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 big 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

Krishna and Duryodhana

krishna and duryodhana
Value- Truth
Sub value- Wisdom
Once, it so happened that Lord Krishna was standing in front of the mirror decorating himself. He was trying on different crowns on his head and putting on some fine jewelry while his charioteer, Dharuk waited outside with the chariot ready.
 As Dharuk waited with the chariot, he  thought to himself – usually Krishna comes immediately; but today he has still not come. So, out of curiosity he went inside to find out if the program was still on , as  Krishna was very unpredictable, anytime anything would change.  When Dharuk went inside Krishna’s chambers he saw Lord Krishna standing in front of the mirror  and admiring himself.
He politely asked, “My dear Lord, tell me, why are you dressing up so much today. Where are we going?”
Lord Krishna said, “O! Dharuk! I am going to meet Duryodhana.”
Dharuk asked in surprise and puzzlment, “You are dressing up so much to meet Duryodhana?”
Lord Krishna then said, “Dharuk, Duryodhana cannot see my inside, he can only appreciate my outside. So I am making the effort to be well dressed for the same reason!”
Then Dharuk  said, “ O! Lord! You are going to Duryodhana? He should come to you O Lord! .  I  find it hard to accept.”
Many times, the drivers and assistants give you more advise than needed. He continued to say, “This is not fair. Look at your status and look at him! You are the Lord of the world. You should not go, let him come.”
Krishna turned back, looked at him, smiled and said, “Darkness does not come to light, light has to go to darkness.”
Light can only illuminate a dark place. Where there is no light; there is darkness. Filled with only his self, ego and negativity; Duryodhana represents darkness and the compassionate Lord Krishna who is light Himself goes to darkness to illuminate him. Once we work on removing darkness which is all our negative qualities we can find the light shining within us which is our inherent divinity.

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.



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