Precious Sayings of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba
1. Action - Karma
This deha prarabdha (present birth) is the result of the karma (action) done by you in the former births.
If a man utters My name with love, I shall fulfill all his wishes and increase his devotion. If he sings earnestly about My life and deeds, him I shall beset in front and back and on all sides.
We have not to bother about beauty or ugliness of the person, but to concentrate solely on God underlying that form.
The donor gives, that is, sows his seeds, only to reap a rich harvest in future. Wealth should be meant to work out Dharma. If it is not given before, you do not get it now. So, the best way to receive it is to give.
One must rest content with one’s lot.
The giving of dakshina (reverential gift) advances vairagya (non-attachment) and thereby bhakthi (devotion).
None dies ; see with your inner eyes. Then you will realise that you are God and not different from Him. Like worn-out garments the body is cast away.
8. Illusion (Maya)
Whenever any idea of joy or sorrow arises in your mind, resist it. Do not give room to it. It is pure maya (illusion).
Whosoever is destined to be struck will be struck. Whosoever is to die will die. Whosoever is to be caressed will be caressed.
There are two sorts of things - the good and the pleasant. Both these things approach a man for acceptance. He has to think and choose one of them. The wise man prefers the good to the pleasant but the unwise, through greed and attachment, chooses the pleasant and thereby cannot gain Brahma gyana (self-realisation).
He who withdraws his heart from wife, child, and parents and loves me is My real lover or devotee and he merges in me like a river in the sea.
Knowledge of the Vedas or fame as a great jnani (learned scholar) of formal bhajan (worship) are of no avail unless they are accompanied by bhakthi (devotion).
People differentiate between themselves and others, their properties with others' properties. This is wrong. I am in you and you are in Me. Meditate on the self with a question "Who am I ?"
Unless a man discharges satisfactorily and disinterestedly the duties of his station in life, his mind will not be purified.
The teachings of a Guru are of no use to a man who is full of egoism and who always thinks about sense-objects.
Who is whose enemy ? Do not say of anyone that he is your enemy. All are one and the same.
Let the world go topsy-turvy, you remain where you are. Standing or staying at your own place, look calmly at the show of all things passing before you.
Nobody should take the labour of others' gratis. The worker should be paid his dues promptly and liberally.
Know for certain that he who feeds the hungry, really serves Me with food. Regard this as an axiomatic truth.
Sitting in the masjid (mosque) I shall never, never speak untruth. Take pity on Me like this : first give bread to the hungry and then eat yourself. Note this well.
Our Karma is the cause of happiness and sorrow. Therefore, put up with whatever comes to you.
God lives in all beings and creatures, whether they be serpents or scorpions. He is the greatest wirepuller of the world, and all beings, serpents, scorpions, et cetera, obey His command.
23. God’s Gifts
What a man gives does not last long and it is always imperfect. But what my sircar (God) gives, lasts to the end of life. No other gift from any man can be compared to His.
24. God’s Grace
You must always adhere to truth and fulfill all the promises you make. Have shraddha (faith) and saburi (patience). Then I will always be with you, wherever you are.
25. God’s Will
Unless God wills it, nobody meets us on the way ; unless God wills, nobody can do any harm to us.
If you act in a good way, good will really follow.
Greed and Brahma are poles asunder ; they are eternally opposed to each other. Where there is greed, there is no room for thought or meditation of the Brahma. Then how can a greedy man get dispassion and salvation.
Stick to your own Guru with unabated faith, whatever the merits of other gurus and however little the merits of your own.
29. Guru’s Grace
The mother tortoise is on one bank of the river and her young ones are on the other. She gives neither milk nor warmth to them. Her mere glance gives them warmth. The young ones do nothing but remember (meditate upon) their mother. The tortoise glance is, to the young ones, a downpour of nectar, the only source of sustenance and happiness. Similar is the relationship between the Guru and his disciples.
Humility is not towards all. Severity is necessary in dealing with the wicked.
If others hate us, let us take to nama Japa (chanting of God’s name) and avoid them. Do not bark at people ; do not be pugnacious. Bear with others' reproach. This is the way to happiness.
If someone begs anything and if that be in your hand or power and if you can grant the request, give it. Do not say, ‘NO’. If you have nothing to give them, give a polite negative reply but do not mock or ridicule the applicant nor get angry with him.
No one comes to us without Rinanubandha (some previous bond of give and take). So when any dog, cat, pig, fly or person approaches you, do not drive it or him away with the words ‘Hat - Hat’, ‘Jit - Jit’.
Inquire always : Who am I ?
We must see things for ourselves. What good is there in going about asking for this man or that for his views and experiences.
Service at the feet of Guru is essential to attain moksha (liberation).
A person who has not overcome lust cannot see (realise) God.
38. Name Chanting
If you do this - chanting ‘Raja Ram’, your mind will attain peace and you will be immensely benefited.
Everything belongs to us for use. Nothing is for us to possess.
I am not confined within this body of three and a half cubic height ; I am everywhere. See me in every place.
The dog which you saw before meals and to which you gave the piece of bread is one with Me, so also other creatures (cats, pigs, flies, cows, et cetera.) are one with me. I am roaming in their forms. So abandon the sense of duality and serve Me as you did today (by feeding that dog).
Poverty is the highest of riches and superior to Lord’s position. God is brother of the poor. Faqir is the real Emperor. Faqir does not perish, but empire is soon lost.
If anybody comes and abuses you or punishes you, do not quarrel with him. If you cannot endure it, speak a simple word or two, or else go away from that place. But do not battle with him and behave like this.
Mere questioning is not enough. The question must not be made with any improper motive or attitude or to trap the Guru and catch him at mistakes in the answer, or out of idle curiosity. It must be with a view to achieving moksha or spiritual progress.
Brahma is the only ‘Reality’ and the Universe is ephemeral and no one in this world, be the son, father or wife, is really ours.
Daily take darshan of Siddhas, i.e., perfect saints. Live a moral life. Then you will be pure even in death.
The idea that "I am the body" is a great illusion, and attachment to this idea is the cause of bondage. Leave this idea and therefore the attachment, if you want to reach the goal of self-realisation.
Seva (serving) is not rendering service while still retaining the feeling that one is free to offer or refuse service. One must feel that he is not the master of the body, that the body is Guru’s and exists merely to render service to Him.
Inflicting pain on others by body, mind and speech is sin, the reverse is merit, good.
Come what may, stick to your Support, i.e., Guru, and ever remain steady, always in union with Him.
It is my special characteristic to free any person who surrenders completely to Me and who does worship Me faithfully and who remembers Me and meditates on Me constantly.
You should have truth always with you. Then I will be always with you, wheresoever you are and at all times.
Rama and Rahim were one and the same ; there was not the least difference between them ; then why should their devotees fall out and quarrel among themselves ? You ignorant folk, children, join hands and bring both communities together, act sanely and thus you will gain your object of national unity.
54. Vicissitudes of Life
Gain and loss, birth and death, are in the hands of God. But how blindly people forget that God looks after life as long as it lasts !
55. Wordly Honour
Do not be deluded by wordly honour. The form of the deity should be firmly fixed in the mind. Let all the senses and mind be ever devoted to the worship of the Lord.