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Dhruva: An Example of Selfless Love and Firm Faith Compiled by Tumuluru Krishna Murty
Dhruva: An Example of Selfless Love and Firm Faith Compiled by Tumuluru Krishna Murty
Dhruva:
An Example of Selfless Love and Firm Faith
Compiled by
Tumuluru Krishna Murty

Dhruva:

An example of Selfless love and firm faith

Compiled by Tumuluru Krishna Murty

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Table of Contents

The Saga of Dhruva

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The story of Prince Dhruva

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His mother’s advice

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Encounter with Narada

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The all-comprehensive nature of God’s Name

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One filled with Divine Love will be fearless

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The Lord responds

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Selfless love and firm faith

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The Lord’s ethereal voice continues

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The return of Dhruva

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Coronation of Dhruva

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Dhruva’s Rule

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Inspiring lessons

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Recognise the great potentials of the child

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Give Love to God and be liberated from worry

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Every Godward step makes you shed all attachment

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One filled with Divine Love will be fearless

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Bhagawan’s stirring appeal to students

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Index

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Bibliography

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Copy right and Licensing of cover photo

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Ascetic practices, years of constant recitation of the Name, pilgrimages to holy places and shrines, study of the sacred books these will not help the aspirant to spiritual victory as much as communion with the Godly and the good. Bharat is a rare treasure-house of spiritual jewels; it can confer all boons on the sincere.

- Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba

The Saga of Dhruva

The one who defined, practiced, and propagated dharma for the good of humanity was Emperor Manu 1 . Emperor Manu had two sons. The first was Uttanapada and the second, Priyavrata.

1 In some Hindu traditions, Manu is a title accorded to a progenitor of humanity. According to these traditions, the current time period is ruled by the seventh Manu called the Vaivasvata Manu, the son of Vivasvân and his wife Sanjnâ.

Vaivasvata Manu, whose original name was Satyavrata, is the 7th Manu and considered the first king to rule this earth, who saved humanity from the great flood after being warned of it by the Matsya avatar of Vishnu, who had also advised him to build a giant boat. The story is mentioned in early Hindu scriptures such as the Satapatha Brahmana, and it has often been compared with the popular traditions of a Great Deluge from other cultures around the world, particularly that of Noah's Ark. Because Manu was believed to be absolutely honest, he was initially known as Satyavrata ("One with the oath of truth"). Vaivasvata Manu ruled as King Manu. His wife was Sraddha. (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Emperor Manu established, taught and propagated the two principles of righteousness and justice that constitute the basis for this objective world. (Beacons of Divine Wisdom, Part 1)

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Uttanapada had two wivesSuniti and Suruchi. Suniti’s son was Dhruva 2 and Uttama was Suruchi’s son.

The story of Prince Dhruva

Dhruva was five years old and Uttama, four-and-a-half. Once both were playing in the garden. Their father, Uttanapada, was watching them indulgently and enjoying himself.

After some time Uttama became tired. He ran and sat in his father’s lap. Uttanapada was extremely fond of Suruchi, the mother of Uttama. Suniti’s son, Dhruva, also ran forward to do the same. Suddenly Suruchi ran forward and flung Dhruva away from his father. As if that wasn’t enough, she hurt his tender heart with harsh words: “Dhruva! You may be the King’s son, but not mine. Only a son born of me has the right to sit on the King’s lap. If you want to sit on your father’s lap, the only way is for you to take another birth as my son! This is your fate for being Suniti’s son. In this manner, Suruchi unleashed arrow-like words at Dhruva.

His mother’s advice

Dhruva walked back to his mother’s palace. He entered and sat down silently in a corner. Tears were coursing down his cheeks. Some maids noticed his condition and informed Suniti.

2 Dhruva (Druva). Grandson of Brahma and son of Uttanapada; as a child, Dhruva performed severe penance and attained self- renunciation. (Glossary for the Vahinis)

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Even when asked by his mother, Dhruva sat quietly with a tear- stained face. Suniti came to know of the incident from her maids. She lamented her plight, “Dhruva, you had the misfortune of being born to me. I am treated like a maid by everyone in the palace because the King favours the other queen. So how can my son get any respect?” She told Dhruva, “My son, pray to God and be born to Suruchi.” (SSB 1995, pp. 82-83)

Dhruva was taken aback by his mother’s advice and told her, “I have lost all desire to live in this world because of this great humiliation I suffered. He grew angry and started abusing his step mother in ever so many ways. Immediately his mother tried to prevent him saying, “Dear son! one should not revile others; for, we will suffer the consequences of such action. In fact, Suruchi’s humiliating words will help you in future. You must always think that everything is for your good only. Do not therefore indulge in criticism against others. Particularly, you please do not abuse your step mother,” (Beacons of Divine Wisdom, Part 1, p. 160)

Suniti went close to him and said, “My son, whatever anyone may say is for your good. Do not blame your stepmother. She has shown you the path of your destiny 3 .”

Dhruva said, “So what do you want me to do, mother?” Suniti replied, “Son! No one can really help another. It is God alone

3 Will any mother advise likewise today? But Suniti was different. Her name was Suniti, meaning “embodiment of virtue (niti)”. She passed on those morals to her son also. (SSB 1995)

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who is the sole refuge of everyone. He alone can fulfil all your wishes. Go to the forest and seek Lord Narayana to achieve your desires. 4

She placed her hand on Dhruva’s head as blessing and said, “Whether you are in the forest, city, village, mountains, or sea, God is the only refuge of the forlorn. Instead of suffering in the palace, it is much better to delight in thoughts of God in the forest. Wherever you may be, I am not in a position to help you. God will take care of you. Don’t think of the forest as a forest but as God’s abode. Go and seek Him, my son.” (SSB 1995)

Dhruva accepted his mother’s words as command, prostrated at her feet. (SSB 1995) He took his mother’s blessings saying, “Mother! I shall obtain the grace and blessings of the Lord and then only return.” (SSB 2002, p. 154)

A mere five-year old boy! He did not know what a forest was, the way leading there, how to pray, what pleases God nothing! Yet, he didn’t pause to worry about these issues. “I must follow my mother’s command. I must undertake penance. I must achieve the Lord’s Vision.” There was no thought in his mind besides his goal.

Encounter with Narada

By the power of Suniti’s blessing, the Divine sage Narada met Dhruva midway. Narada divined Dhruva’s intentions. He asked

4 Are there such mothers today, who send their five-year-old sons to the forest for penance?

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the lad, “Where are you going, young Dhruva? Are you going to play?” Dhruva said, “Yes, O Divine Sage, I am going to play with God.” Narada asked, “Where is God?” Dhruva answered, “My mother told me to go to the forest and seek Him.”

Narada exclaimed, “O foolhardy child! Don’t you know that most renunciates and knowers of scriptures cannot attain the Lord even after centuries of penance? You are a child. You have no worldly experience. You don’t know about God. How can an innocent, ignorant child like you achieve God? It is impossible!”

Dhruva replied, “Narada, age is not important to the Lord. My mother’s blessing and my determination will take me to the goal.” Narada tried to dissuade Dhruva by talking of discomfort, fear and failure. “There are many animals in the forest. Dangerous snakes will pursue you everywhere. Ghosts and evil spirits abound as well. You are accustomed to royal comforts, having no experience in the ways of the world. No, what you have determined is too much.” But Dhruva was firm. “I will never return to the palace. My resolve is a divine one, not a wicked one. God dwells in a pure heart. A decision that emerges from my heart is, therefore, a Divine decision! I will never give it up. 5

Dhruva did not give heed to Narada’s words. “It is my mother’s command. I should follow it even at the cost of my life and prove

5 Today’s students have a glorious lesson to be learnt from Dhruva. STRONG DETERMINATIONthis is necessary for every achievement in life.

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the value of a mother’s word. I must, and will, succeed. As soldiers are the life of a fort, as a signature is the life of a promissory note, similarly Truth is life to our faculty of speech. I will never give up Truth. Sathyam Naasti Paro Dharmahthere is no dharma higher than Truth. I am the grandson of Manu, who was a great proponent of dharma. I must be the embodiment of sathya and dharma.” These were the lofty thoughts chasing each other in Dhruva’s mind.

Narada finally admitted defeat 6 . He admired Dhruva’s resolve and felt pity for him. He said, “Son! Your determination and

6 Narada said, “Dhruva, How are you going to contemplate on God? In what form will you meditate on Him?” In this manner, Narada asked many questions. Dhruva smiled and replied, “O sage, the idea that I should do penance was planted by Him. The seed of thought becomes a sapling due to Him. The sapling grows into a giant tree because of Him. And He it is who also makes the tree to bear fruits. I have no doubt that the very same God will take care of me. I have not studied the Upanishads or other sacred texts. I know only the Name of God.” Narada asked, “What Name will you chant?” Dhruva thought for a while and replied, “I shall chant: Gopijana Vallabhaya Namaha.”

Here, the word gopi does not just refer to the gopikas of Brindavan. Gopa means the Earth, the Vedas, the Word, and cows. The root-word for all these four words is Go. Gopis are those who worship and take care of these four sacred entities. They worship the Earth, they foster the Vedas, they are true to their word, and they also protect the cows. In essence, the gopikas of Brindavan did all these. God does not have any names per se, but various names are given to Him. Dhruva said to Narada, “I am

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purity have deeply affected me. I will come with you for a while.” They went to the banks of River Yamuna. There, Narada instructed Dhruva, “Dear child, if one chants the Name of the Lord with a purified mind, the Lord appears soon.”

They had a bath in Yamuna and Narada whispered into the ear of Dhruva, the great dwadasi (twelve-syllable) mantra: Om! Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya 7

one among the gopis. I am a part of the Earth, a part of the Vedas, etc. In short, I am one among the many created by the Lord. Who protects and sustains the many? God. That is the One I am worshipping with this chant.” (SSB 2000)

7 Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya is a Hindu mantra. ‘Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya’ is a mantra of Krishna, or Vishnu. This twelve syllable mantra is known as a Mukti (liberation) mantra and a spiritual formula for attaining freedom. This can be chanted like Gayatri Mantra.[ This is the principal mantra of the Vedic scripture "Srimad Bhagavatham". This mantra can also be found in Vishnu Purana.

Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya means "prostration to Krishna" or "surrender to Krishna." Krishna himself asked his devotees to completely surrender to him:

सर्वधर्मवन्परित्यज्य र्मर्ेकं शिणं व्रज ।

अहं त्र्मं सर्वपमपेभ्यो र्ोक्षययष्यममर् र्म शचु ः ॥१८- ६६॥

Relinquishing everything else and all

ideas

of

righteousness

surrender

unto

me

(Krishna)

exclusively.

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The all-comprehensive nature of God’s Name

After Narada left, Dhruva soon entered into a forest named Madhuvanam. (Beacons of Divine Wisdom, Part 1, p. 161) Dhruva found a shady part in the forest, fixed his seat and began chanting the mantra. He chanted Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya without interruption. He forgot his body. However, because of his tender age, he felt hungry and thirsty at times. During the first month, he ate fruits fallen on the ground. In the second month, he ate only tubers and leaves. In the third month, he subsisted on water. In the fourth month, he survived on air. His body was reduced to a skeleton. That is natural for the body 8 .

I (Krishna) will deliver you from all sins (sinful reactions), do not despair. [Gita 18/66] ”

Krishna also proclaimed "Everybody should recite "Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya" mantra daily whenever possible so that I will stand by them. I respond to the call of the heart immediately and invariably. See me in your duties. I am committed to those who are committed to their duties. Believe in putting faith in me and make me your own". (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

8 The body is born of food. It is called annamaya kosasheath of food. Within this physical sheath are praanamaya kosa (sheath of life), manomaya kosa (sheath of mind), vijnaanamaya kosa (sheath of knowledge) and finally, Anandamaya kosa (sheath of bliss). Dhruva neglected only the Annamaya kosa. He merged the name of the Lord with his pranamaya kosa. With inhalation and exhalation, he repeated Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya.

Next, manomaya kosa. Dhruva clearly pictured in his mind the form of the Lord as described by Narada, which was imprinted in

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One filled with Divine Love will be fearless

The whole forest became hot due to Dhruva’s one-pointedness. Sages dwelling there could not bear it. They were astonished that a five-year-old boy could sustain such iron control over the mind. They tried to obstruct his concentration in manifold ways. They created snakes, which circled his body. They sent wild animals and evil spirits to trouble Dhruva. But nothing could disturb him, much less harm him. Dhruva thought, “My mother said that God is the refuge of the helpless. So the Lord will take care. I need not worry!” What deep faith he had! When nothing could even distract Dhruva, the Gods in heaven went to Narayana to intervene on Dhruva’s behalf.

Dhruva’s eyes were closed. He didn’t even want to look at the world. “I do not desire anything belonging to this world,” he had decided at the outset. “This body is composed of the five elements. It is bound to collapse one day. But the Indweller has neither birth nor death. That Indweller is God. I have assumed this body for the sole purpose of seeing that Indweller.”

Gradually, he became so weak that his voice was no longer audible. He repeated Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya in his mind. (SSB 1995) . He was engrossed in the tapas. Lord Narayana then manifested before him. (Beacons of Divine Wisdom, Part 1)

his heart. What is the inner meaning? He recited the Lord’s Name while picturing His Form. And he pictured the Lord’s Form while reciting His Name. Name and Form—this became Dhruva’s penance. Name + Form = penance (tapas)

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The Lord responds

As the Lord came closer and closer, His effulgence intermingled with Dhruva’s aura and Dhruva shone brighter and brighter. Suddenly, finding his heart empty of the Lord’s Form, Dhruva opened his eyes. He saw the Lord standing in front of him. Smiling, Dhruva said, “O Lord, as long You were in my heart. Now You are outside me. Are You trying to leave me? I won’t allow it 9 .”

Even Lord Narayana was taken aback at Dhruva’s ideal qualities! The Lord mused, “How surprising that these eternal feelings have entered this young boy! He is enjoying the benefits of many past lives spent in the divine Quest.” Thinking thus, the Lord laughed within Himself. Dhruva had lost his voice but still, he started extolling the Lord. He described all the ten Avatars of the Lord and His exploits. He gazed upon the Lord continuously, without blinking. He held the Lord’s Lotus Feet tightly.

The Lord asked him, “Child, what do you want?” Dhruva could not produce any sound. He appealed to the Lord mentally. The Lord touched his cheeks with His Conch and fresh energy coursed through his body, restoring his speech.

9 Dhruva had recognized that what we see outside is a reflection of our own hearts. If you feel that someone is bad, that bad is not in him, but only a reflection of your heart. Your own thoughts, both good and bad, appear to you outside as reflection, reaction, resound.

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Then the Lord stood back, clenching His Hands together. Dhruva approached the Lord, closer and closer. The Lord asked him again, “Dhruva, tell Me what you desire.” Dhruva was so enraptured that the Lord had to repeat the question many times. Finally Dhruva said, “My Lord! Why do You insist on drowning me in maya? You knew where I was, what I was doing and who I was praying to. Otherwise You could not have come here. Knowing all this, don’t You know what I desire? Of course, You do!”

Dhruva was talking high philosophy! But God had read two books more on spirituality than Dhruva! Lord Narayana replied, “Child! The thought that prompted your penance was the desire to sit in your father’s lap. You put this thought into action by performing this penance. But it remains to be seen what your word will be 10 .” “You resolved upon a goal. You acted as per your resolve. Now, I want to hear from your lips: What do you seek?” the Lord clarified.

Dhruva replied, “Dear Lord, in ignorance I desired my father’s affection. Unable to bear an ordinary insult, I sought to sit in my father’s lap and enjoy my rightful privileges as his son. I acted

10 Students should recognize clearly what God was looking for. Manasekam Vachasyekam Karmanyekam Mahaat manamunity in thought, word, and deed is the mark of a great soul.

Lord’s ways are subtle, mysterious, and impeccable The Lord did appear. He showered grace on the boy in manifold ways. But Dhruva’s thought, word, and deed were not in harmony. For such a small fault, poor Dhruva lost to the Lord!

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upon that resolve. Now that I’ve seen You, touched You and talked to You, I want only You. I craved a drop of water and found Divine Nectar itself. I desired a piece of glass and found a diamond.” (SSB 1995)

Once I got this diamond why should I desire the glass piece? I had come to do penance with a great desire that I become a prince and sit on my father’s lap. Now I don’t have any such desires. I want only you.” (SSB 2002)

The Lord saw the contradiction between Dhruva's original resolution, his penance and his present desire. The Lord told him that he should stick to his original wish for which he had performed the penance. (SSS Vol.29) Lord Narayana laughed at Dhruva and said, Dear Son! Your thought and deed coincided, but your word differed. Hence you may return to your kingdom and sit on the lap of your father, thus making your mother happy. You rule your kingdom for some time and then come to Me 11 .” (Beacons of Divine Wisdom, Part 1)

Finally Dhruva said, “I offer everything to You,” and left the decision to Narayana. The Lord said, “Son, obey My command. Till now, you followed your mother’s command. Now, I am your father, mother and everything. There is no lasting happiness in the world.

Janma Dukham, Jaraa Dukham, Jaaya Dukham Punah Punah Antya Kaale Mahaa Dukham,

11 This emphasizes the need for unity in thought, word and deed. (SSS Vol.29)

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Tasmaat Jaagrata Jaagrata! Birth, old age and death are full of sorrow. The final moments are most pathetic. So beware, beware!

I am sending you back so that you fulfill your initial resolution. You must return without hesitation,” said the Lord. Having said this, the Lord waited for Dhruva’s response.

Selfless love and firm faith

Dhruva said, “It is Your command and I will obey it. No matter what I may experience by leaving You and returning, no matter how disappointing, I will follow Your command.” Only after he made this promise, the Lord came forward and took Dhruva in His embrace. Holding him close, the Lord spoke endearingly to the young lad. “Dhruva! For God to be earned by such a young boy as youthis has never happened in the world 12 .”

The Lord continued, “Dhruva! You have to teach much to the world about the glory of the Divine Name. Now I will enter you.” A light emerged from the Lord and entered Dhruva.

12 There is an acute need for such boys and girls in the world todaytruthful, obedient to parents and devoted to God. There is no meaning in devising new social orders and principles. Is it enough to merely change societies in this manner? No, thoughts must change! Divine, novel, elevating feelings must be encouraged by students.

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The boy who was so frail for the past few months was filled with energy and brightness. He jumped up and touched the Lord’s Feet. The Lord disappeared.

The Lord’s ethereal voice continues

The Lord continues speaking to Dhruva. “Dearest child! You must rule the world as an ideal emperor for many years yet. Your father is repentant. He looks forward to your return, moment to moment. He has given up food and sleep and wants only you. Go back, go back, go back. After you complete the task of ruling the kingdom, I have set aside an exalted position for you. The Polaris Star situated in the midst of the Sapta Rishis (Seven famous Sages), the Sun and the Moon shall henceforth be called Dhruva Star. All celestial bodies circle the Dhruva Star. Even Polaris itself may change but you will be eternal. You are an embodiment of immortality. Your life will be an expression of Bliss.” The Lord also promised that Dhruva would reach Him at the end of his life span 13 . (SSB 1995, pp. 82-)

The return of Dhruva Dhruva started back toward his father’s kingdom. Uttanapada was informed. In great excitement, Uttanapada sat in a palanquin with Suniti, Suruchi, and Uttama and set out to welcome Dhruva.

13 Just look at how much Grace overflowed to Dhruva when he agreed to follow the Lord’s command! Dhruva obtained immortal fame, the Lord’s constant presence within himself and the Lord’s love. Much, much more than what he originally desired. That is why it is not necessary to ask God for your desires. Just follow the Lord’s commands and His Grace will overflow, unasked.

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As Dhruva walked through the forest he looked like a luminous star. He had so much brightness! He was only five years old. Skipping and jumping, he laughed in pure joy as he ran home.

Uttanapada jumped down from his chariot and ran forward to embrace Dhruva. He lifted Dhruva in his arms and said, “Forgive my faults, son. To me you are Narayana Himself. Falling prey to attachment, I was unfair with you. I made your mother suffer in many ways.” Dhruva replied, “Who am I? Who are you? You are not the father, I am not the son. I am Narayana, you are Narayana, everything is Narayana. Where is the question of pardon?” Speaking of unity of the Atma, Dhruva melted his father’s heart. He taught Atma Vidya even to his father!

Uttanapada said, “Enough time has been wasted already. Come now.” He sat in the palanquin and took Dhruva on one thigh and Uttama on the other. In this manner they reached the kingdom full of joy and excitement. Suniti witnessed this scene. She had been away from her husband, and her son was in the forest. She had endured a lot of pain. She had spent the many months wondering, “I don’t know what sins have brought upon me this sufferingthe pain of separation from my husband and my son. Which woman can live in this manner?” This Suniti, who had been submerged in despair, could not contain her joy and excitement on this day. She also took Dhruva in her arms and played with him joyously.

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Coronation of Dhruva

Dhruva’s penance had lasted five months. He came home when he was five years and five months old. And he was crowned as the emperor when he was only six years old! Uttanapada rightly realized that for one who had realized God, it was not a big task to rule over a kingdom. (SSB 1995) During the coronation, Uttama held the royal umbrella over Dhruva’s head while Uttanapada and his wives sat on either side of him. The parents felt, “If our son, so tender and young, could achieve God’s Grace, why should we waste our time? Human life is not for enjoying wealth and comfort, but to reach God.”

Only then did Uttanapada recognize the true meaning of the term manuja (man). Manuja = Manu + Ja (born of), meaning, child of Manu 14 . After Dhruva’s coronation, that very day, his father and mothers left for Skanda Ashram to spend the remainder of their lives in solitude and meditation. (SSB 1995, 1995)

14 Man is born out of Manu. That is why he is called a ‘Manuja’ (human being). Hence, all human being must cultivate the divine feelings expounded by Manu. Emperor Manu compiled the moral code “Dharma Sastra’ and laid down the principles of Justice (nyaya), He taught that the foremost duty of a ‘manuja’ (human being) is to follow the principles of nyaya (justice) and dharma (righteousness). (Beacons of Divine Wisdom, Part 1) The law followed in every court today is based on Manu’s exposition. (SSB 1995)

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Dhruva’s Rule

Dhruva ruled for a long time very wisely and well, maintaining justice and peace. When his sojourn in the world came to an end, a celestial chariot came to take him to God's Abode. He told the charioteer that God was everywhere and so the question of taking him to God's place did not arise. (SSS Vol.28)

Dhruva told the charioteer, “Where do I need to go? Why do I need to go, when God is everywhere?” He taught the Supreme Truth even to the charioteer sent by God! “You expect me to go to God in this chariot. That is meaningless. God is here, as He is everywhere. I will merge into Him now,” he said. He sat down in the chariot and chanted Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya. The light in him merged into the Lord. (SSB 1995)

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I want each one of you to grow into a strong, steady and straight person. Your eyes should not seek evil sights; your ears should not seek evil tales; your tongue should not seek evil speech; your hands should not seek evil acts; your minds should not seek evil thoughts. Be pure and be full of Love. Help those who are in a worse condition and serve those who need your help.

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Baba

Inspiring lessons

Jihvaagre Vartate Lakshmi. Jihvaagre Mitra Baandhavaha. Jihvaagre Bandhana Praapti. Jihvaagre Maranam Dhruvam. Lakshmi,1 resides on the tip of the tongue. By the tongue are determined friends and relatives. The tongue can be the cause of bondage. The tongue can also lead to death.

With one’s speech, one can win kingdoms, wealth, and friends. One can develop relationships and even invite death with one’s speech. Words are crucial for profit and loss, repute and disrepute, joy and sorrow. When words are good, the result is good. Bad words produce bad results. Every man should discriminate between good and bad words, control his speech and use only appropriate words.

Dharma and justice are the foundations of the universe. Dharma Eva Yato Moolam, Dharma Eva Mahaatgunam there is no foundation or virtue greater than dharma. (SSB 1995)

These stories are very important for today’s students. When students listen to inspiring accounts of pure souls, their tender hearts can be transformed. There are many changes in the world

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today. Human life itself is a series of changesfrom infancy to adolescence, then to middle-age and senility. An egg becomes a bird. A seed grows into a tree. These are all effects of change. Change is necessary not just in Nature but in humans also, especially, in youth. What kind of change? Ideal transformation. To pride yourself on changing from a boy into an educated man is not ideal change. Ego is not a sign of true transformation. Education must result in the blossoming of humility and obedience. Humility is the jewel of students. Unfortunately, it cannot be found nowadays. In the days of the Bhagavatham, students developed human values, contemplated on Divinity and earned the Vision of God. (SSB 1995)

Recognise the great potentials of the child

In the tender hearts of the children, there is much potentiality of devotion and attachment to higher ideals and objectives; this can be developed and cultivated by you. Do not think that they do not know anything; that you can divert them any way you wish; this is a mistake. Recognise the great potentials of the child; adopt such methods as the child himself might suggest or indicate, Help the child to reach Godliness and become aware of its high destiny. Do not presume that the child is some inferior personality or that is incapable of attaining the heights.

The parents themselves are not competent to guide the children; they dote on them and do not know how to correct them, they have reprehensible habits and ways of life. They smoke, play cards, gamble, drink, and fight in the home; they utter falsehoods, talk scandal, boast and slander, in the presence of the

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children. How then can they lead their children on right lines? You will have to persuade such parents to mend their ways and be inspiring examples, rather than enemies and obstacles.

But parents, before you advise the see that you have no defect to which they can point their fingers! Learn the right to advise, before you venture on the mission. First, set right your own homes; see that atmosphere of the home is free from hatred, pride, slander and greed; see that Love is the fly-wheel of the home, that faith in God is the bedrock on which the relations between the members are built. (SSS Vol.12)

Give Love to God and be liberated from worry

The infinite power of Bhakti (true devotion to the Lord) must be understood by all. It contains all the six qualities, namely, Bhukthi (food), Rakthi (charm), Yukthi (knowledge of how to love all), Anurakthi (great attraction), Virakthi (cessation of desires)and Mukthi (Liberation). When from the word Bhagavaan (the Lord), the root word, 'Bhag', (relating to the Divine) is taken and combined with 'kthi', which is common in all the six qualities, it becomes Bhakthi. The story of Dhruva must teach the students the value of determination and devotion to God. (SSS Vol.28)

Every Godward step makes you shed all attachment

Every step taken towards the Lord makes you shed bit by bit all attachment to the world. How then could the gopees retain their physical awareness? Dhruva went into the forest to get from the Lord the boon of sitting on the lap of his father, a very ordinary

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wish of a plainly earthly type. But as he advanced in thapas, that wish disappeared from his mind and his mind was elevated to great spiritual heights. How can one who has tasted amritha (nectar) be eager to taste water? Or, crave for tamarind fruits after tasting kharjur (dates) and having it in his possession? Every craving will be sublimated into the higher realms of pure consciousness, the moment one enters the spiritual field. (SSS

Vol.3)

The young lad Dhruva took the reprimand of his step mother seriously and proceeded to the forest in spite of the pleadings of his mother Suniti. He did intense thapas even at tender age with steadfast determination and obtained God’s grace. Not only he secured a permanent place for himself among the constellation of stars, but his father and mother too were liberated because of him. Dhruva was really gem of boy. (Beacons of Divine Wisdom, Part 1, p. 157)

One filled with Divine Love will be fearless

The hall-mark of love is thyaaga (selfless sacrifice). Love seeks nothing from anyone. It bears no ill-will towards anyone. It is utterly selfless and pure. Failing to understand the true nature of love, man yearns for it in various ways. Love has to be cherished with feelings of selflessness and sacrifice. In what is deemed as love in the world--whether it be maternal love, brotherly love, or friendship---there is an element of selfishness.

Only God's love is totally free from the taint of selfishness. Divine love reaches out even to the remotest being. It brings

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together those who are separate. It raises man from animalism to divinity. It transforms gradually all forms of worldly love to Divine love. To experience this Divine love, men must be prepared to give up selfishness and self-interest. They must develop purity and steadfastness. With firm faith in the Divine, they must foster the love of God regardless of all obstacles and ordeals.

However, even the feeling of universal brotherliness is not the same as the experience of Ekathvam (oneness). Even in such a fraternal feeling there is an element of self-interest. Those who really wish to promote universal brotherhood should develop the consciousness of the one Spirit dwelling in all beings. Even brothers are often found engaged in mutual bickering and hatred. What is described as fraternity may not be real and unsullied love. True love should express itself in the awareness of the presence of the Divine in one and all. Names and forms may differ but the indwelling Spirit is the same in all.

Fill your hearts with love. One will be betraying himself if he entertains evil thoughts, but pretends outwardly to be full of love. No one having Divine love will ever fail to manifest it anywhere at any time. Students, who behave well during their stay in the Institute, should maintain the same behaviour wherever they may live or work after leaving the Institute. There should be no room for any outside association or circumstances to change their conduct. Love should be firmly implanted in their hearts. One filled with Divine Love will be fearless, will seek nothing from others, and will be spontaneous and selfless in expressing his love. There is no need to pray for gifts from God. God will give

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of His own accord what is good for any devotee. Did not Sabari and Jatayu get the grace of Rama even without their asking for it? God will decide what to give, when to give, and where. Hence, all actions should be dedicated to God and He should

decide what the devotee is fit to receive. When everything is left

to God out of pure love and total faith, God will take care of the

devotee. People today lack such firm faith. In the path of devotion many ordeals have to be overcome. Great devotees in the past faced such ordeals with faith and fortitude. Ultimately

they secured the grace of the Divine and experienced bliss. For example, take the case of Dhruva. He was a five-year old boy, who knew little about the affairs of the World. He acted upon the advice of Naaradha and through severe penance was able to have

a direct vision of God. His faith enabled him to secure this

experience

Bhagawan’s stirring appeal to students

A stirring appeal to students to learn the following lessons was

made by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba:

Students should learn humility and obedience and serve society.

If you have God's Grace, you can progress fearlessly in the world.

For this, faith in oneself or self-confidence is the foundation.

You should cultivate Ekaathma-bhaava or oneness of the Aathma dwelling in all beings, as taught by Prahlaadha's

example.

Students should have determination, like Dhruva, to follow the righteous godly path.

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You should follow the discipline necessary to maintain the balance in life.

Everything should be within limits, and excessive desires should be curbed.

Following examples of great devotees as a guide, you should strive as exemplary individuals leading ideal lives.

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Index

Annamaya kosa

16

Navaratri

3

Anurakthi

29

Om Namo Bhagavathe

Avatars

18

Vasudevaya

16

Bhakti

29

penance

10,

12, 13, 14, 17, 19,

Bhukthi

29

20, 24, 32

Dhruva

9,

10, 11, 12, 13, 14,

Polaris Star

 

22

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,

 

pranamaya kosa

16

22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 32, 37

Priyavrata

9

Emperor Manu

9

resolution

20, 21

Krishna

4

Suniti

10,

11, 12, 22, 23, 37

Lakshmi

4

Suruchi

10,

11, 22

manomaya kosa

16

thyaaga

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Manu

See Emperor Manu

Uttama

10, 22, 23, 24

Mukthi

29

Uttanapada9, 10, 22, 23, 24, 37

Narada

12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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