Last edited on 14th June 2015
This post is based on two comments of mine on a Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/groups/813523495355493/903603373014171.
[I have presumed that Sai Mafalda will not have objections to me sharing her small comment on this post, which is free for interested readers, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]
Sai Mafalda wrote (slightly edited): I heard many devotees say we are all God; we are all Avatar. What we are missing from that statement is that we have to realize the Atma first to call ourself Avatar. Certainly we are, but the Diamond has to be polished and cleaned first so he can Shine. So we have to realise the Atma first so we can become one with God, and can call ourself Avatar.
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Ravi: I entirely agree with Sai Mafalda's words based on what Swami has said in this interview shared by Al Drucker. I would also like to say that from my study of Sri Sathya Sai Baba's life & teachings/discourses, as well as my DIRECT EXPERIENCE of Him & His powers, there is no such comparable Avatar in recorded scriptural accounts/history of major religions, as far as I know. I mean, Sathya Sai Avatar was an enormously powerful Avatar.
If some Sai devotees through devotion & prayer to Swami acquire some small spiritual powers/siddhis, they should not JUMP to imagining that they are now like Sri Sathya Sai Avatar and can start giving darshan, interviews and discourses in His name!!! That will be the BIGGEST BLUNDER a Sai devotee can make, IMHO. I think only the forthcoming Prema Sai Avatar will be able to match Sathya Sai Avatar's powers and no Sai devotee, no matter how many siddhis/spiritual powers he/she may acquire, will be able to come close to the spiritual powers of Sri Sathya Sai Avatar.
I would also like to add that, IMHO, experiencing the changeless and ever peaceful truth at the core of our being, and being centered on it, seems to me to be one level of knowing the Atma/self. A higher level is EXPERIENCING (not just believing) that one is in others and that others are in oneself. Siddhis of mind reading, memory reading, knowing Karma of individuals including future destiny, healing etc. are other aspects. So there seem to be various stages of spiritual realization and spiritual development with experiencing changeless and ever peaceful truth at the core of one's being, as perhaps one of the earlier stages of spiritual realization.