Friday, September 4, 2020
A clear mirror reflects the rays of the sun. We can see the sun’s image reflected by the calm surface of clear water. Likewise, the sacred vision of the Supreme Self (Paramatma) is revealed to an unperturbed and tranquil mind in which all thought waves have been calmed. A pure and holy heart will mirror the Divine glory of Paramatma.
Summer Showers, Ch. 3, Brindavan, May 1979
Thursday, September 3, 2020
If you shed your ego and experience Divinity, you will get rid of your pain and enjoy lasting bliss. The Upanishads teach through stories the subtlest truths. You should understand their inner significance and taste the nectarine sweetness. This is possible only when there is inner purity (Bhava-shuddhi). Purity of heart leads to Self-realisation (Siddhi).
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 26/Ch. 33, Dasara, October 20, 1993
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
The story of the festival Onam is that of Emperor Bali, who was an embodiment of sacrifice (Thyaga), but who suffered from traces of ego (Ahamkara). Due to the predominance of other virtues and Lord Vishnu’s Grace, Emperor Bali overcame the ill-effects of ahamkara and attained mergence with Lord Vishnu, who appeared as Vamana. Bali personified the principles of sacrifice, charity and righteousness till his very end.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 14/Ch. 30, Onam, September 4, 1979
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Understand that God will never tolerate anger and ego. Why are we egoistic? Is it for physical beauty or strength of the senses or intellectual acumen or wealth? None of these is permanent. God has gifted every human being with Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-violence. Develop these qualities. On this special day, I bless you all to cultivate a good nature, lead a virtuous life and journey from goodness to ‘Godliness’ (Madhavathwa).
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 39/Ch.12, Onam, September 5, 2006
Monday, August 31, 2020
What is wisdom? Purity of thought, word and deed is true wisdom. Your body, mind and actions must be pure. On this basis it is said, “The proper study of mankind is man.” It means that the unity of thought, word and deed is true humanness.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 35/Ch. 22, Birthday, November 23, 2002
Monday, August 31, 2020
Do not try to find fault with others; search, rather, for your own.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, March 29, 1972
Sunday, August 30, 2020
One who aspires to realise the principle of the Self and teach the same to others should first of all develop purity of heart. One who lacks purity of heart is not eligible to realise the Self and teach the same to others. The principle of the Self cannot be attained merely by education, scholarship and intelligence. Purity of heart is of utmost importance for this.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 29/Ch. 90, September 2, 1996
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Pure vision leads to pure thoughts. Pure thoughts result in pure actions. Purity in action is essential for human existence. Purity in thoughts and purity in speech must lead to purity in deeds. This is the triple purity hailed by the sages. When this purity is manifest, human life gets redeemed. The principle of ‘Help ever, hurt never’ becomes the governing principle of daily life.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 31/Ch. 10, Vishu, April 14, 1998
Friday, August 28, 2020
You are the embodiment of Supreme Self (Brahman). Consider yourself as Brahman. Always live in the constant awareness, “I am Brahman, I am Brahman.” When you develop this awareness, you will become Brahman.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 29, Ch. 30, July 30, 1996
Thursday, August 27, 2020
All of you want bliss. If you follow Me, you will be always in a state of bliss. In fact, bliss is in you, with you, around you, above you, and below you. You are the embodiment of bliss.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 29, Ch. 30, July 30, 1996
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
You perform various types of spiritual practices to attain Supreme Self (Brahman). In fact, Brahman cannot be attained through such practices. Only through enquiry can you understand the principle of Brahman. Use your sense of discrimination and enquire.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 29, Ch. 30, July 30, 1996
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
All are embodiments of the Supreme Self (Brahman). Do not belittle yourself, saying you are a mere human being based on differences of names and forms. To see diversity in unity is a sign of ignorance. Not being able to understand the truth is also ignorance.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 29, Ch. 30, July 30, 1996
Monday, August 24, 2020
True spiritual practice lies in understanding one's true identity. One should enquire, "Who am I"? All the spiritual practices are meant to make you realise who you really are. Everyone uses the term 'I' while introducing themselves. It means that the principle of 'I' (Self) present in you is the same as the one in others.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 36, Ch.21, December 25, 2003
Monday, August 24, 2020
The duty that each one owes to himself is to clear the heart of fear and grief, to fill it with Love and Dedication.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, July 8, 1971
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Vinayaka is the Lord who removes all obstacles. The elephant is noted for its acute intelligence. Ganesha's elephant head symbolises sharpness of intellect and the highest power of discrimination. In a forest, when an elephant moves through the jungle, it clears all the obstacles, and leads the way for others to follow. Likewise, worship Ganesha at the start of any activity. His Grace is sufficient to clear all the obstacles in your path and grant success in your undertakings.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 22/Ch. 27, Students Hostel, September 4, 1989
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Lord Vinayaka’s elephant-head denotes that He can be compared to an elephant in intelligence, which always thinks twice before setting its foot forward. Lord Vinayaka is full of wisdom. The name Ganapati denotes that He is full of higher wisdom (Vijnana), discriminatory wisdom (Sujnana), and constant integrated awareness (Prajnana). People today forget the underlying meaning in the name Ganapati and engage themselves in mere rituals. You may not perform any rituals, but never give up worshipping Lord Vinayaka.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 37/Ch. 18, Ganesh Chaturthi, September 18, 2004
Friday, August 21, 2020
Lord Vinayaka is the leader of all, He has no leaders or master. Whenever a new task is undertaken, it is customary to invoke Lord Vinayaka’s blessings for the successful completion of the task. When you pray to Him and seek His blessings, all your efforts will meet with success.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 37/Ch. 18, Ganesh Chaturthi, September 18, 2004
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Ganapathi means the Master of Ganas. The ten senses, mind and intellect—these twelve are the Dwaadasa Adityas or twelve Ganas of which Ganapathi is the Lord. So, he resides in every person in the form of intellect and Jnana or wisdom.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 30, September 7, 1997
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Surrender implies that the individual will, should become one with the Divine will. Obey the Divine command implicitly without questioning. That is the sign of true devotion. Whatever God does, is for your good.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Sankranti, January 15, 2000
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Surrender does not mean that the devotee and God are different. True surrender implies the sense of oneness with God. “Without You, I cannot exist,” should be the attitude of the devotee.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 24, Ch. 23, September 2, 1991
Monday, August 17, 2020
You must feel the pain of others as your own; you must be happy when others are happy. That is the way to realise the unity of all. Above all, be vigilant; for, the fruits of spiritual practice (Sadhana) may be destroyed by negligence. When the rains come, the earth is again green, for the seeds of grass are underground, though you thought the land was dry and fallow. Good company, good deeds, etc. (Satsang, satkarma) have to be kept up, all through life.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 11, April 18, 1971
Monday, August 17, 2020
Get over fear, by establishing your mind in the One, for, fear can arise only when there is another.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, March 8, 1971
Sunday, August 16, 2020
We speak often about prayer. Prayer does not mean petitioning to God. Prayer is an index of the experience of Atmic bliss. It is a means of sharing this bliss, spreading it all around, being immersed in that bliss. Prayer must come from the heart. Prayer that is not heartfelt is utterly useless. The Lord will accept a heart without words. But He will not accept words and prayers that do not come from the heart. This is why God is described as the Lord of the Heart (Hridayesa). It is only when you have faith in this that you will be able to manifest your divinity.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 21, Guru Purnima, July 29, 1988
Saturday, August 15, 2020
What is meant by meditation? To think of God at all times and under all circumstances is true meditation. You should install God in your heart and discharge your duties with the feeling that God is the basis of everything. Only then can you be called a true devotee. Wherever you go, whatever you may do, recognise the truth that there is only one God and He is all-pervasive.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 38, Buddha Purnima, May 23, 2005
Friday, August 14, 2020
Krishna incarnated to establish Dharma. So, what He likes most is Dharma. Walk in the path of Dharma; that is the worship He is pleased with. The Flute is His favourite. So, like a flute, become hollow (devoid of desires) and straight (with no crookedness), and He will accept you.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 8/Ch. 30, August 19, 1968
Thursday, August 13, 2020
The principal message of Krishna’s life is divine Love. This most precious divine Love is immensely powerful, resplendent and as indestructible as diamonds. In the same way that diamonds can only be cut with another diamond, if you want to experience such divine love, your love for God must be equally strong.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 22/Ch. 25, Krishna Jayanthi, August 24, 1989
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Krishna is the embodiment of divine Love. The very word ‘Krishna’ means one who attracts: Karshatiti Krishna - ‘Krishna is one who attracts’. Krishyatiti Krishna - ‘Krishna is one who nurtures’, is another derivation of the name. This means that Lord Krishna cultivates devotees’ hearts, by removing weeds, sowing the seeds of good qualities and tending the crop of love. We can also say, Kushyatiti Krishna, meaning, ‘He who gives delight’. Krishna thus means, the one who cultivates our hearts and nurtures in them the crop of bliss.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 22/Ch. 25, Krishna Jayanthi, August 24, 1989
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Sathya Sai Baba wonderfully summarises the qualities possessed by one who is a genuine example of devotion: He must be free from anxiety and fear, pride and envy. He has four enemies that are intent on ruining him---anger, envy, hatred and the horde of desires. He regards both high and low as roles in the Divine play. When he insults or injures or rejects any one, he is, in fact, inflicting them on the God he adores.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 19/ Ch. 16, August 2, 1986
Monday, August 10, 2020
Devotion (Bhakthi) is a word that is used only with reference to love as directed to the Lord. When this love is broken up into many streams flowing in many directions and towards many points, it causes only grief, for it gets fixed on mortal things of the moment. Instead, allow the love to flow single-pointedly to the ocean of the Lord’s grace; this is the discipline (Sadhana) called devotion (Bhakthi).
Gita Vahini, Ch. 21
Monday, August 10, 2020
When you have here the very embodiment of love as your dearest treasure, why welcome into your hearts the waves of hatred, faction, fear and doubt?
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, February 23, 1971