Loving Sai Ram from Prasanthi Nilayam
15 Jan 2016
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The Sankranthi festival should be regarded as the day on which one turns one’s vision towards God. Your life may be compared to a stalk of sugarcane. Like the cane, which is hard and has many knots, life is full of difficulties. These difficulties must be overcome to enjoy the bliss of the Divine, just as sugarcane must be crushed and its juice converted into jaggery to enjoy its permanent sweetness. Enduring bliss is got only by overcoming trials and tribulations. Gold cannot be made into an attractive jewel without melting it in a crucible and converting it into a beautiful shape. When I address devotees as Bangaaru (golden one), I consider you very precious! Only by going through the vicissitudes of life with forbearance you become most valuable. Never allow yourselves to be overwhelmed by difficulties. Develop self-confidence and firm faith in God. With unshakeable faith, dedicate yourselves to serve your fellowmen and lead exemplary lives.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 15, 1992

Sathya Sai Baba
Continuous remembrance of the Lord’s Name (namasmarana) is the secret to
liberation from bondage. - Baba