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The following is an excerpt from a spiritual biography that I am writing about my spiritual teacher, Pearl Dorris. It explains some of the inner experiences she had with Sai Baba, and in the process gives a nice overview of Sai Baba's teaching.
. . . meanwhile, after Pearl had this experience with . . . Saint Germain and Sai Baba, she continued to see Baba in her house for an entire week. No matter which room she walked into – there he would be, smiling at her!
Prior to learning about Sai Baba, Pearl’s previous spiritual interests had been primarily along the line of the Ascended Masters, as well as various metaphysical paths that were in harmony with their teachings. She had studied only a little bit about Eastern religions, yoga, and some of the saints of India. So naturally, Pearl now wanted to know more about Sathya Sai Baba. Thus, one day while she was meditating and intuning to her heart center, she said, “Beloved I AM Presence, show me more about Sai Baba.”
Sometime later, Pearl was sitting at her dining room table when she found herself leaving her physical body behind and traveling forth in her etheric body. Crossing over the Pacific Ocean, she came down into the small village of Puttaparthi in South India, and “landed” on a balcony on the second floor of a two-story temple. Below on the ground were hundreds of Sai Baba’s followers, or “devotees,” waiting for Baba, (or “Swami” as he is affectionately called by his “devotees”), to come out on the balcony and speak to them. Since Pearl was in her etheric body, she could see the crowd, but they were unable to see her sitting above them. After a little while Sai Baba walked out on to the little balcony, and standing next to Pearl, began addressing the crowd. At one point during his spiritual discourse, he turned slightly, and looking down at Pearl, smiled warmly at her. Finishing his discourse, he strolled past her and back into the temple. She then found herself sailing up through the atmosphere, crossing back over the ocean, and entering her physical body in her dining room.
Filled with bliss and awe, she pondered over this extraordinary experience. She could now feel Sai Baba’s reality within her in a far more powerful way than before. And even though she had witnessed only a tiny part of the tremendous, transcendent blessing that Sai Baba was pouring forth to India and the world, through his limitless love, wisdom, and power, she was already deeply touched. It just so “happened” that from this point onwards, some of the people who were visiting Pearl began bringing her books about Sai Baba. And the more she learned about him the more her love and gratitude grew.
One day, a married couple visited Pearl whom she had never met before. As they sat around the kitchen table together, Sai Baba appeared above them in the atmosphere and directed Pearl’s attention to the man’s ring.
“Your ring was materialized by Sai Baba,” Pearl said.
“How did you know that?” The man replied in surprise.
“He’s above us right now and is blessing us.” Pearl answered happily.
The man and his wife were unable to see Baba, but he could feel the uplifting divine energy Baba was pouring into the room. The grateful man thanked Pearl for the role that she played in this unusual blessing, and they went on their way.
Another time, someone, who had recently been to India to see Sai Baba, was visiting Pearl. This person told her that they had shown Baba a photo of Pearl, and with a knowing smile Baba lovingly said, “I know her.”
Over time, Pearl’s understanding of Sai Baba’s teachings continued to grow. Bringing a message of pure love and selfless service, he teaches the oneness of the world’s religions and the divinity of humanity. Like Jesus, he heals the sick, makes the blind to see, the deaf to hear, and raises people from the dead. Speaking every known language, he is the living embodiment of love, purity, and wisdom. He never charges for his teachings, and in fact often materializes valuable sacred objects and gives them away. He says that he is everywhere in the universe simultaneously; he is all knowing; and there is nothing he can not accomplish with his Divine Will. How can this be? He explains to his devotees that he is an “Avatar,” a full Embodiment of Divinity.
In the ancient sacred Hindu scriptures, an “Avatar” is described as a descent of Divinity into human form. It is a “Divine Incarnation.” Sai Baba explains that Krishna and Rama were Avatars. He also says that Rama and Krishna were both former embodiments of himself! And, that he is this selfsame Avatar, who has returned once again in physical form to ensure that humanity does not perish as we move through this difficult, dangerous transition period, prior to entering into the universal peace and love of the Permanent Golden Age.
Explaining the nature of Avatars, Sai Baba says:
The Avatar comes as Man in order to demonstrate that man is Divine, in order to be within reach of Man . . . Love is his instrument; nonviolence is his Message. He achieves the correction of the evil-minded through education and example.2
The Avatar behaves in a human way so that mankind can feel kinship, but rises to superhuman heights so that mankind can aspire to those heights.3
And most importantly he says:
Every one of you is an Avatar. You are the Divine, encased like Me in human flesh and bone! Only you are unaware of it!4
GOD is man and man is GOD. All of us have something of GOD, the Divine Spark, within us. All men are Divine like myself, but with the spirit embodied in human flesh and bone. The only difference is that they are unaware of this Godhood. They have come into this “karmic prison” through the mistakes of many lives. I have taken this mortal form out of my own freewill. They are bound to the body, while I am free of this bondage. The main difference is that they are [carried] hither and thither by [selfish] desire, but I have no desire except the supreme one: to make them free of [selfish] desire.5
You are all embodiments of the Divine. Never forget that Reality.6
One of the most encouraging things which Baba shares, is that ultimately, every single one of us, regardless of our present consciousness and circumstances will eventually reach our divine destination of Self-Mastery, Self-Realization, and Liberation - the Ascension, or “Moksha,” as it is called in India:
No life will be a failure. There is no such thing as failure in the Universe. A hundred times man will hurt himself, a thousand times he will tumble, but in the end he will realize that he is GOD.7
An essential part of Sai Baba’s assistance to the earth is in the form of sacred instruction that helps us to correct our own human shortcomings.* The essence of these teachings, of which he is a living example, is given in the following quotes:
Start the day with love,
Spend the day with love,
Fill the day with love,
End the day with love,
This is the way to GOD.8
Fill every act with worship,
Leaven every feeling with devotion,
Illumine every thought with reverence.
There is only one [people],* and they are the children of GOD.
There is only one language, and that is from the heart.
There is only one religion, and that is love.
There is only one GOD, and GOD is everywhere.
Be convinced that there is a GOD, guiding and guarding us.
Remember Him[/Her] with gratitude.
Pray to Him[/Her] to render you pure.
Love all, serve all.
Join good company.
Visit [places of worship] and [saintly people].9
Think no evil; think what is good.
See no evil; see what is good.
Hear no evil; hear what is good.
Talk no evil; talk what is good.
Do no evil; do what is good.10
And, of course, Baba teaches the oneness of the world’s religions.
Every religion is a different facet of the same Truth.11
Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish, and let the glory of GOD be sung in all languages, and in a variety of tunes. That should be the Ideal. Respect the differences between the faiths and recognize them as valid as long as they do not extinguish the flame of unity.12
All faiths are inter-related and mutually indebted to each other for the principles they teach, and the disciplines they recommend.13
Ultimately, what everyone is seeking is the grace of GOD; the modes of worship differ only in their external form. What all religions preach is fundamentally the same – love, compassion, and equality, . . . equal-mindedness towards all and [loving] all alike. They emphasize the virtue of forbearance. This is the teaching common to the Vedas, Bible, Koran, etc.14
All religions have emphasized the same truths in their basic teachings. But few people try to understand the inner import of religions. Out of a narrow feeling that one’s own religion is superior, and the other faiths are inferior, members of different religions are developing hatred towards members of other faiths and acting like demons. Such narrow ideas should be given up totally. All should develop the awareness that though names and forms may be different, the essential truth is one in all religions.15
And happily he tells us that very soon:
The medium of Love will unify all religions . . . there is only one religion, the religion of love.16
Baba also says:
What the world needs today, is neither a new order, nor a new education, nor a new system, nor a new religion. The remedy lies in a new mind; in a heart filled with Holiness. Holiness must take root and grow in the minds and hearts of youth everywhere. The good and the Godly must endeavor to promote this task as the one great spiritual work they have to undertake.17
As Pearl studied the words of Sai Baba, she began to have more of an appreciation of the unique roles of “East” and “West.” Saint Germain had previously revealed that India and America share a magnificent divine destiny. Thus, it was not by accident that many of Godfre’s divine experiences had taken place in India. Saint Germain also explained that there are many individuals being born in the United States today, who have had recent embodiments in India, and likewise there are being reborn in India many from the USA. This is to help bring about an interblending, balancing process that is needed in both parts of the world.18 Pearl would eventually learn that India is primarily an outpouring of the Divine Feminine to our planet, while America is more an outpouring of the Divine Masculine. So this “interblending process” is helping to bring about a balance of the Divine Feminine and Masculine on the earth. Thus, she discovered that when we delve deeply enough into the teachings of Sai Baba and the Arisen Host we find that they are one and the same. Both contain the very same divine truths, but they sometimes appear different, because they are each worded in the language of the unique cultures from which they originate. One is worded so that those in the “East” can easily understand it, while the other is more oriented for “Westerners.” But fortunately, with a little study, any sincere spiritual aspirant from any culture can easily comprehend both teachings. And by studying, understanding, and applying both of these transcendent teachings, we can bring about a marvelous divine balance within ourselves, as well as helping to do the same for our dear planet. This is because, as Pearl discovered, not only are these two remarkable teachings of East and West perfectly compatible and complementary to each other, but they also seem to be the “other half” of each other. Of course this was not surprising to her, since she could see that not only did they come from the very same Divine Source – the Great I AM, or as it is called in India, the Paramatma; but one comes out of the USA, which Saint Germain says is destined to render a unique, indispensable spiritual service to the earth; and the other out of “Mother India,” which is also destined to spiritually awaken humanity in her own vital, and irreplaceable way.
Naturally, Pearl found that Sai Baba’s teachings concerning the words, “I” or “I AM,” mirror those of the Arisen Host. Some of these teachings are found in the books that contain Sai Baba’s writings, which are referred to as “Vahini”s. The book on “Divine Love” is known as the Prema Vahini, the one on “Right Action” is known as the Dharma Vahini, and so on. But only one of them is graced by the title of Sathya Sai Vahini. And not surprisingly, in the very first chapter,* which is entitled, This and That, Sai Baba begins sharing some of the essential teachings of these most sacred of all words:
Every living being refers to itself as “I.” “I AM Rama,” “I AM Krishna,” “I AM Sita,” “I AM Radha.” Each one assumes the “I” as his own and uses it whenever he has to designate himself. If only birds, beasts, and other living things could speak, they too would have behaved likewise and referred to themselves as “I.” Besides these, even mountain peaks, hills, and trees might announce themselves as “I am hill,” . . . “I am tree,” if only they could speak.
When we spend some time thinking over this, it will be clear that some great mystery is embedded in this expression, “I.” The illiterate [peasant] uses this expression; the sage who has secured the Divine Vision uses it; even GOD, it is said, announces Himself as I. Nevertheless, who probes into this mystery? And, among those who have dared probe, how many have succeeded in unraveling it? And, even if there are a few who have unraveled the mystery, how many among them have used the discovery to transform their lives? Have the celebrated intellectuals, the Pundits [(Hindu scholars)], the Paramahansas [(great Hindu saints known for their extraordinary wisdom and discernment)] even, succeeded in delving into the meaning and significance of this “I?”
. . . This expression “I” is clearly omnipresent; . . . It has unlimited forms and appearances. Like the string that passes through the rosary beads, it interpenetrates and holds together the names and forms.
However transient and changing the names and forms might be, the “I” persists without being affected. Therefore, one has to know this omnipresent “I,” so that one can understand all that has to be known.
. . . Really, the word “I” leads you to the Supreme GODHEAD, when you dive into its significance.
. . . Remember this: when you identify and recognize the “I,” or arrive at the true answer to the question, “Who AM I?” – you have identified and recognized the entire Cosmos and its mysteries.19
Baba then gives further hints about the importance of the words “I” or “I AM:”
It may be asked, “What exactly is the urgency to understand the meaning of this ‘I,’ when there is an infinite number of topics which call for study in the Universe? . . . Of what benefit can it be?” . . .
The expression is simple, of course; but its implications are infinite, and fundamentally satisfying. This is the reason why all great teachers exhort the seekers, “Know Thyself,” “Inquire into yourself.” That alone can give you release.20
In short he says:
“I AM,” refers to the Atma, who is always everywhere . . . Atma is GOD. You are GOD. GOD is omnipresent. This “I” is you. That “I” is you. You are All.21
Pearl would later learn that in the Hindu tradition, they call the part of us that temporarily dwells in the physical body, the “jiva.” While the individualized I AM Presence, which is located just above the physical body, is called the “Atma.” And the “Infinite I AM,” the all-pervading Universal GOD Presence, is often referred to as the “Paramatma,” although there are also many other Hindu names for the universal aspect of GOD. Sai Baba says:
These three – Paramatma, Atma, and I – are only forms and names for the ONE – the Paramatma, the ONE Atma, the Divine Atma.22
Of course it is important to differentiate between the little “I,” which is our ego – our limited, temporary, human personality; and our big “I,” our I AM Presence. Our egos continually trick us into feeling and thinking that we are separate from GOD, and thereby cause fear and doubt to arise within us, which in turn causes us to become selfish, which then creates all the other problems we experience in life. Our Divine “I” on the other hand is our true identity, our Divine Reality – our I AM Presence, our Atma – which in India, is also known as the “Eternal Witness.” Meditating upon and identifying with this Eternal “I,” brings about oneness consciousness, self-mastery, self-realization, inner peace, bliss, and ultimately the Ascension. In the following quote Sai Baba refers to this distinction between the little “I,” and the big “I:”
Really, there are only two “I’s.” One is the ego which is always identifying itself as I, and the other “I” is the Eternal Witness . . . 23
And it is this little “I,” the ego, which he is referring to when he says
The “I,” when crossed out, becomes the symbol of the cross; so what is crucified is the ego . . . Then the Divine Nature manifests itself unhampered.24
This gives us new insights into Jesus’ teaching, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me", (Mt.16:24, NIV).
Over time, Pearl began to better understand Sai Baba’s divine mission. He says:
I incarnate from Age to Age, time to time, to save dharma [righteousness] from anti-dharma [unrighteousness]. Whenever strife, discord and disharmony overwhelm the world, [I] incarnate in human form to show to mankind the way to love, harmony and peace.25
He also says that had he not come into physical embodiment, humanity would have destroyed itself in a global thermonuclear war.
Today, as I have told you, the evil is so widespread that humanity itself would be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust in the event of a world war. It is to prevent such a catastrophe that this Avatar has come to raise human consciousness above the existing syndrome of anger, hate, violence, and war, and save the world from disaster.26
Someone asked Sai Baba why he does not use his Avatar powers to instantly bring about world peace. He explained:
. . . If I cure everything instantly, leaving the people at their present level of consciousness, they would soon mess things up and be at one another’s throats again, with the result that the same chaotic situation would develop in the world.27
Thus, he says:
There are two ways in which an Avatar can help people: an instant solution as against a long-term one.
Any instant solution would go against the fundamental quality of nature itself, as well as the karmic law of cause and effect. Most people live in the material world of their desires and ego, which is governed by this law. They reap the fruits of their actions. This brings about their evolution or devolution. If the Avatar intervenes to instantly solve their problems, it would stop all action, development - even evolution. This solution can be ruled out, because it totally negates the natural laws.
The other, and more effective alternative, presents a long-term solution whereby the Avatar leads the people themselves to a higher level of consciousness to enable them to understand the truth of spiritual laws, so that they may turn towards righteousness, and steadfastly work for better conditions. This will relate them back to nature and the Karmic law of causation. They would then transcend the cycle of cause and effect, in which today they are involved as victims, and thereby command and control the natural forces to be able to avert the calamities you mention . . .28
Sai Baba explains that in order to prevent the self-destruction of humanity, he will manifest on earth at this time in three different “Sai” embodiments. The first of these has already been completed. It was as the beloved Moslem-Hindu saint known as Shirdi Sai Baba, who lived in North India during the latter half of the 19th Century and early part of the 20th Century. He lived and slept in an old, broken down Muslim mosque, and yet taught both Hindu and Muslim precepts. Consequently, he had both Hindu and Muslim followers – something which was almost unheard of at that time in India. Since the conclusion of that embodiment, Shirdi Sai Baba has become one of the most loved and revered saints of all India, and especially so in North India where he is more well known. This popularity is due largely to the enormous number of miracles resulting from prayers to him. Before passing on in 1918, he told his closest followers that he would re-embody in eight years in a little village in South India. Eight years later on November 23, 1926, Sathya Sai Baba was born in the tiny South Indian hamlet of Puttaparthi. Interestingly enough, the day following his birth, the great Indian saint, Sri Aurobindo, announced to his students that Krishna had just returned to the earth.29 Sathya Sai Baba completed his "Sathya" incarnation on April 24th, 2011. In the third, and last, of the Sai embodiments, which many devotees believe will occur approximately 8 years after he left his "Sathya" incarnation, he will be known as “Prema Sai Baba,” an Incarnation of Universal Divine Love, reflecting the Mother Nature of GOD. The word “prema” indicates the highest form of Divine Love.
How long do we have to wait for world peace? Sai Baba tells us that during his embodiment as Prema Sai, the consciousness of humanity will have finally reached the point where the world will be completely transformed, and peace and love will be everywhere. And he has said that it may even occur sooner. Truly, the fulfillment of our most cherished hope seems to be close at hand.
Pearl had been aware that, without Saint Germain, the Goddess of Justice, Jesus, the Goddess of Liberty, and our other Ascended Sisters and Brothers, the humanity of this planet could have never have survived. But now she was thrilled to know that there was an Avatar, a full Divine Incarnation on the earth. And it filled her with joy to know that with their combined Divine Assistance, this planet would now be able to move forward into the permanent Golden Age.
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Is it possible that someday we will be able to understand Sai Baba’s Divine Nature? He says:
You can understand Me only when you have understood yourself, your own Basic Truth.31
Over the years, Pearl gradually introduced hundreds of people to the reality of Sai Baba. And fortunately, I was one of them. In fact, two years after Pearl Ascended, I was able to take the first draft of this book, My Happiness and Your Happiness, and go to India to have Baba bless it. But, rather than bringing the heavy manuscript with me halfway across the world, I just brought a computer disk containing the text of Pearl’s biography. During my first week at the Prashanti Nilayam Ashram, I was sitting outside of the temple, waiting for his daily blessing as he walked amongst us. As he reached me, I was looking up at him in hopeful anticipation, holding my little green, plastic, “floppy” computer disk in my hands. Looking into my eyes with a sweet, loving expression, he reached down, and picking up the disk, he teasingly said, “What is this?” Then giving me a warm, knowing look, he tapped it three times, placed it back into my hands, and walked on. For about ten minutes an extraordinarily powerful divine energy poured into me. Then over the remaining five months that I spent with him, his indwelling Divine Consciousness gradually expanded within me the feeling that it was necessary to include Pearl’s teachings within her biography. The first draft had described only her life-story and contained no teachings. Upon returning home to the USA, I worked steadily on the revision and in 1994, I went back to see him again, this time with my parents. On this trip, we only had a few days at the ashram, as we were on a larger tour of India. But on the last day, Baba kindly reached over and blessed this second draft as he placed his palm over the computer disk containing the revised work. Again his Divine Energy flowed into me. Gradually further inspiration awakened within me, and after a few months had gone by, I realized that rather than simply inserting Pearl’s teachings into various parts of the book, he wanted me to carefully weave them through it, so that it all flowed as one complete whole. This was an extremely time-consuming process. But, in 1995, I was able to bring the subsequent draft to India for a third visit. He must have been very happy with the progress on Pearl’s biography, because, not only did he bless the manuscript again with his hand, but often when he looked at me he would smile broadly. During this particular stay with Baba, his Indwelling Presence now inspired me to include certain quotes of his to illustrate the Oneness of his teachings and those of the Arisen Host. By now I had a laptop computer, so during my five-month stay with him, whenever he inwardly led me to an appropriate quote, I was able to incorporate it directly into the manuscript.
Sai Baba and the Arisen Host both explain that there is a great Cosmic Hierarchy of Divine Beings who distribute GOD’s Limitless Light throughout the Universe. For instance, the Ascended Master known as, Hilarion, says:
. . . the universe is a Great Hierarchy. Just as on Earth you have countries, states, counties, districts and neighborhoods, all administered and represented by their corresponding governments, assemblies, commissions, councils, and associations, so too, on all levels of GOD’s Creation are there similar governing bodies for the control and distribution of Infinite Supply, the limitless Light which is everywhere, and which is made manifest as needed and Called Forth, at the corresponding frequency and intensity . . .
The Keynote of all creation Is Order. And that Order is maintained by the Divine Hierarchy of which We, the Ascended or “Arisen” Masters are, for the Earth, the principal part. Know, also, that there are Cosmic Masters, some of whose bodies span solar systems; as well are there Angels, Seraphim, and tiny Elementals that may work within the smallest atom: Life is everywhere.32
And Sai Baba says:
Just as the ruler of a petty earthly domain has certain norms to go by in carrying out his duty, the Supreme Ruler of the world, the Almighty, too, does have such regulations in the matter of the governance of the universe . . . It is [childish]to say that GOD would do everything by Himself simply because He is omnipotent . . . Even as there is a delegation of authority in the administion of a terrestrial kingdom by a ruler – by which various governmental functions are performed by several ministers, who are assigned the charge of certain departments and portfolios – in running the affairs of the Cosmos, the Almighty GOD, too, assigns certain functions to certain Gods . . . 33
On his 43rd birthday, November 23, 1968, Sathya Sai Baba announced his mission to the earth:
For the protection of the virtuous, for the destruction of evil-doers and for establishing righteousness on a firm footing, I incarnate from Age to Age. Whenever disharmony overwhelms the world, the Lord will incarnate in human form to establish the modes of earning peace, and to re-educate the human community in the paths of peace. . . . Sadhus (sincere spiritual aspirants) prayed, and I have come. . . . Continue your worship of your chosen God along lines already familiar to you, then you will find that you are coming nearer and nearer to me. For all names are mine, and all forms are mine. . . . I have come to give you the key to the treasure of ananda (or bliss), to tell you how to tap that spring, for you have forgotten the way to blessedness. If you waste this chance of saving yourselves, it is just your fate. . . . Very few of you desire to get from me the thing that I have come to give you: namely, liberation itself. . . . I am always aware of the future, the past, as well as the present of every one of you. . . . The establishment of righteousness - that is my aim. The teaching of righteousness, the spread of righteousness - that is my object. These miracles, as you call them, are just a few means toward that end. . . . This task will succeed. It will not be limited. It will not be slowed down. When the Lord decides and wills, his divine will cannot be hindered. . . . Remember there is nothing that divine power cannot accomplish. . . . My activities and movements will never be altered. . . . I shall not stop or retract a step. . . . Few have realized my purpose and significance. . . . Cultivate a nearness with me in the heart and you will be rewarded. Then you, too, will acquire a fraction of the supreme love. This is a great chance. Be confident that you will all be liberated. Know that you are saved. Many hesitate to believe that things will improve, that life will be happy for all and full of joy, and that the Golden Age will recur. Let me assure you that this divine body has not come in vain. It will succeed in averting the crisis that has come upon humanity.*34
Interestingly, Howard Murphet, one of the first western followers of Sathya Sai Baba, and the author of numerous books about him, including the well-loved, and now classic, Sai Baba: Man of Miracles, has this to say about Sai Baba:
. . . I know, too, that He, [Sathya Sai Baba], is being supported by many workers in the force-field of light, such as the Ascended Masters, two of whom I had much to do with, while I was researching the biographies of the outward founders of the Theosophical Movement. They are [the] Master El Morya and [the] Master Kuthumi, who are two of the most powerful Masters behind the launching of the Theosophical Society in the last century . . .** 35
It is truly marvelous how the Avatar of this Age, Sathya Sai Baba, and the Ascended Host, are all blissfully working together for the blessing and upliftment of humanity. How grateful we should be for their presence!
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