2003 - MEDIA NEWS
Live life based on values: Baba
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2003 10:23:32 PM ]
Truth, righteousness, peace and love are the four pillars on
which rests the mansion of life, said Sri Sathya Sai Baba,
addressing a mammoth gathering of devotees who thronged
Prashanti Nilayam, his Puttaparthi ashram, on the occasion of
his 78th birthday.
The celebrations in the ashram,
brilliantly decked with floral decorations, began early in the
morning with a colourful procession amidst chanting of Vedic
Baba said: "The culture of the country is sustained by these
four pillars. Our ancestors led their lives based on these
values. Without them, the mansion of human life will collapse".
Speaking on values, he called upon the devotees to respect
parents. One owes what he is to his parents. You should revere
Baba dwelt at length on his childhood days and recounted the
experiences people in his immediate proximity had with him and
his mission. He drew examples from his own life to underline his
message of living a life based on human values. Narrating
numerous incidents in his life, he traced the path of
Puttaparthi from a small village to a centre that is famous all
over the world.
Baba blessed the devotees immensely much to their delight and
said, "I will hold your hand and take care of you. You and I are
Karnataka chief minister S M Krishna and his wife, Prema, were
also present. Later in the evening, a classical music concert
ideals of motherland: Saibaba
Saibaba has expressed concern at the increasing trend of
neglecting the motherland by a large section of the youth.
After going abroad in
search of lucrative jobs with hefty salaries, they are mostly
insulting their motherland by forgetting the culture and moral
values in life.
In his blessings to
students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning on its
22nd convocation held at Prashanti Nilayam here on Saturday on
the eve of his 77th birthday, Saibaba, who is Chancellor of the
institute, said while some youths were insulting the country
abroad some others were ruing their stay on their motherland.
Instead the youth should
strive to uphold the culture and ideals of this holy land, he
He called upon the youth
to be ready for sacrifices for the motherland to uphold its
dharma and call himself a true Indian. The glory of India would
never fail but it would shine always, he said.
Saibaba asked his
devotees to give him their love and take his life. He was ready
to shed his life to get the divine love from his devotees,
THE DAILY EXCELSIOR
Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba's Birthday falling on 23-11-2003
By Purshotam Bargotra
''There is only one Nation, the
Nation of Mankind,
There is only one Religion, the
Religion of Love;
There is only one Language, the
Language of Heart;
There is only one God and He is
Several thousands of pairs of open eyes
and folded pairs of hands are found directed towards the entry
gate from which Bhagwan Baba appears for 'Darshan'. Every
devotee stretches himself like a calf to reach udder of its
mother for nourishing sustenance. A total calm prevails. The
breath stills, body consciousness is lost one-ness of souls is
experienced. There is Divinity through and through. Bhagwan
showers His grace in abundance on concourse of His devotees.
Four hundred years intensive and
incessant study of Vedas could not help sage Bhardwaj's yearning
for Supreme Knowledge. Recognizing the saddened Sage's
magnificent passion, Indra suggested him to propitiate Mother
Parvathi. The sage decided to hold a 'Yajna' and reached the
abode of Lord Siva to invite Divine Mother. He stood still in
the snow-clad Kailasa for 8 days witnessing Ishwara and His
Consort dancing in Ecstacy. Exhausted, the sage suffered
paralytic stroke and broke down. Immediately the Divine couple
rushed to his help. Lord Siva sprinkled Holy water on Him and
cured. Bhardwaja was also granted a boon that Lord Siva himself
will incarnate in Kaliyuga thrice. The First Shive Incarnation
was born as a third child to a pious couple Devagiriamma and
Ganga Bhavida in Village Patri near Manmad (Maharashtra) and He
is Sri Baba of Shirdhi. The Third Incarnation will be Prema Sai.
The Second Incarnation is Shiv-Shakti
Avtar Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba who had chosen Himself Mother
Easwaramma and Sri Pedda Venkama Raju as parents of His physical
body. Sathya was born as their fourth child on 23rd Nov, 1926,
in Ratnakar family in a tiny village known as Puttaparthi (Distt
Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh). The village had then a few mud-huts
infested with mush-roomed ant-hills and barren land. The child
was named Sathya or Raju in His childhood. Beloved of every body
in the village, handsome and loving Raju brimmed with compassion
and unbounded love. Strict vegetarian and disciplinarian, He
felt sad over bull-fights, bull-races, cock-fights and other
acts of cruelty to animals. A born scholar with unbounded
wisdom, He was proficient in composing and singing 'Bhajans' and
poetry. He excelled in dance and drama. Like Yashoda to Krishna,
Subamma was to Sathya. Subamma lived in the next house and
Sathya spent most of the time in her care. She showered
unlimited motherly affection on the child and served Baba till
her end. Baba was away when Subamma shed her mortal coils. Just
before her cremation, He returned to Puttaparthi and called the
dead Subamma! Subamma! and Lo! and Hail! she promptly responded
the Divine call, smilingly opened her eyes and feasted her eyes
with Baba's 'Darshan' to her fill. Baba poured the sacred water
in her mouth as promised and she shut her eyes slowly and
peacefully returned to her eternal home. This is how her last
wish was fulfilled.
Sathya made declaration of His Avtarhood
on 23 May, 1940, saying '' I am Sai Baba'', On 20th Oct, 1940,
He threw His school-bag and as Sathya Sai Baba started His
Mission of Transformation of Mankind. It is now over 63 years
that His Divine Message and Mission have widely spread in every
nook and corner of the world.
Baba's Divine-plays are unique. He
possesses unlimited powers. From the Chitravathi River Dry-Beds,
He would bring out idols of Gods and Goddesses, sweets, brass
vessels full of nector and many other objects. Even in His
childhood from His school-bag, He would materialize and
distribute to His school-mates pencils, note-books and
sugar-candies. He materialized all kinds of fruits, from the
same Tamarind tree, called it Kalpvriksha (wish -fulfilling
tree) and distributed these among His devotees. Baba's abode is
Prasanthi Nilayam (the Supreme peace-conferring place) to which
millions of devotees from more than 180 countries throng for
Divine 'Darshan'. Some of them are interviewed, heard patiently
and given Divine counselling. Heaps of mail is received daily
from devotees from all over the world. Besides, Baba also
receives letters from devotees sitting in the 'Darshan' lines.
Prayers of devotees are answered and Grace granted to seekers.
He cures deadly diseases, removes pains and sufferings, averts
air crashes and fatal accidents. He drives His devotees safely
to their destinations who fall asleep at the steering of their
motor cars. He makes five elements of nature to obey His
command. He materializes chains, rings, pendants, necklaces and
idols for the deserving devotees.
Devotees have their own connections with
Baba. They have their own experiences. His Vibhuti coupled with
unflinching faith in Him can cure and any deadly disease, heal
any grievous injury and ward off any evils. Just over a week's
time before First Test Match against Australia was to begin,
Sunil Gavaskar got his thigh-muscle torn. Physiotherapists had
declared that it would take him four weeks to be fit to play.
However, Baba's Vibhuti cured him within 3 days. Baba's patting
Sachin Tendulkar on the back assuring him that ''I am with you''
worked wonders. Baba visits thousands houses all over the world
at any one point of time revealing His omnipresence through
Vibhuti, honey, dry fruits which appear before His images and
The word Sai of three letters has great
inner significance for S stands for Service (work). A for
Adoration (worship ) and I for Illumination (widsom), that is,
Seva or Karma, Bhakti, Gyan leading to Ultimate Liberation. Sai
also stands for Tansformation at Spiritual Association and
Sri Sathya Sai Sewa Organization have
three wings, namely, Service Wing, Spiritual Wing and
Educational Wing operating throughout the world. His message of
manifestation of inherent Human Values, namely, Truth, Right
Eousness, Peace, Love and Non-Violence is bringing
Transformation all over the world. Love is the sustenance for
all the other four values.
Love as thought is Sathya,
Love as action is dharma,
Love as feeling is shanti, and
Love as understanding is Ahimsa.
Man is innately Divine and Bliss is his
nature. Divinity is the foundation and source of his existence.
''Promote the religion of Love'', ''Promote Morality'' says
Bhagwan Baba. He says Man of three letters stands for Maya, Atma
and Nirvana, Overcome MAYA, have the vision of ATMA and attain
NIRVANA. He calls ABC of life, Always Be Careful or Avoid Bad
Company. ''Love All, Serve All''. ''Help Ever, Hurt Never.'
Hands that serve are Holier than the lips that pray''. Atma
glows when ego goes.''
qualities for meaningful life
By Our Staff
Life without `satyam (truth), dharmam (eternal law), prema (love) and
shanti (peace)' is hollow and it will collapse without these four
qualities, the Puttaparthi-based spiritual icon, Satya Saibaba, has
observed. Man is able to survive only by following these vital characters,
In his discourse
to a large gathering of devotees at Sai Kulwanth Hall in Prashanti Nilayam
here today on the occasion of his 78th birthday Saibaba said education
without these ideals was empty and had no value. He expressed concern at
the increasing trend of neglecting parents by man. Explaining that great
personalities like Ram and Shivaji could become the role models due to the
qualities of their parents, particularly the upbringing by their mothers.
But, people were neglecting their parents nowadays, he noted. Whatever a
person would become in his/her life was based on their parents' qualities.
Instead of the
parents guiding their children the society of the day was witnessing a
role reversal -- parents were fearing their children, Saibaba stated. He
took more than an hour to explain about his mother, Eeswaramma, his birth,
his growth and the divine incidents that had taken place in his childhood.
several persons were trying to claim themselves as the avatar of Sai
including one at Penukonda and another one by sporting a similar hair
style to his hair. Though they were claiming themselves as Saibaba the
people were not believing them as they were not real Saibaba. He would not
leave Puttaparthi as long as his physical appearance was there on the
devotees to never give up faith in the god Saibaba said, "Sai is you and
you are Sai''. In the latter part of his speech Saibaba explained about
the persons who devoted themselves to Sai and lived more than 100 years.
Saibaba was in a joyous mood through his stay in the Sai Kulwanth Hall.
Unlike in the past he went round the hall blessing the devotees twice. He
was offered `harati' (a prayer with lamps) by several woman devotees in
the beginning and by the seva dal members at the end. In the evening,
renowned singers Parveen Sultana and Dana Gillespie enthralled the
gathering with their vocal concerts.
up faith in God, Baba tells people
Monday November 24 2003 00:00
PUTTAPARTHI: Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Sunday advised
people to lead a righteous and meaningful life and not to give up their
faith in God.
Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion of his 78th birthday
celebrations here at Prashanthi Nilayam, Baba said human life depends on
the four qualities of truth, righteousness, peace and love.
``Whatever education you have and position you hold in society, if you do
not have truthfulness, righteousness, peace, and love in your daily life
it's all a waste. Without these qualities human life will collapse,'' he
Emphasising the importance of guidance by parents for children to make
them better citizens, Baba said Putali Bai never hesitated to punish
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi for his mistakes.
``Queen Kausalya had played a very important role in moulding Lord Rama's
life. If there was no Kausalya, then there would have been no Rama. Sita
infused courage and valour in her children Lava and Kush."
``Like that, without my mother Eswaramma's contribution I wouldn't have
been able to stand amidst all of you. All of you praise me but forget my
mother's hardships and contribution in moulding my life when I was a
child,'' he said.
``A child's lifestyle depends on the quality life of his parents. All our
ancestors used to perform pujas for God's benevolence. My mother, along
with her neighbour Karanam Subbamma, used to perform Satyanarayana puja.
It was Subbamma who advised my mother to give me the name `Satyanarayana',''
Recalling his childhood, he remembered how his brother and relatives had
misgivings about his behaviour. ``They thought that an evil spirit had
possessed me. When they realised my power, people started bringing sick
people to me for treatment. While some people attempted to poison me, a
few others set my thatched hut on fire, but nothing happened to me,'' he
Baba said he was born at 3 a.m. and that his behaviour puzzled
obstetricians. ``I was laughing instead of crying when I was born which
was unusual,'' he said.
Assuring that no devotee would suffer if he enters Prashanthi Nilayam,
Baba said, ``I will protect my devotees and do the needful whenever they
are in trouble.''
Earlier, addressing the gathering, former Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court, Justice P.N. Bhagawati, described Baba as Rama, Krishna and Jesus.
``There is no greater teacher on this earth than Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai
Baba, who was the main force behind the transformation of human beings,''
Karnataka Chief Minister S.M. Krishna also attended the function along
with his wife, daughter and grand-children. Union Minister of State for
Home I.D. Swamy and well-known playback singer of yesteryears P. Susheela
were present among the prominent personalities.
Baba, who came on a electric car followed by a singing troupe, blessed the
and earn morality, says Sai Baba
Sunday November 23 2003 09:41
PUTTAPARTHI : Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Saturday called
upon students to be an embodiment of love and not become selfish after
completing their education.
Addressing the 22nd convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher
Learning here, Baba said: ‘‘Selfishness is like a fish in the water. The
fish dies when it was taken out of the water. So do not become selfish;
render selfless service to society.’’
Exhorting students not to live for money, Baba advised them to earn
morality. ‘‘If money comes it goes but if you earn morality it never goes
but grows. You will become true Indian when you have morality. You should
realise that education is not to earn money because money ruins your
peace. You should work for the welfare of needy people and strive hard to
retain and preserve Indian culture. Well-known singer M.S. Subbalakshmi
never sang for money but to earn name and fame,’’ Baba said.
Urging students to be self-confident, Baba said: ‘‘Self-confidence leads
to self-sacrifice which leads to self-realisation. So be confident of
achieving your goal in life, speak truth and follow righteous path.’’
Baba said students should not misinterprete the meaning of love. ‘‘Love
never destroys anyone but helps needy people. Love is God. You live in
God, who is in your heart.’’
He said many students forget to remember their motherland soon after
landing in a foreign country. ‘‘Bharath is known for knowledge and
sacrifice. You should not forget your motherland which is like your
mother. Can anyone forget his own mother? Be a true and pround son of
Earlier, Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat appreciated the service of
Sathya Sai Seva Samithi in providing drinking water to 700 villages in
Anantapur district. ‘‘I wish religious organisations derive inspiration
from Baba and in addition to spiritual uplift, also work for amelioration
of the poor, the hungry and the sick,’’ he said.
The vice-president said India is proud of its ancient civilisation and
rich cultural heritage. ‘‘Diversities provide unique richness and varied
flavours. Diverse social groups co-exist in harmony, always guided by the
most secular ethos embodied in ancient axiom of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’,’’
Sai Baba asks
students not to be selfish
Sunday November 23 2003 00:00 IST
PUTTAPARTHI: Sri Sathya Sai Baba called upon students
to be an embodiment of love and not become selfish after completing their
Addressing students at the 22nd convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of
Higher Learning here on Saturday, Baba said: ``Selfishness is like a fish
in the water. The fish dies when it was taken out of the water. So do not
become selfish but render selfless service to society for the benefit of
Exhorting students not to live for money, Baba advised the students to
``If money comes, it goes; but if you earn morality it never goes but
grows. You will become true Indian when you have morality. You should
realise that education is not to earn money because money ruins your
peace. You should work for the welfare of needy people and strive hard to
retain and preserve Indian culture."
"Well-known singer M.S. Subbalakshmi never sang songs for money but to
earn name and fame," Baba said.
Emphasising the importance of self-confidence, Baba said: ``Self-confident
leads to self-sacrifice which leads to self-realisation. So be confident
of achieving your goal in the life, speak truth and follow righteous
Baba said the students should not become stupids by mistaking the meaning
of love. ``Love never destroys anyone but helps needy people. Love is God.
You live in God, who is in your heart,'' Baba said.
He said that many students forget to remember their motherland as soon as
they land in a foreign country.
``Bharath is known for knowledge and sacrifice. You should not forget your
motherland which is like your mother. Can anyone forgets his own mother?
Be true son of Bharath and be proud to be the pride son of Bharath,'' he
Earlier addressing the students, Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekawat
appreciated the social service of Sathya Sai Sema Samithi in providing
drinking water to 700 villages in drought prone areas of Anantapur
``I wish all religious organisations derive inspiration from Baba and in
addition to spiritual upliftment, also work for amelioration of the poor,
the hungry and the sick people,'' Shekawat said.
The Vice-President said India was proud of its ancient civilisation and
rich cultural heritage.