Sathya Sai Baba (November 23, 1926 – April 24, 2011) was a Hindu Guru with a mass following of devotees in India and around the world. Sathya Sai Baba quotes are mainly from newspapers, videos, books and magazines. The 108 quotes have been collected over a period of 10 years.
This Is The Way To God
If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion.
Religions are many, but goal is one.
Jewels are many, but gold is one.
Stars are many, but sky is one.
Cows are many, but milk is one.
Beings are many, but breath is one.
Nations are many, but earth is one.
Flowers are many, but worship is one.
For everything there is reaction, resound and reflection in this Kali Age. When you speak softly and sweetly to others, you will receive the same in return. If you are rude to others, others will also be rude towards you. Every individual, irrespective of his age and country, must therefore speak softly and sweetly. Whether one is educated or illiterate, one must have humility.
All that you experience in this world is nothing but the reflection, reaction and resound of your own feelings. So, you should be good to everybody and work with the spirit of unity and love.
Happiness is essential for God-realization. It is one of the big gateways to Divinity. If man is unhappy, this is not just a flaw. This is one of the most serious flaws! This is an obstacle on the way to self-realization!
In most cases people are unhappy because of worldly aspirations, attachments, and joys: they pay too much attention to the worldly.
In order to help one get rid of this flaw, it is necessary to point out how much serious this flaw is. One should realize that desires are never-ending like waves in the sea.
Those who seek bliss in the Atman should not run after the joys of sense objects.
Just as a body which has no breath is useless and begins to rot and stink, similarly life without the Truth is useless and becomes the stinking abode of strife and grief.
Believe that there is nothing greater than the Truth, nothing more precious, nothing sweeter, and nothing more lasting.
When the mind is motionless and silent, one can hear the voice of God. Anyone who is able to purify the mind from anxiety, agitations, and thoughts can attune themselves to the voice of God inside.
The main enemies of man, leading to accumulation of negative karma, are the wrongly directed mind and the uncontrollable emotional sphere with dominating egotistic or coarse emotions.
Man can overcome the obstacles of ego and anger by strengthening faith, by directing the mind toward Divinity, and by using spiritual practices, which, first of all, normalize the emotional sphere and help to learn how to control the mind and consciousness.
Like a bird that sees a lump of flesh in the far distance, but does not notice the net spread over it to catch it, man too sees but the charms of material objects; he does not notice the entanglements which they cause.
Man tries to map the craters and canyons and the volcanoes on the moon, but ignores the craters within his own heart; how then can he acquire peace?
Man undergoes enormous trouble to guard his wealth but does not spend an iota of energy to guard his inner consciousness.
Concentrate on developing the firm conviction that you are the Divine. With this conviction you can achieve anything. Give up the attachment to the body. Even scientists sometimes forget their body consciousness while absorbed in their experiments. If that is the case, why should the spiritually minded persons retain attachment to the body, which is made up of the five elements and is a container of all foul things.
Any man, irrespective of age or abilities, who has faith and determination, can accomplish what he wants.
Try to know the truth. But do not waste your time in trying to understand some abstract concepts which you are unable to comprehend. Develop firm faith that God exists.
Most ailments can be treated by medicines. But most ailments in the world today have their origin in the mind. The aberrations of the mind set up reactions in the body and cause various diseases. The main cause of many human ailments is rooted in the mind.
You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.
I am you; you are ME. You are the waves; I am the ocean. Know this and be free, be divine.
Be Silent yourself, that will induce Silence in others.
Dedication ensures success; purifies inner vision and gives lasting joy.
For everything, there is reaction, resound and reflection in this Kali Age. When you speak softly and sweetly to others, you will receive the same in return. If you are rude to others, you will receive the same in return. If you are rude to others, others will also be rude towards you. Every individual irrespective of his age and country must therefore speak softly and sweetly.
Whether one is educated or illiterate, one must have humility.
All that you experience in this world is nothing but the reflection, reaction and resound of your own feelings. So, you should be good to every body and work with the spirit of unity and love.
So long as one goes on multiplying his desire, he will continue to be in want.
When man controls his desires, man attains prosperity.
Greed makes a man unhappy and miserable. Only when greed and miserliness are given up can one have an enjoyable and peaceful life.
Greed yields only sorrow; contentment is best. There is no happiness greater than contentment.
Man is deluded by the trivial pleasures from mundane things and is filled with greed and lust. This is the main obstacle in the spiritual path.
Greed is the monstrous evil that drags man down.
Evil qualities and unrighteous conduct of man are responsible for the injustice, untruth, unrighteousness that prevail in the world today.
The senses are the villains. They instill the delusion that you are the body.
Try to know the truth. But do not waste your time in trying to understand some abstract concepts which you are unable to comprehend.
You may have worldly enjoyments but you should always have God as your aim and goal of life.
Lead your life with divine thoughts. When you live like that, you achieve victory in all of life’s endeavors.
What to keep out for a happy life? – Sathya Sai Baba Answers
Be always watchful against the following sins:
- Speaking falsehood
- Speaking ill of others
- Talking too much
- Drinking intoxicants
- Eating flesh
- Sexual carvings
- Earthly attachments
Sathya Sai Baba Thoughts on Money
Man has been enslaved by money. He lives a superficial, hollow and artificial life. This is indeed a real pity. Man should seek to possess only as much as is most essential for his living.
The quantity of riches one must own can be compared to the shoes one wears: if too small, they cause pain; if too big, they are hindrance while walking.
Money, too, has to be with us only just enough for a life of physical and mental comfort.
When we have more, it breeds pride, sloth and contempt for others.
In pursuit of money, man descends to the lowest level of consciousness.
Sathya Sai Baba Thoughts on Atma
Realize that the Atma is your life. Everyone of you is endowed with divine energy. But you are misusing it. Your youth is in your hands. Your life-force is in your hands. You are not the body; you are the life force. Body is meant to serve as an instrument in your quest for truth. The same atma is present in all.
Here you see a silver tumbler. There is water in it. The tumbler is the basis of water, and silver is the basis of tumbler. But divinity is the basis for everything. Divinity does not comprise of any material. Similarly the Atma is not composed of any material. If you look at the Atma as material, it will appear to you as material. Hence, change your vision. Do not limit yourself to materials only.
The non-dual principle of Atma Tattwa immanent in the body is eternal and transcendental. It is omnipresent. It has no name or form. How can one give a name to such an all-pervading Atma Tattwa? It is only a futile exercise. Develop firm faith in the omnipresent Atma Tattwa. That faith is awareness…First and foremost, turn your vision inward and contemplate on the Atma Tattwa present in you. This Atma Tattwa can be realized only by constant Sadhana. It is only after realizing this Atma Tattwa can one deliberate on it.