Alumni session in Poornachandra Auditiorium
Right from the time you wake up in the morning to the time you go back to bed, if you eat indiscriminately and do nothing but that, what is the use. Food and water are needed for the upkeep of the body, but you should not live only for them.
|My classmate Phanindra asking a question|
Q. Swami, how to face the problems of life?
Wordly knowledge, General knowledge, Discrimination Knowledge, Ethical knowledge and Spiritual knowledge. By acquiring only the first two, you cannot call yourself knowledgeable. These are only bookish knowledge. Even small kids have them. Practical knowledge is important.
Q. Swami, why am I unable to find Truth?
A: Because you are not in the Sathya Marga(path to Truth). You must follow the path of truth to find it.
A: Just follow what I have said. That is all you need to do.
Q. Swami, we find that many times service projects that we plan do not fructify. Why?
A: Projects being successful is all Swami's will. You only do your duty. Leave the result to Swami. The success or failure of the project is not in your hand.
Q. Swami, we wish that you should walk again. Please walk again.
A: Doctors have advised me not to walk since it may slip (Swami had a hip bone fracture). But Swami wil walk. It is all perfect now. If I was unwell, would I be able to do so many things? Recently we gave water to Madras. For the past 100 years, government has been promising. But, they could not do it. Yet I did it. We must serve as long as we live.
Q. Swami, how to control anger and ego?
A: When you feel angry, say to yourself, "I am not dog. I am man". Drink a glass of cool water or walk away from that place.Sing some bhajans. That way, you can get over anger.
Ego - why ego? In this vast universe, the milky way is like an insignificant dot. In the milky way, the solar system is hardly identifiable. In the solar system, the earth is like a grain of sand on the beach. On this earth, the country of India is like a dot. In this country, Puttaparthi is a small hamlet. This auditorium is a small dot on the map of Puttaparthi. Within this auditorium, amongst so many thousands, you are an insignificant dot. Why have ego? Think like this, your ego will go away.
Q. Swami , we don't find time to render Seva. What to do?
A: Surrender is never easy. That is because surrender means there has to be one to offer and another to receive. This is separateness. Separateness is tough. Think always that God is in you, with you, around you. That is easier.