and Vidya Jyoti Inauguration
Date: Monday, 21 July, 2008,
At about 11 am there was a sudden hustle outside Yajur Mandir. Swami
was going to the Poornachandra auditorium to inaugurate the Vidya
Jyoti exhibition that had been erected there.
A dash of Rangolis
(symmetric drawings with colour powder on the floor) adorned a large
portion of the auditorium floor and children from various
nationalities held flowers to welcome the Lord. Swami entered the
grand entrance and lit the lamp to mark the opening. He went around
the various sections of the exhibition. There was an elaborate and
well made documentary on the various facets of Educare and Swami sat
through the entire video of about 20 mins.. Then the different
sections made were based on the different regions of the world and
the Sai system of education that was being run and propagated there.
Swami spent about 40 minutes in the exhibition and blessing all the
participants and watching brief clips at different points, He went
back to Yajur Mandir at about 11:50 am.
In the evening, the opening ceremony of the Sri Sathya Sai education
conference was scheduled. Swami arrived in the chair and took a
detour to the stage between the seated ladies and gents delegates. A
very interesting episode occurred. All the delegate letters had been
bundled into a huge package and the devotee sitting right in the
front offered it to Swami. Swami looked at it and it appeared as if
He wanted to take it. But at the last minute, He blessed it and the
package remained in the devotees hands. however as Swami came on the
stage, He told the student beside Him, "Go down, take that package
and keep it" There was an applause of joy and thrill at this act of
Grace. Swami lit the lamp to mark the inauguration of the conference
Then there were opening addresses by Dr Michael Goldstein and
Mr.VSrinivasan. After their speeches, Swami asked for His mikes and
began His divine discourse.
"Today the education has
become physical. There are millions who have studied but of what use
are they to the society. They are all achieving their own selfish
needs and none are there who think of others or realize the
condition of the society. In public, they declare that they help the
poor but do nothing. You know the plight of the world today. There
is misery everywhere and there is no trace of bliss. Every region or
country speaks highly in self praise but the suffering continues.
Who are rich? 'Manas ekam, Vachas ekam, karmanyekam Mahaatmanam.'
They are great who have unity in thought, word and deed. Big
countries like USA and Russia are doing a lot of harm to other
countries. They are unmindful of the poverty and do not even feel
repentance at what they are doing. The suffering of the people in
Iran is immense. (At this point Swami broke down just thinking of
the plight of those people.). Every country helps only the rich You
must all stand by the poor and for this Prema(Love) and Daya
(Compassion) are essential. Only those with Thyaga (sacrifice) get
bliss. Never those with feelings of I and mine.
Today Paapa BHeeti(fear of sin) and Daiva Preeti(Love for God) are
both missing. These two can get you everything. The selfishness is
on the rise and the largeness of the world is reducing. The rich sit
in palatial houses while the poor toil. Everything is God's gift.
How can it be denied to anyone? Serve and be served by the poor.
Today 100% of the educated are selfish. They are responsible for
cheap behaviours. The Iranians have suffered so much because of the
Americans. They attacked that country for the sake of their selfish
petrol and oil interests. People fight on selfish grounds. A human
is one who has human values. You cannot be happy when your fellowman
is suffering. If you give pain to any child of God, that pain will
come back to you. Today, the spirit of unity and equality is needed.
Unity leads to purity of heart and finally to divinity in
experience. Do not be indifferent to suffering. God resides in all
heart- even in ants and mosquitoes. So do not kill them by using
Flit (an insecticide). If you want to protect yourself, use a
Show a little humanity. Today there is no compassion, only "come-
fashion". Anger, lust, greed, hatred and jealousy are all demonic
qualities. What is the use of a human form if you have these
qualities. For everything, there is reaction, reflection and
resound. If you make a country suffer, it will make you suffer
later. Go to any of our schools and ask any kid what is meant by
human values and they will tell you. A time will come when we have
to learn from the children.
Truth comes from the heart. Go deep within and enquire. The Truth
will be revealed. Truth with right action gives Love and peace. Love
and peace will lead to non violence. All these human values are
within us. Man is indeed God. Ask God, "Who are you?" and He will
respond, Aham Branhmasmi. Names are different and given by the
parents. Ek Atma Sarva Bhootantaratm - the same soul resides in all
beings. You see ants moving in a row Whenever they meet another ant,
they kiss and consult and then move on. A calf keeps crying out to
its mother when born. When a hunter shot the male of a pair of
birds, the female cried and died. That episode lead to the
composition of the Ramayana itself. When animals exhibit such
sentiments, man has to learn from them. No amount of speaking and
listening will help Only when you follow, you will understand. You
feel bad when others shout at you, then what about when you shout at
others? Consider everything as God's will as it is good for you.
Today people have lost Self- confidence- Atma Vishwasam. When you
say that this is my kerchief, the kerchief is different from you. So
too when you say that this is my body, my mind, my intellect, you
are different from them. You are not understanding your true
nature.Know your true nature and identity. God is with you, in you,
around you and above you. In fact, you are God. Education is not
merely learning. You learn the meaning of words and not their
significance. Ask who you are and get the answer for that question.
It is not enough if you keep reading books One student came to me
saying that he had read the entire Shirdi Sai Satcharitra. I asked
him as to what he had practised from it. He said that he hadn't
When you open your eyes, you
see thousands around. But close your eyes and you see only yourself.
I am I. That is the answer .Names are only for practical purposes
Examine and recognise your heart. Goldstein and Srinivasan spoke so
much about education but educare is not related to the world. It
relates to you. Then only will you be able to proclaim I am I. Once
you clearly understand this, you will realize divinity Remember,
literacy is not knowledge. Truth is God, Love is God.
You cannot be the sole
possessor of Love. God is the only owner of Love. Educare is to
bring that Love out from within. In just 25-30 years, there will be
harmony and peace in the world. Tomorrow, I will clear all the
doubts you have. Now its late. We will have the music."
So, as Swami went for a
short break into the interview room, the stage was set for the Sai
Symphony orchestra. As all the members of the orchestra were ready,
Swami arrived and asked it to begin. Conducted by Michael Koehler
from Germany, the orchestra consisted of violins, violas, cellos,
bass, clarinets, saxophones, oboes, bassoons, flutes, trumpets,
trombones, French horns, percussions alongside, a tube, a timpani
and a keyboard- a wide array indeed! Representing 21 countries, the
musicians just let themselves to be ruled by their heartfelt
feelings. The program consisted of Romantic music pieces of the
great western classical masters. They played Shostakovich festive
overture, Ottorino Respighi, Felix Mendelssohn and some more pieces.
As they completed, Swami blessed them and asked for tetrapaks of
mango juice to be given to all. He also blessed prasadam to be
distributed. He then received Aarthi and left.
Forwarded by Mukesh Patel
via Aravind Balasubramanya.....with the images
Written by Eswarachandra
Vidyasagar (source: Puttaparthi Live )