In 2016 in a
held in California, USA, a devotee asked Swami, “Can you please give us what You have really come for?” The devotee also asked if it is practical or only “theoretical preaching” to achieve self-realization. Here is what Swami said:
“I have come,” as you put it. I have not come; I have not gone. I have always been here and I am here and always will be here. Nevertheless, you have come to know of Me and the reason for that is that you are to become like Me. The only purpose for God descending to the physical, human level, is to help mankind ascend to the level of God. I have come here to make you like Me; to remove everything in you which is not Me, so that what remains is only Me. This is the ultimate purpose of all Avatars, all messiahs, all gurus, all masters, of all faiths – to help a person to become his or her divine Self, to remove everything that is not divine. That is why I have come and it is what I am doing continuously. Self-realization is not a theory. Self-realization is the most practical thing. Everything else may be a theory; in fact, the whole world is just theory, just imagination; it is just a projection, just an illusion – whereas, Self-realization is real, it is true.
Has it been possible for people to be realized souls? It definitely has; there are people who have benefited from following and attaining what I wanted them to attain and that is how they have become true reflections of Myself. They are in university, you are in high school – so you do not get to see them and they do not get to see you – but, one day, you will also develop and reach where they are and you will share their company. I am not just here. I am not just Sathya Sai Baba. I am ‘Being-ness’ – absolute truth and consciousness – the Indweller of all people. I am the one who has taught people in countless ways, through many yugas and helped them become their true Self.