Loving Sai Ram from Prasanthi Nilayam
18 Oct, 2014
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God is not a separate entity. Man is the image of God. Scriptures declare that God appears in human form (Daivam maanusha rupena). Though God has no separate form, Avatars descend from time to time to show how human lives can be divinised. I have often declared that God does not come down as Avatar to relieve individuals of their troubles and sorrow and to confer joy and happiness on them. Difficulties, troubles and worries come in the natural course as a consequence of your past actions. The Gita declares: Human beings are bound by merits and demerits (Karma) from previous lives (Karmaanubandheeni manushya loke). As is your action, so is the reaction. When you stand before a mirror and offer salutations, the salutation is reflected by the image. If you scowl at the mirror, the harshness is reflected back at you.

- Divine Discourse, Sep 3, 1988.

Sathya Sai Baba
Sadhana is essential because the effects of Karma have to be removed by karma alone, as the thorn is removable only by another thorn. - Baba