The power of love

As far back as 1968, seer Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi said, “Love is the word that indicates the striving to realise the falsity of the diversity and the reality of the One. Love transposes the self on to another and the two begin to think, speak and act as one. When love takes in more and more into its fold, more and more entities are unified as one.”

Why are we here on this planet? Many of us have wondered. The Avatar, whose name means Mother and Father of Truth, taught that the unseen power of love holds the answers. “The earth is a huge enterprise, a busy factory, where the product is love,” he explained. “By means of sadhana (spiritual practice), it is possible to produce love and export it to millions and millions of people in need of it. The more it is shared, the deeper it grows, the sweeter its taste, and the greater the joy. By means of love, one can approach God and stay in his presence, for God is love, and when one lives in love he is living in God.”

People from all parts of India and the world flock to Prasanthi Nilayam, Sai Baba’s Ashram. They come to receive his blessings, witness his miracles, to pray and to pay their respects at his tomb where his mortal remains were laid to rest in 2011. Kneeling at the sepulcher, resting their heads on it, many experience the Divine Presence in such close proximity.

However, Sathya Sai Baba stressed, “Prema (love) is my distinctive characteristic, not the creation of material objects or of conferring good health and happiness by sheer exercise of my will. You might consider what you call miracles as the surest sign of divinity, but the Prema that welcomes you all, that blesses all, that makes me rush to the presence of the seekers, the suffering and the distressed wherever they are; that is the real sign.”

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