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Introduction to the Avathar...

His Life

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is having a profound impact on the lives of millions around the world,
motivating and inspiring them to turn Godward, to practice brotherhood, to serve the needy, and to
strive to lead constructive and virtuous lives.
Born in Southern India on November 23rd, 1926, in a then unknown village called Puttaparthi, he
began his mission at the age of fourteen. He leads a simple life at the ashram located near the
village of his birth.
Sathya Sai Baba has established hospitals, elementary and secondary schools and colleges, and a
major university in India, all of which provide services at little or no charge. He has also inspired the
creation of over 5000 Sathya Sai Baba Centres throughout the world, where followers practice his
spiritual teachings and engage in a variety of community service activities , while continuing to
adhere to their respective religions.

His Message

Sathya Sai Baba teaches that man's basic nature is divine, and the purpose of life is the realisation
of that divinity. This will occur, he says, through leading a moral life, rendering selfless service to
those in need, and developing love and respect for all life.

He re-emphasises principles that form the foundation of the world's major religions: Truth, Right
Conduct, Peace, Love and Non-violence. He encourages us to practice these human values in our
daily lives, and sets an inspiring example by the way he leads his own life.

He also says that politics without principles, education without character, science without
humanity and commerce without morality are not only useless, but positively dangerous.

His Mission

Sathya Sai Baba has demonstrated by word and deed that he is neither seeking to establish a new
religion nor to direct people towards a particular religion. He encourages those attracted to his
message to continue worshipping along lines already familiar to you i.e. to feed the roots of one's
own religion.
He says Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish, and let the glory of God be sung in all
languages and in a variety of tunes. That should be the ideal. Respect the differences between
faiths, and recognise them as valid, as long as they do not extinguish the flame of unity. If each
person lives the ideals propounded by the founders of his religion, unaffected by greed or hate, then
the world will be a happy and peaceful habitation for man .

His Love

Sathya Sai Baba displays extraordinary abilities and knowledge that have confounded the laws of
science as understood by man today. He himself has dismissed these miracles attributed to him as
trivial and unimportant. These only exist to, show the scientifically minded man of today that there
exists forces that transcend science. His most heralded characteristic is that he radiates powerful
feelings of inner peace and unselfish love.
Sathya Sai Baba stresses faith and confidence as necessary requisites for a happy and successful
life. He says Confidence leads to peace, peace leads to love, love leads to truth, truth leads to bliss.
The responsibility for bringing about world peace, says Sathya Sai Baba, rests with the individual.
His prescription is simple, yet profound.

Believe in God
Do Not Change your Faith
Follow the Truth of your own Religion
Respect other Religions,
for all Religions are but Different Pathways to the Same Godhead.
Service to Man is Service to God
Follow the Paths of Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanti (Peace),
Prema (Love) and Ahimsa (Non-violence)

9 Codes of Conduct

Daily meditation and prayer
Family group singing/prayer once a week
Children's participation in Sai Spiritual Education
Participation in Community service programmes
Group Community singing/prayer once a month
Regular study of Sai Literature
Speaking softly and lovingly to everyone
Not to indulge in talking ill of others, especially in their absence
Put into practice Ceiling on Desires and utilise savings generated for service to mankind

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Swami...