“Courage is not about being God. Courage is about not being what you should not be. Courage is to discard all that old petty things that we hold on to ourselves”
— Sri Madhusudan Naidu at ‘Tattva Sameeksha’ (October 30, 2017), Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli
Today, Swami (Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) gave interview to one of the very devoted families and He told them, “It’s the new you now. The old you is over. When you have decided to give up everything and come to God, the old one is over. It is a total new phase of life. Everything old has to be given up.” Then He gave a beautiful analogy. In old times, when disciple would go to a Guru, he will carry a handful of dry twigs and place it at Guru’s feet, which will be burnt. Why it is to be burnt? It is a symbolic representation of giving up all our past when we come to our Guru. If we have past attachments, entanglements, affairs, issues etc., they all get burnt the moment we come to the feet of the Guru. If something is not going to be helpful in our spiritual progress, we have to leave all that behind. That is where courage comes from. Courage is not about being God. Courage is about not being what you should not be. Courage is to discard all that old petty things that we hold on to ourselves as if it’s the most precious thing on earth. Swami said for relationships there is time for everything.
There is Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa. It is very clear. Indian scriptures so very well define the stages of life which is very correct. Earlier I had my own prejudiced view of these things. But now I realise it’s extremely important most of the world can follow this and still reach God very easily. It’s a very easy path than jumping from Brahmacharya to Sanyasa which is far difficult. Swami says bachelor’s life is like a unicycle whereas married life is like a bicycle. So, it’s difficult to balance in a unicycle all the time. So, there is a reason why things have to happen in a certain way and time.
But not forever… It has to be discarded off. Swami gave an example, you take an auto rickshaw and go to the bus stop. From bus stop, you go to the railway station. From railway station, you take the train and reach the next destination. Now, once you go to the bus stop, you have to give up the auto rickshaw. Once you take the train, you have to give up the bus. If you say, no, I want to keep sitting in the auto rickshaw you cannot catch your train. So certain things are useful only to reach a certain destination in our lives. After that, they have to be discarded. It’s of no use anymore. Most of the people don’t follow and till the end of their lives they are busy in Grihastha and they don’t move into the next phase at all.