August 31st, 2003
greet you all on the occasion of Vinayaka Chavithi, which happens to be a
very auspicious day.
I want to bring to your attention certain aspects
concerning this festival. I want to talk about the presiding deity, so
that we will be aware of all the rituals. Then we will know all that is
associated with the celebration.
SPIRITUAL CALENDAR BEGINS WITH VINAYAKA CHAVITHI
for the spiritual calendar, the spiritual calendar of festivals, this is
the beginning. Vinayaka Chavithi is the opening day or the beginning date
for the commencement of the spiritual calendar. The first point: From now
on, we will be having a number of festivals, which I wanted to bring to
VINAYAKA IS WORSHIPPED FIRST
VINAYAKA IS TO BE WORSHIPPED EVERYDAY
point: Before the commencement of any ritual, sacrifice,
sacred ritual or any holy function, whatever it may be, it begins with an
offering of prayers to Vinayaka.
is a deity who is worshipped
People may belong to different schools of philosophy. They may be Shaivites, who follow Shaivism, who worship of the Lord Shiva, or Vaishnavaites, who follow the path of worshipping Vishnu. However, to both of them, Vinayaka is important because first, they should offer their prayers to Vinayaka and then go on to the next.
WORSHIP OF VINAYAKA IS AN AGE-OLD PRACTICE
The fourth point which I want to bring to your
attention: Worship of Vinayaka is not just of recent times. It has been
there as an ancient practice. Vinayaka Chavithi and the
celebration, as well as the need for offering prayers to Vinayaka,
were mentioned even in the Vedas and Upanishads. The
Vedas and Upanishads also mention worship to the Lord Vinayaka.
So, this is an age-old practice.
VINAYAKA IS WORSHIPPED ALL OVER THE WORLD
point: Worship of Vinayaka is not limited to India only. There are certain
other countries in the East, certain Far-Eastern countries where Vinayaka
is worshipped. In Thailand, Malaysia and Japan, you find the idols of
Vinayaka receiving worship and offerings. This is an international
festival. Observance of the ritual is found all over the world.
VINAYAKA IS THE SUPREME BOSS
Now I want to explain the
deeper meaning, the inner significance of Vinayaka, as explained by
Bhagavan Baba Himself. The story of Vinayaka is a very long one, which has
been explained in-depth and in detail in various scriptures. My job is not
to repeat what is in our scriptures. I don’t intend to repeat the whole
story, but I would like to draw your attention to special features
conveying the inner significance, which will help us a lot as we pray to
What is the meaning of this word ‘Vinayaka’? I work in
the college where my boss is the professor and the head of the department.
His boss is the principal of the college. His boss is the vice-chancellor
of the university. Everyone here has a boss, a superior. But Vinayaka has
no boss above Him. Yes, He is the Master -- no boss above Him. No one
gives recommendations; you can approach Him straightaway. ‘Vinayaka’ –
‘The One who has no boss’ is the meaning of this word.
VIGHNESHWARA REMOVES OBSTACLES
There is another word for Vinayaka, what we call, ‘Vighneshwara’.
What is the meaning of Vighneshwara? ‘Vighna’ means obstacles, the
obstacles in our lives. We naturally come across obstacles, particularly
when we want to do good. There will be many, many obstacles in our way
whenever we want to achieve anything, whenever we want to accomplish
anything. When we work along a particular route, we have many obstacles -
in our job, in our business, in our profession and in our family -- all
full of obstacles. So, prayer to Vighneshwara implies (recognises)
“O God! Help me, so that I can accomplish what I really
“Help me so that I will be able to achieve what I
really want to.”
“I pray to You, Vighna, to
remove all obstacles along the way.”
START THE DAY WITH PRAYER
This only means: Start the day with prayer. Don’t start
the prayer with a fight. Don’t start the prayer with a shout. Never start
a prayer with a cry. Start the day with prayer! The prayer ensures, helps
you to remove the obstacles along the way, so that you will be able
to reach your destination properly. Vighneshwara, I think I am clear,
right? Vinayaka, Vighneshwara.
GANAPATHI IS IN YOU
The third name is Ganapathi. What does it mean? Dear Bhagavan gave two meanings to this word. First, there are ganas. What are ganas? According to Bhagavan, they are the five senses: Karmendriya - five senses of action, Jnanendriya - five senses of knowledge, Panchakosha - five life sheaths, Panchabhootha - five life elements, Manas - mind, Buddhi - the intellect. They are all ganas. So, ganas are not found outside.
are not located in a foreign land. Ganas are there in you.
The five senses of action, the five senses of knowledge, the five life
sheaths, the mind and intellect are all called ganas.
Ganapathi: Who is the Controller of these ganas, the Master of these ganas? It is the Atma, or Spirit or Soul or the Divine in you, the God in you. It is whom you call the Spirit or Soul or Consciousness -- whatever Name you give it. So, where is Ganapathi? Where are the ganas? They are in you and in me. The Ganapathi, the Master, Atma, is in each of us.
SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE WITH THE HELP OF INTELLECT
Bhagavan gave another meaning to this word, Ganapathi. Ga, the letter Ga, stands for buddhi, intellect. Na stands for spiritual knowledge, vignana. So, Na stands for vignana, Ga stands for intellect. This only means that with the help of the intellect, we acquire spiritual knowledge.
knowledge can be acquired through intellectual means. The secular
knowledge, the worldly knowledge can be acquired by the mind, whereas the
spiritual knowledge can be acquired only by the intellect. The reason is
that intellect is very close to the spirit. Intellect is very close to
Atma. That is the reason why this is said:
Buddhi or intellect is transcendental, or beyond the
senses. Buddhi or intellect is very close to Consciousness.
Therefore, it will be able to receive; it will be able to grasp, Na,
the vignana, the spiritual knowledge. So, Ganapathi means to
acquire the spiritual knowledge with the help of the intellect.
So, that explains Vinayaka, Vighneshwara, Ganapathi.
ALL OF US ARE THE CHILDREN OF MOTHER EARTH
Number four: The Lord has another name – ‘Parvathi Tanaya’. Tanaya means ‘son’. Parvathi is the name of the mother. The name of the mother of Vinayaka is Parvathi. What is the meaning given by Bhagavan? Parvathi means not merely a woman, not simply the mother of Vinayaka. No! Parvathi means Prithvi. Prithvi means the earth. ‘Parvathi Tanaya’ means the son of Mother Earth.
Not only Vinayaka, but also all of us are the sons of
Mother Earth. So Parvathi Tanaya signifies and implies that all of us are
children of Mother Earth.
VINAYAKA DISPELS IGNORANCE
is another attribute, which we call
(meaning, the rat as a vehicle).
Lord Ganesha, Vinayaka, has a rat as His chariot. It may look rather
ridiculous, very funny, in these days when there are airlines and very
fast vehicles and modes of transport. How is that Vinayaka relied on a
Why? The meaning is simple. The rat moves about in the dark, during the
night. Unless they are over-populated, you don’t find rats during the
daytime. The night signifies the darkness of ignorance. So, the rat, which
happens to be the chariot of Vinayaka, symbolizes the darkness of
ignorance. When Vinayaka rides on that, the ignorance is dispelled.
of awareness dispels the darkness of ignorance. The light of the knowledge
of the Self sheds the darkness. That is the meaning of
Vahana as explained by Bhagavan.
HEALTHY OFFERINGS MADE TO VINAYAKA
I also want
to draw your attention to certain other aspects of Vinayaka, particularly
offerings made to Him on this day. There is a special preparation that we
To give you some idea of this special preparation, I can tell you, it will
be the colour of
idli. You must
have eaten idli
in the canteen. It is the shape of a table tennis ball.
Undrallu is a special preparation made on this
day as an offering to Vinayaka.
preparation is made of important things like rice flour, and flour made of
til (sesame seeds), cashew nuts and some sugar. At the end they are
steamed, just in boiling water, that’s all -- no oil, no frying. It is a
preparation made out of steam like
Bhagavan says that this type of offering is proper on this day because all
steamed preparations are healthy. We eat oil preparations; therefore, we
fall sick. All preparations made out of steam are very healthy, good for
our health. They are very good for our eyesight. They are very good for
our lungs, for breathing.
These are the points made by Bhagavan.
I am not a doctor. These are the points I have gathered from the Divine
discourses, which I wanted to share with you this morning, as this happens
to be Vinayaka Chavithi, that holy festival day.
strongly believe that there is no use in a celebration without knowing its
significance. After all, it is a futile attempt, which will not help us in
any way. Unless we know the in-depth meaning, the interpretation, unless
we attempt to translate it into our lives, we will not be benefited
totally. Therefore, this preparation is very necessary. It is very
healthy, and it carries a message to humanity.
every act associated with Vinayaka Chavithi or Vighneshwara has its own
interpretation, has its own depth, its own meaning.
HANDS OF BENEDICTION AND PROTECTION
Before I take you to other aspects, you must have seen the photographs of Vinayaka. Vinayaka has four hands. Four hands! What do they mean? What do they signify? In addition to the two hands that we have, He has two extra hands. What do they signify?
says that the third hand is to confer blessings on His devotees. The
fourth hand is to save them, to protect them. So, one is benediction, the
other is protection -- benediction and protection. He has these two extra
hands. So, wherever you see His picture,
Vinayaka will be
showing four hands. Very interesting!
SIGNIFICANCE OF VINAYAKA’S FOUR HANDS
Then in some pictures, you will see Vinayaka holding a big rope with one
hand. What does it mean? The rope of attachment binds us all! This whole
world is bondage. The rope that He holds in one hand symbolises this
bondage. If we pray to Vinayaka, you and I will be freed from that kind of
attachment. That is the rope’s indication.
with another hand He holds an iron rod, which we call
this means punishment. Whenever something is wrong, whenever something
unrighteous happens, whenever you are involved in an unjustifiable act,
there is that
be careful. You will be dealt
with! Without an escape, you will have to meet the consequences. That is
the meaning of ankush.
third hand, He has a hand that just blesses --
the third hand, represents
Jnana or wisdom.
the rope in one hand symbolises bondage. In another hand,
you are liable to punishment when you go wrong. In the third hand,
brings blessings. Always God showers His blessings.
hand holds this
is what I said above – that undrallu preparation. It is special
prepared on this day out of steam.
a steam preparation is the
prasad of the day. What does
it speak about? This modaka
speaks of pious food, food that is healthy, not made from an oil
preparation, as I said earlier.
THE TRUNK REPRESENTS “OMKAR”
find Vinayaka with a trunk. This trunk is in the form
OM, the Sanskrit
your information, is the Primal Sound. It is a Primordial Sound. The whole
of the cosmos is filled with Omkar.
The entire universe is full of resonance with the sound of
Omkar. If you go
is the first sound, the first letter out of which the whole of literature
and language originated. This trunk represents
THE BELLY REPRESENTS THE UNIVERSE
Then He has a very big belly. This very big belly speaks of the vastness
of the universe. The universe is so vast; the world is so big and full of
planetary systems. The whole thing is in His stomach, which means that the
whole universe is in God. So we can say, “God is bigger than the
Recently Bhagavan said, “When you say
God is in me, it is a false claim, as if you are bigger than God. Instead
you can say, “I am in God” as God is bigger than you.
So, this means that the broad stomach
speaks of the universe, which is present in Him.
ATTRIBUTES OF GANAPATHI
Some of the
scriptures describe Ganapathi as having thirty-two attributes. So,
thirty-two forms of Ganapathi have been dealt with in some of the
scriptures. Each aspect stands for a particular school of philosophy, a
particular idea, a particular notion and a particular theory. All
thirty-two aspects of Vinayaka represent thirty-two aspects of
We offer worship to Vinayaka, making
use of twenty-one types of leaves -- twenty-one types! So, botanists, the
students of botany or plant sciences, should be very happy because they
offer prayer to God. Yes, I am a student of botany, so I am quite happy
about it. Twenty-one varieties of leaves are offered to Him. Every leaf
has significance; each leaf represents a branch of knowledge, a skill and
Vinayaka Chavithi and worship to Vinayaka
is very, very important, not merely from
the point of worship, but from the point of the attributes and Names that
He has. This is what I wanted to inform you about, at the beginning,
because we find it rather funny to see that God. His story goes like
POEM ON VINAYAKA
happen to be the student of a great poet, who is a great devotee of
Bhagavan. He composed a beautiful poem on Vinayaka and read it in front of
Swami. Swami was very happy. What are the contents of that poem? The
meaning of that poem is this:
know, Lord Shiva and Parvathi stay there in Kailash. Vinayaka is their
son. Their other son is Subramanya. So, Parvathi and Shiva have two sons,
Vinayaka and Subramanya. The poem goes on like this:
day, Shiva, the Master, started complaining about Vinayaka to Parvathi,
His wife. He said, “Look here, Parvathi, I find our second son, Subramanya,
reporting here everyday; but I don’t see our eldest son, Vinayaka. What
happened to Him? I have not seen Him in recent times. He is so
irresponsible. I don’t find Him anywhere.”
being the mother, very compassionate like any other mother, wanted to
defend the absconding son. What did she say? “Look here, He is so busy;
why don’t you understand? He has not even a moment of free time. He is
very busy because He is there at the entrance of Prashanthi Nilayam
accepting the fruits and flowers from devotees! Therefore, you don’t find
“You don’t find Him in
Kailash, because Vinayaka changed His address to
Prashanti Nilayam. He is there at the entrance itself.”
It was a lovely poem, which he composed
and rendered in front of Bhagavan.
FESTIVALS ARE REMINDERS OF THE SPIRITUAL PATH
the worship of Lord Vinayaka is very interesting and very important to
everyone. I want to share with you certain other points along this line of
Every sacred festival is intended to remind us of our onerous responsibility. Every festival, every occasion of celebration, is meant to direct us along the spiritual path, at least from now on.
There is a
criticism from people of other religions: How is it that Hindus have so
many festivals? There are almost one or two festivals every month! So,
they have so many public holidays!
answer is definitely not just for a celebration, and not just to have a
jolly day. Every festival day is a holy day!
Every festival will
remind every person of this: “At least from now on, think of God. You have
completed so many innings in your life. You have half a foot in the grave,
that’s all. At least from now on, think of God.”
It is something like, when you speed
along the road or national highway in your car, you find milestones,
showing how many miles you have crossed, or how many kilometres you have
crossed. Similarly, fifty years, sixty years or seventy years are very
close to the last -- very close to the end.
festival tells you, “My boy, you have crossed so many kilometres. At least
from now on, start thinking of God.”
That’s why we have so many festivals --
not for mere celebration and to eat neck-deep, no! If it is just limited
to eating and wearing new clothes, it is all a waste of money and a waste
of time. Every occasion should be used for introspection, self-inquiry and
friends, very often we consider ourselves very successful from the point
of view of the outside world.
If you ask somebody, “How are you?” he
answers, “I am fine. My children are fine. I am fine with my bank account.
I am fine, good.” He thinks he is fine. Actually, he is not.
you ask a college professor, “How are you?” he will answer, “I am very
fine with my degrees, with my research. I am fine.” But he is not.
If you ask any person in an exalted
position, “How are you?” he will answer, “I am very fine. I have reached
the top position. It gives me great satisfaction.” But in fact he is not
In other words, position, property or scholarship will
never satisfy you totally. It will never give you gratification or
satisfaction in full. No! All that is acquired and all that is gathered
gives success only in the outer world. Success in the outer world is only
partial. Success in the outer world is only phenomenal. Success in the
outer world is only acquired. Success in the outer world is only relative.
Success in the outer world is only comparative, not absolute.
OUTSIDE WORLD CANNOT FILL THE VOID INSIDE
will go one step further. This kind of craving for position and everything
else is only a reflection of an inner emptiness. There is an inner
emptiness. There is a lacuna. There is a void within. To fill that void,
to fill that inner emptiness, man attempts to gather money, occupy
positions, read books, and he fills the head with knowledge. These are all
vain attempts. That emptiness is still inside, even when you are filling
it up outside.
When there is a brain tumour, it does not help to put a bandage on the
leg. Am I clear?
So, all our attempts today, whatever country we may belong to, all our attempts are to fill that inner emptiness, trying to gather everything from the outer world. This is a futile attempt.
You may ask me, “Why do you say that?”
You don’t find any trace of total peace on the face of
any man in a high position. Just look at a man in a high position. He
rarely smiles. He has lost his first human quality. You meet any man who
is stinking rich. He loses his sleep, a basic quality. He cannot sleep
because his constant worry is about how to increase his income and how to
protect the existing position. This leads to high blood pressure and
hypertension. Very good! So, what has his position brought him?
SCHOLARSHIP, MONEY AND POSITION DON’T BRING HAPPINESS
All right, in respect to scholarship, you read so many
scriptures. You read this Vedanta, that Vedanta. Good. So
many books! Ultimately, you have landed in a state of confusion --
confounded confusion. If I ask you what you learned, you will say, “That
book says this. This book says that. I say nothing.” (Laughter)
So, the scholarship that you have acquired gave you
confusion. Money that you have acquired landed you in fear. The position
that you have acquired resulted in tension. But you craved for all these
things; you struggled for all these things, all
with the best intentions, in
order to be happy. Yet, you are not happy.
BLISS IS REALIZED BY TURNING INWARD
The reason is that the bliss is inside, but that
bliss is not realised. That bliss is not experienced. That’s the reason
why I am trying to search in the outer world, trying to gather artificial
A question was put to Bhagavan: “Bhagavan, why is it that people are not able to experience bliss? Why?” Why are you not able to experience bliss, when bliss is your nature? When bliss is your birthright, why is it that you don’t enjoy bliss? Why?
Swami gave a simple answer: “You don’t turn inward.”
You do not turn inward. You are always outward. You have always been an extrovert. In being an extrovert, outward or external, you have no time to turn inward, with the result that we have forgotten the very birthright of a living creature, which happens to be the state of bliss, the nature of bliss.
Bhagavan has said, “Don’t go by the standards of the
outer world. Certainly not!”
The inner emptiness must be filled. The inner urge must
be satisfied. The inner hunger must be satiated. The inner thirst must be
quenched. This is possible! How is it possible?
LOVE AND MEDITATION WILL REVEAL INNER BLISS
the outer things, there are ways. For scholarship, you go to some
institution or university. Go to some professor, and you will have all the
knowledge. Very good! What about money? Start some business, have some
consultancy, and have some experts. All right, you will have money. For a
position, manoeuvre and manipulate, and you can get it easily.
this process of finding the inner nature, which happens to be the bliss?
What is the procedure? Bhagavan said, “Only two things. One is Love; the
other is meditation.”
Meditation is the process; Love is the content. Without Love, meditation becomes mechanical, meditation becomes lifeless, and meditation becomes meaningless. Therefore, meditation is meaningful only with Love. You can turn inward and you can certainly proceed on the path of inquiry, if only you take to meditation.
question is: “What is meditation?” “How can you meditate?”
observe and follow different techniques. My job is not to speak as an
expert on this. I am not that foolish yet. (Laughter) But I can
give you some concepts of meditation. I can shed some light on basic
MEDITATION IS BEYOND TIME, SPACE AND EGO
Suppose somebody says, “I meditate.” That is totally
wrong. Why? Because ‘I’-ness is there: “I am meditating.” When the
‘I’-ness is there, you cannot call it meditation by any standard.
Meditation cannot be a claim.
Someone said, “In a big house, which I recently acquired for three million dollars or so, there is a meditation hall.” I see! It is not meditation by any standard, because it has limited meditation to a space. Meditation cannot be limited by space.
Some say, “I meditate in the morning between 5:30 to 6:30, or in the evening from 6:30 to 7:30.” Totally wrong! Meditation cannot be limited to time.
Therefore, the basic concept according to Sai
literature, which I can share with you, is that meditation is beyond time,
space and ‘I’-ness or ego!
Now, if we go by this standard or parameter, I don’t
think that we can say that we are in the process of meditation, no! We are
altogether on the wrong route. That’s the reason why people meditate and
meditate, but they hesitate to tell us that they do it. It is not the
MEDITATION IS THE ANNIHILATION OF THE MIND
What is meditation? According to Bhagavan Baba, “Meditation is the annihilation of the mind. Meditation is withdrawal of the mind. Meditation is a ‘no-mind’ state.” A ‘no-mind’ state; not, ‘ever-a-mind’ state. There is no mind at all.
Withdrawal of the mind is called meditation. Why? If I lose my mind, what will happen to me, to my family, to my profession? Those questions might come to mind. The answer is quite simple. The path is quite clear.
Bhagavan tells us this: “You look at Swami’s picture,
constantly continuously. When you look at Swami’s picture constantly,
continuously, what happens? Thoughts are withdrawn.”
You don’t think of anything else. Thoughts are gone. You see His picture continuously. Then, you close your eyes. You start picturing Him in your mind. You have seen His picture outside. By closing your eyes, you are picturing Him within. You start thinking of the same picture, seeing it from inside. When you start seeing from inside, the mind totally disappears. Once you start picturing Him inside, once you start thinking of Him inside, the mind vanishes. Once the mind disappears, time and space are gone.
Time and space are the two qualities of the mind. A mad
man cannot say the time because mind is the time. What is time? Mind is
the time. What is space? Mind is the space. Once the mind is gone, you
have transcended the limitations of time and space. That is called
THE MIND IS LIKE A CHILD
Can we tell ourselves that we meditate? I don’t think so. We think that concentration is meditation. We think that forcing the mind is meditation: My mind is going towards the western canteen because somebody said that today is pizza day. Pizza day! So, the mind is just pizza now, full of pizza. It’s nothing to do with meditation!
Now I say, ‘O mind! Don’t think of pizza. Just wait for
one hour, please. (Laughter) This is my meditation time. Come on,
think of Swami.’
So, you force the mind, do you understand? ‘You’ means,
starting with me! Please understand. I am not on any high pedestal. I know
that all of you are certainly, by all standards, greater than I am, more
than I am, in every aspect. What I’m doing is being a teacher: I read and
share with you, that’s all. No extra claim, not until this date, I am
So the point is, when you force the mind saying, ‘O
mind, don’t think of the canteen now; come back!’ then the mind will
immediately run to the stores for the latest arrivals! ‘O mind, it’s
nothing. Come on! Get in! Think of Swami!’
This creates a great pressure. There is a great conflict. There is an intense force within. You are violent towards yourself. The mind is not such a thing to be forced. The more you force it, the more it will get perverted, and the more it gets diverted.
It’s something like a child. If you shut the child up, the child will be noisier. If you beat the child, the child will add to the problem by crying louder. You cannot do it! Similarly, the mind is like that. Like a ball, if you hit it on the floor with double the force, it will bounce up higher. Nobody can say how controlled his or her mind is! It is bogus. It is not that easy.
WATCH YOUR OWN THOUGHTS
Therefore, instead of pressurising the mind, instead of
trying along this channel of the futile exercise of controlling the mind,
what Baba says is this: “Understand! See your own thoughts! Watch your own
What is the mind? Mind is nothing but a bundle of
thoughts, like threads that are interwoven to form a cloth. Once you
remove the threads, there is no more cloth. Similarly, the ideas, the
thoughts and the counter-thoughts are the yarn, the threads, which are
closely interwoven, making up the mind. Once the thoughts are withdrawn,
once the threads are taken away, just as cloth does not exist any more,
there will be a ‘no mind’ state.
SACRED WORK IS MEDITATION
What Baba says are simple things: “Engage yourself in some work. That is meditation. Engage yourself in constructive work, in positive work, in sacred work, in your duties. That is meditation.” Further, He goes on to say, “Eating, writing, talking - everything is meditation.”
What does this mean? While driving, if you are not careful, if you go on thinking of everybody, you and those in the car will have to be admitted to the hospital because of an accident. So, driving is meditation. Cooking is meditation. You cannot add too much salt, pepper and chilli powder. No! Every act is meditation, meaning you should think of only that and nothing else.
STUDY TO BE STEADY
Meditation is not a separate process. Give some work to the mind so that the mind will learn how to be steady. Swami has gone a step further: “Study to be steady.” That’s what He said. “Study to be steady. Don’t study for a degree. Don’t study for a job. Study to be steady.” Therefore, as we want to be steady, we study. Then that steadiness is there when you are at work.
When I am reading for an examination, if my mind is not
steady, I will successfully fail in the examination. Am I not right? When
I am at work with some machine in the workshop, if my mind is not steady,
the whole machine could be spoiled and I might end up in danger, even a
threat could be there to my life. So, at every place, I have to be
KARMA YOGA IS MEDITATION
That’s why Swami says that reading, writing, talking, riding -- everything
is meditation. That way the mind is engaged.
Trying to sit at 4:30 AM to meditate is
the best time for all dirty thoughts to get in. The more you want to
concentrate, the more unnecessary thoughts will rise within because you
have tried repeatedly, but you have not been trained in a technical way.
You have not been able to withdraw your mind.
enough time to work. This is what we call the
part of meditation.
is meditation, which you can do by following the path of action. It is
WHEN YOU ARE WITH SWAMI, THINK ONLY OF HIM
A simple example: Swami sits on the chair there. You go
on looking at Him. Once your mind gets disturbed, immediately Swami will
know that: “What’s wrong with you? What are you thinking about?”
Umpteen number of times He has asked, “What are you
thinking? What about your family? They are fine. Something is wrong only
with you! (Laughter) They are very fine. Something is wrong only
with you: Your children and wife are all thinking of Swami, while you,
fellow, are thinking of them, while sitting right here. (Laughter)
You are here, so close to Swami, and your family is away from Swami, but
thinking only of Swami. You, being so near, you think of them. So,
you are an idiot and number one in stupidity.”
Therefore, when you look at Him, look at Him with all
seriousness and jubilation, not with tension. When you look at Swami, if
you look with tension, I don’t think there is any redemption for life!
When you look at Him, with all joy, with all excitement and ecstasy, what
happens? No thoughts are there! Therefore, when you are engaged in an
action, the mind becomes withdrawn, which is action-oriented meditation.
BE THE SONG, NOT THE SINGER
There is a second school of meditation. What is that? When I sing bhajans
loudly, when I sing bhajans full-throated, I get totally involved. I
become the song and not the singer. I am the song; I am not the singer.
When I am the singer, I will be watching how many people are praising me.
Am I singing to the beat or not? I am afraid that a better singer may
follow me. So, let me see that a fellow who is less than me, who is not
that good, would succeed me, so that my level will be maintained.
So, when you remain as the singer, you will be
conscious of your performance. You will be conscious of the tune, the
rhythm and the beat, but not the content and the feeling of the song. So,
you should become the song and not the singer.
When you are the song, you are the very content;
meaning, Consciousness is converted into the content. The content of the
bhajan song will take you to higher levels, to higher realms, to
greater altitudes, higher platitudes, so that you will experience the
blissful state during bhajans, during nagarsankirtan, during
worship. This is devotion-oriented meditation.
There is action-oriented meditation and
devotion-oriented meditation. Then there is a third way of meditation. It
is ‘knowing’ -- the knowledge-oriented meditation.
‘KNOWING’- ORIENTED MEDITATION
I don’t say knowledge-oriented meditation purposely, because as I said repeatedly, knowledge is a dead thing. Knowledge is borrowed. Knowledge is second-hand information. I am not speaking about that. I am speaking about ‘knowing-oriented’!
‘Knowing’ means inquisitiveness; ‘knowing’ means preparedness; ‘knowing’ means alertness; ‘knowing’ means awakeness. You are awake, you are aware, you are alert, you are ready, you are prepared, you are receptive and you are sensitive. That is all knowing. You are fresh; you are pristine and pure. This is ‘knowing’!
On the other hand, when you say, “I know that”, it
becomes knowledge. That is the difference between ‘knowing’ and knowledge.
Knowledge is ego. ‘Knowing’ is simplicity and humility! Knowledge is a
carbon copy, a Xerox. ‘Knowing’ is original and creative. Knowledge is the
past, dead and gone. ‘Knowing’ is the present.
Therefore, ‘knowing’-oriented meditation means you want
to know what is. You want to know the experience. You have decided to have
your own experience. This is what is called ‘knowing’-oriented meditation.
meditation is action, Bhakthi-oriented meditation is devotion, and
Jnana-oriented meditation is the ‘knowing’ process of meditation.
KNOW THE MIND
We are capable of making anything a routine. The mind is like that. The mind is always after some mechanical process. It wants to follow a schedule. It stops being creative. Is there something wrong with our minds? Yes! We study everything in this world, but we don’t study our own mind. That is the biggest, saddest thing.
The worst of the tragedies is this: a total
lack of awareness, a complete ignorance of the nature, vagaries,
whims and fancies of one’s own mind. Once I know the mind, everything is
known. Yet, I know everything except this. Therefore, life has become
understand the nature of the mind. People say that the mind has two parts:
the left and the right, the left side of the mind and the right side of
the mind. The left side of the mind is mechanical. The left side of the
mind is repetitive. The left side of the mind is memory. The left side of
the mind is recapitulation. The left side of the mind is a routine affair,
‘programmed’, in computer jargon, conditioned.
the left side of the mind is conditioned, programmed, non-creative,
mechanical and repetitive, whereas the right side of the mind is creative,
innovative, non-mechanical and unconditional. There is the left and the
right. The left is mechanical, while the right is non-mechanical. The left
is a routine; the right is creative. The left is conditioned; the right is
unconditioned. The left is a carbon copy, repetition, that’s all, whereas
the right is innovative, and something special.
MECHANICAL SIDE OF THE MIND DOMINATES
What is happening now? Today the whole of the energy is drawn from the left side of the mind only. The whole energy is drawn from the left side of the mind only. That’s why we become mechanical -- a robot almost.
‘Go around Ganesha three times, Subramanya three times, and say the Gayathri three times. Three times three equals nine times. OK!’
“Why so many times?”
“I don’t know!”
“Why do you go around?”
“Why do you do it?”
“Others are doing it, therefore I am doing it!”
This is how the left side of the mind acts.
Immediately after the darshan, run and stand in the line to get into the Mandir.
“Others do it, therefore I do it.” I see!
“I want vibhuti.”
“The other man got it. Therefore, why not me?”
Why? I do not know. This is the left side of the mind. ‘Whatever others do, let me also do that. Whatever others got, let me also get that.’ This is the left side of the mind. The right side will not do that.
While the left side of the brain is logic, the right
side of the brain is Love. The left side of the mind is prose, prosaic.
What is the meaning of prose or prosaic? Dull, inert, insipid and
tasteless. But the right side of the brain is poetry. Prose is logic,
while this poetry is Love.
RIGHT SIDE OF THE MIND IS INNOVATIVE
All fine arts, dance, music and poetry are the products of the right side of the brain. Today what is happening? We are making use of the left side, so we become mechanical.
I ask some people, “Why have you come for darshan?
“Swami may feel my absence; therefore, I am coming.” Oh I see. Swami may feel his absence; therefore, he is going, as if Swami is waiting for him.
Some people may write letters, “I have not been coming
for darshan; therefore, I come now.”
Some people come because they are working here;
therefore, it is their duty to come. This is all the tendency of the left
side of the brain.
The right side of the
brain will say, ‘No, no, no! Every darshan is unique.’ It considers
every darshan the ultimate. It doesn’t think, ‘After all, I will
get darshan in the evening. It doesn’t matter if I miss the
morning.’ No, no,
no, no! This is the
ultimate; take it as final. Feel this moment is the final, that’s all.
That is the message of the right side of the brain.
MEDITATION BRINGS OUT CREATIVE ENERGY
What does meditation do? So far, the left side is
active. So far, the left side is transporting, transcribing and
transforming all forms of energy into you, making life a routine, dull.
Now, by meditation what happens? The right side of the brain starts
functioning. Then the creative side, the innovative side, which is unique,
supplies its energy, and the left side also is converted into the right
It is something like this: There are two pipes. Water has been flowing. Close one pipe and divert this water. It also goes into the second, so that water pipe will be full. Am I clear?
Therefore my friends, what is happening today? One pipe is completely closed, which is the right side. We are using only our left side. Once you open the right side, the left side will be closed. This allows the flow through the right side as extra energy, Divine energy. Then you will be creative, you will be bubbling with enthusiasm, you’ll be full of dynamism and you’ll be full of freshness.
BHAGAVAN IS ALWAYS FRESH AND HIGHLY CREATIVE
When we look at the faces of some people, they are very fresh. All the time they are fresh. Look at Bhagavan. He never gets tired. He is very fresh even now, despite whatever people have been saying about Him (which I cannot say on this platform because I am afraid it may be taken as authentic. I am not supposed to make any statements.)
What people are speaking about, as the rumour goes on, we think that so
many things are going on. But when you look at His face, you will
certainly agree with me when I say that nothing has changed. It is as if
nothing has happened, His face is so fresh.
He even cuts jokes. Yesterday when He was coming in
that go-cart, He passed just where I was sitting. He said, “Oho! You are
already seated like Vinayaka – first seat, oho!” (Laughter)
Then I started questioning myself, ‘Is all that I hear, the gossip outside, is that true or is this true?’ I don’t know.
Then the day before yesterday, He came in the go-cart,
very close. He was collecting letters from everybody. He stretched His
hand and asked, “Where is your letter?”
‘Arey, what is this? I don’t understand.’ He is very fresh really, because the right side is dominant. It has nothing to do with the left side of the brain. Therefore, Bhagavan is highly creative. Bhagavan is unique. He is so fresh.
However, you and I are not that fresh because we have
fit ourselves into that cycle. When anyone says, “How are you?” we
respond, “Chalta hai duniya. Going on, going on.”
MEDITATION IS A STATE OF TRANSCENDENCE
What? Cha, cha, cha (expressing disapproval)! Life is not simply to go on like that. No! Let us enjoy every moment of this life. Everything! Everyone will have problems. The one who says that he has no problems has all the problems, even more than all of us. Life is full of problems. Yes! Yet, if you are above them, that is spiritual sadhana. Meditation will help you to cross over the bundle of problems, to be above the level of your suffering.
Meditation is a state of transcendence. It is neither pleasure nor pain. It is transcendent. If it is pleasure, you can call it too positive. If it is pain, it is negative. Meditation is neither positive nor negative. It is beyond. Therefore, my friends on this Holy day of Vinayaka Chavithi, we think of the Lord Ganesha.
GANAPATHI IS THE MASTER OF ALL SENSES
I think I should introduce one more word to you. Of course, I told you in the beginning itself. There’s one name in our epics – Indra. Indra is the head of the department of the gods. Where is he? Bhagavan tells us that every limb of our body has a presiding deity. The sun god is the presiding deity of our eyes. The moon is the presiding deity of our mind. Every limb of our body has a presiding deity. Indra - the master of all the senses, the master of the whole body - that is the mind. So, when we say Ganapathi, it means the master of all these senses or indriyas. Therefore, I repeatedly call upon you to give serious thoughts along this line.
WITH INTELLECT YOU WILL HAVE FULFILMENT
To sum up,
I explained the meaning of Vinayaka, Ganapathi, Vighneshwara, Mushika
Vahana, Parvathi Tanaya
and the significance of the worship of Vinayaka, by offering the leaves
and the special prasad made on this day.
May the Lord Vinayaka help us to grow along this process of the spiritual path, along this route of the spiritual path. People say that Vinayaka has two eyes: One is buddhi and the other is siddhi. Buddhi and siddhi are the two eyes of Vinayaka. But, some people say, “Not two eyes, but two wives of Vinayaka” because they don’t want that man to be free. Let him also be in bondage, double the effect!
Man is not allowing even Hanuman to be a bachelor. We don’t want Hanuman to be a celibate. No! Have Suvarchala. We perform Suvarchala kalyanam. Even we don’t allow Hanuman to be free. We don’t even want Vinayaka to be free.
“So, we give you two wives, Lord!”
No! They are the two eyes. They are two areas -
buddhi and siddhi. Siddhi is self-realisation. Siddhi
is fulfilment. Fulfilment is what we call Siddhi. Buddhi is the
intellect. With the intellect, you will have fulfilment.
GAJANANA REMINDS US OF OUR GOAL IN LIFE
Further, Bhagavan gives another
meaning to Gajanana. Here are three parts: Ga - ja -
anana. Ga means gamya – ‘the aim, goal’. Ja, janma
means ‘birth’. So, the human birth is for gamya, ‘to reach the
destination’. So, Gajanana is the face that keeps you in equanimity, full
of love and joy, and constantly reminding you of your goal in life.
As we ruminate, ponder over and reflect upon these ideas and thoughts, may Bhagavan Sai Ganesh confer His choicest blessings on each and every one of you who has gathered here, and also shower His blessings on your families as well, here and hereafter.
Thank you very much.
Om Asato Maa Sad Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya
Om Loka Samastha
Loka Samastha Sukhino
Loka Samastha Sukhino
Om Shanti, Shanti,
Jai Bolo Bhagavan Sri
Sathya Sai Babaji ki JAI!!!