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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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