Quote for the Day
Consider the meaning of the name ‘Sai Baba’. ‘Sa’ means Divine; ‘ai’ or ‘ayi’ means mother, and ‘Baba’ means father. Your physical parents exhibit love with a dose of selfishness; but Sai, your Divine Mother and Father, showers affection or reprimands only to lead you towards victory in the struggle for self-realisation. Sai descended as Avatar to achieve the supreme task of uniting the entire mankind as one family through the bond of brotherhood, of affirming and illumining the Divine (Atmic) reality in every being. Divinity is the basis for the entire cosmos, and My mission is to instruct all to recognise the common divine heritage that binds one person to another, so that you can rid yourself of the animal, and rise to the Divine! I desire that you contemplate on this, derive joy and be inspired to observe the spiritual disciplines I laid down to progress toward the goal of realising Sai, who shines in your hearts.
– Divine Discourse, June 19, 1974
Summary of The Discussion
1.When we are in dream, we are in tune with divine. When we get up we forget that. So, how do we understand that we are divine? Regular namasmarana or service will make us realize the divinity in others and within us.
2.How do we remind ourselves that we are divine? We should always be excited first to unravel the mystery about life and then focus on the ways to achieve bliss. We should realize the potential to become divine.
3.We experience our divinity at the time of birth and at the time of death; Holding on that divine experience during our life time can happen only when we come out of our comfort zone.
4.Two factors that remind us we are divine — Conscious about our existence and self confidence
5.Once we gain self confidence that I am divine then we should expand ourselves and see divinity in others as well.
6.Focus on the breath – which repeats ‘He-I (Soham)’ 21,600 times a day, thus emphasizing the identity of the Indweller with the Principle that is Imminent in the Universe. The breath repeats ‘So’ as it goes in and ‘Ham’ as it goes out’, making it clear that the He who is imminent is the I that is resident!