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Sai Baba Speaks of Buddha

The Life and Message of the Buddha
From Extracts of Speeches/Writings of
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

An offering to Interfaith Love and Understanding from Sathya Sai Central Council of Malaysia


The Sai movement is a multi-religious, spiritual organization dedicated to promoting the highest Human Values, service to fellow man and the promotion of Interfaith harmony.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has urged all to follow sincerely their own religion and to respect all religions. The World symbol of the Sai Organization contains the symbols of the 5 great ancient religions of the World viz Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Zorastrianism and Hinduism. In the West, where Judaism prevails he has allowed the symbols of the Jewish religion to be used.

This Catholicity of Baba's teachings is reflected not just in symbols but in the speeches and writings He has conveyed to the World from the time he started his mission at the age of fourteen. Through the years he has commented on and revealed fascinating aspects of the exemplary lives and the inner significance of the teachings of the great religious leaders of the World.

We dedicate this publication to the Wesak day celebration of the Interfaith movement in Malaysia and present some of the comments that Baba has made on the life and teachings of "The BUDDHA".

We offer this as a humble token of love to all our Buddhist brothers and sisters and to all who love and respect The Buddha - for his teachings and His great contribution to Mankind.

My grateful thanks to all my Sai brothers and sisters who gleaned through numerous speeches and writings by Baba and others who have worked to make this offering possible.

Buddham Saranam Gacchami
Sangham Saranam Gacchami
Dharmam Saranam Gacchami


J. Jagadeesam
Sathya Sal Central Council of Malaysia

The Holy Ones of the World

Students! Embodiments of the Divine Atma! And, supporters and promoters of education! This Kali Yuga offers more facilities for liberations than any previous one. For, mankind is much cleverer now; there are educational institutions even in the farthest corners of every land. But, it is a pity, peace of mind has become very rare among men. Why has peace remained out of reach. In spite of the plethora of gadgets and contrivances that offer man comfort and pleasure?

The fault lies in human conduct which runs along evil lines. When man thinks, speaks and acts along virtuous lines, his conscience will be clean and he will have inner peace. Knowledge is power, it is said; but virtue is peace. The world reveres even today great men and women who have lived exemplary lives of virtue. Jesus, Muhammad, Zoroaster, Buddha, Sankaracharya, Madhwacharya, Ramanujacharya and others were able to command the loyalty and adoration of people, solely on account of the purity of their conduct and actions. They have become immortal residents in the hearts of mankind. Scholarship cannot confer this high historic ascendancy. Mastery of books may help you to expound or exhibit your dialectical skill. But, what really is the width and depth of your experience? And, just examine how conceited you have become! Man must saturate his daily life in truthful speech, virtuous acts, and holy thoughts.

There were other seers too who laid down paths towards the same goal. They announced that the universe belongs to God and man should not desire to accumulate or appropriate any portion of the Divine Treasure. They advised that the sapling of devotion must be protected from the pests of sloth, doubt, and fanaticism by the cultivation of valour and vigilance.

Of the major religions, I may mention one, namely, Buddhism. Buddha was so agonised by the suffering that haunts the life of man, that he investigated the behaviour of the mind and intellect of man and discovered remedial disciplines. He analysed the vagaries of the mind which lead man into the whirlpools of desire; he analysed the ways of reason, too, and spotted the areas where prejudice takes root; above all, he preached surrender to dharma, to compassion and to Buddha (the Enlightened One).

February 1980


Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has often talked of the teachings of all the great religions and especially during the major festivals he draws the inner significance of the teachings of the great spiritual Lights of the world!

This booklet is a compilation of some of Baba's comments on the Buddha and his teachings.


The Transforming Power of Love

Love will not submit to the forces of envy or hatred however powerful they maybe. Love will prevail over them. Once when Buddha was travelling, he was confronted by a demoness with a sword in hand. "Oh Buddha! Your Love must submit today to my envy. Your life will end today." Buddha answered her, with a smile: "I will not submit to envy or hatred. I am not affected by praise or blame or ridicule. I love even you who bear such ill will towards me." When the demoness heard these words, she turned into a dove and vanished.

Those who hate others are ultimately consumed by their own hatred. Those filled with envy ultimately meet their end in it. Richard, a character in one of Shakespeare's plays, was filled with envy and could not bear to see any one superior or better looking than himself. In the end, he was a victim of his own envy and died miserably. Similar examples can be found in the Indian epics. Bhasmasura, who got a boon from Siva that any one on whom he placed his palm should be reduced ashes, was himself reduced to ashes when he placed his palm over his head.


In the pursuit of the good and godly life, one may encounter many difficulties and disturbances. Many doubts and questions crop up. It is only when these difficulties are faced squarely and the troubles are borne with patience and fortitude that we can understand the true nature of Reality. You should not allow yourselves to be overwhelmed in any way by difficulties and sorrows, doubts and disappointments. You must have faith. Have confidence in yourself and strive to understand well the nature of God's love. To secure that love is the sacred goal of human life. The transforming power of Love is boundless. St. Paul, who was originally an inveterate critic of Jesus, was transformed by Christ's love into the greatest apostle of Jesus.

January 1985

Another example: During Buddha's time, there was a very cruel and wicked man known as Angulimala. Like Ratnakara, he was also engaged in waylaying travellers, robbing them of their wealth, and cutting off their thumbs to use them as a necklace round his neck. The Buddha was able to reform even such a cruel man and turn him into a spiritual seeker.

August 1986

The Sadhaka must adhere to Sathwa ideal, a serene balanced equanimity. His inborn nature and social nurture might help him in this, but he must consciously and steadily cultivate this perseverance to attain purity of thought, word and deed. It is wrong to attribute the ups and downs in one's life to the will of God; they are due to the cultivation of neglect of this quality of perseverance.

Expansive Love, purity of intention and an eagerness to sacrifice - these three are the criteria for Sathwic quality. They are the chief limbs of the spiritual body which require attention. Mental health and spiritual wellbeing depend on these limbs. The assertion, "I take refuge in Buddha" must be based on an illumined intellect. "I take refuge in Sangha" must therefore urge the Sadhaka to utilise the intellect as an instrument for the service of society or sangha. When the third statement, "I take refuge in Dharma" is made, it directs the Sadhaka to utilise it for strengthening and promoting righteousness, morality and virtue. The path of Love is the path of Dharma. Love results in enthusiastic service. Who deserves Love most? Nothing on earth deserves pure Love more than God, and if one is aware of God in man, embodiments of Divinity.

Everyone has passed through numberless lives in the past, lives spent in utter selfishness. So, egoistic impulses enslave him very drastically even now, preventing unselfish Love from sprouting and spreading. God seeks in man Love and Law. Love has to be regulated by Law. Without Law, Love cannot expand. It will be narrow and crooked. They are the negative and positive.

Love implies understanding and consequently, sympathy and compassion. These confer Ananda. But man is lacking in Love and so in Ananda also. When men form conflicting groups and plot to destroy each other, how can joy and peace reside in him? Ancient myths speak of wars of extermination between Gods and demons and between men and rakshasas. But history today has to record wars between rakshasas who call themselves men.


Buddha and The Maharaja

Buddha was once asked: "Who is the richest man in the world?" Buddha replied: "He who has much satisfaction (with what he has) is the richest man." To the question, "Who is the poorest man?" Buddha replied: "He who has many desires."

A Maharaja, who was listening to Buddha's sermons on contentment and renunciation, wished to earn the approbation of Buddha.

Buddha used to keep with him always a rattle-drum. His disciples once asked him: "Master! Why are you always keeping this rattle-drum by your side?" Buddha replied: "I shall play on this drum the day a person who has made the greatest sacrifice approaches me." Everyone was eager to know who this person would be. Such persons are often the forgotten men of history.

Wishing to attain this distinction, the Maharaja loaded his elephant with condiserable treasure and went to Buddha. He hoped to offer the treasure to Buddha and earn his praise.

On the way, an old woman greeted the Maharaja and pleaded: "I am hungry. Will you give me some food?" The Maharaja took out pomegranate fruit from his palaquin and gave it to her. The old woman came to Buddha with the fruit.

By then, the Maharaja had come to Buddha and was eagerly waiting to see when Buddha would sound the rattle-drum. For a long time Buddha did not use it. The Maharaja stayed on.


The old woman approached Buddha staggering on her legs, and offered to him the pomegranate fruit. Buddha took it and immediately sounded the little drum.

The Maharaja asked Buddha: "I offered so much wealth to you. You did not sound the drum. But you rattled it after receiving a small fruit. Is this a great sacrifice?"

Buddha replied: "Maharaja! In sacrifice, it is not quantity that counts, it is the quality of sacrifice that matters. It is natural for a Maharaja to offer gold. But what great sacrifice is made when a hungry old woman offers the pomegranate fruit to the Guru despite her hunger. She did not care even for her life and gave the fruit. What greater sacrifice can there be? It is not sacrifice to offer what is superfluous for you. True sacrifice means giving up that which is most dear to you, that which you value most."

July 1988

Buddha - Saga of Dharma

The Lord was referred to as Dharma by the Vedas and as Vijnana by Buddha. For in those days, no one liked the word 'Veda', as in the times of the Asura called Somaka, when those who followed the Vedas desisted from calling them 'Veda'; While in mortal dread, such behaviour is passable. Yet, the Buddha was full of reverence to the Vedas; he was ever infused with God. The Buddha is often spoken of as an atheist, a Nasthika! Well, if the Buddha is a Nasthika, who then is the Asthika, the theist? The entire life of the Buddha is a saga of Dharma. Sankara is criticised by some people as opposed to the path of Dharma and Karma. But Sankara opposed only the Dharma and Karma which have fulfilment of Desire in view. He was indeed the Great Teacher who taught the path of Dharma and Karma, of endeavour impelled by the understanding of the basic Truth.

The adherence of Sankara to Dharma and Karma based on Truth, the faith of the Buddha in the essentials of the Vedas can be appreciated only by those who have the higher vision. Without that, one will be led astray in the interpretation. In order to climb a great height, a ladder as tall as the height is needed, is it not?

Whoever subdues his egoism, conquers his selfish desires, destroys his bestial feelings and impulses and gives up the natural tendency to regard the body as the self, he is surely on the path of Dharma: he knows that the goal of Dharma is the merging of the wave in the sea, the merging of the self in the Over-self.


What Buddha Taught

Once Buddha set out to seek alms. He was approaching a village where there were a number of devotees of Buddha. At that time, some wicked persons confronted him on the way and abused Buddha in various ways. Buddha sat on a rock nearby without proceeding with his journey. He addressed his traducers: "Dear children, what is the pleasure you derive from abusing me?" Without giving the reasons, they continued abusing him in worse terms. Buddha sat down saying, "If abusing me gives you pleasure, enjoy yourselves." Exhausted by their abuse, they were preparing to leave. At that time, Buddha told them, "I stayed here all the time because if I had gone to the village, my devotees there would not have spared you, if you had indulged in all this abuse before them. It is to save you from this calamity that I had put up with all your abuse, given you a free rein and stayed here."

"If we want to please others, we have to do many things and even spend a lot of money. I am happy that today without incurring any expense or taking any trouble I could give so much pleasure to all of you! What a fine day for me!" exclaimed Buddha. "You have derived joy from abusing me. So, I am the cause of your joy. I have given you satisfaction thereby. To bring comfort and happiness to people, many build choultries, dig wells, or do other charitable acts. But without undertaking any of these acts, I have been able to give great satisfaction to these evil-minded men. This is a great achievement, indeed," observed Buddha.

Buddha also brought home to them another lesson. He asked one of them: "Child! A beggar comes to your house asking for alms: 'Blessed mother, give me food!' You bring some food. If the beggar says, 'This is not the alms I asked for, and I will not accept it,' what will you do?" The man replied: "I will keep back the offering." Buddha said: "In the same manner, you attempted to offer me the alms (biksha) of your abuse. I did not accept it. To whom does it belong? It remains with you. So, you have only abused yourself, not me," said Buddha.

If a registered letter is addressed to some one, who declines to receive it, the postal department will deliver it back to the sender. Similarly, if you criticise someone or hate somebody, if the other person remains unaffected and unperturbed, your criticism and hatred come back to you. Jealousy and hatred do more harm to those who entertain these feeling than to those towards whom these are expressed.


Buddha - The Awakened Intellect

Human life, which is so precious, depends on breath, but man is prepared even to give up his life in order to realise the goal which captivates his mind. This spirit of renunciation must be dutifully cultivated by students. But, neglecting this duty, students are lost in turbulent confusion, because of the deteriorating conditions in the country. They must realise that courage and confidence can arise only by the awareness of the Divinity latent in man.

Three qualities distinguish man from other animals. They are sympathy, compassion and renunciation. Today a famine has dried up these feelings in the human heart. This tragic condition is generating agitation and disturbance among both students and teachers. Strikes have become normal routine events. The conviction that money can achieve anything has grown in men's mind, though it is impossible to promote peace and security through the accumulation of money. Money can buy plenty of food; it cannot buy appetite or hunger. Money can buy medical care and medicines; but it cannot buy health and immunity. Money can buy servants; it cannot buy goodwill. It can buy comfort, but not happiness. It cannot help to promote character or morality. This truth must be understood by both students and teachers. For, teachers mould the nation and students build nation, sound and strong. But only a few students are intent on taking the nation along the royal road and only a few teachers are holding high ideals of love and services before the people.

Teachers have to be life-long students, engaged not in mere study, but immersed in practice too. Only a lamp that burns can light other lamps. How can a flame that has long been out light other wicks? Many teachers have now become dispirited and the flame of their enthusiasm is spluttering. This is the result mostly of the multiplication of desires. The great mission of the teacher and its obligations are often ignored.

No one lives for himself alone. He is involved with parents, kinsmen, friends, foes, society, countrymen etc., in ever widening circles. Buddhists declare, "I take refuge in the Buddha. I take refuge in the Sangha. I take refuge in Dharma." The first is the involvement with the reality in one's own individual self. One must examine oneself whether he lives according to his innate human reality, whether his mind is free from polluting thoughts and feelings. Buddha is the symbol of the awakened intellect. Is the intellect sharp enough for clear discrimination? This must be one's question to oneself. For, even an insane person asks for food when hungry. His intellect is alert for limited purposes. But, it has to serve far higher purposes for man. The second stage: refuge in Sangha. Just as one yearns for and works towards securing property, welfare and happiness for oneself, one must also yearn for and work towards securing these very things for the sangha (society) to which one belongs. Without society to guard and guide, the individual is lost, as a drop of oil on an expanse of water. One's welfare is based on the welfare of society. The welfare of a particular society is based on the welfare of the country. The third stage: refuge in Dharma. Dharma means the vesture of the Cosmos, that which is its very nature, namely, Prema or Divine Love. When one seeks refuge in Love that sustains and promotes progress, the individual, the society and world become a sublime Trinity.

October 1981


"Bhagawan Baba uses the treasure chests of all religions to convey the immortal messages of Life to all mankind. Even when talking about one religious book or teaching He dips into the treasures of other religions to convey the great truth. Here is an example of how Baba used the life and messages of the Buddha during one of His discourses on the Bhagavad Gita."

You might wonder, 'Why would God ever pay attention to me? What could I possibly offer to Him which He would gladly accept, when the entire cosmos is already His? If even angels and divine beings cannot see Him, how can I ever hope to behold His form?' But, such selfdemeaning and belittling thoughts will not get you very far; as long as you think this way, you will not be able to gain the grace of the Lord and be fit to serve Him. Give no room to such displays of weakness. You have to establish the Lord in your heart and say to Him, 'Beloved Lord! I know You are residing in all the universe, but You are also here in my heart. With all my power I will keep You here, firmly established within me. You are, it is true, the biggest of the big; but You are also the smallest of the small. In that small form, You are ever residing in my heart.' If you have such a firm faith in yourself, and a firm resolve to establish the Lord inalterably in your heart, then you will surely attain Him.

Gautama Buddha with a firm resolve and a lot of penance, was able to achieve the state of Nirvana. One day after coming to know that Buddha was begging for alms, his father sent word to Buddha, 'O my child, your grandfather was a king, your father is a king, and you are also a king. I have heard that you, a king, coming from such a noble lineage, have been begging for your food. There is no dearth of property or wealth in this kingdom; there is no shortage of any luxury. You can have anything you wish. I am suffering untold pain knowing that you, who can enjoy all the luxuries and comforts of a king's palace, have taken to begging, and that you are lying down on hard ground living an uncomfortable beggars life. Please, come back to the palace, I will welcome you and make all the proper arrangements for your return. The kingdom itself will be yours.'

Buddha who heard all these things with total detachment, replied to the person who brought the message, "Please, tell the King, 'Yes, my grandfather was a king. My father is a king, and I too was king. But now, I am a Sanyasin. I have renounced this world. And I believe my real parents are Sanyasins, and that my true ancestors are also Sanyasins. If you want me to come back, you must first answer these questions: Do you have the power to save me from death? Can you keep diseases away from me and guarantee to keep me in sound health? Do you have the capacity to prevent old age and senility from descending on me? Do you have the power to free me from all these evils? If you can give me the correct answers to these questions then I will immediately come back to the palace."

Buddha saw that birth was sorrowful, that life was sorrowful, and that the end was also sorrowful. He replied to his father in the correct way. After having seen all the sorrows of life and after having watched so many people suffering, he could not continue to wallow in ignorance and illusion; that would have been sheer foolishness. Buddha's life serves as a lesson for you. In the limited time given to you, you have to realize your true nature. That is the real objective of human life. Your body is composed of the five elements, and some day it is going to perish. The indweller of your body is the only permanent entity. When you inquire into truth, you will realize that there is nothing like old age and there is nothing like death for the indwelling Self. If you could understand that this indweller, who is your own reality, is God, then you will know the truth and enjoy infinite peace.

by Baba


"Make an effort to see the same divine principle everywhere and in everything, until you realize the ultimate truth, that only the Atma exists, that only the Self is real."

Buddha taught the same great truth, although he may not have made reference to Veda or used Vedantic terms, nevertheless, he experienced and demonstrated the essential spirit of Veda. First he said, 'Buddham, Sharanam Gacchami', meaning, 'I take refuge in the Buddhi, my power of discrimination.' This deals with the individual; it speaks of the limited personality. Gradually, he added, 'Sangham Sharanam Gacchami', meaning, 'I take refuge in the community, I take refuge in the society.' He recognized that feelings associated with individual and personal considerations are selfish and narrow, and cannot take you very far.

You should not consider this individual self as everything; it is only a drop in the ocean. Along these lines, Krishna also commanded, "Arjuna, expand your heart. Become broadminded. Include the entire society within your scope." Society does not have any particular form; it is made up of individuals. When a large number of individuals join together they become a society. Swami often say, 'Expansion is My life'. When you expand individual life to infinity it becomes divinity; that is to say, let individual life multiply and broaden and it will eventually reach divinity. Therefore, Krishna told Arjuna, "Live in the society; serve the society; and develop broadmindedness."

The meaning of society in one country may be different from that in another; and a society or community called by one name may have nothing to do with a society or community called by another name. So, you will find that there are limits even for a society, and that the society by itself will not take you all the way to infinity. Therefore, Buddha added one more step, 'Dharmam Sharanam Gacchami', meaning, 'I take refuge in Dharma, I take shelter in truth and righteousness'. Dharma, as used here, has a very broad connotation; it refers to the one who supports the entire world. When you investigate the general meaning of the word Dharma, you find that it relates to the basic nature of a thing; its essential truth. The 'thing' referred to here is the immortal Atma, the indwelling divinity. Therefore, the deeper meaning of Dharma is found in the true nature of divinity. To take refuge in Dharma is to become one with the attributes of divinity. It has been said that Maya is the body of God, but it is more correct to say that Dharma is the body of God. It is His very form. That is why Krishna announced, 'For establishing Dharma I have come again and again.' Dharma reveals the broad nature of divinity in all its glorious aspects.

In a life filled with desires, the pleasures one seeks are inevitably followed by grief and disappointments. All unrighteous actions lead to sorrow. It was for this reason that Buddha emphasised the need for discrimination. The first prayer, "Buddham Saranam Gachami" is a call for cultivating wisdom and discriminations - the Buddhi. But unless the power of discrimination is used for doing right action for the good of society it is of no use. Hence the second prayer, "Sangham Saranam Gacchami" (I surrender myself to society). What is this right action that must be done? That is indicated by the third prayer: "Dharmam Saranam Gacchami" (I take refuge in Dharma). To reach your goal, the royal road is Dharma - Righteousness. It is only when these are combined - Wisdom, Social Service and Righteousness - that there is fulfillment in life.

by Baba

Equanimity of Mind

It is only when you can demonstrate an ideal life, can you say that you have justified having been born as a human being. On the other hand, if you become a slave to your senses, you become a slave to the whole world around you. Even if you live a short life, lead a good and ideal life. A long life with contaminated and impure thoughts is no good. It is very necessary that you recognize that real education means development of character.

You should make an attempt to experience and enjoy the bliss that is contained in what you have learnt. Our wealth is knowledge. Our prosperity lies in the good qualities that are in us. Our riches are our dharma. An individual who has got faith in God must put his faith into practice. By believing in God and yet by ignoring God's utterances and commands, you are contradicting yourselves. Faith is not a cloak that is worn outside for deceiving others. Such people are deceiving themselves.

These essence of education is to recognize the truth. All branches of learning are like the rivers. The spiritual learning is like the ocean. All rivers go and merge into the ocean. When they merge in the ocean, the rivers lose their individuality completely. Under no circumstances should we give room to excitement, to ego and to anger.

There is one little example for this. In one village, there was a village head who did not like Buddha. The moment he heard any words uttered by Buddha, he used to get angry. He was always suffering from uncontrolled anger. One day, he learnt the news that Buddha was coming to that village with his disciples. Since he was the head of the village, he issued a certain order. The order was that when Buddha came asking for alms, no one should give him alms and all should close their doors. Following this order, all the people in the village closed the doors of their respective houses when Buddha came. The head of the village also closed the doors and was sitting in the verandah outside the door.

Buddha was all-knowing and he knew what was happening. With his disciples he came to the very house in which the village head was living. Great people will never be affected either by praise or blame. Such people, having developed equal mindedness, will go right in front of those who are suffering from jealousy and ego. This village head, was suffering from such ignorance and pride and Buddha went straight to him and asked for alms. The village head, who was waiting for such an opportunity, became even more excited. A person who is sick will always want to take several medicines. Certain birds will always be wanting to look at cool moonshine. Good people will always want to help the bad people and to see that the badness in them is removed and they are cleansed. It is only one who has a disease and is sick, that wants a doctor. A healthy man does not want a doctor. Similarly, people who are suffering from the disease of disbelief can be cured by good people.

With such noble ideas, Buddha, along with his disciples, went to the house of the village headman and said, "Bhavati, bhikshan dehi," I have come to ask for alms. When he saw Buddha and the disciples accompanying him, the headman became very angry. He addressed Buddha and said, "You lazy man, you have collected all these people in your company, and they become lazy. You are taking them round because they do not want to work. Not only you are ruining your own life, you are also ruining the lives of your disciples. This is wrong." In that manner, he abused Buddha and the disciples who came with him.

Buddha smiled at all this and smiling, asked the head of the village, if he could clarify a doubt for him. The headman said in a very loud voice. "What is your doubt? Let me know." Buddha said, "I have come to ask for alms from you. You have brought something in order to give it to me. If I do not accept what you wish to give to me, where will it go?" The village headman laughingly replied, "What a big question have you asked! If you do not wish to take what I have for you, I will take it back myself". Buddha said that he was very happy. "I have come here along with my disciples for taking alms from you. You have brought abuse and you want to give it to me as alms. But I have not accepted the bhiksha you brought for me in the form of abuse. To whom will it go back?" With this, the ego of that village headman subsided. In this manner, great people and great saints go to several persons and with a view to enlighten them, adopt different methods.


When the Buddha sat under the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya, after the illumination that revealed to him the Four Noble Truths, gangs of disbelievers gathered around him and poured ridicule and abuse on him. His disciples were enraged; they prayed to the Buddha, "Lord, give us leave; we shall beat this insolence and ignorance out of these traducers". But, Buddha only smiled at their anger. He said, "Dear Ones, know you not how much joy they derive from this exercise? You derive joy worshiping me. They derive joy pelting me with abuse. You pour reverence; they pour ridicule, and receive equal satisfaction. Control yourselves; do not hate any one, that is the teaching. This is the ancient ordinance".

Some people cannot tolerate glory in others; some are filled with the venom of envy; some are demonic in nature and cannot tolerate holiness and divinity; some are perverted by disappointment and cast the blame on God; such people will indulge in abuse. If you associate with such people and their followers, you will only be contaminating your minds. Even ordinary men will feel ashamed to cast aspersions on the great, but, these expose themselves by their tactics as lower than the lowest.

You might say, we are the ordinary kind; when the Form we adore is traduced how can we bear it silently? Suppose some one sends you a letter by registered post. When you sign and take it, you become aware of its contents, though you may not accept the contents. If you do not sign, the letter goes back to the person who sent it and his purpose in making you aware of the contents is defeated. So too, don't give ear to the abuse; keep cool and uninterested; then, the foulness goes back to the sender, and cannot affect you at all. It will affect him as a resound, re-action. Instead of harming you, it will only recoil on him.


Begging Bowl

When a child dies, ask youself the question. "Is it for my sake that he was born?" He had his own destiny to fulfil, his own history to work out. Gautama Buddha's father was so overcome with grief when he saw his son with a begging bowl in the street that he told him thus: "Everyone of my ancestors was a King; what misfortune is this that a beggar was born in this line!" Buddha replied: "Everyone of my ancestors had a beggar's bowl; I know of no king in my line." The father and the son walked different paths, travelled along different routes.


Non-Violence - The Greatest Dharma

I have said many times that you are really not one person but three persons: the one you think you are, the one others think you are and the one you really are. If you spend all your time in the aspect of what you think you are, namely your body, how will you ever think of God? We should gradually turn the external manifestation of devotion to true inner devotion. Here, ahimsa has been mentioned as the first flower in this worship. We generally think that ahimsa means not causing harm to some living being. Ahimsa is not just this. Even bad vision, or bad hearing or bad talk is also himsa.

Ahimsa really means that you should not cause harm to anyone through your vision, hearing or talking. Buddha also said "Ahimsa paramo dharma" (Non Violence is the Greatest Dharma). On the basis of what Buddha said, Gandhi adopted this path.


Nothing is Permanent

Why must you compete and quarrel? Nothing in this world can last as such for long. The Buddha diagnosed this correctly. He declared, "All is sorrow; all is transient; all are but temporary contraptions of ephemeral characteristics." Why should you be as fatally fascinated by these finite things? Strive to gain the eternal, the infinite, the universal. One day, you have to give up the body you have fed and fostered. How long can you keep all that you have earned and possessed with pride? Trivial thoughts and desires award only sorrow; holy thoughts and desires award divine peace. Therefore, cultivate good and beneficial feelings and desires. Keep away from bad company and bad thoughts. Realise the holy purpose of life through pure thoughts and words and selfless service to your fellow-beings.

July 1981

The Advent of Buddhism

Buddhists were the very first propagators of religion who undertook to spread their faith by traveling over the world. That religion entered all countries famed in those days as civilised. The monks who ventured into those lands were tortured; hundreds were killed by imperial decree. But, soon, good fortune smiled on Buddhism. Buddhism taught that violence has to be eschewed. Buddha was accepted as a God, as another Name for the One, which has many names according to the Vedic dictum, "Ekam sath, vapraah bahudhaa vadanthi". He was Indra, He was Rudra. That was the unifying effect of the basic revelation of the sages. May this declaration be ever in the memory of man!

Nov 1981

Buddha Poornima

We are today celebrating Guru Poornima. What is the real Guru Poornima? Is it simply the full moon day in the month of Aashaada? This is the common view. But the great ones have given other meanings to it. One meaning is that it was on this day Vyasa began writing the Brahma Sutra. It was also on this day that the Buddha attained enlightenment and taught his disciples "All is sorrow; All is transient; All is void". For these reasons, the day is known as Guru Poornima, Vyasa Poornima or Buddha Poornima.

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First Print: August 1991
Reprinted: January 1994



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