|Sri Sathya Sai delivering the Divine Discourse in the quadrangle |
of the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus on August 15, 1985
The world is the manifestation and expansion of the 5 fundamental elements. Its innate nature is duality, the entity and the result, the cause and its effect. This duality is evident in the alternating experiences of joy and grief, praise and blame, victory and defeat, profit and loss. These are the consequences of the right and wrong we indulge in. It is not wrong, if you slip into wrong; repeating the wrong is the thing to be condemned. One must learn lessons from one’s mistake, repent and resolve not to commit it again.
|Mir Jaffar and his son|
|India under British Rule (circa 1909)|
The Story of Mahatma Gandhi and
his Philosophy of Satyagraha
|Young Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in South Africa|
|Jan Christian Smuts, |
Prime Minister of South Africa
|Mahatma Gandhi on the Dandi March Satyagraha (March 1930)|
Satyagraha was the path of Truth and Love; of the means being as pure as the ends. Verily, he who accepts criticism gladly, and thanks the critic for his remarks, is the one really human. Since Gandhi was willing to learn and had the humility to acknowledge criticism, he could mould the people of his land and be hailed as the ‘Father of the Nation’. He looked upon the country as one. He planted the seed of unity of all faiths and all communities, which under his guidance grew quickly into a big tree. He built a great movement on the basis of Atmabalam (Soul force) that strengthened unity and self-confidence. Selfishness that had possessed the nation as an evil genius and mined its progress in material, moral, political and spiritual fields, was suppressed while the movement was on. The people suffered much but suffering are the prelude to success. There is no rose without thorns! Without giving, no one can gain. How can anything great be achieved without overcoming internal and external obstacles?
When will we be truly Independent?
|At the hour when India was granted political freedom - midnight of August 14, 1947|
The independence we celebrate today was finally achieved and proclaimed at midnight on August 14/15, 1947. What exactly does the word 'independence' (Swatantra) mean? It means, we are not dependent on anyone, any longer. We are dependent on ourselves alone. The Indian word for independence is Swatantra. It means ‘our Tantra’. The word Tantra means ‘the Heart’ (Hrudaya). Hrudaya is the Heart. The Yantra (the machine, the apparatus) is the body. The Mantra (saving formula) is the breath and the Tantra (the heart, the source of life) is the Atma. So, Swatantra means independence from everything except the Atma. The resident of the heart is the only Guru. There is no dependence on the others. He is the only Master, the only God. This is the stage of Swarajya, sole monarch of oneself. The word Swaraj, commonly used for an independent state, connotes only absence of worldly dependence. Independence can be enjoyed by man only if he gets rid of bondage to the senses which drag him into tantalising ventures. The attainment of Yoga, involving sense-control, expansion of love and cleansing the consciousness, so God’s glory may be reflected therein, is the goal.
You are the Leaders of the Future!
My Dear Students!
You have to be leaders of this country in a few years time. So I insist on the development of the sense of unity, a bond of brotherhood, and an awareness of dignity. One should strive for unity of minds, unity of hearts, not the temporary association of the moneyed people or persons in positions of power. Unity must result in unity of thought, word and deed. Love for one’s motherland is good. But it should not lead to hatred towards the motherland of others. Your prayer has to be, “May the entire world be happy and peaceful” (Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu). For, only when the world has peace and prosperity, can India be peaceful and happy. It is only when India is peaceful and happy, that Andhra Pradesh will be peaceful and happy. It is only when Andhra Pradesh has peace and happiness that Anantapur District can have peace and happiness. It is only when Anantapur District has peace and happiness, can Puttaparthi be peaceful and happy. It is only when Puttaparthi has peace and happiness, can you have peace and happiness! Your peace and happiness are linked with the world’s peace and happiness. Any act of hatred or violence committed by you will pollute the atmosphere of the world. Adore any living being; the adoration reaches God, for He is in every being. Insult any living being; the insult too reaches God. (Sarva Jeeva Namaskaram, Keshavam Pratigachhati; Sarva Jeeva Tiraskaram Keshavam Pratigachhati) So, expand love towards all, everywhere.
|The Indian Tricolour hoisted on a State Legislative Assembly|
Source: The Inner Significance of Indian Independence, Discourse 9, My Dear Students Volume 5, Divine Discourse delivered on August 15, 1985 on the occasion of the Independence Day Celebrations at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus