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!
Convince yourself that the Lord is in you, as your charioteer, holding the reins of the five horses (the senses) and giving you constant counsel, as He did when Arjuna prayed to Him to lead and guide. Then it becomes easy for you to convince yourself that the self-same charioteer is leading and guiding everyone else. When you are established in this faith firmly, you become free of hate and malice, greed and envy, anger and attachment. Pray to the Lord to strengthen this conviction and this faith; He will open your eyes to the Truth and reveal to you that He is the Sanathana Sarathi (Eternal Charioteer) in all. That revelation will confer on you incomparable bliss and grant you kinship with the creation’s manifoldness. Know Him as your strength, your breath, your intelligence, your joy – He becomes all of this for you. He will direct all your senses, mind, consciousness and intelligence towards the highest Goal; His Grace will confer all you need.
You must cultivate love towards everyone, however distinct the character and capacity of each may be. Though the same blood flows through the entire body, the eye cannot smell, the ear cannot taste, the nose cannot see, and so on. So, do not amplify the distinctions and quarrel with one another. Emphasize upon the basic brotherhood of mankind and the principle of love. Just like sugar that is fully dissolved in the cup of water is invisible, but patent to the tongue in every drop, so too the Divine is invisible but immanent; He is capable of being experienced in every individual, whether rich, poor, educated or illiterate. Repeat the names of the Lord (Namasmarana) incessantly. Dwell on His glory and compassion which those names reveal to you. Taste the sweetness that is in the heart of every one. Then, it will be easier for you to visualise Him in all, to love Him in all, and to adore Him in all.
Today spiritual exercises are confined to listening and not practising. Listening (Shravanam) has become so popular, and after listening, people brag that they know everything. This crazy boastfulness is deepening one’s ignorance. You must ruminate over what you listen. After rumination, one should practice the lessons (do Nididhyasana). Only then you will achieve purity in thought, word and deed. To develop a spiritual outlook and to inspire it in others, you must possess purity of heart (Chitta shuddhi). Spiritual wisdom dawns only when there is purity of heart. Just as removal of weeds, tilling the land, sowing the seeds and watering the earth are required before the crop can be harvested, the field of the human heart has to be cleared of bad thoughts and feelings, the Divine Name sown, watered with love and tilled by spiritual practices. Only then you are entitled to reap the harvest of Divine Wisdom (Jnana).