As we are about to celebrate the 10-day Dasara Festival, how should we prepare for it? Bhagawan lovingly reminds us today!
Each one of you must make your own heart a Prasanthi Nilayam. The transformation must begin from this very moment. Analyse your words, deeds, and thoughts and get rid of evil ones that harm you and others; instead cultivate sahana (fortitude), shanti (firm peace), satya (truth), etc. Now, the mind flutters about and squats on all and sundry objects in the Universe. It refuses to stay only on one idea – God. Like the fly that sits on fair and foul, but denies itself the pleasure of sitting on a hot cinder, the mind too flees from all thoughts of God. The fly will be destroyed if it sits on fire; the mind too is destroyed, when it dwells on God, for, the mind is but a pattern of desire woven with warp and woof of the same material! Desire ceases when God seizes the mind. In fact, since desire is the very stuff of which the mind is made, the mind becomes nonexistent when God completely occupies the mind, then you become free.
– Divine Discourse, Sep 26, 1965.