Creation emerges from truth and merges into truth.
Is there a place in the cosmos where truth does not exist?
Visualise this pure and unsullied truth.
When you lose faith, you lose God
Everyone desires peace and happiness. Nobody wants sorrows and
difficulties. In his speech, Popat has said that all are the
embodiments of God. God is one. There is no second entity. When you
think there is a second entity, then it is untruth. Therefore, there is
nothing like a second entity.
All are One
Right from small ants, mosquitoes, and birds to mighty elephants,
every being is the manifestation of God. Even the trees, hills, and
mountains are manifestations of God. Such being the case, how can there
be a second entity? A second entity is just your imagination and
illusion. It is of your own making. Just think where your body has come
from. You say that it has come from your parents. No, no. You have not
come from your parents. You have come from yourself. There is only one
entity. Where is the existence of the second?
But people today put their faith in diversity and not in unity.
What does unity mean? It is not the combination of many; it is the
realisation of oneness. When you have mirrors all around you, you see
your many forms. These are all your different forms. But this is not
the truth. The one who asks the question and the one who gives the
reply, both are one and the same. All are one. Daivam manusha rupena
(God is in the form of a human being). The same person appears in many
forms. To consider these forms as different from each other is a
When I am speaking in the microphone, you are listening to My voice.
The speaker is only one but the same voice is heard by many ears. Ekoham sarva bhutanam (I am the only Reality in all beings), Ekam sath viprah bahudha vadanti (truth
is one, but the wise refer to it by various names). There is only one
sun in the sky. But we see its reflection in many rivers, tanks, and
vessels. Sun is only one. But wherever there is water, you see its
reflection. Pour water in a plate, and you can see the reflection of
the sun even in that water. Does it mean that the sun is there in this
water? No, no. It is only the reflection of the sun. In the same way, Atma
is only one. The mind, the intellect, the subconscious mind, and the
ego sense are like different vessels. Therefore, divinity is one.
God can be seen in pure heart
Everything is God. If you think otherwise, it is only your delusion, i.e. maya.
When the sun is shining above, you can see its reflections in all
tanks. Even where the water is dirty, you can see its reflection. But
when the water is totally dirty, then, of course, you cannot see its
reflection. In the same way, when your heart is pure and clear, you can
see the direct manifestation of God in it. But your heart is impure.
When you thoroughly clean your heart, you can very well see God.
God is immanent in everyone. Right from a newborn baby to a grownup
and old person, He is present in everyone. A small baby grows up and
ultimately becomes old. The baby, the woman, and the old lady are the
same person. Because of their thinking, people see many different
But God does not have different forms. In fact, He has no form.
However, he has many names. Even though He has many names, they all
correspond to the many reflections of the same divinity. You can see
the reflection of the sun in flowing water and also in stagnant water.
In the flowing water, the reflection appears to be wavering, but in
steady water, the reflection is also steady. Your mind develops
attachment to the world because of your delusion. Everything in this
world is just a projection of maya.
Hiranyakasipu asked his son Prahlada, "Where is God? You are always chanting Narayana, Narayana". Who is Narayana?
Prahlada replied, "Man himself is Narayana. Wherever you see, you
see only Narayana. He is in me, He is in you, He is in all others."
Hiranyakasipu asked, "Is He there in this pillar?"
"Surely, He is there in it," replied Prahlada.
Hiranyakasipu took a mace and hit the pillar with it. At once he
saw the manifestation of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, wherever you see, God
is there. But people like Hiranyakasipu have no faith in God.
Develop the vision to see unity
Though there is total unity in creation, we look at it from the
angle of diversity. We say, "He is my father, she is my mother, she is
my elder sister, she is my younger sister." We develop relationships on
the basis of forms. Where have these relationships come from? Nothing
can exist without the principle of unity.
Here is an example. A dog entered a room fitted with mirrors and saw
many dogs in the mirrors. It was afraid to see so many dogs in the
room, considering them as danger to its life. In order to escape from
the situation, it jumped upon one of the mirrors, considering its own
reflection in it to be another dog. As it did that, it saw that the dog
in the mirror also jumped upon it. In the process, the mirror broke.
Then, it felt that there was no other dog at the place and escaped from
the room. It felt greatly relieved that it could save itself from so
many other dogs. But where were so many dogs? It saw its own reflection
in so many mirrors.
The same is the case with people today. If one sees all other forms
as his own reflection in the mirror of the world, one will realise the
principle of unity. So, there are no such separate entities like
father, mother, brothers, and sisters. But one develops worldly
relationships due to oneХs delusion and says, "She is my sister, he is
my brother, he is my father, she is my mother." These are all only
physical relationships and not the relationships based on your divine
reality. Try to understand that the same Atma is present in all. But you develop worldly relationships, forgetting the principle of the Atma.
You say, "She is my wife," but prior to the marriage, she is
separate and you are separate. Only after the marriage do you say, "My
wife, my wife." How you have developed this relationship of husband and
wife? It is due only to your delusion. It is because of delusion that
one makes many mistakes and indulges in many undesirable activities.
Wherever you see, there is God and God is one. People say, "He is
Rama, He is Krishna, He is Shiva, He is Vishnu." What does it mean?
Does it mean that Vishnu, Shiva, Rama, and Krishna are separate
entities? These are different names of the same God. God appears before
you in a particular form based on your own imagination. When you
contemplate on the form of Krishna as portrayed by artists like Ravi
Varma, God will manifest before you in the form of Krishna. In the same
way, God will appear before you in the form of Rama. But God is neither
Rama nor Krishna. Both Rama and Krishna are you only. The forms of Rama
and Krishna are nothing but your own reflections. When you say, "I want
Rama," God manifests before you in the form of Rama. Similarly, when
you say, "I want Krishna," He appears before you in the form of
Krishna. All these forms are nothing but your own reflections.
Reduce the burden of your desires
Both sorrow and happiness are in the world. When you are in
difficulty, you say, "Alas! Why has God given me this difficulty? What
sin have I committed?" On the other hand, when you earn wealth and are
happy, you say, "It is my good fortune." Neither this is your good
fortune nor that is bad. When you have good thoughts, you will have
good results. On the other hand, if you have bad thoughts, you will
have bad results. Good and bad do not come from outside.
Everything is God. When people see a scorpion, they are afraid
that it might bite them. But, in fact, there is God even in that
scorpion. There is no being in whom God is not immanent. However, you
have to get rid of your delusion.
People have too many desires. These too many desires are the
cause of delusion. Therefore, people should reduce their desires. How
should one do so?
All desires are the creation of the mind, which behaves in an arbitrary way. Manah eva manushyanam karanam bandhamokshayo
(mind is the cause of bondage and liberation of man). You should make
efforts to follow the path of liberation. Then, there will be no scope
But people are full of desires, and the cause of all desires is the
mind. Therefore, first and foremost, control the mind. If you do so,
you will not have even a single desire. Therefore, it is said, Less
luggage more comfort makes travel a pleasure. God will be pleased with
you only when you reduce the luggage of your desires. More desires
become great burden for life. With less luggage, you will be more
When one is unmarried, one thinks, "Whatever I have, I can manage
with it. I am not bothered even if I have to starve sometimes." But
when one is married and has children, one is burdened with so many
worries. Where have the wife and children come from? They have come
from the same source as you have come. You think someone is your wife
because you develop attachment to her. Can you call every woman your
wife? No, no. When you say so, you will be beaten. You cannot talk like
this. The relationship of wife and husband is only a "body to body"
relationship. This physical relationship is the cause of many troubles.
A person with money is called a rich man. But the same person
will be called a beggar when they lose his money. When you are wealthy,
you are considered bigger; when you are poor, you are treated like a
beggar. Therefore, the same person is bigger as well as beggar.
Develop equal-mindedness, and everything will become good for you.
Even if somebody beats you, you should think, "The person who is
beating me is none other than God. God has beaten me because there is
some defect in me. This body has committed a mistake. Therefore, it has
to receive punishment."
Whatever we do will come back to us as reaction, reflection, and
resound. All that we experience is the result of our own actions. It is
not given by God. God does not give anything to people except ananda
(bliss). Having experienced ananda, do not criticise the One who has
provided it to you. Both happiness and sorrow are the reflection of
your own actions. When God loves you, it means that God loves Himself.
God has no attributes. God has no such evil qualities like anger,
hatred, jealousy, and hypocrisy, nor are these evil qualities given to
you by God. These are all of your own making. Therefore, get rid of
your delusion. If you develop unnecessary worries, thinking, "I don't
have this, I don't have that," you will deceive yourself. Reduce your
desires. Then you will have not to carry too much luggage. Only then
can you be happy.
Know the Atmic Principle
If you have real love for God, always contemplate on Him. If you
have liking for Rama, contemplate on Rama. Similarly, if Krishna is
your chosen deity, contemplate on Him. But always remember that Rama
and Krishna are not outside; Rama is in your heart, Krishna is in your
heart. Whatever form you consider as Rama, contemplate on that form
with your eyes closed. You will certainly visualise that form.
Ultimately, you will realise, "It is out of my delusion that I
considered Rama and Krishna separate from Me. In fact, I am Rama, I am
When you contemplate on Rama, you see that form as a reflection of
your thoughts. Similarly, when you think of Krishna, you see Krishna's
form. You think Rama and Krishna are different from you because of your
delusion. Who has seen Rama? Who has seen Krishna? Artists like Ravi
Varma painted the pictures of Rama and Krishna on the basis of the
descriptions given in the sacred texts. These are mere pictures; they
do not reveal the truth.
Everyone can call God by any name of their choice, like Rama,
Krishna, Govinda, etc., and contemplate on a particular name and form.
There is no mistake in that. I donХt ask you to give up this practice.
But you should have firm conviction, "I am God. My Atma is God." The Atma has no form. It has only a name. The Atma shines in everyone like the sun. It can be seen only in a heart that is pure. In the heart that is impure, you cannot see it.
Many Avatars came to propagate this
truth. Divine incarnations come not for their own sake but to impart
the knowledge of truth to everyone. Follow their teachings and
understand the principle of the Atma.
The Vedanta proclaims that the Atma
is the only reality. Waves are formed out of water. There can be no
waves when there is no water. In the same way, there can be no form
without the Atma. You should contemplate on the Atma and chant the mantra "Om Namo Narayanaya, Om Namo Narayanaya, Om Namo Narayanaya." If you are unable to chant the entire mantra, it is enough to recite "Om", because everything is immanent in Om. The word Om denotes pranava (primordial sound). The Upanishads describe it as the Atma.
The Taittiriyopanishad deals extensively with the principle of the Atma. The Ramayana, the Bhagavata, and the Mahabharata reveal the same truth through the stories of the Avatars.
Everything is within you. Nothing is outside. The entire creation is
one. Get rid of your delusion and try to understand the truth behind
names and forms.
Name and form are inseparable. You chant, "Sai Ram, Sai Ram, Sai Ram
..." The name "Sai Ram" has been given to Me. I am not born with this
name. Similarly, the names Rama and Krishna were given to them by their
parents. They were not born with these names. Did Rama come and say, "I
am Rama"? No, no. He was the son of Dasaratha and was given the name
What does the word Dasaratha mean?
It means the chariot of human body with its ten senses. Have control
over your senses. When you have total control over your senses, there
is no need for anything else. You even forget yourself. You forget even
your physical body.
It is the mind that controls the body and the senses. The body and
the senses are temporary. Even the mind is also subject to
annihilation. We say, "mind, mind, mind." Where is the mind? What is
the form of the mind? It has no form. Mind itself is an illusion.
Enquire on these lines and realise that God is one. This is the only
truth. Everything else is delusion. In a cinema, you see many scenes on
the screen. You see Sita getting married to Rama, Ravana abducting
Sita, Rama waging a war against Ravana, and many friends of Rama taking
part in the war. But all these are mere pictures. They are not
happening in reality.
There are not many people. All are one. Ekam sath ... When you follow sathya (truth), dharma (right action) will emerge from it. When sathya and dharma come together, santhi
(peace) will manifest. Where there is peace, there is bliss. Light is
produced when negative and positive charges come together.
Love emerges from peace. One who lacks peace cannot have love. When
love manifests in us, we consider everyone as our own. All are our own
forms. All are one. Be alike to everyone. Make efforts to realise this
When the wind blows, the dry leaves are blown away, but not the
green leaves. They remain with the branches. Your humanness should not
be like a dry leaf, which is blown away by the wind. Everything is a
The stories of Lord Rama are amazing,
It purifies the lives of the 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.
Develop steady devotion
Do not allow your mind to become like a dog, which is deluded by its
own reflection. The dog is deluded thinking its reflections in many
mirrors as many dogs. There are not many dogs. You may consider a dog a
dog, but God is in it also. Without vibration, even a dog cannot live.
What is that vibration? It is the vibration of life. Due to this life
principle, the dog eats and moves around.
Do not observe any differences such as "He is an outsider, he is a
rich person, he is a beggar." All are one. See unity in all. Only then
will you have steady and true devotion. Otherwise, you will have bumps
and jumps. Your devotion will waver from moment to moment.
Many people consider themselves as devotees. As long as they
have faith in God, their devotion remains steady. When their devotion
wavers, their mind also wavers. Real faith does not waver under any
circumstances. Come what may, your devotion should not waver, even if
you are cut to pieces. That is steady, unwavering, and unsullied
devotion. Develop such steady and selfless devotion.
The same is the teaching of Jesus also. God is one. You have
to cut your individual ego to attain Him. This is what the cross
Never give up your faith. Hold on to it firmly. Then you will
certainly realise your true identity. Man is born to establish
humanness and not to destroy it. Develop human qualities of sathya, dharma, santhi, prema (love), and ahimsa (nonviolence). When sathya combines with dharma, santhi and prema
are born there. It is love that unites all. Will you kill your son in a
fit of anger? No, no. You will scold him, but you will not harm him.
Likewise, when you have love, you will treat everyone as your own.
Treat all woman as your mothers and sisters.
Forbearance is the real beauty in this sacred land of Bharat.
Of all the rituals, adherence to truth is the greatest penance.
The nectarine feeling in this country is the feeling of love toward one's mother.
Develop such sacred feelings toward all women. When you marry a
woman, only then do you call her your wife. Otherwise, all women are
like your mothers and sisters. Similarly, all men are like your
brothers. God is one. He is the only purusha (male). There is no other male except Him.
Once the gopikas (cowherd maidens) came
to Krishna's house to meet Him. When they tried to enter the house, the
watchman prevented them, saying women cannot enter the house. The gopikas questioned him, "How come you are there?" He replied, "I am a male." The gopikas
said, "You cannot call yourself a male merely because you are wearing a
male dress. The five elements and the five life principles are the same
in you and us. Merely because you are wearing a male dress and we are
wearing a female dress, we can be different from each other. The same
divinity is present in you and us. In fact, Krishna alone is the Purusha, all others are females."
To Love God is the Main Goal of Life
Today this equality and unity have become extinct in this world. Due
to lack of unity, we are unable to see divinity. Consequently, hatred
is on the rise. Today the world is in the grip of differences and
fighting due to lack of love. Man today has forgotten even his
First of all, understand that you are essentially divine. When you
say, "I am person and He is God," you observe duality. When there are
two entities, the third will also find place there, and that is the
mind. That will bring about your total ruination.
Husband should be treated as husband and wife should be
treated as wife. Each one should discharge their duty. In English, duty
refers to a particular work. The duty of a human being is not merely
doing some work. Duty connotes nishkama karma (selfless work).
A selfish person is worse than a fish. Fish is better than selfish.
Therefore, never give room to selfishness. You can realise the Self
only when you give up selfishness. When you become a slave to your
senses, you will always remain selfish. Therefore, give up selfishness.
As I said on the day of Rama Navami, God is one. There is
apparent diversity in the world. In fact, man is God Himself. Develop
faith in this truth. Let your faith not waver even a bit. When you lose
faith, you lose God. Whatever may happen to you, never become selfish.
When you conduct yourself in this manner, you will realise your
divinity. Then you will have no delusion that Rama, Krishna, Easwara,
and Vishnu are different from each other.
The names like Rama and Krishna are given by us. In fact, all
names are given by us. Everybody is born from God. God is one, not two.
Right from today, make efforts to do away with all differences. When
you love God, worship and follow Him. This is the main goal and true
purpose of your life.