Sri Sathya Sai Baba Articles
Be a Good Christian, a True Christian, a Better Christian
This is the season in which
Christians celebrate Easter Jesus' resurrection from the dead
after his crucifixion. What is the significance of this
celebration, not only for Christians but for all people
everywhere? How have the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba
illuminated the meaning of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection
in the lives of Christians who have come to know him? These two
questions have prompted this cover story.
appreciate the story of Easter, we must start with the fact that
Jesus was born into the culture and religion of the Jewish
people over 2,000 years ago. According to the first book in the
Jewish Holy Scriptures, humanity was originally created by God
in a state of purity and blissful intimacy with God:
God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness
So God created man in his own image
male and female he
created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be
fruitful and increase in number
I give you every
seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every
tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for
" God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Jesus as the Good
Try to be like Jesus. Jesus
was a person whose only joy
was in spreading Divine
love, offering Divine love,
receiving Divine love and
living on Divine love. Jesus
was a supremely pure and
Baba 25 December 1979)
This state was known as "the Garden of Eden."
But man developed ego and self-will, and "fell"
from grace and purity and was sent out of the
Garden. God promised to send the Jewish people
an "Anointed One" ("Christ" in Greek or
"Messiah" in Hebrew, the language of the Jews)
to save humanity from this plight. Christians
believe that Jesus was this "Anointed One", the
"Christ" sent by God.
Since the name "Jesus" is Greek for the Hebrew
name Joshua, which means "the Lord saves," he
became known as Jesus Christ "the anointed one
who saves," who would restore humanity to its
original state of purity and intimacy with God.
Jesus was born of a virgin, Mary, in very humble
surroundings near their capital city of
Jerusalem. He had a distinct mission, which
Sathya Sai Baba describes this way:
Jesus was to shatter the
darkness that had enveloped the world
to spread the light of love in the heart
of man and councils of humanity.
(24 December 1972)
In order to carry out his redemptive mission,
Jesus had to correct mistaken ways of thinking,
which he did through teachings such as:
You have heard
that it was said, "Eye for eye, and tooth
for tooth." But I say to you, Do not resist
an evil person. If anyone strikes you on the
right cheek, turn to him the other also. You
have heard that it was said, "Love your
neighbour and hate your enemy." But I tell
you, Love your enemies and pray for those
who persecute you.
(Matthew 5:38-39, 43-44)
spiritual teachings and performed many miraculous healings for
the people of his time, as Sathya Sai Baba relates:
Jesus taught simple,
practical lessons in spiritual advancement for the good of
mankind. He manifested Divine powers to instil faith in the
validity of his teachings. He marked out the path that can
confer on man the sweet nectar of Divine bliss (ananda). He
exhorted people by precept and example to cultivate the
virtues of charity, compassion, forbearance, love and faith.
These are not separate and distinct qualities; they are only
the many facets of the Divine in man, which he has to
recognise and develop.
(24 December 1972)
In the course of
his ministry and miracles, even raising people from the dead,
certain religious and political leaders felt challenged and
threatened by Jesus' popularity. Sai Baba tells us:
Jesus was the epitome of
compassion and the refuge of the poor, needy and forlorn.
But, many people tried to create troubles for Jesus, since
they did not like his sacred teachings and activities. Their
hatred for Jesus increased day by day. Even the priests
turned against Jesus as they became jealous of his growing
popularity. Many people out of jealousy laid obstacles in
his path and even tried to kill him.
(25 December 2000)
what was to happen to him that he would be crucified and then
rise from the dead on the third day. After three years of
ministry, Jesus was going to Jerusalem for an upcoming Jewish
holy festival, the Passover Feast, and a great crowd heard that
he was coming:
took palm branches and went out to meet him shouting,
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
Cross manifested by Sathya
Sai Baba for John Hislop
sacrificed his life for the sake of
those who put their faith in him. He
propagated the truth that service is
God, that sacrifice is God. Even if you
falter in the adoration of God, do not
falter in the service of the living God.
Be ready to sacrifice even your life for
the sake of God.
The spirit of sacrifice
is essential. To speak about devotion
without a spirit of sacrifice is
meaningless. If the name of Jesus is
glorified all over the world today, it
is because of his boundless love. He
served the lowly and the lost, and in
the end, he offered his life itself as a
Sai Baba 25 December: 1970, 1998,
On the Thursday evening before the Passover
Feast, Jesus met with his disciples for the Last
Supper, knowing that the time had come for him
to undergo suffering on behalf of humanity's
estrangement from God (going all the way back to
the time of the Garden of Eden).
That night, while praying in a garden, he was
taken into custody to appear before a Jewish
tribunal and eventually before the Roman ruling
authorities of the region. Sathya Sai Baba
reports what happened:
Jesus' critics complained to the head priest
against him. They tempted one of his
disciples with 30 silver pieces, to betray
him into their hands. The disciple who was
most loved, Judas by name, decided to work
against the Master, yielding to the low
temptation of a few pieces of silver. Greed
for money is a demon that gets hold of the
critics told the Roman ruler that Jesus was
attempting to assert himself as king and so
he should be punished for treason. The
priest knew that Jesus was speaking the
truth, but he did not support him in order
to safeguard his own position. Their
insistences made the Governor order his
December 1978, 23 November 1979, 25 December
On the next
afternoon, which was a Friday, Jesus was put to death by hanging
on a cross. (In the centuries to follow, Christians called this
day Good Friday.) Yet, he forgave all, even those who were
nailing him to the cross. As Sathya Sai Baba elaborates:
Jesus wished well for those who insulted and
injured him. He knew that God wills all. So, even on the
cross he bore no ill-will towards any one and he exhorted
those with him to treat all as instruments of God's Will.
(25 December 1982)
On the following Sunday morning, his closest
women disciples came to his tomb, whose entrance
had been sealed by a large, round stone. When
they arrived, the stone had been rolled away and
they were met by an angel dressed in a white
robe, who told them:
Do not be
afraid, for I know that you are looking for
Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he
has risen, just as he said.
Jesus had risen from the dead, on what later
became known as Easter morning.
The name "Easter" comes from the name of a pagan
goddess of Spring who had been celebrated around
the same time of year as the Jewish Passover and
the anniversary of Jesus' resurrection.
Eventually, the early Christians borrowed that
name to help turn the pagan celebration into a
Also read -
The Story of Easter, a supplement to
the cover story.
Mary recognises Jesus
outside the Tomb
teaches infinite love and compassion. To
resurrect love and compassion, you must
kill jealousy and selfishness, and
purify your hearts. Speak sweetly; shed
comfort with every glance of yours. Do
not be slaves to your sensual desires.
Dedicate your hand to the service of
mankind. Earn the true mercy of Jesus.
Follow the path shown by him.
(25 December 1979)
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JESUS' RESURRECTION FOR CHRISTIANS
AND FOR THOSE OF OTHER FAITHS?
For a Christian,
the resurrection of Jesus is essential to knowing that Jesus was
Divine and that his teachings were Divine. St. Paul whom Sai
Baba said "was originally an inveterate critic of Jesus, (but)
was transformed by Christ's love into the greatest apostle of
Jesus and the first propagator of the Christian faith"
stated the importance of Jesus' resurrection to Christians
in a letter to an early Christian community:
If Christ had not been raised from the dead, our
preaching is useless and so is your faith
(and) you are
still in your sins. But Christ has indeed been raised from
the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:15, 17,
Sathya Sai Baba
gives a poignant understanding of the significance of this
"resurrection" and the lessons we can all learn from it, no
matter what our religion:
What is the
resurrection, really? It is the revelation of the divinity
inherent in man. That is the result of contact with the
Godhead; that can come only after years of contrition. Man
is led into the wrong belief that the accumulation of
material possessions will endow him with joy and calm. But
Divine Love (Prema) alone can give that everlasting joy.
Divine Love alone will remove anger and envy and hatred.
(28 February 1964)
resurrection points back to the early days of Jesus' ministry
when he spoke of our need to be resurrected and reborn
in a different way in the knowledge and direct experience of
I tell you the truth, no one
can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. Flesh
gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
(Jesus John 3: 3, 6)
It is this same
"rebirth of spirit" that many Christians have experienced as a
result of coming to know Sathya Sai Baba. In fact, this rebirth
of spirit has been experienced by followers of all faiths as
they have responded to Sathya Sai Baba's consistent urging that
each of us should deepen our faith and sincerely practise our
chosen religion or spiritual path:
Each should practise
his own religion sincerely. A Christian should be a
good Christian. A Hindu should be a good Hindu. A
Muslim should be a good Muslim. Let each one be a
true practitioner of his religion.
(14 April 1996)
A Muslim should become a true Muslim.
A Christian should become a true Christian. A Hindu
should become a true Hindu. You should have full
faith in your religion and lead an ideal life.
(4 September 1998)
A Hindu should become
a better Hindu, a Christian a better Christian, a
Muslim a better Muslim.
(19 November 1999)
"Be a good
Christian. Be a true Christian. Be a better Christian." What
does that really mean in light of celebrating the resurrection
of Jesus from the dead after his crucifixion? Many people who
were brought up in the Christian religion have experienced a
time when their beliefs faded in importance in their lives, or
they doubted and questioned what they were taught in childhood.
Many have felt a need to search for a deeper understanding of
what Jesus taught and how it applies to their lives today.
We have collected
stories of eight men and women from Christian backgrounds
throughout the world, showing us how their knowledge and love of
Jesus Christ has been resurrected, reborn, or
renewed through their association with Sathya Sai Baba.
They share with us how they have discovered a closer
relationship with Jesus, a more profound appreciation of who
Jesus was, and a deeper practice of what Jesus taught. Each
story brings to life teachings of Jesus that can apply to us
all, no matter what our faith might be.
Our first story
is from Harry Geurts, guest faculty member of Western music in
the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning since 1996, and
previously Vice President of the Sathya Sai Organisation in the
Netherlands. Growing up immersed in an atmosphere of Christian
service, the personal pain he experienced while contemplating
Christ's suffering on the cross often overshadowed his
celebration of Christ's resurrection, until he gained a profound
insight from Sathya Sai Baba.
IN GOD THERE IS NO SUFFERING
Harry Geurts The
I grew up in a Roman Catholic family. People in
my grandfather's generation had bought a
building in Rotterdam for the St. Vincentius
Union (also known around the world as the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul), which gives
many services to the poor. I was born and grew
up in that house and my grandfather and father
took care of the house.
never knew anything else. We had a big statue of
St. Vincentius there, and all I knew were people
who were always talking about Jesus. I went to
church and learned to play the piano there.
All of my schooling was at Catholic schools with
only boys. So I have never gone to a school with
girls. I have also only been in choirs with boys
and men, no girls or women. Even now I am
teaching here at the Sathya Sai Institute with
have always had a love for Jesus. Because I was
active in the choir and I was appointed to sing
in the front, we always sang the Christmas songs
and all of the Jesus songs. The director of the
choir looked after us because we were the
leading voices. You cannot sing without love and
there was always a loving atmosphere love was
always in our singing. So the spiritual
foundation was laid.
When I was 13, I started my own band. And when
my voice broke, I left the choir and that is
when I came to the world. I had an idea of
becoming a priest before then, but then I saw so
many nice girls that I decided not to become a
When I was in my 20's I became very depressed
and disappointed by the world, and I thought
that Jesus must be in the world, but I couldn't
see him. I was just beginning to peep into the
world at that time. I saw so many things and I
thought, "Oh my God, is this it?" So I was
frightened, although my music profession became
During the road of life, I got into my job and
career and wanted to make it, which I did both
as a musician and an educator. I had a nice
house, nice car, and nice family.
In 1989, I went to a healer and while I was
sitting in the waiting room I saw a photo of
Swami. The lady pointed out to me that this was
Sathya Sai Baba, but I didn't know anything. In
1992, I came to know Sai Baba more as I began to
read John Hislop's book, "My Baba and I." Then,
in 1994, I attended a session on Sathya Sai
education. I was very curious to meet devotees
and wanted to know what they were like. After
coming to know many of them a new world opened
Even though I had accomplished everything, I was
not content and I knew this was not the last
thing I was to do in life. Then, one thing after
another happened, and one day in 1995 it all
collapsed, including my marriage.
had gotten so involved with my profession that I
had no relationship with Jesus and I forgot to
be a human being. I wasn't a human being; I was
a musician. So all of this was necessary to get
Vincent de Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society
of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic
organisation, leads women and men to
join together to grow spiritually by
offering person-to-person service to
those who are needy and suffering in the
tradition of its founder, Blessed
Frιdιric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent
(Society of St. Vincent de Paul)
religions and scriptures agree that
going to the aid of fellow-beings in
times of need and saving them from
distressing situations is the greatest
virtue of a person. What Jesus preached
was in accord with these basic teachings
of all religions. Seeing his acts of
love and kindness, people declared that
he was a "messenger of God." Give
happiness to those who are suffering and
consider every activity as God's work .
(Sathya Sai Baba 25 Dec 1982, 1996,
you may be, go into the society and
render social service in all possible
ways, with faith in God and in a
selfless spirit. The fulfilment of human
life consists in the service that man
renders, without any thought of return,
in an attitude of selflessness. Service
rendered in this spirit sheds light in
the dark interior of man; it widens the
heart and purifies the impulses and
confers lasting bliss (ananda).
(Sathya Sai Baba 25 Dec 1970, 1989)
One year after the big
collapse in my life, I received an invitation to go to India
to play in the symphony orchestra at the ashram during
Gurupoornima in 1996.
Front and Back of the cross
by Baba for Harry Guerts
Jesus reached the stage of unity with
God, he had no suffering at all. He was
blissful and was prepared for anything.
Even at the time of crucifixion, Jesus
was smiling, because he realised that he
was not the body. Body is bound to
perish, but the in-dweller has no birth
and death. Truly speaking, the
in-dweller is God Himself. Jesus
understood that his body was merely a
vesture, and that God was the
25 December 1998)
God takes upon Himself the pain and
sorrow of the world in order to prepare
the hearts of men for love! But, when
you look at the truth squarely in the
face, you will know that in God there is
no "suffering" and that you too have no
reason to suffer! The entire world is
the play of love! You suffer on account
of love. It is love, love, right through
there is no reason for sorrow or pain
( Sathya Sai
25 December 1970)
This was the beginning of everything for me.
Swami was like mother and father for me. First
like mother and then later like father. He
called me for interviews and spoke to me and
healed my leg.
I prayed to Swami to see Jesus as he was. One
day he asked me to give a talk, and after the
talk he made a chain for me with a cross. This
signified to me a new start in my relationship
Last year, the students asked me to participate
in a Good Friday programme, to talk about my
experience with Jesus. At that programme, I told
about how I was always in tears as a young boy
during the week leading up to Jesus'
On Good Friday, I was always in agony looking at
my watch, thinking about the time that Jesus
died. I always died somehow myself; it was
terrible for me.
Even though Palm Sunday celebrations started
joyously and we were very happy as we gave fruit
to all the elderly houses, it would end in this
very agonizing time on Good Friday.
Then I told how in 1992, I had read in John
Hislop's book where Swami said that Jesus did
not suffer at the crucifixion and Swami said
the same thing at Christmas in 1998.
grew up with such agony around seeing Jesus on
the cross. I had no other view. And then Swami
said that Jesus did not suffer. It turned
everything around for me and it took time for me
to really realise it, because it had been so
impressed on my mind.
cannot describe my feeling; it is such an
emotional thing for me when I realised that
Jesus did not suffer.
Yes, Jesus did take on the world karma in those
days and he died, but this is the same thing
that Swami is doing now. Swami knows what he is
doing, just like Jesus knew when he sent Judas
away to betray him.
my short speech with a question to Swami, "Please Swami tell us
more about the life of Jesus." I wasn't expecting that he would
stand up and give a discourse, but I wanted to know more.
Months later when I returned to the Netherlands
I went to the Sai Center and Luc Courtois let me
know that the book he had written about Swami's
teachings about Jesus had come out on Good
took this book with me the next time I came to
the ashram and read it twice. I then presented
it to Swami for His blessings and he said,
"Very, very happy."
One thing I have learned by being with Swami is
how to calm myself down when someone is against
me. I can now take time to see them with love,
this is very important to me. I have a tendency
of wanting to overreact and argue back.
now see that there is really no enemy; the only
enemy is myself. Every person is just a mirror
for us. To understand the love that Swami and
Jesus talk about takes time. So I am trying to
understand this love.
To see Swami as the father of Jesus is to me the
most logical thread between Jesus and Swami. For
me, Jesus has always been like a friend. This is
the same for me with Swami. Last year I felt
that Swami had become my friend. The moment I
met Swami I realised that His voice has always
been there and has always guided me in my life.
Sharing Harry Geurt's love for Jesus is Father
Charles Ogada, a Roman Catholic priest. For him,
such love brings us all alive in our oneness
with God and with our neighbours.
During an interview with Radio Sai's host Dr.
Venkataraman, Father Ogada shared how his
experiences with Sathya Sai Baba helped him take
his priestly vows more deeply, and to live a
life of intimacy with God.
Icon of Jesus and the sacred
tell you who hear me: Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless
those who curse you, pray for those who
mistreat you. Do to others as you would
have them do to you.
(Jesus Luke 6:27-28, 31)
called you friends, for everything I
learned from my Father I have made known
(Jesus John 15:15)
LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART
Father Charles Ogada
I was first
introduced to Sathya Sai Baba by a priest who was a lecturer at
the seminary I was attending. He gave me the book "Sai Baba: the
Man of Miracles" by Howard Murphet to read. I wasn't so struck
by the miracles themselves, but realised that they were signals
to a higher reality. To me that higher reality is the One that
pervades all things, God Himself, the unseen that is behind the
seen. The miracles are different, they are things in the hand,
but there is a hand holding it. This really pushed me into an
inner inquiry about that reality.
As a Catholic
priest I had thought about this before, but not in this context.
Before this it was an intellectual thinking; now it became a
passion. This was an eye-opening in my life the fruit was ripe
to fall. I was really drawn into a search of inner inquiry about
In the Gospel of
Mark, chapter 12 verse 29, a young scribe who was a teacher of
the Jewish law came to Jesus and asked him a question, "What is
the greatest commandment?" Jesus looked at him and replied from
the Old Testament, "Listen Israel, the Lord your God is one,
there is no other. And you shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all
your strength. There is no other commandment greater than this."
Moses and the 10
Lord your God with all your heart and
with all your soul and with all your
(Moses Deuteronomy 6:5)
neighbour as yourself.
(Moses Leviticus 19:18)
of the Pharisees, an expert in the law,
tested him with this question: Teacher,
which is the greatest commandment in the
Law? Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your
God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your mind. This
is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: Love your
neighbour as yourself. All the Law and
the Prophets hang on these two
of Jesus was pure and calm. Hence it is
honoured as sacred. We must make our
hearts sacred so that either we merge in
Jesus or Jesus merges in us. When we
merge, it is called devotion (bhakti);
to say Jesus awakened in us is the path
of wisdom (jnana).
Sai Baba 25 December 1984)
When I came to Baba's teachings, I discovered
what this meant. For example, the first call
Jesus made was, "Listen Israel." It was a call
to silence, to the sound of OM. The other one is
that the Lord is one; there is no other reality.
All of the other things are illusions; they are
And to love this One with all your heart, that
is bhakti yoga, with all your mind that is jnana
yoga, and with all your strength is karma yoga.
And to love your neighbour as yourself is to
realise that the same Self in others is the same
Self (Atma) in you.
In one of Baba's Telegu poems from Sai Gems, he
"I am telling you once and
for all in one sentence: the one
quintessential teaching of all scriptures is
that you should firmly feel your identity
with the One and the same Self (Atma) that
is present in all beings."
This is the same sermon that Jesus Christ gave
to that young man who asked him for a summary of
all the scriptures.
have never had any doubts about the Divinity of
Baba. It is because I feel that my connection
with Baba is not just this incarnation; that I
have come across him before. For me Baba is
love; that is how I know his Divinity. Love is
unity; love arises from the realization of
oneness. The greatest oneness is to realise the
oneness with God. That is the greatest love.
One experience with Baba that has really
influenced me was during my first interview. I
am a Catholic priest and I belong to a
congregation where we take vows of poverty,
chastity and obedience.
was sitting in the general interview room and
Baba called me aside and whispered to me, "How
are your wives?" I was taken aback and thought,
"Oh my God." I said, "Baba I don't have any
wives." I then remained silent and he began
talking to other people.
After a while he again asked me the same
question. I kept quiet because I knew he was up
to something. Later on in a subsequent interview
he said to me, "Sometimes you want to marry,
sometimes you don't want to marry. You are
My experiences with Baba have made me live the
life of intimacy and to take the vows more
deeply. For example, there is a lot of talk
about celibacy now. The problem is not with the
priests; the problem is that they are expected
to live a life without being taught how to live
So life is like a suppression for them. Baba
teaches us how to transform the lower energy
into a higher energy so it becomes a flow and
you can begin to live life in full without
thinking that celibacy is a punishment. This
experience has helped me gradually step-by-step
to move into a whole new view of life.
From my own
experiences with Baba, I have also learned that the meaning of
the vow of poverty we take is to act without ego. Poverty is
being above praise and blame, above success and failure,
establishing yourself in the equanimity of spirit. Because of
Baba I can now live this kind of life in full awareness.
There is no contradiction for me between the
teachings of Jesus Christ and Baba. When I began
to read the Bible in light of Swami's teachings,
I found a lot of new meaning, a lot of things
that I never expected like these insights.
believe that there are so many problems in the
world because of ignorance, because of the lack
of spiritual inquiry. We are inquiring about the
objective world, but not spirituality.
What Africa needs now is Baba. The problems in
Africa are not poverty or wars; the problem in
Africa is spirituality. When we know God and we
know that we are God and everyone else is God,
then all these wars and poverty will go.
When I know that the same spirit is in others
that I have within myself, when I realise that
oneness, then there is no room for me to harm
Baba has given us many practical steps to begin
solving these problems in Africa, like
education. This is the greatest - taking the
young people and starting when they are small to
train them in the path of human values and
spirituality. Another part is
that although the African man is a very
religious man, he still needs spiritual
nourishment to satisfy his hunger. Self-less
service without any ego does this.
Just as Divine love brings about
the experience of oneness with God, it also
awakens the awareness of the Divinity in one and
all. This was the discovery not only of Father
Ogada, but also Bernice Mead, National
Coordinator of the "Education in Human Values"
programme in the USA. During her interview with
Dr. Venkataraman of Radio Sai, she tells us how,
through Sathya Sai Baba's presence in her life,
she transformed her fundamentalist Christian
background into a broad understanding that we
are all Divine.
Jesus with his twelve
disciples before His
took bread, gave thanks and broke it,
and gave it to them, saying, "This is my
body given for you; do this in
remembrance of me." In the same way,
after the supper he took the cup,
saying, "This cup is the new covenant in
my blood, which is poured out for you."
(Jesus Luke 22:19-20)
said that the bread taken in the "last
supper" was his flesh, and the wine, his
blood. He meant that all beings alive
with flesh and blood are to be treated
as he himself and that no distinction
should be made of friend or foe, we or
they. Every body is his body, sustained
by the bread; every drop of blood
flowing in the veins of every living
being is his, animated by the activity
that the wine imparted to it. That is to
say, every man is Divine and has to be
revered as such.
( Sathya Sai Baba
25 December 1978)
YOU ARE GOD, ALL ARE GOD
Bernice Mead USA
I found out about
Swami in 1977 and made my first pilgrimage in 1978. I am a very
atypical devotee because I come from a large farm family in
mid-America with 11 children and was raised as a fundamentalist
Christian. When I met my husband he wasn't interested in
organised religion and so we began to search for truth. We first
went to more liberated Christian churches but could not find
what we were looking for there. So we started taking meditation
I had been taught
all my life that Jesus was the only way. And not only was Jesus
the only way, but the church that I attended was the only
church. I questioned this from the time I was a teenager. It
seemed unreal to me that everyone who loved God could not have a
chance to be with God. So I wanted to know the truth and what
this was all about. Could it possibly be that the little
fundamentalist church I was going to was the truth, the only
A devotional painting
depicting the sacred heart
I and the Father are one.
I am in My Father and you are in Me and
I am in you.
(Jesus John 10:30 ; 14:20)
in God and God is in you. Understand
this truth and act accordingly. You
should be able to say with conviction
that you are the spark of the Divine.
You should say with courage and
conviction that God is everywhere. You
must fill yourself with the feeling that
God is in you, beside you, around you,
and with you wherever you go.
( Sathya Sai Baba
15 Jan 2000, 25 Dec 1985)
had just had my first child and I was going
through post-partum depression, so I was really
searching for something besides what I had.
Eventually, I heard about a meeting to be held
by a man who had been to Sai Baba and who was
going to tell about his experiences.
went because my husband wanted to go, but I
didn't think that I would hear anything of
relevance. We were both captivated by his
stories, which were only telling about his
experiences. We spent the whole evening there.
We smelled a sweet jasmine right away; we
thought it must have been incense, but it
wasn't. When we left that evening around 11pm,
we felt excited and took three books with us.
One of them was the "Holy Man and the
Psychiatrist" by Samuel Sandweiss.
read the book and right away I wanted to come to
India. I felt so drawn and so much in love with
Sai Baba. I wanted to know who he was and
whether he was for real. Even though I am still
mystified by him, I love him dearly.
Back in 1978, coming to the ashram was very
difficult. The weather was hot and humid, the
food was bothering me, and there were 14 of us
in the flat that I stayed in. I still had a lot
of doubts and there was a time when I wasn't
sure if I was in the right place.
Swami called all of the Westerners into the
mandir and gave us a discourse. Then he came
around and gave each of us little packets of
vibhuti. I said to him, "Thank you." That
afternoon I wrote him a letter and went early to
darshan so I could get the first row. He came
and took my letter and said, "Thank you" to me.
So my first words to him were thank you and his
first words to me were thank you in return. This
made me very happy.
During my second trip in 1979, I had to go alone
after all of my friends had come home. One
morning while sitting under his window where he
lived in the mandir at the time, I had this
thought, "What if he isn't who he says he is?
What if he is the anti-Christ?" I didn't know
where these thoughts were coming from because I
had been so happy and so thrilled at being
I got up and went
back to my room where I wept and wept. While I was there I
prayed very hard, I prayed to this God that I had prayed to all
my life, somewhere out there in space. I decided that I should
also pray to Jesus and so I brought Jesus into the prayer also.
When I went to darshan, Swami called me for an interview, which
was a fulfilment of my dream. He talked to me about all of the
doubts I had had in my mind that morning.
There was a part of me that knew that he knew all that I was
experiencing but to experience that was another thing. He said
to me, "I hear all of the prayers, I even hear the prayers to
Jesus." So I knew that he was telling me that he had been with
me that morning and knew that I had prayed to Jesus. Then he
made me candy. My earthly father owned a grocery store and used
to bring me candy when I was a child. This was like my earthly
father giving me something so I would feel better. I had been
crying all morning, and I was like a child at his feet, so
captivated and so much in love.
The one lesson of Swami's that I find most
important is that we are God, we are all God.
Elsie Cowan was a very good friend of mine and
she used to say all the time, "You are God. You
are God. You are no different than God." And God
is love, so love and God are synonymous. To me
this is the richest and the best teaching.
have had wonderful experiences with children
where I have learned the lesson that we are all
God. When I taught kindergarten with
six-year-old children we would have a few
minutes each day of quiet time.
One day a sweet little boy wanted to share what
he had experienced that day during the quiet
time. He said, "I saw God." I asked him if he
could tell us what God looked like and he said,
"Yes, yes" and he put his hands over his head
and said, "He had a lot of black hair and a blue
One day while I was walking in a park, a little
five-year-old came up to me on his bicycle and
said, "Please go home with me I want you to meet
my parents." He kept asking me to go home with
him so I could meet his parents.
didn't know this boy, he just came out of the
blue while I was on my afternoon walk. I told
him, "I can't go home with you today, but I'll
come this way tomorrow and I promise I'll go
home with you tomorrow."
But he kept begging me, "Please, oh please." He
was such a cute little mischievous kid, so I
said to him, "Say, do you know Baba?" I don't
even know why I said this; it was out of the
blue. He jumped off of his bicycle and said,
"Yes, I do! He's Jesus Christ and all his
angels!" He got back on his bicycle and rode off
and I never saw him again.
am the national coordinator of the EHV programme
in the USA , and I travel through the states
giving teacher training classes.
In 1979 I started one of the first Bal Vikas
children's classes in southern California. We
would sing a lot of songs and began to learn
We all learned and grew together. One time I had
a little boy who was quite precocious and he
gave his school teachers difficulty in the
classroom. After he had attended Bal Vikas for a
year, his school teacher told me, "I don't know
what you're doing, but whatever you are doing,
keep it up. I have seen such a wonderful change
in this child this year."
Christmas morning concert at
little children come to me, and do not
hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these.
(Jesus Matthew 19:14)
Unless you change and
become like little children, you will
never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like
this child is the greatest in the
kingdom of heaven.
(Jesus Matthew 18:3-4)
You must take shelter in
the Divine principle to escape from the
storms of life. You will be welcomed by
the Divine only when, as Jesus said, you
become like a child. They have the sense
of wonder, fresh and free; they have the
simple, sincere eagerness to know; they
have reverence towards knowledge and
power. Christ treated the children with
tenderness, and advised all the grownups
to become like children, so that they
may be saved.
(Sathya Sai Baba
23 May 1967, 22 Nov 1969, 23 April 1967)
These are the
kinds of experiences I have had with children where for some
moment in time they knew. God has had wonderful fun with me
God revealed to Bernice many new insights about the nature of
God. But William Miller guest faculty member in the Sri Sathya
Sai Institute of Higher Learning's MBA programme since 1999, and
co-author of Human Values at Work had to transcend
some deeply in-grained childhood beliefs in order to "see the
Light" and "be the Light."
AM IN THE LIGHT, THE LIGHT IS IN ME, I AND THE LIGHT ARE ONE
William Miller USA
As I look back on my upbringing,
I was "very Roman Catholic" even
co-president of my parish's teen youth
organisation when I was 17.
I was disciplined and respectful
in my relations with girls and elders wanting
to be known as a good person, and to me the ten
commandments were the perfect "measuring stick"
to determine if I was being good. I particularly
strived to be a peaceful person, not ever
wanting to hurt anyone.
But this determination did not come from a
positive love for God and others; rather it was
based in a self-dislike and self-criticism which
I wanted to overcome.
My experience of life and being a Christian was
coloured by a strong belief that my nature,
particularly as a male, was "selfish,
hedonistic, and environmentally destructive"
and that my job as a Christian was to
overcome my nature. God was "out there" or
"up there" distant, judging, punishing, loving
you only if you were good.
After going to college in the mid 1960's, I
found myself becoming "agnostic", neither
believing nor disbelieving in God. I just didn't
know. While I enjoyed being with friends and the
priest at my university's Catholic centre, I
fell away from the Catholic religion.
felt attracted to Zen Buddhism as a practical
"substitute" to nurture my inner growth,
particularly as author Alan Watts introduced it
to the West. In fact, it was his book "Myth and
Ritual in Christianity" that first renewed my
appreciation for the spirit of Jesus' teachings.
In 1982, a deeper level of spirituality began to
stir within me.
found myself saying the word "Divine" without
consciously thinking about it ahead of time. A
new joy began to well up inside of me and I
would make up little songs such as "Divine love,
expressing through me, always draws to me all
that I need."
The night just before Easter Sunday that year, I
"accidentally" (are there any coincidences or
accidents?) came across a film on TV called "The
Lost Years of Jesus", produced by Richard Bock.
watched the entire film, but when near the end
it showed this Indian guru named Sathya Sai
Baba, I paid little attention. Only later did I
realise that Easter weekend was my first
semi-aware contact with Baba.
Later that year, a good friend was reading "Man
of Miracles" by Howard Murphet, chronicling many
early experiences with Sai Baba. I had never
ever sought an India spiritual teacher, but I
asked to borrow the book.
Mother Mary and Jesus
"Tender Loving Kindness"Icon
a huge halo of splendour illuminating
the sky over the village when Christ was
born. This meant that he who was to
overcome the darkness of evil and
ignorance, had taken birth and that he
will spread the light of love in the
heart of man and councils of humanity.
(Sathya Sai Baba 24 December 1972)
read the Bible, we look at Christ as an
ideal figure who proclaimed truth to the
world. The moment the story of Christ's
birth to the Virgin Mary is revealed,
all those who follow Christianity
rightly feel very proud, and feel that
this mysterious birth is the result of
some Divine power and that Mary was a
very sacred woman.
(Sathya Sai Baba Summer Showers 1974)
fragrance in the bud of a flower, Jesus'
Divinity was evident from his boyhood.
Jesus displayed such sacred qualities
as compassion, love and sacrifice. The
inspiration for this came from his
mother Mary, who taught him such good
qualities as truth, kindness, compassion
(Sathya Sai Baba 25 December: 1991,
reading it, I thought, "This is very, very difficult to
believe, that such a person is walking the earth but if
it's true, I don't want to look back in 40 years and say
that I missed my chance!" I knew inside that I should go see for
myself, and I travelled to India seven weeks later.
My first day at
Prasanthi Nilayam was the last day of a ten-day festival called
Dasara. At one point during the morning function, Sai Baba went
around and sprinkled everyone with blessed, holy water. I
thought, "As a Catholic, this is very familiar" and I felt more
at home. Then he gave a discourse.
could understand very little of the translation
into English, given the interpreter's different
accent, but a few words rang crystal clear
they were the words I most needed to hear: "When
you realise that God is inside you, then the
more you go into yourself, the closer to God you
and the distance between your will and
God's will likewise begins to diminish."
When the discourse was over, I walked out of the
auditorium stunned and dizzy I actually had to
lean against a tree. While I had been slowly
rooting out of my psyche the childhood belief
that God was distant and my very nature was
sinful, Sai Baba's words were like the hammer
blow that finally split the rock. I had been
opened up, healed, and reborn onto a spiritual
path that ultimately led me back to a new
relationship with Jesus and Christianity.
Ever since I was a 13-year-old attending the
Catholic Jesuit High School, I participated once
a year in some kind of spiritual retreat. In
college and afterwards, these retreats took the
form of "human potential" seminars. Now, I made
India my annual retreat. I could tell right away
that being around Sathya Sai Baba would be the
most nourishing way I could find to grow
Each year when I would come for 10 to 14 days,
on my annual work vacation, I would select a
book to bring as my core spiritual reading. In
the mid-1980's, I read the books of two 16th
century Spanish Christian mystics: St. Teresa of
Avila and St. John of the Cross. Both spoke
about the "marriage" of the soul with God, and
that the fundamental message of Jesus was the
path of Divine love.
The hours waiting for Sai Baba to emerge from
his residence to give Darshan were
often exquisite times for me to ponder and
pursue a new understanding of who Jesus was
through the experience of these two saints who
devoted their entire lives to love and know
Jesus, and to follow the path he laid down for
Sai Baba often spoke of three stages of
spiritual growth: "I am in the Light," "The
Light is in Me," and "I and the Light are One."
St. John of the Cross spoke of spiritual growth
in terms of putting a log on a fire: at first,
the fire has to heat up the log; then the log
begins to emit flames, but only with the helpful
heat of the coals; finally, the log is fully
ablaze so that there is no distinguishing the
"log" from the rest of the fire. I saw that Sai
Baba and St. John of the Cross were describing
the same three stages. And when Sai Baba
explained how Jesus' life showed us these same
stages as "Messenger of God," "Son of God,"
and "I and the Father are One" my faith grew
that Jesus really could be a model to inspire
and guide my spiritual growth.
Statue of John of the Cross
in a chapel in
Jesus proclaimed that he was the
messenger of God, he also wanted to
emphasise that everyone is a messenger
of God and has to speak, act and think
like one. This is the true spiritual
discipline of selfless work, prayer,
service to humanity and meditation.
( Sathya Sai Baba 25
spiritual progress is furthered Jesus
asserted that each one can recognise all
as sons of God, children of God,
brothers and sisters of oneself. When
you lead a life of purity and morality,
you are entitled to regard yourselves as
"sons of God." God is the embodiment of
love and you should not do anything that
is contrary to the love that God
( Sathya Sai Baba 25
December 1978, 1984)
Finally, when knowledge ripens into
wisdom and the goal of spiritual wisdom
is reached, each one realises, "I and my
Father are one," just as Jesus
ultimately declared. Jesus and his
Father were one. You and God are also
one and you can be aware of it. You must
take note of this oneness. You must
proclaim your oneness and not your
December: 1978, 1997,1984)
Later, when I
read, as if for the first time, Jesus saying, "I am in the
Father and you are in Me and I am in You," I directly
experienced that I could travel the pathway with Jesus through
these stages, ultimately ending with knowing our union with God.
Thus, for me, Jesus' life and teachings, and the life and
teachings of Sai Baba, became mirror reflections of each other.
And when I read Jesus' words about a baptism by fire "I have
come to cast fire upon the earth, and how I wish that it were
already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptised, and
how greatly and sorely I am urged on until it is accomplished!"
I could rejoice, rather than be afraid, that this baptism of
fire would ultimately turn this William-log into a heart ablaze
with Divine love.
the idea that this journey could end with the experience that
"God and I are one" was quite difficult for me to "warm up
to." My upbringing said that this was blasphemy, the statement
of an ego-out-of-control. But then, Sai Baba led me back to my
Christian tradition where "union with God" was the ultimate aim
of every mystic.
all of them may be one, Father, just as you are
in me and I am in you. I have given the glory
that you gave me, that they may be one as we are
St. Paul :
He who unites himself with
the Lord is one with him in spirit.
(1 Corinthians 6:17)
St. John :
God is love. Whoever lives
in love lives in God, and God in him.
(1 John 4:16)
of Avila :
The Lord appears in the
centre of the soul, not in an imaginative
One can say no more than that the soul,
I mean the spirit, is made one with God.
Maximus the Confessor:
When a human
being gives himself entirely to God's
love and is united with him by grace, he
penetrates entirely into God and becomes
God, without losing his identity.
Angelius of Silesius:
and makes One; if you rejoin Origin,
your spirit with God's will be melted in
St. Catherine of Genoa:
I am so
in His immense love
my being is God,
not by simple participation, but by a
true transformation of my being! My Me
is God, nor do I recognise any other Me
except my God Himself.
birth to the Son as you, as me, as
each one of us. As many beings as
many gods in God. In my soul, God
not only gives birth to me as his
son, he gives birth to me as
himself, and himself in me. I find
this divine birth that God and I are
the same... Here, in my own soul,
the greatest of all miracles has
taken place God has returned to
sculpture of the ecstasy
of St.Teresa of Avila
began to see how other teachings of Sai Baba were alive and well
in the Christian tradition. For example, he has often said that
the most effective means of spiritual growth is repetition or
singing of the names of God, thus promoting a continuous
awareness of God's presence.
When I read
the book, "Way of a Pilgrim" written in the late 1800's by a
Russian who constantly recited the "Jesus Prayer" ("Lord Jesus
Christ, have mercy on me") I could only smile in recognition
of what Sai Baba's advice could mean for a Christian.
Yet all of this has been just the beginning. My
journey with Sai Baba and Jesus, which started
(at least in my own awareness) one Easter
weekend in 1982, continues forward my own
version of what it means to experience "heaven
Just as William had to overcome early childhood
beliefs, in order to love Jesus and himself,
Sylvia Alden choir director for the Prasanthi
Christmas adult choir struggled with beliefs
about Jesus that she was taught as a child. She
had a healing experience of Divine love in the
presence of Sathya Sai Baba that helped her
understand how she could live a Christ-like
GOD IS PURE LOVE
Sylvia Alden USA
I was brought up on a farm in the
mid-western part of the United States during the
time after the Great Depression and that which
preceded the Second World War. Many were
struggling to recover from the depression and
the fear of the war was strong in our rural
My maternal grandparents became born-again
Christians and my paternal grandfather was a
Congregational minister. Their concept of Jesus,
and by extension of God, was of Divine beings
one could never expect to please. One could only
fear and obey. Love was not emphasised.
As a child, these grandparents and their
religious beliefs had a marked and indelible
impression on me. My parents also followed these
teachings and I wanted very much to please them
all. Somehow, I always fell short of the mark.
Jesus became someone who knew everything I did
and was marking it down so that come the Day of
Judgment, he could tell God all the bad things I
As I was not the most perfectly behaved child,
Jesus had a lot on his list. He became someone
to fear and dislike. I wondered how Jesus could
be so wonderful if he would tell on a little
As part of the religious training that was given
to me by my parents and grandparents, I was
taught that unless one became a born-again
Christian one would be condemned to hell's fire
and damnation for all of eternity. There was no
The prayer of the heart
provided me with such delights that I
doubted if there were anyone happier
than I on earth.
all that was around me
appeared to me in a delightful form, and
all prompted me to love God and to thank
him people, trees, plants, animals,
everything was akin to me. On all, I
found the impress of the name of Jesus
Way of a Pilgrim)
be no better panacea for our suffering
than chanting the Lord's name
("namasmarana"). No greater or more
potent weapon can even be there to help
man surmount his obstacles. When the
mind is engaged in the recital of God's
Glory and the names of God, there can be
no temptation to stray into the rake's
highway of insane desire. It will be of
considerable help to establish the
feeling of the constant presence of God,
within you and without. Let each and
every cell of your body be filled with
His Divine Name. Nothing else can give
you the bliss, courage, and strength
that you derive from namasmarana.
(Sathya Sai Baba
16 May 2002, 19 Oct 1969,14 April 2002)
extremely confusing to me that the same Jesus who was held up to
love people so much that he was willing to be crucified would
also condemn those who had never even heard his name. As I
reached my teenage years, I struggled to put these teachings
into some semblance of logic that I could fully accept. I went
to church, sang in the choir, read my Bible, and acted "as if" I
truly believed the sermons I heard. The one positive was the
loved the hymns that spoke of the love and glory
of God. I drew comfort from the music. I
convinced others that I was a good Christian. I
felt like a hypocrite because my actions were
lip service only.
My actions were just for show. I still could not
accept the idea that a person who loved Buddha
or some other form of God would be headed for
When I married and had children, I was firm in
the conviction that my children would not grow
up in fear of God. I wanted them to be free of
the judgment of the beliefs of others. I doubted
that if God/Jesus existed, they really cared
what we did. Why else would babies die, people
fight in wars, and good people suffer?
As much as I attempted to push God to the back
of the closet, He refused to stay there. He
showed Himself to me in music and nature.
loved nature in all its many forms and music was
my healing place. The yearning for the Supreme
Being that created this beautiful universe and
populated it with people of such diversity and
was searching for what would ring as truth
within my heart, a truth that I could share with
my children which would allow them to love
others irrespective of their religious
began to study Eastern religions, starting with
the teachings of Aurobindo. His teachings
touched a place within that caused the door of
my heart to crack open a bit.
first heard of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in 1972.
"Nice," I thought. "There is another saint like
Aurobindo." I continued to read and study the
wisdom of many Indian saints. Peace was growing
in my heart. I studied meditation and even had
the temerity to teach meditation classes.
In 1978, I made my first journey to the Beloved
Divine Feet of Swami. He looked at me and I knew
that He knew everything I had ever said or done,
would ever say or do.
And miracle of all miracles, He loved me. He was
all that I had ever thought God should or could
be love, pure love. There would never be
condemnation or exclusion from Him.
My heart was full to overflowing. God was here
on this earth and I had seen Him, talked with
Him, felt His touch and I was free from fear and
doubt. Joy is too small of a word or concept to
express my feelings. I was truly home.
teachings are universal. They allowed me to
look more objectively at the teachings of
the Christian religion. His discourses on
the life of Jesus brought the real Jesus to
life for me. I could now read the Bible with
an openness that was lacking before.
sayings of Jesus reflected Swami's words. I
sang the hymns and drew great joy and
comfort, especially when I knew that those
words were describing my Dearest Lord.
Baba blessing the Christmas
adult choir programme with
Sai Baba says that Divine
love has three qualities changeless,
selfless, and fearless:
knows only to give, not to receive. Love
does not seek anything in return. Such
Love is free from fear. These are the
basic features of true Love.
(Sathya Sai Baba 12 July 1988)
Jesus exemplified these
three qualities of Divine love
throughout his life
enemies and pray for those who persecute
you, that you may be sons of your Father
in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on
the evil and the good, and sends rain on
the righteous and the unrighteous.
(Jesus Matthew 5:44)
among you as one who serves. Whoever
wants to become great among you must be
(Jesus Luke 22:27 and Matthew 20:26
love has no one than this, that he lay
down his life for his friends.
(Jesus John 15:13)
I no longer closed my mind to the tenets of Christianity.
Rather, my understanding of Christianity was enlarged to be
defined as living a Christ-like life. Jesus lived a life of
love, forgiveness and complete surrender to God. I now
realise that those who condemn others' beliefs don't really
reflect the teachings of Jesus.
Christmas choir at Prasanthi
should sing God's name with love. You
will see the manifestation of Divinity
with your physical eyes when you sing
His glory with all love. Many noble
souls merged in God through love.
It is the
tongue that tastes the delicacy and it
is the heart that tastes love. The taste
of love is peerless. It is sweeter than
even nectar. Love alone can match love.
God is love, love is God. Live in love.
Whatever you sing, sing with love. God
sees your feelings, not the rhythm or
tune. If your feelings are pure, God
will take care of everything.
the seeds of Love in dreary, desert
hearts. Then, sprouts of Love will make
wastes green with joy, blossoms of Love
will make the air fragrant, rivers of
Love will murmur along the valleys, and
every bird, beast, and child will sing
the song of Love.
from devotional singing with a greater
measure of Love!
(Sathya Sai Baba 14 Mar 1999 , 14
April 1999, 4 october 1970 , 23 July
The love that Swami embodies and showers on us
all allowed me to revisit my early upbringing. I
came to realise that the God/Jesus that I had
feared and denied was nothing but the extension
of my family's fear and their need to make sense
of a world that was lacking love.
Further, their love for me took the form of
needing me to be like them, to believe like them
and to ensure my going to heaven with them. They
didn't want me to burn in hell for eternity.
When I could look at their beliefs from this
perspective, I was able to understand them and
their actions. My fear and distrust of Jesus
receded. My family continued in their beliefs
and saw my love for Swami as an indication that
I was certainly on my way to hell.
felt sorry that they were not able to see what I
saw in Him. I had felt pure selfless love the
likes of which I could not have imagined. It
saddened me that they were not able to join me
in this glorious journey.
don't just believe any more I know that our
Beloved Bhagawan is indeed the Father of Jesus
as He is the father and mother of all. I also
know that since the passing of my parents and
grandparents, they will have had the opportunity
to see and know Swami as I see and know Him as
the embodiment of total love and compassion, the
supreme one who created and sustains all. This
brings me great comfort and allows me to let go
of the sadness that was a large part of my
What relationship do I have with Jesus now? I
see him as an older brother who exemplified
complete surrender to God. I look at his
dedication to God and am humbled. I no longer
think he will give God a list of my misdeeds.
am grateful that Jesus taught and lived the way
of love. I am comfortable with the understanding
that for some people Jesus is the only way, just
as I am comfortable with the understanding that
there is a religion that is suitable for all at
whatever stage of spiritual life they may be. My
perception of Jesus and what he exemplified has
freed me by his example of unconditional love
and obedience to completely open my heart to
I offer my
complete gratitude and overwhelming love to Bhagawan Sri Sathya
Sai Baba, my dearest and most beloved Swami. He has given me a
life sweeter than I could have ever dreamed of. By His Grace, He
is truly my very best friend.
experienced a breakthrough in her life, but it was one she had
been seeking since her teenage years. For Victor Kanu,
co-founder of The African Institute of Sathya Sai Education, the
breakthrough came much more as a surprise. During his interview
with Radio Sai, hosted by Dr. Venkataraman, Victor tells how
Sathya Sai Baba transformed his life into one of selfless
service, just as Jesus taught his disciples.
HANDS THAT HELP ARE HOLIER THAN LIPS THAN PRAY
Victor Kanu Zambia
I started my
career as a schoolteacher and headmaster of a large Roman
Catholic Primary school in Lunsa, Sierra Leone, before
proceeding to Oxford University in England for further studies
in philosophy, politics and economics. After that I became my
country's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. It was after
that that I came in contact with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in
a miraculous way. This was in 1975.
living a very high life, being a High Commissioner; the booze
was a regular thing. In a dream two angels took me to an unknown
place which I later discovered to be Prasanthi Nilayam itself.
They left me at the main gate of the ashram, where I met all of
the religions of the world including my African ancestors. When
I woke up, of course it brought about a tremendous change in me
that I could not explain how or why it happened. The things I
used to do, like going to the parlour and smoking, gradually
faded away. This is how Baba first called me. This was an
extraordinary turning point in my life and also a transformation
I began to take spiritual matters
rather seriously. Even though I had been brought
up as a Christian I had stopped going to church.
But after this experience I began going to
church and reading the Bible. And I became
interested in Western philosophy.
have never seen a contradiction in going to my
Christian church and following Sathya Sai Baba.
In fact, the more I came to know Baba, the
better I became as a Christian. I gradually
loved Jesus Christ more so than ever before and
I understood the Bible more so as a result of my
contact with Baba.
Although Baba has immense power and immense
influence, he tells people to stay where they
are, be a good Christian, be a good Muslim. This
is in agreement with his teachings that there is
only one religion, the religion of love. He says
he has come to water the roots of all religions,
not to uproot them, but to freshen them up.
When I finished my job as High Commissioner,
Mrs. Kanu and I engaged ourselves in teaching
with the Inner London Education Authority. This
is what brought about our active contact with
Sathya Sai Baba. In 1980 we came to Puttaparthi
to attend the first overseas Bal Vikas teachers
training course; we were among the first to be
trained on Swami's "Education in Human Values"
(EHV) programme. It was an eye-opener after that
course. We liked the programme so much that we
felt this was the answer for Africa. So we
started implementing it in the London schools
and gradually our interest in returning back to
Africa grew. We saw that this was the programme
that could transform, unite and also integrate
The Miracle School - Sathya
in Ndola, Zambia
Now a man
came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher,
what good thing must I do to get eternal
life?" If you want to enter life, obey
the commandments. "All these I have
kept," the young man said. "What do I
still lack?" Jesus answered, "If you
want to be perfect, go, sell your
possessions and give to the poor, and
you will have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me." When the young man
heard this, he went away sad, because he
had great wealth.
(Jesus Matthew 19: 16-17, 20-22)
We had visited Zambia very
briefly to conduct a workshop; that was all. We knew no one
there except a few devotees. When we came to Baba in 1987, he
placed his hands on our heads and said, "Go to Zambia and spread
my message of love. Build a school. Spread my message through
education and help the people." So it was Baba who chose Zambia
Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)
when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you something to
drink? When did we see you sick or in
prison and go to visit you?" I will tell
you the truth, whatever you did for one
of the least of these brothers of mine,
you did for me.
(Jesus Matthew 25:37, 39-40)
"We all long for heaven
where God is, but we have it in our
power to be in heaven with Him at this
very moment. But being happy with Him
now means: loving as He loves, helping
as He helps, giving as He gives, serving
as He serves, rescuing as He rescues,
being with Him 24 hours, touching Him in
his distressing disguise.
Bible, it is recorded that Jesus washed
the feet of his disciples. When they
asked him why he was doing so, Jesus
answered: "I am washing your feet as
your servant, so that you may learn to
serve the world." Love must be
manifested as service to others and that
service must take the form of food for
the hungry, solace for the forlorn, and
consolation for the sick and the
suffering. Jesus wore himself out in
such service to humanity.
Sai Baba 25 Dec 1984, 1981)
I remember during that interview
that my wife was brave enough to ask Baba, "How
about funding?" Swami said sell your house; if
that is not enough borrow from the banks. We
were delighted when he said this to us.
Being brought up as Christians,
we remembered the story in the Bible where a
rich man went to Jesus and said, "Oh Lord I've
done this and I've done that, what else can I do
to enter into the kingdom of God?" And Jesus
said, "Sell all that you have and give it to the
poor and follow me." After Jesus said that, the
man ran away.
We didn't want to run away. We
were so thrilled that Sathya Sai Baba, whom we
believed to be God incarnate, gave us this test
and we did exactly what he told us to do.
We were not afraid at all. The country was new
to us. But we remembered the stories of other
disciples who had gone to distant lands, the
Lord was with them and that was all we needed.
We knew that Baba was with us throughout.
When he told us to go to Zambia, he did not tell
us we would not face difficulties. Difficulties
are a part of life and when you are doing God's
work you face even more difficulties and more
tests. We enjoyed every bit of them; we knew
this was the Lord testing us.
Our school in Zambia is called a "Miracle
School", first because of its location. The
school is in a disadvantaged area of Ndola with
very poor infrastructure, very poor roads. We
could have built it in the middle of the city,
but I sent Mrs. Kanu to ask Baba where to build
it and he said to go to a poor area and start
with a boy's school. We started the primary
school and collected the dropouts as our first
This was all part of the Divine plan. When these
students took their first national tests, they
had top scores. The nation was stunned. How can
a school that is located in a village among poor
children do so well?
This was the first time in the education of
Zambia that they had ever experienced this. So
their results were outstanding, their character
improved, they became good boys in a short
period of time.
This also made a tremendous impact on their
families. In one instance, a boy insisted that
his father take him to school early in the
morning. After dropping the boy to school, the
father would report to work.
Within six months the father got a promotion
because he was now the first person to show up
for work. There was another man who was a
managing director who also dropped off his boy
and started going to the office early. The late
attendance of his employees reduced.
There are so many
testimonies from the parents and from the children. There are
boys who never used to study who now began to tell the others to
study; they would give others' advice. When we opened the school
in 1992, there was only one family who could afford to bring
their son in a car, but after this our school started attracting
good students. Today we have 30-40 vehicles, including
Land-Cruisers, coming from town to bring their children. Five
years ago we started a separate school for girls. Many of our
students have gone to universities and are now involved in
teaching. Many are engaged in the police forces.
When we first
came to Ndola, we worked on Saturday and opened the school on
Saturday. Today, all of the schools are open on Saturday. From
this the people came to know that part of our success was due to
hard work. Work is worship, commitment. Now all of the boys and
girls in Ndola take their studies much more seriously than ever
before. We are also very much involved in community work.
to Jesus' message to "sell all you have and come follow me,"
Victor has dedicated his life in selfless service to the
education of poor children. Debra Miller, co-author of Human
Values at Work and co-compiler of the Be Like Jesus
book, likewise experienced a time of surrender, one that led her
to a deeper knowledge of the universal purity of Jesus'
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS WITHIN
Debra Miller USA
grew up in mid-America where my mother was a
devoted Christian and made sure that my four
siblings and I were active in all of the church
loved going to our Southern Baptist church and
wanted all of my friends to go to church. I
played the piano at the church, and my mother
taught the children's classes and sang in the
Because I had always talked to God personally
even from a young age, I had never felt
comfortable with the idea that God was a
punishing Father and that I had to live a strict
life for fear of his wrath. In my early 20's I
wanted to explore the world and became
disillusioned with the attitudes of the people
in our church. I decided to leave the church and
focus on my college and career.
was doing very well in my career and had a lot
of worldly success to my credit when, in my
early 30's, I had a deep spiritual awakening of
the heart while at my brother's marriage. In
what seemed like the twinkling of an eye, I had
an experience of God's Divine love that changed
the course of my life. It was like I experienced
what Jesus meant when he said the kingdom of God
is within us, in our hearts.
Still apprehensive about getting re-involved
with the Christian religion, I began to seek the
meaning of spirituality and how to comprehend
and live God's will in my daily life. I first
pursued metaphysical, new age teachings; and
while they opened my mind and heart to new
levels of awareness, I felt I needed more.
then spent many years practising the Buddhist
Vipassana meditation where I would go into
silence for 10 days at a time. It was in
practising this meditation that I discovered how
much I loved spiritual teachings that were
universal, rather than the more narrow teachings
that I had grown up with.
Jesus teaching the "Parable
of the Sower"
kingdom of God does not come with your
careful observation, nor will people
say, "Here it is", or "There it is",
because the kingdom of God is within
(Jesus Luke 17:20-21)
love dwelling in your hearts. So the
kingdom of heaven is within you. Only
then the sense of spiritual oneness of
all mankind can be experienced. Out of
that sense of unity will be born the
love of God. This love will generate
pure bliss in the heart that is
boundless, indescribable and
(Sathya Sai Baba 17 July 1997, 25
December 1987, 25 December 1994)
In 1999, I
met my husband. After we married, he brought me to India to have
Sathya Sai Baba's Darshan. The moment I saw Swami enter
the portal of the Sai Kulwant hall, I had the same experience of
God's Divine love that I had had 12 years earlier at my
Christmas children's drama
Two thousand years ago,
when narrow pride and thick ignorance
defiled mankind, Jesus came as the
embodiment of love and compassion and
lived among men, holding forth the
highest ideals of life. He was a master
born with a purpose, the mission of
restoring love, charity and compassion
in the hearts of man. He had no
attachment to the self, nor paid any
heed to joy or sorrow, loss or gain. He
had a heart that responded to the call
of anguish, and he went about the land
preaching the lessons of love. His life
was a libation for the upliftment of
humanity. Jesus transformed many sinners
(Sathya Sai Baba 24 December 1980, 25
December 1978, 25 December 1998)
knew in that moment, from direct experience,
that Swami was God incarnate, here to establish
the kingdom of divine love within every heart
and all of society.
In the year 2000, my husband and I sold or gave
away our personal belongings, left our home in
the USA and moved to live in the ashram. We
initially immersed ourselves in Swami's
teachings and the Bhagavad Gita.
We began to devote ourselves to Swami's work,
first by writing a programme with another couple
from Denmark on Swami's human values for working
After moving to India, my sister-in-law, who is
a strong Christian with an open mind, began to
ask me questions about how Sai Baba's teachings
correlated with Jesus' teachings.
honestly did not know how to answer her
questions once I had left my Christian
upbringing, I had no wish to return to the
My husband, however, was very excited about her
questions, as he had found his Christian
upbringing had come alive for him after he began
following Swami's teachings in 1982.
So we began to read and study the Bible in the
evenings and began reading a book we had on the
teachings of Christian saints and mystics over
the last 2,000 years.
In those early days, I lamented that I would
much rather be studying the Bhagavad Gita
or Dhammapada than the Bible, but I
could intuitively feel Swami prompting us to
continue our study and our talks together.
One evening when we were looking at a
particularly confusing statement Jesus had made,
my husband related it to Swami's teachings and
was able to explain it in a simple way. I was
said to him, "I could get really excited about
studying the Bible if we could rewrite it from
this universal perspective based on Swami's
That night when I
laid down to go to sleep, I asked Swami if he would give to
humanity a book that would explain the life and teachings of
Jesus, just like he had done with Krishna in the Gita Vahini,
a book he wrote through a series of articles for the
Sanatana Sarathi magazine many years ago. I had a longing
to know the truth about Jesus and I had so many questions. I
felt that Swami was the only one who could really explain that
truth to me and answer my questions.
The next morning I wrote a letter to Swami and
then explained to my husband what I was feeling.
He felt the same longing as I. We both signed
the letter and he took it to Darshan
where Swami came to him and readily accepted the
letter with a smile. We had no idea what would
unfold after Swami took the letter, but we had
the full faith that he would somehow answer our
Months passed, and my husband began writing a
series of scripture-based essays about Jesus'
teachings that would begin the process of
answering the questions that my sister-in-law
had asked. I was still not very interested in
spending that much focus on the Bible and so I
hoped that I could simply edit his essays and
not have to get too involved.
One day when Swami was giving a discourse I felt
that he was guiding me to stay home from
Darshan, although at the time I didn't know
why or how long it would last. The next morning
I said good-bye to my husband as he left for
Darshan and then settled in a chair and
asked Swami what he wanted.
His guidance was to focus on the Jesus essays my
husband had begun. Over the next week, I began
to delve deeply into Jesus' teachings. Using
Swami's teachings to guide us, my husband and I
began to discover new ways of understanding what
One morning while I was alone and quietly
working on an essay, I heard Swami's voice speak
to me, which was very rare, as I usually only
received impressions in my mind and had to use
my heart and conscience to figure out how to
interpret them. But the voice was clear and
indisputable: "I've already said everything I
need to say about Jesus, and I will show you how
to put it together."
was stunned, and yet the clarity of the words
and the impression that was left on my heart and
mind was undeniable. I knew that Swami was
giving my husband and me the assignment to be
his instruments to compile his words about
Jesus' life and teachings into the book I had
had no idea where to begin, but Swami guided me
every step of the way. He chose every word and
every expression exactly as he wanted it to be.
In many ways the experience, which lasted five
months, was like being in another time and
reality. It was as if my husband and I were
living, breathing and experiencing what it was
like to sit at Jesus' feet and have him tell us
first hand who he was and the truth of his
Baba blessing the "Be Like
Jesus" manuscript on
sacrificed his life for the sake of
those who put their faith in him. The
birthday of Jesus must be celebrated by
all mankind, for such Divine
personalities who are born with a
purpose (karana-janmas) belong to the
whole human race. They should not be
confined to a single country or
(Sathya Sai Baba 25 December 1978)
therefore appropriate that the birthday
of Jesus, who felt the need to save
mankind and who strove to achieve it, is
celebrated. But, the celebration must
take the form of adhering to the
teachings, being loyal to the
principles, practising the disciplines,
and experiencing the awareness of the
Divine that he sought to arouse. The day
must be dedicated to the purification of
one's passions and emotions through
meditation on the virtues and values
that Jesus held forth.
(Sathya Sai Baba 24 December 1972, 25
On a practical level, Swami first guided me to
compile all of the Christmas discourses into one Word file that
I could go through and select text from. As I went through each
Christmas discourse, word by word, he showed me by a distinct
inner impression which text to extract and how to begin putting
the text together in specific groupings. As I was going through
this process, Swami also identified key words that I would later
use in order to find teachings he had given about Jesus or
Christianity in other discourses. These were words such as:
Jesus, Christ, Messiah, Saviour, cross, crucify, Mary, etc. It
was also clear to me that he only wanted his words from
published discourses to be used; we were not to use any other
sources where devotees were reporting what Swami had told them
St. Nino Cross in the 6th
century Jvari Church in
said to them all: "If anyone would come
after me, he must deny himself and take
up his cross daily and follow me."
Christian cross is a symbol for the
elimination of the ego. Let us pay
attention to the sacrifice that Jesus
made while free, out of his own
volition: he sacrificed his happiness,
prosperity, comfort, safety and
position; he braved the enmity of the
powerful; he renounced the "ego," which
is the toughest thing to get rid of. You
too have undertaken this birth for this
very mission: the mission of crucifying
the ego on the cross of compassion .
Crucify it and be free.
(Sathya Sai Baba 22 November 2000,
24 December 1972, 07 January 1971,
November 1970 )
has to sacrifice itself so that man's
divine nature can manifest itself.
"Mine" is death; "not mine'' is
immortality. The golden key of
non-attachment opens the lock which
keeps the door to heaven shut. "Give up;
I shall fill the gap" says Jesus.
(Sathya Sai Baba 24 November 1967)
Once all of his discourse passages were
extracted, Swami began to show me how he wanted
them to flow in sequence throughout the book and
how to integrate them in those instances where
he had told the same story with different
nuances in different discourses. Throughout this
time period, I was having many intimate
experiences with Swami as I asked him question
after question and he responded with answers to
had often heard the young men from Swami's
university speak about how Swami attends to
every detail of their lives and projects. I
experienced this same level of Swami attending
to every detail of this book, even making sure
the grammar was consistent between the
translations of the 60's and 70's and those of
the 80's and 90's. Furthermore, instead of
simply giving us a book to read about Jesus, he
gave us the direct experience.
One experience I had was when I was reviewing a
full draft of the book and noticed that in the
English translation of Swami's discourses they
had used the word "treason" instead of
"blasphemy" to describe the accusation the Jews
made against Jesus. I talked this over with my
husband and asked for Swami's guidance to which
I felt he approved of us changing the translated
word from "treason" to "blasphemy."
After we had completed the transcript, received
Swami's blessing of it on Christmas morning
2003, and turned it over to the Sri Sathya Sai
Book Trust, we were documenting all of the
discourse references when I found another place
in the book where the word treason was used.
At first my mind reacted and I felt frustrated
that I had not done a full search of the book
and replaced it everywhere. But I immediately
felt Swami's prompting inside and sat down
quietly to ask him if it was okay for us to
change the word. I clearly received a "no". I
was totally confused. It seemed incorrect to me,
and I even argued in my mind to Swami that it
should be changed.
Several days later we were speaking to a
gentleman from the Book Trust, and my husband
was explaining some Christian history about
Jesus that I had never learned when I was
He explained that when the Jews accused Jesus of
blasphemy against God, it was not a crime that
he could be crucified for. So they took him to
the Roman officials and told them that Jesus was
asserting himself as the King of the Jews and
therefore he should be crucified for treason
against the Roman Empire.
I had never known
this distinction before. I couldn't wait to run home and see if
this is why Swami told me not to change the word. Upon checking
the book, I found that when Swami had approved of the word
blasphemy, it was in reference to the Jews; when he had
disapproved of changing the word treason, it was in reference to
Swami answered my
every question about Jesus in a simple, clear way. He affirmed
that Jesus was a Divine incarnation, a master born with a
purpose to awaken humanity spiritually. He affirmed that Jesus'
life showed us the path to liberation, and that the path he
taught, through both his example and teachings, could lead us to
He clarified how Jesus always pointed the people
to God and not to himself, and that he taught
that we are all Divine, children of God, and
that God is one. From this experience and with
the presence of Swami, I have been able to
continue to embrace and delve deeply into Jesus'
teachings to understand the underlying purity
that is universal to all of humanity.
can now honestly embrace my Christian upbringing
and understand its purpose and meaning in this
"Kali-yuga" age of materialism, disillusionment,
and violence something I never dreamed would
Debra came to appreciate how Jesus' life and
teachings could enlighten us all and give
meaning to our lives. Peter Phipps, author of
Sathya Sai Baba and Jesus Christ: A Gospel
for the Golden Age, had a dramatic
experience of the power and love of Jesus in
transforming even the most tragic of
circumstances. From this experience, and his
devotion to Sathya Sai Baba, he has embraced his
mission of preparing Christians for the Second
Coming of Christ.
FATHERHOOD OF GOD
AND BROTHERHOOD OF MAN
Phipps New Zealand
(Excerpts from Chapter 1: My
Personal Transformation Sathya Sai Baba
and Jesus Christ: A Gospel for the Golden Age)
My origins are within a fairly traditional
Christian setting, having been raised as an
Anglican, confirmed by the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, and having
struggled with my faith for years.
At one stage I had applied for admission to Holy
Orders (Anglican terminology for ordination as a
priest), and came within six weeks of admission
to theological college before a letter from my
vicar to the bishop led to an abandonment of
holding a materialised
you the truth, whoever hears my word and
believes him who sent me has eternal
life and will not be condemned; he has
crossed over from death to life.
mind the words Jesus uttered, the advice
he offered, the warnings he gave, and
decide to direct your daily lives along
the path he laid down. Have sacred
vision. Speak good words. Hear only what
is good. Entertain noble thoughts. There
is no greater spiritual practice than
this. This was the teaching of Jesus.
(Sathya Sai Baba 24
December 1980, 25 December 2001)
maintained my interest, and continued to study theology and
comparative religions. My faith waxed and waned over the years.
I felt compelled to believe in God as a logical probability, but
had little sense of a personal relationship with the Deity. I
believed in a Creator, but not the Personal Guide, Friend and
Heavenly Father whom I have now come to know.
I qualified as a
psychologist in the early 1960's and worked in the prison
system, the New Zealand Army and private practice before I
joined The Salvation Army as a salaried employee. I still
believed in a Creator, but could find little evidence that He
(or She) took a personal interest in what we do, any more than
the force of gravity distinguishes between one person and
15 meter statue of Jesus at
Prasanthi Nilayam in Hill
But seek first his
kingdom and his righteousness, and all
these things will be given to you as
well. Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find; knock and the
door will be opened to you. For everyone
who asks receives; he who seeks finds;
and to him who knocks, the door will be
(Jesus Matthew 6:33, 7:7)
Jesus Christ said, "Ask,
it shall be given; call, it will be
answered; knock, it shall be opened."
But, are we asking, calling and
knocking? Yes. We are asking, we are
calling, we are knocking at the door.
But, whom are we asking? Whom are we
calling? At whose door are we knocking?
(Sathya Sai Baba 21 October 1982)
not asking for everlasting bliss; you
ask only for short-lived material
pleasures. So, you do not get all that
you ask for. You do not ask for the
indispensable! You do not pray for the
peace that knows no break. If you did,
the boon would be granted. Knock at the
door of your own heart. God, the
resident, will come into view. Believe
that He resides in you and turn your
(Sathya Sai Baba 21 October 1982)
Then my life and belief system changed,
literally between one day and the next. In 1990,
a man gunned down 13 people. I was one of a team
of three on a Crisis Intervention Team sent into
the area to counsel the victims. We were part of
a Victim's Task Force established for that
Thus began the most harrowing and spiritual two
and a half days of my life. We counselled over
100 people between us, as victims told us their
story and received affirmation for their
feelings. We saw victory over tragedy again and
We have accepted such violence in Beirut or
Northern Ireland and have become immunised to
it. I now know that such horror affects real
people who also weep. The world does not have to
be so unloving and hateful. The team learned
that with love all things seem possible.
have the sense that this Earth could be Paradise
if only we loved one another. The gospel seems
so practical, so "here and now", so
non-mystical. Heaven does not have to be in
another plane or in another place; we already
have it, if we only knew it.
All of us on the team felt that we were
operating with a power beyond our own. The
energy available to us was phenomenal! We knew
that others were praying for us and thinking
about us, and this helped.
The power seemed mightier than that available at
most times. I felt that the power of Christ was
available to use directly, and it contained
wisdom, power, love and caring.
On the second morning, I woke up
with the thought that the easy way of working,
using (or being used by) a Higher Power, was the
way that Jesus must have worked. The whole
Christian story made sense at a higher level
We saw people turn around from a
state of confusion and shock to positive action.
Some people have told us we were wonderful but
we do not feel at all wonderful, rather that we
have access to a wonderful power which we may
rightly call the Holy Spirit. What we feel is
the great privilege to have been of use to
others and to the Lord.
On the way home after the events described
above, I thanked God in my heart for the help He
provided, and I got a very clear reply: "I am
greater than you know; seek Me out and find Me."
This message implied that there was the
possibility of finding the source of the
message, and so I determined to explore and find
had had the sense for a long time that Jesus was
not fully revealed in the teachings of the
churches or in the Gospels of the New Testament.
Somehow the essence of the Man and the
Revelation of the God seemed a bit misty.
of the deeper truths I started in a bookshop dealing in esoteric
texts. My intention was to sift through everything I could find
no matter what the origin and use my discrimination to sort out
the truth from the bizarre. I had had such a taste of Jesus that
I was confident of knowing the difference. In the bookshop, one
text nearly leaped into my hand.
I saw it on the shelf, a book
called "The Jesus Mystery" by Richard and Janet
Bock. My hand grew very warm when I reached for
it, and I was confident it would help me.
The book stated that Jesus is written as "Issa"
in Tibet and "Isa" in Indian languages, and
means "Divine Mother". The same term can also be
written as "Sai". The book then suggested that
Sathya Sai Baba, a modern spiritual teacher in
India, is the prophesied returned Lord come to
save mankind from the present crisis.
The name "Baba" is said to be the same as
"Abba", which Jesus used when addressing the
Father. It seemed important for me to meet this
Sathya Sai Baba if possible and so I joined a
trip to India to spend some time at His ashram.
If He really is the Lord returned to earth, I
wanted to check first-hand for myself.
My experience in India was right out of Biblical
times. To see subsistence farming as Jesus would
have seen it, herds of goats foraging for food
on poor soil, primitive irrigation techniques as
used thousands of years ago, and real desert
communities was somehow exciting in its novelty.
Assembled for Christmas celebration were 20,000
people from all countries in the world and most
of the world's faiths. The trip was essentially
a spiritual pilgrimage, and we learned a lot
about Sai Baba's teachings through study of His
books, lectures for foreign visitors, discussion
with others and hearing His discourses.
At the ashram one heard constantly about
miracles performed, people healed and
extraordinary phenomena. I saw Sai Baba
manifesting vibhuthi (sacred ash with healing
and spiritual properties) with a wave of His
hand several times.
came away convinced that Sathya Sai Baba is the
Lord as prophesied in Chapter 19 of the Book of
Revelation. Sai Baba says that he has not come
to create a new religion, but to revive the old
ones, "to make a Christian a better Christian, a
Moslem a better Moslem, and a Hindu a better
He will not disturb anyone in their faith, but
confirm them in what they already have. He
returns again and again to the theme that
developing love for God and our neighbours is
our fundamental task as humans. He uses many of
the terms and phrases Jesus did, and is closer
to the teachings of Jesus than to any other
spiritual teacher I have encountered.
God announces His name as I
AM to the Hebrew leader
said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is
what you are to say to the Israelites:
I AM has sent me to you.'" This is my
name forever, the name by which I am to
be remembered from generation to
(Exodus 3:14, 15)
For this I have come into
the world, to bear witness to the Truth.
(Jesus John 18:37)
which remains changeless is referred to
as Sat (Being). Sat is Truth. This Sat
is within you. Truth is God. God is
Truth. God is the very form of Truth.
(Sathya Sai Baba 15 February 1999 , 01
January 1991 , 04 September 1994)
I have found
Christ to be indeed greater than I know. I am closely involved
with my own church and am working to be a lay reader. I believe
I have a great understanding of Christ, and that I have actually
been in His physical presence. The mission that I feel I am
being called to undertake is to help Christians prepare for the
acceptance of the Second Coming.
I preach Christ
in the form which Christians know Him, but from the perspective
of His teachings in the current age. The message is essentially
as Jesus gave us in the Sermon on the Mount and stresses the
Unity of all Creation, the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood
As we reflect
upon the significance of Easter not just for Christians but
for people of every faith we are again reminded of Sathya Sai
Baba's words from the opening of this story:
the resurrection, really? It is the
revelation of the divinity inherent in man.
What was the key that Jesus gave the world to
realise our inherent divinity? His message is
contained in one word: Love.
Love the Lord
your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your mind. This is
the first and greatest commandment. And the
second is like it: Love your neighbour as
yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang
on these two commandments.
(Matthew 22:37, 40)
morning at Prasanthi Nilayam
While the message
of love, this commandment of love, may seem difficult to live up
to in our daily lives, from it springs the promise of
resurrecting humanity from the trials and perils it faces today
replacing selfishness with selflessness, animosity with unity,
religious tension with spiritual respect, and personal
estrangement with a renewed experience of the presence of God.
As Sathya Sai Baba reminds us:
The followers of Jesus have
broken into schisms on various counts; but the
life of Christ is a lesson of unity. He taught
people that there was only one God and all were
His children. Recognise in each being, in each
man, a brother, the child of God, and ignore all
limiting thoughts and prejudices based on
status, colour, class, nativity and caste.
(24 December 1972, 25 December 2001, 01 March
showed the path to unity and never gave scope for
multiplicity. He always said that all were Divine.
In terms of physical form, human beings appear
different; in terms of the Spirit they are all one.
This is the truth propagated by Christianity.
(25 December: 2001, 1991)
The foremost need today is for
everyone to realise that God is One. This is what
Jesus proclaimed. God is and can be only One, not
more! There is only one God and He is omnipresent!
There is only one religion, the religion of love.
There is only one language, the language of the
heart. The followers of every religion, in their own
way and style, call upon the One God who is
omnipresent. It is the same God who confers upon all
mankind, health, prosperity, peace and happiness.
1994, 1970, 1978)
Each person we have met in this cover story has
experienced an awakening of this "oneness of God" and
our collective "oneness in God." This is not
surprising, since the lives of both Jesus and Sathya Sai Baba
have embodied this fundamental message of life thus turning
the hearts and minds of people everywhere towards knowing the
changeless nature of God, the loving presence of God in their
lives, and the truth of their own inherent Divinity as children
The influence of
Sathya Sai Baba in the lives of countless Christians has led to
a resurrection of their relationship with Jesus, a rebirth of
appreciating who Jesus was, and a renewal of their sincere
practice of what Jesus taught. The result has been, time and
again, lives fulfilled as good Christians, true Christians,
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