Fullness of the Infinite

Subtle vs Gross – The fullness of the Infinite

“The Upanishad says, “Purnam adah: that origin of all things is full; purnam idam: this entire creation that has come from that origin of all things is also full; purnat purnamudachyate: from that Full this Full has come; purnasya purnam adaya: having taken away this Full from that Full; purnam evavasisyate: the Full still remains unaffected.”

If we take something from something, the source is supposed to be diminished in its content to the extent of that which has been taken away from it. This is common arithmetic. If we take something from something, the quantum of content in the original reservoir is lessened. If the world has come from God, some part of God must have gone to constitute this world and, to that extent, God must be less. Is it so?

The Upanishad says it is not so. If we take away infinite from infinite, the Infinite is not reduced in any way, because one cannot take away anything from the Infinite. Therefore, if this so-called infinite of creation is taken to have emanated from that supreme Fullness of Infinity, it need not follow that there is some diminution of content in the original Fullness. After the emanation of this full universe from the full Origin, the Fullness still continues to be as it was, undiminished.”  – Lessons from the Upanishads by Swami Krishnananda, Divine Life Society

“Swami has always existed. He exists now and will continue to exist in future. He takes various forms just like the water vapour transforms into water and further transforms into ice. The divinity materialises in various forms to that man can touch, feel and experience it. It is difficult to comprehend this phenomenon as man bound by the limitation of time, space and circumstances. Human effort is needed to understand this Truth. If you tell a child that stars are bigger than the moon, he may not believe you as he sees the moon bigger than the stars. If you explain the same to higher class boys, they would understand the logic and accept it. If you tell a child that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, he would immediately believe it as he understands the concept of directions. If you tell him that sun neither rises nor sets and it is earth which rotates about its own axis, he would not believe you. He believes in what he can see and experience with his own physical eyes.

But there is much more to absolute reality that lies beyond the physical eyes. Lord Shiva has a third eye. It is not the physical eye but the faculty of inner vision. It is represented as an eye on the forehead. It takes a bit of analysis and effort to understand the reality that lies beyond physical sensory perception.

Here is an example: consider steam, water and ice. What is the difference in them? All of these forms are essentially the same compound. Can we hold steam in our hands and taste it? In order to hold water in your hands, you will need to condense steam into liquid water and into ice!”  – Extract from the Subtle body discourse of Swami

Water in different forms

Water in different forms

Water Compound

Water Compound

Here is an interesting story about Swami’s surprise visit to London in 1993. One fine Sunday Morning, Mr. K. N. P. Nayar answered the doorbell to find Swami standing at his door. Mr. Nayar and wife then took Baba on a sightseeing tour of London which is described in this video in great detail.

On the holy day of Shivaratri in 1962, which fell on 4 March, Baba advised the thousands who had witnessed the emergence of two golden Lingas from Him, “Why do you discuss and debate among yourselves about My nature, My Mystery, My miracle, My reality? Fish cannot gauge the sky; the gross can grasp only the gross.”

“The eye cannot see the ear, though it is so near. When you cannot reach down to your own reality, why waste time trying to explore the essence of God? You are like a Telugu audience sitting through a Tamil picture, or a Malayali sitting through a Japanese film. The nuances, the subtler significances, the deeper meanings and interrelationships, the inner patterns of the fabric, are beyond your understanding. Sit through the entire film; master the language and the technique; watch earnestly and vigilantly and try to imbibe the meaning of every gesture, act and word; then, you may know Me, a little.

sai darshan

Sathya Sai Baba walking amongst devotees

Earlier Darshan was meditation. When you walked into Prashanthi Nilayam and saw Swami, you forgot everything else. You would have one pointed concentration on Swami. That is meditation. Now, meditation is darshan. Now if you can keep your mind concentrated on Swami, you will experience his His Presence – not only within you but even outside. – Subtle Body Discourse, 22nd June 2014 at Singapore

backstage pass

Earlier I was available to everyone, as I took on the human form just like you and came down to the physical world to be with you, walk amongst you, help you experience what Divinity is like, what pure love is like. Now the public show is over. If you want to meet the Actor, you have to be go backstage. and for that, you have to have a pass. Purity is the pass.

– Subtle Body Discourse, 12th July 2014 at Muddenahalli

“Purity is always present in the heart. Just as the chaff covers the grain of rice, purity is covered by the chaff of impurities. If you wish to eat the grain of rice, you need to remove the chaff first. If you want to eat a banana, you have to remove the peel first. If you want to eat an orange, you have to remove the rind. The heart is always pure, but it is covered by desires. Desires make the heart impure. What kind of desires? The bitter rind around the orange is like the selfish desires you have; they pollute the heart. That makes the purity unavailable to you. If you remove that selfish desires, you will immediately experience the the purity of your heart. So, the next time you go to Lord Ganesha temple, don’t tell him, “Ganesha, let me score the top marks in my mathematics examination.”  You should say, “Let all of us score top marks in our mathematics examination”.

– Subtle Body Discourse, 16th May 2014 at Kodaikanal

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Why Swami chose Muddenahalli as his residence

Swami had a special affinity to this place which he called as Tapobhumi (land of penance), inhabited by the Tyagajeevies (Selfless individuals) who took a vow of celibacy (to free themselves from the encumbrances of marriage and family life) to serve the humanity.

Sri Narsimha Murthy spoke in an informal interview about the direct instructions, he received from Swami about preparing this place as his future residence. Swami himself laid the foundation stone of his future residence in “Sai Anandam”. Many past devotees confirmed the fact that Swami mentioned about living on a hilltop abode in the last remaining years of his avatarhood.

Watch this presentation from Radiosai to learn and appreciate, how a little seed planted a few years ago by our beloved Lord has grown into a fully blossomed tree now.

Bhagavan has declared that He has incarnated on earth for Dharma Rakshana and Veda Poshana (protection of Dharma and fostering of the Vedas). Bhagavan has therefore been promoting the teaching of the Vedas and exhorting mankind to adhere to truth, love, righteousness and honesty in life which will certainly reinforce Sanathana Dharma, raise the consciousness of man and restore balance, harmony and equilibrium of the universe.

Sanathana Dharma is, in fact, the most precious gift to man by the Supreme Being who is called by different names, like God, Allah, Bhagwan, Paramatma, Brahman or Ishwar by different people of the world. Bhagavan has incarnated to fulfil His Divine Mission of protection of Dharma and redemption of mankind.

He has emphatically declared: “The calamity that has come upon mankind will be averted. A new Golden Age will recur. I shall not fail. It is not the nature of Avatars to fail.”

To further emphasise His point, Bhagavan has declared on numerous occasions
that He has come with full glory of God to accomplish the mission He has undertaken.

To quote His words: “In My present Avatar, I have come armed with fullness of the power of Formless God to correct mankind, raise human consciousness and put people on the path of truth, righteousness, peace and love, leading to Divinity”.

There are millions of people from all parts of the world who have witnessed the effulgence of Divine Glory embodied in the human form of Bhagavan and have experienced the truth of His Divinity which He has been manifesting since His childhood.

– Sanathana Sarathi Nov. 2005 Editorial Page 4 (download link below)

Sanathana Sarathi Nov. 2005  (Read about Muddenahalli Campus report from Page 63)


Expansion is my Life


Sea Turtle and the Frog

Once a Sea Turtle was passing by a well on its way back to its home in the ocean. Out of curiosity, he looked down inside the well and saw a big fat Frog who has lived all his life, feeding on a rich diet of insects and worms in that small, remote and isolated well; totally oblivious to the outside world.

The Frog croaked loudly, with great excitement when he saw the reflection of the Sea Turtle, peeping from above in the calm waters of the well.

‘Hello stranger, where are you from?’  the Frog asked the Sea Turtle. 

Sea Turtle replied that he is from the nearby ocean and would like to get back to it as soon as possible. The Frog persisted ‘How big is your ocean?’ He opened his mouth wide. ‘Is it bigger than my mouth?’ the Frog enquired earnestly.

Sea Turtle was at a loss, wondering how to make the Frog in the well, comprehend the vastness of the ocean. However he politely answered that the ocean is definitely much bigger than his open mouth.

Frog was obviously not pleased with Sea Turtle’s curt reply. He jumped from the ledge where he was sitting to another perch inside the well. He asked the Sea Turtle again “Is your ocean even bigger than the distance I jumped through in that last leap?’

Sea Turtle was slowly getting a little impatient with the Frog’s seemingly endless questions. He replied that Ocean is much much bigger than anything he has ever seen or heard.

Frog was still curious to know more about this mysterious ocean. He was not ready to let the Sea Turtle slip away before answering his one last and final question. He stood tall on his perch, puffed up his body by sucking in as much air as he could and asked the Sea Turtle in all seriousness. ‘Please tell me. Is your ocean even bigger than my well?

Sea Turtle replied in the same calm manner.  “Yes my friend. It is many times bigger than your well”.

Frog immediately leapt in the air with great sense of jubilation. He said to Sea Turtle, ‘You liar, I knew you were making up all those lies about your ocean so far, but you have been well and truly cornered now as I know it for a fact that nothing in this entire world can be bigger than my well.’

Sea Turtle simply shook his head and resumed its journey back to the ocean, leaving the ignorant Frog behind.

It is delusion(maya) that binds and limits man; all sadhana is to conquer delusion.”      -SSS Vol 1, Chap 19 P 114

He announced that He had come again to proclaim the same principles laid out in the Bhagavad Gita: To give up the fruit of one’s actions and live a life of surrender. “Just as the clouds hide the glory of the Sun, the clouds of doubt and delusion hide My Glory from your understanding,” He said. What Baba wants of all is release from the shackles of “I” and “mine,” just like Arjuna who gave up his ignorance when liberated by Krishna. He informs us that love is the seed, devotion the sprout, faith the manure, good company the rain, surrender the flower, and merging with the lord the fruit.

“There is no one in this world who does not belong to Me” – Baba

“You are all more fortunate,’ He said, “than men of previous generations, for you have Me as your guide and guardian, watching over you and warning you when your steps go wrong. Make the best use of this rare chance; do not leap about like frogs, ignoring the lotus that blooms by their side, but be like the bees that swarm from far and near to drink the nectar in plenty.

Frog in a Lotus Pond

Frog in a Lotus Pond

This sweet little poem composed by Swami himself conveys beautifully that He is beyond all names and forms.

Love is my form. Truth is my breath. Bliss is my food.

My life is my Message. Expansion is my Life.

No reason for Love, No season for Love. No Birth, No Death.

Peace to all. Om Sri Sairam.

Sai's Message

Thus spake the Lord

  • Swami is reflected in a pure and equanimous mind. For example, if you want to see the reflection of the sky in a lake, two conditions have to be met. First, the water should be pure; because in muddy water, you will not be able to see even your own reflection. Second, water should be still and calm. Otherwise disturbed water with ripples will pervert the reflection of sky.”
  • “Everyone in this world has four types of bodies – Sthoola Shareera – the physical body; Sookshma Shareera – the subtle body; Ati Sookshma Shareera – the higher subtle body; and Para Sookshma Shareera – the omnipresent super subtle body. Sthoola Shareera is the physical body which anyone can see. Right now, I am not in my physical body, but in the Sookshma Shareera (subtle body) which is beyond the physical. In My Sookshma Shareera, I can move to any part of the world without taking any time. In My Ati Sookshma Shareera, I enter the dreams and meditations of people and guide them. In Para Sookshma Shareera, I am present in every atom. At this point of time, you are in your physical body and if you are in a room, you cannot see what is outside, since there is a wall in between. But Sookshma Shareera is not bound by desha, Kala and paristhiti (space, time and circumstances) and therefore cannot be seen with physical eyes”
  • “Though butter is present in the milk, one cannot see it. To make it visible, milk must be boiled, curdled and churned. Thus, to manifest butter physically, the milk must undergo a process of refinement (PariShuddhi). Swami has always existed. He exists now and will continue to exist in future. He takes various forms just like the water vapour transforms into water and further transforms into ice. The divinity materialises in various forms so that man can touch, feel and experience it.”
  • “Earlier, I was in the Physical Body. Now, I am in the Subtle Body. It was easy to believe when I was in the Physical Body. Now it requires greater purity to perceive and believe Me in the Subtle Body. Here is an example: when children are in the First Standard, the teacher tells them, ‘The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.’ The children believe it, and they can also see it happening every morning and evening. This makes it easy to believe what their teacher says. When the same children go to the Sixth Standard, their teacher tells them, ‘The sun neither rises nor sets. The sun is stationary and the Earth rotates on its own axis and revolves round the sun, which causes day and night to occur.’ The children will believe that also, even though they cannot see what the teacher says. You believed Me when I was in the physical body; then you were in the First Standard. Now, you have to grow up to the level of the Sixth Standard students to believe in Me in the Subtle Body.”
  • “In the next ten years, many important events will take place all over the world. Swami will manifest Himself in many ways in many places, simultaneously. This is happening right now. All around the globe, there are people who are experiencing Swami. Not outside, but within. The days of interview are over. It is time now for the inner view! It is time now for the inner net, not internet. As long as you have purity of heart, you can always feel My presence.
  • “The proof of divinity is the joy in your heart. The proof of rain is the wetness of the soil. When the soil is wet, you know that it must have rained. When the heart is filled with love and joy, then you know that God is very much there. Tears of Joy well up in your eyes when you feel the presence of Divinity. A dry heart and dry mind full of logic will never be able to experience that. You need the right instrument for the right dish to eat. Is it possible to eat daal with fork? It is not possible. You need a spoon to eat daal. Similarly, the mind is not the instrument to understand Divinity. It is in the pure heart that the reflection of God can bee seen.”
  • Someone asked this in a Q&A session – “Swami why is it that you are seen only to a select few and not others”. He replied- “For 85 years I undertook the task of teaching you all the simple rules of life, some followed but a large majority forgot the message and got stuck to the form. Now I have the supreme task of making sure that each one of you follow my message. If each one of you start following my message then I will manifest in front of you”.
  • Answering another question –  “Where do these schools and hospitals fit in in this process of making man a divine being?”  Swami said “I am spending crores of rupees on these institutions not to spread education or heal people, its just to give you all an opportunity to come and light the lamps of love and spread that light to a thousand other lamps.”
  • My mission is not just education. Mission is transformation. The students and teachers should remember that we have to learn here not only Apara Vidya – material education, but also Para Vidya – spiritual education, which grants Self Realisation.
  • When someone asked ” Which mantra will help us calm our minds and get closer to God?”. Swami replied ” This is not Dr Pillay’s clinic, where I can give you a tablet for you to swallow and make you healthy! I have never given mantras and will never do so. Seva (service) and Prema (love) are like the two wings of a bird, which can help it to fly high. Similarly, these two can help you spiritually by purifying and calming your mind and take you closer to God.
  • “If one spits at the sky, the spit will fall on his own face and nothing will happen to the sky. I am untouched by praise or blame; or by pleasure and pain; because, I am beyond all attributes!”

– Quotes from Subtle Body Discourses published in book form as “Sri Sathya Sai Uvacha‘ by Sri Sathya Sai Premamruta Prakashana, Mandya, Karnataka India