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Sathya Sai Baba celebrates his 84th birthday
Sathya Sai Baba, a highly revered spiritual leader and world teacher, has celebrated his 84th birthday on November 23. His messages inspire millions of people throughout the world to turn God-ward and to lead more purposeful and moral lives.
Where there is faith, there is love
Where there is love, there is peace,
Where there is peace, there is truth,
Where there is truth there is bliss
Where there is bliss, there is God.

 
ON NOVEMBER 23, 2009, Shree Sathya Sai Baba celebrated his 84th birthday. Speaking on his birthday, Sri Sathya Sai Baba said, “Every person aspires for happiness and peace without understanding nature. While we are all a part of nature, why should we differentiate between each other in terms of wealth, community and religion? Though there are many determined men, no one knows the goal of life.”
 
Sathya Sai Baba is a highly revered spiritual leader and world teacher, whose life and message are inspiring millions of people throughout the world to turn God-ward and to lead more purposeful and moral lives. His timeless and universal teachings, along with the manner in which he leads his own life, are attracting seekers of truth from all the religions of the world. Yet, he is not seeking to start a new religion. Nor does he wish to direct followers to any particular religion. Rather, he urges us to continue to follow the religion of our choice and/or upbringing.

Sathya Sai Baba was born on November 23, 1926, and right from his childhood, there were consistent manifestations of his divinity. For instance, his birth was accompanied by strange phenomena – like the musical instruments in his house playing on their own and a cobra lying unthreateningly under his bed.

Even as a small child, he was against violence and refused to touch meat; by the age of four, when most children have not learnt to share yet, he began displaying compassion and generosity.
 
At the age of 14, Sathya Sai Baba declared to his parents that he had come to this world with a mission to re-establish the principle of righteousness, to motivate love for God and service to fellow man. Since then, he has consistently called on all mankind to love all, serve all and has repeatedly asserted that the essence of all scriptures is help ever, hurt never.
 
Sathya Sai Baba encourages us to recognise who we are. We are not these minds. We are not these bodies. We are the eternal spirit that temporarily occupies these minds and bodies. We can appreciate and become who we really are by turning inward with faith in God and an intense yearning to know Him. Our conscience is a reflection of the eternal spirit.

Sathya Sai Baba tells us that our conscience is our master. When we follow our conscience, our thoughts, words and deeds will be noble and consistent. Spirituality is having the courage and determination to follow our conscience in all things and at all times. In doing so, we recognise that we are all united in God. We are bound together by divine love.
Sathya Sai Baba is a great social worker. From building hospitals, educational institutes and developing roads and bridges to bringing potable water to the poor people in villages, he has achieved more than what any government anywhere could claim to have done in years.

Sathya Sai Baba has built an ultra-modern 300-bed hospital close to the university and ashram. Highly specialised operations, including open-heart operations and kidney transplants, are performed routinely. There is absolutely no charge to the patient for professional or hospital expenses. Motivated by the desire to serve humanity, doctors, nurses and workers in the hospital render extraordinary, compassionate, and loving care to all patients.

Through his speeches and writings, Sathya Sai Baba has offered a veritable ocean of knowledge and guidance on all aspects of spiritual, religious and value-oriented living. He has often repeated that it is not necessary to drink the whole ocean to know its taste, that it is not necessary to read all scriptures to live a life of joy, peace and love. It is enough to put into practice one aspect of spiritual teaching.

The best thing about Baba is that he doesn’t say that his teachings are new. His teachings are just one more manifestation, for the contemporary conditions on the earth, of the divine teachings, which God constantly repeats through his messengers.

A few drops of the ocean of Sathya Sai Baba's teachings, an attempt to encapsulate its essence, follows. Sathya Sai Baba urges mankind to:
  • Believe in God for there is only one God for all mankind, though He may be called by many names.
  • Follow sincerely their respective religions and live their daily lives in consonance with the teachings of good behaviour and morality.
  • Respect all other religions for no religion advocates the negative and lower qualities of man.
  • Perform selfless service to the poor, the sick, and the needy without thought of reward or fame.
  • Cultivate in their lives the values of truth, divine love, right conduct, peace and non-violence and promote these values among all.
  • Be patriotic and respect the laws of the country in which they live.
 
Sathya Sai Baba’s message to his followers, “Do not just to strive to raise your standard of living. You should lift your standard of life. The former is material but the latter is eternal.”

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