‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “There is no short cut to any laudable achievement. Steady struggle alone can ensure victory. Things that are gained with little or no effort are not worth exulting over. The process of yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dhyana and dharana (control of the inner and outer senses, regulation of pose and breath, withdrawal into the inner consciousness, meditation and concentration) is difficult; but the final stage is Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the condition of perfect undisturbed equanimity. Whereas the pursuit of material pleasures will be ‘agre amritopamam pariname visham’ (like nectar at first but poison in the end). The pursuit of equanimity will be ‘agre visham pariname amritopamam’ (like poison at first but nectar in the end).”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “Just as the sugar cane does not yield sweet juice unless it is crushed, just as sandal wood does not give the fragrant paste unless it is grinded on a stone; the goodness of people does not come out unless they go through difficulties. From ashanti you get prashanti. From prashanti you get prakanthi. And from prakanti you get paranjoti. It is like the alternating of night and day; this recurring of joy and grief. Welcome disappointment, for it toughens you and tests your fortitude. The ills draw you nearer to God, making you call on Him always when you are in difficulty. Love God though tribulations may be your lot. Love Him though you are refused and rebuked; for it is only in the crucible of travail that the metal is purified and cleansed of blemish. The saints Jayadeva, Tukaram, Kabir, Gouranga, Ramakrishna, Ramadas, all had to go through travail and tragedy so that they could see God and merge in Him. They have won permanent niches in the temple of human memory. Ridicule and contempt must be met with joyous unconcern. Even Avathars are not free from such feeble tactics from small men.”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “The One is shining in and through the many, the One is the many. ‘Ekoham bahusyam’, the One decided to become the many to enjoy its own manifoldness. The One appears as all this diversity. That is the Truth. The insistence of the fundamental unity of all creation is the special feature of Indian thought. Do not be satisfied with paltry scraps of information. Seek the Knower behind the knowing process. That is the real victory”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “Man must proceed ever towards ‘balam’, strength; he should not take to untruth, wickedness crookedness – all of which denote a fundamental fatal trait of cowardice, ‘balaheenam’. Balaheenam is born of accepting as true a lower image of yourself than what the fact warrants. You believe you are the husk (the body) but really you are the kernal (the atma). That is the main mistake. All sadhana must be directed to the removal of the husk and the revelation of the kernal. So long as you say and feel ‘I am the body’ there is bound to be fear. But once you say and feel ‘I am Brahman’, you get unconquerable strength.”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “Do not give ear to what others say. Believe your experience. Whatever gives you peace and joy, Atmanandam, believe in that. That is the real basis for faith. Why should you go about asking all and sundry whether something is salty or sweet? Is it not foolish to wander about consulting people about this? Put a little on your own tongue; that will settle the matter. What you are now doing is rejecting as salty what your own experience proved to be sweet simply because someone else who has not tasted it like you proclaims it to be salty or because someone who is down with fever finds the thing bitter.”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

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Sathya Sai Baba: Who is Vinayaka? In the sloka (verse) beginning with the words, Suklaambaradharam Vishnum, only the form of the deity is described. But there is another inner meaning for the name Vinayaka. Suklaambaradharam means one who is clad in white. Vishnum means he is all-pervading. Sasivarnam means his complexion is grey like that of ash. Chathurbhujam means he has four arms. Prasannavadanam means he has always a pleasing mien. Sarvavighnopasaanthaye means for the removal of all obstacles. Dhyaayeth, meditate (on him). Vinayaka is the deity who removes all bad qualities, instills good qualities and confers peace on the devotee who meditates on him.

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Sathya Sai Baba: The supreme Shakti manifests herself in the form of Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Durga grants to us energy –physical, mental, and spiritual. Lakshmi bestows on us wealth of many kinds –not just money but intellectual wealth, the wealth of character, and others. Even health is a kind of wealth. She grants untold riches to us. And Saraswati bestows intelligence, the capacity for intellectual inquiry, and the power of discrimination on us. The Navaratri festival is celebrated in order to proclaim the power of the goddesses to the world.

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Ananda Sai

Ananda Sai

Ananda Sai

AANANDHA SAI
By G. V. Subba Rao
(Summary of a Talk given in Brindhavan)

Bliss comes with Blessings

The day before yesterday, I had indicated that I would talk on the sacred topic “AANANDHA SAI”. But yesterday in the evening, Baba gave a talk on “AANANDHA”. It is thus a great blessing. The thoughts coincided with Baba’s grace!

AANANDHA translated means BLISS. Only with the Divine Blessing does the word AANANDHA give one a capacity to experience Bliss. Blessing goes with Bliss.

Svaami defines AANANDHA as: “A” meaning AATHMA – The inner Reality. “NANDHA” meaning the offspring. The offspring of the Reality – one who is born of the Reality. This emphasizes your origin which is the never changing Reality – Absolute PARABRAHMA. PARABRAHMA is our original abode.

In the BHRUGU VALLI of the THAITHIREEYA UPANISHATH it is said:

AANANDHO BRAHMETHI VYAJAANATH.
AANANDHADHYAIVA KHALVIMAANI BHUTHAANI JAAYANTHE.
AANANDHENA JAATHAANI JEEVANTHI.
AANANDHAM PRAYANTHYABHISAMVISHANTHEETHI.
SAISHAA BHAARGAVEE VAARUNEE VIDHYAA

Bliss as BRAHMAN;
From Bliss, indeed all these beings originate;
Having been born, they are sustained by Bliss;
They move towards and merge in Bliss.
This knowledge is realized by the sage Bhrugu and imparted by Varuna.

The AANANDHA VALLI of the THAITHREEYA UPANISHATH explains

YATHO VAACHO NIVARTHANTHE.
APRAAPYA MANASA SAH

Bliss is indescribable, unspeakable
Because it transcends speech.

It is the Super Conscious Reality, the Supreme Source, the Origin of all Creation, of all the multiplicity of the Universe – EKAM SATH VIPRAH BAHUDHAA VADHANTHI. There is no BECOMING in Bliss, because it is BEING, IS-NESS; EXISTENCE. The UPANISHATHS explain absolute Reality. Bliss is not obtained by doing; it is just Being.

Svaami is the embodiment of the Divine Bliss. UPANISHATHS are the sum and substance of all the VEDHAS. The great sages, sacrificing, practised austerity, penance and explored the inner regions of their own Self, and the Reality was revealed. These were Revelations, not intellectual conclusions. They appeared in SAMAADHI – Deep Absorption, there is no triadic differentiation in that state.

There is no Seer – Seen – the Act of Seeing;
There is no Actor – Action – the Acting;
There is no Subject – Object – the Relationship;
There is no KARMA – KARTHA – KRIYA

All these threefold characteristics or distinctions, the THRIPUTI, are present only in the world of relativity. There is no distinction in SAMAADHI – the Super conscious state.

SATHYAM JNAANAM ANANTHAM AANANDHAM BRAHMA

This is repeatedly mentioned in the THAITHIREEYA, BRIHADHAARANYAKA and above all, the SHVETHAASHVATHARA UPANISHATHS.

The Divine, the PARABRAHMA is the embodiment of Truth, Knowledge, Infinitude and Bliss. Infinite, because it is ever expansive, unlimited, omniscient and TRUTH, because it is unaffected by Time, Space and Circumstance. When you are aware of absolute Reality, you are in total Bliss. Bliss is the very nature, the essence of PARABRAHMAN. We originate in Bliss. Bliss is the highest of all forms of feelings, of joy, happiness, delight. It is not a summation of all the worldly feelings; it is a transcendental entity.

Svaami continuously reminds us of our Divine origin, the essence of Divinity is Bliss absolute. In the worldly arena, we are seeking sense satisfaction; senses are limited. Bliss is beyond. These sensual pleasures are pale reflections of Bliss. When Svaami sings the BHAJAN. “SATHYAM BRAHMA, JNAANAM BRAHMA, ANANTHAM BRAHMA, AANANDHAM BRAHMA” He is asking us, “Do you know your origin?”. BRAHMAN is our origin and abode.

Sometime ago, Svaami asked us “Do you know what NARA is?” The normal answer which came to the mind was “NARA means MAN.” The word NARA derives from the concept of “nerves”. Man is a bundle of nerves. This is the conventional way of understanding. Man is the Human being that has the maximum number of nerves. When we mentioned 72 000 nerves, Svaami corrected us 7.2 million nerves! NARA also derives from NEERAM or water. The human body is predominantly water. Nearly 99% of the body is based on the water principle. Svaami went further and said “We are not only nerves and not only water, you are more than that, you are: ‘NA’ meaning No or Not; ‘RA’ that which is destroyed (the Agni Beeja – Seed syllable for Fire God); ‘NA-RA’ thus means ‘That entity which cannot be burnt’, i.e., AATHMA.” The only indestructible entity in the Cosmos is the AATHMA. NARA also means AVINAASHI – Indestructible. In spiritual terms both NARA and NAARAAYANA mean the same. Svaami emphasizes the Divine principle all the time. JALA or water is JADA, not alive. JADA PRAKRITHI is the nature that is not conscious, everlasting, outlasting even time. We are divine. We originate in Divinity. And the realization of that origin is the goal of life.

Thus, the word AANANDHA is not a qualifying phrase. It does not qualify the multiplicity of aspects of BRAHMAN. It is not just one of the many outer characteristics. It is the inherent characteristic, the innermost quality; SVARUUPA. You live in Bliss. Bliss is God, Divinity. This Bliss sustains you. If someone is happy, you do not ask, Why are you happy? Because happiness is our natural state.

In Kodaikanal, we asked Svaami, “How do we understand the divine mystery, Svaami?” Svaami said, “you really cannot understand. You will have to stand under Me for so long until your legs collapse!” “Svaami, can we then experience You?” “No, because it is relative; limited. You cannot fully experience; experiencing is like experimenting – it is experimentation.” All experiences with Svaami, for example, His materializations, His miracles are experimentation. You nourish the experience in the mind; mentation is limited to the mind. Mentation is mental act. Svaami cannot be reached by the mind. YATHO VAACHO NIVARTHANTHE; APRAAPYA MANASAA SAH says the THAITHIREEYA UPANISHATH. “If we cannot really understand and it is also beyond our experience, then, how do we grapple with the Divine mystery, Svaami?” He laughed. “It is AANANDHA – enjoying, end-joy, end in joy!”

Svaami is supremely detached within, but intensely active without. He is Bliss based; of the nature of Bliss Divine. Bliss is not comparable with other states. It is Absolute, everything in Itself. It is a sense different from love. In respect of love, there is the Lover – Loved – and Loving. But in respect of Bliss, there is no such triad as Blisser, Blissed and Blissing! PREMA is a more appropriate word than Love, because PREMA is beyond senses; It is nothing but the manifestation of Bliss. When you translate PREMA as Love, you have the Thriputi, Subject – Object – Interaction. Bliss however is undifferentiated. Bliss exists in C.I.A. – Constant Integrated Awareness. “Svaami, you are SATH CHITH AANANDHA AVATHAARA”. Look at His miracles of over flowing Love. “HIS STORY” is the divine story. That is the true history. The PURAANAS and VEDHAS mention the concept of AVATHAARA. AVA means descent; THARA means to liberate. He liberates us from our ignorance, worldly bondages, and attachments.

Why do we forget our origin? There are three reasons, ego – AHAMKAARA, attachment – MOHA and desire – KAAMA. Ego – AHAMKAARA is a self imposed limitation. It arises because of VAASANAS – Impressions and imprints arising from literally hundreds and thousands of births in the past. Attachment – BANDHA is the root of the word “Bond”. This limits us, clouds our thinking. The solution is: “Detachment from worldly matters through inner silence, the abode of our inner Being.” Svaami Himself is supremely detached within and intensely active without, outside. MAMATHVAM, the feeling of desiring objects, is the third reason. The ego-identity is necessary for us to operate in the world. Body – mind – intellect equipment is given to us like a boat, to cross the ocean of SAMSAARA – the worldly suffering. When you have crossed the waters, you leave the boat.

DHEHO DEVAALAYAH PROKTHAH – Body is the temple of God. JEEVO DHEVAH SANAATHANAH – The JEEVAATHMA is the PARABHRAMA. Svaami relates English with Sanskrith and translates AYAM AATHMA BRAHMA as “I AM AATHMA BRAHMA!” I am the Supreme, all pervasive divinity. BRAHMAN is neither near nor far, He is in you. He is You. “You are also an AVATHAAR!” says Baba.

The PURUSHA SUUKTHAM states the THRIPAADH VIBHUUTHI; The entire universe is only His feet. There is so much more that is invisible. The entire PRAKRITHI – Nature is only a small part. God is far beyond. All this cosmos, the millions of galaxies are only a minute particle of the VIRAAT PURUSHA, the cosmic divine person.

We move from the gross to the subtle and then to the subtlest and even beyond, to the realm of Bliss Divine. “Bliss” is the innermost KOSHA – Covering. The process of enquiry into the five sheaths covering our inner Being reveals the essential truth. The ANNAMAYA KOSHA (The physical Sheath) – is the Body complex. It is the grossest sheath. The PRAANAMAYA KOSHA (The Vital Air Sheath) – The PANCHA PRAANAS vitalize and maintain and nourish the body system. The MANOMAYA KOSHA (The Mental sheath) – The process of thoughts and counter thoughts. The VIJNAANAMAYA KOSHA (The Super Intellectual Sheath) – It is the capacity to reason and discriminate. NISCHAYAATHMIKA BUDDHIH – is the Innermost essence. It is the tail of BRAAHMIK consciousness. Bliss is ever expanding Love. “SATH CHITH AANANDHA”.

“AA” – Means Total.

“SATH” – is Delight. AANANDHA is total delight, Bliss.

“CHITH” – Awareness or Consciousness.

Svaami is the “SATH CHITH AANANDHA AVATHAAR”. He is Omniscient – Bliss personified. Develop your consciousness. Body orientation limits you to the small boy. By going deeper, the basis on which you stand is revealed as BLISS, not EMOTION. Svaami says, “I keep telling stories and performing miracles in order for you to enjoy your innermost essence. Do not be lost in the worldly sensory attractions.” Go for the UPANISHADHIK essence, the eternal Truth. The absolute Truth; Leave out the DEHAATHMA BHAAVA – “I am the body” feeling. Develop DHEHYAATHMA BHAAVA – the feeling that the I am the indwelling Spirit in the body. Bliss is the stable element in the Body which is the Temple of God. KOHAM? Who am I? NAAHAM DHEHAM – “I am not the body”. SOHAM – “I am GOD”. The body itself experiences SO-HAM, with every breath. The body continues to breathe even in sleep. VAIRAAGYA and ABHYAASA – The practice of detachment is the means for getting out of body consciousness. By leaving the qualities of RAAGA and DHVESHA – likes and dislikes, SAMYOGA and VIYOGA – meeting and separation, we can reach the point of equanimity. ADVAITHA DHARSHANAA JNAANAM – the Vision of Non-duality is true knowing. MOKSHA – Freedom or Liberation, is defined by Svaami as MOHA KSHAYA – The decay of attachment. Liberate yourself from all attachments. Detach from your desires, your bonds. Deflate your ego. Keep your head down. Offer all that you do to the Lord. BHAKTHI is the easiest path, says Svaami. BHAKTHI, PRAPATTHI and SHARANAAGATHI – devotion, deep yearning and complete surrender is the steady and sweet path to reach Divinity.

OM THATH SATH

G. V. Subba Rao, Prasanthi Nilayam, June, 2002

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