Seeing All as One

Sathya Sai Baba movement
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There is only one language, the language of the Heart                    – Sathya Sai Baba 

For many years I traveled to India to deepen understanding of spiritual life. India is steeped in a rich spiritual tradition that is home to many faiths – Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism. Islam and Christianity are also present here. Few worked more than Sathya Sai Baba to promote a unity of religions and faiths. The sarva dharma symbol at the ashram is a lotus that incorporates the signs of all of the world’s major religions. It was not uncommon to see Catholic priests, Buddhist monks and Sikhs along side Hindu priests in the temple.

The Dalai Lama who once spoke at the Sri Sathya Sai International Center in Delhi expressed his sadness at Baba’s departure. Together they shared the view that the key to peace lies in non-violence and tolerance – a 7,000 year old Indian tradition. “I am saddened at the passing away of this respected spiritual leader,” the Dalai Lama said. Baba’s attitude of selfless service to humanity ignited a flame of compassion in many hearts. Many of India’s poor benefited from the state-of-the-art hospitals he developed which provide healthcare for free. His educational institutions which have graduated PhD‘s that have gone onto to high positions in India and throughout the world. are free. The canals that provide drinking water to once dry villages are also recognized as miracles that the government was unable to accomplish. In recognition of his work and the profound impact he had on Indian society, he was accorded a state burial with highest honors and Indian prime ministers and presidents past and present attended his funeral.

One of his sayings goes like this.

There is only one religion, the religion of Love.

There is only one languague, the language of the Heart.

There is only one caste, the caste of Humanity.

There is only one law, the law of Karma.

There is only one God and He is Omnipresent.

Visiting the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospitals and hearing Baba speak transformed my life. It is with love that this is dedicated to him.


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