THE GOLDEN AGE OF SAI [Part 1 of 2]
Compiled by Nirmal, Vancouver
30 March 1996
Sri Sathya Sai Baba has declared that He will usher in a new era of Love, Peace, Righteousness, and Truth. This "Golden Age," as He calls it, is destined to begin soon with an event (or series of events) that will draw world attention to His Divinity. Many of Baba's devotees wonder what these events will be like, what the Golden Age represents, and what our duty is towards it, Bhagawan, and each other.
This book of quotations, written for Baba's devotees, draws together all the material that I have been able to find on the nature and characteristics of the Golden Age and on our duty in regards to it
Baba tells us that we are fortunate to live during these times. Never in human history has the planet witnessed a full Incarnation of the Divine working with the world's population to raise human consciousness to a level where world peace and fulfillment are possible. All power resides in Swami's Palm and yet He does not intend to correct the Earth's problems with a sweep of His hand. Instead, He proposes to work with humans from within, to raise our awareness so that we are empowered to solve our own global predicaments. Swami promises all of us accelerated spiritual growth, and even liberation for those who stick to their Sadhana to the end. The opportunity of these times should not go uncontemplated.
Baba's is an unfolding gospel. He adds to His revelation daily. We sit, mere spectators, watching and waiting for the golden moment to arrive when He announces Himself to those in the world who remain unaware of His Presence on Earth. Talk circulates of an impending economic crisis, during which the leaders of the world turn to Baba as the only one who can solve it. Miracles occur such as Ganesha statues drinking milk. Food animals such as salmon and cod disappear from the Earth's oceans and whole herds of cattle are infected with disease and must be destroyed. To what extent are these evidences of Baba's activity in pushing and pulling the world towards some unknown consummation? We cannot know until Baba unfolds for us the whole of His Plan.
For my part, I find more satisfaction than I can say in being able to watch over and participate in these events as a Sai researcher and writer. I thank Bhagawan for answering the prayers and pleadings of saints and sages, whose supplications have brought Him here. And I thank Him for allowing me to serve Him in this way as a means of earning His Grace.
Om Jai Sai Ram!
PROPHECIES ON BABA
Aurobindo on Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Twenty-fourth November, 1926, was the descent of Krishna into the physical. A power infallible shall lead the thought in earthly hearts, kindle the Immortal's Fire, even the multitude shall hear the voice!
Mohammed on Sai
[Sanjay Kant:] According to an article published in "Two Worlds" magazine of London, an Iranian writer was irresistibly drawn to a huge volume in Tehran. This Book, called "The Ocean of Light", is in 25 volumes. It is claimed to be the collection of the discourses of Prophet Mohammed. Volume 13 of these discourses is called "Mehedi Moud" in Arabic, meaning "The Great teacher that was promised." The teacher is also referred to as "Master of the World", "Master of Time", "Godís President" and "God Speaking and Advising". Prophet Mohammed is quoted by Peggy Mason to have indicated a large number of signs or marks by which the great teacher would be recognized. Prominent among these hallmarks, which remarkably identify ... Sathya Sai Baba are: "His hair will be profuse. His forehead will be large and concave. His nose will be small, with a slight bump at the bridge. His front teeth will be spaced apart. He will have a mole on his cheek. He will not have a beard but will be clean shaven. His clothing will be like a flame. He will wear two robes (one an under robe). The colour of his face will be some times yellow like gold, some times very dark and some times shining like the moon. His body will be small. His legs will be like those of a young girl. All the teachings of all the religions of the world will be in his heart from birth. All the science and knowledge of the world from the beginning of time will be in his heart.
All things which you will ask from God, he (the Master of the World) will give you. All the treasures are under his feet. He will give gifts that are light in weight. He will go around among his devotees and touch their heads with his hand. Every eye that sees him will be happy, not only humans but disembodied souls. He will live 95 years. (Sai Baba has said that will be in the present body for 96 years -- this means he would leave his present body around 2022 A.D.)
In the last twenty years of His life, He will be the 'King of the whole world', but at that time only two thirds of the world will believe Him... (This period would then be 2000 A.D. -- corroborating [the] Cayce Prophecies [see below]. Muslims will recognise him only nine years before his passing from the world. He will make the world light and full of peace. So as not to be deceived, you should know that the Master of the World will bring things out of His body, through His mouth.
According to all prophecies and predictions Sathya Sai Baba is going to emerge as the universal Messiah and savior by the end of this decade. All prophecies and predictions also point to great upheavals on the economic, geographic and political fronts by 2000 A.D. Recent changes in Russia and eastern Europe are evident examples.
[Swami Maheshwaranand:] Irani Ma, one of the old devotees of Bhagawan, wanted to publish what prophet Mohammed had prophesied ... "Ocean of Light". In this book 27 attributes pertaining to the Avatar have been mentioned in full detail. Baba, however, did not give permission for its publication.
Cayce on Sai
[Sanjay Kant:] When those that have gradually forgotten God entirely have been eliminated ... there will come at the close of this next year, the period when there will be no part of the Globe where man [will not] hear, 'THE LORD HE IS GOD," and when the period has been accomplished, the new era, the new age, is to begin. (Edgar Cayce cited in GDOE, 21. The year of Cayce's prediction is around 1998.)
Nostradamus on Sai
[Sanjay Kant:] According to ... Nostradamus who recorded his prophecies in his book 'Centuries' about 400 years back, a very great leader would be born in South India.... He would have unlimited wisdom and power, and He would be the greatest conqueror in history. He would be [an] immortal ruler. With His efforts, world war would be over, and India's spiritual message to humanity would be spread far and wide. He would observe Thursday as the holy day. (GDOE, 36-7)
Sai Baba is the Apocalyptic Conqueror and the Kalki Avatar
And I saw, and behold, a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering and to conquer. (St. John, Revelation 6:2.)
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns, and he had a name, written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
... .And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (St. John, Revelation 19:11-13 + 16.)
[Howard Murphet:] There are Sai devotees in the West who think that the Sathya Sai Avatar is the promised Conqueror of Saint John's Apocalyptic vision as given in the Book of Revelations in the New Testament. Like all visions lying beyond the space-time dimensions, the Apocalypse is couched in symbolic language. It has, therefore, been given many different interpretations by different people. But in general its theme is the return of the Godman, the Avatar, who will come as a Conqueror of evil forces and establish the Kingdom of God.
In one place St. John writes, 'And I saw heaven open, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.'
In her book The Hidden Manna [Patrizia Norelli-Backlet, The Hidden Manna. Aeon Books: 1976], Patrizia Norelli-Backlet endeavors to interpret the Apocalypse according to cosmic astrology and the language of the zodiac which, she says, was understood by the initiates of old. She states that the Conqueror is, in fact, the Kalki Avatar who is pictured riding a white horse in Hindu Puranas.
Swami has not, himself, stated that he is the Kalki Avatar, but people have experienced, in his presence, visions of that evolutionary Avatar, mounted on a white horse.
[Kasturi:] The ten incarnations [of Vishnu] were revealed to [a] gentleman, now deceased.... Baba took him to the river and asked him to watch His reflection in the water. The man announced later that he saw at first Sathya Sai Baba Himself, then only the halo of hair that surrounds His Head, and then all the ten incarnations in the order in which they are mentioned in the legendary histories of India; the tenth and last incarnation on a white horse, had the form of Baba Himself!
[Hilda Charlton:] As I sat in the Bhajan hall at Prashanthi Nilayam, listening to the joyous songs sung by the devotees, and looking at Sai Baba sitting in his chair on the dais, suddenly over Baba's head there appeared a figure of great beauty, riding a white horse. At this time I did not know the significance of this symbolic figure. I asked someone if there was in Hindu scriptures a person who rode a white horse. I was told that the Kalki Avatar rides a white horse, and Kalki is the Avatar for whom people are looking forward.
[Murphet:] Norelli-Backlet believes that the Hindu Puranas are cosmic revelations, containing the cycles of Times, and the manifestations of divine truth, in their structure, and that the Puranic stories corroborate the Apocalypse of Saint John.
... Some western students of the Sai Movement ... equate him with the Apocalyptic Conqueror, and the Kalki Avatar. If they are right, we can, according to the Apocalypse and the Puranas, [expect] some violent clashes of opposing forces, some cataclysmic world struggles ahead. Avatar Rama led the armies of righteousness in a great war against the demonic forces. Avatar Krishna was involved in the holocaust of the Kurukshetra war. The prophecies foretell even more terrible wars in the time of the Kalki Avatar and St. John's Conqueror.
[Murphet:] Many rumors fly around as to what Swami has said about frightening large-scale events and conditions of the near future. But when I, and others in my presence, have asked him about these matters, he has never said that cataclysmic wars, with wholesale destruction, are imminent.
[Murphet:] In [a] talk [with Sage Markandeya] a few years before the Kali Age began [and recorded in the Mahabharata], Lord Vishnu told how Light would come to earth when the evils of the [Kali] Age had reached a level that required the direct action of God. Lord Vishnu said to the sage Markandeya: "When evil is rampant upon this earth, I will take birth in the family of a virtuous man, and assume a human body to restore tranquility by the extermination of all evils; for the preservation of rectitude and morality, I will assume an inconceivable human form when the season for action comes. In the Kali Age of sin I will assume an Avatar form that is dark in color. I will be born in a family in South India. This Avatar will possess great energy, great intelligence and great powers. Material objects needed for this Avatar's mission will be at his disposal as soon as He will think of them. He will be victorious with the strength of virtue. He will restore order and peace in the world. This Avatar will inaugurate a new Era of Truth, and will be surrounded by spiritual people. He will roam over the earth adored by the spiritual people."
"The people of the earth will imitate this Avatar's conduct, and there will be prosperity and peace. Men will once more betake themselves to the practice of religious rites. Educational centers for the cultivation of Brahmic lore, and temples, will reappear again everywhere. Ashrams will be filled with men of Truth. Rulers of the earth will govern their kingdoms virtuously. The Avatar will have an illustrious reputation. "
This prophecy concerning the Kalki Avatar, from the Mahabharata, is collaborated in the ancient classic, the Vishnu Purana, which also mentions that this Avatar will display great superhuman powers in establishing the new age of Truth. It adds that, "His parents will be devotees of Vishnu, and will reside in a village worshipping the cowherd form of Sri Krishna."
Baba Mentioned in Ancient Hindu Scriptures and Naadis
[Swami Maheshwaranand:] What is special about [the epic called the Jaimini Mahabharata] is that it contains a detailed and complete account of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It mentions the name of the Avatar, a full account of his dynasty, and contains descriptions [of] several wonderful miracles performed by the Lord indicating the beginning of a new era by establishing true religion on the lines of Sathya Yuga.
The Siddhas who visited the Gufa Ashram had the good fortune of going through this holy book. They were amazed to see, read and hear the contents. They realised then that over five thousand years ago the great Muni Jaimini who was [farther] advanced in spirituality than them predicted.... the incarnation of Lord Sainath.
[Swami Maheshwaranand:] When the Sadhaks staying at Gufa Ashram sought permission for the publication of the reference about Bhagawan Baba in Jaimini Mahabharata, Baba refused.
[Swami Maheshwaranand:] Acharya Ganjur Narayana of Bangalore is in possession of a rare script of 'Sai Charitamrutum'. This was written by Shuka Muni five thousand years ago. There is a detailed description about the incarnation of Lord Sai in Kaliyuga. Some of the Sai lovers approached Bhagawan and sought permission to publish this important document. But their request was not granted.
[Shakuntala Balu:] A well known astrology professor ... of Bangalore, Sri Ganjur Narayana Shastry, recently traced a Shuka Naadi Grantha (a volume of palm leaf manuscripts by Sage Shuka) on Sri Sathya Sai Baba, entitled Sai charitamrita Grantham. It consists of hundreds of palm leaf manuscripts written in Sanskrit and is thought to have been set down over 5000 years ago. It describes, accurately and at great length, Sri Sathya Sai Baba's family tree and many facts about him. ...
His glory will spread, and many people will get near him. ... Total equanimity will be his. ... He will not be concerned with public opinion and will only do what is right. ... His life will be for the good of mankind. .... The Naadi astrologer says that Adharma (unrighteousness) has grown to three fourths proportion. When it increases by one fourth more, that is when all becomes unrighteousness, Sri Sathya Sai Baba's full powers will come into play and be known in the world. In other words, evil has to rise to its uttermost before his divine quality can be fully realised.
As things stand at present, Sri Sathya Sai Baba displays only one tenth of his real self. After a while, his efforts to save the world will increase tenfold.... He will show that he alone can control the fury of nature. ... In a short time, his greatness will spread further and there will be universal worship of Sathya Sai. ....
If people recognise the truth of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, salvation will not be long to follow. ... The Shuka Naadi emphasizes that Sainath (Lord Sai) is Mahavishnu Swarupa, a form of Great Vishnu Himself. Seeing Him is the same as looking upon Lord Vishnu. ...
Very soon, more and more people will come to accept his divinity, for they will have seen his divine powers. After the spring of 1979, the tide will turn and dharma will slowly reassert itself, atheism will begin to decrease. India will come into better days, too, and once again the influence of the present Maha Purusha [great being] or Maha Shakti [great power] will be decisive. Sri Sathya Sai Baba will perform even greater miracles, more wondrous than any he has performed up to now. One of the examples of his miracles mentioned in the Shuka Naadi is ... he will keep an airplane airborne for a long time after it runs out of fuel, through his will alone. ... Very soon now, the days of his great glory will be upon us.
One article, which was taken from Sanathana Sarathi of February 1961 is entitled "Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba's 500-year old Horoscope." It reads: "There is an institution in New Delhi known as Indian Astro-Occult Research Association. Dr. E.V. Sastry [evidently not the same as Sri Ganjur Narayana Shastry of the previous instance], a famous and prominent member of the association happened to read the book Sathyam Sivam Sundaram. He then began a search to find out from Nadi Grandham available in Tamil Nadu, about the indications in Baba's horoscope. ... In these collections of grandhas which are more than five hundred years old and are considered as one of the wonders of the world, were found some parts describing Baba, all of which were not in a single instance different from what is published about Baba's life in the book Sathyam Sivam Sundaram. This truth made him wonderstruck. ... Dr. Sastry ... [whose] pen name is Leo ... happened to come to Puttaparthi in November 1960 on the birthday of Baba. On that occasion Dr. Sastry had with him an old palm leaf taken out from the Naadi Grandham, which contained details about Baba written by ... an old, famous and well learned pundit.
... In one Naadi Grandha the following is said: "The person to whom this horoscope relates in his previous birth was Sai Baba, who was a famous Maharshi. He was also a world famous Sad Guru!" Another Naadi says, "I am an avatar of Sai". ... In all three Nadis [Agastheya, Budha and Sukra Nadis], the names of his father and mother are mentioned, clearly, truly and accurately. In addition, another fact clearly mentioned in these is, "the person to whom this horoscope relates, whose name is Sathyanarayana Raju, will renounce the world in his boyhood, will start schools and hospitals, will publish books for the upliftment of the world, will spend every day of his whole lifetime for the establishment of dharma, which is his ideal and objective." Another fact written in Budha Nadi is, "the person to whom this horoscope relates will spend the whole of his lifetime always enjoying the bliss from uniting Jivatma with Paramatma." In Agastheya Naadi it is mentioned that Baba will be an all merciful avatar of God. Not only that, but it is also mentioned that He will be Akkilathara pitha, i.e., authority of Manava vamsam, preceptor, protector, and father of the world.
In Sukra Naadi it is written, "Baba will have all the Siddhis, possessed by Sai Baba; by love, kindness and knowledge he will establish eternal bliss in this world. He will establish a Mandir which will be conducive for practicing tapas, etc." On top of all this is another important passage in Sukra Naadi, i.e., "the person to whom this horoscope relates will be an Avatar amongst the Avatars." Another sentence is, "He will derive immense pleasure in the service of mankind."
... The fact about [Baba's] coming into being, written separately, several centuries before His incarnation by three special expert astrologers, ... describing His character which is in no way different from what we see now in Him, is an agreeable surprise.
In this Avatar [Divine Incarnation], 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. (SSS, I, 22; from talk given Maha Shivarathri, 1955)
Follow My Advice
You can get Anandam [Divine Bliss] 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. (SSS, I, 15; Maha Shivarathri, 1955)
The Avatar's Mission
When man loses his way and strays into the wilderness, believing that he is the body or Gunas [illusory cosmic qualities] or the object, then the Avatar comes to warn and guide. (SSS, I, 25; from talk given August 1, 1956)
This Kali Yuga
The present situation in the world is like a typhoon, causing unrest and confusion. No one has mental quiet; fear and anxiety stalk everywhere; panic reigns even while the conquest of space and the creation of new planets is being hailed. (SSS, I, 39; from a talk given Feb. 2, 1958)
Today, the typhoon of hatred and falsehood is scattering the clouds of Dharma [Righteousness], Nyaya [Philosophy] and Sathya [Truth] to the far corners of the sky and people feel that Sanathana Dharma [Hinduism in particular; the Ancient Wisdom in general] itself is in danger of extinction. But that can happen only if the lord wills, and the Lord who has laid down the Dharma [the Law or Order] will not allow it to be destroyed. (SSS, I, 51; March 24, 1958)
The World today is suffering from Rajobuddhi [restlessness of mind] rather than Thamas [slothfulness]; people have violent likes and dislikes; they have become fanatical and factious, they are carried away by pomp and noise, show and propaganda; that is why discrimination has become necessary. To reach the goal, Sathwabuddhi [balance of mind] is essential; it will seek the Truth calmly and stick to it whatever the consequence. (SSS,I, 66; July 25, 1958)
Man ... has been forgetting the path prescribed in the Scriptures for the cultivation of his nature, and hence all this suffering: hence also My Advent. (SSS, I, 65; July 25, 1958)
Of course, I confer on you these boons of health and prosperity but only so that you might, with greater enthusiasm and with less interruption, proceed with spiritual Sadhana [practice]. (SSS, I, 66; July 25, 1958)
The Lord is Omnipotent
They feared that I may not be able to cross the floods and come south in time for this engagement. From the fact that I had permitted them to announce My arrival for this function, they could well have inferred that the floods would subside and that I would be in their midst, for once My Word goes forth, it must happen accordingly. Do not doubt it. (SSS, I, 94; Sept. 9, 1958)
Believe Me, nothing can hamper Me; My will must prevail. Those who spread stories that I was held up by the floods were ignorant of My Reality.
Nothing can hold Me up or agitate Me or cast a shadow on Me in this Human Form; be certain of that. Not even a hair can be touched by forces of calumny or distrust or ignorance. My Sankalpa [Will] must prevail; My task must be accomplished. My Mission will succeed. I have come to illuminate the human heart with the Light Divine and to rid man of the delusion that drags him away from the path of Shanthi [Peace], the perfect equanimity of Realisation. (SSS, I, 94-5; Sept. 9, 1958)
The Lord is Inscrutable
No one can understand my Mystery. The best you can do is to get immersed in it. It is no use your arguing about pros and cons; dive and know the depth; eat and know the taste. (SSS, I, 71; July 25, 1958)
I Give You What You Ask For
I am like a shopkeeper whose shop is stocked with all things man needs. But, like the man behind the counter, I give you only what you ask for; if the customer asks for a towel, how can I give him a dhoti [wearing cloth]? But these material things are not important at all. Ask for Bhakthi [Devotion]and for Jnana [Wisdom] and I shall be happy. Many do not crave for such things now; it is their misfortune. They are merely wasting their chance. (SSS, I, 54; March 24, 1958)
He Lord is the Kalpataru, the Divine Tree that gives whatever is asked. But you have to go near the tree and ask for what you want. (SSS, I, 59; March 25, 1958)
Earn the right to approach the Lord without fear and the right to ask for your heritage. (SSS, I, 59; March 25, 1958)
Love is the Wealth I have to give you
You can call me Premaswarupa [Embodiment of Divine Love]! You will not be wrong! Prema [divine love] is the wealth I have and which I scatter among the miserable and afflicted. (SSS, I, 63; July 22, 1958)
What is Essential
It is not even Bhakti that is essential. It is Love, Truth, Virtue, the eagerness to progress, to serve, to expand one's heart, to take in the whole of humanity in one's Love, to see all as Forms of the Divine Consciousness. (SSS, I, 55; March 24, 1958)
Today, I am really full of joy for I have before me people who are engaged in hardy toil and who sacrifice their personal comforts in order to make others happy. What the world needs is work done in that spirit. (SSS, I, 83; Sept. 2, 1958)
Attach Yourself to the Lord
Attachment to nature has limits, but the attachment to the Lord that you develop when the Inner Eye opens has no limits. (SSS, I, 43; Feb. 2, 1958)
Attach your mind to the Lord. Then you will be led on to the company of good men and your talents will be transmuted. (SSS, I, 67; July 25, 1958)
You owe your birth to God, you subsist on God and you merge in God. Every living thing has to reach that consummation; why, every non-living thing too. So, do it now; take the first step, purify the heart, sharpen the intellect or at least, begin the recital of the name of the Lord. That will give you all the rest in due time. (SSS, I, 79; Sept. 2, 1958)
The Avatar's Mission
It is to clear the path of spiritual progress of Man that the Avatar has come. The Asanthi in which man is immersed has to be curbed. ... All Jivis must get Shanthi and Santosha [??]; that is the mission on which the Lord comes again and again on this Earth. He selects a place full of Pavithratha or holiness, and divyathwam or divinity and takes on the human form, so that you may meet Him and talk, understand and appreciate, listen and follow, experience and benefit.
The tragedy is that when Godhead is invisible, formless, you concretize it as you like and pray to it and get consolation and strength out of it; but when it is before you, concretized in human form, you doubt and discuss and deny! (SSS, I, 127; from talk given July 10, 1959)
The Lord had announced that he would come down for the restoration of Dharma and that He would assume human form so that He might gather round Him and feel the thrill of His Companionship and Conversation. And the Lord has Come, as announced. (SSS, I, 150; Jan. 22, 1960)
The Lord is Inscrutable
You need not waste time in trying to discover Me and My Nature. Understand what I teach, not 'who is the teacher' for I am beyond your intellect and your Shakti. You will understand Me only through My work. That is why sometimes in order to reveal who I am, I myself show you my 'Visiting Card', something you call a Miracle. Know the 'marma' or the mystery and carry out the karma or the duty I assign you. (SSS, I, 114; February 2, 1959)
How Best to Use the Avatar
You must dive deep into the sea to get the pearls. ... So also if you must realise the full fruit of this Avatar, dive deep and get immersed in Sai Baba. Half-heartedness, hesitation, doubt, cynicism, listening to tales, all are of no avail. Concentrated complete faith - that alone can bring victory. This is true of any worldly activity, is it not? How much more true it must be, therefore, in the spiritual field? (SSS, I, 128; July 10, 1959)
The Past and Future of India
The science of spiritual culture and of the control of the mind has been developed and practiced in this country for thousands of years; and that is why Indian civilization has stood the shock of ages and the fury of typhoons that swept whole peoples off their feet. India is still green and fresh, on the threshold of a new era, under the leadership of her on ancient ideals. (SSS, I, 135; July 11, 1959)
The Next Generation
In the next fifteen years, a number of young people now growing up will shine as devoted aspirants in the spiritual field; they know that each of them is Nithyam [Eternal] and Sathyam [Truthful] and Pavithram [Holy] and that they are Amrithaputhras or children of immortality. They are growing in Viveka [Discernment] and Vairagya [Renunciation] and they are purifying themselves by Namasmarana [repetition of the Name of God]. (SSS, I, 114; Feb. 7, 1959)
Let There be Consistency in Thought, Word and Deed
You who shared in this glorification of the Lord will tomorrow as enthusiastically join in some other gathering where falsehood and injustice are honored! There is no consistency in your behavior. What you feel as correct and what you do are poles apart. That is not the mark of a Bhakta [devotee]. (SSS, I, 124; April 12, 1959)
Karma [action] is the very foundation of Bhakti [devotion]. It is the basement on which devotion is built. Dharma is the attitude in which action is done, the Truth, Prema and Equanimity with which the mind is activated, when it seeks to do things. ... Those dominated by Sathwaguna [the quality of balance, goodness, or purity] will do Karma, regardless of the fruits thereof, leaving the result to the Lord, not worrying whether it leads to success or failure, conscious of their duties and never of their rights. (SSS, I, 125; April 12, 1959)
Give up the Pursuit of Wealth
The Jivi [individual soul] has come to this birth in order to reveal the splendor of the spark of Godhead which it is. The body is the wick of the lamp, yearning for God is the ghee which feeds the flame. But like the rat which, attracted by the strong smelling cheap stuff inside the trap, neglects all other articles of food in the granary and falls a prey to its foolishness, man too neglects his real sustenance and wastes his life in pursuit of mortal riches. (SSS, I, 125; April 12, 1959)
Liberation does not Come at a Single Jump
The sensory world is the cloud that hides the Atma [Self], ever shining in the firmament of your heart. ... Train the mind to disperse the clouds, not to gather them. Every aspirant has to do this by following a systematic discipline. You cannot reach the peak in one jump; it is a hard job to negate the evidence of the senses; one has to overcome the tendencies that have grown through hundreds of births. (SSS, I, 121; April 12, 1959)
I have come to set the world right and so I have to collect all those who are ill and treat them in my 'Hospital' and restore them to sanity, strength and wisdom and send them back to their stations in life. I must intensify your Bhakti, reinforce your faith and rebuild the foundations of your moral nature, so that you can counter temptations with greater confidence. (SSS, I, 183; Sept. 28, 1960)
All these [spiritual treasures] are now fast declining and I have come to restore them to their pristine purity and strength. (SSS, I, 175; Sept. 27, 1960)
My Mission is to give you Ananda [Divine Bliss] and I am ever ready to do so. (SSS, I, 155; from talk given June 25, 1960)
Showering Ananda, that is My task. (SSS, I, 180; Sept. 28, 1960)
You are My treasure; even if you deny Me. I am your treasure, even if you say No. I shall be affectionate to you and attach Myself to you; I shall take all the trouble to keep My property safe in My custody! That is to say, in the custody of the Lord, by whichever name you may be calling upon Him. All the powers I have are for you; I am just the store-keeper, keeping them ready to be given to you, whenever you ask for them. My Prema [Divine Love] shall [I] give even if you do not ask, for it is your right to share in it. (SSS, I, 182; Sept. 28, 1960)
The Lord is Inscrutable
No one can unravel the Mystery of the Lord. (SSS, I, 175; Sept. 27, 1960)
You cannot understand Me and My Secret ... without first understanding yourselves. For, if you are too weak to grasp your own Reality, how can you hope to fathom the much grander Reality of My Advent? To grasp My Meaning, you have to tear into tatters the doubts and theories you now have and cultivate Prema; for the embodiment of Prema can be understood only through Prema. (SSS, I, Jan. 22, 1960)
I have no ... balance of karma to work out! I am unaffected by karma.... The Maha Shakti [Divine Energy] puts on the cloak of Maya Shakti [illusory energy and its forms] in order to fulfill the purpose of contacting and protecting mankind. I have no desire and so, no binding karma. It is only you who have the desire, aim and wish that drag you along various paths. For Me, your Ananda is My Food, your elation is the swing on which I sit. Your activity is My Playground. (SSS, I, 179; Sept. 28, 1960)
The Lord is Unchanging
The Lord will never undergo a fundamental change; only the external form may change, the essence will be the same. ... The Lord will be characterized by unbounded Prema and unsullied sweetness. (SSS, I, 180; Sept. 28, 1960)
My Will Must Succeed
[The superpower] will never engage Itself in any task without fruit. (SSS, I, 180; Sept. 28, 1960)
There is no one who can change My course or affect My conduct to the slightest extent. I am the Master over all. (SSS, I, 182; Sept. 28, 1960)
I will be in this mortal form for 59 years more and I shall certainly achieve the purpose of this Avatar, do not doubt it. I will take My own Time to carry out My Plan so far as you are concerned. I cannot hurry because you are hurrying.
I may sometimes wait until I can achieve ten things at one stroke.... But My Word will never fail; it must happen as I Will. (SSS, I, 189; Sept. 29, 1960)
The World is My Mansion
Suffering in one corner of the world is as much the concern of the Lord as suffering in any other. ... The world is a Temple; the temple of the Lord, His body where He resides. (SSS, I, 156; June 25, 1960)
I Speak with the Authority of Love
I am not commanding you today on the basis of my authority; I am telling you out of the fullness of Prema, on the basis of the right I have to chastise you and direct you along the path. (SSS, I, 152; Jan. 22, 1960)
I have not come for propaganda or publicity or gaining disciples or devotees. I am yours and you are Mine. Where then is the need for publicity? I give not lectures but mixtures for your mental health and moral re-invigoration. So take My words as medicine necessary for your health. (SSS, I, 159; June 25, 1960)
I Want no Praise
I do not want you to extol Me; I shall be satisfied if you rely on Me. (SSS, I, 180; Sept. 28, 1960)
Only He knows what is Ahead
The Lord alone is aware of the Plan, for His is the Plan. You see only a part of the play on the stage and so it is all very confused. When the entire story is unfolded, then you will appreciate His Plan, not until then. (SSS, I, 181; Sept. 28, 1960)
If by acting your role well you develop Prema [Divine Love] towards fellow-actors, that is more important than getting Bhakti [Devotion] for God. If you acquire Shanthi [Peace], that is a more valuable success than acquiring Jnana [Wisdom]. For Bhakti is the seed of Prema and Jnana is the seed of Shanthi. At least, Bhaktas should behave as if they are all of one family. (SSS, I, 181; Sept. 28, 1960)
Let each one march at his own pace; only the direction and the road have to be God-wards. (SSS, I, 183; Sept. 28, 1960)
Don't Miss This Opportunity
I must tell you that you are luckier than men of previous generations. The accumulated merit of many previous births must have granted you this luck. You have got Me and it is your duty now to develop this relationship that you have achieved by sheer good fortune. In four or five years' time, you will see Yogis [those who are united with God] and Maharishis [great seers] and Munis [silent sages] crowding here and you may not have such chances of asking Me questions and getting the answers, of approaching Me and directly speaking to Me. (SSS, I, 174-5; Sept. 27, 1960)
I have now fallen into your grasp, the very Treasure that you have been searching for. (SSS, I, 186; Sept. 29, 1960)
The mysterious indescribable superpower has come within reach. ... I bring tears of joy into your eyes and wipe the tears of grief. ... I make [people] mad about God and about the Sadhana [spiritual practice] needed [to reach Him]. I cure the madness which makes people run frantically after fleeting pleasures and fall into fits of joy and grief.(SSS, I, 180;Sept. 28, 1960)
You must know how to use the chance that you have got in this life to come in contact with the Lord. ... How you use this chance depends upon your destiny and luck and the amount of Grace that you are able to win. Develop faith; strengthen devotion; and everything will follow. ... I command you: never hate others, or wish evil of them or talk ill of them. Then only can you attain the Santhaswarupam [??]. (SSS, I, 181; Sept. 28, 1960)
The Way is Long
To reach the [final] stage..., you have got to go a long way. But do not be down-hearted.... I am here ready to help you from the first lesson to the last. Do not be weighed down by sorrow that your Prarabdha karma is against your progress. The accumulation of the effects of your past karma is sanchitha and out of that store what you have selected for present consumption can be made sweet, palatable and health-giving. Moreover, God's Grace can destroy the effects of past karma or modify its rigor. Never doubt that. If the law of Karma is so unbreakable, then why recommend Sadhana, good living and cultivation of virtue? Prarabdha [karmic consequences that one is currently encountering] will melt like mist before the Sun if you win the Grace of the Lord! (SSS, I, 196; Sept. 30, 1960)
Baba Refuses Audience to Advanced Sadhaks
[Swami Maheshwaranand:] Bhagawan Baba is not allowing the Rishis [divine seers] and Siddhas [those with yogic powers] to meet him. But the time is not far off when all [the] ill take human forms and ... go to Puttaparthi along with [the] Rishis and Munis to offer their prayerful salutations to the Lord and seek His blessings.
Twenty years ago [i.e., 1966] ... the Lord was having breakfast with some close devotees. They proposed to Bhagawan [i.e., the Lord], "Swami! Your Leelas and miracles are the talk of every home in almost all the major countries of the world. As such we want to organise a conference of all spiritual seekers at the international level and declare from that forum that God, the Creator of this Universe, has already come down to earth. By so doing the entire humanity will get the benefit of the Lord's presence."
Bhagawan Baba listened to them with a smile and spoke compassionately, "Your feelings for your fellow beings are commendable and I respect them. But that time is still far off. 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. All the same impelled by a sense of duty if you wish to bring this truth to the knowledge of your fellow devotees and friends, you may do so on a personal level." (SSBNNGA, 1990, book written in 1986, 38)
At the present time, strife and discord have robbed peace and unity from the family, the school, the society, the religions, the cities and the state. (Baba in 1968 in HMAP, 1975, 86)
Respect for spiritual institutions, temples, holy places, elders and sacred books are fast declining. Pride in material wealth and competition in acquiring it, are fast increasing. This is the tragedy of our times. (SSS, VI, 169; from talk given March 26, 1 968)
Man's mind is too full of the world; his stomach is demanding too much of his time and energy. His desires and wants are multiplying too fast for his capacity to satisfy them; his dreams are far too real for him; they lead him into false victories and absurd adventures. Engrossed in the analysis of the material world, he has lost all sense of sin, sweetness and sublimity; under this new dispensation, truth has become just a word in the dictionary. Compassion is reduced to a meaningless travesty. Humility, patience, reverence -- these are invalid as a flameless lamp in the far distance.
The only hold that man has in this dreadful darkness is the name of God. That is the raft which will take him across this stormy sea, darkened by hate and fear, churned by anxiety and terror. (SSS, VI, 163; Feb. 26, 1968)
God incarnates for the revival of Dharma (Righteousness) which includes morality, truth, virtue, love and a host of other qualities that uphold the communities of man as well as the individual. The other purposes usually give -- serving the devoted, destroying the wicked, re-establishing the sacred tradition -- these are all secondary. For, he who is righteous will be guarded from harm, by righteousness itself; he who is unrighteous will fall into disaster through the evil that he perpetrates. The one task includes all else.
I shall fulfill that task, whatever the comments that others may make. Comment is a natural corollary. I do not pay attention to it; nor should you. The higher the hill, the deeper the valley. Praise or blame will not affect me in the least. The unshakeable foundation on which my work is proceeding is Ananda. I cannot be moved from it, by any one, at any time. (SSS, VI, 167; from talk given Feb. 26, 1968)
For the protection of the virtuous, for the destruction of evil-doers and for establishing righteousness on a firm footing, I incarnate from age to age. Whenever asanthi, or disharmony, overwhelms the world, the Lord will incarnate in human form to establish the modes of earning Prashanthi, or peace, and to reeducate the human community in the paths of peace. (Baba in 1968 in HMAP, 1975, 86)
I have come to correct the Buddhi, the intelligence, by various means. I have to counsel, help, command, condemn and stand by as a friend and well-wisher to all, so that they may give up evil propensities and, recognizing the straight mark, tread it and reach the goal. (Baba in 1968 in HMAP, 1975, 87)
I have come to give you the key to the treasure of Ananda, or bliss, to teach you how to tap that spring, for you have forgotten the way to blessedness. If you waste this time of saving yourselves, it is just your fate. You have come to get from me tinsel and trash, the petty little cures and promotions, worldly joys and comforts. Very few of you desire to get from me the thing that I have come to give you: namely, liberation itself. Even among these few, those who stick to the path of Sadhana, or spiritual practice, and succeed are a handful. (Baba in 1968 in HMAP, 1975, 88)
Who can be called a Devotee?
You can lay claim to be a devotee only when you have placed yourself in my hands fully and completely with no trace of ego. (Baba in 1968 in HMAP, 1975, 86)
Cultivate nearness with me in the heart and it will be rewarded. Then you too will acquire a fraction of that supreme love (Baba in 1968 in HMAP, 1975, 91)
You can enjoy the bliss through the experience the Avatar confers. (Baba in 1968 in HMAP, 1975, 86)
The West Misleads Itself
In western countries now, God is denied, and man is relying on himself; he exaggerates his own intelligence and sense of adventure and prides himself on the advance he has made through science and technology. But, intelligence without equanimity is filling mental hospitals. Peace is fleeing from the hearts of men and women; social harmony is becoming a distant dream; international concord is a mirage, pursued by a few. Man travels to the moon, but does not explore his own inner levels of consciousness. (SSS, VII, March 16, 1968, 12.)
When Changes will Start
[Dr. John Hislop:] According to the astrology of ancient times, the change in world conditions to be brought about by Swami's influence will come in about 15 years [this conversation was in December, 1968]. This was predicted about 5,600 years ago in the Upanishads. The coming of Baba, the Sai Avatar, which includes the three incarnations, is all forecast quite clearly. People born in this generation may consider themselves quite fortunate. The 1985 change is the beginning of the "Great Awakening," mentioned below; the beginning of the Golden Age is said to occur around 1998-2000
Be Confident that You will All be Liberated
This is a great chance. Be confident that you will all be liberated. Know that you are saved. 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. Let me assure you that this Dharmaswarupa, that this divine body, has not come in vain. It will succeed in averting the crisis that has come upon humanity. (Baba in 1968 in HMAP, 1975, 91)
Question of Priorities
A group of scholars who had come to me recently asked me, "Swami! You talk of the flames of anxiety and fear; but, surely, you appreciate the great step forward that man has taken by landing on the moon!" I told them, it was wrong to spend billions of dollars and roubles on such enterprises. ... It is a question of priorities; first things first. When so many nations upon the Earth are undernourished, undereducated, underhoused, it is sheer absence of discrimination to spend time, skill and money for this spectacular competitive adventure. Later, when the earth has been made the home of a happy family of peoples, such enterprises can be planned. (SSS, VIII, 7; from talk given March 6, 1970)
Live in the Community
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. (SSS, VIII, 5; from talk given March 6, 1970)
Baba has announced many times that He has come to save the world and [that] He is the Lord Himself. My task is the spiritual regeneration of humanity through truth and love. I have come to show you how to live usefully and die profitably. I have come to guide and bless those who undergo the discipline and practice leading to Divine union. I came ... because the good men of the world, the saintly, the wise, the sage, and the seeker, the guides and the Godly longed for Me. Where there is a desire for mental tranquility, I hurry to grant it; where there is melancholy, I hasten to lift the drooping heart; where there is no mutual trust, I restore it; I am ever on the move to fulfill the mission for which I have come. Baba's campaign of spreading the message of love has only just begun, and all who have heard His message can clearly visualize the significance of the declaration He made on the opening page of Sanathana Sarathi [the name means "the ancient charioteer" and refers to Krishna in particular, who guided Arjuna's chariot in the battle of Kurukshetra, the backdrop of the Bhagavad-Gita, and God in general, who is the internal Guide], the monthly magazine He inaugurated on February 16, 1958, the thirty-second year of His earthly career. On that day, the Sanathana Sarathi, the charioteer, started out on the campaign against falsehood, injustice, wickedness and evil -- the minions of the spirit of egoism. The victory to be won is the welfare of the entire world. When the triumphant drums are beaten in the joy of success, humanity will have achieved happiness and peace, prosperity and bliss. The word "Sarathi" is an assurance from Baba that He will guide the seeker if only he takes the initial step of inviting Him to take over the reins of his life. The word "Sanathana" is a reminder that this has been the role of Baba since the dawn of creation. I have not started the work for which I have come for I am still in the stage of preliminary reconnaissance. When I start my campaign the whole world will know of it and benefit by it. Already the plans of the campaign are clear on the horizon. (LBSSSB, 1971)
Time not ready for Publicity
You know this [incident] now, because [someone] wrote about it. But remember, this is only a millionth part of My activity in showering Grace. (LBSSSB, 1971, 186)
Baba Reveals His Time of Death
[Kasturi:] Baba has assured us that He will remain in the human frame beyond the year 2020. (LBSSSB, 1971, 235)
Shirdi and Sathya Sai Baba
The mother is usually stern when the children enter the kitchen and disturb her while cooking; but while serving the food, she is all joy and patience. I am now serving you the dishes cooked then [when I was Shirdi Sai Baba]; wherever you may be, if you are hungry, and if you have a plate, I shall serve you the dishes and feed you to your heart's content. (LBSSSB, 1971, 170)
Baba's Behavior is All Meaningful
I never utter a word that does not have significance, or do a deed without beneficial consequence. (LBSSSB, 1971, 196)
Baba will help the Sincere Inquirer
If you ... act according to My words, and put them into daily practice, I will gladly tell you more and more, for that is the reason why I have come. (LBSSSB, 1971, 225)
His Devotees Rely on Him
Why fear when I am here? Put all your faith in Me. I shall guide and guard you. Ardent devotees of Sai Baba are content to leave the welfare of their physical frames to His Will. Nothing will harm him who turns his attention towards Me. (Shirdi Sai Baba in LBSSSB, 1971)
Our Good Fortune
You of this generation are indeed lucky that you have the fortune of contact with Me and the chance to receive the guidance I have come to give. (LBSSSB, 1971)
Grace Available to All
It is not mentioned anywhere that the Grace of God is available only for certain classes or races or grades of people. From the smallest to the biggest, throughout the world, all are entitled to it. (LBSSSB, 1971)
Religion is Being Challenged
[He said] religion and belief in God are being challenged now from all quarters. It is therefore the duty of all good men to meet this challenge by demonstrating to the critics how the realization of the constant presence of the Lord has made them more efficient, more earnest, and more courageous for the task of living. (LBSSSB, 1971)
The Character of New World Leaders
The world can achieve prosperity and peace only through ... persons whose hearts are pure and whose minds are free of prejudice and passion, lust and greed, anger and envy. (LBSSSB, 1971)
Service Undedicated to God is Unprofitable
Though the service of humanity is holy, unless it is merged in the higher ideal of the Lord, realizing the Lord immanent in all, adoring the Lord in the form of everyone, there is no profit at all. One should have full faith in the divinity of man and service should be offered in the uninterrupted contemplation of the Lord. Use the power, knowledge and attainments the Lord has endowed you with for the greater glory of the Lord, whatever be the field of activity or the region of duty where you are called upon to render service. (LBSSSB, 1971)
Prepare to Shoulder Your Task
Prepare for shouldering the task assigned to you - to be instruments dedicated [to] the mission on which the Divine has come. (SSS, IX)
The Kali Yuga
You are fully aware of the characteristics of this Kaliyuga [an age of evil and violence] we are passing through. You find around you injustice, irregularities, immorality and untruth with all their devilish attributes and atrocities. But we have to march ahead in spite of all this with a quiet, tolerant and benign attitude towards life. (BSSS, 1975)
The main reason for this disorder is that the human mind is haunted and dominated by two devilish blemishes, viz. selfishness and ambition. These forces are standing in the way of human beings realising the human values which go to make up humanity. It is not becoming of a man to exchange his valuable life -- as precious as a gem -- for worldly desires and ambitions which are as worthless as a coal-stone. Man becomes immortal neither by deeds, nor by procreation nor by wealth. We should therefore try to make our lives meaningful by sacrificing our personal comforts for the sake of society and our fellow beings. (BSSS, 1975)
It is my mission on earth to make every one happy. (BSSSB, 1975)
Today our country is witnessing a number of agitations and disturbances. People have a fear that any moment foreigners may step in and dominate our national life. ... But there is no scope for such fear of disaster. You need not be afraid of any such eventuality. You should develop a spirit of sacrifice and derive pleasure from within. You keep the weapon of love always sharp and shining. An atom bomb can destroy innumerable lives while the bomb of love unites several hearts and fills them with love. We should therefore develop this love for all mankind and accommodate them in our hearts. (BSSS, 1975)
Why Baba Avoids Publicity
[Miracles are] happening in millions of homes. The time has not come as yet to assess it publicly. I am waiting so that all the devotees who have yet to come to me may do so. (BSSSB, 1975)
Timetable of the Golden Age
[Dr. V.K. Gokak:] There is the possibility that there is going to be a world crisis around the 1980s, after which there will be a definite turn towards what we call the Golden Age. At this time, it will be clear to man that any more entering into world power games will end in disaster for the whole world; and this will not be done. Simultaneous with this realization, there will be a descent of Grace. This descent of Grace is what will really bring forward the "Hour of God". This "Hour of God" is different from the prediction regarding the collapse of California.
The "Hour of God" is the hour of the unexpected; there will be different patterns in things. We may find that all elections that take place will place good men into positions of power. It is the good men that will begin to lead the industries. It will be the good men that will serve the people. Then there will be a great change in the very atmosphere. This will be one of the signs of the coming of the Golden Age. (BSSSB, 1975)
Look to God
Prominent men of society and great political leaders ... are heroes on the platform, but zeros in practical life. There is no use depending on these leaders. The one that leads us is the Lord of the entire universe, who creates and sustains his whole creation. It is only He who can give us lasting happiness and peace. (BSSS, 1975)
Find God in Everything
We should develop a habit of visualizing unity in diversity and not diversity in the unity that is Divine. God is everywhere and in everyone. The whole universe is inhabited by Him. One should find God in every object. These are the ideals we find in our scriptures. (BSSS, 1975)
The West has Misled Itself
It is a strange [that] westerners ... during the past 200 years ... have done their best to get control over the powers of nature and to create fearful machines for that purpose. But ... today, although man has conquered the entire world, ... he is not able to conquer himself. To conquer and control one's mind is the primary duty of man. The path which enables us to control our mind is the spiritual path. (BSSS, 1975)
This material prosperity and our power and positions are purely temporary. What accompanies us to the other world is our good conduct. We should therefore try to do something good to society and spend whatever time we can afford on virtuous actions. This is the only way we can make our lives meaningful and become eligible for the sacred love of our Lord. Be kind to mankind. Take pity on the helpless to the extent you can. (BSSS, 1975)
Peace Lies Within
When we say there is no peace in the world, the world is never like that. The lack of peace is in your heart. To keep on shouting that there is no peace in this world is not right. Lack of peace is the problem of an individual. .. There is as much peace in this world as you want. (BSSS, 1975)
With Sai love