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Shirdi Sai Baba Quotes and Teachings

Shirdi Sai Baba quotes and teachings are from various sources include books, newspaper articles, audio and video. The quotes have been collected over a period of 10 years.
  • Those who think that Baba is only in Shirdi have totally failed to know me.
  • What do we lose by another’s good fortune? Let us celebrate with them, or strive to emulate them.
  • Patience ferries you across to the distant goal.
  • What is our duty? To behave properly. That is enough.
  • What God gives is never exhausted, what man gives never lasts.
  • If formless meditation is difficult, then think of my form just as you see it here. With such meditation, the difference between subject and object is lost and the mind dissolves in unity.
  • When you see with your inner eye; then you realize that you are God and not different from Him.
  • If you are wealthy, be humble. Plants bend when they bear fruit.
  • Spend money in charity; be generous and munificent but not extravagant.
  • There is a wall of separation between oneself and others and between you and me. Destroy this wall!
  • Let the world go topsy-turvy, you remain where you are. Look on calmly at the show of all things passing before you. Demolish the wall of difference that separates you from Me; and then the road for our meeting will be clear and open. The sense of differentiation, as I and Thou, is the barrier that keeps away the disciple from his Master, and unless that is destroyed the state of Union or At-One-ment is not possible.
  • You need not go far, or anywhere in search of Me. Barring your name and form, there exists in you, as well as in all beings, a sense of Being or Consciousness of Existence. That is Myself. Knowing this, you see Me inside yourself as well as in all beings. If you practice this, you will realize all pervasiveness and thus attain oneness with Me.
  • Whenever you undertake to do something, do it thoroughly or not at all.
  • No one wants to take from me what I give abundantly.
  • Other people’s acts will affect just them. It is only your own deeds that will affect you.
  • Where contentiousness prevails, ignorance and Maya abound. There is no thought of deliverance and the mind is continually engaged in malicious, misconceived speculation. Such one is not worthy of self-knowledge. He is engulfed by ignorance alone. He can enjoy happiness neither on earth nor in heaven. Everywhere and at all times he is unhappy.
  • When you see with your inner eye, then you realize that you are God and not different from Him.
  • Be wherever you like, do whatever you choose, remember this well that all what you do is known to Me. I am the Inner Ruler of all and seated in their hearts. I envelope all the creatures, the movable and immovable world. I am the Controller the wire-puller of the show of this universe. I am the Mother, origin of all beings the harmony of three gunas, the propeller of all senses, the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer. Nothing will harm him, who turns his attention towards Me, but maya will lash or whip him who forgets Me. All the insects, ants, the visible, movable and immovable world, is My body or form....
  • I am formless and everywhere.
  • If one devotes their entire time to me and rests in me, need fear nothing for body and soul.
  • I get angry with none. Will a mother get angry with her children? Will the ocean send back the waters to the several rivers?
  • If you make me the sole object of your thoughts and aims, you will gain the supreme goal.
  • All that is seen is my form: ant, fly, prince, and pauper.
  • Distance lends enchantment to the view. It is not so in spirituality. The nearer you come to God, the greater becomes your joy and happiness. You pass from the mundane to the spiritual plane of existence. It is a ladder, a bridge to eternity.
  • Be spiritual. Forget self. Immerse yourself in the ocean of universality. Give up individuality and become impersonal. It is only then the gulf between your mundane world and our spiritual world of eternal bliss can be bridged. Make God the target of your life, the summum bonum of your aspirations, the goal of your victory.
  • Pray to Him day and night. Prayers offered from the fullness of your heart find an echo in the Universal Mind. They create waves after waves of divine power bringing in you a new life, a new impulse, a new light, a healing of wounds, which nothing else can cure or heal. Prayers are a sovereign remedy for all ills the body is heir to. They remedy, the purify, they exalt, they illumine the heart, mind and soul.
  • Ignorance conceals the preexistent knowledge just as water plants cover over the surface of the pond. Clear away the plants and you have the water. You don’t have to create it; it is already there.
  • A cataract grows on the eye and prevents a man from seeing. Remove the cataract and he sees. Ignorance is the cataract.
  • Divine knowledge is to be realized, not taught.
  • Jnana is not something to be attained, it is eternal and self-existent. On the other hand, ignorance has a cause and an end. The root of it is the idea that the devotee is separate being from God. Remove this and what remains is jnana.
  • The root of ignorance is the idea that a person is separate from God…Ignorance conceals the existent knowledge just as weeds cover the surface of a pond. Clean the weeds and you have the water…
  • God is not imprisoned or caged within the four walls of temples or other religious places. He fills the universe and lives in devotees’ hearts…
  • Joy and sorrow are mere delusion. Mere appearance of worldly joy is not true happiness. The worldly man is forcibly drawn to it, as he believes it to be true happiness.
  • Work without desire purifies the mind and creates a desire for knowledge. Reasoning with the help of scriptures produces theoretical knowledge and meditation converts that knowledge into practical wisdom.

Shirdi Sai Baba Teachings On Goal of Life

What is the goal of life? Very few raise this question. Many slumber in darkness. The objective of life is not the pursuit of physical pleasures, the true object of life is God. Seek him in the inner cave of your heart. Worship Him with all the fire of your heart’s devotion. An ounce of godliness is worth more than million tons of righteousness possessions and gains. Truth alone will survive. It is eternal, for Truth is God and God is Truth.

Shirdi Sai Baba on Worship

The main obstacles to success in your Sadhana are your feeling of ‘I’ and ‘Mine’, ‘Ahamkara’ and ‘Mamakara.’

Realise God as the sole independent Reality. The soul is dependent on God’s grace for realizing its true blissful nature. Whether it is in the bondage or the state of release, the Soul is dependent on God.

Devotion and service to God must be performed without expecting results. This attitude alone will take one near God.

Worshiping God with devotion is the greatest virtue. The devotion displayed by you should not be for mere show, even when thrown amidst penury. All your good deeds should be aimed to please God.