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Sri Sathya Sai on Jesus Christ – Part 1
(Advent and Early Age)

Infant Jesus Christ with Mother Mary

THE ADVENT

The lives of such personalities (referring to Jesus) are lived out, in order to establish the welfare of humanity, the prosperity and peace of the world, and individual liberation from bondage to sensual desires and passions.

This is illustrated by the strange phenomena that occur at the time of their Advent. It is believed that when Christ was born there were such manifestations. The ruler of the realm had ordered a census, and each had to be counted in his own village. So Mary and her husband moved along the road that led to his native village. Mary was with child; the pains started midway; they knew no one in the hamlet through which they were passing; so they took refuge in a cowshed. Joseph made ready the space between the cows, and went out into the road at midnight, to seek some woman who could help. But, soon, he heard the Baby’s cry.

And, the story says, there was a star in the sky, which fell with a new light, and this led a few Tibetans and others to the place where the Savior was born. This story is read and taken on trust by many, though stars do not fall or even slide down so suddenly. What the story signifies is this; there was a huge halo of splendor illuminating the sky over the village when Christ was born. This meant that He, who was to overcome the darkness of evil and ignorance, had taken birth and He will spread the Light of Love in the heart of man and councils of humanity.

“He whom Christ Announced”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 11, December 24, 1972, Bangalore

In Christian thought, the Bible has been taken as an authority. When we read the Bible, we look at Christ as an ideal figure who proclaimed truth to the world. When we learn about His life story, we come to the conclusion that He was born of Virgin Mary. The moment this story of Christ’s birth to Virgin Mary is revealed, all those who follow Christianity rightly feel very proud and feel that this mysterious birth is the result of some Divine power and that Mary was a very sacred woman. They further proclaim this fact to the world with great pride. We should understand this aspect and learn how they accept such an event.

“Brahman”, Summer Showers in Brindavan, 1974, Brindavan

Try to be like Jesus. Jesus was a person whose only joy was in spreading Divine Love, offering Divine Love, receiving Divine Love and living on Divine Love. There are various theories about the birth date of Jesus based on the ‘bright star that appeared at His birth.’ It is visible once in 800 years, it is said. Some say He was born on the fifteenth day of September. But, He was born at 3:15 am (early morning) on December 28, 1980 years ago. It was Sunday. The Star that appeared that day appears only once in 800 years.

Its appearance had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus. There is no rule that, when Divine Energy or Divine Incarnation descends on Earth, a star has to appear. That is the opinion of devotees only. But, Jesus was himself a ‘Star’ of infinite value, spreading brilliance of infinite dimension. Why posit another less brilliant glow?

“The Way of Jesus”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 14, December 25, 1979, Prasanthi Nilayam

On December 25, when Jesus was born, three kings came to His birthplace. These three gave expression to three different views about the new-born babe. One of them, looking at the infant, said, “This child looks like One who will be a lover of God.” A second king said, “God will love this child”. The third king declared, “Verily, this child is God Himself”. The first one viewed the child from the physical point of view. The second saw the child from the mental viewpoint. The third saw from the Atmic (spiritual) point of view. The three declarations indicate how one can progress from the human to the Divine level. What is needed is the destruction of the animal and demonic qualities in man.

“The Journey in the Jungle”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 07, April 22, 1967, Madras

Two thousand years ago, in Palestine, a province of the Roman empire, there were Jews professing Judaism. The Jews believed in one God called Yehovah. They believed that God would send a messiah for the people of Israel. Jerusalem was the sacred city of the Jews and continued to be so even under the Romans. This was the time when Jesus was born. From His childhood Jesus displayed such sacred qualities as compassion, love and sacrifice.

“Develop Spiritual Oneness” Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 24, December 25, 1991, Prasanthi Nilayam

EARLY AGE

A Young Jesus Christ amidst learned scholars with His parents looking over Him

The child was brought up by mother Mary and his father was working as a carpenter. It was the time of a festival in Jerusalem and the child Jesus was taken there along with His parents. They lost the child in the crowd and could not find Him anywhere. Mother Mary naturally was very much worried. Finally, they went to the temple to pray. To their astonishment, they found young Jesus coming out of the temple. All the while the child had been in the temple, listening to the holy discourse of the Rabbi of the temple. The anxious mother took hold of her child and started asking Him several questions as to what He was doing all the while. The child replied, “Mother, why were you afraid? All the while I was in the hands of God. I have been listening to the words of God expounded by the Rabbi in the temple.” Thus, the child was God-minded from a very young age. After some time, father Joseph passed away. Mary told her son, “Now that Your father passed away, You should continue Your father’s profession, so that we may earn our livelihood.” But the boy was not inclined to continue in His father’s profession. The mother was also not interested to oppose the natural inclinations of young Jesus. One day, young Jesus went to a lonely hilltop. The mother was very much worried, nay, depressed due to the absence of her son. Jesus was sitting and meditating on God all the while. After some time, He returned. As He was returning, He ran into a group of worried men on the coast of the Sea of Galilee.

When young Jesus enquired from them the cause of their worry, they said that they were fishermen and that for quite some time past, they were not able to catch any fish in their nets. Jesus said, “Follow me; are there any waters that do not have fish?” He took them along with Him in their boats to the middle of the sea and asked them to cast their nets at a particular spot. To their utter astonishment and great joy, the fishermen found that their nets were full with fish. This event created a lot of faith in the minds of the fishermen. Hence, faith is indispensable for humanity.

Jesus could instill such great faith in those people. One of those fishermen was named by Jesus as Peter. He developed intense love and faith towards Jesus. From then on, the fishermen regularly used to take Jesus out on their fishing expeditions and after their return in the evening, Jesus used to expound spiritual matters to them. When Peter’s father passed away, his mother was filled with sorrow, but Jesus consoled her by telling, “Death is but a dress of life. Wherefore do you shed tears? Death is like changing one’s dress. Therefore, stop grieving. These physical bodies come and go, so do not waste your thought on these ephemeral things. The indweller (Dehi) who lives inside this body is the true divinity.” In this manner, Jesus preached and instilled confidence in the people around him. Thus, the fishermen’s community was spending its time happily in the company of Jesus. At that time, one Mathew, who was a tax collector for the Romans, used to visit them on official work and, during his visits, he also used to listen to Jesus and take notes of His teachings. Finally, he became a disciple of Jesus.

After a while, Jesus started facing obstacles and opposition to His preaching. Anyone donning a physical body cannot escape such vicissitudes of life. Without hardships man cannot exist. Death follows birth and with the same certainty misery follows happiness. Sukha Dukhe Samekrutwa Labhalabhau Jayajayau (One should remain equal-minded in happiness and sorrow, gain and loss, victory and defeat). Pleasure is an interval between two pains.

Spirituality does not mean simply doing Bhajans and performing some acts of worship. Cultivate noble qualities. Always be helpful to others and earn a good name. Jesus earned such a good name by sacrificing His body on the cross. You also must be prepared for such a great sacrifice. Jesus Christ developed such noble qualities. He gave protection to several poor and destitute people with a loving heart. In fact, several such people sought refuge in Him. In the process, He had to face the wrath of several enemies. You should help people even if you have to undergo some difficulties. Never indulge in reviling others, for the same Atma is permeating every living being. If you abuse others, it amounts to abusing your own self. If you do not like them, keep yourself away from them, but never abuse them. Any amount of good work done by you will be of no use, if you do not give up bad qualities.

If you cannot do good to others, at least speak good words. You cannot always oblige, but you can speak always obligingly. If you find someone suffering, try to help him. Today it is his turn, but tomorrow it could be yours. Always keep this in mind. Nobody can escape from pain and suffering. Always pray for the welfare of all.

“Love and Morality—The Need of the Hour”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 35, December 25, 2002, Prasanthi Nilayam

Jesus wandered purposefully in lonely places for twelve long years, engaging Himself in study, spiritual exercises and meditation on God. Of course, one must protect and preserve the body, which is a Divine gift, a boat equipped with instruments through which man can cross the sea of perpetual change and reach Divinity. This goal of life has to be reached before the body-boat develops leaks and disintegrates, through illness, sloth and senility. Physical, mental and spiritual health has to be fostered with vigilant care. Nevertheless, ‘one’ must be ever ready to east the body away in defense of Dharma or Daiva (goodness or God). Have Jesus as your ideal for this. He exhorted all to observe the basically valid teachings of the ancient scriptures and to derive peace and joy therefrom.

The Jews held the rituals and regulations lay down by the prophets in the scriptural texts as valid for all time and so, they held the teachings of Jesus as wrong. They were not moved by personal hatred towards Jesus. The problem arises in every age, the conflict between the letter and the spirit, the doctrines that are held sacred, the Mantra (sacred formula) that is held to be holy, the various do’s and don’ts that have to be scrupulously followed, and the underlying truth. In the Vedic Faith also, one can find today this conflict between the upholders of ancient tradition and the promoters of deeper understanding. These later also base their teachings on the Vedas.

Jesus grew up at Nazareth till He reached thirty. After Joseph’s passing, Jesus sought His mother’s permission to embark on His Divine mission. He got baptized by John, the Baptist, and spent forty days in penance in a forest. During the penance, He prayed to God for three things, One- He should be blessed with the quality of loving equally everyone; Two- He should have the strength and forbearance to suffer patiently any indignity or persecution that He might be subjected to by anyone; Three- He should be enabled to use His God-given body wholly in the service of God.

After forty days, Jesus emerged from his penance with the faith that His prayers had been granted. Jesus encountered the fishermen, at Galilee, who became His first disciples. He told them that He had come to establish the reign of love on earth and those they would be His helpers in His mission. He spoke to them about the preciousness of human birth and urged them to seek the Kingdom of God within themselves.

By the way of illustration, Christ told them the following parable. In a river the water is flowing in a swift current. But even the tiny fish are able to swim in it and move about merrily. In the same river, a huge elephant caught in the rapids, is likely to get washed away or drowned in spite of its enormous size. Whatever the speed of the current, the small fish are able to swim freely in the river and enjoy themselves. But an elephant is unable to survive in it. The reason is, what you need for survival in a river is not bulk but the ability to swim. Likewise man, who is caught up in the ocean of worldly existence (Samsara), needs not so much metaphysics, scholarship or detachment, as the grace of Divine love.

“Love - The Key to Human Unity”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 21, December 25, 1988, Prasanthi Nilayam

Realising from His early years that the discharge of one’s duties was the primary obligation of a human being, Jesus used to help His father in His work as a carpenter. The father passed away in Jesus’s twelfth year. For a while He carried on His father’s work, but in due course He set out His ministry in the service of the people. Like the fragrance in the bud of a flower, Jesus’s divinity was evident from His boyhood.

“Develop Spiritual Oneness” Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 24, December 25, 1991, Prasanthi Nilayam

Jesus exemplified the spirit of social service. The inspiration for this came from His mother Mary. From His childhood, Mary taught Him such good qualities as truth, kindness, compassion and justice. In His twelfth year, Jesus and His parents went to Jerusalem for a festival. In the crowds the parents lost trace of Jesus and searched for Him everywhere. Not finding Him anywhere, Mary sat under a tree and prayed to God to come to her help. At that moment, a thought flashed in her mind that Jesus was perhaps in a nearby temple. And Jesus was there sitting in a comer of the temple and listening to the words of the priest. Mary affectionately rushed towards Him and embraced Him. “Child, what agony I went through on Your account,” she said. Jesus told her, “Mother! Why should you have any fear? Those who believe in the world will have fears. But why should anyone believing in God fear at all? I am in the company of my Father. Why do you fear? You taught me that God is everything for us. How, then, can you worry like this?” Jesus had learnt His lessons from His mother and developed His spiritual faith. After they returned from Jerusalem, Jesus felt that service to His parents was His foremost duty, because He owed everything to them. In this spirit, He used to assist His father in his carpentry work. After Joseph passed away, Jesus sought His mother’s permission to devote Himself to the service of the needy and the forlorn. After leaving home, Jesus was Himself baptized by John. Then for forty days Jesus observed severe austerities without food and drink. At first He considered himself as Messenger of God. After the penance He realized He was the Son of God. He began His ministry with a group of fishermen as His first disciples. He taught them that they should first seek the Kingdom of Heaven. To enter that Kingdom they had to cultivate loving hearts. Then, their hearts would become the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus further declared to them, “I and my Father are one.”

“Spread the Message of Love”, Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 27, December 25, 1994, Prasanthi Nilayam

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Sri Sathya Sai on Jesus Christ – Part 2
(Spiritual evolution from jesus Christ)

Every human being is potentially a messenger of God. But, today, men have become messengers of the Lord of Death. They are traitors to their true human state. Humanness demands that everyone should manifest the Divinity within him. Everyone should be a real messenger of God and strive to promote-peace and security in the world. There is no other path to be followed. God’s message is sacred and totally free from self-interest.

(Here Swami narrated the story of the three kings visiting new born Jesus in the manger) A lover of God is a messenger of God. The one whom God loves is a ‘Son of God’. When one experiences both of these, he becomes one with God- ‘Father and Son is one’.

Therefore, at the outset you must prepare yourselves to be messengers of God. This means that you should live up to the message of God. The message calls for service to all. Compassion, morality and integrity are essential elements in the message. In propagating this message faith in God should be promoted. Love should be the watchword. The absence of love gives rise to hatred.

“Realise God through Pure Love”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 28, December 25, 1995, Prasanthi Nilayam 

Jesus was Karana-Janma, a Master born with a purpose, the mission of restoring love, charity and compassion in the heart of man. He had no attachment to the self, nor paid any heed to joy or sorrow, loss or gain. He had a heart that responded to the call of anguish, and He went about the land preaching the lesson of love. His life was a libation for the upliftment of humanity. Like most seekers, He first searched for the Divine in the objective world. But He soon realised that the world is a kaleidoscopic picture created by one’s own imagination, and sought to find God within Himself. His stay in the Himalayan monasteries in Kashmir and in other centres of eastern asceticism and philosophical inquiry, gave Him greater awareness. From the attitude of being a Messenger of God, He could now call himself the Son of God. The bond of relationship increased, the ‘I’ was no more some distant light or entity; the light became a part of the “I.” With the body-consciousness predominant, He was a messenger. With the heart-consciousness in the ascendant, He felt a greater nearness and dearness, and so the son-father bond seems natural at this stage.

Later as the Atman-consciousness was established, Jesus could declare, “I and My Father are One”. The three stages may be described as, ‘I was in the Light’, ‘the Light was in Me’, and ‘I am the light’, and may be compared to the Dvaita (dualism), Vishishtadvaita (qualified non-dualism) and Advaita (non-dualism) stages as described in Vedic philosophy. The final stage is the one when all duality has been shed. This is the essence of all religious disciplines and teachings.


Jesus was honoured by the populace as Christ, for they found in His thoughts, words and deeds, no trace of ego. He had no envy or hatred, and was full of love and charity, humility and sympathy. Jesus’ original name was Isa which, when repeated, is Sai. Isa and Sai, both mean Ishwara (God), the Eternal Absolute, the Sat-Chit-Ananda (Being-Awareness-Bliss). In the Tibetan manuscript; at the monastery where Isa spent some years, His name is written as Isha, which means the Lord of all living beings. When Jesus proclaimed that He was the Messenger of God, He wanted to emphasise that everyone is a Messenger of God and has to speak, act and think like one. This is the true Karma-Kanda (branch dealing with action and its reaction) of the Vedas; Sadhana (discipline) of Karma (work), Japa (prayer), Seva (service) and Dhyana (meditation). When progress is furthered, Jesus asserted, each one can recognise all as Sons of God, Children of God, brothers and sisters of oneself, and so, deserving of worship. The Upasana Kanda (branch of Vedas dealing with contemplation) is the scripture in Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Universal Religion) for this stage. Finally, knowledge ripens into wisdom and the goal of Jnana Kanda (branch of Vedas dealing with spiritual wisdom) is reached, when each one realises, “I and my Father are One.” 

Jesus was honoured by the populace as Christ, for they found in His thoughts, words and deeds, no trace of ego. He had no envy or hatred, and was full of love and charity, humility and sympathy. Jesus’ original name was Isa which, when repeated, is Sai. Isa and Sai, both mean Ishwara (God), the Eternal Absolute, the Sat-Chit-Ananda (Being-Awareness-Bliss). In the Tibetan manuscript; at the monastery where Isa spent some years, His name is written as Isha, which means the Lord of all living beings. When Jesus proclaimed that He was the Messenger of God, He wanted to emphasise that everyone is a Messenger of God and has to speak, act and think like one. This is the true Karma-Kanda (branch dealing with action and its reaction) of the Vedas; Sadhana (discipline) of Karma (work), Japa (prayer), Seva (service) and Dhyana (meditation). When progress is furthered, Jesus asserted, each one can recognise all as Sons of God, Children of God, brothers and sisters of oneself, and so, deserving of worship. The Upasana Kanda (branch of Vedas dealing with contemplation) is the scripture in Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Universal Religion) for this stage. Finally, knowledge ripens into wisdom and the goal of Jnana Kanda (branch of Vedas dealing with spiritual wisdom) is reached, when each one realises, “I and my Father are One.” 

“Isa”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 14,
December 25, 1978, Prasanthi Nilayam

The moving water of a river has the Moon in its depths; the still water of a lake has also the Moon underneath; the sky has the Moon up above. The Moon in the flowing river is broken and fragmentary; it flows fast, apparently, with the floods. The Moon in the lake is calm, unmoved, undistracted. These two are but reflections of the real Moon in the sky. The Moon reflected in the flood is the Individual Soul, engaged in activity, embroiled in Maya, cause and effect. The Moon reflected in the placid face of the lake is the Yogi, the Saint, who has attained balance, equipoise, peace, dwelling in the One. The real Moon in the sky is the Eternal Witness, the Absolute, and the Primal Principle. 

Christ spoke of these three, when He made, one after the other, three statements. Referring to the active individual soul, the flickering Moon, He said, “I am the Messenger of God”, referring to Himself as the Yogi, who has risen beyond dualities, and attained balance; He said, “I am the Son of God.” Realizing that these two are but reflections, and that the real Moon is the Witness in the sky, that He too is the Formless, Nameless Absolute; He declared, towards the end of His life, “I and My Father are one.” 

“Why Organize?” Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 13,
 March 29, 1976, Hyderabad 

The scriptures also say that the Atman, the Real Core of the individual, is Ananda Swarupa (the very embodiment of bliss). But man being blind to this truth, invites sorrow and anxiety to hold mastery over him and discards the joy that awaits him. Every man is a messenger to fellowmen, entrusted with the task of spreading knowledge of the joy that is being missed. If he misuses this mission and fritters away his years in gratifying his senses, he only loses the chance and reduces himself to the level of beasts. He who announced Himself as the Messenger of God, developed, through the blossoming of Divinity and the expansion of compassion and service in Him, to a stage when He declared Himself as the Son of God. And then, finally, He rose to the status of ‘I and my Father are One.’ 

These three stages are referred to as Dvaita, Visishtadvaita and Advaita in Vedic thought. Messenger and master, the two are basically separate, and so this stage is one of Dvaita (dualism). The son and father, though two separate entities, are bound by affection and kindred feelings and attitudes. They are like the whole and the part, the body and the limb. This stage is called Visishtadvaita (qualified non-dualism). And when the Son and the Father are one, the stage is of Advaita (non-dualism).  

Even a child would be eager to pass from one class to the next higher one; he would hate being in the same class, vegetating for years. Then what can we say of persons with intelligence and discrimination, satisfied with the attainment of the lower steps? Jesus passed through the entire process and inspired all mankind by His example and teachings, to be generous and kind, detached and discriminating, and to bring Light and Love to all. He attracted people by His miracles and transformed them into apostles and exemplary servants of man. Sadhana is the name for the mental discipline and intellectual effort to realise this Unity.  

“Jesus”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 13,
December 25, 1976, Brindavan 


Jesus declared at first that He was “a Messenger of God.” Who are these messengers? They are of two kinds, Yamaduta and Avadhuta. Yamadutas are messengers who inflict harm on people. Avadhutas are messengers who protect. Jesus belonged to the second category. In due course, He recognised His own inner Divinity. Then He declared, “I am the Son of God”. Thereby He proclaimed His right to a share in all the qualities of God. When He acquired all the qualities of the Divine, He announced, “I and my Father are one”.  

“Ways of the Divine: Advent of Shankara”, 
Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 29, September 7, 1996 

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Sri Sathya Sai on Jesus Christ – Part 3
(The Significance of his birthday)

The Traditional Nativity Scene

More than 2,000 years ago, when ego and pride became human nature, ignorance reigned supreme and the demonic nature of man was at its peak, Jesus Christ descended on earth and through His message of love and compassion demonstrated the path of righteousness. Today, you must recognise the most important aspect of the life of Jesus Christ. In the very beginning of His life, Jesus declared, “I am a Messenger of God”. He proclaimed that all are embodiments of Divinity in this human form, and all are messengers of God. He said that every ounce of this human body till the last drop of blood should be dedicated to the service of mankind. “A heart filled with love and compassion is the real temple of God”, declared Jesus. The alarm clock wakes us by ringing the alarm at the right time. The great sages of ancient times would wake man from the slumber of ignorance by warning him at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner. They would warn man to recognise the Divinity which is all pervading. One must remember these teachings and put them into practice every moment of our lives. Celebrating the birthday of such a great and pious soul as just another ritual is not what is expected. The day you understand the teachings of Jesus, and implement them with your heart and soul, that day will really be the Birthday of Jesus Christ. The words of such great people should constantly ring in your hearts and should be the guiding light of your lives. Your real offering to God will be the dedication of your life to practicing these teachings.  

“The Descent of God is for the Ascent of Man”, Discourse 01, My Dear Students, Volume 05 

You celebrate the birthday of Bhagavan. But do you follow the teachings? You will experience the fruits of celebrating the birthday only when you follow the teachings. Jesus said, “Love everyone.” Christmas is celebrated, but how far does one practise love? None at all. There is love in everyone’s heart. Share it at least with ten persons every day. This is seldom done. People are keener on receiving than on giving. They are willing to give away only things which they do not relish. There is no sacrifice in this.

“Purity, Patience, Perseverance: Steps to Divinity”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 26, November 23, 1993, Prasanthi Nilayam

It is therefore appropriate that the birthday of Jesus, who felt the need to save mankind and who strove to achieve it, is celebrated; but, the celebration must take the form of adherence to the teachings, loyalty to the principles, practicing the disciplines and experiencing the Awareness of the Divine that He sought to arouse. These days, the world is deriving satisfaction in mere words, and in witnessing clever rules designed to cover up one’s faults. The birthdays of the Great are honored by such hypocrisy and external pomp. There is no examination in the light of the message they gave, nor, any effort to practice it and derive the bliss it promises. The Great teachers belong to mankind. It is wrong to believe that Jesus belongs only to the Christians and the Christmas is a holy festival for the West only. To accept one of them as one’s own and discard the rest as belonging to others, is a sign of pettiness. Christ, Rama and Krishna- they are for all men everywhere.

“He whom Christ Announced”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 11, December 24, 1972, Bangalore

It is not right to celebrate Christ’s birthday by feasting, drinking, singing and merry-making. The ideals taught by Jesus should be put into practice. That is the right way to celebrate His birthday. Whomsoever you adore, you must try to live up to His teachings. What kind of devotion is it when the devotee does not practice what he professes? It is pseudo-devotion. Remember the Lord with love. Worship Him with love. Sanctify your life with love.

“Love - The Key to Human Unity”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 21,
December 25, 1988, Prasanthi Nilayam

Far more beneficial than honouring the great is the practice of loving them. Praise, glorification and eulogy raise them on to an unreachable pedestal. Love binds one heart to another. Gratitude for the inspiration and instruction received must bind the hearts in love. The celebration of Christmas should not conclude with some carols, tableaux and made-up trees and Santa Claus. It must be soaked in the resolution to practise at least a few of the lessons Jesus taught us. The very first need is faith in God and in our own Divine Nature.

“Everyone is a Son of God”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 15, December 25, 1982, Prasanthi Nilayam

The Birthday of Jesus must be celebrated by all mankind, for such Karana-Janmas (a Master born with a purpose) belong to the whole human race. They should not be confined to a single country or community…Carols and candles, readings from the Bible and acting out the incidents that surrounded His Birth, are not enough to celebrate the Birth of Jesus. Jesus said that the bread taken in the ‘last supper’ was His Flesh, and the wine, His Blood. He meant that all beings alive with flesh and blood are to be treated as He Himself and that no distinction should be made of friend or foe, we or they. Everybody is His Body, sustained by the bread; every drop of blood flowing in the veins of every living being is His, animated by the activity that the wine imparted to it. That is to say, every man is Divine and has to be revered as such.

“Isa”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 14,
December 25, 1978, Prasanthi Nilayam


Special prayer session on Chirstmas Day at the Vatican

Today is the birthday of Jesus, celebrated amidst December snow-falls with lights and Christmas Trees, and prayers. But it is useless to pray just one day and forget God, the rest of the year. That is an empty show; it does not emanate from the heart. We are true Christians only when we live according to the teachings of Christ and practise them in daily life. Even if we follow two teachings of His, that would be enough. Christ said, “All life is one, my dear Son! Be alike to everyone”.

“The Way of Jesus”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 14,
December 25, 1979, Prasanthi Nilayam

People talk of the sacrifice of Christ as evidence by His crucifixion. But, He was surrounded and bound, and crowned by the crowd who captured Him with a crown of thorns, and later, nailed to the cross by His captors. A person bound and beaten by the police cannot say that he has sacrificed anything, for; he is not a free man. Let us pay attention to the sacrifice that Jesus made while free, out of His own volition. He sacrificed His happiness, prosperity, comfort, safety and position; He braved the enmity of the powerful. He refused to yield or compromise. He renounced the ‘ego’, which is the toughest thing to get rid of. Honor Him for these. He willingly sacrificed the desires with which the body torments man; this is sacrifice greater than the sacrifice of the body under duress. The celebration of His birthday has to be marked by your sacrificing at least a desire or two, and conquering at least the more disastrous urges of the ego.

This day, Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of Christ, resolve to lead the lives of loving service to the weak, the helpless, the distressed, and the disconsolate. Cultivate tolerance and forbearance, charity and magnanimity. Hold dear the ideals He laid down and practise them in your daily lives. The ways in which Christmas is being celebrated now show how far men have moved away from those ideals, how much ignominy they are heaping on His name! The midnight hour is revered, illumination is arranged, the Christmas tree is set up, and then, the night is spent in drinking and dance. It is a day of Holy Ananda, but, the Ananda is reduced to the level of the poisoning excitement of intoxication!

Drink is so pernicious an evil habit, that when man puts the bottle in, he himself gets into the bottle and cannot escape! First man drinks wine, then the wine drinks more wine; and finally, the wine drinks man himself! He is sunk and drowned in drink. Liquor destroys the humanity in man! How then can it develop the Divinity in him? One must dance in Divine Bliss; instead, sensual dance is indulged in as a deleterious substitute! Make your hearts pure, your activities holy, and your feelings beneficial to all. That is the best way of celebrating the Birth of Christ.

“He whom Christ Announced”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 11,
December 24, 1972, Bangalore

There is a custom of putting up a Christmas tree on this day (Christmas Day) and worshipping it. The genesis of this custom can be traced to Germany. A preacher by name, Jensen from England once visited Germany. When he was travelling in Germany on his mission, he noticed some Germans attempting to offer a child’s life as sacrifice to propitiate God who, they believed, lived in an oak tree. .The priest was worried and questioned them why they were offering an innocent child as sacrifice to a tree. As they asserted that God lived in the tree, he took an axe and cut the tree. To his surprise, he was shaken by an inexplicable vibration from head to foot. He noticed the form of a child between the two portions of the tree that was cut by him. This incident teaches the truth that God lives not only in human beings but also in plants and trees. From that time onwards people started putting up a Christmas tree and worshipping it on this Christmas day. The system of worshipping Divinity in many forms including plants and stones, which originated in Bharat, has been prevalent for a long time in other countries also.

“Unity Based On Divinity”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 25,
December 25, 1992, Prasanthi Nilayam

Jesus taught people to love all beings and serve all with compassion. It is only by practicing these ideals that you can truly celebrate His birthday. You must live in love and lead a life of selfless service based on love. This is the only right way of celebrating the birth of Jesus.

“Mother’s Love has Immense Power”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 39,
May 6, 2006, Brindavan

Jesus sacrificed His life and poured out His blood to instill Love and Compassion in the heart of man, so that he may be happy when others are happy and sad when others are sad. It is not by festivity and fun that you should celebrate Christmas. Celebrate it, rather, by resolving and putting into practice at least one of the ideals He enunciated, or endeavouring to reach at least one of the goals that He placed before man.

“Jesus”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 13,
December 25, 1976, Brindavan


Chirstmas Darshan at Prasanthi Nilayam

The birthday of every great person is celebrated by those who adore and follow Him. This day, being the birthday of Jesus is a holiday when offices and factories do not work. It is not sanctified as a holy day. People attend the church and join the rituals but return home to revel, drink and dance. The Cross is forgotten when the Christmas season is on. The day must be dedicated to the purification of one’s passions and emotions through meditation on the virtues and values that Jesus held forth.

“One God: Basic Truth of All Faiths”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 18, December 25, 1985, Brindavan

[Adapted from :

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Sri Sri Sathya Sai on Jesus Christ – Part 4
(Personification of Love and Compassion)

"Jesus had no trace of ego in Him. He was filled with compassion at the sight of the meek and the afflicted. Paul opposed Jesus in all matters from the very outset. Once Jesus appeared in the dream of Paul and questioned him, “What harm have I done to you? Why do you criticise Me so?”This caused Paul to ponder and realise that his ignorance and ego blinded him to reality. Thereafter he became an ardent disciple of Jesus. In every age, every noble soul had to put up with criticism. People always have mistaken notions about good and bad. If only we understand the truth in the Bible, we will come to the conclusion that there was no fault in Jesus at all. Jesus always aspired to put people in God consciousness."

- “Love God wholeheartedly”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 31, November 24, 1998, Prasanthi Nilayam

"Jesus was compassion (Karuna) come in human form. He spread the spirit of compassion and conferred solace on the distressed and the suffering. Noticing the torture of birds and beasts at the temple in Jerusalem, He reprimanded the vendors and drove them out of the precincts. He drew upon Himself the anger of the priests.

…Jesus was the target for many mighty obstacles and he braved them all. As a result, His name and story and message are shedding splendorous light all over the world now. Not only Jesus; every Prophet, Messenger of God, Teacher of Truth and Spiritual Leader had to wade through ridicule, neglect and persecution.

…The Divine, though it moves among the entire sundry, can never be affected or deflected. Envious folk heaped insults on Jesus. Even among His disciples, some betrayed Him and deserted Him. Self-dominated people turn envious at greatness and goodness. But since Prema of Jesus, had no trace of self in it, Jesus was unafraid. The loveless are enveloped in fear. Love instills courage and promotes adventure. It delights in daring. If you follow the Master, you can face the devil, fight to the end and finish the game.

Jesus was Love. Sathya Sai too is Love. That explains the gathering of Christians of all sects, which we see here. In Rome today, Catholics gather to celebrate the Advent of Jesus. The Protestants celebrate it by themselves in their churches. The Jews are not welcomed anywhere. But, in the Presence of Sathya Sai, all are equally welcome. The Jews arraigned Jesus and demanded that He should be punished; in this presence, Jews adore that very Jesus.

The Prema of Sathya Sai has transformed and transcended those memories. It made them realise that there is only one caste, the caste of humanity; there is only one religion, the religion of love.

…Compassion was His Message. He was sorely distressed at the sight of the poor. This day, Jesus is worshipped but His teachings are neglected. Sai is being worshipped but His teachings are neglected. Everywhere, pomp, pageantry, hollow exhibitionism! Lectures, Lectures, Lectures! No activity, no love, no Seva . Heroes while lecturing, zeros while putting what is said into practice. Develop Compassion. Live in Love. Be Good, do Good and see Good. This is the way to God."

- “Parama Prema”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 15, December 25, 1981, Prasanthi Nilayam

"Jesus teaches infinite love and compassion. To resurrect love and compassion, you must kill jealousy and selfishness, purify your hearts. Earn the true mercy of Jesus. Follow the path shown by Him and reach the position He holds."

- “The Way of Jesus”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 14, December 25, 1979, Prasanthi Nilayam

"Love must be manifested as Service,Seva. must take the form of food for the hungry, solace for the forlorn, consolation for the sick and the suffering. Jesus was Himself out in such Seva. The heart full of compassion is the temple of God. Jesus pleaded for compassion."

- “Parama Prema”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 15, December 25, 1981, Prasanthi Nilayam


"Jesus is the embodiment of compassion. He looked with compassion at the poor and the miserable and gave them succour. In those days, people used to treat birds and animals without pity in the temple in Jerusalem. Jesus sought to put an end to these cruel practices. From those times to the present, those who care for the well-being of all living beings and humanity were subjected to many trials and tribulations. Good people are always pursued by difficulties and troubles. The messiahs, the prophets, saints and God-men have always suffered from troubles and ordeals of various kinds. You should not bother about them. Have faith in God. When you live up to the truths you believe in, you will be indifferent to what others think. Jesus was unaffected by the persecution to which He was subjected on a charge of treason. Moreover, whatever attempts may be made to suppress good people, their goodness cannot be extinguished."

A fine diamond even if it is in a heap of garbage will not lose its brilliance or its value.  A peahen’s egg, even if it is hatched in a crow’s nest, will not lose its colours."

- “Let Love Prevail”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 26, December 25, 1993, Prasanthi Nilayam

"When Paul went on accusing Jesus, He lovingly went up to him and gave a pleasing smile. The sweetness in the nectarine smile of Jesus transformed the poisonous heart of Paul. Be always cheerful, even in times of adversities. Always put up a smiling face, never a castor-oil face.“Happiness is union with God”.

- “Sacrifice leads to Immortality”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 31, December 25, 1988, Prasanthi Nilayam

"Christ declared that God can be realised only through love. Once a high priest in Jerusalem called Jesus and asked Him, “Are you King of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “I do not say so”. The priest told Jesus, “You are leading the people astray by Your wrong teachings. You are telling them that everyone can enter Heaven only through You.” Jesus said that He had been telling the people to seek the Kingdom of Heaven. The priest asked, “Where is that Kingdom?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you, within everybody. When this is My teaching, how can I be accused of claiming that the Kingdom of Heaven can be attained only through Me?” How did Jesus get the courage to speak in this fashion? It was because He was proclaiming the truth. Truth is born of love, which comes from faith in God."

“Divinity through Love”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 20, December 25, 1987, Prasanthi Nilayam

"Derision and denunciation follow the footsteps of the great in all ages. They haunt them like the shadow which cannot be avoided. His own disciples turned against Jesus, even those who adored Him and hung on His words. They did evil to Him who did them good. But, Jesus wished well for those who insulted and injured Him. This is a lesson badly needed today. No one should count the harm inflicted on him and plan revenge. He must on the other hand return love for hatred, fraternity for enmity. To behave otherwise is a sign of weakness, of want of courage, of lack of faith in human goodness. Jesus won in this holy struggle. On this day, we must cultivate in ourselves that conviction and that courage."

- “Everyone is a Son of God”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 15, December 25, 1982, Prasanthi Nilayam

"Jesus advised one of His foremost disciples, Peter, to live in love, for Love is God. Man can experience God only when he becomes the embodiment of Love, which doesn’t seek anything or expect even gratitude in return, Love which becomes sacrifice and service, spontaneously. When Peter listened to such exhortations from the Master, he found a new joy welling up within him and a new meaning in the word JOY. ‘J’ meant Jesus and the letter directed him to love Jesus first. ‘O’ meant others who must be loved next. ‘Y’ meant yourself who ought to be loved only last. But, look at the human condition today. Man loves himself first, others next and Jesus last!
The body is the temple of God and therefore it has to be maintained, unaffected by disease and distress. It has not been offered to man for catering to one’s selfish vagaries. Jesus sanctified His body by sacrificing it for saving others. He was conscious of that supreme purpose and duty. With faith in the oneness of humanity, He stood against opponents and critics and confronted their onslaughts."

- “Truth and Faith”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 19, December 25, 1986, Prasanthi Nilayam

"Since Jesus bore all the difficulties with fortitude, He is being adored and worshipped to this day. Once a young disciple asked Jesus, “O Master, when I am faced with some problems, how am I to solve them?” Jesus replied, “O Simpleton, do not seek solutions to your problems. Love God, who is installed in your heart. Love even those that hate you because God is present in them also. How can you ever have suffering when you love all? Your heart will be filled with bliss when you love everybody.”

- “Overcome Jealousy with Love”
, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 33,


"Jesus taught that God is Love. Instead of recognizing this basic truth, men are allowing hatred, envy and other evil qualities to pollute their love. Man is gifted with the quality of love not to express it for selfish purposes but to direct it towards God. Jesus declared that there was nothing great about returning good for good. They should do good even to those who harm them.

As Jesus went on with His preaching and drew multitudes towards Him, some of the priests and those in authority grew envious at His popularity. This happens in all countries. They started persecuting Him and charging Him with treason. Jesus, however, continued up to the end to carry on His mission of Love and Righteousness, first, as the Messenger of God, and later as the Son of God. There is a reason for anyone coming in the human form. This may not be known to all. Only the Divine knows the real purpose. Everyone should regard himself as a Messenger of God and try to lead an ideal life. This means that one has to give up selfishness and self-interest. This may not be easy. But with God’s Grace, it should be possible to progress towards Self-realisation gradually.

Love is the means of developing devotion and achieving liberation, apart from other things. Only the love of God is real love. It is the royal road for man to realise the Divinity in him and in everyone. Look at the state of things in Bethlehem, the birth-place of Jesus. Christmas could not be celebrated there this year, because of the ill-feelings among the people.

How unfortunate that while the rest of the world is celebrating Christmas there should be no celebration in the place where Jesus was born."

 - “Love - The Key to Human Unity”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 21, December 25, 1988, Prasanthi Nilayam

"Develop the love of God. All other forms of love are not love at all, but only fleeting and impermanent attachments. Man’s biggest folly is forgetting his divinity. All should realise that they come “from God”. All are children of God. Everyone should seek to get nearer and nearer to God. That is Sadhana. You must feel that God is Hridhayavasi(dwells in the heart). You must develop compassion in the heart, because without it the heart is only a stone. That is the message of Jesus- the message of Love. Love is God. Live in love. Start the day with love. Spend the day with love. End the day with love. This is the way to God. Only the person who is filled with love will be dear to the Lord."

- “Realise God through Love”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 29, December 25, 1996, Prasanthi Nilayam

[Adapted from :

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Love from heaven born tonight

Lyrics:
  • Love from heaven born tonight
  • Sing children sing
  • Fill our hearts with the heavenly light Jesus brings

  • To a world of sorrow, a world of pain
  • The love from heaven gently came
  • With saving grace for all who believe
  • And in their hearts receive
  • Love from heaven….

  • They were turned away at every door
  • The Christ was born on a stable floor
  • Born to love the lowest of all
  • And save both great and small
  • Love from heaven….

  • Help those tonight who know thee not
  • To ask for the saving love you brought
  • Love from heaven come into me
  • And dwell eternally
  • Love from heaven….
Sing Noel, Noel! Ring the Christmas bell

Lyrics:
  • Sing Noel Noel, Ring the Christmas bell
  • Ding dong ding , everybody sing to the new born king
  • Come together one and all
  • Ding dong ding
  • Happy songs of joy we bring
  • To the new born king

  • Sing noel noel, ring the Christmas bell
  • Ding dong ding, everybody sing
  • To the new born king

  • Every girl and every boy
  • Ding dong ding
  • Open up your hearts and sing
  • To the new born king

  • Sing noel noel, ring the Christmas bell
  • Ding dong ding , everybody sing
  • To the new born king

Joy to the world

Lyrics:
  • [Verse 1]
  • Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
  • Let earth receive her King
  • Let every heart prepare Him room
  • And Heaven and nature sing
  • And Heaven and nature sing
  • And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

  • [Verse 2]
  • Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
  • Let men their songs employ
  • While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
  • Repeat the sounding joy
  • Repeat the sounding joy
  • Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy
I am a little star hanging on a tree

Lyrics:
  • I’m a little star hanging on a tree
  • See the little children dance around me

  • CHORUS
  • Tra-la-la, Tra-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, la-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, Tra-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, la

  • I’m a candy stick hanging on a tree
  • See the little children dance around me

  • CHORUS
  • Tra-la-la, Tra-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, la-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, Tra-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, la

  • I’m a pretty angel hanging on a tree
  • See the little children dance around me

  • CHORUS
  • Tra-la-la, Tra-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, la-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, Tra-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, la

  • I’m a bright light hanging on a tree
  • See the little children dance around me

  • CHORUS
  • Tra-la-la, Tra-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, la-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, Tra-la-la
  • Tra-la-la, la

Christmas Colouring sheets

Stories Told By Jesus
    Good Neighbour

    Good Neighbour

    Lost And Found

    Lost And Found

CHRISTMAS IN PRASHANTHI WITH SAI


  • Christmas is here, in Prashanthi with Sai, Our Lord
  • With Love and Joy from the bottom of our heart
  • We wish you on a Merry Merry Merry Christmas to you all
  • Merry Christmas to you all
  • Merry Merry Christmas, Merry Merry Christmas, to you all

[Adapted from :

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Marys Boy child


  • Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day
  • And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day

  • Long time ago in Bethlehem, so the Holy Bible says
  • Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day

  • Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today
  • And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day

  • While shepherds watch their flocks by night
  • They see a bright new shining star
  • They hear a choir sing a song,
  • The music seemed to come from afar

  • Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today
  • And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day

  • For a moment the world was aglow, all the bells rang out
  • There were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted
  • "Let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace"

  • While Joseph and his wife Mary, came to Bethlehem that night
  • They found no place to bear the child, not a single room was in sight
  • And they found a little nook in a stable all forlorn
  • And in a manger cold and dark Mary’s little boy was born

  • Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today
  • And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day

  • Oh my Lord
  • You sent your son to save us
  • Oh my Lord
  • Your very self you gave us
  • Oh my Lord
  • That sin may not enslave us
  • And love may reign once more

[Adapted from :
Lyrics Ref - Vandana, Students Prayer Book

Audio URL - http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Archives/audio_downloads/downloads_2013.htm]

Wish You a Merry Chirstmas


  • We wish you a Merry Christmas
  • We wish you a Merry Christmas
  • We wish you a Merry Christmas
  • And a happy new year

  • May God Bless you where-ever you are
  • May God Bless you all with a happy new year

  • We wish you a Merry Christmas
  • We wish you a Merry Christmas
  • We wish you a Merry Christmas
  • And a happy new year

  • Feliz navidad
  • Feliz navidad
  • Feliz navidad
  • Prospero año y felicidad

  • We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
  • We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
  • We wanna wish you a merry Christmas
  • From the bottom of our heart

[Adapted from :
Lyrics Ref - Vandana, Students Prayer Book

Audio URL - http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Archives/audio_downloads/downloads_2013.htm]

Aye ye ye the christmas day


  • Aa Ye Ye, the Christmas day,
  • We feel so bright and gay,
  • For Jesus the Lord, son of God,
  • He came to world to show us the way,
  • Aa Ye Ye, the Christmas day,
  • Let us all rejoice and pray,
  • For Sathya Sai, the Father of Christ,
  • He has come to show us the way – Aa Ye (Ru Ru Ru…)
  • Sathya Sai Baba, our dearest Swami,
  • How we love you Lord, Oh how we love you Lord,
  • Sathya Sai Baba, our dearest Swami,
  • And on this Christmas day, oh we can only pray,
  • Oh! Take us by your hand and show us the way. (Aa Ye Ye…)

[Adapted from :
Lyrics Ref - Vandana, Students Prayer Book

Audio URL - http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Archives/audio_downloads/downloads_2013.htm]

God Is Good All the Time


  • God is good (all the time)
  • And all the time (God is good)

  • God is good all the time
  • He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
  • God is good, God is good, all the time
  • Through the darkest night, His light will shine
  • God is good, God is good
  • All the time, here we go!

  • God is good all the time
  • He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
  • God is good all the time
  • Through the darkest night, His light will shine
  • God is good, God is good, all the time

  • If you're walking through the valley
  • And there are shadows all around
  • Do not fear, He will guide you
  • He will keep you safe and sound

  • He has promised to never leave you
  • Or forsake you, and His word is true

  • God is good all the time
  • He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
  • God is good all the time
  • Through the darkest night, His light will shine
  • God is good, God is good all the time,

  • Though I may not understand
  • All the plans you have for me
  • My life is in your hands
  • And through the eyes of faith I can clearly see

  • God is good all the time
  • He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
  • God is good all the time
  • Through the darkest night, His light will shine
  • God is good, God is good all the time

  • God is good all the time
  • He put a song of praise in the heart of mine
  • God is good all the time
  • Through the darkest night, His light will shine
  • God is good, God is good
  • God is good, He's so good,
  • God is good, He's so good, All the time

  • God is good (all the time)
  • And all the time (God is good)

  • God is good (all the time)
  • And all the time (God is good)

[Adapted from :

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I Come before you today


  • I come before You today
  • And there's just one thing that I want to say
  • Thank You Lord, Thank You Lord

  • For all You've given to me
  • For all the blessings that I cannot see
  • Thank You Lord, Thank You Lord

  • With a greatful heart, With a song of praise
  • With an outstreched arm, I will bless your name

  • Thank You Lord, I just want to thank You Lord
  • Thank You Lord, I just want to thank You Lord
  • Thank You Lord

  • For all You've done in my life
  • You took my darkness and gave me Your light
  • Thank You Lord, Thank You Lord

  • You took my sin and my shame,
  • You took my sickness and healed all my pain
  • Thank You Lord, Thank You Lord

  • With a greatful heart, With a song of praise
  • With an outstreched arm,
  • I will bless Your name

  • Thank You Lord, I just want to thank You Lord
  • Thank You Lord, I just want to thank You Lord
  • Thank You Lord

  • Thank You Lord, I just want to thank You Lord
  • Thank You Lord, I just want to thank You Lord
  • Thank You Lord

[Adapted from :

Audio URL - http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Archives/audio_downloads/downloads_2013.htm]

Sri Sri Sathya Sai on Jesus Christ - Part 5
(The Significance of the Crucifixion)
Jesus and Judas

Tradition-minded and egoistic men considered Jesus a false prophet and they tried by every means to thwart His mission. Jesus, however, did not waver. Faced with opposition, He continued to be an example of living Truth, and to purify society. Many disciples followed Jesus but throughout history, it has been the experience of Rama, Krishna, Jesus and Muhammad that disciples however close are seldom fully dedicated. Most are only part-time devotees. Jesus had 12 disciples, most of whom had faith in Him and lived His teachings. But, Judas yielded to greed. He betrayed His Master for a mere 30 coins. He could not find joy in life after this treachery. His mind gave him no peace. He had to seek refuge in suicide.


Judas Betrays Jesus

Betrayal by people who pretend to adore is happening since ages. Corrupt, greedy and selfish people spread falsehoods about their own Masters. We have heard of a Judas, 2000 years ago. But in the Kali Age, people are obsessed with money and Judases have multiplied. They seek to amass paltry riches whereas good character, good conduct and knowledge of God are the three real treasures to be gathered. Land and buildings, silver and gold, dollars and other currencies are temporary and trivial. They are possessions only until life lasts. But those three treasures will stay on, sustain and strengthen you until you attain union with the Infinite.

- “The Way of Jesus”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 14, December 25, 1979, Prasanthi Nilayam

Changes in the nature of the reactions and the lines of approach are brought about by the whims of the moment, the turns and twists of desire and the pressure exercised by the environment, the region and the times. Last night you witnessed a play about Jesus enacted by the students. The disciple who was most loved, Judas by name, decided to work against the Master, yielding to the low temptation of a few pieces of silver. Greed for money is a demon that gets hold of the weak. When one is overcome by it, one loses all trace of discrimination and accepts with ease, wrongful ways of satisfying it.

The success of the task for which I have come will very soon reverberate throughout the world. The truth that all faiths are facets of the One and that all roads lead to the same Goal, is provoking to some persons. You witnessed in the play on Jesus how His emphasis on the basic truths of good and godly life was misinterpreted by even the leaders of religion, who sought to hide their own failings by slander and falsehood. They even plotted to inflict torture on Jesus. All the acts of Jesus were pure and holy, and filled with selfless love. One can have adoration for one’s religion, but it should not be defiled by hatred towards other religions. Be engaged, rather, in tasting the sanctifying, sustaining stream of Divine love. That will confer lasting Ananda.

- “The Task will Triumph”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 14, November 23, 1979, Prasanthi Nilayam

Jesus on the Cross

When Jesus was being crucified, He cried out to God, “O God, Why do You punish me like this?” Immediately He realized the Truth and said, “O God, let Your will prevail. It is You who has created me, sustained me, and protected me. I will not act against Your Will. It was a mistake on my part to blame You”.

When He recognized His mistake, an ethereal voice said, “All are one my dear son, be alike to everyone.” Once you recognize your mistake, Divinity manifests. Man today does not recognize his mistakes; instead he looks for mistakes in others. Do not be bothered about others fault; search for your own faults and rectify them. Only then will your life be sanctified.

- “Develop Steadfast Faith in God”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 31, October 1, 1998, Prasanthi Nilayam


Jesus Christ on the Cross - The Day now celebrated as Good Friday

Only that person who has realized, “I am not the body, I am not the mind; I am God verily”, is a real Jnani. When you say, “This is my body”, who are you? To whom are you referring? The expression ‘my body’ connotes that you are separate from the body. When you say, “This is my mind”, the mind is separate from you. Similarly, when you say, “This is my Buddhi (intellect)”, it means the Buddhi is separate from you. In all these expressions, what is that ‘My’? That ‘My’ is ‘I’. This ‘I’ is what was referred to by Jesus Christ as the ego that has to be cut. That is the real significance of the cross. You cut the ego.

- “Install God in the Altar of Your Sacred Heart”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 42, December 25, 2009, Prasanthi Nilayam

Jesus was crucified on the cross. Mother Mary could not bear that scene and wept inconsolably. Jesus then remarked, “Why do you cry? This is natural. Whatever has to happen will happen, hence you should not shed tears”… God can do anything at His Divine will. Everything is God’s gift only. One has to realise this fact and develop faith accordingly. If you are enjoying good times, it is God’s gift. On the other hand, if you are passing through difficult times, it is also God’s gift. You should develop such steady faith. If you are suffering from malarial fever, you will be given bitter pills. That is also for your good.

- “Contemplate On God, the Real Hero for Victory”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 41, December 25, 2008, Prasanthi Nilayam

The followers of Jesus have got broken into schisms on various counts; but, the life of Christ is a lesson of Unity. When Christ was on the cross, ill-feelings towards the men who tortured Him troubled Him. Suddenly He heard a voice alerting him. “All Life is One, my dear Son Be alike to every one!” This was followed by another admonition, “Death is the Dress of Life”. As one casts of the worn clothes and dons another set, so, the soul dons and doffs bodies. Therefore, Jesus was warned against hate and ill-feelings, as well as the lamentation to which man is heir.

- “He whom Christ Announced”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 11, December 24, 1972, Bangalore

Jesus was crucified on a Friday and He rose from the tomb on a Sunday. That is why Sunday is taken as the day of worship and service in churches. Catholics gave importance to Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ, while Protestants gave importance to the birth of Christ. Catholics celebrate Christmas by worshipping Mary on the evening of 24th and Protestants celebrate the birth of Christ on the 25th.

- “Unity Based On Divinity”, Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 25, December 25, 1992, Prasanthi Nilayam

[Adapted from :

https://sathyasaiwithstudents.blogspot.com/2017/04/sri-sathya-sai-on-jesus-christ-part-5.html?m=1#.WPCX3oh942w]