QUOTES FROM SAI BABA
(Sai Baba has over 100 million followers. Thousands of books about Baba
by people of all faiths have been written.)
"Why pluck a flower and hasten her death?"
"The actor who slapped you on the stage waits behind
the curtain to congratulate you on your performance
"You are actors on the stage before the footlights. The Director, who knows the Play, who assigns the roles, who gives the cues, who calls you in and puts you on is behind the curtain."
"If the fruit is green
it will not fall to the ground
even if you beat it with a sharp
stick. When it is ripe
it falls of its own accord
in the silence of the night."
"You must be a lotus, unfolding its petals when the sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it!"
"Nature can be modified by nurture; Dogs too can cease to relish
meat when they are trained to relish only vegetarian food.
Sathya Sai Speaks Vol XII, Chap. 36."
"diamonds shine more brightly foiled by black velvet." (in reference to response
"One should avoid restaurants in which animal flesh is served."
"God is in every creature. How can you cause such pain?
(Baba to a nonvegetarian)."
"Not in the morning (mourning) pond does the lion
wash his blood."
"It is easy to conquer anger through love, attachment through reasoning, falsehood through truth, bad thoughts through good and greed through charity."
"I have been stressing the vital importance of people giving up this habit of eating non-vegetarian food even from my boyhood days. Meat eating fosters animal qualities in man making him descend to the demoniac level; it is a heart-rending sight to see cows being slaughtered to serve as food for man. The cow has been worshiped as mother in Bharat since ancient times... Cow-slaughter is reougnant to the culture of this country. The provision of drinking water to the people and putting an end to the killing of animals for food are two prime needs for the country to regain its pristine glory. Violence in any form is evil and to kill innocent animals in tantamount to blatant savagery. I bless the prime Minister (of India) and expect him to get there two things accomplished furing his tenure. Sanathana Sarathi December 1994 p. 322."
"You take this meat eating. Many people have to kill the animals because of your non-vegetarianism. You are responsible for the death of those animals. They are killed because you eat them. This is a sin. What a sin to kill innocent animals and eat them."
"Birds and beasts need no Divine Incarnation to guide them, for they have no inclination to stray away from their dharma. Man alone forgets or ignores the goal of life."
"Get the flower, and you have its beauty and fragrance.
In color see harmony, in light see joy.
In outward form and in the depths of things, behold your Self.
You are the Truth."
"Don't mention it Sai
(said by the Avatar to a devotee who said Thank You Baba)."
"Each is all.
(Baba's response when Linden H asked how he could love Baba more.)."
"If some people say there is no God it only means they are at too great a distance to be aware of Him."
"The acid test by which an activity can be confirmed as holy or sacred is to examine whether it promotes attachment or avoids bondage."
"No one can liberate you, for no one has bound you; you hold on to the nettle of worldly pleasures and you weep for pain. The kite is pursued by the crows so long as it carries the fish in its beak, it twists and turns in the sky trying to last and it drops the fish. That moment it is free. So give up the attachment to the senses; then grief and worry can harass you no more."
"GOD is the doer; you are but the instrument."
"Physical charm and force can never overpower the charm or force
of the Spirit."
"One needs no map to see the stars."
"I have come not to disturb or destroy any faith, but to confirm each in his own faith, so that the Christian becomes a better Christian, the Muslim, a better Muslim, and the Hindu, a better Hindu."
"Never harm a snake or a scorpion. He will only harm you if ordered to do so by God. If so ordered there is nothing you can do about it.
in Sai Satcharitra."
"By satsang, the company of God-minded persons, by systematic attention to self control and self improvement, man can overcome the delusion that makes him identify himself with the body and its need and cravings."
"Health care is not a business."
"Corn corn (seed) begets corn."
"Charity is the ornament for the hand.
Truth is the ornament for the throat.
Scripture is the ornament for the ears.
Of what use is any other ornament?"
"Consider all you meet as the Lord. Show untarnished prema (love)
towards all who come to you."
"During the 10 months of her confinement in Lanka, Sita never raised her head and looked at her captor Ravana's face even for a second. Such was her purity and chastity."
"The Lord takes the Form that the seekers crave for; He is above all Name and Form. Children go to the sweet shop and select sweets representing the animals they love; some ask for the dog,
some the peacock, some the horse, some choose the elephant. But, what they desire is the sweetness therein. To say that one Form alone can be sweet is to deny the compassion of God.
He is eager to satisfy the yearning of the genuine seeker."
"The house of the material body is on fire from the moment
"Be content if your seva (service) is to lift a lame lamb
over a stile."
"The most heinous sin is to hurt the heart of another."
"Maya is a Narthaki, a juggler, an enchantress who entices the intelligence and traps the senses. This Na-rtha-ki can be subdued by ki-rtha-na, Kirthana or the concentrated contemplation of the glory of God."
"Have faith in yourself, your own capacity to adhere to a strict
timetable of sadhana (spiritual discipllne)."
"Satisfying God means to satisfy your own conscience."
"God is not a separate entity. Humankind is the image of God. Daivam maanusha rupena, declare the scriptures. It means that God appears in human form. God has no separate form. It is to show to humanity how human life can be divinized that Avatars come from time to time.
I have often declared that God does not come down as avatar to relieve individuals of their troubles and sorrows and to confer joy and happiness on them. Difficulties, troubles and worries come in the natural course as a consequence of past actions. The Gita says: Karmaanubandhini manushya loke (Human beings are bound by Karma in the world). As human birth is the result of Karma, there can be no escape form the consequences of Karma. As is your action, so is the reaction to it.
"The lotus in the heart of man pines for the Sun, the splendour
of the Lord. But to attain it is hard. Withdrawal of all affection
towards the world alone can win it."
"I - Want – Peace, I is ego, Want is desire; Remove ego and desire and you have peace."
"Yama can be countermanded by Samyama; death can be conquered by control of the senses."
"Her son was totally averse to non-vegetarian food. He would not even visit the houses where non-vegetarian food was cooked. Seeing his noble qualities, Easwaramma
realized that the child was not an ordinary one, but one of divine
nature. Her eldest daughter Venkamma also recognized the divine nature of the child. Together, they brought up the child with love and care."
"If an unripe avocado is thrown against a wall, it will shatter.
If a ripe avocado is thrown, the fruit will separate from the seed.
Souls ready for liberation are freed by crisis.
"People talk grandly of nonduality, of the oneness of all but
they are the very persons who exaggerate every difference
and emphasize every distinction.
Nov 84 Tustin Ca newsletter of Sathya Sai Baba Society."
"It is hard to obtain the company of the noble. It is easy to obtain the company of the ignoble, Pebbles are available in plenty; but it is hard to obtain the precious diamond."
"My devotees in satsang should send love in meditation to vivisectors and legislators. Lawmakers will make laws to eliminate
(literally, cutting up living animals.. has
evolved to mean confinement of and harming of lab animals)."
"I alone know the agony of teaching you every step of the dance."
"Do not cultivate too much attachment to things of the world, which appeal to carnal desires and sensual thirsts. A moment comes when you have to depart empty-handed, leaving all that you have laboriously collected and proudly called your own."
"Death is throwing the ball back into the sky."
"You decide to start Namasmarana (the repeitition of the Name
of God) 'next Thursday' as if Death has assured you in writing that he will not call on you till that date."
"The veil of maya hides from him the Face of God which is shining from every being and thing around him."
"Love is the rose. Lust is the thorn.
"A sannyasi takes no desire-caused action."
"Give up sense-objects; you gain Rama. Sita gave up the luxuries of Ayodhya and so, she could be with Rama, in the period of 'exile'. When she cast longing eyes on the golden deer and craved the deer, she lost the Presence of Rama. Renunciation leads to joy; attachment brings about grief. Be in the world, but, not of it."
"The mind is a bundle of desires."
"I have a Task: To foster all mankind and ensure for all of them lives full of ananda (bliss). I have a Vow: To lead all who stray away from the straight path again into goodness and save them. I am attached to a work that I love: To remove the sufferings of the poor and grant them what they lack. I have a reason to be proud, for I rescue all who worship and adore me, aright. I have my definition of the devotion I expect: Those devoted to me have to treat joy and grief, gain and loss, with equal fortitude. This means that I will never give up those who attach themselves to me.
(in a letter to Baba's brother)."
"The Lord uttered a Blessing that all who come to the Holy Land of Ayodhya and all who bathe in the sacred Sarayu can reach Him."
"You must be a Lotus, unfolding its petals when the Sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it."
"The king was ill and called a wise one in for advice, who told
him to be healed he must look on the color green. The king ordered
lakhs and lakhs of money to be spent painting the entire kingdom.
The wise one returned and said to him Would it not have been
better to put on green glasses?"
"A green gourd sinks in the water, but a dry one floats. Become
dry. Rid yourselves of attachments, desires, avoid anxieties, worries. Then you can float unaffected in the waters of change and chance."
"God has not created creatures such as devils and evil spirits.
These are the creations of human beings."
"As much as possible sleep under the midnight sky.
(said to a woman attempting to end a relationship)."
"Sow an action, reap a tendency; Sow a tendency, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap a destiny. You are the maker of your destiny. You can do or undo it."
"The Vedas have infinite depth of meaning. All may not be able to comprehend the inner meaning of the Vedic teachings. The earth's gravitational force existed even before it was discovered by Newton after rigorous experimentation. Similarly, the eternal truths hidden in the Vedas were perceived by the Rishis (seers) after intense penance and Sadhana (spiritual austerities). Unless one practises their teachings, one can never get happiness or peace. In order to realize the Divine, you have to practise the precepts prescribed in the Vedas. No doubt, even listening to the recitation of the Vedas is itself capable of purifying your mind and elevating you to a higher level. For, it is Shabdha Brahman (God embodied as sound). If you ruminate over it and practise it in your life, you can imagine the magnitude of the bliss you will attain."
"Too much food results in dullness of mind."
"The force that compelled Lakshmana to disobey was the prompting of his Destiny.
"The sun and the moon are shining. What scientist can make
them shine. None. They shine by the power of Divinity."
"The antarvani, inner voice, keeps reminding man of his divine
nature day in and day out."
"Do not admit doubt into you.
Want of faith or steadiness is not as
destructive as the venom of doubt."
"As the saying goes,’ Like the mole in the eye, the stone
in the shoe, the thorn in the foot, the faction in the home; is
this doubt in the brain’. When such doubts assail Arjuna, who
is the representative Man, it means they are Humanity’s
own doubts. They can be solved only by Madhava
who is beyond and above Humanity.-
Sai Baba GV-P61."
"1 movement of the hour hand equals 3600 movements of the second Similarly, the saint acts with greater economy and power
than others. (paraphrased)."
"The mind sees separateness. Love sees unity."
"Politics without principles, education without character,
science without humanity, and commerce without morality
are not only useless but positively dangerous."
"Parvathi, the daughter of the monarch of the Himalayas, was the very acme of physical beauty. In spite of this, she had to acquire the quality of Sathwa (goodness) by destroying the pride in personal beauty and her native egotism through intense asceticism."
"God looks on sin as a mother looks on her baby's first
halting attempts to walk."
"The dark smoke of Maya settles hard on the eye of humankind and renders him incapable of recognizing Divinity."
"Reform yourself first before thinking of reforming others."
"If you don't get a seat in the bus (because you have
given it to an old person), you can afford to walk a mile or two,
thereby deriving the double benefit of saving the bus fare and giving much needed exercise to your body."
"Brahma was in existence well before mind and intelligence came into existence.
Brahma cannot be understood be one's mind or intelligence."
"Rama who was the guardian of the world would gladly wipe the tears from all eyes."
"Love God with no other thought. Then you become His and He becomes yours. There is no nearer kindship than this.
Fifty others may be peeping into the kitchen, hungry and expectant, but if you are the child of the master, you will be served first."
"As a mirror focused on the dark void has no power, but shines
with light when focused on the sun, so place your consciousness
on the good, not transitory evil.
"One can not hide desires forever. Like fire, they cannot be
hidden under a cloth without burning it.
(paraphrased from Summer Showers)."
"Eating fish causes unclean thoughts."
"Certain countries are dumping nuclear waste directly into
the ocean, making fish flesh even more poisonous."
"There is no use trying to have one foot in one boat and another in another. Give up Lokabhranthi and Dehabhranthi, that is, attachment
towards the body and the external world and year for God."
"The yearning for God is so deep that all bodyconsciousness
is lost, the senses are ineffective, and the mind is inactive, the intelligence is at a
standstill, ideas of duality disappear. The individual sees before him only step after step of
Aanandha leading him to the highest bliss of merging in Him."
"The actor who slaps you on stage waits behind
the curtain to congratulate you on your performance."
"She is right in her Conspiracy
theories.. but one must
see the agent as God and speak to him of God."
"Prosperity is the gift of the knowledge of Dharma; liberation is the gift of the knowledge of Brahmam."
"A rope that has been reduced to ash (by jnana or wisdom)can bind
"Man has to attain liberation while in chains."
"Hospitals are meant to serve the poor and needy."
"Life is a challenge, meet it! Life is a dream, realize it! Life is a game, play it! Life is Love, enjoy it!"
"I give you what you want so that
you will want what I have to give."
"A single glance of the Avatar bestows all boons."
"Like the river which leaps over precipices, creeps through bush and briar, flows round hills, seeps through sand but keeps the
goal the sea always in view, man too must march untiringly towards God."
"God stands outside all mathematical equations
no matter how long.. ready to render a plus or minus,
multiplication or division."
"Fire is hidden in wood and God in Man."
"There is no compulsive rule that avatar incarnations should occur only on the earth and in human form. Any place, any form, can be chosen by the Fully-Free."
"Offer the food you eat to God first. Then it is rendered pure
"Man must raise the Atma with the leverage of the Atma.
(*atma: divinity within each being)."
"Iswara Sarva Bhutanam. God is the Indweller of all beings."
"If you would be delivered of a block of negative karma,
chant the Ganapati Stotra in the muladhar."
"Aspire to be good rather than great.
(in the context that many who have an ambition for greatness sacrifice on the way
what should not be sacrificed)."
"There is no disease equal to greed.
There is no enemy greater than anger.
There is no sorrow that is greater than poverty.
There is no happiness equal to wisdom."
"The acid test by which an activity can be confirmed as unholy or sinful
is to examine whether it aries from or promotes greed."
"There is no disease like greed,
No enemy like anger,
No sorrow greater than poverty,
No happiness equal to wisdom."
"Love expands; it does not limit itself to boundaries."
"Happiness will seep into your life
as soundlessly as dew into a coconut."
"Be like the tongue which lives unharmed in the midst
of 32 soldier teeth."
"Humans seek to change the foods available in nature to suit their tastes, thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.
(a reference to the health of uncooked fruit)."
"Nishidda Karmas relate to acts which are to be eschewed. For instance, the spiritual aspirant has to observe certain regulations regarding food. He must totally eschew rajasic food like alcoholic drinks and meat. The nature of the food determines the nature of one' s thoughts,
feelings and actions. If one' s conduct is to be right and proper, one should carefully observe the
disciplines regarding diet."
"Today man is putting his senses to misuse and as a result his body is becoming weaker day by day. He shortens his life-span by his unsacred vision and by indulgence in sensual pleasures. Lakhs of light rays in his eyes are being destroyed because of his unsacred vision. That is the reason that man is developing eye defects.
(Sai Baba, discourse on 5/7/2001 Sanathana Sarathi, August 2001, p. 226
"Money can purchase drugs but mental peace and content alone can guarantee health."
"My Ananda (Joy) overleaps its bounds, Ananda at the success of Bhakthas in capturing My heart."
"You have betrayed your heart (whenever you have muzzled
its calls for compassion.)."
"I know the agitations of your hearts, the aspirations, the waves and whirlpools; but, you do not know My heart. I react to the pain you undergo, the joy that you feel. For, I am in every heart. That is the temple where I dwell."
"I am Rama you are Sita!
I am coming to take you Home
We have played for many aeons
but now.. your time is up
(Baba to JC)."
"Learn to give, not to take. Learn to serve, not to rule."
"There is no charity greater than feeding the hungry.
There are no greater gods than parents.
There is no greater dharma than compassion.
There is no greater gain than the company of the good.
There is no enemy greater than anger.
There is no wealth greater than good reputation,.
Bad reputation is death itself.
There is no ornament more beautiful than the chanting of God's Name."
"Like the dhobi in kneedeep water dying of thirst, man too suffers with the panacea in easy grasp."
"Like the donkey that carries sandalwood, without knowing anything
more than its weight, man too carries the burden of wordly
worries, without being aware of the fragrance which he can really
get from the very burden on his back."
"Pain comes from identification with the body."
"Yhe world is a kaleidoscopic picture created by ones own imagination."
"An ant was caught on a dry leaf that was being carried down a flooded river and he called out from its tiny heart to God for succour who prompted a kite that was flying over the river to dive and rise up, with the leaf on its beak; for He
made the bird mistake him for a fish or frog! The bird was sorely disappointed, but, the ant was
delighted to land on hard ground! God came as a kite and rescued me, he felt. I must be grateful to
the bird, to all birds, he resolved. One day, while on his morning round, he saw a hunter aim an
arrow at a bird; he bit the heel of the hunter, just when he was releasing the mortal shaft; the aim
failed; the bird flew off, and was saved. The ant had paid his debt."
"If a bhakta calls himself big, then he will have to bear up the burden of even the smallest species."
"If 899 matches go out, the
900th is enough to set the world aflame.
(paraphrased from imperfect
memory of poster)
"Man's life is a bridge between this world and the Divine."
"Be like the stream which flows in ananda (joy) over rocks."
"When worldly attachment hinders the path of duty,
when ambition blinds the eyes of
sympathy, when hate shuts out the call of love,
let us listen to the
"See in everyone the Lord Himself moving in that form. Do not talk evil of others; see only good in them. Welcome every chance to help others, to console others and to encourage others along the spiritual path."
"When the road ends, and the goal is gained, the pilgrim finds that he has traveled only from himself to himself."
"God is the sixth element."
"The blocks inside people manifest as obstacles in their paths.
1. Prema, Love, should be considered as the very breath of Life.
2. The Love that is manifest in all things equally, believe that the same Prema is Paramatma.
3. The one Paramatma is in every one, in the form of Prema.
4. More than all other forms of Prema, man's first effort should be to fix his Love on the Lord.
5. Such Love directed towards God is Bhakthi; that is the fundamental test, the acquisition of Bhakthi.
6. Those who seek the Bliss of the Atma should not run after the joys of sense objects.
7. Sathya, Truth, must be treated as life-giving as breathing itself.
8. Just as a body that has no breath is useless and begins to rot and stink within a few minutes, similarly, life without Truth is useless and becomes the stinking abode of strife and grief.
9. Believe that there is nothing greater than Truth, nothing more precious, nothing sweeter and nothing more lasting.
10. Truth is the all-protecting God. There is no mightier Guardian than Truth.
11. The Lord who is Sathyaswarupa grants His Darsan to those of Truthful Speech and Loving Heart.
12. Have undiminished kindness towards all beings and also the spirit of self-sacrifice.
13. You must also possess control of the senses, an unruffled character and non-attachment.
14. Be always on the alert against the four sins which the tongue is prone to commit:
Speaking ill of others
Talking too much
It is best to attempt to control these tendencies.
15. Try to prevent the five sins that the body commits:
Eating of flesh
It is a great help for the highest life if these also are kept as far away as possible.
16. One must be always vigilant, without a moment's carelessness, against the eight sins that the mind perpetrates:
Kamam or craving
Krodham or anger
Lobham or greed
Moham or attachment
Man's primary duty is to keep all these things at a safe distance from himself.
17. Man's mind speeds fast, pursuing wrong actions. Without letting it hurry like that remember the Name of the Lord at that time or attempt to do some good deed or other. Those who do thus will certainly become fit for the Lord's Grace.
18. First give up the evil tendency to feel impatient at the prosperity of others and the desire to harm them. Be happy that others are happy. Sympathise with those who are in adversity and wish for their prosperity. That is the goal of cultivating the love for God.
19. Patience is all the strength that man needs.
20. Those anxious to live in joy must always be doing good.
21. It is easy to conquer anger through love, attachment through reasoning, falsehood through truth, bad through good and greed through charity.
22. No reply should be given to the words of the wicked. Be at a great distance from them; that is for your good. Break off all relations with such people.
23. Seek the company of good men, even at the sacrifice of your honour and life. But be praying to God to bless you with the discrimination needed to distinguish between the good men and the bad. You must also endeavour, with the intellect given to you.
24. Those who conquer states and earn fame in the world are hailed as heroes, no doubt; but those who have conquered the senses are heroes who must be acclaimed as the conquerors of the Universe.
25. Whatever acts a good or bad man may do, the fruits thereof follow him and will never stop pursuing him.
26. Greed yields only sorrow; contentnment is best. There is no happiness greater than contentment.
27. The mischief-mongering tendency should be plucked out by the roots and thrown off. If allowed to exist, it will undermine life itself.
28. Bear with fortitude both loss and grief; try and search for plans to achieve joy and gain.
29. Assume silence when you are invaded by anger or remember the Name of the Lord. Instead, do not try to remind yourself of things which will inflame the anger more. That will do incalculable harm.
30. From this moment, avoid all bad habits. Do not delay or postpone. They do not contribute the least joy.
31. Try as far as possible within your means to satisfy the needs of the poor, who are really Daridranarayana. Share with them whatever food you have and make them happy at least that once.
32. Whatever you feel should not be done to you by others, avoid your doing such to others.
33. For faults and sins committed in ignorance, repent sincerely; try not to repeat the faults and sins again; pray to God to bless you with the strength and the courage needed to stick to the right path.
34. Do not allow anything to come near you, which will destroy your eagerness and enthusiasm for God. Want of eagerness will cause the decay of the strength of man.
35. Yield not to cowardice; do not give up Ananda.
36. Do not get swelled up when people praise you; do not feel dejected when people blame you.
37. If among your friends any one hates another and starts a quarrel, do not attempt to inflame them more and make them hate each other more; try, on the other hand, with love and sympathy to restore their former friendship.
38. Instead of searching for others' faults, search for your own faults yourself; uproot them, throw them off. It is enough if you search and discover one fault of yours; that is better than discovering tens of hundreds of faults in others.
39. Even if you cannot or will not do any Punya or good deed, do not conceive or carry out any Papa, or bad deed. This is far preferable.
40. Whatever people may say about the faults that you know are not in you, do not feel for it; as for the faults that are in you, try to correct them yourself, even before others point them out to you. Do not harbour anger or vengeance against persons who point out your faults; do not retort, pointing out the faults of those persons themselves, but show your gratitude to them. Trying to discover their faults is a greater mistake on your part. It is good for you to know your faults; it is no good your knowing others' faults.
41. Whenever you get a little leisure, do not spend it in talking about all and sundry, but utilise it in meditating on God or in doing service to others.
42. The Lord is understood only by the Bhaktha; the Bhaktha is understood only by the Lord. Others cannot understand them. So, do not discuss matters relating to the Lord with those who have no Bhakthi. On account of such discussion, your devotion will diminish.
43. If anyone speaks to you on any subject, having understood it wrongly, do not think of other wrong notions which will support that stand but grasp only the good and the sweet, in what he says. True meaning is to be appreciated as desirable, not wrong meaning or many meanings, which give no meaning at all and cause only the hampering of Ananda.
44. If you desire to cultivate one-pointedness, do not, when in a crowd or bazaar, scatter your vision to the four corners and on everything, but see only the road in front of you, just enough to avoid accidents to yourself. One-pointedness will become firmer if one moves about without taking one's attention off the road, avoiding dangers, and not casting eyes on others' forms.
45. Give up all doubts regarding the Guru and God. If your wordly desires do not get fulfilled, do not blame it on your devotion; there is no relationship between such desires and devotion to God. These worldly desires have to be given up some day or other; Bhakthi feelings have to be acquired some day or other. Be firmly convinced of this.
46. If your Dhyanam or Japam do not progress properly or if the desires you have entertained do not come to fruition, do not get dispirited with God. It will dispirit you even more and you will lose the peace, however small or big, that you might have earned. During Dhyanam and Japam you should not be dispirited, desperate or discouraged. When such feelings come, take it that it is the fault of your Sadhana and endeavour to do them correctly.
Source: Sandeha Nivarini by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba."
"A spark may start another fire; a virus may multiply quickly and
bring about relapse; a little unpaid debt will soon assume huge proportions through high rates of interest; a karma, however trite, done with intention to benefit by the fruit thereof will involve
birth in order to eat the fruit."
"Life is the car, your heart is the key and God is the chauffeur."
"Medical experts can be hired but life cannot be secured on lease."
"My light surrounds your life."
"You limit God by your assumptions."
"Just like a child yearns for its mother's bosom,a lost calf for its mother in a herd, and a widow cries for her lost husband in a corner, you too must aspire for the proximity of Sai and reap joy therefrom."
"Intent on fulfilling your legitimate duties, you can pray to God to keep you alive for a hundred years. You will not incur blame."
"Those who ask for love in return are coolies demanding wages."
"All beings are beautiful
seen through eyes of love."
"What is true Love? Pure, unselfish Love towards all living beings, considered as embodiments of the Divine, with no expectation of reward, is true Love.
(Sanathana Sarathi, June 1985:117ff)."
"God, who is the embodiment of love, can be attained only through love, just as the effulgent sun can be seen only by its own light.
Thought For The Day Jan 16, 2006 posted at Baba's ashram
in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India."
"We attain God who is Love by loving."
"To a worldly man, a God-intoxicated person will appear mad and he will laugh at him, But to the God-intoxicated man, the worldly appear insane, foolish, misled, blind."
"Both should love and serve
one another as One. There is no distinction nor any
difference between them. Both are One and
one cannot live without the other."
"When love matures, it turns into beauty. When the taste of Beauty ripens, it is sweetness. In that experience of sweetness everything appears brilliant and shining. The whole process may be likened to what happens when a flower ultimately becomes a ripe, sweet fruit. Ripeness is all. The Spirit is all sweetness."
"All these (scriptural studies) unfold the petals of the heart of
"When the sun is reflected
in 10 pots, there are not 11 suns but 1.The sun does not
die when a reflection containing pot is spilled or evaporates
or is overtaken by nightfall."
"The most effective method of cultivating prema (love) is to practice Namasmarana (repetition of your favorite name for God). Or better still spend your time in Pranavopasana, the repetition of Om. Om is the origin of Creation; it is the source and sustenance and the strength. It is the prana of every being. Just as air forced through the reeds of a harmonium produces the swaras - sa - ri - ga - ma - pa - dha - ni, so the Om is at the root of all the sounds in all the worlds. Know its significance and practice its recitation.
SSS: Vol. IV; Page 55."
"Jesus stayed in the Himalayan monasteries of Kashmir and other
centers of Eastern asceticism and philosophical inquiry. In Tibet
Jesus is referred to as Isha which means Lord of all living beings."
"God has infinite wisdom, infinite power and infinite mercy."
"Faith in God is the harvest of the seeds planted in previous lives. It cannot be grown and harvested, on the spur of the moment."
"Even (lowlying) water when it becomes steam can rise into the sky."
"The three stages of the spiritual pilgrim may be described as: I am in the Light, the Light is in me, and I
am the light, and may be compared to the Dhwaitha (dualism), Visishtaadhwaitha' (qualified
non-dualism) and Adhwaitha (non-dualism) stages as described in Vedhic philosophy."
"Don't talk evil, talk what is good, Don't hear evil, hear what is good, Don't see evil, see what is good, Don't do evil, do what is good, Don't think evil, think what is good."
"Countless are the cures which Krishna effected on those affected by curses."
"Pumpkins and cucumbers can be materialized as easily as rings or objects. But these are perishable objects and the whole point of materialization as I have already explained, lies in their permanence. That is why rings or watches become more serviceable as talismans or means of contact and communication, between the Avathar and his devotees."
"Money comes and goes.
Morality comes and grows."
"Many people spend their years piling and piing and then are
dragged away by death ere they could preen themselves on the size
of the pile."
"More fragrant than the sweet-smelling flowers
like the Jasmine and the Champak,
Softer than the cheese and the butter,
More beautiful than eye of the peacock,
More pleasant than the moonlight,
Is the love of the mother."
"I have come especially for those of you who
have never known a mother's love
(said to TB of Charlottesville, Va)."
"If you honour your mother, the Mother of the universe will guard you against harm."
"Sing aloud the glory of God and charge the atmosphere with divine adoration . . . This is why I insist on group singing of the names of the Lord."
"Meditate upon the Murali (the flute) of Krishna and the melody it aroused in the veins of humankind, animals, birds and plants and even hills and rivers, rocks and sand-dunes."
"The best mantras are 1 or 2 syllables long."
"When two branches of a tree grate on each other hard for some time enough heat is generated to set the tree on fire. So too when one Name (of God) and another rub together quick and hard, sparks of Jnana (divine wisdom) ignite the mind."
"The family preceptor dipped a Nine-gemmed jewel in a golden cup of honey and wrote the Name, on the tongue of the child; on the rice grains spread on a gold plate, the name was written and the rice was then showered on the head of the child, in token of prosperity and happiness."
"Bhakthas reach me through nine paths.
Any one of them takes them to Me.”
Sravanam (Listening to stories of God),
Kirtanam (Singing Name of the Lord),
Vishnohsmaranam (Remembering God),
Padasevanam (Serving the Feet of the Lord),
Vandanam (Reverence toward nature and all life),
Archanam (Ritual Worship),
Dasyam (Path of dedication and surrender),
Atmanivedanam (Path of surrender).
If the devotee sincerely practises any one of these paths,
he can attain Me. I am bound by these nine forms of Bhakthi."
"Maya is of the nature of thamas; it is darkness, ajnana (nonwisdom)."
"The best among men is he who has compassion. The most blessed time to act is the present, this very second, and the best act is to relieve pain and grief."
"Why does the dead ball moon shining with
stolen light have more power on
earth than the vastly larger self luminescent stars?
"You are the cause of karma.
You are the result of karma.
Until you think of Me as separate,
Until you fear death,
Until you feel you are the doer,
Till then only will karma exist.
Karma ceases to exist,
When I become the doer,
When there is no you separate from I,
When you realize that,
The self is never born and never dies,
When all that surrounds you is only God,
When you can ignore
All physical pains and mental chaos,
When all becomes God,
Then karma itself becomes God.
And what is God?
G etting you
O ut of
And accepting Oneness.
From: 'SAI DARSHAN' by SEEMA M. DEWAN."
"Where you see a difference between You and Me, there is
no jnana (wisdom or nonduality)."
"You are all separate beads strung together on that one thread - God."
"Transcend pin comes by not identifying with the body.
"Take the troubles that come to you as tests and opportunities to learn non-attachment. It is the hot summer that sends you to air-conditioning. Grief sends you to God."
"There is in this world no austerity higher than fortitude, no happiness greater than contentment, no punya (good deeds) holier than mercy, no weapon more effective than patience."
"Albert Einstein was patient with his illtempered wife. One day
exasperated that he was lost in thought, she poured a jug of
water on his head. He looked up and said Frequently we have
lightning, but today we also have the downpour.
"God whose form is peace."
"Be Silent yourself, that will induce Silence in others. Do not fall into the habit of shouting, talking long and loud. Reduce contacts to the minimum. Carry with you an atmosphere of quiet contemplation, wherever you happen to be. The less you talk, the more will become your mental power. With the increase in your mental capacity, there will be increase in your power of discrimination too. Consequently, you will give up individual discrimination . Because of this, you will begin to consider the good of the world at large rather than your own individual welfare. You must cultivate such broad feelings from this young age itself."
"The Full arose from the Full. Poornasya (From the Full) Poornam
aadaaya (when the Full is taken) Poornam (the Full only) avasishyathe (remains)."
"As you walk along the road, your shadow follows you, through dirt and dust, bush and bramble, mound and midden, brook and boulder. But, note how the shadow has constant contact with the
Feet. So long as the shadow (man) has fast and firm contact with the Feet of the Substance (the Lord), no hardship can affect him. Hold on to the Lord; that is the way to peace and joy.
The essence of Man is Divine."
"A barking dog in a room full of mirrors sees only enemies."
"God is the Doer, You are the instrument."
"You can blame me when things go wrong if you praise me when
things go right."
"With the crescent moon dancing, the matted locks
waving, the cool waters of the Ganga flowing
between, with the eye in the middle of the forehead
shining, the purple neck gleaming like the
sheen of a black berry, wearing serpent-bracelets,
and a snake-skin belt, the entire body
smeared with Vibhuti, with the forehead adorned
with kumkum dot, lips ruddied by the juice of the
betel, Gold embellished diamond ear rings dangling,
with whole swarthy body glowing, the Lord
of Kailasa appeared in person."
"Aries is Caesar. Caesar is the detonater. Caesar is the diaspora."
"Prayers Of Mothers Sustain The World."
"If you eat food without first offering it to God you will be affected by all the impurities and defects present in it."
"The goal will near you faster than the pace with which you near
the goal. God is as eager to save you as you are eager to be saved."
"God is like a mirror. What you see is only a reflection of your own action and posture."
"In order to have sacred thoughts, give up the vices like consumption of non-vegetarian food, smoking and drinking intoxicants."
"Boys ran along the shadows of the birds that flew above."
"Before you speak, think -Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it hurt anyone? Will it improve on the silence?"
"Incarnations generally occur in three
categories of Shukla (white), Aruna (orange) and Pita
(yellow). But here was a baby who was black. Hence,
Garga considered and found the name Krishna (black)."
"Multiplicity is a delusion. Unity is the Reality."
"You seem to be more concerned with the news outside than the
nuisance inside you."
"God has a million names ... a million forms. Select any name of His that appeals to you. Choose any form of His. Every day when you awaken to the call of the brightening East, recite the Name, meditate on the Form. Keep the Name and Form as your companion, guide, and guardian throughout the waking hours. When you retire for the night, offer grateful homage to God in that Form, with that Name - for being with you, by you, beside you, before you, behind you, all day long. Know that within the many forms and many names, God is present is all of them. The inner being is, in reality, only One."
"Islam is a word which denotes not a particular religion but a state of mind, the state of total surrender to the Will of God. Islam means dedication, surrender, peace, tranquility. Islam denotes the social community whose members have achieved supreme peace through surrender to the All-merciful, All-powerful God and who have vowed to live in peace with their fellowmen. Later, it came to be applied to communities that considered themselves separate and different and so hostile to the rest. Islam taught something higher. It directed attention to the One in the Many, the unity in diversity and led people to the Reality named God.
[Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. XVI P. 80]
(Sai Baba has volunteers in all paths)."
"As long as you believe in sin, it will have power in your
"Inside the wrath of the chalice is the blood of Jesus.
(said to a follower)."
"Rats build homes in the little waterfalls
along the river's journey.
Some birds soar high and hear
the distant sound of the great waterfall."
"The values a man must cherish as his life-breath are Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non violence.
(In Sanskrit Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema, Ahimsa)."
"If you had wanted to, you would have done so by now.
(in response to a follower who asked if she should
become a sannyasi)."
"Jesus' life was a libation for the upliftment of humanity."
"In the vision of the enlightened saint, maya is absent."
"When someone sends you a letter by registered post
and you sign for it and take it, you become aware of its contents,
even if you don't accept the contents.
If you do not sign, the letter goes back to the person who sent it,
and his purpose in making you aware of the contents is defeated.
So, too, don't give ear to abuse; keep cool and disinterested.
Then the foulness goes back to the sender and cannot affect you at all. It will affect him as a re-sound, re-creation and reflection.
Instead of harming you, it will only recoil on him."
"The highly learned ones, if they succumb to
their senses, are worse than dead men."
"God is the Antharyami, the Indweller, and so when He is sought in the outer world He cannot be caught."
"There is God everywhere and there is no second entity anywhere."
"The mind is like a clean mirror. It has no intrinsic power of its own directly to experience the sense objects except through the concerned sense organs."
"Become a true bhakta, a true jnani -- so small that you can wriggle out of the shackles of the senses, so huge a jnani that you break the shackles that cover the desires."
"God will not ask you when and where you did service. He will ask with what motive did you do it? What was the intention that prompted you? You may weigh the service and boast of its quantity. But God seeks quality - the quality of heart, the purity of mind, the holiness of motive."
"The best way to love God is to love all and serve all."
"Love is God. God is Love. Where there is Love, GOD is certainly evident. Love more and more people. Love them more and more intensely; transform Love into Service; transform the Service into Worship; that is the highest spiritual sadhana."
"Be silent like the rose which communicates only
"You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind."
"The mantras are eternal. They is not associated with the gunas (attributes). They are nirgunam, niranjanam, sanathanam, niketanam, nitya, shuddha, buddha, mukta, and nirmala swarupinam (attributeless, pure, final abode, eternal, unsullied, enlightened, free, and embodiment of sacredness). Such mantras will always be ringing in our ears."
"As the more strands, the stronger the rope,
so the more chords of love, the stronger it is.
"(Some) beasts kill other beasts. But the blind man who has
not acquired the Vision of the Atma (Divinity) that he is, kills
"God is the Sun and when His rays fall upon your heart, not impeded by the clouds of egotism, the lotus blooms and the petals unfold."
"As the shadow that you cast is reduced bit by bit with every step that you take towards the Sun, until the Sun shines right on the top of your head and the shadow crawls under your feet and
disappears, so Maya too becomes less and less effective as you march towards Jnana. Maya falls at your feet and is powerless
to deceive you further."
"Dharma protects those who protect Dharma."
"As men squeeze juice out of the fibrous cane and drink only the
sweetness, as the bee sucks the honey in the flower, regardless of its symmetry and colour, as the moth flies towards the brightness of the flame, ignoring the heat and the inevitable catastrophe, the Sadhaka (Spiritual Seeker) should yearn to imbibe the Karunarasa (the expression of the emotion of tenderness, pity and compassion) that the Ramayana is saturated with, paying no heed to other subjects.
in Baba's Ramakatha Rasavahini
"Think no evil; think what is good.
See no evil; see what is good.
Hear no evil; hear what is good.
Talk no evil; talk what is good.
Do no evil; do what is good."
"You are what you think. Yad Bhavam Tat Bhavati (As is the feeling so is the result). If you think you are a man, you are a man. If you think you are God, you are God."
"The tree can teach you forbearance and tolerance. It offers shade to all, irrespective of age, sex or religion, nationality or status. It helps with fruit and shade even to the foe who lays his axe on its trunk! The dog can teach you a lesson in Faith, Self-less service and the process of Dedication."
"Take one step toward Me. I shall take 100
"There is only one nation, the nation of humanity; There is only one religion, the religion of love; There is one language, language of the heart; There is only one God and He is Omnipresent."
"It is Truth and Truth alone, that is one’s real friend and relative. Abide by Truth and tread the path of righteousness and not even a hair of your body will ever come to harm."
"I am you; you are Me. You are the waves; I am the ocean. Know this and be free. Be divine."
"Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God. You can see the moon which orbits the earth on a perfect path, a path which can be calculated by scientists for centuries ahead."
"This body is a valueless iron safe;
Like the precious jewels kept in an iron safe,
There is the Divine inside the body."
"When you pile up riches, fear and anxiety are also piling up in
"The Vedas are for all mankind; they have prayers for peace subjugating the anger of the elments and of human communities."
"Life is a bridge over the sea of changes; do not build a house on it."
"Jnana-agni-dagdha-Karmanam, the Githa says. The flames of Jnana
(spiritual knowledge) reduce to ashes the effects of all
"How can the parrot taste the sweetness of the mango if she
pecks at the fruit of the cotton tree?"
"God is Prema (Love). He is Karuna (Compassion)for all who
flounder on the road. He is called Bhaktha-abhishta-prada (He who
grants the desires of the devotees.)."
"Having desired what ought to be desired,
hold on to it till your desire is fulfilled.
Having asked what ought to be asked,
hold on to it till you get it.
Having thought what ought to be thought,
hold on to it till you have succeeded.
The Lord with mellowed heart must yield to your wishes."
"Study the lives of our great women, who were models of patience, fortitude, compassion and sacrifice. I desire that you should take up the reins of leadership and bring peace and prosperity to the nation by leading ideal lives."
"The honey in the flower or lotus does not crave for bees; they do not plead with the bees to come. Since they have tasted the sweetness, they themselves search for the flowers and rush in. They come because of the attachment between themselves and sweetness. So, too, is the relationship between the woman who knows the limits and the respect she evokes."
"Ravana's outer strength was weak compared to Sita's inner strength."