Swami's Messages for
the Younger Generation - 1
Taken from Various Discourses of Bhagawan over the Years :
Students are my life breath and wealth. Setting students on the
right path is one of my main interests. When you develop the main
stream of true humanís life - the human values of sathya, dharma,
santhi, prema and ahimsa, you will attain exalted position and
people will respect you wherever you go.
Education should be for leading a good life and not merely for
earning a living. Human has a higher destiny than mere living.
During the studies, students have to learn how to lead a life of
righteousness. You pursue your studies with diligence and devote
your nights and days to acquire knowledge. Nevertheless, what
efforts are you making to earn Divine Love and Grace?
Are you enquiring into the purpose of education? Do you recognize
the need for Self-realization and control of the senses? Education
should be for developing concentration of the mind and not only
collection of facts.
Student's Conduct :
Your conduct will determine your destiny. Have a wide-ranging mind.
(For example, sage Narada was a master of 64 sciences). You have to
make a distinction between knowledge and wisdom.
There is no harm in aspiring for a good job or a position of honor
and fame. However, many ordeals have to be overcome to achieve them.
One must develop the fortitude to face all challenges by
strengthening one's faith in God.
The studies may not reveal
all kinds of problems you may have to face in the outside world. You
have to deal with different kinds of people, workers, managers, and
the public. You have to know how to understand them and how to covey
to them your ideas. Engage yourselves in your duties with faith in
God. Be fearless. God is with you. Proceed on life's journey with
Before completing education and entering the vast stage of life,
students have to learn certain basic things :
1. The most important among them is control of the mind. Only then
will senses be under control.
2. The human's mind has to be a garden of many-colored flowers,
filled with various kinds of joy. (Krishna will certainly delight in
dancing there and playing on the enchanting flute in the bowers of
that garden). All kinds of good and bad thoughts occur in the mind.
The nature of the mind is determined by the nature of thoughts.
Keeping the mind away from all that is bad, you should accept only
that which is good.
3. You should give utmost importance to the mind. One who considers
the mind as the basis of owns life is a true human being. You should
make your mind the centre of your awareness and the basis of every
aspect of your life.
4. Fill your minds with noble thoughts. Develop the convictions that
you are the embodiments of the Divine. The air around you is neither
visible nor can be grasped. Can you deny its presence? Can you
survive for a moment without it?
Likewise, the one who denies the existence of God is denying very
Swami's Messages for
the Younger Generation - 2
Human today is conscious of the Annamaya (physical) and Pranamaya
(vital) principles relating to own existence. Human has not
developed even up to the stage of realizing the significance of the
mind. The body represents Annamaya. Activity and motion of the body
are to the Pranamaya. The third element is Manomaya (the mental).
The fourth is Vijnanamaya (Constant Integrated Awareness). Beyond
this awareness is Ananda (the state of Supreme Bliss).
In the great journey of life, human has passed, only two stations.
He has not tried to go beyond them to the mental and other stages.
It is after passing the Vijnanamaya stage that human can experience
Human can derive Ananda (the Divine Bliss) and maintain it only
through association with other human beings. To divest oneself of
all contacts with others, and tread a lonely path is a sign of
weakness, of fear - not of courage.
Lively association alone produces morality, justice, compassion,
sympathy, love, tolerance, equanimity, and many other qualities that
toughen and train character, and mould the individual's personality.
Whatever is born is transient. Only one thing remains forever and
that is the Self. The mind, in fact, is of the nature of the Self.
There are many persons who have mastered various forms of knowledge
and are engaged in mighty tasks. However, they cannot be called
human beings in the true sense of the term if they have no control
over their five senses.
Your innate nature is always pure. You pollute it because you follow
the worldly path and fill your heart only with worldly feelings. The
heart is always pure, steady, and selfless. Hridaya (heart) is that
which is full of compassion.
Instead of experiencing such eternal bliss, modern person is getting
carried away by sensual pleasures. Most people misusing the senses
for the sake of comforts and worldly happiness and also polluting
own mind because of the evil vision.
Human is subjected to hardships because of the unsacred vision what
destroys person's humanness itself. (What is the use of being born
as a human being if you get carried away by sensual pleasures like
dogs and monkeys? A monkey also experiences the same type of sensual
pleasure that you indulge in).
Many people also are taking to meaningless practices in the name of
Yoga. What is Yoga? Controlling the vagaries of the mind is Yoga.
Without controlling the mind, if you merely perform physical
exercise, it amounts to roga (disease).
Swami's Messages for
the Younger Generation - 3
When Divinity takes on the human form as described in the Ramayana,
the Mahabharatha, and the Bhagavatha, one has to interpret the
actions as providing examples and lessons, and not as human stories
enacted for entertainment.
For example, five Pandava brothers are five qualities in human
character, all observing the norms set by the eldest, which is the
noblest and the most righteous. Rama is the example of the
uncompromising adherent of the principle of righteousness, whatever
be the temptation to bypass it. Rama was charged with a love that
transcended all considerations of advantage, of caste or creed, and
extended to animals and birds, human beings. Love is the key to open
the doors locked by egoism and greed.
Human has all the resources he/she needs. Human can tap them by
identifying them and manifesting them, and by sharing them with
others. Human being is Sath, Chith and Ananda (Being, Awareness,
Bliss Absolute); Human being is Shiva-Shakthi Swarupa (form of the
Divine energy). When human extols him/herself, human is extolling
God. Do not cultivate the conviction that you are mere people; be
assured that you are destined for Divinity.
When human gives up his/her conceit and becomes Nature's pupil,
rather than its tyrannical master, human can hear Nature's voice
advising, admonishing, and illuminating.
In all countries of the world, there are good and bad people,
scholars and illiterates, the affluent and the destitute. The one
thing that is common to all of them is their inner essence - Sath,
Chith and Ananda. All the scriptures have described the Divine as
Sath-Chith-Ananda. Every object, every being, and every individual
in the phenomenal world have these triune attributes. (However, in
the inert objects only the first two - Sath and Chith can be
recognized. Only in animate beings can this quality be found
manifest. This bliss however, is of a transient nature).
There are two categories of bliss in the world Sadhana-Janya Ananda
(Acquired bliss) and Swatas-Siddha Ananda (Self-generating bliss).
Acquired bliss is associated with sensory objects. It arises and
vanishes from time to time. It does not endure. For instance, when
hunger is appeased, there is happiness for the moment. Nevertheless,
it ceases after a time. This applies to all objects in the world.
What is experienced when they are enjoyed is evanescent. This type
of joy has described as acquired or derived happiness. As it is got
and lost by human effort, it is not true bliss.
Human, however, seeks lasting Ananda. Human being is filled with
Bliss and is the embodiment of Bliss. Why, then, does human not
experience it? This is because, even though human is the embodiment
of Bliss, unaware of his/her true nature human is obsessed with the
external world and fails to experience the Self-generating bliss.
Human imagines that the source of joy lies in Nature (the phenomenal
The Bliss that is all pervasive in the cosmos is also within human.
Nevertheless, as in the case of butter that is present in every drop
of milk but which can be seen only after the milk is curdled and the
buttermilk is churned, this inner Bliss can be experienced only
after the right effort is made.
Buddha understood that all we experience through the senses is
useless and leads to bondage. Ultimately, he realized Atmic unity
and attained the state of Nirvana.
Today human aspires to attain mukthi. What is mukthi? It is not the
attainment of a heavenly abode. Mukthi means freedom from suffering.
You need to have mukthi at three levels - body, mind, and soul. For
example, you are hungry. When you eat food, your hunger is satiated.
This is also a kind of mukthi. You are suffering from a disease. You
take a medicine and get cured. This is also mukthi. All this is
related to the body.
At the mental level, mukthi means controlling the vagaries of the
mind. However, true liberation lies in understanding the principle
of the Atma, which neither comes nor goes. This is termed as
People aspire to attain Nirvana. In order to attain Nirvana, one
should have a pure heart. True Nirvana lies in having love for God,
fear of sin and morality in society.
You have to discover the unity that subsumes the diversity in the
Universe. What is this unity? It is the mentioned above
Sath-Chith-Ananda. Sath is Being, 'that' which exists. Chith is
Awareness, the quality that enables cognition. If a thing did not
exist, it cannot be cognized. If it cannot be cognized, it cannot:
be experienced or enjoyed.
You have to understand the relation between existence and experience
on the different levels.
For instance, on the body level, you feel hungry. You take food and
the hunger is appeased. If food did not exist in the world, hunger
would be out of place. If hunger did not exist, food would be
Long time ago, there was a person who had three friends. Quite by
accident, he has charged for some crime and a warrant was issued
against him by the court. He approached one friend and asked him to
bear witness to his innocence. He said, "I will not move out of this
house; I can help you only from within this." The second friend
said, "I can go only up to the porch of the court. I will not enter
the witness box." The third friend said, "Come, I shall speak for
you, wherever you want me to." The first friend is the property and
possessions, which can bear witness only from within the house. The
second is the kinsmen, the members of the family, who come as far as
the cemetery but would not accompany the person to the Judgment
Seat. The third, friend is the fair name earned by one's virtues and
service, which persist even after the death and burial; they stand
witness for ages, and announce the innocence and greatness of the
The good deeds and thoughts that one welcomes and entertains during
the years of life will stand in good stead, firm, like a good
friend, when one is nearing the end. Therefore, young men and women
must resolve to engage yourselves in acts that promote your peace
and progress and the peace and progress of all mankind. Do not
damage your future by pursuing temporary benefits and selfish
You have to recognize:
1. That which once comes, then never goes,
2. Once goes, then never comes back,
3. Neither comes nor goes.
The first is jnana (wisdom), the second is ajnana (ignorance), and
the third is the principle of the Atma.
All people have to reach the goal, traveling along the path of
wisdom. This knowledge comes as soon as you look into yourselves and
analyze your own experience. But, in order to get the craving for
that analysis, you have to educate yourselves into the attitude.
1. Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 5. Chapter 5;
2. Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 12. Chapter 15
3. Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 22. Chapter 18
4. Sathya Sai Speaks. Vol. 33. Chapter 9;
http://www.sssbpt. org/Pages/ Prasanthi_
Nilayam/easwaram ma_dd_2007. html
courtesy: compiled by KM