Monday, December 18, 2017

Very disappointing that youtube search for Sathya Sai Vedanta does not give any video clips of Bhagavan speaking on Vedanta; Text extract on Vedanta from Sathya Sai discourse

I have heard Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba speaking on Vedanta in discourses that I have heard live sitting in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam in the 2000s decade. Searching for Vedanta in text discourses of his available online at sssbpt.info provides many hits. So one can read text material about Bhagavan's words on Vedanta easily on the Internet.

But this age is an Internet video age even for spiritual masters' messages. Are there video clips of Bhagavan on Vedanta put up on youtube? If so, why does youtube search not show them in the first ten to twenty results?

Or is it that such video clips of Bhagavan have not been put on youtube by ashram authorities? If that's the case then I think they should do that at the earliest as Bhagavan would emphasize Vedanta in many of his discourses. So that vital aspect of Bhagavan's teachings delivered by Bhagavan Himself in Telugu (and translated to English by translator) ***MUST*** be made available on youtube.

Otherwise many people who get exposed to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba mainly through the Internet, may think that Bhagavan never taught about Vedanta! What a great tragedy that will be!
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An example of Vedanta from Sathya Sai discourse obtained by searching on sssbpt.info which DOES NOT seem to have equivalent youtube VIDEO CLIP

Searching for Vedanta on sssbpt.info [using Google search with term; Vedanta site:sssbpt.info] gave this discourse of Bhagavan as the second result:

Vendata is Very Easy to Practise
Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Prasanthi Nilayam
31 July 1996
http://www.sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume29/d960731.pdf

I have given below an extract on Vedanta from this discourse:

The essence and goal of Vedanta

Then comes Vedanta (the doctrine of nonduality), which is the ultimate goal of spirituality. In fact, the beginning and end of spirituality is contained in Vedanta. Vedanta leads to three types of yoga, which has immense importance for everyone. Even students should listen to this with full attention.

The first type is tarakam, the second is sankhyam, and the third is amanaskam. These three are the essence and also the goal of Vedanta.

What is tarakam? Tarakam consists of understanding and experiencing the principles of subtle yogic postures (mudras) like khechari, then going beyond these postures and, concentrating on the centre of the eyebrows (nada bindu) and the I-am-God (soham) principle, and ultimately experiencing ExistenceKnowledge-Bliss (Sat-Chit-Ananda).

Tarakam essentially means the merging of one’s mind in the supreme principle of SatChit-Ananda Absolute and attaining total wisdom.

The second type of yoga is sankhyam. Since it deals with numbers (sankhya), it is called sankhya yoga.

The human body consists of:
five sheaths of the soul,
five senses,
five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether),
five airs (life breath, downward air, diffused throughout the body, upward through the throat, digestive air),
mind, intellect, subconscious mind, ego, and individual soul.
pancha kosas,
panchendriyas,
pancha bhutas,
pancha pranas (prana, apana, vyana, udana, samana),
manas, buddhi, chithta, ahamkara, jivatma,
which together are 25 in number.

Sankhya consists of understanding that you are none of these and, going beyond them, thereby realising that you are the Atma, which is the embodiment of Sat-Chit-Ananda.

The third type of yoga is amanaskam. (blissful state of realization). What does it mean? There is nothing else in this visible world made of five elements except Brahman. That is why the Vedas say: Brahman is one without a second (Ekameva adviteeyam Brahma). The entire creation is the manifestation of Brahman. There is no second entity.

Once this truth is realised, the mind ceases to exist. You see diversity in this world only due to the thoughts and counter thoughts of your mind. When unity is realised in this diversity, then there is no mind. Everything is Brahman.

Whatever you see, hear, think, speak, and do and wherever you go, everything is Brahman. Only when there is a second entity is there scope for thoughts and counter thoughts. But when there is only unity, and that is Brahman, there is no scope for thoughts and counter thoughts. This is the state of amanaska, meaning a state devoid of mind.

There is only love in this state. That love is the truth. In fact, truth and love are one and the same. When truth and love unite, the world loses its identity for you and you see Brahman everywhere.

--- end extract from Bhagavan discourse ---

Ravi: I would love to share a video clip of Bhagavan saying the above. What a powerful way it will be to spread Bhagavan's teaching on Vedanta!

We find such video clips of other Indian spiritual masters on youtube. But nothing about Sathya Sai! I think that is a real weakness in Prasanthi Nilayam ashram system's approach to popularize and spread the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

[I thank sssbpt.info and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above extract from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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