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1. Value of good company

  • Being in company of the holy is like the bit and bridle for the wanton steed, the anicut and canals for the raging flood. The value of holy places, consists in just this; kindred spirits congregate there and contribute to the deepening of spiritual yearning. You can take sweet and sustaining counsel together in such places and strengthen your faith and devotion. If in any place, you do not find such an atmosphere, avoid it and move on, until you secure it. 
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 5, Chapter 2)

 

2. Shanthi (peace) is the fruit of the tree of life

  • How can man achieve peace? Only through Love! Shanthi (peace) is the fruit of the tree of life; without it, the tree is a barren stump. It has no value or validity. You must have noticed, that the fruit is encased in a bitter skin, so that the sweet juice may be preserved and guarded against marauders; you have to remove the skin, before tasting the sweetness within, and strengthening yourself. The thick rind is symbolic of the six evil passions that encase the loving heart of man: lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride and hate. Those who can remove the rind, and contact the sweetness within, through hard consistent discipline, attain the peace we all desire; that peace is everlasting, unchanging, overwhelming.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 11, Chapter 1)

 

3. You have to choose between God and Nature

  • There was a grandchild once who sat on the lap of his grandfather and asked him the very plain query, "Grandpa, do you love me?" and the old man immediately replied, "I do". The child asked next, "Do you love God?" for which too the old man said, "Yes." Then, the child retorted, "If you love God also, then, you cannot be loving me; if you love me, you cannot be loving God at the same time, or to the same extent." That is true. You have to choose. Love Nature and you have to ignore God; love God and you will realise that Nature is but His Raiment. 
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 5, Chapter 2)

 

4. Three kinds of Love

  • Love is of three kinds: self-centred, which, like a bulb, illumines just a small room; mutual, which, like the moonlight, spreads wider, but is not clearer; and other-centred, which, like the sunlight, is all pervasive and clear. Cultivate the third type of love; that will save you. All the service that you do to others through that love is in fact service done to yourself. It is not others that you help, it is yourself that is helped, remember.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 2, Chapter 3)

 

5. Listen to that Voice 

  • The body is the temple of God; God is installed in every body, whether the owner of the body recognises it or not. It is God that inspires you to good acts, that warns you against the bad. Listen to that Voice. Obey that Voice and you will not come to any harm. A lady wept that her necklace was lost or stolen; she searched everywhere and became inconsolably sad. Then, when she passed a mirror, she found the lost necklace around her neck. It was there all the time. Similarly, God is there, as the Inner Dweller, whether you know it or not.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 2, Chapter 3)

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6. Render gratitude to the doctors

  • The world is a huge hospital, and humanity is bedridden. Some are writhing in the pain of envy, some are bloated with pride, some are losing sleep through hate, some have become blind through miserliness, some are struck down by selfishness. Everyone has some illness or other. On this Guru Purnima Day, you have to render gratitude to the doctors who diagnose your diseases, and prescribe remedies and to the nurses who tend you back to health.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 2, Chapter 14)

 

7. Cast off all the impediments and ascend 

  • What does a sculptor do, when he sees a good boulder? He pictures in his mind the lovely idol of God that is sleeping inside it. He becomes possessed with idea of liberating the idol from the hard clasp of the stone. He takes up his chisel and removes the extra stone that lies around the beautiful figure, and, at last, he liberates the image. The boulder has to suffer all that hard chiselling in order to become the image of God. So too, you should cast off all the impediments, all the encumbrances that drag you down and make you a boulder instead of a devotee, an ascetic of the highest order (Paramahamsa), or even the Supreme Being (Paramatma)
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 2, Chapter 14)

 

8. Cleanse your heart and make it a clear mirror

  • Cultivate faith and surrender; then Grace will flow through you into every act of yours; for they are no longer your acts, they are His and you have no concern about the consequences thereof. All acts and words and thoughts will thereafter be pure, saturated with love, conducive to peace. Cleanse your hearts, so that the Lord may be reflected therein, in all His Splendour, in all His myriad forms.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 6, Chapter 9)

 

9. When the senses are negated, the mind disappears

  • The desires that cling to the mind are the blemishes that tarnish man's inner consciousness. Control the senses, do not yield to their insistent demands for satisfaction. When a corpse is placed on a pyre, and when the pyre is lit, both the corpse and the pyre are reduced to ashes. So too, when the senses are negated, the mind too disappears. When the mind disappears, delusion dies and liberation is achieved.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 6, Chapter 9)

 

10. Revel in the contemplation of the Lord

  • Faith in God is the best reinforcement for spiritual victory. When you revel in the contemplation of the splendour of the Lord, nothing material can attract you; all else will seem inferior; the company of the godly and the humble alone will be relished.
  • BABA (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 6, Chapter 9)

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