“Spend your time in the contemplation of the bounty and beauty of Nature
spread out before you on earth and sky –
green expanses of the crops, cool breezes that waft contentment and joy,
the panorama of coloured clouds, the music of the birds and so on.
Sing the glory of the Lord as you walk along the path, amidst the fields,
the banks and the waterways.
Do not talk hatefully in the midst of all this evidence of love;
do not get angry, in these placid surroundings;
do not disturb the sky with your shouts and curses.
Do not pollute the air with vengeful boasts.
A seedling needs water and manure to grow and yield rich harvest.
The tiny sapling of spiritual yearning for liberation also needs you to do these –
set right your habits, purify your conduct and cleanse your behaviour.”
Divine Discourse, Sep 2, 1958 Sri Sathya Sai Baba
First within, then without,
Before we can change the world, we must start with ourselves.
Clear thinking does not happen when our lives are full with details,
To see our quest, we must climb above our mind & thoughts,
To that clear space, where we are god.
Medicine Buddha, 2003, 4′ x 6′, mixed media on canvas,