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Date:26 Apr 1996 Occasion:Divine Discourse Place:Kodaikanal

Land of Truth and Righteousness

Embodiments of Love!

All forms represent Truth. The human being comes from Sath, Chith, Ananda. All names are auspicious and divine. All forms are divine. Therefore, the entire universe is Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram - Truth, Goodness, Beauty. Truth is changeless. The body may change but the Atma is changeless. The human form represents that which is known as Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram - Truth, Auspicious, Beauty. Plato taught on the ground of Truth, Auspicious and Beauty. Plato was the first disciple of Socrates. Aristotle was the first disciple of Plato. Alexander was the first disciple of Aristotle. They all propagated Truth, Auspicious and Beauty. Aristotle being the preceptor of Alexander, wanted to direct his mind on spiritual lines and take him out of the mundane life. When Alexander was ready to invade Bharath, Aristotle warned him , "It is a sacred land. It is your good fortune to go there. Do not enter there in order to fight with the Bharathiyas. In Bharath, every cell and atom is sacred. Go, don't have hatred towards them. O disciple! Bring back four things: First, bring with you the dust of the feet of devotees from Kasi and Benares. Second, bring some sacred water from the Ganges River. The Ganges was born out of the feet of Vishnu. With the matted locks on the head of Lord Shiva, with third eye in the center, with red lips and red dot, having full compassion, Lord Siva manifests there. The Ganges fell on the head of Lord Shiva so bring it's water. Third, the Bhagavad Gita. In that great Mahabharatha war, Arjuna was taught the celestial song by Lord Krishna. Fourth, bring a Sanyasin (renunciant)."

Foreigners had such sacred thoughts about Bharath. Bharath is a land of truth, righteousness, and sacrifice, but today it is a land of pleasure. In those days, there was harmony between the thought, word and deed. They explained the correct meaning of manusha - 'man'. So it is said, "The proper study of mankind is man." A true human is the one who makes his thought, word and deed in harmony. Every noble soul and individual strove. They tested first and then accepted. Without testing there is no protection. We should not say it is a test. All tests give divine protection. Since there is no other word, we say test. God tests to strengthen the latest divinity in you. In Bharath, the rishis undertook penance in the forests. They underwent great hardships, sacrificed food, and lost all body awareness and recognized the divinity.

In Bharath, there was a certain kingdom, Satyajit. The prince of that kingdom was Satyajit. One day he was hunting in the forest when he came to a hermitage. The Sanyasin of the ashram thought that this person looks like a prince. He said, "I have only the ashram. I have nothing to offer you."

When one offers a leaf in worship, what does that mean? It is not just different plants. It is the body and the three attributes. (Leaf is symbolic) We offer the flower also. It is not the one that we purchase in the market. It is the flower of the heart that blossoms and blossoms. We offer fruits. It is not the fruits that we eat. It is the fruit born to the tree of human life. It is the fruit of the mind. We offer water. It is not water from the tap, lake or rain or Ganges water. It is the tears of devotion that flow. So all these are symbolic. In those days, the people offered their body as leaf, the heart as flower, and fruit of actions.

Then the Sanyasin asked the prince, "Who are you? Where do you come from?" Satyajit said, "I am Satyajit. I come from the Kingdom of Satyajit." The Sanyasin said "The meaning of Satyajit is the one who speaks Truth, the one who acts righteously. Satyajit is one who lives with divine thoughts, one who has right thoughts and one who does action according to his name.

In this world everyone has so many names, e.g.. Sundaraja. Sundar means beautiful but he is not beautiful. So, the name is one thing and in reality, it is another. Nowadays, we name a person Dharmaraja but he is not practicing dharma. We name a person Harischandra, but he will never speak the truth. So conduct today is not according to one's name.

The saint asked, "Who named you Satyajit? Do you know the meaning? Satyajit is one who knows no misery. To him the whole world is divine, whatever happens." So the saint wanted to test him.

He said, "O boy, stay in my ashram. I will give you these ochre clothes." The boy obeyed, just as Rama obeyed Vishwamitra. The Sanyasin then took his clothes to the kingdom of Satyajit. At the gate of the Kingdom, he met the watchman and informed him of the prince. He said, "Look here, your prince has been killed by wild animals. I brought his clothes." The watchman was not affected in the least. He simply said, "His time was up so he died. Why are you surprised?" The Sanyasin thought that was an answer through total neglect. After all, he was only a watchman.

He then went up to the king and placed the clothes in front of him and informed him of the death of the prince. The king merely replied, "Why are you crying? The body is like a water bubble. All relationships are like passing clouds. They did not come before our birth nor will they accompany us after our life. So why worry?" The Sanyasin thought that the father hated the son or else he may have many other wives and many more sons so there is no loss. Just as Dasaratha paid heed to Kaikeyi and drove out Rama, he too may not bother about the loss of one son. The Sanyasin then went to the queen and thought, she is bound to feel sad. She said, "Don't feel sad. It is only a body. In the evening all the birds come on the tree to take a rest. But in the morning, the tree is empty. We are all birds. What is the relationship? In the morning, all the birds go. Why should you feel sad? The tree is one, and has no relation to any one. Birds come there but there is no relationship."

He then went to the wife. The wife started laughing. He could not understand why she was laughing at the death of her husband. She said, "In this continuous flow of water of life, we are all like logs come together and separated. I am only one branch. He is also another branch. These two branches had been carried by the flow of water. In this continuous flow of water, we were united and now we are not. Why feel sad?"

Then the Sanyasin's eyes opened. The watchman had replied with courage. The king and queen were not sad at the loss of their son. The wife, who is the half body of the prince, never bothered. Therefore, the name of the kingdom, "Satyajit" is right.

The Sanyasin now decided to test the prince. He cried in front of the prince. The prince said, "Crying is not natural. Bliss is natural." When you see anyone crying, you will ask, why are you crying. But if anyone is happy and smiling, you don't ask why he is happy. This means that sadness is unnatural, whereas happiness is natural. Bliss is natural. So the prince asked him why he was crying. The Sanyasin said, "Your country has been invaded. Your mother and king are all killed. You have lost your kingdom." Satyajit replied, "Have we brought the kingdom at birth or can we take it after death? Why cry, therefore? At the time of birth, there is no necklace even on our body, there is no pearls, or gold chain or precious stones. There is only the consequence of our good and bad deeds. Good and bad deeds - the Lord Brahma sends us with a heavy necklace. This is the garland of our previous lives. Swami, why are you sad? We brought with us our consequence. We have to pass the consequences. We should not feel sad as life is full of Bliss. Sadness is only our making. Thus Satyajit taught the Sanyasin a great lesson. The Sanyasin prostrated to the prince. He thought that he was a noble soul. He noticed that all in the kingdom were noble since their thought, word and deed were in harmony. Man is always pining for bliss. He originates from bliss. Throughout life, we search. We search in family, job and study, all for bliss only. Happiness is not in the world or physical objects. It is from the heart. Everything comes from God so we have to give back to God.

In Telugu there is a proverb. There is a certain fruit (jackfruit) which is full of thorns on the outer side. Inside is the sweet juice. That can be compared to the children and grand children. They are many seeds in number. Outside it is rough and tough. That is the parent. This is the lesson of oneness. In Bharath there is oneness but you find separate bodies. Though the components are separate, the juice is only one. So too mankind is of many different types of people but bliss is one. We only keep in view the physical behaviour. The nature of the Atma is pure and unsullied.

Shakuntala asked one question, "O prince, you made a promise. You forgot the promise. You must always keep the promise, under any circumstances." Their son was Bharath. That's how our country got the name, Bharath. So act always in harmony with thoughts. There is no other right beyond Truth. Bharath is the land of Truth. There is God in all. All are one form of God. Our body is foul smelling. Outer is the skin while within is the temple of God. It is a moving temple. When once you have this feeling, you will not tread on the wrong path. This is a gift from God. Practice one-pointedness. Satyajit's kingdom spoke of truth and righteousness. Since ancient times, Bharath provided peace and security to the world. Bharath is the land where God is born. Never doubt! God is everywhere.

Once when the king asked Prahlada, "If God is everywhere then is He in the pillar?" Prahlada said, "Yes." The king broke the pillar and the Lord came out of it. The significance is that our bodies are pillars. When that body feeling is broken, you will find divinity. If we are full of body attachments, we will not find the divinity. Do duty without attachment. Too much of attachment is not good. For example, you must wear the correct size of shoes or you cannot walk comfortably. Fill your vision. From God's point, every work and every thing is good. Therefore, develop the goodness within you. Have faith God is in your heart.

[Discourse posted by Tricia Ostrosky on SaiNet - Transcriptions by Madhuri D. Kar a]