Sri Sathya Sai Baba Quotes Sathya Sai Baba's 46 Maxims
Sai Baba Quotes
Sathya Sai Baba's 46 Maxims
1. Prema, Love, should be considered as the very breath of Life.
2. The Love that is manifest in all things equally, believe that the
same Prema is Paramatma.
3. The one Paramatma is in every one, in the form of Prema.
4. More than all other forms of Prema, man's first effort should be to
fix his Love on the Lord.
5. Such Love directed towards God is Bhakthi; that is the fundamental
test, the acquisition of Bhakthi.
6. Those who seek the Bliss of the Atma should not run after the joys of
7. Sathya, Truth, must be treated as life-giving as breathing itself.
8. Just as a body that has no breath is useless and begins to rot and
stink within a few minutes, similarly, life without Truth is useless and
becomes the stinking abode of strife and grief.
9. Believe that there is nothing greater than Truth, nothing more
precious, nothing sweeter and nothing more lasting.
10. Truth is the all-protecting God. There is no mightier Guardian than
11. The Lord who is Sathyaswarupa grants His Darsan to those of Truthful
Speech and Loving Heart.
12. Have undiminished kindness towards all beings and also the spirit of
13. You must also possess control of the senses, an unruffled character
14. Be always on the alert against the four sins which the tongue is
prone to commit:
Speaking ill of others
Talking too much
It is best to attempt to control these tendencies.
15. Try to prevent the five sins that the body commits:
Eating of flesh
It is a great help for the highest life if these also are kept as far
away as possible.
16. One must be always vigilant, without a moment's carelessness,
against the eight sins that the mind perpetrates:
Kamam or craving
Krodham or anger
Lobham or greed
Moham or attachment
Man's primary duty is to keep all these things at a safe distance from
17. Man's mind speeds fast, pursuing wrong actions. Without letting it
hurry like that remember the Name of the Lord at that time or attempt to
do some good deed or other. Those who do thus will certainly become fit
for the Lord's Grace.
18. First give up the evil tendency to feel impatient at the prosperity
of others and the desire to harm them. Be happy that others are happy.
Sympathise with those who are in adversity and wish for their
prosperity. That is the goal of cultivating the love for God.
19. Patience is all the strength that man needs.
20. Those anxious to live in joy must always be doing good.
21. It is easy to conquer anger through love, attachment through
reasoning, falsehood through truth, bad through good and greed through
22. No reply should be given to the words of the wicked. Be at a great
distance from them; that is for your good. Break off all relations with
23. Seek the company of good men, even at the sacrifice of your honour
and life. But be praying to God to bless you with the discrimination
needed to distinguish between the good men and the bad. You must also
endeavour, with the intellect given to you.
24. Those who conquer states and earn fame in the world are hailed as
heroes, no doubt; but those who have conquered the senses are heroes who
must be acclaimed as the conquerors of the Universe.
25. Whatever acts a good or bad man may do, the fruits thereof follow
him and will never stop pursuing him.
26. Greed yields only sorrow; contentnment is best. There is no
happiness greater than contentment.
27. The mischief-mongering tendency should be plucked out by the roots
and thrown off. If allowed to exist, it will undermine life itself.
28. Bear with fortitude both loss and grief; try and search for plans to
achieve joy and gain.
29. Assume silence when you are invaded by anger or remember the Name of
the Lord. Instead, do not try to remind yourself of things which will
inflame the anger more. That will do incalculable harm.
30. From this moment, avoid all bad habits. Do not delay or postpone.
They do not contribute the least joy.
31. Try as far as possible within your means to satisfy the needs of the
poor, who are really Daridranarayana. Share with them whatever food you
have and make them happy at least that once.
32. Whatever you feel should not be done to you by others, avoid your
doing such to others.
33. For faults and sins committed in ignorance, repent sincerely; try
not to repeat the faults and sins again; pray to God to bless you with
the strength and the courage needed to stick to the right path.
34. Do not allow anything to come near you, which will destroy your
eagerness and enthusiasm for God. Want of eagerness will cause the decay
of the strength of man.
35. Yield not to cowardice; do not give up Ananda.
36. Do not get swelled up when people praise you; do not feel dejected
when people blame you.
37. If among your friends any one hates another and starts a quarrel, do
not attempt to inflame them more and make them hate each other more;
try, on the other hand, with love and sympathy to restore their former
38. Instead of searching for others' faults, search for your own faults
yourself; uproot them, throw them off. It is enough if you search and
discover one fault of yours; that is better than discovering tens of
hundreds of faults in others.
39. Even if you cannot or will not do any Punya or good deed, do not
conceive or carry out any Papa, or bad deed. This is far preferable.
40. Whatever people may say about the faults that you know are not in
you, do not feel for it; as for the faults that are in you, try to
correct them yourself, even before others point them out to you. Do not
harbour anger or vengeance against persons who point out your faults; do
not retort, pointing out the faults of those persons themselves, but
show your gratitude to them. Trying to discover their faults is a
greater mistake on your part. It is good for you to know your faults; it
is no good your knowing others' faults.
41. Whenever you get a little leisure, do not spend it in talking about
all and sundry, but utilise it in meditating on God or in doing service
42. The Lord is understood only by the Bhaktha; the Bhaktha is
understood only by the Lord. Others cannot understand them. So, do not
discuss matters relating to the Lord with those who have no Bhakthi. On
account of such discussion, your devotion will diminish.
43. If anyone speaks to you on any subject, having understood it
wrongly, do not think of other wrong notions which will support that
stand but grasp only the good and the sweet, in what he says. True
meaning is to be appreciated as desirable, not wrong meaning or many
meanings, which give no meaning at all and cause only the hampering of
44. If you desire to cultivate one-pointedness, do not, when in a crowd
or bazaar, scatter your vision to the four corners and on everything,
but see only the road in front of you, just enough to avoid accidents to
yourself. One-pointedness will become firmer if one moves about without
taking one's attention off the road, avoiding dangers, and not casting
eyes on others' forms.
45. Give up all doubts regarding the Guru and God. If your wordly
desires do not get fulfilled, do not blame it on your devotion; there is
no relationship between such desires and devotion to God. These worldly
desires have to be given up some day or other; Bhakthi feelings have to
be acquired some day or other. Be firmly convinced of this.
46. If your Dhyanam or Japam do not progress properly or if the desires
you have entertained do not come to fruition, do not get dispirited with
God. It will dispirit you even more and you will lose the peace, however
small or big, that you might have earned. During Dhyanam and Japam you
should not be dispirited, desperate or discouraged. When such feelings
come, take it that it is the fault of your Sadhana and endeavour to do
Source: Sandeha Nivarini by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba