Divine Discourse By Bhagavan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba Note: Discourses of Sri Sathya Sai Baba on this SBOI -
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RESPECT, HONOUR AND MAKE YOUR MOTHER HAPPY
May 06, 2008
Students - Boys and Girls!
Venkataraman has spoken to you regarding today’s function in a befitting manner. He is a very
learned man who worked in the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. He has worked in some
scientific areas earlier pursued by Sir C.V. Raman. He is the winner of many awards.
Now, what can I say about the mother of this body? Man has actually three bodies – physical,
mental and spiritual. Therefore, you are not one person but three – 1. The one you think you
are, i.e., body 2. The one others think you are, i.e., mind 3. The one you really are, i.e.,
Atma (spirit). Your true form is the Atma, not the body or the mind.
In the circumstances that prevail today, there are very few who honour their mother. Your
mother carried you in her womb for nine months and gave you birth after undergoing many
difficulties and hardships. Forgetting such a mother is like forgetting God. This amounts to
forgetting yourself. Mother is your first teacher. It is the mother who feeds and nourishes
you. It is on the lap of your mother that you grow up and experience all types of happiness.
None should forget the love that he receives from his mother. First and foremost, our mother
deserves our highest respect.
After the death of his
mother, many people told Sankaracharya to take the body out. But Sankaracharya told them,
“Neither my mother is going to leave me, nor I am going to leave my mother. My mother and I
are one forever. Bodies are different but the principle of the Atma is the same in both of us.
You may go away from me but none has any right to separate my mother from me. Her body will be
cremated in the compound of the house.” Accordingly, Sankaracharya cremated the body of his
mother in the compound of his house. None can estimate the feelings of the mother. Even today
people of Palakkad either cremate or bury the body of their mother in the compound because
they feel that such a great person like Sankaracharya has done it and they should also follow
the same. In the beginning many people had criticised Sankaracharya, saying, being such a
learned scholar, he had committed such a type of impropriety. Knowledge of scriptures is not
that important, it is cultural refinement that has great value. Culture is that which brings
Physically your mother may not be with you, but your love for her should remain the same. The
mother of this body sent a letter to me when I was in Kodaikanal. After that I came to
Brindavan (Bangalore). The Summer Course was going on at Brindavan. Once she prayed that My
name should be on her lips at the time of her death. When she passed away in May 1972, Summer
Course was in progress at Brindavan. She was hale and hearty. All of a sudden she called out,
“Swami, Swami, Swami …” I replied, “I am coming, I am coming …” When I came down the stairs,
she breathed her last.
So long as there is life in the body, we should take care of it. When the life goes away the
body has no value. Truly speaking, who is the mother? It is the life principle that is the
mother, not the body. Body is like a water bubble, mind is like a mad monkey. What for we
should keep the body? Immediately, I asked for the car to be brought and sent her body in the
car to Puttaparthi. I remained in Brindavan. For the summer course, students not just from one
college but they had come from various colleges from all over India. They all thought that
Swami would not come to the class that day. Then what? Exactly at 9 o’ clock, I entered the
classroom smilingly. Students were surprised to see Me there. They were all thinking, “What is
this? Swami’s mother has passed away and He has come to the classroom.” Mother does not go
anywhere. The body that was being addressed as ‘mother’ has left. But the mother is with Me
only. Hence, there was no need to be sad. So long as I am there, mother is always with Me.
Therefore, I told the students to be happy and not to feel sorry that the mother of this body
left her mortal coil. At that time V.K. Gokak was the Vice Chancellor. He was also surprised
thinking, “What, Swami is talking like this!” I have not taken birth from physical body. After
all what is this body! It exists when five elements are there in it. Body is like a bag
containing five elements. When the five elements leave the body, it becomes an empty bag.
Hence, one should not have undue attachment with the body. All mothers and children should
develop these feelings of detachment. So long as the mother is alive, we should respect her,
honour her and make her happy in every possible way. There is no need to be sad when she
leaves the body. Even here in Puttaparthi, people said, “What is this? Swami has sent the body
of Easwaramma, but He Himself has not come?” What for I should go with the body? Body is only
a vesture. It is like a leather bag. When the five elements leave the body, the five senses
also go with it. Then why should we grieve over the lifeless body? I arranged for whatever was
supposed to be done at the worldly level. I remained in Brindavan and conducted the summer
classes happily. In this world, all the physical relationships are of our own making.
Otherwise, who is related to whom? This relationship of mother and son is only at the physical
level. The mother came, performed the actions that she was destined to perform and then left.
I have to perform My duty. Therefore, I engaged Myself in the performance of the task for
which I have come when we see from the worldly point of view, the body is physical and
The body is made up of five elements and is bound to perish sooner or later, but the indweller
has neither birth nor death. The indweller has no attachment whatsoever and is the eternal
We should keep Dehi (indweller) in our view and not the physical body (Deha). Everyone forgets
the body when he goes to sleep. When you can forget it in your sleep, why can’t you forget it
forever? However, so far as your parents are there, you should make them happy. Do not ignore their well-being.
We should look after our parents and treat them with love and respect. However, we should not
have undue attachment to the body. The relationship between husband and wife is there only
after the marriage. Wife comes in the middle of your life but mother is there with you right
from the birth. It is sheer foolishness to forget your mother who is with you since your birth
and get entirely immersed in the love of your wife who comes in the middle of your life. Other
relations like sons, daughters, grandsons, sons-in-law, etc., are also formed in the middle of
one’s life. In fact, all worldly relations are temporary; they come and go like passing
clouds. You have connections with these relations so long as you exist. Where is the
connection when you yourself are not there? Hence, do not form any relationships on the basis
of the body. However, perform all duties which you are required to perform at the physical and
worldly level with earnestness. Your conduct should be good and your actions should also be
good. Never forget your mother; treasure her form in your heart. We come from the heart of our
mother and mother should always be in our heart. Therefore, neither your mother ever leaves
you nor you should leave her. Mother and children are united with each other for ever.
Twameva Mathacha Pitha Twameva, Twameva Bandhuscha Sakha Twameva, Twameva Vidya Dravinam
Twameva (you alone are the father and mother, friend and relation, wisdom and wealth).
Wherever you may be, keep your heart suffused with the feelings of love for your mother. Once
Narasimha Murthy came to Me and said, “My mother has passed away.” I asked him, “Who has
passed away – your mother or her body?” Then I told him, “Your mother is here. I am your
mother (loud applause). It is the body that dies. Body is like a water bubble. Bodies come and
go. Therefore, you should have no worry about the death of the body of your mother. I am here
with you. Ask Me whatever you wanted from your mother; I will give (loud applause). Hence, you
should not feel sad at all.” From then onwards, Narasimha Murthy is with Me. I give him
whatever he wants. Mother, father and other relations are temporary – coming and going, coming
and going. But God is not coming and going. He is always present. Therefore, it is only God
who is present at all times (loud applause). The entire world is ephemeral and transitory. How
many people have taken birth in this world? Are they all here now? Death can occur in any
has no sign or symptom. Death is death. Even if some symptoms of death are visible,
we should not worry at all.
Never ever show disrespect to your mother. Never make her shed tear by your conduct. Keep her
always happy. Her happiness will bring you all good things in life. But we should not worry at
the death of our parents. Recently also I told in My Discourse in Bangalore that both My
mother and father appeared before Me. They smiled on seeing Me; I also smiled on seeing them.
We should be happy when our parents smile. Small children smile at everyone. We also start
smiling when they smile. The parents are also like small children. Mother always loves her
children. Therefore, whatever high position we may attain in our life, we should never
disrespect or look down upon our parents. Always consider them as God. Mother is God, father
is God. That is why it is said, Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo Bhava, Acharya Devo Bhava, Atithi
Devo Bhava (revere your mother, father, preceptor and guest as God). Mother gives you your
body. Father provides the means of nourishment and growth of the body. Acharya gives you
education and God gives you everything. Therefore, you should never forget these four and
treasure them in your heart. Mother and father have their place in the heart of man. He should
not forget them even if he is in great difficulty or upset over something. One who forgets
his/her parents cannot be a human being. How can you exist without your parents? They are the
seeds of your life; the very sourse of your life on earth. Therefore, parents should have
prime importance in our life. Even if you are old or in great difficulty, you should make
efforts to make your parents happy as far as it is possible for you. You should feed them even
if you have to resort to begging. Bear all hardships to look after them. Fulfil all their
desires. This will result in the fulfilment of your own desires. Everything in this world is
reaction, reflection and resound. None can escape from these. If you cause difficulties for
your parents today, your children will cause difficulties for you tomorrow. You will get back
the result of your actions without much delay. You may love anyone you like, but do not forget
your parents. When your parents have not forgotten you, you should not forget your parents.
Matha Nasthi, Pitha Nasthi, Nasthi Bandhu Sahodaraha, Artham Nasthi, Griham Nasthi, Thasmath
Jagrata Jagrataha. (The relationships like mother, father, brothers, sisters and friends are
not real. House and wealth are also illusory. Beware of this truth.) (Sanskrit Verse)
You should remember your
parents at all times. You should never forget them. It is for this reason that I have come
here straight from Brindavan. Earlier, people thought that Easwaramma Day may be celebrated in
Kodaikanal. But I decided that I should be here at Puttaparthi on 6th May and a grand function
should be held here and poor people should be made happy by distributing clothes and serving
them sumptuous food. Wherever I am, I perform this function in the same grand manner. You
should never ignore poor people. We should always remember them and help them.
But some people out of their distress and anger abuse and ridicule them. This is a great
mistake. If you ridicule them now, it will come back to you in future. You may be thinking you
are ridiculing them but truly speaking you are ridiculing yourself. Never ridicule or insult
them. Always love them. If you insult them before others, you will also be insulted by others.
You cannot escape from the reaction, reflection and resound.
Difficulties come and go. Even the mighty Rama had to cry like an ordinary man on account of
his separation from His wife Sita. Even the valorous Pandavas had to live in forest eating
leaves and tubers. How much power and valour they had! Yet they had to live in forest and bear
all difficulties. What for? They were defeated in gambling. Similar will be the fate of all
those who take to this bad path. Gambling is not good at all. Similarly, drinking of liquor is
also not good. Addiction to drinking leads to loss of control over oneself. Under the
influence of liquor, a drunkard may speak anything. Later on, he will repent after coming back
to his normal senses. Lust and anger are the two demonic qualities. Never allow them to come
near you. In a fit of anger, we may say anything without considering its consequences. But
after a few minutes, when we come to our normal mood, we will say sorry, “Alas! Why did I
abuse like this?” Therefore, first and foremost kill the anger. Rama killed many demons and
demonesses in the forest because of their evil qualities of lust and anger. Whoever one may
be, whether a male or a female, if he/ she has the evil qualities of lust and anger, they
should be punished. Anger and lust are very bad for man. Love God. Adore Him and worship Him.
He is your father, mother and everything. Have relationship only with God. God will never
leave you. He is omnipresent. All the worldly people whom you love are like passing clouds.
They come and go. But God comes and grows. Therefore, love God and have faith in Him. One who
has love for God only is a true human being. (Here Swami called a boy from Iran, who is a
student of Sri Sathya Sai Primary School and asked him to chant Vedic Mantras.) See how
beautifully this boy from Iran has
chanted the Vedic Mantras! He is a Mohammedan boy. In their
country, people are not even allowed to utter the name of Rama in public. When you ask him his
name, he will tell “My name is Sathya.” (Here Swami asked this boy – “What is your name?” What
is your parents name? Chant the Vedic Mantras nicely and learn all Vedic Mantras. Do you know
Rig Veda? The boy then recited Rudram and Sri Suktam with perfect intonation and pronunciation
to the applause of the entire gathering.) Everything is there in the Vedas. The essence of all
the religions like Hindu, Islam and Christianity is there in the Vedas. Even Christians also
sing the glory of God in the same manner. Even the Mohammedans extol the five elements and
worship the goddess of wealth. Hence, God is one for all religions. God is one. There is
difference only in names. Mohammedans offer prayers to God five times in a day. Hindus also
pray to God in the morning and evening. We should never say that the Veda is only for Hindus.
Veda is for all. That which is one and universal is the Veda. Veda can alleviate all types of
suffering of man. Hence, it is good for everyone to learn the Veda. Many people from America
also come here and learn the Vedas. Many people in Russia and Germany also recite the Vedic
Mantras both in the morning and evening. Since, Hindus do not recite the Vedic Mantras, they
are forgetting them. Therefore, nobody should forget the Vedas. Veda and Vedanta are like your
parents. We should always remember them and never forget them. Therefore, students! Whatever
you may study, you should never forget God. Only then can you attain peace. People say, “I
want peace.” There can be no peace without Bhajan. (Here Bhagavan sang the Bhajan, “Hari
Bhajan Bina …” and continued His Discourse.)
Many people perform Yajnas and Yagas for the sake of peace. Where can you get peace from? It
is within you only. It does not come from outside. What come from outside are only pieces,
pieces, pieces! Peace comes from our heart only. You should do Bhajans to attain peace. Only
Bhajan can give you peace.