Reason versus Emotion, Categorical Imperative versus doubt

God is our truth when duty to all is obeyed.


Duty is God; Work is Worship




Maanam Hithvaa Priyo Bhavathi,
Krodham Hithvaa Na Sochathi
Kaamam Hithvaa Arthavaan Bhavathi
Lobham Hithvaa Sukhi Bhavathi
Embodiments of Love!
As long as one is egoistic, no one will love him including his wife and children, though they may pretend to do so. So long as there is anger in an individual, grief is inevitable. Satisfaction eludes one who has desires. One with greed can never enjoy any comforts. Ego, anger, desire and greed are the root cause for absence of peace of mind.

Man feels, happiness and peace of mind results from spiritual practices, but in reality it is not so. Mind is the root cause for happiness and sorrow. So conquer the mind. Conquering the mind will lead you to a stage of equanimity, wherein you treat the dualities alike. Vedanta has declared: “Manayeva Manushyaanaam Kaaranam Bandhamokshayoh“, mind is the cause for both bondage and liberation. Once you control your mind, you will grow beyond the dualities of sadness and happiness. Welcome sorrow just as you welcome happiness. In fact the happiness that you derive out of pleasure is negligible compared to the happiness that results from difficulties. History is replete with examples of people who stand a testimony to this fact. All noble and ideal people had to undergo ordeals before they experienced happiness. “Nasukhaath Labhyathe Sukham“, happiness is derived only from difficulties, but man wants only happiness, not difficulties. This is quite contradictory to the principles of spirituality.


Punyasya Phalamichchanthi
Punyam Nechchanthi Maanavaah
Napaapa Phalamichchanthi
Paapam Kurvanthu Yathnathaha


Man desires good results, but does not perform meritorious deeds. He does not want the fruits of bad actions, yet he plunges into undesirable activities.

The nine paths of devotion are recommended in order to experience divinity latent in man. They are: Sravanam (listening), Keerthanam (singing), Vishnusmaranam (remembrance), Paadasevanam (serving the Lotus Feet), Vandanam (salutation), Archanam (worship), Daasyam (servitude), Sneham (friendship), Atmanivedanam (surrender). Love is the life-breath of all these forms of devotion.

How, can one attain the Principle of BrahmaBrahma means the all-pervasive cosmic principle. According to the Puranas, Brahma originated from the navel of Vishnu. Who is Vishnu? He is the one who is all pervasive. Vishnu and Brahma are synonymous with the AtmaAtma is derived from the root word ‘Ahas’, meaning ‘daytime’. Ahas dispels darkness of ignorance. Therefore, the cosmic form is described as the Effulgent One. This Brahma is not limited to a specific name and form. It is also referred to as ‘Brihat’, meaning all-pervasive. One has to follow the truth to attain the Effulgent One. “Yath Drisyam Thannasyam’, all that is seen is bound to perish.


Asthiram Jeevanam Loke,
Asthiram Yavvanam Dhanam
Asthiram Daara Putraadi
Sathyam Keerthi Dwayam Sthiram


Money, youth, wife and children are all temporary. Only Sathyam (truth) and Keerthi (fame) are eternal. That is why Brahma is referred to as ‘Sathyam’Jnanam (wisdom) emerged from SathyamSathyam and Jnanam are all-pervasive. That is why the Vedas have declared: “Sathyam Jnanam Anantham Brahma.” God is Truth, Wisdom and Infinite. The embodiment of Truth can be experienced only by following the path of Truth. Truth transcends time – past, present and future.

Why does God incarnate? To enable man to understand and experience his latent divinity, and unity in diversity. The essence of spirituality lies in visualizing unity in diversity. This is the goal of human life. Atma is the same in all irrespective of their name, country and life style. This Atma is referred to as conscience, which permeates the body from top to toe. The goal of spirituality is to realize oneness of Atma in all. Man on account of attachment to body, is oblivious to his innate divinity and visualizes diversity in unity. This is due to ignorance. God incarnates in order to teach the underlying unity in diversity. Krishna has declared: “Mamaatma Sarvabhoothaantharaatma” (I am the indweller in all beings). Body can be compared to a mirror. This mirror (body) is made of clay. This body, Mrinmaya (made of clay) has to be transformed into Chinmaya (one of awareness). No spiritual practices are required to do so. Realize the truth: Chinmaya is within Mrinmaya. But you are not making any effort to realize the true nature of yours. Ash covers the neglected live ember. The live ember can be seen only when the ash is blown away. Similarly, the Atma, which is inherent in man, can be seen only when the ash of ego, anger, desire and body attachment are blown away by chanting the name of the Lord.

Body attachment gives rise to ego in man. Success eludes one who is egoistic. Egolessness is true humanness. There is no trace of ego in man at the time of birth, but it develops as he grows up. Feelings of I and mine are responsible for man’s bondage. Man will enjoy bliss only when he gets rid of ego and attachment. Bliss cannot be achieved through any other spiritual practice. Spiritual practices confer only temporary mental satisfaction. Only the awareness of Atma is true and eternal.

As pointed out by Bozzani, (previous speaker) each individual should question himself, ‘who am I?’ On the contrary each one asks ‘who are you?’ which is information oriented. No gain accrues from acquiring this information. What is required today is transformation, which can be effected by questioning oneself ‘who am I?’ Once you know the answer to this, you do not need to undertake any spiritual practice. This is possible only when you control your mind. Sage Patanjali has enunciated the same: “Yogaha Chitta Vritthi Nirodaha“, (controlling thoughts and aberrations is true Yoga). Yoga does not mean physical exercise. Yoga means ‘to unite with’ the Atma. There is no greater happiness than being one with Atma. But today, no one is making any effort to attain Atma, the final goal of life. The senses are above the body; mind is above the senses; intellect is above the mind; and Atma is above the intellect. Man does not travel even up to the level of the intellect. He travels only up to the level of the mind. As man is unable to control his mind and the senses, he is subjected to confusion and depression. As a result he forgets the Principle of Atma.

Body, which is made up of the five elements is transient and may perish at any point of time. Attachment to body brings in attachment to money. Today, people value education and money more than anything else. 
Money and education by themselves are not bad. Good and bad lies in their utilization. Water by itself is colorless, but assumes the color of the container in which it is poured. Similar is the case with money and education; their value depends on the nature of the person who has acquired them. Good and bad are the reflections of the inner being; they do not exist in the persons around. Defects lie in vision not in creation. So purify your vision and sanctify your heart. Only then you can experience unity in diversity.


I have received letters from delegates to this conference seeking clarification for their doubts. What is the root cause of doubt? It is the absence of total faith. Jesus had a disciple, Thomas, who doubted everything he came across and was appropriately called ‘doubting Thomas’. In the path of spirituality doubts do arise at times, even though one may have faith in God. One of the doubts is this:

Did Jesus really declare that He was the Truth, the path and none superior to Him?”

Enquire into the truth yourself. Jesus was never egoistic at any point of time. Never did Jesus declare that He was the Truth, the path, the savior and the redeemer. It was the work of the compilers of the Bible that led to the mistaken notion. Today we have five hundred different versions of the Bible. Luke, Peter and Thomas were among the first few apostles.

There was one tax collector who recorded the conversation between Jesus and the fishermen. It was during one of those conversations, Jesus assured them that He would take care of them, but at no point of time did he mention with a sense of ego that He was the only One and the ultimate One to protect them. He did this only with a view to increase their confidence and enthuse them into action. Many scholars misinterpreted this assurance and considered Jesus as the only redeemer and that He would protect them from all difficulties.

At the time of Divine Birth three wise men visited Jesus in the manger. One of them, looking at child Jesus, remarked: He looks as though He was a ‘Messenger of God’. The second wise man exclaimed that the child looked as though he was the ‘Son of God’. The third wise man disagreed with both and concluded that He and God were one and the same.

Jesus was filled with compassion at the sight of the meek and the afflicted. Paul opposed Jesus in all matters from the very outset. Once Jesus appeared in a dream of Paul and questioned him -“What harm have I done to you? Why do you criticize Me so?” This caused Paul to ponder and realize that his ignorance and ego blinded him to reality. Thereafter he became an ardent disciple of Jesus. In every age, every noble soul had to put up with criticism. People always have mistaken notions about good and bad. If only we understand the truth in the Bible, we will come to the conclusion that there has been no fault in Jesus at all. Jesus always aspired to put people in God consciousness.

At the time of crucifixion, Jesus prayed: “O Father! What sin have I committed? Why am I put to suffering thus?” Jesus never laid any claim to His association with God either as a Messenger or a Son. It is only in order that men may realize their own relation with God that such interpretation is made. When Mother Mary stood crying at the foot of the Cross, an ethereal voice was heard. “All are one My dear Son; be alike to everyone.” It may be concluded from the above incident that the relation between Jesus and God was that of Son and Father.

Jesus never proclaimed egoistically that He was the path, the truth and the only way. But every incarnation has proclaimed this Truth. Krishna declared in the Bhagavad Gita, “Mamaivaamso Jeevaloke Jeevabhuta Sanaathanah” (All are sparks of My Divinity). “Manmanaa Bhava Madbhakto Madyaaji Maam Namaskuru.” (Fix your mind on Me, perform rituals for Me. Pay obeisance to Me. If you were to fix your mind steadfastly on Me, you shall certainly realize Me.) Only an Avatar can give such an assurance emphasizing on the Atmic Principle. Jesus had never said so. Hence He was considered as a Messenger of God.

In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna declared “I am the protector of all; I am the basis of all and the creator of all and the basis for the four varnas“. “What is varna?” Varna means color, but it has been misunderstood to be caste. “Chaaturvarnyam Mayasrishtam”. “All the people of four varnas have been created by Me”, said Krishna. Therefore, do not make any distinction based on color. The four colors are: black, yellow, white and red. The Negroes and Bharatiyas are black in complexion. Japanese and British are white in complexion, while Chinese are yellow and the Russians are red. What God has declared is broad in nature and not narrow-minded. Do not give room for any constriction of thoughts.

You may be a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu or a Zoroastrian, but you must consider yourselves to be children of God. In the beginning even Romans were Jews, not Christians. It is only after the advent of Jesus that the term Christians came into use. He (Jesus) said that He was ‘Persona’ meaning that He was the spark of Divine. This has been translated by the British as ‘Person’, which has been termed as ‘Purusha’ by Bharatiyas. Therefore, ‘Purusha’ or ‘Persona’ have originated from the Roman language. ‘Persona’ means sacredness. Since man has divinity inherent in him he is called as a person. This, in Hindu culture, PuranasVedasSastras and Ithihasas has declared as ‘Purusha’. ‘Yallabdapuman Ichcharamo bhavathi Tapto bhavathi Mattho bhavathi Atmaaraamo bhavathi’ . These are the various names of the one divinity present in all. We experience the one divinity present in various forms. But, 
today we have to realize the unity in diversity and experience the same. Consider this to be the chief goal of Sathya Sai Organizations. You should not give rise to differences/hatred of any sort. There is only One that is present in all. If you are to realize this Truth, That in itself would be spirituality in practice. Practice is more important than publicity.


There are two mikes in front of Me. There is one mike in front of the translator. The words that emanate from the mikes may differ, but the underlying sound principle is the same. Similarly we must experience the divinity in various names and forms. Words that emerge from heart constitute expansion talk. Some people speak only from lips in order to suit the situation. Such words constitute contraction talk. Such contraction talk is equivalent to death. People who indulge in such contraction talk have no connection between their speech and the heart. When all that which is in the heart finds expression in speech, that is termed as expansion talk. Those who speak from the heart speak the truth and whose speech does not come from the heart, speak untruth to suit the occasion. Your words should emanate from the heart. This is possible only when there is complete confidence in the Self. The one with total conviction does not give room for doubts.

The inquiry into the fact whether that which is applicable to others is applicable to individual self also constitutes search for Truth (Sathyanveshana). One may ask why there should be a search for Truth, when Truth is all-pervasive. In each human there is the dual aspect of truth, untruth; righteousness, unrighteousness; and non-violence, violence. There is an example to illustrate this. We have pure 24 carat gold with us. After sometime, you have added copper to it. Later you have added silver to it and later aluminum and brass. As and when new metals are added to the gold, its true nature undergoes a change and loses its value. Today man also is undergoing such a change. When he is a child, he is pure. As he associates himself with others he acquires violence, nonviolence, righteousness, truth and untruth. This is the root cause for the cycle of birth and death. When you are one with the Self, there is no scope for birth and death. Body attachment, educational and monetary attachment reduce the Self to the present state of man. Man thus forgets his true nature. Man has to be cleansed by the process of Samskara (refinement) by which he will be rid of all the bad qualities and regain his resplendent pristine purity.

Man has been acquiring evil qualities such as jealousy, hatred and ego. Devotees and aspirants tend to fall a prey to jealousy and ego. Due to such a tendency man destroys his very human nature. We have to foster our faith firmly. Do not let it be debased by evil tendencies. One should join good company and run away from the bad. Bad company is harmful.


“Tyaja Durjana Samsargam
Bhaja Saadhu Samaagamam
Kuru Punyamahoraathrarn
Smara Nithyam Anithyathaam”

Run away from bad company; join the good; do meritorious deeds day and night and ponder over the permanent and the transient.

Some may appear very pious through their words and deeds, but if you observe their behavior, it would be demonic in reality. Do not have faith in such people and lose your purity. Impure gold of this nature is on the rise. You must become pure gold. Even a small quantity of pure gold is better than a mound of debased gold. Quality should be preferred over quantity. Half an acre of fertile land is better than ten acres of barren land.


Follow your own conscience, your Master.
Face the devil
Fight to the end
Finish the game
This is the goal of human life.

Since you respect and follow the words of those who have disharmony in their thought, word and deed, you tend to forget your Swami, your true Self. Follow your conscience. I never force anybody to do anything. What is the reason? The reason is one has to follow the dictates of one’s source, conscience. Force connotes external imposition. Source relates to the Atma, which is verily love. So cultivate love.

This is the answer to the first question about Jesus. He never said that He alone was the savior, that He alone was the Truth. He said, all are the embodiments of truth and purity, all are children of God. His teachings were based on such broad-minded feelings. He emphasized the need for refraining from hurting others.

The second question raised is this – “Why does Swami appear in the dreams of only a few and why not in all?

It is naive to think in such a manner. You cannot have such dreams as and when you would like to. You think of many people, but do they all appear in your dreams? No. It is a mistake to think that Swami does not have compassion on you just because He does not appear in your dreams. Swami’s compassion is very much there on one and all. Dreams are nothing but reflections of the subconscious mind. Swami appearing in dreams is very auspicious. Now I will explain the different types of dreams. Sometimes you experience nightmares and at times you experience dreams which fill you with happiness. All these dreams occur since they are accumulated in your subconscious mind. It is good that they find expression in dreams. Dreams are the reflection, reaction and resound of that which is within you. The same does not apply to the dreams in which Swami appears. 
Swami appears in dreams only when HE wills it and not when you want to
. The Mohammedan musician who performed yesterday had not seen Me on any prior occasion. I asked him, “Son, do you remember that you met with a car accident in America and that I appeared to you at that very instant? Hearing this revelation he exclaimed, “O my God!” and wept with joy. The same night I appeared in his dream and told him that he would be coming to Puttaparthi for the ensuing Birthday celebrations. It happened accordingly, he came here yesterday.

There are certain confusing dreams in which your feelings play an active role. You may be seeing Swami but at the same time your feelings get mixed up and cause confusion. You may see yourself in Puttaparthi at one point of time and in America in the very next so on and so forth. These dreams are not willed by Swami. These result from indigestion and improper food. 
Dreams which are willed by Me are very clear and give no room for confusion or doubt. I come to you and convey what I want to in the most direct manner
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The third point raised is, “Everyone is undertaking spiritual practices, but I am unable to do so for lack of time as I am engaged in multifarious activities. I am unable to think of Swami and participate in service activities. What is the solution to this?

It is a big mistake to think on these lines. There is no need for a specific time and place to think of Swami. 
Discharge your duties sincerely with the conviction that everything is Swami’s work. “Work is worship, duty is God”. You do not need to sit and chant ‘Sairam’ repeatedly. “Sarva Karma Bhagavad Preethyartham“, do all acts with the feeling that they are for pleasing God. That is the greatest Sadhana. Instead of wasting your time in meditation devoid of concentration better attend to your household work.
 “Karmaanubandhini Manushyaloke“, human society is bound by Karma (action). Karma does not mean sweeping the road and serving the sick. Even your breathing process, batting of your eyelid, eating, sleeping, reading can be termed Karma. Life without Karma is impossible even for a moment. Life will be sanctified only when you do all Karmas (actions) pleasing God. Do not make any distinction between God and yourself, His work and your work. Work with the conviction that you and God are one. Then even a small work will assume magnificence. Greatness lies in small things. No doubt sweeping the roads and visiting hospitals are good deeds, but they in themselves do not constitute service. Discharging one’s duty properly is the true Sadhana. In the name of Sadhana or spiritual practices if your neglect your duty and if your work is not commensurate with the salary you draw, then it would amount to cheating the government. 
True service lies in discharging one’s duty properly. Hence service can be done even in office. Any work undertaken without discriminating it to be personal or divine would become service. Never give an excuse of lack of time.


There is a small story: “A devotee wanted to know his life span so that he could set aside a considerable amount of time for spiritual practices. He pleaded with the Lord to let him know his life span. God replied saying that he was given 80 years. The devotee felt happy, but he continued: “Out of the 80 years allocated to me, 20-25 years are spent in studying and playing. Next 25 years are spent in my household activities. The next 30 years are spent planning for my future and for the well being of my children. So, I am left with no time for spiritual practices. So, O Lord! Grant me 20 more years that I may think of You and attain You”. God laughed and said: “O mad man! Do you need 20 years to attain Me? Even two seconds are enough. How long does it take to put on the switch to get light? Not even a second! Granted that you need 20 years to think of Me wholeheartedly, what is the guarantee that you will not use it for other activities? It is nothing but laziness”. “Slow and steady wins the race”. Even a second spent in contemplation of Me with a steady mind will draw you to Me. “Time is God; do not waste time; time wasted is life wasted.” Proper utilization of time is true spiritual practice. Consider time as the very form of God and your life will be sanctified. Some people lament saying that they do not have enough time to contemplate on the Lord. Whoever has raised this point is lazy by nature. Once you give up laziness you can easily tread the path of sacredness. “Laziness is rust and dust; realization is best and rest.”

Fourth point: Being in foreign land we are unable to do Swami’s work and so would like to come to Bharat and participate in Swami’s activities wholeheartedly.

This is another sign of laziness. To do a service activity can there be a distinction between a foreign land and Motherland? God is omnipresent. Whether the service is done abroad or in Bharat, it does not lose its significance. It is utterly selfish to come to Prasanthi Nilayam to do service activity. You may come after retirement for service at Prasanthi Nilayam. You have your own duties to your children, vis-a-vis their education and career. If you were to come here without fulfilling the same, you would begin to develop frustration after sometime. “Don’t come now. 
It is better that you stay in your place and serve. Swami does not expect any service from anyone
. Many of my boys are here. But, I attend to My own work. They all aspire to do service to Me. Very fortunate few get to serve Me. Others, for this reason, should not get disheartened. Attend to your own duty. That is service in itself. I am 73 years. My legs, hands, eyes are in perfect condition. I attend to My own work. So serve those who are incapacitated and are weak. This can be your service to Swami. You may wonder that Swami may suffer from leg ache as He moves around much. Let Me tell you, I have never suffered nor will I ever suffer. Only when I take upon Myself the suffering of others do I appear to be suffering; otherwise this body does not have any suffering. I call Dr. Alreja to check the blood pressure. He always replies, “Swami! Normal, perfect normal! 120/ 80.” But, My blood pressure is 117/78. Then I ask him to check My pulse. My pulse is always 68 – perfect normal. How much ever I may move about or speak, My blood pressure does not increase. How sacred is My body! It is all due to the combination of Purity, Patience and Perseverance. None of you ever need to serve Me. You may perform your own duties and look after the welfare of your family.

5th point: How are we to clear the debts of the consequences of our actions?

You consider the consequences to be debts. However hurting, the consequences may be; they can easily be remedied with the help of medicine of Love. There is nothing greater than Love. 
Love God wholeheartedly. All the consequences of your action will be nullified. All your diseases will be cured. If it does not happen so, you should not think otherwise. If you were to pray wholeheartedly, it would come to pass
. Some sit for prayer in Puja room chanting ‘Sairam’. Suddenly their mind wanders towards the washerman and they enquire if he has brought the clothes. If you are really chanting the Lord’s name wholeheartedly, why should the mind go to the washerman? Some others sit in meditation, but are easily distracted by the smell from the kitchen. If this is the nature of your spiritual pursuit, how can it be termed as a prayer to the Lord? All your spiritual practices are done with a wavering mind. Do them with a steady mind. You are bound to reap the fruits. 
You may undertake any type of spiritual pursuit, but love wholeheartedly. Love can eradicate any type of disease and act as a panacea for any affliction. You must, in the first instance, develop love. This can be possible if you believe that God is the embodiment of Love
. How can you develop love when you do not believe that God is the embodiment of Love?

Love is the perfect medicine. If you were to put a plant in a tin and water it, the plant would die in due course of time; but if you were to plant the same in the soil and water it, the plant would grow into a fine tree. Similarly, 
God’s name and form should be implanted in the soil of our hearts and nurtured with water of love. This will ensure good results. If one cultivates love, one need not undertake any other spiritual pursuits.


6th point is very strange: In our Puja room, we have the photographs of Rama, Krishna, Eswara and Jesus. We also keep Swami’s Photograph amidst them. Is it OK?

Once you are convinced that God is omnipresent, why should you fear to keep any particular photograph? You may worship Rama, Eswara, Jesus, Allah, Zoroastra or Sai. Develop the feeling that all are one. I often narrate a small example – In Bharat there are various types of sweets viz., Godum Halwa, Badam Kheer, Gulab Jamoon, Jilebi, Laddu, Mysore Pak. Though their names and forms are different, the sugar in all of them is same. You may worship Rama, Eswara, Vishnu, Allah, Jesus or Sai. But, you should realize that the undercurrent of divinity is the same in one and all. Then the difference of name and form will not affect you in any manner. If you do not like other Gods, you can remove their photographs and replace them with those that you like. If you do not like Sai Baba’s or Rama’s photograph, you may remove the same. But this will not serve any purpose. What is essential is recognizing unity in divinity.

Here is a small story. A student was to attend an examination. He was weak in Mathematics. Since the exam was the next day, he worshipped Swami and went for the exam. He failed in Mathematics. With the result he removed Swami’s photo in the altar and placed it in a cupboard. Second day, he had Mathematics paper part II. That day he worshipped Rama’s photograph. He fared even worse. Third day he was to go for the Accounts examination. He decided that Mother Goddess would be more benevolent compared to the other gods. He brought Devi’s photograph and did Puja. That day he could not even understand the questions in the examination. He came back and put this photograph also in the cupboard. Fourth day was Accounts Paper Part II. Realizing that Vinayaka is the remover of all obstacles, he brought incense sticks, coconut and garlanded the idol. When he lit the incense sticks, the smoke began to waft towards the cupboard in which the discarded photos were placed. Then he thought, “I brought incense sticks for Vinayaka; why should I let the benefit of the fragrance be experienced by these Gods – Rama, Sai Baba and Krishna, who have betrayed me. He went into the house and brought a piece of cloth to tie the nose of Sai Baba, Rama and Devi. Having assured himself that the fragrance would not reach them, he sat down for prayer. At that moment, Sai Baba, Rama and Devi appeared. He was amazed and questioned the deities. How is it that you have not appeared when I worshipped you and appear to me now that I have punished you? Then Sai Baba replied: “Son! Till this day you had limited Me to a picture. Today you have believed that this photo is a living entity and tied a cloth around the nose to prevent the fragrance from reaching Me. The photographs will not help you. Picture will remain a picture. You may worship picture as God, but not God as a picture. Today you have begun to believe the picture as God Himself and tied the cloth. So I appeared before you”. Nowadays we perform all rites believing God to be a picture. 
It is only when we take picture as God in form, all our desires will be fulfilled. It does not matter what form you may worship or what name you chant. Realize that all names and forms are His. Nothing wrong with any name. All are the forms of the same Godhead. You may even worship your own parents.



Mathru Devo Bhava,
Pithru Devo Bhava,
Acharya Devo Bhava,
Atithi Devo Bhava


In such case, how can you distinguish between various forms of God? At no point of time you should entertain doubts regarding God. ‘God is God.’ Never comment or criticize the name or form of god. Have any photograph and chant any name. God is one; Truth is One. “Ekam Sath Vipraah Bahuda Vadanti“(Truth is one, but scholars refer to it as many). Do not go about changing photographs. Have the photograph of your choice and worship.

Seventh Point: Swami! In the worldly avocations, which type of Sadhana is Swami pleased with? I am ready to do that.

There is only one answer to that. 
I do not advocate any specific Sadhana. Consider all people to be the forms of Divinity. Have faith that God is in all. That pleases Me the most. Refrain from doing that which causes grief to others even if it were to give you happiness. Do unto others what you do unto yourself. “Help ever; Hurt never”. Do not harm or hurt anyone. Do not develop ill feelings towards anybody. Even if people were to hurt you or curse you, do not refrain from loving them. That is what Swami expects of you
. There are people, who do not worship Swami. Some worship and some others criticize. I remain unaffected by both. I do not take note of any of these. I continue to love all. Each one has to bear the consequences of his actions. “Who can say at what point of time or place Mighty Rama Himself cried like a commoner due to the separation from Sita. The Pandavas of yore had to live in a forest on leaves and tubers. Who can predict the time and manner of the consequences? The only certainty is the experience of the consequences.”

If you were to do good, you would reap good results, and bad results, if you had done bad deeds. Realize this in the first instance and act accordingly. I do not hate anybody I do not doubt anyone. I love even those who do not believe in Me. That is My nature. Some tend to doubt My power, because I repose faith in them, though they themselves do not have faith in Me. That is a mistaken notion. My Love is same for all. I desire that all be blissful.

Water is colorless. It, however, assumes the color of the bottle in which it is placed. Good or bad are within you and not in Me and they shall never be in Me. I am always for the maxim – “Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu“(let the whole world be happy). Even If you were to hate Me, I shall love you. That is My nature. That is the divine quality. You may worship Me today and censure Me tomorrow, and vice-versa. When drunk, one talks in a certain manner, while when sober, in another. When you are deeply drunk with worldly desires, mind oscillates from one side to another. But one who is filled with wholesome and unsullied love remains the same under all circumstances.
You may forget Me, but I will never forget you. I am always with you, in you, around you and above you. People who are in divine proximity are extremely fortunate. It is a culmination of the merit acquired in various births. It has not come in this birth. Therefore, do not waste your energies brooding over this. What pleases Swami? What is He displeased with? Do not entertain such doubts. I am pleased with whatever you undertake with purity of heart. I only desire the purity of your heart. With pure love in your heart, you may undertake any type of service. Have total faith in Swami’s words, implicitly obey His commands. I do not misguide anyone at any time. Whatever I say is for your own good. “Whatever I tell, whatever I do is good for you; not for Me. I do not have any work of My own. All are done for your sake. On any account, do not entertain the thought that I do not have love for you. Fortunate people get a chance to undertake sacred deeds in close proximity to the Divine. But those who do not get such an opportunity should not entertain any jealousy that others had received and they have not. The most malignant disease of all is jealousy. Cancer may have a remedy, but not jealousy. Cancer may be cancelled, but jealousy has no remedy whatsoever. Jealousy would depress one to such an extent that one would perish in the process.

Embodiments of Love!

Members of Sai Organization should develop broad vision without giving room for jealousy, hatred and ego. Consider all as brothers and sisters and immerse yourselves in bliss by doing service. Today, you have resolved to bring about transformation in the education system. Education is very essential. It can neither be stolen by thieves, burnt by fire nor diminished by sharing with others. Education always grows. Share this eternal wisdom with one and all. Practice all that you have learnt. Teach good virtues to the children, “Son! Do not study for money. Affluence, friendship and physical strength are of major importance in a worldly sense. But money is here today and gone tomorrow. Money comes and goes. Friend may turn to a foe in a day. You are strong today, but you may become weak tomorrow. However your virtues will never desert you. Develop that permanent character that does not desert you any day. Develop sacred virtues.”

Enter the society with noble virtues. Help everyone. Do you know why the hands are given? Is it for eating? It is for helping others! Charity is the ornament for hand. Do you know why voice/throat is given? Not to sing cinema songs! Not to criticize or blame others, but to chant the name of God. That in itself is the beautiful necklace. Wear that necklace and sanctify your voice/throat. Do you know why intelligence is given? Is it for becoming egoistic? It is to ponder over the means of contemplating on Divinity and reaching and experiencing of the same. One must engage each limb and senses in sacred activities.

Embodiments of Love!

Delegates from 180 countries have assembled here. All occupy exalted positions. 
If you were to tread the right path, you can mould thousands of people in turn. If one office-bearer were to get spoilt, many people can go astray. “Help ever; Hurt never”. Be good, do good and set an ideal; then all would follow the ideal path. Without practicing, if you were to tell others, it would be of no avail. Even if you are unable to do all, practice at least one or two. That is enough. I do not even desire that you follow all the teachings
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Be ideal members of Sathya Sai Organization and bring about proper development/progress and transform the nation itself. I do not desire for My name to be upheld. I do not require any name or fame. If only I wanted, the whole world would have been at My feet by now. But, “I do not want”. I only want to help you. Foster the sense of service amongst yourselves. Entertain noble thoughts.

Goldstein said that Swami always gives and does not take anything. 
Except for only one, I do not ask for anything. That which I ask for is your love. I do not desire anything else. Whatever you ask, I will give. But I aspire only for one – Love. Therefore, give your love and accept everything
. Strive for developing and bringing about transformation in the system of education. Members belonging to the Organization should discuss among themselves and do what they consider good, they need not wait for orders from the center. In fact, the center would be happy to know of such an initiative. What else can give Me more joy than the news that you do not have any differences, jealousy, in-fights, and are conducting yourselves as brothers and sisters. Work in accordance with Swami’s ideals. This gives joy to Swami. “Happiness lies in union with God’. That is true happiness. You cannot lay claim to happiness by experiencing worldly comforts.

Leaving aside all differences, one must mingle with each other and undertake service activities. You should not form separate groups. Realize that pain inflicted on others is pain inflicted on Me. If all are united, I shall be extremely happy. If you were to meet someone whom you may have hated, greet him lovingly. You must conduct yourself with love. This is real penance, meditation, Japam and Sadhana.

One should give and take love for love’s sake. If you continue this way, the entire nation would become happy. We can experience that kind of joy that has not been experienced hitherto in any previous Yuga.

When you greet others, do so wholeheartedly. Let there not be any disharmony in your thought, word and deed. Talk sweetly and smilingly. This makes all happy. “Happy mood, happy face, happy talk and happy work” should be your guiding force. Forget your differences and live in the present. This present is not ordinary, omnipresent.

Develop unity. There is immense strength in unity. In unity, not only you, but also the nation would have a chance to develop. Only love brings about unity. In this manner for the past four days, you have debated and discussed. Keep away all the hatred. Cleanse yourselves. Be happy. Go back happily.

This is a big workshop. Your body, akin to a car, has come here. All the bolts, nuts, brakes, springs and seats have all worn out. When you get back to your places transformed, people will observe the change in you and emulate you. I am teaching you all these, prompted by love, so that you develop love.

[Bhagavan concluded His discourse with the Bhajan, “Hari bhajana bina…”]

http://www.saidarshan.org/baba/docs/d981124.html

Satyagraha is the revolution to not obey each other for to do so would be beneath human dignity.

Nonviolent resistance (NVR or nonviolent action) is the practice of achieving goals such as social change through symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation, satyagraha, or other methods, while being nonviolent.

From the Grissini Project for the Game Of Thrones, “Dragon Born,” not. Lyrics from Javeda Zindagi, new life as in truthful eternity. “Thosae Naina Laagae Piya Sawarae.” From the movie Anwar, luminosity.



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Interview with the London’s Jewish Chronicle, 1931. The corruption of MK Gandhi and Palestinians no longer.

Gandhi told London’s Jewish Chronicle in an interview in 1931: “I can understand the longing of a Jew to return to Palestine, and he can do so if he can without the help of bayonets, whether his own or those of Britain… in perfect friendliness with the Arabs.”

In 1937, after Arabs tried to stop Jewish immigration to British-administered Palestine by force, Gandhi repeated his view that a homeland for Jews in the Middle East would only be possible “when Arab opinion is ripe for it.”

In his most extended treatment of the problem, an essay called “The Jews,” published in his newspaper Harijan in 1938, Gandhi began:

Several letters have been received by me, asking me to declare my views about the Arab-Jew question in Palestine and the persecution of the Jews in Germany. It is not without hesitation that I venture to offer my views on this very difficult question. My sympathies are all with the Jews.

The canker of untruth is sin after the discovery of its existence. MK Gandhi and the story of my experiments with truth. Chapter and Verse. Yes why ever not. MLA Style Works Cited: Shmoop Editorial Team. “The Story of My Experiments with Truth Summary.” Shmoop. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 20 Nov. 2018. In-text Citation.

How It All Goes Down

Pray For Us, Saint Thomas Aquinas

First, the structural deets: Gandhi’s autobiography is divided into an intro, five parts with chapters, and a closing. Most chapters are short and cover a brief episode or two in his life. His account is pretty much in chronological order. The intro outlines his quest for truth, and the closing sums it up, so they show the big-picture message.

Part One gives us Gandhi’s birth (October 2, 1869), childhood, teens, and time in England. He’s influenced as a kid by his religiously tolerant political official father and devout mother. At age 13 (!), he’s married to Kasturbai in a child marriage, meaning she’s a teenager, too, and their parents are the ones who decide they should get married.

After a few years, she becomes preggo with the first of Gandhi’s four children. Once Gandhi’s father dies, a family friend suggests Gandhi go to England to study law to keep the family a high status one. However, his caste tells him it’s against their religion for him to travel abroad.

Meanwhile, his mother is worried he’ll lose his way in the foreign culture and start drinking alcohol, eating meat (his family is vegetarian), and sleeping with women other than his wife, who’s to stay at home in India while her husband has his big adventure. Gandhi tells his caste he’s definitely going to England, and they can go ahead and kick him out…which they do.

As for his mother’s concerns, Gandhi takes serious vows not to touch alcohol, meat, or other women. With that, he’s off to England. After being called to the bar (i.e., after officially becoming a lawyer), he returns to India.

Part Two tells us all about his time in South Africa, where he goes to work with a law firm. He gets kicked off a train due to “color prejudice” (which is what he calls racism), and he decides to fight back—non-violently, of course. He continues studying religion and founds the Natal Indian Congress. He heads back to India for a while, where he meets his mentor Gokhale and others, but is soon recalled to South Africa to continue “public work,” which is his term for what we today might call activism.

In Part Three, Gandhi develops his spiritual practice of self-restraint by taking the brahmacharya vow of celibacy—by now, he’s had his four sons, all with Kasturbai—and develops his political power by leading an Indian ambulance corps in the Boer War. He returns to India, where he attends the Indian National Congress and stays with Gokhale, his mentor. He also practices law there. When his second son becomes very ill, Gandhi refuses the doctor’s advice to give him meat broth, which goes to show how seriously our author takes his religious ideals. Gandhi is full steam ahead by this point for sure.

Part Four has Gandhi fighting the Asiatic Department in the Transvaal, giving legal advice to Johannesburg Indians in land acquisition cases, organizing an Indian Volunteer Corps for the Great War, and more. He tells us about his religious studies, his experiments in diet (fruits and nuts only: dang), and his thoughts on the brahmacharya vow. He’s glad to be celibate, saying that life with sex is “insipid and animal-like.” He feels the self-restraint of celibacy is a purifying practice that makes him a better seeker of truth.

Part Five shows Gandhi at the height of his political power. He founds the Satyagraha Ashram in Ahmedabad, secures help for peasants in Champaran, fights the Rowlatt legislation, suspends Satyagraha after people become violent, edits newspapers, and gets a non-cooperation resolution passed by the Nagpur Congress. And that’s just some of what he does politically.

There’s also his decision to drink goat’s milk when a doctor recommends it for a terrible illness. Gandhi had seen all milk as an animal product, like vegans do today, but decided he needed strength for his public work and that his vow to his mother not to touch milk only encompassed buffalo and cow milk. Gandhi writes that even if drinking goat’s milk doesn’t violate the letter of his vow, it violates the spirit, and he feels quite conflicted and pained over his choice. And that’s a wrap! NOT NOW AND NOT EVER AGAIN.

 

 

 

The practice of war namely, cowardice, denies the gospel of truth. MK Gandhi in conversation with Winston Churchill on India and the British Empire.

Winston Churchill / Mahatma Gandhi / 1940-1949

 

The obedience to laws is akin to obedience to truth. Rabbinate, Israel- Jerusalem.

Thera pyar hai meri zindagi, God your love is life to all who yearn for you here and in the afterlife.

Erik Satie, Composer, “Once Upon A Time in Paris.” Reflections on Sunsets.

Jaisae zulmath mae noor rehetha hai, as if moonlight in the night, aab adham ka yai haule hai, now it is Adam’s turn to catch its glimpse. Yae jo halka halka suroor hai. The life breath that fills those who believe in God.

Jaisae zulmath mae noor rehetha hai;  God your love is life to all who yearn for you.

Thomas Aquinas on Moral Appropriation and Human Values.

Thomas Aquinas’ theory of moral agency is seen to afford a robust account of human freedom that is grounded in rational volition: free decisions based on human conscience, practical judgment, teleological aims toward natural goods, virtuous choice making.

From https://tif.ssrc.org/2014/10/09/mindful-love-on-thomas-pfaus-critical-appropriation-of-thomist-moral-theory/

 

 

Pray for the peace of this majestic holy city, Jerusalem, Queen of all races and peoples.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love thee. Psalm 122:6.

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget her skill. Psalm 137:5.

A Game Of Thrones Worthy of Jerusalem. Queen of all who submit to her authority without questioning motive.

Why sovereignty of individuals is as important as sovereignty assigned to authorities and powers. Establishing a Law of Value amongst human beings is not the same as granting them Sovereignty, Democracy, Human Rights or other similar concepts.

A law of value must incorporate the fundamentals of behavior in terms such as “moral power.” It is via this device that authority of a law, in this case, a moral law can be applied to determine truth or value.  A realistic definition of such a commanding law is a moral law that has practical implications for religious and secular living.  The law of value is not an injunction to refrain or assist in the above-referenced behavior but rather a request and sometimes even a demand to obey its existence.  If human beings wish to participate freely, then pardoning of slavery as in the diminishing the sovereignty of independent entities such as those of government, culture and society must be resisted.  Adherence to dual sovereignty as expressed by the Founders in the American Constitution has so far allowed for the maintenance of peace and dignity between legislative and administrative powers.  The Framers of the Constitution worked diligently to advance a system that would honor the balance of power to be shared and enjoyed. It remains to be seen if a concomitant moral foundation exists within such a constitutional democracy as those of the United States.  Establishing the necessary heft of moral authority with the aid of the above-referenced Law of Value is a promising way to free society from falsification of claims and judgments.  The undoing of criminal authority without a requisite moral standard can have nations experience unrest, crime, and concomitant despair as is evident in our times today.

https://wakeup-world.com/2013/11/11/if-we-are-truly-sovereign-beings-why-do-we-ask-for-permission/

Experiments with Truth in the 20th century and today. Not that much of a difference after all. A refutation unlike any other before.

When intent is misleading, the forces of evil take over life. What is the point of searching for the truth if the reason is only to betray the very confidence truth always possessed and still possesses now.

Lyrics for Zaahid Ne Mera, My God. By Asghar Gondvi. Vocalist, Apoorva Mudghal.

Zahid Ne Mera Haasil E Imaan Nahin Dekha God does not perceive the difficulties we humans face in the challenges of our world.  Rukh Pae Theri Zulfon Ko Pareshaan Nahin Dhekha Your mein covers the desperate look on my face Har Haal Mein Bus Pesh-e-nazar Hai Wohi Soorat.  My fate rests in his hands. Maenae Kabhi Roo-e-shab-e-hijran Nahin Dekha. Yet his veiled face remains hidden from us. Ayae Thay Sabhi Tharhaa Ke Jalway Mere Aage, All sorts of good-will had been displayed before you, Meine Magar Ae Deeda-e-haeraan Nahin Dekha, Even so, The Counselor does not see the ardor of my devotion. Kya kya hua hungaam-e-junoon yeh nahi maloom. As a result, what difficulties I have to face I do not know. Kuch Hosh Jo Ayea Tho Garebaan Nahin Dekha, But when I came to my senses, The Counselor did not care to notice the shattered dreams that lay at his feet everywhere.

Badal Garajae Nabh Ghor, The resounding thunder threatens. Kathak dance by Meghranjani.

Ghazal by Faiz.Jashna-E-Rekhta, celebrating Urdu poetry and culture online.

Mohandas Gandhi, explorer of the wheel of penitence, pain principle NOT. Not now, not ever. Non-violence is to hate and crime, what truth is to evil doers.

Dhono  jahan theri muhabbath mae haarkae, when two souls met to fall in defeat over you, vo jahrah hai koi shabhaehum guzaarkae, it was as if time that was spent was of no concern. Veera hai mai kadha khumoo savar udhaas hai, I became that bravery quenching the desperation of thirsty souls. Thum kya gayae kae root gayae dhin bahar kae. It did not matter whether you accepted our pleas as days were spent in submission.

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Wilderness and Moral Indignation Not.

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The role of religious bigotry to further existential norms. A normative (not) explanation of authority in Government.

A non-intellectual discourse on the ethical, moral and existential lives lived in both the past and present and the future. In Memoriam: Judge Stephen Reinhardt, June 2018. by  & 131 Harvard Law Review. 2097.  

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Sonnet, William Shakespeare. Recitation of Tom Alter, Faiz’s Ghazal.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds, Admit impediments, Love is not Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an ever-fixed mark, That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come: Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Dhono jahan theri muhabbath mae haarkae, when two souls met to fall in defeat over you, vo jahrah hai koi shabhaehum guzaarkae, it was as if the time spent was of no concern to you. Veera hai mai kadha khumoo savar udhaas hai, I became that bravery quenching the desperation of thirsty souls. Thum kya gayae kae root gayae dhin bahar kae. It did not matter whether you accepted or rejected pleas, the days were spent in the awe of submission.

 

What you miss in life, you can recover in death. Deveshi Sahgal, Vocalist. World Sacred Spirit Festival. 2016.

Orae Piya, My Beloved. Seven Eyes at the Jashn-e-Rekhta festival 2017. Tanya Wells vocalist.

The film, Bajirao Mastani. Aaj Ibadhath, the days’ prayers. The Lubavitcher Rebbe. On the reality of faith.

Om mangalam bhagwan Vishnu, All  auspiciousness to God Vishnu, Mangalam garuda dhwaja … jai jai All auspiciousness to the eagle’s wings … Salutation. Om mangalam pundrikaksham. All auspiciousness to the lotus flower eyed one. Mangalaye thanno Hari, to whom auspiciousness is Lord Krishna Aaj ibaadat, Today a prayer Aaj ibaadat rubaru ho gayi, Today a prayer has been fulfilled. Rubaru ho gayi has been fulfilled, Joh maangi thi, joh maangi thi the one I was asking for, Us dua sae guftagu ho gayi,  I had a conversation with that prayer. Mere maula, mere maula, O my Lord, O my Lord. Mere maula, mere maula tera O my Lord, O my Lord thanks to you shukriya. Dhard kae andheron sae, from the pain of darkness, Aa gayae ujaalon mein. I’ve come into light, Ishq kae chiragon ka The lamps of love. Noor hai khayalon mein, lighten up my dreams. Nazron se teri chaak With just the gaze of your eyes, Dil pe rafoo ho gayi, My heart mended.Dil pe rafoo ho gayi, My heart mended. Mere maula, mere maula, O my Lord, O my Lord, tera shukriya, thanks to you.

The Law of Value as represented in the lights of Hanukah or the Festival Of Lights. MK Gandhi at the Round Table Conference. Opinion as truth; advocating the Independence of India from Britain.

Hanukah, or the Festival of Lights commemorating the year’s end for a renewed morality.

At a meeting in Geneva he pointed out”my speeches at the Round Table Conference as all officially reported meanwhile I must ask you to believe me when I say that I have never made a statement of this description that the masses of India, if it became necessary, would resort to violence. Call that as you like, it is complete independence that we want.”

 

Mohandas and Satyagraha as moral principles for all times of hatred in the world, so greatly loved by God. Stitches in time when you do the crime.

Mohandas Gandhi, explorer of penitence. NOT pain. Non-violence is never an abundance of hate and crime. MK Gandhi and independence accused of these values NOT?

Penitence, the moral for our past.  Hopefully our present and future too.

Adoration of the Magi and Christ Jesus. Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and God.

Adoration of the Magi

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
Quoted

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Rebbes Dancing

 

 

 

 

 

Ehsan Thera Hoga Mujhpar, Should you have deigned to recognize me. Tribute by Sounak Chattopadhyay with additional lyrics. 2017.

Ehsaan thera hoga mujh par Your look has transformed me and now I cannot live without you.  Dhil chahta hai vo kehenae dho mujhae thumsae mohabbat ho gayi hae mujhae palko ki chayoun mae rehendho. Let the heart do what it must. I have fallen for you thus allow for this to remain between the shadow of the eyelashes. Savari saloni piya mohari auman. Meet prayers’ demands both near and afar. Chaabili suurath mora harlino chithvan and allow for your graceful looks to successfully defeat our innermost being  again.  Thuum nae mujkho hasna sikhaya ronae kahogae tho rolaengae. O God who has taught everyone to laugh also makes us shed tears at his command. Therefore, Lord, do not make light of life and let fallen tears remain where they must. Abb aasuun kae hamarae ghaam na karo vo behethae hain tho behenae dho. If you should care to create or erase me, I have praised you even in death (strains of song (undecipherable.) Chahae banadho chahae mitado mar bhi gayae tho dheyaengae duae.  Dreams that fly to reflect upon you, tell stories of love so that the world can survive on its own. Urd urd kae kahaegi khwaab sanam yae dhard mohabbath saehenae dho. I have loved you for who you were for eternity. Mujhae thumsae muhabbath ho gayi hai mujhae palko ki chaayon mae rehenae dho…Now let this story remain hidden within the shadow of my eyelashes.

An immodest proposal by Jonathan Swift. 18th Century England. No?

I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be
liable to the least objection. I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie or a ragoust. I do therefore humbly offer it to public consideration, that of the hundred and twenty thousand children, already computed, twenty thousand may be reserved for breed, where of only one fourth part to be males; which is more than we allow to sheep, black cattle, or swine, and my reason is, that these children are seldom the fruits of marriage, a circumstance not much regarded by our savages, therefore, one male will be sufficient to serve four females. That the remaining hundred thousand may, at a year old, be offered in sale to the persons of quality and fortune, through the kingdom, always advising the mother to let them suck plentifully in the last month, so as to render them plump, and fat for a good table. A child will make two dishes at an entertainment for friends, and when the family dines alone, the fore or hind quarter will make a reasonable dish, and seasoned with a little pepper or salt, will be very good boiled on the fourth day, especially in winter. I have reckoned upon a medium, that a child just born will weigh 12 pounds, and in a solar year, if tolerably nursed, increases to 28 pounds.

I grant this food will be somewhat dear and therefore very proper for landlords,
who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children. Infant’s flesh will be in season throughout the year, but more plentiful in March, and a little before and after; for we are told by a grave author, an eminent French
physician, that fish being a prolific diet, there are more children born in Roman
Catholic countries about nine months after Lent, the markets will be more glutted than
usual, because the number of Popish infants, is at least three to one in this kingdom, and
therefore it will have one other collateral advantage, by lessening the number of Papists
among us. I have already computed the charge of nursing a beggar’s child (in which list I reckon all cottagers, laborers, and four-fifths of the farmers) to be about two shillings per annum, rags included; and I believe no gentleman would repine to give ten shillings for the carcass of a good fat child, which, as I have said, will make four dishes of excellent nutritive meat, when he hath only some particular friend, or his own family to dine with him. Thus the squire will learn to be a good landlord, and grow popular among his tenants, the mother will have eight shillings neat profit, and be fit for work till she produces another child. Those who are more thrifty (as I must confess the times require) may flea the carcass; the skin of which, artificially dressed, will make admirable gloves for ladies, and summer boots for fine gentlemen.

As to our City of Dublin, shambles may be appointed for this purpose, in the most convenient parts of it, and butchers we may be assured will not be wanting; although I rather recommend buying the children alive, and relations. But with due deference to so excellent a friend, and so deserving a patriot, I cannot be altogether in his sentiments; for as to the males, my American acquaintance assured me from frequent experience, that their flesh was generally tough and lean, like that of our school-boys, by continual exercise, and their taste disagreeable, and to fatten them would not answer the charge. Then as to the females, it would, I think, with humble submission, be a loss to the public, because they soon would become breeders themselves: And besides, it is not improbable that some scrupulous people might be apt to censure such a practice, (although indeed very unjustly) as a little bordering upon cruelty, which, I confess, hath always been with me the strongest objection against any project, how well soever intended. But in order to justify my friend, he confessed, that this expedient was put into his head by the famous Salmanaazor a native of the island Formosa, who came from to London, above twenty years ago, and in conversation told my friend, that in his country, when any young person happened to be put to death, the executioner sold the carcass to persons of quality, as a prime dainty; and that, in his time, the body of a plump girl of fifteen, who was crucified for an attempt to poison the Emperor, was sold to his imperial majesty’s prime minister of state, and other great mandarins of the court in joints from the gibbet, at four hundred crowns. Neither indeed can I deny, that if the same use how well soever: to any extent. Salmanaazor: George Psalmanazar (1679? – May 3, 1763): An acquaintance of Samuel Johnson and other literary figures of 18th century London, Psalmanazar convinced many in England that he was the first Formosan to visit Europe; around 1702, he was proven a fraud.

Some persons of a desponding spirit are in great concern about that vast number of poor people, who are aged, diseased, or maimed; and I have been desired to employ my thoughts what course may be taken, to ease the nation of so grievous an encumbrance. But I am not in the least pain upon that matter, because it is very well known, that they are every day dying and rotting, by cold and famine, and filth, and vermin, as fast as can be reasonably expected. And as to the young laborers, they are now in almost as hopeful a condition. They cannot get work and consequently pine away from want of nourishment, to a degree, that if at any time they are accidentally hired to common labor, they have not strength to perform it, and thus the country and themselves are happily delivered from the evils to come.

I have too long digressed and therefore shall return to my subject. I think the
advantages by the proposal which I have made are obvious and many, as well as of the
highest importance. For first, as I have already observed, it would greatly lessen the number of  Papists, with whom we are yearly over-run, being the principal breeders of the nation, as well as our most dangerous enemies, and who stay at home on purpose with a design to groat: a silver coin worth four pence.  Chair: a sedan chair: an enclosed chair carried by servants used to transport wealthy persons through cities to deliver the kingdom to the Pretender, hoping to take their advantage by the absence of
so many good Protestants, who have chosen rather to leave their country, than stay at
home and pay tithes against their conscience to an episcopal curate.

[curate: a priest of the Church of England or Church of Ireland who was
supported by local tax revenues; reformation protestants, like the Puritans, generally opposed the practice of a state-supported church. vintner: wine seller or tavern owner. 33 receipts: recipes. perfection; and consequently have their houses frequented by all the fine gentlemen, who justly value themselves upon their knowledge in good eating; and a skillful cook, who understands how to oblige his guests, will contrive to make it as expensive as they please.]

Many other advantages might be enumerated. For instance, the addition of some
thousand carcasses in our exportation of barreled the propagation of swine’s flesh,
and improvement in the art of making good bacon, so much wanted among us by the
great destruction of pigs, too frequent at our tables; were made of several plump young girls in this town, who without one single groat to their fortunes, cannot stir abroad without a chair, and appear at a playhouse and assemblies in foreign fineries which they never will pay for; the kingdom would not be the worse.

Some persons of a desponding spirit are in great concern about that vast number
of poor people, who are aged, diseased, or maimed; and I have been desired to employ
my thoughts what course may be taken, to ease the nation of so grievous an
encumbrance. But I am not in the least pain upon that matter, because it is very well
known, that they are every day dying, and rotting, by cold and famine, and filth, and
vermin, as fast as can be reasonably expected. And as to the young laborers, they are now in almost as hopeful a condition. They cannot get work, and consequently pine away from want of nourishment, to a degree, that if at any time they are accidentally hired to common labor, they have not strength to perform it, and thus the country and themselves are happily delivered from the evils to come.

We should soon see an honest emulation among the married women which of them could bring the fattest child to the market. Men would become as fond of their wives, during the time of their pregnancy, as they are now of their mares in foal, their cows in calf, or sow when they are ready to farrow; nor offer to beat or kick them (as is too frequent a practice) for fear of a miscarriage. Many other advantages might be enumerated. For instance, the addition of some thousand carcasses in our exportation of barreled beef: the propagation of swine’s flesh, and improvement in the art of making good bacon, so much wanted among us by the great destruction of pigs, too frequent at our tables; which are no way comparable in taste or magnificence to a well grown, fat yearly child, which roasted whole will make a considerable figure at a Lord Mayor’s feast, or any other public entertainment. But this, and many others, I omit, being studious of brevity. Supposing that one thousand families in this city, would be constant customers for infants flesh, besides others who might have it at merry meetings, particularly at weddings and christenings, I compute that Dublin would take off annually about twenty thousand carcasses; and the rest of the kingdom (where probably they will be sold somewhat cheaper the remaining eighty thousand.

Of using neither clothes, nor household furniture, except what is of our own growth and manufacture: Of utterly rejecting the materials and instruments that promote foreign luxury: Of curing the expensiveness of pride, vanity, idleness, and gaming in our women: Of introducing a vein of parsimony, prudence and temperance: Of being a little cautious not to sell our country and consciences for nothing: Of teaching landlords to have at least one degree of mercy towards their tenants. Lastly, of putting a spirit of honesty, industry, and skill into our shop-keepers, who, if a resolution could now be taken to buy only our native goods, would immediately unite to cheat and exact upon us in the price, the measure, and the goodness, nor could ever yet be brought to make one fair proposal of just dealing, though often and earnestly invited to it.

Therefore I repeat, let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients, ’till he hath at least some glimpse of hope, that there will ever be some hearty and sincere attempt to put them into practice. But, as to my self, having been wearied out for many years with offering vain, idle, visionary thoughts, and at length utterly despairing of success, I fortunately fell upon this proposal, which, as it is wholly new, so it hath something solid and real, of no expense and little trouble, full in our own power, and whereby we can incur no danger in disobliging England. For this kind of commodity will not bear exportation, and flesh being of too tender a consistence, to admit a long continuance in salt, although perhaps could name a country, which would be glad to eat up our whole nation without it. After all, I am not so violently bent upon my own opinion, as to reject any offer, proposed by wise men, which shall be found equally innocent, cheap, easy, and effectual. But before something of that kind shall be advanced in contradiction to my scheme, and offering a better, I desire the author or authors will be pleased maturely to consider two points. First, As things now stand, how they will be able to find food and raiment for a hundred thousand useless mouths and backs. And secondly, There being a round million of creatures in humane figure throughout this kingdom, whose whole subsistence put into a common stock, would leave them in debt two million of pounds sterling, adding those who are beggars by profession, to the bulk of farmers, cottagers and laborers, with their wives and children, who are beggars in effect; I desire those politicians who dislike my overture, and may perhaps be so bold to attempt an answer, that they will first ask the parents of these mortals, whether they would not at this day think it a great happiness to have been sold for food at a year old, in the manner I prescribe, and thereby have avoided such a perpetual scene of misfortunes, as they have since gone through, by the oppression of landlords, the impossibility of paying rent without money or trade, the want of common sustenance, with neither house nor clothes to cover them from the inclemencies of the weather, and the most inevitable prospect of entailing the like, or greater miseries, upon their breed for ever. I profess, in the sincerity of my heart, that I have not the least personal interest endeavoring to promote this necessary work, having no other motive than the public good of my country, by advancing our trade, providing for infants, relieving the poor, and giving some pleasure to the rich. I have no children, by which I can propose to get a single penny; the youngest being nine years old, and my wife past childbearing.

To free the world from slavery and devil’s values. Mortified Favor, Satyagraha. Mortification of Favor, Imam Hussain.

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When God blesses his people, the Rebbes show their pleasure by dancing to immemorialize him.

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Francis and Democracy. Pope pushing limits of office, Good or Evil??

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pope-francis-pushing-limits-office-130502977.html

Jhank Jhanak Payal Bajae, The bells toll for thee. Kaushiki Chakraborty vocalist Hindustani Classical Music.

Deliberate choice and unconscious evil. Essay by Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher-theorist. “On the Distinguishing Features of Fascism.”

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Eco reduces the qualities of what he calls “Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism” down to 14 “typical” features. “These features,” writes the novelist and semiotician, “cannot be organized into a system; many of them contradict each other, and are also typical of other kinds of despotism or fanaticism. But it is enough that one of them be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it.”

The cult of tradition. “One has only to look at the syllabus of every fascist movement to find the major traditionalist thinkers. The Nazi gnosis was nourished by traditionalist, syncretistic, occult elements.”

The rejection of modernism. “The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, is seen as the beginning of modern depravity. In this sense Ur-Fascism can be defined as irrationalism.”

The cult of action for action’s sake. “Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, any previous reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation.”

Disagreement is treason. “The critical spirit makes distinctions, and to distinguish is a sign of modernism. In modern culture the scientific community praises disagreement as a way to improve knowledge.”

Fear of difference. “The first appeal of a fascist or prematurely fascist movement is an appeal against the intruders. Thus Ur-Fascism is racist by definition.”

Appeal to social frustration. “One of the most typical features of the historical fascism was the appeal to a frustrated middle class, a class suffering from an economic crisis or feelings of political humiliation, and frightened by the pressure of lower social groups.”

The obsession with a plot. “The followers must feel besieged. The easiest way to solve the plot is the appeal to xenophobia.”

The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”

Pacifism is trafficking with the enemy. “For Ur-Fascism there is no struggle for life but, rather, life is lived for struggle.”

Contempt for the weak. “Elitism is a typical aspect of any reactionary ideology.”

Everybody is educated to become a hero. “In Ur-Fascist ideology, heroism is the norm. This cult of heroism is strictly linked with the cult of death.”

Machismo and weaponry. “Machismo implies both disdain for women and intolerance and condemnation of nonstandard sexual habits, from chastity to homosexuality.”

Selective populism. “There is in our future a TV or Internet populism, in which the emotional response of a selected group of citizens can be presented and accepted as the Voice of the People.”

Ur-Fascism speaks Newspeak. “All the Nazi or Fascist schoolbooks made use of an impoverished vocabulary, and an elementary syntax, in order to limit the instruments for complex and critical reasoning.”

Accessed at: http://www.openculture.com/2016/11/umberto-eco-makes-a-list-of-the-14-common-features-of-fascism.html

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Rabbinate of Israel; Naina Lagaye Kae Meain Pachtaee, After meeting you I only had regrets. Sitar and vocals. Ustad Shujaat Khan.

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What are attributes of the Laws of Value resulting from the defeat of Satyagraha regarding the victims of Nazi Statehood?

De Jure, shared freedoms of stolen property=laws. De Facto shared values=truth.

Devotional dance about Krishna and his companions, Gopis. Compilations?

Niratata Dhang bahae pavana mandh sugandha seetahala Near the banks of the river Jamuna humanity waits for the arrival of the Lord.  Bansibatt thtt nikata jamuna, hearing the flute of Krishna brindavan ki kunj karin moe, in the forest of the abode of the Lord, Brindavan, nachhe gopi umang his companions dance with joy.  Adhri bhairi bhairi kamaj bhalta, slowly and completely bharath goda othi he raises the Bharath nation from evil. Mahiya tha tha thaei thaei thrugtha thrama thrama chanrana chalath uchang and due to this, his companions follow him wherever he goes.  Niratata dhang, nirtata dhang. The dance by gopis for the Lord Krishna in his heavenly abode, the Brindavan forest.

John Adams to his wife, Abigail Adams, My-Dearest-Friend-Letters-in the past centuries. No letters remain forever.

John to Abigail Adams “Your Description of the Distresses of the worthy Inhabitants of Boston, and the other Sea Port Towns, is enough to melt a heart of stone. Our Consolation must be this, my dear, that Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty, may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.  When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it…therefore the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency is a dangerous fallacy, which at once destroys all religious liberty, … and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate ; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson.