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The five human values Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-Violence are inherent in human beings. We need to take the first step of believing this and then make efforts to bring these qualities ...

The five human values Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-Violence are inherent in human beings. We need to take the first step of believing this and then make efforts to bring these qualities out and use them . I am sure you will enjoy this presentation. Please put in your valuable comments and further thoughts. Many more such presentations are in pipe line !

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  • Living in accordance with the “Human Values”
  • “ Thoughts”
    • Good Thoughts  Good Actions
    • Bad Thoughts  Bad Actions
    • Man is an embodiment of thoughts & aberrations
    • True spiritual practice – keeps them under control & maintain perfect balance
    • Where do these thoughts come from?
    • “ our intellect follows the lead of our activities. Thoughts arise in conformity with the attachment one develops and the results one anticipates from one’s actions”
    2/28
  • “ Thoughts” (contd…)
    • Shift from thoughts concerning acquisition of material possessions & power to contemplating the glories of God will make all the difference
    • Three Monkeys:
      • Shuts the eyes  Not to see bad ! (Right vision)
      • Closes the ears  Not to hear bad! (Right listening)
      • Closes the mouth  Not to speak evil! (Right speech)
    • Constitutes the very basis of life
    • Mind leads life, Sustains it & brings it to an end
    • (Cause of creation, sustenance & dissolution)
    3/28
  • “ Thoughts” (contd…)
    • ‘ Ruta’
    • The truth about the ideas which generates in us, when imprinted on the heart is called ‘Ruta’
    • ‘ Truth’
    • The utterance with our mouth of the idea that has been imprinted on our heart is called ‘Truth’
    • Man’s
    Thoughts & Desires determined by his character & conduct 4/28
  • “ Thoughts” (contd…)
    • ‘ Right Conduct’
    • Putting the words that have been uttered with our mouth into practice is called ‘Right Conduct’
    • i.e an inseparable association between:
      • The idea that has arisen in the heart
      • The word that we have spoken with our mouth and
      • The action that we have undertaken with our body!
    • ‘ Power of Thoughts’
    • Travels from one person to another
    • (Thinking ill of others, will harm the other person – but
    • ten times more harm will come back!)
    5/28
  • “ Thoughts” (contd…)
    • Good Fortune related to Thoughts
      • Sowing the seeds of thoughts – one reaps the fruit – Karma (Deed)
      • Sowing the seeds of Karma – ‘Abhyaasa’ – (Practice)
      • From ‘practice’ – one reaps the fruits of ‘Character’
      • From ‘Character’ – one reaps the fruit of good fortune
      • ‘ What is contained in the heart as a clean thought and as supreme consciousness is itself GOD and we need not look for HIM elsewhere.
    6/28
  • “ Words”
    • “ Words”
      • Everything in the world has a value but the value of the spoken words cannot be easily measured.
      • One’s speech should be sweet, wholesome & pleasing to others
      • When a word of ananda (bliss) is spoken to a person sunk in despair, it charges him with elephantine strength
      • When a word of despair is spoken to a person extremely strong and happy, he slumps on the ground overcome by sorrow
      • Words can,
        • Confer strength – they can drain it off!
        • Gain friends – they can turn them into enemies!
        • Elevate or lower the individual!
    • “ Silence is a spiritual discipline”
      • “ Limiting talk to the absolute minimum and using it only for promotng joy and harmony will greatly benefit all”
    7/28
  • “ Deed”
    • Rise & fall of a man are both the consequences of his own deeds.
    • Man can escape grief or joy by cultivating the attitude of a witness, not involved in the activities he has to do
    • In every deed or act, God is present as the invisible motivator
    • God cares more for the motive behind the deed the ideal that prompts the effort
    8/28
  • “ sat Sanga”
    • Harmonizing thoughts, words and deeds is true ‘Sat Sanga’. ‘Sat Sanga’ means experiencing unity. It is not just joining the company of spiritual aspirants
    9/28
  • Truth (‘Sathya’) (contd…)
    • Inner significance of the word ‘SATHYA’
    • Sath …… ya……..m
    • - Sath …..…connote LIFE
    • - Ya …….…connote FOOD
    • - M ……… connote SUN
    • Sun gives sunlight and causes rain fall which helps the growth of crops that provide us food
    • Swami says “creation emerges from truth and mergers into truth.
    10/28
  • Truth (‘Sathya’) (contd…)
    • Truth is bliss!
    • Truth is wisdom & wisdom is truth
    • Divinity can be manifested only by observing sathya!
    • Truth is not merely telling the facts about what we see, hear or know. These are temporal truths
    • In its full sense truth can be applied only to what comes out of your heart in its pure form as the voice of conscience
    • It is easier to speak the truth while it needs a lot of cleverness to tell an untruth and sustain it
    11/28
  • “ Truth” (Sathya) (contd…)
    • “ Spiritual essence of Human Values”
    • “ Truth is recognising the unchanging, essential nature of Divinity in oneself and in all creation”
    • How expressed?
          • Honesty
          • Intuition
          • Discrimination
          • Integrity
          • Knowledge
          • Objectivity
          • … ... and more
    12/28
  • Righteousness (‘Dharma’)
    • Two kinds of ‘Dharma’
    • ‘ Pravirthi’ (outward path)
    • - relates to worldly activities
    • - prescribes qualities required for leading life in the mundane world
    • ‘ Nivirthi (Inward path)
    • - teaches knowledge of self
    • ‘ Pravirthi - how task should be performed
    • ‘ Nivirthi - in what state of mind the work should be done
    • ‘ Dharma is the moral path’
    13/28
  • Righteousness (‘Dharma’) (contd…) 14/28
    • Justice
    • Sense control
    • Sense of humor
    • Love
    • Dignity
    • Goodness
    • Meditation
    • Sympathy
    • Non-violance
    • Holiness
    • Peace
    • Truth
    • Fortitude
    Attributes Characteristics
  • Righteousness (‘Dharma’) (contd…)
    • Every substance has its Dharma (inherent quality)
    • Eg: Quality of burning - Fire
    • Quality of ice - Coldness
    • Likewise man has a Dharma. ie. To perform all actions with purity in
    • thought, word & deed
    • “ What we do depends on what we are,
    • What we are depends on what we do!”
    • Sensual life is Adharma
    • Spiritual life is Dharma
    15/28
  • Righteousness (‘Dharma’) (contd…)
    • “ Righteousness is living in accord with the Divinity in oneself and all creation”
            • How expressed?
            • Conscience
            • Morality
            • Discipline
            • Healthy living
            • Responsibility
            • Trust
            • and more……
    16/28
  • Peace (‘Shanti’)
            • Peace of Body
            • Peace of mind
            • Peace of the soul!
    • Shanti ….. Shanti …. Shanti
    • May we enjoy peace for the BODY
    • May we enjoy peace for the MIND
    • May we enjoy peace for the SOUL
    • We are embodiment of peace. We should not crave for transitory peace in
    • the external world
    • Peace is another name for the steadiness of mind
    • Shanti means “the giving up of activities of the senses”
    17/28
  • Peace (‘Shanti’) (contd…)
        • “ Peace is dwelling in the oneness of Divinity in oneself
        • and all creation”
        • How expressed?
            • Faith
            • Contentment
            • Patience
    18/28
  • Non-violence (‘Ahimsa’)
        • “ The meaning of Ahimsa is that either in thought, word or
        • deed you should not cause harm to anybody
        • First, refrain from causing harm to yourself
        • (Excessive eating does violence to body)
        • Tolerance, fortitude, equanimity help to be steady in non-
        • violence
        • Similarly, speaking too much, working too much, harping on
        • mistakes of others are all acts of violence
    19/28
  • “ Non-violence” (Ahimsa) (contd…)
        • “ Non-violence is regarding and treating every one and everything is creation as Divinity ”
        • How expressed?
        • Ethics
        • Harmony
        • Tolerance
        • Broad mindedness
        • Courage
        • Fairness
        • and more …..
    20/28
  • “ Love” (Prema)
        • True and eternal love originates from the heart.
        • The best way to love God is to ‘love all and serve all’.
        • ‘ Strengthen day with love, spend the day with love,
        • Fill the day with love and end the day with love.’
        • Love in action is Righeteous
        • Love in speech is Truth
        • Love in thought is Peace
        • Love in understanding is non-violence
    21/28
  • Love (‘Prema’) “Real test for Love” (contd…)
        • Spirit of sacrifice
        • Its Intensity
        • Originates from heart / from the source within us
        • No giving up under any circumstances
        • Not limited to ones own family and material objects
        • It should be a natural feeling – we can’t create it in an
        • artificial way!
        • It has no reason and not bound by any rule
        • It does not expect anything in return
    22/28
  • “ Love” (Prema) (contd…)
        • “ Love is experiencing the bliss of Divinity in oneself and all creation”
        • How expressed:
        • Friendship
        • Compassion
        • Empathy
        • Devotion
        • Kindness
        • Forgiveness
        • and more…..
    23/28
        • “ O Supremest Noble Teacher Lord Sai ”
        • Guide us along the path of Truth, Righteousness, Bliss
        • and Love.
        • Thou out the embodiment of Truth, Righteousness,
        • Bliss and Love and these four are the secret meaning
        • of successful life”
    The ‘Bhajan’ says 24/28
  • Let’s now sing this “Bhajan”
        • “ Guru Dev, Guru Dev,
        • Guru Dev, Guru Dev
        • Satya Dharma Shanti Prema Subji Deejo
        • Satya Dharma Shanti Prema Swarupa Aap Hai
        • Satya Dharma Shanti Prema Jeevan Ka marma Hai’
    25/28
  • Let’s now pray the supreme Lord who is above everything!
        • HE is above all Regions, He is Ramayan, He is Geeta, He is Veda, he is puranas, He is everything
        • HE is above names and forms
        • HIS name is a greaat ocean!
    26/28
  • Let’s now sing a Bhajan & enjoy the bliss!
        • Ram, Rahimko bhajane vale – There poojari baba,
        • Te-re naam Ek sahara …………………………….
        • ……………………………………………… .”
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  • Acknowledgements
        • Sri Satya Sai Baba’s Teachings (Compendium)
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