Sai Baba's Guru Poornima message on the murders
Sai devotee killed in Sai apartment 6-6-1993

Sai's valet Radhakrishnan
Sai's valet killed in Sai's apartment 6-6-1993

(Note: Sections of this discourse not relevant to the murder incident or the Sai Trust funds etc. have been omitted.) See also scan of original discourse pamphlet


    However, many kinds of aberrations are appearing in human life. The root of alt the evils arising in the world can be traced to the operations of "One hand". When something untoward happens, people try to attribute it to some foreign "hand" or to the hand of some religious sect. These are meaningless speculations or wild conjectures. They are exercises in untruth.
There is a "hand", indeed. But what is that hand?. It is the hand of jealousy (Asuya) (Cheers). This is a dire malady which has entered all spheres of life in the world today. There is a remedy even for the dreaded disease of cancer. But there is no way of curing the malaise of Jealousy. The final end is the only cure for it.

Today the malady of jealousy has invaded every field of activity. As a result, such gruesome events occur from time to time. There are three offsprings for Jealousy (Asuya). They are Dwesha (hatred), Krodha (Anger) and Lobha (Greed). There are three children begotten by Anasuya (The one who is totally free from Jealousy). They are: Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara, symbolising Forbearance (Sahana), prema (Love) and Saanubhoothi (compassion). This is the difference between Asuya and Anasuya. The former gives birth to demonic qualities. The latter begets Divine qualities. The demonic qualities produced by Asuya (Jealousy) result in the destruction of the discriminating power and lead men to have no sense of what is temporary and what is permanent. Consequently they pursue evil ways.
We often ask what is the reason for a particular action or event. There is no need to search for reasons. Just as hunger arises out of digestion, jealousy arises out of the disappearance of noble motives. The jealous man cannot bear the sight of a noble person or of one who is handsome and attractive. He cannot bear to look at one who is getting a good name or who has secured an eminent position. This jealousy has "no reason or season". Those afflicted with this malady begin to entertain many evil thoughts.

In the world today, Sai's name and achievements are getting known the world over. To counteract this and to diminish it by some means or other, envious persons are resorting to certain types of propaganda. These propaganda campaigns will not affect my reputation in any manner. My purity is the root cause of the glory of my name. (Applause). It Is not due to any publicity or propaganda. My all-pervading selfless love is the cause. No one can affect this pure love. I have no ill-will towards anybody. Swami has done no harm to anyone. How can anyone harm Swami?. It is impossible (Applause).

These happenings should be attributed to jealousy. Devotees should not be perturbed by such events. Those who have true and firm faith will not be shaken in any way by these happenings. You have listened to the speeches of Goldstein, Sinclair and Haksar. What has impelled them to make these declarations?. It is their firm faith. Although they are living in far off places, they are sustained by their firm faith. For those consumed by envy, only the false is apparent. They cannot have even a glimpse of truth.  
So, whatever may happen, this "Sathya" will remain unmoved. Adhere, therefore, to truth. Observe purity in life, embark on life of selfless service. Believe it or not, there is not a trace of selfishness in me. No one is qualified to point a finger at my purity. How can anyone recognise the grandeur of my divine purity? Only an intelligent person can recognise another's intelligence. How can a fool recognise intelligence?
My goodness is the cause of my invulnerable purity. It is not that I want to glorify Myself. It is because the time has come when I have to speak out. '
    All activities of Sai are utterly selfless and aimed at the well-being ofthe whole world. You are aware that we built the Super Speciality Hospital. In this Hospital, we have given a fresh lease of life to many mothers and fathers and many children were enabled to enjoy the love of their parents. Who could do this? What great good fortune it is that this small, obscure village has found a notable place on the world map? This is a source of jealousy.

Nobody can fully comprehend the significance of Sathya Sai's actions, whether small or big. Human beings cannot accomplish such things. (Applause). Only those who do not choose to come here, see-and find out the truth about what is being done here, and derive joy from that experience, are preaching all kinds of things to the world, sitting in their airconditioned rooms. Are these persons qualified to preach to the world? People whose minds are polluted should be ashamed to claim that they are striving for the welfare of the world. Let them enter the social arena, do good deeds and engage themselves in selfless activities, Only then can the truth be understood.
On the contrary, if one is filled with envy, his words and preachings will be meaningless. Truth is the life of the spoken word. A word without truth is lifeless.
    All the propaganda that is being done is false. It is a form of cheap publicity. Do not be affected in any way by such publicity. Adhere to your truth and your purity.

There are some other matters on which I have to speak because of the large gathering here and what you may have read in the media. Fire cannot burn our Sathya Sai Central Trust. It is such a sacred trust. We alone know with what sacred concern we are spending every naya paisa. The world cannot know this. For the past twenty years, the members of the Central Trust have been rendering selfless service. When they have to go to Madras, Delhi or other places, they travel at their own expense, pay their hotel bills and do not draw a single paisa from the Central Trust. In the case of other trusts, the members submit their bills even for their conveyance charges. The Sathya Sai Central Trust members are using the funds in such an utterly sacred manner. Reports have been published that the trust members are after power and position. They are not interested in office.They have not lacked positions in life. They have come out of love for Swami, and not for any position (Applause).
 You must also note how the funds of the trust are drawn from banks. During the past 20 years not once have we drawn any cash from the bank. All payments are made only by cheques. Our Institute teachers are paid their salaries not by cheques but by the amounts being credited to their accounts from month to month. The accounts are being maintained in this strict manner. It is because the funds are handled in this pure manner that we have not sought or have had any need to solicit donations. 
This body (of Swami) is now 67 years old. Not once have I stretched my hand to seek any donation (Applause). What is the reason? When we are engaged in sacred tasks, there is no need to seek funds. Our purity will bring in funds of its own accord. There is a dearth of men of integrity. Where there are such persons there is no problem at all in securing funds.
I do not misspend even a single naya paisa of trust money. Nor is there any room in our trust for anyone else to draw money. Every cheque has to be signed by two persons. On every cheque, nobody can sign without My signature on it.

There are reports that some crores of trust funds in cash have been swallowed by some persons. This is totally false. We do not handle cash at all. If anybody offers cash, we see to it that the money is given to the bank manager in the presence of a trust official in the residence of the donor himself. Therefore, no one can point an accusing finger at the way our trusts are managed. In these circumstances, it is a sin to level such charges against our Central Trust.
 In the whole world, you cannot find any trust that is being managed in this pure manner. That is why our institutions are growing ceaselessly. Not now alone, but as long as the sun and moon last, there is no danger to our institutions (Applause).
This propaganda stems from the frustration born of jealousy. In the peaceful atmosphere that was pervading here, such propaganda has caused perturbation. This is highly sinful. It is not good to indulge in such acts. Do good if you can, but if not, remain silent. You will be rendering help if you don't do any harm. But it is not good to do harm.
 Some may ask why Swami had so far refrained from answering the traducers. For everything there is a right moment. The Kauravas, for instance, were harassing the pandavas in many ways, insulting and humiliating them. The Kauravas were well aware of the Pandavas' divine potencies. Each of the Pandava brothers was a man of great prowess. But they did not make use of their strength. They bore their troubles in silence. The Kauravas attribute this silence to cowardice and weakness. But this was not so. No one can realise the strength that underlies forbearance. Likewise, the Sathya Sai Trust chose to maintain forbearance. This forbearance represents courage, strength, truth and non-violence.
And, now, about our students; you may compare them with anybody, you cannot find anyone like them anywhere (Applause). It is now 28 days since the events (of June 6th) happened. Our students have been offering prayers everyday, observing fasts, and thinking day and night, without food or drink, as to how they can remove the stain that has been caused by this episode. They are in anguish and distress.
Are there not likely to be a few stones in a bag of rice? In a big group there may be a few black sheep. On account of a few miscreants, it is an outrage to blacken the entire body of students. Our students are like pure refined gold (Applause). They are prepared to do anything for Swami's sake.
It is because of the association of other mosquitoes with the troublesome one that they also get killed. Hence the advice. "Thyaja durjana Samsargam" (Give up association with wicked persons) Never get into bad company". You must gain good company. You have to put up with calumny. A good man becomes a victim of calumny even if he is remote from bad people, just as a moth damages all kind of cloth, whether it is ordinary cloth or valuable silk, because it cannot discriminate between what is useless and what is precious. So also an envious person does harm to good and bad people alike.
By forbearance, good people will achieve their objectives in due course. Hence, do not worry about\vhat has happened. Such things happen in the world from time to time. There is one other matter about which I have not spoken to any one so far, There are many devotees who ask why, when such things were impending, Swami did not warn Radhakrishnan or try to save him. I am explaining the matter from the spiritual aspect and not from the mundane viewpoint.
 Both of us took our meals at 7.00 p.m. Radhakrishnan was sitting in the ground floor. Swami told him; "Radhakrishna, Let us go upstairs. Don't sit here". "Swami, if I go there, I cannot get sleep at 7 O'clock itself", said Radhakrishna. Swami asked him; "If you cannot sleep, what are you going to do here? You can do upstairs what you intend to do here. I don't ask you to go to sleep. Get up immediately. Come, Come" I insisted repeatedly.
See how things happen. Death overtakes one, in whatever way you attempt to circumvent it. At last Swami assumed an angry tone and rebuked him; "Your misfortune: your stubbornness". I pretended as if I was very angry with him. He felt pained. Swami retired upstairs. He reflected for some time. He had been with Swami for 22 years. He knew that whatever I said was for his good. He went to the kitchen and brought a tumbler of buttermilk. He came smilingly. "Swami, you have been angry with me. Please drink this buttermilk and calm down." "Radhakrishna! it is not anger, I have said everything for your good," said Swami. Radhakrishna said, "Swami has perhaps some doubts that I may go out somewhere and talk to others". I replied, "If I have such doubts, will I keep you with me? Not at all. There are no doubts. I am saying this for your good".
And then I said; "I am not used to drinking buttermilk at night. Why have you brought it for the first time tonight?". He replied; "I felt like giving buttermilk to Swami tonight and hence I brought it". "It is good that you got this idea. I shall take it, but, on one condition; I shall take the buttermilk as desired by you, but you must give me your word that after going down to place the tumbler in the kitchen, you will return upstairs". He said; "I will certainly return".
 I do not take buttermilk at all. I took a little quantity and told him "I have taken buttermilk to please you". He had a pure heart. He asked me; "Swami! can I drink the rest of the buttermilk?". I said; "Why throw it away? You may drink it". He drank it there itself. Swami said; "But put back the tumbler and come up". He went down. He had given his word. But, he had perhaps the doubt that if he remained downstairs Swami might call him. This kind of stubborness is one of the traits of young people. They will not listen to the words of elders. If only they listen to their words, no danger will befall them. Apprehending that if he remained downstairs I might call him, he placed the tumbler in the kitchen and went to his sister's house. The messenger of death dogged him at 10.00 p.m. This is how it has happened. Whatever I say is for the good of others.
  I say only sacred things and nothing that is unholy. Whether youbelieve or not, I may tell you that all the time I only think of what good I can do to better the lot of the people. Swami never thinks about Himself.
 The truth can be known only when one comes and sees what is being done here. Instead, If men whose hearts are filled with the poison of envy indulge in all kinds of slander from remote places, it can be described only as demonic conduct and not that of a human being.   Nowhere in the world can you see the kind of work that is being carried on here. Is Free Education offered elsewhere in or outside India on the lines offered here? One has to spend at least Rs.20,000/- to get a child admitted in the 1st Standard. Here, from kindergarten to post-graduate studies, education is totally free.
As for heart surgery cases, in hospitals outside, no patient will be admitted unless Rs.4 to 5 lakhs are deposited in advance. In our Hospital, we are spending one crore of Rupees a month (Rs.10 million). Which Government or millionaire is doing such a thing? There are some such persons who spend 10 lakhs of rupees in a Hospital with the hope of earning Rs. 10 crores. They are making it a business. Here, we are not charging anything.
There is no place for business here. It is not proper that such good and sacred work should be misrepresented. Sai's heart is as wide as the sky. Even the sky may have its limits.
Sai's heart is boundless (Applause). Some say Sai is in the hands of some persons. Yes, I am indeed bound; bound by the devotees as well as by the wicked. In^my view, I have more love for the wicked than for the good. The good devotees remember me only occasionally. But the wicked remember me all the twenty four hours. I am thus in the hearts of the devotees as well as the wicked. I cannot be caught in the grip of anyone.
    In regard to every matter, my thoughts are always sublime and exemplary. You must note that Swami's life is in His own hands and not in those of anyone else. If I will it, I can live for as long as I please. I can also terminate it at will. It is my will that decides and not any other person. The reason is my purity, selflessness and divinity. What other testimony is called for? The life of the pure hearted is in their own hands and not in those of others.

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