Satya Sai's words of wisdom

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A compilation of some of the teachings of Sri Satya Sai Baba. These words have deep impact and can be considered as the essence of the vedas and puranas which are Hinduism's sacred books.

The holy Vedas

The root of the word ‘Veda’ means ‘to know’. Vedas are also known as Chandas; this means pleasant, joyous. Other important meanings of this word are vital, strong and shielded. All these are the qualities of the Vedas as it is shielding, fostering, promoting the welfare of humans engaged in the unceasing round of worldly affairs, and conferring the ultimate liberation. Humans are ever caught up in activities pursued with the profit available as the purpose. They have to be moulded as righteous men and women. The Vedas shield people on the path of action (karma marga) from engaging in unrighteous acts, and protect the seekers of knowledge (jnana marga) from the temptation of the senses. Through their role as armour or shield, they shower bliss on all who rely on them. The sacred ceremonies and rituals that Vedas expound confer joy and bliss not only on the participants but also on the entire world and beyond.
- Sathya Sai Vahini, Ch 23: “Modes of Worship”.


Do all acts as offering to God; do not classify some as
‘my work’ and some as ‘His’ work. - Baba

Spirituality

You may think that you are enjoying the pleasures, but really speaking it is the pleasures that are enjoying you. They sap your energies, dry up your discrimination, consume your allotted years, and infest your mind with egoism, envy, malice, hatred, greed and lust. The scriptures teach that it is important to remove these weeds from the garden of the heart; and in the grounds thus cleared, one must plant the saplings of Prema (love) and cultivate the fruit bearing trees of Dharma (virtue). Many who claim to revere the Vedas and Shaastras (scriptures) are not practising what they preach. Never plunge into action spurred by impulses; ponder deeply over the pros and cons, and then act so that you escape pain and also do not inflict it on others. This is true in worldly as well as spiritual matters.
- Divine Discourse, Sep 28, 1965.

Spiritual progress is right living, good conduct and moral behaviour. - Baba

Concentration

To concentrate effectively, establish your attention on a form that gives you joy. Sit in the padmasana (lotus) posture and fix your eyes on the tip of your nose. In the beginning, practice meditation for a minute; then for three minutes. A few days later try for six minutes and after some time, for as long as nine minutes. Thus the concentration has to be strengthened gradually, without undue hurry. Slowly the mind can be held for even half an hour; this discipline must be developed steadily. With practice, the mind will get fixed and the power of concentration will increase. To attain concentration and acquire one-pointedness, you must undergo exertion to some extent. You must fasten your mind on the Lord and keep off all other thoughts from the mental plane. By such exercise done constantly, your vision will be firmly fixed on the Lord residing in your heart . That is, verily, the goal, the full fruition of meditation.
- Dhyana Vahini, Ch 13: “Developing One-pointedness”


Tender hearts, holy thoughts and loving speech - these invoke divinity at all times. - Baba

Fickle mind

The mind conceives an object and dallies with it a little, but it soon discards it and runs after another one which it feels is more attractive! The Sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) has to be ever watchful of this tendency of the mind. When the mind flits from one thing to another, it must be brought back to the right path and the right object through concentration and meditation. That is the correct spiritual practice. If the aspirant does not make efforts to achieve this one-pointedness and allows the mind to follow its vagaries, the process deserves to be called ‘monkey meditation’, a type of meditation that is indeed very harmful to spiritual progress. You must redirect the mind to concentrate, to focus and to be one-pointed. Concentration endows you with divine joy, wisdom beyond measure, inner vision, insight into the deeper truths, clearer underst anding and oneness with God.
- Dhyana Vahini, Ch 13: “Developing One-pointedness”.


Dedication ensures success, purifies inner vision and gives lasting joy. - Baba

All are reflections of the Divine

Upasana means the acquisition of the Divine presence and the achievement of the bliss of adoration. Vedic tradition sanctions four paths as legitimate and fruitful to win this achievement: Sathyavathi, Angavathi, Anyavathi and Nidaanavathi. We shall consider the path of Sathyavathi today. The scripture defines the Divine thus: Sarva vyaapinam aatmaanam, ksheere sarpith iva arpitham - the Atma is immanent everywhere just as ghee permeates every drop of milk. When the seeker pursues the Truth with this conviction, his spiritual practices are called Sathyavathi (Truth-based). The Lord declares, “In My latent form, I am in the entire Creation, operating the mystery. See in Me all and see all as Me.” The Lord promises this vision of immanence and transcendence to whomsoever that persists with sincerity on this Sathyavathi path.- Sathya Sai Vahini, Ch 23: “Modes of Worship”


Cultivate your heart to raise a harvest of Truth, Righteousness, Peace and Love. - Baba

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi looked upon India as one country and planted the seed of unity between faiths and communities. This quickly grew, under his guidance into a big tree. He built a great spiritual movement on the basis of Atmabalam (soul-force) that strengthened the people’s unity and self-esteem. While the freedom movement was alive, the selfishness that had held back progress in material, moral, political and spiritual fields, was suppressed. And though the people suffered, it was but a prelude to their success. Sathyagraha is the path of Truth and Love - of the means being as pure as the ends. Gandhi could mould the people of this land and be hailed as the Father of the Nation as he was humble enough to accept criticism gratefully and learn from others.
- Divine Discourse, Aug 15, 1985.

Love wears the mantle of Truth. One wedded to Truth, is ever young and vigorous. - Baba

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author avatar amberdextrous
2nd Oct 2011 (#)

Thank You for this fascinating and illuminating insight into some of the tenets of Hinduism, deeps.

The spirit behind Satya Sai Baba's words of wisdom will be recognised by people of all faiths -and of none- as a timely reminder of the need for quiet contemplation and constant self-improvement in our materialistic world.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
2nd Oct 2011 (#)

thank you dear for the wonderful and thoughtful comments.

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author avatar Buzz
2nd Oct 2011 (#)

I've read about the life of this holy man, Sathya Sai Baba. He inspired his followers with his teachings. Thanks, deeps, for sharing this insightful article.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
4th Oct 2011 (#)

Deeps: The beautiful pictures and words have helped me start a new day with more hope and inner strength. I need to go through all your posts.
Thank you.
Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
5th Oct 2011 (#)

I pray for you my dear.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
4th Oct 2011 (#)

Very powerful article, thanks deeps...

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
5th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you D

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author avatar LOVERME
5th Oct 2011 (#)

I can't post any poems and i am so glad i could get my views across to you for the first time after a long time
THANKS FOR READING ME STILL..

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author avatar Retired
6th Oct 2011 (#)

Sai Ram! Wonderful article and tribute to Baba. Teachings are very similar to Amma's. Namaste- rd

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
6th Oct 2011 (#)

thank you Rama dear.

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author avatar vpaulose
6th Oct 2011 (#)

A very nice information. Thank you Deepa.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Oct 2011 (#)

Beautifully presented documentatiopmn of Sai Baba's teachings. Thank you deepa, for a lovely star page well-deserved.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
9th Oct 2011 (#)

thank you Steve. Hope the boys are all right by now.

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author avatar Jack Wellman
11th Oct 2011 (#)

I can see that I will be visiting your page again. I love learning about others and other religions to better understand people. PS, yes, it DOES look like a horses head. Thanks.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
14th Oct 2011 (#)

oh good Jack, now I know that I am dear to God

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author avatar White haired one
13th Oct 2011 (#)

Beautiful article deeps
congratulations on the star, well deserved.

WHO

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
14th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you dear WHO

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
14th Oct 2011 (#)

Great spiritual wisdom.
Namaste, Sairam!

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
15th Oct 2011 (#)

sairam dear rathna

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
25th Aug 2012 (#)

Once a visitor to his ashram asked baba whether he was a god. His answer was: Yes, I am a god, and I know it. You too are a god, but you seem not to know it. That is the only difference between you and me.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
26th Aug 2012 (#)

yes sir. we are all reflectionso f the supreme God, many are the ways to reach HIm, but the destination is the same. If only people realized that.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
3rd Sep 2012 (#)

A Well written article. Thanks for the nice pictures too.

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