Sri Sathya Sai Baba Teachings
Sathya Sai Baba's 46 Maxims
- Prema, Love, should be
considered as the very breath of Life.
- The Love that is manifest in
all things equally, believe that the same Prema is Paramatma.
- The one Paramatma is in every
one, in the form of Prema.
- More than all other forms of
Prema, man's first effort should be to fix his Love on the Lord.
- Such Love directed towards God
is Bhakthi; that is the fundamental test, the acquisition of
- Those who seek the Bliss of
the Atma should not run after the joys of sense objects.
- Sathya, Truth, must be treated
as life-giving as breathing itself.
- Just as a body that has no
breath is useless and begins to rot and stink within a few
minutes, similarly, life without Truth is useless and becomes
the stinking abode of strife and grief.
- Believe that there is nothing
greater than Truth, nothing more precious, nothing sweeter and
nothing more lasting.
- Truth is the all-protecting
God. There is no mightier Guardian than Truth.
- The Lord who is Sathyaswarupa
grants His Darsan to those of Truthful Speech and Loving Heart.
- Have undiminished kindness
towards all beings and also the spirit of self-sacrifice.
- You must also possess control
of the senses, an unruffled character and non-attachment.
- Be always on the alert against
the four sins which the tongue is prone to commit:
- Speaking falsehood
- Speaking ill of others
- Back-biting and
- Talking too much
It is best to attempt to
control these tendencies.
- Try to prevent the five sins
that the body commits:
- Drinking intoxicants
- Eating of flesh
It is a great help for the
highest life if these also are kept as far away as possible.
- One must be always vigilant,
without a moment's carelessness, against the eight sins that the
- Kamam or craving
- Krodham or anger
- Lobham or greed
- Moham or attachment
Man's primary duty is to keep
all these things at a safe distance from himself.
- Man's mind speeds fast,
pursuing wrong actions. Without letting it hurry like that
remember the Name of the Lord at that time or attempt to do some
good deed or other. Those who do thus will certainly become fit
for the Lord's Grace.
- First give up the evil
tendency to feel impatient at the prosperity of others and the
desire to harm them. Be happy that others are happy. Sympathise
with those who are in adversity and wish for their prosperity.
That is the goal of cultivating the love for God.
- Patience is all the strength
that man needs.
- Those anxious to live in joy
must always be doing good.
- It is easy to conquer anger
through love, attachment through reasoning, falsehood through
truth, bad through good and greed through charity.
- No reply should be given to
the words of the wicked. Be at a great distance from them; that
is for your good. Break off all relations with such people.
- Seek the company of good men,
even at the sacrifice of your honour and life. But be praying to
God to bless you with the discrimination needed to distinguish
between the good men and the bad. You must also endeavour, with
the intellect given to you.
- Those who conquer states and
earn fame in the world are hailed as heroes, no doubt; but those
who have conquered the senses are heroes who must be acclaimed
as the conquerors of the Universe.
- Whatever acts a good or bad
man may do, the fruits thereof follow him and will never stop
- Greed yields only sorrow;
contentnment is best. There is no happiness greater than
- The mischief-mongering
tendency should be plucked out by the roots and thrown off. If
allowed to exist, it will undermine life itself.
- Bear with fortitude both loss
and grief; try and search for plans to achieve joy and gain.
- Assume silence when you are
invaded by anger or remember the Name of the Lord. Instead, do
not try to remind yourself of things which will inflame the
anger more. That will do incalculable harm.
- From this moment, avoid all
bad habits. Do not delay or postpone. They do not contribute the
- Try as far as possible within
your means to satisfy the needs of the poor, who are really
Daridranarayana. Share with them whatever food you have and make
them happy at least that once.
- Whatever you feel should not
be done to you by others, avoid your doing such to others.
- For faults and sins committed
in ignorance, repent sincerely; try not to repeat the faults and
sins again; pray to God to bless you with the strength and the
courage needed to stick to the right path.
- Do not allow anything to come
near you, which will destroy your eagerness and enthusiasm for
God. Want of eagerness will cause the decay of the strength of
- Yield not to cowardice; do not
give up Ananda.
- Do not get swelled up when
people praise you; do not feel dejected when people blame you.
- If among your friends any one
hates another and starts a quarrel, do not attempt to inflame
them more and make them hate each other more; try, on the other
hand, with love and sympathy to restore their former friendship.
- Instead of searching for
others' faults, search for your own faults yourself; uproot them,
throw them off. It is enough if you search and discover one
fault of yours; that is better than discovering tens of hundreds
of faults in others.
- Even if you cannot or will not
do any Punya or good deed, do not conceive or carry out any
Papa, or bad deed. This is far preferable.
- Whatever people may say about
the faults that you know are not in you, do not feel for it; as
for the faults that are in you, try to correct them yourself,
even before others point them out to you. Do not harbour anger
or vengeance against persons who point out your faults; do not
retort, pointing out the faults of those persons themselves, but
show your gratitude to them. Trying to discover their faults is
a greater mistake on your part. It is good for you to know your
faults; it is no good your knowing others' faults.
- Whenever you get a little
leisure, do not spend it in talking about all and sundry, but
utilise it in meditating on God or in doing service to others.
- The Lord is understood only by
the Bhaktha; the Bhaktha is understood only by the Lord. Others
cannot understand them. So, do not discuss matters relating to
the Lord with those who have no Bhakthi. On account of such
discussion, your devotion will diminish.
- If anyone speaks to you on any
subject, having understood it wrongly, do not think of other
wrong notions which will support that stand but grasp only the
good and the sweet, in what he says. True meaning is to be
appreciated as desirable, not wrong meaning or many meanings,
which give no meaning at all and cause only the hampering of
- If you desire to cultivate
one-pointedness, do not, when in a crowd or bazaar, scatter your
vision to the four corners and on everything, but see only the
road in front of you, just enough to avoid accidents to yourself.
One-pointedness will become firmer if one moves about without
taking one's attention off the road, avoiding dangers, and not
casting eyes on others' forms.
- Give up all doubts regarding
the Guru and God. If your wordly desires do not get fulfilled,
do not blame it on your devotion; there is no relationship
between such desires and devotion to God. These worldly desires
have to be given up some day or other; Bhakthi feelings have to
be acquired some day or other. Be firmly convinced of this.
- If your Dhyanam or Japam do
not progress properly or if the desires you have entertained do
not come to fruition, do not get dispirited with God. It will
dispirit you even more and you will lose the peace, however
small or big, that you might have earned. During Dhyanam and
Japam you should not be dispirited, desperate or discouraged.
When such feelings come, take it that it is the fault of your
Sadhana and endeavour to do them correctly.
From Sandeha Nivarini, a book of
questions and answers by Sai Baba