Quotes on Dharma – Part 3

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These are the quotes from “The Dharmic Challenge – Putting Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings into practice” that I am currently reading. All the quotes were given by Swami.

Authority and influence have to emerge frm the discharge of one’s duties. Then only will they be effective . We must be convinced that rights are deserved only by the discharge of obligations.

Transmuting man into God and experiencing that ananda and bliss is the one and only achievement for which life is to be devoted.

Duty without love is deplorable. Duty with love is desirable. Love without duty is divine.

One has to ask oneself whether the activity he chooses will benefit the country and the society. He can then be directed by the answer and derive maximum result from his knowledge, strenfgth and skill.

Not by action, not by progeny, not by wealth but by sacrifice alone can immortality be achieved.

Take care of your thoughts. Then actions will take care of themselves. You sow in action and reap a tendency. You sow a tendency and reap a habit. You sow your character and reap your destiny. Therefore, destiny is in your own hands.

See God in everyone you  meet; see God in everything you handle. Live together, revere each other; let not the seeds of envy and hate grow and choke the clear stream of love.

Ideas, principles, laws, customs, codes, habits, actions – all are to be judged on the twin points of intention and consequence. Is the intention pure, is it born out of love, is it based on Truth? Does it result in Peace? If yes, Dharma is enshrined in that action or law, custom or conduct.

Since God is in every heart, the Inner Voice is the signal that Dharma gives while approving or disapproving any line of action. The Dharma you have to follow is indicated by that Voice.

In all worldly activities, you should be careful not to wound propriety or the canons of the good nature; you should not play false to the promptings of the Inner Voice; you should be prepared at all times to respect the appropriate dictates of conscience; you should watch your steps to see whether you are in someone else’s way; you must be ever vigilant to discover the Truth behind all this scintillating variety. This is the entire duty of man, your dharma.

By saturating the service with love, work can be transformed into worship. When the work is offered to God, it gets sanctified into puja (worship). This makes it free from ego. It is also freed from the earthly desire for success and the earthly fear of failure. You feel that, when you have done the work as best as you can, your puja is accomplished. It is then for Him who has accepted the puja to confer on you what HE considers best. This attitude will make the work unattached.


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