This category contains the wisdom, guidance, and teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
"The shastra has said so, under the assumption that you are not strong enough to reduce your karma by other means. I have not said that. As you said, if one comes to know that performing all the rites, rituals, pilgrimages, bhajanas, darshans of holy men, and so on does not reduce karma, why should one perform them? They surely help in reducing the karma. If one can totally change one’s destiny (God’s sankalpa) by contemplating on God, is it difficult to wipe off karma? I ordain you to contemplate on God with confidence and devotion, while undergoing your karma. I will see to it that you do not feel the pain and you would not even know that you are undergoing karma. Though the snow covered mountains look very huge, the snow in the presence of the Sun’s rays melts away. Similarly, your karma will melt away. Do not have even an iota of doubt and fear. You can surely escape it. Your past deeds (sanchita karma) is like a rice bag. Karma you undergo now (prarabdha), due to the past deeds, is like taking a small quantity of rice from the bag for cooking, now and then, and eating it. The waste created is the consequence for the future (agami). If you keep removing rice from the rice bag to cook food, the rice bag will be empty one day. But, the seeds of past deeds have sprouted in the form of present karma. Before it can grow into a tree, burn it with the fire of namasmarana. Then, it will become charcoal. If this substance also is subjected to fire, it will get burnt into ash. You can, thus, block the future. Namasmarana is supreme."