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Idols In Temples – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“A spiritual seeker once approached a guru for guidance. The guru gave him an idol of Vishnu and necessary instructions for daily worship. But the seeker found that, even after some months of meticulous worship, he did not get any spiritual reward or elation. So he reported his dissatisfaction, and the guru gave him another idol, this time of Siva, and asked him to have another try. The disciple came after another six months demanding another idol, because even Siva had failed him. This time, he got a Durga idol, which he duly installed in his domestic shrine. The two previous idols were standing, dust-ridden and neglected, on the windowsill. One day, while ritual worship of the Goddess Durga was going on, the disciple found that the perfumed smoke from the incense stick was being wafted by the breeze toward the idol of Siva on the windowsill. He got wild that the ungrateful stone-hearted God who was deaf to his powerful entreaties should get the perfume intended for his latest idol! So, he took a piece of cloth and tied it round the face of Siva, closing up the nostrils that were inhaling the perfume. Just at that moment, to his immense surprise Siva appeared in His Splendor and Glory before the seeker! The man was dumb founded. He did not know how the ill-treatment had induced Siva to give him Darshan. But what had really happened? The seeker for the first time believed that the Siva idol was alive, conscious, full of life (Chaitanya-full), and it was that belief which forced him to tie the bandage to the nose. The moment he realised that the idol was full of consciousness (Chit), he got the Realisation he was struggling for. Therefore, the spiritual aspirant should see not the stone, which is the material stuff of the idol, but the Power that is inherent in it, that is symbolized by it, the same Power that is inherent in his own heart and that pervades and transcends all creation”.

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Visit To Temples – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“People go to many places like temples and go on pilgrimage. What is the use of such pilgrimage? The same is the case with science today. Man undertakes to travel lakhs of miles in outer space but he isn’t progressing even half an inch inwards. Today devotees too go to various pilgrimage centres and monasteries (matts). What is the use of such Matt visiting? The Lord, whom one aspires for, resides in one’s heart. Hence one must look within and self enquire the kind of thoughts, feelings one harbours for, then and then alone can one enter the right path. It is not true devotion to have inwardly a heart filled with dirt and pollution and to chant the Lord’s name outwardly. Even if one does not turn outward, one should turn inward and sanctify one’s heart. Hence one must cultivate the chanting of lord’s name in one’s heart and build noble virtues. These are termed as human values. God is everywhere. One can see Him anywhere. ‘rushikesa darshanam daiwa darshanam’, All are the forms of the divine, the ‘rushikesa’”.

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Mind – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“Mind is like a housefly. It lacks the ability to investigate if a thing is real and relevant or otherwise. One moment it feeds upon the sacred food, and the next moment it flies away to sit upon a garbage dump. In this manner, man ponders on good ideas and positive thoughts for a minute, but quickly becomes disturbed and agitated with bad ideas and negative thoughts the next minute. Mind has no holds barred. It has no sense to discriminate between purity and impurity. There is Buddhi (intellect), the faculty that can examine things and discriminate between the relevant and irrelevant, but it is not given an opportunity and is not being made use of by man. Mind is like the elephant. Even as the Mahout gives it a thorough wash, it sprinkles mud upon itself with its trunk. That is natural to it. Similar is the condition of man. Now and then, man purifies himself with some spiritual exercises, virtuous deeds or sacred feelings. But soon he dirties himself with the dust of mundane and materialistic indulgences and loses peace of mind. If you want to contain water in a storage reservoir, first of all, the outlets and leakages in the reservoir should be plugged up. Otherwise, the water that flow in keeps draining out through the outlets and the leakages. Atmic energy is a mighty stream, which flows into the mind-reservoir that rarely gets filled. For man, the mind itself is a great reservoir. Atmic energy is a mighty stream that flows into the mind-reservoir through the channel of Buddhi. The senses are leakages or outlets to the reservoir”.