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Bhagawan Baba’s Birthday

On 23rd of November, we celebrate the anniversary of the Advent of our Lord Sai amongst us. It is an opportunity for mankind to pay homage to this embodiment of selfless love. Millions of devotees from all over the world throng to Prasanthi Nilayam on this day to catch a glimpse of the Divine and listen to His illuminating Divine message.

Bhagawan is welcomed by a ceremonial procession consisting students chanting Vedam and the Brass Bands of the various campuses of Bhagawan’s educational institutions. The day’s programme consists of talks by various eminent devotees followed by cultural programmes by renowned artistes from all over the world.

Excerpts from Bhagawan’s Discourses:

“Today, thousands of people have gathered here. What has brought them together here? Love is the main cause. Without love, but few of you would have come from such distant places. How does this love express itself? It is a process of give and take. You have to receive God's love, and you have to offer your love to Him. But, both are one and the same love. God's love is reflected in you. That is the meaning of the declaration in the Bhagawad Geetha: "A spark of Mine is present in every being."

- Divine Discourse: 23 November 1996

“Embodiments of Love! You have all come here at great expense and trouble. Make the utmost effort to understand the spiritual basis of the "I" principle. When you regard the "I" as the Self (Atma), you will be free from all suffering. In case troubles come, they will vanish like snow on a mountain. Why should you bother about these passing clouds? When you have attained Self-awareness, there will be no need for you to worry about anything.

Swami does not rejoice in the celebration of birthdays. Since all of you have come for this celebration, I am obliged to give you satisfaction. I have no wants. Whatever I do is for your sake. Recognize this truth. I have no dislike for anyone and no one dislikes me. All are mine and I belong to all. My benediction is "May all be happy". Everyone should adhere to the path of righteousness. All should manifest their spiritual essence and experience spiritual bliss. Till you realize that spiritual oneness, you have to perform devotional acts like Bhajans, repetition of the name of God, and prayers”.

- Divine Discourse: 23 November 1997

“Genuine spiritual aspirants should be particularly careful in eschewing bad company. They should create an environment conducive to their spiritual progress and mental peace. That is the only thing Swami wants. Having come to Prasanthi Nilayam, all of you must become exemplary devotees. Outsiders must feel spontaneously how exemplary the behavior of Sai students and Sai devotees is. That reaction will do you more good than satisfying me.

I do not relish the celebration of my birthday or pompous decorations for the purpose. Such ostentation is not good for anyone. Adopt a practical attitude toward spiritual life.

With holy thoughts in you on this auspicious day, you must go out into the world and spread your sacred feelings among others. Don't confine your feelings to yourselves or retain them only during your stay here. Spread them wherever you go”.

- Divine Discourse: 23 November 1997

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