What Sai Baba says about Books

“Reading is not enough, you may master all the commentaries and you may be able to argue and discuss with great scholars about these texts, but without attempting to practice what they teach, it is a waste of time. I never approve of book-learning: practice is what I value” SSS VOL 1 P 43


“Education is no book-worm affair; the process must include the study and appreciation of all trades, professions and guilds. It must encourage the acceptance of the good and the rejection of the bad. Spiritual education is not a distinct and separate discipline; it is part and parcel of all types and levels of education; in fact, it is the very foundation on which a lasting edifice can be built.” SSS VOL IX Chap 50 P 257


“You read these great books, the Ramayana and the Bhagavata Gita many times for they are now easily available at a cheap cost. But what proof can you give for having profited by the hours that you have spent with them? To digest the food you have taken, you have to engage in some physical activity. To digest the lessons that you imbibe through holy company or through the study of great books, practice them in daily life.” SSS VOL IV Chap 18 P 114

 

What Sai Baba says about reading

“Illness is the inevitable result of idleness and indulgence; health is the inevitable consequence of a tough hard life. Keeping the mind fixed on God and good ideas and things also helps health. Keep the eye, ear, tongue, hands and feet under restraint. Don’t read enervating or exciting stuff. Don’t attend film shows which exhaust or inflame the mind.” SSS VOL VII Chap 22 P113

“Youth has the capacity to grow into strong straight spiritual aspirants, who can scale the heights of spiritual adventure; but it has no proper guidance. On the other hand, youth has evil temptation, evil example and evil advice are spread around on all sides, most attractively.” SSS VOL IX Chap 50 P 258

‘People have read much, but how much have they applied their reading in life? They repeat that the senses are enemies of the higher life, but they continue to be their slaves. Have a pure vision, then you will not find faults in others. Have a pure sense of hearing, then you will not relish the scandals regarding others scattered by foolish men, who do not know that they are but scandalizing themselves.” SSS VOL IV P164

 


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