Quote for the Day
You have been listening to My discourses for years. If you are merely content to listen, it is sheer waste of time. You have to ruminate over what you have heard and try to put into practice the teachings. Sravanam (listening), Mananam (reflecting) and Nidhidhyasanam (putting into practice what has been learnt) are the three stages in the spiritual journey. Repeating parrot-like what one has heard earns not even the merit of enjoying the sweetness of the words. Claiming to be devotees and going about as devotees, few are caring to find out what is true devotion. Bhajans and Japas (singing and repeating God’s name) and performance of yagas and yajnas (sacrifices and rituals) are not the real marks of devotion. They are merely exercises in washing out one’s impurities. All the nine kinds of worship are also designed to achieve purity of mind and heart. But purity should find expression in action just as clothes that have been washed have to be worn. Without purity in action, the real nature of the Self cannot be recognised.
– Divine Discourse, July 11, 1987
Summary of the Discussion
1.3 stages of spiritual journey are Sravanam(listening), mananam(reflecting), nidhidyasanam(putting into practice) , our focus should be on putting into practice.
2.Bhajans and 9 forms of devotion are paths of devotion only, but actual devotion is only when we practice Bhagwan’s teachings
3.Swami keeps reminding us that His real birthday is ‘The day when you resolve to practice My advice, to follow My directives, to translate My message into acts of service, and to engage in Sadhana – that day is My birthday for you.’
4.if you can’t practice whatever Swami says, follow the 9 point code of conduct -charter of the Sai Organization which says that every member should undertake sadhana (spiritual discipline) as an integral part of daily life and abide them.
5.Practice makes the man perfect, it takes 10000 hours to make it a habit.
6.We should sit back and retrospect what teachings of Swami are we practicing and what are we not?, Start with one teaching and work towards putting them into practice.Practice with commitment.
8.Swami’s teachings are related to each other, If we start to practice one it will eventually fulfill others.
9.When comes to putting into practice, we can’t judge others, But we are the best judge of ourselves.
10.9 points of conduct will cover many of swami’s teachings . Let us make the effort of following them.