- Aradhana Mahotsavam 2019 (video)
- The Revelation of Divinity
- The Announcement
- God's Own People
- Sathya Prakatanalu
- Stories for children
- Right Conduct
THE DECLARATIONS OF TRUTH
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, our beloved Swami made His Avataric declaration on 20th October 1940 at the age of 14. Since ordinary mortals cannot understand the divine leelas of God, it was imperative for Swami to introduce Himself and reveal His true nature and mission.
The Lord in the form of Sai is the Embodiment of all forms of Divinity. It is Lord Vishnu Himself who has come in the avatar of Sai to provide bliss to the whole humanity, to lead people to the path of Dharma , to protect all those who seek refuge in Him, to purify the chaotic conditions in the world and to lessen the overall burden of Mother earth.
Here is an audio of the collections of poems, The Declarations of Truth or Sathya Prakatanam which has been sung by Smt.P.Susheela after taking permission from Swami Himself. The poems are explained in English by Dr.Geeta Reddy. In these poems, we get to hear Swami giving reply to His brother Sheshamaraju’s queries, His vows to the public, His declaration at the opening ceremony of Dharmakshetra, Mumbai in 1968 and more. The poems have been exquisitely penned with the intention of removing the doubts in the minds of people. These declarations convince us that Swami has come to help us develop faith in God and to end the era of neglect.
This Avatar Day, let us understand the Annunciations of Sri Sathya Sai Avatar through the precious poems of Swami, sung melodiously in the given audio!
THE DECLARATIONS OF TRUTH (Part- I)
THE DECLARATIONS OF TRUTH (Part- II)
GOD’S OWN PEOPLE
AKBAR & BIRBAL STORIES
One day, Emperor Akbar was taking a stroll in the garden with his minister Birbal. It was a beautiful evening and the garden looked at its best with colourful flowers. Everything seemed perfect and both Akbar and Birbal decided to sit down and relax.
Birbal looked around the garden which had several ponds and said “Jahapannah! Isn’t God amazing? He has created so many beautiful things. This very garden is full of His wonderful creations!
” Akbar was in a mood for a debate. He liked to test Birbal’s wit very often and always Birbal came out with witty answers showing his supreme intelligence and humour. So, Akbar looked at Birbal and posed a tricky question. He asked, “Birbal, your Hindu Gods are strange. Even for a very small reason, God Himself rushes to help His devotees. Your God, Krishna too is famous for this. Well, doesn’t Krishna have any assistants to help out?”
For a minute, Birbal was stunned. Although Akbar belonged to Muslim faith, he was known for respecting all religions. He then understood that Akbar was seeking some answers from him. Birbal started thinking of a plan. He requested Akbar to give him couple of days’ time and assured him thathe would be back with the answer. Both parted their ways.
The next day, Birbal went to meet the candle maker and told him to make a life like wax model of Prince Khurram, Akbar’s grandson. Next, he went to the Royal palace and spoke to a trusted servant. Birbal instructed him to get the wax model with him the next evening and wait in the garden. When Birbal gave a cue, he should throw the wax model into the river and then give out a cry as though it was prince Khurram who had fallen into the water.
The next evening, Akbar and Birbal set out to the park for their usual stroll. Akbar could see the servant holding Khurram and standing by the pool. Of course, Akbar had no clue that it was a wax model of his darling grandson. After a few minutes Birbal gave a signal to the trusted servant and immediately a splash was heard. The servant started screaming, “Prince! Oh the Prince!” Akbar rushed to the spot and without losing a second, jumped into the pool.
After a few seconds Akbar got hold of the baby only to realize that it was a wax model. He was puzzled and speechless. Birbal rushed to help the wet and distressed Emperor. Birbal asked Akbar very innocently, “Jahapannah! Why did you have to jump into the pool yourself? You have ruined your clothes. You could have asked your servant to jump into the pool.”
Akbar replied “Birbal, What are you talking about? I thought it was my own grandson. He means to me, more than my own life! Why would I want someone else to rescue him?”
Birbal smiled and said “You are right, your majesty! Our Gods too feel the same way. The devotees who seek help from Lord Krishna are very dear to Him. When one holds someone dear, one is concerned. Just like parents love their own children and care for them, God too is concerned about all those who pray to Him and seek help and refuge. Nobody can replace God. This is not restricted to any one God as we know that all Gods are one”
Akbar looked at Birbal with great affection and said, “Once again Birbal you have proved that you are incomparable when it comes to your wit and intelligence! Come, let’s go back to the palace as I would like to spend some time with the real Prince Khurram! ”. Saying this, Emperor Akbar winked.
WHAT WE LEARN FROM THE ABOVE STORY:
Our dear Swami also came into this world to take care of His children. Pouring grace on the devout is one of the Avatar’s main mission. We should always remember and truly believe in Swami’s words, “Why fear when I am there”. Other than our beloved Swami, this reassurance is something only our parents can give to us.
Aradhana Mahotsavam 2019
On the auspicious day of Swami's Avatar declaration, let us reminiscence with reverence on the four-fold prime mission of the Avatar: Veda samrakshana (protection of Vedas), Dharma sthapana (to establish righteousness), Vidwath Poshana (fostering Vedic scholars), and Bhaktha Rakshana (to protect his devotees). In taking forward the Divine task, time and again, Swami encouraged us to recognise and explore the five core values - Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love, and Non-violence in our daily lives. These will kindle noble thoughts and actions and eventually establish Dharma.
Click on the link to read stories with beautiful illustrations on the inter-linked values.