Sai Quotes-1

Sai Quotes-1

This section of the blog presents well known quotes of Bhagawan Baba, filled with profound wisdom and yet so simple in its presentation. The huge banyan tree lies unmanifest in a small seed. So too the eternal wisdom lies pregnant in these quotes of Bhagawan. Read, hear, introspect and assimilate the wisdom in these quotes.  

Each quote has a graphic presentation of the quote followed by an audio clip that will enable you to listen to the quote in Bhagawan’s own melodious voice. The audio clip has a name that adopts the following code: Title relating to the quote, Duration of the clip, Year-Month-Date of the Clip. Below the title is the English translation of the message. Below the English translation is the audio player. 

Worship picture as God but not God as picture-1.00-1990 May 21

Today there is no Atma Balam (Atmic strength). One’s Self-confidence is subject to bumps and jumps every second to second. There is no steadiness at all. If one’s desires are fulfilled, they keep 10 photos (of God) in the place of one. If, on the other hand, one’s wishes are not fulfilled, they remove even the photos that are currently there. This is not true steadiness. You may worship the picture as a God, but not God as a picture. If we keep changing our feelings like this from every second to second, how can our life gain any steadiness? Whatever losses, difficulties, sorrows or worries we may come across; we must face them courageously and make an effort to overcome them.    

Spiritual Arithmetic-3-1=1 – 1.15-1996 September 08

From the worldly point of view how many are there here? You, the mirror and your image – there are three. Now, from this three, if one is removed, how many will remain? If you ask even a first standard boy, he will say if 1 is removed from 3, we get 2. He too knows arithmetic from a worldly point of view. So, he will say 3-1=2. But God will not accept this. He will say it is wrong. How? He will say 3-1=1. Many will make fun of God too that He does not even know mathematics as He has not attended any school.

Here there are three – you, your image and the mirror. O fool, remove the mirror and the image too is gone. Only one is left (the object).   

Sarva Jeeva Namaskaaram Keshavam Pratigachathi-1985 August 15

None should have hatred towards any other person. The reason for this is that if you hate anybody it will amount to you hating your God. Therefore, it is said in the Upanishads, “Sarva Jeeva Namaskaaram Keshavam Pratigachchati”. It means that to whomsoever we salute or pay obeisance, it is equivalent to saluting or paying our obeisance to Keshava (God). In the same way, “Sarva Jeeva Tiraskaaram Keshavam Pratigachchati”. If you abuse or criticize anybody, that also reaches God. When one criticizes others, and that itself reaches God, what would be one’s fate if he/she were to directly criticize God? Thus, we must not hate anybody. It is said in the Bhagavad Gita, “Adveshta Sarva Bhootaanaam” – we should not hate anybody.     

True unity is unity with God-2.07-1985 August 15

Unity with whom? Is mixing with and connecting to our friends, unity? No. no. Primarily, unity must be with God. Once you achieve this (Divine) unity, you will, in a very natural way, get worldly unity.

Worldly unity is only about “Hello, hello, hello, hello”. Is this unity? When there is money in the pocket, when your father’s position is very good, when everything is fine, all will come to you saying “hello, hello”. When the money is gone and the position is gone, there will not be anyone in the world to even say goodbye to you. So long as there is water in the tank, there will be thousands of frogs over there. Once the water dries up, there will not even be one frog over there. Therefore, unity related to the world is all based on money, money and money. Money makes many things, money makes many wrongs. With respect to God, it is “Mann” (mind) and with respect to the world it is money. We must seek unity through the mind. Mind to mind, heart to heart, love to love; not body to body.

W A T C H-1.28-2002 November 20

I tell many students, the spelling of watch is W A T C H. We must advise the students thus – what is this? This is a W A T C H. The first letter is “W” – Watch your Word. You must watch whether you are using sacred words or bad words. The second letter is “A” – Watch your Action. The third letter is “T” – watch your Thought. The fourth letter is “C” – Watch your Character. “H” – Watch your Heart. This the true watch. When we talk of watch, we look at our wrist watch. That is not the real watch. The wrist watch may get spoiled, but this word “W A T C H” will never get spoiled. It will always bestow sacredness on you.

Pleasure is an interval between two pains-2.24-1985 August 15

With good work, one can always achieve victory. In the beginning there may be some difficulties and losses. Pleasure is an interval between two pains. We cannot experience happiness without facing difficulties. Every object in nature teaches this lesson to mankind. Look at the rose flower. The rose flower is so beautiful. Just looking at it gives so much joy. It also gives fragrance. But underneath the rose, there are sharp thorns, which cause pain and pose threat to man. There is no rose plant without thorns. It teaches man that the one who wishes to experience happiness must also be ready to face sorrows. The one who wants to attain God, will necessarily have to face difficulties that are part of human life. One must be ready for it. Without pain, without facing difficulties, without undergoing losses; if one wishes to attain God, it is merely the characteristic of laziness. Today, without moving one’s legs, without spending any money, without even crossing the threshold (of our house); we expect liberation to just pop out and drop into our laps. These are the feelings of a lazy person and not a devotee of God.  

In-Dependence-1.00-1985 August 15

What is the meaning of the word “Independence”? Dependence means being under the control of others. Not just other people but being under the control of anything is dependence. Therefore, “Dependence” is being under the control of anyone or anything and “Independence” is not being under the control of anybody or anything. Thus we must not be “dependent”; we must be “in-dependent”. This is what is called Swaatantram.   

Swatantrata and Swaatantrata-2.46-1985 August 15

Body is the yantra (machine), breath is the mantra (sacred formula) and heart is the tantra (mystical text). Therefore, humanity is the combination of yantra(body), mantra (breath) and tantra (heart). We have been able to get freedom from foreign rulers. Bondage by foreigners alone is not bondage; being bound by one’s own country men also amounts to bondage. Are we truly free and independent today? No. We have obtained freedom from foreigners (videshi) but we have not obtained freedom from our own people (swadeshi). We must get freedom from our own country people (swadeshi) and then from our own self (swabandhana). Swabandhana(self-bondage) is living under the control of our senses. Only when we get freedom from Swabandhana(self-bondage), will we achieve Swaatantram. Externally it is Swatantram (outer independence) and internally it is Swaatantram (inner freedom). A true human being is the one who achieves both these.     

Since God is both inside and outside, we must experience freedom both internally and externally. Antar Bahischa Tatsarvam Vyaapya Naarayanaha. The same God is present both inside and outside. Therefore, when man truly wishes to attain freedom, he must recognize the control of senses, truth of God, and broadmindedness of man.

Richest person and poorest person-2.14-1998 April 26

In this worldly life, in this physical world, it is not just a one-way traffic. We must receive and give. We must receive from God and we must give to the world. This is the primary duty of every human being. But today people are not following such a path. Wherever they go, they just want to receive, receive and receive. One cannot see in them any aspect of giving at all. That is why people are becoming victims of different types of sorrow.  

Receiving from God is the path of richness, but receiving from the world is the path of poorness. Once Lord Buddha questioned within himself as to who was the richest man in this world; his father or the kings? No, this is a great mistake. He who has much satisfaction is the richest man. Who is the poorest man? He who has many desires is the poorest man. Therefore, when we reduce these desires gradually, we gain the right to receive the love of God. We need to reduce this selfish love. We need to reduce our desires gradually.       

Smarana and Anusmarana-1.06-1998 April 26

You feel that you are thinking of Me constantly. Maam Anusmarana Cha – you are doing Smaranabut not Anusmarana. Smarana or contemplation is bound by a particular time, discipline and place. But Anusmaranais Sarvada Sarva Kaaleshu Sarvatra Harichintanam – contemplation of God always, at all times and everywhere. You will be able to recognize My Divinity only when you practice and experience Anusmarana. Then, these worldly problems will not affect you anymore.

Mother is God-Father is God-0.45-2003 April 15

We need to respect the elders. First we need to salute God – Adi Devo Bhava. Then we need to salute our friends, our mother and our Guru. Matru Devo Bhava (Mother is God), Pitru Devo Bhava (Father is God), Aacharya Devo Bhava (Preceptor is God), Athiti Devo Bhava (Guest is God). If you respect all of them today (now), others will respect you tomorrow (later). If you do not give respect today, later other fellow beings will not respect you. Give respect and take respect. 

Speak always obligingly-0.18-2000 August 22

To start with man must exercise control over his ten senses. The words that come forth from the mouth must be sacred. You cannot always oblige, but you can speak always obligingly. Utter your words peacefully. Do not use harsh words.

The 4 Fs-Follow the Master-1.08-1998 April 26

God is not different from us at all. God is shining brilliantly in all as the Atma Swaroopa (the Self). This is called the conscience. Therefore, you must follow your conscience. This is what I tell the students often – the 4Fs:  F-F-F-F

Follow the Master. Who is your Master? Your God is your Master. That is, your conscience is your Master. Therefore, follow your conscience. Face the devil. Who do you think is the devil? It is all the wealth. Do not have excessive desire for wealth. Throw out this desire. Next, the third F. Fight to the end. Finish the game. That is Mukti (liberation).

Shradhaavaan Labhate Jnaanam Sanshayaatma Vinashyate-0.43-1990 May 26

On one side is the eight lettered mantra – Shra-ddha-vaan-La-bha-the-Jnaa-nam(Shraddhavaan Labhathe Jnaanam: the man of faith acquires supreme wisdom). On the other side is the eight lettered mantra – Sam-shay-Aat-ma-Vi-nash-ya-te(Samshayaatma Vinashyathi: the one filled with doubts will perish). Human life can reach its goal only when there is Shraddha (faith) on one side and Nisamshayam (doubtlessness) on the other side.

You are the Master-rest are all instruments-0.19-1997 July 18

You are the Master. Body, mind, senses are all instruments. You are here to make use of these instruments. Make good use of these instruments.

Vishwaasa must be our Shwaasa-0.09-1997 July 18

Today we must develop faith. Faith must be our very life breath!

Self-confidence-Self-realization-Foundation-Building-0.15-1997 July 18

Self-confidence is the first – it is the foundation. Self-satisfaction is the walls. Self-sacrifice is the roof. Self-realization is life.

You are not one but three-0.28-1997 July 18

You are not one person but three. The one you think you are – physical body; the one others think you are – mental body; the one you really are – that is Atma. We are forgetting that reality today.

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Pleasure is an Interval between two Pains – Part II – Simple Prescriptions

Pleasure is an Interval between two Pains – Part II – Simple Prescriptions


Pleasure is an interval between two pains. This is a phrase Bhagawan has used so often in His Discourses to drive home the fact that we live in world that is dual. It is impossible to get joy without sorrow or profits without loss. Duality is the very nature of this creation. It is not without reason that Bhagawan states, “Pleasure is an interval between two pains” and not “Pain is an interval between two pleasures”. This conveys the truth that life is essentially full of difficulties and challenges. That is why Lord Buddha too, after all his spiritual investigations, came to the conclusion that – Sarvam Dukham Dukham, Sarvam Kshanikam Kshanikam – Everything is sorrow and ephemeral. But then, what is life all about? The goal of life is to transcend these opposites and acquire bliss which is permanent and everlasting. Bhagawan gives us several prescriptions about how to lead our life in this world of duality and how to go beyond the opposites.

This blogpost is presented in two parts. Part-I with seven audio clips deals with the Underlying Philosophy and explanation of the context in which Bhagawan uses the statement, “Pleasure is an Interval between two Pains”. In the six audio clips of Part-II, Bhagawan gives simple prescriptions of how human beings can transcend the duality of life and go beyond joy and sorrow to experience everlasting bliss. In all the thirteen audio extracts in this blog post, spanning across Discourses delivered in the last 2 decades, Bhagawan refers to the phrase, “Pleasure is an interval between two pains”, and highlights different aspects about the same. The seven audio excerpts in Part-II have been taken from the Discourses delivered by Bhagawan during the years 1990, 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2003. 

In Clip-1 Bhagawan states that whatever happens in our life is for our good only. In Clip-2 Bhagawan explains how we need to draw the water of bliss from the well of sorrow, just like a bee sucks the sweet nectar from a bitter flower. Clip-3 talks about how good people always face more challenges, whereas Clip-4 describes how Mother Kunti prayed to Lord Krishna to always giver her difficulties, so that she could keep her mind on Him at all times. Clip-5 talks about how we must welcome everything that comes in our way, with Love. Clip-6 reminds us that the true goal of life is to transcend all dualities. Finally in Clip-7 Bhagawan concludes giving His own example of how He is always happy irrespective of situations and circumstances in life.
Each audio clip has a name that adopts the following code: Serial number, Title appropriate to the key content, Duration of the clip, Year-Month-Date of the Clip. Below the title is the translation in English of the select excerpt of the Discourse, followed by the audio player. The post ends with a short quiz that would help you evaluate your assimilation of Bhagawan’s Message from these extracts.  
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01-Consider all that happens is for our good-Develop desire for God-2.34-2000 November 23
Whatever happens is for our Good

Today, in the world, qualities like hatred, jealousy and ostentation are on the rise. To get rid of all of them, it is enough if we have Love. We must recognize the truth that whether our desires are fulfilled or not, it (whatever happens) is for our good; and we must act accordingly. I desired for a task, but that did not materialize. So, why should I hate somebody for that? Because of that hate, we will lose the positive results too. (We must think) “Oh! These difficulties are for my own good. There is something good even in this”. Whatever we come across, there is something good in it. Good and bad always go together. There can be no effort, without these two.

Therefore, good cannot come without bad. Bad cannot take place without good. There is bad in good and good in bad. We must see the unity in the two.          
Sukhaduhkhe Same Kritva Labhalabhau Jayajayu (Bhagavad Gita, 2.38)
Treat pleasure and pain, gain and loss, victory and defeat with equanimity.    
The pleasure is an interval between two pains. We get happiness only between two difficulties. Therefore, we must not keep multiplying our desires. If we reduce our (worldly) desires and increase Divine desires, we will get so much comfort and happiness. As you take up more worldly responsibilities, they will keep increasing continuously. We think that we are taking up these worldly responsibilities to reduce our difficulties. No, that is very wrong. The more you increase your desires, the lesser will be your happiness. The lesser your desires, the happier you will be. If you feel that I have no happiness, I have no happiness, then what is the reason? You are going on increasing your desires, increasing your desires. That is why happiness is decreasing. You reduce your desires and your happiness will increase.         

02-Draw water of bliss from the well of sorrow-See good even in bad-1.35-1999 July 28
Draw Water of Happiness from the Well of Sorrow
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What great luck is it for the bee to suck sweet nectar from a bitter flower! We must see good even in bad. That is the true form of Love. Draw the water of bliss from the well of sorrow. The pleasure is an interval between two pains. God created the world with these two (opposite) aspects. Recognize your own physical form. God kept the Divine face that is beautiful, happy and smart; in front. The face is very attractive. But behind this, He created pitch black darkness. The black and dark hair behind gives beauty and happiness to the white face in front.

Therefore, good and bad is intertwined in everything. However, today man sees only the bad but does not attract good unto himself.

03-Good people always face challenges-Life is a challenge-Meet it-0.59-1995 May 20
Good People always face Challenges

Good people will always have many obstacles. The pleasure is an interval between two pains. Difficulties are more for good people only. Nobody will even look at bad people with their eyes. It is only a good diamond that gets the cuts. It is only the good gold that is put into fire and heated. The more the gold is heated in the fire, the more pure it becomes. The more the cuts in the diamond, the greater is its value. Therefore, when difficulties come to good people, their value always increases and never comes down. But we need to face those difficulties.

Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a game – play it. Life is love – enjoy it. Life is awareness.

04-Good acts always face obstacles-But it is for our good-Mother Kunti-2.48-2000 January 14
Mother Kunti to Lord Krishna – Give me difficulties always

Therefore, have firm faith in God. Anyone may create an obstacle in the way, but you must move forward unmindful of that. Good acts always face lots of obstacles, but nothing comes in the way of bad things. Therefore, when many obstacles come your way, you must understand that it is for your own good. At time, some students fail in the class. Just because they have failed, do they leave the class and go? No; they must study sincerely the second time and pass the same. It is said that the pleasure is an interval between two pains. You get joy only between two pains. Vyasa declared, “Na Sukhaat Labhyate Sukham” (you cannot get pleasure out of pleasure). You cannot experience happiness out of happiness. Only through difficulties you can experience happiness. Without difficulties, happiness has no value. Without darkness light has no value. Hence, difficulties must be considered as very natural to man.

At one point of time, when the Pandavas were preparing for the war, mother Kunti bowed to Lord Krishna, and prayed, “Krishna, I want you to fulfill my one desire”. Krishna asked, “what do you want?” Kunti replied, “I want to have the devotion that will never allow me to forget You and the body that will be able to experience all difficulties. Give me difficulties all my life. It is possible to remember You only at times of difficulties. In happiness, I will not think of You. I experienced all happiness when king Pandu was there. In those days I never remembered You. After king Pandu passed away, rearing the children by my side and watching all the difficulties they went through, I felt that it is good to have difficulties only. In these difficult times, I was able to remember You several times. I am ready to bear any amount of difficulties. But my Love for You should not waver even a little bit”. Thus, she (Kunti) had her whole life centered around Krishna.

05-Welcome everything in life with Love-1.39-2000 May 30

Welcome everything with Love

We must utter words with Love. We must perform all our actions with Love. Whatever loss or difficulties come your way, experience them with Love. Just by saying “No” to them, they will not go away. Welcome everything – welcome-welcome-welcome. Sorrow comes – welcome it. Happiness comes – welcome it.

Sukhaduhkhe Same Kritva Labhalabhau Jayajayu (Bhagavd Gita, 2.38)
Treat pleasure and pain, gain and loss, victory and defeat with equanimity.    
The pleasure is an interval between two pains. If there is no pain, there is no pleasure. If there is no darkness, there is no value for light. So whatever we get, it is for our good only. Criticism also comes for our good only. Without criticism, how can you get happiness? Because of criticism, you will get happiness. This world is full of duality. It is not possible to have one without its opposite. This duality leads to half blindness. A man with dual mind is half blind. You are half blind. This is the world. It is full of duality. It cannot be non-dual. Therefore, we must derive happiness even in non-dualism.

06-The goal of human life is to transcend all dualities-1.51-2003 January 01
Transcend all Duality

Purnamadah Purnamidam Purnaat Purnamudachyate

(Ishavasya Upanishad, Shanti Mantra)
That is complete, this is complete. From that completeness comes this completeness.
This Divine completeness is present in every man. But he is not making an effort to recognize this. Who is protecting this body when man sleeps closing his eyes? How does the principle of this body go on? No one knows that. God is the cause for creation, sustenance and dissolution. Inspite of having this power within himself, man is buckling down under difficulties and troubles. He gets elated when there is happiness. The true goal of man is to go beyond this elation and depression. What is the origin of happiness and sorrow? Nobody is able to determine that. Human life exists at the point where both happiness and sorrow take birth. The pleasure is an interval between two pains. Happiness lies only between two difficulties. We do not need to search for happiness anywhere. Happiness is with us, behind us, in front of us, above us and below us.

07-Swami is always happy-Never worry about anything-After pain there is joy-3.08-1990 August 14
Swami is always Happy!!

Lord Krishna was always blissful. Whether it was a burial ground, a safe place or a battle field, He was always happy. Or else, (just imagine) a war was going on, on one side 11 lakh soldiers and on the other side 40 lakh soldiers had assembled. Krishna was standing right between them and singing a song! That is Gita. Gita means a song. Can there be an opportunity for anyone to sing at such times? Only when we are very happy, we sing a song. When we are happy, we sing a song in the bathroom. Happiness is the cause for singing. Because Krishna was always blissful, He could sing a song even in the battle field. That is why, happiness is union with God. Divinity lies in happiness. For everything God is happy.

You may or may not know the principle of Swami. When someone says, “Swami my stomach is paining a lot, I am not able to bear”, Swami says, “Anandam, Anandam”. When someone says, “Swami, I lost my husband”, Swami says, “Chaala Santosham (very happy)”. Swami is always happy. Therefore, happiness is the nature of the Divine. By merely crying what is it that we can achieve? All these are passing clouds. There is not even one cloud which is permanent. Therefore, it is not necessary to worry about this. We should not worry at all. This is the message of the Avataar. We must not be troubled by anything. If there is some problem, there will be happiness later. The pleasure is an interval between two pains. Therefore, after this (problem), happiness will come. We should carry out our life with this firm faith.   

A Short Quiz
01-What are the various prescriptions that Bhagawan gives us to help us transcend happiness and sorrow?
02-According to Bhagawan, what is the relationship between desires and happiness?
03-What is the analogy that Bhagawan gives using the example of a bee sucking nectar from a bitter flower?
04-What does the bright face in the backdrop of dark black hairs convey?
05-What lesson does the diamond teach us?
06-Give the four line quote about life, given by Bhagawan Baba.

07-What message does Bhagawan convey to us through the example of the student who fails in an examination?

08-What was mother Kunti’s prayer to Lord Krishna? Why did she make such a strange prayer?
08- Purnamadah Purnamidam Purnaat PurnamudachyateWhere is this phrase sourced from and what does it mean?
09-What is the primary message of the Avataar?
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