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SPW 2A - Sai Pearls Of Wisdom Audio Part 2A

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SPW 2D - Sai Pearls Of Wisdom Audio Part 2D
“Do MRS” With this last story, I will close this evening’s session. Swami was talking to boys the same day at the close of the day’s program. He said, “Boy, what are you taking?” “MSC, Swami.” “After MSc?” “Swami, whatever You say.” “Will you do that?” “Yes.” “Do MRS.” “MRS?” “Mrs., Mrs. – meaning, get married! You are Mr. So-and-so. After MSc, get MRS -- get a Mrs.” “Oh, Swami, oh.” Some training to boys on how to face an interview: Then He said, “Okay boys, you know when you go and appear for an interview, you should be very smart -- you should be very intelligent. Do you think that I don’t know how interviews are conducted? I know.” How informally He talks to the boys! That’s very interesting. And He told those boys, “Boys, look here. Forty years ago I gave some training to boys on how to face an interview.” “Oh Swami, did You?” “Yes.” “Were they selected?” “They stood first in the interview. I will also give you fellows training. But you have no common sense. You should be able to give the correct answers.” It seemed that one boy came back and said, “Swami, there at the interview, the people asked me a very embarrassing question.” “What was the question?” Swami asked. “Tell us how many steps you climbed up to reach this office. How many steps are there?” Who would count the number of steps? They are counting their stars, thinking about whether they will be selected or not. “I don’t know.” But Swami said, “’I climbed up the number of steps equal to the number I will walk down now.’ (Laughter) That’s the correct answer he should have given.” And then Swami said, “You know Indian train engines? Some of the engines back then were still operated by charcoal. Of course, now we have the latest engines. But in the past, the old types of engines were charcoal-managed. When that engine goes forward, it releases smoke from the top -- you must know that. There was one fellow who faced this question in an interview: ‘When the train is moving fast, in which direction does the smoke from the engine chimney move?’ ” Who would watch it? Swami said, “The answer is simple. What do you say? You don’t know? As the train moves forward, the smoke will go backward, very simple. You fellows have MSc and PhD, but all have empty heads, you know. You have no common sense.” That’s what Swami said. It seems a fellow, out of mischief, put this question in an interview: “Boy, here is an ink bottle in which a snake is caught.” Swami went around asking, “An ink bottle -- you know? It has a narrow neck. A snake is inside. How can it come out? Is it possible?” “Swami, I don’t know.” He answered, “It will come out the same way it got in!” (Laughter) “So simple! So in order to be selected at interviews, you fellows should make use of that term, ‘common sense’.” Thank you very much. Sai Ram for this opportunity to be with you. I wish you all a happy Dasara beginning tomorrow and let us also listen to those sacred manthras. We may or may not understand their meanings. Most of us don’t understand, but the sound has got its own effect. Suddenly when you hear the lightning and thunder, don’t you feel the shock? Similarly, the sound has got its own effect. Manthras are sounds that purify the whole atmosphere, purify the heart and sanctify the human life. It is difficult to get all the priests gathered at one place to chant in the Divine presence. So I’m sure it will be a happy and enjoyable Dasara. Thank you very much.
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March 30, 2020
SPW 2C - Sai Pearls Of Wisdom Audio Part 2C
Self-Respect September 14th, 2002 Now, I will take you to the 14th of September. Bhagavan made this statement: “Never beg from anybody. Don’t be a beggar. Don’t ask for anything. Things will come to you. If your thoughts are selfless, if your motive is selfless, and if your activity is charged by love, things will come to you. You don’t need to ask for them. Self-respect has got to be maintained. Self-esteem is very important.” That’s what Bhagavan said. Bhagavan said, “Look at Me. I have not asked for anything. I have not stretched My hand to anybody, but things come on their own. Why? I am selfless. I am full of Love. If you are also like Me, everything will be perfect and proper.” And another thing He said, “Never be after show. Never be after exhibitionism. Never be after publicity. Never be after vainglory. Never be after self-aggrandizement. Never be after self-praise.” My friends, you should excuse me for using so many words. All my attempts are only a struggle to make myself clear to you. Then He gave an example. Bhagavan went to Delhi some time ago. There, a beautiful car -- car number one, owned by the President of the country -- was sent to receive Bhagavan at the airport with the request and prayer that He could use this car wherever He went. But you know what Bhagavan said? “Nothing doing. This is a government car. This car belongs to the government. You are the head of the government. You have no right to loan that car to Me. I am not going to get into that car.” Instead, He got into a small Morris, old model car. Why? Self-respect is more important than a gorgeous car or the latest model car. It is a lesson for all of us. It is better to stand on our own two legs than ‘shine with borrowed feathers’ – that was the lesson of Bhagavan.
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March 30, 2020
SPW 2B - Sai Pearls Of Wisdom Audio Part 2B
Only a Witness September 17th, 2002 This happened on the 17th of September, 2002. Bhagavan seemed upset with some fellow — maybe an administrator or a student or a teacher. In this big organization, there will be disappointments for Him — ways we might have failed to come up to His expectations. So He was a little bit upset and He looked at me and said seriously, “When something is wrong with the wife, the husband is responsible. When something is wrong with the children, it is the mother’s mistake. If anything goes wrong with the students, the Principal is responsible. If the Principal commits any mistake, then the Vice-chancellor is responsible.” All of them are seated there. Immediately the thought came to me, if the Vice-chancellor commits a mistake, it must be the Chancellor’s mistake. Who is the Chancellor? Baba! (Laughter) You know what He said? Swami immediately said, “If the Vice-chancellor commits any mistake, it is not the mistake of the Chancellor. (Laughter) Why? Here the Chancellor is only a witness. He is only a witness -- it is not His mistake.” More conversations in the audio.........
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March 25, 2020
SPW 2A - Sai Pearls Of Wisdom Audio Part 2A
“The Giver Is Bhagavan, So I Want It.” September 15th, 2002 I’ll move on now to the 15th of September, 2002. (I am trying to keep in sequential order.) While Swami was sitting there that pleasant evening, He looked at one boy, “Hmm, what class are you studying?” The boy said, “Swami, the 11th class.” “Come on.” He came. “Why did you not go home?” “Swami, why should I go home?” “Your father met with an accident. Why did you not go home?” The boy said, “You did not ask me to go home, so I didn’t go.” Then Swami smiled. “Because of your faith, I can tell you nothing has happened to him -- just a small little accident. Everything will be all right. Don’t worry,” Bhagavan said. And then immediately Swami said, “This afternoon you got the phone call from your mother telling you there was nothing to worry about.” “Yes, Swami.” “Why didn’t you tell Me? I know. I know what your mother told you on the phone.” This was a miracle to everybody there. Swami knew what had happened and He also knew about the phone conversations between the son and the mother. Then Swami said, “Boy, you have strong faith. Do you want a chain from me? Shall I give you a chain?” He said, “Swami, yes I want a chain.” (Laughter) “You ask your mother-in-law! She will give you. Why should I give you? (Laughter) You ask your father. He will get it done for you.” “No, no, Swami! I don’t want one from my mother-in-law or my father. Since You are giving, I want to have it. The giver is Bhagavan, so I want it, Swami.” “Oh, I see.” He immediately materialized the chain and gave it to that boy. Everybody was very, very happy. More conversations in the audio.........
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March 20, 2020
SPW 1D - Sai Pearls Of Wisdom Audio Part 1D
Then in a lighter vein, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba asked that boy, “Do you have friends?” That boy answered, “Swami, I have a few friends.” “Few friends? No, no!” He asked another boy, “How many friends have you?” Before that boy gave his reply, Swami said, “You have many friends, I know.” Then He said. “Who is your true friend?” They were just thinking. Bhagavan said, “God is your true friend. God is your only friend.” Then Swami gave a beautiful definition to this word ‘friend’. In English we say, “A friend in need is a friend indeed. “ That’s what Bhagavan said. “Who is a true friend? The one who will always be in your company, who will never betray you, who will never cheat you, who will never give you up in times of difficulties, in times of sickness, in times of danger -- He’s only your true fried. Do you have any friend on earth like that, who will never leave you, who will be with you always, supporting you in times of difficulties and sickness? He’s God. So treat God as your true friend. He’ll be always with you.” More conversations in the audio.........
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March 12, 2020
SPW 1C - Sai Pearls Of Wisdom Audio Part 1C
“What Is Society?” September 25th, 2002 And then on the 25th of September 2002, we were quite lucky to have many, many spiritual points mentioned in the conversation with Swami. As usual, after completing the interviews, He sat there staring at everybody, collecting letters from all boys. Oh! They all made a beeline, giving letters one after another. The kind, merciful Bhagavan received letters from almost everybody and then sat there. Then He started conversing with us. He said, “What is society?” Society in Sanskrit is samaja. Bhagavan had put this question to me, “What is samaja, society?” I said, “Swami, a group of individuals.” Bhagavan said, “No!” I'm always prepared for that kind of answer or reply from Swami. I prefer to give even wrong answers because then we can get more information from Him. It is also sometimes a spiritual strategy or religious manipulation or human managerial technique. (Laughter) So I said, “Group of individuals.” “No, no!” Swami said, “The very meaning of that word ‘samaja’ is ‘equality’. ‘Sama’ means ‘equal or equality’. ‘Ja’ means ‘born out of’. So ‘samaja’ means ‘born out of equality’, that which is equal-minded, that which is equanimous, where there is equality. How can you say, ‘A group of individuals’?” Then I said, “Swami, then what is the difference between the individual and society?” Bhagavan said, “The individual is always selfish. The individual always has self-interests. The individual always aims at esteem, name, fame, and popularity. So, the individual is different. The individual is self-centered.” “Oh.. Swami, then society?” “No, society thinks of creation. Society thinks of creation, which is a larger dimension.” “Oh! Then Swami, creation thinks of what?” Bhagavan said, “Creation thinks of the Creator. So, the individual leads to the community; that community or society thinks of creation; and creation thinks of the Creator.” “Bhagavan, ah! Swami. What a scientific explanation it is!” Then Swami used four important technical Sanskrit terms, which will be of some interest to you. The first word is vyeshti (also known as vyashti), which means ‘individual’. The second word is samashti, which means ‘community’. Third word is srishti or ‘creation’. And the fourth word is Parameshti, which means ‘Creator or God’. Swami used these four words -- vyeshti, samashti, srishti, and Parameshti. Now how did He establish a connection or a sequence between these four levels? Bhagavan said, “Vyeshti, the individual, is self-centred, while samashti or society always aims at equality, samatwa. By practicing samatwa (equality), the samashti (community) always thinks of srishti (creation). And this creation (srishti) wants to experience Parameshti (the Creator). So one leads to the other in a perfect sequential, preferential order.” More conversations in the audio.........
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March 11, 2020
SPW 1B - Sai Pearls Of Wisdom Audio Part 1B
“Everyone Should Do Seva Wholeheartedly” Then Bhagavan asked one boy to speak. You might have heard him. You might have seen the boy standing there talking to the other boys. I'm talking about the 28th of September -- the details of that boy’s speech. He spoke on seva. He said that everybody should do seva wholeheartedly. And then he quoted Swami’s poem where this is mentioned: “More than all worship, meditation or pilgrimages, service is most important.” And then he mentioned a few of his experiences: Some time ago, Swami used to serve food to all the poor people. This is called Narayana Seva. It seems one time when Swami had started serving food; He stopped at one spot, noticing a lady who was carrying a little, small child in her arms. Swami stopped there and called to one Seva Dal boy. “We are serving food to these people; how about that child?” That Seva Dal had no reply. “Swami, what should I do?” “Bring a glass of milk for this child.” So the Seva Dal boy went all the way to bring one tumbler of milk. Swami went on moving around the lines, serving food. From a long distance, He stopped and shouted, “Did you give milk to that child?” That boy said, “Yes, Swami.” Swami said, “Nothing doing!” Swami went all the way back to that lady and touched the glass. “It is very, very hot. How do you expect the child to drink the milk? No, bring another glass.” He started cooling the milk -- pouring it this way and that, pouring it from one glass into the other. He made it cool and offered the milk to the child and only then left. This shows the personal care He takes and the sprit that He wants us to maintain while doing seva. Seva or service is not a routine; it is not mechanical, no! It is not a schedule. We have to do it wholeheartedly. More conversations in the audio.........
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March 11, 2020
SPW 1A - Sai Pearls Of Wisdom Audio Part 1A
Professor Anil Kumar presented these talks as extra satsangs from October 2002 till mid-March 2004 . He has selected important messages Baba imparted to the students gathered around Him during the afternoon sessions on the veranda at Prashanti Nilayam in those days. These talks carry precious gems of wisdom from Bhagavan Baba.
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March 11, 2020