Sai's Message

Thus spake the Lord

  • Swami is reflected in a pure and equanimous mind. For example, if you want to see the reflection of the sky in a lake, two conditions have to be met. First, the water should be pure; because in muddy water, you will not be able to see even your own reflection. Second, water should be still and calm. Otherwise disturbed water with ripples will pervert the reflection of sky.”
  • “Everyone in this world has four types of bodies – Sthoola Shareera – the physical body; Sookshma Shareera – the subtle body; Ati Sookshma Shareera – the higher subtle body; and Para Sookshma Shareera – the omnipresent super subtle body. Sthoola Shareera is the physical body which anyone can see. Right now, I am not in my physical body, but in the Sookshma Shareera (subtle body) which is beyond the physical. In My Sookshma Shareera, I can move to any part of the world without taking any time. In My Ati Sookshma Shareera, I enter the dreams and meditations of people and guide them. In Para Sookshma Shareera, I am present in every atom. At this point of time, you are in your physical body and if you are in a room, you cannot see what is outside, since there is a wall in between. But Sookshma Shareera is not bound by desha, Kala and paristhiti (space, time and circumstances) and therefore cannot be seen with physical eyes”
  • “Though butter is present in the milk, one cannot see it. To make it visible, milk must be boiled, curdled and churned. Thus, to manifest butter physically, the milk must undergo a process of refinement (PariShuddhi). Swami has always existed. He exists now and will continue to exist in future. He takes various forms just like the water vapour transforms into water and further transforms into ice. The divinity materialises in various forms so that man can touch, feel and experience it.”
  • “Earlier, I was in the Physical Body. Now, I am in the Subtle Body. It was easy to believe when I was in the Physical Body. Now it requires greater purity to perceive and believe Me in the Subtle Body. Here is an example: when children are in the First Standard, the teacher tells them, ‘The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.’ The children believe it, and they can also see it happening every morning and evening. This makes it easy to believe what their teacher says. When the same children go to the Sixth Standard, their teacher tells them, ‘The sun neither rises nor sets. The sun is stationary and the Earth rotates on its own axis and revolves round the sun, which causes day and night to occur.’ The children will believe that also, even though they cannot see what the teacher says. You believed Me when I was in the physical body; then you were in the First Standard. Now, you have to grow up to the level of the Sixth Standard students to believe in Me in the Subtle Body.”
  • “In the next ten years, many important events will take place all over the world. Swami will manifest Himself in many ways in many places, simultaneously. This is happening right now. All around the globe, there are people who are experiencing Swami. Not outside, but within. The days of interview are over. It is time now for the inner view! It is time now for the inner net, not internet. As long as you have purity of heart, you can always feel My presence.
  • “The proof of divinity is the joy in your heart. The proof of rain is the wetness of the soil. When the soil is wet, you know that it must have rained. When the heart is filled with love and joy, then you know that God is very much there. Tears of Joy well up in your eyes when you feel the presence of Divinity. A dry heart and dry mind full of logic will never be able to experience that. You need the right instrument for the right dish to eat. Is it possible to eat daal with fork? It is not possible. You need a spoon to eat daal. Similarly, the mind is not the instrument to understand Divinity. It is in the pure heart that the reflection of God can bee seen.”
  • Someone asked this in a Q&A session – “Swami why is it that you are seen only to a select few and not others”. He replied- “For 85 years I undertook the task of teaching you all the simple rules of life, some followed but a large majority forgot the message and got stuck to the form. Now I have the supreme task of making sure that each one of you follow my message. If each one of you start following my message then I will manifest in front of you”.
  • Answering another question –  “Where do these schools and hospitals fit in in this process of making man a divine being?”  Swami said “I am spending crores of rupees on these institutions not to spread education or heal people, its just to give you all an opportunity to come and light the lamps of love and spread that light to a thousand other lamps.”
  • My mission is not just education. Mission is transformation. The students and teachers should remember that we have to learn here not only Apara Vidya – material education, but also Para Vidya – spiritual education, which grants Self Realisation.
  • When someone asked ” Which mantra will help us calm our minds and get closer to God?”. Swami replied ” This is not Dr Pillay’s clinic, where I can give you a tablet for you to swallow and make you healthy! I have never given mantras and will never do so. Seva (service) and Prema (love) are like the two wings of a bird, which can help it to fly high. Similarly, these two can help you spiritually by purifying and calming your mind and take you closer to God.
  • “If one spits at the sky, the spit will fall on his own face and nothing will happen to the sky. I am untouched by praise or blame; or by pleasure and pain; because, I am beyond all attributes!”

– Quotes from Subtle Body Discourses published in book form as “Sri Sathya Sai Uvacha‘ by Sri Sathya Sai Premamruta Prakashana, Mandya, Karnataka India

Ancient Vedic Hymns Describe various aspects of Divinity



“WHEN Sri Krishna declared in the Gita that the Lord descends as Avatar to punish the wicked and protect the good, it does not mean that the Avatars purpose is to destroy evil-doers. Evil refers to bad thoughts. These thoughts are in everyone. It is these that have to be destroyed. Dharma is Divinity Itself. The Vedas seek to promote good thoughts; eliminate ideas of evil, and help mankind to lead the good life. Hence they have to be cherished and fostered. If the injunctions given in the Vedas and Sastras are followed by mankind, they will be freed from affliction. Most of our troubles have arisen because we have forgotten the Vedas. The earth has always had the power of attraction. But the scientist Newton carried out experiments and discovered the earth’s gravitational pull. The earth had the power of attraction before Newton’s discovery. Likewise, the Vedic sages had carried out spiritual explorations on the basis of the Vedas. Because their findings were made known in Bharat, it cannot be said that the Vedas are not to be found anywhere else. The Vedas encompass the whole world and are immanent everywhere.

Bharatiyas cannot deny the truth about gravitation merely because a foreigner like Newton discovered it. Similarly others outside India cannot deny the validity of the Vedas because the Bharatiyas discovered their truth.

Decline of respect for Vedas in India

As a matter of fact, many in other countries revere the Vedas. Max Mueller made a thorough study of the origin and content of the Vedas and wrote tomes about them. He studied the Vedas diligently to understand the meanings of the hymns. He devoted a lifetime to these studies. From “Max Mueller” he became known as “Mokshamula.” The tragedy of the present situation in India is that Bharatiyas do not esteem the Vedas as highly as the foreigners. Destitution in India has grown with the decline of respect for the Vedas, which had been the fountain-source of its prosperity. The Brahmanas as a class must be held responsible for the decline of the Vedas. If they had cared to protect the Vedas in the proper way, the nation would not have fallen on evil days. At least now, they should open their eyes and try to promote the study of the Vedas on proper lines. In the Sai Educational Institutions students from the primary classes to the Ph.D. level are studying Vedas. Students are being given the encouragement they deserve. It is because students in most of the other educational institutions are allowed to go astray that the nation is plunged in confusion and chaos. People tend to speak in one way and act differently. It is this dichotomy that has resulted in the public disregard for the Vedas. If those in responsible positions do not live up to their words, how can the people have faith in them?

Be fearless in propagating Vedas

Embodiments of Divine Love! Every individual should take a pledge to nourish the Vedas on right lines. The welfare of the nation and the prosperity of the world are dependent on the Vedas. Within another ten or twenty year, even the few who possess the Vedic knowledge may not remain. Hence there is urgent need to take concerted measures to provide the resources and the encouragement for the propagation of the Vedic studies. The Vedas are not to be used as a means of earning a livelihood. The Vedas are a means of establishing a link with the Divine. They are not to be used for entertaining the public. Those who have studied the Vedas must dedicate their lives to promote the Vedas. Only then would they be serving the cause of restoring the glory of Bharat’s ancient heritage. Today all the ceremonies prescribed by the Vedas are being given up. Most people are engaged in meaningless superstitions. How many are adhering to the injunctions of the Vedas? People must be prepared to adhere to them even at the cost of their lives. The Vedas must be considered as their life itself. Only those who have this determination and conviction are competent to propagate the Vedas.

Be fearless in propagating the Vedas among the people. When you are proclaiming the Truth, why have any fear? Only those who preach falsehood have to be afraid. Is your life in danger? What if life goes? There is nothing nobler than giving up one’s life in defence of the Vedas.

It is in such a spirit of dauntless determination that you should undertake revival of Vedic knowledge. You must practise what you profess and then impart the knowledge to others.

Vedas pervade everything

Every human being must revere the Vedas. It is the very foundation of life. Every act of daily life has its roots in the Vedas. Whether everyone knows this or not, the Vedas pervade everything. In the yajna, Sri Narayana himself appears as the embodiment of Veda Yajna is the manifestation of Narayana. Yajna means Thyaga (sacrifice). Sacrifice really means giving up all bad thoughts, egoism, evil qualities, impure desires and wrong actions. Only then will the vision of the Divine be experienced. In an empty mind, you can put anything. But how do you empty a brain that is filled with all kinds of rubbish? And without emptying it, how can you find place for pure thoughts? Your hearts are filled with all kinds of feelings. How can you fill them with the nectar of the Vedas? Everyone must regard it as his foremost duty to work for the revival of the Vedas and live the Vedic way of life.”

-Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba, Discourse at Poornachandra Auditorium,Prashanthi Nilayam on 28-9-1987.


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Sai Vrinda


Sri Sathya Sai Vrinda, created under the auspices of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, is an amalgamation of several complementary Vrindas or groups, to bring together like minded individuals who wish to engage in selfless service. The five Vrindas – Yuva Vrinda, Seva Vrinda, Vishwa Vrinda, Veda Vrinda and Vaidya Vrinda are conceived for members from all communities and age-groups to actively participate in service activities wherever they may be located.

Yuva Vrinda comprises of volunteers residing in India under the age of 35 years, while those above 35 are to be part of Seva Vrinda. Like the name suggests, Veda Vrinda promotes and encourages the chanting of Vedas around the globe irrespective of religion, country or gender and helps people comprehend the underlying broader interpretation of the Vedic mantras. Vishwa Vrinda is the umbrella under which volunteers from overseas undertake service activities to benefit the society. And Vaidya Vrinda is a platform for all healthcare professionals to come together to serve the needy who cannot afford the escalating healthcare costs.

The purpose of this website is to act as an enabler of service, pointing those that wish to participate in service (seva) to the opportunities available in their respective groups. One can even be part of upcoming events at Muddenahalli by signing up as a volunteer. Also chronicled on this site are experiences of devotees of Bhagawan who have been inspired by Him in various ways. Regular updates about the happenings at Muddenahalli will be featured here as well.

This website (SRI SATHYA SAI VRINDA) has been in built in accordance with guidance from Bhagawan Baba and will always be a resource for inspiration as directed by Him.

The exhortation of the Upanishads:

This Sadhana of Service should not be polluted by the spirit of competition among the sadhaks or even by dejection when obstacles loom large. God’s grace will certainly be your support when you are on the march together to reveal the Atmic spring of strength, to people suffering from weakness. “Together”! That is the key to success. The Upanishads also teach the same lesson. Saha naa vavathu; Saha nau bhunakthu; Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai. In other words, the exhortation of the Upanishad is:

Together, all together, we shall toil and travel;
Together, all together, we shall steadily grow.
Together, all together, we shall feed and foster
Fortune and friendship, full vigour and virtue.
Together, all together, the knowledge we have gained
We shall brighten, and brighten, till it enlightens all.
Together, all together, we shall share as friends
The fortune we have earned, the vision and thrill.
Together, all together, we shall acclaim Peace
Till we raise its praise into worshipful deeds.
Together, all together, we shall intone the Pranava
OM, OM, OM, OM–we shall together sing.

You have in you both the talent and the desire to uplift your fellow men. This country needs your service urgently today. God welcomed the urge to manifest the Cosmos. Ekoham Bahusyaam (I am One; I shall become Many), He said to Himself. You must also feel the need to blossom and expand. Derive Ananda in the process, ‘possess it and share it, in order to increase it. The Upanishads proclaim the message of courage, of strength. Give up the idea that you are weak and helpless. ‘Na Ayam Atma balaheenena labhyah’ (The Atma cannot be gained by the weak). Believe that you have in you the strength and skill you need. Those who can sing Bhajans (spiritual chorus) can, as a beginning, lead villagers in Nagara Sankirtan (street singing of spirituals) and teach them to sing in groups. Those who can speak on spiritual topics can gather the people, when they have returned from the fields, and explain to them, in simple language the mystery of God, Nature and Man. Persuade them to give up habits that undermine their health and peace. Promote in them the qualities of mutual aid, truthfulness and non-violence.

– Valedictory discourse at Akhila Andhra Saadhu Parishath on 4-1-1987

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Watch - A worthy reminder

WATCH – a Worthy Reminder

The Heart Reminds Us of Nonviolence:

Today, every one wears a wrist watch; the watches are of many varieties of shape, size and cost; the straps too are of different materials and monetary value. They tell us the time; they also serve as a decoration and an ornament. When they first came into the village of Puttaparthi, they created commotion and wonder. I was then nine years old. I wrote a limerick on the wearers of the strange contraption and on the leather strip round the wrists. Now, the watch has become a part of every wrist. Only, the wearer has not learnt the message of the watch, its potential to arouse the latent divinity in man. The name, WATCH, has five letters! The mantra that leads the sadhaka to God (Shiva) – Namah-Shiva-ya has five syllables.

Watch - the constant reminder

Watch – the constant reminder

WATCH is as much a pancha – akshari (five-lettered) mantra as Namah Sivaya, and, If meditated upon, is as meaningful and momentous.

W Stands for Word: The first letter reminds us of the sadhana (spiritual practice) of watching the Word. One should not revel in idle gossip, or spreading slander and scandal and wound others and pollute oneself. Examine the word before the tongue pronounces it; Is it true, will it hurt, is it necessary? Warn the tongue against relishing falsehood, or indulging in outbursts of vilification and the like. Adhere to Truth, at all costs; It is the basic human value.

A Stands For Action: The second letter reminds us of the additional sadhana of watching, Action. Be vigilant that every activity conduces to your moral progress, to the welfare of society, that is to say, follows the moral code, dharma. Dharma also means innate nature. Fire must spread warmth and light and also burn. These are its dharma. Without them, it is but coal. Sugar without the sweet taste is but paltry powder. A rose without fragrance might as well be a plastic substitute. Man’s dharma is to love and serve fellowmen, practising truth without causing injury to others. ‘A’ teaches us to manifest dharma in every action of ours. Dharma is another great human value.

T Stands for Thoughts: The third letter ‘T’ indicates an additional sadhana, a third one watching our Thoughts. While adhering to the earlier two, one trains the mind not to react vehemently or vengefully when one is blamed or extolled. Why should one worry if the blame has no basis? Thoughts must reinforce the innate peace and tranquillity which are one’s heritage. They should not create anxiety or anger, arrogance or envy, which are alien to the Divine Core of human beings. Thoughts, when watched and warned, promote shanthi, (peace) another precious human value. Shanthi is the jewel won by the sages. It resides in hearts free from pride and, greed.

C Stands for Character: The fourth letter of the Panchakshari teaches one to watch the Character. Character is three- quarters of life. The sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) has to direct himself to the acquisition of the three values already mentioned, through steady vigilance. Man is the very embodiment of Love; His character finds expression through character saturated with Love. A life without Love is really living death. Every thought, word and deed must emanate from Love. Love must bind the community as one; It must strengthen the feeling of brotherhood and satisfy the craving for expansion. Love must reach out to all mankind and to God. When such a steady selfless character is absent in man, he is a lampless home, a barren cow, a runaway kite drifting helplessly down, a counterfeit coin. Is he observing Truth? Is he virtuous? Has he serenity? Does love motivate him for every action? These are the tests.

H Stands for Heart: The fifth letter ‘H’ instructs us to watch the Heart and the feelings it originates. It reminds us of the human value of ahimsa (Nonviolence). Heart does not mean the fist-size physical equipment we have to purify and pump blood. It is the centre of emotions, good and bad. It has to be watched, so that good emotions alone are manifested. It must expand to include all living beings to feel kinship with all creation. “My reality is the reality of all” – this truth must be ever springing forth. Then, the idea of violence can never find place in the heart. The sense of unity cannot produce competition and confrontation. The fifth human value Ahimsa – is promoted by the sadhana indicated by the letter H.

For want of these five human values, mankind is in the throes of distress and disaster. The morning newspaper is full of murder, massacre, arson and dacoit activities. The brain and the mind have been polluted to a dangerous extent. Education aims only at providing information and promoting skills. It has not tackled the problem of moral degeneration, of the sublimation of low desires, of sense control and the development of spiritual insight. Man is converting himself into a brute with a human form. Vali, the monkey, is said to have argued that Rama wounded it with his mortal arrow, in spite of the fact that the sin it had committed was pardonable and even proper among monkeys. But Rama replied that Vali was only a monkey in appearance; it knew both right and wrong, and so deserved punishment. Man, today, is a beast in human garb. When he develops and demonstrates human values, he would have to discard’ the beast in him and become man, the pilgrim to God. Contemplation on the watch is the best means for achieving this end. The watch will teach sathyam (Truth). It warns against evil, and alerts you to be good, Sivam. It is worn as a jewel so it is Sundaram, too, besides being a teacher and reminder of human values. The watch is the symbol of Time. We are powerless before time but time’s Creator and Director can be won and attained by the wise use of time. Instructing others on this inner meaning of the Watch and the Panchakshari Mantra derivable from the five letters WATCH are not enough to fulfill your duty. The watch advises you to watch yourself whether you have the credentials to teach. A hundred eyes will be watching every word and deed of yours to discover whether you have mastered the human values and whether you are practising them. Most important of all, God, the Universal Watcher, is witnessing and weighing your every thought, word and deed. The God in you examines and judges and you are able to acquire self-satisfaction through sincerity and serenity. Prove your humanity by the practice of the values which are the unique qualities of man.

– Sathya Sai Baba Discourse, 07/03/1986, Prashanthi Nilayam

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Sathyam Shivam Sundaram Anandam

The divine saga continues…

Love In Action

Swami’s visit to Mudenahalli (as narrated by Shri Narasimha Murthi under Divine Instruction’s)

Prema Swaroop Narayan

NM: I would like to share with you some of the instructions Swami gave me in my dream in Brahmi Muhoortam on last Sunday, July, 10, 2011.

First Swami extends welcome to students and staff of Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Muddenahalli Campus and other dignitaries.  He gave me many instructions; some of them are very personal. I will share with you the ones that are relevant not only to you but to all the devotees around the world.

NM: Bhagavan had said on an earlier occasion

I have three forms, one is gross form which confines to the Mandir I physically reside in, second is the subtle form in which I pervade the entire ashram area I reside in (He meant the Prashanthi Nilayam Ashram) and the third is causal form by which I pervade the entire…

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Sai Trinity

Shirdi Sai BabaWhen Shirdi Baba arrived with a wedding party along with Chandhubhai to Shirdi for the first time, Mhalaspathi saw the fakir getting down from a cart and went to him and said: “Aayiye, Baba! Aayiye Sai!” (Come, Baba! Come Sai!) The name “Sai” was given by Mhalaspathi. Till then, no one had conferred a name on him. “Sai” name could have its origin in Persian Language, coming from the Sufi tradition. The term Baba is an endearing term, common in the north and used for accosting an elderly person, father or a Guru. The term, Sai Baba became familiar perhaps only during the days of Shirdi Sai Baba. Sathya Sai Baba gives the true meaning of Sai as mother and Baba as Father and Sai Baba meaning the universal mother and father combined in one.

Once Shirdi Sai Baba was summoned to testify before a Magistrate’s court when a thief said that the stolen goods were given to him by Sai Baba. Many devotees felt that it was not proper to ask Sai Baba to appear in person to give the testimony in the court in Dhulia. The court agreed to their request and sent a first class magistrate to record the testimony of Shirdi Sai baba in Shirdi itself.

Commissioner : Your Name
Sai Baba : All call me by the name of Sai Baba
Commissioner : Your father’s name?
Sai Baba : His name was also Sai Baba
Commissioner : Your Guru’s name?
Sai Baba : Venkusa
Commissioner : Your religion?
Sai Baba : The religion of Kabir
Commissioner : Your age?
Sai Baba : Millions of years
Commissioner : You take oath that you will tell the truth only
Sai Baba : I never told any lies before and I shall never tell lies in future also
Commissioner : Do you know the accused?
Sai Baba : There are none whom I do not know
Commissioner : The accused says that he is your devotee and he knows you.
Sai Baba : I am with all and all are mine.
Commissioner : Did you give those articles to the accused?
Sai Baba : In this world, whoever wants anything, I give them
Commissioner : What kind of right do you have over the articles given to him?
Sai Baba : Everything in this world is mine. There is nothing which does    not belong to me.
Commissioner : This is a matter of serious nature involving theft. The accused says that you have given him these articles
Sai Baba : What is all this fuss? I have no connection with this affair

The court later found that accused has never visited the village and all his claims of receiving stolen goods from Shirdi Sai Baba were false. It is interesting to reflect on some the answers Shirdi Sai Baba gave to the routine questions asked by the Court Commissioner. Shirdi Sai claimed his age as millions of years and his religion as Kabir Panth. Kabir means ‘the great’ and it is the 37th name of Allah in Islam.

Kabir (c.1440 – c.1518) was a mystical poet and a Saint who sang about God and spirituality in simple to understand poems called as Doha’s (couplets). He eschewed any orthodox definition of God and was quick to condemn both Hindus and Muslims for not understanding their own holy scriptures. While many historians are not sure about Kabir’s origins, it is widely believed that he was born in a Hindu family; however adopted and raised by a Muslim childless couple, Niru and Nima who were weavers by trade.Kabir Doha

Kabir’s sayings are very similar to those of Jalaluddin Rumi , another mystical poet of Sufi tradition. The Sufis believe that all existence and all religions were one, merely different manifestations of the same divine reality. What was important was not the empty external ritual of the mosque or temple, but simply to understand that divinity can best be reached through the gateway of the human heart – that we all have paradise within us, if we know where to look. The central concept in Sufism is ‘love’. Sufis believe that, love is a projection of the essence of God to the universe. God desires to recognize beauty, and as if one looks at a mirror to see oneself, God ‘looks’ at itself within the dynamics of nature. Since everything is a reflection of God, the school of Sufism practices to see the beauty inside the apparent ugly, and to open arms even to sinners. This infinite tolerance is expressed in the most beautiful way by Rumi: ‘Come, come, whoever you are. Worshiper, Wanderer, Lover of Leaving; ours is not a caravan of despair. Though you have broken your vows a thousand times…Come, come again, Come.’Sufi Tradition Rumi

Sufism with its Holy Men and visions, healings and miracles, and its emphasis on the individual’s search for direct knowledge of the divine, has remarkable similarities to Hinduism, and historically the Sufis acted as a bridge between the two religions. One of the greatest Sufis Ibn Arabi, who lived more than 700 years ago expresses the universal spirit of the journey: “My heart has become capable of every form: It is a pasture for gazelles And a convent for Christian monks And a temple for idols And the pilgrim’s Ka’ba And the tables of the Torah And the book of the Koran. I follow the religion of love: Whatever way Love’s camels take, That is my religion and my faith’” 

Shirdi Sai Baba’s lesson to MuslimsGod is present in all beings

A controversy arose among the local people as to whether Baba was a Muslim or a Hindu. At one time he used to say: “Allah Malik! Allah Malik!” At other times, he would say “Dattatreya Malik”! Whenever he shouted “Allah Malik!” Muslims used to come to him in the masjid. His appearance was very much like that of a Muslim. Hence, many Muslims used to come to him. Hindus also used to come and offer incense to him. The Muslims did not approve of what the Hindus were doing. The Hindus did not like the way Muslims revered Baba. Consequently, bitterness developed between the two communities. One day, Mhalaspathi was sitting near Baba and doing some service to him. Mhalaspathi was the priest in the Khandoba temple. The Muslims, who were opposed to the presence of a Hindu priest near Baba, came with sticks and beat up Mhalaspathi. At every stroke, Mhalaspathi cried out: “Baba!” “Baba!” Each time he shouted the name of Baba, the blow was borne by Baba. Mhalaspathi fell to the ground. Baba came out. Muslims had great reverence for Baba. Baba roared at the Muslim crowd; “Saithan! On the one side you worship me and on the other you beat me. Is this your devotion?” Baba was bleeding all over the body. The Muslims saw it and asked Baba who had beaten him. “Did you not beat me? Did you not beat me?” said Baba pointing to several men in the crowd. They said: “We did not come near you at all. We only beat Mhalaspathi.” “Who is in Mhalaspathi? I am in him,” declared Baba. “He has surrendered to me and hence all his troubles are mine.” Baba teaches a lesson to all On hearing this, the Muslims fell at Baba’s feet and craved his forgiveness. Baba then summoned the Hindus and Muslims and told them: “Dear Children, you are all the progeny of one mother.” Thereby Baba demonstrated the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. He wanted all differences of caste and creed to be eschewed. What mattered for mankind was the heart. One who is only concerned about his matham (creed) will never discover the Divine (Madhava). You must seek the Divine within you. Baba pointed out that all caste and creed distinctions related only to the body. Therefore, you should seek the Supreme in your inner consciousness.


At an exclusive session in July 1984, Swami had underlined the three-in-one phenomenon of the Sai Baba Trinity. All three have the same Sayeeshwara trinity. All the three have the same Sayeeshwara Divinity. The first-born Shirdi Sai is symbolic of Shiva, the second in line, Sathya Sai is Shiva and Shakti aspects combined and the third Prema Sai would represent the Shakti Element. The three are born in remote villages having the same name and also at the confluence of rivulets. Shirdi Sai Baba was born at Pathri in Aurangabad district, at the confluence of a tributary to the river Godavari in Maharashtra. Sathya Sai was born at Puttaparthi, at the confluence of Chitravathi and once-existing Kushavati river in Andhra. And Prema Sai will be born in Gunaparthi of Karnataka on the banks of Tungabhadra river.

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religion of love

Unity of Faith

Light the lamp of loveI have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. I have come to tell you of this universal, unitary faith, this spiritual principle, this path of love, this duty of love, this obligation to love. Every religion teaches man to fill his being with the glory of God and to evict the pettiness of conceit. It trains him in the methods of unattachment and discernment, so that he may aim high and attain spiritual liberation.  Believe that all hearts are motivated by the one and only God; that all faiths glorify the one and only God; that all names in all languages and all forms man can conceive denote the one and only God. His adoration is best done by means of love. Cultivate that attitude of oneness between men of all creeds and all countries. That is the message of love I bring. That is the message I wish you to take to heart.

I have come not to disturb or destroy any faith, but to confirm each in his own faith – so that Christian becomes a better Christian, the Muslim, a better Muslim, and the Hindu, a better Hindu.

Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish, and let the glory of God be sung in all the languages and a variety of tunes. That should be the ideal. Respect the differences between the faiths and recognize them as valid as long as they do not extinguish the flame of unity.

Whom the Muslims adore as Allah, Whom the Christians adore as Jehovah, Whom the Vaishnavas adore as Vishnu, Whom the Saivites adore as Sambhu, Who grants in answer to their several prayers, health, prosperity and happiness to all, wherever they may be, He, the One God, is the God of all mankind. God is One and only One. Have His thought in your minds.

There is only one religion, the religion of Love. 

There is only one language, the language of the Heart;
There is only one caste, the caste of Humanity;
There is only one law, the law of Karma;
There is only one God, He is Omnipresent.

Religions are many, but God is one; Jewels are many, but Gold is one; Appearances are many, but Reality is One; Cows may be of different breeds or colors or sizes, but milk they yield is the same, the world over. So too, all religions, what ever their origin or extent of influence, are means to teach man this process.

Do not give room for differences based on language, religion, caste or nationality. Develop the feeling that all are children of God. You may worship God in any form of your choice, but always bear in mind that God is one. Cultivate love and promote unity and harmony among all. – Selected quotes from the Discourses of Sri Sathya Sai Baba

People worship the Supreme Lord (Paramatma) as existing in some faraway place – say Ayodhya or Dwaraka and nowhere else, or as found in places where some image or picture exists and nowhere else. They worship that form itself as complete (Purna). Of course, it is not wrong to do so. What is wrong is to proclaim that only their belief is the truth, that the names and forms that they have ascribed are the only names and forms of the Divine, and that all other forms and names are worthless and inferior. It should be realized that the names and forms that are the ideals of others are as dear and sacred to those others as such names and forms are to oneself. Everyone should acquire the vision that all forms of the ideal are equally valid and true, without giving room to senseless hatred. Without internalizing this wisdom, it is impossible to realize the Divine. – Prema Vahini Chap. 36

God is love, God is truth, God is peace. God is bliss. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in His subtle form has broken free from all preconceived concepts of Desha (place), Kaala (time) and Paristhiti (circumstances). God does not belong to one place, one community or one sect, He belongs to the whole universe. He is one but seen as many, the scriptures describe this as  “Ekam Sat Vipra Bahuda Vadanthi”.Love is the goal

Devoid of all names and forms He is, Yet all names and forms are His. God is formless and attributeless, but He also assumes a form with attributes. There is sakara (with form) in nirakara (formless) and nirakara in sakara. Likewise, there is saguna (attributes) in nirguna (attributeless) and vice versa. A block of ice has a form, but it is not different from water. There can be no ice without water. When drops of water freeze, they form ice. The difference between sakara and nirakara is the same as the difference between ice and water.

If a Muslim wanted to study the Hindu scriptures, Swami would say, “First know your own religion well and deeply. All that is there in other religions is there in yours too”. We know of great Hindu saints, Muslim pirs and religious heads, Buddhist monks from Thailand, Tibet and other parts of the world, Devout Catholics, Protestants, Jewish Rabbis and revered heads of other religions who have to come to Swami and have been astounded on how much He knew about their religion. These religious heads who were dedicated to the serious study of their faiths for decades, would often be corrected on their interpretation of their Holy texts by Swami Himself. Please read Sai baba and the Muslim Mind by Prof. Zeba Bashiruddin ( to gain insights into universality of Sai Teachings.

Sarva Dharma Priya Sai

Sarva Dharma Priya Sai

Prophecies say that: Muslims will recognize him only nine years before His passing from the world. -Bihar-ul-Anwar (Source: Sai Thy Kingdom Come Chapter 7, page 42)

Before Darshan was meditation. Now Meditation is my darshan. Develop ‘Ishq’ and ‘Mohabbat’ in your heart and feel me in your heart.

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True Knowing Boundless God

adi-shankaraMany years ago around 800 A.D., the knowledge portion (Jnana Kanda) of Vedas was relegated to oblivion and ritualistic portion (Karma Kanda) became predominant with various rites being performed solely for seeking wealth and progeny. This was the time when Adi Shankara appeared on the scene to revive the sanctity and the glory of the Vedas and its timeless message to the humanity. In a brief lifespan of 32 years, Adi Shankara toured the length and breadth of India, engaging in spiritual discussions with many Pundits (Scholars), who propagated their own sectarian ideas; denying the existence of God. Adi Shankara, vanquished them all by boldly and fearlessly asserting the philosophy of ‘Advaita Vedanta’ with Brahman as the supreme, impersonal God. Adi Shankara explained the theory of oneness of all creation, the Brahman in three terse statements: “Brahman Satyam, Jagat Mithya, Jivo Brahmaiva Na Parah” meaning “God alone is real, The world in unreal, the individual is none other than God”.

The awareness of Brahmam cannot be won by the accumulation of wealth or even by the giving away of riches. Nor can it be achieved by reading texts, or rising to power, or acquisition of degrees and diplomas or by the performance of scriptural sacrifices and rituals.

Brahmam cannot be comprehended by means of proofs or arguments. It is beyond reason and calculation. So, it is A-prameya. It cannot be measured. It is indefinable. It cannot be pronounced as being such or so, for this reason or that. It is immeasurable by time and space, the scriptures are the proof. The usual proofs for truth are direct perception (Pratyaksha) and inferential perception (Anumaana). But Brahmam cannot be cognised by these two means. The sages have experienced it and expressed it in the scriptures. That word (Sabda) is the firmest proof. ‘Saastra’ means that which brings to memory what has been forgotten. Brahmam is the very self-ness of every man. The Saastras (Directives of Counselors) direct and counsel every one. But man yields to delusion and becomes one with the darkness caused by false values and attachment to the unreal, the ‘me’ and ‘mine’. But, scripture is the mother; she does not give up. She persists and pursues; she reminds man of the goal in order to ensure that he is saved.

Sraddhaavaan labhathe jnaanam“. That person alone who has sraddha can secure jnana. And Sraddha means steady faith in the statements laid down in scriptual texts (Sastras). Next

BrahmanDescribing Brahman

Although Brahman is beyond description, the “rishis” (seers or sages) of yore declared, based on their personal experience, that it can best be described as sat-chit-ananda.

  • Sat means existence or being, pure and absolute.
  • Chit means knowledge, or consciousness, pure and absolute.
  • Ananda means bliss, pure and absolute.

Our true nature is pure existence, knowledge and bliss. We have this knowledge deep within us and therefore we cannot settle for being mortal or experience any type of limitation to our existence, we have an infinite thirst for knowledge and constant yearning to experience joy.

“Everyone should first seek to know the answer to the question, “Who am I?” Without knowing who you are, what is the use of trying to know everything about others? At birth you cried out “Koham (Who am I)?” You should not die with the same question on your lips. When you die, you should be able to assert cheerfully “Soham (I am That or He)”. Then alone can you justify your birth as a man and enjoy the satisfaction of having fulfilled the purpose of human life. There is only one path to get rid of ahamkara, namely pursuing the Godly way of life. Whenever you feel the sense of ego, sit silently in a corner and observe what your breathing is telling you. It is declaring, “So…Ham”. “So” while inhaling and “Ham” while exhaling. The two syllables “So” and “Ham”, which together constitute the word Soham convey the meaning: “I am Brahman.” If you constantly meditate upon this, your ego-sense characterised by the idea: “I am the body,” will cease to bother you. This “So-ham” mantra repeats itself in each of you 21,600 times per day. Thus “I am Brahman” is the message of your inner voice all the time. Ignoring this, however, everyone identifies himself with the temporary, artificial name given to the body. Thinking yourself to be Ramaiah, Krishnaiah, or Seenaiah (the names given to your body) however long you may engage yourself in spiritual practices, you will not achieve any progress. You will continue to be what you have been according to the name given to your body. “Soham” is the name with which you were born. That alone is your natural and permanent name. That indeed is your Reality or Truth. Realise it and experience Sath-chith-ananda. Krishna is known as Partha Sarathi (the Charioteer of Partha). Partha does not mean Arjuna alone. It applies to all children of prithvi (the earth). So, make Krishna your charioteer. As the buddhi is a reflection of the divine Atma, make use of it as the charioteer in your journey to realise the Atma. Also remember that for success in every endeavour, prema (universal love) is essential. The Lord is the embodiment of Love, the Sun of Truth. Therefore, through Love, seek to know your true Self with the help of the buddhi and purify your mind. This is what I expect of you.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba Summer Showers 1990 Page 49

The entire Cosmos consisting of living and inanimate objects is permeated by the three Gunas. Man should strive to understand the principle that transcends the three gunas. God is the embodiment of Atma. The terms like sathyam, jnanam, anantam, Brahma, Atma, Bhagavan, and God are synonyms. When the mind is pure, unselfish and unwavering, the Divine appears in all His purity and fullness. – Baba

Uddalaka and Svetaketu Story  

This famous story is actually a dialogue between father and son from Chandogya Upanishad. This story is depicted in one of the exhibits of Sanatana Samskruti Museum, located on the hilltop near administrative block in Puttaparthi. This story illustrates the nature of the brahman, knowing which everything becomes known.

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“It is an arduous process for people to become aware of the ‘One’ that is their core. The gross body is the product of the food consumed. But within, there is a subtler force, an inner vibration named vital air (prana).The mind (manas) within is subtler still, and deeper and subtler than the mind is the intellect (vijnana). Beyond the intellect, people have in them the subtlest sheath of spiritual bliss (ananda). When one delves into this region of spiritual bliss, the reality, the Brahman or the One can be experienced. That awareness is indeed the most desirable. In the Taittiriya Upanishad, while teaching his son Bhrigu the Brahman phenomenon, Varuna says, “Son! Brahman cannot be seen through the eyes. Know that Brahman is that which enables the eyes to see and the ears to hear. He can be known only through extreme yearning in a cleansed mind and concentrated thought. No other means can help.” – Sutra Vahini Chapter 2

Like most seekers, Jesus first searched for the Divine in the objective world. But He soon realised that the world is a kaleidoscopic picture created by one’s own imagination, and sought to find God within himself. … From the attitude of being a ‘Messenger of God‘, he could now call himself the ‘Son of God‘. The bond of relationship increased. The ‘I’ was no more distant light or entity. The light became a part of the ‘I’. With body-consciousness predominant, He was a messenger. With the heart-consciousness in the ascendant, He felt greater nearness and deamess. So, the son-father bond seems natural at this stage. Later as the Atman-Consciousness was established, Jesus could declare: ‘I and My Father are One‘. The three stages may be described as: ‘I was in the Light’, ‘the Light was in me’, and ‘I am the Light’, and may be compared to the Dwaita (dualism), Vishishta-adwaita and Adwaita (non-dualism) stages as described in Hindu philosophy. The final stage is the one when all duality has been shed. This is the essence of all religious disciplines and teachings”. – Divine Discourse: 25 December 1978

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What is the Purpose of Human Birth

Spiritual LadderSwami says that ‘We are born; not to be born again’. This world is a workshop where a soul is born only to complete the lessons which it failed to learn during its previous visits. East visit to this workshop, allows us to learn the spiritual lessons, pass the test and move to a higher class with a more refined intellect and broader consciousness. Just as the accountant transfers all records of profits/loss into next financial year, we carry our Karma (good or bad deeds) and our Samskaras (tendencies, habits, likes and dislikes) to the next life. Every spiritual lesson that has been learnt, practised and assimilated in this lifetime is like climbing one step closer towards the source. Our consciousness continues to grow and expand, reaching higher and higher planes, over many lifetimes.

This is just a theory but I believe that if we chart the path of our spiritual progress e.g. growth of our consciousness through accumulated learning over a period of time, it may not look linear or sequential but more like a fibonacci sequence. All the trials and tribulations we face in our lives are nothing but ongoing tests so see if we have learned the lesson properly and ready to be promoted to the next level. If not, we are sent back to the previous class and the cycle continues.

“Obstacles that come in the way are often treated with a certain amount of resentment by the pilgrims on the spiritual path; these tests are to be treated as ensuring safety. You drive a nail into the wall to hang a picture thereon; but before hanging the picture, you try to see whether the nail has been well driven in by shaking it; when you are certain it does not shake even when all your strength is used, you become bold enough to hang the picture on it. You must welcome tests because they give you confidence and ensure promotion.” – Swami

Some people may not believe in rebirth but it It would be ludicrous to think that Buddha attained the state of Nirvana in one lifetime only. Most of the enlightened masters like Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Gautam Buddha (and many more) were able to shed the coils of this samsara (worldly entanglements) effortlessly just like a fruit falls from the tree in a ripened state on its own without any external agency. Let us take the example of “Buddha”. Gautam Buddha was disgusted by the pitiable state of humanity suffering from diseases, old age and death; yet seeking enjoyment from the senses and getting entangled into this worldly mire deeper and deeper. We see those exact same sights around us everyday but we do not renounce this world and walk away from it to seek the truth like Buddha did. It is because our consciousness has not reached that elevated or ripened state yet. Life is a journey of continuous expansion from Koham (Who am I) to Soham (I am That). We are all on the same spiritual journey whether we know it or not.

When the sun rises, all the buds of lotus in the lake will not open out in full bloom. Only those which are full grown can blossom; so the rest have to bide their time and grow. – Swami

spiritual journey

You are neither the body, nor the mind

Swami says that that our true nature is ‘Sat’ (Being), ‘Chit’ (Awareness) and ‘Ananda’ (Bliss) apart from our given name and form. Liberation, Samadhi, Nirvana, Mukti, Moksha are mere words to describe that state of consciousness which is beyond duality. Such equanimity of mind (‘Sama’ + ‘Dhi’) is attained only after all doubts vanish and the knowledge of our true self shines forth like a bright sun in a cloudless sky in our inner firmament. Moksha (‘Moha’ + ‘Kshaya’) simply signifies the end of delusion that we are neither the body, not the mind but the eternal Atman which is our true reality. Holy Scriptures tell us that only by Divine grace can one get these three things: human birth, desire for liberation and contact with a great master to show us the way. Swami addresses us as Divyatma Swaroopa Lara and Prema Swaroopa Lara. This means we must realize our true identity as embodiments of divine atma and divine love. So let us think about what causes this pain and suffering; this constant state of fear and restlessness instead of experiencing the eternal peace and bliss which is our birth right?

Master the Mind and be a Master Mind

This world is nothing but a projection of our mind. ‘Mano Moolam Idam Jagath‘, The mind is the basis for all creation. Therefore, the mind is the key for getting either bound to or liberated from this world. Turning the mind towards the world gets us bound to it whereas turning the mind towards God liberates us and takes us to eternal freedom.

Swami says ‘The real cause of sorrow is attachment to the body, identifying oneself with the body. All sorrow arises from the feelings of ‘I’ and ‘Mine’. It is very essential to reduce deha-abhimanam (attachment to the body). Desires are a source of pleasure, but they are also the cause of your grief. You must bring your mind under control. Even thousands of men cannot hold back a fast-moving train. But the train comes to a complete stop the moment brake is applied. The vagaries of your mind are just like that. When you control your mind, all sorrows will cease.’  However, this is easier said than done. Controlling the mind is an uphill task. Bhagawan often refers to the human mind as a monkey mind. To add it further, He says, it is like a monkey that is drunk and also bitten by a scorpion! How then can we put a check to the vagaries of this mind and turn it inwards towards our true Self (God)?

In the spiritual sphere, the responsibility for success or failure is entirely one’s own. You have no right to shift it on to others. The fire will rage only as long as it is fed with fuel. Hence, do not add fuel to the fire of the senses. Detach the mind from the evanescent and attach it to the eternal. – Swami

spiderwebWhat we sow is what we reap. There is no other judge, jury and executioner condemning us to heaven or hell as they only exist in our own mind. Just as a spider weaves its own web out of itself and sits at the centre of it, we create our own world by projecting our thoughts, words and actions outside. The entire creation is bound up with name and form and is thus unreal. It can be described in words, so it is limited and circumscribed by the intellect and the mind.  True consciousness lies beyond the duality of pleasure and pain, praise and ridicule, loss or gain, desire and attachments. Someone appears to us as a friend or a foe depending on the projection of our own egotistical mind and its multifarious likes and dislikes. We are fearful of this world just as one would who imagines a snake in place of a rope in a dimly lit room. The moment, he lights a lamp and sees the rope for what it is, his fear vanishes immediately.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; We are Spiritual beings having a human experience.

See God in Everything

Asatoma Sadgamaya ‘Lead us from unreal to real’ is not just a Vedic prayer for chanting, it should be the ultimate goal of our life.


Pleasure and pain are tightly interwoven and one follows the other almost as certainly as the night follows the day. One cannot escape from the inherent duality of this world without understanding its true nature. Just as a deer chasing a mirage in the desert; hoping to find an oasis to quench its thirst, ends up with hot sand instead of water, we humans, driven by our senses also run after the physical objects of this world without discrimination; end up feeling equally dejected. The moment we see this objective world for what it is, a mere illusion; impermanent and full of misery; it will cease to bother us anymore. Just like the entire river of water cannot sink a boat unless it gets inside the boat, a wise person who knows the true nature of this world, lives in it but does not get affected by it.

Faith in God and detachment from objective pursuits are the keys for human liberation. Give up sense-objects; you gain Rama. Sita gave up the luxuries of Ayodhya and so, she could be with Rama, in the period of ‘exile’. When she cast longing eyes on the golden deer and craved for it, she lost the Presence of Rama. Renunciation leads to joy; attachment brings about grief. Be in the world, but, not of it. – Swami

pouring water into glass

Another Example: If you keep pouring water into an an empty glass, the more water you add, less room remains for the air to occupy. Similarly once we fill and saturate our lives with God, there is little room left for the outside world to enter and trouble us. Rama (Divinity) and Kama (Desire) cannot co-exist. Swami advises us to always keep ourselves busy with worldly activities but keep our thoughts firmly centred on God in silent contemplation. ‘Mukh mein Raam, Haath mein Kaam‘ or ‘Hands in Society and Head in Forest‘ should always be our motto. As Kabir famously said in a Doha (couplet), “na ghar tera na ghar mera, chidiya rain basera re“, The body is not yours but an inn where you (Atma) dwell for a short while and depart, Just like the birds that rest on the tree at night and fly away in the morning (without getting attached to the tree).

Atma is Ever Full, Ever Pure, and Self-luminous

Unfortunately, today we tend to forget this true and eternal ‘Atma’ and develop faith in the ephemeral world. We weave a web of imagination around the pleasures that this transient world would offer. Ultimately, we land ourselves in sorrow and difficulties. The ‘Atma’ is the only entity that is true, eternal and changeless. Everything else undergoes change from time to time. Even in the case of the human body, it passes through different stages like childhood, adolescence, youth and old age. But, the individual remains the same through all these changes. Today, man adapts himself to continuous changes in time, situations and environment. One who changes himself thus is not a human being in the real sense. Who is a real human being? One who does not undergo a change; one whose faith in the ‘Atma’ (self) is firm and steady. That is self-confidence. One who develops that self confidence can find a place for himself permanently in the history of the world.

Here is an example. In a marriage feast, everyone sits in a line for food and they begin to serve some Laddus. After some have been served, a few may say that they do not want Laddus, not because they do not like them, but because they are diabetics. The Nasthikas are like this. They are suffering from the disease of non-belief and therefore they say that they have nothing to do with God. In fact, they do want to know about Him. Some other people, however, even though they have no disease, say that they do not want the Laddus just because they want to imitate others who are saying so. As in this analogy, seeing some people say, that there is no God, several other foolish people also say that there is no God. This is a ludicrous situation. Either you should surrender to God or you should be able to follow your own dictates, but you should not reveal your hollowness by merely imitating others. You should develop self-confidence and with that you will get self-satisfaction. Once you acquire self-satisfaction, you will be able to show self-sacrifice and this will result in self-realisation. Self-realisation thus ultimately depends on the base of self-confidence. – Summer Showers May 1973


Discover Divinity through the eye of wisdom or of love

Some declare that they will believe only in a God that can be seen or demonstrated. This is the usual argument of the worldly minded. But it is not easy to see the Highest Atma, which is subtler than the subtlest, with gross physical eyes. You must first get command over a powerful microscope, one fit for the purpose. Either the eye of wisdom or the eye of love is wanted; only with these can you see God. Just like sugar in cane juice or sweetness in sugar, the supreme Atma (Paramatma) is ever immanent in creation; He is the inner core of all beings. He is everywhere, always in everything; He has no form; Atma is “without body (a-thanu)”. It is the in-dweller (Purusha). Only by throwing off attachment to the body and purifying the mind and intellect can you merge in your truth and earn the eternal bliss, highest peace (prasanthi), the purest wisdom. Thus only can one earn liberation from the bond-age of birth and death. – Excerpts from Upanishad Vahini


Know thyselfSwami tells a compelling story to remind us of our true nature. A lioness was passing through a forest. It gave birth to a cub and died. This lion cub was spotted by a shepherd who took it under his care and raised it with his sheep. The baby lion grew up amongst the sheep and ate grass and bleated like the sheep. After some years, another lion was passing on the way. He was surprised to see a lion amongst sheep. This lion charged the sheep and all the sheep fled in fright. The young lion also fled along with the sheep. Finally the lion caught hold of the young lion, took him to the nearby lake and showed him his image in the water. He said, “Look, Do not quiver with fear thinking you are a mere sheep. You are not a sheep, you are a lion. Do not bleat like a sheep, but roar like a lion.”

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Swami’s Visit to Overseas Countries

“I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added lustre. I have not come to speak on behalf of any particular dharma (righteousness), like the Hindu Dharma. I have not come on any mission of publicity for any sect or creed or cause; nor have I come to collect followers for any doctrine. I have no plan to attract disciples or devotees into My fold or any fold. I have come to tell you of this Universal unitary faith, this Athmic principle, this path of love, this dharma of prema, this duty of love, this obligation to love.”

Swami’s Divine Message During His Visit to Nairobi(Kenya, East Africa) in 1968 (Click on the link above to download the entire discourse)

Sri Sathya Sai Baba in East Africa

Sri Sathya Sai Baba in East Africa in 1968

Many devotees outside India invited Swami during His physical presence to visit their respective countries; often pleading with Him repeatedly at every given opportunity. Despite their numerous requests, Swami never accepted those invitations. “I have no need to see places. I am everywhere, always!” was His stock answer to all such requests. When Swami suddenly announced that he is going to visit East Africa in 1968, Mother Easwaramma was the most concerned of all as she was extremely fearful of Swami leaving Puttaparthi even for a short trip, let alone travelling to an unknown continent full of wild animals, savages and cannibals as it was rumoured in those days. She sought out a senior devotee and conveyed her worst fears to him. This devotee said, “Mother, it is true that there are many dangers in Africa. But how can they affect Swami? He is God, is he not?” Hearing this Mother Easwaramma became furious and shouted back, You fool! I know Swami is God and you know he is God. But do those savages and wild animals in Africa know he is God?” 

On the 7th July 1968, Baba addressed the first public meeting at Kampala. He told the multi-racial, multi-credal gathering, “Just as the same bloodstream circulates in all the limbs of the one body, the One Divine Principle activates the entire Universe. Do not get too involved in the turmoil of living and ignore the kinship in God that you have with all beings around you. Do not over-emphasise individual variations, but fix your attention on the universal kinship. Ignore the beads, contemplate upon the unifying eternal ever-present thread.” This was a heartening message, and it was received with enthusiastic approval by Muslims, Christians, Baha’is, Hindus and Parsis alike.

“God is the source of all love. Love God, Love the world as the vesture of God, no more no less. Through Love, you can merge in the ocean of Love. Love cures pettiness, hate and grief. Love loosens bonds; it saves man from the torment of birth and death. Love binds all hearts in the soft silken symphony. Seen through the eyes of Love, all beings are beautiful. If you pay attention to the individual, differences thrust themselves on you. Fix your attention on the Samashti (the collective), All differences vanish. Some among you relish one sweet dish more than another, others may not agree that your favorite dish is the tastiest. But whatever the dish, they are all sweetened by the same substance, Sugar; similarly, all things and all beings are sweetened by the same principle, God. – Divine Discourse at Kampala, East Africa

Seen through the eyes of love

Seen through the eyes of Love…

During the group meetings, a variety of questions were asked. “If there is a God, why cannot we see Him?” Baba replied, “Why should you seek to see God? You are God. There is nothing that is not He. Experience Him that way.” “How can we be happy always?” Baba said, “Derive joy from within. You are the Atma, the eternal spring of Ananda. Love all; no one will then hate you or envy you.” He said to the doctors: “Jealousy is the professional disease of doctors and lawyers! Be glad when another doctor earns a good reputation or remuneration; honour the affirmations you made at the Convocation where you took your degree.”

As is the Feeling, so is the Result

“When I went there, the devotees of East Africa arranged small aeroplanes. I went round the forest in one such plane. There were thousands of wild elephants in the Kampala forest. It looked as though the entire forest was full of elephants. I had taken bananas with Me and gave one each to some of them. All of them enjoyed eating it. Bisons were also seen in thousands. We saw lions lying on the road here and there. Even when we drove our jeep over their tails, they did not react. Even fierce animals will not harm us if our mind is good. They will attack us only when we try to harm them. When we look at them with love, they also will look at us with love.

Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati (as is the feeling, so is the result). Our thoughts are the cause of their enmity or trust. As we went forward looking at the animals, we saw fifteen lions lying near the road. Some were suckling their young ones, some others were eating the meat of an animal brought by them. I said to Dr. Patel and others who accompanied Me, “When we do not harm them, they also do not harm us.” Taking a camera from one of those who accompanied Me, I went near the lions and took their photographs. All of them were happy to see Me. You can see, none of the lions did any harm to us. When you approach them with the evil intention of harming or killing them, they will also try to kill you. We should never go to them with such wicked thoughts. In fact, we should not look at any being with evil intentions.” – Excerpt from Swami’s 2007 Easwaramma Day Discourse

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Love my Uncertainty

During his physical presence, Bhagavan has been invited umpteen number of times by overseas devotees to visit and bless their countries. Usually, Swami would just smile in reply and leave it at that. At other times, he would say, “I will come.” When devotees pressed and asked, “When Swami? We want to charter planes and start making preparations,” Baba would say enigmatically, “Wait!”

When people grumbled, “Swami, you have told so and so you will visit his country. When exactly would you do so?” He smiled and said, “Do I have to go only by plane?”

Let’s all develop the purity of heart to experience His divine presence within us and around us all the time. Let’s continue to watch the divine drama unfold by our beloved Swami and not get rattled by questions like what, when, where, why etc. May Swami bless us all.

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All things seen in the universe have the unseen as their basis

Akhanda Jyothi

The cosmos is a manifestation of the Divine. Those are foolish who, upon seeing the handiworks of the Divine everywhere, think that there is no God. Without recognizing the omnipresence of God, people seek God somewhere or another. This reflects the dualistic attitude of persons who identify themselves with the body and alienate themselves from God. While God is omnipresent and can be recognized in the divine manifestations of nature, body consciousness prevents people from experiencing oneness with the Divine. How is God to be experienced? The first requisite is purity of heart. All religions have affirmed the basic importance of purity. The aim of all sadhanas (spiritual disciplines) is to achieve peace. Compassion toward all beings is devotion to God.

God cannot be experienced through the ostentatious observance of rituals and worship. Where there is mere pomp and show, there can be no divinity. The bliss of the Divine cannot be found there. As a seed will not sprout on the rocky ground, bliss of the Divine cannot be realized by worship that is devoid of humility and sincerity. Sadhanas (spiritual disciplines) are not pursued for obtaining the Atma (Divine Self). There is no need to seek the Atma, which is all-pervasive and present everywhere. Sadhanas are performed to get rid of the anatma (that which obscures the vision of the Atma or Divine Self). Man forgets his real nature and loses himself in the consciousness of what he is not. He forgets that he is the Atma in reality. In the state of deep sleep, one is totally unaware of his name, form, position, and so on. Upon waking, he realizes that the “I,” of whom he is conscious in the waking state, was present in deep sleep too. The purpose of all sadhanas is to discover the nature of the “I” that is experienced in all the three states of waking, dreaming, and deep sleep.

Infinite Soul

  • God cannot be realized by a mind that is hypocritical, calculating, or argumentative. one must have faith and sincerity. hypocrisy will not do. to the sincere, god is very near; but he is far, far away from the hypocrite.
  • You do not see god because you busy yourself with such things as name and fame and scholarship.’ the mother does not come to the child as long as it sucks its toy — a red toy. but when, after a few minutes, it throws the toy away and cries, then the mother takes down the rice-pot from the hearth and comes running to the child.
  • No one can say with finality that God is only ‘this’ and nothing else. He is formless, and again He has forms. For the bhakta He assumes forms. But He is formless for the jnani, that is, for him who looks on the world as a mere dream. The bhakta feels that he is one entity and the world another. Therefore God, reveals Himself to him as a Person. But the jnani, the Vedantist; for instance; always reasons, applying the process of ‘Not this, not this’. Through this discrimination he realizes, by his inner perception, that the ego and the universe are both illusory, like a dream. Then the jnani realizes Brahman in his own consciousness. He cannot describe what Brahman is.
  • A man thinks of God, no doubt, but he has no faith in Him. Again and again he forgets God and becomes attached to the world. It is like giving the elephant a bath; afterwards he covers his body with mud and dirt again. ‘The mind is a mad elephant.’ But if you can make the elephant go into the stable immediately after bathing him, then he stays clean. Just so, if a man thinks of God in the hour of death, then his mind becomes pure and it gets no more opportunity to become attached to ‘woman and gold’ – Selected Quotes from the Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Eternal Source

Faith and God Are One

Many people aspire for grace, love, devotion, and humility. All these are the forms of the Atma (Divine Self). God is not different from faith. Faith and God are one and the same. Love is God, devotion is God, and they are not different entities. What is the meaning of devotion? Devotion is that which enables the unmanifested divine principle to manifest itself in the inner vision of the devotee. Then, for that devotee, nothing else will exist other than He. To reach that stage, you must discharge your duties, [while] keeping the permanent entity constantly in mind. You can cross the vast, deep ocean of worldly existence and enjoy the infinite Divinity that is its reality, with the help of a small boat. That boat is the Name of God. In the beginning of the spiritual journey, the Divine Name is the basis for progress, but it should not become a life-long support, depending entirely upon it alone. While taking a bath or giving a bath to the children, consider that you are doing the purification ritual of washing God Himself. While serving food, consider that you are offering it to God Himself. While giving food to a beggar, consider that God has come in this form, and that you are serving Him. It seems that a beggar is asking, but it is the Atma who is enjoying the food you give. When you are cutting vegetables for cooking, consider that you are cutting away your desires and ego with the knife of wisdom. While sweeping the floor, don’t lament that it keeps getting dirty again and again. Think rather that you are cleaning your own heart. If you are rolling chapathis (a flat Indian bread) at home, consider what joy it is to roll, knead, and expand your heart. In this way, you can consider every activity you undertake as being done for the sake of God. Thereupon, where is the need for separate meditation, separate penance, or separate worship?

Compassion towards all beings is true devotionLove Can Accomplish Everything Consider your heart as the Atma. Soften it and make it full of compassion. That is the only spiritual exercise you need to perform. You know that many people are coming to Prasanthi Nilayam from different parts of the world. What brings them here? Are invitations sent? Does anyone ask them to come? It is only on account of the love that is here and that is felt from heart to heart. Through love you can accomplish anything in the world. Consider love as the Atma (Indwelling God) itself. However many scriptures you may read and however many spiritual exercises you may do, if you do not allow your heart to melt with compassion, your life will be a sheer waste. All practices have to be directed toward softening your heart, so that it will overflow with kindness and love. Develop this feeling of compassion, and allow it to flow fully and spread among all the peoples of the world.

– Sri Sathya Sai Baba Discourse in Prasanthi Mandir March 30, 1987

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