land of Bharat has given birth to many noble women like Savitri
who brought her dead husband back to life; Chandramati who
extinguished wild fire with the power of truth; Sita who proved
her chastity by coming out of the blazing fire unscathed and
Damayanti who reduced an evil-minded hunter to ashes with the
power of her chastity. This land of piety and nobility attained
plenty and prosperity and became the teacher of all nations of the
world because of such women of chastity
Human life is meant to
demonstrate an ideal to the world. Man is endowed with infinite
powers. But, he leads a life of ignorance, being unaware of his innate
powers. Though everyone is endowed with divine powers, only a few are
able to manifest them. In others, these powers remain hidden. Everyone
should make efforts to realise their inherent divinity. Man appears
and behaves as if he is an ordinary human in spite of being one with
infinite divine powers. Janakiramaiah (Swami's younger brother) is one
such divine power. He was younger to this body by 2 ½ years. However,
he was an expert in the field of politics. He would mince no words in
expressing his opinion. At times, I used to caution him, "Ramaiah, you
do not know the abilities of others. Do not use harsh words. Talk with
restraint." He might have used harsh words when the situation
demanded, but he was always tender-hearted.
When Lakshmana fainted in the battlefield, Rama lamented thus, "If I
were to search in the world, I may get another wife like Sita, a
mother like Kausalya, but not a brother like Lakshmana." In this
manner, Rama was deeply touched by the fraternal love of Lakshmana and
extolled his qualities. There are many such families in the world
where the parents, brothers and sisters have demonstrated great
ideals. You don't need to doubt whether such ideal brothers exist even
today. They do exist. There may be temporary differences of opinion,
but they always have love for each other.
Every man must necessarily
make efforts to realise the principle of Atma, which is present in
all. The sweetness of Atmic experience is unparalleled. In the
spiritual field, what one has to attain is the experience of Atmic
bliss. He, who realises the inherent divinity in humanity is a true
human being. The Atma has no specific form. It is full of love and
bliss. This has to be realised and experienced by every individual.
One may know the nature of an individual, but it is not possible to
understand and estimate the nature of the Atma. In order to understand
the principle of Atma, you have to emulate the ideals demonstrated by
Rama and His brothers.
One day as the brothers were
playing a game, Bharata came running, sat on the lap of Mother
Kausalya and complained, "Mother, whenever I am about to lose the
game, Rama manages to lose and makes me the winner." Lakshmana,
Bharata and Satrughna would tell their mothers that it was their great
good fortune that they had Rama as their elder brother. They would
praise Rama saying, He was full of love and nowhere they could find a
brother like Him. They always wanted to be in the company of Rama and
serve Him. There was such unity and love among them. They enjoyed
intimate and inseparable relationship. Even today, there are many such
brothers in the world. But, the situation of the world is such that
people are not encouraged to practise brotherhood of man. Our
institutions should demonstrate the ideal of brotherhood and show the
way to the rest of the world. You call each other brothers and
sisters. Mere verbal expression will not suffice; it should be
reflected in your conduct. While in exile, Rama would not bear
separation from Lakshmana even for a moment. He would anxiously ask
Sita about Lakshman's whereabouts whenever he was not found by His
side. In this manner, Rama taught the ideal of brotherhood by His
Today, students are acquiring education with the sole purpose of
occupying high positions in society. They are not prepared to share
their love with their fellowmen and demonstrate the ideal of
brotherhood. The need of the hour is to practise the ideal of
brotherhood. Brothers should lead their lives in an ideal manner.
Bodies may be different, but their life principle must be one and the
same. There is no dearth of such ideal brothers in this land of Bharat.
But, there are some who are not able to translate their sacred
feelings into action and set an ideal to others. It is only when we
share our love with fellowmen, can we experience Divinity.
What is the hallmark of a true
student? Manasyekam Vachasyekam Karmanyekam Mahatmanam (those
whose thoughts, words and deeds are in perfect harmony are noble
ones.) It is said: The proper study of mankind is man. But,
today we do not find true qualities of mankind. People may show
respect towards each other outwardly, but they do not experience true
love, unity and happiness inwardly. They say they that belong to
mankind, but in reality they have monkey mind.
What is true humanness? You
should treat your fellowmen as your own brothers. You deserve to be
called a human being only when you cultivate the spirit of unity.
Where there is no unity, there you find enmity and hatred.
Consequently, the principle of love is lost altogether. Man's foremost
duty is to share his love with others. Only then can he realise the
dictum: Brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God. But,
unfortunately, such idealism is not found today. You may not believe
in the fatherhood of God, but you must have faith in the brotherhood
of man; practise it and experience bliss therefrom. Our country,
Bharat will regain its pristine glory only when we achieve such unity.
There should be unity and love not only among brothers but also
between the husband and wife.
Today, you have heard that a doctor from Singapore (Dr. Pillai) wants
to establish an institution in memory of his late wife. Pillai has
been a devotee of Swami for the last 20 years. His wife was also a
highly virtuous lady. She always had a smiling countenance and would
always speak softly and sweetly. There are many such noble women in
this country. It is because of such women that the country is full of
auspiciousness, plenty and prosperity. There are many such devotees
who express their love in an unostentatious manner.
The country of Bharat is highly sacred. But people are flocking to
foreign countries with the false hope that they would find happiness
there. The happiness that you do not find here cannot be found
anywhere in the world. It is said, Yanna Bharate Thanna Bharata
(that which is not found in Bharat is not present anywhere else). That
is why, Bharat has been able to live in peace and amity with the rest
of the world for the past thousands of years. The Bharatiyas share
their love with others and maintain brotherly relationship. In fact,
they have lived up to the ideal of Brotherhood of man and
Fatherhood of God. In spite of many foreign invasions, the love
and unity of Bharatiyas has not diminished a bit. At times, you may
find infighting, but this is only a passing cloud. There is, however,
the sweet fragrance of love in everybody's heart.
There is no point in talking
sweetly if there is no sweetness in your heart. Sweetness in speech
and bitterness in heart is not the quality of a human being. There
should be sweetness in your thought, word and deed. This is the true
sign of a human being. You should fill your life with love. There is
nothing superior to love in this world. Man is considered to be most
sacred because he has the unique quality of love in him. But you are
not able to realise the value of human birth. God incarnates in human
form in order to spread the message of love. Once you have love in
your heart, you can conquer the whole world. There is love in you, but
you are not able to express it in the proper way.
You read a number of books. You also study history. But, do you go
through the history of Rama? Have you understood the strong bond of
love that existed between Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Satrughna?
First and foremost, you should develop the spirit of brotherhood. Even
when you come across your bitter rival, address him as brother and
talk to him with love. When you address him as brother, his heart will
melt and hatred will disappear at once. You can conquer the whole
world with the weapon of love. There is nothing that you cannot
achieve with the power of love. Love is the supreme power. True human
value lies in sharing and experiencing the supreme love. But, today
man wastes this noble quality of love in worldly pursuits. This has
become his taste. He does not realise that love is Divine. The Gopikas
had realised this truth. That is why they prayed to Lord Krishna thus:
Krishna, play your sweet flute and sow the seeds of love in the
desert of our loveless hearts.
Let the rain of love fall on earth and make the rivers of love
The power of love is
unmatched. When you fill your heart with love, all people will become
your brothers and sisters. You will not have enemies at all!
Embodiments of Love!
Truly speaking, you are the very embodiments of love. Let the stream
of love flow from one heart to another. Consider love as your life.
This is your foremost duty. You may search anywhere in the world, you
cannot find anything greater than love. Here is an example. So many of
you have gathered here today! What is the reason? It is Swami's love
that has attracted all of you. Love is the divine magnetic power
present in man. In all the sacred epics like the Ramayana, the
Mahabharata and the Bhagavata, you find love as the undercurrent. Once
you cultivate love, you do not need to acquire any other property. You
can attain God only through love. He cannot be attained by any other
means. Love is the magnetic power that can transform even your bitter
enemy into a dearest friend.
Develop love. This is more important than your worldly education. Love
is life. Not merely that. Love is light. It illumines your path and
helps you reach the goal. Your journey of life will be safe and secure
when you carry the light of love with you. You will never find
darkness. Fill your heart with love. Love is God. Live in love.
This is what you have to learn today. Today, people merely utter the
words "love is God", but they do not actually live in love. This
should not be the case. Your life should be suffused with love.
Embodiments of Love!
You have heard the talks given by C. Sreenivas, the present and the
former Vice-Chancellors. They spoke with love in their hearts and
emphasised on the need to cultivate love. They are, in fact, ringing
the bells of love in your heart, but you don't seem to pay attention
to them. Once you hear the bells of love, you cannot waste even a
moment. You will dedicate your whole life to the cause of love and
ultimately merge in love.
You may acquire various types of knowledge and travel across the
globe. But, in spite of all your worldly achievements, you may not
able to understand the principle of love. Once you have the taste of
love, you will see the world in its real form. Therefore, become truly
embodiments of love. Let love flow incessantly from your heart.
Immerse yourself in the flow of love. Out of love, emerge truth and
righteousness. Sathyam Vada, Dharmam Chara (speak truth,
practise righteousness). Truth and righteousness are the two pillars
on which the mansion of human life rests. It is love that gives rise
to these two principles. There is no knowledge greater than the
knowledge of love. You may read a number of Pustakas (books), but love
cannot be acquired from such books. What is the use of reading
Pustakas when your Mastaka (head) is filled with 'dirt'? It is because
of such 'dirt', you become an animal losing the sense of
Adore love. Live in love. There is no greater education than this.
Traverse the path of love. Partake of the food of love. It is not
enough if you merely partake of love, you should also assimilate and
digest it. Only then the essence of love will spread to every cell of
your body giving you immense strength and wisdom.
Today's education is leading to agitation. True education lies in
assimilating and digesting the principle of love. You are the
embodiments of love. You are filled with love. You may not know this,
but I can see love in you from top to toe. In future, the principles
of Ramayana will be manifested in a glorious manner. The Ramayana will
fill your lives with love and make you forget yourselves. Let your
love be directed towards Rama. Rama + Ayana is Ramayana.
I hope I am not causing any inconvenience to you by speaking at
length. In fact, it should not be a trouble at all for you. You cannot
find the love that Swami showers on you, anywhere else. Day after day,
I will fill your hearts with more and more love. I have no other work.
My only job is to fill your hearts with love.
(The programme ended with Bhajans by students)