The Vahinis, written by Sri Sathya Sai Baba
(translated into English)
This Vahini is Baba's retelling of The Srimad Bhagavatam, a Hindu scripture about the divine incarnations of Vishnu, concentrating on the Avatar of Krishna through the story of King Parikshith, grandson of the Pandavas - the heroes of the great epic The Mahabharata.
Dharma is a Sanskrit word with many translations. In this volume, Swami discusses the broadest meaning - that of right-action, or the moral path, as it affects the Atma-dharma (the inner reality). He focuses on the dharma of women, of husband and wife, dharma in the temple and in education, as well as on the Gayatri Mantra and the nature of man.
Swami defines dhyana (meditation) as the practice that frees the mind of all instincts and impulses. He tells us that this freedom is itself liberation. Included are suggested forms of meditation, guidelines for correct practice, related disciplines, and ways to overcome common pitfalls.
Compiled in 1966, this is a collection of articles by Sathya Sai Baba on the principal teachings of the most famous of Indian scriptures, The Bhagavad Gita. In his opening preface, editor Professor Kasturi notes, "...when Arjuna was overcome with grief at the prospect of the fight, Krishna instructed him in the science of recognizing one's Oneness with all and removed the grief and fear." The spiritual practices and attitudes recommended by Krishna in the Gita are elucidated here by Swami.
Sathya Sai Baba says that grasping the secret of the universe and its origin is "jnana" (knowledge, spiritual wisdom), the power that removes ignorance and reveals true reality. He explains the process of moving through the delusion of "maya" (this unreal illusory world) in progressive stages of consciousness to the full realization of Brahman (God).
Leela Kaivalya Vahini
Published to coincide with Sathya Sai Baba's 65th birthday, this collection of questions and answers between the spiritual aspirant and Sathya Sai Baba revealing pertinent knowledge of ancient scriptures such as the Vedas and Upanishads. It dissolves obstacles like doubts and dogmas, purposeless arguments and flimsy fancies that might deter the spiritual aspirant.
Sathya Sai Baba gives us the key to the treasure house of that peace which escapes understanding and defies logic, namely Prasanthi (or supreme peace), which the Gita calls the goal of human endeavour.
This is a handbook of ancient wisdom and a guidebook for the Godward journey, wherein Bhagavan answers various questions related to spirituality.
Sathya Sai Baba has said that if He were to be identified by one characteristic more than any other, He could most aptly be called ‘Prema Swaroopa’, the Embodiment of Love. The very first Vahini (stream) that flowed forth from his pen to fertilize the mind of man was the book, ‘Prema Vahini’.
Ramakatha Rasavahini Part 1
Part 1 of Sathya Sai Baba recapitulation of the story of His divine career as Rama. The story of Rama sounds sweeter each time one hears it, and, indeed, it assumes the flavor of nectar when retold authentically by Sri Rama Himself. Bhagavan elevates our perspective of the story of Rama to spiritual heights when He describes Rama as the indweller of every being.
Ramakatha Rasavahini Part 2
Part 2 of Sathya Sai Baba recapitulation of the story of His divine career as Rama. The story of Rama sounds sweeter each time one hears it, and, indeed, it assumes the flavor of nectar when retold authentically by Sri Rama Himself. Bhagavan elevates our perspective of the story of Rama to spiritual heights when He describes Rama as the indweller of every being.
A series of articles by Sathya Sai Baba published to remove the weeds of doubt growing wild in the hearts was collectively entitled ‘Sandeha Nivarini’. Even in his teens and twenties, Sathya Sai Baba took delight in prodding those who gathered at His feet to ask Him questions on spiritual matters. These became the cues for dissertations, short and long, with many an interspersed parable, poem or song, to lead the questioners from darkness to light.
Sathya Sai Vahini
The spring of wisdom in Sathya Sai Vahini gushes forth like the sacred Ganges to flood our hearts and minds, and to carry us with urgency toward the ocean of light, truth and bliss. Moved by the conflict and the quest for knowledge about oneself, Sathya Sai Baba said, "See, here it comes, the Sathya Sai Vahini."
Sathya Sai Baba offers a sublime treatise on the essence of the science of Vedanta (ancient Vedic scripture) revealing the wisdom of the eternal, indwelling Divine, and the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. He blesses mankind with lucid and enlightening explanations of twelve Brahma Sutras, lighting the lamp of Brahma Vidya (supreme learning) in the hearts of the readers.
Sathya Sai Baba picks up ten important Upanishads and extracts the spiritual wisdom embedded in them, presenting the same to mankind to study, comprehend, experience, and profit therefrom for their spiritual upliftment.
Nineteen essays by Sathya Sai Baba clarifying the sublime significance of proper education - the higher learning that hastens and expands the universal urge to know and become Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. He opens our eyes to the futility of exclusive materialistic education, and dwells upon the noble qualities the ideal education that should be impart to students.