The following discourse has been translated into English from Bhagavan's Telugu speech as heard on this festival's ashram audiocassette. It is a complete, literal translation made with the objective of preserving Bhagavan's precious original poetic style as much as possible.
Summer Course # 12
29 May 2002

Sarva Bhuta Sthitham Yomam
Bhajatye Kastamadwitam
Sarvada Vartamaneshu
Sayogi Mayivartatam
Sarvada Mayogi Samavarthitam

I am present in all living beings.
I accompany the yogis
who always understands the difficulties of others
and who conducts themselves with equanimity.

(Sanskrit sloka)
Embodiments of Love!
The Atma is present in every man’s body seen in the world. The Atma is present in every human being. The Atma that is in all the individuals that you see, is also in you. The one who recognizes and acts accordingly to the truth that the Atma that is all pervasive and the Atma that is in you, both are one, is a true sadhaka (spiritual seeker). He may be a grihastha (householder), vanaprastha (forest dweller), sanyasa (renunciate) or brahmacharya (celibate student), whoever it may be, the Divinity in humankind is one. The one who recognizes this, whether he does action or doesn’t do action, always God is with him, beside him, in him and around him.
The country of Bharath is a meritorious land. The air that blows in this land is the personification of truth. Even all the dust that is in this land is the personification of Dharma. All the water that flows in this land of Bharath is the personification of love. Every individual that is born in this land has the character of forbearance.
A land that has such a sacred situation, level and circumstance cannot be seen anywhere else. Therefore, all ancient men in this country welcomed this (Dharma). They made a resolution to perform Dharma. They welcomed honesty. They gave a high position to Dharma. Bharath experienced such sacred circumstances. However, if one sees the circumstances of today, they are observed to be very amazing and strange.
There are thousands of individuals who recognized the truth of the country of Bharath. How many of the individuals who realized such honesty (of Bharath) have attained God.

Sarva Bhuta Sthitham Yomam
Bhajatye Kastimaditam

I am present in all living beings.
The ones who always understands
the difficulties of others.

The Atma in every human being contemplates on Himself. In that same way, the Atma present in others is also sacred and one.
In the country of Bharata, the mouth that doesn’t remember God's Name and the hand that doesn’t give charity isn’t observed anywhere. Every Bharatiya has a hand that gives charity. The heart of every Bharatiya is a heart that contemplates on the Name of God. Therefore, the one who doesn’t recognize the great history of Bharath may be said to be a fool.

At one time, Vivekananda went to America. He went there and he read the Upanishads and Bhagavad Githa a lot. He made one thing firm in his heart:

Sarvata Paani Paadam,
Tat Sarvatokshi Siromukham,
Sarvato Srutimalloke,
Sarvam Avritya Tishthati.

Feet, eyes, head, mouth,
and ears pervading everywhere,
God permeates the entire Universe.
(Sanskrit sloka)

“There is no place in Bharath where God is not present. Wherever is observed, the sound of God’s Feet are heard. Wherever one goes, the sound of God is heard. Whatever heart is seen, one experiences its echoes. I have to go again and see such a Bharath. Before that, I showed some neglectful feelings towards the country of Bharath. I go now, and I will be able to spread that God's nature is present in every atom. I will even sprinkle the soil (of Bharath) onto my head. Love is flowing in every drop of the water of the Ganges.”
Such a nature of God is one: it is full, immersed and flowing in the country of Bharath. Truth and Dharma have their birthplace in the country of Bharath. Peace and non-violence are maintained here. Hence, there is nothing that is not present in such a land of Bharath.

Yanaa Bharate, Tanno Bharata.

That which is not in Bharath
is not present anywhere else.
(Sanskrit sloka)

That which is not in Bharath is not present anywhere else. Therefore, all is contained in the country of Bharath. It looks like the entire world is bundled up and is present in the country of Bharath. Unable to recognize such great power and capability, Bharatiyas go to different countries and they are becoming worse with the delusion that, “We have seen so and so sights.”

Where there is self-control in Bharath, there will be no violence. Numerous people mortified the body for such self-control. Not only this. They undertook numerous spiritual practices to attain bliss of the Self. What are those spiritual practices? For ordinary man they are:

Sravanam (Hearing), Kirtanam (Singing),
Vishnu Smaranam (Remembrance),
Pada Sevanam (Serving the Lotus Feet),
Vandanam (Salutation), Archanam (Worship),
Daasym (Servitude), Sneham (Friendship)
and Atma Nivedanam (self-Surrender).
(Sanskrit sloka)

Only ordinary men undertook these, thinking they are spiritual practices. However, the culture of Bharath did not consider them as spiritual practices. The true and eternal nature is only one. It is only truth that is present in this, in that and wherever one searches. The form of Truth, the Absolute that is full of Truth, is shining in all periods of time. Wherever one searches, truth is seen there. Wherever one looks, truth is heard there. Truth is in all times and pervades all places. The culture of Bharath recognized the sacred Truth in this way.

If the hearts of Bharatiyas are opened and observed, only forbearance will be observed in their hearts. From ancient times Bharath experienced so many troubles and so many sufferings. They were given so many difficulties. However, they didn’t pay attention to any of them.

Forbearance is Truth.
Forbearance is Veda.
Forbearance is Non-Violence.
Forbearance is everything.
Forbearance is happiness.
Forbearance is Compassion.
It is in every living creature.
(Sanskrit sloka)

For that reason Bharatiyas had such a long life. Forbearance is their life principle. Forbearance is their breath. Their inhalation and exhalation is also full of forbearance. Such a Bharath succumbed to so many troubles, so many difficulties, so many losses and so many sorrows. They stood firm without paying attention to any of them. This is the strength of forbearance.
No suffering can affect the one with forbearance. These sufferings will turn the one who doesn’t have forbearance, like a top. Whoever tries to move an individual with faith in forbearance will not move or shake him even a bit. Hence it is only forbearance that is pervading in the heart of Bharatiyas.
In another form forbearance is called love. A synonym of love is peace. Whether called peace or forbearance or love or man, these four have one single meaning. Hence, in the Upanishads ‘manava’ (a human being) means love. Bharatiyas are ones who have such a nature of love.
Nowadays people are unable to recognize the nature of such Bharatiyas and the ancient culture is forgotten. They thus succumb to worldly, physical and transient sufferings.
Ask forbearance just once: “Oh forbearance! How much is your power of forbearance?” If it (this question) is said, it will answer, “It is not possible to say (estimate the power of forbearance).”

Yatho Vacho Nivarthanthe
Aprapya Manasa Saha.

Words and the mind fail to comprehend It
(God or the Absolute).
(Sanskrit sloka)

It cannot be conveyed in words, thought or form. The culture of Bharath is such a sacred culture. This culture spread to all countries. From ancient times this culture of Bharath spread to all countries and due to that the people of all countries declared:

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu.

May all be happy.
(Sanskrit sloka)

They were happy saying that. The one who remembers it will be happy in all ways. Therefore, the effect of the culture of Bharath is to remember the Divinity that is all pervading. Students, unable to recognize such a culture of Bharath, are undergoing numerous struggles to obtain many types of worldly affluence. No, no (it is wrong)!

The culture of Bharath is contained in a few small sentences. “Oh Bharatiya! What runs faster than the wind?” A few scientists of today would say light. Then they would say other things. Yet the culture of Bharath does not accept this. It says that which goes faster than everything and that which arrives before anything is the mind of man.
Then, what is the heaviest of all the things in the world? Laughing and laughing it said (Bharath gives the answer): one’s own mother is heaviest (strongest) of all. There is no heavier (stronger) thing in this world. The strength of the mother is the strength of the country. For that reason they call the country of Bharath, ‘Bharath Matha’ (Mother Bharath). They called it motherland but why can't it be called fatherland? No! There is such sacredness in the mother.
Then, the second one: when going to foreign countries, who (what) speaks with reverence and affection? That only is our mother tongue.

“This is my motherland. This is my dear mother tongue. This is my religion.” If one cannot pat his chest and say this, he can be compared to a living corpse.
(Telugu poem)

Whoever I go, that which speaks with me and converses with me is my language. Wherever I go, it is only my mother who is observed. I see Mother Bharath.
They say that this plane or that plane goes fastest of all. All are only planes. No, it is the mind (that goes fastest).

Sarvata Paani Paadam.

Feet pervading everywhere.
(Sanskrit sloka)

It is that mind.

Manah Eva Manushyanam
Karanam Bandha Mokshayo.

The mind alone is responsible
for both the bondage and liberation of man.
(Sanskrit sloka)

This mind will take one to liberation. What will take one faster than that? So it goes with such speed.
There are numerous such comparisons observed in the culture of Bharath. Not only this. There are also so many things that students should recognize.

It is said that there is nothing that excels Love. That is forbearance, that is peace and that is Veda. The difference between truth and love has to be recognized. Sorrow can't be observed in love. No matter how much time passes, it continues to laugh but sorrow can't be observed at all. It doesn’t give pain to others and it doesn’t experience pain.

It is love that is blessed. It doesn’t get hurt and avoids being hurt.
(Telugu poem)

This love doesn’t hurt others and it doesn’t get hurt. It moves about, escaping it. It is love which is the personification of power in all forms.
So, you think that love gets angry. People say. “God is angry with me.” God has no anger at all. Up till today, He is trying to find out what anger is. Wherever is seen, there is only love, love and love. People say God has hatred. He (God) looks in all directions thinking, “Where is it, where is it?” It is not seen anywhere. Finally, thinking that maybe this love (hatred) is in darkness. He also goes there, putting a light. It’s not noticed there either.
So there is no place devoid of love. It doesn’t have any hatred. It has no jealousy. Love is its own comparison. The heart is love. It is a pleased heart. Love is the heart. It is full of love. Love is love only. It is infinite love and non-dual love. It is love that is important and love that is nectarine.
It is a big mistake to think, ‘Where is such love? It cannot be seen!” Unable to recognize the love that is in oneself, you are searching for it outside. Hence, if one looks outside, where is love seen outside? One can see this towel only if one looks for it where it is. Yet if one goes to some place where the towel is not present and says, “Where is my towel, where is my towel?” how can one see it?
This towel may be in one place and may not be in another place. However, there is no place where there is no love. Love is all-pervasive. How can such a nature of love have anger? When one does something contradictory to His (God's) likes, they think that it is a kind of anger. There is nothing in the world that is contradictory to what God likes. Therefore, how will he get angry? There is no chance at all for it (anger) to come.
At any time that is observed, He is with, beside, around and in you. He is below you and around you. So, it is a big mistake to wonder where love is without first trying to recognize such a nature of love. The entire culture of Bharath is full love.

How did they develop this culture? As it was refined (samskrimpa), it became culture (samskriti). (Swami holds up a handkerchief) This came about through refinement. Where did this come from? It came from cotton. It is made by taking yarn from cotton. The seeds are removed from it, the cotton is separated, the threads are taken from it and then the threads are woven into a cloth. Due to this, it has now become a cloth. Due to refining it so much, this has taken the form of a cloth.
This is a silver plate. But how are you able to say it is a silver plate? In the very beginning it was silver. This silver was given to a goldsmith and he melted it well. Being exposed to fire melted it, and he thus made it into liquid. He made it into liquid and poured it into a mold. Then he made it into a plate. Only by giving so many difficult situations to it, it now became a plate that can be used. Therefore, if silver has to be made into a plate, so many different kinds of refinement have to be done.
In that same way, if ordinary man wants to become Divine, he has to be refined in so many ways. Ah-uh! That refinement is not done at all. He says, “I am a human being. I want to immediately become God.” He will (it is possible). However, that faith should be in you, shouldn’t it? That full faith should be within you, shouldn’t it?

The one who doesn’t have faith yet goes about just like one who does have faith, will not be able to see Love.
(Telugu poem)

He is acting as if he has faith, but there is no faith. How can such a one behold love?

Brahma (God) is the form of Love
and full of Love.
Love should be joined with love.
(Telugu poem)

Love has to be joined with love. Therefore, such an embodiment of love is the true refinement (culture).

Today in the world numerous people are doing numerous experiments regarding God. Not only experiments. A few messages are also taking place. Due to that message, it transforms into miss-age. What is this message? To truly search for God means, there is no need to search for this. Wherever is observed, He is present there. The boy Prahlada said.

Never have the doubt that,
‘He is in this and not in that.’
God is present everywhere.
Wherever searched,
He is seen there.
(Telugu poem)

He (mankind in general) fills his mind will all doubts. Through that, if he wants to see truth, how can it be seen? Therefore, Brahma is the form of truth. There is no opportunity to doubt this. Observe it without fail, with this truth. He (God) will immediately be seen right in front (of you).
Hence, the culture of Bharath is highest, so sacred, so firm, so Divine and so auspicious. If one inquires, without fail the (truth of the) subject will take form. Yet, they are inquiring. They are inquiring in a contradictory way.
At one time numerous scientists undertook so many experiments regarding Divinity. At one time Churchill came and said, “Oh crazy fellow! You are searching saying, ‘Where is God, where is God?’ First and foremost know who and where you are. You are not conquered with God. Wherever is seen, you have conquered in God, himself.
He is within you. Unable to know this, saying you are going somewhere to search for God, you are going to America, you are going to Japan, you are going to Germany, and you continue to go somewhere or the other. There is no need to go anywhere, not even a half-inch. Go within the heart: He will be seen there. If you want to see the inner form while developing outer vision, how can it be seen? First and foremost develop your inner vision. He will be seen within.

Embodiments of Love!
Love only is your God. Love is your everything. You have to gain this nature of love only through love. Therefore, in what way should you see love? This means:

In the barren land without Love,
for the seeds of Love to sprout,
with the emotion of Love,
to make the nectarine rains of Love fall,
to make the rivers of Love to flow,
play Your flute,
O Krishna! Play Your flute!
(Telugu poem)

This nature of love was understood well only in the Dwapara Yuga. Wherever one looked, only Krishna was seen. They liked the form of Krishna a lot. Whatever form was taken, whatever form they fancied, whatever form they contemplated on, (God) appeared to them in that form.
However, they didn’t recognize Krishna. “He was the son of Yashoda. He did all crazy things. He took butter from one house and took it to another house. He took butter from another’s house and put it in still another’s house.” Why should Krishna do this cheating? They think it is cheating. No, no! There is very much a secret in it.
What is the butter? (To make) butter one must churn milk well. That which is churned takes another form (curds). Then they make it into the sacred form of butter. If God, who is in numerous forms, should be recognized as having one lone form, this type of churning has to take place. In that unity there is Divinity.
Take a small matter well. You have drawn milk (milked the cow). You have put it on the stove and you are boiling it. When heating, the milk rises up, (with the sound of) bssssss! You take water which is on the side and you have sprinkled it (on the boiling milk). When it is sprinkled, that (milk which has) boiled up, goes down. (There was a loud crash of dishes heard: did Swami knock something over while speaking?!) The milk that had risen up has become cooled.
Then what is this? Why did this (the bubbles) rise up from the milk? If it is asked, “O milk, why have you become cooled?” It (the milk) says, “From so long I have been friends with water. Due to the refinement with fire, my friendship (with water) has been separated. I have become separated from the milk. However, I cannot remain alone. So I went down.” How great it is, just see! That close friendship is cooling. He told of so many devises. So there are so many secret matters in Divinity.

In Krishna’s actions also, butter: many people think that wherever He went, He committed robberies. That word is very bad. If he steals, will he smear it all over His mouth and return? No, no! Yashoda had a doubt. “Krishna, your whole mouth has the smell of butter. You are mischief-making throughout the village. There are only complaints (against You). You’re so young: will you do so much mischief? What is this mischief? Isn’t there butter in our house? If You ask, won't I give it? But why are You going from house to house and taking butter?”
He said, “Mother, it’s not that there is no butter in our house. However, butter means, its name is the heart. That is, it is even more sacred in the hearts of others. The butter in the (one’s own) house acts as it wishes to some extent. The butter of outsiders is very pure. Not only that. It also has a sacred smell.”
(Yashoda said,) “So, dear one, don’t go outside. There is as much butter as you need in my house and I will give it to You.” When she said this (Krishna answered), “I don’t need it. The butter from different houses looks like great butter to Me. I am not stealing it. I am directly asking and I am taking it when they are directly looking. Based on this all the devotees (sing):

Bada Chitta Chora,
Brindavana Sanchara.

A big stealer of hearts,
who goes about in Brindavan.
(Swami sings a Hindi bhajan)

They say, “Oh stealer of hearts!” When they say like this, it is said that Krishna was so happy. If anyone goes and says (to another), “Hey, thief!” He (the abused person) will come ready to fight saying, “What is it, am I a thief?!” However, if people called Krishna a thief it was not like that. One has to call him loudly:

Bada Chitta Chora,
Brindavana Sanchara.

A big stealer of hearts,
who goes about in Brindavan.
(Swami sings a Hindi bhajan)

Saying, “You are a thief!” so many songs were composed and sung so joyfully, with rhythm. Therefore, God is a thief meaning, a thief of the heart. He shines in everyone’s heart. The heart is the butter. Therefore, it is said that the one who steals the heart is Krishna. There are so many secrets contained in those Divine names. It is said:

Krishtiti Krishnah, Krishtiti Krishnah,
Krishtiti Krishnah, Krishtiti Krishnah.

(Sanskrit sloka)

Krishti: means the one who does agriculture is Krishna. Krishtiti Krishnah: the one who is blissful is Krishna. Krishtiti Krishnah: one who gives that and is happy is Krishna. So there are so many inner meanings in these words. Churn the land (milk) of the heart and put the curds of love into it. The milk of the heart is thus made into curds. Meaning, if one has to make curds, one has to put some curds in it (first). So if the embodiment of love should be obtained, it should be obtained through love only. Therefore, through love God will be obtained. There are so many secrets contained in such a culture of Bharath.

We have arranged this culture (Summer Course of Indian Culture and Spirituality). Whether one says spirituality or culture, there is no difference. There is culture in spirituality. That is called refinement. That which is refined is culture.
There is gold in our hand. When giving it to the goldsmith, you gave it to him telling him to make it into a bangle. He puts it in the fire, heats it, hammers it, stretches it and then he cuts it in many ways. On the third day he will himself bring the bangle. How much refinement has to be done to make this bangle!
The crops in our land: a crop of paddy has ripened. We brought it all to the house. We put it in a bag in the room. However, will we eat it just like that? Not at all! Pound it and separate the husk. Put the separated rice in water, boil it and make it into cooked rice. Finally we eat it. It is not possible to experience something exactly as it has arisen. It may be experienced only after refinement.
Therefore, students!
As soon as you were born, you did not learn so much education. Gradually and slowly you learnt A-B-C-D’s, to utter it with the mouth, then writing A-B-C-D’s again. You arrange it into spelling (spelled words). Then arrange that spelling again into words. Only after all of that happens, you are able to read.
Hence, all refinement is like that. It has to be melted. Melt it and it has to be imprinted. It must be hammered. It has to be stretched, it has to be shined (polished), and it has to be polished, then it will -tak!- be beautiful. For that reason, if beauty is to come, so much great work has to be done.

It’s said that at one time Ravana became angry. He got angry and was unable to bear it. He went to Eswara, “Eswara! How much partiality you have! So much partiality! What narrow feelings you have. You gave beauty, loveliness and prettiness only to women and made men like a logs of wood. What is the reason?”
Then Eswara said, “Crazy fellow! You are comparing like this due to you not knowing what beauty is.” It’s said that Eswara gave the answer again, “The beauty that men have, where is it in women? The beauty that the male peacock has, where is it in female peacock? The beauty in a male bull, where is it in the female cow?” When he (Eswara) asked like that, it’s said that he (Ravana) shut his mouth.
How beautiful is the peacock! Does the female peacock have its beauty? Does the female cow have the beauty of the bull? No! Therefore, I give beauty where it should be given. Beauty comes from my heart. My heart is beautiful. I am beautiful. So I give bliss appropriate to my beauty. You are ugly people therefore your ugliness looks beautiful to you.
They said this in the Ramayana. It is said that at one time Surpanakha came to Rama, thinking, ‘I am beautiful.’ “Rama! Does Sita have my beauty? She is only like an empty container. See how beautiful I am!” Then it is said that Rama and Lakshmana laughed. Each one’s beauty looks beautiful to them. However, they look ugly to one who is (truly) beautiful.
Thinking that it was useless to prolong argument with her, it is said that they told her to go. “We are not as beautiful as you therefore, you can get married to someone who is beautiful, mother!” Saying that, it is said they sent her away.
In this way, numerous people in the world continue to criticize God with numerous words. It is easy to criticize but it is very different to inquire into it.

Embodiments of Love!
In the culture of Bharath there is beauty and joy in each word. Where can one get beauty without bliss and bliss without beauty? Beauty is bliss and bliss is beauty. Beauty is bliss and bliss is God's nectar. So, the nature of God is like this. I am telling you what is in a few types of books. Hence, study the culture of Bharath with earnestness and devotion. It has no difference of religion. All religions are one. All forms are one.
Yesterday I said that after this body dies they treat it very grandly. Why do they do it? If Mohammedans are asked they say, “Sir, the nature of Atma that was in this body before, is very beautiful and valuable. Now that beautiful Atma is not living (in the body) therefore we are paying obeisance to this body.” They also carry it (the body) for some distance.
Even Christians say the same thing. “The beautiful Atma was in this body before but we didn’t pay attention to it. Due to it leaving the body today, we are showing respect to it.” Saying that, they give respect and perform so many different kinds of worship. In every religion also there is the nature of showing respect to the body (after death). Therefore, we should always give respect to the body. What is the body?

Deho Devalaya Prokto,
Jeevo Deva Sanathanah.

The body is a temple,
And the life inside is the Eternal God.
(Sanskrit sloka)

Therefore, this body is a sacred temple. Through this temple we have to behold the Divinity in this temple. We began the summer classes in order to teach you such an ancient culture. Not only this, in our daily life also we should make distant bad habits, develop good habits, and transform it into culture. Make this culture the most exalted thing in your life. Therefore, it is very great to develop culture.
One is not educated just because he studies. Without culture it is not education at all. Therefore, culture should also be joined with education. So that you don’t indulge in crazy games, crazy pictures and crazy words when the holidays come every year, we have arranged this culture (summer course) demonstrate it (culture) and through that transform your minds.

Bhagavan ended His Divine Discourse by chanting the bhajan ‘Bhava Bhaya Harana, Vanditha Charana…’, and ‘Subrahmanyam Subrahmanyam…’

It was Guru Nanak who first started community bhajan. Numerous voices join together and it becomes only one voice: that is community bhajan. Guru Nanak loved this bhajan a lot. He started it and offered it to the whole country. So all great ones like that arose in many ways in Bharath. They were praised in many ways, taught in many ways and inquired in many ways.
When all come together and sing as one voice, there is so much bliss! That is unity in diversity. We have to participate in this unity in diversity. That is true bliss. Therefore, everyone can come together as one for such blissful bhajan. If there are ten people in the house, if this bhajan is done with at least ten people, so much bliss will be experienced.

Summer Course Glossary
#12 May 29th, 2002
Taken from "A Glossary of Sanskrit Words
Gleaned from Sai Literature"

Ashrama: (pg. 41) A stage in a man’s life. Brahmacharya: the youthful life of a celibate. Grihastha: the worldly life of a householder. Vanaprastha: The life of seclusion of a recluse. Sanyasa: the life of a complete renunciateion of an ascetic
Bhajan: (pg. 68) The singing of devotional songs in praise of God.