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Sri Sathya Sai Baba When any action is undertaken, the mind should exercise judgement whether it is good or bad, whether it will sustain your reputation and that of your family in society. These factors should decide your action.

Changes in circumstances do take place all the time. Social change, individual change, inner transformation. First of all we should consider the individual change. Any evil and inhuman tendencies must be distanced. Lying, stealing, unrighteousness, these are such tendencies. Body indulges in some of these. Some time’s one causes deliberate harm to others. We must conform to the norms of the society. What is this societal conduct? Excessive eating, wandering aimlessly, mixing in wrong company, gambling. There are many such bad habits. Indulging in these, the mind gets defiled. All these are to be eliminated for achieving individual transformation. After transforming your individual self, you can follow the societal duties also well. When the individual and social activities are righteous, there will be spiritual transformation.

These are represented by the letters S A I.
"S"  symbolizes spiritual change.
"A"   stands for Association change.
"I"   represent individual change.
These are all contained in SAI.

Once individual transformation is achieved, social transformation becomes possible. This social transformation is an extremely difficult process. Society today is directionless. There are no constraints or restraints on it. It is drifting about without any direction. Society as an entity has lost its capacity to discriminate between good and evil. Under these circumstances, societal transformation is a difficult task. Normally most people follow the prevailing social norms. There is scope for much evil in these socially accepted norms. When there is total individual transformation, societal transformation is an automatic sequel.

Source: Discourse on 26-10-01 Prashanthi Nilayam.
Source: Discourse on 30-05-99 Brindavan, Bangalore
 

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