Swami says about the Five points of Discipline :
1.Silence : This is the first step in sadhana; it makes the other steps easy. It promotes self-control; it lessens chances of anger, hate, malice, greed and pride. Besides, you can hear His Footsteps, only when Silence reigns in the mind.
2.Cleanliness : It is the doorway to Godliness. Inner and outer cleanliness are essential, if you desire to install God in your heart.
3.Service : Service saves you from the agony you get when another suffers; it broadens your vision, widens your awareness, deepens your compassion. All waves are on the same sea from the same sea. Seva teaches you to be firm in this knowledege.
You are not doing Seva and Service for others. You are doing it always for yourselves, to the God in you, the God who is equally present in others. Doing Seva to others in Need is the greatest Gift you can give to another person and brings you closer to the Divine. Help others and you will move a step closer to the Divine and towards Swami.
4.Love : Do not calculate or weigh the reaction, result or reward. Love calls; love responds. Love is God, Live in Love.
5.Hate-less-ness : Adweshtaa sarva bhoothaanaam (without hatred to any being). Nothing is to be looked down upon. as secondary, inferior, unimportant, or expendable. Each has its allotted role in the drama, designed by the Almighty. Do not slight, insult or injure any being, for He is in every being and your slight becomes a sacrilege.
Om Sai Ram
We are prepared to receive love from all people, but are hesitant to share our love with others. It should be a give and take policy. Love begets Love. You must also be prepared to receive love from others. Love is a gift of God. In fact, you must rise to such a level that whatever is given by God, you must be prepared to receive wholeheartedly. At times, God also gives you a bitter pill like the doctor. This is for your own good. Both happiness and sorrow are God's gifts. Nobody can comprehend His Divine Leelas.
- From Bhagawan's Discourse in May'2003 in Prasanthi Nilayam.
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