Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 19th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 19th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

Every person is prone to commit mistakes without being aware of it. However bright the fire, some smoke is bound to come from it. So also, whatever good deed one might do, there may be a trace of bad in it. However, every effort should be made to ensure that the good is more and the bad is less in due course of time. You must also carefully think over the consequences of what you do, talk or execute. In whatever way you want others to behave, love and honour you, in the same way you should first behave, love and honour them. If you do not love and honour others and complain that they are not treating you properly, it is surely a wrong conclusion.
~ Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai “Thought for the day” as written at Prasanthi Nilayam
May 19th 2010 – Curtesy RadioSai

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 18th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 18th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

The benefit we can derive from anything is proportional to the faith we place in it. From adoration of Gods, pilgrimages to holy places, uttering of Mantras (hymns) or resorting to doctors, we derive benefits only according to the measure of our faith. When someone gives a discourse, the more faith we have in the individual as a scholar and expert, the more clearly and directly we can draw the subject into our hearts and understand it deeply. For the growth of faith and the fostering of clear understanding, the most essential requirement is the purity of the heart.
~ Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai “Thought for the day” as written at Prasanthi Nilayam
May 18th 2010 – Curtesy RadioSai

Yaani Drucker – An Amazing Story Of Fear And The Triumph Of Love

Yaani Drucker – An Amazing Story Of Fear And The Triumph Of Love

A Yaani Drucker Story

A Yaani Drucker Story


The following account by Yaani Drucker is an amazing story about how a brutal, fearful and violent attack took an unexpected “quantum leap” into self-healing, love and compassion through the transformative power & inspiration of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

What Is Real And What Is Unreal?

From the unreal, lead me to the real
From darkness, lead me to the light
From death lead me to Immortality

(Talk presented by Yaani Drucker at the United Kingdom Sai Baba retreat, April, 2000, followed by excerpts from Al Drucker’s talk on the same subject)

I would like to share a story with you that is not real, that never happened, and that had no effect on truth. It did however serve me deeply as a wake-up call, as a classroom for discerning that which is real and eternal from that which is unreal and has no power over me. It revealed to me the truth of who I really am.

Fourteen years ago, I had a most intense experience, first incredibly brutal, and now seen as a true spiritual turning point. Up to that moment I had been Sai Baba’s ardent devotee living a simple life as a Montessori teacher, residing by myself, spending 6 months out of every year in India with Baba. Life was beautiful.Then one night everything changed. It was Mahashivaratri in India, the holiest day of the year. I was staying in a Sai Baba center in California. We were scheduled to celebrate with an all-night bhajan the following evening. I was fast asleep in a room adjoining the bhajan hall. It was 3:00 am. It could not have been a more auspicious time or setting.

Suddenly I am jolted into awakening by a threatening voice ordering, “Scream and I’ll kill you.” I feel a knife at my throat, and see a massive menacing figure looming over me. Still groggy I instinctively scream, and to shut me up he pummels me in the face with his fist. I am drenched in blood. He gags me and ties me up and rips my bedclothes off me. In total terror I cry out to Baba to come and save me. Somehow, in my heart of hearts I fully expect Baba to physically appear and dispel this horrendous nightmare that has suddenly overtaken me. Baba did not come. And yet he did. Even while I was being raped, within me all fear and horror of the situation had left. Quite inexplicably I became very calm and to my astonishment discovered an incredible compassion welling up in my heart.

As he was leaving, I managed a muffled, “God bless you.” He hissed back, “God hates me!” and disappeared into the night. I struggled to untie myself and went to get help. The police were called and the man was caught. He had a long criminal history; he had been in and out of jail. And yet, this time something had changed for him. From his jail cell he made a considerable effort to get a message to me. And that message was, “I feel bad about what I did. I’m real sorry I hurt you. Please pray for me.” So, even in that horrible scene God was present and even the rapist was affected. To my surprise, I could muster no anger toward the man. I found myself focusing not on my personal trauma but on the tragedy of the human condition that could lead to such a desperate state.

Although my body was badly beaten and bruised I remember absolutely no pain. Yet, it was not like I wasn’t traumatized or bewildered. I remember walking outside in the night and feeling afraid that somebody might be lurking behind a bush. When anyone entered my room I was startled and jittery, feelings that were completely uncharacteristic for me. In my being I felt tainted and my familiar sense of security, knowing that I was always in the protective hands of the divine, had been badly shaken. My confusion centered entirely on Sai Baba. In my mind, Baba, in whom I had put complete trust and whom I regarded as my savior, had not helped me, though I had desperately called out to him. Why hadn’t he? I kept praying to Baba, imploring him, “Why did you let this happen to me? Please help me to understand.” As I was praying thus, I distinctly heard Sai Baba’s voice gently asking, “What happened to you?” “I was raped, brutalized, robbed, and my very life was threatened” came my response, “and I called out to you, but you did not come!” Again Baba asked, ever so tenderly, “What happened to you?”

Suddenly, I understood. Nothing had happened to me. I remembered one of my favorite passages in the Bhagavad Gita where Krishna taught Arjuna, “You are not this perishable body. You cannot be destroyed by weapons, you cannot be incinerated by fire, you cannot be drowned by water, you cannot be blown away by the raging tempest. You are the indestructible, eternal Atma, the one Self.” Suddenly this mystical pronouncement of Lord Krishna was no longer a conceptual thought but a direct experience for me. My bewilderment, my fears and feelings of abandonment all dissolved in the light of that incredible realization.

Far from failing me and abandoning me, Baba revealed to me the truth of who I am, the immortal Self, and there is nothing in the whole universe that can ever threaten me. I knew myself to be invulnerable, indestructible, eternal. I exploded in joy and exhilaration. What a surprising outcome for such an intense and fearful happening! It turned out to be the quantum leap into the discovery of who I truly am. I am so very grateful. Thank you God!

Reference

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “There is no short cut to any laudable achievement. Steady struggle alone can ensure victory. Things that are gained with little or no effort are not worth exulting over. The process of yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dhyana and dharana (control of the inner and outer senses, regulation of pose and breath, withdrawal into the inner consciousness, meditation and concentration) is difficult; but the final stage is Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the condition of perfect undisturbed equanimity. Whereas the pursuit of material pleasures will be ‘agre amritopamam pariname visham’ (like nectar at first but poison in the end). The pursuit of equanimity will be ‘agre visham pariname amritopamam’ (like poison at first but nectar in the end).”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 14th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 14th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

There are many destructive forces in the world. But, luckily along with them, there are also constructive forces. As students of Vidya (True Knowledge) you should not turn yourself into worshippers of bombs and machines. You must transform yourself into active persons, worshipping the Divine. Authority and power are powerful intoxicants. They will pollute one until he/she is completely destroyed. They breed misfortune. But, genuine knowledge will confer on you fullness and fortune.
~ Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai “Thought for the day” as written at Prasanthi Nilayam
May 14th 2010 – Curtesy RadioSai

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “The One is shining in and through the many, the One is the many. ‘Ekoham bahusyam’, the One decided to become the many to enjoy its own manifoldness. The One appears as all this diversity. That is the Truth. The insistence of the fundamental unity of all creation is the special feature of Indian thought. Do not be satisfied with paltry scraps of information. Seek the Knower behind the knowing process. That is the real victory”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 11th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba – A Thought For The Day – May 11th 2010

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

Sathya Sai Baba - A Thought For The Day

Good character is the precious jewel of human life. Human birth itself is the consequence of countless good deeds and it should not be frittered away. This chance must be utilized to the fullest extent. With deep yearning and steadfast discipline, you must endeavor to experience Divinity and redeem yourself.
~ Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai “Thought for the day” as written at Prasanthi Nilayam
May 11th 2010 – Curtesy RadioSai

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