Sai Satcharita-Chapter 4- Stories and Essence- Love and Devotion to God

Value- Love

Sub value- Devotion

Two stories depicting love for God


  1. Vithal Himself Appeared


Master’s messages-Vol 1- 3.6-Faith and Conviction

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Have the faith undiminished


One must be firm and fixed in their faith. Once convinced we should not waver. When sun is directly over our head there will be no shadow similarly when faith is steady in our head it should not cast shadow of doubt. Lord comes in human form age after age to warn and guide us. When faith is undiminished one can move safely in the world. No harm can come to us. One must be vigilant on the goal with inner concentration.

Story based on the above message

Essence from Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1- Chapter 3

Bhaja Govindam- Verse 31 with stories and essence


Verse 31

Gurucaraṇāmbuja nirbhara bhaktaḥ

saṁsārādacirādbhava muktaḥ,

sendriyamānasa niyamādevaṁ

drakṣyasi nija hṛdayasthaṁ devam 

O devotee of the lotus feet of the teacher! May you become liberated soon from the saṁsāra through the discipline of the sense organs and the mind. You will come to experience the Lord that dwells in your own heart.

Story based on the above verse



It is the ardent devotion to the lotus feet of the teacher which is an outstanding means for the pursuit of knowledge, for becoming free from saṁsāra.

Devotion to the teacher also includes devotion to what the teacher stands for. One cannot be devoted to a teacher unless one is devoted to what the teacher stands for. A teacher represents the scriptures. He represents the tradition, he represents the knowledge. In being devoted to him, there is devotion to the knowledge, devotion to the scriptures, devotion to the tradition, and devotion to God.

Devotion means love with respect and reverence. It is a love in which there is reverence and surrender. There are different kinds of love, but the love between a teacher and student is altogether different. There is a willing submission or willing surrender to the teacher out of a sense of reverence, and an implicit trust or faith in him.

A Guru is needed to explain the real essence of the scriptures to a disciple. He is the guide who will lead us through the samsara and finally make us realise that samsara is ‘mithya’ illusory and how to seek that which is permanent. He is that beacon of light who will lead us by example to seek the Lord within and realise our true self.

For students


Below link is an actual influence of a Balvikas guru on a student and the student has written a lovely tribute to his guru.

Teachers play an important role in moulding a child’s character and in teaching the lessons of life. Education should be for life and not mere learning. When we find such good teachers, we should hold on to them, respect them and their teachings and benefit from it. Value based and holistic education is important to develop the self- confidence and inner strength of a child who will grow up to be strong to face the challenges of life.



Buddha’s story on Karma

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Positive thoughts


Buddha was sitting with his disciples. One of them asked him “What is Karma?”

Buddha said, “Let me tell you a story…”

A king was touring his kingdom on his elephant. Suddenly he stopped in front of a shop in the market and said to his minister, “I don’t know why, but I want to hang the owner of this shop.” The minister was shocked. But before he could ask the king why, the king had moved on.

The next day, the minister went to that shop dressed as one of the locals to see the shopkeeper. He casually asked him how his business was faring. The shopkeeper, a sandalwood merchant, reported sadly that he had hardly any customer. People would come to his shop, smell the sandalwood and then go away. They would even praise the quality of the sandalwood but rarely buy anything. His only hope was that the king would die soon. Then there would be a huge demand for sandalwood for performing his last rites. As he was the only sandalwood merchant around, he was sure the king’s death would mean a windfall.

The minister now understood why the king had stopped in front of this shop and expressed a desire to kill the shopkeeper. Perhaps, the shopkeeper’s negative thought vibration had subtly affected the king, who had, in turn, felt the same kind of negative thought arising within.

The minister; a nobleman, pondered over the matter for a while. Without revealing who he was or what had happened the day before, he expressed a desire to buy some sandalwood. The shopkeeper was pleased. He wrapped the sandalwood and handed it over to the minister.

When the minister returned to the palace, he went straight to the court where the king was seated and reported that the sandalwood merchant had a gift for him. The king was surprised. When he opened the package, he was pleasantly surprised by the fine golden color of the sandalwood and its agreeable fragrance. Pleased, he sent some gold coins to the sandalwood merchant. The king also felt sorry in his heart that he had harbored unbecoming thoughts of killing the shopkeeper.

When the shopkeeper received the gold coins from the king, he was astounded. He began to proclaim the virtues of the king who had, through the gold coins, saved him from the brink of poverty. After some time, he recalled the morbid thoughts he had felt towards the king and repented for having entertained such negative thoughts for his own personal goal.

If we have a good and kind thought for another person, that positive thought will come back to us in a favorable way. But if we harbor evil thoughts, those thoughts will come back to us as retribution.

“What is Karma?” asked Buddha

Many replied, “our words, our deeds, our feelings, our actions……”

Buddha shook his head and said

“Your thoughts are your Karma!”


We will receive what we give. Everything is about reaction and reflection. Good thought, deeds and actions will get back the same.


Mahatma Gandhi and Putlibai

Value- Truth

Sub value- Honesty

Putlibai, Mahatma Gandhi’s mother once  observed a vow wherein she would not take food until she heard a cuckoo sing. One day, she waited long and the song of a cuckoo was not heard. Worried that his mother is sticking to her vow and not taking food, young Gandhi went behind the house and mimicked a cuckoo singing. He came inside and told his mother to have her food as the cuckoo sang.

Mother Putlibai felt very sad as she knew her son was lying. She cried, “O God! What sin have I committed to give birth to a son who speaks untruth?”

Realising the immense grief he caused to his mother by uttering a lie, Gandhi took a vow that he would never indulge in falsehood thenceforth.


Mothers are the first teachers of children. It is their duty to train their children in moral values and not overlook children’s mistakes. They must help reform their children whenever they stray away from the right path and reward them for their good deeds.

Source- Chinna Katha by Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sai Satcharita- Chapter 3- Stories and Essence- Rohilla story

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Value- Peace

Sub value- Developing good thoughts

Rohilla’s Story

One tall and well-built Rohilla (a pathan man) came to Shirdi, wearing a long kafni (robe) and was enamoured of Sai who stayed there. Day and night he used to recite in a loud and harsh tone the Kalma (verses from Holy Koran) and shout “ALLAH HO AKBAR” (God is Great). Most people of Shirdi, were working in their fields by day and when they returned to their homes at night, they were welcomed with the Rohilla’s harsh cries and shouts. They could get no sleep and felt much trouble and inconvenience. They suffered in silence this nuisance for some days, and when they could stand it no longer, they approached Baba, and requested Him to check the Rohilla and stop the nuisance.

Baba did not attend to their complaint. On the contrary, Baba took the villagers to task, and asked them to mind their own business, and not the Rohilla. He told them that the Rohilla had  a very bad wife,  who would come and trouble the Rohilla and Himself; but hearing the Rohilla’s prayers, she  didn’t dare to enter the masjid  , and they were  left in  peace.

In fact, the Rohilla had no wife and by his wife Baba meant DURBUDDHI, i.e. bad thoughts. As Baba liked prayers and cries to God better than anything else, He took the side of the Rohilla, and asked the villagers to wait and suffer the nuisance, which would abate in due course.


Learning or Essence

Through the above story Baba brought out the importance of one of the nine types of bhakti (Vishnu smarana or chanting the name of the Lord). The Divine Name saves and liberates! It is armour against the onslaughts of pride and self-pity. When Japam (repetition of Lord’s name) is started in a systematic manner; initially it will meet with many obstacles, disquieting thoughts and enticements. These should be ignored, by-passed, treated lightly. We must strengthen our habits, stick to our discipline and improve our inner administration. The unruly bull (mind) has to be roped and tamed, its nose bored and ringed, it has to be yoked and trained to drag heavy loads and become the docile servant of its master. Namasmarana (chanting of Lord’s name) loudly especially during the initial stages of sadhana (spiritual practises) will be helpful to drive out the evil thoughts and concentrate on the Divine.

For Children

Baba was a loving mother and father to all. He loved Rohilla as much as the others; though he disturbed the people of Shirdi with his loud prayers. Baba instead of reprimanding Rohilla, explained  people the importance of chanting the Lord’s name and how it ccould remove the bad thoughts resident in us.

Children should remember to pray or thank the Lord at least once a day. If they can chant a small prayer daily and make it a habit; it will remain with them throughout their life. Prayers will give us strength to face the situations and challenges of life.

Another story to emphasise on the power of namasmarana is in the link below.

Sai Satcharita is a treasure trove of divine experiences and messages for Sai devotees who were not able to see and interact with Baba physically.

Bow to Shri Sai and peace be to all

Courtesy- Sri Sai Satcharita




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