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Study Guide on the 3 P's

The Three Ps Are in Me and around Me - If You Observe Them,

You Will Be One with Me

You Can Achieve Success Only When You Have the Three Ps

With the Three Ps You Can Attain All the Human Values

Purity and Patience Automatically Make Perseverance Easy

With the Three Ps You Will Acquire Good Health, Happiness, and Bliss

You Can Achieve Anything with Purity of Heart and Peace of Mind

I do not desire anything. I have three Ps. First is purity. Second is patience. Third is perseverance. It is these three that have secured the world’s regard. No invitations were issued to those who have gathered here. Swami’s love alone attracted them all like a magnet. Some may ask why they are not attracted to Swami if that magnet is so powerful. The reason is that these persons are like rusted iron that no magnet can attract. Let them remove the rust and dust, and they will be drawn to the magnet. Their hatred and desires, their envy and greed are the rust and dust covering them.

If you cleanse yourselves of these, wherever you are, you will be mine and I will be yours. The hapless and the forlorn, wherever they may be, are the concern of Sai. Promote sacred love in your hearts. That love will not only redeem your lives but will promote the well-being of all around you. You need not offer anything except love. In Prasanthi Nilayam no offerings are permitted.

Only love is allowed entry1.

How to Secure God’s Grace

For every man two things are essential: good health and happiness. Health for the body and bliss for the spirit. With these two wings you can soar to any height. You need both things, for which you must secure God’s grace. To get God’s grace, you have to engage yourself in sacred action. Bear in mind the three Ps: purity, patience, and perseverance. With these three you are bound to acquire good health and bliss.

You may believe it or not. But the truth is that these three are responsible for my health and bliss. I am always happy. I would like to run, but there is no place where I can do so. I can lift anybody at this age. This strength is present potentially in everyone. But it is being wasted. If the energy in everyone is properly conserved, he can do anything.2

Swami’s Heart Is Pure

The three Ps, namely, purity, patience, and perseverance, are very important. Swami is ever the embodiment of purity. Whatever Swami does is always for others and never for Himself. The purity present in Swami cannot be seen anywhere else; that is how Swami’s heart is pure. It is that purity that draws people in hundreds and thousands from all over the world to Swami. No invitation is sent to people to come here, and yet they flock in such large numbers; such is the magnetism of a truly pure body.3

Whatever Swami Does Is for the Good of Others

May everyone be prosperous. Always wish everyone well. Next, may everyone be virtuous. And finally, may everyone be endowed with wisdom.

The key to these three cardinal principles, namely, well-being, virtue, and wisdom, is contained in Swami’s three Ps: purity, patience, and perseverance. In the strict pursuit of the three Ps, Swami remains unmatched in the entire world. Whatever Swami does is always for the good, welfare, joy, and comfort of others, and not for Himself. Never does Swami do anything for His personal benefit or advantage. From top to toe, there is not a trace of selfishness in Swami, and there is no place for it either. Everything that Swami does is always for you and you alone.

Start Early, Drive Slowly, Reach Safely

Embodiments of Love! Boys and Girls! It is not possible to fully understand the Divine Principle. No one can ever understand God. People may declare that they have done so, but the very next minute, they are full of doubts and confusion. Such vacillations are due to tendencies acquired over many births. Influences of the past can and do hamper spiritual progress. Hence, transformation does not come easily; it has to happen slowly but steadily. That is why Swami repeatedly says: start early, drive slowly, reach safely. Yours is the right age to make a serious start and to begin assiduous spiritual practice. Always be calm and peaceful, and do not give any scope for your purity to become contaminated. Purity and patience would automatically make perseverance quite easy.

Swami Is Ever Full of Love

Swami always addresses you as “Embodiments of Love.” Swami is ever full of love, and that is why His words too are always saturated with love. Swami expects all of you to actually become what He hails you as. You should ensure that your love does not ever become diminished or diluted under any circumstance whatsoever. If you live like that, Swami is ready to grant you whatever you want.4

The Three Essential Human Values

One has to develop three Ps to safeguard one’s humanness: purity, patience, and perseverance. These are the three essential human values. When you have purity, you will attain truth and righteousness and experience bliss by practising them. When you have patience, you will have righteous conduct and observe non-violence. When you have perseverance, you will attain all the human values. When there is love and righteousness in you, you will never resort to violence. One who has truth and peace will never feel agitated in any situation. Even if you have only one of these four human values, namely, truth, righteousness, peace, and love, you will certainly observe nonviolence. There is no need to make any special effort to develop non-violence. It is enough if you have at least one of these four human qualities.5

Develop Firm Determination

I have told the importance of three Ps: purity, patience, and perseverance. You can achieve success only when you have these three. First of all, have firm determination. Determination for what? Determination to do good, not bad. If your determination is for doing something bad, then it is only foolishness, not determination. Even at the cost of your life, be determined to do good. Child Prahlada continued to chant the name Narayana in the face of all trials and tribulations. He had no fear at all. His own father subjected him to all sorts of ordeals. Ultimately, it was his firm faith that protected him and punished his father. Therefore develop firm determination to attain the grace of God.6

The Reason for Longevity

The life span of man in the Kali Yuga (the age we are in) is very short. In the Dwapara Yuga (Age), it was much longer. At the time of the Mahabharata War, Krishna was 76 years old, Arjuna was 74 years old, and Bhishma, the commander-in-chief of the Kaurava army, was 112 years old. See! In the Dwapara Yuga, a man of 70 years was considered a young boy. But today even a 17-year-old boy is weak like an old man. What is the reason? In those days, the heart of the people was very sacred because they practised three Ps: purity, patience, and perseverance. By practising these three Ps, they remained ever young. Therefore, instead of just teaching and propagating truth and righteousness, you should put them into practice in your life.7

How Is Purity to Be Achieved?

If every person observes three things, he will be one with Swami. You will experience the Divine in you. As the following three are in Me, I can declare firmly about them. They are three Ps: purity, patience, and perseverance. These three are in Me and around Me. Anyone with these three qualities will be unafraid wherever he may be.

The most important quality is purity. Today everything is polluted. Water, air, and all five elements are polluted. As a result, the mind of man is also polluted. How is purity to be achieved? Fill your minds with thoughts of God, dedicate all your actions to God, and consider God as the inner motivator. Contemplation of God is not a matter for derision. You need have no fear on that account. You must have full faith in God, who is the universal sustainer. He is the protector, but not the punisher. The punishment you receive is the consequence of your own actions. Therefore chanting the name of God, singing devotional songs, and performing good deeds, engage yourselves in service of your fellow beings. Nourish love in your hearts. Love will drive away all bad thoughts. It will promote the spirit of forgiveness. 8

Troubles and Turmoil Are Temporary

Today there is pollution in everything such as the air we breathe, the water we drink, the sounds that are jarring to the ears, and the food we consume. Because of this all-around pollution, man’s health is affected. Apart from this, man’s mind is also polluted, making him susceptible to diseases.

Man should make an earnest endeavor to lead a serene and pure life. He should realise the truth that troubles and turmoil are temporary, like passing clouds. There is no scope for agitations to arise if one realises this truth. One who realises this truth will not allow his mind to be swayed by the passions of anger, cruelty, etc. Passions yield only temporary satisfaction, but cause serious emotional disturbances. Hence it is imperative on the part of man not to yield to any unbecoming passions while taking food. The observance of the three Ps, namely, purity, patience, and perseverance, vouchsafes permanent happiness and good health free from diseases.

Lack of Contentment Is the Cause of Worry

It is not only unbridled passion that damages the health of man. Living on ill-gotten money also causes ill health to some extent. Living on earnings obtained by unjust means causes many unknown diseases to take root in us. It is said:

As is the food, so is the mind;

As is the mind, so are the thoughts;

As are the thoughts, so is the conduct;

As is the conduct, so is the health.

Man today is a victim of worry. What is the cause of this worry? Lack of contentment is the cause. The rich man is not contented in spite of the accumulation of wealth. Worry causes hurry, and both together bring about ill health. So, worry, hurry, and curry (fatty foods) are the root causes of cardiac ailments.9

Follow Three Tenets

Students here expressed their wonder as to how Swami looks young and is energetic. Really the reason for this is the imbibing of the three Ps by Me, namely, purity, patience, and perseverance. If you follow these three tenets, you will not be afflicted by any disease.10

I Only Ask for Pure Love

Today, most people lack purity. Whether you believe it or not, I must tell you that there is no trace of self-interest in me. I am keen to do something or other for this or that person, but I have no concern about myself. Develop this attitude, and you will experience your Divinity.

So far, I have not stretched my hand to seek anything from anyone. I ask for only one thing: pure love. That is God. Only the love of God is true love. All others are merely different forms of attachment. There is no greater achievement or ideal than love of God. Dedicate every action to God. Work will be transformed into worship. Whether people believe it or not, it is a fact that I have never known what it is to worry.11

Beauty Is Not Related to the Body

If you develop three virtues (purity, patience, and perseverance), you too will remain young and energetic always. Beauty is not related to the body; it originates from character and purity. Do not indulge in slander and jealousy. Do not censure anybody. If you find a mistake in others, try to correct them lovingly.

Spirituality does not mean giving up everything and leading the life of a recluse. One should always be cheerful and have good thoughts. Never put on a castor-oil face. Let your face be with a smile always. Happiness is union with God. One who is in constant communion with God will always be cheerful and blissful. One should be cheerful even in the face of adversities.12

Peace Is Assured with a Pure Heart

How is tranquility to be secured? When the heart is pure, peace is assured. Without purity of the heart, peace is unattainable. Even if one appears to be at peace, it is only a pretence. When one has both purity of heart and peace of mind, one can achieve anything.13

References

1. Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume XXIX, Chapter 52: Fill Your Hearts with Love.
2. Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume XXVIII, Chapter 16: Health, Diet, and Divinity.
3. Summer Showers in Brindavan 2000, Chapter 5: Subtle Is the Lord.
4. Summer Showers in Brindavan 2000, Chapter 5: Subtle Is the Lord.
5. Namasmarana Is the Greatest Sadhana in the Kali Yuga. Divine Discourse in Prasanthi Nilayam on July 12, 1996.
6. Develop Your Faith with Love for God. Divine Discourse in Prasanthi Nilayam on July 20, 1996.
7. Sathya and Dharma Are Natural Attributes of Man. Divine Discourse in Prasanthi Nilayam on July 24, 1996.
8. Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume XXVI, Chapter 36: Purity, Patience, Perseverance: Steps to Divinity.
9. Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume XXVII, Chapter 3: Food, the Heart, and the Mind.
10. Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume XXVII, Chapter 6: Start Propagation in Primary School.
11. Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume XXVIII, Chapter 29: Render unto the People What Is Theirs.
12. Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 33, Chapter 7: Sanctify Your Life by Sacred Actions.
13. Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume XXVIII, Chapter 26: Hanuman: the Ideal for Mankind.