Quotes By Sathya Sai Baba – Part I

Sathya Sai Quotes

Sathya Sai Quotes


Quotes By Sathya Sai Baba – Part I

Some have come to Me and asked this very question: “We have been engaged in this saadhana (spiritual practice) for years now; we have written the Name lakhs of times, we have repeated it ceaselessly for many years, but we have not succeeded! Why have we not reached the goal?” I want each one of you to search within yourself for the answer; examine your own effort and achievement and judge your own saadhana, unaided by Me. Have you yearned, have you pined, have you wept for the Lord as Thyaagaraaja did, for example? Have you shed tears of contrition tears of exultation, while repeating His Name so full of sweetness and beauty; while visualising His Form so full of loveliness and charm? You might have wept; but who knows for what; who knows the impulse that swept you into that sadness? Were they tears shed out of fear or greed or pride, or because the Lord was not near? ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Practise the attitude of offering every act at the Feet of God as a flower is offered in puuja. Make every breath an offering to Him. Do not be upset by calamities; take them as acts of Grace. If a man loses his hand in an accident, he must believe that it was the Lord’s Grace that saved his life. When you know that nothing happens without His sankalpa (resolve), everything that happens has a value added to it. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Do not grieve that the Lord is testing you and putting you to the ordeal of undergoing them For, it is only when you are tested that you can assure yourself of success or become aware of your limitations. You can then concentrate on the subjects in which you are deficient and pay more intensive? attention, so that you can pass in them too, when you are tested again, You should not study for the examination at the last moment; study well in advance and be ready with the needed knowledge and the courage and confidence born out of that knowledge and skill. What you have studied well in advance must be rolled over and Over in the mind, just previous to the examination; that is all that should be done, then. This is the pathway to victory. Many grieve : “It is said that darshanam (getting the audience) is paapanaashanam (destruction of sin); well, I have had darshan not once but many times, but, yet, my evil fate has not left me and I am suffering even more than formerly.” True, they have come and have had darshan and they have sowed fresh seeds secured from this place, seeds of Prema (Love), Shraddha (Faith), Bhakthi (Devotion), Sathsanga (Good company), Sarveshwarachintha (Godly thoughts), Naamasmarana (Remembering God’s Name), etc., and they have learnt the art of intensive cultivation and soil-preparation. They have now sown the seeds in the well-prepared fields of the cleansed hearts. Now, until the new harvest comes in, they have to consume the grain already stored in previous harvests. The troubles and anxieties are the crop collected in previous harvests- so do not grieve, and lose heart. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

What are problems? Whatever they are, they are all transient In relation to eternity and of no lasting consequence. What are thoughts? They are creative force within man, and represent the free will given to man by God. Life should be full of joy and it will be, if you live your life in complete harmony with God. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Dharma will never play false Bhagavadh Geetha is a means by which you can get immersed in your own Bhagavadhbhaava (relationship with God). If you are so immersed, you will have undiminished, undiminishable Aanandham, Nithyaanandham (Eternal Bliss). Now, in your ignorance, you feel small, you feel miserable, you feel that the wicked, the greedy, the cruel, are all happier than you and unjustifiably so. You feel it is unjust that you who are so truthful, so loving, so good, should suffer. Just ponder over this. Are they as happy as you imagine, and is your condition so bad as you picture? Just investigate and you will find out for yourself. They are only painted pots of poison; the paint of honey is just a thin coating, a mere show. Their hearts know no peace; they are as miserable as you, if not more. Believe that Dharma or Moral Rectitude will never play false; it will ensure greater joy than can be gained through all other means. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

The Gopikas (cow-herds) confirm this truth. They were simple rural folk, untouched by the conclusions of deep study. Naaradha was once so shocked at their ignorance of the science of spiritual progress that he volunteered to go among them and put them through some lessons in Jnaana. He found on entry into Brindaavan that the gopees (cowherd girls) selling milk or curds in the streets forgot to shout the names of their ware but said, “Govindha, Naaraayana,” instead; so immersed were they in God-consciousness. They did not know that they had sold off all the milk; they still wandered on, calling out the names of the Lord, for the dust of Brindaavan was so sacred for them. They had no vishayavaasana, that is, no wish for sensual pleasure; and so, they had no Ajnaana (ignorance). Hence, Naaradha concluded that they had no need for the lessons he had planned to give. He prayed to them to teach him the means of getting that yearning and that vision of the all-pervading Krishna. Achieve identification with the Lord. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Never give room for doubts and hesitations, for questions to test the Lord’s Prema. “My troubles have not ended; why? Why is it that He did not speak to me? How is it I did not get a room for staying here? Why did he not call me?” you whine! Do not think that I do not care for you or that I do not know you. I may not talk to you, but do not be under the impression that. I have no prema. As a matter of fact, it is to give you the chance of dharshan that I move along the verandah from this room to that. Whatever I do, it is for you, not for Me. For, what is it that can be called Mine? Only you. Hold fast to your chosen deity So, do not get shaken in mind; do not allow faith to decline. That will only add to the grief you already suffer from. Hold fast–that must be your vow. Whoever is your Ishta dhevatha (the chosen deity)–Vishnu or Raama or Shiva or Venkateshwara–hold fast to Him. Do not lose the contact and the company; for, it is only when the coal is in contact with the live embers that it can also become live ember. Cultivate nearness to Me in the heart and you will be rewarded. Then you too will acquire a fraction of the Supreme Prema. This is the great chance. This chance will not come your way again, beware of that. If you cannot, if you do not, cross the sea of grief now, taking hold of this chance, when again can you get such a chance? Really you are the fortunate few-, out of millions and millions of people you have come, though no one specially invited you to be present here. That is what I call the mark of destiny. Now, engage yourself in spiritual discipline, spiritual thoughts, spiritual company. Let the past go its way. At least from now on, seek to save yourself. Never yield to doubt or unsteadiness. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

That is a sign of ignorance. Have faith in any one Name and the Form indicated by that name. If you revere Shiva and hate Vishnu, the plus and the minus cancel out and the net result is zero. I will not tolerate the slightest hatred of any Name or Form. The wife has to revere the husband, but that does not mean that she has to hate his parents or brothers or sisters. You can never attain the Lord through hatred of one or more of His many Forms and Names. If you throw contempt at the God that another reveres, the contempt falls on your own God. Avoid factions, quarrelling, hating, scorning, fault-finding; they recoil on you. You find fault in others because you have faults in you. Remember every one is a pilgrim towards the same goal; some travel by one road, some by another. Raavana, Sisupaala, Danthavakra—they too reached the feet of the Lord, by inviting Him to end their earthly careers. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

‘Doubt’ is easy and faith difficult. Dwell on the Naama and its sweetness will saturate your tongue and improve your taste. Do not count the number of times you have repeated it. For, whom are you going to impress with the number? The Lord will respond even if you call Him just once from the depths of feeling; He will be deaf, even if you call Him a million times, automatically, artificially, with the tongue not with the heart. It is easy to amass figures. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Good Conduct has to be the main key to life of men. It is the way of living the path of virtue, that keeps one in the memory of people long after death. If it is not the virtuous way, the person is as good as dead. It is often declared that knowledge is power. No, No. Character is power. Nothing can be more powerful on earth than character. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Prayer to God and the constant remembrance of His Grace will remove all anxiety. There is no other support in times of dire need than God. To know Him, to cling to Him, to merge in His immeasurable splendour—that is the highest goal of man. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

It is easy to conquer anger through love, attachment through reasoning, falsehood through truth bad thoughts through good and greed through charity. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

The Aathma can be grasped only by a sharpened intellect and a pure mind. How to purify the mind? By starving it of the bad food it runs after, namely, objective pleasures, and feeding it on the wholesome food, namely, thought of God. The intellect too will be sharp if it is devoted to discrimination between the transient and the eternal. Let your thoughts be concentrated on God, His Name and His Form; you will then find that you are always with the Pure and the Permanent; you will then derive pure and permanent joy. That is the reason why I attach so much importance to Naamasmarana as a Saadhana. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Also, have an eye on the number and volume of your desires. Discriminate and discard superfluous attachments and acquisitions. A fakir (holy man) is one who has no fikr, (worry). What is the root of worry? Wants; and the efforts to fulfil them; and the fear of not succeeding to the extent desired. Reduce wants and you reduce worry. You congregate here in the Nilayam verandah, seeking personal interview with Me, with a load of wishes in your heart, wishes that you want Me to fulfil. Why carry all the load? Carry only one load, the desire to win the Grace of God; He will confer what is best for you. Leave the rest to Him. You have to choose between God and Nature. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Purify the heart by being good and kind to all. Do not attempt to find fault with others. Look upon all with love, with respect, with faith in their sincerity. I would ask you to treat your servants kindly. Do not entertain hatred or contempt in your heart; show your resentment if you’ must, through words, not action. Repent for the errors that you commit and decide never to repeat them; pray for strength to carry out your resolutions. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Success comes to those who give up the path strewn with roses, and brave the hammer-blows and swordthrusts of the path fraught with danger. As a matter of fact, no road is strewn with rose petals. Life is a battlefield, a Dharmakshethra, where duties and desires are always in conflict. Smother the fiery fumes of desire, of hatred and anger that rise up in your hearts; it is sheer cowardice to yield to these enemies that turn you into beasts. When obstacles come, meet them with courage.They harden you, make you tough. Steps that lead to Self-knowledge The best way to get rid of weakness is to strike at the very taproot of the tree—the mistake that you are the body, with this name and this form, these senses, this intelligence and this mind. These are all the luggage you carry. Don’t you say, my nose my mind, my hand, my reason, just as you say, my book, my umbrella? Who is this I that calls all these ‘mine’? That is the real ‘you’. It was there when you were born, when you were sleeping forgetful of all else, forgetful even of your body with all its equipment, internal and external. That I cannot be harmed; it does not change, it knows no death or birth. Learn the discipline that makes you aware of this Truth and you will be ever free and bold. That is real vidya, the Aathmavidya, which the sages have gathered for you. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

It is dedication to the Lord that sanctifies all activities. He is the raison d’etre for all activity. He is the prompter, the executor, the giver of the required strength and skill, the enjoyer of the fruit thereof So, dedication must come naturally to you, for, all is His and nothing is yours. Your duty is to believe He is the impeller of your activities, and draw strength from that belief. Until the wound heals and the new skin hardens, the bandage must protect the place. So too, until reality is realised, the balm of faith, holy company and holy thoughts must be applied to the ego-affected mind. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Do not divert all your energy to the cravings of the body, which ages every minute and is fast moving towards the burial ground. Life is a three-day fair; it is like a flower’ that fades by eventide. Old age, when physical charm is lost and when you have to depend on others for everything, will soon be upon all. Prepare then for death, have the equipment to meet it calmly, joyfully, with quiet resignation to the Will of the Lord. You cannot get it in a trice (in an instant), when you want it; it is the result of long years of practice. See the hand of God in everything that happens; then, you will not exult(be joyful) or grieve. Then your life will be one continuous puja or dhyaana. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Spiritual discipline is very necessary; it is not enough if you place charcoal over the cinders; you must fan vigorously, so that the charcoal too is changed into burning cinders. It is not enough if you are at Puttaparthi. You have to engage in saadhana to win My Sankalpa (resolution). You may ask why the burden of the consequences of acts done in previous births cannot be easily brushed away; no, they can be destroyed, as a heap of cotton is burnt by a spark of fire. Jnaanaagni dagdha karmaanam—the spark of jnaana will destroy the effect of karma, in a trice. These consequences are like the cloud of dust that follows a bus, when it runs on a fairweather road; when the bus reaches the gravel road or the metalled road, the dust is less, but it is still there. When at last it enters the tarred road there is no dust. The mud track is karma; the metalled road is upaasana; the tarred dust-free road is jnaana. By human skill and effort it is possible to reduce the burden of past karma. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

You do not wait with folded hands for the cup of coffee to cool down to the required warmth; you ask for an extra cup and you start pouring the coffee from one cup to the other, is it not? The same anxiety, the same saadhana has to be shown in spiritual matters also, to take in the beverage of Divine Grace. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Do not aspire to be a servant of God, working for wages; you reduce yourself to that level if you ask for this and that from Him in return for the praise that you offer or the sacrifice you undergo; even if you do not ask, if the bargaining attitude is in your mind, or, if you feel disappointed that God did not give you desirable objects in return for all the trouble you took to please Him. Do not calculate profit; do not count on returns; do not plan for the consequence; do, since you have to Do, since it is your duty. That is real puja. Dedicate the deed as well as the consequence to Him. Then you become His own, not a cooly, demanding wages. That is the highest level a bhaktha can reach through saadhana. That is the reason why nishkaama karma (desireless action) is so highly extolled in the Geetha by Krishna. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

The harder the circumstances, the more trying the environment, the stronger are the men who come out of those circumstances. So welcome all these outside troubles and anxieties. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

Welcome hardships to realise the Lord Only you must have the staunch determination to use this chance to the full. You are near and those who are far are so only with reference to space, not with reference to My Prema. To realise the Lord, you must welcome hardships, trials, and sufferings. You must dwell on the Name and Form steadily and with faith. You must discard all inferior sources of joy. When a son is born, worry too is born with him—worry that he should grow up healthy and pure, learned and good, famous but humble, bringing a fair name to his parents and elders. As a matter of fact, I would advise you to postpone the celebration of the birth of a son until the day when he brings sathkeerthi (good fame) to the lineage and the country. So also, celebrate the accumulation of wealth when it is spent justly and with love, on beneficial and deserving purposes. Hardship keeps one always alert and in trim. They reveal hidden resources of skill and intelligence; they toughten fortitude (courage in adversity) and deepen the roots of Faith. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

The Gopees knew the secret of spiritual surrender. Their worship was not tainted by any bargaining spirit. For those who bargain and crave for profit, reverence (holding deep religious feeling/faith) is equated with the returns; they sell homage at so much per unit of satisfactory response. They are like paid servants, clamouring for wages, overtime allowance, bonus, etc. They calculate how much they are able to extract for the service rendered. Be, on the other hand, a member of the family, a kinsman, a friend. Feel that you are the Lord’s own. Then, the work will not tire; it will be done much better; it will yield more satisfaction; and, the wages? The master will maintain you in bliss. What more can any one aspire for? Leave the rest to Him; He knows best; He is All; the joy of having Him is enough reward. This is the secret of human happiness. Live out your lives on these lines and you will never come to grief. Na me bhakthaah pranashyathi, says Krishna: “My devotees never suffer sorrow”. ~ Sathya Sai Baba

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