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Baba's letter to his Brother
At the early age
of 14, Sri Sathya Sai Baba revealed His future mission in a letter written to
His elder brother, Seshama Raju:
Dated: 25 May 1947
My dear One!
I received the communication that you wrote and sent; I found in
it the surging floods of your devotion and affection, with the undercurrents of
doubts and anxiety. Let Me tell you that it is impossible to plumb the hearts
and discover the natures of jnanis, yogis, ascetics, saints, sages and the like.
People are endowed with a variety of characteristics and mental attitudes; so,
each one judges according to his own angle, talks and argues in the light of his
own nature. But, we have to stick to our own right path, our own wisdom, and our
own resolution without getting affected by popular appraisal.
As the proverb says, it is only the fruit laden tree that receives the shower of
stones from passers-by. The good always provoke the bad into calumny; the bad
always provoke the good into derision. This is the nature of this world. One
must be surprised if such things do not happen.
The people too have to be pitied, rather than condemned. They do not know. They
have no patience to judge aright. They are too full of lust, anger and conceit
to see clearly and know fully. So, they write all manner of things. If they only
know, they would not talk or write like that. We, too, should not attach any
value to such comments and take them to heart, as you seem to do. Truth will
certainly triumph some day. Untruth can never win. Untruth might appear to
overpower Truth, but its victory will fade away and Truth will establish itself.
It is not the way of the great to swell when people offer worship, and
shrink when people scoff. As a matter of fact, no sacred text
lays down rules to regulate the lives of the great, prescribing the habits and
attitudes that they must adopt. They themselves know the path they must tread;
their wisdom regulates and makes their acts holy. Self-reliance, beneficial
activity : these two are their special marks.
They may also be engaged in the promotion of the welfare of devotees and in
allotting them the fruits of their actions. Why should you be affected by tangle
and worry, so long as I am adhering to these two? After all, the praise and
blame of the populace do not touch the Atma, the reality; they can touch only
the outer physical frame.
I have a Task: To foster all mankind and ensure for all of them lives full of
Ananda. 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. When I
am thus engaged in My beneficial task, how can My Name be ever tarnished, as you
apprehend? I would advise you not to heed such absurd talk. Mahatmas do not
acquire greatness through some one calling them so; they do not become small,
when some one calls them small. Only those low ones who revel in opium and ganja
but claim to be unexcelled Yogis, only those who quote scriptural texts to
justify their gourmandry and pride, only those who are dry-as-dust scholars
exulting in their casuistry and argumentative skill, will moved by praise or
You must have read life-stories of saints and Divine personages; in those books,
you must have read of even worse falsehoods and more heinous imputations cast
against them. This is the lot of Mahatmas, everywhere, at all times. Why then do
you take these things so much to heart? Have you not heard of dogs that howl at
the stars? How long can they go on? Authenticity will soon win. I will not give
up My Mission, nor My determination. I know I will carry them out; I treat the
honour and dishonour, the fame and blame that may be the consequence, with equal
equanimity. Internally, I am unconcerned. I act but in the outer world; I talk
and move about for the sake of the outer world and for announcing My coming to
the people; else, I have no concern even with these.
I do not belong to any place; I am not attached to any name. I have no mine or
thine. I answer whatever the name you use. I go wherever I am taken. This is My
very first vow. I have not disclosed this to any one so far. For me the world is
something afar, apart. I act and move only for the sake of mankind. No one can
comprehend My Glory, whoever he is, whatever his method of enquiry, however long
his attempt. You can yourself see the full Glory in the coming years. Devotees
must have patience and forbearance. I am not concerned nor am I anxious that
these facts should be made known; I have no need to write these words; I wrote
them, because, I felt you will be pained if I do not reply.
Thus, your Baba. .
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