As we all begin to visit Prasanthi Nilayam, what should the divine abode inspire in us? Bhagawan reminds us by taking the Prasanthi Flag that He would hoist in the yesteryears, as a symbol.
I am now hoisting Prasanthi Flag in Prasanthi Nilayam. The flag is a sign that is significant for each one of you. It is a reminder of your duty to yourself, and so, when I hoist it on this building, you must unfurl it in your own hearts. It reminds you to overcome the urge of low desires, of anger and hate when your desires are thwarted; it exhorts you to expand your heart so that you embrace all humanity and all life and all creation in its compass; it directs you to quieten your impulses and calmly meditate on your own inner reality. It assures you that, when you do so, the lotus of your heart will bloom, and from its centre will arise the flame of divine vision, which guarantees Prasanthi (infinite peace). I must also tell you of certain preliminary disciplines you must practice when you are here; the three disciplines of silence, cleanliness and forbearance. In silence you can hear the voice of God, not in the revelry of noise. Through cleanliness you earn purity. By forbearance, you cultivate love.
– Divine Discourse, Nov 23, 1968.
To cross the ocean of life, the only reliable raft is a heart filled with the Love for God and Man. – BABA