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Sampoojya Swami Poornamritananda Puri spoke to the Amrita fraternity during Campus Day celebrations at Amritapuri on April 27, 2012.
The thousands of students enrolled in various programs offered by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham at this campus sat in pin-drop silence as they listened to Swamiji’s powerful words.
Amma’s knowledge is not coming out of her intelligence; it is coming from intuition or the Cosmic Intelligence.
When some French movie makers came to the ashram for making a movie about Amma, they went to the teachers who taught Amma during her school days. They wanted to know what was special about Amma, when she was studying. Was she was a special child? Many teachers recalled that Amma had the habit of accepting the punishment on behalf of other students, who might have done some mischief.
Before the mischief-makers could own up, Amma would usually say that she committed the mistake and happily accept the punishment.
Amma says that to enjoy life, we should be able to invoke our divine nature. In the olden days, in the gurukula system of education, when the student was sent to the gurukula, the teacher gave the first teaching. Matru Devo Bhava. Imagine your mother as God. Try to see goodness in your mom. Pitro Devo Bhava. Try to see goodness in your father. Acharya Devo Bhava. Try to see goodness in your teacher. Atithi Devo Bhava. Try to see goodness in a person who comes to your house, even without an invitation.
Gradually try to see goodness everywhere. When you have the purity of mind to see goodness everywhere, you will reach the divine state.
Before giving intellectual education in those days, this kind of knowledge was given to invoke the divine nature. Unless knowledge is given to a pure heart, it can be misused. Purity of our heart is much more important than our intelligence.
Intelligence alone is not enough in our lives, we need intuition.
We are supposed to do good and selfless actions. That is why Amma says, “take minimum and give maximum.”
Whatever is natural is beautiful. When we become closer to nature, we become more and more innocent. In the olden days, education was imparted in such a way that one could become closer to nature.
In today’s world, we have lost our connection with the sand, the earth, Mother Nature. We have become like machines, like robots. Robots can do some work even better than human beings can. But they cannot give love. Amma says that the world today is filled with intelligent robots, not loving human beings.
Human beings have become like robots.
If you try to give, more will come to you. If you try to love everyone, more and more love will come to you. Blessings will come to you.
Life will become a celebration, you will enjoy every moment of your life. Through purity, through innocence. May Amma bless all of you to attain the Supreme state. Om Namah Shivaya!
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