|Date:22 Aug 2001||Occasion:Ganesh Chaturthy||Place:Prashanti Nilayam|
Vinayaka – the Master of Siddhi andBuddhi
Oh man! Examine and enquire for yourself- what kind of happiness have you achieved? From the moment you get up from your bed, till you retire, spending all the time in acquiring knowledge and earning degrees while forgetting God, what kind of happiness have you got? Examine for yourself. [Telugu poem]
Human life is the noblest, most rare and the only one fit to be lived. It is the primary duty and responsibility of every man to work for his redemption and liberation by his daily effort, by working hard and by discharging his duties.
To fill your small belly, you face many problems in life. You acquire various forms of knowledge from various fields. You are not able to enjoy the total bliss. Really, You are wasting your human life. [Telugu poem]
Embodiments of Love!
You strain so much for filling this small stomach. Does this
satisfy you? There is no contentment at any point of time. Based on this, Lord Vigneshwara said, 'Na
As long as it is alive, the tree bears fruits for others; even after it dies, by splitting itself, it becomes useful as firewood [Telugu poem].
Tree is the very symbol of sacrifice. For the ideals of sacrifice, trees are the best exemplars. In this human life, sacrifice is very essential. Without sacrifice, you cannot enjoy the state of bliss anytime. You should cultivate the spirit of sacrifice right from now onwards.
You may extend hospitality and kindness to a mean-minded person, but he will certainly harm you due to his very nature. Because of the 'poison' that gets into one's psychology, human life is ruined [Telugu poem]
Therefore, we should never be mean
minded. We should be noble and broadminded. We should uphold the pristine glory
and esteem that man is supreme in the universe. In ancient times, the sages
erred occasionally, but repented and atoned for their sins. They were great
personalities. You should follow such mighty, eminent personalities. Modern man
is weak. In modem times, people commit sins, but they neither
realize their mistakes nor do they repent. In those
days, the elders corrected their mistakes and lead a pure life, being very
grateful to God. Repentance is the basis for the glorious life that
follows. To recognize this truth, you worship
Who is Vigneshwara? Who is Ganapati? The word 'Gana' is related to the intellect. 'Na' refers to wisdom. Ganapati is the head of all the secular and spiritual knowledge. Vinayaka has no master above him. He is the master unto himself. Vinayaka will never put you to suffering in anyway. Vinayaka blesses all your endeavors, efforts and confers success. He will never allow anything evil to reside in you. He has the mouse as his vehicle. A mouse stands for darkness as it moves about in the darkness at night. Vinayaka helps you to dispel this darkness and spread light. Divinity is not limited to mankind alone. We find divinity present in birds and beasts too. To demonstrate this latent, immanent divinity, we have Vianayaka having an elephant's head, with a mouse as his vehicle. The elephant is highly intelligent, faithful and loyal. It never leaves the path that it lays all by itself and stands as a symbol for gratitude. Gratitude is a very sacred quality. Forbearance is Truth, Dharma, Veda, Non-violence, and everything. The elephant has got great patience and forbearance. It is prepared to sacrifice its life, but it can never tolerate its master's suffering. When there is no path for us to take in the jungle, it is the elephant that walks through and creates a path for us. Similarly, in this jungle of life, it is the elephant-headed Vinayaka who shows the ideal path for all of us to tread.
On this day of Vinayaka Chathurthi, various kinds of offerings are made. But He does not accept any oily or cooked preparations. All preparations are cooked in steam and offered to him. They offer him Kudumulu and Vundrallu, made by using rice flour and til seeds, which have no oil content in them. Why is such an offering made? For humanity, heath is wealth. Those who partake food cooked in steam remain very healthy. But today, man is running after various delicacies. But, for the elephant health is all important. Vinayaka, too, teaches us the same. This preparation of rice flour and til seeds frees us from all defects of the eye like spots and cataract. A combination of jaggery and til seeds prevents all defects and diseases caused due to bile, wind and phlegm. The rice flour preparation made using steam helps in digestion too.
We have learnt how to worship Vinayaka, but we do not recognize His inner principle. These will make every one of us ideal people. Students worship Vinayaka more on this day, as it will improve their memory power and intelligence. Music concerts begin with a prayer to Vinayaka. But because of the effects of the age of Kali, we have forgotten this fact. For the misfortunes of the day, the root cause lies in the neglect of the worship of Vinayaka. Today, man is after temporary, fleeting, ephemeral pleasures, forgetting eternal joy. We should strive for permanent joy and peace. We can achieve that by only praying to God. As days pass by, the very humanness is lost. Human values have disappeared. Man is not following his prescribed code of conduct. Once human values are followed, divinity can be attained. Once anything is told, it should be remembered throughout the life. For any act of help whether small or big, gratitude must be expressed. Bereft of gratitude, one turns wicked. We should offer our prayers to the Sun God, the Lord of Effulgence. The light in our eyes is due to Sun God. It is because of Sun God that we are able to see. Even if Sun is present, if our eyes are closed, we will not be able to see anything. Vision is the reflection of the Sun God. Sun withdraws from the eyesight of the man who does not show gratitude (i.e. he turns blind). Man cannot discharge his duties when he is blind. A person may be a great scholar, but if he is blind, he cannot see anything. Therefore, Netra, the eye, is the Shastra, the scripture for our life. Our scriptures are nothing but the reflection of the effulgence of the Sun God. Therefore, we need to pay attention to our eyesight. Eye defects certainly imply lack of gratitude.
Vinayaka has many teachings that help man
liberate himself. Worship of
In our college, we have M.B.A. meaning, Master of Business Administration, but it is not that. It stands for mind, body and Atma. We need to understand the integration and co-ordination of all the three. Mind is given to enquire. Body is granted to perform. The Atma monitors the performance of these two. Atma is permanent. Mind is fickle and has to be made steady. It should be exercised properly. One should constantly enquire whether one has a mind like that of a man or a beast. We should not act according to our mind. The body should not do what the mind has decided. Intellect has the capability to discriminate whether a thought is good or not. If the thought is good, the intellect acknowledges it to the Atma. Man should realize that he is the combination of Mind, Body and Atma. He has to purify the mind. An impure mind is not acceptable to the intellect that transcends all the senses. We follow the mind and senses. Mind is the master of senses, but it is not controlling the senses. One may have a sensitive mind, but it is only an animal mind. So we should master the mind and be a mastermind. To exercise the control of mind, worship of Vinayaka is important. Vinayaka does not react, but remains as a witness.
Atma, the spirit, is eternal. It is the witness and watches everything, but does not enter anything. The reason is that the Atma does not get involved in the activities of the body and mind. The Atma remains only as the witness.
At one time, Valmiki prayed to Narada and asked him if there was anyone who holds on to truth, enjoys bliss, is ever smiling and forgiving, who does not commit any mistake, expresses gratitude for any small help, who always helps others, etc., and enumerated 11 noble qualities; Narada replied thus," Oh! Sage, why do you take trouble? Not just eleven, but 11000 noble qualities are in a single person who has taken birth in this world." There is no one who attaches value to character. The three essential things that constitute character are good thoughts, good feelings and good conduct. If you have good thoughts, your actions will automatically be good. Good qualities are the very personification of Divinity. A person with such divine qualities has taken birth in human form as Lord Rama. Lord Rama faced many problems and difficulties, but he never strayed away from His path. He never gave up Truth; rather, whatever He spoke became the Truth. This was the sacred path taught by Narada. Narada was not a conflict maker as we all think. He was verily the beacon of light that spread sacred wisdom. He propagated and spread the Gayatri Mantra given by Sage Vishwamithra. 'Bhur' pertains to physical matter, which is the body. The body is the combination of various materials like calcium, lead etc. 'Bhuvah' is the vibration that comes out of the mind and makes the body function. 'Suvah' is the radiation, which is the Atma. Man is the combination of matter, vibration and radiation. As is the feeling, so is the vibration. Everyday, morning and evening, Bhajans go on here. You think that the Bhajans are going on in the Bhajan Hall. No. The vibrations of bhajans are there all over this place. You can certainly hear the Bhajans even from this table if you listen carefully, with a steady mind, pure and selfless heart. Everything is Divine vibration - the walls, the roof, and this mike. The great sages were the ones who had these vibrations. The Veda was heard through Sound, through vibrations. If you sit down and listen with a pure heart, you too can listen to it. Why go so far? Just close your ears and you can hear the Aumkar from within. Everything originated from the Aumkar. The same air produces seven different notes through different reeds in the harmonium. Similarly the Aumkar is one; all other sounds are 'vikaaras'- modifications of the Aumkara. Vinaayaka, who is the master of all these vibrations, gifts these vibrations to you. You may listen to any sound, but the most sacred is Aumkara. If your body is full of wicked vibrations, everything will be wicked. Never allow a wicked man to come near you. Run away from bad company to avoid the wicked vibrations from getting into you.
Avoid bad company; foster good company. Perform good deeds day and night; discriminate between the permanent and the temporary. [Sanskrit Verse]
If you are good, your body will be full of good and divine vibrations. Bad thoughts give rise to bad vibrations. All that you see is the reflection of what is inside you. If you call a person bad, it is just that the bad in you is reflected in him. It has got nothing to do with him. Good or bad is the reflection of your inner being. Never consider that good or bad exists separately from you. But modern students do not have the capacity to understand this truth. They have only bookish knowledge and not the knowledge of the heart. They read all that is in the books, go to the examination hall, scribble on the papers and come out empty-headed. The student does not even know what he has written in the examination hall. All this is artificial knowledge; it is not true education.
Even after acquiring various forms of knowledge, one cannot give up his meanness. It will only lead to argumentation, but not to total awareness. After all, one has to die inspire of all his worldly knowledge. So, study that which makes you immortal. [Telugu poem]
All this education is being used to fill this small stomach. All this knowledge is superficial. Mere physical education cannot sustain your life, give you a long life, or satisfy the heart. Therefore, we should learn that which is related to the heart. Saraswatha explains in detail, the prayer that is offered to the Sun God. He says that man is bound by attachment. Attachment, greed and possessiveness are responsible for illusion.
All these teachings promote the power of discrimination. You are not filling your lives with divine, noble and novel thoughts. You are wasting your lives with bad thoughts, bad vibrations and bad actions. The ancient sages, who realized their mistakes and repented, were yogis. Today, you are bhogis who do not realize your mistakes. Bhoga is bound to cause roga (disease). Therefore, you must realize your mistake and repent whole heartedly. This should not be done merely with words or writings. In fact, all the vibrations must be unified. Then, the reality will reflect and reveal itself.
Embodiments of Love!
All that is happening in this world today is destructive, divisive and extremely unnatural to man. Everywhere, we find atrocities, killings, conflicts and quarrels. Having been born as a human being, what happened to your humanness? What happened to your compassion and kindness?
What happened to sacrifice, love and non-violence? There is no trace of all these. We find only useless exhibitionism. You have to repent whole-heartedly and pray. God is the personification of Love and compassion. Some times, He may appear unkind, but there is kindness in that too. You do not have the capacity to understand this kindness. You can understand kindness only with kindness, Love with Love and hatred with hatred alone. You are born as humans and therefore, you must live as humans. You must practice humanness, propagate and experience the humanness, and enjoy and share with your fellowmen, the bliss that results. When you have such sacred thoughts in you, naturally, you will become a divine person. You call yourselves human, but, in reality, there is no trace of human qualities. The behavior is always perverted and the mind is full of bad thoughts. Where are the good feelings of love and compassion? We should share and sustain Love and compassion. One without compassion is a demon (Danava). One with compassion is man (Manava). With compassion and love, you can achieve anything.
In this barren land without love,
For the seeds of love to sprout
With all the emotions and the downpour of love,
For the incessant flow of rivers of love, Oh
This was the prayer of all Gopikas.
From where was
Earlier, there was
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