The truth can flash only in a mind clear of all blemishes. The first blemish that I would like to warn you against is the ‘inability to bear the success of others’. Envy is the greatest of sins. Vanity, envy, and egoism – these three are kin. They cut at the root of man’s real nature. To feel proud that you are a devoteeis also a blot. Though you may be a mountain, you must feel you are a mound; though a mound, you should not pretend to be a mountain.
Postal Department of the Government of India issued a special Postage Stamp, with Swami’s picture, of the denomination Rs. 5.00. This very special stamp was officially released on Swami’s Birthday, 23rd November 2013, in Prasanthi Nilayam.
“My Birthday is the Date when Divinity Blossoms in your Heart”
- Sathya Sai Baba
“Swami does not rejoice in the celebration of birthdays. Since all of you have come for this celebration, I am obliged to give you satisfaction. I have no wants. Whatever I do is for your sake. Recognize this truth. I have no dislike for anyone and no one dislikes me. All are mine and I belong to all. My benediction is “May all be happy”. Everyone should adhere to the path of righteousness. All should manifest their spiritual essence and experience spiritual bliss. Till you realize that spiritual oneness, you have to perform devotional acts like Bhajans, repetition of the name of God, and prayers”.
“With holy thoughts in you on this auspicious day, you must go out into the world and spread your sacred feelings among others. Don’t confine your feelings to yourselves or retain them only during your stay here. Spread them wherever you go”.
- Divine Discourse: 23 November 1997
The 50th Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan Baba was first of the many grand Birthday Celebrations. It was one of the first times such large gathering assembled at Puttaparthi at the same time.
“Today, thousands of people have gathered here. What has brought them together here? Love is the main cause. Without love, but few of you would have come from such distant places. How does this love express itself? It is a process of give and take. You have to receive God’s love, and you have to offer your love to Him. But, both are one and the same love. God’s love is reflected in you. That is the meaning of the declaration in the Bhagawad Geetha: “A spark of Mine is present in every being.”
- Divine Discourse: 23 November 1996
We have to treat others’ suffering and difficulties as our own. We have to be amicable with one and all. We must develop faith in the maxim that we are “Ekatmaswarupas (Embodiments of One Divine Self). If our thoughts are good, we will always engage ourselves in satkarmas (good deeds). If you indulge in bad thoughts, you will see bad everywhere. If you eat a mango, can you get the belch of a cucumber? No! Similarly, if you always entertain good thoughts, you will see good everywhere. We must also develop a sense of discrimination to differentiate between the good and bad, and incorporate the good, leaving the bad behind. This principle should be followed in society too with all our fellow human beings. See good, do good and be good – that is the way to God!
“Today we are having the Akhanda Bhajan. This is being done not for the sake of one individual, one nation or one community. It is for the welfare of humanity as a whole.
The bhajans that are sung permeate the ether in the form of sound waves and fill the entire atmosphere. Thereby, the whole environment is purified. Breathing in this purified atmosphere, our hearts get purified. Reciting the Lord’s name is a process of give and take. Singing the Lord’s name should become an exercise in mutual sharing of joy and holiness. It should be remembered that the sounds we produce reverberate in the atmosphere. They remain permanently in the ether as waves and outlast the individual uttering the sounds.
Community bhajans should not be treated as a pastime. When thousands of persons join in singing bhajans, they should be fully absorbed in the devotion and the ecstasy of that experience. The singing should be vibrant and soulful and not mechanical or uninspiring. It should combine bhava (feeling), raga (melody) and tala (rhythm). What delight can be experienced when all sing in chorus, with the same feeling, in the same tune and to the same timing! When there is such unity the Divine can be experienced.
Not all realize the potency and efficacy of reciting the Lord’s name. The first requisite is purity of thought, word and deed. The name that is uttered by the tongue should be meditated upon by the mind. What is uttered and dwelt upon should be hailed by clapping the hands. This threefold concentration on the Divine name – unity of mind, speech and action – purifies the heart and nourishes the feeling of devotion.
When the chanting of the Name is done in community singing, it should be in a form in which the entire group can participate easily. The tune, the rhythm, etc. should be such that all can follow the bhajan. If the lead singer takes up a song that is not familiar to others, the response from the group will be poor. There will be no enthusiasm or genuine participation. Their minds will be distracted. When all the devotees participate in the bhajan, the vibrations that are produced will generate joy and harmony.”
– Divine Discourse on Akhanda Bhajan day on November 8, 1986
asato mA sadgamaya | tamaso mA jyotirgamaya | mRRityormA amRRitaM gamaya || Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthihi Lead us from the Unreal to the Real Lead us from Darkness to Light Lead us from Death to Immortality Om Peace, Peace, Peace
“The flame of a lamp has two significant qualities. One is to banish darkness; the other is a continuous upward movement. Even if a lamp is kept in a pit, the flame is directed upwards. The ancients have taught that the upward movement of the flame denotes the path to wisdom and the path to divinity. However, the external light can dispel only the external darkness, but not the darkness of ignorance in man.
For the protection of the virtuous, for the destruction of evil-doers and for establishing righteousness on a firm footing, I incarnate from age to age. Whenever disharmony (asanthi) overwhelms the world, the Lord will incarnate in human form to establish the modes of earning peace (prasanthi) and to reeducate the human community in the paths of peace. At the present time, strife and discord have robbed peace and unity from the family, the school, the society, the religions, the cities, and the state.
‘I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. I have come to tell you of this universal, unitary faith, this spiritual principle, this path of love, this duty of love, this obligation to love. Every religion teaches man to fill his being with the glory of God and to evict the pettiness of conceit. It trains him in the methods of unattachment and discernment, so that he may aim high and attain spiritual liberation. Believe that all hearts are motivated by the one and only God; that all faiths glorify the one and only God; that all names in all languages and all forms man can conceive denote the one and only God. His adoration is best done by means of love. Cultivate that attitude of oneness between men of all creeds and all countries.
That is the message of love I bring.
That is the message I wish you to take to heart’ … Sathya Sai Baba
There are no defects in God. All words and deeds of God are perfect. You see the reflection, reaction and resound of your feelings. They are psychological in nature. God always gives good alone. Understand and experience this truth.