Sathya Sai Baba On Love (Prema)

Sathya Sai Baba On Love Prema

Sathya Sai Baba On Love Prema


Sathya Sai Baba On Love (Prema)
Extracts compiled from Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba‘s Discourses.

Sathya Sai Baba: Love is the basic nature that sustains human being and strengthens his resolve to march ahead. Without love man is blind; the world for him will be a dark and fearsome jungle. Love is the light that guides the feet of man in the wilderness. All the four goals of man (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha) can be attained through the practice of love. The Atma principle expresses itself in man as Prema (Love).

Sathya Sai Baba: Every human being needs love, inhales and exhales love. Love is the basic breath; every one is the embodiment of Love. Love knows no fear; it seeks no rewards; love is its own reward. When it is directed towards God, it is called Bhakthi. Love removes all egoism; the self is forgotten, it is superseded, it is transcended. Divinity is the magnet. Humanity is the iron. Love is the force that brings them together. Nara is the iron, Narayana is the magnet. Bhakthi or love is the force that draws the two together.

Sathya Sai Baba: God is love and can be won only through the cultivation and exercise of Love. He cannot be trapped by any trick; He yields Grace only when His commands are followed – command to love all, serve all. Love is God, God is love. Live with Love, move with Love, speak with Love, think with Love, act with Love – this is the most fruitful Sadhana. Love is the core of Atma. Love is selflessness. Love brings people together. Love is the solvent for hardest hearts. Love is the strongest antidote for greed. Love will destroy the roots of ego.

Sathya Sai Baba: Love is the natural state for man and all the other contrary emotions are unnatural. When you recite the Name of God, remembering His majesty, His compassion, His glory, His splendor, His presence, Love will grow within you. Its roots will grow deeper and deeper, its branches will spread wider and wider, giving cool shelter to friend and foe. Love God without reserve. To love God destroys all the barriers to Love. If you develop love, you do not need to develop anything else.

Sathya Sai Baba: Prema must grow with every moment of Sadhana. It must sweeten every word, deed and thought of yours. Emerge from Dhyana as a person more charged with Love! Return from Bhajan with a greater measure of Love! Return from Nagarsankirtan with a firmer conviction that everything is surcharged with the same Divinity that is behind all your activity.

Sathya Sai Baba: Love in speech is truth. Love in action is righteousness. Love in thought is peace. Love in understanding is non-violence.

Sathya Sai Baba: There is no power greater than love in this world because it is selfless and pure. Love is ananda; love is power; love is light; love is God. Love helps you to see God in everyone, everyone as divine.

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Sathya Sai Baba On Peace (Shanti)

Sathya Sai Baba On Peace Shanti

Sathya Sai Baba On Peace Shanti


Sathya Sai Baba On Peace (Shanti)
Extracts compiled from Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba‘s Discourses.

Sathya Sai Baba: Shanti denotes the capacity to bear success and failure, joy and misery with perfect equanimity. It is there deep down as the very core of our being. Only thoughts of God and intense love for Him bring peace. As worldly thoughts diminish, thoughts of God increase. Normally, the mind desires these worldly things all the time. As the desires are cut out, the peace becomes stronger.

Sathya Sai Baba: The external peace is a reflection of your internal peace; it is an echo. Peace alone is eternal Truth. It has great power. It confers eternal bliss. It is man’s principal treasure. You may be of brilliant intellect, or a wealthy person or a physically strong person, but all this is useless, if you do not have peace. By absence of attachment, desire and egoism, you can achieve peace. To gain peace is the only aim of life. Not name, fame and wealth. By leading a life of contentment, one achieves peace.

Sathya Sai Baba: Endurance with joyful resignation of the ups and downs of life is the royal road to Peace. Everyone craves ‘Sukha’ and ‘Shanthi’; but there is no one to instruct Youth how to win them. The Ramayana and the Mahabharatha are reservoirs of knowledge for the seekers of Peace. They are replete with examples and precepts, which are inspiring and timely. By taking the teachings to heart, Purity can be attained. The pure heart directed towards God and reflecting His image is indeed Heaven, Vaikuntha or Kailasa.

Sathya Sai Baba: You must discover your identity; then only can you have peace. You are like a man who has forgotten his name; his address and his mission in life. Realize it and try to delve deep into yourself; so that you may know who you are. Then you get security and peace. Sharpen your intellect for this purpose; and cleanse your consciousness for this purpose through Sathsang, Japa, Dhyana, Namasmarana etc.

Sathya Sai Baba: Perfect peace means the type of peace derived as a result of the absence of desire, anger, greed and hatred. Pace must be expressed in feeling, word, posture and action; also in mind and the performance of duty – all in uniform measure. Then peace becomes perfect, the highest and most stable type. Genuine peace is won by control of senses. Pure love can emanate only from a heart immersed in peace. The realization “Everything is God” then becomes natural to you.

Sathya Sai Baba: Shanti is another name for steadiness of the mind. Peace is a sacred virtue; it is the embodiment of the Self. It is an ornament to man; the heart of the selfless one is its abode. Accumulation of riches and power cannot endow peace. Peace can come only from the fountain of peace within. How do you get Shanti (inner peace)? By knowing that you are the Atma, which has no birth or death, no joy or grief, no up and no down. Faith in the fact that, man is an instrument in His hands for the execution of His plan, is the key to genuine peace. Only when God is the goal and guide can there be real peace. World peace can be achieved only by people investigating their inner world, removing the junk therein and setting evil urges at rest.

Sathya Sai Baba: The foundation for real peace is, according to the Vedas, the quality of Maithree. Maithree means amicability, friendship, compassion, and kindness. It can also be taken to mean, “My Three” that is to say, my word, deed and thought shall be in accordance with words, thought and deed; that is to say; we shall speak, think and act together, without friction or faction, in an atmosphere of love and understanding. That is what is wanted in the world today: My three.

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Sathya Sai Baba On Right Conduct (Dharma)

Sathya Sai Baba On Right Conduct Dharma

Sathya Sai Baba On Right Conduct Dharma


Sathya Sai Baba On Right Conduct (Dharma)
Extracts compiled from Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba‘s Discourses.

Sathya Sai Baba: Dharma is the foundation for the welfare of humanity; it is the Truth that is stable for all time. God is the embodiment of Dharma; His Grace is won by Dharma; He is ever fostering Dharma; He is ever establishing Dharma. He is Dharma itself.

Sathya Sai Baba: Dharma is a body of principles that are fundamental to social stability and individual progress. “Dharma Moolam Idam Jagath”. Dharma is the root of this world. Obey it and you are happy. One common definition of Dharma is that it is the adherence to the rule: ‘Do unto others what you wish them to do unto you. Do not have a double standard. Treat all as your own self’.

Sathya Sai Baba: The basic principles of Dharma are Sathya (Truth), Prema (Love), Sahana (Fortitude) and Ahimsa (Nonviolence). “Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshithah” – Dharma protects those that protect Dharma. Dharma means certain obligations and duties and regulations over actions, words and behavior. For example, elders have certain obligations towards younger people and vice versa; neighbors have mutual duties and rights.

Sathya Sai Baba: The task of everyone is to do the duty that has come upon him, with a full sense of responsibility to the utmost of his capacity. There should be complete coordination between what one feels, says and does. Then work becomes worship.

Sathya Sai Baba: How are you to decide in any particular case what is Dharma and what is not? That which does not inflict pain on you and others – that is Dharma. This follows from the recognition that same God resides in everyone and if you injure another, you are hurting the same God who is in you. Dharma enables you to come to the recognition that anything that is bad for another is also bad for you. So act in such a way that you get joy and others too get joy. Or take another standard for your actions: Make the mind, the speech and body agree in harmony. Act as you speak, speak as you feel, do not play false to your conscience. That is the Dharmic way of life.

Sathya Sai Baba: Dharma trains you to be calm, level headed, secure in equanimity. You know the transitory nature of success or failure, riches or poverty, joy or grief. You are not elated or deflated. You are serene, unmoved. Anything that helps you to maintain this unruffled stability is Dharma. To summarize: sensual life is Adharma; the spiritual life is Dharma.

Sathya Sai Baba: Dharma is not a matter of time and space to be modified and adjusted to the needs and pressures of the moment. It means a number of fundamental principles that should guide mankind in its progress towards inner harmony and outer peace. When man stays away from Dharma, he meets with greater harm than even physical slavery. These principles are called Sanathana because their origins are not dated, their author is not identifiable; they are the revelations made in the clarified intellects of impartial sages. They are basic and eternal.

Sathya Sai Baba: Dharma is the eternal source. Dharma is a great virtue. Dharma is the basis for everything. In this world nothing is higher than righteousness. Man must follow the path of Dharma, to know himself, to discard demonic qualities, to foster human qualities, to develop divine qualities and to achieve a good life.

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Sathya Sai Baba On Truth (Sathya)

Sathya Sai Baba On Truth Sathya

Sathya Sai Baba On Truth Sathya


Sathya Sai Baba On Truth (Sathya)
Extracts compiled from Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba‘s Discourses.

Sathya Sai Baba: Truth is not merely telling the facts about what you see or hear or know. These are temporal truths. Facts relate to momentary appearances. Truth relates to unchanging reality. In its full sense Truth can be applied only to what comes out of your heart in its pure and unsullied form as the voice of conscience. It is true for all time – past, present and the future. It is not affected by changes in time or place. Time does not transform it, creation does not increase it, Pralaya (Destruction) does not reduce it. History does not stain it. Truth lives eternally in full. The ancient seers called it “Ritham”. It is unchanging and cannot be suppressed.

Sathya Sai Baba: When you seek the Truth, you are seeking God. Truth is God. Truth exists; so too, God exists. Truth must be considered as life giving as breath itself. Just as a person with no breath in him becomes useless, life without Truth is useless and becomes a dwelling place of strife and grief. Believe that there is nothing greater than Truth; nothing more precious, nothing sweeter and nothing more lasting.

Sathya Sai Baba: It is folly to think that you have to search for Truth somewhere. To know one’s Self is Truth. How can man realize the Truth? He can do this only when he experiences non-dualism. As long as he is steeped in dualism (that he and divine are different) he is bound to be racked by the opposites, joy and sorrow, the real and unreal.

Sathya Sai Baba: God wears Truth, the good seek Truth and the bad are rescued by Truth; Truth liberates; Truth is power; Truth is freedom. It is the lamp that illuminates the heart and dispels doubt and darkness. The effulgence of God is Truth.

Sathya Sai Baba: The discovery of Truth is the unique mission of man. Man is a mixture of Maya (illusion) and Madhava (God); the Maya throws a mist which hides the Madhava, but through the action of the healthy impulses inherited from acts performed while in previous bodies or through the cleansing done by austerities in this body or through the Grace of the Lord Himself, Maya melts away; for it is just a mist which flees before the Sun. Then Nara (man) is transformed into Narayana (God) and this Bhuloka is elevated into a Prasanthinilayam.

Sathya Sai Baba: Universe is dependent on Truth. If there is no Truth, there is no Universe. Truth is of eternal quality. No one can change it. Nor hide it. Truth is God. All wealth, all riches emerge from truth only. God is the embodiment of Truth. Truth alone is God’s abode. Dharma permanently lives in Truth. Vedas, the repository of knowledge and wisdom emanate from Truth. Truth alone is the royal path. Truth is knowledge – Infinity, Brahman. Wherever Truth is followed, there lives Dharma. There is no Dharma higher than Truth. There is no morality higher than Truth. Through Truth, you can experience love; through love you can visualize Truth.

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A Continuous Presence

Sathya Sai Baba A Continuous Presence

Sathya Sai Baba A Continuous Presence


A Continuous Presence

In friendship there should be good feelings in the heart. This is possible only for God. There will be an element of selfishness and self-interest in the love between parents and children, between brothers and sisters and among friends. Only God can be a true friend. He never asks for anything, only keeps on giving. How then do you reach such a God? Only through good conduct and behaviour built up assiduously. (Divine Discourse, June 27, 1996)

Sathya Sai Baba is a continuous presence, says the author while narrating his own version of experiencing Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s omnipresent Divinity. The writer feels that with our limited understanding of the physical phenomena, we are unable to explain His Divinity and at times reject the presence in our ignorance. Read on…

I had only read of Sathya Sai Baba, when a few years ago a few of my friends who were devotees of Sai Baba encouraged me to visit Prasanthi Nilayam at Puttaparthi. I went along with a lawyer friend of mine, a distinguished lawyer in Colombo, a lady who was a relation of my wife and my elder son who had come for a holiday to Sri Lanka from France. My son is of a rather disbelieving nature.

On that occasion, I took a letter of introduction to the trust secretary and proceeded through Trivandrum by air and then by car to Bangalore from whence we set out to Puttaparthi.

I carried with me the letter of introduction, which strangely enough, on the first day of my stay at Trivandrum, I took out while unpacking the luggage. My friend asked me why I did this. “The letter would have great value when we go to Puttaparthi.” I laughed and put the letter back. The next day strangely enough the letter was missing. We searched the suitcase, but we could not find that letter. On the third day, I opened the suitcase to find the letter on top of the suitcase. I was happy I had rediscovered it, and I kept it back in the suitcase and we went out to town. When I came back again, very strangely the letter was missing. The next day, the letter was found in the bag. We set out and stopped at a bungalow belonging to the Indian Government. During lunch, I showed my friends the letter. Before we got to Puttaparthi, we stopped at another place. Again, the letter was strangely missing. It was discovered at the Circuit Bungalow and sent to me by the Indian police.

At Puttaparthi, when we arrived, it was early in the afternoon when everyone was resting. The party with which I came had wanted to get back to Bangalore soon, and had wanted me to use my influence with the officials at Prasanthi Nilayam. I thought it highly improper and disrespectful to a person of high religious stature.

An hour later a person came from inside and asked, “Are there any people here from Sri Lanka?” When we admitted to it, we were told that Sathya Sai Baba had wanted us to be lodged in an apartment and given some food. Then we were conducted to a large hall and asked to stand in the verandah of that hall.

Suddenly a door opened and Baba summoned us and we went into the room. He laughed and asked, “Have you found the letter to me?” This appeared most unusual, because only we were aware of it. My son, in a moment of disbelief had said, “I don’t believe in Him nor do I believe He has any powers and I will not personally take any notice of Him unless He speaks with me.” My son was seated when Sathya Sai Baba called him to His side and said, “Now will you believe in me because I spoke to you. You had said you would not care the slightest for Me, but listen, I know what you said and I shall bless you, and you will be happy in the future.”

The day prior to going to Puttaparthi from Bangalore, a telex had reached us informing one of the ladies in the party that her cousin sister had passed away. We had made enquiries at Bangalore and we were told there was no chance of her returning to our country in time for the funeral and much against her own wishes she joined us in this trip to Puttaparthi. When addressing her, Sathya Sai Baba said, “Yesterday, your sister died. You wanted to go back but could not; you have come here and joined in prayer at this place. Extend the benefit to the person who has passed away from this world.”

That evening, we were summoned by Sathya Sai Baba who exhorted us to wait the night. Unfortunately, we had a programme that could not be avoided. On the journey back a strange occurrence took place. We missed the road. We suddenly came across what we thought was a pool of water. We halted. The driver reversed the car and we were waiting not knowing what to do. Just then a lorry arrived nearby apparently going to a farm. The lorry driver said, “Go back to where you have just turned.” We told him there was a pool of water. He replied, “I don’t think so. Why don’t you try again?” The driver drove back for five minutes. There was no pool of water, and we went right through. These different incidents convinced me that Baba is a continuous Presence, which we with our limited understanding of physical phenomena are not able to explain and which we sometimes reject in our ignorance.

—From an address given by Justice Nissanka Wijeyeratne of the Ministry of Justice, Colombo, Sri Lanka, to the Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Hong Kong on Full Moon Day (from Sanathana Sarathi, September 1984).

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The Interviews

Sathya Sai Baba Interviews

Sathya Sai Baba Interviews


The Interviews

People of other countries referred to this country by several names. However, even now, when Indians go abroad, they introduce themselves saying, “I am from Delhi; I am from Kolkata; I am from Bengaluru”, etc., instead of replying “I am from Bharath.” These are actually cities and regions which form part of India. Hence, it would be appropriate to say that you are from India. Wherever you go, you must be proud to refer to yourself as Bharatheeyas. The name ‘Bharatha’ has great significance. ‘Bha’ refers to ‘Bhagawan’ or ‘God’ and ‘ratha’ refers to ‘Love’. Thus, Bharatheeyas are people who love God. The country of Bharath has acquired its name on account of such people inhabiting it. (Sathya Sai Baba: Divine Discourse on Onam, 12th September 2008)

“Are you staying a little time?” “Of course, of course!” I said “Come back the day after tomorrow, and I give one hour to discuss all these things.” The words, when read, might appear casual, but Sathya Sai Baba talks to you as if you are the only person in the world. He does so with tender concern, intimacy and emphasis, looking into your eyes, and with that beautiful, understanding smile. He gives everything…writes Peggy Mason.

With a last smile to us both, He turned towards an inner room through a curtain. He seemed to float away rather than walk, with that gentle movement which is indescribable. I have to keep on using the word “gentle” in connection with Sathya Sai Baba. He is the embodiment of Love. If, on occasion, He ever appears stern in any way, it is only the appearance, only out of love, if correction is needed, or in order to induce people to examine themselves, to “enquire within”, for their own sake.

I have no idea how long or how short that interview was, for time stands still in His presence. One is transported to another dimension. When He bestows personal attention, one experiences so much more than any actual words—from His expressions, movements, voice, and being within that radiant rose pink aura, ‘the memory of which can never dim once it has been experienced’.

The fact is that no one can attempt to analyse or explain anything about Him. As He once gave out: “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”

I passed a strange but wonderful night. My whole being, seemed galvanized into greater intensity and life.

During the interview Sathya Sai Baba did what I am sure He had planned to do the day before! He took hold of my chain and pendant again, and asked: “Wouldn’t you like a real one? This is imitation.” Whereupon He circled His hand in the air and produced a charming silvery disc with His face on one side and the OM sign on the other. What a joy! It was of course what I had secretly longed for, but would not ask!

A little later He asked Ron what He wanted. Ron said, “To love more, and something from you, Swami.” Immediately Swami circled His hand again, and produced a gorgeous oval ring made of Swami’s “five metals,” with a coloured picture of His head in enamel.

He leaned forward and pushed it firmly onto the fourth finger of Ron’s left hand. It fitted perfectly, and was exactly what Ron had day dreamed about in the aeroplane on the flight to India- even the correct finger!

But a further and most unexpected blessing was yet to come which completely overwhelmed me. During a general conversation Satya Sai Baba turned to me again, and asked, “Do you do sadhana?” (a form of prayer and meditation). “Yes, Swami.” “When?” “At night, Swami.” To my wonderment He circled His hand several times in the air. As everyone gasped, out fell a long, beautiful 108 bead japamala—rosary necklace. Its total length, were if undone, is 48 inches and can be worn doubled round the neck and still be ample.

It just streamed down from his fingers like a cascade of crystal light. With an almost casual gesture, He spread it out with both hands and threw it over my head onto my shoulders without touching a single hair. “Oh Swami!” was all I could say, hardly believing that I had been blessed with two gifts from Him at one interview! (And always there was Vibhuti).

This is what He has said about such gifts:

“Do not crave from Me trivial material objects: but crave for Me, and you would be rewarded. Not that you should not receive whatever objects I give as sign of grace out of the fullness of love. I shall tell you why I give these rings, talismans, rosaries, etc. It is to mark the bond between me and those to whom they are given. When calamity befalls them, the article comes to me in a flash and returns in a flash, taking from me the remedial grace of protection. That grace is available to all who call on Me in any name or form, not merely to those who wear these gifts. Love is the bond that wins grace.”

(from Sanathana Sarathi, September, 1980)

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Quadruple Avathaars: A Seven-Fold Comparison Of Raama, Krishna, Buddha And Sathya Sai Baba

Quadruple Avathaars: A Seven-Fold Comparison Of Raama, Krishna, Buddha And Sathya Sai Baba

Rama Avatar

Rama Avatar


Krishna Avatar

Krishna Avatar


Buddha Avatar

Buddha Avatar


Sri Sathya Sai Avatar

Sri Sathya Sai Avatar


In the history of Bhaarath, there have been four great Avathaars. These are Raama, Krishna, Buddha and now Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. A seven-fold comparative analysis of their characteristics in terms of their powers, purposes, principles, pursuits, preachings, precepts and philosophies, is detailed below:

1. Divine Form

RAMAA shines by His commitment to Truth in Thought, Word and Deed. A man of one word, one wife and one arrow, He kept his vow or word, wedded only one wife, and wielded one weapon, a bow and arrow, a perfect marksman. That is why He is called SATHYA SUNDHAR, Truth filled Beauty.

KRISHNA shines by His most attractive loving, personality. That is why He is called SHYAAM SUNDHAR, the enchantingly dark, beautiful form.

BUDDHA shines by his deep meditational beauty with half closed eyes in peace, silence and serenity. He can be called therefore as DHYAANA SUNDHAR.

SATHYA SAI BABA shines by His wondrous, splendorous, miracles of Love with His endless materializations of Vibhuuthi and other articles. That is why we call Him VIBHUUTHI SUNDHAR the Vibhuuthi-filled Divine form.

2. Divine Hands

RAAMA is pictured in His hands by a drawn bow and arrow ever ready for the punishment of the demonic in order to protect the holy and the noble. That is why He is called KODHANDA PAANI.

KRISHNA is pictured with a whirling discus in His hand used for the punishment of the wicked, protection of the virtuous and safeguarding Dharma. That is why He is called CHAKRA PAANI.

BUDDHA sits in a lotus posture with his right index finger of his upward pointed right hand touching the tip of the right thumb, symbolizing the union of the individual Self with the universal Self. Therefore, he can be called as JNAANA or ADHVAYA MUDHRA PAANI (non dual-supreme-wisdom-handed).

SATHYA SAI BABA by his mere hand gestures performs, on a daily basis over a period of seventy years, (i) magnetic miracles of universal loving attraction; (ii) mighty materialization miracles consisting of articles of spiritual significance; (iii) mind boggling medical miracles; (iv) magnificent metaphysical miracles (of preachings, teachings and reachings); (v) micro and macro management miracles; (vi) miracles of magnum and mega public service projects and above all; (vii) man-making or transformation miracles. He can be rightly called the MAHAA MAHIMAA MUDHRA PAANI (the divine personality with extraordinarily miraculous and powerful hand gestures).

3. Divine Roles

RAAMA concealed His divinity under the cover of Maaya. He was play-acting a powerful role model, Aadharsha Purusha, of an ideal son, disciple, brother, friend, opponent, ruler and father; He is therefore called a PAATHRADHAARI.

KRISHNA on the other hand was the SUUTHRA DHAARI, the king maker and puppeteer who pulls all wires on the great stage of MAHAA BHAARATHA.

BUDDHA is known as BUDDHA the Compassionate. Therefore he can be called the DHAYAA DHAARI (the Wearer of the mantle of compassion).

SATHYA SAI BABA can be rightly called PREMA DHAARI. He wears the garment of Love and comes to the rescue of devotees in different lands.

4. Divine Guide

RAAMA is called the charioteer of Righteousness, DHARMA SAARATHI.

KRISHNA is rightly called VIJAYA SAARATHI, the charioteer of the Victory of the Paandavas, the Dhaarmik line of devotees.

BUDDHA emphasized and taught eight fold disciplines for individual and social transformation (Samskaranas). These are right vision, aspiration, speech, conduct, work, livelihood, effort, mindfulness and contemplation. So, he can be termed as SAMSKARANA SAARATHI, the charioteer on the path of virtuous transformation.

SATHYA SAI BABA can be justly called SANAATHANA SAARATHI, the charioteer of the ancient but also ever new eternal and universal path of Sanaathana Dharma.

5. Divine Values

RAAMA destroyed the demons representing the inner six-fold enemies of arishadvarga: kaama, krodha, lobha, moha, madha and maathsarya (Anger, Lust, Greed, Infatuation, Pride and Jealousy), called the ARISHADVARGA.

KRISHNA stands for the HARISHADVARGA the six-fold divine qualities of spiritual Wisdom, supreme detachment, great valour, forgiveness, righteousness and incomparable fame.

BUDDHA practiced and expounded the six paramount virtues, Paaramithas, of alms-giving (Dhaanam), morality (Neethi), forbearance (Kshema), zeal (Shraddha), meditation (Dhyaana) and wisdom (Viveka). Therefore, he can be called PAARAMITHAA SHADVARGA DHARSHAKA.

SATHYA SAI BABA stands for SAI SHADVARGA, the six-fold human values of Sathya, Dharma, Shaanthi, Prema, Ahimsa and Thyaaga i.e. Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love, Non-violence and selfless loving Service and Sacrifice.

6. Divine Mission

RAAMA was an ideal and just ruler wholly dedicated to the public interest and welfare. As RAAJA RAAM he did not compromise on the virtuous code of conduct and integrity. He is therefore called a Buddha RAAJA-DHARMA-NIRMAATHA or builder of a System of Government of Law, Justice, Equity based on Vedhik principles.

KRISHNA was a people’s leader all through, although He never aspired to rule. He organised a grand coalition of democratic forces and destroyed any ruler who was anti-Dhaarmik and anti-people. He was a propagator of people’s rights as well as duties. He can be called truly a PRAJAA-DHARMA-NIRMAATHA. He was the champion of the poor and the oppressed sections of society. Sathya Sai Baba called Him the first ever builder of an egalitarian order of Society, SAMA SAMAAJA NIRMATHA.

BUDDHA is hailed by Aadhi Shankara as the Prabuddha, the perfectly awakened one. He was also the cause of enlightenment of fellow humans through the practice of deep meditation, Dhyaana Yoga. He can be therefore called DHYAANA DHARMA PRAVARTHAKA.

SATHYA SAI BABA is the protector, active promoter and practitioner of Human Values. That is why He can be called MAANAVATHAA-DHARMA-NIRMAATHA. He is SARVA DHARMA PRAVARTHAKA, the Champion of all faiths, the Promoter of all genuine spiritual paths on the basis of Universality and Love.

7. Divine Essence

RAAMA was called even by His mortal demonic enemy Raavana as the embodiment of all virtues – RAAMO VIGRAHAVAAN DHARMAH.

KRISHNA was termed, by the great cosmic sage, historian and poet Maharashi Vedha-Vyaasa, as the fullest Divine Personality: KRISHNASTHU BHAGAVAAN SVAYAM.

BUDDHA was called by Aadhi Shankara as the emperor of yogis in Kali Yuga (KALAU YOGINAAM CHAKRAVARTHI).

SATHYA SAI BABA is indeed, as thrice emphatically asserted by the great doyen of Vedhik learning, Ghandikota Subrahmanya Shasthry (the Seer of Sathya Sai Gaayathree), the embodiment of all Divine principles, SAAYINASTHU SARVA DHEVATHAA SVARUUPAH. ITHI SATHYAM! ITHI SATHYAM! ITHI SATHYAM!

Conclusion

RAAMA is called MAAYAA MAANUSHA MANGALA MUURTHI or the Sacred Personality, who concealed His divinity under the guise of a human being. He is called a MAAYA AVATHAAR.

KRISHNA is called LEELAA MAANUSHA MANGALA MUURTHI – the playful Auspicious Divinity, in its fullest sense. He is rightly called a LEELA AVATHAAR.

BUDDHA is truly a JNAANAA MAANUSHA MANGALA MUURTHI, the Auspicious Personality of Supreme Wisdom, a Mahaa Maanava, the most exalted human being. He can be called a JNAANA AVATHAAR.

SATHYA SAI BABA can be rightly called MAHAA MAHIMAA MAANUSHA MANGALA MUURTHI: The holy Man of mighty, mega, magnum, majestic miracles of Love, Compassion and Grace on a universal scale. That is why He is the quintessential prototype of a VIBUUTHI AVATHAAR.

LOVE ALL AND SERVE ALL is Sathya Sai Baba’s Message for the Millennium.

G. V. Subba Rao, Prasanthi Nilayam