Monday July 14 2003 00:00 IST

Love without devotion is a waste: Sai Baba

PUTTAPARTHI: Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba has called upon devotees to realise true love and serve the needy. Baba was addressing a huge gathering of devotees at Prashanti Nilayam here on the occasion of Guru Poornima on Sunday.

Emphasising the importance of unity, Baba said: "Unity is very important for the development of our country. India has the potential to become the world leader provided everyone lives in unity. But unfortunately people are busy hating each other, instead of living in harmony and unity."

Baba exhorted devotees to work hard to achieve their goals. A majority of people are interested in preaching but not in practicing what they preach.

"Without hard work there would be no positive results. Tremendous hard work was required for 'Suras' to get nectar from ocean. Initially they received poison but it did not deter their determination. So people should not worry about obstacles in their mundane life. If your thought, word and deed are one, nothing can stop you from achieving your goal," said Baba.