Note: It is hoped that the following
informations would help all our Balavikas students and other aspirants to
know the Divine Lord Sai’s life and messages in a nutshell and are
intended for fact-finding reading.
QUIZ ON ‘THE DIVINE LIFE AND MESSAGE OF SRI SATHYA SAI BABA’
1. What is the meaning of Sai
Sai Baba means Divine Mother and Father.
Sah + Ayee + Baba; S = Divine; Ayee = Mother; Baba: Father.
2. How does Baba describe himself?
Sathyam is my Prachaar - Truth is what I speak. Dharmam is my Aachaar -
Dharma is what I do. Shanthi is My svabhaav - Shanti (peace) is My nature.
Prema is my Swaruup - Prema or Love is my Form.
3. Baba declared that his Avathaaric mission will be executed in three
phases. What are they?
The first sixteen years of His life will be a period of Baala Leela. The
next sixteen will be spent in Mahimas (divine miracles) to give Santhosh
to people. After that life will be full of activity delivering discourses
to teach erring humanity to take to the path of righteousness, guiding
humanity back to Sanathana Dharma. (Eternal-Universal Religion)
4. What is the historic letter in which Baba declared his mission in a
Baba's elder brother could not grasp the mystery of Sai phenomenon. He
could not tolerate certain caustic comments about the "simple village
miracle boy", made by some people. So he wrote letters to Baba warning him
and also imparting a lesson that he had learnt in life about human follies
and about fame and its trappings.
Baba wrote to his brother on 25th May 1947. First He advises his brother
not to attach any value to such comments and take them to heart. Every
Avatar had to face such criticisms. It is very difficult for common people
to understand Divinity in human form. They cannot even understand sages.
Then He reveals His mission:
"I have a task to foster all mankind and ensure for all of them life full
I have a vow to lead all those who stray away from straight path, back
again to goodness and save them.
I am attached to a work that I love; to remove the sufferings of the poor
and grant them what they lack.
I have my definition of devotion - those devoted to me have to treat joy
and grief, gain and loss, with equal fortitude. This means, I will never
give up those attached to me. When I am thus engaged in my beneficial
task, how can my name ever be tarnished as you apprehend? Truth shall
prevail. Integrity will win."
5. When did Baba declare that he is Shivashakthi in human form?
On Guru Poornima day 1963.
6. Give the sequence of the Sai Trio.
Shirdi Sai; Sathya Sai; Prema Sai.
7. What is the name of the biography of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba?
Sathyam Shivam Sundaram (Truth, Goodness, Beauty).
8. What is the name of the magazine published in Parthi? When did the
Sanathana Sarathi: 1958.
9. What is the special title given to Baba's writing in the monthly
magazine that comes from Prashanthi Nilayam?
The special title given to Baba's writings in Sanathana Sarathi in Serials
1. Prema Vahini.
2. Dharma Vahini.
3. Prashanthi Vahini.
4. Jnaana Vahini.
5. Dhyana Vahini.
6. Bhagavatha Vahini.
7. Geetha Vahini.
8. Prashnotthara Vahini.
9. Rama katha Rasa Vahini.
10. Leela kaivalya Vahini.
11. Sathya Sai Vahini.
12. Vidhya Vahini.
13. Upanishad Vahini.
14. Sutra Vahini.
(Also "Sandeha nivarini")
10. Why did Baba undertake visits to all important shrines in pilgrim
Baba's visit to these ancient shrines (Ayodhya, Varaanasi, Badhrinaath,
Pandaripura, Kanyaakumaari, Shrisailam) is to "charge the batteries that
have gone weak" - i.e., to rejuvenate and infuse spiritual power in those
dynamos of Grace. The resuscitation of holy places is one of the means of
Dharma Sthaapana for which He had come.
11. Baba organized and established the following: (a) Prashanthi Vidwan
Mahaasabha (b)Summer courses in Indian Culture and Spirituality (c) Sri
Sathya Sai Seva Organisation. What is the purpose for which these were
(a) Prashanthi Vidhwan Maha Sabha: The watch word of Vidwan Maha Sabha is
"Thamasoma Jyothirgamaya" - lead (us) from darkness to light; to eradicate
ignorance and light the lamp of true knowledge and instil faith in man's
true nature - that "He is Aathma divine".
(b) Summer courses: The students and the youth of the present era do not
have proper knowledge of Indian culture and spirituality. They are born
and bred up in alien culture. In order to acquaint them with the knowledge
of Bharat and her glory, Swami organised these summer courses.
(c) Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation: It is meant to be a training ground
for the members to make themselves deserve Divine Grace through love and
service to one and all and to spread Baba's message of Sathya, Dharma,
Shanthi and Prema by precept and example.
12. How does Baba fulfill His mission of making man realise that he is
Aathman. What are the stages through which he makes man involve himself?
Baba dose CHAMATHKAR (miracles of love) to attract people and instill
faith in Divinity and through SAMSKAAR transform and transmute them, then
make them involve in PAROPAKAAR selfless service to others so that they
might imbibe and inculcate Thyaaga (sacrifice) in order to become fit for
SAKSHATKAR (actual visualization of God).
13. What is the meaning of Bhagawan?
Bhagavaan means one endowed with Bhaga, i.e., unique attributes:
Aishvarya - Authority derived from devine power
Veerya - Incomparable heroism, bravery
Yasas - Unexelled Fame
Shreyas - Comprehensive Prosperity
Jnana - Supreme Wisdom
Vairagya - Inner Detachment
It is also laid down in the Sasthras that those who have these six primary
endowments are referred to as Bhagawan.
Uthpattimcha vinasamcha boothaanaam aagathim gathim.
Vetthi vidhyaam avidyamcha sarvascha bhagavan ithi.
He who knows the mystery of creation, dissolution of created beings, the
mystery of their redemption and of their ignorance, wisdom.
14. What are the attributes of an Avatar?
The word 'Avatar' means one who descends from the level of God-head to the
level of a man only to enable man to ascend to the level of God.
The Avatar shares the possession of five senses with the world of animals
and human beings. He shares with mankind the four attributes of mind,
reason, emotion, ahamkar or egoism. Avatar possesses seven main unique
characteristics Srishti, (creative power;) Sthithi, (the power to foster;
guard and protect ;) Laya, (the power to destroy;) Thirodhaana, (the power
to make things disappear;) then there is Anugraha (the power to shower
grace) for the deserving and non-deserving as well. An Avatar is ever
present when His name is uttered, form is recognised.
15. Why does Baba perform miracles?
Baba himself has said thus about miracles: "Miracles are very natural and
normal to me". He performs miracles to inculcate faith in Divinity. These
miracles are to prove to the mortals the super human powers with which He
has come down to redeem humanity from the shackles of ignorance.
16. How did Baba declare that He is the very embodiment of all Gods that
mankind has been adoring?
He declared it in the form of a poem:
The same Lord who descended to protect Prahlada -
The same Lord who rushed to rescue the elephant king from the jaws of the
The same Lord who came down to grant boons to the young Dhruva -
The same Lord who showered grace on Kuchela and relieved his poverty -
The same Lord with the same attributes -
The redeemer of humanity Srinivasan
Is here on earth now as the
Lord of Puttaparthi shining forth with all His Glory.
17. How did Baba prove that He is the re-incarnation of Shirdi Sai?
When His father questioned Baba about Sai Baba, he showed to His father
and Karanam Subbamma, the Samadhi (burial places) of Shirdi Sai Baba, and
the nearby places against a wall in a series of pictures.
There lived until recently an old lady called "Peddha Bottu"! Her original
name was Shaaradamma, She was the daughter of a collector in the Nizam's
dominions. She visited and had the Darshan of Shirdi Sai several times,
with her father. She experienced untold miseries after marriage and her
husband died, her four children died. Then in utter agony she sought the
feet of Shirdi Sai and asked for spiritual initiation in Lendi Baagh in
1917. Baba said, "Not now, I will come again in Andhra. You will meet me
and be with me." After many years during her visits to several places
where she gave Harikatha (divine story telling performance), she came to
Uravakonda. She heard that a certain Baba calls himself re-incarnation of
Shirdi Sai Baba. She went to attend a Thursday Bhajan session at
Seshamaraju's house. Then Sri Sathya Sai Baba spotted her and said "So you
have come, my child, you owe me sixteen rupees" - only to prove to
Shaaradamma that He is Shirdi Sai come again as promised. Shaaradamma sent
to Shirdi Dasara celebration, Rs.40/- through a man called Balarama. He
returned to her 24 rupees. Baba addressed her as 'Gori' (the pet name
given to her by Shirdi Sai Baba to Peddha Bottu alias Shaaradamma).
18. In what form did Baba give Darshan to (a) Purushotthamaanandha (b)
Karnam Subbamma (c) Abhedhaananda (d) to people gathered on the sea shore
(a) Jyotheeruupa Anantha Padhmanaabha Swami (b) Karanam Subbamma could see
in the wide open mouth of Sathya, the entire Universe and creation, (c)
Ramana Maharshi (d) Shesha Saayi.
19. Why does Baba give gifts to His devotees?
Baba Himself has said thus about gifts. The gifts are expressions of his
Grace and Love. 'They are like my visiting cards and send me instant
flashes when the person to whom the gift is given is in danger or in need
of my help. Sometimes these gifts are for the sake of health or to
indicate right path'.
20. To whom did Baba give these unique gifts? (a) Jesus on cross, (b)
Bhagawat-Geetha from sands (c) idol of Annapoorna.
(a) John Hislop (b) Dr. Bhagavatham (c) To the Principal of a Saainik
school when Baba visited, Jaamnagar and nearby places. He instructed that
the idol of Annapoorna may be kept in the dining hall of the hostel.
Annapuurna bestows food that endows one with 'puurnathvam' or fulfillment.
21. Who wrote Suprabhatham?
22. What is the meaning of Baba?
BABA means : B = Being, A = Awareness, B = Bliss, A = Aathma.
Baba is Aathma: Being, Awareness and Bliss.
23. Baba says "You are not one person, but three". Explain.
You are not one person but three:
The one you think you are - refers to body;
The one others think you are - refers to the Mind.
The one you really are - refers to the Aathma.
24. How does Baba describe the sequence in Vishishtaadhvaitha and
Swami says the progress of man, the pilgrim of eternity, passes through
the three stages of Vishistaadhvaita, Dwaita and Adhvaitha as stated by
Jesus and Zoraster as well in the following manner.
Jesus said first: "I am the messenger of God".
Then: "I am the son of God".
Later: "I and my father in heaven are one".
Zoraster said: "I am in the Light",
"The light is in me" and
"I am the light".