DEVELOP THE SPIRIT OF ONENESS
MANY DIGNITARIES FROM SRI LANKA have spoken
to you about the great teachings of Buddha. First of all,
you have to understand that God is omnipresent. There is no
place where you do not find God. The essence of the teachings
of all scriptures is that God is present everywhere. Out of
their ignorance, some people argue that God is limited to
a particular place.
Divinity Indwells all Beings
Truly speaking, Divinity is present in everyone and is all-pervasive.
This is the basic truth of all doctrines and philosophies.
See everywhere God. If you see God everywhere, nothing bad
will happen to you. This Ekatma Bhava (principle of oneness)
should be understood by the Bharatiyas.
See no evil; see what is good,
Talk no evil; talk what is good,
Hear no evil; hear what is good,
Do no evil; do what is good,
Be always with God.
Some people call Him Rama, some others adore Him as Krishna
and still some others worship Him as Buddha. Names and forms
may vary, but God is one. God is not limited to a particular
name, form, region or religion. There is only one God who
pervades every atom of the creation. Words fail to express
the glory and grandeur of Divinity. People may describe Divinity
in a number of ways, but no description can ever portray Divinity
in full measure. In fact, to describe Divinity is a sign of
delusion. Where is God? You are all the embodiments of God.
God pervades all beings as their life-breath. Such transcendental
principle of Divinity cannot be described. One may do one’s
best to describe it at any length, yet all descriptions will
fall short of what reality is. Water is infinite; a container
cannot hold more water than its capacity. As is the size of
the container, so is the quantity of water collected. Likewise,
God is infinite, but each one describes Him based on his limited
understanding. Divinity is much more than what human mind
It is impossible for anyone to describe Divinity in full measure.
God is one, but people may describe Him in various ways depending
on their feelings. Divinity is one. It is sign of ignorance
to divide God in the name of religion and limit Him to a particular
name and form. God is limitless and boundless. He is Sarvantaryami
(all-knowing inner reality). He is Sarva Bhutantaratma (indweller
of all beings). How can anyone describe such Divinity? God
is present in everyone in the form of Atma (Self). Develop
such self-confidence and spirit of oneness. Ekam
Sath Viprah Bahudha Vadanti (truth is one, but the
wise refer to it by various names). (Pointing to the tumbler,
Swami said) This is water. Telugu people call it Neeru, Tamilians
call it Thanni, so on and so forth. Different people call
it by different names, but water is the same. Likewise, the
same God is extolled by various names. The indweller is the
same in all beings. People worship God by different names
and forms, but God is one. The principle of the Atma which
resides in everyone is the true divine power. Only those with
self-confidence are true Bhaktas (devotees). You cannot call
yourself a devotee if you lack self-confidence. Without self-confidence,
you cannot achieve anything in life. Therefore, first and
foremost develop firm and unshakeable self-confidence. From
self-confidence arises self-satisfaction. Self-satisfaction
shows you the path of self-sacrifice which ultimately leads
to self-realisation. Self-confidence is the basis for self-realisation.
There is Nothing like my God and
Today many people practise meditation without
knowing what it is. In the process, they waste a lot of time.
What is meditation? Is it to sit cross-legged with closed
eyes? No. Not at all. People undertake meditation with a deluded
mind. Consequently, they are unable to achieve the desired
result. What is meant by meditation? To think of God at all
times and under all circumstances is true meditation. You
should install God in your heart and discharge your duties
with the feeling that God is the basis of everything. Only
then can you be called a true devotee. Wherever you go, whatever
you may do, recognise the truth that there is only one God
and He is all-pervasive. Never give scope for differences
saying, my God and your God. Where is your God? Where is my
God? All are one; be alike to everyone. There is only one
God and He is present in everyone. It is a big mistake to
think that God is different for different people. You should
have firm faith that God is one. The process of inhalation
and exhalation as indicated by the Soham principle is one
and the same in everybody. Soham means “I am God.”
This clearly demonstrates that God is not different from you.
When man comes into the world, the first word he utters is
“Koham, Koham” (who am I?). He should constantly
keep asking this question until he realises his true identity.
He should realise his true nature and proclaim, “Soham,
Soham” (I am God) before leaving the world.
Never attribute multiplicity to Divinity
on the basis of different names and forms such as Rama, Krishna,
Jesus, Allah, Buddha, etc. You may call Him by any name, but
God is one and the same. But these days, we do not find teachers
who can make lasting impression on the hearts of people by
imparting such sacred teachings. All the time, man keeps searching
for God elsewhere. How can you find God elsewhere? Some people
may call Him Allah; others may call Him by some other name.
Does God become different for different people just because
they call Him by different names? No, no. These are only names.
To think that God is different for different people is a great
delusion. You may call Him by any name. God is one.
Sri Lanka will be Safe and Secure
When you develop such spirit of oneness, you will certainly
have Sakshatkara (vision of the Divine). Everyone should develop
Ekatma Bhava (spirit of oneness). Easwara
Sarva Bhutanam (God is the indweller of all beings).
It is sheer ignorance to say, “My God is different from
your God”. Those who quarrel with each other in the
name of religion are foolish people. For some time now, certain
types of differences have cropped up in Sri Lanka. Whatever
others may say, we have to firmly believe that God is one.
It is a great mistake to develop differences on the basis
of our deluded thinking.
Once an old woman went in search of Jesus.
When she met him, she asked, “Are you Jesus?”
Jesus replied, “That is the name given to me. But you
can call me by any name, I shall respond.” Names and
forms are bound to change. When you are born, people call
you a child. As you grow up, you are called a boy, then you
become a man and later on a grandfather. But the child, boy,
man and grandfather are one and the same. Childhood, youth
and old age are merely the different stages of your life.
But you are one and the same. Similarly, names and forms may
be different, but God is one.
You have come here all the way from Sri Lanka because of your
love for Me. My love for you is hundred times more than the
love you have for Me (prolonged loud
applause). Sri Lanka had to face many hardships, even
from the time of Ravana. But Sri Lanka can never be put to
harm. It will always be safe, secure and prosperous (loud
prolonged applause). God is the leader of your country.
As long as you have faith in God, you have nothing to fear.
May you all enjoy safety and security! Wherever you go, whatever
you do, have firm conviction that God is always with you,
in you, around you, above you, below you. Do not be carried
away by what others say. Have God firmly installed in your
heart. You can never be put to any harm. No danger can ever
befall you. Lead your lives with such courage and conviction.
God will certainly bless you with success.
The hearts of the people of Sri Lanka are sacred. Hence, they
will always enjoy safety and security. Difficulties will come
and go like passing clouds. You don’t need to be afraid
of anything. God will always protect you. Be courageous and
face difficulties with fortitude. You are the embodiments
of Love. Where there is love, there cannot be any adversity.
Love is God. God is Love. Hence, fill your hearts with love.
Very soon I will visit Sri Lanka and bestow eternal bliss
on all of you (thunderous applause).
In the present situation, it is difficult for Me to walk.
However, difficulty is only for the body. It comes and goes.
I do not care for such physical constraints. I will certainly
come to your country very soon and fulfil your long cherished
dream. Right from a child to an old man, devotees in Sri Lanka
think of Swami always. Your prayers and penance will certainly
find fulfilment very soon. Cherish this sacred feeling in
your heart. The passage of time will not affect the intimate
relationship that exists between you and Me. It is eternal
(Bhagavan concluded His Discourse with the
Bhajan, “Prema Mudhita
Manase Kaho …”)
– From Bhagavan’s Buddha
Purnima Discourse in Sai Ramesh Krishan Hall, Brindavan (Whitefield),
Bangalore on 23rd May 2005.