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Sri Sathya Sai Baba Quotations

  Unity of Faith

“All 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 Heart.

            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.”

 “Listen to the primeval Pranava AUM resounding in your heart as well as in the heart of the Universe”.

 “Offer all bitterness in the sacred Fire and emerge grand, great and godly”.

 “Remember the Wheel of Cause and Consequence, of Deed and Destiny and the Wheel of Dharma that rights them all”.

 “Cut the ‘I’ feeling clean across and let your ego die on the Cross, to endow on you Eternity”.

 “Be like the Star which never wavers from the Crescent but is fixed in steady faith.”

“Names may be different, but the Almighty Providence is denoted as Absolute and Eternal.  The terminology may be different, but the concept is not. Bhagawan 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.”

“It 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 Universe.”

“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

“It 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.

Creeds, 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.”

“The mysteries of creation are marvelous. 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.” 

“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.”  

“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.”  

“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.”

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