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
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.
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.
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
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.