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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Sanathana Sarathi – Eternal Charioteer

On Shivaratri day in 1958 the monthly magazine designed to communicate the message of Bhagavan to the world was inaugurated. He named it Sanathana Sarathi. These two words taken together spell the function that Baba has taken upon Himself. Sanathana denotes His being the very source of all this ‘becoming’. In a written message to Shri. R.R. Chatterji of the Sathya Sai Seva Samithi, Calcutta, announcing the mission for which He has assumed this human form, Baba made a declaration which nobody since the days of Lord Krishna had the good fortune to listen to: 

“There was no one to know who I am till I created the world, at My pleasure, with one word. Immediately earth and sky were formed, mountains rose up, rivers started flowing, sun, moon and stars sprang out of nowhere to prove My existence. Came all forms of life – plants, insects, beasts, birds and men. Various powers were bestowed upon them under My orders. The first place was granted to man, and My knowledge was placed in man’s mind.” 

creation of worldSanathana means ‘timeless, eternal’. Baba has said that He always was, is, and ever will be. He is Sanathana, not limited in time and space, so that He can be availed of by us any time any where. The Upanishads speak of embodied beings as chariots which are drawn along by the senses (horses) through the objective world. Safety lies in choosing a knowledgeable Sarathi (charioteer) and installing him with unimpeded authority in the chariot.  – Sathyam Sivam Sundaram IV

Chariot Analogy From Katha Upanishad

Chariot Analogy From Katha Upanishad

Know that the Atman is the rider in the chariot, and the body is the chariot, Know that the Buddhi (intelligence, ability to reason) is the charioteer, and Manas (mind) is the reins. The senses are called the horses, the objects of the senses are their paths, Formed out of the union of the Atman, the senses and the mind, him they call the “enjoyer“.  – Katha Upanishad, 1.3.3-1.3.4

By taking upon Himself the role of the Sanathana Sarathi, Baba has revealed that He is the eternal Inner Motivator in all-recognized or unrecognized, acknowledged or ignored, respected or slandered. “My knowledge was placed in man’s mind,” He says. But the mind allows itself to be covered by veils, so that pure knowledge becomes warped or is denied. 
In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna asks Krishna about the mind: Chancalam hi manah Krishna pramadi balavadrudham, meaning ‘Oh! Krishna, the mind is so fickle. How can it be controlled?’ Krishna says in another verse: Abhyasa yogena tato mamicchaptum Dhananjaya; meaning, through practice, the vacillation of this mind can be controlled. 
“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.” – Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Body is like a water bubble. Mind is like a mad monkey. Don’t follow the body, don’t follow the mind. Follow the conscience. Your conscience is your witness.

There is this story in the Mahabharata when Arjuna accepts whatever Krishna says regarding the bird sitting on the tree. Krishna asks Arjuna, “Don’t you have your own discrimination? You say it is a pigeon, and then change it to a crow when I say it.” Arjuna says, “O! Krishna, I have more faith in your words than in my own wisdom.”

divine sankalpa

divine sankalpa

On one occasion Swami sang another poem which had spontaneously blossomed on His lips:

“Why does the sun rise and set everyday without delay or disruption? Why do the stars that light the sky to the delight of all eyes, hide their splendorous faces when the day dawns, and never even slyly peer to tell us where they are? Why does air always be around, giving us the breath of life? Why do these streams and rivers roar, murmur, gurgle and gossip over rock, pebble and sand, as they meander along towards the parent sea? How is it that the billions that constitute mankind, though they are caskets treasuring images of the same entity, remain distinct from each other in appearance, achievement, aspiration and attitude? This is the answer: Know that I am the One who has ordained that these be such and shall behave so.”

peacock

From the Form to the Formless

“You commence your journey from the stage of dualism and finally end up in the stage of non-dualism. You start your spiritual practice with the very ordinary type of devotion, worshipping God with form and attributes and using rituals and external forms of worship. But then you quickly progress onto the formless, the absolute aspect of the Divinity. In this way, you initially develop yourself spiritually by being a servant of God, but eventually you become fully identified with God. Consider, for a moment, a very big circle, and consider that just by its side and separate from it there is another circle, one which is very much smaller. The big circle may be thought of as God, the small one as the individual soul. Here the individual is different and distinct from God; this is dualism. When you bring the smaller circle in so that it lies within the bigger circle, you have qualified non-dualism; now the individual is part of the Divinity, he exists in God. What then is the meaning of the individual becoming totally merged in God? The small circle has to broaden itself and grow bigger and bigger until it has fully expanded to the size of the big circle. At that point the two circles are indistinguishable and man has merged himself into God. This is complete non-dualism.” – Sai Gita Compiled and edited by Al Drucker

“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 viceversa. 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.” – From Bhagavan’s Discourse in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam on 17 July 1996

“You cannot discard Name and Form until you transmute yourself into the Nameless and Formless; just as the fish needed water and could not come up into the atmosphere, so long as they did not transmute themselves into land animals, giving up their aquatic nature. That is the reason why the Nameless and Formless has often to assume Name and Form, and come before humanity with limitations imposed by its own Will, so that it may be loved, respected, worshipped, listened to and followed; so that the purpose of humanity may be fulfilled.” – From Bhagawan’s Discourse on 4th March 1962


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My Mission Is Not Yet Over

My Mission Is Not Yet Over

Swami wrote to His elder brother Seshama Raju way back in 1947:

  • I have a Task: To foster all mankind, and ensure for all people lives full of Ananda.
  • I have a Vow: To lead all who stray away from the straight path, again into goodness and save them.
  • I am attached to a ‘Work’ that I love: To remove the suffering of the poor and grant them what they lack.
  • I have a reason to be proud, for I rescue all who worship and adore Me.
Ancient Vedic Hymns Describe various aspects of Divinity

Vedas describe various aspects of Divinity

God works in mysterious ways beyond human perception or comprehension. As the Vedas proclaim, He is grossest of the gross and subtlest of the subtle. Sometimes It is hard to comprehend the words of our beloved Swami, the Adi Purusha who is extolled in the ancient Vedic hymns as ‘Guna Traya Teetah’ (beyond attributes), ‘Deha Traya Teetah’ (beyond form) and ‘Kala Traya Teetah’ (beyond time). Some of his utterances may cause confusion in our minds but we should not forget that His divine sankalpa (divine will) is also Vajra Sankalpa (immutable will). 

Subtle Body Muddenhalli

Energy“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.” – Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

In fact Sai baba has been reminding us from the Shirdi days, that ‘Shraddha‘ (Faith) and ‘Saburi‘ (Patience) are the two most cardinal principles of Sai Mission. Shirdi Sai Baba explicitly asked for these two qualities in His devotees by giving his self-experiential instance that his ‘Murshid‘ or Master asked from him only two pice – one Shraddha and other the Saburi.

faith and patience

faith and patience

If you look back and think how the Super Speciality Hospital in the remote village of Puttaparthi was completed in record time, you would begin to understand and appreciate the subtle but precise movements of the divine cosmic will.

It is also worthwhile to reacquaint ourselves with the enormity of drinking water projects in the arid areas of Andhra Pradesh or the inspiring saga of Chennai Water project which was in ‘too hard to do basket’ for the central and state governments of India for many years. Swami simply willed it to happen. He made this announcement in his most unassuming and inimitable style when no one was expecting it. Swami said ” Let it be very difficult, Let it be the most stupendous task, Bhagavan has decided to supply drinking water to Madras.” Watch the video below to relive those moments.

I would like to share this beautiful video of how Swami’s chose Dharmakshetra in Mumbai as His Karmakshetra. On 12th May, 1968, the ‘Dharmakshetra’, an architectural jewel fittingly built on an elevated spot commanding a panoramic view of the environs of Mumbai was inaugurated. This was also the birthplace of Sathya Sai Organisation in India, Sathya Sai Seva Dal (volunteer team) and Bal Vikas (SSE or Sathya Sai Spiritual Education as it is known outside India). After watching this video, you will be filled with amazement about how the Lord chooses a place so meticulously to spread his glory and joy all around the world as part of His divine cosmic will. Listen to Indulal Shah describe this beautiful episode from the divine saga in his own words.

85 Glorious Years with Sathya Sai Baba

85 Glorious Years with Bhagavan

When Swami left his mortal coil on 24th April 2011, many devotees felt that Sai mission has come to an end and His legacy will be remembered only by the events that took place before Maha Samadhi. I think it was a test for all of us about how sincerely we believe in His words. Many devotees even those who were very closely associated with Him could not understand that Swami does not need a physical body to continue His mission. How about some of His future predictions? The following video provides a glimpse into the future about how the divine cosmic will is going to unfold in various projects all across India and the whole world.

From what I understand is that Swami is paving the way for the next Avathar Prema Sai who is going to be based in Karnataka as He predicted before. Just as a farmer starts removing weeds, leveling the ground, tilling the soil and mending fences around the farmland before the rain arrives, in my humble opinion Swami has already started preparatory work by undertaking many social welfare projects in Karnataka before the arrival of Prema Sai. Just as Swami chose Dharmakshetra in Mumbai as the very first international centre for Sai family in 1968, he has now chosen Muddenahalli for his future work through the Sookshama Shareera or the subtle body. Whether we believe in His words or not is our choice but His Glory and His divine mission would continue to spread all over the world, no matter what, that is the divine assurance of the Lord,

Proposed Mandya School Building

Proposed Mandya School Building

Super Speciality Hospital in Raipur

Super Speciality Hospital in Raipur

During the subtle body visit of Swami to Australia, Sri C. Sreenivas spoke in detail about this unique heart shaped Super Speciality Hospital in Raipur and how it was completed in a record time of 10 months. Swami personally communicated all the relevant details through Madhusudhan Rao Naidu to Sri C. Sreenivas during various stages of this project.

If you drink water from a silver tumbler or a gold tumbler or a glass tumbler, what is most important is that the thirst should be quenched. It is not the tumbler that quenches the thirst, it is the water. As long as there is pure love, whichever organization or whichever group, it does not matter to me. As long as it serves humanity and through service, they will purify themselves. Ocean may be very big, but even if you have a small boat, you will be able to cross over the ocean. You don’t need to get as big a boat as is the ocean. Likewise, even a few good people can take people across. A few good people is all that is required, who are self sacrificing, who have no other motive other than helping others. If you help others, I will help you. – Subtle Body Discourse KL 13th March 2015

During the inauguration of  Sri Sathya Sai Centre for Human Excellence, Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli on 19th June, 2014, he explained why he left His physical body and revealed His future vision for Sathya Sai Education.

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.

SUBTLE BODY DISCOURSE 19-JUN-2014 (<- click here to download)

lamp of loveThe best way to spread Swami’s teachings is to reach out and spread his Love in the form of selfless service. He has earmarked these areas: Educare (Vidya), Healthcare (Vaidya) and Sociocare by providing Clean drinking water (Vaari) and Clean energy (Vidyuth) to the masses. Swami wants us to become that lamp of selfless love that lights another thousand lamps.

“Develop Truth and Love. Everything will be added to you, unasked. Man and God (Nara and Narayana) are the two wires – the positive and the negative, that combine to bring electricity through. Man (Nara) will become the instrument of God (Narayana), if you have acquired the two qualities, Divine Love and Truth.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba Divine Discourse, July 25, 1958.


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The Divine Alchemist

Who is Madhusudhan Rao Naidu

You would have read in my previous post, how along with couple of Sai devotees from my centre, I went to this subtle body retreat during New Year’s eve in Australia with an open mind. The first and foremost question on our minds was who is this Swami’s student, who is claiming to see Swami in person and communicate Swami’s messages to others after Mahasamadhi. While I have great respect for most of Swami’s students for their exemplary character and humble nature, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this student of Swami who is claiming to communicate his subtle body messages.

I must point out that I am not a great fan of people who claim to see Swami in their dreams or receive instructions from Him in meditations etc. Anyway I will try to convey my first impression of Madhusudhan when I saw him sitting on the floor along with other devotees, close to Swami’s chair. I should point out that there was no special chair set of Madhusudhan or any attempts to garland him or give any special attention to him. He was wearing white clothes as most of Swami’s students do and sitting quietly on the floor close to Swami’s chair along with another of Swami’s well known student Kumar Venkat, someone I have known and interacted with previously.

After couple of speakers spoke about their experiences, Madhusudhan rose to speak. First he went to the Chair designated for Swami and took pada namaskar and then came to the dais and described what colour robe Swami was wearing that day as if he could actually see Swami sitting on the Sofa. He said Swami wanted to communicate in English as most people in the audience would not understand Telegu. It was a big relief for me as I never really liked listening to translated discourses of Swami. The people who translate Swami’s message always seem to struggle for the right words or worse get carried away and start adding their own little extra bits and pieces. He spoke fluently with a very clear diction and once the words started flowing, we knew in our hearts that Swami is speaking through him.

Now we all know about what Swami has said in the past that he does not speak through any mediums, intermediaries or channels. However this time, we felt that Swami is speaking directly to each and everyone of us in the audience with a special H2H line as his words resonated in our hearts touching the very core of our being. After the discourse, he encouraged everyone to ask questions which was a pleasant surprise as not many people in the audience like me had such direct access to Swami before. His answers were brief, direct and to the point. He answered most of the questions instantly without waiting or referring to any notes.

After the session was over, I looked around at my friends to see their reaction. They all seem to be convinced that none other than Swami can talk like this or answer questions so naturally and instinctively. The beaming smiles on most faces, (in contrast to the beginning where most people sat with long drawn faces including me, not knowing what to expect when they arrived) convinced me that large section of the audience were satisfied that Swami is communicating to them through Madhusudhan. Still some doubts remained in the our monkey minds as we went back to our hotels after having the sumptuous prasadam served by some dedicated volunteers at the retreat.

We got a copy of the book ‘Sri Sathya Sai Uvacha‘ available at the retreat and started reading it during the night. This was the first time, we read or heard about the experiences of Madhusudhan Rao Naidu. I have scanned the relevant pages from the book in the pdf file format below. You can click on the link below to read or download it.


How it all started by Madhusudhan Rao Naidu


Madhusudhan Rao Naidu

Madhusudhan Rao Naidu

After reading his experiences, I became curious to find out more about Madhusudhan. He has received two gold medals from Swami for standing first in the University in B.Sc(Hons.) and MBA in Marketing and Finance from Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam campus.  I was able to discover a few more things about his background and his tremendous faith and dedication to Swami. Madhusudhan is not only a good speaker but a brilliant artist as well. He was given this unique opportunity by Swami to paint the portraits of Mother Easwaramma and the father Sri Pedda Venkappa Raju. Even though there were some inconsistencies in the portraits of his parents, Swami was very hearty in approbation “Poor boy, he has not seen them so he found it difficult to paint.” Swami then decided to pose with the portraits and blessed Madhusudhan profusely. This article has been removed from Media Sai Servers for reasons better known to them. Click on the link below for a cached version of this article from the web archives.


Read about Madhusudhan’s Experience by clicking here.


Painting the portraits of Swami's parents

Painting the portraits of Swami’s parents

The divine proximity

The divine proximity


It soon became clear that Swami has been preparing Madhusudhan for this role (to communicate the subtle body message) for a long time. I was extremely lucky to find a rare audio recording of Madhusudhan sharing his experiences with Swami which was published in Hridaya Brindavan (alumni publication) on the occasion of Swami’s 80th birthday. This audio recording is done by Radio Sai capturing the reflections of former Sai students in a beautiful segment named as “Fleeting moments, Lasting memories by Madhusudhan Rao Naidu“. Click on the link to listen. Here are few excerpts from that talk.

“In all these years that have gone by, many times I have wondered as to what one can possibly give back to Sun as a token of gratitude for all the light that he brings to our dark homes even as he burns himself out. Perhaps nothing at all. However the least we can do is keep our doors wide open and not let his efforts go in vain. What can I possibly gift on the birthday of one beyond time. As someone aptly said

What you are is God’s gift to you. 

What you become is your gift to God.

So I am here to offer myself in pray that I remain moist as clay for Him to mould and play; and when I grow hard and dry and wouldn’t bent how much you try; let me have the heart to cry with the tears of joy or pain that He shall ordain; and I be wet again for Him to play and cheer; not just on this day but the whole year.” – Poem written by Madhusudhan as a tribute to Swami to express his gratitude on the occasion of Swami’s 80th Birthday.


Epilogue: A brilliant student, an ardent devotee and a most humble servant of Swami, Madhusudhan Rao Naidu deserves all the accolades and grace that Swami has bestowed upon him. Just as a loving mother would bend down to pick up a small child, God descends on earth to forge a bond of kinship with humanity and facilitate its ascend to divinity. While it is true that Sathya Sai Baba does not need any mediums or intermediaries, he does need totally selfless and dedicated individuals such as Madhusudhan Rao Naidu and Sri Narsimha Murthy, willing to sacrifice their entire lives to become the most worthy instruments in the divine hands .


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Sri Sathya Sai Hospital Raipur

Latest Update from Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital in Raipur

WATCH HOW THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS SUPER SPECIALITY HOSPITAL AT RAIPUR WAS COMPLETED IN RECORD TIME 

Update from Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital Raipur

THE DEDICATED TEAM OF MEDICAL STAFF AT THE RAIPUR HOSPITAL

Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Team

This Hospital was inspired and completed in record time by direct instructions given by Swami In Subtle body which was communicated by Madhusudhan to Shri C Sreenivas, Chairman, Sri Sathya Sai Health & Education Trust. Shri C Shreenivas spoke about it in one the sessions during Swami’s Subtle Body visit to Australia.

WATCH HOW IT IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO HAD GIVEN UP HOPE DUE TO HIGH COST AND INACCESSIBILITY OF SPECIALIST MEDICAL CARE

To find out more about Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital at Raipur, visit their facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/SriSathyaSaiSanjeevaniHospital

Why Swami chose Muddenahalli as his residence

Swami had a special affinity to this place which he called as Tapobhumi (land of penance), inhabited by the Tyagajeevies (Selfless individuals) who took a vow of celibacy (to free themselves from the encumbrances of marriage and family life) to serve the humanity.

Sri Narsimha Murthy spoke in an informal interview about the direct instructions, he received from Swami about preparing this place as his future residence. Swami himself laid the foundation stone of his future residence in “Sai Anandam”. Many past devotees confirmed the fact that Swami mentioned about living on a hilltop abode in the last remaining years of his avatarhood.

Watch this presentation from Radiosai to learn and appreciate, how a little seed planted a few years ago by our beloved Lord has grown into a fully blossomed tree now.


Bhagavan has declared that He has incarnated on earth for Dharma Rakshana and Veda Poshana (protection of Dharma and fostering of the Vedas). Bhagavan has therefore been promoting the teaching of the Vedas and exhorting mankind to adhere to truth, love, righteousness and honesty in life which will certainly reinforce Sanathana Dharma, raise the consciousness of man and restore balance, harmony and equilibrium of the universe.

Sanathana Dharma is, in fact, the most precious gift to man by the Supreme Being who is called by different names, like God, Allah, Bhagwan, Paramatma, Brahman or Ishwar by different people of the world. Bhagavan has incarnated to fulfil His Divine Mission of protection of Dharma and redemption of mankind.

He has emphatically declared: “The calamity that has come upon mankind will be averted. A new Golden Age will recur. I shall not fail. It is not the nature of Avatars to fail.”

To further emphasise His point, Bhagavan has declared on numerous occasions
that He has come with full glory of God to accomplish the mission He has undertaken.

To quote His words: “In My present Avatar, I have come armed with fullness of the power of Formless God to correct mankind, raise human consciousness and put people on the path of truth, righteousness, peace and love, leading to Divinity”.

There are millions of people from all parts of the world who have witnessed the effulgence of Divine Glory embodied in the human form of Bhagavan and have experienced the truth of His Divinity which He has been manifesting since His childhood.

– Sanathana Sarathi Nov. 2005 Editorial Page 4 (download link below)


Sanathana Sarathi Nov. 2005  (Read about Muddenahalli Campus report from Page 63)


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