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Glossary: here the words are collected that in the
Vahinis at this site are explained by Sai Baba, complemented with
glossaries from Bhagavad Gîtâ and S'rîmad
- False Ego (or ahankâra): the mistaken notion that
one is the absolute master, the supreme owner and rightful enjoyer of
all worldly pleasures, as a consequence of which the soul identifies
with the material body.
- The 'knot' binding together soul and body, and everything connected
thereto (appearance, nationality, race, family, religious denomination,
joy and grief etc.).
- Identifying with the body, holding the body for the true self.
- A symptom of bewilderment.
- A source of being bound to matter.
- Seat of fear and neurosis, viz. to have an ineffective spirit (see
- Faults, six: The six faults are overeating, attachment to
material things, inability to follow regulative principles, sense
gratification, useless idle talk, and impure habits. [see also: six passions]
the mirror of the mind is soiled, it cannot perceive anything
true state. This is the reason why man is unable to recognise his own
true nature. Hence it is necessary to cleanse the mirror of impurities
on it. How is this to be done? By regulating one's food and
recreational habits. It is important to ensure that the food that is
eaten is obtained by righteous means. Many of the ills which people
suffer today are due to the fact that the things they consume have been
got by unrighteous means. So to purify your mind the first prerequisite
is pure food. But it may not always be possible to ensure purity in
every meal, in every respect and at all times. To overcome this
difficulty, make an offering of your meal to God and accept it as a
gift from God. Before eating, when food is offered to God, it becomes
Prasada (gift from God). All impurities in the
food are thereby
removed. This helps the process of cleansing the mind. This practice
must be kept up continuously." - – Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Divine
Discourse, May 25, 1990.