God by itself has no form
God by itself has no form. But
people mould it in the shape of a
ring or a chain, thereby giving it a form. Likewise, many forms
attributed to the formless Divinity. Divinity is pure, immortal,
attributeless, formless, ancient and eternal. But people worship a
their own satisfaction. That is why God incarnates. He is the
sustainer and destroyer. But you think different gods exist for
sustenance and destruction. They are all like ministers of God.
Everything is under His control. So, when you offer something to
amounts to offering to all gods.
Formless God can be visualised in the form of all
beings. He is
the Reality and all the forms are His reflections. One is Paraksha
(indirect experience). In fact, there is only One, not two. But it
be two. You may find the projection of earthquakes, floods and
eruptions on the cinema screen but the screen is unaffected by all
this. You may find a river on the screen but the screen does not
Likewise, all the multiplicity appears only to the external
Illumination mind sees only oneness. That oneness is the Divine
It is present in one and all. You search for God in various places
you are unable to understand this truth. To know this truth, love
Then you can visualise the unity in diversity and vice-versa. God
declared Mamaivamsho Jeevaloke Jeevabhuta Sanathana (the external
Atma in all
beings is part of My Being). Do not get deluded by the differences
physical form. Treat everyone alike. Consider all that you see as
own reflection. When you cultivate this feeling of oneness, you
attain the level of Illumination mind. When you are at the level
mind, you think that you are different form others. This is
is said, "A man with dual mind is half blind." Gradually go up to
Higher mind where you will understand your true nature. Then you
Illumination mind. Once you experience this unity in totality, you
attain Over mind. That is your goal. That is everything for you.
spiritual practices are meant to attain this goal. Practices that
with physical body cannot improve the state of mind. What is
is the purity of mind.
The Anantapur College Girls came to Me and said,
"Swami, boys are
going to each and every house in the village distributing food
Once we finish packing the food, we have no other work. Please
some work. I told them to go to the villages, clean the temples
whitewash them. Body itself is the temple of God. When you
temples outside, think that you are painting the temple of body
God assumes human form to serve and sustain
humanity. I am your
servant not the master. Understand this truth. I come to you,
you are seated, to give Darshan, I never say that you should come
It is said, God always stand sat the entrance of your Puja room
to give whatever you ask for. God is always ready to grant the
His devotees. God renders service to man, so that He may serve his
No visit to any pilgrim centre, no penance, no
will help you in crossing over the ocean of Samsara other than the
rendered to the noble.
(Excerpts from Swami's Discuorse: Bhagavan
Sathya Sai Baba. "Wings for the flight to the Divine - Love and
Service" 20 November 2000, Prasanthi Nilayam).
How can one contemplate on God with an invisible form?
the use of such contemplation? Divinity is the very life breath
be perceived and heard. How can one recognise and experience the
of this Divine breath? The Upanishads have given the names of
and "Atma" for this invisible Divine breath in human beings. The
is living, as long as the life breath emanates from the body. Mind
made up of sankalpa (resolution) and vikalpa (negation or
This is the Vishnu Principle. What is the root cause for this
Principle? That which attracts the sound (sabda).
The allpervading sound of the sruthis is constantly in
us, with us
and is part of us. When you hear the sound of the manthras, you
very happy, even though you are not able to understand their
There may be several meanings for the words in these manthras.
very sound emerging from the chanting of these manthras will make
In order to understand the nature of Divinity
must engage our mind in the contemplation of the Transcendental
(Parathathwa). Where does the mind come from? It comes from the
sankalpa (resolve) and vikalpa (negation or dissolution). They in
from the nature of sabda (sound). Sound is the real Brahma Thathwa
Principle of Brahma).
(Excerpts from Swami's Discuorse: Bhagavan
Sathya Sai Baba. "Soham -The Right Sadhana" 12 Oct. 2002,