I remember watching an action thriller movie by the name, “The Bourne Identity”. It was the story of an amnesiac (person suffering a memory-loss) who attempts to discover his true identity. He has many special skills, talents, abilities and a super intelligence. Yet, he has no idea about who he is, where he came from and where he should be headed to. He keeps living in the world, enjoying many successes and the love of a companion while constantly trying to avoid the pitfalls, problems and plots against him. More importantly, he is also trying to find out who he is and where he came from using all his abilities and intelligence.
The movie was indeed a ‘thriller’ for me as it thrilled me in more than one way! Of course, the action and the unfolding of the plot kept me gripped but even amidst that tension and drama, my dear Swami inspired a thought from within.
|A still from the movie - Bourne Identity. The 'hero' has multiple identities (read as passports) but none of them are his true identity.|
That is why Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba often stresses,
“Education should be for life and not for mere living.”
Our "Born" Identity
|Trayee sessions were always memorable but this one was poignant too in the message it conveyed.|
“Do you all believe that I am God?”
Sitting among the students, I wondered what sort of a question this was -
“Then, all that I speak is the Truth...”
That was more of a statement than a question and we all responded in the same enthusiasm and energy,
In an instant, Swami said,
“All of you are also God.”
There was pin-drop silence. Everyone just looked at Him. There was no resounding, “Yes Swami” for that statement. We 'believe' Swami is God and 'believe' that all His words are the 'Highest Truth' but can simply not digest it when He says that we are no different from Him!
Believing we are God - the 'gravity' of the situation
“Yes, I am God and so are you. The only difference between you and I is that while I am aware of this fact, you are not.”
However, we do not seem to accept this Truth. We find it difficult to ‘believe’ that and so, life which was meant to be a beautiful dream of the Lord, turns into a nightmare!
But wait a minute! What is the big deal in believing we are God?
There is a HUGE deal in fact! That is because, whether we believe it or not, the fact remains - just like the working of gravity.
There was once a person who pooh-poohed gravity saying that he did not believe it existed. However hard anybody tried to convince him with theories and experiments, he was simply not ready to believe in gravity's existence. A wise man told him to step of the terrace of a tall building for he did not believe in gravity. The ‘hero’ backed off! Whether one believes in gravity or not, it exists and works. So too, whether we believe in our divinity or not, it works and every thought that arises in us is indeed the Vajra Sankalpa.Our will is as powerful as the Will of God for it is indeed the Will of God!
Now we see the practical implications. Every time a negative thought arises in our head, we are actually God willing something negative. Though it is only the positive that we seek, we end up thinking negative. For instance, we want to have good relations with everyone around and do not want to hate or abhor anyone. However, when a ‘marked’ person comes close we start thinking,
“Oh my god! Here he comes. I know now he is going to irritate me!”
And when the outcome happens just as we thought, we feel that though we seek good, we end up with bad. It is not the intent but the content of our thoughts that matter. For our thoughts are the thoughts of God!
My mind instantly flashed back to the 21st of July, 2008. It was the second day of the Educare conference in Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi. Swami had granted a very special opportunity for the participants to ask questions of Him. He would answer them personally, He had promised. The first question and answer was in itself sufficient for life, nay lifetimes together.
1) For students, what is the way to have a relationship with God?
Ans - Why students alone? God is in you. Live in Love as one with God. It is only when God is considered as separate that you need a relationship. He is not separate. God is in me and is me. Have this identity firmly entrenched in your being.
And that is our ‘Born’ identity - So Hum!
The final Namaskar - the ultimate message of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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