PEACE THROUGH SENSE AND MIND CONTROL
You can experience Bliss only when you have learnt to control
the Mind. To control the Mind, you have to engage in good
deeds. As you go on performing good deeds, you will develop
good thoughts and feelings; and when you have good thoughts,
you will acquire true understanding of the Real.
Sanctify the time given to you with good thoughts and good
actions. To achieve this, you have to cultivate the company
of the good, and all of this, in due course, would lead to
liberation. Filling your mind with thoughts of God and engaging
in good actions is true Sadhana.
People claim to spend hours in meditation. But of what use
is it if there is no concentration of the Mind? Far better
it is to render social service or participate in Bhajans,
and through such means subject the Mind to some discipline.
This also is how work gets transformed into worship. When
you dedicate all your thoughts and actions to God, your actions
automatically get purified.
You can experience God through the performance of your duties
and proper actions. The Bhagavad Gita
says that the Kshetra (namely
the body) and the Kshetrajna
(namely the Atma) together constitute
the human personality. Similarly, the scriptures refer to
the human body as the temple and the Indwelling Spirit as
the God residing in that temple. Even a mere intellectual
understanding of this fact is enough to make you happy. But
you would be happier still, when you put this understanding
into practice in your daily life. You should try to seek continuous
satisfaction and fulfilment by basing even your mundane activities
on spiritual values. Whatever be the activity with which you
are preoccupied in Society, you must be steadfast in holding
on to the spiritual ideal. This alone will bestow lasting
The sense organs should be sanctified by offering all the
actions performed through them to God. You can surely achieve
that sanctified state, provided you have strong determination.
Unfortunately, man does not evince such a firm determination
and tenacity of purpose in respect of spiritual matters, as
he does for the sake of mundane things. Man is prepared to
make any amount of effort to undertake a journey of millions
of miles into outer space, but he hardly ever endeavours to
go even an inch within, towards his Inner Self. What is the
use of intelligence and worldly acquisitions when they cannot
give Atma Shanthi (the untrammelled
peace of the Atma or the Spirit)?
God alone can confer such enduring peace on man.
As far as possible, avoid causing harm or pain to others.
As you sow, so you reap. Whenever you feel disturbed by a
sense of anger, envy, pride, jealousy and the like, become
alert and resort to the contemplation of the Lord.
EXCERPTS FROM A DISCOURSE OF SRI SATHYA SAI BABA