Man, who is bound by his five senses, experiences the world around through these. Beyond the senses which are supreme for the man in this world, there exists mind that controls all these senses. Beyond the senses exists the mind; beyond the mind exists the intellect – the discrimination power. Beyond that exists that which we do not see but that is what is God, that is what is Atman. - Baba
With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we are delighted to present our One Hundred and Seventy Sixth issue of Ananda Vahini.
Mind is the cause of bondage and liberation, and if one can master this mind, one can become not just a mastermind but the master Himself, says Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai.
In this issue, we present you a new series of talks, ‘Master the mind’, primarily given to the Ashram residents of Sathya Sai Grama by Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai guiding step by step, to take up a 30 day Sadhana to understand, analyse, master and finally merge the mind into the Divine Self.
The highest wisdom is always taught in simplest words by a Guru or a great Master. This week's Inner View brings you the essence of Bhakti Yoga articulated in a more simpler way by Sri Madhusudan Sai.
- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team.
By Sri Madhusudan Sai
Bhakti will give you Jnana
A teacher, who was an ardent devotee of Mother Lalitha and had been constantly praying for Her grace to attain the highest, the ultimate wisdom to see divinity in everything and everyone.
As he made some Naivedyam (food offering) and brought for Swami for His dinner, Swami told him the story of Adi Sankara when as a child the saint was given the responsibility of offering the Naivedyam ─ a bowl of milk, by his father Shivaguru, to the Divine Mother at their temple.
“The little Sankara offered the bowl of milk to the Goddess, while his father attended to some important task away in the town. Sankara waited for the Goddess to actually drink the milk, unaware of the formalities of such rituals. Innocently and patiently he waited long for the Mother to drink the milk, but how could a Statue consume the offering? However, little Sankara was adamant that She drank, or else, his father might be displeased that the worship wasn’t complete. Pleased by his innocent devotion, the Mother manifested out of the Statue and drank all the milk. Sankara was satisfied but then a new dilemma caught hold of his little being that now no milk was left to give away as Prasadam (partaking of the leftover sacred offering by other devotees), father might be upset with him and even doubt that he drank away all the Prasadam that was to be given to many! His cries did not go in vain as the compassionate Mother Goddess filled the empty bowl with Her own breast milk, drinking which little Sankara became the wise Adi Sankaracharya, the Realised One.”
Swami finally gave away the moral of the story, “It’s the Bhakti or devotion, of Sankara that bestowed Jnana or wisdom on him. That’s the simplest and easiest path. Karma Marga ─ path of action, may bring doer ship and thereby attachments, Jnana Marga ─ path of wisdom, may bring ego of having known more than others, but Bhakti Marga ─ brings humility and that makes you eligible for the ultimate wisdom.”
'MASTER THE MIND'
SADGURU SRI MADHUSUDAN SAI
MASTER THE MIND - EPISODE 1 - THE ART OF WITHDRAWAL
MASTER THE MIND - EPISODE 2 - THE THREE FAULTS
'MASTER THE MIND'
on SOUND CLOUD
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