Every passing day truly becomes holy, when you sanctify it by sadhana, not otherwise. Spiritual practices (Sadhana) can grow only in a field fertilised by love and nonviolence. Love or Prema is absolutely essential for devotion to God (bhakti). The love you have towards material objects, name, fame, wife and children, etc., should be sanctified by being subsumed by the more overpowering Love of God. Add two spoons of water to two seers of milk, the water too is appreciated as milk! At present your sadhana can be described only as mixing two litres of water with two spoons of milk, isn’t it? Let love for God fill and thrill your heart; then, you cannot hate any one, you cannot indulge in unhealthy rivalries, and you will not find fault with any one. Life will become soft, sweet and smooth.
God is not far from you. He is within you, in your own inner altar. All of you suffer because you are unable to discover Him there and draw peace and joy from that discovery. A washerman, standing knee-deep in a flowing river and washing his clothes therein, died of thirst because he failed to realise that the life-giving water was within his reach. Such is the story of man. He runs in desperate haste, to seek God outside and dies disappointed and distraught, only to be born again. Of course, you must be in the world, but remember, you need not be of it. The attention has to be fixed on the God within. In the Kannada country, there is a festival called Karaga. The central figure of this holy rite keeps many pots on his head, one over the other, and moves in the procession keeping step with the music; he has also to sing in tune with the rest and keep time to the beat of the drum. But, all the while he has his attention fixed on balancing the precarious tower on his head. So too, you must keep the goal of God-realisation before you, while engaged in the noisy and hilarious procession of life
Feelings of hatred, malice, envy and pride that create separation between people who are kith and kin, arise from identification with the body. You feel and believe you are the body. You know your body is separate from the other bodies. You think of your hunger, your thirst, your comfort, your family, your community, your state – thus you create bounds for your love, and curb yourselves, treating all outside the bounds as enemies, strangers and competitors. But the source and sustenance is one: God, the Father of mankind. Pay attention to the Fatherhood, more than the brotherhood. That will underline the brotherhood more and more in your heart and remove the poison of distinction that has come through ignorance. All of you are limbs of one body, nourished by the self-same life, blood flows in you motivated by the same will, the will of God, and all are bound by the same Divine Law! That is the Vishwarupa(Cosmic Vision) that one must see and experience. That endows one with everlasting bliss.
The Lord values your attitude behind every action. Yad bhavam, tad bhavati – you become what you feel. Hence transmute every act into worship and derive maximum joy. Sai is in every being; so do not slight anyone. Revere and serve all to the best of your ability. When someone asks for water to quench their thirst and you offer them a cup, feel that you are offering it to Me; then, that act purifies and cleanses you. It is not the person in need that you serve, you are serving God who is in you and them. Karma(action) is the flower and Jnana (wisdom) is the fruit. The flower becomes fruit in fullness of time when you guard it free from pests. Charcoal is wood that was burnt under the baptism of fire. With time, charcoal transforms to white, light ash that flies in the wind. Rigorously purify your mind in the fire of wisdom until you gain success.
Hanuman did not become conceited when Rama selected him for the crucial southward search and when He gave him the ring to be given to Sita, nor was he affected by fear at the tremendous responsibility. He accepted it; he was neither happy nor unhappy. He felt that Rama knows all and so, his duty was only to obey. I have called you and am naming you as ‘Volunteers’ (Sevadal) to give you an opportunity to practise this spiritual exercise of Madhava seva through Manava seva (service to God through service to man). Do not therefore take this as authority conferred on you, or as a burden put on your shoulders. When you call yourself a Sevak (or Sevadal) offering service to another, have also reverence in your mind that the person whom you serve is the Lord Himself in that form. This attitude is very helpful for the aspirant. Service of man is service of God. But when? Only when you feel in the depth of your heart that the person whom you serve is a wave of the same sea from which you derive your individuality, your taste, your name and form!