August 17, 1991
|Lord Rama and Lakshmana with Sugriva and Hanuman|
When Sugriva brought the bundle of jewels that Sita had thrown down to the earth from the sky, when being carried away by Ravana, Rama joyously showed them to Lakshmana, saying, “See, Lakshmana! These are the jewels of your sister–in–law, aren’t they?” Lakshmana touched the jewels with great reverence and said, “Brother, I do know the anklets. They are hers! The rest I do not know, for I have never seen her face!” Rama pretended to be surprised, wanting to test Lakshmana, He asked, “Have you really never seen her face?” Then Lakshmana said, “Brother, the great Dasharatha is my father and the noble Sumitra is my mother, they had blemishless characters. The blood flowing in my body is theirs. They never could do anything contrary to Dharma in their thought, word, or deed. How can I being their son do it?”
As is the seed, so is the tree. As is the food taken, so is the belch. What the parents are, that embodies itself in their children too.
You are infatuated by the world. The world is Maya Sabha - A palace of illusions. You step into the pool of delusion, which appears that it does not exist, as Duryodhana did. You all tend to do bad to those who do well to you and do well to those who tend to harm you, out of fear. The world is Maya Sabha. You all hanker after it. M-A-Y-A, when reversed reads Yama. Maya will only lead you to Yama (the God of Death). But, here it is your ‘Ma Sabha’ – the house of your Mother...
You have slowly learnt to analyse Swami’s love with your own limited understanding. It hence fails to be seen by you how broad Swami’s love is. What you have then is the kingdom of hell, not the kingdom of heaven.
How many of you are good boys? (None of the boys raised their hands.) Ah! See! None of you are good boys. You cannot raise your hands because your conscience is pricking you and telling you; ‘Don’t! You are not good!’ When a fan rotating in full speed is put off, it won’t stop suddenly. Now, I have put the full fan force on you. It’s impact will be there for two minutes in some boys, or two hours or two days or at the most two weeks in others. After that, it slowly wears off.
|I am always watching over you...|