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Sri Sathya Sai Baba Quotations

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"Of what use is it to honour the Avatar and hold the day when the Avatar took human form as sacred? The Message of the Avatar must be born, must become alive, must grow in you, your heart-that is the Birthday, you have to celebrate. Celebrate the Birthday in your own village. You need not travel long distances to where I physically am! Plant the seeds of Love in your hearts. Jet them grow into trees of Service and shower the sweet fruit of Ananda. Share the Ananda with all. That is the proper way to celebrate the Birthday."

-Bhagavan Baba

"The day when you resolve to practise My advice; to follow my directives, to translate My message into acts of service, and to engage in spiritual discipline-that day is My birthday for you. The 23rd of November which you now honor as the day on which I was born, is only like any other day, even if you celebrate it in a routine, ritual fashion. Adore man: the adoration reaches Me. Neglect man; you neglect Me. Of what avail is it to worship the Lord and to suppress man, His counterpart on earth? Love for God must be manifested as Love for man, and Love must express itself as service."

-Bhagavan Baba

"Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu (Let all beings in all the worlds be happy). Include this universal prayer in your prayers every day. This is my birthday message to you."

-Bhagavan Baba



"Embodiments of Love! Do not pay attention to the day when the body was born and fulfil selfish ends by celebrating the event pompously. The day when you manifest pure feelings in your hearts, plant firm faith in the Divine Principle in your thoughts and cultivate unselfish enthusiasm to serve others, that day deserves to be celebrated as the Real Birthday. Seva can give you the experience of the Omnipresence of God, God as Vishnu."

-Bhagavan Baba

"There's none in the world who has been able to see Me. They are seeing every thing and they are trying to understand everything, but they are not making the slightest attempt to understand what is divinity, which is present within them. When we talk of God we should know that God has no birth. Birth is only for the body. A body which is born has to die but God is above birth and death. He has no beginning, no middle and no end. He is neither born nor can He be destroyed. He is present everywhere in the form of Atma."

-Bhagavan Baba

Source for the above quotations:
Source: Radio Sai E-Magazine, November 15, 2003

I shall be with you, where ever you are, guarding you and guiding you.

March on, have no fear.

Human society minus God is equal to a forest of brutes.

Be in the world, but let not the world be in you.

The proof of rain is in the wetness of the ground;
the proof of devotion is in the peace the aspirant has attained.

Every experience is a lesson, every loss is a gain.

A sound mind ensures a sound body;
a sound body ensures a sound mind.

The present is a product of the past, but it is also the seed for the future.

Meditation is nothing else but rising above desires.

Do not get attached to worldly things and pursuits.
Be in the world, but do not let the world be in you.
Have no desire to place before God.

Real Peace of mind has no ups and downs; it cannot be partial in adversity and whole in prosperity.

However high a bird may soar, it has sooner or later to perch on a tree top, to enjoy quiet.

When you said "Yes" to Me, you gave up the right to be like everyone else. That is why you draw experiences to yourself that will cleanse yourself of that which does not fit who you are. Over and over, again and again, until I make you see that the past no longer works. I challenge you and tempt you every day with your past, so that you may see that the past is the ultimate delusion. When you said "yes" to Me you gave Me your body, your thoughts and your actions. When they don't suit the new you, the uncomfortableness is unbearable. It will be so EVERY time and when you realize this fully, then and only then will you completely give up desire. For this is the only way man will learn. Very seldom does he learn by quiet reminders. Man's desires and pitfalls are placed there so that I may do My work. When you give up totally, then the temptations will fade. I will never give up on you. Every slip will become harder and harder to bear and less easy to remedy. You will tire of your foolishness because I love you and though not completely aware of it, you did say "Yes".

- Sri Satya Sai Baba

Where there is faith, there is love
Where there is love, there is peace,
Where there is peace, there is truth,
Where there is truth there is bliss
Where there is bliss, there is God.

? From the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba

* Yesterday has deceived you and gone; Tomorrow is a doubtful visitor. Today is a fast friend ? hold fast to it.

* A bubble is on water and merges in water. Man is born in God and merges in God.

* A characterless man is like a pot with many holes, useless for carrying water or storing it.

* A clean uncontaminated mind is like a fully blossomed fragrant rose. It refreshes and pleases. It can raise and reach the foot-stool of God in heaven.

* A discontented man is as bad as lost. A man without love is as good as dead.

* A person might be an expert in any field of knowledge or a master of many material skills and accomplishments. But without inner cleanliness his brain is a desert waste.

* A man who has love for God is like the traveller with a ticket; he need not be afraid of any one while making his journey.

* A moment of concentrated prayer from heart is enough to melt and move God; hours of shouting do not count.

* A life of sadhana involves the dedication of all acts to God, the offering of whatever one does or thinks or speaks at the feet of God.

* A healthy body is the best container for a healthy mind. A healthy heart is the temple of God.

* A pure thought from a pure heart is better than a mantra.

* Act as you speak, speak as you feel. Do not play false to your own conscience by forcibly enslaving it and embarking on actions not approved by it.

* A virtuous character is the lamp which illumines the path to peace and joy.

* Act and then advise. Practice first precept next.

* Activity is the keynote of the universe. It must be dedicated to God, the Highest Good.

* Divine is the wine that must intoxicate you.

* Life is the car, your heart is the key,

* God is the chauffeur, Surrender to Him and be rid of further bother,

* Travel safe and arrive happy.

* Life is an opportunity afforded to each not to eat and drink, but to achieve something nobler and higher to merge in the Reality.

* A son has no greater duty, no higher good, than serving his parents.

I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster.

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

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

Start the Day with Love;
Spend the Day with Love;
Fill the Day with Love;
End the Day with Love;
This is the way to God.

You cannot see Me, but I am the Light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, but I am the Sound you hear by.
You cannot know Me, but I am the Truth by which you live.

The Lord will be watching with a thousand eyes the least activity of man to discover any slight trace of selfless love sweetening it.

Bear all and do nothing;
Hear all and say nothing;
Give all and take nothing;
Serve all and be nothing.

Make your life a rose that speaks silently in the language of the heart.

Hands that help are holier than lips that pray.

Learn to give, not to take. Learn to serve, not to rule.

The Grace of God is like insurance. It will help you in your time of need without any limit.

Action with Love is Right Conduct.
Speak with Love and it becomes Truth.
Thinking with Love results in Peace.
Understanding with Love leads to non-violence.

Yesterday has deceived you and gone, tomorrow is a doubtful visitor. Today is a fast friend, hold fast to it.

Wealth that you hoard is not yours, wealth that you have given is really yours.

Your virtue is your shield, your vice is the weapon that inflicts wounds on you.

? From the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba

Love fosters peace,
Peace nourishes truth,
Truth confers bliss and
Bliss is God.

? From the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba

There is only one God
And he is Omnipresent.
There is only one Religion
The Religion of love.
There is only one caste.
The caste of humanity.
There is only one language.
The language of the heart.
There is only one law
The law of Karma (duty).
There is only one God
One Goal, One Truth,
One Religion, One Reason.
There is only one Guru.
He is God.
And that Guru is without you.

? From the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba

Desire leads to ultimate ruin.

It can never be destroyed by fulfillment.

Dispel desire.

Develop true love.

Desire plus life is man

Life minus desire is God.

Desire leads to despair

? From the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba

About Himself

Twenty years back when Christmas was celebrated for the first time in Prashanthi Nilayam, I sang a song:

Love is My form, Truth is My breath, Bliss is My food;
My life is My message, expansion is My life,
No season for Love, no reason for Love;
No Birth; No death.

If it anyone asks you to tell about Sai Baba, sing this song. It will convey the whole message. Tell them, Love is His form and His life is His message. Develop the feeling of brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God."

? Sri Sathya Sai Baba, CHRISTMAS SANDHESH, Divine Discourse on 25-12-1998


Each one of you has struggled upward from the stone to a plant,

From the plant to an animal,

From the animal to a man.

Do not slide into an animal.

Rise higher to divinity

Shining with the new effulgence of love.

?From the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba


If you see yourself in all

and all in you,

Then you have known the Reality.

? From the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba

You and the Universal are one;

You and the Absolute are one;

You and the Eternal are one;

You are not the individual, the temporary;

Realise this truth and be free.

You are flowers in God?s garden

You are stars in God?s sky.

You are the breath of God. It is through him that you are alive, active and aware.

You can find the footprints of God wherever there is beauty, virtue, humility, justice, truth, love and peace. You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.

You have come from God.

You are a part of His glory;

You are a wave of that ocean of bliss;

You will get peace only when you again merge in Him.

You have the Lord dwelling in the core of your being; Yet you are bound, miserable, limited, weak and agitated. Why? You are ignorant of your spiritual Reality.

You may worship the picture of God but you should not worship god as a picture.

You must give up the luggage of your desires and wishes and thus make life less burdensome.

You must surrender your judgement to the Lord. Then Lord will assume full responsibility.

You should not pray to God for secular advantages. You should pray only for grace.

? From the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba

I am in You

You are in Me

There is no distance or distinction.

? From the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba

I am in your hearts,

You are in Mine.

Don't be misled

Into doubt and distress.

? From the discourses of Sathya Sai Baba

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