When Sri Sathya Sai gave the Essence of the Upanishads...

9th November, 1998


Sri Sathya Sai in the Prasanthi Nilayam Mandir portico

A devotee showed the draft copy of a book…


Swami :  What have you written? 

Devotee : Swami, by your grace I wrote commentary on Eeshvasyopanishad.
Swami : All the Upanishads are corrupted. The original text is not found anywhere. Eeshavasyopanishad - its whole essence is in the first verse “Poornamadam, Poornamidam’ Today no one has true knowledge. Knowledge alone is not sufficient, skill is also required. Students are removing the ‘S’ and killing the knowledge.
Warden : Swami, skill means practical knowledge.
Swami : But practical knowledge does not mean worldly knowledge. (To the devotee) Can I have this and get it printed?
Devotee : Swami, Your grace, Your wish.
Swami : (Pointing to another devotee, to Brindavan students) He is your lecturer’s father. He faced death twenty eight times. He got twenty-eight lives. Swami saved him. He was even covered with blanket. I told his son to remove it. They thought that he was dead. (Pointing at the lecturer, Swami asked a student) Who is he?
Student : Swami, brother.
Swami : He is lecturer. (To the lecturer) How many years have you been a lecturer?
Teacher : Nine years, Swami.
Swami : Which subject?
Teacher : Swami, Chemistry.
Swami : (Pointing to a Telugu lecturer) He is Shanti Sri. Karuna Sri is his uncle. (To the Telugu lecturer) How many books did you write?
Teacher : Swami, 10-12.
Swami : 10+12, 22! How many books did you write?
Teacher : Swami, 6.
Swami : What is Upanishad…..One which takes us near to God. (Swami took the Eeshavasyopanishad book from the old devotee and gave it to warden to put it inside a cover without tearing it. Warden was unable to put it in) See, if both of them are in same level, then it is easy to put. At same level, they are balanced. Even life should be balanced. (To another teacher) Marriage is a mirage. It looks as if there is water but there is no water. (To the old devotee) Panchami is a good day; they can start printing it.

Source: Students with Sai: Conversations – Part 2 (2000-2004)

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