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This section of the blog presents a message of Bhagawan Baba every week. Mostly, it is the form of a question that is answered by Bhagawan, giving us the correct understanding and interpretation of a concept or a term or a practice. So watch out every Sunday for a special message from Bhagawan Baba that could serve as your driving force throughout the week. Wish you a happy week!!
The audio clip of the message has a name that adopts the following code: Title relating to the message, Duration of the clip, Year-Month-Date of the Clip. Below the title is the English translation of the message. Below the English translation is the audio player.  

09 December to 15 December 2013
What is the inner significance of ringing the bell in a temple (any place of worship)?
What is the inner significance of ringing the bell in a temple (any place of worship)-2.29-1993 October 18
Bell serves as a visiting card to see God!!

There is great joy even in listening. It is Naada(Divine sound). There is great power in sound. We have bells in a temple. All who visit the temple ring the bell. Why are bells kept in a temple? Are they kept to wake up God who is sleeping? No, no, no. Those who do not know Vedam, regard this very Naada as Vedam and make God hear this sound.

Not just that. God protects one and all. He listens to so many prayers regarding so many matters. He may be lost in the thought of someone; He may also be engaged in protecting someone. In the modern world, when we visit somebody’s residence, we send in our visiting card. The owner will then come out telling himself, “O, so and so has come”. If we do not send in our visiting card, the important person would not come out at all. In the same way, when the bell is rung in the temple, it is like a visiting card to the great Lord. He sees, “O, who is this who has rung the bell?”
Thus the vision of the Lord has to be turned towards us through the aid of the sound. But that does not mean we can make any type of sound. It must be the Omkaaram that is the combination of Akaara, Ukaara and MaIkaara. That is the correct address of God! The bell is not to be rung merely to silence a child that is crying (using it as a plaything to divert the attention of the crying child). 

18 October 1993

02 December to 08 December 2013
What is the correct method of chanting Omkaara?
What is the correct method of chanting Omkaara-2.34-1993 October 18

The Omkaaram must be chanted in a very pleasant, sweet and soft manner. It must sound as though it comes from very far, approaches very close and then goes very far again. The people from urban areas must have experienced this. When the plane is flying somewhere far off, you can hear a little bit of the sound. When it comes close, the sound is heard very loudly. Again when it moves far away, the sound keeps on decreasing. Omkaaram must be chanted in a similar manner.

Swami demonstrates the correct method of chanting Omkaara.
Omkaara has a spelling. In the case of God, we have the spelling G O D. In the same way, when Akaara, Ukaara and Makaaraare joined, they become Omkaara. However, we need not go by mere spelling and chant Omkaara as Aaa Uuu Mmm. This is not Omkaara.    
The sound “Aa” must emanate from within. “Uu” must come from the tongue. “Mm” should emerge from the lips. The three should be united and there should be no gap in between.
Swami demonstrates the correct method of chanting Omkaara.
The three should be united and that is the proper way of chanting Omkaara

18 October 1993

25 November to 01 December 2013
What are the nine heads under which Vedic knowledge has been propagated?
What are the nine heads under which Vedic knowledge has been propagated-7.34-1989 October 03

The Vedas were propagated under nine heads or titles. :

     1.   Sruti
     2.   Anuswara
     3.   Trayee
     4.   Aamnaayam
     5.   Samaamnaayam
     6.   Chandas
     7.   Swaadhyaayam
     8.   Gama
     9.   Aagama
These titles that have been given to the Vedas are embedded with lot of significance. 
Srutimeans the disciple must listen to what the preceptor chants with all sincerity, repeat the same mantras with sincerity and thus acquire proficiency in recitation of the Vedas. Therefore Srutimeans listening to what the preceptor tells with earnestness and then reproducing the same sounds in exactly the same manner. It must be practiced only through hearing.
Anuswara (literally – a diacritic used in the Devanagari script as a nasal consonant):
Anuswara refers to contemplating on that which has been practiced by listening and repeating and developing the same. Thus, the inner meaning of Srutiis listening, practicing, contemplating and thus imbibing the mantras.     
Trayee (triad):
Earlier there were only three Vedas – Rig, Yajur and Sama Veda. These were also called Apourusheya (authorless – anonymous, or of divine origin). Atharvana Veda actually consists of some hymns taken from the Yajur Veda and separated out. As these three Vedas were called Apourusheya, they were referred to as Trayee (the triad).
Aamnaayamand Samaamnaayam:
Aamnaayammeans constantly thinking of and practicing the recitation of the root principle or the root syllable “Na”. As the knowledge of the Vedas can be propagated only through practice (chanting repeatedly), it came to be known as Aamnaayamand Samaamnaayam.   
The next title is Chandas. Chandas has certain meanings. One inner meaning of Chandas is that the Vedas have to be guarded in secret and propagated with care. Chandasis another name for the hymns of the Vedas. SamaVeda is full of Chandas. As the Vedas is full of such hymns it is referred to as Chandas.
(The verses of the Vedas have a variety of different meters. They are grouped by the number of padas in a verse, and by the number of syllables in a pada. Chandas, the study of Vedic meter, is one of the six Vedanga disciplines, or “organs of the vedas”. There are several Chandas. The seven main ones are: Gayatri, Ushnuk, Anustubh, Brihati, Pankti, Tristubh and Jagati).
Swaadhyaayamrefers to the process by which the Vedas have come down from generation to generation, through great grandfather to grandfather to father to son, in genealogical succession. It is not just a matter of studying from a text. It is a tradition that has been transmitted from preceptor to disciple over the years merely through hearing. It is because this knowledge was handed down over generations as a tradition, it has been described as Swaadhyaaya.   
Gamaand Aagama (to go and to come):
Gama and Aagama are the names given to the inhaling and exhaling of the Lord’s breath, which are the origin of the Vedas. All in all, the Vedas are the very embodiment of the inhalation and exhalation of the breath of the Lord.
The great sages who listened to these mantras as revelations from the Divine found the key to them in eight basic letters: Aa, Ka, Cha, Ta, Tha, Pa, Ya, Sa.

 03 October 1989

18 November to 24 November 2013
What are the five types of knowledge?
What are the five types of knowledge-1.18-1989 September 03

So students, what do you need to do primarily? Study well and concentrate on our studies. Recognize and develop discrimination with respect to that knowledge. Make an effort to put this knowledge into practice, to the extent possible. I have told a couple of times, there are five types of knowledge. However, students today are ending their pursuit (of knowledge) with just bookish knowledge itself. Some students go further and achieve the level of superficial knowledge. But there is a lack of general knowledge. Discrimination knowledge is totally absent. How then, can one acquire practical knowledge? Therefore, practical knowledge is very important. Because of lack of practical knowledge, our education is very artificial. 

 03 September 1989

11 November to 17 November 2013
Why is this world called Jagath?
Why is this world called Jagath-0.59-1996 July 06
Jagath is nothing but going and coming…

This world is called Jagath. Jagath means Jaa + Gath, Jaa + Gath i.e. to go and to come, to go and to come. Everything goes and comes. Nothing remains permanently. Nothing goes permanently. Whatever goes, comes again. Whatever comes, goes again. That is why this world is called Nityam (transient). It is also called Sadasat (neither true nor untrue). It is thus referred to as Jagath.

We are experiencing this world in varied ways. It is not possible for us to leave this world. In this Jagath itself we need to see (have the Darshan of) Jagadeeswara (Divinity). Jagath (world) is the very form of Chaitanya (Awareness). This Awareness is verily the form of Divinity.

 06 July 1996

04 November to 10 November 2013

Deepavali Special
What is the scientific significance for the practice of bursting crackers?
What is the scientific significance for the practice of bursting crackers-1.19-1988 November 09
Bursting crackers within limits has benefits too

There is a scientific explanation also (for bursting crackers during Diwali). The season that has just gone by is the monsoon season. Wherever you see, you find stagnated water and puddles of water. On account of this unhygienic environment, many germs and insects start increasing in number. Ill health starts progressing in humans because of these germs and insects. By bursting crackers, the fumes and the toxic materials kills these germs and insects. This helps man to be healthy and happy. Bharatiyas started all these festivities and practices with lot of inner significance.      

 09 November 1988

What is the scientific explanation for the existence of Demon Narakaasura?
What is the scientific explanation for the existence of Demon Narakaasura-3.29-1992 October 24
Narakaa was truly a planet approaching earth

There is a scientific history (for the story of Narakaasura). There are many planets in the sky. Many planets revolve in this universe. But the nine planets (Navagrahaas) are very important for the planet of earth. There are many more sub-planets too. In the Dwaapara Yuga, a planet called Narakaa was moving very close to the planet earth. If this planet would crash into earth, the entire earth would be turned into ashes. In fact, even if the moon that is so cool would come even a few feet closer to the earth, the earth would be turned into ashes. There can be so many calamities. The planet Narakaa came very close to earth and was about to crash into earth.

Witnessing the demon like planet that was about to destroy their world, all people started praying, “Krishna, Krishna, Krishna…”. At that time, the event wherein the planet Narakaa was destroyed and the world was protected is referred to as Narakaasura Samhaaram. Everybody considered Narakaa as a demon. Was any entity, which would destroy their world, not equivalent to a demon?
Earlier the chancellor of Germany, Hitler travelled around the world. In those days, even he was considered as a demon. (Swami sings a lullaby in Telugu, the lyrics of which talk about Hitler waging a war on Russia, and Stalin ready to fight against his army, which mothers used to sing in those days to put their children to sleep). Similarly, in the Dwaapara Yuga, when the planet Naraka approached the earth, they believed it to be a demon. Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakaasura, as is explained in the scriptures, and he freed all those who were victims of the demon’s atrocities. In other words, he destroyed the planet Narakaa and rescued all those who were to become victims of the planet crash. 

24 October 1992

What are the four items required to light the lamp of wisdom?
What are the four items required to light the lamp of wisdom-2.06-1988 November 09
Light the lamp of wisdom in your heart

To light a lamp we need four items. One is the container, second is the oil, third is the wick and the fourth is the match box. Even if one of these four items is missing, we will not be able to light the lamp. All these four items are essential. But what type of darkness does this light remove? It dispels only the outer (physical) darkness.

But how can we light the light of wisdom? In order to remove the inner darkness we need the Atma Jyothi (light of the inner Self-Atman), the Jnaana Jyothi (the light of wisdom). To light this lamp also, we need four items. Vairagya (detachment) is the container for this lamp, Bhakti (devotion) is the oil, Chitta Ekaagrata (one pointed concentration of awareness) is the wick and Tatva Jnaana (wisdom of the Atman) is the match box. Without these four, we cannot get Atma Jnaana. For all these, Vairaagya (detachment) is the most essential. It is the foundation for all these. Without Vairaagya (detachment), acquiring any type of education, any amount of studying of scriptures or studying of the Vedas, is of no use.    
The Vedas declare;
Na Karmana Na Prajaya Dhanena Tyage Naike Amrutatva Maanashuhu
Not by action, not by progeny, nor by wealth; it is by sacrifice alone that one can attain immortality.
09 November 1988

28 October to 03 November 2013

Who are our true family members?
Who are our true family members-9.23-1998 September 25

Satyam Maata…

Satyam Maata, Pita Jnaanam
Dharmo Bhraata, Daya Sakhaa
Shantah Patni, Kshama Putra
Shadete Jana Bhaandhava (2)
Truth is our mother, Wisdom is our father
Righteousness is our brother, Compssion is our friend
Peace is our wife (consort), Forbearance is our son
These six are our true relatives
Embodiments of Love!
Satyam Maata – Truth is our Mother. In this world, every individual has a mother. But in this creation, for all human beings, there is one Mother. We must recognize that single Mother. This mother – the Truth, is Trikaala Baadhyam – it remains the same in all three periods of time, it is the head of Trilokaa (the three worlds) and it transcends the three qualities or attributes (Satva, Rajas and Tamas). The physical mother may undergo change, she may change her geographical location and she may even die. But Truth as the Mother is always the same at any place, at any time and for any individual. Everybody must consider Truth as their Mother and it is necessary that they have faith in Her and follow Her.
Pita Jnaanam – Next, who is the father? Wisdom is the father. There are many types of knowledge: viz worldly, material, scientific. But wisdom does not mean these. Adwaita Darshanam Jnaanam. Wisdom is that which confers the experience of oneness (non-dualism). This wisdom is Truth. Vedas refer to this as Satyam Jnaanam Anantham Brahma (Brahma is Truth, Wisdom and Infinity). Therefore, Truth is the very form of the mother for all. Wisdom is the father.
Dharmo Bhraata – Dharma takes a different form for every nation, every religion, and every tradition. But for all human beings, for all nations and for all times, the brother who loves with a feeling of oneness is Dharma (Righteousness). This brother is the very embodiment of Love. It is in this context that right from the ancient times, in the country of Bhaarath, the Vedas have declared – Satyam Vada, Dharmam Chara (Speak the Truth, Practice Righteousness). So much importance has been given to Truth and Righteousness. Rama and Lakshmana being brothers set such an ideal for the world. At one point of time, when Lakshmana fell unconscious, Rama felt very sad. Rama declared, “Lakshmana, I may get a wife like Sita somewhere, I may even struggle and manage to get a mother like Kausalya, but I can never get a brother like Lakshmana again. It is because of having a brother like you, that the principle of Rama is shining so brilliantly. Therefore, Dharma is our brother. Dharmo Bhraata.
Daya Sakhaa – Compassion is our friend. Today’s friends may turn into enemies tomorrow. We have been witness so many such experiences in the world. But, we can never find a friend greater than compassion. A true friend is the very embodiment of compassion.
Shantah Patni – Who is the wife? Peace is the wife. Peace is the one that assumes the form of oneness and continuously shows unity in diversity, in all paths of life and in all living beings. Peace is the ornament of the Maharishis (great saints). It is the crown of the Rishis (saints). It is the royal path in the spiritual journey. Such peace is the wife (consort) for one and all.  
Kshama Putra – Forbearance is the son. There is no other nobler son than forbearance. Kshamais Truth, Kshama is the Veda, Kshama is Dharma, Kshama is Ahimsa (Non-violence), Kshama is Shaurya (valour). In this world, there is no power greater than Forbearance.
Therefore, Sathyam (Truth), Jnaanam (Wisdom), Dharma(Righteousness), Daya (Compassion), Shanti (Peace) and Kshama (Forbearance) – these six are the true relatives of humans. Today, on account of losing such a mother, such a father, such a friend, such a brother, such a wife and such a son, the world is subject to so much agitation and disturbances.     

25 September 1998

21 October to 27 October 2013
What is our foremost duty in life?
What is our foremost duty in life-2.04-1999 November 18

Embodiments of Love! First and foremost recognize your own Divine principle. Recognize the truth as to who you are. The one who recognizes His true Self can understand everything else. There are many new children here. You can recognize your true Self through many small ways.

What is this? This is my cloth. This is my plate. This is my body. This is my mind. This is my intellect. But who am I? We say, my body, my mind, my intellect, my memory, my senses, my inner senses; but who am I? When we say, “my body”, it means the body is different and I am different. Then who are you? We need to recognize this truth. Body, mind and all these are mere instruments. Getting attached to these instruments and thinking that “I am verily these instruments” is so ridiculous.
Therefore, the body, mind, intellect, memory, senses, inner senses, are all mere instruments. You are the Master. Master the mind and be a master mind. You must be a Master. You should never be a slave to your body, mind or intellect. Today, as man is becoming a slave to his body, mind and intellect; he is becoming a slave to everything. We must keep the body and the mind within our control and not the other way round.      
 18 November 1999

14 October to 20 October 2013
What is the genesis of the massive Grama Seva Project?
What is the genesis of the massive Grama Seva Project-3.45-2000 November 19
Grama Seva is Rama Seva

In the earlier years, welfare of the villages was always in my mind. But actively engaged in the projects on education, health and water, I gave up village service to some extent.  

A month ago, when I was sitting on the chair, I saw a small piece of paper fallen there. I read the same. In that paper there was a photo of a mother and her son. The photo displayed their dead bodies. The mother could not bear the hunger of her son. The son came to her shouting, “Mother, I am hungry, I am hungry”. The mother replied, “Son, right now, it is raining everywhere”. This incident happened just last month. There was heavy downpour. Therefore, the mother could not even go out for begging. She said, “Son, because of this rain, I am not even able to go out for begging food”. There was no sign of the rain stopping. The mother wondered how she could feed her son.
Not being able to withstand her misery, she took some rat poison, mixed it with water and prepared a strong dose. She fed her son with it, consumed the same herself and both died. This was published in the paper by someone. The papers too always catch hold of such bad news and they never fetch for good news. Even if they get some good news, they do not pay much attention to it. People who are lucky to be in a position to get good news and report the same, themselves commit such tasks. They search for negative news in every nook and corner and report the same. Neither do they get the thoughts to publish positive news, nor do their hands work towards it. The fate of their life is the very cause for this. The feelings of their parents (in their upbringing) are the main cause for this.                     
I felt very bad. Chhee (an expression communicating disgust), this is the sacred nation of Bharath. This is the Tyaaga Bhoomi (land of sacrifice), Amruta Bhoomi (land of immortality). In this land of immortality, in this land that has acquired the name of Annapoorna (the giver of food), the mother not being able to feed her son with a little food had to kill herself. These feelings came to me. Immediately, I stopped all other work. We started cooking food and sending from village to village. I started giving joy and inspiration to the people in this manner.
Our students also are like gold. They have taken up lot of difficulties. They go around from morning to night (distributing food) and yet return to the Mandir with great enthusiasm. They went to each and every house in each and every village. They provided all sorts of comfort for them. From then on, I have been feeling very very happy!!             

 19 November 2000

Navaratri Special
05 October to 14 October 2013
Who is our true Divine Mother?
Who is our true Divine Mother-7.39-1998 September 25

Embodiments of Love, Satyam Maata – Truth is our Mother. In this world, every individual has a mother. But in this creation, for all human beings, there is one Mother. We must recognize that single Mother. For this physical world, in this worldly life, it is very difficult to understand the transcendental principle. For every individual who travels on the Pravritti Marga (outward or worldly path), it is very necessary to understand Divinity. Every person has a Divine mother. For those who follow this Divine mother, there will be no obstacles or problems. Satyam Maata – This mother – the Truth, is Trikaala Baadhyam– it remains the same in all three periods of time, it is the head of Trilokaa (the three worlds) and it transcends the three qualities or attributes (Satva, Rajas and Tamas). The physical mother may undergo change, she may change her geographical location and she may even die. But Truth as the Mother is always the same at any place, at any time and for any individual.

Truth is the Divine, magnificent, novel, ever new Mother. Everybody must consider Truth as their Mother and it is necessary that they have faith in Her and follow Her. Truth never changes. It assumes the same form in all three periods of time. Everything is created out of Truth. Being the Mother for everything (in creation), is Truth not your Mother? This Mother is eternal. She is nectarine. It is the great good fortune of mankind to have acquired such an immortal Mother. However, today mankind has lost such a sacred Mother – the Truth. The speciality of the worship we perform today is that we worship the Truth.
We consider the Navaratri as the Devi Navaratri and regard Devi (deity) as the Mother. Devi, Devi – what is the meaning of Devi? Truth is Devi. The name of the Devi (deity) is Sathya Swaroopini. Every human being must recognize the Truth and practice the same. We must never give up Truth. Separation from the Mother is a very difficult experience. Without giving up Truth, when we practice the same, we will have victory in every field.
During the Navaratri, we read the Devi Bhaagavatham, Devi Raamaayanam, Devi Bhaaratham and so on. We worship the Trinity of Goddesses – Lakshmi, Parvati and Saraswati. Who are these three? This trinity is also embedded in Truth only. There is nothing separate like matter and energy. Everything is One. Matter is energy and energy is matter. Without energy there can be no matter and without matter there can be no energy. Both are interdependent and interrelated. Therefore, it is a big mistake to refer to these as two. In fact, there is no matter at all in this world. Wherever you see, there is only energy, energy, energy – there is Shakti only. Other than Shakti (energy), no other object can be seen. That is why, today, as part of the Navaratri celebration, we worship Shakti (energy).
Where does this energy come from? Truth is energy, Dharma (righteousness) is energy, Peace is energy; within Peace, Forbearance is a type of energy. All these constitute worship of Shakti (energy). Truth is the basis for all these. There is nothing beyond Truth. All forms of energy are embedded within Truth. Therefore, we must regard Truth as our very Mother. Matru Devi – if we forget such a Mother, what will be our fate? We must never forget the Truth which is our Mother. Worshipping the Mother actually means worshipping the Truth and following the Truth. We must follow Truth, we must speak the Truth. Satyam Bruyaat – speak the Truth. Practice Dharma.     
 25 September 1998

What is the inner significance of worship of the Mother during Navaratri?

What is the inner significance of worship of Mother during Navaratri-4.59-1988 October 14

The mother is our true preceptor. The life of a human being who does not respect and worship such a mother is indeed futile. Therefore, it is the duty of every human being to respect and love the mother who is the embodiment of all powers. The festival of Devi Navaratri is an excuse to propagate this Divine message and to set several ideals to the entire world. The Goddess manifests in the form of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

Goddess Durga means the embodiment of power. What form of power? It is physical, mental and spiritual power. Durga is the very form of power who bestows on us these three types of strengths. This is what we refer to as energy.  
Next is Goddess Lakshmi. She confers on us the wealth of Jnaana (wisdom), Gunaas (virtues), and several other forms of wealth that we experience in this world. Wealth or prosperity does not refer to currency notes alone. Jnaana(wisdom) is wealth, health is also a form of wealth, virtues constitute wealth, Vidya (education) is also wealth. Lakshmi is Sarvaaishwarya Swaroopini – the embodiment of all forms of wealth. That is why Lakshmi is called Wealth Swaroopini, Sampada Swaroopini or Aishwarya Swaroopini.    
Then we have Saraswati. She confers on us intelligence, power of discrimination and Buddhi (intellect).
It is to present and propagate the glory of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati to the world that the festival of Navaratri is celebrated. Our mother is the very form of these three Goddesses. The mother is the one who confers all the energy and strength on her child. She loves her child and wishes for the development of her child into a prosperous, healthy, happy individual winning good name and repute in the world. She wishes that her son becomes a highly educated person with lot of intelligence and earns great repute in the world. The mother is the one who is the very embodiment of these three Goddesses – Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. 

                                                                           14 October 1988

07 October to 13 October 2013
What is the correct form of prayer to God?
What is the correct form of prayer to God-1.12-2000 July 16

Many people visit temples. They go to the Venkateswara (Balaji) temple. They pray, “Swami if you fulfil my desires, I will perform Brahmotsavam(a special ceremony) for you. Swami if you get my daughter married, then I will perform your marriage.” Are you the person to perform God’s marriage? Will God fulfil your prayers / desires for the sake of His marriage? You are cheating God by offering Him such temptations. Praying to God with selfish expectations of some returns is no Love at all.

Without any expectations, (we must realize that I am) only one Atma, I am seeing my own Atman, I am talking to my own Atman, I am in the company of God; we have to develop and foster this oneness.     
                                                                           16 July 2000

Gandhi Jayanti Special
02 October 2013
Who planted the seed of Rama Naama in Gandhiji’s life?
Who planted the seed of Rama Naama in Gandhiji’s life-2.07-2000 November 19
The manner in which one dies is more important
than the manner in which one is born

Once there was a mother who was very strict and duly punished her child as she brought him up (Swami is referring to Putlibai, the mother of Gandhiji). Yatha Raaja Thatha Prajaa (as is the king so are the citizens); similarly Yathaa Adhikaari Thatha Sevakulu (as is the master so are the servants). The mother who had a very sacred heart had a maidservant who was also very sacred at heart. Her name was Rambha. Rambha protected the children very carefully.

One day, Gandhi came running to her. “Rambha, Rambha, I am feeling very frightened”, he said. Rambha drew him close to her and said, “Son, why do you fear? When there is Lord Rama the protector of all, why do you need to fear? Therefore, whenever you feel afraid, you chant the name of Ram, Ram, Ram, Ram”. Gandhiji kept remembering this very name of Ram, to the very end of his life.
Do we get such servants and helpers today? Those days, because such mothers and such maidservants were in large numbers, children too developed good qualities, good behaviour and walked on the righteous path.  
                                                                           19 November 2000

What is the meaning of the word Gandhi?
What is the meaning of the word Gandhi-1.08-1985 August 15
Nurture the intellect

In those days only few people associated with Gandhi and having formed the Congress party are claimed to have brought independence to our country of Bharath. But it’s not just that. Among our children, every one of them must become a Gandhi.  

The meaning of Gandhi is “Gan” + “Dhi” i.e. the development or the blossoming or the nurturing of the Buddhi – the intellect. This is what is referred to in the Gayatri mantra also as “Dhiyoyonah Prachodayaat”. Be it youngsters or elders, they must broaden their heart (i.e. have broad mindedness). That is true spirituality. One thing in the mind and another thing outside – such crooked feelings must never be entertained.   
                                                                           15 August 1985

30 September to 06 October 2013
What are the consequences of harming and hurting others?
What are the consequences of harming and hurting others-2.55-2000 July 16

No one should hate anybody. Today in the world, on account of narrow minded feelings, there is hatred everywhere. One takes the life of the other. What a sin it is. It is equivalent to killing God Himself. This is very wrong. No one should hate anybody else. One’s hatred will hate one’s own self. You may feel happy that you hate somebody or you are hurting somebody. But that is not true happiness at all. That is demonic pleasure. In fact, make others happy; that will give you true happiness. That happiness is verily your true form.

Do not hurt anybody. You may harm somebody today and consider that as your nature. But tomorrow (in the future) someone else will come who will harm you. What will be your fate then? Therefore, we must take care not to hurt anybody even without our knowledge. These days, this has become a big fashion. Hurting others has become a fashion, causing harm to others has become a fashion, killing others has become a fashion. Is it such a great act to kill somebody? Even an insect can kill a person. There is no greatness is killing somebody. Greatness lies in bringing life to somebody, in protecting others.
If we go on killing others, what happens to our life ultimately? Finally, you too will die. How? Based on the actions undertaken by you, the fruits of those very actions will come to you as the reason for your death. Therefore, embodiments of Love, one can never escape Reaction, Resound and Reflection. You may feel happy that you have escaped (from your bad actions) today; but tomorrow or the day after (in the future) you will receive the fruits of your actions. You can never escape this. Do good and you will experience goodness. Do not get disappointed that you have not experienced good results immediately; wait for a while, you will surely receive the good fruits of your actions.
No man can ever escape the results of his actions. However, prayers can help to some extent when you are going through the bad consequences of your actions. That is gratitude. You must express gratitude. You must show gratitude and practice the same. Krutaghnaghnaaya Namah (Salutations to the annihilator of the ungrateful).        
16 July 2000

23 September to 29 September 2013
How do we manage anger and crazy thoughts?
How do we manage anger and crazy thoughts-1.30-1999 November 18

Kama (Desire), Krodha (Anger), Lobha(Greed), Moha (Attachment), Mada (Pride) and Matsarya (Jealousy) are animal qualities and not human qualities. Within a second you get angry. At such moments, take time. (Ask yourself) “Am I dog or man? Am I dog or man? Am I dog or man?” (Answer to yourself) “I am not dog, I am man, man.”

At times, your mind may start wavering, becoming fickle. At such moments, again take time. Do not be in haste. Haste makes waste, waste makes worry, so do not be in a hurry. We should not be in a hurry. When such crazy thoughts come to us, think like this, “I am not monkey, I am man; I am not monkey, I am man; I am not monkey, I am man”. Then your monkey thoughts will go away.      
For every bad quality or disease that arises in man, the divine remedy is found within him. All medicines for your bad qualities are within you. Once you develop good and noble qualities, the bad qualities will distance themselves away. Never submit yourself to the disease of bad qualities.  
18 November 1999

Onam Special
16 September 2013
What is the inner significance of the Onam festival?
(Onam is a festival celebrated by the people of the state of Kerala in India)
What is the inner significance of the Onam festival-5.41-2001 August 31
When the ego is surrendered, one achieves liberation!

Indha Pujyamaaya Onam Divasaa

Ella Janangalukum Paripurna Anugraham Asirvadam
(On this auspicious day of Onam, I confer my bounteous Grace and Blessings on all of you)
Emperor Bali was a very generous person. He sacrificed everything in the yajna (sacrificial offering) that he performed. To uphold the truth, Emperor Bali sacrificed everything of his. Lord Vamana visited him and requested for three paces of land. Bali promised to give Him the land, without a moment of thought. However, Sukraachaarya (King Bali’s preceptor) dissuaded him from doing so. He said, “Bali, O king, Vamana is not an ordinary person. He is very powerful. He is verily Lord Vishnu Himself! Once you promise Him anything, you must not transgress it. So, do not give Him any word.”
Bali replied to Sukraachaarya, “There is no greater sin than going back on one’s words”. King Bali disobeyed the command of his own preceptor and made a promise to Vamana. Emperor Bali struggled to uphold the truth. Thus, he was bestowed with all happiness and joy and was sent away to the netherworld. Being sent to the netherworld means having no more births.
On that day, Emperor Bali prayed to Vamana for a boon. “Swami, just as You have conversed with me today, just as you have visited the land of Kerala today; in the same way, You must come to Kerala every year and protect the people of Kerala”. That is why the people of Kerala have named this day as Onam and experience happiness in celebrating the festival as a symbol of Lord Vamana’s visit to their land.  
Thus King Bali was a very virtuous person. Though he was born in the clan of demons, he had Divine feelings emanating in him. Because of his merits in his past life, the Kerala people were blessed with this festival of Onam. Onam is not merely about preparing sweet pudding and other sweet items and consuming them. We must recall the experiences that King Bali had with Lord Vamana. On this day, Vamana actually enters the land of Kerala. Considering Vamana as the Avataar of God, we must experience great happiness on this day of Onam. We must lead an ethical, spiritual and moral life. Satyam Bruyaat (speak the truth) – this is the ethical value. Priyam Bruyaat (speak in a pleasant way) – this is righteousness (the moral value), Na Bruyaat Satyam Apriyam (do not speak truth that is unpleasant) – this is the spiritual value. All these three are based on truth. Therefore, we must seek shelter under truth, experience a spiritual life, and perform actions for the welfare of the world. 
In the state of Kerala, till this day, though it is known to be a communist state, every individual is so full of devotion. Even today, they follow the spiritual principles like having a purifying bath, smearing holy ash on the forehead, wearing a sandalwood paste mark, visiting the temples, etc. The love and devotion observed in them cannot be seen anywhere else. Kerala is a beautiful state!     

31 August 2001

16 September to 22 September 2013

Why does Swami often chide us as Dunnapota-He Buffalo?
Why does Swami often chide us as Dunnapota-He Buffalo-1.30-2000 July 16

Whenever I appear angry, I am only acting as though I am angry, but I have truly no anger. At such times, when I appear angry, I scold them (students / devotees). How do I scold them? I call them Dunnapota (he-buffalo). My scolding is just that. Dunnapota means he-buffalo. You are a he-buffalo, because you are doing any good work. If you really do good work, then you will become a good-fellow (not a bu-ffalo!).

My banging (scolding) is limited to only this! Dunnapota – all of you are Dunnapotas (he-buffaloes). Why? Because, you are not doing any good work. He-buffaloes do not bother even if it rains. A cow or a calf runs away when it rains, but the he-buffalo does not. It just stands at one place lost in thoughts. This means that, whatever criticism, blames, difficulties it may face, the he-buffalo remains just the same. There must be transformation in human beings. Only when there is transformation, they can be true human beings.        

16 July 2000

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Anger Management – Part-III: Anger in Parent-Children Relationship

Anger Management – Part-III: Anger in Parent-Children Relationship


Anger is the second of the six infamous vices that inflict the mind of human beings, the other five being desire, greed, attachment, pride and jealousy. Swami has spoken at length about the ill effects of anger and the intense need to control one’s anger. He says, “In our daily lives, we know that when we become angry, our nerves become weak and feeble and we lose grip over ourselves. Even a moment of anger takes away our strength that we gather by eating good food for three months. Anger not only debilitates us and takes away the merit of our good deeds, but also enfeebles our condition.” (Summer Showers – 1972). Swami says, “Anger is the fuel for all varieties of sin. Just look at yourself in a mirror, when you are attacked by anger, and you will discover that you are then akin to Soorpanakha (sister of king Ravana and granddaughter of the demoness Thataki) or Lankini (a powerful demoness who guarded the city of Lanka) of ancient times. The Rajo guna that is over-powering you then is the Raakshasa (demon) trait you must learn to avoid” (23 November 1966). Spiritual aspirants, specifically, need to control anger.
This post presents a compilation of various aspects of “Anger” expounded by Bhagawan in His Discourses. For ease of reading and understanding, it is presented in four parts. Part-I of the post starts with an introduction to anger and other related vices. It presents the need to eliminate anger from oneself. Part-II covers the various tips given by Bhagawan to control one’s anger. Part-III deals with anger in connection to the relationship between children and parents. The post ends with Part-IV that explains how God is beyond anger. Swami gives His own example to illustrate the need for patience and equanimity. He jokingly states that He does express anger at times, but it is nothing more than a modulation of voice with the pure intention of saving His devotees. The four audio excerpts in Part-III of this posting have been taken from the Discourses delivered by Bhagawan in the years 2000 and 2004. There is another excerpt from the Discourse delivered by Bhagawan in the year 1999 that has also been included in this part of the post, though the audio version is not available, and though it overlaps with Clip-4, because it offers certain further insights that are not covered in Clip-4.
Clip-1 explains how though parents, at times, seem to get angry with their children; it is only out of love and for the welfare of their children. In Clip-2 Bhagawan says that the parents-children relationship is only one of Love. Anger and differences, if any are only temporary. In Clip-3 Bhagawan advises children never to get angry with their parents as they are the very embodiment of love. Clip-4 presents the story of Draupadi, wherein she manifests the greatest forbearance ever shown by any mother, thus serving as an ideal role model for all mothers. Extract-5 overlaps with Clip-4 but offers certain further insights.
Each audio clip has a name that adopts the following code: Serial number, Title appropriate to the key content, Duration of the clip, Year-Month-Date of the Clip. Below the title is the translation in English of the select excerpt of the Discourse, followed by the audio player. The post ends with a short quiz that would help you evaluate your assimilation of Bhagawan’s Message from these extracts.  
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01-Sometimes parents appear to be angry – It is situational – For welfare of children-3.52-2004 September 18
Parents only appear to be Angry
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In some circumstances it may appear as though the parents are angry with their children and have beaten them up. But parents can never get angry with their children. It only appears as anger based on the situation and circumstance, but it is truly not anger. They show anger only for the progress of their children. Therefore, we should never assume that parents are angry (with their children). Parents who do have anger are no parents at all. Parents have lot of love in them. It is their limitless love, which nurtures their children.  

Here is a small example. The son (child) comes and he may sometimes make a mistake. The mother then beats him. How does she beat him? She keeps her hand (as a shield) and beats such that there is more sound (than physical impact). But, it looks as though the mother has beaten very hardly. However, the mother is not at all angry with the son. Even the beating is only out of love. Thus, parents who only pretend to be angry should never be regarded as truly getting angry.
Parents always shower love on us (their children). Parents do not have any anger in them. But we think that they are angry. That is your defect and not the defect of the parents. Parents are always forms of love. So long as the love is hidden in them, you are unable to see it. Anger can never take birth in them.
The one full of anger will not be successful in any task and further, he will have so many obstacles on the way. He will be humiliated and scorned at by others. The parents will say Chhee (an expression to indicate one’s disgust), go. But they will not say so to punish the child. The word Chhee is also so sweet. The same word can be uttered in a sweet manner. All these words are spoken out of love and not out of anger. Children should love such parents and protect them (the relationship). Hence, there is no need for children to be angry with their parents. 

02-Parents-children relationship is of Love – Anger & Differences are temporary-2.59-2004 September 18
Parent-Children Relationship is only that of Love

Differences and wrong actions if at all, are noticed among sons and not among the parents. Based upon the situation and circumstance, parents may get angry, but that does not last for a full life time. Therefore, we never have parents who get angry on their children, but we have many children who get angry with their parents. However, that too is only for a short time. When they see their parents feeling very bad, they too feel bad.

Therefore, the only true relationship between parents and children is that of love, everything else is not true. Today, making a big deal of some small anger, we even go to the court. But we speak the truth there. When the judge asks you what the name of your mother is, you tell the name of your mother who is on the other side. She is Eswaramma. Who is Eswaramma? You say, “My mother”. See, there again you say that she is your mother. When you ask the mother as to who is her son, she too will say, “Yellaya or Mallaya” (whatever the name of the son is). By mentioning the name specifically, or by not doing so, he continues to remain the son and she continues to remain the mother. She is the mother and he is the son. Anger is only temporary and not long lasting. We must not destroy our life because of this temporary anger.
Whatever the circumstance may be, we must love our parents. Parents must love their children. The intimate close relationship between the parents and the children is only that of Love.

03-Never get angry with parents-They are verily embodiments of Love-3.08-2004 September 18
Never get angry with your parents

Your anger is your enemy. Your happiness is indeed heaven. Therefore, we must always be happy and never think of being angry. The one full of anger will not be successful in any task. We must take good care of our parents who never truly get angry with us. We must obey their command. Vinayaka is the one who always obeyed his parents’ command. He is said to have no leader above him.

When there is a mistake in the child, the parents may get angry. Vinayaka understood that since his parents would not get angry with him, there can be none else in this world who could get angry with him. Goodness lies in understanding and living by this truth. 
At times, our parents may appear to be angry. But the very next second, they change themselves. Therefore, we should never think that our parents are angry with us. When the son wants to go to a cinema, he will ask for some money. When you are not given the money, you conclude that your mother is angry with you. (You will think) I was not even given money to see a cinema. For this simple reason, you think that your mother is angry with you. You can never assume that your mother is angry because of these simple trivial reasons. But when they have love for you, they will even give their lives and protect you. The children, who get angry with their mother, go to the court too with all hatred. There may be such children, but there can never be parents who get angry. Therefore, it is very essential for children to transform their (wrong) quality and understand that their parents are verily the embodiments of love.     

04-Forbearance of Mother Draupadi-An ideal for all-3.35-2000 May 19
Draupadi’s Forbearance was an ideal for all


After the gruesome murder of the Upa-Pandavas (children of the Pandavas), Arjuna tracked Aswathama (the perpetrator of the atrocity) and dragged him (before Draupadi). Draupadi, the consort of the Pandavas, fell at the feet of the wicked Aswathama and enquired:

These children were at home
And did not enter the battlefield;
Nor did they hunt and kill;
They were just tiny tots,
Devoid of all ill feelings.
Why then did you cruelly strike them,
And in the darkness of night slaughter them?
They were the children of Dronacharya’s disciples,
That very same Drona,
Who was also your father and guru.
Can you truthfully declare,
That what you did was right?
(Telugu poem)
Bhima could not bear to see what Draupadi was doing. (Exploding in anger) Bhima roared:
Here is this demon,
Who has slaughtered our children,
And this foolish woman,
Is trying to reason with him!
Should the murderer be spared,
Or dealt with as he deserves?
If no one is willing to punish him,
I shall with bare hands,
Crush him to pulp!
(Telugu poem)
Consumed by fury, most of the Pandavas were about to jump on Aswathama. Draupadi raised her hand and said, “Stop, you should not kill such a person.”
O Phalguna (Arjuna)! It is wrong to kill
One who is afraid,
One whom courage has abandoned,
One who is asleep,
One who is intoxicated,
One who seeks refuge,
And finally, a woman.
(Telugu poem)
“You should not kill Aswathama, for he is your preceptor’s son. Just shave his head as a token punishment and set him free.”
This is how Draupadi reacted to the situation; she did not show the slightest anger towards the one who mercilessly wiped out all her children.

05-Idealism of Mother Draupadi-1999 April 28 (Audio version not available)    
Draupadi protects Aswathama who killed her children!
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Epics like the Mahabharata and the Bhagavatha and other Bharatiya scriptures expound the spiritual realities. Though Bhima and Arjuna (two brothers among the Pandavas) were seethed with anger and revenge when their sons were killed by Aswathama (son of Dronacharya – the preceptor of the Pandavas and Kauravas), Draupadi pacified them. Though she was grief-stricken at the loss of her children, she maintained a perfect state of equanimity. When Arjuna, in a fit of anger, was ready to kill Aswathama, she quoted the scriptures and changed his mind.

Draupadi was known for her immaculate character. She was also called Panchali. This word is often misinterpreted as a woman married to five men. No, it is not correct. She was able to coordinate the functions of the five cognitive senses: sound, touch, vision, taste, and smell, in an impeccable manner. When Arjuna was about to kill Aswathama, she advised him in the following manner:
Oh Arjuna, it is an unrighteous act to kill –
the one who is fear-stricken,
the one who is in distress,
the one who is asleep,
the one who is unaware,
the one who has surrendered himself,
the one who is helpless,
the one who is unarmed, and
the one who is a female.
[Telugu Poem]
Your speech is full of anger. It is a dangerous trait. No human being should possess anger. The one who is filled with anger achieves nothing but disgrace. Anger motivates one to do evil deeds. Such an individual is despised by everyone. [Telugu Poem]
Bhima was also furious. Draupadi spoke to him thus: Anger destroys one’s riches. It destroys one’s respect. It distances one from relatives. It causes loss of everything. [Telugu Poem]
Aswathama had killed all her five sons. One can imagine the state of her mind. She would have been justified in using the harshest language. But she did not have harsh feelings. She ran and fell at the feet of Aswathama and questioned his ruthlessness in a gentle way:
They didn’t wear weapons and rage against you.
They were not in the battlefield.
They didn’t cause you even the least harm.
They were not adept in fighting.
How did you feel like killing such
innocent children who were asleep!
[Telugu Poem]
Draupadi spoke in such a gentle manner. She never used harsh words. Even in moments of extreme distress, Draupadi could speak softly and graciously. In fact every individual should speak softly. What should a man learn today? He should utilize his senses in the right way and thereby make an endeavor to attain Divinity.
A Short Quiz
01-What does Bhagawan say about anger with respect to parent-children relationship?
02-Bhagawan beautifully explains how a mother out of love, appears to be beating her child, though it is only an expression of love. Narrate the same.
03-What was the magnanimous act of forbearance shown by Draupadi when her young children were killed by Aswathama? What were the questions that she put forth to Aswathama?

04-Draupadi advised Arjuna about the eight ways of killing, which have been declared to be unrighteous by the scriptures. List these eight ways of killing.

Part-III of this post has clearly explained how the relationship between parents and children is only one of love. Anger and differences, if any, are only apparent and for the welfare of the children. Next, watch out for the final Part-IV of this post, wherein Bhagawan explains this aspect of anger in God-Devotee relationships. Read Part-IV
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