Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sathya Sai Baba on how to experience and attain oneness with God

People want to attain God, contemplate on Him and worship Him. But they do not realise that they cannot attain God by merely adopting these practices. So long as you contemplate on Him and desire for Him, it means God is different, you are different. You have to experience oneness with God to attain Him. When is it possible? When you offer yourself to God completely, you become He and He becomes you. Then you realise "You and I are one". The same is stated in the Mahavakyas (profound statements): Tattwamasi (That Thou Art) [Ravi: You are that (in simpler language)] and Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahman). Only the one who offers himself to God completely can experience oneness with Him. Till such time, God is God and devotee remains a devotee. When you mix sugar in water, sugar dissolves in it and becomes one with it. Similarly if you want to become God, you should offer yourself to God.

It is not possible to understand the principle of oneness so far as you have body consciousness. Atma is beyond the mind and the senses. Buddhigrahyamatheendriyam (the Atma is beyond the ken of senses and can be understood only by the intellect) [Ravi: I am not sure about the English interpretation here. I am quite sure that Swami would not have meant only the rational faculty which is what I think many people consider the intellect to be. By Buddhi here, He, IMHO, may have meant the combination of rational faculty as well as the intuitive knower/awareness faculty within each of us.] Only when you transcend the mind and senses can you understand the principle of oneness.

[From Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's divine discourse on 5th Sept. 1996 which was printed in Sanathana Sarathi of February 2015.]

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