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Stories and Parables

Stories and Parables quoted from the Discourses of Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Translated from the Original Telugu
Published by Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust
Story Titles by Netnews

"Oka Chinna Katha" - When Bhagavan intercepts the speeding current of His Discourse with these three Telugu words, meanings, "One little story" all ears are alert, all hearts are quivive. For, the story that follows is a flash that illumines, a shower that cools, a joke that tickles, a "tablet" that alleviates, a peep into epic grandeur or pompous absurdity, a poetic parenthesis, an exhilarating prick, a lilt that enlightens, a sugar-coated pill of profundity, a disarming repartee, a volley of raillery on religious rigmarole! It may be a tonic tale of the past or the report of a contemporary comedy; it may be a thrust on theological disputation or a dear little dig at some egoistic dignitary.

The Chinna Katha, if only we ponder over its relevance, is an effective instrument in Bhagavan's educational process. When He is discoursing, these parables and stories, ever on the wing, hover in flocks in the firmament of His Love; He lets a few fly into our hearts and nestle there, until we fondle and foster them and make them part of our thought and behaviour patterns. Here is a charming, fragrant bouquet of these multicoloured kathas, for our delectation, meditation and inspiration.

N. Kasturi


  1. Saint Appar
  2. Self-Knowledge
  3. Abdullah
  4. The Three Dolls
  5. Cow Service
  6. Forbearance
  7. Sweets
  8. The Lingam
  9. The Gold Plate
  10. The Mirror
  11. Beware of the Devil
  12. Ambashali
  13. The Mantra
  14. A Visit to Kasi
  15. Victory
  16. The Same and not the Same
  17. A Healthy Kingdom
  18. Three Questions
  19. Brother and Sister
  20. The Postmaster and the Boy
  21. Akbar's Prayer
  22. Draupadi's Devotion
  23. The Forbidden Fruit
  24. Gifts of Grace
  25. The Sacrifice
  26. The Pundit and the Milk-Maid
  1. The Thief
  2. Ubhaya Bharati
  3. Vivekananda and the Old Man
  4. Who is honoured more on Earth?
  5. Strike
  6. Sri Rama and the Dog
  7. The Broken Idol
  8. Naamasmarana
  9. Parable of the Vine Yard
  10. What is Brahman?
  11. The Accident
  12. The Raja
  13. The First Place
  14. Man versus Animals
  15. Poverty and Wealth
  16. Victory and Defeat
  17. The Fleet-Footed Princess
  18. The Ointment
  19. The Pundit and the Maharaja
  20. Rainwater
  21. The Frescoes
  22. Character
  23. Ways of the Divine
  24. A Precious Gem
  25. The Training Course
  26. Dignity