Humans' worldly life activity and actions is bound by various
kinds of social obligations. For such activity knowledge and
education is necessary. But it is far not enough of it. There is
needed an internal motivation that gives direction and purpose of
any human's worldly activity. By Swami and Vedic wisdom this
internal motivation is the confidence of the Self as Atmic unity.
If whatsoever humans actions and deeds (in social, spiritual,
scientific or cultural spheres) proceed from confidence of the Self
that they are in harmony with Atmic unity, God and therefore they
are productive. If all people of the world will understand and
experience it that there would be no wars, enmity, cruelty, etc.
There would be no danger of ecological destruction of biosphere as
in consequence of consumer society's scientific and technological
activity deprived their roots. Development of humanity and
prevention global social and ecological accidents can be carried
out at comprehension of confident of the Atmic Self what unite
carrier humanity is.
This basic Truth is one of the root topics of Swami's Teaching.
His explanations concern to self-confidence, self sacrifice, self-realisation
are in His many Works in various contexts appointed for students and
devotees and seekers on various paths and distances of spiritual
development. Swami's Messages are for all layers of population: be
confident of the Atmic nature of the Self, know that the initial
point (active Divine force) for whatsoever worldly activity,
actions proceed from this primary point - Self-confident. By Swami
self-realisation (as realisation of the Self in worldly life) is the
outcome from confident of the Self.
All kinds of human activity have they of a spiritual or a
scientific direction proceed from one harmonious vibration of God
reflected by human consciousness as Self-confidence, alias
confidence of the Self.
(It is a need to note that in some spiritual works of Indian
gurus and philosophers Self-confidence (Atma vishvasa), as opposed
to methods of developing ego-self confidence and there are
explanations what is the role of 'awakened ego-self confidence'
used for unselfish deeds and services. By Vedic wisdom ('Tat Sat'
by K R Paramahamsa) ego, called the Ahamkara, is that quality which
gives a sense of identity to a person. Ego makes possible to know
(to be aware) about one's experiences or thoughts.
For persons being not philosophers, such explanations are
difficult, may be not correctly understand among international
devotees and may be cause discussions about the same things from
different angles, what is on the whole not important, as all are
right from their angles of view).
Therefore the best way to follow the
explanation of Self-confidence and related to it qualities by
Swami's Teaching. It is more clear and proper; an opportunity of
error in various expressions there is absent.
Swami does not contradict worldly activity in area of science
or education to spirituality, to the confident of the Self, but
explained that this activity meaningful for service of humanity,
when it is based on the root knowledge as prime base - confidence of
the Self what leads through experiences to self-realization in
whatsoever fields of humans actions, thoughts and deeds.
Below is a collection of Swami's quotations as a some kind
compilation about Self-confidence, self-realization and connected
with them education is presented. The quotations from His works
(what have written during many years) have directed to various
audience. Quotations have various spelling of terms (sometimes Atma
is replaced with Aathma, what is the same. Confidence of the Self
has mostly written as self-confidence, etc.). As the collection
based on quotations, the spelling is not changed.
How clearly one tries to explain his/her experiences concern to
Swami's Teaching, alive speech Swami through His Works remains more
evident simple and quick-witted for all. Experiences concerning His
Teaching are as subjective reflections of devotees. Spreading
Swami's Teaching and personal experiences connected with His
Teaching is more bright when there is present direct Swami's
quotations as carriers of Divine energy hidden for eyes but possible
to feel through heart.
Namaste - Reet
"Like food to a starving man,
like showers on a parched field, the Vedic science of spiritual
self-discovery is the life-saver for humanity sliding down to
destruction because it has lost its hold on truth, morality, peace
and love." (Excerpts from: Sathya Sai Baba. SSS. Vol. 7, Chapter
"Man is an amalgam of body, mind and spirit. The senses of
perception and action, which form components of the body, are busy
contacting the objective world. he mind - consciousness of the
various levels, the faculty of reason and the ego - examines,
experiences and judges. It decides after discriminations, which word
or deed will be beneficial, favourable, fruitful and felicitous. It
attempts to separate the good from the bad, ...the true from the
false, the permanent from the momentary. The Spirit or the Self or
the Aathma is unaffected, stable and foundational. Its quality is
Sath (is-ness) but it is ever aware, ever chith (consciousness)."
(Excerpts from: Sathya Sai Baba. SSS. Vol. 17, Chapter 31).
"The first thing you have to do is to develop self-confidence.
It is such people who have no confidence in their own self who begin
to wander about and to waver, and take to various different paths.
When you take your body to different places, and when you go about
moving aimlessly, the mind also goes to different places." (Sathya
Sai Baba. SSS. Vol. 13, Chapter 6).
"The ultimate step of self-realisation depends upon the base of
self-confidence. Without having and developing confidence in your
own self, if all the time you are talking of some power being with
someone else... when are you going to acquire any power and
confidence in your own self?" (Excerpts from: Sathya Sai Baba. SSS.
Vol. 13, Chapter 6).
"...Each one views the world from one's particular
circumstance, background and experience. The Aathmik Principle is
explained or described in different ways. There is no connection
between its reality and the way it is experienced.
Develop that confidence on the Self. The Self is not visible
even as the foundations of a big mansion are not visible. But
without the foundation the edifice cannot stand. Likewise
self-confidence is the base for self-satification. The roof of
Mansion is self-sacrifice. Then you have self-realisation."
(Excerpts from: Sathya Sai Baba. SSS. Vol. 30, Chapter 28).
"All worldly knowledge is concerned with sustaining life. When
knowledge of the Spirit which is the basis of all other knowledge of
the sciences and the arts is acquired, it is easy to get any kind of
Self-confidence today is manifest only in matters relating to
worldly achievements and self-centered pursuits." (Excerpts from:
Sathya Sai Baba. SSS. Vol. 19, Chapter 20).
"Through Self-confidence, one can obtain at first Self-sacrifice
and then Self-satisfaction. All this activity together expresses the
state of Self-realization what depends on the base of
Self-confidence - the awareness of the Atmic Self within everywhere
whatever the same and can never be destroyed."
(Compilation from: Discourse of Sathya Sai Baba during the
Summer Course in Spirituality and Indian Culture "Self-Confidence
leads to Self-Realization." May, 1973, Brindavan.
"Your journey starts with self-confidence and ends with the
realization of the Self. That Self is you; it is God. This is who
you really are. Self-confidence is unwavering love for the divinity
within. What will help you to develop this confidence? Be
equal-minded. Be satisfied with what you have. Don't hanker for
anything outside. That is a great truth. Always have complete faith
in God, Who takes care of everything. True greatness can only come
from faith." (Excerpts from Swami's answers to devotees;
"Self-confidence cannot be purchased or obtained through
learning. It is based on deservedness. To attain deservedness,
develop divine thoughts. If you have faith in God, He will protect
you in the face of all adversities. He is always with you, in you,
above you, beside you, around you." (Excerpts of the Divine
Discourse: Sathya Sai Baba "Cultivate Divine Love." 25 Dec 2001,
"First of all, one should have faith in one's own Self. Develop
self-confidence, which will lead to self-satisfaction. When you have
self-satisfaction, you will be prepared for self-sacrifice. Only
through self-sacrifice, can one attain self-realisation. Self-realisation
means to realise that you are everything. Self-confidence is the
foundation, self-satisfaction is the wall, self-sacrifice is the
roof and self-realisation is life. No one can live in a building
without roof. Roof cannot be laid without walls and walls cannot be
raised without foundation. So, self-confidence, self-satisfaction,
self-sacrifice are very essential for self-realisation. Today man
has lost self-confidence. If one loses self-confidence, one loses
everything. Only through self-confidence can one have the vision of
the latent divine effulgence. " (Divine Discourse: Sathya Sai Baba
"The Life Principles of Man." 9 Oct 2001, Prasanthi Nilayam).
"The absence of self-confidence marks the beginning of one's
decline. Today, the world is facing ruin and disaster because people
have lost confidence in themselves. Self-confidence alone is capable
of granting peace and prosperity to each person. He receives good
everywhere; he is honoured in all places. Whatever he touches
becomes gold. When a person has no faith in himself, how can he
place faith in others? Even when he has such faith, it cannot be
sincere and firm. It is at best artificial and superficial. Such a
person will not have faith in his mother, father, wife and children.
He pretends to believe, that is all. So he behaves treacherously and
might even injure the parents.
So, self-confidence is a must for every student. Students must
study books about persons who stuck to justice and led straight
lives."(Sathya Sai Baba: Vidia Vahini, XVII, p. 62).
"For, loss of confidence in the Atma or
Self involves loss of faith in God Himself. That Omnipresence, that
Inner Motivator of all, who is the warp and woof of our body and
mind, our emotions and intellect - strengthening faith in Him is the
only means of realising the highest goal of man. This is the lesson
that Bharathiya spiritual history longs to teach.
Children of Bharath! Teach your children
this life-preserving, glorious and heart-expanding Truth from the
early days of life." (Sathya Sai Baba: Vidia Vahini. Religion is
Experience, p. 28).
"Finally the elephant got tired and lost all his physical as
well as mental strength. He had placed all his confidence in his
physical and mental prowess, but having exhausted all that, he began
praying to the Lord. As long as his vision had been directed to his
body he did not look towards God. As long as he had confidence in
his own bodily and mental strength, the thought of God did not arise
and the Lord's grace did not descend. When the elephant lost his
physical and mental power and turned towards God, immediately Lord
Vishnu hurled his sacred discus, and freed Gajendra from the
catastrophe that had overtaken him." (Sai Baba Gita. Turn Towards
God and God will Turn Towards You. XXIX , p. 290).
"It is only when you have developed
self-confidence, confidence in the indwelling atma, that you will be
able to develop a strong confidence in the Lord. If you do not
believe in your self, you cannot truly believe in God. For the
body-mind this master is the indweller. He will never leave you.
Therefore, by means of inner inquiry, you should try to discover and
recognize this unchanging indwelling divinity which is your true
Every spiritual aspirant should take up inner inquiry. In all
your spiritual practices that you engage in, you should spend three
fourths of your time on self-inquiry. The most important reason for
all these sorrows you are prone to, is the weakness you develop
because your senses are not under your control. Put your mind on the
right path and develop a firm resolve. You will gain great strength
The Gita declared that you should control the senses, not that
you should destroy them. The Gita does not say that you should
renounce action, but that you should renounce the fruit of your
action. Therefore, you have to do your work. Although there is no
need for the Lord to perform any particular work, you will find that
he is working all the time.
Perform your work and use all your senses correctly. Use them
within the proper limits for the purposes for which they were
intended. This is the message of the Gita." (Excerpts from Sai Baba
Gita. Worldly Knowledge is Useless without Self-knowledge. XX, p.
"Far more valuable than the scholarship gathered from a million
books is the grain of wisdom gained through a session of meditation.
That flash (Jnana), however slight, is a precious acquisition. It is
the product of personal Sadhana and indisputable authentic
experience. As one cultivates and develops this grain of wisdom,
controversy and criticism will cease. All arguments will be with
one's lower self only until the Truth stands revealed.
Self-confidence is essential for a person to enter on this path of
spiritual practice." (Sathya Sai Baba: Leela Kaivalya Vahini."
Stream of Cosmic Sport Divine. p.1).
"The main purpose is to help you to
cultivate self-knowledge and self-confidence, so that each one of
you can learn self-sacrifice and earn self-realisation. The teaching
of the university curricula and the preparation for presenting you
for the university examinations and the award of university degrees
- these are only the means employed for the end, namely, spiritual
uplift, self-discovery and social service through love and
detachment. Our hope is that by your lives you will be shining
examples of spiritual awareness and its beneficial consequences of
the individual and society." (Sathya Sai Baba: Divine discourse "The
Higher Role." 1974, Ananthapur;
"Virtue can grow only in an atmosphere of
theism; you must have faith in the omnipresence of God, that God is
the witness, the guide, and the guardian. Self-confidence,
confidence that you are the pure unlimited self, is the great
reinforcement that religion can endow you with. When you establish
this in your hearts, you can be entrusted with any type of
responsibility, and any type of work." (Sathya Sai Baba: Divine
Discourse "Instruments of the Divine Will." 1974, Brindavan;
"It is in this context that it is said
that one should essentially have faith in one's own Atma or have
self-confidence. Only when one promotes self-confidence or
confidence in himself will he develop the peace of mind and will he
experience the satisfaction or Ananda of the Atma and then he will
sacrifice everything else. Experiencing Ananda and removal of sorrow
are simultaneous events." (Sathya Sai Baba: Divine Discourse "The
Lord is the Embodyment of Prema and Can be Contacted Only Through
Prema." 1974, Brindavan;
"There was once a Guru living in a place
and he was communicating wisdom to people who used to come for his
Darshan. Those people who were coming to have his Darshan used to
bring some flowers and fruits in accordance with Indian traditions.
One day, as the offerings were plenty in the form of fruit, he
called a disciple and asked him to cut the fruit and arrange for its
distribution as Prasad. The disciple cut the fruit and reported to
the Guru that all was ready for distribution and asked him as to who
should be given the first fruit. The Guru asked him to start with
the person in whom he had the greatest faith and the highest
confidence. All the people assembled there thought that the disciple
would first give the fruit to the teacher and then distribute to the
others. But the disciple did not do so. He took the first fruit
himself. When the surprised onlookers asked for an explanation, he
said that since he had the greatest confidence and affection for
himself, he took the first fruit. This demonstrates that he had
indeed, confidence in himself and that he truly loved himself.
When we look at this story in its external aspects, it may look
as if the disciple had no faith in the Guru but we should realise
that he acted in this manner because of supreme confidence in
himself. Therefore, if one does not touch the feet of God, does not
go to a temple or does not go on a pilgrimage, we should not
conclude that he has no faith in himself. Confidence in one's self
is something which can only be experienced and cannot be exhibited."
(Excerpts from Divine Discourse: Sathya Sai Baba "The Ladder that
Enables an Ignorant Person to Become a Liberated Soul." 1973,
"There are two things which are important
for man's life. One is confidence in one's own self and the other is
cleansing one's own mind. Man cannot live by himself in isolation.
The entire world depends upon the social structure and on the manner
in which individuals are knit together into a society." (Excerpts
from Divine Discourse: Sathya Sai Baba "The Company of Good People."
"Sanctify all the limbs of the body in selfless activities. But
it is not that easy to practice. There is always some self-interest
in whatever man does. Self-interest is also necessary, but it should
be within certain limits." (Divine Discourse: Sathya Sai Baba "The
Life Principles of Man." 9 Oct 2001, Prasanthi Nilayam).
"Life is not a one way traffic. You
should conduct yourself in such a way that you give happiness to
others and then ask others to give happiness to you. Man cannot
live in isolation like a drop of oil put on the surface of a sheet
of water. The happiness of the individual is intimately connected
with the happiness of the society. The prosperity of the society
itself is intimately connected with the happiness of the world. Our
educational methods should include spiritual, religious, ethical and
moral aspects. Every youth must make an effort to generate
confidence in himself and he can then enjoy happiness and bliss."
(Excerpts from Divine Discourse: Sathya Sai Baba "Opening Address to
the Students."1973, Brindavan;
"Every thinking individual concerned with education is today
faced with a large number of problems; problems that have been
agitating the minds of students and of teachers. It is the duty of
everyone to see that these problems are solved and the right
solutions are put into the hearts of young people, and thereby
infuse a sense of the Divine in their minds. Because good qualities
like sacrifice, forbearance, truth and love have been somewhat
pushed to the background, the society is suffering from various
ills. It is the sacred duty of good education not only to rectify
such ills and give proper shape and form to society, but also to rid
the minds and hearts of people as well of all evils. In our
educational methods of today, we are attaching great importance to
giving voluminous books and the information contained in these
voluminous books to the students. We are not making an effort to
improve the ideas and ideologies of the students.
The first thing to have is self-confidence, after which alone
you will get self-satisfaction. Once you have got self-satisfaction,
then you must acquire the virtue of self-sacrifice and after
self-sacrifice alone, you come to self-realisation. Thus to achieve
self-realisation, self-confidence is the most important thing. In
all these four attributes, namely, self-confidence,
self-satisfaction, self-sacrifice and self-realisation, the one
common word is self." (Excerpts from Divine Discourse: Sathya Sai
Baba "Exhortation to Students." 1972, Brindavan;
"When you recognise Me as the dweller in your heart… you will
walk on the path of self-knowledge, self-confidence,
self-satisfaction and self-realisation." (Divine Discourse: Sathya
Sai Baba "Thirst and Quest." 1971, Dharmakshethra;
"No doubt, worldly education is also
essential... but it cannot impart true wisdom. Only Atma Vidya
(knowledge of the Self) can grant you everlasting happiness.
However, secular education is also essential to take care of your
physical needs. You should not give it up altogether. Worldly
education is Negative and spiritual education is Positive. Both are
essential for happiness here and hereafter." (Divine Discourse:
Sathya Sai Baba "Concentration the mind on the Divine is real
Sadhana." 19 Feb 2004, Prasanthi Nilayam).
"Education is not an exercise. Neither is it meant to make a
living. It is for the purpose of achieving the goal of life. It is
said, "Secular education is for happiness in the mundane world and
spiritual education is for happiness in the other world." In order
to acquire spiritual education, one must spend some time in enquiry.
Spiritual knowledge cannot be acquired with secular education."
Today, scientific knowledge is considered to be great. How did
science acquire this greatness? Science deals with the physical
aspect of the universe. It strives to explore the secrets of the
universe, and not beyond. But, there is a knowledge beyond this
which forms the basis for its creation, existence and dissolution.
That is spirituality. Without that spiritual basis, science has no
I have often quoted the example of Abhraham Lincoln, the late
President of America. In his childhood days, Lincoln did not have
enough money to prosecute his studies. He was so poor that he used
to sit under the streetlight in the bazaar and read. He used to
borrow books from his classmates and read them during night times
and return them the next morning. One day, his friends made fun of
him saying how could this beggar pursue his education. Lincoln felt
very sad and humiliated. He came home, crying. His mother tried to
comfort him with soothing words. She enquired: "My dear son! Why are
you crying? What is the reason?" He replied: "Mother! I don't have
any money even to drink a cup of tea. I realise the situation in our
house. I am aware that you and father cannot afford spending money
on my education." Thus, Lincoln struggled hard in his childhood days
and studied well, with self-confidence and self-respect, with the
moral support extended by his mother. He did not hesitate to
supplement the family income by doing some painting work and boot
polishing. Nevertheless, throughout his educational career, he
sustained his self-respect. By doing so, he earned a good name in
society. In the meanwhile, he could secure a small job. With the
meagre income from that job, he used to support his father and
mother. The good name he earned in the society commanded their
respect and love for him. In due course, elections came. His
well-wishers and supporters advised him to contest in the elections.
They assured him of their support and votes. On their advice, he
contested in the elections and got himself elected to the position
of the President of America. How could a poor carpenter's son with
no money even to pursue primary education, become the President of
the United States of America? It is only because of the self-respect
and self-confidence, he assiduously cultivated right from his
childhood. Therefore, Dear Students! Do not ever give up
self-respect, wherever you are and whichever circumstances you are
Humility is the hallmark of education. Give up ego and serve
society with Self-confidence." (Excerpts from the Divine Discourse
by Sathya Sai Baba on Convocation. 22 Nov 2002, Prasanthi Nilayam).
"Today, the education being pursued by you is only secular
(i.e., value neutral). Mere secular education is not enough. It must
be supplemented by spiritual education. Secular education is for
making a living, whereas spiritual education is for reaching the
goal of life. Therefore, it is the duty of students as well as
educators to harmonise the secular education with spiritual
education. Today, the world has recognised the importance of
harmonious relationship between secular and spiritual education.
Modern studies in institutions is referred to as education.
But, spiritual education that has its effect on one's heart, is 'educare'.
'Educare' means bringing out the latent divinity in a human being
and establish it as an ideal to the whole world. Modern education
ends with mere bookish knowledge. This is confined to what is
contained in the books. Educare, however, is not related to the
books. It is related to teaching about the source of all knowledge,
that is latent in the heart of a human being. Therefore, underlying
such type of education is the prime necessity, today.
A harmonious blend of secular and spiritual education is
ideally suited to the present-day world. One is an inner awakening
and the other is an external teaching. Secular teachings are related
to the physical world. They are the negative aspect; whereas
teachings related to the inner awakening are positive.
Education without knowledge is useless and knowledge without
education is foolishness.
There is a vast difference between modern education and ancient
wisdom. The time in which you are pursuing your education may be
modern, but your behaviour should always be in accordance with the
ancient wisdom. Only then will your education command respect.
Modern science is, of course, great. But, your senses are at a
low level. Along with science, the senses must also be raised to a
higher level. Today, we are leading a high level life, keeping our
senses at low level. This should not be what is meant by 'educare'.
Educare is bringing out the latent divinity in a human being.
Whatever words you speak, you must watch whether they are the result
of your education or educare.
Science starts with an enquiry. "What is this? What is this? On
the other hand, spirituality begins its quest with the enquiry "What
is that? What is that?" The enquiry "What is this?" indicates
nearness, nearness to the senses. This is science. In contrast to
this, the enquiry "What is that?" indicates distance, i.e., distance
from senses. That is spirituality."
(Excerpts from the Divine Discourse: Sathya Sai Baba "Character -
True End of Education." 20 Nov 2002, Prasanthi Nilayam).
"Self-confidence is helpful to secure
advancement of the individual, but it is not enough to promote the
welfare of the society or the world. Everyone should realise that he
is born to discharge various obligations and not to enjoy rewards
for unrendered services.
Education is not solely for a living. Essentially it is a
process of Self-realisation. Without understanding his own Self, how
can one understand the world or achieve anything worthwhile? What
is the value of scientific knowledge without wisdom?" (Excerpts
from: Sathya Sai Baba. SSS. Vol. 30, Chapter 1).
"Where there is
confidence, there is love;
Where there is love, there is truth;
Where there is truth, there is peace;
Where there is peace, there is bliss;
Where there is bliss, there is God."
(Sanathana Sarathi. June 2003. P. 171).
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