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Satya Sai Baba speaks about the Golden Age or New Age

My work is ceaseless and so your work, too, is without end. Know that I am within you and without you. There is no difference. Rid yourselves of petty matters for ever more. You are now ME and I am now THEE. There is no difference.

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 dharmaswarupa, that this divine body, has not come in vain. It will succeed in averting the crisis that has come upon humanity. 

I have come to give you the key to the treasure of ananda, or bliss, to teach you how to tap that spring, for you have forgotten the way to blessedness. If you waste this time of saving yourselves, it is just your fate. You have come to get from me tinsel and trash, the petty little cures and promotions, worldly joys and comforts. Very few of you desire to get from me the thing that I have come to give you: namely, liberation itself.

My Mission has now reached that point in time when each one of you now has work to do. This planet has a purpose in the great galaxy in which it is held. That purpose is now unfolding before your eyes. I call upon you to radiate the Devotion within you so that its unseen power will envelop all who come into your orbit. To successfully perform your part always remain centered upon me. Allow yourself to impart that purity of heart within you towards all human beings and all living creatures and do not reach for the fruits of your work.

This part of My Mission is performed in absolute silence. You are My instruments from whom My love will pour. Be always aware that the moment you let your ego descend upon you, My work ceases. When you have overcome your negative unmindfulness you will again become My source. The multiplication of My Love will be felt throughout the world. I have drawn you to Me. I have made great steps in My Mission over these past Incarnations.

Today the seeds are still in the ground, slowly germinating, as the teachings of the Lord begin to spread throughout the world and infiltrate the mind of man. Soon those seeds will begin to grow, and what emerges will brighten the world as the beauty of the absolute truth begins to reach so many people. It is a process which takes time and the new Golden Age will evolve gradually.

So you should live in hope.... Let the divinity within shine forth and become one of the great beacons to light up the world and hasten the arrival of the new Golden Age. It is there now for some, those enlightened souls who have already reached the state of God realisation. It is that awakened state that will lead to the new age.
 

posted on 04/06/2004 - Rajeev Nambiar


Sai Baba And Islam

Prof. Zeba Bashiruddin

"I have come not to disturb any faith but to reaffirm each one's belief, so that a Muslim may become a better Muslim ..." After reading these assuring words of Baba, who would like to proclaim that mankind is lost? The Covenant, for me, strikes a double cord. It reminds me of an ancient promise of the Gita and the Quran that God guides mankind from darkness to light. Also, it brings home the truth that in order to improve, one has to seek within one's self.

At Baba's Feet I have learnt many facts of my own faith. For instance, when the cobwebs of cliches and external impositions are removed, one realises that all search for the same meaning in life, all seek happiness that is unchanging. Only one has to change the focus of one's priorities. This change of focus happened to me several years ago with Baba's injunction: "You don't even know your own religion, how can you know Me?"

That has been the beginning of an inward journey. Baba has always assumed a presence that remains with me - the "I" in me. The meanings of several words and concepts have appeared in a new light in the process of growth; for example, surrender, ideal and the goal of life acquire a different dimension.

SURRENDER

The term surrender is the literal meaning of the word 'Islam'. Dissolution of "otherness" from cosmic force is surrender. It signifies giving up the illusion that man is merely a physical body. Is this not what Baba has been repeatedly telling us? When the awareness is uprooted from the temporary and the transient values and planted in the soil of the eternal, the process of surrender is completed. In Baba's words it is ALLAH. Phonetically 'A' is Atma and 'L' is LAYA. Hence Allah is a state of awareness where "otherness" merges into Atma.

Surrender also means, according to Baba and the Sufis, we seek Allah without a desire for reward or fear of punishment. Baba has indicated how you become a devotee.........when you surrender yourself completely and are ready to carry out every command of the Lord." (Gita Discourse Page: 12) The devotee concretises this ideal and his life becomes a pattern for the community to follow. In Islam this ideal devotee of the Lord is presented in the character of Prophet Mohammed.

THE IDEAL

It is said that the character of the Prophet of Islam has been the Quran. In other words the message in the book of Wisdom has been practised by the messenger. Humility, according to Baba, is an outstanding quality of man. The Prophet, it is pointed out, "never has claimed for himself any leadership except rendering truthfully whatever Allah has ordained." The Quran is also full of examples of the Prophet's love of Allah. Baba has often related how the Prophet desired to spend the last moments of his life remembering God instead of advising his disciples.

Baba also corrected a Muslim devotee who referred to the Prophet having eleven wives. Baba said, "No, he had only one wife - his love of Allah." Thus, in Islam, while a simple and honest life is marked out for an ideal man, the core of existence is always the love of the Divine. See ONE, say ONE, (Shabistari: The Secret Garden) is the dictum. This whole-hearted attachment to the Divine signifies both for Baba and Islam, the goal of life.

THE GOAL

Undimmed by any other concern the goal has always been stressed by the Sufis in Islam. It is in essence a state of awareness, when darkness and light are surpassed and the cosmos is taken into the heart, when only love exists, then one has just touched the goal. This experience, variously named by philosophers, is basically the same. One need not go to heaven. Its signs "are everywhere in the world as well as within," says the Quran. "The whole world is filled with God." Baba points out (Gita Discourses: page 247): "the multiplicity of form in the external disappears." Both Baba and Rumi advise: "Keep the eye on the Infinite." Surprisingly, the analogy used by them is similar - that of the sugar in sweets and light in lamps. The use of "I" in the Quran and by Baba for the personal aspect of God also is the same. At the same time He is impersonal too. He remains "One without a second." (Gita Discourses: Page 21). When correctly understood, this also is the meaning of the first principle of Islam which declares:

GOD ALONE IS (LA ILLAH ILLA ALLAH)

Prof. Zeba Basbiruddin
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam

 


From "Sanathana Sarathi Bhagavan's 70th Birthday Commemoration Volume".

sourced: http://sss.vn.ua/saiislam.htm

sent by sai_devotees worlnet on 04/06/2004