Sai Satcharita- Chapter 5- Stories and Essence- Be truthful, helpful and do your duty

sai and light

Value- Truth, Right conduct

Sub value- Honesty, Duty

In this chapter the 2 selected stories are based on 2 human values Truth and Right Conduct

1.Turning Water into Oil

Sai Baba was very fond of lights. He used to borrow oil from shop-keepers, and keep lamps burning the whole night in the Masjid and temple. This went on for some time. The Banias (oil merchants), who supplied oil gratis (for free) , once met together and decided not to give Him oil. When, as usual, Baba went to ask for oil, they all gave Him a distinct No. Unperturbed, Baba returned to the Masjid and kept the dry wicks in the lamps. The banias were watching Him with curiosity. Baba took the Tumrel (tin pot) which contained very little (a few drops) of oil, put water into it and drank it and forced it fall in the container. After consecrating the tin-pot in this way, He again took water in the tin-pot and filled all the lamps with it and lighted them. To the surprise and dismay of the watching Banias, the lamps began to burn and kept burning the whole night. The Banias repented and apologized. Baba forgave them and asked them to be more truthful in future.


Baba was divinity incarnate, His power is immeasurable. If He so willed He could have lit the lamps without asking for oil from the oil merchants. It was His love to give them an opportunity to serve by offering some oil for lighting the lamps in the masjid. Not realising His divinity they refused to part with the oil and spoke untruth. Later when they realised that Baba was indeed Divine they asked His forgiveness. The intention of Baba in this case was to help them to transform by learning to help others and to always be truthful.

The inner significance for all of us would be; Baba; the divine Master came to earth to teach mankind how to make our lives meaningful by loving and helping people in need. To light the lamps of our heart with the oil of love. He rekindles that by using us as His instruments by asking us to do our part for the society and thus love everyone, purify ourselves and shine brightly. He does not need anything except our inner progress.

For Children

Always speak the truth and help people in need especially when you can. These values when you practice from young will keep you in good stead throughout your lives.

Story for children


2.The Pseudo-Guru Javhar Ali

Five years after the wrestling bout mentioned earlier, one Fakir from Ahmednagar by name Javhar Ali, came to Rahata with his disciples and stayed in Bakhal (spacious room) near Virabhadra temple. The Fakir was learned, could repeat the whole Koran and had a sweet tongue.Many religious and devout people of the village came to him and began to respect him. With the help of the people, he started to build an Idgah ( a wall before which Mohomedans pray on Idgah day), near the Virabhadra temple. There was some quarrel about this affair, on account of which, Javhar Ali had to leave Rahata.

Then he came to Shirdi and lived in the Masjid with Baba. People were captured by his sweet talk, and he began to call Baba his disciple. Baba did not object and consented to be his Chela. Then both Guru and Chela decided to return to Rahata and live there. The Guru (Teacher) never knew his disciple’s worth, but the disciple knew the defects of the Guru, still he never disrespected him, observing carefully his duties. He even served the Master in various ways.

They used to come to Shirdi off and on, but their main stay was in Rahata. The loving devotees of Baba in Shirdi did not like, that Baba should stay away from them in Rahata. So they went in a deputation to bring Baba back to Shirdi. When they met Baba near the Idgah and told the purpose for which they came, Baba said to them that the Fakir was an ill-tempered fellow, he would not leave him and that they should better return to Shirdi without him, before the Fakir returned.

While they were thus talking, the Fakir turned up and was very angry with them for trying to take away his disciple. There was some discussion and altercation and it was finally decided that both the Guru and Chela should return to Shirdi. And so they returned and lived in Shirdi. But after a few days the Guru was tested by Devidas and he was found wanting.

Twelve years before Baba arrived in Shirdi with the marriage-party, this Devidas aged about 10 or 11 came to Shirdi and lived in the Maruti temple. Devidas had fine features and brilliant eyes, and he was dispassion incarnate and a Jnani. Many persons, namely Tatya Kote, Kashinath and others regarded, him as their Guru. They brought Javhar Ali in his presence, and in the discussion that followed, Javhar was worsted and fled from Shirdi.

He went and stayed in Bijapur and returned after many years to Shirdi, and prostrated himself before Sai Baba. The delusion that he was Guru and Sai Baba his Chela, was cleared away, and as he repented, Sai Baba treated him with respect.


In the above incident Sai Baba showed by actual conduct how one should get rid of egoism and do the duties of a disciple to attain the highest end, viz., self-realization. Baba was free from ego and was ready to be a disciple and served his guru with sincerity. Baba; Himself a divine incarnate went through the above only to teach mankind how to overcome ego and how to do one’s duty as a disciple. The Guru in the above incident however was full of ego till it brought his fall. It is a learning that we should do our duty sincerely whether anyone else does or not. Our sincerity and dedication to our duty will do us good both in the material world as well as in the spiritual world. Working on reducing our ego will help us to happy within and also maintain good relation with all around us.

For children

Always do your duty to the best of your abilities. As a student put in best efforts in your studies, respect your teacher and learn with sincerity and dedication.

Story for children


You are important

Value- Truth
Sub value- Responsibility for self
A cobbler lived in a large village and he was the only cobbler in town, so he was responsible for repairing the boots of everybody else.
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However, he didn’t have time to repair his own boots.
This wasn’t a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to deteriorate and fall apart.
While he worked feverishly on the boots of everyone else, his feet got blisters and he started to limp.
His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything was alright.
However, after a few years, the cobbler’s feet were so injured that he could no longer work and no-one’s boots got repaired.
As a consequence, soon the entire town started to limp in pain, all because the cobbler never took the time to repair his own boots.
This simple principle is so often disregarded.
If you are in a responsible position and are one of the important links in the groups survival chain and if *You do not look after yourself, after a while you’ll be no good to anyone else either*.
Your best intentions will mean nothing and you’ll be unable to do what you’re meant to do.
This goes for leaders, social workers, teachers, even parents, breadwinners, homemakers and “daughter-in-laws”
If you don’t take the time to care for yourself, no-one else will. So start taking care of your health both physical and mental health so that you can be happy and help others also.
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Master’s messages- 3.9 Vol 1 The Guru

Manasa Bhajore Guru Charanam


Guru destroys illusion and sheds light. That is why Guru is worshipped on a full moon day. Moon is the presiding deity of the mind and on the full moon day; mind becomes fully beneficent. Guru will tell us that we have forgotten our real self and are unaware of the loss. He is the physician of the illness which brings about suffering of alternate birth and death. If one does not find such a guru, the Lord Himself will show the way.

Story based on the above message

Essence- Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1, Chapter 3


Buddha and disciple’s robe

Value- Right conduct
Sub value- Avoid wastage, Thrift
A disciple of Buddha, said, “Oh Master! I have a request to make.”
Buddha: “What is it; tell me?”
Disciple: “My robe is worn out. It is no longer decent enough to wear.Please, may I have a new one?”
Buddha looked at the disciple’s attire and found that the garment was absolutely in tatters and really needed replacement. So he asked the store-keeper to give a new robe to this disciple.
The disciple offered obeisance to the great master and left the room.
Buddha kept thinking about the incident and felt that he had perhaps missed an opportunity to teach a valuable lesson to the disciple. So he went to the disciple’s quarters to talk to him.
Buddha: Are you comfortable in your new robe? Do you need anything else?
Disciple: Thank you Master. I am very comfortable and do not need anything else.
Buddha: Now that you have a new one, what have you done with the old one?
Disciple: I have used it to replace my worn out bedspread.
Buddha: What did you do with the old bedspread?
Disciple: Master, I am using it as a curtain on my window.
Buddha: Did you discard your old window curtain?
Disciple: Master, I tore it into four pieces and am using them as napkins to handle the hot pots and pans in the kitchen.
Buddha: What about the old kitchen napkins?
Disciple: We are using them as mops to wash and wipe the floor.
Buddha: Where is the old mop?
Disciple: Lord, the old mop was so tattered that the best we could do was to take all the threads apart and make wicks for your oil lamp. One of them is presently lit in your room.”
Buddha was content. He was happy that His disciples realized that nothing is useless. We can find a use for everything, if only we want to! Nothing should be wasted; not even time!
If all of us were to practice the habit of thrift, we can preserve the non renewable resources for our children, our grandchildren and our great grand children as our forefathers so thoughtfully did for us.
The real measure of a man’s wealth is what he has invested in eternity.

Master’s messages- Vol 1- 3.8-Need for a guru

Guru is the one who dispels the darkness of ignorance in us

When one is inclined towards the spiritual path; he starts pursuing in that path but without proper direction; gets lost. Hence the need for a guru who will guide him and lead him to the ultimate.

Gu – Gunateetha-one who has transcended the 3 gunas namely rajas, tamas and satwik.

Ru- Rupa varjita- one who has grasped the formless aspect of God head by sublimation of lower to higher qualities. Guru is the one who dispels the darkness of ignorance.

Story based on the above message

Message from Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1- Chapter 3

Elephant and the pig

Value- Peace
Sub value- Wisdom
An elephant took a bath in a river and was walking on the road. As it neared a bridge, it saw a pig fully soaked in mud coming from the opposite direction. The elephant quietly moved to one side, allowed the dirty pig to pass and then continued its onward journey.
The unclean pig later spoke to its friends in arrogance, “See how great I am; even the elephant was afraid of me and moved to one side to let me pass”.
On hearing this, some elephants questioned their friend, the reason for its action. Was it out of fear?
The elephant smiled and replied, “I could have easily crushed the pig under my leg, but I was clean and the pig was very dirty. By crushing it, my leg will become dirty and I wanted to avoid it. Hence, I moved aside.”
Realized souls will avoid contact with negativity not out of fear, but out of desire to keep away from impurity though they are strong enough to destroy the impurity. We need not react to every opinion, every comment, or every situation. We must choose our battles wisely… Not everything deserves our time and attention. Reacting or behaving in a same way will take away our peace of mind.
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Master’s messages-Vol 1-3.7- Doing one’s duty

Do one’s duty to the best of one’s abilities and without any attachment


One should do one’s duty in this world with dedication and sincerity but without attachment. If one develops the quality of detachment slowly; they will not be hurt and suffer so much. Attachment leads to expectations and unmet expectations lead to disappointment. Disappointment makes us unhappy. So lets do our best in whatever work we undertake.

Story based on the above message

Essence- Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 3

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