The Ten Guiding Principles - the Pathway to Divinity

Sri Sathya Sai Baba has proclaimed these ten principles as guidance for spiritual and personal development ( Sathya Sai Speaks Volume 18, Chapter 23)

  1. Love and serve your country. Do not hate or hurt other countries.
    "Have a sense of pride in your Motherland. Just as your mother has given birth to you, so too the land has given birth to you. Whatever country you belong to, you should have a sense of patriotism. You should not indulge in criticising other countries or people belonging to other nations. Having trust and faith in your own country, you won't try to put down any other country. Never bring grief or sorrow to your country. To have pride in one's own motherland is important."
  2. Honour and respect all religions as pathways to God.
    "Never have hatred towards any religion. Honour and respect all religions equally. Even as a citizen of your motherland, respect all countries and all religions equally."
  3. Love all humanity as part of your family.
    "Develop a sense of the brotherhood of man. Look upon each person as your own brother. There is only one caste, the caste of humanity. All of us belong to the human race, so everyone is equal. Therefore, love each one equally."
  4. Keep home and surroundings clean.
    "Keep your own house and its surroundings pure and clean. This practice will keep you healthy and benefit your worldly life."
  5. Help the needy with food, clothing, and shelter. Help them become self-reliant where possible.
    "Be discriminating when dispensing charity. In the name of charity or philanthropy, we tend to do injustice to this country. Charity does not mean that the land should be full of beggars. We can provide some support and means for the beggars, but provide food, clothing, and other conveniences in such a way that you are not encouraging laziness and begging."
  6. Be examples of honesty. Do not participate in any corruption such as bribery.
    "Never give or take a bribe. Giving bribes, or accepting bribes, is contrary to the very name of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisations. Bear this in mind continuously."
  7. Curb jealousy, hatred and envy.
    "We must seek ways to solve difficulties such as hatred, envy, and jealousy. To curb this sense of envy and jealousy, we must develop a broader outlook. Do not differentiate on the basis of race, caste, creed, or country. Follow your cultural and religious customs in your own home, but do not attempt to impose them on society. Rather than this, love each person as your own brother, not seeing him as belonging to another creed, religion, or country."
  8. Develop self-reliance.
    "Members of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisations should do things by themselves; they should not depend on others. You may be very wealthy and have servants and assistants to help in a few tasks, but for your own work you must do it yourself. If you wish to be of service to society, serve yourself first. One who will not serve society has no right to belong to a Sri Sathya Sai Organisation."
  9. Observe your country's laws and be exemplary citizens.
    "Never ever go against the law of the land. Follow the letter of the law. The members of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisations should follow the law in spirit and also be models for the government."
  10. Adore God, abhor sin.
    "You must love God and avoid sin. Love God incessantly. As long as you keep committing sins, God will never be yours."