Sathya Sai Baba’s Quotations On Grihastha

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Sathya Sai Baba’s Quotations On Grihastha

Dharma is elaborated in a variety of forms known sometimes by the person who codified it (Manudharma), sometimes by the group which followed it (Varnadharma), sometimes by the stage of life to which it is applied (Grihasthadharma). But these are subsidiary details, not the fundamental norm.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Sanathana Sarathi, Vol 30, Feb. 1987, 55]

All the four ashramas lead you to moksha or liberation if you follow strictly the dharma as laid down for each and if you devote yourself steadfastly to your uplift. Each ashrama is important to the particular stage; the conduct of the individual, his practice, that is the essential test.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Dharma Vahini, p46.]

Whatever be the ashrama, if the person follows the dharma laid down for that stage and carries it out in practice and steadfastly yearns for liberation, he can get it; there is no doubt. To win Atma Jnana, one need not prefer this ashrama to that; all are capable of securing it.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Prashanthi Vahini, p43.]

When a person is beset by attachment to some and hatred towards others even in the solitude of the jungle, he will meet only evil. Even if one is leading the grihastha life in the midst of the family, if he has achieved victory over the senses he is a real thapasvi. Engaged in karma that is not condemned, he is entitled to become a Jnani.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Prashanthi Vahini, p46.]

Those who are ever active in the spiritual field, in whatever ashramas they may be, whatever may be their caste, they attain the Lord.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Dharma Vahini, p47.]

The varnas relate to the physical aspect of man; they cannot affect the spiritual aspect at all. … Of course, “physical” includes the intellect, the mind, the chiththa, the antha karana, etc. Unless these are trained and regulated, the Atma Dharma cannot be understood.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Prashanti Vahini, p46.]

The Atma is Sath, Chith and Ananda; those are its nature, if somehow it has to be indicated. This can be realised only by purifying the heart, mind and intellect of man. Persons who have that purity, whatever their varna or ashrama, can attain moksha.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Prashanti Vahini, p46.]

The grihastha too attains moksha; only he must follow strictly the dharma laid down for his ashrama. There is no doubt that every one, to whichever ashrama he may belong, who adheres to the dharma of that ashrama, will attain moksha.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Dharma Vahini, p46.]

Being married and living with the wife and children does not constitute grihastha ashrama as most people think. Without giving up the duties assigned to one’s caste and status, the person has to treat all with equal consideration – kinsmen as well as others. He must be aware of the rights of the elders and the obligations of juniors; he has to be full of sympathy and willingness to help; he should treat with loving kindness all those who are dependent on him; he must grow wiser with each new experience of the world; he should acquaint himself with the sastras and be alert to do dharma and avoid adharma; he must foster and protect his wife and children with a sense of responsibility; he has to trample down the eight egoisms, the conceit that develops from family, wealth, character, personal beauty, youth, scholarship, native place and even accomplishments in austerity. Conscious of the four goals of dharma, artha, kama and moksha, with no pride in material possessions though he might have them in large measure; utilising a portion of the day in the service of others; with no designs against any other household, himself deserving the trust of his wife and having a trusted wife, each understanding the other and having full faith in the other; such are the ways in which the grihastha manifests.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Prashanti Vahini, p10.]

You must … engage yourself in work that is purifying, with an attitude that sanctifies. Most people do not know how to set about on this most rewarding adventure. They waste their lives in sorrow, wading through disappointment and despair, for they cling to something as theirs and treat something else as belonging to others. They grab and grieve, and labour to acquire and lose. Desire multiplies desire, and man sinks deeper into discontent and distress. This behaviour is really artificial; it does not conform to man’s real nature, the prompting of his Atman, which is divine. In the universal, eternal sea of change, the Atman alone is above change.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol X, p40.]

If hindrances come, dedicate them too to the Lord, take them quietly as His leela and as His plan; that is the way to follow the grihastha discipline, the path for both men and women.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Dharma Vahini, p50.]

Love your wife and children and do your duty towards them as a husband and a father. But always hold on to the true values. Do not lose your sense of proportion.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol X, p216.]

Proceed on the path of Love, the path of God… Love will expand your heart so much that you cannot escape from your duties to your kith and kin. Remember always that wife, son, mother — all kinship is basically only physical, body-bound, time-limited.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol X, p216.]

When there is understanding and harmony in the family, peace will spread to the community, and from there to the nation and the world. Unity confers joy and peace.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Sanathana Sarathi, Vol 34, Jan. 1991, p4.]

For one who is unattached, the home is a hermitage.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Prashanti Vahini, p46.]

The home is the thapovana for attaining non-attachment.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Dharma Vahini, p49.]

If there is the will and strength to adhere strictly to dharma, if there are no difficulties in acquiring jnana, one can, without entering sanyaasa ashrama, remain as a householder and yet be liberated.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Dharma Vahini, p49.]

Moved by the desire to cross this ocean of samsara, the husband and the wife must both have harmony of mind. The resolution to reach the goal must be equally strong and steady in both. Otherwise sanyaasa is the refuge!
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Dharma Vahini, p50.]

All ashramas are dependent on the grihastha. It is he who provides food and drink to the rest and fosters them. He promotes the study of the Vedas; he guards the scriptures. So the grihastha ashrama is the most important. … The grihastha who strictly adheres to his ashrama dharma is worthy of the greatest respect.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Prashanti Vahini, p43.]

He who earns money by lawful means, he who honours his guests, who serves and pleases his fellowmen, attains liberation along with those learned in the sastras and those who are well established in the fundamental philosophy of the spirit. No one can cross the ocean of birth and death because he is a sanyasi or brahmachari. High ancestry, attainments in asceticism, the status of a monk, profound scholarship – nothing will help, by itself. There must also be the faithful and steady pursuit of swadharma, the study of the scriptures, like the Veda or the Bhagavad Gita, and a disciplined spiritual life of japam and dhyanam.
[Sathya Sai Baba Ref: Prashanti Vahini, p44.]

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Indian Election – India’s Ruling Party Wins Resounding Victory

Congress Party Wins India Elections 2009

Congress Party Wins India Elections 2009


Indian Election – India’s Ruling Party Wins Resounding Victory
By GAVIN RABINOWITZ, Associated Press Writer Gavin Rabinowitz, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 1 min ago

NEW DELHI – The ruling Congress party swept to a resounding victory Saturday in India’s mammoth national elections, defying expectations as it brushed aside the Hindu nationalist opposition and a legion of ambitious smaller parties.

The strong showing by the party, which is dominated by the powerful Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, laid to rest fears of an unstable, shaky coalition heading the South Asian giant at a time when many of it neighbors are plagued by instability, civil war and rising extremism.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared victory, telling reporters that voters had given the Congress party-led coalition a “massive mandate.”

The left-of-center Congress, which has long tried to balance free market reforms with a vow to protect the downtrodden in this country of 1.2 billion people, wants a “stable, strong government which is committed to secular values,” he said.

The results left the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, the country’s other main party, vowing a period of introspection after they failed to capitalize on the economic uncertainty and increased turmoil in Pakistan, India’s longtime rival.

“We will analyze these results in detail,” said Arun Jaitley, a senior BJP leader conceding defeat. “The BJP accepts the mandate of the people of India with all humility.”

With most votes counted, the Election Commission said the Congress-led alliance had won — or was leading in — races for 254 seats in the 543-seat Parliament. The BJP alliance came up short with 153. The Congress party alone, without the support of its coalition allies, had won or was leading in 204 seats, putting it far ahead of all other parties.

While the results were a clear victory for the Congress coalition it still leaves it short of the 272 seats needed to govern alone and will require the support of other parties. India has been ruled by coalition governments for most of the last two decades.

For months, polls and political observers had predicted that neither of the country’s two main parties would emerge a clear winner, forcing an unstable and unwieldy coalition that could have conceivably included dozens of smaller parties.

Analysts said that Congress — which posted the best results by an individual party in nearly two decades — reaped the rewards of dramatic economic growth during their last term and a series of high-profile pro-poor programs.

“It’s not just because it oversaw four years of nine percent growth. What has probably helped was that its agenda was one of inclusive growth,” said Mahesh Rangarajan, a political analyst in New Delhi.

That perception also saw Congress make deep inroads into the base of their former allies, the Communist parties — a result welcomed by business leaders who said it would enable India to embrace economic reforms as it faces the global downturn.

The communists, a traditional power in Indian politics, had supported Congress for much of the previous term, but broke ties over the Indian-U.S. civilian nuclear agreement, the cornerstone of warmer relations between New Delhi and Washington.

Until their departure they repeatedly frustrated economic reforms that would have allowed India to further open up its economy.

Venu Srinivasan, president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, said Congress’ re-election would provide welcome stability and continuity, calling on the party to ensure reforms are “fast tracked.”

President Barack Obama congratulated India on its “historic national elections,” a White House statement said Saturday.

“By successfully completing the largest exercise of popular voting in the world, the elections have strengthened India’s vibrant democracy and upheld the values of freedom and pluralism that make India an example for us all,” it said.

While the results marked the success of the government’s policies, it also heralded the next chapter in the country’s deep ties to its most powerful political dynasty.

The Congress party has long said that Singh, 76, an economist and technocrat who helped open India’s economy nearly 20 years ago, would return to power if it won. But the election was also a clear victory for party chief Sonia Gandhi’s son, Rahul, who emerged as a key strategist during the campaign and became the party’s most visible face.

While a relative political newcomer, he has been increasingly viewed as a future prime minister. “This is the beginning of the real rise to power of Rahul Gandhi,” said Rangarajan, the analyst.

Rahul, 38, is a scion of India’s most powerful family — the son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, grandson of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and great-grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister. The family was closely allied to the pacifist icon Mohandas Gandhi, though they are not related.

The election also scuttled the ambitions of the “Third Front,” an alliance of regional and caste-based parties that had banded together — and which for a time had been seen as a wild card that could emerge with immense power.

Among these was Mayawati, who had made clear her ambition to be India’s first low-caste politician.

Mayawati, a Dalit, or “untouchable,” the social outcasts at the bottom of the caste system, has emerged as a major force in Indian politics, winning control of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state in 2007 state elections.

But she failed to replicate her success — based on an alliance of Dalits and high-caste Hindu Brahmins — in the national elections.

As results came in, celebrations erupted outside the Congress party headquarters. Party workers set off fireworks and danced in the streets carrying posters of party leader Sonia Gandhi.

“We have won a thumping majority,” Congress activist Parag Jain said outside the party offices, in a leafy, elegant south New Delhi neighborhood. “Successful rule begins and ends with Congress and the Gandhi family.”

Associated Press writers Tim Sullivan and Sam Dolnick contributed to this report.

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Hanuman Jayanti Celebrated April 9th 2009

Hanuman

Hanuman


Hanuman Jayanti Celebrated April 9th 2009

Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman, the monkey god widely venerated throughout India. It is celebrated during the month of Chaitra.

Hanuman was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, and is worshipped for his unflinching devotion to the God. From early morning, devotees flock Hanuman temples to worship him.

Hanuman Jayanthi is an important festival of Hindus. Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. Hanuman is said to be able to assume any form at will, wield rocks, move mountains, dart through the air, seize the clouds and rival Garuda in swiftness of flight. He is worshipped in folk tradition as a deity with magical powers and the ability to conquer evil spirits.

The devotees will visit temples and apply tilak of sindhoor to their foreheads from the Hanumans body as this is considered to be good luck. According to the legend Sita was applying sindhoor to her head, Hanuman Ji questioned why and replied that this would ensure a long life for her husband. Hanuman then smeared his entire body with sindhoor, in an effort to ensure Rama’s immortality.

In Maharashtra, Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated on the full moon day (pournima) of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra. A special feature of Hanuman Jayanthi is that according to some religious almanacs (panchangs) the birthday of Hanuman falls on the fourteenth day (chaturdashi) in the dark fortnight of the month of Ashvin while according to others it falls on the full moon day in the bright fortnight of Chaitra. On this day, in a Hanuman temple spiritual discourses are started at dawn. Hanuman was born at sunrise. At that time the spiritual discourse is stopped and the offering of food (Prasad) is distributed to everyone.

Spiritual discourses are organised in most of the Hindu temples on this day. (Wikipedia Reference)

Sai Ram Hanuman

Sai Ram Hanuman

Ram Navami – Rama Navami – Sri Rama’s Birthday Celebrated Friday April 3rd 2009

Lord Rama

Lord Rama


Ram Navami – Rama Navami – Sri Rama’s Birthday Celebrated Friday April 3rd 2009

Sathya Sai Baba Quotes About Lord Ramachandra:

Sathya Sai Baba: Thousands of years have passed since the advent of the Treta Yuga. Yet, even now, everyone, right from children to elderly people, remember the name of Rama. The glory of Rama’s name is such that it has not diminished even a bit with the passage of time. This truth should be recognised by all. Rama is the name given to a form, but the name Rama is not limited to a form. Atma is Rama, and its true name is Atmarama. Therefore, wherever and whenever you remember the name Rama, Rama is there with you, in you, around you.

Rama Navami

Rama Navami

Sathya Sai Baba: Rama is one, whether you identify it with the Atma or with the form installed in your heart. Every year comes the festival of Sri Rama Navami. But we have not so far understood its true significance. You identify Rama with a form. But Rama is not limited to any particular form. It is the name that is latent in your heart. Many changes and variations keep occurring in the world, but the name of Rama is immutable, is eternal, unsullied, and everlasting. Rama was not an ordinary individual. He was verily God, who incarnated on earth for the welfare of mankind. People call God by many names like Rama, Krishna, Easwara, and Mahadeva. They are all the names of one God. You should recognise the glory of this name. Sage Vasishtha said, “Ramo Vigrahavan dharma (Rama is the personification of dharma (righteousness).” Dharma itself incarnated in the form of Rama.

Rama Hanuman

Rama Hanuman

Sathya Sai Baba: Aeons have passed, yet the name of Rama has not been forgotten. Rama is not separate from you. You are not separate from Rama. You may call a person by their name, but it is Rama who is present in them. You may call them Sai Rama, Sita Rama, or Ayodhya Rama or any other name, but do remember Rama forever.

Sri Ram Jai Ram

Sri Ram Jai Ram

Wikipedia: Ram Navami (IAST Rāma-navamī) is a Hindu Vaishnava holiday which falls on the ninth day of the Hindu lunar year (thus named Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami). Ram Navami is the celebration of the birthday of Rama, a divine figure in Hinduism.

Hindu History
In the Ramayana, Dasarath, then king of Ayodhya, is believed to have had three wives named Kaushalya, Sumithra and Kaikeyi. Their greatest worry was that they had no male children, and so they had no heir to the throne. Rishi Vasistha suggests him to perform Puthra Kamesti Yagna, through which he can have a desired child. He also tells him to bring Maharshi Rushya Shrunga to perform this Yagna for him. Immediately King Dasharath gives his consent, and heads to Maharshi Rushya Shrunga’s ashram, to get him. Maharshi agrees and will accompany Dasharath to Ayodhya (Capital of Avadha) and performs the yagna. As the result of yagna, Yagneshwar appears and hands Dasarath a bowl of Payasam and asks him to give it to his wives. Dasharath gives one half of the payasam to his elder wife Kausalya, and another half to his younger wife Kaikeyi. They both give half of their portions to Sumithra. After few days all three Queens conceive. On the ninth day (Navami) of Chaithra Masa (first month in Hindu calendar), at noon Kaushlya gives birth to Lord Sri Ram, Kaikeyi gives birth to Bharath, and Sumithra to twin boys, Lakshman and Shatrughan.

Lord Ram is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who takes birth on earth when Adharma over rules Dharma. He protects all his devotees by vanquishing the roots of Adharma. Lord Ram was born on earth to destroy the demon named Ravan.

Natal chart of Rama
“On completion of the ritual six seasons have passed by and then in the twelfth month, on the ninth day of Chaitra month [April-May,] when the presiding deity of ruling star of the day is Aditi, where the ruling star of day is Punarvasu (Nakshatra), the asterism is in the ascendant, and when five of the nine planets viz., Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus are at their highest position, when Jupiter with Moon is ascendant in Cancer, and when day is advancing, then Queen Kausalya gave birth to a son with all the divine attributes like lotus-red eyes, lengthy arms, roseate lips, voice like drumbeat, and who took birth to delight the Ikshwaku dynasty, who is adored by all the worlds, and who is the greatly blessed epitome of Vishnu, namely Rama.”

Ramrajya
Ramrajya (the reign of Rama) has become synonymous with a period of peace and prosperity. Mahatma Gandhi also used this term to describe how, according to him, India should be after Independence.

Rama Navami occurs in the months of March and April. Celebrations begin with a prayer to the Sun early in the morning. At midday, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special prayer is performed. In northern India especially, an event that draws popular participation is the Rama Navami procession. The main attraction in this procession is a gaily decorated chariot in which four persons are dressed up as Rama, his brother Laxman, his queen Sita and his disciple Hanuman. The chariot is accompanied by several other persons dressed up in ancient costumes as work by Rama’s solders. The procession is a gusty affair with the participants shouting praises echoing the happy days of Rama’s reign.

On the face of it Sri-Ramnavmi appears to be just a festival commemorating the reign of a king who was later deified. But even behind present-day traditions there are clues which unmistakably point to the origin of Ramnavmi as lying beyond the Ramayana story.

Sri Rama Navami occurs at the beginning of summer when the sun has started moving nearer to the northern hemisphere. The Sun is considered to be the progenitor of Rama’s dynasty which is called the Sun dynasty. This dynasty is famous for great kings like King Dileep, King Raghu and many others. In all King Raghu was noted to stand for his word. Following the foot prints of his great ancestor King Raghu, Lord Rama too went to jungles to keep the promises made by his father Dasarath to his step mother Kaikeyi. Hence Rama came to be known as Raghunatha, Raghupati, Raghavendra etc. That all these names begin with the prefix Raghu is also suggestive of some link with Sun-worship. The hour chosen for the observance of the lord’s birth is that when the sun is overhead and is at its maximum brilliance. In some Hindu sects, prayers on Rama Navami day start not with an invocation to Rama but to Surya (sun). Again the syllable Ra is used in the word to describe the sun and brilliance in many languages. In Sanskrit, Ravi and Ravindra mean Sun.

Significantly, the ancient Egyptians termed the Sun as Amon Ra or simply as “Ra.” In Latin the syllable Ra is used to connote light. For example, we have Radiance which emission of light, or Radium which means any substance emitting light or brilliance. The common element is the syllable Ra which in many languages is used to derive words for describing Sun or light.

The occurrence of this syllable in most names used for Rama along with other clues is strongly suggestive that the festival Rama Navami antedates the Ramayana and it must have originated much before the Ramayana, as a ‘Sun-festival’ for invoking the Sun who was recognized as the source of light and heat even in ancient times. Many royal dynasties portrayed symbols of virility like the Sun, Eagle, Lion etc. as their progenitor. Rama’s dynasty considered themselves to have descended from the Sun. This could have led to the tagging on, of Rama’s birthday to a festival devoted to the Sun.

Wikipedia Reference

Also see:
The Sweet Story Of Rama’s Glory By Sathya Sai Baba

Rama Shiva

Rama Shiva

Amazing Sathya Sai Ganesh Art

Amazing Sathya Sai Ganesh Art
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Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavanthu In Ganesh

Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavanthu In Ganesh


Sai Gayatri In Ganesh

Sai Gayatri In Ganesh


Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba In Ganesha

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba In Ganesha


Aum Sai Ram In Ganesha

Aum Sai Ram In Ganesha


Curtesy Venkatesh Ellore at MyGanesha.com

Meditation Part Of Curriculum For Top Marks

Meditation Part Of Curriculum For Top Marks
By JENNY YUEN
Last Updated: 1st March 2009, 2:40am

This might be the most peaceful way to start the school day.

The 20 students in Ahalya Ganesh’s Grade 6 class are sitting around in a circle with a tealight candle placed in the centre. Their teacher presses ‘play’ on the CD and the daily ritual of 10 minutes of meditation begins.

“Focus your eyes on the light in front of you,” Ganesh, a teacher at Sathya Sai School, said soothingly to the class. “Think: May I always feel good, may I always speak the truth.”

After the music stops, the students are asked to reflect on what they were thinking of.

“I imagined what the world was like without pollution,” said Dhiviya Muthucumarasamy, 11. “I thought about what ways I could help the world. So I sent the light to everyone.”

The idea of peace is just one of the principal values at Sathya Sai School. The Scarborough private school of 160 students — from JK to Grade 6 — works on five core values of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence, stemming from the philosophy of the school’s founder and south Indian guru, Sathya Sai Baba.

These values are embedded in regular classes, so you will find love in math and non-violence translated through science. A 40-minute “human values” class is scheduled each day where teachers and students discuss the core principles of the school. Two months are devoted to each of the five values.

Students also get 45 minutes of yoga classes in the gym each day.

This inner-peace is most likely responsible for the 100% scores on all Education Quality and Accountability Office tests in 2008 and the perfect 10 position for the second consecutive year in the Fraser Institute studies, said the school’s principal, Dr. Revathi Chennabathni.

“It’s the dedication of the students and teachers,” she said. “When we start the day with meditation, it helps them to calm down. I think the yoga and discussion in each of the classes on human values and reflection on that is adding to a better intellectual potential.”

This is the only Sathya Sai-influenced school in North America among 45 schools worldwide. It opened its doors in 2000 and has bounced from two other locations in Scarborough before landing at Ellesmere and Principal Rds.

The tuition was originally free for the first 6.5 years, but Chennabathni said it has since risen to $2,300 a year to cover renting the space. They are looking for a building of their own in the near future.

The majority of children who attend the school are of Tamil, Hindu and Sri Lankan heritage, but Chennabathni emphasizes that the school is open to all religions and all socio-economic backgrounds. They follow the Ontario curriculum with the addition of an extra holiday on Nov. 23 — the founder’s birthday. The only thing that isn’t allowed is eating meat on premises.

“The vegetarian lunch program helps them give good thoughts,” Chennabathni said.

The lessons learned in the classroom will help students translate it at home and in the community, Chennabathni said. Each month, the kids distribute sandwiches to the El Mocambo club at College St. and Spadina Ave. for the homeless.

On May 31, the pupils will go on their annual Walk for Values at Dundas Square. Instead of raising money, the goal is to pledge their commitment to one of the five values and promise to practice it for a year.

“Parents are very sure that their child would learn good values here,” Chennabathni said. “Not everyone’s a follower of our founder, but (parents send their kids here) because of the good values their child can learn and that they can build character.”

Toronto Sun Reference