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Date:23 Sep 1997 Occasion:Paduka Puja Place:Prashanti Nilayam

Foster Firm Faith In God

One who destroys conceit becomes endearing;
By subduing hatred one is freed from grief;
By overcoming desires one becomes selfless;
By destroying greed, one achieves happiness.

Embodiments of Love!

As long as a man remains arrogant (full of Ahamkaara, self-conceit) no one will love him. However wealthy one may be whatever position he may hold, however intelligent he may be, if he is arrogant, even his wife and children will not love him. The day he sheds his egoistic pride, all will begin to love him. If one desires to earn the love of the world, he has to get rid of his egoistic pride. (Ahamkaara-I-am-the- doer). Only the egoless person deserves the world's love.

"Krodham hitwaa na sochathi". (Destroying anger, one is free from grief.) As long as one is filled with anger or hatred (Krodha), one cannot be happy. In this world people undertake all kinds of sadhana to get rid of grief or unhappiness. But whatever penance, japa or sacrifices they do, they are unable to get rid of unhappiness. The reason is they have not been able to get rid of their hatred. Ravana was a valorous person, with many talents and accomplishments. But because he was filled with hatred he could have no happiness. By harboring hatred. man renders his life miserable. "The angry man fails in everyone of his enterprises." [Telugu saying]. Anger brings in its train all kinds of ill fame. Haunted by infamy, he can have no happiness.


"Kaamam hithwaa nisswaarthavaan bhatranthi" (By conquering desire, one becomes unselfish). As long as one is overwhelmed by desires, one cannot be contented. He loses control over his senses. He is intoxicated with insatiable desires. No doubt man cannot avoid desires. But there should be a limit to them. Limitless desires can result only in ruin. Prosperity will elude him. The moment man is able to control his desires, all things will come to him of their own accord.

"Lobham hithwaa sukhee Bhavathi" (Conquering greed, man realizes happiness). Greed is another cause of human misery. Greed makes a man distant from every kind of happiness - material, intellectual or spiritual. Greed accounts for the failure of Duryodhana and Dussasana to feel happy despite all their wealth and power. Hence people must banish greed from their hearts. How is this to be done? When they foster the spirit of sacrifice (thyaaga), greed will vanish. With greed-filled hearts there is no room for joy. You cannot fill a tumbler full of water with milk. First empty the tumbler and then fill it with milk. Likewise, get rid of greed and fill your heart with thyaaga. "A mind full of evil thoughts has no room for good thoughts." [Telugu saying].

Embodiments of love! Take note of the fact that the rapid passage of time is consuming man's life span at a rapid pace like the melting of an iceberg. The end comes even before man realizes his role in life. It would be a shame if human life is wasted in this manner.


Man suffers from numerous ills because he has not understood the purpose of life. The first thing he has to realize is that God is one, by whatever name and in whatever form the Divine is worshipped. The One chose to become the many. "God is one. The wise hail Him by many names." (Vedic pronouncement.) It is the imagination of the observers, which accounts for the apparent multiplicity of the one Divine. The sun is only one, but his reflections appear in myriad vessels. Likewise God is present in the hearts of different beings in varied forms and natures.

For the individual self, the body is like a chariot (or a temple). The different parts of the body have different functions as the different parts of a car. The four aims of life Dharma (Righteousness), Artha (material wealth), Kama (desires) and Moksha (Liberation) - are like the four wheels. The wheels have to be filled with the air of faith (Visvaasam) without which they cannot run. The wheels can move only when they are properly steered. The steering is done by the mind in the human body. To get the mind working the switch of Buddhi has to be turned on. The stomach is the engine for the human chariot. The food you consume is the petrol. The Divine is the charioteer in the body. It is the Atma. When this is understood, one can reach the destination of human existence.


All the potencies present in the external world are present in man. The material substances constituting the human body have together very small value. But realize how valuable the human body itself is. To animate the physical body a vibrant power is needed. That vibration power is derived from the Life-Force (Praana). All the activities of the body are rendered possible by this Life-Force. The Life-Force itself derives its vibrancy (or vitality) from a higher source- the spiritual power of radiation. [Swami explained that it is these three potencies that are symbolized by the terms Bhur, Bhuvaha and Suvaha in the Gaayatri Mantra). Ignoring these profound truths men are wasting their energies and lives in meaningless pursuits.

People should establish the right relationship with God. This means that spiritual exercises like chanting the names of the Lord or meditation on God should not be verbal or mechanical but should come from the heart. Ravana was a worshipper of Siva. But it was all formal. His heart was not in it. So, he remained a Rakshasa. Those today who, do the chanting of the Lord's name without their heart in it must be said to belong to the Ravana brood.


People must pray to God with love for God and not for petty favors or material benefits. People must seek the Divine internally not in external objects.

Devotees should strive for transformation in their hearts and minds so that they totally give up their attachment to worldly objects and get immersed in God. God values your feelings and not your physical performances. Make the Lord's name the goal for controlling the mind (which tends to behave like an elephant in rut).

Men should seek to lead ideal lives in the service of society. Above all, they should act according to the dictates of their conscience. There should be harmony in thought, word and deed at all times.

When the padukas are worshipped, the thoughts should be concentrated on the Feet of the Lord. Bharata is the supreme example of one who worshipped Rama's padukas with such devotion. Settling himself in a hermitage outside Ayodhya, he worshipped Rama's padukas with such concentration for 14 years that his mind merged in the Lotus Feet of Rama. He identified himself totally with Rama and dedicated every moment to Rama.


Devotees should develop that kind of one-pointed concentration. There is no need to go in search of God who is omnipresent. If devotees develop "a loving vision" (Prema netra) they can have the vision of the Divine within themselves.

Just as no seeds can sprout without rain and without seeds no rain can produce a crop, the devotee must sow the seeds of "Nama-smarana" (chanting the Lord's name) and develop devotion with the help of the shower of grace from the Divine. This was the prayer of the Gopikas to Krishna that he should water their parched hearts by the flow of love from his flute. The Gopikas prayed to Krishna to play on his flute in such a way that the essence of the Vedas flowed out of it as melodious music. [Bhagavan sang the Gopikas' song melodiously]. Everyone should try to convert the body into a flute for the Divine to make His music flow through it. The body should be made a fit instrument for such music. Then it becomes a means of service to others. The best way to love God is to love all, serve all. You must learn even to love your enemy. A kind word even to an enemy may eliminate his hatred. It is through love that man should refine his nature.

Every prayer, every name used in japa or worship should come from the depths of the heart. All names and mantras should be recited with a full understanding of the meaning of each word. [Swami referred in this connection to how a famous violinists mispronounced the Telugu words in a Thyagaraja Kirthana which completely distorted its meaning.] At the Paduka festival banners have been put up misspelling the Sanskrit word "Paduka" as "Baduga". This sort of mispronunciation and misspelling of Sanskrit words should be avoided.

Thyagaraja used to address Rama in all his Kirtanas in the singular. In the famous Kirtana "Raara maa intidaaka", he invites Rama in familiar terms to come to his house (after he had recovered the image of Rama from the Cauvery river.) The familiarity is an expression of his friendly devotion to Rama.


You must look upon God as an "Old friend". There is no greater friend in the world than God. God only looks at the purity of your loving devotion. Treat the universe as your textbook and your heart as your teacher. There will be no need to seek God elsewhere. All that devotees need to do is to use all their limbs and organs of perception to experience the Divine. Tulsidas used to lament that as long as he did not use his limbs to experience God he was a useless cripple.

No devotee should allow his faith in God to weaken in any circumstance. You will achieve victory by facing any adverse circumstance with faith in God.

Embodiments of love! Foster intensely faith in God. All other beliefs are of no avail.

[Bhagavan concluded His discourse with the bhajan: "Govinda Krishna Jai! Gopala Krishna Jai!"