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By- Prof. Anil kumar Kamaraju

prēma rūpamu brahmambu
prēma prēmatō sandhimpa nīmamagunu
kāna prēmanu pūrtiga kaligiyunna
advitīyamu cendaga narhuḍagunu

“Love is God. God is Love. Live in Love!”
“Love is my form.” Love indeed is God.
“Sridhara is all Love. Love alone is his divine form.”
How charming are these maxims! Their sweetness is indescribable. Bhagavan is full of love, the very image of Love. He is indeed “Love on two feet!” as someone put it. Swami’s every deed is “love in action.” In every discourse he speaks about love.

satya dharma mahimsayu śānti prēma
mānavuni pancaprāṇālu mahini velayu
pancaprāṇālalō prēma enca heccu
kāna h ṛdayāna prēmanu gattiparacu

All that is spoken with Love is Truth, all that is done with love is Righteousness, all that is experienced is Peace. When thought, word, and deed are filled with love, the result is indeed Non-violence. All values spring only from Love.

pūrṇa prēmayande p̣ut tunu saukhyambu
satya tyāga śānti kshātramabbu
prēma teliyakunna kshēmambu lēdokō
satyamaina bāta sāyi māta

Where jealousy and hatred, arrogance and egotism raise their head, there love does not exist. Don’t we see this every day! Love is the first, foremost, and divine gift God has granted us at birth. In course of time, egotism, like thick smoke, envelopes us and blocks Love from our view. In the meanwhile, as self-interest and selfishness accumulate, we are denied even the taste of Love.



prēma pantanu panḍincu pairu lēdu
angaḍanduna dīniniamma vīlu kādu
prabhuvulainanu sāmānya prajalunaina
ahamu viḍanāḍi tyāgulai arayavalayu

What is the use of leading a life devoid of Love as a mere living corpse?

prēma lēnat ti manasadi prētabhūmi
anaga noppāru nijamuga avaniyandu
śvāsa niśvāsalani renḍu salupu cunḍu
kolimi tittini prānigā talapagalamē

Sathya Sai’s is the incarnation of Love. For the society of today starved of Love, Baba is the God dispensing freely the gift of Love.

prēmatattvam prabōdhinci
samata mamatalu ponduparaci
mānavatvapu viluvalu telisina
ataḍe daivamu ataḍe sāyi

As to the nature of Love, Baba himself has defined it.

paramātma prēmanu dharaṇilō janulaku
pravahimpacēỵutē parama bhakti
prati mānavunḍunu bratiki tānunḍuta
svārthambunaku kādu sanghasēva
cēyutakēanna śrēshtha bhāvambutō
melagucundina mēlu kalugu
maraciyu tanu tānu mānavasēvak
ankita magutayē ātma tṛpti
nishkalampu prēmanu h ṛdini nilpi
sakala jīvula kupak ṛtisalupakunna
puttiphalamēmi narudug pudamiyandu
intakannanu vēreddi erukaparatu

Swami says that Love paves the way to service, and that without love birth as a human being is useless. He added that for devotees, Love is indeed an ornament, even as lotuses are an ornament for a lake, and beautiful homes with decorative pattern in the front yards for a village, Or else, they become bare and barren, like deserts. It is the surging waves which lend enchantment to the sea.

kolanuku kaluvaye sṛngāram
grāmāniki indlē śṛngāram
samudramunaku alalē śṛngāram
ākāśāniki candruḍē śṛngāram

Baba says that whoever you may be, a distinguished scholar, a great warrior, or for that matter even a king, if you do not have Love, you are worth nothing.

sakala purāṇa sangrahavēttayai
vēdānta vēdyudau vibudhudaina
raktiyē pāraga ramya harmyambula
ramiyincu rājacandrudaina
raṇarangamandu parābhūta ripuḍaucu
velugondu jagadēka vīrudaina
dāridrya dēvata dākshiṇyamunakundu
daurbhāgya vibhuḍagu dāsuḍaina
prēma lēnicō enduku panikirādu
prēmarahituḍagu jagadbharta kanna
prēmaparuḍagu dāsuḍē vandyu ḍagunu
intakannanu vēreddi erukaparatu

Baba declares, “There is only one religion, the religion of Love.”

h ṛdayamandu prēmanu panḍincukonucunna
vāḍe kraistavunḍu vāḍ e sikku
vāḍe haindavunḍu vāḍe muslimu kūḍa
vāḍe mānavunḍu vasudhalōna


This is how Baba has characterises the nature of Love: The whole world depends on Love. If the stars do not fall down to the earth, and if the seas do not overstep their bounds, it is Love that permeates and sustains the entire course of creation.

ē prēma śakticē ī dharuṇī cakra
mirusu lēkunḍagā tirugucunḍu
ē prēma śakticē nella nakshatrālu
nēlarālaka minta nilaciyundu
ē prēma śakticē ī puḍami baḍaka
kadali rāyadu kāll u muducukoniye
ē prēma śakticē ī rēḍu lōkālu
gāli dēvudu suritīlu visare
ā mahāprēmaśaktiyē ātmaśakti
adbhuta mananta madvitīya magu śakti
ninḍiyunnadi brahmānḍa bhānḍamella

So, all branches of knowledge and all religions as well as their goals have their basis in Love. Love is the foundation of Life.

sarvamatamula mūlamu samasta śāstramula sāramu sārvamārgamula gamyamu samasta jīvula kīlakamu
prēmatattvamē adē jīvita saudhamunaku bhadramaina
punādi viśvakalyāṇamunaku vijñāna jyōti

Love is the centre, the breath of life. The lotus of the human heart blooms as Love dawns. The greatest of Bhagavan Baba’s miraculous powers is Love. Love brooks neither selfishness nor self-interest. Love is what fills a large heart. It is because man’s true nature is Love, that he seeks Love at any cost. It is through loving and being loved that he derives unparalleled happiness. Being vital for fulfilling human relationships as well as nearness to God, Love wards off any kind of sorrow, anxiety, or fear.

It is Love which transforms Man into Mādhava (Divinity). Many there are the course of whose lives changed thoroughly after a fortunate, brief contact with Swami. Selfish and narrow minded people have taken to service as spiritual practice. Sai’s love exercises such profound influence. Spiritual practice truly is the extension of love beyond self and family to loving all equally. Only then can we really undertake service. This is the meaning of Sai’s maxim, “Love All, Serve All.”

If Bhagavan is the ocean of Love, we are little drops. Realising that we are born not to die, but to achieve union with God, we should follow the yoga of love. In this context, we need to recall Baba’s warning. He questions, “How can a man love God, when he cannot love his fellow man?” There is a weakness is lurking within us: finding the faults in others. There is no greater sin than drawing attention to other people’s weaknesses. This fault finding habit never elevates you. Further, it brings into the open, your nature which, like mosquitoes and bed bugs, seeks to suck blood. But then we are not mosquitoes and bed bugs, are we? Can’t we, like the honey bee, enjoy the nectarine goodness in others? Love ever welcomes goodness. That is why Baba tells us, “Seek your own faults and others’ merits.” Indeed all our worship, meditation, etc., have failed to yield the promised good results because our thought processes have taken the wrong turn.

The meaning of wealth of character is indeed Love. The seed of love grows spiritually into a tree whose fruits are Bliss. Love alone can confer on us speech as sweet as honey, a glance as cool as moonlight, and a heart as soft as butter. Only the hard-hearted spends his time in using harsh and cruel words, imputing base motives, indulging in malicious actions, and dwelling on vicious ideas. Food is not spoiled only when the brass container is coated with tin. Otherwise the vessel gets tarnished. Similarly, when the heart is coated with Love, everything becomes enjoyable. Tap water is pure only when the tank water is also pure. Likewise, speech, thoughts, and actions emanating from a heart filled with Love are pure, selfless, and pious. From a spiritual perspective, we need to take to the path of Love from the embodiment of Love, Bhagavan Baba, realise and experience it. When Man, who is of divine origin, becomes a slave to envy, hatred, lust, anger, and so on, to attachment and arrogance, the influence of pravṛtti becomes evident. It is possible to overcome these through Love alone. Just as moonlight helps us see the moon, we should Baba, the embodiment of Love only with the lamp of Love.

Love in action is the basis for sacrifice and inspires Service. In a way, sacrifice can be also ranked as synonymous with Love. Without sacrifice, Love becomes only a variety of selfishness. We often see this phenomenon in many people. Labelling themselves ‘spiritual,’ they crave pleasure and wealth, and are not prepared to so much as step out of their home, spend a penny, exert themselves in the least, or forgo any comfort, much less a luxury. Poor fellows! That is only an illusion. That is why Baba reminds us saying, na karmaṇ na prajayā dhanēna tyāgēnaikē amṛtatvamānaśuh. Divinity is to be experienced only through sacrifice or renunciation.

Where there is Love of God, there is Fear of Sin also. Then, morality in society is firmly established. Love of God indeed is known also as Devotion. Faith rooted in Love is the source of jnana, wisdom. Consider a mirror. It is possible to look at the reflection only when the back of a mirror is coated with a chemical. Similarly the mirror of the heart reflects God, only when it is coated with Love. Even as heat melts wax, so does love melt the heart. The truth of the dictum, brhamavit brahmaiva bhavati, “To know Brahman is to become Brahman,” is realised only when God is contemplated with Love. It is Love which made the radiant face of Moses resemble that of Jesus. So too had Valmiki, the poet resembled Rama. This is the secret of how in the middle of terrifying jungles, the loving hearts of sages made wild animals mild.

Love is primordial, and emanated from hiraṇyagarbha, the cosmic egg. Failing to recognise the value of Love, man is yielding to mundane desires. Mixed with other metals, the value of gold diminishes. Similarly, Love of God is defiled by its admixture with worldly desires. The experience of Love confers Serenity. In spite of ups and downs, the Bliss emerging from that Serenity is unmoved; it neither waxes nor wanes.

Bhagavan Baba, whose nature is Love, whose form is Peace, whose mark is Truth, and whose action is Righteousness, is the ideal for mankind. The message this incarnation proclaims is a steadfastness unmoved by malicious gossip and scandal mongering, and an aversion to praise, flattery, and cheap publicity. Such an elevated stature is possible only through Love. Swami’s firmness, grandeur, and radiance express his Love. This is why leaders from India and abroad bow down at his feet. Come what may, his resolve remains unwavering, unyielding, and irresistible. As Swami is embedded in Truth, nothing is impossible for him. He wills, and institutions, buildings, and programmes of unmatched excellence arise under his direction and supervision. Such is his stature.

Baba, the ocean of love, is indeed Truth. When, acknowledging the benefits extended, the help rendered, the positions granted, and the numerous favours received from him, we bow down and offer humble salutations, Bhagavan responds, “Why? That is my duty.” Swami says, “Love knows no hatred.” All there is, is One, True, and Indivisible; there is no other.” Īśvarassarvabhūtānām. Being the embodiment of Love, Swami is the indweller of all beings.

ella bhūtamulandu tānēka magucu
bhinna dēhamulanduna bhinna magucu
avyayambayi velgondu ātmatattva
maraya jñānambu sārdhakam bagunu pārtha

As Bhagavan Baba puts it, “From tip to toe, there is no selfishness in Swami.” Whatever he does, instructs, or causes to be done, it is because of his unceasing shower of selfless Love alone, and nothing else. Swami remarks, “Love gives and forgives. Self gets and forgets.” Love is a giver, never a receiver. Swami’s hand goes on giving without fatigue or a break. We do not have words to describe his munificence in giving away food and clothing, and his shower of Love. Giving is such a joy to him. His Love is so boundless that he once observed, “For the Drinking Water Supply Project, I am ready, if necessary, to give up even Prasanthi Nilayam.” Addressing the students on another occasion, Swami made these startling remarks, “For your sake I am prepared to give you anything and everything. I will never hesitate to give away even myself.” He has such hopes about the youth.

As the New Year begins, people make ever so many resolutions. Years roll on, and not one is implemented. Remorse and regrets follow, and the earlier routine continues. Newspaper headlines highlight the crazy pranks, reckless screams, and violent orgies of that
midnight, and the subsequent casualties of drunkards and accidents. It is by reference to the calendar that we arrive at the New Year and celebrate it. But seconds become, minutes, minutes, hours, then days, months, and so on. So, the basic unit of the year is the second or minute. Every second is new, like every minute. We need not wait for the year to come to a close if we wish to reform or transform ourselves. This is the sage counsel of Sai.

One should view every second as the Grace of the divine, and conduct oneself accordingly. With Love as the guiding principle, it is possible to make our lives ideal, irrespective of the number of programmes undertaken, plans contemplated, speeches delivered, and other commitments and avocations. The New Year resolve should be an attempt to sanctify our bodies and our time with the message of Love. First of all, one should begin with implementing Baba’s divine directive, “Start the day with Love, Spend the day with Love, Fill the day with Love, and end the day with Love.” Swami’s words alone are the guiding lights of our life. They are the lamps illuminating the path, and the path itself as well. The one and only way to experience divinity Bhagavan Baba gave us is, “Love Al, Serve All.” Therefore, as the New Year begins what we must resolve, remember and practice, not try to ( Swami points out, “ ‘Try, Try, Try,’ leads to ‘dry,)’ are Swami’s divine teachings.

“Past is beyond recovery,” “Future is uncertain,” “Past is history,” “Future is mystery.” Then, what is left is, “Live in the present.” Let us recapitulate Swami’s elegant description of ‘duty.’ As the past is the foundation of the present, and as the results of today are enjoyed tomorrow, Swami points out that the present is not any ordinary present, but omnipresent. Living in the present is true spirituality. When recalling the past, someone laments over it, Swami says to him, “Past is past.” Let us not waste time in unnecessary talk. Let us entertain thoughts of divinity, and thereby sanctify time. “Time waste,” observes Swami, “is life waste.” Let us undertake service and give the god given body a purpose and a meaning. Our hopes and resolutions should be oriented this way.

Following the Christian era, we treat the first of January as the beginning of the New Year. But, different regions of India celebrate the New Year based on the phase of the moon, the month, or the constellation. As we use in everyday life the Christian calendar, it is but proper, relevant, and instructive to reflect however briefly on Christ’s teachings. Baba once remarked, “You need not do any service to me. I myself am coming to you and serving you. Always I will be reflecting on projects to be undertaken to promote the welfare of society.” Consider the words of Lord Jesus on the same topic:


Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Matthew, 20:25-28)

Bhagavan Baba is extremely fond of the pupils of the Primary School, their talk, their games, and their singing. Their innocence, purity, openness, and wholehearted love attract Swami so much. As Sri Kasturi once pointed out, “Won’t it be wonderful if right now we could become little children enrolled in the Sri Sathya Sai Primary School!” Divinity is only another name for simplicity and spontaneous love. This is what draws us close to God. Now let us ponder over the following words of Lord Jesus:

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me (Matthew, 18: 2-5).

Those of us who have read Sai Saccaritra are familiar with the way Shirdi Sai taught a lesson to a rich man. On another occasion, when someone asked Shirdi Sai for brahmajñana, he replied, “First, look to the money in your pocket.” Sathya Sai observed, “Money comes and goes. Morality comes and grows.” Dharma is greater than wealth. When a young man who had kept the commandments came seeking “eternal life,” Lord Jesus counselled him in this way:

The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. (Matthew, 19:20-21)

Let us make a beginning in this New Year with some degree of detachment. Has not Veda proclaimed, na karmaṇā na prajayā dhanēna tyāgēnaikē am ṛtatvamānaśuh? Bhagavan Baba says, “God does not accept partnership. Your heart is not a double sofa set. It is a single chair.” This idea is elaborated in his poem:

talli kante migula daivambe daggara
sannihituḍ u cāla tanḍri kanna
attI daivamunu vīda abbunu pāpambu
satyamaina bāta sāyi māta

When one of the Pharisees, a lawyer, thought to trick Lord Jesus with the question, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Matthew, 22: 36-37). It is in this spirit that Baba once commented, “God is your best friend.” This is why devotees extol Baba with the song, mātā pitā bandhu tum hō (You are our mother, father, kinsman). May we hope to love God evermore.

For every little act of ours, we look for lots of publicity and recognition. We are strangers to doing anything without expectation of a return. Our identification with the body and our concern with whatever is external make us crave from society prestige, authority, status, position and other worldly attractions. Actions and thoughts stemming from expectation of rewards are totally unspiritual. That is why Baba wants us not to be thinking of rewards of our actions, and focus on the manner of our actions. Moreover, Baba says you should not undertake spiritual practices
in order to attract the attention of others. It is not people but the Lord who should approve our spiritual practices. The proper mode of spiritual practices is very unmistakably and forcefully brought out in this caution from Lord Jesus, his observations immediately preceding the Lord’s Prayer.

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly (Matthew, 6:1-4).

Baba does not care for externals, but looks into our hearts. This is chiefly what we should learn from Baba. He shuns publicity and seeks no recognition. His infinite Love is only for Love’s sake. That is why he says, “Love to Love, Heart to Heart.” Let us follow Bhagavan’s example and take up activities without regard for rewards. Let us entreat the embodiment of Forgiveness, our Compassionate Bhagavan, to bless us with plentiful diligence and devotion in our spiritual practices.

May we welcome the New Year with Bhagavan Baba’s divine blessings!



aniśambu atyanta anurāga bhōgālu
raktulai sujñānasaktulagucu
svaparabhēdamu vīḍi sarvajīvulayandu
samabhāvamunu jūpu sarasulagucu
kashtajīvulayandu karuṇa jūpincucu
tagina sāyamu cēyu dātalagucu
parula kādarśasadbhāvulagucu,
jagati satkīrti gānci śrī sāyi kṛpatō
sāti mānavulan depuḍu mēti yagucu
nityamunu dharmajijñāsa niratulagucu
uttamōttama vyaktulai yundru gāka

In this context let us recall one of Swami’s instructions. In a recent message on atmospheric pollution, he brought dwelt on how mankind is caught in a vicious trap, the wide ranging pollution of nature, and referred to pollution of the air, water, food, noise, soil, etc., and to greenhouse gases, global warming, and ozone depletion. He also added appropriately another factor, “mind pollution.” Notice how true it is!

kāmaśaktiye adhika mī kālamandu
vāni mitṛudu krōdhudu vīrivura
jērcukonnattI janulaku cētu kalugu
intakannanu vēreddi erukaparatu

There is no end to desires. As these can never be fulfilled, there follows the eruption of blazing anger and diseases. This is why Swami says, “Less luggage, more comfort. Make travel a pleasure.” Swami graphically portrays the trends in contemporary society in the following poem.

pāpabhayamby pōye paripātayi pōyenu dushkṛtam bilan
śrīpati bhakti pōye vivarimpaga lēniduranta k ṛtyamul
dāpuramayye lōkamuna tāpasalōka śaraṇyuḍai ā
śrīpati nāma cintanaye cēkura cēyu sukhambu mānavā

In this situation, it is essential that we should place a ceiling on the root of all sinful acts, viz., desires. Swami conveyed the need for a ceiling on desires thirty years ago. All the disorder and brutality of today spring from unlimited craving. By participating in service of society, detachment arises and nurtures Love. Then we may lead our lives as human beings.

puṇyakarmacēta bhuvini tyāgamucēta
prēma bhāvamulanu pempucēsi
dānavatva madaci daiva cintana cēsi
nitya jīvitambu nerapuḍayya

It is clear that good deeds, the spirit of detachment, and a loving disposition prevent and cure “mind pollution.” Swami says, “Don’t waste Food. Don’t waste Water. Don’t waste Energy. Don’t waste Time. Don’t waste Money.” Once Swami visited the College when I was in Brindavan. The day’s programme was over. When he was about to leave in his car, He called me to say, “Look here! Water is still running from the tap in your office. Go and attend to it.” I benefited doubly by being warned at a distance of one furlong from the College. For one thing, Swami’s omnipresence was again brought home to me strikingly as I began to shiver. Moreover, I was taught a lesson about my duty; I should not allow water to be wasted. Because Food is Brahman, it should not be wasted. As the Telugu saying runs, “the current of the river and the course of youth cannot be reversed, and this applies to time as well. So, let us in New Year follow implicitly Bhagavan’s instructions, and make our lives meaningful. Let us resolve to spend our time purposefully, fruitfully, and piously. Only the day, dinam, spent according to Swami’s instruction can be rightly called a day, and the rest are but days of grief, taddinams, commemoration anniversaries.

bhaktulandaru jēri bahgavntu ḍāyancu
cevula kimpuga nuti cēyu dinamu
bīdala vetalanni prītitō tolaginci
nanadammula mādki nunna dinamu
daivacintana cēyu dāsa bṛndamulaku
prīti m ṛshtānnamu pettu dinamu
mahanīyu levaraina mana kada kētenci
celimi bābākathalu ceppu dinamu
atti dinamunu dinamugā anubhavincu
takkina dinamulanniyu taddinamule
intakannanu vēreddi erukaparatu
sādhu sadguṇa gaṇyulau sabhyulāra

Any number of years may come and many more may pass. By the Grace of God we have been granted this human birth. We have our wish-fulfilling tree, Bhagavan Baba. All our aim is to rejoice in darśan, sparśan, sambhāshaṇ (vision of his form, touch of his feet, and conversing), and to be blessed and nothing else. Once Swami out of love for a devotee created a ring and himself put it on his finger. People all round him surrounded him and began observing it steadily with immense joy. In a jocular vein swami commented, “While I, the creator of the ring, am here before you, why are you watching the ring intently?” Then everybody burst out laughing. Isn’t that a fact! Isn’t it crazy on our part to exult over the creation, not the creator!

kāmitārthamu lellunu kalpataruvu
valenu dayacēyu dēvuḍu kala dokandu
durlabham bagu narajanma doraku katana
atani gāncuta parama lakshyambu mīku

They say, nadīnām sāgarō gatih, the sea is the goal of all rivers. So too is union with paramēśvara, the Supreme Lord, the goal of our lives. With folded hands let us humbly pray to Bhagavan to grant everyone peace and prosperity, bless our spiritual endeavours in the New Year!
(Translation: Padma and Ramesh Dutta Thippavajjala)

Source:  SBOI -  Prof. Anil Kumar


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