Your True Nature is Bliss –
The sun appears
serene and peaceful. The days have become shorter. The sweet
festival of Sankranti has come filling our homes with the
newly harvested grain. (Bhagawan concluded His divine discourse
with the Bhajan, “Hari Bhajana Bina Sukha Santhi Nahin…”)
Sankranti is the most important of all festivals.
Practically, every day is a festival day for humanity. But,
people out of their ignorance have earmarked a few days as
festival days and the rest as ordinary days. Many celebrate
this festival without actually knowing its significance. On
this day in this part of the world, people pay their respects
to cows and bulls. Bulls are decorated daintily with a variety
of ornaments and clothes and taken round the streets. They
are called Gangireddhulu (sacred
bulls). Not merely this, a symbolic marriage is performed
between the cows and the bulls. The person who takes round
the decorated bull is called Gangireddudasu.
He wears a special dress on this occasion. The very sight
of Gangireddudasu fascinates
children. The elder brother lovingly calls the younger brother
to go along with him to see the sacred bull and its master.
“Oh my dear brother, here
comes the Gangireddudasu. Come, let us go and see him. He
wears a silver medallion and a waist belt. He carries a decorated
staff and wears special marks on his forehead. He brings with
him the richly caparisoned sacred cow and bull and performs
their marriage. Let us see the marriage ceremony and offer
our gifts” (Telugu
He brings with him a cow and a bull and calls them Sita and
Rama respectively. They are trained in such a way that they
respond to his questions according to the movement of the
stick in his hand. He asks the cow, “Oh Sita! Do you
like Rama?” As per the training given, the cow shakes
its head in disapproval. Then he asks the bull, “Oh
Rama! Do you like Sita?” The bull also answers in the
negative. In this manner, both of them disapprove initially
and later on agree for the marriage. Then the Gangireddudasu
performs the symbolic marriage of Sita and Rama.
The festival of Sankranti bestows immense joy on even animals
and birds. It is a very important festival for farmers. This
is the day he brings home the newly harvested crop and enjoys
the fruits of his hard labour. Thus, right from a farmer to
the king, everyone celebrates this festival joyfully. Names
may vary, but this festival is celebrated by one and all irrespective
of religion and nationality. It marks the beginning of the
sacred time of Uttarayana (sun’s
movement towards North). It confers bliss on one and all.
Everyone aspires to attain bliss. In fact, that is the very
purpose of human life. Life has no meaning if one cannot experience
bliss. Bliss is your goal.
Nityanandam, Parama Sukhadam, Kevalam
Jnanamurtim, Dwandwateetam, Gagana Sadrisham, Tattwamasyadi
Lakshyam, Ekam, Nityam, Vimalam, Achalam, Sarvadhee Sakshibhutam,
Bhavateetam, Trigunarahitam (God is the embodiment
of eternal bliss, He is wisdom absolute, the One without a
second, beyond the pair of opposites, expansive and pervasive
like the sky, the goal indicated by the mahavakya
Tattwamasi, the eternal, pure, unchanging, the witness
of all functions of the intellect, beyond all mental conditions
and the three Gunas of Sattwa, Rajas and Thamas).
In accordance with the tradition, the newly married sons-in-law
visit their in-laws’ house to celebrate this festival.
As Sankranti is the festival of festivals,
Oh newly married bridegroom, visit your in-laws’ house,
Come, spend your time in fun and frolic with your brothers-in-law
The entire household and the neighbourhood will welcome you
with love and affection.
Even those who have not visited their in-laws’
house for a number of years will be eager to go for Sankranti
festival. The in-laws extend all hospitality to the son-in-law
and make efforts to please him. They even go to the extent
of borrowing money in order to give him new clothes and serve
him delicious food. The entire household spends their time
blissfully. But, today that spirit of Sankranti celebrations
is not noticed anywhere. The son-in-law instead of giving
joy to his in-laws, quarrels over petty matters with them.
Sankranti confers joy on human beings, birds and animals alike.
Not only Bharatiyas, even the people of other countries celebrate
this festival, but with different names. This is the season
when cool winds blow and the farmer brings home the harvested
crop. He spends his time in a relaxed manner free from all
worries and anxieties. There is a saying in Telugu: “One
who is free from ‘Chintha’
(worry) will be able to sleep peacefully even in a ‘Santha’
Everyone should make efforts to overcome worries and enjoy
everlasting happiness. This is the message of Sankranti. People
may interpret it in their own way, but few understand its
true significance. Amongst the variety of festivals, the womenfolk
accord a special place to this festival. The happiness that
one enjoys during this season is unique.
Man makes varied efforts to experience happiness. You can
find few in this world who do not want to be happy. But one
must understand that happiness cannot be acquired from outside.
It originates from the heart. Heart is the source of bliss.
The happiness we enjoy in the external world is only a reaction,
reflection and resound of the happiness within. Very few are
to understand this truth. The apparent joy that one experiences
today is artificial and temporary. Only the happiness that
springs from the heart is permanent.
Behave so as not to cause hindrance to anyone. Festivals are
meant to experience happiness and share it with others. Happiness
cannot be purchased in a market nor can it be acquired by
worldly means. It should manifest from within. It is not the
nature of Bharatiyas to hurt the feelings of others for their
own pleasure. One should respect others’ feelings and
act appropriately. One should share his happiness with his
fellowmen. You should welcome the arrival of the bounteous
month of Pushya and celebrate Sankranti in the true spirit
by manifesting your inner joy and sharing it with others.
The word ‘Kranti’
means change. It signifies a change from misery to happiness,
from restlessness to peace and from pain to pleasure. Sankranti
bestows joy on everyone equally. That is why everyone eagerly
awaits the arrival of Sankranti with enthusiasm. Even birds
and animals are happy with the arrival of Sankranti. When
the farmer brings home the harvested grain, birds partake
of them and express their joy by chirping merrily. The neighbours
congratulate the farmer for the rich harvest he reaped as
a result of his hard labour.
It is most essential that you understand the significance
of every festival and celebrate them in the true spirit. As
we do not go deep into their significance, we are unable to
enjoy true happiness. One should be prepared to sacrifice
his body to have the experience of eternal bliss. Body is
a combination of five elements and the mind is merely a bundle
of thoughts. One should neither be attached to the body nor
follow the vagaries of the mind. Drive away the evil qualities
of Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada
and Matsarya (desire, anger,
greed, infatuation, pride and jealousy) and manifest your
inner peace and bliss. Instead of developing peace and bliss,
man is destroying them. He is giving scope to unrest even
in trivial matters. Neither Asanthi
(unrest) nor Prasanthi (supreme
peace) are acquired from outside. People say, “I want
peace.” Where is peace? Is it present outside? If peace
were to be found outside, people would have bought it by spending
any amount of money. But outside, we find only pieces! The
real peace is within.
Whether you boil it hard or dilute it with water, milk remains
white. White symbolises purity. In the constant manner of
milk, your heart should always remain pure, bright and peaceful
in spite of trials and tribulations. We should subdue sorrow,
keep the evil qualities of anger, hatred and jealousy under
check and manifest our innate bliss. When your desires are
not fulfilled, you become angry. Hence, desires are the root
cause of anger and they should be controlled in the first
Embodiments of Love!
Everlasting bliss is the goal of everyone. You should derive
happiness even from what seem to be troubles. One need not
search for happiness elsewhere. It is always with you and
in you. You are unable to experience it as you have not understood
the true meaning of happiness. You are under the illusion
that happiness lies in money, wealth and material comforts.
Once you have the taste of true happiness, you will not crave
for worldly possessions. True happiness springs forth from
the depths of one’s heart. When milk is boiled in a
vessel, its level starts rising gradually. The milk level
subsides when you sprinkle a few drops of water over it. It
is because of its association with water that milk loses its
value. Likewise, man loses his value when he associates himself
with bad company. One will always be blissful if one is in
good company. Before making friendship with an individual,
one should enquire into his character.
You may or may not be aware; I am always in a state of bliss.
I have no worries or difficulties whatsoever. Some people
ask, “Swami, do you have any worries?” I do not
know what worry is. I have never experienced it. I am always
blissful. You should always think of bliss. Then you will
see bliss everywhere. The experience of bliss is sweeter than
sugar, tastier than curd, sweeter indeed than honey. People
feel sad when they are faced with difficulties and at the
bereavement of their near and dear ones. But at no point of
time do I feel sorry about such happenings. They come and
go like passing clouds. Happiness and sorrow follow one another.
When you contemplate on bliss, there will be no scope for
Embodiments of Love!
There is love in each one of you, but you are directing
it on worldly relationships. You have not tasted true love.
Love God wholeheartedly. That is true love. People may come
and people may go, but God neither comes nor goes. He is always
present. When you are engulfed in sorrow, think of happiness.
You will certainly experience happiness.
Bliss is very much immanent in the human being. Wherever
we are, whatever be the position we occupy, our essential
nature is bliss. People ask Me sometimes “Swami! did
You ever experience sorrow?” I am amused at this question.
In fact, why should I experience sorrow? Should I feel sorry
about the body? Not necessary. This body is always healthy
and active. The nature of the human mind is fickle. The body
is like a water bubble; mind is like a mad monkey. Don’t
follow the mind; don’t rely on the body since it is
like a water bubble. After all, why should one feel sorry
about the body and mind which are transient? In fact, bliss
is our essential nature which is permanent.
Embodiments of Love!
Cutivate love that will help you to experience bliss. “Start
the day with Love; fill the day with Love; end the day with
Love – that is the way to God.” If you can achieve
this, you will not be disturbed by sorrows and difficulties.
The heart is the seat of bliss. True bliss flows from a pure
and loving heart. Try to experience such bliss. All other
forms of happiness are momentary.
Embodiments of Love!
Children are always happy and cheerful. They do not have any
inhibitions. When somebody smiles at them, they will also
smile innocently. They experience bliss that is the inherent
nature of all human beings. There is a difference between
happiness and bliss. In common parlance, “happiness”
is momentary. It comes and goes. Bliss is something that wells
up from within. It emerges from the heart, as a result of
one’s union with God. If one feels separate from God,
one cannot experience bliss.
Embodiments of Love!
You have to experience such bliss in abundance in the days
to come. Let me remind you once again that neither age nor
position nor for that matter anything in this physical environment
can bring about such bliss. It is only a pure and loving heart
that is the source of bliss. The holy festival of Sankranti
signifies change or transformation of the heart. It is experiencing
bliss arising out of the realisation of the changeless, Eternal
Principle. Divinity is the only principle that is changeless.
God is ever blissful. In fact, He is the Embodiment of bliss.
For example, this is a white cloth. It is only when this cloth
is dipped in or painted with colour, it acquires some colour.
Similarly, your essential nature is bliss. If you are experiencing
sorrow, it is because you have immersed yourself in sorrow.
Wherever you are, you must always be happy and blissful. For
example, people wish me “Swami! Happy Birthday!”
I would like to ask one question in this context. Is there
real happiness in celebrating a birthday? I am always happy.
Then, where is the question of celebrating a particular day
in a year as “Happy Birthday”. This is only an
expression in borrowed words. In fact, bliss is our true nature.
We camouflage our true nature with artificial expressions
and feel satisfied as though it is real bliss. This is not
the correct approach.
Embodiments of Love!
You are full of Love. In fact, your hearts are overflowing
with Love. But, you are preventing your love from flowing
and expressing it outwardly. Otherwise, love has no barriers
and hurdles at all! Constantly contemplate on God. Then you
will always be happy – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Unfortunately, nowadays you are losing such a divine quality
of bliss due to various desires. If you can keep these desires
away from you, you will always be blissful. For example, this
is a white cloth. Whiteness is its nature. But it acquires
dirt because of constant usage. Similarly, your heart is always
pure, bright and blissful. But it gets polluted because of
desires. Therefore, cultivate Love and keep your heart always
pure. Then you will be blissful every moment of your life.
But, you have forgotten your innate nature of bliss and are
always immersed in sorrow and unhappiness. When someone enquires,
“How are you?” you reply “so, so”.
This is not the correct way. We must reply, “I am happy”.
It is possible that we may encounter some ups and downs in
life. But, they should not affect our essential nature, which
is bliss. Did you observe Me carefully? How blissful I am!
Not only now, I am always blissful and overflowing with bliss.
In fact, you can also experience such bliss in My presence.
However, if you approach Me with an evil mind, evil thoughts
and desires, you cannot experience this bliss. These are human
weaknesses. You must, therefore, try to correct them.
You should never feel dejected. Supposing you fail
in an examination sometime, you should not feel dejected.
Reconcile yourself that perhaps you did not write the examination
well and therefore you have failed. But never get depressed
and dejected that you have failed in the examination. Similarly,
you enquire into yourself the reason for your sorrow. You
will yourself realise that your own thoughts are responsible
for the present situation. Hence, correct them. You will be
happy once again. Sorrows and difficulties are like passing
clouds. You should never attach importance to them. You must
always be happy and cheerful. Peace and happiness are your
qualities. In fact, your true nature is bliss.
Embodiments of Love!
Today is the holy festival of Sankranti. In fact, this year
is particularly important than the previous year. Last month
several people suffered untold misery and suffering on account
of a Tsunami. It is only man’s evil deeds that are responsible
for such a calamity. I, therefore, advise you not to indulge
in wrong actions and evil deeds. It is possible that more
troubles may occur during this year, compared to last year.
However, we must move forward unmindful of those troubles.
These are all passing clouds and you need not be perturbed
by these occurrences. Be bold and courageous to face them.
The calamity of Tsunami that occurred last month was in fact,
man-made. It was not Divine Will at all! But, man feels that
all such calamities are thrust upon man by God. Never! God
always provides happiness to man. He has no anger or hatred.
His nature is love. The question arises why these sorrows
and difficulties in the world? Strictly speaking, happiness
will not have any value without sorrow. Man cannot experience
happiness without undergoing some difficulty or the other.
Both happiness and sorrow are intertwined. One cannot exist
without the other.
pain, good and bad co-exist, none can separate them. You cannot
find pleasure or pain, good or bad to the exclusion of the
other. Pleasure results when difficulties fructify.
God does not cause pain to any living being
in His creation. All sorrows and difficulties are man-made
only. God is the protector of all living beings. He provides
peace and happiness to one and all. Lokah
Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (May all the people of the
world be happy). This is the Will of God. How then can God
cause sorrow to a human being? Unable to understand His Divine
Will, you accuse God of causing sorrow. If you can fathom
the Divine Will, you will realise that everything is for your
good only. We are all Embodiments of Bliss. Day-in and day-out
you experience that bliss and share it with others. Then only
it will increase.
Embodiments of Love!
This Sankranti is Prema Sankranti and Ananda Sankranti. Hence,
welcome this Sankranti festival. Welcome God who is the embodiment
of Bliss. God is not satisfied with the appellations like
“Karunanidhi” (the treasure house of Compassion)
and “Premaswarupa” (Embodiment of Love). God is
always blissful. You should not pray to God to fulfil your
umpteen number of desires. Just pray “Oh! God! Share
Your bliss with me. Make me blissful!” Never deride
God as “Nirdaya” (one without compassion). Whatever
God does is for our own good. Even the sorrows and difficulties
we experience are for our own good. They are preludes to happiness
and bliss. If you cultivate such positive outlook, you will
always be blissful. Share your happiness with all. Contrary
to this, man today is keeping happiness to himself and distributing
sorrow to others. This is not what we should do. “Suppress
your sorrow and manifest inner joy” – this is
the spiritual sadhana one has to undertake. When you encounter
any difficulty or sorrow or restlessness – do not mind
them at all. Ignore them. You are always Embodiments of Bliss.
If you constantly contemplate on this reality, nothing will
Embodiments of Love!
May this festival of Sankranti, which is a symbol of change,
bring about a transformation in your heart and provide bliss
to one and all, so that you may always lead a happy, prosperous
and cheerful life. In fact, the very name of a human being
is Anandamaya (full of bliss).
Manavatva (humanness) is meant
for rising to the level of Daivatva
All your dramas and playlets that you have enacted here are
good. If you analyse properly, where does the bad lie? It
lies in your mind. Do not think bad and share your bad thoughts
with others. Bliss is the real food for a human being. One
should always be hungry to partake of that food of bliss.
Let your faith in God be firm and unshakable. It is only God’s
Love that is eternal. If you can secure that Love, all other
forms of happiness will automatically come to you.
(Bhagawan concluded His divine discourse with the Bhajan,
“Hari Bhajana Bina Sukha Santhi