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Sri Sathya Sai Baba Teachings

  A Taste of His Teachings

Source: http://www.saibaba-aclearview.com/contents2.htm

by R. D. Awle

[Copyright 2001. Dated August 2001. This material may be downloaded, reproduced and distributed freely, as long as the source is clearly attributed.]

Baba’s teachings cover many viewpoints, and seem to primarily be a resounding, world-emboldening ‘Yes!’ to all legitimate spiritual paths and the basic truths of all religions.  Most of Baba’s teachings focus on love - love for God and for all beings - as the essential core of spirituality:  “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!”  And this Love is to be given to everyone, always, without exception: “Love all, serve all!  Help ever, hurt never!”

Yet as I explored His teachings more deeply, I found that He is also a Master of advaithic philosophy, and a strong exponent of the jnana path (the path of Atmic wisdom).  “The main aim of human life is to acquire the knowledge of the Atman.  This is the true Purushartha [goal of life].  Human life will find fulfillment only if this goal is attained.”1  The various approaches are beautifully balanced in His discourses, with devotion and Atmic abidance given equal importance.

Baba also stresses the practice of what He calls the five primary human values, namely, Love, Truth, Peace, Righteousness, and Non-violence.  In many of His discourses He asks us to dedicate all our actions to God and live in tireless selfless service to humanity.  He also lays importance on the practice of kindness, and the use of sweet speech under all circumstances, saying, “You cannot always oblige; but you can always speak obligingly.”  Baba advocates daily meditation for all, as well as repetition of God’s Names with love, devotional singing, and the practice of seeing and serving God within everyone, laying particular emphasis on continual remembrance of the Divine Reality.  “Spirituality means constant integrated awareness.”

Interestingly, He does not encourage His non-Hindu devotees to become Hindus, but rather, to use His teachings to become the best Christians, Jews, Muslims or Buddhists they can be.  Many of the devotional songs sung at Baba’s ashrams contain the names of Allah, Jesus, Zaroaster, Mahavir, Moses, Guru Nanak and the Buddha, in addition to the Hindu Avatars.  It seems to be a clear a way of saying, ‘Hear, O world!  The Lord is One!’  

“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 God, and He is omnipresent.”

As an aid to the realization of His primary teaching - that we are God - He often recommends use of the mantra ‘So Ham’ (meaning “I am He”, or “I am God”).  He has also offered His devotees the following maha-affirmation:

I am God!  I am God!  I am not different from God!

I am the eternal undifferentiated Absolute!

Grief and anxiety cannot effect me.

I am always content.  Fear cannot enter me.

I am Satchidananda!  I am pure Existence, Knowledge and Bliss.

I am Omnipotent!  I am all-powerful; nothing is impossible for me!

I am Omniscient! I am all-knowing; 

there is nothing which is not known to me.

I am Omnipresent!  I am present everywhere.  I pervade this universe!

I am Krishna!  I am Christ!  I am Buddha!

I am Sai!  I am Sai!  I am Sai!

I am God!  I am God!  I am God!


(Try saying that ten times a day, and see how fast your life changes...!)   



1 Guru Poornima Sandesh (a discourse by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, given on July 28, 1999 at Prashanti Nilayam); Sai Towers Publishing, Bangalore; p. 2.

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