Sayings of Sathya Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Baba
SANDEHA NIVARINI: CLEARANCE OF SPIRITUAL DOUBTS
I am the Sai Baba of Shirdi come again; then, I was mostly engaged in preparing
the meal; now I have come to feed you all with the strengthening, purifying
… Meditate on the Paramatman as the Guru!…
If you consider Paramatman as the Guru and do Sadhana with unshakable love, the
Lord Himself will appear before you and give Upadesa just as a Guru. Or, He may
so bless you that as a result of the Sadhana, you may meet a sadguru (true
… It is not the sign of a sadguru to grant Upadesa to any and every person who
comes to him with praise, without considering the past and the future, without
discovering the qualifications of the pupil and testing whether he is fit.
Those who find fault with the Lord are of four types:
1. Persons who have no interest at all in matters related to God.
2. Persons who on account of individual spite cannot endure another's greatness.
3. Those who have neither personal experience nor contact nor knowledge of
anything and so merely manufacture stories based on hearsay to which they have
4. Persons who come with some worldly desire, and who accuse the Lord, as an
excuse for the failure caused by their own destiny.
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The Lord alone should be loved!... Love Him!... Meditate on Him! Finally,
resolve that you be merged in Him. That type of acute desire alone one should
When the Ganga or the Godavari reach the sea, their separate names, forms,
tastes and limits all disappear, and they acquire the name, form, taste and
limit of the sea itself.
… One must destroy completely the awareness of the separate 'I'!... When you are
firmly established in that feeling of One, you know that there is nothing
separate at all.
It is only when you have so many 'I's that you need someone's support, is it
When all is One, why seek another?
For deeds done in ignorance, repentance is the way to make amends and to earn
pardon. Not to repeat the same deed is the sign of the morally strong!
Sathya Sai Baba
PREMA VAHINI: STREAM OF DIVINE LOVE
Every aspirant who seeks the eternal through the path of Bhakti (love-devotion
to God) should strive to acquire the following characteristics: he must keep
away from the turmoils, the cruelties and the falsehoods of this world and
practise Truth, Righteousness, Love and Peace! This is indeed the path of Bhakti!
Those who seek union with God, those who seek the welfare of the world should
discard as worthless both praise and blame, appreciation and derision,
prosperity and adversity!
Everyone, be he learned or illiterate, should feel an overwhelming urge to know
While struggling in the spiritual field, you should take Paramiswara
(God-the-Father) Himself as your Protector.
… Those who aspire to attain the holy Presence of the Lord must acquire certain
habits, disciplines and qualities. The usual, accustomed ways of life will not
lead to God!
Sathya Sai Baba
JNANA VAHINI: STREAM OF ETERNAL WISDOM
Ten million suns cannot equal the Splendour of the Paramatman!
By special discipline, the turbulence of the mind can be calmed; as a result of
this, it becomes possible to taste the bliss of the Atman, free from its pulls.
… Wise people know earthly joy to be fleeting. For them the Atman is enough to
fulfil all desire for happiness — complete and permanent.
The jnani will acquire some special powers too, through his beneficent
resolutions, his beneficent promptings and purposes. Through these, he can
attain whatever he wishes.
The jnani will have no trace of hatred in him, he will love all beings; he will
not be contaminated by the ego, he will act as he speaks.
The gem (of wisdom) entitles you to the status and dignity of Brahman, which you
Fevers originate because of your actions; they flourish on wrong modes of life
and diet; they grow with the growth of such wrong conduct.
* * *
Before death, position, pride, and power, all vanish.
Death will not leave off any one, whatever he may be. It continues to threaten
all; if it is another's turn today, it is yours tomorrow.
* * *
The body must be preserved as a vehicle… But remember, you are not the body; the
body cannot be you.
The body is but an instrument, an implement given by God. Let it serve its
Many an aspirant and recluse, many a sadhaka and sanyasi has allowed all
excellences won by long years of struggle and sacrifice to slip away through
this attachment to the self.
Sathya Sai Baba
PRASHANTHI VAHINI: SUPREME BLISS OF DIVINE
In spite of everything, the body is evanescent… but through the body, the Atman
who is within can be realised. That is the main task of man!
Conscious of this, try always to keep watch over the body and protect it.
The end and the consequence of each and every act is and must be jnana (wisdom)!
The progress of the individual consists in activity, done with discrimination.
First, man must be trained in the technique of shanti and santhosha: peace and
happiness. These do not depend on the outer, the external, the visible objective
* * *
You must take refuge in the Atman and the contemplation of the nature of the
Atman, that is to say, in the real I.
Men deluded by the attraction of prakrithi (matter) grope about in their
ignorance of the Atman, and wallow in the unreal manifold world shaped by the
three gunas. On the other hand, the learned man, who seeks the true Reality,
gives up glittering falsehood and revels in the Atman, deriving shanti therefrom.
You cannot exult in anything else except the Ocean of the Bliss of the
Indivisible Undivided Atman!… You have to dedicate your life to win that Bliss
and experience it and enter upon the discipline needed to acquire it!
* * *
Avoid in your behaviour, your actions, and your speech all traces of the desire
to pain others, to insult others, or to cause loss or misery to others.
When some one whose ways you do not appreciate comes near you, there is no need
to find fault with him; there is no need either to laugh at him or show him your
contempt. It is enough if you continue to do your work, unaffected by his
arrival. Let those whose behaviour you do not appreciate follow their path,
leave them alone.
That is the attitude of unaffectedness.
After the dawn of love to the Absolute, the aspirant gets this attitude towards
all worldly things!
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The path of jnana is possible only for one in a million…
The unattached has real love towards all.
Their love is not only pure, it is Divine as well.
One can attain the Lord without doubt, if one becomes devoid of all raga
(passion or attachment) and if he engages himself in the actions detailed above.
Renounciation, of course, does not mean the giving up of hearth and home, or of
high estate and even kingdoms. It means (switching oneself to) the understanding
of the Divinity!…
Consider the One Indivisible Ocean as the Goal!
The wise thing is to forget these waves, and to direct attention towards the sea
beneath, which is without change. Then only can you attain shanti, swim about
happily in the deep undisturbed waters.
Mere inactivity announced by the gerua cloth and the shaved head is no sanyasa
But shanti does not mean inactivity, the mere inert life of eating and
squatting. You should not spend your time in eating and sleeping saying to
yourself that the Lord will come to your help, when the need arises. No! You
must arise and work!
God helps those who help themselves!…
Give up everything that is outside the service of the Lord!
Sathya Sai Baba
(You should achieve) the attitude of forbearance, which refuses to be affected
or pained when afflicted with sorrow and loss, and the ingratitude and
wickedness of others. In fact, one is happy and calm, for one knows that these
are the results of one's own actions now recoiling on him, and one looks upon
those who caused the misery as friends and well-wishers. One does not retaliate
nor does he wish ill for them. One bears all the blows patiently, and gladly.
The natural reactions of a person, whoever he may be, when someone injures him
is to injure in return, when someone causes harm to do harm and when someone
insults him to insult back by some means or other.
Those who seek the inner path of sublimation and purification… have to avoid
such reactions. Returning injury for injury, harm for harm or insult for insult
only adds to the karmic burden, which has to be endured and eliminated in future
Paying evil for evil can never lighten the weight of karma; it will only become
Therefore… (you should) do good to the person who injures you!
* * *
Next, we shall consider the longing for Moksha (liberation from grief and
acquisition of Higher Bliss).
This longing cannot arise from either riches or from the scholarship that may be
won at great expense of money. Nor can it emerge from wealth or progeny, or
rites and rituals recommended in the scriptures or acts of charity, for Moksha
can come only from the conquest of ajnana (ignorance).
Success in the path of knowledge alone can confer Liberation!
If it is declared that one can attain Liberation if he bathes in the waters of
sacred rivers, what shall we say of the fish and other aquatic species that
spend all their lives in the rivers?
If it is believed that spending years in mountain caves will lead to Liberation,
what do mice, what do wild beasts attain?
If, by means of ascetic practices like eating roots and tubers and chewing
leaves for sustenance of the body, one can attain Liberation, must goats who
feed on leaves and pigs that dig out tubers also attain Liberation?
When plastering the entire body with ash is hailed as asceticism, can dogs and
donkeys which roll on ash heaps claim Liberation?
These beliefs and practices are signs of poor understanding.
One must concentrate on achieving Atma-jnana — cognition of the eternal
universal Atmic Reality!
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The individual, believing that he is divided from the whole, the Universal, is
subject to desire and despair, love and hate, grief and joy. He is attracted by
the world of names and forms. Such a person is characterised as 'bound'...
Hence his need for liberation is urgent.
And, to be liberated he must give up his dependence on and attachment to
Man must gradually and steadily endeavour to acquire that victory. He must
proceed progressively from the gross to the subtle.
The inner world is not as easily accessible to man as the outer world is.
Perhaps, only one among many, one in a million, does contact and win this inner
That is the supreme attainment that renders life valid, meaningful and
Men, generally speaking, consider wealth, power and fame as most essential and
pursue these goals through every possible means. In this struggle man is wasting
invaluable human qualities with which he is endowed! Besides this waste of
allotted years of life, he plunges deeper and deeper into the darkness of
ignorance! He ignores and loses the awareness of his real nature!...