EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON GOD’S
to face the consequences of his actions. Who has made the
bats to hang from the branches of a tree with their heads
downwards? Has anyone done it out of hatred? No. It is their
Karma (fate). Likewise, nobody can escape from the consequences
Birds fly in the sky with the help of wings.
Likewise, bats too fly in the sky, but unlike other birds,
they hang with their heads downwards from the branches of
trees. Is it not their fate? One may perform any activity,
but one is bound to face the consequences of one’s action.
This is the law of nature.
Boys and Girls,
People may act as they please, but they cannot escape from
the consequences of their actions. Whether he is a pamara
(simpleton) or a mahaneeya (noble
soul), he has to face the results of his actions. Let no one
be under the illusion that one can commit sin and still go
scot-free. Hence, one should enquire before undertaking any
activity whether it is good or bad. Wherever you go, the results
of your actions will follow you like your shadow. However,
it is possible to escape from the consequences of action by
the grace of God. God is always by your side saying “Tathastu!”,
“Tathastu!” (so shall it be!). Man is not
taking cognisance of this truth and is indulging in wicked
deeds. He knows pretty well what is good and what is bad,
yet, he is unable to give up his evil ways. One’s experiences
in life, good and bad, depend on his actions.
No one can comprehend the ways of God. They are beyond description.
You may think that you can commit a mistake surreptitiously
and feel that no one has seen you. But you cannot hide your
actions from God. The consequences of your actions will haunt
you wherever you go.
One should not be judged by his external
appearance. One may look noble and speak in a pleasing manner,
but his actions may not be in consonance with his words. We
may undertake a number of good activities, yet we cannot escape
from the consequences of our past deeds. We have to bear this
truth always in mind.
The world is full of wonders and mysteries. The law that governs
human life and the world at large is beyond the ken of human
understanding. The principle of divinity is not visible to
the naked eye, but it is what prompts you to perform action
and experience the consequences thereof.
The story of
the Lord is amazing,
It purifies the lives of people in all the three worlds,
It is like the sickle that cuts the creepers of worldly bondage,
It is like a good friend who helps you in times of need,
It is like a shelter for the sages and seers doing penance
in the forest. (Telugu
You may not be able to comprehend fully all that is being
said. But you will understand it through experience. It is
impossible to escape Karma Phala
(fruits of action). We read a number of books, but do we put
into practice whatever we have learnt? No. No. We put into
practice only that which is convenient and necessary for us
and ignore the rest.
You may wonder if there is a way to escape from the consequences
of Karma. Yes, it is possible for those who earn the grace
of God. Once you become the recipient of God’s grace,
you will not be affected by Karma Phala.
Hence, you should strive to earn Divine grace. Scholars say,
it is impossible to escape Karma. What they say is true to
a certain extent. But once you earn Divine grace, even if
you have to experience the consequences of Karma, you will
not feel the pain. Take for instance a bottle containing medicine.
You find the expiry date mentioned on the bottle. After the
expiry date, the medicine will lose its potency. Likewise,
God’s grace will make the Karma
Phala ‘expire’, i.e., it nullifies the
effects of Karma. Hence, it is possible to escape from the
consequences of Karma. Man should cultivate the necessary
strength and will power to deserve Divine grace. You will
be free from the shackles of Karma once you attain Divine
Lord Easwara had granted only sixteen years
of life-span to Markandeya. But Markandeya was unaware of
this. One evening, he found his parents full of sorrow. On
enquiry, they revealed that his end had approached and that
was the cause of their sorrow. They said, “Lord Easwara
had ordained that you would live only for sixteen years and
today happens to be the last day of your earthly sojourn.
Tomorrow our earthly ties will be snapped.” Markandeya
was surprised to hear this. He also felt sorry that he was
not made aware of it earlier. He said, “I would have
made proper use of my time if I had known that I would live
for only sixteen years.” He went to the temple of Easwara
without wasting even a moment, hugged the Siva Linga and started
chanting Om Namah Sivaya wholeheartedly.
At the appointed hour, Lord Yama (God of death) cast his noose
around the neck of young Markandeya. As he was hugging the
Linga, the noose fell around the Siva Linga also. Easwara
manifested there and remonstrated with Yama, “How dare
you cast the noose around Me?” Pleased with the devotion
of Markandeya, He blessed him with the boon of immortality.
In fact, it was Easwara who had stipulated 16 years of life-span
for Markandeya. But on account of Markandeya’s intense
devotion and total surrender Easwara had to change His decree.
Markandeya’s episode bears ample testimony to the fact
that one can escape even from the God of death if one becomes
the recipient of Lord Easwara’s grace. Hence, contemplate
on God and chant His Name incessantly.
Once when Lord Yama was going round the world,
he noticed that everyone was chanting the divine name. Wherever
he went, he found devotees contemplating on the Lord. “If
everyone starts chanting the Divine Name, how am I to discharge
my duties? How can I cast my noose around a devotee?”,
he wondered. He started praying to Lord Easwara thus. Then
Easwara appeared before him and said, “You may cast
your noose on anyone at the appointed time. But, remember
that only those who have experienced the fruits of their actions
will be ensnared by your noose. It cannot touch those who
have no trace of Karma Phala
(fruits of action). That is why Markandeya became My property
and I showered My grace on him.”
That is why people start chanting the divine
names such as “Rama, Krishna, Govinda…”
as the end approaches. As demonstrated by Markandeya, devotees
can alter the Will of God by their sincere prayers. In matters
relating to Divinity, the word ‘impossible’ does
not exist. God can accomplish anything. If you surrender to
Him completely, He can cancel the consequences of your actions
and confer His grace on you. One need not feel depressed or
dejected thinking that he is bound by Karma
Phala. God can cancel your Karma
Phala if your prayers are sincere. In this manner,
God protected the lives of many devotees and alleviated their
suffering in response to their prayers. Some people out of
their ego doubt the power of God and try to test Him. They
think, “Let us see, how he will do this.” But
God cannot be understood or experienced by such tests. Such
tests are futile exercise. Evil qualities like ego, jealousy
and hatred will ruin man’s life. One should make every
effort to earn the grace of God. Sarvada
Sarva Kaleshu Sarvatra Hari Chintanam (everywhere,
at all times, under all circumstances contemplate on God).
That is why Swami is exhorting you to undertake
spiritual Sadhana. Nagar Sankirtan
is one of the Sadhanas that is
prescribed for devotees. No one knows when one's end approaches.
Yama has no consideration of what one is doing, good or bad
at the time of casting his noose. One may leave his mortal
coil even when one is doing Nagar Sankirtan.
Hence, one should always be prepared to face Yama by chanting
the Divine Name. You should undertake spiritual practice and
earn the divine grace so as to be free from Karma
Phala. One need not feel depressed and resign to one's
fate. One can easily overcome fate with sincere prayers. The
story of Markandeya proves this point beyond doubt. Everything
depends on God's grace.
You may undertake any number of spiritual practices,
but never forget God's Name even for a moment. Only then will
you be protected. Never do anything that will take you away
from God. You can achieve anything through prayer. You do
not need to pray loudly, it is enough if you pray mentally.
Some people have a mistaken notion that God will not come
to their rescue if they do not pray loudly. God resides in
your heart. He listens to your prayers. If you aspire to attain
His grace, you have to contemplate on Him incessantly. Worldly
difficulties come and go. One should not attach much importance
to them. However, through prayer, one can overcome any difficulties.
Only God's grace is true and everlasting. One should strive
to attain it.
Chant the name of God day in and day out. That alone will
protect you at all times. Just as air is all-pervasive, God
is present in you, with you, around you, below you, above
you. Hence, you should be in constant communion with divinity.
When you develop faith in Divinity, you will naturally have
unity. Consequently, there will be no scope for enmity. You
need not perform any rituals in order to win the grace of
God. It is enough if you do Namasmarana
(chanting the Divine Name) from the depth of your heart. Bhajan
Bina Sukha Shanthi Nahin… (one cannot attain
peace and happiness without singing the glory of God). If
you incessantly chant the divine name “Rama”,
no harm can ever befall you.
It is because of your good fortune that you all have gathered here today. Do not fritter away this opportunity. Make the best use of your stay here and get the maximum benefit out of it. Remember that God is always with you wherever you are.
God is your
sole refuge wherever you may be, in a forest, in the sky,
in a city or a village, on the top of a mountain or in the
middle of deep sea. (Telugu
I am very much aware that you think of Swami always. It does
not matter whether you sing the Divine Name loudly or silently.
I see only the feeling behind it. Nothing can come in the
way of God and His devotee. Rishis of yore went to the Himalayas
in order to spend their time in contemplation of God. Wherever
you are, God listens to your prayers. Do Bhajans sincerely.
Swami will certainly listen to you. Never give room for any
type of weakness. Be always courageous. When you adhere to
Swami's words, the power of Sai will manifest in you. Chant
any name of your choice, Easwara, Rama, Krishna, etc., but
always remember that God is one. I will never force you to
chant a particular name. One should not limit God to a particular
name or form. You may call Me by any name, I shall respond.
Recently, a strange incident took place.
Subramaniam of Larsen & Toubro and Chief Engineer Kondal Rao
had gone to East Godavari and West Godavari region in connection
with the Water Supply Project works. As they were conducting
a survey in a forest area, they were confronted by a group
of naxalites. The naxalites questioned them, "Who are you?
Why have you come here? Who has sent you here? How dare you
enter our area without our permission?" They replied, "We
have come here in your own interest. As there is scarcity
of water in this region, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has
sent us to make arrangements for the drinking water supply."
On hearing this, the naxalites were stupefied and overjoyed.
They said, "We are living in the forests and hence are not
aware of the magnificent service activities that Swami has
undertaken." They guided the engineers as to where to lay
the pipes and fix the taps. They are all coming here for Swami's
Darshan. The Water Supply Project
works in East and West Godavari districts are nearing completion.
We have already drawn plans for a water supply project in
the Krishna District also. I am taking up these projects and
completing them of My own accord, without anybody's asking.
Water is very essential for the survival of everyone. It is
the sustainer of life. What else can be of greater service
than providing drinking water to the needy? It is the source
and sustenance of life. I do not expect any rituals or worship
from you. I am doing it out of My love for you. East Godavari,
West Godavari and Krishna districts are now being covered
under Sri Sathya Sai drinking water supply project. The people
of those districts are extremely happy. There can be no greater
service than providing drinking water. That is what I have
been doing. You need not ask for it. I am giving it out of
My own accord. Till today no government or anyone for that
matter has taken up the task of providing drinking water to
Krishna district. It is only Sai who is providing water to
all. I am always engaged in such humanitarian projects. I
do not involve Myself in any other work. Water is essential
for human life. Hence I am prepared to provide water for all.
Devotees should pray that everybody should have water to drink.
Pray for the welfare of all. Prayer is the need of the hour.
You may be worried that Swami is not able to walk. But always
remember that Swami is not the body. I have no connection
with the body. I am always happy and healthy. Do not pray
to God for the fulfilment of your desires. Pray for the welfare
of all. When I had a fall, the people of East Godavari and
West Godavari came and prayed, "Swami, we want only Your health
and not water." I told them, "Your welfare is My welfare."
They are bringing a helicopter for Me with the prayer that
I should pay a visit to East Godavari and West Godavari districts.
Very soon, I will be visiting these districts.
Recapitulate and savour these blissful moments you have spent
here. Do Namasmarana.