Further Comparisons of Discourses as originally delivered and in

later officially published form    (See Chapter 3)

Continuation of Comparison 1 (from Chapter 3)


Discourse Comparison No. 1.

Continued from Chapter 3


V.K.Gokak, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The Man and the Avatar, 2nd ed, New Delhi, Abhinav, 1983. [Bold type added]



Individuals are going wrong today, because of the impact of the Spirit of the Age and the environment. A good deed done in a particular environment may itself turn out to be a bad one if the setting is changed. The goodness or badness of a particular deed depends, to some extent, on its contextual reference. An article which is good in one place may be dirt in another. Iron which is solid, hard and black becomes liquid, soft and radiantly bright if it is put into a fire, i.e., if its environment it changed. Even a good man who keeps bad company may develop a number of wrong habits and attitudes. On the other hand a bad man in good company may develop several good qualities and eventually become virtuous. Good company is essential for the man who wants to grow.


Good company promotes in us good thoughts and desires, the right inclinations. It removes all wicked thoughts and holds in check base instincts. Hatred can lead to nothing worthwhile. But love leads us to the good foundations of a good life and society.


10 Man should neither be afraid nor make others fear. He who makes others fear is an animal. He who is afraid himself is no less an animal. Neither of them is a cultured human being.


 No one knows where he comes from and where he is going. We have to go back to the place where we have come from. Knowing this we must have faith in god. Is the purpose of live only to be born, eat, sleep, grow, live, work and die? What is the difference between the man and the animal? Wisdom. Without this man is no better than the animal. He has science, but he has not wisdom. When we develop spiritual knowledge, our life will be redeemed. We build castles in the air. We are here due to past fruits. Every man should understand the seed of life. Krishna declares, "I am the Seed Of Life. In all the fruits, I am the latent seed of life."

We are born without any chains of gold or pearls around us, but there is one chain we do have ‑ the chain of the consequences our past lives. The only atonement for this is to think of the divine principle. This is the reason for our birth.@


 on the face of this earth when the cause we serve is the cause of truth and our way of life is the way of Dharma? Truth will not bend before any power on earth. On the other band, every one -has to bow down before Truth. Like Truth itself, Sathya Sai also will not bend before any ono on the face of this earth. Others might try to put fear into him. But he is the most fearless ' of beings. All that is good, by virtue of its goodness, draws to itself all attacks from Evil. Evil just feels like attacking good and does so. This is the position that Good itself has to understand and recognise when it wishes to live in human society.


There are many insects of fame in this world who wish to acquire a reputation. When they see that the name, Sathya Sai, has caught up in all the four corners of the world, they wish to affix this name to their own, in the hope that they may be famous. It is my name, after all, that they affix to theirs and they feel happy. Their happiness makes me happy.


It is my mission on earth to make every one happy.


If a person finds happiness in blaming me, let him be happy that way.


There are some who say 'yes' to Sai and others who say no'. Some may describe Sai as good; others as bad.

This has no reference to me whatsoever. The good or the filth of it proceeds from their mouth. not me.


 11 I am a witness both to the praise and the blame. In all these matters I am like a fan at work in summer. It gives comfort if it is switched on. It makes one uncomfortable in the heat, if switched off. But heat and coolness are relative terms. They have little to do with the fan itself. But in the way of this world, good and evil are a tangled yarn. Clear as well as muddy water flow together in the running stream.


Always it is the fruit-tree in the orchard that attracts stones thrown by little children. The fruit-bearing trees have to remember this fact. To be subjected to a stone. throw is evidence of fruitfulness, of goodness. Pursuing the path of Love, lot us act fearlessly, regardless of any consequence because, ultimately, the Truth will prevail. In fact, Truth will not be Truth and Love, unless there are some obstacles in their path.


There are three maxims which you should take to heart on this day, the first day of the New Year. The world is an illusion; do not put your trust in it. Do not be afraid of Death. Do not forget to remember the Divine all the time.


Death is inevitable. If not today, tomorrow or a hundred years later, it is impossible to escape death. Therefore, one should never be afraid of death.


Again, we must always remember God because he is there,--enthroned in the lotus of our own hearts. If only we have a glimpse of Him, it would be impossible to take our eyes away from Him. To be rooted in Him is to be rooted in reality.


Thirdly, do not trust this world because it,is changing every moment. It is not stable oven for a single second. Every moment the world is changing and we are also changing with it, except the unchanging part in us.


Man will realise his soul if only he remembers vividly all that he has passed through. It was only the other day that he was a child. It was only yesterday that he was young, sowing his wild oats. It was just yesterday that he grew up into manhood. It is only today that he is old and that as an old man, he has begun to repent his misdeeds in youth. What persists through all these stages of growth and decay, when everything is changing, is his own soul.


Sage Purandara Dasa sang of God on these lines. What happiness, after all, does this body offer? It leads us from disease to disease, to more serious diseases; from sorrow to sorrow, to ever-increasing sorrow. Therefore, in the midst of all this destruction and disease, the one thing to do is to remember the Divine, remember Sathya Sayeesha and be true to our own dharma. Life can be turned into something sacred that way.


12. Who is Sathya Sai? This name is not the name of a body. It is the name of the divine consciousness which is enthroned in the heart, hrudaya sthayi. This consciousness is universal: it is there for all human beings, not merely the devotees of Bhagavan. Take the phrase, Sheshashayi, referring to Maha Vishnu who is asleep on Shesha, the python, in the ocean. Similarly, Sathya Sai sleeps on Sathya or Truth. Truth, which is something universal, is the substance of his bed. It is this truth, this principle of life that animates this body. And this is how you must recognize the inner significance of all persons and personalities.












13 This is the first day of the New Calendar Year, Ugadi. Ugadi means the beginning of a new epoch. This is how you should understand it,-not as the first day of the New Year but as the beginning of a new epoch in our lives. This is what will make it memorable, not the sweets that we eat on that day. On this day, we should try and understand the roots of our own hearts, the springs from which our sensibility flows, the Spirit within ourselves. Let us at least make a New Year resolution to this effect. Then will the day be significant and mark a new stage in our lives.


Two great forces reside in the body of every human being. One is Matter which is inert. The other is Consciousness which is dynamic. The body is the field and the consciousness is its cultivator. But we have to realise that there is as much force of existence in matter as in consciousness. There is the force of the Divine in both of them. Man fulfils himself only when he realises the divinity of both these principles.


That which is matter consists of bones, muscles, flesh, blood,-the entire physical system. That which is called 'consciousness' consists of the mind and the intellect. There are five koshas or sheaths. Of these five, the first is the sheath that envelops the physical "system,Annamaya. The second envelops our subtle vital breaths, -the Pranamaya. The third envelops our mental aspect,the Manomaya. The fourth covers the archetypal awareness in us, the Vignanamaya. The fifth is the Spirit itself which is full of delight,-Anandamaya.


Without this aspect of consciousness, the mere assemblage of flesh, blood and bone can lead us nowhere. If we were to choose between the two, it is better to have consciousness without the body than have mere flesh, blood and bone without consciousness. Quite a few great sages sit in constant meditation and forget all about the body. They live in a constant state of bliss. Life is worthless if we cannot experience this bliss, Ananda.


If we wish to experience this Ananda, we must have faith in God and faith in ourselves. We must practise non-violence towards all creatures on earth. We must never hurt the sensibility of any one through word or deed or thought or feeling. Violence will make beasts of us rather than men.


Violence of this kind has become a common feature of our lives today through some national misfortune. For every good thing done, there is a bad one that confronts it. We shall all lose human dignity and turn into snakes if we behave in this fashion.


Imagine some one protesting if a hotel charges a few paise more for Idli or for a cup of coffee or it the Transport Company raises the bus fare by a few paise. Imagine further that this protest takes an ugly form. You eat and drink and don't pay or pay a few paise less. You ride the bus and don't pay. This is different from organised strikes. This kind of irresponsibility will lead society nowhere. Persons who behave in this way are mean and weak. They do not know how to live.


If a man cannot control his impulses or inclinations and restrain himself in the hour of sorrow, how can he ever live a good life? It is this kind of irresponsibility that is weakening humanity in India.

If a mosquito comes and sits on your nose, you wave it off by your hand. Mosquitoes have, however, the nasty habit of settling down on the same point from which they have been chased away. So you wave it off a second time if it sits again on the tip of your nose. The third time you clap your hands loudly so that it moves away. It is only if the mosquito thinks of tipping your nose again that you come to grips with it and finish it if necessary. Self-control is necessary at all times.


If we can keep our mind under proper control, we can discharge any duties efficiently in the interest of society. But man is unable to cope with his problems. To lose one's temper is to lose one's soul. One fit of anger nullities all the health that a person has gained through proper dieting for three months. In fact, the food that we get today is itself far from nourishing. When in addition, anger consumes our health, loss of life can be the only result.


Man is the child of Rasa or Brahman,-the Divine. He must therefore be healthy and strong, not live the life of a weakling. We should set a noble example to society and not imitate blindly some ignoble action. If a man does not have proper strength of body and mind. how can society, which consists but of a number of such men, have it? If society itself is weak, what else can we expect the nation to be? Therefore, an individual has to safeguard his own health and strength at least in the interest of a stable society and a strong mother-country.


Unfortunately, there are very few individuals today who have the interests of society at heart. They are all self-centred. Office-bearers, leaders and chairmen of societica always think of buttering their own bread and feathering their own nests. None of them have the good of society at heart. How, then, can society come to any good? The members of such societies hang upon the words of their chairmen and behave in a servile fashion because they wish to keep their seats. This kind of selfishness can lead us nowhere.


Bright souls! It is my fervent desire that today, you should take this oath in all sincerity. Say to yourselves firmly and finally that you will live your lives in the service of Truth and devote every moment of your life to 1 the betterment and regeneration of Indian society and culture. You will experience a supreme sense of fulfilment in an undertaking of this kind. Extend your service and consecration to t.he wel­fare 'of the world itself. Be-full-time, and not just part-time, devotees. Whenever we find that Bhagavan's popularity has gone down a little because he has espoused truth and not a popular cause, we pack up all the photographs. We put Swami in an envelope and seal him up. This is not what we should do. On the other hand, like the Pandavas, we should be true to our devotion through thick and thin, through happiness and sorrow, through good and bad and cling to God and the Truth. Though their life was full of sorrow, the Pandavas lived their life of exile in the faith that Sri Krishna would, some day, lift them out of trouble. Even if this did not happen, the Pandavas were happy that Sri Krishna was in their midst, for his divine presence itself was a delight. We should live as the five Pandavas lived with Sri Krishna, their Divine Lord and Master.


Discourse Comparison No. 1

Continued from Chapter 3



pp. 36-42


[Note the (unacknowledged) abridged sections in these latter pages of the Discourse.]
























10 Fear not; frighten not. That is the message of God to man. Brutes fear; beasts frighten. Man has to be above both the weaknesses. Have faith in Truth and be fixed in Morality.


 You need not fear any one, for God will be on your side. You will not frighten, for all will be seen by you as Divine.


"I am the Witness of activity, not a Participant"


Talking of names, let me mention this too. Some persons who do not care for truth or righteousness might adopt the name Sathya Sai, raise institutions in that name; they crave only the outer shell of fame and fortune; but you must know that they are unconnected with Me and are engaged in acts which I have not authorised.






































11 In fact, I am the Witness of activity, not a participant. I am like the electric fan; switch it on, it gives cool breeze. Switch it off, it allows you to swelter in the heat. I have no likes or dislikes. Those who talk ill of Me are also remembering My name and deriving joy therefrom and perhaps earning a few paise thereby. They are happy when they write falsehood; you are happy singing the truth. I am unconcerned with either. I have come on a task which I imposed on Myself. That task will go on, from victory to victory~ irrespective of praise or blame. It can neither be halted or hindered.

Truth knows no defeat, nor fear


No trace of fear can tarnish the purity of the heart that is shining in the splendour of Truth.














































12 I am Sathya Sai. Sathya Sai means--(like the name Sesha Sai meaning, He who is based on, who reclines on the Massive coils of the poisonous snake Sesha or the massive coils of objective desires) --- He who is based on Truth, who reclines on Truth, which the massive coils of objective desires cannot entangle. Truth knows no defeat, Truth knows no fear. It marches on heedless of acclamation or declamation.


Do not attach yourselves too much with the world, for, it is ever changing fast and furiously. Be ever ready to fall into the hands of Death, gladly and gracefully, with gratitude for the chances afforded while alive. Never grieve, for God is resident in you as your Truth. Later, in the last stages of your life, when you look back upon your failures and successes, you will have to say, as Purandharadhaasa said, "Alas, we do not find Joy in this life as man." Do not spend your days in such manner. Be warned now itself. Use the days allotted to journey towards Love, Joy and Peace.



13 The New Year Day is called in this part of the country, Yugaadhi--- the Inaugural Day of the Age, as if a new big epoch is opening today. This is an opportunity to contemplate on the vastness of time, of its speed, of the short span of time which we share, in this life of yours, and which has to be put to the best use. Contemplate on the beginning of things, of nature, of life, of man, of the heart---all emanating from God and journeying towards God. Dwell on the grandeur of this procession from birth to Liberation, through life after life. Become aware that you, Nature and all that is, was and will be, are God.


To attain this awareness, Love is the surest means. Do not inflict pain on any one, through word and deed..

Control your passions, emotions and impulses, especially, anger, envy and greed. They thrive on the ego and make. it a dangerous weapon. When you are enslaved by your passions, how can you stand forth and claim respect? Only cowards yield to their senses or passions. Brave men face up to them and win. The hero is he who overrules his mind and curbs his impulses; the zero is he who is overruled by them. Stand fast, like a rock when the waves beat. Have faith in. your ideals, in God. Do not allow faith to falter when failure comes into your door. Meet it as a new challenge, and triumph. Your Vishwaas (Faith) must not, be like your Swaas (Breath); for swaas comes in and goes out, it is now in and now out. Let your vishwaas be firm, with no alternations of entrances and exits. If faith is one full continuous stream, Grace too will be showered on you in one full continuous stream.@


Brindhavan 24-3-1973
















Comparison No. 2


Here we have two very different printed versions of a 1993 Discourse. The 3-4 page excerpts below are sufficient to give the idea of the types of editing changes. The more spontaneous version is in the left-hand column. The official edited version is on the right.


 Summer Showers in Brindavan 1993, pp. 1-3 only   Chapter 1




From Humanity to Divinity




Students and Teachers,


Man undergoes many a travail and tribulation for the sake of bodily pleasures. But the man who realises that he Is the Self and that the Self is different from the body, is free from pain and sorrow. There will be no sorrow on earth if humans realise the lofty meaning of Humanity (Manavatva). The Upanishads have declared that man, who is born in human society and is brought up by it, becomes worse than birds and beasts if he does not know the meaning and value of 'humanity'.


Mankind is infinite, marvellous and full of meaning and significance. Man is not the body alone. In fact he is the conglomeration of Body, Mind and Self. The Body is the vehicle for action, the Mind is the means for realisation and the Self, is the witness of both the body and the mind. Hence it is sheer stupidity to think that man is made of the body alone.







The students should first realise how they should act, think and behave. Man is made of mind. As is the mind, so is the man. There is an adage in English which says "So thinketh the man, so is the man." It is the bounden duty of students to realise the profound scope and significance of humanity.


 Man is encased in the five sheaths: the Food sheath (annamaya kosha), the Vital sheath (pranamaya kosha), the Mental sheath (manomaya kosha), the intellectual sheath (vijnana maya kosha) and the Bliss sheath (anandamaya kosha).. The Food sheath constitutes the gross body (sthoola shareera) whereas the Vital sheath, the Mental and the Intellectual sheaths constitute the Subtle body (sooksharna shareera). Whereas the gross body Is the vehicle of action, the Subtle body is the vehicle of experience.















The Atmic power that vibrates and shines in the Food sheath is known as Bodily consciousness; the Atmic power that functions in the Vital sheath is called Nervous consciousness; the Atmic power that activates the Mental sheath is known as Mental consciousness; the Atmic power that shines in the Intellectual sheath is termed as Intellectual consciousness. The power that pulsates the Bliss sheath is called Pure Divine Self (Pavithra Purashaartha). This is also known as 'All Infinite Will'. It is this infinite Will which protects the world. It is Pure Ecstasy.


The great sages and seers of India strove hard to enjoy this Infinite Ecstasy. But how can we enjoy this ecstasy? Only the experience of the true meaning of humanity (manavatva) can enable us to enjoy this ecstasy. The man who does not realise his true nature is ensnared by the senses, though in reality he is the master of senses. The man who understands the meaning of manava' (human) is a true 'Manava'.








The Vedanta declares that he who knows himself, knows all. You should make the right endeavour to know yourself. You can know yourself by developing inner vision rather than outward vision. All sensory activities like sound, smell, touch and taste are only external activities. We delude ourselves into thinking that these activities are real and ruin ourselves ultimately. It is by harnessing the mind that we will be able to realise the Divinity within.




Mind is the cause for man's life, sorrow, Joy and liberation as well. It is the mind that makes us oblivious to Divinity and lures us to the enchantments of Jagat' (world). The very meaning of the word 'Jagat' signifies the transient nature of the world, for 'Ja' means going, and 'Gat' means coming. While the world changes, man remains changeless. The very word 'Nara' (man) means the 'one who is Imperishable' for, 'Na' means 'not' and 'Ra' means perishable. It Is the self in man which is imperishable, for man is the Self.

[These dubious etymologies have been omitted from the official version opposite.] [See also Chapter 5]



The mind is of four kinds: the Super-Mind, the Higher Mind, The Illuminated-Mind and the Over-Mind. Man can know himself when he understands the nature of these four types of mind. One has to travel from the Super-Mind to Over-Mind to understand Divinity. One has to realise that the Divine power which pulsates in him is the same as the one that pulsates in others


One can understand 'Manavatva' only by realising oneness. But unfortunately today man's vision does not extend .beyond body and---mind. We should not depend too much on the mind, for the mind cannot travel far. Man remains only as man as long as he rests on the mind. He should attain the state of 'Amanaska', where the mind is extinguished. Amanaska is one who travels beyond the physical mind and enters into the realms of the Super mind. Man has to travel from the gross to the Super causal, crossing the Causal body in between. The Causal body is of great importance to all of us, for in this state, man can bring under his control 'Manas' (mind), 'Buddhi' (intellect), 'Chitta' (reflective mind) and 'Ahankara' (ego). In fine, man is the repository of all powers, for all powers are encased in him. There is nothing that man cannot understand in the world as man Is endowed with infinite and marvellous powers.





Man contains In him the cosmic power which pervades the universe The power contained in man is the same as the universal power outside the body which is like a balloon that bloats by the intake of air. The air inside the balloon is the same as the air outside. When the balloon bursts, the air inside the balloon merges with the air outside. Similarly, when the body dies, the Cosmic Divine in man becomes one with the Universal power outside The Upanishads speak about unity in diversity and unity in the Infinity. Only when he realises this, man will know that the Divinity in him and Divinity in the cosmos are one and the same. This is known as the 'Divine Universal Form'.


Today man underestimates his own importance and humbles himself as a consequence. First and foremost, you must understand your own Divine Nature. But students of today are exposed to the world outside, without understanding their own nature. In the world today, the rapid rise of material progress is paralleled by the enormous rise of ignorance as well. Ignorance exists as long as ...



SATHYA SAI SPEAKS Vol XXVI, 1993 pp. 164-167 only

Brindavan, 20-5-93




Man, the mind and the Aathma



STUDENTS and Teachers! Man struggles hard ceaselessly night and day for the sake of bodily pleasures. One who recognises that the Aathma (Spirit) is distinct from the body will not be a prey to any troubles. If, indeed, every person in the world recognises the nature and purpose of human existence, these difficulties will not arise. The Upanishaths declare that if one, who is born as a human, grows up as a human in society, does not know the meaning of the term maanava (man), he is worse than birds and beasts.




Humanness is a marvellous thing. It is boundless. It is significant. The term "man" does not refer o to the physical body. A human being is a composite of body, mind and Aathma. To perform with the body, to understand them through the mind, and to have, the Aathma as a witness to both these-these three constitute Maanavathvam (human existence). Action, Awareness and Realisation - these three manifest the inner meaning of human life.

It is a sheer ignorance to equate human existence with the body alone.


 Students have to understand at the outset how a man should grasp the nature and aim of human existence and have to lead a meaningful life.

First of all, there is the mind. Only the one with a mind can be called man. "As a man thinketh, so he becomes.@


The five sheaths that envelop man


Man is enveloped by five sheaths: Annamaya (Food), Praanamaya (the Life Force), Manomaya (the Mental), Vijnaanamavu (the Integral Consciousness) and the Aanandhamuya (the Blissful). The physical body is sustained by food. Hence it is called sthuula shareera (the gross body). Next comes the Suukshma shareera (subtle body) which is covered by three sheaths of Life force, Mind and Integral Consciousness. This subtle body is the basis for the pleasures and pains experienced by man. All experiences of man are based on this subtle body.


Next comes Aanandhamaya Kosha (the sheath of Bliss). It is the base for the entire Cosmos. The Cosmic Consciousness that is present in the bodily sheath is called Abody consciousness.@ This means that even in the gross body, Chaithanyam (consciousness) is present. The consciousness that is present in the Praanamaya Kosha (The sheath of the Life Principle) not only indicates the life-principle, but also proclaims the basis of the vital force.


The third is the Aathmik Principle, which illumines the mind-Manomaya Kosha. The fourth is the consciousness in the Vijnaanamaya Kosha. This is the basis for the entire Cosmos. It is called Chith, the all-pervading Cosmic Consciousness.


Transcending all these is the Pure Divine Self-the Supreme Purusha. This is the source of all power. It is the embodiment of the Infinite Will. This is the power that protects the Cosmos.


The ancient sages strove to explore the nature of the Aanandhamaya Kosha (the sheath of Bliss). They sought to discover how they can experience Bliss.



Maanava means Aathma


To begin with, the meaning of the term Maanava (man) has to be properly understood. It means Aathma (the Self). It is from the Aathma that the five basic elements (ether, air, fire, water and the earth) have emerged. Man has brought under his control these five elements. Thereby he has become their master. Failing to comprehend. the basic nature of human existence, man today has become a slave of his senses. The Vedhaantha has declared that one can know everything if he knows his own reality. To discover who you are, you have to rid yourself of the external vision. All the experiences based on the sense perceptions are external impressions. These are merely reflections of internal responses. To regard these as real and permanent and to ignore the Divine, which is the permanent entity, is the cause of man wasting his life. Hence, man has to utilise the mind to realise his divinity


The mind is the cause (bestower) of man's joys and sorrows. It is also the means of man's Mukthi (liberation). It is the mind which leads man to progress from the human to the Divine and forget the ephemeral world. The very name, Nara, for man implies that he is imperishable. This is the Aathmik truth of man. Man, therefore, is not the body, but the immortal Self.








Four levels of functioning of the mind

The mind functions at four different levels. The first is Super Mind. The second is Higher Mind. The third is Illuminated Mind. The fourth is Over Mind. Man can comprehend his real human nature only when he understands these four states of the mind.





Super-Mind: An internal enquiry has to be made to understand this. This calls for turning the. external vision inward. When this is done, it is realised that the physical body is inert. The mind is a reflecting mirror. The Buddhi (Intellect), Chittha (Will) and Ahamkaara (Ego) are aspects of the mind. All these are subject to change. But they are based on something that is unchanging. The first conclusion to be drawn from the internal enquiry is that there is an unchanging divine entity in man.













From this realisation, one proceeds to the awareness of a Cosmic Divine. This realisation comes out of the recognition that the Divine Consciousness experienced by the individual is also present in all other individuals. This is the Cosmic Power. The all-pervading Divine Power is one and the same. There is no second power. Bodies may be multifarious like electric bulbs. But the energy that .makes them shine is one. When this truth is realised, you have the awareness of the Cosmic Divine.




It is not enough for one to realise his true Self. He cannot seek his individual salvation. He must ...






Comparison No. 3


The full versions of the 1999 Yugadi Discourse as translated into English from Tamil (from Telugu), on the left and in the official Sai Baba Organisation version on the right also show very interesting differences of editing according to the respective audiences: international and local (Tamil Nadu).

(Some allowance must also be made for the fact that the simpler version has been translated Twice!)

‘The Yugadhi discourse, translated from the Tamil Sanathana Sarathi (April 1999) is sent herewith. With His Grace, the Rama Navami one will follow.

All errors are your humble servant's.

Love ...’

[[sent to the Internet by an Indian devotee]]


 Swami's Discourse on Yugadhi day, 18.3.99, at Brindavan


Om Sri Sai Ram


 A Heart Expansive as the Ocean is Necessary


If the mind has pure thoughts, victory is certain. But, on the other hand, if the thoughts are polluted, defeat is inevitable.



Embodiments of Love,




The permanent property of man is his thoughts. Thoughts develop from within and arise from inner compulsion. The inner compulsions are based upon the mind. Therefore, mind takes shape on the basis of thoughts. When thoughts are pure, man becomes divine. The reason for the current state of human activities is that thoughts are not proper. Wrong thoughts and crooked actions have made everything topsy‑turvy. They are the reasons for the chaos and decline of this land. Man=s mind today is fully occupied with physical, worldly and temporal issues. This is fully negative. When such negative thoughts dominate, nothing will fructify. Positive thoughts are necessary. All thoughts based on Truth are positive.


In the days past, before partaking food, they prayed that AFood is God (Annam Brahma)@. The essence of that food mixes with the whole of the body and yields strength and satisfaction. When the body is well, the tendencies of man transmute to the divine and the words you utter will become sacred. It is the food that we eat that nourishes our body. The subtlety of the food becomes responsible for the mind. It is the strength of the mind that is revealed in our speech. Therefore, our sacredness is illustrated by our body, mind and speech. The cognizable (sthoolam) portion of food is Brahma. The subtle (sookshmam) part of the food is Vishnu. The ultra‑subtle (adhisooshmam) part of the food is Siva. The trinity is thus present in food.



Nourishing sacred thoughts, speaking good words and taking care of the physical health ‑ these certify humanity. Man today forgets the help given to him by others. To recall with gratitude the help given by others is a very essential human characteristic. As long as there is a thread of life left in the body, as long as there is circulation of blood in the body, man must

remain in gratitude for all the help received by him. Man must never forget the help rendered to him, under any circumstance. There are two things we must forget:

1) The help given to others by us. When we help others expecting a benefit in return, we become selfish people. Do not expect any type of benefit in return. Forget the help you have given to others.

2) Forget the harm that others have done to you. When you ruminate over the harm that others have done to you, then you get thoughts of revenge. This is not the mark of a superior being. You must keep in mind only the help given to you by others. You must forget the harm that others have done to you. You must also forget the help you have given to others. A man, sacred thus, is adarsha maanava.







Man desires to live in peace in this unstable world. Man strives to find assurance, security and peace in wealth, status or scholarship. As a wealthy person, as a man given to all comforts in life, you cannot do as you please and act according to all your compulsions. You will not achieve peace that way. Wealth will not give you peace. Neither will status. We think that our comforts and conveniences will give us peace. Such comforts are incapable of giving peace.


Peace takes birth in the heart of man. Heart is saturated with love. The heart full of love gives peace and security. Every man must fill his heart with love. Love is God. Love is Nature (Prakrti). Love is human life. Love is the true human trait. Man without love is a corpse.


We must live soaking our life in love and grow in love. You must continuously love even your most committed enemy. Even though he may have caused you very great harm, you must continuously love him.


The Principle of Love:


On the basis of this love, the Indian culture prays that all the people in the world must be happy "Lokaas Samasthaas Sukhino Bhavanthu". From time immemorial, brimming with spiritual wealth, India has been a shining example to other countries. This permanent culture has benefited us and helped us sustain peaceful life amidst the invasions by foreign countries.


Food is God (Annam Brahma):


If India dies, spirituality in the world will be uprooted. There is Truth in the breeze that flows in the Bharatha Desa (India). Every dust particle in Bharatha Desa is saturated with dharma. Bhratha Maathaa (Mother India) is full of Love. Every water‑pond in Bharatha Desa is full of compassion (karuna). In such surroundings of sacredness, what is it that we have achieved? Sathya, dharma, prema, karuna ‑ these need to be well taken care of , nourished and protected. How to do this? Should this be done for the benefit of the society? Or for the benefit of the country? No. These need to be protected for the sake of the self and for the benefit of the whole world. When everyone nourishes and protects these, then the whole country will thrive well. Man is immersed in selfishness and self‑aggrandizement, is unable to develop these sacred human values and lives despicably. In those days, the pious and the wise prayed to God while eating or drinking water by worshipping "Annam Brahma". This helped generate pure and sacred thoughts. They were verily the form of Truth.


We have moved away from the path of dharma. It is very easy to dissert on sathya and dharma. But it is difficult to understand them. People expatiate on sathya and dharma without properly understanding them. "Sathyam vadha, dharmam chara" (Speak the Truth, Conduct yourself correctly) ‑ these two were like the eyes of the Bharatha Desa from time immemorial.




We have crossed several new years. Every festival has certain rituals and practices associated with it. We clean the house every year. We don new clothes. We decorate the house with festoons. There is no progress by keeping only the body clean. We must keep our thoughts pure and clean.


New Year Festival:


For the New Year, donning new clothes alone is not enough. They are not that important. New superior concepts must take shape and reveal themselves.


Decorating the house with festoons alone is not enough. The house must be decorated with love. We must share love with everyone who comes to our house.

If the New Year is welcome along these lines, then that becomes the true festival.


Why is this sacred day called Yugadhi? Yuga adhi, the beginning of a new yuga. This does not denote the beginning of Krutha yuga, Thretha yuga or Dwapara yuga. This denotes the beginning of Kali yuga. This also denotes the beginning of every year. The word " Vathsaramu" denotes God. God is worshipped as "Vathsaraswaroopaya namaha". The form of the universe (prapancham) is vathsaram. God is the form of time. Vathsaram is an important attribute for God. Therefore, to purify time, in the beginning of the year, we must develop pure tendencies and pure thoughts and earn good name.

In all places, human values are on the decline. Fear and weird imaginations are abundant everywhere. Courage and strength have disappeared. No one else is the reason for this. Your thought is the only reason for this.


Who are your friends?:


Your enemies are not anywhere else. Your bad thoughts are your evil enemies. Thoughts suffused with Truth are your best friends. We have lost our friends who are our good thoughts. Truthful thoughts are divine. We must develop friendship with our own compulsions from Truth (sath). This sath is permanent. It is the Being and always Is. That is, it is God.


Friends and enemies change with time. But the ever‑present Sath does not change. The ever‑present Sath is always with you, above you, below you, around you and in you.




Embodiments of Love,


There is nothing noteworthy in going around the world. There is no achievement in a lofty status. Thousands of people in Delhi and Mumbai have experienced happiness. It is not temporary. The love in their hearts has expanded, broadened and has become more secure. When Bhagavan returned from Delhi, there were banners put up saying Thank you Bhagavan, Come Soon.

 From one place to another, there was a distance of miles. Energetic and enthusiastic youth were lined up on both sides of the street.




The students in Delhi and Mumbai had several bad habits. Now, a complete change could be seen. The youth ranged in age from 25 to 30. How active they were! Swami knows their hard work as seva dals. The service work of the seva dals of Delhi was incomparable. They did not pay heed to their food or for drinking water. They were engrossed with single‑point attention on their work. Each one did the duty allotted to him. (They thought) A Swami says,

Duty Is God. Work is Worship@. We are prepared to give up our lives. We must fulfill His Words. That will please Swami.@

Seva‑dal servants:


There was a seva‑dal in every nook and corner of Delhi. Everyone had a cellular phone for getting updated on Swamis movements. News was flashed to and from constantly. All the ten thousand seva‑dals were ever alert with Swamis arrival. There was not a single complaint about any one. The Delhi police and the journalists were full of praise for the seva‑dals. They were saying that such selfless youth are members of the Sathya Sai Organization and there are no other like these.


Selfishness is prevalent everywhere. But, you ask any one of the ten thousand youth seva‑dals at Delhi and the reply will be "I want only You; I want only Your Love." The change of heart was instantaneous. As a result, their service became even better. Their disposition was polite and their words were sweet.


They put into practice the saying "You cannot always oblige, but you can speak obligingly." They did not say any harsh words. They did not speak words that hurt others. Through their sweet words and sweet behavior, they brought good name to the Sai Organization.


Sai Organizations:

In the world, you will find harmony, comraderie, unity and sacredness only in Sri Sathya Sai Organizations. There are several organizations in the world. But, it is rare to see the activities, the sweet and pleasant conversations and the dynamic enthusiasm of the Sai Organizations elsewhere.


At Mumbai, the Health Minister approached Swami. (He said) We have several doctors with us. But there is not much use. We wish to collaborate with the Sri Sathya Sai Super Specialty hospital. We could undertake an exchange program whereby doctors from the Super Specialty hospital will serve in Mumbai and doctors from here could serve there. Every small service there is undertaken in the spirit of ideal service. There are several organizations

that are active here. But they all operate on the basis of self‑interest. We have seen many organizations, but the service done in the spirit of sacrifice that is found in the Super Specialty hospital is rare to find elsewhere. We spoke with several seva‑dals and received the same response. Let us not worry about the minor challenges here and there. The exemplary Sathya Sai Organization must spread all over the world.


Bhagavn does not expect anything. Other swamis camp at different places to generate funds. Swamis who have accumulated wealth can be seen. There is no connection between these and Sathya Sai organizations. We must not have any relationship with those beggars. Sathya Sai Organization will grow, nourish the spirit of sacrifice and reflect this spirit. Then only, it is possible to retrieve the ancient culture of the Bharata Desa.


The Real Freedom:


That day is not far away. Very soon, the Bharata Desa culture will be truly retrieved. All members of the Sathya Sai Organization must develop sacred impulses and act with those good thoughts. Then only, you will be victorious in your undertakings.


For that, we need to understand only one thing. Whatever the reason, we must never go with a cap in hand to anyone. If you need something, ask Bhagavan. He will give. Why do you stretch your hand and seek from others? People who do this are not devotees at all. They are mere beggars. We should not be like that. We should be Biggest.


Who are real devotees?:


We must lead an ideal life. We must engage in activities that help others. We must help the poor and those that need help. When we do those service activities, then we can call ourselves devotees.


Bhagavan has said many times. What is the sign of devotion? Good character, good impulses, truth, love for God, discipline and a sense of duty ‑ the person who possess these six traits is a true devotee. We must engage in service activities.


Home for the elderly:


Bhagavan is going to Kadugodi village this morning. Several elderly people , despite having sons, are suffering from want of food. Today, Bhagavan is starting a home for the elderly. Anyone can come and stay here. They can live here comfortably till their last breath. No body should die shedding tears. The last days should be filled with tears of bliss.





This is the foundation for the next life. All members of the Sathya Sai Organization must continuously develop the spirit of sacrifice. There are many people who possess wealth and comforts. They are wealthy in name only and do not possess an iota of the spirit of sacrifice. They do not give even a tumbler of water.


This is not human life. Renunciation is human life.


Na karmanaa na prjayaa dhanena thyaagenaike amruthathva maanasuhu


Neither through action (karma), nor through progeny (prajayaa), nor through wealth (dhanam), but through sacrifice does one attain liberation.


No advertisement:


Campaign is not necessary. Neither is advertisement. We must work silently and peacefully. Bhagavan told Kulwant Roy not to advertise the visit to Delhi. Why an advertisement in the newspapers? This is a mind to mind, love to love and body to body relationship. Love can be gotten through only love. Love expands through the world. The broadcast from Delhi is heard immediately at Kadugodi.


The truthful thoughts are like the radio waves. These waves expand and spread through love, not through advertisement.

Sathya Sai Organization abhors campaigns and advertisements. It does not function for the sake of advertisement. It is only Love that should bind us as one. It is our service activity that will broadcast our ideals, not advertisements.







This year has no danger:


The name of this year is ominous. Pramaadi naam samvathsaram. It means fraught with danger. But, there are no dangers in this year. Only the name means that, but there will be prosperity in the universe. We can escape the danger implied in the name of the year. We can achieve what we undertake. We must be prepared to meet challenges.


Yes, we must meet adversities with love. We must meet them with expanded heart. There is no danger of any type of danger for either the universe, society or the family. Just because the name is "pramaadi" it does not mean there will be danger. We find a man named Dharmaraju being miserly!


You are all the embodiments of dharma.


Embodiments of Love,


The Real Dharma:


You can be happy listening to the report of the seva activities done at Delhi and Mumbai. They did service suitable to their circumstances. Bhagavan does not gauge their activities. Whether you do service or not, Bhagavan will always be happy and will always Love you. You do not have to act expecting Bhagavan’s appreciation. The truth of the matter is that if you want to be brimming in bliss, you should have no desires. Desires must subsist. That is the real dharma. Bhagavan’s happiness is not affected with desires getting fulfilled or not. It is beyond all that.

Take steps to acquire this happiness. Develop friendship with God. Who is your true friend? You may have a friend in the canteen or you might have recorded his address. But no one can give the address of your friend who is God. If you ask God, "Where do you live?", he will reply, "In your heart.". God lives in your heart. There is no need to search for Him. Turn your mind inwards to see Him. You will see Him. You will get happiness.


Love is the basis:


Love is the basis for everything. Love should be selfless. Love is God. God is Love. Remove and cast off all polluted thoughts. Kick away all bad impulses. Embrace good habits. Develop good impulses. Spend time in satsang. You must do all these in the New Year. When you travel this path, you will be able to achieve anything.


No difficulties will come your way. No problems will arise for you. Many are disturbed with the thought of what will happen this year. Nothing is going to happen. Our good thoughts will reap good results and bad thoughts will result in bad results. If your thoughts are pure, you will achieve victory supported by Truth.


Embodiments of Love,


I bless you that in this New Year, you will live happily with healthy and long life.







Relationship with Other Countries:

I said to Vajpayee that not only India but other countries also will unite and live in peace and security very soon. "Vajpayee, you are a good man. You take good efforts. Be friends with Pakistan and China. When India, China and Pakistan unite together, there will be no equal to that unity. I mentioned this in the evening of the 11th. Vajpayee came on the 13th. He said, "Swami, I am very happy. The leaders of Pakistan and China are going to visit India." Because of his good thoughts, he has obtained such good friendship.


In India, there is no unity. There are four parties inside a single party. There is no unity among these people at all. Political parties might be many, principles might be many. But they must operate in unity. The doctrines and directives may be different. But, there must be a focused concern for the welfare of the country and an overriding love for the country. When there is

unity in the society, the country will be united. When the country is united, the world will be united.


Undertake your activities keeping in mind always the welfare of the society and welfare of the country. There may be differences in principles. But, there should be an underlying unity. This is the ancient teaching of Bharat:


Let us grow together

Let us travel together

Let us learn together

Together, without underlying differences, let us live in amity

Let us live together.


The Bharata Desa will prosper then.


A heart as expansive as the ocean:


Bharata Desa (India) has a leadership role in the world. India has exemplary spiritual wealth. That acts as an example for the other countries. Indians must develop an expansive outlook. Their hearts must be expansive as the ocean. Many problems occur because of the lack of this expansiveness.

Embodiments of Love!


Every man is a repository of desire, anger and greed. These result from the body. The Ramayana describes this well.


Ravana was accomplished in penance. He had unlimited wealth and unparalleled

accomplishments. He had physical prowess, mental acumen and material wealth. Because he succumbed to desire, he lost everything. His Lanka was burnt and got destroyed. If desire enters the heart, nothing good will come out of it.




Anger: Hiranyakasipu was a great scientist. He had traveled to the moon and the sun, and had gone around these. All the five elements were under his control. Because he succumbed to anger, he lost everything. He did not become angry at anyone else, he got angry at God. Because of that, he destroyed himself.


Greed: Dhuryodhana had a large kingdom, but did not give to the Pandavas land the size of a needle‑head even. Because of this greed, he lost his kingdom and his family.


The Ramayana describes the consequence of desire, Bhagavatam describes the consequence of anger and Mahabharatam describes the consequence of greed. Three sacred scriptures describe in detail the results of three bad qualities.



The Ramayana:

On reading the Ramayana, we must give up our desires. We must develop full faith in the principle of Rama. Then life will be brilliant. It is customary to recite the Ramayana over a few days. The Indian Culture is reflected in each and every subtle teaching of the Ramayana. A mere reading of the Ramayana does not bear much benefit. We must imbibe its essence. The essence of Ramayana is the description of the consequence of the thing called desire. Because of desire, a mighty man fell. Upon reading the Ramayana, we must keep desires far away.


You recite the Bhagavatam and praise the leelas of Krishna. At that time, why don=t you reflect on the story of Prahlada? Hiranyakasipu tortured his son without even considering that he was his son. He tried to kill him by having an elephant walk on him and by poisoning him. With such anger exhibited towards his own son, how can one expect Hiranyakasipu to be loving to his citizens?




Prahlada was ceaselessly reciting the Narayana mantra. When the elephant went to step on Prahlada, it manifested itself as Narayana. When the snake bit Prahlada, it manifested itself as Narayana. When he was rolled down from atop the mountain, the mountain manifested itself as Narayana. When he was thrown into the sea, the sea manifested itself as Narayana.


"Yath bhavam thath bhavathi" As your feeling, so you become. God manifests in consonance with your feelings. Pray with love. Suffused in love, get close to Bhagavan. Then, you will get superior experiences and benefits.




Dhuryodhana and Duchadhana, both embodiments of greed, suffered in incalculable ways. They had unlimited wealth. They were intelligent. But, what was the use? What purpose did their wealth serve? Where was their courage? Everything disappeared and was destroyed. The five Pandava brothers, who embodied sathya, dharma, shanti, prema and ahimsa, were victorious in the end. Truth is the only one that has the capacity to give victory in the end.

Dharma is enough to realize all plans. Where all these five are present, victory will certainly be there. Victory begets victory. Defeat will be nowhere near. Victory will chase you. When you follow sathya and dharma, your victory is assured.


Sacred Feelings:


Today is the beginning of the New year. Sacred feelings promote thoughts about God and the principle of love. God does not have a form apart. He does not have a place apart. Sathyam bhagavthswaroopam ‑ Truth is God. Love is God. Correct conduct is God. When you practise this, you will be worshipping God. At that time, without doubt, God will be present in immediacy and in a cognizable way. There is no need to doubt this.



Love with suffused devotion. Love with full heart. There should be no pretense or artificiality in love. Love for the sake of love and become friend with God. You can then love anything.


To develop this love in our heart is the only action we must do. Service done in the spirit of sacrifice is the ornament for hands.


Thyagam hasthasya bhooshanam

Sathyam kandasya bhooshanam


Truth is the ornament, a necklace, for the neck. When such ornaments are available , why do you go in search for other ornaments?


Divine Love:


This is a New Year. You must understand the sacred divinity. You must develop sacred love. You must not have narrow feelings like "me", "my family" and "my relatives". You must develop a prayer in this New Year, "lokaas samasthaas sukhino bhavanthu" ‑ Everyone in this world must be happy.


Expand your heart. You will experience blissful life. You will get a life filled with love. Your thoughts are responsible for your security, equanimity and peace.


Love God. Let God be your friend. You will be victorious in everything.


(Swami concluded the discourse with the bhajan, Bhajana bi na sukha shanti nahi’


[From: eaisai files, Internet]



Sai Darshan Home 18 March 1999 Yugadi

Start New Year with Spirit of Love










 If the feelings and intentions behind your actions are good, the results will also be good. If your intentions are bad, you will certainly meet with failure. (Telugu Poem)


Embodiments of Love!


Thoughts are the permanent asset of man. Thoughts are based on feelings and feelings on the mind. As the thoughts, so the mind. If thoughts are good, humanity will blossom into Divinity. Today man's behavior is not good because his thoughts are polluted. As the thoughts and actions of man have become perverted, the country is passing through troubles and turmoil. Man has filled his mind with thoughts about mundane, ephemeral and transient things. This is totally negative in nature. Only thoughts based on Truth are positive.






 Spiritual Wealth of Bharat

In ancient times, the Bharatiyas, before partaking of food, used to chant the prayer. Annam Brahma, Raso Vishnu, Bhokta Devo Maheswara (food is Brahma, the essence is Vishnu and the one who partakes of it is Maheswara). The essence of food permeates the whole body and gives physical strength and satisfaction. It is the food that sustains the physical body. The subtle part of the food becomes the mind and the subtler part of the food becomes speech. Human quality is expressed through thoughts, words and deeds. The gross part of food is Brahma, the subtle part is Vishnu, and the subtlest part is Siva. So, the Divine Trinity is present in the food that we partake of.




Sacred thoughts, good words and noble deeds are the true human values. But, modern man lacks in human values.

Today, man is bereft of gratitude, which is one of the most essential qualities. He forgets the help rendered to him by others. So long as man is alive, he should be grateful for the help he received from others. There are two things you have to forget ‑ the help you have rendered to others and the harm others have done to you. If you remember the help you have rendered, you will always expect something in return. Remembrance of the harm done to you by others generates in you a sense of revenge. You should remember only the help you received from others. The one with these sacred qualities is an ideal man.

In this ephemeral and transient world, man always aspires for peace and security. But money, education, position of authority and physical comforts cannot confer peace and security.











Peace originates from the heart. Man can experience peace and security only when his heart is filled with love. Love is God, love is Nature, love is life and love is the true human value. Bereft of love, man is equivalent to a corpse. You should lead a life filled with love. Love even the worst of your enemies. It is on the basis of the principle of love that the culture of Bharat has declared: Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu (May the whole world be happy!).






Since ancient times, this sacred land of Bharat has shared its spiritual wealth with the rest of the world to foster peace and security. It is because of its immense spiritual wealth that Bharat continues to be a land of peace and security in spite of many foreign invasions in the past. Without Bharat there will be no trace of spirituality in this world. There is truth in the air of Bharat; there is Dharma in the dust of Bharat. The land of Bharat is suffused with love. The water of Bharat overflows with compassion. Having taken birth in this sacred land of Bharat, you must uphold and sustain the principles of truth, love, righteousness and compassion. For whose sake should you uphold these principles? Is it for the sake of society or for the country? No. You should uphold these principles for your own sake. Only when everyone fosters these principles will the country prosper.

Today man is engulfed in selfishness and self‑interest and is leading an unsacred life.



Our ancient seers used to partake of food with the feeling that food is Brahma, the essence is Vishnu and the one who partakes of it is Siva. Such a feeling would foster pure and sacred thoughts in us. Today man has strayed away from the path of truth and righteousness. People criticize those that follow truth and righteousness. It is very easy to criticize, but very difficult to understand. The Vedas say: Sathyam Vada, Dharmam Chara (speak the truth and follow righteousness). Since ancient times, the Bharatiyas have considered these two as their two eyes.

























 True Spirit of Celebrating Ugadi

You would have celebrated many Ugadi (New Year day) festivals in your life. Certain traditional practices go with every festival, such as having a sacred bath, wearing new clothes, cleaning the house and decorating it with buntings of green leaves. Greatness lies in purifying our thoughts, not merely the transient human body. The significance of a festival does not lie in wearing new clothes, but in cultivating new and noble thoughts. The house should be decorated not merely with the buntings of green leaves, but with buntings of love. Share your love with everyone who visits your house. Only then we would be celebrating the festival in its true spirit.







Today we are celebrating Ugadi, which means the commencement of a new era. It denotes the beginning of Kali Yuga, not Krita Yuga or Treta Yuga. This is the beginning of Nuthana Samvathsara (New Year). Vathsara is another name of God. That is why God is extolled as Vathsaraswarupaya Namah (salutations to the one who is the embodiment of Vathsara). Time is God. Vathsara is its cosmic form. So, Time and Vathsara connote the same Divinity.


The New Year has to be sanctified by sacred thoughts and broad feelings. Today humanity is stricken with fear and restlessness. Courage and strength are on the decline, because you have unsacred thoughts and wicked feelings.






Your enemies are not outside. Your bad thoughts are your worst enemies and thoughts based on Truth are your best friends. But, today people do not befriend the thoughts based on Truth, which are essentially divine. You have to make friendship with Sath, the eternal truth. Sath means Being, the ever existent God. The worldly friends and enemies change with the passage of time, but Sath is the true and eternal friend. This friend is always with you, in you, around you, above you, below you and protects you just as the eyelid protects the eye.






 Exemplary Devotion of Delhi Seva Dal

 Embodiments of Love!

There is nothing great in going round the world and getting accolades. Lakhs and lakhs of people in Delhi and Mumbai enjoyed the divine bliss during Swami's visit last week. It was not temporary joy; it was the everlasting love etched in their hearts. That is why, while I was leaving Delhi, they expressed their feelings by putting up a huge banner with the words, Thanks for the visit. Please come back soon!The aerodrome is situated miles away from the city.





During Swami's drive, thousands of youth of the age group of 25 to 30 flanked both sides of the road with devotion, discipline and enthusiasm. Usually one does not find such well behaved youth in cities like Mumbai and Delhi. It was a clear indication of the transformation brought about in them. What wonderful service they have rendered! I have been observing the service activities of various Seva Dal groups for the past 50 years, but the service rendered by the Delhi Seva Dal was of very high standard. They discharged their duties forgoing even food and drink. They said, "Since Swami says duty is God and work is worship, we are ready to sacrifice even our lives in following Swami's commands. Only then we shall have pleased Swami." Such was their devotion!

No one exactly knew Swami's schedule. Therefore, one could find a Seva Dal in every nook and corner of Delhi carrying a cellular phone to exchange minute to minute information regarding Swami's movements. There was no complaint whatsoever from any quarter. You are all aware of the fact that neither the police nor the media take note of our Seva Dal activities. But this time in Delhi, the police personnel as well as the newspapers extolled our Seva Dal sky high. They said such selfless and dedicated youth are found only in Sri Sathya Sai Organization.

The Seva Dal youth were ten thousand in number. Whomsoever I asked, "What do you want, boy?" the reply was one and the same, "Swami, I want You, I want Your love." They were very humble in their approach and spoke softly and sweetly. I often say, "You cannot always oblige, but you can speak always obligingly." That obliging nature was very much evident in Delhi Seva Dal. They brought a good name to Sri Sathya Sai Organization by their exemplary behavior. In other States also Seva Dal are doing good work. The whole world has recognized the truth that if there is any organization where love, unity, friendship, cooperation and selfless service are practiced, it is only Sri Sathya Sai Organization. There are many organizations in this world, but nowhere would you find the idealism that is found in Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization.





Revival of Ancient Culture of Bharat

While I was in Mumbai, the Health Minister of Maharashtra came to Me and said, "Swami, we have many doctors here and we would like to work in collaboration with the Super Specialty Hospital in Prasanthi Nilayam. Every little activity that Sri Sathya Sai Organization undertakes is an ideal to the rest of the world. We have seen many organizations, but the spirit of sacrifice that is found in Sri Sathya Sai Organization is not found anywhere else. We have spoken to many members of Sai Seva Dal. They are all highly devoted, dedicated and disciplined. Such an ideal organization should spread all over the world."







Swami does not ask anything for Himself. Today there are many Swamis and Ammas who are making money in the name of spirituality. Sri Sathya Sai Organization has no connection whatsoever with them. You should not have anything to do with them. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization should progress with the spirit of sacrifice. Only then will the pristine culture of Bharat be firmly re‑established. It will not be long before you will be a witness to this. Very soon we are going to revive the ancient culture of Bharat. All the members of Sri Sathya Sai Organization should develop sacred thoughts and noble feelings. We should perform all our actions based on Truth. Then victory will certainly be ours.







 You should keep this in mind: never ask anything from anybody. If you want anything, come to Me, I will give. Only beggars stretch their hands in front of others, not devotees. You should be 'bigger,' not beggar. Help the poor and the needy, serve the society and lead an ideal life. Only then you will be called a true devotee. I have explained to you many times the qualities of a true devotee. They are: virtues, good intellect, truth, devotion, discipline, duty. Participate in service activities.














 This morning I am going to Kadugodi to inaugurate a Vriddhashram (home for the aged). There are many old people in the society who are leading a miserable life, since they have been deserted by their children. Anybody is welcome to this home for the aged. This is started to see that the old people may lead a peaceful life till their last breath. One should be in bliss at the time of death, and not be shedding tears of sorrow. One's last moments are the foundation for one's next birth.


All members of Sri Sathya Sai Organization should cultivate the spirit of sacrifice and service to help others. There are many affluent people in the society, but few have this spirit of sacrifice.





Life bereft of sacrifice is inhuman. The Vedas said: Na Karmana Na Prajaya Dhanena Thyagenaike Amruthatwamanasu (one can attain immortality neither by rituals nor by progeny nor wealth; only sacrifice confers immortality).





 We do not need any publicity or advertisement. Work silently. Before leaving for Delhi, I instructed Kulwant Rai not to give any prior publicity about My impending visit. Why worry about newspapers? There should be heart to heart and love to love connection. Love expands automatically all over the world. We are able to listen to the programs broadcast from the Delhi radio station through radio waves. Similarly, good thoughts are like radio waves. These waves should spread through love, not through publicity. Prachar (publicity) is not the Achar (practice) of Sai Organization. We should work for the progress of the Organization through practice and spread the message of love throughout the world. The entire humanity should unite and live like one family.













 Ushering in an Era of Peace

The name of the New Year is Pramadi, which implies dangerous prospects. But no danger would befall this world. The name may imply danger, but in reality the world will attain prosperity. We shall escape from all dangers.




Be prepared to face anything with love and broadmindedness. There are no dangers either for the world or for the nation or for the society or for the family. A person bearing the name Dharmaraja may not follow Dharma at all. Similarly, this year although named Pramadi will not bring any calamities.



Embodiments of Love!




Do not get elated by listening to what happened in Delhi and Mumbai. They have done it for their satisfaction. I have nothing to do with that. Praise or censure does not affect Me. Your devotion also should be steady. Some people shower praise on Me only when their desires are fulfilled. Happiness is obtained not when desires are fulfilled, but when desires are destroyed. Whether your desires are fulfilled or not, you should always be happy. Strive to attain this state of bliss. Develop friendship with God. Worldly friends have their dwellings outside, but God, your true friend, resides in your heart. So, you need not search for Him outside. Turn your vision inward and there you will find God.











Love is the most essential of all the qualities we should possess. So, cultivate selfless love. Love is God, God is love. Today is the New Year day. In this New Year drive away all bad thoughts, breed good feelings and spend the time in contemplation of God. When you tread along this path, you can achieve anything. You will not have any problems. Many of you are apprehensive of what lies in store for you this year. Nothing will happen. What we encounter depends on our thoughts. So, entertain good thoughts and you are bound to be successful.






Embodiments of Love!


I bless you with a long, happy and healthy life. Set an ideal to the rest of the country. Very soon all countries will come together and will attain peace and security.






 I told Vajpayee, "Vajpayee, you are a good person, making efforts in the right direction. But, develop friendship with Pakistan and China. If India, Pakistan and China become united, they will make a formidable force." I told this on 11th evening. Vajpayee again came on 13th and informed that he was happy that both Pakistan and China had responded positively to his invitation. He said, "It is Swami's Divine Will that has made it possible."





But, in fact, there is no unity amongst Bharatiyas themselves. Today, one finds several groups in a single party. Parties may vary, ideologies may differ, but all should stand united. Never attach undue importance to parties and ideologies. Keep in mind the welfare of the nation. The welfare of the world depends on the welfare of the nation; the welfare of the nation depends on the welfare of the society. So, whatever you do, bear in mind the welfare of the society and the nation. There may be differences of opinion, but they should not stand in the way of unity. This is what the ancient culture of Bharat taught in the beginning.





 "Let us move together, let us grow together in intelligence and share the knowledge that we have acquired, let us five in peace and harmony without any conflicts." (Telugu Poem)




Only then Bharat will prosper.




 Bharat is the leader and an ideal to the rest of the world in the field of spirituality. So, all Bharatiyas should foster broad feelings. Today the country is facing problems because people have become narrow‑minded.



  The Worst Enemies of Man

Every human being has the evil tendencies of Kama (lust), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed) etc. in him. The great epics, the Ramayana, the Bhagavata and the Mahabharata teach us very good lessons to control lust, greed and anger, which are the enemies of man. Ravana, who had mastered al the 64 branches of knowledge and was a great scholar and a mighty warrior, lost his life and caused the ruination of his entire clan because of lust. It is not enough if you merely read the Ramayana; you should grasp its real significance.


Hiranyakasipu was a great scientist. Today scientists have traveled only up to the moon, but Hiranyakasipu could travel even to the sun. He had control over all the five elements, but he became a victim of his anger. His anger was directed at God Himself. Ultimately, what happened? He ruined himself. He subjected his son to all sorts of trials and tribulations and sought to kill him by many means, like throwing him from the hilltop, casting him into the sea, putting him in a pit of poisonous snakes and making the elephants trample upon him. As Prahlada was chanting the name of Narayana ceaselessly, all the obstacles became Narayana for him and he came out unscathed. That is why it is said, Yath Bhavam, Tath Bhavathi (as is the feeling, so is the experience). God manifests on the basis of the feelings of the devotee. If you pray to God with purity of heart and love, you will experience God.

In the Mahabharata, Duryodhana personified greed. He refused to share the kingdom with the Pandavas and denied them their rightful share. Due to this greed, he perished along with his entire clan.

These three illustrations echo the need for the eradication of the feelings of lust, anger and greed. The Pandavas emerged victorious because they practiced all the human values of Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa. If you follow the values, success will follow automatically.




















































 Cultivate the Spirit of Love

Today New Year has begun. With sacred feelings and divine thoughts, cultivate the spirit of love in you. God is not found separately in a temple or in an Ashram etc. Truth is God. Love is God. Dharma is God. When you worship God by following these principles, He will manifest Himself then and there. There is no doubt about this. You should love God wholeheartedly. Pray to God and make friends with Him. You can achieve anything if you have God as your friend.


What you have to learn today is to fill your heart with love and adorn your hand with the ornament of sacrifice. Sacrifice is the jewel for the hands, Truth is the necklace one should wear. You must develop the habit of adorning these jewels in the New Year. In this New Year, develop divine love and foster peace in the country. You must pray with a broad feeling: Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu (May the whole world be happy!). Start the New Year with this prayer. Then you will lead a blissful and peaceful life full of enthusiasm. To lead such a life, you have to cultivate noble thoughts. So, love God, make friendship with Him and you are bound to be successful in all your endeavors.



















Bhagavan concluded His Discourse with the Bhajan, Hari Bhajan Bina Sukha Santhi Nahi ...’