 God is all powerful

God incarnates as human to set example to mankind.

Essence

God is Maha Shakti ( Supreme Energy) and Jeeva (individual being) is Maya Shakti (deluding power). God cannot come down without His Mahashakti unimpaired; He has to come with diminished splendour and effulgence so that he can become the object of Bhakti and Dedicated service. He undergoes all trials and tribulations as humans do but leads by setting an example for mankind to follow the righteous path.

Story based on the message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/lord-rama-learning-from-the-avatar/

Based on Sathya Sai Speaks-Vol1- Chapter 3

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