Sri Sathya Sai Sahasranamavali 1-27

1. Om Sri Sathya Sai Sadguruve Namah- Salutations to Sri Sai, the Holy teacher


Lord Sathya Sai Baba is an avatar (incarnation of God) and a Satguru. He is the Supreme in His own realization and Being. To transcend the mind and reach Oneness with the Supreme Being, devotees need the guidance of a Satguru, an enlightened master who has followed the path to its natural end, and can lead a devotee to the Divine within himself. The Satguru is not only the devotee’s spiritual guide and preceptor, but also a friend and companion on the spiritual path. A Satguru is needed because the human mind can be so cunning and the ego a self-perpetuating mechanism. The Satguru inspires, assists, guides and impels the devotee towards the Supreme who is Himself. Those eager for Liberation from the world of change, from the cycle of birth and death, will obtain liberation from a Satguru, whose grace the devotee has won.

Sometimes a Satguru will demonstrate Divine Power to attract devotees to divinity and convince them of the existence of super physical things, to give them encouragement. He possesses all divine powers, all the wealth of the Supreme; 1) Aisvaryam (Greatness, Might, Omniscience, Omnipotence); 2) Dharma (Virtue, Righteousness, Equity, Impartiality, Propriety); 3) Yasas (Fame, Reputation, Splendour); 4) Sri (Propriety, Plenty, Majesty, Dignity, Grace, Lustre); 5) Jnana (Wisdom, Intelligence); 6) Vairagya (Detachment, Tranquillity, Balance).

A Satguru is God. A word from Him is a word from God. He need not teach anything because His Presence or company is elevating, inspiring, and self-illuminating. God teaches a devotee through a Satguru, the human ideal of perfection, in order for him to mould himself. His soul will tell him whether the guru is fit to be worshipped and revered. Though the Satguru is the gateway to the transcendent Truth, Supreme Consciousness, the devotee has to practice spirituality in order to enter through the gate.

Only followers of a living Perfect Master can experience true spiritual experience, they can ‘know God’ through personal experience rather than just believe in God. In the presence of the Satguru; knowledge flourishes, sorrow diminishes, joy wells up without any reason, lack diminishes; abundance dawns and all talents manifest. To the degree you feel connected to the Master, these qualities manifest in your life.

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2. Om Sri Bhagawan Sathya Sai Babaya Namaha- Salutations to Lord Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Lord Sathya Sai Baba is verily ‘God’ to all His devotees. He has manifested in different forms of the Lord to various devotees. He has blessed them in the form of their ‘Ishta devatas’ (favourite deities) Lord has control over time and space and the five elements. Devotees have experienced this phenomenon with Sai Baba.

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Control of Elements

In the summer of 1965, which, to me, was the first of my sixteen spiritual summers, I was in Bangalore once to visit a friend. During an informal conversation one morning, my host asked me whether I would like to see Sri Sathya Sai, who was to address a meeting at Malleswaram, in the heart of Bangalore City, the same evening. I had heard about Sri Sathya Sai and also read about him in some Bombay newspapers, but had never seen him before. I had, till then, no particular urge to read either his biography or discourses. My immediate response to the question from my host, therefore, was somewhat casual and uncertain. However, on second thoughts, I felt that I should attend the meeting and so, later in the day, accompanied by my wife, Sarla, I went to Malleswaram where a mammoth gathering was listening to Sri Sathya Sai with rapt attention. We sat in a remote corner of the big maidan. I was swayed by a nameless feeling, a strange inquisitiveness or curiosity, as though I was adventuring into the unknown. Then suddenly, the sky became rather dark with thick clouds fast gathering overhead. The large crowd became visibly restless, as people feared an impending rain. We ourselves were in a quandary and my host hastened to take us back to his car. Just then, we saw Sri Sathya Sai raising his hand and saying something aloud to the crowd in the local South Indian language which, however, I could not grasp. My friend said that he was asking the crowd to sit down and that he was assuring them that it would not rain. As he said this, we saw that the rain clouds started disappearing and the gathering darkness was giving way to bright sunshine. I remained spell-bound. I could not believe that one could disperse moisture-laden heavy clouds by a mere wave of his hand. And yet, our eyes were a witness to this strange phenomenon, the like of which I had read about only in Puranic stories.

Sixteen Spiritual Summers by Indulal Shah-

3. Om Sri Sai Akararupaya Namah- Salutations to Sri Sai, the first alphabet

The first letter or the most fundamental sound which is represented by the first letter of the alphabet.

Ever pure nature of spiritual self as against the impurities implicit in matter

The source of all creation is pure consciousness . . . pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest. And when one realizes that the true Self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in the universe.

In the beginning

There was neither existence nor non-existence,

All this world was unmanifest energy . . The One breathed, without breath, by Its own power

Nothing else was there . . .

–Hymn of Creation, The Rig Veda

The first spiritual law of success is the Law of Pure Potentiality. This law is based on the fact that we are, in our essential state, pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is pure potentiality; it is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity. Pure consciousness is our spiritual essence. Being infinite and unbounded, it is also pure joy. Other attributes of consciousness are pure knowledge, infinite silence, perfect balance, invincibility, simplicity, and bliss. This is our essential nature. Our essential nature is one of pure potentiality. But we don’t realise that. That highly evolved soul or self realised person can only be aware and be this. That is Swami- ‘Sat chit ananda’ pure consciousness and bliss.

Such a self realised person draws people to him. The pure consciousness magnetizes people, situations, and circumstances for Him to carry out His mission. His power is true selfless love.

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Sai is that indescribable reality; that absolute reality; the Brahman

It is said about Brahman that;

The eye cannot perceive Him. The mind cannot reach Him. The gross worldly intellect cannot grasp Him. The speech cannot describe Him. The speech returns back along with the mind, as it is not able to describe Him in adequate terms. The sages declare, “We are baffled in our efforts to describe Him. His glory is indescribable. To describe Him is to deny Him.” How can a finite mind grasp the infinite? But He can be directly realized by that aspirant who is equipped with the four means of salvation, who does constant meditation, who has sharp, subtle and pure intellect.

As there is no language to describe Brahman or the Self to aspirants, sages generally take examples from the worldly experience to explain the nature of Brahman to the aspirants, for example, the comparison with akasha or sat-chit-ananda. The intellect can conceive of Brahman as truth-consciousness-bliss. That is the reason why these attributes are ascribed to Him. But Brahman is different from satchidananda also. This does not mean that Brahman is non-entity or zero, a negative concept or metaphysical abstraction. He is the only Reality or living Truth. He is Being. He is essence. He is a mass of knowledge or pure consciousness. He is the substratum for everything. Brahman is not simply this, but something far higher and far different. The above is only a provisional definition. Because we experience unreality, insentience and pain in this universe, we give the opposite attributes of sat-chit-ananda to Brahman. In Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (2:4:13), it is asked: “Then by what should he see whom?” This clearly indicates that Brahman is not an object of perception. It is always the knowing subject.

There is neither an agent nor an object of action, nor an instrument. It is only in the physical plane that there is triputi or the triad: seer, sight and seen. Who can know the knower? How should one know Him by whom He knows all this? You could not see the seer of sight; you could not hear the hearer of the hearing; you could not perceive the perceiver of perception; you could not know the knower of knowledge.

4. Om Sri Sai Akalmashaaya Namah- Salutations to Sri Sai, who is blemish less

Sai is the embodiment of purity; who practised and taught ‘Trikarna shuddhi’ to His devotees.

Harmonize all your Thoughts, Words and Deeds

“But today, most of your prayers are filled with pompous words, devoid of feeling. Inside the mind there is one thing, on your lips there is something else. It is only when you synchronize the thoughts in your mind with the words in your mouth, that your words can turn into prayer and become effective. Then you must put your prayers into practice. When your activities in daily life are coordinated with your thoughts and words then your prayers can become worship; and when you achieve full unity in thought, word and action then you become a great soul.” – SSSB (Sai Baba Gita)When thoughts, words and deeds are pure; one attains purity of heart

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5. Om Sri Sai Akhand Paripoorna Sachidananadaya Namah- Salutations to Sri Sai, who is the total/vast absolute existence, consciousness and bliss

Sai is parabrahman who  has  taught us about the Brahman and Satchit ananda

For this endless aspect of Brahman people have also ascribed three different meanings. They are Sat, Chit and Ananda. The first word ‘Sat’ is regarded as more important than the others. ‘Chit’ has been regarded as something which gives knowledge about the infinite. ‘Ananda’ has been regarded as the bliss or happiness of a type quite different from and higher than the sensory happiness. The first quality is ‘being’ and refers to that which signifies permanence. The second quality is awareness and the third quality is bliss. These three qualities are associated with Brahman. For the first word Sat, we shall take an example from common daily life.

In this world many people die and we all see the dead bodies being disposed of. In spite of the fact that several people die and leave the world, each individual thinks that he is going to be permanent. In spite of the fact that this person sees so many people die, he still has the desire to live forever and he genuinely feels that he alone is permanent. If we ask ourselves whether this feeling is due to ignorance or lack of knowledge and whether it is an illusion, we come to the conclusion that to him, it is a very important truth. Within him there is a quality of permanence and the divine self that is indestructible gives him this feeling of permanence. Man daily sees and experiences sorrows and pleasures, which are quite common in this world, but he aspires to have bliss and Ananda. What does this signify? This signifies the aspect of Brahman and this is the aspect of Ananda in him. Everyone knows that when he is in some temporary trouble, he tends to say ‘Oh God! Why not let me die instead of putting me through this torture’? These words are not really coming from the depths of his heart. Nobody would say, from the depths of his heart that he would die rather than live a troubled life. This is only an apparent feeling which arises because of the temporary troubled state of his mind.

An individual who lives by the occupation of cutting firewood and selling it every day was one day on the top of a hill and he gathered a lot of fire wood. After this, he was coming down running with the intention of selling this firewood. By the time he came down the hill, he was very tired and he could not continue to carry the load of firewood. He kept the firewood aside and was resting. He again attempted to put back the load on his head but this was not possible. He was very vexed and in that frame of mind, he said that he was very unlucky and that even the Goddess of death was not taking pity on him and taking him away from the vexatious life. When he was in this frame of mind, the Goddess of death appeared then and there. The Goddess said that she came because he had called her. But the individual was not willing to give up his life, and go with the Goddess of death. Then he said ‘I called you because I could not get any help for lifting this pile of wood on to my head and I wanted some help’.

Sometimes as a result of distress and difficult circumstances, we think that we better die but in truth and in fact even an old woman who is not able to use her legs would not like to depart from life. In this, we should see that we are really hankering after permanency, an inherent quality of the Brahman in each one of us. We should ask what it is that makes us want to live for and hanker after, and we get the answer that it is Brahman. So, whether we are in the Adhyatmic path or in a path completely devoid of belief in God, we are hankering after something and that is the aspect of Brahman.

When we try to understand the second word, ‘Chit’ or awareness, we should ask ourselves what it is that we are really wanting to be aware of. We want to be aware of everything that we see or hear. If any one sees a few people who are grouped together and talking about something, immediately he tries to go there and find out what they are talking about. Even if that is something which is not relevant to us, we want to know about it. Mothers who continually spend their time with their children and fathers who are affectionate and concerned about their children will understand this aspect well. When the parents take the children either to a cinema or to an exhibition, the parents will be subjected to a stream of questions about various things and the mother and father are often fed up with the large number of questions which these children ask. Children accompanying their parents keep on asking ‘what is this’? ‘who is that’? ‘why is this’? and on and so on. They keep on asking these questions till the parents are fed up. In these questions, we see an attempt on the part of the children to look at this beautiful world and take the entire world into themselves. To what aspect does this desire to know everything belong? Is there any connection between these children and the various things which they want to understand? Is there any relevance of these children to the things they want to learn? There is no such connection or obvious relevance. There is some internal urge and an intense feeling in these children by which they want to become aware and learn of all the manifestations around them. This is an aspect of Brahman. That is why it has been said that ‘awareness is life’. In other words this desire to be wise about everything is something which is present inside in your heart.

We come to the third aspect, Ananda or bliss. Man always wants to have bliss. Man is hankering after bliss. He does not want to have sorrow at any time or under any circumstances. Bliss is something natural to us. Sorrow or pain are unnatural to man. There is a small example. When a child is happy and playing, even the mother does not ask him anything nor does she question how this happiness has come about. But if the same child is crying, the mother will come running irrespective of the importance of the work in which she is engaged. The cry of the child is something unnatural and immediately attracts the attention of the mother. If someone is happy and is enjoying himself no one will go and ask him why he is so happy. If someone is crying, anyone who notices it would go and ask why he is crying. Sorrow is not natural to us. So, only if someone is steeped in sorrow does another person want to enquire why one is in sorrow. If you are happy, no one will come and ask you why you have not been crying in the recent past. So what is natural to us is Ananda or bliss and this is a strength to us. It is such bliss and happiness that has the form of our Atma. This truth of existence or being, this awareness and this bliss constitute the Brahman in us. If we try to look and find these aspects of Brahman somewhere external and outside of us, we will not find them and that is not the right thing to do. This aspect of Brahman is a part and parcel of our life. This aspect of Brahman has been described by Sankara as ‘Jeevo Vedai’.

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6. Om Sri Sai Akhilandakoti Brahmandanayakaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai who is the Lord of millions of Universe.

Sai through His selfless love and message of ‘Love all, Serve all’, ‘Help ever, hurt never’ drew towards Him millions of devotees from over 126 countries of the world. He has clearly mentioned; There is only one religion; the religion of love and there is only God; He is omnipresent. He always emphasised a hindu to be a true hindu, a Christian to be a true Christian and so on. He asked them to practise what is taught in their religion. This unity of religions coupled with selfless love attracted so many devotees irrespective of caste, creed, religion, gender, culture etc to Sai; who then became their sole Lord.

7. Om Sri Sai Akhiladharaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai who is the support/basis of all

8. Om Sri Sai Akhileshwaraya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai who is the over Lord of all

9. Om Sri Sai Aganitagunaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai who possesses innumerable virtues

The lord with innumerable attributes which is not possible to be expressed in words. O Lord Sai! divine son of Eshwaramma who is worshipped by millions of devotees throughout the world. Even the celestials and sages constantly engage in your worship. Sai is beyond everything. The Lord who causes prosperity and shines like the Sun and Moon. He is the essence of everything in this universe. He is the creator, sustainer and annihilator of the world. He is free of delusion. He is the propagator of human values He is the very embodiment and personification of Love.

10. Om Sri Sai Agraganyaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai the foremost one

11. Om Sri Sai Achanchalaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai who is the stable one

Achanchala means steady; motionless; one who doesn’t move. When the Lord is ever present where does He need to move. Sai is all pervasive. He is the eternal witness. He is the stable one without being affected by praise or criticism.

12. Om Sri Sai Achintyaya Namaha- Salutaions to Sri Sai who is beyond the grasp of the mind

Sai and His ways are incomprehensible. Swami has told many times that ‘Don’t try to understand me. All the worlds put together also cannot comprehend Me.”

13. Om Sri Sai Achintya Shaktaye Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai who possesses inconceivable powers

Swami has performed so many miracles beyond human understanding. HEs beyond time, space etc.

14. Om Sri Sai Achutaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai who is immutable

Sai is Achyutaya meaning immutable, the one that never changes. There is nothing in this whole creation that never change, everything is changing continuously, everything is in continuous flux. Only divine is immutable, untouched by the flow of time, let’s bow to that immutable divine.

15. Om Sri Sai Anave Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai who is the subtle one

Sai is more subtle than the subtle, greater than the great. Although this subtle form cannot be seen, it can be experienced in many ways. The sweetness of sugar, the sourness of lime, bitterness of margosa leaf; all testify the presence of the divine. Light shines, the stars twinkle,  the sun blazes, the planets revolve in their orbits. All these indicate the presence of the divine in the subtle form. One should be able to tune in to the presence of Sai our Lord; as He is present everywhere in His subtle form.

16. Om Sri Sai Atiroopa Lavanya Swaroopaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai who has the most charming form

Sai who has the most charming form. He is the Shiva Shakti swaroopa with the majesty of Lord Shiva and the beauty of Shakti. The form mesmerises all devotees present and anxiously wait for just a glance of the orange robe with lovely bush of hair. The gentle and loving eyes, the ever smiling face full of mercy and unconditional love blessing the devotees with both raised hands. It is a rarest blessing to behold this beautiful form.

17. Om Sri Sai Atisundaravadanaya Namaha- Salutations to the one with the most beautiful face.

Sai whose face shines with radiance sometime bright as gold, sometimes like copper always radiating love. the gentle eyes like lotus petals always keeping His loving glance on His bhaktas. The beautiful face representing the Shiva Shakti swaroopa.

18. Om Sri Sai Ati premapradarshakaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai who bestows great divine love

Sai’s love in unconditional, pure and divine. His love towards humanity can be seen through the great seva projects He has undertaken and inspired millions to love and serve all. He does all this unconditionally. that is the pure love of Swami.

19. Om Sri Sai Ateetaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai; the transcendent one

20. Om Sri Sai Atulaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai; the one who is unequalled.

21. Om Sri Sai Atyuddharaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai, the most generous one

22. Om Sri Sai Adbhuta Charyaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai, the one of wondrous actions

23. Om Sri Sai Adbhuta Vigrahaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai, the one having a marvellous form.

24. Om Sri Sai Adrishyaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai, the imperceptible one.

25. Om Sri Sai Ardhanareeshwarya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai, the Lord with half male and half female form (Shiva)

26. Om Sri Sai Anantaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai, the infinite one

27. Om Sri Sai Anaghaya Namaha- Salutations to Sri Sai, the taintless one.


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