Sathya Sai Baba Teachings on Law of Karma

God created the whole world and gave it to man to be happy and to utilize it freely.  But, however, he gave it on one condition. “Oh Man! You do whatever you want, but be prepared to face the consequences of your actions. In full knowledge of this, from now, you can enjoy and do whatever you wish in this world”.

Sathya Sai Baba.  From the book Satyopanisad, Volume II by Anil Kumar Kamaruju. Page 296

I have given you the fire called namasmarana [chanting of the Divine Name] to burn your karma. Chant the Lord’s name ceaselessly. Continue chanting the sacred name and be sure that karma will be wiped out. You do not know when karma is coming to an end. Therefore, do namasmarana relentlessly.


Persons who come to see Me here, repeatedly, after their first darsana, have some relationship with Me over many births. Some others cannot come however much they try and they may not even have the desire to visit. Before I shed the mortal coil, I will distribute My spiritual assets fairly among My true devotees. I will not deny anything to anyone. Even for aspirants of moksa [Liberation from birth and death], I will give all the heavenly experiences and then grant them mukti [Liberation from birth and death]. Instant grant of mukti also will not be interesting.


If you are accused by others without reason, it reduces your karma and increases the karma of the accuser.


Hurting someone is a crime. Hurting any living being is like hurting Me. Be careful not to hurt anybody. Hurt never, help ever.

Sathya Sai Baba.  From the book Sri Satya Sai Anandadayi by Karunamba Ramamurty. Pages 295, 402, 403 and 404

Every human being, insect, bird, beast or animal, nay, every living being in this world is bound by destiny. None can escape from the consequences of karmas, good or bad. It is natural for every living being to obey the laws of Nature and the law of karma. For example, the bats hang from the branch of a tree head downwards. That is their nature. That is how they are born to live. Every human being in this world thinks that he is undergoing suffering, even though he had not done anything bad. He feels, “I have not done anything wrong! Why then am I undergoing this suffering?” But, the fact is otherwise. Whatever pleasure or pain undergone by a living being is certainly the outcome of the karma (action)

performed by it. Every human being performs karma and enjoys its fruit as a consequence. Nevertheless, it is not clear to him till today whether it is a natural consequence of his actions or by any unknown reason. Not only the human being, even bacteria, birds, insects, beasts and animals are experiencing the consequences of their karma.

Sathya Sai Speaks Volume -38 Pages 45-46

If he (man) is not engrossed or attached with the Karma he does, and is engaged in it as his duty, as his way of worship; and if he is not attached to the fruit of his action, then he can practice Akarma [desireless action, action done with the attitude of a witness] even in Karma. This is the highest sadhana [spiritual practice].

Sathya Sai Vahini Page 160

DIAMOND cuts diamond. Thom removes thorn. Karma cures Karma. Karma, derided as causing the dualities of grief-joy, pain-pleasure, birth-death, also brings about liberation from the chain of duality. Karma causes both bondage and liberation. […] Karma ruins; Karma saves.

What is the nature of the Karma that saves? Holding fast to Shivam (God). […]

How can you hold fast to Shivam? By fixing your mind on the Name of the Lord, the Indweller. By the repetition of the Name, with the alert awareness of the Glory It summarizes. The Name is the container of immeasurable potence. […] It purifies, it cleanses; it elevates; it spreads its fragrance in the atmosphere; it inspires. […] Purify the heart, by Naamasmarana; I shall come, and dwell therein.

Sathya Sai Baba,  Prashaanthi Nilayam, November 26, 1967

Karma is generally known to mean “work.” Transactions and actions of all kinds can be designated as “work.” There are no levels of work like low or high. All work is holy if it has to be done for the upkeep and uplift of life.

Sathya Sai Vahini Page 162

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