delievered to students of Chennai)
we have to analyze what is life?and what is success?-to understand
the secrets of sucess in life.The period between birth and death
is life.We are all living only in that period of time.And every
moment of that time is valuable and every moment we should endeavour
to born as human being, because that is the highest level and having
been born as a humanbeing we have the sixth sense of discretion
with which we can progress in life,provided we make proper use of
it.In our faith of Sanathana Dharma we
believe in past Karma.And past Karna determines the place and surroundings
where each one of us is born.
country of which Iam very proud,although I havespent a very large
period of my life,about twentyfive ,abroad ,still in every nerve
centre of mine,I am proud of being an Indian.I refused, twice ,the
offers of becoming citizen both from Germany and Switzerland.
is known as the punya Bhoomi.With all
the problems, with all the difficulties, we can proudly say it is
the Puniya Bhoomi.And despite all the advancements made by the Western
Countries, they all look forward to India.
I go, they are all a bit intrigued.They are kept in suspense about
India.A very strange nation -- that inspite of Poverty people are
happy, people are contented, people want to achieve the best.Some
do, some do't.But, all of you who are sitting here want to learn
a secret.Therefore, all of you , including me , are lucky to be
born in this Bharatha Desam, otherwise
known as India.The name India was coined
by the British people.Of course, today, we are united as a country,
although the problems are there because it is a vast and a huge
is to be seen in four stages.The stage of childhood, youth,middle
age and old ae.Over the childhood, we have very littleinfluence
, because we cannot fix where we are going to b eborn. The family
background, the surroundings- these are not fixed by us, but a good
childhood, definitely makes the youth phase, the development of
the youth phase , much more easy , because certain qualities get
ingrained in you during the period of Childhood.The famous proverb
in Tamil says "Aril Valayathathu Aimbathil Valayathu".But
it is not fully true.One can correct all these things in one's life.We
have the power to correct.We have the power to improve.
the period of youth the following important developments take place
and they are essential and we call it the "D's -- THE FIVE
DEE'S -- Dedication,Discipline,Devotion,Duty Consciousness and Development
of Character.These are the five Dee's.Good Learning and education
are imperative, although it is said that we are all born with knowledge
, full knowledge. We are only unlearnig , what we should not do,
this is what Sages say.You should look at the block of stone, and
the sculptor is making the figure of Lord Krishna.He is not making
the figure -- he is only removing the unwanted Chips and suddenly
Krishna is born.Likewise, we are all born with the gift of God,
with Godliness in us, with full power and full knowledge.So the
child is compared to the Lord in itself, because it is not influenced
by the external factors.So the child is like the Paramathma.But
later, it all depends on how we lead the life.So, the learning and
education are to make you and understand and relaise the important
aspects of life.Each one's life will be different.Therfore you have
to unlearn those things which are not required for you.While learning,
it is very important to have the Guru - Sishya Bhavana.
This is why in the old days, the education used to be called the
Gurukula- like they still have in Shanthinekenthen in West
should , as a student demontrate your willingness to learn and you
must accept your Guru as a man of superior knowledge and keep ears
open and recieve all that he gives you without judging.If you start
comparing with what you have seen in the Newspaper, in the Television
, then you will not learn. Therefore the Guru - Sishya Bhavana
is very important to learn.If you try to adopt that then you will
find suddenly things are coming to you much easier.You are able
to absorb the beautiful things that they are giving you very much
easier, than when you put a block and try to make it difficult for
the phase of education and learning, one point is very important.
Whatever you do , you should concentrate on that. In India, generally
the tendency is to do several things at the same time.That cannot
happen--"Pala Maram Kanda Thachan Oru Maramum Vettan".So
you have to concenntrate on what you are doing.If you do that, you
will find things are very much easier because your faculties are
going to that particular issue. Ther should not be too many diversions.Of
course, the basic thing is , you must have a good health which you
must take care of.Initially the parents are responsible and , later
on, you yourself are responsible for maintaing the proper health.Here
I say there are three "E's".What are they? The Exercise
of the Mind, that is constantly to Contemplate, to do exercise of
the Body which is Physical Exercise and the Exercise of the Spirit
which is Prayer, Meditation.
period of the youth, if it is successful,lays the foundation for
the proper growth and harmony in later life.The three things that
are important in life, for everyone, are thought , word and action.
You must control your thoughts , so that you have positive thoughts.When
you think something, and you express that only, then, if you are
devoted to your cause, your expression will be pure.You must then
proove it in your action.You should not think in one way and then
act in some other way.Once you achieve this, then your personality
in unified( the trinity as they call it ) and you will find a tremendous
expansion in your capacity, your capabilities , your vitality and
your power.All these are experienced by me in my life.
thoughts, positive thinking, clear thinking-- they are all very
important and also good Satsang i.e,. Cultivating Good
Friends, so that you are able to benefit by the friendship and do
not dissipate your energies in the wrong thoughts.That is why they
say in Englis 'I judge a person from the Company he or she keeps'.You
bring your friends, and if I analyse them, then I know what you
are .So I judge the person by the company he or she keeps.
as you see have now seen is shaped by our own effors.God helps those
who help themselves. You should not expect God to do everything
for you.If you do your bit, then he will do three times / four times
that bit- absolutely certain.But , you must do your bit with full
devotion and dedication. Your duties have to be performed in the
sprit of dedication - then inner purity can be achieved with out
- the four letters of the word of Life ,'L' for Live, 'I' for Intensively,'F'
for Fervour and 'E' for Efficiency.So, live intensively with Fervour
and Efiiciency.This is how I would like all of you to live your
life.Every moment of your life has to be lived with focus of mind.You
are responsible for everything that you do.You cannot blame somebody
else.Dont worry about the past or the future.Always be in the moment.Right
action at the moment is very important.Therefore, focus of mind
is required and this will guarantee absolutely good life for you.If
childhood is shaped into a good phase of the youth life, then the
middle age will be wonderful.And old age will have guarenteed peace
of mind and happiness.For Indian conditions, for the Tropical Conditions,
I will call, up to five years as childhood, five to twenty-five
as youth , twenty- five to fify as middle age , fifty and upwards
as OldAge.Whereas in Europe, it is different.Their children do not
mature so fast.If you take a five year old child of Europe, the
European children are very backward but later they take over, because
they are equipped with lots of aids to concentrate on their education.Thus
the childhood talents come out very nicely.This is the essence of
the term 'life' and the life giving force is 'Prana' which
is given by God.With out 'Prana' you cannot exist even
for a moment.'Prana' gives you the vitality.Vitality ensures
the power of action.Act wisely, live calmly and reap the fruits
of Good life.
we go to success.If you achieve something you want to have the feeling
of success.Everybody wants to achieve.Everybody wants to be successful.I
cannot see anybody who will say "I don't want success"
-- people normally want success always.There are methods by which
one can predict, initiate and pre arrange success , you can organise
success,hard work, sincerity and whole- hearted approach to things
are prerequisites of the pre conditions for success.
planning of life and application of correct strategy will give you
the aids to achieve success in all your endeavours.Success and failure
are cornerstones of life.They are like twin brothers or like twist
sisters.A proverb says ' failure is the stepping stone to success'.A
certain amount of perfection in the art of doing things is the easy
way to achieve success.For example,take a sportsman who is doing
high jump or pole vault.He will jump a particular height.Then they
will raise it.He finds it difficult,he might fail,but with willpower,with
concentration he tries and suddenly you find he jumps.Similarly
in the pole vault-if you see the world Olympics-you can see what
a miraculous thing is being achieved by people, just by power of
concentration and willpower.The moment you do that God gives you
the power immediately .He comes ,Krishna comes there,to help you.So,with
repeated efforts and proper co-ordination of mind and body,one is
able to jump,the jump which originally was considered as impossible
.This applies to everything in life. Always think ofthe high jump,then
you will be able to achieve success.
thought-force is very important.As you think ,so you will become.
So,if you think negatively,if you go on reapting that kind of thing,you
will not be able to succeed,because you are doing' autohypnosis'.Therefore,you
should think positively."I will achieve;there is nothing which
cannot achieve",-if you think like this,then,even with your
drawbacks you will be able to come forward.And,therefore ,intensity
of the thought and sincerity of purpose are very important.'Thinking'-I
have classified into seven layers of thinking.Four of them are gross
and three of them are subtle.Gross means basic,subtle means a little
more involved,which requires divine grace.The primitive thinking
is inherent in us.suddenly,you scatch your head.you do things like
that -they are all habits in you.Without realizing ,as reflex reaction
,you do it although in foreign countries they have etiquettes,and
such actions have been shunned in society.In front a man you should
not do all such things.These are being inculcated from childhood.So
you willnot find a European doing that.In India we must always learn
these things,because we areliving in a world society.we are nomore
in a small Mylapore society.
you have the cruel thinking which is the animal instinct.suddenly
a fellow says something harsh to you.He may be your friend.Because
he spoke harshly,you give him a slap.You should control.You should
not react cruelly and do that.But at that moment the animal instinct
you have the emotional thinking -the feeling and the emotions.You
cry,you laugh,you smile.I wish you to laugh more than you cry.
the intellectual thinking which helps you in planning.
there are the three subtle deep layers of thinking.one is the creative
thinking .This is the shaping of ideas and talents that are given
to you by God.Each one has been a bank balance.It is up to you to
use it,build up the bank balanceand become rich with ideas and thoughts
and talents or drain it off and become a pauper-an emptyman- vaccum
in yourself.Then it is very difficult to regain your original status.So
this is the creative thinking.Now the next is fturistic thinking.Every
one must have ambitions, hopes.You may not be able to achieve all
your ambitions, but you set your goal, you set your ambitions and
work towards that.I set my ambitions when I was in the Engineering
College.I was in a far of place like Trivandrum.Iam talking about
the year 1948.I said that at the end of my Engineering studies that
I was going to Germany.I told this to my friends and everyone laughed
at me."Where is Germany? Where are you?".Then it happened.Because
that was my goal. I worked towards that, prayed for it , equipped
myself.I applied to the Government of India and I was selected because
of the strong ambition.So have ambitions.There is nothing wrong
in that, but you need not speak about that to everybody.You have
it for yourself - You plan and work towards it.
next is decisive thinking.This calls for action.That means once
you have thought about something, you should think and not let others
think.You should not let the Television to teach you as to what
you should do.You should have your own mental faculties - think
calmly.One of my bosses , who was the Director of my Company, taught
me a method- take a piece of paper, draw a line in the middle and
note down the pros and Contras.See what is more, pros or Contras.Then
you will know yourself.Sometimes you have ideas that may not be
possible to achieve yourself.
may be having funny notions,but think camly and carefully -consult
some elders,who are wise,who know more about it.But then ,once you
have thought adequately,take a decision.Don't waver and don't go
back.Even if it is a wrong decision ,doesn't matter -take a decision
and go forward.For instance,you may face situation and you want
to decide.you want to go to B.com or medicine or Law-this is the
turning point in your life.So you must think carefully.You know
your own talents,you know your own facilities,you know your own
ablities-think carefullyand take adecision.This is the decisive
world gives excessive importance to material success and once having
entered the path of material life ,the rules of the game have to
be followed very maticulously.Examine all opportunities and choose
the right one in keeping with your mental makeup.Donot decide for
the sake of ours.Decide for yourself.It does not matter,if you make
a mistake as it can be changed,later in life.Don't do things just
for the sake of others.Do it for yourself.Don't be misguided by
others and becoe a square peg in the round hole.
to invoke God?
I have defined lifeand what success means in general terms.Let us
go to the next aspects.What are the secrets of Guarenteed success
in life?I told you earlier that powers are inbuilt in every human
being.Each one of us is a manifestation of God.God is in everyone
of us not only in the temple or in the church.In the temple or in
the church God is there because you are invoking the God there.There
is no God in the stone unless all of us go and invoke the God.You
send the God there from you because you are not able to realize
the God within you .Therefore you transfer it to the stone.Therefore,
all people go there and and invoke the God, then the God is in the
stone.But God is in you.You can gradually develop the capacity to
see the God in yourself, and God in everyone.Therefore, you must
be kind to everyone.Everyone of you is a God man.Everyone of you
can perform miracles, can attain siddhis.But, one should
set his own priority.If you want to become a philosopher , you go
in that line.If you want to become a successful Engineer, you go
in that line.The choice is yours.
this manifestation of God is to be understood.Godmen are none but
those who have recognized this basic fact of inbuilt powers.They
invoke these powers by tuning the body, mind and spirit.They sit
in the Himalayas or sit in the cave, meditate intensively and invoke
these powers.In normal life, we can only invoke the powers to the
to the extent we require.But, we constantly enhance our invocation
because brain has got so much capacity.Most of us utilize only a
small fraction of the brain.Through proper dedication, with proper
meditation and concentration , the larger part of the brain can
be put to use,then you become more powerful.Your memory becomes
wonderful.You can quote things out of your memory and you will be
able to solve complicated problems, and be a great success in life.
training of the mind and spirit from young age with due respect
and regard to the spirit will surely open the portals of success
and joy in life.This I have experienced in my life in ample measure.I
have always been very optimistic.I was influenced right from my
young age by Kanchi Paramacharya, SwamiVivekananda,BhaghawanRamanaMaharishi,LordChrist,SwamiSivananda,SwamiChinmayananda,
Swami Dhayananda and others.These great people have given us lot
of valuable things. In calmness, if you read their books, yo will
be able to get some of the ideas.Then I developed optimism- I used
to say , if you have a problem and your friends can solve , you
go to them.But if nobody is able to solve , come to me and I will
try to solve it.This was the spirit with which I was approaching.
There is m\nothing impossible in life.That spirit must be there
in each noe of you.
love and positive thinking
basic quality,which one has to develop in one's life, is love for
others.Most people love themselves, they look at the mirror , they
enjoy their face, they love themselves, but it is not enough.youshould
also love others.Universal love.You should have love and affection
for all people.Even to your enemies you should not be harsh.By cultivating
this love you can avoid the opposite,that is the hatred.The hatred
can only harm you.See the good things in others and not their defects
because you also have defects.If each one of us see only good things
then you will develop your personality.No one is perfect including
you or me.Sri Sathya Sai Baba says 'Love ever: hate never'.Be positive
and cultivate positive thoughts.Always keep trying and don't give
up. Try,try and try till you succeed.
you see the greatmen and their lives you find several examples.In
Germany they say "No master comes down from the heaven".The
master is made in this world by our own efforts. So keep trying
till you succeed. And again a German proverb says "Impossible
can be done immediately ,a miracle will take a little longer".
you must have this kind of spirit.Just as the Indian philosophy
says,"when you have a glass is half empty", you are a
pessimist.You must be an optimist and you should say "it is
half full".Look at the positive side.That is the attitude one
and surrender to God
most important thing is , you should, during your life, ensure that
you do not build up jealousy, anger, hatred and illwill.These things
can be avoided gradually.Due to childhood problems, even if ceratin
instincts are there, which are not favourable to you, you can by
surrender to God and sincere efforts , ensure that these negative
instincts gradually disappear.
prayer and lip service to God is not enough.Theprayer must come
from your heart.You can do it in your own house.It is not essential
that you go to temple every day.It must be a sincere prayer.Human
body is the temple of God.So you must keep it like a tample.You
must take proper care.Make proper use of it by harmonizing the Trinity-
Mind, body and spirit.
we go into the details of success.Success is certaily a motivating
factor.For example, you work for a examination.You work very hard,
you study with great diligence.But you should do it in a relaxed
and composed manner, with out getting nervous or tense.
have found that, important and difficult things which you are not
able to understand,after thinking carefully , you should transcribe
to paper.Once you write something, it goes better into yuor memory.So
reading and writing have to be combined.Most people today are loosing
the habit of writing.This is very bad as writing is very important.You
will be able to memorise things easier.You don't have to be worried
at all.Then success guarenteed.If you do not do this and you fail
in one examination, then psychologically you feel depresed and you
go on failing.The very monumental example is the Charted Accountant
Examination.You might have heard,"if you don't pass in the
first attempt (which most people do actually , if they are brilliant
and work hard), you will take several attempts to pass" because
the barrier comes in.Psychology plays a very important role.
should have dealings with positive thinking people, optimistic people.if
you are weak in a subject , have close contact with people who are
strong in that subject.This person will induce courage in you and
help you to learn it better.Never be proud of over confident.
not watch Television excessively, ecause it has a very bad effect.The
western people have found that radio active rays are coming from
Television.In Switzerland children are not allowed to watch TV.If
there is something very important,YES.Otherwise the TV is always
off.The teachers keep a close watch on this and they, by seeing
the eyes of the children , know which boy or girl has watched the
TV.So the students are very careful.I don't say 'do not watch TV
at all' , but keep it rationed because it blunts the finer thinking
of mind.Reading a book is a habit which is very important; not only
novels and comic books, you must read good books.If you waste you
time now, the time which is lost , you will never get it back.Every
day gone , is gone for ever.So you should use it to read the biography
of great people.And when you read the biography of great people
like Mahatma Ghandi, Pandit Nehru , etc., then you get a lot of
inspiration. You will be charged with dynamism.You can read historical
movels, good literature and spiritual books.Do not read the trash,
as the trash has got another bad effect.If you read the trash, it
will such your energy and vitality.It is something like what you
feel when you come out of a cinema hall.You migh have enjoyed the
movie, but when you come out, you feel exhausted and tired.Everything
costs you energy, and it is available only to certain extent.Therefore,
make proper use of it.
comes the EGO.Ego is very essential , because without Ego, you wont
have the desire to come forward, to work hard, but it should be
accompanied by a feeling of humility and an attitude of surrender
to God.Then this ego cannot hamper your growth.
to deveop memory?
is also very important to cultivate memory.When I learnt the German
language, I learnt that with out going through any course or going
through any Grammer Book.I learnt just by interaction with people,
by listening, by reading.In three months, I picked it up.In eight
months, I started delivering talks in German language.They ask me
the secret of how I learnt it.I always say that there are five secrets.One
is that you must love the country and the people.If you dont love
a country and the people, you will never learn the language.
, you must really work hard, read, write , go through the news papers.If
you dont understand, take the help of a dictionary.
you must speak out, even if you are worng.Somebody will correct
and you won't make that mistake again.The fourth things is memory.This
memory , of course is a divine gift.But the divine gift will come
to you whan you invoke the divine grace,by concentratiion, by one--pointedness,
by prayer, by meditation.
the fifth is again love.It starts will loving the nation, ends with
loving the people.You must have a loving heart, affection towards
all fellow human beings, then can master any language.Therefore
, as I said, by daily prayer and meditation, one pointedness and
power of concentration, one can ensure the growth of memory.And
the repeated use of the informatiom you have will polish your memory.If
you do not use, you will forget.
you repeat things, then it goes into your memory and there is a
tremendous capacity in your brain for memory.You can invoke the
divine grace and the power of your memory keeps growing.
thinking faculty, the seven layers of thinking, has to be consciously
developed.Do not accept or copy ready made answers.If something
is not clear consult somebody who has more clarity on the subject.
Facts of Life:
most important point you should know is that most of the things
are easy and uncomplicated.Even if you go to the examination hall,
dont start attempting the difficult questions.Start with the easy
questions and at the end, the questions you thought were difficult
will become easy.If you approach with confidence, solutions will
be readily available. Infact , solutions are invariably burried
in the problem itself because the problems are man made.Most of
the problems are created by us by some maladjustment of our thinking.
and imagination will grow in calm mind.If you do not waste your
time and fritter away your energy, then your mind will be more calm.
is required.Inspiration will help you but perspiration is important.
good care of your physical health.The food should be taken at regular
intervals and in India, we, vegetarians, have to be careful that
we do not take too much of acidic food.Acidic food upsets the stomach,
and most common diseases come from the stomach and if common diseases
are neglected, then they develop into major diseases.Excessive spices
and fried food should be avoided.
can cure many diseases by contemplation.I have tried it.If you develop
a pain in your hand, concentrate on your hand and put your energy
towards that.The pain will gradually disappear and similarly with
the headache.Similarly with minor ailments.Once it becomes a little
complicated then you have to resort to medicines.
exercise is very important.Yoga is, of course, very good, and then
combined with Physical exercise will take care of Oxygen supply.If
you don'y have enough oxygen, you will start feeling drowsy.You
won't be having the energy.Even while you are in the school or while
attending the lectures suddenly you will feel tired, then you know
something is wrong with the Oxygen supply.So take cre by doing Pranayama
or simple breathing exercise.Pranayama is a yogic
word.Life is determined by the number of breaths.Most of the people
do not know that this is the secret.Totally you have so many number
of births available to you and most of us are not conscious of our
breathing.So what happens ? Most of us breath fast.The number of
breaths available is exhaused in a short period.If you breath properly
, the spped of breathing gets adjusted and you will have longer
life.Very good oxygen supply is also ensured provided you breath
fresh air. Therefore do not take breathing as an automatic thing.Think
about all your organs everyday.Standup and pray and think of your
whole body.Think of your face, your hand, your brain and feel them.Then
the body will react better.Thank the lord for giving you all these.
a motor car, if you treat it nicely, will perform better.Even the
trees, if you talk to them, they will respond to your affection,And
your body is the temple of God.You cannot neglect that.
night, before going to bed, contemplate your achievements and failures.Note
down the failures and consciously improve by better thinking.Most
important is, early to bed and early to raise.Include personal prayers
and contemplated meditation in your daily routine.
your actions every day.The most important thing is planning.In India,
people are not taught this.You are taught so many things but not
planning.A very great man, the Managing Director of a very large
organisation in Germany,Mr.Krupp came to India and went back.Pandit
Nehru was the Prime Minister at that time.He wrote to the Ambassador,Mr.Nambiar,
whom I knew very well , and asked him to go to Mr.Krupp and find
out what were the defects in our country.
said "India is a wonderful country, very affectionate people,very
hospitable ,beautiful landscapes ,etc.But what India lacks is planning.If
planning is not done, your country cannot progress."People
practise Crisis Management.When a crisis comes , they solve the
crisis and manage from one crisis to another, but if you plan, you
can avoid crisis.
the most important attribute required is 'Puntuality'.If you do
not succeed in that, you will never succeed in life.Never compramise
on that, because you are planning with other person's time.You must
be puntual for everything.If you respect time, time will respect
you.This is what I have found.Iam absolutelysure about that.When
time is lost, it is lost for ever.You will never get it back.That
is why the word 'Kalam' is time.When a man dies , beautiful
expression in Tamil,'Kalamagivittar'.He has merged with
will help you to cultivate your personal discipline and self-discipline.These
should be observed by everyone.If each one of us do that, then India
will become a powerful nation.Only if lethergy is avoided and people
are alert in doing everything (every action must be properly planned
and executed in time.) then this country where population is considered
a big problem, it will become a great asset.
have consideration for others.For those in need of help, try to
help them.Somebody who is your fellow student is less intelligent,give
him some help because then God will take care of you.we are like
raw diamonds.Unless you polish and polish ,the diamonds cannot shine.So
polish yourself.You willstart radiating Godliness........See God
in every one.Love others.Even your enemy will start realizing 'My
God,I cannot be enemy to this person',then he willstart loving you.
love is infectious.Once you start loving it becomes infectious.Everybody
starts taking you as a model.So cultivate friendship with likeminded
people and avoid anger and jealousy.Anger develops toxins in your
system. The toxins are poisons.Even the food you eat becomes the
poison.It cannot be digested or assimilated.so everytime you get
angry,realize that you are ruinning your health.If you feel that
somebody is doing better than you,then pray to God to achieve better
results.But don't be jealous,because it will a negative impact on
your growth.Appreciate the strength in others and continue your
efforts with full faith in God.If you fellow some of these things,
then you will have a guarenteed success in life.These are some of
the secrets of guarenteed success in life.
God bless you all!