Sense control

Swami Sings Poems


This section of the blog is a compilation of the Telugu poems sung by Bhagawan Baba, mostly at the beginning of His Discourses and at times during the Discourse. The poems contain few lines with profound wisdom. They are like the Subhashitanis in Sanskrit – finite lines with infinite wisdom.
The audio clip of the poem has a name that adopts the following code: Title relating to the central theme of the poem, Duration of the clip, Year-Month-Date of the Clip. Below the title is the English transliteration of the poem followed by the translation in English. Below the English translation is the audio player.  


Determination-1.22-2000 May 24
Hold on…Never give up
Pattina Pattedo Pattane Pattitiri
Pattunetidudaaka Attaneundu
Korinadediyo Koranekoritivi
Korikechellududaaka Povakundu
Adiginadediyo Adagane Adigitivi
Adiginavidudaaka Viduvakundu
Talachinadediyo Talachane Talachitivi
Talaputeerududaaka Povakundu
Poru Padaleka Taanaina Brovavalayu
Vadaluteriyeka Neevaina Adagavaleyu
Antiye Kaani, Tirigipovuta Bhaktulu Deeksha Kaadu
Anyhow you have caught on to something; having caught on to it, keep holding on without leaving it.
Anyhow you have desired for something; having desired thus, until the desire is fulfilled, do not leave.
Anyhow you have asked for something; having asked for it, until it is given, do not give up.
Anyhow you have thought of something; having thought about it, until it is realized, do not go away.
Not able to bear any more, He should come to your rescue.
Or you will have to keep asking until you lose your consciousness.
That is all. A devotee turning back (without achieving his wish) does not amount to determination at all
24 May 2000

Plight of Modern Students-1.48-1996 June 27

Plight of modern students!

Adhika Baashinchu Sooratvam Adhikamayye (2)

Kaarya Soorata Soonyamai Karagipoye
Brathukulu Aadambarmulaaye
Neti Vidyaarthi Brathuku Eepatidaaye
The enthusiasm to talk excessively is on the rise,
The enthusiasm for action is diminishing and melting away,
All Lives are deluded as they are full of pomp and show,
This is the plight of the lives of modern students!
 27 July 1996


God will make you mad after Him and cry for Him-1996 July 14
God will make you mad after Him!

Picchulupogattu Picchipattinchunu

Satchitaanandudu Sai Baba
Kanneeru Teppinchu Kanneeru Tappinchu
Chinmayamurti O Chinni Baba
The one who removes madness and also makes you mad,
Is the embodiment of Sat Chit Ananada – Sai Baba.
The one who brings tears and also wipes away your tears,
Is the personification of Awareness – the young Baba.
(Sai Baba will remove the madness of the world and will make you mad after Him. Sai Baba will wipe away the tears related to the world and will make you shed tears for Him)
14 July 1996

Forgetting God is equivalent to forgetting oneself-1.09-1996 July 14
Forgetting God is forgetting One’s Self

Intilone Jyoti Veluguchunundaga (2)

Porugu Intikaggi Karuganela
Taane Daivambaiyyu (2)
Daivamunu Marachina
Tananu Taanu Marachinatle Kadaa
Tananu… , Tananu Taanu Marachinatle Kadaa
When there is lamp at home,
Why do you need to go to the neighbour’s house to fetch fire?
You yourself being Divine,
If you forget God,
Is it not like forgetting your own Self?
14 July 1996

When we come we carry no wealth and when we go we can carry nothing-3.26-1980 January 25
We take nothing when we leave this world!

Talli Garbhamunundi Janminchunappudu

Talli Garbhamunundi Dhanamutedevvadu
Vellipoyedunaadu Ventaraadu
Lakshaadikaaraina Lavana-mannamekaani,
Merugu Bangaarambu Mringabodu (2)
Vittamaarjana Chesi Virraveegutekaani
Koodapettinasommu Todaraadu
Ponduga Merugaina Bhoomilopala Petti
Daana Dharmamulekaa Daachi Daachi
Tudaku Dongalakitturo Doralakauno (2)
Tene Juntiyaeeyava Teruvarulaku
Intakannanu Vereddi Erugaparatu (2)
Sabhyulaara Sabhyulaara Sabhyulaara


When one is born from the mother’s womb,
No one brings with him any wealth whatsoever.
When you leave the world it (wealth) will not come behind you.
Even a millionaire has to eat only salt and rice,
He cannot swallow glittering gold.
One may accumulate wealth and become arrogant,
But the accumulated wealth will not come behind you.
One may hide all the wealth inside the earth and cover it,
Without using the wealth for any charity or righteous act;
Eventually, no one knows whether this wealth will be taken away by robbers or who else will get this.
Honey bees accumulate honey only to be taken away by passers-by.
What other truth can I tell you O assembly of virtuous people?
25 January 1980

Satva alone can lead us to devotion-1996 July 03

Satva alone can lead to Devotion

Taamasambu Vidakaa Tatvambu Yettugalgu

Raajasambu Vidakaa Raadu Bhakti
Saatvikambe Bhaktisaadhanambuganaiah
Vinudu Bhaaratheeya Veerasutuda
Vinudu Vinudu Bhaaratheeya Veerasutuda
Without giving up the Tamasik quality (dullness, sloth)
How can you comprehend the (Divine) principle?
Without giving up the Rajasik quality (passion, hyperactivity)
Devotion can never come to you
It is only the Satvik nature (pious, noble)
That is the sadhana (spiritual exercise) that can lead you to devotion
Listen to this, the courageous son of Bhaarath
Listen, Listen, Listen to this, the courageous son of Bhaarath
03 July 1996

One can possibly do anything in this world-But can one control his senses-Telugu Poem-2.35-1999 November 22

Can one be always full of equanimity?

Sakala Vidyalu Nerchi (2)

Sabha Jayinchagavachhu
Shoorudai Ranamandu Poravachhu
Rajarajai Putti Rajyamelagavachhu
Hema Godaanamul Eyavachhu
Gaganamandunna Chukkalulekhagonavachhu
Jeevarasulaperlu Cheppavachhu
Ashtaangavidyalanu Abhyasinchagavachhu
Chandramandalamaina Cheravachhu
Kaani, Kaani Dehendrayimularikatti
Manasunilpi Antarmukhamu Chesi Anavaratamu
Nischala Samanachittulai Niluvagalara? (2)
Having acquired all education
It may be possible to win in the assembly of scholars
It may be possible to fight courageously in the battlefield
Having been born as a king, it may be possible to rule the kingdom
One may offer in charity gold and cows
One may even count the number of stars in the sky
One may mention the name of various species present in the world
One may learn all the eight forms of knowledge
One may even travel and reach the moon
But, but, controlling all the senses of the body
Silencing the mind and turning it inwards
Can one ever stay steady perpetually, in the state of equanimity?
22 November 1999

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11th March 2013 to 14th July 2013


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.  
08 July to 14 July 2013
Can we hold the mind responsible for all our bad actions?
Can we hold the mind responsible for all our bad actions-3.48-1990 May 24
Mind is responsible for both
Bondage and Liberation

The mind is very noble. Mana Eva Manushyaanaam Kaaranam Bandha Mokshayoho – Mind alone is responsible either for man’s bondage or for his liberation. So, how can you condemn the mind as bad, when it is capable of leading you to Moksha (supreme goal of liberation)? It can lead you to bondage and it can also set you free from bondage. We need to recognize the right method to use the mind. We may have a knife in the hand. The knife can be used to cut fruits, vegetables or any knot in a rope. However, in a fit of anger, we could also use it to cut the throat. But is this the fault of the knife? No. No. It is the defect in the manner in which we use the knife. The mind is also similar. If used along the right path, it will take us to the most sacred (elevated) place. The mind is also referred to as delusion.

The mind may be compared to a cat. It is indeed a cat. If we enquire correctly into the nature of a cat, we will find the impact of mind very similar to it. In order to protect its kittens, the cat gently catches hold of them with its mouth and takes them to a safe place. With the same mouth, when it catches a rat, it takes away its life. The mouth is one, but in the former case, because of the feeling that they are her kittens, she takes them to a safe place. And in the case of the rat, thinking that it is its food, it punishes it (by killing it). 
The mind too is similar to this. For those who contemplate on God, perform noble activities, entertain a noble mind and walk along the righteous path; the mind takes them along the appropriate path to a safe destination. On the other hand; it inflicts suffering on the wicked and the evil and on those who engage in unrighteous conduct.
Therefore, though the mind is one, it assumes many forms. This is just like mono acting. Each thought takes its own unique form.       
24 May 1990

01 July to 07 July 2013

What are the four roles played by the human mind?
What are the four roles played by the human mind-4.18-1990 May  24
Four manifestations of the mind

The mind itself assumes subtle forms in the name of Antha Karana (inner instruments). It dons four roles, namely: Manas (mind), Buddhi (intellect), Chitta(memory), and Ahamkara (ego). Buddhi, Chitta and Ahamkara are the subtle forms of the mind itself. The mind takes on a particular name when it performs a particular function; just as the same Brahmin individual is called a priest (pujaribrahmin) when he performs worship in a temple, a cook (brahmin cook) when he cooks in the kitchen, a teacher (aadhyapikabrahmin) when he teaches students, and an astrologer (panchaanga brahmin) when he interprets the almanac (panchaanga). Though the Brahmin individual is the same; based on the profession he takes up, he assumes such different names.

In the same manner when the mind is engaged in wavering thought processes, it is called Manas (mind). When the mind is engaged in the process of enquiry with discrimination, so as to arrive at some decision, it is named as Buddhi (intellect). This form of enquiry based on discrimination is also called Discrimination knowledge. The third aspect is Chitta. When the mind functions as a repository of memories, it is known as Chitta (memory). When the mind identifies itself with the physical body, it goes by the name of Ahamkara (ego). Thus, it may be seen that the same mind, although basically one, displays these varied forms on account of the different roles and positions assumed by it. In fact, the mind alone is the cause of all things. This entire world is based on the mind – “Manomoolam Idam Jagat”.
24 May 1990

24 June to 30 June 2013

What is true purpose of listening to Scriptures and Masters?
What is true purpose of listening to Scriptures and Masters-2.31-1996 August 22
What is true listening?

At the time of king Bhojaraja, a sculptor brought three idols and presented them to the king. All the three idols were made by the sculptor in such a way that they looked exactly identical. All were beautiful. The king summoned the Minister. He asked the Minister to decide which among these was the best “first class”; deserving enough to be given a prize.  

“Lord, forgive me, I will return in 5 minutes”, said the Minister to the king. The king replied, “The idols are here only. Why then do you need 5 minutes? Do you need to go to the bathroom? What other work do you have?” The Minister went in and came out with a metal wire. He took the wire and inserted it into the ear of one of the idols. It came out of the other ear of the idol. He said this is the worst idol and pushed it aside. He then inserted the wire into the ear of the second idol. The wire came out of the mouth. He said, “this idol must receive the second prize”. Next, he inserted the wire into the ear of the third idol. The wire went inside. He said, “this must receive the first prize”.
What does this mean? Taking things that we hear into us (i.e. assimilating what we hear and learn) begets the first prize. The one who repeats whatever she/he hears, like a parrot, would get only a second prize. In this modern world, there are many who listen through one ear and let it out through the other ear. There are others who repeat like a parrot, what they read in scriptures or hear from Swami. There are yet others, who absorb what they hear and assimilate the same.
22 August 1996

17 June to 23 June 2013

What is the freedom that we human beings must strive for?
What is the freedom that we human beings must strive for -3.59- 1990 May 22
What is true freedom?

Some students who consider themselves to be very clever and smart, try to argue thus, Look at the birds. They are having full freedom to eat what they want, to make friendship with anyone they want and to fly or wander as they wish. Cattle and beasts also are enjoying their own freedom. When birds, cattle and beasts enjoy their freedom, is it not necessary for man to enjoy his freedom? True, you too can enjoy freedom. But, what kind of freedom do the cattle enjoy? They enjoy cattle freedom. What kind of freedom do the animals enjoy? They enjoy animal freedom. You are a human, so you can enjoy human freedom. There is nothing wrong in that. But being a human; is it not wrong of you to enjoy animal freedom?

We are trying to give several wrong meanings, misleading interpretations and definitions to the word “freedom”; thus forgetting its true meaning. This is not true freedom. What is the meaning of freedom? Is to be free to wander around wherever you want? Is it to be free to indulge in your senses as you wish? No, no, no, no. Atma Jnanam (knowledge of the Self), Atma Nigraham (self-control or self-restraint), Atmaanandam (bliss of the Self) – is true freedom.  
However, some stubborn people claim that it is God’s mistake to have given an outgoing orientation to man’s senses. There is no mistake of theirs in it. They argue that God has given them eyes, but He provided the eyes with doors that open to the outside (world) and not inwards; He gave ears that turn outwards towards the external world (to hear external sounds) but did not turn them inwards; He gave noses that can only inhale the air from outside and not from within. They contend, therefore, that the fault lies with creation only and there is no fault of humans in this. This is wrong.
People make many mistakes and say, “I am after all a human”. This is so wrong. It is a sin. They justify themselves stating that they are humans and to err is after all natural to humans. This is very wrong. Being humans, you must actually not make mistakes. If animals commit mistakes, it is quite understandable. As it is an animal, it behaves like an animal. Being a human being, you must not make such mistakes. To consider that making mistakes is natural to human beings is only a defensive attitude. Being born as an animal, it behaves like an animal. It is so contradictory that we are born as human beings and we behave like animals. Therefore, conduct yourself as human beings.  
22 May 1990

10 June to 16 June 2013

How do we divert the mind away from undesirable thoughts?
How do we divert the mind away from undesirable thoughts-3.28-1990 May 22
Divert mind towards good thoughts

There was a preacher of Christian religion by name Thomas. He used to go to every village and propagate his religion. One day, he boarded a horse carriage and was travelling to a village. On the way, there came a (railway) level crossing. The horse was running very well; there was no problem in its movement. But as they approached the level crossing, the driver took the stick and started beating the horse severely. As Thomas was a preacher of religion, he had faith in compassion as the main message of Jesus. He asked the driver, “Sir, why are you troubling this horse that is running so well?”

The driver replied, “Sir, close to the level crossing, some stones painted in white have been placed. The horse gets frightened when it sees these white stones. Now the fear of being beaten with my stick overpowers the fear of those white stones. In order to get the horse rid of that fear (of white stones), I am making it face this fear. At that moment, Thomas thought to himself that he had learnt how to divert the mind from a horse carriage driver.
When the mind or the senses runs behind one object; in order to make it escape from that object and make it run behind some other object, it needs to be given appropriate training. The mind (and senses) goes in various foolish directions. When it is shown something in the opposite direction and even more powerful, it will leave its current path and will travel along the right path.
Take for example a stray cow. It goes to some field to graze. If we offer it better fodder, more green fodder at our own home, it will never go to graze any other grass. It will stay at home only and eat. When we offer something much more than what it desires, its original desire will become a disappointment and it will move on a nobler path.  
22 May 1990

03 June to 09 June 2013

Why should we exercise control over our senses?
Why should we exercise control over our senses-4.22-1990 May 22
The ten senses need to be kept under restraint

The senses should be experienced by putting them to right use as ordained by God. If we do not put them to right use, we will have to suffer from lack of peace.

It is well known that even when an individual has just one wife, the family has to face lot of challenges. If one has two wives, nothing more needs to be said!  King Uttanapaada had two wives. On account of difference of opinions between them, the child Dhruva had to be sent to the forest. King Dasaratha had three wives. Here again because of difference of opinions, it was not possible for Dasaratha to treat them equally and keep them all comfortable. In order to please his wife (Kaikeyi), he had to send his own son Sri Rama to the forest and he lost his life in turn. If these are the dangers being faced by those having just two or three wives, imagine what more dangers will one having ten wives be subjected to!
This very important person, namely the mind, has ten wives – the ten senses (the five sense organs–Jnaanendriyaas and the five organs of action- Karmendriyaas). Each sense organ insists on enjoying objects of its own choice. For example, the nose is attracted by the smell of masala dosa(a South Indian delicacy) and wants to have it. The ear wants the radio to be tuned, so that it can enjoy melodious music. The eyes hanker after a newly released film. Thus when all of them are keen on enjoying their own particular desires, how can the master (the mind) satisfy them all at the same time? Unable to satisfy them, the mind gets frustrated. How can this husband (mind) wedded to ten wives enjoy peace? Peace is very far away from it, because it is very difficult to fulfil the desires of these senses. It is only when the senses are kept under proper control that man can be happy and those around him can also be happy.  
22 May 1990

27 May to 02 June 2013

What is the true meaning of Brahmacharyam?
What is the true meaning of Brahmacharyam-2.57-1996 January18
Brahmacharyam means being in Brahman

Brahmacharyam is interpreted in many ways by the people of the world. One meaning is remaining unmarried. This is not the correct meaning. This meaning is only from the worldly point of view. The true literal meaning of the term is “Moving in Brahman.” Brahmacharya means ceaseless contemplation of God. “Charya” means moving or treading. Brahmacharya means “moving in Brahman”, or “treading along the path of Brahman”. Brahmacharyashould not be imagined to be related to the physical losses, difficulties, sorrow or worry. Mere bachelorhood is not Brahmacharyam. Such a person may be called as just “unmarried”.

A married man is called Girhastha (house-holder). There is Brahmacharyam even in a householder’s life. This consists in his leading the conjugal life with his wife (Ardhaangi) alone. If a married man leads a promiscuous life he is not observing Brahmacharya. Not just physically, even in thoughts and feelings, one should observe continence. Brahmacharyam acquired its importance as a human value because of its strict observance by our ancient sages. Therefore, there is lot of inner significance in this aspect of Brahmacharyam. Unconsciously or otherwise, human beings tend to waste their energies. All these are lapses from Brahmacharya. Sense control is vital in practising continence. It is easier to conquer Indra (the Lord of Gods) than to subdue the Indriyas (senses).  
18 January 1996

20-26 May 2013

Is this Life Real or a Dream?
Is this life real or a dream-2.35-1996 July 05
Life is a dream, realize it!

Life is a dream, realize it. Which is the dream? The entire life is a dream. Now in this morning, all of you are seated and are listening to Swami’s Discourse. This is not a dream. We are seeing this with our eyes, we are hearing with our ears, we are thinking with our mind and our hearts are thus melting. We consider all these changes as direct evidence. But how long can this be direct evidence? At night, when we sleep after eating, all this direct evidence vanishes. In the dream, many kinds of happiness and sorrow surface. But how long do these joys and sorrows remain? Only so long as the dream is there; as soon as we enter the waking state, all that becomes false.

Thus during the day time, the night dream does not exist and during the night sleep, we can never remember the day time experience. Therefore, this is day dream and that is night dream. In the day dream, there is no night dream and in the night dream, there is no day dream. But in both, the night dream and the day dream, you are there. Therefore, you are omnipresent. Both the states are dreams only. Therefore, as both day and night is a dream; life is a dream. Realize it. That is religion. To realize is religion. To recognize the truth, is religion.    
05 July 1996

13-19 May 2013

Why and What is the tax we need to pay to God?
Why and What is the tax we need to pay to God-2.28-1996 May 20
God has bestowed all Gifts on mankind

God has no selfishness and self-interest. He does not expect any benefit in return from you. God has graced the world of human beings with all gifts to remove the restlessness and lack of peace that is engulfing it. This cannot be accomplished by any human being.

We may place any number of light bulbs, but can it ever equal the light of the sun? One may use any number of pumps for pumping water, but can any human being provide the water equal to that which we receive during one night of heavy rains? You may place any number of large fans, but who is the one who provides air to the entire world and protects all the beings therein? Therefore, God bestows on all the beings, gifts in varied forms that are beyond the capacity of human beings.
When an electric connection is provided from the grid to our homes (for the purpose of supplying electric current), we are charged tax for it. When water provided by God in the lakes, wells and reservoirs is supplied to us, water tax is collected from us. When we pay tax and express our gratitude for all such trivial things, is it not necessary to express our gratitude to God who has supplied this air, this water and this light to this entire vast universe? Thus, we need to express our gratitude for all the five elements. They are the very form of God!
20 May 1996

06-12 May 2013

What is True Education?
What is True Education-0.49-1990 May 25
Adhyaatma Vidya Vidyaanaam

Chaduvullaniyu Chadivi Chaala Vivekiayi

Magidi Tannerugadu Mandamatudu
Enta Chaduvu Chadivi Ye Neeti Unnanu
Heenuni Gunambu Manaledu
Tarachi Chaduvu Chaduva Tarka Vaadame Kaani
Purna Jnaanambepudu Pondaledu
Chaduvu Chaduvu Chadivi Chaavanganetiki
Chaavileni Chaduvu Chaduvavalayu
After having studied all types of education and becoming a great intellectual, the foolish person does not know who he truly is. Whatever education one may acquire, with any kind of principles, he does not give up his mean qualities. While discriminating all kinds of education, it only leads to argumentation but never gives you complete wisdom. Why keep on studying such education and dying? It is far better to study that education (Atma Vidya) which confers immortality (liberation) on you.
25 May 1990

29 April– 5 May 2013

Why should we sing Bhajans?
Why should we sing Bhajans-4.04-2000 May 20
Why sing Bhajans?

Why do we sing Bhajans? Enquire clearly. It is because we remember the name of God so nicely. The name gets merged into the sound waves in the air. Getting mixed with the sound waves, it destroys all the bad feelings and aspects present in it. It is to transform all the bad into good, that we sing God’s Bhajans.

Students, as is the fire so is the smoke. As is the smoke, so is the (formation of the) cloud. As is the cloud, so is the rain. As is the rain, so is the crop. As is the crop, so is the food. Therefore, we must have a good fire (flame, to start with). If we put all bad material in the flame, the smoke will also be bad. That will get transformed into a bad cloud. When it gets transformed into a bad cloud, the rain we receive will also be bad. When there is bad rain, the crop will also be bad. When the crop is bad, we will get to eat bad food only. When we eat bad food, we will get bad diseases. Therefore, all the defects are in the (preparation of the) food.
The sun transforms (the water) into water vapour. When the sun transforms the sea water into water vapour, though the sea water is salty; the water vapour has a sweet taste. The vapour is then transformed into cloud. The cloud has also got sweet water in it. The cloud then comes down as rain, the good rain of love! This rain of love gets transformed into the water of the Ganges.
Thus, the sun of the intellect should transform the water of our bad feelings into vapour. Only then, the vapour of good qualities will arise in us. When the vapour of good qualities increases in quantity; there will be the rain of love. The rain that falls is the rain of Love. The cloud that forms is the cloud of Truth. The rain of love – the love drops, come from the cloud of truth. These love drops go and merge in the ocean of grace.  
Therefore, all our efforts must be sacred. When we think of God continuously, the entire air will become purified. The air is one with the sound waves. It travels all around the world. If somebody is singing in the radio station at Delhi, within a minute it can be heard even here (at Puttaparthi). How does the sound reach us? It reaches us through the sound waves. The bad too gets mixed up in this manner. Therefore, develop good sound, good sound waves. It will bring good air. We inhale this good air and the sound waves (along with it), which goes inside (our body) and transforms all the bad feelings therein.
20 May 2000

22-28 April 2013

What must we truly offer to God?
What must we truly offer to God-1.49-1996 July 01
God needs your heart!

Body is like a water bubble; mind is like a mad monkey; Don’t follow the mind, don’t follow the body, follow the conscience. We must follow the Atmic principle (principle of the Self). That is the “heart”. It is to offer this “heart” to God, that we must prepare ourselves as aspirants of God and not to offer some fruit, flower or leaf. You do not have anything with you that is not with God. Everything is there with God. There may be so many things with God; no one knows. There are so many valuable things with God. But to offer some cheap fruit and flowers that dry and fade away – is this the tax to be offered to God?

The leaf of the (physical) body, the flower of the heart, the fruit of the mind and the water of bliss (tears of bliss), must be offered to the Lord, not tears of sorrow. In this manner, there are so many things that we need to offer to God. But we are not making an effort to recognize such eternal truths. We offer only those things that we can see or are visible to our physical eyes. All that is visible to us is ephemeral.
01 July 1996

15-21 April 2013

What is True Solitude (Ekaantam)?
What is true Solitude-3.21-1996 July 11
True Solitude!!

God is the very embodiment of Truth. Truth is God. We must take the help of this Truth. Truth is our very form (nature). It is not newly bought by us. However, when we sit in solitude (Ekaantam), this Truth will manifest to us. But what is the meaning of this solitude?

Many people think about solitude in a distorted manner and give it wrong interpretations. Many consider solitude as sitting all alone in a room, closing all the doors and windows. This is not Ekaantam (solitude); it is Ekaanki (loneliness). Others think that we can live in solitude, all alone, by going to the forest and sitting below a tree, or in a bush or in some caves. This is not solitude.
Being amidst all, being anywhere, either sitting in the bazaar, or sitting in an assembly; wherever you may sit, keeping your mind concentrated on God is true solitude. You must direct your mind towards God. Your mind must not waver, thinking about your body, your feelings, or your family. The mind should be the link between you and God. Solitude is that which relates (connects) you and God. Nothing should come in between as an obstacle, not even a mosquito. That is real Ekaantam (solitude).    
Therefore, people give rise to many different meanings for (the word) solitude. You may do anything, you may travel in a bus, train or plane; you may go anywhere, but your mind must be focused on God. That is called solitude. Not keeping any connection with others, at the time of Dhyaana (concentration) or thinking of God; it must be you and God alone. There must be no scope for anybody (or anything) else (to come in between).
11 July 1996

08-14 April 2013

Why is every limb of God compared to the Lotus?
Why is every limb of God compared to the Lotus-2.00-1996 July 11


Why is every limb of God compared to a Lotus?
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Tulasidas has also said, “Hasta Kamalam (Lotus Hands), Paada Kamalam (Lotus Feet), Mukha Kamalam (Lotus Face), Netra Kamalam (Lotus Eyes). All limbs of God are like the lotus. Why have they been compared to a lotus?

Where is the lotus born? It is born in mud. Where do they live (grow). They exist (bloom) over the surface of water. The lotus does not allow the mud, from where it is born, to get into it. Nor does it allow the water, where it exists, to get into it. However, without the mud or the water, the lotus cannot live even for a moment.
Similarly, I was born in the mud of My past births – Kruta Yuga, Treta Yuga and Dwapara Yuga. Past is like the mud. Present is like the water. I stand on the surface of the water (present). There is no use of My existence without the past or the present. But with both the past and the present being there, I do not allow them to affect Me. What is the reason? To be right in them but yet not allow them to influence us is the true meaning of the Lotus. Therefore, you live in the present. You live on the water of the world. But do not allow the water of the world to get into you.
Divine Discourse
11 July 1996

01-07 April 2013

What is the True Spirit of Narayan Seva
(Feeding of the Poor)?
What is the true spirit of Narayan Seva-2.37-1975 November 21


What is the true spirit of Narayan Seva?

When you have so much enthusiasm (to serve), I too feel enthusiastic to give you a small piece of advice. You may not have the strength to procure 10 or 20 sares (a measure of grain) of rice at one point of time, so as to get it cooked for feeding the poor; or conditions may not be very favourable for you (financially).

The word you utter is “Daridra Narayana Seva” (service to God in the form of the poor). Who is Narayana? He is the very form of God. You offer every day, in your worship room, some Naivedyam (offering), to God. Instead of doing this, before you cook or your wife cooks at home, every day, take one handful of rice or any other grain and keep it aside as alms for Swami. In a week this will accumulate into a considerable amount. Then, once a week, all Sai devotees can get together and use this for feeding the poor. This is the right approach to Narayan Seva (You must have the feeling that you are putting this grain aside for the sake of Swami). There is nobody poor in this world; Swami is truly the poorest person. Make an effort to offer alms to (the poor in the form of) Swami Himself.          
Divine Discourse
21 November 1975

25-31 March 2013
Why should we clap while singing Bhajans?
Why should we clap while singing Bhajans-0.43-1996 July 06

Why should we clap while singing Bhajans?

Symbolically, we are sitting below the tree of love. All bad qualities in the form of birds are perched on this tree. What do you do to drive away birds sitting on a tree? You need to sit under the tree and clap loudly to drive away the birds. In the same way to drive away the birds of bad qualities on the tree of love, we need to clap loudly and sing Bhajans – chanting Rama, Krishna, Govinda and Narayana.

Divine Discourse
06 July 1996


18-24 March 2013
Why do we always chant Shanti (Peace) three times?
Why do we chant Shanti three times-0.44-2000 January 01
Why do chant Shanti three times?

Why do we chant three times – Shanti, Shanti, Shanti?

Shaareerika Shanti (Physical peace), Maanasika Shanti (Mental peace) and Atma Shanti (Peace of the Soul).
That is why, you are not one person but three –
The one you think you are – Physical body;
The one others think you are – Mental body;
The one you really are – Atma.
We need peace for all these three levels. Not just for these three levels, even for three thousand, or three crores or thirty crores; the solution for all is Love alone.  
Divine Discourse
01 January 2000

11-16 March 2013
Who is a true Sadhaka?
Who is a true Sadhaka-3.17-1975 November 21
Who is a true Sadhaka?

The true Sadhaka (spiritual seeker) is one who seeks to establish an interdependent relationship (between oneself and God). In Western countries, many people undertake Sadhana (spiritual exercise) that keeps changing from second to second. Truly, a Sadhaka must have an (Chalinchani manasu) unwavering mind and a vision free from delusion (Brahminchani drushti). But today you have one Guru, tomorrow you have another Guru and the day after tomorrow, yet another Guru. A Guru for 3 days, a Guru for 4 days; is the Guru a bushcoat to be changed everyday?  

The one who has missed his Guri (goal) is the one who keeps changing the Guru (Master). Truly, the one who has a single goal, will stick on to just that goal, that target, throughout one’s life. How much ever difficulty, loss, pain, criticism or tough challenges they may face, they will never change their goal. Such people are true Sadhakas and ideal devotees.

When one has happiness, joy and profit; one hangs some 10 photos of Swami on the wall. When there is difficulty, when one’s desire is not fulfilled, or when there is loss, even the photos that are hanging are turned (in the) reverse (direction). Is this the characteristic of devotion? It is only the characteristic of bad quality and not of good feelings. It is necessary to recognize this. This is only Guna Jeevitam (life based on our Gunas) and not Manas Jeevitam (life based on a pure mind). If we entertain such feelings, we will never get salvation at any point of time. The one who desires salvation must be ready to bear any type of difficulty.    

Divine Discourse
21 November 1975


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Ashta Pushpam -The Eight Flowers to be offered to God


Be it any religion, any culture or any civilization, flowers play a very important role in prayers and worship. Bouquets, garlands, and in a variety of other forms; flowers adore the altar, the photograph, the mausoleum or the deity. Roses, jasmines, lotuses, marigolds, lilies, and the list can go on. In certain traditions, specific flowers are prescribed for specific forms of worship too. Thus, flowers are such an integral part of religious and spiritual practices that one can never imagine any ritual or practice without the use of flowers in some form or the other. Specifically, in Bharatiya culture, one would never find any temple without the idol bedecked with flowers and without a number of flower vendors lining up the entrance of the temple. Buying flowers and offering them to God, turns out to be a lively experience for the devotee and a livelihood for the vendor! 
However, these are only the external modes of worship and prayers. What are the flowers that we truly need to offer to God? Would we become deserving of God’s Grace only by spending some money and buying flowers to adorn Him? Would we advance spiritually by plucking flowers from the plants and offering these to Him in worship? Would God, in whatever name or form, be anxiously waiting for flowers to be offered to Him by His devotees? If God is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, is He not present in the flowers? Is not the fragrance of the flowers an expression of His very own Self? Are not the infinite shades of colours of the flowers His very own manifestation? If yes, then why would He need these? If not, then what type of God do we believe in, who is so limited and incomplete that He desires for flowers to be offered to Him? Analyzing thus, we would realize that all these forms of worship and prayers are for our own satisfaction and not for satisfying God. These forms of worship and prayers give us joy, delight and provide the ambience for us to raise our consciousness and turn within to comprehend Him as our true Self! Thus, flowers do have their due place in prayers and worship, but one should not stop with that.
In this context, Bhagawan Baba states that He does not want the worldly flowers to be offered to Him; flowers that would fade and dry away within a few hours or a day. He wishes that we offer Him flowers that remain fresh and colourful forever! Where are these flowers available? What are they? It is precisely about these flowers that this blog post talks about. Bhagawan asks us to offer eight flowers to Him. He calls these the Ashta Pushpam (Eight Flowers). This blog post lists all the eight flowers and presents Bhagawan’s explanation for each of these. 
The twelve audio extracts in this posting are taken from the Discourse delivered by Bhagawan in the year 2000. 
Clip-1 gives an introduction to the eight flowers to be offered to God. In Clip-2, Bhagawan explains about the first flower of Ahimsa (Non-violence) to be offered to God. In Clip-3, Bhagawan describes the second flower of Indriya Nigraham (Sense-control). Clip-4 elaborates on the third flower of Sarva Bhoota Daya (Compassion towards all Beings). In Clip-5, Bhagawan illustrates the quality of compassion through the well known story of Abou Ben Adhem. In Clip-6, Bhagawan states that Compassion and Service to others is the highest among all the nine paths of devotion. Clip-7 explains about the fourth flower of Kshama (Forbearance). Clip-8 highlights the fifth flower of Santhi (Peace). In Clip-9, Bhagawan speaks about the sixth flower of Tapas(Penance). Clip-10 is about the seventh flower of Dhyanam (Meditation) and Clip-11 is finally about the eight flower of Sathyam (Truth). In the last Clip-12, Bhagawan reiterates that God does not want an offering of flowers that will dry and fade away. He wants us to offer flowers that will remain ever fresh.
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.  
Note: Those receiving this blog by email may see words bunched together due to a technical glitch. That is beyond my control. Please click on link at the top of the email to read the blog directly. Sorry about this. If anyone has a solution to this please help me out.
01-The Eight Flowers to be offered to God-1.16-2000 August 22
Offering Eight Flowers to God
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Embodiments of Love! God does not expect from you the Shodashopachaara(16 forms of ritualistic worship) or the Ashtadasha Puraanam (Knowledge of the 18 Puraanaas) He wishes only for a few sacred flowers. The first flower is Ahimsa (Non-violence). It is very important. The second flower is IndriyaNigraham (Sense control). Sarva Bhoota Daya Pushpam (Compassion to all the beings) is the third flower. The fourth flower is Kshama (Forbearance). The fifth flower is Shanthi (Peace). The sixth flower is Tapas (Penance). The seventh flower is Dhyana (Meditation). The eighth flower is Sathya (Truth). It starts with Ahimsa(Non-violence) and ends with Sathyam(Truth). Therefore, when the beginning and the end meet, the life of the human being is redeemed.

02-The First Flower of Ahimsa-Non-violence to be offered to God-2.33-2000 August 22
Offering Non-violence at His Lotus Feet

The very first flower is Ahimsa (Non-violence). Ahimsa is to not hurt or cause pain to any life or being, either in thought, word or deed. But some doctors use the knife and perform an operation. Many wonder whether this does not amount to violence. No. No. To relieve the existing pain (of the patient), the doctor uses the knife and cuts the stomach. Thereafter, he gives (the patient) happiness, joy and health. This amounts to helping only and not hurting. It is non-violence only and not violence.

Some more say, “You eat all these vegetables. When you cut these vegetables, they must be feeling so much pain”. What we do does not affect these vegetables. Trees and vegetables do have life. But they do not have a mind. Because they do not have a mind, they do not feel the pain. They do not have wisdom either. If you cut a vegetable/fruit, there will be some sap oozing out. Looking at that, many feel that the vegetables/fruits are crying and shedding tears. This is natural water and not tears of sorrow. Sorrow comes only when there is mind. Delight /happiness is experienced only by the one with a mind. Humans have a mind. Animals and birds also have a mind. Germs and insects also have a mind. Trees and vegetables have life but do not have a mind. Therefore, the one without mind will experience no pain even when put to suffering.

03-The Second Flower of Indriya Nigraham-Sense-control to be offered to God-6.52-2000 August 22
Offering Sense-control at His Lotus Feet

The second flower is that of Indriya Nigraham (Sense-control). Any Sadhana (spiritual exercise) done without exercising control of senses, goes in vain. How do we control the senses? First and foremost is the tongue.

Jihve Rasagne Madhura Priya Twam
Satyam Hitam Twaam Paramam Vadami
Avarana Yeta Madhuraksharani
The tongue has got used to many tastes. We have to make an attempt to control such a tongue. “O Tongue, from the time you have been born, you would have eaten so many bags of rice, you would have eaten so many bags of wheat, you would have eaten so many bags of snacks, you would have eaten so many types of vegetables, you would have eaten so many delicacies; still are you not satisfied? Chhee (what a shame), what is the use of this life that is bereft of satisfaction?
You have to control the tongue and the taste. You have hunger and you have to eat. But, Bhikshaannam Deharakshaartham (You need food only to protect the body). You must eat so as to protect the (physical) body, not for the sake of taste. Therefore, “O tongue, give up (sacrifice) this taste. Eat for the sake of hunger. Provide strength (nutrition) to all the sense organs.  
This (Sense-control) is the second flower. Ahimsa is the first flower. The second flower is Indriya Nigraham. This is very important. We can achieve anything with control of senses. The senses are responsible for all the conflict, restlessness and lack of peace in the world today. In fact, we should teach a lesson to each of the sense organs.
We must teach a lesson to the mouth. “O mouth, how long will you keep eating like this? You are not contended inspite of eating for so long. Your life is just this”. As we advise the tongue, so should we advise the eyes also. “O eyes, you have been watching so many things. You have been experiencing so many things. Are you still not satisfied? What should you see? You have experienced whatever you have seen. You should indeed see the form of Truth alone, i.e. the form of God. Aspire for God. Contemplate on the real form of God. Therefore give up all these foolish things and consume the right things”
What should you consume?”
O ears, you are ready to listen to vain gossip and tales. But you are not ready to listen to matters of spirituality – Telugu verse.
O ears, you have been listening to so many things. You listen to all unnecessary things. You listen to all vain gossip of the town. You listen to all bad things, which are not good for you. You listen to all that comes on the radio. You listen to all that comes on the video. But what is the benefit you have got from all this? Chhee (what a shame), O ears, do not give in to such actions. Do not be ready for this. Listening to others’ matters, you are spoiling your heart. All that you hear gets imprinted on your heart. All the scenes that you see, get imprinted on your heart. Therefore, you are spoiling your heart. Today, the whole world is polluted. Taking in all this pollution, you are polluting your heart also. You are making your mind impure. When your mind is impure, what can you experience? Everything is useless.  
Yesterday, I spoke to the devotees from Visakhapatnam. Our heart is like a pen. As is the ink in the pen so will be the lines and the writing. The colour will be the same as the ink. Therefore, the human heart is like a pen. It writes all the worldly matters and gets imprinted there. You need to fill this pen (of the heart) with the ink of love. Then, all your thoughts, all your words and all your actions will also be full of love. Whatever you write with this pen (heart) of love, will be full of love only. It will have the same colour. Thus, we must fill our hearts with love and lead a sacred life.

04-The Third Flower of Sarva Bhoota Daya-Compassion towards all Beings to be offered to God-0.51-2000 August 22 
Offering Compassion to all Beings at His Lotus Feet

The third flower is compassion towards all beings. We should not hate any being. Bhagavad Gita calls this, “Adveshtaa Sarvabhootaanaam(devoid of malice towards anyone). It is not just absence of hate, you must also not have too much interaction (connection) with others. Live in love with all. This is the flower of compassion towards all beings.

05-Compassion towards all Beings-Story of Abou Ben Adhem-3.19-2000 August 22
The one whom God Loves
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The flower of compassion towards all beings is very significant. Not just in Bhaarath, but in all nations, the flower of compassion towards all beings is very important. Boys know this (story) very well. There was a person by name Abou Ben Adhem who was always engaged in service. He would go to the bazaar and serve people without legs, eyes and other physically challenged people. He would return exhausted, late in the night, to his home. This is the flower of compassion towards all beings.

One day, he returned home very exhausted. He saw a woman sitting and writing something. She was not an ordinary woman. She was an angel. After a while, he got up and asked her, “Mother, who are you? What are you writing?” She replied, “I am an angel. I am making a list of all those who love God”. Abou Ben Adhem asked, “Is my name there by any chance?” She replied, “Son, your name is not there here”. “Very happy” said Abou Ben Adhem. The angel disappeared and he went to sleep. 
The next day, again when Abou Ben Adhem returned home, he saw a woman sitting there and writing something. Recognizing her, he asked, “Mother, what are you writing today?” She replied, “Son, today I am making the list of all those who are loved by God. Yesterday, I was writing the list of people who loved God. Today, I am writing the list of people who are loved by God.” Abou Ben Adhem asked, “Is my name there in this?” She replied, “Other than your name, there is no other name here”. Thus, service to others is the highest.

06-Compassion towards all Beings-Service is highest among all nine paths of devotion-1.35-2000 August 22
Service is the Highest form of Devotion

Nine forms of service have been prescribed in this world. But among these nine types of devotion, service is the most important. Shravanam, Keertanam, Vishnu Smaranam, Paadasevanam, Vandanam, Archanam, Daasyam, Sneham, Atma Nivedanam. Among these nine forms of devotion, compassion towards all beings is the most important. Abou Ben Adhem was constantly engaged in serving other people. It is this eservice that earned him the first name in the list. That is why God started loving him. God loves all. Love is His very Form. But God comes forth and specifically loves those who show compassion towards all beings. Therefore, we must be apt in this art of service.

07-The Fourth Flower of Kshama-Forbearance to be offered to God-2.01-2000 August 22
Offering Forbearance at His Lotus Feet

The fourth flower is very important. The flower of forbearance is very special and significant. Pandavas suffered so many troubles at the hands of the Kauravas. Their consort Draupadi was humiliated. But Dharmaja maintained forbearance in all circumstances. That very forbearance protected the Pandavas and set them as an ideal example for the entire world. Therefore, the flower of forbearance is very dear to the Lord. Only when you offer the flower that is dear to the Lord, He will be happy and will confer the boons on you. What is the use of offering any number of flowers to God, if you do not offer that flower which is dear to Him? The other flowers are those that will dry away, fade away and wither away. But the flowers that must be offered to God are the flowers of forbearance, compassion towards all beings, sense-control and non-violence. These four flowers are very important.

08-The Fifth Flower of Santhi-Peace to be offered to God-3.01-2000 August 22
Offering Peace at His Lotus Feet

The fifth flower is Shanthi (Peace). In spite of facing any number of difficulties, in spite of facing obstacles, in spite of any objections, we must observe peace. When you have peace you will be graced with compassion. To be deserving of God’s Grace, you need to have peace (patience). Tyagaraja had to face so many difficulties. Potana had to face so many difficulties. So too, Tukaram and Shivaji. But they were able to resist all difficulties and observe peace (patience). The one who observes peace (patience) will be the recipient of God’s Grace in bounty. 

That is why, Saint Tyagaraja said, “Shaantamu Leka Saukhyamu Ledu” – Without peace (patience) there is no happiness. We need physical, mental, worldly and practical peace. But how can we earn this peace? In the outer world there is no peace. There is no peace in the material comforts or in the external objects. This peace is verily our own form. Therefore, this flower of peace has to manifest from within us and cannot come from without.
We must be able to face all the difficulties and challenges that come our way and must move forward. There will be so many difficulties in this world. There will be so many challenges in this physical world. We must not take note of all these. The human birth has been given to overcome all these. The human birth has not been given for mere comfort and pleasure. It is not for experiencing worldly happiness. We are anyway experiencing all these. Animals and birds are also enjoying these. But this is not what we need to experience. We need to experience the real peace. That is the very nature of our heart. We should be able to achieve that peace which emanates from the heart. Thus, the flower of peace is the fifth one.

09-The Sixth Flower of Tapas-Penance to be offered to God-3.07-2000 August 22
Offering Penance at His Lotus Feet

The flower of Tapas (Penance). What is Penance? Does penance mean going to the forest, partaking of roots and tubers and remembering God? This truly amounts to Tamas (sloth). What is real penance? Penance means being ready for anything. It means exercising control over the senses. Penance means controlling the agitation that arises in our thought, word and deed. It means putting a check on the disturbances that arise in our Satva, Rajas and Tamas qualities. We must have equanimity in all states of Satva, Rajas and Tamas. We must continuously focus our mind on God. The one with such a heart is a true human being. Hrut + Daya = Hrudaya. True penance means a human being must be filled with compassion. It is not merely wasting time or misuse of time. True penance means uniting the three. He is a true Yogi. Manas Ekam, Vachas Ekam, Karmanyekam Mahaatmanam (He is a noble soul who has unity between his thought, word and deed).

Na Tapaamsi Na Teerthaanaam
Na Shaastraanaam Japaanahi
Samsaara Saagarotaare
Sajjanam Sevanam Vina.
Neither penance, nor pilgrimage, nor scriptures, nor meditation can help you cross the ocean of the world. Service to the noble ones alone can help you cross the ocean of Samsaara (world).
True penance means uniting the three Gunas (qualities). You may get anger, but you must control it. You may become very enthusiastic, but that has also to be controlled. You may become very happy but that also must be put under check. Sorrow may come but that also must be controlled.
Sukha Dukhe Same Kritva
Labha Labhou Jaya Jayou
(Verse 38, Chapter-2 – Bhagavad Gita)
We must exercise the spirit of equanimity in times of both sorrow and joy. That is true penance. You may do any work, you may engage in any service but do not entertain desires. Penance is the state bereft of desires.

10-The Seventh Flower of Dhyanam-Meditation to be offered to God-3.07-2000 August 22
Offering Meditation at His Lotus Feet

The seventh flower is that of Dhyanam (Meditation). What is meditation? People think that closing the eyes, sitting in the lotus posture and thinking of the Paramaatman(Supreme Being) is meditation. This is a physical and worldly type of meditation. This is meditation done in a worldly way. This is necessary. But to what extent? It is necessary until you get Paripurna Siddhi – total and complete attainment.

(But true) Dhyana (meditation) is not this. Meditation means to merge the mind in God. When water mixes with milk, you cannot separate water from the milk. In the same way, when the principle of love merges in God, it cannot be separated from God. When iron is put in fire, the whole iron becomes fire itself. It burns wherever you touch it. Therefore, our principle of love must merge in the Love of God. The Vedas call this as, “Brahmavid Brahmaiva Bhavati” (The knower of Brahman becomes Brahman Himself). The two should become one. The iron and the fire should not be separate. They should become one. Our mind should become one with the feeling of God.
Just performing meditation in the morning and evening and uniting with God for that brief period is not meditation.
Sarvadaa Sarvakaaleshu Sarvatraa Harichintanam
You must think of God always and at all times. While doing any work, you may focus on the work, but keep this Love (God) as the undercurrent. This is true meditation. Meditation is not remembering God by setting aside a limited period of time. This would amount to only part time devotion. What is needed is full time devotion. Therefore, meditation is not sitting for a brief period in the lotus posture and remembering God. In that case, God’s Grace will come for a moment and then go away. Once God’s Grace comes, it should stay permanently with you. We should pray so as to (be able to) meditate truly and continuously.

11-The Eight Flower of Sathyam-Truth to be offered to God-1.41-2000 August 22
Offering Truth at His Lotus Feet

The eight flower is Sathyam (Truth). This is very important. The creation is born out of Truth. The creation exists because of Truth and the creation will ultimately merge in Truth. Therefore, Truth is a very important Sadhana (spiritual exercise).   

Satymabulanundi Sarvambuputinche
Satyambulananage Sarvasrushti
Satyamahimaleni Sthalamedikanugunna
Shuddha Satvam Idiye Choodaraiyya
The Creation emerged out of Truth, is sustained in Truth and finally merges in Truth. Is there any place where there is no Truth. It is the unsullied pure Truth that we see everywhere.
Trikaalabhaajyam Sathyam
Truth is that which does not change with time. It is always ever existent. Everything may vanish, but the Truth will always remain. That Truth is God. Therefore, Truth is God, Live in Truth. We must live in Truth and end our lives in Truth. This Truth is the eighth flower.

12-God does not want Flowers that will dry and fade away-1.11-2000 August 22
God does not want flowers that will dry away

God will not accept your flowers which fade and dry away. The priest gets so many types of flowers and performs worship. “O priest, is this what you have learnt in all this time? You are getting lorries and lorries of rose flowers, lorries and lorries of jasmine flowers and other fragrant flowers. What is the use of getting all these? The flowers you get today fade away tomorrow. It is not these flowers that I want. I want the flower of peace, the flower of love. These will not fade and dry away. You perform worship with such flowers”.

Therefore, when we worship God with these flowers, He will lovingly accept these. God will not expect any other type of flowers.    

A Short Quiz
01-Do you know what constitutes the Shodashopachaara (16 forms of ritualistic worship)? Can you list them out with a brief description for each?
02-What are the eight flowers that need to be offered to God and that would please Him?
03-Does not cutting open a patient’s body by the doctor, with a surgical knife, amount to violence??
04-Does not plucking and cutting fruits and vegetables amount to causing pain to them and thus amount to violence?
05-How does Bhagawan ask us to advise our tongue so as to exercise control over our taste?
06- What is the meaning of the phrase, “Bhikshaannam Deharakshaartham”?
07- How does Bhagawan ask us to advise our eyes so as to exercise control over our sight?
08- How does Bhagawan ask us to advise our ears so as to exercise control over our hearing?
09-What is the analogy that Bhagawan draws between the human heart and the writing pen?
10-What is the meaning of the phrase, “Adveshtaa Sarvabhootaanaam”. Which flower among the eight flowers does it talk about?
11-Narrate briefly the story of Abou Ben Adhem. What is the central message of this story?
12-Bhagawan states that service is the highest among all the nine forms of devotion. List the nine forms (paths) of devotion.
13-Whose example does Bhagawan give to illustrate the fourth flower of Kshama(Forbearance) that we must offer to the Lord?
14-Talking of the fifth flower of Santhi (Peace), Bhagawan gives the example of four great and noble personalities who stand as role models of peace for the entire world. Who are these four personalities?
15-How can we earn Santhi (Peace)?
16-What is true Tapas (Penance) according to Bhagawan?
17-What is the meaning of the phrase, “Manas Ekam, Vachas Ekam, Karmanyekam Mahaatmanam”? What is the similar opposite phrase that Bhagawan usually speaks of, immediately after this phrase?
18-What is the way to cross the ocean of Samsaara (world)? What is the Sanskrit verse that Bhagawan gives in this context?
19-What are the four emotions that we need to control as part of our penance?
20-What is the meaning of the verse, “Sukha Dukhe Same Kritva, Labha Labhou Jaya Jayou”?
21-What is the worldly type of meditation that Swami talks about? How long does one need to practice this worldly type of meditation?
22-What is true Dhyana (Meditation)?
23-How does Bhagawan explain the Vedic dictum, “Brahmavid Brahmaiva Bhavati” using the analogy of iron and fire?
24-What does Bhagawan say about the eight flower of Sathyam (Truth)?
25-What is the meaning of the phrase, “Trikaalabhaajyam Sathyam”? In this context, one may recall that Bhagawan has talked about the three types of Truth – Nijam, Satyam and Ritam. Explain these three types of Truth?
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