UNDERSTAND THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE
Of Karma born,
in Karma grown, in Karma does man die. So rules Karma, all
stages of human life as though it is the very deity of human
existence. Of joy and sorrow, the master is Karma.
Of the denizens of creation human beings
are the highest. It is said Jantunam
Nara Janma Durlabham (of all living beings, birth as
human is the rarest). It is the human creation that has caused
major changes in the world. Joy does not exist alone and is
entwined with sorrow and vice versa and the human being is
the root cause for both happiness and sorrow.
Embodiments of Love!
Nowadays man is unable to realise his true nature because
he is giving importance to only the physical form. He has
lost his reasoning faculty. As he calls himself a human being,
it is his duty to realise the uniqueness of humanness. A person
cannot name himself a human being merely on the basis of his
birth and educational qualifications. Actually, real humanness
cannot be found in academic degrees. Even birds and beasts
can be taught certain skills to perform wonderful feats imitating
human beings. It is no credit to a human being deriving satisfaction
simply by empty rhetoric, quoting Scriptures and relating
to others. Real humanness consists in practising ideals in
one’s life and setting an example to others. Man has
no authority to teach ideals to others without putting them
into practice himself first. There is immense divine power
in human beings. He is not simply a Dehadhari
(one who has assumed a human body). He is endowed with Vijnana
(higher wisdom), Prajnana (constant
integrated awareness) and Sujnana
(discriminatory knowledge). He is, therefore, expected to
channelise these higher forms of knowledge in the right path.
First and foremost, one has to understand the true meaning
of Jnana. Some people think that
knowledge acquired by reading numerous books is Jnana.
No, this is not correct. Real Jnana
is the knowledge that emerges from one’s own self and
which is experienced and taught to others. Finally, this would
enable the person concerned to be greatly benefited and enlightened.
One has to realise the importance of the term, “human
quality” first. Human quality emerges from one’s
own self. It cannot be acquired by reading textbooks or listening
Embodiments of Love!
You have come all the way from Kerala and assembled here to
acquire Jnana and to know the
real meaning of the terms Prajnana,
Vijnana, Sujnana. Mere textual knowledge without practical
knowledge becomes ‘allergy’. On the other hand,
when bookish knowledge is transformed into practical knowledge,
it becomes “energy”. If you wish to know what
is real knowledge. That which has been acquired by practice
is the real knowledge. That alone would entitle you to the
epithet Manavatwa (humanness).
Embodiments of Love!
All that we teach to others must be supported by practice.
Everything is reaction, reflection and resound of one’s
own inner being. Every word we utter is the resound of the
inner being. Reflection is that which is contemplated upon,
experienced and put into practice. The third aspect, reaction
is however, very important. Reaction comes out of action.
Hence our actions must always be pure and sacred. The three
aspects “reaction”, “reflection” and
“resound” occupy a place of prominence in the
life of a human being. Whatever man learns today comes under
the category of resound, meaning, they are taught by the teacher
from textbooks. This is bookish knowledge. Resound comes out
of reaction and reaction transforms itself into reflection.
The unity of all these three aspects constitute humanness.
Hence, a human being should not waste his time by empty rhetoric.
Every word he utters must be backed by deep contemplation
and knowledge of its inner meaning. It is only after that
he should try to teach others. Unfortunately, these days mere
bookish knowledge is considered as true knowledge and a lot
of time is spent in acquiring it. Real knowledge should emerge
from the Mastaka (head and heart).
One should, therefore, cleanse his head and heart and remove
the impurities therein. Then only, is it possible to understand
things in the right perspective and acquire wisdom.
Exult not on your erudition
oh man, without humble prayer and devotion to your indwelling
god, all your learning is just a load in your head. (Telugu
Embodiments of Love!
It may be necessary for you to adapt yourself to new techniques
and practices from time to time. At present the world is undergoing
phenomenal changes. All those changes may not be relevant
to you. Nevertheless, you are required to acquire several
branches of knowledge in the modern times to cope with the
rapid changes in science and technology taking place all over
the world. However, they do not constitute real Vidya
(knowledge). Real education is that by which one is able to
realise one’s own nature. Avidya
breeds Avidya. Hence, one cannot
become great by pursuing secular education. One has to make
efforts to distinguish between Vidya
and Avidya. Vidya
is that by which one can develop the power of reasoning and
discrimination and realise the truth. On the other hand, Avidya
constitutes indiscriminate usage of words and vain argumentation.
One has to acquire practical knowledge as well by which one
can gain experience. This experience can be shared with others.
Such practical knowledge and experience confer strength on
a person. However, this strength is not to be construed as
mere physical strength. It is like the electrical energy latent
in a wire. Just as there is electrical energy in a live wire,
similarly, there is latent energy in the human body which
manifests in different ways. It can be harnessed for different
purposes like reading, writing, walking, talking, etc. It
has, however, no form. Nevertheless, it travels throughout
the body of a human being from head to toe. By tapping this
energy, an Ajnani (ignorant person)
can become Jnani (one of wisdom).
Embodiments of Love!
You are all students and you continue to be so throughout
your life. It is a mistake to think that you have finished
your education and are now engaged in service activities.
You are not servants working under somebody. In fact, you
are leaders. It is a mistake to confer doership on yourselves
for any service activity undertaken by you. This should never
happen. In fact, whatever service activities you are undertaking
are for your own upliftment. These service activities must
be undertaken with self-confidence, self-satisfaction, self-sacrifice
and ultimately for the purpose of self-realisation. Thus,
the spirit of service develops from the self. Service is not
any way construed to be helping others. You may think that
you are helping others by joining the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation
and undertaking service activities. This is not correct. Also,
you need not seek the help of others in these service activities.
You can depend upon your own innate strength and energy. The
power of your own self will help you in all your endeavours.
In fact, you are the beneficiary of all your service activities
and not others. Your own self will protect you in your endeavours.
Members of the Seva Dal!
You may think that you have come here for undertaking service.
This service is not for others. You are coming here for serving
your own self, just as you eat food for filling your own stomach.
Man undertakes every activity for his self-fulfilment.
There are several things which you have to learn in these
two days. We will discuss these matters later. Since this
is the first day, I spoke to you in detail so that you may
understand the spirit of service. There are several other
things which you have to learn. What is Seva Dal? Each member
of the Seva Dal is like a Dal (petal) in a beautiful flower.
There are several skills to be learnt by the members of the
Seva Dal. If you plant a sapling, it will grow into a plant
in due course and yield beautiful flowers. However, the sapling
by itself is not attractive. When the plant grows and yields
flowers, the beauty of the flowers and fragrance therein will
provide joy to one and all. There are several petals in a
flower. The flower appears beautiful as long as there are
petals in it. Once the petals fade and fall down, the flower
ceases to exist. Hence, you should be like the petals of a
beautiful flower. Let everyone experience the beauty and enjoy
the fragrance of the flower in which you are like the petals.
There are several things still to be told to you which Mukundan
will tell you. Later on, I will provide any clarifications
you may require.