Some of the most significant Discourses that act as milestones in the Sathya Sai Avatar's mission are listed here. These key Discourses are a wonderful read for everyone, including those new to Sathya Sai Baba's life and work. They capture the essence of Sathya Sai Baba's teachings and guide us in gaining a better understanding of how to put them in practice in our daily lives.
If you cannot achieve what you want, do not waver or get depressed. He is a realised one who is cheerful in the face of all adversities.[Telugu Poem]
Embodiments of Love! Students - Boys and Girls!
“Ekamsena Sthitham Jagat (the whole universe is based on one aspect of divinity).” Just as the sun’s rays do not exist in the absence of the sun, so also the world cannot exist without divinity, the primordial basis. Here on this table you find a flower, a cup, a mike, and a handkerchief. The word ‘is’ is used to connote the existence of all these items. Here the emphasis is on the word ‘is’. There is a picture, there is a pot and there is a person. The word is proves their existence.
This ‘is’ explains the principle of divinity in full. The shakti (power), leelas (divine play), and the effulgence of God are limitless. The five elements are responsible for the protection and sustenance of the world. The first element, the earth, is the basis for mountains and hills, river...
You have heard four people speaking now on the magazine Sanathana Sarathi and the value derived from it by readers. I know that you have been squatting for an hour or so, and you will come again for longer sessions later in the day, which will continue the whole night. Let Me tell you that far from sympathising with you, I commend your endurance, for such hardships make your lives worthwhile. To call it a hardship is a sign of delusion and ignorance of values. Just now, the entire country is under the shadow of a fear, the fear of the conjoint effect of eight planets that converge in one line for some short time. In order to ward off the evil, persons who have so far never spent a paisa on charity are spending lavishly for holy rituals, worship rites, and the propitiation of planetary powers. So far, so good; let some money flow from one pocket to another that is more needy. Let money circulate. Let the spirit of charity grow, even out of panic. But calamity, danger, and death cannot b...
Brahmanandam Paramasukhadam Kevalam JnanarnurthimDvandvatheetham Gaganasadrusam Tathwamasyadhi LakshyamEkam Nithyam Vimalam Achalam Sarvadhee SakshibhutamBhavatheetham Trigunarahitham Sadgurum
Embodiments of Love!
Man should cultivate noble qualities in order to understand the secrets and the inner meanings of the Vedas. The terms used in the Vedas transcend the barriers of time and space.
Consider the word Brahmanandam. It means eternal bliss. Such a word cannot be understood by comparison with the joy derived from materialistic pleasures (lokananda). Brahma is derived from the root word brihat, meaning vastness. Brahmanandam is that which is immutable. It is the true and infinite bliss. It can also be termed as Advaitananda, meaning the bliss that results from the experience of oneness. It can also be described as Nirgunananda and Nirakarananda (bliss that transcends form and attributes).
Paramasukhadam means supreme happiness. It has nothing to do with the worldly happi...
We have here at the World Conference delegates from many counties, wedded to different cultures and traditions, languages and styles of dress, food etc. But, this variety should not hide from our vision, the unity of Divinity inherent in all of you. The world today is afflicted with formidable problems and fast-spreading fear–fear of war, of famine, and of demonic terrorists, problems of racial, religious and regional conflicts, of economic recuperation and survival, of student indiscipline, of credal clashes, of frenzy and fanaticism, of power-grabbing and extreme egoism. The only remedy for this creeping fear is an attitude of Vairagyam (non-attachment). When one is attached to the body-mind complex and the I-and-Mine limitation, fear is inescapable. The Adhwaithic awareness, that what we witness is but a super-imposition of our own mind on Reality; it is the best cure; and service is the most effective sadhana. Our deeds reveal our motives; our motives design our habits; our ha...
I am neither man nor celestial being. I am neither a brahmin nor a warrior (kshatriya ) nor a merchant (vaishya ) nor a labourer (sudra ). I cannot be described as a celibate, a householder, a recluse, or a monk.
Know Me as the Teacher of Truth. My reality is truth, goodness, beauty (sathyam , sivam , sundaram ). (Sanskrit verse) Your reality is also truth, goodness, beauty (sathyam , sivam , sundaram ). Without truth, there cannot be goodness; without goodness, what does beauty avail? The effect of truth on the mind is goodness; the joy that flows from goodness is the genuine beauty that artists love. The three are really one and indivisible. Truth is goodness and goodness is beauty. Experience this truth. That will give you the highest bliss.
Let not lesser joys distract you. Don’t fritter away your energy, playing the silly game of gaining and losing, gathering and scattering, winning temporary fame, fortune, and felicity. Go straight on the royal road that leads to self-realisati...
At the tip of the tongue dwells the Goddess of Prosperity;
There dwell friends and kinsmen;
Bondage is wrought by the tip of the tongue;
Death waits verily at the tip of the tongue.
EMBODIMENTS of Divine Love!
All the wealth that man acquires is got through speech. Man's friendships and relations are established through speech. Man forges fetters through speech. In the last reckoning, even death overtakes man through speech. In human life, speech is extremely vital. When his speech is pure, man gets sanctified. In all circumstances, one should be on guard in the use of words. Purity in speech is ensured only by the company of the good.
"Can the mind concentrate in the contemplation of God without good qualities and good thoughts?
Can a house be built without brick and mortar?"
(Swami recited a Telugu poem).
Not men alone, but all living beings are enveloped by the six enemies (desire, anger, infatuation, greed, pride and envy). Of the six, the primary ones are Kama (desire) a...
(Baba was brought down the winding stairs into the private room on the ground floor, because He insisted on giving darshan to the thousands of devotees who had come on that auspicious day. He had had an attack of cerebral thrombosis (or tubercular meningitis?) and was in bed for eight days from the morning of Saturday, 29 June, to the evening of 6 July. His left hand, leg, and eye were affected, His right hand had also slight palsy, the tongue was indistinct, and the face was twitching. He was placed on the silver chair in the prayer hall, and His hand and leg were adjusted in proper position.
As soon as He was seated, He communicated the following message, which was interpreted and announced.
This is not Swami’s illness. This is an illness that Swami has taken on in order to save someone. Swami has no illness, nor will He get ill at any time. You must all be happy; that alone will make Swami happy. If you grieve, Swami will not be happy. Your joy is Swami’s food.
Don't think I am speaking out of ego. I am only revealing the truth about Myself. You have not understood even a fraction of My Reality. None can describe My nature as this or that. I am a man among men, a woman among women, a child among children, and when I am alone, I am Brahman. This is My Reality (loud applause).
I conduct Myself according to the group of people around Me. When I am among elders, I have to behave like an elder. When among children, I have to act like a child.
If an old man plays with toys, children will laugh at him. If a child uses a walking stick like an old man, elders will be amused. It is natural for an old man use a walking stick and for a child to play with toys.
Similarly, when I am with children, I make them happy by giving them this and that. But when someone comes to Me with a desire for spiritual knowledge, I teach the same to him.
When a householder comes to Me, I teach him the dharma of a householder.
THE NAME of Prashanthi Nilayam has spread to all parts of the globe. People from all countries are coming here. Prashanthi Nilayam has become a mini-world. What has been accomplished here in fifty years could not have been achieved in five hundred years. The Supreme Power of attracting so many from all parts of the world can only belong to the Divine. There is nothing greater or more magnificent than Jyothi (Light). No other object has the power of light. Light alone has the power to dispel darkness. Light has yet another power. Light (or flame) always moves upwards. Even if you keep a lamp in a pit, the light will only spread upwards. The two important characteristics of light are to dispel darkness and go upwards. However, if the light has to shine without intermission as Akhanda Jyothi it needs a proper basis. First of all, the light (lamp) needs a container. There must be a wick (to light the flame). There must be oil in the wick and in the container. These three are not enough to...
I AM neither man nor God nor an aerial spirit; I am neither a Brahmin, nor a Kshathriya, nor a Vaishya, nor a Suudhra; I cannot be described as Brahmachari or a house-holder, or a recluse or a monk; describe me as a Teacher of Truth, as Sathyam (Truth), Shivam (Goodness) and Sundharam (Beauty). Your reality too is Sathyam, Shivam and Sundharam. Without Truth there cannot be Goodness; without Goodness, what does Beauty avail? The effect of truth on the mind is goodness; the joy that flows from goodness is the genuine Beauty that artists love. The three are really one and indivisible. Experience this Truth; this Truth as Goodness and this Goodness as Beauty. That gives the highest Bliss. Let not lesser ones distract you. Do not fritter away your energies playing the silly game of gaining and losing, gathering and scattering, winning temporary fame, fortune and felicity. Go, straight on the royal road that leads to self-realisation, and don't stray into the bye-lanes of counterf...