Sai Baba Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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 The Golden Age of Sai - Page 3

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1970 - Question of Priorities

A group of scholars who had come to me recently asked me, "Swami! You talk of the flames of anxiety and fear; but, surely, you appreciate the great step forward that man has taken by landing on the moon!" I told them, it was wrong to spend billions of dollars and roubles on such enterprises. ... It is a question of priorities; first things first. When so many nations upon the Earth are undernourished, undereducated, underhoused, it is sheer absence of discrimination to spend time, skill and money for this spectacular competitive adventure. Later, when the earth has been made the home of a happy family of peoples, such enterprises can be planned. (SSS, VIII, 7; from talk given March 6, 1970.)

1970 - Live in the Community

The community in which you find yourself is the arena where you can win the victory, the gymnasium where you develop the skill to win. The spiritual journey lies through compassion, sympathy, mutual help, and service, and these are fostered by society and are to be used for society. (SSS, VIII, 5; from talk given March 6, 1970.)


1971 - Baba's Mission

Baba has announced many times that He has come to save the world and [that] He is the Lord Himself. (LBSSSB, 1971, 181.)

My task is the spiritual regeneration of humanity through truth and love. I have come to show you how to live usefully and die profitably. (LBSSSB, 1971, 207.)

I have come to guide and bless those who undergo the discipline and practice leading to Divine union. (LBSSSB, 1971, frontispiece.)

I came ... because the good men of the world, the saintly, the wise, the sage, and the seeker, the guides and the Godly longed for Me. (LBSSSB, 1971, 235.)

Where there is a desire for mental tranquillity, I hurry to grant it; where there is melancholy, I hasten to lift the drooping heart; where there is no mutual trust, I restore it; I am ever on the move to fulfil the mission for which I have come. (LBSSSB, 1971, 124.)

Baba's campaign of spreading the message of love has only just begun, and all who have heard His message can clearly visualize the significance of the declaration He made on the opening page of Sanathana Sarathi [the name means "the ancient charioteer" and refers to Krishna in particular, who guided Arjuna's chariot in the battle of Kurukshetra, the backdrop of the Bhagavad-Gita, and God in general, who is the internal Guide], the monthly magazine He inaugurated on February 16, 1958, the thirty-second year of His earthly career. On that day, the Sanathana Sarathi, the charioteer, started out on the campaign against falsehood, injustice, wickedness and evil -- the minions of the spirit of egoism. The victory to be won is the welfare of the entire world. When the triumphant drums are beaten in the joy of success, humanity will have achieved happiness and peace, prosperity and bliss.

The word "Sarathi" is an assurance from Baba that He will guide the seeker if only he takes the initial step of inviting Him to take over the reins of his life. The word "Sanathana" is a reminder that this has been the role of Baba since the dawn of creation. (LBSSSB, 1971, 224.)

I have not started the work for which I have come for I am still in the stage of preliminary reconnaissance. When I start my campaign the whole world will know of it and benefit by it. (LBSSSB, 1971, frontispiece.)

Already the plans of the campaign are clear on the horizon. (LBSSSB, 1971, 209-10.)

1971 - Time not Ready for Publicity

You know this [incident] now, because [someone] wrote about it. But remember, this is only a millionth part of My activity in showering Grace. (LBSSSB, 1971, 186.)

1971 - Baba Reveals His Time of Death

[Kasturi:] Baba has assured us that He will remain in the human frame beyond the year 2020. (LBSSSB, 1971, 235.)

1971 - Shirdi and Sathya Sai Baba

The mother is usually stern when the children enter the kitchen and disturb her while cooking; but while serving the food, she is all joy and patience. I am now serving you the dishes cooked then [when I was Shirdi Sai Baba]; wherever you may be, if you are hungry, and if you have a plate, I shall serve you the dishes and feed you to your heart's content. (LBSSSB, 1971, 170.)

1971 - Baba's Behavior is All Meaningful

I never utter a word that does not have significance, or do a deed without beneficial consequence. (LBSSSB, 1971, 196.)

1971 - Baba will help the Sincere Inquirer

If you ... act according to My words, and put them into daily practice, I will gladly tell you more and more, for that is the reason why I have come. (LBSSSB, 1971, 225.)

1971 - His Devotees Rely on Him

Why fear when I am here? Put all your faith in Me. I shall guide and guard you. (LBSSSB, 1971, 98.)

Ardent devotees of Sai Baba are content to leave the welfare of their physical frames to His Will. (LBSSSB, 1971, 111.)

Nothing will harm him who turns his attention towards Me. (Shirdi Sai Baba in LBSSSB, 1971, 187-8.)

1971 - Our Good Fortune

You of this generation are indeed lucky that you have the fortune of contact with Me and the chance to receive the guidance I have come to give. (LBSSSB, 1971, 227.)

1971 - Grace Available to All

It is not mentioned anywhere that the Grace of God is available only for certain classes or races or grades of people. From the smallest to the biggest, throughout the world, all are entitled to it. (LBSSSB, 1971, 210.)

1971 - Religion is Being Challenged

[He said] religion and belief in God are being challenged now from all quarters. It is therefore the duty of all good men to meet this challenge by demonstrating to the critics how the realization of the constant presence of the Lord has made them more efficient, more earnest, and more courageous for the task of living. (LBSSSB, 1971, 204.)

1971 - The Character of New World Leaders

The world can achieve prosperity and peace only through ... persons whose hearts are pure and whose minds are free of prejudice and passion, lust and greed, anger and envy. (LBSSSB, 1971, frontispiece.)

1971 - Service Undedicated to God is Unprofitable

Though the service of humanity is holy, unless it is merged in the higher ideal of the Lord, realizing the Lord immanent in all, adoring the Lord in the form of everyone, there is no profit at all. One should have full faith in the divinity of man and service should be offered in the uninterrupted contemplation of the Lord. Use the power, knowledge and attainments the Lord has endowed you with for the greater glory of the Lord, whatever be the field of activity or the region of duty where you are called upon to render service. (LBSSSB, 1971, 231.)


1974- Prepare to Shoulder Your Task

Prepare for shouldering the task assigned to you - to be instruments dedicated [to] the mission on which the Divine has come. (SSS, IX, 94.)


1975 - The Kali Yuga

You are fully aware of the characteristics of this Kaliyuga [an age of evil and violence] we are passing through. You find around you injustice, irregularities, immorality and untruth with all their devilish attributes and atrocities. But we have to march ahead in spite of all this with a quiet, tolerant and benign attitude towards life. (BSSS, 1975, 72.)

The main reason for this disorder is that the human mind is haunted and dominated by two devilish blemishes, viz. selfishness and ambition. These forces are standing in the way of human beings realising the human values which go to make up humanity. It is not becoming of a man to exchange his valuable life -- as precious as a gem -- for worldly desires and ambitions which are as worthless as a coal-stone. Man becomes immortal neither by deeds, nor by procreation nor by wealth. We should therefore try to make our lives meaningful by sacrificing our personal comforts for the sake of society and our fellow beings. (BSSS, 1975, 73.)

1975 - Baba's Mission

It is my mission on earth to make every one happy. (BSSSB, 1975, 228.)

1975 - Baba's Promise

Today our country is witnessing a number of agitations and disturbances. People have a fear that any moment foreigners may step in and dominate our national life. ... But there is no scope for such fear of disaster. You need not be afraid of any such eventuality. You should develop a spirit of sacrifice and derive pleasure from within. You keep the weapon of love always sharp and shining. An atom bomb can destroy innumerable lives while the bomb of love unites several hearts and fills them with love. We should therefore develop this love for all mankind and accommodate them in our hearts. (BSSS, 1975, 48.)

1975 - Why Baba Avoids Publicity

[Miracles are] happening in millions of homes. The time has not come as yet to assess it publicly. I am waiting so that all the devotees who have yet to come to me may do so. (BSSSB, 1975, 73.)

1975 - Timetable of the Golden Age

[Dr. V.K. Gokak:] There is the possibility that there is going to be a world crisis around the 1980s, after which there will be a definite turn towards what we call the Golden Age. At this time, it will be clear to man that any more entering into world power games will end in disaster for the whole world; and this will not be done. Simultaneous with this realization, there will be a descent of Grace. This descent of Grace is what will really bring forward the "Hour of God". This "Hour of God" is different from the prediction regarding the collapse of California.

The "Hour of God" is the hour of the unexpected; there will be different patterns in things. We may find that all elections that take place will place good men into positions of power. It is the good men that will begin to lead the industries. It will be the good men that will serve the people. Then there will be a great change in the very atmosphere. This will be one of the signs of the coming of the Golden Age. (BSSSB, 1975, 54.)

1975 - Look to God

Prominent men of society and great political leaders ... are heroes on the platform, but zeros in practical life. There is no use depending on these leaders. The one that leads us is the Lord of the entire universe, who creates and sustains his whole creation. It is only He who can give us lasting happiness and peace. (BSSS, 1975, 29.)

1975 - Find God in Everything

We should develop a habit of visualising unity in diversity and not diversity in the unity that is Divine. God is everywhere and in everyone. The whole universe is inhabited by Him. One should find God in every object. These are the ideals we find in our scriptures. (BSSS, 1975, 78.)

1975 - The West has Misled Itself

It is a strange [that] westerners ... during the past 200 years ... have done their best to get control over the powers of nature and to create fearful machines for that purpose. But ... today, although man has conquered the entire world, ... he is not able to conquer himself. To conquer and control one's mind is the primary duty of man. The path which enables us to control our mind is the spiritual path. (BSSS, 1975, 55.)

1975 - Serve Society

This material prosperity and our power and positions are purely temporary. What accompanies us to the other world is our good conduct. We should therefore try to do something good to society and spend whatever time we can afford on virtuous actions. This is the only way we can make our lives meaningful and become eligible for the sacred love of our Lord. Be kind to mankind. Take pity on the helpless to the extent you can. (BSSS, 1975, 32.)

1975 - Peace Lies Within

When we say there is no peace in the world, the world is never like that. The lack of peace is in your heart. To keep on shouting that there is no peace in this world is not right. Lack of peace is the problem of an individual. .. There is as much peace in this world as you want. (BSSS, 1975, 70-1.)


1976 - Kali Yuga

Evil is so widespread that humanity itself would be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust in the event of a world war. It is to prevent such a catastrophe that this present Avatar has come to raise human consciousness above the existing syndrome of anger, hate, violence and war and save the world from disaster. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 239.)

There will be minor wars and skirmishes. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 239.)

1976 - Baba's Mission

I incarnate from age to age, time to time, to save dharma from anti-dharma. Whenever strife, discord and disharmony overwhelm the world, God incarnates in human form to show mankind the way to love, harmony and peace. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 236.)

The Avatar takes the human form and behaves in a human way so that humanity can feel kinship with the divinity. At the same time he rises to godly heights so that mankind also can aspire to reach God. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 236.)

The realization of the indwelling God as the motivator of life is the task for which Avatars come in human form. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 236.)

1976 - Baba's Mission

The godliness which is present in everybody in the form of a little spark exists in me as the full flame, and it is my mission to develop every little spark of God in everyone to the fullness of the divine flame.

The first imperative of this development is that the receiver of the grace also provides from his or her side the devotion necessary to the consummation. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 243.)

1976 - Baba is a Full Manifestation of God

In my present Avatar, I have come armed with the fullness of the power of formless God to correct mankind, raise human consciousness and put people back on the right path of truth, righteousness, peace and love to divinity. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 236.)

The present Avatar has come invested with the totality of cosmic power to save dharma (righteousness) from anti-dharma. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 236.)

I am everything, everywhere, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent; and so whatever I will, instantly happens. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 243.)

1976 - How the Avatar Works

There are two ways in which an Avatar can help people: an instant solution as against a long-term one.

Any instant solution would go against the fundamental quality of nature itself as well as the karmic law of cause and effect. Most people live in the material world of their desires and ego, which is governed by this law. They reap the fruits of their actions. This brings about their evolution or devolution. If the Avatar intervenes to instantly solve their problems, it would stop all action, development, even evolution. This solution can be ruled out because it totally negates the natural laws.

The other and more effective alternative presents a long-term solution whereby the Avatar leads the people themselves to a higher level of consciousness to enable them to understand the truth of spiritual laws so that they may turn towards righteousness and steadfastly work for better conditions. This will relate them back to nature and the karmic law of causation. They would then transcend the cycle of cause and effect in which today they are involved as victims and thereby command and control the natural forces to be able to avert the calamities you mention. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 244.)

[Men will] become shareholders of my sankalpa shakti (divine power, universal energy). I have to work through them, rouse the in-dwelling God in them and evolve them to a higher reality in order to enable them to master the natural laws and forces. If I cure everything instantly, leaving the people at their present level of consciousness, they would soon mess up things and be at one another's throats again with the result that the same chaotic situation would develop in the world.

Suffering and misery are the inescapable acts of the cosmic drama. God does not decree these calamities but man invites them by way of retribution for his own evil deeds. This is corrective punishment which induces mankind to give up the wrong path and return to the right path so that he may experience the godlike condition of sat-chit-ananda -- that is, an existence of wisdom and bliss. All this is part of the grand synthesis in which the negatives serve to glorify the positives. Thus death glorifies immortality, ignorance glorifies wisdom, misery glorifies bliss, night glorifies dawn.

So, ... if the Avatar brings the calamities mentioned by you to an immediate end, which I can, and do, when there is a great need, the whole drama of creation with its karmic (universal, inescapable duty) law will collapse. Remember, these calamities occur not because of what God has made of man but really because of what man has made of man. Therefore, man has to be unmade and remade with his ego destroyed and replaced by a transcendent consciousness, so that he may rise above the karmic to command. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 245.)

1976 - Shirdi Sai

The previous Avatar, Shirdi Baba, laid the base for secular integration and gave mankind the message [that] duty is work. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 237.)

1976 - Sathya Sai

The mission of the present Avatar is to make everybody realize that [the] same God or divinity resides in everyone. People should respect, love, and help each other irrespective of color or creed. Thus all work can become a way of worship. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 237.)

1976 - Prema Sai

Prema Sai, the third Avatar, will promote the evangel news that not only does God reside in everybody, but everybody is God. That will be the final wisdom which will enable every man and woman to go to God. (Sai Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 237.)

1976 - The Three Sais

The three Avatars carry the triple message of work, worship, and wisdom. .... [The holy mission and divine purpose of the triple incarnation is] to unite all mankind into one caste or family in the establishment of the unity -- that is, atmic realization -- in every man or woman, which is the basis on which the entire cosmic design rests. Once this is realized, the common divine heritage that binds man to man and man to God will become apparent and love shall prevail as the guiding light of the universe. ( Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 237.)

1976 - Humanity One Family

Once this primary lesson [of harmony in word, deed, and thought] is taught in the family, the school, the college, the society, the cities, the states, the nations of the world, then man will become conscious of the fact that all mankind belongs to one family. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 237.)

Everything points to the terror of [a thermonuclear] conflagration coming; and my mission is to preempt the fires by reestablishing dharma and the spiritual law of one God, one religion, one language [of the heart] embracing one humanity. ... I want to build one humanity without any religious, caste or other barriers in a universal empire of love which could enable my devotees to feel the whole world as their family. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 257-8.)

I preach only one religion of love for all, which alone can integrate the human race into a brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God. I know only one language of the heart beyond the mind and intellect which relates man to man and mankind to God, thereby creating mutual understanding, cooperation and community life in peace and harmony. On this basis I want to build one humanity without any religious caste or other barriers in a universal empire of love which would enable my devotees to feel the whole world as their own family. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 258.)

1976 - Science

How can science which is bound to a physical and materialist outlook investigate transcendental phenomena beyond its scope, reach or comprehension? This is a fallacy on the face of it. One belongs to the material and the other to a spiritual plane. Science must confine its inquiry only to things belonging to the human senses, while spiritualism transcends the senses. If you want to understand the nature of spiritual power you can do so only through the path of spirituality and not science. What science has been able to unravel is merely a fraction of the cosmic phenomena; it tends, however, to exaggerate its contribution.

... The very fact that science is changing all the time proves its incapacity to investigate the ultimate and absolute truth. Some time ago scientists maintained that the atom cannot be broken, but recently they succeeded in breaking it. They are still ignorant about the realities of the pranic force behind the atom, which is the least of its components.

Science is a mere glow-worm in the light and splendor of the sun. It is true that it can research, discover and gather a lot of information about nature and its material functions and use it for the development of worldly things. Spiritualism, on the other hand, reigns over the cosmic field where science has no place. That is why some discoveries of science are useful while others can be disastrous. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 252.)

1976 - Choose Spiritual Values

We need to transform society from false to real values. We have to convince people that the ideal of a high standard of life is wrong. It must be replaced with a high level of living and thinking on the basis of humility, morality, compassion and detachment, as against the existing greed for competitive luxury and conspicuous consumption. People have to be convinced that the only way to rouse the latent divinity in them is to master desires and conquer greed for pleasure and luxury instead of being a slave to these false materialistic values. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 248-9.)

It is the spiritual path that can save this country and the world from the wrongs of a materialistic order. What we need is a synthesis of the spiritual and material aspects of life. That will provide man with the social conscience and cooperative spirit imperative to the creation of national wealth and prosperity through selfless, cooperative labor. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 249.)

Curb your desires, reduce your wants, live in spiritual austerity, and the available material will be sufficient for humanity. More than that, the tensions of a competitive socioeconomic system will be dissolved and peace of mind will be restored. (Baba in 1976 in SM, 1985, 250.)


1978 - Time Not Ready for Publicity

[Hislop:] Leelas [miracles] are happening throughout India in tens of millions of homes. Swami keeps His hand down so that publicity about the leelas will not spread. The rulers of the country know, but they keep it quiet. If the facts were to have publicity, millions would converge on Swami. The Government would surround Him with security guards, and devotees could not get close to Him. The time is not ready. (CSSB, 1978, 27.)

1978 - Baba's Declarations about the Golden Age

Presently, there is great disorder amongst both politicians and students. This will continue for a time, but at a certain point Swami will step in and bring about some order. (CSSB, 1978, 100.)

SAI: Crime has become very bad in India. There is no safety.

JOHN HISLOP: Swami, this is not particular to India. The same is true all over the world. How will it end?

SAI: To the good. In a few years, all will be peaceful.

JH: But Swami, it is getting worse, and it is the Kali Yuga (a world period of diminishing virtue).

SAI: No. It is not as bad now as it was. It is like in the ocean. There is a time of high waves, and there may be some peak waves that crash heavily on the shore, but this is followed by a calm and peaceful sea.

JH: Many people are saying that, very shortly, we will enter a period of great catastrophe.

SAI: There may be some peak waves, as I mentioned, but the world will be happy, peaceful, and prosperous.

GUEST: No world war?

SAI: No. No world war.

JH: We are fortunate to be alive so that we may see this peaceful world.

SAI: You will all see it. Even the old men will live to see it.

GUEST: Then Prema Sai will not have much work to do! Swami will have made the world peaceful.

SAI: That is some 40 years away. At that time the world will be peaceful. That is the Name: Prema Sai. All will be love -- love, love, love everywhere.

GUEST: It would be good to be reborn in the time of Prema Sai!

SAI: It is best to merge with God. No rebirth. (From Dec. 1978 talk in MBI, 188-9.)

1978 - Foster Righteousness

If God Himself is here to foster Dharma, and you engage yourself in the same task, then you are worshipping Him. Then you are near and dear to Him, for you are serving Him, His devotees, and yourself. (CSSB, 1978, 41.)


1979 - Baba's Mission

God has incarnated in human form, in order to inspire man to follow higher ideals not only in India but foreign countries also. (SSS, XI, 14; from talk given Dec. 25, 1979.)

1979 - Humanity is One Family

There is only one race really, and that is the race of mankind. We now consider petty distinctions of nationality, race, religion and language as vital and hold back Love which must flow to every one from the heart. (SSS, XI, 14; from talk given Dec. 25, 1 979.)


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