Sathya Sai - The Eternal Companion (Volume 1 Issue 1, March 2022)
I am in you, with you, around you all the time. I am not separate from you. I am not an outsider, I am your Hridayavasi—Resident of your heart. I am your very own.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, May 27, 1995
God, who is beyond name, form, and attributes, in His infinite Love and compassion, incarnates in human form (Avatar) from time to time with a sweet name and a beautiful divine form for the redemption of humanity. He allures us with His divine Leela (play), filling us with bliss that is beyond description and comparison. God incarnated from time to time as Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and other Avatars. In our day and age, we are blessed and fortunate to be the contemporaries of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He is an incarnation of divine Love. His life, His ideals, His message, and His works can all be enshrined in one word – Love. He exhorted that the purpose of human life is realization of our divine nature, which is pure love. Swami showed us that the path to attain Self-realization is Divine Love.
Sharing Swami’s love and message is the duty of all spiritual seekers. The essence of Swami’s teachings is the practice of the five human values: Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love, and Nonviolence – the undercurrent being Love.
Sathya Sai – The Incarnation of Love
On the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri, with love and gratitude, we offer this inaugural issue of a periodical publication, Sathya Sai – The Eternal Companion at the divine lotus feet of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Even after His Mahasamadhi, Swami continues to guide us, guard us, and shower His love on us. He was with us, is with us, and will be with us forever. He is verily the Eternal Companion. Swami repeatedly assured us that He is always with us as Sai Consciousness – inside us, above us, below us, behind us, and around us – leading us to the ultimate goal of Self-realization.
Swami’s teachings are the essence of all scriptures. In this publication, we share His message from His divine discourses and letters. Diving deep into Swami’s teachings and practicing them will give peace, bliss, and enlightenment to one and all.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s love and teachings have transformed the lives of millions of people around the world. There are many devotees, young and old, who experienced His love and grace. We will share their personal experiences and the divine lessons learnt, which will inspire fellow pilgrims on the spiritual path.
Lord Sai, in His love and compassion, gave us the precious gift of the Sri Sathya Sai International Organization (SSSIO) as a platform to intensify our spiritual practices through the three paths of Karma (Selfless service), Bhakti (Devotion), and Jnana (Knowledge). He founded the Organization, nurtured it, and guided it over many decades and continues to guide us even today. In this issue, we will share the wonderful history of the SSSIO, USA from the 1960s. In future issues, we will explore the evolution and blossoming of the Organization in many countries around the world.
Swami recognized the unique spiritual potency and role of women, children, and Young Adults in the Sai spiritual movement. We will highlight their unique contributions, including special programs and initiatives.
Humanitarian Service – Love in Action
Swami advised that selfless service is love in action and the royal road to Self-realization. We will present some of the wonderful humanitarian service activities by SSSIO volunteers around the world in providing food, shelter, education, and health services to fellow brothers and sisters; and caring for the animals.
Swami also said that Nature is a gift from God and is the vesture of God. Our bounden duty, therefore, is to revere and serve Nature. Taking His advice, the SSSIO has been conducting many ‘Go-Green’ initiatives, such as planting trees, cleaning natural habitats, conserving resources, reducing plastic usage, using clean energy, and many other inspiring projects. Some of these projects are reported in this publication.
In this inaugural issue, we will outline how the SSSIO is promoting the practice of universal human values at the individual, family, society, national, and international levels for peace and happiness in the world. The Education Committee, the Public Outreach Committee, and the Sri Sathya Sai Scriptural Studies Committee will present initiatives to intensify our efforts to disseminate Swami’s message in every corner of the world – as per His divine command.
God’s glory, His love, and His works are infinite and unfathomable. As the Taittiriya Upanishad (Vedic scripture) says, God and His glory are beyond comprehension of the mind and expression in words. This humble attempt to share His love, His glory and His mission is like trying to measure the ocean with a small cup. However, there is immense joy in this effort – as He is the Anandaswarupa, the embodiment of bliss.
Key to Liberation
Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Geeta, Chapter 4, Sloka 9: Anyone, who knows the divine nature and works of an Avatar in true light, will be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Let us pray to our Lord Sai for His Blessings and Grace so that we will attain liberation in this lifetime itself.
Jai Sai Ram.