December 18th, 2005 - “Christmas 2005”- Part 2
OM…OM…OM... Sai Ram, With Pranams at the Lotus
Feet of Bhagavan,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Swami accepts all religions. Next week will be very busy here with the
Christmas celebration in Sai Kulwant Hall in the Divine presence of our
most beloved Bhagavan. I doubt it will be possible for us to meet then,
and therefore I would like to finish the discussion that we started last
week on the significance of Christmas.
AWARENESS OF opportunities
God gives us opportunities and it up to us to make the most of them. He
grants us whatever we pray for and, until we realize that we have nothing
to ask for but His grace, He goes on granting us whatever we pray for. In
doing this, our merciful God gives us any number of opportunities to
flower, to blossom, and to grow. He leaves it up to us to decide how to
best make use of the opportunities extended to us by Him.
For example, we may pray for wisdom.
“Oh God, let wisdom dawn on me. Let me have this treasure of wisdom.”
If that is my prayer, God will give me a number of opportunities to be
wise in this world. It is for me to recognize these opportunities that He
has so mercifully granted so that I may receive and cultivate the wisdom
that He has given. We must be alert, we must be aware, in order to
recognize and make the most of the opportunities that God has given us.
If I pray for patience, God will give me any number of opportunities to
learn to be patient. I am not being negative, but the fact is that the
circumstances under which we best learn patience are those in which no one
talks to us obligingly, (laughter), those when nobody is willingly to help
us. Those are the best circumstances through which to learn patience.
If we complain or reject these opportunities given, we will not learn
anything. On the other hand, if we take these challenges as an opportunity
to learn patience, then we will certainly grow.
If I pray for love, God will grant me any number of opportunities to
cultivate love so that I can learn to share, to give, and to serve. We
have a number of opportunities to share. We are given many things which we
can share with the poor and needy. The only thing is that I have to
recognize these opportunities that God has given me. Basically, what I
want to emphasize before I move on is that we have to be alert. We have to
recognize and be aware of the opportunities that God grants us to grow in
what we have asked for - be it to grow in wisdom, or in patience, or in
wise men in our action
The other point to which I want to draw your attention this morning is
Someone asked Christ, “Who among men is truly wise?”
His answer was simple and straightforward. “Not he who speaks wisely, but
he who acts wisely.” Therefore, a wise man is the one who acts wisely, and
not one who speaks wisely.
This is the reason that Baba once said, “Heroes on platform, zeroes in
He added on another occasion that people don’t mind talking, but they
hesitate to act. Where there is harmony of thought, word, and deed, there
is Bliss and Divinity. Therefore, let us be wise in our actions, not only
in our words.
Somebody asked Christ (Bhagavan, Swami, Christ himself), “Lord, I want
advice from you. I want to understand what it is that you want me to
Christ simply said to them, “Always consider where your bread comes from.
Always consider where your bread comes from.” Here the bread does not mean
that which comes from the bakery. By bread, he meant the very sustenance
of life. Let us understand where our bread comes from. By understanding
that, we will understand the need to be humble and meek.
Baba said on one occasion, “What is it that you boast of? What is it that
you can feel proud of in this world?”
In the entire cosmos, in the entire universe, our earth is one of the
smaller planets. On this little planet earth, so small in the vastness of
the universe, two-thirds or three-fourths of the surface is covered by
water. That leaves only one-third or one-fourth of this little planet that
is covered by inhabitable land. Of this land, you belong to one continent
and one country, which is now the size of an ant compared to the vastness
of the whole universe. In this ant-size country where you are born, you
belong to a state or a province or a county. Within that, you belong to a
town or a village that would not even be the size of a speck in the eye of
an ant. (Laughter).
So what is it that you feel proud of? If I am to feel proud of anything in
this world, it should only be about this one thing – that no other man can
ever equal me in my foolishness (Laughter). No one can compete with me in
my stupidity (Laughter). No one could ever attempt to be my equal to me in
arrogance (Laughter). So what is there to feel proud of? Should we feel
proud of our madness, foolishness, arrogance, and hatred? Truly, there is
nothing to feel proud of.
The need for humility comes down to the fact that all good things are
accomplished by God through you. That is what Christ said. Bhagavan Baba
repeatedly tells us this when He says, “After all, you are instruments.”
An instrument cannot say, “I am everything.” Scissors or needles cannot
say that they are the surgeon. After all, scissors and needles are only
tools in the hands of the surgeon. They cannot claim any success of their
own and similarly, my friends, we cannot claim any achievements as our
own. All good things are only accomplished by God through us. We need to
be grateful to Him for the lovely opportunity that He has given to us to
be His instrument. We need to be respectful and offer praise to God for
the opportunities and occasions He has given to us to love.
service in prashanti nilayam is a blessing given by god
Once Bhagavan said, “You know why I want people to work here?” I think you
won’t be surprised if I say that many Sai people working here in Prashanti
are over 60 years old. In some centers, few people are above 70, but
people don’t age here in Prashanti Nilayam. Age is afraid of them
(Laughter). People get younger and younger here.
Anyway, Baba said, “I can get things done by employing a few people here
and, in doing so, also provide employment opportunities to the unemployed
in the process. I myself can get things done better than this, yet I give
you this opportunity to serve and to participate in the Divine mission.”
This is His blessing. The service that you do here is not routine,
monotonous, programmed, or conditioned activity for which you are
remunerated. No. This is spiritual sadhana. Service in Prashanti Nilayam
is sadhana, a spiritual activity. Service in Prashanti Nilayam is an
opportunity and a blessing given by God. Therefore, my friends, whatever
good we do, the whole and sole credit goes to Him. That is a fact.
A good number of senior people over 70 years of age are employed here, yet
we find them dashing about faster than youngsters. It is a surprise. The
moment Swami goes to Kodaikanal or Bangalore, people here start
complaining (Laughter). They complain about their arthritis. They complain
about their bronchitis. They complain that their blood pressure has risen.
Where were these complaints during the ten months when Swami was here? In
a calendar year, Bhagavan spends ten long months here and only two months
in Kodaikanal and Bangalore. During those two months he is away, high
blood pressure and arthritis become commonplace in our bodies here. It is
almost as if they say, “This man’s body is a seven star hotel for me. He
is a holiday summer resort. Let me enjoy this man.” (Laughter)
What has happened during the last ten months? Let us ask ourselves this
question. The one who made us active, dynamic, efficient, and proficient
during these past ten long months was not you. No. It was not due to your
skills or talent. It was because of the Divine force. It was because of
His Divine grace. It was because of His inscrutable Divine will that works
on us all through the ten month long period that He is with us. This
should make us feel very humble.
names are many; god is one
The moment you look at a picture of Christ, what do you feel? If you say
that you do not feel anything, well, I think something is wrong with you
(Laughter). Christ’s picture has a message to convey. Just as you are
thrilled and excited and feel your prayers answered when you look upon
Bhagavan’s face, just as you feel solace, comfort and bliss when you see
Swami’s picture, you should have the same feeling when you look upon a
picture of Christ.
If you say you don’t feel that then something is wrong with you because
you must then consider Christ to be different from Baba and that Baba to
be different from Christ. You are biased, partial to Baba. If this is so,
you have not yet understood the principle of unity. Baba is the second
coming of Christ. Baba is the cosmic Christ Himself. Once you understand
this, you will get thrilled and excited seeing these Holy Men, be it in
person or in a picture.
unity is diversity
I know a lady who is the mother of a pastor who works in a church in my
native village. She is an elderly lady of some 70 years. Every Sunday she
religiously attends church because her son is a pastor who works there.
They live in the Church compound. One day, at the end of a prayer, she
suddenly called to me, “Please come here.” When I went, I saw red marks
and blood stains in the form of a Cross on her palm. I noticed this not
once but several times. That made me feel absolutely convinced that
whatever name you may breathe or utter or sing to the glory of, all of the
Holy Men are of the same one Divinity.
Names and forms are many, but God is one. Cows may be many, but the milk
is one. This oneness, this unity, is the quintessence of the message of
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. When we do not understand this principle of
unity and instead maintain feelings of separation, division, and
fragmentation, our mind is dual, and Baba has said, “A dual mind is half
We said, “Swami, why half blind? It is totally blind.”
So, let us not be blind by being dual. Let us understand that unity is
diversity. The feeling of oneness is most important as we step into this
hall on Christmas Eve.
give, give and forgive
What is the message of Jesus in the scriptures? Only four letters—G-I-V-E.
Give, give and give! Yes. Jesus always gave. His life was an endless
process of giving. Of course, we are at the other extreme. We always want
to get. While God is at one end, giving and forgiving, we are at another
end, getting and forgetting.
So the Christmas message, and message of Jesus Christ to all of us, is to
give and give and give continuously, not only on Sai’s birthday or on
Sunday, not only on Christmas or when we have had special ceremonies in
Church. We should learn to always give, give, and give. That is the
message of Christmas, of Christ, and of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
I once asked Baba, “Swami, why are you so anxious to give? Swami why don’t
you take some time before you give something? The moment you receive
something, you want to give away immediately. Why? Why don’t you take some
This was a foolish question I had asked - being a fool myself (Laughter).
“Why don’t you take some time? Why do you start distributing everything
Do you know what Baba said?
“I feel very happy giving.” Furthermore, He also says, “I give so that you
may learn to give, so that you may learn from my example.”
Therefore my friends, Jesus’ message to everybody is to cultivate the
habit of giving. It does not have to be financial or monetary. It may be
your talent, your time, or your resources that you give. Give whatever you
can. You may give your time or knowledge. That is sacrifice, and that is
the Christmas message that we have a chance to learn, to come to
understand and live.
Jesus once said, “If a beggar comes to your doorstep and you turn him
away, or ask him to leave, know that the angels will not visit you for
seven days.” What does this mean? He is not talking about an angel in
form. Here, angels represent auspiciousness. Angels here represent
sanctity. Angels here represent that which is valuable and precious.
Therefore, when I hold back and ask a beggar to go away, it means I am
denying myself the auspicious moments of life. That’s what Jesus said.
What does Baba say in this regard?
If anybody comes to you begging, understand that he is there to teach you
a lesson. What is the lesson? Since I did not give to anybody yesterday,
today I am begging from you. If you do not give to me today, you will join
me tomorrow so that we can beg together (Laughter).
A beggar has a lesson to convey. Moreover, remember and realize that you
are not superior to that beggar because in both of you there is God. That
is the second point Baba made. God in you is helping God in him, and both
of you are the same.
Therefore, if you judge according to the name and form, then you will feel
that you are superior to the person you are serving. No one is superior to
anybody simply because you are giving money to them and they are
receiving. You are never superior. The truth here is that in this, you are
being give an opportunity by God. We should be grateful to the receiver.
We should be grateful to the person we helped. That’s what Baba says to
people. “Why do you thank me? I should thank you for giving me the
opportunity to serve you.” This means that I have to be thankful to the
recipients and beneficiaries of my help.
serve the poor with tears in your eyes
Jesus was once asked, “How may I bear witness to Thee in my daily life?
How can I witness Divinity?”
Christ answered, “Serve the poor with tears in your eyes. When tears are
there, the witness of My presence in your daily life is also there.”
Why tears? Should I shed tears because I am parting with some part of the
whole that I have? Why shed tears? Is it because I am losing something?
Why tears? No, these are tears of joy. Shed grateful tears of joy. “Oh
God, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve them! Oh God, you
have appeared before me in this form so that I can serve You.”
Someone asked Baba, “Please show me how to serve You.”
Baba said, “I am serving you; you don’t have to serve Me.”
Further, He said, “Whosoever you serve, understand that it is service to
Me. Whosoever you deny or reject, understand that this is a total denial
of thy God. Understand this.” That is what Bhagavan said.
Let us try to be aware of the Divinity within us by serving the poor with
tears of joy whenever the opportunity is given. It is an opportunity and a
blessing given to us. That is the message of Jesus Christ.
We have to make a kind of spiritual or Divine adjustment as Christmas is
fast approaching. Our understanding needs a Divine adjustment. What do I
mean by a Divine adjustment? It is not said to manipulate you. No. We look
to God when we are in trouble, when we face trials and tribulations in our
lives. We look to God when we face challenges in life, but to this we must
make some adjustments.
I am really surprised and very often shocked when people speak about how
Swami saved them when their life was in danger.
“I was sick, I was lying in bed, I was almost dying, and Baba saved me.”
So, you want to be sick in bed again so that you may experience Him?
“I was driving my car and I had an accident, but Swami saved me.”
Does it take an accident to make you feel His presence? Should only being
at the threshold of death make you feel His presence? My friends, this is
a negative way of seeing things.
Right now we are happy. We should feel His presence. Right now we are
healthy. We should feel His presence. Right now we are not under any
litigation. We are not in a hospital. Right now we are not in the
Intensive Coronary Care Unit, the ICCU. Now we are fine. Let’s feel His
presence now. Why don’t we think of Him and feel Him during our moments of
pleasure? Why don’t we think of God when we are fine? This is the Divine
adjustment that we need to make.
Let us think of how God has made us happy, blissful and healthy. Let us be
grateful to Him for the peace, harmony, unity and security that He has
given to us. This is the Divine adjustment we must make, going beyond
thinking of God only in our times of trial and tribulation.
divine adjustment #2
Another adjustment that we must make is to learn to truly surrender,
rather than just paying lip service to doing so. I do not think that we
“Oh God I am grateful to you for what You have provided. Please give me a
green card to settle in the United States of America.” (Laughter).
“Oh God, I will see you again only if you help me win the state lottery.”
“Oh God, I will jump for joy if I get first row this afternoon during
This is not surrender. This is only conditional love. This is a selfish
approach. Surrendering is accepting things as they are, not as you wish
them to be. Let your desires, your choices, and your preferences never be
a bottleneck between you and God. Thy will be done on earth as it is in
heaven means, “Oh God, let Your will prevail. Let my will never interfere
with Yours.” Therefore, Divine adjustment means that we must learn to make
our surrender total, not conditional.
THE ETERNAL witness ALONE CAN JUDGE
On this Christmas day, let us also resolve not to judge anyone. “Judge not
lest thou shall be judged. Condemn not, lest thou shall be condemned.”
We are interested in judging everybody. Who says he is a good man? How do
we know? (Laughter). Is he a good man just because he says ‘Sai Ram’ to
you? (Laughter). How do you know that he is a good man? Is it because you
share the same dining table? How do you know that someone is good? How do
you decide that a person is bad? These judgments represent a negative
quality in us. These judgments are non-spiritual, non-religious, and a
gross injustice. They are acts of madness.
How can you judge? When I oblige you, you say I am good and great. The
moment I say ‘I am sorry, but I cannot do that for you,’ you will say that
I am horrible. So your judgment is based only on your mutual
relationships. Let us not judge anybody because there is a Judge of judges
within us - The Eternal Witness. The Eternal Witness within us will judge.
He alone can judge.
Here is what Baba says. Chitra means peculiar, mysterious, and
incomprehensible. Gupta means that which is confidential or secret.
Chitragupta is the name of a person. Chitragupta is the name of a person
within us. The Eternal Witness is makes and keeps a record of everything
that I do, and He is a very good accountant indeed.
In the eye of public, I may be a good man, but Chitragupta, the one within
me, secretly records everything that I have done in His own inimitable
unique style. I may be a man of truth to you, but I may be a man of
blatant lies according to the accountant within. Therefore, my friends, it
is important to not judge people, because God alone can judge. None of us
body is the moving temple
If you think that God is in a temple and that we can see him only on
Saturday because Saturday is very dear to Lord Venkateshwara, that is up
to you. If you think that God will judge me on Thursday because Thursday
is Sai Baba’s day, then you are free to believe that, but I must tell you
that I don’t ascribe to that view.
Bhagavan Baba Himself said that the body is the temple of God. The body is
a moving temple. When the body is a moving temple, where is God? The
indweller of the temple is God Himself.
According to Christian theology and faith, what is meant by ‘God being
within you?’ It means that the Kingdom of God is within you because the
body is the temple of God. Therefore, my friends, let us not judge. He is
there to judge. Let us not assume His role.
judge yourself first
Now I would like to bring a small anecdote to your attention.
A couple once visited a garden close to their home. They were intimate,
holding hands as they walked, something which is not acceptable in the
Indian communities (Laughter). We Indians can argue, but at a distance
(Laughter). We don’t see eye to eye at home, but still we maintain a
respectable distance (Laughter). We don’t walk around hand-in-hand here.
Because of this, everyone took notice of the couple who were holding hands
as they walked. In fact, the other people in the same street could not
bear the sight of this because they wanted to walk like that but could not
(Laughter). We deny and condemn certain things, not necessarily to
maintain the social norms and dharma, but instead simply because we feel
that we cannot do it ourselves. “I want to do that, but I cannot, yet you
are doing it. Therefore, I must condemn you” (Laughter). It is a
convenient philosophy (Laughter).
Anyway, people in the street could not bear to see this couple walking so
intimately, always hand-in-hand. A week passed and finally some of the
people approached an elderly gentlemen. “Sir, you are a senior citizen
here. Your word is respected by everyone. Why don’t you ask the couple to
maintain some distance?”
This old man thought that he was the custodian and steward of all dharma.
Fool number one! The fellow who thinks he is the custodian of dharma is a
fool! Who are you? How can you say that you are the custodian? Anyway,
this elderly man went to the couple and said, “This is not the Indian way.
You cannot act so intimate here. Please put some distance between you.”
The husband apologetically said, “Sir, it is not that we want to walk like
this. Let me humbly submit to you that she lost her sight in an accident.
She is totally blind and I have to guide her.”
Hearing this, the old man felt like committing suicide (Laughter).
Who are we to condemn? Under what circumstances do things happen? How do
we know? Without total knowledge, without complete understanding, who are
we to judge? Baba says that it is ourselves whom we should judge first.
How bad, how proud and how self-centered we are! In a polished way, He
says, “Seek out your own faults, and seek others’ merits.” Know your own
faults and the merits of others. That is the message of Bhagavan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba.
The Holy Bible says, “Condemn not lest thou shall be condemned. Judge not
lest thou shall be judged.”
Baba says, “Judge yourself and know the merits of others.”
We know how Baba has saved the lives of many all over the world. No one
knows what form He will appear in to do this. It could be as a stranger,
or as a relative, or as your boss or as your maid servant that He may come
to your rescue. That is Divine intervention. It is not interference, but
rather intervention. The Divine intervenes when it is necessary. God acts
in His own style.
How do you know that God has come to you? He will not show you His
identity card, nor does He need to show anything because He doesn’t want
or need your acknowledgement. Acknowledgment is possible when all the
senses are functioning. When I see, I can acknowledge. When I hear, I can
accept. When I taste, I can be clear. But God is beyond the senses. When
God is beyond the senses, how do you ask for His identification? We have
to be aware that God may come to us in any form at any time.
In the previous incarnation of Baba as Shirdi Sai Baba, He once appeared
as a dog. Shirdi Baba also once appeared in the form of a buffalo. I share
this simply as a matter of reference, without an iota of ego. This is
written in an article published in a magazine named Srivani, and reflects
the experience of a professor working in the Business Management
Department in the Kaveli district in Andhra Pradesh.
In 1985, when I was transferred from Bangalore to Parthi, this professor
wrote to me and said, “I saw you in Bangalore. How is that possible? Was
it Baba who appeared to me in your form?”
I told him gently, sweetly, gracefully, and respectfully that, “In all
humility my friend, I am so happy that Baba has chosen this form to
appear, but it is nothing for me to feel proud of because Shirdi Bhagavan
once appeared in the form of a buffalo (Laughter). Shirdi Bhagavan
appeared in the form of a buffalo so this fellow, Anil Kumar, is as good
as the buffalo.”
There is nothing special about it because He is the chooser. He chooses
whatever form He likes. It is not up to you. Therefore my friends, God may
appear in any form that He chooses. He establishes His own Divine contact
to save His children.
let us live in his presence
Another simple anecdote: A man received a phone call at about 10:00 pm
when he was very tired and frustrated. He answered and found to his utter
dismay that it was a wrong number. Disgusted, he hung up.
At midnight, he again got a call. Again it was a wrong number, and again
he was very upset and he hung up. He was already frustrated, tired, and
exhausted, yet he kept getting these repeated wrong numbers.
Somehow he could make out the caller’s number, and the next morning he got
a phone from the same number (Laughter). The caller apologetically said,
“I am sorry Sir. I disturbed you several times last night. Please excuse
The man replied, “You did not disturb me. You don’t have to be sorry. I
was upset last night. I was so frustrated last night that I was about to
commit suicide. Here I was holding a pistol, holding a loaded gun,
preparing to shoot myself. I wanted to die. I wanted to shoot myself. I
wanted to commit suicide, and it was at that time that you called. Before
committing suicide, I had one thought—‘God, if You don’t want me to die,
show me one sign of grace that You want me to live.’ It was at that moment
that I got your call, so here I am still today.”
So the kind of rapport that God establishes with you and the form God
employs when He comes to rescue you is known only to God Himself. We
should just concentrate our mind on God.
What does that mean? We think that God is here to look after us and that
we can do whatever we want. God is not a servant. Let’s understand that
God has His own will. He is not a servant or a storekeeper who simply is
here to give you whatever you want.
Let us live in His presence. Living in God’s presence means being aware of
His Divinity. God is in me. He is talking now. He is listening now. He is
watching now. He is the Witness. Understanding this is what is meant by
living in the presence of God, so that all of our acts can be dedicated to
At this moment my friends, I want to draw your attention to a very
interesting incident that happened here. Sometimes people come to me and
ask, “Anil Kumar, can you tell us some stories about Baba?”
I am not a storyteller (Laughter). I am not a grandfather here to engage
you (Laughter). I relate facts. You can concoct stories, but facts cannot
cosmic christ is In Our midst
In this context, I want to draw your attention to the fact that Baba is
the second coming of Jesus Christ, as promised in the Old Testament. In
the Old Testament, it is clearly stated that He will have a halo of hair
and will wear a red robe. All Baba’s identifying marks are discussed in
the New Testament. That’s why, while so many people look forward to the
second coming of Jesus Christ, we are lucky. With His grace, we know that
Cosmic Christ is among us. He is eighty years old, and he walks in our
Jesus was born in a manger, into a poor family, in a tiny hamlet. Bhagavan
Baba’s birthplace also happened to be a village, a tiny hamlet. He was
also born into a very poor family, in total poverty. Jesus was surrounded
by shepherds. Baba was surrounded by cowherds (Laughter). Jesus and Baba
were equally educated, but uneducated from the worldly point of view.
Still, they can command the whole world because of their wisdom.
vision is restored
I should also bring to your attention something I noticed in the interview
room. I think I told you this long ago but some things are worth
Jesus was traveling when He came upon an old blind man. This blind man
said, “Oh Lord, I want to see you, but I am blind and helpless.”
The merciful Lord looked at him with concern and mercy and touched both
his eyes gently, and then the man’s vision was restored! This man then
said to Jesus, “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” The blind man could see
again after receiving the touch of Jesus Christ.
A similar thing happened here in the 1970s. Bhagavan granted an interview
to a group of devotees from a village. Among them, there was an elderly
person who could not squat on the ground. Swami made him sit on the chair
while the others were seated on the ground. Swami looked at a younger man
and said, “You, fellow, you are irresponsible. You have not realized that
your father is an old man and that he cannot work any longer.” He scolded
Further, Baba said, “I named you. I got you married. How thin you were
then! And today, I have to widen my doors for you to enter. You don’t
regulate your diet.”
Bhagavan reprimands in heavy doses, and this fellow put on a long
Shakespearean face. Swami then went to the father and said, “How are you?”
“Swami, I am sorry, but because of my diabetes, my situation has totally
changed. In the past, I could come here and have your darshan repeatedly,
but now, even if I am here, I can’t see you my Lord, because the diabetes
has left me blind.”
Baba said, “Why do you feel sorry?”
Baba then gently touched the man’s eyes, and then he could once again see.
He immediately shouted, “Sai Ram Sai Ram!”
Everybody soon heard that the blind man could see again after receiving
Bhagavan’s touch. What Jesus had done was repeated again for us so that we
might be aware of the second coming of Jesus Christ.
One day, the Lord Jesus came upon a lady who was very sick and had heavy
bleeding. As Jesus passed by, she wanted to touch his feet but she could
not. Finally, she managed to just barely touch the hem of His garment as
he passed. When Jesus left, her sickness also left her. Praise the Lord.
Somebody brought this to Christ’s attention, saying “Oh Lord, that lady’s
health was restored just by touching your garment.”
Do you know what Christ said? “Thou have touched the hem of my garment.”
Of the entire garment I wore, she touched only the hem, the edge, that’s
all. When that hem could bring about such a miracle, imagine the power of
Divinity as a whole.
That’s why Baba says, “You speak of miracles which are the size of a
mosquito while My Divinity is the size of an elephant.” Let us think of
the gigantic, Herculean, tremendous, magnificent, Himalayan Divinity of
Bhagavan compared to which these miracles are just mosquitoes.
We also hear of Jesus Christ raising Lazarus from death. Lazarus rose from
the dead says the Bible. His body was declared dead for three days and was
on the verge of decaying.
Once here in India, a man had died, and the near and dear refused to
cremate his body. They were waiting for the arrival of Bhagavan. Bhagavan
arrived and said to the dead man, “What is wrong with you?”
They said, “Swami, is this the time to joke? He is lying there dead. Is
this the time to joke?”
Swami said, “He is not dead. Bring him a hot cup of coffee.” (Laughter).
With that, the man got up. This was recorded by Howard Murphet in Man of
Miracles Volume I. With the touch of Bhagavan, the dead can rise.
nothing is everything
Jesus Christ’s message was conveyed through stories, parables and
anecdotes. Baba’s message is also full of stories and anecdotes. Jesus
Christ had nothing but was everything. Once he said, “I didn’t have
anything in the morning, and I don’t have anything this evening, but I am
the richest.” Baba says that He has no separate bank account. He asks why
we have so many new pairs of clothes when he dresses similarly every day.
He doesn’t have anything, but He has everything. He is everything.
Baba once opened his palm and asked a group, “What is this?”
Somebody said, “Nothing.”
Baba immediately said, “Nothing is everything. Everything is nothing.”
So my friends, as we think of Christmas, we are reminded of the qualities
of merciful Lord Jesus. God gave his only Son for the salvation of
humanity, reminding us of the spirit of sacrifice. Similarly, Bhagavan is
sacrificing His life, energy, and resources for the emancipation of
humanity. Understanding this helps us understand the meaning behind the
Christmas celebration. The life of Christ was quite similar to that of
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
giving and forgiving lord
When a lady who was guilty of committing adultery was about to be stoned
to death as per the code in those days, Jesus happened to pass by and
said, “Let he who has committed no sin be the one to throw the first
Everyone began questioning themselves. There is no person who has never
committed a sin. Everyone is guilty in his own way. How do you point the
finger at others when you yourself are guilty? You have a bean in your
eye, so why do you want to show the other the mole in his eye? Is this not
foolishness? It is.
Then Jesus told this woman, “Look here, I have not committed any sin, but
I am not going to throw stones at you. Go forth woman. Go woman, and sin
no more,” said Jesus Christ.
Giving and forgiving was Lord Jesus. His life was His message. Giving and
forgiving is God, is Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
knowledge of the self is supreme
Bhagavan says if you know yourself, you don’t have to know anything else.
In the knowledge of the self, all forms of knowledge are contained. Jesus
said, “Seek ye the kingdom of Heaven and everything shall be given unto
My friends a lot more can be said about Jesus and Christmas and the
meaning of it. I reverentially recall my days spent in the campus of the
great Christian college where I spent 30 long years. There I was exposed
to many Christian missionaries. The credit for me being what I am today
goes to the Christian college where I studied and worked. Particularly
during this season, we had every hostel celebrating Christmas. We had
Higher Hall Christmas, staff Christmas, community Christmas, college
Christmas. The whole month was full of Christmas celebrations, full of
fun, frolic, festivity, and decoration. I really thank you for being here
and helping me to return to my Christian college days as a student and a
May Bhagavan, may the Almighty Jesus, shower His choicest blessings on
each one of you here!
Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! God Bless You!
Asato Maa Sad Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya
Mrtyormaa Amrtam Gamaya
Om Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
The message of Christmas for
Sai devotees part -1…..