Sathya Saibaba Miracle -The Interchanged Letters

Sathya Saibaba Miracle -The Interchanged Letters

The grace of Sathya Sai Baba works for different people in different ways.

A chambal decoit and a spiritual aspirant sat next to each other awaiting Sathya Sai Baba’s blessings during the evening darshan.

When Baba came close to them, the dacoit handed over a letter to Him which He threw it at the spiritual aspirant. When the aspirant gave his letter to Baba, Baba just looked at the envelope and threw it at the dacoit. The letters were thus interchanged.

After Sathya Sai Baba’s departure, a quarrel brewed between the dacoit and the aspirant. The dacoit demanded his letter back from the aspirant, while the latter refused saying that it was Baba’s prasad for him. Soon a group gathered around the two. The other devotees however intervened and passified the dacoit. An old devotee opened the two letters. The letter given to the dacoit which was actually the spiritual aspirant’s contained a five hundred rupees note and the other which which was given to the sadhaka (which was the dacoit’s original letter) contained a plain paper in which he (dacoit) had written a petition on. The letters on the letter had vanished!

The next day when Sathya Sai Baba came for darshan, He addressed both the dacoit and the aspirant. He told the dacoit, “You had faith in me that you wrote down all your sins in a sheet of paper seeking forgiveness from me. You had written that if I accepted the letter, you would take it as I have forgiven you. That is why the paper that you gave has now come back to you after this quarrel as a plain sheet sans the writing. This means that I have accepted your sins and have forgiven you!”

Satya SaiBaba then looked at the spiritual aspirant and said, “You were here for 7 days, waiting for my darshan. Your money is now exhausted. You had mentioned it in your letter. I have given you 500 rupees for your travel and to fill your stomach on the way!”

Both the devotees fell at Baba’s feet with gratitude.

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Spiritual Centre Opens

Spiritual Centre Opens

The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Toronto-York opened its new modern facility at Voyager Crt., in North Etobicoke, near the airport.

Seekers of spirituality are invited to join the centre as it hosts its first public program on Jan. 16 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The event will feature a presentation on the humanitarian works of Sathya Sai Baba and will demonstrate how his teachings have impacted millions around the world. A video will also be shown on the projects inspired by Sai Baba like Educational Institutes of Higher Learning, schools, specialty hospitals and the Rural Water Supply Project helping millions in the villages of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in India.

Open to all members of the community of all faiths and denominations, the 20,000-square-foot facility is open seven days week. Yoga and meditation, spiritual education and parenting classes will take place at the centre.

No admission is charged. No donations will be solicited or accepted.

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Mother Supreme – Mother So Sweet & So Dear

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Mother Supreme – Mother So Sweet & So Dear
By T. Ravi Kumar

Dr. T. Ravi Kumar joined the erstwhile Sri Sathya Sai College at Brindavan (Bangalore) as a student for his intermediate course in the year 1974. He continued this with his Bachelors in Science in the same college. After he completed his Masters in Science (Chemistry), he joined the Sri Sathya Sai College as a faculty member in 1981. Later, he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from the Sri Sathya Sai University in 1990. Currently, he is a Reader in the Department of Chemistry in the Brindavan campus of the same university. Additionally, he is a talented speaker and a keen student of Sri Sathya Sai literature.

The saddest day and the happiest day in my life fell on the same day – September 15, 1963. I was only 4 ½ years old then, and my mother had passed away that day. In the evening, as her body was being taken away for cremation, my cousin, who was slightly older than me, whispered into my ears that my mother would be taken in a procession. That somehow made me a lot happier as I imagined that it would be like the temple procession. Every image that my little mind could evoke of that religious parade was one of joy and gaiety.

But when my cousin said that “… she will not return” I was plunged in grief. All attempts to soothe me failed, and so I was taken across the street to my aunt’s house to keep me distracted. This aunt of mine was a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, and so there was a nice photo of Baba in the front room of the house. Looking at it, I asked her who He was.

And she told me: “This is God. Pray to Swami and He will protect you”. Little did I realize then that the Divine mother’s compassionate eyes had fallen on me, at a time when my physical mother’s eyes had closed. And from that instant, I can say, my life has never been the same again.

It was in the year 1968 that my father was cured of cancer by Sathya Sai Baba by just uttering “Your cancer is cancelled”. Father lived for 38 years after that, and died of old age a couple of years ago! He was active till his last breath.

My family and I had always thought that it was only in 1968, after this miraculous curing of my father’s cancer, that we had the good fortune of being drawn to the lotus feet of Bhagavan Sathya Sai Baba. But the sweet Lord was soon to remove our misconception!

One day, when I had the blessing of speaking in His Presence, I mentioned about how my family and I had come under Swami’s fold. But the all-knowing Lord corrected me by saying, “Not 1968 – 1963”.

Sathya SaiBaba went on to mention “Do you remember the day your mother died? Did you not ask your aunt, seeing My photo ‘who is this, aunty?’ From that day onwards, I have been looking after you”. And what an exciting journey it has been with Sai Maa to guide me! Swami has been a mother, nay much more than a mother to me!

Teenage Adventures
At the time it was made known that my father was suffering from cancer, our lives went through quite a few twists and turns. Since he was not expected to survive the cancer ailment, on returning to office after his trip to Puttaparthi, he found many of his colleagues, who were quite junior to him, had been promoted. This meant my father had to work extra hard to make up for lost time and opportunity.

At that time, I was studying in high school and fell into bad company. The school I studied in had the distinction of having three cinema theatres in front of it, and we – my friends and I – used to spend our afternoons in the cinema theatre watching movies and whiling away time. In fact, we would see as many movies as there were days in a week – we would even go for a morning show to make up for not seeing one on Sundays, which was a school holiday!

From ‘Good Boy’ to God’s Boy
One Sunday, my family and I went to Brindavan (Baba’s ashram in Bangalore) for Swami’s darshan, and Sathya Sai Baba picked us for an interview. Now, normally everyone looks forward for this blessing. You only need to see the joy on the faces of the devotees thus selected to understand what it means to them.

However, as we went to the interview room, I was filled with mixed feelings. There was a slight panic somewhere within my heart along with the joy that we had secured the coveted interview. As Swami returned from the darshan, He passed us and patting me on my cheeks, said “Good boy”.

Now, anyone who gets this remark, even once in his life, would feel that the purpose of life has been achieved, and would be excited and thrilled. But, believe me, it was nothing compared to the bliss I felt. The reason for this was two fold: on the one hand, Sathya Sai Baba had ‘certified’ that I was a good boy and I could wear this on my sleeve. But more importantly, on the other hand, it was also a feeling of tremendous relief as it confirmed that even Sathya Sai Baba was not aware of what I was up to!

However, the very moment this thought passed me, Sathya Sai Baba looked at my father and enquired about the other friends who had accompanied him. On being told that they were on the grounds outside, Baba sent him to fetch them.

He then turned towards me and with a sweet smile, again said, “Good boy”. I felt a glow within for a millisecond maybe, till this assertion became a question. “Good boy?” I tried to look as innocent as good boys do, but the questions followed: “Where were you yesterday at 2.30 in the afternoon?” Trying to look as pan-faced as I could, I answered confidently, “Swami, yesterday was Saturday. I must have been in the classroom…”

Satya Sai Baba quipped back saying, “That’s right, you should have been…. But where were you?” (I realized that the questions were becoming tougher and decided to remain silent). Swami continued, “Shall I tell you? You were sitting in the third row from the last in Ajanta theatre with your friends G and P on either side of you watching the film Katti patang” (a Hindi movie; the title means “a runaway kite”).

That was a precise description of my life till then! Swami’s voice trailed off, when from the corner of my eye I noticed that my father was coming with his friends. I shuddered realizing that it would be a red letter day in more than one way. Swami might choose to expose me within a second’s time and my father would punish me… my father strongly believed in the theory ‘do not spare the rod and spoil the child’. But what followed next, transformed me inside out! Instead of revealing it all to my father, Sai Maa, with the most loving smile, said, “He is a good boy. I was advising him to keep good company”.

I was moved beyond words can express. I asked myself, “Is there anyone in this world who can be and is so kind, in spite of knowing everything about you? Who could have loved me and helped as much, despite my many shortcomings?”

I reasoned that Sathya Sai Baba could have used this incident to demonstrate to my father and the others His omniscience, but chose to save me instead. From that moment, I decided to love this Mother with all my heart and serve Her lotus feet all my life!

This incident, truly, marked a new beginning in my life; I turned a new leaf. But what made it even better was when, after my schooling, Swami gave me the priceless privilege of being selected for the Sri Sathya Sai College for my intermediate class (XI and XII grade).

This meant that I could enjoy Swami’s proximity, and could grow up in the Divine Presence. That was in the year 1974. But now, when I look back at the tapestry of my life, I can see how Swami has so intricately and lovingly woven it with threads of gold.

Growing Up, Literally, with the Lord
Being in the junior most class, and that too the shortest, did not do much to boost my self-confidence. I secretly yearned to add a couple of inches to my height. One morning, in my first year, standing in front of the porch in Brindavan, Sathya Sai Baba said, “All short boys come to the front”. I was surprised to see that there were about 8 of us!

Sathya Sai Baba called the warden and instructed him to give us all a ‘medicine’ for growing tall! He handed over a box and instructed that it be given to us with hot milk in the morning everyday. The warden marched us to his office, and as an additional precaution noted down our heights. The next morning, when we were given the ‘medicine’ we were delighted to find that it was very tasty and sweet. How many times have we heard of a ‘sweet medicine’? But when the dispenser is the Divine Mother, how else would it be?

After fifteen days the ‘medicine’ was fully consumed. The warden went to Swami for the next ‘dose’. Swami just said, “There is no need. Measure their heights and see for yourself”. And of course all of us had grown taller. The evasive couple of inches had been added! Realization dawned on me that there was nothing too small to escape Swami’s attention, and nothing too big that He could not bless us with.

The Overpowering Sai Shakthi
It was a few days after the 70th birthday celebrations in the year 1995. I was sitting in the first line in the Bhajan Hall. Sathya Sai Baba had called a group of devotees and was inside the interview room.

I was reading an English translation of the Tamil classic Periya Puranam which my sister had presented to me a few days ago. It was the life story of Thirugnana Sambandar – a child devotee of Lord Shiva. In that particular story, one day, when the father wants to go to the temple tank for a bath and swim, the child, who was barely aged a couple of years, insists on accompanying him.

A tantrum follows and the father is forced to take the child to the temple tank. The father goes for his bath, leaving the child on the tank bund. After sometime, the child starts crying…….

At this moment, Sathya Sai Baba came out of the interview room and putting away the book I was reading, I looked at Him. Sathya Sai Baba came into the Bhajan Hall, went along the aisle, and talked to a devotee at the end of the hall.

When He returned, He looked into my eyes and asked, “Tell me how many litres of milk do you need?” The first thought that came into my mind was that Swami had warned me to reduce my weight six months before, and in fact, had even listed the items to be avoided! Had I failed in the attempt to diet? Swami repeated the same question thrice, and being unable to understand the purport of the question I remained silent.

For sometime after Swami returned to the interview room, His question kept bothering me… ‘Why did He ask me this question?’, I pondered. When, even after intense effort, I could not understand what the question meant, I decided to shelve it for the present, consoling myself that Swami would reveal the true meaning at the appropriate time, and returned to reading the book from where I had left off:

‘….. the child starts crying. It was hungry. Seeing its plight, Shiva and Shakthi appear before the child and the Divine Mother gives the child a golden bowl of milk. When the father returned from the swim, seeing the drops of milk on the child’s face, he questioned the child. The small child, who till then was barely lisping, sings out a poem describing the Divine couple.’

You can imagine my state. I put the book down, as tears of joy filled up my eyes. I was exhilarated when I realized that the very same Shiva and Shakthi had asked me the same question just a few moments ago!

I also realized that it was at the same spot (in the Bhajan Hall), that in 1963, on the Guru Poornima Day, Sathya Sai Baba had declared that His was the incarnation of both Shiva and Shakthi and cured Himself of the paralytic stroke.

To be a child and to enjoy the loving care of the Divine Mother is the greatest of experiences. Once in Trayee Brindavan, Swami was consoling a new student who had just joined that day, and was crying due to home sickness. He said, “I shall take very good care of you like your own mother… ask Ravi here, he knows”.

There is a famous quote which says, ‘the hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world’ illustrating the supremacy of the mother’s role in shaping the citizens of tomorrow. How lucky all of us are, as the ‘Hand that rules the world, rocks our cradle!’

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Divinity And Mundane Life

Young Sathya Sai Baba

Young Sathya Sai Baba


Divinity And Mundane Life

Loving Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam.

Everyday, each and everyone of you [over 15,000 in fact], receives a picture post card from us, the Sai Inspires Card. Many have written to us about how wonderful these messages of Sathya Sai Baba are, how they were faced with a particular problem and the message that they got that morning sorted it all out almost instantly, etc. We are happy to learn all this but we wonder nevertheless how many reflect on the profundity of the messages. For example, the Sai Inspires message of 23 rd September 2006 said the following:

Today, people think that Spirituality has no relation to mundane life and vice versa. This is a big mistake. True Divinity is a combination of Spirituality and social obligations. National unity and social harmony are founded upon Spirituality. It is the Divine that links Spirituality and social existence. The Creator and Prakriti are inextricably associated with each other. Hence, God should not be regarded as separate from Creation. See God in the Cosmos.

If we have to see God in the Cosmos, then we must actively cultivate what Swami refers to as Vishaala Bhavam or broadmindedness. This Sunday, we want to touch upon the topic of Divinity, social obligations and mundane life, because they too are connected with Vishaala Bhavam. We shall try to explain the linkage by first bringing to your notice a heart-warming story of a young man born into poverty, his struggle to come up, and how when he finally turned the corner, he began to serve Society even though there was a lot to be done at home.

The young man in question is Sarat Babu, born in a slum in Madras/Chennai into a family of five children, who were solely dependent on their mother, the sole breadwinner. Sarat Babu has two sisters elder to him and two brothers younger to him. His mother, who had studied up to the tenth standard, was able to get a small job in a Government school connected with the Government Mid-day Meal Scheme. Her salary was thirty rupees a month – believe it or not that is less than a dollar for an entire month! And she had to support all her children and herself on that! So she had to earn extra money and that she did by making idlis at home and selling them. Even that was not enough and so in the evenings she participated in an adult-education programme that fetched a little bit more; thus three different jobs, and still the earning was far from sufficient – that is what poverty is all about.

Sarat Babu felt deep anguish to see his mother struggle so hard and firmly resolved to do all he could to come up in life and lift his family out of dire poverty. He studied hard, got good grades and worked his way up to the tenth standard. There were two more years of school but for studying in those classes, he had to pay a special fee of two thousand rupees. Imagine that! His mother was making just thirty rupees a month in her main job and had to take on two more jobs to feed her five children. Where was this young boy going to produce two thousand rupees from?

This is where firm determination comes into the picture. Sarat Babu was determined, come hell or high water, to pull himself and his family out of the rut. So during the summer vacation he did book-binding work and managed to earn some money. In fact, at times business was good and he was able to employ 20 other kids and give them employment too! As he now says, “That was my first real job as an entrepreneur.”

Hard work always pays, and Sarat Babu was not only able to complete school but come out as a topper. He now began to set his sight higher. A classmate told him about an Engineering University named Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani in the State of Rajasthan in North India. BITS is a well-known institute and entry is tough even as the fees are high. Thanks to his high marks, Sarat Babu managed to get into BITS but fees? The tuition fee alone was Rs. 28,000/- per year; added to that was the hostel and other fees. In all it came to Rs. 40,000 /- an astronomical sum really, for a boy, whose mother’s main income came through the sale of idlis.

But nothing would stop Sarat Babu. He applied for a Government scholarship, which he secured, and that helped some. However, it was not enough. His sister pitched in by pawning some of her jewels [in India , even poor families manage to invest in jewels; it is a kind of bank!]. Sarat Babu felt very bad about it but he needed money; and since what his sister gave was not enough, he borrowed heavily at a high rate of interest.

Money was one part of the problem; living and studying amidst fellow students who were all from either rich or well-off middle class families was another. To make matters worse, Sarat Babu was not good in English when he entered the University. But Sarat Babu kept on, propelled by his unquenchable determination. His subject was Chemical Engineering but in his spare time, Babu worked as a welder and metal cutter. This fetched some money and in fact he was even able to pay some of his debt and redeem the pawned jewels of his sister.

Engineering work was tough but it had its rewards. Firstly, people began to respect him for his hard work. Next, he began to get experience in teamwork and leadership as well. After four years, Babu was an Engineering graduate, and his mother was dreaming that her problems would soon be over. However, friends who admired his management and entrepreneurial talents said, “Listen, you should do MBA. That is what you are destined for. And you must do it in one of the best Management Institutes in the country.” Babu too felt that was his calling and not a mere job.

Getting into a brand Management Institute is not easy. It requires hard work, intense study and concentrated preparation. At the same time, there were urgent family obligations. So Sarat Babu took a job in a software company, earned some money, paid off some debts and at the same time prepared as best as he could for the national competitive exam that selects candidates for the six prestigious Management Schools in the country. Babu’s mother was not too happy about what her son was doing; she wanted him to quickly earn as much money as possible, and improve the family’s finances. However, Babu’s mind was made up. He did not clear the entrance exam in his first two tries but he persisted. Third time he was successful and he studied Business Administration in the country’s top Management School in Ahmedabad.

In Business School, Babu served as the Mess Secretary and this not only gave him managerial experience but also taught him how to feed a large number of people. Even before he graduated, Babu received many attractive employment offers – one employer even offered Rs. 800,000 as annual salary – but he rejected them all. He was set on becoming an entrepreneur; his mother was not happy but she had to yield. Recalling that his mother made idlis and sold them to educate him, Sarat Babu decided he too would run a kitchen that prepared food and distributed to clients.

He started on a very small scale but hard work paid off. Today he is rapidly expanding his business and soon expects to have a chain all over the country. He even hopes to have franchises overseas. Why this obsession to be an entrepreneur? Babu says that comes from the fact an entrepreneur creates jobs for others and thus serves Society. He has always admired big industrialists and in the next five years, he wants to create 15,000 jobs!

At last, Babu is tasting success. He still has a few debts to pay back but he is definitely round the corner. Has success gone to his head? This is what he says and you can judge for yourself. “Luxuries like a car or a bungalow do not matter to me. Even money does not matter to me. I feel bad if I have to have food in a five-star hotel. I feel guilty. I have no ambition but I do want to give a house and a car to my mother.”

One cannot help recalling the glorious example set decades back by our beloved Sathya Sai Baba. When He was young, Sathya Narayana Raju as He was known as a boy was super brilliant in school. The entire family pinned its hope on Him; no surprise in that because the Raju family was very poor. And Sathya sure could have got a good Government job , and climbed to the very top; no question about that. But what did young Raju do? At the age of fourteen, He quit school and started serving Society.

Just look around Puttaparthi today. Sathya Sai Baba did not personally turn into an entrepreneur, but there cannot be any question that He is literally a “one-man industry,” as a professor in our Institute once described Him. Not only is Bhagavan making the entire economy of Puttaparthi tick but, thanks to Him, airlines are getting tens of thousands of passengers every year, tour operators round the world are getting business, taxi drivers are getting business, hotels in Bangalore and Bombay are getting business and so on! So Satya SaiBaba is literally a very efficient engine of economy and He has become one simply by investing Love and the Spirit of Service! And don’t forget the massive projects He has done, all of which have brought employment to so many in so many places.

We are here reminded of a story involving Mother Teresa, a story recorded by late J. R. D Tata, a doyen of Indian Industry. Once, Mother was invited to Jamshedpur where there is a big steel plant established by the Tatas. Mother had gone there on JRD’s invitation. After the function, JRD and Mother travelled in the Company aircraft to Calcutta where Mother lived. It was evening and as the aircraft rose in the air, Mother took out her rosary and started praying. Down below were the slums of Jamshedpur. Looking at them JRD turned to Mother and said, “Mother, while you are praying, please tell God to do something about all these poor people.” Mother looked at JRD and sternly replied, “Mr. Tata, God knows His business and we do not have to tell Him what to do. On the other hand you would be serving God if you concentrate on creating employment and help these poor people to earn some money.”

So you see, creating jobs need not be regarded merely as an economic activity. It might appear a “mundane” and worldly activity but as Swami points out if the intentions are noble, even the mundane can be raised to the level of the Divine. That is how Work is elevated to Worship.

The Gita, it is said, is essentially three Yogas telescoped into each other, the Karma Yoga, the Bhakti Yoga and the Jnana Yoga. What Swami is telling us is: “Start with ordinary Karma . Do it with sincerity and without any selfishness. Then good work becomes God’s work. That is the essence of Bhakti. And in due course, Bhakti would help you to become one with God and experience Ananda, and that is the end point of Jnana.” In other words, discharging social obligations is a path to God, and one recommended by Sathya Sai Baba.

That makes sense, does it not? And it is not very difficult to understand either. Sarat Babu and many others like him may not have heard of Bhagavan Baba or read the Gita, but they intuitively know what it contains, and that is all that matters. This young man remembers his humble origin and now simply wants to help others. Isn’t that what Sathya SaiBaba tells us: HELP EVER?

Once again, every message of Swami that comes via Sai Inspires is very deep, if only we think about it for a few minutes.

Jai Sai Ram.

With Love and Regards,
“Heart2Heart” Team

Concerning The Avatar

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Concerning The Avatar

Loving Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam.

This Sunday, we thought we would put together many of the things Swami has said at various times about Avatars in general and about the Sri Sathya Sai Avatar also.

Krishna has no doubt explained in a few crisp Slokas in the Gita why God comes down to earth as an Avatar. Krishna says that God comes down as man to give humans an important lesson and adds that since man forgets that lesson, God has to incarnate repeatedly. But Sathya Sai Baba has added many crucial footnotes such as this one:

To elevate man to the level of Consciousness, God has to incarnate as man. He has to speak to them in their own styles and languages. He has to teach them the methods that they can adopt and practice. Birds and beasts need no Divine incarnation to guide them for they have no inclination to stray away from Dharma. Man alone ignores the goal of life.

And Sathya Sai Baba goes on to explain what precisely the word Avatar means:

The word Avatar means descent. It is not coming down from the peak of a mountain or the top story of a building. It is a descent from the state of the Atma to the state of the body. The descent of the Avatar means the Divine coming down to the level of the human. No blemish attaches to the Divine as a result of the descent. There is no diminution in His puissance. Here is the example of a child playing on the ground. If the mother feels it is beneath her dignity to bend and calls upon the child to leap in her arms, the child cannot do so. But out of love for her child, the mother stoops to pick up the baby. Likewise, the Avatar descends to the level of the human to bless and rescue those who cannot rise to the level of the Divine. It is an act of benediction.

Humans are used to thinking of God as being supremely powerful, who can do all sorts of things. And yet, when they see God in human form, many doubts assail them such as, “Is the Avatar really as powerful as the unseen God?” Sathya Sai Baba gives the answer:

The attributes and the powers of the Divine remain unaltered in their pristine amplitude. The Divine manifests His powers according to the needs, the circumstances and the conditions prevailing at a particular time or place. Take, for example, the case of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He has the power to protect and to punish. These powers can be exercised when he sits in the judicial chair. The same Chief Justice, when he is at home, confers joy on his grandson by letting him ride on his back. By allowing the grandchild to play in this manner, does he forfeit his powers as a Chief Justice? Similarly, the Avatar does not forego any of His supreme powers merely because He lives and moves among human beings as a man. An Avatar is capable of all things at all times. Yet the Avatar will not undertake to demonstrate His powers at all times. An Avatar will undertake to such powers when exceptional circumstances demand it and will shed His Grace on deserving persons only.

It is common for humans to accept that God knows everything; however, when it comes to the Avatar, there are all sorts of doubts. For example, we frequently find devotees wondering whether Swami would be aware of the good deeds they have done, etc. Such doubts are a reflection of the duality inherent in Creation. While at their core, all humans ARE Divine, yet their perception is mostly dictated by their senses. In other words, humans function mainly through “human Consciousness” whereas the Avatar exhibits both the Divine as well as human Consciousness as the Divine Drama dictates. This is how Sathya Sai Baba comments on this:

Because the Lord takes the human form, we find that He exhibits human consciousness along with Divine Consciousness. Ordinary people cannot grasp the Divine aspects of an Avatar. God appears to be an ordinary human being to the limited intelligence of lay people because of the co-existence of the Divine and human consciousness in the Avatar. Human comprehension is restricted by the limits of human consciousness. But the sages who were divine human beings were able to comprehend Divinity. They recognised the Formless God in the visible form, because they had imbued themselves with Divine Consciousness. Thus, according to their levels, different people regard the Avatar as a mere human being or Cosmic Reality.

Turning now to Krishna’s declaration about the decline of Dharma, the appearance of the Lord in human form, etc., Sathya Sai Baba has this to say:

Avatars never come to re-establish Dharma. Dharma was never destroyed but the practice of Dharma periodically goes into decline. It is to rekindle the practice of Dharma that God appears on earth as man.

A common doubt: Rama fought with many demons and annihilated them. Krishna in His own way, helped to eliminate many of the bad guys. Right now, the world is full of these bad guys who would make the earlier ones look like saints. Why on earth then, is the Avatar not slaying them? Why has He come without any weapon? A popular question and here is the answer:

In this Kali Age, the wicked have to be reformed and reconstructed through Love and Compassion. That is why this Avatar has come unarmed. It has come with the Message of Love.

Coming to think of it, it is a bit surprising that when humans who are talking about eliminating weapons of mass destruction, want the Avatar slay the wicked, without realising that if the Avatar were to do so, there would be a HUGE blood bath! Then there is the question, favourite with overseas devotees: “Why does God have to incarnate only in the sub-continent? What about Europe, America, Japan, New Zealand, etc? Are they not good enough for Him?” This is what Sathya Sai Baba told Dr. Hislop:

Where gold is found, there gather the geologists, engineers and miners. The gold is mined there and then it is taken all over the world.

Satya Sai Baba constantly emphasises the human aspect of the Avatar, as the following quotes illustrate. In this context, we strongly urge devotees to read carefully the book Summer Roses on the Blue Mountain, which contain the discourses Swami delivered during the Summer Course conducted in 1976.

The essential quality of an Avatar is to teach you to make good and proper use of your thought, word and deed. Depending on the conditions in the country and the environment, the Avatar comes to teach you and show you the right use of all your organs.

This is the reason why Krishna came in human form, created a bodily relationship with Arjuna and others, and pretended as if He was the brother-in-law of Arjuna…. Krishna wanted to deal with Arjuna in a manner in which a human being will deal with another human being.

If we regard Krishna as God, we will never be able to understand the inner significance of the Mahabharatha. It is only when we pay attention to the human aspect of Krishna and look at the whole story from the angle of Krishna in the human form, that we will be able to understand His greatness.

Every Avatar has His detractors and this Avatar is no exception; in fact, this is a part of the Divine Drama! What does Swami have to say about that? Just read this.

In an Avatar, there will never be a situation in which you can find fault with Him. The individual who accuses an Avatar will be hurting himself in his eyes with his own fingers.

People think that just because the Avatar has come, He will “fix it all”. No way! He has come to “fix our minds” because that is where the problems all start – the human mind! So, it is OUR business to use the opportunity to get transformed and then go about fixing the problems we humans have created in such abundance. This is what Sathya Sai Baba has to say on this matter:

The best that a guidepost can do is to tell you that if you travel that way, you will reach such and such a destination and if you travel another path, you will reach another destination. But the actual ups and downs along a particular path will be understood only by people who undertake the journey.

Decade after decade, Sathya Sai Baba has been tirelessly teaching us, but most of us seem more preoccupied with wanting to see miracles or getting fixes for our own particular problems. And when sometimes there is disappointment , then doubts also set in. All this is because of a lack of understanding of the nature of the Avatar and the purpose of incarnation.

With regard to Sai, some people draw conclusions based only on external appearances. They are not making any effort to recognise the basic truth, the unchanging qualities such as Sathya, Dharma and Prema that are in Sai. All powers are in the control of Sai….

There is no limitation to My power. Infinite powers and infinite Grace are present in My hands. To state these things with regard to Myself becomes necessary at times.

Because I am like an ordinary individual when I am talking with you and playing with you, many people do not understand My true nature. Even people with great strength of mind cannot recognise the difference between the external appearance and the internal aspect.

Sai knows everything. That people are in doubt is due to the Maya of the Avatar.

Since you see Me in close proximity, you are not able to assess Me properly. Familiarity has deceived you to the point of delusion. Swami’s Form is BIG, VAST, ………. INFINITE!

Commenting on the uniqueness of the Sai Avatar, Swami says:

During the lifetime of Shirdi Baba, not much attention was paid to Him. Recognition of Him as an Avatar, and interest in His life developed only after His “death”.

This Sai Avatar is the only such where His Divinity is known to people of all religions. Never has there been that before. With Krishna, only the Gopis were aware of Him as God; but they were Rishis reborn.

Sri Krishna Avatar

Sri Krishna Avatar


This Avatar is obviously different, with people being aware of His Divinity in real time, all across the globe, as Sathya Sai Baba pointed out to Dr. Hislop. Is Swami partial? He may appear so to some but He really is not.

The name Sai Baba means Divine Mother and Father. Like mother, I will be tender and soft and like father I will punish you. If an individual who has good qualities comes close to Me, I am sweet to him. On the other hand, I am harsh to one who has bad qualities and I do not let him come close to Me. It is not that I like one more than the other but I give medicine to cure bad qualities when they are present.

So what do we do when the Avatar is around? Any work for us? Sure!

There is considerable change in human outlook that I have to bring about. No one can stop Me or deter Me from fulfilling the task for which I have come, namely the establishment of the one unchanging Truth. In this task, you have a part to play…

Once again, an Avatar is an Avatar – God in human form. No merit in trying to argue which one is “better”.

Rama, Krishna and Sai Baba appear different because of the dress each has donned, but it is the self same Entity, believe Me!

If there is one word that describes Sathya Sai Baba fully, that is LOVE!

Divine Love is associated with Immortality. It is to teach mankind the truth about this Divine Love that Love itself incarnates on earth in human form.

With Love and Regards,
“Heart2Heart” Team

Dr. Bose’s Death In Swami’s Presence

Swami Sathya Sai Baba

Swami Sathya Sai Baba


Dr. Bose’s death in Swami’s Presence

Brig S.K. Bose and his story how Sathya Sai Baba saved him while a discourse was in session.

Let me share with you one fascinating story of Brigadier S.K. Bose, who after retirement from service as commandant of the college of military engineering Pune dedicated himself wholly to serve Sri Sathya Sai Baba and humanity in general.

Even at the age of 80 years, he remained busy in constructions works of educational interest under Saibaba in the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning – deemed University. I had good fortune of meeting Dr. Bose on the veranda and he invited me to visit his room.

He gave me his recently published book and I wish to share with you, his story when he died in the presence of Swami during a discourse and how Swami saved him.

One day Sai Baba returned from Brindavan ten days before the commencement of the Navaratri festival. Dr Bose describe that on the morning of Dams day, he got fever continuously but on morning of Dams day, the fever disappeared, and he could feel the strength to go to Poorn Chandra hall to witness the ceremony…

As he was seated on a chair next to the dias on which Purna Ahuti was offered by SaiBaba, casting sacred things and jewels to the fire of the homa, Swami started his divine discourse on Vijay Dasami. Dr Bose his eyes & ears were listening to His discourse. Suddenly Dr Bose felt UN-easy and felt complete lifelessness.

Swami saw this as what happened to him… He stopped his discourse and made several gestures by both hands in the air, as if He were driving away something hovering in the air above him. In my dead body I could see, my body lying there and some thing Hovering in the air. Then I saw huge bird floating over me, some six feet high from my level. The majestic bird was golden brown with a white streak at the neck. It was looking at me kindly and I too looked at this huge bird in the midst of dussera celebration and why he had come???

Suddenly the bird disappeared and I could see what was happening to my life-less life, body removed from the chair (where I had been seated) by two seva dal volunteers who placed the body on the aisle between the front row of chairs and first row of devotees sitting on the floor. Among them was Mr. Richards an American devotee permanently settled at Prashanti Nilayam.

He said he could see Dr. Chari the head of Sai hospital and Dr. Patel an old devotee rushing to the body and examining it meticulously. Meanwhile Swami had switched off the mike on the podium, where he had just begun His divine discourse on Vijaya Dasami.

I Saw Dr. Patel signal to Swami and there was not a trace of life in the body. Swami moved in trice from the stage to the body in the aisle. His right fist was closed. I was not aware of Swami’s actions. I report from what Mr. Richards later told me. The Subtle body which had come out, was what probably Swami held in His right fist and His free left hand He raised the shoulder of the life-less body some 2 feet high and gave a trust at the back of the skull. Then with His right hand inserted the subtle body into it. I at once opened my eyes and beamed, My first reaction…

On this auspicious Vijay Day, Swami standing close to me, I tried to lift my right hand to take padnaskar. Swami said Bose get up. I obeyed and sat with folded hands full of joy. The Swami made another thrust with His right hand on my shoulder charging me with energy (Shakti). He said stand up which immediately did. As He left the aisle for the podium on the stage to continue his Dussera discourse. He said, go up the steps of the stage and sit near the window. Without any aid I crossed the 25 feet of the aisle and climbed 5 large wooden steps to reach the stage. My wife and daughter were on the ladies side and were unaware of this high drama.

Dr Bose concluded he had felt no agony or pain in dying so peacefully on Dussera day 1988. Swami had brought me back to life. After the completion of His discourse. Dr Bose could return home at south Prasanti SA safe and healthy.

However high a bird may soar, it has sooner or later to perch on a tree top, to enjoy quiet. So too a day will come when even the most haughty, the most willful, the most unbelieving , even those who assert that there is no joy or peace in the contemplation of the Highest self, will have to pray “God grant me peace, grant me consolation, strength and joy”.

JAI SAI RAM.

Talk Given by Dr. Jumsai

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Talk Given by Dr. Jumsai
“Education in Human Values”
March 28th, 2005

OM… OM… OM…
Shanti Shanti Shantihi

I offer my loving pranams at the Divine Lotus Feet of Bhagavan Baba. Sai Ram to all of you.

(Audience) “Sai Ram! Sai Ram!”

I think that this session can be questions and answers rather than giving a talk. So, if you have any questions or if you like to ask anything, I will try to answer.

SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION DRIVEN BY EDUCATION IN HUMAN VALUES
Question: Maybe you could talk to us about Education in Human Values, how it influences our lives, the lives of youth, and education. Maybe you could repeat the example about what you said in Barcelona about children trying and trying. There was some experiment. We would like to hear that example once again.

Answer: Education in Human Values is really the main mission of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It is through this education that Swami has said His Message will be known all over the world. It is through this education that peace will be established in the world. In fact, Swami has started another trust called the ‘Sri Sathya Sai Trust for World Peace’, and education will be the main work of the new trust.

Thus, education is going to become more and more important in the world. The reason is because children, when they go through this system of education, are transformed. And when children are transformed, then the teachers very quickly are also transformed (although the teachers should first transform themselves before they teach children!) (Laughter) But you know, as in the Sathya Sai School in Thailand, many teachers come from many places. They are not devotees. But then, when they come close to the children who are full of love, they become transformed. And when children go back home, they transform the parents.

So, in this way, the society is getting transformed. That’s why it is very important that we work hard to set up Sathya Sai schools as model schools in every country in the world. Right now we have 57 Sathya Schools in 35 countries. 40% of all the Sathya Sai schools are in Latin America. So, there is a lot of work in Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. We have done a lot of research in trying to find out what is happening in all the Sathya Sai schools in the world. And we have made several case studies of children studying in Sathya Sai schools. Everywhere we find that there is lot of transformation in the children. And then, it goes on to the teachers, the parents and the society. So Swami is encouraging all of us to contin ueto do this work. I just talked to Swami yesterday and He told me, “Work hard on education.”

(As if I am not working hard!) I am already working very hard. (Laughter) So He really wants to push very hard to make sure that His education, which is now changing quite a bit to what we call ‘Educare’, is going around the world.

BRINGING SATHYA SAI EDUCARE TO SAUDI ARABIA
Now it is not only in the West or in the East, but where you have the strongholds of Islam, that they are also interested in Sathya Sai Education in Human Values. For example, in Saudi Arabia, which is the headquarters where the religion of Islam is based.

A few years back, I was asked to go and give training to teachers in Saudi Arabia. The organiser was actually a medical doctor who comes from Denmark. But he is in a hospital where he treats the princes of Saudi Arabia. So he had a lot of influence.

So he asked me to go there to give a seminar. But then, they sent me a thick book like that. And in that thick book, it tells you what you cannot say in Saudi Arabia. (Laughter) They say that for a foreigner, who is not a Muslim, you cannot talk about Islam. If you do so, your head will be cut off. (Laughter) I am not allowed to talk about values. Because they have their own values, and they don’t want any more values, they say.

The medical doctor said he would arrange all the visas for me to come. But finally, they said, “we don’t need anybody to come and train our teachers.” So, they rejected the visa application.

At that time, I was Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Thailand. So I told the medical doctor, “Don’t worry. I will get my own visa.” I went to the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Bangkok and you know, diplomatically, you cannot refuse a visa for the Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. So they gave me a visa, as well as one to Dr. Tudo, who was my associate. We would go together to do training in those days.

So, I contacted the doctor and told him that we were coming to give this talk. They gave me a warning that when we go through immigration, they will question us as to why we want to come to this place, as it is not a tourist place and there’s nothing for us to visit once we come. And so, we were told that like that they will question you for a long, long time on entry.

So, I just sang the song, “Why fear when I am here?” (Laughter) And we walked straight through immigration! Nobody saw us. (Laughter) We were out within ten minutes. And the organisers weren’t there. They thought we would be delayed for at least an hour. We were outside waiting one hour before they came!

Well, finally, they came. They took us to our place where we are going to stay. And the next morning, we had a meeting with the leaders of education in Saudi Arabia. They were all so afraid of us being there. They said, “You got to be so careful what you say. Because here, you cannot say what you want to say. You have to be so careful.”

Then the teachers who were invited to come were also protesting. They said that they will report to the religious police everything we say. In Saudi Arabia, they have police especially for religion. They will protect their religion. So, they need a lot of police people.

Well, again I have to sing, “Why fear when I am here?” (Laughter)

So says Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, My Lord. The next day, we had our seminar. The Muslim teachers were all there, trying to catch any mistake that we made.

I spoke for three hours. And the Muslim teachers were in tears. They came up to me and said, “Is this what we were against? No! This is something that we really need for our country, for Saudi Arabia.” They were all so happy to hear what we presented to them, which was the essence of Sathya Sai Education.

And then in the afternoon, Dr. Tudo spoke for another three hours. But this time, there was no problem. Everybody wanted to hear! The miracle doctor, who is the Danish man, he was lying in the back of the lecture hall. He was lying down because he had terminal cancer. It was his last wish in the world that Sathya Sai Education should be heard in Saudi Arabia. And he was in tears as well, because he was so happy about the whole proceeding. Then two or three days after that, he passed away.

So, you see the power of Sathya Sai Baba, getting the education, which is His main mission, to go to every country in the world.

TRANSFORMATION OF EMIRATES MINISTER OF EDUCATION
I would just like to tell you another story in another Muslim country; this time in United Arab Emirates. We were invited there to speak at an Indian school. There they don’t mind if we to talk to an Indian school because it is for Indians only. But to make it really official, they called the Minister of Education to come and open the function. His name is Sheikh Nahayan. He came to open the conference on Sathya Sai Education in Human Values for teachers.

Well, the Sheikh, I met him at the beginning, before we started the function. He said that he is a very busy man and he has to go to another meeting. So he would like to hear me for about 15 minutes, no more. Then I have to stop so that he can make an exit, so he can go out.

So after the opening session, after everybody spoke officially, then I was asked to speak for minutes. So I went up on stage and Sheikh Nahayan was sitting in front of me, in front of the audience. I spoke for 15 minutes, and then I stopped and looked at the Sheikh. But the Sheikh would not get up. He looked at me and he said, “Go on, go on, go on…” (Laughter)

So I continued for another 15 minutes, and then I stopped and looked at him again. (Laughter) And he would not get up but said, “Go on, go on, go on…” (Laughter) So I had to stop for every 15 minutes, but he would say, “Go on, go on, go on…” This went on for over three hours! (Laughter)

Then the Sheikh asked to go on the stage, asking for the microphone. There he announced publicly that this program was such a great program that he wants all the teachers in United Arab Emirates to be trained.

True to his word, three months later, I received an official invitation from the United Arab Emirates Education Department to go there to train the teachers. I was put up in the best hotel in the world. (Laughter) They claim it is the best hotel in the world. And I have never been to such a luxurious hotel in my life. (Laughter)

And then, they arranged a big meeting in the government hall. It is really very big, and there were so many invitees and there were 1500 teachers there. 70% of all the teachers who came were Muslims. But there were about 30% who were Americans or had come from European countries and so on, to help in the teaching in United Arab Emirates.

So, I gave a talk and they were very happy. Since then, I had to go back again to talk to the teachers. During the last session I had in United Arab Emirates, not very long ago — only about three months ago, Sheikh Nahayan also came to listen. And again Sheikh Nahayan, who is the Minister of Education sat there and listened to all my presentation.

STORY OF THE KING WHO WAS AFRAID OF HIS WIVES
You know, in my presentation I told the story about the king who had five wives. You know the story, right? You don’t know the story?!!

There was a king who had five wives. And each wife would make a lot of demands: “I want this, I want that.” So they were always asking the king. And the king was afraid of his wives. He had to go and get things for the wives, as all the five wives were all very demanding. So the king was not happy. Thus he went to consult his cabinet ministers. “What can I do, so that I won’t be afraid of my wives?”

But the ministers, as they were all men said, “Sorry, Sire. We cannot advise you because we are also afraid of our wives!” (Laughter)

So they thought, “Let us try to find some man who is not afraid of his wife in this kingdom. Then we will consult him as to why he is not afraid, and he can tell us and advise us.”

So, the king invited all the male population to come for a big meeting. On that day, they planned to put up a tent for those who are afraid of their wives: Everybody who is afraid of their wife must go to that tent. Then there was to be another tent for those who were not afraid of their wives. In this way, the men were to be separated. The idea was that they would go to the tent of those who are not afraid of their wives and get advice from the men there.

So the big day came. All the male population came for the meeting, but they all went into the tent for those who are afraid of their wives. Nobody came into the other tent.

The king was getting very upset. “Are there no men in this country who are not afraid of their wives?”

But at the last minute, one man did come to the tent for those who are not afraid. Seeing this, the king rushed to see that man. The king said, “Tell me your secret. How are you not afraid of your wife?”

But the man said, “Sorry, Sire. I am also afraid of my wife.”

The king was very angry and said, “Why did you come into this tent? You have got to go to the other tent!”

The man said, “I will not go. You can punish me or you can do whatever you like; but I won’t go.”

So the king asked, “Why? Why won’t you go?”

And the man replied, “Because my wife told me to come to this tent!” (Laughter) Swami told this story to all of us in the past. It is to illustrate that we are like the king. The five senses are the five wives. When our eyes see something beautiful, the eyes create a desire: “I want this, I want that.” And we are afraid of our five senses. We don’t control our five senses. We allow them to control us. So, Swami is urging us to become the king once again, and not the slave of the five senses. Thus, the first step in our lives is to learn to control the five senses.

When I told this story to the assembly in United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh was laughing and laughing, and he was telling everybody, “In United Arab Emirates, we are only allowed four wives!” (Laughter) He was joking; he was actually very happy about it.

So you see, that is another success story in another Muslim country. And now, I am doing a lot of training in Muslim countries.

SATHYA SAI EDUCATION IN INDONESIA AND KAZAKHSTAN
In Indonesia, it is very easy as they are very open. Now I’ve got to go and do a series of training for Muslim teachers in Indonesia.

Another place where Sathya Sai Education is really spreading is Kazakhstan. The original people who lived in Kazakhstan are called Kazakhs. The Kazakhs are Muslims. And again, we were invited by the First Lady of Kazakhstan, who is a Kazakh. We started training in all the regions of the country. I’ve been there six times already.

Then last February, the First Lady came here to meet Swami. And the First Lady asked me to come, so that we could meet Swami together. So I came and we had several interviews. Swami looked at me every time He called the Kazakh people. He said, “You are not Kazakh!” (Laughter)

Then He told me, “This is only for Kazakhstan.”

So I looked sad. (Laughter) Swami looked at me and said, “Alright, alright. You can go in.” (Laughter)

So you see, God is not just Father and Mother. Sometimes, you have to treat Him as a Friend. Sometimes, you treat Him as an Elder Brother. But He is also our Father and Mother. As such, He always has a lot of compassion and a lot of love for all of us.

Another country where we are now really going into is China. China is the last stronghold of communism. But when I go in there, I see that they are becoming very quickly a capitalist country. The whole country is changing and they are moving rapidly into industrialisation. And because they moved very quickly into materialism, they have a lot of problems with their youth. So now, there is a demand for human values there as well.

I have already gone into the Guandong Province to train teachers there. And now, I have got an indication from the Nanjing local authorities to go and train teachers there as well. And you know how it happened? (Murmurs “no, no” in audience)

TRANSFORMATION OF UNESCO OFFICIAL
You remember in the year 2000, we had an international conference here. When we started arranging the conference, we were working with UNESCO and another university in Australia, Flinders University. The UNESCO man at that time was not a devotee, but I brought him here to meet Swami. And Swami called him in for an interview. I tried to follow as usual. (Laughter) But this time, Swami said, “No, you can’t go in.” No matter how sad I looked, (Laughter) He would not allow me to go in. That man came out of the interview room. He had a green ring on, and his face was changed; he was completely transformed by Swami. He came out and he embraced me, “You are now my brother.” (Laughter)

Then he asked me if I had been telling Swami about him, because Swami knew everything about him! I said that I didn’t know anything about his personal life. But Swami was talking about his personal life. So he told me what it was about, and he gave me permission to tell all these stories to everyone.

Swami told him, “You are very worried. You are unhappy because your wife is dying. She has terminal cancer.” But Swami said, “Don’t worry about it. I will cure her.” And He materialised some vibhuthi and gave it to him to give to his wife. So he was very happy, but he thought that I had told Swami all about his wife. But I didn’t know anything about this. I had never met his wife, and I didn’t know anything about all that.

So he asked me then, “How does Swami know?”

I just smiled. Anyway, he went back, and he gave the vibhuthi to his wife. A few months later, he invited me to have dinner with them because they are based in Bangkok at the regional headquarters of UNESCO. His wife was perfectly normal, completely cured.

TRANSFORMATION OF CHINESE EDUCATIONIST IN CONFERENCE
Unfortunately, he was moved to another position. He was stationed in Berlin, Germany. So a new person came to take over the work while we were preparing for the big international conference. There was only one month to go before the conference. Then the new man came and said, “I don’t know anything about this. I don’t want to have anything to do with it.” At that time, there were lot of attacks on our organisation. Many people wrote to the UNESCO headquarters that they had better cancel all this, that UNESCO should not be involved with the Sathya Sai Organisation. But UNESCO had already invited everybody from around the world, very important people, and people in the top positions in education in every country. They were all going to be coming.

Then finally, UNESCO told me, “Sorry, we are pulling out.”

But I continued, and we had our conference without UNESCO. The people came from all over the world because they had already been invited; they had got their visas, their air tickets and so on. So, they had all decided to come. Amongst these people, there were top-level people from China in education. And Swami put them right in front in the veranda for every darshan. There was this one Chinese educator, educationist. He was sitting there and he was watching Swami very carefully. After two or three days, he was so impressed when he saw Swami, and he was completely changed. He was sitting there on the veranda, doing this: he was shaking there, and I could see that he was crying. Then after the conference, he contacted me and invited me to go and train teachers there.

CALL FOR WORLD PEACE BY SWAMI’S 90th BIRTHDAY
You know, I have been trying hard to get into China, but I have been unsuccessful. I have been there. I have tried to talk to people; they are not interested in outside education. But because of that UNESCO conference, when UNESCO pulled out, we got a lot of very good contacts all over the world. Also with Hong Kong, part of mainland China, we have a big centre there and we are now helping from Hong Kong as well. China is now completely open and we are going to go there more and more and train their teachers.

So, now you see how the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values is going to all corners of the world. And close devotees of Swami are whispering into my ear that big changes are coming very, very soon. Swami also said very clearly that peace will come sooner than what you expect.

So, I don’t know if some of you were in the public lecture the other day. I told everybody that by the 90th birthday, we are going to celebrate peace in the world. I have been telling everybody that we love Swami so much, why wait for Prema Sai to have peace. Let us work during this Avatar. And things are really moving at a very fast speed now. You don’t have to change everybody in the world to have peace. You just have to have a little bit more than 50% of love, over hatred and negative thoughts — just a little bit over 50%! Then, there will be peace in the world!!

If you see all the Sathya Sai schools around the world, you will find that there is so much love there. Some of you may have seen the videos by Gene Massey. Have you seen them? He goes around the world taking videos around the world. And he has said very clearly that he has seen the beginning of the new age of peace. That’s why Swami is spending so much time with the students and with the professors.

Well, that is the story of the changes that are taking place very rapidly through Education in Human Values.

LOVE WILL REDUCE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING
In Thailand, in the Sathya Sai School, we are doing the same thing. We are promoting love. The only rule in the Sathya Sai School is the rule of love. The children grow a lot of plants. And every time we grow a plant, we send love to the plant first.

Now we are growing rice in a big way in our school. Because I told everybody we must be self-sufficient.

We must be able to feed everybody with rice without having to buy from outside. So, many times throughout the year, we will go into the paddy fields. The children and the teachers will go into the paddy fields, which are filled with water and mud. The children love it. And we always start with a prayer. Then we will recite the Gayatri Mantra. And then, we start to plant the rice.

Children love to play in the muddy field. But at the same time, we send love to all the plants. Well, at one time, (we don’t do it so often now), the children planted a field and there was a field next door, where the staff and people from outside planted rice. We grew them at the same time; we planted at the same time. We observed that where the children planted, the rice grew at a much faster rate. When the time of harvesting came, the rice plants were much taller and there was much more rice harvested from the children’s field.

So, love really works. If we give a lot of love, plants will grow. So that’s one thing that we really need to do in the world today: to fill the atmosphere of the world with love. Then all the plants, forests and so on will grow at a much faster rate. And this will reduce the effect of the global warming in the world. It will take away the carbon dioxide, absorb the carbon dioxide, so that the temperature will reduce in the world.

Right now, because of the warming effect, the ice in the North Pole and South Pole are melting. The other month I was in Nanjing, in China, to talk about this training of teachers. The scientists there were measuring the level of the sea water. They now see two to three millimetres increase in the level of sea water every year.

Well, this is going to be a big problem for our world. As the sea level increases, the weight of he ocean over the earth will also increase. The biggest ocean in the world is the Pacific Ocean. So the earth will become unbalanced because there is more water on one side. On the other side, we have lot of land masses like Asia, Europe and Africa.

What happens is that the world, which is rotating in space, will start to wobble a little bit. And that will speed up the earth. The earth crust is divided into plates and is floating around. So we will start to have a big movement, more and more.

By giving out a lot of love, all through the day, then we can lessen that effect. There’s no need to have a lot of disasters in the world. That’s why the Avatar is here. That’s why we have Sathya Sai schools around the world. That’s why the Sathya Sai Organisation is everywhere, in every country. That’s why we have a lot of bhajans. Because when we sing bhajans, we are filled with love. So, the whole organisation must work hard to produce a lot of love in the world.

I took an hour to answer one question! (Laughter) Any other questions or you want to stop? It’s 11:30.

PLANT THE SEED AND IT WILL GROW
Question: Is it necessary to teach Education in Human Values to children below eight years, for example, for only two months, if afterwards they are not going to continue it any more? Is it worthwhile? Is it necessary?

Dr. Jumsai: Why aren’t they continuing?

Questioner: Because the teacher will be changed.

Dr. Jumsai: In the school?

Questioner: She is not talking about a regular school. She wants to know if it is worthwhile to start the human values.

Dr. Jumsai: It is always worthwhile to plant a seed for future generations. But then we should train all the teachers of the country. We should never stop with only a few teachers and say, “Aaah, we’ve done our job.” In Thailand, we have trained over 60,000 teachers already. And now, we don’t have to train any more teachers. The reason is because they are so interested in the program that they come and study for themselves. We don’t have to go to them anymore.

We have over 200 teachers and educators who come to visit our school every week now. The Ministry of Education recommend to everybody to come and visit our school. And they are all coming; so we don’t need to go out anymore. This is what we want in every country, so that the movement will spread very quickly.

Like Victor Kanu and his Zambia school; now people are coming to see his school because the school is known as the ‘miracle’ school. You heard the students of Swami talking in the last few days about how they have been affected by what is taught in his school. And most of them came only for a two-year course. They were not devotees before that. So after two years, there’s no more education; they go out into the world. But the seed has been planted, and they grow and grow wherever they are.

SWAMI IN FIJI ISLANDS SATHYA SAI SCHOOL
So you ask, “Is it worthwhile to give them Sathya Sai Education or Human Values education?” I say, “Yes!” Always plant the seed. It will grow on its own. There was a meeting last week with eminent educationists. They came for a big meeting here. They were arguing, because most of them are not devotees. They were arguing, “Is it possible to do the same thing as what Swami has done here in other countries?”

And because they don’t know Swami, they said that it can only take place here in Puttaparthi as Swami is physically present here. So I decided to tell them that it’s not only happening in Puttaparthi. It is happening in many places. As an example, I gave the example of the Fiji Sathya Sai School in Fiji Islands. It is the only place on the Fiji Islands where there is no conflict between the Christians and the Hindus. The children, 50% of each, mix together. They are brothers and sisters. They are filled with love. I went to visit that school in the Fiji Islands.

And I saw the best, cleanest toilets in the whole world. They were burning incense sticks, and they lit candles there, and they worship in the toilet!!

So I asked them, “Why? Why worship in the toilet?”

They said that one day they saw Swami walking in the school, inspecting the school. Then, Swami walked into the toilet. They all rushed and followed him into the toilet. But Swami had already gone! And because of that, the children decided to come every morning, clean everything, light candles, light incense sticks and pray in the toilet.

So, I gave this as an example to the educators to say that Swami is everywhere and therefore, we can replicate and copy what is going on here anywhere. Then they stopped arguing. No more argument after that.

So, I hope I have answered your question.

TALKING TO EDUCATORS IN MEXICO
Question: For people outside India, how many training institutes are here?

Dr. Jumsai: Well, we have set up institutes of Sathya Sai Education. Now, we have about 30 around the world. And the institutes are set up to train teachers. In Thailand, we also accept people from all over the world to be trained at our institute. In Thailand, so far we have about 60,000 people trained. We have to do it twice a week all through the year. But in other countries, they do it maybe once a month or even less. But now, we have got to do more and more.

I travel around a lot, but I cannot do all the training around the world. It is up to the people in each locality. I have just been recently to a Spanish-speaking country — Mexico. And I gave a big talk to about 900 educators there. You know, I was so ill when I arrived in Mexico. And I had to have some, you know, they sent me some spiritual healers to heal me. The next day, I was supposed to speak. But still, the next day I was not feeling very well. So, I could not really talk. It was very difficult to talk as my mind was not clear at all.

So I said to Swami in my mind, “You take over this body. You have to do the work. I can’t do it. You have to do it.”

And I went onto the stage. I started to speak. There was one translator who was translating into Spanish. And then, I didn’t know what I was talking at all. I talked for two hours. And you know the people there were so moved by what had been said.

One young girl came up and said she had been trying to commit suicide three or four times, but each time, she did not die. But when she listened to the talk, somehow her heart was shaking and she was moved. And she went to her parents and said, I have decided that I am not going to kill myself anymore. I am going to live; I am going to serve other people. She was completely changed.

And even the organisers of the conference and all the participants said that something was moving in their heart. Many people were so moved that they all want to do education in human values. And I didn’t even know what I was saying!!

PEACE WILL COME SOONER THAN WE EXPECT
So, you see that’s the power of Sai everywhere throughout the world. Changing people, we are going to bring about this new age of peace. There will be peace. Swami has promised that it will come sooner than what we expect.

Previously, He said there will be peace in the time of Prema Sai. We know Swami is here for another 16 years. Then, one year after that, Prema Sai will be born. So, the time of Prema Sai will start 17 years from now. So, we can expect that in 17 years, there will be peace. But Swami said that peace will come sooner than what you expect. And He kept on stressing that it will be very, very, very soon.

So, that’s why Sri Indulal Shah announced that we will celebrate the 90th birthday as the spiritual regeneration of mankind. And that’s when we expect that there will be complete peace in the world.

DEVELOP A LOVING ATTITUDE — SEND LOVE INTO THE WORLD
Question: Sir, yesterday it was said that if more people develop a more loving attitude in theworld, Swami would heal Himself. Is it true?

Dr. Jumsai: I bet! (Laughter) Swami is taking on the karma of the world. And if there are more positive thoughts, more love in the world, He does not have to take on any karma. So if all the centres in the world, if the whole organisation filled with love, always radiating love, Swami won’t need to take on any karma. The time is approaching when He will walk well again, bewell again, soon.

I will tell you a secret. (Laughter) Yesterday, without any prompting — I did not ask Swami to go anywhere — He said to me, “I am going to Thailand.” But, don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that He will go to Thailand only; He will go to many countries. So in order to do that, He has to heal Himself first.

I’ll tell you another secret. (Laughter) Yesterday, I asked Swami, “Please, Swami, walk again.” Swami said, “I am walking all the time! As soon as I get back to my room, I am walking there!” (Laughter) “But outside, the doctors won’t allow me to walk.” (Laughter) “And my students won’t allow me to walk. They are afraid that I will fall again! But I am walking in my apartment.” So He is already healing Himself. But we must send out a lot of love into the world. So, pray, and pray and pray and send out love for the whole world. He will definitely walk. Remember, it’s a secret! (Laughter)

USE LOVE AS THE BASIS FOR ALL ACTIONS
Question: You spoke in one of the meetings that while training the teachers, instead of reacting from our subconscious, we must react from our human values when relating to other people. Would you please explain about this?

Dr. Jumsai: The subconscious contains all of our past information, anything we have received, anything we have done, anything we have thought; all past experiences are stored in the subconscious. We all react because of the information, the data that has been stored in our subconscious.

So, a child could be aggressive because he uses the subconscious reaction. It is an automatic reaction, and we cannot control it normally because it will come out from the subconscious. So, the first thing we have to teach our children and all of us is to start to use discrimination. When we receive something, we start to have thoughts automatically. What should we do? The reaction will start. So train yourself and train the children to immediately ask two questions:

  1. Is it good for me?
  2. Is it good for everybody?

If it passes these two questions, these two tests, then by all means, react to it.

Swami tells us that this is what He calls ‘fundamental discrimination’. And it should be taught when they are really young, so that they will always use fundamental discrimination. At the same time, before reacting to anything, apply the human values. Use love. Love should be the main thing that we use for any reaction. So, love has to be the basis for all our actions and that will appear as human value till we get rid of the negativity that is in our subconscious. So, the next thing you need to do is to raise the consciousness towards God. Then we start to contact the higher consciousness, which is there in all of us. That is where we have our conscience that tells us, ‘this is good’ or ‘this is bad’. Then we don’t need to rely on our subconscious anymore because now we will get guidance from God. And our life will be transformed completely as a result.

So we have to practice and practice meditation. Practice going into the silence, because that is where God is. It should be done every day.

I am afraid it is past 12:00. I am leaving today. In the afternoon, I have my flight and I haven’t packed my bag yet, so I think it should end the session.

Thank you very much for your super attention. (Laughter and Applause) Let’s end with “Loka Samastha”. Let’s send love.

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Sai Ram!