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.
November 4th, 2002

Asthiram Jivanam Loke.
Asthiram Yavvanam Dhanam.
Asthiram Dhara Putradi.
Satyam Kirti Dwayam Sthiram.

Life in the world is impermanent.
Youth and wealth are impermanent.
Wife and children are impermanent.
Only the two - Truth and reputation are permanent.
(Sanskrit sloka)

Embodiments of Love!
Everything in this universe changes. Happiness and sorrow, ashanthi and turmoil, bliss and unpleasantness: all of these change. However, man unable to realise his true form. He believes and is under the delusion that this temporary, impermanent and transient body is truth and is living thus.
Man is not a vyeshti jivi (individual life) at all. He is samashti jivi (cosmic being). Man will not try to live alone. Hence, in the Purusha Sukta it is said:

Sahasra Seersha Purushah.
Sahasraksha Sahasra Paad.

Thousands of heads has the Purusha
(The Lord or Supreme Being),
Thousands of eyes, thousands of feet.
(Sanskrit sloka)

Unable to recognize the truth that one is the samashta swarupa (cosmic form), every human being is under the delusion, “I am the deha swarupa (the body), the vyeshti swarupa (the individual),” and is thus succumbing to sorrow.
In the culture of Bharath, in the infinite universe, it is the trait of Bharatiyas to recognize the unity in diversity. However, man of today has the feeling of individuality, forgets unity and equality and is succumbing to ashanti. The real Truth is unity in diversity. However, it is opposite to Truth to break apart unity into diversity. From ancient times the country of Bharath has been practising, following, thinking and wasting their time in this way. However, no one came to completely prove the Truth in the Vedas, by taking apart and teaching the inner meaning and propagating it to the people.
Today some people understood a little to some extent, through reading books and listening to the teachings of elders. Yet even in that they didn’t try to recognize Truth completely.

From ancient times, numerous people, though they were demons, completely studied the Vedas. Though they understood the meaning, even they forgot the nature of Truth within themselves. They followed the low path of untruth and perjury.
Hiranyakasipu and Hiranyaksha were all highly educated people. They were great scientists also. They went to and saw the moon, sun and stars, and they recognized the matters relating to them in detail. However, due to a large part of them containing negative qualities relating to worldly thoughts, they forgot their positive nature. Though there was so much positive present (latent within them), what was the use? They developed the negative quality and by propagating and spreading this, they lived worldly lives.
One who had such worldly traits was Narakasura. He had great power and capabilities and was highly educated. He gave help to many people. He even brought back the sons of his guru who had gone to the other world (died). Though there was so much devotion and obedience in him, and though he practised the proofs of the Vedas, it was all useless due to negative qualities being excessive. Even Thyagaraja sang about this:

Can it be comprehended in words?
Is it possible even for Brahma (the Creator)
to extol Your story?
You relieved the anguish of Kuchela.
You took away the bends in the deformed Kubja.
You protected the Pandavas very well.
(Telugu poem)

Not only this.

You protected the 16,000 lovely ladies (gopis).
Rama! Can it be comprehended in words?
Is it possible ever for Brahma to extol Your story?
(Telugu poem)

He described thus. Though such description was done, even Thyagaraja didn’t recognize this Truth and experience it in his own life.

One time Chaitanya Mahaprabhu went to his mother and asked for her command (permission), “Mother, I am going to study.”
Sunithi (his mother) said, “Son, there are so many vidyas (forms of education) in this world. All of this education will end some day but they won’t increase. All of these vidyas are only to a limited extent. Spiritual knowledge is real education. It has no death. It has no limits. It lives in all places and in all times. Learn such education, son!” She taught him thus.
For that reason Chaitanya always chanted the Name of Krishna, “Krishna, Krishna, Krishna!” He repeated the name of Krishna from village to village and even street to street. He sang the Name of Krishna and propagated it. He chanted Krishna’s name whether in the forest, in the sky, in the village, in ________, in a town, on a mound, or in the deep sea. Finally he gave a good teaching to all the ordinary people with worldly, physical and secular words (that they could understand).

What charity is greater than the charity of food?
What God is greater than one’s parents?
What penance is greater than a character of Truth?
What Dharma is greater than compassion?
What profit is greater than good company?
What demon is greater than enmity?
(Telugu poem)

Therefore, the essential vidya that is the main foundation for all of these, makes enmity distant and develops friendship. The delusion of hating everyone and wanting to live alone is only a demonic illusion. Why did the Purusha Suktha utter:

Sahasra Seersha Purushah.

The Purusha (The Lord or Supreme Being)
has Thousands of heads
(Sanskrit sloka)

This means that God is not singular form. He is the cosmic form. He remains without wavering and without moving, steady in all living beings and in all life forms. Though such a steady God is near, why is man under so much delusion, spending life going about in the world with numerous types of difficulties?
God is in each heart. He is unwavering and immeasurable. Wherever one looks, we can have darshan (sight of), sparsha (touch) and sambhashan (conversation with) such a God. However, due to man not having such courageous and supreme affection in him, he is succumbing to so many troubles.

Chaitanya went. He wanted to have darshan of Narayana. He went there and he stood. He said, “Narayana, you are living in all worlds. You are not only the Lord of the world, You are also the Lord of all living beings. You are the Lord of all life forms, yet I don’t need all of that. I don’t need Your (P) Vaikuntha, I have no use for Your (P) Kailasa, I don’t need Your (P) moksha. Only one, Love, is enough for me. Give me Love so that I can Love You (P).”
When Chaitanya asked in this way, the sound came from somewhere, “Thathastu. (May it be so.)” Though there are so many vidyas, though there are so many shakthis, though there was so much supreme capabilities all of these fall down in the middle. Only Love is praana (the life principle). Love does not change. There is no change or addition.
He (Chaitanya) said, “O Krishna, I am aspiring for such a True and eternal nature of Love! There are so many things in this world. All of them are impermanent. Everything is impermanent. However, grace me with the true and eternal Love.” He asked this.
“What is Your moksha, what is Your swarga, what is Your Kailasa and what is Your Vaikunta? All of these are branch addresses. I don’t need all of those. I found out your address well. Where is Your address? My heart only is Your address. In my heart You remain unwavering, immeasurable and steady. Just bless me with that one thing,” he requested.

Even demons also had such devotion. One time Krishna, in the company of Sathyabhama, went to fight the demon Narakasura. Why couldn’t God kill him (alone)? Why did Krishna take Sathyabhama’s help? This means that there are also a few qualifications present. He thought, “It is not justifiable to kill such an evil person with My hands. A weak woman should kill him. I have all powers. He is so low. He is a demon without compassion and love. He doesn’t love others and is a completely reviled one. I should not kill such a one.”
Therefore, Krishna, who went accompanied by such a Sathyabhama, killed Narakasura. There were so many servants (captives) with him. They were supreme devotees, pure ones, princesses always contemplating on God and embodiments of Love. Being caught in the hands of this demon, (held as captives), they experienced the suffering of hell. That only is what Thyagaraju said:

You protected the 16,000 lovely ladies (gopis).
(Telugu song)

He killed Narakasura and he released the gopis from bondage. This is only a type of release from bondage (liberation). (This symbolizes) Making distant the evil qualities of a demon and entering into good qualities and good conduct.

The company of bad qualities is always dangerous. Therefore:

Tyaja Durjana Samsargam.

Leave bad company.
(Sanskrit sloka)

We should not join with this bad company at all.

Bhaja Sadhu Samagamam.
Kuru Punyam Ahorathram.

Join good company.
Undertake meritorious deeds day and night.
(Sanskrit sloka)

Partaking in this kind of standard, he entered into sacred spirituality. From then he taught the steady, pure, selfless quality of Love to all ordinary people in the world also.
What is this Narakasura vadha? In nara, there is the demon of Narakasura. If the justified meaning is considered, na-ra: (‘Ra’) means the embodiment of Atma. ‘Na’, there is no change at all to this ‘ra’ of Atma. ‘Nara’ is the embodiment of (symbolizes) Atma. The asura (demon) entered in such an embodiment of Atma.
What kind of person is this demon? One who has bad qualities, bad thoughts, bad company and bad activities. In such a person bad qualities and bad feelings arise moment to moment. They won't allow (others) to be in good company. They won't take action to join with sacred God. They have the company of the ones who have bad qualities and bad behaviour. This is their karma (results of actions) from so many births. The results of sins from so many lives give this type of mind.
You are under the delusion that, “We are living, we are studying high education and we become highly educated.” Yet this is not vidya at all. It is avidya. How can it be vidya without good company and without the standard of Truth?

Ravana studied 300 types of vidya. Even Rama studied such vidya. However, Rama was always (in) good company, good company, good company. He had good feeling, good conduct, good thought and undertook good actions. However, what did Ravana, who had studied so much education, do? He had all things like bad company, bad thoughts, bad qualities and bad conduct.
Ravana was so highly educated. Even Rama had the vidya that Ravana had. However, if anyone sees Rama, they do namaskaar. If one sees Ravana, they say, “He is very angry and he is a demon.” He would thus receive many types of abuse and praise (negative sense).
How does the reputation of good or bad come about? They come from the behaviour of the individual. The individual’s behaviour should be proper. (If one thinks,) “Sitting alone, we will do meditation, we will do japa and we will do austerity,” this is a demonic quality. What is it they do when sitting alone? Bad behaviour and bad thoughts. That which contains bad company, has it come through good company? Therefore, to think that these are good is a big mistake. All of these are demonic activities.
Wherever good is going on, go there! Wherever there is godly activity, go there! Wherever bhajan is going on, they won't go there. Wherever there is a sacred individual, they won't go there. Why do they have eyes, what is the use? Purandara Das said:

Why these eyes? Why these eyes? Why these eyes if they do not see Rama? With the eyes and eyesight, why can't you see the auspicious form of the Lord? Keeping God in the heart, why did you wish for this bad samsara (family life)?
(Telugu poem)

Truly, to realise the Truth that God is in all living creatures and to act accordingly is man’s important duty. Not only contemplating on such a Divinity, it is also very necessary to sing.

After killing Narakasura, that day the whole rajyam (kingdom) became a great samrajyam (complete or universal sovereignty). That day they realised that the demon of hatred, darkness and ignorance became distant. They decorated the entire town well and lit lamps.
As long as there is an evil person, no light can be seen; no light at all. What are in the darkness? Bats are present. No man will enter into the house where there are bats. Therefore, we should not become bats.
(Side B) To the appropriate type of people, some people say “Yes, yes” to this (darkness) but it is not possible for everyone to accept it.

Satsangatve Nissangatvam,
Nissangatve Nirmohatvam,
Nirmohatve Nishchalatatwam,
Nishchalatatwe Jivanmukthi.

From good company to solitude,
From solitude to dispassion,
From dispassion to steadiness,
From steadiness to liberated-while-living.
(Sanskrit sloka, sloka 9 of Sankaracharya’s ‘Bhaja Govinda’)

So we should not join with evil company even for a moment. Therefore, from ancient times, they distanced the relationship with demons in this way.

Even the demon Hiranyakasipu looked towards making his dear son Prahlada distant. Yet to Prahlada, wherever he went there was only Narayana in his heart. “Narayana, Narayana, Narayana”: he was immersed in the contemplation of Narayana. Prahlada is one who is dear to Narayana.
Hiranyakasipu is one who was dear to demons. What is the use? He (Hiranyakasipu) was an emperor. What emperor? An evil emperor. An emperor of evil behaviour. An emperor of bad qualities. An emperor of bad thoughts.
Hence, even if it is one, it is enough for us. It is enough if there is one good person. Even if only once a day, the sacred time should be sanctified. Then only our life will fructify.
Today wherever one observes in the world there are only demonic activities happening: things that shouldn’t be heard with the ears and things that shouldn’t be seen with the eyes. So why should we experience what shouldn’t be seen with the eyes and what shouldn’t be heard with the ears? Install sacred Divinity in the heart. It is said God is:

Easwara Sarva Bhutanam.

God is in all living beings.
(Sanskrit sloka)

God is one who is in all living creatures. However, (people) are not feeling that such a God, is actually God. They feel that it (He) is a demonic action.

Yat Bhavam Tat Bhavati.

As the feeling, so will be the result.
(Sanskrit sloka)

As one’s feelings, so are the forms inside. Such forms will kill him. The individual may seem to be sathwic. However, there are cruel feelings in the heart. We should not have any relationship with such people at all.

Today is the killing of Narakasura. This means to kill the demon in the Atma (the body). ‘Nara’ is Atma. ‘Asura’ is a demon. He is in every heart. However, we don’t need to go somewhere and obtain any weapons to kill him. In our heart there is the embodiment of Atma, ‘nara’. Contemplate on the embodiment of Atma. That only is the embodiment of Love. That is the eternal and True nature. One may kill such a demon with such Love. We don’t need any big weapon to kill such a demon. This is not something that will die through weapons. It cannot die through any arms. They will come under control only through Love.
Aren’t there so many weapons in the world? Yet what are these weapons able to do? They aren’t able to do anything. One harms oneself. So, if one wants to kill demons, if one wants to kill Narakasura, that (demonic) nature in ‘nara,’ Atma, has to be killed. Narakasura will die only when the nature of Atma is developed. To realise such a Truth and act accordingly is true devotion.

Therefore, Embodiments of the Divine Atma!
We are celebrating the sacred darshan of the killing of Narakasura as a festival. We are only living joyously by only changing the preparations and only eating (special) meals. No one is making the suitable effort to recognize the inner meaning of this sacred holy day.
Therefore, if one wants to use this (festival) well in a proper way, one should join with sacred company. Don’t live alone. That is not the nature of God. That is vyashti (individual) life. Vyashti life is a waste life. The samashti life is your true essence of service. We should spend life blissfully with samashti life. So samashti is called God. All of the Vedas taught this only:

Sahasra Seersha Purushah.
Sahasraksha Sahasra Paad.

Thousands of heads has the Purusha
(The Lord or Supreme Being),
Thousands of eyes, thousands of feet.
(Sanskrit sloka)

We should make the suitable effort to live such a life.
Why has man’s life been given? It is not for just eating, going about, drinking and living joyfully, like animals, birds and beasts. The animals, birds and beasts are also eating what you eat. Animals, birds and beasts also experience what you experience in life. Hence, this is not what we should do.
The nature of Truth, Dharma, Peace and Love in us has to be brought out. We should teach that outwardly. It should be propagated. It should be experienced in conduct. Only spreading propaganda without experiencing in one’s behaviour, becomes a waste. So, whatever festival day comes, we should know well the inner meaning of the festival day and act accordingly.

Man is so fortunate. Man’s life is very sacred. It is said:

Janthunaam Nara Janma Durlabham.

Of all life forms,
Human life is the rarest to attain.
(Sanskrit sloka)

We are making such a sacred human life, so unsacred. Another meaning for ‘manava’ is ‘sacred man’. Why are you trying to make this sacred man unsacred? That only is the essence of actions from many births. While speaking, they speak well. He declares that we have to lead a sacred life. Yet he is not exerting to put it into practice. That only is the result of sin. When that comes, we have to make the appropriate effort to obstruct it, reject it and proceed on the sacred path.

However, relationships continue with individuals who have numerous bad qualities and bad behaviour. Do a namaskaar to such people and go far.
Thyagaraja also said: “Rama, a namaskaar to the ones who forget You! A namaskaar to ones who have enmity towards You. A namaskaar to both evil people and to good people.” Then Thyagaraja said, “There is justification in doing namaskaar to good people. Why should namaskaar be done to bad people?”
To do namaskaar to good people (means that), you do namaskaar to them saying (feeling) you should not be distant from good people in our life. One does namaskaar to evil people, saying (feeling) that, “Ayyo (oh dear)! Your tendencies should never come to us. Go far!” Without giving respect to bad company, do one namaskaar to them and send them far. One should even sacrifice one’s life to be in the company of good people. Therefore, we should join with proper company, foster proper qualities, walk on the proper path and thus sanctify life.
In history the actions of numerous demons were described in this same way. There were so many demons. Why should so many demons come? Meaning, it is the prabhaava of the qualities in them.

When Krishna was born, Kamsa had all bad thoughts. Before those bad thoughts came, a voice from the sky, meaning the god of wind, warned him beforehand. He (the voice) said, “Kamsa, one who will harm you will be born in the womb of your younger sister.”
He (Kamsa) became angry. Only then he held her (his sister, Devaki’s) hand and tried to kill her. However, Vasudeva obstructed him. He said, “Tell what danger will come through her? I will see that no such danger will happen. He (the ethereal voice) said that the one who will kill you would be born as the eighth child in her womb. Do you have faith in the words of the one who said that? If it is true that you have faith, wait until the eighth pregnancy. Why will you try to kill her right after marriage? He (the ethereal voice) is saying that the one who will kill you will be born in her eighth pregnancy. Therefore, you wait for that much time. Don’t commit this type of unjustifiable sin.”
When he said that, he (Kamsa) had some good thoughts. Meaning, good thoughts and bad thoughts also come from his heart. However, he waited until the eighth pregnancy but he was not peaceful. Whenever he was observed, (he continued to think,) “When will He be born? When will He be born? When will He be born?” This thought made him in delusion. For this child (trying to stop his ultimate demise), he killed the children who were born to many people.

They don’t remain on one word. The word of God is known. That only is the word that God said. If you proceed according God's word for one thing, why don’t you proceed according to the second word (next thing that God says)? He said, “He will be born in the womb of Devaki,” but he did not say that He would be born to someone else, like the villagers.
Why kill all the children of the villagers who are born in the middle? Is this having faith in the word of God? No, no, no! This is demonic faith. Man succumbs to numerous types of bad feelings only due to the demonic actions like this. Therefore, if we have faith in God, faith in one word, there should be faith and belief in all words. Having faith in what you like and not having faith in what you don’t like is not proper faith.
One small example: ten years ago a big (elderly or important) person said, “Sathya Sai Baba is God, God, God.” Not only Sathya Sai Baba; God is also in every living creature. However, he propagated like that. Afterwards when his desires changed and became contradictory to some extent, he said, “He’s not God, He’s not God.”
It was the same mouth that said both ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. On that day he said, ‘yes’. Today he said ‘no’. Is that true or is this true? There is a lie in one of them, isn't it so? So what is the lie? What was said then was a lie. What is said today is a lie. How should one feel about someone who says both words? That only is a demonic action.

“Yes” to those who say, “Yes.”
“No” to those who say, “No.”
‘No’ and ‘Yes’ are only in our mouth,
But for Sai everything is, “Yes, yes, yes.”
(Telugu poem)

To me all are good people. There are no bad people. However, if one has worldly negative feelings and continues to go on without inquiring into good and bad, they will ruin their own lives. Therefore, it becomes necessary to tell you (P) a few things. Everyone is dear to Me. I love all. However, people have to be advised in a few situations like this, or else your (P) life will be in danger.
So each one may have their own doubts. It is not possible for any human being to be without doubts. So don’t you (P) give place for those doubts. As long as they are present, you (P) will succumb to ashanti in numerous ways.

You (P) develop Love. Only when you (P) develop Love in your (P) heart, all will be full of Love. Where there is Love, there won't be hatred. When there is no hatred, anger will not come. When there is no anger, there is no violence. So where there is confidence, there Truth comes.

Where there is Truth, there is Peace.
Where there is Peace, there is Bliss.
Where there is bliss, there is God.

Therefore, first and foremost develop visvasam (faith or confidence). When there is no visvasam, what is the use of so much (everything else) being present? Believe in all, it is not wrong. However, have faith with God-feeling. When one has faith with that Divine feeling, you will see all as Divinity.
In the mind one, in the speech another one. This is not proper. One in the mind, one in the speech, another in the action. Hence when all three are contradictory, that only becomes demonic. The three together should be one, that only is called triputi. The one who is pure in the three qualities is a true individual.
What does vyakthi (individual) mean? To accept the nature of shakthi in him in all aspects, is vyakthi. You should acquire that energy. But you are saying energy, energy and you are going towards allergy. What happiness will you obtain through that? All of this is useless sankalpas.

Dear Students!
Importantly, you (P) develop Love. Even if you (P) cannot do anything else, Love will be obtained easily by you (P). Just as Chaitanya said: “I don’t need your swarga and your Kailasa. I don’t need your Vaikuntha. What I want is your kingdom of Love. So, give me a place in the samrajyam of Love. That one is enough for me. If that one thing is present, all will become successful for me.” There is not one thing in the world which cannot be achieved through Love. Therefore, we can obtain anything at all with Love.
What does killing Narakasura mean? To kill evilness, bad people and those with bad behaviour, is killing Narakasura. True and eternal good feelings, good behaviour and good thoughts should be developed. Hence, he said three things again:

Tyaja Durjana Samsargam.

Leave bad company.
(Sanskrit sloka)

It is not enough just to give up bad company.

Bhaja Sadhu Samagamam.

Join good company.
(Sanskrit sloka)

Good relationships should be developed.

Kuru Punyam Ahorathram.

Undertake meritorious deeds day and night.
(Sanskrit sloka)

You should always do good actions. Man is born for that reason. Man is not born just to eat and go about. However, animals, birds and beats also do the actions of eating and going about. Man is the highest. He is sacred. He is a sanctified being. He has good company. He has noble feelings.
Such a human being shouldn’t have such (demonic) thoughts. Therefore, these demonic actions should be made distant in every human being. Then only everyone will transform into embodiments of the Divine. The Divine form will proclaim itself in everyone. Hence, proclaim that Divinity. Search for that path and then proclaim it, propagate it and also be blissful.
Don’t let demonic actions enter into you. Hence, develop good feelings. Keep good behaviour. No matter what anyone comes and says, don’t listen. Don’t listen to either good or bad. These develop when one has these feelings in a good way.

That Truth is Self-confidence. Develop that Self-confidence. Only when that Self-confidence is present, Self-satisfaction comes. Only when Self-satisfaction comes, you will have Self-realisation. Only when Self-realisation is obtained, there will be manifestation of the Self.
So, first and foremost, today lay the foundation of the building. This foundation is laid in the earth. It can't be seen by anybody. It is immersed in the earth. However, everybody can see the beauty of the buildings that are built on top. That only is Self-confidence. That which is laid in the earth is Self-confidence. However, that which is seen is Self-satisfaction. The roof that is laid on that is Self-sacrifice. Only when that roof is present, one may live in it. Under that roof, we can have Self-realisation.
If we want to live in there without a foundation, without building the walls and without putting on the top, it is impossible. Therefore, lay the foundation carefully from today.

Start early, drive slowly, reach safely.

This was said for (describing) this only. You (P) should correct yourself and have a good life. You (P) should also spread a sacred life to the world. No matter whom you go near, don’t become afraid of what they will think of you.
People go near everybody and say, “Good morning, good night.” This good morning and good night is not ours. How joyful it would be if you say, “Namaskaar”! To say namaskaar today has become very burdensome. “What, he is saying namaskaar, he’s uncultured! Say good evening!”
What is good evening? There is no evening and no morning here! Truly, if one considers science, there is no morning and evening at all. These types of changes come about due to the earth revolving. There is no sunrise and no sunset. They are only having faith in what does not exist. They don’t talk about what exists.

Children today should respect their parents even from the beginning. Love the parents. Be recipients of the love of the parents. There is very good sacredness in the future only to the ones who experience the love of the parents. The blessing of the mother is essential. To the extent that people give suffering to the mother’s mind, the life of those children will have that much suffering. Therefore, don’t give any suffering at all to your parents. Give them happiness.
Only when you (P) are also happy, your (P) children will then give you (P) happiness. Hence, give joy and again receive joy. Not only giving it, it should also be received.

This is not one-way traffic. Give and take, give and take,

So to make life sanctified, speak good words. See good sights. Hear good and sacred things. Spend a sacred life.

Bhagavan ended His Divine Discourse by chanting the bhajan, ‘Hari Bhajana Bina Sukha Shanti Nahi…’