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Δευτέρα, 30 Ιανουαρίου 2012

Life is a bridge



“Life is a bridge over the sea of changes. Do not build a house on it.”
                                                                                              -BABA


Πέμπτη, 26 Ιανουαρίου 2012

Sathya Sai Baba 1926 - 2011


Very happy to state that the very FIRST article in the India Times Magazine was one that Swami had inspired me to write..
Aravind B
 source :  http://aravindb1982.hubpages.com/hub/Sathya-Sai-Baba-1926-2011


http://www.facebook.com/l/yAQGE3Lf5AQEdpqz_q6FjMZ3oWgwKbr5LeTRToaKJR82hsQ/aravindb1982.hubpages.com/hub/Sathya-Sai-Baba-1926-2011.








Sathya Sai Baba 1926 - 2011

The detractors say that ‘sleight of hand’ and ‘magic tricks’ won him followers who were gullible and naive. The devotees say that ‘physical manifestations’ earned him die-hard critics who were so blind and hard-hearted that they refused to see the millions of lives he positively affected. The life and history of Sri Sathya Sai Baba seems to remind one of the proverbial tree laden with fruit - it always receives stones. While some stones were cast to enjoy and relish the sweet fruits, some were cast because it seems so tempting to just do it!............

read the full article here : http://aravindb1982.hubpages.com/hub/Sathya-Sai-Baba-1926-2011


The power and potency of the Gayatri Mantra





AUM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA,
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT.









Date: 17 March 1983  Occasion: Upanaya Ceremony Place: Prashanthi Nilayam




The Gayatri path to God
 
 Divine Discourse
by
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba


Out of action arises the bondage of delusion;
From delusion grows a perverted mind;
Mental perversion leads to perverse deeds;
Such deeds again result in rebirth.
Young embodiments of the Divine! The grand mansion of Hindu thought has been raised on the four walls of karma (action), janma (birth), dharma (righteousness), and Brahman (Supreme Self or God). These four are interdependent. No one can escape the consequences of one's action, whether good or bad. No action goes in vain. Karma is the primary cause of one's birth.
The jivi (individual soul) is born in karma, he grows through karma, he ceases in karmaKarma is the cause of happiness and misery.
It has been well said that "The body indeed is the basis for the pursuit of dharma (Sariramadhyam khaIu dharma sadhanam)." It is by the pursuit of dharma that Brahman is realized. The Gita has declared that whenever dharma declines the advent of the Avatar (Divine incarnation) occurs. This implies that the object of human existence is to uphold dharma. Since creation is a projection of the Divine Will, the aim of every human being should be to live in harmony with that Will. One's life should be dedicated not for promoting one's selfish interests or to serve the interests of other fellow-beings but in the service of the Divine. Whatever is done to anyone, if it is done as an offering to the Divine, it will reach the Divine. Man should consecrate every action by regarding it as an offering to the Divine.

Gayatri initiation gives one the second birth
From the moment of issuing from the mother's womb, one is involved in action. This natural state is common to all and may be described as shudhrathwam (the state of the sudra, that is, one who is not subject to any regimen). After one receives the Gayatri initiation, he is born again and becomes a dwija (a twice-born). The Gayatri is described as "Chandhasam mathah'--the mother of all the Vedas (ancient sacred scriptures). One meaning of Gayatri is that it is a mantra (sacred formula) that protects or fosters the "Gayas" or jivis (individual beings).
You must note that today you have all got a second birth by receiving the Gayatri mantra (Vedic prayer to illuminate the intelligence). By observing the disciplines of the brahmachari (celibate) stage, you will qualify yourselves for the study of the Vedas. When one begins to study the Vedas he is known as "vipra" (brahmin). This is a third birth, as it were. At this stage, by the study and understanding of the Vedas and living up to their precepts, one gets the opportunity to understand Brahman (Supreme Being). Once the Brahman principle is understood, one merges in Brahman. It is only when there is awareness of Brahman can one claim to be a real Brahman. It is not birth alone, but the realization of Brahman, which confers real Brahmanathwa (brahmin-hood) on a person.
Gayatri mantra is the embodiment of all deities The Gayatri mantra has to be recited three times a day: in the morning at sunrise, at noon, and at sunset. These are called "sandhya kalam" --the time of coming together of night and day, of morning and evening, and of day and night. Time, like man, has three qualities: sathwa, rajas, and thamas (poised or serenity, passion, and inertia). The day is divided into three parts. The four hours between 4 and 8 a.m. in the morning and between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the evening have the sathwa (equanimous) quality. The eight hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. are rajasic (passionate). The eight hours between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., which are mainly used, for sleep, are thamasic (inactive, lethargic). The eight hours of the day (from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) are employed by all beings, including animals and birds, in the discharge of their day to day duties and are regarded as rajasic (active pursuit).
When the four sathwic hours of the morning (4 a.m. to 8 a.m.) are used for engaging oneself in good actions like worship, virtuous deeds, keeping good company, one is sure to raise, himself from the human to the Divine level. It is during the sathwic period (from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) the Gayatri mantra should be recited. This mantra is the embodiment of all deities. It is not related to any particular sect, caste, idol, or institution. It is said to embody nine "colours":
(1) Om
(2) Bhuh
(3) Bhuvah
(4) Suvah
(5) Thath
(6)  Savitur (powers)
(7) Varenyam
(8) Bhargah
(9) Dhevasya.
Dheemahi is related to the meditative aspect. Dhiyo-yo-nah prachodayath relates to the aspect of prayer. The mantra as a whole thus contains three aspects descriptive, meditational, and prayer.
Discover the unity that underlies the diversity
On the basis of differences in behavior, the antahkarana (inner-psyche) has been accorded four names. When it is concerned with thoughts, it is called manas (mind). When it is restless and wavering, it is called chiththa (consciousness). When it is concerned with enquiry and understanding, it is called buddhi (intellect). When it is associated with the sense of "mine" (possessiveness), it is called ahamkara (egotism). Why are four different names and attributes given to one and the same entity (the antahkarana)? The mind is preoccupied with distinctions and differences. The (intellect is concerned with oneness and reveals the unity that underlies the diversity. Ail our efforts must be directed toward discovering the unity that underlies the diversity rather than seeking to divide the One into the many.
The Gayatri mantra (Vedic prayer to illuminate the intelligence) is a sacred mantra, which demonstrates the unity that underlies manifoldness in creation. It is through the recognition of this unity that we can understand the multiplicity. Clay is one and the same thing, though pots of different shapes and sizes can be made from it. Gold is one, though gold ornaments can be multifarious. The Atma (Divine Self) is one, though the embodied forms in which it resides may be many. Whatever the color of the cow, the milk is white always.
There is no object in the world, which does not have a form and a name. The cosmos is made up of things with forms and names. While the forms are subject to constant change, the names remain unchanged. The form may change and even completely disappear but the name remains. Once we know the name, we can recognize what or whom it represents. In a large gathering, it will not be easy to trace a person merely from the description of his features. But when his name is called, he immediately responds and can be identified. Likewise, through the name of the Lord, the form of the Lord can be visualized.
Five faces, three deities
Gayatri is described as having five faces.

The first is Om.
The second is Bhurbhuvassuva.
The third is Thathsavitur Varenyam.
The fourth is Bhargo Dhevasya Dheemahi.
The fifth is Dhiyo-yo nah Prachodhayath.
Gayatri represents in these five faces the five pranas (life forces). Gayatri is the protector of the five pranas in man. "Gayantham thrayathe ithi Gayatri (because it protects the one who recites it, it is called Gayatri)." When Gayatri acts as protector of the life-forces, she is known as Savitri. Savitri is known in the puranic story as the devoted wife who brought back to life her husband, Sathyavan. Savitri is the presiding deity of the five pranas. She protects those who lead a life of Truth. This is the inner meaning.
When one's intelligence and intuition are developed by the recitation of the mantra, the activating deity is Gayatri. When the life-forces are protected, the guardian deity is called Savitri. When one's speech is protected, the deity is called Saraswathi. Because of the protective roles of Savitri, Saraswathi,nd Gayatri in relation to life, speech, and the intellect, Gayatri is described as Sarvadevatha-swarupini, the embodiment of all goddesses.
It is essential to recite the Gayatri mantra at least three times during morning, noon and evening. This will serve to reduce the effects of the wrong acts one does every day. It is like buying goods for cash, instead of getting them on credit. There is no accumulation of karmic (result of action) debt, as each day's karma (action) is atoned for that day itself by reciting the Gayatri mantra.
Redemptive power of the Gayatri mantra
The plea that one cannot find time for reciting the Gayatri thrice a day is specious and untenable. People waste so much of their time in worthless activities that they can easily find a few moments for reciting the Gayatri when they wake up from bed and before they go to sleep, if only they have the will. The Gayatri can be recited even when one is taking his bath. It will mean also offering ablutions to the goddess. At noon, if the Gayatri is recited before taking one's meal, the food will get sanctified and become an offering to the deity.
The brahmacharis (celibates/religious students) should realize the redemptive power of the Gayatri mantra. Through the Brahmopadhesam (initiation into sacred knowledge), the young boys have had a second birth. It is only when they have achieved the purposes of this second birth will they be qualified to enter on the sacred third stage of "viprathvam" (Brahmana-hood), which leads to the realization of Brahman.
"One who is aware of Brahman becomes one with Brahman" is the Vedic saying. To recognize the Brahman principle, one has to understand one's own true nature. There is a story to illustrate how one can see whether one is qualified to realize Brahman. An unmarried girl acquires the right to a half-share in a man's property after she is married to him and he ties the mangalasutra (the auspicious marriage thread) round her neck. It is this sacred thread that confers the fight on her. Likewise, one remains remote from God as long as one has not acquired the thread of "surrender to the Divine" (sharanagathi thathwa). The moment one wears the sutra (thread) of sharanagathi (total surrender), one acquires the right to a half share in the energy and authority of the Divine. We must strive earnestly to pursue the path of submission to the Divine Will and offering everything to the Divine.
The attitude of surrender will grow in us as we recite regularly the Gayatri mantra. This is the reason why boys are initiated into the mantra at an early age. There is also another reason for this early initiation. Boys, who have been indolent or dull before getting the Brahmopadhesam, have been able to develop their intelligence and be more diligent in their studies after they have received the Gayatri mantra. This is a matter of proven experience. Like sunrise after the night, the Gayatri mantra dispels the darkness of ignorance: Dhiyo-yo-nah prachodayaath The rays of the Gayatri mantra illumine the mind and intelligence and promote knowledge, wisdom and discrimination.
I bless the young vatus (boys who have been initiated) so that from today they recite the Gayatri regularly, lead exemplary lives and grow into good, god-fearing, educated, and enlightened citizens of Bharath (India)
Gayathri mantra is the royal road to Divinity
Young people should realize the connection between food and the state of one's mind. For much of the demoniac qualities prevalent among men today, the primary cause is the food they consume. One will develop good qualities if one takes sathwic food, which is wholesome and moderate in quantity. It should not involve causing pain to others. And all that is eaten should be regarded as an offering to God. This is the inner significance of the sandhaya vandana mantras. When uttering the different names of Vishnu, Kesava, Narayana, etc., one should bear in mind the meaning of each name. Narayana, for instance, means that He is the Lord of the five elements. If the name is recited, bearing in mind what it signifies, the full benefit of reciting the mantra will be got.
The Gayatri mantra is the royal road to Divinity. There is no fixed time or regulation for reciting it. Nevertheless, the young brahmacharis (celibates) would do well to recite it during the morning sandhya and evening sandhya (worship during dawn and twilight hours) to derive the greatest benefit. However because the Divine is beyond time and space, any time, any place is appropriate for repeating God's name. The Bhagavatha declares: "Sarvadhaa, sarvathra, sarvakaaleshu Harichintanam (Contemplate on God always, at all places and at all times)." You must learn to think of God in whatever you see whatever you do and whatever you touch. You must realize that you are playing temporary roles on the cosmic stage. You must get back to your true Divine Selves when the play is over. By regularly reciting the Gayatri, you must purify your lives and be an example to the world in righteous living. This is my benediction for you.


http://www.sathyasai.org/devotion/prayers/gayatri.html

Πέμπτη, 19 Ιανουαρίου 2012

Bhajo Bhajo Ram Sathya Sai Ram




Bhajo Bhajo Ram Sathya Sai Ram
Bhajo Bhajo Shyam Sai Ghanashyaam
Kaliyuga Key Avathar
Jagatoddhara Sai Bhagawaan
Patheetha Paavana Sita Ram

Sai Spiritual Showers



“Kiswahili!": Call Him from within and there He is...For a surrendered soul, He is ever there and everywhere responding all the time, with His Unceasing ‘Saving’ Grace.  Stories are many...stories of His miraculous interventions bailing devotees out from trying circumstances. Read on an ‘African Account’ from late Dr. DJ Gadhia, narrating his own story of ‘His invisible and invincible Hand Of Protection’, happened way back in 1974, extracted from Sanathana Sarathi Issue Aug, 1978.
It was on the 5th May 1974, that I was proceeding by car from Arusha, in Tanzania, East Africa, to Machame Hospital, to attend to a patient, whose condition was reported to be rather serious. My wife and two other ladies were seated at the back; I sat beside the driver. We had hardly travelled about five miles beyond Arusha, when a truck with a trailer attached was seen coming fast from the opposite direction. In about thirty seconds, we would have crossed each other safely. But, suddenly, the heavily loaded trailer got detached, and came towards us, like a demon determined to destroy us. There was no method of stopping it or slowing it or diverting it.
The truck sped on, without its driver knowing that the trailer had got loose. On our right was the truck and on our left was a huge boulder, rising twenty feet from the ground. And, right in front was the demon of a loaded trailer intent on smashing our car. My driver tried his best to avoid the collision and save us and the 'Cortina'. As soon as the truck was by-passed, the driver turned "in between the truck and the trailer," and he was able to save his side of the car as well as the back portion. But, unfortunately, the side on which I was sitting was hit and shattered badly. The front wheel of the car was pushed by the impact of the hit right up to the front seat; as a result, my right leg went under the seat and suffered multiple compound fractures below the knee, with five fragments. There was a dislocation of the left hip joint. The dashboard pressed the front of my chest and my head was crushed between the upper and lower edges of th e window. There was no pulsation; breathing stopped. People gathered round and wailed in great grief, "Poor Doctor! What a death! who can counter the Will of God?"
I felt that I was alive and that I was in Prasanthi Nilayam. Baba whispered to me in a low voice, —I wondered why He whispered to me like that—"Get up; otherwise your leg will be no more!" I called out, "Baba! Baba!" and when the people around me heard the voice, they realised with a shock that I was still alive. They started pulling the car from underneath the giant trailer.
Just at that moment, they heard the shout, "Kiswahili", above the din. Two hefty looking Africans appeared and shouted Kiswahili meaning, 'make way' "Allow us to get this doctor out," they said. They kept all else at a distance and took entire charge of the salvage operation. We will get this doctor out, they seemed to say. They used their physical strength to cut open the window, push back the dash board, and remove the plate under which the right leg was stuck. They kept the jack underneath the seat and pulled it behind. Meanwhile I gained a little consciousness when they touched the body and handled it in various ways. I asked for water, and when it was offered, I could sip a few drops only with great difficulty. Then, I became unconscious again.
People told me later that the two Africans struggled for over an hour and a half, to get my body out of the damaged car and put it in the ambulance van. As soon as that was done, they disappeared and no body knew who they were. They have not been seen all these years. If they had been 'real', they would certainly have come to Arusha, in anticipation of some recognition of the timely and invaluable help rendered.
I was at Whitefield, near Bangalore, at Brindavan, on 19th and 20th April '78 where Baba was staying. I still had to use a stick while walking and climbing steps. Baba called me twice for interviews with Him. He said He was aware of the accident. "Your spinal cord was completely crushed, I had to come in the form of two Africans, to give you a new life. Your wife was surprised when she was dragged aside. I assured her that she need not worry about you."
In His unbounded Love, He removed the defect from the right leg, which necessitated the use of the stick, by Himself rubbing over the right knee joint with Vibhuti created by Him. I could thereafter walk and climb steps, as before the accident.



BHAJO BHAJO RAM

Bhajo Bhajo Ram Sathya Sai Ram
Bhajo Bhajo Ram Sai Ghana Shyam
Kaliyuga Key Avatar
Jagat Oddhara Sai Bhagawan
Patita Pavana Sai Bhagawan

Δευτέρα, 16 Ιανουαρίου 2012

Thought for the Day 16th January 2012





Human birth is granted to a living being as the crown of one’s achievement during many lives. Know that this life is very unsteady; death is always stalking and nobody knows when it will snatch one away. Do not delay in choosing the right goal of life and deciding on the best means of achieving it. Turn away from the outer world and its attractions, to the inner realm of consciousness. This inward journey will be rewarded well with the precious treasure of ecstasy. The sea scatters on the shore only shells and foam. But if one dares to dive into the depths they will be rewarded with coral and pearls. This should be your real mission. If you miss this, you live and die as an animal that has no knowledge of its inner springs of joy. If you discover the inner spring of joy, you will be Aathmaa Raama - happy, content, peaceful and loving.      -BABA

Δευτέρα, 9 Ιανουαρίου 2012

SAI INSPIRES FROM PRASANTHI NILAYAM 9-1-2012

                               The whole world will prosper when students tread along the right path. - Baba




When studying in the primary classes many children conduct themselves with humility, discipline and goodness. However when they reach the Secondary School, they lose some of these qualities. When they go to college, almost everything is gone! Why? It is the teachers who account for their discipline and good behaviour in the Primary School. In the higher classes and in colleges, is anything done through precept and practice to promote character and spirituality among the students? Today, education is sought for getting a job; this is not proper. Education is for developing right understanding. Students should imbibe culture along with academic knowledge. Spirituality and morality should be promoted among the students. Of all the professions in the world, that of the teacher is the most estimable. The teacher has to impart to the students what is good and ennobling. This should be developed in all educational institutions.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 1990.

SAI INSPIRES