Mother Sathya Sai

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July 1, 2020


1. Ask to be examined and your progress recorded

  • The Lord does not test a person just for fun; He does not pile calamity on calamity because He enjoys it. Examinations are held to measure achievement and award marks and honours. You must ask to be examined so that your progress may be recorded.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 3, Chapter 3)


2. Give up attachment to the senses

  • No one can liberate you, for no one has bound you. You hold on to the nettle of worldly pleasures, and you weep in pain. The kite is pursued by crows as long as it carries the fish in its beak. It twists and turns in the sky trying to dodge the crows, who seek to snatch the fish. Tired at last, it drops the fish. That moment it is free! 

    So, give up the attachment to the senses, and grief and worry can harass you no more. The kite sits on a tree, preening its wings, enjoying its happiness. You too can be so happy, provided you drop the fish you have in your beak.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 3, Chapter 3)


3. Let the desire to be saved sprout in you

  • Let at least the desire to be saved sprout in you, and I shall see to it that it grows and gives fruit; provided you yearn and try. To pour the nectar of grace, the vessel must be cleansed. Clean it and demand the nectar; do not grieve later that you missed the chance, since it has come within reach. You will not know Me in a trice, or even in days. It is something that has to be realised by stages, in due course, through discrimination, non-attachment, and clear-sightedness.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 3, Chapter 5)


4. True Seva

  • Seva is a small word, but it is filled with immense spiritual significance. Hanuman is the supreme exemplar of the ideal of service. When the Rakshasas (demons) asked Hanuman, during his search for Sita in Lanka, who he was, he replied simply: “Daasoham Kosalen-drasya”. He was content to describe himself as the humble servant of Rama. Seva must be viewed as the highest form of sadhana (spiritual practice). Serving the poor in the villages is the best form of sadhana. In the various forms of worship of the Divine, culminating in Atma-nivedhanam (complete surrender to the Divine), Seva comes before Atma-nivedhananam. God's grace will come when Seva is done without expectation of reward or recognition.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 18, Chapter 2)


5. Who is a genuine Guru?

  • The verse which speaks of Guru as Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara is quoted often. But, the ‘One’ has not broken into three; one part is in charge of creation, another who fosters and maintains and the third who dissolves and destroys. The Pranava mantra AUM is a symbol of the One; it is composed of three sounds A (as in ‘far’), U (as in ‘push’) and M (as in ‘hum’). Brahma is A, Vishnu is U and Shiva is M and all three are indivisibly united in AUM. The problem this verse poses is, whether the Guru is God or God is Guru. The answer is--God is Guru, the ever-present, ever-compassionate, the Witness who resides in the heart.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 18, Chapter 14)


6. Four types of persons in the world

  • There are four types of persons; the ‘dead’, who deny the Lord and declare that they alone exist, independent, free, self-regulating, and self-directed; the ‘sick’, who call upon the Lord when some calamity befalls them or when they feel temporarily deserted by the usual sources of succour; the ‘dull’, who know that God is the eternal companion and watchman, but who remember it only off and on when the idea is potent and powerful; and lastly, the ‘healthy’, who have steady faith in the Lord and who live in His comforting, creative presence always.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1, Chapter 1)


7. Be Heroes, not Zeros

  • For the crop of life, courage and confidence are the best manure as well as the best insecticides. Be like lions in the spiritual field; rule over the forest of the senses and roam fearlessly with full faith in victory. Be heroes, not zeros; for man (manava) is of the nature of God (Madhava); he is the imperishable eternal Atma! Just as rain falling in various parts of the world, flows through a thousand channels and reaches the ocean at last, so too, creeds, rituals, religions, and theologies, all derived from man’s yearning for the vast inscrutable beyond, flow in a thousand different forms, fertilising many fields, cooling many communities, refreshing tired people in many ways and at last reach the Ocean of Bliss.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1, Chapter 15)


8. The close affinity between the mind and the moon

  • The moon is the presiding deity of the mind. “Out of the mind of the Godhead, the moon was born (Chan-drama manaso jathah).” There is a close affinity between the mind (manas) and the moon; both are subject to decline and progress. The waning of the moon is the symbol for the waning of the mind, for the mind has to be controlled, reduced, and finally destroyed. All spiritual exercises are directed toward this end. The mind has to be killed so that illusion (maya) may be rent asunder and the reality revealed.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1, Chapter 19)


9. The Importance of Mahasivarathri

  • The fourteenth night of the dark half is called Sivarathri, for that night should be spent in the repetition of the Name of and meditation on Siva, without any other thought, either of food or sleep. Then success is assured. Once a year, on Mahasivarathri night, a special spurt of spiritual activity is recommended, so that what is the corpse (savam) can become God (Sivam) by the removal of this dross called mind.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1, Chapter 19)


10. Practise the quality of equanimity

  • The treasure that is unmistakably precious, is the quality of equanimity or unruffledness. Practise this and make it your natural reaction. Why be put out when you see wrong? Why be attracted when you see evil? Remember, evil has in it the potentiality to become good; good has in it the liability to turn evil. There is no fire without a wisp of smoke; there is no smoke without a spark of fire. No one is fully wicked or fully infallible. Take the world as it is; never expect it to conform to your needs or standards.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1, Chapter 15)

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