Letter to Seshama Raju
In 1940, Sathya was barely fourteen years
old. Yet, such was the faith of the masses in His Divinity
that people flocked, young and old, rich and poor. Included
in this crowd of devotees were Maharajahs and members of the
landed gentry. Besides, the Press also began take notice.
Elder brother Seshama Raju, not yet fully aware of Baba's
Divinity, began to worry about the impact of the attention
that his younger brother was receiving. Would this adoration
go to the head of young Sathya? Would He fall a victim to
various temptations? Seshama Raju conveyed his anxiety to
Baba, who sent a reply on 25th May, 1947. Though the letter
was intended for Seshama Raju, it was in fact addressed to
'all who are devoted to Me'. That letter is a powerful declaration
of the purpose of the Sai Avatar. In that letter, Baba wrote:
dear One! I received all the communication that you sent.
I found in it the surging floods of your devotion and affection,
with the undercurrents of doubts and anxiety. Let Me tell
you that it is impossible to plumb the hearts and discover
the nature of Jnanis [Wise men], Yogis, ascetics, saints,
sages, and the like. People are endowed with a variety of
characteristics and mental attitudes; so, each one judges
according his own angle, talks and argues in the light of
his own nature. But we have to stick to our own path, our
own wisdom, and our own resolution, without getting affected
by popular appraisal. As the proverb says, it is only the
fruit-laden tree that receives the shower of stone from the
passersby. The good always provoke the bad into calumny; the
bad always provoke the good into doing more good; this is
the nature of the world. One must be surprised if such things
do not happen.
People too have to
be pitied rather than condemned. They do not know. They have
no patience to judge right. They are too full of lust, anger,
and conceit to see clearly and know fully. So, they write
all sorts of things. If only they know, they would refrain
from writing or talking like that. We too should not attach
any value to such comments and take them to heart, as you
seem to do. Truth will certainly triumph some day. Untruth
can never win. Untruth might appear to over-power Truth, but
its victory would fade away and Truth would establish itself.
It is not the way of
the great to swell when people offer worship and shrink when
people cool off. As a matter of fact, no sacred text lays
down rules to regulate the lives of the great, prescribing
habits and attitudes they must adopt. They themselves know
the path they must take. Their wisdom regulates and makes
their acts holy. Self-reliance and beneficial activity - these
two are their special marks. They may also be engaged in the
promotion of the welfare of devotees and in giving them the
fruits of their actions. Why should you be affected by doubt
and worry, so long as I am adhering to these two? After all,
praise and blame do not touch the Atma; they can touch only
the outer frame.
I have a Task: To foster
all mankind, and ensure for all people lives full of Ananda.
I have a Vow: To lead
all who stray away from the straight path, again into goodness
and save them.
I am attached to a
'Work' that I love: To remove the suffering of the poor and
grant them what they lack.
I have a 'reason to
be proud': for, I rescue all who worship and adore me.
I have a definition
of 'devotion': I expect that those devoted to Me treat joy
and grief, gain and loss, with equal fortitude.
I will never give up
those who attach themselves to Me. When I am thus engaged
in My beneficial task, how can My Name be ever tarnished,
as you apprehend? I would advise you not to heed to such absurd
talk. Mahatmas do not acquire greatness through someone calling
them so; they do not become small just because some calls
them small. Only those low ones who revel in opium but claim
to be unexcelled Yogis, only those who quote scriptural texts
to justify their gourmandry and pride, only those who are
dry-as-dust scholars exulting in their argumentative skill,
are moved by praise and blame.
You must have read
the life-stories of Saints and Divine personages. In those
books, you must have read also of horrible falsehood and heinous
imputations cast against them. This is the lot of mahatmas,
everywhere, and at all times. Why then do you take these things
so much to heart? Have you not heard of dogs that howl at
the stars? How long can they go on? Authenticity will soon
will not give up My Mission nor My determination. I SHALL
carry them out. I treat with equanimity, the honour or dishonour
that may result. Internally, I am totally unconcerned. I act,
but solely in the outer world. If I talk and move about, it
is entirely for the sake of the outer world, and for making
the people realise the advent of Divinity. Other than this,
I have no concern with anything.
I do not belong to
any place. I am not attached to any name. I have no 'Mine'
or 'Thine'. I respond to whatever name you might use. I go
wherever I am needed or called.
For Me, the world is
something afar and apart. I act and move only for the sake
No one can comprehend
My Glory, whosoever it may be, whatever be the method of enquiry,
and no matter how long the attempt.
You will yourself see
the full Glory unfolding in the coming years. Devotees must
have patience and forbearance.
I am not concerned,
nor am I anxious that these facts should be made known. I
have no need to write these words. I wrote them because I
felt that you will be pained if I do not reply.
Thus, yours, Baba.