Q & A with Bhagavan Archive

Mind is Desire

Hislop: What is meant when Swami says to a departing devotee that, ‘Swami will be with you wherever you are; Swami is in your heart’? Sai: The situation can be compared to a man

Krishna & the Gopis

Question:  Swami, Krishna was surrounded by eight consorts and is stated to have been associated with 16,000 gopis [cowherdesses]. It is very disturbing and embarrassing to hear of Lord Krishna’s many wives. Kindly enlighten

Baba on Public Life

Question: Swami, today Sai devotees are spread all over the world. They range from heads of governments to ordinary citizens. As your devotees, they enjoy special respect and esteem in society. What is the

Equality of Men and Women

Question: Swami, today Sai devotees are spread all over the world. They range from heads of governments to ordinary citizens. As your devotees, they enjoy special respect and esteem in society. What is the

Lessons from Ramayana

Question: Swami, although Manthara [Kakeyi’s personal maid] and Surpanakha [Ravan’s sister] are two minor woman characters in the Ramayana, both of them appear crucial in leading to major developments. What lessons should we learn

Food Habits

Question: Bhagavan, should we follow any discipline or regulation in our food habits? Is it necessary for our spiritual pursuit? Sai devotees all over the world are vegetarians because of your teachings. This is

Significance of White Dress

Question: Swami, in your organization or your institutions, workers, students, teachers, devotees, and doctors always dress in white. Why? Bhagavan: White symbolizes purity and cleanliness. A pure white cloth may be compared to a

Sai & His Devotees

Question: Swami, in Your organization or Your institutions, workers, students, teachers, devotees, and doctors always dress in white. Why? Bhagavan: White symbolizes purity and cleanliness. A pure white cloth may be compared to a

Mistakes not to Commit

Question: Swami, Krishna made Dharmaja utter the lie: “asvatthama hatah,”—Ashwatthama [Dronacharya’s son] is killed, while muttering under his breath, “kunjarah”—the elephant. This led to the death of Dronacharya. Was it proper on the part of

Vibhishana

Question:  Swami, Vibhishana was a rakshasa [with demonic qualities]; yet he was a devotee of Rama. Kindly tell us about Vibhishana. Bhagavan: Vibhishana’s case is one of unique devotion to Rama. God is unconcerned