In the Isavasya Upanishad, it is said, Isa vasyam idam sarvam yat kim cha jagatyam jagat. This means that all that we see is Divine, it is God, it is God’s form. This is the first sentence. There is a deep truth in this which we should understand. See, today on this stage behind Me there is a Lingam. Have you seen it? You have been worshipping that Lingam. You have faith that it is God Himself, it is not a mere Linga or a stone but that it is God Himself. With that feeling, you are worshipping. But some time ago, it did not have the form of a Linga. It was a stone. Where was it? Perhaps on the side of a road or in a home. Then a sculptor chiselled the stone and transformed it into the shape of a Linga, named it a Linga, and then gave it to all of you. Once you received it, that stone itself has now become God. What does it mean? When we all were born, we are also like stones. God in the form of a guru transformed us into a Linga. How does he do that? He guides us to discard whatever is not Divine and makes us grow in Divine dimensions – Satya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema, Tyaga – and transforms us into the Divine.
This is what is happening. In every stone, there is a Linga. But that is not easily visible because it needs to be chiselled and transformed. When the stone is in the hands of the sculptor, this will definitely happen but for this we have to surrender to the sculptor. All of you have to come to Sathya Sai Baba institutions. If you surrender to Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba, He will not only take care of your human needs but also transform you from human to Divine. He will uproot Kama krodha lobha moha mada matsarya and all other negative qualities and fill you with Divine feelings of Prema, Daya, Karuna, Tyaga, Bhakti and will transmute and transform you to become like Him.
You need to have determination and surrender and pray with faith, “Swami, I have come to Your institution. I am like a rough stone. But I am offer myself at Your feet. Make me into one in Your likeness,” then definitely you all have an opportunity to become Divine. Having come to this institution, merely studying worldly education is not enough, but you must have the prayer, “Swami, I want to be like You. Remove my negative thoughts and grant me love and compassion like You. Make me like You.” Today one man has become like this, tomorrow all of you too will become Divine. That faith you should have that Swami will make that happen.