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Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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TREAD THE PATH OF TRUTH BY CONSTANTLY
CONTEMPLATING ON GOD
The creation emerges from truth and merges into
Is there a place in the cosmos where truth does not exist?
Visualise this pure and unsullied truth. (Telugu Poem)
Truth is all-pervading. Truth is omnipresent. We are
witnessing Truth everywhere. In fact, all our Darshan, Sparshan and
Sambhashan are associated with Truth only! Where is Shuddha Sattwam (pure
consciousness)? It is everywhere. Truth has no form. Whatever we see is
Truth! (Swami has created an object) This is Truth. From where did it
come? It has come from Truth and it will merge in Truth. It is said,
Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma (verily all this is Brahman). Truth is the
embodiment of Brahman. Truth is indivisible. It is not two; one and only
one. Yet, people have to make a lot of effort to realise this Truth. Truth
is not merely a word. It assumes several forms. Similarly, Brahman assumes
infinite number of forms. Yet, Brahman is one only. That is the reason why
it is said, Brahma Sathyam Jagan-mithya(Brahman alone is real, the world
is a mistaken perception). Everything else is the reflection of Brahman,
nothing else. Truth is one, but the wise say it in different ways.
Everything in this Universe is born out of Truth. Dharma (righteousness)
has emerged out of Sathya (Truth). It is said, Sathyannasti Paro Dharma
(There is no Dharma greater than adherence to Truth). When Truth and
Righteousness go together, Peace is the result. From Peace comes Love.
This Love envelopes one and all. There is no place in this world, where
Love is not present. Similarly, there is no place in this world where
Truth is not present. Thus, from Truth and Righteousness emerges Peace and
from Peace, Love; and finally from Love emerges Bliss. Where there is
love, there is no scope for hatred. It is exactly at such a place,
non-violence makes a beginning. Hence, if you wish to promote
non-violence, you must cultivate love. If only there is love, all will
The Bhagavadgita says, Mamaivamsho Jivaloke Jivabhuta Sanathana (the
eternal Atma in all beings is a part of My Being). The impact of this
declaration is “All are My Amsa (part). You are not different from Me. You
are My own reflections! You are Me and I am you.” Names and forms may be
different, but, the Atma present in everyone is the same. Each body
assumes a different name. These names are given for the purpose of
identification. They do not, however, reflect your true self. It is the
same Atma that is in all life. Hence, love that Atma. Then, it amounts to
loving yourself. Today, love has assumed different names and forms in the
world. The love between a husband and wife is termed as Anuraga.
Similarly, the love a mother has towards her children is referred to as
Vatsalya. These are all mental feelings only! However, the love that
permeates all individuals is only one. With such a universal love, all can
be united. There will be no scope at all for differences. There will be no
duality. Where there is no duality, all are one! A man with dual mind is
half blind. We are not blind. Are we? We have two eyes; together, they see
one object only. Hence, we are all one.
When the feeling of fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man is
cultivated, the feeling of difference, fighting with one another, unrest,
agitation, etc., will be wiped out from the world. All are children of one
father, God! We have to foster such a noble feeling today. Only then will
humanity become one. How do you refer to yourself? You say, “I am a human
being.” Who is a human being? A person full of Kama (desire) and Krodha
(anger)? No, no. The real meaning of the word Manava is one who conducts
his life with no feeling of difference. In fact, we should not entertain
any feeling of differences. We are all embodiments of Divine Self! We are
the children of one father, verily! The names and forms appear to be
different. Basing on these names and forms, we should not develop a
feeling of differences. Wherever we go, we must all be united. Is it not a
fact that the hand is only one, though the five fingers are different from
Jewels are many but gold is one.
Cows are many but milk is one.
Beings are many but breath is one.
Castes are many but humanity is one. (Telugu Poem)
We have taken birth as human beings. We are all human beings. Though we
are all human beings we may have differing capabilities, but the Atma in
all the human beings is one only. Look! There are several electric bulbs
glowing here. Though the bulbs appear to be different, the current flowing
in them is only one. Human bodies are like those bulbs. Each bulb may be
of different wattage. I will always be happy to drive home this point of
oneness. I have received lakhs of letters recently urging Me to restrain
Myself from drawing out lingam from My body. They prayed, “Swami! You are
making the Atma Linga emerge out of Your body. The doctors are also
advising against it. You are, of course, required to produce the Linga to
make the human beings realise the truth and experience its divine
The Hiranyagarbha Linga will be in liquid form in the body. For it to
solidify, a lot of energy is required. To expel the Linga calls for a lot
of strength of the body. Each Linga that emerges out of your body has much
weight. It is not good for your physical body to spend so much energy to
draw out those Lingas. Let those who believe your Divinity do so; have no
concern for others who do not. Please do not strain Your physical body
under any circumstances. Your body is very important for us. We have, in
fact, sought refuge in You. If you thus weaken Your body, we are very
anxious. Hence, kindly restrain Yourself and conserve Your physical
God, by His Divine Will can achieve anything. He can change the earth into
sky and vice-versa. It is very easy for Him. But, of what use it is? What
will happen to the Sadhakas, thereafter? Hence, please do not make use
Your precious divine energy to make the people happy or to satisfy them.”
True. This body is already 81 years old. This will last for a few more
years. I have to maintain this body to provide joy to all of you in
several ways. Very soon, I will provide you infinite bliss. For those who
will be happy to see My physical body in good condition, the body is
important and necessary. Hence, it is also My duty to take good care of My
In Bharat devotion is very important. You call this country as ‘Hindu’
country. The five letters in this word ‘Hindu’ stand for several pentads
of entities such as Panchabhutas (five elements), Pancha Pranas (five
life-breaths) and Pancha Koshas (five life sheaths). Then, what is the
inner meaning of this word ‘Hindu’. The letter ‘H’ stands for Humility,
‘I’ for Individuality; ‘N’ for Nationality; ‘D’ for Divinity and ‘U’ for
Unity. It is only when you maintain unity, you can achieve divinity.
Similarly, it is only when you develop divinity, you can achieve peace and
happiness. We have to safeguard the national feeling. We have to develop
faith in the unity of the nation. If we lose the national feeling, we
cease to exist. What is it that protects national feeling? The
individuality will sustain humanity.
We have to set a limit to our aspirations in this world. Only then will we
have peace. God is omnipresent. The entire universe emerges from truth.
The entire creation reflects collectivity. Wherever you see, it will only
be equality. Do not imagine that God is somewhere far away in a niche of
his own. You are all embodiments of Divinity! You develop that feeling. In
fact, this truth is being experienced by every human being directly. You
just reflect on yourself for a moment, closing you eyes: “Who am I?” What
did you see on closing your eyes? Nothing. But, you hear one question
constantly ringing in your ears: “Who am I? Who am I?” Then you will
realise, “I am not this form.” All these names and forms are transient.
They are never permanent.
The body is given to you to toil hard. You should not feel bad about
sorrows and difficulties. If there are no difficulties at all, you will
not know the value of happiness. Pleasure is an interval between two
pains. In fact, we derive pleasure out of pain only. Even difficulties are
only for a short period. If you wish to acquire more happiness, you must
experience some difficulty and pain at least. Saint Purandaradasa sang
Oh! Rama! Who is the one that painted the peacock’s feathers?
Who is the one that gave a red beak to a green parrot and made it
Who is the one that watered the tree on a hill?
Who is the one that provides food to the frog in the rock?
You are the sustainer of the entire universe. (Telugu Poem)
Divinity is the direct witness to humanness
May you therefore protect all!
May you pervade all living beings!
You are omnipresent as the Divine Atma
The Atma protects Atma, none else;
Oh! God! May you grant all, the awareness to realise this truth. (Telugu
We have to develop faith in the Atma Tattwa. Atma has no name and form,
whatsoever. Yet, if you develop faith in the Atma Tattwa, it will protect
you always. In fact, Atma is the living divinity!
Sarvatah Panipadam Tat Sarvathokshi Siromukham, Sarvatah Sruthimalloke
Sarvamavruthya Tishthati (with hands, feet, eyes, head, mouth and ears
pervading everything, He permeates the entire universe).
The Atma Tattwa that pervades all living beings is true and eternal. The
Atma is indivisible. The same Atma permeates all, just as the same current
flows through all bulbs. If the electric wire that carries current to all
the bulbs is cut at one place, all the bulbs cease to glow.
Dear students! The scientific advancements are creating lot of havoc in
the world. Several difficulties are arising on account of these scientific
experiments. Cows are being fed with tripe in America, with an expectation
that they will yield more milk. But, those cows are suffering from several
other diseases. In fact, those who drink their milk are also exposed to
diseases. Each country is experimenting with some new changes. It is only
the Bharatiyas who are leading a natural life till now. One should not
lead a life of artificiality. If you lead such a life, everything in your
life will be artificial. For example, you might have observed a lot of
changes in the vegetables we consume of late. We the Indians consume a lot
of green leafy vegetables. The leafy vegetables provide good strength to
our body. Now, they are grown with the polluted water flowing through the
drainage system. Today, all the vegetables and green leafy vegetables are
polluted. Several people in India, especially those living in the southern
states like brinjal curry (called Vankaya in Telugu). There is a poem
which extols the taste of this curry thus:
Matchless is the taste the curry of Vanka(ya)
Matchless the face of virtuous Sita like a blossomed Panka(ja) (lotus)
Unmatched is the compassion of the Lord Sanka(ra)
Unequalled indeed is the valour of the victor of the Lord of Lanka.
But, this poem does not apply to the present-day brinjals. They are
totally polluted. Because of this increasing pollution day by day, our
minds are also polluted.
Dear Students! You are well educated. You should not read all sorts of
trash and pollute your mind. Follow our glorious Indian culture. Indian
culture is very sacred. Our ancestors experienced the glory of our great
culture and led their lives happily. I am sure that in the very near
future even the people from overseas will fully realise the greatness of
our Indian culture and adopt it. We, however, need not wait till such
time. Let us take to the noble path right now. God protects all in every
way. He knows everything. When God Himself is in us and with us, we need
not fear anything.
Prior to independence in our country, I used to conduct meetings in
villages. I used to tour the villages with a view to help the poor people.
When I was moving about in the villages wearing a knicker and half sleeves
shirt, people used to restrain Me treating Me as an immature boy. They
used to bring a dhoti and make Me wear it over My shorts so that I may
look like an adult to match the kind of activities I was doing. I used to
go to the houses of the harijans and teach them some folk songs. Here is
one such song that is meant to bring about a transformation in the rich,
in their attitude towards the poor:
We toil in the fields day and night
ploughing and sowing and harvesting;
You sit in the cozy comfort of your mansions
eating, drinking and making merry;
You don’t even get down and enquire our welfare,
Toil is ours and all comforts, yours;
Is it proper? (Telugu Song)
The harijans used to sing songs composed by Me in the public. Whenever
anyone questioned their intransigence, they used to sing another song
composed by Me, as a reply:
The earth is God’s gift, not the property of the rich,
If you attack us with your might, God is there for us;
Great souls there are, charged with the feeling of brotherhood,
Awake! Awake! Rise up from the slumber of Maya. (Telugu Song)
While I was thus charging the poor and downtrodden with My songs, the rich
used to feel embarrassed and attack Me. Even the elder brother of this
body used to reprimand Me, saying “Why do you engage yourself in such
activities in the public? You don’t go out. Sit quietly in the house and
study Your lessons. You should not stir out of the house, hereafter.” So
saying, he used to lock Me up in a room at home. All My regular companions
would come to our house and call Me, “Raju! Raju! Raju!” Poor souls! They
were so much attached to Me. I used to counsel them saying, “My dear ones!
Bear with Me for sometime. I shall surely come out and fulfil your
aspirations. I belong to you.” Thus, I have been helping the poor since
then, till date.
To protect the poor, provide succour to them by giving food, shelter and
water and thereby make them happy is My duty. Even now I am sending My
students to every nook and corner of the villages to distribute food to
the villagers. Whenever a hungry person stands in front of our house, I
used to provide food to him even foregoing My share of food. For those who
had no clothes to wear, I used to give away My clothes. Thus, I have been
helping every needy person since My childhood.
My motto then as now is Help Ever, Hurt Never. I had a lot of experience
in helping others since childhood. Several people pay ‘lip service’ to the
poor, but they do not really help them. Manasyekam Vachasyekam,
Karmanyekam Mahatmanam; Manasyanyath Vachasyanyath, Karmanyanyath
Duratmanam (Those whose thoughts, words and deeds are in perfect harmony
are noble ones; those who lack harmony of these are wicked). I have been
protecting, fostering, counselling and making the people tread the right
path since My early days till today. I never did any harm to anyone. I
have never shown anger or hatred on anyone. However, some people out of
egoistic envy are fabricating some stories about Me and publishing them in
the newspapers. They are resorting to false propaganda about Me in the
print and electronic media. All this does not perturb Me. I am not afraid
My very name is Sathyam Sathyam Sathyam (truth). I am bound by truth. The
name of this body is Sathyam (Truth). I will never stray away from the
path of truth. Persons indulging in vituperative publicity impelled by
envy, greed or hatred will reap the appropriate consequence. The time has
come when proper action has to be taken to dissuade these people from
resorting to such false propaganda. Of course, they are also not to be
blamed. They are resorting to such false propaganda for the sake of money.
They must try to realise their mistake. There is not even an iota of dosha
(impurity) in Me at any time. Hence, you all follow Sai. You can achieve
anything in this world by following the path of truth. Tread the path of
truth by constantly contemplating on God. (At this point, Swami enquired
the children whether He is causing any inconvenience to them by giving a
long discourse. The children replied in one voice, “No, Swami!”)
It had never been My intention to cause suffering to anyone. Such thoughts
do not come anywhere near Me. Whatever I do is for your own good, not for
Me. In fact, even the food I partake is for you only! The water I drink is
for you! Thus, all the activities I undertake are for your good only!
Those who realise this truth will be benefited. Their lives will be
I was deeply pained to know that people in some upland areas of the East
and West Godavari districts are drinking polluted water. Immediately I
arranged for the supply of pure drinking water at a cost of rupees two
hundred crores. Nearby in the lowlands the Godavari flows, but they had
not even a drop of water to drink. Hence, I arranged for lifting of the
Godavari water to the upland areas through pipes. They are all very happy
now. I intend to visit those people shortly. That is great news for them.
They are very happy and give expression to their joy thus: “Swami! We
never imagined that You will shower such abundant grace on us. Your love
and compassion are unparalleled. We are extremely happy and grateful to
know that You are visiting us.” They are cleaning all the roads en route
and making all arrangements for My visit. Ramakrishna and Kondal Rao, who
executed the project, are accompanying Me. Thus, we must help others and
do good to all, to the extent possible. If you thus lead your life, you
will also be happy. Everything will be turning out good for you as well.
Dear students! Whenever you come across an enemy, offer Pranams
(salutations) to him lovingly and say, “Oh! Brother!” They will also wish
you in the same way, with love. All are brothers only! It is only when you
conduct yourself in such a manner that you would have earned good name to
our Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. We are not taking even a
paisa from the students. Not even examination fees. Students from
different parts of the country and even abroad come here, pursue their
education and go with high academic degrees. We are even providing for
research degrees like Ph.D., at great cost. If all the students develop
such exemplary character as in Sathya Sai Institute, our country will earn
great name. We have good news about our past students pursuing their
vocations in America. Recently, a plane load of our past students from
U.S.A. visited Prasanthi Nilayam. The plane was specially chartered from
America for their visit in appreciation of the services rendered by them
in that country. They said, “Swami! There are several students from your
Institute in our country. They are great people. They are giving us a lot
of joy.” There are two hundred past students from our Institute. They,
along with their families, numbering 250 in all came here. They
experienced great bliss during their stay in Prasanthi Nilayam. While
leaving, they expressed their gratitude saying, “Swami! We never imagined
even in our dreams that You will provide so much grace to us.”
I intend to undertake a world tour, shortly. Several devotees are coming
here from Africa and Russia. The devotion of the Russians is
indescribable. There are several Russian devotees sitting in this hall.
They enjoy a lot, My discourse. (Pointing towards the Russian devotees)
“Look! Those devotees with raised hands are all Russians.” They are all
very devoted. (Pointing towards the Russian devotees again …) “You are not
Russians. You belong to our country only! I love you all.”
Dear students! There are several countries in the world like Russia,
America, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, etc. Though the countries are
different, the people living in all those countries belong to us only!
They helped a lot for the construction of the Indoor stadium in Prasanthi
Nilayam. They worked hard day and night. They love Swami intensely.
Wherever I go, they follow Me. They run after My car. They even came to
Chennai (Madras) recently when I was there. They are coming here,
unmindful of the great difficulties and expense. You have to learn a lot
from their devotion to Swami.
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