Sathya Sai Is Shakthi Swaroopini

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Is Shakthi Swaroopini

Sathya Sai Baba used to sit along with devotees and discuss with them various topics. Many came to Him for advice, which He offered with the greatest of concern. The number of devotees in the Mandir in those days often did not cross single digits; even ten people on normal days was a big number.

Everyday, turmeric powder and vermillion was placed on the deities who adorned the altar. Incense sticks and lamps were also lit, and all these duties were done in turns by the ladies staying in the Mandir.

One day, it was my mother’s chance to decorate the idols and light the lamps. While she was busy doing this, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was actually standing right behind her.

Sathya Sai Baba made a few remarks expressing his apparent displeasure in the way the idols were being adorned. When my mother heard this, she immediately turned around and what did she see? In stead of Sathya Sai Baba, it was the Divine Mother in the form of Sakthi Swaroopini!

She was decked in a red silk saree; Her face was shining turmeric powder and vermillion; beautiful gold jewelry adorned Her neck. What a divine blessing Satya Sai Baba has conferred on her! It was just heavenly. She often recounted this glorious darshan with great fervour.

Sathya Sai Sakti Swaroopini

Sathya Sai Sakti Swaroopini

In those cherished days, I was awed by the glory of Sathya Sai Baba. We have not seen Lord Rama or Lord Krishna, but the present Avatar is living with us, amidst us! What a great opportunity!


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Satyopanishad – Upanishad Of Sri Sathya Sai – Part 4

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Satyopanishad – Upanishad Of Sri Sathya Sai – Part 4
Anil Kumar Kamaraju Questions Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! We hear the words, “rajaniti” and “rajakiyam”. Are these, in fact, one and the same? How should we name what we see around us?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “Rajaniti” and “rajakiyam” can never be the same. Look at “Rajayoga”. Among the yogas, the one most highly revered which stands king-like is given that name. Similarly the very greatest among moral codes, equal in status to a king among men, is called “rajaniti”. The king of animals is the lion, you know. “Rajaniti” is conjoined with Satya, bound by Dharma, and confers all welfare. What you have today are not “rajaniti” or “rajakiyam” political strategies, at all. But “rajakayyams” royal battles born of malice, envy, and hatred. All these are kayyams, bitter fights. Therefore, they are “rajaki yams”.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! We have people of varied temperaments, views, ideas, outlooks, ambitions and interests. Conflict becomes inevitable. Each one wants things to happen in his own way. What should we do then?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “Munde munde matirbhinna”, Heads vary. No two people look alike: no two think in the same way. It is quite natural that ideas differ. Each one feels that he is correct. But you should maintain the spirit of unity, equality and equanimity.

A small example. Once upon a time all the five fingers of the palm started claiming superiority over one another. First, the little finger said to the others, “Look! As you do namaskar, I come first. Therefore, I am important”. The ring finger then said, “What! Don’t you know my value? Costly diamond and gold rings are worn around me!” Then, the middle finger said, “Very funny! What are you talking about? I am ready to wear costly rings. Why not? Some do that way also. Further, don’t you see me, who am taller than all of you? Isn’t that enough to say that I am superior to all of you?” The forefinger started saying, “If you want to direct anybody, I come first. People show me to direct people. Further, even to warn or caution others, I come first. Don’t you see this?” Then, last but not the least, the thumb smiling said, “I have been watching so long all that is happening! Unless I join, even if the four of you stand united, you cannot function. While eating anything, can you manage without me? Why go to that extent? When you shoot an arrow, I have to pull the stringbackwards with force. Else, the arrow will never go far. So mine is the highest position among us”.

This is how we find people staking their claims for superiority over one other. You should always be ready to receive the good from anybody. You should work in cooperation and harmony with one another. No one should feel superior to anyone. Otherwise, because of the domination of one over another, groups, factions, rivalries, controversies and conflicts arise. As a result, the sprit of love totally vanishes from the scene. Unless all the five fingers join, you cannot do anything, you see! Society can never progress if there is no cooperation, integration and unity among its members.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! When we say, ‘men and women are equal’, why then do we find differences and discrimination between the two sexes?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Physically men and women are different. But spiritually, i.e., from the atmic point of view, both are equal. In fact, God is the only male while all others are females. The deham, body, is also called puram, dwelling place. It is the principle of atma that works from top to bottom. You know, Colleges for Women celebrate Anniversary Functions during which they present cultural items like a play. Here, girls play all the different roles like those of a soldier, a minister, a king, and so on. Similarly, all but God are women in this world. A similar thing happened in the life of Mira, the great devotee of Lord Krishna. She was stopped at the main entrance of a Krishna mandir at Brindavan and was told that women were not permitted to enter a temple of God. Then Mira replied, “Oh! Is that so! Where are men here? I find only women. God is the only male person.”

However, from the worldly pointof view, for the division of work, men and women are different from each other. Everything and everyone are Divine. Even though it is your own body, you don’t put slippers or footwear on the head or hands. Functionally, all the parts of the body are different from each other, though they may belong to the same person. So also physically and functionally, men and women are separate entities though spiritually they are one and the same.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! We hear many funny statements in present day society. People speak about Women’s Liberation Movement. Some say that women have not been given their due place since times immemorial. They complain that there has always been discrimination on grounds of gender and never was a fair deal given to a woman. Women now fight for equal rights with men. We pray to you to describe to us the role of women in our society?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: This is not true, spiritually speaking. There is a physical difference, but Atma or the spirit is one. However, each one has to discharge duties expected of him or her. In a social order, man and woman are like the two hands, the two eyes, and the two feet. One is the positive, while the other is the negative for the current to flow and operate. Lord Siva is called ardhanarisvara, androgynous God (half of his body being that of a woman) to explain this unity. Man and woman are like matter and energy. A woman is described as adisakti and parasakti Supreme Power and Infinite Power.

You also notice in the history of Bharat the place given to women. Many of them areknown today for their sacrifice, wisdom, devotion, and many of them could give better and sane advice to their husbands. Characters like Savitri, Mandodari, Sita, Anasuya, Tara, Damayanti, Madalasa, and Draupadi are very well known. Draupadi served her five husbands most faithfully, never said ‘no’ to whatever work was assigned to her, and led a life of contentment. When there was a debate between Adi Sankara and Mandanamisra, it was the wife of Mandanamisra, Ubhaya Bharati, who played the role of a judge and pronounced Adi Sankara the winner at the end. In ancient times, Gargi and Maitreyi were known for their outstanding scholarship and spiritual excellence. In recent times, have you not heard of the role played by the mother of Emperor Sivaji and of Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, in moulding their character and personality? They learnt lessons of life in the lap of their mothers! It was due to the love and inspiration of Kausalya and Sita towards their respective sons, Lord Rama and the twins Lava and Kusa that the latter could earn undying reputation and stand to today as ideals to the entire world.

In our daily prayers we say “mata devo bhava”, Mother is God. Don’t you see the names of women come first and those of men next in compounds like Sita Rama, Gauri Sankar, Lakshmi Narayana and so on? In the past, there never was an instance of women being humiliated, neglected or treated with disrespect. Don’t you hear words like ‘mother land’, ‘mother tongue’ that speak highly of women?

The Bhagavad gita refers to seven types of power enjoyed by women as a matter of right. She has quite a few titles that underscore her contribution to the family and her special role. A housewife is called illalu, the one who takes care of the house or illu. She is described as sahadharma carini, the one who guides her husband along the path of Dharma. She is praised as grhalaksmi, the very embodiment of the wealth, peace and prosperity of the family. She is called ardhangi, representing a half of man, the better half.

Woman stands for patience, sacrifice, forbearance, respect, humility and obedience, the qualities, which are usually missing among men. A woman is prepared to die for her child or husband. She slogs and struggles for the progress and the well being of the family. She is the backbone of the country. She is the light and the delight of the family.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! A change is very much needed in every field of our activity. Almost all walks of public life are nowadays polluted, disgusting and disappointing. How is change to be brought about?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Truly speaking, villagers who are unlettered, innocent and rustic are living in greater peace and cooperation, more intimate relationships, and mutual love than the so called urban, sophisticated, educated, and seemingly cultured people. The latter are full of ego and jealousy. To bring about a change, they need to work for it. They must put in enough sincere effort to overcome qualities like egoism pride, jealousy, and hatred. Butter is no doubt very soft. But in order to make ghee out of it, you must heat it. Similarly for any change, you have to work for it. You should first of all listen to all good things from good people. This listening, sravana is the first step. It is not enough if you simply listen. You should remember, recall, recollect, and recapitulate the good things you have listened to. This is called manana. The third thing is to practice what you have listened and learnt. This is called nidhidhyasa . Take a small example. First of all, your food must be cooked in the kitchen. Then it has to be brought and kept on the dining table and served. It is then that you eat it. Further, the food that you eat must be digested, assimilated, and the nourishment is to be supplied to different parts of your body. Is it not so? Similarly, srvana , listening is like cooking, manana, remembering is the same as food kept on the table, whereas nidhidhyasa, practicing what is heard is like eating and digesting.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! We are always in a hurry. We have to rush to so many places to catch up and to keep pace withtime and work. In this type of fast life, is it possible to be spiritual? Can we hurry here in the spiritual field too?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Today, many of the diseases are due to the three factors very common among you: hurry, worry, and curry. Haste makes waste, waste makes worry. So, don’t be in a hurry. Patience is very important and essential. In my previous format Shirdi, I laid emphasis on sraddha and saburi, sincerity and patience.

It is very common to find people running to catch a train or a bus to go to office, and so on. You wait for any length of time standing in long queues in front of cinema theatres. But here, you begin to look at your wrist watches wondering why Swami has not yet come out for darshan! So, you must be patient enough to enjoy real bliss. For anything to happen, there is a proper time, preordained, predetermined, and designed by God. You know Arjuna had to wait till his 74th year in order to listen to the Bhagavad Gita, the Celestial Song, from Krishna although both of them were moving together for years very intimately. Similarly, you too should wait. You should not feel, “What is this! Why is Swami not talking to me?” At the right time, I will do the appropriate thing for you. See, how a fruit falls down on the ground soon after it is ripe detaching itself from the tree! You will have to wait till the time is ripe for you. You can’t and shouldn’t be in a hurry in the spiritual field.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! The growing trend today is to earn more and more money. Ego and pride are growing beyond control. Would you kindly give us the solution for this trend?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: The earth revolves round the sun. So also, man today is revolving around money. In fact, money provides only comfort and conveniences. There are many things that money cannot do.

With money you can have delicious food in a five star hotel, but how about your appetite? You can buy a beautiful bed, but can you buy sleep? You can have the latest, costliest medicines, but can you with your money extend the life of a dying man?’

You think money makes many things, but it is not so. It leads you on to vices. People have two important resources ‘Head’ and ‘Heart’. Head carries with it responsibility. It has all the knowledge of pravrtti, the external world, but heart stands for nivrtti, right internal awakening. Values like sacrifice, truth, charity, love, compassion, come out of the heart. All that you find outside is only ‘art’, but ‘heart’ is inside. Don’t be carried away by the outer ‘art’.

The breeze you get from a number of electric fans is nothing compared to natural breeze. Tank water, riverwater, and lake water can never equal rain water. God is infinite. Where does man stand in front of Him? Why are you egoistic and proud? What for? Mountains may be of high altitude. But, water from the mountain top flows only downward. Similarly, you may be a great scholar or occupy a good position. If you are proud and egoistic, your fall is near. Light travels upward. So also, the fire of knowledge takes you to the heights. In fact modern man is much worse than cats and dogs. When they are sick they do not eat anything, they fast or starve. However, man is for a feast even in times of sickness. He never ‘fasts’. He likes ‘feasts’ only. Therefore he falls sick frequently.

The cycle of creation goes by the three attributes or Gunas: tamas, inertia, rajas, passion, and sattva, piety represented by the triune, Brahma, creator, Vishnu, sustainer, and Siva, annihilator. Among the eighty-four lakhs of species, the human being is very special. He is blessed by God, his creator with mind and intellect. But man has become so egoistic and proud that he even doubts, questions, and denies God, his creator. This is the significance of the episode of Mohini Bhasmasura in our epics.

There was one demon king by name Bhasmasura. He did penance and pleased Lord Siva. He prayed to Siva to grant him a boon that would give him the power to turn anybody into ashes the moment he lays his hands on his head. Siva granted the boon. Thus, intoxicated with this new found power, Bhasmasura began laying his hand indiscriminately on the heads of all those persons he found near him. Naturally, according to the boon he got from God, they died and were burnt to ashes. He became so bad, so horrible, and so highly egoistic that he decided to place his hand even on the head of Siva, the very giver of the boon. Then Lord Vishnu took the form of a beautiful dancer Mohini, and started dancing in front of Bhasmasura who, excited by her enchanting beauty, also started dancing along with her. In the course of gestures and postures, Mohini had suddenly put her hand on her head and Bhasmasura did the same thing. The moment he placed his hand on his head he died. So by denying God, man is ruining himself.

Modern man is like Bhasmasura. He harms the person who helps him. Whatever is said, thought, and done by him is full of selfishness. He has lost the value of fundamental discrimination, which is applicable to all and beneficial to everyone. He lacks divine qualities like truth, peace and love. This is the flaw. He lacks divine qualities and possesses demonic qualities like jealousy, pride, and hatred. He “kills” knowledge. He has to ’skill’ his knowledge to maintain balance. This is the reason for all his troubles. He removes the letter ‘S’ that stands for ‘Sai’ from the word ’skill’ and loses balance. Ego, avarice, jealousy, andsuch bad qualities are due to our ahara, vihara, and samparka: food, company, and interaction. When you control and discipline yourself, you will find the solution.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! In an organisation where we have to interact with people, most often wecome across people criticising each other and blaming each other. This is very frustrating, and divides people into groups. Sincere persons become frustrated because of uncharitable criticism. It looks like character assassination and mud slinging. How are we to take this evil prevalent everywhere?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: It is a sin to criticise others. It is a sign of weakness and inferiority complex. You shouldn’t criticise or hate anyone. In fact, no one has any authority to criticise others. To tackle this, first of all, one should put a question to oneself: “Who is being criticised?” Then, you don’t feel upset any longer. Why? If the criticism applies to your body, you don’t need to feel bad because the body is temporary and ephemeral. You should be indifferent to your own body, which lands you in many difficulties and problems. The other man is doing service to you by criticising your body. You should be thankful to him for doing so on your behalf. Is it then, the spirit or atma that is criticised? This is not possible because the same soul or atma is present in the critic also. Atma is Self, the same in all. Then, who is the critic and who is criticised? It all amounts to the criticism of one’s own self. Ego and jealousy are the root causes that provoke a person to criticise others.

You have put another question. You want to know how you should react to criticism against you. A small example. Suppose you receive a registered letter. If you don’t want to accept it, you can refuse to take delivery. The registered letter will then go back to the sender. Will it not? Similarly, criticism against you is a registered letter. Don’t acknowledge and receive it. Refuse it so that the same registered letter of criticism will go back to the sender, the critic himself. If anyone speaks loudly and belligerently against you in public, it is all lost in the air or in your vicinity. If anybody accuses you secretly, it goes to the accuser himself.

What I feel is that one has to bejudged by one’s merits and not by one’s faults. I ask you repeatedly to seek out your own faults and other’s merits. If you enquire deeply, you will notice that personal criticism is nothing but the “reflection of the inner being”.You spot the bad in the outside world, because of the bad in you. There is nothing that you can find outside yourself. Duryodhana was asked to go in search of a good man. He returned saying that he had found none. If you want to know any good person existing in this world, it is yourself only. Dharmajawas asked to go round and bring a bad person. He returned saying that there was none who was bad other than himself. This is the difference in the attitude of two persons with different views of life. As is your vision so appears the creation. As is the colour of the glasses you wear, so is the colour of the world you see. If you are aware of this truth, you will never criticise anybody.

“Sarva ova namaskarah kesavamprati gacchati”, whomsoever you respect and revere, it amounts to reverence unto God. Since God is in everyone, if you respect anyone, it means, you respect God. Similarly, “sarva jiva tiraskarah kesavam prati gacchati”, whomsoever you hate, it amounts to hatred of the Divine Himself. If you deeply look into the eyes of the man standing in front of you, you see your own reflection. Therefore, he is not a separate person but your own reflection.

There is only one without the second, i.e., God who is present in all. When you point out your forefinger at the mistakes of another man, three fingers of yours are turned towards you, reminding you of your own mistakes. If you understand this, you won’t criticise anybody or blame anybody. God gives and forgives. I often tell you, past is past and it is beyond recovery. Hence, be careful hereafter.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! As we think of the way in which our life is going, we find it confusing and disheartening. We also doubt if it is going in the right direction or not. You are our only refuge. Kindly guide us.

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: You know mrdangam, the South Indian musical instrument, which like a drum, has to be beaten on both the sides as you play. Your life is like a rat caught in that mrdangam. If the mrdangam is beaten on one side, the rat runs to the other side and, vice versa, as there is no way out for it. Similarly having been fed up with this world, you think of God. When God tests you, you again drift towards the world. Your movement between the world and God is like that of the rat. This is not the proper way.

A small example. Two students competed with each other in a tournament of eating bananas. One student wanted to eat the outer skin of every fruit first so that he could finish eating the soft pulp part next. The other student planned to eat the soft part first and the skin next. Accordingly, they started eating. The first student having eaten the outer skin of every fruit first had his belly full of that stuff and he could not eat any sweet pulp. So he was defeated, and suffered from stomachache and indigestion. The second student ate a bellyfull of the pulp of every fruit and hence couldn’t eat the skin of the fruits. So, he too lost in the competition. All the same, he remained healthy.

Similar is the case with those people who are after worldly desires and sensual pleasures. They will have to end their lives in misery finding no cure for bhavaroga, the ailment of worldly attachment. This is equal to the condition of the first student who ate only the outer skin of the banana first in the tournament. But those who think of God are like the second student who ate the soft pulp. They grow stronger in divine life.

Life should start from the point of dasoham, I am your servant. Fill its middle with the relentless enquiry, koham, “Who am I?” End it with full awareness of the identity of the individual self with God “soham”, I am God. This is the correct way of life.

Man should realise that the happiness and peace he essentially needs are not present in this mundane world. A simple example. A person went to a hotel. The bearer asked him, “What shall I serve for you?” The person said, “I want idli and sambar.” Then the bearer taken by great surprise, said “What Sir! Have you not seen the board hanging over there! This is a military non-vegetarian hotel. Sir!” Likewise, how can you expect items like Palav, Biriyani and Chicken in anudipi Brahmin vegetarian hotel?

In the same manner there is a board attached to this world, anityam asukham lokam, “This world is temporary and full of misery.” How do you expect peace and happiness in this world? That is why in the Bhagavad Gita Krishna says, ‘mam bhajasva’ meaning, ‘Think of me or worship me or be immersed in me or surrender to me’. You should lead your life in full knowledge of these facts.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! How should we conduct ourselves socially? What are social norms?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: You should forget two things: the help you have given to others and the harm others have done to you. Moreover, you should remember two things: the help that others have given to you and the harm you have done to others. Then there will be no ego, pride, jealousy, envy, hatred, and other evil tendencies in you.

You should also note another important thing. However small a fault or mistake there is in you, take it as a very big one. At the same time when you notice a big mistake in others, you should consider it a very small one. Take your own goodness as tiny and that of others as mighty. This attitude helps you to correct yourself, improve yourself, and enable you to forgive and forget the lapses of others.

But, today quite the opposite is happening. Everyone magnifies his own goodness and minimises that of others, considers his own Himalayan blunders small as an anthill, while he gives Himalayan magnitude even to the smallest mistakes of others. This is the cause of all conflicts and infighting.

There are still two more extreme categories of people. Some of them portray their lapses as merits, project their mistakes as right things, and try to focus on their virtues, which are actually missing in them. Then, there is the last category of people who are even worse than demons. These are the people who attribute faults, mistakes, and defects to others, which are all false, and totally ignore their merits. Correct your own mistakes first. Judge others by their merits and not by their faults. Seek out your own faults and other’s merits.

Upanishad means the “inner” or “mystic teaching”. The term Upanishad is derived from “upa” (near), “ni” (down) and “shad” (to sit), i.e., sitting down near. Groups of pupils sit near the teacher to learn from him/her the secret doctrine. In the quietude of the forest hermitages the Upanishadic thinkers pondered on the problems of deepest concerns and communicated their knowledge to fit pupils near them. The most well known Upanishads are: Aitareya, Brihadaranyaka, Taittiriya, Chandogya, Kena, Isa, Svetasvatara, Katha, Mundaka, Mandukya, Prasna, Kausitaki, Maitrayani, Kausitaki, Muktika and Shakta. The Satyopanishad is the Upanishad of Truth (Sathya) but more specifically the Truth as revealed by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Anil Kumar questions the illustrious Guru and provides us with Sathya Sai Baba’s answers to ponder, ruminate and derive ananda.

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The Coconut of Great Wealth

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

The Coconut of Great Wealth

I remember another one of these leelas which concerned a lady from South India who asked Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba to grant her material riches. This time Sathya Sai Baba gave her a coconut and told her to listen to His advice carefully. “Hear properly what I have to say. I have given you a coconut. Take it home and worship it every day. You will be given all the riches you want.”

Needless to say, she was overjoyed. She received it and started her journey back home. On the way she sat at Penukonda railway station awaiting her train. She took the coconut and moved it with her hands. While doing so she heard a sound inside that seemed to emanate from the coconut. A doubt crept into her mind. Was Sathya Sai Baba’s gift genuine? Could a coconut really offer riches?

So thinking, she decided to break it open and look inside. As the coconut cracked open, a golden idol of Lakshmi sprang out and instantly disappeared! Grief stricken, she came back to Sathya Sai Baba and told Him about her mistake of breaking the coconut; she requested Him to give her one more. Then, Satya Sai Baba told her, “You do not have faith in My words. Hence, return just as you came here.”

Many such people came to Sathya Sai Baba seeking such material wealth; very few were interested in spiritual riches.

Even during the Shirdi incarnation, there is an instance of a rich gentleman who had every worldly success in life and appeared to lack nothing, and therefore came to Baba seeking the ultimate wisdom.

The Sai Satcharita says that despite a very comfortable and prosperous life, the wealthy man came to Shirdi, went to the Masjid, saw Sai Baba, fell at His feet and said, “Baba, hearing that You show without any delay the Brahman (Almighty God) to all who come over here, I too have come all the way from my distant place. I am much fatigued by my journey and if I get the [knowledge of] Brahman from You, my troubles will be well-paid and rewarded.”

It is said that Baba replied to the rich gentleman seeking spiritual knowledge thus: “Oh, My dear friend, do not be anxious, I shall immediately show you the Brahman; all my dealings are in cash and never on credit. So many people come to Me and ask for wealth, health, power, honour, position, cure of diseases and other temporal matters. Rare is the person who comes here to Me and asks for Brahma-Gyana (Knowledge of the Self). I think it is an auspicious moment when a person like you comes and presses Me for Brahma-Gyana.…”

(However, the ensuing details of how Baba gave the seeker an experiential lesson in the supreme spiritual wisdom is very interestingly described in chapters 16 & 17 of the Shirdi Sai Satcharita and they go to show how genuine seeker’s of God’s grace are very rare, as most devotees tend to be only interested in gaining worldly favours from the God incarnate. – H2H Team)


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Satyopanishad – Upanishad Of Sri Sathya Sai – Part 3

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Sathya Sai Baba

Satyopanishad – Upanishad Of Sri Sathya Sai – Part 3
Anil Kumar Kamaraju Questions Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! What should we do to receive God’s grace?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: There is no way other than devotion. Your wealth, scholarship, authority and physical personality cannot please God. It is only your devotion that He looks into.

Don’t you know Guha in the Ramayana? What scholarship had he to please Rama? Nothing. He was not even educated. You also must have heard of Sabari, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. How rich was she to be close to Rama? She was in rags at that time, the poorest of the poor. What made that bird, Jatayu receive the special blessings of Rama so as to deserve performance of the last rites at the divine hands of Rama? Even Rama’s father, Dasaratha, was not as fortunate as Jatayu, because he died when Rama was in the forest, far away from Ayodhya. How about Hanuman, a monkey? By implicit faith in and total surrender to Rama he could be successful not only in the task assigned to him, but also came to be worshipped by the devotees of the Lord and his worship has been continuing since the days of the Ramavatara.

The Mahabharata clearly portrays Draupadi, the queen of the Pandavas as Lord Krishna’s devotee of the highest order, always, in times of success or failure, pleasure or pain, calm or turmoil, anywhere, either on the throne in Hastinapura or in the forest. The Pandavas are known for their deep devotion and abounding love for Krishna. They are the best examples of equanimity and total surrender to God such that Krishna identified Himself completely with them by saying that Dharmaja was His head, Arjuna His heart, Bhima His shoulders, and the two youngest brothers Nakula and Sahadeva equal to His two feet. This is true devotion. This is the ideal stature of a devotee.

In the Bhagavata you come across the Gopis (the cowherd girls who were rustic, innocent, and unlettered) whose madhurabhakti, total attachment to God, was backed by unconditional love and surrender. Their devotion was noble, pure, nectarine, and exemplary. They saw Krishna in bushes, thorns, leaves, branches, and flowers. Is theirs not tadatmyabhava, total identification? Isn’t theirs the advaitabhava, nondualistic state? They could not bear the pangs of separation from Krishna even for a split second. This is the level of their devotion.

Have you not heard about Tyagaraja, the South Indian saint, singer and composer, who had put the question: ‘nidhi cala sukhama ramuni sannidhi seva sukhama’. Is it wealth that gives you happiness or proximity to God? Ramadas, Surdas, Kabir, Tulasidas, Jayadev, Tukaram, Mira, and others were the very personifications of devotion. They are remembered to this day. By reading about them, you will not only be the recipient of God’s grace but even have a claim on God’s grace. You know, the moment you marry, your wife will have a claim on your property. This is due to the mangalasutra, the sacred knot tied at the time of the wedding. Similarly, devotion is bhaktisutra the knot of devotion, which empowers the devotee to claim from God His grace. Therefore, for everything, devotion is most important. For most people, it is the proper and noble approach to Divinity.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! Why are we not the recipients of Divine grace?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: It is not proper to feel so. You are wrong if you think so. God’s grace is equally available to all of you. He makes no distinctions of caste, creed, sex, nationality, and so on. You should know that the defect is in you. You have to cleanse the tumbler of your heart. For example, it is raining heavily now. If you want to collect water in a vessel, what you do is to keep it straight. However, if you turn it downwards or put it upside down, is it possible to collect water? The downpour of rain will be of no help at all. Therefore, we have to keep our hearts always pure and ready to receive the rain of grace. We have to turn it towards the rain of God’s Love in order to collect it. Is it not so?

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! Our fortune is immeasurable, how many people get this opportunity! This is all your grace. But, how are we to preserve this?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Look! Out of the millions of devotees how many are able to be here? Is this proximity possible for everyone? Merit from several past lives had made you fortunate enough to be here. Out of a few thousand in our institutions, how many students are lucky enough to be here? Only a few of you could follow me to this place, Kodaikanal. This you will have to preserve and sustain carefully.

A small example. Here is a roll of thread, which is the product of much rotating and winding. A time consuming job, really! If they take up this process in haste, and drop it in the middle out of neglect or carelessness, all the thread will lie scattered on the ground. Similarly, your fortune is like this roll of thread carefully and laboriously wound like the merit of the good deeds you had done in your past lives. If you neglect this fortune and lose it by any mischance, you can’t get it back. All the effort you have put in will go waste. The thick pad at the centre of this roll is like your faith round which your meritorious deeds are wound. So, never neglect this good luck, nor take it for granted, nor view it as simple and ordinary. Negligence and carelessness are harmful to spiritual aspirants.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! How does your Grace affect our destiny and our prarabdha, past karma?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: God’s grace and God’s will can change anything. God is love. His infinite compassion makes Him change your, prarabdhakarma or the karmic effects of your past lives. A devotee can arrest God in the jail of his heart. In this world, there is nothing that you can’t achieve with devotion. God’s grace can cancel all your karmic effects or the evil effects of your past life. Nothing untoward can happen to you.

A small example. You see many medicines kept for sale in a medical shop. On each of the medicines you find the date of manufacture and of expiry. The medicine will not act with efficiency beyond the date of expiry. It becomes just useless. What God does is exactly the same thing. He simply stamps on the medicine bottle the date of expiry cancelling your prarabdhakarma the suffering you are going through in this life. Right then your suffering ends. This is how Swami, out of His sheer grace and compassion, gives you relief.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! Can we be sure of God’s grace if we do sadhana regularly?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Certainly! As sure as anything! Why do you doubt? For example, you have a pet dog. You feed it every day and you will notice that it will get habituated to come to you exactly at the same time every day to be fed. Is this not true? When regularity makes a dog respond, why not God? You will definitely receive His grace.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! We are here in your presence because of your infinite grace and mercy. Your blessings have brought us all here. We bask in the sunshine of bliss bestowed on us by your Divine darshan , sparshan and sambhasan. Do we still need merit from past lives and the samskaras?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: The present state of bliss and the merit from past lives are both essential and they should go together. They are closely interrelated. Take this example. Here the soil is sandy. When there are heavy rains, water sinks into the soil or gets absorbed in the soil. The same is the situation with you at present. Therefore, devotion doesn’t remain steady. But, suppose there is a flow of river water, what happens when it rains? Water will flow with greater vigour than before. Similarly, your present blessed opportunity of being with me is like rainwater. If you have good samska ras from your past life like the water flow of a river, the blissful state you are experiencing now will continue with more vigour.

God’s grace is like a shower of rain. Your merit from the past will enable you to contain it. So, I tell you often to retain the good luck, the opportunity, and the privilege given to you. You draw water out of the well in a bucket. But you have to pick up the bucket full of water yourself. On the other hand, if you drop it in the middle, what happens? You can’t collect water, can you? However, there is one important thing. If you love God intensely, you can achieve anything. As human effort increases, God’s grace also lends strength and intensity to the effort, which ultimately leads man to success.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! Man is not behaving in the way expected of him. He is losing his very human nature. How should he transform himself at this juncture? How about society, if he remains like this, Swami?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: You do not know that you are using certain words without knowing their meaning. If you understand the words that you utter, you will notice that they are self explanatory and convey their meaning in unambiguous terms. What is the meaning of this word manava? ‘Ma’ means maya or illusion, ‘na’, ‘dati’ (Telugu), ‘va’, vartincu (Telugu). In other words, ‘manava’ means ‘the one who crosses maya and conducts himself accordingly’ and definitely not one who is enslaved by maya. It can also be interpreted in another way. The word ‘manava’ means, ‘ma ‘, not, ‘nava’, new. Thus ‘manava’ means ‘not new’. Man had many births earlier and the present one is not new.

Man is also called narah (Sanskrit). Na means ‘not’, and rah means ‘perishable’. Thus, narah, means ‘not perishable’. Obviously, the one, which is imperishable, is eternal that is, immortal, or atma, Truth. There is another word vanara (Sanskrit) denoting a ‘monkey’. Va denotes vala or tail. So nara should be viewed as man without vala or tail. Man is saksara : sa, divine and aksara, undiminishable or permanent. Thus, saksara is one who is undiminishable, permanent or eternal, Atma. He who has the awareness of such Atma is saksara. But alas! Man today is behaving as raksasa, demon. Man is expected to have dama, control of senses, but he is full of mada, pride and conceit. So, when we understand the meaning of these words, we shall know that man or vyakti, the individual, should exhibit and express the quality of atma, which he truly is.

A community or a group of individuals makes a society. A single vrksa, tree , cannot make avana, forest. A single grha, house cannot make a grama, village. What is the meaning of samaja, society? Sama, equality or equanimity, ja, born out of. Thus samaja, is that which maintains equality and equanimity. What are needed for ideal society? They are samaikyata, unity; samagrata, coordination; samarasa, integration; saubhratrata, fraternity; and samanata, equality. These are the features of an ideal society.

We hear people saying that society should change. However, in my opinion, it is wrong. If the individual changes, society will automatically change. A small example. A father presented a map of India to his young son. The boy, by mistake, tore it to pieces and was reprimanded by his father. After some time, the son brought the map intact. When asked by the father how he could do it, the boy replied that on the reverse side of the map there was the picture of a man. He said the only thing he did was to correctly assemble the torn pieces of the man to makeit into the original picture. Then the original map formed itself automatically.

Thus, when individuals reform, society will automatically get reformed. Every person should know that the happiness of the individual depends on that of society. Man’s welfare, progress and prosperity depend on society. This truth must be fully understood by everyone. For example, when there is a fire in the neighbourhood you make an attempt to extinguish it. Why? If you do not, your house will not be safe. When all the other houses in the neighbourhood are burnt down by the fire, your house too will be burnt. When there are epidemics like cholera, you will be extra careful; otherwise, you will also become one of the victims. Similarly there is a relationship between an individual and the society he lives in.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! May be due to the impact of the Age of Kali, we don’t find in these days, any understanding among the members of a family. Instead, we find differences in many families, even conflicts, complexes, competitions; and sometimes matters become so bad as to drag a family tothe courts. Please suggest a way out of this sad plight, Swami!

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: In this world though diversity is apparent, there is an inherent unity. Multiplicity may be patent. But the underlying unity is latent. The whole of nature shows both these aspects.

Take the earth; it is not the same throughout. There are hills, mountains, and valleys. However, in our experience we clearly visualise unity. Are the five fingers of the same hand identical? No. Similarly, the members of one and the same family are not alike or uniform. They are not stereotypes. All the same, there cannot be any valid reason for the absence of fraternity, unity, and love among the members of the family.

A good example from our epics maybe cited in this context. You analyse Siva samsaram ‘the family of our Lord Siva’. Siva has Ganga, water, over his head, and fire on his foreheadbetween the two eyes. He is, therefore, Trinetra or ‘the three eyed ‘God’. ‘Water’ and ‘Fire’ are also opposed to each other in their nature and don’t coexist. Siva is pannagadhara, nagabhusana for He has round his neck venomous serpents. The vehicle of his elder son Lord Subrahmanya is a peacock. Snakes and peacocks are enemies. The vehicle of Goddess Parvati, consort of Siva is a lion. She is simhavahini. The very face of Siva’s second son is that of an elephant. Ganesh is called Gajanana for this reason. An elephant can’t even dream of the sight of a lion. Parvati has all the jewels, but her Lord, Siva is digambara, naked, bhasmabhusitanga with vibhuti smeared all over the body, and surrounded by bhutas or devils. Though Siva’s family is full of opposites and contradictions, there is integration, coordination, harmony and unity.

Similarly, in your families, the members may differ from each other, yet you should be able to live in perfectharmony like Siva’s family. This is the lesson that over the ages Lord Siva has been teaching the world.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! Today the whole world is strife torn. We hear of racial discrimination, class conflict, bloodshed, war, and so on. Kindly give some message to the present day world.

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Today we have many intellectuals who find diversity in unity. There are only afew who notice unity in diversity. This is the reason for the present day troubles, turmoil, conflicts, wars, and so on in the world. Manava, manis behaving like a danava, demon. So we find violent, demonic, bestial, and inhuman tendencies among people. The moment man recognises and experiences unity in diversity, peace, comfort, safety, security, and happiness are ensured.

The composition of human blood is the same all over the world. All breathe oxygen only. All tread the same ground. Hunger is one, be that of a rich man who may dine in a five star hotel or of a beggar who appeases his hunger with mere starch. Thirst is one and the same, be that of a rich man who will have a cool drink or of a poor man who drinks tap water in the street. Both feel happy in moments of joy and both grieve in times of difficulties.

The human body is composed of the five elements: earth, water, air, fire, and space. The body is inert. We breathe air into it. There is also fire within, keeping the body warm and helping us in digesting food. There is space within accommodating all parts of the human body. There is plenty of water in the body. So the five elements outside are also inside you. Everyone has them in the same proportion. Allthat you have is also present in everybody else. Then, why do you stretch your hand begging everyone? What for? What is it that you don’t have which the other man has? Basically nothing! This is the philosophy of unity in diversity. This unity is divinity.

The experience of this sort of spiritual unity is liberation, whereas the feeling of multiplicity, plurality and diversity is bondage, dualism, and attachment.

Flowers are many, but worship is one, Cows are many, but milk is one. Jewels are many, but gold is one, Paths are many, but the goal is one, Stars are many, but the sky is one, Beings are many, but breath is one, names and forms are many, but God is one.

This is oneness or unity. Yarn is multiple, but when interwoven, it becomes a piece of cloth. This is how you should find out and experience unity in order to realise divinity. People fight in the name of religion. What a shame it is! No religion tells you to speak lies, to harm or kill others or do any such things. All religions lay emphasis on love, brotherhood, sacrifice, peace, truth, and so on. So, it is ridiculous to fight in the name of religion. In fact, matulu mancivainamatamedi ceddadi, (Telugu) if your mind is good, which religion is bad?

There is only one religion, the religion of love. To have differences based on language or race is bad. It is a sign of narrow mindedness. There is only one language, the language of the heart. It is very mean to have differences on grounds of caste. You are not born with a sign board indicating your caste. What is the caste of the air? To which caste does water belong? What is the caste of fire and earth? Therefore, there is only one caste, the caste of humanity. Wars are fought in the name of God. Don’t you know that many Gods are not there; God is one without a second. You may call Him by any name. There is one God who is omnipresent.

Ekam sat viprah bahudha vadanti, Truth is one, but interpreted in many ways by scholars. There are no differences in divinity. With cittas’uddhi, purity of heart, you can experience the principle of unity or oneness, which is the path to divinity. First, develop purity. That helps you to achieve unity and attain Divinity.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! In reality, the entire human race is one and the same, its basic core being divinity. Why then do we not react in the same way? Why do we think and act differently?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Humanity may be one, but people act in different ways. No two are alike. This is the law of nature. Thought, words and actions depend on time and circumstances. Here is an example. A tender fruit is sour in its taste; an unripe fruit is astringent, while a ripe fruit is sweet. All the three are the stages of the same fruit, aren’t they! It is sour, then astringent and finally sweet. How does it happen? Why? The change of taste is due to the passage of time. No one has filled the ripe fruit with sugar. So, I say “yetti matiyo, atti gati. yetti sthitio, atti sampatti” (Telugu verse). As is the mati, mind, so is the gati, destiny; as is the position, so is the sampatti, affluence.

In human life there are three important aspects, ‘doing’, Body, ‘thinking’, Mind, ‘being’, Atma. Body desires, mind thinks and atma experiences. You should have broad-mindedness.You should never be narrow-minded. When examination results are published, why don’t you feel happy that so many have passed the examinations? If in the spirit of a large heart, you look for your result, you will definitely find your number in the newspaper along with those of other candidates. It is narrow-mindedness if you look only for your own number unmindful of others.

Another example. Suppose you feel happy that in a group photo everyone has figured nicely. If you then look at your own figure, you will be known to be broad-minded.

Human life is a combination of three attributes or trigunas. The three work in perfect union as thethree wings of a fan. Just as a chutney is made of tamarind, salt and chillies well ground, so also human life has ‘trigunas,’ well mixed. You also must have known pan, which Indians chew. It has three ingredients, betel leaf, betel nut and lime, of green, brown and white colours respectively. When the ingredients of three different colours are chewed you get the red colour.

Similarly, in human life all the three gunas are intermixed. But spiritually, basically and fundamentally, the core of the human being is sat, ‘being’, cit, ‘awareness’ and ananda, ‘bliss’. Sat and cit together confer ananda.

An example.Here are two separate things, water and sugar. When you mix the two it is neither sugar nor water, but syrup. So also water is sat, sugar is cit, forming the syrup ananda. The triune trigunas (three attributes) and the basic nature of sat, cit, and ananda mixed with deha, ‘body,’ manas ‘mind,’ and buddhi ‘intellect,’ interacting with pravrtti, ‘the external world’ lead to anekatva ‘diversity or multiplicity or plurality’.

Upanishad means the “inner” or “mystic teaching”. The term Upanishad is derived from “upa” (near), “ni” (down) and “shad” (to sit), i.e., sitting down near. Groups of pupils sit near the teacher to learn from him/her the secret doctrine. In the quietude of the forest hermitages the Upanishadic thinkers pondered on the problems of deepest concerns and communicated their knowledge to fit pupils near them. The most well known Upanishads are: Aitareya, Brihadaranyaka, Taittiriya, Chandogya, Kena, Isa, Svetasvatara, Katha, Mundaka, Mandukya, Prasna, Kausitaki, Maitrayani, Kausitaki, Muktika and Shakta. The Satyopanishad is the Upanishad of Truth (Sathya) but more specifically the Truth as revealed by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Anil Kumar questions the illustrious Guru and provides us with Sathya Sai Baba’s answers to ponder, ruminate and derive ananda.

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Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram – September 2009

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Recent Events At Prashanti Nilayam – Sathya Sai Baba Ashram – September 2009

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Monday, Sept 28, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This morning, the seven-day Veda Purusha Sapthaha Jnana Yagna was coming to a close. The priests concluded their rituals by nine o’clock and went for their ceremonial ablutions. Bhagavan came to Sai Kulwant Hall at around half-past nine and after half an hour, all gathered at the Poornachandra for the conclusion of the Yagna. Sathya Sai Baba sent for the large silver ladle through which the final offerings were to be made, and at a quarter past ten, the final offerings were made with Bhagavan sitting next to the sacrificial fire. Swami then moved to the Western end of the stage and accepted the Arati there. The Grama Seva also concluded today, with the students of the Anantapur campus serving food and clothes to the Ashram residents. In the evening, Bhagavan arrived just before the five o’clock bhajans began and sat onstage for a while after His darshan round. He then moved to the bhajan hall where the priests who officiated at the Yagnam were seated. He blessed them profusely with clothes and other gifts, interacting with them for more than fifteen minutes. It was a quarter past six when He accepted Arati, and He left for His residence after a brief visit to the interview room.

Sunday, Sept 27, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This morning, Sathya Sai Baba arrived in Sai Kulwant hall around half-past nine and later moved to the Poornachandra to accept Arati there after ten o’clock. From Sai Kulwant hall, He had blessed two Primary School boys with chains. In the evening, Swami came just before five o’clock and began the speeches after He sat onstage. Prof. Anil Kumar introduced Prof. G. Venkataraman as today’s speaker. Following his speech, Swami started His Discourse at 5.40 pm. Bhagavan began His Discourse with the mysteries of Nature, and it began to rain heavily. After asking those who were getting drenched in the rain to move inside the hall, Swami moved on to speaking about His childhood days at Kamalapuram, Puttaparthi and Uravakonda. Prasadam was distributed following the Discourse, and Swami gave the prasadam Himself to some of the students nearby before Arati at a quarter-past seven.

Saturday, Sept 26, 2009 Full Story With Images »
Bhagavan Sri Satya Sai Baba arrived in Sai Kulwant hall just after 9 o’clock this morning. He moved to the Eastern side of the hall where His vehicles including the Golden chariot were parked. The Ayudha pooja was done for all of them and Swami moved to the stage to sit there for a short while with the Vedic chants before accepting Arati at half-past nine. He then moved to the Poornachandra where He sat onstage before accepting Arati there after ten o’clock.

In the evening, Bhagavan arrived for darshan just after half-past four and began the programme of speeches just before five. Prof. Anil Kumar spoke in Telugu, followed by Prof. Anantharaman of the MBA faculty and Sri K. Chakravarthy, Secretary of the Central Trust. Prasadam was distributed when the speeches concluded at 6.10. Swami went to the interview room briefly before returning to accept Arati and retire for the day.

Friday, Sept 25, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This morning, Sathya SaiBaba did not emerge from His residence but sent word for the students to move to the Yagna venue in the Poornachandra hall at 10 o’clock and for the Arati to be offered there at 11.30. In the evening, He came before five o’clock and began the programme of speeches at 5.20 like on the last few days. Prof. Anil Kumar’s introductory Telugu speech was followed by the All India Sai Organisations President Sri V. Srinivasan, an M.Phil. student Bhabani Shankar in Hindi and the University’s Controller of Examinations Sri Srinivas Srirangarajan. The speeches concluded at 6.30 and Arati was offered as prasadam was distributed.

Thursday, Sept 24, 2009 Full Story With Images »
Today’s proceedings were similar to yesterday’s in the morning, with darshan at 9 o’clock and Arati at 9.30. In the evening, Sathya Sai arrived by 4.35 pm and began the programme of speeches just before five o’clock. Prof Anil Kumar gave a short Telugu speech and then introduced the speakers for the evening. A research scholar Sri Shashank Shah was followed by MBA student Sri Akshay Kamath and lecturer Dr. Subhash Subramaniam. All India Sai Organisations President Sri V. Srinivasan was the last speaker, with the session concluding with Arati at 6.30 pm.

Wednesday, Sept 23, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This morning, the students proceeded for Grama seva at 8 o’clock and Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba came for darshan half an hour later to Sai Kulwant Hall. Sending the students to the Yagnam venue at the Poornachandra hall, Swami also moved there, coming onstage in a few minutes. Spending nearly half an hour observing the Yagnam in progress, Swami accepted the ceremonial Arati in the Western corner of the stage at 9.30 am before returning to His residence.

In the evening, Bhagavan arrived at 4.45 and after His darshan round, began the speeches for the day just after five o’clock. Two student speakers Aman Jhaveri and Robin Sharma were followed by Sri Narasimhamurthy, Warden of the Brindavan hostel. As the speeches concluded at 6.20, the students sang a bhajan following which Arati was offered.

Tuesday, Sept 22, 2009 Full Story With Images »
The seven day Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yagna commenced this morning. Sathya Sai Baba came to the Sai Kulwant Hall and after blessing the priests in the bhajan hall, asked the procession to leave for the Poornachandra auditorium at 9.20 am. After the students and priests reached the Poornachandra hall, Swami also arrived onstage and watched as the priests started the sacrificial fire in the ceremonial manner. Watching the proceedings onstage for a few minutes, Bhagavan returned to His residence at 10.10 am.

In the evening, Swami arrived for darshan by four o’clock and sat onstage after His darshan round as the Vedic chants went on before moving to the interview room. At half-past four, He came onstage and began the evening’s programme. Prof. Anil Kumar introduced the three speakers for the day: Prof. Vishwanath Pandit, the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University, former VC Sri. S. V. Giri and Dr. T. Ravi Kumar, faculty in the Chemistry department at Brindavan. As the third speaker concluded, Swami asked for Arati at six o’clock and returned to His residence. The Yagnam evening puja privately in the Poornachandra before concluding at 8 pm.

Monday, Sept 21, 2009 Full Story With Images »
Today, the Grama seva and morning darshan proceeded like yesterday. In the evening, the students and some of the Muslim devotees were ready with a musical programme celebrating Id, the last day of the holy month of Ramzan. Sathya SaiBaba arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall at 5.30 pm as the bhajans went on. After His darshan round, He took a round of the verandah and came into the bhajan hall where the priests for the Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yagna were seated. Swami blessed the priests and gave them some instructions for the Yagna which is to begin tomorrow. He then came onstage and asked Mr. Ajit Popat of the UK to speak. After Mr. Popat’s speech, it was the turn of young Sathya from Iran, studying in the Primary School here, to say a few words. The students then sang a couple of songs following which Swami accepted Arati at half-past six.

Sunday, Sept 20, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This morning, the students left for Grama seva at 8 o’clock after going around the Mandir. Satya Sai Babaji came for darshan after ten as the bhajans went on, and sat onstage for more than half an hour before Arati after eleven. In the evening, He came at 5.30 as the bhajans went on. Devotees from Warangal district prayed that Swami permit them to present a drama, and He acquiesced. The centre of the Hall was cleared and the devotees arranged the sets. The bhajans were stopped at 6.15 and the 45 minute Telugu dance-drama began after a short introduction with devotees getting many items blessed. The importance of the Mother was stressed in the drama which included a vignette from Pothana’s life. Swami blessed them with group photographs and sent clothes for the participants, interacting with some of them for several minutes. He then asked the students to sing a couple of bhajans following which He accepted Arati at 7.30 before returning to His residence.

Saturday, Sept 19, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This morning marked the beginning of the 10 day Dasara celebrations with the students embarking on the Grama Seva programme. The village service will continue for these ten days, covering more than 150 villages in the neighbouring mandals, distributing food and clothes to every household at their doorstep for a population of more than 250,000. Swami came for darshan at 10.15 am as the morning bhajans went on. When He completed His darshan round and sat onstage, the students began their circumambulation of the Mandir before proceeding out through the main gate to board the vehicles parked there for today’s Grama seva. Bhagavan accepted arati at 10.40 and then moved to the bhajan hall where the Kalasa puja for the Navarathri was to begin. Blessing the puja, He returned to His residence in the car at 11 o’clock. In the evening, Swami came to Sai Kulwant Hall just after half-past five and sat onstage as the bhajans went on till 6.15. He then moved to the Bhajan Hall where He blessed the Kalasa puja again before returning onstage to accept Arati after prasadam distribution.

Friday, Sept 18, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This evening, Bhagavan came for darshan at ten minutes to five and came into the bhajan hall after His darshan round. T-shirts and caps for the men students and sarees for the women students were kept there, for use during the village service programme starting tomorrow. Inspecting the clothes, Swami gave instructions for the distribution. In the next hour, as the bhajans went on, all the materials were distributed to the students and teachers by the Registrar and former Vice-chancellor Sri S. V. Giri before Swami accepted Arati at six o’clock.

Wednesday, Sept 16, 2009 Full Story With Images »
After the evening bhajans yesterday, Swami had asked Prof Anil Kumar to announce that this evening, there would be a Burrakatha by the students. Accordingly, the costumed performers were not ready in the bhajan when Bhagavan came for darshan just before five o’clock. He came to the bhajan hall, and after a couple of minutes of interaction with the group, came onstage to begin their performance. The hour-long Burrakatha concluded with Swami interacting with all the artistes and accompanists, blessing them with clothes, with Prof Anil Kumar announcing that they represented a “Bharat darshan” with students from all parts of India. Swami then asked for a bhajan with alap following which He accepted Arati at half-past six. He moved to the interview room, and after ten minutes returned to His residence in the car.

Friday, Sept 11, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This morning, the preliminary worship for the Kalyanotsavam was held. As on the last two days, the worship included the chanting of the thousand names, and today it was the Lalita Sahasranamam. When the worship of the deities onstage reached the point of closing the curtain at 9.20 am, the lady singers of the Brindavan bhajan group started leading bhajans. Just after 10 o’clock, the curtains were opened again and more Vedic hymns were chanted before Maha mangala Arati at 10.20 am.

In the evening, Bhagavan arrived by 4.10 pm. He was preceded into the Sai Kulwant Hall by the priests waving Chamaras bringing the idols in a procession for the marriage ceremony onstage. The hour-long ceremony began soon after. Swami moved around the verandah and bhajan hall and from the stage, moved down to sit facing the stage while the rituals went on. After the Aandal Kalyanam concluded, Swami asked the students to sing bhajans at 5.40 pm. A couple of bhajans later, He permitted the group of devotees to sing some songs relating to the Aandal Kalyanotsavam. After half an hour of songs, Swami accepted Arati. Prasadam was then distributed to everyone in the hall – tamarind rice, sweet rice, laddoo and obbattu.

Thursday, Sept 10, 2009 Full Story With Images »
Today, the morning rituals proceeded like yesterday, with the Sathya Sai Sahasranamam being chanted for the worship. Bhagavan came for darshan at 5.10 pm and sat onstage listening to the Vedic chants after His darshan round. At 5.50 pm, the speeches for the evening commenced. Sri Mylavaram Srinivasa Rao spoke on today’s verses of the Thiruppavai in Telugu for 50 minutes. Swami then accepted Arati as prasadam was distributed.

Wednesday, Sept 09, 2009 Full Story With Images »
The three day Thiruppavai celebrations got underway at Prasanthi Nilayam this morning. The idols of Ranganatha, Bhoodevi (Andal) and Garuda were installed onstage and the worship began in Sai Kulwant hall just after seven o’clock. Yesterday, Swami had blessed the people conducting the rituals with ceremonial clothes which they wore today. On completing the rituals, a short introduction to the three day programme was made in Telugu. Collective worship with sacred rice grains on the plates supplied to all the devotees chanting the Vishnu sahasranamam completed the morning rituals. The proceedings concluded after morning bhajans with Arati at 9.35 as Bhagavan did not emerge from His residence. Later, He went for a drive at half-past eleven.

In the evening also, Swami came from Yajur Mandir in the car at 4.15 and went for a drive to the Indoor Stadium before returning to Sai Kulwant hall after an hour. From the interview room Swami came onstage 10 minutes later to begin the proceedings. Sri. N. Srikanta Rao delivered a half-hour address in Telugu about Aandal (Godhaa devi) and her devotion. Bhajans then commenced at 6 o’clock and prasadam was distributed before Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence at half-past six.

Monday, Sept 07, 2009
This evening, the idols for the Thiruppavai Mahotsavam and Aandal Kalyanotsavam to be held at Prasanthi Nilayam from 9 to 11 September were arranged in the Bhajan hall. Swami came for darshan ten minutes after the bhajans commenced at five o’clock and completing His darshan round, sat onstage. At six o’clock, He accepted Arati and then came into the Bhajan hall. He saw the idols and later interacted with some of the teachers there before returning to His residence in the car.

Sunday, Sept 06, 2009
This evening, Swami’s students who are working in His institutions were gathered in the Bhajan Hall, praying to Him to bless them with an interaction. This ‘Sai Sannidhi’ group is now 175 strong and has been meeting on the Sunday near September 2, which is the anniversary of the establishment of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Swami came for darshan just after five o’clock and after His darshan round, came to the Bhajan hall where the gathering welcomed Him with group songs. As the songs went on, Bhagavan went around the hall, interacting with many of them. After a couple of songs, Swami spent 45 minutes speaking informally to many of His former students, who are now teachers and administrators. Sending clothes for all of them, Swami moved to the stage as the bhajans began after the session just after six o’clock. After half an hour of bhajans with prasadam being distributed, Swami accepted Arati and returned to His residence, blessing all with both hands.

Wednesday, Sept 02, 2009 Full Story With Images »
Thiru Onam dawned at Prasanthi Nilayam with Sai Kulwant hall and Yajur Mandir decked in festoons and floral decorations. Swami was welcomed into the hall with resounding Panchavadyam by the students and devotees and the girls’ brass band of the Srisailam school as the bhajans went on at 9.30 am. Small girls with traditional lamp plates lined Bhagavan’s route. Once He sat onstage after His darshan round, He listened to the bhajans for half an hour more before asking Prof. Anil Kumar to announce that He would address everyone in the evening. Accepting Arati, Swami went to the interview room for a few minutes before returning to His residence at half-past ten.

In the evening, Bhagavan arrived for darshan at 4.20 pm and after His darshan round went into the interview room. A few minutes later, He came onstage and began the programme. The Kerala state President introduced the speaker for the evening, Sri Jayakumar IAS, in-charge of arrangements at the Sabarimala shrine. After his short speech, Swami commenced His Divine Discourse at 4.45 pm. Reminding all of the story of Mahabali, He exhorted the people of Kerala to follow Emperor Bali’s example in upholding values. The 45-minute Discourse was followed by a drama on Bhaktha Nandanar by the children of Sri Sai Vidya Vihar, Aluva. As the drama came to a close at half-past six, Swami blessed one of the participants with a chain. Prasadam was distributed after Bhagavan blessed the children with a group photograph. He then asked them to sing a bhajan, following which He accepted Arati and returned to His residence at 6.45 pm.

Tuesday, Sept 01, 2009 Full Story With Images »
This morning, Bhagavan came for darshan at ten minutes to nine, and in the evening at ten minutes to five. He came directly to the stage and asked for the drama of the evening to begin. The children from Sri Sathya Sai Vidyapeeth of Srisailam, Kerala, presented a half-hour play on the saint Tukaram. After their play, the famous playback singer Padmashree K. S. Chithra presented a 45 minute programme of songs. After her programme, she brought up her child also for Bhagavan’s blessings. Swami created a chain for the child and put it on her neck. Swami had a group photo with the singer and accompanists and Arati was then offered while prasadam was distributed. Bhagavan then asked the students to sing a couple of songs with Alap after which He left for His residence just before seven o’clock.

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Robert Priddy – Blogged Articles To Date

Robert Priddy: The Anti-Sai-Baba Extremist


Robert Priddy’s Homoerotic Projections:
- Is Robert Priddy A Latent Homosexual?

Robert Priddy’s Drug Years:
- Robert Priddy’s “A Vision Of Cosmic Energy” (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy’s “Truth, Being And Bliss” (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy’s “The Psychedelic Experience” (or Archive)

- Robert Priddy Cites Pro-Drug Forum For Drug Users
- Robert Priddy’s Drug Years – An Overview (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy Removing Biographical Data
- Robert Priddy’s Copyright Blathering
- Copyright Blathering Backfires

$1,000,000 Legal Threat For Defamation Against Robert Priddy
- Legal Threat Sent Robert Priddy Packing

Fighting The Smears
- The Laughable Sheila Waring Lie
- Does Robert Priddy Have AIDS?
- Dirty Old Man Robert Priddy
- Fundamentalist Christian Label
- Robert Priddy’s Lies Spiral Out Of Control
- Defense Of The Sai Organization
- Public Pictures And Swami Premananda
- Sai Petition And SaiSathyaSai Server
- Pervert Priddy Fantasizes Molestation
- Priddy’s Htaccess Spin
- Second Coming Ignorance
- Screencap Fraud Against Gerald Joe Moreno

Miscellaneous Articles About Robert C. Priddy
- Robert Priddy – A Time Line
- Priddy’s Primary Webpage Indexed On Porn Sites (or Archive)
- Is Robert Priddy Well Funded?
- Robert Priddy’s Pro/Anti Sai Baba Books (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy’s Moon Madness
- Robert Priddy And The Domain
- Robert Priddy’s Man In The Moon
- To Be Or Not To Be Anonymous
- Robert Priddy – The Hinduism Basher
- Robert Priddy’s “Transvestite” Guru
- NitwitNastik And Robert Priddy
- Robert Priddy – A Supporter Of Idi Amin?
- Proxy Defender Of Sai Isa And Barry Pittard
- Royal Liberty School Reunion 2003

An Amusing Look At Robert C. Priddy
- Robert Priddy’s 9-11 Blunder
- Swami Ambikananda Lambasted Robert Priddy
- Robert Priddy – The Grinch
- Robert Priddy’s Guru Foot Fetish
- Priddy’s Disreputable Air-Signaller Training (or Archive)
- Source Of The Homoerotic Dreams?
- Robert Priddy’s Perverted Friends

Robert Priddy – The Gullible Pseudo-Skeptic
- The Wax Lingam MIRACLE!
- Robert Priddy – The True Believer
- Robert Priddy’s Telepathic Claims
- Priddy’s Psychic Friend Conny Larsson
- Robert Priddy’s Gullible / Brainwashed Years
- Erik Yaman Konuralp
- Robert Priddy vs Richard Dawkins

Examples Of Robert Priddy’s Blatant Lies
- Typical Robert Priddy “Evidence” Trash
- Robert Priddy’s Penultimate Lie
- Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson & Robert Priddy
- Pre-Senility Or Just Blatantly Inaccurate
- Robert Priddy’s Fraudulent Information (or Archive)
- Materialized Green Diamond Rings? (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy’s Penchant For Prevarication (or Archive)
- Bogus “Photographic Evidence” Claim (or Archive)
- David Bailey? Really? (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy And His “Babafan” Lie (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy’s Phony “Phone” Lies (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy Lies Again About Joe Moreno
- Robert Priddy’s Personal Invites To Prashanti
- Priddy’s Shameless Lie About Joy Thomas (or Archive)
- Sai Devotee Anywhere Between 17-26 Years

Robert Priddy’s Pseudo-Moralism:
- Robert Priddy – The Pseudo-Moralist
- Pseudo-Moralist Robert Priddy

Robert Priddy & Kai Nicolai Priddy:
- Robert & Kai Nicolai Priddy (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy’s Son Was Into Kink

Robert Priddy & VK Narasimhan:
- V.K. Narasimhan And Sathya Sai Baba
- VKN – VK Narasimhan

Robert Priddy’s Wikipedia Blunders:
- Robert Priddy Sticks His Foot In His Mouth Again (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy Literally Stumbles Onto The Scene
- Say What? (or Archive)
- Another Not So Priddy Lie Exposed (or Archive)
- Another Spiteful & Erroneous Lie (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy Lies About Lisa De Witt (or Archive)
- A Funny And Embarrassing Wikipedia Blunder (or Archive)
- Another Example Of Priddy’s Poor Research (or Archive)

Defamatory Attacks Against Moreno Addressed:
- Defamatory Attack One: Response 1 (or Archive)
- Defamatory Attack Two: Response 2 (or Archive)
- Defamatory Attack Three: Response 3 (or Archive)

Disempowerment Articles & Responses:
- Robert Priddy: Response 1 (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy: Response 2 (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy: Response 3 (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy: Response 4 (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy: Response 5 (or Archive)
- Robert Priddy: Response 6 (or Archive

Robert Priddy On QuickTopic:
- QuickTopic Deception By Robert Priddy

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Diwali 2009 – Festival Of Lights – Deepavali 2009

Diwali 2009 – Festival Of Lights – Deepavali 2009
2009: Deepavali / Diwali Will Be Celebrated On October 17th 2009

Diwali 2009 – Divali – Dewali – Devali – Deepavali 2009 – Depavali – Deepawali – Festival Of Lights – Celebration Of Light – Dipavali – Diwali Wallpapers – Hari Deepavali – Row Of Lights – Dipawali – Lakshmi Puja – Laxsmi Pooja – Naraka Chaturdashi – Balipadyami – Dhanatravodashi – Narakchaturdashi – Kali Puja

Blessings Of Lakshmi 2009 Divali

Blessings Of Lakshmi 2009 Divali

Diwali 2009

Diwali 2009

Diwali, or Deepavali, (also called Tihar and Swanti in Nepal) is a major Indian and Nepalese festival, and a significant festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. Many legends are associated with Diwali. Today it is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across the globe as the “Festival of Light” or “Celebration of Light” where the lights or lamps signify victory of good over evil within every human being. The festival is also celebrated by Buddhists of Nepal, particularly the Newar Buddhists.

According to one theory Diwali may have originated as a harvest festival, marking the last harvest of the year before winter. In an agrarian society this results in businessmen closing accounts, and beginning a new accounting year. The Goddess Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth in Hinduism) thanked and worshipped on this day and everyone prays for a good and prosperous year ahead. This is the common factor in Diwali celebrations all over the Indian subcontinent.

In many parts of India, it is the homecoming of King Rama of Ayodhya after a 14-year exile in the forest. The people of Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) welcomed Rama by lighting rows (avali) of lamps (deepa), thus its name, Deepawali / Deepavali, or simply shortened as Diwali. South India marks this day when Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. In western India it is also in honor of the day King Bali went to rule the nether-world by the order of Vishnu. (There is another festival ‘Onam’ which is celebrated in Kerala around the month of August to mark this legend).

Diwali is celebrated on the first day of the lunar Kartika month, which comes in the month of October or November.

In Jainism it marks the nirvana of Lord Mahavira, which occurred on October 15, 527 BCE. The Sikhs celebrate Diwali for a different reason. On this day, the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, was freed from imprisonment along with 52 Hindu Kings (political prisoners) whom he had arranged to be released as well. After his release he went to Darbar Sahib (golden temple) in the holy city of Amritsar. There, he was greeted by Sikhs and many other people. In happiness they lit candles and diyas to greet the Guru. In India, Diwali is now considered to be a national festival, and the aesthetic aspect of the festival is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith.

The festival marks the victory of good over evil, and uplifting of spiritual darkness. Symbolically it marks the homecoming of goodwill and faith after an absence, as suggested by the Ramayana.

On the day of Diwali, many wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks. Some North Indian business communities start their financial year on Diwali and new account books are opened on this day.

Hindus have several significant events associated with it:

  • Return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya: Diwali also celebrates the return of Lord Rama, King of Ayodhya, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana to Ayodhya after a 14 year exile, and a war in which he killed the demon king Ravana. It is believed that the people of Ayodhya lit oil lamps along the way to light their path in the darkness. Since Lord Rama traveled from South India to his kingdom in North India, he passed through the south earlier. This is the reason why the festival is celebrated a day earlier in South India.
  • The Killing of Narakasura: Celebrated as Naraka Chaturdasi, two days before Diwali day, it commemorates the killing of Narakasura, an evil demon who created havoc, by Lord Krishna’s wife Satyabhama. This happened in the Dwapar Yuga during this time of Lord Krishna’s avatar. In another version, the demon was killed by Lord Krishna (Lord krishna provokes his wife Satyabhama to kill Narakasura by pretending to be injured by the demon. Narakasura can only be killed by his mother, Satyabhama) himself. Before Narakasura’s death, he requested a boon from his mother, Satyabhama (believed to be an Avatar of Bhudevi – Narakasura’ mother), that everyone should celebrate his death with colorful light.
  • Austerities of Shakti: According to the Skanda Purana, the goddess Shakti observed 21 days of austerity starting from ashtami of shukla paksha (eighth day of the waxing period of moon) to get half of the body of Lord Shiva. This vrata (austerity) is known as kedhara vrata. Deepavali is the completion day of this austerity. This is the day Lord Shiva accepted Shakti into the left half of the form and appeared as Ardhanarishvara. The ardent devotees observe this 21 days vrata by making a kalasha with 21 threads on it and 21 types of offerings for 35 days. The final day is celebrated as kedhara gauri vrata.
  • Krishna defeating Indra: Govardhan Puja is celebrated the day after Diwali. It is the day Lord Krishna defeated Indra, the deity of thunder and rain. As per the story, Krishna saw huge preparations for the annual offering to Lord Indra and questions his father Nanda about it. He debated with the villagers about what their ‘dharma’ truly was. They were farmers, they should do their duty and concentrate on farming and protection of their cattle. He continued to say that all human beings should merely do their ‘karma’, to the best of their ability and not pray for natural phenomenon. The villagers were convinced by Krishna, and did not proceed with the special puja (prayer). Indra was then angered, and flooded the village. Krishna then lifted Mt Govardhan and held it up as protection to his people and cattle from the rain. Indra finally accepted defeat and recognized Krishna as supreme. This aspect of Krishna’s life is mostly glossed over – but it actually set up the basis of the ‘karma’ philosophy later detailed in the Bhagavat Gita.
  • Bali’s return to the nether world: In Bhavishyottara and Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Diwali is associated with the Daitya king Bali, who is allowed to return to earth once a year. However in Kerala this is the reason ‘Onam’ is celebrated. ‘Onam’ festival falls around the month of August-September.


Prosperous Diwali Greetings 2009

Prosperous Diwali Greetings 2009

Mandala Of Light By Joe Moreno

Mandala Of Light By Joe Moreno

2009 Celebration Of Light

2009 Celebration Of Light

Sathya Sai Baba: Deepavali means “the array of lights.” “Thamasomaa jyotirgamaya” (Lead me from darkness to light) is an Upanishadic prayer: This means that where there is darkness light is needed. What is this darkness? Sorrow, restlessness, loss, disappointment, misery and lack of enthusiasm are all different forms of darkness. To get rid of the darkness of sorrow, you have to light the lamp of happiness. To dispel the darkness of disease, you have to install the light of health. To get over the darkness of losses and failures, you have to usher in the light of prosperity.

Looking at the Deepavali festival from the scientific point of view, it should be noted that at one time in the distant past, our ancestors lived in the Arctic region (the polar region). In this region, darkness prevailed for six months. The sun appears on Mesha Sankranthi day (the sun entering the Aries sign of the Zodiac). The sun sets in this region on Tula Sankranthi day (when the sun enters Libra). In the movement between these two signs, there is an interval of six months. After the sun sets in Libra, the dark half-year starts.

Today is Chathurdasi (the fourteenth day) in the month of Karthik. It is Amavasya (New Moon day). The month is called Kaumudi. The people in the polar region used to start lighting their lamps from this day. The lighting of the lamp is not without other significance. As they would be in darkness for a long period, they described the lamp that was lit as Nithyajyothi (the perennial light).

It was on Deepavali day that Sri Rama’s coronation took place after his victorious return to Ayodhya from Lanka vanquishing Ravana and his Rakshasa brood. For a long period Ayodhya had been plunged in darkness when Rama was in exile in the forest. In the absence of the effulgent Rama, Ayodhya was a city of darkness. The forests were filled with light. The return of Rama was hailed by the people of Ayodhya as the return of divine effulgence and hence they celebrated the event by the lighting of lamps everywhere.

Nor is that all. Today’s festival is marked by other significant features. This is the day on which the Lord in His Vamana incarnation sent the Emperor Bali to the Nether World after He got the promise of three feet of ground (measured by the Lord’s foot) from Bali. Vamana (as the incarnation of Vishnu) used the gift of three feet of land to put down the Ahamkara (egoism) of Bali.

Deepavali is a festival which is designed to celebrate the suppression of the Ego by the Higher Self. Man is plunged in the darkness of ignorance and has lost the power of discrimination between the permanent and the evanescent. When the darkness of ignorance caused by Ahamkara (the ego-feeling) is dispelled by the light of Divine knowledge, the effulgence of the Divine is experienced. Deepavali is also the day on which Emperor Vikrama ditya ascended the throne.

If the darkness of ignorance is to be dispelled, man needs a container, oil, wick and a matchbox corresponding to what an external lamp needs. For man, the heart is the container. The mind is the wick. Love is the oil and vairagya (sacrifice) is the matchbox. When you have these four, Atma-jyothi (the Divine flame of the Spirit) shines effulgently. When the light of the Spirit is aflame, the Light of Knowledge appears and dispels the darkness of ignorance.

The flame of a lamp has two qualities. One is to banish darkness. The other is a continuous upward movement. Even when a lamp is kept in a pit, the flame moves upwards. The sages have therefore adored the lamp of wisdom as the flame that leads men to higher states. Hence, the effulgence of light should not be treated as a trivial phenomenon. Along with lighting the external lamps, men should strive to light the lamps within them. The human estate should be governed by sacred qualities. This calls for the triple purity of body, mind and speech–Trikarana Suddhi (purity of the three instruments).

The inner significance of Deepavali is to lead man from darkness to light. Man is perpetually plunged in darkness. Every time he is enveloped in darkness, he should light a lamp that is ever shining within him. Carry that lamp wherever you go. It will light your path wherever you may be. (Sathya Sai Baba – Diwali Discourse 1991)


Lakshmi Blessing On Deepavali 2009

Lakshmi Blessing On Deepavali 2009

Festival Of Lights 2009

Festival Of Lights 2009

Diwali 2009 – Divali – Dewali – Devali – Deepavali 2009 – Depavali – Deepawali – Festival Of Lights – Celebration Of Light – Dipavali – Diwali Wallpapers – Hari Deepavali – Row Of Lights – Dipawali – Lakshmi Puja – Laxsmi Pooja – Naraka Chaturdashi – Balipadyami – Dhanatravodashi – Narakchaturdashi – Kali Puja

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Fighting The Smears – Robert Priddy's Homoerotic Imaginations

Fighting The Smears – Robert Priddy’s Homoerotic Imaginations

Dear Friends And Fellow Readers,

This article is very important for several reasons. First, it documents the vicious behaviors of Ex-Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba (who often claim they are “credible”, “honest,” and “sincere” individuals). Secondly, this article is important because it documents the unbelievable extents that Ex-Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba will go in order to malign, defame and libel others. Lastly, this article is important because it reveals the dubious standards that Ex-Devotees use to determine what they consider “sexual abuse” and/or “sexual molestation”.

Since former followers of Sathya Sai Baba unremittingly and falsely accuse Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno of being “molested sexually” by Sathya Sai Baba, Moreno’s story is unique and provides a revealing and telltale glimpse into the mindset, fanaticism and extremism that altogether exemplifies the Anti-Sathya-Sai-Baba Movement.

Robert Priddy (a caustic critic and defamer of Sathya Sai Baba who once hailed the Guru as God Incarnate and who once fervently Worshipped And Kissed The Guru’s Feet) wrote more blatant disinformation on his Anti-Baba blog about Gerald Joe Moreno (a Pro-Sai Activist).

The case is easily made that Robert Priddy is a bitter, vindictive and sexually-debauched defamer and propagator of disinformation against Gerald Joe Moreno (henceforth referred to as “Moreno”). Ex-Devotee’s willful, malicious and obsessive claims about Moreno being “molested sexually” by Sathya Sai Baba has undeniably cast a dark shadow of suspicion and doubt on their self-professed and alleged “credibility”, “honesty” and “sincerity”

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Is Robert Priddy A Latent Homosexual?

Is Robert Priddy A Latent Homosexual?

Dear Friends And Fellow Readers,

This article is very important for several reasons. First, it documents the vicious behaviors of Ex-Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba (who often claim they are “credible”, “honest,” and “sincere” individuals). Secondly, this article is important because it documents the unbelievable extents that Ex-Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba will go in order to malign, defame and libel others. Lastly, this article is important because it reveals the dubious standards that Ex-Devotees use to determine what they consider “sexual abuse” and/or “sexual molestation”.

Since former followers of Sathya Sai Baba unremittingly and falsely accuse Gerald ‘Joe’ Moreno of being “molested sexually” by Sathya Sai Baba, Moreno’s story is unique and provides a revealing and telltale glimpse into the mindset, fanaticism and extremism that altogether exemplifies the Anti-Sathya-Sai-Baba Movement.

Robert Priddy (a caustic critic and defamer of Sathya Sai Baba who once hailed the Guru as God Incarnate and who once fervently Worshipped And Kissed The Guru’s Feet) wrote more blatant disinformation on his Anti-Baba blog about Gerald Joe Moreno (a Pro-Sai Activist).

The case is easily made that Robert Priddy is a bitter, vindictive and sexually-debauched defamer and propagator of disinformation against Gerald Joe Moreno (henceforth referred to as “Moreno”). Ex-Devotee’s willful, malicious and obsessive claims about Moreno being “molested sexually” by Sathya Sai Baba has undeniably cast a dark shadow of suspicion and doubt on their self-professed and alleged “credibility”, “honesty” and “sincerity”.

Moreno has refuted the “sexual molestation” libels against him going back to July 2006. See:

  1. Moreno Refutes Allegations Of Sexual Abuse
  2. Robert Priddy Falsifies Sexual Molestation Claim (View Blog Version)
  3. Sai Petition And More Sexual Abuse Libels (View Blog Version)
  4. Dirty Old Man Robert Priddy (View Blog Version)
  5. Moreno’s Response To Sanjay Dadlani

Let us take a look at what Robert Priddy wrote on September 26th 2009 (underlined and bold emphasis added by Moreno):
Robert Priddy: “His biggest point in his overwrought blog is that I wrote that Sai Baba pulled down his pants – which statement I did not attribute to him as he also claims.”

Let us take a look at what Robert Priddy wrote on April 1st 2009, which is still located on his blog as of September 30th 2009 (underlined emphasis added by Moreno):
Robert Priddy: “Moreno has himself described how his pants were lowered by Sathya Sai Baba lowered and he was ‘oiled’ on his ‘lower stomach’.”

Therefore, Robert Priddy did in fact claim that Moreno himself described how his pants were lowered by Sathya Sai Baba” (a bold-faced and gutter untruth and libel). Now, however, Robert Priddy would have everyone believe that he never attributed the “Sai Baba pulled down his pants” comment to Moreno when in fact he did attribute that comment to Moreno. This is the type of typical sleaze and typical disinformation that Robert Priddy peddles to unsuspecting readers on his Anti-Baba blogs and Anti-Baba websites on almost a daily (sometimes twice-daily) basis.

Robert Priddy is so forgetful, he cannot even recall what he wrote and what he said about Moreno. It would appear that Robert Priddy is exhibiting signs and symptoms that strongly suggest his mental faculties are failing him. Robert Priddy’s numerous “Not So Priddy Blunders” are fully documented on Moreno’s webpage entitled: Robert Priddy – Oslo, Norway.

Robert Priddy’s Homoerotic Imaginations
Now, let us take a look at Robert Priddy’s sexually-twisted and sexually-focused homoerotic imaginations relating to Moreno’s interview with Sathya Sai Baba:

Robert Priddy: “Nonetheless, I hold that Sai Baba MUST, in one way or another got to lower Moreno’s pants. He is reported as pulling down pants by many of those who describe molestations. To those who have not been to a Sai Baba interview, know that no young man [since at least the 1970s] could ever get into an interview with Sathya Sai Baba unless dressed in the traditional Indian white so-called ‘pyjama suit’ (usually of cotton, as seen in countless videos) The trousers are kepy up by a string tied at the front, or a belt in some less usual cases. Therefore, for Sai Baba to be able to massage ‘the lower stomach‘ it was customary (according to numerous testimonies) for him to require that the knot be undone and the cotton ‘pyjama’ lowered. To put his hand down the trouser without loosening the string would be extremely unusual (and would itself constitute as bad a violation as pulling down the young man’s pants). Now, whether Sai Baba asked or motioned to Joe Moreno to drop his pants, or whether he pulled the bow fastener himself is a matter of no consequence. He got where he wanted to go. His authority with those who believe him to be a great soul – and usually God Incarnate – means he can and does in effect ‘pull down pants’, however it is done. Moreno claims Sai Baba did not pull them down. This is only an attempt at an adroit avoidance of the issue – he was oiled on the lower stomach (by his own admission).”

Robert Priddy argued that Sathya Sai Baba “MUST” have lowered Moreno’s pants because others alleged it happened to them. This “MUST” mean that anyone who has ever had a private interview with Sathya Sai Baba “MUST” have had their pants lowered as well, which brings us to Robert Priddy’s private interviews. Did Sathya Sai Baba similarly lower Robert Priddy’s pants and is he “too embarrassed” to talk about it? It does not matter what excuses, defenses, denials or refutations Robert Priddy gave or will give, his private interviews “MUST” be viewed in the exact manner as he views Moreno’s private interview.

  1. Just as Robert Priddy denies Moreno’s first-hand account, one must similarly deny Robert Priddy’s first-hand account.
  2. Just as Robert Priddy ignores Moreno’s claims of not being sexually molested by Sathya Sai Baba, one must similarly ignore Robert Priddy’s claims of not being sexually molested by Sathya Sai Baba.
  3. Just as Robert Priddy concludes that Moreno is “too embarrassed” to talk about being “molested sexually” by Sathya Sai Baba, one must similarly conclude that Robert Priddy is “too embarrassed” to talk about being “molested sexually” by Sathya Sai Baba.

Needless to say, Moreno does not believe that Robert Priddy was molested by Sathya Sai Baba. Rather, Moreno is attempting to show how Robert Priddy’s self-serving and irrational arguments could be mirrored back at him and would implicate him in the very same situation he tries to place Moreno.

Robert Priddy has never been able to refute or shake off similar accusations made against him by Leo Rebello. See: Leo Rebello’s $1,000,000 Legal Threat For Defamation Against Robert Priddy.

Let it go on record that Moreno did not wear white pajama clothing on his first visit to see Sathya Sai Baba and most certainly did not wear white pajama clothing in his interview with the Guru. As a matter of fact, Moreno was wearing grey jeans with a belt and a grey button-down shirt! Since Moreno was new to Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram, he did not dress in white pajama clothing like other devotees because he did not originally plan to visit the Guru (Moreno visited Sathya Sai Baba only after a miraculous experience he had while in Calcutta). Although Moreno was advised (several times) to wear white pajama clothing at the Guru’s ashram, he could not find any clothing that fit him properly and decided to wear his own Western clothes instead.

Since Robert Priddy is a sexually imbalanced person who relies on homosexual fantasies and homosexual imaginations to make his arguments against Moreno, it is not really surprising that Robert Priddy considers the belly button to be part of one’s genitals!

Robert Priddy is absolutely clueless about the details of Moreno’s interview. Robert Priddy actually had the audacity to fabricate stories against Moreno by resorting to assumption, speculation and conspiracy. If Ex-Devotee’s have the audacity to fabricate sexual molestation claims against Moreno, what other sexual molestation claims are they fabricating as well?

Moreno has consistently and repeatedly denied Ex-Devotee’s absurd claims that Sathya Sai Baba pulled down his pants. Even though Moreno’s statements are well documented, Robert Priddy continues to argue (like a drooling and insatiable pervert in utter denial) that Moreno’s first-hand account is to be rejected while Priddy’s libidinous speculations are to be accepted! This is the Golden Standard that Ex-Devotees use to determine who has been “sexually abused” or “sexually molested” by Sathya Sai Baba.

Robert Priddy’s Disturbing Homosexual Fantasies
Robert Priddy is a big advocate of psychological projection and often uses “psychological projection” as an argument to defend himself and belittle his detractors. Using the argument of “psychological projection”, Robert Priddy appears to be 100% “projecting” latent homosexual desires onto Moreno that are manifesting as obscene, erotic and explicit homosexual fantasies that involve his former Guru.

All of Robert Priddy’s graphic and sexual descriptions about what he speculated and imagined happened to Moreno in his interview with Sathya Sai Baba arise solely from Priddy’s groin and not from any factual, verifiable or known writings from Moreno.

Robert Priddy is continually and obsessively immersing himself in graphic, homosexual fantasies that involve specific homosexual acts that he imagines and visualizes to be true although they are not based in reality or on any known writings by Moreno. It would appear that Robert Priddy is obtaining some sort of deviant sexual arousal by intensely imagining and visualizing homosexual acts involving Moreno and his former Guru.

Robert Priddy’s Miscellaneous Homoerotica
Strange enough, Robert Priddy’s own son (Kai Nicolai Priddy) belonged to an industrial band from Norway that used dildos and transvestites as theatrics in their music performances (Ref). Apparently, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

Although Robert Priddy originally interpreted his Sai-related dreams to be blessings from the Guru, he currently argues that Sai-related dreams are the result of one’s subconcious desires and projections. Robert Priddy dreamed that Sathya Sai Baba kissed him on the mouth and drew up impurities associated with his “muladhara chakra” (Source Of The Dream by Robert Priddy; “Enigmas of Suffering and Healing”, pp. 174-175). The muladhara chakrum is the subtle “sex center” often associated with sexual energy, sexual desire and the genitals.

Therefore, using Robert Priddy’s current interpretations of Sai-related dreams, it would appear that he entertained sexual desires for his former Guru, which were projected into the dream state where his subconscious desires manifested as his former Guru kissing him on the mouth and sucking up and swallowing a substance drawn from his astral sex-center! Since Robert Priddy formerly attributed significance to this dream, his current views about Sai-related dreams has solidly situated himself between a rock and a hard place!

Robert Priddy’s Homoeroticism – In Conclusion
It is a fact that heterosexual men are not known to enjoy projecting, imagining and visualizing homosexual acts between other men (as Robert Priddy has done and continues to do). It is also a fact that heterosexual men are not known to enjoy re-writing non-sexual stories and making them into homo-erotic stories full of graphic and homosexual descriptions based on flights of imagination (as Robert Priddy has done and continues to do). Therefore, a strong argument could be made that Robert Priddy appears to be a sexually frustrated, sexually obsessed and ambiguously sexually oriented individual in need of orthodox psychosexual help.

Robert Priddy (one of the main spokespersons for the Anti-Sai Movement) embodies the perversion, deviancy and pruriency that are widely prevalent among critics of Sathya Sai Baba. Blinded by his own hate, Robert Priddy presents himself as the single most persuasive argument why one should not believe the allegations against Sathya Sai Baba. For that, Robert Priddy is to be thanked.

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Satyopanishad – Upanishad Of Sri Sathya Sai – Part 2

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Satyopanishad – Upanishad Of Sri Sathya Sai – Part 2
Anil Kumar Kamaraju Questions Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! We heard about King Dasaratha, the yoga called ‘putrakameshti’, and so on. Kindly tell us something about King Janaka.

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Janaka was a Rajayogi, a man of great wisdom, utterly devoid of the sense of the body. Therefore, he came to be known as videha, one without attachment to the body. As the daughter of that King, Sita came to be known as Vaidehi. Janaka was an ideal king possessing immense devotion to the preceptor, extensive knowledge of the Sastras, and the spirit of renunciation. He performed Sita’s marriage as his duty. Later on, Rama left for the forest along with Sita and Lakshmana. Though their stay in the forest stretched into years, Janaka never set foot in the forest. Such was Janaka’s abounding wealth of jnana and vairagya.

Question) Swami. We hear that Adi Sankara died at a young age. What could be the reason?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: It is true that the founder of the doctrine of advaita, nondualism, died young. He wrote commentaries on three important sacred texts known as Prasthanatraya, viz. the Upanishads, the Brahmasutras and the Bhagavad Gita. Besides, emphasising jnana, he composed a large number of hymns on bhakti. He travelled all over the country and established pithas centres of worship and spiritual learning. He symbolises Sanatana Dharma, the ancient, timeless spiritual culture of this land.

Adi Sankara went to the ancient pilgrim centre, Kasi where he prayed to the presiding deity, Visvanath to pardon him for the three mistakes he had committed. The first mistake happened to be his behavior contrary to what he had been stating all along. While saying, “Vasudevas sarvamiti”, God is everywhere, he had come to Kasi to see God. The second mistake was that even while knowing that God is beyond our comprehension and description, “yato vaco nivartante”, he tried to write books on divinity. The third mistake was that while knowing that one God manifested Himself as many, “ekoham bahu syam”, and that the same God is present in everyone, “atmavat sarva bhutani” and that awareness is in everyone, “prajnanam brahma he organised mathas”, centres of learning considering his disciples separate from him.

You may also have heard another episode connected with his life. He prayed to his mother for permission to become a Sannyasi, a lifelong celibate. She didn’t accept the proposal initially. One day Sankara went to a nearby river to have a bath. Suddenly a crocodile caught his feet. Then he started crying, “Mother! Mother! This crocodile is pulling me into the water. It is not going to leave me until you permit me to become a sannyasi”. His mother at last gave her permission and Sankara was released by the crocodile. The inner meaning of the episode is that the river is comparable to samsara, worldly life in general, and the crocodile to visaya, sensual pleasure. Man is dragged into the river of life by the crocodile of worldly pleasure. Release is renunciation or detachment.

Sankara shuffled off the mortal coil soon after completing the tasks he had set for himself, because he was sure that his mission would be carried further by his disciples, the torch-bearers of his philosophy and that his theory of advaita, nondualism would be widely spread and propagated. His disciples too were of the stature and eminence to carry on his mission successfully.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! Tyagaraja, very well known as a devotee of Rama, composed kritis (hymns in praise of the Lord) which are sung even today. What is special about them?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: There are many names of devotees who composed devotional songs all over the world. God also responded to them. Those songs make you ecstatic and sublime. But the hymns of Tyagaraja have a specialty about them. Every song of his is related to an incident in his life.

For example, when the King of Tanjore sent him jewels, provisions and costly presents, Tyagaraja mildly and politely rejected them and put to himself a question in the form of a krti, “nidhi cala sukhama ramuni sannidhi seva sukhama”, is it money that makes you happy or is it nearness to God? Once his brother threw all the idols worshipped by Tyagaraja into the Kaveri river. Tyagaraja cried and cried for this loss. One day when he was taking his bath in the Kaveri, by the grace of Rama he found those lost idols, and holding them in his palms he brought them home singing, “rara ma inti daka raghuvi ra sukumara”: “Lord Rama! Please come home.” In a music concert in the court of a king, he sang paying obeisance to all the distinguished people present in the assembly, endaro mahanubhavulu andariki vandanamulu, “there are many noble and great people here, my humble pranams to all of you.” Like this, every song composed by Tyagaraja is associated with some real life occasion or incident. The hymns of Tyagaraja reflect practical devotion and surrender.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! Right now, we are in Kodaikanal. Tamil Nadu is known for its renowned devotees. We often hear about Manikya Vachakar and Tiruvalluvar. We want to hear from you about these two illustrious sons of Tamil Nadu.

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Manikya Vachakar is the personification of forbearance, forgiveness, patience, and devotion. One day the son of a very rich man came to him. You know, Manikya Vachakar was selling saris and maintaining his family. This boy who came to him was a pampered spoilt child. Picking up a sari there, the boy asked, “What is the price of this sari?” Manikya Vachakar said, “Twenty rupees, sir”. The boy tore the sari into two halves and said, “What is the price of this half sari?” The sari seller said, “Rupees ten, sir”. The boy tore it further into two halves and asked, “Now what is the price of this quarter sari”? The former patiently replied, ” Rupees five sir”. The mischievous boy was very much taken aback by Manikya Vachakar’s patience. He then asked, “How is it that you are so patient in spite of my mischief?” Manikya Vachakar smiled and said, “I am a devotee of God and I have full faith in Him. He is responsible for my peace and calmness”.

In Tamil Nadu there was one devotee by name Tiruvalluvar. He was highly reputed and is known even today for his devotional composition, Tirukkural. In those days, the Pandya king had youngsters serving him as ministers. Tiruvalluvar was one of them. The Pandya king had a great liking for horses. He liked to have a number of horses of different breeds from all parts of the country. He called Tiruvalluvar, gave him some money, and sent him to get new breeds of horses from all places. The latter agreed and proceeded.

On his way, Tiruvalluvar found a temple in a dilapidated condition. He decided to renovate it. In so doing, he had spent all the money he had with him. Having come to know what he had done, the king became very furious and wild. He kept Tiruvalluvar in prison as a punishment. There in the prison Tiruvalluvar composed his famous Tirukkural. The king repented later for his hasty and wrong decision. He requested Tiruvalluvar to come back and resume his duties as a minister. However, Tiruvalluvar politely refused to take up any responsibilities in the kingdom. He spent the remaining part of his life wholly in spiritual pursuits.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! God is attributeless. He is above sattvika, rajasika, and tamasika qualities. But, we are bound by these three attributes. How can we realise God, then?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: The Divine has two aspects. He can be experienced as the one with attributes and also as beyond them. You should know one thing chiefly. God is in the attributes. But, the attributes are not in Him. Attributes or traits cannot function and operate without divinity in them. Gold is in the jewellery. But, jewels are not in gold. Pots are made of clay, but not vice versa. Silverware, like a glass or a plate, is made of silver. But, the glass and plate are not in silver.

Another example: You know, an electric bulb illumines, and a fan revolves. Radios, TVs work by electricity only. They are electrical gadgets. Electricity is the main cause of their functioning. But, none of these gadgets are there in electricity. Likewise, God is present in the attributes. They are not present in God. So in a way we can say that He has attributes and at the same time He is attributeless, saguna and nirguna.

Every man has three qualities sattva, rajas, and tamas. But, the one that dominates the other two decides his thinking, feeling and action. But, unless we transcend these three qualities, we cannot experience divinity in the true sense. Here is an example. If you want to see your own chest, what should you do? You should first of all remove your coat, then your shirt, and finally even your banian, to look at your chest, isn’t it so? So also, to see the chest of divinity you should first remove the coat of tamasika quality, the shirt of rajasika quality and the banian of sattvika quality.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! We pray to you to tell us about the two aspects of God, with form and without it?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: It is here that many are confused. Without a form, from where do you get the formless? How is it possible for you to visualise the formless? Since you have a form, you can only think of God with a form. For example, if a fish is to think of God, it can visualise God only in the form of a bigger fish. So also, if at all a buffalo thinks of God, it can think of God only as a bigger buffalo. In the same way, man can think of God only as existing in human form, the form of an ideal man.

Even the formless aspect of God can be meditated upon basing on the aspect of God with form. You cannot derive the formless without a form. Here is a small example. You are all here seated in this hall in front of Swami today in Kodaikanal. You are listening to Swami’s words. This is an experience with a form. Later, you go home and after a few days you begin to reflect on what had happened here. You recall the entire scenario. In fact, has Swami come to your place physically? Would you find this room at your place? Have all of you gone there? No. But this direct experience is pictured mentally, which gives you the indirect experience of being here. What you see here is the sakara and what you experience there is the nirakara. So, the formless is based on the aspect with form. One cannot exist without the other.

Another example. Here is milk. You want to drink it. How do you drink? Don’t you need a cup or a glass? Similarly to worship God (milk) you need a form (cup).

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami, of these two ways of worship, the aspect with form and the other, the formless, which is greater?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: In my opinion, both are equal. One is not in any way greater than the other. Now you are in Coimbatore. Here the land is plain, without any ups and downs. The level of the land is the same throughout. Nobody levelled it. Nobody prepared the ground like this. The form of Coimbatore is like this. Its design is like this. But Kodaikanal is located on the hills. Nobody assembled hills there. Its form is of that sort. Coimbatore and Kodaikanal are different from one other. Each one is full, but in its own way.

So also, the two methods of worship one with form and the other formless are equally beneficial to the seekers of truth and aspirants of spiritual enlightenment.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! Scriptures declare that God is omnipresent; God is everywhere. Kindly explain this aspect of Divinity? How are we to understand this?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: The Bhagavad Gita says, “bijam mam sarvabh utanam, God is the seed of this entire creation. God is the seed of all beings.” For example, you see here a mango seed. You sow it in the ground. The seed, as days pass, germinates. In the process, the seed produces a root, then a stem, a leaf, branches, and flowers gradually. The seed is latent in every part of the plant, as all parts directly or indirectly emerge from it. Finally, in the hard seed of the fruit also the initial or the original seed is present. So, God is present in the entire universe. The whole world is a tree, God is the seed, and fruits are the beings or creatures born of the tree of the world.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! When the same divinity is present in everyone, why should differences exist? Divinity being the same, why are we so different from each other?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: Ekamevadvitiyam brahma, “God is one without a second”, says the scripture. Then, how do we account for the variety, diversity, differences, and so on? A small example to understand this. Power supply being the same, don’t you find the difference in the voltage of the bulbs that illumine? A bulb with a low voltage gives you light of low intensity and a bulb with a high voltage illumines more brightly. Don’t they? But, at the same time, electricity is one and the same. Bulbs are different in their voltage and this determines the intensity of light. Similarly, our bodies are like those bulbs with the inner current of the same Divinity.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! You said that divinity is in everyone. Then, before we were born where had it been? Does divinity exist even after our death?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: The Divine exists. Divinity is imperishable, pure and unsullied. It has neither birth nor death. It is eternal and stable. It is beyond time and space. Divinity transcends all physical laws.

Now, your question is: where did divinity exist prior to your birth and where will it be after your death while it is in you during this lifetime? You see, there is an electrical wire on the wall, and also holders here and there to which bulbs are fixed. You get light only if a bulb is fixed to a holder and not otherwise. Why? The current passes through the wire that enters the bulb fixed to the holder. If you hold the bulb in your hand, it does not illumine, as there is no power supply. What you have to understand is this. The current has not been newly produced to get into the bulb. It was already there in the wire. If you remove the bulb, what will happen to the current? It will be there in the wire only. The only difference is that you will not experience its presence as illumination. Similarly, the bulb is the body, the current of divinity flows into it as the illumination of life. When this bulb of the body is removed, even then, the current of divinity persists hidden or latent, so much so divinity has all along been there before you were born, during your lifetime and will even be there after your death like the current of electricity.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! It is said that God is hrdayavasi, dweller in our heart. Is it the same heart, which is on the left side in on our chest?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: No, no. That is the physical heart. But the seat of God is the spiritual heart, which is also called hrdaya. It means hr + daya = hrdaya. The one filled with compassion is hrdaya, heart. Today compassion is a matter of fashion. People put on kasayavastra, ochre robes but they have kasayihrdaya, hearts of butchery.

The physical heart is on the left side while the spiritual heart is on the right side. The spiritual heart is the temple of God. In the Gita, Lord Krishna says, isvarah hrddese arjuna tisthati which means God resides in the altar of your heart. Knowledge, be it physical, secular, scientific or technological, relates to the head and not to the heart. But love, compassion, truth, sacrifice and forbearance concern the heart.

Question) Anil Kumar: Swami! Can divinity be probed into? Is it possible to know it by reasoning?

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba: All worldly experiences are bound by time and space. Your senses help you to experience all that is in the outer world. Science and Technology investigate the five elements, make certain combinations and permutations, and provide certain additional conveniences and comforts for mankind to lead a better life. These include electronic gadgets, computers, and so on. A scientist conducts an experiment, but a spiritual aspirant’s experiences of divinity cannot be conducted in a laboratory. How do you expect to convey anything about divinity, which is beyond expression? How do you imagine divinity, which is beyond comprehension? How do you investigate and experiment upon divinity which transcends all your reasoning and senses? Science is based on experiments and religion on experience. In science, you analyse, but in religion, you realise.

Upanishad means the “inner” or “mystic teaching”. The term Upanishad is derived from “upa” (near), “ni” (down) and “shad” (to sit), i.e., sitting down near. Groups of pupils sit near the teacher to learn from him/her the secret doctrine. In the quietude of the forest hermitages the Upanishadic thinkers pondered on the problems of deepest concerns and communicated their knowledge to fit pupils near them. The most well known Upanishads are: Aitareya, Brihadaranyaka, Taittiriya, Chandogya, Kena, Isa, Svetasvatara, Katha, Mundaka, Mandukya, Prasna, Kausitaki, Maitrayani, Kausitaki, Muktika and Shakta. The Satyopanishad is the Upanishad of Truth (Sathya) but more specifically the Truth as revealed by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Anil Kumar questions the illustrious Guru and provides us with Sathya Sai Baba’s answers to ponder, ruminate and derive ananda.

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