Sri Sathya Sai Vrindawith Love, at His service

Divine Discourse Summary – February 19, 2017

Divine Discourse Summary  – February 19, 2017

How to achieve your Spiritual Goal?

A person without purity of heart will not realise the Atmic principle. The Atmic principle can be realised only by a very pure-hearted, pure-minded person. If you want to realise the Atma without controlling your mind and senses, without turning your mind inward, it is impossible. There are three things that can attain with only great difficulty. The first is the human body, the second is desire for liberation, and the third is the company of a great, noble, Divine soul. It is not enough if you have only Thyaga or sacrifice; you should also have detachment, Vairagya.

Adi Sankara taught that unless you achieve the following four things you cannot achieve self realisation. First is discrimination. What is discrimination? Discrimination is not to distinguish between what is cold, what is warm, what is white and what is black. True discrimination is to distinguish between what is truth and what is untruth, what is temporary, what is permanent, what is pleasant and looks good to me but what is really good for me – that is the real discrimination. Only in the company of the good and godly people, we can develop this kind of discrimination. Next, is Vairagya or the power of detachment. True Vairagya is the will power to hold on to the right things and give up the wrong things. Therefore, along with discrimination, we should also develop Vairagya or detachment. Just these two qualities are not enough. Further, there are six kinds of qualities or traits (Shadsampatti) one has to develop. First is Shama. What is Shama? To keep the mind steady is Shama. Second is Dama to control our body and senses. Unless you have control over your mind, you can’t control your senses. Only when you steady your mind, you can also steady your senses. Third is Uparati – the senses and mind which go outside for outside pleasures, to turn them inward for happiness inside – that is Uparati.  Fourth is Titiksha which is nothing but equanimity of mind, being equal in both happiness and sorrow. Fifth is ShraddhaShraddha is sincerity of purpose with faith. Believing that I am the Atma, I am Divine – that is true faith. The final one is Samadhana – to remain always steady and equanimous, without being moved and distracted. In addition to Viveka, Vairagya, and  Shadsampatti is Mumukshatva or the desire for liberation. All human beings naturally have all kinds of desires but a true devotee will have only the desire for liberation. Only when we achieve all these four things – discrimination, detachment, six types of wealth – and ultimately the aspiration for liberation, can you attain liberation. Without having these four things, if you just aspire for self realisation or liberation, it is not enough.

On the New Moon day when the moon is not there, it is easy to control the mind. Who is controlling the moon? Moon is being controlled by Shiva. We can’t control the mind but if we offer the mind to God, it is possible. First and foremost, cleanse your minds, give up your selfishness, be ready to sacrifice, offer everything to God – that is the way to achieve the spiritual goal.