|Date: 28 October, 2003||Occasion: Vice Chancellors Conference
||Place: Prasanthi Nilayam|
One may master all forms of knowledge,
One may vanquish one's adversaries in debate,
One may fight with valor and courage in the battlefield,
One may be an emperor reigning over vast kingdoms,
One may offer cows and gold as an act of charity,
One may count the countless stars in the sky,
One may tell the names of different living creatures on the earth,
One may be an expert in eight-limbed (Ashtanga) Yoga,
One may reach even the moon,
But it is near impossible to control the body, mind and senses.
Turn the vision inward
And achieve the supreme state of equanimity of the mind.
Embodiments of Love!Today, a number of discussions and deliberations are being held in the field of education. First and foremost, we must try to recognize the true meaning of education. One may read all the available books and elucidate the meaning contained in these books. But, that does not entitle one to be called an educated person. There are several highly educated people today in the world. But, what transformation and discriminatory power have they achieved on account of their education? What benefit has accrued to the world on account of these so called educated people? None tries to understand and evaluate this aspect. It is only when an educated person looks inward that he will be able to realize the true meaning and philosophy underlying education. In contrast to this situation, people are applying their intelligence in worldly matters.
Dear Students!You may feel that spirituality is too abstract and not easily understandable. The Atma Tattva cannot be understood and realized by merely developing material knowledge. In fact, Atma Tattva is beyond the scope of material knowledge. It is transcendental. It is fundamental knowledge. It is at the base of all physical, material and secular knowledge.
Dear Students!You may be under the mistaken impression that spirituality is that which cannot be understood. But, this is not correct. Spirituality is consciousness which has an inner meaning. What is awareness? Our normal understanding of this term is awareness about a particular object or aspect. Take for instance (showing a handkerchief), this object. When a question is put as to what it is, the answer comes that it is a handkerchief. This knowledge about the object is considered to be awareness. Again, when I question you (showing a flower) what it is, you reply that it is a flower. This is also considered to be an awareness. All these are the outer forms of different material objects. This is a cloth (showing the handkerchief). What is the basis for this cloth? The thread. Again, what is the basis for this thread? The cotton. Thus this cloth cannot be made without the thread and cotton. The cotton is the fundamental object at forms the basis for the thread and the cloth. Unfortunately, today we are only recognizing the cloth, but not the fundamental object of cotton, the basis for the cloth. Therefore, what is of paramount importance today is to recognize the Atma Tattva that is at the root of all knowledge. If one is able to realize this Atma Tattva, he can easily realize every other aspect.
Embodiments of Love!What is Love? What is its nature From where does this originate? Can a human being live without love? Impossible. That is why, it is said, "Love is God; Live in Love". One has to understand this principle of Love, which is the basis for everything in this universe. Without Love, there cannot be life in this world. There is an underlying power that permeates the entire universe. That is Truth. What is Truth? Truth is said to be "Trikalabadhyam Sathyam" - It is present in all the periods of time: past, present and future. However, we cannot come to a conclusion only on account of that dictum. "Sathyam" (Truth) is that which transcends time. There is no tangible form for the concept of Truth. But, there is meaning. We say, "Truth is God, Love is God". We go on repeating the word "God". We make use of this word "God" in different circumstances. Even an atheist says "Oh! My God!", whenever he commits a mistake. People use this word "God" even without knowing its meaning. However, none can define the term properly. Similarly, none can define the term "Truth". The most appropriate method would be by one's own experience.
Embodiments of Love!You need not have to waste your time, however, in trying to understand some abstract concepts which you are unable to comprehend. You just develop firm faith in the existence of God. You firmly believe that there is God and you are God. We cannot understand anything without developing faith. Hence, first and foremost, develop firm faith in the concept of "I". Only then can you understand the second concept "you". A small example. When "I" and "you" join together, it becomes "we". However, we" + "He" becomes only "He", who exists forever The "I" and "you" change "I am a boy". When you are a youth, you say "I am a man". Similarly, when you are old, you say, "I am an old man". Thus, you are undergoing constant changes in different stages of life. Hence, there is no use in sticking on to this changing principle. Attach yourself to the changeless principle, i.e., "He". That "He" is God. That "He" is present in you, him and in every person. "He is everywhere - within you, above you, below you and around you". Therefore this "He" principle represents the omnipresent Divinity.
Embodiments of Love!You students cannot understand spiritual concepts so easily. However, if you develop firm faith, you will be able to understand these things easily. But today people have become blind having lost the eyes of faith. What is Prema (Love)? You do not know . What is darkness? Is there anybody today who has seen darkness? Just close your eyes. What do you see? You reply that you are seeing darkness. It means that you are able to see and recognize darkness. Otherwise, how can you say that it is darkness? Therefore, it is established that there is a basis for everything in this world. In order to realize the Truth, one has to develop faith. You carry on your life's journey with firm faith as your guide. You are going somewhere, unless you know where you are going, how can you reach your destination? Hence, make a firm resolve that you are going to the Mandir. Only then can you reach the Mandir. Similarly, first and foremost, make Atma Tattva as your goal in life's journey.
Embodiments of Love!You are not able to understand what real Prema (love) is. You love the physical body and its beauty. You love wealth. You love the external form. You love one's outward behavior. Where from do all these things come? What is the basis for all these aspects? How long will these external forms remain? All of them undergo changes continuously. What is the use of clinging to these changing external forms? You must direct your love to the changeless principle of Atma Tattva. The Atma Tattva does not undergo any change, whatsoever. Nothing can be added to it nor deleted from it. Therefore, you must develop firm faith in such a changeless principle. You often say that you love so and so very much. But, what do you know of him? Do you love his physical form? Did you develop liking for his behavior? Do you love his sweet disposition? What is it that has drawn you to him? In fact, all these factors are only transitory. There is, however, one quality in you that is responsible for all this. That is love. That love of God. Love is His form. Hence, you cultivate love for love's sake. There cannot be life without love. A small example to illustrate the point. A mother has a son. He is 20 years old. After sometime, the son died. Then, the mother was wailing over the body of the son "Oh! Son! I was able to live as long as. you were alive. How can I live now?" Such type of grief is the result of attachment of the mother developed towards the physical form of the son. It is not true love. What is important is love; but not love for the physical form. It is only those who are able to love for love's sake, can attain real love. Those who love the physical body do so as long as the body is present. Thereafter the love ebbs away. Therefore, love for love's sake. Such love is life. That life is God. That is Atma Tattva, verily. Atma Tattva is the only reality.
Embodiments of Love!You have to seek love through love only. The Gopikas prayed thus:
Dear students!You encounter several appointments (expectations) and disappointments in life. When you have an appointment, you will have a disappointment also when it is not fulfilled. Therefore, do not have appointments (desires) at all. Then, there is no scope for disappointment. Do not give importance to the form. In fact, your Atma Tattva represents your true form. Do not confine Divinity to a particular name and form. The names like Rama, Krishna, Govinda are only names attributed by man to God. They are not innate. Not much of importance can be attached to them. However, one has to take a particular name in the initial stages of his spiritual quest. For instance, it is necessary to acquire different types of education. It is also necessary to realize the essence of all the education. That is, of course, the Truth. But how long? Until you experience that essence. Once you experience the essence of knowledge, even that vanishes.
Embodiments of Love!(The Programme ended with singing of the National Anthem.)
Punarapi Jananam Punarapi Maranam
Punarapi Janani Jathare SayanaIha Samsare Bahu Dustare Kripayapare Pahi Murare.
(Oh Lord! I am caught up in this cycle of birth and death; time and again, I am experiencing the agony of staying in the mother's womb. It is very difficult to cross this ocean of worldly life. Please take me across this ocean and grant me liberation.)We have to crave for that principle which has no birth and death. Why should we wish to be born again.?
Embodiments of Love!There is Divine Love in you which has neither birth nor death. You direct your love towards that Divine Love. That love is always with you. If you cultivate such love, you will always remain as embodiments of love. Have firm faith in this Divine Love. Do not believe the worldly love, lest you should be deceived. The worldly love is like passing clouds. Such clouds come and go. They are not permanent. Love the eternal love. That is the Atma Tattwa. Love that Atma Tattwa. People, who wish to enter the spiritual field and to know the path that leads to Divinity, please come to Me. I will explain. Do not be deceived by worldly love that causes only disappointment. Cultivate such type of love that will not cause disappointment. Pursue any type of education; but, understand the inner meaning of education. Then put it into practice, experience and enjoy that essence of that education. Do not be disappointed by directing your love towards all and sundry. Several students are being disappointed in that manner. In the end, they are unable to love anybody. That is not the right way. Love the principle of Love itself, which is Divine and Eternal. The more you love that Divine Love, the more it grows.
Embodiments of Love!I always address you as "Embodiments of Love!" Cultivate such type of love only. When you cultivate such love, it will, in turn, protect you. That is what is meant by the saying, "with you, in you and around you".
(Bhagavan concluded the Divine Discourse with the Bhajan "Prema Muditha Manase Kaho...")