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January 7, 2022


1. God at the core of our Self

  • There is no need to seek the truth anywhere else. Seek it in people themselves: they are the miracle of miracles. Whatever is not in humanity, cannot be anywhere outside. What is visible outside people, is but a rough reflection of what is really is inside! The ancient belief was, that God (Iswara) ruled over the world, with Himself being outside it; the Indian seekers tested this belief through spiritual practice (sadhana) and revealed that God was and is in the world and of it. This is the first contribution of Indians to the spiritual world: God is not external to people but is their very inner core. They declared that it is impossible to remove Him from the heart where He has installed Himself. He is the very Atma of our Atma, the soul of our souls, the inner Reality of each.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Vahini, Chapter 4)


2. Use the stick of intelligence

  • Man has infinite power and infinite potentiality, for he is a wave of the Ocean of Infinity. You can be aware of this, if you only dare reason a bit. The fruit won't drop if you mumble manthras (sacred formulae) under the mango tree; you will have to take a heavy stick and throw it at the bunch. Use the stick of intelligence and throw it at the problem of "you and the world"; that will yield fruit.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 5, Chapter 2)


3. Carry only One Load

  • Have an eye on the number and volume of your desires. Discriminate and discard superfluous attachments and acquisitions. A fakir (holy man) is one who has no fikr, (worry). What is the root cause of worry? Wants; and the efforts to fulfil them; and the fear of not succeeding to the extent desired. Reduce wants and you reduce worry. You congregate here in the Nilayam verandah, seeking personal interviews with Me, with a load of wishes in your heart, wishes that you want Me to fulfil. Why carry all the load? Carry only one load, the desire to win the Grace of God; He will confer what is best for you. Leave the rest to Him.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 5, Chapter 2)


4. Cultivate the Spirit and reap Ananda

  • Consider the condition of the field of your heart; it is overgrown with the thorn and bush of lust, anger, greed and envy. Remove them, root and all. Do not allow the land to lie fallow. By continuous good works, plough the field and fill the field with the water of prema (love). Select the naama (divine name) – the seed that appeals to you - and sow it on the field; discipline is the fence which will guard the growing crop against cattle; virtue is the pesticide. Fostering the field with great care you can bring home the precious harvest of Aananda (happiness, joy), in due course, provided you do not hurry or get desperate.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 5, Chapter 15)


5. How to Promote Harmony 

  • In order to promote harmony, the first rule you must follow is control of the tongue. Do not give all your thoughts immediate expression; select, ponder, and then, speak out. Speak softly, sweetly, without malice in your heart; speak as if you are addressing the Sai who resides in everyone. Use the tongue to recite the Name of the Lord; use the feet to go on pure and holy errands; use the heart to contain pure thoughts and feelings.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 5, Chapter 15)

6. Use the world as a training ground

  • You have to read the newspaper to know how mad and foolish the world is; how futile is heroism, how momentary the glory; and after perusing it for the information it conveys, you throw it aside; it is now a tasteless waste. So too, live but once; so live that you are born but once. Do not fall in love with the world so much that your false fascination brings you again and again into this delusive amalgam of joy and grief. Unless you stand back a little, away from entanglement with the world, knowing that it is all a play, whose director is God, you are in danger of being too closely involved. Use the world as a training ground for sacrifice, service, expansion of the heart, cleansing of the emotions. That is the only value it has.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 7, Chapter 13)


7. The more love is shared, the deeper it becomes 

  • Man has not come into this world to strut about for a while on the stage, consuming food and gaily gallivanting. Man comes into the world so that he may bask in the Presence of God, through the exercise of love and the cultivation of love. The earth is a great enterprise, a busy factory, where the product is love. By means of Saadhana (spiritual practice), it is possible to produce love and export it to millions and millions of people, in need of it. The more it is shared the deeper it becomes, the sweeter its taste, and the vaster the joy.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 11, Chapter 1)


8. The teacher makes the school or mars it.

  • The teacher is the most important asset of the school. Brick and mortar do not make a school efficient and useful. Nor are books in the library or appliances in the laboratory, so essential. The teacher makes the school or mars it. He is all the books you need; he is the most desirable appliance. He shapes the manners, behaviour, attitudes and even prejudices of the pupils under his care. So, he has a big responsibility. The teacher dedicates himself to a great sadhana (spiritual practice), when he enters upon this profession. He, himself, has to be what he advises his pupils to be. The tender minds in the classroom, are easily moulded by his example.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 10, Chapter 5)


9. Work in the spirit of love

  • Work in the spirit of love; it leads you on to Worship, that is to say, work without any regard to the proportion of benefit you derive from it; work, since it is your duty; work, since you love to work; work, since that is the way, that you can offer God the gratitude, for the skills that God has endowed upon you. This kind of work leads to wisdom. Wisdom means the recognition of the immanence of the Divine in every being.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 11, Chapter 1)


10. Silence is the speech of the spiritual seeker.

  • Conserve sound, since it is the treasure of the element Aakaasha (space), an emanation from God Himself. Reason can prevail only when arguments are advanced without the whipping up of sound. Silence is the speech of the spiritual seeker. Soft sweet speech is the expression of genuine Love. Hate screeches; fear squeals; conceit trumpets. But, love sings lullabies, it soothes, it applies balm. Practise the vocabulary of Love; unlearn the language of hate and contempt.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 10, Chapter 4)

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