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BIRTHDAY 2003 - MEDIA NEWS


Live life based on values: Baba
B.S. MANU RAO
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
[ SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2003 10:23:32 PM ]


PUTTAPARTHI: 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 hymns.

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 them.''

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 one".

Karnataka chief minister S M Krishna and his wife, Prema, were also present. Later in the evening, a classical music concert was presented.

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Uphold ideals of motherland: Saibaba

PUTTAPARTHI: Satya 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 suggested.

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, Saibaba said.

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http://www.hindu.com/2003/11/23/stories/2003112302870600.htm


THE DAILY EXCELSIOR

Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba's Birthday falling on 23-11-2003
Shiv-Shakti Avtar

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 Omnipresent.'' --Baba

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 photographs.

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 Individual Levels.

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.''

sourced: http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/web1/03nov23/edit.htm#3


Saibaba preaches qualities for meaningful life

By Our Staff Reporter

PUTTAPARTHI Nov. 23. 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, he said.

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.

Saibaba said 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 earth.

Asking 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.

Sourced: http://www.hindu.com/2003/11/24/stories/2003112404490400.htm


NEWINDPRESS.COM

Don't give up faith in God, Baba tells people
Monday November 24 2003 00:00 IST

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 said.

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','' Baba said.

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 said.

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,'' he said.

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 gathering.

sourced: http://www.newindpress.com/Newsitems.asp?ID=IEK20031123123101&Title=Southern+News+-+Andhra+Pradesh&Topic=0


Learn love and earn morality, says Sai Baba
Sunday November 23 2003 09:41 IST

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 Bharath.’’

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’,’’ he said.

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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 education.

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 human beings.''

Exhorting students not to live for money, Baba advised the students 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 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 path.''

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 said.

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 district.

``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.

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