Volume 4 - Issue 12 DECEMBER 2006
CONVERSATIONS WITH SAI
SAI: What is liberation?
Boy: (After some hesitation) End of the path.
All are ladies. None are men. Lady is weakness, not strength. The Sanskrit word for lady has the meaning of weakness, no strength at all. All humans are so. Hate, anger, jealousy, sorrow - men may better control these, but their inside feeling is the same. Only God is above feeling. All others are equally affected. God is the only male person. In a women's college, in a play, men characters may appear on the stage, but the male casts are women dressed as men. The world is women’s college. There are just male roles. Inside all are the same, all women. Life is a cosmic stage on which we are the actors. In one scene an actor may take one role, and in other scenes different roles.
Creation means change and nothing is unchanging as every moment there is change. How can these changing things give bliss to persons who are also changing? Your bliss can be made permanent only by immortality where there is no change. Scientists experiment today and tomorrow their findings are outmoded. The world goes on overriding itself.
That which science knows is microscopic compared to the immensity of that which is to be known. Nothing exists without the atom. All things are produced from atoms. Atoms together also make the moon. Atoms are active and alert, never inert. How therefore, can the moon be called inert? The entire universe is active because of atoms. From where does this energy come? Electrons, neutrons, protons - from where does this science arise? Scientists ask ‘How is it that these things go on?’ But do not ask, 'Why'? The answer to 'why' leads you to the divine. The basic energy is Shakti. All is derived from this basic energy. Wherefrom this atom power? It is divine power.
THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDY CIRCLES
Hislop asked the question, 'What is a study circle?' It is not just reading books. Study circle means taking a point and each person discussing its meaning to them, like a round table conference. Each person gives his point of view, and finally values are derived from this. If people just read, there will be doubts. But if each one gives his view, doubts will be answered. The topic is viewed with the study circle looking at different facets. Like a diamond with different facets, there is one facet that is flat, the top facet, and all can be viewed from this. To discover the top facet is the task of the study circle.
You may take Swami's talks, or other scriptures. Take one point and let everyone think about it, discuss it, and come to the final point where doubts are resolved. If only one person reads, there will be only one meaning. After misunderstandings and different points of view are brought out, the study circle members will get confidence. There is no doubt about this. If only each one reads, this may go on for a year or two, then an allergy to reading develops. Centers must have study circles in this way, and none will note the passage of time. Each one listens eagerly and many will give their point of view. The Bible, the Koran, the Gita and Swami's books may be used. What is wanted is a study circle which rotates giving each one a chance
A Scientist Visitor:(Father of the 16-year-old boy earlier questioned by Swami) Many fools do not make one wise man.
SAI: Only those who are intelligent will wish to bother with a study circle. They may be fools in other matters, perhaps. But we have here the example of a doctor who does operations but who in bandaging is a fool, relying upon his nurse to do a good job. Life means such a mixture. A man with a dual mind is half blind. Every one is half blind in some matters. Only he who knows the divine is an expert first class in one study. But in general, people have no common sense. But common sense is necessary in daily life and that is what counts. Each subject is only one road; but mastery, the development of common sense is a spiritual effort. In a house an elder is not respected because a younger member has studied some subjects, but common sense requires that the youth’s attitude to the elder be respectful. Common sense is required. Humility and love are divine. If you become the master of a subject, but develop anger and ego, these are enemies on the spiritual path.
SAI: Up to a certain level, science helps. It is of service to mankind. But Baba knows that which science does not know. Baba is at a level that is beyond the reach of the senses. Not all that he knows can be brought to a lower level. Too much current burns out the bulb. Capacities must be known. Swami's power is given according to capacity. Baba is the servant - He waits at the door of the shrine room to give you what you want. Swami's duty is to be the servant of His devotees. There is no place for any ego.
SAI: Not so. Of the group here, only the scientist and Hislop are asking questions. Not everyone in the study circle will be able to speak.
H: Oh, I see that situation.
SAI: Baba can transform the scientists, but scientists can transform themselves only by getting into the spiritual life. It is only physics in which they are engaged. Philosophy starts where physics ends. Physics is useful, but it is only information. Spiritual life is transformation.
SAI: Baba does it for His own sake. Let the scientists come, and I will transform them. The spiritual world is beyond the material. Material things are involved in sorrow. Do great scientists have compassion and a peaceful mind? No. They worry and worry. What is needed is to unite spiritual life and worldly life. Develop a spiritual life first, and then live a spiritual life in the world, a dual life. Spiritual life is quality, and worldly life is quantity.
Scientist: If they can be convinced that the miracles are valid by scientific controls and standards, then belief in You will follow.
SAI: If they believe, what will the world gain? Their worldly desires will increase since their understanding is so poor.
SAI: Even they do not understand their own science fully enough. It is good they go slow.
A Visitor: Is it not better to have a qualified nursemaid to care for a child when the mother is nervous and unable to give proper attention?
SAI: The nursemaid gives love that is purchased. The mother's love is real. Give a child to servants and the child's thoughts are cultured at the servant's level.
SAI: Baba instructs by life in the Ashram. Up early and to bed early so that the mind is bright and alert. Live on the floor to learn that the body has few genuine needs.
(To be continued...)
– Heart2Heart Team
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Vol 4 Issue 12 - DECEMBER 2006
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