Dedicated At The Lotus Feet of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Who is Sai Baba
Compiled by: Mohan Seepersad
(Chairman of Central
91 d Main Road Montrose, Chaguanas,
Published 1st May, 2000
Copyright Mohan Seepersad, 2000
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Table of Contents
Sathya Sai Baba- a short history
Sathya Sai Baba - His works
Sathya Sai Baba - His Message
Experience Me - Do Not Try To Understand Me
Unity of Faith
The Sai Organisation
World Regions of the Sai Organisation
Sathya Sai Baba’s letter to His brother
Swami talks about God and His Avatar-Hood
The Milestone Speech
Sources of information
grateful to the many people who have helped to produce this
especially grateful to Ms. Charlene Leslie-Chaden for her timely
and kind permission to use information from her book A
Compendium of Teachings of Sathya Sai Baba (A compendium of
site www.sathyasai.org.com was also a great source of help.
grateful to Mr. Dwarika Nath Maharaj (B.A.,M.Ed.) who put
everything aside like a true devotee and graciously proof read
this manuscript in preparation for publication. Bhagwan Baba
worked through all the many people who helped in this
publication. May he bless them eternally.
Bhagwan Baba for allowing us this opportunity to serve by way
of this publication.
need not drink the whole ocean to taste it, a drop will give the
taste,” says Baba.
booklet has been compiled to whet the appetite by giving a taste
of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The material presented in it
has been carefully selected with a view to introducing Bhagwan
Baba to the reader who has just heard of Baba. Even serious and
seasoned devotees of Baba upon reading this booklet, will have
their faith strengthened. Many books are available which attempt
to answer the question “who is Sai Baba?” However, this booklet
is intended to provoke the reader to further inquiry.
Ultimately, each individual discovers Baba in his own time.
of Baba’s life is shown through His major tangible Works, His
Mission, His Miracles, His Teachings and a sample of His ornate
speeches. Most of what you will be reading will be His exact
words even about Himself when he made divine declarations.
Subtler than His major works and even more significant is His
transformation of the minds and hearts of His devotees through
Love. Bhagwan Baba says “Love is My form” and truly we
come to realize this as we learn about Him through our
experiences both direct and indirect. “Love is My greatest
Miracle,” He says, “My Love for you is that of a thousand
mothers”. This can be experienced and understood in
Prasanthi Nilayam as He walks in darshan lines talking,
consoling ,commanding and condemning as he guides us, through
His infinite Love and Compassion.
section on prophecies may cause eyebrows to be raised but these
are all well documented and have been thoroughly investigated by
professionals who in their turn were skeptics and “doubting
devotees or people who have just heard about Bhagwan Baba will
on reading this booklet have a clearer perspective of this
divine phenomenon. All references have also been included so
that the reader can now avail himself of the pertinent source
books to get the context of all quotations. Bhagwan Baba has
given discourses on every spiritual subject over time so that
the range of information is vast to say the least. The
discerning reader will be delighted to learn of the range of
available literature concerning Bhagwan Baba and about what He
has said. Baba Himself has said in Jnana Vahini “ Knowledge is
acquired by uninterrupted inquiry”.
service, with humility & love.
short history —
Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi, a small village in
South India, on November 23, 1926. As a child, he demonstrated
exemplary qualities of compassion, generosity, and wisdom, which
clearly distinguished him from the other children of his
May 23rd, 1940, at the age of 14, he declared to his family and
to the people of his village that he would henceforth be known
as Sai Baba and that his mission was to bring about the
spiritual regeneration of humanity by demonstrating and teaching
the highest principles of truth, righteous conduct, peace, and
mission was further amplified in a letter he wrote to his
brother in May 25th, 1947. “I have a task,” he said, “To foster
all mankind and ensure for all of them lives full of bliss. 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 sufferings of the poor and grant them what
Baba’s ashram, built by his devotees close to the village where
he was born, was inaugurated on November 23, 1950. It is called
Prasanthi Nilayam (the Abode of Divine Peace). It has been the
gathering place of millions of spiritual pilgrims of various
faiths from all over the world. Every day, Sai Baba graciously
walks among them to guide, comfort, console, and uplift them.
small temple dedicated in 1950 has grown into a spiritual oasis
of unprecedented magnitude. The temple and the darshan area in
front of it, which is completely covered by a beautiful roof,
together encompass an area that is over 10,000 square yards.
During the period 14 -23 November 1995, the celebrations of the
70th birthday of Sathya Sai Baba took place in Prasanthi
Nilayam. More than one million people, including the President
and Prime Minister of India, assembled in Prasanthi Nilayam to
pay homage to Sathya Sai Baba during the 70th birthday
teaches by example. He says ‘ First be, then do, then tell’.
greatest miracle is Love. He is able to radiate Love to tens of
thousands at the same time morning and evening without fail in
the physical form, over the last sixty one years, without even
one day off. No one has ever seen Sai Baba sleeping .
advises that “Service to man is service to God”. “Hands that
help are holier than lips that pray”. He advocates ‘free
education, free drinking water and free medical facilities for
all”. He is doing this by example of His massive water project,
His many hospitals and many educational institutions from
primary to University level are all free of charge. Some of his
works are listed later on for your information.
“Religion is three-quarters character. ‘No person can claim to
be religious if he merely observes the sacraments and rules, and
fails to be upright and compassionate. He performs many Miracles
on a daily basis including healing the incurable, raising the
dead on numerous occasions, materializing vibuthi (sacred ash)
and many articles of gold, silver, diamonds and other precious
metals. He is known not only to materialize objects but to
dissolve them as well. Only God is capable of this act of
creating and dissolving. All this He does without any fanfare or
attempt to advertise, in other words, without ego. ‘Man without
ego is equal to God’, He says. You will read more about His
Miracles and what Baba Himself has to say about them later on in
greatest Gift is Liberation itself. Every moment of the life of
this Avatar is spent trying to teach mankind how to achieve this
Gift. In brief He has given the Nine point Code of Conduct, and
the Ten fold Principles of Life as a guide.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Organization has been formed to assist man
in this noble and supreme task of attaining Moksha or
main objective of the Sathya Sai Organization — which you must
always keep before you — is to help man recognize the divinity
that is inherent in him.”
your duty is to emphasize the One, to experience the One in all
you do or speak. Do not give any importance to differences of
religion or sect or status or color. Have the feeling of
one-ness permeate every act of yours. Only those who do so have
a place in this Organization; the rest can withdraw.” Sathya Sai
Baba Sathya Sai Speaks IX, 35, 187-188.
There is not a single sector of social life which has not
benefited from His healing touch. He finds time to perform
marriages, name babies, perform the thread ceremony, reform and
spiritualise education, provide food and medical relief and
organise aid during calamities. His concern for humanity and
human virtues gets translated into everyday action. On special
occasions he clothes and sumptuously feeds the hungry. At all
time, even in the midst of His heavy, hectic schedule, He speaks
with great love to everyone making them immeasurably happy. His
work is stupendous in conception, timely and steady in its
realisation, and victorious in its results. “This Avatar will
not fail in its Mission,” He says for “everything happens by My
will.” Here are some of His sayings (may be repeated later)
which will give you a glimpse of His teachings.
is what I preach
Dharma is what I practise
is my form
Shanti is my nature”.
All, Serve All”.
Ever, Hurt Never”.
is only one caste - the caste of Humanity.
is only one religion - the religion of Love.
is only one language - the language of the Heart.
is only one God - He is Omnipresent.
is only one law - the law of Dharma.”
“Politics without principles, education without character,
science without humanity, and commerce without morality are not
only useless but positively dangerous.”
the different faiths exist, let them flourish, let the glory of
God be sung in all the languages, in a variety of tunes, that
should be the ideal. Respect the differences between the faiths
and recognise them as valid as far as they do not extinguish the
flame of Unity.”
there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the
there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the
there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world”.
your duty is to emphasize the One, to experience the One in all
you do or speak. Do not give any importance to differences of
religion or sect or status or color. Have the feeling of
one-ness permeate every act of yours. Only those who do so,
have a place in this Organization; the rest can withdraw”.
Speaks IX, 35, 187-188.
urges people who are interested in making spiritual progress to
materialises Vibuthi very often as a cure to a particular
ailment or assistance to devotees on the spiritual path.
has raised the dead on many occasions. These have been
accurately documented. The first documented case was that of
Dr. Walter Cowan. His wife later built the entire hostel for the
Whitefield College as an offering to Baba. She was given a robe
by Baba and eventually placed it on the wall of the Sri Sathya
Sai Baba Centre of Marabella which incidentally was the first
Sai Centre in the West Indies.
Another documented case was that of Radha Krishna. On one of his
visits to Baba’s Ashram in Prasanthi Nilayam he passed away. His
family members had tremendous faith in Baba and waited for His
decision. On the third day following his death when his body was
already in an advanced state of decomposition Baba went into the
room where the body was kept and came out with Radha Krishna
alive. Needless to say Radha Krishna was free from all disease
and enjoyed good health until he passed on.
has given us the five values of Sathya (truth), Dharma (Right
conduct), Shanti (peace), Prema (love) and Ahimsa (non-injury)
as guides. However His teachings are captured in several series,
namely “Sathya Sai Speaks,” the “Vahini Series” and “Summer
Showers” as you will see later on in this booklet. Also through
the journal ‘Sanathan Sarathi’ (Eternal Charioteer), which was
started in 1958, Swami’s divine discourses are providing
enlightenment and eliminating ignorance.
SATHYA SAI BABA - HIS WORKS
Sathya Sai Baba is a highly revered spiritual leader and world
teacher, whose life and message are inspiring millions of people
throughout the world to turn God-ward and to lead more
purposeful and moral lives. His timeless and universal
teachings, along with the manner in which he leads his own life,
are attracting seekers of Truth from all the religions of the
world. Yet, he is not seeking to start a new religion. Nor
does he wish to direct followers to any particular religion.
Rather, he urges us to continue to follow the religion of our
choice and/or upbringing.
Sathya Sai Baba publicly declared his mission on 2oth October,
1940, at the age of 14. Since then, he has daily exhibited in
practical and concrete terms the highest ideals of truth, right
conduct, peace, love, and nonviolence. He has often stated, “My
life is my message.” Each day, hundreds of pilgrims make their
way to the tiny hamlet in southern India where Sathya Sai Baba’s
ashram (spiritual headquarters) is located. They come not only
from India but from virtually every country of the world. Over
the years, followers have organized to foster the construction
of a variety of buildings and facilities to house and otherwise
accommodate the ever-increasing number of visitors. The name of
Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram is Prasanthi Nilayam, which means
“abode of the highest peace”.
Sathya Sai Baba interacts with all people on a heart-to-heart
basis. There are no intermediaries between himself and those
who yearn for knowledge and experience of God. Every day for
more than 60 years, Sathya Sai Baba has walked among and talked
with the spiritual pilgrims who gather around him in increasing
numbers. He offers solace and inspiration to all sincere
seekers of truth. One of the injunctions in the Nine point Code
of Conduct is to do (seva) selfless service to humanity. By
example He has done extensive work on Education, Health Care and
Water Supply to villages free for all. Sathya Sai Baba has
given His life, selflessly and magnanimously, to the service of
mankind. Some aspects of these three projects are listed for
Sathya Sai Baba places great importance on proper education for
young people. Parents and community leaders are urged to
concern themselves with the informal as well as the formal
experiences to which their children and young adults are
has established a model education system, which includes primary
schools, secondary schools, and an accredited university with
three campuses, (Puttaparthi, Whitefield, and Anantapur).
Undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees are offered. No fees
are charged to students, and admission is open to all,
regardless of race, religion, or economic condition.
addition to emphasizing the pursuit of academic excellence,
Sathya Sai Baba’s system of “integral education” is designed to
foster self-discipline and pro-social conduct. Students are
required to take courses on morality and spirituality and to
devote several hours each week to some form of community
service. Sathya Sai Baba says that “the end of education is
The nations progress and good name are dependent on the behavior
of the students. Students are the foundation of the nation,
hence their conduct should be exemplary.”
Baba has said that “the present education system does very
little for the purification, the enrichment and the spiritual
unfoldment of man. It has merely brought society to the brink of
disaster. Education must help to weaken all narrow loyalties
and strengthen the aspiration for establishing a world, peaceful
and prosperous ; it must promote in the individual consciousness
,unity and tolerance and equality. Education without character,
science without humanity, commerce without morality are useless
boys are kept in separate schools without compromise.
has said much about education. Some quotations are listed
system of education that does not help…. to discriminate between
right and wrong, that does not instill the fear of sin and the
love of God, that does not train you in the codes of humility
and reverence, that does not widen the horizons of your wonder,
nor encourage you to worship fully, nor serve your skills and
attainments to the progress of your family, village, community,
country language and nation stands condemned. The corruption and
cruelty that are rampant can be traced to this grave defect. As
science and technology advance, humility and love should also
develop to the same extent; otherwise, man becomes a menace to
man.” A compendium of TSSB p 163
“Who are responsible for this? In the home, the parents are
responsible, in schools and colleges, the teachers and outside,
the Governments which have failed to provide a proper system of
education and the administrators who have not recognized their
obligation to train young people on right lines. The
responsibility thus rests on all of them and not on any single
agency. In the homes, the parents should teach the children to
cultivate good qualities and noble ideals. Bookish knowledge
alone is not enough. It is superficial and not practical.
Students need also general knowledge and common sense.
Teachers! Inspire your students by your example. Give no room
for anger, jealousy or hatred within you. Teach the children the
three P’s: Purity, Patience, Perseverance. Armed with these
three qualities, they can protect the nation better than any
army or atom bombs. When Truth and Righteousness are protected,
the nation will be secure. Truth is God. This is true for all
countries, everywhere, without regard to nationality or creed.
Both Truth and Righteousness transcend barriers of space and
time Right education leads to refinement of conduct. With
refinement of behavior, one’s life gets sublimated. Good
intellect alone can lead to happiness which is the source of
peace. Proper education brings about association with good
people. The company of the good is peace itself. Good education
redeems one’s life and ensures liberation as a consequence.” A
Compendium of TSSB p 165-166..
“The end of education is character, and the end of knowledge is
Sai Baba, in Sathya Sai Speaks IX, Chap. 43, 219 (old edition).
“Education must teach a person what life is and its goal. It
must purify the heart and clarify the vision. It must prevent
pollution of the heart and hands by habits injurious to the
individuals, the society and the nation. It must promote
virtues and raise the moral and spiritual standards of the
There is an ancient maxim that says education imparts humility;
humility ensures credibility; credibility brings wealth; wealth
induces charity; charity confers peace and joy, here and
“Education must include the education of the mind of man, of his
impulse to hoard, to fight to defame. It is not merely the
acquisition of certain skills, by which the materials found in
nature can be reshaped into utility products; it is not merely
the acquisition of information, about laws of nature”.
“Education should serve to teach you two things: What is life
and how you should live. Life is not mere existence. It must
be lived for a purpose, an ideal. A life without ideals is
utterly worthless. Only character and humility can lend meaning
to life. Students should strive to develop these qualities”.
you cannot use education to be near the feet of the Lord, what
is the purpose of this knowledge? You must have God in your
heart and recognise all living beings as equal. You must make
every effort to overcome the four obstacles, namely lust, anger,
attachment and greed”.
not tarnish the spotlessly clean minds of children by creating
distinctions between one child and the rest. Impart instruction
equally, sympathetically, and with equal care to all. Select
stories from the scriptures of all religions in order to
interest children in the values of good life. Speak to them of
the moral heroes of the lands, the saints of all faiths and all
“True education consists of sanctifying everything you utter and
every action and thought of yours”.
SATHYA SAI SPRITUAL EDUCATION
Education, or Sai Spiritual Education, is one of the three wings
of the Sai Organization (the other two being Devotion and
Service). It is sometimes called Education in Human Values, the
primary values being divine love, truth, peace, duty (dharma),
Spiritual education for children (Bal Vikas) can serve children
of all faiths. Do not talk about the differences in religions in
the beginning; stress the obvious similarities. Bring to the
pupils the common good advice about human conduct that is
contained in the scriptures of all religions”.
Sai Baba, Sathya Speaks IX, Chap. 1, 10; X, Chap. 22, 107; X,
Chap. 33, 210 (old edition).
Spiritual education is not a separate and distinct discipline.
It is part and parcel of all types and levels of education”.
Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Speaks IX, Chap. 50, 257 (old edition).
“Children are precious treasures; our task is to rear them to
become devoted servants of God”.
Baba, Sathya Speaks II, Chap. 34, 293 (old edition).
whole world has been looking for an effective way to inspire and
educate the children of this generation in order to reverse the
present trend of violence, crime, substance abuse and apathy.
In this regard the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Program,
a curriculum for character development was introduced.
Sathya Sai Education in Human Values, is a multi-cultural,
multi-faith, self-development Program designed for children and
young people all over the world. It is a simple educational
tool designed to help develop positive values in the young so
that children and young adults become fit for life, and not just
for earning a ‘good’ living.
Program is rapidly spreading in popularity and has been
developed and culturally adapted for use in numerous countries,
across all continents around the world.
175 countries now use the Sathya Sai Spritual Education in
Human Values Program at a local (Center level) if not national
program for “ integrating Human Values in Education “ has been
introduced by the Sri Sathya Sai Education in Human Values
Trust. This program attempts to fuse the Sathya Sai Education
in Human Values with the existing School programs. The success
of this program far exceeded all human expectations .Teachers
are trained by members of the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Organisation
, and they in turn train the students. This program is commonly
referred to as EHV or “Education in Human Values”
The EHV program has received a favourable response from UNESCO,
whose Director General in 1985, Mr. Frederico Mayor, gave the
Program recognition, and wished it success in furthering the
cause for world peace through education. In September of this
year 2000, UNESCO is participating in the World Conference for
Education in Human Values (EHV) in Prasanthi Nilayam in the
presence of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. UNESCO is doing this
with the hope of instituting Sai Baba’s EHV program
throughout the world.
How does the Sathya Sai Spiritual
Education Program work?
today’s multi-cultural and multi-racial society, with its
changing social norms and expectations, it can be difficult for
a young person to know what is right.
Program is therefore designed to help young people to be in
touch with their own feelings and nurture awareness with the
qualities within themselves which form good character and
is not the purpose of the Program to dictate the actions of the
individual, but rather, to offer them a secure base from which
they may arrive at their own informed decisions.
Program seeks to draw out the basic human values of right
conduct, peace, truth, love and non-violence, which are inherent
in the fundamental make up of the human personality. It is
these eternal core values which raise man above the level of the
animal kingdom and are indeed shared and recognized world wide.
Learning takes place through lesson plans based on practical,
meaningful and fun activities using the five components of:
Stories – about life, identity & relationships;
Quotations, poems and prayers;
Songs and music;
Silent sitting – exercises leading to inner calm and peace;
Activites e.g. drama, discussion, games,
play, community service, etc.
working through the lessons that comprise these components, the
importance of the triple partnership for education becomes
apparent: teachers will inspire children in their schools, if
they are value conscious adults; parents’ example affects the
conduct of their children; and children when reaching a certain
age need self-discipline to balance their generally natural
SATHYA SAI BABA AND HEALTH
an essential requisite for man; it is the very root of all
endeavor in the four fields of human achievement: dharma,
wealth, desire, and liberation. – Sathya Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba has built an ultra-modern 300-bed hospital close
to the university and ashram. Highly specialized operations,
including open-heart operations and kidney transplants, are
performed routinely. There is absolutely no charge to the
patient for professional or hospital expenses. Motivated by the
desire to serve humanity, doctors, nurses, and workers in the
hospital render extraordinary, compassionate, and loving care to
addition He has established other Hospitals in other parts of
India where the services are free of charge and available to all
. Presently another hospital is being constructed in Whitefield,
SATHYA SAI INSTITUTE OF HIGHER MEDICAL SCIENCES
Prasanthi Nilayam Tel: 91-8555-87388
Anantapur Dist. Fax: 90-8555-87544
Andhra Pradesh 515134, INDIA
Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, which opened on 22
November 1991, the day before Swami’s birthday, provides heart,
kidney, and eye surgery. The hospital is entirely free to all
patients. Nothing is ever charged for operations, doctors,
nurses, room, or board. It is located in Puttaparthi, close to
the Sri Sathya Airport.
Swami’s words on the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical
educational or medical institution is established, the sole aim
is to make a business of it. There are few who are ready to set
up institutions to provide free facilities for the poor.
Therefore, from the start we decided to set up a hundred-crore
hospital near Prashanti Nilayam. Even as higher education is
free here, ‘higher medicine’ also will be free. People spend
some lakhs to get heart surgery done in the U.S. What is the
plight of the poor? Who looks after them? If they go to the
cities, they will not get even basic medicine. Recognizing this
fact, we have launched this big hospital project. Whether it is
heart bypass operation, a kidney transplant, a lung operation,
brain surgery or eye surgery, everything will be done free.
This has been decided upon from the very start of the project.
The hospital will be opened on November 22, 1991."
Declaration on establishing the
Institute of Higher Medical Sciences,23 November 1990.
“Puttaparthi has become the cynosure of all eyes in the world.
Above all, you should enquire why a highly sophisticated and
most modern hospital, which should be located in a
well-developed metropolis, has been set up in this rural area.
The wealthy can go anywhere and get medical relief with their
abundant resources. But the rural poor cannot go far from their
villages for treatment. It is for the sake of such poor folk
that this hospital has been established. This is a gigantic
project. It is intended to benefit people for a thousand
years. This hospital has been set up to provide relief to
villagers suffering from ailments. No distinction is made,
however, between villages and cities. Diseases do not afflict
only villagers. Sickness makes no territorial distinctions.
Likewise, there will be no differentiation in providing relief.
Our intention is to provide relief to all who come, without any
SRI SATHYA SAI DRINKING WATER
“Avatars are engaged in selfless service (seva); that is why
Avatars happen. Offering service to mankind pleases Avatars … I
am active and busy twenty-four hours a day … I have never craved
a minute’s rest or sleep or relief.” –Sathya Sai Baba, in
Sathya Sai Speaks X, Chap. 19, 123,; VII, Chap. 59, 350; VI,
Chap. 58, 288 ( old edition)
page will highlight Sathya Sai Baba’s project, begun in 1994,
which brought water to more than 700 villages in the Indian
state of Andhra Pradesh (where Prashanti Nilayam is located).
This project was directed by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
and carried out by Larsen & Toubro Limited, with the
collaboration of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. The project
cost over U.S. $63 million, which was donated to the Sri Sathya
Sai Central Trust without any kind of solicitation.
the moment, here are some statistics on the project.
No.of villages covered 750
Population covered 900,000
Design population 1,250,000
Project cost US $63
SATHYA SAI BABA – HIS MESSAGE
Sathya Sai Baba encourages us to recognize who we are. We are
not these physical bodies. We are the eternal spirit that
temporarily occupies these minds and bodies. We can appreciate
and become who we really are by turning inward with faith in God
and in intense yearning to know Him. Our conscience is a
reflection of the eternal spirit. Sathya Sai Baba tells us that
our conscience is our master. When we follow our conscience,
our thoughts, words, and deeds will be noble and consistent.
Spirituality is having the courage and the determination to
follow our conscience in all things and at all times. In doing
so, we recognize that we are all united in God. We are bound
together by divine love.
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.”-SSS Vol. VI - p. 185
the different faiths exist, let them flourish, and let the glory
of God be sung in all the languages and in 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.”
SATHYA SAI BABA—THE ESSENCE
OF HIS TEACHINGS
the age of 14, Sathya Sai Baba declared to his parents that he
had come to this world with a mission to re-establish the
principle of Righteousness, to motivate love for God and service
to fellow man. Since then, he has consistently called on all
mankind to “Love All, Serve All” and has repeatedly asserted
that the essence of all scriptures is “Help Ever, Hurt Never!”
Through his speeches and writings, Sathya Sai Baba has offered a
veritable ocean of knowledge and guidance on all aspects of
spiritual, religious, and value-oriented living. He has often
repeated that it is not necessary to drink the whole ocean to
know its taste, that it is not necessary to read all scriptures
to live a life of joy, peace, and love. It is enough to put
into practice one aspect of spiritual teaching.
few drops of the ocean of Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings, an
attempt to encapsulate its essence, follows. Bhagwan Sri Sathya
Sai Baba while placing the Sai movement throughout the world on
a firm footing with established Universal Principles such as
those shown below has also proclaimed as a guiding light for
a devotee’s spiritual and personal development - the Nine Point
Code of Conduct and the Ten Principles.
Belief in GOD- for there is only ONE GOD for all mankind -
though He may be called by many names.
Follow sincerely their respective religions and live their daily
lives in consonance with the teachings of good behavior and
Respect all other religions – for no religion advocates the
negative and lower qualities of man.
Perform selfless service to the poor, the sick, and the needy
without thought of reward or fame.
Cultivate in their lives the values of truth, divine love, right
conduct, peace, and non violence and promote these values among
patriotic and respect the laws of the country in which they
Nine point code of Conduct
Daily meditation and prayer.
Devotional singing/prayers with family members once a week.
Participation in educational programs (Bal Vikas) conducted by
the Organisation for children.
Attendance at least once per month at group devotional programs
conducted by the Centre.
Participation in community service and other programs of the
Regular study of Sai literature.
Putting into practice the principle of ‘Ceiling of Desires’ and
utilize any savings thereby generated for the service of
Speak softly and lovingly with everyone.
Avoid talking ill of others especially in their absence.
Treat as sacred the land in which you were born. Have patriotism
to your nation- but do not criticise other nations or put others
down. Not even in your thoughts or dreams.
Respect all religions equally.
Recognise the Brotherhood of man — treat all as brothers — Love
your house and surroundings clean - for this will promote
hygiene and health and help you.
Practice charity - but do not encourage beggars by giving money.
Provide food, clothing, shelter and help them in other ways (do
not encourage laziness).
Never give or take a bribe - never give in to corruption.
envy and jealousy, expand your vision and outlook, treat all
equally regardless of caste or creed.
and do as much as possible by yourself. You may be wealthy and
have servants, your servants can help, but service to society
must be done by yourself.
and cultivate’ Love for God and Fear of Sin - Have hatred for
Never go against the Law of the land - follow these diligently -
both in word and in the spirit. Be an exemplary citizen.
Do Not try to understand me —
truth, you cannot understand the nature of My Reality either
today, or even after a thousand years of steady austerity or
ardent inquiry even if all mankind joins in that effort. But, in
a short time, you will become cognizant of the Bliss showered by
the Divine Principle, which has taken upon itself this sacred
body and this sacred name. Your good fortune, which will provide
you this chance, is greater than what was available for
anchorites, monks, sages, saints and even personalities
embodying facets of Divine Glory”!
Compendium of TSSB p446
“There was no one to know who I am until I created the World at
My pleasure, with one Word! Immediately, mountains rose up;
oceans, seas, land and watersheds, sun, moon, and the desert
sand sprang out of nowhere to prove My existence. Came all forms
of being, men, beasts and birds—flying, speaking, hearing. All
powers were bestowed on them under My orders. The first place
was granted to mankind and My knowledge was placed in man’s
mind”. Loving God p372
“Each new day should be celebrated to remind everyone of their
divine nature and of the unity of their existence. God is the
embodiment of time. Everything is found in God, time is the very
soul of God. Your real focus must be only toward God. When you
know God, you know everything. Unfortunately today, many of you
have forgotten the Creator and are focused on that which is
created. Only if you can really understand the Creator then you
can understand the creation in the fullness of all of its
aspects”. A Compendium of TSSB p99
in me, yourself, for I see Myself in you. You are My life, My
breath, My soul, You are all My forms. When I love you, I love
Myself. I separated Myself from Myself and became all this so
that I may be Myself. I wanted to be Myself, that is,
Anandaswarupa, Premaswarupa (embodiments of limitless Divine
Love and limitless Divine Bliss). That is what I am and I wanted
to be that. How can I be Anandaswarupa and Premaswarupa? And
give Anand and give Prema? And to whom am I to give Anand and to
whom am I to give Prema? So I did this. I separated Myself from
Myself and became all this.”
Compendium of TSSB p500
have resolved to enfold the people of the world in the fostering
care of Universal Love. . . . . . . . For the world is my
mansion and the continents are the halls therein. I have come
to inscribe a golden chapter in the history of humanity, wherein
falsehood will fail, truth will triumph, and virtue will reign.
Character will confer power then, not knowledge or inventive
skill, nor wealth. Wisdom will be enthroned in the councils of
the nations. Do not be misled. It is not my purpose to strike
men dumb by the display of miraculous might. I have come to
confer the boon of blessedness, the benediction of bliss, as the
reward for genuine spiritual endeavor, and to lead mankind to
Liberty, Light and Love”. My Baba and I. p138
“Love is My distinctive mark, not the creation of material
objects or of health and happiness, by sheer exercise of will.
consider what you call miracles as the most direct sign of
divinity, but the Love that welcomes you all, that blesses all,
that makes Me run to the presence of the seekers, the suffering
and the distressed in distant lands or wherever they are, that
is the real sign. It is that which declares that I am Sai Baba.
My task, My Mission, My breath.” Baba Sathya Sai part 11 p 148
“You can understand me only if you understand yourself, your own
see, hear, study, observe, experience, reflect; then only you
can understand Me.
learn that I am Prema itself; that I give only one thing,
Ananda, through that Prema. My task is to distribute solace,
courage and santhi. That is to say, My characteristics are the
ancient authentic ones; only the Manifested Form is new.”SSS
Vol 11 p 152
roopa dharam, saantham
naama dharam, sivam
chit – ananda roopam, adwaitam
am all forms ascribed to the Almighty: I am the Embodiment of
Perfect Peace. I am known by all the names through which the
Almighty is addressed and adored by man. I am the Embodiment of
Goodness : I am Being – Awareness - Bliss, Atma, the one without
a Second, Truth, Goodness, Beauty.” Digest p 70.
“Every man seeks to achieve unalloyed happiness (Ananda) through
some means or other and engages himself in ceaseless efforts for
this purpose. But pure happiness eludes him because he does not
know its real nature and where to find it. Ananda cannot be
found in the phenomenal world, or in material objects like
houses, wealth and vehicles, or got from kith and kin. When the
Bliss he is seeking is his own true nature , what is the use in
seeking it elsewhere ? True happiness consists in realizing
Reality is the Atma (God viewed as the particular), a wave of
the Paramatma (God viewed as the Universal). The one object of
this human existence is to visualize that Reality, that Atma,
that relationship between the Wave and the Sea. All other
activities are trivial; you share them with birds and beasts;
but, this is the unique privilege of Man. He has clambered
through all the levels of animality, all the steps in the ladder
of evolution in order to inherit this high destiny. If his
years between birth and death are frittered away in seeking
food, shelter, comfort and pleasure as animals do, man is
condemning himself to a further life sentence.” A Compendium of
yearning for God should be nourished. Qualities such as
back-biting, spreading scandal and searching for the faults in
others are not human but demonic. People should cultivate good
thoughts, good words, good hearts and good conduct. This is the
way to God. That man is redeemed who follows this path.” A
Compendium of TSSB p394
“Recognize the Divinity that is manifested in the Cosmos. All
things in Nature observe their laws with undeviating
regularity. The sun and the moon, the seasons observe their
respective laws. Man alone violates the laws of his being.
Animals obey their instincts and have their seasons for
regulating their lives. Man is the exception. He needs to be
taught the rules of right living (Dharma). He has to cultivate
morality and integrity. There is only one way by which this can
be done. It is by the spiritual path. Without spirituality,
man cannot discover the light within him.” A Compendium of TSSB.
“Never stray from the path of right, whatever the trouble or
temptation. Do not loosen the grip; do not turn back. Do not
allow faith to be upset. If you attach importance to riches or
children or fame or fortune, you are thereby announcing that you
are devoted, not to God, but to riches, children, and the rest.
If you are devoted to God, how should you manifest that
devotion? Let me tell you how. By manifesting divine
qualities, divine virtues, divine love, divine strength. Become
Sai; be Sai.” A Compendium of TSSB p394
will not ask you to give up your critical faculty; evaluate,
discriminate, experience, and analyze your experience. Then, if
you are convinced, accept. Devotion, Action and Knowledge are
three doors to the same Hall. Some come this way, some that,
but all enter the same Hall. The knowledgeable man (jnani) sees
everything as the Divine Substance; the devoted man (bhakta)
sees everything as the divine play (leela) of God; the man who
acts intelligently and without attachment to the result of his
actions (karmayogi), sees everything as service of the Lord. It
is all a question of aptitude and taste, as well as the stage of
development of reason and emotion… When the grace of the Lord is
Wisdom will prevail and the delusion of separateness will be
recognized to be powerless.
can this Wisdom be won? By a slow, systematic process,
eliminating all limiting factors: greed, lust, pride, envy,
hate, and all that snaky brood of possessive instincts and
impulses; by the educative influence of Dharma, the body of
rules laid down by the experience of living; by study,
rumination, and practice; by analysis of the experiences of the
waking, dreaming, and sleeping stages; by learning to be a
witness of all this passing show without getting involved in its
tangles; by overcoming all trends that divide and differentiate.
flash of insight, I recognize the effort which is required of us
in the ascent from the ordinary mind to the over-mind. It is as
Baba has told us, ‘You take one step toward me, I will take one
hundred toward you.’ When we make the effort to remove the
sheaths which seem to separate us from Him, He will step forward
to meet us, hold out his hands, and say, “I will take that.” A
Compendium of TSSB p394-395
“Strive –that is your duty. Yearn—that is your task. Struggle
–that is your assignment. If only you do these sincerely and
steadily, God cannot keep back for long the reward of
realization.” A Compendium of TSSB p395
UNITY OF FAITH
faiths are inter-related and mutually indebted to each other for
the principles they teach, and the disciplines they
recommended. The Vedic Religion was the first in time; Buddhism
which appeared about 2,500 years ago, was its son; Christianity,
which was influenced much by the Orient was its grandson. And
Islam, which has the Prophets of Christianity as its base was
like the great-grandson. All have Love as the fundamental
discipline of the mind, in order to chasten it and merge man
with the Divine”. SSS VOL VII B Chap 15 p 113.
There is only one caste - the caste of Humanity.
There is only one religion - the religion of Love.
There is only one language - the language of the
There is only one God - He is Omnipresent.
There is only one law - the law of Dharma”.
“ Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish, let the
glory of God be sung in all the languages, in a variety of tunes
that should be the ideal. Respect the differences between the
faiths and recognise them as valid as far as they do not
extinguish the flame of Unity.”
the primeval Pranava AUM resounding in your heart as well as in
the heart of the Universe”.
bitterness in the sacred Fire and emerge grand, great and
the Wheel of Cause and Consequence, of Deed and Destiny and the
Wheel of Dharma that rights them all”.
‘I’ feeling clean across and let your ego die on the Cross, to
endow on you Eternity”.
the Star which never wavers from the Crescent but is fixed in
“Names may be different, but the Almighty Providence is denoted
as Absolute and Eternal. The terminology may be different,
but the concept is not. Bhagwan is referred to as Allah and
prayer may be called Namaz, pundits may be known as Khajis and
scholars may be hailed as mullahs. The Vedas may be in the
form of the Holy Koran ,but the undercurrent of energizing power
in all cases is Love; Love towards all beings. The founders
always had in view the Unity of all life and the progressive
march of man towards Divinity.”
is sad that instead of uniting mankind in a common endeavor,
Religion has become a system of walled enclosures, guarded by
fate and fanaticism. So, each religion is an armed camp, sunk in
self- aggrandizement, trying to wean others into itself and
prevent defections from its ranks. Religion, therefore, is being
condemned as the root cause of chaos and conflict. In spite of
great progress in many other areas of life, religious animosity
is aflame even today in many parts of the world. It has to be
emphasized that religion is not the root cause of the state of
affairs. The factious and fanatic hatred are due to the unruly
ego that is given free play. Religion strives to destroy just
this vicious tendency; so, it has to be supported and not
condemned. What has to be condemned is the narrow, perverted
attitude of hating those who do not agree with ‘us’ or hold
different opinions of the mysterious force that animates the
motive behind the formation and propagation of all these
different faiths is the same. The founders and propagators were
all persons filled with Love and Wisdom. Their goal, their
target, their purpose and their aim were all the same. No one
had a design to divide, disturb or destroy. They attempted to do
good, see good and be good.” A Compendium of TSSB p459
is because the doctrine of human unity based on the spiritual
oneness of all beings , is not propagated in the right manner
that we have today many divisions leading to many conflicts.
ritual, religion and different theologies are all derived from
man’s yearning for the vast Reality beyond - and flow in the
thousand different forms, fertilizing many fields, calming many
communities, refreshing tired people and, at last , carrying
people to the ocean of Bliss.”
mysteries of creation are marvellous. When two persons meet at
any time or place, the differences between them are patent.
Their forms and manners differ. They differ in their cleverness
and intelligence. Their opinions also vary. Without
understanding what underlies these differences, the materialist
thinker emphasizes the differences. Today, a growing number of
intellectuals, ignoring the unity that underlies the diversity,
propagate the cult of differences. The good persons who realize
the unity behind the apparent diversity are dwindling in numbers
from day to day. This is highly unfortunate.”
“Man’s foremost task is to recognise the unity that underlies
the multiplicity. If one enquires into the matter with a pure
and unselfish mind, one will see what is common to all beings.
Birth and death are common to all men. Hunger and thirst are
experienced by every person. These are truths that apply to all
persons, whether they are destitutes or millionaires, whether
they are scholars or ignorant men.” A Compendium of TSSB p601
“Forbearance is a potent instrument. Dharmaraja (the eldest of
the Pandavas) was able to score many victories with the weapon
of forbearance. Forbearance is not a sign of weakness or
cowardice. No other weapon has the power of forbearance. It
should not be used only as an individual instrument. It has to
be experienced collectively also. That is the reason why the
scripture has commended collective forbearance at the very
outset of the spiritual quest. What is its inner meaning? ‘Let
us live and move in harmony. Let us grow together. Let us
cherish the wisdom that we have acquired together. Let us live
in complete harmony without any misunderstanding.’ Therefore,
do not have any misunderstanding amongst you. All of you
should live in amity as the children of one mother.” A
Compendium of TSSB p600
“Unity is vital for all, wherever they are and whatever their
country, religion or sex. Love should be the unifying
force…..Teachers! Promote the sense of human unity among all
people, without regard to race, religion or caste.”
Compendium of TSSB p600
“When individuals change, society will change. And when society
changes, the whole world will change. The welfare of the
individual is bound up with the welfare of society as a whole.
Unity is the secret of social progress, and service to society
is the means to promote it. Everyone, therefore, should devote
himself to such service in a spirit of dedication. One who does
not dedicate himself to such work is like a rusting machine.
Concern for one’s own welfare and prosperity should not blind
one to one’s social obligations or spiritual destiny….A society
in which the individuals are concerned only about material
welfare will not be able to achieve harmony and peace.” A
Compendium of TSSB p602
inspiration of Sathya Sai Baba’s example and message of
unselfish love and service has resulted in the establishment of
over 1,700 Sathya Sai Baba Centers in 175 countries throughout
the world. This number is ever increasing.
Sathya Sai Baba Centers constitute a genuine spiritual
movement. We are moving away from body consciousness and
selfishness to God consciousness and selflessness. We are
moving away from a world in which force maintains order, away
from a world in which selfish goals are the foundation of human
interactions and institutions. We are moving toward a world
where acknowledgement of and love for God results in the
harmonious and loving interaction of all members of the holy
human family. Love is the fuel for our spiritual movement. The
quality and constancy of our love determines the speed and
duration of our journey.
members of Sathya Sai Centers are united by a common bond -
-love of God – and a common goal – spiritual growth. Center
activities include the study of the teachings of Sathya Sai
Baba and the sacred literature of all religions, group
devotional singing, spiritual meditation, and selfless service
to the community, society, the world, and the environment. The
membership includes people from all walks of life and the Center
programs are compatible with all the major religions. There is
never a fee for membership in a Sathya Sai Baba Center, and
members are never required to purchase books or materials.
Donations are never solicited. Books are sold all over the world
through the Organisation at cost price.
“When an organization has started, it has to lay down for itself
certain rules and regulations. But our rules are of a different
nature altogether. Our rules emphasize that members must first
put into daily practice what they stand for. Whatever you desire
others to do , you must first put into daily practice sincerely
and with steadfastness.
organization must be such that members find them congenial
places to deepen their spiritual discipline (Sadhana), to
cultivate their virtues, to overcome their ego, by contact with
workers who are free from the least trace of that deadly
poison”. Sathya Sai Baba Sathya Sai Speaks VI, 7, 35-36.
WORLD REGIONS OF THE SAI
Latin America & Puerto Rico
Europe North. Austria, Belgium, Belo Russia, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden,
Europe South. Bosnia & Herzegovenia, Croatia, Italy, France,
Greece, Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain,
Switzerland, Rep. of Yugoslavia.
UK & Ireland
New Zealand, Fiji, & Pacific Islands
Australia & Papua New Guinea
Far East. Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia.
Far East II
Far East III. China PRC, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan ROC.
12: West Indies
13: Africa I
14: Africa II
“Today, let it be anyone, whether one deems himself a devotee or
not, he should give up meat eating. Why? Meat eating promotes
only animal qualities. It has been well said that the food one
consumes determines one’s thoughts. By eating the flesh of
various animals, the qualities of these animals are imbibed.
How sinful is it to feed on animals, which are sustained by the
same five elements as human beings! This leads to demonic
tendencies, besides committing the sin of inflicting cruelty on
animals. Hence, those who genuinely seek to become devotees of
God have to give up non-vegetarian food. Calling themselves Sai
devotees or devotees of Rama and Krishna, they fatten on
chickens. How can they be deemed Sai devotees? How can God
accept such a person as a devotee? Therefore, whether they are
devotees in India or outside, they should give up from this
instant meat eating… those who aspire to become true devotees of
God have to give up meat, liquor and smoking.” A Compendium of
is a fact that plants also have life like animals. But animals
are endowed with mind, and nervous systems too while the plants
do not possess the same. The animals cry and weep when they are
being killed. It is not the case with plants; as such, equating
killing of animals and destruction of plants is faulty logic.
Further, killing the animals and eating their flesh leads to the
creeping or dissemination of the animal qualities and behavior
into the man (meaning that man acquires beastly qualities by
eating animal flesh). Thus follows our acquiring beastly
qualities- Tamasic nature-of the buffaloes or the sheep. Hence,
meat eating should be discarded. Food conditions the nature of
the mind. Mind guides the thinking. Thinking results in
action. Action leads to commensurate or matching results and
effects. This chain of action between the food we eat and the
result of our action highlights the fact that meat eating leads
to beastly action and the concomitant evil effects.” A
Compendium of TSSB p609.
“Meat is all right for those who concentrate on the body and
want to have strength, but for spiritual aspirants it is not
good.” A Compendium of TSSB p609.
“There should be some regulations with regard to food. Many
doctors emphasize the value of proteins and recommend meat,
eggs, etc. Proteins in this form build the body but do
considerable harm to the mind. Doctors are primarily concerned
with the gross, physical body. They pay little attention to the
subtle form of the mental makeup. Most of the diseases that are
prevalent in the world today are related to the mind. Mental
illnesses seem to outnumber physical ailments. The Vedas have
declared that the mind is the cause of bondage or liberation.
This means that the mind has to be used properly and turned
godward. Equally, the mind is responsible for health or
sickness. In this context, food is all important. Proteins are
present in milk, curds and vegetables as well as in meat. If,
in the matter of diet, the doctors give the right prescription,
diseases can be averted.” A Compendium of TSSB p609.
“Research has revealed that non-vegetarians and alcoholics are
more prone to heart ailments than vegetarians. If the
vegetarian food consumed is balanced and wholesome, it should
contain liberal amounts of vitamin C and vitamin E, which are
available in vegetables like carrots, etc. The presence of these
vitamins prevent heart ailments in large measure. Every effort
should be made to keep the human body healthy. Health is
wealth. The acquisition of wealth cannot be enjoyed by a person
with poor health. Health is more important because it gives
physical and mental strength.” A Compendium of TSSB p609.
VIBHUTI – ASH
“Vibhuti is the most precious object in a truly spiritual sense…
(it represents the burning of desires that agitate the mind and
cause confusion.) When there is no desire to warp the mind, love
will be true and full. What greater offering can you give to
God to glorify Him than the ash signifying your triumph over
desire? Ash or vibhuti is the ultimate condition of things; it
cannot undergo any further change….. It should inspire you to
give up desire and offer to God the ashes of destruction of
tantalizing desires as the most valuable of all the articles you
have earned. Ash cannot fade as do flowers in a day or two; it
does not dry and disappear; it will not lose its color as leaves
do in just a few hours; it does not rot as fruits after a few
days. Ash is ash forever and ever. So burn your vile
tendencies, your vices, your bad habits. Worship God, rendering
yourself pure in thought, word and deed.” A Compendium of TSSB
“What I materialize is a manifestation of divinity with a potent
significance as well as symbolism. It is symbolic of the cosmic,
immortal and infinite nature of all forms of God, Atma or the
spirit – that is what is left when everything worldly, transient
and changeable has burnt away. I have spoken to you of the
imperative of desireless life. After Siva has burnt the God of
desire, Kama, into a heap of ashes, he adorned himself with the
ash to shine as a conqueror of desire. When Kama was destroyed
Prema (Divine Love) reigned as the Goddess of Love. Such is the
significance of ash.”
the first place, it is symbolic of the life-death cycle in which
everything ultimately reduces itself to ash. For dust thou art
and unto dust shalt thou returneth. Ash or dust is the final
condition of things. It cannot undergo any further changes. In
the spiritual context it constitutes a warning to the receiver
to give up desire, to burn all passions, attachments and
temptations, and make one pure in thought, word and deed. It is
in order to press home this lesson that I materialize ash for
those who come to me with love and devotion. Like other
materializations, it also acts as a talisman, healing the sick
and giving protection to those who need it. It is the symbol of
divinity, quite different from the magician’s trickery mentioned
to you.” A Compendium of TSSB p612-613.
SATHYA SAI BABA’S LETTER TO HIS
BROTHER, 25 MAY 1947
25 May 1947, at the age of 20, in response to a letter from his
brother who was concerned with what he was doing, Sri Sathya Sai
Baba wrote the following letter. This letter disclosed his
dear One! I received the communication that you wrote and sent;
I found in it the surging floods of your devotion and affection,
with the undercurrents of doubts and anxiety. Let me tell you
that it is impossible to plumb the hearts and discover the
natures of jnanis, yogis, ascetics, saints, sages, and the
like. People are endowed with a variety of characteristics and
mental attitudes, so each one judges according to his own angle,
talks and argues in the light of his own nature. But we have to
stick to our own right path, our own wisdom, our own resolution
without getting affected by popular appraisal. As the proverb
says, “it is only the fruit-laden tree that receives the shower
of stones from passers-by.” The good always provoke the bad
into calumny; the bad always provoke the good into derision.
That is the nature of this world. One must be surprised if such
things do not happen.
people have to be pitied, rather than condemned. They do not
know. They have no patience to judge aright. They are too full
of lust, anger, and conceit to see clearly and know fully. So,
they write all manner of things. If they only knew, they would
not talk or write like that. We, too, should not attach any
value to such comments and take them to heart, as you seem to
do. Truth will certainly triumph some day. Untruth can never
win. Untruth might appear to overpower Truth, but its victory
will fade away and Truth will establish itself.
is not the way of the great to swell when people offer worship
and to shrink when people scoff. As a matter of fact, no sacred
text lays down rules to regulate the lives of the great,
prescribing habits and attitudes that they must adopt. They
themselves know the path they must tread; their wisdom regulates
and makes their acts holy. Self-reliance, beneficial activity
–these two are their special marks. They may also be engaged in
the promotion of the welfare of devotees and in allotting them
the fruits of their actions. Why should you be affected by
tangle and worry, as long as I am adhering to these two? After
all, praise and blame of the populace do not touch the Atma, the
reality; they can touch only the outer physical frame.
have a “Task”: To foster all mankind and ensure for all of them
lives full of bliss (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
sufferings 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,
aright. I have my definition of the “devotion” I expect: Those
devoted to me have to treat joy and grief, gain and loss, with
equal fortitude. This means that I will never give up those who
attach themselves to me. When I am thus engaged in my
beneficial task, how can my name be tarnished, as you
apprehend? I would advise you not to heed such absurd talk.
Mahatmas do not acquire greatness through someone calling them
so; they do not become small when someone calls them small.
Only those low ones who revel in opium and marijuana but claim
to be unexcelled yogis, only those who quote scriptural texts to
justify their gourmandry and pride, only those who are
dry-as-dust scholars exulting in their casuistry and
argumentative skill—only those will be moved by praise or blame.
must have read life stories of saints and divine personages; in
those books, you must have read of even worse falsehoods and
more heinous imputations cast against them. This is the lot of
mahatmas everywhere, at all times. Why then do you take these
things so much to heart? Have you not heard of dogs that howl
at the stars? How long can they go on? Authenticity will win.
will not give up my mission, or my determination. I know I will
carry them out. I treat the honor and dishonor, the fame and
blame that may be the consequence, with equal equanimity.
Internally, I am unconcerned. I act but in the outer world; I
talk and move about for the sake of the outer world and for
announcing my coming to the people; else, I have no concern even
not belong to any place; I am not attached to any name. I have
no “mine” or “thine”. I answer whatever the name you use. I go
wherever I am taken. This is my very first vow. I have not
disclosed this to anyone so far. For me, the world is something
afar, apart. I act and move only for the sake of mankind. No
one can comprehend my glory, whoever he is, whatever his method
of enquiry, however long his attempt.
can yourself see the full glory in the coming years. Devotees
must have patience and forbearance.
not concerned, nor am I anxious, that these facts should be
known. I have no need to write these words; I wrote them
because I felt you would be pained if I do not reply.”
SWAMI TALKS ABOUT GOD AND HIS
1974 (Satya Sai Speaks IX, 88-92)
“God is inscrutable. He cannot be realized in the outer
objective world; he is in the very heart of every being.
Gemstones have to be sought deep underground; they do not float
in mid air. Seek God in the depths of your self, not in
tantalizing, kaleidoscopic nature. The body is granted to you
for this high purpose; but, you are now misusing it, like the
person who cooked his daily food in the gem-studded gold vase
that came into his hands as an heirloom.
extols God as omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, but, he
ignores his Presence in himself! Of course, many venture to
describe the attributes of God and proclaim Him to be such and
such; but, these are but their own guesses and the reflections
of their own predilections and preferences.
can affirm that God is this or thus? Who can affirm that God is
not of this form or with this attribute? Each one can acquire
from the vast expanse of the ocean only as much as can be
contained in the vessel he carries to its shore. From that
quality, they can grasp but a little of that immensity.
religion defines God within the limits it demarcates and then
claims to have grasped Him. Like the seven blind men who spoke
of the elephant as a pillar, a fan, a rope or a wall, because
they contacted but a part and could not comprehend the entire
animal, so too, religions speak of a part and assert that its
vision is full and total.
religion forgets that God is all forms and all names, all
attributes and all assertions. The religion of humanity is the
sum and substance of all these partial faiths; for there is only
one religion and that is the religion of Love. The various
limbs of the elephant that seemed separate and distinct to the
eye-less seekers of its truth were all fostered and activated by
one single stream of blood; the various religions and faiths
that feel separate and distinct are all fostered by a single
stream of love.
optical sense cannot visualize the truth. It gives only false
and fogged information. For example, there are many who observe
my actions and start declaring that my nature is such and such.
They are unable to gauge the sanctity, the majesty, and the
eternal reality that is me. The power of Sai is limitless; it
manifests forever. All forms of ‘power’ are resident in this Sai
those who profess to have understood me, the scholars, the
yogis, the pundits, the jnanis, all of them are aware only of
the least important, the casual external manifestations of an
infinitesimal part of that power, namely, the ‘miracles’! They
have not desired to contact the source of all power and all
wisdom that is available here at Brindavan. They are satisfied
when they secure a chance to exhibit their book-learning and
parade their scholarship in vedic lore, not realizing that the
person from whom the Vedas emanated is in the midst, for their
sake. They even ask, in their pride, for a few more chances.
has been the case in all ages. People may be very near
(physically) to the Avatar, but they live out their lives
unaware of their fortune; they exaggerate the role of miracles,
which are as trivial, when compared to my glory and majesty, as
a mosquito is in size and strength to the elephant upon which it
squats. Therefore, when you speak about these ‘miracles’, I
laugh within myself out of pity that you allow yourself so
easily to lose the precious awareness of my reality.
power is immeasurable; My truth is inexplicable, unfathomable.
I am announcing this about me, for the need has arisen. But what
I am doing now is only the gift of a ‘visiting card!’ Let me
tell you that emphatic declarations of the truth by Avathars
were made so clearly and so unmistakably only by Krishna. In
spite of the declaration, you will notice in the career of the
same Krishna that he underwent defeat in his efforts and
endeavors, on a few occasions; you must also note that those
defeats too were part of the drama that he had planned and that
he himself directed. For example, when many kings pleaded with
him to avert the war with the Kauravas, he confessed that his
mission to the Kaurava Court for ensuring peace had ‘failed’!
But, he had not willed that it should succeed! He had decided
that war would be waged! His mission was intended to publish
the greed and iniquity of the Kauravas and to condemn them
before the whole world.
I must tell you that, during this Sai Avatar, there is no place
for even such ‘drama’ with scenes of failure and defeats! What I
will, must take place; what I plan must succeed. I am Truth;
and Truth has no need to hesitate, or fear, or bend.
‘Willing ‘ is superfluous for me. For my grace is ever
available to devotees who have steady love and faith. Since I
move freely among them, talking and singing, even intellectuals
are unable to grasp my truth, my power, my glory, or my real
task as Avatar. I can solve any problem however knotty. I am
beyond the reach of the most intensive enquiry and the most
meticulous measurement. Only those who have recognized my love
and experienced that love can assert that they have glimpsed my
reality. For the path of Love is the royal road that leads
mankind to me.
not attempt to know me through the external eyes. When you go
to a temple and stand before the image of God, you pray with
closed eyes, don’t you? Why? Because you feel that the inner
eye of wisdom alone can reveal Him to you. Therefore, do not
crave from me trivial material objects; but, crave for me, and
you will be rewarded. Not that you should not receive whatever
objects I give as sign of grace out of the fullness of Love.
shall tell you why I give these rings, talismans, rosaries etc.
It is to signalize the bond between me and those to whom they
are given. When calamity befalls them, the article comes to me
in a flesh and returns in a flash taking from me the remedial
grace of protection. That grace is available to all who call on
me in any name or form, not merely to those who wear these
gifts. Love is the bond that wins grace.
Consider the meaning of the name Sai Baba. “Sa” means ‘Divine’;
“ai” or “ayi” means ‘mother’, and Baba means ‘father’. The name
indicates the divine “mother and father” just as Sambasiva ,
which also means divine mother and father, your Physical parents
exhibit love with a dose of selfishness; but this Sai ‘mother
and father’ showers affection or reprimands only to lead you
toward victory in the struggle for self-realization.
this Sai has come in order to achieve the supreme task of
uniting the entire mankind, as one family through the bond of
brotherhood, of affirming and illumining the Atmic reality of
each being in order to reveal the Divine that is the basis on
which the entire cosmos rests, and of instructing all to
recognize the common divine heritage that binds man to man, so
that man can rid himself of the animal, and rise into the
Divine, which is his goal.
the embodiment of divine love; love is my instrument. There is
no creature without love; the lowest loves itself, at least.
And its self is God. So there are no atheists, though some
might dislike Him or refuse Him, as malarial patients dislike
sweets or diabetic patients refuse to have anything to do with
sweets! Those who preen themselves as atheists will one day,
when their illness is gone, relish God and revere Him.
had to tell you so much about my truth, for I desire that you
should contemplate on this and derive joy therefrom, so that you
may be inspired to observe the disciplines laid down by me and
progress toward the goal of self-realization, the realization of
the Sai that shines in your hearts.”
1968 (Sathya Sai Speaks VI, 210-213)
the last part of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse at the World
Conference of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations in
Bombay, 17 May 1968. It states plainly and directly that Sathya
Sai Baba is an incarnation of God, come to restore righteousness
“Since at this place those who have devotion are gathered and
people of all nations have come, I cannot but tell you one
fact. World conferences dedicated to religion or spiritual
problems have no doubt been held before; also, conferences of
followers of particular faiths. But these have been held only
after the demise of the founders and divine inspirers. This is
the very first time that a World Conference is held, of persons
devoted, while the incarnation is present before every one, with
the body assumed for the purpose, bearing the name that is
chosen for it by Itself. I must tell you this fact, because
ninety-nine persons out of a hundred among you do not know my
Reality. You have come here drawn by diverse needs, a taste of
spiritual matters, eagerness to develop the institutions to
which you are attached, admiration or affection, love or
reverence or a spurt of enthusiasm to join others and share with
others your own exultation.
truth, you cannot understand the nature of my Reality either
today or even after a thousand years of steady austerity or
ardent inquiry even if all mankind joins in that effort. But,
in a short time, you will become cognizant of the bliss showered
by the divine Principle, which has taken upon itself this sacred
body and this sacred name. Your good fortune which will provide
you this chance is greater than what was available for
anchorites, monks, sages, saints and even personalities
embodying facets of divine Glory!
Since I move about with you, eat like you, and talk with you,
you are deluded into the belief that this is but an instance of
common humanity. Be warned against this mistake. I am also
deluding you by my singing with you, talking with you, and
engaging myself in activities with you. But, [at] any moment my
Divinity may be revealed to you; you have to be ready, prepared
for that moment. Since Divinity is enveloped by humanness you
must endeavor to overcome the maya (delusion) that hides it from
is a human form in which every divine entity, every divine
principle, that is to say, all the names and forms ascribed by
man to God, are manifest… Do not allow doubt to distract you; if
you only install, in the altar of your heart, steady faith in my
Divinity, you can win a vision of my Reality. Instead, if you
swing like the pendulum of a clock, one moment devotion, another
moment disbelief, you can never succeed in comprehending the
truth and win that bliss. You are very fortunate that you have
a chance to experience the bliss of the vision of the
Sarvadaivathwa swaroopam (the form that is all forms of the
Gods) now, in this life itself.
me draw your attention to another fact. On previous occasions
when God incarnated on earth, the bliss of recognizing Him in
the incarnation was vouchsafed only after the physical
embodiment had left the world, in spite of plenty of evidence of
his grace. And the loyalty and devotion they commanded from men
arose through fear and awe at their superhuman powers and skills
or at their imperial and penal authority. But ponder a moment
on this Sathya Sai Manifestation; in this age of rampant
materialism, aggressive disbelief and irreverence, what is it
that brings to it the adoration of millions from all over the
world? You will be convinced that the basic reason for this is
the supra-worldly Divinity in human form.
Again how fortunate you are that you can witness all the
countries of the world paying homage to India (Bharatha); you
can hear adoration of Sathya Sai’s name reverberating
throughout the world, even while this body is existing – not at
some future date but when it is with you, before you. And again,
you can witness very soon the restoration of the Ancient and
Eternal Religion (Sanathana Dharma) to its genuine and natural
status, the righteousness (dharma) laid down in the Vedas for
the good of peoples of the world. The revival of vedic dharma
is the Sai sankalpa (the resolve that Sai has) not only drawing
people toward me, attracting them by the manifestation of my
shakti (power) and samarthya (capacity). This is not a
bhramathathwam (phenomenon of delusion). This phenomenon will
sustain truth, it will uproot untruth, and in that victory make
all of you exult in ecstasy. This is the Sai sankalpa (will).
persons, even those who have reached a certain stage of
leadership and authority, have started exchanging the Vedic
formulae and the principles of Indian (Bharathiya) culture for
lucre, selling them, in fact; and westerners too are inclined to
These truths and discoveries are not merchandise to be sold and
Therefore, I am going to western countries soon, in order to
apprise them of their real worth and put a stop to this
Already, the authorities of universities in the United States of
America and the leaders of the students of those universities
have written that they are eager to welcome me and they have
drawn up programs for me. It was only yesterday that passports
for my visit to Africa have been brought, praying that I may
visit those countries soon; I am proceeding to Africa before the
month of June.
utilize the chance of association with me as much as possible,
and endeavor as quickly and as best as you can to follow the
directions that I have been giving. Obeying my instructions is
enough; it will benefit you more than the most rigorous
asceticism. Practice sathya, dharma, santhi, and prema, which
are dear to me; resolve to keep those ideals before you ever, in
all your thoughts, words and deeds. That can confer on you the
summum bonum of mergence in the supreme substance of Divinity.”
Forty-Third Birthday Discourse, 23 November 1968.
– Holy Man and the Psychiatrist, by Samuel Sandweiss.)
discourse, Swami speaks for almost the first time in a major
discourse about his being the Avatar and proclaims his mission
on earth: the establishment of righteousness
the protection of the virtuous, for the destruction of
evil-doers and for establishing righteousness on a firm footing,
I incarnate from age to age. Whenever disharmony (asanthi)
overwhelms the world, the Lord will incarnate in human form to
establish the modes of earning peace (prasanthi) and to
reeducate the human community in the paths of peace. At the
present time, strife and discord have robbed peace and unity
from the family, the school, the society, the religions, the
cities, and the state.
arrival of the Lord is also anxiously awaited by saints and
sages. Spiritual aspirants (sadhus) prayed and I have come. My
main tasks are fostering of the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) and
fostering of the devotees. Your virtue, your self-control, your
detachment, your faith, your steadfastness: these are the signs
by which people read of my glory. You can lay claim to be a
devotee only when you have placed yourself in my hands fully and
completely with no trace of ego. You can enjoy the bliss
through the experience the Avatar confers. The Avatar behaves
in a human way so that mankind can feel kinship, but rises into
his superhuman heights so that mankind can aspire to reach the
heights, and through that aspiration actually reach him.
Realizing the Lord within you as the motivator is the task for
which he comes in human form.
Avatars like Rama and Krishna had to kill one or more
individuals who could be identified as enemies of the righteous
(dharmic) way of life, and thus restore the practice of virtue.
But now there is no one fully good, so who deserves the
protection of God? All are tainted by wickedness, so who will
survive if the Avatar decides to uproot? Therefore, I have come
to correct the intelligence (buddhi), by various means. I have
to counsel, help, command, condemn and stand by as a friend and
well-wisher to all, so that they may give up evil propensities
and, recognizing the straight mark, tread it and reach the
goal. I have to reveal to the people the worth of the Vedas,
the Sastras and the spiritual texts which lay down the norms.
If you will accept me and say “Yes,” I too will respond and say,
“Yes, yes, yes.” If you deny and say “No,” I also echo “No.”
Come, examine, experience, have faith. This is the method of
not mention Sai Baba in any of my discourses, but I bear the
name as Avatar of Sai Baba. I do not appreciate in the least
the distinction between the various appearances of God: Sai,
Rama, Krishna, etc. I do not proclaim that this is more
important or that is less important. Continue your worship of
your chosen God along lines already familiar to you, then you
will find that you are coming nearer to me. For all names are
mine, and all forms are mine. There is no need to change your
chosen God and adopt a new one when you have seen me and heard
Every step in the career of the Avatar is predetermined. Rama
came to feed the roots of truth (sathya) and righteousness
(dharma). Krishna came to foster peace (shanti), and love
(prema). Now all these four are in danger of being dried up.
That is why the present Avatar has come. The righteousness that
has fled to the forests has to be brought back into the villages
and towns. The anti-righteousness that is ruining the villages
and towns must be driven back into the jungle.
have come to give you the key of the treasure of bliss (ananda),
to teach you how to tap that spring, for you have forgotten the
way to blessedness. If you waste this time of saving
yourselves, it is just your fate. You have come to get from me
tinsel and trash, the petty little cures and promotions, worldly
joys and comforts. Very few of you desire to get from me the
thing that I have come to give you: namely, liberation itself.
Even among these few, those who stick to the path of spiritual
practice (sadhana) and succeed are a handful.
worldly intelligence cannot fathom the ways of God. He cannot
be recognized by mere cleverness of intelligence. You may
benefit from God, but you cannot explain him. Your explanations
are merely guesses, attempts to cloak your ignorance in pompous
expressions. Bring something into your daily practice as
evidence of your having known the secret of the higher life from
me. Show that you have greater brotherliness. Speak with more
sweetness and self-control. Bear defeat as well as victory with
calm resignation, I am always aware of the future and the past
as well as the present of every one of you, so I am not so moved
by mercy. Since I know the past, the background, the reaction
is different. It is your consequence of evil deliberately done
in the previous birth, so I allow your suffering to continue,
often modified by some little compensation. I do not cause
either joy or grief. You are the designer of both these chains
that bind you. I am the embodiment of bliss (Anandaswarupa).
Come, take bliss (ananda) from me, dwell on that bliss, and be
full of peace (shanti).
acts are the foundations on which I am building my work, the
task for which I have come. All the miraculous acts which you
observe are to be interpreted so. The foundation for a dam
requires a variety of materials. Without these it will not last
and hold back the waters. An incarnation of the Lord has to be
used in various ways by man for his uplift.
Lord has no intention to publicize himself. I do not need
publicity, nor does any other Avatar of the Lord. What are you
daring to publicize? Me? What do you know about me? You speak
one thing about me today and another tomorrow. Your faith has
not become unshakeable. You praise me when things go well and
blame me when things go wrong. When you start publicity you
descend to the level of those who compete in collecting plenty
by decrying others and extolling themselves.
Where money is calculated, garnered or exhibited to demonstrate
one’s achievements, I will not be present. I come only where
sincerity and faith and surrender are valued. Only inferior
minds will revel in publicity and self-aggrandizement. These
have no relevance in the case of Avatars. Avatars need no
establishment of righteousness (dharma): that is my aim. The
teaching of dharma, the spread of dharma: that is my object.
These miracles, as you call them, are just a means toward that
end. Some of you remark that Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (an Indian
saint) said that yogic power (siddhis) are obstructions in the
path of the spiritual aspirant (sadhaka) Yes, yogic powers may
lead the spiritual aspirant astray. Without being involved in
them he has to keep straight on. His ego will bring him down if
he yields to the temptation of demonstrating his yogic powers.
That is the correct advice which every aspirant should heed.
But the mistake lies in equating me with a sadhaka, like the one
whom Ramakrishna wanted to help, guide and warn. These yogic
powers are just in the nature of the Avatar – the creation of
things with intent to protect and give joy is spontaneous and
lasting. Creation, preservation, and dissolution can be
accomplished only by the Almighty…no one else can.
Cynics carp without knowledge. If they learn the Sastras or
scriptures, or if they cultivate direct experience, they can
understand me. Your innate laziness prevents you from the
spiritual exercises necessary to discover the nature of God.
This laziness should go. It has to be driven out of man’s
nature in whatever shape it appears. That is my mission. My
task is not merely to cure and console and remove individual
misery but is something far more important. The removal of
misery and distress is incidental to my mission. My main task
is the reestablishment of the Vedas and Sastras (spiritual
scriptures), and revealing the knowledge about them to all
people. This task will succeed. It will not be limited. It
will not be slowed down. When the Lord decides and wills, his
divine will can not be hindered.
must have heard people say that mine is all magic. But the
manifestation of divine power must not be interpreted in terms
of magic. Magicians play their tricks for earning their
maintenance, worldly fame, and wealth. They are based on
falsehood and they thrive on deceit, but this body could never
stoop to such a low level. This body has come through the
Lord’s resolve to come. That resolve is intended to uphold
truth (sathya). Divine resolve is always true resolve.
Remember there is nothing that divine power cannot accomplish.
It can transmute earth into sky and sky into earth. To doubt
this is to prove that you are too weak to grasp great things,
the grandeur of the universe.
have come to instruct all in the essence of the Vedas, to shower
on all this precious gift, to protect the ancient wisdom
(sanathana dharma) and preserve it. My mission is to spread
happiness, so I am always ready to come among you not once, but
twice or thrice – as often as you want me. Many of you probably
think that since people from all parts of India, and even
foreign countries outside India, come to Puttaparthi, they must
be pouring their contributions into the coffers of the Nilayam
(Prasanthi Nilayam: name of Sai Baba’a ashram). But let me
declare the truth. I do not take anything from anyone except
their love and devotion. This has been my consistent practice
for the last many years. People who come here are giving me just
the wealth of faith, devotion, and love. That is all.
of you come to me with problems of health and mental worry of
one sort or another. They are mere baits by which you have been
brought here. But the main purpose is that you may have grace
and strengthen your faith in the divine. Problems and worries
are really to be welcomed, as they teach you the lessons of
humility and reverence. Running after external things produces
all this discontent. That type of desire has no end. Once you
have become a slave to the senses, they will not leave hold
until you are dead. It is an unquenchable thirst. But I call
you to me and even grant worldly boons so that you may turn
God-ward. No Avatar has done like this before, going among the
masses, counselling them, guiding them, consoling them,
uplifting them, and directing them along the path of truth,
righteousness, peace and love (sathya, dharma, santhi and
activities and movements will never be altered, whoever may pass
whatever opinion on them. I shall not modify my plans for the
establishment of righteousness ( dharmasthapana), my discourses,
or my movements. I have stuck to this determination for many
years and I am engaged in the task for which I have come: that
is, to inculcate faith in the path of the highest spiritual
peace (prasanthi). I shall not stop or retract a step.
even the biggest scientist can understand me by means of
laboratory knowledge. I am always full of bliss. Whatever may
happen, nothing can come in the way of my smile. That is why I
am able to impart joy to you and make your burden lighter. I
never exult when I am extolled, nor shrink when I am reviled.
Few have realized my purpose and significance, but I am not
worried. When things that are not in me are attributed to me,
why should I worry? When things that are in me are mentioned,
why should I exult? For me it is always, “Yes, yes, yes.” If
you give all and surrender to the Lord, he will guard and guide
you. The Lord has come for just this task. He is declaring
that he will do so, and that it is the very task that has
brought him here. I know the agitations of your heart and its
aspirations, but you do not know my heart. I react to the pain
that you undergo and to the joy that you feel, for I am in your
heart. I am the dweller in the temple of every heart. Do not
lose contact and company, for it is only when the coal is in
contact with the live embers that it can also become live
Cultivate a nearness with me in the heart and it will be
rewarded. Then you too will acquire a fraction of that supreme
love. This is a great chance. Be confident that you will all
be liberated. Know that you are saved. Many hesitate to believe
that things will improve, that life will be happy for all and
full of joy, and that the golden age will recur. Let me assure
you that this divine body (dharmaswarupa) has not come in vain.
It will succeed in averting the crisis that has come upon
‘Among the various prophecies in ancient scriptures of the
world, and those by sages and seers contained in palm-leaf
volumes carefully preserved by Sanskrit scholars, and of which
photographs have been seen giving details of the advent of the
Sai Avatar in the 20th century (the Shuka palm-leaf
manuscript, thought to be approximately 5,000 years old, even
gives the date, month and day of birth, as well as the stars at
the time, and the name of Sai), none appears to be so amazingly
detailed as the prophecy by the Prophet Mohammed’.
‘Some years ago, an Iranian writer browsing at a bookstall in
Teheran, was irresistibly drawn to a huge volume. It was the
14th edition of the discourses of Mohammed, in 25 volumes
translated as The Ocean of Light. It is said that these
discourses were collected together some 700 years after
‘Volume 13 of The Ocean of Light is called Mehedi Moud in
Arabic, which means ‘The Great Teacher that was promised.’ This
teacher is also referred to as ‘Master of the World’, ‘Master of
Time’, ‘God’s President’, ‘A Great Part of God on the ground’,
and ‘God speaking and advising’. Moreover, Mohammed gave copious
signs or marks by which the great teacher could be recognized.
‘Asked by his disciples if he, Mohammed, was ‘The Master of the
World’, he said that he was not, and that no prophet of God who
had ever come to this world had come with the powers with which
He will come. Here are the details:
hair will be profuse
forehead will be large and concave
nose will be small, with a slight bump at the bridge
front teeth will be spaced apart
will have a mole on his cheek
will not have a beard but will be clean-shaven
clothing will be like a flame
will wear two robes (one an under-robe or dhoti)
color of His face will be sometimes like copper, sometimes
yellow like gold, sometimes very dark, and sometimes shining
like the moon
body will be small in size, but his stomach will tend to be
legs will be like those of a young girl
the teachings of all the religions of the world will be in His
heart from birth
the science and knowledge of the world from the beginning of
time will be in His head
things which you will ask from God, He (the Master of the world)
will give to you
the treasures of the world are under His feet
will give gifts that are light in weight
devotees will collect under a great tree (the huge banyan tree)
of them will have a spot on their foreheads (Hindu kum-kum spot)
will go around among devotees and touch their heads with His
Every eye who sees Him will be happy, not only humans but
devotees will crane their necks to see Him
will live 95 years on earth. (Sai Baba says He will retain this
body until the 96th year. Indians very logically call the
actual day of birth the first birthday
the last years of His life, He will be ‘King of the whole
world’, but at that time only two-thirds of the people of the
world will believe in Him (from A.D. 2001). Moslems will only
recognize Him nine years before His passing from the world (A.D.
will live on a hill. ( The ashram, Prasanthi Nilayam is
situated on a hill)
house will be square
will make the world light and full of peace
as not to be deceived, you should know that the Master of the
World will bring things ellipsoid in shape out of His body,
through His mouth.’ A Compendium of TSSB p428
As per HINDU TEXT. “When the Pandavas were doing Vanavasam,
Lord Vishnu revealed these truths to Sage Markendeya who was
with them: He was told that in Kaliyuga, in South India, an
Avatar with full characteristics would descend to the Earth.
All those characteristic are to be found in our Swami….This is
mentioned in five scriptures: Agasthyanadi, Brighunadi,
Sukhanadi, Brahmanadi and also in the Mahabarata. In
Agsthayanadi, it is recorded that this particular Avatar shall
cure all diseases with the power of Sankalpa (Will), faster than
lightning. With the mere sankalpa He will heal people and free
them from diseases. He will also establish many educational
institutions. He will leave His parents and will promote
spiritual progress in the World. His previous Avatar would be
Shirdi Sai Baba… In Brighunadi, it is mentioned that He will
always be in a state of Eternal Happiness and Bliss, His name
will be Truth. He will be the ultimate power, come down to the
Earth for deliverance of mankind. In Sukhnadi, it is recorded
that this Avatar shall establish and spread eternal happiness by
propagating Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa. His abode
will be called ‘Prasanthi Nilayam’. He would be happy serving
humanity and He would be the Divine Avatar descended to Earth!…
the life of this Avatar, Thursday will be a very holy day. He
will keep calling himself a human living in Puttaparthi, hiding
his godhood in the veil of maya, pretending to be an ordinary
mortal. He will have the name of Sathya Sai. He will be a
Shiva-Shakti Avatar. His Avatar will follow Shirdi-Sai Avatar.
In Brahmanadi and Brighunadi, it is recorded that in a place
called Prashanti Nilayam, the world will witness God in human
form. His previous form will be Shirdi Sai. His name is
Sathyanarayana. He is the Paramatma who has come down to earth
for the upliftment of humanity. As per Mahabharata, while the
Pandavas were residing in the forests, sage Markandeya told
Yudhistira all these matters as told by Lord Vishnu. Lord
Vishnu, the protector, creates a Golden Age on earth to promote
righteousness whenever Adharma prevails on earth….
greatest thing about this Avatar is that no Avatar was as
extensive as this. This was told by Sage Markandeya to the
Pandavas at the end of Dwaparayuga. The sage also said that this
particular Avatar shall draw unto Himself all the people from
every religion. There shall dawn a day when everyone shall have
faith in Him…
is written (in the Mahabharata) that in Kaliyuga, God shall
come down to Earth in a small village, in an ordinary family of
South India. It is recorded that He shall wear saffron colored
robes, that He shall have curly and bushy hair, that he shall be
regarded by all religions as God, that He shall have the power
of creating anything by mere sanlkalpa (will) ; He shall live
for 96 years and that He shall also have the power to increase
His lifespan if need be. He shall be the King of Kings and the
ruler of the World in the last 20 years of His lifespan. From
His 70th year onwards, He shall rule all the countries. It is
also written that this Avatar shall produce things from His
mouth…He shall also materialize things from His hands…
the SHUKA NAADI: “He will be possessing all powers and Siddhis.
This person of Divine aspects was previously Shirdi-Vasi. He is
Sankalpa - Siddha (whatever He wills, happens). He is in
Nirvikalpa Samadhi state and living only for Dharma paripalana
(establishment of righteousness), Prajopakar (welfare of
people), Dharma-Prachar (Propagating Dharma) and the place He
stays will become Punya Bhoomi (Sacred Land). He can go in
different forms and give darshan. He will establish an Ashram
near a place ‘Bahuchakra Vahana (Rail) (Whitefield?), and will
establish educational institutions that show spiritual
strength. He will show His Omniscience in many ways – He will
be a Brahmachari, will exhibit equal attitude towards men and
women – will move like a mother amidst women – He will be a
Premaswaroopa, Anandaswaroopa and Jnanaswaroopa, but only the
enlightened one will be able to experience Him as Ananda (Joy)
–He can be experienced but not expressed – Total equanimity
will be His.”
will be for Lok-Kalyanam (good of Mankind). As Adharma (evil)
rises to the uttermost, His powers will come into play and He
will be known in the World and His efforts to save the World
will increase ten-fold. He alone can control the fury of
Nature. He will also plant a tree and that place will become a
Siddhikshetra and the tree Kalpa Vruksha. The good will accrue
to anyone who sees Him, everything about Him is for the good of
the World. His greatness will spread and there will be a
Universal Worship. He will show Himself simultaneously in many
places. When He publicizes any aspect of Himself or His
activities, which is not always, He does so only for the growth
of righteousness, instilling good ideas of life. This Avatar
will have healing powers and powers to cure Himself just by
Sprinkling of water, He will use this power not only for humans
but also for Devataas. At times he will save them from the
curse and illwill of others by taking upon Himself their illness
and sufferings. In such cases, He will cure Himself when the
danger has been averted. When Kaliyuga influence grows even
more intense, the people will see His true might and acknowledge
that He is the Supreme Power. Mankind will bow to Him and He
will be revered as ‘Mahapurusha’ – a form of Great Vishnu
Himself. He is fully Divine, fully God, a life of total sanctity
fully endowed with Brahmajnana – He will perform even more
wondrous and greater miracles. Once He will keep an airplane
airborne for a long time after it runs out of fuel through His
will alone. He will retain a youthful look, age not
withstanding. He will teach great truths.”A Compendium of TSSB
per VISHNU PURANAM: “This Kalki Avatar will display great
superhuman power in establishing the New Age of Truth. His
parents will be devotees of Lord Vishnu and will reside in a
village worshipping the cow herd form of Sri Krishna (Swami’s
family was devoted to Vishnu – this village was earlier known as
Gollapalli, i.e. Multitude of ant-hills due to a cobra’s curse
and Lord Gopala Swamy – Cowherd form of Krishna was being
worshipped when Sai Baba was born).”
Kalki Avatar, “Maharishi Markandeya once told Pandava brothers
about the talk he had with the Lord Vishnu, who told him, how
light would come to earth when Kaliyuga had reached a level that
required the direct action of God – “When evil is rampant upon
this earth, I will take birth in the family of a Virtuous man
and assume a human body to restore tranquility. I will assume
an inconceivable human form. In the Kali Age of sin I will
assume an Avatar, dark in color. I will be born in South India.
Material objects needed for this Avatar’s mission will be at His
disposal as soon as He thinks of them. This Avatar will
inaugurate a New Era of Truth and will be surrounded by
Spiritual people – adored by spiritual people all over the
World. Educational center for knowledge of Brahma will again
reappear – Rulers will govern their kingdom virtuously.”
per NOSTRADAMUS: ‘Predicted new light will be thrown on his work
which will make people of that century extremely happy
(111.94). Some of his revelations pointed out Descent of God in
our present age’-
who has been awaited for such a long time will never appear in
Europe. He will appear in Asia. One from the league issued from
the Great Hermes. His power will rise over all the other Kings
in the Eastern Countries’. (X – 75) (References to Hermes the
Greek Messenger of the Gods is a clear clue to the advent of the
triplicity of waters (3 sided seas – India) will give birth to a
Man who will choose Thursday as His Holy day. His voice, reign
and power will rise across land and sea, amidst storms in the
one who will be responsible for destroying the shrines and sects
which have changed out of sheer fancy of caprice will come to
harm the rocks than the living beings. His ornate speeches
everybody will be willing to hear (1.96). Sacred Shrines that
were once built in the Roman way will be rejected as broken
foundations. They will fall back on their early human laws
(Sanantana Dharma) chasing away most of the cults of the
Saints.”(11.8)A Compendium of TSSB p432
per THE HOLY BIBLE - Book of Revelations 1XX vs X1 - X111.
In one of
Baba’s discourses he referred to the above chapter while saying;
who sent me among you will come again!” and he pointed to a
lamb. The lamb is merely a symbol, a sign. It stands for the
Voice – BaBa; the announcement was the Advent of Baba. ‘His Name
will be Truth’, Christ declared. Sathya means Truth. ‘He will
wear a robe of red, a bloodred robe’. (Here Baba pointed to the
Robe He was wearing!). He will be short, with a crown (of
hair). The Lamb is the sign and symbol of Love. Christ did not
declare that he will come again, he said, ‘He who made me will
come again’. That Ba-ba is this Baba, and Sai, the short
curly-hair-crowned red-robed Baba, is come. He is not only in
this Form, but He is in every one of you, as the Dweller in the
Heart. He is there, short, with a robe of the color of the
blood that fills it.” SSS VOL VIII p144
Although Baba is without ego, and wishes no publicity, and has
no desire whatsoever except to make His devotees desireless he
has given information, out of His immense compassion about some
miraculous events that will occur by His will.
Bhagwan Baba Himself has said that “just as Krishna lifted the
Goverdhan Giri peak, I will lift a range of mountains, just be
said that he will keep an airplane aloft for several hours
said that He will leave this body at the age of 96 years and
will return as Prema Sai to complete His mission 8 years later.
He materialised a ring for Dr . Hislop with a picture of this
Prema Sai form ,the picture itself took ten years to be fully
predicted no harm can come upon Him, no force present can stop
His mission even for an instant, and that the Golden Age will be
here faster than we can possibly imagine.
Shirdi Sai, I was like a mother who prepares food in the kitchen
and who does not want the children to disturb her; as Sathya
Sai, I will be serving the food to each and all in the world; as
Prema sai , we will all enjoy the fruits of this divine meal.”
A Compendium of TSSB p. 494.
The time will soon come when this huge building or even vaster
ones will be too small for the gatherings of those who are
called to this place (Prasanthi Nilayam). The sky itself will
have to be the roof of the Auditorium of the future; I will have
to forego the car and even the airplane when I move from place
to place, for the crowds pressing around them will be too huge;
I will have to move across the sky; yes that too will happen,
believe Me. You will witness this Puttarparthi becoming Mathura
Nagara (the place where Krishna was born). No one can stop this
development or delay it. I will not give you up nor can any of
you give Me up. Even if you lose faith you will repent and come
to this refuge very soon, clamoring for admission. I shall be in
this body for 58 years more (1961 ) ; I have assured you of
this already. Your lives are intertwined with my Earthly Career.
Act always in accordance with that great privilege.” A
compendium of TSSB. p. 494.
There are over one thousand books containing numerous accounts
of miracles which Baba has performed. All can experience them
depending on their awareness or consciousness. There are many
materialisations of objects and vibuthi on a daily basis at
Prasanthi Nilayam. As mentioned before, there are documented
cases of raising the dead. However, Baba says that all those
miracles are intended to bring us closer to him so that He can
give us what He really came to give “ Realisation itself”.
Referring to his miracles, Baba says:
elaborate in your lectures the unique powers of Sai, the
incidents that are described as ‘miracles’ in books written
about Me by some persons. But I request you not to attach
importance to these. Do not exaggerate their significance; the
most significant and important power is, let Me tell you, My
Prema (Love) and My Sahana, (fortitude). I may turn the sky
into earth or earth into sky, but that is not the sign of Divine
Might. It is the Prema, effective, universal, ever-present,
that is the unique sign. When you attempt to cultivate and
propagate this Love and this Fortitude, trouble and travail will
dog your steps. You must welcome them, for without them, the
best in you cannot be drawn out.” A Compendium of TSSB p354.
“Baba is a switch. The switch is turned on and all goes forward
automatically. As the key is turned in a car, then all parts of
the car work automatically. In a similar way, the universe is
automatically regulated. So- called ‘miracles’ are not
miracles, nor do they prove divinity. Baba’s endless work in
all the worlds is easy, no weight, always happy- that is the
‘miracle.” A Compendium of TSSB p354
manifestation of Divine Power must not be interpreted in terms
of magic. Remember there is nothing that Divine Power cannot
accomplish. It can transmute earth into sky into earth. The
human magic is the Divine’s logic.” A Compendium of TSSB p354
“There can be no limit for Sai Power, no hindrance, no
opposition or obstacle. You may believe it or you may not, but,
Sai Power can transform earth into sky, the sky into earth.
Only there is no call for that transformation. This Divine
behavior is far distinct from the mean exhibitionistic tricks of
the inferior powers. This is spontaneous manifestation; those
are calculated to collect customers and exploit the ignorant.”
assure you there is no such thing as transfer. It would be
cheating the company or breaching the patent (gift of an Omega
or HMT watch) if it were a case of transfer of the watch from
one place or the other. But I do not transfer, I totally
create. Whatever I will, instantly materializes. I know of no
company that has complained about any breach of patent.” A
Compendium of TSSB P354
use My Shakti (power) to attract people and to draw them towards
the Godward path. These miracles are merely baits with which I
lure them towards Me. Once their faith is firmly established,
they begin to look beyond the miracles and slowly start
stretching their hands out for what I have really come to give-
Knowledge and Bliss.”
“This Sathya Sai Incarnation is one where you see the full
manifestation and exercise of all the sixteen attributes of a
Poorna Avatar. This happened only once before, at the time of
Krishna Avatar. I am the Embodiment of Shiva and Shakti, that
is Universal Consciousness and Universal Energy. And I show
evidences of both to the fullest and maximum extent.” A
Compendium of TSSB p355
not crave from me trivial material objects: but crave for Me,
and you would be rewarded. Not that you should not receive
whatever objects I give as signs of grace out of the fullness of
love. I shall tell you why I give these rings, talismans,
rosaries, etc. It is to mark the bond between me and those to
whom they are given. When calamity befalls them, the article
comes to me in a flash and returns in a flash, taking from me
the remedial grace of protection. That grace is available to
all who call on me in any Name or Form, not merely to those who
wear these gifts. Love is the bond that wins grace.” A
Compendium of TSSB p354
miracles are part of the unlimited power of God and are in no
sense the product of yogic powers which are acquired. They are
natural, uncontrived. There are no invisible beings helping
me. My divine will brings the object in a moment. I am
everywhere.” A Compendium of TSSB p355.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION ABOUT SRI
SATHYA SAI BABA
number of stores all over the world sell books by or about
Sathya Sai Baba, as well as cassettes and videos about Sathya
Sai Baba. The Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi
Nilayam provides books written by this Avatar and those about
Whether the reader is looking for introductory books on Sai or
is studying his teachings this collection hereunder will prove
valuable. Please note that this catalogue gives descriptions of
only a few of the many books relating to the life and teachings
of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. .
Vahini, in Sanskrit, means “stream”. These writings are Swami’s
streams of thought on a range of subjects: meditation, right
action, wisdom, peace, divine love, and Hindu scriptures such as
the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads and the story of Rama. The
Vahinis originally appeared in the ashram’s monthly magazine
Sanathana Sarathi (The Eternal Charioteer).(S)
written by Bhagawan Shri Sathya Sai Baba:
Bhagavatha Vahini (The story of the glory of the Lord).
Dharma Vahini (The path of virtue)
Dhyana Vahini (Practice of meditation)
Geetha Vahini (The divine gospel)
Jnana Vahini (The stream of eternal wisdom)
Leela Vahini (The cosmic play of God.)
Prasanthi Vahini (The bliss of supreme peace)
Prasnothara Vahini (Answers to spiritual questions)
Prema Vahini (The stream of divine love)
Ramakatha Rasa Vahini, Part I (The sweet story of Rama’s glory)
Ramakatha Rasa Vahini, Part II (The sweet story of Rama’s glory)
Sandeha Nirvarini (Clearance of spiritual doubts)
Sathya Sai Vahini (Spiritual message of Sathya Sai)
Sutra Vahini (Analytical aphorisms on supreme reality)
Upanishad Vahini (Essence of Vedic knowledge)
Vidya Vahini (Flow of spiritual education)
SAI SPEAKS SERIES
(Discourses by Bhagawan Shri Sathya Baba). These are new
editions, with the discourses now appearing in chronological
· Vol 1 (Years 1953-1960) to Vol XXX (Years 1997)
SATHYAM SIVAM SUNDARAM SERIES
of Bhagawan Shri Sathya Sai Baba)
Sathyam Sivaram Sundaram Part I, Birth to 1962.
Sathyam Sivaram Sundaram Part II, 1962-1968.
Sathyam Sivaram Sundaram Part III, 1969-1972.
Sathyam Sivaram Sundaram Part IV, 1973-1979.
1970’s, Sathya Sai Baba initiated a series of Summer Courses on
Indian Culture and Spirituality at Brindavan, His ashram in
Whitefield, outside Bangalore. These were open to students from
all over India as well as to observers and guests from around
the world. This series contains all of Swami’s discourses from
Showers in Brindavan,- Ten volumes - 1972 to 1979 inclusive,
1990, 1993 and 1996.
Chinna Katha I
China Katha II,
Stories for Children, Part I
Stories for Children, Part II.
Africa for Sai Baba, by Dare Ogunkolati.
Conversations with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba,
Dr. John S. Hislop.
Divine Memories of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, by Diana Baskin.
Easwaramma – the chosen mother of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Baba.
Garland of 108 Precious Gems (108 Holy Names of Bhagawan).
Baba and I, Dr. John S. Hislop.
Beloved, by Charles Penn.
Prasanthi – Pathway to Peace, by N. Kasturi
Sadhana – The Inward Path.
Baba – the Ultimate Experience, by Phyllis Krystal.
Ram, by Charles Penn
Sathya Sai Education in Human Values.
Sathya Sai Book of Thoughts for the Day.
Sathya Sai Baba, God Incarnate, by Victor Kanu.
Sathya Sai, The Eternal Charioteer.
Baba’s Mahavakyas on Leadership, by General Chibber.
Sanathana Sarathi Commemoration Volume (70th Birthday).
Avatar of Love.
Bhajan Mala (Australia).
Shirdi to Puttaparthi.
Guide to Indian Culture and Spirituality.
Daily Prayers to Bhagawan.
is a Game, Play It, by Joy Thomas.
is a Challenge, Meet It, by Joy Thomas.
Vision of Sai, Part II.
Greatest Adventure, by Dr. K.V.N. Murthy.
Messages to You & Me, Part III.
Messages to You & Me, Part IV.
Journey to God, Part I, by J. Jagadeeshan.
Journey to God, Part II, by J. Jagadeeshan.
Loving God, by N. Kasturi.
is a Dream, Realize It, by Joy Thomas.
is a Love, Enjoy It, by Joy Thomas.
Catholic Priest Meets Sai Baba, by Dr. M. Massaloni.
– a Flower at His Feet.
Recapitulation of Baba’s Divine Teachings, by Grace J.
– the Breath of Sai.
Baba and You: Practical Spirituality.
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