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the 'be-aTtitudes' of jesus
…Through the lives of Enlightened Souls and Divine Incarnations

Part 7:
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

The true story of ‘peace breaking out’ between two enemies occurred during the savagery of World War Two, resonates with this sacred Beatitude of Jesus:


Enmity is the Real Enemy

Two countries were at war. Many had been injured or killed on both sides. Intense hatred flowed between the soldiers. One night a wounded soldier knocked at the door of the poor dwelling of an old woman. Bravely she let him in her house.

“I have a bullet in my arm and need help,” he said. “My son is in the army too, but he is away now…” she replied. The woman offered food. The soldier was uneasy: was he in enemy territory?

If so the woman could poison him. But because he was badly wounded he was helpless. But in his fear he continued to refuse her assistance and later fell asleep overcome by exhaustion.

There was a knock at the door and another soldier walked in. “Mama” he called out. She was overjoyed to see him. Her son saw the wounded soldier sleeping. “Ma” he said, “This is the enemy. You have put us in danger by letting him in. The mother said, “He’s badly hurt and needs our help. Enemy or not, we must help him.”

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Learning to forgive and trust the other side
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In love there is peace - in war, only pieces

The commotion woke up the wounded man and he immediately realised he was at their mercy. With her son’s help, the woman removed the bullet from the man’s arm, cleaned and dressed the wound. The soldier then wanted to leave but was too weak to even get out of bed. He was invited to spend the night there.

Next morning he ate breakfast. Turning to the woman he said, “How can I ever repay you?” She replied, “By killing enmity. Not the enemy!” Unnerved, he did not know what to do, and said “I will try my best.”

Turning to the woman he said, “How can I ever repay you?” She replied, “By killing enmity. Not the enemy!” Unnerved, he did not know what to do, and said “I will try my best.”

Then, instead of giving each other handshakes the two soldiers embraced. On leaving they both understood the meaning of the word “brotherhood”. The only weapon they used was love which lead to peace overcoming all previous enmity…


And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ St Paul

Explaining how we can cultivate this sublime virtue of peace, Baba says,

You must discover your identity; then only can you have peace. You are like a man who has forgotten his name, address and his mission in life. Realise it and try to delve into yourself; so that you may know who you are. Then you get security and peace. ~ Baba

We shall act ever as if we are in the presence of God, as if God is watching and weighing every thought, word and deed. See yourselves in all; See all in yourselves; that is the road to lasting peace and joy. ~ Baba

Be it Lord Jesus, St. Paul or Bhagavan Baba – the message is the same: True peace lies beyond the mind and is a gift of God which we experience only in our inner being.

In fact, peace is a gift of God which we receive once we begin to realise our innate divinity. It is then that we begin to work as His instruments and are filled with perennial peace. In a profound message, given years ago to Mr. Charles Penn, Baba said:

Your mission has begun. Those are My words to you, My devotees. Each of you has a unique and valuable part to play in this lifetime. Only those whom I have called can serve Me.

My Mission has now reached that point in time when each of you now has work to do. This planet has a purpose in the great galaxy in which it is held. That purpose is now unfolding before our eyes. I call upon you to radiate the Bhakti (devotion) within you so that its unseen power will envelop all who come into your orbit. To successfully perform your part, always remain centred upon Me.

  The Love of Sri Sathya Sai    
"You are My instruments"

Allow yourself to impart that purity of heart within you towards all human beings and all living creatures and do not reach for the fruits of your work.

This part of My Mission is performed in absolute silence. You are My instruments from whom My love will pour. Be always aware that the moment you let your ego descend upon you My work ceases. When you have overcome your negative unmindfulness, you will again become My Source.

The multiplication of My Love will be felt throughout the world. I have prepared you for this work over many incarnations. I have drawn you to Me. I have made great steps in My Mission over these past incarnations. My work is ceaseless, and so your work, too, is without end.

Know that I am within and without you. There is no difference. Rid yourselves of the petty matters forevermore. You are now in Me
and I am now in Thee.

Know that I am within and without you. There is no difference. Rid yourselves of the petty matters forevermore. You are now in Me and I am now in Thee. There is no difference. My Darshan (spiritual blessings) will pour forth from Me to and through you. You may be unaware of this constant action. Be ever pure of heart and soul, and mankind in your lifetime will benefit from your unique qualities.

Others, too, will join Me in this Mission when I draw them to Me. The time is approaching when all humanity will live in harmony. That time will be here sooner than one expects. Before it arrives be prepared for whatever is needed to reveal to every living thing the true purpose of existence.

It is not what anyone alive can imagine. It is not something that one can try to aspire to. It is beyond all comprehension. I can say that its beauty is magnificent beyond all dreams. And as each of you perform your silent work, I embrace you to My Heart and henceforth your souls shall be lifted up and your eyes will reveal My Presence within.

This I say to all My Devotees from the Lord's Mountain Top where all the Universes become one. Be about My work, My beloved devotees. Your breath will carry the scent of the blossoms of Heaven. Your example will be that of Angels. Your joy will be My Joy.

~ Message received by Charles Penn from Sri Sathya Sai Baba – 1979

What a historic and epochal missive! What a grand opportunity to sanctify our lives and fill it with peace that is everlasting? When we are truly one with God in our thought, word and deed, we are, as Jesus says, the ‘sons and daughters of God’.

Many who have contemplated seriously over the disturbed state of our present world believe that real peace in the world cannot and will not be created through dialogue between nations, through negotiation, nor treaties – these are all, in a manner of speaking, tricks of our egos. Real peace will dawn when humanity, in greater or lesser numbers, submits their egos to the Presence of God, by whatever Name they call Him! Be it Allah, the Christ, Lord Buddha, or Lord Sai, or simply the Higher Self. Only then will real peace blossom on the planet, and the Golden Age, which Bhagavan refers to, will manifest.

End of Part 7

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