Develop Unshakeable Faith In Sai Baba


[music] When we talk about Faith, most of us do not
understand or express unconditional faith Faith is primarily to ourselves… faith is towards
ourselves, and that needs a lot of conviction. We need to trust ourselves,
we need to have conviction in ourselves, in our destiny, our path, our existence, this incarnation…
we need to have deep faith in ourselves. When we have deep faith in ourselves, then you connect to a Master as powerful as Baba,
or a great Master who, as I said earlier,
you can take your time to understand. Understand, assimilate, and connect.
That’s no problem, but then, Faith should be unshakeable. There will be tests, there are bound to be tests, Tests are mainly to break your concepts,
to break your mental frames, and also to break your notions and prejudices.. So all these have to be broken into pieces. A Master is like a flowing river – how He flows,
where He flows, nobody knows. Of course, we know that everybody, all of us,
have to eventually reach the ocean, and we will, sooner or later, we will all arrive at the ocean, the ocean of existence, which is Supreme Consciousness. So a Master is like a flowing river, and you cannot predict the way it flows. So when you deeply connect to a Master, it should be with conviction and full consistency. otherwise, if we change our faith with each fluctuating situation, the flow of Grace will be affected. The Master is a flow of Grace,
He is a flow, He is flexible, He is fluid… He is like flowing water, He is like a river,
and the Grace is spontaneous. For Grace to happen, there should be
consistency in connection. And that’s very, very essential. If the connection is not strong, the Grace factor
also will be affected that way. Most of the people who connect to a Master
are connecting with conditions, and that is why conditions… expectations…
fluctuations in faith… they all lead to a state
where the whole experience is affected. A true Master is an experience, and for that
experience to happen, you should nullify yourself
as best as possible. Whenever I go to a Master, I always
go as a disciple, as empty as possible. I don’t go as myself, because there is
no point bringing to them a filled glass. You go there with an empty glass. Like the story of a great Zen monk, an old man, A guy went to him and said,
“I have a few questions to ask you,” The Zen monk said, “First, let’s have tea.” and he gave the visitor a mug, and a saucer. The Master was old, he was partially blind,
he was pouring the tea… the tea filled the mug, it started flowing into
the saucer, and then it fell to the ground. The man who had come, said, “Master, it’s overflowing,
the cup is overflowing, don’t pour any more.” The Master said, “This is the problem.
Always, the cup is full. How can I pour more?” So when you go to a Master, go empty. Then the Master
can fill up the cup. So this is how we must go. And also, please trust the Guru when you are with the Master, even if you are not appreciating
the various things they do. If you do not trust them,
they can’t really take care of you. Probably, they are reducing your lifetimes, so the intensity of each life, each moment will be strong, sometimes painful… but that should not deter you,
that should not make you run away. If you run away because you have pains,
then the Master cannot actually take it out of you, He was probably trying to take things out of you,
and remove it from your system. but if you do not stay there, if you do not give them
time and give them stability, or stable presence,
then it will not be removed at all. That means you will again have to take more and
more lives to nullify whatever He is trying to remove, especially in the department of anger, hatred,
jealousy, revenge… all those things…. It takes time for you to completely come out of it, because there are patterns…
patterns are repeated behaviour…
When you repeat a behaviour, it becomes a pattern. Anger becomes a pattern,
hatred becomes a pattern. Like this, complaining, criticising, judging
other people, they all become patterns. We try to blame somebody else for our faults,
and we feel that we are fine and safe.
I’s not so; you’re actually adding to your Karma. When you criticise somebody, judge somebody,
when you’re talking bad, gossiping,
you’re actually adding to your Karma, karmic weight. It takes ages to clean it up.
So we should have nothing to do with it. If somebody is betraying you, if somebody
is bad with you, let them go, because
they will pay their price, anyway. Every activity has a price to pay, because
we are using the Earth and Time for that. So like one person contaminates another, and that person, because of this contamination transfers further, the first person gets even more. Because the one who started the fire gets more
Karmic residue… they have to pay more… So we should always remember, we should have nothing to do with any of these things. I’ll give you an example… I was with Vasudevan Swami in Vajreshwari, I normally sit with him and talk to him, Swami told me that some children threw stones
at him at night… and he was partly blind… he couldn’t see, he was old, and bent… I asked Swami, “Did you complain to the police?” He said, “No, no, I will not complain to the police, because the police will ask questions, they will ask me to verify, testify, and identify the children who did it… and that impression will come into my mind, and I may have to take another birth to
erase it, so I will not want to remember, and I didn’t look at who it was, Bhagwan Nityananda came and told me, ‘No stone hit you, because I was
hugging you, all the stones hit me.’ ” So like that, we will be protected.
All the time, we will be protected. But as Swami said, “When you energise negative things, when you accuse, blame, and criticise people, you are adding a lot of weight, unnecessarily. Our aim in the spiritual journey is extreme purification –
purity in thoughts, words, and action. Now if somebody betrays you,
or does something bad to you, they will pay the price, you have to allow Karma to take its course. We should stay away from all these things,
so that we remain pure. Like Vasudevan Swami said, he didn’t want to remember faces, because to clean those faces,
it may take another life… or a few lives… So he did not want to remember those faces,
he did not want to remember anything. He remained pure, and he allowed
Karma to take its course. So Karma will pay them, Karma
never ever leaves anything unfulfilled.
Karma keeps a tab of everything. So in the path of spirituality,
we must always remember that we should always remain pure,
that’s the only thing you can focus on. As I said earlier, it’s a story which is about you.
You are the main actor, the story is about you. Keep yourself clean, with purity in thoughts, words, action… and keep doing something good for the world, so that you pay back to Earth, the rent you pay… So criticising a Master is very, very bad. Likewise, expecting something from Baba… and if you don’t get that expectation fulfilled,
we blame Baba, or we go to another Master. This is also not good; this only shows
insecurity and lack of stability in us. Because some people keep shifting to
various Masters, and they gain nothing. Nobody can do anything for them because unless
there is consistency, there is no delivery,
one can’t deliver anything. If you hold a cup in one place, and before they pour into
the cup, if you take the cup elsewhere, it is of no use. So it’s very important that you are stable,
in one place, connecting to one Master, and because of your stability,
because of your connection,
because of your conviction, you will reach very high states of awareness. So this is exactly the point,
that acceptance should be very high, and lack of criticism… and don’t judge…
and don’t to Baba or any Master with expectation. Go to them to be aligned, because they are
Alignment. A true Master is Alignment. As I said earlier, the Body, Mind,
Intellect, Ego, Spirit… aligned… So when you go to a Master,
you go to Him to be aligned. So when you are connected to
someone for a period of time, automatically, the energy gets transferred,
there will be an energy infusion, This is very important to understand. So when you are with the Master,
just be with the Master. Very few people go to Baba asking Him
for liberation. Very few people… Most of the people ask for material support, material
benefits, social positioning, positions or possessions… This is what most people go for. And that’s all karmically bound. You can’t be given something, which you’re not
eligible for. Eligibility means you’ve to earn it. Earn it means you’ve to consistently work for it. So all you can do is to give your best, put in
your best efforts, and leave the rest to Baba. The Grace will flow. The grace factor
will happen, and things will evolve. But if you go and ask for something,
don’t expect Baba to do a job on your behalf You are supposed to do what you are supposed to do, you should do that. Like in the story of Baba Ganeshanandagiri, he
asked for a big bungalow, a big house, a mansion… Baba told him, “Your body is your house.” He said, “I need lots of servants,
lots of people to support me.” Baba said, “Your two hands, they are your servants.” He said, “I need a vehicle to take me around.” Baba said, “Your legs are your vehicle.” He said, “I need lots of money, to do many things…” Baba said, “Your brain is your money.” So the empowerment happens within. You’re already empowered, all of us are empowered,
we have been given the time, the space, the skill… We have been given the knowledge, experience, information, guidance, grace, everything… All we need is gratitude and surrender.
Surrender means we dedicate ourselves to the world. If we increase our purpose, if we
become more and more selfless,
automatically the Grace factor will increase. A lot of Grace will flow. The more selfless you become, the more Grace will flow. That Grace will be the wind beneath your wings. You will be able to sail smoothly because of the Grace factor. And for the grace factor, you will
need to wipe out selfishness. What can we get from this world? We have
to leave everything behind when we die. All the things that we accumulate here,
everything is temporary… So why do we waste our time
on all these things? Instead, we can give more and more to this Earth –
within our capacity – and the Grace will flow, and we will be happy and contented. A True life, a
successful life, is a happy life of contentment. For that, you need to have less desires,
there is no other way. If we increase our desires more and more,
we ask more and more from Masters, etc. we are always in Poverty Consciousness,
we are in a begging mode. The more Poverty Consciousness we have,
(when we keep saying
we don’t have something, we lack something, etc.)
that is the poverty we are expressing. When we are more in a Poverty Consciousness mode,
the more poor we will become, actually poor…
Eventually it will be so. So the expression has to be very clear. What we need to deliver is Abundance.
(Abundance means we share what we have.) Whatever we have – it may be time, money,
position, wealth, love, skill…. whatever you
have in abundance, share it and be contented. so that we bring our amount of Light
into this Earth, that’s all we can do. And if we consistently do that, we will be rich inside,
and the richness will increase. Grace will flow. This is what, as a true Baba disciple,
we must perform. Not ask for more… instead, share more of
whatever we have, and Baba will give more. He never ever leaves anyone empty-handed. Today if Mohanji is sitting here and talking
to you, it is only because of Baba. He created me, He empowered me to this extent. So I don’t ask for anything more.
What will I ask for? I am grateful, I am thankful, I say that I am happy to be
used, Thank You for using me in whichever capacity. All we can do in this lifetime is to be
contented and grateful, or the best thing to do is to be grateful and graceful. That’s the elegance which we can display in this world. Imagine if 7.5 billion people are graceful and
grateful, imagine how the world will be… You will not see a war here,
you will not have any dearth of anything, there will be good distribution
of materials and wealths, we will have lots of friendship
and companionship, there will be no competition,
there is nothing to compete for… All are unique, all our great personalities…
there’s nothing to compete for… So this kind of awareness will happen,
and we will never blame anybody, we will not be cheating, stealing,
or betraying people, or have bad management of materials… We will always be fully contented. This is a very powerful state to be in,
we all can do that… it just needs an attitude shift… it does not need spirituality, it does not need
any other thing, it just needs an attitude shift. Then you connect to a great Master like Baba, then
the Grace will make you more and more powerful. and that will reflect in life… in the world… So there is no point in blaming, criticising,
or moving away from a Master, just stay put, just be there,
that’s what the Tradition says, just be there, just be available. The Masters take care,
the Tradition of Liberation takes care of it. And the sign that you are progressing
is the stability inside. Whatever happens outside, if it is
not affecting inside, then you are stable. And finally, whatever is there inside,
(with your knowledge or without), the cache memory of all our interactions…
when they also stop bothering you,
that means you are stable, you are still. This is a sign of progress
in the path of Liberation. A clear sign of progress is inner silence. How deep is your silence is a measure of your progress, for which you need to
give more, and take less. Also, we have to get out of greed, anger, hatred,
jealousy, revenge… all these things are
unnecessary… blaming, criticising… If something is happening in our life, we created it.
This fundamental truth we must understand. It is not about another person, or a situation,
or time, or space… it’s not about materials… Whatever we are experiencing in life,
everything we are experiencing in life,
we created it – consciously or unconsciously. When I say unconsciously,
it’s the cache memory of all our interactions, even watching a movie,
or watching something on television,
somebody telling their experience to us, all the memories that you have collected and stored,
through our senses, that is exactly the cache memory, that’s what is creating the Realities in the future…
Destiny originates from that… So, if anything is happening
in our life, we created it. Patterns are repeated behaviour that we created. We are clinging on to them and we refuse
to let them go, so then they keep repeating. Everything we do, everything we are, everything
we experience… it’s all connected to us, only us. We should not blame a Master for that We should not blame Baba, we should not
blame Akkalkot Swami, we should not blame Babaji,
we should not blame any Masters or God. Instead, just say Thank You for this awareness. Whether it is a good, bad, or ugly
experience, just be grateful, and when you are completely surrendered
at the feet of the Master, they all will go away, all the
patterns will dissolve… because it’s only when you resist,
that patterns exist. If you do not resist, patterns dissolve. So this is something which
you can practice, and you can do. Likewise, states of depression…
lots of people go through states of depression. Clearly, it’s a sign of lack of clarity of purpose If you increase the clarity of purpose. Purpose is the antidote for depression. Clear purpose creates strong minds
and strong determination,
and that is totally the antidote for depression. Depression is a state where you do not know
what to do, and there is no strength of action. the Ichhashakti, the willpower is less, the Kriyashakti, the power of action is less, it’s not necessarily lack of knowledge. So to enhance Kriyashakti (power of action),
and to enhance Ichhashakti (will power),
clarity of purpose is very important. if you focus on what else we can do to this world,
what is your capacity, and what you can
give to this world, and look around and decide
that we will do something for this Earth, because we are walking this Earth, we will do whatever
we can, within our capacity, for this Earth all the time, then you will not be depressed, there will always
be something to do, you will never feel depressed. When you are not acting, when you are
only procrastinating and thinking… Depression is a sign of Tamas, inertia…
So inertia leads to depression. The second thing is expectations, unfulfilled expectations… they also lead to depression, then lack of self-esteem,
that is because of lack of purpose. All these are causes for depression if your purpose is clear, if you clearly push your purpose
forward, you will not be depressed. This is for sure. The antidote for depression is clarity
of action, and a purposeful life. When you have a clear, purposeful
existence, you will be very powerful. The whole purpose will give you power, and
Kriyashakti (the power of action) will be there
because of clarity of purpose, So focus on selfless purpose, compassion, kindness,
unconditional love, purity in thought, word, and action… and express this with all determination. Depression will go completely out of your system. [music]

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