Recognise the Fundamental Principle of Oneness
TODAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF another new year. Many
new years have gone by but there is no change in the life of man. What is
the reason? The reason is that man is not making efforts to experience the
principle of divinity which is present in all in the form of love. Love is
the true form of God. It is your foremost duty to recognise this eternal
principle of love.
Love, truth, peace and divinity are not different
from each other. They are all one. You will be able to realise this truth
only when you strengthen the spirit of unity. Love is not something that
is acquired from outside. It emerges from within. When you develop and
expand love, you will be able to realise the truth that all are one. (Bhagavan
showing His handkerchief) What is this? This is a cloth. It is made up of
thread. Thread, in turn, is made out of cotton. Cotton is the basis of the
cloth. But cloth is made by weaving the threads. Similarly, the mind is
also made up of the threads of Sankalpas and Vikalpas (resolutions and
aberrations). You should know your real identity by transcending the mind.
You have to enquire as to what extent you have
understood the principle of love which is uniformly present in all. Man is
carried away by his identification with the body and, therefore, he
perceives diversity in creation. In fact, it is unity alone that is behind
the apparent diversity. Whatever differences are there, they are only the
creations of your mind. If you want to eliminate these differences and
realise the principle of unity in diversity, you have to realise your true
nature. You experience diversity when you turn your perception away from
this fact of unity. Recognise the principle of unity. You are God. God is
not separate from you. It is a mistake to consider yourself separate from
God. This difference is the result of your deluded vision. When you
rectify this defect in your vision, you will realise ?I am I?. When you
identify Sai Baba with the physical form, you become separate from Him. It
is only these feelings of identification with the physical form that
create differences between individuals. The feelings of ?I? and ?mine? are
behind all this multiplicity of forms. If you stand before a mirror, you
see your image. Even if there are many mirrors, you see the same image.
Though the mirrors are many, the image is one. You should realise this
oneness behind multiplicity.
You should try to know the fundamental principle of
oneness. If you know this, everything else will become known to you. This
world has a plethora of forms but there is one divinity that permeates all
these forms. Know this truth. Ekam Sath Viprah Bahudha Vadanti (Truth is
one but wise men call it by many names). You see diversity due to the
effect of Maya (illusion). There exists only unity everywhere, not
diversity. It is your illusion that causes diversity. Forget this
diversity and contemplate on divinity. You may ascribe any number of names
and forms to God but God is one. At one time, Radha realised her oneness
with Krishna. But later she was overcome by delusion and started
considering herself different from Krishna. This feeling of separateness
is a big mistake. Reminding Radha of her true identity, Narada told her
that she had no separate identity. It was her mistake that she had
identified herself with her name, he said. He added that she was not
separate from Krishna, and was, in fact, Krishna.
Whatever you see, whomever you come across, consider
every form as nothing but the manifestation of divinity. Do not entertain
differences of ?I? and ?you?. You look into a mirror and say that you are
in the mirror. In fact, you are not in the mirror. It is only your
reflection that appears in the mirror. When you go behind the hill and
shout ?Oh!?, you will hear the echo of your voice. You may think that
someone is shouting at you with the same intensity. But it is not so. That
voice is yours and nobody else?s. Similarly, all that you see in the world
is only your reaction, reflection and resound. It is a mistake to consider
the reflection as reality. When you understand the true nature of the
reflection, you will know the truth of oneness. Here is a small example.
Once a young cowherd took his cattle to the forest for grazing. While the
cattle were grazing, he began singing loudly. The song created an echo
from the hills. The innocent boy thought that someone was imitating to
make fun of him. He grew angry. After he returned home, he told his
mother, ?Mother! I will not take the cattle to the forest tomorrow. There
is someone in the forest who is imitating whatever I sing. I feel
humiliated.? The mother said that she would accompany him to the forest
the next day. He took her behind the hills and started singing loudly.
Again, an echo of the song was heard. Then the mother said, ?Son, it is
not that someone else is repeating your song to make fun of you. Whatever
you sing, its echo is being heard by you.? Similarly, you should
understand that everything in this world is your own reflection, reaction
The Atma is one, not two. Once you recognize the
truth that the same Atma is present in all, you will be free from all
differences and conflicts. Develop firm faith that the same Self is
present in all. Understand this principle of unity. Only then can you
experience truth. All the students have immense love for Me. They are
happy that Baba loves them. Understand that it is only Baba who loves all.
(loud prolonged applause). You see differences in individuals. But in My
view, all are one. I am you and you are I. Have firm faith in this unity.
Only then can you transcend duality. When you enquire deeply, you will be
able to understand this truth. Have patience. Do not feel disappointed
that you are unable to have the vision of God. When you understand the
principle of unity and hold on to it firmly, you become Sai Baba yourself.
You are ?divine?. But you are unable to realise it as you are intoxicated
with the ?deep wine? of worldly desires. All are the embodiments of
divinity. I am not different from you and you are not different from Me.
We are one. When you go on contemplating on this thought of unity with the
Divine, you become one with Him. Then, all differences will disappear and
you will attain the experience of unity with God.