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I have come to carry out the supreme mission of spiritually re-generating and uniting mankind. I shall leave the world only after completing
my mission...

- Sri Sathya Sai Baba

In 1947, when Sai Baba was barely 21 years old, he declared: “I have a task to foster all mankind and ensure for all of them life full of bliss. I have a vow to lead all who stray away from the straight path back to the fold.... You can see the full glory of it in the coming years.”

Over the last 77 years there has been no precedent in living memory of a single individual achieving so much in his life time like Sri Sathya Sai Baba has achieved. Yet the human nature is such, with all the evidence right in the forefront, criticism is bound to exist. To summarize it all in Sai Baba’s own words it would be appropriate to say on his 77th Birthday that, “No one, even God or Avatar, can ever escape criticism and blame. But they do not bend. They hold on to truth and Truth will not yield to threats”.

A SPIRITUAL GLIMPSE AT SAI BABA ON HIS BIRTHDAY
by Tilak S. Fernando in London

LOVE all, Serve all, and RESPECT all Religions and faiths, for they are all different paths to the SAME GOAL. You do not need to change your faith to follow me. Follow the truths of your religion and be a better Buddhist, a better Christian, a better Muslim or whatever” - SAI BABA

According to a prophesy in one of the oldest Sanskrit scriptures in the world ‘Upanishads’, It is said that a world teacher (Avatar) would come on earth during this age of Kali Yuga, to ‘undo’ the human being who has ‘gone beyond animal level’ and ‘ to remake him’. This theory is being focused by millions of people in the world over the last seventy seven years since the birth of Sai Baba on 23 November 1926. Many attach this prophesy to Sri Sathya Sai Baba who has become the latest legend ever since and carried forward to the 21st Century on earth.

On 23 November 1926 Sathya Narayana was born to a very pious family in a remote part of India in Andhra Pradesh, only a stone’s throw away from civilization. The Sathya Narayana has a meaning as ‘the upholder of truth. Thousands of books written today in many languages reveal that His advent was heralded by Divine music and numerous other favorable omens which indicated a ‘Divine’ Birth. As early as 7 years of age, He has been displaying his manifested exceptional qualities of wisdom by composing hymns, writing religious songs, lyrics and scripts for religious drama. He was vegetarian from birth, and had refused to eat meat or fish. Few years later his miraculous powers were seen through materialization of objects, sweets, fruits, flowers etc., out of thin air, by the mere wave of His hand. At the age of ten, He expounded the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) to learned pundits much to their surprise.

At the age of 14, he announced to his parents and villagers about his Divine Mission on earth stating: “I am no longer your Sathya. I am Sathya Sai Baba (‘Holy Mother & Holy Father’). My Mission is to make man aware of the Divinity within himself. My people are calling me. I must go.” His full power and glory then began to blossom out where he was able to transcend the dimensions of space and time to bless the spiritual seekers and sufferers in far off places, even across the seas.

According to the Upanishads, Lord Vishnu had prophesied some 5600 years ago that, He would take a human body once again ( referring to this Kali age) and it would take him 250 years, through three incarnations ( Shirdi, Sai and Prema Baba) to guide the present day man towards the right path. Research into how three incarnations work has revealed that at the beginning, the first of the Triple Incarnation was headed by Shirdi Sai, who lived from 1835 to 1918. Shirdi Avatar’s function was to reveal his Divinity. He was sleeping one night inside a church hall and the next night inside a mosque; he was engaged in uniting the Moslems and Christians together. He predicted to his close disciples the exact day he would ‘ take-off’ from his human body in the year 1918 and how He would take birth after 8 years, again in India as Sai Baba.

True to His words, exactly after 8 years of his passing away, Sai Baba was born on 23 November 1926 as the second incarnation to fulfill the prophesy of the triple incarnation. The final incarnation to complete this prophesy, according to Sai Baba, is going to be the birth of Prem Sai, when he completes 98 years on earth - i.e. in 2024. Prema Sai is supposed to give the ‘final touch’ on man to bring his awakened innate Divinity to its ultimate fruition. Giving a prophetic view to his next incarnation (Prema Baba), Sai has already materialized a ring to American devotee, Dr. Hislop with the portrait of Prema Sai which thousands, if not millions of devotees have seen it.

What is an Avatar? In Hindu scriptures it is defined as ‘an incarnation of Divinity in human form or the descend of God on earth’. This is more so prominently explained in the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ where it states that ‘whenever there is decline in Dharma (righteousness) an Avatar’s mission is to appear in the world of man to eradicate evil and establish Dharma’. It is, therefore, believed among millions of Sai devotees around the world today that Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s manifestation at the present time is purely to restore same through the revival of the powerful forces of truth and love.

Sai Baba’s miracles and acts have not been able to explain by the laws of science so far. His frequent materialization of sacred ash (Vibhutti) at the tip of his fingers is used as a healing aid of many ailments. To the many who flock to see Him and be physically near him, Baba is quoted as saying, “there is no need to follow me around to receive my Grace, for I reside in your heart. I expect you to follow my teachings.”

His basic teachings are simple to sustain but extremely hard to put into practice. The LOVE which is the basic thread that runs through all his teachings is sometimes simplified & arranged into four sentences viz: “Start the day with Love, spend the day with Love, end the day with Love and that is the way to God.”

Sai Baba’s message to man is to “Love all, serve all, respect all religions and faiths for they are all different paths to the same goal – God.” He emphatically states that one does not need to change one’s faith to follow Him, but to follow the truths of one’s religion and be a better Buddhist, a better Christian, a better Muslim or whatever, and practice harmony in thought, word and Deed. His greatest advice to man is to give up self-centredness and render selfless service to those in need. “Service to man is service to God. Get rid of your enemies such as ego, anger, pride, hatred, lust and jealousy and live the life of love. This is the Kingdom of God within man.”

To mankind to achieve its goal Sai Baba has established extensive educational programmes based on five human values, particularly to grind the young from their kindergarten to university level & to groom them to be ‘proper physical, intellectual and spiritual citizens’ of the future.

Sathya Sai Education Trust has built and staffed numerous primary schools, residential schools, colleges and a University at Prashanthi Nilayam (Baba’s Ashram). As part of his programme of service to mankind Sai Baba has built two Super Specialty Hospitals in Prashanthi Gram about five miles away from the Ashram and in White Field, Bangalore. These hospitals provide highly specialized treatment for the needy, free of charge. Since the opening of the first hospital in 1991, thousands of heart operations have been carried out in its Cardiac Unit. The Kidney Centre which was opened in November 1992 has treated thousands of patients and has expanded their capacity to deal with every kind of human diseases. The specialists who work in these hospitals go from all over India and from abroad to give their expertise, service and time completely free of charge - out of Love. The completion of the first hospital within one year (out of which 3 months were spent on designing) by a team of British Architects and the installation of most modern, up-to-date equipment in record time are seen as typical examples of how Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Divine Will translates thoughts into Deeds. The second project of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust for Super specialty hospital at Bangalore aims to ‘harness state–of–the art medical science for serving all sections of the population (anywhere in the world) including the very indignant”. It is designed to provide all modern services from diagnostic, operative to post operative care absolutely free of charge.

In 1947, when Sai Baba was barely 21 years old, he declared: “I have a task to foster all mankind and ensure for all of them life full of bliss. I have a vow to lead all who stray away from the straight path back to the fold.... You can see the full glory of it in the coming years.”

Over the last 77 years there has been no precedent in living memory of a single individual achieving so much in his life time like Sri Sathya Sai Baba has achieved. Yet the human nature is such, with all the evidence right in the forefront, criticism is bound to exist. To summarize it all in Sai Baba’s own words it would be appropriate to say on his 77th Birthday that, “No one, even God or Avatar, can ever escape criticism and blame. But they do not bend. They hold on to truth and Truth will not yield to threats”.

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UNITY OF FAITH

            “All faiths are inter-related and mutually indebted to each other for the principles they teach, and the disciplines they recommended.  The Vedic Religion was the first in time; Buddhism which appeared about 2,500 years ago, was its son; Christianity, which was influenced much by the Orient was  its grandson.  And Islam, which has the Prophets of Christianity as its base was like the great-grandson.  All have Love as the fundamental discipline of the mind, in order to chasten it and merge man with the Divine”. SSS VOL VII B Chap 15 p 113.

            There is only one caste - the caste of Humanity.

            There is only one religion - the religion of Love.

            There is only one language - the language of the Heart.

            There is only one God - He is Omnipresent.

            There is only one law - the law of Dharma”.

              “Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish, let the glory of God be sung in all the languages, in a variety of tunes that should be the ideal. Respect the differences between the faiths and recognise them as valid as far as they do not extinguish the flame of Unity.”

 “Listen to the primeval Pranava AUM resounding in your heart as well as in the heart of the Universe”.

 “Offer all bitterness in the sacred Fire and emerge grand, great and godly”.

 “Remember the Wheel of Cause and Consequence, of Deed and Destiny and the Wheel of Dharma that rights them all”.

 “Cut the ‘I’ feeling clean across and let your ego die on the Cross, to endow on you Eternity”.

 “Be like the Star which never wavers from the Crescent but is fixed in steady faith.”

“Names may be different, but the Almighty Providence is denoted as Absolute and Eternal.  The terminology may be different, but the concept is not. Bhagawan is referred to as Allah and prayer may be called Namaz, pundits may be known as Khajis and scholars may be hailed as mullahs. The Vedas may be in the form of the Holy Koran, but the undercurrent of energizing power in all cases is Love; Love towards all beings. The founders always had in view the Unity of all life and the progressive march of man towards Divinity.”

“It is sad that instead of uniting mankind in a common endeavor, Religion has become a system of walled enclosures, guarded by fate and fanaticism. So, each religion is an armed camp, sunk in self- aggrandizement, trying to wean others into itself and prevent defections from its ranks. Religion, therefore, is being condemned as the root cause of chaos and conflict. In spite of great progress in many other areas of life, religious animosity is aflame even today in many parts of the world. It has to be emphasized that religion is not the root cause of the state of affairs. The factious and fanatic hatred are due to the unruly ego that is given free play. Religion strives to destroy just this vicious tendency; so, it has to be supported and not condemned. What has to be condemned is the narrow, perverted attitude of hating those who do not agree with ‘us’ or hold different opinions of the mysterious force that animates the Universe.”

“The motive behind the formation and propagation of all these different faiths is the same. The founders and propagators were all persons filled with Love and Wisdom. Their goal, their target, their purpose and their aim were all the same. No one had a design to divide, disturb or destroy. They attempted to do good, see good and be good.” A Compendium of TSSB p459

“It is because the doctrine of human unity based on the spiritual oneness of all beings, is not propagated in the right manner that we have today many divisions leading to many conflicts.

Creeds, ritual, religion and different theologies are all derived from man’s yearning for the vast Reality beyond - and flow in the thousand different forms, fertilizing many fields, calming many communities, refreshing tired people and, at last, carrying people to the ocean of Bliss.”

“The mysteries of creation are marvelous. When two persons meet at any time or place, the differences between them are patent. Their forms and manners differ. They differ in their cleverness and intelligence. Their opinions also vary. Without understanding what underlies these differences, the materialist thinker emphasizes the differences. Today, a growing number of intellectuals, ignoring the unity that underlies the diversity, propagate the cult of differences.  The good persons who realize the unity behind the apparent diversity are dwindling in numbers from day to day.  This is highly unfortunate.”

“Man’s foremost task is to recognise the unity that underlies the multiplicity.  If one enquires into the matter with a pure and unselfish mind, one will see what is common to all beings.  Birth and death are common to all men. Hunger and thirst are experienced by every person. These are truths that apply to all persons, whether they are destitutes or millionaires, whether they are scholars or ignorant men.” 

“Forbearance is a potent instrument.  Dharmaraja (the eldest of the Pandavas) was able to score many victories with the weapon of forbearance.  Forbearance is not a sign of weakness or cowardice.  No other weapon has the power of forbearance.  It should not be used only as an individual instrument.  It has to be experienced collectively also.  That is the reason why the scripture has commended collective forbearance at the very outset of the spiritual quest.  What is its inner meaning?  ‘Let us live and move in harmony.  Let us grow together.  Let us cherish the wisdom that we have acquired together. Let us live in complete harmony without any misunderstanding.’ Therefore, do not have any misunderstanding amongst you.  All of you should live in amity as the children of one mother.”  

“Unity is vital for all, wherever they are and whatever their country, religion or sex.  Love should be the unifying force…..Teachers!  Promote the sense of human unity among all people, without regard to race, religion or caste.”  

“When individuals change, society will change.  And when society changes, the whole world will change.  The welfare of the individual is bound up with the welfare of society as a whole.  Unity is the secret of social progress, and service to society is the means to promote it.  Everyone, therefore, should devote himself to such service in a spirit of dedication.  One who does not dedicate himself to such work is like a rusting machine.  Concern for one’s own welfare and prosperity should not blind one to one’s social obligations or spiritual destiny….A society in which the individuals are concerned only about material welfare will not be able to achieve harmony and peace.”


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