84-Hour Long Sai Bhajans Programme

84-Hour Long Sai Bhajans Programme
TNN 8 October 2009, 06:53am IST

ALLAHABAD: A non-stop all religion bhajan programme would be organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Sangathan here as a prelude to 84th birthday celebrations of Sathya Sai Baba. Spreading the message of love, truthfulness, non violence, peace and co-existence, hundreds of devotees will start singing the Sai Bhajans on October 8 (7.30 am onwards) continuously for 84 hours.

The programme will start with the lighting of lamp by Justice Sanjay Mishra of Allahabad High Court. The bhajan programme will be held at Mathur Vaisya Dharmshala, Mumfordganj.

Giving information, Gopal Tiwari of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Sangathan said that the programme is being organised to spread the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. “Devotees, crossing the bar of caste and religion, belonging to different parts of the state have already arrived here for the programme,” he said.

Beside the bhajan programme, an exhibition on Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings will also be organised. The Bhajan programme will conclude on October 11 at 7.30 pm by Mahamangal Arti of Baba. The state president of the organisation, Y K Saluja will address the gathering and perform mahamangal arti.

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Sathya Sai Baba On Non-Violence (Ahimsa)

Sathya Sai Baba On Non Violence Ahimsa

Sathya Sai Baba On Non Violence Ahimsa


Sathya Sai Baba On Non-Violence (Ahimsa)
Extracts compiled from Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba‘s Discourses.

Sathya Sai Baba: The meaning of Ahimsa is that either in thought, word or deed, you should not cause harm to anybody. What does Ahimsa signify? It is not merely refraining from causing harm or injury to others. It implies also refraining from causing harm to himself. One who harms oneself cannot avoid harming others. How is this to be ensured? By constantly examining whether his conduct is right or wrong. For instance, in the matter of speech, one must examine whether the words are causing pain to others. One must see that the looks are not tainted by evil intentions or thoughts. One should not listen to evil talk. Hence everyone should see that they give no room for bad looks, bad hearing, bad speech, bad thoughts and actions.

Sathya Sai Baba: You should also be careful with regard to your food. Excessive eating does violence to the body. Moderation is conducive to happiness. Ahimsa is thus what confers happiness on you. When you realize that God is in everyone, you will practice non-violence.

Sathya Sai Baba: “Ahimsa Paramo Dharma” – Ahimsa is the most meritorious deed. Non violence is an alternate name for Truth and Love. By following Non-violence, one achieves Love. To follow the path of non-violence, it is necessary to change the mental attitude. Nobody should be harmed by mind, body or speech. By purity of thought, word and deed, one should serve even one’s enemies. Overwhelm the bad and jealous by your goodness. Humility is the main quality of those who want to don the mantle of non-violence.

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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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Putting Love In Their Hearts

Putting Love In Their Hearts
Participants pledge to practise some virtue in Walk for Values
TRACEY TONG
METRO OTTAWA
June 01, 2009 5:03 a.m.

Ottawa residents take part in the seventh annual Walk for Values organized by the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Spiritual Centre of Ottawa-Carleton. The non-religious, non-political march, which began at Parliament Hill yesterday, was intended to raise awareness for the practice of human values.

Of the many walks that take place in the Ottawa community, one held downtown Sunday wasn’t looking for any money. But it was asking its participants to make a pledge.

The seventh annual Walk for Values — a non-political and non-religious event held on the city-proclaimed Walk for Values Day — asked its 100 participants to pledge to truth, right conduct, love, peace and non-violence for a year.

“This walk isn’t about money,” organizer Dipali Arun, who pledged to love and truth. “Money comes and goes. Morality comes and grows. Values are something that that don’t deplete. All you can do is grow them.”

The walk reaffirms the commitment to love, truth and peace, said Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, who attended the event with Councillor Diane Deans.

“We’re trying to raise awareness of positive human values,” said walk spokeswoman Nina Mukerjee.

“Things are getting worse — there are so many problems plaguing us these days — bullying in school, gang wars in the streets. Each person here pledges to practice one value — like patience or optimism for the next year.”

Mukerjee said her pledge is to non-violence.

The walk is one of many that took place across the country Sunday in cities including Toronto and Regina, and in the U.S., Australia, Malaysia and India.

The Sri Sathya Sai Spiritual Centre of Ottawa-Carleton organized the event here, and people from as far as Montreal and Massena, N.Y., attended.

Balwant Bhaneja also pledged to a year of peace and non-violence.

“When you have peace on the outside, you also have peace on the inside,” said Bhaneja. He hopes the walk will help make Ottawa a better place.

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