Love God, Fear Sin, Serve Society

The body is the  vesture which the mind has assumed for its functioning and growth. The thoughts and experiences of many previous lives are imprinted on the mind. When the mind is filled with good thoughts, there is nothing beyond its reach. Thoughts give rise to actions. Actions produce habits. Habits mould one's character. And character decides one's destiny - for good or ill. Hence thoughts are the basis for all one's misfortunes or enjoyments. There is no greater blessing than having good thoughts. Association with good persons promotes good thoughts.

Thoughts help to strenthen one's will power, which is the basis for acquiring other qualities like discrimination, intelligence, determination, eloquence and enquiry. However, this will power, which is in everyone, gets weakened by the limitless growth of desires. With a weak will man cannot enjoy peace or bliss.

The Three Maxims

It is a great pity that people are sacrificing the most precious things in life for the sake of trivial and transient pleasures. In the pursuit of the trivial, men involve themselves in sinful activities. They forget the Divine. There is no escape from the consequences of sinful deeds. Hence everyone should have fear of sin. Equally, there should be love of God. When these two are present, one will become a truly moral person in society. All "active workers" should therefore bear in mind these things: Love of God (Daiva preethi), fear of sin (Papa bheethi), and social morality (Sangha Neethi). When one observes these three. he will be practising all other human values. Fear of sin will result in non-violence and peace. Love of God will promote adherence to truth and expression of love for all beings. Social morality will be Righteousness itself (Dharma).

Prema and Seva

There is no meaning in repeating parrot-like the words Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa. One must strive to experience divinity. All the chaos and conflict prevailing in the world today are due to the absence of the fear of sin and love of God. Human values are disappearing from society. Evil thoughts and bad intentions are ruining the lives of people. These should be totally eschewed. Sai workers should not indulge in slanderous gossip or talk ill about others. They should see divinity in every one and feel that when they speak ill of others they are demeaning themselves.

Love and Service

Active workers engaged in service should realise that there is nothing greater than service and seek to promote love of God, fear of sin, and Righteousness in society as the highest values to be cherished by all. Indeed, if there is love of God, automatically there will be fear of sin and when these two are there, morality follows as a natural sequence. Social morality (Sangha Neethi) is like a beacon for mankind. Everyone should develop love of God and take up service. Love and Service (prema and seva) are like two eyes for a  bird. One who has no love for his fellowmen is like a blind man. There should be no pretence in manifesting love. It should be based on conviction that the Divine is present in every one. When love is sincere, one will experience real peace and joy.

Bhagavan's Example

Reagard Me an illustration of this truth. I have love for all, even for those who are bad. I have greater love for those who deride Me and I draw them nearer to me. I derive joy from this. Hence my life is my message. With me, it is always a sacrifice and giving (thyaga), not enjoyment (bhoga). Sacrifice itself is enjoyment for me. All active workers should excel in sacrifice and dedication.

Those who wish to servce society in the true spirit and experience the joy therefrom should go into society  with dedication. They must  undertake service activities according to their capacity and competence and should not over-stretch themselves. They should not get involved in fund-raising. Money is the cause of many differences and conflicts. Concentrate on service. There will be no lack of resources. There is none poorer than the person who will not use his money for good purposes. Such men are a pitiable lot.

Sevaks All

Sai Organisations are growing from day to day. There would be bo room for factions and differences within the Organisation if all members developed devotion, dedication, tolerance and the spirit of sacrifice and considered themselves only as sevaks. There is no place in the Sai Organisations for bossism. Whether they are office-bearers or others, all are equally sevaks engaged in service. This Organisation is intended for those who are wedded to dedicated and selfless service.Those who are not active in service should be kept out. It is better to have ten genuine active sevaks than a large number of office-bearers who take the credit for what others have done. You should not be concerned about wealth, position, name or distinction of any one. Sincere service is the only criterion.  Those who are not active or who merely indulge in idle talk or criticism of others should be eliminated. Only those who have humility to regard themselves as "servants of servants" can become true servants of God.

There are some who are connected with several Organisations, either as office-bearers or members, and cannot serve fully any one of them. Those who wish to have connections with other organisations  may keep out of the Sai Organisation. It is a bad trait to be associated with any organisation merely for the sake of name or prestige. It is better to be connected with only one organisation and render effective service through it.

All that has so far been achieved  by Sai Organisations is dure to the unostentatious work of the "active workers". I am well aware of your dedication and sacrifice in rendering service. I am quite content with such workers.