God incarnates from the state of Atma (Universal Absolute Consciousness) to the state of Deha (Body), to play a specific role as a part of HIS Cosmic Drama. The formless supreme Lord chose to take on an exceptional and wondrous form as Sri Sathya Sai Baba, lovingly called ‘Swami’ on 23 November 1926 at Puttaparthi, India. He embodied Himself with dark aura of hairs, dressed in graceful saffron robe, with charming smile added with dripping love endearing Him to all hearts. The Divine Script of His leela (divine play) was written, directed and put into action by Him alone in His unique fashion.
Revealing the purpose of His advent, Swami said that He had come to re-establish the rhythm of righteousness in the world and repair the ancient highway to God, which over the years had systematically deteriorated. In His own words: “This Sai has come in order to achieve the supreme task of uniting the entire mankind as one family through the bond of brotherhood, of affirming and illuminating the Atmic Reality (The Divine Self) of each being, to reveal the Divine which is the basis on which the entire cosmos rests, and of instructing all to recognise the common Divine Heritage that binds man to man, so that man can rid himself of the animal qualities and rise up to the Divine, which is the goal.”
Defining His Mission, he mentioned “I have come, not to disturb or destroy any faith, But to confirm each one in his own faith. So that, a Christian becomes a better Christian, a Muslim a better Muslim and a Hindu a better Hindu”. He unified all of humanity by propagating the Unity of Faiths, as he always said, “Each religion is a different road to the same goal, viz. Salvation”. He had successfully united the faiths through the replacement of:
- Religion by Spirituality
- Rituals by Service
- Scriptures by Education in Human Values/Educare
This Avatar had been an open book in which the essence of Divinity inscribed in golden letters, “Love All Serve All“ and “Help Ever Hurt Never”. The two axioms that best summarized His Life and His Teachings are based on Five Human Values: Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Right Conduct), Shanthi (Peace), Prema (Love) and Ahimsa (Non-Violence). He advised the easiest way to see the same ONE GOD in all is to lead life’s journey with the help of the Five Human Values. It is only by practicing these five principles that one can know them. Knowledge that is not put into practice is no knowledge at all.
During his physical Divine presence, millions of people had been corrected, straightened, advised, admonished, sheltered, reformed, clothed, fed, educated, nursed, cured, guarded, guided and transformed every second of the day all over the globe. He just worked, day and night, continuously to uplift the mankind to Divinity.
On Sunday, 24 April 2011, when nobody ever imagined could ever happen, our Divine Master decided that He had given His Teachings and must now withdraw to His eternal, formless and omnipresent aspect, hence pulled the curtain and took Mahasamadhi. The Eternal dissolved into Eternity, leaving his devotees to come of age and behave like adults and improve spiritually by carrying on His Mission, besides spreading His Teachings. In fact, He never passed away, rather say, He passed His Love and Message into us.
Due to His utmost Grace we knew of His Divine presence on earth and we must dare to declare that
- The ‘Divine Love’ Himself walked on Two Feet
- We lived with God and God lived amongst us
- We have witnessed this to be true
It’s time now to experience eternity. His essence lives on through all of us, a fragment of Him in all that we see. He is still with us in many forms: in dreams, visions, vibhuti, visitations, a sense of His presence. In His Universal form He can be found in all beings and is manifesting in all world religions and traditions in their forms of worship. And in the formless, it can be interpreted as that it is infinite silence, eternal peace, emptiness of desires and attachments: pure love, which is everything.
Swami emphasized that man’s basic nature is Divine and the purpose of life is to awaken this ‘Innate Divinity’. This will occur by leading a moral and spiritual life where “Love” is the key. He said, “Love is God and God is Love. Where there is Love, there is God. Love more and more people; love them more and more intensively. Transform the Love into Service and Service into Worship… that is the Highest Spiritual Sadhana”.
This world is our Cosmic University. To pay homage and tribute to the Divine master and to graduate successfully, we must follow the curriculum with a sincere working Action Plan:
- Live in constant integrated awareness (CIA) of God being Omniscient, Omnipresence and Omnipotent
- Live HIS message by practicing five human values, Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa
- Develop ‘Love for God’, have ‘Fear of Sin’ and maintain ‘Morality in Society’
- Always “Help Ever, Hurt Never” and “Love All, Serve All”
- Have courage and determination to listen to the “Inner Voice” and walk on it at all times
- Make “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” (Let all beings in all worlds be happy) a way of our life
If we listen to His voice in Silence of our mind, we might hear, “I am always with you, and you are forever with Me, Remember that you are a fragment of Me, Blaze forth My beloved child, My divine love and energy, Emitting My light, reflecting Me, Mine you are and evermore shall be…”
O beloved Sai Maa, Divine Mother, we are greatly indebted to you! Our heads bow in gratitude at Thy Divine Lotus Feet!