Samratchana is a Laboratory for you to perfect human life. Here, in Samratchana, there are no pre-defined conditions like in a science lab. No one tells you ‘This is the salt you have to test and find out what it is’ or ‘you are allotted a convex lens or sonometer to conduct certain experiments and submit your results’ insisting
every now and then ‘Hey, don’t look here and there. 15 minutes more for the bell’.
Here, you are free to choose the experiments you want to do with life; but here, unlike the tests in your science lab where you may struggle if you have not studied properly, you are free to learn from the experiments of your batch-mates (Samratchanites). Your Master/Guide prepares you well for every test, guides you in the best way to go about your life and is holding your hands when the test is dealt, so that you do not falter – – and all this HE does so effortlessly, so unassumingly. HE champions your cause and makes you a master of all the games of life! It is for you to understand and make use of this once in a lifetime opportunity. We are in a place that God has architected for us to evolve from the human beings we assume ourselves to be – – into the Divine Energy that we all are in reality.
Rewind your thoughts to the day you came to Me, muse over the various experiences you have savoured in life. You will slowly realise that you have indeed benefitted from our association. Everyone who comes to Me is bound to have prospered in life. Because I think only good, because I do only good, God takes care of everything for Me and for everyone who invests their trust in me. Quoting John Milton ‘Thousands at HIS bidding speed’, truly, truly, truly, with this Homam Fire as witness, I tell you, ‘All the devatas (angels) are busy all the time attending to your every prayer because you are close to God’.
So, how to use this lab wisely and well?
In a drama or cinema, the scriptwriter finalises the script, the producer and the director discuss the budget, time required for filming the movie, decide the cast and the props required, assigns task to each person in the unit; each artiste is given a particular role to play, the dialogues are distributed to the actor/actress for them to memorise the script and execute their roles properly. What motivates them to do well, is to capture the attention of the audience and hold it throughout the drama. The success of the drama or movie depends on how well each person has rehearsed for the role. A good actor will memorise his script, recite it in front of the mirror with changing expressions and different modulations, to decide the most appropriate expression and tone for the different scenes. How else can one be a Sivaji Ganesan or Savitri unless one has done one’s homework?
If all scenes are well-rehearsed, and the actors are cued in to their roles, the performance will be a huge success because it will not lag anywhere, in anything.
In an office you are given multiple roles to play: you haveyour own team of subordinates and you have a reporting authority too. If you do your job well, you receive good accolades from your management, leading to incentives and salary raise every financial year.
In this drama of life, God (Baba laughs: SmU All-in-All AzhaguRaja!) is the Scriptwriter, Director, Producer, Cameraman etc. Each of us has been assigned various roles to play. You are a son/daughter to your parents, spouse to your wife/husband, parent to your children, employee at an office, a citizen of the world etc. Only if all the spokes in a wheel are soldered properly will the wheel rotate properly. Even if one spoke is not right, the wheel will not rotate properly and you will fall off. Your life is the wheel, the various roles you play are the spokes. Play each of your roles well so that the wheel will rotate fine and reach its destination unhindered.
God is evaluating you every second, your performance appraisal is not an annual one, so work towards scoring 100% in every facet of your life, because with God, anything less than 100% equals 0!
The most important thing to understand is, you are not the actor; you are just a puppet in the hands of God the Master Actor. HE is bound to be good at whatever HE does, isn’t HE? Do not doubt God’s Intentions for you; HE means only good for you. In your personal life, this may translate to a lot of hurdles too, but be rest assured God is by your side, giving you a boost over the hurdles, because whether you want it or not, HE wants every one of HIS Creations to emerge a winner.
How should you be handling life? How do you add value to your existence on earth?
Very simple! Live minute by minute. You are asking ‘Baba, what exactly do you mean by that?’ Observe me and you will learn to master this art.
In front of your eyes, I am setting an example of living minute by minute. I am deliberately underplaying my divine potential and living with you as a human being, to give you the self-assurance that you too can accomplish whatever I have done; that you too can understand the divine being that you are. But you are deliberately shutting your eyes and ears and refusing to learn, that is the problem.
I do not entertain any negative quality; I have no room for hatred or anger or jealousy or partiality or any discrimination. Why? Where Love is, hatred cannot exist; I am Love Incarnate. Where Compassion is, anger does not have a place. I am full of Compassion. I have everything, yet I do not want anything. What is there for me
to jealous about, when God takes care of my every need, even though I do not have any wants. I treat everyone equally. You are all ages and ages younger to my soul. (referring to one of the divine revelations in the homam fire) If even Lord Krishna plays around my Feet, imagine the age of my soul. Why would not I treat all of you
equally; all are equal before God. I am God (Baba bursts into a laughter that reverberates through the hall, echoing and penetrating our hearts with Its divinity), I am God whether you believe me or not, and I do not care if you do not believe me. I know my heights; that is why I am cool.
If I can do it, so can you.
You wonder ‘Is this really as easy to implement as Baba asserts it is? How to achieve this?’
I am telling you again, life is very very simple if you know how to face yourself, handle yourself.
If you are genuinely interested in understanding your self, just trust in me and follow what I say from this very minute. Trust me, you will never regret your decision.
Have you noticed this: when you interact with the outside world, maybe as an employee or in some portfolio, you do not react instantly to anything others say to you, especially if they are in a higher level than you. Why? If you react, and if the reaction is not treated favourably, you will be the loser. You need your job, you need the perks that go with it, because money is important for you to make a worldly living, isn’t it? (Baba laughs again, quipping, ‘I am the only one for whom money does not matter. Nothing matters to me, except being thankful to God for filling me with Him and making me understand that I am HE’). All you need to do is to draw lessons
from one of your roles and apply it to the other roles you have donned in life. Don’t your family members who support you through life, who you are living with, and who are the permanent part of this transient birth, deserve much more love and care and acceptance than the organisation hierarchy to which you give so much importance.
With the outside society, you behave like an adoring puppy dog licking everyone’s feet and then when you get back home, you behave like a bulldog barking at and biting the people who back you up through life. Doesn’t it seem ridiculous?
When you start learning from every minute of your life to imbibe positive qualities, ‘If I am patient with my colleagues who put up a plastic smile when they see me and talk ill out of earshot, why cannot I be patient towards my aging parents who have tolerated my mindless chattering and mischief during childhood and have
given me the education to take on the world? Why cannot I be loving towards my wife who takes care of all my needs, and understands my anxieties and tries her best to support me? Why cannot I be tolerant towards my children who are just doing what I would have done at their age? Why cannot I share love and care with my neighbours who share their happiness with me and who come rushing to help me in my troubled times? Maybe I should start experimenting the way Baba told me. Let me start filling myself with only positive thoughts, spreading waves of love to everyone around me, and maybe it will bear results. Maybe everyone will become
happy, and they will become the carrier of positive thoughts to wherever they go. The atmosphere will thus become positively charged and the world will become a happy place to live in’.
Start with your family, spread it to your neighbours, increase the radius step by step, casting the aura of your positive thoughts wherever you go. Trust me when I say this, the world will definitely become a better place. That is how God created the world anyway, it is you people who have soiled it by your petty ways.
The world is a bundle of all your thoughts and emotions, so if you can positively charge the place around you, and if everyone joins hands in that effort, even without being aware, the world will surely become the place God created it as.
Start loving your family members. Even if you are unable to start looking upon them as an aspect of God – – I have often told you ‘see the Lord Siva and Mother Goddess Shakthi in your parents, look upon your children as Muruga or Krishna, see your spouse as some aspect of God, even if your mother-in-law comes with a knife to
strike you, imagine that Goddess Kali is rushing to test your patience– begin by remembering that they too are actors in this drama of life, and for your life to be a good entertainer, you should not forget your lines or the part that God has given you to play. Therefore, fill yourself with love, and nothing but love. You may think, ‘It is very easy for You to say so, Baba, but when they hurt me with their words and actions, it is very difficult to be loving towards them’. Have you ever pondered over this – – is it you who are clinging on to the feeling of hurt or is it the hurt that is sticking to you? If you fall down and mud clings to your shirt, don’t you immediately brush
away the mud and wipe your shirt clean? Or will you live with the dirt? How long will it take for you to brush away the hurt and carry on with life?
The next time your husband shouts at you unnecessarily soon after he returns from office, think to yourself ‘Poor guy! He must have had a very poor day to be yelling at me like this. I must be extra loving and caring towards him today so that he will get over the hurt and return to the normal loving self he is’. Bring to your mind certain incidents where he has expressed his care to you. When you start expressing love and kindness, he will feel bad and will apologise, ‘Sorry ma, today was a hectic day and the manager is a pain. He is taking credit for every single idea I give and trying to hog the limelight’. Once he cools down, patiently but without sermonising, tell your husband God will definitely give him his due; Tell him ‘Remember Baba has told us not to worry and that Rewards are always from the skies.’
The next time your wife gets up late or has forgotten to add salt to your lunch or has not ironed your shirt on time, replay her kind acts when you yelled at her for no fault of hers. If she can be so considerate to you, you too can be more understanding and save time by not reacting. The few minutes extra you wait or maybe offer to help her cook, or express your apologies that you had not helped her, and she had to hurry through cooking or maybe she was feeling tired, which was why the dish was not of the usual high standard. Offer to help her, and encourage her to ask for help if you forget to. You will make her feel good and you can feel the warmth of love glowing at home.
The next time your children play havoc at home and break the TV or your laptop, do not burst out and rage at them. Take a deep breath, spool on to your mind-screen those times in your childhood when your parents had to toil to make a few pennies and you destroyed the hard-earned tube-light. Your situation is much better than your parents, isn’t it; your spending power is thousand times higher. As your children attempt to flee the scene of destruction, gather them to you patiently, tell them with a smiling face that you understand they did not expect this to happen, request their assistance to pick up the broken pieces and clean up the room and then they
themselves will tell you ‘Appa, henceforth outdoor sports we will play outside and indoor games we will play inside’.
The next time your teenage daughter approaches you crying that her batchmate has been piling love letters on her and torturing her to accept his ‘love’, place a comforting arm over her shoulder, thank her for treating you as her friend and reaching out to you with her problem, tell her it is normal for this age to be distracted by physical attractions, but as Baba has said, it is important to focus on studies, get a good score in the university degree and settle in a good career before thinking about the next phase of life. Ask her to invite the boy home (Baba laughs, ‘if he is a good boy and his interest is genuine, he will come, else that one invitation is enough to make him run away and one torture less for your daughter’). If he does come and meet you, explain the same thing to him and tell him once they both settle in a career, you will help him take the proposal forward by arranging a meeting with both families. Issue settled amicably, don’t you think so?
The next time your aged parents keep chatting with you while you are busy with some impending deadline, do not shout at them. Remember that as a kid, you were chattering away to them while they were deep in work, and they always had a kind word for you. They were almost proud of your incessant chatter because you were
the apple of their eye. Now that they have grown old, they are in their second childhood and are reaching out to you to be assured of your love and care. Do all you can to make them understand that you love them and are willing to spend your time with them.
The next time your colleague speaks ill about you out of spite do not bother. Harbour sympathy for him because his boorish attitude stems from jealousy or incapability, and either directly or indirectly help him to put in efforts that will make him too a good performer and he grows beyond self-pity into self-confidence. You will not lose
anything; by training others, you will grow.
The next time your manager yells at you for no fault of yours, do not show any reaction. Do a self-introspection to see if his feedback holds anything for you to learn and grow, if yes, work on your improvement areas, if not, do not hold any grudge. When he is in a calmer mood and does not correlate it to his shouting, just casually tell him how grateful you feel that God has given you such a good manager who is focussed on bringing out the best in you. It will appease his stressed nerves and he will, without his knowledge, start being more appreciative of your efforts. It will give you a good payback in office too.
The next time someone trods on your feet in the bus, and maybe apologises or just looks shocked at you thinking you will scream at them, just smile (yes, it is difficult but easy when you work on it) and assure them you understand they did not do it on purpose. They will become your bus-friends.
Whoever you meet, greet them with a smile. Make it a habit to say ‘thank you’ to the liftman, the bus conductor, the servant maid, the security guard – – all these persons who make a living by doing menial service for you. You will be creating a congenial atmosphere wherever you are and will be the most wanted person wherever you
In essence, do not carry hurt or anger, just erase it, learn from the experience to become a better human being. That is what I mean by living in the minute. Remember the story of the king and the sandalwood merchant I have told you; thought waves have a way of influencing people around, so if you spread love, you get love, if you
spread anger and hatred, that is what you will get. Learn to spread love and you will receive love. It is always give and take, never the other way around.
The next time something happens in your life to distress you, do not blame God for letting you down, thank Him for taking care. Worse could have happened but HE is carrying you on HIS Shoulders and so just a shadow of distress has crossed your path. No harm can befall God’s devotees. Count your Blessings, not your tears, and you will be appreciative of, and grateful to God for His countless blessings.
Fear is a prime impediment for performance; do not go through life fearing the worst. Keep performing to excellence trusting in the Powers of the Almighty and the results will be mind blowing. Count your Blessings, not your fears, and you will understand that you too are divine and limitless, and all it requires is for you to start trusting in your potential.
Reflect over what I have said, and you will realise that having a happy life or a life full of misery and discontent, is all in your hands. Take the choice today – on this Full Moon day when the Moon is in its fullest glory casting its influence upon your emotions – to be happy, take a healthy view of life and circumstances, and make life easy for you and for people around you.
Lead a life of excellence to understand the divinity that you are. You are all chosen ambassadors of God’s Mission, for spreading love and cheer in this world. Lead your life wisely and well and make Him proud of you.
I offer the lotus blossoms of my heart to the Lord who dwells within and I bless you in that Lord’s Name.