Sathya Sai Baba's Declarations on
God of the Century!
Sathya Sai Baba's Declarations on Himself
no man has come so
near to being God than this man. We are having Buddha in our
midst! God is here. God has come.
The only way to know is to read Him and then to see Him at
Prashanti Nilayam, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India.
This Sathya Sai is the embodiment of the Love Principle. He is
omnipresent, omniscience and omnipotent.
To doubt this is a weakness of the spirit, an ignorance of the
mind and a fear of facing Truth and Reality.
Part - 1.
Extracts from Sai
(Poem) Sathyam is My Prachar (Truth is what I
My Adhar (Righteousness
is My basis)
My Swabhav (Peace
is My Nature)
Prema is My
Swarup (Love is My
one of the four
Mine, I am yours.
When we delight, as He keeps us
close and near,
He sows anxiety
in the heart, of separation a sad,
When we despair
and feel His sport is our wail
He grants us in
plenty laughter to split our sides.
When we ride on
the crest of the wave of His presence
He pricks our
pride with well-timed jeers.
When we roam
quite free at the boon, "Donít fear"
He heaps trouble
on trouble and silently passes by.
We cannot turn
away nor proceed forward!
Thus He in Parthi
holds the earth in thrill!
(Poem): The one
who has come to teach
The one who
The hearts and
minds of men,
The friend, the
Liberator from binding bondage
The Comforter of
those who clamor and pray,
The destroyer of
currents that drag,
The Consoler of
Like the moon so
destroyer of Pride,
curing birth and death,
eyed, the negator of time,
process and the play of Time,
who steals for Himself
minds of the good,
embodied, the child of Devaki,
Son of Vasudeva,
of the Yadu race,
with you, beside you!!
(Poem) The eternal, with neither entrance or
The one who
neither was, nor is, nor will be.
immortal person, free from birth and death,
ever-effulgent Atman is Sai
Sai is the
You are singing
with Me, conversing with Me, and filling your eyes, ears and
hearts with My utterances and activities. This is not a mere
physical form composed of the five elements, nor is this day My
birthday though you may call it thus. This body might have a
birthday, but I have no birth. You say I am fifty-four year old,
but I have no age that can be counted.
When I am in the
midst of men, I a Man. When I am amidst women, I am Woman. When I
am amidst of children, I am a Child. When I am alone, I am
Brahmam. Not only I, even you, when you are midst of ten elderly
men, you behave as an elder. When you are midst of ten women, you
exhibit femininity. When you are amongst children, even if you are
a Supreme Court Judge, you behave a like a child.
I have come to
reform you. I wonít leave you until I do that. Even if you get
away before I do that, donít think that you can escape Me. I will
hold on to you. I am not worried if you leave Me, for I am not
anxious that there should be a huge crowd gathering here around
Me. Who has sent invitations to you? Yet, you have come here in
thousands. You attach yourselves to Me. I am unattached. I am
attached only to the task for which I have come.
The purpose for
which I have come is not to fulfill small desires or attend to the
small incidents like what you have now heard about. There are
greater Truths that I have to establish. There is a considerable
change in human outlook that I have to bring about. No one can
stop Me or deter Me, from fulfilling tasks for which I have come,
namely the establishment of the unchanging Truth.
You have a part
to play in the fulfillment of the Sai Mission that remains
ahead of us. Establishment of Dharma is the task to which we have
to attend immediately and I hope that you will all play your part,
however small it may be in completing the Sai work. Everything
depends on Truth and such Truth is not something that has to yield
(something) to anyone. Untruth has to sub-ordinate itself to
almost everyone with whom it comes into contact. Truth will never
sub-ordinate itself to anyone. This form is the form of Sathya Sai
or the embodiment of Truth.
Unless the child
starts wailing, the mother will not feed it. But this Mother is
different. She knows that the child must be fed, and also when it
is to be fed. The advent itself was according to My Sankalpa.
Every step in this Avatar is due to My own Sankalpa,
not due to the prayer or petition of devotees. The devotees seldom
know what is good for them. You are listening to Me, and what do
you get when you listen? You agree that I am giving you Anandam,
is it not? Well, what do you give Me in return? Give Me
Aacharana of what I am telling you. Practice what I teach,
that is enough, that is all I ask.
the time and the mode of announcement of their Advent and their
glory. Even in this Avatar, such miracles had to e done when I
decided that the time was opportune for taking the people into My
You should offer
your knowledge for the benefit of the people. You should set an
example to your fellowmen. Cultivate the spirit of oneness to all
mankind. It is to teach this message that the Sai advent has taken
place. Sai has come to indicate the omnipresence of God.
The Avatar has come down to declare that God is present
everywhere. This is as necessary as the as the need for someone to
light a lamp, even if one has a lamp holder, oil and wick. The
Avatar comes not only to proclaim the eternal virtues, but also to
shower His love on mankind. But, each one will get the benefit
according to the size of the vessel he holds.
Some of you may
imagine that it a source of joy for the Lord to take a human form.
If you are in this state, you will not feel so. I am always aware
of the future, the past as well as the present of every one of
I may recall a
poem I wrote at the age of seven. It was as follows:
see your face in a mirror do you need anybodyís help?
do you need anyoneís friendship for this purpose?
view the moon in the sky do you need a lamp?
look at the moon shining in the sky do you require any
other source of light?
know your own Atma why do you need a Guru?
There are many
who do not understand the Sai principle. Who is this Sai? Why are
certain things happening in this manner? These questions are
asked. I am not a Sanyasi. I am not a Yogi. I am not
a Bhogi (Pleasure seeker).. I am not a Thyagi
(renunciant). "I am I". This "I" is the first name given to
Atma. A Sanyasi is bound by certain restrictions. The
Bhogi is bound in many other ways. I have no restrictions.
I am limitless. Mine is boundless bliss. My name is "I". It is not
a name given after oneís birth. To understand Me, everyone has to
realize that the "I" is present in everyone, the "I" used by
everyone in every context, whether he is a millionaire or a
pauper; this "I" is Brahman. Everyone uses the "I" from dawn to
dusk without understanding its meaning.
DECLARATIONS ON HIMSELF:
Part - 2.
from Sai Vaani
You might infer, "Swami is doing this, Swami is doing that".
But, it is not for My sake. For My sake, (believe it or not)
I do not spend even a paisa. Whatever I do, I do for society only.
Though 56 years have passed, I have not stitched even one shirt or
gown for Me spending a paisa. I am wearing only what is given by a
student of the Kingdom of Sathya Sai. Not today, but since the
beginning, the thought that "I must have this or that" has
never arisen in Me. It is not rising now. It will not arise at any
time. Whatever thoughts arise in Me are only for the peace and
welfare of the world, for the progress of the youth who will lead
others along the path. You must dedicate yourselves for rendering
enthusiastic service to the people of the world, recognizing that
the Sai Principle has no egoistic urge.
You may not be
able to see it, but it is clear before My eyes. As days pass, even
those who are not able to recognize now the Truth of Sai will have
to approach with tears of repentance and experience Me. Very soon,
this will be worldwide. Swami is now firmly restraining this
development. When once it is allowed to manifest,
the whole world will be transformed
into Prashanthi Nilayam.
These are My
three resolves and I am determined to fulfill them and to set an
example. You may believe it or not, I must tell you that total
adherence to truth, Absolute selflessness, Universality, and
spontaneous outpouring of Love are to be seen only in Sai and
nowhere else. Sai has not an iota of self-interest. Sai is
motiveless. Sai deals with Sadhakas according to their
deserts. Sai will continue to love even those who revile Him. Sai
will not forget anyone, even if they forget Sai. But
unfortunately, Sai will appear to ignore those who may have
forgotten Sai, acted against His injunctions, set at naught Sai
ideals or traduced Sai. For these, some persons may imagine that
Swam is angry with some persons or dissatisfied with some others.
It is not without any reason that Sai avoids meeting or talking to
some persons. I do not wish to waste My words on persons who do
not respect Saiís directives or follow Saiís ideals. I do not wish
to speak to those who have no regards for My words. That does not
mean that I have no love towards them.
You must take a
path by which you can see into My heart, and experience the
various Divine aspects of Mine. You must understand the
all-knowing power in Me. Do not be led away by people who always
talk of having got locket, a watch o a ring from Me. These things
have deep meaning. If you can earn My grace, it is as good as
getting the entire world. Do not talk about My miracles but
talk of the Prema that you can get from Me by your conduct.
This is what is most important and you must make an attempt to get
it,. When there is an invaluable diamond in Me, you must try and
acquire that. What is the meaning in your wanting to acquire
smaller things? You must not go away from this invaluable
treasure. You must be as close to it as possible. It is necessary
for you to take and treasure it. You may ask what is the necessity
for us to earn such a thing as Divine Grace and Prema. In
this context, it is useful if you know of the kind of love that
comes from the Divinity in Me.
I would have
given a protective Talisman to a devotee and that individual would
have worn it either on his head, or some where on his body. You do
not have to constantly think of Swami. He will be with you and
looking after you, even if you do not have protective Talisman on
your bodies. My grace is always available to all people. The
purpose of the talisman is that if the individual wearing it, is
in some danger or difficulty, the talisman will immediately bring
to Me in flash the news and goes back with My grace to you. This
is the function that the talisman that I give, performs. It
constitutes a kind of link between the wearer and Me in times of
danger. Such material gifts have been protecting thousands of
people, I am telling this to the young people sitting here so as
to make them realize that My aspect is such that it reaches the
hearts of the people. These external things and material gifts
provide the link from heart to heart and they function when they
are required most. Such experiences are happening not by ones and
twos but by thousands. In fact, such incidents are as many as
these (pointing to the
hair on His head.)
I declare that I
am in every one, in every being. So do not hate any one, or cavil
at anyone. Share Prema always, everywhere. That is the best
way of revering Me. I am beyond your understanding. Pray or
worship for your own satisfaction and contentment. But to say that
I respond only if I am called or that I will save only if I am
thought of, is wrong. Have you not heard the declaration, "Sarvathah
Paani Paadam?" You can hear My Footsteps for I walk with
you, behind you, beside you. When you cry out in agony, "donít
you hear my heartís complaint? Have you become so stone hearted"?,
My ear will be there to listen. Ask that I should protect you like
the apple of the eye. My eyes will be there to watch over you and
guard you. Have incense sticks (Dhoop) and scent sticks for
the Puja and I smell them. I answer to whatever name you
use. I respond to whatever requests you make with a pure heart and
a sanctified motive.
Saiís heart is as
wide as the sky. Even the sky may have its limits. Saiís heart is
boundless. Some say Sai is in the hands of some persons. Yes, I am
indeed bound. Bound by the devotees as well as the wicked. In my
view, I have more love for the wicked than for the good. The good
devotees remember me only occasionally. But the wicked remember me
all the twenty-four hours. I am thus in the hearts of the devotees
as well as the wicked. I cannot be caught in the grip of anyone.
In regard to
every matter, my thoughts are always sublime and exemplary. You
must note that Swamiís life is in His own hands and not in those
of anyone else. If I will, I can live for as long as I
please. I can also terminate it at will. It is My will
that decides and not any other personís. The reason is My purity,
selflessness and Divinity. What other testimony is called for? The
life of the pure hearted is I their own hands and ot in those of
There are many
who are engaged in criticism and calumny. Many papers are
published with all types of writings. Many pamphlets are printed.
All kinds of things happen in the world. My reply to all this is
just a smile. The reason is such criticisms and distortions are
the inevitable accompaniments of everything good and great.
Embodiments of Love! Not only this but even if the entire world
opposes unitedly, nothing can affect Me. My Mission is essentially
Mine. I am engaged in the good. My heart is ever full of
benediction. I have no ego. I do not own anything. This is My
truth. Those who have faith in this, My truth, will not hesitate
to dedicate themselves to it.
DECLARATIONS ON HIMSELF:
Part - 3.
Extracts from Sai
"My life is My
message" Many will be
criticizing Me, while many others will be praising Me. But I am
neither depressed by their criticism nor elated by their praising.
Why? Because, if some people mention about whatever qualities are
actually in Me, I need pay attention to them. If any one
attributes to Me what is factually not in Me, I need not be
worried about it. For instance, if some one calls Me, "Butta Thala
Sai Baba" (Sai Baba with a basket-like crown of hair), I should by
all means accept their remark, because I have such a bushy hair on
My head. On the contrary if anybody accosts Me as "Batta thala Sai
Baba) (bald headed Sai Baba), why should I accept it? I have no
bald head. So, if defects which do not have are pointed out
directly even in My very presence, I do not accept them and hence
I am not upset by them. That is the right "determination",
I am showing you
by My example how you must fill every moment with useful and
beneficial activity. You talk among yourselves, "Swami is having
His rest hour. Swami is sleeping." But I have never craved for a
minuteís rest or sleep or relief. Shall I tell you at what time I
feel restful, relieved and content? When I know that you are all
earning supreme bliss through detachment and spiritual discipline.
I am ever engaged in some activity or other for your benefit.
Things I could get done, I do not entrust to others. I do them
Myself, so that they may learn self reliance and get experience
thereby. I always have your progress, your comfort, and your
happiness in mind. You can note it in the slightest act of mine. I
do all work pertaining to Me. I open all letters addressed to Me
and they are legion.
connection I should like to tell you something. Whether you
believe it or not, I do not have any worry. When I embarked on the
construction of such a big hospital (the super Specialty Hospital)
Joga Rao used to say, "We are drawing up such a gigantic plans. We
donít have enough money. How we are going to construct this
hospital?" He was highly apprehensive. I told him, "What
we are undertaking is good work for the welfare of others. There
is no selfishness in Me. We are doing everything for the
well-being of the world. Do not give room for these depressing
thoughts. It is bound to come up. Have this confidence."
The Sai Lord is
the embodiment of Love,
Who taught the
equality of al beings,
And revealed the
preciousness of humanness.
I have no
devotees. You may describe yourselves as Sathya Sai devotees. I am
Myself a devotee! Whose devotee? A devotee of those who claim to
be My devotees. My duty is to fulfill their desires. I belong
to you and you belong to Me. Understand and strengthen this
relationship. This is My sole desire.
I am prepared to
help anyone from any village, any state or community. I do not
cherish differences of any kind. Whether you believe it or not, I
may assure you that I respect only one caste, the caste of
humanity, one religion, the religion of Love, and only one
language, the language of heart. I shall never say, "NO" to
anybody who seeks My help, whatever his caste, religion or creed
may be. Good many devotees are gathered here. I am prepared even
to part with Prashanthi Nilayam to meet your requests. I am
prepared to do anything for the good of the people. That is My
Birth and death
are like jokes for Me, though you may not know it. Wen someone
comes to Me and wails, "My husband has passed away", I remark,
"Santhosham (happy). She may remark, "How can you be happy if my
husband has passed away?" All events are the same to Me, I am
always happy. One lady comes to Me and says that she is suffering
from an unbearable stomach ache. I observe, "Chaala santhosham".
Even before your
Bhakthi ripens, you strive to lead others, you collect donations
and subscriptions and plan mandirs and sangams. All this is a mere
show which brings spiritual loss, rather than spiritual gain. When
you start publicity you descend to the level of those who compete
in decrying others and extolling themselves.
Where money is
calculated, garnered and exhibited to demonstrate oneís
achievements, I will not be present there. I come only to places
where sincerity, faith and surrender are valued. So spend the
silent hours in meditation and Namasmarana in your own homes and
deepen faith. I do not want Bhajans which are like gramophone
records, reproducing songs and namavalies without any feeling or
yearning while singing. Hours of shouting is not needed; a moment
of concentrated heartfelt prayer is enough to melt and move God.
Swamiís will is
firm. No one can alter it. Swamiís glory, fame and sacredness have
not been achieved through [ publicty. They are the results of
Swamiís actions. I have no concern with publicity. Action alone
counts. What is achieved through publicity will disappear through
publicity. Sai will not be affected by propaganda. The world may
be affected by propaganda, but Sai will remain the same. Many of
you are pained by the calumny. Some papers are indulging in
disregarding Me. Many of you are urging that something should be
done about it. But I am holding everything back, because that is
the best way to deal with praise and blame. The ocean knows no
overflowing or drying up. It is ever full, ever majestic, ever
With Love & regards
Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Himself
The same Supreme Being who saved Prahlada by appearing
from the pillar and punishing his demonic father, the same
Supreme Being who came to the rescue of Kuchela, the same
Supreme Being who descended from Vaikunta to save Gajendra (the
lord of the elephant) has now come to the world as
Satchithanandamurthi, presiding over the hearts of all as
realise that I have come to remind you of your reality,
that in fact,
everyone of you is an embodiment of satchithananda.
The One who has come to teach
The One who churns for butter,
The hearts and minds of
The liberator from blinding bondage,
The Comforter of those who
clamour and pray,
The Destroyer of currents
The Consoler of torn
Like the moon so cool,
The Derider of pride,
curing birth and death,
The Lotus eyed,
the Negator of time,
Himself the process and
the play of Time,
The Thief who steals for
The pure minds of the good,
the child of Devaki,
Son of Vasudev,
The Glory of the Yadu race,
- You are singing with Me, conversing with Me and filling
your eyes, ears and hearts with My utterances and
activities. This is not a mere physical body composed of the
five elements, nor this day My Birthday though you may call
it thus. This body might have a birthday,
but I have no birth. You say I am fifty four years
old but I have no age which can be counted.
with neither entrance nor exit.
The one who neither was,
nor is, nor will
The immortal person free from birth and death.
The ever-effulgent Atman is Sai forever.
- When I am in the midst of men,
I am a Man. When I am amidst women, I am a
woman. When I am amidst children, I am a
child. When I am alone, I am Brahman.
Not only I, even you, when you are midst of ten elderly men,
you behave as an elder. When you are in the midst of ten
women, you exhibit femininity. When you are amongst
children, even if you are a supreme court judge, you behave
like a child.
- I have come to reform you. I won't leave you until I do
that. Even if you get away before I do that, don't think you
can escape Me. I will hold on to you. I am not worried if
you leave Me, for I am not anxious that there should be a
huge gathering here around Me. Who sent invitations to you?
Yet you have come here in thousands. You attach yourselves
to Me. I am unattached. I am attached only to the task for
which I have come.
But, be assured of this, whether you have
come to Me or not, you are all Mine. This
(mother of all) has the love of thousand mothers towards her
children, that is why I do so much Lalana
and so much Palana
Whenever I appear to be angry, remember it is only love in
another form. For, I have not even an atom of anger in Me. I
just evince my disappointment that you do not shape as I direct.
When I direct you along a line of action, reflect on My advice.
You have full liberty to do so. In fact I shall be happy if you
do so. I do not like slavish obedience. If you feel that it will
help you reach the goal, follow it. If not, go to some other
place. But let Me tell you one thing. Wherever you go, you meet
only Me. I am everywhere.
- The purpose for which I
have come is not to fulfill small desires or attend to the
small incidents like what you have now heard about. There
are great Truths which I have to establish. There is a
considerable change in human outlook which I have to bring
about. No one can stop Me or deter Me form fulfilling tasks
for which I have come namely the establishment of one
You have a part to play in the fulfillment of the Sai
mission which remains ahead of us. Establishment of Dharma
is the task to which we have to attend immediately and I
hope that you will all play your part, however small it may
be in completing the Sai work. Everything depends on Truth
and such Truth is not something which has to yield
(something) to anyone. Untruth has to sub-ordinate itself to
almost everyone with whom it comes into contact. Truth will
never sub-ordinate itself to anyone. This form is the form
of Sathya Sai or the embodiment of Truth.
- Everyone must imbibe higher values and consider himself
as Atma and follow the Atma Dharma. That is the Mission for
which I have come. All men are Mine. So the whole world has
to be saved from the consequences of ignorance or limited
knowledge. I will get all My people near Me, for they are
Mine and I am theirs. Then I will start teaching and
training them, until they become entirely ego free.
For the last 25 years, it had all been
sweetness, kindness, soft persuasion. Hereafter it will be
different. I will drag them, place them on the table and
operate. That is to say, I have no anger or hate, I have only
Love. It is Love that prompts Me to save them, to open their
eyes before they get deeper into the morass.
Unless the child starts wailing the mother
will not feed it. But this Mother is different. She knows that
the child must be fed and when it is to be fed. The advent
itself was according to My Sankalpa. Every step in this Avatar
is due to My own Sankalpa, not due to the prayer or petition of
devotees. The devotees seldom know what is good for them.
You are listening to Me and what do you get
when you so listen? You agree that I am giving you Anandam, is
it not? Well what do you give Me in return? Give Me the
Aacharana of what I am telling you. practice what I teach, that
is enough, that is all I ask.
- Avatars choose the time and the mode of announcement of
their Advent and their glory. Even in this Avatar, such
miracles had to be done when I decided that the time was
opportune for taking the people into My secret.
- Now, Bharatamaatha is in a similar plight (similar to
that of Draupadi). Dharma, the very clothes that she has
worn since centuries, which is the expression of her natural
style, is now seized by wicked irreverent hands. They wish
to dress her in unbecoming styles, as their own initiative
or frenzy dictates. So Krishna has to come again for
rescuing the victim of the wicked.
Krishna revealed the hollowness of the people
who were confident of their capacity to dishonor Draupadi and
the weakness of those entrusted with the task of protecting her.
Now too I have to foil the attempts to undermine Dharma and to
stand in support of protagonists of Dharma.
he communicated some news to his followers, which has been
interpreted in a variety of ways by commentators and those
who relish the piling of writing on writing and meaning upon
meaning, until it all swells up into a huge mess. The
Statement itself has been manipulated and strangled into a
conundrum. The Statement is simple : "He Who Sent Me
Among You Will Come Again!" and he pointed to a
Lamb. The lamb is merely a symbol, a sign. It stands for the
voice Ba - Ba. The announcement was of the
Advent of BABA. "His Name Will Be Truth",
Christ declared. Sathya means Truth. He wears a robe of red,
a blood-red robe(Swami pointed to the robe he was wearing).
He will be short, with a crown(of hair). The Lamb is the
sign and symbol of Love. Christ did not declare that He will
come again . He said, "He who sent me will come again."
That Ba-Ba is this BABA.
- There is one point that I cannot but bring to your
special notice today. At the time when Jesus was merging in
the Supreme Principle of Divinity
And, Sai, the short,
curly hair crowned, red-robed Baba,
is come. Not only in this Form, but, he is in every one
of you, as the Dweller in the Heart. He is there short, with a
robe of the colour of the blood that fills it.
- You should offer your knowledge for the benefit of the
people. You should set an example to your fellow-men.
Cultivate the spirit of oneness of all mankind. It is to
teach this message that the Sai advent has taken place.
Sai has come to indicate the omnipresence of God.
The Avatar has come down to declare that God is present
everywhere. This is as necessary as the need for someone to
light a lamp even if you have a lamp holder, oil and wick.
The Avatar comes not only to proclaim the eternal virtues
but also to shower His love on all mankind. But each one
will get the benefit according to the size of the vessel he
- You are celebrating this day as the Birthday of Swami,
and deriving Ananda through various programmes carried on
with enthusiasm by you. But, infact, I have no wish to
consider this as a special day, because it is the Birthday
and celebrate it as such. I have come on a purpose to reveal
to man the mystery of his reality and the goal of his life.
I have not come to set them the task of celebrating Birthday
or to arrange any pompous or personal festivals. I have no
such desire at any time, in this or any sojourn.
On what day do I celebrate my Birthday? On
that day when all of you experience genuine Ananda in your
hearts! Now, When your hearts are surging with manifold fears
and anxieties, and torn by miseries and losses, and driven
asunder by grief, declaring this day as My birthday seems to be
barren of meaning!
While on this subject, it is essential that I
warn you of another subject also. Do not spend your time to
understand Me. Do no waste time in that attempt. The reason why
I am saying this is, It is beyond anyone's capacity to
understand Me. So, in trying to do the impossible, you are also
wasting our time and your effort. It is only when you succeed in
knowing yourself that you can know Me.
I need nothing, however great or small, in
this Universe. At no moment has desire affected me for anything.
I am the person who has come to give, not to receive. And, what
you can offer Me is just this, Pure, unadulterated Love. When
you offer me that I derive Ananda.
- I must tell you another fact. Swami's birthday is being
celebrated at Puttaparthi, because so many thousands are
coming from far-off places, in spite of great difficulties
during the journey and the expense. Do not be under the
impression that Swami's birthday is being celebrated and
therefore, you are coming. I have no desire to have My
Birthday celebrated. Such trivial thoughts can never come
into Me. My only desire is to share Ananda with You, to
encourage you to lead lives full of Ananda. My mission is
- When this body had attained the ninth year, I had
written a drama on the fundamental trait of common man, that
is saying one thing and doing another.
- I have not until today revealed this incident anywhere
to any one. It was 1937. This body was then 11 years of age.
I was then moving the whole day with groups of boys who
gathered around Me. I was then at Kamalapur with the boys.
On seeing Me, one person (Wolfe Messing) ran up to
Me, took Me in his arms and kissed Me, with tears pouring
down his cheeks and uttering the words,
am so happy. I am so happy".
He was also madly dancing with joy repeating,
love you. I love you".
My companions who were watching all this wondered,
is this white man?
He looks like a lunatic. Evidently,
he is planning to kidnap us."
As we moved off he was standing riveted to the spot
wistfully watching Me until I disappeared from view.
The chief characteristic
of Sathya Sai is, let Me tell you,
- In this context, I may recall a poem I wrote at the age
of seven. It was as follows:
To see your face in
a mirror do you need anybody
Why do you need anyone's
friendship for this purpose?
To view the moon in the
sky do you need a lamp?
To look at the moon shining in the sky do you require any
other source of light?
To know your own Atma why
do you need a guru?
- Some of you may imagine that it is a source of joy for
the Lord to take a human form. If you are in this state you
will not feel so. I am always aware of the future, the past,
as well as the present of everyone of you. So I am not moved
so much by pity. Not that I am hard-hearted or that I have
no daya. If you bolt the doors fast, how can the rays of My
Grace be available to you. "Swami!" you cry. "You
have no eyes. I am yearning to see you. Don't Your
heart melt at my plight?" Of course if this pitiable
condition melts your hearts, will it not melt mine! But
since I know the past, the background, My reaction is
different. If only you knew you too will act differently. It
is the consequence of evil, deliberately done in previous
births, and so I have to allow all suffering to continue,
modified, often by some little compensation. I don't cause
either joy or grief, you are the designer of both the chains
that bind you.
- There are many who do not understand the Sai principle.
Who is this Sai? Why are certain things happening in this
manner? These questions are asked. I am not a sanyasi.
I am not a yogi. I am not a Bhogi (pleasure
seeker). I am not a Thyagi (renunciant).
I am 'I'. This 'I' is
the first name given to the Atma. A sanyasi is bound by
certain restrictions. The Bhogi is bound in many other ways.
I have no restrictions. I am limitless. Mine is boundless
bliss My name is 'I'. It is not a name given after one's
birth. To understand Me, everyone has to realise that the
'I' present in everyone, the 'I' used by everyone in every
context, whether he is a millionaire or a pauper, this 'I'
is Brahman. Everyone uses the 'I' from dawn to dusk without
understanding its meaning.
- You must take a path by which you can see deep into My
heart and experience the various Divine aspects of Mine. You
must understand the all-knowing power in Me. Do not be led
away by people who always talk of having got a locket, a
watch or a ring from Me. These things have no deep meaning.
If you can earn My grace, it is as good as getting the
entire world. Do not talk about My miracles but talk
of the Prema which you can get from Me by your conduct. This
is what is most important and you must make an attempt to
get it. When there is an invaluable diamond in Me,
you must try and acquire that. What is the meaning in your
wanting to acquire smaller things. You must not go away from
this invaluable treasure. You must be as close to it as
possible. It is necessary for you to take and treasure it.
You may ask what is the necessity for us to earn such a
thing as Divine Grace and Prema. In this context it is
useful if you know of the kind of love which comes from the
Divinity present in Me.
I would have given a protective Talisman to a
devotee and that individual would have worn it either on his
need or some where on his body. You do not have to constantly
think of Swami. He will be with you and looking after you, even
if you do not have a protective talisman on your bodies. My
grace is always available to all people. The purpose of the
talisman is that if the individual wearing it is in some danger
or difficulty, then the talisman will immediately bring to Me in
a flash the news and goes back with My Grace to you. This is the
function which the talisman that I give performs. It constitutes
of a kind of link between the wearer and me in times of danger.
Such material gifts have been protecting thousands of people.
Why I am telling this to the young people sitting here is to
make them realise that My aspect is such that it reaches the
hearts of the people. These external things and material gifts
provide the link from heart to heart and they function when they
are required most. Such experiences are happening not by ones or
twos but by thousands. In fact, such incidents are as many as
this (pointing to the hair on His head).
- Once Sri. K.M. Munshi convened a conference of
intellectuals in Bombay. I was the chief guest at the
meeting and Munshi was seated next to Me. Munshi requested
Me to clarify the doubts of intellectuals regarding
spirituality and right conduct. Many questions were put to
Me and Me answered all of them clearly and convincingly.
One member of the audience asked Me whether
it was necessary for India to equip itself with atom bombs in
view of the fact that both affluent America and communist Russia
had huge piles of atom bombs. I replied,
"What folly is this! When there are millions in the country
who lack food, clothing and shelter, the provision
of these necessities is the most urgent task and not
manufacturing of atom bombs. Of what use are bombs when you
cannot feed the people? Crores are being wasted on
armaments. I cannot agree to such wastage".
Then another member asked, "How are we to
meet an attack from outside?" I replied, "Our country's
name is Bharath. For this country the Mahabharatha is the
another guidebook. The heroes in this epic are the five Pandava
brothers. Among them, Arjuna and Bhima are incomparable
warriors. Nevertheless they submitted themselves to Dharmaja,
the eldest brother. If India upholds Dharma, then America
and Russia will have to respect Bharath. Confronted by Dharma,
anyone, however powerful will be cut to size. Therefore,
the most vital thing for Bharath is Dharma."
- In the name Sai Baba, 'Sa' stands for
Divine and 'Ayi' stands for Mother.
And so Sai stand for Divine Mother. 'Baba'
means Father. This name Sai Baba thus
means Divine Mother and Father. The words Samba Siva
and Sai Baba have the same meaning. 'Sa' 'Amba'
'Siva' means Divine Mother and Father,
so does the word Sai Baba. Because there is the aspect of
mother and father and because both are present, this form is
rightly to be described as Siva Shakti Atma Swarupa.
Like mother I will be tender and soft and
give you happiness and like father, I punish you, criticise you
when needed and through these methods I take you to a high
level. Even your own mother and father in the worldly sense will
sometimes become selfish and may punish you in a manner which
smacks of selfishness but, this Divine Mother and Father in Me
has not a tinge of selfishness.
- In rendering service, there should be unity of heart,
head and hands. Only then service becomes sanctified. The
significance of the three letters in SAI should be
understood. 'S' stands for Service.
'A' stands for Adoration. 'I'
stands for Illumination. These three represent
Karma, Bhakthi and Jnana respectively. Sai teaches these
three. All the three concepts are equally important. Sai is
the combination of three spiritual paths of Action, Devotion
and Wisdom. Just as the Pranava sound is made up of the
three letters 'A', 'U','M', "SAI" stands for the
triple forms of spiritual sadhana.
No trace of fear can tarnish the purity of the heart that is
shining in the splendour of truth. I am Sathya Sai. Like the
name Sesha Sai with which God is known as one who is based
on, who reclines on the massive coils of the poisonous snake
Sesha, the meanig of Sathya Sai is one who is based on
Truth. Truth knows no defeat, Truth knows no fear. It
marches on heedless of acclamation or declamation.
- I am always happy and peaceful. Even when some people
wish Me 'Happy Birthday', I tell them that I am always happy
and the wishes should be addressed to those who are not
happy. Another feature of patience is not being elated by
praise or depressed by adversity. I am not affected by
pleasure or pain. It is the perfect state of samadhi
(Sama + dhi), which means equanimity both in pleasure and
- There is no Sathyam without Sivam, there is no Sivam
without Sundaram. Truth alone can confer Mangalam and
Mangalam alone is the real beauty. Truth is beauty. Joy is
beauty. Falsehood and grief are ugly because they are
unnatural. Buddhi, Chittam and Hrudayam, these are the three
centers in the individual where resides Jnana, Karma and
Bhakthi. The effulgence of Sathyam will reveal Sivam. Do
Karma which is approved by the higher wisdom, not Karma
which is born of ignorance. Then all Karma will be Sivam,
auspicious, beneficial, and blessed. The experience of that
Sivam is what is called Sundaram. For it confers real
Ananda. That is My reality. That is why My life is named "Sathyam,
- Some of you may ask why there should be a Hospital at
all here? Why should not Baba cure diseases by an exercise
of His will? That is the question. Well, for one thing, this
Hospital is not My only Hospital. Hanumantha Rao has a
Hospital in Madras where disabled children are treated and
trained to be useful and self respecting individuals. That
too is My Hospital. In fact all Hospitals, everywhere are
Mine. I visit them all. Why, all those who call out from
their hearts for succor in whatever language, form whatever
climate whether from hospitals or home, are Mine. Do not
confine Me to these few acres round the Prasanthinilayam.
Wherever a person craving for Prasanthi, lives and prays,
there a Prasanthinilayam exists.
Death comes swooping like the falcon on
chicken feeding on the ground. The man who dies, prays to Me to
receive him. The person who weeps at his departure prays to Me
to keep him alive. I know both sides of the picture, the past
and the present, the crime and the punishment, the achievement
and the reward and so I carry out what is just, though modified
by Grace. I am not affected in any way, by arrival into the
world of some or departure from it of some others.
My nature is Nityanandam. You can
share that Anandam by following My instructions and practising
what I say.
- I am not affected by either joy or sorrow. Mine is
Samadhi or Intelligence which is Sama (steady), unaffected,
- Whatever I say is for the good of others. I say only
sacred things and nothing that is unholy. Whether you
believe or not, I may tell you that all the time I
only think of what good I can do to better the lot of the
people. Swami never thinks about Himself.
I declare that I am in everyone,
in every being. So do not hate anyone, or cavil at
anyone. Share Prema always, everywhere. That is the best
way of revering me. I am beyond your understanding. Pray or
worship for your own satisfaction and contentment. But to say
that I will respond only if I am called or that I will save only
if I am thought of, is wrong. Have you not heard the
Sarvathah Pani Padam?
You can hear My Foot steps, for I walk with you, behind you,
beside you. When you cry out in agony, "Don't
you hear my hearts complaint? Have you become so
stone hearted?" My ear will be there to listen. Ask that
I should protect you like the apple of the eye. My eye will be
there to watch over you and guard you. Have incense sticks (Dhoop)
and scent sticks for the Puja and I smell them. I answer to
whatever name you use. I respond to whatever request you make
with a pure heart and a sanctified motive.
- Sai's heart is as wide as the sky. Even the sky may have
its limits. Sai's heart is boundless. Some say Sai is in the
hands of some persons. Yes, I am indeed bound. Bound by the
devotees as well as by the wicked. In my view, I have more
love for the wicked than for the good. The good devotees
remember me only occasionally. But the wicked remember me
all the twenty four hours. I am thus in the hearts of the
devotees as well as the wicked. I can not be caught in the
grip of anyone.
In regard to every matter, my thoughts are
always sublime and exemplary. You must note that Swami's life is
in His own hands and not in those of anyone else. If I
will it, I can live for as long as I please. I can
also terminate it at will. It is my will that decides and not
any other person. The reason is my purity, selflessness
and Divinity. What other testimony is called for? The life of
the pure hearted is in their own hands and not in those of
- There are many who are engaged in criticism and calumny.
Many papers published all types of writing. Many pamphlets
are printed. All kinds of things happen in the world. My
reply to all this is just a smile. The reason is such
criticisms and distortions are the inevitable accompaniments
of everything good and great. Embodiments of Love! Not these
only, but even if the entire world opposes unitedly,
nothing can affect Me. My Mission is essentially
Mine. I am engaged in the good. My heart is ever full of
benediction. I have no ego. I do not own anything. This is
My Truth. Those who have faith in this, My Truth, will not
hesitate to dedicate themselves to it.
'yes' to those who
I am 'no'
to those who say 'no'
are words from you.
For Sai it is always 'yes',
- You might infer, "Swami is doing this. Swami is doing
that." But, it is not for My sake. For My sake (believe
it or not) I do not spend even a naya paisa. Whatever I
do, I do for society only. Though 56 years have passed, I
have not stitched even one shirt or gown for Me spending a
naya paisa. I am wearing only what is given by a student, of
the Kingdom of Sathya Sai. Not today, but since the
beginning, the thought that
"I must have this or
has never arisen in Me. It is not rising now. It will not
arise at any time. Whatever thoughts arise in Me are only
for the peace and welfare of the world, for the progress of
youth, will lead others along the path. You must dedicate
yourselves for rendering enthusiastic service to the people
of the world, recognising. that the Sai principle has no
You may not be able to see it, but it is
clear before My eyes. As days pass, even those who are not able
to recognise now the Truth of Sai will have to approach with
tears of repentance and experience Me. Very soon, this will be
worldwide. Swami is now firmly restraining this development.
When once it is allowed to manifest, the whole world will
be transformed into Prasanthi Nilayam.
- These are My three resolves and I am determined to
fulfill them and to set an example. You may believe in it or
not. I must tell you that total adherence to truth, absolute
selflessness, Universality and spontaneous outpouring of
Love are to be seen only in Sai and nowhere else. Sai has
not an iota of self-interest. Sai is motiveless. Sai deals
with Sadhakas according to their deserts. Sai will continue
to love even those who revile him. Sai will not forget
anyone, even if he forgets Sai. But occasionally, Sai will
appear to ignore those who may have forgotten Sai, acted
against his injunctions, set at naught Sai ideals or
traduced Sai. From these, Some persons may imagine that
Swami is angry with some persons or dissatisfied with some
others. It is not without any reason, that Sai avoids
meeting or talking to some persons. I donot wish to waste My
words on persons, who do not respect Sai's directives or
follow Sai's ideals. I do not wish to speak to those who
have no regard for My words. That does n't mean I have no
Love towards them.
, as He
keeps us close and near
When we delight
anxiety in the heart,
of separation sad.
When we despire and feel His sport is our wail
He grants us in plenty laughter to split our sights.
When we ride on the crest of the wave of His praise
He pricks our pride well-timed jeers.
When we roam quite free at the boon,
He heaps trouble on
trouble and silently passes by
We cannot turn away nor proceed forward.
Thus who in Parthi,
holds the earth in thrill.
- This body will enter its seventieth year on the 23rd.
As far as I can remember, I have not done all these years,
any harm to anyone in any form. Even the idea of causing
harm to anyone has never entered my mind. Because of this,
inspite of my seventy years, I appear like a small boy. As I
don't find the time or the opportunity, I don't run, but I
can do so. Where from has this strength come? There are
three factors responsible, the three P's, Purity,
Patience, Perseverance. If you develop
these three qualities, you can also acquire the same
There is no need to glorify what I have done.
I have given back to the people what was given by them. I have
given to you what is essential for you. Nothing is mine. If
anything can be called mine, it is You. You are my greatest
property. If you are happy, I am happy. If you pursue the right
path, that is my food. When you are united, I feel happy.
Therefore, do not speak about what Swami has done. Swami served
to you what you offerred to Him. I have nothing in My
hands. People call them empty hands. But this nothing is
Today, most people lack purity. Whether you
believe it or not, I must tell you that there is no trace of
self interest in Me. I am keen to do something or the other for
this or that person, but have no concern about Myself. Develop
this attitude and you will experience your Divinity.
- Society today is rampant with jealousy and hatred.
Jealousy is a disease, which gives rise to hatred. Develop
forbearance and good will. That is the cure for jealousy. I
have often declared, "My Life is My Message."
Often many have extolled Me and many have denied Me. I do
not get elated by praise or depressed by criticism. I treat
everything alike (Samatwam). "Samathwam
Yogamuchyathe". That equal minded-ness is Yoga. What do
I lose when some one criticises Me? That is his opinion. It
does not affect Me. Those who criticise Baba are suffering
from a disease, like those who reject a sweet because they
suffer from diabetes. The fault lies in the person and not
in the sweet. They know that Baba is engaged in beneficial
activities. They want Him to fulfill their desires. But
because their selfish interests are not satisfied they turn
against Swami. This is a malady. When you see the facts in
this light, you will realise the truth.
I will never I am the witness of your activity, not the
participant. I am like the electric fan. Switch it on, it
gives cool breeze. Switch it off, it allows you to swelter
in the heat. I have no likes or dislikes. Those who talk ill
of Me are also remembering My name and deriving joy
therefrom and perhaps earning a few paisa thereby. They are
happy when they write falsehood. You are happy, singing the
Truth. I am unconcerned with either. I have come for a task
which I have imposed on Myself. That task will go on,
from victory to victory, irrespective of
praise or blame. It can neither be halted or
- Forget those who come to Me and be with Me . This is a
When thus I move and I work and speak,
say, how My Name can tarnish be.!
I shall not slacken My Task, My
Activity, MyDetermination. For Me,
reputation, fame, blame,
calumny - all are equally insignificant. I am quite unconcerned
with the whole lot.
I speak and act, only to help the world and
for the sake of people. But, let me tell you, I have no Name, no
Place, no Possession. By whatever name I was called with, I
respond!. To whichever place I am called, I go and make my
appearance. I have this as My very first, My Vow, My
I have not spoken of this to anyone so far. I
am not a part of this world. I am far, far away from it. But
yet, I engage Myself in the uplift of its inhabitance. My
Shakthi, My Power, My mystery can never be understood, whoever
studies it, how so ever intensely and well.
You can yourself witness the Glory that will
be manifested hereafter. Bhakthas must learn patience and await
relationship" is established, one can delve a little
into the Sai mystery. That is the highest achievement
possible. I am saying all this, not out of anger or
resentment, but solely through a desire to declare My Truth.
"My Life is My Message." Many will be
criticising Me, while many others will be praising Me. But I
am neither depressed by their criticism nor elated by their
praise. Why? Because, if some people mention about whatever
qualities are actually in Me I need to pay any attention to
them. If anyone attributes to Me what is factually not in
Me, I need not be worried about it. For instance, if some
one calls Me "Butta Thala Sai Baba" (Sai Baba with
a basket-like crown of hair), I should by all means
accept their remark, because I have such a bushy hair on My
head. On the contrary if anybody accosts Me as "Batta
Thala Sai Baba" (bald-headed Sai Baba), why
should I accept it? I have no bald-head. So if defects which
I do not have are pointed out directly even in My very
presence, I do not accept them and hence I am not upset by
them. That is the right "determination", indicating
I am showing you by My example how you must fill every
moment with useful beneficial activity. You talk among
yourselves. "Swami is having His rest hour. Swami is
sleeping". But I have never craved for a minute's rest
or sleep or relief. Shall I tell you at what time I feel
restful, relieved, content? When I know that you are all
earning supreme bliss through detachment and spiritual
discipline. I am ever engaged in some activity or other for
your benefit . Things I could get done, I do not entrust to
others. I do them Myself, so that they may learn
self-reliance and get experience thereby. I always have your
progress, your comfort, your happiness in mind. You can note
it in the slightest act of Mine. I do all work pertaining to
Me. I open all letters addressed to Me and they are legion.
In this connection, I should like to tell you something.
Whether you believe it or not, I do not have any worry. When
I embarked on the construction of such a big hospital (the
Super Speciality Hospital), Joga Rao used to say, "We
are drawing up such gigantic plans. We don't have
enough money. How are we going to construct this hospital?"
He was highly apprehensive. I told him, "What we are
undertaking is good work for the welfare of others. There is
no selfishness in Me. We are doing everything for the
well-being of the world. Do not give room for these
depressing thoughts. It is bound to come up. Have this
Truth is the life of the plighted word. My words bear
the imprint of truth. I cannot depart from truth. I don't
speak to those who attach no value to My words. This should
be realised by those who complain that Swami does not talk
to them. When people heed My words, I am ready to help them
in every way and confer happiness on them. I do nothing for
My own sake. This is My truth.
The Sai Lord is the
embodiment of Love
Who taught the Love
Proclaimed the equality of all beings,
revealed the preciousness of humanness.
- I have no devotees. You may describe yourselves as
Sathya Sai devotees. I am Myself a devotee.
Whose devotee? A devotee of those who claim to be My
devotees. My duty is to fulfill their desires. I
belong to you and you belong to Me. Understand and
strengthen this relationship. This is My sole desire.
- I am prepared to help anyone from any village, any state
or community, I do not cherish differences of any kind.
Whether you believe it or not, I may assure you that I
respect only one caste, the caste of humanity, only one
religion, the religion of love, and only one language, the
language of the heart. I shall never say "No" to
anybody who seeks My help, whatever his caste, religion or
creed may be. A good many devotees are gathered here.
I am prepared even to part with Prasanthinilayam to meet
your requests. I am prepared to do anything for the
good of the people. That is My only concern.
- You must have freedom not only from fear, but from hope
and expectation. Trust in My wisdom. I do not make mistakes.
Love My uncertainty, for it is not a mistake. It is My
intent and will.
- Birth and death are like jokes for Me, though you may
not know it. When someone comes to Me and wails "My
husband has passed away", I remark: "Santhosham"
(happy). She may remark "How can you be happy if
my husband has passed away?" All events are the same to
Me, I am always happy. One lady comes to Me and says that
she is suffering from an unbearable stomach ache. I observe:
"Very happy" (chaala santhosham").
- I do not need any publicity. What are you doing to
publicise Me? What do you know about Me, let Me ask. You
speak one thing about Me today and another tomorrow. Your
faith has not become unshakable. You praise, when things go
well, and blame when things go wrong. You flit from one
refuge to another.
And even before your Bhakthi ripens, you
strive to lead others, you collect donations and subscriptions
and plan mandirs and sangams. All this is a mere show, which
brings spiritual loss, rather than spiritual gain. When you
start publicity you descend to the level of those who compete in
decrying others and extolling themselves.
Where money is calculated, garnered and
exhibited to demonstrate one's achievements, I will not be
present there. I come only to places where sincerity, faith and
surrender are valued. So spend the silent hours in meditation
and Namasmarana in your own homes and deepen faith. I do not
need Bhajans, which like gramophone records reproduce songs and
Namavalis, without any feeling or yearning while singing. Hours
of shouting is not needed, a moment of concentrated heartfelt
prayer, is enough to melt and move God.
- Ghandikota Shastry said that I gave him a Sivalingam for
with remark that it was My swarupam. I do not like this
contribution to publicity. I want publicity for teachings
and the message. I want
'Thathwa - Prachara'
and not 'Vyakthi Prachara'. Publicity of
principles, not of individuals. That is more important.
There is no need to talk about Me.
I did not like the fulsome praises with which you flooded Me
in the Address which was read out when this meeting started.
I am yours and you are mine. This is a family get
together. As a matter of fact all the gatherings that I meet
are family gatherings. The entire mankind is My family.
It sounds very improper when a member of the family is
extolled by another before the rest. This is a habit, a
ceremony that is borrowed from political life, where
politicians are given addresses wherein they are praised. So
that some benefits may accrue to the place which they are
visiting and which present those praises.
- Swami's will is firm. No one can alter it. Swami's
glory, fame and sacredness has not been achieved through
publicity. They are the results of Swami's actions. I have
no concern with publicity. Action alone counts. What is
achieved through publicity will disappear through publicity.
Sai will not be affected by propaganda. The world may be
affected by propaganda but Sai will remain the same. Many of
you are pained by the calumny. Some papers are indulging in
disregarding Me. Many are urging that something should be
done about it. But I am holding everyone back because that
is the best way to deal with praise and blame. The ocean
knows no overflowing or drying up. It is ever full, ever
majestic, ever unconcerned.
I have been advising you to do good to
others, to make others happy, to help others live comfortably.
This is called Sat Karma (beneficial acts).
Now, these papers that live on falsehood are able to scrape
together a little money from the people with low tastes. The
people who spread such fantastic absurdities, knowing them to be
false and knowing that they are manufactured by their own
brains, get joy out of this exercise. Do not stop them from it,
for without spending a single naya paisa, you are now able to
give them joy. Let them revel in their own mind. Joy is what one
desires from one's own mind. when the mind is vicious, it
derives joy from vicious things. when it is pure. Only purity
can give it joy.
- I am surprised that you read out a welcome address to Me
and extolled Me as Jnanaswarupa, Premaswarupa etc. I must
tell you that I am no stranger and therefore need no
welcome. I am no stranger anywhere, much less here, of all
places where I took birth! I belong to you. I am very near
to you. Besides I do not like these praises, for praise
places you at some distance, whereas I take delight in being
with you, beside you, around you. No father likes his sons
to praise him! No son approaches his father with a welcome
address, in which his scholarship, wealth, strength, virtues
are listed and extolled. Kinship evokes kindliness. There is
no need or chance for formal ceremonial behaviour.
- I have no other purpose than this: To lead you to the
path of Ananda. I have no special attachment to Vidwan
Mahasabha because I have established it. All sabhas,
sanyasis and individuals that do the same task, according to
their capacity and means are dear to Me. I do not call upon
you to cultivate faith in Me or worship Me. I want only that
you should cultivate faith in yourselves and worship the
Lord who is utilizing you as His instrument.
I do not like demonstration and show. They
are against My very Nature and purpose. I love all those who
come to Me, as well as those who stop coming, those who stay in
the Nilayam, as well as those who stay away, those who praise as
well as those who blame, for no one is beyond my boundary of
Love. As a matter of fact, I am Prema Swarupa. I do not need any
rest in My efforts to give you Ananda. I am unattached to any
event or plan. I am not worried at all by fear or failure for I
know that My plans must succeed.
I live upon the Ananda that you derive when
you sing the name and glorify the Form of the Lord. That is My
food, My daily sustenance. So I have no need to talk to you, it
is sufficient if I sit here and draw in the Ananda that you feel
when you do Bhajans. I do not like pomp and show. I do not
derive any joy out of it.
- With regard to the drinking water project people have
been praising Swami in laudatory terms. Swami is not happy
with these eulogies. Nothing is Mine. All these gifts are
from devotees. They have taken the form of water. To
demonstrate the exemplary character of this devotion, I
launched the water project. I am only a trustee. I am a
postal runner. Whether the messages delivered by the postman
are pleasant or unpleasant, only the recipients can know.
Hence, it is not right to attribute to Swami, that He is
responsible for everything. God seeks nothing. What you have
to offer to God is only your love.
- Some persons are building new Mandirams in My Name.
This, I do not appreciate in the least. I never call upon
devotees to start new Mandirams. When the existing Mandirams
are fast falling into ruin, why build new ones? And, they go
about with donation registers for this purpose. These
Bhakthas call themselves spiritually bent and devoted. But,
it is through such people that atheism grows in the land. Do
not give even a naya paisa to any such plan. Do Bhajans, be
engaged in Puja, that is enough. Do these gladly, in your
own houses. Install Me, establish Me firmly, in the
Mandirams of your hearts. That is enough. That is what will
give you maximum joy and peace. That is what will give Me
- If you accept Me and say "Yes!," I too respond and say
If you deny and say "No!," I also echo
Come, examine, experience and have faith, that is the method
of utilising Me.
- After the Summer Course was over, Indulal Shah,
V.Srinivasan and others casme to me with plans for various
projects to be carried out in the next three years. Each
year they wanted to carry out one project. I told them: "You
should not do anything for Me. You may do anything you
desire for the sake of the people, the society and
the poor." I told Srinivasan I have three desires. Even
if I have some desires, not for My sake. "Today,
middle class farmers are experiencing difficulties in
cultivating their fields. Owners of five of six acres are
not able to get labourers to work on their farms and do not
have cattle for ploughing the fields. Therefore, you
get 70 tractors to be presented to small farmers on My
Seventieth Birthday (in 1995)". Action
followed right in the wake of My words. The Escorts people
were immediately contacted on the phone and the tractors
were brought for the selection of those that would be
suitable for small farmers. As Swami was offering the
tractors free to small farmers, the Escorts people offered a
concession in price. Orders were placed immediately for 70
Srinivasan asked what was Swami's second
wish. Swami said that young people were going about in
Puttaparthi without any occupation and taking to bad ways. Some
useful work should be provided for them. The Super Speciality
Hospital is far from the township. Even the Post office is at a
great distance. Many people are having difficulty in going to
these places. To provide employment to these unemployed youth
and provide an essential amenity for the public, Swami suggested
that 70 autorikshaws may be provided to the unemployed. "If
these young men are given these vehicles, it would please
me." As I Said, Orders have been placed for these
autorikshaws. The third wish was this: There are a number of
women belonging to good families, who have no independent means
to sustain themselves and are not in a position to take up jobs
outside. I felt that they can earn some income independently.
Immediately 70 sewing machines have been purchased.
A fourth wish: Marriages should be performed
for 70 poor couples without regard to caste or creed. The
marriage should be such that they should feel happier beyond all
their previous experiences in life. It is not enough to give
them wedding clothes and the Mangala Sutram. The Mangala Sutram
should be attached to a gold chain. In addition, to enable them
to lead a life of ideal householders, each couple should be
provided with a home.
In this manner, all my thoughts are
devoted to promoting the good of others. Is any
Government or wealthy person thinking along these lines? None at
all. When such sacred things are being done, jealousy rises its
head in some persons. This is the outcome of their sins. These
envious folk will not do anything good themselves, nor will they
allow others to do good. This is not a human quality. A true
human being should be filled with large-hearted sentiments.
- (Baba was brought down
the winding stairs into the Private Room on the ground floor,
in Prasanthi Nilayam because He insisted on giving Darshan
to the thousands of devotees who had come on that auspicious
day. He had an attack of cerebral thrombosis (of
tubercular meningitis) and was in bed for eight days
from the morning of Saturday, 29th June to
evening of 6th July (1963). His
left hand, leg and eye was affected. His right hand
had also slight palsy. The speech was indistinct and the
face was twitching. He was placed on the silver chair in the
Prayer Hall and His hand and leg was adjusted in proper
position. As soon as He was seated, He communicated
the following message which was interpreted and announced).
This is not Swami's illness. this is an
illness which Swami has taken on, in order to save someone.
Swami has no illness, nor will He get ill at any time. You must
all be happy, that alone will make Swami happy. If you grieve,
Swami will not be happy. Your joy is Swami's food.
(Then, Baba signalled to Sri
Kasturi to speak, and after his short speech was over,
Baba wanted the mike to be held before Him. He spoke:"Vinipisthunnada!"
(can you hear me) But though He asked again
and again, the voice was so indistinct that no one could
make out what it meant. He then signed for water and when it was
brought, He sprinkled a little with His shaking right
hand on the stricken left hand and on his left leg. He stroked
His left hand and His left leg. Immediately, He used both
hands to stroke His left leg. That touch was enough to cure it.
He doffed the disease in a trice! He started to speak! It was
the same musical voice!).
"Dikkuleni vaniki devude gathi"
(For those who have no refuge, God is the refuge.)
That is exactly the reason why I had to take on the disease that
one helpless bhakta was to get. He had to suffer this dire
illness, as well as the four heart attacks that accompanied it
and he would not have survived it . So according to My Dharma of
Bhaktasamrakshana, I had to rescue him. Of course, this is not
the first time that I have taken on the illness of persons whom
I wanted to save. Even in the previous avatar at Shirdi, I had
this responsibility, the suffering that you saw was too much for
this particular devotee and so, I had to save him, by Myself
going through it. This is My Leela, My nature. It is part of the
task for which I have come, sishta samrakshna.
Persons who were near Me during the last week
were asking Me to give them the name of the person whom I had
saved. I told them that it will make them angry against that
person, for, they would feel that Swami had to undergo so much
of pain in order to save that person. Then they replied, that
they would honour that person, because of the extraordinary
Bhakti that persuaded Swami to run to his rescue on Saturday
Some people even asked Me whether it was this
person or that, giving names of those who had attacks of
paralysis, especially on the left side! This is even more
ridiculous, because when I save a person, I save him completely.
I do not wait until he gets the disease and I do not leave in
him a fraction of the disease so that he may be identified
later. It all looks so funny to Me, the guesses and surmises
that you make.
Even in Shiridi, Dada Saheb, Nandaram,
Balwant, all were saved by this means. Balwant was destined to
get plague, but the bubo was taken over and the boy was saved.
This is perhaps the longest period when I
kept the devotees wondering and worried. This was because of the
heart-attacks which had to come later on the Bhaktha and from
which he had to be saved. There is another reason too, why the
eight-day period had to be observed. Well, I shall tell you why.
That means I must tell you about Myself, about something I have
not disclosed so far, something which I was keeping with Myself
for the last 37 years. The time has come to announce it. This is
a sacred day and I shall tell you.
You know I declared on the very day when I
decided to disclose My identity, My mission and My advent, that
I belonged to the Apasthamba Sutra and Bharadwaja Gothra. This
Bharadwaja was a great sage who studied the Vedas for full one
hundred years: but finding that the vedas were Anantha (endless),
he did Thapas for prolonging life, and from Indra he got two
extensions of a century each. Even then, the Vedas could not be
completed, so he asked Indra again for another hundred years.
Indra showed him 3 huge mountain ranges and said "What you
have learned in 3 centuries is only 3 handfuls of the 3 ranges,
which the Vedas are. So, give up the attempt to
exhaust all the Vedas. Do a Yaga, (sacrificial)
instead, which I shall teach you: That will give
you the fruit of Vedic study, full and complete."
Bharadwaja decided on performing the yaga.
Indra taught him how do it. All preparations were completed. The
sage wanted that Shakti must preside and bless the yaga. So he
went to Kailasa but, the time was not opportune for presenting
his petition. Siva and Shakti were engaged in competitive dance,
trying to find out who could dance longer.
Eight days passed thus, before Shakti noticed
Bharadwaja standing in the cold. She just cast a smile at him
and danced along as before! The Sage mistook the smile as a
cynical refusal to notice him. So he turned his back on Kailasa
and started to descend. To his dismay, he found his left leg,
hand and eye put out of action by a stroke. Shiva saw him fall.
He came up to him and consoled him, Bharadwaja was told that
shakti had indeed blessed him and his yaga. Then, Shiva revived
him and cured him, sprinkling water from the Kamandalam. Both
Shiva and Shakti granted the Rishi boons. They would both attend
the yaga, they said.
After the yaga was over, they were so pleased
that they conferred even more boons on the sage. Shiva said that
they would take Human form and be born in the Bharadwaja Gothra
(lineage) thrice, Shiva alone as Shirdi Sai Baba, Shiva
and Shakti at Puttaparthi as Sathya Sai Baba and Shakti alone as
Prema Sai later. Then Shiva remembered the illness that had
suddenly come upon Bharadwaja at Kailasa on the eight day of the
waiting in the cold on the ice. He gave another assurance. "As
expiation for the neglect which Shakti showed you at Kailasa for
8 days, this Shakti will suffer the stroke for 8
days, when We both take birth as Sathya Sai,
and on the 8th day I shall relieve her from all signs
of the disease by sprinkling water, just as I did
at Kailasa to cure your illness."
It was the working out of this assurance that
you witnessed today, just now. This had to happen, this stroke
and the cure. The assurance given in the Treta Yuga had to be
honoured. I may tell you now that the poor forlorn Bhaktha who
had to get the stroke which I took over, was a convenient
excuse, which was utilized. You see, a railway engine is not
made available to haul just one bogey. It waits until a number
of bogeys are to be taken along and then, they put the engine
gets into action. So too, the disease had to be gone through,
the Bhaktha had to be saved, the assurance to be carried out,
the Mystery had to be cleared, the Divinity had to be more
clearly announced by the manifestation of this grand Miracle.
All these were accomplished by this one incident.
Let me tell you one more thing. Nothing
can impede or halt the work of this Avatara. When I was
upstairs all these days, some people foolishly went about
saying, "It is all over with Sai Baba" and they
turned back many who were coming to Puttaparthi! Some said I was
in Samadhi, as if I am a Sadhaka! Some feared I was the victim
of black magic, as if anything can affect Me! The
splendour of this Avatar will go on increasing,
day by day. Formerly when the Govardhanagiri was raised aloft by
the little boy, the Gopis and the Gopalas realised
that Krishna was the Lord. Now, it is not one
Govardhanagiri, a whole range will be lifted,
you will see! Have patience, have faith.
Yesterday, when I came into the hall, I could
see the agony you all felt. That was because you identified Me
with this body, that was having the illness. If you had known Me
truly, you would not have been sad. Infact, if you had known the
truth, that would be enough. The illness came and went. I was
its master throughout. One day, when it reached its climax, I
was watching its behaviour and directing it to finish its
Dharma. For I had taken it on Myself and so, I must allow it to
do its Dharma! All kinds of silly stories were circulated when I
was ill! Some people feared that when I went to the South
recently, some black magic was inflicted upon Me and that the
stroke was the consequence. Let Me tell you that nothing evil
can affect Me. Nothing can harm Me. I am the master, the Shakthi
that overpowers everything else. I knew the explanation some
people were giving that I was in Mounam or Samadhi. Now why
should I keep the vow of silence? If I am silent, how can I
carry out my task of reforming you and making you all realise
the aim of life? And why should I seek Samadhi, I who am the
Anandaswarupa and the Premaswarupa Himself?
- I am 70 years old now. I can see even an ant that is far
away. It is not due to Divine power. It is physical power.
What is the reason? Diet Control. My weight has remained the
same for over sixty years, 108 lb. only. Proper balance must
be maintained throughout life. There must be balance in
respect of knowledge and several other things. Students
pollute their knowledge by seeing bad things, listening to
bad things and by bad thoughts. Their minds are reverted by
addiction to films. They should learn to lead pure lives.
Only then they will experience bliss and health.
I am always happy. I should like to run, but
there is no place where I can do so. I can lift anybody at this
age. This strength is present potentially in everyone. But it is
being wasted. If the energy in everyone is properly conserved he
can do anything.
- There is nothing beyond the power of the Divine.
Although there is excruciating pain on account of the
injury, through self sontrol My mind does not think about
it. If the mind had been dwelling on the pain, the pain
would have been greater. The best medicine for this pain is
diverting the mind. Everytime, the body turned, there was a
kind of shock. I was wholly engaged in reading the numerous
letters from the devotees and was oblivious to the state of
the body. If I rid myself of any ailment instantaneously,
people may comment, "What a selfish person is Sai Baba?.
He cures His illness immediately. But He does not remove the
pain of others." Whether it is your body ailments or
somebody else's, attempts can be made to treat it, to teach
the sufferer how to control his mind and strengthen the
powers of resistance. But it cannot be got rid at the one
instant. The time required for healing has to be allowed.
During the past four days, My mind did not
bother about the injury. I did not give up any of the normal
activities. I did not come out only because of the entreaties of
the devotees. I take the ailments of others. I do this for My
Own delight and not out of external pressure. But in case of
every illness, control of the mind is needed to bear with it.
This is what everyone of you should bear in mind. This is the
message of My Life. I am exercising various kinds of
self-control to serve as an example for you. Why should I be
concerned about this body? You must take note of this important
fact. This body is not Mine. It is yours and therefore I have no
concern with it. Your bodies are Mine.
Nothing can do Me any harm. Occasionally
there may be any troubles which are incidental to the nature of
the body. But these are passing clouds. If you realise the true
nature of Divinity, you will not feel that Swami is experiencing
great pain and that He should take some medicine. Out of their
Love for Swami, devotees are appealing Swami to take rest. But I
don't need any rest. "Karmanyevaadhikaarasthe" (You
are entitled to do your duty). That is My Message to You.
Although I have been told by the doctors not to move, I get up
at 5 in the morning, attend to my ablutions and take My bath as
usual. All of You should forget your troubles and try to be as
happy as possible.
There is no use in doing japas and meditation
for the sake of Swami. It appears artificial. What you have to
bear in mind is that no trouble can affect Swami now or in
future and that everything is apart of My Play. Such things
happen to the Divine. They come and go. I take no account for
them. Here is another example of how the Divine works. The fact
that I have been standing here for a long time is itself a
miracle. The legs have been strained to the limit. There has
been considerable pain. But in the joy of addressing you I am
unaware of the pain. Likewise, in all your sufferings and
troubles, you must turn your mind away from them. It is to teach
this lesson to you that I chose to speak to you today. I do not
know whether you are aware of Swami's nature. When Some one
comes to Swami and says that he is suffering from an unbearable
stomach ache, Swami says, "Anandam, Anandam" ("
Happy, happy"). When a a woman comes wailing over the
loss of her husband, Swami says, "Chaala Santhosham" ("Very
Happy"). Swami is always in a state of bliss. Happiness is
the very nature of the Divine.
- How to lead a healthy life? Let me tell you about my own
health. I am sixty-eight years old, and believe it or not,
My weight has been constant at 108 pounds only. It never
went up nor came down. You can lead a healthy life once you
achieve this kind of balance and moderation. I never eat
even a little bit excess. I observe the principle of
moderation whether I am invited for food by a millionaire or
a pauper. Even though I am sixty-eight years, My body is in
perfect trim! I do not suffer from aches and My heart is as
sound as a rock. There is none who can work like Me and
exert himself as much as I do!
The secret of My sound health
is My regulated food habits.
- I know that many of you, who know that I have been
taking only a cup of buttermilk daily for the last two
months, are genuinely grief stricken, though I have been
telling you that no work of mine has been stopped or delayed
as a result of what they call My "reduced intake of food".
That is a sign of their prema. Really, I live on your
Ananda, not on this material food at all. I wish that you
realised this and stop worrying or weeping. I cannot bear to
see you suffering.
- The truth can be known only when one comes and sees what
is being done here. Instead, if men whose hearts are filled
with the poison of envy indulge in all kinds of slander from
remote places, it can be described only as demonic conduct
and not that of a human being. Now, here in the world can
you see the kind of work that is being carried out here. Is
free Education offered elsewhere in or outside India on the
lines offered here? One has to spend atleast Rs.20,000/- to
get a child admitted in the 1st Standard. Here,
from kindergarten to post-graduate studies, education is
As for heart surgery cases, in hospitals
outside, no patient will admitted unless Rs.4 to 5 lakhs are
deposited in advance. In our Hospital, we are spending one crore
Rupees a month (Rs.10 million). Which Government or
millionaire is doing such a thing? There are some such persons
who spend 10 lakhs of rupees in a Hospital with the hope of
earning Rs.10 crores. They are making it a business. Here, we
are not charging anything. There is no place for business here.
It is not proper that such good and sacred work should be
- My Power is immeasurable. My Truth
unfathomable. I am announcing this about Me, for,
the need has arisen. But, what I am doing now is only a gift
of a visiting card! Let Me tell you that emphatic
declarations of the Truth by the Avatars were made so
clearly and unmistakably only by Krishna. Inspite of the
declaration, you will notice that in the career of Krishna,
He underwent defeat with his efforts and endeavours, on a
few occasions, though you must also notice that those
defeats too were part of the Drama which He had planned and
which He Himself had directed. When many kings pleaded with
Him to avert the war with the Kauravas, He confessed that
his mission to the Kaurava court for ensuring peace had 'failed'!.
But He had not willed that He should succeed. He had decided
that the war would be waged. His mission was intended to
punish the greed and the iniquity of the Kauravas and so
condemn them before the world. But, I must tell you, that
during this Sai Avatar, there is no place for even such a "Drama"
with scenes of defeat and failures!. What I will, must take
place. What I plan must succeed. I am truth.
And truth has no need to hesitate, or fear, or bend.
Krishna was the embodiment of Prema. His Prema had no
bounds. How fortunate you are that you have today the
same Krishna, the complete Prema Avathara,
moving among You!. I shall show you the very
Kousthuba that I was . wearing at that time. (Here Baba
waved His Hand and in a trice a brilliant flash of light
revealed a unique jewel in His palm - The Kousthubha. A
big-sized Emerald of unexcelled green blue,
rectangular in shape, bordered by splendours diamonds,
hung on a gold chain).
After the long pilgrimage to the shrines and the holy spots
of Bharath, Rama had a few years, until he was aged 14, of
apparent introspection and solicitude. He disliked food and
regal apparel. He was not interested in materials and men.
He waved His fingers and palms for no clear reason. He wrote
on the air only He knew what. He laughed without any reason.
In short His actions and movements were exactly the same as
Sai Baba's (Mine) when
He (I) too was in His (My)
early teens. Vashistha attempted to bring His mind back to
normalcy but that was only a stage which all Avatars are in,
before they enter upon the task for which they have come
- Jesus was Love. Sathya Sai too is Love. That explains
the unity of Christians of all sects, which we see here.
In Rome today, Catholics gather to celebrate
the Advent of Jesus. The Protestants celebrate it by themselves
in their churches. The Jews are not welcomed at all. But, in the
Presence of Sathya Sai all are equally welcome. The Jews
chagrined Jesus and demanded that he should be punished. In this
Presence, the Jews are adoring that very Jesus. The Prema of
Sathya Sai as transformed and transcended those memories. It has
made them realise that there is only one caste, the caste of
humanity. There is only one religion, the religion of Love. Each
of You has a living mother though you may not be aware of the
depth of that love. Know that Sai Love is the Love of a thousand
Mothers. Naturally, you will find it impossible to gauge the
intensity of My Love. And understand this . If you place
yourself outside that Love, you will place yourself outside the
Love of all mankind. Mine is Love that is pure, free, selfless
and unconditional. It is a great good fortune to receive such
- The sense of values has to be restored and faith in the
Divinity of Man has to be restored. That is the task for
which I have come.
- You do not realise your boon in getting Me as the guide.
I shall not rest until I reform all of you. The basement of
My work has been completed. Now the structure will rise upon
it. I go round the world along with no paraphernalia and no
because I am established in My own Glory, in My own Truth. I
have Atmic relationship with all, and so I am always
The distance from Me and you is the same as
the distance from you and Me, is it not? But, you complain that
I am for far from you, through you are approaching nearer. How
can that be? I am as near you as you are near Me.
- The very first lesson I gave when I declared My Identity
at Uravakonda was, "Manasa Bhajare gurucharanam,
dustara bhava sagara tharanam".
Upadhi (attachment) must
disappear. That inferior status of manhood that now satisfies
must give place to the status of Madhavathwam which is the
genuine status. That is the task for which Sai is calling. That
is the work for which I have come.
I have to give you the courage to conceive
yourself as the "parathathva" you really are to give you
Dheeshakthi (to grasp the reality). I have come to
reform you. I won't leave you until I do that. Even if you get
away before I do that, do not think you can escape Me. I will
hold on to you.
Whenever I appear to be angry, remember it is
only Love in another form. For I have not even an atom of anger
in Me. I just evince My disappointment that you do not shape as
I direct. When I direct you along a line of action, reflect on
My advice. You have full liberty to do so. In fact I will be
happy if you do so. I do not like slavish obedience. If you feel
that it will help you to reach the goal, follow it. If not go to
some other place, but let Me tell you one thing. Wherever you
go, you meet only Me. I am everywhere. You cannot run away from
Me. I will demand good conduct, good habits, good thoughts, good
company wherever you go, seeking for refuge.
You might ask Me to speak about My own
Mystery. It is not easy to understand it. When you have the
chances, gather all the joy you can. There is no use of bolting
the door after the thieves have robbed and fled from the house.
After losing the chance, do not repent later
that you have missed the opportunity. Remember, you have to come
to Me, if not in this birth, at least within ten more births!
Strive to acquire Grace. Grace is the reward for Sadhana: The
highest Sadhana is to follow the instruction of the Master.
- Man is now possessed by the ghost of Delusion. He is
speaking a language which is unbecoming, behaving like an
animal moving in a zigzag manner, climbing and sliding. I
have come to exorcise the ghost. That is part of My work.
I am not attracted by learning or
scholarship, which does not lead anywhere except towards egoism
and pride. I am drawn only by devotion. Bring to Me whatever
troubles you have. I shall take them on and give you Ananda.
When I like My Bhakthas, I like their faults too, though some
here, turn up their noses and laugh at the peculiar follies and
foibles of people who come from all the various provinces. I am
drawn by the love which brings you from long distances through
great difficulties which makes you happy in spite of the want of
comforts to which you are accustomed.
I have heard discordant voices emanating from
this town, and whispers that if Sathya Sai Baba is really
Divine, why is the Bukkapatnam tank dry during the greater part
of the year? Some of you here might have heard such statements
made by irresponsible persons who have no knowledge of the
workings of the cosmic Laws. What is the relationship between My
Truth and the tank getting filled in your village. It is really
an absurd idea that since Sai Baba is within four miles of this
place, the Bukkapatnam Tank must be full all the year round and
the lands below it must yield good profit for the owners! Why
should I expend my grace especially on this tank, as if
proximity gives greater attachment? All places are equally near
for Me and, if they turn away from good ways, all are equally
far! For Me distance is not to be measured by miles. A tank in
another continent might be as near to me as a tank across the
- The success of the Task on which I have come will very
soon reverberate throughout the world. To tell you the
Truth, this Kali era is the most beneficent of the four.
For, you have now amidst you, the Eternal Embodiment of
Ananda in a Form which you can approach, adore and learn
Adoration is rising on one side of Me like
the Himalayas. Denigration is accumulating on the other side as
another Himalayan range. I am however unaffected by both.
"Lokaah samaasthaa sukhino
bhavanthu". Let all the worlds be happy. All
mankind have to be happy. All must be gladly engaged in
fulfilling their duties. I long to shower Ananda on all. You
should come with empty hands, without even the traditional
offerings of Patram, pushpam,
Phalam, Toyam (leaf, flower,
fruit and water). Come with clean hands, hands that
supplicate, not supply, hands that proclaim that they have
renounced attachment to riches, then, I fill them with
Grace. I must say I expect certain things, before giving you
- Now about My Truth. It is impossible for anyone to
discover and declare the Truth that is Sathya Sai. To ensure
peace and prosperity is the task on which Sathya Sai has
come amidst you.
I demand and take Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi and
Prema. I seek the gifts of truth, virtue, peace and love. I draw
you to me and then reform and reshape you. I am a kind of a
smith, who repairs broken, leaky and damaged hardware. I repair
broken hearts, fragile minds, warped intellectuals, feeble
resolutions and fading faith. This day, I am announcing some
news which will give you great joy. Sai is ever full of joy.
Anxiety, grief and unrest cannot approach Sai even as near as
millions of miles. Believe it or not, Sai does not have the
slightest experience of anxiety. For, Sai is ever aware of the
formation and transformation of objects and the antics of time
and space and of the incidents therein. Those who have no
knowledge of all this and those who are affected by
circumstances are both affected by sorrow. Those who are caught
in the coils of time and space become the victims of grief.
- I do not expect anything from You. Only develop love
within you. Regard all mankind with fraternal feelings.
Recognise all as the children of God. Bear no ill-will or
hatred towards anyone. Do not hurt anyone's feelings. Only
such a large-hearted attitude will confer on you the
everlasting Bliss. If you are celebrating Swami's birthday,
this is all that I desire from you. Have unity among
yourselves. Strive to revive and promote the Glory of
- Why am I engaged in various activities?. Why I am
concerned about My Devotees?. Why have I established so many
institutions?. This is My Duty. (As Krishna declared to
Arjuna) . To promote the welfare of devotees is the duty
the Lord has taken upon Himself. I am undertaking so many
activities for thier sake. But people do not recognise this
fact. And owing to this failure, they are missing their
great good fortune.
- This Sai has come in order to achieve the supreme task
of uniting the entire mankind as one family through the bond
of brotherhood, of affirming and illuminating the Atmic
Reality of each being and in order to reveal the Divine
which is the basis on which the entire cosmos rests, and of
instructing all to recognise the common Divine Heritage that
binds man to man, so that man can rid himself of the animal
and rise upto the Divine, which is the goal.
- It was said that I have taken up this form in answer to
the prayers of Sadhus and others. There are some mothers who
feed the baby only when it starts crying . The more
considerate and loving mother knows when the baby is hungry
. she need not be called to its side by a loud wail. This
MOTHER is that type of mother. I have come, because I
felt I had to come. I resolved upon this. There is no need
now for tears or despair, either among the repositories of
the Vedic wisdom or among the good who suffer from the cruel
winds of Adharma. This campaign will succeed. It will not
fail. The welfare of the world will be ensured, through the
fostering of the Godly everywhere, and more particularly of
these reservoirs of the ancient wisdom of this land.
- Why has Truth come down on earth in this Form? To place
man on the road to Truth, to plant in their hearts the
yearning for Truth, to help them reach the goal of truth
through instruction and illumination.
- Therefore, I move with you in order to correct and
console. I eat and talk, I laugh and teach, I speak and
travel, in the manner you do, so that I can lead you onto
the Truth from which you have strayed away. I make you laugh
and weep. I appear before you here and there, to harden you
and to ease your burden, so that you can reach Truth.
- I have come to re-establish the rhythm of righteousness
in the world. Hence, all the hours of day and night, every
second I fill with activity suffused with love, Activity
designed to further your progress in the pilgrimage to the
truth, that is Myself. For, Truth alone can confer on you
lasting Bliss and, the Bliss you gain is the Food on which I
- And, there is something more. I have resolved to enfold
the people s of the world, in the fostering care of
Sanathana Dharma, the Dharma laid down in the
Vedas,. This is My task . It is not My task to spread awe
and wonder in the world, by My Power and draw men to Me
thereby. I shall sustain Truth, and uproot Untruth. I shal
render you happy and ecstatic, in the splendour of that
which will achieve that
triumph, and confer that Bliss.
- This Sai has come in order to achieve the Supreme task
of uniting as one family, the entire mankind, through the
bond of Brotherhood, of affirming and illumine the Atmic
Reality of each being in order to reveal the Divine which is
the basis on which the Entire Cosmos rests, and of
instructing all to recognise the common Divine Heritage that
binds man to man, so that man can rid himself of the animal,
and rise into the Divinity which is his Goal.
- Thyagaraja too had developed doubts about Rama's prowess
and later realised that Rama would not have commanded the
allegiance and devotion of men like Lakshmana and Bharatha
if He was not all powerful. From this one episode, you have
to understand that if Sai did not have unique power, would
he be able to attract persons from America, England and
other countries? If there is no power in Sai how do you
imagine devotees from so many countries come to Him? Are
they such innocents? Or are they witless persons?
- There is a vast gulf between the Sai Force and these (evil)
forces. Now that the necessity has arisen, this has to be
referred to now. There is none, who can stop or diminish My
splendour. It has no bounds. It can meet no obstacle. You
may believe it or not, but, I can transform the earth into
sky and the sky into the earth, and that in a moment.
- This is just the occasion when I have to tell you the
Truth, the principle, that underlies this (Swami's)
body. So, I am telling you this. Therefore, these words are
not intended to announce any superiority or to claim
greatness. Let me tell you of one instance. The astounding
expressions of power which Swami is manifesting, the Power,
the Majesty, the Wonders-these are characterised by some
persons (who cannot bear with this Divinity) as miracle,
mesmerism or magic. They indulge in this kind of vile
propaganda. Mine is no miracle, mesmerism or magic. Mine is
authentic Divine Power.
- The optical sense cannot visualise the truth. It gives
only false and barren information. For example, there are
many who observe My actions and start declaring that My
nature is such and such. They are unable to gauge the
sanctity, the majesty and the Eternal reality that is Me.
The power of Sai is limitless. All forms of 'Power'
are resident in this Sai Palm. But, those who
profess to have understood Me, the scholars, the Yogis, the
Pandits, the Jnanis all of them are aware only of the least
important, the casual external manifestation of a
infinitesimal part of the power, namely, the "miracles"!.
They have not desired to contact the source of all Power and
all Wisdom, that is available here. They are satisfied when
they secure a chance to exhibit their book learning and
parade their scholarship in Vedic learning, not realising
the Person from Whom the Vedas emanated is in their midst,
for their sake. This has been the case, in all the ages.
People may be very near (physically) to the Avatar,
but, they lead their lives unaware of the fortune,
exaggerating the role of miracles, which are trivial when
compared to My Glory and My Majesty, as a mosquito is in
size and strength to the elephant upon which it squats.
Therefore, when you speak about this 'miracles', I
laugh within Myself out of pity, but you allow yourself so
easily to lose the precious awareness of My Reality.
- How can anyone determine
Here are people from Argentina and Australia. Are they
dull-witted? Are they not intelligent and affluent people?
What is the meaning of their coming to Swami? If Swami did
not have the power why would they come? This one fact is
enough to show how they recognise the truth about Swami.
- No matter where you go, always know that I will be
there, inside you, guiding you. In the years to come, you
will experience me in different manifestations of My forms.
You are My very own, dearer than dear to me. I will protect
you as the eyelids protect the eyes.
- My Task is this:
To confer on man Fullness of
joy, to Guard,
My Vow is this:
To save each one Who stays from off
the virtuos Path.
My Love is this:
To End the Pain of the poor,
fulfill their needs!
My Crown is this:
To nourish all who seek Me,
To view Life with equanimity
discarding ups and downs as trash!
My need is this:
- I am in you and for you. You are for Me and in Me. Yet,
I have an urge to tell you a little about Me and guide you.
I am not won by adulation or lost by disregard. I am won by
Truth, Genuineness, Sincerity. For, I have come with this
human physical apparel for upholding the Truth. I am the
Truth of the Truth, the Truth in all truths. This Form bears
the Name, Truth (Sathya). The vitality within this
Form is Truth. That is the Power which overpowers all
- I had to tell you so much about My truth, for, I desire
that you should contemplate on this and derive joy
therefrom, so that you may be inspired t observe the
disciplines laid down and progress towards the goal of
self-realisation, the realisation of Sai that shines in your
I am Yours.
Sathyam is My
Dharma is My Adhar.
Santhi is My Swabahv.
Prema is My Swarup.
Follow any one of the Four
You are Mine
- Remember that this present Avatar was assumed with the
sole object of giving Ananda to the Bhakthas. Sai
yearns for the love of a true Bhaktha even more intensely
than the Bhaktha longs for Sai's Love.
Sai Baba is a veritable Kalpavriksha to His true devotees.
He wants only nischala Prema not adambara and
ahamkara (pomp and pride). He is always in the
devotee's heart, (hridaya nivasi), and when one is
aware of this constant presence, all of you will be exalted
and become worthy of My Love and Grace.
- Thanks to the Lord's Grace you young people have come to
Swami. You may not appreciate all that I have said at this
age of yours. But you will realise the truth of Swami's
words in due course. You have been fortunate to secure
something which few others have got. You are discarding it
lightly. You are slighting Swami's injunctions. You do not
heed the words of Swami. "People do not listen to words
of the wise, but easily fall a prey to bad advice.
How can such people hope to understand Swami? Of what
use is all their education?" (Telugu poem). "They
will not listen to good advice. But bad talk they will
listen with both ears!" How can they expect to know
Bhagawan? Can an ant fathom the depths of the ocean?
Likewise you cannot cognise the truth about Swami? But you
can make good use of the opportunity that has come your way.
"Sai has come to you because of your great merit.
Arise! Wake up!"
- You will see in due course that even the blind and the
ignorant will declare: "Swami is God"
- Though Sai is involved in events conditioned by time and
space, Sai is ever established in the Principle that is
beyond both time, place or circumstance. Therefore, you must
all recognise the uniqueness of the will of Sai, the Sai
Sankalpa. Know that this Sankalpa is Vajrasankalpa,
it is irresistible. You may ignore its expression as weak
and not significant. But, once the will is formed, whatever
else undergoes change, it cannot change. The Life of Sai,
the Message of Sai, the Ideals Sai holds forth the lesson
that Sai teaches the world are all enshrined in one word,
- No one can understand "Sai Sankalpa" (will
of Sai). Thought and action are simultaneous like the
light and sound that come out when a gun is fired. hence it
is not easy for everyone to understand Sai's resolve.
- Devotees from all the nations of the world have gathered
here. Therefore, I should not fail to tell you about a
certain matter. World Conferences or Conferences of
different faiths or Assemblies of spiritual aspirants from
all nations have taken place. But, they have happened, after
the Divine inspirer has left the world. This Conference,
however, is taking place, when this Body and the Name
associated with this Body are present in the world. This has
to be considered by you. The basic cause of this uniqueness
is the reality of My Advent. Ninety nine out of a hundred
among you cannot delve into that Reality. You have gathered
here, drawn by diverse needs. Some have come seeking
spiritual upliftment. Some have come seeking the progress of
institutions and organisations, in which they are
interested. Some have come prompted by mere love and
reverence. Some have yielded to the temporary urge of
To every one, My Reality is unreachable.
Unreachable it will be, not only today but, for a thousand years
of inquiry by all the people of the world, even if they sought
it unitedly. But, the Bliss emanating from that reality (Thatwa),
that has come in this sacred Body within your reach and the
reach of the nations of the earth, and you can partake of it
quite soon. When you observe Me moving among you, talking as you
do and eating as you do, and thence conclude that I am but
human, you are perpetrating a mistake. In all the ages, this has
been the lot of man. Men have failed to recognise Me, for I am
enveloped in humanness. This is My Reality.
This is a Human Form, worn by the Principle
that manifests Itself as all the God-Forms adored by Man. I must
say that I confuse you through words and actions. But, however
confused, if onl you install in the altar of your heart, steady
faith in My Divinity, you can achieve the Vision of My Reality.
If, instead, you swing like the pendulum of a clock, one moment
to one side and the next to the other, you can never comprehend
My Truth. Let Me draw your attention to another point. On other
occasions when there was the advent of the Incarnations of God,
the world bent before Them, often for reasons other than Divine,
namely, imperial authority or some such related power or
influence. But, now, in this Kali Age of rampant materialism, in
this Manifestation of SATHYA SAI, all the people are adoring It,
because, as must be clearly evident to you, It is the Godhead
that is the Prime Principle, beyond all. This
SATHYA SAI SWARUPAM (Manifestation)
is Daivaswarupam (Divine Reality).
You are fortunate that you can grasp this Truth, not at some
future date when this Human Frame has been discarded, but
luckily, even while It is with you, before you. You will soon be
awarded the chance to witness the homage of adoration that all
countries will offer to India (Bharathadesa), and to
listen to the Declaration by all peoples of the Divinity of the
Sathya Sai Manifestation.
- You must see, hear, study, observe, experience and
reflect. Only then, can you understand Me. You will learn
then that I am Love (Prema). That I give only one
thing, bliss (Ananda) through Love. My task is
to grant solace, courage, and peace (shanti). That is
to say, my characteristics are the ancient, authentic ones.
Only the manifested form is new. My desire if I can put it
that way is this, more and more should yearn for Me. That
desire can be realised only if I assume this form and come
among you. Those of you who have been following the
unfolding of My story will have discovered this by now. My
purpose can be understood in a general way only by earnestly
and vigilantly watching, trying to get to the meaning of
every word and acting with patient attention.
What is My directive? What is it that will please Me? What
is it that I desire? Only one thing, 'Love! Love!
Love!'. That is Sai's most potent weapon. Was any
invitation sent to any of you to come here? So many of you
have gathered here were attracted solely by the power of
- I have not come to set afoot a separate cult. I do not
want people to be misled on this point. I affirm that this
Sai form is the form of all the various names that man uses
for the adoration of the Divine. So, I am teaching that no
distinction should be made between the name Rama, Krishna,
Ishwara, Sai, for all are My forms.
You can observe Me and My activities how I
adhere to righteousness, moral order, with and universal
compassion. That is what I desire you to learn from Me. My
life is My message.
You elaborate in your lectures the unique
powers of Sai, the incidents that are described as Miracles in
books written on Me by some persons. But I request you not to
attach much importance to these. Don't exaggerate their
significance, the most important and significant power is, let
me tell you,
'My Prema' . I may turn the sky into earth
and vice-versa but that is not the sign of Divine might. It is
the sahana in Me that is the unique sign.
- "Willing" is
superfluous for Me, for My Grace is ever available to
devotees who have steady love and faith.
Since, I move among them,
talking, singing, even intellectuals
are unable to grasp My truth, My Power,
My Glory or My real task as Avatar.
I can solve any problem, however knotty.
I am beyond the reach of the most intensive
inquiry and the most meticulous measurement.
Only those, who have recognised My Love and
experienced that Love can assert that they have glimpsed My
reality. For the path of Love is the royal road that leads
mankind to Me.
- I am the Embodiment of
Love. Love is
My instrument. There is no creature without Love. The lowest
loves itself atleast. So, there are no atheists though some
might dislike Him or refuse Him, as malarial patients
dislike sweets or diabetic patients refuse to have anything
to do with sweets!. Those, who parade themselves, as
atheists will one day, when their illness is gone, relish
God and revere Him.
- Every year summer courses used to be conducted (in
Brindavan). In view of the growth in number of students
at Brindavan, we undertook to build a new hostel for them.
That year I took all the students to Ooty during the summer.
All the arrangements for the summer course were completed
successfully. Swami told the students a day before they were
to leave Ooty, "Boys! You have had the chance to come to
Ooty. You had better go on a sight-seeing trip and enjoy the
grandeur and beauties of the Lord's creation."
Swami asked them to go out sight-seeing, but they insisted
on Swami also coming with them. The boys are a stubborn
breed. Swami told them that if He came with them, large
crowds would gather wherever He went and they would not be
able to see anything. Modern boys have stubbornness of their
own. They said they would not leave unless Swami also came
with them. Swami relented and made arrangements for all the
students to leave by buses for Dodabetta, the highest point
in the Nilgiris range.
They wanted to take photographs with Swami on
the top of the hill and Swami agreed to follow them to take
photographs with them. Swami left half an hour later from
Nandanavanam to Dodabetta. Two young men went to Nandanavanam to
see Bhagavan. They were told that Swami had left for Dodabetta.
Immediately the two young men got up on their motorcycle and
started driving at high speed to catch up with Bhagawan's car on
the road to Dodabetta. Their only anxiety was somehow to get a
glimpse of Swami. Swami noticed the boys and wanted to know who
they were. Someone in the car remarked, "They might be some
rowdies." Swami remarked, "No, no. Without knowing
the truth you should not make such remarks. They might be boys
eager for Swami's darshan."
When Swami's car was taking a turning, the
boys came at high speed near Swami's car. At the turning the
motorcycle fell on a side. Both the boys fell down from the
vehicle. Immediately, I stopped My car, went near them, wiped
the mud from their bodies, and enquired of them, "Boys! Have
you suffered any injuries! Why did you drive at such a high
speed? You should not have done so. If you wanted to see
Me, you could have come to Nandanavanam". I sought to
comfort them and gave them two Kamala oranges to eat. The two
boys, who were local college students, said, "Swami! We came
to have Your Darshan, but we also had Your sparsan,
sambhashan and prasadam. If this accident had not happened,
would Swami have come near us, wiped our backs and spoken
so endearingly to us? Swami! We yearned for Your Darshan.
We earnestly sought You. We got all three, darshan,
sparsan, sambhashan (see you, touch you and
speak with you). Any trouble is worthwhile if these three
can be got. Please give us always such troubles".
As part of the sixtieth birthday celebrations, I am
prescribing a test, which you have to accept. When you
undergo it and emerge victorious you can be pronounced as
real humans. The farmer polishes the field, sows the seed
and watches the crop grow, until the grain is harvested. The
next process is winnowing. The light chaff will then be
carried away by the wind and the hard grain will stay. I
shall start winnowing form now, the test will remove the
chaff. Sai's philosophy does not lie in encouraging devotees
to sit in a corner, control their breath and go on uttering
Arise, gird up your loins! Plunge into social
This is the Sai Message. No room should be given for
laziness and indifference. In matters concerning
expenditure, My attitude is strict. For anything that is
legitimate and essential, I am prepared to offer even lakhs
- Today this body enters on its seventy-first year. This
body is made up of the five elements and is essentially
impermanent. Do not attach much importance to the body. Take
to heart the Love Principle that is being conveyed to you.
My entire life is filled with love. I have never put anyone
at any time to any kind of suffering. I have never done any
harm to anyone. I have hated no one. I have no aversion to
anybody. What is the reason? It is My love that is
transforming others. I may act as if I am angry on some
occasions, but the anger does not stem from the heart but is
confined to the tongue. From head to foot I am filled only
with love. It is this love which has attracted the whole
But I will grudge giving even a paisa for
something unnecessary and useless. This is because money breeds
all the evils in the world. In this context I shall recall what
I told the students the other day. "Do not walk in front
of Me, I may not follow you. Don't walk behind Me.
I may not lead you. Walk beside Me and be My friend." If
you attempt to walk in front of Me, you may be taking the wrong
path. If you walk behind Me, you may possibly desert Me. Walk
abreast of Me. Then there is no chance of your going astray or
away from Me, because I am with you.
The stars are Brahman.
The sun is Brahman.
The Moon is Brahman.
Water is Brahman.
Heaven is Brahman.
Vaikuntha Is Brahman.
Father is Brahman.
Mother Is Brahman.
All Wealth is Brahman.
Brahman is the Creator,
the protector and the destroyer.
Time is Brahman. The
body is Brahman.
Nature is Brahman. Life
This assemblage is
Truth is Brahman.
The Sai who is declaring
this is also Brahman.
You know the Hand,
I know the Hold
Until you get the gift,
don't leave the grasp.
You prayed for something
I overheard it.
don't stop, until you
get the boon.
You asked for something
in your heart,
I know it.
leave me until I answer Your need.
Whatever You like I know
But do not desert before
At your persistence I
may yield atlast
In your despair You may
gain in the end.
Ask either this or that,
but never give me up,
To give up halfway is no
devotion at all.
Regard me as an illustration of this truth. I
have love for all, even for those who are bad. I have greater
love for those who deride me and I draw them nearer to me. I
derive great joy from this. Hence My Life is My Message.
With Me it is always sacrifice and giving (thyaaga) and
not enjoyment (bhoga). Sacrifice itself is enjoyment to
Me. I do not know the meaning of rest. I do not need rest. I
shall go on with My work. This kind of equanimity cannot be felt
by anyone except the Divine.
Do not regard what I am going to say as an exaggeration.
There is not a trace of self-interest in me. Whatever I do
is only for the sake of others. I do not regard you as "others".
All of you are My own people. Such an encompassing feeling
cannot be empowered by anyone anywhere in the world. Have
you seen anywhere else an organisation which has grown so
stupendously in fifty years? In the case of earlier Avatars,
their fame grew only long after their passing. In the
case of the present Avatar, in His own
lifetime, a University, a big
hospital, an aerodrome and many other things
have been established for the benefit of the villages and
many more will follow in the years ahead. Many
persons have doubts as to how all these things are
accomplished. The advent took place 64 years ago. All these
years, this Hand has not been stretched any time to seek
anything from anyone. I have not asked anyone. I will never
ask anyone and there will never be an occasion for it. How
then are these things happening? For any good work, there is
no impediment in Bharath. When you want to do any good work
wholeheartedly, money flows in torrents. The narrow-minded
who never undertake any work will never be satisfied. They
cannot understand the actions of those who are large-hearted
- I do not stray, despite the fact that I am aware of all
that is and was and will be, despite My knowledge of all
that is enveloped in Time and Space. I desire you to note
this well. For, whosoever finds himself in positions high or
take up the reins of leadership has to walk straight and
steady, so that all who follow, may do likewise and reach
Do not consider Sai Baba as a mere figure
five feet three inches tall. His Presence will be felt all
over the world. Wait and see. In a few days the entire
world will come here. Therefore, at least from now on make the
best use of the opportunity that has come to you and strive to
redeem your lives.