FROM DIFFERENT FAITHS
"The truth is from your Lord, so do not be
a doubter." Mohammed
obscure truth by falsehood, or knowingly conceal the truth." Mohammed
has many aspects. Infinite truth has infinite expressions. Though the sages speak
in diverse ways, they express the one and the same truth." Sri
"The inner fire of Ahura Mazda (Omnipotent God), to see
we yearn - He blazes mightily through truth." Zarathushtra
confidence in the truth, although you may not be able to comprehend it, although
you may suppose its sweetness to be bitter, although you may shrink from it at
first. Trust in the truth." Buddha
shouldst not bear false witness against thy neighbour." Jesus
"I am the Way , the Truth, and the Life; no one goes to the
Father except by me. Now that you have known Me, you will know my Father also,
and from now on you do know Him and have seen Him." Jesus
FROM DISCOURSES OF SAI BABA
is beyond the reach of Time and Space; it is indivisible. It does not begin, it
is always and ever existent; it is the basis, the fundamental, the self-revealing.
Knowing it, experiencing it, is the highest wisdom. It cannot be marked out as
such and explained by some characteristics. It is Adrusya, that is, invisible
to the eye. (Sai Avatar 962)
is that which does not hold anyone in dissatisfaction but elevates one to more
genuine forms of happiness, until its absolute state is reached. It is not contradicted
by any other experience and does not point to the existence of anything better
or higher than it. That which never changes and is unrestricted by anything is
Physical science is objective
and cannot lead to Absolute Truth, but spiritual science or Brahma Vidya
can lead to the Absolute Truth. God alone is Truth; all others are mere dust.
Do you agree? Yes, God alone is Real and Great; everything else is unreal and
valueless. There is nothing second to God. Live in God. (070380)
is one and for all time Truth. Whatever changes, know that to be untruth. Once
you were small and grew bigger. That is also untruth. Where is the body of the
ten-year old? All has merged into the present body. First untruth, then, when
we have the experience, we know the Truth. Dark and light are not different; they
are one only. (CSSB 3)
Sathya Sai means
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. (240373)
Truth is God.
The Upanishads declare: "God is all sweetness". This means that God is present
in subtle form everywhere, like sugar in sugarcane and butter in milk. Although
it is difficult to have a direct perception of God, His presence can be experienced
in many ways. The sweetness in sugar, the sourness in lime fruit, the bitterness
of the margosa leaf, all testify to the presence of the Divine. (231195)
is the embodiment of Truth. Truth is the foundation of the Universe. This Truth
transcends the mind and speech and is beyond the categories of Time and Space.
Vedanta has described it as Ritam (Spiritual Truth). It is also called
Transcendental Truth. Truth is that which remains unchanged over time. You must
live up to this Truth. You must realise that the Divine is present in everything.
Only when you can recognise the omnipresence of the Divine will you be able to
experience the Divine. (150988)
TRUTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
the truth, pursue righteousness." This is the great pronouncement of the ancient
Upanishads and Scriptures of Indians. Truth and righteousness are the stepping-stones
to human greatness. The Puranas have also declared: "Truth alone triumphs." Victory
adores truth. There is no greater righteousness than truth", declare the Puranas.
is God. It is supreme folly to forget this fact and seek to obtain the grace of
God by all kinds of practices. (290490)
Truth and Righteousness are at
the root of human existence. No one should think it difficult to adhere to Truth.
In fact it is easier to speak the truth while it needs a lot of cleverness to
tell an untruth and sustain it. (100394)
INNER REALITY IS TRUTH
is burdened with the delusion that the true is false, that the temporary is eternal.
Long identification has trained him so. He has to be re-educated into the right
vision. The truest thing, that fact that persists unchanged, is the 'I' itself.
All else is unreal, but appearing as real. (051070)
Divinity in you is changeless, blemishless, without beginning or end. Just as
the washerman removes the dirt in a cloth and restores its original whiteness
by washing with soap and beating it on a stone, man should try to regain his vision
of the pure effulgent Atma, by washing his heart in the water of Love with
the soap of earnestness and sacrifice. This is the way to realise one's Inner
Reality which is Truth, Wisdom, Endlessness, God (Sathyam, Jnanam, Anantham,
The word 'manava'
(man) means one who lives free from ignorance. What is this ignorance? It is to
regard himself as that which he is not. He is not the body. He is not the mind.
The besetting evil in men is the sense of 'mine'. The acquisitive and possessive
feeling. This is the cause of all other evils. Man has to develop the consciousness
that he is Divine. The breath which man inhales and exhales 21,600 times a day
conveys the message of 'I am He' (Soham) - the Truth about man's Divine
You feel there is
something behind and beyond all this fleeting fantasy; something that persists
through all the successes and defeats, all the tears and smiles, all this mirth
and moan; but you are unable to grasp it and realise that it is the same entity
that underlies the entire universe. You are one with the most distant star and
the least little blade of grass. You shine as dew on the petal of the rose; you
swing from star to star; you are part and parcel of all this manifestation. (251169)
TRUTH ABOUT ONESELF
about oneself is to be learnt first. When man does not know his own truth, how
can he judge others or deal with others? When man knows that he is the indestructible,
eternal Divine, he is freed from fear. Truth can shine forth only from a purified
mind and a clarified intellect. The units of the Sathya Sai Service Organisation
must be ever active in following and observing the disciplines laid down for these
two processes. Man has to overcome the animal in him. The animal has to be laid
low and the Master of all animals installed in the heart. This aim has to be constantly
borne in mind by the Organisation and its members; the journey towards it has
to be steady and fervent. Patience, tolerance, fortitude, equanimity, fraternity
- these will prove valuable equipment for the pilgrim. Do not distinguish between
one fellow-pilgrim and another on the basis of caste, creed or colour, and do
not divide them into friends or foes. Recognise only the common traits, the uniting
efforts, the basic divinity. Rich and poor, scholarly and illiterate - these are
distinctions that do not hold good for long, for they are but outer frills. (290376)
discovery of truth - that is the unique mission of man. Man is a mixture of illusion
and God; the illusion throws a mist which hides the God; but through the action
of the healthy impulses inherited from acts performed while in previous bodies
or through cleansing done by austerities in this body or through the Grace of
the Lord Himself, illusion melts away; for it is just a mist which flees before
the sun. Then man is transformed into God and this world is elevated into a place
of tranquillity. (060362)
HAVE FAITH IN TRUTH
faith in the Truth that can remove delusion. You cannot be argued into faith,
nor can you derive it from books. You can know and experience Truth when you cleanse
your heart and broaden it through service and love. (140182)
your yearning to experience Brahmananda, the Being-Awareness-Bliss, is sincere
and pure, from this day, keep ever in your memory what I am about to tell you:
"I am God; I am not different from God." Be conscious of this always.
Keep it ever in mind. "I am God; I am God, I am not different from God." Be reminding
yourself of this. Pray that you may not fail in this spiritual exercise.
"I am the Indivisible Supreme Absolute". This is the second Truth to be established
in the consciousness by unremitting repetition and prayer.
"I am Sath-Chit-Ananda" (Being, Awareness, Bliss).
"Grief and anxiety can never affect me". Develop this faith and convince yourselves
of this Truth by repeated assurance and prayer.
"I am ever content; fear can never enter me". Feel thus for ever. Pray that this
conviction grows stronger and stronger.
the physical body is maintained healthy and strong by the five vital airs, these
five prayers will endow you with the 'awareness of Brahman' which is the same
as the status of Brahman Itself! (231183)
Truth not only can the world be subdued, but it is possible even to realise the
Lord of the universe. Today in Bharat, because people have given up truth and
righteousness, they are not able to achieve unity and all kinds of divisions and
antagonisms have developed. You have to dedicate yourselves to Truth. In offering
worship to Rama and Krishna, prayers are offered to their manifestations as truth.
"Salutations to the One whose speech is Truth, who is a lover of Truth, who is
the embodiment of Truth".
relates not only to what is factually correct, but what is true for all time.
Moreover, truthful speech must be both pleasing and beneficial to the person concerned.
It should not excite passion or promote ill-will. You should not indulge in falsehood
to please others. (030989)
truth is easy. But indulging in falsehood is a tortuous process. One has to take
a lot of trouble to cover up one lie with more lies. That is why it has been said:
"Speak the truth; speak what is pleasing. Do not utter truth that is unpleasant."
There is an old saying: "Truth
creates enemies. Falsehood pleases many." Truth is not always pleasant and hence
provokes enmity. Lies and falsehood appear attractive and pleasing. Nevertheless,
people must adhere to truth for its own sake. To say one thing and act differently
is destructive of the Self. It is opposed to the scriptures. One should try to
practise at least one or two of the precepts one professes. (290689)
is the foundation on which the character of man is built. When Truth is not respected,
the mansion of life collapses like a building that has a weak foundation. Man
does not realise this and pursues a life of sensuous pleasures, ignoring Truth
which is the Life Force that sustains his entire being. (100394)
in the One. That is your mission, your destiny. Do not isolate yourself
- "I for me", "He for him". If you hope to be happy while isolated, take
it from me, it is a frail dream. Know that you are the Atma, just as everything
else is. The Atma is self-luminous; you do not need a lighted lamp to discover
a lighted lamp! You need no candle or lantern to see the moon. You can see the
moon through its own rays. The Atma shines in all; you only have to open
your eyes and know it. The Scriptures declare, "All this is God", "God is in all".
Mere repetition of these slogans is of no benefit; experience the Truth; live
in the Light of the Truth. (231181)
body that you see before you is a mirror in which, if you only open your eyes,
you can see the image of God. The God in you is in each of them too. Do not imagine
the others to be distinct; they are only you, in so many mirrors. The world is
filled with your kith and kin; all are sparks from the same flame. (290769)
you stand before another, his image is in your eye, and your image is in his;
haven't you observed this? You are in me, I am in you, that is the Truth this
phenomenon proclaims. When you have faith in this, and when you cultivate love,
humility, reverence for life, and tolerance, you are on the right path. (April