Sai: For what purpose were you born? (1) Man has been sent
into the world ... to realise the truth that he is not man, but God. The
wave dances with the wind, basks in the sun, frisks in the rain, imagining
it is playing on the breast of the sea; it does not know that it is the
sea itself. Until it realises the truth, it will be tossed up and down;
when it knows it, it can lie calm and collected, at peace with itself.
* Q: How am I God, Swami? I am a human
being with a human body
Sai: You are in this body, in this receptacle, ... to realize
the God you really are. This body is the cocoon that you have spun round
[yourself], by means of your impulses and desires. Use it to grow wings
so that you can escape from it! (3)
* Q: Do I have to reach God?
Sai: All creatures have to reach God. (4) It is the destiny
of man to journey from human-ness to divinity, as he has already journeyed
from animal-ness. (5) Some may ascend a plane, others may travel by car
or board a bus, some may prefer a train journey, others may like to trudge
along -- but all must reach the goal, some day or other. (6)
* Q: But, Swami, where will I find
Sai: [The] Divine Principle is the very core of man. ...
It is the source of strength which is unfailing and irresistible. ... The
Divine is here before you, behind you, inside you, outside you; the Intelligence
through which you can recognise. (7)
* Q: I'm sure I could find God if I
lived here at Prasanthi Nilayam, with You.
Sai: The community in which you find yourself is the arena
where you can win the victory, the gymnasium where you develop the skill
to win. (8)
* Q: But why must I stay in such an
unhappy world, where I too am unhappy?
Sai: You [learn] by the experience of the buffetings of the
World. The World is a very essential part of the curriculum of man. (9)
The ... world is like a hotel to which we have come to experience the consequences
of our actions in the past. The body is a room in the hotel in which we
have to undergo the Karmic consequences. (10)
* Q: When I am home, many things distract
me. I don't often think of finding God.
Sai: Without trying to discover the Divinity that is in the
human form, people are wasting their lives. If you examine the great scriptures
of the world, you will find that they all emphasize the supreme preciousness
of being able to discover one's Divine nature, without which one cannot
achieve real bliss. Man seeks worldly pleasures and prosperity but does
not seek that inner Divinity which will give him permanent happiness. (11)
* Q: But, Swami, isn't it a long way?
Sai: You have got to go a long way. But do not be down- hearted.
(12) I have come to guide [you]. (13) I am ... ready to help you from the
first lesson to the last. (14)
Key: (1) Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram, III, 81. (2) Voice of
the Avatar, II, 4. (3) Sathya Sai Speaks, IV, 12. (4) SSS, I, 14. (5) Sathya
Sai Baba: Embodiment of Love, 65. (6) SSS, IV, 40. (7) VOA, II, 10. (8)
SSS, VIII, 5. (9) SSS, I, 12. (10) Sanathana Sarathi, 30, May 1987, 122.
(11) SSS, XI, 57. (12) SSS, I, 196. (13) Life of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai
Baba, frontispiece. (14) SSS, I, 196.
* Q: Swami, the Golden Age that You
have spoken about, when will it begin?
Sai: The day when the brotherhood of man and the Fatherhood
of God will shine bright and beautiful is dawning and drawing near. (1)
* Q: What will this time be like?
Sai: This age [will be a] Golden Age for the seekers of God,
for earning and learning Viveka. (2) [In it] falsehood will fail, truth
will triumph, and virtue will reign. Character will confer power then,
not knowledge or inventive skill or wealth. Wisdom will be enthroned in
the Councils of Nations. (3)
* Q: What sign will You give that the
Golden Age is beginning?
Sai: The glory of Sai will spread to every part of the world.
It will increase a thousandfold. (5) You will see thousands pressing along
this road, hundreds on every rock on these hills. (6)
* Q: How crowded it will be!
Sai: [That] day when millions will gather to benefit from
the Avatar is fast coming; I am advising you to garner and treasure all
the Grace and all the Bliss you can, while you may, so that you can sustain
yourselves ruminating on the sweetness of the memories and the experience.
* Q: If millions come, where will we
Sai: The time will soon come when this huge building or even
vaster ones will be too small for the gatherings of those who are called
to this place. The sky itself will have to be the roof of the Auditorium
of the future; I will have to forego the car and even the aeroplane when
I move from place to place, for the crowds pressing around them will be
too huge; I will have to move across the sky; yes, that too will happen,
believe Me. (8)
* Q: Walk across the sky, Swami. How
exciting that will be! How else will the world know You are the Lord?
Sai: Formerly, when the Govardhanagiri was raised aloft by
the little boy, the Gopis and Gopalas realised that Krishna was the Lord.
Now, it is not one Govardhanagiri, a whole range will be lifted. You will
see! Have patience, have faith. (9)
* Q: It is difficult for me to imagine
such a miracle!
Sai: Do not be misled. It is not my purpose to strike men
dumb by the display of miraculous might! I have come to confer the boon
of blessedness and the benediction of bliss as the reward for genuine spiritual
endeavour and to lead mankind into Liberty, Light and Love. (10)
* Q: How very fortunate I am to be
alive this day.
Sai: Your good fortune ... is greater than that available
for anchorites, monks, sages, saints and even personalities [embodying
facets of Divine Glory! (11) The fact that you are alive this day is a
* Q: Swami, why have you waited so
long to declare Yourself publicly? Why do You not declare the Golden Age
Sai: Prior to that I have to bring such persons near me,
who, in their previous lives, have been incessantly and untiringly trying
to get access to me through their severe sadhana. A time will come when
the world will know about the Avatar through public declaration. (13)
* Q: Who will declare You to the world,
Sai: Devotees of world stature, able to speak of Sai, will
be present when the time is correct for them. (14) The Mahapurushas, the
Mahatmas, the Jnanis, [and] the Yogis ... will all be co-operating in the
task of re-establishing righteousness and clearing the path for the World-attaining
* Q: What will the world be like when
You have finished Your work?
Sai:The world will be peaceful. ... All will be love -- love,
love, love everywhere.
* Q: Oh, Swami, what can I do to be
ready for the Golden Age?
Sai: Adhere firmly to the truth of your convictions. Be prepared
to meet any challenges. ... Be ready to face any situation. ... Strengthen
your faith in God. (17) Prepare for shouldering the task assigned to you
-- to be instruments dedicated [to] the mission on which the Divine has
Key: (1) Sathya Sai Speaks, X, 34. (2) SSS, XI, 186. (3)
Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram, III, 21. (4) Spirit and the Mind, Sandweiss,
245. (5) Sanathana Sarathi, 36, Dec. 1993, 333. (6) SSS, II, 90. (7) SSS,
VIII, 94. (8) SSS, II, 90-1. (9) SSS, III, 23. (10) Sathyam, III, 21. (11)
SSS, VI, 211. (12) SSS, X, 17. (13) Sathya Sai Baba and the Nara-Narayana
Gufa Ashram, I, 38. (14) My Baba and I, 205. (15) SSS, I, 32. (16) MBI,
189. (17) SS, 36, Dec. 1993, 333. (18) SSS, IX, 94.
* Q: Swami, You must get hungry, and
yet I have never seen you eat.
Sai: For Me, your Ananda [Bliss] is My Food. (1) I need no
other food than [that]. I am Anandaswarupa. My nature is Ananda. (2)
* Q: Do you ever sleep then, Lord?
Sai: If I needed rest I would not have incarnated. (3) I
do not sleep at night; I remember ... the events of my past appearances,
and I laugh within myself as memories pass across. (4) In the middle of
the night, [I turn] off the light and [rest] in bed because if the light
is on devotees gather. ... People think that Baba rests in the afternoon
until 4 p.m. But He never rests. He is never tired. He is always working.
* Q: Don't you wish sometimes to travel
somewhere else, just to get away from all this?
Sai: I have no need to see places. I am everywhere, always!
(6) I am not moved by the craving for a change, or for recreation, or travel.
* Q: Do you ever worry that, with all
these people here, You won't be able to complete Your work?
Sai: Worry is totally alien to me. I am not aware of any
difficulties, disparagement or pressures caused by others. ... (8) Nothing
can hold Me up or agitate Me or cast a shadow on Me in this Human Form....
My Sankalpa must prevail; My task must be accomplished. My Mission will
succeed. (9) I may sometimes wait until I can achieve ten things at one
stroke.... But My Word will never fail. (10)
* Q: You are always at work and yet
You seem so calm.
Sai: I do not have a time schedule to adhere to nor can any
law bind me. I am the ultimate from whom everything originated, in whom
it is preserved and in whom it will be destroyed. (11)
* Q: How can I know that side of You?
Sai: Stay at Prasanthi Nilayam; move with Me and experience
My company and conversation. Listen to Me and watch Me and then form your
conclusions; get in and know the depth; eat and know the taste. (12) The
way in which the Avathar has to be used for one's liberation ... is: watch
His every step, observe His actions and activities, follow the guiding
principle of which His life is an elaboration. Mark His Love, His Compassion,
His Wisdom, try to bring them into your own life. (13)
* Q: I should not only watch You. I
should also listen carefully to Your advice, should I not?
Sai: You can get Anandam only by following the advice I give
you and that is why I am particular that you should listen carefully and
take to heart all that I say. (14) Trust in My wisdom: I do not make mistakes.
Love My uncertainty! For it is not a mistake. It is My Intent and Will.
Remember, nothing happens without My Will. Be still. Do not want to understand;
do not ask to understand. Relinquish understanding. Relinquish the imperative
that demands understanding. (15)
Key: (1) Sathya Sai Speaks, I, 179. (2) Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram,
III, 64. (3) Sathya Sai Baba: Embodiment of Love, 216. (4) Life of Bhagavan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 10. (5) Conversations with Sathya Sai Baba, 65. (6)
Sathyam, III, 25. (7) LBSSSB, 124. (8) Sanathana Sarathi, 33, Sept. 1990,
245. (9) SSS, I, 95. (10) SSS, I, 189. (11) Sai Vandana, 142. (12) LBSSSB,
202. (13) SSS, VI, 167. (14) SSS, I, 15. (15) Sathyam, III, 43.
* Q: What is the goal of human life?
Sai Baba: What is the goal of human life? What is the objective
that man must realise? Is it just eating, drinking, sleeping, tasting a
little joy and grief and finally dying, like any bird or beast? No, certainly
not. A little thought will reveal that it is ... Brahma-Sakshathkara, the
realisation of the Absolute, of Brahman! (1) You have come from the Divine
and you have to go back to the Divine. (2)
That Divine Principle is the very core of man. Becoming
aware of this Truth is the goal of life; it is the source of strength which
is unfailing and irresistible. ... The Divine is here before you, behind
you, inside you, outside you; the Intelligence through which you can recognise.
It is also with you, but you are either blind or diseased with defective
vision or, worse still, wilfully inclined to close your eyes! (3)
* Q: What is the aim of all spiritual
Sai Baba: All spiritual practices are aimed at [the complete]
purification [of the heart]. (4) Love has an electronic effect on human
beings. It purifies the human heart. (5) Through love alone -- love acquired
through sadhana, and shared with all as sadhana -- can peace be attained,
by the individual as well as by the nation. (6)
God is the very Embodiment of Love. ... God who is
Love can be realised only through Love. (7) Unless you cleanse the mind
with Love, the Full Moon of Spiritual Wisdom cannot shine therein. The
recital of the Name, the observance of vows and vigils, of fasts and festivals,
may scintillate on the Inner Sky of the mind, as stars stud the sky, but,
until the Lamp of Love is lit, the darkness will not vanish. (8)
* Q: Why must I work? Why can I not
simply sit under this tree and read about God?
Sai Baba: As long as you are in this world, you must be engaged
in work. Work is very important for human beings. It is through your work
and activities that you learn to harmonize thoughts, words and deeds. (9)
Perfect freedom is not given to any man on earth because the very meaning
of mortal life is relationship with and dependence on another. (10)
The true Guru is not a human preceptor [teacher]. It
is the Cosmos Itself, Prakrithi, Creation, the World around us. (11) You
[learn] by the experience of the buffetings of the World. The World is
a very essential part of the curriculum of man. (12) The community in which
you find yourself is the arena where you can win the victory, the gymnasium
where you develop the skill to win. The spiritual journey lies through
compassion, sympathy, mutual help, and service, and these are fostered
by society and are to be used for society. (13)
* Q: Are we alone in the universe?
What are other beings like?
Sai Baba: The universe is without beginning and in it dwell
an infinitude of 'jivas' (living bther planet that has human life, or a
similar life form. ... There is life throughout the universe. [But] the
expression of life on Earth is upward through the human to the Divine.
By virtue of human birth, the next step is the full realization of the
Divine. Human life is sacred and must be appreciated as having the highest
The question about life in the universe arises because
you project your own particular circumstances. You feel that other ways
of life would be intolerable because such ways would be intolerable for
you. In the hot, blazing Sun, for instance, beings are living. This life
exists in circumstances considered to be intolerable by you. Elsewhere
in the universe, life feels it is Divinity, is one with Divinity, and is
quite happy, and feeling all is right. (16)
* Q: Are there other "gods" besides
God? What do they do?
Sai Baba: Just as the ruler of a petty earthly domain has
certain norms to go by in carrying out his duty, the Supreme Ruler of the
world, the Almighty, too, [has] such regulations in the matter of the governance
of the universe. It is puerile to say that God would do everything by Himself
simply because He is omnipotent. ... Even as there is a delegation of authority
in the administration of a terrestrial kingdom by a ruler by which various
functions are performed by several ministers who are assigned the charge
of certain departments and portfolios, in running the affairs of the Cosmos,
the Almighty God too assigns certain functions to certain gods like Indra,
Varuna, and Rudra. Just [as] all earthly matters are not taken directly
to a king, but are presented to the concerned ministers for action, all
prayers of man do not reach God Himself - they are attended to by His 'ministers'
-- Indra, Varuna and others. . (17)
The Lord will not interfere in the functions of the
different deities. He lets Brahma, Vishnu, and Easwara carry out their
respective functions according to the cosmic laws. (18) Prayers for worldly
ends do not reach God. They will reach only those deities who deal with
such restricted spheres. But all prayers arising from pure love, unselfish
eagerness to render service and from hearts that are all inclusive will
reach God. (19)
* Q: Why do I feel happy when I see
someone happy? Why do I not feel sad instead?
Sai Baba: We are not troubled when something is good, only
when it is bad. This is because goodness is natural and evil is an aberration.
We are worried and alarmed when someone slides into wrong or is in pain
or in sorrow. This is because nature plans us to be right, to be happy
and ever in joy. It is a pity that man has lost his understanding of this
* Q: I always feel this yearning, no
matter what I do. What is it?
Sai Baba: Man has an inborn thirst for God, an in-built yearning
for the Ananda of the highest order which will never fail or falter. (21)
The Lord has so shaped man that he is inclined towards God and delighted
at the expansion of his vision and happy when he is moral and virtuous.
So man must serve his best interests by adhering to his basic nature, by
concentration on Brahma, by the cultivation of Sathya and the practice
of Dharma. (22)
The deepest yearning of man is to experience the One,
the Basis, the Being that has Become. (23) It is only by drinking God that
[this] thirst can be quenched; not by substitutes or palliatives. (24)
Man can obtain Santhi only by returning to [his] native home, viz., God.
Until then, homesickness will haunt him. (25)
* Q: What sets human beings apart from
Sai Baba: Discrimination ... sets [human beings] apart from
the rest of the animals. (26) [The] divine power is present everywhere
in creation. Only man has the capacity to recognise this power. (27) No
other living being [than man] has been endowed with intelligence and [a]
discriminative faculty, heightened to this degree, in order to enable it
to visualise the Atma. This is the reason why man is acclaimed as the crown
of creation, and why the Sastras proclaim that the chance of being born
as man is a very rare piece of good fortune. Man has the qualifications
needed to seek the cause of Creation; he has in him the urge and the capacity.
Man alone can rise through effort to higher stages
of spiritual evolution. No other animal can do so. Animal tamers of the
circus can train a tiger to perform various tricks, but they cannot change
his nature. They cannot make it live on grass and
completely deprive it of meat. But man is different. His nature can be
changed by means of his own disciplined effort. He can control, by his
will, the evil thoughts and ideas that arise in his mind. This is why birth
as a human being is considered a rare gift. (29)
The special instrument that God has allotted man,
namely, Buddhi or the Intellect, has to be used by man to become masters
of these down-dragging senses. The Intellect has to be used to judge and
decide the means for the upliftment of the human to the Divine. It has
to help man to realize God. (30) In a world replete with ... opposites,
man has to make constantly the choice between what is right and proper
and what is wrong or undesirable. A man who has no such discriminating
faculty is an animal. Man should not let himself be guided by the mind.
He should follow the directions of his intelligence (Buddhi). As long as
you follow the mind, you cannot obtain Madhava (Divinity). (31)
* Q: When I do something, do I do it
or does God?
Sai Baba: You have to realise that little depends on your
efforts alone. You can have proof of this in your own body. For instance,
what efforts are you making to see that your heart beats regularly? How
far are you responsible for the breathing process that goes on continually?
What is your contribution to the digestive process that goes on within
you? Are these the results of human efforts? Can you continue to live merely
by wishing that you should go on living? Are you able to end your life
when you wish it? Are you responsible for your birth? Not at all. When
you inquire into this problem, you will realise that it is your sense of
doership and enjoyership which is causing all difficulties. (32)
When [a person] performs actions, regarding himself
as the doer, the actions become fetters that bind him. All actions which
are performed with the feeling that they are intended as offerings to please
the Divine do not lead to bondage. They become "desireless" (Anapeksha)
actions. One has to recognise that it is the Divine principle in all beings
which is getting actions done through human beings as instruments. As long
as man regards himself as the doer (kartrutva) and enjoyer (bhoktrutva)
he cannot escape from the consequences of his actions. (33)
* Q: What should I do if I see a crime?
Sai Baba: Today many are indulging in actions opposed to
Dharma and Truth and, on the basis of their caste or community, are promoting
strife and conflict in the country. Elders in the nation are remaining
mere spectators of all the unrighteous and violent actions that are being
done by the evil elements. Even the scholars and intellectuals are remaining
silent. Persons holding high office are merely watching what goes on. No
one, however, is making any effort to stop this menace. They are not resisting
the evil elements. It appears as if all their knowledge, position and influence
have been reduced to nothing. Such persons, though they may not be indulging
in unrighteous acts, are giving encouragement to them.
When evil and injustice and violence are being perpetrated,
if individuals look on unconcerned, they must be regarded as accomplices
in the crimes. In the end they also suffer as much as the criminals. By
their passive association, they provide encouragement to the evil-doers.
When the good are associated with the wicked and
do not oppose them, they share responsibility for the deeds of the evil
doers. The Divine destroys even those who either do not oppose or remain
passive while injustice and wrong-doing are perpetrated. The Divine will
not consider whether they are learned or ignorant, wise or unwise. If they
are learned or wise, why did they not stand up for truth and justice? Why
did they remain silent? It means they are tainted by the same guilt. The
failure to resist evil is their offence. It is only when we resist acts
of unrighteousness and injustice and try to put down malpractices in society
that we can claim to be assisting in the task of restoring Dharma. ...
Whoever may commit an offence, whether a son, a
relation or a close associate, one will be free from the taint of being
accessory to the crime only if he opposes the wrong action and tries to
correct the offender. If, on the contrary, he allows it or encourages it
to be done, he will be guilty of abetment. (34)
Key: (1) Dharma Vahini, 71. (2) Sanathana Sarathi, 30, May
1987, 121. (3) Voice of the Avatar, II, 10. (4) Conversations with Sathya
Sai Baba, 44. (5) Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai in Amritsar, etc., 35. (6) Yoga
of Action, 40. (7) Sathya Sai Speaks, XI, 68. (8) SSS, IX, 98. (9) Sai
Baba Gita, 3-4. (10) Sai Baba: The Ultimate Experience, 150. (11) SSS,
XI, 120. (12) SSS, I, 12. (13) SSS, VIII, 5. (14) Summer Showers in Brindavan,
1979, 85. (15) CSSB, 150. (16) My Baba and I, 226. (17) SSB, 1979, 8. (18)
SS, 38, April 1995, 87. (19) SSS, XI, 68. (20) SSS, X, 248. (21) SSS, VII,
362. (22) DV, 79. (23) SSS, XI, 73. (24) SSS, VII, 362. (25) DV, 72. (26)
YOA, 41. (27) SS, 31, Dec. 1988, 309. (28) SSV, 1. (29) SSS, X, 189. (30)
SSS, XI, 9. (31) SS, 31, Mar. 1988, 70. (32) SS, 33, Sept. 1990, 235. (33)
SS, 36, Feb. 1993, 30. (34) Discourses by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba,
* Q: Swami, is there nothing in the
universe that God did not create?
Sai: Everything in the world is derived from God. (1) Nothing
is uncaused.... Every being, object, incident has been caused by the Primal
Cause and its direction or guidance. (2)
* Q: What motivated God to create the
Sai: [God] has willed the world as His Sport. (3) Prakrithi
[the world] is just the leela of the Lord, set before you so that you may
become aware of His Glory, His Splendour. (4)
* Q: I have heard it said that God
inhabits everything. Is this so?
Sai: The Divine dwells in the entire Universe, from the minute
atom to the vastest star. (5) No place exists where he is not. (6)
* Q: But, Swami, we often say that
Nature is different from God. We say, "Not this. Not this." Does God dwell
in Nature too?
Sai: You have to pour into the flames that rise up to destroy
(for they are the flames of revelation, purification, discrimination) the
limited vision that sees Nature as different from the Divine. The Divine
created all this through the Divine and with the Divine substance. (7)
* Q: Then what is the key to understanding
the mystery of Nature and God?
Sai: The basic truth of Nature is the One in the many; that
is the key to its understanding. (8) The easiest way of grasping the basic
reality is to see the Lord in every creature; the Lord sporting in all
this multiplicity, as the underlying reality of all. (9)
* Q: Swami, I find these mysteries
hard to understand.
Sai: The Divine mystery is incredibly marvellous. It is not
easy for ordinary mortals to comprehend these mysteries. (10)
* Q: What prevents me from understanding
them, from comprehending the formless God?
Sai: The Unmanifested, Nirguna Brahman [Formless God] cognised
at the climax of the Jnanamarga [wisdom path] cannot be grasped by the
sense-centred individual without great travail and trouble. This is the
reason why the Puranas dwell so much more on the Saguna aspect [the aspect
of God with form] than on the Nirguna aspect of Godhead, First, the aspirant
has to practise the Sadhana related to the Saguna aspect of God; this will
endow him with concentration and later, according to the law of procedure
from the gross to the subtle, he can merge his mind in the Nirguna Brahman.
* Q: How could I move from being sense-centred
to being God-centred in order to be able to know this mystery of God?
Sai: Ponder over the ameliorative and curative advice I have
given you out of the fullness of My Love; try to cleanse your minds through
repentance of wrongs committed or contemplated; resolve with unshakeable
firmness to shape your lives anew, rid it of deep-rooted deleterious habits
of speech, thought and action, and lead it in conformity with the Divine
Plan, by which each of you will blossom into the fully Divine. (12)
Key:(1) Sai Baba Gita, 3. (2) Voice of the Avatar, II, 11.
(3) Sathya Sai Speaks, X, 243. (4) SSS, III, 29. (5) Sanathana Sarathi,
31, Dec. 1988, 309. (6) SBG, 8. (7) Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram, III, 65.
(8) Sathya Sai Vahini, 11. (9) SSS, I, 53. (10) SS, 38, April 1995, 88.
(11) Dharma Vahini, 67. (12) Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram, III, 6
* Q: Swami, You said that everyone
is here for a purpose. Why are _You_ here?
Sai: I have come to inscribe a golden
chapter in the history of humanity. (1)
* Q: What do You mean, Lord?
Sai: Sai has come ... to achieve the supreme task of uplifting
the entire mankind, as one family through the bond of brotherhood, of affirming
and illumining the Atmic Reality of each being in order to reveal the Divine
which is the Basis on which the entire Cosmos rests, and of instructing
all to recognise the common Divine Heritage that binds man to man so that
man can rid himself of the animal, and rise to the Divine, which is his
goal. (2) I want to build one humanity without any religious, caste or
other barriers in a universal empire of love which would enable my devotees
to feel the whole world as their family. (3)
* Q: How can just one being change
the whole world?
Sai: The power of Sai is limitless; It manifests for ever.
All forms of 'power' are resident in this Sai palm. (4) My Body, like all
other bodies, is a temporary habitation but My Power is eternal, all-pervasive,
* Q: Does that mean that You can simply
snap Your fingers and cure everything in the world?
Sai: If I cure everything instantly, leaving the people at
their present level of consciousness, they would soon mess up things and
be at one another's throats again with the result that the same chaotic
situation would develop in the world. (6) [Instead] I have to work through
[people], rouse the in-dwelling God in them and evolve them to a higher
reality in order to enable them to master the natural laws and forces.
(7) [I will lead] the people ... to a higher level of consciousness to
enable them to understand the truth of spiritual laws so that they may
turn towards righteousness and steadfastly work for better conditions.
* Q: Why did the Lord Himself come?
Sai: When there is a small disturbance, a police constable
is enough to put it down; when the trouble is threatening to develop into
sizable proportions, a police inspector is sent; when it grows into a riot,
the superintendent of police himself has to quell it; but when as now,
all mankind is threatened with moral ruin, the inspector general comes
down, that is, the Lord comes down with His army of saintly men and seekers.
* Q: If You are the Inspector General,
will You protect us from nuclear war?
Sai: Evil is so widespread that humanity itself would be
destroyed in a nuclear holocaust.... It is to prevent such a catastrophe
that this present Avatar has come to raise human consciousness above the
existing syndrome of anger, hate, violence and war and save the world from
disaster. (10) My mission is to pre-empt the fires [of thermonuclear conflagration]
by reestablishing dharma and the spiritual law of one God, one religion,
one [heart] language embracing one humanity. (11)
* Q: Swami, why has the United Nations
been unable to keep the world from war?
Sai: Only the power of the Divine can save the world [today].
(12) [I have] to deal with [a] crisis which is world-wide and world-shaking.
... Immorality has put on the garb of morality and is enticing man into
the morass of sin. Truth is condemned as a trap; justice is jeered at;
saints are tortured as social enemies. Hence this Incarnation has come,
to uphold the True and suppress the False. (13)
* Q: Will you destroy the wicked as
you did in your Rama and Krishna Incarnations?
Sai: In this avathar, the wicked will not be destroyed; they
will be corrected and reformed and educated and led back to the path from
which they have strayed. (14) That is why this avathar has come unarmed;
It has come with the message of love. The only weapon which can transform
the vile and the vicious is ... Love. (15)
* Q: There seems no question in Your
mind that You will succeed.
Sai: Even if the heavens fall, Sai's resolve will not alter.
(16) Nothing can impede or halt [My] work. (17) The Will of God cannot
be stopped. The events God ordains must take place. (18) The splendour
of this Avathara will go on increasing, day by day. (19)
* Q: I believe You, Lord. But I fear
that many will not.
Sai: Many hesitate to believe that things will improve, that
life will be happy for all and full of joy, and that the golden age will
recur. [But] let me assure you that this dharmaswarupa, this divine body,
has not come in vain. It will succeed in averting the crisis that has come
upon humanity. (20)
Key: (1) Sathya Sai Baba: Embodiment of Love, Mason and Laing,
167. (2) Sathya Sai Speaks, IX, 85. (3) Spirit and the Mind, Sandweiss,
258. (4) SSS, IX, 83. (5) SSS, III, 122. (6) SM, 245. (7) SM, 245. (8)
SM, 244. (9) Life of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Kasturi, 213. (10) SM,
239. (11) SM, 257-8. (12) Sanathana Sarathi, 34, Nov. 1991, 302. (13) SSS,
VI, 265. (14) SSS, I, 22. (15) SSS, I, 66-7. (16) SS, 36, Dec. 1993, 334.
(17) SSS, III, 23. (18) Eastern View of Jesus Christ, 12. (19) SSS, III,
23. (20) Sai Baba: Holy Man and the Psychiatrist, Sandweiss, 91.
* Q: Swami, sometimes, when I am home,
I feel afraid and lonely without You near me.
Sai: When in fear and doubt, pray to Me. Tune in to My mighty
Power, which, compared to the power of the sun which I have placed in the
heavens, is what a baby's breathing is to a typhoon. (1)
* Q: But when I leave Prasanthi, surely
You will be busy and forget about me.
Sai: No matter where you go, always know that I will be there,
inside you, guiding every step of the way. ... You are my very own, dearer
than dear to me. I will protect you as the eyelids protect the eyes. (2)
* Q: How will You know I need You,
Sai: Call on Me in your distress; it is your right to invoke
My Grace. (3) If you call upon Me, I shall be at your side.*** (4)
* Q: But, Swami, surely You save only
the pure. I have been very bad recently.
Sai: To say that you have to be pure in order to win My grace
is as foolish as to say that you have to be healthy to receive the ministrations
of a doctor! The pure do not need a Master! The tough do not need a doctor!
(5) Why fear when I am here? Put all your faith in Me. I shall guide and
guard you. (6)
* Q: But I cannot see You when I am
Sai: I see [you] and I am with [you], wherever [you] may
* Q: How can You help me thousands
of miles away?
Sai: Wherever you are, you are near Me. You cannot go beyond
My reach. (8)
* Q: Swami, what happens if You do
Sai: I will not forsake you. I have come to help, to accompany,
and to carry you. I can never forsake you. I will never fail in My duty
to My children. (9) Nothing will harm him who turns his attention toward
Me. (10) Sai Krishna will install Himself in the lotus of your heart. He
will be ever with you, as guard and guide, and will shower Grace on you.
He will be the Mother, Father and Preceptor, the Nearest Kinsman; He will
be your All. (11)
* Q: Even when I have been bad?
Sai: However you are mine and I will not give you up..
** [KASTURI:] It does not matter if [the one in distress]
is not a devotee. In calling upon Baba, no particular Name is essential
-- Rama, Krishna, Jesus, Allah, Sai, be it any. All Names and Forms being
His and His alone, He is only too ready to answer the cry of the one in
distress and to avert it. (LBSSSB, 133.)
These quotations are
taken from the Sai Dictionary of Quotations, a collaborative work of 36
This article has been adapted from Bon
Giovanni, from his earlier home page on Baba.
* Q: Even if I forget You for a while?
Sai: Those who stray away will come again to me, do not doubt
this. I shall beckon them back to me. (13)
* Q: Oh, Swami, You are the best friend
anyone ever had!
Key: (1) Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram, III, 110. (2) Sanathan
Sarathi, 30, Feb. 1987, backcover. (3) Sathyam, III, 60. (4) Life of Bhagavan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 110. (5) Sathyam, III, 101. (6) LBSSSB, 98. (7) Sathya
Sai Speaks, IV, 33. (8) Sai Vandana, 74. (9) Yoga of Action, Other
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