Honour Your Word And Promise

"Today, in the purcuit of power, men ore prepared to commit any kind of crime and to inflict any kind of harm on people to achieve their ends. Rama, on the contrary, gave up the kingdom to honour the pledge given by his father and chose to face the ordeals of life in the forest as an exile. He demonstrated to the world that one should never go back on his plighted word. Rama gave up his throne and became a denizen of the forest. In life, it is not difficulties and calamities that are important. The supreme importance of truth was what Rama wanted to hold forth to the world. One should never go back on his pledge even at the cost of one's life. Today, however, men go back on their words from moment to moment. They indulge in falsehood at every step. Promises are forgotten. How can the Rama Principle flourish in such a human environment? The Rama Principle is remote from such an atmosphere. God will be in proximity only to those persons whose thoughts, ideals and deeds are in accordance with Rama's. Rama was a man of his word. But man is the very reverse." Sai Baba, SS. 5/95, p. 115

Respect For Parents

"If you really value Rama's ideals, you should practise them. You may say that the high ideals of Rama are beyond your competence. But there is one thing, which you can do. Rama carried out the words of his father (pitru-vaakya pari-paalan). How many today respect the words of the parents? If the father asks the son, 'Son, where are you going?' He replies 'Shut up and keep quiet in your place.' Few have respect for the words of the father. There is no need to speak about the respect for the mother. Such unworthy sons are ruining the world. Mothers are shedding tears over the behaviour of such sons." Sai Baba, SS. 5/95, 118

Rama's Gratitude

"The first pronouncement which Rama made on the occasion of the coronation is remarkable. He said.' Who is it that is primarily responsible for making today's celebration possible? Hanuman was solely responsible for the successful search of the whereabouts ofSita and helping me to recover her. Hence, at the outset, I express my deep gratitude to Hanuman.' Rama then expressed his gratitude to Jataayu, who sacrificed his life in fighting against Ravana while he was carrying away Sita. Next, Rama expressed his gratitude to Sugriva, who had helped him, in organizing the search for Sita and in providing the hordes for the war on Ravana. He then expressed his gratitude to Vibhishana, who had come over to him, despite the suspicions of Rama's companions, and who had revealed to Rama many of the secrets of the enemy. Above all, there were the huge hordes of monkey, who had no direct connection with Rama or Sita, who endured many hardships and even laid down their lives for his sake and he expressed his gratitude to one and all who had helped him in the epic Rama-Ravana battle.

The supreme lesson to be leamt from the Ramayana is that one should be grateful, in all one's life, to anyone who has helped him in a crisis. Only the man who shows such gratitude can be termed a human being. The ungrateful person is a demon. The human and the demonic are not different in external appearance. It is by one's actions that one is called human, demonic or divine." Sai Baba, SS, 6/96, pp. 142 & 143