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II 2. How does Swami compare parents and God?

SERVE PARENTS: SERVE GOD: There is no service greater than service to parents. Consider service to  parents as service to the Lord.” We need not go to God but should make God come to us. One can select one’s wife, but not one’s parents. Only God selects His parents. I wish that you obtain the blessing of your parents and set an ideal for the rest of the world.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1998
   
When the creators of your physical equipment and mental makeup are thus treated with sacrilege, how can one expect you to adore the Creator of the Universe, God who provides for all?
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Feb 1969
   
Lincoln’s mother inculcated  noble qualities, like self-respect and love for all,  in her son. That is why Lincoln considered his mother as God and revered her. Whoever inculcates sacred qualities in you is your God. He is not to be sought after somewhere else. When you develop self-respect, He will manifest right in front of you.
Sathya Sai Baba, 12 Jan 2004
   
Moreover, the parents reveal to you the glory of God and the means of worshipping Him .  They are the first representatives of authority which you meet with, authority modified by love and care. Learn to bend before that authority and you will learn how to submit to the Lord. As the twig is bent, so the tree is inclined.
Sathya Sai Baba, 18 Apr 1966
   
The mother's lap is the first school for every child. It is his first temple; mother is his foremost God. Mother is every man's primary wealth. It is the duty of every person to recognize this truth. Everyone should cherish their parents as embodiments of the Divine. The father and the mother are inseparable like the word and its meaning. The mother and father may be physically separate, but spiritually, they are one.
Sathya Sai Baba, Sep 1983
   
The parents have to be worshipped as visible representatives of the God-head; they are responsible for your very existence and for all this joy and adventure in the physical and spiritual spheres. For this reason they have to be tended and respected and worshipped.
Sathya Sai Baba, 25 Jul 1958