If you lack pure mind and good character, how do you expect Sai, the bestower of peace, love, happiness and prosperity, to appreciate you? How do you expect Prema Sai to treat you as His own? (Telugu Poem)
Human life is one of compassion, time is sacred; the heart is pure; and the mind is nectarous. Having been blessed with such a sacred human birth, what is one supposed to do? What is the foundation on which the mansion of life is to be built? Every one aspires for peace and happiness. How can one lead a peaceful life? It is possible only when one puts human values into practice. Human values need not be acquired from outside; they are latent in every person. If such values are forgotten, how can one progress in life? In the first instance, one should enquire into the purpose of their birth.
Human life is based on samata (equality), samaikyata (unity), saubhratrutvam (fraternity), and saujanyam (nobility). They constitute the very foundation of the mansion of life. Life will ...
Fifth World Conference of Sathya Sai Seva Organizations
21 November 1990
Oh Man! When you come out of the mother's womb You have no necklace of any kind round neck. Neither of pearls, nor of gold, nor a string of gems; But there is one garland round your neck with which the Creator has sent you. It is the heavy chain of your good and bad deeds carried from all your past lives. That unbroken chain is all that you bring into the world. EMBODIMENTS of Divine Love ! Karma (one's deeds) is responsible for birth. Every man is a child of Karma. Born on account of Karma, Dharma (Righteousness) becomes one of the primary goals of human life. Dharma governs all worldly and other-worldly actions in life. Based on the rules of Dharma (conduct) pertaining to one's caste, vocation, or Asrama (stage in life), people are supposed to regulate their lives. This is regarded as Dharma. But this is not the correct meaning of the term. Dharma in its exalted meaning is that which applies to all people, in all countries at all times.
The eternal Dharma
Dharma is that whic...
Embodiments of Love!
The one who realises that the same Atma that dwells in him is in all other living beings will experience and enjoy divine proximity always. He may be a renunciant or a householder or a celibate or one who is attached to the world; one who realises the Atmic principle leads his life with the firm conviction that daiva sannidhi (divine proximity) is his pennidhi (greatest wealth).
What is the primary duty of man? He should make efforts to understand the teaching of the Gita,
Sarvatah panipadam tat sarvathokshi siromukham,
sarvatah sruthimalloke sarvamavruthya thishthati
With hands, feet, eyes, heads, mouth, and ears pervading everything,
He permeates the entire universe.
You should realise the truth that the principle of Atma that is present in all beings is one and the same. Since man is unable to understand his true nature, he is facing all kinds of problems in life. He is deluded by the thinking that he is the body. Consequently, he is forgetting his...
World Conference Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations
18 May 1968
THE mariner uses his compass to guide him aright amidst the dark storm clouds and raging waves. When Man is overwhelmed by the dark clouds of despair and the raging confusion of irrepressible desires, he, too, has a compass which will point to him the direction he has to take. That compass is a society that is dedicated to the propagation of spiritual discipline. So long as man is attracted by outer Nature, he cannot escape the blows of joy and grief, of profit and loss, of happiness and misery. But, if he is attracted by the glory of God within him as well as within Nature, he can be above and beyond these dualities and in perfect peace. The body is the car, where God is installed for the festival of adoration. Its four wheels are dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth), kama (desire) and moksha (liberation) - the four goals of man, Dharma modifying artha and moksha controlling kama. The car can move only when the fuel of vijnana (higher knowledge) is poured; the tyres are to be inflat...
6th World Conference of Sathya Sai Seva Organizations
21 November 1995
EMBODIMENTS of Love!
A pure, unwavering, compassionate heart, truthful speech, and use of the body for dedicated service to others, are sublime qualities in a human being, says a Sanskrit poem.
Mankind has been engaged in the quest for Truth from the earliest times. Bharath is the birthplace of many sages who explored the realms of the spirit, discovered the highest truths and proclaimed them to the world. In more recent times others have been engaged in pursuing scientific investigations to discover a different set of truths. Whatever the truths discovered by science or spirituality, the ultimate reality is the energy of the atom. All that is perceived or experienced in the manifested Cosmos is the combination of atoms. The five basic elements are made up of atoms. The food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe, the sounds you hear are all expressions of atoms. The Cosmos is made up of atoms. It has taken science a thousand years (of investigation) to discover this tru...
I have called all of you here today so that I may tell you something about the attitude you must cultivate while doing volunteer service at the Nilayam. I Myself have selected you for this and that itself is a rare privilege. There are so many among the thousands who have come for the Upanayanam and Shivarathri Festivals who are pleading with all their heart to be given the chance; but you have caught My eye and you alone have been picked. I must tell you that volunteering is not just a momentary spurt; it cannot be done well, without deep discipline, long training and humility. You cannot be ready for that role all of a sudden, as soon as the badge is pinned on your shirt.
First, you must be conscious of the value of ajna, (the command), which so far as I am concerned, is more a Direction, than an Order. The Geetha was the ajna of Krishna, though Krishna supplemented it with copious explanations of the why and the wherefore. Arjuna admitted that he was a prapanna, that he had surrende...
5th World Conference of Sathya Sai Seva Organizations
20 November 1990
Proclaim with raised hands that caste and credal divisions should go;
Speak out repeatedly that service to the weak is Divine;
Meditation on the Lord's name will lead man to the Lord's abode
And confer immortality on him. Declare that all men of devotion and faith are your kith and kin.
Those who teach this wisdom to the people are dearest to the Lord.
Getting rid of feelings of differences, if you live in love and harmony,
That alone will delight Sai. What more can I tell you, Oh good people, assembled here? Anapeksha Suchir-daksha Udasino gathavyathah Sarvarambha Parithyagi Yo madbhaktah sa me priyah "THAT devotee of mine, who expecting nothing, is pure, dexterous, unconcerned, free from distress and renounces all undertakings, is dear to Me." (Bhagavan began His discourse with this sloka from the twelfth canto of the Bhagavad Gita). The first quality figuring in this sloka is Anapeksha. This term means, "to be free from any kind of Apeksha (expectation or desire)." Can a man ha...