Non Violence And Truth: Sai Baba’s Core Values

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Non Violence And Truth: Sai Baba’s Core Values
Sai Baba’s birthday tomorrow:
By: Dr. C. SRIDEVA

November 23rd is the birthday of our beloved Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who was born in the village of Puttaparthi in the State of Andhra Pradesh, in India. Bhagavan has given innumerable discourses on spiritual topics, to His devotees, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. It is well worth to know what He had said about Human values. In His discourse Swami had said:

“Sai educational institutions are based on equal respect for all religions. They are wedded to unity and harmony.”

A society without values will cease to be human. The more human values are cherished, the better will be the growth of society, the nation, and the world. We cannot rest content with an educational system which is confined to academic achievement.

Human Virtues
It has to promote simultaneously human virtues. The main problem of our education is how to adapt the spiritual and cultural traditions that we have inherited from the past to the needs of daily life today.

The relationship between the individual and society has to be rightly understood. Why should the individual serve others? What claims has society on the individual? When we examine these issues, we realize that the individual can find fulfilment only in society. Born in society, growing up in society, living in society, man ends his life in society.

Society may be viewed as a many petalled flower. Every individual is like a petal. All the petals together make for the beauty of the flower. Without the petals there will be no flower. Likewise every individual is a petal making up the flower of society. Each one should manifest the glory of the Divine. Society may also be compared to a four-wheeled chariot. The four wheels are:Unity, Control, Knowledge, and Power.

Human Qualities
How are human qualities to be promoted in society? Living amidst fellow human beings, man has to sow the seeds of love, rear the plants of harmony, and offer the fruits of peace to society. Thereby his humanness is manifested. In the language of Vedanta, non-violence, truth, non-stealing, celibacy, and non-acquisitiveness, are the five human values to be cultivated.

Non-violence does not mean causing harm to others. It really means that one should not cause harm to any one in thought, word, or deed. Only when this is developed, one can experience Truth. Truth does not change with time. It must be spoken with complete purity of mind, speech and body.

Non-stealing means the thought of taking another’s property should not arise in the mind. Nor should one tell others to commit theft. The fourth is celibacy (Brahmacharya). This means what ever one thinks or says or does should be filled with thoughts of God (Brahman).

All thoughts, words, and deeds should be dedicated to the Divine. The Ego arises from the Atma. The thoughts are produced by the ego and give rise to speech. Hence all actions are based on the Atma. When all these (thoughts, desires, and speech) are sanctified by dedication to God, the consciousness of oneness with Brahman (God) ensues.

The next human value, non-acquisitiveness, means performing actions without expecting any reward or acquisitive motives and done in selfless spirit.

Insatiable Desires
Today man is afflicted with insatiable desires, unlike the birds and animals which have no desire to hoard or to exploit others. Man forgets his natural human qualities and behaves worse than animals. When these tendencies are given up, the inherent divinity in man will manifest itself.

Human virtues cannot be nourished by study of books or got readymade from teachers. They have to be cultivated by each person. The world sorely needs today human values. Without developing devotion to God no human quality can grow. The first requisite is faith in God. Only with this basic faith can one develop one’s human personality.

The Vedas declare “Speak the truth; adhere to Dharma and right conduct”. In practising Dharma, there should be no secret desires. Actions performed with such secret motives result in bondage.

A righteous life leads to peace. Love is to be experienced in the depths of peace. Where love prevails, there is no room for doing harm or violence to others. All these basic values have to be demonstrated in action and not limited to preaching.

The world cannot be changed by mere preaching. Only through action and practical example can the impulse for change be intensified. Only when human values are practised by teachers and elders, will students practice them. Educationists must note this fact. If transformation is to be effected in students, the process must start from a very early age.

To propagate human values, it is advisable to keep as far away as possible from the powers that be. It is not possible to promote sacred values through the help of governmental authorities.

It is essential to be self-relient and stand on out own legs. Educational institutions must promote the spiritual outlook among students. When students acquire spiritual values, human values will grow in them, of their own accord.

Encouragement
Human values are in every one. What we need are persons who will provide the stimulus and the encouragement to bring them out.

If the feeling that the divinity that is present in everyone is one and the same, is promoted among all, human values will sprout naturally in every person. Students should not allow success or failure to ruffle their minds unduly. Courage and self – confidence must be instilled in the students.

There should be equal respect for all faiths and beliefs. There should be no hatred towards any faith. Other creeds and beliefs should not be condemned or derided. What ever studies you may pursue, do not give up your faith in God. To give up God is to give up life itself. Life is God. Truth is God. All that you do as an offering to God will be an expression of human values.

If faith in God is strengthened, all values will develop in due course. Sublimate your lives by remembering, worshipping and adoring God.

Sai Ram!

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In Devotion
Haven taken thousands of devotees into the trance of the spiritual world, for over the last few decades, Sathya Sai Baba aka Satyanarayan Raju has been a guru for many. And as he celebrates his 83rd birthday, his ardent followers have planned grand celebrations in the city to commemorate the occasion.

With a line up of spiritual programmes, the Sai Seva Samiti, Pune will begin the day with chanting Omkaar, followed by Prasanti Bhajan. “All his devotees in the city will gather for the function at Pradhyapak Ramkrishna More auditorium in Chinchwad. During the Prasanti Bhajan and Nam San Kirtan, which is a recital of holy songs, all the devotees will get together chanting bhajans,” says B K Vasudev, co-ordinator, state seva dal.

“On this occasion have also arranged for the Jhoola programme where renowned classical singer Padmashree Padmaja Phenani Joglekar of Mumbai will attend and perform,” says Shashikant Nalawade, convener of the samiti, adding, “A picture of Satya Sai Baba will be kept in the cradle and his praises will be sung.”

The celebration will also see kids from Bal Vikas where they will chant sholakas from Vedas before the audience. The chief guest for the occasion is Vilas Lande, MLA from Haveli Taluka.

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Cataract Sufferers Benefit From Free Eye Surgery Campaign

Cataract Sufferers Benefit From Free Eye Surgery Campaign

A Durban ophthalmologist and his team performed 21 cataract operations in one day at no cost as part of a religious organisation’s medical programme.

Dr Mohammed Nasser Khan, a private ophthalmologist, teamed up with the Sri Sathya Sai Sudha Trust and St Aidan’s Hospital last week to perform the surgery free of charge to the needy.

A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye, obstructing the passage of light.

The surgery — which costs at least R6500 in a state hospital and up to R15000 in a private institution — was funded by Khan and the trust.

The programme is part of the trust’s cele- bration of the 83rd birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba today.

Khan said that he was “happy and willing” to support the cause.

“These types of programmes are rewarding and are making inroads into the huge cataract backlog throughout the country,” he said.

He believed it was “divine intervention” that led him to the programme.

“At the end of the day, we are all working for God. This type of seva (selfless service) is all God’s work, irrespective of caste, colour and creed.”

The programme, which is supported by department heads and staff at St Aidan’s Hospital, was launched last Saturday and will be held at least three times every year.

“We make use of the hospital’s facilities and are assisted by other doctors, medical consultants and staff, including a private anaesthetist,” said Khan.

“The best part of it all is to see the appreciation shown by the patients. It is something priceless to see the smiles on their faces.”

A medical co-ordinator of the Sai Trust, John Gengan, said that the patients were carefully screened before the procedure to ensure that they qualified for the free surgery.

“It is so fulfilling when you are able to take a person out of darkness and show him or her the light, and the best part of it is the fact that it is done out of pure love,” said Gengan.

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27th Annual Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University

27th Annual Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University

Sri Sathya Sai University Convocation Today
Express News Service First Published : 22 Nov 2008 AM IST

ANANTAPUR: The 83rd birthday celebrations of Sri Satya Saibaba began at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi on a colourful note. The convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University will be held at Sai Kulwant Hall tomorrow.

Former vice-chancellor G Venkataraman will attend the convocation.

Saibaba will present medals and certificates to the toppers at the convocation.

On November 23, Saibaba will give a darshan to his devotees at 7 am on the occasion of his birthday. A large number of devotees from various parts of the country and abroad had already arrived at Puttaparthi to participate in the birthday celebrations of Saibaba.

The police made elaborate security arrangements for the fete. Superintendent of Police MK Singh is personally overseeing the security arrangements at Puttaparthi for the fete.

A huge contingent of police force was deployed in Puttaparthi to thwart any untoward incident. District Collector V Anil Kumar also visited Puttaparthi and reviewed arrangements made for the fete. The RTC is running special buses to Puttaparthi for the convenience of devotees.

A temporary bus stand was set up in the town for the special buses. The Medical and Health Department has set up mobile teams to provide medicare to the visiting devotees in emergency.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Chairman DK Audikesavulu Naidu is also in Puttaparthi to oversee arrangements for the fete.

Major Industries Minister J Geetha Reddy, Civil Supplies Minister Kasu Venkata Kr i shna Reddy and Maharashtra Minister Ashok Chavan will attend the celebrations. Reference

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

27th Annual Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University – A Curtain Raiser

Hallowed Divine Presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and His Mission with a Vision for spiritual renaissance have grown into a worldwide phenomenon heralding the arrival of a new world order. This promised new world order has the tenet of five cardinal human values as its mission statement aiming at achieving global harmony through cultural and spiritual renaissance. And this tireless crusade, an epochal Mission Divine of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has been substantiated by His students whom He prefers to call future ambassadors.

Prasanthi Nilayam is warming up to celebrate the 83rd year of His Divine Advent and as a prelude to the D-Day comes the annual convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University. After a joyous ride for three festive days during the Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Mahotsavam followed by a grand Ladies’ Day festivity, the focus of attention is on the 27th Annual Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University to be held on 22nd November in Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagawan, the Divine Chancellor will be inaugurating the Convocation which will be chaired by the Convocation Chief Guest, Dr. G. Venkataraman, former Vice Chancellor of the University and a scientist of repute, who will deliver the key-note Address.

Sri Sathya Sai University (formerly Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning) was instituted in the year 1981 to provide value based education, absolutely free of cost and has the unique distinction of being one of the very few institutions that impart emphasis on total value based education. Besides education, the students are taught human values, morality and spirituality with the five cardinal human values of Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa being the backbone of all teachings. The Institution has three campuses, a Women’s Campus in Anantapur set up in the year 1968, Men’s Campus at Brindavan in Whitefield, Bangalore set up in 1969 and the Men’s Campus at Prasanthi Nilayam set up in 1981. This institution has the unique distinction of being accorded Double Plus level Higher Rating (Highest Grade) certification by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council.

Several dignitaries including His Excellency President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (year 2002), His Excellency Vice President of India, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat (year 2003) and others attended the Convocation as Chief Guests earlier. The Convocation will be followed by a Drama by the students of the University in the Divine Presence along with the Chief Guest in the Poornachandra Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. (Reference)