Below excerpts said and written by Madhusudan Naidu on 15 October 2018 at Muddenahalli
“One good news may transform someone’s life. somebody may get inspired by it. somebody may take to that path”
— Sri Madhusudan Naidu at ‘Tatva Sameeksha’ (October 30, 2017), Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba once said, “Ego that comes from doing Seva is far more difficult to get rid of than the ego that comes from not doing Seva.” You understand the subtlety of it? If you are not a good person, you have a certain ego. But if you think you are a good person, that ego is far difficult to get rid of. I am superior than most. Look at these people, they don’t do any Seva or Bhajan. I am superior, a better person. That is far stickier. It is very difficult to get rid of. Publicity and praise, rewards and awards can bring that ego. Not everyone can handle it. Not everybody can handle popularity and praise because it requires tremendous amount of substance in a person. At the same time, awareness is important. Swami told once, All the newspapers carry only negative news. One good news may transform someone’s life. Somebody may get inspired by it. Somebody may take to that path. There are people who are doing things like this? I also would like to join them. Informing about the good that you are doing, if it is with only and only motive of letting more people know about this inspiration that you have derived. For example, if somebody had not come and told about Sai Baba and what He has done, I wouldn’t have been probably here. If we don’t inform people in rural areas about our schools (Sri Sathya Sai Institutions), many would not know. Many won’t realise that such a school exists. It is our duty to keep people informed, especially those who need to be informed. At the same time, we should have the ability to handle this praise, although at the same time handle the blame also! We should have that equanimity. In our case, it becomes even more easy. Because over the last five years, we realise that none of us are capable of doing what we have done. It is only Swami who has done it. When we go and tell others, with great understanding we tell that it is Swami who is doing this. I don’t mind going to the streets and shouting that Swami is doing this. Because, He can handle that praise. I met a person who drives a pickup truck carrying goods who was on the verge of selling his truck for the heart operation of his child, but luckily, he read an article about our hospital (Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital) in the newspaper and came here. It is important for the positivity to be spread. But for us, we have to be very clear why we are doing it. Not for self-gratification or advertisement or publicity. We are doing it so more people will get to know and be benefited and many more will get involved. With that motive it is alright.